View Full Version : If you could design a schedule for any player in the top 50, what would it be?

Dec 1st, 2005, 11:31 PM
My picks:

Anna Smashnova-Let's face it. She's a clay court queen, and especially at the lower level. That's where she shines. Personally, I don't want to see her off a clay court unless she's playing a Grand Slam. I think she should almost exclusively play clay court tournaments ranging from 75K-Tier III level. So here's what I would do.

Australian Open
Bogota (Tier III)
Acapulco (Tier III)
Amelia Island (Tier II)
Charleston (Tier I)
Dothan (75K)
Estoril (Tier IV)
Rabat (Tier IV)
Prague (Tier IV)
French Open
Zagreb (75K)
Fano (75K)
Modena (Tier IV)
Palermo (Tier IV)
Budapest (Tier IV)
US Open
Denain (75K)
Bordeaux (75K)
Jounieh (75K)
Barcelona (75K)

Dec 1st, 2005, 11:35 PM
I seriously doubt Anna playing challengers. Shed play Rome also, because she lives there. She would also play in the Israeli pro tournament next year.

Dec 1st, 2005, 11:41 PM
I seriously doubt Anna playing challengers. Shed play Rome also, because she lives there. She would also play in the Israeli pro tournament next year.

I think she should. It would make sense for her to play the Zagreb challenger than the lead-ups to Wimbledon. Grass isn't her strong point. Neither is indoors. Winning big challengers will give her about 70 or so ranking points and an easy paycheck.

Dec 1st, 2005, 11:42 PM
Venus Williams:

She needs to focus on the major tournaments. No more Istanbul stuff. She also needs to plan her schedule more wisely as well. Even writing down four weeks in a row causes injury to poor V. She needs plenty of time in between events and no more than two weeks in a row of consecutive play.

Australian Open







French Open


San Diego

Los Angeles

US Open






Dec 2nd, 2005, 12:22 AM
Couldn't agree more with Venus' schedule up there. Maybe one more event somewhere, but 17 is good enough I suppose. She would be smart to do that, and leave out the lower tier tournaments.

Shonami Slam
Dec 2nd, 2005, 12:32 AM
You obviously don't know Anna that much (which is ok).
her big points came from big wins every now and then against top15 players, and not always on clay, especially not in small tournies.
since we've come to know her as a "lower tier clay queen" (which is 2002 really):
she reached IW QF.
she reached Moscow SF.
she won back-to-back hard tournies in australia.
she beat Henin on hard when the belguim was world #7, she beat world #8 Myskina and #14 Zvonareva back-to-back on hard, she beat World #13 Shagnessy on hard, she beat #13 Dementieva on hard, she beat world #13 Petrova and #14 Sugiyama indoors, she beat #13 Rubin on carpet
She beat world #14 Danilidou on grass.

as you can see for your own - apart d. Clijsters and Novotna on clay as top5 players (as well as top10 Dokic) she had most of her big wins in big tournies and high tiers, on surfaces that you wouldn't regard as her best.
it's true - her bread and butter were the lower tier tournies in which she would easily reach the QF stage - and from there always have a chance for the title itslef - but for me, she will be remembered for her abbility to stand up to the occasion and beat bigger, stronger girls on the surface they play better.
yes - her biggest title (sopot) and biggist wins were on clay - but she is not to be degraded as a lower tier player with no abbilities other than that.
she played tournies such as Rome, Berlin, Warsaw and Sopot for a reason - She was better than the lower tier alternative offered the same weeks.
I'm wishing she can have a last wonderful year on tour.
I hope she does well - i hope she somehow, i don't know how - comes up with a huge title in one of the clay build-up tournies, and tell the world "I told you so!".
I'm hoping she shows her clay brilliance in RG and reaches her much anticipated first GS QF.
I'm dying for her to win the Ande open here in israel - and say goodbye respectfully.

Dec 2nd, 2005, 12:41 AM

Australian Open
Indian Wells
Amelia Island
Fed Cup I
French Open
Fed Cup II
New Haven
US Open
Fed Cup finals or Bali


Dec 2nd, 2005, 01:32 AM
Venus - She gets to home for three weeks after Doha, plays four clay events, defends Istanbul (the WTA likes this), get three weeks off after Wimbledon (four if the USA is out of Fed Cup), three weeks off after the Fed Cup final (four if the USA is out of Fed Cup), then she should rent a house in Madrid for the last five weeks of the season. Stay in Europe from Moscow to Madrid.

Week 01 Auckland
Week 02 off
Week 03 OZ
Week 04 OZ
Week 05 off
Week 06 off
Week 07 Antwerp
Week 08 Doha
Week 09 off
Week 10 off
Week 11 off
Week 12 Miami
Week 13 Miami
Week 14 Amelia Island
Week 15 off
Week 16 Fed Cup
Week 17 Warsaw
Week 18 Berlin
Week 19 off
Week 20 Istanbul (She should defend it)
Week 21 Roland Garros
Week 22 Roland Garros
Week 23 off
Week 24 Eastbourne
Week 25 Wimbledon
Week 26 Wimbledon
Week 27 Fed Cup II
Week 28 off
Week 29 off
Week 30 off
Week 31 Acura
Week 32 off
Week 33 Rogers Cup
Week 34 off
Week 35 US Open
Week 36 US Open
Week 37 Fed Cup Final
Week 38 off
Week 39 off
Week 40 off
Week 41 Moscow
Week 42 Zurich
Week 43 Hasselt
Week 44 off
Week 45 TC

Tati & Dani
Dec 2nd, 2005, 02:17 AM
Antwerp and Hasselt for Hantuchova and Golovin , the rest of the tournaments it's up to them

Dec 2nd, 2005, 05:51 AM
Shonami Slam, I'm not saying that Anna is a bad player. I happen to like watching her play and I hope she accomplishes all the things you mentioned. I'm just being objective though. In the last ten years, her grass court record is 5-15 and her indoor record is 16-30. That's just poor. Sure she's made the semis of Moscow, but what about the countless first and second losses she's had indoors? Wouldn't it make more sense to stick to the surfaces that she's at her best on, even if it's at the 75K level? Realistically, there's little difference separating a 75K from a Tier IV.