Friday, November 07, 2008

Serena and Ana Withdraw

What's up with that?

10 comments:

tangerine said...

The season's too damn long.

And Doha is a joke.

The YEC on both the men's and women's sides are meaningless this year.

oddman said...

Whaaaaa???

Don't follow the women much at all, but am slightly surprised about this withdrawal. I agree with tangerine, everybody knows the season is too long. Too many injured players trying to compete. Too many players trying to come back too soon and re-injuring themselves. The YEC's have never meant much to me - I don't understand the point of getting the top 8 men and women together for a 'showdown' at the end of the year. D'uh. Too many friggin' rules about having to play in so many tournaments or you get fined. Big changes are needed. Problem is, who's got the balls to make this happen?

dapxin said...

Haha.

nothing.

Craig Hickman said...

I think the YEC is going to determine who gets Player of the Year.

Four different slam titlist, a different Olympic gold medalist, a No. 1 who didn't win a Slam.

If Jelena wins Doha, she gets the nod. If Venus wins, she gets the nod. Serena was in the running, having made two Slam finals, won a Slam, and an Olympic gold, but without a strong showing in Doha, she's now out of the running. If Elena D wins, she's in consideration, but that would mean Venus and Jelena both lose their semifinals.

kraa said...

I don't think player of the year award is in contention. I checked all previous winners and it has never been given to someone without a GS in that particular year. Serena's results have been a bit better than Venus' and Ana's and she is ranked higher too. Not the greatest Player of the Year candidate (this time), but there is no one better...

Pamela said...

Why would Serena be out of the running for Player of the Year Craig? She's won 4 titles, one of them a slam, a slam final, Wimbledon Doubles and Doubles in the Olympics. No one has had a better year than her. No matter who wins, but especially if Venus wins, the nod should automatically go to Serena. It's player of the year, not the best player the latter half of the season. Her first title was at the beginning of the year at Bangalore and she won the last slam, the USO.

cate said...

Uh... Ana's lost it.
Birthday gift to herself... leave before a 0-3 loss.

Karen said...

I have been listening to the commentary on TC and have been paying particular attention to the banter between Corina and Lindsay as regards Grand Slam titles and rankings. I have to say that I find it a bit distasteful that either one of these women are speaking about this issue at all. Lindsay has not won a major since 2000 (someone please correct me) and Corina's only major title came in doubles. Lindsay has reached the year end no. 1 ranking on 2 or 3 occasions without winning a major. As far as I am concerned neither one of these women is in a position to speak about rankings v majors. Jelena is year end no. 1 - that is what she wants to be. Clearly, she does not realise that how you are defined in this sport is how you do in the majors, that is winning them. As Serena so rightly said, if you play every week you will become no. 1. At the end of the day professional sports persons are recognised for the majors that they have won and not whether they are no. 1 or not. I also read a comment somewhere on the web where Jelena had the audacity to say that not even Venus had ended the year at No. 1. Is she really stating that she has achieved something even better than Venus. Who the hail is this girl? Venus may not have achieved the year end no. 1 ranking but her sister, yes that same sister who is being drawn and quartered in the press for not playing injured and appeasing sponsors and spectators, is one of only 5 women to have ever held all 4 majors at the same time, finished the year at no. 1 and who holds a positive head to head against every single player on the WTA tour.

Susan said...

I could care less what is going on with either Serena or Venus. I find both of them, particularly Serena, to be obnoxious on court. I don't care how talented they may be. Their shrieking, bullying and intentionally intimidating on court behavior is very unsportsmanlike. Serena seems to think that acting like you want to swat the ball down your opponent's throat is somehow professional and necessary? When she rushes the net, screams and slams the ball at her opponent it just smacks of an 'f-you' and I think it's unbelievably crass and rude. I have never enjoyed watching her play and can't even imagine seeing her in a live match - I can tolerate Venus a bit more. Same for Maria Sharapova. I think the three of them should be locked in a UFC cage and left to battle it out. Now THAT might be interesting.

brooklyn1006 said...

I'm only interested in the YEC this year because Venus has made it to the Final and she is my fave.

I feel happy for Vera Z. as most of my memories of her have to do with her crying jags during matches. Nice to see that she has matured.

I was hoping AI would do well, but it didn't work out that way.

Hope Serena is okay. The weird thing is that I read somewhere that Serena has an exo in 2 wks. against Demented. I hate exos!!! I want all players healthy in '09!