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neptune
10-30-2010, 02:22 AM
Elena Dementieva announced her retirement today

I saw the headline "Dementieva retires," half-jokingly thought, "Isn't she a little young for that?" :), and then just figured she got injured or something. But then in the article I read that she really is retiring! :eek: I wasn't prepared for that. That's too bad.

Of course, whenever somebody retires in tennis these days, stick that phrase in Babel Fish and what you really get is: "I'm taking a couple of years off, until I get bored and decide to come back." ;)

I read that Wozniacki will be finishing the year at #1. I've always thought that is the silliest concept. Who cares who finishes the year at #1??? Let's say another player is #1 for most of the year and then another player sneaks in at the very end for a week or two and thus ends the year at #1. Big deal. A far better indicator of dominance is who spent the most weeks at #1 during the year, not who ended it at #1. :rolleyes:

I'm impressed that Zvonareva beat Clijsters in straight sets. As long as she isn't in a GS final, she's tough to beat. I think her semi against Wozniacki should be Vera interesting. ;)

oleada
10-30-2010, 02:28 AM
From her speech, I think Elena wants to settle down, get married and make some babies ;) She and her boyfriend have been together for a long time. She said she would've stayed in longer if she were a man.

oleada
10-30-2010, 07:18 AM
This is sweet to see, re: player's reactions to Elena's retirement:
http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/9200/allak.jpg

Domshabfan
10-30-2010, 07:52 AM
From her speech, I think Elena wants to settle down, get married and make some babies ;) She and her boyfriend have been together for a long time. She said she would've stayed in longer if she were a man.

That is so sweet of her, she was a great player and provided us with great entertaining tennis. My favourite match of her is when she played Davenport in 2000 (i think), when she was literally hitting her out of court and exploiting her lack of movement. Even though she did not win a grandslam she has an Olympic medal.

judgejudy27
10-31-2010, 05:54 PM
Congrats to Clijsters. IMO the true Player of the Year for 2010 with her U.S Open, WTA Championships title, Miami title, and titles in Cincinnati and Brisbane. She actually has won big titles on the year unlike Wozniacki, and has won a decent number of titles unlike Serena.

neptune
11-02-2010, 02:09 AM
Congrats to Clijsters. IMO the true Player of the Year for 2010 with her U.S Open, WTA Championships title, Miami title, and titles in Cincinnati and Brisbane. She actually has won big titles on the year unlike Wozniacki, and has won a decent number of titles unlike Serena.

Yes, I'd call Clijsters the "real" #1. But Wozniacki is just 20, and I suspect she'll only get better.

Loves_Shizuka
11-02-2010, 11:22 AM
All the very best to Lena Dementieva. She was a true class act - and I'm not just saying that now she's retired. Classy, professional, intelligent, dignified and articulate, she was a great ambassador for the WTA. :)

BigB08822
11-02-2010, 04:48 PM
The weak WTA loses one of its better players. Ouch. They need a few women to step it up!

pumba
11-03-2010, 06:31 PM
imo Elena is the most beautiful lady in tennis, though she never earned money on her looks, and this says something about her intelligence.

oleada
11-04-2010, 12:07 AM
Dementieva: "I quit to have kids" (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/03112010/58/dementieva-quit-kids.html)


"I don't want to give all the details because these are very private, intimate things," the 29-year-old said.
"But I have to admit I've made a decision to quit mainly because I want to start a family, have kids."
The Muscovite has always been reluctant to discuss her private life but it has been widely reported that she is engaged to Russian ice hockey player Maxim Afinogenov.

Beefcake
11-04-2010, 12:19 AM
Dementieva: "I quit to have kids" (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/03112010/58/dementieva-quit-kids.html)
"Dear future parents, please please PLEASE let me look like Mommy (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Xazy0jNiGgw/SrP0p1qmMBI/AAAAAAAABRQ/mGp_s_UaeGI/s400/dementievaandmaxim.jpg) ... even :shuffle: if I'm a boy"

BigB08822
11-04-2010, 06:07 AM
"Dear future parents, please please PLEASE let me look like Mommy (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Xazy0jNiGgw/SrP0p1qmMBI/AAAAAAAABRQ/mGp_s_UaeGI/s400/dementievaandmaxim.jpg) ... even :shuffle: if I'm a boy"

Oh my! He must have a really big...personality.

Beefcake
11-04-2010, 07:00 PM
The ATP Championships field got a little clearer today, with Fat Dave looking sexy as ever (www.google.com/hostednews/afp/slideshow/ALeqM5hBF98ppi_vtGCG6fxZ7MrD2HmKow?docId=CNG.844da babfa6a3430536f7fcdf984d1d8.3b1&index=0) knocking cutie Cilic from the 6th/7th/8th slots possibilities list, and Youzhny's chances going from "outside" to "near zero" with his new injury.

Berdych, despite his p*ss poor fall season (another early loss this week), is nearly qualified ... to "not" qualify, it would take some very deep runs this week and next by three guys currently below him.

For the 7th and 8th slots, Roddick and Ferrer are not keeping pace, both into their respective 500 quarterfinals this week. Verdasco lost early this week, so he'll lose more ground to those two.

Finally: With an early Paris Masters loss by two of the three above and his own deep run there, Melzer could still pull out a slot in London.

Beefcake
11-04-2010, 07:25 PM
This question (and Jon's first two points) in Wertheim's Weekly Mailbag pretty much sums up the sorry state of affairs in the WTA, dontchathink?


Anyone else find it kinda funny that Kim Clijsters was the youngest Slam winner this year?--Steve, Kirksville

• Nice. More stats: 1) despite winning a major AND the year-end championships, Clijsters still finished behind Zvonareva in the rankings; 2) Serena finished No. 4 despite playing zero matches since Wimbledon AND no matches in February, March or April; 3) If Dementieva chooses to be delisted, there will be only one Russian in the top 10; 4) the Doha field of eight featured just two Grand Slam winners.

CaptCrunch
11-04-2010, 11:01 PM
[QUOTE=Beefcake;2932793]The ATP Championships field got a little clearer today, with Fat Dave looking sexy as ever (www.google.com/hostednews/afp/slideshow/ALeqM5hBF98ppi_vtGCG6fxZ7MrD2HmKow?docId=CNG.844da babfa6a3430536f7fcdf984d1d8.3b1&index=0) knocking cutie Cilic from the 6th/7th/8th slots possibilities list, and Youzhny's chances going from "outside" to "near zero" with his new injury.



Beefcake, your Fat Dave URL pic is actually one of Djokovic! ;)

Glad Fat Dave won today. :)