You know, looking back, I think the Pan Pacific Open organizers will be all right with what happens after all. They got a final as good as good can get with Maria Sharapova taking on Jelena Jankovic. Not many names in the sport get bigger than Sharapova's, and Jankovic is no slouch!
Both of these players have gone through a lot over the past year or so, and it's great to see them get ready to battle it out in a pretty major WTA event. It's kind of wild to think that just last year, they both spent time holding down the top spot! Part of me gets nervous watching Sharapova play since she's come back because I get nervous about that shoulder of hers giving out on her again. I'm a big fan of hers and I think the sport as a whole needs her to be out there at her best. I like Jankovic, too, and I'm hoping she ends the year on a real good note 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.