ONCE a year, Australia has a world-class sporting event, one where it is guaranteed that all the best players will turn up. That is the Australian Open, one of four grand slam tennis events around the world.
This year, the tournament has not had as many close matches as usual, with most men’s matches ending in three sets and most women’s games ending in two. The finals pit Novak Djokovic against Andy Murray and Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova. Here’s hoping that Djokovic and Sharapova prevail.
Murray is a dour, grim person who seems to hate every moment here is out on court. And he has a girl-friend, Kim Sears, who abuses his opponents as she pleases. When Murray played Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals, Sears was caught on camera saying “F*****g take that, you Czech flash f***”, or “Take that, you flash f**k”. And she wasn’t playing the match, Murray was.
It would be poetic justice if Djokovic thrashes Murray the way he has at least on two earlier occasions.
While one cannot stand the grunting that Sharapova indulges in while playing, she would be a far worthier winner than Williams who is often touted as one of the better women’s players of the modern era. She is just an ugly example of American arrogance, someone who can never be wrong.
If she wins, then it is always because she played well. And if she loses, then it is because she played badly, not because her oppponent played well.
And here are a few more good reasons why Williams does not deserve to win.