Andrew's third-round scoreboard-report
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Grand Slam)
2. Third round: Chakvetadze v Kirilenko scoreboard-report
Apologies for the delay.
This was due to Maria Sharapova going all the way!
Anna and her wasps:
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2. Third round: Chakvetadze v Kirilenko scoreboard-report (Saturday 19th January)
Nice winner, nice loser:
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF], 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2
Quote of the day comes from Maria Kirilenko: "There are two big screens on the court, and I was watching them and I saw Anna's face, and she seemed really tired. And of course, when you see someone dying on the other side, you feel more energy."
Three or even two years ago, I would have approved of this result - and even as an Anna-fan, I'm happy for Maria that she has reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, six days ahead of her 21st birthday.
Maria "She's So Lovely" Kirilenko is one of my favourite players outside my Eternal Fanship. But then the equally ultracute Anna came along, and developed such a game of flairsome power and spreading rallies that I inducted her into my Eternal Fanship, whilst remaining a demi-fan of Maria.
Maria, who is just 6 weeks older than Anna, made her mark first, winning the doubles at Birmingham 2004 with Maria Sharapova, while Anna made her mark by knocking reigning French Open champion Anastasia Myskina out of the US Open 2004.
In 2005, their careers progressed in parallel, although Maria won her first WTA singles-title at Beijing, while Anna had to wait until Guangzhou 2006 for hers. After that, Anna went from strength to strength, winning Moscow 2006, persuading me to induct her into my Eternal Fanship, winning four more titles in 2007, rising to a career-high ranking of #5, and seeming to have pulled clear of Maria with a 3:1 head-to-head.
But Anna's preparations for the Australian Open were shattered when burglars broke into her house on 18th December, beat her father up, and tied Anna up so tightly that she couldn't feel the fingers of her left hand for days. Three exhibition-matches, a first-round exit at Sydney, and Andrea Petkovic's retirement in the first game of her first match here, left Anna desperately short of match-play, while Maria hit top form with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Akiko Morigami in the previous round. So I knew this was going to be a danger-match for Anna, and so it proved.
When Anna won the first set on a tiebreak, I thought it would be tough for Maria to come back and Anna would roll through the second, but instead it was Anna who got tired, while Maria played a brilliant second set according to those lucky enough to see it (or unlucky if you only like Anna). The third set was closer than the scoreline implies, but with Maria serving first, a single break left Anna in a *2-5 hole, and she sank after saving four match-points in that game.
Because this match was something special, I decided to burn the midnight-oil in England and follow live scores. After a brief rain-delay while they closed the roof on Rod Laver Arena, the match started at 11:18 AEDT.
I also used the live-scores thread at
CHAKVETAD _* * * * * *T 7(8)
KIRILENKO * * * * * *__ 6(6)
Maria serving 0-0: Double fault. 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: 30/0 -> 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Tough so far! And they're having long rallies according to TheBoiledEgg - unlike Kuznetsova v Radwańska (*0-3) on Vodafone, which is the only other court with a roof.
Maria serving 1-1: 30/0. 30/15. Maria hit a "great dropshot". 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
I'm actually feeling equal passion for these girls, even though Anna is a member of my Eternal Fanship while Maria's tennis isn't up to my EF-standards. My Passion just wants this match to go on and on without a loser, even though it's eating into my sleep (it's gone 00:30 GMT, and I have to be up in time for the evening-session at 08:30).
I think Anna and Maria are the two cutest girls in tennis, and as cute as each other. Maria is prettier and has a lovely smile, while Anna is so expressive, and has all these cute on-court habits (as documented on my website).
Maria serving 2-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30 -> 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Maria had a "rough miss" with a forehand down the line. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Now Maria has the baggage of a missed break-point to deal with.
Maria serving 3-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 3-4: Held to love.
I can sense the momentum shifting ever so slightly in Anna's favour, along with my loyalty.
