Yep, Serena is definitely going to win this. Though really, the only time we didn’t know that was when we weren’t sure which version of her was going to show up in Flushing Meadows, so…
Since everyone else had lost already, I’m inclined to overlook this lapse on Eugenie Bouchard’s part, but the hype still makes it amusing. But meanwhile, while I previously thought Bencic could definitely beat either Peng or Safarova, now I’m wondering. Peng has essentially been doing the same thing as Bencic, after all. In any case, it’ll be interesting to see if whichever of them wins that quarterfinal can beat whichever of Errani or Wozniacki wins their quarterfinal. Wozniacki might be easier in that regard.
On the men, on the other hand, I’m just waiting for that Fedole final, and I will be severely disappointed if it fails to happen for any reason other than Murray winning tomorrow(and then I really hope the Scot delivers something worth watching in its place).
Between watching them both play so far and Mandy’s crazy leg issues, I would say I think this is going to be another Fedole final, except that I suspect that if I did, one or both of them would then have a bad day and crash out, and given some recent history they both have, it definitely seems too early to predict that yet.
I would also say that if this Catherine Bellis person reached the round of 16 and then beat Eugunie Bouchard in it, I was going to laugh, except I don’t think she needs the hype she’d get hit with then, especially when her ability to deal with that kind of pressure is as yet a complete unknown. Though I suppose it would be nice for her to just reach the round of 16 anyway.
I will say I’m really sorry Serena and Kvitova are in the same half. I think that might just have made for a very competitive final, provided neither got shocked beforehand. Although perhaps Serena-Radwanska or Serena-Halep, could work, provided again Serena doesn’t get shocked, and Maria Sharapova doesn’t take out both the Pole and the Romanian.
Okay, I admit, I do kind of like Eugenie Bouchard. She’s easy enough to like, if you’re willing to forgive modern teenage music tastes, and don’t mind your female athletes hyper-prioritizing winning, and I’ve always found Maria Sharapova okay enough(they’re right to drawn the comparisons between the two of them). When this tournament began, I certainly didn’t think it likely I’d be cheering against her.
But ESPN’s hype. Crossed the line sometime between when she won her semi-final and things started going downhill for her today, and then kept going. I was actually out for much of the final for real life business that couldn’t wait, but when I followed on my phone the final score and time of the match felt like a comeuppance. The guard is slow indeed to change in tennis, and ESPN seems to make an idiot of itself every time the remote possibility emerges that a young blonde white player from North America might become the next big thing. Which Bouchard actually shows more probability of being than anyone else has in recent years, but that just makes the whole thing worse. But then I come home to ESPN showing her press conference, and, well, really? This day ought to have been about Petra Kvitova rising again from her post-win slump and returning to the pinnacle she’d once stood on, all while playing the tennis of her life. Had she been North American, I doubt ESPN could’ve gotten enough of that storyline. Instead, watching the ABC rerun later, I found myself almost counting how much the commentators were talking about Bouchard struggling, as opposed to Kvitova being brilliant. There was much more dwelling on the former than the latter.
At least tomorrow we’ve got the old guard Swiss and Serb, and the one of them ESPN usually favors is arguably the best tennis player in history anyway. It’ll probably be a more even match too. I hope.