Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Roland Garros 2009 Day 3 Open Thread


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Alright, Serena Williams. I'm not at all interested in you extending your losing streak to five matches, so don't mess around. A big dose of revenge is due Mlle Zakopalova. Serve it up.

James Blake and the two top Serbs begin their campaign, the French fans will relish the all-French affair on Chatrier between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Julien Bennetteau, and Fabrice Santoro could play his last Roland Garros singles match.

I'm going to leave upset predictions alone.

Tuesday Order Of Play

CHATRIER 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[5] v. Petra Cetkovska (CZE)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4]
3. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Julien Benneteau (FRA) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9]
4. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Alize Cornet (FRA)[21] v. Maret Ani (EST)

LENGLEN 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[7] v. Claire Feuerstein (FRA)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Bobby Reynolds (USA) v. Gael Monfils (FRA)[11]
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) v. Serena Williams (USA)[2]
4. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) v. Christophe Rochus (BEL)

Court 1 11:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[5] v. Michael Llodra (FRA)
2. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Virginie Razzano (FRA) v. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) v. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[4]
4. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
James Blake (USA)[15] v. Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Court 2 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Nathalie Dechy (FRA) v. Sybille Bammer (AUT)[28]
Not Before 12:00
2. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Vera Dushevina (RUS) v. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[10]
3. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd. To Finish 6-4 5-7
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) v. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
4. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)[21] v. Arnaud Clement (FRA)
5. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[30] v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

Court 3 11:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marc Gicquel (FRA) v. Rainer Schuettler (GER)[27]
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) v. Mardy Fish (USA)[22]
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v. A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[18]
4. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) v. Serena Williams (USA)[5]
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) Venus Williams (USA)[5]

Court 4 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) v. Melinda Czink (HUN)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Brian Dabul (ARG) v. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) v. Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE)

Court 5 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Mara Santangelo (ITA) v. Petra Martic (CRO)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Evgeny Korolev (RUS) v. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v. Urszula Radwanska (POL)
4. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Carly Gullickson (USA) v. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)

Court 6 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v. Sania Mirza (IND)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Tommy Robredo (ESP)[16] v. Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Dokic (AUS) v. Karolina Sprem (CRO)
4. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Andrei Pavel (ROU) v. Tommy Haas (GER)

Court 7 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[29] v. Bernard Tomic (AUS)
3. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v. Juan Monaco (ARG)
4. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Shuai Peng (CHN)[31] v. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)

Court 8 11:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Ivan Navarro (ESP) v. Andreas Beck (GER)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Patricia Mayr (AUT) v. Severine Bremond Beltrame (FRA)
Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) Julie Coin (FRA)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Iveta Benesova (CZE) v. Sybille Bammer (AUT)
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) Janette Husarova (SVK)
4. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)[10] v. Ayumi Morita (JPN)
Nadia Petrova (RUS)[10] Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

Court 10 11:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Viktor Troicki (SRB) v. Lukasz Kubot (POL)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) v. Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) Sara Errani (ITA)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) v. Kveta Peschke (CZE)[2]
Roberta Vinci (ITA) Lisa Raymond (USA)[2]

Court 11 12:00

1. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Zi Yan (CHN)[16] v. Edina Gallovits (ROU)
Jie Zheng (CHN)[16] Olga Govortsova (BLR)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) Agnes Szavay (HUN)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) v. Vania King (USA)[13]
Abigail Spears (USA) Monica Niculescu (ROU)[13]

Court 14 12:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Victor Crivoi (ROU) v. Simon Greul (GER)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jarmila Groth (AUS) v. Olga Savchuk (UKR)
Renata Voracova (CZE) Tiantian Sun (CHN)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[11] v. Kristina Barrois (GER)
Patty Schnyder (SUI)[11] Anne Keothavong (GBR)

Court 16 11:00

1. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Mervana Jugic-Salkic (BIH) v. Klaudia Jans (POL)
Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) Alicja Rosolska (POL)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Stephanie Foretz (FRA) v. Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Camille Pin (FRA) Vladimira Uhlirova (CZE)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Sophie Lefevre (FRA) v. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
Aurelie Vedy (FRA) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
4. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) v. Violette Huck (FRA)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) Laura Thorpe (FRA)

Court 17 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Monica Niculescu (ROU) v. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)[24]
2. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) v. Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)
3. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v. Andreas Seppi (ITA)
4. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Ekaterina Dzehalevich (BLR) v. Eva Hrdinova (CZE)
Andreja Klepac (SLO) v. Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)

60 comments:

Beth said...

