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Mirjana in the Spring, 2017: A New Chapter

Okay ... let's try this again. (I mistakenly started this thread in the Ajmo Croats forum --all thanks to forum friends for pointing this out.)

Big opportunities for the completely rejuvenated MLB as the season opens-up.

There's no doubt that she and her beloved family are celebrating this immense success, and we, her fans, are certainly thrilled.

Wimbledon should definitiely be a target for her, and now it is a realistic one.

Let's wish her well and see how this already career-defining season unfolds.
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In honor of the new thread, I will re-post here what I wrote in the old thread

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Hope Mirjana is home relaxing, resting and healing her body, counting the coins she earned in Australia, and planning her next move(s).

All I wanted from Mirjana before she retires was a strong GS performance and a new career-high ranking, so that *I* could exorcise within me the demons from her past. She did both last month, so I am now at peace with her career.

It would be great, of course, if she could win another title or reach another CHR (top 25?) but if she doesn't, it simply won't matter. From here on, it's all gravy, at least for this fan.
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In honor of the new thread, I will re-post here what I wrote in the old thread

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Hope Mirjana is home relaxing, resting and healing her body, counting the coins she earned in Australia, and planning her next move(s).

All I wanted from Mirjana before she retires was a strong GS performance and a new career-high ranking, so that *I* could exorcise within me the demons from her past. She did both last month, so I am now at peace with her career.

It would be great, of course, if she could win another title or reach another CHR (top 25?) but if she doesn't, it simply won't matter. From here on, it's all gravy, at least for this fan.
So true.

It really has been a fairytale story/conclusion for her ... and it is so rare that we see this in sport or life at all. So rare.

She could have quit the game so many times over the last 9 years --maybe bagged it like Vaidosova, who basically said "This isn't happening. Time to move on."

But MLB did have good reasons to keep believing in each of the years of her comeback, beginning in 2007, with a completely "out of nowhere" main draw win at Indian Wells.

Each year, some result or flicker of hope has occurred to keep her reasonably believing, even if the seasons themselves were perhaps disappointing in various ways.

And the last 3 years have been more than anyone could have expected from her.

This Oz result is HUGE. So huge.

She should be able to move that ranking even higher, especially at IW and Miami. Huge points to grab there, and she is flying high in her head and soul.

But she and her team absolutely MUST be targeting a Grand Slam title, now.

She has earned the right to target one, realistically.

Wimbledon will be the spot, in my opinion.

She absolutely MUST impose her big game on everyone and go for it.

I'm not certain she would physically be able to win the gruelling French or US.

But Wimby? I can absolutely see her winning it.

Even so, she never needs to take the court again, ever.
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FYI, after the AO Mirjana moved up to #29.
This week she dropped to #30 (overtaken by Putina).
Next week she'll move back up to #29 (overtaking Kasatkina, who's not able to defend big points from St Petersburg, because it happened a week earlier this year).
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This is as good a place as any to re-post Mirjana's remarkable ranking progress since the first full year (2008) of her comeback:

March 2008: In the 700's
April 2008: 600's
May 2008: 500's
July 2008: 400's
April 2009: 300's
November 2009: 260's
January 2010: 250's
February 2010: 240's
May 2010: 200's
June 2010: 160's
July 2010: 150's
September 2010: 100's
October 2010: 90's
July 2011: 80's
September 2014: 70's, 60's and 50's
July 2015: 40's
January 2017: 29
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This is as good a place as any to re-post Mirjana's remarkable ranking progress since the first full year (2008) of her comeback:

March 2008: In the 700's
April 2008: 600's
May 2008: 500's
July 2008: 400's
April 2009: 300's
November 2009: 260's
January 2010: 250's
February 2010: 240's
May 2010: 200's
June 2010: 160's
July 2010: 150's
September 2010: 100's
October 2010: 90's
July 2011: 80's
September 2014: 70's, 60's and 50's
July 2015: 40's
January 2017: 20's
I remember following her results in '08 and '09 and thinking the comeback wasn't going to result in a return to the top 100. She didn't appear to be making much progress. Then at the very end of '09 she had a couple of good results at ITF level. Then, she started '10 where she left off at the end of '09. It was then, that I thought it might happen. Then I joined TF because of her progress. I think the very first thread I ever posted in on here was the Mirjana Lucic Sub-forum.

Still, I never thought she'd get this far - Grand Slam SF and World #29. And do it a full 6 yrs after I joined the forum is remarkable. Glad I stuck in out with you guys. I think if she had dropped really low I may have bailed, but she was consistently near or in the top 100 at all times since late '10. And, kudos to those of you (croat123, ballbasher and ajmo) who have been on here since the beginning of her comeback in '07. And thanks to welcoming those of us who joined later.

