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AjdeNate!
Sep 9th, 2002, 03:31 AM
But I really wouldn't be surprised if Anna Kournikova won singles title #1 this week in China. I'm not saying she definately will, but, in my opinion, this would be a great week for her to finally breakthrough. She's the #4 seed and is capable of beating everyone in the draw if she's playing to her standards. And wouldn't that just be great for the game of tennis? First all the press w/Sista Slam 58 or how many it's been now (I've lost track! ;) ) and then AnnaK breaksthrough. Tennis would be ALL over the place.

I'm for whatever is good for the game, and this continued promotion/news/etc would be a boost!

Plus, it's high time that Anna gets that ugly monkey (no, not Enrique) off her back.

I personally am cheering for his this week. And I'm only a sorta casual fan of hers. I like her tennis, and just wish she'd play to her ability.

Anyway, that's about as bold as I'll get regarding AnnaK.
Good luck, girl!

Crazy Canuck
Sep 9th, 2002, 03:32 AM
I do hope you are right :)

It is nice to read something nice written about Anna on here, that is actually about her tennis :)

AjdeNate!
Sep 9th, 2002, 03:37 AM
Thanx, Becca...I'm always nice! :)

apoet29
Sep 9th, 2002, 03:52 AM
Seles! Don't jink her! Every time someone makes a bold statement about Anna finally breaking through, she gets jinxed!

LOL! I'm only kidding, but I think your post is totally spot on. Hopefully, Anna has not been too hurt by her recent loss mentally and can play well in Shanghai.

Greenout
Sep 9th, 2002, 04:26 AM
Have you seen the draw?

From the form at the US OPEN and prior
events. I give Anna Smashnova, Yoon.J.Cho,
Mandula, Angie, Clarissa Fernandez, Jelena Kostanic,
and Adriana Serra Zanetti a better chance at winning.

Sorry. I don't think Anna really cares that much-
especially playing among people whom she assumes
are of a lower star caliber.

wongqks
Sep 9th, 2002, 04:41 AM
I am sorry but we have said this about anna probably about 10 times already in her career. If she can loser to Widjaja in Us Open, she can easily lose in any round.

The truth is that she is not commited and she is not mentally tough, I wouldn't say anything unless she really did win her maiden title.

I want her win, but I dun think people should have high hopes on her yet, she has played tier 3/4 before and somehow she always manage to lose

Crazy Canuck
Sep 9th, 2002, 07:37 AM
The truth is that she is not commited

Why do you say this? She isn't mentally tough, that much is for sure. But how do you know wether or not she is committed? :confused:

ajayares
Sep 9th, 2002, 07:38 AM
Originally posted by wongqks

The truth is that she is not commited and she is not mentally tough, I wouldn't say anything unless she really did win her maiden title.


That's not the truth at all, that's your opinion, she may be mentally weak, will not deny that, but as for not being committed, that is just hog wash.. Why is she is Shanghai this week?? why has she played more tournaments than anyone else so far this year bar Panova. Why play at all, she doesn't have too, she doesn't need the money..
If she wasn't committed than why has she got Harold Solomon to coach her, infact she had to convince him that she was fully committed to her tennis, before he took on the job, of being her coach.. He took the job, so obviously he thinks she is committed, else he would not have taken it..
So basically you are saying she isn't committed becasue she hasn't won a tournament?? If that is the case, that should apply to a good majority of the tour..



Originally posted by Greenout
Have you seen the draw?

From the form at the US OPEN and prior
events. I give Anna Smashnova, Yoon.J.Cho,
Mandula, Angie, Clarissa Fernandez, Jelena Kostanic,
and Adriana Serra Zanetti a better chance at winning.

Sorry. I don't think Anna really cares that much-
especially playing among people whom she assumes
are of a lower star caliber.



Prior form aswell?? If you are including prior form to the US open, then she would be a big chance of winning, we must have a short memory.

Oh and for the star cailber sh!t, yeah I am sure she took that into account before deciding to play the event :rolleyes:

wongqks
Sep 9th, 2002, 07:41 AM
Rebecca

For a while I always thought that her off court matter is her own business, I apreciate that people like Monica and Venus like to read in their spare time, and Anna just happen to like to be outside doing media stuff, I appreciate that.

But the truth is that, what did she do after her loss to Widjaja in US Open, instead on focusing why she lost, she went to those stupid music award and concert. If she is truly professional, she really should take a long look at herself at what's wrong, fly to shanghai quickly and get ready for her next tournament

This is just my opinion

Crazy Canuck
Sep 9th, 2002, 07:57 AM
She lost the match, was she supposed to sit around the next week closed in her room thinking about it :confused:

Serena and Venus both do lots of out of tennis activities and are praised for them (nowadays at least).

Of course they are winning grand slams, but in all fairness, Anna doesn't have the same talents they do.

She should be doing better than she is, but her results shouldn't be compared to theirs.

