Hang On In There

Posted by Ana under: Cincinnati, Kimmy, Masha

16 Aug 2010

Masha Kim

First of all, let me just say tennis won this week.

I can’t put into words how happy I was to see Ana playing good tennis again. Of course the tennis gods must hate her because she ended up with a sprained ankle and it’s a race against time to be ready for the USO. Anyways, I think she might be getting back on track. Hopefully this injury won’t bring her down again. Also, Pavs had an amazing tournament. She crushed Elena and had two great wins over Peer and Wickmayer. She was only stopped by Masha, but didn’t go away without fighting. Props to her. Youngest player in the Top 25.

Back to the final. I was really excited to watch it. Two GS Champions and former #1′s. What’s not to like about it? Masha had won their three previous meetings, but they hadn’t met since Kim got back on tour.

Masha had a better start and was serving some bombs. She broke Kim twice and saved the two BP she faced. I really thought she had it. Kim’s serve was letting her down and she made a lot of unforced errors. In the 2nd set the Russian went up a break and had 3 match points, but couldn’t convert them. Then, everything changed. In the blink of an eye it went from a sunny day to darkness and pouring rain. They stopped the match with Masha leading 6-2, 5-3 (deuce).

When I got back to it, I was really surprised that not only had Kim held that crucial game but she had also broken Masha to even things up. The match eventually went to a TB that Kim won 7-6 (4). I think the rain delay somehow helped her to regroup and refocus. In the end of the 2nd set Masha called the trainer out. She had the left foot taped and it was clear that she was in pain.

You know there’s something wrong with Sharapova when she goes silent, right? That’s what happened. Huge props to her for not retiring in the 3rd set, though. You can say what you want but that girl is a fighter. She was barely moving but never gave up. Actually, when Kim was serving for the match Masha hit two return winners that blew me (and I think a lot of other tennis fans) away.

So, Kim wins the 3rd title of the year (Brisbane, Miami and Cincinnati) and is up to #4 in the rankings, the highest since her comeback.

Masha had to withdraw from Montreal due to injury. Hopefully it’s just a precautionary measure.
And last but not least, with Kim winning playing far from her best (that says a lot about her ability) and Masha crushing the ball, it’s safe to say we have two huge contenders for the US Open title, right? Bring it on.

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