Shamapova, Russians, Back in Form in Beijing

sharapovaIf you’ve never heard of Shuai Peng, don’t feel too bad.  She’s a Chinese journeywoman on the WTA circuit currently ranked #53 in the world.  “Russian” world #15 Maria Sharapova probably hadn’t heard of her either when the two met on the court in Beijing at the China Open last week .

But Sharapova may now be keeping herself more up to date. In Sharapova’s second match of the tournament the two players contested 18 games and Sharapova won only six of them.  Though tossing in roughly the same first-serve perecentage as her opponent, Sharapova was only able to win half her first serve points and was outplayed in every aspect of the game, getting blown off the court after, inexplicably, receiving one of only three first-round byes allocated among the 64 players in the draw, allowing her to avoid a first-round drainer.

World #1 Dinara Safina, for instance, didn’t receive one of those byes.  And she probably wished she had, since she too was blown of the court by an unknown Chinese player in her second match of the tournament.  Shuia Zhang, who destroyed Safina, came into the match ranked a shocking #226 in the world.  Zhang is so obscure that the WTA website doesn’t even have her photograph. Ouch.  Zhang was then promptly crushed in her next match by the #14 seed Marian Bartoli in easy straight sets.

And, believe it or not, the news got still worse for Safina. 

When Serena Williams whipped Russian Ekaterina Makarova in her second match of the tournament, she did enough to pass Safina in the rankings point tally and take over the #1 position as of this week.

So in China, both Russia’s most-famous and highest-ranked players went down to miserable, humilating defeat at the hands of unheardof Chinese opponents whose only advantage was playing on their home turf.  Both Sharapova and Safina were exposed as the frauds they are (as we explained last week, Sharapova’s recent tournament victory in Japan was just as bogus as Safina’s “#1” ranking), and order was restored to the universe.

15 responses to “Shamapova, Russians, Back in Form in Beijing

  1. I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate LR: the American athletes have once again shown that they are as good at tennis as LR is at thinking.

    In fact, as soon as I saw LR post yet another pathetic article about tennis, I thought to myself: “USA must have really lost big time again, and LR must be venting her inferiority complex again”.

    And sure enough: out of the 8 quarterfinalists there were 5 Russians and no Americans.

    > Serena Williams whipped Russian Ekaterina Makarova

    That’s amazing! Serana beat the 11th girl among Russians in the second round! The organisers should have the entire tournament and awarded Serana the Trophy. Unfortunately, the Cheese, out of anti-American hatred, made Serena play on and forced her to face Petrova, the 6th Russian, who eliminated Serena.

    Venus Williams also made LR proud by losing to another Russian: Pavlyuchenkova, who is 9th among Russians.
    > order was restored to the universe.

    I am glad that you are happy with yet another USA’s humiliating loss.


    You find it humiliating to take over the #1 ranking after winning not one but TWO grand slam event this year, more than all Russian players COMBINED?

    Only a Russia could think like that. No wonder the nations is such a mess!

    You think it’s OK if Russia humiliates and destroys itself, as long as America is doing the same? What did Russians ever do to you to make you hate them that much?

    No wonder you want to change the subject to America (incidentally, this blog is about Russia — if you want to write about America, why not make a free blog and try — see who reads you!) with so much Russian humiliation shoved in your face!

    We’d say nice try, but it really wasn’t. That kind of silly subject changing was old even when the Soviets were doing it.

    Oh and, by the way, at least Serena won her first two matches can’t say the same for Sharapova or Safina, now can we? Ouch.

    • Tal, you should come and talk to Dan, you being a “patriotic Russian Jew” need to have a serious word with him (a patriotic Russian Slav) about his rabid anti-semitism.

      • Sorry, but there are hundreds of thousands of antisemites in Russia and many more than that in USA. I have no interest in talking to any of them, unless they are elected officials, like David Duke was in USA.

        And speaking of politicians, what I do know is that there are about 12 times more Jews in USA than Russia. Yet, there has never been a Jewish or Hebrew President or Vice President in the 230 years of US presidency. But in the short 17 years of its existence, Russia has had the following Jewish/Hebrew leaders:

        Mikhail Fradkov – Prime Minister for almost 4 years
        Yegor Gaidar – Prime Minister
        Sergey Kiriyenko – Prime Minister
        Yevgeny Primakov – Prime Minister

        Alexander Rutskoy – Vice President
        Boris Nemtsov – Deputy Prime Minister
        Anatoly Chubais – the man who ruled Russia for Yeltsin in the 1990s

        Four Prime Ministers in 17 years.

        Historically, most leaders of Russian parties have been Jews. Most political experts are Jewish. Most journalists and TV commentators are Jewish.

