View Full Version : Do you consider any of the recent comeback attempts successful?

Oct 17th, 2008, 10:47 PM
I can't think of a single one, whether it's from a retired or a slumping player.

So why do they bother?

Oct 17th, 2008, 10:55 PM
ALG, Kimiko and Dokic:p

Oct 17th, 2008, 10:55 PM
ALG :shrug:

Oct 17th, 2008, 10:58 PM
Hingis, Davenport

Oct 17th, 2008, 10:59 PM
I think you should come back when Tati has Won AO and RG back to back next year. :)

Oct 17th, 2008, 11:00 PM
Jankovic in 06 was in a huge slump and look where she is now...

Oct 17th, 2008, 11:36 PM
I think you should come back when Tati has Won AO and RG back to back next year. :)

No one cares about Mixed Doubles:o:o

@Sweet Cleopatra
Oct 17th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Maria in AO 2008 ...

Oct 18th, 2008, 12:10 AM
Kimiko's success, at age 37, is truly astounding.

ALG has had good runs.

Sesil wins for the most disappointing comeback of 2008 though.

@Sweet Cleopatra
Oct 18th, 2008, 12:19 AM
and Serena in AO 2007 ...

Oct 18th, 2008, 12:33 AM
Obviously it depends on what we consider "successful".

For me, Lindsay has done well, and Kimiko still is..

auntie janie
Oct 18th, 2008, 12:46 AM
I would consider Groenefeld's comeback successful. She didn't even play this year until May, and by that time her ranking had plummeted to 430. Almost right away she started winning challengers, so by the time the US Open rolled around, she was up to #141. As everyone knows, she qualified there and reached the round of 16, knocking out 2 main draw seeds along the way. Her ranking is now back up to 79, she has earned over $150,000 this year, despite that late start, and she has also won a WTA Tier II doubles title. Sure looks to me like she's back on track. :sport:

Oct 18th, 2008, 12:55 AM
Sam Stosur was quite successful. Made the semi's of Eastbourne, quarterfinal of Standford, the final of Seoul and quarter final of the Japan Open. Made the final of Wimbledon in doubles and won the mixed doubles there. Made the final of the US Open and then the final of Tokyo.

Now she is back around the 50 mark on the rankings.

A.L.G was also very successful making the 4th round of the U.S Open and she seems to be having a lot of success with Patty on the doubles court lately.

Oct 18th, 2008, 02:10 AM
Jie Zheng :shrug:

I would deem ALG, Stosur and Kimiko as successful comeback players aswell.

Dokic and Karatantcheva, maybe even Bovina, haven't failed but they're still coming back.

The failed ones are Lucic, Schultz McCartney, Stevenson, Tulyaganova and Linetskaya IMO. But the last 2 are injured again I think :sad:

Tati's comeback will be thunderous next year :armed:

Oct 18th, 2008, 03:17 AM
ALG,Zheng and Stosur are all obvious examples. :)

Oct 18th, 2008, 04:03 AM
No one has come back better than Pennetta.

Oct 18th, 2008, 05:41 AM
ALG has comeback really well

so have pennetta and stosur

when you think about it a lot of players are doing well in their comebacks from poor form or injury

Oct 18th, 2008, 09:44 AM
Hingis, unranked, returned to the top 10, and also qualified for the YEC after several years of not playing. I think that's pretty successful... :shrug:

Oct 18th, 2008, 09:56 AM
Hingis definetely. Making the SF of her first event back (in singles & doubles), QF of a Slam (won mixed), Tier I final all in the first month of her comeback.

Davenport did really well but injury has ruined her comeback unfortunately.

Oct 18th, 2008, 11:45 AM
I can't think of a single one, whether it's from a retired or a slumping player.

So why do they bother?

First of all you need to define what you think qualifies as a comeback is and what is successful. A comeback in my book is someone who has either officially retired once - or who most people assume has retired. Martina & Lindsay fit into that category.

But if you include comebaccks after injury and let's say we include Kim after sidelined nearly all of 2004 and the first part of 2005. Well if her 2005 year wasn't successful I don't know what is - USO, back to back Indian Wells and Miami titles, 9 tournament wins despite not being able to play until Antwerp.

But if we restrict our definition of comeback to those like Martina & Lindsay - then to answer your question "Why bother". The simple answer is they wanted to try and find out how well they could do. They'd never know if they didn't try and would probably go through the rest of their lives wondering what if and regretting it. Now they can rest assured they gave it a go and know for certain how they fared.

And they did have success although if your definition of a successful comeback is a grand slam title and #1 - no they didn't manage that. If that's your definition of success - why do 99% of the players on the tour who will never win a slam or make #1 bother playing in the first place.

cn ireland
Oct 18th, 2008, 02:09 PM

To go from unranked to #181 is pretty amazing:D!

Also ALG and Kimiko have been very impressive this year:)!