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Old Jun 12th, 2003, 08:05 PM   #211
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She won`t play US Open I think. She said Wimbledon may be her last junior tournament.
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Old Jun 13th, 2003, 02:16 AM   #212
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Why? What is it about these Russian girls who quit the juniors when they need the match play and they have the chance to finish the year as the #1 ranked junior? That is frustrating! Neither Maria Sharapova or Maria Kirilenko benefited from quitting the juniors too soon. And if Vera doesn't play the U.S. Open this year, that would make 2 straight years she's skipped the U.S. Open. How is that possibly good for her developement?
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Old Jun 13th, 2003, 02:28 AM   #213
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I think more of Russian juniors should look at Vera Z's example.

From all Russian juniors that I remember she had the smoothest possible transition into Pro game from Junior game. She has never been considered a top prospect, such as Bovina, or Lina K, or Sveta. But she was working hard, played Juniors up for as long as she had been eligible for that, and only then she turned pro. And since she turned pro - it was steady, *steady* progress with no slumps, no drama, almost no injuries. At the moment she is the most consistent Russian player, who has absolutely no mental problems, steely nerves, fears nobody and believes in herself. I would not be surprised to see her to finish year as the highest ranked Russian. And her example should make others think that maybe playing Juniors is more benficial rather than throwing a young and immature player into the fire of intensity and pressure of Pro tournaments just to burn out.
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Old Jun 13th, 2003, 02:49 AM   #214
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i think a few years ago when the game wasn't quite as much about power it was ok for the juniors to come up at a young age because at that stage in tennis a power game was good enough to get them a smooth transition into pro's whereas now the pro game is all about power and the difference between the juniors and pro's in todays game is that juniors aren't as consistent (like the willliams sisters use to be and like lucic is) and maybe the mental aspect of the game for some players.

it is no longer good to start a career at 16 in the pro's because to do well in the pro's these days a player needs a relatively developed game (consistent strokes etc.).

i don't really understand vera d's transistioin because she isn't playing much on the junior circuit and she isn't playing much in challengers or wta events. she is playing so little that it could hinder her development imo.
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Old Jun 13th, 2003, 08:22 AM   #215
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ys, I don`t see Vera playing well on fast surfaces. She is an obvious clay-courter and I fear she won`t progress in the rankings playing on hard or carpet.

Considering transition from juniors to pro - well, everybody has his own road. But I really don`t understand why a girl should play juniors if she is already competitive on a higher level? Injuries? That can be easily avoid by playing less tournaments. Anyway there are age restrictions.
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Old Jun 13th, 2003, 10:06 AM   #216
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fresh2flash, she did pretty well in miami which is hardcourt. she won wimbledon juniors last year and reached the quarters of the junior oz open and they are both pretty fast surfaces.
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she did pretty well
I meant Vera Z. Sorry, I didn`t precise.
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Old Jun 13th, 2003, 11:35 AM   #218
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sorry then
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I think every person has their own transition period. Look @ Sharapova, she's doing quite well at the moment and she didn't follow Vera Z's route.
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Vera got Roby Vinci in rd 1 of qualies

hardest possible match

good luck Vera, remain unbeaten on grass at least here during qualies
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Vera lost.
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i was pretty dissapointed with this. especially since vera took a wildcard to get in.
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where is vera playing next? it's so tough waiting for the young players to play because of the limited tournaments they can play.
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Vera is due to play next week in $50k+H Innsbruck qualies
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I still say Vera D. should have played on a different surface. I guess, in Moscow you can practise on Hard Courts too. I'd rather she withdraws, and practise indoors to prepare herself for the Kremlin Cup. She might be the revelation of the Kremlin Cup, of course you need to prepare yourself intensively/thoroughly. IMO, the Kremlin Cup is the most important for Vera D.
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