Wimbledon 2007: Andrew's TV-reports (full 3r report added)
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
1. First-round draw
2. Anna Chakvetadze preview
3. Order of play for Monday
This is an Anna-filtered subset of my full analysis of the draw:
1. First-round draw
1.1 Top quarter: Daniela Hantuchová
* JUSTINE HENIN  v Jorgelina Cravero [Q]
* Timea Bacsinszky v Vera Dushevina (hopp Timea!)
* Sun,Tiantian v Emilie Loit
* Elena Vesnina v OLGA POUTCHKOVA  (may the better win!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO  v Jill Craybas (davai Alyona!)
* Eva Birnerová v Ágnes Szávay [Q] (pojďme Eva!)
* Ashley Harkleroad v Roberta Vinci (both nice; go Ashley!)
* Camille Pin v PATTY SCHNYDER 
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [10,EF] v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [WC] (poďme Daniela!)
* Maria Elena Camerin v Elena Likhovtseva (both nice; forza Maria Elena!)
* Nika Ožegović [Q] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK  v Elena Baltacha [WC] (dajmo Katarina!)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR  v Kristina Brandi [Q]
* Milagros Sequera v Julia Schruff
* Alicia Molik v Anastasia Rodionova (go Alicia!)
* Lourdes Domínguez Lino v SERENA WILLIAMS 
1.2 Second quarter: Anna Chakvetadze
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ  v Anne Keothavong [WC]
* Meghann Shaughnessy v Jarmila Gajdošová
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Eleni Daniilidou
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v Zuzana Ondrášková (both nice; pojďme Lucie!)
* Flavia Pennetta [DF] v MARION BARTOLI [18,S] (both nice; forza Flavia!)
* Olga Govortsova [Q] v Greta Arn (davai Olga!)
* Tatjana Malek v Kaia Kanepi (ich wünsche, daß Tatjana gewinnt)
* SHAHAR PE'ER  v Tamarine Tanasugarn (kadima Shahar!)
* MARTINA HINGIS  v Naomi Cavaday  (hopp Martina!)
* Martina Suchá v Aiko Nakamura [s] (my Reason says Aiko, but my Passion says Martina)
* Aleksandra Wozniak v Laura Granville
* Varvara Lepchenko v SYBILLE BAMMER  (davai Varvara!)
* MICHAËLLA KRAJÍČEK  v Tzipora Obziler (kom op Michaëlla!)
* Sandra Klösel v Katie O'Brien [WC]
* Viktoriya Kutuzova [WC] v Tatiana Poutchek
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Angelique Kerber (davai Anna!)
1.3 Third quarter: Nicole Vaidišová
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [6,DF] v Melinda Czink (ajde Ana!)
* Edina Gallovits v Meilen Tu
* Aravane Rezaď v Shenay Perry (allez Aravane!)
* Anne Kremer v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE  (dajee Anne!)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES  (ˇvamos Virginia!)
* Tatiana Perebiynis [Q] v Emmanuelle Gagliardi (davai Tatiana!)
* Sania Mirza [DF] v Yaroslava Shvedova (both nice; chal Sania!)
* Vania King v NADIA PETROVA 
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [14,EF] v Karin Knapp (pojďme Nicole!)
* Nicole Pratt v Casey Dell'Acqua [Q]
* Victoria Azarenka v Jelena Kostanić Tošić
* Yan,Zi [Q,S] v TATHIANA GARBIN  (jia you Zi!)
* Ayumi Morita [Q,S] v MARA SANTANGELO  (ganbatte Ayumi!)
* Caroline Wozniacki [WC] v Anastasiya Yakimova (kom sĺ Caroline!)
* Virginie Razzano v Yvonne Meusburger
* Jamea Jackson v AMÉLIE MAURESMO  (anyone but Mauresmo!)
1.4 Bottom quarter: Maria Sharapova
* Julia Vakulenko v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA  (davai Julia!)
