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felipe2004
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:11 PM
Allez Justine!!!
First grass tournament since a few years! :) :bounce:
Great for her confidence for Wimbledon! :)

tennisboi
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:12 PM
Hard luck Myskina:sad:

cellophane
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:12 PM
Ugh. This was so close. :sad: But great confidence booster for Nastya.

Carmen Mairena
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:12 PM
:woohoo:

cerbero
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:12 PM
Well done Nastya...

ntorcida
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
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ZeroSOFInfinity
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
:woohoo:

Be prepared ladies. And be afraid. Be very afraid.

Billabong
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
Nastya:bigcry: You were soooo close:sad: second defeat in a 3rd set tiebreak this year, in a final:sad:...

WhatTheDeuce
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
Nice fight from Anastasia, too bad she couldn't pull it out.

FLL
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
Great try Anastasia :kiss:

lee station
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
yea good :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tennisbuddy12
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
Sooo high quality i put 675 vcash on justine then sfter seeing this match i wanted myskina to win...good job to both ladies

shap_half
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
omg. that was something else just to follow on the 'net. but a spectacular effort from anastasia. i'm so relieve though that justine managed to pull through despite wasting 3 consecutive mps late in the 3rd.

ALLEZZZZZ!

felipe2004
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:13 PM
Justine wasted a few match points, but she did it! :D

lucashg
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:14 PM
:woohoo:
Allez Justine! What a crack of match! :eek: I'm so glad for both ladies. Both had a nice preparation for Wimbledon, played well all week, Justine won her first title on grass in 5 years! And Myskina is finally playing her tennis again!

Congrats, Justine! Now enjoy this title, rest a little and go take Wimbledon! :banana: Myskina, congrats on a good week, hopefully she'll have a good run in Wimbledon too and play this well for the rest of the season!

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:14 PM
Yet another title for JUJU..amazing and congrats! :D :bounce:

DragonFlame
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:14 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS she did it! THAT MATCH WAS HIGH QUALITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! myskina was so good! she really played great, so sad that she's crying now :sad:

justine, you did it! awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you should have took 1 of those 3 matchpoints though ;) :worship:

Mother_Marjorie
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:14 PM
allez! justine came to play!

Vut
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:14 PM
:yeah:

xin_hui
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:14 PM
First grass tournament since a few years! :) :bounce:


few years? wimby last year is grass ;)

FLL
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:15 PM
Any reports on the match? How did Nastya play? Was she agressive?

eck
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:15 PM
Allez!!!
Good job Justine. :)

cellophane
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:15 PM
she really played great, so sad that she's crying now :sad:

She is crying? :sad: Oh no!

_LuCaS_
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:16 PM
Nastya :sad: so close again
Good luck in Wimbledon, Venus better be ready :devil:

auntie janie
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:16 PM
Congrats to both players! Nastya really made it a match. :kiss: Justine pulled through! :yippee:

cellophane
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:16 PM
few years? wimby last year is grass ;)

He meant first tournament won on grass.

Randriantastic!
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:16 PM
Allez Justine!!! :D I feared after those losses to El.D, Putt Putt and Nads, Justine the choker had returned! :O But she has proven otherwise twice this week! :D TAKE WIMBLEDON GIRL! :D

auntie janie
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:17 PM
Nastya's crying? Poor Nastya! :sad:

Veeko
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:17 PM
good job good job:bounce:

it may give her more confidence on WO

good luck Henin:bounce:

Mother_Marjorie
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:17 PM
4th title of the year:

1 on clay
1 on grass
2 on hardcourt

37-5

allez!

gary
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:17 PM
good tournament Nastya :hug:
nice to see you playing well again :yeah:
you're the winner in my mind!! :D

Shvedbarilescu
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:18 PM
I wanted so much for Nastya to win but the main thing was to see her playing so well. She played even better that against Kuznetsova. It was great to see Nastya smiling too in the interview. I would much rather see Nastya go down fighting playing her best than see her losing playing the error prone lethargic tennis that she has shown during some of last year and early this year.

iine:
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Damn .. :sobbing: But a great fight, Nastya! This was an awesome tourney:yeah:

Justine Fan
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:18 PM
ALLEZ!!!!

