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The_Pov
May 11th, 2006, 09:35 AM
With her rise up the rankings to number 4 does she have what it takes to move past Sharapova to become the Russian number 1?

And how long will she keep the position?

jonny84
May 11th, 2006, 11:31 AM
I think its possible. She will still need to keep on winning, and for Sharapova to not perform as well as she did last year in the next few months (but on grass - unlikely to happen).

TeaMMashA
May 11th, 2006, 11:49 AM
Well shed have to be as consistent as Sharapova which would prove to be a very difficult task as Maria is the most consistent player on tour with getting into later stages something like 27 tournaments in a row of getting to quarters or further.

Martian Stacey
May 11th, 2006, 11:52 AM
I don't think so. Maybe if Sharapova gets injured or something, but if she keeps playing consistently then Petrova won't catch her.

Mana
May 11th, 2006, 11:53 AM
Not on grass. If she wins RG then yes. On HC....no one knows with Nadia!

goldenlox
May 11th, 2006, 03:06 PM
I don't see why Nadia can't be Russian #1.
Sveta will challenge her next year, and maybe Lena also.

Andy.
May 11th, 2006, 03:09 PM
If she keeps playing 50 million tournaments a year (OK exageration but only a little) she has a great chance because she plays so much

furrykitten
May 11th, 2006, 03:15 PM
As other have said, Maria S will stay No1 unless she gets injured.

vwfan
May 11th, 2006, 03:17 PM
Well, if she could ever actually beat Maria, I'd say it's possible. Maria owns her (1-4), so it would be about rank rather than talent.

God, bless her soul. She has played enough finally to start seeing some results for her efforts.

The Daviator
May 11th, 2006, 03:17 PM
As time goes by I'm thinking it's more and more likely...

*Jean*
May 11th, 2006, 03:32 PM
She can...but will she ?

Martyś
May 11th, 2006, 03:34 PM
It's a little bit funny

3 PETROVA, NADIA RUS 1181.00 10
4 SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS 1174.00 5

Ferosh
May 11th, 2006, 03:36 PM
Nadia is 309 points away from Maria without adding the points she has already won in Berlin. Next week Maria has 135 points to defend, and Nadia has 42 to defend. It will be interesting.

Edit:
After today's victory against Zheng, Nadia is 234 points away. :worship:


Edit:
After her victory over Safina, Nadia is 174 points away.

selyoink
May 11th, 2006, 04:44 PM
Yes

Martian KC
May 11th, 2006, 04:49 PM
Very likely will happen before US Open.

ys
May 11th, 2006, 04:57 PM
Nadya will become world #1 this year.

Ferosh
May 12th, 2006, 04:14 PM
Nadia is 309 points away from Maria without adding the points she has already won in Berlin. Next week Maria has 135 points to defend, and Nadia has 42 to defend. It will be interesting.

Edit:
After today's victory against Zheng, Nadia is 234 points away. :worship:


Edit:
After her victory over Safina, Nadia is 174 points away. :bowdown:

Martian KC
May 12th, 2006, 04:15 PM
:worship:

The_Pov
May 12th, 2006, 04:17 PM
It's a little bit funny

3 PETROVA, NADIA RUS 1181.00 10
4 SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS 1174.00 5

:haha:

Ferosh
May 12th, 2006, 04:23 PM
It's a little bit funny

3 PETROVA, NADIA RUS 1181.00 10
4 SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS 1174.00 5

Titles won in the last six months:
Nadia: 4
Sharapova: 1

goldenlox
May 12th, 2006, 04:23 PM
Nadia is just starting to reach her peak.
When she played Sharapova at Wimbledon and the US Open, Nadia had never won any title.
Now she has 4 in less than a year, while Sharapova has 2 since Feb. 05
and one of those was a Tier III.

Nadia has won 20 of her last 21 matches.
The last time I saw Sharapova play, Sveta was mopping the court with her.

Martian KC
May 12th, 2006, 04:25 PM
Titles won in the last six months:
Nadia: 4
Sharapova: 1

Can't believe it, really. :D

xan
May 12th, 2006, 04:31 PM
Nadia is just starting to reach her peak.
When she played Sharapova at Wimbledon and the US Open, Nadia had never won any title.
Now she has 4 in less than a year, while Sharapova has 2 since Feb. 05
and one of those was a Tier III.

And how many Top players has Nadia beaten to get her 4 titles? Playing dozens of tourneys against easy draws doesn't make you a better player.

Oh. And as always you |"forget" to add that maria was injured most of last year.:rolleyes:

The last time I saw Sharapova play, Sveta was mopping the court with her.
Yes. Sveta had played four matches in the four weeks before playing Maria (thanks to a bye). Maria had already played five at Miami, and won another six matches the previous week at Indian Wells - almost making the double!

Leo_DFP
May 12th, 2006, 04:35 PM
I think Nadia probably will pass her at some point this year.

Uranus
May 12th, 2006, 04:35 PM
Yes, she can! Definitely.

goldenlox
May 12th, 2006, 04:41 PM
I always forget that Sharapova is the only player who gets injured.
Nadia is piling up a ton of points since Doha.
It will be tough to keep her out of world #1 if she stays healthy.

