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tenn aussie
Feb 12th, 2006, 08:41 PM
What do you think are three of the worst things that happened to women's tennis this Century?

Here's my picks:

1. The decline of the Williams Sisters ( Women's tennis needs their charismatic presence and star power!)

2. The sudden retirement of Martina Hingis in 2002 ( I'm glad she's back but the biggest question remains if she can still consistently compete against the big babes and win Grand Slams again.)

3. The never ending injuries of two of WTA's brightest stars Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin Hardenne.

Chrissie-fan
Feb 12th, 2006, 08:57 PM
-The truckload of injuries. Most of the other "worst things" that have happened are a direct result of that.
-The demise of the serve & volleyers and touch players.
-Doping raises it's ugly head in the tennis world, both on the female and male side. Are these just a few isolated cases, or is there more going on that we may, or may never hear about?

smiler
Feb 12th, 2006, 09:07 PM
-The truckload of injuries. Most of the other "worst things" that have happened are a direct result of that.
-The demise of the serve & volleyers and touch players.
-Doping raises it's ugly head in the tennis world, both on the female and male side. Are these just a few isolated cases, or is there more going on that we may, or may never hear about?

:worship: Yeah I agree with all of those :wavey:

jimbo mack
Feb 12th, 2006, 09:47 PM
I-N-J-U-R-I-E-S

i hate them :fiery:

Szymanowski
Feb 12th, 2006, 09:50 PM
1. Monica's Stabbing. Poor girl, she may have been better than Steffi long term, she may not. But this cast such a dark shadow over not just women's tennis but the whole game. [edit, I will have to think of something else, since it was pointed out to me this was LAST century! :rolleyes: ]

2. The rise of the Williams Sisters. (sorry to their fans; I think they brought in this power game more than any others, I wish they hadn't been so successful)

3. The long season which leads to INJURIES. While players play for so long, they are bound to be affected. Everyone knows they need a longer BREAK!

Shenanigans
Feb 12th, 2006, 09:52 PM
Was Monica stabbed again? I think that should be kept in the last century.

jimbo mack
Feb 12th, 2006, 09:53 PM
Was Monica stabbed again? I think that should be kept in the last century.

:lol:

jimbo mack
Feb 12th, 2006, 09:56 PM
1. Monica's Stabbing. Poor girl, she may have been better than Steffi long term, she may not. But this cast such a dark shadow over not just womens tennis but the whole game.

2. The rise of the Williams Sisters. (sorry to their fans; I think they brought in this power game more than any others, I wish they hadn't been so successful)

3. The long season which leads to INJURIES. While players play for so long, they are bound to be affected. Everyone knows they need a longer BREAK!

disagree with 3

players overplay, they choose totally unrealistic schedules. their bodies are not designed to play 4-5 weeks of tennis in a row day in day out, they should take more breaks in between. there's no law saying they have to play as much as some of them do

jimbo mack
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:03 PM
and Martina Navratilova is finally forced to retire when this new surface causes an injury to her forty-fifth hip replacement

:lol: :lol:

Szymanowski
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:03 PM
disagree with 3

players overplay, they choose totally unrealistic schedules. their bodies are not designed to play 4-5 weeks of tennis in a row day in day out, they should take more breaks in between. there's no law saying they have to play as much as some of them do

They have to; some players will play every tournament they can, get to the semis everytime and make their way to #1 that way, so if you pick a less intense schedule, you're stuffed.



By the way, :lol: @ my stupid self.

I forgot it said this century. :rolleyes:

jimbo mack
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:06 PM
They have to; some players will play every tournament they can, get to the semis everytime and make their way to #1 that way, so if you pick a less intense schedule, you're stuffed.


they don't have to

lindsay ended the year at number 1 despite missing the whole red clay season, lindsay has a sensible schedule

anna lena-groenefeld on the other hand....

Szymanowski
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:21 PM
I'd prefer it to be shorter, so that nobody had such long schedules anyway. That way you would have a fairer basis for rankings; skill vs. skill rather than skill vs how many tournaments can I play?

Chrissie-fan
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:33 PM
disagree with 3

players overplay, they choose totally unrealistic schedules. their bodies are not designed to play 4-5 weeks of tennis in a row day in day out, they should take more breaks in between. there's no law saying they have to play as much as some of them do
Actually, I think the modern tennis racquet which has made the game more athletic and faster, and thus more physically demanding has a lot to do with all those injuries.

