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debopero
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:38 AM
After Wimbledon and that great semifinal? Do we still not have what we can consider a dominant player?

KournikovaFan91
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:39 AM
Why is having one dominant player exciting :confused:

Like don't you want upsets and variety in your winners, I do and I am happy we don't have a Federer type in women's tennis.

Lin Lin
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:46 AM
:unsure:It's entertaining for me:shrug:

AcesHigh
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:51 AM
So one great match for the first time in forever is supposed to make it not boring anymore? I'm still looking for the first good women's final since Wimbledon 2006. USO 2008 wasn't too bad but we've had a serious lull in slams AND outside slams. Last year's slams+YEC were pretty atrocious.

Ellen Dawson
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:52 AM
The WTA has always been about highs and lows. Guess what period we're going through right now? ;)

Sharapower
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:58 AM
I don't get this "boring" thing. I find the game has evolved constantly tougher in the last decade, lopsided matches are nothing new and there are several active players who proved being able to win majors.
I can concede, though, that the tour lacks girls with charisma at the top. Maybe that's why the tour is perceived as boring.

ZODIAC
Jul 13th, 2009, 04:42 AM
The majority of players are boring to say the least only a few stand out,no compelling rivalries plus the grunting is just annoying.

IceSkaTennisFan
Jul 13th, 2009, 04:51 AM
So one great match for the first time in forever is supposed to make it not boring anymore? I'm still looking for the first good women's final since Wimbledon 2006. USO 2008 wasn't too bad but we've had a serious lull in slams AND outside slams. Last year's slams+YEC were pretty atrocious.
I agree, but Henin def. Sharapova 07 YEC was talked up a lot. So was Serena's win over Henin in Miami in the 07 final. Henin's retirement and Sharapova's injury really took the air out of any supposed rivalry in women's tennis.

Breske
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:11 AM
With quotes like Williamsova and the #1 War of Words, no.

Tour will be better next year with Hingis and Clijsters back.

LeonHart
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:27 AM
With quotes like Williamsova and the #1 War of Words, no.

Tour will be better next year with Hingis and Clijsters back.

Hingis isn't coming back :spit:

And Clijsters will be at the US Open :angel:

Breske
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:29 AM
Hingis can be Top 5, easily.

AnomyBC
Jul 13th, 2009, 07:14 AM
Things have definitely been incredibly boring this year in terms of GS finals, but we have had some interesting stuff happen elsewhere. Hopefully some of the young players (Azerenka? Wozniacki? Cibulkova? Lisicki? Pavlyuchenkova? Cirstea?) will start breaking through into the Finals and that will make things a lot more interesting. Or if Sharapova or Ivanovic or Jankovic start contending for major titles again that will also make things more interesting.

DOUBLEFIST
Jul 13th, 2009, 08:41 AM
I think it's very interesting. There are a lot of suspensful questions out there.

Can Maria come back?

Is it too late for Serena to win enough slams to be an ATG?

How will Clijsters play when she comes back?

Is Hingis REALLY done, or will she too come back?

Will Venus ever win a slam outside Wimby?

Is J.J. a one run wonder?

Can Ana pull her game back together and fulfill her potential?

I mean the list of intriguing questions goes on and on. ANYONE who can't be excited by that simply isn't interested in the women's game of today and is naught but an old sour puss pining away for wood rackets and Evert and Nav' and yester-year.

DutchieGirl
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:09 AM
For me it's not boring anyway. :p

Alex03Maccy
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:15 AM
WTA just isn't boring, on or off court.

flyingmachine
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:24 AM
The problem is that despite the entertaining part between the finals. The final it has a bit of a downer. Especially since Henin left the tour and Maria goes to the injury list. Maybe when Maria coming back to the top than things will get exciting.

Lin Lin
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:24 AM
Hingis can be Top 5, easily.

:speakles:
A:She won't come back;:wavey:
B:It won't be "easy" to be in top5:wavey:

bandabou
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:58 AM
So one great match for the first time in forever is supposed to make it not boring anymore? I'm still looking for the first good women's final since Wimbledon 2006. USO 2008 wasn't too bad but we've had a serious lull in slams AND outside slams. Last year's slams+YEC were pretty atrocious.

:lol: How typical..the last Wimbledon not won by a Williams was the best final for you. Trying times these days for you, huh.

bandabou
Jul 13th, 2009, 10:01 AM
Oh oh...I smell a "we are tired of seeing the Williams win all of the time"-itis.

I guess when Justine was bossing the tour, it wasn't boring. Her beating Serena three times in a row..those were good times, huh?

petra martinnen
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:29 PM
Right now the WTA is in real crisis mode. Fans are leaving, stadia are empty at non slams as events other than majors have lost all credibility and no one has come along to be the next big thing since injured Maria. It is not a pretty sight now.

