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mariok
Apr 23rd, 2004, 09:24 AM
There are at the moment 5 Russian and 5 American girls in top 20, that's one half of top20.
In top 100- 12 Russians and 13 Americans, that is 25% of top100 girls.
I know that Russian girls are young, but I never really paid so much attention to it, since there are many good americans on Tour as well. But, only 2 out of these 12 russians are over 25 years of age, while americans hold 9/13 (only williams sisters, granville and harkleroad)!
So, what do you think top 10, or top 20 might look like 5-6 yeras from now, considering the fact that americans are leaving and russians are young and promising? Or is that not the case?

SpikeyAidanm
Apr 23rd, 2004, 09:39 AM
Top 10 in 5-6 years will have Golovin, Sharapova + player's we have never heard of

Gowza
Apr 23rd, 2004, 09:40 AM
vaidisova, kleybanova, karatancheva may also be in the top 10

Andy T
Apr 23rd, 2004, 09:40 AM
It's good to see another country challenge the US. In the 60s and 70s, Australia and Britain were the main challengers, in the 80s we had the Czechs and the Germans and in the 90s the Spanish (we would have had the Germans too but Steffi played so rarely for her country). Now we've got the Belgians and the French, as well as the Russians up there. It's difficult to imagine that one or two of the current Russian youngsters won't break through to the very top level.

space_eef03
Apr 23rd, 2004, 09:45 AM
2 Belgians in the top 20 and we have such a small country. Isn't it great? :)

Sadka
Apr 23rd, 2004, 09:53 AM
yes it interesting
but real question is can these girls stay at top consistency? :p

Jackson.
Apr 23rd, 2004, 09:59 AM
yes it interesting
but real question is can these girls stay at top consistency? :p
Dementieva is a perfect example :D

She has been around for awhile now, and has been in the top 20 for many years, so yes. The Russians will be able to stay at the top consistantly ;)

SJW
Apr 23rd, 2004, 10:10 AM
the difference is, the American's have loads of slams between them, and the Russians aren't at that stage yet :)

they're young and good.....and i hope they do well. would love to have a Russian domination in about 5+ years from now :D

Dava
Apr 23rd, 2004, 10:13 AM
As SJW said, the russians in the top 20 are all YOUNG I think three are under 20, so itsn not really fair to compare them to the americans. That said there isnt any young upcoming americans, that ahve really caught my eye (Harkleroad still needs to improve), so I guess in that respect Russia has the edge (especially since Davenport, and Capriati probably only have a few years left in the sport).

charmedRic
Apr 23rd, 2004, 10:20 AM
As SJW said, the russians in the top 20 are all YOUNG I think three are under 20, so itsn not really fair to compare them to the americans. That said there isnt any young upcoming americans, that ahve really caught my eye (Harkleroad still needs to improve), so I guess in that respect Russia has the edge (especially since Davenport, and Capriati probably only have a few years left in the sport).
Ditto. :wavey: :cool:

Pureracket
Apr 23rd, 2004, 12:42 PM
That's good for the Russians, but you just can't underestimate the American women in sports, as afar as womens sports go, they are the best athletes in the world. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a young American female tennis player somewhere who we've never heard of who will be #1 within the next 7-10 years.

Volcana
Apr 23rd, 2004, 12:52 PM
Well, 5-6 years from now I expect Venus, Serena and Justine will still hold three of the top ten spots. Based on what we see now, there's every chance it'll be the top three. None of the Russians SO FAR have shown they're GS winning material.

Kim, being so young and a former #1, should also be around. She could check out early and start a family though.

Based on solid all-around games, the three Russians I see holding top ten spots for years and years are Myskina, Petrova and Kuznetsova. The serves of Zvonareva and Dementieva limit both. Right now.

I'm holding off on Sharapova.

If the game continues and accelerates it's current (slight) movement to what I'll call a 'power all-court' style, the pure baseliners will fall. However Hantuchova and/or Dokic could both see the light, and diversify their games.

Amelie will have retired by then, the constant injuries being too much to bear.

ANd there will be at aleast two top ten players who've shown no sign so far.

Ballbuster
Apr 23rd, 2004, 01:46 PM
That's quite interesting and I suspect they will hoover around the top, and maybe snag a slam. I definately wouldn't count them out. Russian women were Known Gold Medal winners in the Olympics and so were East German Women. However, they were highly accused of taking illegal supplements. Yet they have a severe competitive spirit.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 23rd, 2004, 01:55 PM
the girls we got now is only just the start
US has strong top class tennis history going back over 100 yrs.
US used to have 60 girls in top 100 just back in the 80's

for us its just been under 10 yrs......
numbers are growing all the time :)

cant wait for our first slam final
the gates will open after that....... titles will come with numbers :)

Nikola
Apr 23rd, 2004, 01:58 PM
:)

Chunchun
Apr 23rd, 2004, 02:28 PM
An interesting thread.:)

A'DAM
Apr 23rd, 2004, 02:36 PM
I hope that Marta Domachowska will be in the top 10 around that time (still) :kiss:

the cat
Apr 23rd, 2004, 02:45 PM
Well said Sarah (SJW). The Russina's will pose a real threat to the Americans when they start have grand slam finals breakthroughs and win the Fed Cup. But Russia's women's tennis future looks bright and that's the most important thing. :)

LiliaLee-Frazier
Apr 23rd, 2004, 02:59 PM
Top 10 in 5-6 years will have Golovin, Sharapova + player's we have never heard of
EXACTLY! ;)

Chunchun
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:26 PM
Top 10 in 5-6 yrs?
Sharapova , Sesil , Golovin , Williams sisters ....

Anyone think that Serena & Venus will still in the Top 10 in 5-6 years??

Knizzle
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:30 PM
Top 10 in 5-6 yrs?
Sharapova , Sesil , Golovin , Williams sisters ....

Anyone think that Serena & Venus will still in the Top 10 in 5-6 years??
Yep I think the sisters will be. The have rested their bodies alot over the years and it should help them in the long run.

Spunky83
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:38 PM
Top 10 in 5-6 yrs?
Sharapova , Sesil , Golovin , Williams sisters ....

Anyone think that Serena & Venus will still in the Top 10 in 5-6 years??

Actually by that time Serena will be a top paid actress and never come back to the court again :hysteric:...furthermore I think that Venus will be in the Top Ten, but not Top 3.

I guess that in a few years there will be more Dementievas, Sharapovas and other -a(S) out there, they are all very focused on the game and they work very hard, thanks to russian mentality. At the moment there are actually only two russians who can REALLY make the big step:Kuznetsova and Anastasia.

Someone mentioned Belgium, a country we all look up to, it´s little but holds second and first place...extrodinary;)

Nontheless, Anastasia rocks!!!

SJW
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:38 PM
Venus and Serena get a lot of criticism, saying they're not interested in tennis, but i think their way is a good way.

obviously they're top competitiors, and if they played 17 tourneys a year, i'm sure they'd get bored of the sport very easily. they're not over-playing, and i think this is good in the long run as they'll stay in tennis longer. both say they plan to be around for another 10 years, and i believe they'll play until about 29/30. while Kim only plans to play for another few years, and Henin has a husband and will no doubt want to start a family, i think there'll be a great situation 5 years from now with these Eastern-Bloc girlies, plus Venus, Serena, probably Mauresmo etc

Spunky83
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:42 PM
while Kim only plans to play for another few years, and Henin has a husband and will no doubt want to start a family

I´ve heard her saying that she doesn´t want to have children until she´s 30 or something like that, unlike Kim. Justine already has her coach´s kids, she can borrow those over christmas :unsure:

So I think that we have to consider Justine for a long long time ;)

Knizzle
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:43 PM
Venus and Serena get a lot of criticism, saying they're not interested in tennis, but i think their way is a good way.

obviously they're top competitiors, and if they played 17 tourneys a year, i'm sure they'd get bored of the sport very easily. they're not over-playing, and i think this is good in the long run as they'll stay in tennis longer. both say they plan to be around for another 10 years, and i believe they'll play until about 29/30. while Kim only plans to play for another few years, and Henin has a husband and will no doubt want to start a family, i think there'll be a great situation 5 years from now with these Eastern-Bloc girlies, plus Venus, Serena, probably Mauresmo etc
Momo is even older than the sisters so by that time she will be 30. Venus wants to play well into her thirties and wants to bring Serena along. Serena says she has a good 10 years left in her. There is no rush for them to leave tennis, especially Venus. I think they will be around a long time.

SJW
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:45 PM
I´ve heard her saying that she doesn´t want to have children until she´s 30 or something like that, unlike Kim. Justine already has her coach´s kids, she can borrow those over christmas :unsure:

So I think that we have to consider Justine for a long long time ;)
i don't WANT her to leave or anything, but the longer you're married the different your view becomes.do you seriously think Henin will be a married lady on tour for 10 years before settling down?

SJW
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:45 PM
Momo is even older than the sisters so by that time she will be 30. Venus wants to play well into her thirties and wants to bring Serena along. Serena says she has a good 10 years left in her. There is no rush for them to leave tennis, especially Venus. I think they will be around a long time.
yea Momo will be about 29-30, but she hasn't played a lot of tennis either, so she's less likely to become sick of it :) i hope :(

Spunky83
Apr 23rd, 2004, 04:04 PM
i don't WANT her to leave or anything, but the longer you're married the different your view becomes.do you seriously think Henin will be a married lady on tour for 10 years before settling down?

Who knows...maybe she gives birth to her child and comes back on court, Pierre-Yves could take her of the children, watching Momma Justine from the sidelines...just fantasizing :smash:, not to be taken seriously.

Actually, you´re right SJW, some things come faster than you ever expect them to do.

Sonja
Apr 23rd, 2004, 04:19 PM
:scared: Can we stop using "Amélie" and "retired" in the same sentence please?

I'm not ready to think about that yet. :p

bandabou
Apr 23rd, 2004, 04:23 PM
Well said Sarah (SJW). The Russina's will pose a real threat to the Americans when they start have grand slam finals breakthroughs and win the Fed Cup. But Russia's women's tennis future looks bright and that's the most important thing. :)

Question is: Will they ever breakthough? That´s the question....Kim´s better than any of those Russians will ever be, yet she still can´t breakthrough. It ain´t easy..

pigam
Apr 23rd, 2004, 04:29 PM
i don't WANT her to leave or anything, but the longer you're married the different your view becomes.do you seriously think Henin will be a married lady on tour for 10 years before settling down?
Oh yes! *atleast she won't be an old spinster ;)* :)

Knizzle
Apr 23rd, 2004, 04:37 PM
:scared: Can we stop using "Amélie" and "retired" in the same sentence please?

I'm not ready to think about that yet. :p
I think you are the only one in this thread to do it. ;)