Monday, August 20, 2007

Status update: Pilot Pen and my face

Face = still swollen. No update.

But the Pilot Pen...hmmm, some interesting early results already.

Probably the first notable thing to come out of New Haven so far is that Donald Young has finally, at last, won an ATP match, winning in three against American journeyman Amer Delic. Next up...Davydenko! I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Mario Ancic went through qualifying, perhaps saving a 'protected ranking' for some other tournament. He made it into the main draw, but lost in the first round to Fed's buddy, Wawrinka. Still, nice to see him out playing again, and I hope his form rebounds soon (and he doesn't suffer the same fate of Aussie Alicia Molik, who never regained her level of play after being off of the tour with an extended illness.)

My man Vince!!! He came through the first round, beating Evegeny Korolev in three sets. Knowing Vince's playing style and seeing the scoreline, that was probably a really good match. Good win for Spadea!

Mardy Fish won a match, actually taking out the tournament's #7 seed, Volandri, with a bagel in the third set. Interesting...but I wouldn't get too excited. Fish just never has seemed willing to put in the work to really take advantage of his talents and also seems to be content just kind of floating around the middle tier of players.

No real big news on the women's side, no big upsets. I did take a look at the doubles draw, though, since this is Lindsay Davenport's comeback tournament. She and Lisa Raymond received a WC into the doubles draw, and will face #1 seeds Black/Huber in their first match. That sucks. There is a chance they could pull off the upset, but not much of one...Black and Huber are just too strong. It is a shame Lindsay won't get more time on court, but we'll see her in Bali, and, according to Raymond's WTA blog, Lindsay will be coming back full time next year. She's always been one of my favorite players, but I couldn't stand seeing her mope around on court and defeat herself. Maybe motherhood will give her more joy in her playing, and help change her on court attitude into one of a much more positive nature? Let's hope so! Either way...welcome back Lindsay!

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