Much as I’m in favour of this sort of thing (and much as it makes the poor sod on the other side of the net LOATHE you), this is akin to a stand up comic using up all his best gags in a teaser. It also has something of the Christians and the lions about it.
A little more quotidian, not to mention a little more restraint, if you please.
Meanwhile, a little more abandon and far more belligerence from Sod would go down nicely too.
Five sets in a first round match against a guy making his first appearance at a Slam?
Oh I’m sure Haider-Maurer played the match of his career. It’s also true that, since Wimby, Sod’s developed a most worrying tendency to storm through the early parts of a match before allowing his inner, more flatulent self to lose control of the ship.
Early on yesterday I casually surmised that if any one of Ivanovic, Stosur, LaMonf and Reeshie were to lose their opening round matches, we shouldn’t, in fact, consider it an upset however upsetting it might personally be.
All survived. Reeshie and Ana easily, LaMonf and Stosur less convincingly.
Quite what this demonstrates – other than that I’m shit at making anti-predictions – I don’t claim to understand. Though the take out as far as Stosur’s concerned appears to be that she should be closing these matches out with significantly less pain.
Ana appeared to be striking the ball well though one competent win against a dithering opponent does not a comeback make. Zheng next.