Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying" - TennisForum.com

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
spiceboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 50,819
                     
Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/tennis/new...0618314&pnum=0

Tennis: Doubles or nothing - how No 1 found her niche


Depending on which side of your bread is buttered, tennis doubles is either a high-paced thrill-a-minute funfest or a bit of pointless piffle that plugs the gaps in the schedule between singles matches.
The reality is probably a bit of both.
But while it may be a poor second cousin to singles, that doesn't mean it can't be a very lucrative pastime.

Should she and partner Liezel Huber do as expected and pick up the US$11,000 cheque for taking out the ASB Classic doubles title, Zimbabwean Cara Black's career earnings sit at just a tick under $8.26 million. Not a bad chunk of change for the tennis equivalent of boxing's undercard fighters.
Black is no stranger to New Zealand. Early in her career, Auckland was a regular stop. She was billeted out with local couple Barry and Diane Knott, who became like her "second parents". The 2000 ASB Classic is one of 51 doubles titles she has pocketed over a 14-year career. That year she also made the singles final in Auckland, going down to Anne Kremer.
She did manage one singles title - in Waikoloa - before doubles claimed her as a specialist.

It wasn't, she says, her choice to concentrate on the team game. Making regular doubles finals resulted in her missing singles qualifying at the following week's event. "I wasn't playing any matches and when I finally did get to play I was so out of sorts with my singles game I wasn't winning many anyway. So it just kind of happened."

Not that she has regretted it. Black and current partner Huber have been the No 1 ranked pairing since November 2007. In that time they have won four Grand Slams and 21 WTA titles.

She is passionate about doubles, but Black is realistic about where the format stands in the game.
"It is unfortunate it hasn't been promoted in the right way. A lot of recreational players all play doubles and when they come to watch the tennis they can relate more to the doubles. So it is a bit sad that it has been taken away from the spotlight a bit.

"Part of the bargain when they changed the format was that we'd get more matches on centre court and get a bit more promotion. They've done that a little bit but we'd like to see a bit more, because we do put a lot of time into helping out the tournaments."

They may be the top-ranked team but Black and Huber aren't the world's best female doubles combination.
That honour would go to the Williams sisters, who don't play enough to earn many ranking points but tend to hoover up the titles at Grand Slam time - including three out of four last year.
"They are a bit annoying," Black admits. "It is tough but at the same time it is a great challenge for us to play against the best in the world.
"Unfortunately we haven't had too many good results against them.
"But we can measure ourselves against them and strive to improve and hopefully get a win at some point."

Black and Huber's first match is against local hope Marina Erakovic and Slovenian Polona Hercog.
Some observers believe Erakovic, with her big serve and sound volleying skills, may ultimately become a successful doubles specialist.

It might not be the big time, but it's certainly no waste of time, as Black can attest.
"There are only a few girls who just play doubles but if you put a lot of effort into it and really go for it anyone in the top 10 in doubles can do pretty well."

But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
spiceboy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 04:13 PM
Senior Member
 
Ferg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Petkoland
Posts: 13,132
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

I bet she means in it the way that they only play Slams and keep denying Bluber them.

________________________________________________
"I think if people ask, How is Marion Bartoli? They will always respond, She's a nice person. That's what I'm most proud of..
Ferg is offline  
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 04:14 PM
Dubai Love
 
Uranium's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 52,609
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

They are annoying because they play so little and snatch the Slams from them or because of the way they play?


Uranium is offline  
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 04:16 PM
Senior Member
 
Knizzle's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 21,748
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

I think she meant they are annoying because they come and beat her all the time.
Knizzle is offline  
post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 04:24 PM
Senior Member
 
GrandMartha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: KRAJ GŁUPCÓW
Posts: 7,162
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

I don't see any bitterness here. Maybe she means they are annoying because they are tough for them to beat

Flopova
GrandMartha is offline  
post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 04:27 PM
La Divina Assoluta
 
The Dawntreader's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 11,024
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

Someone has opened a can of worms with this thread.
The Dawntreader is offline  
post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 04:28 PM
country flag pov
Senior Member
 
pov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 25,402
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

It was light-hearted and a compliment. Dang, read her entire comments.



Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
pov is offline  
post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 04:34 PM
Senior Member
 
Nicolás89's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 19,977
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

Some of you need to take a pill, seriously. Also it wouldn't hurt to actually read more that the title of the thread.

She says they are annoying because they only play the slams and they always beat her but she's glad to play against the best of the world. I thought it was nice what she said.
Nicolás89 is offline  
post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 05:05 PM
Senior Member
 
jefrilibra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 4,875
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

She could have said "It is a bit annoying" and not "They".

Anyway I dont think she was being mean-spirited.
jefrilibra is offline  
post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 05:05 PM
Senior Member
 
sweetpeas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 4,989
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

She says they are annoying because they only play the slams and they always beat her but she's glad to play against the best of the world. I thought it was nice what she said.


I agree!
sweetpeas is offline  
post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 05:38 PM
Most Loved Member
 
Kworb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 11,141
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

I'm surprised she said WS are the best. As #1 you'd expect her to say "I'm #1 so I'm the best".

2015 saviors of the WTA

KAROLINA PLISKOVA 46 76 64 DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA 62 36 63 LUCIE SAFAROVA 64 63
MARIA SHARAPOVA 64 63 FLAVIA PENNETTA 76 76 SERENA WILLIAMS 76 36 76
MARIA SHARAPOVA 63 62 SERENA WILLIAMS 36 64 62 ZARINA DIYAS 60 60 SERENA WILLIAMS 36 62 63
SARA ERRANI 75 63 ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA 16 60 60 SIMONA HALEP 63 46 64 JOHANNA KONTA 64 60
Kworb is offline  
post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 05:52 PM
She's back. Why you mad?
 
Njay16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 2,905
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

I think if you are a fan of Venus or Serena you will take Cara's comments offensively. If you are not fans, you will defend Cara.

Obviously, she could have chosen her words better and said "they are difficult to play against" or "frustrating" rather than annoying. But honestly I don't think she meant any harm by it. It's clear Cara and Liezel respect Venus and Serena, and vise versa. Just reference their speeches after the 2009 USO Doubles Final.

Hi Dave

I hope you will be in the Lisa and Rennae forums to cheer them on with me come next week
Njay16 is offline  
post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 05:52 PM
Winner
 
Dave.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 15,011
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

"They are a bit annoying," Black admits. "It is tough but at the same time it is a great challenge for us to play against the best in the world.
"Unfortunately we haven't had too many good results against them.
"But we can measure ourselves against them and strive to improve and hopefully get a win at some point."


I just don't know how one can read that and take it as anything other than a compliment. Cara has even said they are the best, and she can measure herself against them and wants to improve because of them. Yet some posters on here only see the first 5 words and fly off the rails. Why don't these posters say anything about the rest of her quote?
Dave. is offline  
post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 06:54 PM
Senior Member
 
Brena's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: China
Posts: 15,310
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

I couldn't care less about Cara Black, and I like the WS, but I think that anyone who choses to interpret this as an insult does that only because they feel like arguing a bit. It's a very honest and funny comment and I don't think it needs to be explained since it's not even ambiguous.

''I saw JJ in her prime.
Another time, another time.''

By Harold Pinter&Brena

''Man up or go home.''

''Rock on, I'm not talking to you. ''
Brena is offline  
post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 2010, 07:00 PM
Team WTAworld
Lounge Owner
 
ViennaCalling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 44,247
                     
Re: Cara on the WS: "They are a bit annoying"

Oh please, she didn´t mean it in a bad way ... can you read?


Tamira PASZEK
Na LI - Francesca SCHIAVONE - Roberta VINCI
Tamira's backhand, Roby's slice, Galina's dropshot


ViennaCalling is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Image Verification
Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.

Registration Image

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome