View Full Version : (what a crack up) Read this: Anna K is such a typical blonde

Oct 17th, 2002, 08:59 PM
I found this Q&A in Jon Wertheim 's Tennis Mailbag at cnnsi.com. It's funny I think.

I know I'm being a little premature (then again: Nadia Petrova!?!?), but don't you think Martina Hingis would make a wonderful tennis commentator? She's incredibly candid, seems to study tennis rankings and new developments better than anyone else, and I feel like she would be amusingly snarky in dissing some of her younger competitors. What do you say? She'd be a heck of a lot more interesting than some genuinely sweet, but genuinely stiff commentators I could mention (you know who I mean).
--Billy Herrold, Anchorage, Alaska

You're absolutely right. Hingis, bless her heart, is still uncorrupted by PR pablum and athlete clichés. Lord knows she would be as disarmingly candid and forthright in the booth as she is in press conferences. But, as you note, her real strength is her perceptive tennis mind. Not only does she see things that elude all other players, but she also has an encyclopedic memory for scores, rankings, seedings, etc. Ask her about an early round match from five years ago and she will give a point-by-point synopsis.

Incidentally, the difference in players with regard to memories of past matches is always amazing. If Hingis is on one end of the continuum, Anna Kournikova is on the other. In Montreal, Kournikova beat Saori Obata and remarked that Obata was a little tricky because she had never before seen her play. A diligent and dashing Canadian tennis writer looked it up and, lo and behold, 18 months earlier, Kournikova had beaten Obata in Tokyo in a match that ended 6-4 in the third set.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Oct 18th, 2002, 12:50 PM
When I was at Fed Cup this year, I got to be a part of the press and Barbara Schwartz had just taken out Monica Seles and was next to play Meghann Shaughnessy.

When asked if she had ever played her, Barbara said, "No, I haven't." But I quickly corrected her ;) as he had played Meghann about 2 years before in a Grand Slam :)

Oct 18th, 2002, 01:02 PM
This is not really funny. Players don't remember who they play every single time. Probably all players have done that. I'm not an Anna fan, but she is human, and humans make mistakes.