Archives: Australian Open 2008 Day 2-3

In Archives on January 16, 2008 at 12:41 am

Original Post date: January 16, 2008 (Australian Open 2008)

Yesterday was touted as a being a great day for on the women’s draw as the place was all a buzzed with the match up of Lindsay Davenport vs. Maria Sharapova. Mind you Lindsay has only beaten Maria once in their 5 meeting (it was more than a beating as the score 6-0, 6-0 suggests that it was a massacre.)

So the pundits were all excited, Pam Shiver, Mary Carillo and Mary Joe Fernandez (ESPN commentators). Oh it is so wonderful that a mother came back on tour etc etc etc. Lindsay vs. Maria. Of course they forgot the fact that Lindsay does not have a winning record against Maria. However, Maria did not forget and she came out like a banshee beating Lindsay for all the fanfare 6-1 6-3. “How quietly we go out in the night.” We have to acknowledge the tremendous effort and strength Lindsay went through to get in shape but her performance was lackluster at best. Not known for her movement, (rumour has it that her 7 month old baby out runs her in a sprint) Maria placed balls in the corners knowing that Lindsay was not going to move. I am only happy that Lindsay went out because Mary, Pam and Mary Joe make me violently ill. They always go all stupid on certain players, Lindsay being a mother now they are all excited as she has joined their club. Of course there are really jealous as Lindsay has more tennis talent in her finger than the three combine. They are all “doubles specialist” and were all lifted to greatest in doubles by FAR MORE SUPERIOR partners. However, my happiness was short lived by the fact that they are all Maria fans and they go stupid over her as well.

In other news, Andy Roddick looked his usual first-week of-major-self. Dominating on serve, hyping himself up and running around giving you that fool’s sense of hope that he can really threaten at the majors. Mind you his opponents are lower ranks runts who we quickly forget the next day. Yet, like a bully in the school yard, Andy takes pleasure in beating up the small fry. However, the true test of his abilities always come when the sharks arrive and the Andy that we find so “precious” with his one theme song ‘Serve it hard then a forehand” shows up. He is not going to be the Aussie Champion 2008.

Rafa Nadal was impressive as always. Running up and down the court working every point over as if his life depended on it. Justine and Amelia. Amelia as always is an Anomaly. (She is here by christened Anomaly Mauresmo) Capable of great play and then running around the court as if she is not aware that she is a top 20 player. She is currently ranked 18. That is an insult. Serena was impressive but I felt she was giving too much too early. Her Chinese opponent (Look out for China come Olympics 2008) was in some places giving her a run for her money but Serena showed her who was the boss. I must say that Serena and Venus thus far have been showing a level of game play/tactic that I find very interesting and eagerly await when they meet the big name players. However, as we all know the Williams sisters though great, are more than capable of temporary insanity on court as Venus  first round in 2006 Aussie Open lost to Pironvoka (who is she? where is she?) and Serena three straight times to Henin 2007.

Thus far there have been no major upsets so all is quite well with the tennis world. Look for Safin vs. Marcos Baghdatis. Marat has the most talent on the ATP tour, his biggest problem however is between his ears. That should be an interesting matchup if the real Marat shows up. Federer of course plays tonight against Fabrice Santoro. Fabrice is a tricky player however for the tricks/magic he supposedly has, his ranking is a disappearing act. Novak and so does Venus play tonight. I know I am forgetting some players. I know it takes a lot of commitment to stay up and watch tennis. However, the matches are very good if you can withstand the bullshit that is passed off as commentary, then it would be all right.

(c) 2008 CRH


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