I'll start. As it has been for past four years, my
sentimental favorite is Amelie Mauresmo. Why?
Well...because there's hasn't been a native *French champion
on the women's side for decades!!! And because on
a given day, on a given tournament, especially on red
dirt Amelie is the best in the world.
I think a second "French" speaker could be ok too-
mainly one Justine H-H. From that day back in yesteryear
when she had the match on her stick in taking out Lindsay
Davenport at RG as a teenager in an early round on her
debut in Paris, hasn't it seem to just be an omen?
*Mary Pierce doesn't count.
May 9th, 2003, 06:05 AM
Monica because she is always the sentimental favourite in my book, and Lindsay because that would make her career grand slam!
I'd love to see Amelie win too but she has many good years left in her.
May 9th, 2003, 10:49 AM
Conchita Martínez is my sentimental favourite, She must win Roland Garros ;)
May 9th, 2003, 01:24 PM
I agree on that with Lolaito, it's very unfair that Conchi's GS is Wimby and she doesn't have any RG:sad:
May 9th, 2003, 05:29 PM
Conchi is my sentimental favourite. Looking back at her clay court record, she should have won it at some point by now :sad:
May 9th, 2003, 07:50 PM
Anyone outside the top 20. I would like an "unknown" to take the entire event.
May 10th, 2003, 02:55 AM
to be honest I'd like to see the obvious: Monica Seles, Amelie Mauresmo or Mary Pierce again... Truly - I'd love to see Eleni Daniilidou or Alicia Molik or Iroda Tulyaganova win it though
May 10th, 2003, 10:10 AM
Justine Henin, obviously...but Monica Seles and Conchita too...maybe Mary Pierce, but that's not even being realistic
May 10th, 2003, 10:55 PM
May 11th, 2003, 07:29 AM
May 11th, 2003, 09:05 AM
Jen or Iva! :D
May 11th, 2003, 12:02 PM
Kim: to avenge that loss in 2001
Justine: because she would so much like to win this because of her mom.
Monica: because I grant her another slam (but that would be a tough one)
Conchita: because it is incredible that she won Wimbledon and not Roland Garros
May 12th, 2003, 03:33 AM
When I saw the subject in this heading... without a doubt I immediately thought Conchita... It would be nice to see her win Roland Garros....
Justine would be a second choice...
May 12th, 2003, 04:33 AM
Monica... she is the one who still keep me coming to this site! :)
May 12th, 2003, 04:58 AM
May 12th, 2003, 08:35 PM
Patty is my sentimental favourite, but I'd also like to see Justine winning RG.
May 13th, 2003, 02:32 AM
it will be a turning pt for her.....
May 14th, 2003, 12:27 PM
Tulyaganova :worship: she is kind of "one of the family" :kiss: :bounce:
May 14th, 2003, 08:16 PM
Venus Williams, four straight GS finals losses. I think she deserves to win the French as a sentimental favorite.
May 20th, 2003, 04:47 PM
May 20th, 2003, 07:27 PM
No question....... Jennifer Capriati!
May 20th, 2003, 08:00 PM
May 20th, 2003, 08:06 PM
May 20th, 2003, 08:49 PM
Has to be Capriati. Since 2002, not title. This would give her the confidence one again. As early said.
A turning point..........
May 21st, 2003, 10:03 AM
MONICA, and the second one is Venus
May 21st, 2003, 10:28 AM
May 21st, 2003, 11:58 AM
Conchita, of course. I just don't see it happening. She did beat Dokic in Rome, but that's hardly a benchmark of success at the moment.
I think Monica should be the sentimental favorite for all Slams, not the French in particular, since it's been so long. She will have a very hard task at hand.
Of the six most realistic candidates (Williamsx2, Clijsters, Henin, Mauresmo, Capriati) I wouldn't mind seeing a Belgian winner. It's sort of about time one of them grabs a major, and I think Clijsters would be the most fitting the way she has imposed herself on the Tour. But then again, Justine is such a wonderful clay-courter.
May 21st, 2003, 03:20 PM
May 22nd, 2003, 06:59 AM
These 3 are my top favorites :p
May 22nd, 2003, 09:45 AM
May 22nd, 2003, 10:05 AM
Why is Venus a sentimental favorite? I
can't find nothing in her career nor current
situation for me to get teary eyed about.
I'm think players who've over come the odds-
thus getting our empathy like a Lucic, or Monica
or Kim, or Henin or Mauresmo or even Patty.
I like Conchita; but being at the tail end of a
career isn't exactly gut wrenching stuff enough
for any heart breaking sympathy.
Cannot include Anna K either for that matter.
She has everything in the world given to her
on a platter. What's so tragic about that?
Monica- for having her chance of taking tennis
into legendary stuff like Steffi, and Original Martina
stolen by a criminal act. Tragic.
Amelie- Going it alone, and estranged by
family for coming out in an era where
it still frightens most people.
Kim- For taking command of her career, and life
after losing her mother at a young age.
Where's the family/hanger on conga line
ala the Williams clan here? At least she
has Hewitt there for support now.
Justine- For taking command of her life, her family,
and tennis career after losing her mother
at an early age, while dealing with a not
so perfect father whom she was estranged
with. Also her other loss of one of her
friends to the infamous Belgian child killer
known as the "Beast of Belgian".
Patty- For still being a tennis player considering
the bizarre, and rather sordid details of
her fall from the top 10. Estranged from
family, under the trap of a cultish guru,
being dropped from her coach, solo,
hooking up with a sleazy body guard,
more tabloid accusations and pleas from
her family. Ta-da she won the Family
Circle Cup 2002. If there's anybody
out there that needs some sort of reason
to live- it's Patty.
Lucic- Because we so dearly need a winner that doesn't
have the arrogant word "Privledge"written on their
shirt. Here'a player that could pull the ultimate
obscure comeback ala the baseball story "The Natural".
Whatever became of the Wimbledon 1999 semi finalist;
it's as if she disappeared after stories of yes...that again
Estrangement from her father. If there's somethin as
a good comeback from nowhere story this is it.
Couldn't include Dokic on this list because she's just has
what looks like growing pains. Father doesn't like boyfriend?
So what! It happens everyday.
May 22nd, 2003, 12:28 PM
1. amelie. good on clay, french, should win at least one grand slam in her career.
2. lindsay: RG is the only grand slam that's missing.
3. kim: was here in the final before. it's time to win a grand slam.
May 22nd, 2003, 04:39 PM
May 22nd, 2003, 04:56 PM
Jenny!!! It has been awhile since a title, and it would shut up the naysayers. Also, her comeback is still the most inspiring story out there!!! Gives me goosbumps still!!
May 22nd, 2003, 05:04 PM
She reminds me of young Steffi ...
Hopefully she will be successfull here where Steffi faced highest emotions.
May 22nd, 2003, 06:09 PM
She really deserves it!
May 22nd, 2003, 08:42 PM
May 22nd, 2003, 10:55 PM
monica bc i want to see her get #10
venus bc she's had some bad matches against serena, and it would be nice to see her holding another grand slam.
May 23rd, 2003, 12:53 AM
May 23rd, 2003, 12:56 AM
Chanda deserves a slam after all the comebacks she has made and after all she has gone through, and also because she's a great player and person! alright I know its not that realistic for Chanda to win a slam on clay, but I think she will win at least one slam before her career is over! Go Chanda!!!
May 23rd, 2003, 01:31 AM
jennifer capriati hell yea!
May 23rd, 2003, 01:31 AM
the greatest ever, my favorite forever, the nicest, best player ever: