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Old Jun 18th, 2009, 09:25 AM   #1
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Wickmayer plays too many tourneys

I mean her schedule is infernal, on grass Nottingham, Birmingham, Ordina & soon Wimbledon, just after finishing an incredibly intense
gravel section.

Cant be good for her, she is trying to compensate a lack of talent by stretching her limits.
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Old Jun 18th, 2009, 09:37 AM   #2
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Re: Wickmayer plays too many tourneys

If she wasn't talented, she wouldn't have made the top 100 because she wouldn't win any matches - but I agree, she does play too much and her schedule is overloaded. I mean why on earth did she sign up for a $25k in the first week of Wimbledon? She's not seriously even considering playing a $25k instead of Wimby...besides if she did she'd get 0 rankings points because she is in the MD of Wimby and so it's mandatory.
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Old Jun 18th, 2009, 09:50 AM   #3
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Re: Wickmayer plays too many tourneys

She played 15 thus far this year which is impressive. However, there are many where she didn't go far in the draw.
For someone 'untalented' she's not doing too bad, IMO.
Maybe the 3 grass-events in a row right before Wimbly is, indeed, too much, though.
Anyway I wouldn't worry too much. Players in her position have little choice but try to accumulate ranking points to keep going in the main tour, otherwise they can find themselves in a complicated financial position.
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Re: Wickmayer plays too many tourneys

Yeah, at the start of the year she wasn't playing so well, but she's been playing alot lately, and doubles this week too- she's in the semis now.
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Re: Wickmayer plays too many tourneys

it's alone her decision how much and where she wants to play
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Old Jun 18th, 2009, 09:59 AM   #6
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it's alone her decision how much and where she wants to play
So people aren't allowed to be concerned that she may burn out or get injured?
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Re: Wickmayer plays too many tourneys

Nina is really fit. She can handle it but i agree: she has to play less tournaments cause it's going to break her apart soon

She really shouldn't play itf's anymore. She definetly can handle the wta level
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otherwise they can find themselves in a complicated financial position.

Well she has had to take 2 rather unnecessary flights by playing Birmingham and Ordina. So money mustn't be a major issue for her.
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Well she has had to take 2 rather unnecessary flights by playing Birmingham and Ordina. So money mustn't be a major issue for her.
That's not really a good example though - it's like a 1 hour flight from England to NL. It's not gonna cost her THAT much.
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So people aren't allowed to be concerned that she may burn out or get injured?
exactly, because there's no way people know better than herself how much she can take
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Nina is really fit. She can handle it but i agree: she has to play less tournaments cause it's going to break her apart soon

She really shouldn't play itf's anymore. She definetly can handle the wta level
If Wickmayer plays a schedule built around upper tier ("Premier") WTA events, she'll be crashing out first or second round most of the time, and it's very difficult to keep some kind of form when you're losing so often and not getting to play that many matches, not to mention how damaging it must be to one's confidence. Vesnina did that for years (had negative W/L records in several seasons, yet still kept her ranking hovering around #50-65), but she's an exception.
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Re: Wickmayer plays too many tourneys

Maybe it is a bit much lately, but I think after Wimbledon, she will take a break, or at least play less tournaments.
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Re: Wickmayer plays too many tourneys

I agree, she should skip itf tournaments. She doesn't have to play all high tier wta events, mix it a little bit with low tier ones and take enough rest now and then.
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Old Jun 18th, 2009, 10:19 AM   #14
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Well she has had to take 2 rather unnecessary flights by playing Birmingham and Ordina. So money mustn't be a major issue for her.
That's not really the point. She's ranked 70 currently, that allows her direct entry to some WTA tournaments (that pay a lot more than ITF's). Would she drop out of the top 100 (which can happen quite fast when you're ranked "only" 70), it would be a big loss of income.
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Re: Wickmayer plays too many tourneys

It's thanks to the itf's she is playing again at a decent level. At the beginning of the year she lost her confidence and built it back from itf-level.

In the first week of grass season there aren't any grass tournaments, so if she wanted to play, she had to play Nothingham.

She just needs a lot of matches to play confidently.
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