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Geisha
Apr 16th, 2005, 02:49 PM
My favourites:

1. Venus
2. Serena
3. Elena D./Kim
5. Lindsay

Well, the first tennis match I watched was Wimbledon 2000 QF- Martina vs. Venus and I remember how athletic Venus was. Since she won, I loved her!!!

Serena and Venus played in the SF there and that is when I first became her fan.

Elena D.- I was always a "no comment" about Elena D. until I saw her play Momo and J-Cap at the US Open! I admired her fighting spirit.

Kim- Felt soo bad for her after she lost to Justine in 2003-2004...Love her game.

Lindsay- Wanted to cry at Wimbledon 2003...Been rooting for her ever since.

Mirage
Apr 16th, 2005, 02:52 PM
I liked Camille Pin because when I met her she was really friendly and had a good personality

I liked Vera since seeing her defeat Venus at RG 2003

Good thread! :yeah:

azmad_88
Apr 16th, 2005, 02:57 PM
Kim Clijsters: french open semifinals 2001..wat an epic there
Elena Dementieva: Olympics 2000..my first time watching tennis..they kept on talking about kafelnikov will win for mens..then this young elena..prove to russians tht ladies can ply too...finalist there!

skanky~skanketta
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:06 PM
Andre Agassi: i was watching a sampras-agassi match when i was in the 3rd grade or so and i remember cheering for agassi cuz he was cute but i thought his name was sampras.weird but i've loved him for so long!

ASV: i thought she had a cute face

Vee and Ree: two black women coming into tennis. i'm biased towards blacks.

Justine and Kim: i hadn't been watching tennis in a while after some time i decided to tune into the french open 01 and i saw two belgians in the semis i was like wow!(i was living in belgium at the time) and well, i became semi patriotic and started cheering them.

Vera Z: i liked her name and she performed well in the juniors.


now its all about the game. i love what they bring to the sport.

TonyP
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:10 PM
Martina Hingis.

She had just turned 16 and played Steffi Graf in the finals of the Year End Championships at Madison Square Garden, back when the final ran five sets.

Hingis won the fourth set to level the match, but she was cramping in the legs so badly she actually fell down once.

She had nothing left, but went out there for the fifth set anyway, even though she could barely move, unable to reach balls landing only few yards away from her.

She lost the set 0-6, but fought anyway. Asked why she didn't just retire, she said it was a final and you are not supposed to retire in a final. You owe it to the fans.

That, coming out of the mouth of a girl who had just turned 16 at the end of the September, made her my favorite.

Yasmine
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:13 PM
Kim became my fave in the RG final 2001 (not very original I know :p ), it has always been a tradition at home to watch RG all together and we were happy that a player from a neighbour country was in the final. (after the Navratilova and Evert years, not forgetting Graf who was one of the rare european champions;) )...
Amélie, I'm not sure. Maybe a few years back when she started to become famous. Being slighty patriotic I always liked her but I started to really consider her as a fave a year or so ago...

SM
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:15 PM
dokic :) i aw her on tv here playing juniors when she was about 13/14 and she kicked arse so i took notice of her results after that in the tennis australia mag. then i saw her play hopman cup at 15 yrs old and give aranxta sanchez and testude ranked 4 and 12 respectively, a HUGE beating and she won me over as a fan!

random fan
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:15 PM
It may seem to be weird, but Sharapova after AO 2005

I used to follow men's tennis in 1999-2000 with Safin being my fave, but then I gave up on him and tennis because of his inconsistency. Then I hear that he is being very solid at AO2005 and began to watch tennis again. That were the first time when I saw Sharapova playing it was a QF against Kuznetsova. And although the level of play were pretty average, since it was very hot and they were almost dying on court, I was impressed by Sharapova's comeback in 2nd and 3rd sets especially when it seemed that she were more affected by heat than Kuznetsova. Then I watched how Safin beat Federer and Hewitt and won the whole damn thing, but unfortunately missed the epic battle in women's SF.

After AO Safin were taking a break, so I had nothing better to do than watch women's tennis in Tokyo and witnessed how Sharapova won the title. Now after Dubai and SuperTierI when Safin again lost in early rounds I almost don't spare any time to ATP at all. I really like Sharapova for everything that Safin lacks - consistnecy, maturity, will to victory.

gmak
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:25 PM
kim - US Open 1999 Second Round against Serena Williams

elena - US Open 1999 Third Round against Conchita Martinez

maria - Wimbledon 2003 Third Round against Jelena Dokic

it was the first time i saw them play, and they really made a big impression on me, i became a fan immediately :D :worship: :hearts:

Tati & Dani
Apr 16th, 2005, 04:45 PM
It was 2002 ( i think after the Austraulian Open) and i was webmaster of a tennis site ( for 3 years long) and i had to busy to keep up the work on that site. So i asked someone else to work on the site , and that person changed the hole site in a fansite of Daniela. I never read about Daniela before that day , but she looked so cute that i started with followwing her results. When she won Indian Wells , i was obsessed by her . But only for her results, later in 2003 i started to like as a personality to ( after i talk to her in Antwerp). Since that day it's not only for her way of playing , but also for her great looks. I'm really crazy about Daniela. For me she's the most important person in the world. Can't wait to see her live again in Berlin.

SzavayFi
Apr 16th, 2005, 04:48 PM
Daniela, in 2001 when i was like 11 i believe! :lol: But i saw her at the US OPEN or something like that and i thought she was really pretty and she hit the ball hard so i took a liking to her then. And i have just liked her ever since. :)

j_dementieva27
Apr 16th, 2005, 04:50 PM
elena dementieva: i saw her play one of the belgians in the year end championships in 2002, and i was watching her performance ever since her match with anna kournikova (my former #1 favorite) at the toyko pan pacific open in 2002 (which anna won 7-6, 7-6)

but i really began to love her all during amelia island 2003... especially in the final, i kept saying to myself... i dont think i have ever seen a more technically beautiful game attached to such a beautiful girl... to this day, i have never seen anyone play as well as elena did in the final against lindsay

udachi elena forever!

Mathijs
Apr 16th, 2005, 04:54 PM
Iveta Benesova: became fan of Iveta @ RG 2003, but i confused Iveta with Libuse Prusova for almost a year...., I discovered the fault @ Acapulco 2004, since then i am an even bigger fan of Iveta...

Elena Dementieva: Became Lena fan when i saw a matchreport and a pic of Lena from a youth tourney back in '97, becam even bigger fan when Lena became pro..

Klara Koukalova: I remember the first match i've seen from Klara ag, Monica Seles on the AO in 2003, became her fan after that match.

Eva Birnerova: Became Eva fan after Eva won the Vittel title in 2003....

Shonami Slam
Apr 16th, 2005, 04:57 PM
2002 - anna smashnova

intrested in local sportswomen - and since then captivated.

joaco
Apr 16th, 2005, 05:07 PM
Lindsay.... in the 2000 Australian Open. When I saw what she did to Hingis in the final, I was just dazzled. I mean, I couldn't believe that girl. I got really interested in her, and the more I found out about her, the more I liked Lindsay

xin_hui
Apr 16th, 2005, 05:09 PM
kim---i first heard of her at wimby 2000, when i heard that a couple was in the mixed doubles finals. i liked martina and magnus then, so i thought it was so cute that there was another tennis couple around;)

then after seeing her play during the indoor season later that year, i really liked her from then on:angel:

Infiniti2001
Apr 16th, 2005, 05:42 PM
Monica Seles and Steffi--loved them both equally, just because I'm an fan of tennis period.

