30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 12: A player you aren’t a fan of but respect
August 7, 2011 7 Comments
Sunday. That adorable day when you can’t get anything right. Even writing a prologue for the post of the day is a difficult task to accomplish. As I write these words, there are still one full hour left to the start of Washington finals. I’m sleepy, lazy and listening to Nightwish. Oh, I’m also sitting on my bed with my laptop on my lap. Really, this couldn’t be more Sunday-esque.
After those thin lines about my personal life, only to keep the suspense in the air, here it is, the player I’m not a fan of, but respect.
I don’t like her game, fact. I don’t like how she plays an excessive number of tournaments per year, fact. But I respect her enough to see her merits in ascending to the number 1.
So, Serena was injured. So what? We should keep her ranking in a plastic bubble? Nops. So, Kim has decided not to play a full schedule. Should we double the points of the events she plays? Nops. So, Sharapova is almost a mix of the previous two. And…?
Critics can be made. And the asterisk – we all know why – has all the rights be put there. But tennis is, essentially, cumulating points. And in 42 of the last 43 weeks (something like) nobody has been more effective in that than Caroline Wozniacki. Of course, the greatest part of them come from non-Slams events. But she’s already won plenty of tournaments (only Sharapova, Kim, Venus and Serena have more among the actives) and matches against direct opponents – enough to put her as the leading horse of this new generation of Azarenka, Aggie, Kvits. So I giver her the credit, already.
With a message I shall finish: You’re not mandated to love everyone. You’re free to dislike whoever you please. But don’t pretend that’s because she has never won a Slam or stuff like that when it’s simple and purely… hate.