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itzhak
Feb 21st, 2006, 12:32 PM
Revived Myskina continues rebuild
From Richard Eaton in Dubai
February 21, 2006

FORMER French Open champion Anastasia Myskinacontinued her rehabilitation as a major contender by reaching the second round of the Dubai Open this morning (AEDT).

The No.6 seed, who suffered from exhaustion, shoulder injury and personal problems last year, raised hopes of her third decent run in a row with a 6-3 6-7 6-1 win over Zheng Jie.

Myskina reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the semi-final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, and now overwhelmed the highest ranking Chinese player with her forceful service returns, and ability to swing her ground stroke attacks about.

"Everything is getting better - everything - my life, my shoulder. I'm more happy right now," the Russian said.

"I want to play now. I want to do my best. Last year I didn't want to play any more. I was stepping on the court thinking when am I going to get off. Now it's different."
Despite that, it looked for a while as though things might go wrong. Myskina had three break points to go 2-0 up in the second set and was unable to convert them in a game that went to nine deuces.

"I did get a little bit upset when I lost that game," she admitted.

She soon found herself 5-3 down, as her ratio of unforced errors crept up.

But two controversial incidents helped her to get back into the second set. The first happened as Zheng was serving for the second set at 5-4 and a line judge called a Myskina drive in, when Zheng and the majority of the crowd appeared to think it was out.


The Chinese player dropped her racquet, walked up to the umpire, and leant on the net arguing. The interval lasted three minutes, with the crowd whistling and when Zheng resumed at love-30 she dropped her service game.
There was a sequel on the first point of the tie-breaker when Zheng failed to address the ball properly and ballooned it wide, again thinking Myskina's shot was out.

Again it was called in, but this time after expostulating a loud "what" she recovered.

Myskina saved two set points at 4-6 and was within two points of the match at 7-7, but Zheng was tenacious, patient and ran a lot of balls down and squeezed out the set when Myskina slewed a forehand wide.

But in the third it was all so different, as Myskina punished Zheng's second serve a lot more and raced to a 5-0 lead.

"It was a little bit difficult to close the match today," she admitted.

"I have been playing indoors and it was different here, and I was a little bit nervous as well. But I'll settle down."

She may need to. Her next opponent could well be the resurgent Martina Hingis, provided the former world No.1 overcomes Indian heroine Sania Mirza today.

First round results (number denotes seeding)
8-Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) bt Li Na (Chn) 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4)
Vera Douchevina (Rus) bt Marion Bartoli (Fra) 6-3 6-1
6-Anastasia Myskina (Rus) bt Zheng Jie (Chn) 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 6-1
Elena Likhovtseva (Rus) bt Jelena Jankovic (Sem) 7-5 7-5
Lucie Safarova (Cze) bt Ai Sugiyama (Jpn) 6-2 6-3.

Agence France-Presse

jonny84
Feb 21st, 2006, 12:56 PM
It's good that Myskina has a new outlook on her tennis career. Hope this is the start of bigger and better things to come.

mauresmofan
Feb 21st, 2006, 01:02 PM
She's such a great player it's good to hear she's feeling better about herself

dav abu
Feb 21st, 2006, 01:24 PM
Its great news that Myskina is picking herself up again-fair dues to her. She certainly has the talent to be a top 10 player.

Mark Spruce
Feb 21st, 2006, 01:36 PM
Wishing you a good return !!!!!!!!!

mark

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 21st, 2006, 02:22 PM
Nastya, onwards and upwards again ;) :bounce: :hug:

Wannabeknowitall
Feb 21st, 2006, 02:29 PM
I do not even think Myskina is happy at the rate of her revival.
She use to be the top dawg of the Russians.
She might have a slam under her belt but it appears that Maria has definately taken over as the top Russian.
Right now Maria, Nadia, and Elena are ranked higher than her as they should.
I really dont see Myskina getting back consistently into top 10 unless she gets a couple of big wins.
For me, it would likely be against someone like Nadia, Lindsay, or Martina.
She will likely have a chance to escalate that rebuilding in the quarterfinals this week.

yukon145
Feb 21st, 2006, 02:44 PM
best of luck Anastasia!

LefandePatty
Feb 21st, 2006, 02:50 PM
greaaat! :D :banana: :rocker:

jogoss_78
Feb 21st, 2006, 02:59 PM
Its great news that Myskina is picking herself up again-fair dues to her. She certainly has the talent to be a top 10 player.

Agreed, she'll be back :)

RAA
Feb 21st, 2006, 03:39 PM
is her mother doing better? didn't her mother have cancer?...

goldenlox
Feb 21st, 2006, 03:55 PM
Her mom, Galina, is in remission.

bellascarlett
Feb 21st, 2006, 05:05 PM
She's such a great player it's good to hear she's feeling better about herself

exactly. good for her and i hope she continues to do so.

SAEKeithSerena
Feb 21st, 2006, 05:23 PM
awesome to hear...i wish her the best in her mini-comeback:)

frenchie
Feb 21st, 2006, 05:26 PM
Great to read this!

selyoink
Feb 21st, 2006, 05:32 PM
I hope she finds her way back to the upper echelon of the rankings again.