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Wintermute
Aug 23rd, 2006, 06:05 PM
Flushing Meadows, NY, USA
August 28 - September 10, 2006
Grand Slam
Surface: Hardcourt/Outdoors


Anna's section of the draw:

[11] Anastasia Myskina (RUS) vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Jamea Jackson (USA) vs Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
Ahsha Rolle (USA) vs Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
Martina Sucha (SVK) vs [23] Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)

[27] Tatiana Golovin (FRA) vs Ashley Harkleroad (USA)
Zi Yan (CHN) vs (Q) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Amy Frazier (USA) vs Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)
(Q) Clarisa Fernandez (ARG) vs [5] Nadia Petrova (RUS)


Full draw (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ws/r1s2.html)

selyoink
Aug 23rd, 2006, 06:09 PM
I hate this draw. So many of my favorite players are in that quarter of the draw. Nastya, Tati, Elena L., Anna C. are all in that quarter.

I hope Anna can get to the third round but I can't root for her past that unless Nastya loses before then.

~|Naomi|~
Aug 24th, 2006, 07:04 AM
I hate this draw. So many of my favorite players are in that quarter of the draw. Nastya, Tati, Elena L., Anna C. are all in that quarter.

I hope Anna can get to the third round but I can't root for her past that unless Nastya loses before then.

I think it is an awesome draw for Golovin. I'm not a fan so from a really objective point of view i think she should make 4th round even though her form hasn't been the best.

I like Anna's draw. It will depend on her form, if she plays as she did in Montreal & San Diego she can go deep as Anastasia isn't in her best form & of course Anna knows how to beat Nastya in NY;) But there is Bondarenko in there so if the LA Anna turns up she could go out early.

But Anna has been going great week, bad week, great week, bad week over the US Summer so let's hope that trend continues:p

Wintermute
Aug 24th, 2006, 06:07 PM
I hate this draw. So many of my favorite players are in that quarter of the draw. Nastya, Tati, Elena L., Anna C. are all in that quarter.

I hope Anna can get to the third round but I can't root for her past that unless Nastya loses before then.

Nastya has injured her foot hasn't she? I think her opening match against Azarenka could be very tricky. Of course I'd like to see her in a third round against Anna.

Golovin has a very nice section and I wouldn't be surprised to see her come through it. I think Nadia will have enough to beat a qualifier - it would be pretty bad for her to make another 1st round loss at a Slam.

I also want to see an Anna vs Alona rematch for some revenge. :devil: I'm glad Anna hasn't drawn a qualifier in the first round. I often think that's actually more difficult than facing a direct entrant.

Wintermute
Aug 27th, 2006, 10:44 PM
Anna and Lena's quarter:

[7] Ruano Pascual/Suarez vs Lisjak/Safarova
Frazier/King vs Jidkova/Smashnova
Chakvetadze/Vesnina vs Hampton/Weinhold
Laine/Sfar vs [12] Camerin/Dulko

[16] Loit/Pratt vs Granville/Gullickson
Molik/Myskina vs Ani/Tu
Kanepi/G. Navratilova vs Dechy/Zvonareva
Fedak/Perebiynis vs [4] Hantuchova/Sugiyama


Full draw (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/wd/index.html)

Wintermute
Aug 27th, 2006, 10:57 PM
Should be an easy first round against the American wildcard juniors Jamie Hampton and Ashley Weinhold. It gets much tougher after that but I think it would be good for them to aim for the third round and anything after that is a bonus.

~|Naomi|~
Aug 28th, 2006, 04:26 AM
That is a tough draw in doubles. Good first round. Then Camerin/Dulko they are a good team, they have played together 3 times for a semi, final and a title. Dulko is top 20 in doubles.

~|Naomi|~
Aug 29th, 2006, 02:19 AM
OOP Tuesday

Court 16
Yuliana Fedak v Tatiana Putchek
Juan Martin Del Potro v Alejandro Falla
Anna Chakvetadze (23) v Martina Sucha
Jan Hajek v Lukas Dlouhy

Good Luck Anna:)

selyoink
Aug 29th, 2006, 05:48 AM
Anna gets to play on the last court. Really shouldn't be a difficult match unless her wrist is hurt more then we know.

Pink Princess
Aug 29th, 2006, 04:03 PM
Go Anna! :woohoo:

Wintermute
Aug 29th, 2006, 06:33 PM
Anna gets to play on the last court. Really shouldn't be a difficult match unless her wrist is hurt more then we know.

I'm nitpicking here but it wasn't her wrist was it? It was a forearm strain from the inside of the elbow downwards - I think they call it golfer's elbow! But luckily it didn't seem too serious so she should be pretty much recovered (I hope :unsure: ).

Anna should definitely win against Sucha but you never know what can happen in a Slam.
Question is, when will they get on court? :umbrella:

selyoink
Aug 29th, 2006, 08:56 PM
I'm nitpicking here but it wasn't her wrist was it? It was a forearm strain from the inside of the elbow downwards - I think they call it golfer's elbow! But luckily it didn't seem too serious so she should be pretty much recovered (I hope :unsure: ).

Anna should definitely win against Sucha but you never know what can happen in a Slam.
Question is, when will they get on court? :umbrella:

Yes you are nitpicking :p

I would say it is doubtful she gets to play today.

Wintermute
Aug 29th, 2006, 09:25 PM
Yes you are nitpicking :p

So sue me! :lol:

I would say it is doubtful she gets to play today.

Agreed. Just hoping her match isn't rescheduled for when I'm at work.

selyoink
Aug 29th, 2006, 09:43 PM
So sue me! :lol:



Agreed. Just hoping her match isn't rescheduled for when I'm at work.


Maybe I will.

Yeah I hope her match doesn't coincide with my only class tomorrow.

pascalre
Aug 30th, 2006, 06:50 PM
Anna :dance:

Anna defeats Martina Sucha 6-4 6-1

Now the return match against Alona Bondarenko - In L.A. Alona won in three sets

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 30th, 2006, 06:52 PM
Good job Anna! Good luck against Bondarenko!

selyoink
Aug 30th, 2006, 06:52 PM
Very good start for Anna. Time for revenge against Bondarenko.

Wintermute
Aug 30th, 2006, 06:57 PM
Anna defeats Martina Sucha 6-4 6-1


:bounce:

Very good performance. :) Just the slight blip serving for the first set.

Alyona won today 6-4 6-4. Anna was tired when she lost to her in LA having played a succession of three set matches the week before in San Diego. I think she's got a decent chance. No sign of the injury. :yeah:

pascalre
Aug 30th, 2006, 07:53 PM
:bounce:

Very good performance. :) Just the slight blip serving for the first set.

Alyona won today 6-4 6-4. Anna was tired when she lost to her in LA having played a succession of three set matches the week before in San Diego. I think she's got a decent chance. No sign of the injury. :yeah:


The best news: no sign of injury

but attention: Rolle led in the second set 3-0, but Alona won 6-4 - that makes me think of L.A.
All in all Anna is the favourite.

Pink Princess
Aug 30th, 2006, 08:03 PM
Anna! :bigclap:

Chaky is the best! :banana: :banana: :banana:

~|Naomi|~
Aug 31st, 2006, 03:02 AM
Well done. Good start.

Now I want revenge against Bondarenko!

~|Naomi|~
Aug 31st, 2006, 03:03 AM
Anna will play again Thursday.

Court 4
Vaidisova v Jidkova
Anna v A.Bondarenko

Wintermute
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:09 PM
Anya and Lena also play their Doubles 1st Round - last on Court 5.

But first, revenge! :devil: :lol:

Pink Princess
Aug 31st, 2006, 07:23 PM
Chaky has awarded the first set 7-6(6) winning after being losing 3-6!

3-0 in the second!

Go Anna! :D

Wintermute
Aug 31st, 2006, 07:32 PM
Chakvetadze bt. Bondarenko 7-6(6) 6-0

:woohoo: Revenge is sweet.

Anya came back from 2-6 down in the tiebreak and then romped away to win in the second. :)

pascalre
Aug 31st, 2006, 07:37 PM
Chakvetadze bt. Bondarenko 7-6(6) 6-0

:woohoo: Revenge is sweet.

