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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2005, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Farina Elia - the rest was the best!

Silvia Farina Elia retires - what can we learn from her career?

Silvia started her career on the WTA tour in 1989 right in the Golden Age of women's tennis when Graf and Navratilova peaked and played historic battles (Wimbledon, USO, YEC).

Although Sabatini double-bageled her twice in 91 & 92 Silvia could take revenge on the beautiful Argentinian at FO 94, this marking her first great win against a top player (slam winner).

When she was already 27 years old she ambushed Seles at the FedCup 99.

In the new millenium she could score a lot more wins against slam winners (although she was already in her 30ies):

Sydney 02: Myskina 6-3 6-2
Tokyo 03: Pierce 3-6 6-1 6-0
Strasbourg 03: Myskina 6-2 6-3
Eastbourne 03: Davenport 6-4 3-6 7-6
Rome 04: Sharapova 7-6 6-0
Dubai 05: V. Williams 7-5 7-6
Amelia Island 05: S. Williams 5-7 7-6 TKO

She made her ranking peak in spring of 2002 aged 30.

Her success in the 21st century is even more remarkable if we consider that the bar had been raised dramtically and the game had moved on in comparison to the 90ies (when opposition was weak).

We will miss you, Silvia!

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Thanks for the summary, Calimero

Will she be your next hero?

I really remember her from way back and always enjoyed her spirit. I'll miss her on the circuit and wish her a great time to come!
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She showed you can still peak when over 30. She will be missed.
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OMG!!!!!!!!


Calimero377 being nice to Silvia!!!!!!
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Vamos Farina Elia!

The Best!
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goodbye silvia

i'm sooooo

Sharapova
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OMG!!!!!!!!


Calimero377 being nice to Silvia!!!!!!

Why not?
She beat Seles, Hingis, Davenport, Venus, Serena, Myskina, Screamerova, Kuzzy.

I ask myself of course:
Could she have beaten Graf ... ?
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Schnyder beat Capriati, Davenport, Hingis, Clijsters, Kuznetsova, Sharapova, Serena and GRAF
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Only an over-the-hill Graf in 1998, 16 years after the beginning of Graf's career.

Farina Elia beat Seles, Willies, Davenport in their prime peak age.

Big difference!
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Only an over-the-hill Graf in 1998, 16 years after the beginning of Graf's career.

Farina Elia beat Seles, Willies, Davenport in their prime peak age.

Big difference!

1998 Italian Open (Rome) 2nd round 6-2, 6-1 Monica Seles
1998 Ladies Kremlin Cup (Moscow) Quarterfinal 6-0, 6-1 Monica Seles
1999 Fed Cup Semifinal #1 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Silvia Farina
1999 US Open (New York) 2nd round 6-2, 6-3 Monica Seles
2000 Newsweek Champions Cup (Indian Wells) 1st round 6-1, 6-2 Monica Seles
2002 Nasdaq-100 Open 4th round 7-6, 6-4 Monica Seles

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Me thinks silvia only won that match against Serena because Serena twisted her ankle. I guess LDV is right afterall...Cali and his charm offense, so cute.

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Me thinks silvia only won that match against Serena because Serena twisted her ankle. I guess LDV is right afterall...Cali and his charm offense, so cute.

Serena didnt injury herself until 6-5 15-40 in the second set!!! Serena sauid after the match that she doesnt think Silvia has ever played that well before!!!
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pff those wins vs myskina were back in the day. how could you count them if the player hadn't won her slam yet.

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Calimero didn't make a non-sense thread

Silvia

Ana Ivanović.
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Calimero didn't make a non-sense thread

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Its great, isnt it!
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