This is a guest post by our faithful reader, Marine, who has recently started a tennis blog herself. I thought it would be nice to present her writing skills and invite you to read Tennis Notebook.
Tennis is a sport which is never short of drama. When the pressure is on, it gets pretty emotional out there and there are some players who “let it out of their system” a bit more than others. So, here is my chart of top 5 WTA drama queens. Let’s see if you agree with my choice :).
1. Vera Zvonareva
Vera has got two enemies to fight on the court: her opponents and her emotions. Unfortunately, sometimes the emotions win. And when she loses control she loses it big time. Her on-court antics can really spice up the action: throwing and breaking rackets, crying, shouting at herself… it’s all there and sometimes not only that. It’s not hard to imagine how terrible she must feel after such a loss of self-control. To calm down Vera often hides her face under a towel during the changeovers.
2. Serena Williams
Serena considers the court to be her little kingdom and she likes to be treated like a queen. If officials do not play along they will bear the consequences. Her ugly outburst at 2009 US Open was a hot topic in tennis world for months and most probably will be one of the things she will remembered for after her career is over.
3. Jelena Jankovic
JJ is a different version of a drama queen. No thrown or broken rackets or tears. She likes to complain to authorities instead. If things go wrong her debates with umpires often become pretty heated and sometimes she ends up fighting a little war of words. JJ keeps officials on their toes, that’s for sure.
4. Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova
There is not a lot that people know about this player. However since her match in Paris Open she has started to make a name for herself because of her tantrums. “Let it out and you’ll play better” seems to be her personal motto and therefore after losing an important point she tends to shout at herself. If that doesn’t work her coach is next…
5. Ana Ivanovic
After her great victory at Roland Garros something went very wrong. Her mental strength and confidence started to disappear and on the court her emotions often got better of her. The consequences of that were quite dire. Her performance got worse, she started to fall down the rankings and some people in tennis world have lost confidence in her abilities. Fortunately for Ana, she picked herself up just in time. Anyway, sometimes it is easy to spot she still finds it hard to control her emotions when on the court. (photos: sr_cranks, WTA Tour, © Neal Trousdale)