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Tennis Fool
Feb 25th, 2003, 01:43 AM
Oh the days...I remember them well...when teens with 'tude arrived on the court with big talent, big egos and big mouths to boot. Do you recall? Martina! Anna! The Williams Sisters! On their way to collecting trophies, they served as many insults as they did balls...

Now Martina has retired, Anna has retreated and the Williams sisters humbly accept each other as rivals...

But as long as there is competition, as long as there is a champion, an also-ran, an outstanding fresh face, a rival, a thorn in one's shoe, there will be the insults, and the media that prints them.

This thread is to post your favorite quoted insults from one player to another. This should be a guilty pleasure, a walk down memory lane or the look at emerging rivalries. Please, no insults to other posters!

Thanks in advance

:D

Tennis Fool
Feb 25th, 2003, 01:45 AM
I'll start:

"I don’t want to play doubles with you anymore because you are getting old and slow."

--Martina Hingis to Jana Novotna on why she was breaking their doubles relationship halfway through the season to join up with glamour-girl, Anna Kournikova.



"She's always been the type of person that -- she says things, just speaks her mind. I guess it has a little bit to do with not having a formal education. "

--Serena Williams on Martina Hingis's blunt speaking style.

Consistency
Feb 25th, 2003, 03:08 AM
" I don't want to play doubles with you anymore because you are getting old and slow''


I thought Novotna confessed that Martina never said that to her.
:confused:

CoryAnnAvants#1
Feb 25th, 2003, 03:25 AM
"Yeah losing to you bitch."
-Martina Navratilova, when asked by Pam Shriver if she had a particularly painful loss at the Open

"Um, gee I'd have to really think about it and get back to you."
-Venus to Martina N when Martina asked "If I could have a part of your game, I'd have your serve. What part of my game would you like?"

Reporter: "Nathalie, Kim Clijsters said she had an ear infection and that is why she lost. She couldn't hear the ball. Wouldn't that be a detriment, not being able to hear the ball?"
Dechy: "Well yes, and not being able to see it as well I suppose."
-Nathalie Dechy

Jakeev
Feb 25th, 2003, 03:33 AM
Lol that comment Martina made to Pam was tongue-in-cheek. You know it's funny so many comments are made about what players have said in the past five years or so.

But as far as I am concerned the juiciest comments came from the generation of the 70s and 80s.

Take JoAnne Russell. SHe was a ok player who tried to make a living as a commentator and used to me the most biased woman I had ever heard.

Proof was the fact how anti-Martina N. she was. Even at her dominating best, Joanne always thought Chris Evert was gonna win the match.

Even trying to say that "Chris' class on court is what makes her better on court." :kiss:

Not sure how she is now, I think she occasionally commentates today, but back then I wanted to smack her.

gorecki
Feb 25th, 2003, 03:41 AM
i'm interested to know if Martina H ever made the "you serve first - i break you?" comment before a match?

if she did - who did she say that to? :D

Come back Martina

gorecki
Feb 25th, 2003, 03:45 AM
i'm pretty certain she said that in jest - IF she did ever say it...

Asmus
Feb 25th, 2003, 03:58 AM
I think Martina Hingis said that to Lindsay Davenport in LA in 1997 semifinals. And then that was one of the five matches she lost all year!

BombsAway
Feb 25th, 2003, 03:58 AM
"Rivarly what Rivarly, I'm like 3,000 points ahead.

.....Martina's words to a reporter regarding her standing OVER the Tour.

WhatTheDeuce
Feb 25th, 2003, 04:14 AM
"What rivalry? I win all the time!"

-Martina Hingis when asked about her singles rivalry with Anna Kournikova :)

TM
Feb 25th, 2003, 04:27 AM
"What is compassion?"

-Martina Hingis
(when she dominated)

Hingis: "too old and too slow"
Novotna: "you are stupid"

Hawk
Feb 25th, 2003, 05:38 AM
LOL ahhh Martina..she certainly had a way with words :p

Mateo Mathieu
Feb 25th, 2003, 06:07 AM
Originally posted by Bradshaw#1
Reporter: "Nathalie, Kim Clijsters said she had an ear infection and that is why she lost. She couldn't hear the ball. Wouldn't that be a detriment, not being able to hear the ball?"

Nathalie Dechy: "Well yes, and not being able to see it as well I suppose."
You're damn right, Nathalie! :) Kim still able to see a ball so, no excuses for lost the match.

Sharapower
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:05 AM
Aus Open 2001 : Venus had a bizarre sexy outfit.

Q. When you watched Venus today, did you notice she was having trouble with her dress?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, I don't know if that's one of her creations, but... (Laughter.) Well, she just got this deal, no, with Reebok, so they had to come up with something new. I don't know if I would be able to wear something like that. I'm very happy with my outfit. So...

Aerien
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:33 AM
Love what Nathalie said. lol

During an interview:
Gaby Sabatini: I don't feel like I'm playing like number one anymore.

Steffi is told what Gaby said during an interview:
Steffi: Oh, since when did she become number one?

(I think that's the only time i heard Steffi bad,mouth another palyer. I could be wrong though.)

irma
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:52 AM
well she called her hubby (who was not her hubby then of course) a big bird and said that she was totally cold towards him. in the same interview she also called certain players dumb!

of course saying I am not going in the gym and have a diet because I don't wanna look like her was not nice either

and no the quote about is from steffi not from anna. she was talking about nav.

that was it. even steffi had her bad days :p

gorecki
Feb 25th, 2003, 08:34 AM
Originally posted by Asmus
I think Martina Hingis said that to Lindsay Davenport in LA in 1997 semifinals. And then that was one of the five matches she lost all year!

Thanks Asmus!



Steffi to that umpire and Martina: "are we here for a little chit chat or are we here to play tennis" - in that *infamous* match in 99.

i didn't like it then - but looking back now i have to :) & :D

she was throwing daggers at ASV and the umpire @ 5-0 in the final set [95 RG final] when ASV was stalling - hoping for the rain to fall...

Steffi was probably like "what the **** are we doing out here - are we going to play or what!?!" :)

ooo she can be such a biatch on court! ;) :kiss:

tennisIlove09
Feb 25th, 2003, 08:50 AM
Venus beats Elena Dementieva 60 63 at the 2001 Quarters of Indian Wells. Venus is to play Serena in the semis.

Q. Any predictions on tomorrow's match between sisters?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I mean, I don't know what Richard think about it. I think he will decide who's going to win tomorrow.

***

Wimbledon 2000

Q. Serena Williams said today a lighthearted comment that if you get involved in a relationship with another player, your game tends to go down. Do you agree with that?

MARTINA HINGIS: I don't know if she had any experiences, so how can she talk about that? I don't think my game went down so far, so I'm doing pretty good. I'm happy with my relationship.

Chance
Feb 25th, 2003, 08:56 AM
I remember after Monica defeated Graf in the AusOpen 1998,
Graf was asked who will win between Monica and Martina.

Steffi (i think)said something like "Hingis of course"

Chance
Feb 25th, 2003, 09:00 AM
this isn't really an insult but I still found it amusing
IW 2001.
You said if you play 100%, you can beat her(Venus). What if she plays 100%?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: If we will play -- if I will play hundred and she will play hundred, I will beat her for sure. I'm stronger inside.

hingis-seles
Feb 25th, 2003, 09:19 AM
(Not exactly liek this...but somewhat,)

Monica AUs Open 1999:

Q: Do you get any special feeling when you beat Steffi?

Monica: No I don't. I get a special feeling when I beat any of the top players. Martina and Lindsay are the top players not Steffi.

:D

louloubelle
Feb 25th, 2003, 12:36 PM
Steffi was asked before she had lost a match to Gaby, about their budding rivalry.

Steffi said: I've beaten her nine times. Is that a rivalry??

Hana Mandlikova's 'it's hard to play against a man, I mean Martina' after a loss to her @ the French.

ms_nut
Feb 25th, 2003, 12:44 PM
seles didn't say "no, i don't".She said she got a special feeling beating any top 10 player and she didn't include or exclude steffi in that list.

V.Melb
Feb 25th, 2003, 12:45 PM
Didn't Hingis say it was "boring" to play Barbara Rittner? after beating her 0 &1 at Aus open?

SJW
Feb 25th, 2003, 12:55 PM
louloubelle that Hana-Nav comment was too funny!!

i liked it when Alex goes "i call her (Martina Hingis) Martian"

"why?"

