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**Jelica**
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:01 PM
Do you think the Russians will dominate, or maybe just Sharapov'a or Myskin'a? Or maybe the Williams sisters will re-find their dominant form again? Or, will Justine Henin-Hardenne come back and find the form she had before (I hope so!!)? And what about Kim Clijsters, cos it seems as if so long since she played! Or Davenport? Or anyone else?

SJW
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:02 PM
no one. it's gonna be a mess just like the 2004 season.

Pengwin
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:04 PM
Monica Seles!

Sonja
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:05 PM
what SJW said

**Jelica**
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:06 PM
no one. it's gonna be a mess just like the 2004 season.
I hope it's not so inconsistant..I mean, of course I like variety and to see new players coming through but this season was kinda lacking some dominant force if u see how I mean..noe offense to any players or anyone else.

cheo23
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:06 PM
no one. it's gonna be a mess just like the 2004 season.
LOL@U..I wouldn't CALL it a "MESS"
JuST ALOT OF COMpetition!!!!!
THE RUSSIANS ARE IMprovin THeir GAmes..Hittin REAlly HARD + with
GOOD TEchnique!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALSO Justine WIll STORM BACK in 2005!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lucashg
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:12 PM
If Justine comes back 100%, she'll probably be the most dominant player on tour, but still I think we'll see a lot of variety.

GANGSTABACKHAND!
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:31 PM
It's Venus all the way. I don't care what anyone says!! My girl's gonna come out swinging next year!! She gonna remind bitches of exactly why she is the Fuc*ing Venus Williams!!! I just love her.


Lindsay better do something next year in the Grand Slams!!

V-MAC
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:32 PM
hmm...I think Chanda is due for a good showing again :)

alias
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:33 PM
Justine.

Truthwillout
Nov 16th, 2004, 06:35 PM
no one. it's gonna be a mess just like the 2004 season.

I don't get it. What's wrong with having four different major winners in 2004? Why call it a mess? Variety's supposed to be the spice of life you know. Sure we (including the writer of this post) all want our favourites to win everything there is on the market. But let's face it, this variety makes it all more exciting than dull. :bounce: I personally loved it.

SJW
Nov 16th, 2004, 07:03 PM
I don't get it. What's wrong with having four different major winners in 2004? Why call it a mess? Variety's supposed to be the spice of life you know. Sure we (including the writer of this post) all want our favourites to win everything there is on the market. But let's face it, this variety makes it all more exciting than dull. :bounce: I personally loved it.

you don't understand.

mess wasn't meant to be all that negative. no one is gonna dominate, there's gonna be a lot of injuries and it's gonna be inconsistent.it's gonna be a scrap, that's for sure. hence a "mess".

i can't say it'll make for compelling viewing. not unless the sisters, mauresmo, henin, clijsters and davenport stay injury free. the Russians have already proved they can play week in week out.

Truthwillout
Nov 16th, 2004, 07:07 PM
you don't understand.

mess wasn't meant to be all that negative. no one is gonna dominate, there's gonna be a lot of injuries and it's gonna be inconsistent.it's gonna be a scrap, that's for sure. hence a "mess".

i can't say it'll make for compelling viewing. not unless the sisters, mauresmo, henin, clijsters and davenport stay injury free. the Russians have already proved they can play week in week out.

OK, then. About the Russians, you never know. Last year Serena and Venus paid a heavy toll for their previous domination. This year it has been Justine's and Kim's turn. So you can't know for sure there won't be a general burnout in the Russian Revolution (not hoping for this of course as Myskina, Dementieva and Kuzzi are my other favs but I'm afraid this may be coming sooner than most people think)

NicoMary
Nov 16th, 2004, 07:20 PM
Serena, Sharapova, Hénin

SJW
Nov 16th, 2004, 07:22 PM
OK, then. About the Russians, you never know. Last year Serena and Venus paid a heavy toll for their previous domination. This year it has been Justine's and Kim's turn. So you can't know for sure there won't be a general burnout in the Russian Revolution (not hoping for this of course as Myskina, Dementieva and Kuzzi are my other favs but I'm afraid this may be coming sooner than most people think)

the difference is, three of the "fantastic four" were prone to a million injuries a year anyway...the only "top" Russian i can think of having a serious injury is Elena and her shoulder. maybe they wont win 3 consecutive slams and the YEC next year. but i just don't think they'll lose their "domination" tag due to injury (as the Williams, Belgians), they will lose it to other factors (such as the other top players being able to play more than two tournaments without picking up an injury). it's just a question of who can stay injury free, when, and for how long. as yet, i havent seen any evidence from the Williams, the Belgians, Mauresmo, Davenport et al that they can (not to say they WON'T)

Grohl
Nov 16th, 2004, 07:49 PM
there will always topplayers that get an injury, but next year kim 'll be back and she's gonna suprise us again!
Maybe a grandslam, maybe the masters

SjuTjuD
Nov 16th, 2004, 07:54 PM
There will be no domination except for domination of tough competition.

