Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Sometimes U.S./Sometimes Asia
It's hard to imagine now, but there were almost no Soviet players on the tour for a long while, because tennis wasn't an Olympic sport. When it became one in the 80's, a wave of players began to make their mark on the tour. This group included Natasha Zvereva, Leila Meskhi, and to a lesser extent, Larissa. Pam Shriver mentions in her book that Larissa was the first Soviet player she had ever played.
I remember enjoying watching her, because she had a very fluid, all-court game. She was very good at the net, and her one-handed backhand was just beautiful when it was on. However, she was never in optimal shape, and she had a penchant for choking.