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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 2002, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Has anybody here switched fave over the past 6 years, and why?

Let me start. Seles used to be my fave. During her hiatus, I essentially lost passion for women's tennis. When I resumed watching, I saw a dominating youngster, Hingis, dismissing everybody including my fave, Seles. Then I also noticed another lanky and young girl, Venus, who wouldn't hesitate to plunge to the concrete to chase a ball in US open 97 semis against Spirlea; that got my attention. Then Venus slowly grew on me: her sheer determination despite facing more skilful players and other adversities was awesome.

My journey with her culminated this year in February when she became #1. That was ecstasy. But I would cry of exultation if Seles could garner another GS before she retires.

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Yes, I switched this year. I also loved Seles from the time she came on the Tour. She still tops my ratings when it comes to human qualities, rather than tennis. Lindsay was my second favorite.

But this year Justine passed them both on my (LONG) faves list, because of the sheer delight I get from watching her play tennis. So now when Justine plays Lindsay or Monica, I root for Justine!
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Kim was my fav, but recently miss Els Callens passed her and pushed her to spot #2

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I have Monica as my current and forever number one fave. It was always ONLY Monica until last year when I discovered my love for Anna Kournikova and Jelena Dokic...But Monica is still and will always be my number one fave...
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Jelena Dokic used my favourite player until Rachel McQuillan found her fine forms last year in March where she made semis at Dubai and R4 at Indian Wells. She passed Dokic on the list... last July, Amelie Mauresmo finally reached semis in a Grand Slam event for second time and I was so excited about it. After Wimbledom, she is the one of few players can challenge the Williams sisters and I beginning like her more... she passed Dokic now.

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well, i reallyliked Martina Hingis but now i've notices jelena Dokic. i dunno what the real reason is for liking Jelena more,but i find i'm more behind Jelena and would want her to succeed more than Martina. i think Jelena will always be my fav forever

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I switched a little after 1999 since steffi retired, but it's stable again since two years

and steffi is the one I still talk about the most anyway lol

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I haven't been watching tennis that long! But in the 3 1/2 years I've watched tennis, I have basically stayed with the same 3 people, Kim, Roger and Guga. Pete was my first favorite just because he was the first player I really knew, but after I wasn't a casual fan, I discovered Guga. Okay, so I discovered Rogi in 2000, but he was added to the group. Sometimes I feel like I fancy him more or favor him, but I will always be Mrs. Guga. I like them equally I think. They have only played once and it was quite a boring match, because I didn't care who was to win! I couldn't pick. So I like them equally.

As for the women, hmmm, I used to love Mary Pierce. But I never switched her with anyone. I guess I stopped caring for her as her career whaned. But I still like her a lot, and I am sure if she were in higher rankings, maybe I would pay more attention to her again because I think she is one of the funkiest players.

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post #9 of 40 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:39 PM
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First my favorite was Hingis, but right now itīs Serena...thatīs why itīs so tormentating when they both play each other!!
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Hmm, very interesting replies, thus far!

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I wouldn't say I've switched faves, but I am definitely influenced by my faves.

Like Arantxa, she always had nice things to say about Monica, therefore at some level I do support Monica. She said nice things about Martina H too. Plus as she has close relationships with Navratilova, Hantuchova and Kuznetsova, I feel I owe them abit of support.

Probably sounds silly, so whilst I haven't switched faves, my faves do influence my decisions on which other players to support.

I used to like Serena, but RG QF and Wimby QFs changed my perceptions towards her.

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My original favorite was Steffi Graf who was replaced by Martina Hingis in 1997. I did root for Steffi in 1999 French Open cuz it was near the end of her career. I felt bad for Martina though. Since then Kim and Amelie are quite high on the list but still behind Martina.
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I used to like Serena, but RG QF and Wimby QFs changed my perceptions towards her.
Kind of puzzling! What happened in those encounters, DEETHELICK?

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When I first got into tennis in 1997 i was a huge davenport fan and anyone who played her was an evil witch. Then when i actually had seen more of the tour i switched to Amanda Coetzer (the opposite of Davenport!?!?), then to Sandrine in 2000ish but more recently after going to more events and seeing a lot more tennis I'm getting more faves all the time. Players I used to dislike a lot (e.g. JenCap) I'm finding a new respect for and am starting to like many more styles.
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post #15 of 40 (permalink) Old Dec 24th, 2002, 12:13 AM
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Nice post, Sonic. I agree. I liked the way Jenn played in the semis of the Championships against Serena. Her returns and her forehand were the most powerful I have ever seen.
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