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there are already quite a few, and some talents out there that will hopefully get there in the next couple of years. i'm thinking, myskina, lena d, sveta, vera z, nadia, masha, lena b, lina k, dinara, vera d and makiri. and im not sure about linetskaya or anna t but they have potential (i havent seen either of them play).

so basically i think there could be 11 russians in the top 20 by the end of 2006, is that to optimistic?
 

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I don't know Gowza, but 11 sounds unlikely. 8 would be fine with me. Plus a couple of Ukrainians/Belarussians..
 

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the ones currently there look like they will stick there and lena b is a bit up and down, in and out but if she gets consistent she should get there. lina k and dinara have the talent but again consistency is a problem and also mental toughness and injury. and vera d and kirilenko especially vera d are steadily progressing up the ranks atm but next year is key for them i think. and the other 2 as i said i havent seen play.

but we also cant forget players like golovin and maybe hantuchova and dokic who may be there and take up a spot so a russian cant.
 

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lets look at the top 20


1 0 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL 5307.00 0.00 0.00 14
aint goin anywhere
2 0 Kim Clijsters BEL 4421.00 0.00 0.00 15
ditto
3 +1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 4031.00 1.00 440.00 17
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4 -1 Anastasia Myskina RUS 3766.00 39.00 92.00 19
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5 0 Lindsay Davenport USA 3297.00 0.00 424.00 14
retired
6 0 Elena Dementieva RUS 2884.00 2.00 2.00 22
aint goin anywhere
7 0 Jennifer Capriati USA 2822.00 0.00 284.00 15
retired
8 +1 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 2113.00 19.75 0.00 21
only goin up
9 +3 Ai Sugiyama JPN 1925.00 48.00 206.00 25
doubt she'll still be top 20
10 +1 Paola Suarez ARG 1913.00 1.00 190.00 18
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11 +2 Nadia Petrova RUS 1857.00 1.00 136.00 23
see Kuznetsova
12 +3 Maria Sharapova RUS 1842.00 1.00 414.00 17
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13 +1 Vera Zvonareva RUS 1748.00 32.00 134.00 22
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14 -6 Venus Williams USA 1640.00 0.00 40.00 9
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15 +1 Patty Schnyder SUI 1620.00 20.00 48.00 22
who knows
16 +1 Francesca Schiavone ITA 1471.00 1.00 48.00 22
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17 +1 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR 1468.00 16.00 0.00 24
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18 -8 Serena Williams USA 1375.00 0.00 430.00 6
see Venus
19 +11 Karolina Sprem CRO 1270.75 1.00 386.00 22
see Kuznetsova
20 -1 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 1232.75 11.75 122.00 24
retired


That is 8 spots for the taking. Here is who is most likely to take them

1. Elena Bovina-Hopefully a late bloomer
2. Anna Kournikova-One can only hope
3. Dinara Safina-had it not been for the spring, she'd be there already
4. Vera Douchevina-Needs more time
5. Maria Kirilenko- ""
6. Alisa Kelibanova-Next Sharapova...but not as good looking, a good thing
7.
8.

You can't really expect ALL of the Russians to take the spots, so I would say those 6 have the best chance. Of course, who knows if Kournikova will ever return, so that makes it 5....
 

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mmcdonald said:
lets look at the top 20


1 0 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL 5307.00 0.00 0.00 14
aint goin anywhere
2 0 Kim Clijsters BEL 4421.00 0.00 0.00 15
ditto
3 +1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 4031.00 1.00 440.00 17
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4 -1 Anastasia Myskina RUS 3766.00 39.00 92.00 19
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5 0 Lindsay Davenport USA 3297.00 0.00 424.00 14
retired
6 0 Elena Dementieva RUS 2884.00 2.00 2.00 22
aint goin anywhere
7 0 Jennifer Capriati USA 2822.00 0.00 284.00 15
retired
8 +1 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 2113.00 19.75 0.00 21
only goin up
9 +3 Ai Sugiyama JPN 1925.00 48.00 206.00 25
doubt she'll still be top 20
10 +1 Paola Suarez ARG 1913.00 1.00 190.00 18
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11 +2 Nadia Petrova RUS 1857.00 1.00 136.00 23
see Kuznetsova
12 +3 Maria Sharapova RUS 1842.00 1.00 414.00 17
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13 +1 Vera Zvonareva RUS 1748.00 32.00 134.00 22
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14 -6 Venus Williams USA 1640.00 0.00 40.00 9
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15 +1 Patty Schnyder SUI 1620.00 20.00 48.00 22
who knows
16 +1 Francesca Schiavone ITA 1471.00 1.00 48.00 22
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17 +1 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR 1468.00 16.00 0.00 24
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18 -8 Serena Williams USA 1375.00 0.00 430.00 6
see Venus
19 +11 Karolina Sprem CRO 1270.75 1.00 386.00 22
see Kuznetsova
20 -1 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 1232.75 11.75 122.00 24
retired


That is 8 spots for the taking. Here is who is most likely to take them

1. Elena Bovina-Hopefully a late bloomer
2. Anna Kournikova-One can only hope
3. Dinara Safina-had it not been for the spring, she'd be there already
4. Vera Douchevina-Needs more time
5. Maria Kirilenko- ""
6. Alisa Kelibanova-Next Sharapova...but not as good looking, a good thing
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8.

You can't really expect ALL of the Russians to take the spots, so I would say those 6 have the best chance. Of course, who knows if Kournikova will ever return, so that makes it 5....

I think definitely Lina K if she can regain her full fitness. GO BBE!!
 

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I think Lina K, Bovina could improve :) Vera Douchevina could also be one day tp 20 but she needs to win more.
 

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if everyone is healthy and still playing: Nastya, Lena D., Nadia, Sveta, Vera Z., Masha S., Lena B.

Dinara doesn't have top 20 game/mentality IMO. She certainly could sneak in, but won't stay there for a long time. She's more like top 30 player. Vera D. needs to hire a coach. Alone she could only go so far. Masha K. should be close (probably top 30), but has to improve on many things to get herself to the top 20.

Zhenya, Alisa and Anna C. - Alisa has the best chance IMO having the right team of people helping her.
 

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Need the luck on their side, as a few current top 20 ranked players
Myskina
Dementieva
Kuznetsova
Zvonareva
Petrova
Sharapova
Bovina
Krasnoroutskaya
Safina
 

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Dementieva
 

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I think every one of these women have a chance -
Myskina
Dementieva
Kuznetsova
Zvonareva
Petrova
Sharapova
Bovina
Krasnoroutskaya
Safina
 

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As long as Evgenia makes it, oh and Alisa then I will be happy.
 

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forgot about Krasnoroutskaya, if she can get fit than definately.
Anyone who beats Kim Clijsters 6-1 in the third has top 20 potential
 

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indeed, all the girls have potential :)
 
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