kirilenko is coming...

thundaga

Rookie
kirilenko has won 6 of her last 7 matches, 5 of those in straight sets. looks like she's on her way back to the top 20.

do u guys think she's got what it takes to eventually break into the top ten, or will she suffer from being consistently average like the similarly built hantuchova?
 

jamumafa

Semi-Pro
Nice thread title (Y)

Um, I reckon she *can* do it. She seems like shes got the variety. girls not afraid to go to net if she has to. I think that sometimes she lets herself play too much of a rally/defensive game sometimes, and she gets beat.

Against Hanty in (god knows where :D) She lost 2 sets by being defensive, but the one she did win, she spanked the ball and then approached. So maybe she knows what she has to do, and her coach is slowly whippin' it into her =D
 

onkystomper

Hall of Fame
I think being top 10 is better than mediocre! Bit harsh with your analysis. To answer your post, i do not think she is good enough to break into the elite group. She lacks the power and mental tougfhness
 

thundaga

Rookie
I think being top 10 is better than mediocre! Bit harsh with your analysis. To answer your post, i do not think she is good enough to break into the elite group. She lacks the power and mental tougfhness
i dont think consistently average is very harsh at all. look at her past 7 grand slam results... exits in the 4r, 4r, 4r, 2r, 4r, 3r, 4r. im actually a hantuchova fan, i love watching her play when she's on song. its just that she doesnt really have a weapon that could take her to the next level and really challenge the top 9.
 

johnny ballgame

Professional
its just that she doesnt really have a weapon that could take her to the next level and really challenge the top 9.
Hantuchova has plenty of weapons from the ground - backhand down the line especially. Her movement, however, is a weakness. She's a step or two slower than most of the top players.

Edit: I would like to Kirilenko make a push in the rankings. Honestly haven't seen her play enough to form an opinion about whether or not she can.
 
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