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DannerCal
Apr 21st, 2004, 10:42 PM
I was just looking at Notes and Netcords and here is the upcoming schedules for top 15:

Justine: Roland Garros (Could still take a wild card to tune up)
Kim: Berlin, Rome (depending on injury - but worried about French)
Amelie: Warsaw, Berlin, Rome (pending injury)
Lindsay: Strasbourg
Anastasia: Berlin, Rome
Nadia: Berlin, Rome
Serena: Rome (Smart. Tier 1. Don't push knee too much)
Jennifer: Berlin, Rome (Would like to see her play Warsaw to get match tough. Don't think stops and starts are helpful).

Elena: Berlin, Rome
Ai: Berlin, Rome & Strasbourg
Vera: Warsaw, Berlin, rome
Chanda: Berlin,Rome (Out on injury. Hopefully better)
Venus: Warsaw, Berlin (and then 2 weeks off. )
Svetlana: Warsaw, Berlin, rome
Paola: Warsaw, Berlin, rome


I don't ever remember a time in history when there have been so many injuries.

Obviously, this is going to make for a more interesting French Open. Not interesting in a good way, but I think people will be more interested in what will happen.

Really hoping that the players are healthy and can make the second Grand Slam exciting!

DannerCal
Apr 21st, 2004, 11:05 PM
has this topic been overdone? :)....

alexusjonesfan
Apr 21st, 2004, 11:25 PM
Lindsay's gonna be the highest seed at Strasbourg by a mile :shrug:

Does she have a special connection with that tournament or is she playing it because she has a great chance of winning it?

ptkten
Apr 21st, 2004, 11:28 PM
so Justine's expecting not to play before the French?

CanadianGuy
Apr 21st, 2004, 11:30 PM
Lindsay's gonna be the highest seed at Strasbourg by a mile :shrug:

Does she have a special connection with that tournament or is she playing it because she has a great chance of winning it?
That's right, whatever Monica will be seeded in Strasbourg is probably what we expect in French Open. But I think Lindsay is just trying to spoil Farina's fun:)

DannerCal
Apr 21st, 2004, 11:34 PM
As of right now, Justine is not expected to play before French. I think if she feels better she might pick up last tune up (pure speculation), but apparently she has to really just take this time to rest.

tennnisfannn
Apr 22nd, 2004, 04:18 PM
Justine's health will really make it tough for hewr to defend her crown, coming into a GS with hardly any preparation on that surface. Some players do come into the AO with zero prep. on that surface like the williams and have dome well, the same two hardly play any grass tourys before wimby and have played well on it. I wonder if Justine's prep. will be a factor and she if could do like the williams do at the AO and Wimby.
The big prob I see for her is if both williams hit form by RG, then it will be difficult for her to get past them. With her game Justine could make the semis easily coz other contenders like Myskina are struggling with injuries of their own.

7~LV3
Apr 22nd, 2004, 04:25 PM
The French Open is Always Interesting...I mean...not really interesting i mean in a way cuz, you'll really wont know the outcome until the last point is over.

oddkayla
Apr 26th, 2004, 10:04 AM
Myskina a contender?

lilly
Apr 26th, 2004, 10:30 AM
The big prob I see for her is if both williams hit form by RG, then it will be difficult for her to get past them. With her game Justine could make the semis easily coz other contenders like Myskina are struggling with injuries of their own.
One of the fantastic characteristics of both the Williams is to be top in slams, (that's why Venus' loss had surprised all of us so much) so "if" isn't really necessary imo.

Volcana
Apr 26th, 2004, 02:12 PM
Will the unjury bug EVER leave Chanda alone?

Why is Kim playing Fed Cup? Reports out of the tie indicate the wrist isn't 100%

The info running around the board about Justine's illness doesn't make a lot of sense to me, given her scheduling. I'm not getting into at she has. JH2 asked for privacy, so out of respect, I've deliberately avoided detailed info, but simple deduction makes some things obvious. She's got something physically debilitating but not (usually) fatal, judging by the timeframe and the prescription of 'two weeks rest'.

'Two weeks' nukes Fed cup and Warsaw.

I've had pneumonia and mono. Both weaken you massively. Anything debilitating would me she'd be very weak at the end of two of two weeks, even if healthy. I can see why she wouldn't schedule Berlin.

Strasbourg would mean three straight week of tennis in warm whether. Again, unwise after a tough illness.

But why not schedule BerlinRome? Everyone would understand if she had to pull out last minute. To me, not scheduling Berlin says they're going to have her rest for two weeks, then assess WHAT ELSE is necessary. As in they EXPECT something else to be necessary.

sartrista7
Apr 26th, 2004, 02:23 PM
Volcana - do you mean Rome in your last paragraph?

I think it would be good for Justine to play Rome, as long as she was completely fit by then - but I think that if she wants to play, she'll request a last-minute WC. (I think that by the time she had the illness diagnosed, the entry deadline to all these tournaments had passed.)

