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SOA_MC
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:38 AM
I'm starting to become a Jankovic fan who 18 months ago was my most disliked player.

Donny
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:39 AM
Sharapova is really growing on me, and I couldn't stand her for a long stretch of time.

Horizon
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:41 AM
I'm in exactly the same position. :inlove:

Jelena's replacing Azarenka in my sig.

I probably only disliked her in the first place because of her rivalry with Ana.

DimaDinosaur
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:43 AM
I use to hate Justin Timberlake, but he won me over with his charm :hearts:

Huntress55
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:44 AM
I cant believe I am going to say this, but Serena is really growing on me.
I'm not sure how far that will go though :lol:

MBM
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:46 AM
I've done a 360 on Jelena! I used to love her because of her smile and laughter on court (as well as her talent), but then she got a bit bitchy and there was the incident with her coach and Venus and the stopwatch...ahem...but since Wimbledon, I really started liking her again.

Done a 180 on Justine since she retired (I guess she isn't around to beat up my faves anymore!!)

And my opinion of Serena is spinning around and around all the live long day!!!

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:49 AM
Elena Dementieva.

I had real problems with her implying match fixing in the Williams camp, but I find her game (not to mention her legs) irresistible. I love the flat hard groundies (really, anyone who hits like that), the athleticism, the return game and recently have been so impressed with her determination to improve her serve. I love how she battle Serena at Wimby (glad she lost though).

So, I now find myself in the awkward position of being her fan. Come her third round (provided expectations determines form), I don't know who I'm going to pull for.

Uranium
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:51 AM
I used to hate Capriati from 2001-2003 USO, but then I liked her until 2004 USO.
I also didn't like Davenport in 2004 because she beat Venus too many times for my liking, but I liked her again in 2005:p

Can't think of any recent ones.

WowWow
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:54 AM
Oh yeah, many.

AcesHigh
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:57 AM
I used to HATE Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova. I'm pretty neutral on both.

I was a big fan of Serena Williams before 2002. That definitely changed...then became a big fan again after her comeback.. now I don't really care one way or the other.

LeonHart
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:01 AM
I use to hate Serena/Venus, due to their rivalry with Hingis, now I don't mind watching them. I also didn't care much for Clijsters but I'm happy she came back and avidly cheering for her.

LudwigDvorak
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:10 AM
Used to hate Serena with a passion. Now I like her, more or less, but I'm still not a fan.

Same with Maria, but we'll see how that goes after the third round. :o Probably won't make a difference, I've been fonder of Maria since mid '07.

Pheobo
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:17 AM
Used to hate Serena with a passion. Now I like her, more or less, but I'm still not a fan.




Same here.

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:21 AM
No, it lasts forever

mdterp01
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:24 AM
Nope. Once I set my mind to something there is very little a player can do to change it. So once I have you as a player I loathe (i.e. Sharapova, Jankovic, Henin :wavey:) there's not much you can do to change it). I will admit that the fire isn't as deep with those three, but I'll never be a fan of any of em. I will give them props for playing a good match, but thats about it.

Cakeisgood
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:33 AM
Nope. Once I set my mind to something there is very little a player can do to change it. So once I have you as a player I loathe (i.e. Sharapova, Jankovic, Henin :wavey:) there's not much you can do to change it). I will admit that the fire isn't as deep with those three, but I'll never be a fan of any of em. I will give them props for playing a good match, but thats about it.

I don't understand how you can loathe someone you don't know personally.

Daniel K
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:36 AM
Didn't like Clijsters but now she's back I'm supporting her all the way.

saska77
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:42 AM
I used to not like Sharapova, but have become a fan 2 yrs ago.Her screams used to really wind me up, now I actually find it kind of hot.:hearts:

Also used to dislike Venus but now I actually support her - when she is playing against Serena :lol:

Never liked Serena, but I got used to her big mouth. Her 'pearls of wisdom' are often genuinely funny, although rarely diplomatic.

mandy7
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:43 AM
When Daniela beat Hingis in the Indian Wells final back in the day, i was pissed, and decided not to like her.
Then i saw her play on Eurosport.. and then again..and again... and i could not dislike her anymore.
I tried, but i couldn't, she's too lovely.

Lindsayfan32
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:56 AM
I couldn't stand Venus and Serena. I still can't Serena because of her arrogance and how she treats her opponents after they beat her. But Venus has really grown on me in the last 6 or so months. it seems she's matured a lot and I like what I'm seeing. I'm not a fan yet but I'm surly getting there and I don't mind watching Venus's matches and cheer for her to win when she plays her sister. :)

Josh.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:02 AM
Have come a full circle with Ana. Almost regreting it now.

pepaw
Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:07 AM
I used to like Azarenka a bit, don't like her anymore.

