June 26 - July 9, 2006
Here's hoping Anna kicks ass at Wimbledon this year. :yeah: The list of seeds is out and due to a couple of withdrawals Anna is in there:
1 Amelie MAURESMO (FRA)
2 Kim CLIJSTERS (BEL)
3 Justine HENIN-HARDENNE (BEL)
4 Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS)
5 Nadia PETROVA (RUS)
6 Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS)
7 Venus WILLIAMS (USA)
8 Elena DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
9 Patty SCHNYDER (SUI)
10 Anastasia MYSKINA (RUS)
11 Nicole VAIDISOVA (CZE)
12 Francesca SCHIAVONE (ITA)
13 Martina HINGIS (SUI)
14 Anna-Lena GROENEFELD (GER)
15 Dinara SAFINA (RUS)
16 Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK)
17 Flavia PENNETTA (ITA)
18 Maria KIRILENKO (RUS)
19 Ai SUGIYAMA (JPN)
20 Ana IVANOVIC (SCG)
21 Shahar PEER (ISR)
22 Katarina SREBOTNIK (SLO)
23 Nathalie DECHY (FRA)
24 Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES (ESP)
25 Marion BARTOLI (FRA)
26 Elena LIKHOVTSEVA (RUS)
27 Jelena JANKOVIC (SCG)
28 Na LI (CHN)
29 Sofia ARVIDSSON (SWE)
30 Tatiana GOLOVIN (FRA)
31 Anna CHAKVETADZE (RUS)
32 Gisela DULKO (ARG)
Now who would we rather she doesn't play in the first round? Vera Zvonareva seems an obvious choice.
Jun 21st, 2006, 10:19 PM
I think the best draw would be Antonella Serra Zanetti.
Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:59 PM
What realistic Rd can we see Anna getting to at Wimbledon?, if draw goes ok, maybe a 3rd?
Jun 22nd, 2006, 05:13 PM
3rd round is certainly possible.
Jun 22nd, 2006, 08:07 PM
3rd round is certainly possible.
Based on her seeding I think if she doesn't make the 3rd round she'd consider it a disappointment. Anna's grasscourt preparation hasn't exactly gone to plan but hopefully she can pull something out of the bag when it really matters. Wimbledon is now the only Grand Slam where she's not got beyond the 1st round.
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:35 AM
1st Rd Draw
Anna C v Zi Yan
Hoepfully Anna can pull this one out of the bag! :)
Jun 23rd, 2006, 02:56 PM
Anna could face her best friend Elena V. in the second round.
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: COME ON ANNA C IN WIMBLEDON!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:
Jun 23rd, 2006, 06:48 PM
Patty SCHNYDER (8) vs Antonella SERRA ZANETTI
Anastasia YAKIMOVA vs Severine BREMOND (Q)
Hana SROMOVA vs Virginia RUANO PASCUAL
Emma LAINE vs Gisela DULKO (31)
Ai SUGIYAMA (18) vs Naomi CAVADAY (WC)
Vera DUSHEVINA vs Akiko MORIGAMI
Tathiana GARBIN vs Katie O'BRIEN (WC)
Olga SAVCHUK vs Martina HINGIS (12)
Daniela HANTUCHOVA (15) vs Maria Elena CAMERIN
Kirsten FLIPKENS (Q) vs Jamea JACKSON
Alicia MOLIK (WC) vs Yung-Jan CHAN (Q)
Martina SUCHA vs Katerina SREBOTNIK (21)
Anna CHAKVETADZE (30) vs Zi YAN
Maria SANCHEZ LORENZO vs Elena VESNINA
Aiko NAKAMURA vs Ekaterina BYCHKOVA
Meng YUAN vs Justine HENIN HARDENNE (3)
Zi Yan beat Anna in straight sets in Sydney this year. I'm hoping Anna will step it up as required here, despite her grass court tune-ups being disappointing. I think this could be quite a battle. And it would be cool in a way if Anna could get a 2nd round matchup against Lena V. :)
Jun 23rd, 2006, 06:55 PM
 Raymond (USA)/Stosur (AUS) vs Frazier (USA)/Spears (USA)
Domachowska (POL)/Sucha (SVK) vs Drake (CAN)/Vaidisova (CZE)
Razzano (FRA)/Smashnova (ISR) vs Ruano Pascual (ESP)/Suarez (ARG)
Arvidsson (SWE)/Muller (GER) vs  Safina (RUS)/Vinci (ITA)
 Daniilidou (GRE)/Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs Bartoli (FRA)/Peer (ISR)
Rodionova (RUS)/Vanc (ROM) vs Chakvetadze (RUS)/Vesnina (RUS)
[WC] Borwell (GBR)/O'Donoghue (GBR) vs Jugic-Salkic (BIH)/Laine (FIN)
Gagliardi (SUI)/Santangelo (ITA) vs  Asagoe (JPN)/Srebotnik (SLO)
I think this is quite a nice draw. I hope the girls can get something out of this. :yeah:
Jun 28th, 2006, 06:59 PM
 Jonas Bjorkman SWE/Lisa Raymond USA vs Bye
James Auckland GBR/Claire Curran GBR vs Lucas Arnold ARG/Francesca Schiavone ITA
Robert Lindstedt SWE/Sofia Arvidsson SWE vs Andy Murray GBR/Kirsten Flipkens BEL
Bye vs  Frantisek Cermak CZE/Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER
 Andy Ram ISR/Vera Zvonareva RUS vs Bye
Jaroslav Levinsky CZE/Anna Chakvetadze RUS vs Chris Haggard RSA/Eleni Daniilidou GRE
Justin Gimelstob USA/Meghann Shaughnessy USA vs Marcin Matkowski POL/Marta Domachowska POL
Bye vs  Mark Knowles BAH/Martina Navratilova USA
If Anna wins her first round she will play her grass court nemesis Vera Zvonareva after all!
Justine returned very well and made a lot of winners off Anna's first serve, hence the 1st serve percentage is less than 50%. I think Anna could work on her second serve a bit but overall I don't think her stats are too bad when you consider Justine is playing near faultless tennis right now.
Jul 2nd, 2006, 01:49 PM
Sadly Anna's Wimbledon is over with two first round losses in doubles. :sad:
Close but not quite. Anna hasn't been beyond the first round in Mixed this year. Perhaps she is yet to forge the right partnership. She was a bit unlucky at Roland Garros having her partner retire of course. Maybe she'll have a better time at the US Open.
Jul 2nd, 2006, 02:15 PM
Anna made 3rd round as expected. Now farewell to the grass, let's hope for more luck next year. During her young career did well on grass but every season there's more in it. Don't forget in 2003 made it to the Wimbly Juniors final. Then in 2004 closest of running out cause Surbiton points didn't count for Wimbly. For goodness sake Surbiton is played on grass. And the last minute WC Patty received. Really hope for a few changes on grass. Patty shouldn't be top 8 seeded. Had her chances rather have the 300 th ranked playing Wimbly Qual than Patty/Castano and a few other claycourters out of Wimbly. I think on grass you'd see the back of the higher you're ranked the better. Quality wise I think having the 300 th ranked brings a higher amount of quality than going by rankings. I think this would help the British too and at least they sell tickets in their native country.
Jul 11th, 2006, 11:32 PM
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
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Third round (Friday 30th June)
- ANNA CHAKVETADZE  lt. JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE , 2-6 3-6
The match started on Court 2 at 12:08 BST, and I saw it all on BBCi.
The commentators said Henin was playing the best tennis of anyone in the women's draw, and was favourite for the title.
Chris Bailey described Anna as a "bright prospect", but one that has "stagnated" at around 30 in the rankings. I disagree - when I saw Anna play at Birmingham and Eastbourne, I thought she was a much better player than when I saw her in 2005. She was a bit of a grinder back then, but now she has flairsome power.
But this was a desperately disappointing performance by Anna against an in-form and ruthless Henin. All those one-two punches and deceptive groundstroke-winners that had impressed me so much at Eastbourne were sadly lacking, as were those cute Bo Jangles jumps she was making after errors at Eastbourne! ;)
I say "desperately disappointing" not to be harsh, but because I actually think Anna might be the next player I induct into my Eternal Fanship, and I judge such candidates by very high standards. Anna has a lot of talent, but if this match is anything to go by, she still has a long way to go before she can really trouble the top five that she aspires to join within three years (as per her www.wtatour.com (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio2.asp?PlayerID=310623) profile).
It's a shame that the BBC only televises Anna against opponents who thrash her for the loss of five games. She played wonderful competitive matches against Vera Zvonarëva at Birmingham and especially Eastbourne (I have not yet published my reports of those matches).
Elena Vesnina was in Anna's courtside support-group.
CHAKVETADZE *___*___ 2
HENIN-HARDE _*@* *@* 6
Anna serving 0-0: Anna started with a nice spreading rally (Henin netted a forehand), and went 30/0 up. She narrowly missed a would-be forehand winner down the line. 30/15. Anna held with a couple of errors from Henin.
Henin serving 0-1: At 30/0 Anna hit a lovely backhand dropshot-winner. 30/15. Anna hit a deep, error-forcing forehand. 30/30. Henin held with some more good serving.
Anna serving 1-1: Lack of length from Anna, great depth from Henin, and errors from Anna made it 0/30, and a near miss made it 15/40. A forehand return-winner from Henin sealed the break.
Henin serving 2-1: Anna hit a deep error-forcing forehand - likes pace. 0/15. Henin backhand just long off a dropshot from Anna. 0/30. Anna wild backhand very long. 15/30. Anna netted a forehand with the court open. 30/30, 40/30. Anna slipped whilst retrieving a backhand, and Henin hit a crosscourt backhand winner.
