Venus Williams just won a match as close as close can get against her sister Serena Williams in the semifinals of the much-talked-about, much-maligned tournament in Dubai.
I guess Dubai is as much a home for as Wimbledon now: It looks like she just can't lose out there after having just won the season-ending championships last year. Over at VANtage Point, I was going with Dinara Safina to come through. So much for that call!
Anyway, how about that Dubai, huh? Did you ever think you'd see a tournament pop up in the news as much as this one did? No Shahar Peer, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal bail, Andy Ram gets a visa, threatened sanctions: You name it, it's happened. I've been pretty busy this week and hadn't been able to throw in my two cents on only one of the biggest stories of the year so far, but here goes:
Peer has the right to play where she wants, and if it's up to the tournament to be more diligent in regard to security and fan protests, then so be it. The organizers made an agreement with the tour to hold this event: Live up to it and do right by the players. Things are a lot more complicated, of course, and I hope I'm not giving too simplistic a response, I just felt I needed to say something about the issue.
As for Roger and Rafa, I have mixed feelings on these two and the tournament. I don't know what's up with Rog; that's going to be a lot of time he's taking off. Hope he gets better. As for Rafa, I'm glad to hear he's saving up for Davis Cup. I wish Federer could've gotten out there as well.
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.