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Women’s Drama.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 21, 2011

Svetlana Kuznetsova, I don’t get you at all.

Seriously. Because she wins the French Open in 2009 pretty much out of the blue, then is barely a factor in 2010 (I know, she had a foot injury), loses to Peng Shuai in her first tournament of the year, shows up in Sydney to beat Stosur, and then only goes and beats Justine Henin in straight sets, 64 76(8), to make the round of sixteen at the Australian Open.

I had a feeling that something like this was brewing. She has clearly tightened up and lost weight over the off-season, and watching her beat Alison Riske and Arantxa Rus, there was a level of intense, violent fist-pumping going on that said she was hungry. But there wasn’t anything to say that she was going to show up and play like the woman with the best forehand in the world.

Justine fought hard and didn’t play at all badly, but this just wasn’t about her. This was about Kuznetsova playing what she described as the ‘perfect match’; aggressive, balanced, powerhouse tennis. She hit through Henin, repeatedly putting the Belgian in uncomfortable positions she couldn’t do anything from. In what seemed like no time at all, she was 64 54 up and serving for the match.

But of course it wasn’t that simple. This is Svetlana Kuznetsova, who marches to the beat of her own irregular internal drum, and she failed to serve it out not once but twice before they finally settled things with a 10-8 tiebreak in her favour. How she did it, I have no idea. Why now, why this tournament? I have less.

I don’t think she knows either:

Then the nerves game. Then started to do a little bit of show time, you know, it’s like comedy. Women’s drama going on. It’s not only women’s. It’s like every match you see something, when it’s tough matches you see something like that, and then you have to fight the nerves to fight against yourself a little bit.

Because you try to take your time, but it’s not quite working. So I just have to be there and fight. I think I fighted against myself very well and also I did against Justine. So I’m pretty pleased. I was quite lucky actually. It was like a lottery a little bit the tiebreak. It was crazy. We had some great rallies out there and I fought hard.

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Kuznetsova plays Francesca Schiavone next, who’s struggled through her last few matches with a groin strain and what looks like some form of illness and heat exhaustion – so one would think it would be pretty straightforward for the Russian. Of course it won’t be – unless that’s what she wants me to think. I don’t even know any more.

2 Responses to “Women’s Drama.”

  1. MiMi said

    What is it with “Henin 2.0” ?

    After seeing her play against Kuznetsova and others, the only thing I could say is.. Why the hell is she playing the hard to hard game against those ball bashers?
    She’s trying to hit the shiat out of every ball, but that’s not her game… She needs to go back to the drawing board and think of the game that made “Henin 1.0” so good..

    The touch, finesses, going to the net etc..

    But hey, who am I to say that… I’m just a kid watching the game from a far…

  2. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    *Kuznetsova plays Francesca Schiavone next, who’s struggled through her last few matches with a groin strain and what looks like some form of illness and heat exhaustion – so one would think it would be pretty straightforward for the Russian. Of course it won’t be – unless that’s what she wants me to think. I don’t even know any more.*

    Clearly you are psychic.

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