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What's Amy's Secret?

I think it's because she has such a stress-free game. All her shots have short swings, are perfectly timed and no extra stress goes into the shots. There's no swift turn of the hips or rapid arm/shoulder movement. And she runs for what she can, but seems to walk around the court a lot of the time.

She reminds me a little of Nathalie Tauziat, except that she rarely comes to the net. Tauziat also played past her 34th birthday, including three top ten finishes (97,98,99) and two top 15 (00,01) in her 30s.

I think in today's game you have to have the ability to keep it simple to have a long career. Conchita Martinez also went on to 34 because she had the technical ability, without over exterting herself. Patty Schnyder may be another one.
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interesting.

you're always so insightful.

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interesting.

you're always so insightful.
Ah, thanks. Although, I got a load of early 80s facts wrong in the "upsets" thread a few days ago. So embarrassing. Saw my reputation crash to the floor.
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Oh well, today's overhyped-young-blonde-power-players don't even know that tennis was invented before the day they were born...

Overhyped young blondes have a long way to learn and players as good as Amy can upset them many times!

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amy takes it easy and doesn't overtrain that's her secret. she makes sure she has time to rest and relax, and she plays her heart out on court to get the wins. she wins a lot of unspectacular points in her matches because she sticks to her game. she uses a lot more angle than power too, and many players aren't used to it. also, she doesn't slam in some crazy first serve. her first and second serve are identical and more about placement than power. in some matches, she averages 98 mph on her first serve and like 95 on her second.
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The other thing about Frazier is that tennis isn't the be all and end all for her. She plans to become a school teacher (teaching maths, no less) after she retires, and she has a very honest outlook on her talent and her accomplishments. I think the absence of a "tennis or nothing" attitude shows in her game - she's grateful to the sport for giving her the opportunity and the financial stability that will enable her to go back to school and acquire the training needed to become a teacher, but at the same time, she's honest enough with herself to recognise and accept that she'll never be a top player.

Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)

"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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Amy Fraizer is a "rubbish" player. She only does some good results on the hard american summer season...
Sorry for the all Amy's fans but thats just my opinion...
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Amy Fraizer is a "rubbish" player. She only does some good results on the hard american summer season...
Sorry for the all Amy's fans but thats just my opinion...
ugh, you make me want to insult klina, who i love.
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Amy Fraizer is a "rubbish" player. She only does some good results on the hard american summer season...
Sorry for the all Amy's fans but thats just my opinion...
It's true that she's never been a top ten player, or a contender for any major championship.

But I must point out that, at 34, she's doing very well.

And furthermore, she's been in the top 50 or thereabouts since 1988. That's 18 years!!

And one last thing. Amy was, at one time, a very good player. She was top fifteen in the world in 1995, she won tier 2...I think it was Los Angeles...in 1994(?) and has career wins over Seles, Hingis and Sanchez-Vicario to name but a few.
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Just because of those reasons she is for me "rubbish" player. She's got talent but its shame that she never put that talent into her game...
She seems to be very nice girl on the tour but her game is... hmmmmmm... lets say not my cup of tea for sure....
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Amy Fraizer is a "rubbish" player. She only does some good results on the hard american summer season...
Sorry for the all Amy's fans but thats just my opinion...
Karolina Sperm is a "rubbish" player!!! You wanted this answer didn't you? :retard:
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At the moment she is because she has got too many issues in her head...
She's got better game and more talent then Miss Frazier...
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has career wins over Seles, Hingis and Sanchez-Vicario to name but a few.
And Graf, if you count the last comptetitive match Graf played on the WTA Tour in 1999. Come to think of it, it was in the San Diego event!

Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)

"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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Amy Fraizer is a "rubbish" player. She only does some good results on the hard american summer season...
Sorry for the all Amy's fans but thats just my opinion...
She won Quebec City last year. Indoor. And it was freaking cold outside of October
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It was so funny listening to what Sam Smith had to say about her at Wimbledon. It was something like "She hasn't changed one bit from the player that turned pro in 1988. Her hair is the same, she dresses the exact same and she walks on court and takes out the only tennis racket she has had since 1988. The girl playing her is thinking this is going to be a walk in the park but Amy Frazier is so steady and hardly makes any unforced errors and before you know it you're walking off court having lost to her and thinking how did that happen!"

RIP Elena Baltacha, thank you for dedicating your life to a sport we all love. You'll be missed but never forgotten.
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