"cos shes such a dork"

LOL Alex Alex Alex

also when Martina Hingis called the W/S "a two headed monster"

when Anna Kournikova said "I dont want to look like Venus or Serena Williams" (in re. to their muscles)

when Anna said about Dani "the copy is never as good as the original"

basically look up any of Martinas quotes. that bitch is my girl right there!

wave
Feb 25th, 2003, 01:42 PM
How often do we have to point out that Anna said that copy thing about Maria Sh. and NOT Daniela H.??? :rolleyes:

griffin
Feb 25th, 2003, 02:28 PM
Who was it who said Gaby Sabatini had "tennis elbow of the personality"?

Greenout
Feb 25th, 2003, 03:04 PM
Here's one from Original Martina.

Original Martina was doing tv tennis commentary
on a Maggie Maleeva match.

Martina N- "You know I played her mother alot. I use
to really beat her up. I guess she recovered from
those beatings because she went on to give birth
to 3 daughters".


LoL. :)

tommyk75
Feb 25th, 2003, 03:54 PM
Ones I remember:

Tracy Austin after beating a very young Steffi: "There are a hundred girls like her back in the States."

Steffi about Martina N right after Steffi became No.1: "If I was her, I'd retire because I think it will be hard for her to handle being No.2"

Pam Shriver at the U.S. Open after losing to Wendy Turnbull: "I think it was a shame for tennis I lost because I'd give Martina N (in the next round) a better match than Wendy."

Hana Mandlikova about Chris Evert: "If I play my best, I'd beat her 6-2, 6-2."

Steffi about Gabriela after Gabriela said, "I think Steffi's less confident now because she lost the No. 1 ranking (to Monica)." Steffi: "How would she know? She's never been No. 1."

A young Jennifer Capriati when asked if Chris Evert was still her idol: "I'm my own idol now."

Zina Garrison about the young Monica Seles (from Zina's book): "She did a lot of kooky things and surely plucked my last nerve more than once."

Zina after losing a tough match to Lori McNeil: "Lori's the luckiest player in tennis."

Martina N on Monica Seles' grunting: "She sounds like a pig."

Aranxta after beating Serena: "She has no respect."

Aranxta on her ex-doubles partner Jana Novotna: "She has no respect."

Jana on Martina N shortly before losing to her: "I think things are just too tough for Martina this year."

Jana on Jennifer's comeback: "If I was her, I'd still be very ashamed instead of going around like she did nothing wrong."

Anna K after losing to Venus Williams: "I made the mistakes. I lost; she didn't win. So that means I'm better than her."

Martina H to Anna K: "Do you think you're the queen? Because I'm the REAL queen."

Martina H about Steffi's retirement ceremony at the Chase Chps: "It was a pain in the butt."

Steffi on Monica and why they couldn't be close friends: "Too much has been said. Too many things happened."

Pam Shriver on the Maleeva sisters: "They look on court like they're about to burst into tears at any moment."

There are so many... I guess bitchiness is a requisite quality to become a champion. Ha ha. (P.S. I paraphrased some of the quotes, so sorry for any inaccuracies; I am pretty sure the substance of the quotes is generally correct)

daniela's necklace
Feb 25th, 2003, 04:14 PM
hehehehhe good ones :D

Hawk
Feb 25th, 2003, 04:22 PM
LOL @ Arantxa

She's sure big on respect ;)

I actually remember that match with Serena at the '98 French. If i'm not mistaken Arantxa was at net when Serena tried to hit a passing shot like at her head :p Arantxa got out of the way in time and the shot went long..but she gave Serena a pretty long stare after that! I think she just won cause she was all pissed off :D

vogus
Feb 25th, 2003, 06:55 PM
this is an entertaining thread!

Patty Schnyder on Anna K:

"Anna Kournikova is a catastrophe of a human being."
(from interview at Zurich 2002, posted on Patty's website)

"If you go in the locker room after Anna loses, you see how everybody is suddenly happy with a big smile on their face."
(from Family Circle 2000 after Kournikova lost to Dragomir)

"Anna is the only one that I don't talk to. But I don't care about her - I don't need Anna. I have lots of friends on tour."
(from RG 1998)

Zummi
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:05 PM
Martina's comment on the Maleevas was actually this:

"I guess I will be one of the few players that had lost to all of them. At least once, anyway. I had beaten the mother anyway. I never lost to the mother... way back in 1970. I didn't beat her badly. She managed to have three daughters after that."

Messenger
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:06 PM
Patty put that on her website? lol

Hawk
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:12 PM
Does Patty even have a reason for hating Anna :confused: ..her quotes are pretty harsh..but I've never heard of Anna doing something to incur this wrath!!

Zummi
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:16 PM
Anna after losing to Patty in Fed Cup in 1997: "If I keep losing to players like that, I'll never make it on the tour."

Later in the year, Patty asked Anna if she wanted to play doubles. To which Anna replied, "I don't play doubles with players ranked below 50."

Keith
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:19 PM
Most people's reasons for hating Anna are simple. It's called jealousy. It goes beyond the players, too. Tennis fans(like many board members) are guilty of it, too

Nan Cu
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:37 PM
Hingis about Venus 1997. "she can be #1 when I retire.

vogus
Feb 25th, 2003, 07:55 PM
So that's why Patty got mad... BTW the Fed Cup match (Schnyder d Kournkova 64 64) was in '96, not '97.

miranda_lou
Feb 25th, 2003, 08:11 PM
Anna K after losing to Venus Williams: "I made the mistakes. I lost; she didn't win. So that means I'm better than her."

I remember that one. I thought it was funny then and it's even more hilarious now.:p

It's really easy to hate Anna. She's the no-talent pretty girl who just has to show up to be worshipped.:kiss: But, in Patty's case, her hatred is detrimental to her tennis. I remember a match she played against Anna at the U.S. Open, I believe. Patty didn't even make an effort and Anna beat her easily. Afterwards, Patty said something about not being able to stand Anna and not wanting to be on the same court with her.:o I remember thinking how stupid that was. In my opinion, the best way to "get back" at someone you hate is to beat the tar out of them, not tank the match.:rolleyes: But then, Patty is a little strange.:sad:

paul_masterton
Feb 25th, 2003, 08:23 PM
Anne Keothavong on Victoria Davies after getting her butt kicked at the 2001 British Nationals in the 2nd biggest upset of the tournament (the biggest was Vic beating Baltacha).

"She puts slice on everything. It was like playing an old granny from my local club."

Lorna Woodroffe on the Bolton Arena where teh 2002 Nationals were held and there was a rather flat atmosphere:

"When you walk down teh balcony, by the time you get to the other end you just want to jump off."

Baltacha to Ahl: "piss off Lucie and get a life"

then later: "i didn't mean it, we're just really competitive"

Ahl said: "she told me to piss off! Well you can tell her from me where she can go"

Kim Clijsters said thsoe immortal words: "It's raining on both sides of the court"

paul_masterton
Feb 25th, 2003, 08:26 PM
The two best insult givers:

Linzi Reilly

OMG YOU ARE SUCH A RETARD!! (to herself)

umpire tells her to calm down she says: "oh go f' youself"

I haven't missed a smash all day so i thought it would be funny (said in a match with Melissa Gibb after dumping a smash into the net)

You are the worst umpire ever, would you like me to job your job for you? My gran could do a better job amnd she's practically blind!

Anna White

Don't you dare say that was out because you'd just be wrong

OMG! You are having a Giraffe! That was so in!

C'mon Anna that's just plain sh*t

SJW
Feb 25th, 2003, 08:26 PM
"Anna Kournikova is a catastrophe of a human being."
(from interview at Zurich 2002, posted on Patty's website)

"If you go in the locker room after Anna loses, you see how everybody is suddenly happy with a big smile on their face."
(from Family Circle 2000 after Kournikova lost to Dragomir)

"Anna is the only one that I don't talk to. But I don't care about her - I don't need Anna. I have lots of friends on tour."
(from RG 1998)

Tracy Austin after beating a very young Steffi: "There are a hundred girls like her back in the States."


Zina after losing a tough match to Lori McNeil: "Lori's the luckiest player in tennis."

Martina N on Monica Seles' grunting: "She sounds like a pig."

Aranxta after beating Serena: "She has no respect."

Aranxta on her ex-doubles partner Jana Novotna: "She has no respect."

Jana on Martina N shortly before losing to her: "I think things are just too tough for Martina this year."

Jana on Jennifer's comeback: "If I was her, I'd still be very ashamed instead of going around like she did nothing wrong."

Anna K after losing to Venus Williams: "I made the mistakes. I lost; she didn't win. So that means I'm better than her."

Martina H to Anna K: "Do you think you're the queen? Because I'm the REAL queen."

Martina H about Steffi's retirement ceremony at the Chase Chps: "It was a pain in the butt."




ok these had me crying!!!

Hawk
Feb 25th, 2003, 08:31 PM
Ah ok now I see why Patty hates Anna...but that was awhile ago and she still can't stand her. I think Patty's taking it a little too far. She can't even stand to look at Anna :o

Nacho
Feb 25th, 2003, 09:19 PM
Martina N. and Eric Van Harpen accusing Conchita of laziness.

Navratilova: "You know what bugs me? Losing to Conchita Martinez in my last singles match at Wimbledon. She never played that well again because she just doesn't care, and that's what bugs me. I would rather have lost to Zina Garrison because she was working her ass off and would have given anything to win. Conchita took the money and run.''

Conchita: "The only person with a problem is her - maybe she's angry at losing the final. I've done a lot of things in my career that I'm happy about and proud of. These comments don't hurt me at all."

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Eric Van Harpen: "she is the sort of girl who would go to bed with a stick so she doesn't have to get up to put out the light."

Mags
Feb 25th, 2003, 10:32 PM
Originally posted by tommyk75

Anna K after losing to Venus Williams: "I made the mistakes. I lost; she didn't win. So that means I'm better than her."


:drool: :drool: :drool: Tell it like it is Anna!

Mags
Feb 25th, 2003, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by tommyk75

Anna K after losing to Venus Williams: "I made the mistakes. I lost; she didn't win. So that means I'm better than her."


:drool: :drool: :drool: Tell it like it is Anna!

Mrs. Peel
Feb 25th, 2003, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by TOT


Eric Van Harpen: "she is the sort of girl who would go to bed with a stick so she doesn't have to get up to put out the light."

OMG!!! That is hilarious..brought a tear to my eye! That is such a roast...:D Imagine what he had to say about Anna after coaching her....

Tennis Fool
Feb 25th, 2003, 11:42 PM
"I told Martina 'You’re too young and stupid'...no, just kidding"
--Jana Novotna after being dumped by Martina Hingis as her doubles partner.

"Perhaps Martina feels Anna won’t always be in the later stages of major championships and she will be young and fresh for the doubles!"
--Jana Novotna after being dumped by Martina Hingis as her doubles partner.

Tennis Fool
Feb 25th, 2003, 11:55 PM
Originally posted by miranda_lou
But, in Patty's case, her hatred is detrimental to her tennis. I remember a match she played against Anna at the U.S. Open, I believe. Patty didn't even make an effort and Anna beat her easily. Afterwards, Patty said something about not being able to stand Anna and not wanting to be on the same court with her.:o I remember thinking how stupid that was. In my opinion, the best way to "get back" at someone you hate is to beat the tar out of them, not tank the match.:rolleyes: But then, Patty is a little strange.:sad:

It was actually Amelia Island in 1999, where Anna defeated her 6/0, 6/2.

The actual quote:''I hate playing her and I don't play if I'm on the court against her. 'It's her person and everything around her. It's not her game. It's not the tennis that's the problem. It's my mind.''

Also, about losing againt Anna at Family Circle Cup in 1998, 7/6, 6/0, 6/3: " 'Last time I was really impressed with myself that I could really play my game for one set. Then I quit playing. I just can't play against her."

kournikovafan13
Feb 26th, 2003, 02:48 AM
Originally posted by Mrs. Peel
OMG!!! That is hilarious..brought a tear to my eye! That is such a roast...:D Imagine what he had to say about Anna after coaching her....

Funny how you are so incredibly stupid as to assume that, since Anna doesn't get the greatest results, she is lazy as hell :rolleyes:

Actually, Eric said good things about Anna's committment to tennis

Next time, try to avoid making a total and complete fool out of yourself :D


ANYWAYs :rolleyes: ....

That Nathalie quote is really funny lol

How about this one:

Nicole Pratt while losing to Conchita in San Diego in 2000

(To a linesperson): How much are you getting paid to make these calls, lady? :D

Asmus
Feb 26th, 2003, 03:18 AM
Martina Hingis on Julie Halard-Decugis, shortly before waxing her in the finals of Berlin in 1999: "Julie can play well and be mentally tough, but really she's not that good."

gorecki
Feb 26th, 2003, 03:31 AM
Originally posted by Asmus
Martina Hingis on Julie Halard-Decugis, shortly before waxing her in the finals of Berlin in 1999: "Julie can play well and be mentally tough, but really she's not that good."

She did lose like one game in that final didn't she?
Another match i recall was the year-end Champsin 2000 when JHD played her last singles match

Tennis Fool
Feb 26th, 2003, 03:35 AM
``I was in the zone today, and there is nothing an opponent can do when you are playing like that.''
--Monica Seles on herself after defeating Eighth seed Nicole Pratt, 6/1 6/0 at the Qatar Open 2002.

"She's here with her girlfriend. She's half a man."
--Martina Hingis on playing Amelie Mauresmo in the 1999 Australian Open Final.

SJW
Feb 26th, 2003, 04:40 PM
*bump*;):p

any more?!

hollywood7172
Feb 26th, 2003, 06:23 PM
dokic, after losing to kuti-kis (or grande, i forgot) said:

"she's never been a player, and she never will be"

dokic's opponent: "i think the main point is i won?"

SJW
Feb 26th, 2003, 07:27 PM
Hollywood..i was just looking@ ur sig

im so glad people can like ALL three! the W/S and Jenn make up three of my top 5....and Hingis is up there too!

Mrs. Peel
Feb 26th, 2003, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by kournikovafan13
Funny how you are so incredibly stupid as to assume that, since Anna doesn't get the greatest results, she is lazy as hell :rolleyes:

Actually, Eric said good things about Anna's committment to tennis

Next time, try to avoid making a total and complete fool out of yourself :D


ANYWAYs :rolleyes: ....

That Nathalie quote is really funny lol

How about this one:

Nicole Pratt while losing to Conchita in San Diego in 2000

(To a linesperson): How much are you getting paid to make these calls, lady? :D


It looks like you are the fool because I have no idea if Harpen thought Anna was lazy :rolleyes: He just seems like a very opinionated coach and I;m sure he has plenty to say about Ms. Kournikova...you Kournikoa fans are such pains in the ass...:rolleyes: What a defensive asshole you are!!!Laughing at you...You are right..her results are very very poor...but I am sure it is not the result of laziness which is very sad :p :p

Mrs. Peel
Feb 26th, 2003, 07:53 PM
He accused Kournikova, now coached by her mother, of "lacking a capacity to concentrate, impatience in long rallies and ignoring my tactical advice".

Yeah..these things sound really great about Anna's commitment to tennis...:rolleyes: :p

http://www.dispatch.co.za/2000/11/07/sport/KOURNIKO.HTM


Now you look like a fool....as a matter of fact you are one :p

Pureracket
Feb 26th, 2003, 07:53 PM
"Since '97, people haven't really been giving any finals matches away."-Venus Williams discussing her upcoming USOpen 2001 finals match against Serena Williams. Oddly enough, Venus loss the '97 USOpen final to Hingis, 6-0,6-4.

victory1
Feb 26th, 2003, 08:16 PM
Damn, Hingis was THE bitch of bitchest!!!:eek:

kiwifan
Feb 26th, 2003, 08:43 PM
Originally posted by victory1
Damn, Hingis was THE bitch of bitchest!!!:eek: :worship: :worship: :worship:

That's what I liked about Chucky.

It's also why I think so many haters are full of it when they complain about the two "most famous female athletes in the world" ever being too arroagant.

I thought Chucky's mouth; Big Lindsay's willingness to let the commentators do her catty comments for her and of course good ole Richard Williams' willingness to participate on his daughter's behalf; made that one of the best (though very short) "eras" in tennis...

...the "I'm the Queen Diva" era.:cool: :cool: :cool:

I think all the participants smile when they look back on those days.:angel:

tennisIlove09
Feb 26th, 2003, 08:57 PM
What about Roland Garros 2002?

