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|Sep-24-09|| ||GerMalaz: As I recall, only Wimbledon is allowed to tweak the seeding, all the others have to go by ranking.|
|Sep-24-09|| ||keypusher: <Jason Frost: <justinbel>|
Look at the difference between anyone when they start and when they have gotten better and more fit. The shoulder injury is, of course, 100% proof of HGH use, can't just be a shoulder injury, that would be ridiculous.
Seriously, people need to get at least some proof before they start accusing completely random players of HGH and Steroid use.>
That's nothing. On this very website Karpov has been accused of taking steroids. I consider this an outrageous libel on socialist medicine as exemplified by, e.g., the East German women's swim team. :-)
|Sep-24-09|| ||HeMateMe: When a 'brain steroid' type drug appears on the market, or under the table, its gonna get real weird...|
|Sep-24-09|| ||Tessie Tura: <<Bartle> makes a good point about the rankings--you can avoid the real heavyweights and pile up some points. That may be the same way some chess GMs pile up points--avoid the super tournaments, unless a nice participation fee is included, beat up on the weakies, and suddenly you have a 2650 rating.>|
He's spot on, but Safina isn’t just trolling for weakies - she beat Clijsters last month, for example – and she goes to the slams and really tries but hasn't been able to close the deal. (That deer-in-the-headlights look she gets is awful to see.) She does play a lot of the smaller tournaments, but it's good for the top players to do that. Tennis can't live by majors alone, and Serena's open disregard for the rest of the tour isn't great for the WTA or the sport in general.
|Sep-24-09|| ||Jim Bartle: I don't know if I'm the typical fan, but by the time a couple of years have past, I don't even remember the rankings. All I remember is who won and who reached the finals of the majors (and maybe the season-ending championship). |
The second-tier tournaments are important (Key Biscayne, Rome, Indian Wells, etc.), but really what lasts are the majors.
|Sep-24-09|| ||HeMateMe: < All I remember is who won and who reached the finals of the majors>|
That's why a lot of top players avoid Davis Cup, tennis is an individual sport, there is no national sentiment, like you have with crazy world cup people (and you KNOW who you are...)
|Oct-08-09|| ||keypusher: Why, by the way, is coaching a player during a match prohibited in tennis?|
|Oct-08-09|| ||Tessie Tura: Coaching is allowed, with limitations, in the WTA. It’s also allowed during team play. It’s traditional in tennis for a match to be purely mano a mano, with the player relying on his own wits to cope with problems that arise during the match. Coaches are also potential distractions.|
Which doesn’t mean that coaching doesn’t happen. Ever notice coaches rubbing their noses, tugging at their caps, scratching their chins, etc.?
|Oct-08-09|| ||Tessie Tura: I forgot to add that the WTA doesn't allow on court coaching at the Slams.|
|Oct-08-09|| ||Jim Bartle: Another thing, KP, is that coaching can give an advantage to one player. The more successful players tend to have full-time expert coaches, while younger or weaker players either don't have coaches or their coaches aren't as good. |
Sharapova is one player known to receive illicit coaching from her box. Also, once Oracene Williams yelled "get out of Compton" to Serena, and Serena was warned for coaching, the referee claiming it was advice to Serena to play closer to the baseline.
Not a problem with Federer, though. No coach.
|Jan-27-10|| ||Jim Bartle: Checked the Australia scores when I got up this morning, and couldn't believe Federer had beaten Davydenko. When I went to bed last night Davydenko was just blowing the Mighty Fed off the court, leading by one set and well ahead in the second. It looked like a mismatch.|
Serena played a great match against a player who stood toe to toe with her (Azarenka, who I'd never seen before), and now faces Li Na, who beat Venus yesterday. I think Li Na needs our prayers, as Serena is going to blast her as if hit by a hurricane. The Williams sisters really don't like losing to the same player in a tournament.
|Jan-27-10|| ||chessmoron: <Jim Bartle> Don't count out Li Na too quickly. She has beaten Serena before when Serena was in her prime.|
|Jan-27-10|| ||Jim Bartle: We'll have to see. It's never happened before, but I could be wrong...|
I thought Li Na and Venus played uninspired tennis, while Serena and Azarenka burned up the court. Brilliant stuff.
|Jan-27-10|| ||chessmoron: Here's in 2008 where Li Na beats Serena: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR47...|
It's true the two combine for 110 unforced error which is quite astonishing but it was a compelling match to see nevertheless.
|Jan-28-10|| ||chessmoron: Drats! Li Na lost 6-7 6-7. Li Na really blew a chance on the 1st set when she let 6-5.|
|Jan-28-10|| ||Ladolcevita: Li Na is clearly a very powerful player!Yet,I must say,Serena's Ace is not so female...I dont like her,and I will never do.
JuJu is much better,albeit she was small and weak on the surface,her tactics and strengh are always worth a Wimbledon Champion or suchlike!
Btw,I dont like Federrer as well.He and Serena is successful enough,and they still prevent other players from the mirth of success.What two weirdos.|
|Jan-28-10|| ||Blunderdome: <Jim>, I understand Federer took a bathroom break and then won 12 games in a row.|
Maybe he had a computer hidden there?
|Jan-28-10|| ||chessmoron: <Btw,I dont like Federrer as well.He and Serena is successful enough,and they still prevent other players from the mirth of success.> Have you watch last year's US Open? Both Federer and Serena was ousted in the championship round.|
It's too bad Li Na lost. I would love to see a future rematcb.
|Jan-28-10|| ||Ladolcevita: <chessmoron>
I guess not...maybe it's the midnight when the game was on...
I particularly watched this year's AO,because JUJU is back1
I know maybe she would be defeated by Serena anyway,but I will support her in the final.
|Jan-28-10|| ||Jim Bartle: Serena came out as if she was sleepwalking. None of the fire I thought she'd have. Sort of muddled through to a win.|
Didn't see it, but it looks as if it was Henin who brought the "fire on court," giving Zheng no chance.
And as far as Federer or Serena letting others have success, that's just not the way competition works. And if they did step aside for others, the others wouldn't feel they'd really earned their victories. To be the best you have to be the best.
|Jan-28-10|| ||kellmano: Murray gets through to his first ever grand slam final. Anyone know why Federer's match is tomorrow? Seems blatantly unfair that the winner will have less recuperation time before the final. I imagine Murray will be hoping that Tsonga wins 12-10 in the fifth.|
|Jan-28-10|| ||Jim Bartle: Yes, the scheduling is strange.
This is Murray's second Grand Slam final. He lost to Federer at the 2008 US Open.
|Jan-28-10|| ||Ladolcevita: <JIM BARTLE>
YES,,this is so paradoxical...
Anyway,dementieva might never get a slam...
|Jan-28-10|| ||Jim Bartle: "Anyway,dementieva might never get a slam..."
Her own fault. She's had a million chances.
|Jan-28-10|| ||Eyal: <Jim Bartle: Checked the Australia scores when I got up this morning, and couldn't believe Federer had beaten Davydenko. When I went to bed last night Davydenko was just blowing the Mighty Fed off the court, leading by one set and well ahead in the second. It looked like a mismatch.>|
Except for Nadal, this kind of thing seems to be happening consistently to everyone who is leading against Federer in a Grand Slam tournament, so maybe it shouldn't be so surprising after all these years… as he says, a <lot> has to happen for him to lose 3 out of 5 sets. In terms of functioning under Grand Slam pressure, Federer is simply in a league of his own in tennis history; this is perhaps illustrated most dramatically by his record of 23[!!] consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals (that is, since Wimbledon 2004), when compared to the previous record and 2nd-best achievement – 10 (by Laver and Lendl).
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