ClaudiaZ-S
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:40 PM
The death of Suzanne Lenglen :awww:

thrust
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:55 PM
Excessive power tennis which, I think, is the main cause for so many injuries as well as making the game more one dimensional.

cartmancop
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:00 PM
Martina N. will never retire :lol: original thought though:)

I think the doping scandal is going to be a huge problem...Surely there are more players who are guilty than have been caught... I hope not though.

Seles' end of career...b/c of injuries, It looks like she isn't going to be able to go out on her terms, which she deserves...

Shenanigans
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:03 PM
Martina N. will never retire :lol: original thought though:)

I think the doping scandal is going to be a huge problem...Surely there are more players who are guilty than have been caught... I hope not though.

Seles' end of career...b/c of injuries, It looks like she isn't going to be able to go out on her terms, which she deserves...

It is not like it is something new that players are using perfomance enhancing drugs it has been going on for a long time like in all sports but now there is alot pressure on the tennis authorities to find the cheaters.

tenn aussie
Feb 13th, 2006, 12:12 AM
1. Monica's Stabbing. Poor girl, she may have been better than Steffi long term, she may not. But this cast such a dark shadow over not just women's tennis but the whole game. [edit, I will have to think of something else, since it was pointed out to me this was LAST century! :rolleyes: ]



Monica Seles has already PROVEN to us that she was the BETTER PLAYER and CHAMPION than Steffi Graf based on the 3 year (1991-April 1993) results and the ranking PRIOR to the tragic stabbing. In fact, there was NO rivalry at all prior to Hamburg as #1 Seles WON EVERYTHING except Wimbledon.

The horrible 1993 Hamburg incident changed the course of women's tennis history and hugely impacted both their careers. The is the TRUTH of the matter.

Kworb
Feb 13th, 2006, 01:02 AM
1. Martina retiring
2. the Serena Slam, probably the most boring period in women's tennis in years, I almost lost interest in the sport
3. of course, all of the injuries, rarely do you see all of the top players in top condition, playing against eachother

Barlos
Feb 13th, 2006, 01:15 AM
1. Martina retiring

Not a bad thing if you consider what's happening at the moment :)

Martina was often being beaten by players not in the same leauge as her... She was plagued by injuries and no longer had the hunger that she possessed as a teenager.

Martina is back now, she's hungry, free of injuries and loving every minute of it. The break has done her good.

cellophane
Feb 13th, 2006, 01:37 AM
Monica Seles has already PROVEN to us that she was the BETTER PLAYER and CHAMPION than Steffi Graf based on the 3 year (1991-April 1993) results and the ranking PRIOR to the tragic stabbing. In fact, there was NO rivalry at all prior to Hamburg as #1 Seles WON EVERYTHING except Wimbledon.

The horrible 1993 Hamburg incident changed the course of women's tennis history and hugely impacted both their careers. The is the TRUTH of the matter.

Don't make Calimero come out of retirement!

Kworb
Feb 13th, 2006, 02:02 AM
Not a bad thing if you consider what's happening at the moment :)

Martina was often being beaten by players not in the same leauge as her... She was plagued by injuries and no longer had the hunger that she possessed as a teenager.

Martina is back now, she's hungry, free of injuries and loving every minute of it. The break has done her good.
Yeah I know, but I remember how devastated I was when she announced her retirement, so it's definitely the worst thing for me that happened this century in women's tennis, even though in the end it was a good thing.

tenn aussie
Feb 13th, 2006, 02:31 AM
Don't make Calimero come out of retirement!

