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Offline MC ill Logic

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« Reply #60 on: January 24, 2005, 08:13:46 AM »
But it's still funny she would say that.  Her results in no way back her statement up.  

When I'm playing my best, I can beat Federer.  But only when I'm playing my best. :whistle:

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« Reply #61 on: January 24, 2005, 08:18:57 AM »
:lol-sign:

I know we have talked about confidence and the fact you need to believe in yourself 200% in order to be on the tour, but I really do not think she believes what she said.
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« Reply #62 on: January 24, 2005, 09:52:13 AM »
Venus loses again...surprise? and of course, more lame excuses.
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« Reply #63 on: January 24, 2005, 02:14:49 PM »
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Q. Is it getting more and more frustrating each time something like this happens?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I wouldn't say it's fun. Obviously, no. I go into each match feeling like that I should be able to win each match.

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*ETA: Let me clarify something. It's understandable for her to say that she believes she's the best, because really, if you lack the confidence you shouldn't even bother going on court. However, Venus has been unwilling to fix the flawed aspects of her game through the years and seems to play without any tactical wherewithal. Consequently, everything Venus says gets progressively more hollow as she continues in this rut. I wouldn't even give her "best" schtick a second glance -- it's the results that count.

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« Reply #64 on: January 24, 2005, 04:33:48 PM »
BitterBlueBong, I agree! No amount of excuses will win matches for you. If you can't dedicate yourself to tennis, then accept  the defeats.
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« Reply #65 on: January 24, 2005, 06:50:42 PM »
True, I'm bummed and this was a terrible loss for Venus but I wish people would stop saying she isnt dedicated. She has been working very hard this year and sure, she may've gotten a little distracted last year but she wasn't nearly as undedicated as players like Serena. She has made it clear that she's ready to begin working hard again and putting it in...I believe she's going to start dedicating 110%.

I think its unfair to say that this australian open measures how well she is going to perform this year. As we all know, there's only like 2 weeks offseason for the players' transition to the new year. she hadnt had THAT long to work on anything. But I think she'll take some important things away from this match and go work hard on them. Then -- we'll see how she does in Roland Garros.

Now if she still does bad there -- I'll shove my foot in my mouth and kepe quiet  :whistle:

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« Reply #66 on: January 24, 2005, 07:34:52 PM »
Well, now that she is healthy she has a few months to play tournaments, build confidence and get ready for the summer slams.  If she can avoid injury and stay dedicated like she has been she will most likely do great this summer!
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« Reply #67 on: January 24, 2005, 07:49:02 PM »
Kuznetsova and Sharapova in a 3rd set.  I wish it was on tv.
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« Reply #68 on: January 24, 2005, 07:51:49 PM »
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*ETA: Let me clarify something. It's understandable for her to say that she believes she's the best, because really, if you lack the confidence you shouldn't even bother going on court. However, Venus has been unwilling to fix the flawed aspects of her game through the years and seems to play without any tactical wherewithal. Consequently, everything Venus says gets progressively more hollow as she continues in this rut. I wouldn't even give her "best" schtick a second glance -- it's the results that count.
Really, you have to wonder if her continued "I'm the best" attitude is also the reason why she refuses, denies the coaching help she so obviously needs.  Ditto for Serena.

Serena could benefit a lot from Brad Gilbert.  They joked on air about Brad coaching her and it's not a bad idea.  Serena is pretty technically sound -- her forehand is a bit shaky, too -- and has the type of hyper-talented, powerful game Brad's good at redirecting.  

Venus, on the other hand, needs a more technical coach, somebody that can really tweak her forehand and second serve.  Sure, she could use some tactical training also, but what's the point until her technical flaws are addressed?  

But it's cool that her and Serena are being so cocky.  I'm glad to see that they care.  I hope they make some noise this year.

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« Reply #69 on: January 24, 2005, 07:54:43 PM »
I think it would be amazing if Serena could win this.  She is getting there.
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« Reply #70 on: January 24, 2005, 09:04:12 PM »
Well, Sharapova advanced in 3 sets, winning the last 2 sets only dropping 4 games total.  Very nice win for her.
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« Reply #71 on: January 24, 2005, 09:35:40 PM »
Well Serena is taking care of business. This is kind of embarrasing for Mauresmo considering how closely she's played Serena in the past and then to see her doing this bad just says that Serena has finally gotten the best of her to me.

