The Billie Jean King Cup exo took place last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. To be honest, this exo kind of snuck up on me. First of all, the promotion of the event paled in comparison to last year, where the ladies brought the laughs and tears. Granted I've been busy, but I literally had no idea the event was last night until it had started.
Now, admittedly, I only watched the last half of the final between Venus and Kim. You can't berate me for this because ESPN didn't bother to show the two "semifinal" matches. If anyone actually saw Ana or Sveta play, please fill us in on what you saw. Otherwise I will assume Sveta took Ana for some lunch and shopping, convinced her to grab a "quick bite" at Nobu, and they are, at this moment, still drunkenly rumbling through Manhattan.
To Venus and Kim's credit, they seemed to take the final seriously, just like Venus and Serena did last year. Despite having both legs heavily strapped, Venus eventually took it in 3 sets (pocketing $400,000 for a night's work (!!)), though it could have gone either way. Both players were tremendously streaky and I never got the sense that they were ever both playing well at the same time. So quite a few weeks for Venus, who won Dubai, Acapulco, and now this exo-thingamajig. Actually, if you think about it, that's over half a million bucks for 2 weeks and a day's work. Someone's going on an HSN shopping spree!
Unfortunately, to add insult to injury, JMac was in the commentary booth making a complete ass of himself, you know, as he's prone to do. With Nancy Kerrigan sitting courtside he decided to make a Tonya Harding joke, belittled Ana's participation ("there wasn't anyone else they could ask?", and talked about college basketball for most of the night.
Yeah, it was pretty awesome.
So did anyone in New York get a chance to go? Please tell me you saw things differently. I like to think I'm a hopeful person.