Keeping track of all the pre-AO exhibitions is impossible. But apparently Maria beat Venus 6-3, 6-4 at an exhibition in Thailand.
Keeping track of all the pre-AO exhibitions is impossible. But apparently Maria beat Venus 6-3, 6-4 at an exhibition in Thailand.
Those conspiracy theorists out there would probably assume that after Venus won the first set that Serena would kind of roll over and let her sister win. I mean, a win by Serena would pretty much ensure her spot in the semis but eliminate Venus from the tourney.
But as I said yesterday, how many times have we seen Venus take the first set only to lose? Well it happened for the second straight day, as she would drop the second and third sets. For the most part neither sister was able to play well at the same time, save for the very end of the third set, when all of a sudden things got really good. And I was reminded in this match that when Venus is playing well she's really fun to watch on hard courts. So graceful.
But anyway, Serena pretty much secures her spot out of the Maroon group and she gets the #1 ranking.
So drink it up (Lachaim!).
Team Russia is looking mighty awesome right about now.
Team Russia: Marat Safin, Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva
Team Asia: Paradorn Srichaphan, Zheng Jie, Ayumi Morita
Team America: Michael Chang, Venus Williams, Gisela Dulko
Team Europe: Stefan Edberg, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka
Please let there be Marat/Masha and Stefan/Vika mixed dubs. The former for the awesomeness, the latter for the complete and utter mindfuck.
So do you think the HK organizers changed the format to include the old fogies so that they could convince Marat to play? For a guy who keeps complaining about how much tennis sucks he sure does keep playing. I'm guessing it's because the weather in HK in January is 92% better than the weather in Mother Russia. Either that or the touching/cheezy Asian tributes really touched a nerve.
In other news... STEFAN!!!
But Lena's win, coming back from a set down, wasn't as big a shock as Elena and the TTC commentators make it out to be. How many times this year have we seen Venus dominate an opening set, only to lose the next two? She did it against CSN at AO, Dina in Rome, K-Bond in Toronto, and Pavs in Beijing.
So Lena notches a big win for her in the tough Maroon group. She'll play Kuz next. Venus on the other hand will have to take out Serena, who just beat Sveta, to give her any shot of moving into the semis and defending her Championship points.
That's a lie. It's the latter.
You know, or not.
Second, I will punch you in the face.
Third, wear a push up bra if you want to get some heft in your chest, not a crooked bow.
First look at the mirror today, ReRe?
Looks like the girls did a number on you in your sleep during WTA Sleepover 09.
Word of advice? Never go to sleep before Sveta. Never.
I was in D.C. all weekend without any internet access. And let's just say I'm not entirely sad about that. Glad to see I missed the carnage:
Also, Rybarakova just beat Nads and Maria's on her way to bagel and 'sticking Sam. And we know how Sam feels about 'sticking. Not a fan, methinks.
So it's absolute Bedlam in Tokyo as the top seeds are falling left and right in the first two rounds (as of this post, JJ, A-Rad, and Caro still have to play their 2R matches).
[UPDATE: Caro retires down 05 to CanWoz. So the top 6 seeds are out after their first matches.]
I don't have much to say quite yet. I need some time to process it all. But I have a feeling Billy Shakes was a WTA fan back in the day:
She should have died hereafter ;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time ;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Things I love about this picture. I love Ai's dress. A lot. I love that Dina is over 6'2'' and yet she's wearing platform heels. In a picture. In Asia. I love that Vee didn't even bother moisturizing her legs. I love that Ayumi Morita has a job interview lined up.
Choice quotage from Monday, all available at the USO site. Here's hoping they start posting a more diverse set of players. Sheesh.
Q. You were having some problems with your serve. Commentators started talking about serving in women's tennis. One of them said the person who serves best will win the tournament. Do you agree with that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know. I don't care what commentators say. So it's just all, you know, like they aren't on the court winning championships. I don't really... Yeah.
