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May 23rd, 2002, 06:14 PM
I'm picking Ms Serena "Brickhouser - Bonecrushing - Powerhousing - Steamrolling - Buttkicking - Superlicious - Backbreaking - Lawnmowering - Semi-crashing - and some mo stuff", Williams.

She has had to beat more top ten players to get as far as she has all year - and she has never exited a tourney this year before the quarters - if I am not mistaken. She's won two Tier Ones - and no one else can match it.

And last but not least - she has won 'mo Money - Money - Money than her 'Big Sis - Ms Venus "Victory", Williams.


May 23rd, 2002, 06:54 PM
GogoGirl, Well you've used lots of superlatives in describing Serena's success so far...but don't run them on the "Times Square" ticker tape yet!! :rolleyes: Contain your self modesty..and if indeed your gal comes through....then gush yourself silly!!;)


May 23rd, 2002, 06:57 PM
In terms of quality wins, Serena is definantly the top player this year, although she and Martina Hingis are relatively close in terms of their quality wins. Here is how I would rate the top 6 players this year in terms of the quality of their performances.

1. Serena Williams- Winner (Scottsdale (II), Miami (I), Rome (I)). Finalist (German Open (I)) Semifinalist (Adidas (II)). Quarterfinalist (Charleston (I)). Serena is the top player so far this year. Not only for her quality wins (two tier 1 events and 1 tier 1 final), but also for who she has beaten this year (Hingis-2, Capriati-3, Venus-1, Justine-1).

2. Martina Hingis- Winner (Adidas (II), Tokyo (I)). Finalist (Indian Wells (I), Australian Open (GS)). Semifinalist (Scottsdale (II), Hamburg (II)). Quarterfinalist (Miami (I)). Despite her injury problems, Hingis still played well this year, especially coming back from her first major injury. She won two titles and made the finals of two big events.

3. Jennifer Capriati- Winner (Australian Open (GS)). Finalist (Miami (I), Scottsdale (II)). Semifinalist (Charleston (I), German Open (I), Italian Open (I)). Consistency is key for Jen-Cap. She won AO and has played consistently well since them, but has unfortunately run into Serena Williams too many times this year.

4. Venus Williams- Winner (Gold Coast (III), Paris (II), Antwerp (III), Amelia Island (II)). Finalist (Hamburg (II)). Semifinalist (Dubai (III)), Quarterfinalist (Miami (I)). Great year for Venus so far, but her wins have come at smaller events and she has yet to make the finals of a tier 1 event this year. Hopefully things will change at RG.

5. Justine Henin- Winner (German Open (I)). Finalist (Gold Coast (III), Antwerp (III), Amelia Island (II). Rome (I). Quarterfinalist (Australian Open (GS), Paris (II), Hamburg (II), Adidas (II)). After having a semi slump, Henin has broken away from the pack this clay court season by winning her first big event beating Capriati and S. Williams to do so. With a 14-3 record, can we say Henin for a possible RG champion? I think so.

6. Kim Clijsters- Winner (Hamburg (II)). Semifinalist (Australian Open (GS), Adidas (II), Italian Open (I)). Quarterfinalist (Miami (I)). In a year plagued by injuries, Kim has good results in the tournaments she has participated in and her fine win over Venus at Hamburg shows that she can play the top contenders and win big.

May 23rd, 2002, 07:03 PM
apoet, what about Jennifer???

imo, Serena has clearly had the best year with her only losses against Meghann Shaughnessy (retired, not really a loss, imo), Patty Schnyder, and Justine, and she avenged the loss to Justine one week later. Her wins really tell the story though -- who hasn't she beaten in the top eight? I don't think she's played Kim, and Lindsay has been out all year.

It's too difficult for me to decide about the rest, but since Scottsdale this has been the year of Serena Williams!

May 23rd, 2002, 07:05 PM
Where is the winner of the only Grandslam this year so far?????

May 23rd, 2002, 07:08 PM
Serena is the queen of this year, the only dirty spot is her injury wich kept her from winning australia :sad:

May 23rd, 2002, 07:11 PM
You forgot justine's finale in Rome :-)

May 23rd, 2002, 07:20 PM
Sorry about leaving Jen Cap off the thread. I did not realize my mistake until after I posted. I have since reposted the thread and made the necessary corrections.

May 23rd, 2002, 07:29 PM
I agree, I think that Serena and Martina have had the best years so far. Hingis really had a fabulous early part of this year, while serena missed the early bit and has come on VERY strong.
Jen makes a good case too.

