it has been
Number 1 ranking
Posted by marat
06/07/2009 at 06:28 AM
a shame to be world number one!
Posted by Jimbo
06/07/2009 at 06:28 AM
If Marat was the only guy in the world, Sveta would still not be interested romantically. Hardly a secret in the tennis world that her interests pull in a different (and no less worthy or respect, I might add) direction.
Good article from Pete and I'm glad to see Kuznetsova take a second GS.
Posted by Master Ace
06/07/2009 at 06:53 AM
Finally, Svetlana got the One-Slam wonder tag off her. Until she won at Stuttgart, her last title was 2007 New Haven when Agnes Szavay retired and the last completed match was 2006 Beijing against Amelie Mauresmo. During this fortnight, she was tested at the QF stage by Serena Williams like she was at the AO, the match went on a similar pattern with Svetlana leading by a set and a break. She served for the match but lost serve then Serena started her steamroll and was serving at 6-7,7-5,3-2(40-0) except that Svetlana changed the script and dug into her reserves to win the nect 5 points to break. Once that happen, she broke to win the match at the end. That gave her the belief that she can win the French Open and on Saturday, it came to fruition.
Posted by tennisgal
06/07/2009 at 08:12 AM
Svetlana and Steffi Graf look alike - they could be sisters.
Posted by marat
06/07/2009 at 08:49 AM
steffi is very fit
svetlana has lipids all over
Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009]
06/07/2009 at 08:54 AM
I have just returned from having a most wonderful French meal.
It saddens me though I realize Rafa wont be playing.
Ok have to move on I know.
My thoughts and my prayers will be with Roger of course.This is his dream and I for one hope he can win.Allez Roger!
Master Ace I agree with your thoughts regarding the Womens Final, I am happy the right woman won.
Posted by Angel of the Surf (Dinara Safina the new WTA #1)
06/07/2009 at 08:55 AM
Great article Pete, I am so happy that Kuzzy won even though I really wanted Dinara to win.
My mind boggles at what those two talk about, but it is refreshing to know that Marat is a deep thinking guy. I bet they go to heaps of museums and art galleries together. Or maybe not.
Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D.
06/07/2009 at 09:23 AM
"My mind boggles at what those two talk about..."
Angel, I think she's the designated driver of this relationship:)
ahahahaha...the comments for the RG men final is closed in the middle of the match!???
AHAHAHAHAHAHA....tennisworld.com...you're a fake!
you didn't want the people comment on what they've seen on the field?? Apparently...
RAFA and DJOKER please come back!!!
Posted by Pspace
06/07/2009 at 01:54 PM
Aww...Roddick's a sweetheart:
props to fed.... thats an unreal accomplishment and puts and end to the GOAT question in my humble opinion
Posted by svelterogue
06/07/2009 at 02:28 PM
damn have only seen it now. the parallel between sveta and marat, winning slams five years apart...
and then there's the parallel between roger and andré agassi... winning the fourth surface ten years after going pro or something...
gives me the shivers.
the people who won this year's FO deserved to win it. but then it's always that way at a slam... so what the hail am i sayin'...
Posted by Zico
06/07/2009 at 03:04 PM
It's strange. Am I the only person here who thinks Kuznetsova is very attractive? And those FILA people! Screw them!
Posted by luxsword
06/07/2009 at 03:14 PM
"Kuznetsova's friendship with Marat introduces a strange element in this saga, and one that may seem not entirely fair to Dinara."
Sorry Mr Bodo, but this is just complete BS. I don't see any pb or any matter of interest about Marat being friend with Kuz. Dinara and Kuz being friends might make it tough for them when playing against each other, but that's about all.
Putting Marat and Triangle in the title is just trying to put drama where there is none. I guess blaming Marat for not being in Dina's box was too last year...
I'm sorry for Dina, too, especially as she clearly didn't play her best yesterday. It could have been a much better match, whatever the outcome. Glad for Kuz, though, she deserves this title.
