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Sharapower
Oct 14th, 2002, 08:01 AM
Daniela Hantuchovŕ enters the top ten this week, she's even #9 and likely to improve her ranking from now to the end of the year.

I always had big expectations about that young lady since I saw her battling face to Venus Williams in Wimbledon 2001. She lost in straight sets but showed she has a superb game and is very very talented.

No one knows the future but I'm conviced she will make it in the top 5 and why not be a threat to Big Babe Serena's spot. :wavey:

Sharapower
Oct 14th, 2002, 08:08 AM
and by the way, isn't she lovely ? :hearts:

~ The Leopard ~
Oct 14th, 2002, 08:16 AM
:hearts: :hearts:

(And, yes, it took her some time, with no one HUGE success since Indian Wells, but week in week out she's proved she's the real deal.)

BasicTennis
Oct 14th, 2002, 08:26 AM
she deserves to be in the top 10.

gentenaire
Oct 14th, 2002, 08:37 AM
Her dress sense OTOH....;)
It's interesting to see that she eats like an American. It's a silly treat of mine, I always pay attention to things I shouldn't be paying attention to.

I like Dani, BTW.

Sharapower
Oct 14th, 2002, 08:46 AM
lol @ Tine :bounce:
But what do you mean by "eating like an american" ?

gentenaire
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:49 AM
She holding her fork in her right hand, she's clearly eating with her fork only. Europeans usually eat with knife and fork, Americans tend to eat with the fork only (and use the knife only for cutting).

Mercury Rising
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:54 AM
Originally posted by Tine
She holding her fork in her right hand, she's clearly eating with her fork only. Europeans usually eat with knife and fork, Americans tend to eat with the fork only (and use the knife only for cutting).
Well then I eat like an American too, mostly cause I don't need a knife.

Mercury Rising
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:55 AM
Oh yeah, I agree with you quasimodo, she's the real deal, never had any doubt 'bout that.

2284
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:21 AM
Daniela is on her way to the top 5

Volcana
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:49 AM
I need to see at least two wins over the current top three before I believe Dani is more than the 2nd coming of Mary Jo Fernandez.

Sharapower
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:53 AM
My mood today is shared between the great happyness of seeing Daniela breaking out this promised top ten spot and the very real sadness about what's happening to Martina Hingis. At my old age, I decided to learn tennis because of my admiration for Martina. It's heartbreaking to think that maybe she won't play anymore (I pray hard to see her come back on the tour).

The ironic stuff is that :
1) Hingis is Daniela's mentor,
2) Daniela won her first (and yet only) title by beating Martina in Indian Wells,
3) Daniela enters the top ten today, same time as Martina leaves it for the first time in six years.

I don't know if there's a sign of destiny there...

What do you think ?

(By the way is Martina's origin Czech or slovakian ?)

Sharapower
Oct 14th, 2002, 12:20 PM
Volcana : I need to see at least two wins over the current top three before I believe Dani is more than the 2nd coming of Mary Jo Fernandez.

I must recognize that's right that Daniela needs to show some more achievement, Volcana, even though I guess there's some bashing intention in your quote (but maybe I'm wrong).

The comparison with Mary Joe Fernandez seems unappropriate to me : Mary Joe entered the tour at age 13, Daniela entered at 17 and the tour has changed so much in ten years.

Anyway, had Daniela to meet Jennifer and Venus now, it's very likely she would beat them, they are not in a very good period these days.

Obviously I don't talk about Serena who is on another planet...

When I say "Dany's the real deal" I don't mean she's the best player on the earth right now (if then she would be #1 and not #9). I just say she has had an amazing progression in two years and seems to still have an important potential to develop.
If she found more control on her nerves in the critical situations, she would be one of the very contenders to be the next #1. But the game is already there and is still improving.

Sharapower
Oct 14th, 2002, 02:09 PM
Clijsters :

I was a lot more nervous than it looked at the end - Hantuchova is a terrific player

According to the score (6-4 at final set), I guess that wasn't only diplomatic.

selesrules
Oct 14th, 2002, 02:23 PM
Monica is undefeated against Daniela. Go Monica! :hearts:

Volcana
Oct 14th, 2002, 02:25 PM
Q - No bash, but I knew the reference was obscure.

