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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Tennis is a nancy sport featuring insufficient opportunity for injury (my solution: tie-breakers should be played using a rock-hard field hockey ball). That being said, women’s tennis is sometimes diverting, and not for reasons you may imagine. Rallies last longer; players seem less robotic (Roger Federer) or irritating (Lleyton Hewitt, shown here interviewing his hand and during a Lamaze class).
Much more fun to watch Australia’s Alicia Molik duke it out with Venus Williams. Molik had never defeated Williams (they’d met three times previously) but took her out in straight sets last night. If anyone was at the game, please file a match report in comments.
I’ve only ever been to a couple of Australian Opens, once to interview Martina Hingis; we arranged for this to be conducted at a show-jumping course outside of Melbourne, so Hingis (who loves horses) could get in some riding on her way to winning the first Grand Slam event of her career.
That victory almost never happened. Stupid horse threw her on a jump. It was a big fall, but Hingis hit the ground in a practiced roll and avoided any harm. Then Hingis quickly dusted herself off and determinedly hauled herself back on that horse. “I think she’s going to win the Open,�? I told her mother, which was kind of pointless, since Mrs. Hingis spoke no English.
In reply, she bought me an ice cream.