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I absolutely adore Anna Kournikova. She singlehandidly rejuvinated my fading interest in tennis in 1996. It hurts me to see her struggling so much. So, I have thought of a gameplan for a successful Kournikova comeback. First, she should mainly concentrate on playing good defense. This way, Anna's unforced errors will be reduced. And her ability to hit winners will gradually come back to her. Second, I hope Anna hires her own personal trainer. I think a personal trainer could help Anna get in better shape. Anna looks like she is in great shape. But she often fades away in three set matches. Third, I want Anna to reduce her schedule from 25 tournaments a year to about 16. She should also limit her play on those hideous hard courts. This way, Anna coulsd stay fresh all year long. A reduced schedule should also increase her chances of staying healthy. Anna has suffered a major injury every year since 1997. Let's hope 2002 is an injury free year for Anna. Fourth, Anna needs to hire a good coach. Someone who can help her with her strategy and fragile confidence. Her parents, who appear to be fine people and parents, need to move to the background. Fifth, Anna should seriously consider working with a sports psychologist. I think Anna has alot of mental anguish to go along with all of her injuries. It has to hurt Anna to be the most popular female athlete in the world, and still not have won a WTA tournament. It's possible her emotional scars run deep. A sports psychologist can only help Anna's fragile confidence. The sixth and final move I would like for Anna to make is to marry Sergei Fedorov. It's obvious they love each other. I think Sergei deserves to have Anna as his wife. If they got married, this would end the endless speculation about whether they were married or not. I think it's time for Anna to end all of her mysterious behaviour and stop playing with the media. Anyway, this is my blueprint for Anna's successful comeback. As far as Anna's comeback goes, so far, not so good. Changes have to be made. I know Anna is stubborn. and I will always root for her. But changes have to be made. Do you agree?

[ October 26, 2001: Message edited by: the cat in the hat ]</p>
 

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Originally posted by the cat in the hat:<br /><strong>First, she should mainly concentrate on playing good defense. This way, Anna's unforced errors will be reduced. And her ability to hit winners will gradually come back to her.

Second, I hope Anna hires her own personal trainer. I think a personal trainer could help Anna get in better shape. Anna looks like she is in great shape. But she often fades away in three set matches.

Third, I want Anna to reduce her schedule from 25 tournaments a year to about 16. She should also limit her play on those hideous hard courts. This way, Anna coulsd stay fresh all year long. A reduced schedule should also increase her chances of staying healthy. Anna has suffered a major injury every year since 1997. Let's hope 2002 is an injury free year for Anna.

Fourth, Anna needs to hire a good coach. Someone who can help her with her strategy and fragile confidence. Her parents, who appear to be fine people and parents, need to move to the background.

Fifth, Anna should seriously consider working with a sports psychologist. I think Anna has alot of mental anguish to go along with all of her injuries. It has to hurt Anna to be the most popular female athlete in the world, and still not have won a WTA tournament. It's possible her emotional scars run deep. A sports psychologist can only help Anna's fragile confidence.

The sixth and final move I would like for Anna to make is to marry Sergei Fedorov. It's obvious they love each other. I think Sergei deserves to have Anna as his wife. If they got married, this would end the endless speculation about whether they were married or not. I think it's time for Anna to end all of her mysterious behaviour and stop playing with the media.

Do you agree?</strong><hr></blockquote>

<br />1) Anna playing defense tennis ? Sorry, but that's almost the same as teaching Davenport to become a good retriever of Coetzer's style, to try to make her fast. Don't get me wrong, please. Anna still is one of the fastest players out there (although her footwork is improvable). <br />But Anna is a first of all a shotmaker, at least she turned into one since 1998. She goes for winners almost all the time, sometimes in really difficult situations. She playes her forehand most of the time with almost no spin, very deep. Her favorites are the forehand inside-out and short-cross angled.<br />Her former coach van Harpen tried to pin her on the baseline, tried to teach her playing a patient style of tennis - he was fired after the Wimbledon 2000 disappointment, rightfully so.

Anna should build on the strengths of her game, her offensive weapons and her speed and her instincts and abilities at the net. In addition she needs to improve her serve - that's a must.

