I criticise the SMH so much because it’s my newspaper of choice. I read it every morning. And I hold them to a high standard. But seriously? What the fuck is this: The new blonde bombshell of tennis: from Russia’s ‘toxic’ Barbie with love
Most tennis blondes would flick their ponytails in annoyance at anyone who made a comparison between them and Anna Kournikova, or who considered whether they had been inspired by Russia’s ‘toxic’ Barbie.
Firstly, the headline doesn’t even make sense because Caroline Wozniacki is Danish.
Secondly, “most tennis blondes would flick their ponytails in annoyance” is one of the most condescending things I’ve seen a journo write in a long time.
Known in Denmark as the ‘Princess of Tennis’, she is plainly a better athlete and a more talented tennis player than Kournikova ever was, and if she beats Russia’s Vera Zvonareva today and then goes on to defeat Belgium’s Kim Clijsters or America’s Venus Williams in tomorrow evening’s final, she will have won something Kournikova never did – credibility.
Kournikova got very rich by being a tease, by never quite doing it on a tennis court.
Someone should tell Kournikova that tennis players can make obscene amounts of money just by winning tennis tournaments.
It’s from the Telegraph in London but there’s no byline on this pathetic, mean-spirited, narky piece of “journalism”.
You know, the more we give people rubbish like this (and wire copy), the less likely they are to pay for it once the media companies we work for throw pay walls up everywhere. And then what happens?