Is it really an upset when *everyone* was tapping it to be an upset? JJ somehow gave up a 4-1 lead in the first to lose the set 75. She mounted a bit of a comeback down 0-4 in the second but Kleybs was able to steady herself, crack the shit up out of Steph, Victoria, and I, and take the match in straights.
Kleybs was in full Riot Grrrl effect last night. First let me point out that Victoria was shivvering. I didn't think it was that cold but let it be known that it wasn't a warm and balmy East Coast night. Kleybs was dripping EVERYWHERE. At one point, after they switched sides, JJ stepped up to serve only to ask Lynn to have the ball kids wipe up Kleybs' sweat drops, which had clearly accumulated at the baseline.
At another point in the second set, she went to the back of the court and wrung out her hair. Two feet from the linesperson. He was...not amused. Hell, even Lynn started sending the ball kids out sua sponte to wipe up sweat puddles. You'd think this was a basketball game.
But the coupe de grace? Kleybs runs wide for a ball and can't get there. She happens to be standing right in front of JJ's box when she turns and goes FULL WRING. RIGHT IN FRONT OF SNEKS. Sneks starts laughing and pulls her camera out of her purse to take a picture.
Meanwhile, I'm sitting courtside with Steph and Victoria and we are doubled over in laughter and cackling. It was the greatest thing ever.
Kudos to Kleybs for the win. I was cheering for her pretty loudly and my viral Kleybs marketing paid off. The guys in front of us turned around and told us she was absolutely phenomenal. FUCK YEAH, SHE IS. She was absolutely beaming after the match and was really cute in her on-court interview, though that's like saying Sam was effusive in her on-court presser. It was as cute as Kleybs can be.
This is Sneki leaving. At 2-5 in the second. Nice to know your mom still believes, huh? Oh, and she almost bit it hard on those stairs in those heels.
JJ was in press immediately with a huge ice bag on her ankle and blamed that for her loss. She says she hasn't been able to practice all week because of the ankle. Asked if thought she should skip Cincy to rest an ankle she hasn't been able to play on, she seemed unconvinced. It will shock me if she pulls out.