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Re-coronation of Sharapova: From the ridiculous to the absurd, and to the downright untruth, sports commentators & writers trudge on – Tola Adenle

June 6, 2014

Sports

Even before Li Na and Serena got out of Paris for their deserved losses, before the next group of ranked players got booted out, you could SEE – not feel – it coming: that Maria Sharapova was EXPECTED to win this year’s French Open.

 

 

 

Why does genius businessman,billionaire, philanthropist and the world’s greatest investor of the 20th Century, Warren Buffet still at it in his 80s?   Money?

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Buffett throws a newspaper during a competition at a trade show, at the company's annual meeting in Omaha

Here, Buffet moves among bidders like a tv show superstar host for his annual charity auction  [Thomson/Reuters]

 

The passing of the torch …!

Why or how could Sharapova, at 27, be the one to pass the torch to the 20-year old Bouchard in a hype to their semi-final clash at the 2014 Roland Garros?

Her opponents know she’s not going to go away … 

This was during the second set of Maria’s match with the much lower-ranked new kid on the block, the sensational Eugenie Bouchard had taken the first set and Maria was fighting back in the second.

[A breathless ‘he’ commentator]:  She’s the most competitive in women’s tennis… Why does she still do it; why does she play with so much passion [despite] having won so many championships and being the richest female athlete in the world?

While I do know what specific meaning the guy is going with, I’m going to go by the general meaning of the word ‘competitive’ – bold and active, spirited, aggressive, most likely to succeed …

There are many doors I can knock on from those still in the game but I’ll briefly stop by the men’s locker rooms though I have no microphone on hand to gain entry:

This is ridiculous.  Why does Roger Federer whose worth is around $200 million still be in the ring even though his body – and all of us too-knows – tell(s) him he should hang up his rackets and hope that one of those two pairs of twins will one day give the tennis world somebody with sublime moves like the Original to mesmerize us and wow us with his humility?  He must have what keeps all who strive to be the best they can in every endeavor in mind, still something to prove to himself (if not to the world) that keeps him going in spite of 17 singles Grand Slams, 8 Doubles titles … oh yeah, and an incredible 302 WEEKS AS NUMBER 1 Mens’s Single.

In Roger’s non-tennis zone, he has a 2007 Special Edition Swiss stamp and a 2010 Austrian Special Stamp among many awards.  His sponsors are perhaps the most for any tennis player, ever:  Credit Suisse, Gillette, Mercedez, Moet & Chandon, Rolex, Nike among many.

Yeah, Nadal, with still ways to go, is worth about half Roger’s but he’s piling them up fast – titles and wealth.  He conquered the red clay at Roland Garros on his first try nine years ago, and now has an incredible seven to his name, the highest ever.  That same INNER THING that drives successful people to keep going, that fire, burns bright for the Spaniard.

Okay, how about the women among whom Sharapova comes down from her throne to compete?

The last I checked before what will be Maria’s re-coronation tomorrow, June 7, 2014 when tons of ink will be poured out in her adulation, she has won ONLY 4 Grand Slams which, by itself, is no mean achievement in a world where many labor without ever winning a single SG.  And despite the perhaps deserved noises made of the SGs which have driven many quite good players nearly to sports sanatorium, pardon me, many of these “non-achievers” were and are quite popular with fans.  Ivanovic’s JUST one GS does not reduce her popularity with fans and despite the early final exit of SAFINA from the tour which I think had to do with the Number 1 with [sort of] nothing to show for how she got there(!), she had great playing style and it was a pleasant surprise to see the WTA run a couple of write-ups after she finally left because she could no longer take the baiting.  It was painful to see her tears each time she came short which was perhaps self-fulfilling prophecy borne of stress.

Now, how dare these know-it-all work on steering a gullible public to the absurd idea that Sharapova is more competitive than Kutzenosava, or Stosur, or  Li Na, or Anna Ivanisovic, or Sloane Stephens, or that new young lady, Genie Bouchard, OR, the queen of them all, Serena Williams?

You take a look at the eyes of any of these ladies and you get the meaning of the word ‘competitive’ which is where, I agree, the winning comes from.  None of these ladies is nor many others on the Ladies Tour is a roll-over-and-go-away-or-die type.

Serena simply has to be the most competitive or else she won’t be able to do what she has achieved, bouncing back from illness, from being cheated through umpire false calls and counts, et cetera.

If these commentators many of whom I wonder how they got their jobs would shut up when they have nothing to say or when they actually need to shut up and allow fans to watch, they can see how Serena’s SPIRITED, AGGRESSIVENESS …

Her 17 Grand Slams SINGLES are multiples: 5 EACH at U.S. Open, Wimbledon and Australian & 2 at Roland Garros; DOUBLES are 5 at Wimbledon, 4 at Australian and 2 each at the U.S. Open and the French.  In ensuring that when she hangs up her rackets, she leaves everything on the playing courts, Serena has one MIXED DOUBLES at EACH of the Four Grand Slams.  There are also Fed Cup, Hopman Cup and the Olympics.  At different times, Serena has held the Number 1 Title for Singles, a record now at about 190 weeks for the 5th position on the All-Time List this 5th time around as World’s Number 1.

I think this young lady is going to go out as Number 1, a ranking she first achieved in 2002!

Why is she still so competitive after all that money  … which money?

Even in the United States of America where color remains THE factor in all things, including getting advertising sponsors – Serena is not doing badly, thank you very much:

Her 2012-2013 $20 million earnings bring her total to around $200 million, thanks to her string of Grand Slams big checks and to sponsors like Nike, Wilson, Gatorade … And by the way, Serena’s $56m career prize, supposedly the 1st All Time among ladies, is more than double Maria’s $27m – since we are talking about tennis

Okay, can any of this boring sports chatter-boxes tell me why the Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffet, genius, philanthropist – oh-um billionaire – and considered  to be the most successful investor of the 20th Century is still at it in his 80s – more money?

Give me McEnroe and the very few who are real commentators and do their job of making what fans watch a little clearer, any day, and I’ll stay up to watch tennis – no matter the time zone I  may be in which could call for my staying up almost all night!

NOW, BRING ON THE CROWN, and ban all that grunting which most of them can really do without IF they are made to or they want to; watch Maria lower the decibel or not grunt at all as mistakes pile up and spot the difference as she leaves an opponent in the clay and reels “come on” like Lletton Hewitt even when opponents give her points from their errors.

 

Even before Li Na and Serena got out of Paris for their deserved losses, before the next group of ranked players got booted out, you could SEE – not feel – it coming: that Maria Sharapova was EXPECTED to win this year’s French Open.

 

 

 

Why does genius businessman,billionaire, philanthropist and the world’s greatest investor of the 20th Century, Warren Buffet still at it in his 80s?   Money?

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Buffett throws a newspaper during a competition at a trade show, at the company's annual meeting in Omaha

Here, Buffet moves among bidders like a tv show superstar host for his annual charity auction  [Thomson/Reuters]

 

The passing of the torch …!

Why or how could Sharapova, at 27, be the one to pass the torch to the 20-year old Bouchard in a hype to their semi-final clash at the 2014 Roland Garros?

Her opponents know she’s not going to go away … 

This was during the second set of Maria’s match with the much lower-ranked new kid on the block, the sensational Eugenie Bouchard had taken the first set and Maria was fighting back in the second.

[A breathless ‘he’ commentator]:  She’s the most competitive in women’s tennis… Why does she still do it; why does she play with so much passion [despite] having won so many championships and being the richest female athlete in the world?

While I do know what specific meaning the guy is going with, I’m going to go by the general meaning of the word ‘competitive’ – bold and active, spirited, aggressive, most likely to succeed …

There are many doors I can knock on from those still in the game but I’ll briefly stop by the men’s locker rooms though I have no microphone on hand to gain entry:

This is ridiculous.  Why does Roger Federer whose worth is around $200 million still be in the ring even though his body – and all of us too-knows – tell(s) him he should hang up his rackets and hope that one of those two pairs of twins will one day give the tennis world somebody with sublime moves like the Original to mesmerize us and wow us with his humility?  He must have what keeps all who strive to be the best they can in every endeavor in mind, still something to prove to himself (if not to the world) that keeps him going in spite of 17 singles Grand Slams, 8 Doubles titles … oh yeah, and an incredible 302 WEEKS AS NUMBER 1 Mens’s Single.

In Roger’s non-tennis zone, he has a 2007 Special Edition Swiss stamp and a 2010 Austrian Special Stamp among many awards.  His sponsors are perhaps the most for any tennis player, ever:  Credit Suisse, Gillette, Mercedez, Moet & Chandon, Rolex, Nike among many.

Yeah, Nadal, with still ways to go, is worth about half Roger’s but he’s piling them up fast – titles and wealth.  He conquered the red clay at Roland Garros on his first try nine years ago, and now has an incredible seven to his name, the highest ever.  That same INNER THING that drives successful people to keep going, that fire, burns bright for the Spaniard.

Okay, how about the women among whom Sharapova comes down from her throne to compete?

The last I checked before what will be Maria’s re-coronation tomorrow, June 7, 2014 when tons of ink will be poured out in her adulation, she has won ONLY 4 Grand Slams which, by itself, is no mean achievement in a world where many labor without ever winning a single SG.  And despite the perhaps deserved noises made of the SGs which have driven many quite good players nearly to sports sanatorium, pardon me, many of these “non-achievers” were and are quite popular with fans.  Ivanovic’s JUST one GS does not reduce her popularity with fans and despite the early final exit of SAFINA from the tour which I think had to do with the Number 1 with [sort of] nothing to show for how she got there(!), she had great playing style and it was a pleasant surprise to see the WTA run a couple of write-ups after she finally left because she could no longer take the baiting.  It was painful to see her tears each time she came short which was perhaps self-fulfilling prophecy borne of stress.

Now, how dare these know-it-all work on steering a gullible public to the absurd idea that Sharapova is more competitive than Kutzenosava, or Stosur, or  Li Na, or Anna Ivanisovic, or Sloane Stephens, or that new young lady, Genie Bouchard, OR, the queen of them all, Serena Williams?

You take a look at the eyes of any of these ladies and you get the meaning of the word ‘competitive’ which is where, I agree, the winning comes from.  None of these ladies is nor many others on the Ladies Tour is a roll-over-and-go-away-or-die type.

Serena simply has to be the most competitive or else she won’t be able to do what she has achieved, bouncing back from illness, from being cheated through umpire false calls and counts, et cetera.

If these commentators many of whom I wonder how they got their jobs would shut up when they have nothing to say or when they actually need to shut up and allow fans to watch, they can see how Serena’s SPIRITED, AGGRESSIVENESS …

Her 17 Grand Slams SINGLES are multiples: 5 EACH at U.S. Open, Wimbledon and Australian & 2 at Roland Garros; DOUBLES are 5 at Wimbledon, 4 at Australian and 2 each at the U.S. Open and the French.  In ensuring that when she hangs up her rackets, she leaves everything on the playing courts, Serena has one MIXED DOUBLES at EACH of the Four Grand Slams.  There are also Fed Cup, Hopman Cup and the Olympics.  At different times, Serena has held the Number 1 Title for Singles, a record now at about 190 weeks for the 5th position on the All-Time List this 5th time around as World’s Number 1.

I think this young lady is going to go out as Number 1, a ranking she first achieved in 2002!

Why is she still so competitive after all that money  … which money?

Even in the United States of America where color remains THE factor in all things, including getting advertising sponsors – Serena is not doing badly, thank you very much:

Her 2012-2013 $20 million earnings bring her total to around $200 million, thanks to her string of Grand Slams big checks and to sponsors like Nike, Wilson, Gatorade … And by the way, Serena’s $56m career prize, supposedly the 1st All Time among ladies, is more than double Maria’s $27m – since we are talking about tennis

Okay, can any of this boring sports chatter-boxes tell me why the Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffet, genius, philanthropist – oh-um billionaire – and considered  to be the most successful investor of the 20th Century is still at it in his 80s – more money?

Give me McEnroe and the very few who are real commentators and do their job of making what fans watch a little clearer, any day, and I’ll stay up to watch tennis – no matter the time zone I  may be in which could call for my staying up almost all night!

NOW, BRING ON THE CROWN, and ban all that grunting which most of them can really do without IF they are made to or they want to; watch Maria lower the decibel or not grunt at all as mistakes pile up and spot the difference as she leaves an opponent in the clay and reels “come on” like Lletton Hewitt even when opponents give her points from their errors.

 

PS.  I actually read the following incredible line from one of those yahoo sports commentators:  “She [Bouchard] is also blessed with flowing blonde hair”!  I am sure the writer, a woman I believe from the name but I’m never really always sure, could be one of those women who would be overlooked for a promotion, et cetera because she’s not as pretty as the girl who got promoted.

And what in the world has that gotten to do with tennis?  I’ve watched many on the men’s tour lighten up their hair over the years or get what must be work on their faces.  Never a mention of these.  TOLA.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014.  9:55 a.m. [GMT]

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014.  9:55 a.m. [GMT]

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