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faste5683
Nov 13th, 2006, 08:45 PM
"What it was, though, was an awesome display of tennis played at a level that, just a few years ago, might have seemed unattainable in a women's game dominated by groundstrokes and baseliners. There's no doubt that the top women now are playing tennis as full of tone and timbre as anyone of either gender has produced. When Billie Jean King shut her eyes 20 years ago and tried to envision where she would like to see the women's game go, athletically, Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. Amelie Mauresmo would have been the ones prancing around, whacking forehands and spearing volleys, on the backs of her eyelids. Women's tennis has matured, fully.


About the match: It was a stirring exhibition of all-court tennis, restoring the good name of that style. For on both tours, the term "all-court" has become emasculated and subverted to mean nothing more than aggressive baseline play. But it was uplifting to watch Mauresmo and 2H attack at every opportunity, while whaling away from the baseline when conditions militated against the attack."

http://www.peterbodostennisworld.com/

:wavey:

pigam
Nov 13th, 2006, 08:49 PM
the world has officially stopped truning.
Bodo being nice about Justine (and toher players, for that matter! ;) )
allez :angel:

vejh
Nov 13th, 2006, 08:55 PM
Bodo seemingly making sense. I have to reread it.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 13th, 2006, 08:57 PM
Bodo seemingly making sense. I have to reread it.:lol:

Sugar_Kane
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:01 PM
the world has officially stopped truning.
Bodo being nice about Justine (and toher players, for that matter! ;) )
allez :angel:

Obviously Santa thought we deserved an early Christmas present and killed Bodo and wrote it himself.

faste5683
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:07 PM
the world has officially stopped truning.
Bodo being nice about Justine (and toher players, for that matter! ;) )
allez :angel:


No, he's still gets on Justine's case (read whole article), but I was surprised by how impressed he was by the all-court play of Amelie and Juju...I mean, they've been doing it for several years now;)

Oh, and I've got to get this off my chest: The "Versus" broadcast with Tim Ryan (?) and Tracy Austin during the Juju - Masha match was hysterical - they so deperately wanted Maria to win! You could almost hear the gnashing of teeth as Justine fought her way to victory.
Every other sentence was "Maria has no spark today", or "Maria seems to have no energy today" :eek: I think Maria's great, but come on, give an intelligent tennis viewer a break:tape:

:wavey:

:wavey:

Mother_Marjorie
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:11 PM
"What it was, though, was an awesome display of tennis played at a level that, just a few years ago, might have seemed unattainable in a women's game dominated by groundstrokes and baseliners. There's no doubt that the top women now are playing tennis as full of tone and timbre as anyone of either gender has produced. When Billie Jean King shut her eyes 20 years ago and tried to envision where she would like to see the women's game go, athletically, Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. Amelie Mauresmo would have been the ones prancing around, whacking forehands and spearing volleys, on the backs of her eyelids. Women's tennis has matured, fully.


About the match: It was a stirring exhibition of all-court tennis, restoring the good name of that style. For on both tours, the term "all-court" has become emasculated and subverted to mean nothing more than aggressive baseline play. But it was uplifting to watch Mauresmo and 2H attack at every opportunity, while whaling away from the baseline when conditions militated against the attack."

http://www.peterbodostennisworld.com/

:wavey:

Thanks for article.

I generally don't agree with most of Bodo's blogs, but instead of some of his detractors always being so negative, he should be applauded for finally being positive about the WTA.

griffin
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:12 PM
Oh, and I've got to get this off my chest: The "Versus" broadcast with Tim Ryan (?) and Tracy Austin during the Juju - Masha match was hysterical - they so deperately wanted Maria to win!

Don't get me started on Versus, I'm still fuming that for the "match of the day" on Friday, they picked Maria blowing Kuzzy out of the water rather than the Juju/Amelie match, which from all I've heard was very competitive and well played.

Bodo's ok. I don't always agree with him, but then again I don't expect to.

vejh
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:14 PM
LOl@versus. They actually did that on Friday? Wow, that is bad. So it wasn't just the commentators fawning over Pova, the network was just as clueless. That's just so darn sad.

thrust
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:18 PM
I agree that Ryan and Austin were pulling for, and making excuses, for Maria rather than just stating that Justine^s aggressive play put Maria on the ropes. Why should Maria have been tired? She had a week off since Linz and had little competition in the finals.

shibster
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:22 PM
the match of the day on versus is determined as, the masha match, LOL.

why the bandwagon hopping bodo? always to whoever's top of the game huh?

and wow, ambiguous and manipulative. i thought that was commonly used for the bush administration (in dodging the iraq situation), lol.

it's ok, if jhh is ambiguous, it's because she's speaking in english, aka what bodo speaks and understands. and if jhh is manipulative, it's good, because then she can manipulate the wta schedule to have more time to fine-tune her game between clay and grass, so that she can clinch the two majors back to back in a year.

Ryan
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:34 PM
Uh, is this the 6-4 6-3 romp that Justine won? I agree with the sentiment of his message, but it would be better for their RR match or any of the matches Hingis played.

thrust
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:34 PM
Reading the full article it is obvious Bodo is not a big fan of Justine^s personality. Justine is the player of the year, no matter what he thinks!

shap_half
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:46 PM
I don't know how tennis professional writers and commentators like Bodo can claim that someone who made 1 final and no tournament win (in 6 tournaments) for the second half of the season should be considered YE#1.

