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Oct 10th, 2002 08:29 PM

Oct 10th, 2002 05:39 PM
Jakub Well done ELENA

Oct 10th, 2002 04:00 PM
Aloysius It's much tougher for finesse/retriever-type players to make a comback than the power-hitters. The simple reason is in the footwork. Think about it. Martina just had foot/ankle surgery. It is even more a struggle for her to be back and winning when the major component of her game is taken away from her.

I myself am not a big hitter of the ball. If I don't play for a week, and then start again, I play like dirt. Most of my team are stronger than me and play much bigger games. They are fine when they haven't played in awhile. I have to concentrate on getting into position, timing my shots and re-adjusting my footwork all over again. The bigger hitters have the advantage of having big shots at their disposal. This gives them an edge while they are re-adjusting to their footwork.

All players need good footwork in order to compete. However, the power-hitters are able to use their big shots to cover for their footwork re-adjustments. The finesse/retriever-type player has no real arsenal and their footwork can be more easily exposed.
Oct 10th, 2002 03:44 PM
ys Hingis with less speed has nothing to offer against power players. She becomes just a punching bag for them, giving them sitter after sitter. She needs her speed back. A player like Dementieva, you have to put her under pressure, take some time from her, you have to force her to make 3-4 winner-like groundstrokes to win a single point. But how Hingis can do that..

And you know what? Out of Hingis last 4 losses, three were to Russian girls. I like Hingis, but I like that tendency too..
Oct 10th, 2002 03:31 PM

BYE BYE MARTINA 1 win is enough for you...
Oct 10th, 2002 02:56 PM
Chance u have to remember that hingis had problems in her game before the surgery, now after the surgery she doesn't anticipate the shots as well and is a bit slower- while Rena's only problem before her injury was that she wasn't that mentally strong while Lindsay problem was 2 girls with the surname of Williams (in addition to her being a bit slow)

VS fan1 aka Joshua still has a point -the scores are very routine
Oct 10th, 2002 02:46 PM
AaronJoyB well done elena!
Oct 10th, 2002 02:19 PM
Messenger Yes, but this is Elena Dementieva. A loss that would have been acceptable, even if she hadn't been injured.
Oct 10th, 2002 02:16 PM
Williams Rulez Excuse me... but look at how quickly Lindsay Davenport came back. Serena came back and won her first tournament. I don't it is unrealistic to expect a 5 time grand slam champion to return to form quickly.
Oct 10th, 2002 02:15 PM
treufreund It is VERY UNREALISTIC based on her recent matches. You missed my point. It's NOT unrealistic to think that she will come back at some point but not just one week after playing terrible in Moscow when we know that that loss was not just a fluke.
Oct 10th, 2002 02:12 PM
mboyle Martina, time to turn up the power. You obvioulsy can't rely on finesse alone anymore, so go develop your serve! Good win Elena, but you must understand that if you beat the likes of Martina there is just no excuse for loosing to Angelica Roesch.
Oct 10th, 2002 02:09 PM
Serendy Willick Ouch!
Congrats Elena, and good luck Martina.
Oct 10th, 2002 02:09 PM
gmak well dine elena......
that was even easier than i expecterd!
way to go darling.

now dani is in the top10 for the first time!
Oct 10th, 2002 02:07 PM
treufreund Cacti are much lower maintenance than boyfriends and they can prick you too.

Agree Martin. Just think ppl are having unrealistic expectations at this moment. I mean it's not like Martina has been playing great, which is understandable.
Oct 10th, 2002 02:05 PM
VSFan1 aka Joshua L. I don't think it's unrealistic expectations.

All top players have returned from injury just fine, with the exception of Pierce who has done it 194 times in her career.

See Davenport, Venus, Serena, Monica, et. al. I put Hingis in that group....and for her to lose to Petrova....who had been out longer and play MANY less events with much less success than Hingis.

And now the scoreline..6-3, 6-1? I thought she would probably lose, but damn, that's a routine score.
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