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selecta
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:31 PM
I was helpless a little bit after the first set. It was just too good," said Hingis.

"She was hitting corners and there wasn't much I could do. I played such a great second set, and in the third it's a pity that I didn't hold serve in the second game.

"I had so many opportunities on her serve, like 30-15 here and there, but I haven't played such a good match in a long time. It was good to have one like that."

RenaSlam.
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:32 PM
Well good. But she still lost...she needs to figure that out before the '07 season.

spencercarlos
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:33 PM
I was helpless a little bit after the first set. It was just too good," said Hingis.

"She was hitting corners and there wasn't much I could do. I played such a great second set, and in the third it's a pity that I didn't hold serve in the second game.

"I had so many opportunities on her serve, like 30-15 here and there, but I haven't played such a good match in a long time. It was good to have one like that."
Taking the world number 4 to three sets its quite great after having lost recently badly against Razzano and Mirza.
Plus Svetlana is playing great at the moment won two events after the Usopen, semifinals at another event, so i think Martina is there, she fell short but she showed some progress.

Justine Fan
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:35 PM
I think she did pretty well! After all Svetlana was really playing well and we know when Svetlana plays well it's pretty hard to get past that unless you have power as well.

Martina done great today and she should be glad she played a great match! Good for her!

double-fault
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:36 PM
she played well, but I think Sveta was just on fire today, and I think she would have beaten anyone on her performance today :p

At least Hingis has been playing better now, and will (hopefully) play even better in Madrid :banana:

spencercarlos
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:36 PM
Well good. But she still lost...she needs to figure that out before the '07 season.
She has to improve no kidding, but playing well and feeling that you did well it´s also great.
She is leveled in matches against Svetlana losing both times in three sets and winning her two matches in straight sets, that says a lot.
Martina keeps playing fairly well against these top players, who would have predicted it a year before. ;)

lynch79
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:36 PM
I'm a Hingis fan so I'm obviously disappointed, but I must say that she played a really good match, her serve has improved A LOT, and her net play was fantastic (as usual).

Steffica Greles
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:43 PM
And Kuznetsova hasn't even come close to peaking yet, in my opinion. She's still very erratic and her attitude isn't always good.

But she's still a player with more potential than Hingis. She has to play badly to lose to her.

hingisGOAT
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:45 PM
we can always count on steffica greles to show up after every hingis loss!

at least hingis is losing to kuznetsova, and not to a box of donuts like seles

Mother_Marjorie
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:52 PM
Well good. But she still lost...she needs to figure that out before the '07 season.

Serena's BACK!!!!!

...Prepare for Domination in 2006

:lol: :lol: :lol:

lynch79
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:56 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

:haha: :haha:

Billabong
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:56 PM
Martina definitely played better than against Groenefeld and Razzano, and probably her whole summer;)! Svetlana is definitely a tougher opponent than all the ones she faced since RG, Martina can be proud of her performance and bring a positive attitude for YEC if she qualifies:yeah:!

Justine Fan
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:56 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

:haha: :haha: :haha::haha:

Good one Marj!!!!!!!!!! :yeah: :wavey:

lynch79
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:57 PM
Martina definitely played better than against Groenefeld and Razzano, and probably her whole summer;)! Svetlana is definitely a tougher opponent than all the ones she faced since RG, Martina can be proud of her performance and bring a positive attitude for YEC if she qualifies:yeah:!

WHEN she qualifies. ;)

double-fault
Oct 20th, 2006, 08:57 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

:lol: :yeah:

RenaSlam.
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:00 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I can always count on people like you to bring Serena into a Hingis thread that is completely :topic: :topic:

alwayshingis
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:09 PM
I really want Sveta and Martina to be in the same YEC group.

I'm REALLY enjoying their matches this year.

tennisIlove09
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:12 PM
Frankly, if I am Martina Hingis, I am pretty damn happy with my Season.

Started unranked, ends the year in the top 10, winning a couple of titles AND may still qualify for the YEC.

yes_sir
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:13 PM
I was helpless a little bit after the first set. It was just too good," said Hingis.

"She was hitting corners and there wasn't much I could do. I played such a great second set, and in the third it's a pity that I didn't hold serve in the second game.

"I had so many opportunities on her serve, like 30-15 here and there, but I haven't played such a good match in a long time. It was good to have one like that."
It was a poor effort from Hingis and sounds like she excepts the loss too easily.
I thought she was a great fighter but I guess Kuz is the better fighter, i'll remember that.

Hingie
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:55 PM
And Kuznetsova hasn't even come close to peaking yet, in my opinion. She's still very erratic and her attitude isn't always good.

But she's still a player with more potential than Hingis. She has to play badly to lose to her.

You are a real tool.

You claim that you are this objective, knowledgeable tennis fan, but you seem to always find some way to bag out Marti.

Graf's retired.... maybe you should too?

MrSerenaWilliams
Oct 20th, 2006, 11:25 PM
Stinks that she lost, but hey...as long as she's improving

Dawn Marie
Oct 21st, 2006, 01:46 AM
And Kuznetsova hasn't even come close to peaking yet, in my opinion. She's still very erratic and her attitude isn't always good.

But she's still a player with more potential than Hingis. She has to play badly to lose to her.

Huh? Now I like Kuzzie, but more potential then Hingis? Come on?

