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I think so. And it's not just one or two. Russia has more like five to ten very good junior girl prospects. Such as Dinara Safina, Maria Sharapova,<br />Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Kirilenko, among others. Now you have to put Vera Douchevina into the mix. Vera, in very impressive fashion, won an 18u title last week, beating three top ten players in the process. That was very impressive, indeed! Vera recently turned 15. So she is very young. And being 1,78m tall and weighing 59 kg gives Vera tremendous size and range. She probably is a diamond in the rough! I've probably left a few girls off my list of top Russian junior girl prospects. But the bottom line is this: Russia is producing more good junior girl prospects than any other country, including America. Why is Russia producing so many good junior girls, when such a small percentage of Russians play tennis?

P.S. - I was going to add that the Russian girls are the most attractive, too. But that sounds sexist, so I won't add it. Hey, I'm trying to be politically correct!

P.P.S. - Is Vera Zvonareva still considered a top prospect? Last year Vera won the Orange Bowl 18u title. But this year, Vera has had a dissapointing year. So I was wondering if she is still a top prospect. Maybe the Russian posters would know. Is Vera Zvonareva still a top prospect?

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Eggy, Russia usually performs well in the Connelly Cup. Why weren't they entered last year? And why is Russia producing so many good junior girl tennis players, when so few Russians even play tennis? Is it the Kournikova factor? By that I mean do Russian parents view Anna K. , her tennis and her fame, as a way for their daughters to possibly become somebody important or well known?
 

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Thanks for the info, Eggy. Does Vera Douchevina move to the head of the Russian junior class, after whipping an excellent field last week and winning the title? And Eggy, why has Vera been moved along slower than most of the other Russian junior girls? She hasn't even played a junior grand slam yet. Right?
 
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