Friday, June 6, 2008

My concession speech

My fellow tennis fans, in the spirit of the election season, I am finally ready to admit that I have been defeated. It's been a long and well-fought battle in the blogging realm, but I have come to accept the evidence that has been recently proved time and time again across a variety of different locations: Dinara Safina is a legitimate tennis player and therefore should be endorsed by Tennis Talk, Anyone? as the favorite for the French Open title.

Over the course of the past few weeks of the clay-court season, she has proven herself on the court by defeating a number of top-ranked players, among them this blog's choice to win the French Open this year, Maria Sharapova. Off the court, she has constantly defied the criticism lobbed her way many a time by Tennis Talk, Anyone? and stands on the precipice of her greatest career achievement.

After thoroughly dismantling Svetlana Kuznetsova to set up a final with the new number-1 player on the WTA tour, Ana Ivanovic, this blog has decided to put its weight behind Dinara Safina going forward and encourages others to do the same. We must be unified in our support of this worthy champion who has consistently showed her mettle and determination over the course of the past two weeks.

Thank you.

(Photo: Getty Images)


Jodi said...

I am joining you in the Bloggers for Dinara Safina! I guess you knew from my blog!

I think being in Marat's shadow is part of what has held Dinara back. Ever since that Tier 1 victory in Berlin, though, I think she has known she can do it. She has developed some major mental toughness, which is what she was lacking before. I think the only way for Dinara now is up! I don't know what her chances are like at Wimbledon, but I think that, come the hardcourt season, Dinara will make her charge at the Top 5.

Shelia said...

Dinara is one of those players that had my tennis love by default. That hunky brother of hers is one of my all-time favs. So when she came along I gave her the benefit of the doubt from day one. She's now earned it.

van said...

Hey Jodi. I think by the end of the year, she has a chance to be high up in the rankings. With her finally breaking through, it could really make for a crowded race to the top. What's going to make a big difference is the fact they're about to get off the clay. I think the three best fast-court players out there are the Williams sisters and Sharapova. Then you still have the Serbians to get past, THEN Kuznetsova and Dementieva. It will definitely be rough.

I'm a Marat fan, too, Sheila: He's definitely a top-tenner talent-wise as far as I'm concerned. The moment she started showing a temper and so-so results, I wasn't convinced about her. I guess now I have to be!