Tuesday, June 25, 2002

The press is ganging up on Anna Kournikova. She was ranked in the top 10 in women's tennis, but she has had injuries and has dropped to 55th place. She just lost a close match at Wimbledon to a higher-seeded player. After her loss, the BBC interviewed her and suggested that she play in easier tournaments instead! She got upset, and asked the BBC to restart the interview. The BBC agreed, but then broadcast both segments. Read about it here or here. The San Jose TV news compared Kournikova to Pamela Anderson with a tennis racket.

There is no excuse for this rudeness. A BBC spokesman admitted that no other interview subject has ever been mistreated in this way. Kournikova played a good match (score was 6-1,4-6,6-4), and is still in the running in the doubles tournament. She can't beat the Williams sisters, but no one else can either. I think people are just jealous that she has a second career and can make money off the tennis court.

Update: Anna won a couple of matches in her latest tournament. Ok, she is still going to lose to a Williams sister. McEnroe and Evert defend her.

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