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The Young Generation of American Women

I just wanted to see everyone's thoughts on the younger American women.

Obviously, there's been Ashley Harkleroad and Vania King, two of the more noted young American players (Ashley's break out year was 2003 and Vania's was 2006).

There's been Coco Vandeweghe, Madison Brengle, Melanie Oudin, Gail Brodsky, Asia Muhammad, Julie Ditty, Jamea Jackson, Shennay Perry, Mashona Washington (though I think I'm pushing it with her), and Angela Haynes (who I am watching the replay of her 2005 Wimbledon match with "Fat" Serena). I just want to see what the buzz is on these players and the other Americans who I've never seen play!

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Re: The Young Generation of American Women

I have to admit that I was expecting so much more from Vania King. She had VERY bad last year and nothing better so far in 2008.
She is still young, hope she can show her talent!!!

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you realize that julie ditty and mashona washington are old, right?

jackson and perry have both had top100 breakthroughs but are going through injuries.

coco, asia, madison, and melanie oudin are the 4 true youngsters i would say to watch out for. none have really played a whole lot on the pro circuit yet but when they do they have had decent results.

madison will be playing more full time now so hopefully she can break into the top200 soon.

a few months ago i would have mentioned lauren albanese as well. saw her 1r match at the us open in 2006 when she took out savchuk. she showed lots of potential. however she seems to have hit a wall and is lacking confidence, so hopefully she can get back on track soon.

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Considering the current state of American women's tennis, today has to be about the most positive day for women's US tennis in several years. Seriously, if Coco, Asia and Madison don't go on to have good careers, the future of US tennis looks unspeakably bleak. I'm sure there are people who are involved in the future of US Women's tennis who will be pulling out the champagne tonight, in relief as much as anything.
That pretty much sums it up.
None of them looks like a future GS finalist, to put it mildly.
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Re: The Young Generation of American Women

I'm not even looking for a GS finalist or winner. I just want a solid American player, because as long as you have that, you can get Slam winners later on...

Just look at the French, they had great tennis players after a certain point (I think after Durr, but could be later than that) who didn't win a Slam, and then they produced Amelie who finally broke through. If this crop doesn't get that Slam, American tennis isn't doomed for eternity! As long as we keep believing we're going to have that slam winner, and start to use our resources to train our own players, then maybe we would have more success

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coco, asia, madison, and melanie oudin are the 4 true youngsters i would say to watch out for. none have really played a whole lot on the pro circuit yet but when they do they have had decent results.
There's also Gail Brodsky.
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Brengle, Muhammed, Brodsky, Oudin, and Vandeweghe are all very capable of reaching the top 100. The difficult part will be taking the next step and getting to the level that's required to challenge for the top tournaments. Certainly not all of them will reach that level but the good thing about this group is that there are so many of them that one is bound to have a breakthrough.

Right now based on results and age it looks like Oudin and Vandeweghe have the best shots but I've seen Brengle, Oudin, Brodsky, and Muhammed all play and the one I was most impressed with was Brodsky.

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Oh wow I didn't even know we had a young generation right now!



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Re: The Young Generation of American Women

Since Szavay for President isn't looking to good as a stance right now, I'm casting my vote: Asia Muhammad for President...in 2012!

Seriously I think Asia has the most potential of the folks named. Years down the road. But I admit I haven't seen Brodsky.

Angela Haynes has a big game that can be quite fun to see when she's on. But she's had to deal with some tough off-court circumstances that took the wind out of her sails right when he was showing signs of arriving, or signs of progress.

As far as some of the other players being the future of US tennis: And Ahsha Rolle deserves to be on the list as well, then, even if she's really backsliding since last year's USO. How's her fitness?
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Re: The Young Generation of American Women

Ahsha has gotten alot more fit but it's not exactly transfering to results....I'm going to go with Asia and i've seen all play except Brodsky also...Asia has the luxury of training with Andre and Steffi and she has the game to get there...she's young and with her height i'm sure she's going to get even taller.
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I think Coco Vandeweghe is the best young hope

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Re: The Young Generation of American Women

Madison Brengle has a great omen on her side. She was runner up in the Australian open girls two years running 06 - 07 I think. Lindsay was runner up in Australian open girls singles in 92 to an aussie player that went no where after that. Lindsay went on to have a great career and win three slams maybe Madison Brengle might do the same.
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Are any of them tall or strong?
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Re: The Young Generation of American Women

I think out of four, I'd bank my money on either Melanie or Coco to be the exciting prospect.



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Poor Ahsha, no one ever cares about her.

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