Smashnova excited by draw -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2004, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
spiceboy's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 51,451
Smashnova excited by draw

By David Long at the ASB Bank Tennis Centre

ASB Classic number two seed Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi is excited about playing Ashley Harkleroad in the second round of the Classic on Wednesday afternoon.

Smashnova-Pistolesi struggled to defeat Julia Vakulenko 1-6 6-4 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon and will now play the promising Harkleroad on Wednesday on court four in what is likely to be a match of contrasting styles.

"I'm looking forward to this match actually, because she's young and an up and comer," Smashnova-Pistolesi said. "She's a fighter and a good player and she did well last year. I hope it's a good match and I'm really looking forward to it."

Smashnova-Pistolesi went on to say that she wasn't surprised at how tough her match against Vakulenko was.

"I knew she was a good player and it's hard to start after a three-month break. So I was expecting a tough match," she said.

"She hit the ball very hard and she got a lot of returns in in the first set. She served very well and I was under pressure until the very last point in the match."

As this is the first tournament of the year, players are coming in with varying degrees of fitness and practice, but Smashnova-Pistolesi told that only so much can be achieved in training.

"When you practice it's one thing, when you come to play tournaments it's another," she said. "You want to lift your game gradually in the tournaments.

"You may feel very good in practice but what happens in a match is another thing, you need a lot of matches to feel good."

When Anna played in the 2001 ASB Classic she went under the name Smashnova, last year she used her married name of Pistolesi, this time she's combined them both.

So why the change?

"For the tennis I like to use only one name," she explained. "But there's a legal problem outside of tennis and that makes complications.

"Like when I'm booked a ticket for a plane under the name Pistolesi and then I show them my passport and I'm under the name Smashnova, so it's very difficult."
spiceboy is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2004, 03:10 PM
Senior Member
patricktav2003's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,312
she seems really friendly!
patricktav2003 is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2004, 04:18 PM
Team WTAworld
Mr. Try Too Hard
King Aaron's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: MaleisiŽ
Posts: 52,166
King Aaron is offline  
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2004, 06:09 PM
Senior Member
croat123's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 32,239
talk about a great attitude. she obviously loves playing tennis

ugh, why do they all suck????????
croat123 is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2004, 07:13 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 493



shahr peer

julia glushko
alon222 is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2004, 09:11 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 309
Go Smashi!!! Glad you kept your name!!
imogen is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome