View Full Version : Our girls (and GS winner!!) in Wimby!

Meteor Shower
Jun 23rd, 2006, 02:11 PM
Congrats Andy and Vera. Great win!

Tzipi lost in first round in qualifying, Yevgenia didn't enter.

Their quarter:
033. Maria SHARAPOVA
038. CZINK
041. Shahar PEER
042. FEDAK
044. PENG
045. ANI
048. Flavia PENNETTA

049. Francesca SCHIAVONE
050. SOUTH (WC)
051. PERRY
054. LOIT
056. Nathalie DECHY
059. SUN
063. MIRZA

Anna should win easily :p :o
Shahar should win her first round, and then a tough match against EleniD,
After the bad loss to Foretz I don't know what do think anymore.

Sorry Aaron, you were too slow this time. :devil: ;) :wavey:

Jun 23rd, 2006, 05:06 PM
Oh I hate the draw. :o.

I just hope I can watch Anna win 2 games on t.v. This is obviously Sharapovas best surface and Annas worst. Im scared. :p.

I think Shahar has the oppurtunity to reach the 4th round though.

King Aaron
Jun 23rd, 2006, 06:11 PM
Sorry Aaron, you were too slow this time. :devil: ;) :wavey:
:lol: It's okay, wasn't online these few days anyway. ;)

Good luck to Anna and Shahar! :yeah:

Jun 25th, 2006, 08:31 AM
Goodluck Smashnova & Peer!

Meteor Shower
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:34 PM
Shahar won 6-2 6-1
Anna is 1-5 down.

Good luck next round Shahar :)
My t.v sucks so I couldn't record the match and I wasn't at home :mad:

Jun 28th, 2006, 01:21 PM
Anna lost 2-6,0-6. When I watched Maria was just playing amazing and we all know of Annas grass court success. :p.

Meteor Shower
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:33 PM
Anna :( but expected.
Jordan next time please change your sig to Brazil colors!

King Aaron
Jun 28th, 2006, 05:04 PM
Anna :( :hug:

I watched the match from the second set onwards. Anna's game is just not suited for grass, and then she had to play Sharapova. Was expected really.

Shahar :)

Jun 29th, 2006, 06:14 AM
Interesting article with quotes of Anna, Shahar and Peterson from haaretz
(in english)


Jun 29th, 2006, 06:18 AM
here's the article

A girl who could go far
By Jerrold Kessel and Ori Lewis

WIMBLEDON - A girl in a hurry, a girl confident that she can go far, a girl who will go far. That's the message which a most contented Shahar Peer put out with some conviction yesterday in a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine. The conviction of a promising week ahead - a fortnight perhaps, dare it be dreamed - looks not all that outlandish after a very handsome performance on Court 3 by the 19-year-old from Maccabim.

Unless, that is, you chose to focus on possible pitfalls. One formidable such obstacle loomed across this giant playground on Court 14 in the form of 20-year-old Chinese Shuai Peng. Ranked 46th in the world (third in China), she is powerfully built, extremely courteous, but not at all forgiving in the kind of double-handed drives she unleashes on both forehand and backhand.

No mean grass specialist Eleni Danilidou, Peng's opponent, looked totally astonished as winner after winner sailed by in a manner to which the lanky Greek was not accustomed at Wimbledon - last year she caused a sensation by bundling out Justine Henin-Hardenne. Peng's 6-4, 6-4 win sets up an intriguing tie with Shahar this afternoon.

Not, however, that Shahar - smiling, relaxed, wholly composed about herself - is in a mind-set to get her focus wrong. Over the past half year she has adopted an unusual tactic of composing herself before each point (both on her own serve and on that of her opponent) by turning her back briefly to the court and concentrating hard for a moment. It's as if she's saying "only what I do is what matters" - and it seems to be working for her.

"Similarly, it means," she said "that I try to focus entirely on the match at hand. Honestly I haven't even looked at the draw to see what major obstacles lie ahead." Smilingly she refuses to be drawn when we try to entice her to reflect on the possibility of a match-up against Maria Sharapova in the last-16.

Sharapova indicated just how much of an obstacle she would be to Peer's fiercely held ambitions when she outclassed Anna Smashnova in a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing on Court No 1.

Despite her comprehensive loss to former champion and women's glamour icon, Smashnova said she played really well and enjoyed herself. "It was a great day for me. I got to play on a show court against a former champion. I performed well and played good tennis for my standing, and I am not upset with myself at all," Smashnova said. The result does not necessarily indicate that Smashnova had a good match. It was all over in 51 minutes and from the sidelines it certainly appeared as if this was tennis's reenactment of the bruising boxing encounter in Kingston, Jamaica some three decades ago when George Foreman pummeled battler Joe Frazier to defeat.

