The 2004 WTA season was categorized by the arrival of the Russians. 15 tour titles were won by Russians that year, while Anastasia Myskina, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova bagged three of the four major titles. Elena Dementieva finished runner-up twice and the foursome sat comfortably inside the year-end top 10 rankings. Myskina’s triumph at Roland Garros over Dementieva made her the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam, but is largely considered the forgotten one of the quartet. Sharapova and Kuznetsova both went on to win other major titles in their careers and Dementieva was the gold-medalist at the 2008 Olympics.
In rolling out some new features for 2013, I’ve decided to get on board with the ‘Throwback Thursday’ or ‘TBT’ fad. However, you won’t be seeing baby pictures or awkward preteen pictures in this space; instead, I’ll be taking a look at some of my favorite players and matches from years gone by.
And maybe some crazy; everybody likes the crazy. To kick it off, let’s take a look back at the career of WTA stalwart Patty Schnyder.
I can look back on a great career, so many years…But, yeah, I know what I achieved, and I’m so happy that I could be part of so many great players, such a great era, and could be among the top athletes of the world. – Patty Schnyder