Is it time for Lina K. to make serious changes and move...
to a tennis academy in America or Spain? I think so. And she would of course bring her parents and little brother with her. After a promising start to 2001, Lina's fine play fell apart after Wimbledon. It all started at the Fed Cup, when those Russian tennis geniuses, uh, not really, Larissa Neiland and Shamil Tarpischev devastated the extremely patriotic and loyal Lina by pulling her from a crucial singles match for Elena Likhovtseva, a terrible clay court player, who had been playing on hard courts in America. That was a stupid move, if there ever was one. Lina played badly the rest of the year. Coincidence? I think not! And the age restriction rule didn't help Lina's struggling game either. Lina is in her senior year in high school, and she's gone as far as she can go living and training in Obininsk, her small Russian town. I know Lina is extremely loyal to Russia, and I respect that, but it's time for her to fulfill her vast potential. That means she must make the difficult move of uprooting her family<br />and moving to a tennis academy in America or Spain. This will give Lina and Sasha the best chance to fulfill their potential. I know Lina's father has in the past said "nyet" to a move abroad. But I think it's time to re-consider that option. Whether she and Sasha come to Bollettieri's, Macci's, Saddlebrook or go to an academy in Spain, remains to be seen. I also hope one of her changes will be to send Larissa Neiland back to Latvia, and hire a coach to help her get to the next level! I think Lina has top 15 and maybe even top 10 ability. But she's not going to make the top 10 or top 15 if she continues to live and train in Obininsk. Udachi Lina! Make 2002 your big breakthrough year. But in order to do so, changes must be made.
P.S. - The same goes for Elena Dementieva. Elena like Lina seems to be going backwards. Why?
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