Sharapova, 1.80m tall, towered above her diminutive Israeli opponent (1.53m) and hit the ball much harder, striking some scintillating winners from the baseline. For most of the encounter before a packed crowd, Smashnova stood well behind the baseline and on only one occasion came to net on her own initiative. "I knew that she is not the best player grass-court player. I just had to go for my shots... put some pressure on her because she will run out there all day," Sharapova said. Looking relaxed and smiling afterward, Smashnova said she intends to continue playing for the foreseeable future and is planning to compete in every tournament she can until the year's end. "I'm planning to play in almost every tournament there is on the schedule... and at the end of the year I'll see where I am and how I feel. Physically, I feel that I am at my best every form at the moment," she said. The Israeli added that while feeling in great physical shape, she is sometimes drained mentally by a long string of failures, and that this may be the determining factor in whether to continue on the circuit for another year.

"I enjoy playing tennis and I enjoy practicing, but I am tired of traveling and to think 'another hotel room, another flight'... it's tough when you are losing," she said.

Back on Court 3, as Shahar acknowledged the cheers from the crowd with a cheery wave, it was left to her new coach, Adam Peterson, to go get a glimpse of Shuai Peng in action. ("I need to know what kind of hitting style to adopt with Shahar as we practice for the next round.") Often Shahar's has a new-found status as favorite when she goes out onto court.

"Shahar is playing so well that the real rest is how to make sure that any victory over one of the top players isn't a matter of a one-off wonder, but the promise that she can do this regularly and consistently," says Peterson. "She certainly has the game to do it. Above all, what I like is the attitude - she has a genuine determination to win, and matching her tenacity on court, a real belief in herself that she can do it."

All that had been much in evidence as Shahar raced out of the blocks as if she had a secret, early afternoon rendevouz in mind. She quickly forged ahead to 3-2, having broken the opening service game of the Ukranian (who is ranked 78 in the world and whom Shahar had already beaten in their only previous meeting last year, on U.S. hardcourts).

Solid and pleasing baseline exchanges were soon interspersed with Shahar's risk-taking as she mixed her game intelligently and reeled off eight straight games to wrap up the first set in 26 minutes. Unfazed by four doubles faults in the opening set, Shahar even allowed herself a rare sally to the net, her trademark "kadima" and "come on" (in English) accompanied by slaps on the thigh, now following with greater frequency.

"Grass is still not my favourite surface," she concedes with another smile. The fluency with which she is pasting the ball could change all that over the next few days - provided the young woman from Hunan province doesn't find a way of blasting her way into Shahar's party this afternoon.

Jun 29th, 2006, 06:35 AM
Well Done Shahar! :D
Smashnova! :(

King Aaron
Jun 29th, 2006, 04:07 PM
It's good to see Anna in good spirits. And looks like if she performs well in the remainding tournaments, she might not retire this year. :yeah:

Shahar lost in the 2nd round though. :(

Jun 30th, 2006, 08:13 AM
A new Haaretz article about Shahar's match against Peng


Tennis / Peer edged out by powerful Peng
By Ori Lewis
Ram and Erlich cruise in doubles

WIMBLEDON - Shahar Peer's admission that grass is not her favorite surface was very much in evidence during her 4-6, 6-7 second-round loss to Shuai Peng of China yesterday.

Peer came off second best against the powerful Chinese player in a tough battle lasting an hour and 41 minutes on a perfect English summer day.

It was a far cry from a match that tennis purists would describe as a good grasscourt encounter, as both players slugged it out from the baseline throughout.

Peng and Peer matched each other shot for shot, but the Chinese player had the advantage of the killer punch in the big points.

Peer, for her part, was unable to make use of her serve to any significant degree, and if she chooses to draw any conclusions from this experience, she will realize that to be a Wimbledon singles champion, she will have to improve her serve so that she can finish points quickly and effectively at the net.

Staying at the baseline is simply not an option in modern women's tennis, and the baseline game is best left for clay courts, where the ball rises to a comfortable height, or hard courts, where the bounce is even and the footing is sure.

For her part, Peng, ranked at 46 in the world and her country's No. 3 player, packs a mighty punch in a strapping build, and might be a contender for a place on the Chinese Olympic weightlifting team in Beijing in two years' time.

"I am really disappointed... I didn't take my chances and I hate to lose," Peer said, adding: "I thought I could keep my Wimbledon run going, but it ended today... I will have to look for the good things. I can play on grass, I know I can; so perhaps next year it will be better."

Peer lost her serve three times in the first set, most crucially, to lose the set at 4-5 down, as Peng plugged away with penetrating baseline shots.

The second set started well for Peer, as she opened up a 3-1 lead, but invariably her weak serve played its part, and Peng got back on level terms.

The two fought out the rest of the set until the tie-break, when Peng took a 5-0 lead. But this was the spur for Peer to wake up and fight back. She still fell short, however, and succumbed 7-5 with the appreciative Court 13 crowd giving both players a warm round of applause for a good gladiatorial contest that ended with a deserving winner and a disappointed loser.

Jerrold Kessel adds: Meanwhile, Israel's doubles combo Yoni Erlich and Andy Ram fully justified their fifth-seeding with a thoroughly convincing straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over the Czech duo of Jiri Vanek and Ivo Minar.

Jun 30th, 2006, 08:17 AM
and famous picture with flying pony-tail, but this time in wimbledon


©Getty Images / C. Brunskill

Meteor Shower
Jun 30th, 2006, 04:23 PM
I like the bolded quote much.
Thanks for the great photo :hearts: