As of mid-May, Russia had four female tennis players ranked in the world’s top ten: Maria Sharapova at #3, Nadia Petrova at #4, Elena Dementieva at #8 and Svetlana Kuznetsova at #10. Note that
As of mid-May, these four players had entered 29 tournaments between them and emerged victorious in only six (in other words, these "top ten" players were eliminated from nearly 80% of the tournaments they played). Petrova alone racked up three of those six wins (she is now just 309 points from taking over Sharapova's #3 spot), while each of the other three had only one win apiece. Despite having so many "top-ten" players, as La Russophobe has previously reported Russia was uncerimoniously and decisively booted from the Fed Cup tournament in the quarter finals by tiny Belgium, completing a hat trick.
By contrast, in 11 of 29 final matches the members of the quartet were eliminated by lower-ranked players; Sharapova, supposedly Russia’s best player, was ejected from three out of the four tournaments she played by a lower-ranked player. Only twice did a member (Petrova, Kuznetsova) defeat a higher-ranked player in a final match; four of the group's six tournament wins came against lower-ranked players and two of the six came against fellow Russians.
How about in 2005? Last year Sharapova played in 15 tournaments and lost 11 out of 15 final matches (three-quarters of the time) to a lower-ranked player. Maria hasn’t beaten a higher-ranked player in a final match since February 2005 when she beat world #1 Lindsey Davenport at
In other words, in her last 19 tournaments Sharapova has been ejected by a lower-ranked player 14 times and in four tournament wins out of 19 tries has beaten a higher-ranked player to take the title only once. In other words, in any given tournament in the past year and a half, there has only been a one-in-four chance that “
Isn't the irony compelling? Just as Russia ignores its real economy, preferring to dwell on the illusion of oil revenues, Sharapova ignores her real tennis game, preferring to dwell on the illusion of T&A. Isn't this Russia in a nutshell, always preferring the tasty illusion over the bitter medicine of truth? Do we need any other explanation for why the species Russiacan Russicanus is soon to be extinct?