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lauryn
Sep 22nd, 2005, 11:17 AM
Where are the young Americans?


By Scott Riley, Tennis Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Where are the up-and-coming Americans on the WTA Tour? Well...they're virtually nowhere to be found.

American women are sprinkled throughout the top 100 in the WTA rankings (12 in all), including three of the top-nine players in the world (Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams and Serena Williams), but as far as I can tell, there aren't too many promising studs on the horizon.

After the No. 2 Davenport and the Williams sisters, who are seventh and ninth, respectively, in the rankings, the United States accounts for only nine of the next 91 players, and none of 'em appear to have a shot at a major title.

After the "Big Three," next on the list of Americans is average veteran Meghann Shaughnessy (52nd) and average veteran Jill Craybas (57th). The first "young" American on the ledger is No. 60 Laura Granville, and she's already 24, which is not that young anymore on the WTA circuit.

Granville is followed by No. 67 Mashona Washington, the 29-year-old younger sister of former ATP performer MaliVai Washington, the 1996 Wimbledon runner- up. An eventual Wimbledon runner-up herself she's not.

The African-American Washington is followed by 32-year-old Lisa Raymond (69th) and then 19-year-old African-American Jamea Jackson, the first legitimate youngster (in terms of age only) on the list of Yanks. But whether she's young or old, no one is viewing the No. 76 Jackson as a present or future Grand Slam contender.

The Americans in the top 100 round out with No. 77 Amy Frazier, No. 83 Shenay Perry and No. 85 Abigail Spears. I don't wanna say Frazier's old...actually, I do, considering she just turned 33 this week, which officially makes her a relic. At least Perry's only 21 and Spears is 24, but, let's face it, neither of these women are what you would call rising stars in the women's game.

Sure, Americans accounted for half the Grand Slam finalists this year (that's 4-of-8 if you're counting at home), but they were the usual suspects. The 23- year-old Serena beat the 29-year-old Davenport in the Aussie Open final, and the 25-year-old Venus topped Davenport in the Wimbledon finale.

So, where are the promising kids?

The rising stars are not coming out of the U.S. right now, they're coming from places like Slovenia (Jelena Jankovic), Serbia (Ana Ivanovic), the Czech Republic (Nicole Vaidisova), Germany (Anna-Lena Groenefeld), Russia (Anna Chakvetadze), China (Shuai Peng), India (Sania Mirza), Bulgaria (Sesil Karatantcheva), and so on.

Don't look now, but for the third time in three years the Americans failed to place a woman in the final of our Open -- the U.S. Open. Belgium's Kim Clijsters beat France's Mary Pierce in the 2005 final just two weeks ago; Svetlana Kuznetsova bested Elena Dementieva in the 2004 all-Russian title match; and Justine Henin-Hardenne topped Clijsters in an all-Belgian affair in 2003.

Prior to '03, at least one American (Davenport, Venus or Serena) had appeared in the U.S. Open final for six straight years, including three all-American bouts. But let's not forget that before Davenport, Venus and Serena, there was an American-born-woman finalist drought at the Open that lasted for 12 years. Yes, 12 years without an American-born woman in the U.S. Open final from 1985-1996. After Chris Evert lost to Martina Navratilova in the 1984 final, the U.S. failed to place another woman in the title match until Venus lost to Swiss Martina Hingis in 1997.

Where are the young Davenports, Venuses and Serenas? Quite frankly, I don't know.

A possibility could be 16-year-old Californian Alexa Glatch, who reached the junior girls' final at the Open earlier this month, only to lose to top-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. Glatch was also the junior girls doubles runner-up at the Open, playing alongside fellow 16-year-old countrywoman Vania King.

In only her second WTA-level event, Glatch reached a semifinal in Forest Hills last month, but lost to the rising 34th-ranked Mirza in straights. And Glatch made her U.S. Open main draw debut a few weeks ago and reached the second round before falling to the world No. 17 Jankovic.

The still-growing Glatch, who's listed at 5-foot-11 and 145 pounds, was named the 2003 Junior Player of the Year by Inside Tennis Magazine. The Newport Beach native is a respectable 3-3 in her WTA matches this year.

Glatch aside, the young talent appears a bit thin on the U.S. side.


