View Full Version : Ranking drops you have never expected

Oct 10th, 2001, 09:04 PM
Just went through the rankings a bit:

74. Kristina Brandi (saw her last year at Wimbledon, should be ranked higher)
104. Anne-Gaelle Sidot (was in top 25, so much talent, a shame <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">)
119. Lubomira Bacheva (should be higher as well)
121. Silvija Talaja (was/is top 20-material)
130. Corina Morariu <IMG SRC="smilies/sad.gif" border="0"> Get well soon !
132. Ruxandra Dragomir (much talent, end of career ?)
133. Amanda Hopmans (serve-and-volleyer, I hoped for more)
134. Mary Pierce (...)
143. Silvia Plischke (FO quarterfinalist a few years ago)
148. Patricia Wartusch
165. Kristie Boogert (last year's Wimbledon she played very well, end of career ?)
166. Laurence Courtois
168. Sarah Pitkowski (was in top 50 for a long time)
169. Vanessa Webb (damn injuries)
177. Els Callens
195. Sandra Nacuk (can play very well)
205. Mirjana Lucic (...)
212. Angelika Bachmann (expected her to enter top 100 and not top 300 <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">)
219. Louise Latimer
224. Sonya Jeyaseelan (what has happened ?)
242. Fabiola Zuluaga (see Vanessa Webb)

Any others ?

Oct 10th, 2001, 09:11 PM
Anna K I think it`s sad since she was in the top 10 before the injury <IMG SRC="smilies/sad.gif" border="0">

The Crow
Oct 10th, 2001, 09:21 PM
Defenitely Laurence Courtois <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0"> With her talent, she should be top 50!

Oct 10th, 2001, 09:33 PM
Kristie Boogert is playing events in the depths of England!?!

Oct 10th, 2001, 10:06 PM
So much unfulfilled talent. <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">

Sidot, Zuluaga, Talaja, Dragomir, Jeyaseelan, Lucic, Nacuk, and Boogert have loads of talent but never seemed to reach their full potential.

In other notes:

Conchita is now #26. <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0"> I knew it would happen someday but so soon?

Arantxa is also at #18, she has been teeter tottering with 18 and 19 but she still hasn't dropped OUT of the top 20.

It's weird that these 2 have been in the top 10 for more then 10 years and in just one year they got out. <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">

Randy H
Oct 10th, 2001, 11:07 PM
Brie Rippner #178 - Way better than that, unfortunately terrible luck with the injuries.

#193 Maureen Drake, and #200 Elena Tatarkova - Not too long ago both of these two were playing all the maindraws and ranked in the top 50. Now both are slowly trying battle back from injuries back where they once were.

#50 Patty Schnyder - Don't know how she manages to lose some of the matches she plays because she's got tons of talent. She is at least top 20 material still if she could get her head together again.

Oct 10th, 2001, 11:13 PM
Still trying to figure Mary Pierce. Has she lost her desire or what?

Brian Stewart
Oct 11th, 2001, 11:40 AM
A lot of those were due to significant injuries. And I think a good many are "rhythm" players; players who have to play a lot to play well. When their rankings slip a bit, and they start meeting seeds earlier (and losing earlier), they lose their timing. It also shows how important confidence is at this level. Two players of equal ability could wind up 50 spots apart purely because of confidence.

I think Ruxandra Dragomir has fallen victim to the same malady as Irina Spirlea. Once they got married, they don't place as much importance on their tennis. Some players (Halard, Farina) improve dramatically with the personal stability marriage brings. Others seem to lose interest in the game.

Oct 11th, 2001, 12:15 PM
#329 Catalina Cristea ...... rarely played recently <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">

#333 Raluca Sandu ..... coming back after a slump/injuries and end of love affair with Moya.

#658 Lindsay Lee-Waters .... back on the tour after having a baby. (former top 50 player)

Oct 11th, 2001, 12:45 PM
Silvia Talaja and Sylvia Plischke were ones, at the time ('99 season) I thought would be definite Top 30 (even Top 20) material, but Talaja I'm sure got injured.

