SANIA SUFFERS SHOCK DEFEAT
Saw this headline "Sania suffers shock defeat". I thought, what in the world is shocking about this? (Ok I know some of you hate me for this ;-) but she is my favourite topic)
The woman does 3 things best:
1. She gets injured
2. She loses more than she wins
3. She maintains her hype more because of her looks and her nose ring and tshirts than her performance
Last I looked, her on-court movement is slower than Ramesh Krishnan's :O:O And Ramesh Krishnan, who I often saw as an artist fighting a battle with a paintbrush when everyone had guns, moved (now visualize this) as fast as the chappati dough moves when mummy kneads it. Yes, that he was an artist cannot be taken away from him. But let's get back to Sania.
Now I took 15 minutes from my horribly tight schedule and retrieved some statistics from the WTA tour site, so I BEG YOU TO READ THIS.
In 2005, she broke into the Top 100 in March and Top 50 in August. She played 53 matches. Won 33. Lost 20. No small achievement. But then, let's dissect this a little ok?
I split the wins and losses for 2005 into ones with higher ranked and lower ranked players. This is what it looks like:
Won: 33. Against higher-ranked: 13. Against lower-ranked: 20
Lost: 20. Against higher-ranked: 10. Against lower-ranked: 10
After she broke into the top 50, her record is:
Won: 11. Against higher-ranked: 2. Against lower-ranked: 9
Lost: 7. Against higher-ranked: 1. Against lower-ranked: 6
Now over to 2006. Her record reads:
Won: 4. Against higher-ranked: 1. Against lower-ranked: 3
Lost: 9. Against higher-ranked: 3. Against lower-ranked: 6
Do you see a trend? She consistently wins against lower-ranked opponents, but surprise surprise, she also consistently LOSES against lower-ranked opponents. It's as if the higher-ranked opponents don't count at all especially after breaking into the top 50.
I agree that when one is higher-ranked, the chances of losses against an lower-ranked opponent is much higher, but beating this risk is what champions are made of...aren't they?
I hope she does better but I don't think she can. She has risen as far as her incompetence will allow her to. Or should I use the word "arrogance"? And it makes me wonder, what the hell is the hype about? Not her game I am sure of it.
P.S: One person I did not ever put my money on was Yuvraj Singh, and I have been dead wrong on that count. It is amazing how that stupid arrogant look has given way to a determined and proud look. My money is still on Mohd Kaif though.
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A friend is in the process of building a house and wants to name it. I was asked for suggestions but I am not good with names so I thought of turning to you. The name should signify "Happiness". Can you please help? Any number of suggestions will do and if one of the suggested names or a variant is picked, I will post it here :-) Now please think ok? Please Please Please?
Names suggested so far:
Sambramha (means celebration) by tin tin
Smiley by cloudy
Abhinandan by Mr Walker
Aanand Dhaam by Sketchy Self
Saharsha Happiness by universal speck
Harsha Niwas by old man mozz
Golmaal by Obi wan
Bonheur by Joe
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