Backhands and Compliments – WTA Edition

Charo was never a good designer

Thank you Jesus!














Nadia Petrova Wins Citi Open

Mary Joe Fernandez won 7. Helena Sukova finished with 10. Elena Dementieva took home 16. Let’s face it, winning tournaments isn’t easy. You can go deep at a few slams, get a top five ranking, play every week, and be an accomplished doubles player but taking home even the most insignificant title is a big deal. Petrova has now won ten titles. More important, she seems to have put her crazy fashion days behind her. A higher up at Ellesse must have finally fired Charo from her head design post and demanded someone make something that is age, size and ability appropriate for Nadia. Nice to see Nadia catch a break. Vertigo and bad fashion are not fun things to deal with.

Serena Williams Wins Stanford

Serena won. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. And neither should the commentators. Somehow Mary Joe Fernandez and Patrick McEnroe still acted surprised throughout the event. They were surprised how easily Serena demolished Maria Sharapova. They were both surprised and not surprised that Marion Bartoli played a competitive first set after her cake-walk to the final. They were surprised and thrilled when Serena cracked jokes during the press conferences. They furrowed their brows with emotion when they mentioned Serena’s surprise tears at Wimbledon. And they practically opened their arms for an embrace when Serena mentioned how much she loves tennis. Serena even misses doubles! Let’s face it, Serena Williams can go from amazing to disappointing in thirty seconds. Anyone who has watched Serena knows this. Why can’t the commentators figure it out? MFJ was a top player, is the Fed Cup coach, and is married to Roger Federer’s agent. Somewhere in all of that MJF must have a fun story or two to tell. Come on Mary Joe, throw us a bone. Well played Serena, you not only took the title, but you continued to write your own story in the process.

This Week: San Diego

I’m calling it San Di-UGH-o. I’ve checked out the draw more than once and I just cannot get inspired. I want to think Vera Zvonareva is interesting and/or exciting when she doesn’t implode. I want to think Andrea Petkovic is funny and has enough variety to be a threat on tour. I want to think Ana Ivanovic has another run in her somewhere. I want to think Gisela Dulko got married to the soccer player instead of Flavia Pennetta. I want to believe Agnieszka Radwanska can make up for her lack of power with a creative game. I want to believe Melanie Oudin can win two matches – scratch that – can win one match in a row. I want to believe Sabine Lisicki is the player who did well at Wimbledon and not the player who was demolished by Serena a few days ago. And I want to believe someone will be excited by this event instead of taking it easy this week and waiting for Toronto.


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