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BigB08822
02-03-2010, 09:25 PM
Henin is probably the favorite for the French (vomit) but there is one thing that is important, HER SERVE! Her serve is a doozy right now and if it isn't greatly improved then it will be even more of a problem for her on such a slow surface. It will be a sitting duck for the top players to completely bomb back at her. She could really have a tough time holding serve, IMO. She has plenty of time to work on it, but it has to improve or it could be her downfall against an aggressive returner.

judgejudy27
02-04-2010, 05:38 AM
Who are the big hitters or agressive returners that are even a factor at the French. Serena hasnt made a semifinal there since 2003 and her clay court game gets worse all the time. Dont even get me started on Venus who probably will be out by the 3rd round as usual. I doubt she will be worried about serving even weak serves to the likes of Safina, Jankovic, Kuznetsova, Dementieva. Clijsters is the only one I could see who has any real shot at this years French who could take advantage of even her worst serving. The bookies odds for the French Open out at the moment have her odds of winning as 7 times better than the next best, and better than even money which is very rare.

oleada
02-04-2010, 06:24 AM
To be honest, I don't know if the French is Kim's best slam. Dementieva hasn't done that well in the last few years, either. Despite making the final there in '04, I don't think clay is her best surface. The only red clay title she's won is the Istanbul Minnie Mouse.

oleada
02-07-2010, 08:14 PM
Russia beats Serbia at home 3-2 in the Fed Cup, and it's Ivanovic's fault entirely. Jankovic came back from 46 14 30-40 down to beat Kleybanova 60 in the third, and beat Kuznetsova in 3 sets. Ana couldn't win more than 5 games per match; and obviously they lost the doubles. Ugh! I wouldn't have been surprised if Jelena "accidentally" hit her in the head while serving in the doubles.

Ana was so awful it's hard to remember she won a Grand Slam.

Other winners....Italy over Ukraine, USA over France and Czech Republic over Germany. In Word Group II: Belgium beat Poland, with Wickmayer saving 3 MPs to beat A-Rad; Slovakia over a golden flower-less China and Australia beat Spain.

Beefcake
02-08-2010, 04:02 PM
Tommy Haas - new US citizen (www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2010/02/Haas-Receives-US-Citizenship.aspx) :)

Welcome, handsome devil! Tommy will have dual citizenship, and continue representing Germany in Davis Cup.

:psoty: We like it even more when the beautiful people naturalize*

Tanith, check. Tommy, check. Next stop - Kiira. :puppet:

:shuffle: *But then, there's Ivan Lendl

Loves_Shizuka
02-09-2010, 05:46 AM
Russia beats Serbia at home 3-2 in the Fed Cup, and it's Ivanovic's fault entirely. Jankovic came back from 46 14 30-40 down to beat Kleybanova 60 in the third, and beat Kuznetsova in 3 sets. Ana couldn't win more than 5 games per match; and obviously they lost the doubles. Ugh! I wouldn't have been surprised if Jelena "accidentally" hit her in the head while serving in the doubles.

Ana was so awful it's hard to remember she won a Grand Slam.

Tell me about it! Ana is just getting worse; that service toss is embarrassing and her footwork and movement is like a club player! What's going on?! She has lots of points defend soon, in Dubai and IW; she better find some form quickly otherwise she's SLIPPING!

Beefcake
02-09-2010, 08:49 PM
Interesting tidbit ...


On 1 February, the Top 10 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings were represented by 10 different countries. It marked the first time since 25 May, 1998 that the Top 10 consisted of 10 different countries. Here's a look at the present and past Top 10 with 10 different countries:

Top 10 South African Airways ATP Rankings

1 February 2010
25 May 1998

1 Roger Federer (SUI)
1 Pete Sampras (USA)

2 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2 Petr Korda (CZE)

3 Andy Murray (GBR)
3 Marcelo Rios (CHI)

4 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
4 Greg Rusedski (GBR)

5 Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
5 Patrick Rafter (AUS)

6 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
6 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS)

7 Andy Roddick (USA)
7 Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)

8 Robin Soderling (SWE)
8 Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)

9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
9 Karol Kucera (SVK)

10 Marin Cilic (CRO)
10 Richard Krajicek (NED)
Wow, with the exception of its top dog, Kafelnikov, and (blech!) Krajicek, the 1998 Top 10 was full of interesting players. Rios :swoon: What a lovely game. Korda, Rafter, Kuerten, Bjorkman, Kucera, even Rusedski ... all fun games to watch. Loves me some of the guys in today's Top 10, but compared to 1998's, the 2010 gane is merely ball-bashery.

