It hit me after the first few games of Ivanovic v. Hantuchova. As likable as “It Girl” Ana is, with her smooth game and milk-fed gorgeousness (could she possibly be the most beautiful pro tennis player ever???), I’m just not ready to make a commitment.
I think I’m falling for Daniela Hantuchova.
In some ways Dani’s game’s standard-issue WTA: big, flat groundies, so-so movement and a tendency to tighten up on the big points. But, wait, there’s more! Her arms are fluid and loose when she swings, adding grace and touch to the power. She can hit hard and deep, open up the court with a deft angle and come to net for the volley. Added bonus: NO GRUNTING! How nice to hear the crisp pop of ball against strings.
But she gets so nervous – an agonizing, white knuckled kind of tightness – and that’s why Ana’s into the finals. At least Dani’s sparing me the sight of her weaknesses being split open and splayed from one doubles alley to the other by Maria “the Uzi” Sharapova.
Did you see the way Daniela ran off the court after the match? I shudder to think of the scene in the locker room.