* Bethanie Mattek v Vasilisa Bardina
* Tsvetana Kirilova Pironkova v Agnieszka Radwańska (aide Tsvetana!)
* Anna Smashnova v MARTINA MÜLLER 
* TATIANA GOLOVIN [17,DF] v Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] (allez Tatiana!)
* Tamira Paszek v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová [Q] (auf jetzt Tamira!)
* Iveta Benešová v Catalina Castańo (pojďme Iveta!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA  v Nathalie Dechy (davai Elena!)
* Kateryna Bondarenko v DINARA SAFINA  (davai Kateryna!)
* Akiko Morigami [s] v Alberta Brianti (ganbatte Akiko!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Hana Šromová (jia you Shuai!)
* Alla Kudryavtseva v VENUS WILLIAMS 
* AI SUGIYAMA  v Melanie South [WC]
* Maria Kirilenko v Alizé Cornet [LL] (both nice; davai Maria!)
* Séverine Brémond v Ekaterina Bychkova (both nice; allez Séverine!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Chan,Yung-Jan (davai Maria!)
2. Anna Chakvetadze preview
Although too late to affect the Wimbledon-seedings, Anna has just overtaken Serena Williams to rise to a career-high #7 in the WTA Singles Rankings, having won her fourth title - all since September 2006, and she has a 4:0 record in finals! - at 's-Hertogenbosch with the following results:
1r + Victoria Azarenka, 5-7 6-2 6-2
2r + Francesca Schiavone, 6-4 7-6 (7/3)
qf + Angelique Kerber, 6-2 6-2
sf + DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [5,EF], 6-3 6-4
_f + JELENA JANKOVIĆ , 7-6 (7/2) 3-6 6-3
The win over Janković was especially impressive, as Janković has been one of the form-players of the year so far, and had beaten Maria Sharapova in the Birmingham final! Janković may have been struggling with a left-hamstring injury, and may have been tired after a marathon three-set semi-final, but beating her is an excellent message for Anna to send out when they could meet again in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon!
2.1 First round
Anna has only played Angelique Kerber once before, and you see the result right there from 's-Hertogenbosch above!
19-year-old Kerber has played mainly on the ITF Women's Circuit this year, but with an impressive win/loss record of 42:13, having won ITF Saguenay, ITF Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ITF Antalya-Attaleia, and ITF Přerov just two weeks ago, beating none other than Klára Zakopalová (née Koukalová) in the final!
But it's a big step up from the ITF circuit to competing with an on-form world #7, so I expect another easy victory for Anna over the world #76.
I watched the whole match of Kerber beating Olga Poutchkova 6-0 6-0 at Birmingham, but it was hard to get an impression of Kerber's abilities, as an overweight, miserable Poutchkova was making either a winner or, more likely, an unforced error within six strokes of every single point.
2.2 Second round
I hope it will be the pretty Viktoriya Kutuzova, but she is ranked #159 to Tatiana Poutchek's #85, despite beating Poutchek in their only meeting.
Anna leads Kutuzova 2:0 head-to-head (2005 US Open 1r: 6-3 3-6 7-5, 2006 Indian Wells 2r: 6-4 7-5), so they've had tough matches, but Anna has improved so much since those times! She's never played Poutchek.
Kutuzova is not having a good year. The only times she's won two matches in a row have been in failed qualifying-attempts at Gold Coast and Dubai. She suffered a 5-match losing-streak in March/April, and is on a 3-match one now, despite playing two ITF tournaments since the French Open.
Poutchek is also on a 3-match losing-streak, having lost in the second round of the French Open, and first rounds at Barcelona and Eastbourne. But she's playing at a higher level than Kutuzova, so sadly she should beat her.
Either way, it should be easy pickings for Anna in the second round.
2.3 Third round
I hope and expect that Michaëlla Krajíček - who won 's-Hertogenbosch last year, just as Anna did this - will be Anna's third-round opponent.
