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Andy T
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:53 PM
Questions for 2006

1) Venus and Serena Williams
Both showed brief glimpses of their championship winning games in 2005, on the big stages in Melbourne and Wimbledon. Can they replace their cameo performances of 2005 with starring role at centre stage of the women's game in 2006?

2) Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters
Both enjoyed periods of dominance in 2005, culminating in victory at a major but both spent part of the season sidelined by injury. Will they manage to sustain their best level for long enough to return to the top spot?

3) Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce
Can they go one better in 2006 than they did last season and bag a win at a major. Was 2005 their swansong or the beginning of a prolonged Indian summer?

4) Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Myskina.
Unable to add a second major in 2005 to their breakthrough wins the previous year, will any of the Russian trio move out of the ranks of one-slam winners alongside Martinez, Novotna and Sabatini and into the class of Austin and Pierce?

5) Amélie Mauresmo and Patty Schnyder
Can either of these two finally sustain their undoubted talent long enough to clinch victory at a major?

6) Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova
Can the other two Russian top tenners pull of the exploit of the year and break through to the very top?

7) Nicole Vaidisova, Sania Mirza and Sesil Karatancheva
How will the the three most talked about young talents on the tour handle the increasing pressures and expectations as they climb towards to the top ten?

8) Shuai Peng, Jie Zheng and Na Li
Will the Chinese revolution continue to gather strength and depth and establish China as a tenis power alongside the US, Russia, Belgium and France?

9) Alicia Molik, Vera Zvonareva and Elena Bovina
Can they bounce back from seasons decimated by injury to regain lost momentum?

10) Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles
Perhaps the most intriuing questions of all. Will they come back, and if they do, how far will they go? Martina has age on her side, Monica has the experience and Jennifer the advantage of having been away for the shortest time. Will we have the pleasure of seeing any of them holding a trophy above her head before the 2006 season ends?

SilK
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:55 PM
7) Ana Ivanovic? Michaella Krajicek? :shrug:

mr_burns
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:34 PM
uestions for 2006

1) Venus and Serena Williams
Venus has loses against lower ranked players over the last 2 years that won't stop...maybe she will have 3 or 4 good events...but she won't dominate

Serena. Everything is possible
2) Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters
Kim will be No 1 after AO and will dominate...she is able to do so...YEC was bad luck or sth like that...she will win lots of titles and maybe 2 or more slams

Justine , you'll never know...athens04

3) Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce
I really wish both could win one more slam, at the AO both will habe a realistic shot, both can stay top 10. Lindsay surely top 3
It depends, maybe both will retire at some point...sadly

4) Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Myskina.
Maria was in 4 sf last year, of course she is dangerous at slams...but I wouldn't bet
Myskina will be a top 10 player, but not more
sveta will do better but won't win another

5) Amélie Mauresmo and Patty Schnyder
Patty won't do better than 2005, but amelie will stay top 4 and maybe lucky at wimbledon. so hard to predict

6) Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova
Can beat nearly everybody on a good day...elena will do some damage at one slam again
nadia...just stay where she is

7) Nicole Vaidisova, Sania Mirza and Sesil Karatancheva
all will climb. vaidisova has a good chance to be top ten at summer

8) Shuai Peng, Jie Zheng and Na Li
I don't think so. maybe a qu at a slam, not more

9) Alicia Molik, Vera Zvonareva and Elena Bovina
Bovina will come back to top 25
Molik is a big question, hope she will be healthy and show her potential

10) Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles
really doubt taht seles is still active. Capriati and Hingis will have problems

-VSR-
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:41 PM
*^Sharapova had 3 SF and 1 QF

jonny84
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:42 PM
1) The Williams sisters probably will play pivitol parts in 2006; they will probably win a slam or two between them; come runner-up, and win some major titles. However I don't see them being the centre-stage; purely because there is so much competetion nowadays and no-one dominates the tour.

2) Justine Henin Hardenne knows she has to take it easy because of her virus so she won't play a full schedule; Kim is the opposite, she loves to play and win titles and rarely misses weeks off the tour without playing.

3) Lindsay and Mary are on good form right now; it depends on how they train over the winter and if they can stay uninjured; but if they carry on with their current form, they are always contenders for 2006 slams.

4) The only one I can see winning another slam is Sharpova on grass at Wimbledon. Myskina and Kuznetsova probably won't win another one due to high competetion.

5) Amelie tends to choke, although she impressed at the YEC; Patty, I don't think will win a slam, although I could be proven really wrong.

6) Elena and Nadia won't get to the top of the rankings this year; I could see one of them or both of them winning a slam or being runner-up first though.

7) Vaidisova, Karatanctcheva and Mirza were definitley the risers of the year; can only see Vaidisova reach the Top10 as she has more wins experience and playing with top players than the other two.

8) Not a chinese revolution this year as they aren't allowed to play as much as they should and therefore cant compete with the top.

9) We know Alicia is out for 2006; Elena and Vera need to really work hard to make up pace with everyone else in the Top40!

