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andrewbroad
Jul 23rd, 2005, 10:01 PM
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BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC (Stanford, California, USA, WTA Tier II)
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First-round draw
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Fanship-interest:
* VERA ZVONAR╦VA [5] v qualifier
* Daniela Hantuchovß v Alexandra Stevenson [WC]

If Bepa and Daniela both win, THEY'LL PLAY EACH OTHER IN THE SECOND ROUND!! But seeing as there's a conspiracy to keep them apart, I expect Daniela will find herself promoted to 9th seed and moved in the draw. :rolleyes:
Stevenson is just returning from an injury-layoff (September 2004 to July 2005), and has lost twice in first rounds on the ITF Women's Circuit, so I think I can safely say that her chances of beating Daniela are approximately zero (Daniela leads their head-to-heads 6-2).

Bepa has the tougher assignment against a qualifier - i.e. someone on a winning-streak of three matches. I hope the talented and sexy Sania Mirza will qualify, but she's the last one I want to see as Bepa's first opponent! (No doubt the anti-(Bepa v Daniela) conspirators will rig the draw to make it so.)

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Red Baron
Jul 24th, 2005, 12:37 PM
I've got the jitters with whoever Bepa is playing at the moment, no matter what their ranking. She's having a consistently bad year (apart from memphis) :sad: Still, my support remains as strong as ever, if not even stronger in these times of doom and gloom!! ;) I agree with you that it would be great to see Bepa play Daniela, lets hope it happens and of course I want Bepa to win.

andrewbroad
Aug 1st, 2005, 01:08 AM
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First round
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- VERA ZVONAR╦VA [5] lt. Meghann Shaughnessy [Q], 6-3 1-6 7-6 (8/6)

Last week Bepa beat Shaughnessy 6-3 6-3 in the first round, but with the prospect of playing Daniela in the second round, she choked. :crying2: Bepa led 3-2 with a break in the third, and even had a match-point at 6/5 in the tiebreak.

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The 15th-ranked ZvonarŰva rallied from a 4/2 deficit in the tiebreaker, and eventually took a 6/5 edge by coming to the net. The ace put Shaughnessy up 7/6. Then ZvonarŰva hit into the net to end the two-and-a-half-hour match.
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<http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-stanford&prov=ap&type=lgns>

Apparently it's very hot in California, and that always seems to be bad for Bepa this year.

Bepa: "We both played well, but maybe she was a little bit lucky on the break-points. You play every week, you win, you lose, you go to the next tournament. I just want to be back in the top 10."

Shaughnessy: "I always say there's nothing worse than being sent home by the same player in two consecutive tournaments. I'm glad to win if for nothing else to protect my own sanity. I played three pretty good matches in qualifying, and that helped me. She fights hard and it's been a bit back and forth between us. I wanted to get through this one today. It was a heartbreaker for ZvonarŰva, we're both so close."


Photos:
1. http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=zvonareva
2. Search Getty Images for "zvonareva"

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Doubles: First round
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Match with a very nice winner and a very nice loser:
+ VERA ZVONAR╦VA/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [2] d. Daniela Hantuchovß/Ai Sugiyama, 6-3 7-5

It's always great to get two members of my fanship on court together, but when will Daniela and Bepa ever meet in singles?

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Doubles: Quarter-finals
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+ VERA ZVONAR╦VA/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [2] d. Jill Craybas/Meilen Tu [Q], 7-5 6-3

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Doubles: Semi-finals
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+ VERA ZVONAR╦VA/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [2] d. ANNA-LENA GRÍNEFELD/MEGHANN SHAUGHNESSY [3], 6-3 6-2

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Doubles Final
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- VERA ZVONAR╦VA/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [2] lt. CARA BLACK/RENNAE STUBBS [1], 6-3 7-5

FIRST SET:
Zvona/Likhov _* * *___ 3
Black/Stubbs * * * *@* 6

SECOND SET:
Zvona/Likhov * * *__@*___ 5
Black/Stubbs _* * *@__*@* 7

KEY:
* = hold of serve
@ = break of serve

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