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navratilovafan
02-22-2009, 08:58 AM
For any longtime WTA followers would you consider todays field the worst one in the history of womens tennis. I certainly do.

oneguy21
02-22-2009, 09:03 AM
I haven't watched tennis during the days of Seles/Graf or Evert/Navratilova, so I wouldn't know for sure, but women's tennis does suck these days so quite possibly yes.

I don't keep up with the WTA, but the latest stuff I know is that Mauresmo won the Open Gaz de France (beating Jankovic along the way).

I know Jankovic is just sucking.

grafrules
02-22-2009, 09:10 AM
Yes it is the worst ever by far. If even Jankovic could be ranked #1 than probably Anke Huber, Kimiko Date, Kathy Jordan, Jo Durie, Sylvia Hanika, and Mary Joe Fernandez could all be ranked #1 today as well as all are/were superior players to Jankovic.

Topaz
02-22-2009, 09:12 AM
I haven't watched tennis during the days of Seles/Graf or Evert/Navratilova, so I wouldn't know for sure, but women's tennis does suck these days so quite possibly yes.

I don't keep up with the WTA, but the latest stuff I know is that Mauresmo won the Open Gaz de France (beating Jankovic along the way).

I know Jankovic is just sucking.

Interesting.

Too bad you didn't watch or keep up with Mauresmo's wins in Paris...she played spectacular tennis.

Topaz
02-22-2009, 09:13 AM
Yes it is the worst ever by far. If even Jankovic could be ranked #1 than probably Anke Huber, Kimiko Date, Kathy Jordan, Jo Durie, Sylvia Hanika, and Mary Joe Fernandez could all be ranked #1 today as well as all are/were superior players to Jankovic.

Uh, no. They are not.

saram
02-22-2009, 09:23 AM
Maybe not the worst ever--but sure is a disappointing time on the WTA as far as the fans are concerned. At least there is no foregone conclusion as to win everything...that at least, keeps things somewhat interesting.

thalivest
02-22-2009, 09:24 AM
Maybe not the worst ever--but sure is a disappointing time on the WTA as far as the fans are concerned. At least there is no foregone conclusion as to win everything...that at least, keeps things somewhat interesting.

Not really even entirely true. You sort of a know a fat grossly out of shape Serena will be gifted every slam these days from her choking opponents.

thalivest
02-22-2009, 09:25 AM
Yes it is the worst ever by far. If even Jankovic could be ranked #1 than probably Anke Huber, Kimiko Date, Kathy Jordan, Jo Durie, Sylvia Hanika, and Mary Joe Fernandez could all be ranked #1 today as well as all are/were superior players to Jankovic.

You forgot the Maleeva sisters, well the oldest and youngest anyway.

mary fierce
02-22-2009, 12:18 PM
Doesn't really make sense that with so many more (former Soviet countries) and better conditioned athletes playing the game, that the quality of play would suddenly and inexplicably decline. I don't think it has. What's changed is the STYLE rather than the LEVEL of play, because the women now have more shot power than leg speed/agility, so they feel they have to go for broke on almost every shot, a very different style than what was played in past decades. This makes the experience of watching the game less satisfying, but I think there's as much or more talent than ever.

navratilovafan
02-22-2009, 12:30 PM
Doesn't really make sense that with so many more (former Soviet countries) and better conditioned athletes playing the game, that the quality of play would suddenly and inexplicably decline. I don't think it has. What's changed is the STYLE rather than the LEVEL of play, because the women now have more shot power than leg speed/agility, so they feel they have to go for broke on almost every shot, a very different style than what was played in past decades. This makes the experience of watching the game less satisfying, but I think there's as much or more talent than ever.

Even if I agreed with your accessment (and I personally dont but respect your opinion) that wouldnt explain the biggest problem of all of the current womens game. The biggest problem of all in the current womens game is that 99% of the current women including 90% of the top women (aka everyone but Serena) are chronic chokers with the most feeble mental games imaginable.

eeytennis
02-22-2009, 02:50 PM
For any longtime WTA followers would you consider todays field the worst one in the history of womens tennis. I certainly do.

Well, the game has changed so much since the days of Evert and Navratilova but I think that what the WTA is lacking is a continually dominant player as well as a fun and entertaining rivalry (like Fed and Nadal have, for example). Many of these women seem to be total head cases nowaday...wonder why...any ideas?

pound cat
02-22-2009, 03:18 PM
Well, the game has changed so much since the days of Evert and Navratilova but I think that what the WTA is lacking is a continually dominant player as well as a fun and entertaining rivalry (like Fed and Nadal have, for example). Many of these women seem to be total head cases nowaday...wonder why...any ideas?


The dominant player (s) are the Williams sisters, especially Serena, but their lives are so filled with things other than tennis that they drift in and out of the tennis scene...and miraculously come back and play each other in a lot of finals. and Serena becomes #1 ...just like that.

When they play they are very, very good, and when they don't play the quality of WTA tennis is quite awful.

And when they retire...(at age 40 maybe) god help the crediility of the TWA.

And credit to the gene pool and Richard Williams. Without him/it it would have meant the dumming down of women's tennis.

Azzurri
02-22-2009, 03:19 PM
only women i watched was Henin and Safina...now down to one. I just don't care for the women's game these days.

pound cat
02-22-2009, 03:34 PM
only women i watched was Henin and Safina...now down to one. I just don't care for the women's game these days.

And Safina is so erratic...just like her frustrating brother..both drive me crazy

edberg505
02-22-2009, 03:36 PM
Interesting.

Too bad you didn't watch or keep up with Mauresmo's wins in Paris...she played spectacular tennis.

Mauresmo is actaully cracking her one hander now. It's quite a joy to see. She was doing far too much looping before now.

egn
02-22-2009, 03:48 PM
The field is just like it has always been in women's tennis mediocrity with greatness. Just the problem is the greatness of this generation does not care. If Serena Williams and Venus were in shape, Justine Henin did not quit and Sharapova was not always injured you would have four vastly talented women at the top. Serena Williams is a great player as many seem to forget the fact that she is out of shape and can beat the rest of the field is a testimony to herself not to the weakness of the field. If Serena upped her own fitness and raised the bar we would see either good things or Serena get 8 straight slams, but I think Sharapova will be back and healthy soon and hopefully finally in her prime.

Azzurri
02-22-2009, 04:23 PM
And Safina is so erratic...just like her frustrating brother..both drive me crazy

I know what you mean. But none of the other women are very interesting. I thought i could root for jankovic and Ivanovic but alas i just don't care. Maybe Martina Hingis will come back.:roll:

saram
02-22-2009, 06:09 PM
At least the Dokic story was nice and refreshing down under. At least the WTA had one pleasant story this year.

GameSampras
02-22-2009, 06:39 PM
Spazzina? The Demented one? "Weird Al Jankovic, and Eye Candy Ivanovic as the top players outside of the WS.

Need I say more?


Its truly in an utterly pathetic state. So bad overweight Serena can dedicate herself part time to the game, eat Krispy Kremes for training and win the last two slams.

Cyan
02-22-2009, 06:54 PM
WTA is atrocious these days.......