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goldenlox
Nov 21st, 2006, 10:02 PM
Starting in 2007, Hobart is a 48 draw, not 32.

goldenlox
Nov 22nd, 2006, 12:52 PM
I've read there will 16 byes and Serena will be in the draw.
This is instead of playing Sydney. I think a good decision, as long as Anna does well in Tazmania.

Shoulderpova
Nov 22nd, 2006, 02:04 PM
:awww:
but go Anya :hearts: :inlove:

Wintermute
Nov 22nd, 2006, 05:07 PM
Anya has a chance to kick ass here. :devil: Hopefully she won't draw Serena in her first match. :p

It's the week before the Aussie Open so she needs to play herself into form in Hobart and get several matches under her belt (straight sets wins is best so she doesn't get tired). Anya needs to make some waves at the Open and get beyond the second round; it's the only Slam where she's never managed that.

Problem with the Aussie tournies like Hobart is that they're low Tier, almost no prize money or ranking points but you've got to play them to get any sort of form.

goldenlox
Nov 29th, 2006, 12:56 PM
9 of the top 10 are in Sydney that week. So Hobart seems like a better choice.

goldenlox
Nov 29th, 2006, 10:58 PM
Lets hope Serena draws into the other half

Anna Chakvetadze
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Flavia Pennetta
Chanda Rubin(SR)
Maria Kirilenko
Mara Santangelo
Alona Bondarenko
Jie Zheng
Martina Muller
Michella Krajicek
Meghann Shaughnessy
Olga Poutchkova
Severine Bremond
Elena Likhovsetva
Lucie Safarova
Jamea Jackson
Jelena Kostanic
Elena Vesnina
Lourdes Dominguez-Lino
Catalina Castano
Gisela Dulko
Sofia Arvidsson
Serena Williams
Roberta Vinci(*Feed Up)
Ashley Harkleroad(*Feed Up)

goldenlox
Nov 30th, 2006, 10:28 AM
The highest-ranked player to have competed at the Hobart International will be Anna Chakvetadze. The 19-year-old Russian has quickly risen up the world rankings during the last couple of years, culminating in her victory at the prestigious Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October. On her way to the title, the Russian achieved impressive victories against three top 10 players: Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova in the final.

doris_hdz
Nov 30th, 2006, 12:54 PM
good Luck Anna!!!

RonnieO'Sullivan
Nov 30th, 2006, 02:55 PM
some great chances in this tournament , gluck chaky :hug:

Pink Princess
Nov 30th, 2006, 06:15 PM
ANNA CHAKVETADZE :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: VS. SERENA WILLIAMS:devil:

I want this Final with Chaky's victory obviously!

:bigclap:http://www.inside-tennis.net/gal.php?gd=sydney205&img=P1110211.jpg

Go Anna!!!

GeorgianFan
Dec 4th, 2006, 06:52 PM
Good luck Chaky Champion:worship:

goldenlox
Dec 23rd, 2006, 08:49 PM
Moorilla Hobart International further strengthened
December 12, 2006

In another major boost for the Moorilla Hobart International, a further seven of the world’s top 50 players have confirmed their attendance, tournament organisers announced today.

After the final entry deadline, the updated player list now includes world No.28 Flavia Pennetta, Russian glamour girl and world No.30 Maria Kirilenko, world No.32 Alona Bondarenko, past champion Jie Zheng, rising Russian star Olga Poutchkova, world No.39 Severine Bremond and Russian former top 15 player Elena Likhovtseva.

The strongest player field in the tournament’s history now boasts a staggering 17 of the world’s 50 players, headlined by seven-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and world No.13 Anna Chakvetadze.

Wintermute
Dec 24th, 2006, 12:17 PM
ANNA CHAKVETADZE :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: VS. SERENA WILLIAMS:devil:

I want this Final with Chaky's victory obviously!



I think that would be a good final. But this could be a first round match. :scared: Still a couple of weeks to wait though.

selyoink
Dec 27th, 2006, 04:12 AM
Anna should do well here. I think it is better to catch Serena early in a tournament if you have to play her at all.

goldenlox
Dec 27th, 2006, 03:11 PM
Anna belongs in Sydney, but this is a better chance to get matches before the AO.

