If someone came up to you at the start of the year and said "Three Russians will win Grand Slam titles this year", you would have laughed. Which one was the most "out of left field"? Which one, if you were told who would win what, would you just say "No way, it CANNOT happen" to?
Sep 13th, 2004, 09:52 AM
I went with Svetlana. I never, ever, ever expected her to beat Davenport. Gee, I'll bet getting beaten by Russian teens in GS Semi's when you're an overwhelming favourite to win is getting pretty old for Lindsay...
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:01 AM
I chose Sveta. It just seemed so out of the blue, as her hardcourt season had nothing special in it at all.
I would have named Elena D as one of the three Russinas to win a Slam if I'd been asked earlier this year.
But Sveta, Maria, Nastya and ElenaD have done huge wonders for Russian tennis and especially at the GS level.
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:17 AM
Myskina I guess, I mean i always thouyght the other two would win slams but not THIS year you know. Certainly Sveta is the biggest shock of the lot to me, but in terms of what I thought they would achieve Nastya is the biggest for sure.
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:31 AM
definately sharapova for me, just becuase of the players she beat, and her amazing performance in the final, everyone expected Serena to roll her. Whereas in the other two finals, no1 was a CLEAR fave ;)
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:31 AM
oh, and the fact she is 17 also
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:34 AM
Maria won a tournament in the lead-up to Wimbledon at least...
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:37 AM
well, shaul won a similar event before the French open.....
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:50 AM
Myskina on clay!
Maria was pretty good on grass before as was Sveta on hard courts, but I was surprised to see Myskina doing so well on clay w/o major wins before GS Title.
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:54 AM
Yeah... but clay always throws up a surprise winner... witness the mens final!
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:55 AM
Justine, just because she's not in the poll.
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:02 AM
You can't say that Justine was a SURPRISE winner though. She was the top seed at the AO.
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:06 AM
Sharapova because everyone seemed to think that Serena would win it but they were wrong! :o
Before the match I didn't expect Maria to win so I cheered the underdog. ;)
It was surprising to me how good Maria was on the court that day. And suddenly she became the queen of Wimbledon :lol:
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:07 AM
Actaully, Sharapova was the most surprizing for me. I doubted that she can win even when she was in the final. Where as in case of Myskina I believed she can do it in the semis...
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:11 AM
Anastasia Myskina is my surprise.. I never expected her to win, I always assumed that she would be a consistant Top 10 Player. Sharapova and Kusnetsova I am only surprised that it happended so early in their careers.. Objectively these two were the ones with the more talent and with the possibility of a future grand slams. For Maria and Svetlana it happened sooner than most imagined..
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:29 AM
Has to be that guy that won the French Open. What's his name again?
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:30 AM
Has to be that guy that won the French Open. What's his name again?Gaudio. Most surprised winner Sveta.
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:53 AM
Myskina. I always believed that the Russinas could win but never would win a Grand Slam. Nastya winning the French Open proved me wrong (sort of) and after that, a Russina winning a Grand Slam singles title wasn't as shocking or impossible any more, it was just a matter of who would breakthrough the next time. :)
I Love Maria
Sep 13th, 2004, 12:48 PM
Sharapova wasn't too much of a surprise, as every few years you are going to get a young star defeating a proven great player on the biggest stage. This wimbledon win for Maria is a bit like Boris Becker's 1st wimbledon win in 1985.
Sep 13th, 2004, 12:49 PM
Sharapova... totally didn't see it coming...
Sep 13th, 2004, 12:54 PM
It was between her and Svetlana and Svetty had at least had a couple wins over top 5 players(Justine, Venus.) Maria hadn't beaten anyone until Lindsay in the SFs.
Sep 13th, 2004, 01:00 PM
I'd have to say Myskina. She's in her early 20's, been on the tour for several years, and had never done that well at a major, so I figured maybe her time was over. She was sort of Tier I/Tier II type of dame to me. But really, all three sort of surprised me, but the other two are still young and up and coming, so a little less shocking I guess.