Maria serving 4-4: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Now we come to the sharp end of the set, where Maria's advantage of serving first comes into play as she can break for the set in any of Anna's remaining service-games, whereas Anna has to either break or serve it out, or win it on a tiebreak.
Anna serving 4-5: 40/0. 40/30. Held.
Now it's fascinating, as Maria has the material advantage but Anna has the momentum.
Maria serving 5-5: 0/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Maria. Held.
Now Maria has both the lead and the momentum, as Anna failed to push home her 0/30 opening. Come on Anna!
Anna serving 5-6: Held to love.
What a response!
6-6 tiebreak: Maria *0/0;
Anna *1/0, *1/1, 2/1*, 3/1*, *3/2, *4/2, 4/3*. Would have been 5/3*, but Maria made a successful challenge.
Anna *5/4. Double fault. *5/5. Lucky netcord for Anna. 6/5* (SP #1). Maria saved it with great retrieving.
Anna *7/6 (SP #2), *7/7.
Anna won the first set 7-6 (8/6) at 12:22 (1h04m).
A most intriguing set, with no breaks but subtle momentum-shifts. But I could do with Anna finishing this in two, or I'm going to end up with about four hours' sleep!
Wintermute: "Match is not great quality though, most points ending on errors."
CHAKVETAD *______ 1
KIRILENKO _*@*@*@ 6
Anna serving 0-0: Held to love.
Wintermute: "Masha tried to do a Radwańska on return of serve by stepping in and failed quite badly. Anna wasn't very impressed and complained to the umpire."
Maria serving 0-1: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 -> 40/40. Ad Maria. Held.
Anna serving 1-1: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.
Aargh! Anna has yet to break Maria this match. What am I gonna do if this goes to a third set and it's past 2am in England? (it's 01:35 right now).
Agnieszka Radwańska just got rid of Kuznetsova 6-3 6-4 - that was pretty sweet. Right now Rod Laver Arena is the only court playing.
DownTheLine21: "Maria looks extremely fired up."
Maria serving 2-1: 0/30 -> 40/30. Held.
The momentum's firmly in Maria's favour now, as Anna wastes another 0/30 opening. It's times like these that Anna's burglary-ordeal comes flooding back into my head if not hers.
2moretogo: "Finally Makiri playing with some aggression. It only took her a set to get settled. Anna C, moonballing"
DownTheLine21: "Maria is playing fearlessly at the moment."
Anna serving 1-3: 0/40 (3 BPs). 15/40. Broken.
2moretogo: "Anna hits a lot of angles but she goes for a lot (and I am being kind here) room over the net. If Makiri can continue to flatten the ball out she can run away with this match."
saniapower: "Makiri playing brilliant tennis in the 2nd"
DownTheLine21: "Maria was p***ed that she lost that tiebreak. She channeled her aggression into great playing."
Well, if it's gonna go to a third set, the sooner the better in terms of my sleep, though Anna needs to stem this momentum before Maria takes control of the third set too!
Maria serving 4-1: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 1-5: 0/30. 15/40 (2 SPs). Double fault. Maria won the second set 6-1 at 12:50 AEDT.
Now it's beginning to resemble - in scoreline at least - that horrible US Open semi-final when Anna lost 3-6 6-1 6-1.
And Anna hasn't had a single break-point the entire match.
CHAKVETAD @__*____ 2
KIRILENKO _@* *@*@ 6
Maria serving 0-0: 0/40 (3 BPs) -> 30/40. Broken.
First break-points of the match for Anna, and she converts! I'm a strong believer that a new set is a new beginning, and can easily reset the momentum of the player who won the second.
Anna's had matches before where she's lost the second set 6-0 and got her act together in the third, e.g. 4r French Open 2007 v Lucie Šafářová and rr Sony Ericsson Championships v Jelena Janković. Maybe she's learned the art of tactical tanking.
And Maria has had plenty of third-set let-downs in her career - in fact she's 0:8 in third sets against top-ten players! Well, no. She did beat #3 Janković 6-2 3-6 7-5 at San Diego 2007.
Anna serving 1-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Maria serving 1-1: Held to love.
Not good! My loyalty is firmly to Anna now, as my vows of Eternal Fanship are separate from how attractive I find Maria.
Anna serving 1-2: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Maria serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 2-3: 30/0 -> 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Maria (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (BP #2). Broken.
Could that be the final nail in Anna's coffin - broken after 30/0 and 40/30? She's going to need all her grit and fighting-qualities to come through this one now.
DownTheLine21: "It seems Chakvetadze is playing ace or die tennis."
Maria serving 4-2: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
This is a terrible hole for Anna to dig herself out of, even though it's just one break. Maria would have to choke horribly.
2moretogo: "Usually she's [Anna] more demonstrative, winning or losing. Tonight she's just 'whateva' I got someplace else to be."
Anna serving 2-5: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 MPs) -> 40/40. Ad Anna. Double fault #9. Deuce #2. Ad Maria (MP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Maria (MP #4). Deuce #4. Ad Anna. Deuce #5. Ad Maria (MP #5). "For Russia, Maria?" "No, for me." Maria won 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2 at 13:31 - the first in a series of long matches that led to the latest-ever finish to a day's play at a Grand Slam: 4:33am!
Anna racked up a woeful W:UE ratio of 28:54, while Maria's looks just as bad, though less aggressive, at 17:30.
A big difference between the two was the quality of their second serves. Maria won 59% of the points on her second serve, while Anna won only 42% on her own second serve (it deteriorated from set to set: 67%, 30%, 23%) and served a monstrous 9 double faults. Maria's second serve was a bit faster than Anna's too.
With the first set going completely with serve until the tiebreak, Maria broke Anna 6 times from 15 break-points (only one of which was in the first set), while the only break-points Anna had were the three at 0/40 in the first game of the third, when she scored her only break of the match.
Maria is renowned for her returns of serve. Having studied Anna's game closely, I can't say the same about her.
Kuznetsova makes shock early exit [CEEFAX 491]
And sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze lost 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2 to Maria Kirilenko.
Chakvetadze dumped out [Teletext 498]
Maria Kirilenko won an all-Russian third-round battle to end sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze's title-hopes.
Chakvetadze, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open last autumn, looked on the way to victory when she edged the opener 8/6 on a tiebreak.
But Kirilenko, 20, came storming back to win the next two sets for a 6-7 6-1 6-2 victory to seal a fourth-round spot in a Grand Slam for the first time.
Kirilenko thanks coach [Teletext 498]
Maria Kirilenko paid tribute to coach Eric van Harpen after her victory over Anna Chakvetadze in Melbourne.
The 20-year-old Russian recovered from losing the third set to see off sixth seed Chakvetadze 6-7 6-1 6-2.
Kirilenko said: "I understand him, and he's speaking to me about things I haven't considered before. We have been working on more positive things. He's helped me a lot."
Kirilenko storms past sixth seed
By Adam Lucius <www.australianopen.com>
Another top-10 seed has bitten the dust at the Australian Open, with Russian Anna Chakvetadze bounced out of the tournament by compatriot Maria Kirilenko.
Kirilenko dropped the first set, but came back to win the next two and claim a surprise 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2 win over the sixth seed.
The first set went to serve, forcing it into a thrilling tiebreak, which Chakvetadze won 8/6.
It was supposed to be an uphill battle for Kirilenko from there, with Chakvetadze boasting a 28:1 win/loss record in Grand Slams after taking the first set.
But the No.27 seed ignored the trend, breaking Chakvetadze on three occasions en route to securing the second set in under half an hour.
Kirilenko broke Chakvetadze at 3-2 and 5-2 in the deciding set to complete her first victory over her fellow Russian in three years.
The loss was too much to bear for Chakvetadze's father, who fled Rod Laver Arena as his daughter slid towards defeat.
