Remember the pod people in Invasion of the Body Snatchers? During the first set--and much of the second set--of tonight's final in Acapulco, I felt that someone had invaded Flavia Pennetta's body and taken it over. Someone who couldn't move and couldn't hit, and whose feet were hopelessly weighted down with Mexican clay. This was the worst performance I have seen from Pennetta in a very long time.
It didn't help Pennetta that Venus Williams was playing about as well as a person could play. It took her only an hour to defeat the defending champion 6-1, 6-2. I do not speak Spanish and could not follow, but it was obvious that Pennetta was very good-humored in her award-ceremony speech. I have no idea what happened to her--maybe it was just one of those bad days. Williams and Pennetta are now 3-3, head-to-head.