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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 2003, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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How do you think 2004 will unfold?

Anywhooo, what do you think 2004 will be like?

My thought: The Willy sisters will be back in full force and show some patch of the dominance they had in the past but won't be as dominant.
I expect at least one new face will threaten the Belgian/Willy axis. My pick is Amelie.

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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 2003, 03:10 AM
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well I know that i dont count, but I'll give my input anyway

2 all-williams finals (Wimbledon, Us Open). Venus wins the french and or australian, Zvonareva gets to the French final, and Monica gets to the OZ final.

Basically, i think the current 4 way axis will change.
I think it will expand to about 6 or 7 players. Throw in two russians and Seles.

I think Capriati and Rubin will exit the top 10. I think a Russian will win a slam next year. Either Myskina, Dementieva, or Zvonareva. The reason I dont say Petrova is that unlike Zvonareva, she hasnt been making much of a dent. Zvonareva's problem, especially on the slower surfaces, was closing out. If you throw in the fact that she has so much to improve, then thats why i say she'll get to the RG final.

Sharapova will get to top 15. There will be 10 russians in the top 50. Safina, Douchevina, Krasnoroutskaya, Kirilenko will make Grand Slam QF's.
Bovina will be top 10.

As for players I'm not biased towards, Justine will be where Jennifer was in 2002. As for Clijsters, I really dont know. But I think she may win a slam in 2004 before Henin does.
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Serena will be dominant, as always.

Venus will continue her fall. She might not be able to enter the top 10 again.
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well I know that i dont count, but I'll give my input anyway

2 all-williams finals (Wimbledon, Us Open). Venus wins the french and or australian, Zvonareva gets to the French final, and Monica gets to the OZ final.

Basically, i think the current 4 way axis will change.
I think it will expand to about 6 or 7 players. Throw in two russians and Seles.

I think Capriati and Rubin will exit the top 10. I think a Russian will win a slam next year. Either Myskina, Dementieva, or Zvonareva. The reason I dont say Petrova is that unlike Zvonareva, she hasnt been making much of a dent. Zvonareva's problem, especially on the slower surfaces, was closing out. If you throw in the fact that she has so much to improve, then thats why i say she'll get to the RG final.

Sharapova will get to top 15. There will be 10 russians in the top 50. Safina, Douchevina, Krasnoroutskaya, Kirilenko will make Grand Slam QF's.
Bovina will be top 10.

As for players I'm not biased towards, Justine will be where Jennifer was in 2002. As for Clijsters, I really dont know. But I think she may win a slam in 2004 before Henin does.
Don't you think you are a bit overexaggerating the rise of the Russian? I hardly see Kirilenko reach a GS QF. As I always say, most of the Russians, in fact all of them are overrated on this board.
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From an unbiased Willi fan.
Australian - Venus
French - Serena
Wimby - Serena
Us Open - Venus
Nasdaq - Venus
Canadian - Serena
LA Champs - Serena
The rest they don't play and show that they don't need to, being #1 and #2 with 3 tournies for Venus and 4 for Serena.
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Venus and Serena both will win another grandslam. Justine and Kim will fall in rank. Monica will fall in rank. Maggie will retire, Jennifer will win two tourneys. Amelie will chooke in the Slams again. Rubin will stay in the top ten. Elena Dementieva will fall in rank. Zvonevera and Sharapova will cause upsets.

This is from a WILLY fan who also likes other players as well.

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Nothing new, Serena will dominate, if not Venus, if not Justine, if not Kim...they will probably be the only GS semifinalists next year...
The younger russians will rise, while the other ones will fall...the older americans Capriati, Davenport, Seles, and Rubin will find it even harder to maintain top form...
Dokic and Hantuchova will come back into top ten
The Russians will be a very big story next year!



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ok i wasnt thinking on some of those pics

take out Douchevina and Kirilenko sorry.