Personally, I hope Serena either destroys Zakopalova or that she's ousted. I'm tired of watching her play like she has, injury or not. She has never been a favorite of mine and the only way I can stand to watch her is if she comes out and lays waste to her opponent.

Craig Hickman said...

I'll take your first option.

Thank you!

Karen said...

How come my conspiracy theory post got deleted

Karen said...

I had posted earlier that while I leave conspiracy theories to the conspirators I cannot ever recall the 2 top seeds on the men's side playing on the same day. They played on a day when the weather and the conditions help one of them. The other player whose style of play goes with these conditions is Novak. Serena's style of play is also helped by the hot dry conditions. I cannot understand why the top 2 women could not have played yesterday as well seeing as how one of them is playing doubles as well. Very bizarre

Beth said...

Craig, the thing with Serena (and to an extent with Venus) is that I feel that she is never 100% committed to her tennis. That's what it takes. She thinks she's no. 1? Don't THINK it, MAKE....IT...HAPPEN. Your either 100% committed to that and to winning or you're not. There's no inbetween. Despite the fact that I credit both she and Venus with their outside-of-tennis pursuits, you can't have it all (maybe I'm wrong but it does not seem like she commits herself fully to her tennis). If you are dividing yourself so many different ways, something has to give and for me, it's been the tennis. She has so much incredible potential, is still relatively young and she is squandering it. You think you're number one: Put up or shut up. Make THE commitment.

Karen said...

Pam I have to disagree with you there about Serena's commitment. I think it is because she has been so committed to tennis why she is having these results both good or bad. Serena's game is not built around playing 20 tournaments a year. She plays a very powerful and aggressive game and put that together with age and a chronic knee injury and this is why she is on a 4 match losing streak. I am not sure how much more committed she needs to be seeing as for the last 2 years she has fully committed herself to her tennis

Beth said...

Maybe she needs to play more tennis and NOT less. Maybe that's why, coupled with her very aggressive tennis, she is ending up injured and not match ready so to speak. I think with tennis, and this is perhaps my less-than-knowledgable opinion, that the more you play, the more you get into a rhythm with your practice and your matches. The top players are playing nearly ALL the tournaments. If she wants to play with the big boys, maybe she needs to play more not less.

Beth said...

BTW.....it's Beth not Pam.... ;-)

Beth said...

Karen, btw, I agree with you about the scheduling yesterday. It is bizarre, isn't it?

Karen said...

But beth we have seen what happens to players who play more tennis. I am not sure what the balance is really. I play tennis 3 times per week and even though I am an amateur I find that if I attempt to play more than that I have problems. Frankly speaking I really don't think Serena has anything more to prove regarding her status in the game regardless of whether she has No 1 next to her name or not. What puzzles me though is the hard stance that people are taking about her because of her comment in Rome. It is like she she has not earned the right to speak highly of herself

Pamela said...

It never ceases to amaze me. People STILL say she's not committed to the tour. She's played more last year and this year than she EVER has in her career. She shows up injured and attempts to play and she's lambasted for that. She is in the final of Wimbledon 08, wins USO 08, AO 09, the semis at least of almost everything since then until Miami.

She gets injured, comes out for the final. Gracious to Azarenka and still ... the negativity. She's not 18. She has a chronic knee issue and the solution to THAT problem is to play even more?

There will always be a catch 22 with her. Always.

Karen said...

Sorry posting via blackberry as computer down again. The scheduling sucks

Beth said...

Okay, okay....I guess I stand corrected. My impressions are from a long time of watching her play over the years (with waxing and waning of her career) and perhaps I have not been aware of her renewed commitment the past few years. I have not watched too many of her matches as of late (lack of interest) so if she is that committed, good for her. I stand corrected. And Pamela, she has a right to be proud of her commitments, absolutely, but she can be proud of herself and still have graciousness and humility. It goes a long way. And, yes, the things that players say (Serena or otherwise) leave a lasting impression. Once they're out there, they can't take the comments back. I have felt the same about things that Roger has said as well as Andy Murray and some others. It is what it is.

Beth said...

This piece, sums up, in part some of the feelings I have been trying to articulate about Serena. I don't agree with 100% of it, but most of it, yes.

http://tennis.fanhouse.com/2009/05/06/serenas-lack-of-drive-betrays-her-talent/

Beth said...

Karen, as a total aside....I need to upgrade my cell and am thinking about a Blackberry but am torn btwn that and iPhone. How has your Blackberry experience been? I am getting strong feedback from both sides. :-)

Pamela said...

Beth, I understand people taking a hard line about the comments. That's fine. To each his own in regards to that. People have different standards about what is acceptable behavior. I won't rehash that argument.

