Friday, July 6, 2007
The Ladies Finalists
Both have fathers who are called nut jobs. Both have fought their way through tough draws and lousy courts to arrive at the point all their peers hoped to be.
Venus achieved her final position by beating Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.
Marion Bartoli was overlooked by all the pundits even after taking out the number three seed Jelena Jankovic, no slouch. Her father's training techniques drew snickers from the cognoscenti. I'll always remember his somewhat stunned expression as it sunk in that he and his daughter had actually reached tennis Holy Grail.
Richard is finally being given credit for being the coach and tennis mind that he is. How fitting that these two women and not one of the media darlings will play for the Championship.
Who will win? I think experience points to Venus but she can't take Marion lightly. Her will and groundstrokes are both strong.
May the best woman win.