Clay court cows and Grass court goats

21 06 2009

A clay court cow is tennis player who is like a cow on ice on the clay courts. Plays perfectly fine on other courts but never achieves much on the clay. An example of that is Maria Sharapova. Then there are women who just hardly win a round or 2 every now and then on hard/clay-courts but all of a sudden shine in the grass court month. One of them is Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn. This week she won the title in Rosmalen for the second time in a row after beating world number 1 Dinara Safina  7-5 7-5. This match on any other surface would have been an easy win for Safina, because of Tanasugarn’s poor fitness and lack of power. But her backhand that hardly bounces on the grass and great touch she is a threat to all players on the grass. Hope she can repeat last years quarter finals at Wimbledon. Players like her are the reasons the grass season is so much fun.

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