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Chakvetadze gains semis despite jitters
NEW HAVEN — Djambuli Chakvetadze sat in the corner of the Court 2 bleachers and showed the nerves of an anxious father.
He sat next to his daughter’s coach, Karl Alljuarin, and took long, deliberate drags off a cigarette.
Anna Chakvetadze was serving for her quarterfinal match against Jie Zheng and started to repeat some faulty steps that almost cost her the first set.
The daughter inherited her father’s nerves. She looked up at him, then the sky, took a deep breath and proceeded to hold serve to solidify her first WTA semifinal appearance with a 6-4, 6-4 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament victory over Zheng on Thursday at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.
She advances to face Lindsay Davenport today on Stadium Court.
"I was nervous. I know it showed," Chakvetadze said. "I’ve never been in this position before. When you play tennis in Russia, there is this certain intensity. There is emotion. And then there are nerves."
The nerves weren’t just a product of Chakvetadze’s match with Zheng. It has been that type of season for the 18-year-old Moscow product. Chakvetadze started the year without a coach, and then she found Alljuarin, who has been working with her for the past five months.
But the nerves stem from youth, and ambition from her heritage. Chakvetadze said she understands the pressure of being a female Russian tennis player. Everyone expects to become the top player. Few achieve that lofty distinction.
"It’s very much like America," Chakvetadze said. "That’s why tournaments are never easy. That’s why tennis is not easy."
Chakvetadze coasted through the first set and broke Zheng’s serve three times to take a 5-1 lead. Zheng then ripped off three straight games. Chakvetadze had trouble with her serve, double-faulting twice on set point at 5-3 to force deuce. Zheng held serve, then pushed Chakvetadze again before the Russian laced a baseline forehand for the first set.
As Chakvetadze finally settled down, Zheng unraveled late in the second set. Down 4-3, a series of unforced errors allowed Chakvetadze to run away with the final three games to secure a semifinal appearance.
She said she doesn’t want to think about the success of other Russian tennis players. Chakvetadze only cares about her performance, her possible jump up the rankings and, with stoic sincerity, added, "you never know what will happen. You only have to concern yourself with you."
After the win, Chakvetadze didn’t smile. She walked off the court and kissed her father on each cheek.
Then they exhaled.
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