Let me start by saying abdominal surgery is a bitch. I thought it was overkill to prescribe Hillbilly Heroin as a pain killer but it wasn't. I'm through with it now but it was needed.
And now on to tennis.
It had to be disheartening for fans of Ana Ivanovic to watch her match against Jelena Jankovic earlier today. The two Serbian's split the first two sets by identical 6-4 scores and would play a third set to see who would move on. I was tempted to offer Ana a plate of select Spanish cheeses since all she did was whine to her coach about not being able to see the ball. She was yammering on about some other problems she was having and not paying the slightest bit of attention to any coaching he was trying to do. Ana managed to win one game in the third set.
It's a good thing The Monogram didn't have to play Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr yesterday.
Venus Williams is now officially WTA #2. Serena Williams remains WTA #1. Somewhere there is much weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The tally so far for the WTA.
Caroline Wozniacki - Out
Melanie Oudin - Out
Svetlana Kuznetsova - Out
Maria Sharapova - Out
Justine Henin - Out
Dinara Safina - Out
Gael Monfils is now wearing K-Swiss. He's one of the players kicked to the curb by Adidas so that the Scottish Churl could be their tennis player.
I wish someone would explain to me why Tennis Channel has time to show the men's early rounds live but the WTA is relegated to online viewing.
I should mention that it was great seeing the stands full on Court 3 for the Ernests Gulbis vs Mikhail Youzhny match. The stands are also pretty full for Serena vs Nadia Petrova. Tennisheads, no matter their locale, know a good match when they see it.
What Not To Wear
During her bag check segment on Tennis Channel Aravane Rezai says she likes shiny things. Not this shiny thing Aravane, not this.
Meanwhile someone I usually rag on looks as if she's taking control of her wardrobe.
I like what I see of Maria Sharapova's outfit in this picture. The colors, everything looks right with it. Good work Maria.