Don't count your chickens before they hatch. I grew up with that expression but I got the visual much later in life when visiting my then in-laws in the Caribbean. I got another visual this morning when Fernando Verdasco won in five sets over Andy Murray. There wasn't all the drama of the Gasquet/Gonzalez match from the other night but in it's own way it was just as spectacular. Verdasco seems to have figured out that tennis matches have an ebb and flow and that just because you miss a shot or two it doesn't mean that yo should pack your tent and leave the premises.
This was the kind of match Verdasco would have lost in the past. He held his nerve and was obviously fit enough to play as long as it was going to take. He'll take on the winner of James Blake vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals. Who'd a thunk it?
I wonder where Nurse Sheila was?
It was one very bizarre night for the medical staff at Melbourne.
- Gael Monfils retired allowing Gilles Simon to advance to the quarter finals.
- Zheng Jie retired after a fall aggravated a wrist problem allowing Svetlana Kuznetsovato advance.
- Victoria Azarenka had to be escorted off the court after appearing disoriented and staggering around behind the baseline. Serena Williams advanced to the next round. Ms Azarenka was said to be suffering the aftereffects of food poisoning.
In off the court medical news Elena Dementieva admitted that her mother is not with her in Australia due to medical reasons. Guess Pammy and the others can stop saying Elena is flying solo because at twenty seven she doesn't need to travel with her mother.
This and That
The Australia Day firework display is beautiful. It also seems to have stopped the men's round of sixteen match between Blake and Tsonga. Don't ask me. I'm watching this live and it appears the players are going to resume their match after the pyrotechnics. The delay is going to be about eight minutes. The players are still on court. Tsonga is trying to keep warm. Blake, legs crossed, is chillin'.
Sanity prevailed and the match has resumed. Bizarre.
They did a feature on Jelena Dokic during the fire work delay. I kid you not. I'm sure this was supposed to be shown tomorrow.
January 26 begins the Lunar New Year. This is the year of the Earth Ox
The Ox is the second sign of the Chinese zodiac. Like its predecessor and complement, the Rat, it signifies new beginnings. The main difference is the Ox is associated with building to last and slow but sure action. Even more so than last year we all have to make good choices, as that which is begun now is likely to have long term consequences.