I'm sparing nobody, which include some of my faves, when I say this. For every Serena-Venus-Henin-Clijsters, you have 500+ WTA players that stick to the same nutty stuff that's gotten them nowhere or exposed their liabilities even more so. At this point, I can probably count on two hands, maybe only one for that matter, of the number of WTA players that actually have a clue as to what they're doing when they play.
Example of stupidity:
- That serve is an atrocity and should be condemned. Does she really need to toss it up 10-15 feet in the air before serving? She already is a platinum
member of the WTA Headcase Society
. The last thing she needs is more time to think about anything (i.e. Krajan-her mom-Marat looking at her, praying to the tennis gods that this serve goes in, counting number of racquets broken this year, etc.) before she serves. The 2nd serve is an adventure because she has no idea where it's going and IF
it lands in it's often begging to be blasted. The first serve rarely has any purpose or thought in it. The most strenuous, complex, inflexible of serve form and it only once in a while produces good serves. And yet she still keeps this failed "form" that cost her the Olympic gold and the French Open?
She's earned over $9 million and probably still thinks her serve is just fine. Too cheap, stupid, and/or stubborn to adapt.
Then she kept Krajan for way too long even when it was quite obvious this likely "friendship with benefits", oops partnership, was not improving nor advancing her game. It improved results for the first 18 months, but in the process she let Krajan do all the thinking as to what she should do. At times it appeared she couldn't blow her own nose unless he pulled out the Kleenex. She's 6'2" and probably stronger than 1/2 the ATP men, yet she was always running to Krajan at the first sign of trouble...ALWAYS!
Her remark about how being #1 was more important than winning a slam didn't do her any favors either. She then talked a big game about her bringing it on to close out 2009, only to lost to no-namers in Tokyo AND Beijing.
I would say more but Safina gets me so upset so easily.
Still love you Dinara, but dig deep and use your