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I always knew Serena won´t make it, because it´s impossible to play 100% the entire season 28 71.79%
It´s hard to achieve this goal, but not impossible and Serena could have made it. 11 28.21%
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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2003, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Serena missed the record to stay undefeated one season. Your thoughts...

It would have been a remarkable record to go undefeated one season, but Serena missed it by losing the Charleston final to Justine Henin-Hardenne. What do you think about it? I started a poll, because I was 90 % sure, Serena will achieve it, the way she played the last times.
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well she was only undefeated for three tournaments wich is done many times before so this whole hype was ridiculous

see if they hype her for being undefeated in grand slams when she win the french then I saw okee this is a record she is close too so hype away but the above didn't make any sense!
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The best way to get superior results is to set high, but achievable goals. She had won 3 straight GS titles, and only lost I believe four matches all year when she set that goal. That would have seemed an absurd goal on January 1st, 2002. She when she searched for a higher goal, her choices were limited.

That attitude is what makes her the world #1, and what won the Grand Slam. (Hey, all 4 trophies are on her mantle. Call it what you want.) Michael Jordan didn't become Michael Jordan by saying 'I just want to make the team, that's all'.

And maybe now Venus realizes that Baby Sister isn't going to take it easy on her. She sure played her better at OZ than she had the previous couple times.

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serena can set her goals high but the media acts like it was a done thing already

and yeah I know they do that a lot since they like hypes.
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Going undefeated would have been so hard. After all, as you can see, she only won 3 tournaments in a row. Then have a look at what Hingis did in '97. I'd say that was a little more impressive
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great smash - Martina Hingis was a great player. But unless she returns and wins four GS titles in a row, there's no debate about 'impressive'.

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I admire Serena for setting high goals for herself, but even she admitted that it was probably not going to happen. As long as she continues to learn from her mistakes and strive to be the best that she can be, she will always be great.

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At what point does an "Undefeated Season" becomes impressive or meaningful?
10-0
20-0
30-0
40-0.............100-0?

Everyone talks about an undefeated season without ever establishing the minimum threshold. Suppose Serena had decided to end her "season" after 70 wins without a loss. Whould that have been as impressive as Navratilova's 84-1? ( or whatever Navratilova's record was).

As a fan of Venus and Serena, I hope they continue to set lofty goals for themselves, just don't share them with the media.

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I really dont care much about these undefeated things or number one goals. As long as one of my two favorite players win the grand slams then I am quite happy. Heck I am happy if my third or fourth fav wins as well. VENUS WIN THE FRENCH!!!

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great smash - Martina Hingis was a great player. But unless she returns and wins four GS titles in a row, there's no debate about 'impressive'.

I never meant to question what she did winning the grand slam, that's impressive without any doubt. Just looking at both Serena's start in 2003 and Martina's in 1997, it seems hard to argue who's was the best.

I'm sure were up for a number of great results by Serena further on in the season!
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I really dont care much about these undefeated things or number one goals. As long as one of my two favorite players win the grand slams then I am quite happy. Heck I am happy if my third or fourth fav wins as well. VENUS WIN THE FRENCH!!!
I totally agree! If my fav wins the Grand Slams then I'm happy. Serena's human so she was gonna lose a match sooner or later.
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This was pretty unrealistic to begin with.

And remember, we aren't even very deep into the year. This is just the beginning of the clay court season. There are a lot of matches yet to play. The chances of her going undefeated were very, very slim.

It was just something for the media to write about, but it was not going to happen.

And as for Hingis?

Well in '97 she started the year with a 37 match winning streak.
She won three slams and got to the finals in the fourth. She won a total of 12 tournaments that year. She finished with a record of 75-5.

Compare Serena's 2002 to that record.

Both are great records, but Martina's is simply better by any measure.
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