Vassili
May 12th, 2006, 05:00 PM
No! impossible !

Martian KC
May 12th, 2006, 05:01 PM
And how many Top players has Nadia beaten to get her 4 titles? Playing dozens of tourneys against easy draws doesn't make you a better player.

Yes, too bad Nadia couldn't beat players like Raymond, Jackson, Peer, Groenefeld to her titles this year like sharapova did in her lone one.

Craigy
May 12th, 2006, 05:02 PM
she could :)

SloKid
May 12th, 2006, 05:05 PM
I could start a raging debate by saying that she already is the Russian #1, but I will pass on that. :p

And I don't get you haters and everyone else trying to make it seem wrong if she plays so many tournaments. So what. Tennis is her life, she is 100% into it and loves playing it week in, week out, she has the condition to be able to do so and she does it.
It's better than playing once a month or something.

TheBoiledEgg
May 12th, 2006, 05:06 PM
Nadia is 309 points away from Maria without adding the points she has already won in Berlin. Next week Maria has 135 points to defend, and Nadia has 42 to defend. It will be interesting.

Edit:
After today's victory against Zheng, Nadia is 234 points away. :worship:


Edit:
After her victory over Safina, Nadia is 174 points away. :bowdown:

she's only 88 pts behind now :wavey:

DarkchildSwiss
May 12th, 2006, 05:11 PM
I do not think that Petrova will be the Russian #1. Fact is that Sharapova does not like to play on clay but she will be better on grass and hard court. In addition to that, you have to take into account that Petrova reached the semi final last year in RG and therefore has a lot of points to defend and she can not always have an easy draw so that she reaches the final or even semi final every time. Furthermore, I think that Petrova's winning streak will end in Berlin because she played three sets against Jie Zheng and Dinara Safina. But no one knows what will happen in the near future and so we will see who is the better Russian player.

Paneru
May 12th, 2006, 05:14 PM
With her rise up the rankings to number 4 does she have what it takes to move past Sharapova to become the Russian number 1?

And how long will she keep the position?

Yes.

As for how long she'll keep it.
I think for as long as she's healthy.

Petrova plays so much and if she keeps up this
level she'll maintain being the #1 Russian for as
long as she keeps a steady stream of health going.

Orion
May 12th, 2006, 05:14 PM
As I see it, she would need to duplicate or improve her results from last year, and have Sharapova lose early in Rome, Paris, and Wimbledon. She's got QF-SF-QF-W-SF at 5 pretty big tournaments in a row, and Petrova only has F-R16-SF-QF-QF. In addition, Petrova has been on an upswing since last year, and Sharapova hasn't seemed to have leapt into the fore-front. If Sharapova can't defend QF-SF points at the French and Wimbledon, she will probably be in serious trouble.

That said, I doubt she'll be able to hold the title for very long. She's got a high-risk game (injury wise) that will probably catch up with her with all the tennis she's been playing so far. She's also beatable: she hasn't got the consistency against the top 5-10 players in the world to maintain a ranking in the top 3 (think Myskina 2004). Of the Russians, I'd say she and Dementieva will be grappling for the #3 spot behind Kuznetsova and Sharapova at years end.

xin_hui
May 12th, 2006, 05:16 PM
And how many Top players has Nadia beaten to get her 4 titles? Playing dozens of tourneys against easy draws doesn't make you a better player.

Oh. And as always you |"forget" to add that maria was injured most of last year.:rolleyes:




injury again :rolleyes: when she's playing well, the injury is gone. when she's not, she was feeling the injury again.

Dave B
May 12th, 2006, 05:18 PM
I think Petrova maight pass Masha this week or next and will keep Russian number 1 until the french.

bellascarlett
May 12th, 2006, 05:50 PM
she probably can...and probably will...it won't last too long though imo...unless she keeps on playing twice the number of tournaments maria plays...

Dementinator
May 12th, 2006, 05:54 PM
nahhh!

Martyś
May 12th, 2006, 06:19 PM
I'm not saying that Nadia doesn't diserve her titles, or playing bad this year.

But see with whom she is winning, for example, in Berlin.

She can be number one russian tennis player in few weeks, but it doesn't mean that she is the best tennisist from her country. And I don't think you can deny it.

SloKid
May 12th, 2006, 06:22 PM
a) she can choose, who she plays, it's not like she does the draws
b) and she did for example beat Momo in the Dubai final, but it's not like that matters for anything

Martyś
May 12th, 2006, 06:23 PM
I know that it is not her fault, that she has nice draws in few last tournaments. I'm only saying that this is important.

Il Primo!
May 12th, 2006, 07:12 PM
And how many Top players has Nadia beaten to get her 4 titles? Playing dozens of tourneys against easy draws doesn't make you a better player.


Good question,essential question. "Tell me who you beat,I'll tell you who you are"
:rolleyes:

Martian KC
May 12th, 2006, 07:16 PM
Good question,essential question. "Tell me who you beat,I'll tell you who you are"
:rolleyes:

Schnyder twice, Mauresmo, and Schiavone. Now tell me who sharapova beat.:drool:

Il Primo!
May 12th, 2006, 07:20 PM
Schnyder twice, Mauresmo, and Schiavone. Now tell me who sharapova beat.:drool:

Dementieva,Hingis twice,Davenport :) in 5 tourneys...:bigwave:
I forgot to mention Petrova,dunno why,maybe cause I don't really consider her as a real threat when the TOP are in form,which is not the case nowadays

Martian KC
May 12th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Dementieva,Hingis twice,Davenport :) in 5 tourneys...:bigwave:

We're talking about in the past 6 months. We're in the present, babe. :wavey:

And to my recollection, she's only won 1 title.

Il Primo!
May 12th, 2006, 07:25 PM
We're talking about in the past 6 months. We're in the present, babe. :wavey:

And to my recollection, she's only won 1 title.
Year,one unique title is poor,I admitt it but honestly,none expert can feel that Nadia is better than Maria,except on clay. It's even ridiculous to compare them

Volcana
May 12th, 2006, 07:27 PM
With her rise up the rankings to number 4 does she have what it takes to move past Sharapova to become the Russian number 1?

And how long will she keep the position?Of course she can get the ranking. But Sharapova remains a thret to win slams. Petrova hasn't proven anything in that regard.

Martian KC
May 12th, 2006, 07:30 PM
Year,one unique title is poor,I admitt it but honestly,none expert can feel that Nadia is better than Maria,except on clay. It's even ridiculous to compare them

Whatever floats your boat. If you think winning the titles or being the number one makes a player the better player, I'm with you though. :wavey:

Martyś
May 12th, 2006, 07:32 PM
And to my recollection, she's only won 1 title.

You can't compare them, saying how many titles they have this year ! Please understand me well.

Petrova is playing really good, but also very much. She is taking her chances and that's good. But for God sake. The most important thing is with whom you're winning. You can't deny that this part of season is not the hardest one. It is a lot easier to win something. Especially when you're pretty good clay-courter.

I want to see Petrova win matches with Sharapova in few next months. If she did it, I wouldn't have anything else to do like say that she is better this days.

But it's not only Sharapova. I think that Petrova would loose to Sveta as well.

hablo
May 12th, 2006, 08:14 PM
yes, Nadia can become the Russian No.1 player !


oh Myskina, just when are you going to reclaim your throne ? :hysteric:

Il Primo!
May 12th, 2006, 08:20 PM
Actually the good question is "can nadia becom the BEST russian"? And I answer a REAL BIG NO :o

SIN DIOS NI LEY
May 12th, 2006, 08:25 PM
The worst number 3 ever

A shame !!

squig2k
May 12th, 2006, 08:25 PM
sharapova is a lot more consistent and can beat the top players, which nadia hasnt proved yet, so no..

morningglory
May 12th, 2006, 08:32 PM
this year you mean a period of time, or at the year end?
1st question: yes, clay is coming...
2nd question: no. She'll hit 18 tournies long b4 the year is over

RR-87
May 12th, 2006, 08:39 PM
Nadia will become russian number one for sure :D
:ras: to those who don't believe in her :ras:

Il Primo!
May 12th, 2006, 08:43 PM
Nadia will become russian number one for sure :D
:ras: to those who don't believe in her :ras:

Anyway,ranking in tennis doesn't mean anything no more nowadays :rolleyes: It's really a god blessing that bonus points are deleted

RR-87
May 13th, 2006, 03:24 PM
Anyway,ranking in tennis doesn't mean anything no more nowadays :rolleyes: It's really a god blessing that bonus points are deleted
Ok, but she is the best russian in Porsche Race to the Championships and she is third here and will hold it after Berlin, i think it means much and proves that it's not only luck that Nadia is on top :kiss:

jamatthews
May 13th, 2006, 03:28 PM
Ok, but she is the best russian in Porsche Race to the Championships

7 ahead with twice the tournaments...not something I'd gloat about. :lol:

ys
May 13th, 2006, 03:31 PM
Again, she has 4 titles in last half of year. All Tier I, tier II.. Who got more?

She is on 14 matches winning streak on clay.. Is she challenging Nadal? :lol:

SloKid
May 13th, 2006, 03:34 PM
Anyway,ranking in tennis doesn't mean anything no more nowadays :rolleyes: It's really a god blessing that bonus points are deleted
:secret: You're making it look like you're munching on some sour grapes. ;)

goldenlox
May 13th, 2006, 03:34 PM
I could start a raging debate by saying that she already is the Russian #1, but I will pass on that. :p

Sounds right to me. :wavey:

RR-87
May 13th, 2006, 03:34 PM
7 ahead with twice the tournaments...not something I'd gloat about. :lol:
Anyway she is the best and you can't deny it :rolleyes:

Ferosh
May 13th, 2006, 03:35 PM
After today's victory, Nadia is 13 points away. :bowdown:

MisterMan
May 13th, 2006, 03:44 PM
Wake up people - she could be the WORLDs number 1 .
She kicked up her game ten notches in the past six months.
Few more notches, she's there.

Kart
May 13th, 2006, 03:51 PM
I'd love to see Nadia do it, but only if she actually beats again Maria along the way.