Two horrendous errors by Petra, gonna be over.
I think it's also that it can be seen as tactical.I’m late to the party for this, but I think the old timers should lighten up. Davenport/Carillo always harping on about Venus using the bathroom before the match starts...get over it! When you gotta go, you gotta go and it is hard to concentrate for hours while having to pee or whatever else. Did the matches last as long back then with the old technology? I really don’t remember, but I know three setters often go over 3 hours these days. I think it’s reasonable to use the restroom after a couple hours with all the hydrating one has to do in that heat (many tournments were on grass back then, too... a little cooler). Not everyone sweats it out like Rafa. Also, sometimes there could be lady business to attend to after a couple of hours. I don’t have a problem with the bathroom breaks as long as they come back quickly, like 3-5 minutes. They should have player portapotties nearby for the courts where the walk is too far, and if they come back late they get some kind of penalty. Though, honestly, I wouldn’t mind a standard 10 minute break so folks in the stands get a chance to use the restroom, too. Anyway, l think bathroom breaks are way more legit than constant towellling, first game of first set water breaks, dress changes, etc.
....which is not a blanket judgment of / proof against everyone else who needs a bathroom break. Some need to stop crying about it. It will not help them.
I have seen Maria exceed 10 minutes twice and not be penalized. I hate the abuse of this rule. I think they should just extend the set breaks to 4 minutes after the second and fourth set and make sure the toilets are close by.
I haven't seen Yastremska at all, I don't think. On paper, it seems like a two-sets win for Serena, but who knows, we did just see Anisimova dispatch the third favorite to win this title so clearly anything is possible. Serena looks fine, but not really at a higher level relative to her last slam. I think she'll be done in the QF at the latest though I'd really like to be wrong about that. Garbine looks awesome.I think Yastremska has fair chance to make an upset, but Serena likes power hitter like Dayana so let's see.
I thought Sharapova was very good in her 3rd Round Press Conference. I've never enjoyed her as a player, but I do like her dry wit.