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WTA is in very bad shape

It seems like very few players are playing to their abilities and others are injured or disinterested . Most winners are there by default as someone has to win. The only "real and active" rivalrly is between Justine and Amelie and that is flaky as well given Justine's long breaks and Amelie's streakiness and mentality. This must be the lowest point of excitement for wta since the spring of '93
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Well, unfortunately, no one can totally control injuries. This year has been subpar because of the injuries to the major players. It seems like as soon as one gets better another one falls, or that players are having issues with consistancy. And that hurts the tour.
Hopefully, one by one the major players get healthy and find their rhythm soon.
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no it's not. stop being negative!
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I can't believe I am saying this but the ATP product and brand is much better than the WTA right now. The WTA is boring right now Mauresmo may be no.1 but she's not dominating and neither is Henin Hardenne. The ATP tour has a solid no.1 and no.2 player. Federer and Nadal have captured the public's imagination again. The French Open and Wimbledon actually gained a lot of press coverage in North America because they were both in the finals this usually doesn't take place with tennis.

The WTA's marketing department and the WTA council have failed their players. The WTA isn't paying the players enough money either. Why should someone get excited about a tier I WTA event when the winner only gets something like $186,000 dollars. The winner of a Masters Event on the ATP tour receives $400,000 dollars. The top players don't really have an incentive to play. Also on the ATP tour there are stiff fines and penalities for not playing Masters events without a good explaination. On the WTA they do have fines but clearly not as severe as the ATP tour.
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The ATP tour has a solid no.1 and no.2 player.
And precious little else. At least on the WTA, there are "other" contenders, even if it doesn't always seem that way. Federer has lost four times this year-- all to Nadal. The rest of the ATP doesn't even show up.


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The WTA's marketing department and the WTA council have failed their players.
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I dont think it is.

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post #8 of 61 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 2006, 12:42 AM
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The future for the WTA is bright and glorious!

For most of the last year, Venus, Serena and Pova have been broken in one way or another and only played in fits and starts. These are the most exciting players in tennis and show it all on the court. All three should be ready to explode for 2007, Venus and Pova perhaps right now. Even with this situation, the WTA tournaments have been more exciting and dramatic than the ATP's.

The oldtimers are regretably done: Lindsay, Mary, Jen, Monica...

But the kids should be starting to raise hell: MashaK, Tati, Ana, ...

And even younger kids behind like Nicole.

The US hardcourt season is going to be amazing for women's tennis, I think. Lots of drama and excitement and surprises.

Fed will win everyting on the men's side, again. He may even be dramatic and smile when he wins the USO! wow. Reminiscent of the halcyon days of Borg when one could count on sleeping through entire matches without missing anything.
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You on;y need to look at the SanDiego list of withdrawals and it looks like a tier 2 or even 1 draw in itself.

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I don't agree either. I think apart from the injuries which maybe does need to be looked into seriously the WTA is providing some really good tennis. I don't like a dominatrice situation, where I can bet on who is going to be in the Final every week.
OK I have my 2 fave players (who I could watch play all day and every day), but this year it's been great to watch many from the #10 and below battle it out for Finals.

The Nadal/Federer thing is boring me already.

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Who is "Pova"

The US Open is going to be full of drama matches, as usual
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Who is "Pova"

The US Open is going to be full of drama matches, as usual
Wiggly,

She's a 19 Year Old kid of some notoriety on the courts. You could easily have missed her if you haven't been paying close attention. Her full name is Maria Sharapova.
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Who is "Pova"

The US Open is going to be full of drama matches, as usual

.I'm laughing with you (your prolly not luaghing though)
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I dont agree. I think its been worst before. Last summer was much worst IMO.

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The WTA is boring right now Mauresmo may be no.1 but she's not dominating and neither is Henin Hardenne.
I don't think they're boring, and so what if they're not dominating. That was always the knock against women's tennis; one or two players always dominated.

If someone were dominating, everyone would be complaining about that! The chicks can't win.
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