Zvonareva Loses in Three Sets
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic, 30 in two weeks' time, gave herself an early birthday present by reaching the third round with a three-set defeat of 11th seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Most of the statistics were not on Peschke's side ahead of the match. Zvonareva of Russia, more than 10 years younger than Peschke and ranked No.15 in the world, had reached the fourth round of The Championships in 2003 and 2004. Peschke had never advanced beyond the second round and ranks 50 points below Zvonareva. The one statistic that was on the Prague-based player's side was that she had beaten Zvonareva in Berlin 6-2, 6-0, but that was on clay.
The start of this match bore no resemblance to the Berlin one. Peschke did not manage to hold her serve once in the first set. Unforced errors and a troublesome first serve plagued her game. She was twice 40-15 up in her serve but could not score the decisive point - once gifting a game away by five consecutive unforced errors. The Czech beat the ground with her racket in frustration after being broken back by Zvonareva to 1-3 in the first set which she ultimately lost 1-6.
Peschke then started pulling her game together. She finally held her serve in the first game of the second set - even if it was after a deuce. She went on to force a deuce in Zvonareva's serve but this time Zvonareva won. The same thing happened in the Russian's second service game.
Gradually Peschke's shots started finding their target better. At 2-4, she broke Zvonareva but the Russian broke back immediately and kept her serve to love to level the set at 4-4. Peschke kept her serve to go 5-4 up and it was third time lucky for the Czech as she broke Zvonareva to take the set 6-4.
In the third set, Peschke held her serve, then broke Zvonareva's, only to be broken back immediately by the young Russian. The turning point came when Zvonareva was serving at 2-3 down. She lost her serve to love as the heat seemed to take its toll. She was no longer was able to reach the much-improved Czech's drop shots.
Peschke won her next serve to go within one game of winning the match. Even though Zvonareva did hold her serve to reach 5-3, she was unable to deny the Czech the early birthday present she had worked so hard for. Peschke will meet Conchita Martinez, the 33-year-old former Champion, in the next round.
Written by Jukka Viskari