View Full Version : No Russians in the QFs again - is it all -ova?

Mar 30th, 2010, 08:58 AM
Another big event and yet again no Russians in the QFs.

No Russian made the semis of Indian Wells.

No Russian made the semis of the Aus Open.

Only 1 Russian (Dementieva) currently lies in the top 10 of the WTA Race; the country's three other biggest stars are in the doldrums : Kuznetsova lies at no 38, Safina at 42 and Sharapova at 44, well below the likes of Elena Baltacha of Great Britain at 25(!).

Do you think it is just a poor start to the year and some of these players will bounce back on clay or grass or do you think that the Russians in general are in retreat..?

Mar 30th, 2010, 09:01 AM
Has someone already defeated Kuznetsova?

Mar 30th, 2010, 09:03 AM
Sveta limped off to a 6-3 6-0 defeat by Marion Bartoli yesterday - no QF for her.

Lin Lin
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:05 AM
Has someone already defeated Kuznetsova?


Mar 30th, 2010, 09:06 AM

what an admirer of the natural killers. :spit:

Mar 30th, 2010, 09:10 AM
Well Safina is injured so no wonder she's ranked so low in Race

Mar 30th, 2010, 09:11 AM
In fairness Safina, Sharapova & Kuznetsova are all injured, Demenentieva has had awful draws in the big events, the talent is still there with the likes of Zvonareva & Petrova (even if the brain isn't), Kirilenko is looking more solid and Kleybanova & Pavlyuchenkova are showing signs of being the next wave. I'm sure the Russian Fed cup team doesn't need to worry just yet. :p

Shonami Slam
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:30 AM
The main difference is that alot more countries now have pathetic players in throngs, not just Russia.

but really - the russians who make an impact aren't the ones who play Nick Bolleteri tennis, even if they aren't necesserily the top of the crop.

Mar 30th, 2010, 11:12 AM
Last year the whole clay season was dominated by Dinara and Sveta, so we will see.
Having Justine back makes the competition at the top better, but it has been a slow start to the year by Sveta, Dinara, Lena and Maria.
Alisa and Anastasia are improving, still have a long way to go.

Mar 30th, 2010, 11:19 AM
Williamsova is Russian.

Mar 30th, 2010, 11:24 AM
Williamsova is injured.

Mar 30th, 2010, 01:08 PM
i like the title of this thread!!!

Mar 30th, 2010, 01:50 PM
Well this tournament is officially 'ova' for me :mad:

Mar 30th, 2010, 02:13 PM
I :hearts: the title of this thread :lol:

Mar 30th, 2010, 02:14 PM
It's not 'ova' :lol:
Dinara, Sveta and Maria are injured and Lena got unlucky with the draw.
They'll be back. :yeah:

Mar 30th, 2010, 02:58 PM
I :hearts: the title of this thread :lol:

Hey thanks!

My view - I think it is too early to say but I will be surprised if one of Safina or Sveta does not take a major hit in the rankings this year. Safina's year really depends on the clay season so it will be a question of whether she comes back refreshed, rusty or whether a permanent decline has set in. Sveta can play well on all surfaces so she could well get some good results later in the year to make up for her poor start.
Despite her big losses, Elena D is no 4 in the WTA race so she is better set up than the others to retain a top 10 ranking at the moment. Vera's ranking will be hit in the short term so her year will depend on whether she can cause some upsets and reclaim her ranking. Maria is in trouble as I can't see her doing anything on clay and her Wimbledon record has been indifferent in recent years and come the US Open Series, she will start defending points. The new girls like Alisa and Nastya P still have to prove whether they are top 10 material.

So while I don't think it's totally -ova, I think there will definitely be fewer Russians at the WTA Champs this year, maybe just two.

Mar 30th, 2010, 05:41 PM
Poor Elena.... she'd be so much higher if it wasn't for Justine :(

Well... 2 places higher anyways.

Mar 30th, 2010, 06:40 PM
love the thread title too :worship:

well, Elena and Bepa were unlucky to face UNSEEDED Justine, so :)

Mar 31st, 2010, 12:23 AM
I think the domination of the Russians is currently on halt because of 2 things:

The return of Clijsters and Jenin.
Safina and Sharapova injured.

Dementieva and Kuznetsova have been consistently hot and cold. Zvonareva is very solid but not hitting top form. Kleybanova, Pavly or Vesnina need more time to establish themselves. Chakvetadze is the only one that is almost certainly '-ova'.

Mar 31st, 2010, 12:28 AM
lol at the thread title. you just dissed all the players in TBE's faves list!

Mar 31st, 2010, 12:30 AM
No. Of course it isn't over.

Mar 31st, 2010, 12:32 AM
I think their prominence is definitely diminishing. More competition has came on the scene.
Is it completely over?? Who knows

Mar 31st, 2010, 01:29 AM
Without the American Russian Maria Sharapova, Russia is getting diminishing return for the emotional Russians.

I is not ova yet, but most russian women are trending toward averge-ova players

Mar 31st, 2010, 02:06 AM
Three Russians in the top ten, Five in the top 20, eleven in the top 50.

I need to see a bit more drop-off before declaring the end of the 'Russian Revolution'.

Mar 31st, 2010, 02:14 AM
they came, they saw, they failed to conquer.

Mar 31st, 2010, 02:26 AM
Not yet :shrug:
I think they won't dominate as much since Kim and Justine are back, but Dina, Sveta, and Masha are injured :shrug:
And Kleybanova and Pavlyuchenkova are rising! And Chakvetadze, Zvonareva, and Petrova can be great players if they had brains :p