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Previewing the 2012 season

Hello everyone, I've written a piece looking at the possible / probable contenders for the big prizes in 2012, seee what you think. Read on.....

http://burnstennis.blogspot.com/2011...ta-season.html

The 2011 WTA season turned out to be a very interesting one with four different nationalities winning the major titles. Serena Williams did not win a major title for the first time since 2006 whilst Petra Kvitova announced herself as the most exciting young talent to emerge for many years, perhaps since Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters 10 years previously. An exciting transition at the top is certainly taking place. With the season about to commence in Australasia, it’s a good time to assess the contenders for the major prizes in 2012.
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No, Sharapova did this in 2004

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Always has to be about Sharapova doesnt it...

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No, Sharapova did this in 2004
I see what you're saying. I think the media and sponsors really got excited about Sharapova when she won Wimbledon in 2004 age 17, well certain sections of the media who love the Sharapova look and image. But Sharapova is probably not as talented as some of the other players of that era but made up for that with tremendous fighting spirit. Sharapova is also stuck on 3 majors so I'm sure she wants to increase that tally to get closer to Henin and Venus Williams, she's still only 24 or 25.
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Hello everyone, I've written a piece looking at the possible / probable contenders for the big prizes in 2012, seee what you think. Read on.....

http://burnstennis.blogspot.com/2011...ta-season.html

The 2011 WTA season turned out to be a very interesting one with four different nationalities winning the major titles. Serena Williams did not win a major title for the first time since 2006 whilst Petra Kvitova announced herself as the most exciting young talent to emerge for many years, perhaps since Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters 10 years previously. An exciting transition at the top is certainly taking place. With the season about to commence in Australasia, it’s a good time to assess the contenders for the major prizes in 2012.
Where's Radwanska, Petkovic or Bartoli...
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Nothing to be proud about
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Just read it, Laurie, very well written. Maybe you should've also included Radwanska, Bartoli, Petkovic, Lisicki among the players that can make breakthrough ?

As for Petra, the best thing about her is that she doesn't care that much about her ranking (that's why she e.g. plays FedCup instead of having a rest) and her main goal is to improve the quality/level of her game. If she can maintain the momentum in 2012 it may motivate other girls to get better (or even motivate her compatriot Nicole to return from her retirement?).

We'll see.
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Where's Radwanska, Petkovic or Bartoli...
Well I admit I don't see any of those players contending for major titles, I could be wrong of course, this is not an exact science.
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I think its a great article. Well done.
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Just read it, Laurie, very well written. Maybe you should've also included Radwanska, Bartoli, Petkovic, Lisicki among the players that can make breakthrough ?

As for Petra, the best thing about her is that she doesn't care that much about her ranking (that's why she e.g. plays FedCup instead of having a rest) and her main goal is to improve the quality/level of her game. If she can maintain the momentum in 2012 it may motivate other girls to get better (or even motivate her compatriot Nicole to return from her retirement?).

We'll see.
Actually, Lisiki is a good call. Lisiki has the potential to be a very good player.
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I think its a great article. Well done.
Thankyou very much.
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Well I admit I don't see any of those players contending for major titles, I could be wrong of course, this is not an exact science.
But you see Jankovic or Pavluchenkova being able to...?
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Where's Radwanska, Petkovic...
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Oh I'm sorry, Jaknovic and Pavly are just SO much more likely to produce great results next year than Aga or Petko.? You're an idiot...
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But you see Jankovic or Pavluchenkova being able to...?
Sure, may not happen in 2012 but Pavluchenkova has more potential than Petkovic, Bartoli and Radwanska.

Jankovic? Well she has let us all down again and again, and its probably likely she will never win a slam title. But in terms of pure talent, she should have done much better and should be doing much better. She's still around 26 years old and considering what Schiavone, Stosur and Li have done recently, and what Mauresmo did in 2006, it's clearly not too late, that's what her coach should be telling her.
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