Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Here's who's breaking bad in tennis
By Matt Wilansky
NEW YORK -- When Hank’s slow, agonizing quest to find Heisenberg finally gave way to the realization that the most nefarious drug lord in New Mexico was actually family, his bad dream became nothing short of a horror flick.
It was the seminal moment in an epically slow descent into chaos. The revelation of the mastermind behind the meth empire hit a lot closer to home than Hank could have ever imagined when he discovered the truth about his brother-in-law, Walt White.
We’re talking about “Breaking Bad,” of course. And much like some of today's tennis players, the show's forecast is a little murky. How it will end is anyone’s guess. (Feel free to speculate in our comments section, though.) With that in mind, here's who's breaking bad (in terms of results) on the court:
Filippo Volandri: With a 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 loss to John Isner in the US Open opener, Volandri has dropped his past 20 hard-court matches. The last time he won a Grand Slam match? Six years ago. To summarize, he’s breaking horrifically.
Mardy Fish: Gotta feel for the guy who is beset by life-threatening heart ailments. But he’s only 3-5 this season and has not played a single Grand Slam match. And no one would be surprised if he followed in James Blake’s footsteps and called it a career.
Samantha Stosur: She claimed she was playing the quality of tennis that led her to a win here in New York two years ago -- and then, of course, suffered a first-round loss to 297th-ranked Victoria Duval on Tuesday. But the good news for Stosur: She played a vital role in Duval’s "Rudy"-esque performance.
Jerzy Janowicz: With his run to the Wimbledon semis, Janowicz became the most uplifting storyline in tennis. This is a guy who had endured poverty for years, so much so that he slept in his car during tournaments. But with expectations at all-time highs in Flushing, he ignominiously lost to Maximo Gonzalez in his opener. But the good news for Jerzy Boy, who took home a nifty $610,000 from his Wimbledon display, he probably now has a few sweet options to snooze beyond his car.
Angelique Kerber: She’s failed to reach a major quarterfinal this season and her ranking has fallen to No. 9. In her past three events, Kerber has lost in the first round twice. Not the kind of momentum you want heading into the final Slam of the season.
Sabine Lisicki: Has a pretty interesting pedigree with her father a doctor and her mother an artist. So naturally Lisicki is a tennis player. She made the Wimbledon final, which included a win over Serena Williams. But the German has had an underwhelming summer (1-2 record) since tearfully losing to Marion Bartoli in the All England Club final.
Maria Sharapova: Hired Jimmy Connors. Fired Jimmy Connors. Hurt her shoulder. Seriously considered changing her legal name to Sugarpova. Dropped out of the US Open. Ugh.