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fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 12th, 2009, 09:22 PM
Please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe there have been a very limited number of countries with players ranked #1 and #2 simultaneously.

U.S.A. (many)
Belgium (Kim & Justine)
Serbia (Ana & Jelena)

Other countries to have come close (to have a player ranked in #1 around (not necessarily simultaneously) the time another player was ranked top 3)...
Russia (Maria & Svetlana & Dinara)
Spain (Arantxa & Conchita)
Germany (Steffi & Anke)

Other countries worth mentioning...
Australia (Mandlikova & Turnbull)
France (Mauresmo, Pierce, Tauziat)
Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic] (Mandlikova & Sukova)
Great Britain (Wade & Barker)

As I am not a rankings expert, if another country has come close, and you'd like it mentioned here, let me know! :D
So who is next?


NOT including the 3 countries that have got there in the past, what country do you think could be next?


Countries that currently seem kind of close (or at least not so close) include...
Russia (Many)
France (Cornet, Bartoli, Mauresmo)
Slovak Republic (Hantuchova, Cibulkova)
China (Zheng & Li)
Italy (Pennetta & Schiavone)

other countries that have some distant potential...
Great Britain, Australia, Spain, Poland (Radwanska sistahs!), Japan, Ukraine (Bondarenko sistahs!), Germany, Belarus, Austria

Wiggly
Jan 12th, 2009, 09:43 PM
Right now, nobody has a shot a ths except the US.
Russia might do it if Safina and Dementieva are the finalists of the Australian Open or something like that.

Dawson.
Jan 12th, 2009, 09:44 PM
Anne and Mel for GB :inlove:

but realistically, maybe romania? They have plently of young juniors...


EDIT - just realised that Russia haven't done it yet :lol: which is very suprising. They should be next for sure. Romania we are talking years in the future

JURasic
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:18 PM
Croatia

:nerner::nerner:

shap_half
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:30 PM
I'd be shocked in France gets now with the current crop of players they have. If they couldn't do in the past with players like Mauresmo, Tauziat, Piercet, etc. it seems unlikely that Bartoli or Cornet will be vying for those spots.

Dave.
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:31 PM
LOL at GB having "distant potential" :lol: Go Anne & Elena :banana:

A'DAM
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Poland with Radwanska sisters on top ;)

Simplicity.
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:04 PM
Poland

Uranus
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:07 PM
Russia is the next country for sure. When, I don't know.

Cp6uja
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:50 PM
Russia is closest to this at US Open 2008 SF round... but Dementieva and Safina instead to win, both lose against Jankovic and Serena. Soon or later i see Russia doing this (Sharapova and Safina/Kuznetsova) but i really dont know when.

Talking about rest of world this is not serious discussion. Real question is which country out of current BIG-3 (RUS, USA, SRB) will be next country with more than one TOP10 player (in same time)??? And this my question is very tough with possible "NOBODY" answer in next at least 5 seasons!

bakkie pleur
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:55 PM
Why do you wanna know this?

raffles
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:56 PM
You never know folks, who expected Serbia to have two players in the Top 10 a few years ago.

Cp6uja
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:10 AM
You never know folks, who expected Serbia to have two players in the Top 10 a few years ago.
Me :p

iPatty
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:15 AM
Russia is closest to this at US Open 2008 SF round... but Dementieva and Safina instead to win, both lose against Jankovic and Serena. Soon or later i see Russia doing this (Sharapova and Safina/Kuznetsova) but i really dont know when.

Talking about rest of world this is not serious discussion. Real question is which country out of current BIG-3 (RUS, USA, SRB) will be next country with more than one TOP10 player (in same time)??? And this my question is very tough with possible "NOBODY" answer in next at least 5 seasons!

I think it's very possible that France or Romania could have two Top10 players at the same time in the next five years. If you think about it five years is quite a long time in tennis - for instance some of the promising 16 and 17-year old Romanian juniors will be in their twenties at that time and in the peak of their career. Same goes for France - Cornet and Mladenovic are two big prospects for them.

raffles
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:15 AM
Me :p
Well when there is hope!!! Maybe Team GB has a chance after all. :lol:

vadin124
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:46 AM
Great Britain

Anne #1
Mel #2

yayy :bounce::worship:

Direwolf
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:57 AM
RUSSIA
BONDARENKOS
RADWANSKA
CHINA
CZECHmate

The Daviator
Jan 13th, 2009, 01:05 AM
Shocked that Serbia managed this before Russia :eek:

Cp6uja
Jan 13th, 2009, 01:31 AM
Well when there is hope!!! Maybe Team GB has a chance after all. :lol:With actual Murray euphoria and sensational Laura Robson success i think many of current 10-12 UK girls (and theirs parents) which training tennis will take way more seriously that. So GBR tennis have more reasons for optimism than never before in last 30 years! Laura Robson will be there for a while so Brits needs just another TOP10 potential in next 10 years.

I think it's very possible that France or Romania could have two Top10 players at the same time in the next five years. If you think about it five years is quite a long time in tennis - for instance some of the promising 16 and 17-year old Romanian juniors will be in their twenties at that time and in the peak of their career. Same goes for France - Cornet and Mladenovic are two big prospects for them.I'm very impressed that 3 of currently TOP4 juniors is from Romania. Together with Olaru and Cirstea Romania have 5 TOP5 juniors which is borns between 1989 and 1992! But that is just (very) good sign and nothing more. Nobody can guarantee that (at least) two of this 5 Romanians will ever reach WTA TOP10. Cornet at 18 already reach TOP15 and is WTA TOP10 serious contender, so her case is different and Mladenovic is younger than all this Romanians and is close to TOP5 rankings in juniors - so right now i give better chance to France with Alize and Kristina, than Romania with all that "maybe" future stars.

Shocked that Serbia managed this before Russia :eek:Belgium case is most shocked and unexpected actually. Before Ana and Jelena Serbia have worlds #1 from 90'is Monica Seles, and WTA TOP5 Jelena Dokic just couple years ago... and Belgium duo coming at worlds TOP right from nowhere!

zxcVbnm88
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:39 AM
It'll be a shame if Russia can't do it before any other countries