Russians Chakvetadze and Kirilenko played out a tense encounter, with Chakvetadze edging the opening set on a tiebreak after neither player managed a break of serve.
But Kirilenko, trying to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, dominated the second set, and recovered from dropping serve at the start of the decider.
There were plenty of nerves from the 27th seed as four match-points went begging on Chakvetadze's serve in game eight, but Kirilenko converted her fifth chance for a huge win.
"It was a really tough match," said Kirilenko.
"In the first set, I was a little bit unlucky, and I decided to tell myself, 'Maria, come on, keep working, fight for every point,' and I did it and I'm so happy."
Sixth seed Chakvetadze sunk by Kirilenko (Reuters)
By Greg Stutchbury (eeporting by Greg Stutchbury; editing by Ed Osmond)
Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze was knocked out of the Australian Open 6-7 6-1 6-2 by her former clubmate and fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko on Saturday.
Chakvetadze was the second top-10-ranked women's player to lose within the space of an hour at a wet Melbourne Park early on Saturday after second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was bundled out in the third round by Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska.
Kirilenko, who used to train at the same club as Chakvetadze in Moscow, had not beaten her compatriot since 2005, and the three-match losing-streak had started to annoy the 27th seed.
"The last few times I lost [to] her, both in Indian Wells, I got really p***ed, you know," Kirilenko told reporters. "Oh, my God, I beat her every time and now I'm losing.
"I was always the best... when I was small, in juniors. Then the last two years she has [been] very successful, wins everything, so she became a top-10 player."
The match was evenly poised in the first set, with the 20-year-old Chakvetadze prevailing in the tiebreak 8/6, and Kirilenko admitted she had begun to ponder another loss.
"The first set was really tough," said Kirilenko.
"I thought, 'Oh, my God: if it's going to be like [this] all game, it's going to be really difficult'".
Kirilenko, however, said she noticed from watching the television-screens above Rod Laver Arena that Chakvetadze was beginning to look fatigued.
"I saw that she was a little bit tired, because there's two big screens on the court," she said. "When you see like someone is dying on that side, you feel more energy."
Chakvetadze saved four match-points, but she was unable to halt the momentum of Kirilenko, who won the match at her fifth opportunity when her opponent sent a forehand wide.
Seeds tumble out of Australian Open tennis
by Martin Parry (AFP)
World number two Svetlana Kuznetsova became a shock-casualty on day six of the Australian Open on Saturday, with sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze and men's seventh seed Fernando González also skidding out.
With rain delaying play on the outside courts at Melbourne Park, the early action was restricted to the Rod Laver and Vodafone Arenas, which have retractable roofs.
At the Rod Laver Arena, Chakvetadze let slip a one-set lead against 27th-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko, a childhood-friend, crashing 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2.
"It was a really tough match; in the first set I was a little bit unlucky, and I decided to tell myself, 'Maria, come on, keep working, fight for every point,' and I did it and I'm so happy," said Kirilenko.
"Usually I'm losing my third match in a Grand Slam, so I'm happy the tradition is broken and I'm in the fouth round."
She now plays either the Slovak Republic's Daniela Hantuchová or Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual.
Radwańska stuns second-seeded Kuznetsova (PA SportsTicker)
Another top-seeded Russian fell on Saturday, as No. 27 Maria Kirilenko upset sixth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2.
Quite naturally, Kirilenko was thrilled with her accomplishment.
"I think it's quite good to win for me. And before, of course, I beat a couple good players, like top 10. Usually, I'm losing like every time first round in the Grand Slam," Kirilenko said. "Really, it's good I broke this tradition in the first round already, so I'm quite happy."
The other Maria dares to dream
By Adam Lucius <www.australianopen.com>
Maria Kirilenko has hailed her shock third-round Australian Open win over compatriot Anna Chakvetadze as a career-breakthrough following years of misery at Grand Slam tournaments.