I LOVE YOU JUSTINE, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!

She's done what Martina Nav and Chris Evert have done, won RG and then Eastbourne! NO OTHER FEMALE PLAYERS HAVE DONE THAT
:worship: :worship: :worship:

What a tennis player!

auntie janie
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Now rest up, ladies! You don't have much recovery time. :hearts:

diekedelver
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Justine :D :banana: :banana:

Lady
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:19 PM
OMG, what a nerve-wreck!
Not that I expected differently since she was playing Nastya, but those wasted MP's. :scared: :unsure:

Thank you for the happy moments again, Justine! :D

AceTennisGrrrl
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:19 PM
Myskina should have won :bigcry:

DragonFlame
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:19 PM
She is crying? :sad: Oh no!

yeah a bit when she was talking to the interviewer. but she could still laugh and was really happy she made the final and i have to say she played really great! her old level again, maybe even better! hope she can keep it up the rest of the season!

felipe2004
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:20 PM
few years? wimby last year is grass ;)
I meant grass tournament win ;)

ZeroSOFInfinity
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:20 PM
The battle is won, but the war is not yet over.

Rest and recover Juju. Your greatest challenge lies ahead.... in Wimbledon ;)

DomenicDemaria
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:21 PM
She is crying? :sad: Oh no!

Aw no! I don't want another olympic suitation! It was close she must have played her heart out. Hope she can regroup at Wimbledon!

Nice fight Nastya! Really proud of your fight. Hope she can regroup!

vejh
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:21 PM
I think the choker in Juju returned if just for a little while, but she made it happen in the tiebreak.

Myskina really wants it, I do feel bad for her, but she had to play well to get it thus far anywayz.

I'm glad these 2 are in opposite sides of the draw at Wimby. For some reason Myskina gives JHH fits when she plays well. Any tennis expert can explain to me what shots trouble JHH from Myskina?

Rexman
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:21 PM
How many match points did Nastya save?

charmedRic
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:21 PM
great tournament for both ladies. :)

bellascarlett
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:21 PM
Nastya :tears: :crying2: she could have won this. but she should get some confidence considering she came soo close.

Rest up and be ready for Wimbledon Nastya! You'll have a tough road ahead but this is a good indicator you could go far.

LUXXXAS
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:21 PM
Nastya :sad: :hug:
congrats Justine :)

vejh
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:22 PM
This was not an Olympic situation though, it very nearly was the opposite. Juju wasted 3 mps way before they got to a tiebreak. So Myskina pushed JHH and almost snatched victory.

~Carsten~
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:22 PM
congrats Justine

Kenny
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:22 PM
Poor Anastasia.. two finals this year and no title. :-|

denine
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:23 PM
:sad: nice fight nastya..

justine :yeah:

elena_k
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:23 PM
:(

saima
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:24 PM
congrats Justine :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

what a great victory. :)

Good luck in wimbledon. :D

DragonFlame
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:25 PM
I think the choker in Juju returned if just for a little while, but she made it happen in the tiebreak.

yeah, in the beginning of the year she would have lost this match. but she's so high on confidence now so she could hold her nerve and finish it!
but you really gotta give credit to anastasia, she played really great and saved 3 matchpoints at 4-5 0-40 and 1 matchpoint in the tiebreak before it was too much.
2 really great players! and they both should do really well at wimbledon next week!

Mother_Marjorie
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:26 PM
This was not an Olympic situation though, it very nearly was the opposite. Juju wasted 3 mps way before they got to a tiebreak. So Myskina pushed JHH and almost snatched victory.

You can't choke, if you won the match :wavey:

Randriantastic!
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:27 PM
How many match points did Nastya save?
4, I believe - 3 at 4-5 0-40 and then one in the tiebreak.

saki
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:27 PM
That was a really excellent match. Very exciting, some great play from both of them. Even though I'm a Justine fan, it was tough to see Anastasia lose after playing so well - I hope she takes that form into Wimbledon, it's really good to see her back.