Who cares if she looses a 1st Rd match here and there from time to time with 90 unforced erros, if she regains the game-style and confidence to beat everyone on any given day in any tournament, as it was in 1997 and 1998. If she wins 1 or 2 events during a season, I couldn't care less about the number of 1st Rd losses.

Forget consistency - go for occasional BIG TIME results. A win-loss record of 10:10 is no problem, as long as you have won 2 tournaments within that record 5:0 and 5:0. Do you get me ?

2, 4 and 5) I fully agree. Nothing to add, except the fact that it should be the right coach - no van Harpen, please.

3) Anna can't reduce the tournament schedule too much, let's say below 22 is a no-go. She needs match play more than other players. Apart from that she'll have a hard time to regain her ranking, and playing 16 tourneys only won't help her doing that. But I agree she should cut out those stupid exhibtions and Fed-Cup and generally non-WTA tournaments. The less she playes except for counting WTA events, the better for her health.

<br />6) I don't care at all, actually.

That's what I thinkn about your points.
 
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anna, shes 20, and i hate being so much like an old person, but i really think shell learn whats best for her over time.
 

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Alpha, you make some good points. But because Anna is fast, she should be a tremendous defensive player. I bet she's won these two matches in Luxembourg by making fewer unforced errors than her opponents. That's the way women's tennis is. Make fewer unforced errors than your opponent, and you should win.

P.S. - NejedlyKanepi, did you get the article?
 

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the cat in the hat,

<br />that's just one way to win a match. But what about producing more winners than your opponent ? I prefer this way to win a match - and with Anna's offensive potential I am sure it suits her.
 

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Alpha, Anna has always been able to hit winners. But her undoing is always unforced errors. She must learn to take better care of the ball. It's not too late. But 20 isn't young in women's tennis anymore. Is it?
 

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No, 20-years old is not young anymore. And the constant staements of "I have to be patient and keep on working. My time will come." disappeared thanks God.

That's the wrong attitude. Her sports career could be over tomorrow, taking in consideration how injury prone she is. And I think this horrible year helped her to realize that.

She won't fullfil her potential, she will turn out to be an underachiever. She won't be one of the greats of the game.

But nevertheless there is still good chance that she could score a couple of titles, may be not a Slam contender, but still some nice titles and overall results.

[pssst, but to be honest, at least one Wimbledon final would be great for her and her fans . . . <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> ]
 

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cat, <br />And what is your Blueprint for Elena D.? After today's match <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> , I think she desperately needs your help, too! Don't let her down! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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I don't think Elena D has problems as big as Anna does.

Elena's main problems are getting her serve more consistent, and maintaining a good mental attitude.

Today Elena lost because she lost the mental battle with Panova. She played her opponent's game, getting involved in long long rallies, and being worn down. She just wasn't aggressive enough, and didn't play her game.
 

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hmmm well maybe Melanie Molitor will help Anna out over the off season..... i know it was or is still a rumour, but i believe Melanie is helping her while Martina is injured.

Good luck Anna.<br /> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Janie, do I sense sarcasm in your post? Anyway, my blueprint for Elena Dementieva would start with her hiring a new coach to travel the world with her. A coach would be able to help Elena with strategy. Elena's coach stays in Moscow at the Red Army Club most of the year. This girl needs a coach to travel with her. But unfortunately, I feel Elena is content being ranked between number 10 and 20. She's probably happy making $600,000 plus a year in prize money, with some more money added on in endorsements. So, if Elena makes $750,000 a year in U.S. dollars, and turns it into rouble, she's made alot of money. I just think she needs alot of help to fulfill her potential. but I think she's too stubborn to seek assistance from others. I guess she's happy travelling the world with her mother and her litltle dog. Janie, isn't it amazing how Elena Dementieva's and Anna Kournikova's careers have paralelled each other? Both come from the same country, city and tennis club. They both have made the top ten and a grand slam semifinal. And they both haven't been able to win a tournament. They both are incredibly stubborn. They both need a coach. And they both need to put their mothers in the background. Elena should also hire her own personal trainer. As should Anna. Because they are both injury prone. I think Anna and Elena should be better players than they've shown. Injuries have hurt their tennis. But until they improve their strategy, and start winning titles, they will be attractive underachievers. Do you agree?
 
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