May 23rd, 2002, 09:14 PM
Only two ladies have impressed me:

Serena: Winning two tier 1's, making a tier 1 final, high quality wins over other top 10 players, etc. She is a big force to be reckoned with!

Jennifer: Won a GS (nuff said) and has played oh-so-consistently! Has also had some impressive wins, looks in good form! No other titles, but I don't think she is that bothered! Slams are the key, so get ready to see the REAL Lioness that is Jen!

May 23rd, 2002, 09:25 PM
serena so far, and barring injuries she'll probably end the year as no 1.

May 23rd, 2002, 09:27 PM
Jennifer Capriati - She won the only GS so far this year. 50 years from, now, the rest just won't matter.

I'd say Venus, Serena and Justine have PLAYED the best, with Martina and Jenn a bit behind.

May 23rd, 2002, 09:28 PM
you think she is not bothered? well, if not now, I am sure she will in a couple of weeks.

May 23rd, 2002, 09:43 PM
apoet29 - you took the words right out of my mouth. I feel ya.

Of course in a way - the field is WIDE Open. On any given day - one could emerge quietly and silently - and win the whole darn thing. This is what is sooooo great about Women's tennis. Fate and some more stuff may play a part.

For instance: Headline After Roland Garros

"So-in-so - crept up silently and w/o much fanfare and look at her now - for she has now made the final." And then if so-in-so wins the final - look out. Endorsements galore and some more praise. So one never knows.

Well I still say - sometimes an old bet is still the safest one - so I'm sticking.

May 23rd, 2002, 09:44 PM
apoet, you wrote that Venus lost in the quarters of Miami.
didn't she play and lose to Serena in the Semis?

May 23rd, 2002, 09:49 PM
Originally posted by barmaid
GogoGirl, Well you've used lots of superlatives in describing Serena's success so far...but don't run them on the "Times Square" ticker tape yet!! :rolleyes: Contain your self modesty..and if indeed your gal comes through....then gush yourself silly!!;)


Nothing to be modest about, Serena is having a great year and there is nothing wrong with praising her for it.

If things start to go downhill, the superlatives will stop but for now....Party on Serena fans!

May 23rd, 2002, 09:52 PM
Serena Williams and Anna Smashnova

May 23rd, 2002, 10:31 PM
No harm intended - but I wonder how Anna made this CBS list?

Women's Power Rankings
SportsLine.com staff

Men's Power Rankings Fan Poll: Your Top 10

May 20, 2002

SportsLine.com's Power Rankings feature 10 players based on the previous week's performance. It is not an official ranking based on points but takes into account the strength of schedule and the quality of play of each player during that period.

Rank Player Previous

1 Serena Williams 2
Serena is back on top of the rankings. One week after she lost to Henin in the final in Hamburg, she took her revenge in Rome. That was her first title on clay this year, the third overall. Serena is definitely the No. 1 favorite for the French Open.

2 Justine Henin 1
Belgium's Henin couldn't repeat, losing to Serena in the final in Rome. Although she had trouble finding her game earlier this season, Henin seems to be ready for the second major of the year.

3 Jennifer Capriati 3
Capriati retains the No. 3 spot in the rankings, and regains the No. 1 spot on the WTA Tour. The French Open defending champion lost to Serena Williams in the semis in Rome. She is seeded No. 1 in Paris and will be tough to beat there.

4 Kim Clijsters 9
Belgium's Clijsters proved that her loss to Smashnova in the first round of the Berlin Open two weeks ago was an accident. She reached the semis in Rome last week and was upset by her compatriot Henin.

5 Amelie Mauresmo -
France's Mauresmo reached the quarterfinals in Rome, losing to Capriati in three tight sets. Her best result of the season for her on clay. She has the game to perform well in Paris, but last year, she entered the French Open as one of the favorites and got upset in the first round. Can she handle the pressure?

6 Anastasia Myskina -
Russia's Myskina played her fifth quarterfinal of the year in Rome, after Doha, Dubai, Sarasota and Charleston. She lost to eventual winner Serena Williams last week. Myskina, 20, who claims her best surface is clay, is having the best season of her career.

7 Sandrine Testud -
France's Testud lost to Clijsters in the quartefinals in Rome. A quite logical result for Testud, who is definitely a force to reckon with on the tour but who rarely reaches the finals or the semis.

