feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
I kept jotting down my thoughts, but never getting the time to post them until now.

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feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
I didn’t see the women’s semi-finals although I had presumed that whoever won Halep vs. Pliskova would be the most likely to win the French Open.

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feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
It's week 2 of the French Open and I haven't discussed it here - mainly because I haven't seen all of a match yet. I came close to it last night, watching most of Garcia vs. Cornet. I've watched or listened to pieces - Konta was doing well in the first round until I tuned in. I've seen bits of Murray, the enigma that is currently Djokovic, Kyle Edmund, Muguruza and Pliskova play. But not Nadal, who seems to be on fire and must surely be the strong favourite to regain his Slam, somewhat amazingly, Halep, Cilic or Thiem.

The women's side, as one always says, is madly open - even more than it was going in, with Serena Williams pregnant, Sharapova not playing (my take on it is to follow whatever the agreed procedure is for a player who has served a drugs ban), Halep, who'd apparently been good on clay injured. The focus was, rightly, on the wonderful news that Kvitova was able to play again after being stabbed. But then Kerber and other seeds went out. Pliskova is the highest ranked seed left but has done nothing at Roland Garros previously, and so it's open to whoever wins all their matches, whoever she may be.

There's something reassuring about the team that ITV has reassembled to cover the tournament - the former tennis players talk sense, some in a charming French accent, the commentators who weren't tennis players waffle and John Inverdale talks fluent pompous garbage.
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
Last week

I only saw smatterings of Queen’s: part of Young against Batista-Agut, which you couldn’t call enthralling; part of Tomic’s quarter final against Muller, which was more interesting; and Raonic then beating Tomic. I know that Murray won a record five times, but Raonic seems to be backing up the form that got him to the semis at Wimbledon last year. It’s good to see that he’s improved – she wrote, having not watched the finals which might have left me all nerves.

It was surprising that Federer and Thiem both lost to German players you wouldn’t expect them to in the semis at Halle.

And there was a story that suggested that the BBC wasn’t giving enough prominence to the ladies singles at Wimbledon, by which I mean, the figures backed it up. I can understand the ‘editorial judgement’ a little, because the top male players, one of whom is a Scot, are more consistent, and either Serena Williams gets into massive trouble (entertaining) or she bulldozes her opponents and there’s no telling what other ladies will get through (no Sharapova this year, expect Muguruza to get a lot of attention and Jo Konta, as she only really did well after Wimbledon last year, and for most of the British public, the rest of the tennis year counts for significantly less). I think that best of five makes for a more interesting dynamic – best of three can be over in three quarters of an hour if its an unequal meet.

This week

I hadn't seen any of Eastbourne until most of the first set of the final between Cibulkova, Pliskova and the wind, and then I had to go out so I have nothing to say about that.
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
I truly did mean to post this five days ago, or so!

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feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
On Friday, for some reason, I'd got it into my head that the UK-Australia tie was being held Down Under, so I only turned the television on in time to see the end of the last set of the first day. Read more... )

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