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Old Jan 28th, 2013, 11:42 PM   #106
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Re: Today's teenagers breaking through

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Special mention to Ana Konjuh, who won the Australian Open Juniors, becoming the first 15-year-old since Svitolina 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.
Ash Barty was 15 when she won Junior Wimbledon in 2011.
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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #107
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Ash Barty was 15 when she won Junior Wimbledon in 2011.
More recently than that, Taylor Townsend was 15 when she won the AO last year.
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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 02:11 AM   #108
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

95-97 Generation seem to be the best
I don't think much of 98 Generation, but I think 99 Generation will be very good
I think some of the 97 players are way over ranked though like Bencic
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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 06:55 PM   #109
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

Whoops, have corrected the error now, thought Barty and Townsend were both 16.

I wonder if players such as Townsend will feature this year. Although the 95-96 generation seems to have a couple of players with big potential, the gap between the highest ranked and the rest outside the Top 250 is already huge.
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Re: Is the 1993-1996 generation about to breakthrough?

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I wish people would drop this statement, like she was the first and youngest to ever win a Slam

I NEVER hear of Serena, "Yeah, she won the US Open at just 17!"

Never heard this with Martina Hingis, "Wimbledon at 16!" or Monica "8 Slams by 19!"
When Hingis won Wimbledon at the age of 16, I remember seeing a cover of UK newspaper saying this:

Wins Wimbledon 16. What is next.
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

I think the thing about Sharapova's win was that it wasn't expected. Everyone was expecting her to be comfortably beaten by Serena and that she wasn't ready to win slams at that stage of her career. Also she did it at Wimbledon, which is THE tennis tournament. While everyone knew age wouldn't be a barrier in the era Hingis and Serena won slams, even in 2004 it was considered unlikely that a 17-year-old would win majors.

Although Stephens reached the SF of Australia last week as a 19-year-old, it would have been an even bigger shock than when Maria won. It's almost inconceivable that a teenager would win a slam these days. Whether that's due to the game being more physical than it used to be or the newcomers simply not being at the same standard as they previously were is up for debate, but even though there seems be a small and growing resurgence of teens on tour currently, pretty much none of them look like slam winners at this stage of their careers.
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Old Feb 4th, 2013, 07:51 PM   #112
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

Yulia Putintseva becomes the second player from 1995 to reach Top 100. Although her on-court temperment is far more known than her game, it's a forgotten fact that at one point last year she was ranked higher than everyone born in 1994, let alone 1995.

In other news from the teenagers last week, Mladenovic reached the SF's of Paris, beating Kvitova along the way. Kumkhum won a match in Pattaya City. In the challengers, Svitolina won in Eliat, and Kremen, who reached the SF, has also now reached Top 250.

One player who is now not a teen is Michelle Larcher de Brito. After being the first player from 1993 to break through, her career since is very much a warning that success at first doesn't mean it will long-term, has she remains stagnant in the #115-150 mark. Will the others avoid her plight or have the same problems as her. Only time will tell..
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Old Feb 18th, 2013, 08:14 PM   #113
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

Elina Svitolina becomes the third player from 1994 to reach Top 100. Won one of the rather obscure WTA 125 events at the end of last year and has been playing steadily since.

Two of the 1993'ers who have had their careers blighted by injury have also made a return to the Top 250 in Diyas and Tomljanovic.

Putintseva falls back outside the Top 100.

From other results last week for the teens, Stephens, Babos, Garcia and Gavrilova all won a match in Doha, while Putintseva qualified for it.
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

^ This post feels curiously dated.
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

I know I always update it when a teen wins a WTA tournament or a player reaches a ranking milestone but didn't have chance to do it until now and with everything that's happened in the past couple of hours it feels like the changes happened a long time ago.
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Old Feb 19th, 2013, 04:06 AM   #116
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

Can't wait for Daria Gavrilova crack the top 100, & Taylor Townsend, Sachia Vickery & Franckie get in the mix with the other young teens
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

Thought I should do an update of this thread.

Since I last updated it, Stephens, Krunic and Gibbs have all turned 20, meaning that Robson is now the highest ranked teen at 39 in the world.

Bouchard has become the fourth player from 1994 to reach the Top 100 after reaching the QF of Charleston last week.

Babos, who at one point was the highest ranked teen at this time last year, is now ranked outside the Top 100 after a series of poor results, although she did reach the QF of Monterrey last week.

In other results from last week, Keys reached the QF of Charleston, while Davis reached QF of Monterrey. Pegula reached the 3rd round of Charleston, whilst Robson, Garcia, Puig and Min also won a match there. Vekic won a match in Monterrey.

Samantha Crawford, who qualified for Monterrey, becomes the fifth player from 1995 to reach the Top 250, although 94-born Kremen has fallen out of it.

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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

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Robson is now the highest ranked teen at 42 in the world.
She's ranked 39 in today's rankings. But playing like shit, in singles, at least. I thought her great doubles run in Miami might re-invigorate her.
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She's ranked 39 in today's rankings. But playing like shit, in singles, at least. I thought her great doubles run in Miami might re-invigorate her.
Her results this year have been so disappointing. Aside from beating a slumping Kvitova, she hasn't had a single victory of note, and keeps losing from winning positions as well.

She's lucky that she has no real points to defend till Eastbourne.
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Re: Are today's WTA teenagers breaking through?

At this point obviously not. That may change of course but probably not this year ( and probably not next year either).
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