My love affair with James Blake is this close to being over. Yesterday after winning the 1st set, losing the 2nd two sets to an on-fire Juan Carlos Ferrero, he lost a very winnable 4th set tie-break 7-4. And once again he flamed out of a Grand Slam while I sat at home waiting for him to make a breakthrough. Juan Carlos played an amazing 2nd set, but James just didn't pull it together when he needed to.
At least it wasn't the total debacle that his loss to Max Mirnyi was here last year, but for awhile it looked like it was going to be. Don't get me wrong. I love James. I've loved James since the dreadlock days. I've loved James long before all his troubles that year he broke his neck. I've loved James since long before the Lleyton Hewitt "racial slur" incident at the US Open. I've loved James since he said "Hello" to me at a local tournament where I was a volunteer.
But a girl can only take so much. You're breakin' my heart James, and I don't take heartbreak well. This relationshiop has become too one sided. I give, and you just take and take and take. So take this as an ultimatum. Pull it together or we're through!
Congratulations to American Laura Granville for taking out a not quite sharp Martina Hingis. She's got a great opportunity to do some damage in the second week and hopefully she can run with it.
As it turns out, the 2-time Grand Slam winner Marat Safin didn't show up for his match with Roger Federer after all. In fact it was the playboy, take the money and run, Marat Safin who appeared and went through the motions of playing a match. Now Roger didn't give him much of a chance to get anything started, but Marat should probably take some time off and figure out if the tennis world is where he really wants to be.
Jelena Jankovic pulled out a tight one against the fearless Lucie Safarova. She held her nerve, slugged for the lines and won the match 5-7, 7-6, 6-2. Let's see if she's finally ready to move up to the finals of a Grand Slam. Keep watching.
If Serena Williams keeps playing the way she's playing and Venus Williams keeps playing the way she's playing, I may have to re-think my prediction about which sister will win the whole thing.
Good for ESPN2 for keeping their priorities in order when they broke in throughout the tennis coverage to give updates about the aborted terrorist bombing in Central London.