Re: Casey's first Olympics!
This may have been posted already but:
Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua has blasted Olympic officials for lacking common sense after she was forced into stripping down to her sports bra in front of thousands of fans in Beijing.
Dellacqua was furious after Iranian chair umpire Ali Katebi and then tournament supervisor Donna Kelso, a fellow Australian, refused to allow her to change her sweat-soaked shirt discretely without having to take a toilet break during her second-round loss to Victoria Azarenka.
"In this humidity, you should be able to change your shirt," Dellacqua said.
"I could literally feel water dripping down my legs.
"Obviously the rule is take a bathroom break, but I didn't need a bathroom break.
"Last night (in the first round), I just went around the back of the fence to change my shirt because we're playing in 100 per cent humidity and you play three games and you're sweating.
"But he wouldn't let me go off the court ...so I just thought 'oh, I'll strip'."
Dellacqua said she found it impossible to play with "sweat dripping down my leg" and urged officials to rethink the rules.
"For guys, it's okay because you can sit there and you can take your shirt off," she said.
"But for girls, you've got to be a little bit lenient. Bathroom breaks just slow the play down.
"It's horrible. I hate it when girls just take bathroom breaks for the sake of taking it, so I didn't want to do that."
Echoing the thoughts of most players, Dellacqua said the conditions in Beijing were easily the most humid she had ever experienced.
"That's the thing when we first got here that was the hardest to adapt to, the humidity," the West Australian said.
Dellacqua's 6-2 6-2 loss to the 12th-seeded Belarussian came after American fourth seed Serena Williams hammered fellow Australian Sam Stosur 6-2 6-0 in their second-round mismatch earlier on Tuesday.
A shellshocked Stosur couldn't fathom her Olympic-sized thrashing after Cyclone Serena swept past her in just 44 minutes.
"At 2-all, I was playing great," Stosur said.
"I had two really good service games, as she did, and one double-fault gives her break point. Then all of a sudden I'm 5-2 down in about two minutes and then the match is over in about another two.
"I mean, it's hard. I don't really feel as though I played badly. I made one mistake basically at that point of time and then couldn't get it back.
"Obviously against top players you can't afford to make one mistake, but it's not very often where you just absolutely get blown off the court 20 like minutes later."
Capping a forgettable night for Dellacqua, she also lost her first-round doubles match with Alicia Molik.
Dellacqua and Molik fell 6-4 6-4 to Italians Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta.
Stosur and Rennae Stubbs' scheduled first-round encounter with Czech duo Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova was postponed until Wednesday.