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2009 Year End Review: No.’s 21-30 and Other Notables by Matthew Cronin

2009 Year End Review
The Women, No.’s 21-30 and Other Notables
By Matthew Cronin

Thus begins a review of the women’s and men’s top 30s, plus other notables. The women are being reviewed first as their season is over, while the men have yet to play their year-end championships.

21 Amelie Mauresmo: The veteran Frenchwoman put in a substantial effort much of the year and had very little to show for it given her own expectations. That third Slam title is now even more elusive and a 2010 retirement is probable.

22 Ana Ivanovic: The sweet Serbian had the most precipitous fall for a former No. 1 and Slam champ that we’ve seen in the Open Era. AI has the weapons to climb back again, but she’s very confused about how to do it.

23 Sabine Lisicki: If she can stay healthy, the German is a top 10 player to be. She needs to refine her game a bit, but her power is ultra impressive.

24 Elena Vesnina: Outside of Svetlana Kuznetsova’s amazing Roland Garros run, this was a down year for the Russians, except in the case of Vesnina, who showed that she’s more than just another pretty blonde with a sizeable backhand.

25 Daniela Hantuchova: The Slovak veteran seems happy off court, but she took a big step backward on court this year and may never re-enter the top 20 again.

26 Aravane Rezai: Perhaps the best thing about the B-level Championships in Bali was it showed just how much this fiery Frenchwoman has improved. Once an afterthought to Marion Bartoli and Alize Cornet, she just may end 2010 as her nation’s top player.

27 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez: The lefty serve and volleyer took a huge step up in singles this season and if she can improve her movement and consistency off the ground, she’ll be Spain’s greatest threat next year.

28 Anabel Media Garrigues: The veteran Spaniard won’t go down quietly, but she has a limited attack and is better suited for doubles heroics.

29 Alisa Kleybanova: It’s hard to get a read on this tall and strong Russian. She can club the ball, but she needs to improve her conditioning and court awareness.

30 Dominica Cibulkova: The Slovakian sparkplug had an excellent year until she was injured in the late summer and then slid downward. But she’s ambitious and gutsy and that counts for a lot.

Outside of the top 30, we saw notable improvement from Shahar Peer, the Bondarenko sisters (especially Kateryna), Gisela Dulko, Magdalena Rybarikova Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sorana Cirstea, Melanie Oudin, Britain’s Katie O’Brien and Elena Baltacha, but saw slippage from Carla Suarez Navarro, Aleksandra Wozniak, Jie Zheng, Agnes Szavay, Lucie Safarova, Patty Schnyder (may retire soon), Alize Cornet (arguably took a worse fall than Ivanovic), Sybille Bammer, Maria Kirilenko and Anna Chakvetadze. It’s anyone’s guess as to how Jelena Dokic, Sania Mirza and Anne Keothavong will respond physically next year.

Michelle Larcher de Brito, Karolina Sprem, Sesil Karantancheva and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, please pick up the white courtesy phone, we are unable to locate the direction of your careers.

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Re: 2009 Year End Review: No.’s 21-30 and Other Notables by Matthew Cronin

WTF is with the Larcher de Brito comment, does he expect a 16-year old to be a GS winner and in the top 20? She's exactly where she should be at this stage of her career.

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Slippage from Lucia Safarova? She ended 2009 higher than she did 2008.

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Michelle Larcher de Brito, Karolina Sprem, Sesil Karantancheva and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, please pick up the white courtesy phone, we are unable to locate the direction of your careers.

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Domi's year was not excellent prior to her injury. She had a pretty mediocre year aside from the French Open semifinal.

Alona improved? In being a massive headcase?
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WTF is with the Larcher de Brito comment, does he expect a 16-year old to be a GS winner and in the top 20? She's exactly where she should be at this stage of her career.
Maybe Cronin's referring to her going from a ranking of #76 in early July to a year end ranking of #116 and having a 1-7 record after Wimbledon.
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He must know nothing if he thinks Hantuchova may never crack the top 20 again. She is on the rise again after falling
And he thinks Cirstea had a great year?
She didn't win a match until April, hasn't won a match since the US Open, will end this year lower than last year, and she only reached the Quarters or better in 3 tournaments (Marbella, LA, and RG)

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Cornet. Ivanovic. Vesnina.. Vaidisova. Krajicek.
Paszek. Begu. Cirstea. Lisicki. Pavlyuchenkova.
Pironkova. Stephens. Tatishvili. McHale. Flipkens.
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Notable improvement fom Cirstea??? And this guy earns money fom being a tennis journalist!!
Sorana had a nightmare start where she lost about 8 or 9 1st rounds, then she picked it up, had an awesone French Open, then it all fell away again. Year ended with losses and injuries.

