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Arrow Serena Williams has never planned to play Charleston in 2009

http://tenfem.streetreporters.net/?p=1208

Dementieva had accepted a wild card the 25th of March. So there were 4 players from the top 6 in Charleston field. Though, Charleston didn't increase their dotations (3 players = 1.000.000 dollars ; 4 players = 1.400.000 dollars).

Then, total surprise : Serena withdrew the 10th of April. So the 1.000.000 dollars prize was finally good with the contracts of the WTA.

The paper (french website) explains that it shows Serena's been asked to go to Marbella and already knew she could easily withdraw because Dementieva would replace her anyway. But WTA only announced at the last minute the withdrawal of Williams at the last minute to sell more tickets. Any french reader could make a full translation ?
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Your summary is right. The article states that it had been known for a while that Serena wasnt going to play, and hence when Elena accepted the WC on the 25th, they didnt bother paying more to the WTA because it was clear Serena wouldnt play. The reason given is that because Serena had obligations to turn up to Marbella, there was no way out of it, and therefore she couldnt pull out of Charleson, but go to Marbella and play.

It also says that Elena is playing too much and this will weaken (?) her, ie she will play worse as the year progresses, which was evident in IW and Miami.

It also talks a littlt bit about the dissapointing level of play on the womens tour that hasnt really been helped by the roadmap system, and the Serena and Elena are both victims and yet they are to blame for not saying anything, and hopefully in the future, the younger generation will follow Radwanskas footsteps and speak out about the problems with the tour rather than staying quiet to keep their money.

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Re: Serena Williams has never planned to play Charleston in 2009

Radwanska pointed this problem out earlier this year in Paris and the board insulted her for speaking out

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Re: Serena Williams has never planned to play Charleston in 2009

Well, Remember Davenport called out the Wta a few years ago ... it was classic Lindsay & I started loving her after she said it.
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Re: Serena Williams has never planned to play Charleston in 2009

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Radwanska pointed this problem out earlier this year in Paris and the board insulted her for speaking out
I know. Ridiculous comments berating Aga - but not from me. I fully supported Aga and what she said. All these rules on where a player can and cannot play are wrong. But the rules forbidding a player to play at a tournament are the worst and the WTA can easily prevent a player from playing as opposed to forcing a player to play somewhere.

This limit on number of top players that can play a tournament whether it be Charleston or wherever is ridiculous and either fuels dishonesty and deception or penalises a good tournament that has made itself attractive enough that players want to play there or both.

I'd have preferred it if Serena had earlier just said this herself and not been a silent partner to this dishonety from the WTA.

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Stuttgart is listed as a 700k event and has 4 top 6 players on its entry list

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Radwanska pointed this problem out earlier this year in Paris and the board insulted her for speaking out
Now that Aga is out of top-10 she can play all MM tournaments in the world. Her problem has been solved.

As for Dementieva, nobody could force her to play at Auckland, Sydney or Paris. She could have easily tanked those meaningless tournies and saved herself for AO, IW and Miami. And the rules are there to bend them.
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it's a very great article

the wta will kill all the good players for what MARKETING...
the wta already kills sharapova. remember she took cortisone in 2007. the wta prefer she took that and shows her face to win some money that to cure. now look the consequence
i like what Radwanska says she will be a good player and rebel for the next generation
the wta player must do a boycoot. now it's not sport but marketing. i don't know how many players play for money and how for tennis. i hope there are more for tennis...

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Les conséquences ? La WTA envoie Dementieva jouer un énième tournoi (c’était soit elle ou Safina) , alors qu’elle a déjà beaucoup trop joué cette année, ce qui va forcément amoindrir, à long terme (et on a déjà pu le voir à Indian Wells et Miami) sa qualité de jeu et sa résistance physique d’ici la fin de l’année. Alors que les meilleures devraient s’affronter dans des grands rendez-vous bien agencés dans le calendrier, la direction du circuit WTA préfère prendre un maximum d’oseille : surtout ne pas perdre l’augmentation des dotations en argent à Charleston et à Marbella, quitte à ce que la N°1 mondiale joue, sans motivation, sur une jambe, en perdant contre la 95ème mondiale d’un tournoi de catégorie inférieure. Quitte à ce que Dementieva finisse sur les rotules et joue comme un pied au Masters de fin d’année. Et puis aussi, annoncer le forfait de Serena Williams a permis de vendre un maximum de tickets sur le nom de la N°1 mondiale, alors qu’ils savaient très bien depuis longtemps qu’elle ne jouerait pas. Les fans ont dû être ravis en apprenant la nouvelle. L’image de la WTA est donc bien ternie, vu le mépris et l’indifférence que la direction montre pour le jeu et ses spectateurs.

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Serena Williams et Dementieva sont évidemment à la fois victimes et complices de ce système. Victimes, parce qu’elles sont “désignées” pour aller jouer ces tournois, ce qui peut avoir un impact grave sur toute une saison, en termes de résultats et de fraîcheur physique. Mais elles sont aussi complices de la démarche en jouant le jeu : Radwanska a été “obligée ” de jouer à Paris-Coubertin pour remplir les obligations contractuelles de la WTA, comme elle nous l’a raconté en février dernier devant une assistante de com’ WTA qui se liquéfiait devant les déclarations de la Polonaise. (i love this girl)C’est une pratique qu’elle a dénoncé, et ce n’était pas la première fois que cela lui arrivait. Même si cela ne leur plaît pas forcément, Williams et Dementieva font le job mais ne disent rien, parce qu’il y a quand même beaucoup de cash à ne pas négliger (que ce soit de la part des organisateurs du tournoi, ou de la WTA elle-même, qui récompense à la fin de l’année les joueuses qui ont bien obtempéré au planning du circuit). A l’avenir, il serait souhaitable que les nouvelles générations, à l’instar de Radwanska, prennent davantage de responsabilités en mettant en lumière ces pratiques qui ne font qu’entâcher leur sport.

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Odd..aeems like the only big title Serena even bothers to defend is Miami.

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As for Dementieva, nobody could force her to play at Auckland, Sydney or Paris. She could have easily tanked those meaningless tournies and saved herself for AO, IW and Miami. And the rules are there to bend them.

Elena would have 11 tournaments instead and would be 5 in the world today .
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Gosh this roadmap really is a disaster.
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Elena would have 11 tournaments instead and would be 5 in the world today .
AO and Miami could have been a good compensation for prestigious ASB Classic and Medibank International titles, I believe.
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Stuttgart is listed as a 700k event and has 4 top 6 players on its entry list
Let's play to the games :
1/ "Who will withdraw?"
A) Jankovic, B) Safina C) Zvonareva, D) Dementieva

or

2/"Will they increase the prize-money ?"

If they want to keep them all, they need to go from 700.000 to 1.400.000

I guess lena D will withdraw because she came to Charleston They'd only need o increase to 1.000.000
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Zvonareva was not top-6 at the beginning of the season though.
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