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tennisIlove09
Jul 29th, 2004, 06:10 AM
Kuzy Likes Myskina over Maria on Hard
‘She mixes her shots better on hard courts’

By Matthew Cronin
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FROM THE ACURA CLASSIC IN CARLSBAD– It was one of those odd Wednesdays at a Tier 1 event, when the largely expected regretfully came to pass and landed with a disappointing thud. So many contests that could have been barnburners turned out to be little more than smoldering campfires constructed with wet twigs.

Before moving into day three of the action, it’s more interesting to note an ideological trend in the Russians thinking: on hard courts, that the smart, inventive play from French Open champ and Fed Cup leader Anastasia Myskina is worthy of more respect than upstart and Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova’s anarchistic, tear-down-the-tour’s barracks approach. Myskina and Sharapova could meet in the quarters.

"Anastasia has much more experience and is more clever than Maria," Kuzy said. "She mixes her shots better and on hard courts, can do more things than Maria can. She’s the number one Russian and when she plays other Russians, its gives her something extra to play for. She’s so hard to beat when she’s that way. She knows how to win. I think she will beat Maria if they play."

However, both have to get there and presuming they do, Myskina’s sleight-of-hands tactics will be given a stern test if Sharapova continues to serve and return with the ferocity that she showed at Wimbledon. In order to beat her, you have to get into the points first.

So a perfectly sunny Wednesday began with old Cardiff-by-the Sea faithful, Conchita Martinez, beating up on the talented yet mentally unsound Iveta Benasova. Then Ai Sugiyama laughed at countrywoman’s Shinobu Asagoe’s prospects in a 6-2, 6-2 victory.

Then it got very queasy quickly. In a highly anticipated rematch of their Eastbourne final, Daniela Hantuchova says she worked out too hard in the early morning and then had nothing left against seventh seed Kuznetsova in a 6-1 6-2 loss, where she had to call the trainer because she was dizzy and having stomach problems.
Elena Likhovsteva schooled young Czech Barbara Strycova, and Croatia’s Jelena Kostanic couldn’t get her attractive lefty game going against Chanda Rubin.

The only real entertainment of the day came next on the stadium, when the bold Australian Alicia Molik stunned Amelie Mauresmo 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. As if often the case with Mauresmo in her hardcourt losses, her forehand rarely landed deeper than the service line and the Aussie ate it up. Plus, Molik served like Margaret Court in her prime.

"I was waiting for some occasions that she would give me or I would create. It just didn't happen," Mauresmo said.
The 23-year-old Molik had lost a tight two-setter to Mauresmo at the ‘04 Australian Open. She actually believes she can win the tournament. As most the top players say, she feels she needs to stay aggressive all the time or she’ll never crack the top. Now she’ll get a shot at Amy Frazier, who won’t be looping anything short her way.

The forgotten Russian, Elena Bovina, romped past Eleni Daniilidou and will get a crack at Serena and some notoriety. TR.net flavor of the month Marion Bartoli scored her biggest win of the California swing, pasting ninth seed Paola Suarez 6-3 6-0. Then Gisela "Granny Killer’ Dulko chopped down Mary Pierce 6-3, 7-6 (1), earning herself a junior re-match with one-time doubles partner, Maria Sharapova.

But it was the night match that really splashed some cold Pacific undercurrent on the day’s proceedings, when after a terrific first set, Karolina Sprem lost her steam and was bullied 6-4 6-0 by Lindsay Davenport. The Croat showed little of her Wimbledon fight past the first set and really, she can’t hang with Davenport on a hard court if Lindsay is serving that well and returning with precision.

"This has been a really good run for me," said Davenport, who will play old foil Martinez. "I have so much confidence and I’m playing the big points better. "Sometimes that’s all you need to carry you through certain matches. But I’m definitely a little tired physically and mentally so this tournament will be the toughest test for me."
Mind you, these were all second round contests and the real fun should begin in the third round.

FIVE GOOD MATCHES

On Thursday, there are at least five good matches, beginning with Myskina against Chanda Rubin, which will be played side by side with Kuznetsova against Vera Zvonareva. These two Russian teens are friends but are quite competitive against each other and have similar physical approaches to matches, although their techniques are quite different. "I remember when Vera and I played the Sunshine Cup together and she said I hope we are both are the top someday," Kuzy said. "Now we are close. I am happy for her to, but we will fight for every ball."

Dulko recalls the last time she and Sharapova played each other, at a junior tournament in Miami. "I was up 5-2 in the first set and lost 7-5. She was up 5-2 in the second set and I won 7-5 and then I was up again 5-2 in the third set and she won 7-5. I knew she would be a top player because I always liked her attitude on court. She really believes in herself. I’m going to have to serve very well and change the rhythm against her."

Myskina will play Rubin in what should be a tight three-setter and Bartoli will really know where he game is at when she faces Sugiyama.

Serena will play Bovina in the night match, which will be another huge test for the struggling Williams.
Despite her defeat, Mauresmo will jump past No. 2 Kim Clijsters in the rankings on Monday. The Belgian has not played since April due to a wrist injury. However, both Myskina and Davenport could pass both pass Mauresmo and Clijsters should they reach the finals. How’s that for a zigzag race?

If Mauresmo does go to No. 1 without a Slam title, the system will be questioned again. Kim Clijsters did the same last year when the Williamses were out and before current No. 1 JHH caught her, but Clijsters had a far more impressive record than Mauresmo does now. "I’ve said all along that I want to get to number one by playing well and winning big tournaments," Mauresmo said. "But if I get there another way, I’ll take it."

martinafan
Jul 29th, 2004, 06:17 AM
I think you've titled the thread slightly wrong.....;)

But thanks for the article! :)

Mr_Molik
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:13 AM
The only real entertainment of the day came next on the stadium, when the bold Australian Alicia Molik stunned Amelie Mauresmo 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. As if often the case with Mauresmo in her hardcourt losses, her forehand rarely landed deeper than the service line and the Aussie ate it up. Plus, Molik served like Margaret Court in her prime.

"I was waiting for some occasions that she would give me or I would create. It just didn't happen," Mauresmo said.
The 23-year-old Molik had lost a tight two-setter to Mauresmo at the ‘04 Australian Open. She actually believes she can win the tournament. As most the top players say, she feels she needs to stay aggressive all the time or she’ll never crack the top. Now she’ll get a shot at Amy Frazier, who won’t be looping anything short her way.


alicia :hug:

Vass22
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:33 AM
...she's correct. Kuzzi would beat her too. [perhaps even on grass]

tennisIlove09
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:51 AM
I think you've titled the thread slightly wrong.....;)

But thanks for the article! :)
:o Thanks

Spunky83
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:56 AM
Normally I´m not very fond in saying "Of course, nastya will win this", but this time I can say it. I personally also asssume that her match against Chanda will be tougher than against Maria. Like Kuzi said, Nastya always plays her best against fellow russians, so no doubt about that.

Sharapower
Jul 29th, 2004, 08:02 AM
As a matter of fact Sharapova lost twice to Myskina on hardcourt, but I think Kuznetsova underestimates the "Maria-factor". The reporter pointed out that Maria serves and returns the hell which could really hurt Myskina but an even more important factor is Sharapova's confidence after her grass season. So this matchup between the two last GS winners if it happens is going to be more uncertain and probably a great fight.

IMHO, it's not really smart from Kuznetsova to state such predictions, or maybe she dislikes Sharapova...

Spunky83
Jul 29th, 2004, 08:43 AM
IMHO, it's not really smart from Kuznetsova to state such predictions, or maybe she dislikes Sharapova...

Which russian doesn´t? :tape: ...sorry. It´s Maria time!!! Sooo looking forward to Nastya vs. Maria, hope it´s not a night match, otherwise no coverage here in europe.

Sharapower
Jul 29th, 2004, 08:57 AM
Which russian doesn´t? :tape: ...sorry. It´s Maria time!!! Maria Kirilenko and ... Anastasia Myskina are friendly with Sharapova

azza
Jul 29th, 2004, 10:19 AM
Alicia :o i dought u can win the title :o but you can try :p

Greenout
Jul 29th, 2004, 10:26 AM
Is there some sort of Braces clique here? ;)

peanuts
Jul 29th, 2004, 10:38 AM
greenout - :lol: still as funny as ever ;) US Open is coming,
its star sports bashing time once again :)

Doc
Jul 29th, 2004, 10:54 AM
...she's correct. Kuzzi would beat her too. [perhaps even on grass]

Since Kuznetsova was wiped out in the first round of Wimbledon, and hasn't performed too well since then, I'm extremely unconvinced.

