No Surprises

Day 2 is now done and dusted. The final match of the ladies first round saw a really good match between Barty and Sabalenka. The match showcased the raw talent that is Sabalenka who mixed it up quite nicely, coming in at every opportunity. It also showcased a player that I really enjoy watching, and that is Ashleigh Barty. Composed and skilled, Barty showed us why the great Justine Henin took her under her wing a few years ago in an effort to develop her talent. It is great to see her back on Tour and playing with such panache.

I barely watched any matches last night and it makes no sense to DVR the matches that happen overnight simply because ESPN prefers to showcase men’s matches and if they do feature women’s matches, it is usually some “marquee” name that I have no interest in watching.

Last night was no different as the featured match once ESPN came on air was Sharapova v. Maria. Clearly this caused social media to go all in on the fact that Sharapova was playing herself, a fact many people found quite funny. Chris Fowler and Chris Evert had the call and prior to my switching to something else, the consensus from Chris Fowler was that it was a poor look for tennis to actually have someone returning from a doping violation, a doping violation that was incurred at this event 2 years ago, to take part in the draw ceremony. He felt that it sent the wrong message. Chris Evert, ever the wannabe peacemaker opined that Sharapova had served her suspension. Fowler took the view that it was not a good look for the sport. He further went on to mention how tepid the response was by the fans in the stands when Sharapova was announced. Fans, despite what people might think are not being lead as sheep to slaughter.

Day 2 matches had little or no surprises. There wasn’t any match that stuck out to me. Petra Kvitova lost to Andrea Petkovic in what must have either been an error filled match or some clean ball striking. I have not yet had the opportunity to watch the match on replay.

Day 3 matches features the second round matches from the bottom of the draw. Spin’s Picks are below:-

Rod Laver Arena

Svitolina v. Siniakova

Wozniacki v. Fett

Gavrilova v. Mertens

Margaret Court Arena

Kostyuk v. Rogowska

Ostapenko v. Duan

Cornet v. Georges

Hisense

Pavlyuchenkova v. Bondarenko

Bencic v. Kumkhum

Court 2

Linette v. Kasatkina

Bertens v. Gibbs

Court 3

Flipkens v. Rybarikova

Kanepi v. Puig

 

Court 7

Zhang v. Allertova

Martic c. Begu

Court 8

Barthel v. Kontaveit

Suarez-Navarro v. Babos

Grunting Debate

It wouldn’t be a Slam if some idiot didn’t call out the women’s game for grunting.  This time around it is Todd Woodbridge, bygone doubles player from an era when tennis wasn’t even on tv.  Mr. Woodbridge, during the match against Aussie Ashleigh Barty and Belarussian Sabalenko, tweeted that until the women stop grunting perhaps the time has come for their matches not to be shown (or words to that effect).  In effect, he felt that the grunting was reason enough for tv to switch from showcasing a match featuring two talented women.

I know I say it all the time and I suspect I will have to keep saying it but tennis needs more women at the top of the sport where it counts.  We need more women in the commentary booth who are willing to call out the sexism when it happens in our sport.  Rather than enjoying the spectacle (which made me late for work), Mr. Woodbridge felt that the women (even one of his own) should be punished because someone was grunting during a match.  I suspect that Mr. Woodbridge will next be calling for the dismissal of the tournament announcer who felt it was his duty to mock Ms. Barty’s opponent after the end of the first set.

Continue being you tennis.  Continue being you.

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