The day after the foot-in-the-mouth result felt around the world* at the Italian Open had some pretty good action going on with Dinara Safina and Venus Williams winning tough ones. This year's "It Girl," Victoria Azarenka won and so did last week's Stuttgart champ, Svetlana Kuznetsova.
I actually think this is one of the best quarterfinal lineups seen on tour this year on the WTA. Sure, there's a couple of interlopers, like Kaia Kanepi and Maria Jose Martinez, but they both took advantage of holes punched in the draw or made their own. The other two quarterfinalists, Jelena Jankovic and Agnieszka Radwanska, have made good runs—like they should be doing on a regular basis.
Me, I'm expecting a Safina-Azarenka final, but the way this lineup looks, almost anyone can come through. It should be fun to watch!
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* I didn't mind Serena saying that she's the best player in the world, especially as I think she is. But I do have something to say about it, which I will in a later post!
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.