Thursday, April 9, 2009

Federer accepts wildcard in to Monte Carlo, Safina to become number 1

Roger Federer has accepted a wild card into the Monte Carlo Masters, which gets underway on April 12th. Had Federer stuck with his decision to skip the event, in which he has reached the final 3 times, he would have lost many ranking points because of his impressive showing in 2008. Andy Roddick will be the only player in the top 10 missing the event. Zeljko Franulovic, the tournament director said on Thursday that, "we never gave up hope that (Federer) would be present." Rafael Nadal defeated the Swiss 7-5, 7-5 in last year's final.

If the pathetic losses at major tournaments by Jelena Jankovic, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova weren't enough to show you just how woeful the WTA has become, here is another jaw-dropping headline that might sound confusing. Dinara Safina will become the number 1 player in the world in 2 weeks. Yes, Dinara Safina. The same Safina that was dominated by Serena Williams in the Aussie Open final. The same Dinara who was demolished by Samantha Stosur at Indian Wells last week. Enough of my opinion, but this just disturbs me. Because of Serena Williams' early loss in Marbella this week, Safina will become number 1 for the first time in her career. Now, Safina and her brother Marat will become the first ever brother-sister duo to both be number 1. Atleast Marat deserved it at the time.

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