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S. WILLIAMS/V. Zvonareva 4-6, 6-0, 6-1

Q. How tired were you at the end?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah (smiling).

Q. Were you cramping?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, a little bit. Because, I don't know, maybe I had a very tough match yesterday. And today three sets, so...

Q. No fear out there of Serena. You came out to hit for the lines and try to hit winners today, no?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I just try to do all my best and I try to win, but...I was really tired. Then she started to play really good second set - much better than she played first. And she didn't miss a lot the second set and the third set, and it was really tough.

Q. When you won the first set and you went to the changeover chair to sit down and reflect on what you had just done, what did you think?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I just think that I have to play my game, because yesterday I was leading 6-2 and 5-0 and I lost the second set. So one set is not much. Even if I lead like 6-2, 5-0 and 40-15, it's not much yet.

Q. I saw you yesterday when you got furious against the world, against your racquet, you remember?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yes.

Q. You wanted to smash it. Watching you now, you look very peaceful, like you are a sweet person. Who is the real one between the two?

VERA ZVONAREVA: You know, because when I go to the court, I try to fight and I try to win. So I play, like, it's sport. But I don't know. Because I was throwing the racquet yesterday because I was like thinking I was making the mistake from her. And I was sad to myself because I didn't win point after I was leading 5-0, I was just...And today, I didn't make mistake from her. I just played my game, and that's why I won. So...

Q. Where are you training?

VERA ZVONAREVA: In Moscow.

Q. And your coach is?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Kashevarova.

Q. How do you write it? Because I didn't get the name perfectly.

VERA ZVONAREVA: K-a-s-h-e-v-a-r-o-v-a. And Julia.

THE MODERATOR: Julian.

Q. She was a tennis player before?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yep.

Q. You've won two consecutive Orange Bowls. Is that right?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah.

Q. Both in the 18s?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, 18s. Two years, 18s, and one year I was in the final Under-16.

Q. But last year and the year before when you won the Orange Bowl, both 18s?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah.

Q. And you beat?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Kuznetsova.

Q. In the final. And Bartoli in the...

VERA ZVONAREVA: No. Kuznetsova beat Bartoli, I beat Bastrikova (phonetic spelling) in the semifinal, another Russian girl.

Q. How did you come to tennis: By chance or just family?

VERA ZVONAREVA: No, just my mother let me play tennis.

Q. She wanted you to play tennis?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, she just ask me if you like to go to play tennis in the group of children in Moscow and after school, when I was like 7 or 8. And I like to play, so...

Q. Your strokes are technically beautiful. Who's responsible for that?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I was working with my first coach, Krioutchkova, for like long time. K-r-i-o-u-t-c-h-k-o-v-a. And the first name is Ekaterina.

Q. You hit very flat, not too much topspin, no slice. Is that your style of game?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I don't know. It's different opponents, different game.

Q. Today you just wanted to hit as hard as you could most of the time?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I tried. Because if I play short balls, she hits -- she wins all points, so...

Q. What was your impression of Serena Williams? I mean, because before you are used to playing juniors. What is the difference between a top player like her and the juniors you've always played against?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Maybe she has a really good serve. I mean, juniors not -- not all juniors serve good serve. And she can win point when it's deciding point. She hits strong and she plays in. But juniors, they miss more balls.

Q. Does she scare you when she grunts on the court?

VERA ZVONAREVA: No, no, she doesn't.

Q. You are very brave.

VERA ZVONAREVA: (Smiling).

Q. Your mother was a Bronze medalist in the Olympic Games. What was her last name?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Bykova (phonetic spelling).

Q. What role was she playing? She was a defendant?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Center defendant, grass hockey.

Q. And your father is an athlete?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, he was doing a little bit of ice hockey.

Q. And the name?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Igor.

Q. What did you think of south Florida when you were there those last two times?

VERA ZVONAREVA: About south Florida?

Q. Did it look like a good place to train?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, but sometimes it's really hot.

Q. And it's true that you live part of the year in America and part in Russia or not? Or your father is in America, your mother is in Russia? Someone told me something like this.

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, but I just play a lot of tournaments, but I don't live in the United States. I just practice in Moscow or somewhere if I have possibilities between tournaments. But I just play tournaments in United States, or I practice between the tournaments and then I go to Europe. I play tournaments in Europe, and I practice in Europe between the tournaments.

Q. What was your junior result at Wimbledon last year?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I didn't play Wimbledon last year.

Q. Had you ever played Wimbledon?

VERA ZVONAREVA: No, I didn't.

Q. Have you ever played on grass?

VERA ZVONAREVA: No, I didn't.

Q. Will you play this year?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah.

Q. Qualify?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah.

Q. Did you play the US Open juniors?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. I lost second round last year.

