I agree and really do wish there were more about tennis in the latter half of her career. She (understandably) spent a lot of time describing her time at Wimbledon 2004. But even AO 08 or her two FO wins were just like a paragraph.Did read it a week ago.
First of all, how I wish the epithet she used as the title was relentless or something of the sort rather than unstoppable. Yes, on the one hand, solely so that she could avoid ridicule but to me there were a few things that did derail and 'stop' her and Yuri; it was the fact that they persevered that is the commendable, aspiring story.
I loved the backstory, if you will, it was captivating and it gave me a bigger appreciation of what it has taken to achieve what she has. Hearing that tagline of 'you came to America at 7-years-old and you did not see your mom for 2 years' sounds tough but the book really puts it into perspective. Yuri really is a trooper.
As to the controversy, it is a bit of a 'damned if you do and damned if you don't'' type of situation. She had to talk about Serena since Serena has in a way defined her career. Do I think there was some racial coding going on? No. The impression I got, she was painting herself as the underdog and how unbelievable it was that she did win at 17. Do I wish she was cognizant enough not to use that description of Serena? Yes, yet I do not believe she is well-versed or aware enough of the political climate and the racial issues to know better. Let's face it she is a rich white woman so has not faced adversary connected to how she looks.
As to the overall Serena-themed talk, Maria is a human being, a flawed one so while I am not enamoured with the pettiness and bitterness that come through at times, it is what it is. It is a true representation of how she feels and it is understandable after being basically humbled time and time again; it must be a hard pill to swallow for such a strong-willed individual as herself. That relationship is a very complex one with the media and other factors playing a role and pitting them against each other. Maria has been painted as the emanation of white privilege( not that there is not some merit to it, yet it has been overblown) and I have no doubt that Serena sees her so as well.
Overall, enjoyed it quite a bit apart from the Serena & meldonium sections. Wish she did not gloss over most of the stuff post-Wimbledon, especially, the comeback years; wish there was more on her struggles in 2009-2010.
- she read Sasha to filth for being a 18th century neanderthal;
- I so wished she kept working with Lansdorp;
- calling Henin a mosquito :spit:;
- weird that she discarded the Ebersol relationship as not being 'serious';
your trichotomy is triggered > And they call this shitty stuff "art" mental illnesses are not things to be profit from. But that's the world we live in. Sadly. Can't wait for the day an alien mothership comes to earth and wipe 90% of humanity away.
You don't even like Maria so no idea what you're doing in this forum. :lol:Finished the book today. Overall it was boring to me. Wouldn't read it again. I was hoping that it would have been a book that included very personnel stories that nobody previously knew about. Instead, you really only get that from her talking about Grigor and Sasha (which was only 1 chapter), and a couple of references to Kournikova's clothes, Kirilenko getting her to shoplift. Overall very little memorable here. I was disappointed. This was more of a book about "Maria's professional tennis journey", whereas I was hoping it would be include more personal, funny unique stories about Maria's day to day life on tour and her adventures. A gossipy or opinionated book would have been way more entertaining.
Even the bitching was pretty tame...I think the worst she gossiped about was Petrova "giving her lazer beam eyes" and maybe a few others bitching that she was getting all the endorsements. Also way too many mentions of Serena. I don't like Serena. So why bring her up in your book? Yeah, you are 2-19. So what.Finished the book and agreed that it was not entirely that memorable. Her stories were pretty well-known by now and this book just compiled everything together. She did bitch about a few other players which was interesting but it consists of a lot of information that we already knew.
I'm not completely sure of this to be honest. :lol:Well thanks for spending your time reading the entirety of the book. :kiss: