Monday, November 3, 2008
I don't want to sound like I'm throwing my lot in with the WTA's press crew or anything, but you know what? This year's WTA season-ending championships has the potential to be one of the best ever!
(Geez, how cheesy did I just sound there? "The best ever!" Who writes that stuff? Oh yeah, me!)
Anyway, the groupings for the event are ridiculous: In the white group, you have Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva. The maroon group (which I'd like to go on record as saying is the stronger of the two) has Venus and Serena Williams, Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva.
I don't see how anyone in either group will go 3-0. If any player wins her group outright like that, then I think they'll have pulled off one of the biggest feats of the year. Except for Zvonareva, I wouldn't be surprised if any of the top seven won the whole thing. That's how even I think it is this go-round. You really can't say that every round-robin match could potentially be a classic, but I think this time, you can. (Except for, again, ones involving Zvonareva. Sorry, Vera!)
So ladies, the fans need you to be "heroes" because something that always seems to be the case at the year-end events, I feel, particularly at the WTA championships, is someone pulls out at the last minute. I just hope that won't be this case this time because I'm telling you, this could be some of the best tournament action you'll see in years! (There I go again with the cheesiness. Sorry about that folks.)
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