More Russian Ladies’ Tennis Humiliation

The month of April brought five WTA tour events, including the “fifth grand slam” at the Sony Erickson Open in Miami, Florida.  Five events meant ten opportunities for Russians to contest for a title.

Yet, despite having three of the world’s top ten players, Russia did not win a single title, and indeed placed only one of its female players into a final. That was Vera Zvonareva, who was brutally crushed  at the event in Charleston. In Russia’s only bid for a title, Zvonareva managed to win just three of 15 games played, none in the first set, in a truly pathetic and humiliating display.

But it was nothing compared to what occurred at the vaunted Miami event.  

At the mega event in Florida, the tournament’s #1 seed was Svetlana Kuzntesova, but she was bludgeoned just as easily as Zvonareva had been, crushed in straight sets by a much lower-seeded opponent in just her third-round match.  Like Zvonareva, Kuznetsova managed to with a mere three of fifteen games played.  Zvonareva, at least, had the excuse of going up against a slightly higher-ranked opponent and of at least having reached the finals.  Kuznetsova had no such rationalization to fall back upon. Russia’s second-highest seed, Elena Dementieva, did her best to make Kuznetsova look good by losing her very first match of the tournament, managing to win five of seventeen games played in her straight-set loss.

Russia’s highest ranked player, Dinara Safina, did not play in either Miami or Charleston, or any of the other three events in the month, and is expected to miss the entire clay court season with an injury.  She has rapidly tumbled from her #1 perch and is now ranked #3 in the world.

So much for Safina, Dementieva and Kuznetsova, Russia’s three top-ten players.  The spiral of doom by Russian female tennis players continues apace, giving the naked lie to the absurd, ridiculous claims about “dominance” by these players.

16 responses to “More Russian Ladies’ Tennis Humiliation

  1. This sort of thing shows structural faults in the sport itself. In other words, it is highly unlikely to be the fault of the ladies themselves: the way they are trained, treated and motivated must lie at the bottom of it. Compare with the way that the UK, after generations of underperforming, suddenly showed up at the Beijing Olympics with an army of world-beating athletes and took fourth place in the medals roster: that triumph had begun eight years before with a major reorganization of the whole sporting sector. Of course, the idea that the current Russian state would admit to being wrong in something is beyond anyone’s hope or belief.

  2. Francis Smyth-Beresford

    Yes, let’s get in the game, ladies!! Regaining the world champion in ladies’ tennis will surely set Russia on the road to being a “prosperous, democratic contributing member of the world community”. Huzzah!

    • Voice of Reason

      You have misplaced priorities, Francis. Maybe it is more important to many of us here to assert our superiority over Russians in tennis than to gloat over Russia’s problems with human rights and democracy?

      • Francis Smyth-Beresford

        You are entirely correct, Voice; where are my manners? It’s clear to me now, thanks to your sensitive and non-judgmental reproach, that Russia’s failure to capture the world championship in ladies’ tennis is symptomatic of Russia’s general failure as a nation, and may even be the root cause! All hail La Russophobe!!! Lawdy, I SEES the light!!!

  3. Voice of Reason

    The month of April brought five WTA tour events, including the “fifth grand slam” at the Sony Erickson Open in Miami, Florida. Five events meant ten opportunities for Russians to contest for a title. Yet, despite having three of the world’s top ten players, Russia did not win a single title, and indeed placed only one of its female players into a final.”

    Why would “five events meant ten opportunities”? Do you mean both singles and doubles? If so, didn’t Nadya Petrova and her partner Huber win doubles in the 2010 Family Circle Cup in Charleston last weekend?

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Because, you lame-brained apelike cretin, FIVE final matches involve TEN players, any one of whom could be a Russian. Did you get your “brain” from K-mart?

    But indeed, Russian girls haven’t won any singles titles in April. However, given that of these 5 tournaments, 3 were held in USA and 2 in Spain, one would expect American girls to win some singles titles. How many titles have American girls won on their home courts? I can’t find any. I am not looking hard enough?

