What do they have in common? Within days of its beginning, all five had been ousted from the WTA Tour event in Madrid, Spain. They were among them four of Russia’s five seeds in the tournament, including its top three and its most famous player by far, blown away like lint. Not one got close to reaching even the quarter-finals of the tournament. Only Zvonareva and Dementieva managed to win as much as single match, not one got close to winning a second.
Little did we dream when we reported on Russia’s spectacular humiliation in Rome, Italy in just our last issue that we would be seeing it repeated again so soon.
Russia’s female tennis performance begins to border on the hilarious. Far from being “dominant” as some Russophile lunatics would claim, Russian tennis would better be described as “dormant.”