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Volcana
Feb 2nd, 2010, 02:19 AM
Good tournament, but an awful lot of accomplished players went out to very poor performances.

Grading System: If you play to your seed, its a 'B'. Except in one case I had to drop it to a B-.

Grade A01 Serena .......
-- Henin ........
16 Na Li ........ SF .. def Wozniacki, Venus
Grade A-35 Jie Zheng .... SF .. def Bartoli. (This result is a case of a draw opening up, but still congrats. She had to win the matches.)
Grade B+ (all these players exceeded expectation)58 Kirilenko .... QF
59 Makarova ..... 2R .. Beat a top twenty player. When you're ranked outside the top fifty, a big deal.
16 Wickmayer .... 4R .. loses to Henin, beat Pennetta
19 Petrova ...... QF .. loses to [--] Henin - Petrova had an excellent tournament, beat Kuznetsova, beat Clijsters

Grade B (Played to seed, lost to higher ranked player)07 Azarenka ..... QF .. loses to [01] Serena - Played to her seed, and looked good and yet exposed, losing
09 Zvonareva .... 4R .. loses to [07] Azarenka
13 Stosur ....... 4R .. loses to [01] Serena - played to her seed, lost to champ
31 Bondarenko ... 4R .. loses to [35] Zheng, beat JJ
Grade B- (Played to seed, lost to lower raked player. Looked bad doing it.)06 Venus ........ QF .. loses to [17] Na Li - Played to her seed, which for Venus @ OZ is no given
Pass (All losses I don't condemn for various reasons)05 Dementieva ... 2r .. loses to [--] Henin - I'm giving her a pass on that. Henin is a better player
10 A Radwanska .. 3R .. loses to [17] Schiavone - Schiavone is a good slow court player
12 Pennetta ..... 2R .. loses to [16] Wickmayer - Wickmayer would have been a top 16 seed, so Pennetta skates on that
Fail (Bad losses to lesser players)03 Kuznetsova ... 4R .. loses to [19] Petrova
04 Wozniacki .... 4r .. loses to [17] Na Li
08 Jankovic ..... 3R .. loses to [32] A Bondarenko
11 Bartoli ...... 3R .. loses to [35] Jie Zheng
14 Sharapova .... 1R .. loses to [58] Kirilenko - A disaster
15 Clijsters .... 3R .. loses to [19] Petrova - Close in rank, Petrova is former top ten player. But ....
18 Razzano ...... 1R .. loses to [59] Makarova - Not that much was expected of Razzano here, but any loss by a top twenty player to a player outside the top fifty is bad.
20 Ivanovic ..... 2R .. loses to [36] Dulko
incomplete02 Safina ....... 4R .. loses to [58] Kirilenko (ret)NOTE: Corrections cheerfully accepted. I had to rush this.

hdfb
Feb 2nd, 2010, 02:33 AM
Alona Bondarenko must be in B+. She beat Jankovic and reached 4R.

gc-spurs
Feb 2nd, 2010, 02:36 AM
Sharapova was below fail whatever that is...

tennisforadults
Feb 2nd, 2010, 02:44 AM
Safina was playing well before she aggravated an old injury against Kirilenko - so I wouldn't be so harsh on her. She deserves a better grade for her performances up to the point she got injured.

Volcana
Feb 2nd, 2010, 02:44 AM
Alona Bondarenko must be in B+. She beat Jankovic and reached 4R.Good point. I can't just treat that as a JJ loss. AB was barely seeded. OTOH, she lost to Zheng.

brickhousesupporter
Feb 2nd, 2010, 02:49 AM
I don't think it is fair to give Safina that harsh a grade. Maybe an incomplete where you take her French Open results and apply it for both.....after all she did have a doctors note.

Volcana
Feb 2nd, 2010, 02:52 AM
I don't think it is fair to give Safina that harsh a grade. Maybe an incomplete....That's probably more fair. It was a retirement.

Golovinjured.
Feb 2nd, 2010, 03:13 AM
Zheng gets an A-? She beat Bartoli, Kirilenko and Bondarenko. Taking advantage of an open draw doesn't mean anything, but a 1&0 loss in the SF does though.

I would give Azarenka, Wickmayer and Dementieva an A- over Zheng.

mr_burns
Feb 2nd, 2010, 03:17 AM
You have to give Petrova more credit, she belongs in the same category or even higher than Zheng.

She beat two reign grand slam champions, and really in a good way.

tennisphilia
Feb 2nd, 2010, 03:19 AM
Sharapova was below fail whatever that is...

