It's the Sunday "off" day at the big W as players get ready to hit the home stretch of the game's marquee tournament with the round of 16 matches all set up. I have to say, I didn't get to catch much live action because I've been caught up with this new freelance gig (but I was following the scoring online as much as I could!) Here are some quick thoughts on the week that was:
* Welcome back Venus and Serena! (But Venus, that toga top is horrible.) * Roger Federer and Andy Murray look good. * I wasn't shocked at all by Vera Zvonareva and Andy Roddick losing early. * Bethanie Mattek-Sands needs to worry more about her game than tennis ball-lined jackets. * How about all the unseeded players in the 16s?
And the week that will be: * Murray-Richard Gasquet, Mardy Fish-Tomas Berdych and Serena Williams-Marion Bartoli are some great fourth-round matchups. * Don't sleep on Maria Sharapova, Venus, Juan Martin del Potro or Michael Llodra. * The WTA has to be pleased with how the draw's shaken out so far with a healthy mix of veterans and newbies advancing.
I'll keep following online while I'm working! And if you want my thoughts on the doubles action at Wimbledon, check out that blog sensation that's sweeping the nation, The Doubles Alley. But don't forget to come back here, too!
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.