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Nastya: Now is your chance

With Rubin inactive and Seles and Dokic having first round losses, Nastya needs to take FULL ADVANTAGE of this week to have her shot at cracking the Top Ten.

Pierce shouldn't have been a struggle. The scoreline was too close for me. Next up is Safina, who will be a much greater test.

Can she make it? I'm not even sure she can this week, even if she wins the title (I haven't yet done the math). BUT points gained here could be useful in the weeks to come. Seles and Dokic have mondo points coming off.

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Monica should at least retire in the top ten !

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Nastya is two very winnable matches away from getting into Top 10..

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IMO, most of the Russian "New Kids on the Block" are gonna blow past her, Elena D., Anna, and Tatiana by the end of '04: the 2 Vera's, the 2 Maria's, Elena B. (already past the others, of course), Nadia, Svetlana, Dinara, and of course LINA. That list is in no particular order, and omits a number of prospects like Ekaterina that I don't know enough about yet.
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Semis will do it, i think.
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Maybe it has to be a final, on second thought.
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rd878 - "new kids on the block"? Have you actually looked at the ages of these players? Kournikova's OLDER than Myskina! I'm not sure which 'Tatiana's' you're talking about, but Panova and Poutchek are the highest ranked. Ages? 26 and 24.

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26 yrs 06 mth 08-13-76 Panova

24 yrs 01 mth 01-09-79 Poutchek     (Belarus)

21 yrs 08 mth 06-07-81 Kournikova 

21 yrs 07 mth 07-08-81 Myskina

21 yrs 05 mth 09-26-81 Williams, S

21 yrs 04 mth 10-15-81 Dementieva

20 yrs 02 mth 12-15-82 Perebiynis   (Ukraine)

19 yrs 11 mth 03-10-83 Bovina 

Injuries ccan always retard development, but 
Krasnoroutskaya and Zvonareva are already an age 
where elite players are already top ten.

18 yrs 10 mth 04-29-84 Krasnoroutskaya

18 yrs 07 mth 09-07-84 Zvonareva

Safina and Sharapova, you could actually 
call 'new'.

16 yrs 10 mth 04-27-86 Safina

15 yrs 10 mth 04-19-87 Sharapova
Myskina has already shown she has what it takes to win tournaments, something Russians who've gotten a few ranking places higher have not. Bovina could give her a run. But no one else among the Russians has shown they have what it takes to be a top ten player.

Doha? Krasnoroutskaya d Monica?

Let's wait six months and see if Krasnoroutskaya beat Monica cause Monica's getting old and slow. If Monica end this year ranked outside the top ten, that wasn't so big a win.

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well if she does get into the top 10, it's Seles that's out.

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No! No! I want DINARA to win!!! I want her to take the title. Sorry Nastya, but Dinara is going to take you down in the next round!!

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I think Dinara can take her out, but I think Myskina has loads of talent. She has better angles and placement then what I've seen from Elena Bovina and a few other Russian babes so far . her serve is wack, but that is fixable. I want Lina to win this title, now that Seles is out.

Well said Volcana, I agree with that last post of yours.

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IMO, most of the Russian "New Kids on the Block" are gonna blow past her, Elena D., Anna, and Tatiana by the end of '04: the 2 Vera's, the 2 Maria's, Elena B. (already past the others, of course), Nadia, Svetlana, Dinara, and of course LINA. That list is in no particular order, and omits a number of prospects like Ekaterina that I don't know enough about yet.
Volcana, the 4 on top include the 2 you mentioned OUTSIDE of the "New Kids", so it dosen't matter whether Ana or Anna is older. The ones starting with "the 2 Vera's" (Zvonareva AND Douchevina) are among the new kids. (Obviously, "the 2 Maria's" includes Kirilenko along with Sharapova). KL, there's a "stereotype" that most Russian girls can only win ITF events, and can't close the deal in the WTA. Their program is light years better now, as the Davis Cup showed. Ironically, the one who indirectly dissed a dead Russian girl with the lie (forget me, I was only "the facilitator"), used 2B coached by Safina's Mom, who coaches Dinara now (and Marat B4 either one). BTW, coincidence: that girl (Anya) would have turned 21 the same day Eggy's brother was killed.
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it would be nice to see safina in the final, but i wouldn't mind if myskina won. i would prefer to see either iroda or lina to win it because they both need to prove themselves. thinking about it i want lina to win because she hasn't won a tournament yet and beating seles in straight sets was a good start and hopefull confidence boosting.

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I wouldn't say Myskina has shown what it takes to win tournaments yet. Myskina has only won 2 tournaments... and they haven't been the most challenging.

Bovina won her only meeting against Nastya this year in Sydney too... and with a full year of results like Lena has gotten in the past 5 months, she's a lock for the top 10... which after the grass court season, Nastya will struggle to be around.
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Leena - That response was to a comparison that said Anna Kournikova and Elena Dementieva would 'blow past' Msykina. The ability to win tournaments is decidedly relevant in that context. And her last victory was a Tier II, not some Tier IVB.

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Btw, remember it is "Nastya", not "Ana".

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