So, as I was a wee bit preoccupied last weekend, I didn't get to comment on the results of last weekend, as there were definitely some pretty impressive results all around.
• First, I have to give a shout out to Venus Williams for bagging Zurich, just like I practically begged her to do at the end of my post about the most frustrating players on the WTA tour. She took out her recent nemesis, Flavia Panetta, in straights. You know what? On any surface or in any quick conditions, that should always be the case for Williams against pretty much anyone. Anyway, congrats to Williams.
• How about that Andy Murray? He picked up his second Masters shield of the year by winning Madrid, with a victory over Roger Federer in the semis along the way. I don't think there should be any doubt that the men's tour is ruled by a big four now.
• And speaking of Madrid, how about Murray's finals opponent, Gilles Simon? I guess Murray had the right idea: take him out in straights, because if you get into a third-set tiebreak with him, it's a wrap! I really wasn't that convinced about Simon, despite the year he's had, but that was a nice, gutsy run he put together. It would be nice to see him go deep in a Slam now.
Now that the look back is done, it's time to come back to the present. There's plenty of action going on this week, with the men in Lyon, St. Petersburg and Basel, while the women are in Austria and Luxembourg. The season's winding down, but what I do like about this time of the year is that those players with a chance are scrambling to get into the end-of-the-year championships. Good luck to them!
(Photos: Williams, AP; Murray, Getty Images)
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