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Tilting at Windmills

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January 27, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

6-1, 2-0, RET....I suppose any win is a good win, but has anyone ever before won a grand slam title via forfeits in both the semifinal and final rounds? And did Justine Henin-Hardenne really just have an upset stomach? Weird.

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My stomach would hurt too if I were down 6-1, 2-0.

Posted by: cedichou on January 28, 2006 at 12:02 AM | PERMALINK

In other news of the weird, Jeff Gannon meets the 82nd Airborne.

Posted by: AvengingAngel on January 28, 2006 at 12:10 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, isn't one of the first rules of sports not to eat anything out of the ordinary on game day? Seafood, in a hot and humid climate like southern Australia (even with the retractable roof closed) is probably not the best thing to eat before stepping up for a championship. I hope Mauresmo can put in a good showing on the home courts in five months, and that the Belgians will be right back at it as well.

Posted by: Ryan.m. on January 28, 2006 at 12:42 AM | PERMALINK

Actually three of her seven opponents retired

Posted by: lurcher on January 28, 2006 at 1:02 AM | PERMALINK

Reminds me of the Leonard-Duran "no mas" fight. (For Duran it was supposedly "bad soup")

Posted by: BenM on January 28, 2006 at 1:20 AM | PERMALINK

This has an obvious stink. Justine was clearly outplayed and she bowed out rather than give Amelie her due, the slow motion shot of the victor raising her arms in triumph on match point, having conquered her demons. A truly classless act, and it's not the first time we've seen questionable behavior from Justine. It's all well and good to be competitive but this was poor sportsmanship, plain and simple.

Posted by: smoothfederator on January 28, 2006 at 1:44 AM | PERMALINK

I see the Australian tennis lobby is already leading you around like camel with a sharpened stick stabbed through its nasal septum.

Posted by: Satan on January 28, 2006 at 3:07 AM | PERMALINK

Huh? what are you talking about?

Posted by: Bill on January 28, 2006 at 3:17 AM | PERMALINK

The lady was sick. I think she was food poisoned and had a bad case of the runs. She couldn't stay on the court with dignity. I'm sure she'll come back strong as ever. I was rooting for underdog Mauresmo, but it was a disapoointment not to win fair and square against a healthy opponent.

Posted by: Gayle on January 28, 2006 at 8:02 AM | PERMALINK


Unless we can pin the blame on George Bush, I'm not interested in reading about it.

Please Kevin, find an anti-Bush angle to this. There must be one somewhere.

Posted by: howie on January 28, 2006 at 8:31 AM | PERMALINK

The lady was sick. I think she was food poisoned and had a bad case of the runs.

Hmm. The article didn't use the term "stomach cramps", which is the usual euphemism for diarrhea, so I dunno.

Posted by: Thlayli on January 28, 2006 at 8:52 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, Mauresmo is French... It's more a blame it on Chirac pin.

By the way Justine said herself that she was upset by the anti-inflamatory she took.

Posted by: remi on January 28, 2006 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

Every time I see an inane post about sports on the Political Animal, I can't help but think you take advantage of "personal" postings on this site.

I imagine you view it as a way to "lighten" the agenda, sprinkle a bit of spice into the political stew, but it has the effect of lessening your stature in the eyes of your readers and critics.

I suggest you save sports blogging to your email world, you'll get better feedback.

So on that note here are some suggested topics for the weekend.

1. Google Search issues/NSA snooping
2. Why public education is failing
3. The Challenger Event: Where were you and what were you doing? (I was building a huge garden gate in Olympia, Washington for a demonstration market organic garden at The Evergreen State College)
4. Hamas
5. Conserving Energy: Moral versus Economic

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on January 28, 2006 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

Hey Tom, do you also think it lowers the standard of the NY Times that they have a sports section? Or that they do something other than write stories just on what you are interested? Some people think there's more to life than politics - I'm sad to hear you're not one of them.

And I agree it looked very odd that Henin-Hardenne retired in that way. If Mauresmo had already one three or four slam titles it might not have been such a big deal, but to see her looking so upset as she won the title she'd been working for for years was quite sad. Even if Henin-Hardenne couldn't do much more than put the ball back in play, she should have tried to let Mauresmo win it on the court.

Posted by: Brian Weatherson on January 28, 2006 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

I respectfully suggest Tom Nicholson conserves some of his own moral energy for more efficient use elsewhere.

Posted by: Simon Cabulea May on January 28, 2006 at 12:02 PM | PERMALINK

Tell ya' what Tom; when you start paying for the bandwidth on this site, then your opinion on what is worth discussing will have some weight. Until then, you may wish to consider that there are a few other sites avilable in cyberspace with which to spend your attention.

Posted by: Will Allen on January 28, 2006 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, there were three of her opponents who did not finsh!

Posted by: Roger on January 28, 2006 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

As a fan of Martina Hingis, I am indifferent. It's a shame, though, that one's first Grand Slam was under these circumstances.

Posted by: gq on January 28, 2006 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

What an idiot, that Tom guy. Stature? What the ...? This is a blog, by a guy named Kevin, who chooses to set things up to look like a news site, when, of course we all know, it jsut the most democratic of sites: talk radio done in print.
As to sports...Hm. Perhaps the road to victory is being paved with intentional withdrawls and subsequent wins by default?

Posted by: Chris on January 28, 2006 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

If Henin-Hardenne had been WINNING 6-1 2-0, would she have quit? Not a chance. Inexcusable on her part. She'd just played a 33-shot rally a minute earlier, she could have gone on.

And it's not Mauresmo's fault that players kept on getting exhausted, hurt, or sick while playing her. Here's a woman who's had the "choke" stapled to her for years, and she finally wins a big one, and it's like an anticlimax.

Posted by: Jim Bartle on January 28, 2006 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

Since Mauresmo won over two retiring Belgians in a row, I guess we can start calling the Belgians "Ale-swilling surrender monkeys" or members of the "coalition of the swilling" or something. And of course, we really know that "Freedom Fries" are Belgian, not French. Yep, indeedy.

The Australian Open is usually won by a very fit player--it gets really hot there in the summer. I understand that fitness is what Mauresmo has really been working on.

Posted by: me2i81 on January 28, 2006 at 7:20 PM | PERMALINK

Even if Henin-Hardenne couldn't do much more than put the ball back in play, she should have tried to let Mauresmo win it on the court.

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Posted by: 343 on January 29, 2006 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

I imagine you view it as a way to "lighten" the agenda, sprinkle a bit of spice into the political stew, but it has the effect of lessening your stature in the eyes of your readers and critics.

Posted by: poli on January 30, 2006 at 2:57 AM | PERMALINK

Get over it people! Does the cat-blogging also lessen Kevin's stature? If you don't like a topic, scroll past it. Sheesh.

Posted by: short fuse on January 30, 2006 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

Tom, I can recommend a proctologist to get that huge stick out of your ass.

Posted by: TOTL on January 30, 2006 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

Reminds me of the old baseball euphemism used to explain a last minute substitution in the starting lineup, particularly for a day game following a night game. "Flu-like symptoms." That, of course, means "hangover."

Posted by: diddy on January 30, 2006 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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