Is Svetlana K Getting Too Butch For Women's Tennis?
Don't get at me for this, but I was watching Svetlana today against Martina with 2 friends and my dad. And we were all SHOCKED! I have never enjoyed watching Svetlana play: all that sweating and lumbering around the court. So today was the first time I've seen her play for a while, and I'm convinced she is getting even butcher and butcher.
We were treated to the knickers being pulled with her legs astride (Rafael does it so much better with at least some aplomb); the cropped sweaty hairdo; the sweat elsewhere; the legs which are getting thicker and thicker; the blank neanderthal expression on her face; pot belly; and the lumbering swagger walk reminds me of a drunk bovver boy coming out of a pub.
Martina looked femininity personified in comparison today.
Before you all say I'm being horrible and outrageously politically incorrect, my dad when seeing her said: 'that's a bloke'. After 10 minutes he said: 'she's a bloke who's had an operation, or is on hormones, I thought this was a ladies tennis match'. And he left the room because he thought it looked ridiculous. My 2 friends who aren't really into tennis thought it was weird seeing SK like that and unfair on Martina.
I really do think she's the butchest thing I have ever seen play tennis - even Nadal and Federer are more graceful, I can't even think of a butcher player in the mens! It's not about what her sexuality may or may not be, but she's so like a man it seemed unfair that Martina had to play her!
I personally think it will put a lot of people off, and will reinforce stereotypes that all women athletes are like those awful East German shotputters and javelin throwers from the 60s and 70s. So I don't think it's good for women's tennis. So I really do hope that the likes of Maria and Elena and Kim and lots of other players prevent Ms Kuznetsova from winning slams so as not to discredit the game.
If I'm alone in getting a shock today and thinking she's the butchest thing on the court - be it womens or mens - then so be it. You can bad rep me all you like!
Last edited by Talula; Oct 20th, 2006 at 06:36 PM.