one of the joys of freeview is that i've been able to watch a decent amount of tennis in the past week. it's one of the few sports that i enjoy watching any more - i used to love cricket, but have gone off it since the match-fixing scandals. and because i refuse to get sky for a number of reasons, there's not very much sport to choose from. no chance to see badminton, table tennis, volleyball...
the final between the williams sisters had some wonderful tennis, but was way too short. both the commentators and joseph romanos on radio nz (nine-to-noon, friday, 11.30am) were advocating strongly for 5-set games for women. mr romanos in particular was very articulate about the notion that the 3-set game was predicated on the outdated notion that women were too weak/delicate to last for 5 sets. he said the same thing had been said about women's marathons, but women now run a full marathon without any problems.
i'd certainly be interested in watching 5-set games for women, although i don't know if the players are interested in playing for that long. one of the commenters suggested that the finals should be 5 setters, and that's possibly a good way to start the transition to 5 sets.
in any case, i'm looking forward to the men's final as well. i'm a total roger federer fan, and by the time this goes up, the result will be known. my fingers are crossed!