Sunday, May 11, 2008

Crashing the parties

It looks like all the action today on the court was at the WTA's German Open, where at least the two semifinal matches were finished! Over in Rome, the day was pretty much a bust with Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka both advancing when their opponents quit. In Germany, Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina both continued their impressive runs.

Regardless of the outcomes of the two finals tomorrow, the stories of the week have been the coming-out party for Wawrinka and Safina beating top players left and right. I have mixed feelings on these two.

First, Dinara: I think the main thing you have to say about her is, "She is her brother's sister." Meaning, she's almost as unpredictable as her brother, Marat Safin, is. She's been due to break out for years now, but she never maintains a consistent level of play. She's one a Tier ! title before, but this run kind of reminds me of when she got to the finals of the Italian Open a couple of years ago, only to get dusted by Martina Hingis. I wouldn't mind seeing her take this title and possibly start living up to her potential. Odds are, though, even if she wins, she'll fall back off the path to greatness and continue stumbling along.

Now, Stanislas: He's one of the best ball-strikers on the tour, but for some reason or another just hasn't put it together until the last couple of weeks. I've been waiting for him to make a breakthrough of sorts for a few years now. Is he here to stay? He'll be in the top 10 come Monday (giving countryman Roger Federer some company there). I think the question about him is mental toughness. There's been some situations where he just hasn't come through. Is it his time now? We'll see how the rest of the year plays out.

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