Re: Top 5 Bitchy/ Spoilt Brat moments in Womens Tennis
Not in any particular order but my fave bitchy moments are:
1) The whole tit for tat exchanges between the WIlliams sisters and Hingis. Hingis said
"Being black only helps them. Many times they get sponsors because they are black. And they have had a lot of advantages because they can always say, 'It's racism.' They can always come back and say, 'Because we are this color, things happen.'" -Martina Hingis
"She just speaks her mind and you know I guess it has a little bit to do with not having a formal education"-Serena Williams
2) The whole Irina Spirlea/Venus Williams 'bump' incident followed up by Sprilea's charming quote 'she just thinks she's THE fucking Venus Williams', Ricard covering himself in glory with a racial slur calling her a 'white turkey'
3) There are worse incidents than this, but one of my all time faves is the bitchy handshake Graf gives Navratilova after the 86 US Open semi final that she lost having had match points. The handshake is a mere touch of hands, Graf practically runs off the court so fast that Martina goes to put a consoling hand on Steffi shoulder at net after the 'handshake' but Graf is already out of arms reach so Martina just shrugs her shoulders
4) I never saw it, but having read about an exchange between Peter Graf and Pam Shriver in 'Passing Shots', I wish I was around to see Peter Graf call Pam a 'stupid american' to have Pam turn around and say 'you wanna talk about a stupid race, lets start with the german's'
5) The Conchita/Patty run in should also get a mention. Loved the way Patty kept holding onto the ball just used whenever Conchita won a point because she knew Conchita has the superstition where she always wants the same ball she just won a point with.
Of even more significance, there's this little gap in Graf's resume the size of the hole in the ozone layer: It's called Monica Seles. Was Graf the best female player of all time? She wasn't even the best in the heart of her career.
- Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated 27/8/01