I heard from the grapevine that he/she is already resting in peace with his/her Graf tapes. he,he

RatedR Superstar
Feb 13th, 2006, 02:54 AM
1. justin denying Momo a chance to enjoy her 1st GS win
2. Damir Dokic
3. Masha winning wimby :lol: :p

SJW
Feb 13th, 2006, 03:30 AM
1. Martina retiring
2. the Serena Slam, probably the most boring period in women's tennis in years, I almost lost interest in the sport
3. of course, all of the injuries, rarely do you see all of the top players in top condition, playing against eachother

damn Serena, why couldn't you do the job right :mad:

SJW
Feb 13th, 2006, 03:31 AM
1. Monica's Stabbing. Poor girl, she may have been better than Steffi long term, she may not. But this cast such a dark shadow over not just women's tennis but the whole game. [edit, I will have to think of something else, since it was pointed out to me this was LAST century! :rolleyes: ]

2. The rise of the Williams Sisters. (sorry to their fans; I think they brought in this power game more than any others, I wish they hadn't been so successful)

3. The long season which leads to INJURIES. While players play for so long, they are bound to be affected. Everyone knows they need a longer BREAK!

here's the sign of someone who hasn't been watching tennis for too long. do you have no idea who the original pioneers of the power game were, little boy? :)

Kirt12255
Feb 13th, 2006, 03:45 AM
1. justin denying Momo a chance to enjoy her 1st GS win
2. Damir Dokic
3. Masha winning wimby :lol: :p

:haha: @ Damir Dokic...must be #1
Introduction of Terry-Towling to outfits
Decline of true Serve-Volley players
Definately Monica's stabbing :sad:
Retirement of Patty Fendick :tape:
Rebound-Ace as a surface
Yes doping...gonna be a huge issue as someone else said in next 10 years :fiery:
Lack of retired players putting back into the game :smash:

all I can think of now :wavey:

jimbo mack
Feb 13th, 2006, 10:34 AM
I heard from the grapevine that he/she is already resting in peace with his/her Graf tapes. he,he

you need to do the same with your seles tapes

may you and cali rest in peace together :)

Vamos Feńa
Feb 13th, 2006, 01:48 PM
1.Monica's injury :sad:
2.Dokic with personal problems <dad, Bikic> :sad: :sad:
3.Lots of injuries thanks to long season :rolleyes:

Jenny.C.Fan
Feb 13th, 2006, 07:01 PM
Jenny's injury :sad:

Kart
Feb 13th, 2006, 07:03 PM
All the injuries.

jonny84
Feb 13th, 2006, 07:07 PM
I agree with mostly everyone :



INJURIES


SUCK!!!!!!

:fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

manu32
Feb 13th, 2006, 07:08 PM
injuries especially jen cap
doping:it's just the beginning of many revelations.....
poor quality of GS tournaments since 3 years.....

TonyP
Feb 13th, 2006, 07:23 PM
Despite all the antagonism on this board, it appears the one thing everyone agrees on is that the worst thing so far this century has been the injury problem. It was responsbile for many of the problems facing Hingis, the Williams sisters and the Belgians, as well as for Davenport, Pierce, Sharapova, just about everyone who matters in women's tennis.

Whether the root of the problem is over training, over scheduling, too much power, technology that developed light weight, stiff rackets, or something else, who can say? The answer is probably a combination of all of the above.

But it is clear that having so many top players out nursing their wounds so much of the time (and that includes Hingis missing three years of play, all triggered by her ankle and foot injuries), the sport is hurting.

There are always going to be injuries in sports, but injuries are out of control in women's tennis and this comes at a time when the players themselves are probably fitter as a group than at any time in history. So something else is wrong somewhere and it seems clear that the sport itself hasn't got a clue as to how to cope with the problem, much less solve it.

Light-skinned Girl
Feb 14th, 2006, 02:11 PM
Monica's stabbing

The best players never playing their best tennis at the same time

Natasha Zvereva never reaching her full potential in singles

PamShriverRockz
Feb 14th, 2006, 02:41 PM
Injuries, injuries, injuries....

Direwolf
Feb 14th, 2006, 04:42 PM
1- Too much injuries

2- Injuries causing the best players in tennis to decline their play

3- Too much depth

eshell
Feb 14th, 2006, 07:20 PM
First and foremost in my mind would be the attack on Monica Seles in Germany. I see that as more of a tragedy than the decline of the Williams Sisters.

candystripe
Feb 14th, 2006, 07:53 PM
There is nothing good to see in tennis at the moment because all of the best players are injured. It is sooooo boring at home watching the mens tennis hitting it back and forward with no excitment in it!

tennislover
Feb 14th, 2006, 08:35 PM
well in 2020 the Queen Martina Navratilova will retire so :sad: :sad: :sad: