Sunday, August 02, 2009

From The Brink

Marion Bartoli of France holds up her trophy after beating Venus Williams of the U.S. in the finals of their Stanford Classic tennis match at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, August 2, 2009.

What is it about staring down the barrel of match point or two, surviving, and ultimately winning the whole shebang? Some effort from Marion Bartoli to beat Venus Williams in a third set, the Frenchwoman's third three-set victory in a row.

Who saw that coming?


Sam Querrey of the U.S. holds his trophy after winning the L.A. Tennis Open tournament by defeating Australia's Carsten Ball during their singles final match in Los Angeles, California, August 2, 2009.

Sam Querrey overcame a second set lapse against Carsten Ball (too bad his first name isn't Wilson) to secure his second career title. Back-to-back-to-back finals with a victory on the third try in the third set. Not bad at all.

Will he be this summer's Juan Martin del Potro?


Russia's Nikolay Davydenko holds the trophy after defeating Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrerro in their Croatia Open final tennis match in Umag, Croatia, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009.

Nikolay Davydenko wins back-to-back titles. Juan Carlos Ferrero was this week's victim. He looks beyond thrilled. Clay in August oughtta be against the law.


Russia's Vera Dushevina lifts her trophy after beating Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic in the final of the WTA Istanbul Cup tennis tournament in Istanbul August 2, 2009.

Vera Dushevina
lifts her trophy after beating Lucie Hradecka at the Istanbul Cup.


Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil holds the trophy after defeating Andreas Beck of Germany in their final match at the ATP Suisse Open tennis tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland, Sunday Aug. 2, 2009.

Thomas Belucci won his maiden title over Andreas Beck. Good for him.


Matthew said...

Also, I was very impressed with ESPN today. I was upset yesterday when they decided to show a replay of the abysmal Venus-Dementieva match instead of the live Stosur-Bartoli match. But today, when the Venus-Bartoli match was running a little bit long, they started showing the Querrey-Ball match on ESPN Classic, and switched over the coverage back to ESPN2 as soon as the women's match was over.

It was good for me, because I have both channels, and was able to record one while I watched the other, so I could watch the first later. Well done, ESPN.

Karen said...

I am still upset at Venus' loss and it just makes me even angrier at Bartoli and the whole stupid on court coaching thing. Let it go Karen, let it go. However, my day was not a total loss as Venus came out and played good tennis to win a doubles title. I liked what she said after her loss. She had a great tournament and Marion played great tennis. I was interested to see the crowd for the doubles match and I was not disappointed. I remember last year's final drew a smattering of people to watch the match. I hope if the sisters dont play singles during the rest of this USO that they consider playing doubles. It can only be good for the Tour when they play. Can you imagine if they decide to become doubles players.

Craig Hickman said...

This is Venus' second final in a row where she has looked confused on the court. It's one thing to be outplayed. It's another to be outplayed and discombobulated.

Sometimes, even for the champions, the prospect of winning can play tricks on the mind.

Karen said...

Craig, I dont buy that for one minute. She played like crap. She had Bartoli running her all over the court and she could not find her way to net to play her game. How the heck can you come from beating 2 players losing 5 games in total to not even being able to find your freaking serve, let alone your ground strokes. And then you go out and win doubles. She needs someone to put a licking on her. I am so tired of seeing her play like this. Wish that she would have lost in the first round, then at least I would not feel so disgusted with her performance yesterday. Anytime she starts screaming I know she is not playing well. It is so hard being a Venut

tangerine said...

Please hurry and update your blog again soon, Craig. Can't stand the sight of doughy-faced Marion the barbarian on the front page.

rabbit said...

Marion the barbarian?! :(

sparky said...

face it: marion was too tough for venus this time... all the talk about venus weak game, no words for bartoli who really hit the shit out of the venus-freak...

Karen said...

Craig, I have never joined the conspiracy theory of those that say that the Shrieking One did not have a shoulder injury, but I am beginning to question it now more than ever. M

MMT said...

Sharapova didn't injure her shoulder? What's the scuttlebutt on that? Why was she away from the tour for so long?