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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.

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i know that no one will read this thread because the post is no unbelivably long, but i just had to get it out of my system.
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I admit that I don't read every single post, but I don't recall too many people criticizing Chanda for her ranking. Actually, I don't remember anyone but I'm assuming there's some. If anything, Chanda seems to be one of the few prominent "neutral" players that people in general don't have a problem with.
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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.
I agree, people don't give Chanda respect.

I sort of feel bad for in a way. Anyways good luck Chanda at Luxembourg and win win win!
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I will always like Chanda Rubin! Two words.....Chanda Rubin.

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Go Chanda!!!

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Who doesn't think Chanda deserves to be in the Top 10?
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CHANDA is a solid TOP 10 player who can BEAT any top layer at anytime, including the belgians and williams. Now..on the other side..she can also lose to almost any player when those wild errors start to creep into her game..aka..US OPEN 1ST RD

Good luck in Luxenburg CHANDA and then its off to Philly!
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Great Post!!!!! I also think Chanda is one of the most underrated players in women's tennis - Just ask Serena, Justine, Lindsay, or Jennifer
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chanda is kind of a patty schnyder but with a different game and a more consistent player. as said above she can beat any player at anytime but can also lose to almost any player.

Go the aussies! stosur!!!
and good luck russians: dementieva, safina, kirilenko, sharapova, kuznetsova, bovina, zvonareva, dushevina.

also good luck to: azarenka, lucic, sprem, vakulenko, vaidisova, safarova, ivanovic, groenefeld, mirza, krajicek, kvitkova, larcher de brito, lisicki.
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chanda is kind of a patty schnyder but with a different game and a more consistent player. as said above she can beat any player at anytime but can also lose to almost any player.
that must really say something about me, because they are my favourite players. in fact is you look at my top six you'll probably notice that i'm a sucker for players with problems - patty, chanda, mary, myriam, babsi and anna.

chanda's inconsistant play comes down to her constant injury problems IMO. if you look at her record this year, the only bad losses she has had have been after coming back from injury to granville, serna, loit and vento-kabichi. i think your doing pretty well when these are players that are considered bad losses. her record this year is pretty darn good IMO considering she can never play long enough to keep her momentum.

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Because of the William Sistahs, Most Americans don't even know who that woman is.
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Because of the William Sistahs, Most Americans don't even know who that woman is.
most americans don't know very much about anything.
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Well I don't know how popular Chanda was in the early 90s when Venus and Serena were not in the mix, but I think she has been overshadowed by the Williams sisters. And her personality is not the type in which people would notice. If Kim was just a top 10-12 player she would also not be as popular. Even Lindsay has a no1 player did not get the recognition she deserved. I read in Venus Envy that when she and Martina Hingis were boarding a plane, Hingis could carry her tennis rackets as a carry on luggage, but Lindsay had to tell them that she was a top player or something like that.
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