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~SunFlower~
Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:30 AM
Just kidding.... maybe it's a good sign that she is training in UK to prepare for grass season, but she is promoting her OMEGA watches ... I don't know..

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~SunFlower~
Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:39 AM
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decemberlove
Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:46 AM
she has always done promotional work for omega . even when she was still playing tennis . which she certainly aint doing now or anytime soon it appears

Andrew.
Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:48 AM
Once again, the chick is not ever returning to play professional tennis. Sorry.

- L i n a -
Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:49 AM
Non-Tennis... it's there for a reason.

BlinX
Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:57 AM
o wow, shes on a boat....big deal.....i do it too:rolleyes:

ys
Jun 3rd, 2004, 03:06 AM
I honestly think that if one of Russians lifts the trophey in two days time, then already slim chances of Anna ever playing professionally again will instantly drop next to zero, because that will be an achievement she will never be able to match.

- L i n a -
Jun 3rd, 2004, 03:07 AM
I honestly think that if one of Russians lifts the trophey in two days time, then already slim chances of Anna ever playing professionally again will instantly drop next to zero, because that will be an achievement she will never be able to match.
I disagree... Anna would still steal the limelight from Nastya or Elena if they won RG.

- L i n a -
Jun 3rd, 2004, 03:19 AM
I don't think Anna really cares that the other Russian girls win though... we've seen before that she doesn't care about them in any way.

decemberlove
Jun 3rd, 2004, 03:51 AM
yeah but i think what he's getting at, is that her ego won't be able to take it, she would never ever be the first Russian to... Btw, she is not coming back- her and the sponsors are just yanking the lil boys dicks...
nope . youre right . she definitely is not coming back . they seem to be doing a pretty good job with the yanking thou

Lucy
Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:58 PM
Just kidding.... maybe it's a good sign that she is training in UK to prepare for grass season

:haha::haha::haha:she's not coming back.

the cat
Jun 3rd, 2004, 03:29 PM
I have been Anna Kournikova since 1996 and I am thinking that at some point it should have been Anna making a grand slam final before Elena did. I am happy Elena has done it but Anna could have done it a few years ago if her career panned out differently. Anna looks to be in very good shape. :D

apoet29
Jun 3rd, 2004, 03:32 PM
I don't think Anna really cares that the other Russian girls win though... we've seen before that she doesn't care about them in any way.
I disagree with that point. She may not care about them, but she does care about being the top Russian and I think the other girls making a GS final and winning titles before she was able to make that accomplishment will really slam her ego. I have always thought there may be a tiny chance that Anna would come back to tennis, but if one of the Russian girls succeeds on Saturday, then I don't see her coming back at all.

ALPHA
Jun 3rd, 2004, 06:00 PM
I honestly think that if one of Russians lifts the trophey in two days time, then already slim chances of Anna ever playing professionally again will instantly drop next to zero, because that will be an achievement she will never be able to match.
1st, IF Anna ever comes back, it will be for the love of the game, not because she feels the need to match achievements of others. Not because she feels the need to prove anything to anyone.

A character, who treats fans and press as she did, a character, who goes into court against its parents in public, a character, who deals with on-court disasters as US-Open 2001 1st Rd (Widjaja) and Melbourne 2002 2nd Rd (Henin) the way she did, a character, who doesn't appear for scheduled exhibition matches without announcement or statement ... clearly doesn't give a shit about others and their opinions.



2nd, watching todays semifinals (especially Suarez-Dementieva) and adding the disastrous performances in previous rounds, I wonder how anyone can come to the conclusion that any Top-30 player is able to go all the way in a Grand Slam tournament ...

... if the draw is okay, some opponents are injured, other opponents play like they are on drugs the day you face them on-court, some real dangerous top-players eleminate each other etc etc.

apoet29
Jun 3rd, 2004, 06:07 PM
1st, IF Anna ever comes back, it will be for the love of the game, not because she feels to match achievements of others. Not because she feels to prove anything to anyone.

A character, who treats fans and press as she did, a character, who goes into court against its parents in public, a character, who deals with on-court disasters as US-Open 2001 1st Rd (Widjaja) and Melbourne 2002 2nd Rd (Henin) the way she did, a character, who doesn't appear for scheduled exhibition matches without announcement or statement ... clearly doesn't give a shit about others and their opinions.



2nd, watching todays semifinals (especially Suarez-Dementieva) and adding the disastrous performances in previous rounds, I wonder how anyone can come to the conclusion that any Top-30 player is able to go all the way in a Grand Slam tournament ...

