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Drimal
Nov 15th, 2004, 09:26 AM
There are so many good Russian players in 2004 and they have dominated the season for sure. Anastasia Myskina won over Elena Dementieva the first Russain Grand Slam title, Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon and Svetlana Kuznetsova the US Open over Elena Dementieva.

There were 14 Russian titles this year! Sharapova (4), Myskina (3), Kuznetsova (3), Dementieva (1), Zvonareva (1), Bovina (1) and Likhovtseva (1).


Now I want to make an analysis of the ranking improvement of the 8 best Russian players from 2000 to 2004. It is often said that suddenly there were so many good players of Russia. But where does they come from?

Year-end rankings 2004 (*) 2003 2002 2001 2000

Anastasia Myskina 3 ; 7 ; 11 ; 59 ; 58
Svetlana Kuznetsova 4 ; 35 ; 43 ; 266 ; 785
Elena Dementieva 5 ; 8 ; 19 ; 15 ; 11
Maria Sharapova 6 ; 32 ; 188
Vera Zvonareva 11 ; 13 ; 45 ; 372 ; 349
Nadia Petrova 12 ; 12 ; 112 ; 39 ; 60
Elena Bovina 15 ; 21 ; 26 ; 49 ; 133
Elena Likhovtseva 24 ; 37 ; 42 ; 36 ; 21


(*) the year 2004 is not yet finished / all year-end rankings

It is really impressive; only Dementieva and Likhovtseva were present in the Top 25 at the end of 2000. Kuznetsova, Zvonareva and Bovina were nobodies, Myskina and Petrova with ranking 58 and 60 just average Top Ten players and Sharapova was starting at the Tour in 2002.

If we compare the year 2004 and 2003 we see that every of these eight players have improved their rankings. Kuznetsova make a remarkable jump from 35 to 4 just as Sharapova from 32 to 6.

Drimal
Nov 15th, 2004, 09:28 AM
Now I want to compare the number of players in Top 10, Top 50 and Top 100 from Russia with four other great tennis nations (USA; France; Italy; Spain). :D


Russia: 4 in Top 10; 9 in Top 50; 14 in Top 100
USA: 4 in Top 10; 8 in Top 50; 15 in Top 100
France: 1 in Top 10; 6 in Top 50; 10 in Top 100
Italy: 0 in Top 10; 4 in Top 50: 7 in Top 100
Spain: 0 in Top 10; 3 in Top 50; 7 in Top 100

The conclusion is that Russia is leading if we consider the Top 50 players and the United States are leading if we consider the Top 100 players.


But the real Russian domination you see in this comparison showing the total of all points earned by the players of the respective countries.

Russia: 23784 points
USA: 19023,5 points
France: 10905,75 points
Italy: 5665 points
Spain: 4404,5 points

Hope you enjoy these statistics! :wavey:

If anybody has other statistics that show the Russian domination in 2004 please show them in this thread! :bounce:

Drimal
Nov 15th, 2004, 09:32 AM
And now a summary of an astonishing season for Russian players:

5 January Gold Coast (AUS) Tier III

SINGLES: (1) Ai Sugiyama (JPN) d. (2) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 16 61 64

16 February Memphis (USA) Tier III

SINGLES: (1) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (2) Lisa Raymond (USA) 46 64 75

16 February Hiderabad (IND) Tier IV

SINGLES: (4) Nicole Pratt (AUS) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 76(3) 61

23 February Dubai (UAE) Tier II

SINGLES: (1) Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(3) 63

1 March Doha (QAT) Tier II

SINGLES: (3) Anastasia Myskina (RUS) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 46 64 64

22 March Miami (USA) Tier I

SINGLES: (1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 61 61

26 April Warsaw (PL) Tier II

SINGLES: (2) Venus Williams (USA) d. (4) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 61 64

24 May Roland Garros (FRA) Grand Slam

SINGLES: (6) Anastasia Myskina (RUS) d. (9) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 61 62


7 June Birmingham (ENG) Tier III

SINGLES: (3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Tatiana Golovin (FRA) 46 62 61

14 June Eastbourne (ENG) Tier II

SINGLES: (2) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (WC) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 26 76(2) 64

21 June Wimbledon Championships (ENG) Grand Slam

SINGLES: (13) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (1) Serena Williams (USA) 61 64


26 July San Diego (USA) Tier I

SINGLES: (4) Lindsay Davenport (USA) d. (3) Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 61 61

2 August Montreal (CAN) Tier I

SINGLES: (2) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) d. Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) 61 60

16 August Cincinnati (USA) Tier I

SINGLES: (1) Lindsay Davenport (USA) d. (2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 63 62

23 August New Haven (USA) Tier II

SINGLES: (7) Elena Bovina (RUS) d. (8) Nathalie Dechy (FRA) 62 26 75

23 August Forest Hills (USA) Tier V

SINGLES: (1) Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) d. (4) Iveta Benesova (CZE) 62 62

30 August US Open (USA) Grand Slam

SINGLES: (9) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (6) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 63 75

13 September Bali (IND) Tier III

SINGLES: (2) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Marlene Weingartner (GER) 61 64

27 September Hasselt (BEL) Tier III

SINGLES: (1) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (3) Elena Bovina (RUS) 06 60 64

27 September Seoul (KOR) Tier IV

SINGLES: (1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 61 61

4 October Tokyo (JAP) Tier III

SINGLES: (1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Mashona Washington (USA) 60 61

11 October Moscow (RUS) Tier I

SINGLES: (3) A.Myskina (RUS) d. (5) E.Dementieva (RUS) 75 60

18 October Zurich (SUI) Tier I

SINGLES: Alicia Molik (AUS) d. (4) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 46 62 63

25 October Linz (SUI) Tier II

SINGLES: (1) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) d. (9) Elena Bovina (RUS) 62 60

25 October Luxembourg (LUX) Tier III

SINGLES: (2) Alicia Molik (AUS) d. Dinara Safina (RUS) 63 64

1 November Philiadelphia (USA) Tier II

SINGLES: (1) Amelie Mauremso (FRA) d. (6) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 36 62 62


SUMMARY: 14 Titles ; 17 finals during the WTA season 2004! :eek: :eek: :eek: