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AnnaK_4ever
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:28 PM
This is an article that appeared today on www.sonyericssonwtatour.com.

Throughout history, empires have risen to the top of the world by conquering their competitors. For many, their rise has led to their ruin, and history has kept repeating itself. In the world of women's tennis, Russia is no different.

By the end of August 2008, six Russian women - Svetlana Kuznetsova, Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Anna Chakvetadze and Vera Zvonareva - found themselves among the Top 10 rankings. Now for the first time since the week of August 25, 2003, only one Russian will be in the Top 10. Then, it was Anastasia Myskina, and now Dementieva.

Dementieva has been nothing less than consistent being in the Top 10 since April 7, 2008, and cementing herself in the Top 20 for 372 weeks. But her name among the top rankings has sometimes gone unnoticed, skimmed right over as she has chased that elusive Slam to no avail. Earlier, she appeared in conversations at Roland Garros that she might finally catch the Slam that has seemingly been a drop shot away, but the only thing dropping are the Russians.

Russian domination is over, for now. Tennis blogs and forums have bold predictions of no Russian women in the year-end Top 10, and Dementieva could have tough times ahead of her after a calf injury so painful it caused her to retire in the semifinals of last week - her first ever retirement at a major.

When one superpower falls, another takes it place. Who will that be? Tennis has yet to see. Once ranked as high as No.2 in the world, Kuznetsova was asked in an interview about the rise of China in tennis. Her response, "Russia is better." But now Kuznetsova has fallen behind China's Li Na in the rankings.

Safina has been hindered with a back injury. Sharapova has shown flashes of power since returning from shoulder surgery, but has yet to find her consistent prowess on the court from which she won three Grand Slams.

The Russians have fallen, but years ago no one in tennis would have thought there would even be one Russian player in the Top 10, let alone six at one time. Two decades ago there were no Russians in the Top 100 players. However, history repeats itself. Rise, fall. Rise, fall. The Russians have fallen out of the Top 10, but they are not gone. In the Top 200, there are 28 Russian women - more than two times the number from any other nation except the United States, which has 14; Italy (10) and France (8); and by comparison, there are six Russian men in the ATP World Tour Top 200.

Tennis in Russia has spread like wildfire. It started in 1988, when tennis returned to the Olympics and the Soviet Union eased its grip. The energy and enthusiasm from the late Russian President Boris Yeltsin helped pave tennis courts all over the country. Moreover, Russian women have become marketing stars inspiring young girls throughout the country to pick up a racquet. Anna Kournikova signed a modeling contract bringing tennis mainstream. Sharapova followed suit, and despite not being in the Top 10 since January of 2009, she has stayed top news by extending her deal with Nike for eight years and $70 million, making her the highest paid female athlete and an icon for Russian girls.

From nothing, with no one in the Top 100 decades ago, Russia built a dominant tennis empire. Now that dominance is gone, and the empire that was has fallen. But Russia has numbers, an army of young girls playing tennis seeking the toughness in Kuznetsova, the grace in Dementieva and the serve in Sharapova. When will the Tour have Russian dominated rankings again? No one knows, but as always history repeats itself.

and that's what I posted three or so weeka ago:

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=408712

Bold prediction: no Russians in the year-end Top-10

Yes, this is yet another thread about Russian tennis being on the decline. Only this time I genuinely invite you to discuss the phenomenon that probably has neither precedent in the WTA Tour history nor logical explanation of its origin.

Here is what I'm talking about.
Russian (I deliberately discount Zvereva and Neiland for this matter) women's tennis was non-entity at the world stage for nearly 30 years after Olga Morozova was forced to quit pro tour in 1977. And even before that it wasn't represented by anybody of note. Sure, in 1990s we were lucky to get Likhovtseva and Kournikova but Elena was never a contender for anything big and Anna was... well, Kournikova was just being herself. Even with Dementieva's breakthrough in 2000 the Russians hardly became a force to be reckoned with.

