By David Kane
An easy way to write about anything is to opine about what is wrong with it, and tennis is no exception. “Women Grunt Too Loudly.” “Men Aren’t Paid Enough.” “Slamless Player Ascends To No. 1.” Nearly every week, tennis writers straddle a fine line between loving their sport enough to criticize it and tearing down the very thing that they are meant to promote.
I wonder what they will say about new WTA standout and world No. 106 Yulia Putintseva.
Last week, the nationally-Russian, fiscally-Kazakh Putintseva barreled into the finals of an ITF event in Dubai, guaranteeing a spot in her first senior Slam main draw. Along the way, she upset Bojana Jovanovski and junior contemporaries Elina Svitolina and Kristyna Pliskova before losing to the ageless Kimiko Date-Krumm in three tight sets. Putintseva described the experience like this: “It felt like I have just been beaten by my grandmother.” Comments like that are only a taste of the Yulia Putintseva Show.
If most critical Op-Eds on tennis are to be believed, then Yulia Puntintseva represents everything that is wrong with the game today. She fist pumps opponent’s double faults. She screams “Come on!” in up to five different languages (sometimes all at once). She argues even the most obvious of calls. For a young woman only 5’1”, Putintseva has one of the most offensive games this sport has ever seen.
For many, this year’s Australian Open Girls’ final was Yulia’s introduction to the tennis world. The match was streamed live on ESPN3, and viewers were shocked by the Kazah’s on-court ferocity. For me, however, the Yulia Putintseva Show was nothing new. In some ways, I feel like I personally discovered her, as I was in attendance for her first junior Slam final at the 2010 US Open. I was there to watch her compatriot (at the time) Daria Gavrilova, but Yulia undoubtedly stole the show. She is reported to have thrown her destroyed runner-up trophy in the garbage.
It has been said that players who engage in Putintseva’s on-court aggression are insecure and afraid of losing. As often as her bite matches her bark, and as legendary as some of her three-set victories have been, there have been other days where the moment overtook her and she was not able to “DAVAI-COME ON-ALLEZ!” her way out of it.
No better (or more painful) example of such a moment comes to mind than her loss from 6-1, 5-1 up at this year’s US Open qualifying. As the match slipped away, she seemed to be trying to employ various breathing techniques in the futile attempt to quell her rage, but to no avail. Moments like these force the reader to question whether she is really the pure evil many would paint her, or perhaps just a young woman coping with a stressful sport as best she can.
For all the visceral reactions she at least appears to provoke on purpose, there are many (including myself) who would consider themselves fans of Putintseva’s brand of brashness. What makes this contradiction stranger is that she does indeed display the kind of behavior I am known to abhor in other players like Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic.
Yet, there is something comically Napoleonic about someone being so tiny yet so terrifying. She gives death glares to any linesperson foolhardy enough not to call the lines as she sees them. She celebrates even the smallest victories like a football fan in a sold-out arena. That level of excitement, I believe, can draw out even the most cynical of critics. Vera gets weepy, Victoria gets sarcastic, and Ana certainly fist pumps too much. But beyond all of that, Yulia gets positively enraged. And that makes her thoroughly entertaining.
So to tennis writers who would be quick to claim they found the witch among us in Yulia Putintseva: consider the possibility that she transcends “offensive,” and is instead “delightfully offensive.” She may, willfully or otherwise, be the tennis equivalent of a cartoon villain, but no one can deny that she loves this sport. Also, winning. Yulia really enjoys winning.
promo codes says
here are some hyperlinks to web pages that we link to mainly because we think they are really worth visiting
top article says
usually posts some quite intriguing stuff like this. If you are new to this site
keine schwangerschaft nach abtreibung says
check below, are some absolutely unrelated web sites to ours, nonetheless, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use
car insurance quotes says
Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything. But
think of if you added some great graphics or videos to give your
posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and video
clips, this site could certainly be one of the most beneficial in its niche.
A to Z Cash says
naturally like your website however you need to check the spelling on quite
a few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues
and I find it very troublesome to tell the truth nevertheless I’ll surely
come again again.
The details talked about in the post are a few of the most effective out there
free no download slots says
Every once inside a even though we opt for blogs that we study. Listed below would be the most current web pages that we decide on
very few web sites that occur to become detailed beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well really worth checking out
t rex motorcycle dealer says
we prefer to honor quite a few other internet sites on the net, even though they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages really worth checking out
pear shaped oil test tubes says
although web sites we backlink to below are considerably not associated to ours, we feel they’re essentially worth a go by way of, so have a look
How To Cure Acne says
I really like reading through an article that will make people think.
Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!
paintless dent repair training says
below youll find the link to some websites that we assume you must visit
Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a handful of unrelated data, nevertheless seriously really worth taking a look, whoa did one particular discover about Mid East has got far more problerms too
tail butt plug says
we prefer to honor several other net websites on the web, even when they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out
one of our guests just lately suggested the following website
the time to read or take a look at the material or web sites we have linked to below the
Cheap International Calls says
we came across a cool website that you just could appreciate. Take a look for those who want
about his says
that is the finish of this write-up. Here youll discover some sites that we feel youll enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over
leading freezer supplier says
that could be the end of this write-up. Here youll find some web sites that we think you will enjoy, just click the links over
Nature's Best Isopure Reviews says
If some one desires to be updated with most up-to-date technologies after that he must be visit this
site and be up to date everyday.
Or, you can fax the finished form for you to: 314-801-9195?
This concept associated with payday loans ended up being
introduced to solve this kind of funds problems felt by many people!
Here is my web-site – http://Photobucket.com/feedback/testing/social12/