Cat's Pajamas
Dec 29th, 2006, 04:00 AM
Anna has struggled on this surface, so Hobart is a very wise choice. She should be able to advance in the draw, hopefully she won't meet Serena early. Anyways as I was saying, Anna needs to gain experience and confidence on this surface. If she played Sydney she'd probably lose in the 2nd round, she can gain more points here anyways,

selyoink
Dec 29th, 2006, 04:10 AM
Anna has struggled on this surface, so Hobart is a very wise choice. She should be able to advance in the draw, hopefully she won't meet Serena early. Anyways as I was saying, Anna needs to gain experience and confidence on this surface. If she played Sydney she'd probably lose in the 2nd round, she can gain more points here anyways,

I think it would be better for her to play Serena earlyier rather than late in the tournament. You don't want Serena to be able to play her way into form.

goldenlox
Dec 29th, 2006, 04:20 PM
I don't care what her draw is in Hobart.
I want Anna to draw well in Melbourne.

Pink Princess
Jan 3rd, 2007, 01:33 AM
Less of one week and this begins!

selyoink
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:57 AM
Anna's quarter in Hobart:

(1) Anna Chakvetadze
Lourdes Dominguez Lino
Qualifier
Olga Poutchkova
Severine Bremond
Michaella Krajicek
Qualifier
(7) Jie Zheng

Cat's Pajamas
Jan 6th, 2007, 05:25 AM
Anna has a pretty good draw. She does have Poutchkova in the 2nd round, so that could be some trouble, but I imagine her pulling through that. Then Zheng in the quarterfinals, maybe defending champ Krajicek. Then Kirilenko or Mirza in the semifinals. Serena is in the other half. I expect Anna to make the semifinals and she should make the finals.

Here's the draw:
http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/article.aspx?id=4&articleid=ArticleID200716164316&pageId=11673&HandlerId=1

selyoink
Jan 6th, 2007, 05:27 AM
Yes she should do well but who knows what kind of form she will be in. Some players are slow starters. I hope Anna isn't one of them.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:01 AM
Anna started last year slowly, I hope this year is different.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:51 AM
This is a much weaker field than Sydney.
If she doesn't win matches here, she is way off form.

Wintermute
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:53 AM
Moorilla Hobart International
Hobart, Australia
January 8-13, 2007
Tier IV
Prize Money: $145,000
Surface: Hardcourt/Outdoors

Website: www.hobartinternational.com.au (http://www.hobartinternational.com.au/)

Livescores (http://www.protennislive.com/frameset.asp?year=2007&wkno=2&lang=en&tabno=3&eventid=0505&ref=escape%28www.tennistasmania.com.au%29)


Prize money and points:
Winner............$22900.....115
Finalist..........$12345......80
Semi-finalist......$6650......50
Quarter-finalist...$3580......30
2nd Round..........$1925......15
1st Round..........$1035.......1


Singles:

[1] Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
[Q] Tzipora Obziler (ISR) v Olga Poutchkova (RUS)
Severine Bremond (FRA) v Michaella Krajicek (NED)
[Q] Stephanie Foretz (FRA) v [7] Jie Zheng (CHN)

[4] Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v [WC] Sania Mirza (IND)
Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) v Romina Oprandi (ITA)
[WC] Alicia Molik (AUS) v Jelena Kostanic (CRO)
[WC] Jessica Moore (AUS) v [6] Alona Bondarenko (UKR)

[5] Mara Santangelo (ITA) v Maria Elena Camerin (ITA)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Catalina Castano (COL)
Gisela Dulko (AGR) v [Q] Vasilisa Bardina (RUS)
[Q] Aiko Nakamura (JPN) v [3] Flavia Pennetta (ITA)

[8] Martina Muller (GER) v Lucia Safarova (CZE)
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v Serena Williams (USA)
Sybille Bammer (AUT) v Ashley Harkleroad (USA)
Elena Vesnina (RUS) v [2] Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)


Doubles:

[1] Medina Garrigues (ESP)/Ruano Pascual (ESP) v Chakvetadze (RUS)/Santangelo (ITA)
Rodionova (RUS)/Vanc (ROM) v Jans (POL)/Rosolska (POL)

[3] Benesova (CZE)/Krajicek (NED) v Gajdosova (SVK)/Stewart (AUS)
[WC] Moore (AUS)/Wishnik (AUS) v Dominguez Lino (ESP)/Pennetta (ITA)

Morigami (JPN)/Uhlirova (CZE) v Birnerova (CZE)/Yakimova (BLR)
Foretz (FRA)/Muller (GER) v [4] Likhovtseva (RUS)/Vesnina (RUS)

Mirza (IND)/Molik (AUS) v A. Bondarenko (UKR)/K. Bondarenko (UKR)
Domachowska (POL)/Vinci (ITA) v [2] Camerin (ITA)/Dulko (ARG)

Wintermute
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:57 AM
Anna's got a good shot here. I know she's been downplaying her chances but she's got to make the most of this.

Poutchkova and Krajicek are tough in her quarter. Remember Anna had a very close match against Olga in Guangzhou. Michaella as defending champ knows what it takes to win in Hobart.

If Serena's on form I don't see her having any problems reaching the final. It's hard to see who could provide an adequate challenge.

I'm surprised to see Anna's playing doubles. I thought she was skipping it. Also surprised she's playing with Mara and not Elena.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:00 PM
This draw came up insanely weak.
At Sydney, Hingis plays Jankovic in round 1. Nadia plays Ivanovic in her first match.
This looks like a 25k compared to Sydney.

Pink Princess
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:08 PM
Main Draw in Hobart!!!

Nice to triumph.

Davai Anna:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Wintermute
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:21 PM
This draw came up insanely weak.
At Sydney, Hingis plays Jankovic in round 1. Nadia plays Ivanovic in her first match.
This looks like a 25k compared to Sydney.

It's symptomatic of the fact that the Australian Open series offers very little prize money but also it's the only place where the players can get match practice. If they had a well-funded tourney in the Middle East like the ATP's Qatar Open half the players wouldn't be in Australia. It's quite a coup for Hobart to get Anna to play there.

Sydney looks great and Hobart looks weak but hopefully this means Anna will get some good matches. Looks like a cakewalk for an in-form Serena though. Bottom half seems weak compared to the top.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:30 PM
It's a coup they got Serena and Molik. Anna just wanted to play a soft tournament to start.
And she got that. This is weaker than the ASB last weak.
Anna should win matches here, or she's in trouble next week.

Wintermute
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:42 PM
It's a coup they got Serena and Molik. Anna just wanted to play a soft tournament to start.
And she got that. This is weaker than the ASB last weak.
Anna should win matches here, or she's in trouble next week.

Serena's 95th in the world and Molik needed to get wildcarded somewhere. Anna is the highest ranked player they've ever had at Hobart. She wanted to spend New Year at home I guess which is why she didn't play last week. She should get a few matches here and hopefully win it instead of maybe drawing someone like Jankovic or Vaidisova first round at Sydney.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:07 PM
Serena is a draw, and in Australia, Molik is a draw.
Anna is the highest ranked player there, but Sydney has about 15 top 20 players.
So Anna should take advantage of this, and play her way into form.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:25 PM
This might be a good decision for Anna. She could get more points than a lot of top 20 players in Sydney.
She still has to play reasonably well to go far here.

Wintermute
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:43 PM
This might be a good decision for Anna. She could get more points than a lot of top 20 players in Sydney.
She still has to play reasonably well to go far here.

Yeah definitely. I'm excited for the main draw to get under way. I want to know where Anna is at after the off-season. I gather it's raining a lot in Hobart and they're building up quite a backlog of matches. Hopefully the rain will have disappeared by Monday.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:18 PM
There is not a top 30 player in her half. You can't ask for a better draw.

