How can Sharapova be no.1 on original talent. Sharapova is a manufactured player who was sent to one of the most successful tennis academys at a really young age, she had professional coaching and courts and everything to train on etc.
Plays like The williams practiced on their local concrete courts, coached by their father who were scouted out as talent. There are lots of 'talent' like these players. Dokic is another who (although crap right now) did not really have any formal training etc until her father decided to make her a tennis star after he had coached her by himself at the local courts. Hingis i think was also trained by her mother and is one of the most talented players around.
A player who is taught by professional tennis coaches from such a young age may be talented and may be good, but you cannot compare them to players who have had it alot tougher, from families who were not rich enough to send them to these acadamies (yes i kno sharapova's family was pretty poor too).
The Question was on talent ... i cant answer it because really there are so many talented players who do bad because they dont train hard enough or dont put enough effort into their tennis etc. So yeh it is a difficult Q to answer.
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I have done this highlights, few days ago I watched on YouTube a recent video of Iroda Tulyaganova in an interview.
Someone knows what happened to her, 2002 was a big year, she had her best ranking, but then she disappeared.