Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: In Albert Costa's Arms
does a good run up to RG lead to success at rg?
with the Aus Open and Wimbledon, the run up period is so short that the winner of Sydney or Eastbourne is not normally considered to be a strong contender for the slams that follow. the clay season is quite long (2 months long) and there's a lot of opporunity to assess the form of players. but does a good run on clay reflect at roland garros? i seem to recall that clay was dominated by sabatini/martinez/asv between 89-93 but only once did one of them trumph (ASV 89). Between 95-97, ASV, Martinez and Hingis were doing great on the clay but didn't win. Majoli seemed to spring from nowhere. Same last few seasons too. Mauresmo and Henin have done well, but then come up short at RG, whilst Capriati, Kim, Venus and Serena have been the main contenders. Rather like how Graf and Seles were in the early-mid 90s - they's get some clay in, but save their best effort for RG (and usually win).
Does anyone else think a good long run on clay statistically reduces your chances of winning. The long streak of conchita in 95 springs to mind, winning Hilton Head, Amelia, Rome and Hamburg, then getting all the way to the semis before folding to a fresh Graf.....
I think venus might be following this strategy of resting and saving herself.
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