30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 12: A player you aren’t a fan of but respect

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.

She has already won bigger trophies than this one.

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.


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

Day 10 – Favorite retired women’s player

Day 11 – A player nobody would expect you to love


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.

7 Responses to 30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 12: A player you aren’t a fan of but respect

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  3. Victoria says:

    Don’t agree about a little thing ‘She is the leading horse of this new generation’ . It’s probably true right now, But Kvitova will very soon surpass her 🙂

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  5. I’m not fan of Venus but I heve respect for her. She’s legend, she won so many titles and she beat my favs for so many times. Yeah, I pick Vee. For mens, after that stunning 2011, I have to pick Djokovic.

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  7. Lays Guerrero says:

    i agree with Victoria ^
    after win in Wimbledon, Petra took a huge weight of her shoulder for the future, and Caro not…
    Caro made an amazing run and deserve be the number 1, but everybody knows she wants another thing…and, win a grand slam can real put her like a ‘leading horse’.
    But now, i think Petra has more credit. (i like Caro, btw)

    anyway…my vote goes for to ‘old school’ players.
    Kim Clijsters: ’cause she awesome! retired, had a baby, got back and change everything in WTA Tour. It’s impossible don’t like Kim at least 1%.
    Francesca Schiavone: she is like a myth. what she made in RG in the last couple of years, and AO 2011 and another tournaments, deserve respect, and i have it.

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