Translation please ?
"I'm reading the comments. Turns out I'm not practising anymore, that I'm just going from one tournament to another and having fun. Truth is the opposite, I do work and very hard at that. Nowhere have I experienced such criticism as in Croatia. I'm 17 years old and everywhere people are like Wow, you're doing a great job
, but in Croatia it's she lost again
Anyone who can critique Dona so harshly needs a reality check!
She's just starting to come up into the big leagues... 17 years old and just starting her career.
Yes her draws have been tough, but she's working VERY hard, so things will slowly progress into better results. She might not be the next teen superstar in tennis, but she will shine soon enough
And losing to POMEnika in straight sets after year she's been having is no surprise.
I'm with you on this, but sometimes she just plays very badly and sometimes, just as is the case with any player, a few negative sentences are in order after a bad day at work. It goes with the teritory of being a public figure and a pro athlete.
That said, one also needs to put things into perspective regarding those criticisms. Most people who say such things actually don't love tennis, and they only follow it because they're after making some money betting on it. Hence, when they lose the player is an idiot and what not. The rest of such comments come mostly from the general public and not passionate tennis fans, in other words from people who don't really follow tennis a lot but who've heard of that girl Serena who wins everything
and maybe of a few major tournaments. Not to mention that these same people have heard of the Russian chick who won Wimbledon at 17
and the Swiss coke-snorting kid who was #1 at 16
, so Donna being outside of top 100 and with no titles to her name at 17, may seem like a pathetic loser in their eyes. They don't care for the fact that today's tennis is a very different game from what it was a decade, not to mention two of them ago.
But not even that explains everything. As I've mentioned earlier, we in Croatia have a huge sporting tradition and tennis is one of the sports in which our athletes have made the biggest mark on the world stage. Up until recently we were so accustomed to our players becoming top 10'ers and slam champions in either juniors or pros, that many, and especially those who are not very knowledgable about this sport, have come to take things for granted and expect from each new player to go at least as far as to reach top 10. If he or she would've failed at that, it would be as if they've never achieved anything in their careers.
But Donna is young and so she probably doesn't know how to handle such situations. She will learn to deal with pressure and criticism as she gets older and more mature. She also has a team of experienced people around her, who'll probably shine a light or two her way about these things, so that she embraces the less enjoyable aspects of her profession as well as all the delights. Time is on her side