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Eastbourne: What's French for "Handbags"?

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

Things were a wee bit testy in Eastbourne today.

Wozniacki-Wozniak went to three sets, the Dane winning in the end. But both were visibly frustrated with the wind. And honestly, I throw up a little in my mouth whenever I see Caro chase a ball back and then throw up that defensive lob, or moonball ridiculously when she could attack or at least trade blows (it wasn’t THAT windy). And can she *please* not get her dad on all the time? How’s she supposed to go deep in Slams with that kind of thing going on? Can it be a coincidence that a good run at a Slam is what’s really missing from her resume?

Although she’s young. Anyway, great win for her. On to her fourth final of the year.

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Whatever went on in this match though paled into insignificance with the all-Frenchwoman clash of Marion Bartoli and Virginie Razzano. Razzano won a tight first set 6-4 when Bartoli called for the trainer to get her thigh strapped up. She dropped the first game of the second set and abruptly retired.

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So far, so Marion. But when Razzano came over to shake her hand, Marion wasn’t having a bar of it.

I was really surprised, but then I discovered that Virginie had said the following to L’Equipe about Marion:

“You get the impression that on court it’s okay by her to use any means to win: calling on the trainer, crying, limping.”

Marion obviously felt this went a bit too far and said as much in her presser:

“To say what she said yesterday in the French newspaper, that is not really brilliant. I guess that is just the way she is.”

Obviously feeling like the best defence is a good retaliation, Virginie then made her point once again in her presser:

“She tries to do things to make your concentration drop. She can try anything to win. When you play Marion you need to prepare for everything.”

Hmmm. While there’s no denying that Marion takes an awful lot of injury breaks, I tend to feel that her problem is similar to Nole’s – that what’s wrong in the mind, she feels in the body. Some people are just more prone to others than feeling not-rightness as a physical issue rather than a mental one – aren’t they? Anyway, that’s the sense I get from her. Not cynical gamesmanship, but that she’s a bit messed up.

But then I’m of the school that gives players the benefit of the doubt.

Anyway, so it’ll be Wozniacki-Razzano in the final. It could be tight or very … not.

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  1. Joan said

    I get a lot of vibes from Marion but gamesmanship isn’t one of them and when you step on court shouldn’t you be prepared for everything anyway?

    As for Caro, seriously, dad and on court coaching in general have to go.

  2. whitelinefervor said

    And don’t forget this interesting exchange in the interview after the Radwanska match:

    Question from courtside interviewer: “What do you know about Marion Bartoli”

    Razzano *laughs/exhales* “Oof – I know everything!”

    😕

  3. Sapphisto said

    Well, I don’t know any of them personally, so…

    However, from long observation I’ve noticed that the French players are remarkable for their team spirit even while on tour and competing against one another. They show up to support each other at matches, they hang out together, practice together, play football together – they’re a shining example of how things should be (and used to be).

    The other French girls have commented on how Virginie is a truly lovely person. Marion – not so much. That alone would leave me inclined to go with Virginie on this one.

    I do think Marion would be SO much better off (as a player, as a human being) if she were out from under the Svengali-like influence of that idiot of a father. Good lord, she might even figure out what a serve is supposed to look like.

    I think you’re probably right, G, that what ails her is probably mostly between her ears – and that a lot of it comes from dear dad.

    My sympathy is tempered, however, by the fact that what you’re talking about (mens sana in corpore sano) is exemplified best (imho) by none other than our beloved Momo. And as Marion herself said in Brisbane this year – Amélie almost never calls for a trainer, so you know when she does, it’s serious. And to top that off, Amélie is a class act who would never, never blow off an opponent who has walked over to her to shake hands after a match. No matter who it is, how much they’ve hurt her or pissed her off.

    So… woman up, Marion.

    I’m just saying. 😉

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