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Australian Open Tidbits

Posted by hiphopmama on January 22, 2009

In addition to just plain sucking in general, I’ve also been fighting a cold/flu so I haven’t been paying as much attention to the tennis action as I should. I started getting back into it today and came across a few interesting nuggets, to say the least. I now share them with you, in all their partial, incomplete, editorialized splendor.

  • Venus, what happened?? Seriously? She lost a painful three-setter to Spanish upstart (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) Carla Suarez Navarro, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The elder Williams squandered opportunities left and right and generally looked listless after a breezy first set. She let one match point slip away and had many more chances to have the match on her own racket or at least force a tiebreak. Instead, she unforced-errored her way to an early round loss against an opponent she should have beaten. All credit to Suarez Navarro. She didn’t fold under pressure, even after being outplayed in the opening set, and she remained aggressive for the big points. It will be fun to see if she can keep it up for another match or two.
  • Novak Djokovic had more pleasantries to deliver for this Grand Slam. Is anyone really surprised at this point? He had this to say about Andy Murray and the Aussie tournament: “What’s his ranking and my ranking? The thing is that you cannot put somebody, I mean, all the respect to Andy (Murray), I like him as a person and as a player. He’s done a lot in the last couple months, and he’s a very talented player and we can expect him to win some Grand Slams in the future. But you cannot put him as the favorites next to Roger and Rafa and myself here at Australian Open.” Like I said, it’s not unexpected for little Nole to make pompous, obnoxious comments at any give moment, and by his standards this one is rather tame. I agree to an extent; you can’t consider Murray the favorite with Roger and Rafa hanging around. Other than that, the Brit isn’t far behind Novak himself in the pecking order. I know Djokovic is the defending champ, but he hasn’t exactly been in sparkling form lately and Andy has. There’s no need to go flaunting your ranking like it has all the bearing in the world on the outcome here, especially when you’ve been getting knocked out of smaller tournaments by opponents with vastly inferior rankings. It’s Slam time – expect lots more whining on my part about my favorite player to hate…
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