Q. You showed a lot of support for Gasquet when he was suspended. He says he appreciates that very much from you. Can you talk about the reason, what went through your mind? You showed so much support for him.
RAFAEL NADAL: The true is I support him a lot. First thing, because I believe in him. Second thing, because I think he's a very nice guy. I know him since 13 years old or 12 years old. I talk with him what happen. He told me he didn't take nothing. So I believe him 100%, and I think you know, it is open. I don't want to speak a lot about that and a lot of history is out about when I speak about that, but it's not 100% perfect sometime. If someone wants to kill you, somebody can kill you, you know? And you didn't do nothing. That's the true, no? That's my feeling what happened with Richard, and of course they say that, no? He won. In the beginning, it was three years, and then it was three years because he didn't take nothing. So I'm very happy for that, and I am sure a lot of players are very happy for Richard.
Q. Anything special about the jewelry you're wearing for this tournament?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I'm wearing my whole collection from the Serena Williams, Signature Statement, which is available on HSN, which I'm really (laughter.) I'm sorry, but he asked, so...
I'm really excited about it because I love jewelry, and I think people really know me for jewelry. It will be available starting September 19.
Q. If you were writing the story about the 2009 US Open women's draw, what would be your lead?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, what would be my lead? Are you trying to get this for your story? (laughter.)
Just making sure. Well, Serena's back where she belongs.
THE MODERATOR: Roger today became the first player to win $50 million in prize money, just to let you know.
ROGER FEDERER: No need to write about that. (Laughter.)
Q. How did you injure your ear?
ANDY RODDICK: I have no idea. I have absolutely no idea.
Q. Come on, tell the truth.
ANDY RODDICK: No, I have no idea. I didn't go out there with it like that, I don't think. And then, I don't know, I saw like blood on my towel. I was looking around like this. No idea.
Q. Possible shaving accident?
ANDY RODDICK: No. My ears aren't actually that hairy.
Night session tennis at the USO. There's nothing like it. And by that I mean, I generally never watch it. It always showcases players I don't generally care for, the crowd kind of bugs, and I don't know, I just don't dig it. But one thing is certain: There's almost always drama.
And drama there was as Venus found herself hobbled and two points from getting bounced by Vera Dushevina.
Three games into the match Venus called the trainer to address what looked like a patella tendon issue in her left knee. After a 10 minute delay play resumed. To be clear, it didn't *really* look like the knee was hindering her that much. After some top notch investigative reporting from Pimmy, we've learned that she's been hobbled by the bum knee for as much as 6 weeks. Take note of that inside information, bookies.
As for Vera D, she didn't play great but she somehow found herself a set up after a pretty phenomenal backhand flick pass to seal the tiebreak. After some back and forth in the second, she was serving at deuce, two points from her biggest win ever. But Venus stepped up and would reel off the next 5 games and eventually close it out, winning 67(5) 75 63. All credit to the NY crowd for giving Vera a nice cheer as she left the court.
It was a gutsy performance from Venus. But this should pretty much put a death knell in all this "The Williams Sisters are the favorites" talk. Serena is the favorite. Venus will be lucky to get past the quarters. Of course now that I've said that she'll probably make it to the semis by just hitting out and serving big.
As for the boys, who didn't take the court until around 11pm, there was blood, tumbles, and Phau. Andy's ear started bleeding at some point (probably from the Rob Thomas performance earlier in the night) and Andy got pissed about having to have it treated. Apparently the ball kids can't handle any towels that have blood on them. You'd think Andy would understand that but he seemed really peeved.
A-Rod's off doing some cross training at Yankee stadium.
(The jury's out on the "comfortability" of the Cole Haan gear.)
And then everyone and their mother showed up to the BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis event as if it were a free buffet. Even the Daveed's sensitive soul couldnt say no to that. But trust me, he was way emo about it. Well, or whatever the Spanish equivalent to emo is.
