Originally Posted by boredone3456
She actually would be a good nominee for the biggest headcase as well, she has the past few years blown some big chances. This year in Miami against Venus being one. Probably the biggest was the 2008 Australian though, won the first what, 8 games against Ivanovic, missed what should have been a pretty basic swinging volley, and went on to lose 0-6 6-3 6-4, despite having several breakpoints in both the 2nd and especially the 3rd set. Twice the winner of Indian Wells (2002 beating Hingis and 2007 Beating Kuznetsova both in straight sets), and won the title in linz in 2007 as well. However, despite being in the top 10 several times in her career as soon as she gets there she flakes out, and nosedives. Had all the potential in the world it seemed in 2002-2003...but all that hasn't amounted to much, at least in singles anyway. However, Kuznetsova is the more talented player in my opinion, and would still win the current lead headcase award in my opinion.
Kuznetsova has won 2 slams. She was lucky to win the 2004 U.S Open and won the 2009 French over a joke clay court field, but she still won them. Hantuchova doesnt have to be more talented to be a bigger headcase or underachiever than Kuznetsova as she hasnt achieved anywhere near as much. 2 other slam finals albeit she her draws to the final were a joke both times not facing any of Venus, Serena, Henin, Clijsters, Sharapova, Davenport, Mauresmo, Jankovic, or anyone of much note (Chakvetadze and Vaidisova were her toughest opponents and Nicole served for a 2 set win and choked).
Kuznetsova is a strange case of being both an overachiever and underachiever, one of the few players you can say that of. She is an underachiever since given her talent she should be taking more of these big wins and titles on her own merit, and she chokes away many big opportunities to do so. Yet overachiever since the slams she won or finaled at were more circumstances falling into her lap rather than her going out and taking them vs a strong lineup of opponents.