Q. The rankings at the end of this tournament, even if you win the tournament, Venus will be No. 1. Does that at all affect your thinking or your attitude?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I'm pretty much used to it changing like that. I don't even pay attention. It goes to show you how bizarre it is if you win a Grand Slam, you're not even No. 1. If you win two of the year so far, you're not No. 1, that doesn't make any sense. So, I don't know.

Serena comes back....

Q. Jennifer also thought it didn't make sense, it's bizarre, she's going to lose her No. 1 ranking at the end of this tournament to Venus whether she wins the French Open or not. Do you think it's bizarre that this would happen in the rankings?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't understand why it would be bizarre.

Q. That was the word she used.

SERENA WILLIAMS: She has a lot of points to come off because I think right now she's ranked No. 1. It would be impossible for her to defend all the points she had last year. When you beat the No. 1 player at a Grand Slam, I believe you get 200 points. She can't get those 200 points. So it's going to be impossible. Venus is only 26 points behind her and Venus lost in the first round last year so she can only gain points here. If you're looking at it mathematically, it makes a lot of sense.

Rocketta
Feb 26th, 2003, 11:59 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. Peel
He accused Kournikova, now coached by her mother, of "lacking a capacity to concentrate, impatience in long rallies and ignoring my tactical advice".

Yeah..these things sound really great about Anna's commitment to tennis...:rolleyes: :p

http://www.dispatch.co.za/2000/11/07/sport/KOURNIKO.HTM


Now you look like a fool....as a matter of fact you are one :p

Dag that article is rough! :eek:

jojoseph
Feb 27th, 2003, 12:25 AM
Originally posted by Mrs. Peel
He accused Kournikova, now coached by her mother, of "lacking a capacity to concentrate, impatience in long rallies and ignoring my tactical advice".

Yeah..these things sound really great about Anna's commitment to tennis...:rolleyes: :p

http://www.dispatch.co.za/2000/11/07/sport/KOURNIKO.HTM


Now you look like a fool....as a matter of fact you are one :p

actually, it was more like a lack of dedication to Van Harpen. The guy was a clam and anna's dedication to tennis is well documented since every time she shows up and practices, the media has their cameras on her.

He sounds a bit biased, if you ask me. And where could he possibly get that from.

One thing I will say is that she did need to cut back on the off-court stuff, however ramming it down her throat wasn't gonna get it done. The problem's always been with her head, not her dedication to the sport. I don't think he realized that.

Lisbeth
Feb 27th, 2003, 01:54 AM
My favourite for it's pure I-can-be-more-childish-than-you factor is the whole thing where Richard Williams said Martina Hingis would never win again unless she had a transplant of "long ghetto legs" (I think that was his exact words, forgive me if I'm wrong!), Martina said he had a big mouth and then this:

Serena: She speaks without thinking because she has no formal education.

Martina: I'd like to see her giving interviews in 5 languages.

Thank goodness they were both only about 16 at the time and grew out of it!

CoryAnnAvants#1
Feb 27th, 2003, 02:49 AM
The best was Richard Williams

"You have to be tall and powerful to be at the top, and Hingis is neither. But I could help her. I wish she would come up to me and say 'Master Williams, I want you to help me. I want to be a better player.' And I could help her. I've got a friend down in Compton and when he is not high, he's a surgeon. He could saw off her legs and attach two longer ones right on there.":eek: :rolleyes:

Lisbeth
Feb 27th, 2003, 03:03 AM
Actually, I think that was the Richard quote I was thinking of which started the Serena-Martina exchange I quoted above. Thanks!

junkartist
Feb 27th, 2003, 03:38 AM
Martina Hingis after beating Anna K. 6-3, 6-2 at Wimbledon in 1997: "I don't think it's such a big rivalry," Hingis said. "Everybody else is making a rivalry of it. Until now I've always been better and always beat her at the great tournaments, as I did this time again. So she still has something to improve. "
:eek: :eek:

They were 16 years old! lololol

vogus
Feb 27th, 2003, 07:00 AM
Somebody just called Van Harpen "a clam"! Lmfao!!

That is the perfect word to describe that dipshit!

Poor Anna, coached by her mother.

Aerien
Feb 27th, 2003, 12:08 PM
Martina Hingis after beating Barbara Rittnerr 6-0 6-4:
"Oh, I just lost those four games because I wasn't concentrating anymore. Playing Barbara Rittnerr is so boring!"

and to think i used to hate Martina for being so cocky.:o

CondiLicious
Feb 27th, 2003, 12:13 PM
Originally posted by Aerien
Martina Hingis after beating Barbara Rittnerr 6-0 6-4:
"Oh, I just lost those four games because I wasn't concentrating anymore. Playing Barbara Rittnerr is so boring!"

and to think i used to hate Martina for being so cocky.:o

She said that???????

DutchieGirl
Feb 27th, 2003, 12:51 PM
Originally posted by Keith
Most people's reasons for hating Anna are simple. It's called jealousy. It goes beyond the players, too. Tennis fans(like many board members) are guilty of it, too

Patty has her reasons for not liking Anna, and jealousy isn't one of them. Anna was quite nasty to Patty!

Aerien
Feb 27th, 2003, 01:25 PM
I definitly read in another topic here about quotes from Hingis a while back that Martina H. said that when she was doing the post match interview.

now that i've been reading all the posts here, i'm surprised at how funny(to the fans at least) the player interactions are.

irma
Feb 27th, 2003, 01:32 PM
yes she did say it in hilton head 97!

Halardfan
Mar 3rd, 2003, 09:57 AM
Thate German Open loss from Julie that people are refering to was perhaps Julie's worst loss, and a dreadful perofrmance...Hingis player very well of course, but Julie has never played worse, barely hitting a ball in or over the net...

But once in a while Julie would do that, just as soemtimes she would take the fight to the best of players, as she did in that very tounrey a couple of days earlier, beating legend Steffi Graf...you never knew what you would get with Julie, but her record shows that she was a very good player, no one can really sensibly argue with that.

~RedRose~
Mar 3rd, 2003, 10:24 AM
The true Jelena Dokic statements ...

"I lost to someone no one's ever heard of and they probably won't hear of her again. She's not a player and never will be."
- Wimbledon quarterfinalist Jelena Dokic after being knocked out in the first round by Hungarian Rita Kuti Kis.
- - - -
"Dokic, she's still young. I mean, I know, I made so many mistakes in saying things I shouldn't say."
- 19-year-old Martina Hingis on Dokic's statement.
- - - -
"I don't care about what she said because I think the main point is that I won."
- Kuti Kis.

switz
Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:31 PM
Patty has her reasons for not liking Anna, and jealousy isn't one of them. Anna was quite nasty to Patty!


i have always found this 'hatred' patty has of anna quite interesting. this is primarily bc they have the same friends on tour, or atleast in terms of doubles partners. babsi is the obvious one, but both do stuff with hingis, rubin, and get on well with the same people. they both had the same coach at different stages. patty was my favourite player, but i think the side-affects of the guru days have crystalised this so-called hate of anna. it is the only explanation, because i now patty is weird and anna can be a bitch, but they both, especially patty, seem well liked on tour by most players.

hingis-seles
Mar 3rd, 2003, 03:52 PM
Martina Hingis on Eric Van Harpen:"He's a pain in the butt."

Richard Williams after Venus' win at US Open 2000:"I don't think
Davenport and Hingis can raise their games to the bar that we've set. I can't
see Hingis getting any better -- and Lindsay is getting older and slower.''

Lindsay on the Williams celebrations:""I always turn my head, better not to see how they act."

hingis-seles
Mar 3rd, 2003, 03:55 PM
I got this article from CBS on the 1998 French Open....it's hilarious!

War of words rages in women's tournament

June 1, 1998

A war of words is raging in the women's French Open.

Since the start of the tournament, world number one Martina Hingis, the Williams sisters and Russian teenager Anna Kournikova have battled as much off court as on it.

"I think they want to be number one, all of them," said Swiss Patti Schnyder, who could actually claim the ranking herself after winning most matches on the circuit this season.

"They think they are number one but I think Martina (Hingis) is the only one who really wins everything," added Schnyder, who won 37 matches since the start of the season.

"I like Martina the way she is. She's really normal. I think the other ones, they are a little special.

"I talk to all of them, except Anna (Kournikova)," she added, without elaborating.

"From the younger ones, I talk to Anna," said 17-year-old Hingis said by way of contrast.

