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Tennis Fool
Jun 25th, 2004, 01:08 AM
Venus will regret missed chances


By Mary Joe Fernandez
Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Thursday's match between Venus Williams and Karolina Sprem was dramatic. Karolina Sprem hit the ball so hard -- taking it to Venus. Sprem saves set points in the first set. She takes the lead in the second set -- but Venus gets it back. And then in the deciding tiebreak, the chair umpire makes a huge mistake: He awards an extra point to Sprem.



The players were so confused that they went along with it. It's shocking that at Centre Court Wimbledon this can happen, and no one noticed it. You can understand that the players are focused and get confused. But for a linesman or tournament referee to not step up and say, "OK, wait a second" is surprising.



The chair umpire, Ted Watts of Britain, obviously didn't figure it out quickly enough. By now, he has.



At the French Open, Gaston Gaudio was serving to David Nalbandian in a second-set tiebreak. It was 5-2 and Gaudio served from the wrong side. Chair umpire Andreas Egli didn't notice until after the point, which then counted. Nalbandian argued but they played on with Gaudio serving again from the same side. Then Gaudio eventually won the title.



You can say one point shouldn't make a difference in a match -- and if Venus had won the second set, it wouldn't have. However, at a critical stage in the tiebreak, when you're trying to stay in the match, it does. In reality it was only 7-6 in the tiebreak when Sprem won the match.



Venus will probably be more upset that she had set points in the first and second sets and didn't win. She'll be upset that she let this girl control the points and didn't impose her own game.



Venus actually had a good serving day, but wasn't able to mix it up enough. She wasn't able to come to the net and, surprisingly, only had a few winners off the baseline. She's going to have to regroup. She's had a lot of injuries, so she now needs to work on her consistency. However, her biggest obstacle will be her confidence.



This wasn't just a lucky day for Sprem; we will see more of her. She's a talented athlete. She's quick, serves well and hits strongly from the forehand and the backhand. She has no fear. She almost beat Venus about a month ago in Berlin. In the past she's only been able to put together a couple of good points before succumbing to errors. But this time, every time she got tight, she stayed in there. This was the biggest match of her life. She just has to consolidate it. She definitely has the ability to be a top-15 player.



ESPN tennis analyst Mary Joe Fernandez became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match in 1985. In doubles, she won the '91 Australian Open, the '92 Olympic gold and the '96 French Open.

Topher950
Jun 25th, 2004, 01:29 AM
top 15....im seeing top 10.........if she can play like she played today.....she just needs to cut down on the ufe......she does AIM for the lines!! GO k-lina

adayinjune
Jun 25th, 2004, 01:37 AM
"She'll be upset that she let this girl control the points and didn't impose her own game."

"THIS GIRL"-- :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

adayinjune
Jun 25th, 2004, 01:39 AM
top 15....im seeing top 10.........if she can play like she played today.....she just needs to cut down on the ufe......she does AIM for the lines!! GO k-lina

Pam also said that Maria was the best Russian and that Myskina is "over-ranked" (this was before the RG win (s))

stacyh5
Jun 25th, 2004, 01:41 AM
Pam also said that Maria was the best Russian and that Myskina is "over-ranked" (this was before the RG win (s))

I've seen Pam crumble too many times in big matches to trust her opinion. I have yet to see Myskina crumble. The kid plays tough and smart.

*JR*
Jun 25th, 2004, 01:47 AM
Pam also said that Maria was the best Russian and that Myskina is "over-ranked" (this was before the RG win (s))
Sharky is barely 17 and she's being treated like an underachiever here already! :rolleyes:

adayinjune
Jun 25th, 2004, 01:50 AM
Sharky is barely 17 and she's being treated like an underachiever here already! :rolleyes:

I know that Maria is only 17 and an amazing player for her age! I just said it to prove that Mary Joe does not have a good eye for "who is hot at the moment"

Kart
Jun 25th, 2004, 04:30 AM
Is Mary Joe still the youngest player to have won a US open match ?

What about JenCap ?

Chunchun
Jun 25th, 2004, 04:34 AM
fucking ump :rolleyes: :mad:

samn
Jun 25th, 2004, 09:56 AM
Pam also said that Maria was the best Russian and that Myskina is "over-ranked" (this was before the RG win (s))

Always remember to check first to see which players are represented by IMG. You can be sure Mary Joe Fernandez isn't going to badmouth her husband's clients. The same goes for Shriver as well.