Thursday, June 4, 2009

We have our finalists!

Dominika Cibulkova was brutal to herself in her post-match press conference, but the reality was that she played rather well in her semifinal match against world number 1 Dinara Safina. The 6-3, 6-3 score looks a bit ordinary, but the match was enjoyable.

On the other hand, one can understand Cibulkova's frustration that she was unable to do more with Safina's somewhat shaky serve. Also, Cibulkova's serve was shaky, but that was the only visible sign of what she later described as the high anxiety she felt on the court. There were plenty of visible signs that Safina was angry and frustrated, and one British broadcaster felt compelled to apologize to his listening audience for Safina's language. No sympathy here--find a different way to position the microphones.

There are mitigating factors. Safina is ill, and has been for a couple of days. She looks pale and she sounds terrible. As for Cibulkova, she entered the French Open not having played matches since she retired in the Charleston quarterfinals.

(Photo courtesy of Angelica

The Stosur-Kuznetsova match was a bit of a different story. Stosur, the queen of spin, did not disappoint. I saw only a set and a half, but Sam Stosur looked pretty good. In the end, she was--not surprisingly--outplayed by Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is top-notch on clay. Kuznetsova won, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, in a match that went on for almost two and a half hours.

Getting to the semifinals was an outstanding accomplishment for both Cibulkova and Stosur, neither of whom has ever won a tournament. One hopes that they will feel some pride in what they did at this French Open. And as for the finalists--whether you're cheering for Dinara or Sveta--let's hope Dinara is feeling healthy.

We have doubles finalists, too. 2008 champions and 3rd seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual will play 12th seeds Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina for the championship.


Roi said...

I can only think about what a great match this could be, im really looking forward to watch it... in the repetition of course, to get up at 8 in the morning is nonsense to me, you know? im a vampire like that...

Diane said...

To get up at 8 in the morning and see a delayed match that NBC could show live is beyond nonsense to me.

Andy A said...

Yo Diane,

"No sympathy here--find a different way to position the microphones..."

Huh!? I would *MUCH* rather listen to the players (whatever they have to say), the ref, the crowd, the general ambience, etc... than anything the commentators have to say! That's the great thing about watching via Eurosport online (from here in the UK) - you can hear every single word said on court (even the coaches, though not in this tournament, obviously), with ZERO commentary - bliss :)

On standard TV over here we're limited to just one match a time (plus ENDLESS Murray repeats), and you can never QUITE hear what's been said on court. Partly because the mics are so quite, and partly because the commentators feel the need to waffle on ALL the time (mis-pronouncing names, calling them girls, repeating the same old phrases again & again - "too good!" etc, etc)

COME ON DINARA - YOU CAN DO IT!!! :D 3rd time lucky!

Your old pal, Andy A ;)

Diane said...

Oh, I'd rather listen to the players, too, Andy. I just meant: If the network doesn't want listeners to hear the players, then move the mics--because the players are inevitably going to say all sorts of things, and it's silly to expect them not to.