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Oh Janie, you bandwagon jumper! I just might throw you overboard! I'm only kidding! Welcome aboard Lady Jane!

Vera will give Kim Clijsters a battle on saturday!

Udachi Vera!

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Yes, 1 and 0!! And it should have been 0 and 0. In the only game Nagyova won, Vera was 40:0 up, and threw in few doubles. What is amazing is not the score. Score could mean that Nagyova played badly, didn't put up the fight, anything. Match was played on sidecourt, and we don't have the stats, so maybe it was just a stream of UEs from Nagyova who self-destructed. Right? Wrong! None of the above.

It was an amazing display by Vera. I now see that there might be some truth in Fresh's words that Vera might be the best Russian played at the moment. Vera played an absolutely stunning match. Not only I was amazed. I was sitting near the Nagyova's camp. And already closer to the end of the first set Henrietta started giving her folks some looks full of complete confusion. She was not understanding what's going on, she was playing well. Yes, well! Hitting hard and deep. But everything was coming back with interest. And her coaches had no answer either. They kept shouting those useless "Com'n", "Stay there".. But between themselves they would whisper:"What can she do? This is too good". The most amazing stat of this match would be Winners/UEs ratio of Vera. It should be incredible. For 45 minutes she was painting the lines, and she would not miss at all. I am very impressed by her technique on all her shots - they are very natural and she is hitting the ball extremely clean. Backhands downtheline in the very corners, a bunch of delightful swinging volleys, downthelines forehands.

If she plays like today, Kim will have her hands full. One thing someone has to remind Vera before the match against Clijsters: all the same shots that crushed Nagyova will work just fine against Clijsters, except for the fact that Vera should be very alert that no shot of her would mean the end of the point She should be ready to do more to finish the point. I watched the end of Clijsters-Washington match, and the way Kim scrambles is fantastic. And another thing. As I was told, sidecourts are MUCH faster than showcourts ( that explains Alyona's struggles against Schiavone ) and that means that even more balls will be coming back from Kim, so Vera has to be very patient.

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i'm sure Vera vs Kim will be on one of the three main showcourts.

I think she's got a pretty good shot against Kim who isn't at her best right now, Vera stays calm and focused i can see her taking Kim to the cleaners.

she's certainly living up to the title i gave her in this thread

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Vera has a character, she is a fighter. That is a must for a tennis player. She might have days when everything goes right - like in her last match, but if it`s not she won`t give up fighting.

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Vera is currently #49 thats good enough for her to be Silver Exempt for 2003 but the way she has played this yr, I'm sure she could get on of the 4 WC for GOLD EXEMPT players.

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Easy Eggy! Easy! You can see Vera taking Kim to the cleaners? LOL! I'll take a close win. There is no way Vera is going to take Kim Clijsters to the cleaners! If that happens, I'll eat my hat!

Thanks for the report ys!

I wish the other Russian women had Zvonareva's character and heart! Then there would be more female Russian tennis

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she was pretty close to doing so

6-1 4-4 40-15 up
one moment of madness turned the match

just a little bit of inexperience cost her badly

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K. CLIJSTERS/V. Zvonareva

THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. When the year is finished and you look back at the French Open and US Open, although you didn't go all the way, you had two very good matches against two quality players. Will you see it that way, too?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I think so. Because in the beginning of the year, I didn't really think I could play a game with them. Maybe I play Serena, and I had like three sets. Today, Kim was Top 10 player.
Yeah, I think so.

Q. You looked in deep trouble in the third set, but you didn't give up. You came back after a bad start in the third set. Is that just your normal fighting out there?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. But, I mean, she started to play pretty good like third set. She started to hit well. I don't know, I didn't know what to do.
But then I said, "I should play my game. Maybe I can do better."

Q. Do you think that you let frustrations get to you?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I don't know. I wasn't so confident after the second set 'cause I hit like some easy mistakes over there. I don't know, maybe that's why I start really good.
Myself, it was really windy. I just tried to like hit the serve and it was always hell because it's not possible to.
Then I just -- when it was changeover, I just thought, "Okay, I have to play with more speed."

Q. At the changeovers you put your face in the towel. Is that something you always do or you were just doing because you were angry or frustrated?
VERA ZVONAREVA: No, always (smiling).

Q. You won the first set by getting to a dropshot, but you had some trouble with other dropshots. Do you feel as though you can get quicker coming to the net?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. But I just didn't wait a lot of dropshots because it's like hard court, and not a lot of players hit dropshots especially when I -- well, she hits hard, then I go back, back. When she hits dropshot, it's just like it was good points for her.

Q. What are the elements of your game that you want to make better between now and the end of the year?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Maybe like my serve. Because it's like when I started to play, it was good. Barely lose a game. But second set wasn't so good.
Then I should go to the net more.

Q. Can you maybe put more variety into your ground strokes? Is that something your coach wants to do, not just hit 1,000 miles an hour on every ball.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. Probably it's -- I like to play with like variety, ground strokes. But it's pretty tough when you play against Kim or, for example, Venus, because they hit so hard. It's really tough.
Also it's not easy to do on the hard court because here is like fast courts. And like we should hit the ball, too. Because it's like if you try to play with variety, it's -- usually it goes short, then...

Q. You don't hit very many short balls.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. Yeah, because I told myself I just have to hit over there. Because if I will play short, she will kill me.

