Originally Posted by andrewbroad
I'm very disappointed that Anna is skipping the Olympics simply because her form is "far from ideal".
Perhaps she wanted to give the Russian team a better chance by letting that bruiser Dinara Safina replace her - "I really want to thank her that she gives me a chance to go there," said Safina.
Or perhaps Anna just didn't want to make the long trip from America to Beijing and back, just for a couple of matches, so close to the US Open.
But I don't think she understands the honour that she is giving up, and I think her decision is against the spirit of the Olympics: "Taking part is more important than winning."
Maybe she'll understand these things when she's too old and low-ranked to play the Olympics, which I hope she won't be by London 2012.
What honour would that be? Honoring Russia? Which at the moment is at war with country of her heritage?
Imagine the pressure she would be under by the press about the war if she was on the team.
I, for one, am glad Anna skipped the olympics and stayed out of the spotlight for now.