DragonFlame
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:29 PM
That was a really excellent match. Very exciting, some great play from both of them. Even though I'm a Justine fan, it was tough to see Anastasia lose after playing so well - I hope she takes that form into Wimbledon, it's really good to see her back.

i agree, i reallly felt sorry for anastasia even though i wanted justine to win. yeah, anastasia should be back! she played awesome in a high quality match!

Bubba08
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:29 PM
It is so sad. :sad:

Btw, the "allez" posts are really annoying.

Allez-H
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:30 PM
What a match :drool: This was really lot's of drama AND high quality. I don't think Nastya was crying in the end :confused: I actually thought she took it very well as she knew though she lost the match she has made a larger victory: getting back to the 2004-form. I really felt sorry for her though, she deserved this win very much :hug: But boy am I glad she isn't in Justine's half, she really is back and I'd say watch to anyone who's playing her early on.

Justine, you just had to spoil those three consecutive MP's and play with our hearts again :lol: Glad you still made it trough.

And Justine chip & charging, serve & volleying, coming to the net so much is such a delight for the eyes :hearts: I really hope she'll keep on using that tactic throughout Wimbledon, it just might be the key to the title.

Rest up girls, and keep this form for the next two weeks :yeah:

The Daviator
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:30 PM
Nastya didn't cry, she was just pretty muted, but she definitely didn't cry...

What a match! Nastya was so good today at times, but too up and down overall, Justine was just consistently great, I would have loved for Nastya to have won so she'd have a grass title under her belt :sad:

Nice to see JuJu happy that she came to Eastbourne :D

manu32
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:31 PM
good tournament Nastya :hug:
nice to see you playing well again :yeah:
you're the winner in my mind!! :D


in my mind,in my heart too...

don't cry please.....

Lady
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:31 PM
Exactly Nastya didn't cry, she was just upset. What's up with the wrong information for the drama sake?? :confused:

raquel
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:31 PM
Fun final :) Grass definitely suits Myskina's game, and she will be very dangerous at Wimbledon.

Justine played really well though and it was great to see her volleying a lot and mixing it up.

:inlove:
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:33 PM
Final of the year. :bowdown:

Nastya, I am sooo proud at how well you played and you kept your head up high :yeah: But in the end, Justine was an inch too good. :awww:

I can't belive Nastya has to play Venus 4th round. :fiery: That final woulda been :drool:

And Myskina did not cry at all. :rolleyes:

DragonFlame
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:33 PM
Nastya didn't cry, she was just pretty muted, but she definitely didn't cry...


didn't you see her eyes when the woman was interviewing her, they were all watery. if you all think she was crying her heart out :o that isn't true. sorry if you thought that. she was just sad and her eyes were watery and she still had to laugh like i said before and i think she will be alright. hopefully she has a great wimbledon and keeps the form she had today!

manu32
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:34 PM
It is so sad. :sad:

Btw, the "allez" posts are really annoying.

non.....insupportable plutôt......

:inlove:
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:34 PM
On the bright side I just won myself $400 vcash. ;)

Vass22
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:36 PM
I stoped following the match when Justine had 3 mps (or was i just confused??) at 5-4. Nastya saved those????????

Nastya :tears:

Filip!
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:40 PM
Justine wasted a few match points, but she did it! :D

Justine wasted only 1 matchpoint. On the other matchpoints, Anastacia was serving and playing amazingly!

Mightymirza
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:41 PM
Welll had ju lost this one also wud hav taken this oneas a good run up to wimby...(just like clay matches b4 RG) But they say that a loss also can give some valuable experience...And nastya just be proud for now..NO negativity plzzzz...U r heading in right direction...:hug: ALLEZZZZZZZ justine....Showed us ur fighing spirit again.. :yeah:

wally1
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:41 PM
Apart from Myskina going a bit off in the 2nd set this was a great match, for both quality and entertainment. Henin was superb at the net and Myskina's backhand was on fire at times. (I also didn't notice Myskina cry at all - or even her eyes water!)

