Sunday, July 15, 2018

Weekend Tennis Roundup

The past few months have been a little difficult to put it mildly -- my parents' car accident, my job (in)security, some problems in my apartment building and the lasting effects of losing my brother Bill -- so it was nice to have entirely positive Breakfasts at Wimbledon for once. First, Angelique Kerber did exactly what she was supposed to do by playing her crafty style of offense/defense with a lefty twist against a scratchy Serena Williams, who amazingly reached the finals of a major in just her fourth event since giving birth. (And to be honest, what would it say about the women's game if she had been able to waltz back in and win it, anyway? Kim Clijsters did something similar in 2009, but was much younger.) It was a beautiful sight to see -- Angie hit line after after and threaded the needle on nearly every passing shot -- and powered her way to her third Grand Slam title. 

Novak Djokovic similarly rose to the occasion by putting an end to Kevin Anderson's incredible run, taking the South African gland freak out in two easy sets and one nail-biter, in which Nole saved five set points. Damian was crestfallen that his beloved Rafael Nadal had finally returned to good form on the grass yet still lost. But I kept reminding him that Nadal (and Roger Federer) had been racking up majors lately, and the return of sinewy Serb into the mix will hopefully soon mean the end of Alexander Zverev in the top three when he still can barely win a best-of-five match. To put my money where my mouth is, I'm willing to say I'd even be happy if Andy Murray were to win the upcoming U.S. Open!

These two sure cleaned up nicely!

Too cute for words!

1 comment:

BillyG said...

I couldn't be happier with the wins. The Djoker has always been my and gracious and an asset to a sport which has too many moody and "ornery" (to say it mildly) players. To my mind, when he is fit, he is the best player I've ever seen. You're so right about the women's game It can only be better when it is more competitive for women players.