Tuesday, June 01, 2010

French Postcard

While we celebrated Memorial Day here in America, the second week of the French Open got under way in Paris, with mixed results for me:

I was ecstatic that Samantha Stosur outlasted Justine Henin to move into the quarterfinals. The Aussie's 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory was declared an "upset" -- yes, Henin is the greatest clay-court player of her era -- but putting my disdain for Henin's "personality" aside, what I liked about this result was that it showed that the game has more depth than one might imagine. Stosur is ranked No. 7 in the world, after all. I like to see that she can (and think she should) beat a player who has been off the tour for years.

Wasn't happy to see my favorite Calvin Klein underwear model -- aka Fernando Verdasco -- lost badly to Nicolas Almagro.

Ditto for the lone American left in the draw, Robby Ginepri, who kept interesting for two sets against Novak Djokovic and then just faded away.

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