Then, with no apparent reason, something changed.
...
And this is a summary of what Russian tennis added ot its, formerly non-existent, legacy in just seven year period in 2002-2009:
No.1 players - 2
Top-2 players - 4
Top-3 players - 6
Top-5 players - 8
Grand Slam titles – 6
Grand Slam finals – 14
Tour Championships titles – 1
Olympic Gold medals – 1
Tier I titles – 23
Tier II titles – 26
Total titles – 102

And just as suddenly as it once arose the Russian phenomenon is now dying away:
For the first time since 2003 there will be no new Top-3 player from Russia
Last new Top-10 player from Russia – 3 years 3 months ago
Last new Top-20 player from Russia – 3 years 7 months ago

So, what's to make of all this? Is Russian fairy tale doomed to turn into what Spanish tennis has become post Sanchez/Martinez?

:lol:

young_gunner913
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:30 PM
:spit: Well, now you're giving tips to journalists.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:31 PM
Please make more topics like 'Wozniacki hasnt beaten a single active #1'. Maybe they will copy that too :worship:

madmax
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:33 PM
:yawn: Yet another boring doomsday thread...watch Sharapova storm into TOP 10 again after Wimby

debby
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:33 PM
Please make more topics like 'Wozniacki hasnt beaten a single active #1'. Maybe they will copy that too :worship:

Wozniacki is reading us !!!!11

Mistress of Evil
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:34 PM
Wozniacki is reading us !!!!11

Vika does:)

Ferg
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:37 PM
:yawn: Yet another boring doomsday thread...watch Sharapova storm into TOP 10 again after Wimby

As long as she doesnt tank it again this year!!

madmax
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:40 PM
As long as she doesnt tank it again this year!!

let's hope so:bounce:

miffedmax
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:45 PM
Yours is better researched and written, actually. :tape:

Slutiana
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:56 PM
This is an article that appeared today on www.sonyericssonwtatour.com (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com).



and that's what I posted three or so weeka ago:

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=408712



:lol:
:spit: They took your phrase word for word and didn't quote you.

Sue the bitches!

ys
Jun 9th, 2010, 07:58 PM
Are you upset?

AnnaK_4ever
Jun 9th, 2010, 08:28 PM
:spit: They took your phrase word for word and didn't quote you.

I know! :fiery:

Sue the bitches!

Na-ah, I don't like arguments. I'm an amiable person. :angel:

AnnaK_4ever
Jun 9th, 2010, 08:32 PM
Are you upset?

Only with Dementieva ruining my elegant theory.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 9th, 2010, 08:39 PM
I know! :fiery:



Na-ah, I don't like arguments. I'm an amiable person. :angel:


of course you are :angel:

Nicolas
Jun 9th, 2010, 08:42 PM
:spit:

Slutiana
Jun 9th, 2010, 08:45 PM
Na-ah, I don't like arguments. I'm an amiable person. :angel:
Right, we all believe you! :cool:

miffedmax
Jun 9th, 2010, 08:57 PM
Only with Dementieva ruining my elegant theory.

What are you complaining about? She's ruined the last 40-odd majors in a row for me.:mad:

tenn_ace
Jun 9th, 2010, 09:35 PM
Big deal. I posted a thread stating it a week and a half before you. So you are copycat too.

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=407733

AnnaK_4ever
Jun 9th, 2010, 09:51 PM
Big deal. I posted a thread stating it a week and a half before you. So you are copycat too.

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=407733

At least I provided some numbers to illustrate the rise anf the fall of the Russian Empire :p

Btw, back then I didn't notice you referring to post-ASV Spanish tennis in your thread. Honestly, I didn't. :bigcry:

BluSthil
Jun 9th, 2010, 10:58 PM
:eek: How about the American Empire ? :help:

hotandspicey
Jun 9th, 2010, 11:22 PM
:eek: How about the American Empire ? :help:

They came, they played, they conquered! Now we're almost at the end/ fall of the American Empire:sad:.

young_gunner913
Jun 9th, 2010, 11:26 PM
They came, they played, they conquered! Now we're almost at the end/ fall of the American Empire:sad:.

How? The WS are number 1/2 in everything. We have them for a few years. It's not like they're gone after this year.

