Wednesday, June 04, 2008

"It's really where it gets most interesting." -- Roger Federer

Really, Fed? I would think it'd get interesting when you're getting your serve broken three times in a set. Not so much for Federer. He managed to turn a potential nail-biter into a day at the beauty salon, taking down Fernando Gonzalez after losing the first set 2-6. He'll be taking on Gael Monfils next, who got past David Ferrer.
There's been a bit of TV discussion about Monfils getting the center court, while Federer was sent down to the minor leagues, or the Lenglen arena. "You can't do that to the number one player," Martina Navratilova's grousing. You know what? If John Isner had a chance to win the U.S. Open in one quarterfinal and Fed was in the other quarter, guess who'd be on Arthur Ashe? That's right, Isner, as he gets pounded by Novak Djokovic. Who knows when the French will ever see someone in the quarters of their Slam again? (I guess we Americans can ask the same question.)
Anyway, the women take the center stage tomorrow, with not a Frenchwoman to be seen. Dinara "Nine Lives" Safina takes on Svetlana Kuznetsova first in the semifinals. One thing Safina has managed to do this major is make her matches worth the price of admission. I mean, how do you go from huffing and puffing in the second set tiebreak to bageling Elena Dementieva in the third set? So, she's got a shot against Kuznetsova, and not because she only starts playing when her opponents think the match is over. Safina showed today that she can think and play at the same time. It took her a while, but she figured out her game plan wasn't working and changed it. Kuznetsova looked pretty fierce in her quarterfinal, but Kaia Kanepi is not Elena Dementieva. Kuznetsova has experience on her side, while Safina has worked herself into form. So ... my money's on the Russian. In three sets.
The Serbian semifinal's next, with Jelena Jankovic taking on Ana Ivanovic. Turns out Jankovic's injury might actually be serious. During her off time, she flew to Serbia for treatment for a problem with her arm. She's looked raggedy at times, but she's not been in real danger. Ivanovic, meanwhile, has hit the ground running at this tournament, and she hasn't blinked. So the edge goes to Ivanovic. I'd say this injury is going to be a problem for Jankovic, but when is she not dealing with an injury? (Try Googling the phrase 'Jankovic injury'. I have one question: Why does she not travel with a full medical staff?) Bottom line: Ivanovic wins in straight sets.

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