Mary Jo Fernandez won 7 singles titles, made 3 GS finals, rose to #3 in the world and won two Olympic Gold medals in doubles. She was about as good as you could be WITHOUT winning a GS singles title.

Sharapower
Oct 14th, 2002, 03:07 PM
Ok Volcana, got it - after your first post I rushed at ITF's players database to read the career stats of Mary Joe (anyway I wasn't aware enough to notice she didn't win a GS so thanks).

Now, no one knows the future like I said before, but I think Dani will win one or more GS, certainly before most of the others in the top 10 (excluding those who already won one of course). In my opinion the only reason that could prevent that is Serena's consistency in the future.

Yeah definitely, I think Daniela is potentially superior to Mauresmo, Clijsters, Dokic, Henin, Seles (even though, selesrules, Monica leads the head-to-head 1-0). But here I'm talking of pure tennis technique. Now Daniela is questionnable on her mental-abilities, and I know she had big problems with that point even this year. She was about to beat Venus in the AO but lost her nerves. Her win over Hingis in IW certainly helped her a lot in that domain.
The road is still very long for Dani to be a real champion and there's a huge wall called Serena Williams on that road (just this year : two quarter finals lost in GS face to Serena).

BUT I KNOW SHE CAN DO IT !!!

Freefall
Oct 14th, 2002, 06:33 PM
I think Dani & Kim can win 10 plus GS, that's just 19 year olds. I think there are other older & younger who have the chance too.

Monica_Rules
Oct 14th, 2002, 06:38 PM
She has a great future ahead of her!

mboyle
Oct 14th, 2002, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by Volcana
I need to see at least two wins over the current top three before I believe Dani is more than the 2nd coming of Mary Jo Fernandez.

Awww shut up Volcana! She could reach number one and you would still say she is a fluke. You just hate her and I really don't give anymore. Leave her alone.

mboyle
Oct 14th, 2002, 07:58 PM
Originally posted by Freefall
I think Dani & Kim can win 10 plus GS, that's just 19 year olds. I think there are other older & younger who have the chance too.

I disagree. Dani is a great player, and I absolutely LOVE the girl, but she won't win 10 slams, and certainly Kim and Dani won't win 10 each. I say Daniela wins Wimbledon twice, the US Open once, and the Australian Once, while Kim wins the Australian once and Roland Garros Twice. Then the Williams sisters retire early because Masha and Vera D. are kicking their butts into the next timezone, and they are the ones who will win 10+ slams. EACH!

leslie
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:48 PM
mboyle,
Volcana is absolutely correct. Danieal is going to be like all the Russians all hype and no results. She won IW because the field was week all the top players did not show if. I really do not believe she will win another tournment. If she wins another tournment I will apologize to all 10 of her fans. I just love the way these forigners come to this country and how the Americans hype them but they do not even support their own players. example the WS.

Freefall
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:54 AM
mboyle,

I meant Can win 10 or more, not Will win 10 or more. I think a lot of players Can, with a few minor things going thier way & most of all they have to work their butt off year in & year out & that's IMHO the hard part.

& I wouldn't be surprised if either Dani, Venus, Kim or Serena won 10 slams. Not to mention all the other talented players out there.

leslie,

Can you AT LEAST pretend that you have the 1st CLUE about tennis what so ever? Saying Dani has no chance of ever winning another title is so BLATANTLY DENSE, you're going to start generating your own gravity field!


The incredible amount of "DUH" in your post, leslie, shows everyone you're obviously just jealous of Dani & trying to bash her. Plus, you sound definitely like someone's alternate board name. No posts or sig, all you did was attack a player & her fans with nothing more then weak, ill thought out jabs. (Sounding a lot like someone who made a Dani bashing thread yesterday.)

