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Okay, Lindsay has not had much success on clay, but I really don't understand why. People criticize her for being slow, blah, blah, so wouldn't the clay help that? And she is so accurate with her shots; with all that extra time, shouldn't she be one of the better clay court players? I was looking to see how Lindsay was going to do at the French last year, but she obviously didn't play. I cannot wait till this year. I have a strange feeling that she will win it. The French must be the hardest to win, it seems like there is always a surprise winner, so why not Lindsay in 2002?!
 

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lindsay can do damage on clay, she has the best return in the game, she might not be the fastest and fittest, but she is fast and she is fit, good luck lindsay, not just in roland garros but in all the grandslams, and on the tour.
 

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I think Lindsay tends to lack the patience to grind out matches which is a necessity at RG. Although the red clay gives her more time to set up for her shots, it takes a bit of the sting out of them as well. She's used to winning points on the first or second shot, which is nearly impossible at the French. One needs to work the point around a bit, waiting for opportunities and that's not really Lindsay's game.

But most of all the belief must be there and at this point I don't think she truly believes she can win the French.
 

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I think Lindsay's chances at the French are underrated. She has been injured during the claycourt season in the last 4 or 5 years, and she has never been able to get to aris in top shape. Of course, she's not as good as a claycourt player as Hingis or Seles, but she's not as bad as people seem to think.
 

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I really Feel that she would be in finals at least for the French Open this year. Or even win the whole thing.

GO LINDSAY!!!!!!!

I NEVER DOUBTED HER ON ANY SURFACE!!!!!!!!
 

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Roland Garros is her least likely slam to win, even though she is capable of doing it. HOWEVER, if she were to win, I wonder if she would receive the French Open curse!? <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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only if Lindsay plays RG we can see what she can do there.last 2 years she didnt play so we dont know how she is on clay.now she is stronger than 98 and in 98 she reached the semi...<br />i have a good feeling for this year! <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <br />GO LINDSAY GO!! <img src="cool.gif" border="0"> <img src="cool.gif" border="0">

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IMO Lindsay is a great player, but lacks what it takes to win the French. I don't think its any coincidence that she hasn't played many clay tournaments in the past 2-3 years. I think she hates clay and prefers to stay away from it. She didn't play this year (injury) and lost in the first round in 2000 to Van Roost. I think the poster who said Lindsay likes to end the point within 2-3 shots is correct, Lindasy is not one to grind it out and isn't the best mover on tour. But all that said, she didn't get to number 1 in the world by being a slack ass, so I won't underestimate her, nor would I place money on her to win it either.
 

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Lindsay could be a very good clay court player. There's no real reason why not. She's got all the shots, and the slower surface means that she has time to hit them. The problem is that she really doesn't like playing on clay and has no real ambition to win Roland Garros. A shame really.
 

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Its all in the mind for Lindsay. I actually think she has what it takes to win the French... really it is up to her to think if she wants to.
 

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If Mary can, I think Lindsay can too.
 

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G-Ha pretty much covered the reasons why the French is so tough for LD. She CAN win it(unlike Pete Sampras) but she's a hard court girl. Hard courts gals(always California-born)just don't take to clay. Alice Marble, Billie Jean King, Davenport, Venus-all have had problems on red clay or avoid it. Florida girls, such as Capriati, Evert, and Mary Joe Fernandez, have more opportunities to grow up on clay courts.

Mental blocks aside, the clay takes the sting out of her power(especially the serve) and shows up her lack of mobility more than other surfaces. On grass the points are over quickly. On hard courts Lindsay may have to run, but because she's usually dictating play more often her opponent is running more than she is. Clay forces you to hit extra shots(Venus's big problem) and tests the ability to run(Lindsay's).

Davenport looks super-fit at the moment, a big plus if her knee holds up.

Anything can happen in Paris, so a Davenport victory there is possible. She's good enough to overcome the surface, like another California gal, Billie Jean King.For her sake I hope she gets it, making her a member of that rare group who've won all 4 majors <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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I would never beat against Lindsay Davenport. She can win any tournament if she sets her mind to it. I never gave her a chance in the '99 Wimbledon final against Graf. She proved me wrong live on my TV set. I have never underestimated Ms.Davenport since.
 

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I also believe that she CAN win the French. She obviously doesn't like the clay, as she plays barely any clay court tournaments, but if she thinks she can do it this year, I think she will go far. Go Lindsay! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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I'm thinking that the entire clay court season is a distraction for LD. She can conceivably come off of a nice hardcourt(tru) season in Australia, play a few more hardcourt events around the world, and then there's the horrid month of clay for her.

During Roland Garros, I can't help but believe that she is thinking more about her Wimbledon tuneup than anything else.
 

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[email protected] clocker <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> You're right though. At least Venus has put in serious prep time on red clay in 1999 and last year. Playing a lower tier Madrid the week before has been about as far as LD will go. If Lindsay won say, Hamburg, she might gain the extra confidence she needs.
 

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Venus reached the next level with wins over Lindsay in the 2000 Wimbledon and US Open Finals. One of the things I noticed in those 2 matches is that Lindsay did not respond at all well to Venus running down her shots and sending them back. On Red Clay, she will have this problem with many people.
 

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another big point is on clay the drop shot gets played alot more , plus various spins/slices can have pretty devastating effect on clay.

You have to be 100% fit in mind body and soul to win RG.
 
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