Tuesday, March 18, 2008

So unpretty

First it was Marion Bartoli and Angelique Kerber. I didn't see their first set in Indian Wells, but the second was not a pretty sight, with Bartoli losing a 5-1 lead, and Kerber looking like she was trying to figure out a way for Bartoli to win, anyway. I have been watching Kerber for a while and I think she has talent, but that set was painful to watch. Bartoli finally won it, and won the match, 6-3, 7-6.

This evening, it was Maria Sharapova and Alona Bondarenko. Each had moments of brilliance, but the overall match (or at least the first two sets) was fraught with errors and inconsistency. Both players had major service problems, and Bondarenko tended to follow a winner with an error. Sharapova, for her part, had trouble keeping the ball in the court. She finally prevailed, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, after an entertaining final set.

Barry Tompkins, one of the commentators for FSN, talked about Bondarenko's negative body language. Obviously, he has not watched her before. Alona Bondarenko is restrained at her best moments, and somewhat dour at others, but that's just her court personality.

Notable in today's play was Ashley Harkleroad, who took Agnieszka Radwanska to three sets before being defeated, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.


Todd Spiker said...

Would love to comment on ol' Barry, whose seeming lack of preparation has been an issue all the way back to his days doing boxing on HBO or Showtime in the 1980's... but I'm seeing absolutely no FSN coverage of IW during the week.

Yep, good deal. :(

Diane said...

He's alright so far. He mispronounces the names, just like the "expert" commentators, and I haven't heard him say anything glaringly stupid. His finest quality, of course, is that he isn't Justin Gimelstob.

Todd Spiker said...

I think Gimelstob can be funny just because he doesn't have a particularly strong filter between his brain and mouth sometimes, but a little of him can go a very long way. :/

I'm sure you wouldn't have appreciated some of the not-exactly-for-public consumption stories he'd tell about a few tour players when he'd call in to a radio show in the D.C. area a few years ago. Since he's working so much in TV these days, I think he's decided to muzzle himself a little bit when it comes to things like that now.

Diane said...

It's not just that he has the mind of an 11-year-old--it's the sexism I can't abide.