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tennisIlove09
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:02 PM
Golovin the next big thing?

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BY JOSEPH GOODMAN AND MICHELLE KAUFMAN
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mkaufman@herald.com
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Seventeen-year-old Tatiana Golovin is the latest European women's tennis player to win over fans with her looks and win respect with her game.

She made her splash last year with a quick rise up the world rankings and short-shorts that would make a hand towel blush. Her game is only improving. Saturday, she advanced to the third round of the NASDAQ-100 Open with a 6-0, 6-7 (8-10), 6-3 victory against 20-year-old American Angela Haynes.

As of last week, she is the girl next door. Golovin just purchased a residence on Brickell Key.

''It's my home when I'm in the U.S.,'' Golovin said. ``I love Florida. My friends are here and I know the places to go.''

Golovin is very familiar with Florida. A French national who was born in Russia, Golovin moved to Bradenton as a 7-year-old and trained at the Nick Bollettieri Academy until she was 14.

Golovin is a 5-9 blonde who speaks three languages and loves the spotlight. Like Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova before her, Golovin is a marketing firm's dream. She plans to debut her new line of sportswear at Roland Garros in May. ''It's a secret,'' she said.

''She has the blonde hair, and the attitude and the potential,'' said Alain Deflassieux, a sports writer for the French sports daily newspaper L'Equipe. ``Mix it all together, and she is someone young who could be a very big star.''

Golovin began her tennis career in 2002 but didn't turn heads until the 2004 season. She jumped from a ranking of 358 to 27 in one year with fourth-round efforts at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She advanced to the round of 16 in the 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open.

''She's proving already that she is a very good player,'' Amelie Mauresmo said. ``She's hitting the ball hard and she's going to improve a lot, but maybe she needs to be a little more focused.''

SLIGHT FUNK

Andy Roddick hasn't won a Grand Slam since his 2003 U.S. Open. He lost in the quarters at the U.S. Open and Australian Open last year, and the second round of the French Open. His only Grand Slam final in 2004 was Wimbledon, which he lost to Roger Federer.

This year, he lost in the semis of the Australian Open, and injuries have forced him to retire from two tournaments. He retired from the semifinals at Memphis with an ankle sprain, and the second round of the NASDAQ-100 Open with a sprained wrist.

But Roddick's colleagues say he has nothing to worry about.

''Everybody has a little slump every so often,'' Taylor Dent said. ``This may be Andy's, this may not be Andy's; I don't know. . . . It's nothing to even, you know, nod your head about.''

LAST WORD

Serena Williams' opponent today is 17-year-old Israeli Shahar Peer, playing in her first WTA main draw. Williams was asked about the fact that both players grew up in dangerous places -- Williams in Compton, Calif., and Peer in a West Bank settlement.

Williams' response: ``You know what, I'm ignorant to the whole West Bank settlement of Israel. I'm American. Can you elaborate on that, please?''

RenaSlam.
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:04 PM
Thanks for posting this. I hope she is the next big thing, she sure does have the looks and talent!

Crazy Canuck
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:08 PM
I think it's great that Serena was honest about not knowing enough about the issue to discuss it (although I'm not sure what her being American has anything to do with that).

As for the topic at hand - thanks for the article. I'd rather see Golovin focus on winning than on "being a star", but she seems intent on having the best of both worlds :p

dreamgoddess099
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:11 PM
She also has a flashy personality and the ability to bring attention to herself (hot pants). The fact that she's never even made the quarters of a grandslam and yet she is being talked about as the next big thing says a lot.

mboyle
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:26 PM
Serena didn't know about the west bank? Come on now, Rena, you're too intelligent not to know that, but major kudos for asking about it, nonetheless.

PointBlank
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:34 PM
Its not Shahars first main draw appearance either :p..and they both live in big cities now to from bad neighborhoods :)

manu32
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:35 PM
the next big nose for sure....for the tennis and the rest....i don't know....what's is her nationality really....unknowed in france two years ago and suddenly french player without explication....

dreamgoddess099
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:39 PM
Serena didn't know about the west bank? Come on now, Rena, you're too intelligent not to know that, but major kudos for asking about it, nonetheless.
I took it as her saying she's ignorant as to what it'a like to grow up there, as she is from America.

Stamp Paid
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:47 PM
Its not even a question: Tati will be the first Frenchwoman to win a Slam since Mary Pierce. :banana: She is definitely the next big thing.

deja_entendu
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:49 PM
She's solid. But she does nothing amazing.

Tati & Dani
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:53 PM
go Tati :banana:

clonesheep
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:54 PM
Among the rising stars, I have a feeling that Nicole Vaidisova, Ana Ivanovic, and Karolina Sprem will have greater success in tennis than Golovin. From the matches I have seen, Golovin's game is too straightforward. She is a good hard hitting baseliner but there're too many of them today. Her power and precision does not stand out. She does not know how to create variaty of shots and respond to variaty of shots created by her opponents. That would prevent her from breaking through top 10. Staying within top 30 is no problem, though.

ezekiel
Mar 27th, 2005, 07:10 PM
I haven't seen Golovin play but only up and commers who can create some noise on the tour are Ana Ivanovic and Nicole Vaidisova.

fredbdx
Mar 27th, 2005, 08:40 PM
It's really funny to read s.o writing that maybe A.Ivanovic, N.Vaidisova or K.Sprem have more chance to be in the top ranking because Tatiana has a quite too stereotype game!! :lol: :lol:

When I see Ana, Nicole or Karolina play , i don't see too much varieties in their games too!!! :bounce:
And when we see Maria Sharapova ranked 3 in the world, we can say that may be that kind of game has a future!! :bounce:

I think that Tatiana's future will depend on if she really wants to be a champion or not (like Sharapova today who's certainly working really hard to be where she's).

The pb with today women tennis is that may be Tatiana is already a multi-millionaire with her endorsements (Lacoste, Völkl...). She already bought lats in Florida and Paris...and I'm sure she would already drive a Porsche if she was old enough to get a driving licence!!

However, she's already close to the top 20 without a coach....so that means that qhe's really talented!!

Good luck for her in the 4th round for a revenge against E.Dementieva (who's also a really hard worker for sure. Despite a really weak serve, she compensates with strong groundstrokes she may have trained thousends of hours!)

-Kieron-
Mar 27th, 2005, 08:47 PM
I think she is gonnabe a great player, but I believe Ivanovic and Vaidisova will be better, and more likely to win the slams!

grmbl
Mar 27th, 2005, 08:57 PM
She's solid. But she does nothing amazing.
jep.. she has no special wapons.. :)

Thauron
Mar 27th, 2005, 09:42 PM
Golovin never really impressed me, actually. Does she have any really impressive wins, I can't remember any to be honest?
She has talent, that's for sure, but so do many other youngsters.
The attention she gets probably does spring more from het looks than her stunning game and results, IMO - which might be a dangerous thing too, remember Kournikova?

matthieu_tennis
Mar 27th, 2005, 09:55 PM
kournikova has been number 8 in the world and she had win against graff davenport hingis she has beaten 4 top 10 in the world :P in for day :P semi final at wimbledon at 15 years old :P golovin is still not kournikova

vettipooh
Mar 27th, 2005, 10:04 PM
Just read she's got her own line of sports wear coming out at FO. Go Tati.

Thauron
Mar 27th, 2005, 10:05 PM
True, but what I wanted to say is that being a star and being proclaimed 'the next big thing' might not be such a good thing, mentally.
Kournikova, allthough she had some good results (better results than Golovin for the moment) never lived up to the expectations. Golovin might end up the same way if stardom attracts her a bit too much.
I think we can only speak of 'the next big thing' when one of the many good youngsters of today claim a real big title or start to play SFs and Fs on a regular basis. Apart from Sharapova none of the youngsters reached that level.

creepy stalker
Mar 27th, 2005, 10:14 PM
Her own clothing line. :hearts: Can't hardly wait for FO already.

matthieu_tennis
Mar 27th, 2005, 10:15 PM
i agree

fammmmedspin
Mar 27th, 2005, 10:29 PM
She's ahead of the 3-4 other young players seriously romping up the rankings and is beginning to get the results. The 10-20 rankings have a lot of stalled players. There are vacancies coming up in the top 10 even if Kim and Justine grab their places back. The Golovin future looks fine......

selyoink
Mar 28th, 2005, 01:39 AM
I really hope Golovin is the next big thing. She is very hot and can play great at times. Hopefully she will have a break through tournament this year.

