Sunday, June 3, 2007

8 Down; 7 To Go

9-7 in the third.

For some reason, it's a popular play on the women's side of things when they go extra in the majors. Two years ago at Wimbledon, Venus beats Lindsay. Last year at the Aussie, Pironkova stuns V. In the first round here, Sequera beats local girl Razzano.

In fact, just three women's matches have gone beyond the tradition third-set score in this year's French. Two of those at 9-7, the other at 8-6.

Perhaps it's just something about the way the women play. Maybe they just want to get it over with.

Meanwhile, just one men's match has extended into the latter stages of the fifth. A 17-15 first-round win for Kohlschreiber, the 28th seed. That's double (32) the amount of games (16) a 9-7 decider produces. Plus 439 points, total.

Just writing these scores is making me tired.

Though 8-7 wouldn't quite be a completed match in the third or the fifth, it's where we stand right now in this 15-day major. The women's quarters are set, with 7 of 8 top seeds finding their way to the elite 8. The men are halfway there, with the rest of the field to be picked tomorrow.

Nadal or Hewitt? This one should be interesting.

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