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Girl, you are not Genie Bouchard....

But yeah, let's make everyone sue WTA.

There is one thing that strikes out to hear. NO ONE FORCED HER TO PLAY WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT, BOTH SINGLES AND DOUBLES!!!!! Playing nearly 160+ matches combined in less than a year will always lead to some kind of injury. Her body suffered a lot, and as a doctor of sports she should have known this.

Totally despicable from her and I am not even surprised. Hopefully she will lose this case.
 

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I recall that match and don't recall Mihaela slipping on the court. She twisted her ankle at the end of a run. There was no slippery. She had run a lot and her legs were getting tired. That's one of the reasons that made her twist that ankle. Maybe a slightly wet court helped to lose a natural grip of the foot on the run and Buzarnescu was fearing this to happen. But Svitolina was running a lot too and was turning the match around. It's hard to decide if a court is too slippery or not, since the decision to stop a match usually breaks a player's momentum. :shrug:

It's highly debatable in my opinion to sue the WTA for this kind of litigation. The seriousness of the consequences cannot rule such case afterwards.

If your game style / footwork is more affected by a slightly wet court than your opponent, you have to deal with it. There should not be specific rules for one player against another. It belongs to the umpire to decide what's the best decision for both competitors. If the umpire had stood by the decision to keep going despite both players complaining, now it would deserve controversy.
 

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this is a difficult thing to prove. how are they supposed to check now whether the court was indeed too slippery? the fact that someone slipped is not a proof in itself.
 

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I recall that match and don't recall Mihaela slipping on the court. She twisted her ankle at the end of a run. There was no slippery. She had run a lot and her legs were getting tired. That's one of the reasons that made her twist that ankle. Maybe a slightly wet court helped to lose a natural grip of the foot on the run and Buzarnescu was fearing this to happen. But Svitolina was running a lot too and was turning the match around. It's hard to decide if a court is too slippery or not, since the decision to stop a match usually breaks a player's momentum. :shrug:

It's highly debatable in my opinion to sue the WTA for this kind of litigation. The seriousness of the consequences cannot rule such case afterwards.

If your game style / footwork is more affected by a slightly wet court than your opponent, you have to deal with it. There should not be specific rules for one player against another. It belongs to the umpire to decide what's the best decision for both competitors. If the umpire had stood by the decision to keep going despite both players complaining, now it would deserve controversy.
It was actually the transition from the lines to the court that was probably most important. The reason that one of the things they do when it rains lightly is to dry out those lines and use towels there preferentially to the rest of the court is because the texture of the lines is different to the rest of the court. You have much better grip on the hardcourt than on the lines. When Mihaela did the stretch it wasn't necessarily slipping on the wet line that caused the damage, but the fact she had to abruptly stop on the hardcourt that wouldn't yield as easily as the line. And the lines if they were wet would amplify that. An analogy would be a car that is sliding on a bit of wet ice and then moves onto hard road. The sudden change of surface can lead to rapid deceleration - jolting.
 

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Does anyone know if Minella won her suit against the WTA related to Buzarnescu's late withdrawal after that injury?

The WTA is so incompetent that they deserve to be sued, but in this example it is hard to know if they deserve blame.
 

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She pulled this card a bit too late I think.

A harsh shame though because this is one of those instances where an injury happened at the worst time in a players career- otw to peak
 

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When this happens, don't they ask the other player if they want to continue? Svitolina obviously wasn't worried. Maybe Buzarnescu should have retired. It's her body at the end of the day.

Also, perhaps it was buzarnescu's own pride that lead to her staying in the match. Their two previous matches were easy straight sets wins by Buzarnescu. This match was three sets and Buzarnescu probably thought she could stay and fight. Unfortunately at 5-4 in the third set, after hours of fighting under the same conditions, the court got slippery-er.
 

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If your game style / footwork is more affected by a slightly wet court than your opponent, you have to deal with it. There should not be specific rules for one player against another. It belongs to the umpire to decide what's the best decision for both competitors. If the umpire had stood by the decision to keep going despite both players complaining, now it would deserve controversy.
Yeah, no. You're saying that a match would be interrupted only if both players slip? It's a rule about safety, so no. One slips and they stop the match. In fact they're even better: no one slips and they stop the matches exactly because it could lead to serious injuries.
 

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Yeah, no. You're saying that a match would be interrupted only if both players slip? It's a rule about safety, so no. One slips and they stop the match. In fact they're even better: no one slips and they stop the matches exactly because it could lead to serious injuries.
There's a difference between slipping and fearing to slip. A difference between a real reason to stop a match and a dubious one. The context of a match counts. Too easy to stop it when you're tired and complains about a wet court while another wet day, another match, you're not bothered because you're winning.
 
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