Broady Ostapenko Argument Essay

WTA rules state that "players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person ... for the purposes of this rule, physical abuse is the unauthorised touching of an official, opponent and spectator or other person".

Players can face disqualification and be fined up to US$10,000 ($14,150) for such incidents.

Ostapenko claimed the racquet slipped from her hand accidentally, an excuse accepted by the chair umpire, who let the Latvian off with a warning.

"The chair umpire said Jelena said to him that it slipped from her hand, so he said it was just a code violation or something," said Broady.

"But on the replay it's quite clear that it didn't slip from her hand, but that's tennis, you go by what the chair umpire says and get on with the match and I managed to keep myself together quite well."

"We had a bit of a confrontation, but she's going to be a fantastic player and I'm sure we'll both learn from any mistakes we made today and move forwards."

Broady, who appeared near tears while speaking to a tour supervisor on court, composed herself to finish the match on top.

The 25-year-old, who beat former world number one Ana Ivanovic in the first round, will now face American Sloane Stephens.

It can be argued that Wimbledon, while the most prestigious Grand Slam, is the least entertaining men’s major. The same cannot be argued on the women’s side. The grass brings out brilliant aesthetics on the WTA, giving big servers like Sabine Lisicki their moment in the sun, as well as boosting the lacking power of counter-punchers like Angie Kerber, Aga Radwanska and Kirsten Flipkens, among others.

By normalizing the pattern of service breaks and adding to the tension of those break chances, Wimbledon facilitates classics like Petra Kvitova’s win over Venus Williams three years ago, or the 2005 title match between the elder Williams and Lindsay Davenport. A potential new chapter in that tradition is the most likely final this year between year-to-date points leader Karolina Pliskova and Kvitova, already back to favorite status after just two events since returning in the face of incredible odds following the attack in her home late last year.

In the absence of defending champion Serena Williams, can Venus go one step further after being denied by Serena in Australia? Can Victoria Azarenka make noise in her first major back from maternity leave? Or will the Kvitova/Pliskova matchup come to fruition?

Our picks:

NOTABLE ABSENCES: Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Sam Stosur, Laura Siegemund


First projected seed meetings: Angie Kerber/Lucie Safarova, Garbine Muguruza/Kiki Bertens, Svetlana Kuznetsova/Lauren Davis, Aga Radwanska/Timea Bacsinszky

Notable floaters: Kirsten Flipkens, Misaki Doi, Shelby Rogers, Oceane Dodin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Jelena Jankovic, Monica Puig, Ekaterina Makarova, Ons Jabeur

Best first-round matches: Safarova/Dodin, Radwanska/Jankovic, Bacsinszky/Puig

  • Some have compared Kerber to Andy Murray and questioned why Kerber has earned more negativity than her male counterpart at world No. 1. It’s debatable whether one was more scrutinized than the other, yet it’s now fair considering Murray made a deep run at the French Open. I’m still a Kerber believer, but no one has her getting back to the final in London, whereas an early Murray loss would feel seismic. The time for Kerber to rebuild might be after the U.S. Open, when she has vacated her best results and the spotlight fades for the indoor season. Not to say she can’t handle pressure, it’s just a pattern that has been seen before and could set her up to rebound in 2018.
  • As for another struggling former finalist, picking Muguruza is rather tempting. She’s firmly in the Kvitova mold now, where picking her or not picking her could look equally as foolish. In her first Slam since being dethroned in Paris, she finds herself in a quarter devoid of a favorite like Pliskova, Williams, Kvitova or even Azarenka.
  • Radwanska should be the favorite in this quarter, except her 2017 season has been shockingly dreadful. The former No. 2 is just 11-10, and merely 6-10 against the top 100. In a cruel plot twist, Radwanska, essentially incapable to beat either Serena Williams or Sharapova, finds herself almost drawing dead at her best major in the year neither of those two roadblocks are present.
  • Last year was the first time Kuznetsova made it to Manic Monday since 2008. Her career-best result of quarterfinals all came between 2003 and 2007.


First projected seed meetings: Karolina Pliskova/Zhang Shuai, Nastia Pavlyuchenkova/Dasha Gavrilova, Caroline Wozniacki/Dasha Kasatkina, Kiki Mladenovic/Coco Vandeweghe

Notable floaters: Monica Niculescu, Julia Goerges, Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens, Nastia Potapova, Anett Kontaveit, Tsvetana Pironkova, Timea Babos, Sara Errani

Best first-round matches: Woznaicki/Babos, Stephens/Riske

  • Pliskova has to like her draw. Unless Niculescu’s funky game mucks things up, Pliskova could have very smooth sailing. Her biggest threats in this quarter (Mladenovic and Vandeweghe) are both on the other side of it, and would face each other in the third round, enhancing the chance neither make it to the quarterfinals.
  • This is the least intriguing quarter of the draw, simply because players like Wozniacki and Kasatkina are stronger on other surfaces.
  • Wimbledon marks the return to the WTA Tour for Stephens. Because it’s on grass, her opener against fellow American Riske is a tough one.
  • This year marks the main draw debut for Potapova, the 2016 girls champion and former top-ranked junior who only turned 16 in March.
  • Pironkova was once an annual Wimbledon darling, reaching the second week three times in a four-year span, including the 2010 semifinals. However, her last win came in 2013; since then she has lost twice in the first round to Belinda Bencic and once to Varvara Lepchenko.


First projected seed meetings: Elina Svitolina/Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Jelena Ostapenko/Madison Keys, Dominika Cibulkova/Ana Konjuh, Venus Williams/Barbora Strycova

Notable floaters: Sabine Lisicki, Andrea Petkovic, Naomi Broady, Irina-Camelia Begu, Naomi Osaka, Elise Mertens, Camila Giorgi, Alize Cornet, Carina Witthoeft, Francesca Schiavone, Ash Barty

Best first-round matches: Cibulkova/Petkovic, Konjuh/Lisicki, Svitolina/Barty, Williams/Mertens, Giorgi/Cornet

  • After already expressing doubt about Wimbledon because of foot problems, Svitolina got a nasty opening draw against Barty, who reached the Birmingham final.
  • There certainly are some contenders in this quarter, but overall Williams can’t be unhappy with her route. She probably is the slight favorite, especially since she’s on the weaker half of it, while Ostapenko, Keys, Lucic-Baroni and others fight it out.
  • Keys has had success on grass before and the vibes around her are up after a successful second wrist surgery. The big test for her will be in Round 2 against either Giorgi or Cornet, which will be a cracker of an opening matchup.
  • Normally a first-time Slam champ is overvalued in their next major. However, French Open winner Ostapenko is now on her favorite surface and seems the type to confront her new reality head-on. After the top contenders, Ostapenko could be the most interesting player to follow in the entire draw.
  • Lisicki, anyone? “Boom Boom,” the 2013 finalist, is back on tour and debuts against a younger, higher upside version of herself in rising Ana Konjuh. Pity the poor tennis balls in this matchup of home run hitters. The winner could easily survive into Manic Monday, considering Cibulkova’s struggles this season.


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