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Do you think Amélie will win a Slam eventually?

I certainly hope she will , but I was curious to see what you guys thought.

When she emerged about 5 years ago and got into the top 10 in just a couple months despite all the attention directed at her coming out I'm sure a Slam seemed like a certainty for her. But then she kept injuring herself through 99-00, looked a little out of shape in some old pics I've seen (even in some early 2001 pics she looked about 20 pounds heavier than now) and it sounds like her then-girlfriend was a jerk who had a knack for getting into the middle of everything. And I'm sure fielding all those stupid things said about her in the media with grace was a distraction. I know I couldn't have done it!

And then she played really well in early 2001 but had that awful mental lapse at RG. By the time she recovered from that and made SF at Wimbledon and US Open (her SF against Venus was one of the most thrilling matches i've ever seen ) she hurt her knee and then was hurt though most of 2003, choked at Rg, then started playing really well again (but still didn't show up at the YEC final) At the Australian this year she was playing terrific and then hurt herself It really seemed like a great chance for her

24 is tennis middle age. Though Amélie has a bit of a choker rep and has certainly had her mental lapses, it does seem like she gets injured every time she's playing well I wonder what causes all those injuries. I'm sure it doesn't help her consistency- gets thrown off every time she gets into a rhythm. Do you think there's still time for her to get a major title? I hope so.

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Cause the girls, they are so pretty...

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No. If she can't deal with playing at home, because Roland Garros is only the slightest thing she has a shot at.
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I'll have to say no - everyone says she has so much variety, but the fact is she has no more variety than any of the other top players, most of which are stronger, faster, or more mentally stable than she is. With that combination, she will need a very lucky draw to ever win a slam.

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i say never say never, Jana won hers at 29, what's stopping Amelie,
but the keyword here is "improving", that's what she has to do to keep up
with the Williams sisters and the growing Belgians.
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No. If she can't deal with playing at home, because Roland Garros is only the slightest thing she has a shot at.
Don't agree, Amelie is competitive on every surface.

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How old was Novotna when she won Wimbledon?

My bet was that she wouldn't win a slam, but with the Williams Sisters no-shows, she's got a better opportunity.
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She does need to learn how to play at home- no doubt about that. But Mary broke through and I'm an optimist. I think if the injuries stop she has a chance. But sadly, that's a big if. SOS is right, but it's hard to improve when you're injured half the time. She can be competitive on every surface, which is good, and she's had patches of playing well enough to win one- but they never seem to come at the right time.

But if Jana Novotna can get a Slam in the end, there's hope for Amélie, IMO.

Well, I walk into the room
Passing out hundred dollar bills
And it kills and it thrills like the horns on my Silverado grill
And I buy the bar a double round of crown
And everybody's getting down
And this town ain't never gonna be the same.
Cause I saddle up my horse and I ride into the city
I make a lot of noise
Cause the girls, they are so pretty...

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ez Amélie!

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In big instances,Amelie chokes. Seen it against Venus, Serena, Justine and Kim,especially at 03 year end Champs. She just folded to Kim. She's never going to win a slam this way.She loses her killer instinct when it counts most.
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No. Unless Paris is Venus, Serena, Capriati, Davenport-less.
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Yes, she will get one eventually.. IF she's injury-free and metally stabler..



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She's not going to the favourite in any really big event. There have been too many let-downs, such as the 2001 RG debacle and the YEC final last year. But she can beat any player on a given day, and can sneak efficiently through a draw. She always has to be one of the players with a realistic chance in any tournament, including a slam event.

If she won just one, it'd get the monkey off her back and she'd win more, but I agree that time is running out for her. Still, I'll keep the faith.

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Off course. She's got the physical ability and game for it; it's the mental
and emotional side that needs work. Has the same chance to win
a grand slam as Kim.

When Amelie finally does win a grand slam. Boy, there won't be
a dry eye on center court.
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I think she has the talent to do so but talent isn't enough.
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I think she has the talent to do so but talent isn't enough.

She's beyond just talented. Has the ablity to take out Justine and Kim.
It's all mental. Besides..I think the days of getting by without
a an all court game may be over. How many players on tour really
have what it takes nowadays? Isn't it just Kim and Amelie now
to be first time grand slam winners?
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I don't like her very much but I hope she does. And Dokic Clijsters Hantu Dementieva could use one as well. It would mean the tour had grown into something resembling serious competition, instead of Graf ERA, Hingis ERA, SErena ERA JHH ERA...
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