Wednesday October 26th, 2011

ISTANBUL -- Vera Zvonareva admitted to being tired as her year draws to a close. But when asked whether she thought the offseason should be longer, she articulated a very good summation of the scheduling dilemma.

"There are some pluses and there are some minuses," Zvonareva said Tuesday after her loss to Petra Kvitova at the WTA Championships. "Those people that played a lot of matches throughout the season, and I'm among them, those people that play until the end including the Championships and including the Fed Cup, well, it will be good to have extra weeks of rest, for sure, because we are pretty tired and we had a long season.

"But those players that weren't involved, for example, here in the Championships or the Fed Cup tournament, and those players that played maybe twice less matches than I did during [the] season, for them, maybe they need to play. It's enough time before the new season. "So you cannot really say if it's too long or too short, no?  It's just, for each player, different. Tennis is an individual sport, and you can't make it perfect for everybody, because our schedule is based on our performance. We don't have a fixed amount of matches that we have to play, and you cannot make it equal to everybody. So everyone has got to make right choices in their own scheduling.  That's it."

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.