“Saturday’s final promises to be a corker” says the WTA website of the first all-lesbian Slam final since…last year? Every year? And it’s going to be a “corker” why? Because Sam Stosur has trounced Francesca Schiavone one almost all surfaces in almost all their meetings (Stosur leads career head-to-head 4-1)? I don’t get it.
Don’t get me wrong I love the ladies, lesbian or straight. On the WTA you can never tell, so I just love them all. Bring back Amelie Mauresmo who was proudly out of the closet, as this final will be played in the closet. Going to be crowded, lots of elbows flying. Will the winner run up in the crowd and plant one on their sweetie? You’ve got to hope so then all of homophobic America can gasp. Now that would get tennis in the news!
Schiavone’s only chance is to go hack-a-shack on Stosur, slicing and rushing the net and chipping and dropshotting and throwing off her rhythm. And standing in the doubles alley so Stosur can’t hit that huge kick serve and set up the point.
“Now is the time to relax, and Saturday will be the time to apply everything I’ve worked on all these years,” Schiavone said. “I will go on the court and I fight my best.”
You’re going to need to do better than that.
This match is Stosur’s to lose. Stosur’s arms are bigger than my legs, which leads me to believe she is juicing, but I’m going to say she’s not since she has a reputation as a gym rat and hits it hard with her trainer.
“I’m sure there’s gonna be some nerves out there, and I’m ready for that,” Stosur said. “She hasn’t gone through it before either, so that’s probably a little bit comforting. We’re both going to be excited.”
The “new” Stosur knows how to win, so Schiavone’s only chance is if she plays out of her mind and the “old” choking Stosur makes a reappearance. Stosur is going to win, but best we can hope for is a good match. And hope for no rain as is forecasted? Have at it ladies.
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