As for Myskina, she is the dark horse here. She always fights much harder against her fellow Russians than anyone else, and will be determined to hang on to her Russian no 1 position, so she's going to be motivated.

It is likely to be a hard match for Maria, but a lot of people forget that Maria has brains too, and an be fairly tricky herself. She should also be far more confident after her Wimbledon win. This would be one of her trickiest match-ups in the draw, but if she keeps a cool head, Masha has the weapons to win.

bandabou
Jul 29th, 2004, 11:02 AM
R u kidding me?! Myskina ain´t got a thing on Maria. don´t Svetlana get it?! Maria is a LOOOOOOOCCCCCCKKKKKKKK!!!!! for the title. Only Lindsay will even take her to a tie-breaker.

Ivan C
Jul 29th, 2004, 11:50 AM
After what she said, if Kuznetsova's prediction is wrong, then she deserves to be known as a :retard:

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2004, 11:52 AM
Myskina beat Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 at Indian Wells.
I'm glad Svetlana was bold enough to make that prediction.
If Maria is that good on hardcourt, has improved so much, we'll all find it out this summer.

Frank
Jul 29th, 2004, 11:55 AM
It'll be tight. But I think it's ridiculous to say either Myskina or Sharapova is going to win "for sure". Form of the day, small injuries and fatigue will play a role in a match when two players are pretty even...
I still hope Maria is going to win of course... ;) :)

Dava
Jul 29th, 2004, 11:58 AM
Well I have to say I think Kuzzy is right, I think Anastacia has beaten Maria everytime they have played, at both Indian Wells and Australian Open, so shes got the back ground. Of course right now, we are not to sure what the state of play with Myskina is, as she has had some tough results and a slight injury after Roland Garros. But I hope she is ok.

Ivan C
Jul 29th, 2004, 12:00 PM
Which russian doesn´t? :tape: ...sorry. It´s Maria time!!! Sooo looking forward to Nastya vs. Maria, hope it´s not a night match, otherwise no coverage here in europe.

The other russian girls not liking Maria is a GOOD thing. I mean the more they dislike Maria means the more successful she is as they are all jealous of her beauty,talent and success.

Myskina likes her cos she won a grand slam as well herself, kirilenko likes her cos she's still young and wants to learn from Maria.

LindsayRulez
Jul 29th, 2004, 12:24 PM
Kuznetsova is right.

esquímaux
Jul 29th, 2004, 12:28 PM
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Leo_DFP
Jul 29th, 2004, 01:43 PM
I couldn't agree more with Kuzy.

xan
Jul 29th, 2004, 01:56 PM
Myskina beat Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 at Indian Wells.
I'm glad Svetlana was bold enough to make that prediction.
If Maria is that good on hardcourt, has improved so much, we'll all find it out this summer.
Their other meeting, at the Australian Open was not so one-sided: 4-6 6-1 6-2

bandabou
Jul 29th, 2004, 02:46 PM
I think Myskina is a bad match-up for players like Maria...Myskina can trade groundstrokes ALL and I mean ALL day with you, she gets everything and never gives you the same look. It´s gonna be interesting to see how Maria will cope with that this time. If she REALLY has improved as much as her Wimbledon win would suggest, then it should be interesting.

Frank
Jul 29th, 2004, 02:51 PM
I think Myskina is a bad match-up for players like Maria...Myskina can trade groundstrokes ALL and I mean ALL day with you, she gets everything and never gives you the same look. It´s gonna be interesting to see how Maria will cope with that this time. If she REALLY has improved as much as her Wimbledon win would suggest, then it should be interesting.
Interesting certainly it will be. But Anastasya has to beat Rubin first, which is not going to be easy, while Dulko might prove a tougher opponent to Maria than many expect her to be......

Sharapower
Jul 29th, 2004, 02:52 PM
I think Myskina is a bad match-up for players like Maria...Myskina can trade groundstrokes ALL and I mean ALL day with you, she gets everything and never gives you the same look. It´s gonna be interesting to see how Maria will cope with that this time. If she REALLY has improved as much as her Wimbledon win would suggest, then it should be interesting.
Bandabou, i wonder... is it that you're bewitched by maria :eek: ?

bandabou
Jul 29th, 2004, 02:56 PM
Bandabou, i wonder... is it that you're bewitched by maria :eek: ?

who isn´t?!

the cat
Jul 29th, 2004, 02:56 PM
For some reason some of the Russina's like to talk about Maria Sharapova. First it was Nadehda Petrova saying Maria will have a tough year because the players will be ready for her in her second year on tour. Then Elena Dementieva intimated that Sharapova isn't a real Russian. And now Svetlana Kuznetsova explained in detail why Myskina will beat Sharapova on hard court. Who will be the next Russina to talk in detail about Maria or her game? My guess is Elena Bovina.