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:43 PM
Nastya :sad: :( :(
so close, yet so far

played really good at times, and then some pts :o :shrug: and next :bolt:

treufreund
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:44 PM
I thought JUJU and NASTYA showed a lot of mutual admiration, respect and class. Sure, Nastya might have had a few tears but she knows beating Kuzy 75 in 3rd set and losing 67 to JUJU in the finals is damned great!

vejh
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:44 PM
Myskina has shiny eyes :)

gladysharon
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:44 PM
Thank you Justine for winning...:bounce:

Hope you rest up and do well for Wimbledon.

You need to get real used to the grass surface and be more confident and careful. :)

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:45 PM
For some reason Myskina gives JHH fits when she plays well. Any tennis expert can explain to me what shots trouble JHH from Myskina?
Myskina moves very well on grass. She hits pretty flat and early. That pressures Justine to hit early as well and Justine has some serious issues with hitting early on her backhand. You can tell that because Justine hits the tape a lot on her backhand with her errors. That mean she's pulling the trigger a little too fast. Myskina likes to put a little more on the forehand so that's the shot that Justine has trouble with. Myskina's forehand to Justine's backhand. If Myskina's backhand was on today than Justine's backhand would have issues with that as well.

up!
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:46 PM
Poor Myskina :(

Mother_Marjorie
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:48 PM
Myskina moves very well on grass. She hits pretty flat and early. That pressures Justine to hit early as well and Justine has some serious issues with hitting early on her backhand. You can tell that because Justine hits the tape a lot on her backhand with her errors. That mean she's pulling the trigger a little too fast. Myskina likes to put a little more on the forehand so that's the shot that Justine has trouble with. Myskina's forehand to Justine's backhand.

I've always been sceptical of Justine's topspin backhand on grass because you really need to shorten the backswing on grass. And Justine loves the extra time on clay and hardcourt she has to wind-up the topspin backhand.

During rallies, I hope Justine slices her backhand more on grass and keep the ball low. Graf made a killing at Wimbledon with her slice backhand.

Thauron
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:50 PM
I'm glad these 2 are in opposite sides of the draw at Wimby. For some reason Myskina gives JHH fits when she plays well. Any tennis expert can explain to me what shots trouble JHH from Myskina?

Well, I am no expert but I'll echo the Belgian commentators - and it was rather obvious at times too.

Believe it or not - Nastya just went too fast for Henin at certain points, especially in the first set. Blast balls at lightning speed at Henin's forehand on grass and she will be late rather often. The fast, precise and deep balls from Myskina also prevented Henin from coming to the net, which put her mostly in a defensive position behind the baseline. Myskina really made the points (or lost them) for large parts of the match - especially in the first set.

I still can't believe she lost though :bigcry:

I demand a rematch in two weeks!

Eugenia
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:50 PM
Congratulations Justine!!! :worship: :bigclap: :woohoo:

Best of luck for Wimbledon! :kiss:

Vass22
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:51 PM
Russians lost 3 finals today?

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:54 PM
I've always been sceptical of Justine's topspin backhand on grass because you really need to shorten the backswing on grass. And Justine loves the extra time on clay and hardcourt she has to wind-up the topspin backhand.

During rallies, I hope Justine slices her backhand more on grass and keep the ball low. Graf made a killing at Wimbledon with her slice backhand.
The thing is Graf always seemed to know the right time to whip out the backhand down the line. She would keep her opponents honest.
Justine doesn't. She just kept on slicing against Eleni in the first round last year especially in the third set. She played tight and her slice was tight. If you're going to play Graf's kind of style at Wimbledon, then you cannot play tight.

vejh
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:55 PM
I think I got the gist now, thanks to all my tennis techies :)

So Myskina hits the ball so early which on grass is not good to JHH's backhand grip. Myskina's backhand was on today, JHH could hardly hit her backhand true. So what JHH had to do, and did in the 2nd set, was take the game to Myskina, come to net, play aggressive, don't allow Myskina to get the first aggressive move. Now I see why Myskina's game is good for grass.