[1] Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
Qualifier v Olga Poutchkova (RUS)
Severine Bremond (FRA) v Michaella Krajicek (NED)
Qualifier v [7] Jie Zheng (CHN)

[4] Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v [WC] Sania Mirza (IND)
Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) v Romina Oprandi (ITA)
[WC] Alicia Molik (AUS) v Jelena Kostanic (CRO)
[WC] Jessica Moore (AUS) v [6] Alona Bondarenko (UKR)

Wintermute
Jan 7th, 2007, 12:00 AM
There is not a top 30 player in her half. You can't ask for a better draw.

Kirilenko is top 30... just. There's still players in there who will provide a test: Poutchkova could be dangerous, Krajicek on her day. It's not a given that Anna will make the final.

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 12:06 AM
Olga was awful last week.
Anna's about to play, isn't she?

Wintermute
Jan 7th, 2007, 12:17 AM
Olga was awful last week.
Anna's about to play, isn't she?

Oh my god you're right. I didn't realise she would be playing today. They've had to cram the schedules full because of the rain. She's on Centre Court after the next match: Azarenka vs Gagliardi.

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 12:27 AM
This is a draw that Vera Z would easily go through, just like she did in NZ.
Anna had better do well here.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 7th, 2007, 02:20 AM
Hopefully the rain will have disappeared by Monday.

No, I hope not. We are in a drought, we need rain badly.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 7th, 2007, 02:21 AM
Olga was awful last week.
Anna's about to play, isn't she?

I wouldn't say she was awful. She has the shots but isn't fit. Did not cope well with the heat against Fedak at all. Anna should be able to deal with her.

Wintermute
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:47 AM
No, I hope not. We are in a drought, we need rain badly.

I'm sorry to hear that. Well I guess rain's a bit more important than a tennis match, huh?

selyoink
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:02 AM
Anna has won the first set with a bagel :)

Cat's Pajamas
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:17 AM
She's crushing her right now! :drool:

Very impressive thus far! I think that Rebound Ace being her worst surface, might just be over-stated because she didn't have good results on it last year. Time will tell if she can play on it but so far I'm getting a good vibe :dance:

Pink Princess
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:19 AM
Anna 6-0 3-1:woohoo:

Wintermute
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:23 AM
Time will tell if she can play on it but so far I'm getting a good vibe :dance:

I hope you're right. We need to see what she's like against a tougher opponent.

selyoink
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:29 AM
I hope you're right. We need to see what she's like against a tougher opponent.

There are tougher opponents than Dominguez Lino :eek:

selyoink
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:43 AM
Anna wins 6-0, 6-4. A fine start to the year.

Pink Princess
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:43 AM
She has won!!!

Well Done Chaky!!! Good victory.

:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Wintermute
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:47 AM
Nice comfortable start to the season for Anna. :D A bagel is certainly a good way to begin.

http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/4628/hobart07chakldlr1statshf7.png

Cat's Pajamas
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:52 AM
I really hope Anna plays Serena in the final. That could be a very good test for Anna to see how she fairs in a marquee match. :D


:secret: I think Serena would be exhausted by then if she got the final with her current form :tape:

GeorgianFan
Jan 7th, 2007, 07:22 AM
6-0 Urraaaaaaa:bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 7th, 2007, 08:42 AM
I'm sorry to hear that. Well I guess rain's a bit more important than a tennis match, huh?

:D

Well done to Anna for a good solid start to the year. Hope she keeps it up.
I start work tomorrow. I finished uni last year so I don't think I will have much time to be around this week. Cheer for Anna for me:p

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 10:45 AM
Good start for Anna. She can pile up some points with this draw.

Wintermute
Jan 7th, 2007, 12:51 PM
Top seed wins as main draw gets underway (http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/article.aspx?id=4&articleid=ArticleID200717211523&pageId=11675&HandlerId=1)

7 January - Top seed and world No.13 Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) won her first match for 2007 when she downed Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-0 6-4 at the Moorilla Hobart International today.

“I am happy to win my first match of the year, but it was pretty tough” said Chakvetadze after her match. “Especially the second set. The score was easy but it was tough to play because it was very windy. But I am happy I got through and now we will see what will happen second round.”

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 01:50 PM
There are tougher opponents than Dominguez Lino :eek:They're in Sydney.

KV
Jan 7th, 2007, 02:18 PM
Satisfying start of the season.

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:13 PM
Anna has won 11 of her last 12 matches.

