These sisters

If last night was the last time we see Venus vs. Serena, what was match to end with:

No holds barred, Venus rising to the occasion, and Serena, in the end, finding her way to the finish line again. The Calender Slam getting yet more likely, especially with Petra Kvitova now out today; and with Vika Azarenka going out minutes ago, just about the only player left now with even a prayer of stopping it is Simona Halep. And a sisterly hug at the end.

Also, it’s not news the cops are racist, and nor is it news that James Blake is a man with a lot of class.  But…yeah.

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Wimbledon draw reactions

And as I intend to spend three days staycation lazing around watching the Championships this year, despite the fact that I am very much not looking forward to Serena’s probably winning the ladies title, a few reactions to the draw:

I have often thought when seeing Grand Slam draws, that Novak Djokovic is very good at getting easy ones.  Then, at the French this year, he very much did not.  But the Tennis Gods must have repented of that very quickly and made it up to him for this one.  Roger, Rafa, and Mandy all on the other side of the draw?  Talk about luck!

Meanwhile, we are stuck with a probable Fedal quarterfinal in an age where that no longer promises a good match at all.  But still, this is Roger’s best surface, so assuming Rafa’s knees hold up, etc., if we must lose one of them before the semis, here’s hoping they go in style.  But before then, it seems Roger may be the one who has to deal with Rosol in the 3rd…

Hewitt-Wawrinka & Sabine Lisicki & Francesa Schiavone sound all well a good, but I suspect the blockbuster first round match will be Angelique Kerber & Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Maria Sharapova possibly facing Michelle Larcher de Brito.  Insert the obvious comments here…

I’d predict Donna Vekic to upset Caroline Wozniacki, but that seems just a little too obvious a thing to happen, to the point you wonder if it somehow won’t.

Deeply sorry we have to lose one of Maria Kirilenko or Laura Robson after only one round.  If the latter upsets the former, she’d better stick around after.

The Americans were remarkably good at drawing each other for the first round, with even a clear potential 2nd-round clash if both Sam Querry & James Blake make it through their first round matches(certain in neither case, though; what state will Bernard Tomic be in?), and then another one in the ladies for Alison Riske & Mallory Burdette, though between Riske’s inability to win WTA matches outside Birmhingham & Burdette facing Ula Radwandska, that seems far less likely.  And for the home players, there in theory might be a all-British second round match too, though really, it’s a safe assumption James Ward won’t make it past Rendy Lu, so…