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These girls who are 17 going on 18 have yet to make much of an impact on the tour yet. I wonder if any will emerge this year?

Players born in 1982 include Henin, Tulyaganova, Petrova, Medina
From 1983 Clijsters, Dokic, Bedanova, hantuchova.

But many of those players first reached the top 100 as 16 year olds or at least 17 year olds.
The only two players born in 1984 who have cracked the top 100 are Lina Krasnoroutskaya and Marie-Gaine Mikaelian.

There's also Angie Widjaja who won a title at the end of last year.

What other 17/18 year olds might emerge in 2002 as bright prospects?
 

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These are my picks of best ones from 84/85

Vera Zvonareva (84)
Marion Bartoli (84)
Lenka Dlhopolcova (84)Gisela Dulko (85)
Myriam Casanova (85)Cory Ann Avants (85)
Ashley Harkleroad (85)
 

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best ones from 1986

Dinara Safina
Barbora Strycova
Vera Douchevina
Dasha Chemarda
Petra Cekovska

1987
Maria Sharapova
Maria Kirilenko
Olga Puchkova
Katia Afinogenova
 

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Thanks, Tbe.
I imagine Bartoli might get a wild card into the Open Gaz de France?


I edited my post because I forgot that Angie had won a title last year, even though she hasn't reached the top 100, that's pretty sensational for a 16 year old.
 

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Eggy, when was Svetlana Kuznetsova born? 85? I'd put her on the list too ;) I see she's already cracked the top 200!

Also Su-Wei Hsieh, who is what? 15? 16?
 

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Iva's #1 Fan ....

I didn't mention Sveta or Su-Wei as he had Sveta and Su-Wei on his list before he edited it, so i didnt include them.

few more 1985
Anna Bastrikova (RUS)
Bethanie Mattek (USA)
Jelena Jankovic (YUG)

1986
Ally Baker (USA)
Lolita Frangulyan (UZB)
Jamea Jackson (USA)
Nicole Pitts (USA)

1987
Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Jarmila Gajdosova (SVK)
Jenni-Lee Heinser (USA)

1988
Tatiana Golovin (FRA)
 

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1987??? That makes me feel old.
 

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Hmm, I didn't know that Harkleroad was still that young!
You've forgotten Kim's sister: Elke!
I hope she breaks through sooner or later!
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Iva's #1 Fan ....

I didn't mention Sveta or Su-Wei as he had Sveta and Su-Wei on his list before he edited it, so i didnt include them.

few more 1985
Anna Bastrikova (RUS)
Bethanie Mattek (USA)
Jelena Jankovic (YUG)

1986
Ally Baker (USA)
Lolita Frangulyan (UZB)
Jamea Jackson (USA)
Nicole Pitts (USA)

1987
Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Jarmila Gajdosova (SVK)
Jenni-Lee Heinser (USA)

1988
Tatiana Golovin (FRA)
After your first post I was gonna ask if there were any non East-European players too ;)

and thekimfan, Elke's definitely not the biggest prospect of her generation!
 

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Hmm, I didn't know that Harkleroad was still that young!
You've forgotten Kim's sister: Elke!
I hope she breaks through sooner or later!
:cool:
I don't think Elke really belongs in the "best of..." lists. Kirsten Flipkens has more potential, IMO
 

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All this talk of ages and years is making me feel somewhat perverted. I can remember the time when tennis players were adults, as opposed to me, a child. Now, I am the same age or older than most of them, and I dread to think what it will be like in 10, 20, 30 years time when I am still obsessed with the exploits of perky little 17 and 18-year-old girls. Do any of the older members of this board feel somewhat ashamed of their fascination? What about your partners? I'm not looking forward to getting older...
 
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