So... who is the best Russian out there?? - TennisForum.com

View Poll Results: Who is the Best Russian???
Anastasia Myskina 44 30.56%
Anna Kournikova 8 5.56%
Maria Sharapova 47 32.64%
Elena Dementieva 27 18.75%
Elena Likhovtseva 1 0.69%
Elena Bovina 1 0.69%
Vera Zvonareva 3 2.08%
Svetlana Kunetsova 12 8.33%
Nadia Petrova 1 0.69%
Other... please specify... 0 0%
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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old Nov 18th, 2004, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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So... who is the best Russian out there??

Really hard to pick.. Myskina is the highest ranked... #3 in the world, won French Open, Sharapova Wimbledon plus YEC #4. Kuznetsova US Open #5, Dementieva #6, Finalist French and US Open.

Zvonareva, Petrova, Bovina, Likhotseva or maybe Kournikova??? Safina, Krasnoroutskya? etc. etc. etc ...

Who do you think is the best one and why?????

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Myskina is the more experienced...still would put my money on her over the rest of them
Kuznetsova has the best all round game then Myskina.
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Myskina at the moment.

I'd say Sharapova and Kuzzie would tie for 2nd. If Lena D had any sort of consistently good serve and a bit more mental toughness, she'd be equal 1st.

I'd say...

1. Myskina
2. =Sharapova
2. =Kuznetsova
4. Dementieva
5. Zvonareva

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Myskina, and I just love how she has proven everyone wrong. A few years ago nobody gave her a chance, but look at her now. Go girl







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anastasia... she gets little credit, but i believe she's hasn't dropped out of the top 5 in more than a year.

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Svetlana Kunetsova .. she is the best russian girl
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My favourite is Dementieva, but Myskina is the best. Plays such a tactical game!

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myskina! I like her style of play

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well it is a really tough question!!
they all have good points and bad points
Personally (yes i know i am biased) i would say Dementieva has the most natural talent in all my years of watching tennis i have never seen anyone hit shots like she can and her movement is the best in the game ,she is now probably the stongest girl out there and can hit so hard repeatedly is frightening ,her serve has been bad , but look at how far she has got with it!! Take away the good serving from many other players and you are left with not a lot!
Myskina is tactically superb and again gets by with a less than perfect serve and can be a multiple GS winner but she does throw matches away from winning positions!!
Kuzna is totally over rated and not that great ,she got her USO because she had an easy first week and faced less higher oppos than the others then she faced two injured players ,that title ws Linds ,she was killing Kuzna until she got hurt!
Once Kuzna faced a non injured and playing well Lena ,she was destroyed ,she just makes too many errors and goes "shit or bust" all the time!!
Masha is certainly a force to be reckoned with too and time will tell with her!! i dont really count this weeks win as she again woulda been beaten had serena not got injured! she was being trashed in set 3 0-4 ?? but she does have real talent!
So if Lena D gets her serve sorted ,and IMO it is getting better ,heck we had two aces last week! then she will be Russian No 1..
That is jut my opinion and i expect no one will agree with it but ,hey ,thtas what meesage boards are for we can post our opinions!!

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I definately agree that if Elena could be #1 Russian BUT:

[1] She needs consistency
[2] She needs a more consistent serve
[3] She needs a "fighter" attitude like Maria or Serena has.

If she had those, she'd be top 3 easy.

She's so naturally talented, but she's not the complete package

Why is it that the world never remembered the name of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-
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i agree with u Lemonskin !!

she needs more consistancy
BUT

there is no better Fighter !!
USO 2004 match with Momo moved me to tears as with gammy leg ,Delhli Belly and Dehydration she still won!!
And came back from love 3 down to win Hasselt so i think she is one of the best fighters.
Problem is...she has to WANT it ,last week she didnt seem to care much and just pootled along ,i know she wasnt very well ,but she just seemed to lose interset ,we all know she can do a lot better than she did ,its just that "could'nt give a shit" Dementieva turned up not "This is mine!!" Dementieva!!
So you are right but i think her fighting aint a prob ,just her mental attitude sometimes ,that seems to be a general Russian problem to me...they all suffer from that ,look at Zvonerva!! loadsa a talent but what the hell!! and Myskina and sometimes Masha too!! it comes to em all occasionally!!

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For me the best Russian is:
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But on second place comes: Elena Dementieva
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Dementieva, Dementieva & Dementieva

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