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DelMonte
Jun 27th, 2004, 08:55 AM
Source: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/24/1088046208287.html


Stosur reckons Australia could learn from Russia
June 24, 2004

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Samantha Stosur reckons Australia should send spies to Russia, find out their secret for producing women's tennis champions and adopt their techniques.

Australia's top women's player, Alicia Molik, agreed it's a good idea but if Australia failed to tap into Russia's formula, she's got her own recipe for success.

It starts with Molik, now ranked 29th in the world, breaking into the top 20 - something she's confident she will achieve before the year was out.

She believed the Russians - which boast six women in the top 20 - feed off each other's success.

So once Molik makes the top 20 she thought the likes of world No.41 Nicole Pratt, Stosur (No.86), Christina Wheeler (No.241) and Evie Dominikovic (No.282) could follow in her footsteps.

"Winners and champions come in generations and there's no telling how or when or why but sometimes there's a lot of luck involved," said 23-year-old Molik.

"Once one player gets up there, then the others realise it's not so hard, it's easy to get up there and they all follow suit pretty much.

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"They have a lot of great competition between themselves and I think that's why, when you see a lot of Russians play each other, a lot of results have been unsettling and a little bit unpredictable because there is such fierce competition between so many girls which I think is healthy for them.

"Russia have six in the top 20 and we don't have anyone in the top 20.

"I hope in the next couple of years we're going to have girls, six girls, in the top 20.

"But I don't think it's going to be long before I'm there."

Stosur believed Australia's population and geography meant it would never boast the tennis talent of Russia or the United States but she would like to see Australia adopt techniques used by Russia.

"I guess someone has got to find out what they're doing and bring it back to Australia," she said.

Russia's secret to success, according to the president of Russian Tennis Shamil Tarpishev, was to start them young and school them in the old Soviet way of relentless practise.

"The age of seven to nine is the best time for developing speed of reaction," Tarpishev said.

"But once you have missed the boat, the person you train will never play fast enough and it's the most important thing to work on their shortcomings before the age of 12."

Tarpishev was busy training the stars of tomorrow at a new tennis academy in Moscow and said the next batch was even better than those playing now, which doesn't bode well for Australian youngsters hoping to make it on the tennis circuit.

For all the criticisms surrounding women's tennis in Australia and its failure to breed the success the men have enjoyed, Pratt said it was important to give some credit.

"I'm pretty close to my best ranking," she said after losing her first round match at Wimbledon to a wildcard.

"Alicia is at her best ranking, Sam is at her best ranking so the three girls that are there are obviously playing well over a 52 week period."

Molik and Wheeler have the chance to improve their rankings when they play at Wimbledon tomorrow.

Wheeler, who qualified for the main draw, was due to face world No.93 Tatiana Perebiybis from Ukraine in the opening round while Molik is up against American Teryn Ashley in the second round.

- AAP

Gowza
Jun 27th, 2004, 09:14 AM
i think sam will eventually be better than alicia. they both have great serves but sam has better movement and a better backhand and i think alicia is limited in what she can do with those 2 things which is imo going to stop her from being a consistent top 20 player.

azza
Jun 27th, 2004, 09:16 AM
Sam is so much better then Alicia Alicia a wonky player sam Knows how to hit backhands.

Mr_Molik
Jun 27th, 2004, 10:47 AM
Sam is so much better then Alicia Alicia a wonky player sam Knows how to hit backhands.
i agree
alicias backhand and movement :scared:

azza
Jun 27th, 2004, 11:11 AM
Her movement is good but her backhand is :o

SpikeyAidanm
Jun 27th, 2004, 12:32 PM
:o

azza
Jun 27th, 2004, 12:38 PM
Pratt backhand is better then her.

SpikeyAidanm
Jun 27th, 2004, 12:41 PM
The thing is Aussies enjoy a laidback lifestyle naturally, even the most dedicated ones will not spend extra hours on courts, in Russia, where the conditions are tough, the girls there are mentally tougher, tennis is their life. You can't teach that.

azza
Jun 27th, 2004, 12:50 PM
Im tough :armed:

Fantastic
Jun 27th, 2004, 05:07 PM
First of all, the Aussie girls need someone to give a damn about them. Everything is so devoted towards 2 players - Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis. Nothing against those boys as Lleyton is a Grand Slam champion, and Mark was twice a Grand Slam finalist, but I think there's a lack of support and not enough of a profile for the women. The Russian women started doing well when then-Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, an avid tennis fan, encouraged Russians to take up tennis and then gave money to the federation to develop players. It worked a treat as history will attest.

~|Naomi|~
Jun 28th, 2004, 05:12 AM
You can nor replicate the Russian lifestyle or background so it is pointless to base it around Russia, Australia has to develop its own development system and support that works for Australian Culture.

BlinX
Jun 28th, 2004, 05:17 AM
smart girl ;)

ys
Jun 28th, 2004, 05:21 AM
Russia's secret to success, according to the president of Russian Tennis Shamil Tarpishev, was to start them young and school them in the old Soviet way of relentless practise.

"The age of seven to nine is the best time for developing speed of reaction," Tarpishev said.

"But once you have missed the boat, the person you train will never play fast enough and it's the most important thing to work on their shortcomings before the age of 12."

I think it is all a bunch of crap. How would he then explain that Russia is so far absolutely not capable of producing good men players? Kafelnikov was the last product of Soviet system. And Safin is just an incredible talent which are born just few a decade. And behind them there is nothing. Where are dementievas and zvonarevas of ATP? Where is that system that can make good ATP players out of talented , but not super-talented youngsters, the system that works so well for women..

goldenlox
Jun 28th, 2004, 06:35 AM
Australia needs a Kournikova. One player who transcends the sport. Then parents will push their kids into tennis. The kids have to be pushed into it early.
Then they learn to love it. Very few kids just hit a tennis ball one day and love it. It's the money hungry parents.

ys
Jun 28th, 2004, 06:36 AM
Australia needs a Kournikova. One player who transcends the sport. Then parents will push their kids into tennis.
Australia used to have a kournikova. But lost.

goldenlox
Jun 28th, 2004, 06:42 AM
Who? They had Laver, but no rich famous woman player.

esquímaux
Jun 28th, 2004, 06:46 AM
i agree
alicias backhand and movement :scared:
:haha: :scared:

Pratt backhand is better then her.
Mmmmm mmm! :drool:

Mr_Molik
Jun 28th, 2004, 06:46 AM
Who? They had Laver, but no rich famous woman player.
margaret court and evonne goolagong cawley :wavey:

goldenlox
Jun 28th, 2004, 06:48 AM
Did they make money? Parents need to see buck$$.

Mr_Molik
Jun 28th, 2004, 06:49 AM
Her movement is good but her backhand is :o

her movement is good on good days, but when she is nervous she doesnt move her feet and is slow :scared:
first set against mandula at hopman cup this yr is perfect example

esquímaux
Jun 28th, 2004, 06:49 AM
:drool: Mmmm evonne :drool:

Mr_Molik
Jun 28th, 2004, 06:54 AM
Did they make money? Parents need to see buck$$.

havent u heard of them? they r like 2 of the greatest ever players :o
but they played 60's and 70's, when the money in tennis wasnt huge, particularly in womens tennis

Aretha Franklin
Jun 28th, 2004, 07:22 AM
he probably meant dokic.

i think it's bull crap. "go over there and find there secrets" sounds so stupid when it's obviously just a shit load of hard work/determination + little else in life to get distracted by that makes these new russians do so well.

i really don't see how australia is going to have 6 girls in the top twenty for at least 5 years, probably ten. molik making the top twenty isn't going to suddenly give these girls like dominikovic, pratt and wheeler, who simply are not nearly good enough, to suddenly turn into superstars. maybe if we had a player who could and was winning slams it might be different. i don't think these girls need to act as if they live in an oppressed society just so they can be better tennis players - they just need to work harder on developing their games and believe in themselves.

let's face it, there are 6 russians in the top 20, but if we analysis it we can also see that there are 2 belgians, 5 americans, 1 frenchie, 1 argentine, 1 japanese, 1 swiss miss, 1 Israeli, 1 yanky ruski, and 2 italians.

Mr_Molik
Jun 28th, 2004, 07:30 AM
dominikovic definitely has the talent
i agree wheeler and pratt arent good enough

Gowza
Jun 28th, 2004, 08:07 AM
stosur could be the player to help australia imo. she has a lot of talent and if she fullfills that then hopefully it will inspire more kids to play and more parents to introduce the game to their kids.