TennisPlayingFox
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:42 PM
Nice win to start the season Anna! Good luck in the second round!

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:59 PM
This is a good place to start her year. Same for Serena.
This is one of the weakest fields we'll see all year.

goldenlox
Jan 8th, 2007, 03:42 PM
Anna CHAKVETADZE (RUS) vs. Tzipora OBZILER or Olga POUTCHKOVA


Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES (ESP)/Virginia RUANO PASCUAL (ESP) vs Anna CHAKVETADZE (RUS)/Mara SANTANGELO

Wintermute
Jan 8th, 2007, 04:54 PM
Anna is fortunate in that the rain has really helped her. She was the only one to complete a first round match on Sunday. So Tzipora has been playing non-stop and Olga will have to play her on Tuesday morning with the winner facing Anna later in the day.

I don't know how they'll cram all the singles and doubles in before Friday night, especially if it rains again. :rain: Everyone's going to be playing three matches a day!

goldenlox
Jan 8th, 2007, 05:39 PM
Anna doesn't need luck at this tournament. She could use a good draw in Melbourne.

selyoink
Jan 8th, 2007, 05:50 PM
Anna doesn't need luck at this tournament. She could use a good draw in Melbourne.

She may not need luck but it can't hurt having some.

goldenlox
Jan 8th, 2007, 06:26 PM
I'd rather have the luck come at Melbourne. Good health and good draw.

selyoink
Jan 8th, 2007, 06:34 PM
I suppose that would be the better place to have luck. I would like to see her make the QFs there. I think that should be her goal.

Pink Princess
Jan 8th, 2007, 08:18 PM
Best of Luck Anna, Qualify for Quarters!!!

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:32 AM
Anna plays Olga. Hobart 2R: Olga Poutchkova def. Tzipora Obziler 0-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)

Proust
Jan 9th, 2007, 06:31 AM
Anna won :)
7-6 7-5

Wintermute
Jan 9th, 2007, 06:35 AM
Seems like it was a very tough match. Anna had a tough time against Poutchkova in Guangzhou. But once again she got through it. :)

http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/7093/chakpouthobart07r2statsss0.png

Anna did very well on her second serve and returned better but it was still close.

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 10:31 AM
It doesn't sound like Anna played well. But at least she gets a few matches in.
That kind of match in Sydney is a loss.

smokovec
Jan 9th, 2007, 03:02 PM
Seems like it was a very tough match. Anna had a tough time against Poutchkova in Guangzhou. But once again she got through it. :)

Yes, Anna was down 1-4 and 4-6 in the tie-break, but she win the first set, so this is a good reaction and she play well in the crucial points of the match.

Not a simple match in QF against Zheng, but I think Anna can win this. :cool:

selyoink
Jan 9th, 2007, 03:24 PM
A solid win for Anna. She will need to play better though.

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 03:57 PM
If Anna loses, it's still 3 matches before the AO. A win here, and she's in the semis.

Pink Princess
Jan 9th, 2007, 03:58 PM
Anna won again:yeah: :banana: :bigclap: the best of the luck for the Quarterfinal, to obtain another victory Chaky

Wintermute
Jan 9th, 2007, 04:43 PM
Doubles 1st round:

[1] Medina Garrigues/Ruana Pascual bt. Chakvetadze/Santangelo 6-0 6-1

:help:

They got slaughtered. I guess Anna had to play this pretty soon after her singles and it's an untested partnership.

I wonder will Anna play dubs with Lena at the Aussie Open?

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 06:02 PM
I didn't notice the doubles score before. They got destroyed.

Wintermute
Jan 9th, 2007, 07:54 PM
I didn't notice the doubles score before. They got destroyed.

Yup. On the bright side, Anna and Mara get to split $580. :p

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 08:16 PM
$580 buys a lot of cheeseburgers.

CarlosTevez
Jan 9th, 2007, 08:49 PM
She should go back to partnering Vesnina in the doubles !

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Vesnina is still in the tournament with Likhovtseva.

selyoink
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:27 AM
$580 buys a lot of cheeseburgers.

