Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Live with my Wife Venus!!
Serious Discussion: Are the Russians a Level Below the Fab Five??
Serena Williams - 7 Slams
Venus Williams - 5 Slams
Justine H-Hardenne- 4 Slams
Lindsay Davenport- 3 Slams
Kim Clijsters- 4x Slam RU
The Russian Assault
Maria Sharapova - 1 Slam
Svete Kuznetsova- 1 Slam (Current Holder)
Anastasia Myskina- 1 Slam
Elena Dementieva- 2x Slam RU
and 900 Others
OK, The Russians DOMINATED 2004. There was a huge void on tour with the Willi's and Belguims injured and not playing well during that year. Not at the level where we expected them. Davenport didnt turn it on till late in the summer. We were all surprised by how well they all played last year and they truly took advantaged (IMO) of weak fields and sub par play for the people we all expected to do well.
Are they a level Below the Fab 5? 2005 has been Very telling. With most of the Top Players coming back in shape....It's no doubt the Russians are contending, but where are all the dominating wins we've expected. Kim, Serena, and Lindsay have been cutting them off at the hip so-to-speak in the major tournaments. It seems as if Sharapova has broke away from the pack yet....Dementieva, Myskina, Petrova and other Russians are not far behind her. But 2005 Has seen some sort of an ORDER RESTORING type of year w/ Serena winning OZ, Justine winning FO, and Venus winning WB and there are no Russians in sight besides Maria(who's american by default).
Will the Russians re-eclipse women's tennis with the Fab Five all healthy? What has contributed to their Fall? Will they rise again or just Maintain that Contenders card?