The Australian Open is into it's fourth day and I've been watching without sound for the last day and a half. It seems that the talking heads for ESPN2 are wholly owned by the American/British/Australian tennis axis. You could throw in Switzerland as well but that is a more complex matter. I remember when the US tennis establishment didn't much care for a certain monogrammed gentleman from that country until other players not from Northern Europe began to make noise on the tour. Then he became the greatest thing since sliced bread. But I digress.
I refuse to watch any match involving Kim Clijsters that is broadcast on ESPN2. I think they think she's the only woman to have ever given birth. The way they carry on about her is ridiculous. All of the women broadcasters have children so they should know better than that. She has a nanny. She does not spend her days shuttling between quality time with her child and the tennis court. It's obvious she's been preparing for her comeback for quite some time yet no one can bring themselves to say it. So last night I slept until the men's match came on.
To me she will always be Cupcake Kim. She came back at the end of the season fully rested while all the other women were beat up mentally and physically. Tell me that was not premeditated.
By the way there is a reason I stopped watching her matches, and will soon do the same with her countrywoman Justine Henin. Brad Gilbert felt that both Belgian women should have been seeded. Not just at the lower end of the scale but at 2 & 3. Imagine all the women who played their asses off sitting still for that. His reason was that now they're going to have to knock each other off. I'm crying as I type this.
As some fans have said it seems that the ESPN2 crew and the majority of the tennis media are for anyone they think can knock off The Williams Women. I heard no groundswell of support for the liar who played last night from the stands. It was all coming from her box and over the airwaves.
I'll end this little rant with a quote from tennishead "Rocketta" about St. Kim.
Anyway, it gave me flash backs to the AO when they just knew she was going to win and beat Serena and it looked like it was going to happen then Serena turned it around and won at the last minute.... I thought MJF and Pam were going to actually cry on air. If you are that emotionally attached to a player then you shouldn't be calling her matches OR just be up front about it... don't fake objectivity..
The Other Stah
Listening to Dick Enberg call a Maria Sharapova match makes me feel like I need a bath. The postmortem discussion was amazing the other night for it's bathos. "Where does Maria go from here?" someone whined.
I think Craig and I are the only ones who said there was no major difference in her serve and that her game had not changed. Last night one of the women in talking about how well the Liar and Elena Dementieva moved said that it was too bad Sharapova can't move like Elena and the Liar were. I am really upset that Elena couldn't hold it together and win when she had so many opportunities to do so. It means I have to spend more time watching a television or computer screen with the sound off.
Grand Slam Miscellany
Anyone notice how chunky and round faced Fernando Verdasco has become?
While I applaud his effort and feel bad that he worked so hard and lost James Blake had a snowballs chance in hell of beating Juan Martin del Potro. Delpo had no intention of losing to Blake.
How come no one sent me a memo to tell me Venus is now in her warrior princess phase? That is some dress. (If you don't get the reference Google "Xena".)
Serena added a wrap to her calf to match the one on her thigh during doubles play yesterday.
Caroline Wozniacki spilled something on her dress.
Note to Jeff Tarango who commented that he could never date Jelena Jankovic because there would be too much drama. You're right. You could never date her.
Dinara Safina lost her gut. Good for her.
St Kim isn't so saintly after all. I wonder how her husband reacted to the picture of her feeling up Rafael Nadal?
A fan tweeted the other night that John Isner used an expletive or two during a tense part of his first match. If you watch ESPN2 you would never know.
Andy Roddick's little cursing jag was caught live but due to what I presume was a delay we didn't get to hear his bon mots. The incident was laughed off as "Andy being Andy." Okay.
James Blake used his racquet to point out an unruly fan. I thought the announcers were going to faint.
Donald Young is competing today.
ESPN2 coverage starts at 11p Eastern tonight. I wonder what the featured match will be?
End Note: I'll start posting pictures soon. I promise.