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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 2007, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Sveta in Fed Cup

I could not find any recent thread about Sveta in Fed Cup,so here's one to discuss & cheer for her.


Here you can see Sveta historical in Fed Cup:
http://www.fedcup.com/teams/player.asp?player=35013668

Last time Sveta played the final for Russia (in 2004,long time ago ) she lost her 2 matchs I hope this time she can win all and make her team proud.Davai Sveta!!!! Davai Russia!!!!




By the way,does anybody know a way to watch the matchs or will we have to rely on liverscores?

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Kuznetsova and Chakvetadze the new Russian stars

When Russia began its 2007 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas campaign in April of this year, Anna Chakvetadze was a promising up-and-comer who spent most of the one-sided first round tie against Spain on the bench, waiting for her chance to pitch in and help Nadia Petrova and Svetlana Kuznetsova. As Russia returns to Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for this year’s Fed Cup by BNP Paribas final against Italy, Chakvetadze is now a key member of the team.

The 20-year-old Muscovite was originally a highly promising pianist, but at 12 her mother took her to a tennis club and her life changed direction. She was an outstanding junior but not surprisingly has taken time to find her feet on the WTA Tour. However, a stellar spell on the American hard-courts has culminated in a run to the US Open semifinals – and a marquee match against her good friend Kuznetsova – and left Chakvetadze knocking on the door of the world’s top five.

Chakvetadze and Kuznetsova became close after getting to know each other on Fed Cup duty, and their friendship has help build team spirit within the all-star Russian line-up. “I’m such a friendly person and I’m in good relations with everyone. I mean, we are seeing each other every week and we practise together,” said Chakvetadze, who also featured in Russia’s thrilling 3-2 semi-final victory over the USA in Stowe in July, when she beat Vania King in the opening match before losing to Venus Williams.

Chakvetadze and Kuznetsova will be assisted in the final by Petrova and Elena Vesnina, who regularly partners Chakvetadze in doubles. They will also have a high class practice partner in World No.2 Maria Sharapova, whose injury problems will not allow her to play but who will attend the final at the invitation of team captain Shamil Tarpischev. “I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from our captain asking me if I would like to play in the finals,” Sharapova told her personal website. “Unfortunately he called me the day I was visiting a doctor in Toronto.” Sharapova has been told not to put any pressure on her shoulder, where she is still experiencing some pain after a series of nagging problems this season. “The bad news is that I can’t play the finals without a serve, smash or a swinging volley,” she explained.” The least I could do is fly over there and be their practice partner for the week and cheer them on from the stands. Get those horns ready!”

Chakvetadze is working with Sharapova’s former coach Robert Landsorp and credits the California-based mentor – who has also worked with Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Pete Sampras among others – with helping her improve in recent months. “I’m working physically and mentally definitely, and I think I improve this year a lot compared to last year,” she said. “He helps me a lot. He gives me confidence, you know, and he’s a great guy. I just take some little things what he teaches, you know, because I will never play like Maria. I will never have powerful shots like Maria because I’m just smaller and thinner. I don’t have as much power to hit, so I have to play smart. And because I’m shorter I'm moving better, so I have to use that.”

Kuznetsova, too, feels that she has improved and travels to Moscow as the US Open runner-up, all of which could spell bad news for Italy, the competition’s defending champions. “I know I’ve grown as a person and as a player, I can see it in the matches,” said Kuznetsova. “It really motivates me a lot to do what I’m doing, and I really enjoy playing tennis.”

Italy, the competition’s defending champions, can also field a strong, experienced team for the final, made up the quartet of players who took Italy to victory in Charleroi last September.
Francesca Schiavone will spearhead the team, with Flavia Pennetta, Mara Santangelo and doubles specialist Roberta Vinci alongside her, and last year’s winning captain Corrado Barazzutti once more leading the team from the sidelines.

The 45th Fed Cup final marks the first time the two teams have met at such a late stage in the competition but they have met on three previous occasions, with Russia winning all three.

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Re: Sveta in Fed Cup

i hope she can recover well this week from the open so she can take Russia to the fed cup . Vamos Sveta


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Re: Sveta in Fed Cup

Well,yeah my only concern is she might be tired after her USO run.Let's hope she has recovered well as you say.GO SVETA!!!!

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Yeah im a little concerned about her scheduling, what with fed cup this week, and then she's playing beijing next week, thats pretty tough, i hope she can cope with it, because her scheduling this year has been much better up till now.


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OMG,I wasn't thinking about Beijing She has the title to defend there Not that she is not able to do it again,but this must be too much tennis for her body.

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Re: Sveta in Fed Cup

Sveta's head-to-head against italian players:


Kuznetsova-Sschiavone 6-2
Kuznetsova-Pennetta 1-0
Kuznetsova-Santangelo 3-0
Kuznetsova-Vinci 1-0

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Davai Sveta! come on Russia, I hope I can watch it on tv
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Re: Sveta in Fed Cup

I think Sveta- Schiavone will be the key match of the tie . I know Sveta hasn't had a week off for a long time, played toronto, then new haven, then the open, now fed cup then beijing, thats 6 weeks in a row which i think is too much, hope her body can cope with it, and she takes a rest after beijing.


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Sveta has played some really bad matches this summer. She has to play well here. Not like the semi with Anna.

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Hey Sveta fans,

Just wanted to share this video I found...In this video, Sveta is being interviewed in Russia post-USO. She actually looks pretty good here...Hope you guys enjoy it. One favor though, to those who understand Russian - they talk a lot about Maria - what does she say exactly? Seems interesting....

http://video.sportbox.ru//VideoStora...na_kuznetsova_

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Thanks for sharing that, i don't speak russian so have no idea what is being said, but i enjoyed the pictures


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Time for me to add my best wishes to the Russian team for this weekend. Sveta et al can surely do it!!
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Good luck,Sveta
Good luck,Russia

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