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    WTA suspends all tournaments in China due to ongoing blackmail of Peng Shuai

    Nuclear deterrence says nothing by way of conventional warfare can happen. So... biological warfare then with its A grade potential for plausible denial? Or maybe more cyber hacking, strategic purchases of companies in sensitive industries or blocking such purchases. The endgame is not going to...
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    Johanna Konta retires

    Um, for a player who was stuck in the ITF circuit for many years, making the semis at three slams is a wildly spectacular outcome. From her perspective, she has overachieved.
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    Johanna Konta retires

    He means the routine. But Cilic is equally as robotic. Just blessed with height and a stocky build that gives him so much power. But compare him to a Safin and you can tell his technique gets in the way of maximising power for his height.
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    Johanna Konta retires

    She is a player who made tennis look a rather difficult and effortfull game. So it's not surprising that with her slide the last two years, she's had enough. Wasn't a fan but respect for getting the best out of herself to put together a very respectable career. Happy retirement!
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    Federer has an ugly backhand

    Bruguera produced plenty of spin but without the power of Nadal, not even close. It's that combination that makes him so devastating. It's not like you can park yourself near the linesmen and get to all the balls and stay in the rallies. He will destroy you if you do that. If you take it early...
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    Federer has an ugly backhand

    Knew you were going there. Tell me how many times Nadal lost at RG. You are taking about BO5 and comparing Kuerten favourably to Nadal? Lol, how deluded do you have to be? Nadal has lost three RG matches in all these years, that's it. That's all the RG titles Kuerten has and that was with him...
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    Federer has an ugly backhand

    I agree with the Serena-Venus split. And that probably accounts for Serena's greater success.
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    Federer has an ugly backhand

    I have seen plenty, I was watching tennis in the 90s. Citing Fed 2004 is relevant. We are talking Nadal. Who beats peakDal on clay? No one!
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    Federer has an ugly backhand

    I don't think her BH can match up to peak Serena or Venus. It's really good for sure. I think Sharapova also had a wonderful double hander that gets underrated because meldonium, as if meldo accounts for beautiful stroke mechanics
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    Federer has an ugly backhand

    Sampras just didn't need a great backhand with his serve, volleys, OH and forehand on fast HC and grass. Had he had to compete against Nadal to get the grand slam, his backhand would have been exposed on clay. But he chickened out of trying even against the 90s field. And as strong as the field...
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    Federer has an ugly backhand

    Peak Martinka at a random 125 in 1997. Be specific.
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    King Richard may be the greatest tennis movie ever made

    Like I said, he is a terrible laughing stock with his never ending antics but he is the fool that the people desired to put in office, as the late H L Mencken said.
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    King Richard may be the greatest tennis movie ever made

    Ha, that's our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his campaign to get elected back in 2014,he boasted about his 56 inch chest. Yeah. Cannot. Make. This. Up.
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    King Richard may be the greatest tennis movie ever made

    Yup, all well. Virus on a break. 56 inch suffered a well deserved political defeat which should send him into hibernation for a bit. Seems too good to last and it probably won't.
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    King Richard may be the greatest tennis movie ever made

    You're confusing me with @Visionary who is going to be none-too-pleased that you mixed up the two of us. ;)
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    King Richard may be the greatest tennis movie ever made

    OK it seems even the theatrical release is in Feb '22. Guess they are going Beautiful Mind with this. They will hold off the India release until the Oscar lift. Though I don't know anyone here who watches the Oscars anymore. The last time I did was the last time Billy Crystal hosted it. The...
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    King Richard may be the greatest tennis movie ever made

    I thought Borg McEnroe was brilliant but I guess most people couldn't get past LeBouf as McEnroe. Somehow everything I have heard and read about King Richard suggests to me that this is way more of a Hollywood hagiography than that one (which would have left people wondering who was actually...
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    King Richard may be the greatest tennis movie ever made

    I think for all that certain fans moan about Serena's three USO incidents, she and her sister are far better role models than Jackson who got in a messed up way eventually. Sure the music industry is messed up but it didn't affect Stevie Wonder. He is still around, still singing at the...
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    King Richard may be the greatest tennis movie ever made

    I am not from America and I know about Aubery. Even Brian Kemp wouldn't dare decry that verdict.
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    King Richard may be the greatest tennis movie ever made

    Nah, it's a Netflix issue. Not available here in India either, at least last I checked. Actually I wonder if Netflix's India operation is in silent rightsizing because their movie catalogue has been whittled down dramatically too. At this rate, I may cancel it and take a mubi subscription along...
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    Peng Shuai: Speak Up Tennis Community

    Another deflection. Who made Shuai disappear? It's not the USA contrary to your paranoid speculation. Shuai in a US intelligence safehouse, wut?
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    Peng Shuai: Speak Up Tennis Community

    No, your argument essentially is that US acting against ANY dissident anytime anywhere gives licence to CCP to breathe fire on millions of dissidents if they please. That's basically what you're saying. The difference between Assange and Jack Ma has been explained to you but you are clearly on...
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    Peng Shuai: Speak Up Tennis Community

    Dude literally so many journalists call out the US military industrial complex day in and day out and nothing happens to them. Assange started leaking diplomatic conversations that had previously been thought to be top secret hence the US panicked. Again, the way they dealt with him is wrong...
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    Peng Shuai: Speak Up Tennis Community

    Oh you are telling me Jack Ma leaks military secrets to the West? Of course how Assange has been dealt with is wrong but there is no proportionality in your response. Which is also why you feel a tennis player being disappeared is none of WTA's business.
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    Peng Shuai: Speak Up Tennis Community

    We can actually turn tables on wang's whataboutery and ask why is it OK anyway for Jack Ma to be disappeared just because he spoke his mind. This doesn't happen in the developed world. Wouldn't happen even in India where the powerless like journalists and comedians do get targeted by govt. But...
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    Peng Shuai: Speak Up Tennis Community

    The insinuations are not groundless. It is basically not healthy for there to be a situation where even a top entrepreneur can be forced to disappear just for speaking his mind. Every country, including the self proclaimed champion of the free world, has serious problems but the manner in which...
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    Peng Shuai: Speak Up Tennis Community

    Relax kiddo, nobody is going to overthrow your beloved CCP, least of all WTA. But a non response from China certainly warrants pulling out all tennis events from China. Not just WTA, ATP should pull out the Shanghai and Beijing tournaments too. And IOC needs to look into whether Winter Olympics...
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    Peng Shuai: Speak Up Tennis Community

    Yeah, they need to move the YEC out of Shenzhen ASAP.
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    Would Serena have 24 with Emma's draw?

    Well, Serena lost to Wang Qiang at AO 2020. I think it's beyond draws and stuff now. It's purely physical. It has become a countdown to when Serena runs of steam and collapses out of a slam run. It can happen in the early rounds or it will happen in the final, but it's gonna happen for sure...
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    Federer vs Agassi. Higher peak level at the USO?

    The crux of this argument is in whether Agassi stretching Fed to 5 in 2004 necessarily means he would have been harder to beat in 95. I say no. Agassi coulda shoulda in the 90s but he didn't until 99. And even then he needed a mighty effort to beat Todd Martin. That's why extrapolating a higher...
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