Originally Posted by the cat
Keith, you are reknowned for your sarcasm and tennis kmowledge. But I don't know why you aren't more supportive of the Russina's like most of us. Even though Maria Sharapova is my favorite I root for all of them. So do GL, TBE, MSF, ys, tenn_ace, Cassius, Vaiva, moo_ont, Sharky, KV and so on. It's almost like your angry at Maria because she's highly thought of and on her way up while Elena Bovina is struggling. Is that a fair assessment on my part? If Mashara doesn't become the best Russina I will support and be glad for the girl that becomes the best Russina. To me it's a team game amongst the Russina's and Russian tennis needs as many good female tennis players as possible.
And Keith I'm sure you'll be gald to know this will be my last post about Mashara in Bovina's forum.
I am supportive all Russians, except Anna K. I'm just a very negative person.
I do root for all of them... but when they are disappointing, I say so.
For example, most of you post these positives about Dementieva of late... and I see her as nothing but little Miss Excuses, who knows she's far from her potential, and doesn't want to give the effort to fully reach it.
I can't be positive like that... and if I try to BS it, everyone says I'm sarcastic.
About Maria... I just think she's very full of hype. I'm probably the only person on this board who doesn't think she's the next coming of a Williams... and 95% of people who have this opinion, only think that because she's 1) Pretty like Anna, or 2) Noted "experts" say that Maria is going to be great.
I'm also critical of her schedule. Playing these Tier 3 tournaments is smart by Maria... and that led to my bit of anger during the 2003 fall season. Lena was playing great tennis in Moscow, Filderstadt and Zurich. Maria barely beats a bunch of nobodies in Tokyo, and it's treated like a great accomplishment... and gets nearly the same amount of ranking points. Like I say, it's a smart move by Maria, and higher ranked players should really consider playing these Tier 3's... but it is a weak way to move up the ranks. Lena did the same thing winning Quebec in 2002, so I guess I shouldn't talk.
Now, I'm not jealous in the least, because Lena looks terrible... and until she gets herself to look somewhat healthy, I don't care if she wins or loses.
Yes, the Russian girls are overtraining.