The third rail of women's tennis
It's death top even discuss it. No, not homosexuality. FAT.
But I'm already dead, so killing me again won't hurt as much. So I can start this thread. Being fat hurts athletic performance. In MOST sports. It can be a competitive advantage. If your sport is the English Channel swim. But if the sport involved running, jumping or fast-twitch muscles, fat is dead weight. I'm not talking about three or four pounds. Having those extra two or three pounds might have won Jenn Capriati the
2003 OZ title. Hingis' body was consuming muscle to sustain itself halfway through the match. Jenn had a little reserve.
But some players are running around the court packing 25-30 extra pounds. To see the difference that can make, losing a lot of weight turned Lindsay Davenport into a three time GS winner, instead of just a hard-hitting top ten player. I'm thinking of players like Alexandra Stevenson, Magui Serna, Eleni Daniilidou, Monica Seles and Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian. (Well, I haven't seen Mikaelian in a while, so maybe it's no longer true in her case.) It's hard not to believe that fat cost Monica another two or three GS titles. It might not be true, but it's still hard not to believe. Stevenson, Serna and Daniilidou werer all top twenty players at one point. Serna and Daniilidou are still close, but their careers have stagnated. All three have a lot of talent, but being very overweight has held them back. (Stevenson has Kournikova's brain to boot. Lethal combination.)
Especially Daniilidou, who's won three tournament inthe last couple years, and beaten Henin-Hardenne, Mauresmo and Capriati. The talent is obvious there.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.
Last edited by Volcana; Apr 29th, 2004 at 03:05 AM.