Shit, even Bepa showed up. BEPA!!! That's how crazy this is! And dudes! She even went to the K Swiss event! Dammit, now I want to just do Patron shots with her. And that's saying something. Because I feel about Patron the way Bepa feels about her racquets.
Let's face it, when Bepa is the only Russian at your cocktail party, something's gone horribly awry. Unless it's like...a U.N. peacekeeping envoy cocktail party, in which case, you better get ready for a shot of peace with a harmony chaser.
But seriously, where are the Serbs in all this? You're telling me a party was thrown and Ana wasn't the guest of honor, Nole wasn't invited, and JJ didn't crash it? What is this world? And where the fuck are Marat and Dina? My head hurts.
"Oh, they're better now. All the players. Much better. Back in the day, Steffi was the only one actually playing tennis, and nobody else seemed to want to pick her game up to try to get to that level - at least not until Monica (Seles) came along. But then Serena and I came on pretty hard and running fast, and it was like everybody seemed to say, 'No, no no. . . you're not going to run all over us, we're going to do our best to do the same things you're doing'. So the overall level has gone up. These women today are better athletes. They're better trained, there's better knowledge out there in every area, and they're using it. Even down to things like physiclal therapy and fitness. I think if anything, it's gotten more intense."
-- Venus, on how today's players compare to the past. Nice quotes from Venus in the article, though I had to chuckle at "Losing is my first - and last - wall." Uh, Venus, that's sounds nice, but I don't think you understand what you're saying there.
The Anti-Defamation League honored Venus for her "principled stand after an Israeli player was excluded from participating in a Dubai tennis tournament earlier this year."
That's nice and all, and yes, Venus was cool to mention Shahar in her speech. The speech that she gave AFTER SHE PLAYED IN THE TOURNAMENT AND WON.
"I feel like I did the minimum, just to speak and to say something," Ms. Williams said. "It shows that whatever little things you can do to make a difference really will help. I want to thank Shahar for her courage, and I share this award with her."
Ms. Williams said that every player deserves an opportunity to compete, and that while she was disappointed in Dubai's decision to exclude Pe'er, she doesn't think it will happen again.
"If it does, I wouldn't be happy with any player playing the event. We don't want to be a part of something that's not equal."
Yup, she did do the minimum. And why it was ok to play the tournament this year, but not if they ever do the exact same thing again, is a pure logic fail. In case the ADL didn't know, Andy Roddick actually refused to play the tournament completely, specifically citing his opposition to Dubai's shit visa policy. Oh, and unlike Shahar, Andy Ram was subsequently granted a visa to play.
There are so many factors that go into why that happened and cause and effect can't be directly proven. But it just seems a bit odd to recognize Venus and not Andy. He deserves a tip of the gross and disgustingly sweaty cap, too.
Lots of folks were on hand for the DirectTV ESPN promotional event, which saw a bunch of players showing off their USO kits. Basically its a whole lotta color. And James Blake. Ironically.
Congrats to Flavia, for playing steady tennis and beating Venus in straight sets, 76 64. Her reward? On Monday she'll become the first Italian woman to ever crack the top 10. She does this at the ripe old age of 27, no less. Much deserved!
Well Stanford was the Williamses in a nutshell. If it ain't a Slam, Serena can and will lose early and Venus, while more consistent than Serena, can go wonky at any time and lose to consistent hitters.
Hell of a performance by Mono, who wavered a bit but sacked up and courageously stepped up her game late in the third for the win. This is only her first WTA Premier title. I really didn't think she had it in her. I figured, as most of us probably did, that she'd crumble under the pressure. So all credit to Mono for finding the will to fight on, especially after missing her chances serving for the match. I guess the bathroom break after the second set helped. Amazing what five minutes in heaven with your laminated picture of Pierce Brosnan can do.
Venus ditched that ugly tie-dye number and rocked a Kill Bill yellow and black number on her way to a solid thrashing of The Pova, 62 62. The match was actually more competitive than the scoreline would indicate, as Maria had her chances early on Venus' serve.
