NEW YORK -- A few thoughts on the wild women's bracket and one "forgotten" defending champion before checking the mail ...
Oudin is proving what the Williams sisters already know: If you don't fear losing, you have a great weapon in today's WTA Tour.
"It's like now I know that I do belong here," she said Monday after winning the last two sets 7-6 (2), 6-3 against the 13th-seeded Petrova. "This is what I want to do, and I can compete with these girls no matter who I'm playing. I have a chance against anyone."
She gets her next chance Wednesday against ninth-seeded
Line of the day goes to Petrova, who had this exchange with a reporter following her match (and before Wozniacki and Kuznetsova played):
Reporter: [Oudin's] now beaten four tall Russians in this tournament. Is there anything to that?
Petrova: Well, now she gets hopefully a short and a little chubby Russian [Kuznetsova]. See how she's going to handle that.
• I hear what you're saying and I don't want to minimize your feelings. But I think there's some revisionist history here. Yes, there were some vocal critics and some snickering in the establishment; but when the Williams sisters broke through, they were largely adored. Go back and look at the generally glowing coverage. There were appearances on the morning shows and
Again, was there discontent in some precincts? Absolutely. And was some of it motivated by race? Almost assuredly. (In fairness, let's also note that Oudin's father never brayed about the rest of the field, "It was Melanie's party and no one else is invited," etc.) But overall -- and I try not to be naive about these things -- I think the Williams' emergence was welcomed with comparable enthusiasm.
• Here's the deal: CBS pays the big bucks for the rights fees. As a result, the network gets the choice of matches for its telecasts. When the Saturday afternoon matches went long and Roddick-Isner went beyond the CBS window, Tennis Channel picked up the coverage. This was a boon to those who get the channel; it was agony for those who don't. The outrage should be with your cable operator.
• Generally agree. I think, for instance, that Serena's French Open is a highlighted achievement on her résumé. And we saw that Federer's completion of the career Slam at the French this year meant just as much as the 15th major title.
• Because she still nearly figured out a way to pull through.
• From the ATP Tour's