1. First-time slam finalists are fun.
Lucie Safarova, French Open finalist. How fun is that? Watching Lucie beam after winning her last few matches in Paris has been so great to see, and part of what makes sports so amazing to follow. Emotions!! She more than backed up her big win over 2-time RG champ Maria Sharapova in the fourth round with straight set wins over Garbine Muguruza and now Ana Ivanovic and is now into the FINAL. There were nerves on both sides, streaks of amazing tennis from both and overall just an emotional roller coaster match between two players few would have chosen to make it far in Paris. Ana lead 4-1 in set one and failed to serve out the set, won by Lucie 7-5. The Czech then served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but threw in three double faults (one up match point! oops) before she was able to break and serve it out on her second attempt for the win. You gotta feel for Ivanovic, as this was a huge chance for her to advance to her first slam final since she won the French Open in 2008.
But Lucie. Look at the pure joy!
After her run to the Wimbledon semis this year, it’s great to Lucie take it a step further in Paris and even if she loses to Serena, just look at this run she’s had:
Safarova’s road to #RG15 final is no joke: d. Pavlyuchenkova d. Nara d. Lisicki d. Sharapova d. Muguruza d. Ivanovic Hasn’t lost a set.
— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) June 4, 2015
2. Twitter lessons via Tara Moore
Look, I’ve been a Serena Williams fan since she was 16 years old. I know she wears her emotions on her sleeve, and I am not going to lie and say it doesn’t bother me sometimes when her face is full of angst/desperation/despair during matches. However, she’s clearly been sick all week and was trying to battle that plus an extremely good opponent today in Timea Bacsinszky. Serena did look lethargic and was coughing a lot but she pushed through and started playing better to win. Serena only answered one question in the on-court interview with Cedric Pioline before she had a coughing fit and didn’t continue and she also canceled her press conference. No doubt she’s been ill for the past week.
However, midway through the second set today, this tweet appeared from Tara Moore, a British player ranked #401 on the WTA:
I mean, I’m all for people having opinions, but tweets like this about a 19-time grand slam winner are brave. But a few months ago Moore tweeted something that ended with a #screwedoverbyWTA hashtag so keep on keeping on Tara! Her mentions are full of fun in case you want to be reminded about the perils of sharing an opinion online.
What more can you say about Serena? Playing just her fourth-ever French Open semifinal, she comes back from dropping the first set to a very tough Bacsinszky and wins the last 10 games to win. Some of my fave stats (and there are so many amazing ones) are her records in grand slam semis and finals.
Currently Serena is 19-4 in grand slam finals and now 24-3 in grand slam semis. That’s INCREDIBLE. Once she gets past the quarters, she has a 43-7 record. Talk about winning on the big stages. So on Saturday, Serena will try for her 20th slam (third in a row) and achieve something else rarely done:
— Kevin Fischer (@Kfish_WTA) June 4, 2015
4. Shoutout to doubles
I woke up after they were completed, but props to the amazing Bryan Brothers for advancing to yet another grand slam final! They’ll face Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo tomorrow with a chance to win a 17th men’s doubles title. The Bryans have won *just* two of their slams in Paris so they’ll be going for #3 here. Mike Bryan paired with Bethanie Mattek-Sands today to win the mixed dubs – what a fun team!
— Chris Chase (@chaztopher) June 4, 2015
1. Sorry, Ana fans. I am to blame.
I tuned into the first women’s semifinal a bit late, and there was Ana Ivanovic, looking cool as a cucumber, smacking winners and gliding around the court and generally seeming in control of everything. Then I tweeted this:
It’s weird how calm Ivanovic is right now. So not used to seeing this from her.
— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) June 4, 2015
I should know better, you guys. And I’m sorry.
I’ll say this–it was a great, unexpected run to get to the semifinals, but the way Ivanovic faded away in the last hour of the match was disappointing. Is this her new ceiling? We’ll have to just wait and see.
2. Andy Murray, feminist.
Andy Murray wrote a column about being a feminist, and it is incredible.
They say I was plucky choosing Amélie, but truth be told, if anyone was plucky it was Amélie – she’s the one who’s taken the heat. Her competence was always under fire. I felt embarrassed. That’s why I made a point of repeatedly saying she was doing an excellent job. The real low point hit at the Masters when I lost 6-0, 6-1 against Roger (Federer, in London). Rather than blaming me, they pointed the finger at Amélie. I still remember what some players and coaches said about her – I wasn’t impressed and I shan’t forget in a hurry…
Have I become a feminist? Well, if being a feminist is about fighting so that a woman is treated like a man then yes, I suppose I have.
I hate that it’s this big of a deal that a top male athlete is coming out in support of feminism, but it is. And yes, I teared up a bit reading that whole piece.
3. Longer thoughts.
4. Take a bow, Timea Bacsinszky.
I hope that this is only the beginning of Timea’s career. I think that this could be the beginning of something incredible.
— MiniPeople.ch (@SwissMinipeople) June 4, 2015
Plus, this little Swiss girl has class.
Great Timea quote. No, she doesn’t thing Serena was “faking”. pic.twitter.com/nNbM31ytb2
— Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) June 4, 2015
5. Everyone loves Lucie.
Well done to @luciesafarova !!!! So happy for her and her team!!!!! She is the nicest girl on tour!!!
— Dinara Safina (@Dinarik27) June 4, 2015
— judy murray (@judmoo) June 4, 2015
— A. Pavlyuchenkova (@NastiaPav) June 4, 2015