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Women´s FO Thread -- Ana the QUEEN!

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comment by U11188452

posted May 23, 2008

It is hard to predict this time, but I see Serena reaching the final, probably facing Kuznesova, Demantieva or some "Dark Horses"

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posted May 23, 2008

i would rayher ana face williams than demintieva and ana will beat the drama queen in the quarters

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comment by U11188452

posted May 23, 2008

correction: Venus is the no-8 seed, NOT no-7! sorry!

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comment by JG (U2037057)

posted May 23, 2008

The third tier of the draw is really clogged up. Williams, JJ, Radwanska, Mauresmo, Bartoli, Cornet, Dellaqua. A little unfair. Looks Serena's title or at least a final place

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posted May 23, 2008

Ivanovic to lose in second round to safarova ....

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posted May 23, 2008

serena williams to lose to srebrotnik in round 3

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posted May 23, 2008

That could happen you never know but it wont i would imagine

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posted May 23, 2008

Serena to beat Kuzzy in the final 6-1 6-4

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comment by kuzfan (U9011667)

posted May 23, 2008

Kuzzy has a good draw so I am happy!!!

Ivanovic certainly has a tough draw though and Sharapova has a pretty hard quarter.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 23, 2008

On paper I accept, it does looks good for you kuzfan, however writing that means an underestimation of the emerging talents of Victoria Azarenka and Agnes Szavay.
One will give Svetlana an insurmountable hurdle.
Svetlana MAY overcome Victoria in the fourth round sorry kuzfan, I can't see Kutzy defeating them both in consecutive rounds.
I don't wanna spoil your parade, but I go for a Victoria/Agnes quarter.

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posted May 23, 2008

Conosu, I hope you are right, but do you really see Szavay being able to maintain consistency long enough in a slam? See seems to throw in too many shockers against average opponents.

Bing, I noted from your post that all the top Russian seeds are in the top half, so I had a closer look. There are 17 Russians in the draw. Of these, 13 are in the top half and 4 in the bottom half. There are 8 Russians in the top quarter alone. There are 8 Russians seeding in the top 32 and all 8 are in the top half of the draw. In the top quarter we have Sharapova, Dementieva, Safina, Zvonereva and Kirilenko.

It looks like two French Opens, one for the Russians and the other for the rest, with the winner of each group playing in the final. Remarkable draw from a Russian perspective.

The only seeded players in the top quarter who are not Russian and Bammer (20) Sugiyami (31) and Knapp (32).

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posted May 23, 2008

yeah but she faces dinara safina in the 3rd round, who is very tough on clay!

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posted May 23, 2008

Both Sharapova and Ivanovic have less than ideal draws. Arvidsson could scare Ana (but not beat her), then she'd face two more quality opponents in the young Safarova and Wozniacki, who played a rather nice second set against her at the Aussie after being blown off the court in the first set. And Serena waiting in the quarters? No Roland Garros crown for Ana this year.

Sharapova's draw isn't great either. In the fourth round, she draws either Safina or Makiri, both of whom have had some nice successes lately. After that come Zvonareva or Dementieva. On her least favorite surface, the odds are against Maria. They're not impossible, but I don't see it happening. A JJ/Serena final is far more likely.

Oh yeah... the second quarter on the womens' side is really lame.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 23, 2008

Celibell

JJ and the Williams are in the same half of the draw and so a JJ/Williams final is not possible.
The only way they can meet is in a semi.
JJ, however, will have dismantled 'big Sis' by the time JJ/Serena can meet, knocking the sisterly wind out of Serena's sails, making her vulnerable to an Ana Ivanovic 'coup' in the quarters!
magic

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posted May 23, 2008

JJ will probably beat Venus but i dont think Ivanovic will even make the quarters so Serena should stroll into the semis where she will crush Jankovic and go on to beat whichever Russian makes the final. Thus winning her 9th GS title!

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 23, 2008

(1) "...who wants to bet that we see Henin vs Serena in the quarters at RG this year????"

sportfan808...two weeks ago.

(2) "..so Serena should stroll (STROLL!!) into the semis where she will crush Jankovic....thus winning her 9th GS title."

sportfan808...above.

sorry MUCH more chance of (1) coming true, than (2)!!!tomato

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comment by U11188452

posted May 23, 2008

Hewitt,

another excellent observation from you about the talented Russian Armada!bubbly. But unfortunately for Russia that they are underrepresented in the bottom half, which decreases the chance of yet another All Russian Final (I don´t see it happen this time, for Serena and JJ will be the dominant players in the bottom)-- a bit well-deserved justice for the "world"smiley

Even Sharapova does not have to play her nemesis Serena, her potential opponents in the 1/8 and 1/4 final are no easy task: Safina, Kirilenko, Dememtieva. Kuzzy(finalist in 06)will surely give her a match in the semis, if she gets there.

Conoso2,

A Battle of the Marias in the 1/8 final is likely, giving Kiri overcomes a "Rusty" Dinarasmiley-- look forward to it, and I might make my way to Paris, if this indeed happens!

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 23, 2008

Fantasticbingting,

I know what you are saying, you would travel to almost the ends of the earth.
A true tennis connoisseur/supporter/ player, as I've written many times before.

Sadly, on yet another occasion (following Rome), it's not going to happen!
Dinara will overcome MaKiri, although a Maria/Makiri quarter is one I would love to see.
Dinara Safina has behaved totally professionally after Berlin, by taking a break, and she will continue from where she left off, and that means, sadly, disposing of Makiri in the third round.

I'm disappointed at the way the draw has negated especially Alize Cornet, and Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova's, chances of going deep into the tournament.
They will dispose of one another or be exited by JJ by the fourth round.
I had high hopes for Alize particularly and against ANYONE besides JJ/Maria, I would give her a good chance of setting the tournament alight!!
I'm happy at least that the Williams cannot proceed beyond the quarter-finals.
I was hoping for a second or third round encounter for either Williams with Alize or Dominika or Agnieszka, when I'm confident it would be 'curtains' for the Williams.
I'll have to be satisfied with a quarter-final 'au revoir'.
cheers

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comment by U11188452

posted May 23, 2008

conosu2,

According to you, dinara´s victory in Berlin was riding on a "momentum". So after such a long rest, the same M can hardly be assisting her! Plus, if Kiri gets serious instead of playing 3 matches(six sets)on the same day, she will show Safina "momentum is NOT everything" -- I am very hopeful!

Indeed, I noticed myself that that your DHs are not in the most favorable position in this FO. But one can only play whom one gets, and try to win.

I don´t share your optimism regarding Maria S and JJ -- this is a GS, not a tier one, thus the winner has to come from the experienced and mentally tough players (see 07: Henin, both williams). JJ, Ana, Kuzzy do NOT belong to such category(JJ never made the GS final; Ana twice but lost both; Kuzzy won one GS, but was against a always nervous Elena, and she won only once in her last ten finals.

The only three players who belong to such winner category are both Williamses and Sharapova(experenced and mentally tough). Since clay is no surface for Maria and Venus, ferocious fighters they might always be, the winner must be Serena, who is the only one in the event who has already won the FO.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 23, 2008

You have provided a good diagnosis and a convincing one fantasticbingting, if I had either little or no knowledge of womens tennis and how it operates.

I'm not talking momentum for Dinara.
Dinara is almost starting from scratch, almost.
She will have a confidence, a spring in her step, an aura.
It won't be as significant a 'presence' as Maria or Ana possess, but it will be there.
A first Tier 1, beating the players she did along the way, consecutively, celebrating fully, letting it all sink in and then preparing for the next, very important Major tournament is what Dinara has professionally undertaken these last few weeks.
Dinara will need to build momentum again.
Once she beats Kateryna Bondarenko, and she will, impetus will start once more, this time from a slightly higher level, enabling her to overcome with relative ease, Carolina Sprem or the qualifier, and on Dinara will go.

