I started a new job–freelance gig, actually, but who’s counting–last week, so I’ve been busy as hell for the last several days. But I did have the TV on in the background while I was working, so I was able to catch some coverage of the U.S. Open, at least as ambient noise.
One thing that stood out, in a tournament that has gone largely to form till now (except for the retirements): right at the beginning of last week, ESPN’s Chris Fowler breathlessly informed viewers of a “big upset” in the women’s bracket.
Sorry, but no. Unless Serena Williams gets bounced–maybe today against her sister–there’s no such thing as an upset in women’s tennis right now.
That, of course, is the major malfunction with the WTA and the women’s side of the majors right now. This week’s Friday Feature will go into this situation in greater detail, but for now suffice it to say, if Serena Williams shows up and plays to anything reasonably close to her abilities, she’s going to win.
Unfortunately, that says as much about her competition as it does Williams herself. Until someone shows up who can seriously, consistently challenge Serena, talking about upsets in women’s tennis just shows you’re not really paying attention.