        The man who brought Putin to power – Berezovsky – is Jewish. Most oligarchs are Jewish. Most composers and singers are Jewish. Movie and TV producers and directors. So are most famous scientists. Lawyers too. And doctors. Even the leader of Russian nationalists – Zhirinovsky – is Jewish.

        Ethnic Georgians too have been very successful in modern Russia.

        • Click to access 012909NCSJ_Russia_A-S.pdf

          Russia, such a wonderful place to be Jewish….NOT.

          Prominent American Jews.

          Whitehouse cabinet members of Jewish origin since 1990.

          Richard Darman[citation needed], Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1989-93) (convert to Episcopalianism)
          Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor (1993–97)
          Alice M. Rivlin[citation needed], Director of Office of Management and Budget (1994-96)
          John M. Deutch, Belgian-born CIA director (1995–96)
          Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury (1995–99)
          Dan Glickman, Secretary of Agriculture (1995–2001)
          Mickey Kantor, Secretary of Commerce (1996-97)
          Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State (1997–01) (raised Catholic by adoptive parents)
          William S. Cohen, Secretary of Defense (1997-01) (Jewish father; lists self as Unitarian Universalist)
          Sandy Berger, National Security Advisor (1997–01)
          Larry Summers, Secretary of the Treasury (1999–01)
          Jacob Lew, Director of Office of Management and Budget (1999–2001)
          Leon Fuerth, National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore (1993–2001)
          Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary (2001–03)
          Elliott Abrams, Special Assistant to the President (2001-2005), Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy (2005-2008)
          Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense (2001-2005)
          Douglas J. Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2001-2005)
          Lewis Libby, (Irve Lewis “Scooter” Libby), Assistant to the former President of the United States, George W. Bush and Chief of Staff to the former Vice President, Dick Cheney, and Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, serving from 2001 to 2005.
          Victoria Nuland, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO (2005-2008)
          Michael Chertoff, Secretary for Homeland Security (2005–2009)
          Joshua Bolten, Director of Office of Management and Budget (2003-06); White House Chief of Staff (2006–2009)
          Michael Mukasey, Attorney General (2007-2009)
          Rahm Emanuel White House Chief of Staff (2009-)

          For a list of current & former Jewish members of the US Cabinet, Senat, and Congress see here.

          For prominent Jewish Americans in other fields see here:

          And on the Tennis theme, Jewish American tennis players including the MIGHTY PETE SAMPRAS!!!

          Jay Berger — tennis player & coach
          Brad Gilbert — tennis player & coach[151]
          Justin Gimelstob — tennis player
          Paul Goldstein (1976–) tennis player who turned professional in 1998[152]
          Brian Gottfried — tennis player[153]
          Alex Molotsky
          Jim Grabb – doubles tennis player. US Open and French Open Winner. Finalist Wimbledon
          Marty Hogan — racquetball player[154]
          Aaron Krickstein — tennis player[155]
          Victor Niederhoffer — squash player[156]
          Richard Savitt — tennis player[157]
          Mike Yellen — racquetball player[50]
          Pete Sampras, a Greek Jew, who is a former World No. 1, and is regarded as one of the best players in the history of tennis, and who during his 15-year tour career, won 14 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, and had a 203–38 win-loss record over 52 Grand Slam singles tournament appearances.
          Harold Solomon — top 10 player in early 1970s
          Victor Seixas – US Open Tennis Champion 1950’s
          Dudi Sela – Israeli tennis player

  2. Have a look here if you don’t believe me.

    BTW, his attitude is common amongst the majority of Russians.

    Nice country you are always defending.

  3. LR wrote:
    > You think it’s OK if Russia humiliates and destroys itself, as long as America is doing the same? What did Russians ever do to you to make you hate them that much?

    Stop hysterics. Both Russia and USA are doing great and are hardly humiliating themselves. Of course, Russia does have an incredible situation that at least a third of all best women’s players are Russian.

    The only reason I am making fun of Americans is because you are trying to make fun of Russians.

    > Oh and, by the way, at least Serena won her first two matches can’t say the same for Sharapova or Safina, now can we?

    So what? Top players in women’s tennis are so evenly matched that any one of the top 10 or even 15 can win and anyone can lose. So, in the previous tournament Sharapova won the whole thing. In this tournament, Sharapova and Safina lost. So what? Kuznetsova has won all her 5 matches and is now in the Final. That’s the beauty of Russian tennis: there are so many great players in Russia that even when some of them lose, many others win.

    > incidentally, this blog is about Russia — if you want to write about America, why not make a free blog

    It is you who is constantly comparing Russia with USA. For example take a look at your recent editorial “Let them Eat Cupcakes” in which you brag that there is a bakery selling American cupcakes in Jordan and claim that no Russian food has ever become popular outside of Russia:


    EDITORIAL: Let them Eat Cupcakes

    If you think those are Americans lining up to scarf down cupcakes, you’re very much mistaken.

