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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 08:57 PM   #91
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

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Actually no, if you count Fed Cup

Anyway, hopefully they keep emerging even stronger and deeper next season
That was a Fed Cup match that isn't counted by the WTA. Witthoeft's win was at a WTA tournament and is counted in their official H2Hs.

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Annika Beck breaks into top 100 after winning only 2 WTA MD matches the whole year, is that normal?
Torro Flor recently made Top 100 despite never winning a single match at WTA level, so it happens.

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I was gonna say. How could you have missed my endless hype of Anett after she won And she beat a 2 Time GS QF and Premier winner
Although Anett's the 26th of December so she barely counts as a 95 girl
She doesn't count in this thread anyway at the moment since she's ranked #400.
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Old Nov 6th, 2012, 08:11 PM   #92
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

Records of teenagers inside Top 250 in the end of year official rankings of 2012:
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#1 Sloane Stephens (1993)
Rank: #38. 2011 rank: #97 - +59
Best ranking: #36 in October 2012
W/L: 27-21
Best WTA result: SF of Strasbourg and Washington
Best slam result: 4th Round of French Open
Best win: #17 Maria Kirilenko* #25 Petra Cetkovska

#2 Laura Robson (1994)
Rank: #53. 2011: #131 - +78
Best ranking: #52 in October 2012
W/L: 34-25
Best WTA result: F of Guangzhou
Best slam result: 4th Round of US Open
Best win: #8 Na Li

#3 Timea Babos (1993)
Rank: #64. 2011: #153 - +89
Best ranking: #59 in August 2012
W/L: 30-23
Best WTA result: Won Monterrey
Best slam result: 2nd Round of Wimbledon
Best win: #36 Sara Errani

#4 Kristina Mladenovic (1993)
Rank: #76. 2011: #183 - +107
Best ranking: #76 in November 2012
W/L: 30-26
Best WTA result: SF of Quebec City
Best slam result: 3rd Round of US Open
Best win: #20 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

#5 Annika Beck (1994)
Rank: #78. 2011: #234 - +156
Best ranking: #78 in November 2012
W/L: 62-16
Best WTA result: 2nd Round of Quebec City, Luxembourg
Best slam result: 1st Round of Wimbledon
Best win: #57 Aleksandra Wozniak

#6 Lauren Davis (1993)
Rank: #94. 2011: #319 - +225
Best ranking: #88 in October 2012
W/L: 46-19
Best WTA result: QF of Quebec City
Best slam result: 2nd Round of French Open
Best win: #27 Yanina Wickmayer

#7 Garbine Muguruza (1993)
Rank: #104. 2011: #249 - +145
Best ranking: #94 in August 2012
W/L: 35-25
Best WTA result: QF of Fes
Best slam result: 1st Round of US Open
Best win: #9 Vera Zvonareva

#8 Jana Cepelova (1993)
Rank: #107. 2011: #218 - +111
Best ranking: #102 in August 2012
W/L: 38-24
Best WTA result: QF of Washington
Best slam result: 3rd Round of Wimbledon
Best win: #28 Anabel Media Garrigues

#9 Michelle Larcher de Brito (1993)
Rank: #116. 2011: #173 - +57
Best ranking: #76 in July 2009
W/L: 48-28
Best WTA result: 2nd Round of Birmingham, Stanford, Washington
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #62 Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova

#10 Donna Vekic (1996)
Rank: #118. 2011: #392 - +274
Best ranking: #108 in October 2012
W/L: 41-11
Best WTA result: F of Tashkent
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #54 Magdalena Rybarikova

#11 Yulia Putintseva (1995)
Rank: #121. 2011: #241 - +120
Best ranking: #120 in July 2012
W/L: 31-16
Best WTA result: 2nd Round of Copenhagen
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #59 Silvia Soler-Espinosa

#12 Monica Puig (1993)
Rank: #127. 2011: 228 - +101
Best ranking: #121 in October 2012
W/L: 44-23
Best WTA result: 1st Round of Monterrey, Tashkent
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #66 Magdalena Rybarikova

