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getright
Dec 22nd, 2005, 02:03 AM
Serena's future remains fuzzy
Will she take on goal of getting to No. 1 again?

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Serena Williams must make a high-level commitment to tennis if she is to have a chance at again rising to the top of the women's game, writes Tracy Austin of NBCSports.com

COMMENTARY
By Tracy Austin
NBC Sports
Updated: 7:37 p.m. ET Dec. 21, 2005

There are a lot of intriguing questions to be answered in women's tennis in 2006, and at the top of the list is whether Serena Williams has the desire and drive to reclaim the top ranking in the world.

Serena's path not yet chosen
I still feel that if Serena makes a decision that she wants to again be No. 1 in the world, and she can make the commitment to achieve such a lofty status, she has the talent to rise to the top.

I haven't seen signs Serena is willing to make that sort of commitment. I saw her at the season-ending Tour Championships, and it was clear she'll need to improve her fitness level if she is to make a serious run at No. 1 in 2006.

Serena can't take a month off between tournaments. It's just too tough of a game now. Her 2005 season was interrupted by injuries (knee and ankle), limiting her to a mere 10 tournaments, with her lone title coming in Melbourne.

And in my opinion, Serena didn't go into the 2005 Australian Open completely prepared. And yet she was still good enough to beat three of the top four seeds in succession and reclaim the title she won two years ago.

She needs to go hard at training if 2006 is going to hold more for her than 2005 did. And only she can make the decision over whether she still has it in her to dedicate herself to tennis to the degree it takes to rise to the status of being the top player in the world.

Hingis take on a huge challenge

Martina Hingis, a five-time Grand Slam winner, announced last November that she planned a return to the professional circuit in 2006. Her attempt at a comeback begins at a WTA tournament in Australia on New Year’s Day.

Since there is more potential downside to upside in her comeback, I think it's a courageous move by Hingis to return to professional tennis. But after an absence of over three years, she faces some steep challenges if she's to get back to being a top player.

The biggest obstacle for Hingis to overcome will be her lack of match play. Suffering from chronic inflammation of both heels as well as foot and ankle injuries, and perhaps a waning of her competitive desire, Hingis retired in October of 2002.

She was 14 when she turned pro, and only 22 when she quit after winning 40 singles titles and five Grand Slams. Hingis made a brief one-match comeback last February, losing in the first round of the Volvo Women’s Open in Thailand.

Women's tennis has really changed since Hingis last played professionally. Specifically, the serves are much more powerful and are much bigger weapons.

If you look at the top women on tour today, most of them have very strong serves. Hingis' serve was never big, and I have to wonder if she will be hurt by not having a big serve to win points on, and also whether her second serve will be attackable.

Another key will be how the pace of her groundstrokes hold up against today's big and powerful hitters.

Capriati has designs on a return

Former world No. 1 Jennifer Capriati did not play a match on tour in 2005 because of shoulder surgery. But from what I've heard, she really wants to come back to the WTA Tour.

Capriati went to Key Biscayne and was training there, and she's undergone physical therapy. I would love to see her return because I think she is a very exciting player to watch with her style of play.

Lindsay Davenport has not committed to play past March. In 2005, Davenport managed to finish atop the WTA rankings for a second straight year and the fourth time in her tremendous career.

I think it's a smart thing for her not to commit too far ahead. She's done everything she needs to in tennis, but at the same time I would think it's pretty tough to retire when you are still in the hunt for Grand Slams and the No. 1 ranking in the world.

After winning the U.S. Open last September, Kim Clijsters said she would play just two more years on the WTA Tour. It's interesting that she gave such a definite deadline to walk away from the game.

Two years out you have no idea of what you will be dealing with. It wasn't a smart move on her part to make such an announcement since the media's questioning of her over it will get tiresome. Everywhere she goes she is going to be asked about that two-year deadline.

I think it was really silly for her to put that out there, and I'm interested to see if she alters that position sometime in 2006.

Vaidisova bears watching

I'm very impressed with Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic. I think she is ready to burst on the scene in 2006, and have a breakout season.

She showed signs of being on the rise in 2005 as she made it to the fourth round of the U.S. Open, and the third round at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The 16-year-old had a singles record of 48-15.

And now that she has some experience under her belt, she has more confidence. And she has gotten stronger so 2006 could be a telling season for her on the WTA Tour.

The upcoming year is the kind of year where Vaidisova's play could say a lot about whether she is going to someday get to the No. 1 ranking in the world, or if she is going to be a good player, but one who doesn't make it into the top 10.


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venus_rulez
Dec 22nd, 2005, 02:09 AM
Her comment of, " I haven't seen serena make changes." is interesting to me. because according to the commentators at the french open, venus needed to get rededicated to tennis. Suddenly three weeks later she's playing brilliantly at Wimbledon and then suddenly Venus has rededicated herself. It's not like tracy would know if Serena were training hard or not. Once again she seems to be blowing out hot air.

careyscott
Dec 22nd, 2005, 03:50 AM
Her comment of, " I haven't seen serena make changes." is interesting to me. because according to the commentators at the french open, venus needed to get rededicated to tennis. Suddenly three weeks later she's playing brilliantly at Wimbledon and then suddenly Venus has rededicated herself. It's not like tracy would know if Serena were training hard or not. Once again she seems to be blowing out hot air.

Yawn. Yeah we know the drill everyone who says something negative about the Willams sisters is at best an idiot at worst evil. Pull your head out of your *ss, not everyone thinks Serena can comeback but clearly Tracey does. If you could dislodge the giant chip on your shoulder you might have noted the high regard Austin holds for Serena.

The Wimbledon run was impressive but at this point more an isolated incident than full fledged comeback.

selesfan1
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:01 AM
I love Tracy adn her commentary during matches but there is something about her articles I don't like.

venus_rulez
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:24 AM
If you could dislodge the giant chip on your shoulder


Those in glass houses..... :)

kiwifan
Dec 22nd, 2005, 07:04 AM
Only winnning slams really matters. :cool:

VeeReeDavJCap81
Dec 22nd, 2005, 07:21 AM
One thing though, is that she believes Serena can get back to #1. A smarmy bitch like Mary Carillo would never admit that.

careyscott
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:38 AM
Only winnning slams really matters. :cool:

To who? Is not having one keeping you up nights?

So Disrespectful
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:45 AM
I actually agree with most of that article. I love Serena, so don't get defensive over this comment, but I believe that if she really wanted to be number 1, she would be. She was practically invincible when she was at her peak. Serena still has the mentality and the game, she just needs to work hard and enter more tournaments.

Both Williams sisters say all this crap about not playing tournaments so that they don't get injured, but being fit by playing more tournaments certainly can't be a bad thing.

Anyways, good luck next year Serena :D

TomTennis
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:57 AM
?? she says she saw serena at the 2005 YEC!??

Alfie
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:38 PM
?? she says she saw serena at the 2005 YEC!??

Serena was there for the parties. :D She was at Spago's all dolled up along with the other gals.

SelesFan70
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:41 PM
One thing though, is that she believes Serena can get back to #1. A smarmy bitch like Mary Carillo would never admit that.

OMG..I haven't seen the word "smarmy" in a LONG time! :lol: But Tracy is correct...if Serena wants it, she can do it...but so can several other players.

SAEKeithSerena
Dec 22nd, 2005, 02:46 PM
tracy austin is not one to judge. serena is ten times the player she ever was and would most definitely beat her at serena's lowest vs. austin's prime. dumb bitch.

Paneru
Dec 22nd, 2005, 02:51 PM
The Wimbledon run was impressive but at this point more an isolated incident than full fledged comeback.

Oh please! :p

First, bitches dog Venus saying she'll never do this or
that again and when she makes them eat crow they then
all of the sudden find something else to bitch about. Go figure! :cool:

Isolated my ass!