SelesFan70
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:48 PM
The article was a little over the top, but finally something nice coming from his keyboard. :)

treufreund
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:51 PM
BODO :o Nice (passage) of an article for once!!

MisterMan
Nov 13th, 2006, 10:22 PM
He's only being nice to her because she won.
If she lost he would have suggested she retire.

Vlover
Nov 13th, 2006, 11:44 PM
[QUOTE]Oh, and I've got to get this off my chest: The "Versus" broadcast with Tim Ryan (?) and Tracy Austin during the Juju - Masha match was hysterical - they so deperately wanted Maria to win!

I'm surprised you weren't aware of this fact before. Expect the same "objective" commentary especially from Tracy every time Maria plays.:help:

Greenout
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:31 AM
Don't get me started on Tim Ryan! :tape:

I had to listen to that jack-ass and Renaee Stubbs on our US OPEN coverage during the SF and Final. I put the mute button on after 10 minutes. And I'd swear they were Jankovic's, and Maria's God Parents or something. Justine was pretty much mentioned with such disdain and contempt everytime she hit a winner.

Tim Ryan got so excited when Justine double faulted, you'd think it was his birthday.


Tracy use to like Justine. Ever since she dropped Pat Echeberry as trainer, Austin's gone rather frosty on her.

Orion
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:43 AM
Hey, I think it's a fair statement. No matter what, Justine has a very strong case for player of the year. But there's no denying that Mauresmo has a good case as well. It's all a matter of what you consider most important: slam wins, or overall consistency.

I've thought since the US Open that it's a two-woman contest for player of the year. Justine played very well to reach the four slam finals. No denying this. And it is a history making occurence, true.

But you can't have it both ways; in 2004, TONS of people (including Henin's fans [and Myskina's, and Sharapova's, etc.]) complained heartily about Davenport being a top pick for player of the year, saying it's unfair that a player without a slam win gets the nod over a player with a slam win. But all of a sudden one win plus three finals is better than two wins (both of which came over the aforementioned player)?

No matter what personal opinion is (and I fully admit that part of my decision is biased because, frankly, I like Mauresmo and don't care for Henin), it's ludicrous to deny that both players have legitimate claims to the player of the year award. It'll come down to what the voters find more impressive: multiple slam wins, or multiple slam-final losses.

eck
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:44 AM
You think that's bad, I think I have to suffer Tracy's whinny helium voice at the Australian Open. :sad:

le bon vivant
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:14 AM
The commentators are biased??!!! STOP IT!

anlavalle
Nov 14th, 2006, 04:42 AM
Obviously Santa thought we deserved an early Christmas present and killed Bodo and wrote it himself.

:lol: :haha: :haha: :haha:
he called Ame Warrior princess o something like that, cute :lol:

timafi
Nov 14th, 2006, 04:27 PM
I can't believe my eyes; must check glasses to be sure he's actually saying nice things about Amelie and Justine:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

MisterMan
Nov 14th, 2006, 04:39 PM
timafi , that is the second most obnoxious signatures in the history of the forum.

jamesuk
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:27 PM
I was there fo rthe final and I have to say, I thought the same as Bodo.

I found myself thinking during the match "So it IS possible to see top players serve and voley in a final, Wimbledon wasnt a fluke!"

I used to think that volleys would die out, but this week (last week) has restored my faith a lot. It was great to see Henin and Mauresmo really stick to their guns and keep attacking the net, or at least show that they were not afraid of the net.

That is the main thought I went away with after the final, and indeed after the whole week.



By the way, just to add my opinion about the tennis of the other matches at the YEC, the Kim v Amelie semi was worth all the hype it generated...

I was deflated on Sat since Hingis wasnt in the semis, and when Marialost I was even flatter. When Kim and Amelie started I was almost falling asleep in the seat, I just didnt care who won.
By the beginning of the 3rd set till the end I was won over, totally engrossed, surprised and thrilled at the simply AMAZING quality of tennis that BOTH were producing. I remember thinking.."This is the best tennis i have seen in years!" and then thinking maybe I was overhyping it. Checking out the posts on here when I got home confirmed that I wasnt the only one who thought that.

After one point midwaythrough the last set, the crowd erupted and gave a huge sustained applause to both players, it was so spontaneous and, at east to me, it seemed as if we were appluading the high level of tennis from both, just enjoying the moment.

That is the best memory I will take from this tournament, it was such a positive moment for womens tennis, a packed stadium , no "home player" advantage yet a publc wild about the quality of the tennis.

Well , Martinas matches were also a high point too I have to admit, clawing back in the second set against Justine, almost levelling v Mauresmo, and beating Nadia in a high quality match....they all made my week!

Lowpoints? Maria in the semi, she seemed a totally different person compared to the previous thrree days. I dont care what others say about Justine, Maria was very much OFF that day.

Also , the quality of the matches in Marias group in general didnt generate much excitement to be honest.

Of course, the positive outweighed the negative and I am so happy that the tournament will return to madrid next year! When do tickets go on sale?????!

anlavalle
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:58 PM
WOW, :worship: