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Shonami Slam
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:08 AM
The Australian Open hosted the Russian mass at it's most impressive preformance ever two years ago, then 14 girls made it to the main draw, all of which making it past the first round, completing a forceful lineup in the round of 64.
last year, 16 represenitives from the most dominant Country on tour showed up for round one, though only 11 of them made it past the first hurdle.
This year the line-up might be hurt by the absence of Myskina, and the possible last-minute pull outs of Petrova and Kuznetsova, both of whom retired midway in thier respective matches in the TierII event bieng held in Sydeny this week.

Still - so far Sharapova, Dementieva, Safina, Chakvetadze, Zvonareva, Kirilenko, Poutchkova, Lihovtseva, Bardina, Vesnina, Bychkova, Rodionova, Dushevina, Voskoboeva are all direct entries for the upcoming slam, with Elena Bovina entering the event with a protected ranking, coming back from injury. that brings it up to 15 participants, and should the two questionable top-stars from Moscow and St. Petersburg arive, we would already have equaled 2006 feature and raised it by one.

Yesterday first Qualification round was completed at the women's side, and the 6 Russian competitors all posted victories.
Youngsters Alla Kudryavtseva, Evgeniya Rodina, Yaroslava Shvedova and Ekaterina Ivanova, all under 20 years of age, as well as last years champion of the Junior event - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and the older Lioudmila Skavronskaia all advanced in different levels of ease - Rodina quickly dispatched of Angela Haynes, losing only 3 games in 70 minutes, While Alla battled it in a lengthy match of which the final set alone lasted 79 minutes, winning it over against fellow youngster Cibulkova 6-4 5-7 9-7.

None of the russians can theoreticly run into each other prior the final round, two of the girls are seeded, thus not having to meet a fellow seed in the second round, and none have participated in the Aussie Open before.
it seems as though the Russian participation list record is bound to be broken - The real question seems to be "Will they ever stop coming?"

With the first two weeks of play on tour providing a 2 titles and two runner-up appearances already, it looks like another year of quality, and MASS quantity.

SilK
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:20 AM
From Russia, with Love? :scratch:

Farina Elia Fan
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:21 AM
so many :eek:

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:22 AM
And there is only 1 WTA tournament in Russia..

Ben.
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:27 AM
interesting ;)

charmedRic
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:49 PM
allez to the russians then. :)

igost
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:00 PM
Good for them.
Specially after they all quietly tanked in Sidney and Hobart. WTA should definitely investigate some interesting results and withdrawals there.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:02 PM
And there is only 1 WTA tournament in Russia..

And about 1.000.000 tennis players in Russia :rolleyes:

Shonami Slam
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:03 PM
And there is only 1 WTA tournament in Russia..

thing is, they don't have much on the ITF either.

bucklemyshoe
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:05 PM
and Maria will be the last one standing out of all of them.....

ioni
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:23 PM
and Maria will be the last one standing out of all of them.....

:lol: something like that !

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:24 PM
Good for them.
Specially after they all quietly tanked in Sidney and Hobart. WTA should definitely investigate some interesting results and withdrawals there.
All Russian final in Hobart.

tenn_ace
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:04 PM
And there is only 1 WTA tournament in Russia..

and that one to be downgraded from what I understand :rolleyes:

tenn_ace
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:18 PM
And about 1.000.000 tennis players in Russia :rolleyes:

certainly more than Serbia :p

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:32 PM
and that one to be downgraded from what I understand :rolleyes:So the Moscow Tier I will be a B in 2009?
It will still draw a good field.

tenn_ace
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:40 PM
So the Moscow Tier I will be a B in 2009?
It will still draw a good field.

it certainly not going to be in A group :rolleyes: :mad:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:42 PM
certainly more than Serbia :p

That's true! :) What that supose to "hurt" me or something :shrug:
I don't understand yours post :lol:

Never the less, Serbia doesn't have even womens challenger (don't know why, there is money for it :rolleyes: ) and we have two tennis players in top 14 :banana:

P.S. Serbia is ten times smaller than Russia :D

AnnaK_4ever
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:43 PM
it certainly not going to be in A group :rolleyes: :mad:

it's certainly going to be "A" tournament from what we've read :rolleyes:

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:44 PM
It's going to be, or it's not going to be :shrug:

Who is right :scratch:

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:54 PM
The WTA has gotten more requests for A's than they are going to have.
So they will choose, probably depending on how solid the financing is for each applicant.

I<3Myskina
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:54 PM
only two tier I's events in 2006 went to non russians.

Montreal to Ivanovic and Rome to Hingis.

All the rest were won by russians.

tenn_ace
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:21 PM
It's going to be, or it's not going to be :shrug:

Who is right :scratch:

I have serious doubts Russians will get it.

PS. No, I don't want to hurt a fan of Ana who is one of my faves... ;) :kiss:

igost
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:56 PM
All Russian final in Hobart.
I know that.
But you know too what I'm talking about.

pav
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:46 PM
I am always a bit puzzled that Moscow doesn't seem to attract the crowds I think it should, hell even the relations of the russian players must make a sizeable audience. With the success enjoyed by russian players the word would get around, not that I have seen a breakdown of people attending the tournament

Vlad Tepes
Jan 11th, 2007, 07:27 PM
I didn't know Serbia is 3 times bigger than France :rolleyes: Try Serbia is about 193 times smaller than Russia, it will be more accurate.

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:14 PM
I am always a bit puzzled that Moscow doesn't seem to attract the crowds I think it should, hell even the relations of the russian players must make a sizeable audience. With the success enjoyed by russian players the word would get around, not that I have seen a breakdown of people attending the tournamentIt's a big building. There can be a nice crowd there, and it can still look half empty.