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JonBcn
Sep 15th, 2004, 04:25 PM
From Bob Larson's news:

We hear that Martina Navratilova has told her close friends that she will be playing next year, though she's not sure who her partner will be
Hope it's true - I'm sure she could have had a much more successful year this year with a more natural partner...my money's on Kuznetsova, who needs to play less doubles, but get back to winning big matches :)

Helen Lawson
Sep 15th, 2004, 04:29 PM
She said something at the U.S. Open that made me believe she might play some more, something like it might not be her last one or something. She was there for Svetlana when she won the singles title, so they are obviously still friendly, so maybe that'll be it. I don't think she got the results she would have liked with Lisa, though that irrational dislike for Lisa that I have might be clouding my judgment.

Doraemon
Sep 15th, 2004, 04:47 PM
I'd like to see her play with Mauresmo.

Andy T
Sep 15th, 2004, 04:54 PM
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she'll play on next year and resume her partnership with Sveta. My hunch is that there'll be a partner-swapping spree at the end of the season and maybe we'll see Black and Likhovtseva , Raymond and Stubbs (or Davenport if she plays on), Clijtoris and Sugiyama back together and, of course, Sveta and Martina.

If she does play on, I'm hoping she'll go back on her decision not to play Oz any more and take her ski break either early or afterwards. Two chances for a slam title are too precious to miss when she can ski on for years afterwards.

selking
Sep 15th, 2004, 05:20 PM
maybe she should play with another young russian. Martina made sveta who she is today. that is where all of us knew her from.

raquel
Sep 15th, 2004, 05:42 PM
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she'll play on next year and resume her partnership with Sveta. My hunch is that there'll be a partner-swapping spree at the end of the season and maybe we'll see Black and Likhovtseva , Raymond and Stubbs (or Davenport if she plays on), Clijtoris and Sugiyama back together and, of course, Sveta and Martina.

If she does play on, I'm hoping she'll go back on her decision not to play Oz any more and take her ski break either early or afterwards. Two chances for a slam title are too precious to miss when she can ski on for years afterwards.

I don't think Kim will be playing regular doubles when she comes back so I doubt Ai will want a semi-regular partner. I felt sorry for Ai when Elena had to withdraw from the US Open semis to concentrate on singles. I don't think Ai would like that happening again too often and would possibly prefer a doubles regular like Stubbs or Likhovtseva. I also think Svetlana might cut back on the doubles next year although I would like to see her and Martina play next year or Martina to play another year at least. I also doubt Raymond and Stubbs will reunite as I read somewhere it's still quite frosty between them although that might have changed now.

I think Martina needs someone like Sveta who has that extra firepower from the back. With Raymond this year they have sometimes looked a bit lightweight.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Sep 15th, 2004, 08:29 PM
Martina has had a lot of compliments towards Sugiyama recently, so I would really love to see them playing together. To me, that seems like the most realistic option.

I have a feeling Kuznetsova will not cut back on doubles next year though. She may end up having to do what Kim did, which is get a serious injury in order to realize she's playing too much.

Julian
Sep 15th, 2004, 08:39 PM
Ai needs a consistent doubles partner so I agree..having Sugiyama on her side would be great!

rhz
Sep 15th, 2004, 10:20 PM
maybe she should play with another young russian. Martina made sveta who she is today. that is where all of us knew her from.
Martina did not make her who Sveta is right now, Arantxa did!!

Helen Lawson
Sep 15th, 2004, 10:26 PM
I think Svetlana made Svetlana who she is today. You can't win an Oscar without doing it yourself (unless your name is Norma Shearer) and you can't win the U.S. Open for tennis without doing it yourself either!

selking
Sep 15th, 2004, 11:28 PM
Martina did not make her who Sveta is right now, Arantxa did!!

martina gave sveta a name in tennis. No one ever heard of her before she played with the greatest player ever

Julian
Sep 16th, 2004, 12:58 AM
Well Sveta did played doubles with Arantxa in 2002 before playing with Martina last year..so Id say both Arantxa and Martina gave some pretty good advice to this youngster. ;)

Pretty lucky for her to play with these 2 great champions. :)

Philbo
Sep 16th, 2004, 01:00 AM
Martina will play on next year, I guarantee it!! and Im so happy about it!!