8 Virginia Ruano Pascual -
Spain's Ruano Pascual came out from the qualifications and reached the quarterfinals in Rome, losing to Henin. Her matches there were her best results of the season. She played a quarterfinal in Warsaw, Poland, a couple of weeks ago.

9 Jelena Dokic -
Yougoslavia's Dokic plays a lot. Week in and out, she is on the court. And although her results are not very consistent, she definitely deserves to be ranked. She beat Smashnova, who was fourth in the rankings last week, in Rome.

10 Anna Kournikova 2
Russia's Kournikova does not give up. She had won only one match since February entering the Italian Open in Rome. She reached the third round there to lose to Ruano Pascual.

May 23rd, 2002, 10:36 PM
Serena's had the best year.

JenCap and Venus are vying for second place but I think the GS titles edges Venus' four others.

Martina has had an excellent year up until Miami :sad:.

May 23rd, 2002, 10:46 PM
Antwerp (III),

Antwerp is a Tier 2 :P

May 23rd, 2002, 11:03 PM
Williams sisters :(

May 24th, 2002, 01:31 AM
So far most of the current top 5 have had good years. With only 1 slam completed, yes Jennifer started out with the best year, if she misses the RG title, then it's declining, especially if Serena, Venus, Justine, or Kim get a slam.

On the whole they are all pretty evenly matched though. No one's dominating right now, although one could argue that Serena and Justine are doing that to some extent.

May 24th, 2002, 02:16 AM
my personal rank ordering...

1. Serena
2. Jen Cap
3. Venus
4. Henin
5. Myskina
6. Schydner
7. Testud

who is having the worst year ever and it's totally fine with me?

Pete Shamprass :eek: :eek: :eek:

May 24th, 2002, 02:53 AM
I know Monica is not the best performer this year... but surely she deserves worthy mention for reaching at least the semi finals
of all the events she's played (except Charleston)... model of consistency

1) Serena
2) Capriati / Hingis
3) Venus / Justine
4) Kim / Monica

May 24th, 2002, 09:00 AM
2)hingis/serena tied

Williams Rulez
May 24th, 2002, 01:03 PM
1] Serena
2] Jennifer
3] Venus/Justine
5] Martina

May 24th, 2002, 01:35 PM
Venus Williams--Finally reaching her goal of #1 player in the world!:D

Serena Williams--The best on the WTA tour this year!

May 24th, 2002, 01:54 PM
no offence, but it's the slams that count! if you asked serena whether she would rather have all those titles, and wins or the australian open, she'd pick the latter - no question, that's why you have to say Jenn - although this may change in the next couple of weeks!

May 24th, 2002, 02:56 PM
Well IMO - after looking over the draw - I'd say Jennifer is another one that has a tough first round match. Marissa Irvin is getting to be a solid player on the tour.

I'm glad the Sisters are on opposite sides of the draw - and I still say "Look Out."


Top Flight: Capriati, Henin, Serena Reside In Top Of Roland Garros Draw

Jennifer Capriati By Richard Pagliaro

Venus Williams has promised to deliver her victory speech in French should she capture her first French Open title. Defending champion Jennifer Capriati requires no translation to realize she faces a tough test to reach her second straight Roland Garros final.

The French Open begins on Monday and the draw was released today. The top half of the draw features top-flight clay-court players including Capriati, third-seeded Serena Williams, fifth-seeded Justine Henin and seventh-seeded Jelena Dokic as well as former champions Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Mary Pierce, who no longer pose the title threat they once did, but have both produced past Parisian success.

The top-seeded Capriati opens defense of her title against 62nd-ranked compatriot Marissa Irvin and faces a potential fourth-round showdown with 20th-seeded Swiss Patty Schnyder, who delivered a dazzling display of clay-court tennis to crush Capriati 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Family Circle Cup last month. The left-handed Schnyder has the skill to produce periods of bewildering brilliance on the court, but is equally adept at faltering into blotches of blunder. Capriati could play Dokic in the semifinals. A year ago, Dokic extended Capriati to three sets in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 loss in their first career meeting at the German Open before beating Amelie Mauresmo to win the Italian Open.

Reigning Italian Open champion Serena Williams has faced Henin in two consecutive clay-court finals avenging a 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) defeat in the final of the German Open two weeks ago with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 victory in Sunday's Italian Open final and the pair could meet again in the French Open quarters.

The 20-year-old Williams faces Slovakia's Martina Sucha in the first round, while Henin will play a qualifier.

Though Williams has played a limited schedule compared to other top-10 ranked opponents, she insists her quality of play not quantity of matches is they key to her success.

"I don't think I'm short on matches right now," Williams said. "I'm never really short on matches. I can take a three-month break and win a tournament so it doesn't really matter. I'm a top player so I never see myself losing early or even late."

Henin has consistently reached the later rounds of clay-court events this spring and hopes to go one step beyond her semifinal appearance from a year ago.

In an all-Belgian battle of the 2001 French Open semifinals, Henin held a 6-2, 4-2, 40-15 lead before compatriot Kim Clijsters staged a comeback to earn a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory and become the first Belgian to reach a Grand Slam final. Eager to erase the painful memory of that loss, Henin enters the tournament this year with the results and confidence to contend for the championship.

"We are both feeling confident," Henin said of herself and Fed Cup teammate Clijsters. "We have played a lot of matches on clay and that's a good thing before going to a Grand Slam. "I like the French Open, it's maybe my favorite tournament of the year. I am confident I will play well, but you never know what's going to happen."

A Henin-Serena Williams meeting would be the marquee matchup of the quarterfinals. Should the seeds hold to form the winner of that match would faced Capriati in the semifinals. Both Henin and Williams have beaten Capriati on clay this year. Williams rallied from a 0-3 deficit in Saturday's Italian Open semifinals to score a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 over Capriati. It was Williams' third consecutive triumph over Capriati this year and she clearly has the confidence to topple the top seed should they play in the French Open semifinals.

A first-round casualty to Barbara Schett in last year's French Open, Venus Williams returns to Roland Garros this year intent on reaching the final. Tendinitis in Williams' right wrist forced her to withdraw from her scheduled second-round match against Anna Kournikova at the Italian Open last week, but she insists she will be ready to make a Roland Garros run.

"I know I have to hit the ball three or four times more than on hard court to finish a point, but that doesn't bother me," Williams said "I want this title. It's like in Australia where I've never managed to play a final. But that doesn't really worry me because I know that one day I know I'll have my chance and I hope it will be this year."

The second-seeded Williams opens against German Bianka Lamade and could play 31st-ranked Italian Rita Grande in the third round before a potential fourth-round rematch with the 16th-ranked Schett. Williams has fond words for France and plans to voice her views in French should she win the title.

"I love France, I love Paris. I manage to speak a little French. It's great," Williams said. "At the Paris Indoor Open I tried, but I was too shy. But this time if I win the trophy, and I want this title this year, I promise that I'll speak French."

Should the seeds hold, Williams would play sixth-seeded Monica Seles in the quarterfinals. A three-time French Open champion who owns a 50-6 career record at Roland Garros, Seles snapped Williams' 24-match winning streak by beating her in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January. Though she has advanced to the French Open final four in seven of her nine career appearances, Seles' stamina remains suspect.

The 28-year-old American could play 11th-seeded Slovak Daniela Hantuchova, who beat injured Martina Hingis to win Indian Wells, in the fourth round. Hantuchova has the power to excel on faster surfaces, but has yet to show clay-court consistency.

Kim Clijsters was the 2001 Roland Garros runner-up and appears to enjoy a clear path to the quarterfinals this year. The fourth-seeded Belgian plays Belarus' Tatiana Poutcheck in the first round and would not face a seed until a potential third-round match against 25th-seeded Daja Bedanova. Clijsters could face 13th-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva in the fourth round followed by a potential quarterfinal against French woman Amelie Mauresmo.

Though the 1999 Australian Open runner-up Mauresmo owns the heavy topspin strokes that should produce success at Roland Garros, she has succumbed to self-imposed pressure and has often appeared burdened by the great expectations placed upon her in Paris. The 22-year-old Mauresmo carries an unimpressive career record of 6-7 into the French Open where she has failed to surpass the second round in six of her seven appearances. Her best showing came in 2000 when she reached the fourth round. Despite her history of struggle at the tournament and frequent fragile mental state in Grand Slam matches, Mauresmo remains capable of reaching the tournament's second week.

There are several intriguing first-round matches in the women's draw including:

(8) Sandrine Testud (France) vs. Paola Suarez (Argentina)

(15) Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (Spain) vs. Marta Marrero (Spain)
(21) Anna Smashnova (Israel) vs. Francesca Schiavone (Italy)