Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Gamesmanship Of The Day: Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki is the queen of gamesmanship. The computer's world No. 1 will do anything to win a match. Or so it seems.

Today, in the second set of her match against Canadian Alexandra Wozniak, a player on the mend from injury, a player who's always given the Polish Dane fits even though she's never beaten her in a completed match, down 3-6 in the second set tiebreak, the actress decided to perform. Badly.

"Why didn't you call it out in the first place?" was the last question the actress asked of the chair umpire after challenging the umpire's eyes on a crucial overrule that gave Wozniak all those set points.

Prior to that question, the actress improvised a horrid scene that went on for far too long, an intentional ploy to throw off her opponent's rhythm.

It worked. She won (or, more accurately, Wozniak lost, missing shots she hadn't missed all day) the next 5 points, the set and match, and that was that.

Pam Shriver called it a "bit of gamesmanship." Way beyond a bit, but at least she called her out. Then she criticized the chair umpire for allowing the argument to go on as along as it did, adding more ice to the hottest player in the tiebreak. Can always depend on Pammy Poo to tell the truth. Good for her.

Now tell me. Why does the computer's world No. 1 need to rely on such bullshit in order to win a match?

Because she knows she's a fraud. And her thigh is taped. And her daddy can't come out onto the court when she's down in a third set to tell her what to do.

That's why.

And save the "you're such a hater" comments. I'm not interested. What the WTA doesn't need is a player with the faux integrity of Justine Henin at the top of the charts, no matter how sweet a backhand. The actress doesn't even have that.

There. I said it.

Now I'm going to take a shower. The sun came out today for the first time in two weeks. It's hot. I'm sweaty. And I've got dinner to cook. See you in the morning.

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