99.9% of the WTA Tour hasn't even caught up to Hingis yet. Hingis took a 6/1 set off of Sveta but you talk off potential?

brent-o
Oct 21st, 2006, 02:32 AM
I'm very proud of Hingis. Her serve has gotten a lot better. I find it's not that attackable. She managed to hold on against all the power of Kuznetsova. Btw, why is it she always has close matches against Kuzzy but usually is blown out by such power hitters as Clijsters and Sharapova/Dementieva? Maybe Hingis' game just matches up well with Sveta's?

Hingie
Oct 21st, 2006, 02:38 AM
I'm very proud of Hingis. Her serve has gotten a lot better. I find it's not that attackable. She managed to hold on against all the power of Kuznetsova. Btw, why is it she always has close matches against Kuzzy but usually is blown out by such power hitters as Clijsters and Sharapova/Dementieva? Maybe Hingis' game just matches up well with Sveta's?

I think certain players pick up their game against Marti because they know it has to be hard hitting with low errors to win. I think Maria was dumbstruck when Marti took care of her in Tokyo - unfortunately for Marti she hasn't realised that she's gotta play aggressive to beat players like Maria and move them around - not counterpunching and being dominated.

Kim is a great mover too and this spells trouble for Marti as she has to be patient and if she isn't playing that well she just self implodes.

It would be interesting to see Elena and Marti play on current form. Although Elena A or Elena B can turn up on any given day - she does seem to pick up against Marti though.

I think that is the problem with the 'veteran' champions at the moment (Serena, Venus, Marti, Lindsay) - they no longer have an aura about them. They've had their time to shine and girls these days want their own and feel they deserve it just as much.

bellascarlett
Oct 21st, 2006, 02:56 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol::lol: :lol:

Zauber
Oct 21st, 2006, 03:03 AM
when Kuznetsova hits the sides and corners she wipes anyone of the court.
But it is very hard to do it consistently.
With her power and movement noone can stay with her.
But usually she can do it only for one set.
I saw that a little over a year ago when everyone was sort of writing her off.

MH0861
Oct 21st, 2006, 03:06 AM
Martina was very gracious in defeat. :D I'm glad she's feeling good, positive and upbeat about this loss. Times have been tough for Team Hingis but I hope she qualifies for the championships.

RenaSlam.
Oct 21st, 2006, 03:12 AM
when Kuznetsova hits the sides and corners she wipes anyone of the court.
But it is very hard to do it consistently.
With her power and movement noone can stay with her.
But usually she can do it only for one set.
I saw that a little over a year ago when everyone was sort of writing her off.

True. She beat JHH in '04 at her prime. She wasn't even half the player she has become. Truly impressive.

MH0861
Oct 21st, 2006, 03:13 AM
True. She beat JHH in '04 at her prime. She wasn't even half the player she has become. Truly impressive.

Sveta at Miami this year was :hearts: :eek:

barmaid
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:34 AM
when Kuznetsova hits the sides and corners she wipes anyone of the court.
But it is very hard to do it consistently.
With her power and movement noone can stay with her.
But usually she can do it only for one set.
I saw that a little over a year ago when everyone was sort of writing her off.

Saw Kuzy play at the U.S. Open in 2004 and her groundstrokes were like rockets...even faster than Serena's:fiery: however she is still a bit inconsistent but when she's on she's deadly!:worship:

barmaid:wavey:

hingisGOAT
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:44 AM
it is not the pace of kuznetsova's shot that dominates the rallies, it is the ungodly amount of topspin on that whipping forehand

it's truly the "biggest" shot in women's tennis imo

i mean look at her matches with dementieva (who hits one of the hardest, flattest forehands in the game), and in forehand to forehand exchanges, elena ends up way behind the baseline

Marcus Jordan
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:16 AM
:bounce: HAHA EAT THAT HATERS martina is playing her best tennis. no shame in losing to the number4, they will probably split their results which is good enough to win slams baybay :bounce:

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:20 AM
well thats promising if she can play like that all the time she will go higher

tennisrox
Oct 21st, 2006, 06:06 AM
And Kuznetsova hasn't even come close to peaking yet, in my opinion. She's still very erratic and her attitude isn't always good.

But she's still a player with more potential than Hingis. She has to play badly to lose to her.

Huh? Hingis has FIVE slams, and dominated for a period. Sveta hasn't achieved anywhere near what Hingis has so lets put that thought on hold for a while.

I agree that Sveta is a terriffic talent, and i've always maintained that even when she was struggling, and people were writing her off as a one-slam wonder. She isn't at her peak yet, but there's one thing that holds her back from being able to achieve the kind of consistency that Hingis did, and that is poor balance, and footwork. I wouldn't be surprised if Sveta becomes no.1, but I don't see her holding onto it for as long as Hingis did.

BTW their H2H is 2-2, so i'd hardly say that Sveta owns her. Martina is capable of playing well enough to beat Sveta.

thomas.chung
Oct 21st, 2006, 07:54 AM
Although I haven't watched this match yet. But from her match with Dechy, does any one seem to think that Martina has picked up her serve and groundstroke by a little bit? Like in terms of pace and power. I mean look at that match and the match between her and serena in the infamous AO2002 (or 2001) QF, seems like Martina is taking more offensive with her groundstroke.