But Masha looked rusty with her footwork and gameplan, her serve was pathetic, and her forehand completely failed her. But she fought, as she always does, and still made Venus work for the win. The footwork, gameplan, and forehand will come with more matchplay. But the bigger concern is that serve. If she can't hold her serve against strong returners (i.e., the top 5) she's got no chance of regaining the Grand Slam winning form that we've become used to. And that'd be a damn shame.
So Venus moves on and will play Lena D. in the semis tomorrow.
Congrats to Serena. She beat her big sister in straight sets, 76 62, breaking Venus' 34 set win streak at Wimbledon. ReRe now has 11 majors. Haven't seen the match yet so can't really comment, but this is quite the accomplishment for Serena. She now holds 3 of the last 4 majors.
And Serena was keen making sure you know that:
Q. How much of a motivation is it for you to try and regain the world No. 1 ranking?
SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I'm not super motivated. I think if you hold three Grand Slam titles maybe you should be No. 1, but not on the WTA Tour obviously, so...
You know, my motivation is maybe just to win another Grand Slam and stay No. 2, I guess (laughter).
Q. Does that disappoint you?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No. If it did, I would go crazy just thinking about it. I think anyone really could. That's just shocking. But whatever. It is what it is. I'd rather definitely be No. 2 and hold three Grand Slams in the past year than be No. 1 and not have any.
Q. Do you see yourself as No. 1?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I see myself as No. 2. That's where I am. I think Dinara did a great job to get to No. 1. She won Rome and Madrid (laughter).
Q. We all know the slams are the key events in our sport. Do you think someone somewhere should sit down and maybe tweak the ranking system a little bit so we don't have this problem?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm, I mean, maybe if I'd have done better at the French Open, like got to the semifinals, maybe things would have been different. But, uhm, honestly, I'm not picking on anybody. Everyone works hard.
I think the girl, Dinara, who is No. 1, you can clearly see by her physique how hard she works. You can't get anywhere by not doing the best and not working your hardest.
So, you know, I'm happy for her. I'm really excited that I won Wimbledon, though, because, like I said, I'd rather win that than not win the Championships.
Q. With all due respect, we're just talking about the system on paper the way the computer works. Do you think that should be changed?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. I don't know what can be changed. I feel like I've had a pretty consistent year, though, you know. I haven't lost too early. I got a little injured, but I fought through it. So it's been pretty consistent reaching at least the further rounds of different events.
But I don't know what to do to be No. 1. I don't even care anymore. I'm just happy to be here.
Yes, it's weird for a player to win 3 of the 4 majors and still be #2. That said, let's see, Dina lost to Serena at USO, Serena at AO, Kuz, the eventual champ, FO, and Venus at Wimbly. Not the most horrible record at Slams. Serena lost to, well, a lot of people you may or may not even name at various non-Slams (Patty Schnyder? Klara Zakapalova? Lena? Vika?). I'm not saying it's the same and yeah, Serena should probably be considered the best player in the world. But come on, just admit that you suck during the other event that, whether you like it or not, allow for the WTA to exist.
So I'm not capping on Serena for being annoyed. She should be. But she should be annoyed at herself or the system. She shouldn't be ripping on the other players. You're the best player in the world, Serena. Now maybe it's time to grow up and treat that label, and all the burdens it entails (oh, like being a good ambassador for the sport) accordingly. You can only play the "bratty little sister" card for so long.
As for Venus, I'm bummed for you. I don't know what happened there but I do wish you would have won. But you'll always be the #1 Williams in my heart, which isn't saying much, but it's saying something, I suppose. From one big sister to another, mucho props. You stay classy, baby. The pride and dignity with which you carry yourself just breaks my heart sometimes. And if that class, pride, and compassion means you don't win as many Slam, so be it. You're still the better Williams to me.
