WTA Diary: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Published July 31, 2012 02:13
Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in this week's WTA Diary.
Competition was fierce for the WTA Diary's much-sought-after and imaginatively titled 'Match' award in the opening rounds of the Olympics. But after much umming and arring, this most coveted of gongs has been bestowed on Sunday's humdinger between Julia Goerges and Agnieszka Radwanska.
In a match that had more swings in momentum than Wimbledon 2012 had rain delays, it was Goerges who held it together when it mattered most, recovering from a 3-1 final set deficit to triumph, 75 67(5) 64.
There were plenty of upsets elsewhere too, with seeds Samantha Stosur, Li Na, Dominika Cibulkova and Sara Errani all failing to make the second round. Although, Errani can perhaps be excused as her conqueror was Venus Williams, who apparently is pretty nifty on the green stuff.
Talking of Venus, she has never been one to shy away from taking on a new challenge and after her doubles win on Monday dropped a hint at what she might take up when she finally hangs up the racquets.
"I've especially gotten into archery here in London, it's amazing," Venus said. "Maybe I can get out there and do it for recreation. That would be cool."
While Venus has taken to the archers, which other Olympic athletes have been impressing the WTA stars?
@gidulko (Gisela Dulko)
I went to see basketball for the first time in my life yesterday...what a way to start...great to see Argentinian team win! Congrats!!! :)
The Fame Game
You would think that, being a career Slam holder and all, Maria Sharapova would realize that she's kind of a big deal. Rather refreshingly, judging by her experience in getting mobbed five seconds after stepping into the athlete's cafeteria in the Olympic Village, it seems that she doesn't.
"I'm usually pretty naïve about like people's knowledge of me, my career, what I've achieved," Maria said. "I try to be pretty humble about it, but the biggest mistake I've made in a long time was entering the cafeteria.
"I didn't walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. Actually, I didn't sign any autographs, it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue."
Kid At Heart
What does it feel like to be representing your country at the Olympic Games? It's just like going on a school trip, of course. Well, that's Kim Clijsters' rather bizarre take on the whole experience, anyway. To each their own.
"You kind of feel like you are going on a school trip, when we took the train and we were all dressed the same and had our backpacks," Games debutante Clijsters said. "It was fun and it was exciting, having been on tour for 15 years, to have a new experience."
Can you remember who won gold in Sydney? Easy, that was Venus, of course. How about Atlanta, Barcelona and Seoul? Is the memory a little hazier? Fear not, throughout the Olympics, wtatennis.com is recapping the tennis tournaments at the six Games since the sport was reintroduced in 1988.
Hard as it is to imagine, the world does not stand still while the Olympics is on, and over on the other side of The Pond, those players not lucky enough to secure a ticket for London are busy getting ready for the US Open in Washington.
Among their number is talented young American Sloane Stephens, who this week is the WTA's resident blogger.