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DefyingGravity
Jul 5th, 2007, 01:21 AM
I just felt it would be neat to see who in the upper echelon would win their first major, based on their style of game. I've got a few preset options with 5 people (Nicole Vaidisova, Ana Ivanovic, Anna Chakvetadze, Marion Bartoli, and Lucie Safarova) and halves of the year (AO, RG half; and the Wim, USO half).

Tenis Srbija
Jul 5th, 2007, 01:23 AM
Marion winning a GS... :spit:

Ana Ivanović - Wimbledon 2007.
Jelena Janković - US OPEN 2007.
Tatiana Golovin - French Open 2009.


Those are my picks :)

mankind
Jul 5th, 2007, 01:25 AM
Hmm I think Vaidisova is closest out of all of those, and it could be Wimbledon or the AO.

DownTheLine21
Jul 5th, 2007, 01:27 AM
First Major:

Safarova: Australian Open
Ivanovic: French Open
Jankovic: US Open
Chakvetadze: US Open
Vaidisova: Wimbledon

DefyingGravity
Jul 5th, 2007, 01:27 AM
Marion winning a GS... :spit:

Ana Ivanović - Wimbledon 2007.
Jelena Janković - US OPEN 2007.
Tatiana Golovin - French Open 2009.


Those are my picks :)

I can really see those happening.

goldenlox
Jul 5th, 2007, 01:30 AM
I'm going French tonite
Wimbledon 2007 - Bartoli
USO 2007 - Golovin
AO 2008 - Dechy
Wimbledon 2008 - Cornet

master40
Jul 5th, 2007, 02:12 AM
The only one I see from this pool as a future grand slam winner is Ivanovic... But you should've put Jankovic who is the one to look for!

DefyingGravity
Jul 5th, 2007, 02:27 AM
The only one I see from this pool as a future grand slam winner is Ivanovic... But you should've put Jankovic who is the one to look for!

I can make a contest for Vaidisova and Chakvetadze. Anna has enough variety to scare most of the big hitters, and she's not afraid to run. As soon as she manages to handle Sharapova, she could definitely win a G.S. Vaidisova is such a big hitter and a fiesty competitor. Her problem is that she's prone to anger. As soon as she controls the anger, she will win her G.S. She's been so close at R.G. and Australia.

Bruno71
Jul 5th, 2007, 02:55 AM
Ivanovic: Roland Garros
Safarova: Australian (could be anywhere really)
Vaidisova: US Open
Jankovic: Australian
Chakvetadze: not sure but I think nowhere
Bartoli: nowhere, but if anywhere it'd be Wimbledon

DefyingGravity
Jul 5th, 2007, 03:00 AM
Hey. One thing. I never put Jankovic on there, because quite honestly...she's going to win one. Someone is going to slip up and then she's going to capture one!

DefyingGravity
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:06 AM
Please, I want to hear everyone's opinion. That's the reason why I wrote this thread...to get the opinion of others.

mckyle.
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:12 AM
I don't know but I hope it's soon because the young girls winning majors would definitely make things more interesting.

Pasta-Na
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:18 AM
na li- 2008 Wim

shuai peng- 2007 USO

Rex59
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:20 AM
It doesn't matter where. If you are a major player, you can win any Slam. Saying that, Nikki and Lucie are definite slam contenders and probable winners in the next few years or more. They just lack experience, maturity and proficiency with their weapons. Although she is a top-ten player, Chaks is not likely to win one, for the competition is just too steep for her today and in the future. She lacks a dictating serve and has practically no net game. With the Sisters and Justine in their primes with six to seven years of effective play remaining and Maria and Jelena evolving nicely into their primes, Anna has no chance. I'm not sold on Ana. I think she is okay. Don't know enough of Bartoli to have an opinion, meaning I haven't seen her perform to project her probabilities.

Donny
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:22 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plexicushion

Plexicushion is a tennis surface made by Plexipave, and according to a Technical manual found on Tennis Australia's website, it is one of a number of so called "Wet lay systems" which include Rebound Ace Pro, Laykold and DecoTurf.

