The Prediction Racket Again – Women’s Wimbledon Final

I am writing this while watching the beginning of the third set of the Radwanska-Williams Wimbledon final. Obviously I have no way of knowing what the outcome of the match will be, but there’s more to life than who is going to win.

In the U.S., one is listening to Chris Evert and some other guy whose name I don’t know tell us from the start that this match is one sided – Williams all the way. This is essentially what Pat McEnroe and Brad Gilbert said yesterday when previewing this match, Even though I am not a Radwanska supporter (never heard of her till the semi-finals) I was quite irritated that someone could be written off so easily in spite of making it to a Grand Slam final.

My irritation notwithstanding, the score in the first set and a large part of the second set made it look like they were right. However, it seemed to me that it was more a case of some points here and there that was the difference, and that the score board made the game look a lot more one sided than it really was. With Williams a point away, to take a 5-3 lead in the second set, Chrissie and her colleague were more or less ready with the appropriate questions for the post match interview with Serena. But the worm has turned – a point here and a point there which could have gone either way went Agnieszka’s way, and they are now even in the third set.

Once again, the lesson is clear! The pundits are full of it. If Radwanska wins we will hear about how brilliant she is and how she blah, blah, blah. If Serena wins, we will hear about how her nerves let Radwanska back into the game, but her winning was never in doubt. It happens every time, and we keep following their half baked predictions – why?

It’s now 2-1 Radwanska up in the third set. And for the record, nobody knows who is going to win!

P.S. At 11.35 a.m. (EST) – Serena won the third set 6-2!


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