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Less than complimentary article about the state of women's tennis ..

Extract taken from an article published in the UK's Independent newspaper today, that should ruffle plenty of fans' feathers!

http://sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/article799591.ece

If it was a relief for Henin-Hardenne to win her fifth Grand Slam title - Wimbledon, where she reached the final in 2001, is the only major crown she has yet to wear - the manner of her victory did not say much for the state of women's tennis.

The recent consensus has been that the competitiveness of the top group compensates for the lack of strength in depth; until Henin-Hardenne's triumph here, eight Grand Slam titles in a row had been won by different players. However, while it remains true that predicting winners away from the clay is a hazardous business, this is usually due to the physical and mental frailties of the leading players rather than ever-improving standards.

Take Wimbledon later this month. Will Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams, the last two winners, have enough matches in their legs? Did Amélie Mauresmo's meek surrender at Roland Garros signal a return of her mental demons? Does Kim Clijsters, having announced her intention to retire next year, have sufficient ambition? Is Nadia Petrova, perhaps the most anonymous world No 3 in history, anything more than a flat-track bully? Will a lack of power tell against Martina Hingis?


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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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It doesn't really diss womens tennis

Most of it is true, good read and thanks for posting
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 09:51 AM
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In a way I can see what they are saying, but Sharapova and Venus have nothing to worry about. Amelie is just always nervous in front of a home crowd, Martina doesn't need power when she plays smart tennis, once Nadia has good results on highly publisized event she will become more well known.

Though I think Kim isn't as ambitious as always.
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I don't think its overly critical either, the Independent is a very balanced newspaper, but I'm sure some will be provoked by it nonetheless

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If they write an article about the boring men's Roland Garros as well I have no problem with it

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Well, something is definitely wrong when Nadia Petrova is #3.
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Much as I hate to agree, unfortunately I feel that most of what the article has to say is true.

The women's event at RG didn't give much amunition to those who want equality of payment for the women.

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Well, something is definitely wrong when Nadia Petrova is #3.
I totally agree - she should be no.1 .
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post #9 of 33 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 01:16 PM
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Interesting and accurate article. Hopefully, because she did not play as much as last year on clay, Justine will be in better physical condition than she was last year for Wimbledon. I think defending her title and points may have put Justine under extra pressure and caused some of her fatigue. If she can^t win Wimbledon this year, I would like to see Sveta win it.
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i have been saying this for a long time. women's tennis has been going downhill since 2001/02 or so.
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In a way I can see what they are saying, but Sharapova and Venus have nothing to worry about. Amelie is just always nervous in front of a home crowd, Martina doesn't need power when she plays smart tennis, once Nadia has good results on highly publisized event she will become more well known.

Though I think Kim isn't as ambitious as always.
If Venus & Maria can get to the 4th rd & QF on their
worst surface of all the Slams with little to no tennis in
their legs for a while, please!

Their is no telling what they could do
on their best surface of all the Slams!

They both can and probably will tear it
up at Wimbledon!
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Much as I hate to agree, unfortunately I feel that most of what the article has to say is true.

The women's event at RG didn't give much amunition to those who want equality of payment for the women.
You must be kidding me?? The women's tourney at Roland Garros was much more exciting than the men's.

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Well, something is definitely wrong when Nadia Petrova is #3.
She's not anymore:

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I pretty much agree with the article.
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as per usual--nothing new or insightful here.

it would be nice to have all the top players competing at the same time, but it doesn't look like it will happen anytime soon, if ever. With Capriati, Davenport, and Serena all on long hiatuses, Venus playing on again off again brilliant tennis, it certainly adds to the snooze factor.

On to grass and the hope that Davenport can make it to the all England Club!
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