Russian the Net

The Williamses Bow Out and Anna Goes Down, but Elena Emerges at the Chase Championships

Although she pushed Hingis around, Seles didn't have the fitness or match toughness to pull out an oh-so-ironic victory. She was six points away from a colossal upset, serving for a 5-2 lead in the second set, but if you watched at home you didn't see how Hingis awoke just in time, reeling off four straight games to even the match. NBC Sports, you see, edited out the whole second set so that they wouldn't have to preempt a made-for-TV ice extravaganza, StarSkates Latin. Call me a cynic, but I somehow doubt that this spellbinding finale would have gotten this shades-of-Heidi Bowl treatment if Venus or Serena or Anna had been on the other side of the net.

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