If you're by some chance NOT one of the reguler idiots from the board, then you not only don't know anything, you're just a mean spirited nobody & I'd say, get a clue, get nicer or get lost.

jojoseph
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:48 AM
Originally posted by knopfler6
Leslie's got to be one of the wirst advertisements for human intelligence I've seen.

lmao

dani will win a GS, however, but in order to do that, she needs to get her spirit pumped up more while playing. By that, I mean, she has to get mad or something while playing. She's just too damn nice out there.
She needs to learn to get mean every once in a while. :p

l_hommeca
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:52 AM
I think quickness is the ultimate issue. I really like her and she does have those long legs but is she quick enough? I wonder if she can improve on that. Plus not necessarily bulk up but hitting the weights arms and legs perhaps that would not only give her more physical strength but more agility. Agility thats it!! Every time I see her on the court, I think also lacks that. Of course, the added strength would add to her serve.

jojoseph
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:54 AM
She can be quick. It's almost like I think she's afraid to, sometimes. Wierd.

Gowza
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:55 AM
she can trade strokes with the williams sisters but she can't consistently do it. in the first set at wimby against serena she was able to compete but the 2nd set she couldn't

l_hommeca
Oct 15th, 2002, 06:00 AM
Originally posted by Gowza
she can trade strokes with the williams sisters but she can't consistently do it. in the first set at wimby against serena she was able to compete but the 2nd set she couldn't
Why is that you think? You think Venus stepped up her game?

Gowza
Oct 15th, 2002, 06:05 AM
i don't think serena stepped up her game i think that dani couldn't quite handle that level of play for longer than a set. i think she has gotten better since

Sharapower
Oct 15th, 2002, 06:37 AM
Leslie :
mboyle,
Volcana is absolutely correct. Danieal is going to be like all the Russians all hype and no results. She won IW because the field was week all the top players did not show if. I really do not believe she will win another tournment. If she wins another tournment I will apologize to all 10 of her fans. I just love the way these forigners come to this country and how the Americans hype them but they do not even support their own players. example the WS.

AO : 3rd round, FO : 4th round, Wimbledon : QF, US Open : QF, Indian Wells (Tier I) : Winner, Montreal (Tier I) : SF, Filderstadt (Tier II) : Final (and I pass by some other minor events where she reached semis or quarters) : in her 3rd full season on the WTA tour she's on a 47/22 W/L record (Venus, for instance in her 3rd year, i.e. 1997 was 19/13... But Serena in 2001 was 38/7, an extra-terrestrial !!!)

So how dare you say "no result" my friend Leslie :angel: ?

Okay Dani is not yet at the sisters level but she will be able to beat them in the future, certainly not always beat them, but beat them from time to time (hopefully for her, that "from time to time" will be in GS's).

Gowza
Oct 15th, 2002, 06:50 AM
she did beat henin at IW and she has consistently beaten her, she's taken clijsters to three sets, she has beaten dokic 3 times (they've only met three times), she took capriati to three sets twice in 2001 (capriati's best year), she's beaten hingis, she's beaten mauresmo this year (fed cup).

dani has beaten great players what's surprising to me are her results against capriati in 2001. i didn't know she pushed her that much

l_hommeca
Oct 15th, 2002, 06:56 AM
All those victories are fine and good but the next step is to beat at least one of sisters. Venus is good candidate.

Sharapower
Oct 15th, 2002, 07:00 AM
Gowza:
i don't think serena stepped up her game i think that dani couldn't quite handle that level of play for longer than a set. i think she has gotten better since

I don't quite agree, Gowza, Serena really put on the heavy artillery in the second set, I remember she was pumping her fists and shouting "come on" with rage on some points. And you don't often see Serena behaving like that, generally she plays with SERENity. As far as I remember, she acted so against Martina in AO 2001, JenJen in Miami or Venus on GS finals. The rest of the time she dominates without showing much emotion. That time she had to take her guts out, even though the score (6-3, 6-2) seems one-way.

SERENA WILLIAMS: She's definitely a good player. She's definitely been doing well. She's won a big tournament. She's backing up that result by doing very solid in the Grand Slams. I definitely just think, you know, she's playing very well. Not only in the first set, but the second set also. She didn't give up in the end. She kept fighting.

It's rather rare Serena talks that way about another player.