Venus' form has returned and it was her health that
prevented her from doing more after Wimbledon.

She won Wimbledon and is gonna have a great 06'.
While everyonbe else was gabbing she was hard at
work, something she's been doing since the 04' offseason.

So has said, both Chris Evert & Zina Garrison.

Meesh
Dec 22nd, 2005, 02:53 PM
It's just her opinion! Like she said she "she can get back to #1" People need to chill.

I didn't know Lindsay is not commited to anything past March. I hope she does well with her new coach!

hingis-seles
Dec 22nd, 2005, 02:54 PM
There's nothing in this article all of us didn't already know.

SAEKeithSerena
Dec 22nd, 2005, 02:55 PM
lindsay has a new coach? haha her old one was hot

Pureracket
Dec 22nd, 2005, 03:11 PM
Yawn. Yeah we know the drill everyone who says something negative about the Willams sisters is at best an idiot at worst evil. Pull your head out of your *ss, not everyone thinks Serena can comeback but clearly Tracey does. If you could dislodge the giant chip on your shoulder you might have noted the high regard Austin holds for Serena.

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tennisjay
Dec 22nd, 2005, 03:21 PM
I agree with Tracy. Serena is one of the all time greatest and if she could get focus she will dominate for years. Like Tracey said Serena wasn’t even prepared for the Australian Open and she still won it, just think what she could do if she gets fit and more focus.

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Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:24 PM
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Denise4925
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:28 PM
?? she says she saw serena at the 2005 YEC!??
That's what I was confused about. :confused: I re-read that sentence three times to make sure I wasn't reading it wrong. Where did she see Serena at the YEC this year? Did they have lunch or something when Serena made a trip to LA??

AkademiQ
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:32 PM
Well Serena is the savior for women's tennis so I see why her health, fitness and overall performance is important. Good looking out Tracy :yeah:

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Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:35 PM
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Paialii
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:45 PM
I happen to have a high amount of respect for Tracy Austin -- she's analyzing Serena's future based on what she's seen thusfar, and you can definitely tell she wants the BEST for Serena, whereas commentators like Carillo seem to be focused on the negative, negative, negative. I think the commentary was well-put and balanced.

I agree that Serena needs to focus more on training. OBVIOUSLY, 2005 didn't allow her to train as much due to the injuries. However, one can't help but wonder if the injuries piled on due to a lack of training in BETWEEN injury time-outs. It's no secret that Serena didn't play and train as hard as she has in past years, but I think given her circumstances of just not being able to play, it's dismissed.

Serena's had a few months now to be training and practicing at a high level. If she goes to Australia in bad condition, the blame rests solely on her shoulders. But who's to say? She may own when she goes down under. We'll just wait and see.

I agree that Serena has the game to be the number one player in the world -- hell, anyone that saw Serena between 01-03 knows this for a fact. She was nearly invincible, folks. The other night I sat and watched the Serena/Venus 03 Australian Open finals and sat mesmerized at the consistency and sheer athleticism I saw. I'd like to see that back in Serena; we all saw a bit of it last year in Australia, and I think we'll see some more in 06, IF Serena commits herself.

The only thing I disagree with is the mention of her mentality somewhere in this thread. Truth is, she doesn't have the mentality to be at the top, but luckily, it doesn't take long for that to change. With a few match wins, the mentality is positive. But until then, she's still irritated with her play because she knows it's not where it should be. She knows better than anyone that she's not playing at her best -- that's why we see the constant look of pain on her face and the racquet throwing and screaming and so forth. That, more than just winning or anything, is what I want to see change in 06. I want to see the firery, I'm-gonna-beat-you-and-you-can't-stop-me Serena Williams back in 06.

Just like my avatar says... she'll be back.