Also, some Polish site came and took a couple of the songs I wrote for the Black Eyed Pushers and my "Stop Hitting" song. :(

Direwolf
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:31 AM
Only with Dementieva ruining my elegant theory.

she;ll be out of there during the summer hc
u need not worry

Ferg
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:34 AM
They've got a mole here. :scared: Which user is it?

danieln1
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:37 AM
And they even had the nerve to steal "Russian Empire" from the other thread...

But at least they said the blogs and tennis forum had those predictions...

DOUBLEFIST
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:39 AM
:eek: How about the American Empire ? :help:It's # 1 & 2 :shrug:

Wiggly
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:43 AM
They can copy "our" threads but we can't have their Entry Lists.
Morons. :lol:

danieln1
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:43 AM
It's # 1 & 2 :shrug:

But in three, 4 years time the American Empire fall completely, the future seems horrible right now...

Unfortunately the sisters canīt play forever

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:48 AM
she;ll be out of there during the summer hc
u need not worry

Explain me how

JamieOwen3
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:59 AM
maybe one of the mods are working with them :eek: clearly they are lazy on the WTA site :lol:

meteor
Jun 10th, 2010, 01:08 AM
it almost sounds like you WANT it to happen :rolleyes:. it also seems like you dislike every russian except for kournikova. very odd.

iPatty
Jun 10th, 2010, 02:00 AM
^^ He likes Myskina and LOVES Safina. He cannot imagine the tour without good ol' Dinara. :awww:


I admit I did think of this when I read the article on wtatour.com a couple of days back.

miffedmax
Jun 10th, 2010, 03:24 AM
it almost sounds like you WANT it to happen :rolleyes:. it also seems like you dislike every russian except for kournikova. very odd.

He has a love/hate thing with Dementieva. He hates her, and loves to remind me about ALL the times Myskina RUINED LENA'S LIFE.

DOUBLEFIST
Jun 10th, 2010, 06:07 AM
But in three, 4 years time the American Empire fall completely, the future seems horrible right now...

Unfortunately the sisters canīt play forever
We'll see.

I'm not so pessimistic. It may be foolish, but I have a feeling...

LightsOut!
Jun 10th, 2010, 06:16 AM
:eek:

watchdogfish
Jun 10th, 2010, 09:01 AM
This is an article that appeared today on www.sonyericssonwtatour.com (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com).



and that's what I posted three or so weeka ago:

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=408712



:lol:

Thieves! :eek: :lol:

But yours is better written by far. I have the Press Center section bookmarked so I don't have to go through the homepage or read any articles cos the written English on that site is awful. They stick in commas and add a cliche at every opportunity. I also hate the way on the homepage the hyperlink to an article would be something like "Domi, Vika, Caro, shoes, lipstick...it's all here right now in the photo gallery!" I just find it unprofessional to use pet names when we don't know the players personally!

Sorry rant over :p

GrandMartha
Jun 10th, 2010, 09:06 AM
it almost sounds like you WANT it to happen :rolleyes:. it also seems like you dislike every russian except for kournikova. very odd.

He's a very negativ poster. He bashes everyone except the most useless player Kournikova ;)

Sharapowerr
Jun 10th, 2010, 09:14 AM
Maria is actually doing a very good thing for Russia, winning 50% of the GS that the russians have, i think she ll be back in the top 10 by the end of the year , she doesn't have to defend a lot of points so >> Go Maria

Brena
Jun 10th, 2010, 11:57 AM
Only with Dementieva ruining my elegant theory.

Ah! And who would have thought that Demented would be the last one standing! :bowdown:

miffedmax
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:02 PM
Me!

Brena
Jun 10th, 2010, 12:14 PM
Me!

You don't count.
I think she's going to win this Wimbledon, but I don't count either.

miffedmax
Jun 10th, 2010, 02:00 PM
Lena can move mountains, cure horrible diseases with her touch, cause grown men to turn into helpless giggling schoolboys, bring peace to the Middle East, discover a clean, renewable, practical power source, perfect interstellar travel, find Jimmy Hoffa, locate the Lost Art of the Covenant AND the Holy Grail...but win a slam?

Are you crazy?

ce
Jun 10th, 2010, 02:12 PM
:rolls:

Brena
Jun 10th, 2010, 02:23 PM
Are you crazy?

Yes.
I also think Jelena is going to win a slam. :crazy: