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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 12th, 2010, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Next American Great?

It's almost impossible to predict, but I want to know what you guys are thinking. Who do you think has the best chance to become top 10? Do you see any of these girls winning a grand slam? What will hold any of them back? Discuss!

91/92 Birth Year
Melanie Oudin
CoCo Vandeweghe
Christina McHale

1993 Birth Year
#203 Sloane Stephens (March) Turned Pro
#425 Nicole Gibbs (March) College Tennis, Stanford
#444 Lauren Davis (September) Amateur
#583 Ellen Tsay (September) Committed to play at Stanford
#624 Ester Goldfeld (July) Amateur
#817 Lauren Herring (July) Committed to play at Georgia
#841 Nicole Melichar (July) Amateur
#934 Zoe Scandalis (September) Committed to play at USC
#946 Sabrina Santamaria (February) Committed to play at USC

1994 Birth Year
#397 Krista Hardebeck (September) Amateur
#602 Grace Min (May) Amateur
#752 Chanelle Van Nguyen (January) Amateur
#833 Kyle McPhillips (April) Amateur
#860 Jessica Pegula (February) Amateur

1995 Birth Year
#486 Madison Keys (February) Professional
#762 Jan Abaza (March) Professional
NR Victoria Duval (November) Amateur
NR Sachia Vickery (May) Professional

1996 Birth Year (ITF Junior Rankings within)
#88 Christina Makarova (May)
#180 Brooke Austin (February)
#360 Alexandria Stiteler (May)
#397 Anne-liz Jeukeng-Nkamgouo (May)
#409 Gabrielle Faith Andrews (December)
Taylor Townsend (April)
Carolyn Xie (Estimated)

1997 & 1998 Birth Year
Julia O'Loughlin
Tornado Ali Black
Cristina Rovira (Estimated Birth Year)
Ndindi Ndunda (Estimated Birth Year)
Sofia Kenin
Maria Shishkina

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Victoria Azarenka Venus Williams
Sloane Stephens Christina McHale
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 12th, 2010, 04:05 AM
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Re: Next American Great?

Abaza is pro!?

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Abaza is pro!?
I believe so

Serena Williams
Victoria Azarenka Venus Williams
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 12th, 2010, 04:42 AM
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Despite her beating Maria, I actually like Melanie a lot. I really hope she doesn't burn out.
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Madison Keys impressed the crap out of me when I saw her in Cleveland. Strong serve and groundies.

What will hurt her/weaknesses: Age Eligibility Rules, can be very erratic, pressure (When you win a WTA match that young... it's hard for people not to put pressure on her.

Next grand slam great though... I mean Coco shows tons of potential. The movement and dealing with the pressure MUST improve though for her to even make top 30.

Melanie has the spirit and the intangibles. The forehand needs to improve though. Potential weaknesses: Needs to improve the backhand and serve. Dealing with the expectations.

Serena Williams ~ Maria Sharapova ~ Venus Williams ~ Jelena Dokic ~ Melanie Oudin ~ Christina McHale

Vandeweghe ~ Mattek-Sands ~ King ~ Hampton ~ Riske ~ Glatch ~ Brengle ~ Rogers ~ Stephens ~ Boserup ~ Davis ~ Keys ~ Lepchenko ~ Falconi ~ Chirico ~ Crawford ~ Gibbs ~ Pegula ~ Min ~ Townsend ~ Duval ~ Vickery ~ Bellis ~ Ahn

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+ Connie Hsu is 18 years old (January 1992), she's playing in college now but she'll return to the tour after college
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