30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 10: Favorite retired women’s player

Old man says living is killing a lion every day. It depends, but I could see that happening, yes. But if we are talking about shooting down a daily trivia instead of the king of the jungle, this day was, in the end, a pussycat.

I’m not a long time WTA fan – thought it might have already surpassed ATP nowadays. The reasons are many. First, I’m not a long time ATP fan either. Second, it’s hard to get it on TV. Third, I only learned about the existence of live streams about a year ago or so. Fourth, since our best women’s tennis representative played in the sainted days of the 50s/60s, the exposure for the girls is almost non-existent in times without internet or even Twitter.

After justifying – and I’m not sure why – here it is my favorite retired women:

 

Why did you have to be here, Lena? (BTW, I was looking forward to put a picture of her playing tennis. But I just feel in love with this photo

It couldn’t be different, or could it? I have this theory Elena Dementieva and Marat Safin would have made the best Hopman Cup team of all time, by far.

Talking about further-ness, before Kim Clijsters showed up in my life, I had no doubt about my faves. They were Dinara Safina and Lena. I guess the reasons are all well-known to all of us. She is a dame, and a damsel. She’s gorgeous, had an outstanding posture, was never known for controversies (at least I’ve never heard of them). And she also played some effing good tennis – peaking at number 3 in 2009, winning sixteen career titles – Olympic gold included, but not Slams – though she hit the post twice in 2004.

Her retirement, at the Doha Year End Championships last year, got me by total surprise. I was all “Whaat, I left for ten minutes to cut my hair and Elena Dementieva retires from pro tennis?”. But all the tributes that were paid to her, all the videos (like this one) say for themselves. If she was loved even among her colleagues, who am I to dislike her?

 

Special mention

 

Before finishing, I will make an amend to include Martina Navratilova in this post. Never watched her playing, but do I need to? She won 167 singles titles, countless doubles’, and also completed the career Slam in mixed doubles. For God’s sakes, she won the US Open with one of the Bryans in 2006, and she was almost 50, no?

But I don’t like Martina for her titles – though they, yes, helped me, which is pretty ironic, since I usually dislike the dominant ones – or her lopsided head-to-heads (check out these ones v. Shriver, v. Garrison and v. Evert, which is not lopsided, but must be the GOAT).

What I do like in Navratilova is her personality. She just goes out and speaks it. And, as long as you’re not talking bananas – and as far as I’ve already read from her quotes, it’s not the case – there we have something I admire.

 

Useful:

Prologue and explanation

Day 1 – Favorite men’s player

Day 2 – Favorite women’s player

Day 3 – Favorite doubles team

Day 4 – Least favorite men’s player

Day 5 – Least favorite women’s player

Day 6 – Most memorable match

Day 7 – First player you became a fan of

Day 8 – Earliest tennis memory

Day 9 – Favorite retired men’s player

About Pete S. Liguori
Pete was born in São Paulo, Brasil. Loves sports - pigskin fanatic, tennis lover. One of his most famous quotes is "I'm no Tolstoi, but I love the Dallas Cowboys" His favorite quote of all time is "I'll keep playing", unknown author.

10 Responses to 30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 10: Favorite retired women’s player

  1. I love Elena, but Martina Hingis was my first idol in this sport, so I pick her.

    Special mention: Elena Dementieva, Amelie Mauresmo, Nicole Vaidisova and Ai Sugiyama lol

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  6. Lays Guerrero says:

    I love Elena, and miss her a lot..but i’ll differente this time.

    don’t share this taste with a lot of persons, but I miss Lindsay Davenport on court.

    she is a genius, seriously.
    she serves well, is agressive, has a amazing vision of game…
    I’m a huge Lindsay’s fan…loved saw her playing with Martina in the Aunts Open of Wimbledon (aka ladies invitation)

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