Friday, August 26, 2005

Russians Have Caught Up To Americans In Female Tennis Prodigy Race

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Americans may have come to a draw with the Russians during the Cold War, but when it comes to great young female tennis players, the U.S. is in jeopardy of losing the battle.

That’s according to former female tennis champion Tracy Austin, who says she’s “worried” that Americans are no longer bringing top-notch youngsters into the game like they have with Jennifer Capriati, and Venus and Serena Williams.

Instead, the Russians are now the ones filling that gap and, as she puts it, “It just seems right now the Russians are beating us to the punch.”

Although the two-time U.S. Open winner does believe American prodigies are out there, she thinks they just don’t have “the hunger” that Russian kiddie players have right now.

Still, Austin will keep her eye out for young American talent when she works as an analyst for the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, which begins Monday (Aug. 29) and airs on CBS and the USA Network.

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