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Cool NEWSFLASH: Men's tennis superior to women's

Well, duh.

Slow news day. This is a simple opinion piece I came across recently and even though it preaches to the choir and doesn't really offer any earth-shattering revelations, I thought I'd share it here anyway and get your opinion of Ms. Robertson's opinion. Notice that I included her e-mail here so that the rabid WTA fans can send her the Anna Kournikova virus.

IN MY OPINION
Men offer depth, skills and upsets


by LINDA ROBERTSON
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I will take Roger Federer's strokes over Kim Clijsters' splits any day.

I prefer Andy Roddick's serve to Elena Dementieva's imitation of a serve.

I would rather watch Marat Safin's forehand than Justine Henin-Hardenne's backhand.

Give me Andre Agassi vs. James Blake and take Mary Pierce vs. Amelie Mauresmo -- please.

And, yes, Rafael Nadal's Capri pants look better than Serena Williams' go-go boots.

Men's tennis beats women's tennis, in terms of quality and personality.

I would not have said that a few years ago, when too many men's matches were like Robocop vs. the Terminator -- wham, bam, scram. All power, no panache. Blame it on the rackets. But the leaders of tennis, who have flailed around in their efforts to revive the sport's popularity, did one thing right: They slowed down the courts to lengthen the rallies. Even Wimbledon has tinkered with its hallowed grass.

Men's tennis is entertaining again. The groundstrokes are awesome. The quickness of players such as Nadal, Guillermo Coria or Lleyton Hewitt takes your breath away. Federer has brought back the art of shot-making.

Listen to the mesmerizing thwack-thwack of a men's match and contrast it to the sounds of women's tennis -- bleating and choking.

The men's game is filled with upsets and thrillers and the emergence of a Robby Ginepri or a Gaston Gaudio because there is more depth. The early rounds for women feature dreadful 40-minute two-setters. Or even the late rounds. Henin-Hardenne disposed of Pierce in this year's French Open final without getting her shoes dirty. Last year's Roland Garros final between Anastasia Myskina and Dementieva was unworthy of a Grand Slam. You, dear reader, could have beaten either player. Heck, even David could have won.

At least when Safin self-destructs it's fun to watch.

Would you rather hear Agassi speak eloquently about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina or Venus Williams speak vacantly about how she's unaware of current events?

Federer is a cut above, but it's interesting to watch history being made; he's already drawing comparsions to Rod Laver. On the women's side, it's a parade of undeserving No. 1s such as Lindsay Davenport, Clijsters and Mauresmo.

The women are either physically hurt or mentally frail. The guys don't fuss about the crushing pressure of the pro tour. They accept it as part of sports.

The best thing about women's tennis was the Williams sisters. But Venus and Serena have gone from refreshing to annoying. They are now as shallow and materialistic as most athletes. Venus came up with a lame excuse for losing earlier this week. She said she blew her quarterfinal to Clijsters because Clijsters started playing poorly, causing her to play poorly, too. Uh, earth to Venus: Usually when your opponent stinks, you capitalize rather than capitulate.

Maria Sharapova has great potential -- if she doesn't become another burned-out-by-the-domineering-dad cliché. But it's the other dream teen -- Nadal -- who puts on a better show.

Right now it's raining men and the men reign.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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I would rather watch Marat Safin's forehand than Justine Henin-Hardenne's backhand.
Here I disagree
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I actually agree with her on that one. I know that most people think that J2H's backhand is the best in the game, and the most beautiful. I think she leans back too much, and I know that this is why its such a powerful stroke, but I just don't think its that aesthetically appealing.
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I will take Roger Federer's strokes over Kim Clijsters' splits any day.
I kinda like showboat moves and Kim's splits are

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I prefer Andy Roddick's serve to Elena Dementieva's imitation of a serve.
Definitely

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I would rather watch Marat Safin's forehand than Justine Henin-Hardenne's backhand.
Disagree. JHH's backhand. I do like like two-handed jump backhand Marat does though.

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Give me Andre Agassi vs. James Blake and take Mary Pierce vs. Amelie Mauresmo -- please.
The Andre-James match had everything in it and no other match either on the men's or women's side can compare. The Sharapova-Petrova had a lot of tension and drama though.

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At least when Safin self-destructs it's fun to watch.
Or Massu at last year's US Open.

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Would you rather hear Agassi speak eloquently about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina or Venus Williams speak vacantly about how she's unaware of current events?
Venus and Serena "What? Me worry?" Williams

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Federer is a cut above, but it's interesting to watch history being made; he's already drawing comparsions to Rod Laver. On the women's side, it's a parade of undeserving No. 1s such as Lindsay Davenport, Clijsters and Mauresmo.
The only one undeserving of No. 1 is/was Mauresmo. The other girls have at least a slam and a slew of other titles to their name.

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The women are either physically hurt
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or mentally frail.
The Dark and Dangerous Mysteries of the Fragile Russian Psyche by Boris Yelsin

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The guys don't fuss about the crushing pressure of the pro tour. They accept it as part of sports.
Er, many the guys have been complaining about the grueling schedule for a while now, including Safin, Henman, Roddick, and others.

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The best thing about women's tennis was the Williams sisters.
For some people, I guess it was. But in those early years when they dominated everything I pretty much tuned women's tennis out completely and focused more on the men.

Despite her lukewarm arguments, I still agree that men's tennis is better than women's, but with no one really dominating the women's game right now, it's also gotten a lot more interesting.

To that end, when Title IX was first signed into law and women had to fight to get equal money/time/space/attention in high school sports, I don't think they envisioned this for the future in professional sports:

"It's been really disappointing. Billie Jean King came up to the booth the other day and I don't want to say she was embarrassed because -- I don't want to put words in her mouth -- but this is not what she envisioned I think. Obviously, she has no control of it and, in some cases, it could just be bad luck; it just doesn't seem like it picked up any steam. In the men's, it seems like a lot of close matches and good story lines. I do cover both men's and women's, although I do have a bias towards men's tennis because I played on the men's tour for 15 years, but really there's much more excitement. Hopefully the quarterfinals on that we'll see some great tennis." -- John McEnroe on the uneven blowouts through the first four rounds on the women's side at the 20

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Lindsay's forehand

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Lindsay's forehand
and backhand.... slightly more reliable, dontchathink?
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and backhand.... slightly more reliable, dontchathink?
agree, but her crosscourt forehand is maybe the cleanest forehand out there (next to Capriati's)

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agree, but her crosscourt forehand is maybe the cleanest forehand out there (next to Capriati's)
and that Davenport forehand return deep down the middle i think thats the best women's return in tennis. Capriati has always been my favorite women's player, but it seems like the last few years she's preferred to try and smack her way through a player and hope for an error instead of going for winners. She's either lost a lot of confidence or the women's game has just evolved past her.

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this type of article only makes me like women's tennis even more
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This is a poor piece because she takes awful examples of things from the wta and compares them to excellent examples of the same thing on the ATP (Dementieva and Roddick serving, for example).

It would be nice if people who knew what they were talking about would write about tennis.
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