Michaëlla isn't having a good year, though: she has a win/loss record of 11:15, although she did have a great run at Charleston, where she beat Nicole Vaidišová 4-6 6-4 6-3 and Sybille Bammer 6-7 6-2 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals, and also reached the third round of the French Open.
Michaëlla lost 7-6 6-4 to Yuliana Fedak in 1r Birmingham, but I attended that match, and it was a very impressive performance from Yuliana to frustrate Michaëlla, who was hitting big serves and coming to the net behind them.
Michaëlla beat Gisela Dulko 6-3 6-2 at 's-Hertogenbosch before losing 6-4 3-6 6-4 to Dinara Safina.
Anna's only meeting with Michaëlla was at Hasselt 2005. Michaëlla was leading 6-3 3-1 when Anna retired with a right-wrist strain.
If Michaëlla loses before the third round, it will be to her first-round opponent, Tzipora Obziler, whom Anna has never played, and who is having an impressive 20:11 year highlighted by runs to the quarter-finals of Pattaya City (from qualifying) and semis of Bangalore.
2.4 Fourth round
Ten years ago, Martina Hingis was dominating the WTA Tour, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. But women's tennis has become much more powerful since then, and Hingis is in her second year of a comeback after retiring for three years.
Anna has often been compared with Hingis, due to her anticipation and ability to make her defensive shots awkward for her opponent. But they've only met once: Hingis was leading 6-3 3-1 in the semi-finals of Montréal 2006 when Anna retired with a right-forearm strain.
Hingis had an impressive start to the year, culminating in the Tokyo Pan Pacific title, but after that she lost to Daniela Hantuchová at Doha and Indian Wells, and to Agnieszka Radwańska at Miami. Her claycourt-season was restricted to just Berlin, where she lost 6-4 6-0 to Patty Schnyder, then pulled out of the French Open with a left-hip injury, and Wimbledon is her first tournament back. So I don't rate her as much of a threat to Anna.
Perhaps the greater danger comes from Sybille Bammer, who has been in the form of her life this year. She beat Serena Williams to reach the semi-finals of Hobart, won Pattaya City over Gisela Dulko, reached the semi-finals of Indian Wells with wins over Ana Ivanović and Tatiana Golovin, the semi-finals of Amelia Island, and the fourth round of the French Open.
But Anna is 2:0 head-to-head against Bammer, both this year: 1r Australian Open 6-4 7-5, 2r Antwerp 4-6 7-6 6-2.
Bammer had a good run at Eastbourne, beating Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-3 and Lucie Šafářová 6-7 7-5 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals, where she lost 6-7 7-5 6-4 to Nadia Petrova. The 27-year-old's Wimbledon-record is an unenviable 3:5, her best result being a third-round appearance last year, though that was before her transformation.
It's good that Anna got one over on Jelena Janković in the 's-Hertogenbosch final when they might have to meet again here! Anna actually leads their head-to-head 5:2, with Janković's only wins coming in 1r Wimbledon 2005 and Warsaw 2007 (Janković was leading 7-6 3-1 when Anna retired with a right-shoulder strain).
Admittedly four of Anna's wins came before 2007, when Janković became so powerful, but it's still a very encouraging head-to-head.
Of course, it's possible that Janković might be so tired after her three-set marathons in the last two rounds of 's-Hertogenbosch that she might be vulnerable to an early exit - and who better to deliver it than Lucie Šafářová, of whom Anna writes in her latest Diary at http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/ : "Lucie is a great player. You better watch out because Lucie will climb up the rankings this year : ), Wait and see : )."
3. Order of play for Monday
Court 18 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. WS 1r: SHAHAR PE'ER  v Tamarine Tanasugarn
2. MS 1r: Benjamin Becker v JUAN IGNACIO CHELA 
3. MS 1r: Rik de Voest v MARAT SAFIN 
4. WS 1r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Angelique Kerber
Court 18 /is/ one of the televised courts, but I get the feeling that Anna means nothing to the BBC after they failed to televise her this year despite her Australian and French Open quarter-finals! :-||
Full order of play:
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