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EVGENY KOROLEV - Anna's cousin making headlines

hanabishi
05-30-2006, 06:20 AM
Here's a bright young kid to watch out for - 18 yrs old (youngest player remaining in men's draw), saved two match points yesterday against Seppi, already with wins over Davydenko and Moya, and he has a "famous" tennis cousin.


From: The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/sport/2006/05/30/stkoro30.xml

Korolev impresses on debut
By Mark Hodgkinson
(Filed: 30/05/2006)


There are probably not many emerging racket-swingers who could cope with the pressures of having Anna Kournikova, the world's leading tennis celebrity, as their cousin. But Evgeny Korolev, 18, indicated at Roland Garros yesterday that the family connections will not trouble him and he made an impressive first appearance at the grand slams.

Having qualified for the main draw, Korolev demonstrated why he is considered such a promising new face on the scene. He continued his run by coming back from trailing by two sets to one for a 6-4, 2-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 defeat of Italian Andreas Seppi.

The Russian teenager will now meet Argentina's Gaston Gaudio, the 2004 French Open champion, in the second round.

"I don't find it difficult having Anna as my cousin," Korolev said, "even though she did so well in the sport. There's no more pressure on me because women's tennis is so different to men's tennis. You can't compare.

"She's just my cousin, and when we speak on the phone, we speak about normal things. We don't really talk about tennis too much.

"I never used to watch women's tennis, so I never saw Anna playing on television. I just used to watch men's tennis the whole time, especially Pete Sampras. When I play I don't have any fear on the court.

"Maybe some people have criticised Anna for spending too much time on the sponsorships, but that's not my business. I just know that she was the first really famous Russian tennis player. Perhaps I should talk to Anna about how to get some good sponsorship deals."

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sakaka
05-30-2006, 06:50 AM
good start for Korolev and that was not a surprise for me at all..There was a poll running on a Turkish tennis forum last week asking about the brightest youngster who will shine on Roland Garros and I had no hesitation to tick Korolev out of other 15-17 players including Almagro..I hope media attention does not grow on him too much.

drf716
05-30-2006, 12:27 PM
"Maybe some people have criticised Anna for spending too much time on the sponsorships, but that's not my business. I just know that she was the first really famous Russian tennis player. Perhaps I should talk to Anna about how to get some good sponsorship deals."

haha!!!

Pea
05-30-2006, 12:40 PM
Very nice English.

drf716
05-30-2006, 12:45 PM
Teenagers turn heads in Parisian talent show
From Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent in Paris

Evgeny Korolev will be turning heads and not because he is a distant cousin of Anna Kournikova, who made a habit of that herself.

There is something very Kafelnikov about Korolev, and Yevgeny of that ilk became the world No 1 and lifted this championship ten years ago before setting out on a new career as a poker player. Korolev has the same square face — although Kafelnikov’s has filled out enormously since he became a former player — blond hair and inquisitive eyes as his compatriot and, at 18, is blessed with all the requisite athletic attributes.

Yesterday, when clouds scudded and branches bent, Korolev kept his nerve strong and senses sharp to come from two sets to one down and defeat Andreas Seppi, of Italy, 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Already this spring he has defeated Carlos Moyà, the champion at Roland Garros in 1998, on his native Spanish clay.

Korolev is at present based in Germany, though he is looking at whether he should move to Saddlebrook in Florida, where tennis courts and sunshine are as common as fresh running water. A stopover in Roehampton, the home of the near-completed LTA National Tennis Centre, has not been contemplated, but bids should be placed because if Britain’s teenagers are to appreciate the levels required to succeed, they should be brushing shoulders with players of Korolev’s physical and mental disposition.

almouchie
05-30-2006, 03:30 PM
he looks like a genuine talent