Monday, 13 October 2008

It's not Jelena's fault

I'm starting to feel sorry for Jelena.

It's not her fault she's no 1.

It's not her fault there are (at least?) three better players who
currently don't hold the top spot.

It's not her fault two of the three (Justine and Maria) are out of the
game at the moment and the third (Serena) puts Slams ahead of being No

It's not even her fault that the system allows a player to be No 1
without holding a Slam - even though it doesn't feel right.

All Jelena has done is put in the hard yards, played a full calendar,
and won more than she's lost.

And the reason she is No 1 is largely because the system wants to
reward and incentivise players for playing all year round.

Part of me wishes it wasn't this way and that more emphasis was on

But the fact of the matter is, the reason Jelena is No 1 is the same
reason why us tennis addicts are able to watch high quality tennis
from world class ballers for 11 out of 12 months a year.

And if we can't bring ourselves to celebrate this, we should at least
accept it and give Jelena a break.

Nobody who has made the sacrifices a pro (and their family) have to
make just to break top 100, should be made to feel embarrassed for
being No 1.

Phew, got that out of my system! Now back to enjoying Madrid :)

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