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Sharapova says Russian domination of women's tennis set to continue

HONG KONG (AP) - Russia's domination of women's tennis is set to continue in 2005, although it will be hard to match the three Grand Slam titles the Russians won last year, Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said Monday.

The 17-year-old Russian - in Hong Kong to compete in the four-day Women's Champions Challenge exhibition tournament - said last year was amazing for Russian tennis.

"2004 was beyond anybody's expectations for our country. We were in the mood to win and to get great results," said Sharapova, who defeated American Serena Williams in last year's Wimbledon final.

The blonde teenager said there was no secret why Russia has taken the women's game by storm. "We work hard at what we do. We take it as our job. Everybody wants to be No. 1 in the world."

Sharapova heads a world-class field at the Hong Kong tournament at Victoria Park that acts as a warm-up for this month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

Other Russians who will be competing in Hong Kong are U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva.

The only top Russian missing is Anastasia Myskina, the French Open winner.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams of the United States and rising Czech player Nicole Vaidisova are also featured in the tournament.



01/03/05 08:15 EST

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I agree with her!
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I agree with her!
I don't necessarily agree with her due to the fact that the Belgum was supposed to dominate for a couple of years and look what happened. Yes, there are many Russians, but not all of them a good or top ten material.
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Well of course they are not gauranteed to dominate but there certainly is a fair chance! I mean there are 4 Russians in the top 6, top Russian players are a lot younger esp Sharapova than other players.
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I think the Russians will at least win 1 slam this year and be a constant threat everywhere. I think there will around 8-10 Russians in the Top 20 by the end of 2005
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Well of course they are not gauranteed to dominate but there certainly is a fair chance! I mean there are 4 Russians in the top 6, top Russian players are a lot younger esp Sharapova than other players.
I didn't say there wasn't a fair chance, just that the dominaton isn't a certainty. True there are four Russians in the top six, but they are ranked behind a 28 year old American and a 25 year old Frenchwoman who has yet to win a Slam. In additon, Myskina and Dementieve are the sam age as Serena (23), and others who are ranked in the top 20 are around that age, so the age difference isn't that great. Plus, with the logjam of Russians in the top ten, it is possible that only one or none of them will ever reach the top spot.
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none reaching top spot ever? well thats not REALISTIC! i could bet my life that at least one will reach the top spot.

considering the ages of the russians. also look at davenport and mauresmo, davenport will be retiring, you really think mauresmo will hold on to the top spot forever? i think not!
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I hope not because then we will hear that the Russians are destroying the game? I wonder why we have not heard that Maria's power has ruined the sport? Hmm.....

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none reaching top spot ever? well thats not REALISTIC! i could bet my life that at least one will reach the top spot.

considering the ages of the russians. also look at davenport and mauresmo, davenport will be retiring, you really think mauresmo will hold on to the top spot forever? i think not!
They will have to have much better results at the Slams and be more consistent at other tournaments for that to happen. That's why it took Jennifer, Venus and Serena that long for them to reach the top spot.

BTW, Mauresmo is not number one now, Lindsay is and I know she will not be number one for long. In addition, if the Americans and the Belgians can shake off their injuries and have better results, that will also cause a problem for the Russians trying to get to number one.
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I hope not because then we will hear that the Russians are destroying the game? I wonder why we have not heard that Maria's power has ruined the sport? Hmm.....
You are a Williams fan, i thought you'd appreciate Maria's power game.
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I hope not because then we will hear that the Russians are destroying the game? I wonder why we have not heard that Maria's power has ruined the sport? Hmm.....
You and I know why that is and there is no reason to repeat it here.
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You are a Williams fan, i thought you'd appreciate Maria's power game.
Sarcasm obviously went over you head!
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