Have you been threatened by the women's tour? Not a single comment in your post-Aussie mailbag on the defining aspect of the current tour -- a total lack of talent except for Serena. I cannot recall the No. 1 player in the world ever being humiliated so badly in a championship match in any sport and yet you avoid comment like Donald Trump avoids good taste? Long live Justin Gimelstob.
-- Mike, San Diego
Go ahead and accuse me being bribed by the WTA. But "Long love Justin Gimelstob?" Heaven help us all. Actually, Justin and I have been debating this issue over e-mail.
I see his point
and agree that it doesn't help the credibility of the WTA when a player with very little preparation swoops in and beats five seeds, including a blow-out of the world's top player. But it's not like we're talking about Marion Bartoli
or Sybille Bammer
here. Serena Williams is -- to use an indelicate phrase -- a freak, a one-in-four-billion talent who also happens to compete like no other player.
Let's remember, too, that Serena had won seven Grand Slams previously. Michael Jordan
comes out of retirement and still puts up 30 points a game. Ted Williams
interrupts his baseball to fly fighter jets and returns to lead the league in batting. Some players just have it
To me, the storyline is about the strength of Serena, not the weakness of the rest of the field. Also, I think you have to look at this qualitatively. Had Serena been spraying balls and limping around the court and still won, well, that would have been one thing. But that match against Maria Sharapova
was an absolute clinic in aggressive tennis. (Note her winners-to-errors count.) Serena looked every bit like the world beater she was in 2002, not the gimpy, bored hack she was in '06.