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Old Nov 7th, 2012, 02:34 PM   #46
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Re: Players who bring out the best and worst in your favorites.

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Brings out the worst:
Stosur
Pennetta
Aga
Venus
Muguruza Blanco

Brings out the best:
Li
Schiavone
Wozniacki
Petkovic

Makes her fight:
Safarova
Hantuchova
Lisicki

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Old Nov 7th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #47
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Re: Players who bring out the best and worst in your favorites.

For Venus I guess

Brings out the worst:
Pironkova
Kerber
Li

Brings out the best:
Stosur
Errani
Ivanovic
Serena
Hantuchova

Makes her fight:
Petkovic
normally Radwanska and Sharapova (you cannot judge by 2012 - results!!!)
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Old Nov 7th, 2012, 05:16 PM   #48
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Re: Players who bring out the best and worst in your favorites.

Li brings out the worst in almost everyone.
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Old Nov 8th, 2012, 03:45 PM   #49
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Re: Players who bring out the best and worst in your favorites.

Maria

Brings out the worst:

Madame Li
Serena
Aga
Vika

Bring out the best:
Henin used to.

Petra this year, perhaps.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2012, 11:35 PM   #50
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Re: Players who bring out the best and worst in your favorites.

Nadia Petrova

Brings out the Worst:
Kuznetsova
Justine Henin

Davenport- a poor 0-7 record says it all. Very similar players in both style of play, weapons, and weaknesses Davenport was just better in all categories. Real bad matchup for Nadia.

Sharapova- again the record tells the story (1-9) although half of their matches were three sets or close the sad part is that in a lot of those Nadia positioned herself to win. She's just mentally inept against Pova. Mentally Sharapova brings out Nadia's worse.

Brings out the Best:
Safina
Stosur

Serena- she may have a losing record against her but she also has multiple wins including a slam win over Rena. Rena is simply just a better player, but when they play Petrova always takes it to her and makes it really competitive and it's usually Petrova at her best.

Jie Zheng- the only time Zheng won in their nine encounters was when Nadia retired. A very favorable matchup for Nadia.

Li Na- Peteova totally own her plain and simple and only one or two matches have even been close, the rest is Nadia totally dominating.

Makes her fight hardest:
Patty Schnyder

Elena Likhovtseva: always a battle and a coin toss as to who would win

Dementieva: Petrova dominated the rivalry in the beginning then Dementieva dominated it toward the end....all in all it petty much evened out.

Mauresmo: a fun rivalry usually real close
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Old Nov 24th, 2012, 09:20 AM   #51
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Re: Players who bring out the best and worst in your favorites??

Nadia has a slam win over Serena?! I can remember in doubles, but singles too?!
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Old Nov 24th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #52
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Re: Which players bring out the best-worst, and make your favorite fight hardest?

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Serena


Bring out the worst -

Non-slam tournaments
Ivanovic (She gives Serena no rhythm at all with her streaky hack and pray game. Serena's level always drops against her and their matches end up being much closer than they should be)


Bring out the best -


Any top ranked player
A player who has beaten Serena before.
Mauresmo (Serena always loved laying a beatdown on her)


Tough(er) to beat-

Any player with great movement and good offensive capabilities requires that little bit of extra effort to beat. So players like Capriati, Hening, Dementieva, Venus and Graf. We dont really have players who can play great defense and offense anymore.

I don't agree with Graf on your list of tough to beat. They last

played when Serena was 17 years old and just starting to come

into her own. The later Serena was a much better player.


And Serena and Anna I. have only played once in non-slam events with Serena winning. ( Serena 4-0 h2h )

Not nearly enough to make that observation.

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Old Nov 24th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #53
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Re: Players who bring out the best and worst in your favorites??

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Nadia has a slam win over Serena?! I can remember in doubles, but singles too?!
Good call buddy! I got caught slipping w.that one...lol. It never happened. Can u believe that in my mind I gave Petrova the win In 2007!!! I need to be stoned ASAP...MY BAD!


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I don't agree with Graf on your list of tough to beat. They last

played when Serena was 17 years old and just starting to come

into her own. The later Serena was a much better player.


And Serena and Anna I. have only played once in non-slam events with Serena winning. ( Serena 4-0 h2h )

Not nearly enough to make that observation.
Considering one was on her way up and was good enough to win a slam that year and one was on her way out but good enough to win a slam I think it evens out. True, Serena wasn't at her best, but neither was Steffi. I think u CAN take their two encounters that year and use them as indicators at how things would have played out between them. Maybe the slightest of edges to Serena but Steffi was such a competitor it would always be close IMO.
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Good call buddy! I got caught slipping w.that one...lol. It never happened. Can u believe that in my mind I gave Petrova the win In 2007!!! I need to be stoned ASAP...MY BAD!



Considering one was on her way up and was good enough to win a slam that year and one was on her way out but good enough to win a slam I think it evens out. True, Serena wasn't at her best, but neither was Steffi. I think u CAN take their two encounters that year and use them as indicators at how things would have played out between them. Maybe the slightest of edges to Serena but Steffi was such a competitor it would always be close IMO.

Possibly, But, remember,about Steffi not being at her best in that

IW match shortly after that match Stef won the FO and was a

finalist at Wimb shortly after that.
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Good call buddy! I got caught slipping w.that one...lol. It never happened. Can u believe that in my mind I gave Petrova the win In 2007!!! I need to be stoned ASAP...MY BAD!
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That's a testament to how good this woman was, but believe me no one would ever say that was Steffi at her best- let's not forget she retired that year as well. 1999 was a good year for Serena too she had won multiple tournaments for the first time in her career and she won a slam and ended the year w.a career high ranking (at that time)- but just like w.Steffi it stil wasnt her at her best. Like I said one was on her way out, the other on her way up...but still just about equal.
Yes. Stef went out on a high note at 30 and Serena started on a high note

at 17. And it was also a testament to how good Serena would become. 3 years

later with the Serena slam and 13 years later at 31 still winning.
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Good call buddy! I got caught slipping w.that one...lol. It never happened. Can u believe that in my mind I gave Petrova the win In 2007!!! I need to be stoned ASAP...MY BAD!
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Re: Players who bring out the best and worst in your favorites??

Ivanovic plays her best tennis against:

Jankovic
Kvitova
Pavlychenkova
Kuznetsova

Ivanovic has most problems when she plays with:

Williams sisters
A Radwanska
Vinci
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Russians bring out the best in my girl Mel!!
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Re: Players who bring out the best and worst in your favorites??

If you want to see the tennis Sam Stosur can play you have to see her matches against Vera
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