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Larisa Neiland

How good a player was she? I know she had a great career as a double specialist having won quite a few GS titles but what about her singles career? I remember her beating Kimiko at Wimbledon about a decade about so she must of been a great grass courter. But what else did she do as a singles player?
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By the way, why is she helping Russia in Fed Cup instead of her native land, Latvia?
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She was a Top 20 for a while

I think her native country is Ukraine, not Latvia. Her maiden name was Savchenko. She married Latvian, but lives in Russia.
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she reached the quarter-finals of wimbledon at least once

she beat top 10 davenport at wimbledon 1996
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She was pretty good.... not bad in singles
but i still at her and Jana Novotna for secretly going behind their backs and dumping Gigi and Natasha as their respective partners.

Gigi and Natasha got together and kicked ass for most of 90's thereafter.

thats the only thing i'm grateful for Larisa doing

worst thing she did was to ruin Lina's career

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worst thing she did was to ruin Lina's career
are u talking about lina krasnoroutskatya? how did larisa ruin her career?
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how did she ruin lina's career?

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how did she ruin lina's career?
She was her coach back in 2000-Aus 02
well not her directly, Lina badly sprained her ankle in Aus 02.......
but she took Lina back to a Doc in Latvia who injected Lina with painkillers for 10 days in a row...... which gave her weakened bones, and in her 1st doubles match, bones went, causing her to miss another 4.5 months.

a bad ankle strain..... mistreated
that was the end of their relationship after that.

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She was her coach back in 2000-Aus 02
well not her directly, Lina badly sprained her ankle in Aus 02.......
but she took Lina back to a Doc in Latvia who injected Lina with painkillers for 10 days in a row...... which gave her weakened bones, and in her 1st doubles match, bones went, causing her to miss another 4.5 months.

a bad ankle strain..... mistreated
that was the end of their relationship after that.
if thats the case, then its the doctors fault, not larisa's.
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Serena Demolished her 6-0 6-0. Hence she is so bitter towards the williams . No surprise at her catty comments vis a vis Serena injury at YEC.
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Her singles career

larisa won 2 wta titles during her career (schnectedy and st.petersburg)

has career wins over: navratilova, martinez, mj fernandez, novotna, mandlikova, sabatini, coetzer, date, tauziat and judith wiesner

she reached:
the quarter-finals of wimbledon 1994
the quarter-finals of us open 1988
the 4th round of the aus open 1992
the 4th round of the us open 1989
the 4th round of wimbledon 1988

she qualified for the yec once back in 1988- lost 1st round
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She was her coach back in 2000-Aus 02
well not her directly, Lina badly sprained her ankle in Aus 02.......
but she took Lina back to a Doc in Latvia who injected Lina with painkillers for 10 days in a row...... which gave her weakened bones, and in her 1st doubles match, bones went, causing her to miss another 4.5 months.

a bad ankle strain..... mistreated
that was the end of their relationship after that.


The only thing I regret is that with all that talent Lina K didn't get a new coach when she finally came properly back in 03 - I know she had her Mum, but an independent coach and a fitness trainer would have been better. Although with her luck with injuries in 04.....
Still maybe we will ultimately see Lina return to the big time. After all she is still only 20.
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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.
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she's also quite possibly the ugliest player to ever play pro tennis

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By the way, why is she helping Russia in Fed Cup instead of her native land, Latvia?
Do you know how many people live in Latvia? It would be like Jennifer coaching the North Dakota tennis team.
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