Re: On the Concept of Irony w/ Continual Reference to Caro:Off-topic 4 the POPULAR #1
Would like some feedback from some of you who have played a lot more tennis than I have:
Yesterday,8th-seeded Ksenia Pervak was steamrolled by the unremarkable Patricia Mayr-Achleitner in under 48 minutes!!!During this double bagel,Pervak had only one GAME point,NOT break point,the entire match.I understand that Pervak may have been fatigued from finishing her rain-delayed QF only 75 minutes earlier...but is that really a valid excuse for getting so decisively destroyed by an ITF-caliber gal??Pervak's QF lasted 1 hour,50 minutes,yet that includes the three games of match play between her and Pous-Tio from the previous day...so one might estimate that those three games lasted between 10 to 20 minutes on red clay...meaning that Pervak only played for around 1 hour,30 minutes in her QF on Saturday prior to the semifinal.
My guess is that young Pervak fell behind early and mentally checked out with all the Austrian fans cheering for their hometown Patricia.Like I said,I won't deny that fatigue was a FACTOR...but not to the extent where it could rationalize away such an annihilation at the hands of such a mediocre player.....Comments and rebukes are welcome
Tennis is a funny sport. If I could single out one of your favourites look at some of Petra Kvitova's results this season. She wins Brisbane and Paris and makes the quarters at the Australian Open then loses to Ayumi Morita in the first round of Dubai, Zahlavova Strycova in her first match at Indian Wells and, most puzzlingly, Kristina Barrois in the first round at an ITF event in Nassau. Then she wins Madrid, makes the final at Eastbourne and wins Wimbledon. Sure, she is known to be a streaky player but so far she is having some very high highs and some very low lows.
I have been informed by a fan of Petra that there are reasons for those losses (injuries/tiredness) and that may be true but on paper they look very puzzling.
Now, none of Petra's losses were complete blowouts like the match you cited but I'm not sure when the last time was that we had a player win a slam and lose in the first round of an ITF event in the same season.
I remember a painful day a few weeks back where three of the favourites to win Wimbledon all lost on the same day (Serena, Venus and some Danish girl). A few weeks before that at Roland Garros 6 of the top 10, including 1, 2 and 3 and the previous years finalist, had all lost by the end of the fourth round. These days the WTA is completely wide open and more than ever on any given day any player can suffer an inexplicable loss.
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