Just curious to see what exactly made people here become and stay her fans.
I find her very inspirational. Coming out at that young stage of her career takes a lot of guts. Being a chicken-in-the-closet myself (
), it really impresses me, and she faced all that homophobic crap
with a lot of poise and grace. I really like her game. I find it very interesting and three-dimensional, and that backhand...
She's always exciting to watch, and rather... unpredictable, but that only makes her more exciting to watch (and increases my heart rate dramatically at times.) She has so much talent and the most amazing backhand I've ever seen- Henin can eat her dust in that regard!
I also admire her sportsmanship- whiners and racquet-throwers can get wearing. Jerks can be even more wearing, and from all accounts she's a very nice person. She seems very gracious, intelligent, and articulate off court, and her English is very, very good. Learning other languages is not easy at all- my French still needs sooooo much work, but she gives me some inspiration in that regard!
At risk of being shallow, I
the way she looks. She has one of the most gorgeous athletic bodies I've ever seen
She's very pretty in a natural way- these Kournikova-shovelful-of-makeup types really turn me off. She has really pretty hair and eyes, and I love her smile...
Obviously she has the potential to win a lot of Slams, and as a
optimist, I remain convinced she will. Fate has screwed her so many times
with all these stupid injuries at inopportune times, and she's severely overdue for a break. But I'm sure she'll have her chance. She's too terrific a player not to.
What exactly makes you like her?
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