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Why are Russians such headcases?

Don't get me wrong, Makiri and Vera are my favs, and as a NCAA fan I also like Anastasia Petukhova

and Maria Mosolova.

But what's wrong with these ladies? And in ATP you have..you know (who recently retired)

Is it because they ARE Russians? Hot-blooded...temper? (I just tend to remind myself of Dostoyevsky's novels )

Or their Russian Training?

Or is it just an individual problem?

Maybe they are not that good anyway?

Any insights, please?

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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

i think being a headcase is a sterotype we label on most Russian players, most are no differnt from the rest of the world, it's the serbs i worry about

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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

Because they didn't move to France as a baby/become an American in everything but nationality.
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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

Another important question would be "Why cant they serve?"

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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

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i think being a headcase is a sterotype we label on most Russian players, most are no differnt from the rest of the world, it's the serbs i worry about
In last 25 years from under-10M Serbia coming 3 WTA#1 players. You should to worry about some big countries with big tennis tradition which don't have for example even any seeded WTA player at slams in last 25 years


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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

This is not limited to women either.
Youzny is curently melting down against soldering we speak

Safin, is probably the extreme of the men.

On the other extreme, Davidenko is always calm and collected.
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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

There are 3 players holding majors. One is Russian. The only women who is currently the Gold medal Olympic SINGLES champion is Russian.
So 2 of the 4 women holding the biggest titles are Russian.

Why is the rest of the world such headcases?

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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

They are still doing better than other players from non-headcases countries
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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

its the vodka and the long winter *hugs Chak protectively*
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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

Sharapova "head" is one of her biggest weapons and Myskina is player which won slam and reach WTA#2 against all odds so she knows obviously to use all possibility, Kuznetsova has so many headcase moments, but also fact is that Sveta won 2 slams when nobody take her seriously (+ one more unexpected USO final). Safina (former#1) and Dementieva (Olympic Champion) is headcases only at Grand Slam finals - at their best they both is examples of ultra-consistent players, including at all other non-GS finals.

and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is

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There are 3 players holding majors. One is Russian. The only women who is currently the Gold medal Olympic SINGLES champion is Russian.
So 2 of the 4 women holding the biggest titles are Russian.

Why is the rest of the world such headcases?
they probably wouldn't be holding those trophies if the winners played a non-Russian in the final.
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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

Then why were everyone else in those draws such headcases?
All the other countries in the world combined, the best they could do was win 2 QF's
In the Olympics, the rest of the world did not win ANY singles medal

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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

ok, obviously I approached it too seriously my apologies

clearly Russia produces LOTS of talented players, it's just..

maybe the recent Russian meltdowns at the slams made too big of an impression upon me

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they probably wouldn't be holding those trophies if the winners played a non-Russian in the final.
Which begs the question of how did two Russians end up in the finals.

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Re: Why are Russians such headcases?

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There are 3 players holding majors. One is Russian. The only women who is currently the Gold medal Olympic SINGLES champion is Russian.
So 2 of the 4 women holding the biggest titles are Russian.

Why is the rest of the world such headcases?

" The only women who is currently the Gold medal Olympic SINGLES
champion is Russian."


And that Woman has never won a GS and is one of
the biggest headcases in history
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