Gowza
Oct 15th, 2002, 07:03 AM
she's gone from a very average player to a top ten player in one season and you still expect her to be able to beat the two best players in the world who are already way ahead of players that were in the top ten before dani. she can only make one step at a time. the next step is to beat the williams sisters but you can't expect her to do it straight away she needs time to develop her game. i remember at the Oz open this year when she played venus in the 4th round her coach said that dani needs to volley to beat the sisters and that they still have to add that part to her game. so it seems to me that if she is at the level that she is at and she is missing a part of her game then when that part is added she is going to be a force in tennis. maube even a williams stopper

l_hommeca
Oct 15th, 2002, 07:05 AM
Originally posted by quasimodo


I don't quite agree, Gowza, Serena really put on the heavy artillery in the second set, I remember she was pumping her fists and shouting "come on" with rage on some points. And you don't often see Serena behaving like that, generally she plays with SERENity. As far as I remember, she acted so against Martina in AO 2001, JenJen in Miami or Venus on GS finals. The rest of the time she dominates without showing much emotion. That time she had to take her guts out, even though the score (6-3, 6-2) seems one-way.



It's rather rare Serena talks that way about another player.

I think thats what Daniela needs to have too - veracity and hunger. Well.. perhaps that's not her style but she needs to go for it and lay it on the line with Serena. All the other players need to do that too. It's changed. Heck the world has changed. No more Miss powder puff tennis. The W/S has shown that for women's tennis.

Gowza
Oct 15th, 2002, 07:06 AM
quasimodo, serena may have had trouble in that second set but dani wasn't playing all that well compared to the first set. she didn't last in the rally's as long

Sharapower
Oct 15th, 2002, 07:20 AM
Okay Gowza but I'm supposing that was the case because Serena stepped up her game and hitted harder in the second.
Anyway, Dani lost in straight sets and that was the same in USO (but with thumb injured). Like every player on the tour, she's also a little bit terrified by Serena.

On the net game, Daniela has much improved this year. She made an excellent match in the fed-cup quarter against Amelie and won her share of points to the net.

Against the Williams, I think you cannot volley unless you serve and volley. As a matter of fact, it's not a natural Strategy for Dani to serve and volley even though she has a rather heavy first service and a good volley. She hasn't gotten enough agressivity yet for that. Maybe it's more a matter of psychology than a technical weakness. I don't really know.

adlysha babalu
Oct 15th, 2002, 10:47 AM
YEAHHH!! DANI it surely gonna improve..might see her in top 5 soon!!! keep it up!!!!!!!!!

mboyle
Oct 15th, 2002, 10:59 AM
Originally posted by leslie
mboyle,
Volcana is absolutely correct. Danieal is going to be like all the Russians all hype and no results. She won IW because the field was week all the top players did not show if. I really do not believe she will win another tournment. If she wins another tournment I will apologize to all 10 of her fans. I just love the way these forigners come to this country and how the Americans hype them but they do not even support their own players. example the WS.

Oh boo hoo. I must be racist right? Stop feeling sorry for the williams sisters. They make millions of dollars a year, are unquestionably the best players in tennis right now, and obviously they have fans or else you wouldn't exist (which would be a dream come true). I have a right to support whichever player I want to support, and you get to keep your self-pitying nose out of it.

Sharapower
Oct 15th, 2002, 11:46 AM
Yep, Mboyle, I agree 200%.
And I noticed that WS fanatics are acting strange : they're moaning for persecution and they generally hate Daniela. If someone need an exemple have look on the thread Daniela Hantuchova could show she is no flash in the pan with a win at the Porsche started by TeeRex.
I don't understand at all why Daniela inspire such a hatred from Williams' adorators.

Personally, I'm a Daniela fan but I recognize Serena is great, maybe she will be the greatest player ever in the WTA (will she achieve more than Steffi ?). I respect her, and in some extent I like her, even though her total domination begins to become boring (but it ain't her fault It's up to other players to contend).

Sharapower
Oct 25th, 2002, 08:59 AM
Originally posted by quasimodo
On the net game, Daniela has much improved this year. She made an excellent match in the fed-cup quarter against Amelie and won her share of points to the net.

Against the Williams, I think you cannot volley unless you serve and volley. As a matter of fact, it's not a natural Strategy for Dani to serve and volley even though she has a rather heavy first service and a good volley. She hasn't gotten enough agressivity yet for that. Maybe it's more a matter of psychology than a technical weakness. I don't really know. LOL, Daniela tried to serve and volley 4 times yesterday against Babsi and 4 times, she lost the point.
Keep on trying Dani !!! :bounce:

tiger
Oct 25th, 2002, 10:50 AM
i also think that she is doing her way in the top ten!

i remember her the first time, when she played against martina this year in indian wells!

from this i knew that she is going on to the top ten!!

so good look for the future daniela :wavey:

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 01:34 PM
Gosh, I didn't remember I predicted Daniela's entry in the top 5. That girl is great to me : to date she achieved quite everything I expected... except beating Venus Williams.

Once again : Dani's the real deal

But she must throw away that habit to lose to power players, lol.

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 03:40 PM
eeh am I the only one having trouble joining the live chat? :cry:

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 03:48 PM
daniela's necklace I'm in the live chat : it works but Dani's not there yet

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 03:51 PM
:'(

what's going on? pls keep me updated this shit is not connected yet *kicks computer*

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 03:52 PM
link me? pls

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 03:55 PM
http://www.sanexheroes.net/servlet/

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:00 PM
not working :cry:

cheeky
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:02 PM
tyr this one http://www.sanexheroes.net/us/

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:06 PM
:cry: I'll go change computers, tell her she' s god and that... eh nevermind

I got class soon, ooh no :sad:

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:16 PM
still trying to get in, what's happening?

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:18 PM
she's answering questions, lol
Do you have java script enabled on your PC ?

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:20 PM
yes, I can initialize yahoo games here

but the darn thing that says: "connecting to sportspie.com" is taking forever :sad:

cheeky
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:23 PM
whenever i try to write a question and send it it always says "your message has been sent to the moderators" how do i get it in so daniela can answer it?

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:23 PM
it has to go thru the mods first

:sad:

per4ever
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:24 PM
Originally posted by leslie
mboyle,
Volcana is absolutely correct. Danieal is going to be like all the Russians all hype and no results. She won IW because the field was week all the top players did not show if. I really do not believe she will win another tournment. If she wins another tournment I will apologize to all 10 of her fans. I just love the way these forigners come to this country and how the Americans hype them but they do not even support their own players. example the WS.

I just love these old threads bouncing up again...Dani is now #5 in the world....it shows how lil some people know about tennis :)

per4ever
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:25 PM
Originally posted by cheeky
whenever i try to write a question and send it it always says "your message has been sent to the moderators" how do i get it in so daniela can answer it?

the moderators decide which one they give Daniela to answer.

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:25 PM
the bloody moderators don't release my questions, grrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!

cheeky
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:25 PM
does that mean she'll answer it later,or should i just forget it,it seems to be taking forever.

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:25 PM
anyone else?

this junk has errors connecting to the server

cheeky
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:26 PM
never mind my question just popped up.

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:27 PM
really?

:sad:

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:28 PM
it's about to end

cheeky
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:28 PM
yeah,she's so cute she made a little smiley face after answering my question.

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:29 PM
the moderators suck . Some questions were really pointless

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:29 PM
*takes a butter knife*

goodbye cruel world!

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:32 PM
send her a msgs pls?

dunno what to say, argh well :sad: :sad: :sad:

can you hit printscrn and paste into MS paint and show me the conversation?

or copy-paste?

pls?

cheeky
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:33 PM
Originally posted by daniela's necklace
*takes a butter knife*

goodbye cruel world!
don't even think about it,you'll have your chance,or maybe upgrade your computer!!:p
it was pretty short though!

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:35 PM
yeah I know the butter knife was just a parody thing

I din't miss it when Billy Corgan posted on the SP boards, why would I miss Daniela? :sad:

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:35 PM
anyone have the chat logs?

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:38 PM
the connection fucked up on me I'm sure

I'm at school so the PCs are actually very updated, and we got a t1 connectien

cheeky
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:41 PM
thats very odd,because i'm at school as well and i'm on one of the poorer computers,very ancient and i got through perfectly

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:43 PM
something to do with karma http://www.buis2.net/forums/images/smilies/awkthumb.gif

cheeky
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:46 PM
how's that?

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:46 PM
not possible to copy paste
they will release it tomorrow on Open Gdf webpage

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:48 PM
wait a minute it's avilable

Sharapower
Feb 5th, 2003, 04:50 PM
DHantuchova : Hello every one!

per4ever : Hi Daniela, congratulations with your win today. How well were you feeling on court today?
DHantuchova: Thank you very much. I felt really well today and I was happy the way I was playing.

Stu : Do you think you have to improve your mental strenght to beat Williams' sisters, or it's only a matter of physical power?
DHantuchova: I think I still have to work hard on my physical strength but otherwise I feel like my game is right at the moment.

ps : has your coach nigel sears made any significant changes to your technique on serve/groundstrokes since he started working with you?
DHantuchova : No. I am really happy that technically he did not have to change much but he has helped me in many other ways on the court.

ABrCaDbra : I know that some athlete got some ritual that they believe to bring them good luck, do you have any? is that necklace a lucky charm ? coz I've noticed you've been wearing it since last year
DHantuchova : Yes you are right, this necklace is my favourite thing to wear for matches.

moogle : i heard that you are studying a little bit while touring around for tennis. is that true and if yes, on what kind of subject do you specialize?
DHantuchova : yes I study a lot I finished my high school 2 years ago, since then I always studied something. At the moment it's italian. I think it's very important to have a good education cos tennis is not the only thing in life.

Marcos_Schieda : If you could modify something about tennis (ball's size, the length of the court, the height of the net, etc), what would it be?
DHantuchova : I would not change anything at all, I love tennis the way it is now.

Fifi : Your tennis mentor was Martina Navratilova. Was it difficult for you to play her last year in Eastbourne?
DHantuchova : yes it was very hard. Cos I realised I was playing against somebody who won Wimbldon 9 times on grass and I was more thinking about who I was playing rather than thinking about game. It was a big honour to play against her.

Michelle : After your career would you like to complete a degree in college? what would you major in?
DHantuchova : Yes definately I am thinking about going to UNiversity and study. I don't know yet what. But I am the moment it's tennis that I am thinking about.

beauty_is_pink : HEY DANIELA!!! to defend Indian Wells, what do you think you have to do? cause our bet is that one of the Williams sister will be there. THANKS!!! and GOOD LUCK DANIELA!!! :) ~MaRia~
DHantuchova : Thanks Maria. I really lokking forward to playing INdian Wells and I will try to do my best as I always do. We'll see. It will be great to do the same thing again.

Ben_Williams : What tournament so far has captured your imagination and has the best memories for you at this early stage in your professional career?
DHantuchova : I have to say it's Indian Wells.

Channers : You seemed to have developed a good friendship with former doubles partner, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. How did you feel when she announced her retirement from the sport?
DHantuchova : Winning Indian Wells was an amazing experience.
DHantuchova : It was big honour to play doubles with Arantxa and she helped a lot to improve my doubles game. It's shame that she has announced her retirement cos she was one of the greatest players. But I understand that after so many years she wants to do someting else in her life.

Taddy : Do you think there are players in the top 25 that actually deserve to stand in the top 10?
DHantuchova : I think the ranking reflects your performance on the tournaments.

Ben_Williams : Whats the fastest serve you have ever recorded? do you keep an eye on this or you leave stats etc to other people?
DHantuchova : I leave the stats for other people.

HantuFan : Hi Daniela. Congratulations for today's victory. Your father's name is Igor, your brother's too. Is this a Slovak tradition?
DHantuchova : Thank you. Yes it is a tradition in Slovakia that the son is named after the father.

Peter : Hi Daniela: The slice backhand is a shot that has largely disappeared from the women's tennis - why do you think this is? Is it a shot that you think you could make more use of in approaching the net?
DHantuchova : Today's game is so fast and powerful that it's a really hard shot to use but it's one of the things I am working on.

