Article About vera's Match today
Zvonareva impresses, Widjaja depresses, Wynne wins in first round qualifying
Rogers AT&T Cup, August 10, 2002
by Ed Toombs
Qualifying play got under way today under pleasantly sunny skies in Montréal. The tournament has a strong qualifying field, and we were anxious to get first looks at some fast-rising youngsters, as well to check out some of our old acquaintances. This was the first of three rounds of qualifying action.
We focus on very divergent performances by two eagerly-anticipated newcomers, Vera Zvonareva and Angelique Widjaja, as well as a solid first outing by Wynne Prakusya.
Zvonareva in the zone
By far, the most impressive player we saw today was 17-year-old Russian Vera Zvonareva, who had caught our attention with a run to the round of 16 at the French Open out of qualifying this year. The former junior champion plays the hard-hitting baseline game in vogue these days, but does it very well. Vera has already developed an impressive serve, and she holds nothing back with her groundstrokes. Her cross-court two-handed backhand is especially lethal. The blonde out of Moscow also seems to be an excellent athlete, a good mover, and possesses a strong build, with particularly impressive muscular development in her legs. Like many of the other Russians -- of both sexes -- she is also given to fits of pique and angry self-recriminations.
Today Vera had no trouble blowing past Irina Selyutina, who is having a very tough time of it this year, with only 1 win in 10 WTA matches. The score was a lopsided 6-2, 6-1. Nobody in the main draw will want to draw this up-and-comer in the first round, should she get past Laura Granville tomorrow and go on to advance to the main draw.