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Monaco Dec 28th, 2001 01:10 PM

Top players 1984-91
 
There are so many good Russian players right now so let's see how they did in the past.

Players from Russia and other former Soviet republics could not compete on the international tour from mid-1977 until 1982. But it was only in 1984 that players such as Larisa Savchenko and Svetlana Cherneva started to compete in enough events to earn a ranking (six tournaments were needed at that time). They became the first Soviet players with a world ranking since Natasha Chmyreva and Olga Morozova in 1977.

Interestingly enough, the best USSR players in the 1980s, apart from Cherneva-Parkhomenko were not Russians:

Medvedeva (UKR)<br />Meskhi (GEO)<br />Savchenko (LAT)<br />Zvereva (BLR)

<br />USSR TOP 5 – YEAR END<br />(Player, Year-end WTA rank, WTA titles)

1991<br />1 Leila Meskhi 15 (Wellington)<br />2 Natalia Zvereva 21<br />3 Larisa Savchenko 48 (St. Petersburg)<br />4 Natalia Medvedeva 82<br />5 Elena Brioukhovets 98

1990<br />1 Natalia Zvereva 12 (Brisbane, Sydney)<br />2 Leila Meskhi 19 (Auckland, Moscow)<br />3 Natalia Medvedeva 56 (VS of Nashville)<br />4 Elena Brioukhovets 73<br />5 Larisa Savchenko 87

1989<br />1 Larisa Savchenko 20<br />2 Natalia Zvereva 27<br />3 Leila Meskhi 30 (VS of Nashville)<br />4 Natalia Medvedeva 66<br />5 Elena Brioukhovets 175

1988<br />1 Natalia Zvereva 7<br />2 Larisa Savchenko 16<br />3 Leila Meskhi 46<br />4 Svetlana Parkhomenko 76<br />5 Natalia Bykova 81

1987<br />1 Natalia Zvereva 19<br />2 Larisa Savchenko 24<br />3 Leila Meskhi 44<br />4 Natalia Bykova 92<br />5 Svetlana Parkhomenko 112

1986<br />1 Larisa Savchenko 35<br />2 Svetlana Parkhomenko 90<br />3 Natalia Zvereva 92<br />4 Viktoria Milvidskaia 217<br />5 Natalia Bykova 220

1985<br />1 Larisa Savchenko 55<br />2 Svetlana Parkhomenko 74<br />3 Elena Eliseenko 151<br />4 Natalia Reva 300+

1984<br />1 Natalia Reva 110<br />2 Svetlana Cherneva 122<br />3 Larisa Savchenko 138<br />4 Elena Eliseenko 158

Julian Dec 29th, 2001 06:55 PM

Thanks for the statistics! A few questions though:

1. Why couldn't they compete between 1977-1982?

2. What country is GEO (Meskhi) ?

3. What ranks were Chmyreva and Morozova in 1977?

4. Is Medvedeva the sister of Andrei Medvedev? And does Andrei represent Ukraine or Russia right now?

Thanks! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> BTW, there are so many great Russians now, here's the list of the Russians and former Soviets in the top 100:

Russia<br />1 15 ELENA DEMENTIEVA <br />2 34 LINA KRASNOROUTSKAYA <br />3 36 ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA <br />4 39 NADIA PETROVA <br />5 40 TATIANA PANOVA <br />6 49 ELENA BOVINA <br />7 59 ANASTASIA MYSKINA <br />8 71 ANNA KOURNIKOVA

Estonia<br />1 200 Kaia Kanepi

Belarus<br />1 76 Tatiana Poutchek

Ukraine<br />1 132 Julia Vakulenko<br />2 138 Tatiana Perebiynis

Kazhaikstan<br />1 86 Irina Selyutina

Uzbekistan<br />1 20 Iroda Tulyaganova

tenn_ace Dec 30th, 2001 04:19 AM

Larisa Savchenko originially is from Lvov (i.e. from Ukraine). She moved to Lat only after her marriage.

Julian these are some of the answers:

2. What country is GEO (Meskhi) ? -Georgia - a small country (about size of Switzerland) on Black sea

4. Is Medvedeva the sister of Andrei Medvedev? And does Andrei represent Ukraine or Russia right now?

Yes, Natalia is Andrei's sister. Andrei plays for Ukraine.

Monaco Dec 30th, 2001 10:29 AM

Soviets could not compete on the international circuit for a number of years (1977-82) because their government did not want them to face South African players. The Soviet government were afraid that black African nations would boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. As it turned out many nations did boycott the Moscow Games because of the Afghanistan situation...

Morozova and Chmyreva were in the Top 10-15 (I need to check) when they were asked to return back to Moscow from the Virginia Slims winter circuit in the States. They played in their last international event in March 1977 (I think it was Chicago where Chmyreva reached the SF, she was not even 19...)<br />It is quite amazing that without playing the tour events Chmyreva / Morozova managed to reach the Fed Cup semifinals for USSR in both 1978 (in Melbourne) and 1979 (in Madrid)- South Africa was banned from Davis Cup and Fed Cup from 1977-91 because of the apartheid.

Morozova retired in 1980 and became the national tennis coach for the USSR women's team. She lobbied for a return of Soviet players to the international circuit and was helped with wild cards by the WTA, ITF and Wimbledon. Cherneva-Savchenko reached the Wimbledon doubles QF in their debut year in 1983...


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