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Re: Who do you think will take over tennis along with Sharapova in the future?

It's still Henin-Hardenne for me, maybe Kuznetsova or Petrova
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It's still Henin-Hardenne for me, maybe Kuznetsova or Petrova
Remember the Us Open final this is just the beginning!
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It's still Henin-Hardenne for me, maybe Kuznetsova or Petrova
Yea, but apparently Henin's retiring in two years. But I'd agree with Kuznetsova and Petrova. Wow, hope Ivanovic, Jankovic, and Golovin step up because that is one bleak future.
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Remember the Us Open final this is just the beginning!

Henin-Hardenne mad all 4 finals, right now she is the most complete player, I don't care about 1 tournament, yeah she played good but Henin has a better game all around it showed this year.
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Re: Who do you think will take over tennis along with Sharapova in the future?

If I had to guess....

Masha, Henin, Kuzzy, and another player who hasn't "arrived" yet will be winning most of the big stuff in the next 2-3 years.
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Re: Who do you think will take over tennis along with Sharapova in the future?

Guys, I actually meant other young players.
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Guys, I actually meant other young players.
Kuzzie is only 21 or whatever

...you're after answers like Vaidisova and Pavlyuchenkova
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Re: Who do you think will take over tennis along with Sharapova in the future?

Justine Henin-Hardenne
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Re: Who do you think will take over tennis along with Sharapova in the future?

Nicole Vaidisova

I am a little shocked about her performace this year- i thought she'd reach a GS final or even win a GS this year but still she did ok
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Re: Who do you think will take over tennis along with Sharapova in the future?

Sharapova looks the most consistent of the "young" players (I'm starting at twenty two and going down). I'd say start looking at Kuznetsova and Jankovic to be making waves on the slam scene, semis, finals, wins (?) next year. Both of them have the one element that Sharapova lacks: movement.

As for challengers, I'd say Golovin in two years will be really dangerous, as will Peer on clay, Krajicek looks better each tournament she plays (dangerous serve for a vertically challenged player, no?). Sharapova may be the hottest player on tour at the moment, but she still has issues on clay. It's also valid to point out that Hingis probably has another 5 years in her. If there's one thing a prolonged break from tennis is good for is increasing life expectancy. See Graf, Steffi; Evert, Chris; Borg, Bjorn. Plus, it's not as though the Williams' sisters can ever be counted out of a tournament. Henin's not dead yet, Mauresmo is still the best grass court player on tour IMO, and there's a whole host of Sharapova clones who just haven't got the creepy intensity, all capable of beating her on their day.

I doubt tennis will have a singular driving force for a while. If they do, I'd imagine they need better mobility than Sharapova. Can you think of a player with worse overall movement to be #1? Davenport had front to back, not side to side, but Sharapova has neither. She's at least solid now, but when she was #1, she was SLOW for the top ten.
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Guys, I actually meant other young players.
Okay. The young guns (17-20) are harder to predict because most of them are still developing and I have no clue when or if they will ever breakthrough at a major. So far, form what I've heard, it seems that A.Radwanska is a hopeful prospect. I tend to score a player's mental strength above all other aspects of her game, and Aga showed some real fearlessly by beating both Venus Williams and Dementieva in her first year on the pro level. I don't care what anyone says, but beating two proven top ten talents with little professional experiance shows a lot of talent. Whether or not she can harness that talent and turn it into grand slam wins remains to be seen.

I agree with Orion, Golovin is another player to watch. She has the tools to at least challenge the top players, maybe she has the stuff to actually win a major.
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Justine Henin-Hardenne
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Golovin
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