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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old May 30th, 2004, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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I wanted to say something to young players, and their parents, if they read Russian Roulette.
Learn from Maria Sharapova, who is a great role model. Make sure your strokes have good mechanics. First serve, second serve, forehand, backhand, overhead, volleys, footwork.
You need sound technique. And a competent coach to make sure your strokes stay correct. That's the only way to do it.
You need a solid foundation, so you can build on it throughout your career.

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Maria really does have excellent mechanics on her shots. She has alot of ability and having good mechanics will help her reach her vast potential as a tennis player.

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My point in this thread is that all the talented juniors, like Alisa, and Vika, and the younger ones, should make sure they are learning good mechanics for each shot.
The best way to become a good player is to not have built-in weaknesses.
And when you have a solid foundation, it's easier to improve.

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Alot of tennis players have built in weaknesses. While others have solid foundations to build their games on.

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These players should all be concerned with learning the proper mechanics. Especially for the serve -

Ekaterina Makarova RUS 7/6/88
Elena Vesnina RUS (8) 8/1/86

Regina Kulikova RUS 30/1/89
Evgeniya Rodina RUS 4/2/89
(Q) Yaroslava Shvedova RUS 12/9/87
Ekaterina Kosminskaya RUS 24/6/88
Eugenia Grebeniuk RUS 10/2/88
Irina Kotkina RUS (11) 19/9/86
Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 3/11/87

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I just saw Ekaterina Kosminskaya on the Tennis Channel.
This is my advice to all the top juniors -
Get that bucket of balls, and practice your serve. And make sure a coach is watching your mechanics.
And play doubles. Learn how to volley, and hit overheads. There is good money in doubles. It could make a successful career without being a top 40 singles player.

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I hope the juniors are watching what Nastya and Lena are doing. Remember, they both lost their first matches in Rome. And now they are in the semifinals of the French Open.
You have to stay positive, and keep working. And make sure you have a coach to watch your mechanics.

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LOL GL! Seriusly! Why did you take on the junior education all of a sudden?

PS: Juniors>>>> Close your eyes during Nastya's and Lena's serves! Unless you Serena is going to serve right after that point... You always need to compare.

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I'm doing this because I believe it's important to learn good mechanics. And to have a coach watch you every day.
I think you need both talent and good mechanics. Elena's results would be better if she had a good serve.
Juniors can learn proper technique easier than a veteran like Elena. Do it now.

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While Petrova does not resent her parents' demands, she is less complimentary about the RTF, saying "they did nothing for me", sentiments echoed by world No14 Vera Zvonareva. "We don't have enough support from the RTF, so kids know if they are not the best in the country for their age group then they are not going to get help, so they're fighting for every ball on the court," she said. "In England kids are not working hard enough because they know if they are in the top 10 in the country for their age they will get everything."

What this means is that you have to be self-motivated. It's not enough that you have great talent. You have to really, really want success. No matter what obstacles are in your path.
All of the top players have gone through tough times. You have to keep working. Always trying hard.

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This current group of Russian stars, 6 of the top 13 seeds at Wimbledon, are so good, and are such great spokeswomen for Russia, that the next generation have a lot to live up to.
It takes more than great talent and hard work. It takes an inner drive to be great, to do great things.
To be a great role model.

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And how can you not be motivated now? The players, the parents, the coaches.
Now you hear and read about the Russian Revolution in tennis every day.
Being one of the Russians is a status symbol now. You're one of the new stars, taking over the sport.
And it's all about hard work. As Maria Sharapova said, you have to stay out there an extra hour. And outwork everybody else. And you can see the result of hard work - success.

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Who thinks one of the little Russians can win junior wimbledon? my bet is Alisa.
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Goldenlox, do you actually think a junior will read this thread?

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Myskina doesn't have a serve, yet she manages to beat Masha and Petrova whenever they play. This doesn't seem to support your mechanics theory.

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