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|Jul-13-19|| ||HeMateMe: she made $100M in endorsements and prize money. I'd be happy.|
|Jul-13-19|| ||perfidious: <HMM>, perhaps dear Maria reserves her screaming for another venue.|
|Jul-14-19|| ||fabelhaft: I just saw a pic of Kournikova with kids, had to Google to see if I remembered correctly how criticised she used to be. Arianne Caoili was called the Kournikova of chess, but said she knew how to play, unlike Kournikova. One article talks about how chess|
”doesn’t need an Anna Kournikova. No sport does”
and that Caoili deserved better since what
”the Kournikova label actually means is that she’s a laughing stock”
Navratilova said ”they want her to say ’I don’t deserve the money you give me?!’” She retired at 21 after lots of injuries, but reached a Wimbledon semi, was #8 in singles and #1 in doubles. She beat #1 Graf and Seles but even though she played her last tournament 16 years ago she is the same age as Federer and Serena. Her dad has a PhD, her mom was arrested for child neglect, and she has said that she never will marry. Time to Google something else now.
|Jul-14-19|| ||alexmagnus: <she knew how to play, unlike Kournikova>|
Where does this misconception that Kournikova played badly comes from?
Her major bests:
Australian Open QF (2001)
French Open 4R (1998, 1999)
Wimbledon SF (1997)
US Open 4R (1996, 1998)
No absolute elite, but not a pushover either...
|Jul-14-19|| ||perfidious: Caoili's analogy is pathetic: while Kournikova managed to reach the top ten in singles and was a force to be reckoned with as the partner of Martina Hingis in doubles before injuries forced her premature retirement, what on earth has Caoili ever done to compare to that?|
The day Caoili earns a spot in the women's candidates and/or gets the men's GM title, then establishes herself at 2500+ level, maybe we can have that conversation--till then, her remarks are arrant nonsense and utterly risible.
|Jul-14-19|| ||saffuna: As <alexmagnus> said, Kournikova was an excellent player, just not one of the very best. |
Seems to me she just didn't hit hard enough to keep up with the "Big Babes" dominating women's tennis. Even Martin's Hingis, who won five majors and got to the Finals of ten majors, couldn't win against the power players after 2001.
Hingis and Kournikova did win two majors in doubles, though, plus other big tournaments.
I do think there's a question whether Kournikova worked as hard as she could at tennis, or was more of less satisfied with where she was and enjoyed the game and the endorsement money.
|Jul-14-19|| ||HeMateMe: Fed is ON this morning, hitting beautiful forehands down the line, into the corners.|
Kournikova reminds me a little of the gold medalist skater Oksana Bauil, who also attained fame as a teenager. Seems like when enough money came in to live upper middle class the motivation disappeared. OB developed a drinking problem and disappeared from the sports world.
|Jul-14-19|| ||HeMateMe: Rod Laver in the Royal Box this morning, sitting behind Will and Kate. Seems appropriate. Laver won here exactly 50 years ago, 1969. Glad to see he's recovered from heart surgery. I remember his challenge matches in Las Vegas against Jimmy Connors. Never got to see him in his prime.|
in his auto bio <Open> Agassi said "The scouting report on Federer is simple: He has no weaknesses."
|Jul-14-19|| ||nok: Big match there|
|Jul-14-19|| ||HeMateMe: helluva match! 5th set tie breaker. I wish they'd have kept the old rules, play games to decide the fifth for the championship match. I thought Fed had him, up two games in the final set, two match points...oops, CHAMPIONSIP POINTS (can't break from Wimbly tradition, now can we?)|
Duchess of Kent under the weather today? I remember the silver haired gal for so many years, coming out to chat up a lucky 2 or three 3 ball boys/girls, and present the trophy. Kate replaced her today. No Prince Charles today. Showing your face at the Wimbly final should be something important, if you're a royal.
Everything so uniform. I do sort of miss Connors, McEnroe, Nastasie cursing the place out, if only for old times sake. Mac is hugely popular in England, they like the brash fellow who wasn't afraid kick tradition in the pants, every now and then.
|Jul-14-19|| ||saffuna: The Hawkeye line-calling system has pretty much eliminated the on-court misbehavior.|
Once again, Federer had two match points on his serve against Djokovic, leading 8-7. Couldn't get one.
However Fabio Fognini did say he wanted to bomb "this place. "
|Jul-14-19|| ||HeMateMe: Didn't Joker have back surgery a couple of years ago? I thought that usual signifies a fall from the elite, losing power on your serve because of back issues. Guess he's ok, only 32. For some reason I don't see Joker winning this at age 37, although he looks incredibly fit and motivated. Those three guys, Joker, Fed and Rafa have won the last 10 majors. I remember when age 32 was generally over the hill in men's' tennis singles.|
|Jul-14-19|| ||saffuna: Djokovic did have a couple of bad years, 2017 and the first part of 2018. Since then he's been back on top.|
In the past five years only Stan Wawrinka has won more than one major aside from the Big Three. Andy Murray has slipped due to injury, may be retiring.
|Jul-15-19|| ||HeMateMe: bad behavior and cheap shots on the tennis court!|
Nadal puts a ball in Djokevic's face!
|Jul-15-19|| ||saffuna: <Nadal puts a ball in Djokevic's face!>|
Nothing wrong with that shot. Nothing at all.
|Jul-15-19|| ||HeMateMe: agree, Rafa was running to get a ball, the only way to hit with force was straight forward.|
|Jul-22-19|| ||HeMateMe: Peter McNamara dies at age 64. A young guy. Won some doubles majors|
|Aug-26-19|| ||HeMateMe: US Open starts tomorrow, Monday. Serena plays Maria Sharapova in the first round. Sharapova has really dropped in the rankings.|
|Aug-26-19|| ||saffuna: They were supposed to play in the fourth round at the 2018 French Open, in Serena's return after having her baby. But Serena defaulted due to an injury.|
|Aug-26-19|| ||HeMateMe: Serena at the US Open 15-20 years ago. She has to be at least 20, 25 pounds heavier now. I think she's lost GS finals due to the weight. Being overweight ruined Monica Seles career. She lost her quickness.|
|Aug-26-19|| ||fredthebear: The way a person conducts themselves in public and in private determines if the person is a champ or a chump.|
|Aug-26-19|| ||saffuna: That article talks about "match fixing." That means one player has to lose intentionally.|
The Williams sisters never did that. What did happen is that sometimes one or the other would withdraw with an "injury" when they were scheduled to play each other.
|Aug-27-19|| ||HeMateMe: Weren't the Williams sisters booed at a tournament in California when they were really young? I think Indian Wells. Forget what exactly happened but they were pissed off. serena ignored them for 12 years but last year played that event for the first time in a long time.|
I think Venus made the semis at Wimbledon last year at age 38 or 39, a remarkable achievement. She's somewhat been in Serena's shadow, has to be irritating for a primo athlete. Of course when you have a $40M contract with Nike, that's a helluva soothing balm...
|Aug-30-19|| ||HeMateMe: Geez, Patrick McEnroe has white hair, in the commentators booth. How old are we all getting?|
"Getting old is the pits of the world!"
|Sep-11-19|| ||saffuna: When was the last time a non-European man won a Grand Slam title?|
Juan Martín Del Potro, at the 2009 US Open. And before that, Gaston Gaudio (Gaston Gaudio!) at the 2004 French.
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