I'm still here! I'm in the process of moving, plus I've been working my butt off the past couple of days since we have a short work week and all. I'm going to visit my mom down in Georgia this weekend for the Fourth, so that should be good. My nephew will be down there and ... oh, I'm sorry, I have to remember, this site isn't called "Van's Personal Life, Anyone?" So on to the tennis!
First, let me just say, that if Venus and Serena Williams don't make the finals, I don't know what I'll do. I mean, I won't hurt myself or anything, but I will be surprised!
Today, they took another step toward making that happen: Venus beat Iheartrafa's pick (wink, wink) to make the finals Tamarine Tanasugarn in straights. Serena, who took out TTA?'s pick, Bethanie Mattek (wink, wink again) in the fourth round, followed that up by crushing who I thought was one of the most dangerous players out there, Aggie Radwanska. Now it's on to the semis for those two.
Waiting for Serena and Venus will be Jie Zheng and Elena Dementieva, respectively. Aside from Ana Ivanovic, Zheng has been taking out seeds left and right. I always underestimate Dementieva: I think some big, young hitter is going to blast her off the court at a Major, then the next thing you know, she's in the semis or finals!
With the way this tournament has been going, who knows what'll happen? Team Williams will have to be on their toes going forward, but things should be OK as far as them playing for the big dish.
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.