Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: The West Indies
Retirements in GS Matches
Pagliacci, I'm just too lazy to look for your thread about Justine's retirement from the AO Open, but I've realized that on the men's side Djokovic retired in the QF against Nadal with illness and now Nalbandian has retired from the SF against Roger with issues (can't say what was wrong with him because the commentators don't know either).
I have yet to hear Djokovic get flack for retiring from the QF, which IMO is a big match, for him his biggest yet. I would be shocked if Nalby got any because the excuse has already been stated that he must really be bothered by whatever's wrong with him because he wouldn't retire from such a big match (SF).
Yet Justine got so much shit for retiring from the FINALS of OZ, a title she has won before and was in a position to win (because she was in the finals). It was useless defending that to people who just hate Justine or were looking for a reason to hate her.
Personally I am not a die-hard fan of Justine's; I love her game and I love her work ethic but she has admittedly done some questionable things in the past which have brought her reputation into disrepute. But to think that a four-time GS champion would pull out of a Championship match because she was getting badly beaten is ridiculous, especially someone of Justine's mental fortitude.
I think Justine was treated extremely unfairly considering how important winning a Slam is to any person and in particular to her, because she would have added another to her collection.
Frankly I don't know what Amelie was so upset about because she won, whether she won by default or not isn't her problem. Bottomline is she won.
But it's just so funny that Justine gets criticized from pillar to post by commentators and fans alike for retiring when she felt she couldn't continue in a CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, but the same does not extend to the men and they have been retiring in lesser rounds.
My opinion about Justine's retirement in AO will never change: I think she retired because she felt she couldn't play anymore and that seems fair to me, at least there was no drama like her puking up the court and stretching out for back massages, taking bathroom breaks, etc. She knew there was nothing more that could be done for her so she retired. I don't know how anyone can fathom it being an easy thing to give up an opportunity to win another major. Totally ridiculous.
It's 2008 and I'm shopping for a new fave. Hell no! And Venus is still playing?
I Love You, Roger and Venus, 5-time Wimbledon Champions!