Picket Fence Newsreel: Groundhog Day.
Another tournament, another withdrawal, another injury to sideline him for a little while. The Tennis Gods just won’t give David Nalbandian a break.
At least this one doesn’t sound too serious: Nalby’s suffered from a 3 millimeter tear in the adductor muscle of his right leg, according to the tournament doctor. He’ll need at least 10 days off, which means that the Argentinian Davis Cup team is what one would call – a tad screwed.
But the news of this injury came after Nalbandian’s initial comeback plans were derailed by a stomach muscle injury earlier this year.
I wonder if it’s a matter of his body getting used to the rhythm of playing tennis again, or is he about to become more Rafa than Rafa?
In Memphis, Maria Sharapova has been busy gobbling up cupcakes on her run to the semifinals, she took out Elena Baltacha 62 75 with a less-than-impressive serving display.
A more interesting phenomenon is the fact that Lena B has a win/loss record of 16-4 in 2010 so far. The fine peeps of Great Britain, get ready to welcome a female player into the top 40 in a few tournaments’ time.
In Dubai, Venus was underwhelmingly solid against Shahar Peer, progressing to the final with a 61 64 win. Shahar’s self-assured run on the outside courts of Dubai have earned her not only the admiration of many for the composure she showed, but a spot in the top 20.
In the other semi of the day, Vika defeated Aga for a chance to face the other Williams in the final.
Despite the “upsets” of the week, the Dubai tournament ended up delivering the goods after all.
Make it good, girls