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Dec 22nd, 2005, 07:19 PM
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Zauber
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:05 PM
If I had studied I woul have gotten 80%
If I had trained hard I could have been a pro athlete.
If if if if if
Serena has done very well.
7 slam wins will rate her quite highly.
However one of the greats she is a long way of.
She simply has trouble being as good as she was. That is the simple fact. No excuses please.
It happens to many outstanding athletes.
It separates the very good from the greates.
Please judge her on her performances.
If she wins another grand slam tournament we can say she is as good as the top players. Otherswise she is just another top 20 tennis player.
Ifffffff applies to all the players that are not at the top.

Denise4925
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:12 PM
If I had studied I woul have gotten 80%
If I had trained hard I could have been a pro athlete.
If if if if if
Serena has done very well.
7 slam wins will rate her quite highly.
However one of the greats she is a long way of.
She simply has trouble being as good as she was. That is the simple fact. No excuses please.
It happens to many outstanding athletes.
It separates the very good from the greates.
Please judge her on her performances.
If she wins another grand slam tournament we can say she is as good as the top players. Otherswise she is just another top 20 tennis player.
Ifffffff applies to all the players that are not at the top.
:haha: :retard:

VeeReeDavJCap81
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:19 PM
If I had studied I woul have gotten 80%
If I had trained hard I could have been a pro athlete.
If if if if if
Serena has done very well.
7 slam wins will rate her quite highly.
However one of the greats she is a long way of.
She simply has trouble being as good as she was. That is the simple fact. No excuses please.
It happens to many outstanding athletes.
It separates the very good from the greates.
Please judge her on her performances.
If she wins another grand slam tournament we can say she is as good as the top players. Otherswise she is just another top 20 tennis player.
Ifffffff applies to all the players that are not at the top.

Are you on the sticky icky, or 8ball?

Pureracket
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:22 PM
If I had studied I woul have gotten 80%
If I had trained hard I could have been a pro athlete.
If if if if if
Serena has done very well.
7 slam wins will rate her quite highly.
However one of the greats she is a long way of.
She simply has trouble being as good as she was. That is the simple fact. No excuses please.
It happens to many outstanding athletes.
It separates the very good from the greates.
Please judge her on her performances.
If she wins another grand slam tournament we can say she is as good as the top players. Otherswise she is just another top 20 tennis player.
Ifffffff applies to all the players that are not at the top.:lol: :D :lol: :lol: :lol:

Stamp Paid
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:46 PM
Are you on the sticky icky, or 8ball?

ROTF :haha:

Craigy
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:51 PM
If I had studied I woul have gotten 80%
If I had trained hard I could have been a pro athlete.
If if if if if
Serena has done very well.
7 slam wins will rate her quite highly.
However one of the greats she is a long way of.
She simply has trouble being as good as she was. That is the simple fact. No excuses please.
It happens to many outstanding athletes.
It separates the very good from the greates.
Please judge her on her performances.
If she wins another grand slam tournament we can say she is as good as the top players. Otherswise she is just another top 20 tennis player.
Ifffffff applies to all the players that are not at the top.
Ok :retard: Why don't you just dig yourself a little hole, Go in to it, and stay there :D




















:retard:

Dawn Marie
Dec 23rd, 2005, 01:38 AM
Yawn. Yeah we know the drill everyone who says something negative about the Willams sisters is at best an idiot at worst evil. Pull your head out of your *ss, not everyone thinks Serena can comeback but clearly Tracey does. If you could dislodge the giant chip on your shoulder you might have noted the high regard Austin holds for Serena.

The Wimbledon run was impressive but at this point more an isolated incident than full fledged comeback.

Blah Blah Blah. The reality is nobody gives a shit about full fledged and isolated. When you're winning your fifth slam and 7th it's all DAMN GOOD.

Serena J. Williams is the ONLY ACTIVE female who owns 7 grandslams. Nobody else does. Tracey's article is giving Serena praise but yet it is also omitting the fact that Serena doesn't need to play a shitload to win the big ones.

vwfan
Dec 23rd, 2005, 01:42 AM
Tracey's article is so insightful and really reveals an insider's view on women's tennis. :rolleyes:

Veenut
Dec 23rd, 2005, 10:46 PM
Tracy's brain remains fuzzy. There is no need to concern her self about Serena's future because Serena is quite cable of taking care of her own business. She needs Serena's name to garner some interest in what she has to say. She is such a big bore.

pisces
Dec 23rd, 2005, 11:12 PM
Could someone please tell me,why?all these people concern about declining Serena?There other great tennis player"s right?

Jennifer North
Dec 24th, 2005, 12:56 AM
Tracy's brain remains fuzzy. There is no need to concern her self about Serena's future because Serena is quite cable of taking care of her own business. She needs Serena's name to garner some interest in what she has to say. She is such a big bore.

well, one is a Grand Slam winner, makes a fortune commentating and has a deep and inside knowledge of the game, while the other is just a weird kind of nut... I don't know about you guys, but I know who I am listening to... :wavey: :angel:

Dawn Marie
Dec 24th, 2005, 01:23 AM
well, one is a Grand Slam winner, makes a fortune commentating and has a deep and inside knowledge of the game, while the other is just a weird kind of nut... I don't know about you guys, but I know who I am listening to... :wavey: :angel:

What is wrong with being a nut? "Sometimes you just feel like a nut and sometimes you don't". In the end of the nutfest it will be Serena who is still iholding 7 grandslams. If Serena retired yesterday she would be sitting in Tracey's chair taking Tracey's spot on the USA channel. Rotflmao.:):wavey:

Stamp Paid
Dec 24th, 2005, 01:23 AM
well, one is a Grand Slam winner, makes a fortune commentating and has a deep and inside knowledge of the game, while the other is just a weird kind of nut... I don't know about you guys, but I know who I am listening to... :wavey: :angel:

:yawn:WTF?:yawn:

Denise4925
Dec 27th, 2005, 08:57 PM
When did Tracey win the Grand Slam? :confused:

pigam
Dec 27th, 2005, 09:08 PM
When did Tracey win the Grand Slam? :confused:
she didn't win it yet, but she'll be inspired by Hingis, and make a comeback. she'll win the GS in 2007. mark my words :p

Stamp Paid
Dec 27th, 2005, 09:09 PM
I think she should say, "Serena's future as #1 remains fuzzy', ecause I think her future is pretty secure.

pigam
Dec 27th, 2005, 09:11 PM
I just wish Tracy's voice was bit "fussy" :sad:

kosmikgroove
Dec 27th, 2005, 09:31 PM
lindsay has a new coach? haha her old one was hot

i know! but he'll still be around, considering that he's a good buddy of her hubby.

Jakeev
Dec 27th, 2005, 09:42 PM
You know I knew I would come in here and people would still discount what Tracy has to say.

Do any of you actually follow tennis or just when Serena shows up?

Call me freakin selfish, but I want to see Serena more than just winning one Slam in a year.

I want to see her battling in the semis and finals of everything the season has to offer and I want her to be healthy.

Some of us fans want more than just seeing her win a Slam and play practically injured in 9 other tournaments like she did last year.

Tracy called it like she saw it and I applaud her for it!!!!

Veenut
Dec 27th, 2005, 09:54 PM
well, one is a Grand Slam winner, makes a fortune commentating and has a deep and inside knowledge of the game, while the other is just a weird kind of nut... I don't know about you guys, but I know who I am listening to... :wavey: :angel:

You are free to listen to whoever you choose and so do I. I certainly wouldn't rely on Tacey for any deep and inside knowledge of the game but you are entitled to do as you please.

Your reference to grand slam winner etc is irrelevant to this discussion. Tracey and Co. are often wrong about Serena and Venus, therefore this won't be the first or last time she gets it wrong again.

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Dec 28th, 2005, 06:18 PM
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