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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2006, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Russian domination: 8 out of 10 Tier I titles

After a brilliant year 2004, with Grand Slam titles for Myskina, Sharapova and Kuznetsova (and Dementieva as runner up twice), the media talked about Russian domination of WTA Tour.
Year 2005 wasn't that brilliant according to titles, and it was said that russian girls had a bad year, although some of them were sitting on top places of WTA rankings.

This year there's just a Grand Slam title for Sharapova, but russian domination on Tier I events has been spectacular, with russian girls taking 8 out of 10 Tier I tournaments:

Tokyo Dementieva bt Hingis
Indian Wells Sharapova bt Dementieva
Miami Kuznetsova bt Sharapova
Charleston Petrova bt Schnyder
Berlin Petrova bt Henin
Rome Hingis bt Safina
San Diego Sharapova bt Clijsters
Toronto Ivanovic bt Hingis
Moscow Chavetadze bt Petrova
Zurich Sharapova bt Hantuchova

A look at the rankings reveals that 50% of Top Ten is russian: Sharapova (3), Kuznetsova (4), Petrova (5), Dementieva (7) and Safina (10). And looking at Top 50 there are 12 russian girls including Chavetadze (13), Myskina (17), Zvonareva (26), Kirilenko (31), Likhovtseva (45), Vesnina (48) and Poutchkova (49)

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2006, 09:18 AM
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Kind of surprising to see that while Amelie and Justine dominated the Slams, neither player did exceptionally well in Tier 1 events.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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and the season ain't even over yet. Good work girls, now if only myskina can get in on the act, it would be just perfect.

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