Venus Williams - When I first heard about her I was reluctant to support her, because she was so young--- I was forced on her bandwagon after reading all the negative/ hateful stuff about her and her family on the aol tennis boards in 1997 before and after the US Open . I haven't regretted a moment since then--- there's so much about this young lady to admire :p

Lindsay Davenport : I love the way she whacks the ball for clean winners

Kim Clijsters : I've always been indifferent to her as a player, but I recognize that she aimable :D The beatings by the other Belgian made me a fan.

Vera Z : I like this whacky kid , beause she is so talented.. Hoping she'll get her act together.

RenaSlam.
Apr 16th, 2005, 05:53 PM
Serena at 99 Indian Wells when she beat Steffi in the final. Great fighting :)

thelittlestelf
Apr 16th, 2005, 05:54 PM
Venus: I watched her win the 2000 Wimbledon title and when I saw her reaction to winning, I knew I would be a Venus fan for life! Her game was truly revolutionary. That open stance backhand, the swinging volleys, I just love everything about Venus and her game.

Martina (H): I don't remember when i became a fan of Martina, but watching her play is breathtaking! She had by far the most entertaining style of play I have ever seen. I miss her so much :sad: :sad: :sad:

Lindsay: I can't even remember when I became a fan of Lindsay! I just loved how funny she was on the court. She hit soooooo hard and so effortlessly, and watching her rip a clean winner is just outstanding to see!

Serena: I watched her overpower Martina Hingis in the final of the 1999 US Open and I was so drawn to her whole game. I loved her raw athleticism!

Monica: I love watching Monica play. She is so completely focused at EVERY moment, and I admire her for pioneering "big babe" tennis.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Apr 16th, 2005, 08:19 PM
Serena-When she won the US Open in '99
Venus-When she got to the final of the US Open in '97
Capriati-French Open 2001 12-10 in the third, nuff said
Clijsters-This year watching her take out Sharpova in Miami
Davenport-When she won the US Open in '98

SJW
Apr 16th, 2005, 08:24 PM
Venus and Serena: started following them religiously Wim 00
Alicia Molik: 2002
Tatiana Golovin: 2003
Kim Clijsters: 2001

i guess i acquire a new fave a year :p

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 16th, 2005, 08:25 PM
Lina, well thats a little close to heart ;)

but that was 1st time me seen her in actual competive action.
plus me was there and watched her play in Nagoya, Japan for Russia in U14's in 1997, can still remember bits of her match of the final when she played Daniela Hantuchova ( thats also where Dani comes into the picture).


Natasha Zvereva and her run to RG Final 1988.
Gabby Sabatini kicking a football would you believe it when they did a profile of her back in 84 i think.

Most of my favs are from watching them in ITF's and Juniors and still are among my favs.
Dont get to go to as many events now in my old age :o

tennismaster8820
Apr 16th, 2005, 08:52 PM
Karolina Šprem - First I've noticed her results in challengers, and when I first saw her play (in Bol against Reeves) on TV, I ˝fell in love˝ with her!!
Venus Williams - I became her fan after that match in Wimbledon, when she lost to Jana Novotna 1998, I think, I admire her athletic abilities and strong will to win every match
Lindsay Davenport - First time I remember seeing her was at the 1997 French Open and even though I was very young then I've noticed her talent
Justine Henin - US Open against Capriati
Vera Zvonareva - I like her very much 'cause she is so talented and ˝crazy˝, when she's mad, her face turnes red
Jelena Kostanic - she is also a bit ˝crazy˝, has a mind of her own
Silvija Talaja - Against Venus at AO, I don't remember what year it was
Marija Sharapova - After her Wimbledon success!
Patty Schnyder - After she beat Hingis, don't remember when, so talented
Martina Hingis - I was always her fan, such a smart player, first time I saw her was at Wimbledon, don't remember year

Kart
Apr 16th, 2005, 09:34 PM
By winning.

Justine* is my fave this week :tape:.


* May change in the next 24 hours depending on Hilton Head final result.

wta_zuperfann
Apr 16th, 2005, 09:51 PM
My all-time favorite was Rod Laver. His longevity, sportsmanship, class, and character all made for an outstanding player. Perhaps more significantly, it made for an outstanding human being.

A bad linesman's call? Today it is the norm for players to scream at the officials or to throw their racket. But Laver never displayed any such misemotion. His approach to the game was the ultimate in professionalism and he was a great exemplar as an athlete and person.

Hayato
Apr 16th, 2005, 09:54 PM
Rossana De Los Rios: because I liked Paraguay and I saw in the Australian Tennis Magazine a picture of Rossana saying that she was Paraguay's only female representative in the top 300 (now the top 950) and it started from there :hearts:

Farina Elia Fan
Apr 16th, 2005, 09:57 PM
I have been a fan of Silvia since Wimbledon 2002 in the 3rd wimbledon against Maleeva where she lost but I loved her name 'Farina Elia' and been a fan since then :) :) :)

LUIS9
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:48 PM
Martina Hingis- I first saw her play at the US open final in 97, it was just so amazing watching these two teenagers battling it out on a slam final, I mean what amazed me the most was how at ease this rather chubby teenager would defend against what the other more athletic taller looking opponent was throwing at her. Her game was just so unique, such balance, lovely touch and her court sense and anticipation can hardly be matched. That backhand down the line will go down the history as one of the most lethal and beautiful shots, hers and Venus man I could watch for weeks without getting bored.

Kim Clijsters- The first time I saw her play was during the Indian wells tournie of 2001 in the semis versus Hingis, it was just amazing how this young lady possesed so much athletic ability and I've loved that backhand of hers ever since, I just love two handed backhands, Hingis's is my favorite followed closely by Venus's and then Clijsters. I just guess shes a very likeable person, such a great personality and, I have always preferred her over Henin any day.

Elena Dementieva- Wow! thats the first impression I got from this young lady from the very first time I saw her on a tennis court. That one first time was during the US open of 2000 versus Davenport at the semifinals, those groundies of hers werent only staying up with the piercing bullets Davenport was throwing at her but she was even taming them with her own. This same year she also upset Davenport at the chase championships it was a shame she couldnt go any further.

Lindsay Davenport/Monica Seles- You've just got to love how cleanly these two hit their groundies, especially Davenport. Both legendary players, both will go down as all time great players, maybe Davenport may be a weak case because she couldnt win any more grand slams, we all know Seles is up there with the best all time players. I mean the way Seles takes her returns of serve so early and the angles by gollie its just awe inspiring.

Honorable mention Venus Williams- I dont know maybe she will end up being one of my all time favorites, but I just cant quite say shes one of my favorite players, however its so difficult not to like her game. I mean good lord, that backhand of hers can convert any non fans into loyal fans of hers, her swinging volleys, her retrieving abilities, her athletetism, I mean if you get her on the run side to side you know you are losing that point. Man that open stance backhand down the line is a beauty, its almost a guarantee winner 96% of the time and when she takes it on the rise forget about that rally or point. The passing shots she creates off of that backhand are just unbelieavable. I always thought she was the better player of the Williams, but I guess Serenas serve makes the difference.

Sir Stefwhit
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:51 PM
Steffi Graf- 89 although I started watching tennis in 87 I was more partial to Chris at first. It wasn’t until 89 that I became a graf-fanatic. I thought of her like she was a super hero, it was her against the rest of the tour- and tour didn’t stand a chance.

Serena-99 she played Steffi in Sydney she went toe to toe with her and although I was cheering for Steffi there was something about Serena that I really responded to. After Steffi retired I really didn’t have a player that I truly felt passionate about until 2001 Indian Wells. The more the crowd began to boo the more in love I fell with Serena. Her courage and determination was like something I had never seen before and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Kimmie- 2001 when she came back from losing the first set and being down 4-1 in the SF of the French Open to beat Justine- from that moment I’ve been under her spell...

Lena D- I actually thought that I would have transitioned from being a Steffi fan to being an Elena fan. In 2000 after she reached the SF of the US Open I thought I found my new favorite player. She got me really excited winning a silver in the Olympics that year and then finally beating Lindsay later that year in the Championships. After that magical year I hardly ever saw her on television (for the next couple of years) and her results weren’t that good- I kinda forgot about her for a while, out of sight of mind. She still remained someone I liked to see do well, thankfully it wouldn’t take long for her to find her old form.

!<blocparty>!
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:57 PM
Davenport, loved her name :o and game.

mousee
Apr 16th, 2005, 11:05 PM
Daniela - FED CUP 2002
fightin like a lion, She won a tournament for us. it was love on 1st sight http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/liebe/s055.gif
turning point = dr. set Her arm right and it was sooo painful :hug:

Serena!
Apr 17th, 2005, 01:24 AM
SERENA- It was one of the first times I had watched tennis, but it was when she was playing Capriati in the quarters at Wimbledon 2001. Even though she did lose I liked how her hair looked! lol (I was 8!) Then I watched her again in the final at US Open 2001 and I felt sorry for her since she lost to her sis. So I started to really like her then! My all time fave!

No Name Face
Apr 17th, 2005, 01:31 AM
Elena Dementieva - U.S. Open 2004 SF vs. Capriati...I only watched the first set, where she bagelled Capriati with superb playing and rallies. She didn't miss. I really admired her fighting spirit and still do. And her groundstrokes... :eek: she is really going to be Lindsay's successor with that type of play.

Serena Williams - the U.S. Open Final where she beat Hingis. What a great match.

Kim Clijsters - her 2005 run was really inspiring and I just have always loved her personality.

Sir Stefwhit
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:07 AM
The love affair has to have its roots somewhere- it's fun to hear about what turned people in to fans. Good thread!!

Andy.
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:16 AM
I was looking for a favourite player in early 2003 and i remember at Charleston that year i looked at the photo gallery and i saw a pick of Maria Sharapova and i just noticed how pretty she was. Then i saw that she qualified for the french and was ranked like 150 and i thpught she is really pretty i wonder if she will be a good player one day. After her semi final at Birmingham and seeing her play at wimbledon and making it to the fourth round i new she was my favourite and i havnt looked back since.

matthieu_tennis
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:29 AM
martina hingis when i saw her play for the first time wowo its the best player to watch her drop shop anticipation bhdtl the geometry of the court was just amazing

Paule22
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:40 AM
Last year I saw Meghann playing doubles final together with Petrowa here in Berlin. I was one of the approx. 50 spectators and it was just one of my best matches ever seen. before the match, in a 3 hours rain delay, meghann and nadia showed up very often, having so much fun and being so relaxed, although it was the final.

It was the mood of the final and a Meghann Shaughnessy playing very good tennis, which was the formula for me to be a fan of her.

Melly Flew Us
Apr 17th, 2005, 03:44 AM
used to:
jen - when i heard about her playing with insteps in the ninties sometime.
lindsay - when it took her sometime to realise she'd won wimbledon 1999.

still do:
vee - when she won wimbledon 2000.
justine - when she withdrew from berlin 2001 with an ankle injury.
amelie - when i saw her backhand in rome 2001.
kim - when i first saw her splits in RG 2001.
serena - when she was acting up against capriati at wimbledon 2001.

bigshow21
Apr 17th, 2005, 04:14 AM
Jen: I honestly can't remember when I started liking her. It makes me so mad that I can't remember too. I try to think back...but no memory. I used to like Venus before anyone, but that has certainly changed. I think that Jen became my favorite because I watched her playing at Wimbledon on tv or read an article about her in a magazine or something. I thought she had a cool name and the way she acted on court and her style of game was awesome! Plus, when I started playing tennis myself, I got addicted to the sport and watched it more and more. I just started following Jen and became a diehard fan!! I am so happy and proud that I am a Jen fan!!!

DemWilliamsGulls
Apr 17th, 2005, 04:36 AM
Venus and Serena

I honestly didnt get into Tennis until they started playing. When they started dominating the doubles in the late 90's is when they caught my attention. Then when Serena won the 1999 US open and Venus won Wimbledon the next year, I was officially hooked on these girls. Their domination the later years was the icing on the cake. Their athleticism was just SICK *amazing* when they were 100% tennis. They took tennis to a whole different level..with a "street ball" type of playing. The Williams sisters are the best thing to the WTA since sliced bread...I LUV DEM WILLIAMS GULLS!

kiwifan
Apr 17th, 2005, 04:41 AM
Chris Evert (American tennis personified when I was growing up) retired, Monica (who I saw play as a little child in a amateur tourney) was attacked and left the game, I waited...and waited...and waited...

...and finally 2 Sisters filled the void, quite well, I might add. :cool:

LesViolettes
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:00 AM
Amélie Mauresmo: she was losing some match, and she was walking from one side of the court to the other, and she threw her racket up in the air and caught it behind her back. I don't know. It was just something about her attitude there. I heart Amélie.

Francesca Schiavone: The match point at the USO 2004 against Mauresmo (again!) - she just seemed so nice!

Prizeidiot
Apr 17th, 2005, 09:13 AM
Elena Dementieva: Last year in Sydney, she was really really nice to me, and I didn't have a favourite wta player at the time, so yeah.

Patrick Rafter: First Aussie player I took notice of when I was little, and he played a exciting serve volley game.

Calimero377
Apr 17th, 2005, 09:30 AM
By winning the Golden Grand Slam.
And staying the same nice and unassuming girl-next-door she always was.

:worship: :hearts: :worship:

BTW, the sight of her legs moving across the tennis court did help as well ...
:drool:

-Fienesse-
Apr 17th, 2005, 10:03 AM
By winning the Golden Grand Slam.
And staying the same nice and unassuming girl-next-door she always was.

:worship: :hearts: :worship:

BTW, the sight of her legs moving across the tennis court did help as well ...
:drool:

You're talking about Graf, I suppose? ;)

Calimero377
Apr 17th, 2005, 10:16 AM
You're talking about Graf, I suppose? ;)


How did you realize it?

