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Sharapova: Player of the Year

IMO, Sharapova is the player of the year. She won a major, and the YEC. She had the best year, IMO.
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IMO, Sharapova is the player of the year. She won a major, and the YEC. She had the best year, IMO.
Well dunno..I'm LEANIN MORE to Justine's YEAR
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Ehhh...close, but I think Davenport had the better year...

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IMO, Sharapova is the player of the year. She won a major, and the YEC. She had the best year, IMO.
Thats right hon ignore me Hold on the phones ringing.......

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I would think Maria Sharapova is the leading candidate for player of the year honors. But more importantly masha became a top player this year at age 17 and that doesn't happen anymore in women's tennis with the advent of the WTA AER. I also think Anastasia Myskina is a viable player of the year choice. And if Justine Henin had played for most of the year she probably would win it. But she played less than half the year and I don't think someone who plays so few events will win player of the year even though Henin had great results in the few tournaments she played this year.

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I don't feel Sharapova is the Player of the Year
but I have no doubt that she'll get it.
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Exactly, tc...I think that´s the key. She DID win two of the biggest titles AND is just 17 years old...best season by a 17 year old since Serena´s ´99....

I think when you consider age, Marias year was more impressive than Lindsay´s....because she DID peak when it mattered.

Although if Justine hadn´t gone down she probably would have been the obvious choice.

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They have to give it to someone who won a major, I would think. It's between Justine and Maria. As I have said before about Maria, nature's first green is gold, so it will likely go to her, particularly with a stong end of the season.

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I agree; funnily enough I'd already thought that earlier today. I don't much like Maria, or even respect her, but the fact remains that the Slams were won by four different players (with Sharapova arguably winning the most prestigious title), and the next-biggest event, the Year-End Championships were also won by her, which puts her above the other Slam winners in my book.

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my list:
1)Myskina
2)Davenport
3)Sharapova (but player of the year in the tier 4 and 5 tourneys)

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It could go Davenport's way, Sharapova for being that "break out star". If there was a player's choice, Davenport, AP choice to put a pink bow on things, it would be Sharapova.
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I would probably give up if they asked me. justine has 2 titles but was absent for most of the course. Maria got two big titles but her other impact on the tour was at lower tiers. Myskina got the GS but missed the Olympics from a lead over the winner and the YEC from a lead over both finalists. She is beating the number 1 player though. Momo had success on the tour but failed to reach any major final apart from the Olympics which she lost easily. Momo did beat Maria though at the YEC. Sveta got a GS and wins over the top 2 players this year,

Not sure how you count the YEC either. Leaving aside the Nastya match which nastya fell asleep in, Maria was beaten by Momo and beat Serena with no serve. Not sure how you rate that - great perfrmances but was it really a player of the year performance strong enough to decide player of the year rather than most improved player or newcomer?

If it comes down to outstanding performances Justine at the Olympics and at the AO was pretty good. Sveta at the USO was just as outstanding as Maria at Wimbledon so does she end up behind Maria just because Maria beat her at the YEC? Myskina at the FO was totally convincing too as was Lindsay for much of the hardcourt season.

Not even sure how the politics run. The tennis authorities might want to market Maria but to put their number 4 player over Justine and the top 3 just looks too much like hype. Problem is there is no one else is there?
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It could go Davenport's way, Sharapova for being that "break out star". If there was a player's choice, Davenport, AP choice to put a pink bow on things, it would be Sharapova.
The writing's on the wall: the passing of the torch to Teen Phenom Maria Sharapova is taking place and we saw part of it unfold in last night's match.

Hail to the New Queen. The Sharapova Era has finally begun.
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