We are on the cusp of a new set of circumstances in womens tennis.
There is a momentum, a much larger thrust encapsulating all of the young players from Dinara down to Dominika Cibulkova, which is why I am so disappointed the main players, Alize, Agnieszka and Dominika will cancel themselves out or depart upon meeting the eventual finalist.
JJ is part of the overall push.

That is why I believe Victoria Azarenka and Agnes Szavay will do so well and why the Williams are so very fortunate not to meet a significant young player who is part of the overall momentum until JJ for Serena, and Ana for Venus.

The point I'm making is that success in previous slams counts for very little in today's climate.
Matters are subject to change very quickly.
A draw which would have allowed Alize, Agnieszka and Dominika to individually fully flourish would have shown this change in remarkable terms for all to see.
As it is, a lot rests on the shoulders of Victoria Azarenka and Agnes Szavay and I'm counting on them to come through.

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comment by U11188452

posted May 23, 2008

Conosu2.

I agree with you that the change of guard will eventually take place -- but the question is when.

I don´t see the young generation you refer to(including the more experienced ons JJ and Ana)is ready at this moment: Szavay, Vaidisova, Safina, Radwanska, Cornet, Ciblukova... They all lack consistency and unable to play at the highest level for seven matches. I remember you already predicted that they would take over even in last year, but the dominant force remains in the hands of the established players: Sharapova and Serena (three titles each in 2008). Maybe those players will start to take over the GS in 09, but not now.

Expereince means a great deal -- it one look at the facts.

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comment by U11188452

posted May 24, 2008

conosu2,

to finish my thoughts -- if you are a student of history, then you should not downplay the significance of experience: the past successes do count!

Let us digress for a moment to look at the men´s game: Federer won the last 5 Wimbys and 4 USO. was he the better player in ALL those matches? IMO no! He was outplayed by Nadal at Wimby 07 and by Djokovic at USO 07. He won solely because of his experience -- he won the crucial points/his opponents lost them.

Gasquet, Tsonga, Murray... all have great talent -- comparable to the younger generation in women´s game. But can they win a slam in 08? My bet is NO.

furthermore, players like Cibulkova, Radwanska, Cornet lack a winning shot(like the serve of Serena, Masha, or the forehand of Kuzzy and Ana)for winning a slam.

JJ, Ana, Kuzzy, Agnes, Safina, Azarenka, posseess a more lethal game, but their mental weakness(lack of consistency)prevents them from going all the way. Kuzzy´s one win in ten last finals is a good indication of that.

Finally, you seem to have problem separating your wish for certain players to succeed and a sound judgment on their skills as a player. You would call it outrageous if I were to predict a Kirilenko win at FO. It is equally outrageous for you to see Maria S lifting the trophy and predict the champions like Serena to be ousted by some little known players in the early round, just because you loathe them! One should not mix the two!

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comment by cogent53 (U212222)

posted May 24, 2008

How does Sharapova have such luck in GS draws? Avoiding JJ and the Williams...hmm. Anyway, I think it's going to be really interesting to see whether Maria can continue her good form of 08 and win RG. I think Serena is looking as good as she has since she won the Aussie Open last year, and while she's not the best clay court player, I think she'll be a major player. Ivanovic's form hasn't been great, not sure if she'll make another final here. JJ has been around the top for a while now, but hasn't made a final, and her draw means it won't be easy for her again. I would like to see her make the breakthrough, but can she keep her form through 7 matches?
Kutnetsova has a great game for clay, and she has shown flashes of brilliance. She's got a better half and her versatility could take her through, but she is another inconsistent performer.
I'm a huge Demetieva fan and she is the best mover around with no Henin(sob!). However, she lost her mind in the Berlin final and after bettering Safina, just seemed to lose her focus and tennis brain. Maybe with mum cheering her on she can go a long way in the tournament.
Of the younger, up and coming players, maybe Safina can keep her great run going. She was impressive in Berlin and she's such a talented player, but has never fulfilled it. Not see the full draw, did someone way Sharapova is in her quarter?
Cornet crumbled badly in Rome, Radwanska seems to have dipped, Vaidisova has crumbled.
Who is the favourite? Sharapova on rankings and draw I guess.

