And that sound is KABOOM.
And so it is. After each played rather touch-and-go second round matches, Serena and Masha find themselves clashing on what is sure to be a slightly chilly Friday night (dudes, I'm talking about TEMPERATURE) in Stanford.
On Wednesday night, Masha came out of the gates looking completely dominant against Dani, only to find herself losing eight straight games before Dani decided, "You know what? I think would prefer not to try and win this match". It was on of those "STRAIGHT YO SHIT OUT" matches, as Masha was forced to grit her teeth and simply out-compete Dani for the win. But she did and so we find ourselves here now.
Serena followed up her jaw-dropping "HOLY SHIT SHE BACK HIDE YO KIDS HIDE YO WIFE" first round performance with one that kiiiiiiiinda reminded us that yes, she is amazing, but she can also go off the rails every once in a while.
MaKiri (bless her) pushed Serena to three sets, surprisingly taking the second (6-3) with ease. Serena would say afterwards that she felt physically sluggish after that first set, suffering from blisters due to a tightly wound tape job on her ankle. But, much like Masha, she righted the ship and ended up playing a solid third set, serving well and not giving MaKiri a sniff at a break.
What to expect here? Tough to say. Serena holds a 6-2 record against Masha, and Mash hasn't won since 2004. So I guess my brain gives the edge to Serena. That said, my gut (which is presently full of thre beers) tells me that Masha is due. So, as I am a slave to my belly (#fatkidtruths), I'm going to tip Masha.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Just kidding. Serena's serve is just so much better. So she gets the actual "If I had to bet my house" nod. Sucks, but...oh well. I need a house.
The Rumble in Stanfumble begins at 7pm PT on Friday. Tune in. Or better yet, buy yo tix.
(Pics: Forty Deuce)