This week, German #1 and top 20 WTA Tennis Player Andrea Petkovic announced that she would be sunsetting her ‘Petko Dance’amidst feedback from opponents and her father that it was “disrespectful”. The dance isn’t much of a dance but I would agree with critics and pundits that the dance was in fact annoying. I’ve watched matches where fans love Andrea so much that even after a loss, the crowd has demanded to see this dance. Andrea isn’t the only figure in women’s sports with not-so-lady-like manners in competition; below are some of the others:
US Women’s Volleyball Team
After every point, this is how the US Women’s volleyball team celebrates each point from the sidelines. In all honestly, it’s not that annoying from a fan perspective, plus it looks like they trying to show their team some support, however, it’s to the detriment of the non American host team.
Before the most decorated female figure skater in history, American Michelle Kwan won her first world title, the 15th year old had to cross the first major hurdle, the trials competition known as US Nationals. This was back in 1996 and Michelle Kwan skated as well as she did all season — good enough for first place, a few wobbles, but overall she convinced the audience that she was well beyond the age of 15 (or a hooker with too much makeup). At the end of her program (4:35), Michelle stood in her final position until the music ended and chastized herself infront of the arena and millions on TV.
New Mexico Lobos #15 soccer star Elizabeth Lambert needs to be put on ice. While this is not focused on specific wins, you can clearly see that a few red cards should have been thrown her way for bad conduct and unsportsmanlike behaviour.
In this final from 1998 Lipton Tournament, Venus Williams beats Anna Kournikova in a tough 3 setter and from 13:13 onward, Venus shows her youth in this post match celebration that goes on for at least 30+ seconds. If I didn’t love Venus so much, I would have posted the 2005 Final celebration following her defeat of Lindsday Davenport in the Wimbledon Final.