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Feb 22nd, 2006, 06:08 PM

Myskina learns truth the hard way

By Alaric Gomes, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Life has indeed taken a full turn for Anastasia Myskina as the Russian sensation resets her targets for 2006.

"There's much more to life than just playing tennis, and I am happy I learnt things the hard way," Myskina told Gulf News during a chat yesterday.

As Myskina notched up her best-ever performances through the 2004 season climbing to an all-time high of No 2 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, she saw her world come crumbling down after her mother was struck with throat cancer. "It changed me, not merely as a person, but more importantly as a tennis player," she reflected.

Though playing on the Tour, Myskina found herself very disinterested and distracted in everything she did.

"I was getting used to the fact that I've got to be on court. Life became very insipid and I was just going from one tournament to another," she disclosed.

Hence, she did the next best thing by turning more towards the family, with her mother as the focal point of her attention. And things definitely started getting better.

"I started appreciating life, my mother got better after treatment and, in fact, she has come along with me for this tournament," Myskina said with a smile.

But now with her mother having recovered completely, Myskina is prepared to give her ambition of becoming world No 1 another shot. "Yes, I do have the potential to be up there among the best players," said the 24-year-old Russian, who is presently ranked at No 11 on the Tour.

"Most probably, breaking into the top 10 would be an immediate priority. After that, it would be to come down the rankings and aim for the top spot," Myskina disclosed.

Feb 22nd, 2006, 06:12 PM
Allez Nastya, you can do it :bounce:

Farina Elia Fan
Feb 22nd, 2006, 06:26 PM
I really like her!!!

Feb 22nd, 2006, 06:42 PM
Nastya is wonderful.

Feb 22nd, 2006, 06:56 PM
I hope her confidence will pay off.

Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:02 PM
:sobbing: what a touching story... :sad:
I'm glad Anya's mom is doing fine :)

Mark Spruce
Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:02 PM
I hope she will be back, I hate to see players going though hard times.


Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:06 PM
She's so cool...I would love to see her become number one. I think she can do it too!

Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:09 PM
Anastasia :kiss:

Galina Myskina :hug:

Health and happiness to the whole Myskina family for the future! :bounce:

Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:22 PM
I thought this article was about her being spanked by Hingis after some of the stuff she said but it's totally not! lols

Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:37 PM
I hope she does get back up to number 2 again. shes a great person! :yeah:

Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:46 PM
Things will only get better for Nastya... she is always full of surprises.

Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:52 PM
Hope to see her back at her best.I'm glad her mother is better.2005 was very unfortunate for her.

Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:59 PM
She'll be back to her best soon!!

iced gem
Feb 22nd, 2006, 08:02 PM
:hug: Nastya - I'm sure she will be back in the Top 10 soon.
I can't believe she used the word insipid ;) - doesn't seem very Nastya-ish!

Feb 22nd, 2006, 08:03 PM
Nastya...:awww:....She's really becoming a fave :hug:

I really wish she could have won yesterday against Martina. :tears: Anyway, I hope she does get back to the top 10 and be among Russia's top 3 (along with Sharapova and Dementieva). I'll be cheering for you Nastya! Good luck for the whole year and may your mom continue to be healthy. :)

Feb 22nd, 2006, 09:16 PM
I only hope,these aims will not end in a big disappointment.
she would not deserve this.

Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:24 PM
was this before or after her match against Hingis :x

Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:26 PM
nastya :hug:

Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:42 PM
was this before or after her match against Hingis :x

Hehe...no seriously, I think that loss today was nothing compared to what she had to go through last year. Shit just happens but at least everything turned out ok.

With a tear and a smile...c´mon Nastya :bounce:

Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:43 PM
I hope she does get back up to number 2 again. shes a great person! :yeah:

top 5 yes, top 3 no. but i love your avatar:worship:

Feb 23rd, 2006, 12:00 AM
I'm glad Anya's mom is doing fine :)

Kournikova's short name is "Anya".

Myskina's is "Nastya". :)

Feb 23rd, 2006, 12:04 AM
:D Hopefully she can break the top 10 again!

Feb 23rd, 2006, 12:06 AM
I hope she starts playing well again!!!

Feb 23rd, 2006, 12:16 AM
I've always liked Anastasia, this article confirms the impression I have of her; she seems a very genuine down to earth kind of person, who doesn't feel the need to always take herself too seriously. (Love that avatar someone has of her with the Roland Garros trophy where she's sticking her tongue out! :lol: ) I'm glad to hear her mother's recovering; good luck Anastasia! :yeah:

Feb 23rd, 2006, 12:36 AM
Nastya. :bowdown:

Feb 23rd, 2006, 01:25 AM
I luv you Anastasia ... Good luke in Doha

Feb 23rd, 2006, 01:41 AM
Good luck on your way back Nastya :)

Feb 23rd, 2006, 02:01 AM
top 5 yes, top 3 no. but i love your avatar:worship:

Depends on timescales - take out Mary, Lindsay, possibly Kim, to retirement, note the big question marks over the sisters and Justine's health and then look for someone she can't beat. Her problem is getting her game back to the 2004 level where she alternated tournaments worth of sustained good form with big wins that melted away - if she could then be a bit more consistent...She actually looked good today at the end just hit too many erors against someoe who gave her none, The chess match in the games I saw was preety equal and her speed, shots and serve were all in working order except when she missed something.

Feb 23rd, 2006, 02:23 AM
Natsya. :hug: She's great. :)

Feb 23rd, 2006, 07:49 AM
Be happy anastacia,I hope you so :)

Feb 23rd, 2006, 07:54 AM
Nastya is no nasty girl at all..... she is a nice person indeed!!! The way she treats her fans, or people asking for photos and/or autographs really shows her good personality!

Feb 23rd, 2006, 08:41 AM
Myski :hearts::smooch:
Good luck for the new season :bounce:

Feb 23rd, 2006, 08:51 AM
I'm glad she has found some new perspective, hopefully it will allow her to enjoy the game and play her best tennis. It's good to see some players with depth.

Be happy. Smile. Anastasia :bounce:

Feb 23rd, 2006, 09:07 AM
thats challenging stuff, all props to you Anastasia

Feb 23rd, 2006, 09:11 AM
I love you, Nastya :kiss:

Here's too wishing you all the best in reaching your goals!