Based on the draw at the All-England Club, at least three Russian women should have made the round of 16 this year at the world’s most important tennis tournament: Maria Sharapova (#3), Maria Kirilenko (#10) and Nadia Petrova (#16).
But why be so pessimistic? Why couldn’t Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (#21) or Elena Vesnina (#22) or Elena Makarova (#27) have played heroically and taken out a higher ranked player or two? Shouldn’t Russia have hoped to have four or five players vying for spots in the quarterfinals?
Yes, they should. But when the rubber met the road not one Russian woman did so. Not. One.
Two Americans reached the round of 16. A British woman made recent history and did so as well. But. Not. One. Russian.
Sharapova was booted out of the tournament in the second round in easy straight sets by a player not ranked in the world’s top 130.
Kirilenko did even worse, losing her very first match of the tournament to an unseeded rival. Petrova did the same. Both Russians lost in easy straight sets, just like Sharapova. Not only did they lose, in other words, they lost disgracefully and pathetically.
Makarova was the only one of six seeded Russian players who didn’t humiliate her country; she managed to reach the third round and lost there to a much higher seed, pushing her opponent to a third set.
So once again, Russia was exposed as a total fraud when it comes to women’s tennis. Another year, another epic collapse by the Russians. And let’s not forget that Russia’s “best” player, Sharapova, doesn’t even live in Russia and didn’t learn her game there, she emigrated to the USA as a child and hardly ever returns to Russia.