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Jakeev
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:41 AM
We often mention on this board about players we think would be big stars if they got in the gym and got their bodies to match the talent they possess.

Romina Oprandi, Galina Fokina, Alisa Kleybanova, Ahsha Rolle and Akgul Amanmuradova are often mentioned as great talents that should be setting the world on fire with their tennis, if only they looked like better athletes.

But would they really be dominating players even if they spent hours in training? Are there other big talents out there that need more than just excellent tennis skills?

It's the off season folks so lets discuss.

jazar
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:44 AM
plenty of players could improve their movement around the court. its not that they look slow, but just a bit uncomfortable.
if nicole vaidisova could move better she would be challenging for grand slams.
if michaela krajicek lost weight she wouldn't lose first round all the time.
if viktoria azarenka was quicker and more agile she would translate her form from juniors into form in seniors.

Fired
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:46 AM
Magui Serna, Myriam Casanova...

Jakeev
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:57 AM
Magui Serna, Myriam Casanova...

People always want to mention Myriam but I have wondered that despite her health issues if she couldn't have changed something in her training to have made her a force on tour.

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:42 AM
if viktoria azarenka was quicker and more agile she would translate her form from juniors into form in seniors.

I think if Azarenka didnt try to hit the ball for a winner on every shot she would be better

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:43 AM
I would say Rezai needs to improve her fitness and movement then she will move into top 30 then top 20 and higher

jamatthews
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:47 AM
I would say Rezai needs to improve her fitness and movement then she will move into top 30 then top 20 and higher

Did you not read your post on Azarenka? :spit: :p

Verdasco
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:57 AM
Serena Williams needs to lose about 50kg if she is ever to get into the Top 50 again :lol:

Dan the Assassin
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:00 PM
Maybe Sharapova would be better if she got into shape. ;)

rockstar
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:09 PM
bartoli, but i don't really see it happening at the rate she's attacking the buffets :o

SpankMe
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:10 PM
Suzanne Lenglen. :p

Steffica Greles
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:59 PM
Well Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce and Martina Hingis prove that, however much working out a player undertakes, there is always a limit to how much they can improve. To be an athlete, you have to be a born athlete.

Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati often looked like they needed to lose 14lbs or more. They were both great players, so one wonders what they could have achieved with some discipline. Maybe they wouldn't have incurred so many injuries.

Others that spring to mind: Tanasugarn, Casanova, Serena Williams, Rezai.

To be honest, there aren't many corpulent players on the women's tour now. It makes us realise how athletic the sport has become.

Controversially, because they are rarely acknowledged as being over weight, I think these players could lose maybe 7lbs for their own benefit:

Kuznetsova
Venus Williams (she's not as svelte as she once was)
Petrova
Clijsters

!<blocparty>!
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:10 PM
That's simple.

Jelena Jankovic.

Her natural talent and athletic ability is the best on tour IMO. And no, she doesn't train.

Jakeev
Nov 21st, 2006, 08:22 AM
Kuznetsova


She looked like she had lost weight in Madrid.

Geertvg
Nov 21st, 2006, 08:36 AM
Kanepi, uhm...

And Petrova needs to get her act together, her display at the masters was a real disgrace.

senorgato
Nov 21st, 2006, 08:38 AM
Martina Hingis. You would think that she learned her lesson from her original stint on the tour when she would beat a Venus Williams in the semi then fall flat against a Lindsay or Serena or Jennifer in the final.

MrSerenaWilliams
Nov 21st, 2006, 08:47 AM
Serena's like 10 lbs from #1

Kunal
Nov 21st, 2006, 09:10 AM
serena.....period

and then a new sentence.....venus...period

perhaps justine as well

saki
Nov 21st, 2006, 10:05 AM
Martina Hingis. You would think that she learned her lesson from her original stint on the tour when she would beat a Venus Williams in the semi then fall flat against a Lindsay or Serena or Jennifer in the final.

Yes. She doesn't have enough stamina. I don't know whether it's her body type or whether she just doesn't work hard enough but compare how quickly she starts breathing heavily to Mauresmo who is older than she is..

Jakeev
Nov 21st, 2006, 10:57 AM
Some of you, as usual, didn't read what the thread is about. Name players DESTINED FOR GREATNESS if they got into better shape.

Sheesh people pay attention.

Steffica Greles
Nov 21st, 2006, 04:03 PM
Yes. She doesn't have enough stamina. I don't know whether it's her body type or whether she just doesn't work hard enough but compare how quickly she starts breathing heavily to Mauresmo who is older than she is..

Martina works incredibly hard on her fitness and always has done since late 1998. It's the only thing that allows her to even have a chance against better athletes.

It's Martina's physical limitations which hold her back. I could toil in the gym for months and still never be Rafael Nadal. But she works hard enough.

IMPOSSIBLE
Nov 21st, 2006, 04:07 PM
Hate To Say It ARVIDSSON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~Eclipsed~
Nov 21st, 2006, 04:09 PM
I would say Stevenson and Dokic, but I think their bigger issues are between the ears.

jazar
Nov 21st, 2006, 04:13 PM
I think if Azarenka didnt try to hit the ball for a winner on every shot she would be better

yep but the thing is her shots aren't powerful enough for her to hit winners off them all the time. he needs to learn to vary it up as well