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Tennis Fool
Jul 15th, 2009, 12:34 AM
Looking at the main draw for a 10K in Morocco, an unranked 17-year-old named Anna Morgina is being coached by 25-year-old Galina Fokina, who is also playing in the bottom half.

If they were to meet in the finals, I would bet on Galina, if I knew nothing about her, simply because she'd know all of Anna's weaknesses.

Anyone seen a player and their coach entered in the same tourney before?

hdfb
Jul 15th, 2009, 12:39 AM
Why is Galina Fokina coaching? Has she semi-retired?

Tennis Fool
Jul 15th, 2009, 12:45 AM
^ Galina actually seems to be trying to reignite her career. She's actually playing outside of Egypt for the first time in years. Anna is also her doubles partner...

DutchieGirl
Jul 15th, 2009, 07:01 AM
I think Galina is only playing these tourneys outside of Egypt because the girl she is coaching is playing them - doubtful she'd play them otherwise. Guess it makes her a bit extra money and if she's gonna be there, then why not? She should (and usually does) at least make the final in all these sorts of tourneys. ;)

Hakapeszi
Jul 15th, 2009, 07:31 AM
Looking at the main draw for a 10K in Morocco, an unranked 17-year-old named Anna Morgina is being coached by 25-year-old Galina Fokina, who is also playing in the bottom half.

If they were to meet in the finals, I would bet on Galina, if I knew nothing about her, simply because she'd know all of Anna's weaknesses.

Anyone seen a player and their coach entered in the same tourney before?

It's not rare on 10k level tournaments.

spiceboy
Jul 15th, 2009, 08:57 AM
Looking at the main draw for a 10K in Morocco, an unranked 17-year-old named Anna Morgina is being coached by 25-year-old Galina Fokina, who is also playing in the bottom half.

If they were to meet in the finals, I would bet on Galina, if I knew nothing about her, simply because she'd know all of Anna's weaknesses.

Anyone seen a player and their coach entered in the same tourney before?

If they were to meet in the finals...Galina would probably withdraw or let the kid win, I'm sure. Her job now is a coach, not a full time player. If she beats her own player she would be fired by the parents :lol:

DutchieGirl
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:02 AM
If they were to meet in the finals...Galina would probably withdraw or let the kid win, I'm sure. Her job now is a coach, not a full time player. If she beats her own player she would be fired by the parents :lol:
:lol: Good point, but if she was to play, and play properly, then Galina should win. ;)

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:03 AM
If they were to meet in the finals...Galina would probably withdraw or let the kid win, I'm sure. Her job now is a coach, not a full time player. If she beats her own player she would be fired by the parents :lol:
Beating the crap out of the pupil is part of the tuition :devil:.

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:04 AM
Btw Why didn't Fokina pursue a "normal" pro career?

DutchieGirl
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:07 AM
She did, but was better in doubles than singles, and then she just kinda stopped playing tourneys and was coaching in Egypt I believe.

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:41 AM
Ok, apparently Fokina is not that good, perhaps :unsure:. Back a few years ago I had thought she was a relevant potential in that generation of Russians.

frenchie
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:42 AM
Fokina has a win over Kournikova in an indoor tournament in 2001

DutchieGirl
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:48 AM
Ok, apparently Fokina is not that good, perhaps :unsure:. Back a few years ago I had thought she was a relevant potential in that generation of Russians.
She had potential, but resultswise, she always seemed to do better in doubles, and then like I said, she just kinda stopped playing tourneys. :shrug:

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:49 AM
Fokina has a win over Kournikova in an indoor tournament in 2001
The Kournikova Kremlin-cup curse :lol:

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:55 AM
She had potential, but resultswise, she always seemed to do better in doubles, and then like I said, she just kinda stopped playing tourneys. :shrug:
Because she couldn't manage to keep high enough in the rankings to get direct entry, apparently. She seems to still play a lot of doubles in ITF's.

doujyr
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:14 AM
When Alona B plays Katerina B do they coach each other as well during the match? :lol:

spiceboy
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:17 AM
When Alona B plays Katerina B do they coach each other as well during the match? :lol:

It's only Alona with Katya, not the other way around :lol:

Andiyan
Jul 15th, 2009, 12:05 PM
Morgina is not even close to Fokina's level of play so far. :shrug:

Rollo
Jul 15th, 2009, 12:37 PM
Anyone seen a player and their coach entered in the same tourney before?

It's happened in the past. When Betty Stove became Hana Mandlikova's coach they even had to play each other once!

Tennis Fool
Jul 16th, 2009, 01:14 AM
Update: They will not meet in this tournament. Anna lost in the 2nd rd. to No. 3 seed Fatima El Allami 63 67(5) 75. Galina, the No. 4 seed, moved to the quarters after beating Mischel Okhremchuk 75 61.

They are the No. 3 seeded doubles team and will play in the quarters.

They are also on the list to play at the 2nd 10K in Casablanca next week, although that tournament has a slightly deeper field and Anna will probably have to play qualies.