Anya came back from 2-6 down in the tiebreak and then romped away to win in the second. :)



Great fight - Anna seemed to feel some pressure in the first set

Pink Princess
Aug 31st, 2006, 07:43 PM
Well Done Chaky! :bigclap:

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 31st, 2006, 07:50 PM
Way to go Anna! Good luck in round 3!

smokovec
Aug 31st, 2006, 08:17 PM
Anna perfect 2nd set after a difficult first set, when she break 2-3 times Bondarenko, but with ri-break after this.

And now good luck in 3rd Round. ;)

selyoink
Aug 31st, 2006, 10:33 PM
It is a good thing Anna won this match. She needs to consistently beat these types of players. A great chance at the 4th round for Anna.

Wintermute
Sep 1st, 2006, 12:33 AM
Anna plays Victoria Azarenka next. Azarenka beat Jamea Jackson 6-3 6-2. She's just making her way on the main tour so probably too early for her major breakthrough - I hope so anyway.

In the first set against Bondarenko, Anna was again having difficulty consolidating her breaks of serve. I think they swapped breaks three times each to force the tie-break. I wonder if it was because Anna wasn't putting her 1st serve in; her 2nd serve is way more vulnerable. No service stats available for her match unfortunately.

~|Naomi|~
Sep 1st, 2006, 02:31 AM
Well done. Great revenge. Winning her was more important than doing it in LA.

Now Azarenka. She will be tough. She has had 2 good wins & has nothing to lose. Anna will need to play well. Anna's first GS 4th round is possible...can she do it?

~|Naomi|~
Sep 1st, 2006, 02:47 AM
Anna/Vesnina won doubles 6-2 6-2:)

Wintermute
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:08 PM
Court 11 - 11.00am
Victoria Azarenka vs Anna Chakvetadze

So Anna's first up. This match should be televised on Sky Sports Interactive for anyone in the UK (weather permitting).


Court 6 - 11.00am
1. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Kohlmann/Waske [16] vs Burgsmuller/Parrott
2. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Domachowska/Kostanic vs Yan/Zheng [2]
3. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Chakvetadze/Vesnina vs Laine/Sfar

Wintermute
Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:24 PM
UPDATE: Anna's singles match has been moved to Court 8. This court isn't televised. :fiery: Rain sucks.

Her doubles match has been cancelled for the time being.:rain:

selyoink
Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:27 PM
Play will be starting soon unless the rain comes back. I hope Anna is ready. This is one of the biggest moments of her young career.

selyoink
Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:29 PM
And just like that more rain so play is delayed again.

selyoink
Sep 2nd, 2006, 09:12 PM
Anna's match has been cancelled.

Wintermute
Sep 2nd, 2006, 09:18 PM
:( If it's on a televised court tomorrow first thing then I probably won't be able to watch it now anyway. I hate rain.

Wintermute
Sep 3rd, 2006, 01:24 AM
Anna's rescheduled match is now on Sunday stuck out on Court 4 at 11.00am (non-televised).

Pink Princess
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:39 AM
Go Anna!!! :woohoo:

Ilikebigboobies
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:51 AM
Vamos Anna! :hearts:

daniela86
Sep 3rd, 2006, 03:26 PM
I like both players but today I'll cheer for Anna :bounce: Hopefully she will win so we might see her next match on TV :D Davai Anna ,you can do it ;) :bounce: :angel:

Ilikebigboobies
Sep 3rd, 2006, 05:28 PM
Chakky defeated Azarenka 6-4, 6-3. :aparty: :banana: :sport:

Wintermute
Sep 3rd, 2006, 05:31 PM
:bounce:

Anna once again improves on her Grand Slam record and picks up some lovely ranking points. :D

Now we await her next opponent.

TennisPlayingFox
Sep 3rd, 2006, 05:38 PM
Great job Anna! good luck in the 4th round!

selyoink
Sep 3rd, 2006, 07:03 PM
Another great performance from Anna. Too bad she plays Tati now. I can no longer root for her.

daniela86
Sep 3rd, 2006, 07:18 PM
Well done Anna,you rock!!! :D :bounce: It's so great to finally see her reach the 4th round in a Grand Slam :D :bounce: :cool: Best of luck against Tati now :bounce: I hope to see a Sharapova-Chaky match in QF :D :bounce: :rocker:

pascalre
Sep 3rd, 2006, 07:25 PM
Anna :dance:
I think it is a great result, because it was a very difficult match for Anna.
Anna for the first time in 4th round at a Grand Slam tournament :yippee:

Now against Tati

pascalre
Sep 3rd, 2006, 07:28 PM
Another great performance from Anna. Too bad she plays Tati now. I can no longer root for her.


