Google Down the Line!: In tennis, size doesn't always matter

Monday, October 18, 2010

In tennis, size doesn't always matter

Genuine happiness and props go out to Ana Ivanovic, who ended a two year title drought by coming full circle and beating (well, more like annihilating) Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 in Linz, the site of her last title.

It may be a small, International-level tourney but she probably wouldn't have made it past her first round a year ago. NaturAna came in as a wild card after Serena Williams' late injury withdrawal, though, and swept the field without losing a set. And based on the scoreline and the 47 minutes it took to seal the deal, the Serb wasn't taking any chances and came into the match focused and ready to win. How badly do you think she wanted it? Poor Patty had to bear the brunt of that pent up frustration. Ah, well.

Andy Murray also came good comprehensively outplaying Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2 in the Shanghai final and picking up his second title of the year. Even though this tourney is larger, more prestigious and holds more weight for the boys than Linz does for the ladies there was something about this win that left me feeling a little bit empty. Sure, it's another Masters 1000 and Muzz's second consecutive win over the Swiss increasing his lead in their H2H to 8-5.

But maybe that's just it: He can keep getting it up for these matches at this level but once he gets to a Grand Slam Lil' Muzz goes limp. Yup, that would make anyone feel empty. Get thee some Cialis.

Oh, and lest I forget, Tammy got win, too.

[Photo(s): Getty Images]
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