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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 2004, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Are we now in the Age of Russian Domination?

And if so, will it be good for tennis?


In the past three grand Slams only one non-Russian has appeared in the Final, and a Russian has won all three of them. Myskina, Sharapova and Kuznetsova. Dementieva has managed two finals. There are five Russians in the top ten, and "lesser" Russians like Petrova have shown the ability to tackle the top Players.

The opposition, Justine, Kim, Venus, Serena, Amelie, Davenport, Capriati, seems to be either approaching retirement or carrying lots of injuries.

Williams domination seems over. Belgian domination seems to be in abeyance.

Will Russian domination continue? If not, who can stop the Russians now?

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There's so many of them in contention now. Plus about 5 more creeping up. Five in the top ten, is certainly domination,along with 3 slam titles this year.When u look at the rest of the top field, there are only 2 Belgians,4 Americans and 1 from France. Nothing compared to the Russian field. Doubt they can be stopped,now...they are on a mission,part of which has been accomplished.

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I think Justine is still the best player in the world and Kim will no doubt rejoin the elite very soon. Inevitably the Williams sisters will continue to be a force to be reckoned with and I wouldn't write off Lindsay and Jenny just yet either. Lindsay has been playing some of her best tennis in years recently and Jenny came so close this time that with a little bit of luck she could have won another major. And if Mauresmo can overcome her mental problems in the big events she will win one sooner or later too. The Russian girls have many great players,but they won't have it all their own way I think.

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No...how do you get that idea??? I don´t understand!



Let´s see who will be the first russian ausOpen winner
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I dont think the Russians can dominate. IMO when playing at their best JJH, Kim, Serena, Venus & Lindsay are better than all the Russians. When they are all back healthy I think the Russians may struggle to reach finals.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 2004, 08:07 PM
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I don't think that 3 months makes an 'age'. I also think that once JH2 is back to her norm, she and Serena will both be good for AT LEAST a slam final apiece every year for the next four or five years. And Venus has four or five years left before her athleticism deteriorates. The question is if she can stabilize her forehand, and get her first serve percentage back where it belongs.

OTOH, there are a LOT of good Russian players. Six in the top twenty. Arguably, six players in the top ten, plus 3 of the four slam titles, IS 'domination'. Certainly no other country has more than two players under age 25 in the top twenty, so the Russian future is bright.

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I think we are. They are all just getting better and better. And more are coming. Zvonareva should break through in the bigger tourneys. the ones that already have done well in the big tournies will continue. Chakvetadze, Douchevina, Linetskaya Kleybanova, Rodina, Koulikova, Bychkova, Kosminskaya could cont the dominance.
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I just hope this becomes a new age where the players bring their best period.
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They've won the last three slams but they haven't really dominated the other big tournaments. So IMHO it's a bit early to talk about Russian domination although it looks inevitable.
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Ranking-wise, with five in the top 10, I'd say, no. That would require 6 of 10 having the top ranking.
However, there are more Russians than other nations represented in the top 10, and that is a domination of a sort, I suppose.

As far as tournament wins, it's left to be seen. To consider it a domination, I'd think that it would require there opponents to be healthy and quite a bit more consistency. Of course, that's just an opinion.

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Hopefully, a good ole fashioned piece of humble pie for the Willy fans...
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Hopefully, a good ole fashioned piece of humble pie for the Willy fans...
I don't know about 'humble pie' but clearly no Williams fan can say that they are dominating tennis at the present.
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I don't know about 'humble pie' but clearly no Williams fan can say that they are dominating tennis at the present.
Well ReeVee you are different, there were some Willy posters who were really ugly about everything(Tee Rexx) and this is a time where I think everyone can learn about humbleness and appreciate your fav's success. I can tell from your post that you are quite different and it is good to see
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Well ReeVee you are different, there were some Willy posters who were really ugly about everything(Tee Rexx) and this is a time where I think everyone can learn about humbleness and appreciate your fav's success. I can tell from your post that you are quite different and it is good to see
Why thanks for the compliment Shane54. Just keeping it real is all.
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Good point from Kart that the Russians aren't (yet) dominating too many of the non-slam tournaments.

The big question is, can Mauresmo, Capriati, Kim, Justine and the Williamses come back at anything like their old form for any length of time? or has their era slipped past in comparison to the up-and-coming Russians?

Sabine Lisicki, Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva,

Victoria Azarenka, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko

Nadia Petrova, Samantha Stosur, Ana Ivanovic.

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