And to think, not long ago we had Davenport, Henin, Capriati, Mauresmo, Clijsters, Hingis AND Williamses! These are lean times.

AcesHigh
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:40 PM
:lol: How typical..the last Wimbledon not won by a Williams was the best final for you. Trying times these days for you, huh.

What's wrong with you? You know I'm a Venus Williams fan, right? :confused:

This has nothing to do with either Williams sister. The tour just sucks right now.

Monica_Rules
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:46 PM
The thing is if one player dominates it makes the rest of the tour have to up their level to be able to beat them. Only then will we get great tennis consistantly.

Monica_Rules
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:48 PM
Forgot to add i think my fav year on the WTA tour was when Majoli won Charlston, Chanda Rubin won Los Angeles andf Patty won Zurich we had some great matches. I think Maleeva won Moscow aswell so we had lots of shocks.

bandabou
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:54 PM
What's wrong with you? You know I'm a Venus Williams fan, right? :confused:

This has nothing to do with either Williams sister. The tour just sucks right now.

Sure..."who's gonna challenge Serena now? Oh Justine come back..I'd rather have you win two majors a year, ( wait only happened twice), give us quality finals...oops, only happened once,.."

That has been your crying-song for a while now. So excuse me being sceptical of you.

serenafan08
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:59 PM
Honestly this is a huge opportunity for someone right now; Serena and Venus are going to retire at some point, although not soon. Justine, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport are all gone. There are no established veterans on tour besides the Williams sisters. Kuznetsova has two Slams, but she's horribly inconsistent - it took almost five years for her to win another one. Maria Sharapova's injury really slowed her momentum, and it looks like it will take longer for her to round into form than everyone thought. The other girls just don't know how to win on the big stages. Until someone can grab the sport by the throat and not let go, it will continue to be "boring" in everyone's mind.

jade001
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:08 PM
Yes.

Volcana
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:19 PM
For some people, if they're favorites aren't involved, it's boring. That's not atypical. Many people are more fans of specific teams or players than sports. It's freely acknowledge in gold that having Tiger Woods play in a tournament means twice as many people will watch.

One would imagine (I don't know) that the TV ratings for women's tennis in Russia are up compared to say, seven years ago. Ratings in Belgium and France are likely down. Obviously, when the USA had five players in the top ten, more people in the USA watched the sport. The actual athletic level of the players is the highest it's ever been. The level of play is down a bit, because the top level of the tour has a lot of young players. Yes, there's a lot of 'mindless tennis' out there. But two 20 years olds aren't going to play tennis with the craftiness of two 25 year olds.

Speaking of age, there's no denying that women's tennis has a 'youth cult'. A lot of fans, at least fans who post online, very much favor young prodigies over established veterans. And right now, the veterans own the tour. Yes, Dinara Safina is ranked #1, and definitely qualifies as a young player. But her losses in the slams to the vets ender that ranking menaingless, in practical terms. Put something historical on the line, and her ranking slips to about #5. Venus, Serena, Dementieva and Kuznetsova 'own the night' right now.

So for the youth cultist, tennis is 'boring' right now.

AndreConrad
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:44 PM
Since when it was boring?

AcesHigh
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Sure..."who's gonna challenge Serena now? Oh Justine come back..I'd rather have you win two majors a year, ( wait only happened twice), give us quality finals...oops, only happened once,.."

That has been your crying-song for a while now. So excuse me being sceptical of you.

:lol: When have I said I'd rather see Justine win 2 majors. Some of you Serena fans are so paranoid.

There's only one player playing well right now and she only plays well 8 weeks a year at the moment. That is really really really sad for the tour.

Tennis was better when Henin was around because there were more players playing well. This isn't about Serena... some of the posters can't seem to get that, it's not always about Serena :rolleyes:
Btw, I was one of the posters in 2007 complaining about the tour and how it was getting boring then. The last interesting year we had really was 2006.

Unless you're a Serena fan, it's pretty hard to get excited for USO. Safina, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Venus, Kuznetsova, Zvonareva.. none of these players are playing particularly well. There are no rivalries, there's no battling it out at the top.. it's pretty boring.

ZODIAC
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:34 PM
the bitchiness was great comedy tv back in the day,Hingis vs Williams,Hingis vs Momo,Davenport vs Williams,Capriati vs Serena,Momo vs Serena these ladies spicied up the tour now its just bottle bland blondes skinny robots from eastern europe that dont speak english well.

Morrissey
Jul 13th, 2009, 06:43 PM
Women's tennis is boring because Serena isn't being challenged in the slams. Nobody is challenging Serena right now. I think one of the younger girls can challenge Serena. Perhaps Azarenka can do it but I don't see a lot of hope for the WTA right now. The WTA needs Justine Henin.

