I made it to pre-calculus in high school, but can’t remember how to do a proof. So here goes a laywoman’s pro/con list:
AHHHHH! (serve), AHHHH! (hit to one corner), AHHHH! (hit to the other corner), AHHHHHHHHHHH! (swinging forehand volley) COME ON! (awkward fist pump and cut to Papa Yuri)
Sure, the girl’s pretty, but more importantly she’s STRONG. She doesn’t cry, she doesn’t whine, and even in defeat she looks like she’d rather punch you than lean on your shoulder.
She’s from Siberia and has a rags to riches story.
She’s first and foremost a tennis player. After last season’s service yips and Serena beat-downs, most of us would’ve buried our heads in the Manhattan Beach sand. But Maria decided to get fit and tighten-up her game.
I love her off-court style – whether it’s Philip Lim or Peter Som, the woman can work a dress. She rarely does the tacky, boring stuff that Lindsay Lohan and Co. wear.
Maria’s game isn’t pretty, but she’s doing beautiful things for tennis.