ESPN, Match Point Serena/Jen etc.
I, like most ordinary folks had to work on Tuesday, and depended on TV guide and ESPN to show tennis according to the schedules they posted prior to Tuesday. Except for the first part, Serena, match COULD have been shown LIVE on Tuesday. I though they would show this match and just maybe peek in on Venus' match.
Of course, while at work I followed the scores in the IBM realtime scoreboard and knew the result before I came home. To my dismay they showed an earlier match taped, then showed most of Venus match live, then showed Mauresmo's match. While the schedule called for Tennis on ESN at 12:00 Noon, they changed the program to other sports. In the 8 to 12 Segment the scroll thad they would show the Serena / Jen match at 3 PM. My second VCR ran out of tape with only a few points played. I was PI**ED.
ESPN really makes me mad when they change thier posted schedule on the fly.
Well I found they were going to show highlights at 10 PM, so I set the VCR.
I got the first set, a few highlights of the second and then the third set, so all was not lost.
Now, to the second point of this post. The MATCH point was really crazy.
As much as I love Serena, the ball clearly landed on the line, which is why Serena netted it. (The ball skidded making her swing too high) The linesman must have been looking at Serena's ASS rather than the ball.
The chair umpire ruled that the shot was good, but because the linesman called it out, they had to replay the point. Had he thought it out it would have been DEUCE. This CLEARLY shows that Serena also KNEW the ball was good, because she did not protest the replay call.
Jen had to win TWO match points in succession to win this match... incredible.
Addendum: It is nice to see Jen and Serena frendly at the net.