Former No. 1 women’s tennis player Jelena Jankovic lost at Wimbeldon earlier this week to Melanie Oudin, a relatively unknown 17-year old American from Atlanta, Georgia. Jankovic she did not lose gracefully or have any words of congratulations for her opponent. According to the New York Times (here):
Jankovic’s excuse was that she was wobbly from the heat – she required two medical timeouts – and the cyclical nature of “some woman problems.”
Jankovic said that Oudin “doesn’t have any weapons, you know, from what I have seen.
To blame biology is to play into the old stereotype that women are so hobbled by our menstrual cycles that we couldn’t possibly ________ [fill in the blank]. Maybe Jankovic had cramps. But unless she takes to her bed each month, a world-class athlete probably has played (well) with cramps before. More likely, Jankovic is making excuses for her poor performance and thought she’d get a “pass” from the mostly male sportswriters.