Kristy Eldredge

Overhead Smash: A Tennis Blog

Tennis observations by a New York native and tennis obsessive, introduced to the sport through McEnroe's dramatic tantrums and enjoying tennis's mix of passion and precision ever since.

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January 22, 2014
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The classic Stones song started to ring in my head, watching Aga Radwanska play Vika Azarenka with a limpid, foxy insouciance. Radwanska has gotten close to slam finals before, but always had the door shut in her face, which has pained her considerably. (She recently showed how much losing bothered her by turning her face rudely away in the famous “handshakegate” after her semi-final...

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September 10, 2013
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I had to watch/monitor the first two sets of this epic clash at work, where the people who pay me expected me to concentrate on something other than the Nadal-Djokovic final – the nerve! (J/K, nice workplace.) I didn’t dare start streaming till after 6, when I think it’s fair. No one minded; in fact, several people cruised by asking who was winning. But basically I missed a lot...

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September 9, 2013
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If the match between Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens felt like a grudge match, the Azarenka-Williams final was the opposite. Though the two women battled relentlessly to out-hit and outlast each other, there was no sense of personal animosity driving them on. Instead they were almost more focused on themselves than each other, as they fought to adjust to a swirling wind, get inconvenient ner...

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September 5, 2013
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Sorry for the half-baked post from Tuesday. In a mixed-up way I think it was about identity. I’d started out the day talking with my friend Joella about the fact that she’d recently quit her lawyer job because she’d hated it and it hadn’t been anything like what she expected. (Making it almost 100% of people I know who seem to dislike law once they get their law degrees.)...

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September 3, 2013
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Tommy Robredo beat Federer, at the US Open, on a steamy summer night, before the round of sixteen. In straight sets. I don’t understand how it happened. I’ve refrained from reading other writers’ reports of it so I can get my impressions down. There was Fed in his royal, broadcaster-blue shirt, his noble head soaked with sweat. (Every player’s head was soaked with sweat...

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