On her own terms (pt. 3)
Posted: Wednesday April 4, 2007 11:29AM; Updated: Wednesday April 4, 2007 2:52PM
A few of you passed this patently wacky Justine Henin link.
You thought it was weird when they put a pool in Arthur Ashe Stadium? Check this out.
Jason Rainey of Austin, Texas, writes: "My wife pointed out that Li Na's name is likely the only one on the WTA Tour comprising symbols on the periodic table of elements. I recall another Chinese player, Hu Na, who could claim similar notice if we recognized the 'human element.'"
Vito of New York City: "Nice pickup on covering the release of Virtua Tennis 3. I know this isn't a video-game column, but the game is ridiculous, and not in a good way. If you want a more realistic tennis game, pick up the year-old TopSpin 2 for Xbox 360. Players actually slide on the clay, bounces die on grass, etc.
"Playing Virtua Tennis, which to be fair has a much better character lineup, you just watch these characters dive for crazy shots seven or eight times in a point, kind of like a Jimmy Connors highlight reel. VT is fun to look at, but awful for real tennis fans."
Eduardo Gigante of São Paulo, Brazil, writes: "Here's what happened to the Rod Laver arena."
James of New York writes: "FYI, for 'Bag readers who are going to be in New York, the tennis documentary Unstrung is at the Tribeca Film Festival (scroll down to the bottom of the page)."
Danielle of Los Angeles notes, "I just wanted to submit an amusing oddity featuring Djokovic -- take a look, he has the most amazing howl of a laugh." (Dude's pretty likable, no?)
Ed McGrogan of Whitesboro, N.Y., writes: "Thought you might want to consider using this remarkable factoid in your next Mailbag, if Greg Sharko didn't already beat me to the punch. In the last 17 Masters Series events in which either Federer and/or Nadal was entered in the draw, Miami '07 will only be the time that neither will have won. The last time was in August '06, when Andy Roddick claimed the shield in Cincinnati."
Nice. A Sharko in training. Someone give this guy a job!
In case you missed it, Julie Gibbon of Boston noted this Richard Williams gem (aren't they all?) after Serena tuned Sharapova: "I told her, 'You don't want to get into a hitting battle with Sharapova, because it would be uneven for Sharapova, because Sharapova only has one good side and that's her backhand. You don't want to get into that for the simple reason you would win. So try to hit some balls to her strong side, to her backhand, and that would help you with your match for tomorrow.'"
Marc of San Diego provides this week's installment of "Find The Spawn of a former Grand Slam Champion Now Playing College Tennis."
A few of you have asked about Chanda Rubin lately. Turns out she is not retired and has, in fact, entered some events this spring.
Patrick Preaton rightly wonders whether Djokovic's defeat of Nadal marked that first time Rafa lost to a younger opponent.
Jano of Santiago, Chile: "Don't know why, but this video made me remember your comments on the players being in awe of Federer every time they play against him."
Mark Flannery of Fullerton, Calif., sends this week's look-alikes: Federer and Swedish golfer Johan Edfors.