I would like too see Anna defeats Tati, but if not
I like to see Tati defeats Maria Sharapova in the quarters

selyoink
Sep 3rd, 2006, 07:31 PM
I would like too see Anna defeats Tati, but if not
I like to see Tati defeats Maria Sharapova in the quarters

Well if Anna does win I'll root for her against Sharapova for sure. But if Elena somehow beats Sharapova then I'd have to root against Anna again.

Pink Princess
Sep 3rd, 2006, 08:03 PM
Made good! :D Anna can go on to Quarters!!! :devil: ;) Chaky is the best!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

Wintermute
Sep 3rd, 2006, 11:04 PM
Doubles - 2nd Round
Chakvetadze/Vesnina def. Laine/Sfar 6-4 6-3

:D

I didn't follow the match too closely but Anya and Lena were 0-3 down in the first set so good comeback. Next up Ruano Pascual/Suarez who are seeded 7 here.

It's been a good day for Anna. Hope she can keep it up tomorrow.

daniela86
Sep 4th, 2006, 12:11 AM
Anna/Lena :rocker: :rocker2: Great win :D The last time Anna/Lena played against Ruano Pascual/Suarez,they won 8:6 in the third set :D Hope they'll do as well this time too :D Davai girls!! :kiss: :bounce: :rocker2:

~|Naomi|~
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:47 AM
Well done Anna:bounce:

Now Golovin. I would love to be able to see this match but know I won't:( It could really go either way. Both girls are in their first GS 4th round. Good Luck Anna:)

selyoink
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:48 AM
Well done Anna:bounce:

Now Golovin. I would love to be able to see this match but know I won't:( It could really go either way. Both girls are in their first GS 4th round. Good Luck Anna:)

Actually Tati is in her third. She made 4th round at AO and US Open in 2004.

~|Naomi|~
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:53 AM
Actually Tati is in her third. She made 4th round at AO and US Open in 2004.

Woopps.
How could I foget AO - I was there:o

Anyway my prediction she'd come through to play Anna was spot on:)

Pink Princess
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:23 AM
Grandstand 11:00 AM

3. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)[23] vs. Tatiana Golovin (FRA)[27]

Go Anna!!! :woohoo:

selyoink
Sep 4th, 2006, 07:37 AM
Woopps.
How could I foget AO - I was there:o

Anyway my prediction she'd come through to play Anna was spot on:)

Well I made a mistake as well. Tati made the 4th round at Wimbledon not the US Open in 2004.

pascalre
Sep 4th, 2006, 09:52 PM
Anna :confused:
Anna can't take part with Tatiana 3-6 0-4 - that't too easy for Tati

selyoink
Sep 4th, 2006, 10:17 PM
Anna is out. I was obviously rooting for Tati but I was surprised how easy it was. I expected straight sets but tougher sets.

A great US Open for Anna. She will continue to move up the rankings as long as she keeps playing this well.

Lets hope Anna and Elena can keep winning in doubles.

Pink Princess
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:15 AM
I saw the match and it was very equalized in spite of what indicates the Scoreboard, Anna I win in winning points 25-23 but I do not take advantage of any of five balls of break that had, the hard match mas of hour and a half but nonetheless I do not manage to win

lilimi
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:19 AM
I'm sorry for Anna. She's a pretty game with a pretty game. she made many Unforced errors with her forehand.i hope her wrist is ok. now i'll cheer for tati for her next match
*edit* :rolleyes: i should have gone to bed...i meant pretty girl :)

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:29 AM
Golovin bt. Chakvetadze 6-3 6-2

Match time: 91 minutes
http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/1078/uso06r4chakgolostatsym4.png


Okay, I watched the whole match live. Sad to say it was a pretty horrible match from Anna. I'm comparing the way she played today to last time I saw her which was when she retired against Martina in Montreal - she actually played better in that match when she was injured than she did today. :o The crowd seemed pretty disinterested as well unfortunately.

