A Dose Of Tennis And Football
Three-time Australian Tennis Champion, Serena Williams rallied back to beat Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 5-7, 7-5, 6-1. in a match which at times seemed like a far reach for Ms. Williams. Serena who was only one win away from reaching the quarter finals, but was seemingly bother by the intense weather conditions. Her opponent capitalized on that and moved ahead in the first set. But amidst her struggles, Williams was persistent and kept hitting winners, although majority of her first serves were not connecting. Williams, who has nine Grand Slam singles titles, was thankful that the roof was closed over the court after she’d dropped the first set.
The temperature had risen to 107F) degrees by then. When the air conditioning finally kicked in, so did Williams’ performance. Until then, she said, “I was in like an out-of-body experience.”
“I felt I was watching someone play in a blue dress, and it wasn’t me, because it was so hot out there,” she said. “And I kept trying to tell myself that it’s not hot, you know.
Down a set and a break and with Kuznetsova serving for the match, Williams broke back to get even at 5-5 when Kuznetsova missed an open-court volley that turned the match.
Williams held and then broke Kuznetsova’s serve again, pulling to a set apiece with a forehand winner down the line.
William who broke to lead 3-1 in the third and then, after saving two break points with a pair of forehand winners. After putting away one Russian opponent, she slated to face three more in the semis. Serena will play Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva, who ousted Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 in Wednesday’s earlier match.
Williams has won the Australian title in 2003, 2005 and 2007 is two wins from continuing the odd-numbered sequence. While the Williams-Kuznetsova match was interrupted for 10 minutes to close the roof, matches on outside courts were suspended or rescheduled to be played in the second closed arena.
At the other end of the festivities, Entertainment Tonight staged a “Dancing with the Super Bowl Stars” contest between hulking defensive tackles: Arizona’s Alan Branch claimed the disco ball trophy, claimed he’d keep it forever, then accidentally broke the ball off the base.
SuperBowl Media Day is always the a great day for athletes, journalist and wonnabe journalists. And there are the few oddballs who attend to crash the party shocking some players with the absurdity of their questions and the audacity of their antics.
This year’s crowd at the annual fete seemed a bit tamer, one would suppose the weakened economy and lack of a forthcoming stimulus package had anything to do with this. Not to be disappointed by the no-show of the Tom Brady stacking bride, this year we had a “fairy godmother” dressed in drag. Under the red evening gown, long blonde wig and layers of thick makeup was Joel Bengoa, a reporter from Telemundo Sports Network, the NBC-owned U.S. Spanish language network, looking for a laugh. Doing his best Scarlett Johansson imitation, Bengoa teetered in his heels en route to present several players with boxes of chocolates.
“The fairy godmother claims to be the good luck charm for the Cardinals, but again I am a bitter Eagles fan…no comment there. Ines Sainz was back for her sixth Super Bowl for TV Azteca out of Mexico City, measuring players’ biceps then comparing them to her 27-inch waist.