Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Grazing in the Grass - Wimbledon 2010 Day 8

by Savannah

Just so we're clear. I hate wireless routers. I'm going to go back to using an ethernet cord. Pain in the ass.

People are talking about there having been two upsets yesterday. In my opinion there was only one.
Tsvetana Pironkova's defeat of world number two Venus Williams was an upset. Everyone has good and bad days. Venus had a bad day yesterday. She never got on track and all Pironkova had to do was let Venus make errors. She didn't run Venus all over, wasn't hitting amazing shots - yes her groundies were strong but in the end all she was doing was keeping the ball in the court and waiting for an error from Venus - she just played solid tennis.
What I don't get was all the blather that Venus would/should retire. Why? One bad match at a Slam and she should get out of Dodge? Come on people. If Venus stopped playing who is ready to step in and take her place? Seriously people. Do they think that Caroline Wozniacki will be the one to take over where Venus left off? Really? Unless they bring in a pod ain't gonna happen. After what Petra Kvitova did to her you'd think the talk would be about what she needs to do to improve her game not Venus retiring. Do we really need a pusher ranked in the top three of women's tennis?
I've always had a soft spot for Vera Zvonareva. I always remember the match where she broke down in tears because on that day she wasn't playing well enough to win. Vera, who is known by tennisheads as Bepa, the Cyrillic spelling of her name, played well enough yesterday. Holding onto her emotions and remaining focused she defeated media darling Kim Clijsters in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
When forced to adjust her style to her opponent's play Clijsters always has problems. Nadia Petrova showed how to take away her timing earlier this year with an awesome display of power tennis. Bepa showed a more subtle way to do the same thing.
Totally unheralded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in three tough sets 4-6, 7-6(8), 8-6.
The women's semi finals will feature Serena Williams against Vera Zvonareva and Tsvetana Pironkova against Petra Kvitova.
I wonder who Serena will play in the Final?


vw said...

I hope Caroline Wozzy gets out of the top ten soon. Push Push Push
Her PR firm is excellent though.

Savannah said...

If my child was an athlete I'd want her PR firm.

vw said...

I'm really sad about Venus. I just can't see her getting another big one. Serena yes, but hell, V might prove me wrong. I really like her and we share the same initials and zodiac sign.

Who are you picking to win the men's? It's really a toss-up now.