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Brisbane International - semis.

by C2 (U9956155) 07 January 2010
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It's Ana v Henin and Andrea Petkovic v Clijsters in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International tournament tomorrow (Fri).

Ana's up first, at 1100 hrs (0100 hrs UK time) against the latest rejuvenated half of the Belgians.
Henin, sadly, holds a 4-0 h2h advantage over the magnificent Serbian icon.

Ana will re-enter the world top twenty in next Monday's rankings and displace Nadia Petrova.
The Belgian is building up her tournaments to the sufficient three required for a ranking!

I'm looking for a victory for Grand Slam Champion Ana with her magnificent forehand and other estimable parts of her game improving with every tournament.

The second semi pitches two main draw debutantes Germany's Andrea Petkovic against Clijsters, in a first ever meet.

A Serbian v German final is what I require, an 'all-bamboozlers', or even just one Belgian participating in the final, a total nightmare !

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comment by guido (U6167079)

posted Jan 9, 2010

lets make a deal conosu
you pick two players, i pick henin and clijsters

if one of your picks wins the AO i never come on these forums again
if clijsters or henin wins it you shut up forever

or are you too chicken to take this bet?

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jan 9, 2010

"i never come on these forums again.."

Why on earth would I even for a moment consider it ?

It matters not a jot to me whether you do or whether you don't participate on this forum.

No thanks.

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comment by guido (U6167079)

posted Jan 9, 2010

figured you wouldnt back your bold comments up when it matters smiley

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jan 9, 2010

"figured you wouldnt back your bold comments up when it matters"



But it doesnt 'matter' !
It doesn't 'matter' to me whether you stay or go !

It's so much easier to speculate who WON'T win than who WILL win the next major!

No Belgian will win AO.
Henin may not even be present.

I'd like Masha to secure her second AO title and fourth major.

If that is not possible, then a totally new title- holder.
A player who has worked hard faithfully, successfully at the highest level over many years, and on that criterion alone deserves to be on a short-list.
With other criteria, technique, professionalism, court knowledge and courage in shot selection, a risk-taker.

If it can't be Masha then JJ, Dinara, Elena or Bepa would suit me fine.

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posted Jan 12, 2010

Sorry but I simply don't see how anyone could describe JJ, Dinara, Elena, Bepa (whoever she is, please define but I strongly suspect she is another automaton from the baseline) and Masha as courageous in their shot selection or risk takers! Come on, you cannot be serious!

Players with all court games like Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters and to a certain extent the Williams sisters, they are the real risk takers and they are the ones who are truly courageous in their shot selections! Even more so this is the case with genuine all court players such as Amelie Mauresmo, Patty Schnyder and, going back a bit, Martina Navratilova; these players are very much risk takers and very courageous with their shot selections because they use the entire court in their play and do not behave like robots attached to the baseline as far too many of the newer WTA women do!

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jan 12, 2010

"Even more so this is the case with genuine all court players such as Amelie Mauresmo, Patty Schnyder and, going back a bit, Martina Navratilova;..."

You clearly prefer players from a specific era and the Belgian reoccurrers and Williams seem to fit in to that mould.

I, of course, don't have a problem with such preferences, to each their own.

However, I am inclined towards today's participators and players who are going to dominate and constitute a preponderance of the world top twenty for the majority of this century's second decade.

That is to say, Masha, Dinara, Vika, C-Woz, Bepa, JJ, Sabine Lisicki, Alizé, Ana, Dominika, Alona and Kataryna Bondarenko, A-Pav and A-Rad.

On your list, Williams, the Belgians and Patty, will shortly be joining Mauresmo and Navratilova and naturally, sooner or later, will not be competing.

From my point of view, the sooner the better !


"...Bepa (whoever she is, please define ..."


Bepa is how the name 'Vera' looks in Russian and refers to the great Vera Zvonareva.

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posted Jan 12, 2010

Bepa is how the name 'Vera' looks in Russian and refers to the great Vera Zvonareva.
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The "great"

Do wins at 2009 - Pattaya City, Indian Wells; 2008 - Prague, Guangzhou; 2006 - Birmingham, Cincinnati; 2005 - Memphis; 2004 - Memphis; 2003 - Bol; 2002 - ITF/Naples, FL-USA; 2000 - ITF/Moscow-RUS.

Define greatness in your books ?

Two decent top tournament wins and one of those was 2006.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jan 12, 2010

"Define greatness in your books ?"

To be successful at the highest or very close to the highest levels, combined with persistence and faithfulness to a cause or endeavour over a reasonable time span, are just three of the multitude of positive criteria which may make an individual be described as 'great' in my estimations.

There are also negative criteria ; irascibility, being quick to anger and undependable, openly showing selfishness, pomposity or greed and many, many more such refutations, which may prevent some recognised statistical 'great' performers being so elevated by me.

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posted Jan 12, 2010

The sentence read

Do wins at .......... define greatness in your books ?

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jan 12, 2010

"The sentence read..."

Notwithstanding.
I've described some of the criteria necessary to be present to be worthy of the title 'great' and some of the negative yardsticks which should be absent.

The description 'great', for me, incorporates much more than lists of statistics which signify just a part, a percentage of the attributes necessary to be present which require an individual to be described as 'great'.

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