Tuesday, January 15, 2008

From the Betting Scandal to Pepper Spray

First fixed matches, now this?

If you look closely, you can see the police officer in the background spraying the crowd with pepper spray:

And in case you haven't noticed, Patty Schnyder loves extra-inning matches. The Swiss was again extended the long route at a grand slam, the 13th time she's been involved in a match that's gone past the traditional 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 etc., score in the final set.

This time it was hometown favorite Casey Dellacqua beating the no. 15 seed 4-6 7-5 8-6 in the second round. Dellacqua hit 50 winners during the two=plus hour match and wound up with one more point than Schnyder, 111-110. The last time Schnyder bowed out of a major in such dramatic fashion was at last year's French against Maria Sharapova.

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