JHH has to work that slice down the line some more.

Leo_DFP
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:55 PM
Myskina was always her best on grass. But too bad she had to lose this heart-breaker. I can't even count how many 3-setters she has lost to JHH. :sad:

No Name Face
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:55 PM
nastya...i'm glad you're hitting some form. peak at wimbledon. :)

MH_3571
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:59 PM
Congrats Justine :bounce: :worship:

great match :cool: :hearts: :D

RenaSlam.
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:59 PM
Congrats to Justine (and for giving me VCash :worship: )

Didn't think Nastya would make it this close, Congrats to her as well! :devil:

SvetaPleaseWin.
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:59 PM
i was impressed by myskina-hopefully she can continue her good form into wimby :)

Mother_Marjorie
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:00 PM
I think a lot of people tend to forget that Myskina had a lot of personal family issues in the past year and that it would only be a matter of time before she became emotionally and mentally stronger again.

davidmario
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:02 PM
Myskina was playing so agressively. Huge hitting by her:worship:

Wintermute
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:10 PM
Congratulations to Justine and Nastya for making this a really exciting final. It's almost a shame it had to end in a tie-break. In fact I think they should get rid of last set tie-breaks in finals.

I guess Justine can truly be considered a favourite for Wimbledon and it's nice to see Anastasia is coming back to her best form. Very entertaining match and hopefully we'll have some more like this for what remains of the grass court season.

The Crow
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:11 PM
Wow! Great match.

Nastya was outstanding in the first. Even when Justine had a 3-1 and 4-2 lead I had the feeling that Nastya was the better player. She really impressed me. The second set was a great set from Justine and a lapse of concentration from Nastya. The third was less quality imo but was obviously highly exciting.

Too bad for Nastya but she should play a good Wimbledon! And Justine, well, she's definitely one of the favs for Wimbledon although some others (especially Venus) could cause even more trouble to Justine than Nastya did today, so we'll have to wait how she handles this. I'm excited for Wimbledon though :bounce:

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:11 PM
I think I got the gist now, thanks to all my tennis techies :)


JHH has to work that slice down the line some more.
A down the line slice isn't a high percentage shot. First of all the player is likely hitting against the spin of the ball and secondly it's likely the player is changing the direction of the ball. Those are two no-nos especially when a slice these days is a defensive shot.

A high percentage defensive shot is a crosscourt shot with the opposite spin being put on the ball (chances are the ball is coming crosscourt).
Now if Justine was chipping and charging that would be an important shot to have in her arsenal.

Libertango
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:12 PM
I was so impressed by Nastya, really wasn't expecting her to play that well. Goes to show that near her best, she *is* capable of challenging/beating the top, top players. :yeah:

Congrats to Juju......does this bitch ever lose?!:rolleyes: .......*jokes*

hablo
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:16 PM
Even if you lost, looks like you played great, Myskina :bowdown::drool:

komorli
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:18 PM
Wow, Myskina really impressed me! I didn't watch the match or follow it, but from looking at the statistics and reading what other people have said, I must say that I underestimated Myskina. :o Silly me......

Congratulations Justine! You held your nerve! :yeah: :hug:

tterb
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:19 PM
Anastasia :sad:

But what a fight! Can someone upload this match, pretty please?
I'm so happy Myskina is back playing the way she is capable of doing. Go on and wreak havoc in your quarter of the Wimbly draw, Anastasia! :D

Congrats, Justine. Is it time to complete the career Grand Slam?

oakkao
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:19 PM
If anything, I think this proves that Justine will beatable at Wimbledon. At RG she rolled right over Nastya, but was a bit lucky to get by here.


Congrats Justine :yeah:


Myskina :hug: Better luck @ Wimbledon :sad: Breaks my heart. :sobbing:

Poova
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:28 PM
Incredible, incredible match! :D I really wanted Myskina to win, but well done Juju!

