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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2002, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question Who Has Had The Best Year So Far?

I'm picking Ms Serena "Brickhouser - Bonecrushing - Powerhousing - Steamrolling - Buttkicking - Superlicious - Backbreaking - Lawnmowering - Semi-crashing - and some mo stuff", Williams.

She has had to beat more top ten players to get as far as she has all year - and she has never exited a tourney this year before the quarters - if I am not mistaken. She's won two Tier Ones - and no one else can match it.

And last but not least - she has won 'mo Money - Money - Money than her 'Big Sis - Ms Venus "Victory", Williams.

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Wink Who has had the best year so far?

GogoGirl, Well you've used lots of superlatives in describing Serena's success so far...but don't run them on the "Times Square" ticker tape yet!! Contain your self modesty..and if indeed your gal comes through....then gush yourself silly!!


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In terms of quality wins, Serena is definantly the top player this year, although she and Martina Hingis are relatively close in terms of their quality wins. Here is how I would rate the top 6 players this year in terms of the quality of their performances.

1. Serena Williams- Winner (Scottsdale (II), Miami (I), Rome (I)). Finalist (German Open (I)) Semifinalist (Adidas (II)). Quarterfinalist (Charleston (I)). Serena is the top player so far this year. Not only for her quality wins (two tier 1 events and 1 tier 1 final), but also for who she has beaten this year (Hingis-2, Capriati-3, Venus-1, Justine-1).

2. Martina Hingis- Winner (Adidas (II), Tokyo (I)). Finalist (Indian Wells (I), Australian Open (GS)). Semifinalist (Scottsdale (II), Hamburg (II)). Quarterfinalist (Miami (I)). Despite her injury problems, Hingis still played well this year, especially coming back from her first major injury. She won two titles and made the finals of two big events.

3. Jennifer Capriati- Winner (Australian Open (GS)). Finalist (Miami (I), Scottsdale (II)). Semifinalist (Charleston (I), German Open (I), Italian Open (I)). Consistency is key for Jen-Cap. She won AO and has played consistently well since them, but has unfortunately run into Serena Williams too many times this year.

4. Venus Williams- Winner (Gold Coast (III), Paris (II), Antwerp (III), Amelia Island (II)). Finalist (Hamburg (II)). Semifinalist (Dubai (III)), Quarterfinalist (Miami (I)). Great year for Venus so far, but her wins have come at smaller events and she has yet to make the finals of a tier 1 event this year. Hopefully things will change at RG.

5. Justine Henin- Winner (German Open (I)). Finalist (Gold Coast (III), Antwerp (III), Amelia Island (II). Rome (I). Quarterfinalist (Australian Open (GS), Paris (II), Hamburg (II), Adidas (II)). After having a semi slump, Henin has broken away from the pack this clay court season by winning her first big event beating Capriati and S. Williams to do so. With a 14-3 record, can we say Henin for a possible RG champion? I think so.

6. Kim Clijsters- Winner (Hamburg (II)). Semifinalist (Australian Open (GS), Adidas (II), Italian Open (I)). Quarterfinalist (Miami (I)). In a year plagued by injuries, Kim has good results in the tournaments she has participated in and her fine win over Venus at Hamburg shows that she can play the top contenders and win big.

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apoet, what about Jennifer???

imo, Serena has clearly had the best year with her only losses against Meghann Shaughnessy (retired, not really a loss, imo), Patty Schnyder, and Justine, and she avenged the loss to Justine one week later. Her wins really tell the story though -- who hasn't she beaten in the top eight? I don't think she's played Kim, and Lindsay has been out all year.

It's too difficult for me to decide about the rest, but since Scottsdale this has been the year of Serena Williams!
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Where is the winner of the only Grandslam this year so far?????

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Serena is the queen of this year, the only dirty spot is her injury wich kept her from winning australia

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You forgot justine's finale in Rome :-)

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Sorry about leaving Jen Cap off the thread. I did not realize my mistake until after I posted. I have since reposted the thread and made the necessary corrections.
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I agree, I think that Serena and Martina have had the best years so far. Hingis really had a fabulous early part of this year, while serena missed the early bit and has come on VERY strong.
Jen makes a good case too.
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Only two ladies have impressed me:

Serena: Winning two tier 1's, making a tier 1 final, high quality wins over other top 10 players, etc. She is a big force to be reckoned with!

Jennifer: Won a GS (nuff said) and has played oh-so-consistently! Has also had some impressive wins, looks in good form! No other titles, but I don't think she is that bothered! Slams are the key, so get ready to see the REAL Lioness that is Jen!

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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2002, 09:25 PM
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serena so far, and barring injuries she'll probably end the year as no 1.
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Jennifer Capriati - She won the only GS so far this year. 50 years from, now, the rest just won't matter.

I'd say Venus, Serena and Justine have PLAYED the best, with Martina and Jenn a bit behind.

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you think she is not bothered? well, if not now, I am sure she will in a couple of weeks.
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post #14 of 29 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2002, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Very Interesting - Indeed

apoet29 - you took the words right out of my mouth. I feel ya.

Of course in a way - the field is WIDE Open. On any given day - one could emerge quietly and silently - and win the whole darn thing. This is what is sooooo great about Women's tennis. Fate and some more stuff may play a part.

For instance: Headline After Roland Garros

"So-in-so - crept up silently and w/o much fanfare and look at her now - for she has now made the final." And then if so-in-so wins the final - look out. Endorsements galore and some more praise. So one never knows.

Well I still say - sometimes an old bet is still the safest one - so I'm sticking.

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apoet, you wrote that Venus lost in the quarters of Miami.
didn't she play and lose to Serena in the Semis?
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