Re: Now I usually get sick of all the naysayers..
Women's tennis needs a #1 player who is both a great player and well liked. The only 2 players to have kept the #1 ranking for an extended period of time of recent years are Woz and Vika. You don't want press/public to question either the abilities of the #1 player (Woz) or the sportsmanship/attitude/personality of them (Vika).
It must be ridiculously hard to promote a game that people question the person sitting at the top of the pile of.
The women haven´t had this much attention since Serena tried to shove balls down throats. The real problem is that they have no good girl. Maria, Serena, Kerber, Bartoli and Wozniacki are just as fierce competitors that can rile up a crowd or opponent. Radwanska and Kvitova can be very reserved on or off court. Basically that leaves Na Li to be the good girl.
I am not a fan of the direction a lot of Maria threads have taken over the last 12 months.
The undertone is very disappointing, aggressive and the comments are sometimes rude to a player just trying to earn a living, playing her hardest and having a good amount of success given her god given, natural talents.
You made the list: NEW President Bouchard, Cibulkova, Mladenovic, Wozniacki, Kerber, Cornet, Watson, Broady.
Please note this is a signature about Tatjana Maria