Q. We have a lot of good Russian players. Why is that?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Because I think it's more tennis club in Russia now, and I think it's one of the most popular sports in Russia.

Q. They don't have very many English players in Britain. Do you think they ought to give one of those wildcards to you in to the main draw?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I don't know (smiling).

Q. Maybe you should ask.

VERA ZVONAREVA: (Smiling).

Q. What are your goals this year in general? I mean, what do you expect from your tennis? Do you dream about becoming No. 1 in the world?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I dream to be in Top 10 in the world, but it's really tough and I still have a lot of work because I need to improve more shots and a lot of different in my game.

Q. What do you think is your weakness right now?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Weakness, like...?

Q. Weak points of your game. Like a volley or, you know...

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I have to improve my serve because sometimes I have a good serve but sometimes not really good. And maybe I need to play some more volleys, but I didn't do a lot of volleys today.

Q. And were you helped by the Russian federation? Or your parents, they have enough money to afford to go around when you were younger? How did you manage to travel?

VERA ZVONAREVA: When I was younger, I was practicing with my coach and she help me.

Q. She paid?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yep.

Q. So she invested her money on you? Now you have to give something back to her or not?

VERA ZVONAREVA: She had a lot of players. And it was a club, you know. Bovina started the same club. Yeah, so, we're traveling like a big team together.

Q. Who else was there? You, Bovina, how many girls?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I know it was a lot, but they finish to play there. But it was really like 15 players, some guys and girls.

Q. Is it the same club of Marat Safin or Kafelnikov?

VERA ZVONAREVA: No, no.

Q. Or any of those?

VERA ZVONAREVA: No, no.

Q. Different one?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah.

Q. What is the name of the club?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Chaika.

Q. Do you have a hero, a tennis hero, that you look up to?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I really like Kafelnikov, how he's playing.

Q. Kafelnikov?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah.

Good luck in 2015 to my favsKIRILENKO**Zvonareva*Kuznetsova*Sharapova*Kleybanova*Vesnina*Shvedova
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Great effort for Vera. Serena came back with a vengeance 'cause she could not believe losing the first set. Vera is a very, very strong player!!!

Keep it up Vera. I know you will do great.

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I was at the match...an incredible first set then she felt tired because of the six previous matchs...and Serena stopped making unforced errors...but the match against Schiavone was even more impressive:when she lost the second set, I thought she would take 6-0 in the third but she showed that she is really, really strong mentally...let's hope she will allways be like that, not like Dementieva for example (horrible match today, many double faults...)
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I do not know whether it was just inaccurate wording from Serena but this -
Serena:I think her game will probably really excel on clay as opposed to any other surface.


pisses me off a bit. Is she trying to say something like :"She won a set only because I am playing on my worst surface and she is on her best"?

At this level of tournament players norrmally try to scout their opponents and Serena can't but know that Vera's best results so far came on hardcourts..

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Vera's best surface is hard courts by a long way.

Good luck in 2015 to my favsKIRILENKO**Zvonareva*Kuznetsova*Sharapova*Kleybanova*Vesnina*Shvedova
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What a great kid! Vera is well spoken, too.

And I'm so impressed with her game! Vera is much better than I thought she was. She has good potential.

ys, Serena didn't mean anything by that comment. She might still be in shock from 17 year old Vera outplaying her, and hanging with her.

I only wish Vera has a day off to rest for her match with Serena. But she didn't go in the tank. And that's a very good sign!

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I don't know. I *interpret* Serena's comment in this situation to be negative. Like as if they met again on another surface, Serena will already know not to take Vera's talents so lightly and be ready for her. Especially not knowing Vera's better surface is hard.

Or maybe, Serena is not using the right words to compliment Vera's game.

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Good job Vera!!! YOU WILL BE BACK!! Does anyone wonder what Serena was saying to Vera as they shook hands?!

Ys, Serena is a good heart. I am sure she doesn't mean any resentment-- I HOPE NOT! I can understand though, maybe her ego went down a mile today

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Mrs Guga, it did look like a nice conversation. Didn't get to see much of Vera's face to see if she smiled alot as they were at the net.

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Very impressed with Vera despite the loss, and a fantastic Slam debut... qualifying, reaching the last 16, taking a set off one of the favourites.

I'm sort of pissed off by that Serena comment too, not because I think she meant to disparage Vera (I doubt she did) but because it shows that she doesn't take her opponents seriously enough to scout them out.
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Good job Vera!!! YOU WILL BE BACK!! Does anyone wonder what Serena was saying to Vera as they shook hands?!
our commentators suggested that Serena asked "So, what's your name?" as in the beginning of the match they were discussing that Serena doesn't know Vera's game and definetely hasn't previously heard of her
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