Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tough 'breakers

Well, the women's semifinal round is set at the Open and, of course, you knew a Williams sister was going to be in it with them playing against each other and all.

The question is: Is it the right one?

Venus had opportunities a-plenty to close it out last night, but came up short, losing two tiebreak sets. I think Serena's definitely feeling good to have gotten out of that one. I honestly wasn't even expecting Venus to make it to the sister showdown, having picked Aggie Radwanska to come through their fourth-round matchup. But Venus definitely showed me something there.

Then, I was expecting Serena not to have much trouble with big sis: I just think her game's more solid on hard courts. But Venus gave her all she could handle. And if she would have won, I wouldn't have been too mad—even though it would have wrecked my perfect call on the women's semifinalists!

I like the semifinal matchups that are set now, and I'm still sticking with my original picks—Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva—coming through.

(Photo: Getty Images)


Shelia said...

I was very surprised that Venus didn't polish lil' sis off. She was totally choking. At the same time, Serena was very pit bullish and wouldn't let go.

But I think that Venus has the less erratic, more controlled game at this time, and I gave her better odds.

Then again, lol, an on-the-money Serena is practically unbeatable.

We'll see...

van said...

Hey Sheila! I was shocked, too, she didn't get the job done. I actually didn't think Venus could play Serena that tight on a hard court and it was a missed opportunity, to say the least.

Pamala Knight said...

Love this blog! I'll definitely have to add it to my list of daily visits.

Venus has been my fave since she was the brace-faced teen who crashed the WTA party. I was sick (so I know she was really ill) with the 10 set points that she couldn't convert. But props to Serena for playing her close. She stayed calm and didn't overplay anything.

I'm was happy for Serena, winning the USOpen and gaining the number one ranking in one fell swoop. She wears that mantle of terror and domination like no other, so perhaps it's as it should be.