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Russians in top 200

21 Kasatkina
35 Sharapova
36 Pavlyuchenkova
58 Alexandrova
62 Gasparyan
68 Rodina
76 Kudermetova
79 Zvonareva
82 Potapova
83 Diatchenko
89 Kuznetsova
90 Makarova
112 Vikhlyantseva
120 Blinkova
145 Flink
158 Samsonova
167 Zhuk
175 Kalinskaya

It will be harder and harder in WTA with such competitivity.
:spit: Most of them are old and at the last phase of their career.
 

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What's worse is that there are maybe 150 solid players in the WTA now, and not many are Russian!

For instance, Kuznetsova is #89, Makarova, Cirstea, Bacsinszky and Begu, are #90, #92, #104 and #110 respectively.

And what happened to Timea Babos? She ranks #137 now. Monica Niculescu, even worse, ranks #140. Yanina Wickmayer is the 152th in the world.
Am I missing something? Only two of the women you named are Russian.
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It's not like Spain or Italy are any better. :shrug:

Italy with 1(!!!!) player in top100.
Italy was never really a power house in female tennis.
They never had a top10 player until 2008 (Farina Elia was very close before) and in a short period of time they managed to get 4 and all reached Slam finals and even win 2 (plus 3 World Doubles #1). It was a glorious period for italian tennis that has ended and only Errani is still playing.
Yes 1 top100 player is worrying, but they never were a consistent nation producing top 20/30 players.
 

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I read here someone said the former president Jelzin was a tennis fann himself and supported tennis academies in Russia during his presidency in the 90s. Now that is gone.
 

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It's not like Spain or Italy are any better. :shrug:

Italy with 1(!!!!) player in top100.
... or Germany: best under 30 is Barthel at #88, best under 28 is Korpatsch at #142. This country could be erased within 3 years.
 

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It's been 15 years since that Myskina-Sharapova-Kuznetsova hattrick.
I remember that there was even an article solely committed to Russian female tennis players boom in one of the more popular female magazines (I read it as a kid) circa 2005 (in Wysokie Obcasy). It was described as a ''product'' of Russia because president Yeltsin as a tennis afficionado made large investments in tennis.
 

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I thought it was always cute to see Yeltsin celebrating with the Russian players winning the Moscow Open (Myskina) or Fed cup ties at home or for other wins when he travelled outside of Russia. :awww: They all looked happy together and you can tell there was a lot of respect between them. :hug:
 

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Number of nations represented in WTA TOP20 Year-end Ranking:

2000 - 8
2005 - 10
2015 - 13
2018 - 16

It's just getting harder and harder for one country to dominate the field like USA or Russia did before.
 

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What's worse is that there are maybe 150 solid players in the WTA now, and not many are Russian!

For instance, Kuznetsova is #89, Makarova, Cirstea, Bacsinszky and Begu, are #90, #92, #104 and #110 respectively.

And what happened to Timea Babos? She ranks #137 now. Monica Niculescu, even worse, ranks #140. Yanina Wickmayer is the 152th in the world.
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What's worse is that there are maybe 150 solid players in the WTA now, and not many are Russian!

For instance, Kuznetsova is #89, Makarova, Cirstea, Bacsinszky and Begu, are #90, #92, #104 and #110 respectively.

And what happened to Timea Babos? She ranks #137 now. Monica Niculescu, even worse, ranks #140. Yanina Wickmayer is the 152th in the world.
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