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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2004, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Any British wins at Wimbledon?

Aside from the possibility of British girls playing each other in the first round, is there any chance of British second or even third round matches? If the girls that should get wildcards do get them, who will do well.

(Thinking of Anne Keothavong, Jane O'Donoghue, Amanda Janes, Elena Baltacha, Emily Webley-Smith, Sarah Borwell, Karen Paterson, Melanie South etc.)


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I cant see it happening, unless their opponent retires
Wins at 10K level are really different to GS main draws.
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I have some trust in the British players......Elena Baltacha for example. Okay, she was injured for a long time, but she is a really good grasscourt-player. She has the serve of a Venus Williams and is very offensive. Look at her results on gras:
Eastbourne 2002:
easy win against top 100 player Alina Jidkova
Wimbledon 2002:
win against top 50 player Maria Vento-Kabchi and Amanda Coetzer
Surbiton 2003:
win against top 100 player Samantha Stosur
Eastbourne 2003:
win against top 100 player Emmanuelle Gagliardi
Wimbledon 2003:
Lost in three sets from Jelena Dokic (seeded 11th at that time).

Besides that Amanda Janes can do some nice things. In 2003 she defeated Magui Serna of Spain in Eastbourne.
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Amanda Janes could beat a clay court specialist on grass if she draws one. She & Baltacha could get wins if the draw is kind. Keothavong is good but her main problem is she plays a pretty typical baseline game so those established in the top 100 with a similar type of game are always likely to handle her. I don't think ny of the others have a sniff of a chance.
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I wouldn't dismiss Jane (O'Donoghue). She beat Conchita Martinez-Granados last week (on clay!) so she can cause problems for some.

As for the rest (Emily/Sarah/Karen) they have less of a chance, but with an advantage in the crowd and grass they might spring an upset I think Karen's game in particular suits grass.

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Yeah, I think we need to establish a draw-rigging system to ensure all British girls face confirmed clay-courters in the first round!
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Dear dear, imagine, all you can think about if you’re a British tennis fan is, can we have a first round win. Shows the state of tennis in the UK, then again how can you promote a sport like tennis within the UK when the people in charge of it are the ones who are discriminating against ordinary people participating in the sport.
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Dear dear, imagine, all you can think about if you’re a British tennis fan is, can we have a first round win. Shows the state of tennis in the UK, then again how can you promote a sport like tennis within the UK when the people in charge of it are the ones who are discriminating against ordinary people participating in the sport.
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lucie and elena should of won last year

lucie had ai all over the place, was totally dominating then missed some easy shots and collapsed.

ditto elena, she had dokic on the ropes, and just when she needed it the most her serve let her down.

had they boht won it woudl of been "gb womens tennis on the up" instead, we got "british woman are shit"

anne should do okay providing she keeps her head in gear. elena and amanda could sneak a win, jane needs help, her game isnt great on grass. karen/emily/mel would do well to win a set, but you never know!!

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Apart from Tim Henman can someone name a British player who has actually won something worth mentioning?
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Surbiton 2003:
win against top 100 player Samantha Stosur
Samantha wasn't even in Top 100 at the time. She got cracked into the Top 100 last month or so.


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Now I don't mean some sheepshaggin torunament like the Outer Hebrides WTA satellite cup or naff like this, but an acutaully tournament
It's not as if there's not millions spent everyyear trying to teach a bunch of no hoper hooray henrys how to play the game
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Aside from the possibility of British girls playing each other in the first round, is there any chance of British second or even third round matches? If the girls that should get wildcards do get them, who will do well.

(Thinking of Anne Keothavong, Jane O'Donoghue, Amanda Janes, Elena Baltacha, Emily Webley-Smith, Sarah Borwell, Karen Paterson, Melanie South etc.)

yes, if they play each other
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Especially Baltacha + O'Donoghue and Keothavong can win a top 75-115

So, with a not too bad draw, it's possible.
I 'd say we'll see 1 or 2 in 2nd round.

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Theyre so bad even Canuckian players could beat the lot
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