Q. Do you have anything you would like to ask one another as you've thought about the press conferences each of you has held during this fortnight on different days and seen each one play? What question do you have for one another at this point?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Are you ready to get out of here (laughter)?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Ditto (smiling).
Sometimes, you just gotta put Lennie out of his misery. And if you're a good friend, you do it quickly and mercifully.
Venus is a good friend. Maybe she'll buy Dina a puppy after the 1 and 0 drubbing. Or maybe she'll just tell the media to back the fuck off of Dina. I think I prefer the latter:
Q. This isn't your fault obviously because you played really well, but it's embarrassing for women's tennis to see the No. 1 destroyed in that way, isn't it?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Why do you put it like that?
Q. You played very well.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Are you trying to be down on women's tennis?
Q. I'm trying to be down on the way that Safina is the world No. 1 representing women's tennis.
VENUS WILLIAMS: So you're trying to be down basically.
Q. Not on women's tennis, no.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Okay, because I don't deal with down at all.
Q. It's not down.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm just making sure you're not trying to be down, because I respect Dinara Safina immensely, and I think you should, too.
Q. I do.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Thanks.
So Dina gets drubbed by Serena on Serena's best surface. She also gets drubbed by Venus on Venus' best surface. Hmmm...who did Dina beat on her best surface this year? Oh yeah, Venus, not to mention Serena last year in Berlin. But yeah, let's just completely forget about that because the vaunted Williamses suck on clay.
I'm just saying. All this near-sighted SHE'S A HORRIBLE TENNIS PLAYER bullshit is getting so damn old.
Interesting stuff from Navs re Venus, Serena, and bunch of fat ugly chicks.
Fortunately, by that time, Martina Navratilova had weighed in with a more seasoned view. When we sat down in the lobby of the locker room after her match in what they call the Ladies Invitation Doubles (a euphemism for seniors), she agreed that women’s tennis lacked clarity and conviction at the top, and mainly because of Venus and Serena’s chronic absences apart from non-Grand Slam events.
“They play in the playoffs but not in the regular season,” said Navratilova, always quick with a cross-reference. “But I don’t want to say their success is because the other women aren’t that good. I would prefer to look at it more as what it says about them, how great they are.”
At that moment, Serena walked by, smiling. “I was just talking about you,” Navratilova said. With Serena gone, she added, “I just wish you would play more.”
“That old women’s double standard, which I hate,” she said.
She remembered resentment here five years ago, some grumbling over her wild-card entry into the singles draw. She won her first-round match, 6-0, 6-1, against Catalina Castaño of Colombia.
Her point was that she was 47 at the time of her last Wimbledon singles victory. How great was that?
To expand her argument, couldn’t we pose similar questions about the men’s tour, where Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won a combined 20 Grand Slam events in the last six and a half years?
“Does that mean the other guys aren’t any good or that Roger and Rafa are great?” Navratilova said.
Serena has 10 Grand Slam victories to Venus’s 7. You hear all the time that both should have Federer numbers by now. It is not an unreasonable argument, but the effective counter is that they have still managed to outachieve and outlast a generation, with ease and without burning out.
I liked Martina's comments there. Why does Venus and Serena's awesomeness have to mean that everyone else sucks? Why can't people just focus on their awesomeness? The American Press seems to want to anyway. Go with it.
Question: When is the last time you remember Agi taking down a major scalp? And I don't mean a slumping Ana from a couple of months ago. I mean a legit, sit up and take notice, she's so wily and crafty, win? I can't remember any significant takedown since Masha two years ago. Sometimes I feel like she's still trading on that win.
But anyway, once again, Agi was completely outclassed by Venus at a major. Maybe this is just a pure matchup problem, but I'm definitely on the "SELL" side of A-Rad. I'm just not feeling it anymore. I like you for your off-court artistic skills and your propensity to stink-eye, neither of which require you to hold a racquet.
