I didn't get to post yesterday because my daughter graduated from college. After the ceremony we went to one of the better NYC steak houses. Needless to say I'm very proud of her.
Women's Semi Finals
Francesca Schiavone had any inkling Elena Dementieva was going to retire after the first set they had to think again when the camera zoomed in on her. Her jaw literally dropped. Elena said that she had a calf tear that made it painful to walk. I noticed that after the end of the tiebreak she stumbled and that she burst into tears before walking over to Franny to congratulate her.
In my opinion Franny is going into the final having bested her semifinal opponent in a tie break. She intends to do all she can to win. Good for her.
Talk is still swirling around Samantha Stosur's game and how it's an ATP style of play. All I know is that she blew past Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic. Of her last three opponents only Serena did not say her style of play is masculine. It's true that her tennis is not the boring hit hard and harder style so many women employ these days. Is there anyone on the WTA tour who uses a kick serve?
Darren Cahill, the least fanboyish of the ESPN/NBC announcers has also compared her style of play to the ATP. He comment about how she hits the ball said that the way she hits the ball - that instead of hitting over the backhand, she prefers to run around the backhand to hit the inside out forehand "just like a man" is said to have been greeted with dead silence by his compatriots.
To be honest I don't know what the announcers, and players, are implying. Are they making allusions to her sexuality? Are they saying she's juiced? I don't know. I do know that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
At any rate one of these two women will be the French Open Champion for 2010, something no one would've predicted.
Men's Semi Finals
You can say what you want about John McEnroe but he can call a tennis match when the mood strikes him. As soon as he said it looked as if Tomas Berdych's legs were gone I knew the match was over.
As for the second match Jurgen Melzer realized he wasn't playing Novak Djokovic midway through the second set. He did make the third set competitive but he still ended up the runner-up.
The men's final will be played on Sunday.
In Other News...
Stefan Koubek, saying he was tired of being insulted by fellow Austrian Daniel Kollerer literally took matters into his own hands during the Austrian equivalent of WTT. I can only speculate that Kollerer didn't respond because he wanted Koubek to be thrown out. Some say there is a history of bad blood between the two men. I don't know about that. I do know that Koubek was disqualified, and that the fans booed Kollerer and cheered Koubek.