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JenFan75
Feb 25th, 2005, 10:24 PM
Do you think she's capable of winning a slam? I do. She's got a great all-court game that could do well at Wimbledon or the USO.

tennislover
Feb 25th, 2005, 10:26 PM
i voted yes.

I think it's something which involves self-confidence......

thelittlestelf
Feb 25th, 2005, 10:28 PM
Yes, but she still has to improve her backhand and movement in order to do so.

tennnisfannn
Feb 25th, 2005, 10:40 PM
all you have to look at is the race and she is right you there. she is behind serena, maria,lindsay and probably amelie (not in the race but performance wise now)

Odd
Feb 25th, 2005, 10:46 PM
She already has a tier 2 title this year. She's beaten 2 top 10 players this year, her only 2 losses have come against the world number 1 and 2, and there are at least 3 girls in front of her that she would probably start favourite against given both her and their current form.

Id say anythings possible. Maybe some of the stats gurus could come up with what kinda points she is defending leading up to roland garros.

tennnisfannn
Feb 25th, 2005, 10:51 PM
Yes, but she still has to improve her backhand and movement in order to do so.
not necessarily, she has to make her strengths stronger. I am a firm believer in surviving your weaknesses and strengthening you strenghts.
If venus works on her strenghts like the serve,movement,net game and bh, then her forehand won't be such a liablity.
Everyone talks about dementieva's serve, but really that is not what got her to the slam finals last year, but the rest of her game did. Her losses were more mental than serve related, loss of confidence equals wayward serve. I have said before, she beat better player, better returners than the players she lost to. consider this who can best exploit her serves than jen, lindsay and amelie.
serena's biggest prob. are errors but she doesn't dwell on them, she works on the rest of her strenghts, that gives a better result.
alicia has a fantastic serve and a great forehand, strengthening this will only make her better.

beauty_is_pink
Feb 25th, 2005, 10:52 PM
Yep.

K.U.C.W-R.V
Feb 25th, 2005, 10:53 PM
Pleased for her... can definately win a slam or three - USO or Wimbledon, maybe AO.

With regard to RG, looking at her major rivals only Henin (or is it enna?) & Mauresmo have games suited to the clay. Of these, the former has serious long-term fitness concerns, and the latter has ongoing serious mental issues.

I think Molik stands at least as good a chance of winning the French in the future as do flat hitting baseliners like Serena Scattergun or Queen Sharapoo.

RenaSlam.
Feb 25th, 2005, 11:43 PM
Pleased for her... can definately win a slam or three - USO or Wimbledon, maybe AO.

With regard to RG, looking at her major rivals only Henin (or is it enna?) & Mauresmo have games suited to the clay. Of these, the former has serious long-term fitness concerns, and the latter has ongoing serious mental issues.

I think Molik stands at least as good a chance of winning the French in the future as do flat hitting baseliners like Serena Scattergun or Queen Sharapoo.

I disagree. Serena is much faster than Molik, therefore allowing her to win the FO. Molik does not have the quickness that Serena, or even that Sharapova have.

Huntress555
Feb 25th, 2005, 11:58 PM
Of course she can win slams! She is on fire, she has a great game, a game that can still only get better if she keeps working hard. She has heaps of confidence, and already has some great wins this year.... of course she can win slams!! :D:D:D:D

ASTRID
Feb 26th, 2005, 12:08 AM
dEFFINATELY

fammmmedspin
Feb 26th, 2005, 12:08 AM
She's playing better than 3 top 5 players - or looks more likely to actually win even if they are playing well in the first set. That leaves one she beat at the end of last year and one who who still seems injury prone and might fall to a player who doesn't fade in the second set.

Martian KC
Feb 26th, 2005, 12:12 AM
Alicia on fiyah!!!

thelma
Feb 26th, 2005, 12:23 AM
yay


Go Alicia! :bounce:

WhatTheDeuce
Feb 26th, 2005, 12:36 AM
I like Alicia's chances on grass.

Wannabeknowitall
Feb 26th, 2005, 12:42 AM
I don't like her chances on grass yet. She isn't aggressive on it. With the game she plays she has to be more agressive. Although she hasn't had a great clay season yet.
Her run to the top 10 started from confidence while winning on the clay. She's a contender for the French. By winning the Bronze medal at Athens, she has shown that she can be a big threat at the US Open as well. Most of her wins have come on slow indoor courts, slow hard courts, and clay. Right now she's playing at Doha which is on Rebound Ace.

Doraemon
Feb 26th, 2005, 01:00 AM
Winning over Franny with a 3rd set tiebreaker really worried me but after her win over Amelie today, I'm convinced that she's capable of winning a slam not that I'm sure she will, though. Grass suits her big serving game well. She needs to get a few more matches on grass under the belt to gain confidence on the surface. Last year she lost to Tammy, a great grass courter at Wimby so it was alright. Now she has more faith and confidence in herself so I have no doubt she will do much better this year.
But don't lose a set to Franny again, Alicia although I know you made it tough on yourself for the sake of making Franny look good as your double partner.. You still pulled through, which matters after all.

