Tip of the cap to Tatiana Golovin
She's not a player I believe in, but all credit where it's due. She beat good players to win AI. She didn't anybody currently playing great, but there are only two players playing great right now, and niether of them was at AI. She beat three players who I think are, historically, demonstrably better than her, but that's a comment on my powers of observation, not her tennis. Golovin handled the wind better than most this tournament, and her volleys were sound.
Ulrimately, I think she's a slower Shahar Peer, with a bit more power and better volleys. I don't see slam-winning potential in her, but she showed me enough winning AI that I'm going to sit back for the rest of clay season, and see what she produces.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.