Game, set, match

No nap this week, but I admit, I’m finding it harder to post on Fridays. Like my brain is checking out early for the weekend. Blargh.

Well, last night Andy and I went to ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour games in Cincinnati. It was my first time watching tennis live (okay, let’s be honest: first time watching a full tennis game that wasn’t on the Wii) and I loved it! Except for the staring into the sun part…

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American Andy Roddick (seeded 9) was up against Swede Robin Soderling (seeded 5) in what turned out to be an EPIC match. They played all 3 sets plus 2 tiebreakers. I got exhausted just watching them run back and forth across the court, sweating and grunting and slamming their rackets into the ball.

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I have to admit, I had my doubts about whether or not our guy (Roddick) would win. He has killer serves, but his returns weren’t as strong as Soderling’s. He looked tired. He missed a few key opportunities to pull ahead.

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But in the end, he persevered. The odds were not in his favor, but the crowd cheered him on at every opportunity, and he didn’t disappoint. Maybe the victory wasn’t quick or elegant, but it was still victory.

(And as it turns out, he defeated the #2 seed, Djokovic, today too!)

So here’s what I’m getting at: I’m Roddick.

Not actually, because that would be weird. But metaphorically, I am scrambling madly across the court, swinging at every ball I can, hoping to make them land in the right spot. And even though the odds aren’t in my favor, I’ve got y’all cheering me on, and I know that soon(er or later) I will achieve my victory too.

10 responses to “Game, set, match”

  1. T.S. Bazelli Avatar

    ~giggling~ Writing metaphors are everywhere! Personally I think I’m still one of the ball girls (running after stray balls), on the court and I have a long ways to go :D

    Yup we’re cheering for you!

  2. Sherrie Petersen Avatar

    *cheering loudly*
    We’re all about metaphors and analogy today, huh?

    P.S. Love the photo :)

  3. Sonja Avatar

    I’ve only seen tennis live once – in Paris. How cool am I? ;) It was 15 years ago and I saw Pete Sampras play. It wasn’t the French Open, by the way, but some tour event. Haven’t been back to see more live tennis, though. I like it fine on TV. :)

  4. Kristan Avatar

    Are they everywhere, or do we writers MAKE them everywhere? ;P

    LOL yeah, I thought about that later too. I guess today just lent itself to metaphors?

    Actually that IS awesome. What’s not awesome is Nadal’s losing tonight. -_-‘ I “watched” that on the internet, haha. (No pictures, just numbers changing and a little ticker telling me what just happened.)

  5. Katie Avatar

    Great metaphor!

  6. Pseudo Avatar

    I’m going to get Opposite of Fate tomorrow. The crazy mother is still a them in my life and it comes writerly recommended ; -)

    Oh. tennis. i’ve got nothin’

  7. Mike Chen Avatar

    Kristan, you don’t want to be Roddick. That’d be the literary equivalent of having one hit book, then several near-misses before becoming a constant subject of “What could have been?” discussions. Now if you could be the literary equivalent of Rafael Nadal, that’d be something else. :D

    Yes, I’m a big tennis buff. It’s a fantastic sport, you should watch the US Open in a few weeks.

  8. Kristan Avatar

    Oh, let me know what you think when you’re done reading it!

    LOL okay, maybe I should have clarified: I’m Roddick *in this match*. Not Roddick overall. :P

  9. Aisha Avatar

    Wow that sounds like a good match! I’ve never been to a tennis match, I kind of want to but I’m not sure if I have the patience haha. Glad you guys had a good time, though :)

    Roddick usually plays a lot better in the US than abroad, likely because the fans are cheering him on ;)

  10. Kristan Avatar

    Yeah, Andy said the same thing about Roddick. Guess I’m glad I saw him in the US, then! I was sad that Nadal lost the next day, though. :\