As Marine of Tennis Notebook promised, she’s extended her list of emotional WTA players, based on your suggestions. You’re welcome to leave a comment on her guest post.
After the great feedback on the article “Top 5 emotional players in womens tennis”, with many of you providing some perfect tips on other potential candidates, I have compiled a follow-up on the previous chart.
In any sport pressure of expectations and criticism can either make you or break you. Dinara’s story is unfortunately based on the second scenario. Hot temper runs in Safin family, just look at her older brother Marat who also could put on quite a “show” back in his playing days. Mental resilience is not Safina’s strength. Especially her Grand Slam performances had shown how much the pressure can get to her head. Instead of a great triumph at several Grand Slam finals, fans saw her playing an unusually mediocre game after a series of great performances.
It is nothing more frustrating for the player than to lose a match which they started off in an impressive fashion or were very close to winning. There was a time when no lead was safe in Victoria’s hands and she often ended up in an emotional turmoil because of that. Sometimes venting helped because she raised the level of her performance, but sometimes she just broke a few rackets.
Hot temper can be put to the best use if you use it to pump yourself up. Anna is pretty good at it and sometimes it helped her to overcome tight and stressful situations. An example is a match in Fed Cup against Israel where she was fighting the adversity of the crowd with loud come-ons after every point she scored.
This choice of the readers surprised me because Caroline usually shows off a very laid-back personality. Well who would not be relaxed in her situation? Her performance is rock-solid and it is becoming unusual to see her lose. Anyway, Sunshine has also been “covered by clouds” sometimes. When the things do not go as smoothly as she is used to, usually she resorts to throwing a racket or quarrelling with herself. The only emotionally difficult times for Wozniacki occur during Grand Slams. The rumour goes that after her loss at the Australian Open 2011 she spent a long time in tears back in the locker room.
Aravane is a player you cannot overlook. Apart from eye-catching dresses, she possesses a great fighting spirit and has “in it to win it” attitude no matter who she stands up against. The will to win is obvious from her body language when almost every won point is celebrated with fist pumps and jumping around. On the other hand, when the tactic does not work she is shouting at herself after every lost ball. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)
I was very pleased in seeing Aravane in this list 😉
It’s true: She can’t be overlooked. I love her fight-spirit. It’s never boring watching a match with Aravane! That’s why she’s one of my favorites. She’ll be in the Top-Ten one day!
Go Aravane!!! 😉
Marine, great article like the others 🙂
Thanks a lot,I have also just posted a new article at my blog, so if you have time check it out 🙂
Wozniacki is still very pretty even when under pressure. I really like her a lot! I don’t mind seeing her having tantrums sometimes! http://www.tennisround.com
How is Flavia not in that list?
The constant shouting at herself when its not going well, giving the umpire the finger (against Mauresmo in Fed Cup).
Fiery, emotional Italian!! lol
I agree with Tony, Flavia is more emotional that Caro.
Caro is more like a spoiled baby, and throws a tantrum when she doesn’t get her way. Its not emotion.
Yeah, now when Tony is saying it… Flavia is one of the most emotional, too.
She is a runner-up then 🙂
I had to leave a few days because of the University and see what I had lost!! 😀
Nice article, like the other, written in fun and enjoyable way… I agree with Tony, our Flavia can be very emotional 🙂 …It ‘s a good idea if you decide to write the third part 😉
Vera Zvonareva must be one happy girl for not making this list the obvious #1 choice. Too me she is in a league of her own for emotional breakdowns.
Oops never mind. Ignore my comment above. There was a part 1 which I just read. My world makes sense again 🙂
VC, yes, I just wanted to tell you that 🙂
You missed which I actually think is number one Alize Cornet !