Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sony Open (tennis) comments

Just saw Murray survive Ferrer in three sets and a tiebreak.  Murray hit the baseline on a shot that had it been long would've given Ferrer the title.  But Ferrer was fighting cramps in the heat, and had nothing left in the third set tiebreaker.

Sony Open, Miami, Ferrer-Murray final

Maria Sharapova can slightly congratulate herself for taking the first set from Serena, but after that, Serena steamrolled to the win in the next two sets, 6-0 in the third.  Maria is playing so well right now that if it weren't for Serena, she'd be lauded for her dominance.  But this is the Serena era, and the only way anyone else wins a tournament if she's in it is if something goes wrong, like an injury or a terrifically bad day.  She's so good right now that even on a moderately poor form day, like yesterday against Sharapova, she still finds a way to win.

Here's two things from the SI article I've linked to that say it all.

"Maria Sharapova played her best match against Serena Williams in almost 10 years and it still wasn’t enough. ... Sharapova, who entered on an 11-match winning streak in which she hadn’t dropped a set, fell to 0-5 in Miami finals."

That's amazing.

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