Andy Roddick Et Al: What They Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

Linus Fernandes@mktimeforsportsAnalyst IIOctober 5, 2011

Andy Roddick Et Al: What They Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

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    Andy Roddick, Andrew Strauss, Samantha Stosur, Kapil Dev and Li Na feature in this edition of "What They Said, Really Meant and Definitely Didn't."

    While Andy Roddick is practically speechless at the gall of a Chinese reporter,

    Andrew Strauss acknowledges the reality of being the No.1 Test side.

    Samantha Stosur is gratified at the honor accorded her,

    Kapil Dev has no time for Shoaib Akhtar's "controversial" "Controversially Yours"

    and Li Na has her excuses down pat regarding her continued losing streak.

Andy Roddick Loses Match and Composure

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    What he said:

    “I think you should retire.”

    Andy Roddick responded to a Chinese journalist’s query as to whether or not he is considering retiring anytime soon.

    The question followed his first-round loss to South African Kevin Anderson, 4-6, 5-7, at the China Open in Beijing.

    Roddick paused, rolled his eyes, ejaculated his rejoinder and left the interview room.

    What he really meant:

    “What??? A couple of early losses and I’m toast! Good morning, China!”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “Victory and defeat are two sides of the very same coin. Treat both impostors no different.”

Andrew Strauss Is Running with the Hares

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    What he said:

    “We’re the hunted rather than the hunters.”

    Andrew Strauss, the English Test skipper, admits that his side are fair game for other Test-playing nations since achieving the ICC Test No. 1 ranking. England whitewashed India 4-0 at home to dethrone the current ODI World Cup champions.

    What he really meant:

    “We were all chasing Chicken Tikka (Team India) for the past 18 months; now, it’s Fish ‘N’ Chips (us).”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “We can hunt with the foxes and run with the hares. We’re that good.”

Sam Stosur Is Imprinted for Posterity

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    What she said:

    “I think I’ll have to go out and buy a couple of my own stamps.”

    Sam Stosur is in splits as she considers purchasing stamps commemorating her 2011 US Open victory. The special-issue souvenir sheet was issued by Australia Post, retailing 10*60 cents Southern Cross for AUS $15.95.

    Sam added:

    “I know Australia has done it in the past with the gold-medal winners, so to have that of myself is pretty cool. Maybe I can post a few letters.”

    Stosur, on the Australia Post website, remarked:

    I’m really excited Australia Post has decided to release a souvenir stamp sheet to celebrate my US Open win. The past couple of weeks have been very exciting and I’m still coming to terms with the idea of being a Grand Slam winner. This is something I’ll remember forever.

    What she really meant:

    “Trust Australia Post to miss out on complimentary copies.”

    What she definitely didn’t:

    “Letter writing? Can anyone recall when they last wrote one? Maybe this will get my fans to switch over to snail mail.”

Kapil Dev Is in a Funk

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    What he said:

    “Spin bowling is an art and so is fast bowling. All artists are crazy and similarly whoever wrote the book for Shoaib is also crazy between his ears.”

    Former Indian skipper, Kapil Dev, is “artistic” in his denouncement of Shoaib Akhtar’s remarks concerning Sachin Tendulkar in his autobiography, “Controversially Yours.”

    The all-rounder was delivering the third Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai on September 29, 2011.

    What he really meant:

    “The co-author (Anshu Dogra) of Shoaib’s biography is simply nuts—by association.”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “What a lot of spin on a fast bowler’s life story.”

Li Na Is from Venus

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    What she said:

    "Women cannot have the same mentality of men, who expect to win every competition."

    Li Na is certainly inventive with her excuses for her losing streak after her Roland Garros triumph this spring. The Chinese woman became the first Asian ever to win a Grand Slam at the French Open.

    What she really meant:

    “Sports requires us (women) to be takers. But we’re givers (by nature)—just ask my hubby and my opponents.”

    What she definitely didn’t:

    “Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Serena Williams are more than pleased with this explanation.”