Because of the "Golden Grand Slam" or because of the "legs" argument?

Odd
Apr 17th, 2005, 12:39 PM
Well alicia is an aussie and she can play tennis and she is pretty good and stuff. Anyone who has followed australian tennis on the womens side knows this is reason enough.

But she also appears to be a nice, happy go lucky kinda girl, and has the power to hit it with the best of them, which is allways nice too.

I first noticed her at sydney in 98 or 99 when she played hingis and lost comfortably, but showed a very nice power based game, which was good enough for me. However i didnt really closely watch her until she won back-to-back titles last year and she was put into the spotlight this summer in Australia.

Before molik i guess i was into the german girls (graf and huber), but more cos there wasnt any fellow countrywoman (dokic aside) i paid attention to, and they played a nice game.

Wiggly
Apr 17th, 2005, 01:48 PM
Iveta: At Bell Challenge 2003, I was running to have Pierce autograph but a man siad to me "Do you want an player siganture?" and I said yes so he said to me then Benesova was setting there so I goes to her and said with and :tape: accen "Do you want to sign me an autograph" and Iveta was like :wazzup: so the man speaks to her and she said yes with a big smile so thatw as my first player autograph of my live :)

Daniela: No idea when... Maybe Easthbourne 2004 :confused:

Ellery
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:14 PM
Na Li: since her Guangzhou title
Jie Zheng: Her 4rd appearance at Roland-Garros 2004(especially her win against Loit)
Shuai Peng: Her thrashing of Myskina at Sydney, this year

Experimentee
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:17 PM
I first started to like Serena when I saw her play Sydney in 1998, I liked her game and her attitude and I knew she would be a good player. I started liking Venus around the same time too, and I saw them play each other in the 2nd round of the AO, even though they didnt play their best I liked their games.

Mary Pierce - I was watching the Hopman Cup when she played with Pioline and lost in the final, she was so happy and relaxed on court, and always laughing. I liked the way she was so elegant in everything she did.

Elena Bovina - I saw her play Sydney and saw a few of her matches live when she came to Melbourne, I loved her game and she was so friendly afterwards, she had a cute accent and was so funny. I remember someone asked for her towel and she said 'Why? Because the raining?', I just thought that was so funny :lol:

Chanda Rubin - I became a fan during her great run at the AO especially in that classic match with ASV where she won 16-14 in the 3rd.

All my other faves I like bc I've seen them live at the AO at some point and enjoyed watching them for their games and personalities.

RedFilaJ-Cap#1
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:21 PM
Jen: I honestly can't remember when I started liking her. It makes me so mad that I can't remember too. I try to think back...but no memory. I used to like Venus before anyone, but that has certainly changed. I think that Jen became my favorite because I watched her playing at Wimbledon on tv or read an article about her in a magazine or something. I thought she had a cool name and the way she acted on court and her style of game was awesome! Plus, when I started playing tennis myself, I got addicted to the sport and watched it more and more. I just started following Jen and became a diehard fan!! I am so happy and proud that I am a Jen fan!!!


I really can't remember to well either. I think I was really getting into tennis and was watching some tournament and I saw Jen playing. I just really started to like her and the way she played. I can't remember when but it just sort of happened. I also remember going to school and talking to bigshow and telling her about Jen and she knew exactly what I was talking about. We both started liking her around the same time and taht is weird. I really wish I could remember the details better but for some reason I just can't.

Ty-Ty
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:35 PM
Lindsay: Lindsay has always just been that sweet American homegirl who didn't want all the attention (Like me!) I love her whopping game as much as I love her personality.

S. Uberoi/Pierce: Pierce has just had such a "wow" game, but the reason I like the two is because of their total atmosphere they show on court. Always smiling on court, having fun and just playing. Miss Uberoi smile just lit up my life, I loved it so much! Mary I find so much fun to watch.

Kimmy: I saw her play IW AND Miami and was amazed. But I admired her even before her comeback because she was such a nice player. Very sweet girl whom anyone could approach.

Molik: This years Aussie Open just made me fall in love with her. Not only did she have that thrilling match with Lindsay, which I thought was awesome, but in the doubles match she comforted Corina when she was crying. What a person Alicia is.

Castano: I've always been fairly releigous (Getting confirmed today :) Me catholic) an Castano is also a relegious person. Saw her play Venus a few weeks ago and enjoyed it.

Capriati: The detemenation (I can't spell that...) I don't like her cause she's the nicest, but just because of her raw want to win. I watched her USO SF 03 and was like, wow. Also watched USO QF AND SF bye Jennifer and liked her attitude.
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Calimero377
Apr 17th, 2005, 02:38 PM
Iveta: At Bell Challenge 2003, I was running to have Pierce autograph but a man siad to me "Do you want an player siganture?" and I said yes so he said to me then Benesova was setting there so I goes to her and said with and :tape: accen "Do you want to sign me an autograph" and Iveta was like :wazzup: so the man speaks to her and she said yes with a big smile so thatw as my first player autograph of my live :)
...


Obviously Benesova's first one as well ...


...
Daniela: No idea when... Maybe Easthbourne 2004 :confused:


Well, June 2004 was a damn long time ago ...

andrewbroad
Apr 20th, 2005, 12:50 AM
Monica Seles has always been my favourite, since I started following tennis during Wimbledon 1992 (I had never seen Monica play before that).

Just before that Wimbledon, I read an article in the Independent on Sunday that really impressed me, about a young lady of amazing intensity, who wielded her tennis-racket with two hands on both sides "like a hag wielding a frying-pan", punctuating every shot with a loud, two-tone grunt "like a scream from a torture-chamber".

Just from reading that description, I knew that Monica was going to be my favourite. And then I discovered with my own eyes - and ears! - how exhilarating it is to watch her play! :hearts:

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Pamela Shriver
Apr 20th, 2005, 05:50 AM
How did your favourite player become your favourite?

I looked in the mirror...and fell in love....Annoying really, coz it would have been more fun if Chrissie was my fave. More wins to celebrate....

F-R-E-A-K
Apr 20th, 2005, 05:52 AM
I was lucky enough in 2002 to meet Elena Bovina several times in Sydney.

I had lunch with her and got photos taken! YAY!

:kiss: She is just soo nice, sweet, shy .. I feel inlove with her! :kiss:


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Elena Dementieva :hearts: Adorable! :drool: I met her 4 times this year in Sydney! :p It was amazing, Olga is soo nice aswell. :kiss: I got pics of both them ;)

Elena is really really nice :hearts: She spoke to me for around 5mins, while waiting for Olga to come to the practice courts. She always smiles and its beautiful! :hearts: :lick:

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Sharapova's_Boy
Apr 20th, 2005, 06:01 AM
Kim Clijsters - Saw her first play at the 99 US Open. I liked the way she played, especially when she led Serena 5-3 in the third set. Since she received more exposure I saw how sweet and humble she was, which is why I'm a fan.

