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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2003, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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One of the best quality early round matches of a grand slam..

Ok; It's sad to see all these former grand slam champions
make their early exit's this week- but this week has given
us some of the highest quality women's first round matches
in a grand slam that I recall since the new 32 seed format or
the Hingis post Steffi era.

Who would've guessed that Jen vs Marlene,
Loit vs Serena, Koukalova vs Seles, LD vs Iroda,
Jankovic vs Amanda, and Zuluaga vs Daniela as
3 setter nail biters?

There could've been more; but these are the one's
that I've seen on tv. 1st, and 2nd round matches?

I guess what I selfishly really enjoyed was seeing
tv commentators, newscasters, and sports writers
EAT THEIR WORDS with these incredible matches.

Who says there's no depth in women's tennis now?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2003, 11:14 AM
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now the top players have to step up to stay on top. what has been happening in the past is that the top players have worked their way into form by using the early round matches to get better each match. now they have to play well from the start, it should be interesting.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2003, 11:20 AM
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I agree. All these lower ranked players are stepping up, not being overwhelmed by the occasion and are playing great. There is depth in womens tennis and its only going to improve as the years go on.
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The overal quality of th players will rise

It is good for tennis and it is good for us, the fans.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2003, 05:06 PM
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it will only get better in future years

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Yes, so far this is the most interesting slam in years.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2003, 06:17 PM
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I completely agree. for years people have been saying that the tour has gotten deeper but in early round matches, I didn't see a lot of evidence of it.
now, sheesh, all these women can really hit and place the ball well.
even poor ansley cargill, the few shots that she was able to get off Venus, she showed a good forehand, and a decent first serve, and she is ranked outside the top 100. I am *very* impressed with the level of tennis coming from lower ranked players...
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2003, 07:14 PM
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I agree. You use to think the slams early round on the women's side were practice matches for the top. While some matches are still for some, it's gonna get tougher. The girls are coming out like they are supposed to win now. They don't care either, and while I still expect the slam winners to be pretty predictable their will be some suprises every once in a while.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2003, 09:13 PM
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Well I don't quite think the lower-ranked players will win a slam most likely. I still see the top players winning all of them in the near future at least. But I do expect the lower players to take it to the top players and will be able to go fairly deep in the draw. And yes, we will see more 3-set nail biters and upsets here and there.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2003, 11:52 PM
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Depth? I disagree. Of the seeds that still remain, two of them are the ones who haven't lost a Slam match in ages (except to eachother). What we are watching is the rest of the top 10 crumble, ensuring that the Williams sisters face eachother in another GS final (that's what happened at the FO & Wimby). And when that happens, we won't hear anything about 'depth'. It will be about how predictable everything is. Because when you get right down to it, it's the end that matters. And if in the end it is Williams v. Williams, then what was the point of watching the last two weeks of tennis? Anyone could see it coming.

And if you couldn't predict Seles and Capriati losing early, you shoud follow tennis more closely.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 2003, 01:24 AM
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Why would you have predicted Seles to loss early?
If you follow tennis more closely you would have known that Monica came into the Open with a victory at the Hong Kong Ladies Challenge beating Rubin in 2 easy sets after lossing the 1st.
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