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Sania overhyped? September 6, 2006

Posted by sk in Blogroll, Miscellaneous, National, Sports, Tennis.
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Sachin claims that Sania has been getting too much attention from the media and has done little during the last few months to justify it. He links to an article on Rediff that discusses her shopping in NYC after she crashed out of the US Open to validate his claim. Not validate, actually, but you get the point, right? This person is of the same opinion. Here’s Sania’s profile on Yahoo! Sports. It’s pretty obvious that she hasn’t accomplished much this year. In fact, I’m pretty sure if she continues playing this way, she’s soon going to be out of the top 100s. Sachin (I really don’t know this guy, although I refer to him as if he were my childhood friend) further goes on to say that Sania should spend more time  on training and less on her PR activities. Further, she should build some muscle mass if she wants to stay competetive at the highest level. It’s not the end of the road for her. She’s still in her teens (I think) and has a long way to go. And of course, nothing can change the fact that she has already achieved more during her short career than any Indian female tennis player ever has. That in itself is a huge achievement. I haven’t seen her in action yet, but my friends who have say she’s extremely slow on court and doesn’t posess what it takes to win major championships. What do you think? By the way, I still need a good pic for this blog. Can someone help me out with this? Anything related to Sania is fine. Even a pic from Maria Sharapova’s Sports Illustrated photoshoot. On second thoughts, I’d prefer a pic of Maria’s. [Update (9/7/06 – Found an image on the web]

UPDATE (9/9/2006): By the way, the more I think about it, the more I feel Sania is turning into India’s very own Anna Kournikova (though not as hot as the latter). Maria Sharapova just won her first US Open and second Grand Slam title today by beating Justine Henin in straight sets. She’s been to the semi-finals of Grand Slam events 7 times and the two times that she managed to reach the finals, she’s won. She’s one player who’s managed to perfectly balance her social life with her professional life. Why can’t Sania take a few lessons from her? Actually, Anna should probably be the one taking lessons from her. She was pretty talented and if she had concentrated on her game, I’m sure she’d have won a WTA tournament (maybe not a Grand Slam tournament, but something).

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