Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Ontario, Canada
Well, I am extremely happy for Jill, she is a very nice person and she works incredibly hard so to see her get this sort of win is just fantastic for her and great to see for the people who cheer her on and follow her results (like myself!)
I just caught the match and while Serena didn't play at her best level, I thought Jill played very solid tennis, she hit some nice winners when she had the openings, and she really hustled and made Serena work for almost every point. I think that the fitness level was really telling as Serena did win some really long rallies but seemed very winded after which lead to a few sloppy points after. Having said that, you have to give credit to Jill who really worked each point and made Serena hit a few extra balls and also make her think that she was going to have to come up with the goods to win.
Jill should go back into the top 60 with this win, she'll get something like 200 or so points for reaching the 4th round - A great boost for her and a nice change in her form in recent months after it was looking like she was going to tumble in the rankings around Miami time. A great recovery
Looking forward to the match against Venus, I am sure Jill must feel that she has nothing to lose so hopefully she can go out there relaxed and keep believing that she can win these matches because I think that was the most important thing against Serena. Most players who are ranked lower don't take advantage of their opportunities because they don't believe they can do it, so it was great to see Jill stay so calm and talk about how much she has improved in her mental toughness and confidence thanks to Raj
"Religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. Any if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
But he loves you."