US Open 2011 (by LJ): Day 3 Wrap – An Ode to Venus


Dear Venus,

You brought something very special to tennis, whether it was those early hair beads flung across the courts every swing, or your gangly but poised frame gliding across the Wimbledon grass there was tennis before the Williams sisters and tennis after the Williams sisters.

As the oldest Williams sister, you’ve endured so many generations of players but yet you still come back, time and time again, pulled back by your love of the game.

To have your career stopped, so cruelly by an illness which has no certain remission rate and no cure is just….UGH.

Get better soon Vee, you deserve to come back and receive a proper send off.

WTA

Venus Williams withdrew from the US Open 2011, citing Sjogren’s Syndrome and probably taking her out from tennis indefinitely. The diagonsis was long coming, Vee only having played 4 tournies this year has been looking out of sorts for a while. Sabine Lisicki goes through to the 3rd round.

A Slew of seeds fell by the wayside today including Cibulkova, Radwanska, Bartoli and Wickmayer. And it’s only the 2nd fucking round. I mean is the season just too long? Or is it the WTA points system? cause someone needs to sort this shit out.

Robson and Dulgheru underperformed compared to their first rounds earning themselves a boot from the tournament.

ATP

On the Men’s side, Soderling joined the list of US Open wounded, withdrawing just before his match with a virus, another statistic for the “Season is too bloody long argument”.

Roddick continues to struggle, needing 4 sets to get past Michael Russell, as Murray and Del Pony do it easy in 3.

Also doing it easy was Julien Benneteau taking out 10th seeded Almagro….Almagro was ranked 10????? WTfuckery?

3 matches went the distance including Gilles Simon who needed 5 to get past Brazilian Ricardo Mello, which shouldn’t bother him too much considering what he did at the Australian Open this year after winning Sydney , (almost burst an artery sitting through that match.)

And that’s it from me folks, the next few days will be brought to you by PJ but I may drop in sometime next week.

Happy USOing

<3 LJ

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About LJ

Sup, I'm LJ, media producer/director, photographer and all round addict of various cultural pursuits...including food & tennis (the latter with an irrational attachment to a certain swiss potato nose genius).

2 responses to “US Open 2011 (by LJ): Day 3 Wrap – An Ode to Venus”

  1. Matt Zemek says :

    Interesting that Soderling had a stomach ailment at Wimbledon, too. Ironic that Tomic, who benefited from Sod’s stomach ailment, had his own gastrointestinal issues today against Cilic.

  2. TennisAce says :

    Very sad to see Venus withdrawing from the USO but glad that finally she has a name to put to whatever has been ailing her for the better part of 4 years. The constant withdrawals and the really weird losses as well as the serves coming in at half speed now have a reason. The wonderful thing about all this is that she has been like this for years so her wins at Wimbledon in 2007 and 2008 as well as making the finals in 2009 are truly Hall of Fame worthy. It was also very good to see the outpouring from her fellow colleagues as well as the media. She is truly a doyen of the sport and I for one hopes that she comes back one more time and show these young uns just how it is done.

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