Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Swiss mystery

The top women players are in Switzerland this week for the Tennis.com Zurich Open, and one question comes to mind:

Why is Ana Ivanovic there?

Her slump, which looks like it was brought on by injury (at least I hope it was that and not the pressure of being number one) has only deepened. She hasn't gotten much match play in over the past few months with the bad thumb and losing early, so maybe that's her reasoning.

But if you were to think about it, what's really left to play for the rest of the season? The end of the year championships? That's not worth risking more injury and more importantly, a bigger dent to her confidence.

Now I'm not saying she should be entering Tier IV's and beating up on lower-ranked players. Rather, I think she should shut it down for the rest of the year, make sure she's healthy and get ready to start anew in '09. It's not like the players have much of an offseason anyway, so any time spent trying to recharge the batteries is precious.

But if she plans on playing it out, I wish her the best of luck. I just hope the slump doesn't carry over into next year. She's too good a player to not be challenging for the top.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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