LindsayRulez
Jul 29th, 2004, 03:01 PM
who isn´t?!
You, of all people...I definitely didn't expect that! :eek:

Sharapower
Jul 29th, 2004, 03:05 PM
You, of all people...I definitely didn't expect that! :eek:
Oh, you too LIndsayRulez :drool:

Martian Willow
Jul 29th, 2004, 03:15 PM
...apparently I'm the only one who can see Maria winning...(apart from bandabou, who's just trying to be funny)...I think it depends who plays closer to their best on the day... :)

mboyle
Jul 29th, 2004, 03:17 PM
Their other meeting, at the Australian Open was not so one-sided: 4-6 6-1 6-2
No, Sharapova won the second set 6-1

Frank
Jul 29th, 2004, 03:25 PM
...apparently I'm the only one who can see Maria winning...(apart from bandabou, who's just trying to be funny)...I think it depends who plays closer to their best on the day... :)
You didn't read my post then...

Sharapower
Jul 29th, 2004, 03:28 PM
...apparently I'm the only one who can see Maria winning...(apart from bandabou, who's just trying to be funny)...I think it depends who plays closer to their best on the day... :)
I see maria winning too
I even see her win the whole thing

bandabou
Jul 29th, 2004, 03:32 PM
You, of all people...I definitely didn't expect that! :eek:


:secret: ;)

LindsayRulez
Jul 29th, 2004, 04:14 PM
:secret: ;)
LOL those things crack me up!

Experimentee
Jul 29th, 2004, 04:55 PM
The other russian girls not liking Maria is a GOOD thing. I mean the more they dislike Maria means the more successful she is as they are all jealous of her beauty,talent and success.

Myskina likes her cos she won a grand slam as well herself, kirilenko likes her cos she's still young and wants to learn from Maria.

Maria fans are getting like what the Anna K fans used to be. If anyone says anything remotely negative against Maria, it must be because they are jealous :rolleyes:
I dont know why some Maria fans are getting so worked up over this, its only a prediction! People make predictions all the time, sometimes they're right and sometimes they're wrong. And not an unreasonable one either, in fact its very likely that Myskina will win.

Martian KC
Jul 29th, 2004, 05:11 PM
Go Myskina and Sveta!!!

tterb
Jul 29th, 2004, 05:19 PM
"Anastasia has much more experience and is more clever than Maria," Kuzy said. "She mixes her shots better and on hard courts, can do more things than Maria can. She’s the number one Russian and when she plays other Russians, its gives her something extra to play for. She’s so hard to beat when she’s that way. She knows how to win. I think she will beat Maria if they play."

This is what people are getting worked up about? :lol: Mind you, I'm sure this wasn't an unsolicited opinion or Kuznetsova just spouting off. I'm sure Sveta was asked whom she would favor in the matchup on hardcourts, and she answered honestly. There was no guarantee... no "this will happen for sure." Just a harmless lil' educated guess.

And what was offensive about it? Myskina has had good results on hardcourts before. She does have more variety in her game than Maria, and if Kuznetsova feels that Myskina will likely be able to use that to her advantage on hardcourts against Maria, so what? You might believe otherwise, but Sveta's guess is as good as any, especially having played both players being discussed.

For that matter, I don't know why anyone is looking ahead to the QF already. Rubin will be no cakewalk for Anastasia if she plays anywhere near her pre-injury form, and Chanda is good at mixing things up herself. It should be a very good match if both play well... though if one or the other is off, it could be quite one-sided. Dulko may be a more difficult opponent for Sharapova than people expect, as well. I don't think she will win, but she certainly knows what she needs to do, as apparent by her quotes - serve well and change up the rhythm.

That all said, I like Sveta's prediction. It could be quite a tough match, but I think Anastasia will come away with it in three.

Helen Lawson
Jul 29th, 2004, 05:32 PM
Cornrows are SOOO not a good look for her. I like Svetlana a lot, she's my favorite Russian dame, but Bo Derek she ain't!

