"Disgraceful" was how Caroline Wozniacki described some of the officials' calls after her French Open loss Saturday, but she was only describing her own play.
Here's what Wozniacki had to say about the referees after the loss to the Associated Press. Obviously enough, the formerly top-ranked player was on the bad end of some questionable calls.
“It’s a disgrace that mistakes like this are made. It wasn’t even like, ‘Could have been in, could have been out.’ It was clearly out."
What's really a disgrace is Wozniacki's blatant disregard for taking accountability. She got pummeled out of the gates in the first set, won 6-1 by eventual winner Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. The hole she dug for herself ended up being too deep to climb out of despite winning the second set on a tiebreak.
Ask any of the greatest athletes ever, taking accountability and learning from losses is as vital as anything in regards to preparation.
Also, ask any of the greatest coaches about questionable calls and they'll point out that there was more their team could've done as far as winning.
One or two bad calls don't usually make the game, and this is especially true in tennis. In fact, the game of tennis is set up to keep that from happening with tiebreakers and match points.
This won't be the last tennis tournament the 21-year-old phenom plays, and she should be focusing on getting her game better for Wimbledon instead of ratting out the officials.
The former No. 1 player in the world has still yet to win her first major championship, a real testament to her consistency throughout the last few seasons. But she won't be winning her first any time soon if she continues to find people to blame for her losses instead of taking accountability.
Don't get me wrong, Wozniacki is still a growing star and is still pegged to be the next women's tennis great. Soon, she won't have the Williams sisters to compete with and there will be much more room for her to win multiple majors each year.
The fact that she has finished the last two seasons as the top-ranked player in women's tennis only solidifies her soon-to-be status as a champion. But for now, Wozniacki needs to concentrate on her own game and put away her experience at the 2012 French Open.
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