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A lot of tests on Russians.
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yes, i notice it too, may be they play more tournaments than others !

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LOL@the Gender specification (blood test)

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They didn't test LD or Amelie alot.

Justine only played 9 events, and she got tested for 6?

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yes, i notice it too, may be they play more tournaments than others !
True but still it makes me wonder if the shadows of Soviet Union are still there?
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Three on Venus Williams and 11 on Myskina and Kuznetsova each? 10 on Suarez.

It's out of competition testing that's important though. We don't have any stats on that. If it's steroid use one is trying to control, it's fairly easy to dope and then lay off for competition but still reap the benefits. So players who have a couple of months without playing can evade detection if there is no out of competition testing.
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They didn't test LD or Amelie alot.

Justine only played 9 events, and she got tested for 6?
Amélie was injured a couple of months after AO 2004 maybe that explains why she was tested only 6 times.
But Justine's testing makes one wonder.
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Plus... I'm curious. It doesn't say what kind of testing or what players are being tested for.

Like for instance EPO is only going to be caught with a blood draw. But on the other hand there are other substances that will more readily be detected in a urine sample.
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Elke Clijsters got tested?

Who'd expect her to take drugs?
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Plus... I'm curious. It doesn't say what kind of testing or what players are being tested for.

Like for instance EPO is only going to be caught with a blood draw. But on the other hand there are other substances that will more readily be detected in a urine sample.
EPO doesn't help in tennis unless you're playing a marathon match like they have sometimes in men's tennis. I'm not sure but at the Olympics many athletes got blood tested along with the traditional urine test.
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I am unsure of the exact rule..but i think all Quarter Finalists at the majors (singles and doubles) and beyond are tested....all other tests are random.

Ruano Pascual and Suarez were tested 10 times.....due to the fact that they reached the QF or better so many times throughout the year. Martina Navratilova had 4 tests...all because she reached the later stages at the majors in doubles.

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I am unsure of the exact rule..but i think all Quarter Finalists at the majors (singles and doubles) and beyond are tested....all other tests are random.
That is correct.
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So much about Serena's words about she beeing tested every week
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EPO doesn't help in tennis unless you're playing a marathon match like they have sometimes in men's tennis. I'm not sure but at the Olympics many athletes got blood tested along with the traditional urine test.

That's not true, EPO would help a player in any match where endurance becomes a limiting factor in performance, which occurs quite often in women's tennis, although not as often as in men's.

I wonder if the WTA even knows what substances they are testing FOR in the first place. After what has happened in track & field, cycling, and now baseball, it should be obvious to everybody that there is a group of professional "consultants" operating in the shadows of pro sports, whose job it is to design drug programs and help athletes beat the testing. I can't think of any reason why tennis, both mens and womens, wouldn't be prime real estate for these types.
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