They keep claiming the injury but I think she's just mentally bitten the dust when she sees Serena's name next to hers in the draw. She's folded...lost hope that she'll ever be able to beat Serena. She could come back but its unlikely.

Should be another easy set to top off an easy win for Serena.

One gripe from me: Is it jsut me or has Serena been serving kinda weird occasionally. Sometimes she'll go for it and sometimes she just like arms it over....fear of reinjuring the tummy maybe?

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« Reply #72 on: January 24, 2005, 10:11:15 PM »
I haven't noticed the serve motion.  What I did notice though was the complete destruction of Mauresmo that Serena dished out.  Serena moves sooooooooo well on the court!!!
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« Reply #73 on: January 24, 2005, 10:58:44 PM »
Sharapova vs Serene next.  I am hoping for a good 3 set thriller.   I never thought I would be saying this, but I think Maria has the edge going into this match.

I think I would rather see Serena win, but you never know.  I say whoever wins this match will win the tournament.
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« Reply #74 on: January 25, 2005, 08:31:02 AM »
Davenport must be licking her chops.   Molik is the one woman who is an outside threat to her, but after all the dissapointments in big events of last year I dont see her letting an upstart spoil her chances.

      Mauresmo will be out of the top 10 by the end of the year.   I obviously should listen to my friends who say I, the rankings, and some experts highly overrate her.   Then again some others dont, it was interesting to hear Shriver and Gilbert say she should not have been seeded #2.   I wouldnt worry, I doubt she will defend her spring points and the no-chance slam champion threat will never have that inflated a ranking again.   She is a very good player but not worthy of such a high ranking, and with all the up and comers, along with the regulars who can beat her, it would be shocking if she ever won a grand slam.    By the way there is no shame losing 6-2, 6-2 to Serena, dissapointment for a top player, but not shame.   However her effort level and apparent lack of any puncturing weapons against an elite caliber player, which has been on display before and I have been slow to catch onto is another matter.
That along with her past failure to take advantage of open draws, beat the best players even on truly off days, etc.....

      Venus and Capriati will be joining Mauresmo in falling into the 11-20 bracket.   It seems like Venus has delusions of her problems.   She just claims she doesnt play her best and she is still the best player.   Such is far from the truth.   She has technical problems on both her forehand and second serve to be corrected, and if she doesnt hire a specialist to fix those, she will never be a slam threat again, and will regularly go out between 3rd round and quarters.     Capriati has maxed out her potential, and we will see that when she returns.

       Sharapova vs Serena, Davenport vs Molik, Davenport likely vs Sharapova or Serena.   Should be exciting.   Even with Venus losing, which isnt a big upset, considering Molik is a real up and comer, and Venus is more a second-tier top player now, the real cream has risen to the top providing some great matchups.

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« Reply #75 on: January 25, 2005, 08:53:07 AM »
I always like to see Serena win, but I will be pulling for Davenport all the way no matter who she plays.  It would be amazing to see her win a slam again, I think she should retire right away.  #1 with a slam title.  :)
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« Reply #76 on: January 25, 2005, 07:54:08 PM »
I'd like to see Serena vs Davenport cuz I dunno who to pull for.

I think Serena has the edge against Sharapova tho. Lets be honest...Sharapova has dropped a set in nearly every match she's played and Serena? Well she whooped the number 2 player in the world 2 & 2...do the math --

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« Reply #77 on: January 25, 2005, 09:55:17 PM »
Schneydey and Dechy just went to the third set...

Davenport and Molik are also in a third set.

I would love to see the Davenport and Molik match live, but ESPN is aset behind them.  grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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« Reply #78 on: January 25, 2005, 11:12:35 PM »
Guess I won't spoil the results for you (since ESPN isn't showing matches LIVE right now), but the Davenport/Molik match is a doozy.

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« Reply #79 on: January 26, 2005, 07:09:22 AM »
I just woke up and saw the score, I wish I would of stayed up to see that one!
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