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The Future of Women's Tennis.

These players are the future of women's tennis. This is very bad news for anyone who dislikes Maria or wants to root for an American. Some of them might want to consider giving up on women's tennis for a while. The demographics for Maria are about as favorable as they've been for any player in 10 years. Not only is she light years ahead of all of the other teenagers, there aren't very many 20-22 year olds that are even close to her. There are zero 16 year olds in the top 100. The only 17 or 18 year old even worth mentioning at this point is Nicole Vaidisova. But she has done pretty much nothing so far, with zero tier 2 or better victories. By comparison Maria finished 32nd at 16, and 4th at 17.

Anyone 22 or younger in the top 15 is listed; anyone 20 or younger in the top 40, and all other teenagers in the top 100. If you havent made it to these rankings by those ages, chances are pretty good that you will never come close to the top. The clear top 7, and 17 out of 23, are from Eastern Europe. There is no future for women's tennis in the USA as the list should make obvious. The only American teenager that qualifies is Vania King. But she is only 5' 5" and has one tier 3 win ever. She would be overachieving to ever crack the top 10. It is hard to imagine that USA tennis could ever look so amazingly bleak, but the facts are undeniable.

The Current and Future Top Players-
2 SHARAPOVA, MARIA----------RUS-----19
4 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA-----RUS-----21
10 VAIDISOVA, NICOLE---------CZE-----17
11 SAFINA, DINARA------------RUS-----20
12 JANKOVIC, JELENA----------SRB-----21
13 CHAKVETADZE, ANNA-------RUS-----19
14 IVANOVIC, ANA-------------SCG-----19

Still Have a Decent Shot-
20 PEER, SHAHAR--------------ISR-----19
22 GOLOVIN, TATIANA---------FRA-----18
30 KIRILENKO, MARIA----------RUS-----19
35 KRAJICEK, MICHAELLA-------NED-----17

Chances not Great, but Dont Give Up Yet-
38 POUTCHKOVA, OLGA--------RUS-----19
41 SAFAROVA, LUCIE----------CZE-----19
49 REZAI, ARAVANE-----------FRA-----19
50 KING, VANIA---------------USA-----17
57 RADWANSKA, AGN.---------POL-----17
62 PIRONKOVA, TSVETANA-----BUL-----19
71 GAJDOSOVA, JARMILA------SVK-----19
74 VASILISA BARDINA---------RUS-----19
91 ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK-----CAN-----19
92 AZARENKA, VICTORIA-------BLR-----17
96 YUNG-JAN CHAN------------TPE-----17
99 SAVCHUK, OLGA------------UKR-----19
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Re: The Future of Women's Tennis.

I think Radawanska has a better shot than Krajicek and Kirilenko...
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Re: The Future of Women's Tennis.

and who would have thought that hingis winning 3 slams at 16 would only end up with 2 more. No one can see the future, some players who look promising may fizzle out, some may just catch fire later and set the tour abalze

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and who would have thought that hingis winning 3 slams at 16 would only end up with 2 more. No one can see the future, some players who look promising may fizzle out, some may just catch fire later and set the tour abalze
great point!

cant really see kuznetsova doing too much, or safina...
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Chances not Great, but Dont Give Up Yet-
38 POUTCHKOVA, OLGA--------RUS-----19
41 SAFAROVA, LUCIE----------CZE-----19
49 REZAI, ARAVANE-----------FRA-----19
50 KING, VANIA---------------USA-----17
57 RADWANSKA, AGN.---------POL-----17
62 PIRONKOVA, TSVETANA-----BUL-----19
71 GAJDOSOVA, JARMILA------SVK-----19
74 VASILISA BARDINA---------RUS-----19
91 ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK-----CAN-----19
92 AZARENKA, VICTORIA-------BLR-----17
96 YUNG-JAN CHAN------------TPE-----17
99 SAVCHUK, OLGA------------UKR-----19
come one, a lot of these girls are only 17. they still have a great chance to make it to the top. radwanska, who is a tremendous athlete and a great mover on court, has only just left playing juniors earlier this year and has climbed about 300 places. if she carries on like that next year she will be top 20. its the same with azarenka. earlier this year she was junior world #1. the others are 19 and yeah, some players make it to the top before then but they are still teenagers and if you give them a proper chance they can getright up there.

vaidisova and inavovic are very talented and hit the ball great but need to work to movement and mental toughness then they will properly break through and win some huge tournaments and go on to dominate with sharapova.

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give me a break! why do u all think sharapova will dominate? shes so overrated! justine and serena would crush her @ their best
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Re: The Future of Women's Tennis.

Hmm.

The future tennis champions will have been very poor junior players. 90%.

Honestly, if you think about it, Martina is about the only one I can think of who has had a really huge junior + pro career. Others? Who saw JHH as a 5-time GS champion when she was a junior? She won the French, but so what? The tennis champions of the future will not be determined by their juniors credentials. I mean, what happened to Barbora Strycova?

People mature at different times. Give them a break Some players can just burst onto scene and start bagging slams.

Serena. Simona. Ana. Petra. Venus.
Clijsters, Henin, Dementieva, Davenport.
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Re: The Future of Women's Tennis.

So what if there's no 16 year olds in the top 100 right now? It's damn hard to get in there, especially with AER - last year there were 2 - Nicole and Misa...but it's been declining since AER was introduced anyway. We'll see what happens, but there are still alot of players who have a good shot even if they are already 17/18/19!

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Re: The Future of Women's Tennis.

hmmm...why do i think this thread was started with a lot of bias towards one's own favorite players in mind

too much of a condenscending tone
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come one, a lot of these girls are only 17. they still have a great chance to make it to the top. radwanska, who is a tremendous athlete and a great mover on court, has only just left playing juniors earlier this year and has climbed about 300 places. if she carries on like that next year she will be top 20. its the same with azarenka. earlier this year she was junior world #1. the others are 19 and yeah, some players make it to the top before then but they are still teenagers and if you give them a proper chance they can getright up there.
Well I did put them on the list as having a chance to succeed. But by top I mean top 10 quality player with a chance to win majors. Considering there are already 11 people roughly their age ahead of the third group listed it will be tough for them to break through. That doesnt even include all the older players who will hang on to their spot for a while still. Obviously some people mature later than others, but I would guess that almost all future champions have had some sort of significant achievement as a teenager.
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give me a break! why do u all think sharapova will dominate? shes so overrated! justine and serena would crush her @ their best
She has not only lapped the field of players her age, she has lapped it several times over.

She is the only player under 21 to win a major, and probably has more tier 1 or better victories than everyone under 21 put together.

By the way, Maria is 2-1 vs Serena since turning 17. She is much better now.
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i guess people forget that karatancheva was younger and better than vaidisova & ivanovic before her "incident". imo she will come back strong and be better than all of them

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yes the stats on the future of USA womens tennis is indeed shocking.

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Ana and Nicole..
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She has not only lapped the field of players her age, she has lapped it several times over.

She is the only player under 21 to win a major, and probably has more tier 1 or better victories than everyone under 21 put together.

By the way, Maria is 2-1 vs Serena since turning 17. She is much better now.
so? serena hasnt played anywhere near her best since '03. H2H means nothing.
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