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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 2003, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is Justine crazy?

On the TV, she said that she was going to play:

Amelia Island
FED CUP
Berlin
Rome

And then that the French Open, more or less, is her #1 goal. I don't think there is any way she will win the French after that exhausting schedule. She beat Serena today by being mentally fresh and quick, and that will not be the case if she plays all of these events.

She picked up 445 points this week -- more than DOUBLE what she had to defend. Those 224 extra points make sure she has no need to play Amelia Island, where, because of the stagger, she has nothing to defend, while she has champion points to defend in Berlin, and runner-up points to defend in Rome.

So, I think she should find herself an "injury" and bail out of Amelia. Let Lindsay and Jenn fight it out.

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Hmm, she just wants to profit from the clay season, which is her favorite surface.
She plays all the high tier clay tournaments and skips the later hardcourt tournaments.
I think she's right, she has the capability of dominating the entire clay season too.
She's probably well prepared and we can only hope for her to hang tough and not let an injury get to her!

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Its do-able; Arantxa used to regularly get to the French final playing Hilton Head, Amelia Is, Fed Cup, Hamburg, Berlin, (occasionally) Rome and Madrid. Not sure if Justine's as used to playing such a heavy schedule, but clay is arguably her best surface, and she needs to make the most of it.

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On the TV, she said that she was going to play:

Amelia Island
FED CUP
Berlin
Rome

And then that the French Open, more or less, is her #1 goal. I don't think there is any way she will win the French after that exhausting schedule. She beat Serena today by being mentally fresh and quick, and that will not be the case if she plays all of these events.

She picked up 445 points this week -- more than DOUBLE what she had to defend. Those 224 extra points make sure she has no need to play Amelia Island, where, because of the stagger, she has nothing to defend, while she has champion points to defend in Berlin, and runner-up points to defend in Rome.

So, I think she should find herself an "injury" and bail out of Amelia. Let Lindsay and Jenn fight it out.
Put Moniker in the mix and I agree.
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Yes, but the tournament from which she can profit the most, sadly, is at the end of a very long trail. If she wants to rack up the points early, hey, fine, but she can't expect to go into a semifinal at the French against Serena tired and win. Because she won't.

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Its do-able; Arantxa used to regularly get to the French final playing Hilton Head, Amelia Is, Fed Cup, Hamburg, Berlin, (occasionally) Rome and Madrid. Not sure if Justine's as used to playing such a heavy schedule, but clay is arguably her best surface, and she needs to make the most of it.
Yeah, but Arantxa never had to play Serena. Justine, along with everyone else, needs to be at 100% to beat her.

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Justine is a pro and she knows what she can and can't! Clay is her best and favo surface so let her enjoy it .. and win it

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Justine is a pro and she knows what she can and can't! Clay is her best and favo surface so let her enjoy it .. and win it
Yes, because obviously this has never backfired for pros before

You people aren't reading my posts.

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Yes, because obviously this has never backfired for pros before

You people aren't reading my posts.
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I dont think Serena vs Justine is any more of a step up than Graf was for Arantxa, its just this generations equivalent. At the end of the day we're talking about a two week tournament. She'll definitely have at least one week off immediately before it. i dont think she would be tired; even with that heavy schedule. The real danger, I think - is injury.

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I know what you mean...I am a little worried too, bc of what happened last year... She was totally exhausted at RG and got sick...
but I do understand her because it's her favorite surface.

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She needs to play all of the clay events to make up for the summer hardcourts...where she doesnt normally do well...

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Yeah, but Arantxa never had to play Serena. Justine, along with everyone else, needs to be at 100% to beat her.
Justine didn't played her best tennis today and still beat Serena

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Okay, see this is why I say people aren't reading my posts. BK, for instance, is clearly not.

IF Justine wants to pick up points to cover her ranking's ass, hey, great, this sounds perfect.

But IF her main goal is to WIN THE FRENCH, there are arguably better alternatives. Because Justine will have to go through Serena -- I don't think anyone besides Justine will beat Serena regularly on clay -- and she cannot afford to give her an inch, because it will cost her.

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I think that Justine needs to play these court tournaments because she needs to keep gaining and defending her points to stay top 5. She normally doesn't do so well in the American Hardcourt season so in order to make up for that she will need to play the top tier clay tournaments. she will definitely have that week and a half before Roland Garros so I think fatigue will not be the problem. She should of course play carefully to save herself from injuries. And besides her second best surface is grass, and there is only one tier and up grass and it's wimbledon then it's the summer hardcourt season. Justine needs to play.
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