Thursday, July 31, 2008

She's Not Ready



Ana Ivanovic can't stand the heat. Today, the world No. 1 was upset by Tamira Paszek in a lopsided third set.

Tamira, she who wasted so many match points in the first round of Melbourne against the other Serbian diva, I was pretty sure her career might be over before it started. She who has won so few matches since Melbourne, I was pretty sure she was going to make me a soothsayer.

I didn't see the match, so I can't say for sure what happened, but if Tamira played anything like she has of late and Ana played anything like she has played since winning Roland Garros and becoming No. 1, well, then, I can only conclude that Miss Ivanovic is buckling under the weight of pressure.

Seems to be an epidemic.

5 comments:

mznblue said...

I agree, Craig. Ana still has a lot of growing to do in the mental strength department, but she seems to have some issues going on with her right thumb. She's had it taped up since the beginning of this week. I'd wager that injury has affected her serve (she served too many doubles in both matches) and her forehand (it just wasn't on like it usually is).

I'm sure you remember Serena's thumb injury from last year. It wrecked havoc on her entire game. She just couldn't play like she's capable. I know Ana has a history of not living up to expectations (2007 Rogers Cup, 2008 Miami, 2008 Wimbledon), but I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt in this case. Now if she fails to show up at the Olympics, US Open, etc., I may reconsider this position.

Karen said...

Craig, I did not see the match either - boo TC with delayed coverage but I agree with mznblue, she does have a thumb injury so that might be playing a role in all this. Let us wait and see what happens during the next few months. I tell you the WTA is now the walking wounded. So many injuries and so disparate it is not funny. I remember posting elsewhere that I cannot understand how the pressure of being No. 1 can be so much that people are buckling under it, but it seems like there must be an ounce of truth to the whole situation - that is to remain No. 1 you have to have some form of mental cojones - let us see if JJ, the bane of the WTA's existence will step up this time around and take it - then we will know that the WTA is really in the doldrums - never even reached a major final but on her way to becoming no. 1. Everyone is cheering on Kuzzy - better her than JJ.

Craig Hickman said...

Wasn't aware of her injury. I still think she's a headcase.

Tennishead said...

She needs to concentrate on her tennis. Seems since she took over the top spot she's more interested in making money than improving her game. Jankovic is no better. It's a shame someone who hasn't even made the final of a slam is going to be world No.1. Women's tennis badly needs a leader who was as commited to her tennis as Justine Henin was. The sport is missing her...

http://www.tennishead.net

Craig Hickman said...

Justine will be back, but let's not canonize her.

She's not worthy of any of that.