Tracey Austin On The BBC
Did anyone else notice how TA and her male sidekick were so obviously routing for Maria during their commentary of the match with Amelie? They hardly gave Amelie much credit and delighted when she seemed to be wobbling in the 2nd set, saying how painful it was too watch, yet raved when Maria looked as if she was trying to regain control. I personally felt they were willing Amelie to collapse. When Amelie won the disappointment in their voices was pretty obvious.
Afterwards TA was interviewed by Sue Barker, and her response to Amelie's win was muted at best, and she tipped Justine for the title. She just couldn't bring herself to say what a great and significant win this was for Amelie, or look pleased.
The Beeb did quite a good piece on the Williams sisters, interviewing several 'experts', TA, Shriver and Collins etc on the likelihood of a Serena return. Most were pessimistic, though Shriver thought that Serena has the weapons to get back to the No 1 spot. TA thinks that Serena is unlikely to be able to compete at the top again, saying the sport has become more international and the younger girls are fitter and stronger and hungrier, and that Serena has been lured by riches and Hollywood. While it's possibly true, TA is well and truly a Maria fan. She came up with the usual: 'Maria is still only 19'. Forgetting that by 19 Monica had won 8 Grand Slams. I went right off the woman!