The Top 20's been so tough this days and there are many good, fresh and young players at 20-30 crazy to reach the top 20, like Hantuchova, Bedanova, Nagyova... I don't believe Lisa will make it agian!
Well, Lisa IMO is definetly capable of being back in the top 20, she needs a couple more stronger events though, particularly at the slams other than Wimbledon. The next little while may be tough, because last year she started off strong picking up some great results including a good finish at Key Biscayne, and even a few decent results at I think Amelia Island or Charleston. Where she needs to improve will be at Roland Garros, US Open, and even towards the end of the year there's no reason why she can't get some great results indoors, it's fast and a good surface for her game. Hopefully she can do it!
I think Lisa has the tennis to be back in the top20 for sure, she's been *technically* there this season already (being at No.21 with Tauziat and Huber before her, meaning she was de facto at No.19) and hopefully, she'll get there for real soon - I think she certainly has the skills to be in the top20.
Hey Kuilli!!! (I knew you'd be around when I saw this thread about Lisa! ).
Good luck to Lisa for the rest of the season and may she break the top20 soon!
Lisa is primarily a doubles player. In fact, I think she's in the top ten on the earnings list, BECAUSE she wins so much at doubles. So it's a doubles specialist who's ranked 22nd. If Lisa chose to focus on singles, she'd be in the top 20 in a month. But her income would probably drop a good deal.
Hey Bea! Of course I'll be around then there is a topic about Lisa.
Hi Kisha! Nice to see there is another Lisa fan!
Volcana, I think Lisa would disagree with you a bit. She considers herself a singles player first, and then doubles. Although her best results are of course in doubles.
I think her next tourney is singles in Memphis and then singles/doubles in Scottsdale. Karen can probably confirm that. She has quarterfinal points to defend from Oklahoma and Scottsdale, and 4th round points from Indian Wells. In Ericsson, Amelia Island and Charleston, she has 3rd round points to defend.
*bump* for Lisa - it's nice to see several other people who support her! She's such a talented player, just needs to improve a bit mentally and start getting through against some of the bigger names more frequently
Yeah she has the results and has it. Though I think the top 20 is quite hard. yet if shes at 22 why not. Tauziat is in and im a sure vicario will frop out. I reckon shell make it by the end of the year.
Has there *ever* been such a thing as a Lisa Raymond cheering thread in Gen Mess?
Good to see a couple of Lisa fans *waving* to the "usual suspects" in here: Randy H and Kuilli!! - hey Kisha, it's great to see another fan of Lisa Raymond... that makes... hmmm.... 7 of us?
I think most of the reasons why Lisa is not in the top20 have been pointed out already. I think she is not there because she is not committed to it, she cares very much about her singles carreer, being a singles player above all, but she is not willing to make the sacrifices. I mean, she could easily do "a Patty Schnyder" playing all Tier III and IV tourneys and get in to the top20, no sweat. But then, she wouldn't be making $1 million like she did last year (with all the dubs she plays in the big events)... seriously, is being in the top20 worth $1 million? Now, playing in the big events, it's harder to get the points, because she gets tougher draws and people who play the smaller events also move up in the rankings.... why would she play Sydney (with a cut of No.23 in the main draw) instead of Camberra or Tasmania otherwise?
In any case, I think she's rather happy at n.22 collecting all those fat checks from the dubs! I just wish she could "show them all" what she's truly worth at least once. Getting one big win would be great
Yep, you got a good point about tier III and IV tourneys, Bea! She doesn't really play them, and I don't see that changing. I don't see Lisa altering her doubles schedule to make room for some lower tier tourneys. Singles are very important to her, but she is probably equally commited to doubles, and of course, doubles bring her in some nice fat checks. So yeah, can't really blame her for not playing lower tier events instead. I guess, we just have to hope for some good wins on bigger tourneys. You never know, she might surprise us with another title in one of these days! I am allowed to dream, am I not?