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pav
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:37 PM
Just heard on radio Nastya confirmed,even had a short interview Nastya saying she had heard good things about Auckland (or something like that):bounce:

pav
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:40 PM
Myskina confirmed for Classic

15 November 2006 http://www.stuff.co.nz/inl/images/null.gifBy TOBY ROBSON

It was freezing in Moscow, but Russian tennis star Anastasia Myskina still managed to provide a red-hot boost to next year's ASB Classic yesterday.


The world No16 confirmed she will play in Auckland in January as part of her buildup to the Australian Open, providing the tournament with arguably its biggest drawcard.
"It's minus three degrees here, but it's nice, it's my weather and I'm like the kids, I like it, but I need sun sometimes," the 25-year-old said after confirming she would make her first trip to New Zealand.
"I don't really know much about it, but I hear it's very beautiful."
No other player at the tournament has held a higher ranking than Myskina, who climbed to No2 in the world, in September 2004.
The 2004 Roland Garros champion will also be just the second Grand Slam winner to play in Auckland after Mary Pierce in 2003.
Myskina has won 10 WTA titles, but is best known for her famous win at the French Open.
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She is the second top-20 player confirmed for the tournament after world No18 and 2006 ASB Classic semifinalist Daniela Hantuchova, of Slovakia.
Myskina said she had struggled last year with a stress fracture in a foot and an elbow injury, but was nearing her best form again.
She made three finals in 2006 - Istanbul, Eastbourne where she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova but lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne in a third set tiebreak, and the Stockholm final.
She also made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before going down to Amelie Mauresmo in three sets and had fourth round results at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
"Myskina will add something special to the ASB Classic. She's got a great game which is a little unorthodox at times and she doesn't mind getting the crowd involved when she plays," tournament director Richard Palmer said

goldenlox
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:40 PM
That's good to know. Nastya has played well in Perth, she likes to get matches in before Melbourne.

LH2HBH
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:14 PM
"Myskina will add something special to the ASB Classic. She's got a great game which is a little unorthodox at times and she doesn't mind getting the crowd involved when she plays," tournament director Richard Palmer said



:lol: that's a very funny way to put it!

goldenlox
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:56 PM
http://media.apn.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/ACFRAARZaqQC.jpgAnastasia Myskina says she is looking forward to her New Zealand visit. Picture / Reuters

Tennis: From snow in Moscow to summer in the city

Wednesday November 15, 2006
By Terry Maddaford


The Russians keep coming.

World No 16 Anastasia Myskina was last night confirmed as the second player from the WTA's top 20 for January's ASB Classic.

Speaking from her home in Moscow, and shivering as snow plummeted temperatures to -3C, Myskina said she was looking forward to the tournament and the chance to play Auckland for the first time.

"It is a good chance for me to prepare for the Australian Open," said Myskina, 25, who in the past has played little before heading to Melbourne. "I have seen matches from the tournament on television and I'm sure it is a great tournament in a great country. I have heard it is beautiful."

Myskina follows Frenchwoman Mary Pierce as the second Grand Slam winner to play in Auckland. Pierce won at Roland Garros in 2000 - Myskina four years later when she beat her countrywoman Elena Dementieva in the final.

She also follows many of the best Russian players including Nadia Petrova, Elena Likhovtseva and Anna Kournikova to head Downunder.

The Classic promises to be a watershed tournament for Moscow-born Myskina as she hits the tournament trail after being plagued with injuries including a stress fracture in her foot and a troublesome elbow.

"The early part of 2006 was pretty good for me but lately I have had a lot of time off," said Myskina. "But right now my fitness is a lot better."

She joins world No 18 Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) in the draw with Myskina likely to take the top seeding.

Myskina last night played down any suggestion she might play the singles and doubles here.

Despite the injuries she rates 2006 much higher than 2005.

"That was the worst year of my life," Myskina admitted.

"I could not handle it after winning the French Open in 2004. The pressure was immense. Now, as a 25-year-old, I feel I can get back to where I was."

She said being seeded at one or two for the Classic would not bring any added pressure.

Off the court she is looking forward to spending some time boating and quickly took up tournament director Richard Palmer's offer of a helicopter trip as undertaken by Petrova this year.

While happy with the WTA restrictions on who can, or cannot, play here (given the tier-four tournament status) in luring such players as Myskina and Hantuchova, Palmer remains confident of signing a third top-20 player, possibly defending champion Marion Bartoli for the January 1-6 tournament.

"Hopefully, there could be between four and six from the world's top 30," said Palmer.

"We will know that by the end of next week."

Anastasia Myskina

Born: July 8, 1981
Birthplace: Moscow
Height: 1.74m
Weight: 59kg
WTA Tour singles titles: 10
WTA Tour doubles titles: 5
Prizemoney: US$5.87m ($8.88m)

Wayn77
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:02 PM
Excellent news. Go Nastya! :worship: :hearts: :worship:

Wayn77
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:04 PM
... and wrap up warm in those freezing Moscow temperatures :D

frenchie
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:08 PM
Phewww!!
finally the confirmation Nastya is playing next year....

Improve your ranking Nastya and kick asses!

goldenlox
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:32 PM
Despite the injuries she rates 2006 much higher than 2005.

"That was the worst year of my life," Myskina admitted.

"I could not handle it after winning the French Open in 2004. The pressure was immense. Now, as a 25-year-old, I feel I can get back to where I was."

