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Article: Golovin the next big thing?

Golovin the next big thing?


BY JOSEPH GOODMAN AND MICHELLE KAUFMAN

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Seventeen-year-old Tatiana Golovin is the latest European women's tennis player to win over fans with her looks and win respect with her game.

She made her splash last year with a quick rise up the world rankings and short-shorts that would make a hand towel blush. Her game is only improving. Saturday, she advanced to the third round of the NASDAQ-100 Open with a 6-0, 6-7 (8-10), 6-3 victory against 20-year-old American Angela Haynes.

As of last week, she is the girl next door. Golovin just purchased a residence on Brickell Key.

''It's my home when I'm in the U.S.,'' Golovin said. ``I love Florida. My friends are here and I know the places to go.''

Golovin is very familiar with Florida. A French national who was born in Russia, Golovin moved to Bradenton as a 7-year-old and trained at the Nick Bollettieri Academy until she was 14.

Golovin is a 5-9 blonde who speaks three languages and loves the spotlight. Like Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova before her, Golovin is a marketing firm's dream. She plans to debut her new line of sportswear at Roland Garros in May. ''It's a secret,'' she said.

''She has the blonde hair, and the attitude and the potential,'' said Alain Deflassieux, a sports writer for the French sports daily newspaper L'Equipe. ``Mix it all together, and she is someone young who could be a very big star.''

Golovin began her tennis career in 2002 but didn't turn heads until the 2004 season. She jumped from a ranking of 358 to 27 in one year with fourth-round efforts at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She advanced to the round of 16 in the 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open.

''She's proving already that she is a very good player,'' Amelie Mauresmo said. ``She's hitting the ball hard and she's going to improve a lot, but maybe she needs to be a little more focused.''

SLIGHT FUNK

Andy Roddick hasn't won a Grand Slam since his 2003 U.S. Open. He lost in the quarters at the U.S. Open and Australian Open last year, and the second round of the French Open. His only Grand Slam final in 2004 was Wimbledon, which he lost to Roger Federer.

This year, he lost in the semis of the Australian Open, and injuries have forced him to retire from two tournaments. He retired from the semifinals at Memphis with an ankle sprain, and the second round of the NASDAQ-100 Open with a sprained wrist.

But Roddick's colleagues say he has nothing to worry about.

''Everybody has a little slump every so often,'' Taylor Dent said. ``This may be Andy's, this may not be Andy's; I don't know. . . . It's nothing to even, you know, nod your head about.''

LAST WORD

Serena Williams' opponent today is 17-year-old Israeli Shahar Peer, playing in her first WTA main draw. Williams was asked about the fact that both players grew up in dangerous places -- Williams in Compton, Calif., and Peer in a West Bank settlement.

Williams' response: ``You know what, I'm ignorant to the whole West Bank settlement of Israel. I'm American. Can you elaborate on that, please?''
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Thanks for posting this. I hope she is the next big thing, she sure does have the looks and talent!
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I think it's great that Serena was honest about not knowing enough about the issue to discuss it (although I'm not sure what her being American has anything to do with that).

As for the topic at hand - thanks for the article. I'd rather see Golovin focus on winning than on "being a star", but she seems intent on having the best of both worlds
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She also has a flashy personality and the ability to bring attention to herself (hot pants). The fact that she's never even made the quarters of a grandslam and yet she is being talked about as the next big thing says a lot.

"I want you to believe in yourself in every positive thing you do, and success will be your portion,"
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Serena didn't know about the west bank? Come on now, Rena, you're too intelligent not to know that, but major kudos for asking about it, nonetheless.

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Its not Shahars first main draw appearance either ..and they both live in big cities now to from bad neighborhoods

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the next big nose for sure....for the tennis and the rest....i don't know....what's is her nationality really....unknowed in france two years ago and suddenly french player without explication....
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Serena didn't know about the west bank? Come on now, Rena, you're too intelligent not to know that, but major kudos for asking about it, nonetheless.
I took it as her saying she's ignorant as to what it'a like to grow up there, as she is from America.

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Its not even a question: Tati will be the first Frenchwoman to win a Slam since Mary Pierce. She is definitely the next big thing.


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She's solid. But she does nothing amazing.
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Among the rising stars, I have a feeling that Nicole Vaidisova, Ana Ivanovic, and Karolina Sprem will have greater success in tennis than Golovin. From the matches I have seen, Golovin's game is too straightforward. She is a good hard hitting baseliner but there're too many of them today. Her power and precision does not stand out. She does not know how to create variaty of shots and respond to variaty of shots created by her opponents. That would prevent her from breaking through top 10. Staying within top 30 is no problem, though.
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I haven't seen Golovin play but only up and commers who can create some noise on the tour are Ana Ivanovic and Nicole Vaidisova.
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Tatiana's got the look and the game

It's really funny to read s.o writing that maybe A.Ivanovic, N.Vaidisova or K.Sprem have more chance to be in the top ranking because Tatiana has a quite too stereotype game!!

When I see Ana, Nicole or Karolina play , i don't see too much varieties in their games too!!!
And when we see Maria Sharapova ranked 3 in the world, we can say that may be that kind of game has a future!!

I think that Tatiana's future will depend on if she really wants to be a champion or not (like Sharapova today who's certainly working really hard to be where she's).

The pb with today women tennis is that may be Tatiana is already a multi-millionaire with her endorsements (Lacoste, Völkl...). She already bought lats in Florida and Paris...and I'm sure she would already drive a Porsche if she was old enough to get a driving licence!!

However, she's already close to the top 20 without a coach....so that means that qhe's really talented!!

Good luck for her in the 4th round for a revenge against E.Dementieva (who's also a really hard worker for sure. Despite a really weak serve, she compensates with strong groundstrokes she may have trained thousends of hours!)
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I think she is gonnabe a great player, but I believe Ivanovic and Vaidisova will be better, and more likely to win the slams!
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