Stay or Go: Sony Open Edition
STAY The good fortune that has come upon Flavia Pennetta's career of late is not quite flabbergasting but, nonetheless, surprising. After reaching the 2013 U.S. Open semifinals, her best result since has been, well, winning in Indian Wells. Someone sure knows when to peak. Not bad for one who became instantly even more famous over the weekend for having considered retiring after a desultory first-round loss in the desert a year ago.
GO The ongoing disagreement between John McEnroe and Bob and Mike Bryan about the state and validity of the ATP World Tour's doubles game has proven overplayed and uninteresting. To get biblical with it, "There is nothing new under the sun." And yet the wedge driven between the Bryans and Johnny Mac shows to be something like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. I think I speak for most everyone when I say to this manufactured drama, Why don't you just die?
STAY The rekindled flame of Roger Federer's desire and health are working in tandem to reinsert him among the top four ATP stars. Based on his last two performances against Novak Djokovic, a victory and a loss, he deserves just that.
GO The weight of expectations placed upon Venus Williams upon winning one WTA tournament. The older Williams sister has been lumped in with her more decorated sibling among those with a sky-high need for fantastic results in Miami, not far from her residence. Granted, Venus beat a lot of good players to win in Dubai last month—but Sjogren's syndrome remains an issue, and though she reports feeling better in recent weeks, a flare-up of fatigue and such can happen at random.
So it's time for the above items to stay or go. With that said, the Spin also just hopes for a point and a shot comparable to this in Miami again:
Agnieszka Radwanska, you're (nearly) our only hope.
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