Maria Sharapova - Saw her first play at 02 Wimbledon, where she thrashed Ashley Harkleroad. I first starting liking her because she's hott, but then when I saw her game... :eek:

Nicole Vaidisova - First saw her play Henin-Hardenne at the 2004 US Open. Then saw her at the AO earlier this year. I like her because she shows emotion on court, plus she has a great game.

le bon vivant
Apr 20th, 2005, 06:52 AM
She wore a black catsuit. :inlove:

le bon vivant
Apr 20th, 2005, 06:59 AM
For the rest:

Serena - 2002 US Open, 1R vs Corina Morariu :hearts:
Tatiana - 2004 Canadian Open QF, vs Vera Zvonareva (and yes, this was a bad loss)
Dementieva - 2004 Miami SF vs V. Williams, amazed by her strokes, turned off by her salty attitude/demeanor, but love her game

Caz
Apr 20th, 2005, 07:11 AM
Magui - I watched her play for a while before I became a big fan, but then she became my fave for many reasons, which I can't really explan well to those who weren't watching her match vs. Mary Pierce at Wimbledon 2000 with me. That match is just such an amazing memory that I will fprever be a fan of Magui, even if she never wins another match.

Vivi/Paola - I became a fan of Vivi first after she was really nice to my friens and I one day when it rained all day at RG 200. My friend (Gallofa) wanted to speak her her as she walked past us under the covered walkway where we were sheltering, so she called out her name, Vivi immediately came over to where we were standing and just joined in our circle and stood there chatting for ages! Then I started watching more of ehr singles and doubles matches, then I saw how much fun she and Paola have on court and just loved it! It's so great to see players having so much fun out there and enjoying their time on court! Then I became a fan of Paola, and the more I hear here speak in interviews and things, the bigger a fan I become. She always gives off the impression of being and intelligent, well-balanced and caring person.

Retired players:

Patricia Tarabini - She is just cool! We realised this at RG 2000, then created a fan page for her, which she visited and started e:mailing us and throwing passes at us! lol! ;) God, I miss her! She was so great!!

ASV - What a great fighter! She never gave up on a point, never. She was an amazing player and really showed how much you can achieve by just hard work and determination.

David Barker
Apr 21st, 2005, 08:03 AM
Lina, well thats a little close to heart ;)

but that was 1st time me seen her in actual competive action.
plus me was there and watched her play in Nagoya, Japan for Russia in U14's in 1997, can still remember bits of her match of the final when she played Daniela Hantuchova ( thats also where Dani comes into the picture).


Natasha Zvereva and her run to RG Final 1988.
Gabby Sabatini kicking a football would you believe it when they did a profile of her back in 84 i think.

Most of my favs are from watching them in ITF's and Juniors and still are among my favs.
Dont get to go to as many events now in my old age :o



Who won the Lina vs Daniela match?
My fave is Lina too - I first saw her on a beautiful summers day Wimbledon 2000 when Lina played in the doubles with Larisa Neiland vs Ai Sugiyama and Julie Halard. I was impressed obviously by Lina's huge talent, but mainly by her enthusiasm - her total joy in playing tennis. :worship: :worship:

syd
Apr 21st, 2005, 08:23 AM
Justine, it was at the FO 2001 when she lost to Kim, she was leading and i felt sad for her, and she has a such great game, i liked her combativity against the williams even if she was loosing :tape: !!
Before that i was never watching womentennis, i interested first because of Justine !! :worship:

Later, i liked Kim, i like her way to beat easily & quickly players even from the top :devil: !!

tennismaster8820
Oct 1st, 2006, 01:27 AM
This is interesting thread, I hope some new posters would post here also!

darrinbaker00
Oct 1st, 2006, 01:34 AM
Vee and Ree: two black women coming into tennis. i'm biased towards blacks.
Same here. The fact that they've won so much helps, of course. ;)

IceHock
Oct 1st, 2006, 01:48 AM
I wasn't really a tennis fan until 2003, and back then my fave was Jennifer Capriati, I just loved her basicly, loved her fight, spirit, everything about her.I also liked Daniela just a little at the time, I saw how much trouble she was having with her weight, I remember seeing the Asagoe match on tv and her breaking down on the court, I felt so sad for her.Then after that I really lost track of her until Eastbourne 2004 where I noticed on the television everyday that under advances I saw Hantuchova everytime, and I was wondering, did she put weight back or something??Because she hasn't done thi good in a while, then I sw her on tv and she had a little gut, I just admired how she came back, proving that she's a fighter and can change for the better, loved her ever since.

hurricanejeanne
Oct 1st, 2006, 01:48 AM
Lindsay Davenport:
2003, US Open. I saw her lose to Kim in the semifinals. I was just getting into tennis at the time. The first thing that struck me was her serve motion. It was just so beautiful, so rhythmic. The next thing was the sound of the ball coming off her racket. :hearts:
I was sad though because she had that nerve problem in her foot and had surgery after that open. I next saw her at the YEC when she was being interview between matches. She was eloquent. Her voice was so pretty. I remember how I couldn't wait for the next season to start.

I've been in her corner since and will be until the day she hits her last ball. :worship:

AJZ.
Oct 1st, 2006, 01:53 AM
From the start, Ai just stood out to me... She just has such a fighting spirit, and has fought through the years, even if she is "old" relatively. She has such a nice attitude on court, and just overall really inspires me to put my all into everything I do, tennis and otherwise. She's also incredibly fit, and that's just :hearts: And... she's so nice! So kind to fans, and to the other players.

The rest, well, they just impress me with their games, you know. ^^

komorli
Oct 1st, 2006, 02:20 AM
Justine-It's a long story...
Well, I first watched her play in Wimby final 2001. The day before I had read about a "belgian teen" making the finals of Wimbledon. Then I turn on the tv the next day and she was playing. I had no idea who she was at the time, nor was I very interested in tennis even though I did play, but I watched a bit anyway. Then I didn't see Justine until 2003 when my mom turned on the tv and shouted "Hey tennis". Lleyton Hewitt was playing his first round match at the US Open. Then USA switched to Justine's match and I had recognized her from the Wimbledon final, although it did take a while. Then during the men's final, they showed some highlights from the women's final and saw "her" again. I was thinking, "sheesh I keep running into her..." It really wasn't until the AO of 2004 that I realized that maybe God was trying to tell me something because I kept "running" into Justine everytime I watched tennis on tv.

Anyway, that's how she became my favorite, fate. :lol: But I really did love how complete her game was and how intense she is all the time.

Kim: I always liked how spunky she was on and off the court :)
Hingis: Nice personality, very fluid, complete game :yeah:
Amelie: almost an exact copy of Justine. enough said. :lol:
Venus: I love how graceful she is on court in EVERYTHING! She has a "heavenly" game! :lol: I don't know how else to put it!!

meruvien
Oct 1st, 2006, 02:27 AM
For me being a fan of Amelie is natural because i live near from where Amelie began to play tennis and I began to play tennis in the same tennis club as her so for me is natural to support the girl from the tennis Club.

