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Tribute to the Compton princess

Post by Ace2Ace » Feb Thu 11, 2021 12:54 pm

From espn (not known for my lady's praises)
https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/ ... iable-ever
... Since she returned in 2018 following the birth of her daughter, much of the attention has been focused on Williams' quest for her 24th major title. Lost in that pursuit has been her overwhelming consistency in producing deep runs in Slams. The 39-year-old has reached four finals, a semifinal and a quarterfinal in just 10 events. No one has reached more of any of those stages during that time frame.

Considering she withdrew from the French Open in 2018 and 2020 ahead of matches due to injuries, it makes it all the more impressive.

"She's arguably the greatest player of all time, and when you're the greatest of all time, you know how to win and win and win," four-time major doubles champion and current ESPN analyst Rennae Stubbs said. "It's not foreign to you; it's the expectation of reality. She has been the most consistent player in Grand Slam play over the last two years of all women."...
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Since she won her last Slam trophy, at the Australian Open in 2017, there have been 11 different major winners in 14 events with Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka as the only players to record multiple titles. Nine of those champions, including Kenin, were first-time major winners. It has been an unpredictable era -- three victors were unseeded entering their respective tournaments -- and almost impossible to predict.

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Re: Tribute to the Compton princess

Post by Ace2Ace » Feb Thu 11, 2021 1:01 pm

when is the last time an ATP unseeded player won a slam?

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Post by Ace2Ace » Feb Thu 11, 2021 1:11 pm

"It's been somewhat contagious for players to see others win Slams and make them believe they then in turn can do it too," 21-time major doubles champion and ESPN analyst Pam Shriver said. "They think, 'If Jelena Ostapenko can win the [2017] French or Sloane Stephens the [2017] US Open, why can't it be me?' When you look at the number of women who've won majors, or have been to a final or a recent semi, you just have to think, 'Who's going to be the player to feel it over these two weeks?'"

Iga Swiatek, who won the French Open in October ranked outside of the top 50, acknowledged the instability during her first news conference as champion, and vowed to do her part to change it.

"I think this is what women's tennis is struggling with," she said. "That's why we have so many new Grand Slam winners -- because we are not as consistent as Rafa, Roger, and Novak.

"That's why my goal is going to be to be consistent. It's going to be really hard to achieve that."

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Re: Tribute to the Compton princess

Post by Grossefavourite » Feb Thu 11, 2021 1:44 pm

Halep thinks a top player will not win this tournament.

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Post by Grossefavourite » Feb Thu 11, 2021 1:45 pm

Venus should've beaten Sloane in 2017 and Halep should've beaten Ostapenko. They got really lucky on a couple of points.

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Re: Tribute to the Compton princess

Post by Grossefavourite » Feb Thu 11, 2021 1:46 pm

Mystifying why Venus lost to Garbine at W that year too. Vee had 3 GS titles on her racquet that year.

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