09/21 12:17:47 ET

http://sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=tennis-w/news/BBN3980753.htm

goldenlox
Sep 22nd, 2005, 02:48 PM
The young Americans are playing golf

Helen Lawson
Sep 22nd, 2005, 02:51 PM
Joan Rivers kidnapped them and drank their blood to maintain her youthful appearance!

Doc
Sep 22nd, 2005, 02:52 PM
Alexa Glatch?

Is she a real prospect?

le bon vivant
Sep 22nd, 2005, 02:55 PM
Theyre all black so theyre all being looked over.

Rocketta
Sep 22nd, 2005, 02:57 PM
Alexa Glatch?

Is she a real prospect?

I saw her play the USOpen final and she has a big big serve and is very gangly and skinny.

She seems to have a future but I don't know.

kabuki
Sep 22nd, 2005, 02:58 PM
Alexa Glatch?

Is she a real prospect?

I'm not seeing it. Extreme grips and very long, complicated, and wristy strokes. I've been wrong before though. :lol:

le bon vivant
Sep 22nd, 2005, 02:59 PM
Theyre all black so theyre all being looked over.

ok that was bait, I admit. let me stop. :lol: :lol:

Spunky83
Sep 22nd, 2005, 03:00 PM
It was a tv-show made by Kevin Williamson (Dawson´s Creek, Scream) but it was cancelled after a few episodes!

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 22nd, 2005, 03:01 PM
Theyre all black so theyre all being looked over.

Alexa Gatch, Vania King and Mary Gambale are not black..they are the next 3 big names in us tennis .
This article is nothing more than america bashing. It would be nice if tennis articles were actually written by sports writers that had an actual genuine interest in the game.
:wavey:

Meesh
Sep 22nd, 2005, 03:07 PM
Young American Girls play Softball or Soccer.... at least they do in Florida.

Doc
Sep 22nd, 2005, 03:18 PM
Thanks.
I see Glatch has beaten Akiko Morrigami and Martina Sucha this summer.

http://photo910.tripod.com/gkopihtm/gkopi/g6360g1.jpg

tennisbum79
Sep 22nd, 2005, 03:19 PM
Young American Girls play Softball or Soccer.... at least they do in Florida.

The WTA should do more to attract young girls to tennis. With all these courts in Florida and the success of many international players with connection to the famed Bolleteri academy in Florida, I do not understand why American girls are not drawn to tennis more.

After Venus, Lindsay and Serena, I am affraid the US will turn into Britain in relation to US Open. Never having any one past the 3rd round. That will not help the cause of women tennis popularity in the US if it happens.

tenn_ace
Sep 22nd, 2005, 03:21 PM
Alexa baby is the real deal :kiss:

The best part about her/her tennis is her poise on the court. She is like a little version of Roger or Steffi. Just amazing.

tenn_ace
Sep 22nd, 2005, 03:22 PM
Alexa Glatch USA (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/nation/usa.htm) Rank (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/rank/k3.htm#glat6360) 237 HTH List (http://photo910.tripod.com/cgi-bin/nyhth.pl?p1=Alexa+Glatch&pp1=6360&rl=0)

Year-end Rank (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/rank/yend300.htm#4) * September 10 1989 Tiebreaks 1/1 Photo (http://photo910.tripod.com/sfotohtm/gla6360s.htm)

2004 (http://photo910.tripod.com/cgi-bin/wta.pl?p1=6360&p2=2004) 2005 (http://photo910.tripod.com/cgi-bin/wta.pl?p1=6360&p2=2005)

US Open (http://www.geocities.com/wtatur/tur2005/usop2148.htm) Hard GS 40p Sep 11 05
2 Jelena Jankovic (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/jank1482.htm)(17) - Glatch-WC 6-2 6-0
1 Glatch-WC - Yuliana Fedak (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/feda1629.htm) 6-4 6-3

Forest Hills (http://www.geocities.com/wtatur/tur2005/fore2139.htm) Hard IV 61p Aug 28 05
SF Sania Mirza (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/mirz3266.htm)(3) - Glatch-WC 6-4 6-4
QF Glatch-WC - Martina Sucha (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/such873.htm) 6-1 6-4
1 Glatch-WC - Akiko Morigami (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/mori581.htm)(1) 6-4 3-6 6-2