Posted by Nancy J
06/07/2009 at 10:19 PM
Posted by Samantha Elin, Soderling has friends. 06/06/2009 @ 5:09 PM
Forgot to add, a few days ago, Serena was called out immediately and rightly so for the same kind of presser.
Oh, Sam. For once, I'd love the shortest presser in history from a loser -- "Before you reporters ask me the stupid questions you always do, let me just say that I got my ARSE WHIPPED, and if you saw the match you know why! Thanks, and I'll see you at the next tournament!" Of course, they'd get fined for that.
Instead, you have pundits asking that infamous dumbest question on earth -- why did you lose? Obviously if the player lost something didn't go well for them! It's practically not the losing player's fault when they answer with the typical excuses/reasons of, "I didn't play well-my best/My serve was off/my bh-fh had no sting/I didn't play the big points well/I had too many errors/I couldn't convert break points, I was tight, I was tired after playing too much/ my jury flared up, etc...."
Serena refuses to learn how to "play the "press" in my opinion. She tells the truth when they ask her questions! She shows her emotions. If she felt cheated, she says so! If she feels she's the best player, she says it. When she considers herself the next "it" designer or scriptwriter or actress -- she shares it with glee. So, the naysayers say she has no humility, she has no respect, she's a flake, she's not living in reality -- whatever it is they're saying this week.
Serena needs to learn from Graf and stiff arm a few reporters! Of course, she'd have to do it with more smiles and charm. But, Serena would probably get drilled for that too.
Posted by barry (not Barry)
06/08/2009 at 01:02 AM
Pete, thanks for the interesting background on Sveta and Dinara. i was pulling for both players to play well, and although Dinara didn't play at her best, she didn't play poorly, either. Sveta simply had her game on, as she had most of the tournament (except when she temporarily hiccupped against Sam and Serena). It's pretty easy to predict a future in which Sveta and Safina each win several GSes before their careers are finished, and it couldn't happen to two nicer and more personable athletes.
Posted by Bibian Mukasa
06/08/2009 at 06:51 AM
Hi, I love both girls (Steva and Dinara. Congs to the victor. I did though feel Dinara's pain. But as Steva said, her turn will manifest. She has just to look at what happened yesterday. Fed in 3 finals at Roland Garros and destiny struck. Dinara you will do it, you are not just a lovely girl but hugely talented. Can't wait to see you at ALL ENGLANG CLUB - Good luck for the future.
Posted by tennisfan76
06/08/2009 at 08:24 AM
luxsword - I couldn't agree more. During Marat's 2nd round match at Wimbledon, John McEnroe made at least one comment about him not being at his sister's first GS final. Yeah, because that's the reason she lost. Nothing to do with Ivanovic playing better tennis. Jeez. Pete seems to like creating a melodrama out of a perfectly normal situation. Sveta mentioned some time ago that she and Marat were friends, so as usual Mr Bodo is a bit late to the party.
I like Dinara, but am concerned about the fact she's now reached 3 GS finals and underperfomed in each one. I watched the AO final and feel she was totally outclassed by Serena, but the other two seem like nerves got the better of her. Unlike Pete and some TW posters, I think Dinara should be more like Marat in one important respect: big match temperament. Apart from two slams, he reached two more finals and helped Russia win 2 DC titles. Dinara seems to panic in important matches in a way Marat rarely does. Oh, he swears in Russian and breaks racquets when things go badly, but that's frustration not panic imo.
Posted by Lynne Danley
06/08/2009 at 01:49 PM
The thing that struck me the most as I watched the match was the difference in the maturity level of these two players who are actually the same age. Kuznetsova was so calm, while Safina was so hysterical. I like Kuznetsova and I'm glad she won, but I felt for poor little Dinara Safina. Am I the only person out there who can see that she is in love with her coach? Maybe it's because I'm 60 and have been around the block. Anyway, her despertaion to please him is personal as well as professional, and it's a shame because it's so distracting for her. She must learn to do it for herself. The personal dynamic is what made the match interesting. They both handled the results very well under the circumstances, though. And they both have more class in their little fingers than that pathetically uncouth Serena has in her whole body.