JennyS
Oct 1st, 2006, 02:37 AM
For me being a fan of Amelie is natural because i live near from where Amelie began to play tennis and I began to play tennis in the same tennis club as her so for me is natural to support the girl from the tennis Club.

it's easy: J-Cap gave me $$$$$:)

Tennace
Oct 1st, 2006, 02:42 AM
Nicole- I read about her in tennis magazine in June 2004 and liked that she was a younger player. She looked cute in the picture of her (not hot though, cute). Then I saw her play WTT in 2004 and loved her game. A month later she won a WTA title :eek:

Jelena Dokic- I saw her on TV play Lindsay Davenport at Wimbledon 2000, thought I didnt follow tennis much then. In 2001 I was looking at tennis scores and saw her name and since she sounded familiar I thought I would root for her.

Daniela- At first I hated her when I saw she beat Jelena some time in late 2001. Then I saw pictures of her and decided to like her :lol:

Orion
Oct 1st, 2006, 02:44 AM
Kuznetsova: when she beat Sharapova in the 4r of Wimbledo '03, I was fascinated. All the hype was on Maria, but here was another young Russian who played simply incredible tennis. Her forehand on setpoint just flew past Sharapova, and there was this look on Sharapova's face that just looked like she didn't know people could hit the ball like that.

Evert: where does it begin? I was playing tennis competitively, I was about thirteen, and I heard about this beautiful teenager with a two-handed backhand and the best on-court demeanor ever. The first time I ever saw her play was Wimbledon 1972, when she lost to Goolagong, and was blown away. I always tried to play like her from that day on, all the way through college and my failed foray into pro's, and always wanted to see how far I could go with a backhand and forehand that were technically perfect.

brayster87
Oct 1st, 2006, 02:52 AM
Lindsay Davenport- I love her name, so unique

Marcus Jordan
Oct 1st, 2006, 02:53 AM
Martina Hingis.

She had just turned 16 and played Steffi Graf in the finals of the Year End Championships at Madison Square Garden, back when the final ran five sets.

Hingis won the fourth set to level the match, but she was cramping in the legs so badly she actually fell down once.

She had nothing left, but went out there for the fifth set anyway, even though she could barely move, unable to reach balls landing only few yards away from her.

She lost the set 0-6, but fought anyway. Asked why she didn't just retire, she said it was a final and you are not supposed to retire in a final. You owe it to the fans.

That, coming out of the mouth of a girl who had just turned 16 at the end of the September, made her my favorite.

Wow that is awesome, talk about the ANTI-HENIN! Legendary Martina :bounce:

Here's the interview from that match: :drool:

http://sports.quickfound.net/hingis_interview_chase_1996_final.html

I don't have a pic from the Championships that year but here's a pic from 1996 Porsche Grand Prix:

http://mhic.free.fr/pa/it/2619961.jpg

So Disrespectful
Oct 1st, 2006, 03:14 AM
Jelena Jankovic- I saw her lose to Serena at the Australian Open in 2003. I really liked the way she played and she had a really unique personality that was obvious just from watching her in between points. I was hoping she'd develop into a great player then and she has just impressed me more and more since then.

Alicia Molik- Firstly because she is Australian I always want to see people from my country do well. I love the simplicity and rhythm of her serve and I thought she was very determined working so hard for her breakthrough in 2004. I also admire the fact that she was a slow developer and really had to put everything into tennis to get to where she is.

aimee20
Oct 1st, 2006, 03:19 AM
Pierce, french open 1994 when every single ball she hit paint the line.
and since then she was a fashion plate for nike. not to mention one of the best personality and manner as well :hearts:

le bon vivant
Oct 1st, 2006, 03:51 AM
For the rest:

Serena - 2002 US Open, 1R vs Corina Morariu :hearts:
Tatiana - 2004 Canadian Open QF, vs Vera Zvonareva (and yes, this was a bad loss)
Dementieva - 2004 Miami SF vs V. Williams, amazed by her strokes, turned off by her salty attitude/demeanor, but love her game

And also, she beat Capriati at the USO in 2004 in another heartbreaking 3rd set SF tiebreak. :drool: Ill always love her for that.

swissmisshingis
Oct 1st, 2006, 03:52 AM
I only started to watch tennis in 2004 when I turned 14. I enjoyed watching Sharapova, Dementieva, Myskina and Davenport. I never really had a chance to see Martina before she retires but my sister always talk about her. When my sister told me that she's coming back, I didnt really care at all because I didnt even know her. I first saw her in AO against Benesova. First i enjoyed watching her because I really liked the way she walks I dont know why but I think it's really cute and she smiles all the time :hearts: it just made me like her right-away, because I barely see players smile while playing, and I really enjoy her game and I became an instant big fan :).

SELES:
I didnt get to see her either when she was still playing, but I downloaded her matches and I liked her. I thought she's really good and I really wish she would come back :D

Reckoner
Oct 1st, 2006, 03:53 AM
Sharapova - I always used to watch Wimbledon every year, but I never really got into tennis until the begging of 2005, but I remembered watching Sharapova play in the Wimby final and I thought it was cool that someone close to my age was in a major sporting event final, not to mention that she actually won.

Daniela - Shortly after getting sick of all the Maria hype I watched Hantuchova at Roland Garros and even though she lost she was so :hearts: . It was also Roland Garros when I first saw Karatancheva play, but that is another story. :o

Jakeev
Oct 1st, 2006, 04:00 AM
Lindsay Davenport: Definitely was the year she won the Olympics. Before her my faves were Martina N and Monica Seles but when I would see Lindsay play I always thought she seemed unhappy and not to fit to be a tennis player. I definitely judged her.

Then she won the Olympics in 1996. I think the pure happiness she showed in winning that Gold Medal won me over. Then she beat Steffi right after that in Los Angeles.

That's when it all started for me. To watch her transform from ugly duckling to the beautiful swan she became has been a tremendous ride that I am gonna miss when she leaves the game.

ZeroSOFInfinity
Oct 1st, 2006, 04:16 AM
Justine Henin-Hardenne
Saw her play for the 1st time in the infamous RG Semifinal 2003 (yes, the "hand" incident). I dislike Serena Williams that time, so I supported Justine (being the underdog). She won, and then went on to defeat Kim in the final, and then I begin to watch her play. It was actually the US Open 2003 semifinal against Capriati which made me a real fan of her... and that hasn't change a bit since then ;)

Maria Sharapova
I don't really remember when I started liking her... most likely when she "pulverise" Serena in the Wimbledon Final of 2004. I was cheering her all the way, and when she won, I was like screaming in front of the TV (luckily there was no one else watching with me :lol: ). Guess from there on, she's one of my faves ;)

Amelie Mauresmo
I must be a glory hunter :p. I never supported her all my life, until she won the AO Final this year and mentioned that she was "ready to die on Court" today. That impressed me, and after she won Wimby this year too, guess I jumped on the bandwagon too :lol:.

Daniela Hantuchova
This is DEFINATELY by accident - I watched her play against Serena in the AO 2006, and that was because there was nothing else to watch on TV that time! So, I follow on and on.... and when she won, I was like "Wow.. did she just BEAT Serena???". I was at full admiration over her, and add together her goddess-like beauty... guess I know why she's a fave of mine :lol:

Kim Clijsters
At first, I didn't know who she is :help:... but then she kept popping up in the Final against Justine and lost all of them to her. I was like a bit symphatheitc with her being the bridesmaid for 3 times running and then, out of the blue, I started to watch her play (for no absolute reason). Then came US Open 2005, I was cheering her after Justine was out... and the rest was history :p

Martina Hingis
Ah... the FIRST EVER player I supported since I was about 13 years old. She came out of nowhere and started to win Slam after Slam. And the way she plays REALLY impressed me that time... and I became a fan of her. Too bad she retired in 1999, and that left me in tennis limbo for 4 years... until the emmergence of a player named Justine Henin-Hardenne ;)... and she took over Martina's place :p (But still, she's one of my faves).

meyerpl
Oct 1st, 2006, 04:34 AM
Myskina, although it wasn't by choice. Much like Lott's wife, who turned into a pillar of salt after gazing at the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah, I made the fatefull mistake of looking directly into Nastya's eyes. I was stripped of my will and left floundering in her wake. I am now hopelessly doomed to the life of a devoted Myskina fan, my spirits rising and falling with her fortunes.

DutchieGirl
Oct 1st, 2006, 05:52 AM
Misa: I was interested in her from juniors, because she was winning almost everything she played, and so I went to the AO 05 quallies to watch her play, and she played really well in the 1st r. Then I got to talk to her a little after her 3rd r quallies win, and she was really nice, so then she became my biggest fave. :D

RJWCapriati
Oct 1st, 2006, 05:57 AM
Jennifer Capriati -

2001 French Open Final - the first time I ever really watched a tennis match and I was instantly addicted!!

madame_maria
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:04 AM
for Maria, i remember i was paying attention when she was up-and-coming. when she was like labelled a possible "next big thing" so i started watching a bit more and following news about her at the beginning of 2004. she did great to win a couple of tier 3s and 4s, and i only watched a COMPLETE match of hers at wimbledon when she outplayed Serena in the finals and well i was basically rooting for her throughout the entire thing. she amazed me, and made me more interested in power tennis.

so it was really, the wimbledon victory that SEALED it up and made her my favourite ever.

then, Nicole. she was the insane 15/16-year-old that was winning tier 3s and 4s that Maria used to win. and then she became the new possible "up-and-comer". and i liked her name =P but really that's like just 5% of why i like her. i like the way she plays, the serve and forehand mainly. i always thought her backhander was technically a little painful to watch. but yes, she played Amelie once probably really early this year and although she lost, she tried REALLY hard. then well, at Roland Garros 2006, after taking out Amelie and then Venus, and then ALMOST Kuznetsova. that. was. it. :) so yes.

i think it helps that they are both pretty hawt.

égalité
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:14 AM
Martina- I like the gems that come out of her mouth :lol:

PatrickRyan
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:16 AM
Serena because she's a down ass bitch :yeah:

Derek.
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:16 AM
Daniela: I was watching the U.S. Open in 2003. I had just started watching tennis like two months earlier. I saw Daniela's match vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn come on. I was wondering why the #9 seed was losing to this girl I didn't know of back then. I was sad to see her lose and I just started following her results and she became one of my top favorites and then my #1 favorite over the off-season. :cool:

Caroline: I was posting on a different tennis forum in 2003 and someone made a thread about her. He kept updating us on her results and in May of 2005 I started to really follow her and became a huge fan. Then this year I saw her in person in St. Louis for WTT and it was awesome. :p

Nicole: I was looking at the results for the Australian Open juniors in 2004. I saw her and started to look at her results. I began to follow her and started to become a big fan that summer. I saw her on TV for the first time in the 2004 USO 1R vs. JHH and she became one of my top favorites. :)

tennispro105
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:32 AM
i started watching tennis around '99 and i saw steffi playing tennis at the french open on tv. i don't know why i liked her but i did. i was sad though because she retired only a few months later. i did get to see her play in houston for wtt last year which was exciting!

my all time favorite player though is amanda coetzer. i don't know when i saw her play first but i remember seeing her play at the '01 australian open. i liked her because she's short like me. i've met her a few times too and she's an really nice person.

MH0861
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:35 AM
Lindsay - 1997 US Open. I'd known her name from the Olympics and previous US Opens, but I saw her win a 3 set thriller over Novotna 7-6 in the third and I became a fan. I loved the fact that she wasn't the stereotypical mold for a great tennis player, and that it didn't stop her from competing with the very best in the World.

Ben.
Oct 1st, 2006, 07:00 AM
Kim - She became my favourite when i watched her play serena in the aus open semi in 2003 & holding 3 match pts only 2 lose which was heartbreaking which made me became quite fond of her & then the us open final in 2003 against henin-hardenne when she lost 2 her & also losing 2 her in the other slam finals which made me quite sympathetic towards her. i really wanted her 2 win a slam title ever since she lost all those finals henin & when she finally broke the duck at last year's us open i was just so happy 4 her that i almost broke in2 tears. she is also my favourite because she is friendly, generous & compassionate. a true champ on & off the court.

Neptune
Oct 1st, 2006, 08:57 AM
Nicole Vaidisova-Saw her for the first time in her match against Kuz in Wimbledon 2005.She was making faces during all the match.But the first thing that I has appreciated is her game.Her serve was very good for a young player.Her forehand too.And I have believed that she would be a great player for the future.Plus,I saw her in the Fed Cup,she was very nice.
Amelie Mauresmo-I started like her after the masters.First,she's a french.But I love her game,very complete.I think she's very graceful when she plays.She is probably the best french player ever and making history right now.
Tatiana Golovin-I appreciate her when I saw her in the Fed Cup.And like also the way she plays.The first time I saw her, it's was against Serena in Wimbledon 2004.I was impress by the way she was played against Serena.It's hard now for her to confirm,but she's one of the great talent in young players.

hingis'boyfriend
Oct 1st, 2006, 09:01 AM
Hingis - because she has a wonderful game, is great to watch, has a wonderful personality, is a bit cheeky (like me :p ), and is gorgeous! :hearts:

Lunaris
Oct 1st, 2006, 03:04 PM
Dani - The first time I saw her was mixed doubles final at Wimbledon 2001, she played fantastic shots, almost every one on the line, even her male opponent was hopeless against her. And of course she is the cutest and sweetest human being I have ever seen and very clever too.

illianna
Oct 1st, 2006, 03:12 PM
Amelie - I became a fan of hers firstly because I tought she had a great body, then I made a little research about her and found out that she was really nice and likeable and now I'm a huge fan...probably since the beginnig of this season.

ViennaCalling
Oct 1st, 2006, 04:52 PM
Well, i saw Iroda winning in Vienna (2000 or 2001 - i don't know it anymore) and she was amazing :)
And Tamira? Well, she won in Portoroz :hearts:

The Daviator
Oct 1st, 2006, 04:57 PM
When I first got into tennis during Wimbledon in 2000, Lindsay was one of the few players I knew of, and I just liked her :shrug: :lol: And I've been on the Davenport rollercoaster ever since :lol:

Viktymise
Oct 1st, 2006, 05:31 PM
Vee since She beat Serena in the Wimbledon semi's 00 just a memoable time for me
LenaD when she beat Anke Huber at USO 01, in the match at 1st i cheered for Anke cause id never seen lena play before but by the end i was in love with lena
Tszveti P, since Istanbul 05 getting to the semi losing to Vee :D

:inlove:
Oct 1st, 2006, 05:34 PM
Lindsay Davenport - v Date Roland Garros 1996 R16. It was a marathon match with Lindsay winning 8-6 in the 3rd.
Serena - v Seles in Chicago 1997. :worship: One of the upsets of the year that was. Phenomenal Serena. :hearts:
Venus - v Graf LA 1996. Graf won 4 & 4, but Venus fought hard, and showed us what a great player she is. :D
Graf - 92 Wimbledon final on tape. She played some of her best tennis ever, and I was immediately hooked! Greatest pair of legs ever. :drool:

!<blocparty>!
Oct 1st, 2006, 05:43 PM
Davenport, loved her name :o and game.

