Chanda is a top 10 player. Deal with it!!
i posted this in another thread, but i thought i would open it up for wider discussion.
people always use injuries as an excuse for their favourite players falling back in the rankings and struggling with form, but they rarely extend that consideration to others. chanda has missed three extended parts of this season due to injuries. twice she came back and struggled and everyone said "rubin is doing nothing and doesn't deserve to be ranked where she is.", and twice she proved them dead wrong.
after getting injured at toyko she didn't play for about 5 weeks, returned at scottsdale and lost to granville, and the everyone got her back. the next week she made the quarters of indian wells defeating the red hot sugiyama and losing to champ clijsters. she then beat mauremo 6-0, 6-2 and henin 6-2, 6-3 in miami before losing to capriati. then she gets injured, misses another 5 weeks. She comes back at hamburg and lost to an in form serna and loses to loit the next week in Rome. Once again everyone gets on back saying she's doing nothing and will be ranked outside the top 15 by the end of year.
Then she wins Madrid, makes the quarters of Roland Garros, and wins Eastbourne and everyone shuts up. Chanda turns up to wimbledon, plays a bad 3rd round match and loses to an inform farina-elia who makes her first GS quarter-final and takes a set off clijsters.
Chanda plays fed cup and wins both her matches to save the US after top players pull out. Plays San Diego and loses in the quarters to Davenport and once again gets injured. Chanda can't play LA where she is defending champion or any other lead ups to the US Open, and thus turns up considerably underdone and loses to kento-kabichi, a player who has risen dramatically through the rankings making 5 semi-finals from san diego to liepzig (beating two of the aforementioned threats to chanda in dokic and petrova in straight sets)
Chanda makes consecutive finals in Bali and Shanghai losing to top 8 dementieva on both occasions.
Comes to indoor season where she rarely plays consistantly well, beats zvonareva (a supposed deserving top 10 player) , loses to maleeva. Loses to dokic. the eventual finalist in the 1st round of zurich in a tough 3 set match.
Chanda is not playing well at the moment, but she's still competing and is still winning. Time and time again throughout this year and indeed her entire career she has proven people who put her down to be wrong, and has always fought back. I don't understand why after all this time people haven't caught onto the fact that chanda can, and always does catch fire at any point, even in the middle of a match, and plays well for a long period of time. a couple of 'bad' tournaments and the majority of people just write her off as if she's nothing compared to these russian girls who are just so unbelievablely strong. chanda has fought her way into the top 10 after falling way down in the rankings on three seperate occasions. people always seem to think she has to prove herself, but IMO it's these up and coming russians that really have to prove themselves, as petrova, bovina and zvonareva have all showed signs of significant weakness in both playing consistantly well for more than a couple of weeks (petrova and bovina) and also in having the mental strength to win matches (zvonareva). you can argue that the gap between them and chanda is nothing, but if you go and give chanda 600 points them she's ranked number 5 in the world, so it must be a little more significant than some of you make it sound.
i'm not criticising the young russians, because they are all great players, i just hate the way chanda does not get enough respect. she is ranked in the top 10 in the race and the rankings (even after not defending a tournament where she gained over 400 points), and she deserves to be there.
Last edited by switz; Oct 20th, 2003 at 06:56 AM.