The No. 27 seed, a regular first- or second-round loser at Slams, powered past her highly-rated opponent 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2 in one of the real surprises on day six at Melbourne Park.
It sets up a fourth-round clash with either Daniela Hantuchová or Virginia Ruano Pascual - a rarefied position for a player who lists classical music as one of her great loves.
"I think it's quite a good win for me," Kirilenko said.
"I have beaten a couple of good players in the top 10 [in other tournaments], but usually I'm losing every time in the first round in Grand Slams. It's good I broke this tradition here, so I'm quite happy."
"I'm working really hard, and now everything's coming together and I'm starting to play better."
Chakvetadze had a hold over Kirilenko leading into the Australian Open, boasting a 4:1 career-record against her childhood-friend from juniors.
But despite the losing-trend and dropping the first set, Kirilenko's confidence soared as Chakvetadze tired and began making a series of unforced errors.
"There's always competition between us to see who would be better, and the last few times I lost to her, I got really p***ed off," Kirilenko revealed.
"It's not really easy to play against her, because she plays quite deep and she has good hands.
"But today I felt like I was running well, and I felt strong, like I can play the ball how I want."
Kirilenko, who turns 21 on Friday, will now play in the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
So is she daring to dream?
"I wish I can keep going like this. If I can keep playing a good game then I'm going to go far," she said.
"But I want to think about each game, each opponent.
"It's better step by step."
Kirilenko closes game with junior rival Chakvetadze (AP)
Maria Kirilenko is slowly closing the gap on childhood-opponent Anna Chakvetadze.
"Actually, I was always the best when I was small," Kirilenko said after rallying to beat No. 6 Chakvetadze 6-7(6) 6-1 6-2 and advancing to the fourth round. "Then the last two years she is very successful, wins everything, so she became a top-10 player."
"To be honest, like I was little bit surprised, because from the small age I never thought that she could play as good as she's playing."
The 20-year-old Kirilenko broke her fellow Russian in the second game of the second set. Chakvetadze conceded two double faults to hand Kirilenko the win on her fifth match-point.
"Usually I'm losing like every time in the first round in a Grand Slam," No. 27 Kirilenko said. "So I'm happy the tradition is broken."
Kirilenko is 2:4 against Chakvetadze, who is a little more than a month younger than Kirilenko.
Bottom Quarter Rocked as Svetlana, Anna Ousted
The bottom quarter of the Australian Open draw was rocked on Saturday, as its two highest seeds - Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anna Chakvetadze - were bundled out of the tournament, as the third round continued Down Under.
While Kuznetsova went down on Vodafone Arena, Chakvetadze was succumbing as well across the way at Rod Laver Arena. The No.6 seed was defeated in three sets by No.27-seeded countrywoman Maria Kirilenko: 6-7(6) 6-1 6-2.
"It's quite a good win for me," Kirilenko said. "I've beaten some top-10 players before, but usually I'm losing in the first week of a Grand Slam, and so it's really good I could break this tradition here. I'm really quite happy."
Both women displayed erratic form throughout the one-hour, five-minute opening set, Chakvetadze compiling a -10 differential and Kirilenko a -15 differential, and a gritty Chakvetadze managed to close it out in the tiebreak. But while Kirilenko tidied up her game in the next two sets (hitting 11 winners to nine errors), the No.6 seed's game seemed to crumble (16 winners, 32 errors).
"The first set was so tough; I thought, 'If it's like this the whole match, it's going to be really tough," Kirilenko said. "But in the second and third sets, she looked a little tired; there are two big screens on the court and I was watching them and I saw Anna's face, and she seemed really tired. And I wasn't tired. And of course, when you see someone dying on the other side, you feel more energy."
The win over Chakvetadze was Kirilenko's third career top-10 win and second-best, having beaten a No.3-ranked Jelena Janković last summer in San Diego. It propels the Russian into her career-first Grand Slam second week.
Maria's third-round press-conference:
Dr. Andrew Broad
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