MONDAY AUGUST 3 CONTENTS
NOTE: At around 2 pm EST last Friday our counter rolled past the 1,000,000-visit milestone. This actualy represents 1.3 million total vists to our blog since our founding, 300,000 of them on our prior server over at Google. However, this is the first time our counter has shown more than one million visits, and as far as we know it’s the first time any Russian politics blog has ever displayed this many visits on a public counter.
NOTE: A major WTA tour event was held last week in Stanford, California. American Venus Williams met Russian opponents in both her quarterfinal and semifinal match. It got ugly.
First Williams met Maria Sharapova. Though ranked a lowly #61 in the world, Sharapova is Russia’s most famous living player and was given a free seed at Wimbledon (no such luck in Stanford). Then Williams saw Elena Dementiva, ranked #4 in the world. In the two matches, 29 games were played. Williams won 24 of them. She blew both Russians off the court as if they weren’t even there, in totally humiliating fashion. And it’s not like Williams was unstoppable, far from it: She lost a tough three-set final to the #8 seed from France. Ouch. Once again not one but two supposedly dangerous Russians were utterly non-competive, making fans pay big bucks to roast in the sun watching a travesty unfold. As we’ve said before, the Russian payers are seriously undermining the viablity of the women’s game as a spectator sport.