My point is just that they, and other players do outside of tennis activities and no one gets slammed for it more than Anna.

She's 21, healthy, active - is she not supposed to have a social life?

:confused:

wongqks
Sep 9th, 2002, 08:06 AM
Come on Rebecca,

Let's not pretend Anna is just an ordinary player with only talents to be around top 20.

Everyone knows that when anna burst into the scene, she has all the talents in the world, true, her serve is bad, but it is an area everyone can improve on, Venus had a bad serve when she arrive and look at it now.

Anna also is gifted in one of the best volley in the world her volleying skill is one of the best, but there are no follow up shot and that is her problem. But she has not improved that since 1998.

at least you can claim thta Martina did try to improve many aspect of her game, if you see Martina in 1997 and watch some of her match in 2001 you can tell that Martina is getting better, but just not the pace as the williams sister.

But if you look at Anna, she may not has gone backwars since she si 17 but defintiely has stayed there for a no. of years now, and just see everyone went pass her.

Believe me I love Anna to win somethigns, but I just don't think she has try hard enough. True, people said she is the msot commited person in pro, but I seriously doubt that after seeing her dissappoitnment week in week out

So please, all those statement about her is still the 35th best palyer of the world is non sense, everyone knows that she is better than that and she has more talent than that, so I just can't see any thing wrong in stating what is actually wrong in Anna game

ajayares
Sep 9th, 2002, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by wongqks

But the truth is that, what did she do after her loss to Widjaja in US Open, instead on focusing why she lost, she went to those stupid music award and concert. If she is truly professional, she really should take a long look at herself at what's wrong, fly to shanghai quickly and get ready for her next tournament


As you say, your opinion, but you don't know what went on after her lost, the VMA's were actually 3 days later, not that night or 24hrs later.. Plus did you forget that she was also in the doubles draw too.. so did you expect her the withdraw from them??, plus her coach was entered in the over 45's, so I seriously doubt she was going to be flying to Shanghai any earlier than she did..

wongqks
Sep 9th, 2002, 12:20 PM
sorry but I am just a little bit dissappointed at Anna progress, we all want the best from her :)

gentenaire
Sep 9th, 2002, 12:45 PM
I agree with Rebecca. I doubt thinking about tennis constantly is very beneficial. The VMA's were three days after her loss, do you expect Anna to think about what went wrong constantly for more than 3 days and nights in a row?

Monica_Rules
Sep 9th, 2002, 02:01 PM
Anna is the best player in the draw if her mind is right and she plays at 75% she should win but i'm sure somehting will happen!:rolleyes:

auntie janie
Sep 9th, 2002, 02:21 PM
I don't think going to the VMAs hurt Anna. But worrying about what her showbiz boyfriend is doing behind her back while she is away could hurt her tennis in Shanghai. This guy is no Fedorov, following Anna around like a lost puppy, fetching balls for her on the practice courts. While the cat's away, this particular mouse might play, and that thought might erode Anna's concentration oncourt, despite having the ability to beat every player in Shanghai.

THE NET
Sep 9th, 2002, 05:51 PM
Come on ANNA!! Win your first title in Asia!!!

She needs Patience and Consistency in her game!! an sure she has some talents...even it's not as much as Williams'!!

:D

Hulet
Sep 9th, 2002, 06:32 PM
what tier is the shangai tourny?

Rocketta
Sep 9th, 2002, 11:17 PM
IV

cmasters
Sep 10th, 2002, 02:07 AM
Ai is her biggest threat in my opinion and Ai is capable of beating most anyone if she plays her best. Anna will be hard pressed to find an easier draw to the semi's than what she has now. This is a challenger draw up to the semi's. She needs to take advantage of it.

Volcana
Sep 10th, 2002, 02:43 AM
Anna's ranking is what it is for a reason. We've watched Serena, Lindsay, Martina, Jelena, Kim, Justine, Venus and Monica all get injured, be out various lengths of time, and come back to form. Anna's been back from injury a looooong time. What we're seeing now IS Anna. Given that, a win is possible, but not likely.

callado
Sep 10th, 2002, 04:04 AM
LOL
For the past few years everytime Kourni enters a tier 3 or 4 everyone says "This is it, her first tournament." Yet she always finds a way to lose and she will here too. I still say she will go her entire carrear without a win and become a legendary tennis joke. Also, at this point she seems more interested in sitting on Enrique Iglesias' lap than playing tennis. :rolleyes: Expect another not so shocking early round loss to another nobody.

AjdeNate!
Sep 10th, 2002, 04:33 AM
Personally, if I had to choose between tennis and Enrique's lap.....hmm, that's be tough. I've never been one of those to champion AnnaK's first tournament everytime she enters a Tier III or IV, but I just had a premonition this time.... I dunno, I just think she's finally gonna breakthrough. Who knows, if not - she's still AnnaK, right? :)