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comment by Ben (U1647575)

posted May 24, 2008

Sharapova as world #1 is a laugh. Every time she has met either Williams sister in a big match she has been totally spanked. (excluding her first wimbledon title)

At least Henin had the excuse of being a youngster playing the best in the world when she established her 7-2 losing head to head against Venus Williams.............. Sharapova has faced a fading Williams (both sisters) over the last few years and she has still been totally destroyed in the big matches.





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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 24, 2008

Fantasticbingting,

I believe we both should accept we have different beliefs of what is presently taking place in womens professional tennis.
I believe the new wave, spearheaded by Maria Sharapova with Dominika Cibulkova bringing up the rear, is HERE.
The old establishment, spearheaded by Justine Henin, are in serious decline.
Check out the 'Race to the Championships' listing for substantial evidence.
That being the case, naturally, many people, including many participants, haven't yet caught on.
Another resignation/retirement among the established players would illuminate their and our understanding.
An early exit from a Major would speed the process up.
The combined momentum from all ten/fifteen young rising stars is irresistible and I believe Roland Garros will provide substantial evidence of my case.
I'm unhappy that, as I've stated already, Alize Cornet, Dominika, and Agnieszka Radwanska with JJ's help will, sadly, cancel themselves out.
A more favourable draw for those young players would have provided further evidence of my submissions.
However I remain confident Agnes Szavay and perhaps particularly, Victoria Azarenka, will provide necessary further evidence of my proposition.

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comment by U11188452

posted May 24, 2008

"I believe the new wave, spearheaded by Maria Sharapova with Dominika Cibulkova bringing up the rear, is HERE"

what is the justification that Sharapova is part of the new wave? she might have just turned 21, but she has been a GS winner for almost 4 years(6,2004 Wimby)! So she has to be considered as the same generation as the Williams, Kuzzy and Henin, Though much younger in real age.

Monica Seles won 8 of her 9 GSs as a teen, so one can NOT consider whether a player is part of the new wave by age alone, but by what they have already accomplished and the length of their dominance.

No doubt I would agree that cornet, Radwanka, Cibulkova, Szavay, Victoria... belong to the young wave you are referring to, and they will eventually take over the reign. but, as I said, their time has NOT come.

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posted May 24, 2008

‘Check out the 'Race to the Championships' listing for substantial evidence.’

Conosu2, you can’t wholly base your views on the race. Secondly I don’t really think the race reflects your argument you are trying to get across in the first place.

1. Maria Sharapova 2255
2. Jelena Jankovic 2055
3. Serena Williams 1675
4. Ana Ivanovic 1671
5. Vera Zvonareva 1322
6. Svetlana Kuznetsova 1230

From looking at the top six I see no fresh names. Granted there are Ivanovic and Jankovic but they have been around a little while now. Serena is right in there at number 3 and since the Australian Open has had similar success to Sharapova. Sharapova leads Serena by 580 points solely backed up by her impressive run at the Australian Open. Other than that they are both pretty neck and neck. So based on your statement I can confidently say your only half right. Yes there is a wealth of young talent rising, and this is exciting. However to dismiss such players like Serena and Venus is foolish.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 24, 2008

You can say their time has not come fantasticbingting, because fortuitously for your point of view, as I keep saying over and over, the main protagonists, Alize, Dominika and Agnieszka will cancel themselves out or meet a proscenium 'new wave compatriot', Jelena Jankovic.
Again, as I keep saying, from my standpoint and to provide further evidence for my position, very unfortunate!
It effectively only leaves Dinara, Victoria Azarenka and Agnes Szavay to 'fly the new wave flag'.
I, of course, include Michaella Krajicek, Nicole Vaidisova, Caroline Wozniacki, Tatiana Golovin, Maria Kirilenko and others in my assessments and, again very sadly, they are either not recently producing satisfactory results or are unfortunately placed in the draw.

