Originally Posted by soyizgood
Bitter rivals since juniors. Oh and who could forget Dementieva double faulting like no tomorrow in their FO 2004 final? Dementieva even broke out in tears and said that she doesn't know how to serve.
Dementieva carried the flag for Russian women's tennis all these years, yet Myskina became the first Russian woman to win a major... at Lena's expense.
Russian tennis players are divided into groups, predominantly born out of jealousy and fierce rivalry in juniors.
Besides the above mentioned French Open final, I think we all know about the WTA champs semi between Myskina and the Sharapovas(Maria and Yuri).
Sharapova herself is looked upon as an american and only count Kirilenko and Vesnina as friends.
The Fed Cup team has for many years been run by the group of Sveta, Safina, Myskina and Larisa Neiland. But because you have to be availible to your country to get to the Olympics other players have to swallow some camels and sign up for duty.
Unfortunately there is a lot more dirty laundry in a country able to produce one talent after another.