Look, Rendy's not a nobody, despite all the "Rendy WHO???" commentary that came with this match. But oh, Andy. The bottom line is that he couldn't find his A game on Monday and Rendy played an inspired match. To beat Andy Roddick on grass, 9-7 in the fifth? What an effort!
A-Rod was understandably gutted after the match. As the years tick by and Andy is convinced that Wimbledon is his only real shot at another Slam, these losses have to weigh heavily on his psyche. The window is closing. Everyone knows it. And this one's gotta hurt even more knowing what we know now about how the draw worked itself out.
But back to Rendy. First Asian man into the quarterfinals of a Slam in 15 years. What an amazing run. With the focus on the ATP and WTA on the Asian markets and the recent success of the Nails and Jay Z, this bodes well for Asian tennis. I can't wait for the day, hopefully in my lifetime, to see an Asian man or woman raise a Grand Slam trophy. Get on it, Asia!
Also, you might want to start camping out at chicken farms for talent.
And we have Tsvetana Pironkova, another non-nobody, who goes into the semifinals without having dropped a set and ousting the Queen of Grass, Venus, in straights. Let's not forget that she also took out Mono. Similar to A-Rod, Venus clearly didn't have her A game. But again, to beat Venus on grass 2 and 3, and hold your nerve to close out the match and not succumb to the "Williams Aura" is a feat in and of itself.
I saw her do an interview on Wimbledon Tonight and she's an absolute sweetheart. Good head, good perspective, and she doesn't seem overwhelmed by the moment. If anything, she looked like a kid who believes.
Watch out, Bepa.