Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Quote For The Day

"For now, my goal is to win the French Open and all the tournaments I play. Starting with this one!"

--Serena Williams, part-time Paris resident, who plays the Paris Indoors this week


rabbit said...

Allez Serena! Go for the Serena Slam :)

Craig Hickman said...

She can win the calendar Slam this year as well.

MMT said...

Who do you think has the better shot at the calendar slam this year, Serena or Nadal?

Even though the I think the depth of the women's game is weaker, I think Nadal, given the strength of his results on all surfaces against his main rivals has a better shot.

Serena seems to have trouble on clay and against her sister at Wimbledon.

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Craig Hickman said...

I think Serena took of foot of the gas in the Wimledon final.

That's all I'll say about that.

Paris will be Serena's biggest challenge. It's mostly mental for her. Clearly, she can play on the stuff, but she's simply not all that confident in her game.

Rafa will get a brutal draw at Wimbledon.

That's all I'll say about that.

Both of them can do it, but they're each going to need a little luck.

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Pamela said...

Craig, you aren't the only who feels that way about the Wimbledon final .. but I digress. It's over.

I love Serena, but I'll give the slight edge to Rafa simply because I think he "feels" that his time has come. I wouldn't be surprised if either one of them did it.

US Open is Rafa's hurdle and Roland Garros is Serena's. We'll see!

Craig Hickman said...

Pamela, I'm with you.

pompelmo said...

After Henin and Klijters retired, women's tennis is very weak at the moment. Everybody has a shot. Serena picks her tournaments and keeps fresh for the big events. She is already a legend, but I believe she passed her prime and now only best of the mediocre players around. If Sharapova, the only top player left around gets healthy, she won't have a shot for a calendar slam.

Craig Hickman said...

pompelo, you realize that Serena hasn't lost to Maria Sharapova since 2004, right? That she's beaten her four times since in two Slams and two Tier 1's, right?

Sharapova played from another planet in Melbourne 2008 and she crushed the field.

But she's not beating Serena in a Slam again.

Karen said...

If Sharapova gets healthy. She was very healthy in 2005. She had match points and she still lost. When Serena is determined to win, no one, not even the great Justine Henin could stop her. Justine beat her 3 times in 2007 when Serena was just on the come back trail. Right now I dont think Justine at her best could stop Serena right now. I am not a KAD but I think the only person who can stop Serena is Serena.
I no longer comment on men's tennis. I dont even watch the stuff anymore. Too heartbreaking for me.

pompelmo said...

Hello Craig. Very nice blog and community here.

So Serena haven't lost to Maria since S was 23 and Maria 17. Which one is running down the hill? I already credited Serena for her previous performances.

Karen, I have watched the AO 2009, and was not impressed . A kid was pushing Serena over. On Kuznetsova she got a lucky win. She didn't seem that unbeatable to me.

And the other finalist was almost losing to another kid who just waiting to be finished. Moreover she is ranked second overall. That means something to me.

Karen said...

Pompelpo, not my blog, but welcome. Which match were you watching. Did you not hear what Dinara said after the match. I feel like a ballboy. She had to apologise to the crowd. Same thing Maria had to do in 2007. Apologise for their performance. Dinara has been on tour for the better part of 5-7 years. She is not a new comer. Everyone is singing her praises about her fight etc, but her game has so many glaring holes in it, it is not funny. She has poor movement, a very bad serve, has no mental faculties against top players and clearly does not have a Plan B when Plan A does not work. When Serena was asked about Dinara's game, her comment was that Dinara hits the ball really hard. Thats it. When that does not work she has absolutely no idea what to do.

Craig Hickman said...

pompelmo said..

Which one is running down the hill?


How about the one who hasn't played a match in months and doesn't appear to be all that interested in playing another one anytime soon.

The other one won the last Major, however she won it, and is currently ranked No. 1 in the world.

Perhaps we see hills and running down them differently, but it's clear as silver striking crystal that Maria Sharapova isn't a threat to even win a news cycle right now.