Monday, April 6, 2009

Miami rhapsodizing

Another week, another trophy for the mantelpiece.

I'm assuming that's the mind-set for Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray nowadays as they both picked up their third titles of the year at the Sony Ericsson Open. It's the biggest titles of their careers, but I don't think they'll stop there. I think they're both destined to win Slams: Will it be this year? Next? The year after? When? I can't tell you when, I just think it's gonna happen!

Anyway, I wanted to take a look back at the week and a half that was in a posting I like to call "Miami rhapsodizing.":

• They're number 1 … just not here this year: Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams fell short of capturing the crowns with Nadal losing to Juan Martin del Potro and Serena going out to Azarenka in the finals. Tough luck for the two, but their lock on the top spots shouldn't be doubted.

• The Djoke's on me: I really thought Novak Djokovic was going to lose in the quarters to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but the world's number 3 got through to the finals by winning that match and then taking out Roger Federer. Speaking of old Rog...

• Roger, over and out?: I'm not going to go into detail, but Fed's definitely losing ground to the young fellers. Something has to change.

• Bridesmaid revisited: Svetlana Kuznetsova, who's lost like nine of her last 10 finals, didn't get that far, but had a really good run here, getting to the semis. Not only that, she bagged the doubles, too, with another veteran Amelie Mauresmo, a nice result.

• Ram (and Mirnyi) tough: Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi took the doubles, having made their second consecutive ATP Tour 1000 final in a row. I wonder, though, what happens whenever Ram's regular partner, Jonathan Erlich comes back?

• Plowing the seeds: The women's draw got steamrolled with Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic and Nadia Petrova all losing way early. That's a pretty bad sign for the state of the tour when a big chunk of the top 10 loses before the quarters.

• Honorable mentions: Just some shout-outs for some good runs: Taylor Dent, Andy Roddick, Li Na, Venus Williams, del Potro, Samantha Stosur.

• Dishonorable mentions: Some shout-outs for the opposite: Those above WTA top tenners, James Blake, Gilles Simon.

That's my take on Miami. Now it's time to get dirty with the clay-court season kicking off!

(Photos: AFP)