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I just saw that Marie-Gainne Mikailean(sp) finished the year ranked 77 in the world.

She has had great results in the pros this year and I am wondering if she is poised to take the take the crown away from Martina Hingis one day.

Switzerland also is poised to be a bigger tennis power with the Casanova sisters on the rise.

But to get back to Marie, what is her game like? Is she powerful? Her stengths? Weekenesses?

Finally, is she Armenian born? I often see Armenia after her name so I am wondering if she is another adopted Swiss product.
 

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Marie-Gaiané's father is Armenian and her mother is Swiss. I think she always lived in Switzerland but as a junior she played for Armenia due to problems (?) with the Swiss federation.

She's very strongly built, some would call her 'big' and has very powerful groundstrokes on both sides. I think her best shot is the double handed BH down the line. Her serve is quite good too but her main weakness is her movement.
 

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Yes, because she's built powerfully she has lack of movement. But she definitely has the game to compete these days. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> I'm looking forward to her, Myriam, and Daniela to do well on the tour. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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She's even nominated for the Swiss Newcomer of the year!

You can even vote for her by clicking on this page <a href="http://www.sports-awards.ch/de/awards/flash.html" target="_blank">http://www.sports-awards.ch/de/awards/flash.html</A>

I know it's all in German but you should be able to read her name place that little black dot and fill out your adress. You may even win an entrence for the swiss sports of the year presentation where the newcomer will be presented as well. Of course it's held in Switzerland December 8!

In one or two years Switzerland will have an other newcomer in tennis besides Mikaelian and the Casanova Sisters. Just watch out for Romina Orpandi and Tanja Schassmann.
 

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LOL, how much is it from Miami, Florida to Switzerland for the award ceremony Doris? <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

I'm looking forward to hearing more about the new ones, Doris. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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And they have very good junior male players too, especially Roman Valent. Very talented! And Stephane Bohli, don't know much about him though.
 

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Roman Valent just turned pro. Don't know about Stephane Bohli. But there are others around too like Ciudinelli, Kato, Alegro, Lammer not forgeting the already "established" but still pretty young ones like Federer and Kratochvil.

Looks like Switzerland is becoming a tennis country <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Hoooppppp Schwiiiizzz !!!!
 

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Pea <br />Don't know about any cheap rates but you with your profesion should be able to travel first class no problem <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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You must be very proud, Doris! As if you had anything to do with them. <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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Ah....yes.... <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> But I am cheap though. <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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LOL Doris......well you must be very skilled in some other things than. <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

It is nice to see Switzerland thriving with young talents. I hope they stay motivated to get to the top of the crop. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> I hope the older players like Martina, Patty, Marc, George, Miro, Emmanuelle, and even Roger and Michel can help them through the transition through juniors to porlevel. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Well they all already did their fair bit to make tennis so popular here. Especially Martina, Patty, Roger and Michel. Before them there weren't that many good players around. Maybe Heinz Günthard, Jakob Hlasek and Marc on the mens but at the womens side it's already hard to find a decent name. Maybe Emanuelle Zardo or Petra Delhees. Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière is an other imported player....
 

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Keep me updated on the younger up and comers, Doris. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Wow she does look powerful; and beautiful too. If she gets herself into top shape she will definitely be a dangerous threat for the top.
 

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Mikaelian sounds a little like Lindsay before Lindsay got fit, except that Marie currently seems to have Mariaan De Swardt's body. She may need to work harder than Lindsay to get into good shape and be a consistent threat to the top girls.
 

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There is a Russian magazine called Sport Club and in the November issue they had a list of 100 sexiest women athletes and Mikaelian was no 12! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Doris, how popular was Cathy Caverzasio in Switzerland? I think she was the Swiss #1 before Maleeva-Fragniere made the switch. There were others too besides Petra Delhees like Christiane Jolissaint, Lilian Kelaidis, Eva Krapl, Celine Cohen, Csilla Bartos, Christelle Fauche (whatever happened to her??)
 

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OOppppssss Zummi you know more about Swiss tennis than I do!!!

O.K. Christiane Jolissant was pretty popular and I even heard of Christel Fauche but have no clue what happend to her.

Tried to find out more about "acient" players from Switzerland. The only decent info I found so far is this: <a href="http://www.mytennis.ch/newsfacts/index.cfm?PK_OBJECT=10101&PK_CONTENT=2659&lang=D" target="_blank">http://www.mytennis.ch/newsfacts/index.cfm?PK_OBJECT=10101&PK_CONTENT=2659&lang=D</A>

It's the Fed-Cup statistic. It's pretty interresting to see, that Petra and Christiane still have the top spots. But there are also a lot of names - besides the ones you mentioned - I've never heard of.....

Don't think that Cathy was very popular couse I really never heard of her before. O.K. It wasn't really the time when I was following tennis that close when she was around. But I already was following sports in general and the name just doesn't ring a bell to me. (I really got into tennis when Martina Hingis came along)

Wonder if Joana Manta is the sister from Lorenzo (Lolo) Manta. See I don't even know that <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 
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