ZODIAC
Jul 13th, 2009, 07:07 PM
Women's tennis is boring because Serena isn't being challenged in the slams. Nobody is challenging Serena right now. I think one of the younger girls can challenge Serena. Perhaps Azarenka can do it but I don't see a lot of hope for the WTA right now. The WTA needs Justine Henin.Justine was dominant from August 2007 when she won in Toronto through to end of year tourney,thats six months after that she lost form so to say Henin was dominant is not truly factual.Serena lost to Justine in Paris because Justine was better on clay,Wimbledon we know she was injured same with USA Open,after that Justine was eating bagels left and right from Sharapova and Serena.
I would love Justine to come back and terrorize the eastern europeans she owned them all from Jankovic,Ana and Sveta h2h combined is like 30-3 for these three:p:tape::lol:

Protoss
Jul 13th, 2009, 07:34 PM
Hingis can be Top 5, easily.
Martina didn't even make the top 5 in her 1st comeback back in 2006. So what makes you think that an older, slower Martina can make it into the top 5 in 2010?

bandabou
Jul 13th, 2009, 08:09 PM
:lol: When have I said I'd rather see Justine win 2 majors. Some of you Serena fans are so paranoid.

There's only one player playing well right now and she only plays well 8 weeks a year at the moment. That is really really really sad for the tour.

Tennis was better when Henin was around because there were more players playing well. This isn't about Serena... some of the posters can't seem to get that, it's not always about Serena :rolleyes:
Btw, I was one of the posters in 2007 complaining about the tour and how it was getting boring then. The last interesting year we had really was 2006.

Unless you're a Serena fan, it's pretty hard to get excited for USO. Safina, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Venus, Kuznetsova, Zvonareva.. none of these players are playing particularly well. There are no rivalries, there's no battling it out at the top.. it's pretty boring.

Ok..cool. Just to make clear that there ain't no Serena hating here.

Wiggly
Jul 13th, 2009, 08:24 PM
Honestly this is a huge opportunity for someone right now; Serena and Venus are going to retire at some point, although not soon. Justine, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport are all gone. There are no established veterans on tour besides the Williams sisters. Kuznetsova has two Slams, but she's horribly inconsistent - it took almost five years for her to win another one. Maria Sharapova's injury really slowed her momentum, and it looks like it will take longer for her to round into form than everyone thought. The other girls just don't know how to win on the big stages. Until someone can grab the sport by the throat and not let go, it will continue to be "boring" in everyone's mind.

Yeah, anyone with a decent game and strong mental abilities could start winning Slams next year and be as dominant as Federer in 2-3 years, when the WS retire.

Br'er Rabbit
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:42 PM
Well my answer is no. People are only saying women's tennis is boring because their fav's are no longer winning or isn't relevent anymore. Hell a couple of months Kuzzy fans were saying the same thing until she won the french, now tennis is better than ever to them. Same with some Elena fans too, after that semi with Serena, their starting to sing another song. So please save that BS that women's tennis is boring because all this is really about people beomg upset that their fav's are again not winning or irrelevent. Honestly like anyone in here would want a Roger type WTA, where everyone he plays losses because half the time he's too good or either they choke.

sweetpeas
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:48 PM
:cool::D:lol::bounce:

I don't get this "boring" thing. I find the game has evolved constantly tougher in the last decade, lopsided matches are nothing new!

So right!thanks:wavey::bounce:

Craigy
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:51 PM
:cool::D:lol::bounce:

I don't get this "boring" thing. I find the game has evolved constantly tougher in the last decade, lopsided matches are nothing new!

So right!thanks:wavey::bounce:

You're welcome!:wavey::bounce::lol:;):cool:

StarDuvallGrant
Jul 13th, 2009, 09:59 PM
Ok..cool. Just to make clear that there ain't no Serena hating here.

:lol:

Andy.
Jul 13th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Right now and for the next couple of weeks it is while we are subjected to these pointless MM cly events. I cant wait till the real tour begins again in a few weeks.

ZODIAC
Jul 13th, 2009, 11:06 PM
this is a childish thread

DOUBLEFIST
Jul 13th, 2009, 11:34 PM
Well my answer is no. People are only saying women's tennis is boring because their fav's are no longer winning or isn't relevent anymore. Hell a couple of months Kuzzy fans were saying the same thing until she won the french, now tennis is better than ever to them. Same with some Elena fans too, after that semi with Serena, their starting to sing another song. So please save that BS that women's tennis is boring because all this is really about people beomg upset that their fav's are again not winning or irrelevent. Honestly like anyone in here would want a Roger type WTA, where everyone he plays losses because half the time he's too good or either they choke.

:worship: :worship:

Spot On.

LightWarrior
Jul 14th, 2009, 12:54 AM
WTA just isn't boring, on or off court.

OK it's tennis, not Desperately Housewives...