I don't know who could have seen THIS coming. I did wonder earlier if bailing out in the Italian would come back to bite her (and Maria Sharapova, too, since there's nothing like an extra match or two, I say). But still I never, ever would have expected this result: Serena Williams falling in straights to Katarina Srebotnik.
I don't think anyone in that half of the draw can relax, though, now that Serena's out. It's still loaded down there. So players, be on guard!
* A footnote: Big sis Venus ended up losing, too, falling to Flavia Pennetta. So much for a sister run here, or one by U.S. women, for that matter. Where have you gone, Chris Evert?
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.