Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Philadelphia, PA USA
Well Vera didnt have much success at playing well in lower tournaments. Auckland was nice but I dont even think Vera herself expected it.
People really want to take you out as one of the top seeds.
It was a problem Lindsay said after losing in Strasbourg years ago. The crowd usually isnt pulling for you.
Winning Memphis last year didnt help Vera. It seemed to even put her more in a funk.
Vera was 13-18 after winning Memphis.
Nicole needs to continue to play a similar schedule like last year. Noone bitched about Maria playing Memphis in 2004 when she was ranked in top 25.
She continues to take things on her terms and not worry about the results in big tournis.
Nicole continues to be consistent where it counts. Nicole has yet to lose to a player ranked lower than her at a slam. She has clearly shown that she deserves to be ranked where she is now.
I really dont agree with the Smashnova comparisons because when Anna was ranked in top 20, she was absolutely horrible at the slams, 3 first round losses in 2001 and 2002.
1st round losses to habsudova, Nagyova, Torrens Valero, Srebotnik, Schiavone, Widjaja.
So 2 of those losses arent bad but where are the other women???
"Everybody always said I didn't get that job because my wife is white. If you're not strong enough to look through that then you have the issue."
-Charlie Strong, assistant head coach of the Florida Gators
Black presidents of the US=1
Black head coaches in the SEC=0
Something needs to change.