Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Cambridge, Ontario
might as well post it, the link might not work in the future.
Much buzz at Flushing Meadows this year has swirled around the sidelining of the Williams sisters and the influx of Russian players to the women's draw. This year, an astounding 13 Russian women were entered in the singles main draw. As of publication, only four remain.
Among the survivors is 22-year-old Anastasia Myskina, a Moscow native who stands at 5' 8 1/2" and has flown under the radar as of late, quietly racking up titles in Sarasota and Doha earlier this year. But don't let the mellow Myskina fool you. She's the top-ranked Russian player of the moment and is sure to generate much excitement during the months to come, especially if she can bear down and stick it out through the second week of the US Open.
Since 1995, Myskina has improved her ranking considerably. In '95, she was ranked No. 920; five years later, 58. Currently, she's ranked No. 10. A ride like that doesn't come from luck, it's based on perseverance and heart.
With a game that is well suited to hard-court playing, Myskina has consistently scored wins in 2003. Her repertoire of shots features a piercing two-handed backhand and a razor-sharp cross-court forehand, not to mention a serve that can top off at 106 mph.
Though much media hype has been directed toward both the spike in top-ranked Russian players (often called "The Russian Revolution") as well as 16-year-old Kournikova look-alike Maria Sharapova, few have realized the potential that exists in Myskina; she's not seeded No. 7 for nothing. With a career record of 111-79, Myskina has confidently made her way to -- and stayed at -- the top.
So far this year, Myskina has won 27 matches, including a foray into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. However, her run at the US Open has been no walk in the park. She has pulled through in three sets in all three of her matches at Flushing Meadows this year. And the next few days don't offer much in the way of smooth sailing either.
Myskina's next match puts her in the ring with equally persistent Mary Pierce, who is fresh off a third-round win against Japan's Shinobu Asagoe. If she can come out victorious, she might face No. 2 seed Justine Henin-Hardenne. But Myskina keeps it all in focus.
"It's gonna be really tough because Mary [Pierce] is playing really well right now. I lost to her last time in Charleston. So it's gonna be tough. I just try to practice tomorrow."
And practice she will. In a head-to-head comparison, Myskina leads, 2-1. Win or lose, making it to the fourth round of the US Open will be another notch in Myskina's belt and yet another wake-up call to the world of tennis: Myskina is a force to be reckoned with.
And STFU ted robinson
Lena looks best in ORANGE! POWDER BLUE! RED! definited RED.
Lena looks best when she is fighting, when she is concentrating, NO! when a smile is on her face
Lena looks best getting interviewed, giving a speech, but have you seen her in person? (Just don't yell at mom)
Lena looks best at eighteen, take that back, right now! And looking forward to five years from now
She keeps trying. She doesn't look for much fame, but I believe her break will come. Yes I do.