Anna's first serve was not working at all. She double faulted in each of her first three service games. She was looking pretty annoyed with herself. Also she was having great difficulty finding her range on her groundstrokes and many landed a foot beyond the baseline. She didn't seem to be injecting the variety of pace that she normally does - a lot of relatively slow balls. She only started to show glimpses of her true ability at 0-4 down in the second set which is kinda too late. All of this seems to indicate a recurrence of her injury. I only saw her flexing her right arm once during the match though and she didn't call a trainer.

A telling stat above - 0 of 5 break points converted. Some of them Tatiana played too smart; some due to poor shot selection from Anna. But Anna got her first break point opportunity in Tati's opening service game. Perhaps it could have changed how everything unfolded if she'd converted then but sadly it was the story of the match.

Tati overall played very solidly. She generally didn't do more than was needed and she waited for Anna to make the error. She also served very well. I'll be cheering for her whoever she faces next round.

Everyone can have a bad day at the office but it's sad for Anna to go out like this. :sad: But on the bright side she made it a round further than last time and picked up ranking points. :) That's something to be proud of. :hug: Anna's got much further to go yet! :yeah:

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2006, 01:12 AM
Doubles - 3rd Round
Ruano Pascual/Suarez [7] bt. Chakvetadze/Vesnina 4-6 6-4 6-4

Valiant effort girls. That's the end of Anna's US Open this year. Hey, she made it to the second week of singles and doubles. Not bad. :D

~|Naomi|~
Sep 5th, 2006, 02:53 AM
Dissappointing scoreline. Not dissappointing she lost cause I think if both girls are on they would be close but to win 5 game - :( Hopefully Anna's arm/wrist is okay and it was just an off day & she played a tough 3 setter in dubs so I'm guessing she is okay physically.

On a positive note Anna made her first 4th round of a slam and has had a big summer. Her first tier I semi. Hopefully Anna can play well in Asia and Europe and push into top 20 by year's end, I think Anna should be up to 20 in the race after NY (although Golovin will jump past her if she beats Sharapova but still Anna will be close).

I like Golovin's game - I always enjoy watching her play. Such a shame she has had such a rotten run with injuries. Hopefully they are behind her now. I'll be cheering for her against Sharapova.

FlushingMeadows
Sep 5th, 2006, 11:24 PM
Doubles - 3rd Round
Ruano Pascual/Suarez [7] bt. Chakvetadze/Vesnina 4-6 6-4 6-4

Valiant effort girls. That's the end of Anna's US Open this year. Hey, she made it to the second week of singles and doubles. Not bad. :D


I was able to catch some of this match. Anna and Elena put up quite a fight against the dominant doubles team in the business. Even down a break early in the third set, they battled back. Really, quite an effort.

I've been a fan of Anna's since seeing her knock off Myskina at the US Open a couple of years ago, so I went over to congratulate her on a good match and good tournament. Unfortunately, the day's events were too much for her and tears were flowing. While some might criticize her, I give Anna credit - she is a competitor and hates to lose. Even in doubles, she was disappointed to have missed the opportunity to beat Suarez/Ruano Pascal. Hopefully, this will serve her well in the future.

Nando_L
Sep 13th, 2006, 03:26 AM
Anna is the best!
:D

andrewbroad
Sep 15th, 2006, 12:44 AM
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US OPEN (Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; outdoor hard; Grand Slam)
======= http://www.usopen.org/ (http://www.usopen.org/)
Photos & videos
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Anna Chakvetadze:
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/players/wtaq416.html (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/players/wtaq416.html)
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=236270&page=6 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=236270&page=6)
Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

IMO, Tatiana beat Anna not only at tennis; she also won the beauty-contest (judging by these photos). Although no longer drop-dead gorgeous like she was two years ago, Tatiana seems to have got rid of much of the unappealing bulk on her body - particularly her upper legs. Anna is cuter, but Tati is sexier, and she smiles!

srg1's photos (various players including Anna):
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=259540 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=259540)

Chris Gerby's US Open photos (many players):
http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/06usogal.htm (http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/06usogal.htm)

Glam Slam US Open party (various players including Anna):
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=258467 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=258467) (HQs on p.10)
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK3w5yhfhpw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK3w5yhfhpw)

Video - last 9 minutes of Golovin v Chakvetadze:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9vepUc2xyk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9vepUc2xyk)

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First round (Monday 28th August)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [23] d. Martina Suchá, 6-4 6-1

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Second round (Thursday 30th August)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [23] d. Alyona Bondarenko, 7-6 (8/6) 6-0

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Third round (Sunday 3rd September)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [23] d. Victoria Azarenka, 6-4 6-3

My comments as I wrote them at the time:

I had a good feeling that Tatiana Golovin would make Petrova pay for her recent poor form, despite Petrova's blowouts of her previous two opponents, but I had a nasty feeling that Anna was going to stuff up her own golden draw, having retired from both Montréal and New Haven with a right-forearm strain. But Anna has won all her matches quite comfortably.

