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Elena Likhovtseva Is Good Too!

Nowadays there is a huge focus on players at the top of the rankings, with sharapova, davenport and many others in the limelight.

I don't understand why Elena Likhovtseva is never talked about. Is she not liked? Did she do something to offend people?

She is ranked pretty high to not get ANY attention. Not only is she a good singles player and has been for many years, she is one of the worlds best doubles players at the moment.

What do the rest of you WTAtour fans think?

Do you like her?
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I think she's Ok. She needs more big wins to be talked about more i would say.
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I like her alot.
she belongs to my very first few faves - Smashnova, Panova, Tulyaganova and Likhovtseva all are very dear to me. I followed them since i got into tennis.
She's solid, She's athletic, she's fit and strong, she can hit all the shots, she's consistent (10 years in the top50) and she's adorable.
what's there to dislike?
she's a bit off on clay, which comes as a suprise to most newer fans of her, considering her RG success, but she's very effective on the other surfaces.

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The chances of a breakthrough ASB Classic tournament win for the Russians became even stronger yesterday with news that world No 17 Elena Likhovtseva will return to Auckland for January event.

The Russians already held a strong hand with ASB Classic top seed, world No 9 Nadia Petrova, Maria Kirilenko, Vera Dushevina and Vera Zvonareva - all in the world's top 42 - signed up.

But Likhovtseva's last-minute entry has boosted the list further, with the 30-year-old from Moscow taking second seeding and pushing Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova (ranked 19th) back to third.

"Elena's entry came out of the blue," said tournament director Richard Palmer.

"We are delighted she is coming back as she has been one of the most popular players to come here."




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I am a big fan and i just wanted to know why she isn't very popular
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She is a very nice person, funny and a good photographer. Her game is not that spectacular but if she´s on, she hits great shots. Love watching her play doubles.

She belongs to my "I really like them"-category

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I think she´s so consistent and solid I ´like her

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oh - why she's not as populer is a very good question.
popularity usually has alot to do with your start.
looks, grace, a fast big win and title. winning a slam has alot to do with popularity.
bieng the best in your country works. having a unique game sometimes works.

Likhovtseva is a great player - but she's a bit old school.
She's a complete athlete - not a stunner. she doesn't have a brutul shot, nor any other specialities, often known as "weapons". she's not conventionally pretty (though she's so cute IMO) nor is she good with the media (AKA giggle, smile, wave "you know") she didn't have a fantastic start to her career, and she wasn't a reguler at the second week in grand slams.

The media likes a good story.
it doesn't have to do with tennis, or even sports.
Dokic is still more populer than likhovtseva.
popularity is a very tricky part of our lives. no one knows how it works completly.
all i can say is that i really like her, i think she's so cute, and i hope she has a great 2006.

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Thanks for the information. I understand popularity much more and what you say seems really logical actually.

I'm a big fan too. LOL
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Saw Elena play doubles in person, and she was awesome. Really a confident, all-court game... btw does anyone else think she looks a lot like Alla who just got fired on the "Apprentice" show???
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Yeah, but unfortunately she's a bit of a choker and loser.
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She’s either not attractive enough. Doesn’t contend enough major finals. Or both.
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I think that she often has one "big" result each year :

2005 : Roland Garros Semi Final (losing to Mary Pierce)
2004 : Candadian Open Final (losing to Mauresmo);
did win Forest Hills (but only one two matches to win the title!!)
2003 : Doha Final (losing to Myskina)
2002 : Wimbledon QF (losing to Venus)
2001 : Eastbourne SF (losing to Serna)
2000 : Australian Open QF (losing to Martinez)

She has won two other singles titles and 24 doubles.
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She's not young, she's not pretty enough, she rarely beats decent or top players. Few care about doubles. She doesn't have a prayer to win a major in singles. I think many view her singles results the last year or so as a fluke, rightly or wrongly. Dechy gets little to no attention either, for the same reaons. Ditto for Suarez two years ago. All nice enough girls, but they just don't have the right combination to get star attention.

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http://www.tennisforum.com/showthrea...17447&page=324
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I agree that she does not have much things that bring popularity but i think popularity should be about tennis not other things like success or age.
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