Charlottesville (http://www.geocities.com/wtatur/tur2005/char1985.htm) (Clay - $50k - VA - 16p) May 15 05
QF Christina Wheeler (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/whee865.htm)-LL - Glatch-Q 6-3 6-2
2 Glatch-Q - Jessica Kirkland (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/kirk5095.htm)(7) 7-64 6-1
1 Glatch-Q - Ahsha Rolle (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/roll2915.htm)-Q 6-3 6-4
Qual 3 Glatch(8) - Ansley Cargill (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/carg849.htm) 6-75 7-5 6-3
Qual 2 Glatch(8) - Aneta Soukup (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/souk606.htm) 6-2 7-5
Qual 1 Glatch(8) - Ekaterina Afinogenova (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/afin2775.htm) 6-4 6-2

Indian Wells (http://www.angelfire.com/space2/wta2/tur2005/indi1897.htm) Hard I 1p Mar 20 05
1 Jill Craybas (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/cray462.htm) - Glatch-WC 6-1 6-2

Palm Beach Gardens (http://www.angelfire.com/space2/wta2/tur2004/palm1829.htm) (Clay - $50k - USA - 4p) Dec 5 04
Qual 3 Petra Rampre (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/ramp441.htm) - Glatch 4-6 6-0 6-3
Qual 2 Glatch - Dimana Krastevitch (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/kras1960.htm)(6) 6-4 6-1
Qual 1 Glatch - Kaysie Smashey (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/smas2568.htm) 6-4 6-4

kingston
Sep 22nd, 2005, 03:34 PM
Why harkleroad isn't mentioned is only 20 years of age and on the comeback trail. :confused:

Rocketta
Sep 22nd, 2005, 04:31 PM
does Alexa really wear a size 13 men shoe??? :eek:

Natarajasana
Sep 22nd, 2005, 05:17 PM
I can see Vania King, Jamea Jackson & Alexa Glatch being threats on the tour - as well as Angela Haynes.
I think this reporter is being a bit overly dramatic in his article.
Course - I was pleased to see him mention Chakvetadze as a rising star.
:)

Shooter
Sep 22nd, 2005, 05:17 PM
- From Alexa's First Round US Open Win Over Fedak -

http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/NY05/Glatch_04.jpg

tenn_ace
Sep 22nd, 2005, 05:28 PM
I don't think Vania King will get any higher than top 50. There is just not enough fire power.

**Jelica**
Sep 22nd, 2005, 06:45 PM
[b] Slovenia (Jelena Jankovic),
Wow, Jelena is from Slovenija? You learn sth new every day lol :D

miranda_lou
Sep 22nd, 2005, 07:05 PM
I can see Vania King, Jamea Jackson & Alexa Glatch being threats on the tour - as well as Angela Haynes.
I think this reporter is being a bit overly dramatic in his article.
Course - I was pleased to see him mention Chakvetadze as a rising star.


If you think Jackson and Haynes are going to get into the top 20, you are seriously delusional.:rolleyes: They are both too inconsistent for that and not particularly smart on court. I don't hold out a lot of hope for either of them going by what I saw this summer in tournaments I went to.

Vania King . . . no way will she get into the top 50.:tape: Sorry!!!

Now, Alexa Glatch has heaps of potential.:angel: She does have a funny grip but there's still time to change that. She's very tall and is all arms and legs but she's only 15, I think. I hope she's not STILL growing, like the article said because if she gets too tall she might have a tough time. But, for now, she looks like a good prospect for the U.S.:hearts:

I think Serena said in an interview a while ago that American girls might not be as "hungry" as the girls from poorer countries. I think she's right about that. Our girls aren't running away to make a better life for themselves and their families. And, Serena said again, tennis is hard work ALL THE TIME and it's hard to get spoiled American girls to stick to something that keeps them away from hanging at the mall with their friends!!:lol: And there's nothing wrong with that.

tenn_ace
Sep 22nd, 2005, 07:27 PM
Vania King . . . no way will she get into the top 50.:tape: Sorry!!!



I agree with you, but was trying to be nice. ;)

Alexa, btw, has just turned 16 :angel:

G_Slammed
Sep 22nd, 2005, 08:26 PM
Alexa Glatch?

