Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday's Stars

by Savannah

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. I'm not sure what Elena Dementieva would say about that. Saturday's semi final saw her usher a lackluster Serena Williams to the exit door bringing about an all Russian final between herself and Maria Sharapova who had outlasted another Russian, Alisa Kleybanova to make the final. I could go on and on about the commentators constantly talking about how tired Maria was, of course she was tired after playing the night match but it would have been nice for them to focus some attention on Elena. I got on the Elena bandwagon early in the year but she seemed to lose her way. Time will tell if she is back on track.

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, left, and Nuria Llagostera Vives celebrate victory. They defeated the team of Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs 2-6, 7-5, 11-9.

In Cincinnati the dominant men's doubles team of Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor again hoisted trophies in celebration of yet another victory, this time over the American team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 3-6, 7-6(2), 15-13.

Roger Federer faced minimal opposition as he won the singles title in Cincinnati in straight sets over Novak Djokovic 6-4 and 7-5. Djokovic, who played the night semi final match never seemed to wake up. As you know I'm not a fan of either man but it would've been nice to see a competitive final.

Both tours will be in New Haven this week. Qualifying for the US Open also begins this week. The Main Draw takes place on Thursday August 27.


Karen said...

Oh Savannah, you never fail to disappoint. How do you mean Roger faced no opposition. He faced what everyone is calling the hottest hard court player in Andy Murray and made him look ordinary and then he took out a player who had beaten him the last 2 times they played. One of which involved the famous racquet smash. I dont know who else Roger needs to beat when he wins a tournament to provide satisfaction to some people. It is just bizarre.

Craig Hickman said...

"Roger Federer faced minimal opposition..."

I'm butting in, but where does Savannah say Raja faced "no opposition," Karen?

And it would have been nice to have a competitive final. But we got what we got and it was a stinker.

Karen said...

Roger Federer faced "minimal opposition" as he won the singles title in Cincinnati in straight sets over Novak Djokovic 6-4 and 7-5. Minimal opposition is akin to no opposition in my book Craig.

vw said...

I was in Cincy all week and the Nadal Djokovic match was pretty good.The doubles final was the most exciting match of the week but not many people were there. Mohamed Lahyani asked people to stay after Nestor and Z won the second set but they left anyway. That super tiebreak was some thrilling tennis.

Savannah said...

I've wondered for a while why doubles, especially men's doubles, aren't given more exposure. Before Master's TV became TennisTV they would show the doubles finals. Not any more.

Sounds like you had a great time vw! And I would've stayed to see the end of the match.

Helen W said...

vw I would simply love to see a pic of you at the coin toss!