The Reuters global sports blog
I have had enough of the unfair abuse she is getting so I’m starting the ”lay-off Dinara Safina” campaign.
The woman has had enough mocking for being world number one despite her failure to win a grand slam title. If she was 31 I may have some sympathy but she is only 23! Her ranking shouldn’t be a noose to be used to hang her with, instead she should be praised for her successful year.
If she was world number two and yet to be number one, she would be championed as a future slam winner, much like Andy Murray on the men’s tour. Labelling her as the worst number one in the sports history, as she has been by some media and fans, is ridiculous.
Being number one at a sport takes a scary amount of talent and an even greater amount of dedication. World number two Serena Williams, who has been vocal about her belief that she should be number one, certainly has the skills, 11 majors qualifies that argument, but if she wants to play fewer tournaments than most on the WTA tour then she will always struggle to become top dog.
The final grand slam tournament of the year, which begins on Monday at Flushing Meadows, will welcome the world’s two highest ranked players in intimidating form.
The five-times Flushing Meadows champion, whose wife Mirka gave birth to twins Charlene Riva and Myla Rose last month, will be aiming to become the first parent to win a tennis major since 2003.
Lengthy rain delays along with saturated greens and fairways resembling attractions at a water theme park have sorely tested the patience of the players at this week’s U.S. Open.
The second major championship of the year is already heading for at least a Monday finish with the chance of a sixth day should a playoff be needed to decide the title.