Friday, August 22, 2008

Chakavetadze goes to Pilot Pen final

It was anything but pretty, but it held my attention. Anna Chakvetadze and Amelie Mauresmo--both known for pairing moments of brilliance with impressive flubs--lived up to their reputations tonight. Both had trouble serving, and both made careless errors. Chakvetadze took the first set by playing with admirable aggression, and lost the second by failing to put a harness on that aggression. Mauresmo--usually superb at the net--was often less than stirling when she approached tonight. The third set was much closer than the score indicates, but Chakvetadze was able to take it, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. She will play Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

Thanks to ESPN for making Chak's overhead-whiffle-oopsie the Shot of the Day. I laughed my head off, even the third time I saw it.


Anonymous said...

Do you know at what point in the match her missed smash was? I want to watch it on youtube but i don't know where in the match to look.

Diane said...

I don't remember, David. Sorry. Maybe another reader will recall.

Anonymous said...

that sequence in slow motion is all over WTA world. try the "captions" thread or "momosapiens" US series thread.