I used to hate A. Radwanska for USO 07 but I really appreciate her game and bitchiness now.

I disliked a lot of the players who rose in '07 cause I thought they were weak and over-ranked (Chakvetadze, Peer etc) I was happy when they dropped in the ranks but now I can see that they are better than whats out there now and I support them against new crap like Wozniacki.

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:16 AM
Dementieva - Couldn't stand her. my most disliked player for the stunt she pulled in 2001 and last year. but someohow in the last couple of months I have gradually become a supporter. not a fan per se but I really want to see her do well.

Ana I - not a fan but kind of feeling bad for her. wouuld love for her to get it together. watched some of her old matches the other day and really fell in love with that forehand. still would prefer not to hear her talk though.

Mauresmo - went from disliking her to totally indifferent. couldn't care less about her one way or the other.

Hingis - I go back and forth.

Alexj
Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:22 AM
Jankovic is growing on me


I think a lot has to do with her beating of Safina in the Cincy final though :lol:

Caralenko
Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:28 AM
I was once a massive Dinara hater :o Now I have her as my fucking avatar :rolleyes:

I think I switch a lot with Serena. Back in '07 I was screaming from my couch for her to win the AO and then :hearts: It only took me a year to switch back to pleasantly disliking her but respecting her.
I've always liked Venus, never been a hardcore fan though.

ivanban
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:12 AM
Didn't like Clijsters but now she's back I'm supporting her all the way.

Same here :p

louisa.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:16 AM
Sharapova is really growing on me, and I couldn't stand her for a long stretch of time.

Same here :wavey:

Alizé Molik
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:04 AM
Didn't like Clijsters but now she's back I'm supporting her all the way.

yeah i don't know why because she plays the exact same game she did when you hated her before.

i never used to hate masha, but i liked her circa 04 then fell out of love with her but now she's back i'm enjoying her again. Wouldn't call myself a fan but her play today against pironkova was amaze :drool:

SVK
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:09 AM
Martina Muller

When I was a child I hate all German tennisplayers..now is Martina my one of the most favourite player and I believe to her another comeback:inlove:

Nikkiri
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:12 AM
I don't despise anyone.. but there are a few players I didn't particularly like that I now support or have a soft spot for.

Spartan
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:21 AM
Several actually.

Henin - Couldn't stand her after AO 06 but she grew on me after beating Jankovic in USO and was cheering for her in the final. Was one of my faves in 07.

Vaidisova - Used to think she was too bitchy but since the slump i miss her from the top 10 and hope she gets back there.

Pierce - Never despised her but she really beame one of my faves during the Fed Cup final in 05.

Brena
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:22 AM
Hey, what a cute thread! :yeah: OP

''Despise'' is a bit too strong a word, but, for example, I didn't really like Domi Cibulkova when she first appeared, but with time I realised she's actually a very sweet girl whose game I also find very enjoyable at times.
I didn't like Justine for a very long time, but also with time I began to forget about her nasty coach and started enjoying her :hearts: tennis and now I miss her. :sad:
There must be some more examples but I can't think of them atm.

Vartan
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:27 AM
Sharapova is really growing on me, and I couldn't stand her for a long stretch of time.
Same.

Sam L
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:37 AM
Michelle Larcher de Brito... :angel:

Daniel K
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:37 AM
yeah i don't know why because she plays the exact same game she did when you hated her before.


I didn't dislike her because of her game. Compared to the top players today she's a breath of fresh air. If she didn't rape Marion a couple weeks ago you'd like her too :D

Cloon76
Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:00 AM
I've never been a williams (either) fan but now find myself warming to Serena, especially after the Safina interview. However this could all change if she ends up facing Masha.

jjlove
Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:19 AM
That happened to me with Hingis, now I really miss her.

Alizé Molik
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:18 AM
I didn't dislike her because of her game. Compared to the top players today she's a breath of fresh air. If she didn't rape Marion a couple weeks ago you'd like her too :D

rofl that breath. and me disliking her has nothing to do with her molestation of marion.

young_gunner913
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:25 AM
I used to not like Daniela Hantuchova but I have a lot of Danka fans as friends (dunno how :unsure:) and I've softened up on her. Its nice to see her win, just as long as its not any of my favs. :p

toxina90
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:34 AM
I used to like Safina, before she started winning :help: I think I started not liking her very much from the beginning of this year, after I realised she couldn't give a shit in GS finals.

