Oudin shows poise on big stage
NEW YORK -- Reaction to a clutch performance from an American teenager, along with more of your questions on Day 4 of the U.S. Open ...
• No kidding. You could argue that
• Props. Again, all credit to Oudin, but what a brutal loss for Dementieva. You beat
Aside: Per our discussion Wednesday about players barely deigning to acknowledge the chair umpire, I noted that Dementieva, seconds after a stinging defeat, looked the chair in the eye, gave a firm handshake and a heartfelt thanks.
• I think he's trying get out of there as fast as possible. The first week of a Slam is about rationing energy. Trust me, Federer is not looking for additional practice time.
• Tune in next week for "Analogies Gone Wild!" I like a lot. Thanks, Stewart.
• Here's how Serena Williams is good for tennis: She, unlike virtually all of her colleagues, wins when it matters. The more I see performances like Dementieva's against Oudin, the more I appreciate Serena. Sure, from the line-judge staredown to the blowing off of TV interviewer
On Thursday, I tried to imagine her playing Melanie Oudin on Arthur Ashe Stadium in Round 2. Her losing that match is inconceivable. She simply wouldn't let it happen. You wish it weren't either/or, but I'll take that over the amiable choker.
• I thought it was awfully poignant, too. Safin/Safina do not exactly rival the Bryans in closeness. Still, some big-brother instincts kicked in and, well,
I agree that Safina has taken a beating here, some of it unfairly. But is it not reasonable to question her bona fides? You have a No. 1 player who has never won a major, tightens up in big matches and has been eking out wins here. The No. 2 holds three major titles but falters at other events. Seems perfectly reasonable that fans would have opinions one way or the other.
• It's a good thing for everyone but the player who wins, gets back to the hotel at 3 a.m. and then has his (and now, potentially, her) circadian rhythms all messed up for the rest of the tournament.
• A whiff -- a bad whiff -- by me. And yes, he is a real candidate to win, especially if the conditions remain calm. I saw him destroy
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