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GoDominique
Jun 16th, 2003, 03:02 PM
In this week's rankings, there are exactly 2 (two) German women left in the top 100, Anca Barna and Marlene Weingärtner. :o :rolleyes:
I'm quite sure this has never been the case before since rankings exist.

I'm aware that Barna, Schruff and Grönefeld have had good results last week.
But Schruff and Grönefeld are the only players being on their way up the ranks.
What about Rittner, Roesch, Arn, Müller, Lamade (injured, I know), Kandarr ? All in top 100 not long ago, and all currently slumping.
BTW, Marlene Weingärtner was just a few points away of being ranked no. 180 in January, it would be even worse now. :rolleyes:

TS
Jun 16th, 2003, 03:04 PM
Rittner is out? What is she ranked now?

seldom83
Jun 16th, 2003, 03:07 PM
Barna, Schruff and Grönefeld are all upcoming. Groenefeld is the next Graf, beleive me, this girl can play. also watch out for a girl named Annete Kolb!

Dava
Jun 16th, 2003, 03:09 PM
If you feel bad about German tennis, look at the rankings of the British players to make yourself feel better.

Dava
Jun 16th, 2003, 03:11 PM
4-3 Alex

great Lucie now hold serve!

GoDominique
Jun 16th, 2003, 03:12 PM
Rittner is now no. 102.

TS
Jun 16th, 2003, 03:15 PM
BTW, what happened to Andrea Glass? Has she retired?

seldom83
Jun 16th, 2003, 03:17 PM
haha very true dava

miranda_lou
Jun 16th, 2003, 03:18 PM
If you feel bad about German tennis, look at the rankings of the British players to make yourself feel better.

The state of British tennis is pitiful. :eek: Especially the women.

And, please don't call any of the German girls "the next Graf"!! It's so unfair. :rolleyes: No other German player will equal what Steffi did, EVER. :hearts:

seldom83
Jun 16th, 2003, 04:15 PM
ok true, i'm just trying to say she's gonna be amazing

DA FOREHAND
Jun 16th, 2003, 04:17 PM
Maybe we can compose an open letter to Steffi, and convince her to stop breeding long enough to stage a comeback, or at least teach Anke a serve and let her comeback.

Yeah lets do that, she'll read this msg. board!

JackFrost
Jun 16th, 2003, 04:49 PM
Barna, Schruff and Grönefeld are all upcoming. Groenefeld is the next Graf, beleive me, this girl can play. also watch out for a girl named Annete Kolb!

Honestly, I don´t like it, when people compare the young girls with Steffi Graf.
Anna-Lena is Anna-Lena and no Steffi, the second.

And I´m getting very careful over the years, to say player soandso become the next superstar of tennis, just because she had few good junior results.

Heike Rusch won the Australian Open 93, Andrea Glass was in the finale of Australian Open 93, Marlene Weingärtner was in two or three Grand Slam finals in her time as junior too.

Last year, same time, all newspapers and fans were sure, that Martina Müller is the next Top 20 player...and where is she now?
So much can happen, so much great juniors stay one- and second roundlosers in the "adult-circuit".

Ted of Teds Tennis
Jun 16th, 2003, 05:50 PM
If I heard correctly on Deutsche Welle's sports report last Friday, Barna is 26 years old. Not exactly an up-and-comer.

Iconoclast
Jun 16th, 2003, 06:06 PM
If I heard correctly on Deutsche Welle's sports report last Friday, Barna is 26 years old. Not exactly an up-and-comer.
It's true. She turned 26 in May. That doesn't make her a pensioner, of course. Not yet. But for comparison this was roughly the same age Huber retired.

Barna shouldn't be compared to Anke, though. She is a late bloomer. Her first real upsurge happened in 1999, she stabilized in 2000, improved further in 2001, and finally broke the Top 100 barrier in 2002.

And now she's actually challenging for the Top 50 - despite some setbacks earlier this season. In that sense, she is an up-and-comer, just not a young one. Other than her progressing age, she doesn't suffer from any debilitating ailments to my knowledge.

We are not talking about a future Slam contender, of course, and her career goal of the Top 20 is perhaps also a bit optimistic, but for a German she's doing exceptionally well at the moment.

Frank_Rulez
Jun 16th, 2003, 07:04 PM
well.......i did a thread talking about
the Germans streak for reaching
4R in Aussie Open for like 20 yrs in a row.....
till this yr of course.........
oh well, at least they still have Angelique Kerber,
but there is pretty much no hope for them
to produce another Steffi Graf at least
for another few yrs....

miranda_lou
Jun 16th, 2003, 07:20 PM
convince her to stop breeding long enough to stage a comeback

Well, that would be difficult since Andre wants SIX kids. :eek:

I thought he was joking but it looks like they are well on track for six by the time Steffi is 40. :kiss:

irma
Jun 16th, 2003, 07:24 PM
maybe steffi gets a girl this time;)

miranda_lou
Jun 16th, 2003, 07:32 PM
A girl would be nice, Irma. :angel:

They could name her Elizabeth. :kiss: That name would be easier to pronounce for the Germans than Jaden was. ;)

schris
Jun 16th, 2003, 07:47 PM
They could name her Helga ;) That name would be the easiest to pronounce for the Germans :)

irma
Jun 16th, 2003, 07:49 PM
no that reminds to much of herr flick;)

matthias
Jun 16th, 2003, 07:54 PM
better days are ahead!!!

A-L and Angelique will kick ass :bounce:

GoDominique
Jun 19th, 2003, 11:16 PM
Barbara Rittner is back - she just needed a wake-up call. ;)

Also Angelika Roesch is guaranteed to be back in top 100 after Wimbledon, as she plays Elena Dementieva in the first round. ;)

SuperG
Jun 20th, 2003, 12:18 AM
i watched groenefeld serveral times and i am sorry that i have to say:

she will never be the next steffi graf nor the next anke huber....

i would really be surprised if she would ever enter the top20...

sorry guys, she is just not good enough. She is quite tall and has a power game which favours her at juniors tournaments, but at the wta, she is just one amongst many....

rikvanlooy
Jun 20th, 2003, 09:38 AM
It has to do with luck. The only country that always had great tennis players are the USA. And if they don't have the big talents, they import them (Navratilova, Seles, ...).

Graf was a fluke, just as Seles, Hingis, the Belgian players, ...

If you have a great player, enjoy it.

Dirty Sanchez
Jun 20th, 2003, 10:48 AM
The British would kill to have the quality of Germany's womens tennis. Be grateful for what you've got!! :)

King Lindsay
Jun 20th, 2003, 01:17 PM
well, at least rittner's back, eh?

once Roesch stops feeding off Dementieva (and she won't beat her at Wimbledon, yes that's right, WON'T), she'll be nowhere to be seen. the only reason she was top 100 was because of her Dementieva wins!

Monica_Rules
Jun 20th, 2003, 01:20 PM
Rittner just got to the semis of the Ordina open:o

Mattographer
Jun 20th, 2003, 01:46 PM
BTW, what happened to Andrea Glass? Has she retired?
I also want to know as well!

great smash
Jun 20th, 2003, 01:47 PM
Rittner just got to the semis of the Ordina open:o


And that's where the journey ended ;) But still a great result of course

Mattographer
Jun 20th, 2003, 01:51 PM
And that's where the journey ended ;) But still a great result of course
No, Barbara will wins the title!! :p

Kim and Justine should playing Eastbourne