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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 2002, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Late bloomers

I find it fascinating that some players seem to find the best form of their careers seemingly late. Specially because most of the players hit their peaks fairly young.

I think we all know that, in recent times, one of the most successful late bloomers was Nathalie Tauziat, who reached a career high at No.3 in 2000 when she was 32 and enjoyed some of her best years since 1997 and in to her thirties, after quite a change in her game style.

But there are many others. For instance, Nicole Pratt, reached a career high in 2002 at No.35 aged 29, or Jill Craybas, that reached a career high also in 2002 at No.58 and won her first career title, aged 28.

Why do you think some players are such late bloomers? And who else can you think of?


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novotna well kind off. she reached her first semi of a grand slam at 21 but didn't reached her highest ranking and wins before 97!

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she'll be ranked #1 when she is 30,
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Sandrine Testud is another example. She played her best tennis in 1997 and thereafter when she was in her mid- to-late twenties. She also had some of her best and biggest wins during her last several months on tour before retirement (defeating Jennifer twice and Venus) and was able to retire while ranked in the top ten.

I think it's different for each player as to why she developes relatively late. In Sandrine's case, I think it's because she got fitter and improved her forehand and the results soon followed.
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Yeah...too bad she stopped blooming late so early

you gotta love that sentence btw

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lmao, took me a minute to verify that sentence

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didn't dominique bloomed late cos of injuries mostly? hamstrings i thought

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Another late bloomer: Martina Navratilova. Didn´t start winning until she was like 22 or 23??!! And still won 18 GS`s! Now that´s what we call a long BLOOMING!!!
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but nav reached already a grand slam final in 75 I think. she can't have been that old then! 17 maybe?

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depends ... nowadays you can call someone a late bloomer at 23

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Els Callens has had a few successes the last years as well (semi US Open with Domi, Bronze Medal in Sydney with Domi, and a fantastic match against Serena in Wimbledon this year). Good old Els is 32...

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How could you forget JHD, Gallofa?!

She is a classic example...before her 18 months out injured she had a career generally hovvering between 16-25 in the rankings...

In the last two years of her career, she established a career high singles rank of 7...and suddenly became a world beating doubles player too, ending her career as world number one., picking up a first GS title in the process (In her last GS appearance)

It was a case of finally realising her potential...when Julie was really in that zone, she was a player of the highest class

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Monica seles will bloom late (her second part of her career).. she's had a long stagant period.. maybe 2003 will be when she blooms for the last time
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