She is seriously, the best player to have as your fave - I'll be happily following her matches into her 50's if Im lucky!!

MisterQ
Sep 16th, 2004, 03:54 AM
I would love to watch her play with Ai Sugiyama... :dance:

SelesFan70
Sep 16th, 2004, 04:46 AM
She should play with Dulko. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em...right? :shrug:

:tape: to infinity

callado
Sep 16th, 2004, 06:40 AM
What a liar!!
She has saying all year that this season would be it.
Maybe she realized that if she finally quit tennis
she would have to get a life......

Pamela Shriver
Sep 16th, 2004, 06:59 AM
Fast forward to the year 2020, MiniGeorge Lazenby-Shriver wins his fifth Wimbledon title before playing the new James Bond role "The World is Not Tomorrow And Never Dies (Especially if you're a Giraffe)", my vowels have deepened even further from age, Tim Henman is ranked 1295602 in the world and still claims he can win Wimbledon from his wheelchair, 99 of the top 100 are Russian (so they rename the wta WTAOVA), and Martina is STILL playing doubles.....

Maybe she's Peter Pan ;)

Mr_Molik
Sep 16th, 2004, 07:39 AM
Tim Henman is ranked 1295602 in the world and still claims he can win Wimbledon from his wheelchair, 99 of the top 100 are Russian (so they rename the wta WTAOVA), and Martina is STILL playing doubles.....


:haha:

Mr_Molik
Sep 16th, 2004, 07:41 AM
no offence but she cant keep saying shes gona quit and then keep playing
cant she just come out and say shes gona play for the next 10 yrs instead of saying its the last time and then rocking up again next yr its getting a bit boring :yawn:

geojango
Sep 16th, 2004, 07:54 AM
Martina will play on next year, I guarantee it!! and Im so happy about it!!

She is seriously, the best player to have as your fave - I'll be happily following her matches into her 50's if Im lucky!!

definitely the best player to have as one's fave!!!

go :worship: :worship: martina :worship: :worship: !!!

geojango
Sep 16th, 2004, 07:58 AM
What a liar!!
She has saying all year that this season would be it.
Maybe she realized that if she finally quit tennis
she would have to get a life......

why the animosity? jealous???

:worship: :worship: Martina :worship: :worship:

geojango
Sep 16th, 2004, 08:07 AM
no offence but she cant keep saying shes gona quit and then keep playing

yes, she can! it's perfectly legal, and besides...

it makes me happy!!! :hearts: :D :kiss: :hearts:

:worship: :worship: Martina :worship: :worship:

David Barker
Sep 16th, 2004, 08:59 AM
It's a womens prerogative to change her mind...... I for one will be delighted to see her again next year. BUT don't put blame on Lisa R re their doubles - saw them at Wimbledon and Martina was the weaker of the two.

LADIEZ CHAMPION
Sep 16th, 2004, 11:24 AM
From Bob Larson's news:


Hope it's true - I'm sure she could have had a much more successful year this year with a more natural partner...my money's on Kuznetsova, who needs to play less doubles, but get back to winning big matches :)

I wouldnt be surprise if she will continue to play next year. She's the only player I can think of that can still play tennis at 100 years of age.

No wonder she's the greatest ever. The new generations of wunderkinds can certainly learn a lot from her on LONGETIVITY.... :angel:

Andy T
Sep 16th, 2004, 04:18 PM
What a liar!!
She has saying all year that this season would be it.
Maybe she realized that if she finally quit tennis
she would have to get a life......

Well, she's earned in excess of $800 000 since her return, visited countries all over the world, participated in the Olympic games, won a couple more slams to add to her collection and reached the finals of a couple more, equalled King's record of 20 Wimbledon titles and joined Hart and Court as the only players to have won s, d & m titles at all the four slams. She's also won about 10 regular doubles titles and been ranked #6 in the world in doubles. Then there's the charity work, the environmental camapigns, the activism on behalf of the lesbian and gay community, some TV commentating, the recreational skiing and other sports. If you think she doesn't have a life, honey, then yours must be something really special.

Chrissie-fan
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:43 PM
Martina should play with Pam again.

Gaston

GermanBoy
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:45 PM
She said she planned to retire at the end of the year but she has thought about everything another time and that she would miss playing tennis. I think she will play next year. :o