Other than that, I think everyone in the top 15 has got an excellent schedule lined up, which will maximise both ranking possibilities and health :yeah:

As bad as Kim's injury may seem, I don't worry about her health at all. She has this tendency to suffer supposedly mega-serious injuries then play without any ill effects whatsoever :rolleyes:

Pureracket
Apr 26th, 2004, 02:27 PM
As bad as Kim's injury may seem, I don't worry about her health at all. She has this tendency to suffer supposedly mega-serious injuries then play without any ill effects whatsoever :rolleyes:I was convinced of that @ the Australian.

sartrista7
Apr 26th, 2004, 02:34 PM
I was convinced of that @ the Australian.

Yes... just off the top of my head, there were those supposedly "chronic" shoulder problems of 2002 (which excused all her losses to the likes of Clarisa Fernandez, Elena Likhovtseva, Tina Pisnik, Katarina Srebotnik, Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi etc) which, it was said, were sure to need surgery... she never had any surgery, and they seem to have disappeared. Then the "career-threatening" ankle injury in Australia this year which affected her for about half a week. And now this wrist thing, which didn't stop her creaming one of the best up-and-comers on tour the other day in straight sets :rolleyes:

Pureracket
Apr 26th, 2004, 02:37 PM
Yes... just off the top of my head, there were those supposedly "chronic" shoulder problems of 2002 (which excused all her losses to the likes of Clarisa Fernandez, Elena Likhovtseva, Tina Pisnik, Katarina Srebotnik, Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi etc) which, it was said, were sure to need surgery... she never had any surgery, and they seem to have disappeared. Then the "career-threatening" ankle injury in Australia this year which affected her for about half a week. And now this wrist thing, which didn't stop her creaming one of the best up-and-comers on tour the other day in straight sets :rolleyes:LOL. .. .you're right about all of these. I think it may be the media's fault though.

sartrista7
Apr 26th, 2004, 02:51 PM
I think the Kim camp just likes to turn every niggling injury into a potential disaster. I'm sure it plays with the minds of the opposition, too.

Volcana
Apr 26th, 2004, 03:21 PM
Volcana - do you mean Rome in your last paragraph?
Yes. Too many stupid pills in too short a time.

pigam
Apr 26th, 2004, 03:30 PM
Yes. Too many stupid pills in too short a time.
Justine confirmed to her official site she WON'T play before the French Open.
Concerning her health. She cleared that too. She has a virus that is 'close' ot mono, but it's not, and it isn't as serious. She need 2 weeks of absolute rest, but she decided not to play before RG. That's actually all there is about it. I suppose she prefers preparing in 'peace and quit' over playing a tier III (Strasbourg) under all the media-attention :shrug: I don't know wether she'll be in top form, but if she can start training lets say -2 weeks before RG- she could be ok...

oddkayla
Apr 26th, 2004, 03:58 PM
Yeah, Kim's injuries, have a tendency of mysteriously disappearing. Maybe thats a tactic, but if it is, I find that it has a tendency of distracting Kim, because I get the impression that its used to catch opponents off-guard. While that may work against lower ranked players, the top dawgs wont fall for it.

She should not do things like that IMO. She should prepare and prepare and expect everyone to do the same. and she should be ready to fight like crazy.

Anyway... I hope no more injuries come up. They have been a factor at too many of the slams now. I wish everyone is firing on all cylinders in paris and london afterwards. It would be great for women's tennis and the sport in general.

CapFan#1
Apr 26th, 2004, 04:07 PM
Yes... just off the top of my head, there were those supposedly "chronic" shoulder problems of 2002 (which excused all her losses to the likes of Clarisa Fernandez, Elena Likhovtseva, Tina Pisnik, Katarina Srebotnik, Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi etc) which, it was said, were sure to need surgery... she never had any surgery, and they seem to have disappeared. Then the "career-threatening" ankle injury in Australia this year which affected her for about half a week. And now this wrist thing, which didn't stop her creaming one of the best up-and-comers on tour the other day in straight sets :rolleyes:
This whole post is :rolleyes:..... Clearly her shoulder injury affected her in 2002 and she took time off because of it and it got better. The ankle was HEAVILY straped and taped, and she will eventually have to have those bone fragments removed ( BTW it was more a foot injury than an ankel injury). And now her wrist is HEAVILY taped and it was clear it still is not a 100%......... Please, if anyone she be discussed regarding "so-called injuries" and medical timeouts it is Justine, the biggest gameswoman tennis has ever saw:rolleyes:

Andy T
Apr 26th, 2004, 05:21 PM
Lindsay has won Strasbourg in the past, so that might partly explain why she's chosen to go back there. She must also be hoping to preserve her confidence and keep working on her fitness. My guess is that a lighter schedule will benefit more than damage her chances.

The good thing about slams, especially with 32 seeds, is that the toughest matches tend to be in the second week, meaning that the top players get a few matches under their belts before facing the other big guns. As long as they are training hard on the clay, the fit players don't need to play lots of matches beforehand. Mauresmo is the only top 10 player who's down for three red clay tourneys.

What about Vienna by the way? I thought that had been moved to the week before RG. Are there no top 15 players committed to that one?