Arantxa Rus Loses 17th Straight WTA Match at Wimbledon

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Arantxa Rus Loses 17th Straight WTA Match at Wimbledon
Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

WIMBLEDON, England -- A wise man once said of tennis, "This is a sport of victories, not a sport of losses. Nobody remember the losses. People remember the victories." Actually, Rafael Nadal said that on Monday, after being expelled from Wimbledon in the first round by Steve Darcis, a result so shocking that it continues to reverberate. Nadal was right and he was wrong. Yes, it's the winners' names and images that are splayed throughout the complex and engraved on the trophies. True, we remember the champions more than we remember the 127 other players sifted out of the tournament. But tennis is a zero-sum game. If it were a math equation, it would be filled with one plus for every minus, an equal ratio of wins and losses. For every winner, there is a loser. For all the players gamboling gleefully to the net after match point feeling thankful, relieved, thrilled to advance, there is an equal number of opponents approaching the same net forlornly, wishing the outcome had been different. No player, though, has been losing as early and often as poor Arantxa Rus. A 22-year-old from Holland, Rus has enjoyed considerable success in the past, including a run as the world's top-ranked junior. At the 2011 French Open, she knocked off Kim Clijsters, then the second seed. At Wimbledon a year ago, Rus beat Sam Stosur. Armed with a lefty game and endowed with the posture of a runway model, Rus looks elegant, almost imperious, as she takes the court. And then the match starts. Read More:

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