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Players you have done a 180 on?

As we all know, tennis fans are very passionate about who they cheer for/against in matches. We all have our favorites, as well as our least favorites. For some of us, those favorite/least favorite players remain constant throughout the years. I was wondering, how many of you have totally flipped your opinion of a player(s)? Are there any players you originally strongly disliked, but then a few years later/after a specific event you started cheering for them? Are there any players who were originally included in your list of faves, but then 1 day you totally turned against them?

For example, back in the day, I used to despise Hingis. I respected her as a player, but she annoyed the crap out of me. I hated the "Chuckie" smile, I hated her lack of a serve, and I couldn't stand the fact that she was #1 throughout most of 2000-2001 without winning a slam. Back then, Hingis couldn't and didn't lose often enough.

Fast forward to 2006-the return of Hingis. Instantly, I found myself cheering for her, and I was thrilled that she could return to such a high level of play so quickly after such a long break. After reading about all the experts who predicted she would fail in her comeback, I was delighted when Hingis flew up the rankings to #6, knocking out a bunch of top players along the way. I appreciated her style of play against the new girls, and came to love the "Chuckie smile". Of course, she never replaced my most favorite players, but she was a new addition to the ones I supported. Even after the alleged coke scandal, I'm still a fan of hers now.

How about the rest of you?
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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

From like to full-on hate: Serena Williams. But she's a unique case. Loved her when she burst onto the scene. Hated her after she beat Clijsters at the Australian Open then fell back in love with her in 2004. It's stupid, but I mainly hated her because of her fans. (I loved the big 4 - Justine, Kim, Venus and Serena so naturally when Serena fans started hating on Kim and Justine, I got pissed. At that point Kim and Justine weren't exactly winning everything, so I had to support the underdog!)

Full-on hate to like: Svetlana Kuznetsova. For a non-fan of Lindsay D, I found myself cheering for her to win the USO 2004. Things got worse when Sveta beat Elena! Then I remember reading an interview of hers where she said she was hurt because the prez of Russia called Myskina and Sharapova to congratulate them on the grand slams but she got nothing. I felt so bad. Stopped hating her, paid more attention and decided I like her game and more importantly, her personality.

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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

Sharapova.
I realized that if I ignore most of her fans and ignore the media that's trying to shove her down my throat i actually kinda like her.
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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

Sharapova. I hated her for a long time, because of the success she had. But I've growen to kind of like her

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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

Serena I never was a hater, but I disliked her. I'm not a fan now, but I kinda root for her

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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

From liking too hate:
Aga Radwanska

I can't really give a reason, i liked her when she came on the tour but when i saw her for the first time on tv i thought; she is boring and from then on , i started to hate her more and more

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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

I did a 360 on Henin. I always liked her style and I supported her all the way up to 2006, almost cried when she lost the Wimbledon final to Mauresmo, but started disliking her after she humiliated Ana at the French Open in 2007. I started supporting her a bit more at YEC because I wanted her to beat Masha. I felt bad when she got bagelled by Masha and I was rooting for her during Antwerp and felt pretty terrible when she lost to Fran in Dubai. I felt even worse during Miami when she got humiliated by Serena but then I started hating on her again because she was back on the clay and she'll be bossing everyone around again. And then I supported Dinara when she beat her. And then she retired and I felt so bad. I watch her on Youtube a lot these days...she's amazing!

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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

From liking to hating: Ana Ivanovic
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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

Ana Ivanovic, didn t like her , thought she was fake , because she was smiling all the time when talking now i like her , she s a sweet girl with real emotions, i don t hate tennisplayers , but i do dislike a few, Henin for example , she s like a robot..
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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

Probably the closest one for me is Dementieva. Disliked her a few years ago when she was beating my faves (esp. Jen at the USO ) with that rubbish serve, but then i started to really appreciate her game and fighting spirit and the fact that she got to where she is with that serve as an even bigger achievement. Now she's one of my favourite players.
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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

First off I don't hate any tennis players, I don't know them and I think its childish to rubbish on someone you don't know. Used to be a fan of Chakvetadze, now her game gets on my nerves.
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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

I agree with Danimoo, I dont hate any, you cant hate who you dont know.

That said, I used to like Safina, but then her behaviour and one-dimensional game made me stop cheering for her, then all the bandwagoning on this board completely finished her off for me.

I used to dislike Serena with a passion back in 02 but then I started to appreciate her in 04 and now I usually cheer for her against anyone but my faves.

I did a 360 turn on Maria Sharapova

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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

from like to hate to like

lol ana ivanovic

love her but sometimes gets annoying
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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

Few years ago Sharapova used to be my fave now I'm just neutral to her I guess.

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Re: Players you have done a 180 on?

I'm a Masha fan. Used to really not like Venus but have started warming to her a little because she's grown less immodest as she's grown older. I was rooting for her to win the Wimbledon final.

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