And they'll meet each other in the fourth round! It's so cool that one of them is going to reach her first-ever Grand Slam quarter-final... against Maria! :D

If only Flushing Meadows were in Birmingham...


The match started at approximately 11:10 EDT, and I followed live scores casually at www.usopen.org (http://www.usopen.org/):

First Set:
CHAKVETA __* * *@*@ 6
AZARENKA @* * *____ 4

Second Set:
CHAKVETA *@* * * * 6
AZARENKA ___* * *_ 3

Anna won three very tough service-games en route to 4-1.

Anna serving for the match at 5-3: 0/15, 40/15 (2 MPs), 40/30 (MP #2), 40/40, ad Azarenka (BP), Deuce #2, ad Anna (MP #3), Anna won 6-4 6-3 at 12:27 EDT.

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Fourth-round preview (as I wrote it at the time)
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If Flushing Meadows were in Birmingham (and, God willing, some day it will be), I would be making emergency-arrangements to attend!

I was actually lucky enough to attend the first-ever Anna v Tatiana match in the quarter-finals of Birmingham 2005 (the winner would face Maria Sharapova, just as the winner here will if Maria beats Li,Na).

Tatiana won that match 6-4 7-6 (7/3), much to my approval at the time. But Anna has since overtaken Tatiana as my favourite player outside my Eternal Fanship: watching her lose to my red-hot Vera Zvonarëva at Birmingham and Eastbourne 2006, it was clear that Anna is a much better player now than she was back then: now with groundstrokes of flairsome power! :D

Both players have very good serves, and Anna excels at the one-two punch. It's hard to read the direction of Anna's groundstrokes, and she can now play good spreading rallies, make her opponent's end of the court look very wide, and hit lots of winners.

Tatiana is more of a counterpuncher, consistent rather than spectacular, with intelligent shot-placement and rally-construction, good command of depth, excellent footwork and a pretty big forehand. She tends to play to the level of her opponent, going for her shots more against top players.

I think if I was going to induct Tatiana into my Eternal Fanship, I would have done so by now - I have already come close to doing so on three separate occasions, only to find her tennis not up to Eternal Fanship standards when I watch her on video. The way Anna's game is improving makes me think that she might be my next fanee.

Anna beat Tatiana 6-4 6-4 at San Diego 2005 - their only other previous meeting. And I expect Anna to win this one, as she has cruised through her first three rounds losing an average of six games a match, while Tatiana played a marathon of almost three hours against Petrova yesterday.

ANNA CHAKVETADZE [23]:
1r + Martina Suchá, 6-4 6-1
2r + Alyona Bondarenko, 7-6 (8/6) 6-0
3r + Victoria Azarenka, 6-4 6-3

TATIANA GOLOVIN [27]:
1r + Ashley Harkleroad, 6-3 7-5
2r + Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4 6-3
3r + NADIA PETROVA [5], 7-5 6-7 (4/7) 6-3

Anna is ultracute, with a distinctive ponytail and so many winsome on-court habits (the way her eyes bulge when she's running for a dropshot, the way she blows with her lips when she's waiting to receive, the Bojangles jumps she does after making errors, and even the wasp-chewing and the tears!). And she has a beautiful nose, and just a daintily-sculptured face all round.

Tatiana is still very attractive, but no longer drop-dead gorgeous like she was two years ago (the last time she reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam - two of them in fact). Her body is bulkier, her hair suited her better when it was blonde, and she dresses much less sexily now, wearing her famous microshorts only in practice. But what the loss of these attributes does draw attention to, is that she has beautiful brown eyes and a very nice mouth. And her grunt is the sexiest sound in tennis.

I have no clear loyalty to either Anna or Tatiana for this match, but right now I'm leaning towards Anna... whilst still carrying a two-year torch for Tatiana.


