Join Date: Mar 2002
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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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"Playing aggressive tennis ... that's always the way to go, if you ask me." - Venus Williams, May/2002
"Some shots I will hit hard but not every ball. I'm not just using my power." - Serena Williams, Oct/2002
Last edited by TennisPower; May 8th, 2002 at 04:49 PM.