Top Seeds Through

Jan 28, 2009

There are two ways you could look at Serena William’s win today. Your take on it may depend slightly on whether you are a big fan or not.

1) She is a fighter. Today afer losing the first set she showed the fight that we’ve all seen before and ended up winning the match comprehensively. She is here to win this tournament and is hitting some form at the right time.

2) She got a little bit lucky. The first set of the match was played with the roof open, and with today’s temperature hitting over 42 degrees C (108 F) Williams was the player who was really struggling with the conditions. They then shut the roof for the rest of the match and Williams was able to compose herself and claim the victory.

Personally I strongly disagreed with the decision to shut the roof. They knew temperatures were going to soar, so they should have either had it shut for the whole match, or waited until the end of the match before closing it up. For me, changing the conditions mid-match is something that should be avoided.

On a side note, with her win today Serena Williams became the highest paid female athlete of all time in terms of prize money won. You get ten points if you can name the woman she replaced.

On The Men’s Side

Federer won his quarter final last night in such a manner that it had the feel of an off-season exhibition by the end – incredible shots of both power and finesse coming en masse from his racquet. By dropping just three games against a top ten player he dispelled any doubts about his ability to win this tournament. His match up against a rejuvenated Roddick tomorrow could be the clash of the tournament to this point.

Nadal faced his toughest challenge so far when he took on the last remaining Frencman, Gilles Simon in tonight’s quarter final. Before this match Nadal had not lost more than 4 games in a set, and while he still won this match in straight sets, Simon showed he is a player to watch.

Simon never gave up throughout the match, which I think was exemplified in the good humoured way in which he challenged the line call on the final point of the match. While it was half in jest, it showed something of the competitive spirit of the man.

Written by: Crooksy

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