Friday, February 13, 2009
Elena Dementieva's mother is over her illness (or at least, she is better--Dementieva never said what the illness was) and in attendance in Paris.
Kimiko Date Krumm reports in her Pattaya blog that she still prepares rice balls for herself before every match.
Magdalena Rybarikova upset number 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in Pattaya City, 6-4, 6-1. Rybarikova has now moved to the semifinals.
Maria Kirilenko has a new coach--her father.
Kirilenko, Tatiano Golovin and Daniela "I want to be noticed for my tennis" Hantuchova appear in the current Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. The mythology built up around this practice (and similar ones) is stunning. Kirilenko, Golovin, etc. are free to appear in any publications they wish, but please--doing so does not in any way "promote women's tennis," and people need to stop saying it does. It promotes the revenue of a sexist magazine, and of copyright-stealing websites that cater to one-handed surfers, who then post sexist and misogynistic comments about tour players. Which is is to say--it does the opposite of promoting women's tennis.
Golovin, by the way, is off the map. The last time I saw a photo of her, she was standing outside a nightclub, smoking a cigarette.
Serena Williams has joined the chorus of players who are protesting that the new doping policies are over the top. I think they are, too; they are identical to the rules used to handle prisoners who are on probation and parole. And this is from a doping control organization that has brought us a number of outrageous decisions (a la Kuznetsova, who I wish had sued their asses off) before the new rules even came into effect.