... if the draw is okay, some opponents are injured, other opponents play like they are on drugs the day you face them on-court, some real dangerous top-players eleminate each other etc etc.
If Anna does indeed return to tennis, it will not just be for love of the game. It will be because she feels like she has something to prove. It will be because she does not want to end her career with the word "loser" attached to her results. Luke Jensen, who was suppose to play doubles with Anna in Houston, stated that Anna was ultracompetitive and liked to win. He also stated that Anna took losses pretty hard and would get upset when attacked by the press. Case in point, summer of 2002. Anna played like crap most of the spring and after all the bad press she receives at Wimbledon, she suddenly plays like a women possessed during the summer hardcourt season. Coincidence? Possibly, but not probably. As much as she claims she doesn't care, I think subconsciously she really does care and I think she is scared to return to tennis after that disaster in Charlottesville.

Every tournament is about luck of the draw. Sadly, in watching Myskina and Dementieva make it to the finals, my first thought was that could have been Anna if only she would make an effort.

ALPHA
Jun 3rd, 2004, 06:09 PM
I have been Anna Kournikova since 1996 ...

... erm ... "the cat" ... you sure about that? ... now, that's a coming-out ...

... oh, one last question if you don't mind, but: who was Kournikova before you took over in 1996?


PS: Are you sure that there wasn't someone else, who took over being Anna Kournikova in ... let's say ... late summer 1998 ?

apoet29
Jun 3rd, 2004, 06:11 PM
... erm ... "the cat" ... you sure about that? ... now, that's a coming-out ...

... oh, one last question if you don't mind, but: who was Kournikova before you took over in 1996?


PS: Are you sure that there wasn't someone else, who took over being Anna Kournikova in ... let's say ... late summer 1998 ?
Be nice to the cat. He is one of the few genuinely nice people I know! :)

What do you really think? What do you think she won't come back? I trust your instincts on Anna, so I am curious to know what you think.

ALPHA
Jun 3rd, 2004, 06:27 PM
If Anna does indeed return to tennis, it will not just be for love of the game. It will be because she feels like she has something to prove. It will be because she does not want to end her career with the word "loser" attached to her results. Luke Jensen, who was suppose to play doubles with Anna in Houston, stated that Anna was ultracompetitive and liked to win. He also stated that Anna took losses pretty hard and would get upset when attacked by the press. Case in point, summer of 2002. Anna played like crap most of the spring and after all the bad press she receives at Wimbledon, she suddenly plays like a women possessed during the summer hardcourt season. Coincidence? Possibly, but not probably. As much as she claims she doesn't care, I think subconsciously she really does care and I think she is scared to return to tennis after that disaster in Charlottesville.

Every tournament is about luck of the draw. Sadly, in watching Myskina and Dementieva make it to the finals, my first thought was that could have been Anna if only she would make an effort.

Kournikova will never get away from the loser image. The press hyped her up, the press decided they need a new story: the press destroyed her old image and built up the loser image >> the worst player ever to play the game, the one who did not win anything and always lost 1st or 2nd round.
Even if Kournikova returns to tennis and wins tournaments, the public simply won't notice nor listen (as they never did notice her accomplishements in doubles nor the head-records against top-players). There always will be enough resentments out there to put down someome as Kournikova.



About Anna being a GS finalist as Dementieva & Myskina are today, ...

...

... I really don't know, but one thing I learned about sports: nothing is impossible ... the rest tells my signature below my posts ...

...

... but, this day is Dementieva's and Myskina's day. It's not Anna's day. End of the road, case closed.

apoet29
Jun 3rd, 2004, 06:35 PM
Kournikova will never get away from the loser image. The press hyped her up, the press decided they need a new story: the press destroyed her old image and built up the loser image >> the worst player ever to play the game, the one who did not win anything and always lost 1st or 2nd round.
Even if Kournikova returns to tennis and wins tournaments, the public simply won't notice nor listen (as they never did notice her accomplishements in doubles nor the head-records against top-players). There always will be enough resentments out there to put down someome as Kournikova.



About Anna being a GS finalist as Dementieva & Myskina are today, ...

...

... I really don't know, but one thing I learned about sports: nothing is impossible ... the rest tells my signature below my posts ...

...

... but, this day is Dementieva's and Myskina's day. It's not Anna's day. End of the road, case closed.
Oh, I agree with you today is Ana and Elena's day and they certainly deserve all the praise for getting to the final, but I just thought of Anna too.

I do think people would notice if Anna decided to return and actually won tournaments. Look at what Capriati went through. When she first returned, she had to deal with the same type of bad press that Anna did including horrible questions about her weight. Yet, she overcame that to win big. Anna could do the same if she really wanted too. Yes Anna never lived up to the hype, but she also helped create the hype that surrounded her. Anna loves the spotlight and any press good or bad helped to keep her name in the public eye which ensured that money would keep rolling in. Simply put, Anna created a monster (i.e. Frankenstein) that eventually came to consume her. She could turn things around for herself if she wanted. She is not the first athlete who has had to deal with horrible press and she won't be the last, but it is up to her in the end. I simply cannot buy that the bad press is the reason for Anna's problems.

