Notes from the North
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I rate tennis matches by the number of spontaneous "wows" the play elicits from me and my partner as we watch. Roger Federer is by far the world's best at eliciting such wows with his fluid, balletic play and his amazingly artistic shot-making. That being said, the wow-factor (sorry Darrell) has just crowned the Radwanska-Lisicki semi-final match played yesterday at Wimbledon as the best match in years. Talk about a wow-fest. Thank goodness we were watching in on our DVR because the television coverage just didn't show enough replays of the many fantastic points. I love Agnieszka Radwanska's game. She's creative and athletic and has a beautiful serve. She never stops running and hits some of the most incredible shots seemingly out of nowhere when the point seems lost. And I honestly believed that, with the early exits of Azarenka, Sharapova, Williams and several others, this tournament was Aggie's to win for her first Slam title. Then along comes Sabine Lisicki, with the big serve, the powerful forehand and the under-acknowledged athleticism. Lisicki played some fantastic tennis and, perhaps even more importantly, showed the heart of a champion in bouncing back after a disastrous second set and disheartening start of the third. A lot of people are saying that, because so many seeds were eliminated early, the women's side of Wimbledon has lost its lustre. Those people need to rethink their interest in tennis. Just because the so-called "big names" aren't there anymore, that doesn't mean the tennis isn't spectacular. The Radwanska-Lisicki semi-final was tennis at its best. Its very very best. And anyone who tuned out because Williams, Azarenka and Sharapova have left the scene have no one to blame but themselves for missing this memorable, wow-able match.

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