This was a beautiful weekend. Yes, I am pleased with the results. I couldn’t handle it if Rafa had crushed Fed – never mind Fed’s breezy insistence that getting to the finals was winning enough. I would however have been fine if Venus had beaten Serena, but only because it was Venus. But in this Fed happens to be absolutely correct – Venus making it to the finals was winning enough.
This was a beautiful weekend, characterized as it was by a celebration of the Olds. Long-term readers of this blog will know that I have long argued against the pressure placed on aging players to submit their retirement papers. Like Marion Bartoli promptly did after finally winning Wimbledon, and who seems to have remained a confused mess ever since.
Retirement, ideally, should never be rushed. Yes it’s all well and good to go out on top. But that does not mean that you should make a mad rush into the decision to give up a career for which you have worked very hard for many years. Marion’s mad rush to retirement has never made sense to me. I wonder if she regrets? Will Ni La regret? We know that Clijsters did because she came back to the sport after having her first child. We know that Kimiko Date did because her phenomenal return turned out to be inspirational.