What for me is indisputable is the demise of the 'old school' and Maria Sharapova does not, in any conceivable way, qualify as 'old school', as I'm sure in reality you completely understand!
I'm talking about the Williams, JH, Amelie Mauresmo and Lyndsay Davenport in the main, who should understand Justine was stating the obvious and follow suit.
A few more negative results would hasten that process.
Alowing tennis lovers like me to continue to give full support to the participants we champion without having to suffer the boring repetitiveness of ' yesterday's heroes '.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 24, 2008

You conveniently stopped at six BLUEL1NER which won't do!
You know d**n well if you had gone four places on, to include the top ten, Alize, Dinara and Agnieszka would all be listed!
No less important, Victoria Azarenka, Agnes Szavay, Dominika Cibulkova and Caroline Wozniacki are very close behind.
I don't know what your balance of probabilities criteria are BLUEL1NER, for me, to classify nine of the current top twenty-one as 'new wave' as I do, enables me to state 'check out the listing' with confidence!

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 24, 2008

And incidentally BLUEL1NER, I'm not 'wholly basing my views on the race'.
If you include the top three, which I would, thirteen of the current wta world top thirty could be classified as 'new wave'.
One of my main criterion, however is 'lack of baggage'.
I don't believe I need to write much more.
All of the 'old school' personnel I have named, arrive at any court you wish to name with enough psychological baggage to fill many airport baggage containers.
Whatever the opposite of 'Joie de vivre' is, the Williams, Lyndsay, Amelie and JH run have got it!
In spades!

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 24, 2008

My confidence in it happening is far from great, but Ashley Harkleroad could really do womens tennis a big favour tomorrow, following Andy's victory, same court, at about 17.00hrs.gmt.
C'mon Ashley!!!

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posted May 24, 2008

All of these names you mention will probably just turn out like Nicole Vaidisova, i mean what happened to her? They’ll get their spot in the limelight by reaching the quarters of a slam and then slowly fade into the top 30 again. The only player who has caught my attention that you bang on about is Alize Cornet. The rest will just be top 20-30 material, just one of those players a top player has to beat to get to the next round if you know what i mean? Can you honestly see a potential slam winner in Dominika Cibulkova? One thing is for certain they won’t be winning slams with the current top ten, and none are going anywhere soon either. I also foresee Sharapova not winning the French this year. What do you think Conosu2?

I just don’t understand why you want good players to retire from the game. Ludicrous...

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posted May 24, 2008

My post wasn't supposed to be all about the new players. It was in fact about why Serena shouldn’t retire, she’s no.3 in the race and no.5 in the world rankings and still beats the top 5 and wins the big tournaments. I merely only stated 6 players to show that no new player has really made a solid impact as of yet. Only Alize Cornet and Radwanska have IMO made a good impact. The rest have recorded pretty ordinary results. Like I said my post was mainly aimed at why Serena shouldn't retire, as you keep going on about it.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 24, 2008

I'm entitled to a view on what I wish to see.
I'm entitled to ambitions concerning womens tennis.
I anticipate witnessing a top ten :-
Dominated by Maria Sharapova.
Bereft of the Williams and Marion Bartoli.
Replete with outstanding, young, vibrant talent.
Pressure provided from no's 5-10 by Alize, Dinara, Agnieszka, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko.
One of these, possibly Alize, to follow Maria into No1.
Much more besides concerning Majors and positions 11-30.
Simple pleasures provided by simple objectives.
cheers

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comment by U11188452

posted May 24, 2008

conosu2,

No I don´t understand what you mean -- you repeatedly stated that you wished that the "establishment" in women´s game be destroyed, which included Henin, Mauresmo, the Williamses, Devonport...But at the same time, you dropped the name of Maria Sharapova convieniently!doh.

