Monday, May 28, 2007

Day 2: Pigeons 2, Roland Garros 0

You know it's not a good sign when the pigeons are doing victory laps.

For the second straight day, the pigeons won as rain again squelched the majority of action on Day 2 of Roland Garros. After only seven matches were completed on Sunday, only seven more were ended on a match point by the close of play on Monday.

Aren't there such things as Pigeon Hawks?

TOP QUALIFIERS: Timea Bacsinszky & Ioana-Raluca Olaru
TOP EARLY ROUND (1r-2r): (vacant)
TOP MID-ROUND (3r-QF): (vacant)
TOP LATE ROUND (SF-F): (vacant)
FIRST SEED OUT: #31 Severine Bremond (1r- M.Krajicek)
UPSET QUEENS: (vacant)
IT GIRL: (vacant)
DOUBLES STAR: (vacant)

Love-Love...not much was accomplished on Day 2, but the first seed was officially bounced from the tournament when Michaella Krajicek completed a 6-3/6-3 victory over #31-seeded Frenchwoman Severine Bremond.

06 AO: #9 Dementieva (1r-Schruff)
06 RG: #18 Likhovtseva (1r-Sprem)
06 W: #28 Arvidsson (1r-Birnerova)
06 US: #15 Groenefeld (1r-Rezai)
07 AO: #25 Medina-Garrigues (1r-Vesnina)
07 RG: #31 Bremond (1r-Krajicek)

30-Love...the schedule is working out rather well for the Williams sisters, though. Serena faced a game Tsvetana Pironkova on Sunday and wrapped up the victory in three sets. Today, Venus faced a game Alize Cornet (for about a set, at least, when Venus was kind enough to take her foot off the gas enough to keep the French teenager in contention) and took care of business in straight sets. Meanwhile, most every other big name on the women's side is now facing the prospect of having their matches bunched together because of the rain-altered schedule. Well, everyone except for Justine Henin... the only player in the draw with three Roland Garros singles cups in the trophy case.
40-Love...did Serena think she was fooling anyone in that "incognito" get-up today during Venus' match? Of course not, but it did get people's attention.
============================= ESPN2 coverage was hoisted on the American tennis fans today on Memorial Day in the U.S.. Of course, with all the rain, The Tennis Channel didn't get to cover much live tennis, either (but when there was action, TTC proved that it IS indeed possible to show parts of several matches rather than thinking the audience is too ignorant to be able to follow more than a single match at a time). Then again, we did get a nice discussion between Martina Navratilova and a somewhat wildly gesticulating John McEnroe about the tactics in Mixed Doubles. Hey, it was more interesting than it sounds.
40-30...other lucky women's winners on Monday included Na Li, Tathiana Garbin, Sam Stosur and Ashley Harkleroad (over "Canadian cousin" A-Woz).
MATCH, "essentially, there were EIGHT matches completed today unless Maria Kirilenko is about to suffer a collapse of Novotna-esque proportions"...considering the Russian led Maria Elena Camerin 6-3/5-0 when play was suspended. Of course, Jana Novotna proved it is possible to lose a match when having a match point at 5-0, 40-love... so who knows? Now that'd be one time Maria wouldn't enjoy seeing her picture in newspapers and magazines the world over. Well, maybe unless it was a particularly flattering shot.

All for Day 2.


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