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Do you think bad American performance justifies bad Russian performance? Is it OK if Russians are starving, as long as Americans are too? Do you think AT ALL before you spew out your vomit-like nonsense? The top two American players are widely regarded as the best in the world, and by far the most exciting. Either one of them has one more grand slam titles than ALL RUSSIANS who have ever played the sport COMBINED. Meanwhile, EVERYONE in the USA is concerned about the status of American women’s tennis, but Russians go on imagining they are doing well. That is why we write about it, numbskull. And oh yeah, this is a blog about RUSSIA, not America. But if you are saying the USA is the standard by which Russia should be judged, WE AGREEE!

    Yet, despite having three of the world’s top ten players, Russia did not win a single title

    Isn’t it the case that many top players – including all three top Russian players and both top American players – Williams sisters – have all been injured/resting and have missed the last 4 out of 5 tournaments? Not only Safina, but Kuznetsova too has been injured. How easy do you think it is to win a tournament if you are not in it?

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Kuznetsova played, imbecile. Did you read this post before commenting on it? Being injured is BAD, and Americans ROUTINELY criticize the American players for lack of training and constant injury.

    This disastrous performance is merely ONE EXAMPLE of MANY we have given on this blog of TOTAL RUSSIAN FAILURE. If you can’t read our content in good faith, you won’t be allowed to comment on it, thug.

    It’s really childish and pathetic that you can’t face Russian failure. Instead, just as in Soviet times, you try to hide from it, ignore the need to reform, and the result is total failure and collapse. Does that please you?

    • It is easy to discount achievement in “inferior” fields such as sports, when they don’t come to you, and pretend they mean nothing. In fact, sports demand discipline, talent, commitment, the ability to foster and support talent, and a very strong organizational culture. The Soviets had it, but they cheated (shamateurism and drugs and child abuse); the Russians of today seem to be struggling to keep it, and we would not like to bet that they have forgotten the cheating bit. As a matter of fact, the arrival of competitive sports and international success in places such as Egypt and East Africa has made a considerable difference to the culture of organization and competition in those countries. Sports were originally fostered for their educational qualities, and, in an extended way, they still have an educational and testing significance.

    • Voice of Reason

      Dear LR,

      I was simply trying to get more details of your profound analysis of the tennis situation and find out why you think that the USA and Russia are performing terribly in tennis, given that USA has two best players in the World – Williams sisters – and Russia accounts for about 2% of World’s population but for 30% of top ten and 22% of top fifty female tennis players in the World, and why you think that hard-playing Williams’ sisters should be ashamed of their injuries caused by their giving it all. It seems to me that both USA and Russia are doing much better in tennis than their fair share,,and except for Belgium and Serbia, all other countries envy them. I also recall that in Soviet times, few if any Russian women ever made it to the top hundred. And now there are15 of them.

      I am sorry that my questions for clarifications gave you such strong negative emotions. Making you feel bad was the farthest thing from my mind when I posted my questions.

      I have a more detailed response and questions to the well-thought-out counter-questions that you have posted to me here, but I am going to keep this detailed response to myself for the time being, for fear that you may misunderstand my sincere response and ban me for whatever reason you find handy.

      Reading your logical, well-thought-out and mature articles and responses gives me such a pleasure that I would hate it if you got bad feelings towards me.

      LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

      If you were an intelligent person and could refute this post, you’d cite factual evidence of Russia’s brilliant high-level victories in important recent tournaments and describe the impressive play of Russian athletes against top competition. But you can’t, so you adopt the pathetic, failed tactics of the Soviet propagandist, tactics that only make us yawn with boredom because we’ve seen them so very many times before.

      Because you are obviously too mentally retarded to read and understand our tennis coverage, we’ll explain in terms even a child can understand what WE’VE REPEATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN OUR COVERAGE which you obviously HAVE NOT READ.

      Russia has a number of highly ranked players BECAUSE OF FRAUD. These players grind out match wins in obscure tournaments against unknown opponents and THEY ALWAYS LOSE when they play top competition in big tournaments. In fact, as we document in this post, not only do they lose but they lose SPECTACULARLY, winning only a few games. When was the last time a Russian woman even competed well for grand slam title, much less won one? The only “Russian” woman who’s been even a little successful in winning grand slams is Maria Sharapova, and she learned to play IN THE UNITED STATES where SHE HAS LIVED MOST OF HER LIFE.

