I have to say I agree with Jamaica Karen. Sarena is at an age where she may not be physically fit to play every mom and dad tourney but can play at highest level only at slams. IMO multi slam winners have earned the right to save themselves for Slams only. They are the events that draw the most attention.
Remember folks that Sampras (and others) also concentrated mostly on slams around their 30s and I say its fine. Its not like they were given any special seeding. They still had to fight their draws no matter their poor seeding/ranking. Remember all those Henin/Sarena and Venus/Sarena matches in 4th rounds and 1/4s?. They had to face stiff competition during the earlier rounds because of their poor ranking/seeding and they still came out on top. I say they more than deserve their "injury excuses" after having won multiple slams to conserve their strength and health only for Slams. If down the road Roger and Rafa do the same, I am OK with them too.
Its also good for the Soderlings and Caros of the world to improve their raking by doing good in non-slams and getting better seeding at slams so as to improve their chances of winning a slam. ATP/WTA may not like it in terms of revenue generation, but they have to find ways to improve it despite the top players absence.
Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hott like me.
07/21/2010 at 06:32 AM
Rafalicious, Serena has apologize many time for the incident,and said she was wrong, it's long over with and everyone needs to move on. As far as Rafa is concern I don't see alot of people questioning his numerous injuries and nor should they. There has always been a double standard where both Vee and Ree are concern. I just hopes she comes back and plays the open because I think it would be horrible for the reputation of the WTA to have someone with JJ's credential assuming the World's no l when she was voted by fans has the worse no l in the history of the game. Serena needs to comeback and defend her points and maintain her status has World's no 1. Go Caro, Scandinavia's no 1, world's no 4, reigning USO finalist, winner of 7 WTA titles. Du er den bedste, Kom sa, Caro!!
Posted by Sunny nine
07/21/2010 at 07:46 AM
Well, Pete, this was a true article. I wish you would write more of these rather than the pro-Nadal, anti-Federer, creating controversy articles you usually write. You are a good writer-journalist when you free yourself from the obvious Fedal controversy. I have been a Cardinal baseball fan since birth. But a tennis fan since a kid, although back then there was not as much televising. But I played it as an amatuer and enjoyed the mano y mano aspect. But then baseball pitcher vs batter is also mano y mano. I have also recently got into "international football" which is not that appreciated in the USA. Gees, what perseverance of those players running around for 45 + minutes at a time. I guess I feel privileged to enjoy both team sports-mostly baseball (hate American football) and tennis. I have the best of both worlds and understand the attractions of both. It is FUN rooting with your com padres in baseball but also it is fun watching the intensity of the gladiator style of tennis. Sometimes it has to do with the familiar. I played "soccer" and tennis as a kid but was born into the Cardinal Nation due to my relatives that preceded me. So it is lovely to experience the tribal sense vs the individualist sense. I like Tignor's article about no one being objective about their particular tennis idol. The only thing about tennis is that it gets so nasty regarding individuals whereas with a baseball team the whole team takes the hit of subjectivity. BTW, I can't believe the cost of Y Stadium that you alluded to. I spent my youth getting free tickets to the Cardinal games because I made "A's" in school. To pay that much at Y Stadium would be so difficult but so worth since I adopted them as my husband is from one of the Burroughs. Well that is all. But I wish you would write more like this than assuming that you know what Fed, Nadal etc are thinking.