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spiceboy
Jan 4th, 2010, 04:11 PM
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/tennis/news/article.cfm?c_id=94&objectid=10618314&pnum=0

Tennis: Doubles or nothing - how No 1 found her niche


Depending on which side of your bread is buttered, tennis doubles is either a high-paced thrill-a-minute funfest or a bit of pointless piffle that plugs the gaps in the schedule between singles matches.
The reality is probably a bit of both.
But while it may be a poor second cousin to singles, that doesn't mean it can't be a very lucrative pastime.

Should she and partner Liezel Huber do as expected and pick up the US$11,000 cheque for taking out the ASB Classic doubles title, Zimbabwean Cara Black's career earnings sit at just a tick under $8.26 million. Not a bad chunk of change for the tennis equivalent of boxing's undercard fighters.
Black is no stranger to New Zealand. Early in her career, Auckland was a regular stop. She was billeted out with local couple Barry and Diane Knott, who became like her "second parents". The 2000 ASB Classic is one of 51 doubles titles she has pocketed over a 14-year career. That year she also made the singles final in Auckland, going down to Anne Kremer.
She did manage one singles title - in Waikoloa - before doubles claimed her as a specialist.

It wasn't, she says, her choice to concentrate on the team game. Making regular doubles finals resulted in her missing singles qualifying at the following week's event. "I wasn't playing any matches and when I finally did get to play I was so out of sorts with my singles game I wasn't winning many anyway. So it just kind of happened."

Not that she has regretted it. Black and current partner Huber have been the No 1 ranked pairing since November 2007. In that time they have won four Grand Slams and 21 WTA titles.

She is passionate about doubles, but Black is realistic about where the format stands in the game.
"It is unfortunate it hasn't been promoted in the right way. A lot of recreational players all play doubles and when they come to watch the tennis they can relate more to the doubles. So it is a bit sad that it has been taken away from the spotlight a bit.

"Part of the bargain when they changed the format was that we'd get more matches on centre court and get a bit more promotion. They've done that a little bit but we'd like to see a bit more, because we do put a lot of time into helping out the tournaments."

They may be the top-ranked team but Black and Huber aren't the world's best female doubles combination.
That honour would go to the Williams sisters, who don't play enough to earn many ranking points but tend to hoover up the titles at Grand Slam time - including three out of four last year.
"They are a bit annoying," Black admits. "It is tough but at the same time it is a great challenge for us to play against the best in the world.
"Unfortunately we haven't had too many good results against them.
"But we can measure ourselves against them and strive to improve and hopefully get a win at some point."

Black and Huber's first match is against local hope Marina Erakovic and Slovenian Polona Hercog.
Some observers believe Erakovic, with her big serve and sound volleying skills, may ultimately become a successful doubles specialist.

It might not be the big time, but it's certainly no waste of time, as Black can attest.
"There are only a few girls who just play doubles but if you put a lot of effort into it and really go for it anyone in the top 10 in doubles can do pretty well."

Ferg
Jan 4th, 2010, 04:13 PM
I bet she means in it the way that they only play Slams and keep denying Bluber them.

Uranium
Jan 4th, 2010, 04:14 PM
They are annoying because they play so little and snatch the Slams from them or because of the way they play?

Knizzle
Jan 4th, 2010, 04:16 PM
I think she meant they are annoying because they come and beat her all the time.

GrandMartha
Jan 4th, 2010, 04:24 PM
I don't see any bitterness here. Maybe she means they are annoying because they are tough for them to beat :shrug:

The Dawntreader
Jan 4th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Someone has opened a can of worms with this thread.

pov
Jan 4th, 2010, 04:28 PM
It was light-hearted and a compliment. Dang, read her entire comments.

Nicolás89
Jan 4th, 2010, 04:34 PM
Some of you need to take a pill, seriously. Also it wouldn't hurt to actually read more that the title of the thread. :tape:

She says they are annoying because they only play the slams and they always beat her but she's glad to play against the best of the world. I thought it was nice what she said.

jefrilibra
Jan 4th, 2010, 05:05 PM
She could have said "It is a bit annoying" and not "They".

Anyway I dont think she was being mean-spirited.

sweetpeas
Jan 4th, 2010, 05:05 PM
She says they are annoying because they only play the slams and they always beat her but she's glad to play against the best of the world. I thought it was nice what she said.


I agree!

Kworb
Jan 4th, 2010, 05:38 PM
I'm surprised she said WS are the best. As #1 you'd expect her to say "I'm #1 so I'm the best".

Njay16
Jan 4th, 2010, 05:52 PM
I think if you are a fan of Venus or Serena you will take Cara's comments offensively. If you are not fans, you will defend Cara.

Obviously, she could have chosen her words better and said "they are difficult to play against" or "frustrating" rather than annoying. But honestly I don't think she meant any harm by it. It's clear Cara and Liezel respect Venus and Serena, and vise versa. Just reference their speeches after the 2009 USO Doubles Final.

Hi Dave :wavey:

I hope you will be in the Lisa and Rennae forums to cheer them on with me come next week :)

Dave.
Jan 4th, 2010, 05:52 PM
"They are a bit annoying," Black admits. "It is tough but at the same time it is a great challenge for us to play against the best in the world.
"Unfortunately we haven't had too many good results against them.
"But we can measure ourselves against them and strive to improve and hopefully get a win at some point."


I just don't know how one can read that and take it as anything other than a compliment. Cara has even said they are the best, and she can measure herself against them and wants to improve because of them. Yet some posters on here only see the first 5 words and fly off the rails. Why don't these posters say anything about the rest of her quote?

Brena
Jan 4th, 2010, 06:54 PM
I couldn't care less about Cara Black, and I like the WS, but I think that anyone who choses to interpret this as an insult does that only because they feel like arguing a bit. :lol: It's a very honest and funny comment and I don't think it needs to be explained since it's not even ambiguous.

ViennaCalling
Jan 4th, 2010, 07:00 PM
Oh please, she didn´t mean it in a bad way ... can you read? :help:

Volcana
Jan 4th, 2010, 07:31 PM
It was light-hearted and a compliment. Dang, read her entire comments.Agreed. Doesn't anyone realize an understaement when they hear one? IF Dinara Safina called Serena Williams 'a bit annoying', would you get it then? It's not a diss. Read on. She called them 'the best'.

VishaalMaria
Jan 4th, 2010, 08:17 PM
I wish people would read the whole article first before responding to the thread; some individuals make a habit of taking quotes out of context. As a result, people are attacking Cara and it's not warranted.

It's obvious Cara meant "annoying" in terms of play and opposition. Reasoning skills please?

^bibi^
Jan 4th, 2010, 08:20 PM
Oh; definitely no motivation to play the 1st grader's teacher today. I'll just lock it, you can still read the article (or maybe start to..)