Girls Behaving Badly, Welcome to France

June 7, 2007 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

Forget that there were some exciting French Open matches today, though a few lacked in dramatic conclusions.  Happy to say, I was wrong about Black/Huber taking the match against Alicia Molik and Mara Santangelo, and I am glad.  I like Black/Huber a lot, but I love it when new blood takes the big stages.  Same thing in mixed.  I am disappointed that Yan/Knowles did not make it through, but I am a big Katarina Srebotnik fan when it comes to doubles.  I’ve always felt she’d been passed by for potential power pairs and it was Nenad Zimonjic that has really helped her shine in the mix.  Sure I was cheering for the underdog, but it’s the polite sport.  It’s what we’re supposed to do.  As for who wins tomorrow, my guess would be Nathalie Dechy/Andy Ram and underdog has a lot to do with it.  Otherwise, it’s just stats.  Rare that the same mixed pair wins the French Open.  And it hasn’t happened in a long time.  Not since the days of  Françoise Dürr.  But Katarina has one twice with different partners, with Nenad just last year.  Hmmm.  I’ll stick with the underdog.  Katarina knows that I think she’ll win the women’s, so hopefully she’s not offended.  Hometown crowd (albiet rude and hateful) will be a boost for Dechy.

Speaking of underdogs, can we all please make a collective wish that the numeric underdogs of Serbia move forward after tomorrow’s matches?  Justine Henin has been trying to behave in a not-so-snotty way but hey, to the victor, huh?  It’s always easy to be polite when you got game, you won game, and the rudest crowd in the entire world thinks you’re just darling.  Still, it’s Maria that makes me hurl, still.  My stomach is still churning over her comment about her poor sportsmanship against Patty Schnyder, “You can’t be Mother Theresa and win a tennis match” or some such crap.  No, Maria, you ain’t no saint and we’re all so very glad you know that.  I’m this close to slinging a banana insult, but I’ll keep saving it up. 

Well, whatever happens, huge congratulations to Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic for not only getting to the semifinals, but for a great past year filled with two athletes getting better and better and showing us some great matches.  Nobody’s talked about Jelena winning, but I’ve seen at least one Ana pick.  I’m going with Jelena simply because she’s been figuring out Justine a little bit more with each match and if she pulls that off, she’s finally going to have the goods to beat Ana, which she’s only done once.  But when push comes to shove, I have to say that it’s probably going to be Henin and Ivanovic in the final.  Ana’s only played her once, two years ago.  She lost, but she wasn’t this good two years ago and it was a close (enough) 2 setter.  Ivanovic and Sharapova are 1-1 but Maria ran away from their last match, which she was losing, and claimed injury.  Ivanovic will put that injury back, metaphorically speaking … somewhat, and she’ll march out of Roland Garros as a new hottie of tennis.  I hope.

My tennis friend Kim left me a hilarious message today about Serena’s interview with the press, talking about Justine’s little tricks (she went there!) and how all of them are bitches.  Well, that’s what got me into the tennis thing again anyway.  The soap opera.  Now that Serena is back, her dad is back, too, of course, if anything just to put Papa Sharapova in perspective.  Enter the Shakespearean scribes, there’s gonna be heads rolling and lots of gnashing of teeth.  What a hoot. 

As for the men’s doubles, I’m going to have to go with Fabrice Santoro (FRA)[4]/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[4] over Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[9]/Pavel Vizner (CZE)[9].  And Mark Knowles (BAH)[6]/Daniel Nestor (CAN)[6] over Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Radek Stepanek (CZE).  If this is one of their last, or the very last, they’ll play with reckless abandon.  Clay loves that.

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