Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wozzi Causes a Stir; Jankovic Secures a Spot in Doha

Sorry for the 48 hour absence, guys. Work is work, unfortunately. Anyways, I'm sure many of you have heard about Caroline Wozniacki's controversy, which has been making headlines, and if not, here's a roundup.

Wozniacki retired from her match with a hamstring injury in Luxembourg up a staggering 7-5, 5-0, giving home favorite Anna Kremer a pass into the 2nd round. Wozniacki's father, Piotr, told Ekstra Bladet that in their on court coaching session, he told Caroline, "whether it is 5-0, 4-1 or 3-2 at the next change of ends, you have to decide if you will be able to play the next match. Then make the right decision." The conversation was posted online in minutes, prompting bets to go in Kremer's favor very quickly. "I have spoken to the tournament director, who spoke to the WTA, who was also at the match. They all said Caroline showed a lot of sportsmanship," said Piotr. The WTA will review full tapes on the incident.

HERE WE GO AGAIN. Another instance where a father steps into his child's business and possibly ruins her career. Sounds very Jelena Dokic/Bernard Tomic-esque to me, don't ya think. I understand if Wozniacki would have been unable to play her next match, but with a dominating score like that, any regular pro would get the win under their belt and see how the injury felt the next morning, so Wozniacki and her team were obviously way too quick to talk. I don't give a damn if it was sportsmanship or another betting scandal, because the only word I can think of is downright stupid. Wozzi's a sweet girl, but this really irritates me.

On a lighter note, Jelena Jankovic secured the 8th spot in the race for Doha when Vera Zvonareva was crushed in the second round by Tsvetana Pironkova. Janko fell to Alisa Kleybanova in the quarters, but the spot was clinched, so no worries for the Serb. “I was really happy when I heard that I’d made it to Doha,” Jankovic said. “It was very important for me.” Jankovic joins Serena and Venus, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Carolina Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka in the field for The Season Ending Championships in Doha.

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