Drimal
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:28 PM
So close Anastasia! :sobbing:

pigam
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:30 PM
Myskina played an absolutely superb match.
her tactics, anticipation, footwork and even serve were verrry good.
again, Justine played a couple of points better and i was glad she played some smart points when needed.

let me tell you there is (of course) definetly a way to beat Justine and Anastasia knows how to do it, and will do it if she plays as good as she did today and Justine doesn't serve better.

Great match, great final, great tournament for both players who seem very fond of eachother. Just great stuff :yeah:

Bart
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:30 PM
Justine :yeah: :bounce:

JustineTime
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:32 PM
It became very clear to me during this tournament that Justine and Carlos have retooled her game specifically to win Wimbledon. Justine is salivating over that career slam, and has put in the work to get it done. VERY impressive! :yeah: Congrats, Justine! Well done! :) :bigclap: Still, Wimbledon will be the hardest slam for Justine to win, I think. She'll need some help with the draw: ( :secret: Can you say Venus upset early? :secret: ;) )

That said, I am SO impressed with Anastasia's improved mental attitude and focus. :yeah: After watching her take out Kuzzy yesterday, I knew Justine was going to have her hands full today. Well done, Anastasia! :bigclap:

Belmont Lad
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:36 PM
Poor Myskina, another tight three set loss to JHH. Still, great to see her playing some high level tennis again and getting some good wins under her belt. Hopefully her great play will continue on the lawns of Wimbledon :)

sinterklaasje
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:39 PM
Nastya :hug:
Well done Justine :yeah:

Il Primo!
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:43 PM
Myskina :bigcry: :bigcry: she played smoking well
Well done to Juju,but this match makes me think she won't win Wimbledon...

fammmmedspin
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:43 PM
Any reports on the match? How did Nastya play? Was she agressive?

Very for quite long runs in the first and last set. She beat Justine in most of the longer rallies then , The backhand had hit 10 winners to Justine's one as they went into the tiebreak so she managed to win against Justine's backhand and Sveta's forehamd in successive matches. Second set was a bit walkabout. Serve was OK.

Nothing in it. Justine hits fewer errors when it matters, she gets free points on her serve, She beat Nastya's game to get the first 3rd set rebreak but otherwise it was pretty even. She piles on aggression at the end but it doesn't always come off.. Nastya throws in more weak games when up a break. Nastya's speed and firepower actually won the games when she was in zone - the penetrating shots to the corners don't come back. The bh down the line was back. Two great lobs went in too - which hasn't beeen happening since 2004 - and she hit some nice volleys too.

TB was going to be difficult but Nastya had a good chance. She slipped going for one bh down the line and just missed the line and then hit an error as she was recovering. Take out the slip at the key point and the win was still on in the TB.

First time Nastya has been in zone that long in ages - she beat up the best player currently out there when she was - so she ought to be very encouraged.

Smackie
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:43 PM
I think during this match, Anastasia's best 'bits' were better than Justine's. Some of her strokes were AMAZING. Unfortunately she made a few errors too many and against Justine, you can't afford that.

I am so glad she has got back to her 2003/4 level. She is truely an all court player and I wish they will meet again in Wimbly.

Really happy that Justine came through on top though. When she lost her second mp (sliced into the net) my heart went all cold. It does show how a champion can just put bad moments behind sooooo quickly and just get on with the job. If she were me, she would have swore and shouted at herself till she lost............

Drake1980
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:00 PM
Justine:banana: Very very nice!!!

UDiTY
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:01 PM
Hope now you people can see why Myskina won a GS. It wasn't pure luck, she can beat anyone when she's playing her best.

She's just had a really shitty year and a half. I HOPE she is back tho!

greenfunkTHREE.
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:04 PM
well she did better against JHH! good job. keep it up! :bigclap:

forever_rafter
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:05 PM
Too bad Nastia didn't win but great fight though!

fammmmedspin
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:12 PM
If anything, I think this proves that Justine will beatable at Wimbledon. At RG she rolled right over Nastya, but was a bit lucky to get by here.