I will always rather a person is true to their personality in an interview than to not show good sportsmanship on court. That's not something Serena does. Anyway ... as long as the criticism is leveled fairly to all, I'm fine with it. Too bad it's not.

People tend to hear something or read something once and latch on to that as the never wavering gospel truth.

Craig: It's an interesting read. "Female Ilie Nastase" I never knew that.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/25/AR2009052502091_2.html

Karen said...

Beth no doubt as you say your impressions of serena have been based on the past however I think a lot of the impressions of serena have been media driven. The media have always been the driving force behind how people perceive serena, even though serena herself has contributed. Since Maria has been out the whole of the tennis establishment have never questioned her commitment, it was just taken as the gospel truth that she had shoulder surgery and was unable to play for 9 months. This is the highest earning female athlete in the world in terms of endorsements with the best team of doctors money can buy and it takes them almost 5 months to diagnose during which time all we hear are sympathies from the media etc. Go back to 2003 when serena had knee surgery, depression over her sister's murder and we hear oh serena is not committed. I am so over this right now. Now TC is talking about americans who have won the FO and who are they featuring Michael Chang. Go figure

Pamela said...

Beth: I read the article you linked. Whatever works for you and that author. If you prefer your players playing 30 events a year, retiring at 25 and burned out clueless about what to do next that doesn't involve a fuzzy yellow ball. So be it.

Good luck to your favorites.

Karen said...

My bkackberry works well and is quite dependable especially when I travel. My son who doed this type of thing for a living would be better able to help you and give you guidance. If you don't mind I could have him email you etc but I think the fundamental thing would be what are you using the phone to do. I use my blackberry for work related purposes but my son uses his for everything

Beth said...

Your words, Pamela, not mine. Please don't pretend to know what my preferences are and I will offer your the same courtesy. I do not agree with the article 100% but it brings up some points that I have been thinking for a while now.

Beth said...

The article about Jaeger was really fascinating. Good for her that she found her calling and is giving so generously of her time and spirit. Nice to know.

Beth said...

Yes, Karen, that would be great! I could use any help I can get in making a decision.

Beth said...

Karen, how can I get my email to you?

Beth said...

The media does color things, no doubt. They seem to have their favorites. And not so favorites. Point well made.

b said...

The "committment" thing is really just another media prejudice..... In the last few years the williams played about the same amount as the lauded "most committed and professional" player Justine Henin.... and if you take out the injury absences they actually played more (e.g. say venus and justine both played 14 events in 12 months but venus is out 3 months for her wrist).... The time that is usually offered as evidence of her "lack of commitment" is anything but....

If it was a player from a different background every time they came out to play we'd be hearing about the devastating injury, the murder of sister and personal assistant and the long drawn out court case - three trials, parents' divorce etc etc etc (there's much more than this)..... but no, apparently trying to get justice for your sister's murder is evidence of your lack of committment

As far as the education and side careers - I would never ever advocate that players be uni-dimensional - very unhealthy.... In fact all the top players look to emulate that and have been praised for it....

They've never played a great deal (a la Jankovic, Hingis, old Davenport) and if they did I have a feeling that would be offered as evidence of lack of talent

Karen said...

I think if you click on my name it takes you directly to my email address. If not you can email me at bridgepea@yahoo.com

b said...

Speaking about the matches - I love JJs dress.... maybe would have changed a few things but still it's a breath of fresh air....

I've been wishing (for the longest time) that Serena would NOT try to re-sign with Nike.... but she seems to be determined to....

Anyhow I am expecting the sisters to do well in this tournament..... and, yes, Karen good point about the scheduling - was wondering why both the top guys played yesterday....

Beth said...

Thanks Karen!

b said...

Haha Karen just reading the comments and saw we were typing about the same thing at about the same time.... :o)

Beth said...

Fabrice: I wish there was a way to see his match. Especially if it's his last FO. I just love watching him. Never get to see enough of his matches (for obvious reasons) so it would be nice to see him play.

Pamela said...

Andy Roddick just tweeted that there is a rumor he won't play until Thursday. I can already see a back log of messy scheduling.

A roof and lights really are a good investments. Honest.

Karen said...

LOL on the roof and lights comment.

Pamela said...

Gicquel is up on Schuettler 6-0, 6-0. If he blanks him in a Grand Slam ... Schuettler should rethink his day job. And with that I have work to do.

Oh, Jelena aka Smurfette's dress is cute. She doesn't seem to be moving as well as she did last year on clay, but maybe that will improve.

