Serena Williams. Although both won their matches neither woman had an easy time and anyone who thought they shouldn't play Eastbourne and should just show up and take names at the AELTC next week had to come away with a distinctly different view.
Venus opted to play in traditional whites. No French maid get ups or illusion filled wonders for her return. Facing the woman she had to retire against in Melbourne, Andrea Petkovic Venus needed three sets and all of her guile to defeat Petko 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. For a minute it looked as if Venus would be unable to close out the match but experience and intelligence prevailed and Venus was able to win it.
The Wimbledon seedings will be announced tomorrow and to say it's going to be interesting is putting it mildly. Hopefully I'll be able to post them here and be able to say something mildly coherent about them.
I should mention that there were very few empty seats for Serena's match. In fact the attendance for today was the highest in many a year for Eastbourne.
It should be mentioned here that Kim Clijsters lost to WTA #82
Romina Oprandi in straight sets today 7-6(5), 6-3. The commentator was implying that Kim was not interested in the match when she made no effort to return at least one drop shot I saw where she had an easy play at the net. For me the hint that Kim was out of it was when Oprandi casually lobbed Kim in the open court.
At her presser a tearful Clijsters said there was pain in the ankle she injured at a wedding a few weeks ago and that she was awaiting a medical evaluation before making any decisions. I don't doubt her ankle is bothering her which is why I am still surprised she played the French Open. All that slippery clay underfoot could only aggravate an ankle problem. Grass isn't any easier. I don't know what compelled her to play on a natural surface after a severe sprain but again we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what Ms Clijsters will decide about her immediate future.
Adam Helfant announced that he will be stepping down from the helm of the ATP at the end of the year. His tenure will be remembered for it's uneventful nature, something that was needed after the slash and burn approach of his predecessor. I guess that means he did all right. After all the ATP secured it's brand remaining the better of the two tours in terms of information, technology and promotion and boasts the players that put buns in the seats.
I haven't heard any rumors about who wants to step into his shoes. I'm hoping that the person will not try to restart the wars between the United States and the rest of the world that marred and in the end caused the exit of his predecessor.
The Doubles crown at Birmingham went to Olga Govortsova and
Alla Kudryavtseva. It was played indoors due to inclement weather.
The doubles team of Johanna Larsson and Jasmin Woehr won the doubles in Copenhagen.
Please don't ask me what the trophy represents. The Alien Babies put out a press release saying it's not one of them.
There was no press release of any kind regarding the Doubles trophy held up by Bob and Mike Bryan.