Sven Groeneveld Says Some (Silly) Things About The Recent Slam Champions
January 15, 2012
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With Caroline Wozniacki at number one without even a whiff of a slam while Li Na, Petra Kvitova and Sam Stosur all won their very first Grand Slams in 2011, the slamless #1 issue vs #1-less Grand Slam champion discussion has been one of the most prominent to come out of 2011. Recently, Karolina’s (co-co-co?) coach Sven Groeneveld added his 2
cents pence to the discussion.
“Kvitova has had her ups and downs this season. She did not record any good results after winning Wimbledon. I know nothing about her preparation, but she was mentally fresh before the start of the WTA championships. So that is an explanation why she won that tournament. If you compare Caroline to Kvitova. Na Li and Stosur you see a paradox. Caroline has recorded very, very stable results, while these three won a Grand Slam this year. Why? Kvitova has weapons, suitable for grass. And Na Li is already 29, routine is important for Grand Slam tennis. She had an new coach with new routines, which helped her. And Stosur had an advantage against Serena Williams during the US Open final because they met each other in San Diego a couple of weeks before. You could see Stosur thinking: ‘this will not happen again to me’ and she just grabbed the title.”
So, according to him, Kvitova won Istanbul not because she worked hard on different parts of her game and brought much more variety into her game in the fall after her post-Wimbledon slump. No, she won it simply because she was fresher than everyone else. Of course.
Also according to him, Li won the French Open because she’s older than the rest of the field and age brings “routine”. Yup, quitting tennis to attend college, before spending most of her career as one of the most injury prone players on the WTA - sounds like a great routine to me.
And finally - the best of all three - apparently Stosur won the US Open because she was lucky to face Serena Williams in the final. Sounds about right, doesn’t it? After all, Williams has only thirteen measly Slams and has won more Grand Slams than anyone in the last 20/21 years. Not to mention losing to her in straight sets only two tournaments earlier likely was a great confidence booster for Stosur. Honestly, that Stosur lady is just about the luckiest person on the entire planet.
(via franklinstoker, Politiken.dk)