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I'm most surprised someone picked Chrissie vs Venus. After thinking about it.. I'd love to see that.

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My dream match at the U.S. Open would be a peak Jennifer vs. a peak Kim (2005 USO Kim). I get the feeling that Jennifer would really push Kim. And push her hard.

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Martina seems to have forgotten Serena's serve.
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Hahahaha Tracy. I'm surprised she didn't pick Sharapova just so that she could shake her hand at the net afterwards.

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I think Tracy just wanted to put herself in position to win another one...

Venus/Chris and Serena/Monica would be amazing
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Where does that leave Maria? DEAD @ Caroline getting picked and Sharapova not making the cut.

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Tracy I always knew that I liked you

I also agree with poster DefyingGravity that said a peak J. Cap vs. peak Kim U.S. Open match would be awesome!

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I saw that serena 02 would blow navs serve off the court. I wish they would play so nav can shut up.
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I don't like that she isn't publicly humble, but her assessment is right Navratilova would be a nightmare match-up for Serena even at her best on quick courts. She loved to absorb pace, and her slice and volleys would've just thrown Serena completely off. My sense is Navratilova would be easily better than 2002 Serena on grass, would've been a close 3-setter on quick hardcourts (like Navratilova said) with either having a chance of winning, although Serena would probably have been comfortably the better player on slow hardcourts.
Her confidence in herself is one of the things I like about Nav.

She gave detailed gameplan on how she would play Serena.

Well I remember what Vera said after the Wimb final last year

" Serena did not allow me to play my game "

Talking about your gameplan is one thing, Doing it is quite another.

1. Do you think back in her hey day 30+ years ago Martina ever

saw a 118mph serve from one of her opponets. Serena has averaged that

and she can hit it anywhere in box with the same motion. Guessing game

before you absorb the pace you have to get your raquet on it.


2. Just because Serena doesn't play a lot of Serve, volley and play the

net does not mean she can't. You don't win 14 gs dbls without being

able to do that. Serena does what it takes to win. In some of her recent

matches I've seen her hit dropshots and lobs...successfully.

3. As to slices, Justine is a great slicer and she did a lot of that

in the AO final last year. Serena also hit some slices. And we all know

how that one turned out.


Nav was a great player and I respect her for what she did in her time

but beat Serena....I don't think so.



I would love to see Nav play Justine. It would be a better matchup

for her. But if She could keep her focus and play her best...I

think Justine would win.
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I actually think Chris could take Venus. (Similar to Vee's matches with Hingis)
Serena vs. Graf would be awesome.
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Henin/Goolagong has the most appeal to me on paper in terms of how they'd play against each other. Evonne's serve was suspect so I'd say she'd go down 6-3 in the third.

Austin/Wozniacka would be NID. Tracy, at her best, was good enough to best Evert at the USO.

Evert/Venus would be routine win for Chris.

Navratilova/S. Williams is too close for me to call. I definitely see it going three sets but I don't know who would win.
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Her confidence in herself is one of the things I like about Nav.

She gave detailed gameplan on how she would play Serena.

Well I remember what Vera said after the Wimb final last year

" Serena did not allow me to play my game "

Talking about your gameplan is one thing, Doing it is quite another.

1. Do you think back in her hey day 30+ years ago Martina ever

saw a 118mph serve from one of her opponets. Serena has averaged that

and she can hit it anywhere in box with the same motion. Guessing game

before you absorb the pace you have to get your raquet on it.


2. Just because Serena doesn't play a lot of Serve, volley and play the

net does not mean she can't. You don't win 14 gs dbls without being

able to do that. Serena does what it takes to win. In some of her recent

matches I've seen her hit dropshots and lobs...successfully.

3. As to slices, Justine is a great slicer and she did a lot of that

in the AO final last year. Serena also hit some slices. And we all know

how that one turned out.


Nav was a great player and I respect her for what she did in her time

but beat Serena....I don't think so.



I would love to see Nav play Justine. It would be a better matchup

for her. But if She could keep her focus and play her best...I

think Justine would win.
Great rebuttal and analysis.

Also, I'd LOVE to see a Nav vs Rena match.
I'd like to see whether Nav could absorb Serena powerful and precise serves, and how she would handle Serena's A-C game plans. I seriously doubt that Serena would allow many serve and volley moments at all, and seeing as Serena enjoys painting the lines and going baseline to baseline, how exactly would Nav take Serena out of her comfort zone?

A peak Serena vs peak Steffi is another 'to-die-for' match-up.
With two different styles of BHs, which one would ultimately dominate?
Would Steffi be able to handle Serena's serves, or would she play a la Jie, and take them early, since she had great athleticism herself? And speaking of great athleticism, both ladies would be retrieving maniacs and we'd witness some crazy long rallies?

I'd also like to see a Nav vs Venus match, just to see if and how Nav would attempt to overcome Vee's reach during volleys. Would Nav be able to handle Vee's 126 mph serves and penetrating FHs? Would Vee switch to a serve & volley style herself in an attempt to test Nav?

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Her confidence in herself is one of the things I like about Nav.

She gave detailed gameplan on how she would play Serena.

Well I remember what Vera said after the Wimb final last year

" Serena did not allow me to play my game "

Talking about your gameplan is one thing, Doing it is quite another.

1. Do you think back in her hey day 30+ years ago Martina ever

saw a 118mph serve from one of her opponets. Serena has averaged that

and she can hit it anywhere in box with the same motion. Guessing game

before you absorb the pace you have to get your raquet on it.
Thirty years ago, most players used wooden racquets, so no, Navratilova didn't see any 118 MPH serves, and if Serena had been playing back then, she wouldn't have been hitting 118 MPH serves.

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2. Just because Serena doesn't play a lot of Serve, volley and play the

net does not mean she can't. You don't win 14 gs dbls without being

able to do that. Serena does what it takes to win. In some of her recent

matches I've seen her hit dropshots and lobs...successfully.
True enough, but the more you do it, the better you are at it. By the way, Martina won 41 doubles majors.

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3. As to slices, Justine is a great slicer and she did a lot of that

in the AO final last year. Serena also hit some slices. And we all know

how that one turned out.


Nav was a great player and I respect her for what she did in her time

but beat Serena....I don't think so.
Again, WHEN this hypothetical match would take place makes a huge difference. When Martina was in her prime, a lot more tournaments were played on natural surfaces, and slices don't bounce as high on grass and clay as they do on hard courts.

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I would love to see Nav play Justine. It would be a better matchup

for her. But if She could keep her focus and play her best...I

think Justine would win.
I disagree. I think Martina would smoke Justine, because outside of the drive backhand, I can't think of a shot Justine can hit that Martina couldn't hit better.

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Martina & Tracy are so
Martina whether she wants to admit it or not would get blown away in straight sets. And could somebody please wake me up when the Tracy and Caro match is over. I really like Caro but that match would be a snooze fest.

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