Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
Um, but you don't PLAY to hit the net cord, and hope the ball goes over, neither do you play hoping your opponent plays to hit the net cord. That's the difference. Lindsey PLAYED to hit the net cord, and she failed.
So, the Swiss girl won because someone else took a chance at doing something stupid (in terms of winning the race), and they didn't pull it off.
You have a point, except you have it backwards. A net cord winner is a shot YOU make (but almost don't) and WIN, not lose, ie, it was Frieden's shot, not Lindsey's.
No, the analogy isn't exact, because in tennis, the losing player has nothing to do with the net cord. It's pure luck. Jacobellis DID have something to do with the result here.
I don't criticize Frieden for winning, at all. She totally did what she had to do. The reason Jacobellis was so far ahead was partly because others fell, as well. But the last-second stroke of luck, on Frieden's part, should have tempered her celebration. IN MY OPINION.