Congrats Justine :yeah:


Myskina :hug: Better luck @ Wimbledon :sad: Breaks my heart. :sobbing:

Nastya didn't turn up till the last 5 games of that match - might as well have been off having lunch. When she played well then she was doing to Justine what she did today - today she did it more often and hit harder - I suspect because the FO told her she could do it.

Justine had a bit of luck but Nastya also beat the only other player who is playing well too which tells you something about Nastya's current form.

faste5683
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:16 PM
Great match from both players! Myskina is so tough on grass; her movement, the ability to change direction of a shot, and the flatness of her strokes :eek:

Juju showed me today that, at this moment, she is most effective net player on the tour (among singles players). If she hadn't seved and vollyed so effectively, if she hadn't come in off those big approach shots, this match would have belonged to Anastasia...

:wavey:

bis2806
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:18 PM
Allez!

harloo
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:21 PM
Hope now you people can see why Myskina won a GS. It wasn't pure luck, she can beat anyone when she's playing her best.

She's just had a really shitty year and a half. I HOPE she is back tho!

Until Myskina has more consistent results everyone will continue to doubt she was worthy of that slam title. She deserved it because after two weeks she was the last player standing, but I still feel Myskina is a wild card.

furrykitten
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:33 PM
Good play by Myskina, great backhand shots!, she deserved to win for me

JoeB_UK
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:44 PM
http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/7808/eb569141gt.jpg

Henin and the trophy :D Have some more images that I will post later too!

Andy_
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:52 PM
I think during this match, Anastasia's best 'bits' were better than Justine's. Some of her strokes were AMAZING. Unfortunately she made a few errors too many and against Justine, you can't afford that.



I quite agree with you! It was a very nice match to watch, and while Henin proved the eventual winner, I was way more impressed with Myskina's game. She left her opponent miles from the ball in many occasions, her accuracy with the backhand is surgical, and kudos to her for the grace she showed in the post-match interview.

jenny161185
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:54 PM
wow that was great - I was watching it on my lunch from work and was so happy to see nastya doing well again - Imagine her playing like that and better at Wimbledon!

Marshmallow
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:06 PM
WOW - this match is the only reason i decided to post again. Myskina, just wow. It's a little sad that she didn't win, but she should keep her head up high with her play. She played very well, the best i have seen her in AGES. I hope she can keep this form up for the rest of the season, should end all that nonsense talk of retirement.

Justine, well she fought, and won, but was not much better than Myskina. And her screaming Allez at Myskina's mistakes in the tenth game of the third set after myskina saved those match points was atrocious - disgusting. But she played well, great form.

Great great Match!!

nouf
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:26 PM
matchpoint

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx0SU9m3l_E

mc8114
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:30 PM
Good match girls.
Congrats Justine, guess this make you a front runner for the Wimbledon title this year :tape: :tape:
Nice to see Nastya reach the final.

serenafann
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:34 PM
Myskina played well I was impressed.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:42 PM
Could that crowd have cared any less? Third set tiebreak in a final and you'd think it was a first round match at 11AM.

NyCPsU
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:43 PM
nastya :sad:

JoeB_UK
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:45 PM
Could that crowd have cared any less? Third set tiebreak in a final and you'd think it was a first round match at 11AM.

The crowd is full of old biddies, the atmosphere at all uk tournaments is bad anyway, but in a town like eastbourne, 85% are 40 or over.

Elenarulez
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:46 PM
:(

vejh
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:50 PM
Thanks alot Nouf!!

kosmikgroove
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:58 PM
allez justine! rest up for the big Wimbledon and take home the title!

SAEKeithSerena
Jun 24th, 2006, 06:08 PM
i'm still proud of myskina, she played like a champion this week and it's great to see her game back.

frenchie
Jun 24th, 2006, 06:23 PM
Nice fight Nastya.

So many classic matches against JHH....

MH0861
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:00 PM
i'm still proud of myskina, she played like a champion this week and it's great to see her game back.

I agree. She hasn't played near this level since Fall '04. Hope this wasn't a one-off and it jump starts the rest of her season. :bounce:

Justine!! :worship: Well done, girl.

