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USO Day Seven: I Love Flavia

Posted by gauloises1 on September 7, 2009

The first match on Arthur Ashe tonight was absolute – and I cannot stress this enough – gold, as Vera Zvonareva and Flavia Pennetta took each other on. The first set and the majority of the second, although very competitive, were all Vera really, as she was striking the ball beautifully and constructing points well, while Flavia was serving around about 0% and repeatedly misfiring on the backhand.

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Flavia worked her way into it, though, and served for the set at 5-4, only to surrender her serve with a double fault and some errors. She then faced I believe three match points, serving at 5-6, and three more in the tiebreak, saving each one with brave, aggressive, and frankly ballsy play. The end of the second set in fact was some of the best stuff I’ve seen all tournament, and Flavia eventually took it 8-6 to even up the match.

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Sadly – and yet awesomely – Vera totally imploded at that point. She was clearly struggling with her knees, which were heavily taped, and ripped off some of the tape during the first game, only for the umpire to tell her she couldn’t fix it until the changeover. She cried, swore, and went down in flames, 6-0.

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It was a shame for the match to end the way it did, given how well Vera played in the first two sets, but really Flavia earned the win with how well and bravely she played to save those match points and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Her reaction was lovely, too. Forza!

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6 Responses to “USO Day Seven: I Love Flavia”

  1. AmyLu said

    So I missed the third set, as a roommate from my undergrad days called (bad timing), but I LOVED the first two sets. The tennis was simply phenomenal — Jimmy Connors kept mentioning on the Tennis Channel how much he was enjoying watching both play. Their point construction was just fantastic. I’m guessing many of the fans in the stands didn’t particularly know who either player was, but I’m sure they’re all thrilled they were able to witness that match.

    I was rooting for Flavia, but when she went down match points, I was okay with it, because really Vera had outplayed her to that point. But I absolutely loved how aggressive Flavia was down match point. And, while it’s a shame Vera melted down (although that was also great theater, I’m sure), I think this match is about my favorite of the tournament. And, Flavia won, which makes me so happy.

  2. SA said

    I am completely pissed that I missed the Vera implosion. Dammit dammit dammit.

    However, go Flavs! I hear that she is getting a lot of support in New York which is nice to hear.

  3. JFK said

    Talk about a meltdown from Vera. But Flavs is having an awesome summer, I wonder if she can give Serena any trouble.

  4. rulin said

    I was not impressed by Vera’s behaviour and performance in the third. I can understand having a meltdown after losing 6 MP’s, but that was unprofessional. Good on Flavia for not getting distracted in the third (and playing AMAZINGLY MP down).

  5. ptenisnet said

    that picture of bepa under the towel is classic.

  6. […] but she didn’t seem to believe that she could lose the match – possibly because of what happened when they played at the US Open. I didn’t see Vera getting it done either, but she did (albeit […]

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