ALPHA
Jun 3rd, 2004, 06:51 PM
Be nice to the cat. He is one of the few genuinely nice people I know! :)

What do you really think? What do you think she won't come back? I trust your instincts on Anna, so I am curious to know what you think.

I am always nice to cats. I love cats and I "hate" people, who don't. They are far superior compared to humans ... in most important departements.


What I do think about AnnaK and the possibility of a serious comeback attempt? (btw: I don't trust my instincts as far as people I know are concerned, and you shouldn't trust my instincts when it comes to people I don't know, I never met, I never seriously talked to).


I think we will see one more and last serious comeback attempt on WTA tour BEFORE end of 2005 ... otherwise I am pretty sure she'll be gone forever. (as far as I know, her injury protected entry ranking of No.70 is not available forever, but runs out after 2 years or so - and one thing we do agree I guess is, Kournikova never will play qualifying for rinky-dinky events in Balutschistan).

Seriously, I don't know. Too many things are changing in her life at the moment, obviously. I am pretty sure even Anna does not know what she wants at the moment - in private life as in terms of a tennis career as well. She needs to sort out her private life first, before she wants to seriously consider and prepaire a comeback.
Most important, she needs to rebuild some kind of "camp", willing to travel on tour with her, including coaches and trainers + people she trusts. (problem: since the split from her parents, I guess there is no one she trusts to support her career)



BUT WHO AM I ?

Afterall, we talk about "the unpredictable" here.

The one who can lose to No.243 in 1st Rd of an ITF Challenger one day ... and the same one, who can beat No.1 in straight sets the next day.


...

apoet29
Jun 3rd, 2004, 07:05 PM
I am always nice to cats. I love cats and I "hate" people, who don't. They are far superior compared to humans ... in most important departements.


What I do think about AnnaK and the possibility of a serious comeback attempt? (btw: I don't trust my instincts as far as people I know are concerned, and you shouldn't trust my instincts when it comes to people I don't know, I never met, I never seriously talked to).


I think we will see one more and last serious comeback attempt on WTA tour BEFORE end of 2005 ... otherwise I am pretty sure she'll be gone forever. (as far as I know, her injury protected entry ranking of No.70 is not available forever, but runs out after 2 years or so - and one thing we do agree I guess is, Kournikova never will play qualifying for rinky-dinky events in Balutschistan).

Seriously, I don't know. Too many things are changing in her life at the moment, obviously. I am pretty sure even Anna does not know what she wants at the moment - in private life as in terms of a tennis career as well. She needs to sort out her private life first, before she wants to seriously consider and prepaire a comeback.
Most important, she needs to rebuild some kind of "camp", willing to travel on tour with her, including coaches and trainers + people she trusts. (problem: since the split from her parents, I guess there is no one she trusts to support her career)



BUT WHO AM I ?

Afterall, we talk about "the unpredictable" here.

The one who can lose to No.243 in 1st Rd of an ITF Challenger one day ... and the same one, who can beat No.1 in straight sets the next day.


...
Cats know of their superiority to humans and I always find it amazing to watch them interact with us. It is always with this sense of "aren't I the best thing in the world?" Most humans I know don't have that kind of ego, but cats are fascinating nonetheless.

What I meant by instinct is simply an understanding of what I person may do. I know that you don't know Anna personally and her behavior over the last couple of months has been erratic and unpredictable at best, which personally I think is the image she projects to keep her name in the spotlight. From what I have read on this board and on the Kournikova board, you seem to have a grasp of her and I was wondering what you thought of her situation.

I have to wonder if she is going to make any comeback at all. First, she was going to comeback in January, then March, then summer, then late summer and recently she said she wasn't sure. I have this feeling that she is afraid to try and will try to quietly slip away from tennis and become a celebrity type figure. It would be a shame if she made such a choice, but I think she has already done so.

Interestingly enough, my uncle works for a entertainment service in Miami that caters that Key Biscayne tournament every year. Last year, after Anna's opening round loss, he emailed me with the latest tourney gossip and told me that Anna was telling everyone there she was going to retire soon and devote herself full-time to Enrique. I told him that was rubbish, but I think he was telling me the truth. I do think Anna has already made her decision. What disappoints me is that she has been make promises to fans of her return when she already knew that she was not going to do any such thing. I really think her lack of honesty has hurt her relationship with her fans far more than her tennis results.

If she does comeback, she will definitely need a team. Of course, there is always hope that Enrique will give her that support. :rolleyes: Nah, who am I kidding?