I’ve been cooking dinner while listening to the Serena and Sharapova match, and my ears perked up when I heard one of the commentators mention Sharapova’s “edge” in marketability. Like, it’s not untrue, but I think it’s worth mentioning why (thin, white, not necessarily in that order).

Then there was the bizarre comment that Maria and Serena “couldn’t be more different in terms of looks.”


And the most egregious, I think, being how every time Serena wins a big point they comment on her athleticism, and whenever Maria has a nice serve or return it’s due to her patience, or mental fortitude.

Is this par for the course? I never really watch tennis. And in the time it’s taken to write this post, Serena has started to just fucking dominate, as she always does, so at least there’s that.