Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Askmen: Sharapova in, Ivanovic out

Gosh I can’t stand these lists, with their ratings of women’s physical appearances. It’s such a sexist pack of crap. So then you ask, why am I writing about it? Well the Australian Open is over and I am finally catching up on topics that have nothing to do with my heart-broken state over both Roger and Rafa getting thrown out in straight sets.  Ouch. I also wanted to respond to a reader’s recent request to give my views on Ana Ivanovic. The Askmen.com ratings poll seemed as good an entry as any.

I don’t know if Ana Ivanovic made it on Askmen’s Top 100 women prior to 2010, but last year she was rated as the 72nd hottest woman in the world. Of course I disagree. Ana was way hotter than that. And since the top-rated woman of 2010 (Emmanuelle who?) doesn’t even seem to have made it onto the list in 2011, it just goes to show how unreliable this whole stupid rating thing is.

If you ask me, it’s all about Hollyweird publicists trying to promote their bobble-headed clients. So that when a sportswoman gets the nod, it’s either because she happens to be superhot, or because her publicist may be working an angle for a certain kind of marketing. The kind that involves modeling outfits that are less about tennis and more about sex. But you’ve heard me gripe about this before.

In Ana’s case, she happens to be superhot. And she also has crossed over from tennis into modeling. I find it fascinating that not a single one of the scrolling photos on the front page of her website have anything to do with tennis. It’s all about Ana the hot model. In fact, in one of the first entries I ever wrote about her, I queried which of these two activities – tennis or modeling – was her priority. My recommendation was for a little less modeling perhaps. Like Ana gives a crap about my point-of-view.

In my opinion, Ana only uses tennis. I believe that she may at one time have been sincerely interested in a tennis career, but now has become a leech who rides on tennis’ back to keep herself in the glare of the camera’s lusty attention. I don’t think she is interested any longer in cracking a sweat or working hard. I think she may be one of those women who may believe that she gave tennis its’ due and may be more interested in cashing in. Notice her front-and-center presence at Djokovic’s finals match, the cameras transfixed by her flashy earrings. Was that only about supporting a fellow-countryman? Was it the least she could do for forfeiting the 2011 Hopman Cup? Or was it just all about her?

Of course I may be wrong. Maybe Ana is really interested in playing tennis. Maybe when she puts down her racket and goes scampering off the court at the slightest muscle twinge, it is because she is really injured and not because she could not be bothered to push through, to dig deep and make a proper committed effort. Or maybe she has lost her motivation.

Part of me gets that everyone doesn’t have the same level of motivation to play tennis. Some people, like Justine Henin, seem to be genuinely confused over how motivated they really are. Some players like Kim Clijsters and Kimiko Date have to take time off, go off and live a different life, and then re-discover the motivation to achieve. We are clearly not all created equal in this regard.

So my problem is not with the fact that Ivanovic seems completely unmotivated. My problem is with her bullshit pretending that she actually gives a damn when it seems to me that she does not. Not at all. Not even slightly. Not when there’s a chance of the cameras catching her sweating or grimacing or looking anything other than stunning.

So I wonder how Ana feels about the fact that Askmen have thrown her off its list of the Top 100 babes? After all that preening and posing, you’d think that Askmen would have the decency to keep her on the list, to even promote her from 72 to a higher level. After all, Beyonce and Angelina Jolie have made it onto the damn list for the full ten years of its publication. So why not the beautiful Ana?

And I also wonder which for her might be more unbearable – getting tossed off the list or being replaced by Maria Sharapova? Because Askmen have now rated Sharapova as the 80th sexiest woman in the world.

For me, Sharapova’s motivation to return from injury and play tennis is far more admirable and important than her sex appeal. Say what you will about her but whenever Maria gets on the court, she gives nothing but her best, grimacing and screaming in an all-out effort to win, cameras be damned. And yes Maria has been honest about the fact that she will not be motivated to play tennis for the next ten years, that she wants to become a wife and mother. In the meantime, visit her official website and it is clear that this is the website of a serious tennis player, one whom Askmen describes as “a female firecracker who lights up the tennis court with her fast moves and sleek, sexy body”. No offense men, but I'm really only interested in her tennis.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Ana only uses tennis. I believe that she may at one time have been sincerely interested in a tennis career, but now has become a leech who rides on tennis’ back to keep herself in the glare of the camera’s lusty attention. I don’t think she is interested any longer in cracking a sweat or working hard."

Right!
Linz and Bali 2010.
Check who won these tournaments.

happygeek said...

Lol @ "After all that preening and posing, you’d think that Askmen would have the decency to keep her on the list". When I saw her in Djokovich's box I'd wondered if they were dating, cuz other than family, they usually have their girlfriends there.