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Doraemon
Nov 30th, 2004, 02:23 PM
How good a player was she? I know she had a great career as a double specialist having won quite a few GS titles but what about her singles career? I remember her beating Kimiko at Wimbledon about a decade about so she must of been a great grass courter. But what else did she do as a singles player?

Doraemon
Nov 30th, 2004, 02:24 PM
By the way, why is she helping Russia in Fed Cup instead of her native land, Latvia?

igost
Nov 30th, 2004, 03:26 PM
She was a Top 20 for a while

I think her native country is Ukraine, not Latvia. Her maiden name was Savchenko. She married Latvian, but lives in Russia.

jimbo mack
Nov 30th, 2004, 03:51 PM
she reached the quarter-finals of wimbledon at least once

she beat top 10 davenport at wimbledon 1996

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 30th, 2004, 03:55 PM
She was pretty good.... not bad in singles
but i still :lol: at her and Jana Novotna for secretly going behind their backs and dumping Gigi and Natasha as their respective partners.

Gigi and Natasha got together and kicked ass for most of 90's thereafter.

thats the only thing i'm grateful for Larisa doing

worst thing she did was to ruin Lina's career :fiery: :sad: :sad:

jimbo mack
Nov 30th, 2004, 03:57 PM
worst thing she did was to ruin Lina's career :fiery: :sad: :sad:

are u talking about lina krasnoroutskatya? how did larisa ruin her career? :confused:

Lee-Waters' Boy
Nov 30th, 2004, 03:57 PM
how did she ruin lina's career?

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 30th, 2004, 04:05 PM
how did she ruin lina's career?
She was her coach back in 2000-Aus 02
well not her directly, Lina badly sprained her ankle in Aus 02.......
but she took Lina back to a Doc in Latvia who injected Lina with painkillers for 10 days in a row...... which gave her weakened bones, and in her 1st doubles match, bones went, causing her to miss another 4.5 months.

a bad ankle strain..... mistreated :fiery:
that was the end of their relationship after that.

jimbo mack
Nov 30th, 2004, 04:10 PM
She was her coach back in 2000-Aus 02
well not her directly, Lina badly sprained her ankle in Aus 02.......
but she took Lina back to a Doc in Latvia who injected Lina with painkillers for 10 days in a row...... which gave her weakened bones, and in her 1st doubles match, bones went, causing her to miss another 4.5 months.

a bad ankle strain..... mistreated :fiery:
that was the end of their relationship after that.

if thats the case, then its the doctors fault, not larisa's.

tianitiani
Nov 30th, 2004, 04:38 PM
Serena Demolished her 6-0 6-0. Hence she is so bitter towards the williams . No surprise at her catty comments vis a vis Serena injury at YEC.

jimbo mack
Nov 30th, 2004, 04:56 PM
Her singles career

larisa won 2 wta titles during her career (schnectedy and st.petersburg)

has career wins over: navratilova, martinez, mj fernandez, novotna, mandlikova, sabatini, coetzer, date, tauziat and judith wiesner

she reached:
the quarter-finals of wimbledon 1994
the quarter-finals of us open 1988
the 4th round of the aus open 1992
the 4th round of the us open 1989
the 4th round of wimbledon 1988

she qualified for the yec once back in 1988- lost 1st round

David Barker
Nov 30th, 2004, 05:14 PM
She was her coach back in 2000-Aus 02
well not her directly, Lina badly sprained her ankle in Aus 02.......
but she took Lina back to a Doc in Latvia who injected Lina with painkillers for 10 days in a row...... which gave her weakened bones, and in her 1st doubles match, bones went, causing her to miss another 4.5 months.

a bad ankle strain..... mistreated :fiery:
that was the end of their relationship after that.



The only thing I regret is that with all that talent Lina K didn't get a new coach when she finally came properly back in 03 - I know she had her Mum, but an independent coach and a fitness trainer would have been better. Although with her luck with injuries in 04.....
Still maybe we will ultimately see Lina return to the big time. After all she is still only 20.

tommyk75
Nov 30th, 2004, 06:33 PM
It's hard to imagine now, but there were almost no Soviet players on the tour for a long while, because tennis wasn't an Olympic sport. When it became one in the 80's, a wave of players began to make their mark on the tour. This group included Natasha Zvereva, Leila Meskhi, and to a lesser extent, Larissa. Pam Shriver mentions in her book that Larissa was the first Soviet player she had ever played.

I remember enjoying watching her, because she had a very fluid, all-court game. She was very good at the net, and her one-handed backhand was just beautiful when it was on. However, she was never in optimal shape, and she had a penchant for choking.

Lee-Waters' Boy
Nov 30th, 2004, 07:26 PM
she's also quite possibly the ugliest player to ever play pro tennis

fammmmedspin
Nov 30th, 2004, 09:11 PM
By the way, why is she helping Russia in Fed Cup instead of her native land, Latvia?
Do you know how many people live in Latvia? It would be like Jennifer coaching the North Dakota tennis team.

