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Doha Day Three: Blood, Screams and Tears

Posted by gauloises1 on October 30, 2009

I already used ‘agonising’ to describe yesterday’s actions so I suppose ‘epic’ will have to do for today …

Caroline Wozniacki (4) d. Vera Zvonareva (alternate), 60 67(3) 64

caroline wozniacki cramp

Nosebleeds, hamstrings, cramps, tears, and repeated collapses. And only about 50% of them came from Vera Zvonareva.

Actually the less said about Zvonareva the better, as she was clearly in no shape to play, only managed to make it to a third set by virtue of somehow dragging Wozniacki down to her level, couldn’t take advantage of the fact that her opponent was virtually and at some points literally crippled by cramp, and has now withdrawn from any further matches, begging the question ‘why the hell did you show up at all?’.

vera zvonareva doha

But Wozniacki is certainly racking up the warrior badges this week. Seriously, she should be tested in a lab or something to find out how she stays so mentally strong. I don’t even have the words to describe the level of courage and grit she displayed in winning that match, but I would imagine it made an indelible impression on anyone who saw the match. It should have. Good girl.

caroline wozniacki doha 2009

Serena Williams (1) d. Elena Dementieva (5), 62 64

serena williams dohaelena dementieva 2009

Serena certainly came to play this week (who said she wouldn’t? Oh right, me). She was on totally imperious form in winning the third of her round robin matches, and the fact that her movement looked slightly hampered only actually served to make her more dangerous. Absolutely massive hitting and she was completely focussed from beginning to end. Great performance.

Venus Williams (7) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (3), 62 67(3) 64

venus williams doha

It looked like another chapter in an increasingly familiar story for a while; solid first set followed by an inexplicable walkabout at key moments in the second set. But Venus managed to get it back and was the better player in the third set. Good for her, otherwise she would have had to leave Doha on the wrong end of three tight three-set matches. And that would just suck.

The second qualifier to come out of the Maroon group will therefore be decided by the match between Dementieva and Kuznetsova tomorrow. That should be …. interesting.

One Response to “Doha Day Three: Blood, Screams and Tears”

  1. naughty T... step back in time. said

    That’s all very well… but ummm isn’t this just lack of fitness? What is so grand about that?

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