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Is it too early to get excited about Asia Muhammed?

I don't wanna make the same mistake we Americans seem to make when it comes to young players. We tend to overhype them and put an amazing amount of pressure on them to live up to the hype. And then when they don't live up to our expectations we over-criticize them. Despite all of that, I am really excited about Asia Muhammed's prospect, as well as Brengle and Vanderwhege(sp?), but especially Muhammed. I've been following her since first learning about her at last year's Las Vegas challenger and can't help but think her recent success is a sign of great things to come. Any other thoughts?

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Re: Is it too early to get excited about Asia Muhammed?

Barack Hussein Obama, Asia Muhammed... are the states turning into a pasdaran revolutionary country?

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Re: Is it too early to get excited about Asia Muhammed?

I guess it depends on the expectations you put on them...I've been following Asia since she was 11 so I've seen the growth and improvement...when she was 11 she didn't really have a backhand. Well she did, but it was just a shot she hit because she had to, but her forehand was BIG...now, alot more people think her backhand is bigger than her forehand...in person she defintely looks taller than 5"8 mor like 5"10 and she's going to get even taller. Her serve is exceptionally well defined for her age...she doesn't just hit her serve, she knows where she wants it to go. It's also good to see how well Tim helped her to develop a nice kick on her 2cd serve which you don't see alot in female players. Not to mention she's very brave at net, and has really good volleys for her age...Alot of young players practice them, but when they get into a match they don't come to net...she'll come to net with ease.
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Re: Is it too early to get excited about Asia Muhammed?

Isn't she 17? She's too old. You have to be ranked top 100 before your 18th birthday if you're going to win a slam, and most top ten players were ranked top twenty by age 18 (not all, but vast majority.)

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Isn't she 17? She's too old. You have to be ranked top 100 before your 18th birthday if you're going to win a slam, and most top ten players were ranked top twenty by age 18 (not all, but vast majority.)
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Barack Hussein Obama, Asia Muhammed... are the states turning into a pasdaran revolutionary country?
This is so sad. As an American, I accept people of all backgrounds into my country with open, loving arms, so long as you have peaceful intentions. Barack Obama is an evangelical Christian. Asia is a Muslim I think, but so what? Most Muslims are peaceful.

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This is so sad. As an American, I accept people of all backgrounds into my country with open, loving arms, so long as you have peaceful intentions. Barack Obama is an evangelical Christian. Asia is a Muslim I think, but so what? Most Muslims are peaceful.
You should do what I do. The only time I ever see spiritedenergy's post are when someone like you quotes him, he's been on my ignore list for so long. That ignore function works wonders!

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This is so sad. As an American, I accept people of all backgrounds into my country with open, loving arms, so long as you have peaceful intentions. Barack Obama is an evangelical Christian. Asia is a Muslim I think, but so what? Most Muslims are peaceful.
Lol...Asia IS NOT MUSLIM!!! Trust me!
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Lol...Asia IS NOT MUSLIM!!! Trust me!

Hmmm...why do you say that ? Her last name indicates that she is, whether she's a practising Muslim or not is another matter.
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Hope she can have a good future with other young americans
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Isn't she 17? She's too old. You have to be ranked top 100 before your 18th birthday if you're going to win a slam, and most top ten players were ranked top twenty by age 18 (not all, but vast majority.)
You may or may not be right about that but I think it's sad nonetheless that you can have your entire career and future dismissed if you don't achieve certain things by 17 yo! Jeez! \

Anyway, I said nothing about her being a grand slam champion. I would just like her to have a solid pro career instead flaming out like so many promising young americans seem to do.

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her name is so special... Asia

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Re: Is it too early to get excited about Asia Muhammed?

I'm optimistic, but tennis is crazy. I thought Tulyaganova and Bedanova would be duking it out for slams, and they were pushing the top 10 at 20 years old. Until I see a player hitting the top 20/10, I stay guarded, especially nowadays when injuries can be so much worse than in the 80's.
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