We can’t go on together. With suspicious minds.
My dearest fans
I have been training for many weeks to get back to playing tennis as quickly possible since my foot surgery in mid-July. Yesterday I learned that I had tried too hard, and did too much too soon. After practicing yesterday morning I felt discomfort in my foot and tests by my doctor revealed that I had unfortunately re-strained it, as a result of over training.
I am likely out for the year now. I was really looking forward to beginning my comeback in Linz, followed by the Year-end championships in Doha. I feel completely heartbroken, and devastated, but knowing I will never be given more than I can handle I plan on coming back stronger and better. However, in order not to make this worse, I have to chill on my physical workouts but I will immediately begin rehabbing as soon as I get the Doc’s OK. Keep me in your prayers (I need them).
Thank you all for your support and love.
So, it goes like this:
Within hours of Serena announcing the news that she might be done for the season (and I’m fairly certain she is), the media reaction has ranged from general detachment and a complete lack to sympathy, to sarcasm (“Once again, it’s all a bit dubious“, blogged in the Montreal Gazette), and of course, would it be complete without a few retirement rumours? (Is Serena the next Yao Ming? Should we be expecting a retirement? Game On, USA Today).
I can sit here and rebut these ridiculous suspicions, I can point to the hypocrisy of tennis fandom, which habours so much sympathy for Rafa, for Del Potro, or for those nameless players out there who abuse medical time-outs, who hide behind their injuries in defeat or retire their way to the No 2 spot, and yet, the same fandom treats Serena’s legitimate and serious injury with nothing but indifference and suspicion at best, and at worst – glee.
So let’s opt for something more obvious that needs to be said: Get well soon Serena. We will miss you dearly. Women’s tennis is just a field of mediocrity without you.
PS. There is a ridiculous number of people rushing to Caroline Wozniacki’s defence, compared to those willing to stand up for JJ and Dinara when they became slamless No 1s. Yet, Dinara and JJ actually made slam semis and finals consistently in the years when they’ve reached the top spot. Carol’s slam performance this year? One shiny semifinal.
Talk about hypocrisy.
PPS. The prospect of Serena being out of the top 5 by Australian Open 2011 is truly frightening and actually probable. In the event of Vera getting her shit together and knocking Carol off the top spot, I fear for Vera’s sanity at that lofty altitude.
PPPS. The only person celebrating this news might be Ana Ivanovic, who’s on a weak era points rampage to get her rankings up in time for the Aussie Open. Collecting Mickey Mouse wins, one wild card at a time. Next up: Linz …
PPPPS. Rafa and Nole took the Tokyo and Beijing titles. I missed both matches because of some more serious business at hand, so … okay then.