I got Morozova's book an year ago in Globus bookstore ( my favourite bookstore, right near the KGB building <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> ). There was several other notable tennis books there, which I was silly enough not to buy, like Tarpishev's book. I did buy two books about Kafelnikov though. I'd really like to know more about Soviet tennis, I hope that other prominent figures of Soviet tennis, like Metreveli or Dmitrieva would write something too.
Morozova lives and works in England now, I am not sure whether she works for LTA or some private club. According to the book it is correct what you wrote concerngin her daughter. Also she writes there that her daughter was a promising player, but didn't become a pro because of nagging injuries.
<br />Well, Olga Morozova seems to be very strong person. She wanted to be successful in the sport despite of the system, and apparently she succeeded. In her book she has no problems giving Chmyreva credit, calling her an excellent player with very good technique, great arsenal, very fit, clear Top 10 potemtial, etc. She calls Chmyreva "mentally unbalanced" though.. She explains there what that means.. Nothing in terms of politics or having to face state clerk though. But she says that the story with South African "boycott" could have badly affected Chmyreva. In the book she seems to carefully avoiding showing animousity to anyone at all, including Chmyreva. But one piece, namely the one describing the athmosphere before their Wimbledon Round of 16 match suggests that some kind of animousity did exist.
But the article in this thread does not make much sense to me. It could not be Morozova that would ban Chmyreva from playing, could it? Even if Morozova would not select Chmyreva for national team, there was still Soviet national championships where Chmyreva could have proved that she is the best. According to the book, Chmyreva did play for national team regularly up to 1980. As Morozova once said:"To become the best in our sport it is necessary to sacrifice the best years of one's youth to this dream, reject all temptations of usual life and live only for that dream. But you don't know what is happening in one's soul. Maybe one is happy about curren existance: you are young, rich, travel all over the world, loved<br />by fans. But youth doesn't last long..."
<br />Also, it looked to me that some kind of rivaling clans, groups have always existed in Russian women's tennis. Morozova tells in her book that she also had to switch to some rivaling tennis club in Moscow at some point. So, given that she and Natasha were from different coaches, different clubs, very different characters, we might think that all that could contribute to their relationships becoming more than just rivalry. Perhaps they were a dementieva and a kournikova of that time.<br />We could, for instance, speculate of what was the real reason of Elena Dementieva leaving the Spartak club. That said, that she did it because her coach Islanova was too focused on her son and didn't pay enough attention to other juniors. But, well, Islanova was not the only coach of the club, I believe that Preobrazhenskaya (Anna's coach ) was still there, and Marat left for Spain soon after that and that would give Islanova more time, and some other players (Myskina, right?) stayed at club and managed to develop into great players. So what was the real reason? What is the real reason of Anna-Elena animousity ( sorry, but I just don't buy that it ios just because Anna doesn't talk to other Russian girls ).. I don't know..
Speaking of Dementieva and Kournikova, and different groups in Russian tennis, it seems to me that these two major figures of contemporary Russian tennis are also centres of some certain groups right now. There is a pro-Kournikova group, and also anti-Kournikova group in Russian tennis establishment ( players, coaches, jounalists ), the second one now built around the anti-Anna, namely Elena Dementieva. It is a sad fact, but an interesting phenomenon nonetheless.
One of that pro-Kournikova group seems to be, in fact, Olga Morozova. She is always defending Anna in media at any opportunity ( nothing strange about that, I try to do it here too ), besides for her it admittedly is a kind of family-business-related issue. Up to the end of the last year Morozova was quite complimentary of Dementieva. But as Dementieva started challenging Anna as being country's #1, Morozova, as it seems to me, became a bit skeptical. Like when in the beginning of 2001 one of Dementieva's coaches announced that Elena is ready to become a Top 10 player, and with some work can be Top 5, Morozova said-:"I would not dare to say this kind of things. It is not that simple. But probably he is the greatest coach".
<br />Some related links:
You can buy Morozova's book here:
<a href="http://www.ozon.ru/detail.cfm/ent=2&id=35302" target="_blank">http://www.ozon.ru/detail.cfm/ent=2&id=35302</a>
or see a publisher preview here:
<a href="http://www.vagrius.ru/books/na/moroz_01.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.vagrius.ru/books/na/moroz_01.shtml</a>
or read the whole book in electronic version here:
<a href="http://lib.km.ru/page.asp?id=7681&p=1" target="_blank">http://lib.km.ru/page.asp?id=7681&p=1</a>
To read Morozova-related materials, her interviews or articles by her here:
<a href="http://tennis.km.ru/PersonsMorozova.html" target="_blank">http://tennis.km.ru/PersonsMorozova.html</a> <br /><a href="http://www.7days.ru/w3s.nsf/Archive/2000_242_sport_text_zigmund2.htm" target="_blank">http://www.7days.ru/w3s.nsf/Archive/2000_242_sport_text_zigmund2.htm</a><br /><a href="http://www.7days.ru/w3s.nsf/Archive/2000_291_sport_text_zigmund.html" target="_blank">http://www.7days.ru/w3s.nsf/Archive/2000_291_sport_text_zigmund.html</a><br /><a href="http://www.atrus.ru/mpl/face?id=5378&template_file=print" target="_blank">http://www.atrus.ru/mpl/face?id=5378&template_file=print</a>
Another article, sort of an obituary for another Soviet star - Marina Kroshina:
<a href="http://facts.kiev.ua/July2000/0707/05.htm" target="_blank">http://facts.kiev.ua/July2000/0707/05.htm</a>