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View Poll Results: When Will We Have The Next Great Player?

2009 11 15.94%
2010 15 21.74%
2011 15 21.74%
2012 11 15.94%
2013 17 24.64%
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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 07:14 AM   #1
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How Long Until The Next GREAT Player?

As Sharapova's future looks uncertain and the Williams sisters in their last few years, I can't help but wonder - when is there going to be the next great player?

Now, to be fair, Sharapova certainly cannot be called a great player - neither can Venus.
Serena can only be called a great player if we call Monica Seles a great player, and I think thats pretty valid. The Evert - Navratilova - Graf dominance of the 1970s-1990s makes it difficult to judge appropriately.

Anyway, so when is the next one a coming? We already know it won't be any of the current up and coming crop. If they were truly "great" they would've gotten to at least a slam semi by now.

So it looks like it be awhile...so when?

And what will they bring to the table that hasn't been seen before?

Just for reference when I say great, I mean on the leagues of Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Seles, S. Williams*

*hate all you want, but she belongs there.
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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 07:17 AM   #2
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Re: How Long Until The Next GREAT Player?

It's really hard to say. When defining how long until the next great player, do you mean yea they start showing tendencies of dominance? Or when they have a year of domination? Either way, I think it is a few years until someone after Serena or someone at the top of the game right now starts to dominate the tour...It is impossible to say.
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How long until we see a girl that looks like she has the potential to be the next best thing.

Sharapova had the following that she would be a very good player, and she surely has been. However, I find it highly unlikely that she would win 9+ slams. I don't think anyone has suggested she would either.

Then again, some said Anna Kournikova might be the next Graf...so I might be wrong.
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till Szavay gets good (I wish )
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till Szavay gets good (I wish )
What happened to her...She was so promising for a while.
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As soon as the WTA gets rid of that damn Capriati-inspired age rule and allows Alexus Jones to play!!!
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As soon as the WTA gets rid of that damn Capriati-inspired age rule and allows Alexus Jones to play!!!
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What happened to her...She was so promising for a while.
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As soon as the WTA gets rid of that damn Capriati-inspired age rule and allows Alexus Jones to play!!!


What happened to her? Same with Monique Viele?
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What happened to her? Same with Monique Viele?
The same thing that happens to 99.9999% of all the "next Hingis" and "next Serena" ...

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In serious response to your question, I have no idea when the next great player will come, but there are times when my hope is fading. This up-and-coming generation of players is hack-tastic. I wish I had appreciated Justine more while she was playing, and to be honest, the Williams sisters are a gift from God to the WTA. The thought of watching Slam finals between Kuznetsova & Safina makes me ill.
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The same thing that happens to 99.9999% of all the "next Hingis" and "next Serena" ...

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In serious response to your question, I have no idea when the next great player will come, but there are times when my hope is fading. This up-and-coming generation of players is hack-tastic. I wish I had appreciated Justine more while she was playing, and to be honest, the Williams sisters are a gift from God to the WTA. The thought of watching Slam finals between Kuznetsova & Safina makes me ill.
I hear you. Its really unfortunate the way that often happens.

I think Venus has the potential to win 2 more slams before she hangs it up to put her in that category. I really can't see th Sharapova-Ivanovic-Jankovic types winning close to double digits, particularly because Sharapova looks like she might not make it past 25 and because the other two, while very good, are very beatable...particularly in the big stages.

It might be awhile.
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Re: How Long Until The Next GREAT Player?

Is that (no one winning 9+ slams) really such a problem? Many great ATP players (McEnroy, Edberg, Courier, Wilander) didn't win that many either...

IMO 5 is enough to be called a great player...
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Is that (no one winning 9+ slams) really such a problem? Many great ATP players (McEnroy, Edberg, Courier, Wilander) didn't win that many either...

IMO 5 is enough to be called a great player...
Mens tennis is very different (and I wouldn't call Courier a "great" player, very good, but not great). In that league, yes 5 would suffice. However, women's depth isn't as strong as men's depth. Although Nadal-Federer is kind of throwing that maintsay out the door.

Like I said, Martina Hingis is a very good player, but not a great one.

The reason I say that is because Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Seles and Serena (and potentially Venus, which would do it justice as "The Williams Sisters") brought a new element to the game. Martina Hingis did as well, but it didn't last long with success.

Whoever is the next great player would have to introduce a new element to the game...that'd be the only way they could win that many slams.
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