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-CLASS FAVORITES-<br />Class President: Jennifer Capriati<br />Valedictorian: Lindsay Davenport<br />Most Talented: Venus Williams<br />Most Likely to Succeed: Jelena Dokic<br />Most Likely to Succeed II: Kim Clijsters<br />Best Athlete: Serena Williams<br />Most Well-Liked: Corina Morariu<br />Most Well-Liked (career): Monica Seles<br />Smartest (old winner): Martina Hingis<br />Smartest (new winner): Justine Henin<br />Quietest: Meghann Shaughnessy (#12?)<br />Incomplete Grade: Anna Kournikova<br />Most Unexcused Absences: Venus/Serena<br />Best Dressed: Jelena Dokic (in Rome)<br />Least Dressed: Ashley Harkleroad (in US)<br />Sophomore Slump: Elena Dementieva<br />Best Comeback: Jennifer Capriati<br />Best Quiet Comeback: Iva Majoli<br />Biggest Disappearing Act: Mirjana Lucic<br />Missed Most: Mary Pierce<br />Missed By Most: Anna Kournikova<br />Soon to be Missed: Tauziat's opinions<br />Late-Career Surge: #11 Sandrine Testud<br />Late-Bloomer I: Meghann Shaughnessy<br />Late-Bloomer II: Angeles Montolio<br />Super-Vet: Martina Navratilova, 45<br />Super-Vet II: Lori McNeil, 37

<br />-MOMENTS-<br />Biggest Slam Story (on-court): ...Capriati wins Australian Open

Biggest Slam Story (off-court):<br /> ...Dokic leaves Australia

Biggest Slam Story (just because):<br /> ...Kournikova misses Wimbledon

Biggest Choke:<br /> ...Capriati blows 8 match points to Venus in Miami final on April Fool's Day, then misses out on #1 for the year by 10 points in November

Best Win at a Big Event:<br /> ...Daja Bedanova def. Seles in 4r of US Open

Best Win at a Big Event II: Virginia Ruano-Pascual def. Hingis in 1r of Wimbledon

Worst Loss at a Big Event: ...Dokic loses in 3r to #131 Petra Mandula at Roland Garros

Worst Walkover: ...Venus pulls out of Indian Wells SF vs. Serena at last moment

Most Anticlimatic Walkover: ...S.Williams takes WTA Chsp. season finale when Davenport is too<br /> injured to play

<br />-THE REST-<br />Most Likely to Lose at the Biggest Moment: Amelie Mauresmo

From Likable Kid to Crabby Vet: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 1989 to 2001

From Likable Vet to Crabby Vet: Jennifer Capriati, Jan. to Nov. 2001

Least-Respected Highly-Ranked Player: #14 Silvia Farina Elia

Most Vilified #1 Player: Martina Hingis, on and off court

Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Walking Stick: Meghann Shaughnessy

Most Fun Names to Say Out Loud: Virginie Razzano & Angelique Widjaja

Most Misprounced Last Names:<br />Henin (ENN-uh, not HEN-in)<br />Dokic (DOCK-ich, not DOAK-ik or DOCK-ik or DOAK-ich)

Most Beautiful Shot: Henin's backhand

Worst Choice: London tabloid backs Barbara Schett over Jelena Dokic

Russian Everyone Knows Still Hasn't Won a Singles Title: Anna Kournikova

Russian You Might Be Surprised Still Hasn't Won a Singles Title: Elena Dementieva

Player Headline-writers Dread will Win a Big Title: Lina Krasnoroutskaya

Best Couple (also: "Most Annoying Couple"): Kim Clijsters & Lleyton Hewitt

Going, going...but not quite gone: The Original Spanish Armada of Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez

Coming, coming...but not quite as good: The New Spanish Armada of Magui Serna, Angeles Montolio, Gala Leon Garcia, Cristina Torrens-Valero, Virginia Ruano-Pascual, and Marta Marrero

The Russians are Coming!: Six Russians are ranked in the Top 50, but none are named Kournikova

Player We'll See How Much She Wants Success in '02: #74 Anna Kournikova, who'll have to fight her way back to the Top 20

Player Who Seems to Want to Be the Next Anna K. (or at least her business managers do): 16-year old Ashley Harkleroad (#265)

I'll Believe It When I See It: Venus and (especially) Serena Williams have vowed to play full schedules in<br /> 2002

<br /> -LISTS-

PLAYER OF THE YEAR<br />1.Capriati---still the best story of the year, despite a less-successful final five months

2.Davenport ---again, the WTA's #1 player didn't win a grand slam (and, this time, didn't even make a slam final)

3.V.Williams---the best player who doesn't play enough

4.The Belgian Waffles ...Kim Clijsters<br /> ---lost RG final 12-10 in the 3rd to Capriati<br /> ...Justine Henin<br /> ---made Wimbledon final, should have made RG final, too

6.Hingis<br /> ---everything (and everyone) is finally catching up with the Swiss Miss

7.Dokic<br /> ---winner of titles on 3 different surfaces in her first full year on<br /> the tour

8.Mauresmo<br /> ---played herself out during a superlative clay season

9.S.Williams<br /> ---2nd best player who doesn't play enough

10.Seles<br /> ---still trying to complete that comeback

HM-Lisa Raymond & Rennae Stubbs<br /> ---best doubles team in the world that doesn't include a Williams

<br /> YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR<br /> (under 20)<br /> 1t.Kim Clijsters, 18<br /> 1t.Justine Henin, 19<br /> 3.Jelena Dokic, 18<br /> 4.Iroda Tulyaganova, 19<br /> 5.Daja Bedanova, 18<br /> 6.Daniela Hantuchova, 18<br /> 7.Lina Krasnoroutskaya, 17<br /> 8.Angelique Widjaja, 16<br /> 9.Maria Jose Martinez, 19<br /> & Ana Isabel Medina Garrigues, 19<br /> 10.Virginie Razzano, 18<br /> HM-Nadia Petrova, 19

"NEWCOMERS" OF THE YEAR<br /> 1.Daja Bedanova, 18 (#28)<br /> 2.Lina Krasnoroutskaya, 17 (#34)<br /> 3.Iroda Tulyaganova, 19 (#20)<br /> 4.Daniela Hantuchova, 18 (#38)<br /> 5.Maja Matevzic, 21 (#79)<br /> 6.Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian, 17 (#78)<br /> 7.Virginie Razzano, 18 (#72)<br /> 8.Anastasia Myskina, 20 (#59)<br /> 9.Angelique Widjaja, 16 (#149)<br /> 10.Nadia Petrova, 19 (#39)<br /> HM-Alicia Molik, 20 (#47)

PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2002<br /> 1.Jelena Dokic<br /> 2.Daja Bedanova<br /> 3.Elena Dementieva<br /> 4.Lina Krasnoroutskaya<br /> 5.Daniela Hantuchova<br /> HM-Nadia Petrova
 

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thanx for this , pretty interesting

what the hell is HM ???? Her majesty Nadia Petrova ?

<br />slightly disagree about sophomore slump... a slump isn't falling from 12-15.<br />Give Elena an injury free season and a full clay season.
 

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HM means "honourable mention". But I kinda like the sound of Her Majesty Nadia Petrova... <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Pretty funny actually.... and I'd agree with almost all of it. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Walking Stick: Meghann Shaughnessy<hr></blockquote>

LOL

Least-Respected Highly-Ranked Player: #14 Silvia Farina Elia<hr></blockquote>

??? The least-respected highly-ranked player should not be Siliva. Is this because of her comments on Alexandra in Wimbledon?
 

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rated_next: I'd take 'least respecting' as meaning the highest ranked player that we, the public and fans (or maybe just the commentators <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> ) don't talk up as much as they should.
 

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Most likely to succed: Jelena Dokic? I guess Justine reaching Wimbledon final doesn't mean anything.lol
 

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What he meant by the Farina remark was "least feared(respected) as an opponent." Silvia had her best year ever, but is hardly a threat to beat the top girls. That ranking came from playing at least 25 events and doing well in tier 3's.

Like freedesigner, I thought it was dead accurate, plus worth a laugh or two <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Why is Silvia Farina Elia not repected? <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> <br />I'm not saying she should be .. I just wondered.
 

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Rollo: When Silvia beat Alexandra in Wimbledon, she said that most of the women on the tour dislike Alex and that there were a large group of women congratulating her after she won. Someone posted the article a while back.

Miroslava is a beauty. <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> She is dating Roger Federer. She has a beautiful game, and is a very tenacious and emotional player on court. She got injured after the US Open, so sadly her ranking has dropped ever since. The poster, Doris, knows a lot more about her than I do. I saw her at the Aus Open on TV this year, and fell in love, but sadly I haven't seen her on TV ever since.
 

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OMG, I've just read everyones comments and realised I've just asked a question that's been asked twice already <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> Oh dear! Just made a complete prat of myself.

From Likable Vet to Crabby Vet: Jennifer Capriati, Jan. to Nov. 2001 <hr></blockquote>

Does that mean less players like Jen at the moment?
 

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Thanks rated-next,<br /> <br /> Marisa sounds like a good prospect, I'll keep my eye out for her.

To answer your question about Farina, veryborednow- she simply doesn't have the weapons to hurt a top 5 woman. Shaughnessy at<br />#12 is young, with wins over the likes of Venus Williams. Farina is a veteran at 29 who didn't win her first title til this year, and surely she is at her peak. The best she did ina big event was a semifinal in Moscow, which had a weak field.<br />While Silvia deserves a lot of respect IMO. she won't have others in the top 20 shaking in their boots when having to play her.
 

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The best slam story was Venus and Serena meeting in the final. Ratings to prove that. <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Pretty accurate evalutaion I guess! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Her Majesty Nadia? hmm I don;t think so! <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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nothing wrong with Nadia <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> , she just short-circuits sometimes
 

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lol @ most of it, esp:

Incomplete Grade: Anna Kournikova<br />Most Unexcused Absences: Venus/Serena<br />From Likable Vet to Crabby Vet: Jennifer Capriati, Jan. to Nov. 2001<br />Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Walking Stick: Meghann Shaughnessy<br />Most Fun Names to Say Out Loud: Virginie Razzano & Angelique Widjaja<br />Player Headline-writers Dread will Win a Big Title: Lina Krasnoroutskaya

<br />Jelena Dokic best-dressed??????? Competing against Venus, Serena and Anna K, Jelena will never be the best-dressed.

I'd also watch Kaia Kanepi and Su-Wei Hsieh next year.
 

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And he fell in love with her too? <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> Congrats Doris! <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />
 
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