One key thing is that supposedly Mary didn't have much wrong with her. When she got back on the court, she was blasting away.. that is some miracle trainer they have at the USO.
When I listened to Mary's interview, she used two injury timeouts... What's strange is... I always thought the rule was, you only get 1 injury timeout per match, plus a second treatment during the next changeover. Since when can you take two injury timeouts?
Anyway, Pierce will know what it's like losing two GS finals in a season. I don't think Kim will choke tomorrow.
Whether Elena would have won, we can only postulate now, but for certain taking an injury timeout after your opponent makes a strong start against you, definately rattles the other player and takes away their momentum and rhythm. A very unsavoury tactic, that commentators mention a lot. Another disagreeable tactic is using it to treat cramps. Timeouts are for injuries, not cramps. Its your own problem if you aren't fit enough take the conditions. The rule should never have been changed to allow cramps treatment. It's unfair to your opponent.
Are timeout rules different for the men than it is for the women? Men get diagnosed, then 3 minutes to treat the injury, and during the next changeover (90 seconds) the trainer is allowed to reassess the injury, but can't hold up play. You only get one injury timeout per match.
For the women, apparently you get 3 minutes to diagnose the injury, then straightaway another 3 minutes to treat it... You can have two per match, and have it done back to back for 12 minutes.
Last edited by JC Federer; Sep 10th, 2005 at 06:33 PM.