FauxPolitik

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Speaking of Martina: You were right that Navratilova would not get through the second round. Kudos, though, for her taking the first set from Dulko.

The article you cite mentions some controversy in Venus' loss, but one has trouble generating any sympathy for a 3-seed losing to a who-dat in a tiebreaker. The Williamses are tremendous athletes, but sloppy and distracted tennis players who were never concerned much with fundamentals, relying instead on power and psychology. (To mix my sports a bit, and attempt to draw out Flyer, you can see the same thing in Tiger Woods. Other players on the tour are refusing to be intimidated, while Tiger himself hasn't really hit a slump: No majors as of late, but still a consistent winner, still the top player.)

I was sorry to see Elena Bovina forfeit to Daniela Hantuchova. Bovina has a good game and would be a good challenge to Mysinka and Sharapova in their part of the draw.

On the men's side, Hewitt and Ivanisevic advance to round 3. Go Goran! And Sebastien Grosjean should have little trouble with the premature has-been Jan-Michael Gambill for a ticket to the fourth round, where he will likely face a not-at-his-best Ferrero, who had to reach deep to move past unseeded Stefan Koubek. Below that, it still looks like Henman and Roddick on a semifinal collision course. I hope that one comes to pass. It could be a great match, a clash of styles, and -- if Henman comes heavy -- a madhouse in the Centre Court seats. If Henman wins that, look for the British press to suggest deposing the Queen and her flop-eared son to put "Our Tim" on the throne if he can win the final.

By the way, not that it means much, since he was beating up a nobody, but Federer barely got warmed up in his straight-sets second round match. The longest set was 23 minutes. The shortest, 14 minutes. When this guy's on, he's astounding.

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