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no.ordinary.love
Oct 25th, 2006, 09:40 PM
The last year winner was Ana Ivanovic.

For this year the award should go to Anna Chakvetadze, I think.
Other proposals?

Zauber
Oct 25th, 2006, 09:42 PM
i would choose
Jelena Jankovic

QUEENLINDSAY
Oct 25th, 2006, 09:42 PM
Shahar Peer? I'm not sure

QUEENLINDSAY
Oct 25th, 2006, 09:43 PM
Oh Yeah Jankovic for sure!!

A lot of top 10 wins and GS Performance.

no.ordinary.love
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:01 PM
Yes, Jelena might be a contender too.
The facts against her are that she has finished last year in the top 20, if I recall it correctly (Chakvetadze outside) and she has not won a title (Chaky has Guangzhou and Moscow). Linz might bring decision between two of them.

Peer was in my mind too. Her improvement is obvious. But after her todays severe defeat from Petrova and recalling the similar result against Justine by the USO I do not think she can cope with the other two.

P_Fer
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:08 PM
Dulko:haha:

But seriously I think its Chakvetadze

Paul.
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:09 PM
i think chakvetadze will have a great chance?

what do you think about best newcomer? radwanksa? rezai? azarenka?

Nicolás89
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:12 PM
Dulko:haha:

:sad:

i think it is jankovic:lick:

Dexter
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:14 PM
JJ! :worship:

morningglory
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:15 PM
Janko by a mile!

maddyus
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:17 PM
Nicole Vaidisova!!:)

Ballbasher
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:23 PM
Chaky is a big contender :)

Neptune
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:25 PM
Chak or Jankovic.Hard to chose between the two girls!

UncleZeke
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:26 PM
How about someone with one title in their entire WTA career, who wins two Tier 1's and three Tier 2's in the same year ?? My vote goes to Nadia Petrova

Paul.
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:31 PM
How about someone with one title in their entire WTA career, who wins two Tier 1's and three Tier 2's in the same year ?? My vote goes to Nadia Petrova

didnt she just win another tier II?

i think she will be overlooked because her ranking was already high and she hasnt had a very good slam year ;)

but you're right, she has had an amazing year

njnetswill
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:39 PM
I think Chakvetadze will take it, unless Jankovic wins Linz or something. :p

The Jabberwock
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:39 PM
Yes, Jelena might be a contender too.
The facts against her are that she has finished last year in the top 20, if I recall it correctly (Chakvetadze outside) and she has not won a title (Chaky has Guangzhou and Moscow). Linz might bring decision between two of them.

Peer was in my mind too. Her improvement is obvious. But after her todays severe defeat from Petrova and recalling the similar result against Justine by the USO I do not think she can cope with the other two.

I agree that Jankovic, Chakvetadze and Peer are the leaders.

Peer captured three single titles this year (and additional two doubles). However, she is still not a real threat to the top 10 players and she didn't manage to make it on the big tournaments.

Jankovic started really bad this year but turned it around by mid year and since then had some grat results including GS semifinal and sevral top 10 wins.

Chakvetadze is my choice. Especially after taking the Kremlin Cup...

no.ordinary.love
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:12 PM
Some statistics between 4 obviously major contenders: Vaidisova, Jankovic, Chakvetadze and Peer.

Head to head 2006:

Vaidisova - Chakvetadze 2:0
Vaidisova - Jankovic 1:1
Vaidisova - Peer no match in 2006
Chakvetadze - Jankovic 2:0
Chakvetadze - Peer 2:0
Jankovic - Peer never played

Top 20 single victories in 2006:

Vaidisova:
Mauresmo 2x
V. Williams
Hantuchova 2x
Penetta

Chakvetadze:
Petrova 3x
Sharapova w/o
Ivanovic 2x
Dementieva
Safina
Hantuchova
Schiavone

Jankovic:
Kuznetsova
Dementieva
Petrova
Vaidisova
V. Williams
Ivanovic
Schiavone
Pierce
Likhovtseva
+ S. Williams (outside of the top 20 to the time of the match but still "something special")

Peer:
Myskina 2x
Dementieva
Schiavone
Groenefeld

Lenafan
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:17 PM
Safina has been mediocre since claycourt season, but she was awesome during the claycourts. Beating Sharapova in a slam and the way she did regardless of rust or whatever is more impressive than what any of the other contenders did in a Slam. Although she had a painfully easy road to quarters, she still has US Open quarters on her resume.

Jankovic was ridiculously good after her slump.

Disagree with Anna C since she has won a tournament recently and did nothing noteworthy in any of the Slams. She's October's flavor of the month.

Disagree with Peer. She beat Lena D in French after she was slumping. Other than that, I don't see much. She's demonstrated she's one of the best fighters in the tour, but I don't think her clay season was better than Safina's.

My vote goes to Safina even though her results have been nothing spectacular since claycourts or Jankovic who was on the verge of making the finals at the US Open and was great during hardcourts.