2001 fall. Before 2001 I only used to follow Tim Henman's Wimbledon results then around the USO started watching more and more WTA matches.

Jankovic - DFS classic 2005. Her run to the final was great, and the crowd loved her double hander DTL. :hearts:

Seles - 2001 hardcourt season when she beat Justine Henin. Started loving her after beating Venus @ the Aus 02. :sobbing:

Sprem - Berlin 04. ;)

Vaidisova - winning 3 titles back-to-back last year. :tape:

Tati - DFS classic 2005. :hearts:

thiaela
Oct 1st, 2006, 05:52 PM
Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina and Daniela Hantuchova

LDF
Oct 1st, 2006, 05:58 PM
Well, I started following tennis more closely in 2004 (Roland Garros). I'd always liked Lindsay, but after seeing her displays throughout the hard-court season she became my favourite. I just love her clean hitting of the ball, and her technique is excellent :)

Since then I've looked into her history (watching her GS wins was obviously a key thing). She's a wonderful person off-court. It's a shame that I only became a big fan so late in her career, with the end quite close.

meyerpl
Oct 1st, 2006, 05:58 PM
Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina and Daniela Hantuchova
I'm don't buy your reasoning for becoming a fan of these players. I suspect a lie of omission.

Jamie
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:02 PM
Martina Hingis!! 1996 Madison Square against Steffie Graf. She was a young kid. Was playing against a great Champion. She fought to the end. What impressed me and won my respect was when she was so tired and she fell and got up and continued the fight. I thought "-What a gutsy kid." She became my favorite and she will always be my fav.:wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:05 PM
I will name 4 my biggest faves:
1. Kim - I guess it was RG 03, I simply felt in love with her game (it was when I started watching tennis)
2. Daniela - I can't remember when it was but I loved her game, the way she constructed points etc
3. Ana - It was last year at AO, I adore her risky game :D
4. Maria - Berlin 04 and the match against Capriati, I felt in love with her fighting spirit and the way she played :D

rockhart
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:16 PM
well clijsters became my favorite in probably 2000/01, because my friend began to talk about her.. I felt I had to see what it was she found so great and within a very short period I found myself a Clijsters fan!! :worship:
I think her play is both controlled, powerful, creative and playful and I always enjoy watching her play... she is amazing! :banana:

I have always had a weakness for Hingis' play... can't explain it, but it was there even before I began following tennis... there is something about her... :D

btw.. great thread! :yeah:

IMPOSSIBLE
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:17 PM
Sofia Arvidsson - Admire her saw her in Linz 05 immidiatly liked her.
Elena Dementieva - Her game inspires me

SJW
Oct 1st, 2006, 06:20 PM
Venus and Serena: started following them religiously Wim 00
Alicia Molik: 2002
Tatiana Golovin: 2003
Kim Clijsters: 2001

i guess i acquire a new fave a year :p

2004: Ana Ivanovic (vs Venus, Zurich)
2006: Nicole Vaidisova (vs Mauresmo, FO), Jelena Jankovic (vs Serena, LA)

Lindsayfan32
Oct 1st, 2006, 08:36 PM
I was a big Jennifer fan back in 94 and it was around the time she was off tour going through her personal stuff. I was flicking channels and came across the Brisbane final and started to watch it. Lindsay was playing it and she won the match and I liked what I saw. I had 10 days worth of tickets for the oz open and I watched all matches there and I was totally hooked after that then I found out more about the person behind the player and liked her even more and I have been fan every since.

Highlandman
Oct 1st, 2006, 08:39 PM
I saw Venus playing against Anke Huber in the 3rd round of the US Open - there I was 7 years old ;) :cool:

CrossCourt~Rally
Oct 1st, 2006, 09:00 PM
Many, Many reasons...but to wrap it up in one word...especialy later in her career... 'UNPRETENIOUS' Quite rare in this day and time . :bounce:

morningglory
Oct 1st, 2006, 09:07 PM
Maria RG 04 :lol: against Zvonareva, who I was already fond of because of the "pity" factor... she CRIES every single time, win or lose :lol:
Maria was fierce and focused all thru the match and the look on her face was kinda scary... :unsure: the commentators were like "Only seventeen?" :lol:
anyway when Maria won, she jumped and screamed like a girl who just got asked to her first prom :lol:and the commentator was "She's seventeen alright..." :haha:
I love her dual personality on and off the court... then she came to Thailand quite some time later and opened a tennis clinic in Changmai and did charity work for orphans and all that stuff :hearts:
Makiri is Masha's best friend so naturally, she's at the top my list (and she would've gotten there based on her looks alone too :p )
Daniela and Vera got my "pity vote" early on... when Daniela started to cover those bones with some flesh I realized she has a hot slender body :D and Vera... well as long as she keeps crying she'll have my support :lol:
Venus and Serena just blow me away with their attacking game, nuff said

Paul.
Oct 1st, 2006, 09:25 PM
with mary it all started because my mam is called mary :lol:

Corswandt
Oct 1st, 2006, 09:25 PM
I think a thread asking us about how we came to hate the players we hate would be much more fun.

anlavalle
Oct 1st, 2006, 09:38 PM
because i watched her sf against Serena and even when she lost she played great, i think she lost because she had such a bad luck in some points and the her back bothered her

anlavalle
Oct 1st, 2006, 09:39 PM
i`m talking about Amelie btw

Maria Croft
Oct 1st, 2006, 09:42 PM
Maria: I saw a little part of an interview from her after her third round win at Wimbledon 2003 when they asked about her (surprise) grunting. Her answers were so funny. I hadn’t heard about her before that and I immediately liked her :)

And when I saw her play tennis for the first time, I was like :eek: damn! She’s really good :lol:

SvetaPleaseWin.
Oct 1st, 2006, 11:48 PM
Serena-when i first sarted watching tennis she was the shit, Venus and Serena got me into tennis :worship:

Sveta-i saw her play doubles with Navrat at Wimby 03, Sveta was so bad it just made me love her :)

Ukey
Oct 1st, 2006, 11:55 PM
Momo for me in the Australian Open 1999, with any doubt!!!!

supergrunt
Oct 2nd, 2006, 12:33 AM
Venus and Serena becuase they are black and before I started watching tennis, the only tennis players I knew where them. :) Honestly...

supergrunt
Oct 2nd, 2006, 12:35 AM
and then I started watching them and I loved the attitude and flare and competitiveness that they had. I love their games. :hearts: