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selyoink
Jul 14th, 2006, 03:10 PM
Anna is scheduled to play Russia's first fed cup tie this weekend against Croatia. She will face Ivana Lisjak. Then on Sunday she is scheduled to play Sanja Ancic. Lets hope Anna can do Russia proud and help lead them to an easy victory.

Wintermute
Jul 14th, 2006, 05:16 PM
R1 - I.LISJAK (CRO) v A.CHAKVETADZE (RUS)
R2 - S.ANCIC (CRO) v E.DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
R3 - I.LISJAK (CRO) v E.DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
R4 - S.ANCIC (CRO) v A.CHAKVETADZE (RUS)
R5 - M.MEZAK / K.SPREM (CRO) v V.DUSHEVINA / E.VESNINA (RUS)

Wintermute
Jul 14th, 2006, 05:29 PM
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http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=10905


Debut for Chakvetadze

Elena Dementieva was a sure pick for the singles and between the other three Tarpishev chose 19-year-old debutante Anna Chakvetadze.

"It wasn't just the quality of tennis I was looking for. It was concentration and other things during practice that made me pick Chakvetadze."

Even though she has never played for her country before in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, the young prospect doesn't seem to be overawed.

"I don't feel the pressure. We have a great team. Maybe I will feel the pressure after but for the moment I don't feel any,” Chakvetadze said with a big smile on her face.


Sprem has an elbow injury, hence she has been dropped from singles.

Lisjak and Ancic ready

So Prpic didn't have too much choice left. Ivana Lisjak will play as Croatia's number one just one tie after she made her debut against Argentina. She is looking much more confident than three months ago.

"Now it's much easier to prepare. If I will play my best tennis, I know I can beat Chakvetadze."

Wintermute
Jul 16th, 2006, 12:25 PM
In a tight first match Anna Chakvetadze was taken to two tiebreaks by Ivana Lisjak, who replaced injured Karolina Sprem (shoulder), but she managed to come through 76(2) 76(3).

"Lisjak surprised me. She was very very good. I had few chances to go 5-1 up in the first set, maybe it would have been easier, but she fought off everything. At that moment I started thinking; wait, you are not playing for yourself, you are playing for your country".

The Russian sealed the tiebreak with an ace

Chakvetadze kept her nerve in both tiebreaks, even though she could have won with more easily and with less drama. The first set was hers for the taking but she squandered six break points to go 5-1 up. Lisjak is known for her risk-taking and she went for broke when down break points. The tactic worked and she eventually got back to 4-4. The tiebreak went the Russian’s way, when she, leading 3-2 with Lisjak serving, hit two great returns off two not so great short and weak second serves, to go up 5-2. She convincingly took the tiebreak and consequently the first set with a confident ace.

The Russian took charge in the second set also, breaking for 2-1, only to struggle once again and go 2-5 down. Lisjak could not break down her opponent losing four games in a row, but Chakvetadze failed to serve out the match, even though she had a 40-0 lead, and later a fourth match point. Twice she double faulted, and with two easy unforced errors gave Lisjak another tiebreak chance. But, after double-faulting for 3-3 in the tiebreak, the Russian never looked back and wrapped up victory in two hours and three minutes.

“I was tight for the most of the match. When I came back in the second set the tightness was gone, but it returned when I lead 5-2,” said Lisjak. “I started waiting for her mistakes instead of attacking. That was, I feel, the key. I made to many mistakes in both tiebreaks. I was playing too fast.”

http://www.fedcup.com/news/matchreport.asp?id=10919

Wintermute
Jul 16th, 2006, 01:30 PM
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MP3 interview with Anna (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/FC_2990_mp3.MP3)

PDF Scorecard for Lisjak match (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/FC_2985_original.PDF)

Albireo
Jul 17th, 2006, 01:30 AM
MP3 interview with Anna (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/FC_2990_mp3.MP3)


This is the first time I've heard an interview with her-- she definitely doesn't sound like I might have expected.

Interesting take, too, on the prospect of on-court coaching. I wonder how many other players feel the same way AC does.

Wintermute
Jul 17th, 2006, 06:19 PM
Interesting take, too, on the prospect of on-court coaching. I wonder how many other players feel the same way AC does.

Bear in mind this was the first she had heard of it and she didn't know the details of how it would operate. As I understand it, the player can call the coach at change of ends but the coach won't actually be sitting with the player for the whole match.

Wintermute
Jul 17th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Lisjak/Mezak def Chakvetadze/Vesnina 3-6 7-6(3) 6-2

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They look very happy despite what happened in the match. Elena had trouble holding serve at the beginning of the match but so did both Croatians. Then in the second set it was Anna who was being broken; in the third Anna didn't hold once. :o

PDF scorecard for doubles (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/FC_3128_original.PDF)

I think both teams went away from this tie fairly pleased. Russia won and Croatia got a respectable losing scoreline and a decent performance from Ancic.

Wintermute
Jul 17th, 2006, 10:29 PM
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From watrat on the GM.

selyoink
Jul 19th, 2006, 05:46 AM
I'm glad Anna was able to help Russia win the tie. Too bad her and Elena couldn't win in doubles.