I meant Petrova didnt make much of a dent against top players after RG (alot of 6-2 6-0 and 6-1 6-2 thumpings) Capriati will stay top 10.

the reason I say Safina and Krasnoroutskaya will make grand slam QF's is well, I've seen Safina play a few times, and if she can learn to move (!) then she'll be a force, especially on the dirt.

re them being overrated, they all have incredible talent, but they just have these holes in their games. And everyone expects them to fill those holes. But the way Myskina and Dementieva filled some of those holes (Elena D's second serve was MUCH better at the champs for example, she still played like crap, and it was still attacked, but its an improvement) it just makes you think they'll keep moving up
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Venus will continue her fall. She might not be able to enter the top 10 again.
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I think no single player will dominate. I think
we'll have one of those weird season's where
a certain group seem to dominate; but week in
and week out it's going to be someone different.
No one person will dominate in 2004.

I also think that the grand slams will feature 4
different names in 2004.

I forecast that the Sisters will not play as many events
again in 2004. They will not get enough points to be
number 1 at the year's end;but should win at least
one grand slam. I don't see too many Williams vs Williams
battles in finals because they do to not even play
the same tournaments too often anymore out of grand slams. In
the grand slams the former so called bottom feeders have
gotten better and will take one of the Sisters out early without
any warning nor fear ala Vera Z at RG.

I forecast that Amelie will end the year at number
1 with one grand slam title, and a good showing
at events to give her a higher average ranking points than
Kim or Justine.

Justine is focusing on defending her RG more than the
US OPEN. She also seems to be targeting the Olympics.
This leaves Amelie a great chance at the winter indoor
season because Kim will most likely lighten her 2004
schedule.

Ai will either go higher or will just burn out and lose some
momentum in 2004. It's crash or burn for her in my opinion.

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Chanda Rubin will win all 4 Grand Slams...






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Don't see any Russian win a Grand Slam.
Don't see venus and serena win everything, but I'd say let's wait the start of the season because you really can't say now...
Think Kim and Justine will keep the level of last year but might win less tourneys because of the Williams sisters.
Think Capriati and mauresmo will keep on knocking on the door from time to time.
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I think either Venus or Serena will win every Slam if healthy
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I think Justine will win the Australian Open. She's much underrated (as always) on Rebound Ace and she'll be fit and rested again. Yes, it's true that Venus and Serena come back well after injury, but they never seem to be that motivated at the beginning of the season.

I think Serena may well beat Justine for the RG title. These two are so clearly the best claycourters on the WTA, but Serena is the one out for revenge.

I think Justine has a good chance at Wimbledon if she sorts out (as the article on what she's working on claims she will) her first serve %. When she's serving well on grass she can play her aggressive game and if she's confident too, I think she can beat anyone on the surface.

U.S.Open. Even as a Justine fan, I don't believe she'll defend it. She's definitely "the best of the rest" on hardcourt but she's nowhere near the standard of either Williams. This should be an all Williams final if both play and both are healthy. If this doesn't happen, then I think both Justine and Amelie have a chance to get to the final/win it.

Tour Champs - probably Kim again as she's shown herself to be the only player who's not tired at the end of the season!

Amelie is, as always, the big question mark. If she gets her head together, who knows?

We should hopefully see Jelena & Daniela back to their best and the Russians will continue to improve, making the odd GS QF/SF but none of them will be outstanding. The only Russian I think really has a shot at a slam is Maria Kirilenko and she's still not quite 17.
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I think Kim or Justine will win the Australian Open, with maybe Myskina reaching a semifinal there. Roland Garros will be a Serena-Justine final with Serena exacting revenge on Justine from a year earlier. Vera will make the semis, and beat Venus again, in the Quarters. Wimbledon is a toss-up for me, because it could easily be an all Williams final, but just as easily not? in my opinion. US Open will have lots of great matches with everyone healthy hopefully. Venus will FINALLY beat Serena again, for her 2nd/3rd title of the year.

Amelie will slump awfully and not defend much of her points, Jennifer will have a bland season and possibly fall out of the top 10. The Russians will start to put it together, Myskina, Elena, and Nadia/Vera will be in the top 10. Ai will reach the top 10 at one point, Sharapova will break top 20, and a Canadian will reach the second round of a GrandSlam.
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