All those cheeseburgers probably wouldn't help her fitness.

cosmoose
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:29 AM
Chaky vs. Zheng
2 - 1 with early break.

cosmoose
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:57 AM
Chaky v. Zheng
4 - 6 :sad: df on set point.

selyoink
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:13 AM
Anna has rebounded in the second set. Up 4-1 and serving.

BUBI
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:50 AM
Anna won 4-6 6-1 6-1 :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

$ania Mirza next round :D

:bounce:

Proust
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:51 AM
Good job Anna xD
Mirza in the SF should be a pretty good match

selyoink
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:54 AM
Anna must have been furious after losing the first set especially on a double fault. Great job blowing Zheng away in the final two sets.

TennisPlayingFox
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:58 AM
Nice win Anna! I was worried when I you lost the first set but you dominated in the next two! Good luck against Sania!

Shoulderpova
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:12 AM
Good job Anna. She must have been pissed off after losing the first set :bounce: Now destroy Mirza as well :devil:

Wintermute
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:27 AM
Way to go Anna! :bounce: Similar pattern to her match against Zheng at last year's Aussie Open but she finished better this time. Zheng has still never beaten her. :)

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/6444/chakzhenghobart07qfstatus6.png

Anna is certainly fulfilling expectations right now. Even though she's in the semis she's still won less points than if she got through one round at a Grand Slam.

CarlosTevez
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:16 AM
Vesnina is still in the tournament with Likhovtseva.

I know. I meant from the next tournament onwards.

Anyhow another good win for Anna last night. Hope she keeps it up for this week and of course the next 2.

goldenlox
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:12 AM
I don't like losing the first set. Anna should win her third title in Hobart.

Wintermute
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:53 AM
Dropping the first set wasn't so good but the way she came back in the second and third was impressive. She really dominated in all areas judging by the stats. It'll be interesting to see how she fares against her former doubles partner and friend, Sania Mirza.

Most people in the GM seem to be picking Sania to win at the moment. Molik said after she lost to Sania that she expects her to win the title! Have they forgotten Anna?

Actually I notice the Hobart official site has made relatively few mentions of Anna all week despite her being the number one seed and winning her matches.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:41 AM
Anna came back and kicked ass once she lost 1st set, a kick up the backside is sometimes good ;)

KV
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:14 PM
Impressive final sets :)

goldenlox
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:22 PM
It's important she wins these last 2 matches and gets the points.
She's won 13 of her last 14.
If she comes into the AO with this title, she might get some decent media coverage in Melbourne.

Pink Princess
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:58 PM
Chaky congratulation you did it very well has to reach the Final.

http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/3397/200601130019content276506yu.jpg

DAVAI ANNA!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

goldenlox
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:01 PM
She has to move Mirza around, and not try to exchange forehands too often.

cosmoose
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:12 PM
I'm a bit worried about Chaky's serve. She had too many df at crucial points.

goldenlox
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:33 PM
I don't think that will hurt her in Hobart. But down the road, she has to serve well to beat top 10 players.

cosmoose
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:09 AM
She has to move Mirza around, and not try to exchange forehands too often.

I see this as an easy win for Chaky. She can handle Sania's power. Sania wil then try to compensate by overhitting and spraying lot of UE.

Neither of the semi finalists from the other side of the bracket should pose any problems for Chaky.

Chaky should win this tourney and head into AO with mucho confidence! :bounce:
I think by winning Hobart, she'll also cross the $1 million career earnings. :lick:

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:35 AM
I expect her to earn over $1 million in a year. A lot more.

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:03 AM
Does anyone have pictures from Hobart?

cosmoose
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:39 AM
I expect her to earn over $1 million in a year. A lot more.

In 2006, Hingis was the last player to earn more than $1 mil. Do you expect Chaky to have success similar to Hingis from last year?

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:07 AM
Sure. In 2009 on, $1 million won't seem like a big deal. The prizemoney will be going up.
This year, Anna will have to play well, but she won about $400,000 from Montreal on in 2006.

CarlosTevez
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:22 AM
Chakvetadze looks set to win semi-final, leading 6-4, 5-1 although the scoreboard has been like that for bout 10mins now.