As for Venus, that's 30 straight sets on grass. She hasn't lost here since 2006 when she lost to JJ (or Ana, if you believe the LA Times). I don't generally like watching either Williams Sister on any surface, but I do like watching Venus on grass.
AI dropped the first set at 6-1, though to be honest it didn't seem like it should have been 6-1. It felt closer. But nonetheless, serving at 30-40 in the first game of the second set she fired her first ace and immediately felt a twinge in her left groin.
She tried to continue, missing her first serve and immediately started crying as she walked to her chair to sit and wait for the trainer. After getting the leg strapped she came back, gamely was able to close out the first game, but in a flood of tears walked up and retired.
To Venus' credit she was really classy with how she handled it. She gave Ana a hug and walked slowly to allow Ana to keep pace as they walked off together. Once they got of the court Venus showed genuine concern as she talked to Ana as they headed into the tunnel. I will add that I would expect nothing less from Venus. She's class all the way.
Ana after the match (the video is kinda heartbreaking):
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. Uhm, that's the most disappointing thing because I felt like I wasn't given a fair chance, you know, to fight.
But, yeah, it was really disappointing, especially that, you know, all of a sudden I felt pain after that serve. And, yeah, I'm really disappointing.
Q. Did you have the problem in the first set?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, no, nothing. I didn't feel anything up until that point. Over past few days I felt muscle tightness, but that was, you know, normal after playing so much on the grass.
Just when I was serving 30‑40 down in that first game, and after my first serve when I landed I just felt a sharp pain on my inner thigh and I couldn't step on my leg ever since.
Q. It was very hot today on Centre Court. I think it was 31 degrees in the shade. Did the heat have anything to do with it?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was very hot, but I made sure I stayed hydrated. I had a lot to drink before the match and also last night. Yeah, it was a different day in London.
But, yeah, you know, I enjoyed. I thought I had some chances in the first game of the first set. Even though it was 6‑1, I still thought it was pretty close. She played really well. She wasn't missing much.
But, yeah, I just felt like, uhm, maybe I should have had a fair chance to fight back.
Q. How big a disappointment is it compared to anything else you've endured?
ANA IVANOVIC: Obviously it's very disappointing. You know, especially that I felt my form was getting better and better. So, yeah, it's really frustrating (tearing up.)
Q. Is that part of the problem, because you hadn't had the best year, but you were coming back?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, just frustrating because, like I said, I felt, you know, good out there. I was playing better each match. I just thought, you know, it was great challenge for me today to play against someone like Venus.
And, yeah, just disappointing I didn't get the right chance, you know, to finish the match.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I don't even know the last time that I had these circumstances. I don't think ever in a slam. So I think she was in a lot of pain.
You know me, I'm one of those players I just only pay attention to what's going on on my side of the net. But today I felt really sad for her actually. She was really upset.
This is Wimbledon. It's the last place you want to have an injury that you can't overcome. So I'm wishing her a lot of luck in her recovery.
Q. Did you notice the moment when she was injured?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I just think it happened in the last game, and I guess it was painful. You know, she's tough. She tried to not show it. But, you know, professional players, we're always in a little bit of pain of some sort. So you get used to the pain level, but I guess it was something she couldn't work through.
So yeah. Really tough luck for the kid. It seems like every time she's on her way to gaining momentum something happens.
Nice day for the American men and women with two expected wins and two surprises.
Yeah, probably not. But it's going to be fun watching him try. It's like watching a blind puppy repeatedly crashing into a glass door. You know it's sad and you shouldn't laugh, but come on, IT'S COMEDY GOLD.
As for the surprises, who had Melanie Oudin and Jesse "Marat Slayer" Levine going into the third round? Nice runs, you two.
And these two won their dubs match. In case you missed it on ESPN when they decided to ignore all the other interesting single matches. Nice.
Day 2 pretty much followed the script from Day 1. The top seeds played like top seeds, a few moments of heartburn, a few minor upsets. But all in all, no major shakeups.