Maxmiffed
Nov 14th, 2006, 06:57 PM
1,000,000 thx to Pav + Goldenlox for sharing the interviews!

So nice to read something news about Anastasia. Her optismism about her tennis furture makes me so happy.

January 1 2007 we have Anastasia back on court in Auckland!

The best tennis-news for ages!

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to your all
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goldenlox
Nov 14th, 2006, 07:02 PM
Anastasia Myskina signs for Auckland

15/11/2006 5:40:11

World number 16 Anastasia Myskina has signed for next year's ASB Classic in Auckland.



Myskina has been ranked as high as two in the world and is the 2004 French Open Champion.

The world number 16 says she does not usually play lead up tournaments to the Australian Open so early in the year because it is New Year and she usually likes to stay home in Moscow.

However, Myskina and her coach felt she needed a build up event this time since she has been out with a stress fracture in her foot and a small tear in her elbow.

The Russian admits she does not know much about the country or the tournament, and although she saw a couple of games on television she has not really talked about the tournament much with her colleagues yet, apart from her friend Elena Likhovtseva, who has been and likes it a lot.

She is looking forward to a helicopter ride to see the sights of Auckland.

It will be a change of scenery for Myskina, who is currently enjoying the snow and the minus three degree temperatures at home as she recovers from a couple of injuries that ruined the end of her season.

Myskina named for ASB Classic

Top-20 player Anastasia Myskina has confirmed her entry to play the 2007 ASB Classic featuring the Sovereign singles and doubles, January 1st - 6th, 2007.
One of a group of Russian players who have dominated Grand Slams titles in the past few years, Myskina, 25 was perhaps the first of her countrywoman to make an impact with titles and in the rankings.
Winning the singles title at Roland Garros in 2004 where she beat Elena Dementieva in the final was the highlight of a dream year for Myskina.
At Roland Garros that year having never advanced past the second round in four attempts she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-6 6-4 8-6 in the fourth round saving match points. She then defeated Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Dementieva in succession for the title in the first all-Russian Grand Slam final becoming the first female Russian Grand Slam singles champion.
The same year she also became the first Russian to win the Kremlin Cup with former Russian President Boris Yeltsin rushing onto the court to congratulate her while current Russian President Vladimir Putin met with her in his office in the Kremlin to offer congratulations. Yeltsin was also present at the Roland Garros final.
In addition to Roland Garros Myskina became the first Russian woman in the history of rankings to make it inside the top five in the world.
Myskina currently ranked at 16 will be the second player to have won a Grand Slam singles title to take her place in the ASB Classic after Mary Pierce took part in the event in 2003.
"Myskina will add something special to the ASB Classic. She's got a great game which is a little unorthodox at times and she doesn't mind getting the crowd involved when she plays.
"It's only the second time we've had a Grand Slam winner in Auckland and just shows how the tournament rates highly with quality players. Having both Myskina and Daniela Hantuchova in the Classic will provide plenty of talent for fans to watch," said tournament director, Richard Palmer.
Ranked at career-high No2 in September 2004 (the highest ranking of any player who has competed in Auckland) Myskina has an unconventional game and temperament on court and is not afraid to show her emotion - whether happy or sad.
It's not often a player with 10 singles titles comes to the ASB Classic and she came close to adding to that list making three finals in 2006 - Istanbul, Eastbourne where she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova but lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne in a third set tie break and the Stockholm final.
She made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before going down to Amelie Mauresmo in three sets and had fourth round results at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. There was also a semifinals appearance at Tokyo.
The two-time Olympian will be playing in the ASB Classic for the first time.

Ben.
Nov 14th, 2006, 07:12 PM
this should be the perfect preparation 4 nastya to kick off her 2007 campaign. all the best nastya for 2007 :wavey:

Filippo-Nastya
Nov 14th, 2006, 08:10 PM
Thx a lot to pav and goldenlox for the articles.
Finally we have a good news about Nastya, first good news since....uhm,...I don't remember. :lol:
I can't wait to see Nastya on court again! :D

Billabong
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:51 PM
I'm also glad to see Nastya is happy and motivated for next year:yeah: I can't wait to see her play next year:D!!!

selyoink
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:53 PM
Glad to know she will still be playing.

frenchie
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:53 PM
Nastya I still have faith!
I love you

goldenlox
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:57 PM
Myskina heads to NZ
Sportalhttp://www.sportal.com.au/webi/space.gifhttp://www.sportal.com.au/photos/news/091071news.jpghttp://www.sportal.com.au/webi/space.gifRussian tennis sensation Anastasia Myskina has announced that she will take part in Auckland's ASB Classic tournament in January.

The world No.16, who won the French Open in 2004, says the New Zealand event will be a good place to kick-start preparations for her 2006 Australian Open campaign.

"It's minus three degrees here, but it's nice, it's my weather and I'm like the kids, I like it, but I need sun sometimes," the 25-year-old told The Press from Russia after confirming she would make her first trip to New Zealand.

"I don't really know much about it, but I hear it's very beautiful."

frenchie
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:59 PM
NZ is like a paradise to me. It looks so great on TV!
Enjoy your time there Nastya but don't forget to win matches!!

ctan88
Nov 15th, 2006, 01:03 AM
Anastasia ... YAY ... Great to hear some good news from her! BEST OF LUCK!