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September 03, 2008

Venus Williams vs. Serena Williams at the US Open

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I haven't written a lot about this year's US Open because frankly there hasn't been a lot to write about.  But now that we're in the second week, things are heating up.  Tonight is the de facto women's final because sisters Venus and Serena will meet each other and slug it out for a place in the semis.  Whichever sister wins it has to be considered a big favorite to take it all.

My prediction of who will prevail among the Williams girls tonight?  Drum roll please.....Venus.

I say that because, though they're both playing very well, I think Venus is going to keep it together just enough to win the big points when the going gets tough.  Like at Wimbledon, I'm expecting a good match, but I think Serena's emotions will get the better of her and Venus will be able to take advantage.

I then see Venus and Dementieva in the final with Venus prevailing in three sets.

Other thoughts from week one:

  • James Blake lost...love ya' James, but this is becoming a bore.
  • Jelena Jankovic did everything she could to get beaten, but is still in the tournament.
  • Novak Djokovic surprised me and figured out a way to escape Tommy Robredo.
  • Roger Federer surprised me and figured out a way to escape Igor Andreev.
  • Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva are riding the glow from their new Olympic medals to the latter rounds.
  • Rafael Nadal is still cute as ever and I predict he's going to beat Roger in the final for the men's title---though tonight's match against Mardy Fish should be fun.

And spare a sentimental thought for USA Cable.  This is the last year they'll be covering the US Open and I for one am going to miss them.  USA Cable always gave wall to wall coverage and I've gotten used to their dependability and their tacky promos for their fall shows.  Not to mention, I really like their US Open theme music.

Next year ESPN takes over and God knows what kind of coverage we'll get.   I can see it now:  during a match like yesterday's Federer/Andreev, at six o'clock, right in the middle of the fourth set ESPN will have to cutaway to show the first round of the World Championships of Lawn Bowling.

Needless to say I'm not looking forward to them taking over, but I'll try to give them the benefit of the doubt...that is until they shoot that all to hell.


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