"So far, she's got enough respect from me. I kind of kept winning against her in every grand slam tournament. She still has the respect," she added.

"If she wants to talk to me, she can. If not, I don't care because I'm at the top."

KOURNIKOVA'S LOOKS HAVE ATTRACTED A lot of the attention here, perhaps more than the 13th seed's victories before a fourth-round defeat to Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic.

"There are some good things and there are bad things about being so well known," said the 16-year-old Russian.

"But it doesn't matter, if I hate it or like it because there is nothing I can do about it.

"I'm just a normal person, trying to be normal and play tennis."

The looks of the Williams sisters, the tall 17-year-old Venus and the muscular Serena, only 16, have also been the talk of Roland Garros.

Serena, who bowed to twice winner Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, may even have overshadowed her sister these days.

She said that the rivalry between the teenagers made the game far more interesting.

"With a lot of the new people coming along, it encourages a lot of people to work harder. They see Venus's results and they want to win too -- if she can do it, I can do it," she said.

SERENA HAS HER OWN PERSONAL RIVALRY with Venus.

"It would not embarrass me at all if I were to be the first one of us to win a grand slam," she said.

But like Kournikova, who was beaten in three sets by the elder of the women's circuit, 29-year-old Jana Novotna, Williams was silenced by Sanchez-Vicario both on court and in the following news conference.

"I think she has no respect for the player on the other side of the net, so I'm happy I beat her. The only way to silence these kids is to beat them," the Spaniard said.

As an older player, 20-year-old defending champion Iva Majoli, looks tolerantly at the competition between her young colleagues.

"Anna for example says 'I'm going to be the most beautiful and the most intelligent' and she's only 16. You should just laugh at it," she said.

"Then Venus says 'me and my sister will be number one'. Fair enough. If that's what they think. But they should beware of the consequences."

For Monica Seles, now a veteran at 24, things have not really changed since she started on the Tour alongside Steffi Graf while Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova were ending their career.

"When you look back at Steffi, she had the same arrogance on court when she was top player, and Martina and Chrissy. I think that when you're number one, you have that a little bit

"I really hope that each one of them is going to be at some point number one in their careers because I really think they deserve it."

hingis-seles
Mar 3rd, 2003, 07:40 PM
I got this article from CBS on the 1998 French Open....it's hilarious!

War of words rages in women's tournament

June 1, 1998

A war of words is raging in the women's French Open.

Since the start of the tournament, world number one Martina Hingis, the Williams sisters and Russian teenager Anna Kournikova have battled as much off court as on it.

"I think they want to be number one, all of them," said Swiss Patti Schnyder, who could actually claim the ranking herself after winning most matches on the circuit this season.

"They think they are number one but I think Martina (Hingis) is the only one who really wins everything," added Schnyder, who won 37 matches since the start of the season.

"I like Martina the way she is. She's really normal. I think the other ones, they are a little special.

"I talk to all of them, except Anna (Kournikova)," she added, without elaborating.

"From the younger ones, I talk to Anna," said 17-year-old Hingis said by way of contrast.

"So far, she's got enough respect from me. I kind of kept winning against her in every grand slam tournament. She still has the respect," she added.

"If she wants to talk to me, she can. If not, I don't care because I'm at the top."

KOURNIKOVA'S LOOKS HAVE ATTRACTED A lot of the attention here, perhaps more than the 13th seed's victories before a fourth-round defeat to Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic.

"There are some good things and there are bad things about being so well known," said the 16-year-old Russian.

"But it doesn't matter, if I hate it or like it because there is nothing I can do about it.

"I'm just a normal person, trying to be normal and play tennis."

The looks of the Williams sisters, the tall 17-year-old Venus and the muscular Serena, only 16, have also been the talk of Roland Garros.

Serena, who bowed to twice winner Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, may even have overshadowed her sister these days.

She said that the rivalry between the teenagers made the game far more interesting.

"With a lot of the new people coming along, it encourages a lot of people to work harder. They see Venus's results and they want to win too -- if she can do it, I can do it," she said.

SERENA HAS HER OWN PERSONAL RIVALRY with Venus.

"It would not embarrass me at all if I were to be the first one of us to win a grand slam," she said.

But like Kournikova, who was beaten in three sets by the elder of the women's circuit, 29-year-old Jana Novotna, Williams was silenced by Sanchez-Vicario both on court and in the following news conference.

"I think she has no respect for the player on the other side of the net, so I'm happy I beat her. The only way to silence these kids is to beat them," the Spaniard said.

As an older player, 20-year-old defending champion Iva Majoli, looks tolerantly at the competition between her young colleagues.

"Anna for example says 'I'm going to be the most beautiful and the most intelligent' and she's only 16. You should just laugh at it," she said.

"Then Venus says 'me and my sister will be number one'. Fair enough. If that's what they think. But they should beware of the consequences."

For Monica Seles, now a veteran at 24, things have not really changed since she started on the Tour alongside Steffi Graf while Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova were ending their career.

"When you look back at Steffi, she had the same arrogance on court when she was top player, and Martina and Chrissy. I think that when you're number one, you have that a little bit

"I really hope that each one of them is going to be at some point number one in their careers because I really think they deserve it."

vogus
Mar 3rd, 2003, 08:01 PM
I agree that Patty's hate for Anna is bizarre and goes beyond what you'd expect, beyond the trash-talking between the Williams and Hingis/Davenport, which was always more or less just comic relief. Five years ago I could understand Patty calling Anna a bitch to the media, but now Patty's 24 yrs old, a respected veteran on tour, and it's way past time for her to get over it. Especially now that Anna's barely a tennis player anymore, a marginalized figure within the sport.

spiceboy
Apr 14th, 2013, 11:47 PM
Epic thread.

So 10 years later how has all the bitching evolved?

Some new classics that come to my mind: Serena vs Safina "Rome and Madrid Slams", Sharapova vs Radwanska "in Poland already" :oh:

WonderFan
Apr 14th, 2013, 11:57 PM
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AnnieIWillKnow
Apr 15th, 2013, 12:53 AM
Reading this, the standard seems to have dropped in the past 10-20 years, I have to say.

KournikovaFan91
Apr 15th, 2013, 01:38 AM
I never knew there was an original Kournikovafan poster before me :sobbing:

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 15th, 2013, 01:49 AM
Q. Jennifer also thought it didn't make sense, it's bizarre, she's going to lose her No. 1 ranking at the end of this tournament to Venus whether she wins the French Open or not. Do you think it's bizarre that this would happen in the rankings?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't understand why it would be bizarre.

Q. That was the word she used.

SERENA WILLIAMS: She has a lot of points to come off because I think right now she's ranked No. 1. It would be impossible for her to defend all the points she had last year. When you beat the No. 1 player at a Grand Slam, I believe you get 200 points. She can't get those 200 points. So it's going to be impossible. Venus is only 26 points behind her and Venus lost in the first round last year so she can only gain points here. If you're looking at it mathematically, it makes a lot of sense.

It is ironic how Serena was defending the ranking system back then when Capriati could have lost the no. 1 ranking despite winning 2 straight Slams :lol:. If anything, the math only got easier with time.

tennisbum79
Apr 15th, 2013, 02:37 AM
It is ironic how Serena was defending the ranking system back then when Capriati could have lost the no. 1 ranking despite winning 2 straight Slams :lol:. If anything, the math only got easier with time.
She was not defending the ranking system.
She was explaining, how it was going to work.

I think Serena did a wonderful job of explaining, using verifiable fact and evidence available at the time.

MakarovaFan
Apr 15th, 2013, 04:04 AM
She was not defending the ranking system.
She was explaining, how it was going to work.

I think Serena did a wonderful job of explaining, using verifiable fact and evidence available at the time.

Yet she was confused and made a mockery of "the ranking system" when Dinara was number 1......

iWill
Apr 15th, 2013, 04:17 AM
this isn't really an insult but I still found it amusing
IW 2001.
You said if you play 100%, you can beat her(Venus). What if she plays 100%?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: If we will play -- if I will play hundred and she will play hundred, I will beat her for sure. I'm stronger inside.

Lmfao OMG :crying2:

iWill
Apr 15th, 2013, 04:33 AM
Damn, Hingis was THE bitch of bitchest!!!:eek:

You spelled "Legend" wrong...

iWill
Apr 15th, 2013, 04:38 AM
What about Roland Garros 2002?