Big, awkward, S L O W ass Alexa Glatch?

patricktav2003
Sep 22nd, 2005, 08:36 PM
I dont see thiose girl higher then top 10!!maybe top 20 but the futur in tennis is not in USA anymore! , every country can have some part! Russia,Biélorussia, Romania are the next big counties

Andy.
Sep 22nd, 2005, 10:45 PM
I don't think Vania King will get any higher than top 50. There is just not enough fire power.

People are always going on about fire power but you dont need it to suceed. If you have other things in your game like awesome mobility and good variety and all court play you can challenge the big hitters.

Shooter
Sep 22nd, 2005, 11:13 PM
.... I was pleased to see him mention Chakvetadze as a rising star.
:) Saw Anna C. play twice this summer. Was very impressed with her.

kabuki
Sep 22nd, 2005, 11:23 PM
Saw Anna C. play twice this summer. Was very impressed with her.

Anna C. is awesome! :D

Dawn Marie
Sep 23rd, 2005, 12:16 AM
Alexa Glatch and vania King are not going to be winning any slams.

puhleeze.


The girls are there but the establishment is expensive and to many people with the talent and skills find it expensive. We need fathers and mothers out their doing what Richard did.

I know our inner city youth if given the coaching and sponsorships will destroy alot of countries on the court. We need those diamond in the rough kids who are all about business.


Tennis basically needs to be brought to our youth as part of the school criteria.

K-Dog
Sep 23rd, 2005, 02:00 AM
I'm afraid to say no. None of the supreme athletes for young girls play tennis. They have been allured into something else, which is stupid since tennis is the greatest sporting endeavor for women in the present. Basketball doesn't pay that well, volleyball and softballl are done really after college, and all the others don't matter except golf where the US is producing some great young women to soon dominate the tour. The US is going to go through a slump with producing champions because tennis is huge in Russia and Asia, the major countries in Europe. Plus the USTA is dumb in the way they are teaching us junior players.

I've recently began lessons and I haven't been happy at all. Our instructor, as many are like him, demands consistency and percentage tennis. He would rather have us win by our opponents errors, then by taking it to our opponent. This is the reason why the girls and boys are struggling. We produce one-dimensional players with no flare or great weapons and all they do is become journeymen or women. I personally feel that when the juniors are learning to compete and move up the ranks, they should be allowed to play the style they feel most comfortable. I don't listen to my instructor (I'm paying for him and I can chose to do what I want) when he talks about winning points. I have tried to convince our no.1 to play more aggresively, but he feels that he'll beat the best through consistency. That's why he'll get his ass kicked 6-2 6-0 over and over again. If I become no.1, I will at least take a few games or win a set or even the match from the top players in state. I come from the Venus-Serena school of playing. My shots, mentality and game-plan are all based off them even though I'm a guy. My instructor gets on me because I hit the ball harder and cleaner than anyone else in our group, but I hit too flat. I want to hit flat and play like that. It isn't a burden for me. I don't see any risks in that style of game. I'm an aggresive baseline to transition player that plays with power and depth. I move pretty well, hit hard off both sides with consistency, transition okay, serve okay, but more importantly I have a very calm and focused demeanor on the court, which is something that most of my peers don't. I play more shots will variety than my oppoents and take balls eariler and run through them like the sisters. As well as I rally from the back of the court, my passing shots are pretty shot too, but I only win when I feel in control and unless I bring my opponent up on purpose, I don't want to see him up there. But enough about me, the USTA is bad right now. They aren't going to produce champions unless they develop players to play with flare and quit trying to just win inthe juniors, but instead developing higher-risk games to win at the professional level. If we have great counter-punchers, why not teach them how to be clay-courters instead of hard-courters? Theat would help narrow the gap a little.

tenn_ace
Sep 23rd, 2005, 02:22 AM
People are always going on about fire power but you dont need it to suceed. If you have other things in your game like awesome mobility and good variety and all court play you can challenge the big hitters.


could you name one active player from top 20 who doesn't have power, but rather uses other things?

jfk
Sep 23rd, 2005, 02:48 AM
"Alexa Glatch and vania King are not going to be winning any slams."
Have you ever seen them play? I'm not saying that they'll win slams, but your "puhleeze" signifies that they have even less potential than that.

