Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: Australian Money Tournament Circuit
I'm picking Justine Henin to win the title, R/U hopefully Jelena Jankovic with another strong showing from Serena...u?
I don't consider it to be ''unfair'' to judge Harriet by her ITF Junior Ranking. In oppoistion to ur statement the ITF Junior Circuit is, in the vast majority of cases (Henin, Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Jankovic, Hingis, Clijsters etc), the first step to building a successful career. You simply cannot compare the men's circuit (Rafter included) with the girls. Girls develop earlier than boys, with many of the top women having achieved great results at a young age. Isabella is certainly set for the future...why, do u think, is Isabella doing the European Development Junior Circuit (incorporating both the French Open and Wimbledon Juniors), and Harriet is playing AMT's around SE QLD - with relatively little success? I;m sure Isabella wouldn't be playing anything if she wasn't serious about her tennis...although she is keen to finish her education to a certain level...
It's a bit much to be saying that nobody cares about juniors. U most establish urself as a legitimate player before u can get a look into the WTA circuit. Even though, as u say, Sampras and Rafter never achieved all that much in their junior careers, they obviously showed talent, otherwise they wouldn't have achieved the success that they have. Rafter was the captain of a Queensland school boys team in the 80's...and he trained frequently under the guidance of top aussie coaches in Brisbane.
I never said Harriet didn't know what it was like to play week in week out, but rather, that izzy has played frequently week in, week out for well over a year at the international ITF level - izzy has a WTA ranking...Harriet does not...Isabella is one of the highest ranked players (1992 born) in the world, on both ITF Junior and WTA Tour rankings...once again, Harriet is not...