CarlosTevez
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:33 AM
And Anna has won 6-4, 6-1. :D

KV
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:39 AM
Well done Anna :) let's hope she's fit for tomorrows final. GO Anna

cosmoose
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:43 AM
Chakvetadze looks set to win semi-final, leading 6-4, 5-1 although the scoreboard has been like that for bout 10mins now.

Thats because Anna was injured and the trainer was brought out. :bigcry:

Epigone
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:49 AM
Anna :bigclap:

Good luck in the final :cool:

smokovec
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:29 AM
Thats because Anna was injured and the trainer was brought out. :bigcry:

Yes,
stomach problems, I hope it's nothing serious for Anna. :sad:

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:37 AM
An injury is the last thing Anna needs now

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GeorgianFan
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:49 AM
good luck Anna, you are real fighter!:worship:

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:21 AM
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Russia's Anna Chakvetadze smiles after winning her semi final match against India's Sania Mirza at the Hobart International tennis tournament, Thursday Jan. 11, 2007, in Hobart, Australia. Chakvetadze won the match 6-4, 6-1. (AP Photo/Peter Mathew)




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Russia's Anna Chakvetadze, right, is attended to by a trainer after she broke down with stomach pains during her match against India's Sania Mirza, in the semi finals of the Hobart International tennis tournament , Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, in Hobart, Australia. Chakvetaze played on to win the match 6-4, 6-1. (AP Photo/Peter Mathew)

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Russia's Anna Chakvetadze in action against India's Sania Mirza during the semi finals of the Hobart International tennis tournament, Thursday Jan. 11, 2007, in Hobart, Australia. Chakvetadze won the match 6-4, 6-1. (AP Photo/Peter Mathew)

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Russia's Anna Chakvetadze in action against India's Sania Mirza during the semi finals of the Hobart International tennis tournament Thursday Jan. 11, 2007, in Hobart, Australia. Chakvetadze won the match 6-4, 6-1. (AP Photo/Peter Mathew)

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India's Sania Mirza, right, congratulates Russia's Anna Chakvetadze after Chakvetadze won their semi final match of the Hobart International tennis tournament, Thursday Jan. 11, 2007, in Hobart, Australia. Chakvetadze won 6-4, 6-1. (AP Photo/Peter Mathew)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:54 AM
well done Anna on making final ;) :D

hope she can it treated and its not too bad

stomach injuries :scared:

CarlosTevez
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:10 PM
Thats because Anna was injured and the trainer was brought out. :bigcry:

Gutter. :eek: Hope she is in good shape for final & next week.

selyoink
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:59 PM
Another solid win for Anna. I hope she was just a little sick or something and no actual muscle damage in her stomach. She seems happy enough in the picture where she is celebrating.

TennisPlayingFox
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:50 PM
Very nice win Anna! Good luck in the final! I hope the injury isn't serious

Pink Princess
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:59 PM
Russian teenagers to meet in final




11 January - Two Russian teenagers will meet in the final of the Moorilla Hobart International after Anna Chakvetadze and Vasilisa Bardina posted wins in day five action at the Domain Tennis Centre today.

In a dramatic second semifinal, top seed Chakvetadze (pictured) was just one game from victory when a stomach injury almost forced her to retire.



The 19-year-old claimed the first set over Indian Sania Mirza 6-4 and led 5-1 in the second when she took a long injury timeout and was worked on by the trainer.

Chakvetadze returned to the court in an attempt to serve out the match out but was barely able to serve. The determined world No.13 fought on, producing a couple of good winners and was also assisted by some unforced Mirza errors in claiming the match 6-4 6-1.

Despite the injury, Chakvetadze said post-match treatment had made a significant difference.

“I pulled my stomach muscle, it was actually because of my back,” she said. “But now it’s ok, trainers worked very good and now I feel good, I can even run so I will be ready for final tomorrow.

“It was hurting a lot but I was 5-0 up so I wanted to finish the match. If it be any other score I think I would have pulled out. I couldn’t serve and I couldn’t run at all.”