Wendy Turnball
Mar 28th, 2005, 06:34 AM
Tati will never be as big as me.






She'd have to eat herself to death to come even close...

Shoulderpova
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:07 AM
she speaks three languages? Which?

jrm
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:18 AM
Saw her a couple of times and she never really impressed me

TatiAnnahølic
Mar 28th, 2005, 10:20 AM
she speaks three languages? Which?French, English... and Russian? :)

Libertango
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:22 AM
I really like Tati, and think she could definitely be top ten, but I think Vaidisova, Ivanovia and even Sprem have more potential.

sartrista7
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:24 AM
Among the rising stars, I have a feeling that Nicole Vaidisova, Ana Ivanovic, and Karolina Sprem will have greater success in tennis than Golovin. From the matches I have seen, Golovin's game is too straightforward. She is a good hard hitting baseliner but there're too many of them today. Her power and precision does not stand out. She does not know how to create variaty of shots and respond to variaty of shots created by her opponents. That would prevent her from breaking through top 10. Staying within top 30 is no problem, though.

Vaidisova, Ivanovic and Sprem are all far more straightforward and one-dimensional than Golovin! She's not as powerful as them, but in terms of strategic awareness, tactics and court craft she's miles better. I'm surprised she's doing so well so young: normally games like hers take longer to come together.

Her 2005 could have been better - if there's one thing which does look like it might turn into a problem, it's her tendency to choke in big matches, and she really does need a win over a top 10 player again soon.

Another thing which few have mentioned - Tatiana has amazing footwork, beautiful to watch, almost Graf-esque.

Junex
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:32 AM
Nicole already edge her out big-time!

in fact IMG & WTA has already arranged Nicole to be a Masha replacement if in case.

Anna K. - Maria Sharapova - Nicole Vaidosova

No place for Tatiana there, Even if she wins a GS, which is rwemotely possible, She can never attain the stardom that this IMG ( Ana is Octagon's) barbie dolls have and are going to achieve!

SilK
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:35 AM
I already liked Tati, but I begin to like her more and more... Let's hope she can beat Elena tonight... I put a shitload on Vcash on it! :lol:

Junex
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:37 AM
One more thing, I can remember her being hyped way back when she had that good run in the AO 2004, more than a year already!

In fact the hyped just died down because the kid never delivers.
0 titles (including ITF), so i guess if she is the future she should start proving me wrong by winning this event.

Dasha_
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:40 AM
Golovin is O.K., but the next big thing will be Ana Ivanovic (or maybe Nicole Vaidisova).
Let's just wait a little bit and see who was right ... We'll find out very soon.

firefly_ac
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:41 AM
oh my..why's Serena acting so bimbotic..:tape: :lol:

TatiAnnahølic
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:53 AM
No place for Tatiana there, Even if she wins a GS, which is rwemotely possible, She can never attain the stardom that this IMG ( Ana is Octagon's) barbie dolls have and are going to achieve!like if her goal in life was to be a cover girl.. :o


Vaidisova, Ivanovic and Sprem are all far more straightforward and one-dimensional than Golovin! She's not as powerful as them, but in terms of strategic awareness, tactics and court craft she's miles better. I'm surprised she's doing so well so young: normally games like hers take longer to come together.

Her 2005 could have been better - if there's one thing which does look like it might turn into a problem, it's her tendency to choke in big matches, and she really does need a win over a top 10 player again soon.

Another thing which few have mentioned - Tatiana has amazing footwork, beautiful to watch, almost Graf-esque. :worship::worship::worship::worship:

Junex
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:59 AM
like if her goal in life was to be a cover girl.. :o



OK, so define "the next big thing" in WTA terms?

And besides the article itself comapred her to Masha and Anna K.

Funny because deep inside I know how you long to see your tatiana to grace all covers of fashion magazines with her short-shoprts.

no offense really, but it ain't the truth?

Volcana
Mar 28th, 2005, 01:15 PM
Serena didn't know about the west bank? Come on now, Rena, you're too intelligent not to know that, but major kudos for asking about it, nonetheless.What has intelligence to do with it? I'm sure Serena doesn't know anything about rendering cattle carcasses, or processing spent nuclear fuel rods. You can't know everything, no how matter how smart you are. There just isn't time to learn it all.

