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Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

Everyone is saying shes gonna enter the top 5 next year?

This girl had 3 good weeks and people are acting like shes gonna be multiple grand slam champion

I like her but isnt it a bit early to be saying shes gonna be entering the top 5?

Anna-Lena Groenefeld is a good example she made the QF of Roland Garros in 2006 and now shes losing in 25k Challengers

so why is this girl hyped so much?

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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

I don't think she'll be top 5, maybe top 10. But I mean she 20 with only good 2nd half of the year results so she'll def. rise up quite a few spots.
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Everyone is saying shes gonna enter the top 5 next year?

This girl had 3 good weeks and people are acting like shes gonna be multiple grand slam champion

I like her but isnt it a bit early to be saying shes gonna be entering the top 5?

Anna-Lena Groenefeld is a good example she made the QF of Roland Garros in 2006 and now shes losing in 25k Challengers

so why is this girl hyped so much?
I totally agree, it's not even that she is so great people just say that cause she made a quarter final apperance at the U.S. Open which was a total fluke because there was like no one in the bottom half of the draw and she barely beat Jankovic in bejing. She better have a great 2008 for me to say she's top five material.
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I usually think you are the Polish supergrunt, but I have to agree here.




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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

Well, I'm more impressed with the way she plays but it's your opinion. I don't know if she's going to reach top 5 or not but she's fun to watch.
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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

We are all sick of Henin, Sharapova, and the Williams sisters. New blood is like crystal meth.
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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

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Everyone is saying shes gonna enter the top 5 next year?

This girl had 3 good weeks and people are acting like shes gonna be multiple grand slam champion

I like her but isnt it a bit early to be saying shes gonna be entering the top 5?

Anna-Lena Groenefeld is a good example she made the QF of Roland Garros in 2006 and now shes losing in 25k Challengers

so why is this girl hyped so much?
Umm mate youvbe been here long enough to know that 90% of wtaworld( not including me obviously coz i have this thing called realism ) when a player has a week or two or even multiple weeks of good play
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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

the thing is that she played like a top 5 player in those five tournies. so of course her fans are gonna get excited, nothing wrong with that..

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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

I don't think she has top five potential. She doesn't really have a big weapon, and she doesn't really have the superb court craft either. She does everything well, but nothing stands out. She's a good mover, has a slightly weak, loopy forehand, solid backhand and effective serve. No Jankovic-backhand, no Ivanovic forhand... yeh, you get the point.

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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

Cause she doesn't look like most of the young players who are Sharapova's clones. Her game is already most developed that all the girls of her age. So she can improve faster. She's also more mature.

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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

Because of a couple key things: she had a wildfire last two thirds of the year (better than ALG in '05, so the comparison is a little off), she has a very balanced game at the baseline, she apparently has great nerves, and her attitude is far better than most people her age.

From Budapest through today, her win-loss record was 45-8, with two Tour titles and one ITF title. She improved 139 ranking spots in about 3 1/2 months. That's impressive stuff.

She plays a very, very mature game, especially for someone whose specialty is not hardcourts. I haven't seen her on clay yet, but she was the dominant Junior clay player from her age group (which includes, incidentally, FO semifinalist Nicole Vaidisova), and if her ability on hardcourts is any indication, she's very good on clay. Her serve is quite effective, solid, doesn't breakdown, and can move to the basic positions without being obvious. It's not winning her tons of cheap points (aces, service winners) but it sets her up very well. She moves fluidly and smartly, and knows where to stand to hit the ball. Her backhand is very much Evert-like. It isn't a super powerful shot, but she places it very, very well to all portions of the court, and it doesn't breakdown. AND she can let it fly when the time is right. She knows how to apply pressure without overdoing it, and she mixes up the type of backhand she hits; Kuznetsova said after New Haven that she was surprised at how many different variations on the crosscourt backhand she had to face. Her forehand is weaker and loopier, but I've been told on good authority that it's because it's designed for clay. She's a creature of clay; but if her forehand doesn't break down (which I haven't seen yet) and someone like Mauresmo can reach number one with HER forehand, I don't see how Szavay's is a huge liability.

There isn't enough match history to prove this, but her nerves and attitude towards tennis are equally impressive. I hate to do it, but compare how Szavay handled Beijing to the way Vaidisova handles just about everything. Szavay saved a match point with a 2nd serve ace. Vaidisova has a better serve, but she couldn't save a match point if her life depended on it. Szavay has a very, very good head on her shoulders, and she has a very pleasant attitude about the sport. She enjoys it, just like Ivanovic and Jankovic do, but she doesn't get as carried away emotionally. She's clearly having a good time on court, but she's not letting it affect her game. There's a maturity there that I wasn't expecting to find in a tennis player that young. That's why the hype is there.

That all said, I think it's premature to declare her a multi-slam, #1, GOAT-level player. First, she hasn't even played a full WTA season yet. 2nd, she's got a funky back. And 3rd, she's 18. She's got another year to really make an impact before it becomes imperative (look at the numbers; the only multi-slam champion of the past 20 years to make it without reaching a slam semifinal in their teens is Davenport).

So let's all hold off a bit and enjoy the off season!
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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

Cuz sheez h@wt

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Because Szavay defeated Hantuchova this year
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Re: Why is Szavay hyped up so much?

Tamira will crush her anyway





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Hotness.
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