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post #16 of (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2012, 10:45 AM
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Re: Irina Khromacheva becoming Belgian?

I think it says that she will turn Belgian in a few years but it's not a priority right now. I guess it's not that easy for Russians to get Belgian nationality. She's lived in Namur for 3 years but will move to Wilrijk soon.

The VTV didn't require her to change nationality, but that means they're only doing training at the VTV facilities - the actual Belgians get financial support too.

He describes her as a very talented player, already quite complete with both an attacking and defending game. He also praises her mental skills and her will to win, and says she is working hard on improving her physical condition (where they are also working with Clijsters' physio, Sam Verslegers)

He claims that she manages to stay cool-headed on important points, but that she is not yet consistent. He doesn't want to compare her to anyone on the women's circuit, but says he sees something of Rafael Nadal in her, both in her mentality and her game style. Both lefties, too.

Aim for this season: 1 junior GS, qualify for a senior GS, and finish top-200.

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