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Can you think of a player that was never in a slump

There is a lot of discussion about Justine, Serena, Maria and others lately who are slumping or coming out of one. The ones that currently are in their low performance period get often vote of no confidence about their future. I guess it is a natural behavior of many fans who expect the best performance from their favorites at all times and “ant-fans” who are happy that the opponent of their favorite is going away. Looking at all of those posts I was trying to remember if there was a player without a “hitch” in their career. Honestly I could not think of one. Perhaps Chris Evert and Steffi Graf were the closest to it, but even they had periods of weakness. Can you think of anyone? Share your thoughts please.

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Re: Can you think of a player that was never in a slump

No one...every tennis players has there ups and downs. Period.


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Re: Can you think of a player that was never in a slump

Brie Whitehead, Amy Dillingham, Caroline Kottutz.
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Re: Can you think of a player that was never in a slump

All have worse periods, that's right. Nobody is perfect.

Steffi Graf? Yeah, she played on a high level for almost all years. Won a Slam in every year between 1987-1996 and then the worse 1997 & 1998. Okay, even these two years were not that bad, she just had worse results than in years before and didn't win a Grand-Slam. She had a few troubles in these two years, I'm happy her career ended so great then in 1999

And in 1998: Graf lost to Zvereva, against who she is 20-1 in H2H And just lost 3 sets in her 20 wins against her I think it says all about Steffi '98.

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Re: Can you think of a player that was never in a slump

In fact every athlete has ups and downs, we are just human

If you count out Justine's Virus in 04, I guess she is no slumping until this year

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Re: Can you think of a player that was never in a slump

It's all quite relative really. A top player can't continually win every other slam. Sharapova's slump last year wasn't awful she just had a couple of bad losses to Serena, at the USO and a couple of other events. She made her first AO final, her first RG semi, won San Diego (I), didn't play in autumn but played some great matches at the YEC. Also her Wimbledon loss to Venus was no great shame really. I think her slump last year was entirely relative because she is usually quite consistent in the slams and wins at least 3/4 tournaments a year. It wasn't the biggest abomination ever or anything.

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Re: Can you think of a player that was never in a slump

sometimes a world number one can set ridiculously high standards and then an average year is considered a slump.
The difference between when Martina and Steffi (88-89) were number one was that they clearly were number one players both on form, ability and results. These days you often find the world number one beaten heavily by Serena or Venus who lack the motivation and fitness to get the points to be top ranked, but on form will clearly blow away the "current" number one. After '97 Hingis was beatable by almost anybody in the top 10 but she stayed number one for a long time despite some awful results. She lost to Serena, Venus, Kournikova, Seles, Davenport, Novotna, Pierce, Schnyder, Van Roost, Graf, Mauresmo, Rubin, Dokic, Martinez, Frazier, Capriati, Clijsters, Sanchez-Vicario, Ruano-Pascual, Dementieva all while ranked number one. But despite all those defeats and no grand slam win since February 99, she still stayed number one for a few more years !
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Re: Can you think of a player that was never in a slump

only one I can think of is federer..(Hope I am not jinxing him)

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Monica Seles before the attack?

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Hingis had no slump I think. In her prime years she was being beaten by other top players. But she was constant.

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Perhaps Chris Evert and Steffi Graf were the closest to it, but even they had periods of weakness.
Evert's career won-loss percentage was .900, and Graf's was .887. When were their periods of weakness?

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Evert's career won-loss percentage was .900, and Graf's was .887. When were their periods of weakness?
Someone could consider the early 90s a slump for Graf. Relative to her level, she was not performing as usual.

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only one I can think of is federer..(Hope I am not jinxing him)
He's kinda slumping this year.
Anyways, Golovin She's always injured
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Monica Seles before the attack?
Very true, Between September 90 and her stabbing in 93, she failed only once to make the final of the 36 tournaments she entered.
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Someone could consider the early 90s a slump for Graf. Relative to her level, she was not performing as usual.
Graf also had a long series of defeats to Sabatini ( 5 in a row, and 7 losses out of 8 matches)in 91/92 though she had lost the No.1 ranking to Seles after the first 3 defeats.
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