Archive for September, 2011

 

The Murray Mystery

Monday, September 12th, 2011

This story is getting boring. I’ve written it heaven knows how many times. I’ve read the articles and I’ve heard the opinions, I’ve watched the matches and I have formed my own. And although I am never, ever surprised, I can hardly be forthcoming with my reasons as to why I’m not shcked. Perhaps it’s just because I find the guy very unlikeable as a player, but there is something more than that. I still don’t know what it is. But whatever I or anyone else feels, the results are always the same; Murray can’t turn excellent effort into grand slam wins.

Following his defeat to Rafael Nadal in the semi finals, the usual voices came out of the following silence to stymie the flow of questions. The advice of pundits and his supporters became desperate excuse-making long ago. Now it is just plain strange. Andy Murray is Britain’s number one and is in the number 4 position worldwide. That has just never translated into Grand Slam wins. It has been years since everybody earmarked Murray as a top contender. No results to show for it in terms of Grand Slam all these years later, and there is definitely trouble afoot. Why is it happening though>

Mental attitude? That might be a problem. Murray has the weight of a nation on his shoulders, a nation known for being unbearably oppressive, overzealous, and not actually that genuinely supporting. There is nothing as cold as a British cold shoulder.

Coach? That has also been an issue. But, it has been an issue that has risen and then more »

 

Serena surpassed by superb Stosur

Monday, September 12th, 2011

What would a final involving one of the Williams sisters be without a bit of controversy? Well, well done Serena; your petulant display of bad sportsmanship has all but stolen the headlines from Stosur, who earned every moment of her victory and deserves to have a little more recognition for her amazing performance. It was only in 2009 that Serena threw her toys out of the pram last time, which pretty much landed her with the same result that she sees now. Anyway, it hardly seems fair to give her the attention.

Instead, let’s talk about the way in which Sam Stosur broke down the hot favourite to take her first Grand Slam victory. The Australian seemed enormously calm considering that she had a mountain ahead of he to climb. There have been a few pretenders to the Williams’ sisters thrown at the US Open, and some have succeeded. However, it only took Stosur 1 hour and 13 minutes to receive the trophy at Flushing Meadows, and considering she had only been in one grand slam final before this is an achievement in anyone’s book.

If anything, it is her mental strength that needs praising. Over recent years, a few lower ranked and unknown players with enormous talent have climbed to the final, only to be blasted aside in a rather quiet affair in the last match of the tournament. Stosur seemed to sideline the enormous odds, the press touting of Williams as the favourite, Williams’ own record at Flushing Meadows,  the enormity of the game, and on top of all of that manage to kee more »

 

Day 9 dawns – and then retreats

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Day 9 has gone out with a damp fizzle, after heavy rain blighted Flushing Meadows and meant that a whole day’s schedule was washed away. The heavy rain has been predicted, but the organisers saw not a single rain break in the weather reports they were given, and so decided to remove the day’s schedule completely.

For anyone who has followed the US Open recently, this really isn’t a surprise. It means, for the third year in a row, that the final will be on Monday. Surprise, surprise, there have been the usual calls for the American tournament to invest in a roof. These will only increase as the delays start to back up.

Seeing as I have been seriously absent of late – which I can only grovel for forgiveness for – this round up may take a while, but here are some of the major things that have been going on since the start of the US Open. In fact, so many, that I am going to crack out the bullet points… more »