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Arrow Some Countries Tennis Going NOWHERE!

Israel -
I mean Anna is a great player....but she has been playing for a while and face it she cant play forever! Tzipora has also been playing for a while and now Shahar Peer has fallin out to the (NR) section I mean what is gonna happen when Anna leaves

Ukraine-
Tatiana has years ahead of her but who knows if she'll step up! and Julia is great but they both seem to RISE then slump!

Bulgaria-
After Maggy who knows!

WHat other countries are great but are seeming to fade?
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Tatiana has years ahead of her but who knows if she'll step up! and Julia is great but they both seem to RISE then slump!
Ukraine has so much of young talent , you would not believe. Does "Kutuzova" name ring the bell?

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does NOT PLAYING IN A WHILE ring a bell? and Vikky is so in a slump i saw her when visiting my Grandma in Ukraine and she couldnt hit a ball over the net if G_D helped her
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no offense, but those aren't really countries where many great athletic endeavors go very far... in ukraine and bulgaria (im less sure about bulgaria) the emphasis for young girls isn't really on tennis-- it's on sports whose primary competition is the olympics-- like gymnastics and swimming.
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Yes as posted above alot of these countries are heavily involved in other sports than tennis.

Alot depends on funding etc....without that support then only rich parents can create a player. Money doesn't create talent though.

There are many other traditional power house countries that are struggling at the moment...Australia, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Croatia etc etc.

But think on the positive side...Israel is a country struggling with politics....Anna Pistolesi is a great ambassador for the sport there...it only takes one player to inspire many young girls to take up the sport. Who knows...the inspiration of Fabiola Zuluaga may also increase the interest in womens tennis in Columbia as well. (as an example)

It may be a lengthy process but these countries can fire a "gun" of a player from no-where.

With all the money that America and Australia pump into their tennis programes, the results havn't been that good really in the last 2 years.

Russia seem to have a terrific programme...the top ten are not getting any younger. IMO

****** Dasha Sam, Jarka, Casey, Serena , then the guys with nice asses on the ATP, followed by other Aussies, bit of a gap...then Venus.....bit of a bum scratch...then will watch Lisiki or Radwanksa...gap...everyone else (or sleep) ******Pending membership for the Ash Barty Return Band Wagon*****
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no offense, but those aren't really countries where many great athletic endeavors go very far... in ukraine and bulgaria (im less sure about bulgaria) the emphasis for young girls isn't really on tennis-- it's on sports whose primary competition is the olympics-- like gymnastics and swimming.

Ever heard of Oxana Bayul?

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Ever heard of Oxana Bayul?
primary competition for figure skating is also the olympics.

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Bulgaria and swimming

you'll see that Bulgaria will have two top 100 players in 2 years - Karatancheva and Pironkova!



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I dont think that Ukraine or Bulgaria have to worry about their future.

Bulgaria: With Pironkova and Karatancheva two players who can make at least the top 20.

Ukraine: Next to Perebiynis and Vakulenko I would chose Vika Kutuzova, Olga Savchuk and Oxana Lyubtsova to break the top 100.

Israel: Only Shahar and maybe Maria Gugel can achieve some successes but none of the will ever reach the top 50

Really dont worry about USA, Russia, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland.

France hasnt that many talented young players. The same counts for Austria, Germany, Sweden or Canada
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Great Britain has many excellent young players...they just need to win.

Baltacha, Borwell, Keothavong, Paterson...they can all be big.

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I loved Oxana Bayul at the Olympics that year .

The fact of whom she beat to get the gold made me like her even more .
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There are many other traditional power house countries that are struggling at the moment... Spain...etc etc.:
Spain just won the European junior summer cup few weeks ago with Adriana González, Marta Fraga and Astrid Waernes.... our players often don't play juniors but since they're 15 or 14 are playing challengers with players that can be twice elder than then

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Great Britain has many excellent young players...they just need to win.

Baltacha, Borwell, Keothavong, Paterson...they can all be big.


they could NEVER be big! get real
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New Zealand - nothing since the days of Belinda Cordwell, Kelly Evernden and Chris Lewis.
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england has got bugger all!i could play YAY!!!
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