Lunaris
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:22 PM
I agree with you people, but don't forget Golovin, without injuries she would have been better.

no.ordinary.love
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:37 PM
Yes, Safina should be discussed, too. But apart from Rome where she has defeated Clijsters, Dementieva and Kuznetsova she seems to have been quite lucky with her draws.

Her statistics:

Head to head:
did not play against Vaidisova and Jankovic this year,
1:0 against Peer
1:1 against Chakvetadze

Top 20 victories in 2006:
Sharapova
Clijsters
Kuznetsova
Dementieva
Myskina
Hantuchova 2x

Wayn77
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:40 PM
I agree with you people, but don't forget Golovin, without injuries she would have been better.
I agree, Golovin has come back real strong in the second part of the season. Tati or Jankovic.

TS
Oct 26th, 2006, 12:57 AM
Golovin?!?! I think not. She's in good form, but she's pretty much at the same position she was in last year. And the year before.

Take your pick from Jankovic, Chakvetadze, and Safina. Not many people have mentioned Sveta Kuznetsova and Nicole Vaidisova either. Top 5 ad Top 10 respectively.

MrSerenaWilliams
Oct 26th, 2006, 01:04 AM
Janko. Peer, or Chakvetadze

-jenks-
Oct 26th, 2006, 01:12 AM
Jelena should win it!

égalité
Oct 26th, 2006, 02:02 AM
Anna Chakvetadze!

Hey... have u guyz notices that she looks alot like Mary Pierce??!!11?!1!@

papru
Oct 26th, 2006, 07:13 AM
Jeca or Peer.

barryproudfoot
Oct 26th, 2006, 08:12 AM
jelena jankovic

Alicia Rocks
Oct 26th, 2006, 08:15 AM
Anna Chakvetadze

Hayato
Oct 26th, 2006, 08:16 AM
Mara Santangelo maybe.

ViennaCalling
Oct 26th, 2006, 08:45 AM
Jankovic

MistyGrey
Oct 26th, 2006, 10:05 AM
Anna Chak

Shonami Slam
Oct 26th, 2006, 10:50 AM
safina has had an amazing year with two GS QF
a bit better in the indoors and she'd have a fair chance
bartoli rising up a notch too

nikita771
Oct 26th, 2006, 11:14 AM
I have been thoroughly impressed by Jankovic. If I had to vote, I would give it to her.

Ellery
Oct 26th, 2006, 11:44 AM
Jelena or Anna C

Ben.
Oct 26th, 2006, 12:12 PM
Tough one 2 pick here. i would probably go 4 jankovic. at the start of the year she only won 1 match out of 11 & lost 10 consecutive in that span.

ever since that rome quarterfinal she's been rising & rising up in the ranks with a wonderful semifinal appearance at the US Open beating 3 top 10 players, a runner-up finish in L.A. beating serena & ana, & caused a 3R upset at wimby 2 venus along with 2 semifinal appearances at beijing & guangzhou & a quarterfinal appearance at stuttgart 2 boot. that's just an indication of how much she has improved over the last few months after that horrible slump she was in which is a testimony 2 her career.

i'm sure she will get better & better as a player if she improves on the mental side of things.

other notable players who have made improvements this year r:

safina
chakvetadze
bartoli
peer
li na
srebotnik

Maryamator
Oct 26th, 2006, 12:20 PM
Chakvatadze..
Pironkova had a good year:)

So Disrespectful
Oct 26th, 2006, 12:20 PM
I think Jelena deserves that award, but I bet Chakvetadze gets it :fiery:

LoveFifteen
Oct 26th, 2006, 12:23 PM
Hingis!!!

#9999 ----> #8

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

pooh14
Oct 26th, 2006, 01:18 PM
:lol right. In terms of ranking, nobody made better improvement then Hingis.

I think Jankovic shows really great potential among the players.

pierce0415
Oct 26th, 2006, 01:33 PM
Hingis will win the Comback award
Jelena does not deserve most improved - she was top 20 last year so she improved her rank by like 5 spots - the fact that she sucked for 6 months shouldn't matter because this is an annual award

I hate how the WTA always overlooks Na Li. She better be at least nominated, with her ranking from the 50s at the end of 2006 to 20 now

Sassy-Na
Oct 26th, 2006, 02:07 PM
Hingis will win the Comback award
Jelena does not deserve most improved - she was top 20 last year so she improved her rank by like 5 spots - the fact that she sucked for 6 months shouldn't matter because this is an annual award

I hate how the WTA always overlooks Na Li. She better be at least nominated, with her ranking from the 50s at the end of 2006 to 20 now

i doubt na li will be nominated :o remember the award of the best doubles team :haha:

Lunaris
Oct 26th, 2006, 02:19 PM
Golovin?!?! I think not. She's in good form, but she's pretty much at the same position she was in last year. And the year before.
Because of the injuries. I mentioned it.