Players in Serious Slumps
This thread is for people to post their ideas/information as to why the following (or additional) list of players are in serious slumps in form.
Jenny Hopkins: Although I haven't seen her play that much, she's been as high as low fifties, has big groundstrokes (apparently) and a big serve. She started the year well qualifying for Hobart, but since then it's been numerous first round defeats. Last year I think she managed to qualify for 2 or 3 GS events, but she bombed out big time at the Wimbledon qualies which saw her ranking plummet outside of the top 200. That aside, she's a gorgeous person, beutiful olive skin and big brown eyes.
Marlene Weingartner: Her ranking has fallen to 150, & she'll have to play quallies at the US Open. I actually thought she would have a decent season after she scored that win over Hingis in February. She let her big chance slip at Wimbledon, where she led Zvonareva 6-2 3-1. Didn't see the match, but judging by the stats she played brilliant, precision tennis for the first set and a half. Not sure whether Vera was crying or not, but perhaps this had something to do with Marlene's collapse.
Adriana Serra Zanetti: It seems like decades ago that she made the quarters in Melbourne and was top 40. Now she struggles to even win qualifying matches for challenger events. Her game is a good aggressive style, and would seem suited to hardcourts & grass, so I'm not sure why she has slid down the rankings so much. She did have to face her sister Antonella quite a bit when she was ranked higher, and this apparently took a heavy emotional toll on her.
Samantha Reeves: Last year she played inspired tennis at some event to lead Venus by a set and a break. She even beat Raymond at one stage. Since then, she has really struggled to win sets, although an injury problem may be a major contributing factor.
Claudine Schaul: She has really struggled this year, most of it would seem to do with confidence. It all came to a climax at Strasbourg, where she had to be granted a WC to defend her title and was unceremoniously dispatched by Amy Frazier, who wouldn't be considered a clay court specialist by any stretch of the imagination. This was followed by a worse hiding at the hands of Emile Loit in Paris, & an Indian lesson in grasscourt tennis at Birmingham. Many of her fans shuddered when they saw she would face Martina in Holland, given Claudine's form & Martina's run on grass last year, a bad loss was not inconceivable. However, Claudine rose to the occasion (admittedly she played full of nervous energy) & escaped with a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win. This seemed to inspire a momentary return for her as she played a good match against Koukalova in the next round. But at Wimby, it was back to the doldrums as she suffered another 1st round hiding. Her ranking is at about 170 I think, not far below that of Kremer.