I could write a long post about this match. But really, it would be a clone of this one. I might as well do a find-and-replace-all for "Sam" and "Venus" and be done with it. Because once again, it's not the fact that Venus lost. It's how she lost it. And once again, there are only questions, no answers. For the second straight match the story isn't Kim. The story is how the person standing across the net from Kim found a way, somehow, to hand the match over to her when she wasn't playing particularly well.
I feel for you, Venus fans. This one hurts. I would offer you alcohol but to be frank, I've run out.
I know everyone is basically handing the trophy to Kim but I honestly don't see why (Boyfriend Jon audibly scoffed at the notion of Vera raising the trophy on US Open Tonight). She's now played two matches of non-trophy-hoisting tennis against opponents who collapsed in the moment. The last quality match she played was against Ana in the Round of 16, and let's be real, she really only had to play quality tennis for a few games before Ana collapsed. Her serve has sucked, she's prone to double faulting, and while her movement has been solid, she's prone to fits of racquet decceleration and thus, UFEs. Sure, Vera hasn't had the toughest draw, but she did at least beat Caro playing way higher quality tennis than Kim has. Hell, Vera hasn't dropped a set all tournament.
Sure, there's a lot to be said about Kim's "Houdini-like" ways. But again, it's not like she stepped up her game in the last two matches and worked her way to a win. We're talking about pretty major choke jobs by her opponents. Kim. Didn't. Do. Anything.
Do I think Vera's going to win tonight? I don't know. Do I think she can? Fuck yeah, she can. I honestly don't have a strong rooting interest. I like them both, I like the stories that come out of either of them winning, and at the end of the day, I'm just rooting for women's tennis. I want this to be a competitive final showcasing the ladies' amazing athletic ability and shotmaking.
But, you know, go Vera and whatnot.