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Golovin = The Next Sharapova, but better!

I've been watching Golovin and there are quite a few things that have impressed me about her:

She has a BIG GAME!

She won her first Grand Slam BEFORE Sharapova (although it was mixed doubles, Serena's first Grand Slam came @ Roland Garros in Mixed Doubles)

She is CONFIDENT in her game the whole year through, not just on grass.

She has SKYROCKETED her ranking this year with impressive GS performances.

If she can build upon the success of 2004, there's no telling that she won't win a Grand Slam in 2005 (maybe 2006, but 2005's not that far-fecthed).


GO TATI!

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Why does she need to be compared to Sharapova...


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In what way is Golovin the next Sharapova? Are you projecting her to win Wimby next year? Or you referring to her looks and saying she's the next "it" girl? And in what ways is she better? Does she have better tools - serve, all-court game, ground strokes, mental toughness, etc.? I haven't seen enough of Golovin to make a judgment, so any insights would be appreciated.
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Yeah! Exactly that. She's the next 'it' girl. However, I think that her all-court game and superior coaching will lead her to a more successful carreer. I would really love it if these two had a evert v. navy-eque rivarly (NO ONE COULD EVER REPRODUCE THAT!) And I compared her to Sharapova becuase she did well in a Grand Slam on her first try (OZ '04)

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Tatiana Golovin at 16 yrs and 8 months as of Sept 25, 2004

ITF titles = 0 ITF finals = 0-0
WTA titles = 0 WTA finals = 0-1

Number of tournaments played at different levels

Age 14:
10K = 2
50K = 3
GS = 1

Age 15:
25K = 1
50K = 1
75K = 1
TIII = 1
TI = 2
GS = 2

Age 16 and 8 months:
TIII = 1
TII = 2
TI = 5
GS = 3


Maria Sharapova at 16 yrs and 8 months as of Dec 19, 2003

ITF titles = 4 ITF finals = 4-2
WTA titles = 2 WTA finals = 2-0

Number of tournaments played at different levels

Age 14:
10K = 1
25K = 1
75K = 1
TI = 1

Age 15:
25K = 3
50K = 1
75K = 1
TIII = 1
TI = 3
GS = 1

Age 16 and 8 months:
25K = 1
TIII = 4
TII = 2
TI = 1
GS = 3

The only difference is that Tatiana chose to play high-level tournaments with no titles based on her ego level like Kournikova while Maria Sharapova chose to play medium-level tournaments and won titles. Tatiana should be advised to play lower tournaments and she better win the TIII title in the next 2 tournaments (Japan Open and Seat Open) this year.

IMO, they were pretty much the same on the WTA level when they were 16 years old and 8 months. Sharapova was a better ITF player.

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She is quite attractive so I can why u tagging her the next it girl but all i saw was a good serve when I saw her play against Serena... she's not that aggressive as sharapova.

In hindsight you can't blame Anna for not playing lower tiered touurnament when she first started playing.... she got to the final of the 5th biggest tournament at the age of 16....


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Hmm...could very well be. I think she needs to get a bit stronger and get a better serve, but she has good court-sense and she plays smart tennis. Can be good..-

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They are 2 different players why must people persist in saying that so and so is the next so and so.
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Is this thread supposed to be a joke?
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They're both good.

But let's see if Tati can win her first GS by the age of 17.

She hasn't even won a title yet has she?

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I've been watching Golovin and there are quite a few things that have impressed me about her:

She has a BIG GAME!

She won her first Grand Slam BEFORE Sharapova (although it was mixed doubles, Serena's first Grand Slam came @ Roland Garros in Mixed Doubles)

She is CONFIDENT in her game the whole year through, not just on grass.

She has SKYROCKETED her ranking this year with impressive GS performances.

If she can build upon the success of 2004, there's no telling that she won't win a Grand Slam in 2005 (maybe 2006, but 2005's not that far-fecthed).


GO TATI!

That Golovin girl is, what, almost 17 years old?
And still only #30 or so?

Just to put things into perspective:
Hingis was #1 at that age, had won 3 slams already.
Seles reached #2 with 16, had beaten the greatest of them all in a slam final already.
Austin as well had won a slam with 16 (beating Evert) and was #3.
Even Graf had the #3 spot already when she was 16 years old.
Jaeger, Sabatini and Capriati had been among the top ten already for more than a year.


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