What a bummer of a ladies’ final last evening. Sheesh kebabs. Utterly uncompetitive. And they demand (and get, mind you) equal prize money. 1.6 million pounds to be precise, or nearly 2.5 million USD. For the winner, that is. Sabine Lisicki, for choking and sleepwalking through that entire final – alright, admittedly she did wake up in the last three games but it was too little too late – received a whopping £ 800,000. Seriously. I’m the last person to grudge the women equal prize money but when they play like that, it’s so embarrassing. Just compare the scores in the men’s and women’s semifinals and you’ll see what I mean. Just HATE it. And I can bet you this evening’s men’s final will provide another edge of your seats thriller. Perhaps not an epic like the Djokovic-Del Potro semifinal, but a humdinger alright.
In fact, going into the final showdown at SW19, there’s SO much to hate and so much to love, about this year’s bizarre tournament…
Love It! Full marks to veteran journeymen Steve Darcis and Sergei Stakhovsky for playing stunning tennis and knocking out Rafa and Roger in round 1 and 2 respectively. The men’s draw opened up like we haven’t seen in years.
Hate it! But felt so sorry for poor Nadal at the same time. Lucas Rosol last year and Steve Darcis this year. Are his Wimbledon years behind him already? As for Mr. Federer, ahem! This is why he should have retired when I told him to, after winning last year.
Love it! The promise shown by exciting youngsters like Monica Puig, Eugenie Bouchard and Bernard Tomic (yes, I know, he looks 100 years old but he’s really only 20). Bouchard, who beat Ivanovic but didn’t get much further in the draw, is NOT another freak case having a brilliant day like Darcis or Stakhovsky. Believe me, she’s here for good and we’re going to see a lot more of her.
Hate it! SEVEN players withdrew in ONE friggin’ day, making it clear that the switch from clay to grass has been harder than ever this year. While opening up of the draw is great and all, when the tournament loses stars like Sharapova and Tsonga to slips and falls, its time for the Tournament Director to look into the surface honestly.
Love it! That Kimiko Date made it to the third round at the age of 42. I’ve been a ball-girl for her wayyyy back in 1993 (Hong Kong) and it’s downright unbelievable that she’s still playing 20 years on.
Love it! How The Guardian’s Xan Brooks summed up the royal thrashing poor David Ferrer received at the hands of Juan Martin Del Potro… “And so, with that, the first quarter is over. It was brilliant, brutish and short. Poor David Ferrer appeared punch-drunk, reeling, powerless to stop what was happening to him. The crowd on Centre pulled pained faces or covered their eyes. It was as if they were watching a man get hit by a car, or blundering into the path of a herd of stampeding oxen.” Delightful.
Hate it! So near and yet so far for Indians at Wimbledon. What we could have had in the men’s doubles finals was Indians on both sides of the net. What we got instead, was both Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna bowing out in the semifinals with their respective partners. Sania too lost in the mixed quarters and the flicker of hope was snuffed out. But still have to say, great stuff from the Indian contingent.
Love it! With Djokovic beating Del Potro and Murray getting past Janowicz, there’s hope yet for tennis players who are not giants. The game HAS NOT BEEN TAKEN OVER BY GIANTS JUST YET. Just to clarify my point: Del Potro is 6 foot 6″ and Jerzy is 6 foot 8″. But the ‘normal’ (*rolls eyes*) 6 foot 2-ers are still winning. Thank God.
Hate it! The only people I find hot now are really old. Like former champ Stefan Edberg in the stands. Ooh.. such a hottie even now! ♥ ♥ And Fernando Verdasco, who at 30 is over the hill in tennis terms. Where are the sexy youngsters?! Or am I getting too old?
Love it! The fact Billie Jean King has started looking like Dilip Kumar. Seriously.
Hate it! The pathetic, one-sided women’s singles final. I know the big-serving German Sabine Lisicki will be back and perhaps win another day. But this time she just choked, letting nerves get to her.
However, kudos to Bartoli and here’s to a befitting men’s singles final then! Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, who have completely validated their No.1 and No.2 seeding, should give us a cracker!