Well, the draws are out and the two big questions are answered:
Federer and Nadal - opposite sides of the draw.
Venus and Serena - same side.
I'm pretty glad about both, I have to say - I can't say I'm really too keen on the notion of another Williams/Williams final, because it just seems... well, they haven't performed particularly well in the tournaments between Slams, and it seems a little... well, unjustified. I know this is a bad, bad thing to say, because coming to the party at the Slams is what the Williamses do.. but it just seems fundamentally unfair.
This is probably not a popular sentiment, but I'll be glad to see a Williams/someone else final. I think we can be pretty sure it'll be Williams in the final, and I would say it would be Serena of that ilk... with the WTA tour in its current state, the way is open for a Williams to step up to the plate at the Slams.
But I would dearly love to see a good run from someone on the other side of the draw - for that finalist to win through by winning, not just by not losing. And I would love for it to be Dinara Safina, to shake that Slamless #1 thing... not that I would rate her too much of a chance against Serena, but I'd like to see her do something that'd make herself and Zeljko proud. It's rare that you feel sorry for a #1 for sort of being picked on by the rest of the field, but I feel that with Dinara. I would love for her to do well.
Oh, and I'm glad Roger and Rafa have been separated. For obvious reasons!
Pilot Pen Tennis (New Haven)
Elena Vesnina def. Amelie Mauresmo, 5-7 6-1 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki def. Flavia Pennetta, 6-4 6-1
Roger: older and not quite out
6 months ago