Enjoy the tennis!

Craig Hickman said...

Great discussion about Serena and commitment.

Most know where I'm at. But I also want to add that Serena was emotionally and mentally burned out for a good portion of 2005-2007. When she returned in 2007, her schedule alone evidenced how renewed her full commitment to tennis was. She played every Slam, even through injury. In 2008, she played every Slam and the YEC, even through injury.

Serena has never, even when she was the dominant Fierce Stomping Diva, and will never play 20 events in a season.

But she's fully committed.

Years ago, every pundit in the world said there was no way Serena would ever get back the No. 1 ranking, that Justine Henin was now the true committed world No. 1 and she would dominate the tour for years.

They were wrong.

Craig Hickman said...

As for the scheduling.

Serena is a former champion and the No. 2 player in the world. She should be first up on Chatrier, not the No. 3 player who's never even been to a final in Paris.

If Serena requested a later start, she still ought to be opening her campaign on Chatrier.

The WTA and the ITF do NOT treat her as the great champion she is.

Craig Hickman said...

With Schuettler the match is never over until it's over. And Gicquel is French, afterall. We know how the French choke in Paris.

Pamela said...

Speaking of chokers in France. Go to Roland Garro's website Craig, and read Marion Bartoli's interview from yesterday. It's a great read and an insight into how she and others feel about playing in France.

Of course, the crowd's fickle nature is mentioned.

Karen said...

Craig, when the schedule came out I saw it over at FortyDeuce. I did not see Serena's name so I asked the blog owner how come I did not see Serena's name on the schedule and she emailed me back to say that Serena is there but she is the third match up on Lenglen. Now, as one of only 2 former champions in the women's side, the NO. 2 player in the world, she does not get to play on Chartier but Jelena Jankovic gets first match up and plays on Centre Court. Like you said Craig, she gets absolutely no respect or love from either the ITF and/or Tour officials. It just continues to amaze me. She is spoken of derisively by the media and when she wins a tournament, it is not congratulations, but well, she has so much talent she should have accomplished more than this. The so-called greatest female player quit when the going got tough. I remember when Justine bagelled Serena in Miami, and Serena still came out on top. She never gave up, she never quit. She got her a** handed to her at 3 majors by Justine and she never gave up. By the time Serena started finding her form and winning again, Justine ups and quits and the media are just so overcome that Justine should quit because she no longer had any motivation, but yet Serena with no commitment etc. is still there, plugging away. I really want some of what Serena is drinking. No wonder the woman considers herself the best.

b said...

Wow just tuned in to the match - is it just me or is that (too small and uglyish) outfit incredibly flattering on Serena? Wow......

Michael said...

anybody else incredibly annoyed by the illogical ordering of the games - points - set 1,2,3,4 (but not 5) of the slam scoreboard?

dapxin said...

ok! so heavyweight Serena's strapped today once again - I take it she's now in love with the straps? :)

Just woke up and its 3-1 down to Zak.

Hows it been?

dapxin said...

@Pamela,

The dilemma for the likes of Serena - powerful and feared, be you foe or friend, is the huge levels of expectation.

Serena ultimately pays the price of undefined heights of possibilities she's set as her standard, with her skill, history and above all, drama.

It then hurts when reality suggests otherwise...I dont know if I make any sense, but her play here is mightily scrappy so far...

dapxin said...

I take it back.

she's eaten into the fragility, if un-ambition of the opposition, and is gradually entering ruthless mode now.

this is over.

b said...

This match with zaka is turning out great.... anyone catch the extra long rally at 3-2 40-40 with serena serving to stay in... and people say she can't run..... Zaka looked completely winded and wasn't even upright at the end

Karen said...

from the comments on the message boards, if Serena wins it will be because she does not wish to lose more than anything else. Come on Serena.

sG said...

Is she finally hitting ruthless mode now? Thank god!!! During those unfortunate -- what was that?! -- matchpoints up 5-3 in the second, I kept screaming, "Get that look off your face, Serena!" except more colorfully. Whenever she carries that whiny, whimpering look on her face she loses; maybe just the game, maybe just the set, sometimes the match. It depends on how long she keeps wearing it. I hate that look. If she's got the "I'm a ruthless b*tch" look back, then I'm an extremely happy, ruthless fan.

Karen said...

did Serena just get broken serving for the match - what the hell is going on with her. Match points and loses that I can understand, but serving for the match and losing your serve and looks like she lost it at love. Come on Serena. Is the crowd against her? Is she down on herself. What the dickens is going on?

b said...

