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What’s the Opposite of ‘Slump’?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2010

Today felt a bit like 2008 again, except with more disbelief. First of all, Jelena Jankovic put in a near-flawless performance against Yanina Wickmayer, demolishing her 62 60 in 52 minutes. My jaw was quite literally on the floor at how she played. She simply couldn’t miss; even when she was hitting the ball out or coming up with the scratchiest of scrambled defensive lobs, it went in. Wicky didn’t play badly, but she couldn’t do a thing; she served at 76% and still only won 28 points to JJ’s 53. It was a sight to see, as any match where JJ serves multiple aces in more than one service game and ends up with 22 winners and 7 unforced errors would be. Watching, I found myself really dealing with the fact that this woman earned the no. 1 ranking.

And all without chipping her nail varnish.

Then JJ’s fellow former no. 1 and sister from really another mother pumped her way back into the conversation in some style, backing up her straight-sets defeat of Victoria Azarenka by defeating Elena Dementieva, 61 76(6). Yes, that’s back-to-back top 10 wins, and yes, I am talking about this woman.

Honestly, I thought Dementieva’s performance left rather a lot to be desired, but Ana stayed strong and served strong even when under pressure and in a winning position. Her forehand imposed as it used to do and she – well, what’s a nice way of saying ‘didn’t implode’ in a tone of extreme surprise?

Best not to get ahead of ourselves, but successive wins over top 10 players – something she hasn’t managed since 2008 – justifies a little excitement, I think. Anyway, genuine congratulations to Ana fans and rooters. It would be hard to think of many other players with such a loyal following and while I may not be a fan of Ana, I’m a big fan of C Note and all her ilk. So … ajde, I guess. (Remember when we used to say that?)

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