Good article. But I disagree on some points.
Dunno about you guys, but if you can honestly call getting into the top 8 7 out of 9 tournaments she's joined a "slump" then the tour better watch out. Aside from IW, her record now is way better than it was the same time last year. Losing to lower ranked players? Indeed quite distressing... but the rankings and her record of late is showing that she's actually just fine. Aside from Harkleroad and Molik those who've beaten her are top 10 veterans. Or is it the way she's beaten? Those are just two lousy matches out of ???. Can that really signal that she's in trouble? Statistically... I dont think so.
The disappointment of fans is not in that her performance is dipping... its that she hasn't topped her performance last year by winning a title again. Thats what this "slump" is all about. And I think all this flak about her "slump" is severely without factual merit. Do remember that Daniela Hantuchova reached the Top 10 and stayed there by being in QF's most of the time... not because she won IW. Looking at her record she is still doing just that. The challenge now is for her to do BETTER than what she usually does.
Last edited by Tarsius; Apr 25th, 2003 at 12:18 AM.