Stefan : Hello Daniela, this may not be the easiest question. But i am really wondering what your "secret" is :) ... It certainly can be hard at times to keep up with all the training, the travelling and the tournaments. How do you refill your energy tanks ? What helps you stay focussed and so determined ?
DHantuchova : I think every one is using his own things to be determined and keep focused. I think every one should keep it secret!!!

Marcos_Schieda : Does Slovakia offer a solid tennis training to its players? Or many of the Slovak stars (Nagyova, Husarova, Habsudova, Sucha, you) improved their games outside Slovakia?
DHantuchova : At the moment it's getting better but I have to say that the facilities in Slovakia are not at the same level at the other big countries but it's great that we have so many great players.

Central : When the results were not coming, how did you wake up every morning, where did you find the motivation to keep on working?
DHantuchova : I think it's all about giving your best either its trainning or match.

amanda_vezina : what do you hope to accomplish for the rest of this year?
DHantuchova : Always keeping my goals for myself and one of the goals was to make the Top 5 which has happened :-)!!!

ps : would you attribute your very fast climb in the world rankings to a higher level of physical and mental fitness or is it down to your much improved matchplay ?
DHantuchova : I think it's a combination of both.

jonathan_crane : Hi Daniela, how important is defending the Fed Cup this year to you?
DHantuchova : 2 more questions please.
DHantuchova : I think winning the Fed Cup last year has been a great moment for our country and it woulb be nice of course to keep the Cup in the country..

ABrCaDbra : with you time being spent on tennis court for matches and training, do you miss all the normal thing that teenagers at your age usually do?
DHantuchova : That's what it takes. I enjoy my life and I won't change it for anything. even sometimes it can be very tough.

spoutniko : Hi,Daniela...When do you think will you start to beat,in a regular way, the Williams,Capriati & Co...?
DHantuchova : I think I still have to improve many things in my games but I feel that i am on the right track I can't say when.
Thank you very much Daniela, and good luck !
DHantuchova : Thank you very muck and all the best to every one.
DHantuchova : Thanks for your support.

Central
Feb 5th, 2003, 05:07 PM
She answered one of my questions. The answer had nothing to do with the question, but she did. :)

Volcana
Feb 5th, 2003, 05:19 PM
Props to Dani for making it to #5. But that has no effect on my original stance. Until she beats someone ranked inthe top three, she just another Mary Joe Fernandez. Now, as was detailed earlier, Mary Joe was a fine player who made three GS finals,
rose as high as #3 in the rankings, and won a few tournaments.

Below is Dani's record against the top three, post-IW 2002. Jenn and Dani haven't played since 2001.

24 Jun 2002 Wimbledon QF L S.WILLIAMS 3-6 2-6
19 Aug 2002 New Haven SF L V.WILLIAMS 3-6 3-6
26 Aug 2002 U.S. Open QF L S.WILLIAMS 2-6 2-6
07 Oct 2002 Stuttgart FR L CLIJSTERS 6-4 3-6 4-6
13 Jan 2003 Australian Open QF L V.WILLIAMS 4-6 3-6


I don't see the win that stamps her as a GS threat. On performance, she's playing about like Jenn is. Going consistently deep into tournaments, but not winning them. Her ranking is earned, not a gift. If you dropped the Indian Wells points right now, she'd still be top ten. But if you if you can't beat Serena, Venus or Kim, you aren't winning a GS title.

leslie - I'm glad you think I'm right, but I disagree with you.

Danieal is going to be like all the Russians all hype and no results.

First, Anastasia Myskina has already won a TIer II, and is ranked #11. That is NOT 'all hype and no results".

Second, wining Indian Wells IS, a 'result'. And her results since are actually pretty strong.

