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1. Francesca Schiavone.
2. Daniela Hantuchova.

Yes, they both lost their respective matches. But how impressive were they both in defeat. Schiavone was up early on Seles and came back late and almost made things very tricky for Monica. Daniela took a set off of Venus and nearly nearly won the match.

I think they are both *the* players to watch in 2002.
 

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I agree with you, seles!!!

I counted Daniela out when she was down 3-6 6-0 2-0.... but she came back and nearly went up 5-4 in the third!!!
I remember before she blew a 7-5 4-1 lead to Capriati in Toronto... this time, she managed to make a bit of a comeback so that means the most important thing in her game, mentality, is beginning to flourish!!

I didn't see the Schiavone/Seles match unfortunately, but Schiavone is a very talented player and she proved that by her quarterfinal run at RG last year.
 

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I really fell in love with Daniela. I'd be really suprised if she is not in top 20 by the end of the year. All those winners that she hit in the third set were awsome shots that are out of reach.

Good luck to Daniela and will be certainly routing for her! :)
 

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I gotta say, I liked what saw in Daniela Hantuchova.
 

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Make that #3. A hurt Venus(AND YES SHE IS NOT 100%) playing a 3 setter and pulling out the win. She did the same thing at the Ericsson Open last year. One has got to love the fight that Venus displays when she plays. Like Mary Carillo says.. "I like the way Venus competes".

I saw alot of tough players tonight.

Venus
Daniela

This could be our next best RIVALRY!!!:):)

WTA ROCKS!! Vee really made me proud.. the girl has got MOXY!:)
 

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Venus was fine. I actually saw the match and she played well. She seemed to have no problem moving and came to the net without problem when she had to. She actually made very few errors this time; usually even when she wins by a big margin she's usually makes more UE's than her opponents. Hantuchova (in the first and third sets) was matching her shot for shot. She made a few silly errors in crucial moments and Venus stepped up to close out. Had Daniela won her serve at 4-4 though, I think the match would've have a different outcome. Either way, I knew this match up wouldn't disappoint and it didn't... I really thought after the second set Venus was going to win 3-6 6-0 6-0. To Daniela's credit, she gutted it out and nearly pulled off the biggest upset. But, I have to give credit to Venus for being able to step up and close it out.
 

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Special indeed. Venus and Daniela looked like two storks out there with those long legs!:)

Venus moved at 100%, no doubt, but maybe the numerous forehand errors came from not having so much practice. That's just based on what we saw here in the US ,which was only set 3.
Hantuchova performed like a top tenner tonight. I don't see Maleeva beating Venus unless Willaims is really off, but I CAN see Hantuchova beating everyone in the future, including Venus. That future may be just around the corner;)
 

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Venus was not 100%. That was not a 100% full running Venus out there. That was not the Acura and US Open winning Venus in full flight in the air smash a volley in your face Venus. Sorry but a true Williams fans knows that she is STILL hampered by tendonitis.

Note: Playa said HATERS? not that this thread has HATE inside of it? HATERS is used to describe a Poster/posters most likely in the form of a noun.:)
 

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Ugh... I try to post a nice neutral topic about players that aren't household names and trying to give them some credit for their efforts and it gets squashed to shit. This is getting old.
 

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rated next what I wrote was the truth and don't get offended because Playa(who could be an imposter too) said HATER.

If he means you then don't take it personally, unless you think your a hater or something. I liked my post and that's what counts... Infact I don't see a thing immature about it and if you do I think it's high time you DEAL with it/them rated next.

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I'm guessing he's addressing Daniela haters like Dawn Marie who are trying to minimize her efforts.

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Ugh... I try to post a nice neutral topic about players that aren't household names and trying to give them some credit for their efforts and it gets squashed to shit. This is getting old.
Exactly, Seles. They're making excuses for a close match, just imagine if Daniela had won.....
 

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Schiavone acheived respectability with the scoreline against Monica, but that does not a 'one to watch player' make. Necessarily.

She's 21 (could be conceived as mature in current tennis terms), with no WTA titles that I can think of. I'm trying to be more 'realistic' than 'positive' (I certainly don't mean to be nasty), but I need a lot more convincing. Sure she's talented, but so is everyone else in the Top 50.

Don't think anything needs to be added to Daniela's performance.
 

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Francesca beat Monica 2 weeks ago! Some will dismiss the win as being in a pointless exhibition, but it was anything but that at the time. There was a lot of fight in both players then as there was today. Monica admitted that she was nervous playing Francesca again and that she tried extra hard out there because she wanted to try and avenge the earlier defeat. Monica was giving it her all today because she knew how good Francesca was. If that isn't an endorsement by Monica for Francesca, then I don't know what is.

Francesca doesn't seem to have anything that would trouble the top players, but her best shot is her single-handed backhand. She's a counter-puncher who chases everything down and tries to send it back with the force in which it came. She's more in the mould of Hingis or ASV, but sadly, I don't think she'll achieve quite the same level of success as them. She lacks something that Hingis and ASV have against the really top players. She has a definite shot of making it to the lower echelons of the Top 20 however. She is certainly as good as the girls around that area of the rankings.

I knew what to expect from Daniela, and it didn't surprise me at all that she would push Venus to 3. As for beating her, I didn't think it possible until she won that first set. Venus looked injured. She wasn't playing off the ground as much as she usually did. But as soon as she realized that she was in danger, Venus rose to the occasion, as so many top players often do. However, as soon as Daniela lost the second so easily, I knew Venus had the win. She was in full flight by the third set. Still hobbling a little, but giving it a 110% effort. She was injured, but she was still trying. Lots of players play through injury. So Daniela's performance was exceptionally good in the end considering that Venus was able to still give it her all, while not denying that the injury was there.
 

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I saw the match between Venus and Daniela just now, and I have to say Venus is fine. She is not bothered by the injury, in fact if she did not mention it, the only clue we will get is from the patch on her knee. I will say she is moving at 95% and Daniela is keeping Venus on her toes. So full credit to Daniela for a hard fought match, you deserve the win (but those UFs in important points is quite bad coz Daniela lost the match just like that, having said that, this does not mean that Venus will lose if daniela did not make those UFs). So, can please some people don't try to stir things up everytime by calling us haters when we congratulate Venus opponent. I mean I am sure we all appreciate Venus present in women's game, she make it interesting.
 

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I'm not denying Schiavone her dues, read what I wrote. Maybe she's a late bloomer, I'm just not gonna hang an awful lot on her on one result. She beat Coetzer last year - a *great* result - but big players are always prone to upsets.

I would just need to see more. She beat Monica, then lost to Mandula in Canberra. Just trying to even it out a little bit.
 
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