Court scheduling is a funny thing. As TV viewers we get all pissy when our favorite players aren't on the bigger show courts. But as a tournament attendee, I get really excited when I see big names on the outer courts. That means I can sit courtside and actually see the players I love. This was the case with Sam, who was scheduled to play on Court 11, which is one of the larger outer courts but with limited restrictions on where you can sit. We were fourth row behind the umpire. And it was a great spot to see Sammy rock her new purple kit, which I must say, looked surprisingly great.
Sam was pretty much in control throughout the match, which helped dissipate my concern over her arm, which was taped up during her practice earlier in the day. I stuck to my "C'mon, Sammy!" and "Let's go Hammer!" cheers, but it was fun to hear StoBros and Co. do their "Sammy, Sammy, Sammy! Oi Oi Oi! Sammy, Oi! Sammy, Oi! Sammy, Sammy, Sammy, Oi Oi Oi!" cheer, which actually made Sam smirk a bit on court. Rodionova was in typical form, popping off to Lynn on line calls (no Hawkeye) and taking a ridiculous amount of time between a few points.
Personally, I'm still worried about that arm. She was stretching it quite a bit while waiting to do her Aussie TV interview after the match. But whatever. All I wanted from Sam was to get a career best result here, which she's done with her win over Rodionova. She's into the third round and she'll get a crack at Errani, who she beat in rather dramatic fashion last week in New Haven.
Go get it, Hammer. See at Starbucks in the morning. Hopefully this time I won't be in my pajamas.