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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:30 AM   #76
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Claycourt tennis is often a mere endurance contest and has nothing to do with variety or artistry or whatever.
I don't recall your thoughts about the Henin era, what did you think of her abilities on clay?

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Peak Jankovic was a pushing vulture.
I love her, but I don't think it's an unpopular opinion... she was just very good at pushing.

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Midranked players today are 79324235253 times tougher to beat than they were as late as 2006.
Did they improve or do the the top players suck more nowadays?

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VIP's results from mid 2007 to mid 2008 were an anomaly and not the rule.
That's what I start thinking. She was playing fearlessly and maximized her game.

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Kvitova was, is and will remain a surface specialist.
Maybe she can snatch a few AOs though.

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The Olympic tennis tournament is irrelevant.
True, but at least it's nice when your fave wins it
It was so good when Justine brought home Belgium's sole gold medal

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Petrova's 1R loss at 2006 RG was the catalyst that gave origin to the part-timer approach from several elite players and for the x-treme Slamism era in which we currently live, which in turn has allowed for the Slamless #1s to thrive, to everyone's detriment.
Good theory.
But the WS have started doing that before Petrova, and Clijsters was still vulturing many tournaments in 2006. Sharapova, Henin, Mauresmo, and the Serbians (elite players in 2006-2007) were playing 14-15 tournaments per year, which is the norm as they were going deep in draws.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:36 AM   #77
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Peak Jankovic was a pushing vulture.
Bollocks, you ballbasher-loving troll!

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VIP's results from mid 2007 to mid 2008 were an anomaly and not the rule.
This, you knowledgeable classy poster!
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:43 AM   #78
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VIP's results from mid 2007 to mid 2008 were an anomaly and not the rule.
That's not an unpopular opinion, not on TF .
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:51 AM   #79
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I don't recall your thoughts about the Henin era, what did you think of her abilities on clay?
Perhaps the fastest, most agile player I ever saw, and a much better defender than Wozniacka or Agatha are today. She could also force a decision either from the baseline or by rushing the net. Defensive skills allowed her never to beat herself, however often she would come close to hit herself out of matches.

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Did they improve or do the the top players suck more nowadays?
Both. Gap is smaller, even though say Toria's consistent beatdowns of lower ranked players may make you think otherwise. As late as 2006 you still saw the most embarrasing blowouts in the early rounds of the Slams. Nowadays: few remaining elite players, all quickly approaching retirement. Once you go below a certain level, just about everyone is a fairly competent baseliner, even though overall levels of athleticism could use some improvement (tennis is no longer the sport of choice for naturally gifted female athletes ever since some team sports went pro). Match playing skills and ability to keep focus make the difference more than anything else - one of the reasons youngsters are struggling so much to breakthrough these days. Add to this that challenger level players are much fitter and resilient than a few years back, and younger players are a bunch of lazy ass softies when compared with the fanatically driven and hard-working supernovas of the past.

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That's what I start thinking. She was playing fearlessly and maximized her game.
VIP was also fortunate in, during that brief period, often facing a bunch of B-listers who were for the most good matchups for her and who she had a mental edge over (Petrova, Danka, Junkovic, Kuznetsova).
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:54 AM   #80
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That's not an unpopular opinion, not on TF .
Maybe, but claiming that VIP has been underachieving over the past 4+ years is still gospel for every single VIPtard.
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Maybe, but claiming that VIP has been underachieving over the past 4+ years is still gospel for every single VIPtard.
Many parts of Ana's game have gone way south though. Even if her 07-08 was just a hot streak, whole fundamental parts of your game shouldn't just disintegrate, if that makes sense...
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 02:54 PM   #84
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What ? How so?
She was able to take the drugs other players were disqualified for (there were a lot of ATP cases on the lower level) with a huge potential to enhance performance.
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Brie Whitehead is a better player than my favorite.
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The Roadmap is a good thing for the WTA.
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I have so many D:

1. Serena's service on grass is super annoying and boring to watch.
2. Caroline is not pushing, and her rallies are not boring. Interesting to see how she defense.
3. Sharapova is a bitch and she is the biggest brainless ballbasher, much more than Li Na or Petra
4. Li Na is a great player and her RG win is not a fluke
5. Peng Shuai will win a title
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radwanska being RU in wimbledon was truly deserved and not a fluke
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Laura Robson is a delight to watch and not just an overhyped sloth.

Eva Asderaki is completely useless.
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