Bad news for Anna fans..Anna is out of the top 100
Lots of time to "primp" for the doubles matches Anna!! We are not surprised in your losing to Justine...she not only was a tough draw but also is an up and coming young player...you are unfortunately just a "pretty face"...!!
Anna will be back, but it won't be this year. Even though Anna has the Gold Exempt rule that guarantees her as many wildcards as she wants, it is very likely that she is going to meet a top ten player early on in most tournaments, most likely the first or second round. Anna is a player that needs a lot of matches in order to get into playing shape and if she would continue to exit in the first or second round of tournaments it will be that much harder for her to achieve a higher ranking.
The girl is a fighter. There is no doubt about that. I think you'll possibly see Anna back in the top 20 sometime in 2003.
In order to get her ranking up...I think Anna should higher a coach that can help her with a game plan etc. and she needs to enter more Tier 3/4/5 events to get her ranking up...how on earth is she meant to get her ranking up if she plays in Tier 1/2 if she draws a Top 10 player & loses in the first round. How long does the Gold Exempt Wildcard last for? Is it till the end of this year??? It just occurred to me that she may have to play challengers (that's what happened to Goran Ivanisavich when he dropped out of the top 100).
Anna just swallow your pride & do what you have to do to get your ranking up.
It's too bad that she's out of the top 100, but she'll rebound. She's too good not to.
barmaid, "plenty of time to 'primp'"? That's classic, never heard THAT one before. It takes real class to come in and slam a player who's in the doldrums right now. And, of course, a pretty face WILL take you to Number 8 in the world! I know it sounds crazy, but it's TRUE! Gimme a break, barmaid.
I also think she needs to enter lower events, specially to build up some confidence (like she did in Auckland). If she keeps entering the big ones, even though she has the possibility to do so, it's not the better option for her.
She played very nervous today, specially in the first set. Still, I loved to see her dominating the net
Imogen: The Golden Exempt players are changed every year, but
I doubt very much Anna will be ever out of the list. Any tournament director would like her playing on their homes
that she doesn't need to win anything. Giving her that
gold card into any tournament she wants isn't exactly helping
to get that act together. What's the difference if she's 10 or
320 in the rankings. There's no real fight or insentive; if
everything is given on a platter. IMHO