Beefcake
02-09-2010, 10:27 PM
Mrs. Roddick is the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue's cover girl. (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010_swimsuit/models/brooklyn-decker/?xid=cnnbin&hpt=Sbin)

Take THAT, Mirka! :HA!:

judgejudy27
02-10-2010, 01:25 AM
Interesting tidbit ...


Wow, with the exception of its top dog, Kafelnikov, and (blech!) Krajicek, the 1998 Top 10 was full of interesting players. Rios :swoon: What a lovely game. Korda, Rafter, Kuerten, Bjorkman, Kucera, even Rusedski ... all fun games to watch. Loves me some of the guys in today's Top 10, but compared to 1998's, the 2010 gane is merely ball-bashery.

To each their own. The 1998 top 10 makes me cringe. One of the weakest fields ever IMO, the others being the 2002 and 1997 fields. I loved watching Korda but he had 2 slam finals his whole career 6 years apart, and he was at the end of his career in 98. Rios was such a wasted talent, a potential genius who ended up being a huge mental flake who tanked mostly in the slams as his 1 total appearance beyond the quarters of a slam reflects. Rusedski was basically a 90s John Isner or worse. Bjorkman was a doubles specialist basically.

The current top 5 for me is the deepest since atleast 1995 if not earlier. I also dont feel they play the same way, the only true one dimensional ball basher of the 5 is Del Potro.

oleada
02-10-2010, 01:29 AM
I don't think Delpo is one dimensional. He moves well for a big guy and isn't bad at the net (not great, but not awful).

judgejudy27
02-10-2010, 04:03 AM
I dont think he is that one dimensional but relatively speaking he is mostly a baseline basher backed up by a very big serve. My point was of the current top 5 he is the only one who can fit that label. Federer certainly is a very diverse player, Murray plays with more guile and brain than raw power, Djokovic is a very consistent and fairly smart power player who plays some great defense too. Nadal at his best plays with an amazing mix of spin, angle, margin, heaviness to his ball and of course unwordly defense.

Seerek
02-10-2010, 07:17 PM
I find with the top guys, they do have the capacity to demonstrate a wide variety of shots but seem to stuck in ruts where they don't seem to adjust if things aren't going correctly.


I think Kafelnikov underachieved - he possessed an all court game, but simply didn't utilize it enough. Interestingly , he won more doubles majors (4) and singles majors (2).

Richard Krajieck probably would've had accomplished more in his career if he had better side to side movement (and I guess overall movement in general).

Yehudi
02-11-2010, 12:06 AM
I've seen Del Po live and he was trying out some serve and volley during non-crucial points. It needs work but it looks like he wants to add that dimension to his game.

judgejudy27
02-11-2010, 12:26 AM
Del Potro's volleys need alot of work. I couldnt even say he is a good volleyer for top player standards yet. It is good he is trying though.

CaptCrunch
02-14-2010, 01:53 PM
Some notes on tennis this week:

David Nalbandian is scheduled to return to play in Buenos Aires. Good field with Ferrer, Ferrero, Gasquet, Monaco, Almagro, etc.

Andy Roddick is playing Fernando Verdasco in the finals in San Jose today. Good final, too bad no one will watch due to Olympics!

I'm surprised to see Sharapova playing in Memphis this week.

Roddick and Blake are scheduled to meet in the first rd in Memphis. :eek:

Did anyone notice that Mark Philippoussis played a challenger event in Dallas a couple of weeks ago? He lost in either the first or second rd. Apparently he plans to play more of them with a small chance of returning to the tour.