In what must be a sweet result for those who care about the game of tennis, Anastasija Sevastova beat Maria Sharapova Sunday in a showdown between a proven cheater and a truly original comeback player from Latvia.
It took 3 sets: 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. And Sharapova pulled out all her disreputable tricks in order to get past Sevastova. But this time, it didn’t work.
When the momentum was definitely turning against Sharapova – losing the second set – she pulled out her old “bathroom break” trick – the same trick she pulled against Halep in the first round when Halep had taken the second set.
Funny. How many top players pull that “bathroom break” shtick at such pivotal moments? And how many pull them when they just WON a set? Never.
Then, throughout the match as Sevastova attempted to serve Sharapova pulled the “wait, I’m turning my back to you while I gather myself” move. How many other players pull this stink move? Only the diva’s, like Sharapova. How many refs call them on this stink delay-of-game move as they are supposed to? None.
Then, in the decisive third set, Sharapova called a trainer to tape her finger causing another long delay.
The fact that all players on the tour know Sharapova pulls these tricks all the time and despise her for it goes unmentioned by announcers who forever fawn over the Maria Machine.
The Maria Meldonium Machine. Taking the same performance enhancement prescription drug that was favored by the cheating Russian Athletic Olympic Machine. For 10 years she took it Meldonium even though its manufacturer says it is not supposed to be taken longer than 6 months. An Rx that is not available anywhere in the world except Latvia. Why? Because no other reputable drug company wants to produce it. Which means Maria, for over 10 years, had a quack write prescriptions for this drug against its manufacturer’s own directives. And then had these drugs shipped across the ocean into the US where she’s lived for most of her adult life.
Isn’t it sweet that the feisty Sevastova, a Latvian, whooped Maria?
Sometimes, justice is served. By a feisty Latvian with a real attitude.
Congrats, Anastasija Sevastova!