Matt Cronin for www.usopen.org (http://www.usopen.org/): "The last contest in the top half of the draw is a pick 'em between ANNA CHAKVETADZE and TATIANA GOLOVIN. I love Golovin's commitment to grind out matches, her spirit and her willingness to mix it up with the elite players. But she's going to be tired after a brutal three-set win over Nadia Petrova, and Chakvetadze has a little more variety and just as much spunk. The question is, will the Russian mentally melt down late in the third set and begin shedding tears? I don't think so, because I see Chakvetadze zoning and winning in straight sets."

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Fourth round (Monday 4th September)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ TATIANA GOLOVIN [27] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [23], 6-3 6-2

The match was much closer than the scoreline implies: 91 minutes and plenty of deuce-games, but I'm disappointed that Anna couldn't make a better match of it.

Clair Maciel for www.usopen.org (http://www.usopen.org/):
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Chakvetadze's fourth-round appearance was also a US Open career best for her, but she just did not have enough game to beat Golovin on Monday.

Both teenagers displayed some exciting rallies during the match, but it was Golovin who made the fewest unforced errors to gain the edge.

In the sixth game [of the second set], Chakvetadze picked up her level of play, testing Golovin and threatening to break on four deuce points by keeping Golovin on the run and hitting big shots during key moments. But Golovin's huge serve was too much for Chakvetadze, and she held on to extend her lead to 5-1 before closing the match on serve two games later.
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Wintermute (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=8985661):
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Anna's first serve was not working at all. She double faulted in each of her first three service games. She was looking pretty annoyed with herself. Also she was having great difficulty finding her range on her groundstrokes and many landed a foot beyond the baseline. She didn't seem to be injecting the variety of pace that she normally does - a lot of relatively slow balls. She only started to show glimpses of her true ability at 0-4 down in the second set which is kinda too late. All of this seems to indicate a recurrence of her injury. I only saw her flexing her right arm once during the match though and she didn't call a trainer.
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Tati overall played very solidly. She generally didn't do more than was needed and she waited for Anna to make the error. She also served very well. <snip>
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johnoo: "anna played a sloppy tentative match a bit of belief and she could have really made it close."


The match started at 15:41 EDT on Grandstand Court, and I followed live scores at www.usopen.org (http://www.usopen.org/). Here are my comments as I wrote them at the time:


First Set:
CHAKVET _* *___*_ 3
GOLOVIN * * *@* * 6

Tati serving 0-0: 30/0 -> 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad Tati, Deuce #2, ad Tati, held.

An early indication of the kind of match we can expect: Anna is a gritty fighter, while Tati loves to choke on her leads (although she did hold her nerve against Nadia Petrova).

Anna serving 0-1: 0/15, 30/15, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad Tati (BP #2)... held.
Tati serving 1-1: 30/0, held.
Anna serving 1-2: 0/30, 15/30, 15/40 (2 BPs) -> 40/40, ad Tati (BP #3), Deuce #2, ad Anna, held.

Tatiana could easily be up 4-0, had she not wasted five break-points so far!

Tati serving 2-2: 0/30 -> 40/30, held.
Anna serving 2-3: 15/0, 15/15, 40/15 -> 40/40, ad Anna, Deuce #2, ad Anna, Deuce #3, ad Tati (BP), Deuce #4, ad Tati (BP #2), broken.

Seventh time lucky for Tati! I think it's much more important for Tati to get off to a good start than Anna, because Tati's the one who played an almost-three-hour marathon yesterday.

Tati serving 4-2: 0/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad Tati, held.
Anna serving to stay in the first set at 2-5: 15/0, 15/15, 15/30, 40/30, held.
Tati serving for the first set at 5-3: 0/15, 40/15 (2 SPs), 40/30, Tati won the first set 6-3 at 16:29 (48m).


Second Set:
CHAKVET ____* *_ 2
GOLOVIN @*@* * * 6

Anna serving 0-0: 15/15, 15/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad Tati (BP), Deuce #2, ad Tati (BP #2), broken.

Well, I didn't really expect to find Tati up a set and a break after yesterday's marathon! She is getting many more break-points on Anna's serve than Anna is on hers (Tati has now broken twice from 9 BPs, Anna 0 from 1). Tati can afford to be profligate... so far (Anna could still make a big comeback).

