I love tennis and I love the big names on the tour, but i often think we neglect the tour players that are alot more consistent and committed to the tour than alot of the big names.
I would like to give a special mention to:
Who are your favorite players ranked outside the top 30?
Feb 12th, 2002, 11:32 PM
Maria Antonio Sanchez Lorenzo
I like so many this is just a few
Feb 12th, 2002, 11:40 PM
Excellent thread! Without these ladies, there would be no tour!
I would just like to add my favorite Ai Sugiyama!
Feb 13th, 2002, 01:11 AM
A.STEVENSON - For coming back to her highest ever ranking after some truly down times.
I.MAJOLI - For hanging in while trying to regain the form that made her a top ten player.
C.RUBIN - INjuries, injuries, injuries. What might have been ....
E.DANIILIDOU - OZ was one to build on.
Feb 13th, 2002, 09:22 AM
4 of my top 5 favourite players are outside the top30 :rolleyes:
Two of them have been in the top20 for a short time, and hopefully will return there : Nathalie Dechy and Silvija Talaja.
The other two are Kuti Kis Rita and Jelena Kostanic.
Between 30 and 200, I also like particularly
Tatiana PanovaSugiyama Ai
Paola Suarez (no idea of her personality, but a great forehand ;) )
maybe Marlene Weingärtner, Lilia Osterloh, Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Eva Bes, and a few others as well...
Feb 13th, 2002, 11:27 AM
anna kournikova http://www.freakygamers.com/smilies/s2/kao/cactus/base.gif
Feb 13th, 2002, 11:30 AM
Most of my non top 30 faves have already been mentioned.
Except for KRISTIE BOOGERT!
Feb 13th, 2002, 12:03 PM
Nicole Pratt - wallowed in the 150-200's for over 5 years. Despite it being rumored that she didn't get along with outgoing Fed Cup captain Lesley Bowrey, she redirected Nicole by pointed out for such a small player, she wasn't fit or quick enough. Qualifying for a Wimbledon and US Open kick started a now consisitent and rewarding career 4 years on based on better fitness and speed.
Feb 13th, 2002, 12:07 PM
Very good on grasscourts, not too shabby on hard. She's a good player with some fantastic wins.
If competition were any slacker (and if she was just a tad more consistent) she'd be Top 20 definitely.
Feb 13th, 2002, 12:07 PM
Mirjana Lucic, I realy hope she finds her form back of wimbledon 99.
Feb 13th, 2002, 12:18 PM
Alex Stevenson :hearts:
Olga Barabanschikova :hearts:
Totally overshadowed cause of the dominance of the higher ranked Americans.
She has some power, not too much accuracy or consistency at the moment, but I always keep one eye on what sort of results she's getting in the hope she might get that 'big win'.
Feb 13th, 2002, 12:58 PM
I think special credit must be given to the players who have played for many, many seasons without many big wins or perhaps just one highlight season but have kept going to sustain the tour. I'm thinking mainly of players such as Barbara Rittner, Karina Habsudova, Maria-Alejandra Vento and Anna-Maria Foldenyi who have supported the tour out of sheer love of playing.
Feb 13th, 2002, 01:22 PM
Feb 13th, 2002, 01:25 PM
There are lots of quality players a bit further down the rankings, many with fans just as loyal as supporters of the big name players.
They deserve credit. :)
Feb 13th, 2002, 01:50 PM
I don't really have any names to add at the moment. (They've been covered.) Just wanted to throw in my support for this thread. Terrific idea, Jessica02!
Without those outside the top 30, here wouldn't be a tour. You might have a dozen tournaments. It's the quality of these rank-and-file players that forces players to be even better to enter the top 30, which in turn forces those wanting to enter the top 20 to be better than that, etc. That's why the top players are so consistent; they have to be.
Feb 13th, 2002, 01:59 PM
Rachel McQuillan :hearts:
Alexandra Stevenson :kiss:
Feb 13th, 2002, 08:00 PM
Wow, what a cool, positive thread.
And everybody is right, without all the ladies that were mentioned and not, the women's tour would not be what it is.
Feb 13th, 2002, 11:06 PM
Feb 13th, 2002, 11:26 PM
Feb 14th, 2002, 01:28 AM
Mariana Diaz Oliva
Maria Emilia Salerni
Rossana de los Rios
Virginia Ruano Pascual
Feb 14th, 2002, 03:09 AM
i got around 500 of my favs outside the top 30 :rolleyes:
Feb 14th, 2002, 03:56 AM
Most have been mentioned except (among others...), sorted out by country and alphabetical order within the country :
LI Na (CHN)
LIU Jing Jing (CHN)
LIU Nan Nan (CHN)
SUN Tian Tian (CHN)
TONG Ka Po (HKG)
Shelley STEPHENS (NZL)
HSIEH Su Wei (TPE)
and a special mention to Stéphanie Cohen Aloro (FRA) :wavey: .
Feb 14th, 2002, 03:58 AM
Adriana Serra Zanetti
Gala Leon Garcia
Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios
Virginia Ruano Pascual
Feb 14th, 2002, 04:46 AM
I follow all the american gals. They rock!
and not forgetting - CORINA MORARIU!!!
Feb 14th, 2002, 05:27 AM
when I read the title of this thread I thought you worked in a bank
Feb 14th, 2002, 05:31 AM
Su Wei Hsieh
Feb 14th, 2002, 08:16 PM
Many players of the above, esp. Iva Majoli, Nathalie Dechy and Ai Sugiyama.
Feb 14th, 2002, 09:54 PM
Thefreedesigner I totally share your opinion about ANNE KREMER!!!:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
I´ve never realized you´re a fan of her!:cool:
Feb 14th, 2002, 10:27 PM
Lol Fingion - Even those gals outside the top 30 earn an awful lot of dough especially if you have a name like for instance Anna Kournikova.
Feb 14th, 2002, 10:40 PM
LOL @ fingon
most of my fav players are below the top 30 ... there are too many to name them all