Serena, Dementieva stage thrilling semifinal at Wimbledon, more mail
This is our last "crumpet" for Wimbledon 2009. Time to do magazine work (though I'll continue periodic
• Let's start this discussion by acknowledging a sensational effort from
As I wrote to some of you, that's as gripping a women's match as I've seen in a long time. (And it was somehow poetic that
As for Dementieva, she deserves immense credit for playing so well on a big stage and coming so close. She served the match of her life. She returned well, especially that crosscourt forehand in the deuce court. After losing a close second set, she went up a break in the third. Still, she failed to close. Dementieva spoke of being pleased with her performance and leaving with confidence that she came so close. But realistically: You're a longtime veteran, a top five player, and you've never won a Slam. You're having the serving day of your life. You're a passing shot from the Wimbledon final. And you lose. How does that not haunt you for years? Cruel sport, this tennis.
• If it makes you feel better, I picked
• Yeah, when hits 22 at the U.S. Open!
• Right. I should have clarified. My point was the after reaching the semis of all four majors as a matter of course, Djokovic hasn't made a final four appearance so far in 2009. Don't blame the racket, either. Astute reader
• Yeah, I can't I believe I whiffed on that one in the last mailbag.
• On grass, no less.
• I reprint this not to humiliate Mike of Los Angeles, but to underscore this point: Predictions are inherently uncertain. Sometimes you nail them; sometimes they nail you. My feeling is that they're fun to read and (occasionally) instructive, but they often make us look silly in retrospect.
• Definitely to serve. Consider the Wimbledon final last year. From 4-5 on,
• Your suspicions are correct. It's been thoroughly pleasant, hot by British standards (with an absence of rain as well) but nothing oppressive. Here are Roddick's thoughts during a press conference:
Q. We're unused to this kind of weather in this country. Is it fair to say you kind of grew up in this kind of stuff, your tennis education anyway?
ANDY RODDICK: No, this is cold from where I come from.
Q. So this really is nothing to you?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, I grew up in Florida and Texas. It gets offensively hot in both places. You know, I'm not too concerned about the heat, to be honest.
• Today's long-lost siblings:
• Think it's more of a sound-alike than a look-alike. "Arrrghhh, get your haggis, right here! Chopped heart and lungs boiled in a wee sheep's stomach! Tastes as good as it sounds."
Happy July 4, American readers!