#13 Saisai Zheng (1994)
Rank: #133. 2011: #276 - +143
Best ranking: #133 in November 2012
W/L: 43-22
Best WTA result: 2nd Round of Stanford, Guangzhou
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #70 Ayumi Morita* #102 Julia Cohen

#14 Caroline Garcia (1993)
Rank: #138. 2011: #146 - +8
Best ranking: #132 in May 2012
W/L: 28-29
Best WTA result: 2nd Round of Seoul
Best slam result: 1st Round of French Open
Best win: #83 Stephanie Foretz-Gacon

#15 Eugenie Bouchard (1994)
Rank: #144. 2011: #302 - +168
Best ranking: #144 in November 2012
W/L: 46-15
Best WTA result: QF of Washington
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #56 Shahar Peer

#16 Jessica Pegula (1994)
Rank: #147. 2011: #288 - +141
Best ranking: #147 in November 2012
W/L: 35-21
Best WTA result: 1st Round of Indian Wells, Quebec City
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #76 Mandy Minella

#17 Madison Keys (1995)
Rank: #149. 2011: #315 - +166
Best ranking: #149 in November 2012
W/L: 26-16
Best WTA result: 2nd Round of Miami
Best slam result: 1st Round of Australian Open
Best win: #62 Timea Babos

#18 Elina Svitolina (1994)
Rank: #156. 2011: #269 - +113
Best ranking: #133 in October 2012
W/L: 26-15
Best WTA result: 1st Round of Baku, Moscow
Best slam result: 1st Round of US Open
Best win: #104 Jana Cepelova

#19 Aleksandra Krunic (1993)
Rank: #168. 2011: #226 - +58
Best ranking: #167 in October 2012
W/L: 28-20
Best WTA result: QF of Baku
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #88 Andrea Hlavackova

#20 Irina Khromacheva (1995)
Rank: #176. 2011: #402 - +226
Best ranking: #165 in July 2012
W/L: 33-19
Best WTA result: N/A
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #53 Irina-Camelia Begu* #93 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner

#21 Grace Min (1994)
Rank: #177. 2011: #414 - +237
Best ranking: #169 in July 2012
W/L: 40-20
Best WTA result: 1st Round of Birmingham, Stanford, Quebec City
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #65 Anastasiya Yakimova

#22 Anna-Lena Friedsam (1994)
Rank: #189. 2011: #655 - +466
Best ranking: #189 in November 2012
W/L: 56-14
Best WTA result: N/A
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #66 Andrea Hlavackova

#23 Kateryna Kozlova (1994)
Rank: #192. 2011: #343 - +151
Best ranking: #192 in November 2012
W/L: 36-14
Best WTA result: N/A
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #107 Kristyna Pliskova

#24 Ashleigh Barty (1996)
Rank: #195. 2011: 669 - +474
Best ranking: #195 in November 2012
W/L: 31-7
Best WTA result: 1st Round of Hobart
Best slam result: 1st Round of Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon
Best win: #121 Karolina Pliskova

#25 Maryna Zanevska (1993)
Rank: #197. 2011: #435 - +238
Best ranking: #192 in October 2012
W/L: 56-15
Best WTA result: N/A
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #88 Alexandra Panova

#26 Anna Schmeidlova (1994)
Rank: #212. 2011: #634 - +422
Best ranking: #212 in November 2012
W/L: 48-12
Best WTA result: N/A
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #101 Julia Cohen

#27 Daria Gavrilova (1994)
Rank: #215. 2011: #383 - +178
Best ranking: #215 in November 2012
W/L: 30-21
Best WTA result: 2nd Round of s'Hertogenbosch
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #35 Yanina Wickmayer

#28 Luksika Kumkhum (1993)
Rank: #216. 2011: #320 - +104
Best ranking: #202 in October 2012
W/L: 35-15
Best WTA result: 1st Round of Guangzhou, Osaka
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #119 Tamarine Tanasugarn

#29 Alison van Uytvanck
Rank: #220. 2011: #297 - +77
Best ranking: #218 in October 2012
W/L: 28-17
Best WTA result: QF of Brussels
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #39 Ksenia Pervak

