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    I wonder if Serena will even make a return to the sport after she has her child. Your guy's thoughts? It should be an interesting French Open and Wimbledon.

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    Yes, I do. Martina was winning doubles majors almost til 50 during a time when people were retiring by 30. Now players are peaking in their 30s. This is a sport you can play at any age. Factor in that pro players are so good with maintaining their bodies with teams that do cool downs, recovery, nutrition and training. I think Serena could be a force in singles close to 40 and in doubles with Venus long past that.

    But who knows... most mothers that have come back on tour have had success believe it or not. Even one of the Bondarenko sisters. It depends on what happens with her body after she gives birth, ultimately.

    Venus says they're going to play Tokyo Olympics together. So we'll see.
    But if Serena wants a big family, the clock is ticking. I don't know. If she never plays another singles match again she's got nothing left to prove. She's held all four major titles twice in her career: 2 Serena Slams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volta View Post
    If she never plays another singles match again she's got nothing left to prove. She's held all four major titles twice in her career: 2 Serena Slams.

    That's kind of what I was getting at. I don't think or know if she really has the desire, drive, or motivation to come back and be a presence in singles after having achieved so much. I guess she will address these types of concerns at some point.

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    The WTA is probably at a crisis right now as they look to go into the next two slams. It's never been so lackluster. You'd think Maria's return would help, but I don't know. Oh well.. as far as Women's sport is concerned.. the WTA's worst day is better than any of the other Women's sports best. Serena and Maria have been the top earning female athletes for more than a decade. And if you look down the list it's mostly tennis players.
    It's a sport you can get rich at and stay rich at for a lot longer than anything else. Most female athletes need endorsements to have a luxurious life and that's just for Gold medalists at Olympic Games.

    Tennis has prize money. If you're 100 in the world you're still probably driving a pretty fancy car and have enough to help your friends and family out and .. yea.
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    Mutual Madrid Open:
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    SF1 Theim vs. Cuevas
    SF2 Rafa vs Djokovic

    Ladies Final:
    Mladenovic vs. Halep - COME ON KIKI!

    Roma Masters draw is out! One of my favorite clay court events.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volta View Post

    Ladies Final:
    Mladenovic vs. Halep - COME ON KIKI!
    Um, fuck off? #teamhalep

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    And yaaaaay! Go Simona! Second year in a row!

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    I'm a bit bored with the top four from the ATP now, especially Nadal...

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    The ATP has been doing a wonderful job promoting the next gen at Rome. Next Gen Court will have matches where one player is 21 or younger.
    I find the ATP more exciting right now than the WTA and that's the first time I've said that I think.
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    Just read that Federer is skipping the clay court season this year and is zooming right on into Wimbledon.

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    Smart move. He's also playing Stuttgart before Wimbledon.. a grass event. So.. Rafa is unstoppable this year on the dirt. Federer's game has always been the best on grass and if he can win Australia.. he should be the fav at Wimbledon. So.. rest it up.. keep training and give yourself the best shot to win another Major. Smart Move.
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    So Sharapova didn't get a wildcard into the French Open...

    Maria, Serena, Vika, Petra are all out, so who do you got winning this thing? The rest of the top players are so unreliable that I can see them flopping out early due to the pressure of those players NOT being in the draw. If you're Radwanska, Halep, Wozniacki, etc. this has to be your best shot at a slam. Instead of these 3 doing anything useful, it's possible we'll see Kuznetsova, Venus, or maybe even Stosur spring to life to capture the title. I wouldn't be sad about that Of course a qualifier will probably win the whole thing

    Rafa looks like he'll get his 10th French crown. With Federer out, Murray and Djokovic in La La Land, I don't see anyone else beating him over 5 sets on clay. I'd love to see Tsonga win, but he'd have to be at 1001% to defeat Nadal there.

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    Aga is not a clay courter, tho. Her shots are low and flat. She does damage on faster surfaces with her compact shots. Too many players on the WTA have too much time to set their shots up on clay and over power her.

    Actually, this year is not the year for pushers and counter punchers. Almost all the matches I've watched the player with the bigger more powerful game wins. Except with Simona Halep.. but she is at her peak with speed and precision.

    Woz, Aga, and Kerber I don't expect to take advantage of the French like I expect them to at Wimbledon.
    As far as who I think will win the French Open. I wouldn't count out Kiki, Konta, Pavs, Kuz, and even Simona and Cibulkova. Of course the French is the flukiest major on the women's side. Like SWPs said.. it could be some clay court specialist out of qualies make a deep run.

    As far as Masha not getting a WC at least into the qualies. That is uncalled for and a bad move. As much as I'm not a fan, when you don't give a 2-time champ a WC into qualies that is pretty despicable.
    Maria is ranked high enough now to at least make qualies of Wimbledon, tho. And she injured herself against Lucic-Baroni so maybe it all worked out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowWhitePumps View Post
    I'd love to see Tsonga win, but he'd have to be at 1001% to defeat Nadal there.
    same here. I was just going to post that he made the final in Lyon and I do hope he wins, I really like him a lot.

    and Petra Kvitova seems fit for the French Open.

    I like how unpredictable Roland Garros can be - but then again, any tournament can be...what year was it again when in Wimbledon there was total mayhem when a lot of top players slipped on the grass ? I do believe they called it Black Tuesday or something like that. It's not too long ago...should look it up.
    the two things that I will always remember about the French Open is the match between Dinara Safina and Kimiko Date Krumm - so much cursing from the Russian, so much effort from the Japanese. And the second being the crowd going bonkers (don't remember anymore who played) and doing a wave like three times around the whole bloody court and the commentator dryly saying, well aren't we having fun...and the players down waiting and laughing it out

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    The French Open is kind of known for its waves. Of every crowd at any major the French fans can be the most fun one minute and the most evil the next. Sad that it's one of the most flawed major as far as lackluster facilities, etc. Personally, i think Rome would be a better candidate to host a clay court slam but.. tradition. And they need to do so much expanding but they have absolutely no space to do so.

    I think the Wimbledon you're talking about was 2013 and it was Wacky Wednesday. Fed, Maria lost and people were slipping and injuring themselves left and right.

    Tennis Channel is doing racquet bracket all night.
    I'm very excited!!!
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