Tuesday, July 06, 2010


Still another tennis-related entry, I have suggested a mini-Why-Vera-Zvonareva-is-Awesome. This is probably it. Short and freaking sweet. Well, the gist why Vera is awesome aside from her eyes and blue iPod Shuffle, is that she's very prone to have outbursts, tantrums, and violent smashing and hitting of racquets. She's an ACTION SPORTS STAR! She joins the likes of Serena Williams, Dinara Safina, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick (wittiest man ever), and tennis' sexiest man, Marat Safin. Violence King: Marat Safin, no brainer. Violence Empress/Queen/Deity: Vera Zvonareva.

I have presented before that Vera has already mastered the art of smashing/whacking/destroying/bombing/biting a tennis racquet. I guess when she was a kid she broke a racquet way before she lost a tooth.

It's heartbreaking when she lost twice in one day. Twice a runner-up. Twice an almost-Champion. Twice a loser. There's really something wrong with the world. She lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon Singles Finals, and lost to Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova (another favorite Russian-turned-Kazakh) pairing with Elena Vesnina (aka Miss Russian Congeniality aka the best friend of all Russian female tennis players, I'm not kidding, they're all claiming Elena Vesnina is their best friend).

Yahoo! Sports writer Chris Chase got it super duper right. He was also expecting the outburst and totally missed it during the Singles Finals. (I was glued and hoping she would hit the umpire but she didn't.)

Vera Zvonareva (left) and Elena Bestfriend ng Bayan Vesnina (duh, right)

Vera Zvonareva's expected meltdown never came during the ladies' singles final at Wimbledon. The emotional Russian has been known to break down before -- her collapse at last year's U.S. Open was epic -- and many thought she'd have a similar outburst on Saturday during her 6-3, 6-2 loss to Serena Williams. They were wrong. It came a few hours later.
The 25-year old Russian played in the doubles finals a few hours after accepting the runner-up trophy on Centre Court. She and partner Elena Vesnina held a set point in the first set tiebreak, but couldn't close it out and dropped the opening frame to Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova. It was all too much for Zvonareva to bear.
In between sets, she broke down in tears and had to be consoled by Vesnina. After the pair lost the second set 6-2, Zvonareva sobbed again, a loser twice over on Saturday.

In case you're wondering what happened at the US Open, here's his account of the spectacle.

Guess who? Ahihihi.

After blowing six match points in the second set of a fourth round match against Flavia Pennetta, No. 7 seed Vera Zvonareva did the following things:
-- Cried on the court during the second set tiebreak.
-- Hysterically cried in the locker room in between the second and third sets.
-- Ripped off a portion of the medical tape that was wrapped around her thighs.
-- Complained to the chair umpire that the remaining tape left around her thighs prevented her from playing.
-- Screamed an obscenity at the chair umpire when she wouldn't give her a medical timeout to fix said medical tape.
-- Loudly yelled a compound word/profanity after hitting an unforced error.
-- Continued to rip the tape off her leg.
-- Smashed her racquet into a post.
-- Spent the final changeover sitting in her chair with a white towel draped over her head.
-- Lost the third set 6-0.

Don't tell me you're still not in love with Vera Zvonareva.

Fake MORAL: Crying is good. It cleanses your eyes.

Trulaloo MORAL: Vera Zvonareva might be the last girl in the class list, but she is as awesome as she can be! All hail Queen Vera!

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