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Old Jan 17th, 2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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WTA at it's best ever

At least Jankovic and Serena Williams think so:

“The competition is very strong, and the girls are getting stronger and stronger and everybody is working hard,” Jankovic said. “I think it’s great for the game, and I think it’s also great for the spectators. It’s great entertainment because you never know who is going to win.”

Serena Williams agreed that the women’s game has become much more competitive than the days when only three or four players were legitimate contenders. She feels she is playing better than when she was dominating the sport but has to struggle more to win.
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Old Jan 17th, 2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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Re: WTA at it's best ever

Source?

They're right. I think any sport just can't go worse as the time progresses
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Old Jan 17th, 2009, 09:02 PM   #3
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Re: WTA at it's best ever

Somehow though, I don't think its a bad thing to have a dominant player, a la Justine in 07. It pushes the others to raise their game and become better players. I believe Federer is a good example of that. He was so dominant and it took a while for the top 3 guys to be able to beat him, and consistently. They all put in so much hard work into fitness and getting every shot right developing into the force they are today. Having tennis players that are really good at the top, I believe motivates a lot of other players to work that extra bit harder to overcome their weaknesses and find their right game. Having said that, variety is good for the fans- as long as its all consistent and top notch.
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Re: WTA at it's best ever

I agree as well, before there was dominance in the tour of 4 or 5 women, now every player has a shot in tournaments to make it far, and we have plenty of 'upsets'.

I think it's better this way.
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Re: WTA at it's best ever

Serena was playing much better when she was dominating the sport. Who is she kidding?
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haha, Serena thinks shes playing better....thats just more of her denial that she is in "great" shape when clearly she is not.
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Re: WTA at it's best ever

They never said it was at its best ever.

They could be talking about this generation in general compared to past generations rather than breaking down the tour year by year.
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In terms of competetiveness (sp) i agree but in terms of quality its a huge hell no
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I think Serena is in denial .
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Re: WTA at it's best ever

Serena plays better now than before. The fact that there is way many nw competiton better than in the past and that she is not able to dominate anymore dosnt mean she dosnt play better.
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Serena plays better now than before. The fact that there is way many nw competiton better than in the past and that she is not able to dominate anymore dosnt mean she dosnt play better.
the fact that she is not in great shape and not consitent means she doesnt play better..... Do you remember when Serena hit 100% first serves in.... cause i do, and heres a hint it wasnt lately....
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Re: WTA at it's best ever

If you agree with this you are stupid. All you have to do is look at the ATP and the Big 4 in tennis. Can the WTA come even close to matching that? If not then the WTA isn't even close to its best ever. The defending champion isn't even at the Australian Open and the WTA is at its best ever? If this is honestly the best the WTA has to offer they might as well close up shop now.
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Serena plays better now than before. The fact that there is way many nw competiton better than in the past and that she is not able to dominate anymore dosnt mean she dosnt play better.
lol how bout the fact that she's about two steps slower and not nearly as fit as she was when she was dominating.

I still think she can play as well as she did when she was dominating. But she has to play differntly and she has to get fitter.
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Re: WTA at it's best ever

I do think that the tour is much deeper.

The top seeds can't just snooze their way into the 2nd week of majors anymore and that's a great thing.

In Re: Serena:

I think she's playing smarter tennis (but with a more Safin-like demeanor, which sometimes goes off the boil ), but I agree that she's not the physical specimen she once was. She CAN get fitter and make the most of her gifts, but she doesn't have to.....so she won't....until she has to (again).
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No way it's getting better. It's only deeper because of so many injuries and because the quality at the top is not as good as it was.
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