Sunday, August 09, 2009

Sunday Open Thread

We've got finals today. Andy Roddick's going for his fourth Legg Mason title up against defending champ Juan Martín del Potro. And sizzling hot Samantha Stosur takes on Flavia Pennetta who dismissed Maria Sharapova last night for the LA Women's Tennis Open title.

And speaking of Sharapova. Listening to Mary Jo (who, for the umpteenth time, needs to recuse herself from calling Sharapova's matches!) and Cliffie and Pammy and Tracy carry on last night, you would have thought Maria was playing herself. If they said anything about Flavia, it was so brief as to be lost in all the chatter about the shoulder the shoulder the shoulder the shoulder the shoulder....

Give it a rest, people. Sharapova has the yips. Has for two years. Overcame them for one tournament -- the 2008 Australian Open -- to tear through the field without dropping a set in one of the most dominating Slam performances of the decade.

Twas before her alleged surgery.

Sistergirl has other things on her mind. She's on the court to fulfill some other obligations, I would venture, and once those are paid due, she'll go back to travelling the world with her best friend forever.

Or are they no longer forever?

But anyway.

Who's going to win the US Open Series titles today?

12 comments:

Karen said...

oh Craig you bad boy you. Did you see the smirk on Flavia's face at one point during the match last night. It was as if to say, you could shriek all you freaking want, but I will not be intimidated tonight. She just turned her back, smiled and went back to doing what she was doing before. Sharapova does not give a toss about tennis anymore. As you say she is fulfilling obligations to sponsors etc. She was ready to quit that match from the second set. No way was she going to be taken to a third set last night. The crowd however wanted more and she gave them more. What a lot of fist pumping and growling (no longer shrieks) and guttaral come ons. Oh yes, I am the best fighter out there baby. Funny how we never saw any of that vaunted fight against Venus. I am just saying...

Pamela said...

Maria has had shoulder problems, her serve, the shoulder, the arm, the shoulder, the abbreviated motion, the intensity, the shoulder, the surgery, the invasive 12 minute surgery, the shoulder the shoulder, the shoulder surgery ... ok done. Let's move on.

Winners: Andy A! and Samantha Stosur finally wins her first tour title.

I must be the only one who can't just "like" John Isner. He's tall, played a great tie-break last night, nice guy but ... just not that into him. Blah.

Pamela said...

Andy R! Is what I meant.

Craig Hickman said...

Ugh.

Karen said...

Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather. Did not see this one coming at all. Third set. Could Andy's wife be looking more bored than she is right now. He plays an amazing point, and she never even applauds.

Craig Hickman said...

He who chokes last....

Karen said...

I dont think I would call that a choke. It was a well played match and it was just unfortunate that someone had to win and by ergo someone had to lose. What has impressed me about Andy is his return of serve. What has also impressed me about Juan Martin is also his return of serve. USO should be very interesting.

Pamela said...

I can't find fault with the result. DelPo just played good tennis. He summoned the energy he needed in the 3rd set, along with the serves. So .. have to say Congrats to him.

Looks like Flavia has a chance to win her match, which is who I'd prefer to win anyway. She's up a set and a break. Nerves may come into play for her. Who knows.

Karen said...

Pamela, nerves went out the window. She won the match, for which I am quite happy with the results. After playing that marathon match last night, to come back and beat the third best server on Tour (whatever that means) is a good show. I had picked Flavia to win because the only thing Stosur has is that kick serve and a forehand when she can set up for it. It was Craig actually who pointed out to me earlier this year that Stosur is an average player. I have since watched her matches and realise that it is indeed true. This is after she lost a match against Azarenka by winning only 1 game.

Pamela said...

Karen, add to that average label that her backhand is quite tame. I mean, that's the game plan to beat her. She's a doubles specialist having a very good inspired run the last couple of months. It'll end soon enough, although she seems rather nice.

Karen said...

I understand from folks who were watching the trophy ceremony on live streaming are reporting some very uncomfortable moments at the trophy ceremony, i.e. that the announcer referenced this match to Andy's match at Wimbledon. It is alleged that Andy said "thanks for reminding me". From what I hear it was a very awkward moment.

Karen said...

I dont know for some reason I am always a bit put off by Australians. I always get the sense that there is something below the surface that I am not getting and I am always sensing a bit of latent racism coming from them. I work with a few of them in my office and maybe that is where it is coming from, but I get that same vibe from the Serbs as well. I dont think it is wilful, I just think that they have not had much exposure to people of colour and that kind of throws them when they have to deal with persons of colour.