      Russian tennis, in other words, is the same type of fraud as the Putin government. It appears to be doing well, but in reality it is nothing but horrific failure. That’s why we write about it.

      Get it, ape?

      Now get this: This is our blog and we make the rules. If you cannot comment on it in good faith, we will ban you from commenting at all. Keep playing your silly little childish games, and you’re history.

      Got that, gorilla?

      • Nobody seems to have responded to my original comment. Failure so systemic is a sign of something seriously wrong in the sporting organization of the country. In particular, frequent injuries, if real, are a sure sign of bad or inappropriate training methods. The swift decline of Russian sports, not from the level of Soviet days, but from the 1990s and even the early 2000s, is something that should concern Russians. Do you think it is a coincidence that Italians and Brazilians dominate the soccer world, East Africans distance running, Norwegian winter sports, and Australians more or less anything they touch? No. All these nations have organization in place to recognize, recruit and train raw talent. Even the Africans! Don’t believe tales about barefoot goatherds; both Kenya and Ethiopia have world-class national athletics organizations with excellent training facilities, besieged by young men eager to make money and get recognition on the world athletics circuit. And when these things fail, which happens – there was a time in the seventies when Italian soccer was an international joke – people reflect and go back to the drawing board. What is bad about the current situation of Russian sports is not so much the lack of success as the apparent inability to realize that something needs to be corrected.

  4. Francis Smyth-Beresford

    For the love of God, Voice, get hold of yourself before it’s too late!! One would have thought the bold, all-cap shouting would have brought you back onto the one true path, but you seem dull as dishwater, and unable to grasp the situation. Still, it’s always worth one more try – prepare to be set straight.

    If I may quote directly from the fountainhead of sports wisdom, “If you were an intelligent person and could refute this post, you’d cite factual evidence of Russia’s brilliant high-level victories in important recent tournaments and describe the impressive play of Russian athletes against top competition…Russia has a number of highly ranked players BECAUSE OF FRAUD. These players grind out match wins in obscure tournaments against unknown opponents and THEY ALWAYS LOSE when they play top competition in big tournaments.”

    Really, you seem to understand Russia about as well as Sarah Palin does. Is it clear now? No? Well, then, consider this instructive example:

    http://www.amersports.com/media/news/view/meteoric_rise_of_tennis_in_russia.html

    “Russian players won three of the four women’s doubles in the Grand Slam Tournament. Players from other countries were in the minority at the WTA Championships in November – five of the eight players were Russian. And at year’s end, Russia came out on top in the Fed Cup, the international women’s world team competition.”

    The World Tennis Association Grand Slam, is that obscure enough for you? Not only that, but Russia won only three of the four events; if they were any good, they’d have swept the field. And the Fed Cup for international women’s world team competition, like that’s some kind of honour? Besides, the site is Russian in origin, so they probably cheated to achieve even this dismal performance; I imagine if you check some credible American sites you’ll find Americans won all these events. And Riitta Narhi, who is she? President of the Finnish National Tennis Association, what does she know about women’s tennis? If none of this is convincing, consider that this was in 2005!!! Ancient history, get it? Russia did not win a major women’s tennis event in April!!! APRIL!!! How much more evidence of neo-Soviet failure do you need?

    If you check today’s WTA rankings, I believe you’ll find only 6 of the top 20 players are Russian, while 2 are American, so there.

    Tennis as a sport was largely ignored in the Soviet Union, and there were only a couple of hundred courts in the entire Republic. By 2005 there were more than 2,500. This just shows that they fail to take training and sports seriously.

    LR is proud that Maria Sharapova learned her tennis chops in the USA, and so she should be. See here

    https://larussophobe.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/annals-of-shamapova-23/

    for an introspective, thoughtful endorsement of her accomplishments and athletic prowess.

  5. Francis Smyth-Beresford

    Incidentally, considering there were no source links in the above article, I researched the claim below on my own. I took the liberty of doing so because the author has drawn a direct connection between women’s tennis and failed states – therefore, the EVERYONE referred to below would likely include government officials, industry leaders and certainly heads of national sports organizations.

    “Meanwhile, EVERYONE in the USA is concerned about the status of American women’s tennis, but Russians go on imagining they are doing well. That is why we write about it, numbskull.”

