Just What We All Wanted… Another Williams Sisters Final.
I didn’t intend to be malicious when I smothered sarcasm all over the title of this post. I am genuinely happy for Serena and Venus. It is good for women’s tennis that the world number one is playing like the world number one, Serena hasn’t dropped a match yet. It will also be good to see her win a title that isn’t a slam if she makes it past her sister tomorrow. As for Venus, her year has been a bit of a disappointment, but a finals showing here, despite only winning two matches, has got to be good for her confidence and her game. If Venus wins it will be her greatest achievement of 2009 barring perhaps her runner up result at Wimbledon.
Despite all these facts, many of us tennis fans will heave a collective sigh come tomorrows match. Once again the Russians have disappointed. A win for either Dementieva or Kuznetsova would of boosted their 2009 results considerably. Dinara Safina’s year has gone from good to bad to worse, retiring in tears in her first match. As for the young guns, their enthusiasm didn’t falter but their bodies did. Wozniacki played her heart out but unfortuantly it wasn’t quite enough. Azarenka had a couple of close losses, one in which she retired after dropping a 5-2 lead in the second after winning the first. All around, Azarenka’s latter half of the year hasn’t lived up to the promise she displayed earlier on.
The Williams girls are fantastic for tennis. I am a fan of both and their matches are always high quality and fascinating. I really did want to see one of the others really make a mark in Doha, though. Wozniacki showed she had guts and impressed me, but her game is still lacking. As is everyone else’s except Serena’s, apparently.
Good luck to both the girls tomorrow, I hope it is a tight match. Oh and note to the WTA, can we please not have the finals in Doha? Somewhere that actually likes tennis would be nice, thanks.