Tati serving 1-0: 15/0, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad Anna (BP), Deuce #2, ad Tati, Deuce #3, ad Tati, held.

Tati has now won six of the last seven games, and I have to wonder whether it's Anna who is suffering physically - perhaps a recurrence of the right-forearm strain with which she retired from Montréal and New Haven?

Anna serving 0-2: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.

Or perhaps Anna is just freezing in her first Grand Slam fourth round while Tati, though younger, has been there twice before.

Whatever it is, I can imagine a lot of wasps and tears from Anna round about now! ;) There's no way back for her now unless Tati has a major choke or sprains her ankle again.

Tati serving 3-0: 40/0, 40/15, 40/30, held.
Anna serving 0-4: 15/0, 15/15, 40/15, held.

That's only the second game Anna has won in the last ten. But she won't be fighting only to add respectability to the scoreline; I think she's ambitious enough to be pushing for a win even now!
Especially against Tatiana, who is still saddled with the "I Choke" label, and would surely run out of gas if this went to a third set.

TheBoiledEgg: "Anna's been slow-balling all thru match
"got a feeling her arm is still hurting and hasnt been able to hit thru the ball"

Tati serving 4-1: 0/30, 15/30, 30/30, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad Tati, Deuce #2, ad Tati, Deuce #3, ad Anna (BP #2), Deuce #4, ad Tati, held.

That could well have been the key game of the whole match, and I wish Anna had taken one of those break-points, because things would have got very interesting at 4-2 with the momentum in Anna's favour.

5-1 doesn't give Anna much time to dig in, although the last game is often the hardest to win when you're in sight of as important a victory as Tati is now, having never reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam yet, and being prone to choke.

Anna serving 1-5: held to love.
Tati serving for the match at 5-2: 15/0, 15/30, 40/30 (MP #1), 40/40, ad Anna (BP), Deuce #2, ad Tati (MP #2), Tati won 6-3 6-2 at 17:12 (second set 43m, match 1h31m).

All too easy. I was rooting for Anna to extend the match - not that I wanted Tati to lose from 6-3 *5-2 and two match-points up.

On the other hand, Tati needed an easy victory to have any chance against (presumably) Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals, after Tati's three-hour marathon against Petrova. I mean, my ultimate loyalty is to Maria all the way to the title (since Maria is the only member of my Eternal Fanship left in the draw), but I would be disappointed if Tatiana didn't give her a good match, as she's done in all three of their previous meetings.

But this match was much closer than the scoreline implies: a 6-3 6-2 match usually takes about 70 minutes, but this one took 91. Some quick three-setters take about 90 minutes! There were a lot of close, deucy games in this match.


Statistics
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Tatiana had a positive W:UE ratio of 23:21, while Anna's was a negative 25:29 (they were both 12:14 in the first set).

Tatiana got 70% of her first serves in, winning 68% of the points when she did so, and 52% on second serve (Anna 56%, 64% and 43%). Tatiana's first-serve percentages deteriorated in the second set while her second-serve percentage improved.

Tatiana served four aces and two double faults, while Anna was disappointing with 6 double faults and only one ace.

Tatiana served bigger than Anna: fastest 113-109 mph, average first serve 102-100 mph, second serve 86-83mph. These speeds are comparable with Maria Sharapova and Nicole Vaidišová!

Tatiana broke 3 times from 10 break-points (only once from 7 in the first set), while Anna had 5 break-points and wasted them all.

They approached the net 14 times each, Anna winning 9 points, Tatiana 7.

In points, Tatiana won 77-63 (first set 41-33, second 36-30).

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Women's Doubles
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Anna Chakvetadze/Elena Vesnina:
1r + Jamie Hampton/Ashley Weinhold [WC], 6-2 6-2
2r + Emma Laine/Selima Sfar, 6-4 6-3
3r - VIRGINIA RUANO PASCUAL/PAOLA SUÁREZ [7], 6-4 4-6 4-6

FlushingMeadows: "I've been a fan of Anna's since seeing her knock off Myskina at the US Open a couple of years ago, so I went over to congratulate her on a good match and good tournament. Unfortunately, the day's events were too much for her and tears were flowing."

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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