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jonny84
May 31st, 2008, 07:22 PM
Just wondering..........we had the Belgians taking over, then the Russians and then the Serbians. Will it be the Czechs that will be the new big names in tennis.

Just look at the French Open - we had Cetkovska, Kvitova into the fourth round, and Iveta qualifying.

All the Czechs have been playing really well:

Cetkovska: 2 x $50k ITF titles and a Fes QF,

Kvitova (the youngest at 18) : 75k at Monzon, win over Venus Williams, qualified for Memphis, Paris and Miami

Bensova - resurgence from her this year; qualified for Roland Garros, final of Estoril, 50k winner and 75k runner-up

Plus we have successus of Koukalova, Safarova and Vaidisova.

Looks like Czech tennis is really looking up!

hankqq
May 31st, 2008, 07:24 PM
There are certainly more Czechs coming up, but their 2 best players, Vaidisova and Safarova, are slumping right now. I would love to see Czech Republic/Russia Fed Cup battle though-with Sharapova/Kuznetsova/Chakvetadze/Dementieva vs. an in form Vaidisova/Safarova/Kvitova/Benesova.

Backhand_stille
May 31st, 2008, 07:24 PM
Czech and Slovaks really plays good tennis!!
Serbia will be new Russia, Czech can be new Serbia! ;)

Derek.
May 31st, 2008, 07:25 PM
Czech tennis would quite awesome, if Vaidisova and Safarova can start playing the tennis they are capable of again.

However, they are no where near the Russians.

TheBoiledEgg
May 31st, 2008, 07:26 PM
Czech's have had a good tennis history for decades already, they always producing players

Tennis Fool
May 31st, 2008, 07:28 PM
See my sig ;)

Actually the Czechs came before but fizzled in the wake of the Russians. No one seemed to be coming up after Nicole and Lucie--now we see Petra K. and the comebacks in Klara, Iveta, Petra C., Renata and Barbora. Be on the lookout for the identical twin Pliskova sisters, especially Karolina--she may be the next, new new thing.

Chris 84
May 31st, 2008, 07:28 PM
Vaidisova and Safarova are in terrible form.
Cetkovska is a good challenger player who is enjoying some great form.
Benesova and Zakopalova have been around for ages. At their best they are top 40 talent, but I can't see either in the top 20.
Kvitova might make it to the top 20 at some point, but she really needs to develop her game to become something really special.

Basically, no, Czech tennis is waaaayyyy behind Russian tennis.

Czech tennis has always been strong though...

Wiggly
May 31st, 2008, 07:30 PM
Vaidisova and Safarova are slumping.
Klara is hanging around #50.
Iveta and Petra are in red hot form but they are 25 and 23. Not teenagers anymore.
Kvitova has one big result every month. The best prospect.

Then, there is a bucnh of players betwwen # 100 and 500.

The Olympic Race is interesting.

Right now, Nicole, Lucie, Iveta and Klara are going. However, Cetkovska and Kvitova can both make it if they win their 4th round match.

Backhand_stille
May 31st, 2008, 07:31 PM
Maybe Czech has much more players than Serbia have...but I thnik RUSSIA,SERBIA,SLOVAKIA(who has good players in juniors like KUCOVA), CZECH....

Lunaris
May 31st, 2008, 07:52 PM
Just wondering..........we had the Belgians taking over, then the Russians and then the Serbians. Will it be the Czechs that will be the new big names in tennis.
:lol: Czechoslovakia has been a tennis powerhouse for ages. :p

Backhand_stille
May 31st, 2008, 07:54 PM
:lol: Czechoslovakia has been a tennis powerhouse for ages. :p

What is Czehoslovakia:eek:??:confused: joke!!!:p

Shvedbarilescu
May 31st, 2008, 07:56 PM
Czech and Slovaks really plays good tennis!!
Serbia will be new Russia, Czech can be new Serbia! ;)

What makes Russia special isn't that they have a couple of players in the top 5 but that they have depth and players all over the place thoughout the top 100.

A lot of the Czech player are having very good years and there are a couple of young ones emerging. Yes Vaidisova and Safarova aren't having good years but despite this the Czechs now have great depth in the top 60.

As for Serbia, as great as Jankovic and Ivanovic are, and they are both very special players, Serbia does not have any depth at all. Beside those two there really isn't anyone else. So i would definately not say Serbia is the new Russia. A better comparison would be to call them the new Belgium.

Backhand_stille
May 31st, 2008, 08:00 PM
What makes Russia special isn't that they have a couple of players in the top 5 but that they have depth and players all over the place thoughout the top 100.

A lot of the Czech player are having very good years and there are a couple of young ones emerging. Yes Vaidisova and Safarova aren't having good years but despite this the Czechs now have great depth in the top 60.

As for Serbia, as great as Jankovic and Ivanovic are, and they are both very special players, Serbia does not have any depth at all. Beside those two there really isn't anyone else. So i would definately not say Serbia is the new Russia. A better comparison would be to call them the new Belgium.
Yeah serbia now is a new belgium!! But many players who was born in Serbia or has Serbian origin or live in Serbia for many years, now don't plays for Serbia...like Dokic,Erakovic,Vakulenko also we has a great juniors like Jovanovski,Spremo, Krunic and Curovic....

