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Luv ya Vera!!! Make it to the top!

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Victorious Vera: Zvonareva Ousts Schnyder From Family Circle Cup
By Brad Falkner
04/09/2003

On a damp, dank, misty morning, Vera Zvonareva emerged from the fog and made 2002 Family Circle Cup finalist Patty Schnyder disappear. Showing the entire spectrum of shots in some engaging rallies, the pair exchanged drop shots, slices, heavy topspin drives and service breaks for nearly two and a half hours before Zvonareva walked away as a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victor.



For clay-court fans this was a classic clay court match featuring multiple baseline drops shots, moon balls, and lengthy rallies. In the end, youth prevailed as the 18-year-old Russian won her first career Family Circle Cup match in Charleston.

On the strength of three service breaks, Zvonareva claimed the first set in less than a half an hour. The damp conditions left the balls heavy and streaked by the har-tru surface.

Both players found that drilling winners was about as easy as bowling with a beach ball. Despite the slow conditions that saw 14 service breaks in the match, Zvonareva adjusted to find her strike zone on short shots.

"I didn't really like the conditions at all," Schnyder said. "The ball was heavy. I love hot weather and the ball bouncing well."

The 24-year-old Schnyder bounced back in the second set breaking Zvonareva in the seventh and ninth games and then managed to hold her own serve in the10th game to take the set, 6-4, and even the match on an overhead winner.

The rising Russian, who climbed from a rank of No. 371 at the end of 2001 to No. 45 by the end of 2002, took control early in the decisive set by seizing a 4-2 lead.

With her loopy, left handed forehand finding acute crosscourt angles that pushed Zvonareva wide to her backhand side. Schnyder battled back to level the set at 4-4 before Zvonareva held for 5-4.

Serving to stay in it at 4-5, the Swiss fiercely fought off four match points before finally succumbing on the fifth match point. Schnyder, who beat Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams, Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce to reach the 2002 final, said Zvonareva outplayed her on the big points.

"I really played pretty O. K.," Schnyder said. "She just played better today."
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Congrats Vera!
Wow,what a great win!
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Serving to stay in it at 4-5, the Swiss fiercely fought off four match points before finally succumbing on the fifth match point. Schnyder, who beat Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams, Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce to reach the 2002 final, said Zvonareva outplayed her on the big points.

"I really played pretty O. K.," Schnyder said. "She just played better today."



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muahhaha Vera get the title ok?

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COntinue winning Vera!
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weuheu Vera

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Vera won 6-4 6-4

wow well done Vera !!!!!!

congrats Vera and good luck vs Lindsay tomorrow

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Second Tier I QF in the last three events...she's the anti-Nastya

And now moves up from #33 to #29 in the ranks...but more importantly, moves up from #6 to #4 in the Russian ranks

The way she's going, she'll be #1 Russian in no time

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Very impressive from Vera beating Paula on clay in straigth sets

Though I won't be so fast to put her as the best Russian in the nearest future
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The Tennis Week Interview: Vera Zvonareva

The Tennis Week Interview: Vera Zvonareva


Photo By Cynthia Lum By Brad Falkner
04/10/2003

Vera Zvonareva crafted a captivating Grand Slam debut on the red clay courts of Roland Garros last year. Playing through qualifying to reach the Roland Garros main draw, Zvonareva advanced to the fourth round where she won the first set against Serena Williams before the eventual French Open champion won 12 of the final 13 games to earn a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Despite the crushing end, Zvonareva had made an impressive start. She followed up her French Open performance by reaching her first WTA Tour final at Palermo.

The hard-hitting Moscow native concluded the 2002 season with a 41-14 record and a year-end ranking of No. 45, which was an improvement of 342 places from her 2001 year-end rank.

This year, the two-time Orange Bowl champion has continued her climb up the rankings to her current rank of No. 33. She has scored wins over Meghann Shaughnessy and Ivan Majoli this season and reached the quarterfinals of the Pacific Life Open before falling to Jennifer Capriati. On Tuesday, Zvonareva beat 2002 Family Circle Cup finalist Patty Schnyder, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to raise her record to 10-7.

Zvonareva is one of a rapidly growing number of young players emerging from Russia, that is enjoying more than her share of success this year on tour. Zvonareva's striking sky blue eyes illuminate her girlish face, which is often expressive with emotion during our conversation.

While she can be emotionally explosive on the court — occasionally prone to throwing her racquet and yelling at herself after committing an error — I found Zvonareva to be thoughtful, modest, charming and a somewhat shy individual, who expresses herself well in English. Her on court arsenal includes a massive forehand which she can either angle sharply or drive deep into the court.

She is deceptively quick, agile, and possess solid stamina for lengthy clay court rallies. Vera Zvonareva should only get better with experience

Tennis Week: What has been the biggest match or moment in
your tennis development?
Vera Zvonareva: Well, Tuesday's match against Schynder was for sure a great win for me. Patty was playing deep in the court and I was able to hit my angle shots and play inside the court. There were times during the match when I got upset (Zvonareva received a warning for racquet abuse during her match with Schynder, when after losing a point she slammed her racquet into the court). Well actually I got pissed a few times when I lost points that I should have one. When I get angry it doesn't stay with me for long. I can usually refocus for the next point.

TW: Let's talk a little bit about the current state of tennis in Russia. There are now six Russian women ranked inside the top 35 in the world. Do you practice together and do support each other at the tournaments?
VZ: Yes we do support each other. If we have the time, like I did today (Zvonareva had an off day) then we can go and watch each other play. Normally if we are at the same tournament we will practice together. I would say that I am closer to the Russian girls that are near my age (Zvonareva is 18, Elena Bovina is 20, Svetlana Kuznetsova is 17 and Dinara Safina is 16).

TW: Some people might say that a few of the Russian players, well Safin comes to mind, area little passionate about their tennis, would you describe yourself as such?
VZ: You should come to Russia and watch the 12 and under players in the Russian Championships. It is incredible! They are crazy! (laughing) Even the 10 and unders are intense! It's amazing!

TW: Speaking of junior tennis. You are a two-time Orange Bowl champion. Could you please explain the difference between top Junior tennis and the WTA Tour?
VZ: The are many differences. For example you cannot get a way with hitting short balls. If you do they will destroy you. In the pro game you have less time, the ball is coming faster. The whole tempo of play is different. The players are much faster and can anticipate better. Here (on the WTA Tour) they can sense if you are nervous or if you are upset. They take advantage of any weakness that you show on court.

TW: Do you have a favorite surface?
VZ: I grew up playing carpet in Russia. So that is probably my favorite surface. I like playing on all surfaces.

TW: Best and worse aspects of being a professional tennis player?
VZ: I like to travel, but hate planes. For sure the traveling is great. I love playing tennis in so many different locations. I like going to places that have warm weather.
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