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itzhak
Jan 7th, 2007, 02:18 PM
Grönefeld weiter ohne Sieg

http://www.eurosport.de/tennis/wta-sydney/2007/sport_sto1048149.shtml

Anna-Lena Grönefeld ist auch bei ihrem zweiten Turnierstart im neuen Jahr bereits in der ersten Runde gescheitert. Die 21-Jährige Tennisspielerin aus Nordhorn verlor beim WTA-Turnier in Sydney ihr Auftaktmatch mit 4:6 und 2:6 gegen Shahar Peer aus Israel.

Für die French-Open-Viertelfinalistin des vergangenen Jahres war es bereits die sechste Erstrunden-Niederlage hintereinander. Seit mehr als drei Monaten ist die in der Weltrangliste auf Platz 19 geführte Grönefeld auf der WTA-Tour ohne Sieg.

"Sie durchlebt derzeit eine ganz schwierige Phase", sagt Fedcup-Chefin Barbara Rittner über die deutsche Nummer eins. Nach der Trennung von ihrem umstrittenen Trainer Rafael Font de Mora und der Rückkehr nach Deutschland sollte es mit dem neuen Trainer Dirk Dier eigentlich wieder bergauf gehen, doch momentan präsentiert sich Grönefeld völlig von der Rolle und offensichtlich übergewichtig. "Moppel-Drama um unsere Tennis-Prinzessin", schrieb die "Bild-Zeitung".

Rittner dennoch optimistisch

Anfang Oktober hatte Grönefeld in Stuttgart in Runde eins gegen Tatjana Malek gewonnen, anschließend jedoch das Achtelfinale gegen Nadja Petrowa sowie bei den Veranstaltungen in Moskau, Zürich, Linz und Hasselt jeweils in der ersten Runde verloren. Vor einer Woche war sie in Brisbane gleich zum Auftakt an der Italienerin Tathiana Garbin gescheitert - für das am 15. Januar in Melbourne beginnende erste Grand-Slam-Turnier des Jahres keine allzu berauschenden Aussichten.

"Ich hatte keine guten letzten Wochen, bin selbst sehr unzufrieden mit mir", sagt Grönefeld. Die Partie gegen die in der Weltrangliste einen Platz hinter ihr eingestufte Peer war bereits nach 78 Minuten beendet. Die Nordhornerin brachte nur 45 Prozent ihrer ersten Aufschläge ins Feld und leistete sich fünf Doppelfehler. Trotz der derzeitigen Krise ist Barbara Rittner optimistisch, was Grönefelds Zukunft betrifft. "Anna-Lena kommt sicher aus dem Tief zurück. Aber es wird einiges dauern", sagte die 33 Jahre alte Fedcup-Chefin.

Jogi
Jan 7th, 2007, 02:57 PM
thx for the article :)

I give you a brief translation


Groenefeld defeated again

Anna-Lena G. was also defeated in round 1 at her 2nd tournement of the new year in sydney. the 21-year old german tennisplayer from Nordhorn lost her opening round 4-6 2-6 against Shahar Peer from Israel.

it was the 6th straight first round defeat in a row for groenefeld, who reached the QF of the French open last year. Since 3 month the #19 of the world is without a win at the WTA-tour.

"She's in a very difficult situation" says Fed-cup coach Barbara Rittner about germany's #1.
AFter Groenefeld left her controversial coach R. Font de Mora and came back to Germany things actually were looking up for her, but Groenefeld completly lost her form from last year and is obviously pretty overweight. "Moppel-Drama um unsere tennis-prinzessin" (~ roly-poly-drama around our tennis-princess :unsure:) wrote the "bild" (german yellow press).

At the beginning of octobre Groenefeld won her 1st round in stuttgart against Tatjana Malek, but lost her 2nd round against petrova as well as her following matches in Moskow, zurich Linz and Hasselt. Last week at the Gold coast she was deafeated immeadiatly in the 1st tound by Tatiana Garbin - not the best prospects for the Australien Open, that start next week.

"My last weeks weren't good at all, I'm unhappy with myself" said Groenefeld. The match against Peer last only 78 minutes. The german's serve didn't work well with a 45% first serves and 5 DF.
Despite Rittner is optimistic in terms of Groenefeld's future. "Anna-Lena will come back of this low, but it'll last some time."

baleineau
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:03 PM
i'm sure she knows it, but losing weight will help her

Highlandman
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:03 PM
"Rittner stays optmistic" - okay, how typical. For Schruff & Muller she said her rubbish after all of their losses and for ALG she searchs a sorry all the time....:mad: :o

ALG could lose 40 times in a row in R1 and losing to a Amy Dillingham or Nancy Loeffler-Caro and she would say "I stay optimistic with her" - I like ALG, but not Rittner's states:mad:

-sugi-
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:04 PM
:sad: I hope ALG will be back

jazar
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:06 PM
losing weight is the key thing, but that it will take time for her to get back to where she was before. so you have to be patient

matthias
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:22 PM
all reports about Anna-Lena are always based on quotes from Rittner!

is she a attention whore?
"shut up Rittner" is all i can say

Wayn77
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:23 PM
I like ALG - hopefully she will get her act together and start winning again.

Jogi
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:31 PM
all reports about Anna-Lena are always based on quotes from Rittner!

is she a attention whore?
"shut up Rittner" is all i can say

so true :tape:
it's not like ALG can't speak for herself

crazillo
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:39 PM
ALG :sad:

Well shall Rittner say I think she will fall out of the top-100? :lol:

vogus
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:02 PM
Peer is far from a bad loss and Garbin is not so bad either.

When ALG is losing to Bychkova and Domachowska, that will be a time to be really worried.

Did ALG have a weight gain? The last time i saw her i thought she looking a bit too thin...

matthias
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:05 PM
Peer is far from a bad loss and Garbin is not so bad either.

When ALG is losing to Bychkova and Domachowska, that will be a time to be really worried.

Did ALG have a weight gain? The last time i saw her i thought she looking a bit too thin...


she gained a bit weight - unfortunally a bit more then a bit

yes, to lose against Peer isn´t a Drama

vogus
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:16 PM
she gained a bit weight - unfortunally a bit more then a bit

yes, to lose against Peer isn´t a Drama



i thought she was more attractive before she lost the weight. She's a naturally heavy-set girl, the skinny model look doesn't fit her. I think her ideal weight would be about 80 kg's.

matthias
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:21 PM
i thought she was more attractive before she lost the weight. She's a naturally heavy-set girl, the skinny model look doesn't fit her. I think her ideal weight would be about 80 kg's.


then you will love her now

Lunatiq
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:23 PM
She is too fat!!

Highlandman
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:24 PM
Peer is far from a bad loss and Garbin is not so bad either.

When ALG is losing to Bychkova and Domachowska, that will be a time to be really worried.

Did ALG have a weight gain? The last time i saw her i thought she looking a bit too thin...

But she never had a chance against Peer and she wants to be Top-10, so it was a bad loss and Garbin is outside top-30 - again not well for a player who wanna be top-10:sad:

Jogi
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:37 PM
But she never had a chance against Peer and she wants to be Top-10, so it was a bad loss and Garbin is outside top-30 - again not well for a player who wanna be top-10:sad:

indeed top-10 seems to be unattainable atm, but to lose against peer isn't a bad loss at all, sry
gold coast champion safina was 4-6 1-5 down against peer until the rain came, so you can consider this score as "ok"
the match against Garbin was very close and Garbin was in top-form, won in straights against Bremond and Vesnina, and lead even against Hingis when she had to retire... so maybe it's just a bit unlucky start to the season and she'll play a solid Aus-Open

FrenchY52
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:57 PM
ALG :sad:

Highlandman
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:10 PM
indeed top-10 seems to be unattainable atm, but to lose against peer isn't a bad loss at all, sry
gold coast champion safina was 4-6 1-5 down against peer until the rain came, so you can consider this score as "ok"
the match against Garbin was very close and Garbin was in top-form, won in straights against Bremond and Vesnina, and lead even against Hingis when she had to retire... so maybe it's just a bit unlucky start to the season and she'll play a solid Aus-Open

6 games are a bad loss for the #19 , 45% first service :tape: :help: , do u think she would served better against a worse player? No! And her return-games werent the best yesterday, too...

Since Wimbledon I hear all the time: "She comes back, she comes back" - and since her loss to Kuznestvoa in Eastbourne she only won four matches - against Schruff, Morgiami, Bardina and Malek. Arent there any requirements? I dont have the feeling - she can never be content with a 4-6,2-6-loss to #18 as #19....so I cant say that it was okay...

Garbin was maybe close, but she lost and Garbin's best surface isnt HC - with or without this last week....against a Peer we could maybe (!) say "It was close and the score was OK" with this score like against Garbin - but I wouldnt say this against Garbin, I also think ALG was personally really disappointed...

I hope she finds her form back, too, but 4-15 since Wimbledon is really :tape: :tape: :help: :help: :sad: - I wish she has a good draw at the AO...a Williams,Radwanska or Krajicek in R1 would be very hard, or a Sprem if she has a good day...

vogus
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:16 PM
6 games are a bad loss for the #19 , 45% first service :tape: :help: , do u think she would served better against a worse player? No! And her return-games werent the best yesterday, too...




