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Old Jul 21st, 2002, 05:24 PM   #1
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The 'Upper Tour'

The GS, Tier I and Tier II tournaments.

Sure Venus Williams, Monica Seles, Jelena Dokic et al play Tier III, IV and V tournaments. Occasionally. But these are virtual practice tournaments for these players. They win them routinely and with near certainty. Competition for the elite players is strictly Tier II and up. Here's 2002 so far. I'll add the last half of 2001 if I get motivated. Don't count on it.
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T2 01-07-02 Sydney       Hingis     def Shaughnessy   6-2 6-3      RA
GS 01-14-02 OZ           Capriati   def Hingis        4-6 7-6 6-2  RA
T1 01-28-02 Tokyo        Hingis     def Seles         7-6 4-6 6-3  CI
                                                                     
T2 02-04-02 Paris        V.Williams def Dokic         w/o          GSI
T2 02-11-02 Antwerp      V.Williams def Henin         6-3 5-7 6-3  GSI
T2 02-18-02 Dubai        Mauresmo   def Testud        6-4 7-6      HO
                                                                      
T2 02-25-02 Scottsdale   S.Williams def Capriati      6-2 4-6 6-4  HO
T1 03-04-02 IW           Hantuchova def Hingis        6-3 6-4      HO
T1 03-10-02 Miami        S.Williams def Capriati      7-5 7-6      HO
                                                                      
T2 04-08-02 AI           V.Williams def Henin         2-6 7-5 7-6  GC
T1 04-15-02 Charleston   Majoli     def Schnyder      7-6 6-4      GC
                                                                      
T2 04-29-02 Hamburg      Clijsters  def V.Williams    1-6 6-3 6-4  RC
T1 05-06-02 Berlin       Henin      def S.Williams    6-2 1-6 7-6  RC
T1 05-13-02 Rome         S.Williams def Henin         7-6 6-4      RC
GS 05-27-02 RG           S.Williams def V.Williams    7-5 6-3      RC
                                                                     
T2 06-17-02 Eastbourne   Rubin      def Myskina       6-1 6-3      GR
GS 06-24-02 Wimbledon    S.Williams def V.Williams    7-6 6-3      GR
                         
T2 07-22-02 Stanford                                               HO
T2 07-29-02 San Diego                                              HO
T2 08-05-02 Los Angeles                                            HO
T1 08-12-02 Toronto                                                HO    
T2 08-19-02 New Haven                                              HO  
GS 08-26-02 US Open                                                HO  
                                                                     
T1 09-09-02 Bahia                                                  HO 
T2 09-16-02 Tokyo                                                  HO  
                                                                   
T2 09-23-02 Leipzig                                                SI
T1 09-30-02 Moscow                                                 SI
T2 10-07-02 Filderstadt                                            HI 
T1 10-14-02 Zurich                                                 HI 
T2 10-21-02 Linz                                                   SI
                                                                   
TC 10-28-02 Tour Champs                                            HI
There's a good bit of diversity here.
Code:
 6 of 31 clay
 9 of 31 indoors
12 of 31 Hard/Outdoors

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 2 RA  - Rebound Ace
 1 CI  - Carpet Indoors
 2 GSI - Greenset Indoors 
 2 GC  - Green Clay
 4 RC  - Red Clay
 2 GR  - Grass
 3 SI  - Supreme Indoors
 3 HI  - Hard Indoors

12 HO  - Hard Outdoor
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This is where Amazons rule. (Though names like Hingis and Rubin do occasionally grace the winners circle.)
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Old Jul 21st, 2002, 10:21 PM   #2
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What is different about Rebound Ace compared to a hard court?
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Old Jul 21st, 2002, 11:16 PM   #3
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I dont' think we can categorize Venus as playing tier 3 and lower.

She's only played one tier 3 this year, Gold Coast, since 1998.

I don't remember her playing tier 4 or 5.

Monica played low ranked tournaments last year to compenstate for the Year end Championship.

Jelena doesn't win every tier 3 event she enters, Strasbourgh is a tier 3 and she didn't win it.
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Interesting. It's pretty much who would expect. Personally, I hoping for more Iva vs. Patty, Chanda vs. Myskina finals!
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Fingon - She did play the Tier III. I once started a thread about Tier III Players, didn't mention Gold Coast, and people got all over me. Yeah, it was her warmup for the year, and she maybe plays one TIer III every year. (Not 2001, I think, but she played Oklahoma City 97, 98, 99.

The phrase was 'NEAR certainty'. I was aware of Strasbourg. By now, you've seen the 'Developmental Tour' thread.
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mboyle - Rebound Ace is a rubber compound. Depending on how you treat it, it can be faster or slower. Many players don't favor it, because its gets sticky when its hot. A lot of sprained knees and rolled ankles have occurred on Rebound Ace. Well, that's what Cliff Drysdale siad during OZ. I don't have all the player injuries by surface in front of me.
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Hmmm... good diversity indeed... but a puny 2 grass tournies... lol
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