Q. When you got to 4-4 in the second set, were you thinking, "I've got this, I can win this one"?
VERA ZVONAREVA: No. I just said, "Okay, this point. This one. Next." I didn't think this. You can't say like that, "Okay, I got this match." Even when you have like 6-0, 5-0 (inaudible).

Q. Where do you play next?
VERA ZVONAREVA: I play Brazil.

Q. One of the challengers?
VERA ZVONAREVA: (Inaudible) No, it's Tier II.

Q. Then?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Then Kremlin Cup.

Q. I would like to know about the other Russian players. They are doing very well at this tournament. Why is that?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Maybe because is just a lot of Russians. Everybody wants to be like better than others. Maybe that's why.

Q. Do you practice with them a lot?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Like we practice during the tournaments, but not like we don't have a special place to practice together. But in the tournaments we try to practice.

Q. Can you tell us about yourself. How did you come to tennis?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Just my mother, she let me go to the tennis club in Moscow. I started at six in a group of kids. That's how I started to play.

(Note: this is a partial transcript)

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Heres an article of the match...Vera was soooo close!! She had a great game win or lose though.

Clijsters Walks A Thin Line Before Winning
by Laura Andriani
Saturday, August 31, 2002


The No. 7 seed Kim Clijsters, from Belgium, faced her toughest match on Friday, in her fourth round match-up against Russian Vera Zvonareva. Zvonareva, playing in her first US Open ever, and currently ranked No. 57, blindsided Clijsters with a first set upset, 6-1.

The two would ultimately split sets before Clijsters clinched the third set, winning 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Clijsters, who up until now had played fairly well, seemed shaky on the court, as she made 19 unforced errors and double-faulted five times in the first set. When her game was on, she ran the baseline like a pro, getting her racket on many of Zvonareva's would-be winners. However, consistency was not hers today, as her baseline brawn seemed to fall short.

In that set, Clijsters would only hold her serve once.

Starting the second set with a boost in confidence, the Russian underdog began to mimic the first set, dragging Clijsters off the court and winning points with concisely angled volleys. Behind 1-3, Clijsters refused to go down the same road and vastly improved her service, closing the gap to just one game, 3-4. The pressure seemed too much for Zvonareva and she began to crack. Surrounded by a crowd that vocally supported Clijsters, Zvonareva lost her lead, and Clijsters took the second set, 7-5.

After the changeover, Clijsters appeared rejuvenated. She broke a deflated Zvonareva, taking the first game. Zvonareva's temper flared as she ended each point by dropping her racket and shaking her head. Clijsters played with a much-needed precision that eventually brought her three games ahead. Zvonareva would win the next two games off of Clijster's mistakes, but Clijsters responded by holding her serve in the fifth game, taking a two game lead, 4-2.

Zvonareva won two more games before Clijsters ended the set, 6-4.

Clijsters goes on to round 4, where she will face either No. 10 seed Amelie Mauresmo or No. 26 seed Patty Schnyder.

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Vera was never up a break in 2nd set as Kim didn't get a break point until it was 4-4

so i don't know where she got it Vera was up 3-1

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Some pics from Kim vs. Vera





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That poor girl! She lost this match because of inexperience, thanks to the Age Restriction Rules!

I hope Vera can get control of her emotions. I like her fire and desire. But she needs to be composed on the court. Not ranting and raving at herself all the time.

Udahci Vera!

P.S. - I think she could push the top 20 by this time next year. She's got the guts! And it looks like she's got the game!

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Oh and another thing. I was disgusted by CBS for not showing some of the Clijsters - Zvonareva match! They showed that hideous match between Seles and Cho!

And Dick Enberg called Vera Eva on one occasion! He wasn't too prepared! LOL!

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Tough loss for Vera obviously

I watched this match from 6-1 4-3 and I was hoping Vera could close it out as she just seemed so dominant....but losing those 4 game points at 4-4 really was the deciding factor

Nevermind, she will learn from this and keep going higher and higher...I just cant wait to see her in person in Melbourne next year

cat, I am more than positive she will be Top 20 by this time next year...even sooner.
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I was pretty imressed about her trying to get back into the match in the third set. Last game ofthe second set, three first games of the third set, Kim was playing impeccable, perfect, no misses, getting everything. I am pretty sure she won the first 12 points of the third set (making us on the stadium talk about a possibility of the golden set ), perhaps the last 4 points of the second set too. Vera simply didn't know how to win the points at all - that's how good Kim was at that point. Yet , after changeover Vera managed to turn it back into the dogfight. That was good.

The point at 15:40, 4:4 second set. When she netted that easy dropshot, I told my friends who sat with me on the Grandstand - "This is the kind of misses that would cost you a match against Top 10 player". And probably I was right, unfortunately.. Given that she had 40:15 in the next game, it could well have been a straight set win, if it wasn't for that miss.

I am still undecided about whether Vera is a typical Russian player who would always crack under pressure. After that tournament Likhovtseva, Dementieva, Myskina are all written off in my book. They all cracked under pressure playing an opponent with inferior game but with better nerves. And that happens every tournament, it is just that this time it was so obvious and so similar. I am pretty sure that Bovina will do the same tomorrow. I'd be glad to be wrong, but of all Russian players I've seen so far, Bovina was the least impressive. Vera still get a benefit of the doubt, because she really fought to the end, and because it is her rookie year. Yet, we have to admit, she lost the match that she had in her grasp and in which she outplayed her opponent. Pretty symptomatic..

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