How can you NOT view Sharapova as part of this "establishment" which you professed to loathe? Is it not this Maria Sharapova who has been a GS champions for almost four years, and had been no-1 of the world already three times before she reached this position again this week? So you cannot make such argument, my friend!

Instead, you should be saying: "I want the Williamses to retired because I hate them, and I want Sharapova to remains because I love her!"

You are using this "establishment" argument solely to disguise your deep hatred towards certain players -- it has nothing to do with reality. So your argument is inconsistent which inevitably undermines your credibility as a tennis analyst.

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comment by U11188452

posted May 24, 2008

tomorrow we will see the current form of some of the main title contenders: Serena W., Ivanovic...

We will also see whether the rising star in Rome, Alizé Cornet, can prove that she is more than just a bright comet. One can find out if N. Vaidisova can finally get herself out of the slump.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 24, 2008

You are entitled to your view, of course, fantasticbingting.
I believe however this is not your true view , more a winding-up exercise on me, when you well know I am one of Masha's biggest supporters.
When you know she is my No1.
When you may be aware Maria Sharapova is my favourite tennis player of all time.
You may mock my taste and ridicule, and believe it to be an inconceivable concept, but I can assure you it is so.

How could I, given the above to be so, include Maria in a list of players I would like removed from the game, either by retiring, suffering constant early defeats, or injury or a combination of those debilitators?
I want Maria to stay at No1 until she retires, I believe she may, sometime late 2009/early 2010 with a gold medal, 6/7 slam titles and over 100 weeks at No1(she's 16 weeks as I write (not pregnant!) at world No1).
Most of all, and this is where the parting of our ways becomes irreversible, I would like her to leave respected as the greatest exponent her art the world has ever known.
This of course will take a massive educational exercise on peoples' understanding of the importance of Maria to tennis, and the number of people wordwide she has persuaded by her beauty, her style and her amazing success to financially invest in tennis and/or participate.

Anna Kournikova is one of my all-time favourites for that very reason.Maria Sharapova has taken it many rungs higher and will continue to do so.
Anna was a trailblazer, one of, if not THE very first worldwide female tennis superstar, without whom it is doubtful if we would have the legion of magnificent Russian tennis superstars we have today.
I give Anna enormous credit for that.
Being the first is always the hardest.
Without Anna, no Maria!
And no Svetlana, Elena or Dinara also.
For that alone she numbers among my all-time greats.
You cannot expect me to include Maria Sharapova in a list of people who, if excluded from the game, I believe the game would be much improved.
How?
Because the legion of young stars whose names you and I well know,fantasticbingting, would be able to undertake their craft against each other far more frequently, knowing yesterdays heroes are not going to suddenly appear and spoil the party.
Roland Garros 2008, possible quarters, JJ/Venus, Ana/Serena.
Today/Yesterday.Pleeeeez!No!!!

There are people,fantasticbingting, believe me, who would adore to see, at virtually every slam and major event an 'all-Williams' final.
It has happened, it's yesterday.
All Williams' or Alize Cornet/Victoria Azarenka?
For many tennis supporters it's a 'no-contest', for me I KNOW that 'all-Williams' is the past.I wish to participate in the future.


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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 24, 2008

Fantasticbingting,

Have you seen Alize Cornet?
"Bright Comet"
Definitely not!
Alize Cornet, when Maria Sharapova allows, is a future world No1.
Alize, of course, has much to learn, yet her 'open stance' backhands are already recognised as some of the hardest to read in the game.
She is, Alize 'little steps' Cornet, future world No1.

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comment by U11188452

posted May 24, 2008

Conosu2,

Of course I know you are the biggest supporter of sharapova -- I have no problem with that!

