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GoDominique
Sep 13th, 2004, 12:27 AM
Post your thoughts and comments on this here.

tenn_ace
Sep 13th, 2004, 12:32 AM
did you say #60? saw her in New Haven 2 or 3 years ago. She really fullfilled her potential.

V.Melb
Sep 13th, 2004, 12:36 AM
She hit the ball nice and hard. Reasonable game all round. Nothing spectacular. Not like she was gonna be big or anything. I remember her playing Venus Williams in the first round of the u.s open. She was quite competitive with her i recall trading groundies... but she was not that consistent.

brunof
Sep 13th, 2004, 01:09 AM
I heard she had "retired" a little while ago.

rated_next
Sep 13th, 2004, 01:15 AM
she hasn't retired (though she may decide to now)

she has a lot of potential, but i guess she is one of many who just don't have the discipline to train hard every day

Joseosu19
Sep 13th, 2004, 01:49 AM
Ouch, I hadn't realized Bianka had slipped so much. I hope she can find her game, and re-work her way up to the top 100, because she definitly is top 100 material.

azza
Sep 13th, 2004, 02:34 AM
Who.

vogus
Sep 13th, 2004, 04:40 AM
Lamade got into a pretty close relationship with Patty Schnyder that went something like this, which preceded her downfall:

January 2001 - Patty fired her coach and promptly lost about six straight first round matches. That spring, Patty was in the U.S. for IW and Miami, accompanied by her non-tennis-playing husband Rainer Hofmann, without a coach or even a hitting partner and her play was suffering from lack of training. Lamade, who was a pretty highly regarded up and comer at the time, was playing qualifying at these events accompanied by her coach Hubert Choudury. Patty and Bianka had the German language in common, Bianka was only too happy to have the chance to practice with the much higher ranked and well known Patty, and Bianka solved Patty's training dilemma. The two girls seemed to become close friends, and within about a month, Choudury had become the simultaneous coach of both players, and Bianka and Patty became permanent doubles partners. For the first couple months of this arrangement Bianka was playing well and lifted her ranking into the Top 100. Starting around Wimbledon however, Bianka started losing to literally every opponent in sight and in effect by the next spring she was basically nothing but a traveling hitting partner for Patty. After Charleston '02, Choudury dumped Lamade altogether, because he wanted to concentrate on coaching Patty back into the Top 10 and it was impossible to do that while coaching two players. Lamade shortly afterward fell out of the Top 200, and has spent the last two years barely on the tour. The funniest part of it was seeing Choudury (who was just plain fat) lose about 50 pounds once HE himself had to assume Bianka's vacated role of Patty's hitting partner.

I'm not saying this involvement with Patty was the cause of Lamade's downfall, but i suspect she sort of got used by both Choudury and Patty for their own purposes in a way that probly didn't help her career.

matthias
Sep 13th, 2004, 05:19 AM
She hit the ball nice and hard. Reasonable game all round. Nothing spectacular. Not like she was gonna be big or anything. I remember her playing Venus Williams in the first round of the u.s open. She was quite competitive with her i recall trading groundies... but she was not that consistent.
it was Roland Garros, not US-Open as she faced Venus
she lost 3:6 3:6


i think Bianka is holding a record, she won a WTA-Tour tournament and earning just 9 Quality-points in this 5 matches on her way to the title.

matthias
Sep 13th, 2004, 05:23 AM
did you say #60? saw her in New Haven 2 or 3 years ago. She really fullfilled her potential.
she never played NEW Haven in her career

GoDominique
Sep 13th, 2004, 03:57 PM
Thanks vogus. I have read a few recent articles about Bianka, and she said that there is still arguing and sueing going on between her and (probably) Chodury, and that she's very disappointed about the whole affair and can't really focus on her tennis because of it.
She's also struggling with money and can't afford to travel so she has to play in Germany, unfortunately with zero success.

Maybe she will give it up soon. :(

Lachrymarum
Sep 13th, 2004, 04:02 PM
:sad: That really is a sad story.....best of luck to Bianka with whatever she chooses to do in the future....

pan
Sep 13th, 2004, 05:53 PM
in her last email she told me that she was injured (again) and doesn't think about giving up. but that was a few months ago...
she's a good player with potential to survive as a pro. but i guess she's just another victim of the (german tennis?) system, the damn big pressure, the psychological torture, the fears... she wouldn't be the first one... it's sad. she's so nice and talented. i'd love to see her coming back. :sad:

vogus
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:56 PM
welcome GoDo :-) i didn't know it had gone so far that there was actually a legal situation between Bianka and Choudury, that is a real shame. BTW i noticed at the USO qualifying a couple weeks ago that Choudury is now coaching the German (or Austrian?)player Angelica Bachman.