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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Kournikova still struggling.

Just got beaten in the semi-final at the ASB Bank Classic to Anna Smashnova of Israel 6-1, 6-4.

When is that first title going to come??
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:59 PM
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Darn!!! Heck , there goes my 10 bucks ... Methinks Anna is afraid of succeeding, so a sports psychologist should be in order PRONTO <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

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Im so disappointed...Hopefully Anna can pull an upset at Sydney or Aussie.
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Umm...never? I think this was Anna's best chance to earn her first title. The fact that she was defeated by Ana Smashnova...who is ranked 88th in the world, is horrible.

I just think Anna has so much pressure, wanting to end her "no title streak" that it just gets the best of her.







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I was really upset that Anna lost today. It reminded me of how Coetzer used to beat Graf. Smashnova is a small player who plays extremely defensive tennis which drives an agressive player like Anna up the wall. The long match yesterday didn't help. Smashnova was also fresher, she had won her match yesterday 6-2 6-2. However, credit should be given where it's due and Smashnova played an excellent match to beat Anna in straight sets. Tough loss for Anna, but I still have faith in her. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
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Hopefully Tatiana can get to the final and beat Anna S so she can win her first title.
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Pfff!!!!<br /> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />

Kournikova, always disappointing <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> I agree 101% with you Infinity, Anna needs some mental help NOW!

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One thing she could do is stop doing the exhibition scene year-in year-out.

At least she picked up points here.


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Probably the most disappointing performance from Anna that I can remember, considering the circumstances and also what was at stake, the best chance so far of lifting a title. Maybe that's what got to her. I don't think the match yesterday helped with it being so long, it must have taken a lot out of her. I know it's not much of an excuse, but that's 4 days running that she played at the same time, at a time when it was baking hot weather, that doesn't help things either.<br />Anna will be so disappointed, because really this tournament I think was either win or nothing for her, but she's got a few matches under her belt, and hopefully she'll get some good draws in Sydney and the Aussie Open.<br />She needs to play a few more tournaments like this in the year, I don't really care at the moment what tier a tournament is, the fact is Anna needs a win and I don't care where it comes from. <br />I think finally this defeat possibly raises the issue of a coach again. Maybe she needs someone to watch future opponents, because I can't imagine that she had anyone watching Smashnova's match in the last round.

One thing about Anna though, she will be back, she'll be hugely down about this loss, but she'll be back, she's a fighter.
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I think there will always be the possibilty that Anna can lose to a player like Smashnova. Sorry, but there it is.

I'm confident that Anna will get her first title before April. Chill people.

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How many points did she get from playing this torney?
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i really thought this would be her first title
Oh well, better luck next time, Anna

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How did she lose. I am so furious!

She should get some help. It is like she is afraid of winning!

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Um, she didn't choke....

she got <i> busted. </i> Big time. It's one match, it's also a new year, and I don't think anything (ie any of the tanks) that have happened previously will have anything to do with how she's going to perform this year.

Everything is going to be alright.

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