WTA should be renamed WHTA Woman Handicap Tennis Association

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  1. spinbalz

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    Mauresmo always injured - Henin currently sick/injured - Clijsters injured - S.Willams injured again - V.Willams soon injured (I bet) - Davenport couldn't really play healthy for a full season since 2 or 3 years - Capriati out of shape and always slight injuries (her back for exemple) - Mary Pierce (she has 2 slam titles) won Rolland Garros and then... you know the story.

    They are the legit top 8 WTA talents, and we can almost never see even only half of these girls being and playing healthy/uninjured at the same time. Why? Do you think it is due to poor technical levels in their stroke? Or Too much physical training? Or not enough physical training (that would mean a lack of professional behaviour from these girls), or too much matches played on tour (they alway go far in tournaments)? Or the use of drugs and performance enhancer products (I'm the devil's advocate here)? Or just natural fragility of their body, Or any other reason? What is your opinion?

    We never saw that much injuries with top ladies of the 90's and 80's, Evert, Navratilova, Arantxa sanchez, Sabatini, Graf (her injuries came late in her career, due to the accumulation of efforts among years of top level tennis), some will argue that they also had their share of injuries and health problems, but it mainly happenned during the second half part of their career, which is understandable, while the top WTA talents of today are only in the first third of a normal career, except Pierce.

    And I don't even talk of Anna Kournikova!
     
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  2. Feña14

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    I find the level of the women playing nowadays is absolutely shocking, Henin is a very good player but other than that well its a disgrace. I think they should go back to mini tennis and floater balls. Hantuchova can't come out if its windy because she will get stuck up a
    tree. I think it has gone past the stage of it been funny. I think they need to go back to 21 inch rackets (I hear TW's Holy Grail's are amazing :D ) so basically get them down the job centre and get a job they are good at!

    I'm sorry if I sound blunt but I have to tell you how these women are not only ruining the game of tennis, but also professional sport.

    Shocking :)

    Liam
     
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  3. roundiesee

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    It's probably the same old story of playing too agressively, starting too young (when the body's not as strong and mature), and playing too many matches on hard courts. This problem has dogged women's tennis for some years now. Remember the likes of Tracy Austin and Andrea Jaeger? Martina Hingtis as well, all such good players who eventually sustained debilitating injuries that ended their playing careers.
     
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  4. pound cat

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    It's not only shocking, it's also embarrassing to watch, even on TV . Even Cliff and Pam are hard pressed to find much good to say about any matches. It's been a long time since I've seen a good women's match on TV, whereas almost every men's match is a good one. You're right Liam, they are a dsgrace to professional sports, and the WTA should be ashamed of the tennis being played and the money being earned by what I think of as a group of no-talents.
     
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  5. Ronaldo

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    BS, KUZNETSOVA/HENIN played great matches and roundiesee you are right, it's the 9th inning and these old ladies are over. WTA has not promoted enough players and will pay dearly.
     
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  6. pound cat

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    I guess I missed that ONE, because I don't even bother watching WTA anymore for the reasons stated by posters. Women's tennis should get out of the modelling business and promote and praise excellence in tennis instead.
     
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  7. VTL

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    for womens tennis to succeed, the culture of women's training needs to change. Quoting an addidas commercal i saw, "greatness is not a birthright."

    That means they really have to work harder to achieve that high level of play that people want to witnesss. Players like serena and HH are succeeding because I doubt very many players put as much effort into themselves to really reach their potential. The physical culture of women's tennis is very weak to basketball culture or olympic sprinters.

    I don't think culture should be followed if it holds you back. Break the cycle.
     
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