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Pam Shriver’s 35,000 Foot View (Literally) of US Open Final 16September 5, 2017
Hi from 35,000 feet heading to the first day of a new school for all three of my kids and thanks to ESPN for being a family-first work place! I will return to NYC tomorrow.
Collectively these US Open 2017 quarter finalists, men and women, have comeback stories that range from tragic to compelling to everything in between! Venus, of the 16 players left and perhaps partly because she has been around the longest, has endured blow after blow after blow; her sister’s murder being perhaps the worst, to this year being involved in what turned out to be a fatal car wreck, to her diagnosis of her autoimmune energy sapping syndrome, to the divorce of her mom and dad…. her resiliency and grit is all-world.
Del Po yesterday, given the years with wrist injuries and surgeries and his current flu or virus was a miracle winner. His beloved humble aura, contrasted with his bashing forehand power has fans in love with him so much, is there a chance Ashe Stadium will be conflicted at least some when he plays GOAT/RF19?
The pair of young USA players, Sloane and Madison between both and all their injuries have collectively missed about 2 years on the tour, the same amount of time player Kaia Kanepi, ranked outside top 400, has missed is the most unlikely quarterfinalist of the 16.
Rafa and Roger’s return to #1 and #2 is a fairy tale for all time for our sport, a gift to tennis. How many times did we all doubt or think never again would we see them as #1 and #2. We had maybe given up seeing them play at Flushing Meadows?
All these 16 players’ stories make casual sport fans want to watch. I have never seen a group of 16 quarterfinalists with such unlikely journeys fall into our lap. The X’s and O’s still means a lot, but God-bless the determination, drive, and hard work pushing back set back after set back, to reach this US Open QF round. (Have not even mentioned Kvitova yet!)
How do we best tell their stories? My kids come first, but I wish I was with you!! Ready, play! Pam