Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sister sledgehammers

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.

(Photos: Getty Images)


Naf said...

OK, OK, Van. I'm finally starting to come around. Mostly because the draw has been falling apart around these two. If Venus and Serena don't make it now ... Zheng's probably going to be tougher for Serena than Dementieva will be for Venus. Those puff serves are ridiculous!

van said...

Hey Naf. Yeah, it's almost like they should skip the semis and just head straight to the finals! I totally agree with you on the match-ups, You just don't know what Serena will show up at times. She's capable of getting in trouble against Zheng.