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Thanks For Clearing That Up

Posted by gauloises1 on May 8, 2010

Jelena Jankovic d. Serena Williams, 46 63 76(5)

To quote a good friend of mine: JJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am really gutted I missed this match (I have a job, OK?) because it sounds like it was a cracker. After splitting sets, Serena was 5-2 up in the decider before getting pegged back to a tiebreak which JJ just edged – and which had its fair share of drama. First of all, JJ complained to the umpire that she wasn’t ready for one of Serena’s serves (somewhat inexplicably); then served to Serena when she had her hand up to signal that she wasn’t ready, and threw a hissy fit when the umpire called her on it. After match point, Serena held JJ back at net to explain  that she wasn’t trying to screw JJ out of the point, and said something that sounds suspiciously like “I would never treat you like that … I’m not Justine Henin.” You can relieve the whole glorious episode below.

Serena, of course, later tweeted that “today was the ULTIMATE choke” and explained that she played the match as if she had been off the tour since “January 1942“. On the Serena sportsmanship spectrum, I’m really not sure where this whole match falls.

But I am sure that JJ is doing fantastically well. I know it’s their weakest surface and her strongest, but back-to-back victories over the Williams sisters – one a simple exercise in domination, one a hard-fought and lengthy struggle – is a huge achievement. If she can triumph in the final, she’ll have won two of the biggest titles on tour in 2010 and gone through the best players to do it. And on a personal note, after a largely dreadful 2009, it just feels so good to be excited about the way JJ’s playing again. I love it.

So this afternoon she’ll be taking on Maria Jose Martinez-Sanchez (a name I like to spell and punctuate a little differently every time I use it), who beat Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. Again I didn’t see the match, but I do know that Martinez-Sanchez is a fantastically tricky and creative player who basically puts your soul in an acid bath of frustration every time you have to watch her play your favourite. So I’m just going to assume that she tied Ana in knots, because that’s what she does. This is a career accomplishment for Martinez-Sanchez, though, and a good chance for her biggest title yet – this from a woman who semi-retired a few years back because she wasn’t sure she wanted to be playing any more. Great stuff.

As for Ana, she gets a bye in Madrid as a result of reaching the semis and will face JJ in the second round, which … oh my god the final’s starting now! Laters.

4 Responses to “Thanks For Clearing That Up”

  1. AmyLu said

    Missed the dramatic match, but I did see almost all of MJMS/Ivanovic. Thought MJMS played really well, and the best word I can use to describe Ivanovic is rushed — she just never seemed comfortable or at ease out there, as I don’t think she could handle the changes in spin and pace that were coming off MJMS’ racket.

  2. neilintoronto said

    I really had forgotten how beautiful JJ’s tennis is when she is on, though i will ask this…Did she shank a lot of balls against Venus or Serena? I’m asking because watching the highlights, it sounded literally like half the shots were coming off the frame, or the strings right by the frame. Could be that she’s strung her racquets at a lot lower tension than either Venus or Serena, but the difference in sound was remarkable. Kudos to her for beating the Williams back to back, a feat that is rarely accomplished, let alone taking the title after managing that first feat.

  3. TennisAce said

    Sorry neil she lost. LMAO

    • neilintoronto said

      I saw that LOL, like i said, beating the williams sisters back to back is tough enough, and even if you do that, its rare to go on and win the title.

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