Hi everyone—apologies for not posting yesterday. It was a busy Wednesday in New York, and I had to scamper over to Jamaica, Queens for a prime seat at the St. John's-Seton Hall basketball game in Carnesecca Arena. It's no Carrier Dome, in bucolic upstate New York, where I'll be for next week's marquee tilt between the Syracuse and Villanova, but the price (free) was right.
Back to tennis, though. There's some fine women's matchups taking place in Dubai; the best of the bunch is Vera Zvonareva-Victoria Azarenka, which is underway as I type. Shahar Peer, denied entry into this event last year, is semifinalist this season after besting Li Na. And Venus Williams has a tricky encounter with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarters later on.
Otherwise, there isn't much to fawn over on today's slate. Sam Querrey and Andy Roddick will collide once again in the States if they can both win today, but as for the here and now, it's bleak on the ATP tour. If... (Remember that, from the Monday Net Post days?—If you're an old timer who does, thanks for staying with us.) I had to pick one match in the world to be teleported to, I'd go with the Marcel Granollers-Igor Andreev tussle today in Argentina. Neither player is going to win a Slam in their careers, but both have some attractive shots that are further accentuated on clay. Fans of long rallies (neither will serve their way to a win) might want to keep tabs on this one.
And, of course, the weather's great down there, although it's pleasantly temperate today in the Big Apple.
I'd be curious to see what match you'd pick, if such a teleportation device existed.
This is your guest post for Thursday; feel free to comment on the above, or in regards to any tennis goings on.