On May 30, 2007, the Australian Open announced that it will change the surface on which the event is played from Rebound Ace to plexicushion. The change will take place by the time the next Australian Open is played in January 2008.

Controversy has already sprung up concerning the decision to change surfaces. Much of the controversy stems from the fact that the plexicushion surface is very similar to DecoTurf, the surface currently used at another Grand Slam, the U.S. Open. Rebound Ace Spokesman Paul Bull has stated that "we had an Australian icon event with a unique Australian product and now we are just going to become a clone of the US Open." [1]

The AO and USO are going to be nearly identical come next year. The distinction between these two majors in terms of gauging player's chances is moot now. Any one who you think will win the AO next year will have just as must of a chance at the USO, and vice versa.

Donny
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:26 AM
Also... although the commentators like to hype up the "young bloods", I think that the pattern for professional tennis for past, oh, idunno, forever, will stay intact: One player will break out, and dominate their generation. There isn't going to be any sharing of major titles. Evert, Navritolova, Graf, Seles, Hingis, Venus, Serena, Henin... all of those players just dominated for entire years while their contemporaries, while maybe nearly as good, just couldn't beat them. It even holds true for the ATP. Why should this pattern change anytime soon?

DavenportForever
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:52 AM
I think its between Ivanovic and Vaidisova. maybe Chakvetadze who isnt listed here :shrug:

ZeroSOFInfinity
Jul 6th, 2007, 03:54 AM
Me: "Dear God, when will Ana Ivanovic win a Grand Slam?"
God: "Well, if you want to know... it'll be in 2 years time."
Me: "That's great! How about Jelena Jankovic?"
God: "It will be soon. Don't worry, my child."
Me: "Ok... does Marion Bartoli have a chance to win one too?"
God: "Sure... but it will be a long wait..."
Me: "One more question God..."
God: "Yes?"
Me: "How about Brie Whitehead?"
God: *sniff* *sniff* (a tear drops from his eyes)
Me: "Why are you crying, God?"
God: "Because... I'LL BE DEAD BEFORE THAT EVER HAPPENED!!!"

heytennis
Jul 6th, 2007, 04:01 AM
I don't think we will have a new slam winner for a while. Players such as Serena, Henin, Venus, Mauresmo, Sharapova and Kuznetsova will win more slams in the future. Maybe when older players retire, a new person will win one but for now there are just too many solid established players around.

¤CharlDa¤
Jul 6th, 2007, 04:15 AM
I can see Jankovic, Ivanovic and Vaidisova winning Grand Slams.

I think Ivanovic could be the one stopping Henin's streak in RG quite soon. I also like her game on hardcourt (see Montreal last year).

I think Jankovic could do it at the AO or the Us Open.

As for Nicole, I still have doubts she will do it. She needs to prove that she can win some tier 1s and 2s beating great players back to back.

I don't see Anna winning a Grand Slam ever. Same for Bartoli (this wimby might be her best and only chance).

DefyingGravity
Jul 6th, 2007, 03:18 PM
I can see Jankovic, Ivanovic and Vaidisova winning Grand Slams.

I think Ivanovic could be the one stopping Henin's streak in RG quite soon. I also like her game on hardcourt (see Montreal last year).

I think Jankovic could do it at the AO or the Us Open.

As for Nicole, I still have doubts she will do it. She needs to prove that she can win some tier 1s and 2s beating great players back to back.

I don't see Anna winning a Grand Slam ever. Same for Bartoli (this wimby might be her best and only chance).



I feel with Anna, if she didn't have a Justine at R.G. to deal with, she could win the French. Of course, that's a big if...because it's Justine's best G.S. by far. You're absolutely right about Nicole. The only titles she's won are Tier III's correct? She won Tokyo AIG, Tashkent, Strasbourg, and Vancouver (or Quebec...I forgot). Bartoli...hmm...she's 22, isn't she? She still has time, and but she's another Monica from 1999-2002.