Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Flushing Meadows: I'm not Yoking...

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Williams d. Dushevina 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3

I didn't see it at first, but Vera Dushevina is a female Soderling of sorts.

Stiff movement.

Big first serve.

Straight-arm, deep sledgehammer groundies she uses to take it to, and sometimes to out hit, the big babes.

Inconsistent, but she really ought to improve upon that #47 ranking.

Venus, or rather Richard, reveals her bad knee has been plaguing her for about "five or six weeks".

I can't say she was my pick this time round anyway, and this certainly accounts for a lot of those errors; but
equally, I do think Vera has an underrated ability to stay in rallies with some heavy counterpunching of her own - rallies Venus is normally expected to win in about three shots.
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