Q. The rankings at the end of this tournament, even if you win the tournament, Venus will be No. 1. Does that at all affect your thinking or your attitude?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I'm pretty much used to it changing like that. I don't even pay attention. It goes to show you how bizarre it is if you win a Grand Slam, you're not even No. 1. If you win two of the year so far, you're not No. 1, that doesn't make any sense. So, I don't know.

Serena comes back....

Q. Jennifer also thought it didn't make sense, it's bizarre, she's going to lose her No. 1 ranking at the end of this tournament to Venus whether she wins the French Open or not. Do you think it's bizarre that this would happen in the rankings?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't understand why it would be bizarre.

Q. That was the word she used.

SERENA WILLIAMS: She has a lot of points to come off because I think right now she's ranked No. 1. It would be impossible for her to defend all the points she had last year. When you beat the No. 1 player at a Grand Slam, I believe you get 200 points. She can't get those 200 points. So it's going to be impossible. Venus is only 26 points behind her and Venus lost in the first round last year so she can only gain points here. If you're looking at it mathematically, it makes a lot of sense.

:haha:

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Spencer.
Apr 15th, 2013, 04:57 AM
"Is her name Jankovic?"

~paraphrased of course, since I guess it's quite irrelevant :o

Brad[le]y.
Apr 15th, 2013, 05:20 AM
Tracy Austin after beating a very young Steffi: "There are a hundred girls like her back in the States."

And she got double bageled in their next meeting :spit:

Stamp Paid
Apr 15th, 2013, 05:24 AM
What about Roland Garros 2002?

Q. The rankings at the end of this tournament, even if you win the tournament, Venus will be No. 1. Does that at all affect your thinking or your attitude?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I'm pretty much used to it changing like that. I don't even pay attention. It goes to show you how bizarre it is if you win a Grand Slam, you're not even No. 1. If you win two of the year so far, you're not No. 1, that doesn't make any sense. So, I don't know.

Serena comes back....

Q. Jennifer also thought it didn't make sense, it's bizarre, she's going to lose her No. 1 ranking at the end of this tournament to Venus whether she wins the French Open or not. Do you think it's bizarre that this would happen in the rankings?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't understand why it would be bizarre.

Q. That was the word she used.

SERENA WILLIAMS: She has a lot of points to come off because I think right now she's ranked No. 1. It would be impossible for her to defend all the points she had last year. When you beat the No. 1 player at a Grand Slam, I believe you get 200 points. She can't get those 200 points. So it's going to be impossible. Venus is only 26 points behind her and Venus lost in the first round last year so she can only gain points here. If you're looking at it mathematically, it makes a lot of sense.LMAO @ Serena knowing the exact math.
She had them all clocked. She knew exactly what she wanted. :lol:

Stonerpova
Apr 15th, 2013, 05:34 AM
LMAO @ Serena knowing the exact math.
She had them all clocked. She knew exactly what she wanted. :lol:

Seriously :eek: :worship:

Color me impressed.

hingis-seles
Apr 15th, 2013, 04:14 PM
"I am still the best player in the world. Steffi will never be number one again." - Monica Seles after losing the 1992 Wimbledon final to Graf.

Remix13
Apr 15th, 2013, 04:15 PM
WoW, I was young and without internet at that time so I didn't know about all those bitching. The tour was really fun in the 90s.

I notice the players involved were mostly teenagers (Hingis, Kournikova, young Williams...), that can be an explanation.

Anyway it would be fun to see more real bitching between Aga, Vika, Maria and the no more young Williams :lol:

Drake1980
Apr 15th, 2013, 04:49 PM
Patty to Conchita- you disgusting bitch :oh: :o

tonybotz
Apr 15th, 2013, 04:53 PM
Seles' father Karoli calling Steffi "the knife number one"

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 15th, 2013, 05:01 PM
Yet she was confused and made a mockery of "the tanking system" when Dinara was number 1......

My point exactly. All the frills were eliminated over the years, no less.

AnnieIWillKnow
Apr 15th, 2013, 05:08 PM
Seles' father Karoli calling Steffi "the knife number one"

:hysteric: When was this?

Ewend
Apr 15th, 2013, 08:00 PM
The best was Richard Williams

"You have to be tall and powerful to be at the top, and Hingis is neither. But I could help her. I wish she would come up to me and say 'Master Williams, I want you to help me. I want to be a better player.' And I could help her. I've got a friend down in Compton and when he is not high, he's a surgeon. He could saw off her legs and attach two longer ones right on there.":eek: :rolleyes:

:spit: :rolls:

dencod16
Apr 16th, 2013, 02:20 AM
It is ironic how Serena was defending the ranking system back then when Capriati could have lost the no. 1 ranking despite winning 2 straight Slams :lol:. If anything, the math only got easier with time.

This is 2002 remember not 2001. And in the ranking system of 52-weeks, Venus won 2 of the 4 slams. So in virtue If Capriati won the 2002 French Open, she will be holding Australian and French, and Venus will be holding Wimbledon and US Open. This is very different case, it's not like a woman holding three slams to a woman with no slams, it's 2 women having 2 slams each battling for it. Get your facts straight, because there was nothing to defend for Serena.

leftbrian
Apr 16th, 2013, 03:34 AM
Seles' father Karoli calling Steffi "the knife number one"


OH BURN!!!! What a line!!

Stamp Paid
Apr 16th, 2013, 03:39 AM
Seles' father Karoli calling Steffi "the knife number one"
:hysteric:

Stonerpova
Apr 16th, 2013, 04:02 AM
Seles' father Karoli calling Steffi "the knife number one"

No way :rolls:

danieln1
Apr 16th, 2013, 06:01 AM
What about Roland Garros 2002?

Q. The rankings at the end of this tournament, even if you win the tournament, Venus will be No. 1. Does that at all affect your thinking or your attitude?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: No. I'm pretty much used to it changing like that. I don't even pay attention. It goes to show you how bizarre it is if you win a Grand Slam, you're not even No. 1. If you win two of the year so far, you're not No. 1, that doesn't make any sense. So, I don't know.

Serena comes back....

Q. Jennifer also thought it didn't make sense, it's bizarre, she's going to lose her No. 1 ranking at the end of this tournament to Venus whether she wins the French Open or not. Do you think it's bizarre that this would happen in the rankings?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't understand why it would be bizarre.

Q. That was the word she used.

SERENA WILLIAMS: She has a lot of points to come off because I think right now she's ranked No. 1. It would be impossible for her to defend all the points she had last year. When you beat the No. 1 player at a Grand Slam, I believe you get 200 points. She can't get those 200 points. So it's going to be impossible. Venus is only 26 points behind her and Venus lost in the first round last year so she can only gain points here. If you're looking at it mathematically, it makes a lot of sense.

That Capriati... Always dumb as a brick.... I think she was the dumbest player of all time.
Serena really showed who is.the intelligent one.

Serenita
Apr 16th, 2013, 06:44 AM
Seles' father Karoli calling Steffi "the knife number one"
:lol:

AnnieIWillKnow
Apr 16th, 2013, 11:12 AM
^^ I really want more context for that :lol:

ZeroSumGame
Apr 16th, 2013, 11:35 AM
I wish Hingis, Kournikova, and Patty Schnyder could unretire & take on generation 'suck' :worship:

nevetssllim
Apr 16th, 2013, 01:24 PM
“She talks like she’s just Serena Williams,” Jankovic said. “Everybody had a right to say what she wants. I’m not really focused on Bartoli. She’s not like my biggest rival or someone I look up to or I’m scared of. She’s just one of the players on tour, not a big name, or someone who is making the big results or headlines in the game."

When she left the press conference to go for a doping test (something she wasn’t pleased about given that she might have to stay on site past midnight), Jankovic added with a smile, “Bartoli is going to get it tomorrow.”

One of my recent faves. :oh:

danieln1
Apr 16th, 2013, 03:15 PM
“She talks like she’s just Serena Williams,” Jankovic said. “Everybody had a right to say what she wants. I’m not really focused on Bartoli. She’s not like my biggest rival or someone I look up to or I’m scared of. She’s just one of the players on tour, not a big name, or someone who is making the big results or headlines in the game."

When she left the press conference to go for a doping test (something she wasn’t pleased about given that she might have to stay on site past midnight), Jankovic added with a smile, “Bartoli is going to get it tomorrow.”

One of my recent faves. :oh:

Then she loses against Bartoli next :hysteric:

Is that the one when Bartoli in her press conf. said she would like to face Jankovic than the other player? :oh:

Mynarco
Apr 16th, 2013, 03:42 PM
Seles' father Karoli calling Steffi "the knife number one"

NO HE DIDN'T :speakles:

hingis-seles
Apr 16th, 2013, 04:19 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/15/sports/15iht-tennis.4.10095298.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Seles's father and coach, Karolj later suggested that Graf should not have played at all for a year saying that he would not have wanted to be considered a "knife number one."

In 1995, he wrote this in an article for the New York Times.

AnnieIWillKnow
Apr 16th, 2013, 06:21 PM
Karolj :worship:

iWill
Apr 16th, 2013, 06:50 PM
My new favorite thread :bounce:

Qalahari
Apr 16th, 2013, 07:20 PM
Love it how the Swiss ladies rule this thread. omg :hearts:
Conny leaves some awesome statements sometimes too :eek:

Crunchy Booboo
Apr 16th, 2013, 08:02 PM
:spit: :rolls:

lmfaoooo I am dying




The best was Richard Williams

"You have to be tall and powerful to be at the top, and Hingis is neither. But I could help her. I wish she would come up to me and say 'Master Williams, I want you to help me. I want to be a better player.' And I could help her. I've got a friend down in Compton and when he is not high, he's a surgeon. He could saw off her legs and attach two longer ones right on there."

DOUBLEFIST
Apr 16th, 2013, 08:20 PM
I wish Hingis, Kournikova, and Patty Schnyder could unretire & take on generation 'suck' :worship:

Korny would get bageled on the regular.

The first bad loss Hingis took, she'd retire again.

Patty would get drubbed regularly as well and then complain in the presser about what horrible people todays top ten are and that's why she can't play against them.

Just Do It
Apr 16th, 2013, 08:29 PM
"She hits like a man" by many players on tour.

ZeroSumGame
Apr 17th, 2013, 02:19 AM
Hingis was GOAT-vitriol

Lunaticalm
Apr 17th, 2013, 06:37 AM
Hingis:

Playing (Serena) it always felt like playing a steamroller. No subtlety, no finesse, just raw, loud power. To respect this style of play was always a bit tough for me, but of course I had to, because the rules of tennis don't state that having a beautiful game is required to become No. 1."

Not really a player to player but still juicy: Clijsters' Dad implying that Henin is doping.

Lindsay on Venus:

Who knows what’s going on with that family? Serena is more friendly. At least she can bring herself to say hi. Venus can’t – or won’t – even speak. Venus likes to give the impression that she’s so great, that she’s ‘Da Bomb’, or whatever. She can say it all she wants but that just means she doesn’t have it. She gets psyched out in big matches, she’s not happy with her sister winning and the pressure is really falling on her.”

The "Da Bomb" made me laugh so much!

Fantasy Hero
Apr 17th, 2013, 09:16 AM
:hysteric: so much bitching over here :haha:

matthias
Apr 17th, 2013, 09:51 AM
one day before the legendary RG final in 1999 Hingis said something like "tomorrow i will proof Graf´s time is over"

or?

Thiudans
Apr 17th, 2013, 10:16 AM
Hingis:

Playing (Serena) it always felt like playing a steamroller. No subtlety, no finesse, just raw, loud power. To respect this style of play was always a bit tough for me, but of course I had to, because the rules of tennis don't state that having a beautiful game is required to become No. 1."


Whenever I'm close to wanting to respect Hingis... she has such a rotten, bitter, disgusting attitude. Also, I left out Lindsay's quote, but the more I learn about her attitude in those days, the more I dislike her, too. Bitterness produces such ugly personalities.

Yonexforever
Apr 17th, 2013, 02:47 PM
I thinbk Joanne was just really a Chris fan. She even said she would have taken a win over Evert if Evert was in a cast!

hingis-seles
Apr 17th, 2013, 03:47 PM
Anna Kournikova after losing to Lindsay Davenport in 1998: "She's not such a great player and doesn't have a good game. I didn't play well."

Lindsay Davenport: "She can say whatever she wants to say. I'm in the semifinals and she's in the hotel packing her bags."

This is paraphrased but essentially what the exchange was.

SilverSlam
Apr 17th, 2013, 03:58 PM
I guess the whole USO 2012 incident between Maria and Nadia qualifies.

http://i45.tinypic.com/i791u1.png

Stamp Paid
Apr 17th, 2013, 04:17 PM
Whenever I'm close to wanting to respect Hingis... she has such a rotten, bitter, disgusting attitude. Also, I left out Lindsay's quote, but the more I learn about her attitude in those days, the more I dislike her, too. Bitterness produces such ugly personalities.
Wingis didn't really said that.
When have you ever seen her articulate a thought that coherently? Shes not smart enough to throw out an extended read like that. She was only good for one-liners. :lol:

Thiudans
Apr 17th, 2013, 04:59 PM
Wingis didn't really said that.
When have you ever seen her articulate a thought that coherently? Shes not smart enough to throw out an extended read like that. She was only good for one-liners. :lol:

Are you sure? :lol: I was a bit wary of the quote myself, but I google searched it and it came up elsewhere. If it weren't here quote, my respect quotient for her goes up only very slightly, because she still has outright insulted players, a lot of the time because they're better than her.

What I said of Lindsay Davenport still holds true, though. It tells me that you really can't go by commentator/conventional wisdom-type character assessments. I would never have thought that bitterness would drive her of all pepole to say such things. And she wasn't any child, either when she said.

gmak
Apr 17th, 2013, 06:26 PM
that old Lindsay quote about Anna :lol: :worship: :hearts:

also, Nadia about 11-12 years ago when she lost a match at Amelia Island to Amanda Coetzer : "All she does is get the ball back, I can't believe she's ranked in the top10" :lol:

Legend about Venus & Serena before the 1999 USOpen "They have a big mouth, they always talk a lot. I'm used to it, no problem, I have won slams, they haven't" then Serena talked about "lack of formal education" :lol: guess who won that slam ;)
Also, Hingis once called them a "two-headed monster" :o

damn, I miss those bitchy days :sad:

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 17th, 2013, 06:37 PM
This is 2002 remember not 2001. And in the ranking system of 52-weeks, Venus won 2 of the 4 slams. So in virtue If Capriati won the 2002 French Open, she will be holding Australian and French, and Venus will be holding Wimbledon and US Open. This is very different case, it's not like a woman holding three slams to a woman with no slams, it's 2 women having 2 slams each battling for it. Get your facts straight, because there was nothing to defend for Serena.

So you are saying Serena is incapable of doing math beyond Slam = 2000. 2 Slams = 2*2000. Because there are tons of other tournaments out there.

Got it. My bad.

davidmario
Apr 17th, 2013, 06:44 PM
I guess snortin' dat coke kinda stopped Hingis from insulting other players. She had enough to do with the sudden people in her head :oh:

shoryuken
Apr 17th, 2013, 08:44 PM
Hingis:

Playing (Serena) it always felt like playing a steamroller. No subtlety, no finesse, just raw, loud power. To respect this style of play was always a bit tough for me, but of course I had to, because the rules of tennis don't state that having a beautiful game is required to become No. 1."


hmmmm did she really say that? Interesting...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NhF_--zbYaU/UW76nnt-dQI/AAAAAAAAA3s/KaWBsz5_5x0/s412/SarinRobby.gif

I guess snortin' dat coke kinda stopped Hingis from insulting other players. She had enough to do with the sudden people in her head :oh:

:lol:

Lunaticalm
Apr 18th, 2013, 10:11 AM
I know this is old news but:

Flavia Pennetta:

She said that Serena Williams always beats her because “she is an animal compared to me” and then said that Italian tennis players are non competitive because they are “not confident”. Then Pennetta doesn’t evade the question about doping in tennis: “I think it exists”. If some tennis player use cocaine, that’s for fun but she never used it. Finally she elects Kournikova as the most beautiful in the tour, and says that, on a aesthetic basis, it’s a big fight between her and Francesca Schiavone.

