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Cibulkova And Hantuchova- Slovakian Stars or Slovakian Flukes?

So, for quite a while now, I have been following the story of the rising slovakian star Dominika Cibulkova, and the always there Daniela Hantuchova. But I have always had that one question nagging at me. Is Dominika star material? Is Daniela FINALLY back in her groove? While I would always love to think yes to those questions, I do wonder if others have that same opinion, as well as here the opinions of those that don't find them to be all that interesting, or to be a big deal. So. . . with that said, I would love to hear some opinions on the two. : ) Feel free to post with opinions, as I will definitely respond.

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It depends on your definition of the term "star". Cibulkova is certainly not going to win Slams or reach the Top5 at any point in her career. Her height has unfortunately given her a distinct disadvantage and she hasn't the talent of Henin to overcome it. Top15 is certainly reachable, probably sometime mid-to-late next season.

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While it is true that her height give her a disadvantage, you never really know with the younger ones. I would've never expected Agnieszka Radwanska to beat Sharapova at the open last year, but she did. And, I mean, she may not have the talent, but she does have some strengths. I think given a couple more years, she could cause a real uproar.

And as for the Daniela remarks. . . Maybe your right. But I've always stood by her, and I'll always think that she has a legitimate chance to shine through again one day. You can never really be for sure. With either of them.

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I am going to follow with interest how the further career of Cibulková develops, and whether Hantuchová will continue to compete at the Top 10 level, and before the end of her career she may still win some big trophies.

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While it is true that her height give her a disadvantage, you never really know with the younger ones. I would've never expected Agnieszka Radwanska to beat Sharapova at the open last year, but she did. And, I mean, she may not have the talent, but she does have some strengths. I think given a couple more years, she could cause a real uproar.
After Cibulková defeated Venus Williams in Doha, I heard voices projecting for her a career and success comparable to Amanda Coetzer. This still seems plausible to me.
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I agree. I think that Daniela can continue to do well, and that she can still maintain the power to be a big threat. She didn't give Ivanovic a run for her money at The Australian Open for nothing; she is good. She just has to believe it, because a lot of her mishaps are those of the mental sort. And as for Cibulkova. . . She is young. She doesn't exactly have the same hunger as the Top5, or even the Top 20. But she is getting there. And somewhere, sooner or later, she's going to shock a Top5 player, and pull out an amazing win. Maybe straight sets, maybe a tight three setter. Either way, I firmly believe she can shock us all.

Not to sound lame, but I had no idea that she had ever defeated Venus. None the less, her defeating Venus at least once does somewhat prove my point.

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I am going to follow with interest how the further career of Cibulková develops, and whether Hantuchová will continue to compete at the Top 10 level, and before the end of her career she may still win some big trophies.



After Cibulková defeated Venus Williams in Doha, I heard voices projecting for her a career and success comparable to Amanda Coetzer. This still seems plausible to me.
She played great tennis against Venus. You can watch it in the media thread. I think she has more game than Coetzer.

And I think Domi can be successful. She has an amazing fighting spirit and puts probably her whole body in her shots. She can smack the ball. The tour could use more players like her. And I think she does have the same hunger and desire to be at the top.
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: ) Finally, the two nicest people appear. haha. Thank you for your input, and I agree with you both. I have a lot of belief in Domi, and I appreciate it when others do too. Does anybody know if she is playing in either of next weeks' tourneys?

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I don't think Daniela can be considered as a fluke. She has been a fixture at the top of womens tennis for a while now and has showed some consistency over the years (maybe not from tournament to tournament, but from year to year she did ).

As for Cibulkova, I don't think I have seen enough of her yet to judge. While I don't believe she will be a constant threat for Grand Slams, I do think she can have a career like Daniela for example.

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I don't think Daniela can be considered as a fluke. She has been a fixture at the top of womens tennis for a while now and has showed some consistency over the years (maybe not from tournament to tournament, but from year to year she did ).

As for Cibulkova, I don't think I have seen enough of her yet to judge. While I don't believe she will be a constant threat for Grand Slams, I do think she can have a career like Daniela for example.
Hmmm. I know I will sound lame when I say this, but I agree. I think that she will have a fairly good career, and could POSSIBLY threaten for a Grand Slam at some point. With the seeds dropping like flies like they did at Wimbledon(although she was one of them), I think she may just break through. You never really know, and you have to at least admit. . . When the seeds begin falling, and the younger are still standing, it is really exciting.

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She played great tennis against Venus. You can watch it in the media thread. I think she has more game than Coetzer.

And I think Domi can be successful. She has an amazing fighting spirit and puts probably her whole body in her shots. She can smack the ball. The tour could use more players like her. And I think she does have the same hunger and desire to be at the top.
Cibulková's fighting spirit, and her bodily parameters make comparisons with Coetzer somehow inevitable. And Amanda was very successful. I watched her in January 2002 in Australia. She seemed to be quite liked down under, no doubt due to her two Semi-Finals at AO.

Amanda had a very illustrious career: 9 titles (including Tier I), 3 grand slam semis, 3 Quarters. She beat several top players (how many remember today that she ended 32-match winning streak of World #1 Stefi Graf?) and reached career high #3.

Dominika would do well to equal such achievements.

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I don't think Daniela can be considered as a fluke. She has been a fixture at the top of womens tennis for a while now and has showed some consistency over the years (maybe not from tournament to tournament, but from year to year she did ).

As for Cibulkova, I don't think I have seen enough of her yet to judge. While I don't believe she will be a constant threat for Grand Slams, I do think she can have a career like Daniela for example.
Daniela, of course, cannot be considered a fluke. I wish the thread originator found a more fortunate expression.

I do not think however that Dominika's career is going to resemble that of Daniela. They are so different in every respect.

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Daniela is a star for sure. I doubt that Dominika will ever do quite as well, but she can still surprise


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My apologies for the poor choice in title naming. I was simply referring to the opinion of her in her earlier years, when many thought that she would for sure be a Top 3 player. None the less, more of the focus here is really on Domi. I think that she will fair well in time, and that her power will soon come to be recognized on the hard courts these upcoming months. I really like her game, and think it is well suited for the hard-courts. But none the less, I am no expert, so I really would not know. All I have is my belief in her, and I have quite a lot of that.

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