The Women Have A Big Credibility Problem

How can you play the semi-finals of a Slam and have one match end after one competitive set because a player retires after battling hard and showing no signs of injury and the other semis ends with the scores 6-1, 6-2?

I mean it’s bad enough that the players playing in the semis of this Slam are Schiavone, Dementieva, Stosur and Jankovic. Who ever heard of an Italian and an Australian player vying for the French Open title. You might say it’s good for the game that new different players are in the finals of a Slam, yes, but are you going to watch? Is anyone going to watch in the United States?

The women’s game has a big credibility problem.

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  • Scoop Malinowski · June 4, 2010 at 1:17 am

    It was a disastrous day for the WTA, but the men will come to the rescue tomorrow!

  • Richard Pagliaro · June 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I agree it was a disastrous day. Look at the fact that you have not had a 3-set French Open women’s final since Capriati came back to beat Clijsters, 12-10, in the third of the 2001 final (I will never forgive NBC for showing that on tape delay.

    But look, I’m against generalizing based on one day of play or a couple of matches. Let’s put it this way, when Nadal blew out Federer 1-3-0 in the 2008 final where you one of the many skeptics saying Roger would never win the French Open? When del Potro rolled over and got blown out by Fed 3-0-0 in the ’09 Oz Open quarters people were saying del Po would never even reach a major final. What happened? The guy beat Nadal and Fed back to back 8 months later to win the Australian Open.

    Granted, Dementieva and JJ have never won a major, but I am not prepared to say they never will either even though obviously the clock is ticking on Dementieva and she blew a big opportunity here. She said after she may miss Wimbledon due to the injury. If that’s true than it’s a legitimate injury. If it’s not then it’s a shame she let it happen.



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