Meltdown: Vera Zvonareva pulls a Richie Tenenbaum

Chris Chase

After blowing six match points in the second set of a fourth round match against Flavia Pennetta, No. 7 seed Vera Zvonareva did the following things:

-- Cried on the court during the second set tiebreak.
-- Hysterically cried in the locker room in between the second and third sets.
-- Ripped off a portion of the medical tape that was wrapped around her thighs.
-- Complained to the chair umpire that the remaining tape left around her thighs prevented her from playing.
-- Screamed an obscenity at the chair umpire when she wouldn't give her a medical timeout to fix said medical tape.
-- Loudly yelled a compound word/profanity after hitting an unforced error.
-- Continued to rip the tape off her leg.
-- Smashed her racquet into a post.
-- Spent the final changeover sitting in her chair with a white towel draped over her head.
-- Lost the third set 6-0.

Sounds like somebody's been taking a page out of Richie Tenenbaum's book:

On the bright side, at least Vera didn't take off her shoes.