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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 04:01 PM   #91
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Maria Kirilenko is not the devil.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 04:14 PM   #92
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Larry Scott saved WTA.
Is that what people in the know (i.e. as opposed to the average "LARRY SCOTT NEEDS FIRED!!1!! TFer) say?

I don't know. Scott's strategy of fuga para a frente (no English equivalent; means evading problems by boldly moving forward or expanding instead of cautiously digging in or downsizing) was probably instrumental in enabling the WTA Tour to survive the dark days of 2008-2009 and the current global crisis and to piggyback to the more successful men's Tour with additional mixed events (to the detriment of everyone and everything save for the TDs and WTA/ATP's coffers).

However, he left a WTA so buried in debt that it had no other option but to continue to chase €€€ wherever they might be found (emerging markets without a tennis tradition and hence we got the Beijing "Fifth Slam" abomination, Tiriac and hence we got blue clay, Baku etc.). The lack of any long-term strategy is more blatant than ever.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 04:19 PM   #93
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Henin hit a lot of lucky shots in her win over Serena during their USO QF match in 2007!

Cocaine improved Hingis's game.

Tracey Austin's lust for Sharapova is completely natural and turns me on.

God told Margaret Court that homosexuality is filthy.

Elke is the better Clijsters sister.

Sam Stosur has never done a bicep curl in her life. She does not, I repeat NOT, pump iron.

Huber is the best doubles player in history. You could pair her with a six year old and she'd still trounce the Williams sisters.

Venus's waffle dress was an accident. It got caught in a fan before she wore it. She never meant to wear such a thing.

Bangalore is Serena's most treasured tournament. Her win there meant more than all five Wimbledons.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 04:31 PM   #94
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Radwanska is not a pusher.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 06:59 PM   #95
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Henin hit a lot of lucky shots in her win over Serena during their USO QF match in 2007!

Cocaine improved Hingis's game.

Tracey Austin's lust for Sharapova is completely natural and turns me on.

God told Margaret Court that homosexuality is filthy.

Elke is the better Clijsters sister.

Sam Stosur has never done a bicep curl in her life. She does not, I repeat NOT, pump iron.

Huber is the best doubles player in history. You could pair her with a six year old and she'd still trounce the Williams sisters.

Venus's waffle dress was an accident. It got caught in a fan before she wore it. She never meant to wear such a thing.

Bangalore is Serena's most treasured tournament. Her win there meant more than all five Wimbledons.

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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 07:01 PM   #96
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Hantuchova is technically better than the whole top 50 put together.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 07:06 PM   #97
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Kuznetsova did not underachieve.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 07:18 PM   #98
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Is that what people in the know (i.e. as opposed to the average "LARRY SCOTT NEEDS FIRED!!1!! TFer) say?

I don't know. Scott's strategy of fuga para a frente (no English equivalent; means evading problems by boldly moving forward or expanding instead of cautiously digging in or downsizing) was probably instrumental in enabling the WTA Tour to survive the dark days of 2008-2009 and the current global crisis and to piggyback to the more successful men's Tour with additional mixed events (to the detriment of everyone and everything save for the TDs and WTA/ATP's coffers).

However, he left a WTA so buried in debt that it had no other option but to continue to chase €€€ wherever they might be found (emerging markets without a tennis tradition and hence we got the Beijing "Fifth Slam" abomination, Tiriac and hence we got blue clay, Baku etc.). The lack of any long-term strategy is more blatant than ever.
TBH I dont think anyone says this. Its kind of crazy talk.

Scott had to make the next step, and in that time (planning was 2006-2007 I guess) they thought a bigger jump is doable for WTA, catching up to ATP, reducing the usual 3-7 years development gap between WTA-ATP since the beginning.
The 2008-2009 economic downhill didnt affect that much considering most of the contracts were already set in stone. Although the on court affairs (belgian retirements, Shoulderpova, VIP downfall, unmarketable Safina, etc) undermined the whole growing concept.
And as you say, this causing that Stacey Allaster has to continue or change by small steps nowadays.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 07:22 PM   #99
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Petra Kvitova annoys the crap out of me.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 07:38 PM   #100
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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.
I have to hear your logic for this one.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 10:46 PM   #101
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London 2012 the biggest Olympic event so far for tennis, people excited more than ever and players motivated more than they used to be.
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Doubles mean shit.
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Victoria Azarenka will beat Serena Williams tomorrow
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Laura robson is full of herself and also highly overrated on this board.
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Liezel Huber isn't bad, just mentally unstable
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