Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New ova on the block

Svetlana Kuznetsova has become the first women's defending champion to go out in the first round at the US Open. Well, guess what - she was dumped out by little known fellow-ova (just couldn't resist that one), Ekaterina Bychkova. Ekaterina who? YAR - Yet Another Russian on the WTA tour. Boy, I wonder if they teach tennis alongside math and science in Russian schools these days! They just keep coming. The bad news as pointed out in that report seems to be that among Russians, only Maria Sharapova - whose Russian-ness has sometimes been questioned by her compatriots (and rivals) - has sustained the levels of tennis seen last year. In fact, Kuznetsova emulates Myskina who crashed out in the first round at the French defending her title. Myskina has reportedly had a tough time this year with her mother seriously ill and she was almost in tears at the French. Kuznetsova didn't quite have to do deal with as much stress, except for a drug cloud at the start of the year that seems to have died down. Nevertheless, these events should be a sobering reminder of how things can change, which makes it all the more important that athletes keep their feet firmly on the ground. - NK

5 Comments:

Blogger Sunil said...

hope to see some nice bits of US open trivia here over the next two weeks.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Gameboys said...

Sure, Sunil, thanks for stopping by. My friend Saby usually does the quizzes, and he was travelling to Manchester last weekend, so it'll be a bit late in coming.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Sakshi said...

This is on a different note-

Just like to thank ya for stopping at my blog and for your comments. I have repiled to them..so do check it out when you get time.

PS - On sports bit...i work for a sportswear manufacturing company..and i use to be a state level badminton player in Mumbai. And YES, Melbourne is beautiful...but emotionally feel Sydney is the BEST. :)

11:25 AM  
Blogger Sakshi said...

Great quiz..working on it now. BTW i have posted my reply.

3:49 AM  
Blogger jon said...

After we paid for our kids summer camp activity we found it tough to recover! I totally agree with you!

5:40 PM  

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