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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Rank your top 5 claycourters so far this year

I believe the clay season is almost halfway through. In light of the numerous threads and discussions about how players need to be ordained, have a particular kind of slide and an eye-catching smile before being considered a good claycourter, or to use the technical term, a claycourt specialist, I thought I'd rank my top 5 specialists so far this year.

1) Venus Williams
2) Iva Majoli
3) Kim Clijsters
4) Justine Henin
5) Patty Schnyder

At least they are the ones who've "court" my eye. What are yours? Give reasons, if you like. I'm too lazy to. And please disregard my opening remarks.
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 12:54 AM
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1. Kim Clijsters
2. Venus Williams
3. Iva Majoli (she's number one in my mind, but I'm trying to be realistic)
4. Patty Schnyder
5. Justine Henin

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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post #3 of 39 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 01:18 AM
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1. Venus Williams ( 2 clay court finals 1 win 1 loss, but should've won both)
2. Kim Clijsters (good showing at Hamburg, and runner up last year)
3. Serena Williams (capable of beating Iva Majoli and Patty and Kim and...etc....
4. Iva Majoli (Good showing at FCC)
5. Jennifer Cappy (yes i can't stand her, but hey she can play. won the french last year, but played a serena williams that didnt play on any clay before the french and was takin to 3 sets, so if she plays a williams this year, expect to her to get taken out in 2 easy sets, they have her number right now)
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1. Venus Williams
2. Kim Clijsters
3. Patty Schnyder
4. Jennifer Capriati
5. Iva Majoli
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post #5 of 39 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 03:10 AM
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1) KIM

Honorable mention: serena, jenn (will get better as the season goes along), Martina (played well for being injured and won doubles easily), Barbara Schwartz (she just played so well against Monica and Meghann)
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Venus Williams
Paola Suarez
Iva Majoli
Kim Clijsters
Amelie Mauresmo
Clarisa Fernandez

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post #7 of 39 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 03:20 AM
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Well I'm not sure if I can be unbiased but here goes:

1. Venus Williams
2. Kim Clijsters
3. Iva Majoli
4. Jennifer Capriati
5. Serena Williams

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#1 Venus Williams
#2 Kim Clijsters
#3 Iva Majoli
#4 Patty Schnyder
#5 Serena Williams and Justine Henin


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Based on results this year alone so far:
1. Kim Clijsters
2. Venus Williams
3. Iva Majoli
4 Jennifer Capriati
5. Patty Schnyder
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post #10 of 39 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 04:29 AM
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1. Venus Williams - Tier 2 title, plus a Tier 2 final, gives her the edge so far.

2. Kim Clijsters - Only 1 event, but it was a Tier 2 title and she beat the #1 player in the world in doing so.

3. Iva Majoli - Tier 1 winner, plus a Tier 3 final seems grounds for a high rating, but isn't higher because of 1st round loss in Sarasota, and 2nd round of Amelia Island.

4. Justine Henin - Solid performance at Tier 2 Amelia Island, where she seemed poised to beat Venus. Missed Charleston, but reached Hamburg quarterfinals, a decent result.

5. Jelena Dokic - She's been overlooked somewhat, but she did prevail in Sarasota (though low tier), plus reached Amelia Island and Hamburg semis. Downfall was a poor showing in Charleston.

Other notables:

*Jennifer Capriati (only 1 event, but not bad reaching a Tier 1 semifinal).

* Patty Schnyder (quarterfinal in Sarasota, and a very good run at Charleston with big wins over Serena and Jennifer. Downfalls were 2nd round showing at Amelia Island, and disappointing 1st round of Hamburg).

*Svensson, Muller, Serna, Montolio (must be doing at least something right to each come away with a clay title (though small one) this year).
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"...So far this year..."

1. Venus
2. Kim
3. Patty
4. Iva
5. Jenn
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post #12 of 39 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 07:01 AM
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1) Kim
2) Venus
3) Justine
4) Jelena
5) Patty
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post #13 of 39 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 07:24 AM
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Conditionally Jelena belongs in everyones list, but i guess injuries were also partially her fault to her own detriment ..otherwise shed be in the top 2 for sure

but mine woul d be..
1) Iva Majoli
2) Venus
3) Kim
4) Jelena*
5) Henin

Good luck to the Aussie and Balkan girls!
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1.Kim (first claycourt tournament, first final of the year, first win over number one ---> first title this year )
2.Venus (she had the best results, but didn't play real claycourt tennis...she wasn't on the winning hand in Amelia Island...Justine was the better player there IMO...Justine is still a choker, which allowed Venus to win that tournament)
3.Iva Majoli (she belongs in this top 5, that's obvious)
4.Jelena Dokic (she made it to two semi-finals, each time giving up with an injury...she could have done much better if healthy)
5.Justine Henin (played great tennis in Amelia Island....but she's still a CHOKER )

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post #15 of 39 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 07:35 AM
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WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST CLAY COURT PLAYER THIS YEAR IS VENUS and HERE's why.. and those who didn't pick Venus are just lying to themselves.

Venus beat:

Took a set 6/1 off of Clijsters
Smashnova.. I THINK???

and other lower ranked but clay court specialist.. lol

note: she beat Hingis and ASV back to back on the slow red clay. Nobody has beaten the best CLAY COURT players as much as Venus has this season.. so far.

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