June 26, 2005

Three and done. : Serena Williams took another big step in her campagn to establish herself as Queen of the Unforced Error, exiting Wimbledon in the third round by losing to 85th-ranked Jill Craybas, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

posted by lil_brown_bat to tennis at 06:50 PM - 10 comments

As for who's gonna win it, I'm betting a dollar on Lindsay Davenport and a sentimental nickel on Venus Williams.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:51 PM on June 26, 2005

I swear to God ... I read that as Jill Crabass. So what's the deal with Serena? I keep reading that she might consider packing it in soon, what with everything else (fashion, school) she's interested in. Do you think it's just a matter of her not working as hard as she did before?

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:09 PM on June 26, 2005

Ijust think their competition is getting alot better then expected. Also the fact of less hard work from serena.

posted by Rage Rod 74 at 08:39 PM on June 26, 2005

Serena was sick. She looked really ill and they kept saying she shouldn't have been playing. I don't think this is the end of her.

posted by uncleboatshoes at 08:43 PM on June 26, 2005

I think it's a combination of two things: the competition got better, and Serena got less single-minded about her tennis. Together, this meant that things went very quickly from a situation where no one could beat her, to one where she had a lot of competitors who could beat her. To beat the field now, she really would have to go back to being a very single-minded player -- and, IMO, seriously consider a new coach. There's a few interesting matchups in the women's round of 16, BTW. Having defeated Serena, Craybas now gets to play Venus (I'd wear a helmet, myself); Davenport plays Clijsters; and Myskina plays Dementieva.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:01 PM on June 26, 2005

Yeah. Venus is going to kill her, just to teach her a lesson, even if it screws her up for the next round. (I always thought Venus would be the one to quit the game because she was into too many other things. Go figure.) She might win out, but it's hard to go against Davenport the way she's playing.

posted by chicobangs at 10:06 PM on June 26, 2005

BTW, time waster du jour = Shot Tracker.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:46 AM on June 27, 2005

lbb: were you also clicking on shots, picturing them running around and even saying 'oooh' when the volley finally ended?

posted by kokaku at 12:27 PM on June 27, 2005

Big sister took care of Jill

posted by Dallas at 10:51 AM on June 28, 2005

kokaku: lbb: were you also clicking on shots, picturing them running around and even saying 'oooh' when the volley finally ended? Worse. I was watching the matches, clicking on Shot Tracker as soon as each point was played, and saying, "Yes! That's what happened! And then she hit it there! Oooh!" Dallas: Big sister took care of Jill Dropped her like third period French, she did. And then took care of Mary Pierce in the quarters, looking better than I've seen her play in some time. I'm really looking forward to the semis, when I'm putting my money on Venus to beat the dawg out of Sharapova (revenge for lil sis part 2).

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:48 AM on June 29, 2005

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