Maria Sharapova (who lives in the United States<) is #2 for the full year but #4 in 2007. Svetlana Kuznetsova, who lives in St. Petersburg, is #5 for the full year but #8 in 2007. Nadia Petrova, who lives in
True to form, Chakvetadze advanced the farthest at the most recent Tier I event, the Sony in Miami (as we previously reported), as Russia's other highly ranked players fell by the wayside, mostly getting squashed by lower-ranked non-Russian opponents. It's rather ironic that of Russia's seven top-twenty players two don't even live in Russia and a third would be seen by Slavic Russians as being Georgian (in fact, living in Moscow, Chakvetadze is lucky not to have been rounded up for deportation) -- yet one of those players is the highest-ranked in the group and a second is having by far the best year in the group. Without these barely-Russians, the group's performance would be even more dismal.
How is Russia doing in 2007 on the WTA Tour?