Daily Bagel: WTA eyes medical timeout rule after Victoria Azarenka controversy
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• Video: Marion Bartoli got Hot Shot honors for her defensive abilities in Doha. Her final pick-up was even more impressive considering she hit it with two hands.
• In apparent response to the Victoria Azarenka controversy in Australia, the WTA is reviewing its medical timeout rule.
• Enjoyed reading Tom Tebbutt's list of tennis-related pet peeves on his Tuesday blog.
• As Carl Bialik writes in the Wall Street Journal, Esther Vergeer was incredibly dominant before her 470-match winning streak started.
Had Vergeer retired right after losing her last singles match instead of waiting another 10 years and 470 singles wins, Vergeer already would have been incredibly successful. Before losing to Australian Daniela Di Toro by the surprisingly one-sided score of 6-1, 6-4 in Sydney in 2003, Vergeer had won 89 straight matches. During that run, she won six matches by 6-0, 6-0, won at least 39 sets by 6-0 overall, lost 11 sets and dropped an average of just 2.2 games per match. After the Di Toro loss, Vergeer’s singles record remained superb — a career mark of 224-25, meaning she’d won 90% of her matches. (Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal top the modern men’s chartswith a career winning percentage of 82.7%; Chris Evert, perhaps the most dominant woman in WTA history, won 90% of her career singles matches.)
• Coach Patrick Mouratoglou tells The Tennis Space tennis doesn't have a doping problem.
• Brazilian journalist Alexandre Cossenza tweeted this picture of a line coming off the court in at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo. He says doubles player Alexander Peya told him the courts were problematic.
• Interesting read here from Foot Fault asking whether professional tennis has peaked.
• Jarkko Nieminen beat David Goffin 6-0, 6-0 on Tuesday in Rotterdam, and Twitter had a lot to say about it. • Non-tennis: The Chinese mock North Korea on Weibo as a satirical dig at Chinese leadership.