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The ladies semifinals proved to be quite a bore: a somehow dramatic bore. Like women’s tennis, for all the wrong reasons.
A couple of hours before the semis, I had woken in a cheery mood (yay no classes, yay clay, etc). Part of me, the long time Dementieva fan, was hoping Lena would overcome her apparent injuries and recent lackluster tennis to clinch her first Slam final in 6 years. And then, like in a Lifetime movie, against all odds, she would defeat the favourite in the final to finally take her first major.
No, that wasn’t what happened. Why do you ask?
Things looked stellar for Lena in the beginning. She wasn’t playng her best tennis (like she hasn’t in a while) but neither was Franny. She managed to get a break in the first set at 4-3. But, in a Lena-like fashion, gave the break back right away with a double fault. Still, she looked in control. She was saving break points with aces. She was attacking with her forehand. She was going to take this!!!!, I could feel it.
Set went to tiebreak. And there came Lena getting a minibreak and 2-0 lead. Also gave that away, and there went the set.
In the changeover, we see Franny sitting on her chair, clearly focused. She is one set away of being the first Italian lady in a Slam final in the Open Era. And, boy, does she want it. And then we see Lena stopping in front of her chair, Franny stands and they shake hands.
On the replay, we can see Franny’s face (brilliant stuff, by the way). She is as confused by this as we are. In the presser, she admitted her thoughts at the moment were: ‘Why are you here? Do you need something?’ Are you congratulating me on my tiebreak win? Well, that’s nice. No, what you mean retire? She retired??? What? Me??? In the final?? What?? :D :D :D *goes off to make out with clay court*
Lena later stated on her press conference that she tore her calf muscle on the second round. She said she considered retiring in that marathon against Wozniak in the third round — the match that ended with Lena kneeling on the court, her face between her hands.
Lena is now pulling out of Eastbourne. The injury should take two to four months to heal. Wimbledon is in doubt, just like her streak of 46 consecutive slam appearances.
Tennis: Because toying with your emotions is just that fun.
Petra Kvitova x Agnieszka Radwanska
Yanina Wickmayer x Flavia Pennetta
I desperately want a Catwoman-Batwoman final but it’s not like I’m expecting Yanina (aka Batoman aka Sexy Bitch aka Wicky) to defeat Flavia. Oh well.
Francesca Schiavone x Sania Mirza
Caroline Wozniacki x Samantha Stosur
I wish Sam-Caro was the final. Alas, it’s not. So I don’t care who wins the other semifinal as long as Sunshine takes the title. Deal? Alright.
I completely understand this year’s USO is one of these tourneys where everyone I even remotely care about loses early. But some things, just some things, are totally uncalled for. And these things, they not just hurt me, but they also also harm the ratings, increase the number of suicides and make the Wimbledon’s officials really, really sad. So I’m just throwing this one out there so someone explains to me how we went from this possible match-up:
To get this?
I don’t get it. Why do the pretty girls need to be such headcases? So much frakkin’ talent and yet so brainless. Anyway.
Maria Kirilenko, congrulations on finally getting another third round at a slam. Next time, let’s make into the second week, yeah?
Victoria Azarenka, you’re an idiot. Please get your shit together and end this slump.
Oh yes, all the credit to Na Li and Fran. As Ana would say, the way you look doesn’t help you win points on a tennis court. But sometimes, you sure wish it did. I’m sure Ana would agree with me.