Kworb
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:18 PM
Yes I am a big fan of what Ivanovic is currently doing on court.

Sharapowerr
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:48 PM
Used to dislike Ana Ivanovic, now i kinda like her , use to like clijsters , now i dislike her

Escape
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:11 PM
Sharapova is really growing on me, and I couldn't stand her for a long stretch of time.

The same here.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:15 PM
I used to hate Elena, now I am indifferent.

TeraByte
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:42 PM
Used to dislike Williams sisters. After several years I started to like Venus, after a few more - not just to like Serena, but to hold her in high esteem, yes.

John.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:52 PM
Sharapova is really growing on me, and I couldn't stand her for a long stretch of time.

Same

TheFifthAvocado
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:56 PM
I hated JJ back in 2008, but I've missed her at the top this year and become sort of a fan. That will probably go away if she starts doing better than Elena again though :p

miffedmax
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:59 PM
I liked TOB, then I got mightily sick of her (thus the designation TOB) and now I like her again. So I guess that's more of a 360.

I originally liked JJ, but now she gets on my nerves, so I guess that's the opposite of the question.

I used to hate Ana, but now that's kind of like kicking a sick puppy. I wouldn't go so far as to say I like her, more like I don't really care. (And by hate I mean strictly in tennis terms. It's not like I want bad things to happen to her, I just enjoy it more if one of my faves beats her).

I'm actually starting to enjoy this whole Lena/Rena thing and hope it continues for awhile.

And, of course, in the biggest most emotional decision of my life as a tennis fan, I decided to stick with Elena even after she lost the bangs.

Cookie Power
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:03 PM
I despised Ivanovic when she was number 1, and I hate her even more now that she sucks. I really hope she continues to implode.

Maria used to irritate me, but I find myself rooting for her now. I want her to be back in the top 5 at least. She's great for the game.

ZODIAC
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:07 PM
I used to despise Jankovic but she is growing on me since her mother is not in her box anymore,I hated to see Snezana mug face with that water bottle and her cuckoo coach has toned down the bitchiness.

Optima
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:15 PM
I used to not be able to stand Serena, now I'm indifferent towards her. I used to like Dementieva, and now I don't particularly enjoy her. Used to really dislike Ivanovic also, but now I'm indifferent towards her as well.

Beat
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:25 PM
i don't really "hate" any players... the biggest turnaround was probably ivanovic. i remember how i saw her live at the qualifying for the zurich open in 2004 - i had never even heard of her - and she was so young and so brilliant, totally dismantling kostanic. she really left me in awe.

fast forward some years and there was a player called ivanovic i hardly recognized - and no, i'm not specifically talking about the crappy play - squeaky shoes, ajde-overlad, fistpumping, you know the deal. can't watch her anymore.

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:35 PM
i used to like elena...then her comments in 08 sent me away...

i used to like elena's bangs....but then i realised miffed likes them so i don't like them

i used to like serena's sister...but she's even worse than henin so..

i used to like ana....but then her R.I.P version showed up so i don't like that version


i used to dislike jj...but she's got a mouth on her :inlove: love the cattiness :lol: plus she held her own in her only slam final better than safina other un-named #1 players so huge amount of respect for her

Slutiana
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:47 PM
i used to like elena...then her comments in 08 sent me away...

i used to like elena's bangs....but then i realised miffed likes them so i don't like them

i used to like serena's sister...but she's even worse than henin so..

i used to like ana....but then her R.I.P version showed up so i don't like that version


i used to dislike jj...but she's got a mouth on her :inlove: love the cattiness :lol: plus she held her own in her only slam final better than safina other un-named #1 players so huge amount of respect for her

More like you used to like Venus... But she beat Serena. :( When will you let it go? Serena hit the ball out, so she deserved to lose the point however long it took Venus to challenge, the point didn't belong to Serena, ever, get over it.

Aravanecaravan
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:54 PM
I wouldn't say "despised" but the first time I saw Aravane, I wanted Maria to kill her. On the court, I mean. It was in the French Open in 2005. Now, the roles, while not quite reversed (I still like Maria too), are definitely tilted in Aravane's favor. Max has 'Lena's bangs', and my fixation is 'Persians with brunette hair'....

I never really thought much of Bartoli until so many here started picking on her, then I watched her play and thought she was interesting enough to keep watching. I would definitely consider myself a fan of hers now.

