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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old May 8th, 2002, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Is Hingis still the top player in WTA?

Hey, guys, what do you think about it?
I am a big fan of Martina,
whatever what the rank she is , i still supporing her.......
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Where have you been?

NO. She hasn't been for some time now. Keep up.

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Support her all you want, but she's not the "top" player.
Though I guess it could depend on what you mean by top!

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Martina is one of the top players. Maybe she didn't have big results lately but she still is and will always be the most talented player who plays tennis in the most beautiful way. She is a pleasure to watch. Seeing her play tennis is like watching a piece of art! Tennis won't be the same without her!
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LOL, well she's a "top ten" player if that's what you mean. I like Hingis and I hope she can stay up at the top, but it's becoming a lot harder for her. She's still a solid consistent player and fun to watch (unless she is getting destroyed by a Williams).
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whaT IS UR DEFINITION OF TOP PLAYER???

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FP, I think I have a different perception of top player than most of the tennis fans. For me, although winning matches is important to be a top player, it is even more important the way you play tennis. Martina is the best tennis PLAYER whereas other girls are better "ball hitters", not really "players"!
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um, martiana, i would disagree.
for me, and most others I think, winning matches is what determines the top player in the WTA. not how pretty your volley is. I think that Martina has a nice service motion - who cares? Her serve gets creamed on a regular basis. that is NOT pretty.

"ball hitters" doesn't even come close to doing the other top players justice (I assume you mean Venus, Jen and Kim since they are 1, 2 and 3 right now).
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Damned, it's a shame they don't give out trophies for best tennis players...she'd still be #1
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This is an interesting post. I am pretty sure the original poster, Ferrero, knows Martina isn't the top player of the WTA. The top spot has a Williams name on it, something many of us thought should have been the case more than a year ago, something that I hope will stand for a long time.

However, Martina is in our consciousness a top player that can re-emerge anytime. Nobody can rule her out a priori.

To appreciate how good she is, consider the following:

- We are flamboyantly elated when our fave defeats her, which is not the case with the defeat of lower rated players.

- She almost won a Slam at Aussie-02. Even though many of us claim "almost" doesn't count, deep down we all know it does; it tells something about the levels of the players.

- On some statistical tables, she managed to be at the top while competing against other super talents: Race to Chase, YTD Prize Money. These are definitely second rate tables but not exactly contemptible; top positions in them have to be earned.

Martina fans should be proud of their girl. Deep down we all wish her well. She plays a superb brand of tennis that IMHO only Serena completely demolishes and just a few other girls can win against.

The top WTA player, she isn't; Venus is.

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Only clicked on this by accident but just have to say: TennisPower, that's an excellent post.
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post #13 of 23 (permalink) Old May 8th, 2002, 06:40 PM
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Yup,

The top player most likely to "lick her wounds."

(sorry Martian fans, I couldn't resist; you know I want her to get her game together)

by the way, why don't you use the search function and go through the prior post. Your thread starting is redundant.
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If martina had won the Australian Open we would all have different opinions right now..

She is by far not the top player on the tour but is the most consistent.. she will always get blown off the court by the power hitters which should have happened 2-3 years ago but right now it is happening.. Martina will remain in the top 5 but at #1, I don't think so.

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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2002, 04:06 AM
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Yeah...since she can always go into Semi... but can't get the champ anymore!
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