short term memory...
That's what most people have.
Last week, Serena was unbeatable and Venus could only be beaten by Serena.
For some people, because Serena lost ONE match, she is finished. Well, Serena is still the same player and is still the best player in the world.
Kim suddenly becomes the one to beat. Yes, Kim played very well, but that's hardly a surprise, it was clear that players like her, Justine or Hantuchova will achieve good results. People were disminshing Kim's chances to even win a tournament before LA, now all the sudden she is winning all the upcoming GSs.
Alexandra Stevenson was pretty much dismissed by the fans before Linz, suddenly she reaches a tier 2 final and she become a thread, as she didn't play LA people forgot about her.
I can go on and on, Hantuchova started by being a pretty face, a GS winner after Indian Wells, a fluke after she got a few poor results, again a GS winner after a few wins.
I think it's not about the last result, not even the last few results, to "predict" the future you need to analyse the player, her strenghts and weaknesses and how she is working on her game. Of course, we can't KNOW, there are always surprises, players that don't reach their potential or players we didn't consider that achieve great results.
But to base predictions one year ahead on the last two weeks is just plain silly IMO.
Last edited by Fingon; Nov 14th, 2002 at 03:50 AM.