Anna serving 1-3: A couple of service-winners made it 30/0. Henin forehand volley-winner. 30/15. Anna played a lovely spreading rally, finishing with a backhand volley-winner - "intelligent play" [Annabel Croft]. 40/15. Henin hit two huge forehands. 40/40. Anna forehand wide. Ad Henin (BP). Henin almost hit a forehand winner down the line - but it was just wide. Deuce #2. Service-winner. Ad Anna. She came to the net, forcing Henin to hit a backhand pass wide.
A very important hold for Anna - could be the difference between an embarrassing scoreline and causing some genuine worries for Henin later on.
Henin serving 3-2: Anna screamed when her forehand was called wide at 30/15. Anna forehand return-winner. 30/30. Anna hit a beautiful backhand volley-winner after a well-constructed point. 30/40 (BP). Henin came to the net, forcing Anna to net a forehand. 40/40. Henin held.
Anna serving 2-4: Henin forehand drop-volley winner. 0/15. Service-winner. 15/15. Henin forehand volley-winner. 15/30. Henin forehand pass-winner; Anna smacked the court with her racket. 15/40 (2 BPs). Anna hit a backhand wide, and restrained herself from throwing her racket.
Henin serving for the first set at 5-2: Ace down the middle. 15/0. They replayed the point when a ball-girl collapsed at the back of the court - very hot today. 15/0. Anna netted a forehand. 30/0. A good return forced Henin into error. 30/15. Anna ran down a dropshot, hit a forehand would-be winner just long. 40/15 (2 SPs). Anna forehand return just wide. Henin won the first set 6-2 at 12:39 (31m).
Annabel Croft: "Chakvetadze played pretty well in that first set, but only came away with two games."
Anna serving 0-0: Two service-winners. 30/0. Henin off-backhand return-winner on the sideline. 30/15. Anna forehand wide - lost focus. 30/30. Henin forehand winner down the line. 30/40 (BP). Double fault.
Henin serving 0-1: Henin looked to be cruising to a straightforward hold, but two double faults and a backhand wide made it 40/40. Anna netted two forehands to let her off the hook. Anna looked upset - "panic setting in" [Annabel Croft].
Anna serving 0-2: Henin hit a stunning backhand return-winner. 0/15. Three service-winners. 40/15. Anna forehand pass-winner. A very important hold, as Anna had lost five games in a row, and I was fearing 2-6 0-6.
Annabel Croft tipped Anna for the top 20. "She hits the ball really well, good timing, compact physique, good first serve (but weak second serve), good angles, good dropshot."
Henin serving 2-1: held to love.
Anna serving 1-3: Double fault. 0/15. Anna hit a lovely crosscourt backhand and crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. 15/15. Henin chipped and charged, and Anna hit a backhand pass wide and long. 15/30. Service-winner. 30/30. Anna netted a backhand. "Running out of ideas, feeling rushed" [Annabel Croft]. 30/40 (BP). Henin netted a backhand return. 40/40. Henin forehand return just wide. Ad Anna. Anna forehand long. Deuce #2. Henin netted a high backhand volley-winner - credit to Anna for making it awkward. Ad Anna. She netted a forehand off a deep, penetrating return. Deuce #3. Anna hit a short-angled error-forcing crosscourt forehand. Ad Anna. Service-winner down the middle.
Henin serving 3-2: Anna came in and hit an error-forcing off-forehand - "trying to keep the ball deep, trying to move Henin around" [Annabel Croft]. 0/15. Henin forehand winner. 15/15. Henin forehand long. 15/30. Anna complained about a second serve on the service-line after missing a forehand return. 30/30. Henin forehand volley-winner. 40/30. Service-winner.
Anna serving 2-4: Anna forehand long. 0/15. Henin forehand wide. 15/15. Anna error. 15/30. Henin backhand winner after forcing a defensive lob from Anna. 15/40 (2 BPs). Anna netted a forehand and muttered to herself.
Anna looked more and more upset and frustrated with every point. Annabel Croft said, "She expects herself to be doing so much better against Henin-Hardenne."
Henin serving for the match at 5-2: Henin forehand smash-winner. 15/0. Double fault. 15/15. Henin backhand just long. 15/30. Henin forehand wide. 15/40 (2 BPs). Henin forehand long. Anna breaks back!
Anna serving to stay in the match at 3-5: Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. 15/0. Anna hit an inadequate dropshot, giving Henin a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Henin backhand netcord-winner, and Anna actually smiled! 15/30. Anna played a penetrating rally, but netted a forehand and screamed in frustration. 15/40 (2 MPs). Henin finished with a backhand drop-volley winner after a good rally. Henin won 6-2 6-3 at 13:14 (1h06m).
Dr. Andrew Broad