The Getty caption to this pic is "Jeremy Chardy serves to Andy Roddick during their first round match...", which...uh, no. Still a rad pic though.
Momo will vanquish all that stand in her way. Or...well...at least the one who stood in her way today. Who knows what'll happen in two days.
Aw...how adorable. She went ditched the black tape and went with the traditional off-white tape out of respect for Wimbly. Or something.
And I'm pretty sure that if Martina saw this pic she'd cream herself. Go Volley!Ana!
I shit you not. Those are the lyrics to "One Moment In Time" by Whitney Houston.
That hand belongs to Georgie Stoop, who also admitted to listening to Spin Doctors before taking the court. Either Georgie Stoop is 40 years old or the early 90's just hit Britain.
Seriously, Adidas has to be feeling pretty good about themselves. That or they totally bribed all the photogs to not take pics of their athletes slipping on the grass.
To this day my parents still make fun of me because when I was a kid (and really, up until I was like 14) I always took pictures crouched down on one knee. I have no idea where that habit came from. But I'm fairly certain I have a childhood pic that looks exactly like this one. Minus the racquet and ball. But I think I was definitely in a skirt. All class, baby.
It really is something seeing Venus on the grass courts of Wimbly. Her gangly lankiness, which for some reason looks awkward and off-putting on other surfaces, looks downright awesome and gracious on grass.
Anyway, Venus kicked off her title defense with an easy 3 and 2 win.
Dina's thinly veiled offense that the interviewer didn't know who Yelena Isinbayeva is ridix awesome. And what does it say about me that I immediately imagined that if Isinbayeva was asked about Dina she'd respond with a "Who?"
Also, Hsieh-Su Wei is my new favorite tennis player. Why? "Because she's coo."
See? I can be complimentary.
Masha came back from a set down to eventually win fairly easily. Serve and dress notwithstanding she was looking really good off both sides. Lateral movement looked good and she's still able to whack the ball into the corners and find some angles. But she's faced with the same questions Ana is: Can she hold serve against the bigger hitters?
And Venus "gave away" the second set to Bethanie before pulling out the three set win. Tough luck for Bethanie, who looked like she was struggling with a right wrist problem during the match.
And is Alexa Glatch the real deal? Again, it's not that she's beating top 30 players, she's demolishing them. Benesova, Kvitova, and now Flavia, 1 and 1. Where'd this kid come from?
Jay Z won and K-Bond is the only Bond left in the draw as she took out Peppermint Patty.
One match didn't finish. Vera D and Caro are locked at a set a piece before the match was suspended for darkness. Come on, Caro.
Look, ladies. I know Paris is all about being all á la mode and shit, and that can be a lot of pressure, and it might push you to try things that you wouldn't otherwise do. I get it. But you're both seasoned competitors, experienced clotheshorses, built like a designer's dream... so there's no excuse for what I had to look at today.
This picture actually makes this dress look about as good as possible. I looked all over, but the others must have been so bad no one could justify posting them. I never think Venus's dresses fit her, and this is no exception. It's exactly the same design as her other one, and I'll skip right over the fit problems (skirt fixed too high, straps too loose, etc. ad nauseum) and go right to the colour scheme. Is tie dye supposed to be back? I think Venus is trying to convince me, but she's failing. Colour block tie dye, even if well-executed, is never advisable. And this is not well-executed. It looks like the light reflection in an oil slick. About the best thing I have to say about this is that at least she finally figured out that she needs to be wearing a bra.
Yeah, that's how your dress made me feel, too. The cut reminds me of JJ's Anta Maternity line (circa AO), and the way it billows out in action reminds me of when I was 10 and was obsessed with drawing ball gowns with bustles on them. The overall effect is just kind of bizarre, like a 10th grade Home Ec sundress gone terribly wrong. It's not terrible standing still, but in action it's a nightmare, and the action is the point, n'est-ce pas?