Clijsters' return well-timed for tour
Oh, behave. Let's give Clijsters some credit here and leave it at that. No need to impugn all of women's tennis because a former No. 1 player who's still only 26 returned after a two-year absence and, playing on her surface of choice, beat a tired Bartoli.
Given the state of the women's game -- I again cite the Freudian slip in the
On the basis of one match, already the Clijsters bandwagon is festival seating only. "She will win the U.S. Open," one of you insisted. I think that's a bit much. For one, beating Bartoli on a Monday in Cincy isn't the same as beating
And as long as we're leading with Clijsters, loyal reader
• Right on.
• Agree. Thought that was very cool.
• I knew after that flattery there had to be a punch line coming. I think it's a trick question, as Federer calls them "nappies" and not diapers. Actually, after he changes his 14th diaper, I have an idea for what he can use for the 15th ... oh, never mind.
• A few do:
• As one of you noted several weeks ago, Stich's awarding himself a wild card is a laughable conflict of interest, even by tennis' limbo-bar standards. Still, I can't generate much outrage here. If this serves to boost some interest in doubles, I'm for it.
• I realize that that we're flogging a deceased equine here. But I feel like this point needs to be made as well and, I hope, forwarded to the WTA. Collectively, you guys form a terrific barometer, a vox populi for Tennis Nation, a Harris poll of sorts for our sport. Some of you agree with Serena, some of you support
• I came away impressed with her performance in the Wimbledon semis (while wondering where the heck that reserve of poise was hidden in, say, the 2004 French Open final). But the, well, pessimist might point out that even when Dementieva plays the match of her life and comes within match point, she STILL can't close the door! Long as we're sipping truth serum here, Dementieva is one of those players who's very easy to like personally and tougher to warm to professionally.
• Notice I'm defending a lot of points in Cincy next week. A mailed-in Mailbag and I'll fall in the rankings. Seriously,
• Like calling a major a "Grand Slam," I think it's one of those technical errors that's hardened into acceptable parlance.
• True that. Oudin used up her wild cards earlier in the season and will be a qualifier the rest of the way. She's already in the U.S. Open field, though.
• As a matter of fact,
• Top that and a prize is yours.
• First, thanks to Querrey for filling in last week. (And he won the Los Angeles Open to boot.)
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