Malva
May 31st, 2008, 08:32 PM
Yeah serbia now is a new belgium!! But many players who was born in Serbia or has Serbian origin or live in Serbia for many years, now don't plays for Serbia...like Dokic,Erakovic,Vakulenko also we has a great juniors like Jovanovski,Spremo, Krunic and Curovic....

Vakulenko? Vakulenko is Ukrainian, she has been been living in Spain for about 10 years. Why she should be playing for Serbia?

Eraković was born in Croatia, and at the age of 2 (two) was taken by her parents, who may have been ethnic Serbs (I don't know), to New Zealand. Equally well one might expect Woźniacki or Woźniak to represent Poland (their first language being Polish). And by the way, Eraković only recently became top 100 player.

Dokić was good in the past and it is to be seen whether she can stage a successful comeback (I personally doubt that).

Chris is right in his analysis. Russia is absolutely unique in how many players it has in every ranking section. Czechs and Slovaks are also impressive especially when one takes into account the size of both countries.

Backhand_stille
May 31st, 2008, 08:36 PM
Vakulenko? Vakulenko is Ukrainian, she has been been living in Spain for about 10 years. Why she should be playing for Serbia?

Eraković was born in Croatia, and at the age of 2 (two) was taken by her parents, who may have been ethnic Serbs (I don't know), to New Zealand. Equally well one might expect Woźniacki or Woźniak to represent Poland (their first language being Polish). And by the way, Eraković only recently became top 100 player.

Dokić was good in the past and it is to be seen whether she can stage a successful comeback (I personally doubt that).

Chris is right in his analysis. Russia is absolutely unique in how many players it has in every ranking section. Czechs and Slovaks are also impressive especially when one takes into account the size of both countries.
Vakulenko was live in Serbia many years and she was be a Serbian national champon, 2000.Serbia has democratci changing and situacion isn't good...so mother of Julia moved with Julia in Spain...but Julia has Serbian/Ukraine citzenship...now she doesn't has Serbian Citzenship...has only Ukraine and Spaines

Craig.
May 31st, 2008, 08:38 PM
No.

Mikey B
May 31st, 2008, 08:41 PM
no nation is catching russia for a while.. just look at this RG to see that the depth is still there, 5 out of 8 players in the top half still going strong... and i agree that it seems serbia has become the new belgium! but which serb will be justine and which will be kim?!

Backhand_stille
May 31st, 2008, 08:48 PM
both will be Justine :angel:
Clijasters will be Milana Spremo, Serbian junior who is a "copy" of Clijasters by the playstile!

Mikey B
May 31st, 2008, 08:54 PM
both will be Justine :angel:

i hope so!

Malva
May 31st, 2008, 09:17 PM
Vakulenko was live in Serbia many years and she was be a Serbian national champon, 2000.Serbia has democratci changing and situacion isn't good...so mother of Julia moved with Julia in Spain...but Julia has Serbian/Ukraine citzenship...now she doesn't has Serbian Citzenship...has only Ukraine and Spaines

Thank you for the answer. Otherwise I would be left puzzled: Julia after all is not even 25 yet, and she has been living for 10 years in Spain, so she must have been no more than 15 when she left Serbia with her parents.

Obviously her parents were among the many who were fleeing economic hardships of life in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Some of them were turning back on their home countries, some were not (good examples of the latter are the Sharapovs and the Radwańskis with a small difference that Maria took permanent residence in the U.S. while the Radwańskis returned from Germany to their native Poland and live with their daughters in Cracow).

Sharapowerr
May 31st, 2008, 09:24 PM
Thank you for the answer. Otherwise I would be left puzzled: Julia after all is not even 25 yet, and she has been living for 10 years in Spain, so she must have been no more than 15 when she left Serbia with her parents.

Obviously her parents were among the many who were fleeing economic hardships of life in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Some of them were turning back on their home countries, some were not (good examples of the latter are the Sharapovs and the Radwańskis with a small difference that Maria took permanent residence in the U.S. while the Radwańskis returned from Germany to their native Poland and live with their daughters in Cracow).

And that Radwanska wasn t the nr 1 , never won a slam .. are you gonna compare Sharapova and Radwanska .... OMG...

Malva
May 31st, 2008, 09:26 PM
And that Radwanska wasn t the nr 1 , never won a slam .. are you gonna compare Sharapova and Radwanska .... OMG...

Would you please learn to read...

kolan
May 31st, 2008, 09:27 PM
The top Russians have many T1 and GS between them. I dont see the same happening with the Czechs as good as these girls are.

If/When the czechs actually start winning big tournaments then they can be compared to the russians ;)

I do agree though that czech tennis is in the best state it has been in for a long while :yeah:

~|Naomi|~
Jun 1st, 2008, 12:32 AM
Czech Republic will not be the new Russia. As already pointed out in this thread Russia is unique in its player depth. But in saying that Czech Republic is doing fantastic given its population, as is Slovak Republic. But they always did as Czechoslovakia:p
Go Czechs:bounce:

Jakeev
Jun 1st, 2008, 07:10 AM
As was already said, Czechs have been around for ages. But you can say tennis is a new game in the Czech Republic considering Jana Novotna was the last great serve and volley specialist and now the players are all big baseline players.