CH Indian Wells USA
64 Miami USA
32 Amelia Island USA
32 Charleston USA
QF Hamburg GER
QF Berlin GER
64 Rome ITA
16 Roland Garros FRA
SF Eastbourne GBR
QF Wimbledon GBR
32 San Diego USA
32 Los Angeles USA
SF Canadian Open CAN
SF New Haven USA
QF U.S. Open USA
QF Leipzig GER
FR Stuttgart GER
QF Zurich SUI
SF Linz AUT
16 Tour Championships USA

2003

QF Sydney AUS
QF Australian Open AUS

Summarized

1 - win
1 - Final
4 - semis
8 - QFs
2 - Round-of-16
4 - Round-of-32
2 - Round-of-64

Considering the worst of those results are dropped, and I didn't inclue Paris. So in the 16 (no Paris) tournaments that go into her ranking points, half the time, she loses in the quarters. ANd in 6 of the 8 remaining tournaments, she did better that n the QFs. A player who makes the QF's consistently should be ranked at least #8. A player who wins a Tier titls on top of that, should be closer to #5 than #8.

But when you're 0-5 against the top three, GS titles just ain't hap'n.

And if this is your idea of bashing Daniela, call me a Daniela-basher. To me, this is an objective cut at her career to date.

daniela's necklace
Feb 5th, 2003, 06:12 PM
she mentioned me wo0t! http://www.geocities.com/shameless_poster/daniela/huggel.txt

I'm her lucky charm!! http://www.geocities.com/shameless_poster/daniela/love.txt

you guys should've asked her to post on her official board :(

joegerardi
Feb 5th, 2003, 07:05 PM
Originally posted by Beggin' Beguine
It's interesting to see that she eats like an American. It's a silly treat of mine, I always pay attention to things I shouldn't be paying attention to.


Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you look closely at the picture, the knife is on the left side, hence the negative was reversed. Therefore, whe WAS eating with her left hand, like most Europeans!
:cool:

..Joe

¤CharlDa¤
Feb 5th, 2003, 10:38 PM
Daniela, you are just awesome!!

¤CharlDa¤
Feb 5th, 2003, 10:45 PM
Sorry, but I am a Willaims fan and a Hantuchova fan!!! Hope those three (especially Venus and Daniela!) do really good this year!!!!

Cybelle Darkholme
Feb 5th, 2003, 10:54 PM
She could win a grandslam if she pulled a tanya harding and took out the kneecaps of venus, serena, kim, jen and lindsay and monica.

Sam L
Feb 5th, 2003, 10:58 PM
Originally posted by cdpoulin1
Sorry, but I am a Willaims fan and a Hantuchova fan!!! Hope those three (especially Venus and Daniela!) do really good this year!!!!

Love the backhands :) Me too!

Quasimodo, thanks for posting up the chat! :) I'll read it when I have time. It was too early for me to get, 4am! :(

Sharapower
Feb 6th, 2003, 05:23 AM
Volcana, you're right when saying that Daniela is no GS threat right now. Anyway, I think she has the game to maintain her current ranking, maybe even take one more place in this first half of season (but she might as well lose one or two places too, depending on how Lindsay or Amelie will do).

Nevertheless, I'm personally convinced that she will win a couple of GS in the years to come because she develops rapidly and is still at 70 % of her potential, like Venus and Serena were 3 or four years ago.

The questions I ask myself about Daniela are :
- Will she stand the pressure and continue to develop or will she lose courage if big results continue not to come ?
- If she improves, her best tennis will it be comparable to the Siters' or will she still be dominated ?

~ The Leopard ~
Feb 6th, 2003, 05:35 AM
Daaaaannni! :hearts:

I was interested in her comment that she wants to improve her physical strength. Imagine how she'd play (and look) with 10 pounds of extra muscle stretched across her frame.

Sharapower
Feb 6th, 2003, 05:45 AM
Her weakness is her moving speed, I'm not certain it's really a matter of weight, rather a question of having more power and sprint abilities in her delicious legs.

Sharapower
Feb 7th, 2003, 02:18 PM
You know what ? I'M MAD :fiery: :mad:
Daniela lost to Elena Dementieva and got broken 8 times from 10 service games.
Though Daniela improved her ranking, it seems to me her level is stagnant.
I wonder if she doesn't need another coach to achieve more and really reach a very top level.