Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hold fast in the Heat

Watched the Women's Doubles match of Ai Sugiyama and Daniela Hantuchova vs. Cara Black and Liezl Huber. The pair of Black and Huber had Sugiyama and Hantuchova on the ropes and I had to wonder about the chemistry between them. But they ralled to win (6-7, 6-3, 7-6) with some solid play at the net by the Japanese player. And they showed great poise and patience in slowly coming back.

And poise is something Andy Roddick will need in huge supply to go along with mental fortitude to beat Roger Federer in the semis of the Men's Singles of the Australian Open. You can say that he is ready after outlasting Novak Djkovic in the quarterfinals 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 2-1. I really thought he was a goner after losing that first set and the start of the second but he came back.

Come back he must now for the American has not beaten the Swiss Sensation in six Grand Slam matches and is 2-15 lifetime against him. Although Roddick did beat Federer in Miami last year that was a different time for Federer who was struggling then.

My favorite tennis player was Pete Sampras yet seeing Federer chase his modern Grand Slam record of 14 titles... well, I don't feel bad. If the record is going to be broken, might as well it go to a classy player like Roger. But somehow, I'd like Roddick to win. Those days of Sampras-Agassi-Chang-Courier dominating (along with MaliVai Washington and Todd Martin) are long gone. And US tennis needs a shot in the arm. With James Blake once more faltering, it's up to Roddick to hold up the American flag down under.

As for the women's draw, here's to Elena Dementieva! Hope you win it all.

The Williams sisters beat Hantuchova and Sugiyama 6-3, 6-3 to win the Women's Doubles Finals.

Andy Roddick was ousted once more by Roger Federer who will face Rafael Nadal in the Men's Singles Finals.

Elena Dementieva likewise fell to Serena Williams who will play Dinara Safina for the Women's Singles title.

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