    I conducted Google searches using the search term, “ X X concerned tennis” for John McCain, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Dick Cheney, Janet Napolitano, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Edward E. Whiteacre Jr. (President and CEO General Motors), John Thain (CEO Merrill Lynch), Sarah Palin, and Jane Brown Grimes (past president of the United States Tennis Association).

    Unfortunately, I didn’t find any substantiation for the inference that the state of women’s tennis is much on everyone’s mind. Most of the government appeared preoccupied with things like healthcare and finance reform, dependence on foreign energy sources, things like that. Tennis, not so much. I did learn accidentally that Richard Nixon hated tennis; bet you didn’t know that. But efforts to prove concern on the part of those mentioned turned up almost nothing. I say “almost”, because I did learn that Barack Obama loves tennis

    http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/archives/175

    and that Joe Biden proposed some amendments that would aid the cause of women’s sports in general

    http://www.the-spearhead.com/…/joe-biden-creating-supply-for-womens-sports-where-demand-doesnt-exist/

    although the author seemed contemptuous of the effort, and was of the opinion that American women prefer beer and nachos to getting all sweaty playing sports or watching them.

    So, sorry, I was not able to find any proof that women’s tennis is of consuming interest to anyone in America outside the sport and its devotees, or of concern to anyone.

  6. Voice of Reason

    Francis, Francis,

    It’s really childish and pathetic that you can’t face Russian failure. Instead, just as in Soviet times, you try to hide from it, ignore the need to reform, and the result is total failure and collapse.

    Russia is a failed tennis state. It has 2% of the World’s population but only 15% of the top 100 female players. And ALL of them got there by MAIL FRAUD: they mailed wrong match results to the WTA headquarters. And all their victories in the grand Slams ever recorded, were FRAUD: they used radio remote controls to guide the balls, you lame-brained apelike cretin.

    You, being a lame-brained apelike cretin, asked me: “Russia and USA are the best women’s tennis powers in the World. They are now playing each other in the Fed Cup semifinal. If Russia and USA were considered “failed tennis states”, then which states are NOT “failed tennis states”?

    Only a Rusisan ape like yourself can’t understand: ALL countries are “failed female tennis states”! All. Is it too difficult for you the ape to see that?! Do you know that there are more than 200 countries in the World? So, you would expect to have 200 WTA tournament winners. But do you know that in the last 5 WTA tournaments, there were only 5 winners? Yes, you heard us right: only 5 winners. We (I and my tapeworms) double-checked these figures: yep, only 5 winners in 5 tournaments. Ouch! That means that 195 countries are “failed tennis states”!

    And speaking of all those lazy women – Kuznetsova, Safina, Williams sisters – who got injured in order to find a pretext not to practice hard – they all prove that Russia and USA are failed states!

    And oh yeah, this is a blog about RUSSIA, not America. We never brag about USA’s superiority over Russia:

    https://larussophobe.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/editorial-let-them-eat-cupcakes/

    EDITORIAL

    Let them Eat Cupcakes

    If you think those are Americans lining up to scarf down cupcakes, you’re very much mistaken. They’re Arabs. And they’re not in America. If you’re a Russophile, we’d like to hear you tell us a similar story… Actually though, we’d be happy just hearing about Russia’s version of the cupcake, discovered or not — because as far as we know, there isn’t one. As far as we know, if you walk into a Russian bakery you’ll be confronted with an array of unappetizing slop that makes it seem Russians aren’t really too interested in sweet things. That is, if you can find a bakery. That’s the difference between America and Russia: America inspires people, even in countries thought of as being its enemies. Russia doesn’t.

    • Francis Smyth-Beresford

      A typically spittle-flecked, dogma-riddled Russophile reply, although you have cleverly attempted to position yourself as a defender of American values, you crouching primate.

      You tiptoed carefully past my main point so as not be be blinded in the resulting logic explosion that would have occurred had you dared address it like a man, which you manifestly are not. Russia DID NOT LEAD THE WORLD IN TENNIS IN APRIL!! Can’t you grasp that, you buffoon?

      Were it not for the insight I gained from your snippet about cupcakes, I would dismiss your infantile meanderings out of hand. Thank you for inadvertently proving Russia’s abject failure via another avenue: their inability to field a respectable cupcake.

      In future, if you can be said to have a future, keep yourself to the subject of discussion, which is not only tennis but WOMEN’S tennis. In April. Discussion of men’s tennis would reveal that the current overall champion is Swiss, and the American champion is ranked seventh (behind the Russian champion), which might mean no less than the complete collapse of the tennis-competence-as-social-barometer-of-state-health system.

    • Voice of Reason

      Francis the Russian Baboon,

      Of course April is special, you cretinous son of an ape and a chimp! April is the month in which the three top Russian players barely played, you apeous chimpamboon! Kuznetsova reached 4th round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, had a bad shoulder and lost. After that, she missed the last 4 tournaments with shoulder injury:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/mar/30/injury-svetlana-kuznetsova-miami-open
      Injury-hit Svetlana Kuznetsova crashes out of Miami Open
      The Russian was dispatched by her French opponent 6-3, 6-0 in 56 minutes in a one-sided encounter punctuated by Kuznetsova requiring three bouts of physio treatment on a shoulder injury.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svetlana_Kuznetsova#2010
      Svetlana had pains in her shoulder and is expected to take time out to get treatment.

      Dementyeva played in Miami but after that she took a break. So, she played in only 1 out of 5 tournaments.

      Safina withdrew from Miami w/low back injury, and didn’t play at all.

      Thus, between the three of them, they had a grand total of only one uninjured appearance in April! So, why didn’t they win any tournaments? They didn’t have to play to win. ALL RUSSIANS who have ever played the sport COMBINED, win only BECAUSE OF FRAUD, you orange gutan! So, what prevented them from buying titles, like they always do? Let me repeat for you, Chimpanidze: despite having two of the world’s top ten players injured, Russia did not win a single title in April!

      It is players like Shamapova, Safina and Kuznetsova that make Russia look like a bunch of gorillas and guerrillas! The fact that they are giving their best to the point of getting injured, proves that they are lazy bums! Getting injured is a shame! Americans ROUTINELY criticize the American players for constant injury. What American would be stupid and childish enough to criticize chronically sick and injured people? I can name at least one.

  7. Francis Smyth-Beresford

    Oh, and Voice of Reason – don’t think I didn’t catch on to your ill-concealed slur against America with your ridiculous detour into cupcakes. Admit it, you find it unbearable that America leads the world in anything. For instance, America’s invention is merely one of the sugar-dusted innovations that have allowed America to lead the world in obesity

    http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_obe-health-obesity

    I notice your beloved Russia, with its pitiful number of bakeries filled with unappetizing, unhealthy slop, DIDN’T EVEN MAKE THE LIST!!! Boo yah!! In your FACE!

    If you needed me to grind you further into the dirt, you gibbering baboon, I direct your attention here

    http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/292/23/2860

    Get the point, half-wit? Immigrants have to COME TO AMERICA TO GET FAT!!! You have obviously underestimated the power of the cupcake. Russians and Russophile scum fantasizing about being five axe-handles wide across the seat of the trousers can only dream about this triumph.

  8. Voice of Reason

    More Russian Ladies’ Tennis Humiliation

    Russia’s highest ranked player, Dinara Safina, did not play in either Miami or Charleston, or any of the other three events in the month, and is expected to miss the entire clay court season with an injury. She has rapidly tumbled from her #1 perch and is now ranked #3 in the world.

    Safina has suffered from a serious injury? How terrible. Reminds us all about our own mortality. Do you think that her injury and absence from the game may explain why she has “rapidly tumbled from her #1 perch”?

    So much for Safina, Dementieva and Kuznetsova, Russia’s three top-ten players. The spiral of doom by Russian female tennis players continues apace, giving the naked lie to the absurd, ridiculous claims about “dominance” by these players.

    Thank you for your intelligent, mature, thoughtful and compassionate words about Safina’s injury, LR. We all share your humane concern over her health and, like you, wish her complete recovery.

  9. america humiliated

    america is nothing in sports.
    america dominated when no one played tennis.
    now that most countries are playing, americans cannot dominate.
    watch the rise of chinese tennis.
    china owned america in the 2008 olympics winning 51 gold medals to 36 for america.

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