On the flip side, I used to rank Vaidisova as a close no. 2, but her complete and total disregard for her current state of crappiness has left me unsympathetic.

Uranium
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:58 PM
More like you used to like Venus... But she beat Serena. :( When will you let it go? Serena hit the ball out, so she deserved to lose the point however long it took Venus to challenge, the point didn't belong to Serena, ever, get over it.

:worship:, she would have been perfectly happy with Serena winning that game unfairly with that ball being in, but she is just ignorant of the rules of challenges. It is at the discretion of the umpire how long to take and also after watching it again I got the feeling Venus thought it called out because once Kadir or whatever his name is said Game Serena Williams, Venus immediately challenged. But they didn't show her actions, so I am not sure. But she is worse than Henin now?:lol: Ok, keep being stupid:o You are only one of 2 Serena fans that took this and hated Venus for it, that says a lot about you:o

Keegan
Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:00 PM
Dementieva.

I hated her because I couldn't beat her on the Roland Garros game :sad:

I also didn't like Ivanovic. Actually I still do, but I've just grown a soft spot for her.

faboozadoo15
Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:13 PM
Well, Serena and Venus used to be 2 of my top 3 favorites. :help:
I'm warming up again to Venus, but she still annoys me with her hot mess tennis, especially this summer.
Serena, no, just no.

I used to really enjoy every Hingis loss, before about 2001. In 2002, I really started to cheer for her, missed her, and enjoyed her comeback. Now I miss her again.

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:27 PM
I used to hate Elena, now I am indifferent.

baby steps, baby steps. could jelena be far behind? :p

AkademiQ
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:08 PM
I'm watching Maria's matches and not rooting for her to lose.

The opposite for me with Venus though. Used to love her and now despise her.

Stamp Paid
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:11 PM
I used to hate Sharapova, but once she got older and got prettier and Serena bludgeoned her a few times, she became my 2nd favorite active player. :)

Kim's_fan_4ever
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:16 PM
For me it's Jelena Jankovic. I never really hated her, it was just a dislike, at least I remember it that way. And then after LA 06 final which she lost, I started liking her. Her smile did the thing for me. Been a fan ever since and as of now Jelena is one of my 2 main favourites :inlove: (the other being Kim, duh)

Slutati
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:18 PM
I do like Sharapova now. :lol::cool:

delicatecutter
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:20 PM
I can tolerate Sharapova now. I think it's because Yuri is MIA and I love her new fierce lesbian warrior look. :hearts: But I was a big Sharapova fan until she started to beat Serena, so I guess this is more coming full-circle than anything. :angel:

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:33 PM
I'm watching Maria's matches and not rooting for her to lose.

The opposite for me with Venus though. Used to love her and now despise go back and forth between indifferent to don't really care for her at all.

this is me.

Ballbasher
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:42 PM
Probably Vaidisova & V. Williams.
I used to dislike Nicole a lot, but her slump just makes me feel extremely sorry for her and seeing talent like that wasted with many overranked players nowadays.
Venus was the sister I disliked much more now I like her more, her class won me over & I love watching her play by now.
I will probably never change on Serena.I will always like her, but could never be a fan of hers. But she is just too important for tennis for her to leave. I hope she will stay around for a long time.

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:42 PM
:lol: :lol:

debby
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:43 PM
Despise is a bit too strong, but I disliked Kim, especially when she was playing Henin :tape: I am not Belgian so it was hard for me to root for both.. but in late 2006, I've realized how much I liked Kim's game and was rooting for her in 2007 (bar Justine of course :angel: ) until her retirement. Now that Henin is gone and Kim is back, she is my actual favourite !



Back in 2005-2006, Maria was my second favourite player :unsure: I loved watching her playing, I enjoyed the Aussie Open semifinal, her great summer hardcourts season, I had even an avy of her holding San Diego's trophy on MSN...but since Masters 2006, not anymore :tape: don't know why.

Valanga
Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:19 PM
I'm not sure if I hate williams sisters, or their zealous fans' behaviour. I like their style of playing tennis, but somehow they cannot be my faves. I like watching their matches (especially in 09 HK expo, Venus was just flawless). Maybe WTA would be more fun in slams if there are more players reaching their level.

I can't think of any players that I hated before and I like them now.

P_Fer
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:06 PM
Serena is growing on me :)

Rix643
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:14 PM
180 degree turn (almost), the other way around

Edinboro
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:42 PM
Well I never really hated Bartoli (seems silly to hate someone you dont know) but ive actually started to like her a lot this year.