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This guy is an idiot. Nothing new here.
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Thought Sorana did better last year but I think he put her as improved since she made the FO QF. Agree that the Russians slipped this year despite Elena V's career year.
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2009 Year End Review
The Women, No.’s 21-30 and Other Notables
By Matthew Cronin

Thus begins a review of the women’s and men’s top 30s, plus other notables. The women are being reviewed first as their season is over, while the men have yet to play their year-end championships.

21 Amelie Mauresmo: The veteran Frenchwoman put in a substantial effort much of the year and had very little to show for it given her own expectations. That third Slam title is now even more elusive and a 2010 retirement is probable.

22 Ana Ivanovic: The sweet Serbian had the most precipitous fall for a former No. 1 and Slam champ that we’ve seen in the Open Era. AI has the weapons to climb back again, but she’s very confused about how to do it.

23 Sabine Lisicki: If she can stay healthy, the German is a top 10 player to be. She needs to refine her game a bit, but her power is ultra impressive.

24 Elena Vesnina: Outside of Svetlana Kuznetsova’s amazing Roland Garros run, this was a down year for the Russians, except in the case of Vesnina, who showed that she’s more than just another pretty blonde with a sizeable backhand.

25 Daniela Hantuchova: The Slovak veteran seems happy off court, but she took a big step backward on court this year and may never re-enter the top 20 again.

26 Aravane Rezai: Perhaps the best thing about the B-level Championships in Bali was it showed just how much this fiery Frenchwoman has improved. Once an afterthought to Marion Bartoli and Alize Cornet, she just may end 2010 as her nation’s top player.

27 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez: The lefty serve and volleyer took a huge step up in singles this season and if she can improve her movement and consistency off the ground, she’ll be Spain’s greatest threat next year.

28 Anabel Media Garrigues: The veteran Spaniard won’t go down quietly, but she has a limited attack and is better suited for doubles heroics.

29 Alisa Kleybanova: It’s hard to get a read on this tall and strong Russian. She can club the ball, but she needs to improve her conditioning and court awareness.

30 Dominica Cibulkova: The Slovakian sparkplug had an excellent year until she was injured in the late summer and then slid downward. But she’s ambitious and gutsy and that counts for a lot.

Outside of the top 30, we saw notable improvement from Shahar Peer, the Bondarenko sisters (especially Kateryna), Gisela Dulko, Magdalena Rybarikova Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sorana Cirstea, Melanie Oudin, Britain’s Katie O’Brien and Elena Baltacha, but saw slippage from Carla Suarez Navarro, Aleksandra Wozniak, Jie Zheng, Agnes Szavay, Lucie Safarova, Patty Schnyder (may retire soon), Alize Cornet (arguably took a worse fall than Ivanovic), Sybille Bammer, Maria Kirilenko and Anna Chakvetadze. It’s anyone’s guess as to how Jelena Dokic, Sania Mirza and Anne Keothavong will respond physically next year.

Michelle Larcher de Brito, Karolina Sprem, Sesil Karantancheva and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, please pick up the white courtesy phone, we are unable to locate the direction of your careers.
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Re: 2009 Year End Review: No.’s 21-30 and Other Notables by Matthew Cronin

Sure, some of the fine points may be slightly inaccurate, but this review is generally right on the money!

It is HIS professional opinion that Daniela may never enter top 20 again. It doesn't mean he knows nothing. Write him an email when she does.

All of you who slam the author as know-nothing, what do YOU know then? Prove your credentials first before criticising as if you are some distinguished tennis expert. More like kids typing from your bedrooms.

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Sure, some of the fine points may be slightly inaccurate, but this review is generally right on the money!

It is HIS professional opinion that Daniela may never enter top 20 again. It doesn't mean he knows nothing. Write him an email when she does.

All of you who slam the author as know-nothing, what do YOU know then? Prove your credentials first before criticising as if you are some distinguished tennis expert. More like kids typing from your bedrooms.
Well she is on the rise so he doesn't know what he's talking about
She might not make the top 20 again, but chances are that she will

Daniilidou. Venus. Azarenka. Halep. Wickmayer.
Cornet. Ivanovic. Vesnina.. Vaidisova. Krajicek.
Paszek. Begu. Cirstea. Lisicki. Pavlyuchenkova.
Pironkova. Stephens. Tatishvili. McHale. Flipkens.
Grammatikopoulou ~ Papamichail ~ Sakkari
I'm obsessed with the Greek players. Deal with it.

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There's no way for Amelie to retire next year. I believe she won't retire at an earlier age than Martina.
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There's no way for Amelie to retire next year. I believe she won't retire at an earlier age than Martina.
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