Karolina’s Kopenhagen Karnival
Let’s spare a thought for our beloved Karolina, shall we? 2012 has not been very kind to her.
She lost her #1 ranking. She dropped outside the top 10 for the first time since 2009. She bombed out in the first round of back-to-back Grand Slams for the first time in her career. With her third round defeat at the hands of Angelique Kerber in Beijing yesterday, she was all but mathematically eliminated from a top eight finish for the WTA Championships in Sofia. She has booked her ticket for the
Pironkova Invitational Tournament of Champions in Sofia courtesy of a title in Seoul, but that’s another story.
But perhaps most upsettingly, most shockingly of all – Karolina was dethroned as Kween of Kopenhagen by Kerber. The event came onto the calendar in 2009, and Wozniacki had previously been undefeated at the event.
She might not even get the chance to reign again.
While the tournament is under contract to be held at the Farnum Arena indoors until 2015, a report broke today from Christopher Srogosz of Polish Eurosport, suggesting that an International level event in Katowice, Poland can replace Copenhagen on the calendar next season. The piece suggests that Piotr Wozniacki, mastermind behind the entire Kopenhagen operation, was unhappy with the organization of the event.
Conveniently. In the year Karolina finally lost. And when they finally got competent officiating.
Anyway, the last time the WTA staged a tour event in Poland was Warsaw, which was cancelled after 2010. The main sponsor, television channel Polsat, dropped the event as it struggled to draw attendance. Agnieszka Radwanska did not play the event in 2009 or 2010, officially due to injuries. Unofficially, there was tension between the Radwanskas and then-tournament director Stefan Makarczyk. The *ahem* always opinionated Robert Radwanski said at the time, “As I understand, he has nothing for us, just a playing for patriotic reasons and high-flown phrases.” Considering the mass of Polish and Polish-descended players on the WTA (both Radwanskas, Wozniacki, Kerber, Wozniak and Lisicki), I doubt this edition would struggle to draw in fans.
If the rumors turn out to be true, thank you Copenhagen, for all the good times. Aw, who am I kidding. Thanks for the ridiculousness.
The ugly trophies.
And the empty stands.
It’s been fun, but I hope to never use this many ‘K’s’ in succession ever again.