Sunday, 5 August 2012

Olympic Games. Tennis. Murray/Robson vs Lisicki/Kas. Tennis fashion.



Poor Rambulation tore herself away from the sailing yesterday to see Team GB team play Germany in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles.

This was a terrific match. Team GB won 6-1, 6-7, 10-7.The players were Andy Murray and Laura Robson versus Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki.

Sabine Lisicki had won our hearts and minds at Wimbledon this year, so the patriotic crowd was pleased to see this lovely pigtailed girl. The normal common and garden tennis spectator didn't know much about Kas, but he was with Sabine, so that was all right.

The first set was an anti-climax; the somewhat slow–off-the-mark German pair lost that in about 25 minutes flat. They fought back to win the second set, and this was good.  We didn’t want them to win of course, but it made for a more exciting match.

The third set had its moments, but the Murray/ Robson team came through in a mini-break in the tie-break, Robson serving gloriously, to the final today. The crowd erupted in joy. Murray and Robson obviously played well together, and when they won Murray actually smiled. This was quite something. He had won us over at Wimbledon too.

Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki.

The German team were kitted out in black and white, with a touch of red on Kas’s collar. Sabine had a white sleeved top with a black skirt so she was wearing the colours of St Piran’s flag, the Cornish colours.

The Germans are keen on Rosamunde Pilcher’s novels, and are often down in Cornwall to visit as many of her stories are televised by ZDF, Zweites Deutches Fernsehen.There are piles of leaflets in German about Trerice, a wonderful National Trust House near Newquay.

Team GB in Stella McCartney outfits in red, white and blue looked good with an additional touch of red on their tennis shoes. Laura had a fashionable peplum on her two-tiered skirt. The ball boys and girls wore darker red, white and blue. In the right-hand corner of the court on our television screen an off-duty ball-boy in trousers seemed to be sleeping some of the time. This was all a bit odd, but the commentator didn’t mention it.

The British pair will face the Belarussians Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi in the mixed double finals.