There is the possiblity though, that she was side-stepping being drawn into a political question. If you don't know anything about West Bank settlements, you can't be asked to comment about the situation there. Serena's last foray into foreign policy didn't work out so well.

Likelier though, this mirrors Capriati's response a couple years ago when asked about Title IX. Capriati said she knew nothing about it, which shicked a lot of people. But Capriati had virtually never been in a position to be impacted by it, or see it's impact. She didn't participate in public school athletics or go to college. Tennis players lead lives that are almost abusive, in some respects, and very sheltered, in others.

matthieu_tennis
Mar 28th, 2005, 03:14 PM
if she wins against dementieva thats prove she is a future star

Tati & Dani
Mar 28th, 2005, 03:22 PM
i hope she win , i believe in her

jj74
Mar 28th, 2005, 03:24 PM
Golovin's game never impress me much, i think the next best thing will be Michaella Krajicek, she haven't the pressure of being in the limelight and is a very good player (she defeated Golovin easely two times in 2003)

creepy stalker
Mar 28th, 2005, 03:30 PM
OK, so define "the next big thing" in WTA terms?

And besides the article itself comapred her to Masha and Anna K.

Funny because deep inside I know how you long to see your tatiana to grace all covers of fashion magazines with her short-shoprts.

no offense really, but it ain't the truth?
i'm sure you are the expert it reading people's mind.

the next big thing means the next break out star though she already gets newcomer of the year. if wta is pushing vaidisova as a future star, they'd have given her the award, don't they?

we, tati fans, are the last people that wants Tati to be the next Shyperova [though she respects Anna K as a player not like *coughmashacough*]. we hope she remains the most down to earth palyer that she's always been and not fake.

Tati has a bright future ahead and honey, i'm afraid, you'd have to see more of her name in the future, whether you like it or not.

andrewbroad
Mar 31st, 2005, 10:58 PM
Golovin never really impressed me, actually. Does she have any really impressive wins, I can't remember any to be honest?

Fed Cup 2004 final

RUSSIA 3:2 FRANCE
* Svetlana Kuznetsova lt. Nathalie Dechy, 6-3 6-7(4) 6-8
* Anastasia Myskina d. Tatiana Golovin, 6-4 7-6(5)
* Anastasia Myskina d. Nathalie Dechy, 6-3 6-4
* Svetlana Kuznetsova lt. Tatiana Golovin, 4-6 1-6
* Vera Zvonareva/Myskina d. Marion Bartoli/Emilie Loit, 7-6(5) 7-5

Kuznetsova was ranked #5 at the time. But I'm still waiting for Tati's next win over a top-16 player.

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La Reine
Mar 31st, 2005, 11:48 PM
I think it's great that Serena was honest about not knowing enough about the issue to discuss it (although I'm not sure what her being American has anything to do with that).

As for the topic at hand - thanks for the article. I'd rather see Golovin focus on winning than on "being a star", but she seems intent on having the best of both worlds :p

The average American (ie. majority of Americans) don't know much about the rest of the world because they don't have to know. American life is very insular in a way. I'm still recovering from Jessica Simpsoon calling Africa a country. :tape: :eek:

FERLKE
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:02 AM
Everybody said "the next big thing will be Ivanovic or Vaidisova", but just said that becouse they have good results now.
The next big thing will be Sesil Karatantcheva!!!!!!!!!!!! remember this!!!

Crazy Canuck
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:43 AM
Golovin's game never impress me much, i think the next best thing will be Michaella Krajicek, she haven't the pressure of being in the limelight and is a very good player (she defeated Golovin easely two times in 2003)

Heh. Yeah, no pressure on Michaella Krajicek at all :lol:

Crazy Canuck
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:45 AM
The average American (ie. majority of Americans) don't know much about the rest of the world because they don't have to know. American life is very insular in a way. I'm still recovering from Jessica Simpsoon calling Africa a country. :tape: :eek:

I'm 100 miles north of the border, I have a vague idea about "American life". Enough of one to know that somebody like Jessica Simpson is not representative of the majority.

RatedR Superstar
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:50 AM
One more thing, I can remember her being hyped way back when she had that good run in the AO 2004, more than a year already!

In fact the hyped just died down because the kid never delivers.
0 titles (including ITF), so i guess if she is the future she should start proving me wrong by winning this event.

you're not the center of the universe, so theres no real reason for her to prove you wrong.