PointBlank
Nov 30th, 2004, 11:46 PM
Do you know how many people live in Latvia? It would be like Jennifer coaching the North Dakota tennis team.
Anzela.

PointBlank
Nov 30th, 2004, 11:46 PM
I think her native country is Ukraine, not Latvia. Her maiden name was Savchenko. She married Latvian, but lives in Russia.
She might have been Ukrainian .. but Kirilenko is Russian ..

Jakeev
Dec 1st, 2004, 05:30 AM
It's hard to imagine now, but there were almost no Soviet players on the tour for a long while, because tennis wasn't an Olympic sport. When it became one in the 80's, a wave of players began to make their mark on the tour. This group included Natasha Zvereva, Leila Meskhi, and to a lesser extent, Larissa. Pam Shriver mentions in her book that Larissa was the first Soviet player she had ever played.

I remember enjoying watching her, because she had a very fluid, all-court game. She was very good at the net, and her one-handed backhand was just beautiful when it was on. However, she was never in optimal shape, and she had a penchant for choking.
Actually Larisa made her mark on tour before Zvereva and Meshki did. She had been playing doubles with Svetlana Parkomenko and those two were basically the first to consistent players from the old Soviet Union to make a dent on tour when others failed to follow in Olga Morozova's footsteps.

David Barker
Dec 1st, 2004, 08:01 AM
she's also quite possibly the ugliest player to ever play pro tennis

That's rich from a fan of LLW!!!

Greenout
Dec 1st, 2004, 08:27 AM
I remember enjoying watching her, because she had a very fluid, all-court game. She was very good at the net, and her one-handed backhand was just beautiful when it was on. However, she was never in optimal shape, and she had a penchant for choking.


:p

I've seen her matches in dubs with Natasha and Jana on video,
and she did choke..alot.

Before there was Vera Z and Sveta; there was Larisa!
Same type of styles. Really nice form and fine moments of
brilliance which grew into doubt, lots of muttering, then
bug eyed red face choking, panic then the look at her dubs
partner with a "what? I'm not getting tight, you are!" or
the ever popular "It's not my fault!" glances. :tape:

Fantastic
Dec 1st, 2004, 01:53 PM
I remember watching the 1988 Federation Cup on TV. It was held in Melbourne that year in December. Back then, it was a 32-draw knockout tournament. The USSR were awarded top seeding ahead of the USA who only boasted Barbara Potter, Lori McNeil, Patty Fendick and Gigi Fernandez that year. The Soviets only had Larisa and Natalia Zvereva, with Olga Morozova serving as the non-playing Captain. With the Americans bundled out by Sweden (lead by the sensational Catarina Lindqvist) in the second round, USSR were the favourites to take out the title.

While Natalia had a tough time playing No. 1 singles (losing to Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Arantxa Sanchez and Helena Sukova), Larisa lost only one match (to Radka Zrubakova in the final). She defeated Conchita Martinez and Silvia Hanika amongst some of the names. However, her toughest match was against little-known Austrian, Heidi Sprung, who won the first set and pushed Larisa to 6-4 6-4 in the remainder of the match.

Not surprisingly, the Soviets won all their doubles matches, defeating teams such as Hanika & Kohde-Kilsch, Martinez and Sanchez, and Novotna & Pospisilova. Their toughest encounter was against the Spaniards in the QF, where they were down a break in the third as well as match points before turning it around to win the third set.

In the final, Larisa was outgunned by a teenaged upstart by the name of Radka Zrubakova 6-1 7-6, who had gone all tournament undefeated. Zrubakova went on to do very little else. Czechoslovakia sealed the tie when Helena Sukova defeated Natalia Zvereva in the No. 1 match. Sukova lead 6-3 5-1 and served for the match until Natasha started to make a surge, which was all too late when she fell 6-3 6-4. After the presentation ceremony, Larisa and Natalia came back out to clinch the dead doubles rubber 7-6 7-5 over Jana Novotna and Jana Pospisilova.

Fantastic
Dec 1st, 2004, 02:00 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but as Larisa Savchenko, she only won 1 Grand Slam title, with Natalia Zvereva - 1989 French Open (defeating Steffi Graf & Gabriela Sabatini 6-4 6-4). Did Larisa win any Grand Slam doubles titles with Jana Novotna (or any other partner)? I'm quite sure she never did. However, she and Natalia were involved in that epic 1988 Wimbledon final losing 10-12 in the third set against Graf and Sabatini.

TartarVicario
Dec 1st, 2004, 02:34 PM
She used to be Arantxa's permanent partner :D but she was a coffee addict :sad:

Foot's Fingers
Dec 1st, 2004, 03:11 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but as Larisa Savchenko, she only won 1 Grand Slam title, with Natalia Zvereva - 1989 French Open (defeating Steffi Graf & Gabriela Sabatini 6-4 6-4). Did Larisa win any Grand Slam doubles titles with Jana Novotna (or any other partner)? I'm quite sure she never did. However, she and Natalia were involved in that epic 1988 Wimbledon final losing 10-12 in the third set against Graf and Sabatini.

She won 1991 - Wimbledon with Zvereva as well (first-ever Wimbledon title for a Soviet player)

MIXED DOUBLES
WINNER(4): 1996 - Australian Open (w/Woodforde); 1995 - Roland Garros (w/Woodforde); 1994 - Australian Open (w/Olhovskiy); 1992 - Wimbledon (w/Suk).
FINALIST(4): 1999 - French Open (w/R. Leach); 1997 - Australian Open (w/De Jager), Wimbledon (w/Olhovskiy); 1996 - Wimbledon (w/Woodforde).

(from wtatour.com)

She has a 67-22 record in Fed Cup competition, 29-15 in singles and 38-7 in doubles, the second best ever, behind Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario's 72-28 record; she played in 57 career Fed Cup ties, sharing second place on the all-time Most Ties Played list with Great Britain’s Virginia Wade; she holds record for Most Doubles Wins in Fed Cup history (38), and all Fed Cup records for both Russia and Latvia: Most Total Wins (RUS-40: LAT-27); Most Singles Wins (RUS-17: LAT-12); Most Doubles Wins (RUS-23: LAT-15); Best Doubles Team (RUS - with Natasha Zvereva: LAT- with Agnese Blumberga); Most Ties Played (RUS-32: LAT-25); and Most Years Played (RUS-9: LAT-9)

Recipient of 1992 WTA TOUR Doubles Team of the Year Award with Natasha Zvereva; also nominated for award in 1993

Foot's Fingers
Dec 1st, 2004, 03:12 PM
ALL DOUBLES TITLES:

Winner(66): 1999 - Gold Coast (w/Morariu), Hamburg (w/Sanchez-Vicario), Birmingham (w/Morariu), Los Angeles (w/Sanchez-Vicario), Leipzig (w/Pierce); 1997 - Birmingham (w/Adams), Luxembourg (w/Sukova); 1996 - Essen (w/McGrath), German Open (w/McGrath), Rosmalen (w/Schultz-McCarthy), Canadian Open (w/Sanchez Vicario), Moscow (w/Medvedeva); 1995 - Paris [Indoors] (w/McGrath), Barcelona (w/Sanchez Vicario), Edinburgh (w/McGrath), Moscow (w/McGrath), Leipzig (w/McGrath), Brighton (w/McGrath); 1994 - Osaka (w/Stubbs), Amelia Island (w/Sanchez Vicario), Barcelona (w/Sanchez Vicario), Birmingham (w/Garrison Jackson), Schenectady (w/McGrath), Brighton (w/Bollegraf); 1993 - Miami (w/Novotna), Brisbane (w/C. Martinez), Osaka (w/Novotna), Canadian Open (w/Novotna); 1992 – Miami (w/Sanchez Vicario), Brisbane (w/Novotna), Boca Raton (w/Zvereva), Light n Lively (w/Novotna), German Open (w/Novotna), Eastbourne (w/Novotna), San Diego (w/Novotna), Leipzig (w/Novotna), Brighton (w/Novotna); 1991 - Wimbledon (w/Zvereva), Auckland (w/Fendick), Boca Raton (w/Zvereva), Hamburg (w/Novotna), German Open (w/Zvereva), Eastbourne (w/Zvereva), Canadian Open (w/Zvereva), Los Angeles (w/Zvereva), Washington, DC (w/Novotna), Philadelphia (w/Novotna); 1990 – Birmingham (w/Zvereva), Eastbourne (w/Zvereva), Light n' Lively Doubles (w/Zvereva), Nashville (w/K. Jordan); 1989 - Roland Garros (w/Zvereva), Chicago (w/Zvereva), Amelia Island (w/Zvereva), Birmingham (w/Zvereva), Moscow (w/Zvereva); 1988 - Birmingham (w/Zvereva), Indianapolis (w/Zvereva); 1987 - Wichita (w/Parkhomenko), Boca Raton (w/Parkhomenko), Oklahoma City (w/Parkhomenko), Eastbourne (w/Parkhomenko); 1986 – New Orleans (w/Parkhomenko), Little Rock (w/Parkhomenko); 1985 - Seabrook (w/Parkhomenko), Salt Lake City (w/Parkhomenko).

GermanBoy
Dec 1st, 2004, 03:34 PM
Loved to seeing her playing doubles with Meredith McGrath. Any pictures? :confused:

igost
Dec 1st, 2004, 04:45 PM
She might have been Ukrainian .. but Kirilenko is Russian ..She is Ukranian. She was born in Lvov, Ukraine
http://www.fedcup.com/teams/player.asp?player=20001293