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Did Irina Spirlea have the game to potentially win a GS?

I think she did. Her forehand was pre much as big and good as Steffi and so was her backhand (she could do more with it than Steffi as she could hit topspin well). I didn't understand why when she started playing poorly. She looked like on the course to winning a major in '97 and all of a sudden stopped improving. She was one of the most talented yet tempramental players. If only she could have put her mind to the game a bit more patiently and deligently..
It was absolutely sensational when I first saw her play and she was totally outplaying Arantxa..
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I think she did. Her forehand was pre much as big and good as Steffi and so was her backhand (she could do more with it than Steffi as she could hit topspin well). I didn't understand why when she started playing poorly. She looked like on the course to winning a major in '97 and all of a sudden stopped improving. She was one of the most talented yet tempramental players. If only she could have put her mind to the game a bit more patiently and deligently..
It was absolutely sensational when I first saw her play and she was totally outplaying Arantxa..
she could be brilliant.... but her fiery temper worked against her. she lacked the mentality to rise to the very top, and eventually, she must've found other things that piqued her interest. after 1998, she was really on a slippery decline.
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May i ask who is Irina Spirlea
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May i ask who is Irina Spirlea
I doubt you know Jeff Tarango then.
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Don't think so. Someone was always better then her. Her chance was against Venus at the 97 US Open. Two match points in the third set tiebreaker
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She should have won that match - but I doubt that she would have beaten Hingis the next day. Hingis was way too dominant at that point.

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Only Irina match I saw was vs. Venus in the US OPen semi. She reminded me of Davenport, except she sprayed much more errors.

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its too bad she couldnt get her temper to fuel her. kinda like me. when i get pissed, i'm like "i'm gonna trounce that wench" but i end up hitting error after error.

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I think yes. In 98 or 99 when there was no clear dominant player, she could've sneaked in. Hingis and Davenport seemed to dominate together, but they didnt' win everything.

But Irina was too lazy.

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its too bad she couldnt get her temper to fuel her. kinda like me. when i get pissed, i'm like "i'm gonna trounce that wench" but i end up hitting error after error.

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I dont think so, her game should have brought her more success than what she achieved but I don't think she was going to win a slam. She certainly didn't have the mentality to win one.

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If Iva won one... I guess Irina could have... but.

She may have patterned her game after Steffi... but she never had the same firepower. Irina also had a horrible temper, and never seemed to be focused. She'd always have games where she'd tank by making stupid errors.
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She should have won that match - but I doubt that she would have beaten Hingis the next day. Hingis was way too dominant at that point.
You are right, she should have won that match. On the first match point, Venus' return hit the net, bounced on Spirlea's side-Spirlea hit to the backhand corner, Venus got to it, and her backhand hit the line! So twice in one point, it could have been Spirlea's. Some things just aren't meant to be.
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Sure she could have won a GS, if she wasn't such a headcase.

I first caught sight of her in 1997, after Steffi was injured. It was like watching a (slightly sub-par) clone. She reminded me so much of Steffi, it was great. Her game was almost a carbon copy...even her service motion. I think Irina was really talented, but crazy. I never saw her again after 1998. I miss her!
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I'd say a little more than slightly sub-par...

Steffi was a world class athlete, and very few were ever quicker than her. Irina... wasn't that.

While Irina's forehand was strong... Steffi's forehand was the best groundstroke in the history of the women's game.
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