Lady
Jul 29th, 2004, 05:50 PM
For some reason some of the Russina's like to talk about Maria Sharapova. First it was Nadehda Petrova saying Maria will have a tough year because the players will be ready for her in her second year on tour. Then Elena Dementieva intimated that Sharapova isn't a real Russian. And now Svetlana Kuznetsova explained in detail why Myskina will beat Sharapova on hard court. Who will be the next Russina to talk in detail about Maria or her game? My guess is Elena Bovina.

Maybe bacaese other Russian girls are asked questions about Maria?
Should they say "No comment"?
Players answering reporters' questions... Isn't this what press conferences after matches is all about? :confused:

Lady
Jul 29th, 2004, 05:52 PM
...she's correct. Kuzzi would beat her too. [perhaps even on grass]

Svetlana did won their only meeting on grass ;)

veryborednow
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:21 PM
Cornrows are SOOO not a good look for her. I think she took your advice to heart ;) Yesterday:
http://www.wtatour.com/global/photogallery/sandiego/f_14.jpg

bandabou
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:48 PM
Cornrows are SOOO not a good look for her. I like Svetlana a lot, she's my favorite Russian dame, but Bo Derek she ain't!


:haha: :rolls:

Helen Lawson
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:58 PM
Thanks goodness! Doesn't she look sweet in that picture?

Aphrodite
Jul 29th, 2004, 08:04 PM
I think kuzzi should concentrate on her play maybe that way she would have won:rolleyes: :lol:

Helen Lawson
Jul 29th, 2004, 08:10 PM
Thanks goodness! Doesn't she look sweet in that picture?
I don't want you guys thinking I'm getting soft or anything, if Svetlana were an actress or singer and in my show, and if she showed ANY talent whatsoever, I'd kick her out of my show and put her ass out on the street in a New York minute, just like I did to that little bitch Neely O'Hara.

Doc
Jul 29th, 2004, 08:21 PM
...she's correct. Kuzzi would beat her too. [perhaps even on grass]

Kuzzi went down again today, badly. If her predictional ability is anything like her performance on court recently, Maria has nothing to worry about!

bandabou
Jul 29th, 2004, 08:26 PM
And if even Chanda can take tree games off Myskina, then Maria shouldn´t be afraid either...

Frank
Jul 29th, 2004, 11:14 PM
And if even Chanda can take tree games off Myskina, then Maria shouldn´t be afraid either...
Is that seriously meant or are you being cynical?

tenn_ace
Jul 30th, 2004, 12:14 AM
FIVE GOOD MATCHES

On Thursday, there are at least five good matches, beginning with Myskina against Chanda Rubin, which will be played side by side with Kuznetsova against Vera Zvonareva. These two Russian teens are friends but are quite competitive against each other and have similar physical approaches to matches, although their techniques are quite different. "I remember when Vera and I played the Sunshine Cup together and she said I hope we are both are the top someday," Kuzy said. "Now we are close. I am happy for her to, but we will fight for every ball."

Dulko recalls the last time she and Sharapova played each other, at a junior tournament in Miami. "I was up 5-2 in the first set and lost 7-5. She was up 5-2 in the second set and I won 7-5 and then I was up again 5-2 in the third set and she won 7-5. I knew she would be a top player because I always liked her attitude on court. She really believes in herself. I’m going to have to serve very well and change the rhythm against her."

Myskina will play Rubin in what should be a tight three-setter and Bartoli will really know where he game is at when she faces Sugiyama.

Serena will play Bovina in the night match, which will be another huge test for the struggling Williams.
Despite her defeat, Mauresmo will jump past No. 2 Kim Clijsters in the rankings on Monday. The Belgian has not played since April due to a wrist injury. However, both Myskina and Davenport could pass both pass Mauresmo and Clijsters should they reach the finals. How’s that for a zigzag race?

If Mauresmo does go to No. 1 without a Slam title, the system will be questioned again. Kim Clijsters did the same last year when the Williamses were out and before current No. 1 JHH caught her, but Clijsters had a far more impressive record than Mauresmo does now. "I’ve said all along that I want to get to number one by playing well and winning big tournaments," Mauresmo said. "But if I get there another way, I’ll take it."


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so far 0 out of 4... let's wait to see the last one. if that one doesn't work out, maybe Cronin should start writing for a ballet site ;)