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THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN IS GOING ON?

By 01.15.08

I was scrolling through my program guide last night, and on one of the ESPNs I saw the word "Tennis."  And I was all, "What the…?"  But it turns out the Australian Open is going on — Who knew, right? — and number three seed Jelena Jankovic was nearly upset on the first day by up-and-comer Tamira Paszek.

Jankovic had to saved three match points to edge Paszek 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 in an opening-day marathon in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. The deciding set included 15 breaks of serve and took 1 hour, 56 minutes …

Had it happened at Wimbledon, the sight of Paszek lunging around in a flimsy vest and straining sports bra would have left many venerable members of the All-England Club choking on their strawberries.

I'm sorry, I know it's a different culture and all, but I don't think it's right to choke on your strawberries to a 17-year-old.  Fuckin' Brits, with their lifts and loos and guvnas and surprisingly strict public nudity laws.  I thought Europe was supposed to be cool, man.

[More photos at SbB]  


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