10) Martina Hingis will come back according to reports, if she stays at lower tier events to begin with and gain confidence, form and wins, she could make it to the Top20; Seles I can't see returning; not sure of Jennifer, but again it will take time and she should start slowly.

No Name Face
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:45 PM
Elena will succeed :bowdown:

And no one can call her slam victory a fluke because she's gonna beat Capritati/Hingis/Seles, Clijsters, Davenport, and a Williams sister to win her first GS :angel:

Serena will win one or two slams

Venus will win a slam

RJWCapriati
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:34 PM
Jennifer, Seles, and Hingis can all have successful comebacks if they are in shape and injury free :)

which i'm hoping for all 3!!

especially Jennifer!!

PointBlank
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:30 PM
7) Ana Ivanovic? Michaella Krajicek? :shrug:

They are good, but not talked about as much as the other three, and thats what it says "talked about".

Greattennis
Nov 30th, 2005, 02:43 PM
But Ivanovic is the biggest talent of the Youngsters. She won every youngsters match.

Lady
Nov 30th, 2005, 02:46 PM
They are good, but not talked about as much as the other three, and thats what it says "talked about".

Ivanovic actually is the most talked about of the 4, and probably she has the biggest fanbase here (maybe equal with only Vaidisova).

Ellery
Nov 30th, 2005, 02:49 PM
8) The Chinese girls will play full schedule in 2006 :woohoo:, so that increases their chances of success :woohoo: But revolution is too strong. I mean, the Chinese girls will probably have a better 2006 than 2005 and are always improving, but to become a tennis supernation, it takes a very long time. :confused: ;)

tennisrox
Nov 30th, 2005, 02:58 PM
Ivanovic actually is the most talked about of the 4, and probably she has the biggest fanbase here (maybe equal with only Vaidisova).

WTAworld isn't the media :lol:
Karatancheva rubs Masha the wrong way,Vaidisova is being hyped by the WTA and seems to be putting her game together well,Mirza sells the tickets,makes the cover of Time mag and gets into controversies and hence thay are more talked about than Ivanovic.If Ivanovic was a loudmouth like the rest of them, I think she'd be more talked about too :D
She's definitely one of the best young talents.One to watch for sure.

tennisrox
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:05 PM
Questions for 2006

1) Venus and Serena Williams
Both showed brief glimpses of their championship winning games in 2005, on the big stages in Melbourne and Wimbledon. Can they replace their cameo performances of 2005 with starring role at centre stage of the women's game in 2006?

2) Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters
Both enjoyed periods of dominance in 2005, culminating in victory at a major but both spent part of the season sidelined by injury. Will they manage to sustain their best level for long enough to return to the top spot?



I think they'll win titles,but I don't really see the 'old guard' dominating again.I sense a few surprise winners.

I think Lindsay,Mah-ree,or Amelie will win at least one of the slams.
Maybe one of the youngsters will have a big breakthrough,although I don't think any of them are at that level right now.
If Kuzzy gets her head together she can do some damage.
Maria will struggle until she gets her Pec injury sorted out.
Petrova,and Dementieva will still be there or thereabouts

The players I really want to watch are Hingis and Capriati.Not that I think either of them can win a big one next year,but it'll be interesting to see them on the comeback trail.It'll be great for the game,if the stars of yesteryears do well.The new gaurd are not nearly ready for starring-roles.

SilK
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:09 PM
They are good, but not talked about as much as the other three, and thats what it says "talked about".

ok, so lets skip Krajicek *i'm biased*

But I think Ana is talked about a lot more than Karatantcheva? :scratch:

tennisrox
Nov 30th, 2005, 03:14 PM
ok, so lets skip Krajicek *i'm biased*

But I think Ana is talked about a lot more than Karatantcheva? :scratch:

Karatantcheva is more talked about than Ana in the media.Unfortunately its because Sesil talks a lot more than Ana!What a kid! :D

Andy T
Nov 30th, 2005, 04:21 PM
Ivanovic and Krajicek are definitely players to watch for next year but they haven't whip up the media in the way that Vaidisova, Mirza and Karantancheva have this year.

That said, I reckon Krajicek probably will start making the headlines very soon and imo Ivanovic along with Vaidisova is the player I'd most expect to knock on the door of the top 10 in the next 12 months.

Maryamator
Nov 30th, 2005, 05:39 PM
7) its intresting how all three will improve nicole, sania,and sesil. im looking forward for the youngsters upseting top seeds and stuff this is what makes womens tennis special. noone is dominating it. in mens tennis roger is dominating erverything its boring u cant say gael monfils will beat roger federer its kinda like impossible but in womens tennis its not nicole can beat lindsay why not?

Fingon
Nov 30th, 2005, 08:06 PM
Questions for 2006

1) Venus and Serena Williams
Both showed brief glimpses of their championship winning games in 2005, on the big stages in Melbourne and Wimbledon. Can they replace their cameo performances of 2005 with starring role at centre stage of the women's game in 2006?

difficult to answer, I think that like many other multiple Grand Slam champions (and that includes Justine as well), they really only care about the GSs.
I expect them to have an strong show in one or two GSs, but not be consistently dominant as they were in 2002 and part of 2003.


2) Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters
Both enjoyed periods of dominance in 2005, culminating in victory at a major but both spent part of the season sidelined by injury. Will they manage to sustain their best level for long enough to return to the top spot?

two different cases.
Justine for once has reached the state where she only cares about the majors IMO. On the other hand, I believe (obviously I don't know) that being away from the tour for so long made her realize there is life outside tennis. In any case, there is something going on. She went from 2001 to 2004 (Indian Wells time) practially injury free, since then it's injury after injury after injury, I really don't know what's going on and that makes it very difficult to predict. If she is fully committed and healthy she can rise to the top, but both are big ifs.
Kim on the other hand I think has matured through her injury. I think she is more down to earth and that helped her at the US Open.
With the monkey off her bag she can be dangerous, but she too seems to lose focus when there is not a big prize. Remember that before she used to dominate after the US Open. This year when she dominated before and during, practically walked away after. I do think she will be more consistent than Justine and I am nearly sure she will win at least one slam.


3) Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce
Can they go one better in 2006 than they did last season and bag a win at a major. Was 2005 their swansong or the beginning of a prolonged Indian summer?

No, I honestly think, Davenport's problem is that she always faces someone that hits the ball as hard a she does but moves better, or is more consistent, etc.
She did get to two slam finals, but the way she collapsed against Serena at the Australian Open over ONE point tells me it will be very difficult for her to win a final unless she gets very lucky with who the other finalists is. With Kim having won a final already, the list of possible GS finalists that collapse in finals is getting shorter.
Mary is a similar case, she has proven me wrong multiple times in 2005 though, so who knows.


4) Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Myskina.
Unable to add a second major in 2005 to their breakthrough wins the previous year, will any of the Russian trio move out of the ranks of one-slam winners alongside Martinez, Novotna and Sabatini and into the class of Austin and Pierce?

Sveta has the game, but she has become mentally fragile. Reminds me a little of Amelie, talented, one strong show and them a collapse. I don't see her overcoming it next year.
Myskina? sorry, but IMO she doesn't have the skills to be at the very top. She won RG and deserved it but I don't think it's happening again.
Maria? she has to learn to deal with the pressure. She has the shots, the power and the desire, but has shown some signs of mental fragility, probably because losses do matter now.
On the other hand, she is consistent now, so she really needs to learn to stay focus, get a little fitter and she can leave the Martinez-Novotna-Sabatini club.


5) Amélie Mauresmo and Patty Schnyder
Can either of these two finally sustain their undoubted talent long enough to clinch victory at a major?

the first one, no, too many times I thought this is her time, too many times she choked again.
Patty? who knows, if she keeps her game together for the whole tournament she can be dangerous, but can she?


6) Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova
Can the other two Russian top tenners pull of the exploit of the year and break through to the very top?

Elena needs a serve, forget about success without one.
Nadia isn't really that good, she is already an overachiever IMO.


7) Nicole Vaidisova, Sania Mirza and Sesil Karatancheva
How will the the three most talked about young talents on the tour handle the increasing pressures and expectations as they climb towards to the top ten?

Vaidisova: she might reach the top ten, basically because it's not diffucult to do. I really think she isn't that good. Remember her wins are all in small tournaments and she carefully avoids to play the big ones, where she hasn't had too much success. Yes, she can reach the top ten (you can do that with tier 3s and 4s), not much more.
Sesil isn't that good IMO, she is famous because she talked trash about Sharapova, hasn't showed anything impressive on the court.
Mirza? well, she is talked a lot about because all the controversies surrounding her, good groundstrokes but not nearly as good as some posters and the media think, plus, too inconsistent, too one-dimensional (with serious flaws, difficult to fix) and too distracted.


8) Shuai Peng, Jie Zheng and Na Li
Will the Chinese revolution continue to gather strength and depth and establish China as a tenis power alongside the US, Russia, Belgium and France?

no, again, it seems that it's China's fate to dominate everything, from economy to every single sport.
I don't think any of them is that good, there can be other players we haven't heard about, but not these three.


9) Alicia Molik, Vera Zvonareva and Elena Bovina
Can they bounce back from seasons decimated by injury to regain lost momentum?

Alicia is not even playing next year.
Zvonareva? who knows, she is a headcase, can go any direction.
Bovina? another overrated player IMO, not every tall Russian player will be good, and she is too injury prone.


10) Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles
Perhaps the most intriuing questions of all. Will they come back, and if they do, how far will they go? Martina has age on her side, Monica has the experience and Jennifer the advantage of having been away for the shortest time. Will we have the pleasure of seeing any of them holding a trophy above her head before the 2006 season ends?
Martina? who knows, does she have the will to put the effort? I don't know, time will tell, will she endure losing to anybody long enough to get better? I would say no but she might have changed.
Capriati? another question mark, I seriously suspect that Capriati is fed up with the tour. If that's the case, she might not even show up.
Monica? I don't think she is coming back, period.