Glatch has a good game. I've seen her a couple time and she impressed me, but she still hasn't faced that elite player who can truly test whether she can hold up. She's certainly the best American hope in years....first American since Venus to win a match at 15.

King has top 20-25 potential. It's better than nothing.

crazyroberto6767
Sep 23rd, 2005, 03:01 AM
Serena and Venus *should* be here for another 5 years. This means the next American hope could be an 11 year old hitting against a wall. Journalists sensationalize these things too much, IMO. However, I do agree with K-Dog in that we are teaching young girls/guys to win in Juniors, not to develop strong games for the future.

njnetswill
Sep 23rd, 2005, 03:27 AM
As my tennis coach says: "The USTA is lost and out of touch"

Yonexforever
Sep 23rd, 2005, 03:31 AM
Glatch seems to be developing into an attacking player which was refreshing to see... her groundies especially the forehand is waaaaay to wristy and long, but she is 15 and will fix that hopefully.
Big serve though and long and lean a la the current No1. whose name i cant mention!

K-Dog
Sep 23rd, 2005, 04:33 AM
Glatch seems to be developing into an attacking player which was refreshing to see... her groundies especially the forehand is waaaaay to wristy and long, but she is 15 and will fix that hopefully.
Big serve though and long and lean a la the current No1. whose name i cant mention!

I like Glatch because she isn't your normal USTA prototype. She has game. Her serve is impressive, and she has height, athletism, and variety. I don't like her groundstroke technique though. She has awesome potential. Vania isn't anything more than a journeywoman. She'll be consistent, but nothing more.

K-Dog
Sep 23rd, 2005, 04:40 AM
As my tennis coach says: "The USTA is lost and out of touch"
Who is your coach, and where do you play? I totally agree with you/coach!! I really feel like screaming at my instructor when I miss in practice going for a ball. He's like "you should never miss with your technique" and I'm like "no, I go for my shots and have some balls unlike the way you teach the game!!" i don't believe that total consistency is the way to go. Look at the Russian women, ALL ARE POWER PLAYERS. The top men all play with risk. Teaching the riskier way to play will help people in the long run. When the USTA heard of topspin, they went way overboard. Plus, they need to get the Babolat racquets out of junior's hands. They give so much false power, it is ridiculous. They hold players back in the long-run and hamper someone's potential. The USTA needs to see what the French coaches are doing, what the Russians are doing, and so on.

ptkten
Sep 23rd, 2005, 05:26 AM
Alexa Glatch is our player to crack the top 20. Hopefully she can go further.

ivanovic
Sep 23rd, 2005, 05:30 AM
Jelena Jankovic is a Serb losers. duhh!!!

tennnisfannn
Sep 23rd, 2005, 08:29 AM
Theyre all black so theyre all being looked over.
I was about to make a comment on a similar strain, just wondering why the writer keeps describing them as african american, One would have thought there being american was enough.

Fantastic
Sep 23rd, 2005, 04:16 PM
The article says that no American-born woman contested a US Open final between 1985 to 1996. That's a shocking statistic! There was a spate of new, young Americans coming through, like Mary Joe Fernandez, Stephanie Rehe and then later, Jennifer Capriati. Chrissie was still around in the earlier part of that time frame. Pam was around but didn't prove to be a major factor at the Slams. Though not American-born, Martina Navratilova did contest several of those US finals in that time frame, her last being in 1991.

Lindsayfan32
Sep 23rd, 2005, 11:50 PM
Alexa Glatch?

Is she a real prospect?

I have only read things so anyone who seen her play feel free to correct me if I'm wrong here. Tall, a big serve and can bang the ball. This sounds so like Lindsay Davenport in her teen years no one thought she add up to anything and look at her now.

I think the thing you should all bear in mind Alexa is only 16 years old. Watch her for a while and see what she develops into.

I started to follow Lindsay at the same age and when I first started watching her she was a big ball banger, big serve and not much else but I kept watching because I saw potential not nessarily grand slams either and I was right. Its been fun to say now I have those memories of her. Keep watch this kid who knows where she might go but this is part of the journey and the fun.

matthieu_tennis
Sep 24th, 2005, 12:45 AM
the coach are always like that me i have huge flat groundstroke of both side big first serve and they dont like my risky play lol :P but i can slice and top spin as well but im not enought consistant :)