The seven surliest pictures taken of tennis players this week

Chris Chase
February 17, 2011

There's only so much a photographer can get at a tennis match. Other sports have dozens of players and coaches to shoot and different sorts of passes, runs, breaks, dunks, shots and swings on which to focus. Tennis has two players, a handful of shots and the occasional ridiculously-dressed ball boy. As such, pictures on the photo wires tend to fall into one of three narrow categories:

1. Action -- Usually a groundstroke just before the point of impact or a serve immediately after. Many times these pictures will feature a player's off-hand in a weird, mutated position.

2. Fist pumping -- Lots and lots and lots of fist pumping. It's like an episode of "Jersey Shore," minus the spray tans, manicured hairstyles and cursing. (Unless it's a Lleyton Hewitt match.)

3. Surliness -- This is what brings us to this post. While scanning through some pictures taken at the current WTA tournament in Dubai, it was hard not to notice that a good number featured players looking frustrated. It's an easy shot and great for writers who like the picture accompanying their article or post to do the heavy lifting.

I'm not complaining, mind you. The prevalence of the amount of these pictures is staggering though. The following are all from the past two days:

Li Na:

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Flava Pennetta:

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Ana Ivanovic:

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Jelena Jankovic:

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Victoria Azarenka:

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Sania Mirza:

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Sam Stosur:

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Why no men? Evidently there are no photographers in Memphis this week. This is a shame because Andy Roddick gives a great surly face.