What about Olga Baranschikova (sorry about the mis-spell!), she's had a horrible injury, but again I thought she could do some stuff.

Oh yeah, and looking at Kirstie Boogert, she's playing an ITF event in Cardiff (according to my Ceefax?).

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Oct 11th, 2001, 01:03 PM
Olga has a serious foot injury and won't be back now until new year

Kristie isn't in Cardiff ... she played and lost in qualifying at $75K+H Poitiers

Oct 11th, 2001, 01:09 PM
A real big slide for Mary Pierce!! It's just very unfortunate to suffer from injury!! <IMG SRC="smilies/freaked.gif" border="0">

Oct 11th, 2001, 08:18 PM
I think the majority of those players listed are all injury related. Might as well add Maike Babel, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Mariaan DeSwardt to that list.

I am a little surprised about Sidot though. I did not think she had to many injuries and I do believe a lack of dedication or fitness could be her malady.

But the one player on that list that should not be there is Mirjana Lucic.

Such a talent going to waste...

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Oct 12th, 2001, 12:10 AM
From the French site lequipe:

Sarah Pitkowski, 25 ans, va mettre un terme à sa carrière internationale'

I think this is saying that Sarah is retiring; she got married on 7th July this year.

Oct 12th, 2001, 01:37 AM
Believe it of not, Talaja was a top 20 player, ranked once at 18. I believe she has a few titles to her name, including Gold Coast a few years back.

I really feel bad for Patty. She has such talent and like Randy said, she has enough to get back into the top 20. I believe if she gets fit, stronger she could be ranked even higher than that. Gosh, I hope she finds her form and gets back, and soon! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Some good news, Fabiola Zuluaga is back, but I believe she falls off the ranking, due to no match play all year.

If I am not mistaken, Kristina has been ranked in the top 30. Has she? She deserves more, hopefully she can do well for a many more years.

Although there are a lot of players slipping, I have to say I'm very pleased to see Vetran players doing so and showing us all they still have it.

Continued luck to -

Iva Majoli - (Where was she a year and a half ago?)
Maggie Maleeva (What a great comeback eh?)
Silvia Farnia Elia - (She keeps climbing! Is she really retiring?)
Rachael McQuillian
Barbara Rittner <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Go Girls! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Oct 12th, 2001, 02:16 AM
Who did Lindsay Lee Marry?

Oct 16th, 2001, 11:58 PM

sidot? WTF!!! where did she go!

sandu: are you serious about hte affair!! shes really pretty

jeyasleen: a positive aspect to her drop is now nejedly is canada's #1 player by about 100 standings!!! but still sad because shes good too.

MARIA ANTONIA SANCHEZ LORENZO!!!!!! wehre id dshe go!!!!

wasnt zvereva planning to come back???

cristea: shes pretty good too

mostly im concerned with maria antonia, for a while jana nejedly had dropped from 64 to 135, but she came back strong right before, during, and after the us open this year and has came back into the top 100 (bouncing around the 80s right now) and thats greaet because shes my faovrite!!!!

are there any other major drops?
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Oct 17th, 2001, 04:54 AM
Liezel Horn-Huber is coming back after injuries last year (she was in a car crash)... she's in the 190's at the moment! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

*Sarah dies in shock! Randy said something nice about Patty* (Even if he did say she needs to get her head together!) <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> lol

Oct 17th, 2001, 11:24 PM
Kristie Boogert is in the UK now! She plays an event in Southampton, alongside Silvija Talaja!?!

Oct 19th, 2001, 04:08 AM

Oct 19th, 2001, 12:20 PM
Amanda Hopmans....well, just another Dutch talent that didn't have her breaktrough <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
Kristie Boogert...had a surgery after the Olympics <font size=1>The Olympics...*Linda dreams away...*</font>, and didn't reach her old level until now <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">

Rising Sun
Oct 19th, 2001, 12:33 PM
#691: Fang Li

Former Top 40 player whose had a career filled with many injuries. Everytime she comes back, she gets injured again. Played 5 tourneys, but none since May. She should have made the Top 30 by now, her goal was to make the Top 20 before retiring. <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">