A funny thing happened on Serena’s way to the calendar year Grand Slam at the US Open, a little regarded Italian, Roberta Vinci pulled off one of the largest upsets in recent tennis history. Do you care?
Because she was such a longshot, had you bet $100 on that outcome, you would have won $30,000! When they asked Vinci after the match what she thought she had to do to win that match the morning she woke up, she said, “No. I did not think about me winning. No chance. I just say ‘It is the semi-finals, just go out and enjoy yourself.”
During the final exciting moments of the upset, I was on my feet cheering every critical point the feisty Italian won; and DeDe asked, “Don’t you want the American to win?” And even though I am usually a chauvinistic American, rooting for almost anyone from the USA, I said, “No, I just don’t like Serena and want to see her lose.”
Vinci: “I’m Sorry.”
The Italian said after the match to the audience, “I’m sorry for the American people, for Serena, and for the tournament; but today is MY day!”
I was not sorry. I just do not like the way that Serena acts on the court … the intentional screeches (you notice how toned down she was vs. her sister the match before?) … the waving the fist at her opponents. And, I really do not think she is a nice person.
I used to feel the same way about the chest pumping Novak Djokovic, but I really think he has matured dramatically and is now a real credit to the game of tennis.
Do you care that Serena got slammed?
And, can the Fed keep up his incredible play and win the men’s finals on Sunday? I think he has much better than a 300-1 shot at it!
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