Let's call it a G. That's one letter below F.
This would also be Clijsters mark.

Volcana
Feb 2nd, 2010, 04:18 AM
Zheng gets an A-? She beat Bartoli, Kirilenko and Bondarenko. Taking advantage of an open draw doesn't mean anything, but a 1&0 loss in the SF does though.

I would give Azarenka, Wickmayer and Dementieva an A- over Zheng.Azarenka, Wickmayer and Dementieva only did, ultimately, what history said they should. Zheng achieved far above her resume. It's all about expectation. Unseeded player makes the semis, beats a couple seeds, second ever in her country's history, yada yada yada .....You have to give Petrova more credit, she belongs in the same category or even higher than Zheng.

She beat two reign grand slam champions, and really in a good way.I agree about the quality of her wins. But she's also a former top ten player, who still should still be physically in her prime. She's supposed to have that kind of ability.

Jie Zheng is 26 years old, and her career to date is winning Estoril, Stockholm and Hobart. Then she makes the semis of the slam that's most important in her home country, the one where everybody could see her in primetime. Half a billion people may have been watching this woman play tennis.

This is like a community theatre actor suddenly playing Broadway, and getting nominated for a Tony award. In things like this, who you are matters, it's not just what you achieve.

Six Feet Under
Feb 2nd, 2010, 04:21 AM
Bartoli a definite Fail, big big chance to make semis.

Caralenko
Feb 2nd, 2010, 04:26 AM
Wickmayer also went through qualifying, so a high grade is very worthy IMO :)

Six Feet Under
Feb 2nd, 2010, 04:28 AM
Wickmayer also went through qualifying, so a high grade is very worthy IMO :)

Imagine if she had lost in the First round of Qualies :eek:
She played very well against henin :bowdown:

Inger67
Feb 2nd, 2010, 07:50 AM
I'm sorry I don't agree with Venus' ranking. Yes she did self-destruct and should have beaten Na. But still making the QF for just the 2nd time in 5 years is good. Finally a LITTLE more consistency at a slam other than Wimbledon.

Keep in mind, her last year GS performances:

2r
3r
F
4r

So QF is a definite improvement.

Szavay #1
Feb 2nd, 2010, 08:48 AM
Wickmayer also went through qualifying, so a high grade is very worthy IMO :)

:yeah:

Golovinjured.
Feb 2nd, 2010, 09:56 AM
I'm sorry I don't agree with Venus' ranking. Yes she did self-destruct and should have beaten Na. But still making the QF for just the 2nd time in 5 years is good. Finally a LITTLE more consistency at a slam other than Wimbledon.

Keep in mind, her last year GS performances:

2r
3r
F
4r

So QF is a definite improvement.

Venus reaching a QF is not a great result, not for someone of her calibre.

Beat
Feb 2nd, 2010, 10:01 AM
i still can't get my head around the fact that razzano lost to makarova. :help:

FrOzon
Feb 2nd, 2010, 11:24 AM
Lisicki unfortunately also a "FAIL".

Betten
Feb 2nd, 2010, 12:03 PM
Lisicki unfortunately also a "FAIL".

Second that. She and Vesnina (who lost to Garbin) were really disappointing.

Volcana
Feb 2nd, 2010, 09:10 PM
Lisicki unfortunately also a "FAIL".I agree. I just didn't detail out seeds 21-32.
I'm sorry I don't agree with Venus' ranking. Yes she did self-destruct and should have beaten Na. But still making the QF for just the 2nd time in 5 years is good.Venus is by far my favorite player. But I watch that QF vs Na Li. The third set was hideous. More to the point, Na Li was hideous, and Venus was even worse. You can always lose to a lower ranked player, but not like that. (Of course, these are just my opinions, yours are just as valid.)

I could NOT give her the same grade as say, Azarenka. who after all, only did what was expected. There are different ways to play to your seed.

danieln1
Feb 2nd, 2010, 09:16 PM
Ivanovic - Z

worst grade, fail...

Sharapova also failed badly

tennisforadults
Feb 2nd, 2010, 09:27 PM
Venus reaching a QF is not a great result, not for someone of her calibre.

Agreed. A QF may be better than the last AO, but for a 7-time GS Champion, it's really not good enough.

Craigy
Feb 2nd, 2010, 09:30 PM
Kirilenko made the QF, not 4R.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 2nd, 2010, 09:59 PM
Venus reaching a QF is not a great result, not for someone of her calibre.

Given her lopsided records against top-players in Melbourne and Paris, it is.

VishaalMaria
Feb 2nd, 2010, 10:17 PM
Venus should be an E.

Despite her getting into the second weak, that choke job against Na Li ruined it for us Venus fans.

StephenUK
Feb 2nd, 2010, 10:29 PM
I think Volcana's grades are pretty good. Here are some marks that I would give to some other seeded players:

Schiavone B+ - reached last 16 unexpectedly, beat Aga Radwanska
Lisicki Fail - 2r horror loss to Brianti
Hantuchova B- - reached 3r as seeded, lost to Na Li, but this results reeks of mediocrity for such a calibre player
Cibulkova Fail - 1r loss to King, dreadful
Martinez Sanchez Fail - 2r loss to Zheng, disappointing
Medina Garrigues Fail - 1r loss to Sprem, bad defeat to player who hasn't passed a GS 1r in years
Rezai Fail - 2r loss to Kerber, shock defeat of a player who nearly beat Serena just the week before
Kleybanova - B/B+ - can't be faulted for losing to Henin and gave her a very tough match
Vesnina Fail - 1r loss to Garbin, very poor result
Peer - B - fulfilled seeding, logical 3r loss to Wozniacki
K Bondarenko - Fail - 2r loss to Baltacha, awful loss to a player who has very few top 100 wins
Suarez Navarro - B - fulfilled seeding, logical loss to Serena

I think the wooden spoons probably go to Sharapova and Clijsters of the top names and of the lesser seeds, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Cibulkova and Vesnina.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 2nd, 2010, 10:39 PM
Lisicki unfortunately also a "FAIL".

Lisicki is useless on hardcourts, she could lose to virtually anybody.

Nikkiri
Feb 3rd, 2010, 04:00 AM
Kirilenko made the QF, not 4R.

:bigclap:

Volcana
Feb 3rd, 2010, 05:09 AM
Kirilenko made the QF, not 4R.Correction made. And thank you.

mboyle
Feb 3rd, 2010, 05:18 AM
Damn Volcana remind me NEVER to take a class with you! :p

But seriously, Petrova made the QF and beat two top ten players. Isn't that at least an A-??? And Kirilenko made the quarters unseeded. Is that not an A- too? Zheng definitely deserves a straight A.

Dementieva deserves a B- because she didn't collapse against Henin. Radwanska/Pennetta can get C's.

As for your "Fails", I think you need to separate them into D's and F's.

Sharapova is the only F for me. Ivanovic maybe. The rest are D's. But Sharapova was clearly the biggest disappointment of the fortnight.

Volcana
Feb 3rd, 2010, 05:52 AM
Damn Volcana remind me NEVER to take a class with you! :p My parents were both teachers. My spouse is a teacher. Last five lovers pre-marriage were teachers.

I'm a rat bastard grader. I admit it. But seriously, Petrova made the QF and beat two top ten players. Isn't that at least an A-??? And Kirilenko made the quarters unseeded. Is that not an A- too? Zheng definitely deserves a straight A.

Dementieva deserves a B- because she didn't collapse against Henin. Radwanska/Pennetta can get C's.

As for your "Fails", I think you need to separate them into D's and F's.

Sharapova is the only F for me. Ivanovic maybe. The rest are D's. But Sharapova was clearly the biggest disappointment of the fortnight.Your grade are every bit as fair as mine. I didn't give an A+ cause the #1 seed won the tournament. And I wasn't gnna give anybody a grade better than the champ.

Although Makarova and Kirilenko may have deserved it. Ouotside the top fifty!?!?!? Even winning ONE round is a big deal.

Patrick345
Feb 3rd, 2010, 06:16 AM
Stosur doesn´t deserve a B. She was hardly impressive in any round and the highest ranked player she beat was #73 Brianti. She lost to Serena winning six games. Stosur did what she was supposed to do against a very easy draw. I mean who in their right mind would lose to Brianti....

http://www.spox.com/de/sport/mehrsport/tennis/0906/Bilder/sabine-lisicki-traenen-514.jpg

Tennisation
Feb 3rd, 2010, 06:20 AM
I think Justine should get an A+ above Serena even though she didn't win considering this is only her second tournament back, and I'm not even a fan.

F(-) for Sharapova & Cljisters, look like Pova doesn't bother showing up to class because she's too busy with outside interests and Clijsters didn't even study for her exams.