PatM04
Feb 26th, 2005, 01:48 AM
I have come to the conclusion that as soon as Lindsay retires.....Alicia is going to be my favortie top player:)

Andy.
Feb 26th, 2005, 02:01 AM
She has the game to really compete with anyone maybe except Serena at her best so i would say yes. The top 5 for me at the moment are Serena, Maria, Linsay, Amelie and Alicia

AnnArbor25
Feb 26th, 2005, 02:42 AM
I think she has very good chances to win if the belief is strong.
http://www.tennisrulz.com/players/molik/gallery/019.jpg

kabuki
Feb 26th, 2005, 02:43 AM
Me loves Alicia!!

Orion
Feb 26th, 2005, 02:47 AM
She thrives on pressure. She did so well in Australia because of all the national pressure. She can win Australia or Wimbledon, or maybe even the US, but she faces stern opposition from Sharapova, both Williamses, and Davenport on grass, and most of the Russian girls at the US. However, grass is her best surface, and she plays like Davenport with slightly better movement and forehand, and a slightly worse backhand and serve. I bet she gets at least one in the next two years. We'll see!

bigshow21
Feb 26th, 2005, 02:51 AM
Yes! She definately has the potential. Just give a little more time to improve and develop and she will be a powerhouse. :)

Orion
Feb 26th, 2005, 02:59 AM
If current form remains, I'd say that the year end top 7 will be:

1: Williams because she can win on any surface, and can realistically beat any player on a good day, regardless of their form.
2: Sharapova because there are not a ton of points to defend following Wimbledon (except YEC), and likely to perform very well following US hardcourts, since she wants to avoid last years dissappointments
3: Mauresmo. Once she gets her head out of the sky, she will challenge a lot of people on grass and clay.
4: Molik. She gets better each day, more confident each day, and the end of the season can only benefit her (hardcourts and all).
5: Davenport. A good showing at the US Open might take her higher, but she has a lot to defend, and I don't think she can, and I bet she doesn't think she can.
6: V. Williams. Clay courts will get better for her, and she has added the serve-and-volleying into her game to make her a threat to the baseliners.
7: Kuznetsova. Such an all-around player, with few real weaknesses and a lot of strength and finesse. Reminds me a little of Mauresmo, only has backed up her potential with a GS.

Beyond these, I can't be sure, because current form has a gaggle of contenders in a group near the top.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Feb 26th, 2005, 03:14 AM
There's no doubt in my mind she will reach at least the top 3 (maybe even #1 someday) and win at least one slam. She's got the champions mentality in that she THRIVES on high expectations and pressure. The amount of attention she got in Australia was just as much as Mauresmo gets at RG or Henman gets during the grass court season. So how did Molik react? Winning Sydney, her first GS doubles title and reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, which could've been a semi had it not been for a few dodgy calls.

selyoink
Feb 26th, 2005, 04:57 AM
Yes she can. If she had beaten Davenport at the Aussie Open she would've played Serena in the final and then anything could've happened. Will she is the big question. I think she can but probably won't ever win a grand slam.

2284
Feb 26th, 2005, 05:12 AM
I would never doubt Alicia's capailities. It's not like she has just come from nowhere to be a great player. She has been working hard for a long time and always had a few good wins, then got injured

New
Feb 26th, 2005, 05:13 AM
I think her biggest chance would be the Australian Open... with the entire nation cheering on for her and her being used to the conditions and all... I also think that she would do well on hard courts too... So I think another good chance would be US Open..

I don't know much about her clay courts results, But the French Open is always full of unexpected players reaching the last 16 or QFinals so it is hard to say if she can win that one... who knows?

But she lost to Tamarine Tanasugarn in Wimbledon third round last year and that could mean she's not very good on grass... With Dementieva out last year, her side of the draw was quite open and she should have at least reached the 4th round meeting Ai and maybe even facing Maria in the quarters.., but she lost.. So I don't think Grass suits her... besides she only have three tries on grass... the birmingham week, eastbourne/ordina Open week and wimbledon, so it'll be quite tough for her to get used to grass...

In conclusion though, I think she's riding high on mentality and she's very hungry for the top spot... she'll end up like Dani and Dokic when they were high on confidence and will definately reach the top 5... it'll be just that extra step though to move up higher in the ranks to top 3...Nobody said it'll be easy, but it's all up to her and we only can wait and watch her do it!! :)

Well done Alicia, you've finally proven your critics right!! You do have the potential!! :)

swiss
Feb 26th, 2005, 07:05 AM
yesterday she proves it :worship:

Chunchun
Feb 26th, 2005, 08:43 AM
Please don't.

stenen
Feb 26th, 2005, 09:40 AM
Oh yes, definitely.

timray
Mar 4th, 2005, 04:33 PM
Maybe, She's playing better than 1 top 5 player

The top 5 for me at the moment are Maria ,Serena, Linsay, Amelie and Anastasia or Alicia.