Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Under the radar ... but why?

It definitely got lost on the sports agate page (as a lot of tennis results do) and overshadowed by the bigger events, such as Rafael Nadal beating Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo and Sabine Lisicki (props to her) beating Caroline Wozniacki in Charleston, but the result in Barcelona definitely caught my eye.

You might have not even noticed that event amid two of the biggest clay-court events on either tour happening, but on it went and Roberta Vinci knocked off defending champ Maria Kirilenko.

Now what's the big deal about this minor tournament, you might ask? Well, it seems to me that Kirilenko is always winning titles so I was kind of shocked she lost this one. But the main thing that kind of got me was what was Kirilenko even doing here? When is she going to stop picking up the smaller titles and start gearing up for the bigger events?

Think about it: Every tennis fan knows Kirilenko, but why? What has she ever done at a Tier I or a Slam? Not everyone has made their mark at the spotlight events, but I can't recall anyone with as many titles as Kirilenko failing to do so.

She does have the good looks and the Stella McCartney custom Adidas clothes, which counts for something, I guess. I wish she would get out there, though, and fight more on the biggest stages to justify her game matching her Q rating.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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