But why continue using this false argument of "establishment" or "the past and the future", and being hypocritical instead of being honest about your feelings: you loathe certain players as person and wish that they disappear, not because they belong to the "establishment", for you know better than me that your Maria belong to such "establishment" no less than all the others you wish to retire!

But it is your adoration or worship of anna Kournikova which left me speechlessdoh -- is it not this Anna the one overblown by the media more for her off-court activities than for her tennis? Was not she who possessed the biggest mouth but never delivered? Did she ever win a single tournament on the tour? NO, not even a tier four event -- even I can do no worse than her as a tennis player! This is really the icing on the "Lunacy-cake"sorry which deserves a multiple laughlaughlaugh>!

As far as Cornet is concerned -- she has to prove her consistency. I am NOT convinced thus far that she is ready for a Slam -- she beat an inconsistent Kuzzy in Rome, but profited from the withdraw of Serena and thus enjoyed an overwhelming physical advantage over an inconsistent A-Chak, who played three 3-setters in a row. But against the only real test of her ability and character, the final against JJ, she faltered badly. would be interesting to see how she plays tomorrow.

Finally, if I am not mistaken, you have already predicted at least a dozen as "future no-1": Inanovic, JJ, Cibulkova, Azarenka, Cornet... You know well it is impossible for all of them to occupy that single spot!

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comment by U11188452

posted May 24, 2008

conosu2,

It is Anastasia Myskina who put Russia on the world atlas of tennis by winning the FO 04, who was followed by sharapova (Wimby) and Kuzzy(USO) in the same year. Thus the Russia dominance of tennis feminin was established(Dementieva was the finalist of both FO and USO that year!).

Kournikova did no more for Russian tennis than Claudia Schiffer for Germen tennis, or Madonna for Amarican tennis.

She has nothing to do with tennis!

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comment by U11188452

posted May 25, 2008

conosu2,

In case you did not know -- Maria Sharapova vehemently rejected being compared to Anna Kournikova, even before she won Wimbledon: "I am a tennis player, and she never won a tournament" said Maria.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 25, 2008

Fantasticbingting,

Both Andy Murray and Ashley Harkleroad are playing later today on Lenglen, which will take all my concentration!
Alize on Chatrier will be a straightforward victory for the future No1 (Alize!).
C'mon Andy!!
C'mon Ashley!!!
(C'mon Nicole!!!).
magic

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comment by U11188452

posted May 25, 2008

Good morning and good lick to you, my friend, Conosu2! Ana is cruising! cheers

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 25, 2008

Fantastic 'live score' coverage on RG site.
Fast trips around the courts!

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comment by U11188452

posted May 25, 2008

sorry I meant "good luck" of coursedoh-- a Freudian maybewinkeye?

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 25, 2008

Don't get Freudian too early fantasticbingting.
'..good lick..'
My brain cells cannot handle!
If you can 'double entendre' to that level half hour into the tourny, you better leave me out as RG progresses, it'll be way, way above my head!!(no 'double' intended!).
magic

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comment by U11188452

posted May 25, 2008

Arvidsson a break up in the second! Maybe an upset is in the making!

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 25, 2008

"...good spirited and unbiased debates..."

Not sure I like that idea, unbiased?
I'll join in of course, but some posters are so tendentious!
You know, supporting one player against another come what may!
That sort of posting gets right up my nose!
C'mon Nicole!!
C'mon Ashley!!
C'mon Ashley!!
Ashley.....c'mon!!!!
smiley

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted May 25, 2008

Fantasticbingting,

Let me tell you now, your second 'anticipated' quarter ( Svetlana/Anna ) will not take place.
It's Victoria/Agnes sorry.
I'm deeply sorry, A-Chak is one of my very favourite players with Svetlana not far behind, but reality will always intervene, not always to my liking!
cheers

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comment by U11188452

posted May 25, 2008

Safarova is the first player to advance to the second round, will face the winner of Ana - Arvidsson.

N. Vaidisova was the first set, looks like another first round exit for the former "future hopeful"!

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