    If you’re a Russophile, we’d like to hear you tell us a similar story about a foreigner who visited Russia, was overwhelmed with the deliciousness of a Russian food item, and rearranged his life as the result of his inspiration to build a successful business in his home country selling that food item.

    Meanwhile, America reforms, innovates and improves. And its leaves Russia in its dust

    So don’t pretend that you don’t constantly compare the two and brag about America being better than Russia.

    • If America is not better than Russia, why did you emigrate from Russia and come to America? You did immigrate to America, didn’t you? Perhaps, you made a mistake and should now return since Russia is doing so great as you put it? Or maybe you realize that Dan and his friends are planning a pogrom and so you are staying here. Why don’t you admit that you are afraid to go back

      • RV,

        I emigrated from the communist Soviet Union. My parents were dissidents.

        I do travel to Russia all the time and live there about 4 months per year on average.

        The reasons why I don’t spend the majority of my time in Russia are many. Here are just a few:

        1. Career. I have a successful computer company here in the Silicon Valley, California.

        2. Children from my former marriage. Their mother’s career is here in California.

        3. Climate. I shudder to live in places with terrible climates like Moscow, New York, London, etc. I am an outdoorsman person. California is the place for me.

        The fact that it has never even occurred to you that people have careers and children – shows what a loser you are.

  4. Andrew, while your ability (actually, disability) to completely miss the point of any discussion and to think logically leads you to posting tons of irrelevant stuff, in this case I appreciate your effort to list famous Jewish-American politicians and tennis players. Yes, I am proud of players like Sampras. The list of Jewish politicians is missing lots of major names, such as Kissinger and numerous other Secretaries of State and Defence, but I have no time to update it for you.

    Yes, Jews have been extraordinarily successful in all countries where they live. But the success of Jews in USA hardly takes anything away from our success in Russia, France or anywhere else. My point is that given that the majority of Russian elite are Jewish and that there have been 4 Prime Ministers in the 17 years of existence of Russia, even a moron can understand that we, Jews, enjoy a very good life in Russia.

    But on the subject of tennis, let us turn to ethnic Georgians now. Two Georgian names come to mind:

    Alexander Metreveli (born November 2, 1944 in Tbilisi, Georgia) is a retired Soviet amateur tennis player. Metreveli is probably best known for making the final at Wimbledon in 1973

    Metreveli is considered the Father of Soviet tennis. Guess where he now lives and works? Like almost all accomplished Georgians, he lives in Moscow and works as a tennis commentator on the Russian TV, especially on the Russian Tennis Channel, where he comments on all Team Russia Fed Cup and Davis Cup matches and is a huge fan of Russia.


    Anna Djambulilovna Chakvetadze (born March 5, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player (with Georgian roots[1]). On September 10, 2007, she reached her career-high professional singles ranking of World No. 5. She has won seven WTA Singles Titles. She helped defending champion Russia win its first round tie in the Fed Cup in 2008.


    Anton Tarielyevich Sikharulidze (born October 25, 1976 in St. Petersburg) is a Russian pair skater. With Elena Berezhnaya, he is the 1998 Olympic silver medalist and 2002 Olympic champion.

    Another interesting thing would be to quote the lists of famous ethnic Georgians like

    in order to see how revered they are by Russians and how many of them chose and still choose Russia (Moscow especially) as their home.

  5. To summarise this topic:

    This tournament was won by Russains – Kuznetsova.

    LR wrote:
    > Russians Back in Form in Beijing

    They sure are! Again.

    Now 5 Russian girls in the top 8:

    1 2 Williams, Serena 26/09/81 USA 7945 18
    2 1 Safina, Dinara 27/04/86 RUS 7940 19
    3 3 Williams, Venus 17/06/80 USA 6445 18
    4 6 Kuznetsova, Svetlana 27/06/85 RUS 5981 19
    5 4 Dementieva, Elena 15/10/81 RUS 5875 21
    6 5 Wozniacki, Caroline 11/07/90 DEN 5575 26
    7 7 Zvonareva, Vera 07/09/84 RUS 4810 22
    8 9 Azarenka, Victoria 31/07/89 BLR 4590 17

    • 4 in the top 8, No. 8 is from Belarus.

      • We root for Belarusan and Ukrainian girls just as much. They are all from Rus.

      • I just watched Ukraine beat England in World Cup soccer. Boy, was it great!

        If Georgia ever gets great in soccer (as it was when part of USSR) – I’ll root for it too. Great players they were: Metreveli, Khurtzilava, Gutzyaev, Kavazashvili…

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