July 28, 2005

Back Pains Force Sharapova to Withdraw From San Diego: Russian-born tennis star Maria Sharapova will not take part in the Acura Classic championship at San Diego. Sharapova is suffering from pain in the small of the back. Recently she found herseft in the Forbes Top Celebs list.

posted by Rodimus to tennis at 07:49 AM - 10 comments

Wonder how that happened eh? Right, right, say no more, say no more.

posted by insomnyuk at 09:13 AM on July 28

Looks like Sharapova also chose to skip the Bank of the West Classic, the women's opener in the US Open Series, which is going on now (the men started their series with the RCA Championships last week, which was won by unseeded player Robby Ginepri, and are playing the Mercedes-Benz Cup this week). The series is a lot of tennis, and if you want to be around for the Big Dance at the end, you've gotta pace yourself. I wonder, though -- Sharapova mentioned wanting to be able to play in a couple of tournaments in the fall, so does this mean she's going to junk everything but the US Open itself?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:16 AM on July 28

Not only is she a good tennis player but she has some great legs. I hope she is okay to play in the US Open. Otherwise, I'm going to miss her.

posted by dbt302 at 11:22 AM on July 28

Not only is she a good tennis player but she has some great legs. See, that's why I love SpoFi--it's full of folks who are willing to say what the rest of the world conveniently "overlooks."

posted by Uncle Toby at 12:12 PM on July 28

Why I love SpoFi is the consistently high level of sports content, as opposed to peripheral crap like comments about female athletes' looks and adolescent sexual innuendo.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 01:09 PM on July 28

I take exception that my comment referencing a certain Monty Python sketch is being interpreted as adolescent sexual innuendo.

posted by insomnyuk at 02:09 PM on July 28

I thought that adolescent sexual innuendo was the whole point of that sketch, insomnyuk! Candid, candid photography...

posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:15 PM on July 28

(You know that's what I trying to point out, right, lbb? I mean, the admittedly weak joke there was that her legs are not exactly overlooked or underdiscussed.)

posted by Uncle Toby at 03:23 PM on July 28

Yah, Uncle Toby, I got it. I was being sarcastic in turn: link about tennis, total of one and a half comments prior to mine actually about tennis. Great signal to noise ratio, no really.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:55 AM on July 29

Back in the '80s, the Fleet Street tabloids would always publish outlandish stories about the more attractive players at Wimbledon. Remember "Bonking Boris" Becker and "Gorgeous Gaby" Sabatini? What would write about Maria if her back flared up a month ago? "Shagging Sharapova"? "Moaning Maria"?

posted by L.N. Smithee at 11:03 PM on July 30

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