64 62 is not a thrashing. That score just says that ALG was beaten by a better player on the day. Peer is a strong and in-form player - where's the drama? You are over-reacting.

*JR*
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:19 PM
A casualty of Rafael fuck de Mora. :spit:

vogus
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:25 PM
A casualty of Rafael fuck de Mora. :spit:


he's probably whooping it up now that she's foundering. "Without me you are nothing, Anna-Lena, nothing! I could have made you a star!"

LefandePatty
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:26 PM
"Rittner stays optmistic" - okay, how typical. For Schruff & Muller she said her rubbish after all of their losses and for ALG she searchs a sorry all the time....:mad: :o

ALG could lose 40 times in a row in R1 and losing to a Amy Dillingham or Nancy Loeffler-Caro and she would say "I stay optimistic with her" - I like ALG, but not Rittner's states:mad:

Relax Fabi. :lol: :p :hug:

IMPOSSIBLE
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:46 PM
i remember her match against Kirilenko she looked like top 10 for sure loads of powerful winners and low amount of errors, hope we will see her playing like this again

partbrit
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:48 PM
When I saw ALG in the spring--and I was right up close to her--she looked too thin, not even healthy. Now she has gone the other way. Sounds like it could be more than just "putting on weight."

vogus
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:53 PM
When I saw ALG in the spring--and I was right up close to her--she looked too thin, not even healthy. Now she has gone the other way. Sounds like it could be more than just "putting on weight."


i noticed the same thing at Charleston, how ALG was so much thinner than in '05. The last thing the girl needs is people saying she needs to lose weight.

crazillo
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:55 PM
Relax Fabi. :lol: :p :hug:


:lol: My friend you have stolen my words!

Highlandman
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:57 PM
64 62 is not a thrashing. That score just says that ALG was beaten by a better player on the day. Peer is a strong and in-form player - where's the drama? You are over-reacting.

Yep, but it is "no chance", too;)

@Patty: It is hard:p - I'm still angry against Rittner, her stupid comments against Kloesel,Schruff and Muller were just :tape: :tape: :help: :help: :fiery: :mad: :mad: :mad: :p

baleineau
Feb 14th, 2007, 09:53 PM
she's really struggling

auntie janie
Feb 14th, 2007, 10:31 PM
A casualty of Rafael fuck de Mora. :spit:

Unfortunately, I think this is true. She could probably benefit from some counseling. It's a shame the WTA can't do anything about that man, but ALG was of age.

baleineau
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:03 PM
Has ALG managed to lose the excess now? A good diet and plenty of exercise and she'd have lost a stone since christmas.

don't tell me she's still stuffing her fat face with cake :sad:

:inlove:
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:05 PM
She's still too big.
I feel so sad for her. :sad:

Or Levy
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:08 PM
The weight itself isn't the issue, it's the mental issues behind it.

Nicolás89
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:10 PM
alg is hopeless
she should train work on her fitness and then...comeback

:inlove:
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:13 PM
She should play some 25Ks and get some confidence back.

shrOOf
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:18 PM
ALG :sad:

Groenefelder25
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:30 PM
ana :(!!! please get better soon, you are a top 20 player!!!!

Groenefelder25
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:31 PM
She should play some 25Ks and get some confidence back.

i think its silly to do that when you're in the top 20, but the more i think about it, the more it doesnt sound like a bad idea

*JR*
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:32 PM
Unfortunately, I think this is true. She could probably benefit from some counseling. It's a shame the WTA can't do anything about that man, but ALG was of age.
The mother of a young player once yelled @ Rafi in the lobby of a tournament hotel: "Stay away from my daughter, you child molester". :help:

shrOOf
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:33 PM
to play tier III or IV would be enough...

baleineau
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:56 PM
maybe she is tied to Tier 1s and 2s by her management company and WTA?

not sure I'm too keen on the news surrounding her new contracts either....

http://www.i-riverside.com/Portals/0/anna-lena.jpg

baleineau
Feb 18th, 2007, 10:32 AM
she should play down a bit, just to get some games in. does anyone know her schedule for the next couple of months?

~Carsten~
Feb 18th, 2007, 10:37 AM
what's your f*** problem?
stop it and shut up!

just must be very bored to take this thread so often to the top!
it isn't funny at all!

Oermi
Feb 18th, 2007, 12:00 PM
yeah, this topic is getting old.. :sad: :(

raquel
Feb 18th, 2007, 02:17 PM
all reports about Anna-Lena are always based on quotes from Rittner!

is she a attention whore?
"shut up Rittner" is all i can say
I agree. I remember during ALG's loss in Fed Cup last year, Rittner was very critical. Surely it can't help your already low confidence if your captain is criticising you in the press. Rittner would do ALG more good by keeping quiet.