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Justin Gimelstob, Please Go Die

For this.

Who does this guy think he is? Kournikova didn’t achieve much on the singles court but she achieved way more than Gimelstob ever did. “We do exhibitions together and I’ll mock her, and make fun of her. I’ll just make her know that she’s stupid”. What is that?! Like she cares what you think, Justin. She is about 14524245x more successful in life than you are. He called Tatiana Golovin a sexpot. That’s kind of true but it isn’t his place to say it. He also called barely legal Alize Cornet a “little sexpot”. And he said Nicole Vaidisova was ” a well-endowed young lady”. Uhh… aren’t you a so-called expert, Justin. How about recognizing her immense talent, something you never had. So, stop being a pig and do us all a favor and die.

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Viewpoint: The Changing Face of the WTA

Judging by the first two months of this year, 2008 looks like it could be a year of change for the WTA. The decline of the players born in the early eighties (Henin, Venus, Serena, Dementieva, etc.) has begun. Two of that era’s most prominent players have retired in the pat year, Hingis and Cljisters. Venus and Serena have not been totally dominant since 2004 and are losing more and more. Henin has been showing signs of age of late. Just by looking at the Australian Open this year, you can see a preview of things to come. The three best players of the early eighties, Henin and the Sisters,  took on three players from the new generation of the late eighties, Sharapova, Ivanovic, and Jankovic . Sharapova destroyed Henin. Ivanovic edged out Venus. Jankovic defeated Serena. This is almost like the changing of the guard for women’s tennis. The new generation is undoubtedly led by Sharapova, who is currently undefeated on the season. Many people forget that she is only 20 since she started winning slams at age 17. Sharapova looks to be hitting that dominant form that people predicted her to reach since her stunning Wimbledon win. Ivanovic has reached two slam finals and is very close to coming out on the winning side of one. Golovin and Vaidisova have loads of potential but the future is really in their own hands. Even younger are Radwanska and Wozniaki, who are showing a lot of promise. Radwanska already has two top 5 wins and she’s only 18. Its becoming evident that its the new generation’s time and they’re about to start stepping it up.

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Ana Ivanovic and the rest of her generation cannot be compared to Maria Sharapova. For right now, at least. Sharapova is obviously the best player born after 1982. She is at least 5 years junior to any other player that has a real chance of beating her at her best.  Her mental toughness may already be the best in the game. Ivanovic is compared to Sharapova in more ways than one but tennis-wise she can’t hold up to Maria. Look at their first grand slam finals. Maria was a 17 year-old girl taking on the dominant player on tour, Serena Williams, on the game’s biggest stage, Centre Court. This girl played with no fear and physically overpowered the six time grand slam champion to win in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. Ana Ivanovic was 19, an adult. Ana was up against the best player in the world on clay and two time defending champion, Justine Henin. Ivanovic was so overcome by the moment she could not even toss the ball. She seemed just happy to be there and happy to win her three games. Ana’s next grand slam final, against Maria at the 2008 Australian Open, was more promising but she still couldn’t get it done. She has the game but she just isn’t there yet. Ana is constantly compared to Maria because she is the next best thing of their generation. As for the rest, they can hardly be compared to Ana. Nicole Vaidisova, whom many thought would soon emerge as the next huge star, is fading fast. Granted, she is two years younger than Sharapova and Ivanovic. Anna Chakvetadze just doesn’t have a weapon and the wrong head on her shoulders not to have one. The generation of 1987/88 is just not producing as many great players as many thought it would. Perhaps it will be the players from 1990/91 to produce the games next big thing.  However, there is still time for the  ’87 girls to step it up.

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