Small Boobs = Big Win for Halep Over French Champ Li at US Open
by Jeremy Davis | August 31st, 2011, 12:47 am

Romanian teen Simona Halep ushered No. 6 seed and reigning French Open champion Na Li out of the US Open 6-2, 7-5 on Tuesday, a remarkable result on a couple fronts.
Li, lacking the happy-go-lucky court demeanor that gained her fans around the world during her run in Paris, appeared distracted and severely lacking in confidence in a display that included 54 unforced errors and much frowning.

“French Open is like three months (ago) already,” said Na, addressing her game dropping off the cliff Ana Ivanovic-style. “I mean, is enough time to forget.”

The 29-year-old Li reportedly used an expletive to describe her effort, and after the match buried her face in a towel.

“I really want to do well after Roland Garros, but, you know, I mean, it’s not easy to do,” said Li, who has a 6-5 win-loss record since winning at Roland Garros. “Now I even lose all the confidence on the court.”

Halep, who last year was the subject of an internet campaign by fans to not go through with a planned breast reduction, did little more than keep the ball in play and let Li implode, striking only five winners over the two sets.

The teen, a former French Open junior champion, had been an internet tissues-and-lotion sensation with her ample bosoms, which measured 34DD. She said the prize-winning melons were not only a distraction (aside, we guess, from some cheesecake photos she engaged in featuring the flotilla), but uncomfortable and caused her back pain.

She spent part of the summer of 2010 recovering from the breast reduction surgery, which dropped her to a more comfortable two-palm-grab 34C.

As she explained to her internet army of bathroom waste-basket fillers at the time, “It’s the weight that troubles me. My ability to react quickly, my breasts make me uncomfortable when I play…I don’t like them in my everyday life, either. I would have gone for surgery even if I hadn’t been a sportswoman.”

World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki had little trouble Tuesday in a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Nuria Llagostera Vives, but got testy with the media afterwards when asked one too many ‘Why can’t you win a Slam?’ questions.

“I know that everyone has to write their stories, but I think it’s — we should move on,” Wozniacki said. “Ask me about something else, something more interesting.”

Other Top 10 winners Tuesday were No. 4 Victoria Azarenka, No. 7 Francesca Schiavone outlasting Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, and No. 10 Andrea Petkovic.

No. 21 Daniela Hantuchova was another seeded exit, losing to Pauline Parmentier, and Mona Barthel topped No. 32 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

More unseeded winners of note were former Top 5er Jelena Dokic, Alize Cornet, former No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, Mirjana Lucic, and Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Sloane Stephens.

No. 28 seed Serena Williams was the final night match, putting her ample bosoms behind her weight of shot to unceremoniously pound Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 6-1.

Matches to look for Wednesday include Venus Williams vs. (22) Sabine Lisicki, Belarus’ Anastasiya Yakimova vs. (3) Maria Sharapova, American comer Madison Keys vs. (27) Lucie Safarova, American comer Coco Vandeweghe vs. (9) Samantha Stosur, (8) Marion Bartoli vs. American comer Christina McHale, (14) Dominika Cibulkova vs. former NCAA champ Irina Falconi, and an all-Russian in Vera Dushevina vs. (25) Maria Kirilenko.

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19 Comments for Small Boobs = Big Win for Halep Over French Champ Li at US Open

BT Says:

“She said the prize-winning melons…”

“…dropped her to a more comfortable two-palm-grab 34C”

“Serena Williams was the final night match, putting her ample bosoms behind her weight of shot”

LOL hilarious!

margot Says:

This is a really gratuitous piece of journalism. Sexism is alive and well on tennisx. Congrats on reaching new depth.

Colin Says:

Margot, that’s just what I thought. It’s only one step up from the disgusting stuff posted by unpleasant adolescents on YouTube. Did it come from the author of the tank/trunk column?
I am constantly baffled by the mostly American obsession with huge breasts. Far from demonstrating macho coolness, it suggests desperate immaturity. Can’t these guys perceive that a woman is female unless she has, so to speak, a sign hanging round her neck saying “I’m a woman”?
Who was the ultimate screen sex symbol for many years? Brigitte Bardot (35-19-35)!

margot Says:

Yes, Colin you’re right, it does show “desperate immaturity.” Are the people who write this 13 year old adolescent boys, perhaps?

someone Says:

omfg margot and colin, can’t you idiots take a joke?

Colin Says:

Someone, I had an exzcellent sense of humour before you were born or thought of (which probably wasn’t long ago). Anyway, this isn’t The Onion. The last time I looked this was a website devoted to tennis, not “jokes”.

Colin Says:

Try “excellent”.

Someoneelse Says:

Poor form, tennis-x. And not funny.

Kimberly Says:

typical jeremy davis article.

Wayne Says:

jeremy you are a little obsessed with boobs.

i hope caroline wozniacki gets mad every interview, they need to give her some respect.

margot Says:

Oh pleeese, not that old chestnut you can’t “take a joke.”

someone Says:

because you old retards clearly can’t take one

Richard Says:

it’s one thing to make fun of her boobs but to keep going back and back to it along with all the tissues and lotion remarks??? Jeremy, got any fantasies you want to share about Roddick’s newly shaved legs??? get real.

Gregoire Gentil Says:

Two articles on women tennis at Tennis-X: wow!!! The long one about Mattek-Sands has zero comment. The small one that focuses on very “essential things” – thanks Jeremy – has a lot of comments!

margot Says:

someone: oh dear, someone needing to write insults has clearly lost the argument. Go take a long look at how so called humour has been used to keep women in their place for hundreds of years. Just keep reminding us that Serena’s achievements are solely due to her “ample bosoms.” Just in case we should think, for a misguided instant, that she has a fine tennis brain.

jane Says:

This is the only extended metaphor the writer could come up with for an article on women’s tennis? Big boobs versus small boobs? Seems rather juvenile – hormonal, even. LOL!

Richard Says:

Just plain STUPID is what it is Jane….LOL

truthsquad Says:

This was a tacky article. I think most people’s reaction has nothing to do with having or not having s sense of humor….it just that the article was so juvenile and poorly written.

But hey – sex sells, so if this is where this site is heading, then by all means be an equal opportunity provocateur….and get cracking on that follow up article about Nadal’s big meaty ass…sure you can think of lots of delicious puns to cover that one….

Skeezerweezer Says:

^ oh they have covered that hot sexy vamos of a dude very well….beach shots, armani, you name it ;). This is a dysfunctional tennis blog, and tennis x has a reputation to uphold. Didn’t find the write that spectatular either, but looks like most are reading it. Some its a just a joke, to some its sexist and insulting. All understandable.

It is a serious issue about a woman having to have those to swing with. Serena doesn’t seem to have issues with it, but i have personally known wome women where they for sure get in the way of hitting a decent groundstroke, especially a 2 hander. If you google some pics of this gal, you can totally understand from a tennis players view why she had this procedure done, no?

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