#30 Carina Witthoeft
Rank: #223. 2011: #405 - +182
Best ranking: #208 in October 2012
W/L: 29-9
Best WTA result: 1st Round of Bastad
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #42 Tsvetana Pironkova

#31 Margarita Gasparyan
Rank: #231. 2011: #648 - +417
Best ranking: #223 in October 2012
W/L: 28-8
Best WTA result: 1st Round of Moscow
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #162 Ekaterina Bychkova

#32 Nicole Gibbs
Rank: #233. 2011: #620 - +387
Best ranking: #227 in September 2012
W/L: 17-6
Best WTA result: 2nd Round of Stanford, New Haven
Best slam result: 1st Round of US Open
Best win: #78 Lourdes Dominguez Lino

#33 Valentyna Ivakhnenko
Rank: #240. 2011: #300 - +60
Best ranking: #222 in July 2012
W/L: 33-21
Best WTA result: 1st Round of Palermo
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #114 Anastasiya Yakimova

#34 Cristina Dinu
Rank: #241. 2011: #298 - +57
Best ranking: #241 in November 2012
W/L: 36-17
Best WTA result: N/A
Best slam result: N/A
Best win: #91 Nina Bratchikova
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Some players have continued playing so I will keep an eye if anyone else reaches Top 100. For next year, once players become 20 I will stop following their progress as closely, and then we will look towards if anyone from 1997 can join the elite teenagers of today on the WTA.

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Old Nov 6th, 2012, 08:31 PM   #93
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

I think next year that we could see a few big risers from this group.
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I think next year that we could see a few big risers from this group.
Agree.
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

Lets hope so, the WTA desperately misses the teen-prodigies. I still believe out of all the players on the list, Robson is the one who can really make a stamp on the top next year. The 1994 generation seems to have quite a few prospects though so it will be interesting to see if any there will be consistent developers, like a Stephens, or will stagnate, like a Garcia.
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

In 2013,
I expect Laura Robson to make top 30 at least. She can do even better if head follows.
Not expecting Sloane Stephens to be a world beater though. Time will tell. We've seen decent players drastically improve over years. Top 20 is likely next year as many players can make it nowadays.
Top 50 goals for Mladenovic, Beck, Davis, Vekic and possibly Puig if she keeps up her form as of late.
I think it might be early for Putintseva or Khromacheva to have a breakthrough. They have been stagnating lately and will need more time. I'd be surprised if they did not make top 30 at least at some point though.
Not expecting Babos, Muguruza, Cepelova or Larcher to improve much next year.
Bouchard, Keys, Barty, Zheng, maybe Pegula, Krunic, Svitolina to make top 100.
Friedsam and Witthoeft to follow closely next year.
Gasparyan, Gibbs, Min, Schmiedlova, maybe Zanevska and Kozlova to get close to top 100.
I don't think it's early enough (or they possibly won't ever be big) for Van Uytvanck, Ivakhnenko, Dinu or Kumkhum.
I know I'm being optimistic but that would be a breath of fresh air.
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

I think Robson and Mladenovic will make big strides next year. Robson has obviously posted some impressive results in the past two months, and Mladenovic has the biggest game of the lot.

Babos has potential, but she's been playing like shit for months and months now. Stephens doesn't impress me all that much; Decent athlete who hits a smooth clean ball, but it's not that big and her BH is a glitchy liability.

Vekic has a super solid game for her age, and seems to do everything well, but nothing spectacular.

Seen Witthoeft on a stream or two this year and thought she hit a pretty big ball off both sides. Could take a year or two longer to make waves though.

Keys has a big game, and is starting to have good results at challenger level.

Haven't seen either Beck or Muguruza Blanco yet, the two other notable potentials from this list.
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

Probably only 1 or 2 of them will break Top 50 at end of the year in 2013.

A few more might break Top 50 mid year but will drop out later.
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

Robson has shown she can do it on the big stage, which counts an awful lot. She's always done fairly well in big matches but those wins against Clijsters and Li were a huge breakthrough. Her groundstrokes are some of the cleanest and well hit on tour. Her serve IMO could be a weapon as well if she gets it more consistent.

