View Full Version : Rate of improvement and the top 10

May 8th, 2002, 12:27 AM
Or top twenty. Or whatever.

Players improve at different rates and different times. Look at JenniC last year. It seems to me that most of the current top ten can expect to improve their games over the reat of their careers. Monica, Lindsay and Jenn might not get any better, given their age. (But since all three are multiple GS winners, it's not like they NEED to get better.)

Amelie is 23 I think (fans, help me out)

The rest of the top 10 is below the age of 22.

I think ALL of them will improve with time.

Who will improve the most?
Who will improve the fastest?

(Neither of which means they will ever be the best player, or make it to #1.)

I'll put my own choices down later.

May 8th, 2002, 12:49 AM
As scary as it sounds, both Williams sisters can improve their game ..... but my bet is on Serena for the most improvement and the fastest ... she will reach the top3 before Wimbledon and will definitely finish the year in the top3 after having floating too long in the top6-9!

May 8th, 2002, 12:54 AM
1. Serena - she is working on many facets of her game. Footwork, netplay, slices, ability to play on clay, and last but not least her mental game ( point construction, patience, and toughness)

2. Justine - Has reworked her service motion she like Serena needs work on her mental game (Aggression and toughness).

3. Kim - Improving in her all around game and is gaining consistency. Has shown she is gaining mental toughness.

4. Venus - Her forehand is greatly improved but her serve continues to be a source of concern. But I am impressed at how well she is now playing on clay.

5. Jelena - Starting to make an impact in how she plays against the top players. Definitely an improving player

These are my top five that are leading in rate of improvement.

:cool: :wavey:

May 8th, 2002, 01:03 AM
Tsequoia, although I agree that Justine needs to work on her mental game (who wouldn't?) I think aggression is not a problem if I understood correctly what you said.

Actually her problem is excess of agression some times, like uncontrolled aggression, she hates playing defensively and some times goes for too much.

May 8th, 2002, 01:10 AM
Fingon I wrote that in the light of things that they are improving in and will continue to improve in. Justine lately has been aggressive and sometimes overly aggressive (Smashnova match) but I see that as an improvement say over last year. She will continue to improve in that department which also means mentally deciding when to be aggressive. :cool:

May 8th, 2002, 01:13 AM
I have to agree on that one, Justine knows that the only way to compete at the top is to be aggressive.

A controlled aggression is something difficult to develop, Venus has done it that's why she is so good, Serena and Justine need to work on it.

May 8th, 2002, 06:31 PM
My picks -

1) Improve the most: Kim Clijsters- She's only 18. Think how much better Venus is now than three years ago. Her play can stil lbe uneven, winning Hamburg, losing in Berlin first round. Shades of Venus in 2001 (winning Hamburg, 3rd round loss at Berlin). Her performances are uneven. Typical of young players. Three years from now, she may well be better than Venus is now. (Relax Williams fans, Venus will be better too.) Kim does get the yips at odd times, but experience and maturity well help that. She's gonna get better by growing up. The process might be slow, but, barringinjury, its sure.

2) Improve the fastest: Serena Williams. IF she improves. Nothing against Serena, but she plays like she's a winner machine and all she can or has to is hit the 'on' switch. (Makes you wonder if she and Justine are the actual sisters. They just can't help themselves sometimes. It;s just 'see it, kill it' with them most of the time.) Serena's got to learn to rein it in. NOt all the time. Not even most of the time. But against Schnyder at Charleston, Serena looked like she COULDN'T hit any way but allout. It was like she fighting herself. And losing. If Serena can correct this, her perfromance will improve fast. (Not that her performance isn't incredible.)

3) And who's going to be challenging Kim in seven years, when Kim's only 25 and the rest of the current top ten are either as good as they'll be, or going downhill?

There's a chance the rivalry in 2009 wil be Clijsters vs Daniela Hantuchova. Daniela's got a top fifteen body (See Venus, Meghann, Elena D), a good support system and a great attitude. Growing up will bring consistency. Like Kim, she can't really help BUT get better. And she already has some confidence, with a Tier I title and a victory over a top five player.

May 8th, 2002, 06:39 PM
Serena, Justine, Kim and Daniela. Good choices and I agree. :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: