Sunday, September 12, 2010

US Open Day 13: Twice the Bridesmaid

Curtain Call

Player: Vera Zvonareva
Nation: Russia
Age: 25
Current Ranking: 8
Notable Conquest: Caroline Wozniacki (1st seed, Denmark)
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Today's Result: loss to Kim Clijsters (2nd, Belgium) in straight sets

Photo via Telegraph

No doubt, Zvonareva is pretty disappointed today. 6-2, 6-1 has got to be hard to take. But major kudos for showing that Wimbledon was no fluke. Reaching two consecutive slam finals is no small accomplishment. Maybe she can get over the hump in Melbourne. And now, for the second time this tournament, I have a player repeating in this space.

My Tennis Fantasy

Clijsters was my pick to win so I can't complain too much. I can't deny, however, that a Vera versus Venus final would have been great for the alliteration alone. For Tennis Channel's Racquet Bracket, I finished in the top 50%.

My men's bracket is now kaput with Fed going down in the semis. Is Nadal-Djokovic the next best thing to Nadal-Federer? I don't know. It won't inspire the same simultaneously-rooting-for-both-players mentality for me. For some reason, I find it unusually satisfying to watch Nadal beat up on Djokovic and Murray. He is everything they are not and they both need reminding (I have come to find Murray a bit more sympathetic over the past year).

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