Mladenovic has been so up and down this year that I find it hard to say how much potential she has. The positives for her is despite having very disappointing results at times, she has shown potential when she's got a few wins under her belt. She's also shown you only need good results at a few tournaments to make your ranking rise fairly easily from that #150 mark.

Stephens.. I don't know. My issue with her is that she gets far too passive, and doesn't seem that strong mentally. I can't help but wonder if her being the #1 teen currently is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

Babos has a great serve, a good BH and probably the best teen in terms of net play and overall variety, but her FH needs work and her movement is not great. Her results have been fairly disappointing as well since she won Monterrey.

Not seen the likes of Vekic or Keys. Beck reminds me of Alona Bondarenko. Good FH, great mover. She's very mentally solid as well. Doesn't have a serve though and her results on tour have been unspectacular.

It will be interesting to see if anyone else comes through that hasn't been mentioned yet and make huge strides.
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

Well Mladenovic has already won a WTA title
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I thought it was a challenger title?
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

In terms of becoming world beaters the 1993-1994 generation doesn't show any promise for that. They can become good players but won't trouble the top of WTA rankings. They are old enough for us to make this prediction.

Robson has had a few good wins but they were hardly great matches. She's mentally maturing now it seems though and believes she can match it, but has she got the game to consistently win? I don't think so, well not currently anyway she'll need to improve a lot, especially defensively. My prediction for her is that she will stagnate on a ranking somewhere around 30, once opponents put her to the test.

Haven't seen much others from that generation.

Lookout for players from 1995-1996 generation though, that is a really talented bunch and some could spring a surprise in 2013.
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I thought it was a challenger title?
Not according to the WTA, it counts as a WTA title for them so
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In terms of becoming world beaters the 1993-1994 generation doesn't show any promise for that. They can become good players but won't trouble the top of WTA rankings. They are old enough for us to make this prediction.

Robson has had a few good wins but they were hardly great matches. She's mentally maturing now it seems though and believes she can match it, but has she got the game to consistently win? I don't think so, well not currently anyway she'll need to improve a lot, especially defensively. My prediction for her is that she will stagnate on a ranking somewhere around 30, once opponents put her to the test.

Haven't seen much others from that generation.

Lookout for players from 1995-1996 generation though, that is a really talented bunch and some could spring a surprise in 2013.
I didn't see the Li match but her win against Clijsters was a great performance by her. Kim didn't play badly but she was hit off the court in the end, Laura really WON the match rather than Kim losing it. She's reached a tour final since then and neared Top 50. With very few points to defend until Eastbourne, I think she's got a great chance of being a threat to the Top 30 soon.

It would be good if the 95-96 generation could make strides next year. I'm not sure about the likes Khromacheva or Witthoeft, but the others definitely look like prospects. Vekic is looking very promising and Putintseva was actually above all the '94 players in the rankings in the middle of year, and seems to have come out of her slump. With Keys and Barty also having good results, they all look decent.
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Re: Today's teenagers breaking through

BUMP.

Thought I should do an update of this thread now the Australian Open has passed.

Obviously the notable teen of the tournament was Sloane Stephens, who reached the SF, beat Serena Williams along the way and is now in the Top 20.

Laura Robson beat another Top 10 player in a Grand Slam, reaching the third round and has broken into the Top 50.

The other player of note was Madison Keys, who also reached the third round and has become the first player from 1995 to reach Top 100.

It was a good tournament overall for the teens. There was 17 in the main draw, the most since US Open 2010, and Jana Cepelova, who reached the third round of Wimbledon last year, and Donna Vekic, who was the youngest player in the Main Draw, have also reached Top 100 (Vekic is now also the youngest in the Top 100). Garbine Muguruza also returned to the Top 100 after reaching the second round.

From the rest, Mladenovic, Beck and Putintseva also won a match, as did Kumkhum and Gavrilova, who qualified into the draw. Larcher de Brito also qualified, but lost in the first round.

Special mention to Ana Konjuh, who won the Australian Open Juniors, becoming the first 15-year-old since Taylor Townsend to win a Junior Slam.

It will be interesting to see how the teens progress over the course of the next year and if any new faces emerge.

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