"Except for Zvonareva, I wouldn't be surprised if any of the top seven won the whole thing." — Van Sias, Tennis Talk, Anyone?, Nov. 3, 2008
"You really can't say that every round-robin match could potentially be a classic, but I think this time, you can. (Except for, again, ones involving Zvonareva. Sorry, Vera!)" — again, Van Sias, Tennis Talk, Anyone?, Nov. 3, 2008
Yes, those words were written by yours truly just two days ago on the cusp of the championships—and in the same post, no less! I'm assuming what happened is that someone showed Zvonareva the post and she used it as bulletin-board material to get fired up for the tournament. (Yeah, right!)
Zvonareva beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in her first match up was really kind of shocking to me, despite Vera being in better form than Kuz pretty much all year. Part of me was thinking that Svetlana was going to turn it around here. Then, what she did today, knocking off Ana Ivanovic in three really blew me away. I thought that despite losing her first match to Jelena Jankovic, Ivanovic had been playing better lately than that rough patch she went through.
So now it's up to JJ to stop Zvonareva from going 3-0, something I didn't think was going to happen at all this tournament, much less from the last seeded player (who's thisclose to booking a spot in the semis, by the way).
It's always good to see talented players do good things at a big event, so keep it going, Vera. And if you need any more bulletin-board material in the future, Tennis Talk, Anyone? is always happy to oblige!
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.