A Tale of Two Semi-Final Victors: Li Na and Richard Sherman


Trash-talking on the field, court or ice has long been part of sports.But once you’ve won, put it aside and show some class.

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard’s exciting run at the Australian Open came to an end when fourth-seeded China’s Li Na defeated her in the semi-finals. The older and more experienced Chinese player won decisively 6-4, 6-2 over the 20th seeded 19-year-old who had become the sweetheart of the tournament.

In her post-match comments Li had nothing but praise for her opponent: “I think maybe she will be best player in the world. But today [I’m] so lucky,” she said during a court-side interview after the match. Then, in light of Bouchard’s large following at the Open, known as Genie’s Army, she jokingly said “Sorry about that, if you guys be happy, I will go home.”

A wonderful run by Genie Bouchard and a class act by Li Na.

PHOTO: AFP
PHOTO: AFP

Now if we look back to last Sunday’s NFL semi-final in which the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl we find the other end of the post-game-victor interview. In what has now become a much ballyhooed rant by Seattle’s Richard Sherman, the corner-back of the winning team tears a strip off San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree. He has subsequently apologized for his unsportsmanlike antics, but it may be a case of too little too late.

Trash-talking on the field, court or ice has long been part of sports. It’s a means of trying to get an edge on your opponent. But once you’ve won, put it aside and show some class. Perhaps the NFL trash-talkers could take a lesson from women’s tennis.

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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