St.Sebastian
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:18 PM
Nastya :bigcry:

More luck in Wimby!

Josh.
Jun 24th, 2006, 11:03 PM
Hard luck Nastya.. asume tun up for wimbledon tho.. :)

Neely
Jun 24th, 2006, 11:18 PM
Well done, Justine! :) :clap2:
Very good to see her with a grasscourt title! :worship:

Now good luck for Wimbledon! :D

:yeah:

ctan88
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:39 AM
Congratulations Anastasia ... even though you lost today, you have won the hearts of so many! Your play today was awesome and it is really good to see that you are getting back to the top of your game! You are such a fantastic player and this week at Eastbourne you have shown to many, and especially in this final, just how good you are! BEST OF LUCK at Wimby :)

Aaron.
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:41 AM
Damn Henin! Stole Myskina's Title! too bad Myskina Off to Wimbledon!

GracefulVenus
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:43 AM
I still say she is looking to dominate! Congrats Justine!

RatedR Superstar
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:50 AM
nastya :sad:

but its a good preperation for the big one anyway :)

hwanmig
Jun 25th, 2006, 06:03 AM
Oh Anastasia my day would have been better if that skank did not win.

SelesFan70
Jun 25th, 2006, 06:17 AM
A refreshingly QUIET match! :tape:

fifiricci
Jun 25th, 2006, 07:14 AM
Could that crowd have cared any less? Third set tiebreak in a final and you'd think it was a first round match at 11AM.

By the time of that tie break in the third set, 40% of the old dears were asleep, another 40% had died in their sleep and the remaining 20% had gone for a cup of tea ;) .

I understand there was a contingent of Kim fans there and they normally make a terrific racket, but they obviously couldn't bring themselves to scream for Justine, because I couldn't hear them ;)

flyingmachine
Jun 25th, 2006, 08:28 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

cindy
Jun 25th, 2006, 09:41 AM
nastya....sad for her but everyone seems to have enjoyed the match so she can be proud of her...it's important for her to show some real good match so I'm sure that in the end she is happy...thx for this final lil'one and congrats to justine...nastya realy didn't give it!

**Jelica**
Jun 25th, 2006, 09:55 AM
Is it Justine's first grass-court title?

Great to see her win anywayz, has to be a big confidence boost going into Wimbledon! Although I hope this isn't gonna signal the return of the scary matches... I don't think our nerves can stand it!!

Justine Fan
Jun 25th, 2006, 10:10 AM
By the time of that tie break in the third set, 40% of the old dears were asleep, another 40% had died in their sleep and the remaining 20% had gone for a cup of tea ;) .

I understand there was a contingent of Kim fans there and they normally make a terrific racket, but they obviously couldn't bring themselves to scream for Justine, because I couldn't hear them ;)

:lol: Just proves my point, not only are you dumb, but deaf and blind (as the saying goes) :lol: But what else is new? ;) I understand that it must make you feel better to make these statements. Considering Kim is the darling of the WTA, I was pretty shocked at the amount of support Justine had! :eek:

I was there at Eastbourne this week and believe you me she is more popular than you know. Whenever the top 3 were out practising at the same time, it was Justine who had more people watching her, more press. At the matches, people were shouting out her name. People were highly complementary of her game and one thing I did notice was that when Kim's matches finished, people clapped .... when Justine finished her games, people clapped (the one's that hadn't died :D ) and gave her standing ovations.

You know fifi ... it's not good for your health all this bitterness. Mind you, I suppose it's better if you let it out rather than keep it in ... on the other hand .. :devil:

Oh did you know that Bryan is now Kim's coach :lol: Yup, he was there telling her at practise which shots to practise on etc, etc. Seems like it did her a lot of good eh? :lol:

Sharapova's_Boy
Jun 25th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Nastya showed some good form, hope she keeps it up for Wimbly. :worship:

Dexter
Jun 25th, 2006, 07:43 PM
Congrats!!! :banana: :banana: