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Old 07-03-2010, 07:09 PM   #21
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QUEEN OF THE COURT


How do you measure success? Today, Vera Zvonareva overcame a career marked by her fiery and uncontrolled emotions undermining her talent to find herself in both the Ladies Singles and Doubles Finals at arguably the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. At the end of the day, she left with no titles.

In the singles final, Serena Williams overwhelmed and overmatched Zvonareva, giving the Russian star a lesson in grass court brilliance. With her 4th Wimbledon singles title and 13th Grand Slam singles win overall, Serena is cementing her already solid place among the greatest players to ever grace the courts of her sport. Margaret, Suzanne, Little Mo, Billie Jean, Chrissy, Martina, Steffi, Monica, the other Martina, Serena...yes, she belongs.

Vera was on her heels all day


In the doubles final, another American, but one not so well known outside of tennis circles, Vania King, would team up with Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova to hand Zvonareva her second Grand Slam loss of the day. Vania King is a first generation Taiwanese American. A few years ago, she won her first, and only, WTA singles title in Bangkok as a 17 year old. Many thought she could be the next great American star. Since then, she has not had the success that win might have foreshadowed. Until this year’s Wimbledon title she had only once progressed past the 3rd round in singles or doubles in any Grand Slam, making it to the quarterfinals of the 2009 Wimbledon Ladies Doubles. But now, none of that matters. She is a Grand Slam doubles champion. And she has found a niche as a doubles specialist, with Wimbledon being her 3rd doubles win (all with different partners) of the year and 4th overall final. At only 21, hopefully there will be a lot more over the next decade.

Yaroslava Shvedova and Vania King


For Vera, one imagines this is not the best night of her career. With her volatile disposition, I can imagine her being overly upset with today's results. But hopefully, in a moment of calm reflection she will realize that for the first time in her career, she was in a place worthy of her ability. Maybe, upon this realization, she will see that the focus and control she had over her emotions at Wimbledon can serve her well in other matches. There is no reason she should not at least be in the quarterfinals of Majors. Tennis fans will see if Vera moves forward after this Wimbledon or regresses to her former erratic behavior.

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Old 07-04-2010, 01:12 PM   #22
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Unfortunately, in the doubles final we were given a hint that Vera, at heart, might always be the same emotional rollercoaster she has been throughout her playing days. Sobbing between sets and after the match is understandable, but she gave no emotional help to her partner, Elena Vesnina. Vesnina had to both play the match and try to lift Vera up. Zvonareva also alternated between deep sorrow and furious anger as she slammed her racket against the ground on several occasions, once even hitting Vesnina on her backswing. Vera could be a Grand Slam champion, or at least a consistent semi-finalist. But the clock is running out on her chances to show the maturity a champion needs to deal with adversity.

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