Thursday, July 18, 2013

Passing shots

Simona Halep retired today in the second round of the Swedish Open. Halep, seeded 2nd, had to stop playing because of a back injury. Is this one of those "blessing in disguise" things? She's been playing a lot of tennis.

Another retirement occurred in Bad Gastein yesterday, also in the second round, when top seed Mona Barthel  had to stop playing because of a shoulder injury.

Here's 'Pova at the ESPY Awards. And here's Vika.

Serena Williams won two ESPYs--Best Female Tennis Player and Best Female Athlete. I was disappointed that Williams wasn't nominated for Best Record-Breaking Performance.

Martina Hingis will step out of her retirement to play doubles in Carlsbad. The lucky partner? Daniela Hantuchova--what a great pairing!

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Bank of the West Classic because of a hip injury she sustained at Wimbledon.

Caroline Wozniacki is the new Yoko Ono--because someone has to be. Because we women have all that, you know, power.

A Catholic youth group in Poland has severed its relationship with Agnieszka Radwanska because of her inclusion in the ESPN Body Issue.

7 comments:

Daniel said...

what exactly was record breaking?

Diane said...

Olympics, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, WTA Championships sweep. Am I correct or did even Steffi G. not do that? Steffi, of course had a Golden Slam (a real one, not the kind being gushed about these days) which is a greater accomplishment, for sure. But I think Serena is the only one to do the four straight mentioned above.

bill said...

Maybe Caro is the new Martina Hingis .... except for the Slams, of course (I actually am really glad to see Hingis back playing).

Anonymous said...

Caro is a nice girl, but she is no Hingis. Hingis, before her ankle and foot problems, disposed of everybody more often than not, including the Williams girls. She was more brain than athleticism. But what a brain! Nobody's shot selection and point construction has been that good since.

Diane said...

I think Bill might have meant that in another way :)

Daniel said...

Yes that is correct...she lost to Pam Shriver in the SF in 88 championships..

bill said...

Thanks, Diane - back to tennis now...