Whatzup
Nov 16th, 2004, 08:23 PM
Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters and then Maria Sharapova. I think Serena will become very inconstistend.. she will reach many finals, maybe in Grand Slams, but like Wimbledon and the YEC, she isn't able to win them anymore.

fammmmedspin
Nov 16th, 2004, 08:38 PM
Bigger mess. We will fiind out if the current top players have caught up with Kim and Justine and how well their recovery goes. Serena looked good at the YEC but her health looks even more dubious so her ranking is going to be below her peak ability even more than it is because of her svhedule. Sveta seems to go quiet and then surge and then go quiet so we will see if she surges again. Momo is dangerouis until it matters. maria has proven she is competitive at the very top more than 3 weeks a year but Nastya, Serena and Momo all showed how you beat her. Myskina seems to have learnt to beat her first non-Russian power player and on her day seems to be able to beat anyone - though not on her day only for a set.

Result of that = multiple winners, draws, withdrawals. injuries, off days, personal H2H s decisive.

SzavayFi
Nov 16th, 2004, 08:39 PM
Elena Dementieva and Daniela Hantuchova, chanda rubin too.

jenny161185
Nov 16th, 2004, 08:55 PM
Henin Hardenne I can just imagine the work shes putting in as we speak!
Sharapova and Serena and Lindsay but who knows sveta myskina elena and cappy coulod come back smoking ????????

bring on 2005!

Chandafan13
Nov 16th, 2004, 10:35 PM
I think after this dissapointing year, Serena is going to take this off-season to really re-evalute her game and her career. I think she is going to work harder than she's ever worked before, and, for the first time, realize that, unless she does something about it, those days of domination are gone.

She has to do what another poster called "street tennis..." the game that won her all those titles and brough that aura of invincibility. She's gotta come out swinging like Sharapova does, and be firing shots down the court from the first point. Play the gutsy points, even if it's early on... go for winners 24-7!! This fearless approach is what brought her to the top and it is the only thing that will keep her there. She also must work on consistency in the serve, because when it's on it is lethal, but, as the YEC showed, when it's off, it can be her worst enemy.

I think Serena will return this year and do extremely well... I wouldn't be suprised if she gets a new coach and stops working so closely with Venus, which is already starting to happen. I see her making another Wimby and US Open title run, with strong chances of winning both. I think that she will start the year strong and maintain that strength throughout. This will be an important year for Venus as well. If she does well, she'll prove she still has it in her, but if not, she'll be permanently written off as a contender. This will also be a year of evaluations with her, because right now, I'm not so sure she wants to be here. I am not quite sure what to expect from her at this point. I also expect Davenport to have the best year of her career, due to the fact that this will probably be her farewell season. Expect alot of titles (maybe a US Open run?) and some epic matches with the usual suspects.. Capriati will, as always, be a threat and will pull of a few big wins here and there but, overall, won't do any MAJOR damage. MAYBE she'll make a run at the Australian Open but with her track record lately it's doubtful.

The Russians will continue to be a force to be reckoned with on the tour. Myskina will improve and will be a future contender, but I don't see her rising to fruition until some of the other tops stars (ala Davenport and Capriati) are off the scene. Kuznetsova will win some tourneys but I don't think she will repeat with a Slam win. If Dementieva works on her serve, I actually can see her being the most successful Russian this year... her tricky style of play, as controversial as it is, has proven to be a difficult undertaking for many superstars. Petrova has also proven to be an under the radar danger, and she could also be a factor.

Sharapova.... well what can I say? She had an incredibly strong breakthrough year, and I'm sure she'll do well next year, but I expect a "sophmore-slump" of sorts. She'll win some tourneys but won't repeat at the Slams, where I don't expect her to get beyond the 4th round or, at best, the QF's. She needs to slow down and play a less crowded schedule. At the rate she's going now, I see her burning out at 22, just like Hingis did. Her game just isn't mature enough IMO to be a consistent champ. In time yes, but in the next two years no. It'll be interesting to see how she fares with the Belgians back and everyone else healthy. That's where the true test lies.

Speaking of the Belgians, I expect them to get off to a slow start in their return trail but get close to their former level by the end of the year. Henin-Hardenne will struggle in the beginning of the season but will start to get better towards the clay court time. Clijsters... I just can't evalute right now, but being out for so long will be a tough battle to overcome. Mauresmo.. well I think she'll have a blah year. Win some titles but crack under pressure like she always does.

And of course... CHANDA WILL ROCK THE TENNIS WORLD WITH HER BRILLIANCE! EXPECT A COMEBACK! :bounce:

F-R-E-A-K
Nov 16th, 2004, 10:39 PM
Russians will continue to domiante :)

Hopefully Elena Bovina will rise to the TOP 10 :kiss:

Yaanei
Nov 16th, 2004, 11:21 PM
Me of course! Seriously. I see Serena wanted a little revenge and playing more. She wants more slams. Clijsters will have to improve her ranking to avoid player top 10 players earlt in tourneys- but she does have an injury protection. She should go far w/ out having to think about Lleyton. She should return to the top 15. I see Slvetana going even further in 2005. Maria Sharapova will not defend Wimbeldon. She may capture Aussie Open 2005, but nothing else. Venus may improve and take out Russians in slams. Justine if she is really sick- dont know. If she is healthy. Watch out. She can kick many an ass. Amalie- same as always choker.

Lindsay- time will tell