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Wimbledon's Top 5 Stars/Top 5 Flops (BBC Sport)

TOP FIVE STARS
Venus Williams
Maybe only Venus believed she could regain the form of 2001
Maria Sharapova
Made a valiant defence and gave up title with dignity
Anastasia Myskina
For three epic three-set wins
Sania Mirza
For putting Indian women's tennis on the SW19 map in just two matches
Jane O'Donoghue
Saved British women's pride with a lone victory

TOP FIVE FLOPS
Serena Williams
Arrived unfit and made an early exit
Amelie Mauresmo
Made another Grand Slam semi, took the lead again, lost in three again...
Justine Henin-Hardenne
Left a huge void with her first-round defeat
British women
Seven wild cards required, one win delivered
Martina Navratilova
Harsh... but the search for Wimbledon title 21 goes on

Longer article here - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4646023.stm

Putting Sharapova in the 'star' category is slightly odd. Nice to see Nastya and Sania getting their props though.
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I don't think Momo should be on the flop list. Lindsay really took it to her, and at least she made the SF. I thought Amelie did the best she could and was playing beautifully.

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Lindsay Davenport should be a hit for staring in 2 of the matches of the tournament
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To put Amelie on the flop list is way too harsh.
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Lindsay Davenport should be a hit for staring in 2 of the matches of the tournament

Definitely. And classing Momo and Martina as flops is harsh at best.

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Lindsay Davenport should be a hit for staring in 2 of the matches of the tournament
I agree, Sania should be taken off.

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wow there are alot of crappy people in the top five and some betters in the flops




















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I'd put Amelie on the flop list, actually. She was in stunning form all the way to the semi and played very well in it, but she's got to the stage of her career where that is simply not satisfactory any more. No more props for being the nearly woman, especially when it's the same old story of taking a lead and losing it. I say this as someone who'd LOVE Amelie to break through.
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Jane O'Donoghue a star but Lindsay out? In fact, I would even put her ahead of Maria, after all Maria lost her title, Lindsay did better than her, also better than last year, was a lot more competitive against the eventual Champion and played in 2 of the tournament's best matches. I agree that Amélie shouldn't even be on the flop list. But what can we do? A list is a list
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Mary Pierce should definitely be in the 'Top 5 Stars' list. Equalling her best-ever finish by reaching the Quarter-Finals before losing to the eventual Champion Venus Williams (with that memorable 12-10 tie-break!) and winning her first Wimbledon title, the Mixed Doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi -unseeded, without dropping a set, beating three (4?) seeded pairs en-route to the title, including the defending champions!
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Sania I think deserved it, I think she was added b/c there is a big Indian population in the UK (and obviously there is close colonial ties) and she made alot of people interested. I would replace Maria with Lindz, and take Amilie out and put in Elena Bally (sorry but she should have delivered more)

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Take Maria out and put Lindsay in.
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Good list.

Maria was evidently star of the show for most of the event. Her play was of a high standard. Her pictures were in all the media. Her interviews were witty. Her confident and classy defence were an object-lesson from an 18 year-old. Highest props to Masha!

Myskina's houdini-antics were notable.

Mirza and O'Donoghugh didn't really make much impact.

Justine arrived in a blaze of publicity and hype - and departed very quickly.

Amelie did her usual thing of winning easily in the early rounds, then losing a long tussle in the 2nd week.

Martina was just a publicity-hound, doing rent-a-quotes for all the papers.

I'd add in Cara Black and Mary Pierce as stars of the Womens events, performing well and providing exciting play.

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I think all are fair.
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