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Beijing: She Really *Should* Be No. 1

Posted by gauloises1 on October 9, 2009

So Serena’s been the official no. 1-in-waiting for like a day, and she’s taking to it like a duck to water. Which is to say that she lost.

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serena williams china open beijing 2009

serena williams beijing china open 2009

I must confess, I was watching Zvonareva and Pennetta and only even keeping a vague eye on the score for most of this one, and only saw from I think 4-4 in the third set on. What I did see impressed me greatly; the overall quality of the tennis, especially the serving (couldn’t have been a bigger contrast from Vera-Flavia), and of course Petrova’s performance. I’ve never been able to be a big fan of her game, although she seems like such a nice woman, but the tennis I saw was just stunning. She was also mentally rock solid, and I can’t believe I just typed those words. Even after going from 5-0 to 5-4 in the tiebreak, she continued to go for her shots and made them. Serena said after the match that she “ran into a girl today that has never played so good in her whole life”, and that seems about right to me. Well done Nadia Petrova.

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nadia petrova china open beijing 2009

It’s Peng Shuai next for Petrova. Interesting to see whether either or both will sustain the red-hot form of their last matches. Although if Petrova keeps playing the same way she did today, she could win this whole shebang. What depth!

As for Serena, this brings up the interesting situation where on Monday she and Dinara Safina will be just 5 points apart in the rankings. I don’t believe either is scheduled to play any tournaments between now and Doha, although theoretically, there’s no reason why Dinara couldn’t nab herself a wildcard into, say, the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. So potentially, it could all come down to who does better in Doha, right? Be interesting if the whole Year End Championships actually settled the year end no. 1 spot for once.

Serena was obviously asked about the ranking in her press conference:

Q: With no more tournaments to go before Doha and with only five points leading in the ranking, what do you think about the competition between you and Safina for No. 1?

A: My goal is just to do well, and I tried to do well tonight but that didn’t work out so well. I can be No. 1 for a week on this tour, but it doesn’t matter how many Grand Slams you win. It’s more about how many Grand Slams you don’t win. My goal is just to do well in Doha.

…. I have no idea what that means. Anyone speak Serena? Anyone?

3 Responses to “Beijing: She Really *Should* Be No. 1”

  1. doesn't swing,it blows said

    I have no idea what that means, I am Serena has no clue what anything means without a ghost writer either.
    but more importantly WTF is Nads wearing?????? It seems to be some form of ruched curtain that can be raised or lowered depending on weather conditions and or ranking of the opponent.

  2. lauren said

    Serena must surely be the spawn of British politicians. She’s a complete master of spin.
    Here’s a translation of Serena-speak: “I wanted something I didn’t have, so said it was crap. Slams = good and #1 = crap. Now I’ve got what I covet, but can’t show off without people noticing the turnaround. So, #1 = good and slams = neutral. Do you think people will notice? I know, let’s deflect attention by having a dig at Dinara. Slams = neutral but slam runners-up = really crap. Job done.

    Somewhere deep down in my heart I know that Nadia played for Dinara.

  3. Marine said

    What it means is that Serena’s hurt pride doesn’t let her acknowledge that Dinara has been more consistent and therefore better player. I can’t see how Serena can believe she is such a star if she can’t get to the top of the rankings despite winning 3 grand slams and instead is pushed to 2nd seat by someone who doesn’t have any. Neither of them two is a “real” no 1. Serena is a major-only player whilst Dinara is a non-majorist. Ah well, let’s Serena enjoy her 5 minutes of fame whilst waiting for Justine to come back and sort them all out….!

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