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LMAO..."Leanne Baker has the potential to win Wimbledon."

I like Leanne and all, but it'd be a monumental effort on her part to ever make the main draw of Wimbledon, let alone win it.

New Zealander Shows Her Grit

By Jerry Magee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
December 2, 2006

In that part of the world, the tennis players are in Australia. In New Zealand, there are sheep.

Leanne Baker of Hamilton, New Zealand, is out to change this. She can, according to Christi Turdo, the coach who shaped Baker's game and Baker herself. Said Turdo yesterday after her charge had won her way into the semifinals of the Santaluz Open: “I think Leanne has the potential to win Wimbledon.”



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A grandiose statement. Baker is 25. In women's tennis, players who haven't made it at 25 generally aren't going to make it. One could even say that if they haven't made it at 17, they aren't going to make it.
“Depends on the woman,” Turdo argued.

“The statistics say that, but it doesn't mean it's right. It depends on the desire of the person playing.”

Baker would seem to have the preferred desire. Since she and Turdo created an alliance in April, Baker has lost 35 pounds through proper diet and working out, by Turdo's account, seven hours a day. She clearly is a highly accomplished athlete, which the left-hander demonstrated by getting past Lioudmila Skavronskaia of Russia 5-7, 6-0, 7-5 to set up a match against Rossana De Los Rios of Paraguay today in the USTA's $50,000 Pro Circuit event at the Santaluz Club.


De Los Rios flowed to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 quarterfinals victory over Sabine Klaschka of Germany and is to oppose Baker today at 10 a.m.

In the other semifinal to follow, No. 1 seed Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada is to engage Ivana Abramovic of Croatia.

Wozniak had to resist a match point against her in the second set.

She advanced when Ekaterina Afinogenova, a 19-year-old from Russia, was unable to continue because of a tender hamstring muscle, Wozniak winning 4-6, 7-5, 3-0, ret. Abramovic stopped Marie-Eve Pelletier of Canada 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
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Re: LMAO..."Leanne Baker has the potential to win Wimbledon."

In Wimbledon, there is a good chance to win for an underseed because the quality of women's tennis is so good. The top players have to compete round to round. This could result in a lot of upsets. Also, the transition from clay to grass is very difficult for a lot of players particularly the baseliners. Therefore, Leanne may have substance to what she has to say.

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Re: LMAO..."Leanne Baker has the potential to win Wimbledon."

What is it with these Aussie/Kiwi wannabies thinking they can win Wimbledon.

First Stosur, now this girl, who I've never even heard of.

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What is it with these Aussie/Kiwi wannabies thinking they can win Wimbledon.

First Stosur, now this girl, who I've never even heard of.
It was a quote from her coach, not from Leanne herself.

The fact you have not heard from her, says more about you than about Leanne by the way.
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Re: LMAO..."Leanne Baker has the potential to win Wimbledon."

Ok.

Good luck in getting into Wimbledon MD.

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In Wimbledon, there is a good chance to win for an underseed because the quality of women's tennis is so good. The top players have to compete round to round. This could result in a lot of upsets. Also, the transition from clay to grass is very difficult for a lot of players particularly the baseliners. Therefore, Leanne may have substance to what she has to say.
An underseed is somebody like an Amy Frazier or Ai Sugiyama. Someone who has beaten big names before and produced solid results on grass, yet for two weeks they pull something out of their ass and play the tennis of their life.

Leanne has never cracked the worlds top 250 and never beaten a top 100 player. Presumably she'd have to do that seven times in a row to win Wimbledon. It's not going to happen. Ever.

That being said, she's made big strides and I hope she continues in that direction. But Wimbledon? Absolutely not. I'd settle for a 25K
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maybe ,who knows only the time will tell
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Re: LMAO..."Leanne Baker has the potential to win Wimbledon."

They could use her name Leanne Baker.

She wins a tennis tournament at a place called "Wimbledon," then makes a movie out of it.

Oops! Sorry, hasn't that already been done before?
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What is it with these Aussie/Kiwi wannabies thinking they can win Wimbledon.

First Stosur, now this girl, who I've never even heard of.
Well, I don't judge them for having goals, but you have to have a little more game than that to do well at Wimbledon.
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yeah 10K Wimbledon.
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An underseed is somebody like an Amy Frazier or Ai Sugiyama. Someone who has beaten big names before and produced solid results on grass, yet for two weeks they pull something out of their ass and play the tennis of their life.

Leanne has never cracked the worlds top 250 and never beaten a top 100 player. Presumably she'd have to do that seven times in a row to win Wimbledon. It's not going to happen. Ever.

That being said, she's made big strides and I hope she continues in that direction. But Wimbledon? Absolutely not. I'd settle for a 25K
They were playing Topspin tennis at the time of the interview. And Leanne did win Wimbledon... with Maria Sharapova.

But credit to Leanne...She wen't 12-18 in 2004...28-16 in 2005, and 41-13 in 2006. The year of 2007 looks good for her in my opinion. She's obviously committed herself, and staying injury free means she'll be able to build all year.

And by the way, Leanne did beat Miriam Oremans way back in 1999 who was ranked 57 at the time.

For me players like Leanne, Grandin, Amamurandova, Rao, etc. stands in my little group of players I'd love to see do well, against people's expectations.
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Well, I don't judge them for having goals, but you have to have a little more game than that to do well at Wimbledon.
I agree. It's nice to have goals, but even better to make them realistic.

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What's next ?
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agree, she has little hope of reacing the qualies of a gs, let alone winning!
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