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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 2002, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Overrated/Underrated

There's a British newspaper called The Observer, and every month they do a sports mag.
In the mag. they have a little section called Overrated/Underrated, where they say who in the sporting world they think is over- or underrated.
This month they say James Allen (F1 comentator) is overrated and Anna Kournikova is underrated.
Here's the piece:
'To judge by most of what is written about her, you'd think that Anna Kournikova is the worst tennis player ever to take up the game. In fact she's a superb athlete, with brilliant groundstrokes. She's not a world champion, but not many are. Her form this year has been poor, but she has been recovering from serious injury, which would usually mean she's cut a little slack. Not for Anna though, and her critics have queued up to take swipes. What really irks them is the disparity betweeen her wins and her earnings - as if the relationship between beauty, fame and wealth was a cunning little ruse she cooked up all by herself. In fact her approach is not only understandible, it's sensible. And to paraphrase Liz Taylor, 'If they're stupid enough to offer her money, why should she be stupider and turn it down?'.

It's nice to see an article about Anna that doesn't rub her face in the dirt, isn't it?.
I admit I was one of Kournikova's critics, but after THAT Wimbledon interview, I have softened somewhat. I feel sorry for her that alot of people continually diss her, but I don't feel sorry for her because she has so much cash that she doesn't know what to do with it.
It's a double-edged sword, but this time I think the article is right.
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Damn right Anna is underrated. We are talking about a fromer top tenner with wins over top ten players also, not Dewonder Davis . Just because Anna has other interests besides tennis, it doesn't mean she can't do both. Anna is a great tennis player, and people can't admit it. Why?, I dont know, maybe they are jealous of her beauty, fame, and fortune? .

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Errrrrrrr.................who's Dewonder Davis?
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yeah anna the most underrated
the most overrated is still monique viele(she didn't retire, did she?)

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Anna is indeed underrated... but the press cannot believe that can they? Where would the stories come from if Anna was underrated?

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Anna is very underrated. I'd also say Iva Majoli and Maggie Maleeva are a bit underrated.

I'd say the most overrated players are Alex Stevenson and Amelie Mauresmo.

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i don't give a shit about the money etc, but i don't particularly rate her chances against anyone remotely in form until she shows some form herself. i'm not talking about her great consistent past results, cos they're not really relevant until she gets back near that level. the media is very unfair expecting her to get back to top 10 standard straight away, but my personal rating of her tennis-wise is probably rather low.
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TRUE anna might not be the best player on tour but nor is she close to being the worst.
I don't think anyone gives her a chance due to her endorsemends.
The fact that she has not won a tournament and yet has made more money than so many of the top players.
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Anna is so OVERRATED .... It's been 5yrs since she reached a grand slam semifinal and she cant even win a Tier IV tournament.

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I'm underrated.

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