Flavia :spit:

Full Interview:

http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2009/09/flavia-pennetta-is-the-greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread-sliced-bread-that-would-have-a-quickie-with.html

Fantasy Hero
Apr 18th, 2013, 11:36 AM
The "animal" comment has been a lot discussed here...but the interview was in Italian and before people as usual go screaming racism, in Italian slang "being an animal" means being extremely powerful and often physically "big", it's not necessary a bad thing ;)

That interview was awesome anw, mostly when she revealed where she did have sex and simulated the orgasm :lol:

Luchador
Apr 18th, 2013, 11:42 AM
The "animal" comment has been a lot discussed here...but the interview was in Italian and before people as usual go screaming racism, in Italian slang "being an animal" means being extremely powerful and often physically "big", it's not necessary a bad thing ;)


this

Mike.
Apr 19th, 2013, 01:44 AM
Hingis was quoted in polish tennis magazine on double faults (it may be something from AO'01 or 02, can't remember):
- Go ask Anna, she knows everything about it.

Tennis Fool
Apr 20th, 2013, 03:08 AM
I saw the title for this thread, and thought, "How many of these stupid threads have to be made-- Oh." :lol:

Tennis Fool
Apr 20th, 2013, 03:12 AM
Reading this, the standard seems to have dropped in the past 10-20 years, I have to say.
Boomers got away with everything, and Gen. Y got some barbs in before the Internet and social networking killed the culture. :lol:

StarDuvallGrant
Apr 20th, 2013, 03:23 AM
The "animal" comment has been a lot discussed here...but the interview was in Italian and before people as usual go screaming racism, in Italian slang "being an animal" means being extremely powerful and often physically "big", it's not necessary a bad thing ;)

That interview was awesome anw, mostly when she revealed where she did have sex and simulated the orgasm :lol:

This is the first time I am reading Favia's words. Worse has been said in Serie A.

Stamp Paid
Apr 20th, 2013, 03:28 AM
I know this is old news but:

Flavia Pennetta:

She said that Serena Williams always beats her because “she is an animal compared to me” and then said that Italian tennis players are non competitive because they are “not confident”. Then Pennetta doesn’t evade the question about doping in tennis: “I think it exists”. If some tennis player use cocaine, that’s for fun but she never used it. Finally she elects Kournikova as the most beautiful in the tour, and says that, on a aesthetic basis, it’s a big fight between her and Francesca Schiavone.

Flavia :spit:

Full Interview:

http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2009/09/flavia-pennetta-is-the-greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread-sliced-bread-that-would-have-a-quickie-with.htmlYeah, anything but human, right?
Trash.

Tennis Fool
Apr 20th, 2013, 03:40 AM
Lindsay on Venus:

Who knows what’s going on with that family? Serena is more friendly. At least she can bring herself to say hi. Venus can’t – or won’t – even speak. Venus likes to give the impression that she’s so great, that she’s ‘Da Bomb’, or whatever. She can say it all she wants but that just means she doesn’t have it. She gets psyched out in big matches, she’s not happy with her sister winning and the pressure is really falling on her.”

The "Da Bomb" made me laugh so much!

Whenever I'm close to wanting to respect Hingis... she has such a rotten, bitter, disgusting attitude. Also, I left out Lindsay's quote, but the more I learn about her attitude in those days, the more I dislike her, too. Bitterness produces such ugly personalities.

Hingis and Davenport were often a doubles team-- and relished playing against the Williams Sisters. [The mindset was captured in Wertheim's book "Venus Envy".] Anyway, I always thought it odd that Lindsay would want to team against fellow Americans--even if the sisters were not all that popular socially on the tour at the time.


also, Nadia about 11-12 years ago when she lost a match at Amelia Island to Amanda Coetzer : "All she does is get the ball back, I can't believe she's ranked in the top10" :lol:

I guess if she were playing now, Amanda would be placed in the "pusher" category :o

HRHoliviasmith
Apr 20th, 2013, 03:44 AM
I guess snortin' dat coke kinda stopped Hingis from insulting other players. She had enough to do with the sudden people in her head :oh:

:lol:

Tennis Fool
Apr 20th, 2013, 03:49 AM
The insult that became a year-long meme in 2012:

“Isn't she back in Poland already?" - Pova at the Australian Open upon hearing that Aga Radwanska criticized her grunting.

HRHoliviasmith
Apr 20th, 2013, 03:54 AM
lmfaoooo I am dying

The best was Richard Williams

"You have to be tall and powerful to be at the top, and Hingis is neither. But I could help her. I wish she would come up to me and say 'Master Williams, I want you to help me. I want to be a better player.' And I could help her. I've got a friend down in Compton and when he is not high, he's a surgeon. He could saw off her legs and attach two longer ones right on there."

:hysteric: :rolls: :lol::lol: funniest shit ever. that man is a mess. :worship::hearts:

HRHoliviasmith
Apr 20th, 2013, 04:34 AM
Seles' father Karoli calling Steffi "the knife number one"

oh my god :sobbing: :haha:

MB.
Apr 20th, 2013, 05:03 AM
Aravane about JJ: "As a player, she's okay. As a person, she's horrible." (not sure if that's exact quote).

Marion when asked in interview, Q: "Who do you dislike on the WTA tour?" A: "Jankovic."

Of course, Sesil saying she'll kick Sharpova's ass is still fresh in mind.

RVD
Apr 20th, 2013, 05:23 AM
The "animal" comment has been a lot discussed here...but the interview was in Italian and before people as usual go screaming racism, in Italian slang "being an animal" means being extremely powerful and often physically "big", it's not necessary a bad thing ;)

That interview was awesome anw, mostly when she revealed where she did have sex and simulated the orgasm :lol:If it's not a bad thing, why did you use this disqualifier?

Your words would have far more weight and believability had you simply said, "NOT".

People here crack me up.
It's like the French mistaking Serena's confidence for arrogance and then posters here (many of them French) saying that Serena IS arrogant (for example).

Seriously, who F'ing believes that when we see what our own eyes and hear and read the full context?

People are not stupid. They can decipher quite easily what the context/truth is for themselves and judge for themselves without someone attempting, and failing, to be apologists.

DOUBLEFIST
Apr 20th, 2013, 06:01 AM
If it's not a bad thing, why did you use this disqualifier?

Your words would have far more weight and believability had you simply said, "NOT".

People here crack me up.
It's like the French mistaking Serena's confidence for arrogance and then posters here (many of them French) saying that Serena IS arrogant (for example).

Seriously, who F'ing believes that when we see what our own eyes and hear and read the full context?

People are not stupid. They can decipher quite easily what the context/truth is for themselves and judge for themselves without someone attempting, and failing, to be apologists.
:yeah:

Thiudans
Apr 20th, 2013, 07:59 PM
Hingis and Davenport were often a doubles team-- and relished playing against the Williams Sisters. [The mindset was captured in Wertheim's book "Venus Envy".] Anyway, I always thought it odd that Lindsay would want to team against fellow Americans--even if the sisters were not all that popular socially on the tour at the time.


That's another really great point. I hadn't even considered that, but it just makes it all the more ... disappointing. Without trying to be disrespectful to her, it's almost sickening.

RVD
Apr 20th, 2013, 09:39 PM
That's another really great point. I hadn't even considered that, but it just makes it all the more ... disappointing. Without trying to be disrespectful to her, it's almost sickening.I have to agree.

It makes you wonder what was going through Lindsay's head.
Well, actually both her and Hingis' head.
And I doubt that they wanted a good spirited rivalry.
More like an attempt at a beat-down of the sisters to put them in their place, or to send them a message, so to speak.

Today, I hold no ill will against Hingis or Davenport; primarily due to both V & S still being very active on the WTA pro circuit, while these two have left and are, to some extent, cordial with the sisters.

Thiudans
Apr 21st, 2013, 04:53 AM
I have to agree.

It makes you wonder what was going through Lindsay's head.
Well, actually both her and Hingis' head.
And I doubt that they wanted a good spirited rivalry.
More like an attempt at a beat-down of the sisters to put them in their place, or to send them a message, so to speak.

Today, I hold no ill will against Hingis or Davenport; primarily due to both V & S still being very active on the WTA pro circuit, while these two have left and are, to some extent, cordial with the sisters.

I've thought along the same lines, sometimes. I remember a 2010 Miami interview between Lindsay and Venus and they actually seemed really friendly. It's a good thing then, I suppose, that Lindsay has set aside her attitude (for whatever reason she had it). But... in the end, I always think that Venus has a much greater capacity to forgive than I have. Even so, it's a good sign of maturity on Venus's part, and she's matured greatly since those days.

I wonder though how they both felt about fellow American players being so bitter towards them. Capriati and Davenport were definitely too old to be so petulant back then.