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.