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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 2004, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Which players made the most out of their career?

This is sort of poll, which players fullfilled their potential, used their chances, won as much as their talent promised, found good circumstances and were able to make the most out of it.

Here is 1 example for each category:

1) A.Sanchez-Vicario:
category 1) Made the most out of it, who would have thought she'd win 4 Grand Slam titles? Not the most talented out there, but with her always optimistic attitude she survived in matches that many others would have lost. The stabbing on Seles also opened doors for her she succesfully used, too. For her standard she won more than the Tennis world expected.
2) C. Evert:
category 2) Her consitency is unreached, and that over a timespan of almost 20 years. Not playing the Australian nor French Open in the mid-70s prevented her from winning more major titles, but Jaeger's and especially Austin's burn-out gave her the chance to make up for that. She fullfilled the expectations, could have won more at some point, but was also lucky at other stages in her career.
3) Tracy Austin:
category 3) Number one player at age 17, US Open winner at 16, she was the future star of women's Tennis, but could hardly play due to injuries after her teenage years. She wasn't given the opportunity to reach her full potential and, after all, didn't win as much as one had thought at the beginning.

Just copy and paste the names and rate the players (top 4 players from 1968 to 1998):

King 3
Richey 1
Court 2
Wade 2
Jones 2
Niessen 2
Heldman 2
Casals 3
Goolagong 2
Morozova 1
Evert 2
Navratilova 2
Austin 3
Fromholtz 2
Barker 2
Turnbull 2
Mandlikova 3
Jaeger 3
Shriver 2
Hanika 2
Graf 1
Sabatini 3
Kohde 3
Sukova 2
Garrison 2
Seles 3
Fernandez 2
Sanchez 1
Pierce 2
Martinez 1
Novotna 2
Hingis 1
Davenport 2
Date 1
Coetzer 1
V.Williams 1
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You gave Pierce a 2, yet you could make an argument that she should be either one or 3. She could be a 1 because she has a mostly one-dimensional game and is slow. So in that sense, I think she's overachieved. I would probably vote for a 3 on Mary because she has never achieved a lasting period of good health. Her power game relies on confidence and every time she built herself up, another nagging injury would bring her down.

Where does an underachiever fit? Category 3? Or is that category just for those whose circumstances have limited their achievements.

As wonderful as Goolagong was, she should've produced better results (at least in Slams/USO). I'd put her as a 3. V. Williams is a 3 in my mind. MJFernandez is a 3. She should've been a consistent top 5 performer, yet she had constant injuries. I'd make Casals a 2 and Barker a 3.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 2004, 09:33 PM
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ASV could have actually achieved more in her career. If had she worked more on that forehand and came to the net more, I believe she would have won a few more Slams, and that it would give her the confidence to keep playing strong post-1996.
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Graf 2
Hingis 2

Graf had a long and great career. Sure injuries limited some of her results, but the elimination of her key rival helped her also.

Hingis was solidly at the top until she was overpowered. I don't think she overachieved. The game simply outgrew her.

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Actually u missed a lot of Top-4 players. Must they have won a Slam?



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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 2004, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Calimero377
Graf in category 1, are you nuts?
If there ever was a category 3 player, then Graf.
She squandered her talent. With less injuries/illnesses/daddy-scandals she could have won 30+ slams - 8 more than she really won.
Underachieving by 8 slams - if that is not category 3 I don't no what .....

Hingis as 1 is almost as moronic as Graf.
Are you on dope, Robbert, or what?

Calimero: can you discuss ANYTHING, without bringing up Steffi Graf? I swear I could start a thread on the top American women of the 1920s and you'd still find a way to bring Steffi Graf into the topic.

As for Robert's subject: One player that comes to mind that got the most out of her ability was Amanda Coetzer. A player that comes to mind that got the LEAST is Natalia Zvereva.
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