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Hi!

I was lucky enough to watch some of Martina's matches from 1997 and 1998.

Technically, there is nothing wrong with Martina. Her game is fine. It's confidence that's lacking.

I think once she regains that, then seh'll be back in the mix of things and really challenging for the top spot.

I, for one, think Martina is the most talented player in the world, for her physical capabilities, what she does with the ball is amazing.

What do u guys think?

<br />Also, NO hate!
 

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I agree she's the most talented player. Her winning the Skills Competition for two years in a row beating even the MEN side is a great indication of how talented Marti is. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Marti just needs to improve her service game, putting in 90% of her first serves. <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" />

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martina always won everything and if she didn't win once in a while she always had a legit excuse (fall of horse pops in mind <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> ), and then for the first time she started losing and she fell of her cloud (and that hurts more than to fall of a horse). So all she needs now is to regain that confidence, that killer instinct of the real champs and then her serve will automatically follow. Her weak serve is only a consequence of her lack in confidence. It's all in the head and i'm positive she'll be back if she get some nice wins after her injury.
 

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I agree Carot. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

go drink carrot juice Marti!!! this could give you back your confidence. <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" /> Steffi prefers carrot juice more than anything else. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Hm i am not full agree with that i think she has tecnical problems on her serve for sure, a first serve that is around 80-90 MPH at most and the second that can click 60-70 MPH is just a joke for todays power full game...... Remember once in 97 she clocked a 106 MPH serve against Pierce in San Diego Semis, so in a matter of years she is just hitting it slower. And also her foreahand just lacks the the punch, deepth, or angle or the enought spin it had past years.

Also mental part of the game is a problem too, but her technique has let her down.
 

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Actually Marti Mar needs to develop weapons. Her safe game can no longer compete against the agressive big babes of tennis. If posters want to argue she has weapons, well then she needs to use them. This means taking risks, going for winners and stop waiting for ue's. She also needs to work on that 60 mph second serve..good grief, dead on arrival. She also must avoid being pasted well behind the baseline, then being ran pillar to post. If she can correct these things her status as a top five player is guaranteed.

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Until martina realizes that the competition is no longer what it was during that dry spell in women's tennis --- when she achieved so much , she will continue to slump...
 

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Even if the competition is bigger, I don't think Martina is anywhere near the player she was in '97 and '98 (or even at the beggining of '01). If you watch her old matches, you can see that she was way more aggresive, also when she played the likes of Pierce, Seles or Davenport. They have improved, but not THAT much that Martina can´t do anything now.
 

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One thing I think we can agree on is the power players now realize that they have to keep their UEs down against Martina. So Martina CAN'T wait for that. I don't know what she should do instead, there have been a lot of good ideas floated. But being pinned behind the baseline is a failed strategy.
 
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