Karen - the zaka girl is playing really well when match point down.... really well.... missed most of 3rd set but came in with serena serving for match again and zak ramped it up

another MP now #9

she did it

wow glad venus was watching.... that was something else

sG said...

The crowd is against her, Karen. After losing those matchpoints and going down 0-30 on her serve, she bounced a ball with her racquet extra hard -- the crowd booed her. She didn't send it into the stands or hit a ball person. She bounced it hard on her way back to the baseline and they booed her.

Karen said...

Finally, on her 9th match point. I understand that the BHDTL shot was hurting Serena today. She lives to fight another day. Yaay, Record remains unbroken. Never lost in the first round of a major.

b said...

Wow Serena has a doubles match coming up - barely enough time to shower etc

dapxin said...

wow. I dont get that.

do they get paid extra for playing doubles?

charags said...

James Blake out in 1st round! Is this the 1st big upset of 2009 FO?

b said...

daxpin - doubles is a separate torunament so of course they are paid.... that's not why they are doing it though

I love that they play doubles - they play *a lot* better in singles when they do (especially Venus) and they have a lot of fun in doubles & it shows their depth & talent.... separates them from people like Graf who never dedicated much to doubles.... and puts them up there in Navratilova & Court (etc etc) territory.... Did you know that Serena is only 2 titles (mixed) from a boxed set?

b said...

Blake out in first round FO is not an upset.... regardless of whom he plays

Michael said...

@chargas, @b,

Yeah, I'm not exactly surprised James is out in the first round, even though he played well on clay last couple of tournaments, beating Karlovic and runner-up in Portugal. It's not his surface. Bummer!

Graf_sampras said...

hehe -- the ones i cheered on -=- went forward today:

NOVAK, JO-WILFRIED, GAEL, MAXIMO, TOMMY, JC FERRERO and MONACO ...

of course it was pure guesswork. lol.

Graf_sampras said...

I think serena is sometimes seesawing between taking things for granted ..and then when she gets in trouble she fights like she is famous for.

but both sides - however she wavers between one extreme and the other - are rooted in her PRIDE.

this is the reason, imo, for her greatness AND her downfalls.

Graf_sampras said...

Beth said...

Craig, the thing with Serena (and to an extent with Venus) is that I feel that she is never 100% committed to her tennis. That's what it takes. She thinks she's no. 1? Don't THINK it, MAKE....IT...HAPPEN. Your either 100% committed to that and to winning or you're not. There's no inbetween. Despite the fact that I credit both she and Venus with their outside-of-tennis pursuits, you can't have it all (maybe I'm wrong but it does not seem like she commits herself fully to her tennis). If you are dividing yourself so many different ways, something has to give and for me, it's been the tennis. She has so much incredible potential, is still relatively young and she is squandering it. You think you're number one: Put up or shut up. Make THE commitment.

Tue May 26, 06:41:00 AM

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whether or not serena is as committed to being number one again - along with winning majors - is probably anyone's guess.

but regarding her "other interests" - she has her prerogatives to lead her life the way she wants.

BUT if she wants to be where she sometimes still states or shows through her wins that number one and majors are as important as ever - at least - while she is in participation....then it is another matter.

it is clear that it takes a fuller commitment or , if with that, a fuller ability, 100 percent even, to do what work is required:

prepare, train, stay fit, etc.


as Steffi Graf said when she retired:

"I could not have had the success I had without a lot of hard work and discipline...anyone that tells you it can be done at less than your full commitment or that you can have other interests that become as important ,is lying, there is no such thing as winning or being highly achieved on pure talent alone".

Graf_sampras said...

Karen said...

Pam I have to disagree with you there about Serena's commitment. I think it is because she has been so committed to tennis why she is having these results both good or bad. Serena's game is not built around playing 20 tournaments a year. She plays a very powerful and aggressive game and put that together with age and a chronic knee injury and this is why she is on a 4 match losing streak. I am not sure how much more committed she needs to be seeing as for the last 2 years she has fully committed

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this too is an important reminder.

COMMITMENT IS very important, perhaps even THE most important element.

but even if a person has in her heart full commitment - if injuries INTERFERE with the EFFORT - we are reminded that they ARE human, DESPITE their heart's desire and commitment.


and so - we should always remember to give serena the benefit of the doubt.

but if she is CAPABLE and FIT and LESS than fully committed but expresses that she wants to regain number one, majors, thinks and wants to SHOW she is still the best --

then there is a simple way of looking at it:

there is something wrong with her.

one can not both THINK of being the best, and be CAPABLE of doing the job and then be less commitment and dilly-dally

and BE the best.