This 17-point roundup is about the men and women who put it all on or inside the lines at the rowdiest major event of the season. The hits started early, and they simply kept coming.
It was the limp handshake bandied about the world.
Daria Kasatkina removed a seemingly ailing Jelena Ostapenko from women's singles play at this U.S. Open, and the subsequent handshake at net was nearly nonexistent. Ostapenko, the freshly minted French Open champion a mere three months earlier, refrained from eye contact and delivered her phalanges to Kasatkina's own digits in a most perfunctory way, with her mind and seemingly half her body already in the locker room.
HANDSHAKE ALERT.— Jeff Donaldson (@jddtennis) September 2, 2017
Kasatkina’s smile/shrug after is ICONIC. pic.twitter.com/OgMe0NNpN4
The tennis Twitterati duly took note, rest assured. Above that fray, though, the non-exchange didn't sit well with the tennis establishment itself.
Jelena Ostapenko has perfected the "no look" handshake.— judy murray (@JudyMurray) September 2, 2017
Classy. https://t.co/o07jlsWZdv— Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) September 3, 2017
Should be fined for unsportsmanlike conduct. There have been a few this week, they look ridiculous— Naomi Broady (@NaomiBroady) September 2, 2017
Asked in the post-match press conference if she and Kasatkina were friends, Ostapenko said, "I actually don’t know her. We just play the same tournaments from the age of 10 or 12. I saw her many times, but I don’t know her."
You can certainly call that her own Mariah Carey moment. https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/09/mariah-carey-i-dont-know-her-meme
At her end, though, Kasatkina probably got in the better post-match zing comment.
Kasatkina on whether she saw the disappointed handshake from Ostapenko coming: "I don't know, maybe it's just her hand was slippery or sth."— René Denfeld (@Renestance) September 2, 2017
Outdone but not forgotten in this arena: That much-delayed CoCo Vandeweghe–Agnieszka Radwanska handshake after the American's marquee victory.
Radwanska waiting for hawkeye. As Vandeweghe win confirmed, she goes away to celebrate first&shake hands later with Aga standing right there pic.twitter.com/E6oC36Tuj9— Ashish Jena (@ashishjena94) September 2, 2017
It seems that, for all the coursework that some WTA pros do during and between seasons, a few could stand to audit a Class & Respect 201 class.
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