Blog Index
Follow Me
Hate Tennis, Like My Blog!

I'm Following
Meltdown of the Week


Players know Serena Williams will kick their ass if they try to get in the way between her and a Grand Slam trophy.  Little did Eva Asderaki know this includes umpires.  Asderaki got her butt verbally kicked after she penalized Williams a point against Samantha Stosur in the 2010 US Open championship.  Williams, down a set, had screamed, "C'mon!" while blasting a forehand to break Stosur in the first game of the second set.  Asderaki ruled it a hinderance.

Nothing hindered Serena during the changeover.

Watching this, I know why Serena became a certified nail technician.  It makes your hands so much prettier when you're making those "talk to the hand" moves.


On the Sideline

French Open Men's Semis Tomorrow, but I Hate Tennis Cake Winner Declared Tonight

Get yer cake, and beefcake, here: Rafael Nadal, favored to take it all (off?) in French Open. Copyright FFT.

When I wasn't looking, Worthy Opponent Surinder Singh took the I Hate Tennis French Open Cake Contest in the men's bracket.

The Tourneytopia brackets offered online by Tennis Channel are so difficult to navigate, I never found the one for the menfolk that I had set up.  What you can't find, you can't follow. Women's draw cake champ Caitlin Thompson spotted it, and forwarded the link.

It offered redemption for Worthy Opponent Surinder Singh, my frequent doubles buddy, who did poorly in the women's bracket.

The men's draw was a different story.  It was a cakewalk for Singh, who correctly predicted all four semifinalists: Djokovic/Federer, Ferrer/Nadal.  I'm a whopping 36 points behind him (as I often am when I play him) because I thought John Isner was going to kick Ferrer's ass in the Round of 16. Isner was a Wasner, not making it past the second round.  

Thompson doubled down on that error, thinking Isner and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would be semifinalists.  We know how THAT turned out.  We spent Tuesday afternoon together at her desk at WNYC, watching Jo-Willy blow 4 match points against Djokovic.  

Fumbling around in the basement is Facebook buddy Jessica Silver, who admits not knowing a thing about tennis (but who has, in the spirit of friendship, Liked my Hate). She had Stan Wawrinka/Fed, Isner/Nadal.  Ouch.  

Truth be told, I was her bracket advisor.  Don't believe everything you read on the Internet, Jess!

So, haters, who's going to final tomorrow?  We can pencil Nadal in.  But will he get his 7th consecutive French Open victory, or will Djoko/Fed deny him?  

I think Fed can put away Nole.  This write-up of their rivalry reminds me that he's the one who ended Djokovic's perfect run of 41 consecutive wins in their semifinal Roland Garros match last year.  He gets to play spoiler this year for Djokovic's attempt to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Slam titles in a row. Djokovic's last two matches have been 5-setters.  Maybe he's just a little weary, enough to give Federer an opening.

Federer and Nadal have met in 8 Slam finals, an all-time record.  I say, let's make it a 9th.  And Nadal will win, in 4.  I get to lick the frosting bowl if I'm right.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author:  (forget stored information)
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
↓ | ↑
Some HTML allowed:
« Sharapova Gets Career Slam, Beats Errani for First French Open Championship | Main | Thanks to Sharapova's Victory, Caitlin Thompson Wins Cake Contest »