Players Dancing: Petkovic in Charleston, Jaksic in Monterrey
Dancing is back in professional women's tennis. Andrea Petkovic's "Petkorazzi" style in days of yore gave life to an art form that has its highs and lows on tennis courts worldwide. (See exhibit A here, plus B and C to follow, courtesy Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams, and Andy Roddick.)
Now, as of last week's Charleston event in which Madison Keys paired up with a ballboy, dancing has returned, at least in North America. Re-enter Petkovic: The lovable German star suffered injury that took her down dozens of ranking spots, but she roared back in South Carolina to seize the outsized title of her career to date. And she did so in typical style, again offering post-match theatrics for the crowd to lap up, which it humbly obliged to do:
That wasn't all, however. Jovana Jaksic, a 20-year-old Serbian upstart who made her way to the Monterrey Open final in Mexico before falling to compatriot Ana Ivanovic, elicited a litany of responses with her dancing all week during that tournament. Here she is at the trophy ceremony, upon losing to Ivanovic, still dancing:
Here's another look at Jaksic's happy antics during the tournament, in which she and Ivanovic squared off in the finale, the first all-Serbian championship in WTA history:
Whose moves do you prefer? Would you like to see more players not taking themselves too seriously, or do you want to issue a cease-and-desist letter to the pros?
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