It was redemption weekend as Sam the Tank won his third title of the year (only Rafa has more), beating No-Socks 76 75 to claim Queens. That gives Sam a title on all three surfaces this year. Hey, have you heard that Sam's a dark horse at Wimbledon this year? Oh, you haven't? Just wait for it.
Apparently Lleyton read my little jab from yesterday and decided to take it upon himself to rewrite the script. As most of the commentators noted yesterday, this was a prime match for Lleyton to win, as Fed's form has obviously been questioned and his form in Halle leading up to the final wasn't as emphatic as one would expect. So Lleyton took his cue, beating Fed in three sets to stop his streak of 15 straight losses. After the match, Fed blamed his forehand and serve for the loss.
Not that the German crowd cared. They were too busy watching Der Mannschaft TOTALLY EMBARRASS Lleyton's Socceroos in Durban. So everyone wins! Except Fed. Tear.
And in Birmingham the seeds held up, as Nails, who beat Shazz in the semifinals last year, beat her again in the finals this year. And in totally cool, clever, and hilarious form, the two had totally nice things to say to each other after the match:
Oh, and in case you missed it, Team Liezel retired in the second set against Team Black. No word on whether there was wailing and rending of garments.