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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old May 8th, 2006, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Marion Bartoli and Flavia Pennetta

These girls are ranked 28th and 18th but they play in Tier 3s and 4s whenever possible (at least Pennetta plays Berlin and Rome). It just shows that they have no belief in themselves and all they are interested in is to make some small amount of money.

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Looks like Pennetta wants to be the new Smashnova

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It got them to where they are, so why not? Although I do believe they should play higher events more than they do.
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I think you may be right.

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Looks like Pennetta wants to be the new Smashnova
Exactly. Their strategy is to go to a lower tier tournament that takes place simultaneously with a higher tier tournament so they will have no competition. For example, this week most of the major players are in tier I Berlin so it's easy to win Prague.

The reality is, it's easier to win a tier 4 than to advance to QF or SF in a tier 1. Yet, the reward in terms of point and money are about the same. I think WTA needs to fix this loophole.
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Don't agree, these Tier III and IV events need a relatively decent/well know player as top-seed, just so they can boost their image!

Doesn't the WTA Tour encourge every Top player to play at least one Tier III per year? (Davenport/Venus in Istanbul, Sharapova in Birmingham, Clijsters in Hasselt...)
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Well at least they aren't like Lourdes Dominguez Lino, who is playing a challenger this week.
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You say they have no belief, I say they're smart. Look, if they're gonna drop down a Tier or two in order to win more matches then good for them. Flavia has already had a good career doing this. Maybe she won't make it to the next level, fine, but she's made a very decent living doing it the way she is.
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I agree with Babolatpro880
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Maggie Maleeva played 3s and 4s for a long while too didnt she?
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These girls are ranked 28th and 18th but they play in Tier 3s and 4s whenever possible (at least Pennetta plays Berlin and Rome). It just shows that they have no belief in themselves and all they are interested in is to make some small amount of money.


I agree. It's giving the impression that they think they aren't good enough to go any higher.
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