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Cool Russians are on the move..........

Congrats to Maria for winning the Pacific Life title. She has been playing very well all season and it was only a matter of time before she won a title. I must say that I am very impressed with the Russian women so far this year. Thier up and coming players are going to be a force to deal with. Safina looked damn good against Hingis, despite the loss. I hope that my fellow American players can step it up for the clay court season, because the Russians sure look like they will. And where is Capriati

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Yeah first all-Russian final in a tier-1 in a loooooooooong time
A sign that things could be a repeat of 2004!
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Sharapova is not a Russian, so what's your point?
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Sharapova is not a Russian, so what's your point?
Not trying to get into that debate, but I don't see any other flag next to her name but the Russian flag. Would you be happier if it was a half-American; half-Russian flag.
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Not trying to get into that debate, but I don't see any other flag next to her name but the Russian flag. Would you be happier if it was a half-American; half-Russian flag.
exactly....

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Lots of players are based in America anyways

Daniela Hantuchova.

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Maria is moving forward again which is good news. Her game is getting more varied which will help her appeal too.

Elena is competitive at the top level again - though she's not at her 2004 level yet i would think. A bit more consistency and a few more big wins and she may get there though.

Nastya isn't putting it all together again yet - which is very good for Elena and maria and leaves the question of whether they have really pulled ahead of Nastya unanswered.

Nadia is doing well and looks credible for her ranking.

Dinara looks good and improving.

Maria is very near to making the top 20 40% Russian again..
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I don't get why people say ELena is almost at her "2004 level". Outside of a handful of tournaments, Elena was pretty sucky in 2004. She's very consistently going deep in draws now, and won her biggest title to date recently. I'd say she's ascended her 2004 level.

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I don't get why people say ELena is almost at her "2004 level". Outside of a handful of tournaments, Elena was pretty sucky in 2004. She's very consistently going deep in draws now, and won her biggest title to date recently. I'd say she's ascended her 2004 level.
I think so.

Except for AO, Elena played the other 4 tournaments with results which at least equals to her seed no.:
Tokyo: seed 2, Champion
Paris: seed 5, QF
Belgium: seed 4, semi-final
Indian Wells: seed 4, runner-up

Elena has a more consistent result than that of 2004. Still there are too much 3 setters against not-that-good players though. Still Elena has freaky serve. Still an elite player should do more than achieving the expected (I mean equalising your seed no.). These are the points to agrue with. But Elena does serve at full speed now. She wins no matter what. To me, Elena is definitely improving and that's why I see GS will come if Elena keeps going like that.

I feel Elena's still developing which is certainly an excellent sign for an 24 years old player, as I think most WTA players have already stopped for further improvements at around 20-year-of-age.
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yes she is playing as well as ever.
She could be tops but for the one thing i keep yelling at her about.
I just dont understand. oh well.

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Nastya isn't putting it all together again yet - which is very good for Elena and maria and leaves the question of whether they have really pulled ahead of Nastya unanswered.
That question has been answered. Nastya's inability to have good results has answered that question. Maybe she can move ahead of them again but that is a big maybe. At the moment Lena and Maria are miles ahead of Nastya. Unfortunately.

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Sharapova is not a Russian, so what's your point?
I find this to be a very insulting remark. Who are you to judge what nationality someone identifies with? I am a European who (much like Masha) moved to to North America from Europe in my early childhood. I speak my native language with an accent and can't read or write well in it. Yet I consider myself 100% European.

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Sharapova is not a Russian, so what's your point?




What is she?

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The russians are always on the move when the big guns are on holiday.

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Because of her 4th round appearance, wont Myskina move into 10th place on the rankings ... can anyone confirm?

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