Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Until yesterday, I assumed that the lasting image of this Sony Open tournament would be the sight of both Alize Cornet and Lauren Davis being hauled off the court in wheelchairs (Cornet was so stunned, she didn't know if she had won or lost the match), but defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska changed that for me. It's hard to imagine that anything can top this:

Davis, by the way, in addition to being overcome by the Miami heat, was also stung by a wasp while she was on the court.

What a strange tournament. The heat isn't the only thing that's extreme. The traffic was so bad a few days ago that Serena Williams rode a bike to the stadium because she didn't think she could make it there any other way.

And guess who's in the semifinals? That's right--Jelena Jankovic, who overcame Roberta Vinci in a two and a half hour match earlier this evening. The momentum swung wildly throughout this match, but Jankovic walked away with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 victory. Earlier in the day, Maria Sharapova defeated Sara Errani 7-5, 7-5. Note: Sharapova double-faulted 14 times.

In Tuesday's quarterfinal matches, Serena Williams defeated Li Na 6-3, 7-6, and Agnieszka Radwanska derfeated Kirsten Flipkens 4-6, 6-4,m 6-2.

In the semifinals, Sharavpova will play Jankovic, and Williams will play Radwanska.


Todd.Spiker said...

Hmmm... what's the more lasting A-Rad image: a perplexed Aga with just the racket handle in her hand, or that shot?

Diane said...

I'd have to go with "perplexed look" no matter how many amazing shots she hits! The look on her face when she sees her racket head is gone is priceless.

One thing about that 360 backwards volley--made her smile!

svente said...

As someone who rides her bike to work also I love the idea of Serena pedaling to work! What a great visual for a car obsessed nation!

And yes, as great as Aga's shot was, the perplexed look wins for me!

Diane said...

The look on Flipkens' face was pretty good, too.