I found my first post on here, from May 2010, right after she lost to Yakimova at an ITF in Florida:

"I see alot of similarities to the Jelena Dokic comeback. Both had overbearing eastern european (croation?) fathers. Both fell off the tennis map after doing well at Wimbledon very early in their careers. Dokic made a big run at the Australian open last year and briefly made it back to the top 50. Can Lucic do the same? Can't wait to find out."

Well, she did it!!!!

And it's not the end.

If she stays motivated and focused, she can do more. And if she can stay fresh, but still sharp for the Grand Slams, watch out. She could go deep again!

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FYI, after the AO Mirjana moved up to #29.
This week she dropped to #30 (overtaken by Putina).
Next week she'll move back up to #29 (overtaking Kasatkina, who's not able to defend big points from St Petersburg, because it happened a week earlier this year).
I want her to be seeded for IW and Miami. At 29, she would be at least the 27th seed with Petra and Vika not in. Hopefully she doesn't drop 6 spots before then. She might need to do well in Acapulco to remain seeded for IW and Miami, though. It's still weird to be associating her name with seedings in mandatories and GS events.
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Mirjana hasn't entered Dubai nor Acapulco Q-list. So she was serious when she said ''no more qualies'' at her press.

Now we wait if she gets WC somewhere or sneaks in Acapulco.
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Mirjana hasn't entered Dubai nor Acapulco Q-list. So she was serious when she said ''no more qualies'' at her press.

Now we wait if she gets WC somewhere or sneaks in Acapulco.
Did she say "no more qualies" or "no more ITFs"? She has to regularly earn a lot of points to keep her ranking where it is.
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She said in press that she said to coach few years ago(probably after losing to Muhhamad at that 50k) that she's never again playing an ITF.
When they asked her about NCH she said with relief: ''No more qualies''.
Surely she meant her ranking is good enough for MD of any tournament now, but also it seems she doesn't plan to play qualies if she doesnt get WC at any tournament before Indian Wells.
And TBH, I think it's good decision.

Hope somebody gives her WC, her IW record is really poor in recent years (2014 loss to Majeric, 2015- 5 games to Riske, 2016- 3 games to Puig). Miami record is not much better.
Courts are very slow, they are really good for spin players. Hope they change something, because I'm not watching another Murray-Djokovic final again. Never.
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Did she say "no more qualies" or "no more ITFs"? She has to regularly earn a lot of points to keep her ranking where it is.
Her ranking is now good enough to get her into any MD, with the possible exception of the very strongest 32-player Premier.
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I doubt she'll get any WC. She's done it all on her own. She can continue to do so.

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She's not listed for Acapulco, so either their plans have changed or they're trying to arrange a WC + some appearance fee.

She's entitled to do that now of course, she can set her own terms with this ranking, and after that wonderful run in Melbourne, many events will want to see her show up at their courts.
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She's not listed for Acapulco, so either their plans have changed or they're trying to arrange a WC + some appearance fee.

She's entitled to do that now of course, she can set her own terms with this ranking, and after that wonderful run in Melbourne, many events will want to see her show up at their courts.
I'd tend to agree. She should make heaps of money this year, and hopefully a book deal is even now being negotiated, among other tour-related perks.

Acting to secure such matters now is wise, given that society in general has the attention-span of a tse-tse fly.

Hopefully we'll see her back on the courts at least once before Indian Wells. If not, I'm sure she will appear fresh and more prepared (and confident) than ever. A seeding would be nice for the big SoCal and SoFlo events, though.

For lots of reasons, though, her team (and Miki) *might* next want to roll her out at another high-profile event like IW, instead of the little Mexico event. Even without a seeding, NOBODY is going to want to see her name next to theirs in the draw down there in the desert.
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Seems like Dubai was saving WCs for big names. That didnt do a lot of good because many top players are not there after all. Actually, if Mirjana is on alt list, she might make it to MD with her old ranking.
Rumour is Peng and Barthel will get WC's.

This is one of the biggest tournaments so there are big points on offer. 3/4 Australian Open semifinalist will not be in the draw, also Halep and Kuznetsova missing.

Top 8 seeds (Kerber, Pliskova, Radwanska, Cibulkova, Muguruza, Konta, Svitolina, Bacsinzsky) do not seem that unbeatable. Hoping for a miracle, to see her name in the draw, but well aware it probably will not happen.


Maybe Mehico Open. Where ever it is, I hope she steps on a court in a clothing of one manufacturer. I know companies probably thought of her age before but now they should realize how much good she could bring to them. She is great charachter, has an interesting and emotional story. Not to say she is, without a doubt, such a good speaker. There is the problem of the fact that she is Croatian but lives in the USA. That makes it hard for a sponsor to aim for particular audience. But once you make it to SF of Australian Open the whole world has eyes on you. Hope somebody in this big companies who are constantly looking for inspirational stories to sell their products has finally opened their eyes to the most inspirational one out there. By a mile.


And I almost forgot. She entered Charleston and Stuttgart so that is a good news for some posters here.

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