You don’t get to say it was a good day for US women’s tennis as much as you used to. Today was like old times. With a twist and turn, Christina McHale went from preparing to face Vika Azarenka and instead met Stasia Yakimova in the opening match of the US-Belarus Fed Cup tie in Worcester, Massachusetts. McHale certainly did not look a gift horse in the mouth and accepted a straight sets win to tip the tie in the favor of the USA. McHale earned her first Fed Cup point in the process. Then, Serena Williams polished off Olga Govortsova in straights to give the US an insurmountable 2-0 lead.
Tomorrow, Azarenka is scheduled to play the final rubber of the weekend with Govortsova against Venus and Liezel Huber of the US. That could be a legendary match, but it’s unlikely that many fans will stick around to catch it just a couple of hours before the Superbowl kicks off.
With Serena taking on Yakimova at noon, the final result could be determined by 1 pm. If that’s the case, you’ve got to hope that folks stick around to see McHale facing Govortsova immediately following Serena’s probable clinching win for the Americans. McHale-Govortsova could definitely be the closest rubber of the weekend. But with the greatest sporting event in the world, Puppy Bowl VIII, starting at 3 pm, only the true tennis fans will honestly be able to say they watched McHale win her second Fed Cup tie.
You’ve got to hand it to the organizers for dealing with the obvious distractions of the New England Patriots Super Bowl appearance, the late scratch of the #1 world debutante on Saturday and Venus William’s earrings. The crowd was treated today to see a historic moment in young Christina McHale’s first victory of many more to come. Afterwards, Serena’s performance put a lot of Serena-doubters aback, too, and brought the US a big lead.
For the fortunate fans who return tomorrow, they might be able to see both Serena and Christina do it all over again, with a splash of Venus, Vika and doubles superstar Liezel Huber. It’s an incredible line-up and a nice finish for the tie.
Look, the US women are going to win an international tie. This is welcome news! Beam us up, ITF. The US women are ready to return to the Mothership of the World Group.