Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Final Four First


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That would be Russian Vera Zvonareva who handled the Princess of Denmark with ease today. I wouldn't mind if she won the whole thing, actually. I've no real interest in watching the rest of the women's mathcups, that's for sure.

Andy Roddick asked not too long ago that since things were now equal in terms of prize money on the tours at the Slams, why don't the women play the second match on Arthur Ashe stadium from time to time, so the men aren't the only ones out there till the wee hours of the morning?

Last night we saw what would happen. After Roddick beat Nicolas Kiefer in a high-quality match, there wasn a mass exodus of fans. It may have had to do with the multiple double faults Flavia Pennetta toxified the joint with, after which Ana Ivanovic generously returned the favor. Her 4-0 lead evaporated like money.

I couldn't stay up to watch the match. It was beyond boring. Some fans say it got better later. Good for the dozen or so who hung around to see it, I guess.

9 comments:

charags said...

Craig, need some help.

Do you know what channels are showing live matches?

Tennis channel, as usual is showing some history and I can't find live Indian Wells on any other Comcast channels :-( :-(

S.O.S !

Pheasant Plucker said...

"...why don't the women play the second match on Arthur Ashe stadium from time to time, so the men aren't the only ones out there till the wee hours of the morning?

Last night we saw what would happen. After Roddick beat Nicolas Kiefer in a high-quality match, there wasn a mass exodus of fans."

The Bryan Bros/ Nadal match on the other court might have had something to do with it as well... place was packed.

Craig Hickman said...

Still a men's match, Pheasant Plucker.

The WTA has a terrible product right now

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charags, there is no live tennis on tele in the US till the night session. Don't know your market, but check your Fox Sports/Comcast channels.

Karen said...

So Andy is getting married next month. Roger gets a baby in the Summer, Mardy got himself a wife. I guess the old guys are showing us what the ATP is going to look like by 2010. The elder statesman is perhaps going to be Nadal, followed by the rest of the gang. Can you say 2003-2007 all over again. As to the women's match last night, I did the opposite of Craig, I fell asleep during the men's match (sorry) so that I could stay up for the women's match. I stayed up and watched it until the very end (in between sleeping) because I will be damned if I am going to make these women who cannot keep the ball in the court prevent me from watching something that I have been stinking up the message boards about (lack of women's matches on my tele). Both women were in tears by the end of the match. It is very hard when you are struggling with your game. I know.I have cried many times on a tennis court because I just cannot put the ball in play. You dont know whether to go for a hard serve and miss or take something off in which case it comes back faster than you put it out there. Very frustrating. It does not help at all that you are also fighting yourself. I wish that the people who write about tennis matches will talk about Venus/Serena and their mental games - 0-40 down and you find something inside of you to bomb out ace serves like it is nobody's business. Stop talking about power etc and start talking about their mental strength. Matter of fact I will go over to Jon's column and post that question.

Savannah said...

Karen I stayed up for the women's match too. I like Flavia.

Let's see what happens tonight.

Craig Hickman said...

I like Flavia, too, but that movie got off to such a terrible start.

Karen said...

Although Flavia keeps giving my favourite female player a hard time, I have to admit that I was rooting for her last night as well. I do not like Azarenka but I will be cheering her on tonight as well as I really do not want Dinara to become NO. 1 - I understand she has a nice personality and it was nice to see her and Serena yukking it up at the AO trophy ceremony but I just ike my No. 1 with some hardware. That being said if she gets it I will not be very unhappy. There is that site called Forty Deuce which is dedicated to all things Ana - they had some really hilarious posts on Azarenka. I knew she had a nasty attitude from the time I saw her play Serena at AO 2007 and she seemed pissed off that Serena kept acing her - I also saw her play in Brisbane this year and man she was just really rude to ball kids and everyone in sight. In any event I just cannot stand her screeching - if you think Sharapova sounds bad, you should Azarenka - sounds like she is coming.
On another note on 2 separate occasion I have seen articles about Sharapova from 2 different journalists that put her age at 24 - how could 2 people make such a mistake - James Martin did it and Matt Cronin as well. Are they finally telling us her real age?

Craig Hickman said...

If so, then all that talk about her winning Wimbledon so young...

Karen said...

I thought about that. I was a bit struck by it because it was 2 different writers who mentioned the age of 24 for her age. I can see one writer, but 2 - and 2 that know their tennis as well.
I have given up on this women's match. Azarenka is a choker. Gone to bed. She had that set. She needs to stop howling so much.