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SpikeyAidanm
Feb 7th, 2004, 04:12 AM
Just from the top of my head:

Gold Coast:

Dechy def Schnyder W/O

Sydney:

Henin-Hardenne def Davenport W/O

Aussie Open:

Zuluaga def Mauresmo W/O

Tokyo TPP:

Rubin def V.Williams W/O
Maleeva def Rubin W/O

Paris:

Golovin def Hantuchova W/O



:crying2: :sad: :sobbing:

7~LV3
Feb 7th, 2004, 04:16 AM
it was meant to be :(

just to balance things out you see... last year... in the beginning of the year, the top players were kinda healthy (Williams, Belgiums) everyone,well, me!!, thought that they would be playing fighting for each tourny they would be in... good in the beginning bad at the end...

now its bad at the beginng hopefully a happy ending...

tennnisfannn
Feb 7th, 2004, 05:15 AM
The scary thing is tis only the fourth tourny, the injury list continues to build and past injuries don't seem healed, serena still not fit, venus reinjured, jen nobody knows how serious, Amelie's injury seems difficult, kim as an ankle that ain't getting better, seles still no one knows. At this pont only Justine, myskina and dementieva seem healthy but mentally elena isn't.
is there someone out there with a voodoo doll?
Hingis must be positvely healthy compared to the majority of the top players. Maybe tis time she considered a comeback.

Greenout
Feb 7th, 2004, 08:30 AM
This season is turning out to either be a turning point, a breaking point
or just really fu*ked up! ;) I'm picking the latter, really weird shit.
I don't know if everyone is just burned out, living on their past glories,
given up, coasting or unable to keep up the new super standard ala
Serena and Justine "Suck it up! NAVY seals" Ms. Buff fitness programs?

GoDominique
Feb 7th, 2004, 08:32 AM
WTA is in a huge slump. It's boring as hell.

bis2806
Feb 7th, 2004, 08:36 AM
did you also know that there were at least 3 walkovers in the mixed doubles of the AO open?

Greenout
Feb 7th, 2004, 08:39 AM
Does anybody else think that Venus and Serena have raised the WTA
bar sooooo high that nobody, not even themselves can compete and sustain
that level season, after season, after season? Add to the mix, the super
NAVY Seals like fitness of the new #1 and #2 players in the world, who
if you recall were already super fit and running around like electric
jack rabbits when they first appeared on tour back in 1999.

We have to also understand that because of high level of play
from the Sisters, JHH and Kim, most players are shut out
of the semi's or finals. They have to player smaller
TIER 2 or TIER 3 events to gather points, make their sponsors
happy, earn a wage.

jimbo mack
Feb 7th, 2004, 08:45 AM
:rolleyes:

injuries happen, its sport!!

dont focus too much on the injuries, otherwise u'll end up hating women's tennis!!

focus on other things, like the fact that lindsay davenport is playing the final against maleeva to attempt to take her 4th tokyo tournament AND 39th career title in all :eek:

GoDominique
Feb 7th, 2004, 08:50 AM
:rolleyes:

injuries happen, its sport!!

dont focus too much on the injuries, otherwise u'll end up hating women's tennis!!

focus on other things, like the fact that lindsay davenport is playing the final against maleeva to attempt to take her 4th tokyo tournament AND 39th career title in all :eek:
:yawn:

jimbo mack
Feb 7th, 2004, 08:51 AM
:yawn:

thats rude and childish

Greenout
Feb 7th, 2004, 08:53 AM
:rolleyes:

injuries happen, its sport!!

dont focus too much on the injuries, otherwise u'll end up hating women's tennis!!

focus on other things, like the fact that lindsay davenport is playing the final against maleeva to attempt to take her 4th tokyo tournament AND 39th career title in all :eek:


Your right! Let's not focus on the negative. :cool:

GoDominique
Feb 7th, 2004, 09:03 AM
I agree that the Lindsay vs. Maggie final has a bit of excitement, but it still doesn't mean much. Last year Lindsay took the final against Monica, and it didn't change anything for her.
And it won't change that this year has been really bad so far and that won't change anytime soon with Venus, Serena, Amelie etc. out and the other players not being able to step it up.

fammmmedspin
Feb 7th, 2004, 03:56 PM
I agree that the Lindsay vs. Maggie final has a bit of excitement, but it still doesn't mean much. Last year Lindsay took the final against Monica, and it didn't change anything for her.
And it won't change that this year has been really bad so far and that won't change anytime soon with Venus, Serena, Amelie etc. out and the other players not being able to step it up.
The last point is very important. Having a couple more top 10 players fit would help but if a couple of Myskina, Dementieva, Zvonereva, Dokic, Schiavone or one of the talented players cramming the rankings from 20-40 could make a real run to the top five or ten things would be really exciting. As it is the only people moving anywhere are Patty and Maggie who are coming home and Fabiola who is having a nice outing.

ys
Feb 11th, 2004, 01:29 AM
Does anybody else think that Venus and Serena have raised the WTA
bar sooooo high that nobody, not even themselves can compete and sustain
that level season, after season, after season? I've been saying that for years, that Williams sisters killed the sport by pushing the fitness requirements for the sport beyond what feminine body can handle.

Only today - Jancovic retired injured, Smashnova retired injured, Dechy withdraws injured.

Jericho
Feb 11th, 2004, 01:38 AM
of course the Williams are to blame, even though one is not even playing at all and the other has just come back from 6 month injury break :o :rolleyes:

ys
Feb 11th, 2004, 02:04 AM
of course the Williams are to blame, even though one is not even playing at all and the other has just come back from 6 month injury break :o :rolleyes:
No one blaming them. They just did that not knowing the consequences. They are the victims of their own choice too. But the fact is - if it was not for Williams sisters and their influence , The Tour would not have been where it is now in terms of fitness and injuries. But the example of The Cheatah who is playing the second straight year on the highest possible fitness level without any major tennis-related injuries suggests that it could be just a matter of choosing the right approach.

ys
Feb 11th, 2004, 02:22 AM
They need to abolish at least 4 Tier II on hard court and Key Biscayne should be on clay.

This year will be even worst with the Olympics being played on hard court.

Take out few fast hardcourt events and Justine Henin will stay #1 for years, because it is the only surface where she is really vulnerable. And on hardcourts Williams sisters are a bit bigger than mere mortals, so that would hurt them too.



No player killed the sport, that's bullshit. Aren't you more likely to get injured when you're not fit enough?
Do not take it literally. You get your fitness and your strength up and up. You hit harder, you run harder. It makes your opponent do the same. If you are the fittest and the strongest, it will likely make your opponent push over the limit. And while competing then you can get over that limit too. Everyone got involved into this fitness and power race.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 12th, 2004, 11:33 AM
Edited to add Hantuchova's withdrawal..

Add on Jankovic's/S-Pistolesi'd mid match retirements :o

tennnisfannn
Feb 12th, 2004, 01:22 PM
No one blaming them. They just did that not knowing the consequences. They are the victims of their own choice too. But the fact is - if it was not for Williams sisters and their influence , The Tour would not have been where it is now in terms of fitness and injuries. But the example of The Cheatah who is playing the second straight year on the highest possible fitness level without any major tennis-related injuries suggests that it could be just a matter of choosing the right approach.Wow all that power tennis Hingis and Anna K played caused thei career ending injuries.:rolleyes: Why not include Tracy Austin, and BJK's three knee injuries (major ones) Pray and what is with all the injuries we have seen on the men's tour, maybe their masculine bodies couldn't take it.