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Navratil
Mar 31st, 2010, 08:53 AM
When I first saw Yanina Wickmayer 2 years ago in Antwerp playing Top-Ten-player Daniela Hantuchova, nobody thought she was going to be that successful.

She was # 163 at that time and didn't play much on the WTA-Tour. She actually played a good match against world # 8 Daniela Hantuchova but lost in straight sets. I can remember that the commentator said that Wickmayer is proof of the power density on the WTA-tour, a girl playing that well and only ranked well outside the Top 100, she may never reach the Top 100 because there are so many girls playing like her these days...

Well, she broke into the Top 100 and is pretty close of breaking into the top ten. She's only 20 - what can she achieve in her career? Did she already pass her peak or does she climb even higher?
Do you like her game? Her technique?

Julian.
Mar 31st, 2010, 09:01 AM
She will break the Top 10 before US Open.

Sassy-Na
Mar 31st, 2010, 09:03 AM
another big girl :shrug:

Lin Lin
Mar 31st, 2010, 09:06 AM
I like this girl very much:awww:
She is so unique for me:hug:

Sassy-Na
Mar 31st, 2010, 09:07 AM
I like this girl very much:awww:
She is so unique for me:hug:

she looks like the "natural killers" :ras:

stino
Mar 31st, 2010, 09:37 AM
Given the fact she doesn't have much points to defend until the grass-season, the chances for her to reach the top 10 are looking good. It will be hard to stay there, as she has a bunch of points to defend afterwards.
I don't believe she'll ever win a major, but she should be able to win some bigger tournaments in the future. But then again, there are Kim & Justine who also might push Yanina to higher limits!

tea
Mar 31st, 2010, 09:55 AM
Nice opening post.:yeah:

I saw her in early 2008 in Fedcup match vs Ukraine. It didn't take me even a set of watching to fall in love with the girl and her tennis for good.:hearts:

I like everything about her, gamestyle in particular, but I don't really want to think about what her future may be.:p Top 10 is very reachable goal as for now.

goldenlox
Mar 31st, 2010, 10:12 AM
She is tall and strong, but only won 10 of 33 2nd serve points and Marion hit several winners on return of serve.
She can get into the top 10 based on the points from her flukey USO draw, but she has to improve a lot to be a threat to do something big.

Definately capable of getting thru early rounds, but so are Cibulkova and Bondarenko and many others.

BlameSerena
Mar 31st, 2010, 10:16 AM
She's really the only Belgian I like, but I'm not a believer just yet.

the_tk
Mar 31st, 2010, 10:17 AM
Big ear plugs :o

jimbo mack
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:51 PM
she does have talent, the belief and shoulders that only a butch lesbian could wish for

she'll def be top 10, whether she can be top 5 i'm not yet sure?

HassanAli
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:04 PM
She has won a lot of matches, but hasn't produced anything so outstanding that it makes sense to tip her for Grand Slam titles. As of yet. And she is now in a position where she has to meet expectations as well. This season will tell us a lot about her long-term prospects on the Tour.

soomaal
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:16 PM
If Caro can reach number 2 then the sky is the limit for Yanina. Fact.

Temperenka
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:22 PM
You know, I've no doubt been impressed by Yanina's game... but I honestly feel like she is over-performing. I think that she has the potential to hang around in the top 20, or even top 10, for a while... but I think she could easily crash back down the rankings (much like Anna Chakvetadze or Maria Kirilenko) once she loses some of the momentum that she has gained.

I hope I am wrong though. :shrug:

Ferg
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:24 PM
Shes beating the players shes supposed to beat, but she hasnt taken that extra step just yet, to really challenge the top players.

Aravanecaravan
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:37 PM
I'm not really sure if all of the Yanina hatred stems from the doping testing controversy or not, and whether the haters are manufacturing reasons to hate her just because they hate her, or what, but she is an ideal example of the kind of player who is going to almost invariably find her way to the top of the women's game nowadays. She has a big serve, power, is tall and has good reach. She has won titles, and so she has the confidence that comes from winning that tells her she can do it again. She will be hard to beat. When I saw her win at my local challenger two years ago, I commented here that I thought she would be a tough player in the future.

The criticisms about her not beating the elite players above her are valid, for the moment, until she proves otherwise (and I think this goes for Wozniacki and Radwanska, too), but she's only 20 and young players take time to develop their games to the point where they can beat experienced older players, and IMO there's no question she deserves to be ranked where she is--she's won the matches and beaten the players she's needed to beat to get there, and rarely loses to a player she's not supposed to. You really can't argue with results.

Wiggly
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:50 PM
Well, that US Oopen SF opened quite a few doors for her.
It gave her a good ranking and increased her self-confidence.

Without that, she would be in mid-thirties and having a nice and slow progress.

fantic
Mar 31st, 2010, 04:03 PM
she does have talent, the belief and shoulders that only a butch lesbian could wish for

she'll def be top 10, whether she can be top 5 i'm not yet sure?

THIS! :lol:

fantic
Mar 31st, 2010, 04:06 PM
She has a big serve, power, is tall and has good reach. .... When I saw her win at my local challenger two years ago, I commented here that I thought she would be a tough player in the future.

I first saw her last year at Carson, USO series. She was blasting Zvonareva left and right, but at the end,

she lost. And that game made me a fan of Z, 'cause she was impassive while Wicky was pretty emotional

Little did I know that Z had a 'past' and would 'reach new heights' at USO against Pennetta..:lol:

loppy
Mar 31st, 2010, 04:16 PM
Watched her lost to Bartoli last night. Not impressed at all.

Aravanecaravan
Mar 31st, 2010, 04:40 PM
I first saw her last year at Carson, USO series. She was blasting Zvonareva left and right, but at the end,

she lost. And that game made me a fan of Z, 'cause she was impassive while Wicky was pretty emotional

Little did I know that Z had a 'past' and would 'reach new heights' at USO against Pennetta..:lol:

Poor Vera. :hug: Yes, Wickmayer can have a temper, but they all can. She has time to work on that. I'm not saying Yanina is a lock to be #1 in her career, but she does have the tools that make a player relevant in today's game, and it wouldn't shock me to see her near the top in the coming years if she continues to improve.

hellas719
Apr 1st, 2010, 12:44 AM
I'm not sure if she is slam champion material, but I think she'll have a career like Schnyder or Hantuchova. Solid top 10 player, but probably won't win a slam ;)

Hope I'm wrong though :p

NeoZod19
Apr 1st, 2010, 02:07 AM
Guilty or not she is young and plenty of potential!! She will be much much better than any new comers,

NeeemZ
Apr 1st, 2010, 02:11 AM
I think it's odd that she's ranked so high despite never defeating a Top 10 ranked player (apart from Aga but that was Fed Cup).

youizahoe
Apr 1st, 2010, 02:46 AM
I don't think she is talented, but I know for sure she is super driven, and that alone is what you need to achieve things.

Pops Maellard
Apr 1st, 2010, 03:17 AM
I'm not really sure if all of the Yanina hatred stems from the doping testing controversy or not, and whether the haters are manufacturing reasons to hate her just because they hate her, or what, but she is an ideal example of the kind of player who is going to almost invariably find her way to the top of the women's game nowadays. She has a big serve, power, is tall and has good reach. She has won titles, and so she has the confidence that comes from winning that tells her she can do it again. She will be hard to beat. When I saw her win at my local challenger two years ago, I commented here that I thought she would be a tough player in the future.

The criticisms about her not beating the elite players above her are valid, for the moment, until she proves otherwise (and I think this goes for Wozniacki and Radwanska, too), but she's only 20 and young players take time to develop their games to the point where they can beat experienced older players, and IMO there's no question she deserves to be ranked where she is--she's won the matches and beaten the players she's needed to beat to get there, and rarely loses to a player she's not supposed to. You really can't argue with results.
Who hated on Yanina in this thread:confused:

Dunedin20
Apr 1st, 2010, 03:34 AM
Reminds me of Younes Al-Anouyi, sorry about the spelling,

Big Hitter, goes for gold on every shot it seems, bursts of energy, free spirited, needs to harness it a little, a bit of Silicon in the old cogs to make her perform better.

Lenny_DH
Apr 1st, 2010, 03:49 AM
Not a big talent, but a hard worker and fully committed to her sport. So in that way it's not that big of a surprise to see her ranked in the top 15 at the moment.

Navratil
Apr 1st, 2010, 07:21 AM
The thing is that Wickmayer was not "announced" as the next big thing. I think her stunning career is very surprising to everyone. There might be some more Belgians within the next years because of the Henin/Clijsters-ara.

A Magicman
Apr 1st, 2010, 07:58 AM
It's her spirit that made me a fan of her. I don't care whether she will be Top5 or not. She plays some good tennis which reminds me of Capriati and has the same determined will to win.

Mercury Rising
Apr 1st, 2010, 09:40 AM
With a possible Bali win last year, and no controversies maybe she would be top 10 by now. But now with Kim and Justine back, it'll be tougher to get there, they have literally nothing to defend, so even if she gets there it won't be long.

is1531
Apr 1st, 2010, 11:22 AM
She tries to hit too many winners behind the baseline. She should come to the net more often. She is my favorite tennnis player, but she has to make some adjustments to her game. Her 2nd serve is not very good.

Bonta
Apr 1st, 2010, 12:10 PM
She was still losing left and right to Dutch players (Van Kampen, Meddens) in junior competition in 2006.
So it's quite a surprise I think.

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 1st, 2010, 12:20 PM
She played a great (and I rarely use such strong words for complimenting players) match against Henin at the Oz. She even managed to behave herself well.
But it was only one match and right now it seems to be just a fluke.

hellas719
Apr 2nd, 2010, 04:54 AM
^What? :spit:
She played great matches against Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Zvonareva, and Dementieva last year so how can you call it a fluke? :scratch: