by Craig Hickman
Rain was today's biggest winner, as only a few matches were completed, further backing up the schedule on the morrow. Play will begin on the outer courts at 11:00 instead of noon. Why they didn't bump up play on all the courts already today is beyond me. But that would've been too much like right. As it is, the show courts are sticking to their 1:00 start, which simply makes no sense.
When there are so many rain delays, Chris Fowler gets lots of airtime with other analysts in the ESPN studio. Here's my favorite little exchange from the studio today:
Darren Cahill: You see that handbag Roger is carrying around?"
Mary Carillo: Roger's becoming more and more metrosexual hourly.
What I want to know is this: what possessed him to carry that onto a tennis court? And how many little dogs can fit in that thing?
Back up on Henman Hill, Pam Shriver was at her deadpan best.
Pam Shriver: Is this for Tiger Tim?
Man with stuffed tiger: Actually, I quite fancy Feline-ciano Lopez.
Pam Shriver: That's pathetic.
Man: I heard you say 'That's pathetic' earlier today.
Pam Shriver: Yeah, well I'm consistent.
What does ESPN pay these people?
Serena Williams and Alicia Molik played a great match, after which, Serena had this to say:
Q. Yesterday you encouraged your sister. Today you were sort of like yelling at yourself, agonizing. Was this a tough match? Were you just not playing well? She was serving well.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, she was serving really well. She's playing really well on the grass court. She has one of the biggest serves in women's tennis. She has a very consistent serve. She's hitting a lot of slice. She's really a good grass court player. If she probably hadn't have played me, she probably would have gotten really far in this tournament. I knew that going in. It was just a match like that.
This from the woman many say never gives her opponents any credit? Whatever.