Feel the love.
Topspin brought up a good point in the comments section below – what’s with the half empty stadiums in Rome? (a good word, meanwhile, for Tennis is served, for their equitable coverage of men’s and women’s tennis)
Empty seats in Doha I can tolerate. Having about 15 people watching the Barcelona final I can understand, but Rome? A top tier event with a quality field – how is it acceptable that people don’t turn up in droves?
Not when the tennis has been so merry and clay season story-line filled with twists and turns…
Venus Williams, impeccable one match, listless the next.
Serena: oddly competitive given how much time she’s had off the tour.
And this little lady? She just warms the cockles of my chest cavity. YES SHE DOES.
Watching Justine Henin last week, I wondered – with Clijsters, Azarenka and Wozniacki all struggling with injuries – who is going to stop her at Roland Garros?
Who knew that a few days later, Jelena Jankovic would emerged as the unlikely contender.
Never mind her 0-10 record against Justine, JJ’s match against Wickmayer this week in Rome was simply the best I’ve seen her play. Not just since 2007, but ever. When Lady Jaja serves up 6 aces and posts a shiny winner/unforced error stat of 22-7, you know normalcy in your tennis world is about to come crashing down.
While JJ’s always had a strangely feminine fluidity to her game, what I saw this week in Rome – and to some extent last week against Henin in Stuttgart – was more aggression, more willingness to attack.
This turn-around, of course, came out of nowhere. I distinctly remember watching Jaja lose to ABond at the Australian Open with a sigh, thinking that she has missed her window of opportunity to win a slam now that Kim and Justine have crashed the Gen-Y party.
For someone who has come ‘so close, but no cigar’ to winning a slam in her career, keep your fingers glued cross and hope that Lady Jaja saves herself a bit in Madrid, and goes into Roland Garros firin’. Henin will be a pain in the ass, but we’ll solve the problem if and when we get there.
Because women’s tennis is so much better when JJ plays well. Because she epitomizes everything that is unique in “girl’s world” – drama, glitter, elegance, grudges and happy-splits.
Because we can all do with a little glitter in our lives.