In a rare situation the top seeded Chakvetadze will meet a qualifier in Bardina who will be playing a staggering eighth match this week in tomorrow’s final. Chakvetadze said it wouldn’t be an easy match.

“We played juniors but it was a long time ago so I don’t actually remember. It will be interesting match because we’re both the same age.

“She’s played much better now than last year. I hope I will play better and I hope I will stay healthy.”

Bardina continued her brilliant run in the day’s first semifinal when she recorded a convincing 6-3 6-1 win over Serena Williams’ conqueror, Sybille Bammer. The Russian, who has never passed the second round of a WTA Tour event, said she was thrilled with her run.

“I don’t know how I got through all of these matches, I think I played well,” she said.

She said tomorrow’s final was going to be a huge highlight.

“That will be great for me. My first dream for me is to win a small tournament and then after that a big one. Now I’m in the final maybe I can get my first dream.”

Tomorrow’s singles final will begin at 7.00pm and will be followed by the doubles final.


Tomorrow the Third Title!!! I think that if, very agreeable she with Princess's pearls!!!

Anna plays the Final and another victory!:worship:

DAVAI ANNA!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

BUBI
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:07 PM
That sounds serious.... :scared:

Foot's Fingers
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:22 PM
Well done Anyuta

Just stay healthy now

Kirilenko_Kamp
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:57 PM
According to her post match interview, it seems her stomach injury isn't serious. Good luck Anna in the finals! You continue to impress me very much with every tourney you play.

Wintermute
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:01 PM
Yay Anna! :D Good scoreline. I expected something like that. Anna is really delivering on expectations.

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I was a bit worried hearing about a stomach injury. But she says it's not too bad. With Daniela a doubt for the Aussie Open I would be pretty unhappy if Anya pulled out too.

I would not have predicted an all-Russian final here. Good opportunity for Anna as long as her injury doesn't impair her.

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selyoink
Jan 11th, 2007, 07:26 PM
Anna seems confident that she will be able to play without much pain so that is good news. I hope she is right.

Bring home title number 3 Anna

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:41 PM
Chance of rain tonight in Hobart

Proust
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:52 AM
Anna won the first set 6-3
Go Anna! :bounce:

GeorgianFan
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:58 AM
hehe 6-3 :bounce:

Pink Princess
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:00 AM
Anna 6-3:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Pink Princess
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:14 AM
6-3 3-1

Davai Anna:bigclap:

BUBI
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:57 AM
Third title for Anna :banana:

Anna beat Bardina 6-3 7-6(3) :bigclap:

CarlosTevez
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:59 AM
Anna is the champion 6-3, 7-6 :bounce: :bounce:

GeorgianFan
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:02 AM
Victory!!!

Anna You Are The Best!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Third Title:worship: :worship: :worship:

lilimi
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:03 AM
great win!!!congrats anna ;)

Pink Princess
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:03 AM
The third Title in Hobart:worship: :worship: :worship:

Chaky great victory:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Chakvetadze is you the best Player of Tennis of the World :hearts:

smokovec
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:06 AM
Congratulation Anna for your 3rd Title (in 3 Finals!!!)

I see the match, Anna alternates good shots to unforced errors and double fouls, not her best match, but she win.

And also no signals from Anna stomach injury, so this is important for Australian Open.

cosmoose
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:10 AM
Congratulation Anna for your 3rd Title (in 3 Finals!!!)

I see the match, Anna alternates good shots to unforced errors and double fouls, not her best match, but she win.

And also no signals from Anna stomach injury, so this is important for Australian Open.

Thats good news. Judging by serving stats from online scoring and the lengthy break between sets, I was worried that she reinjured herself.

Foot's Fingers
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:14 AM
The Title for Anna :inlove:

Just Great!!!!!!!!!!!

GeorgianFan
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:15 AM
no signals from Anna stomach injury, so this is important for Australian Open.

:angel: :angel: :angel:

Epigone
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:18 AM
Anna! :banana:

Congratulations! :worship:

GeorgianFan
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:50 AM
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goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:08 AM
I have to find quotes, to see how Anna is feeling.
This is 15 out of 16. It was a good decision to start in Hobart.

KV
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:24 AM
Congrats on your Hobart win :bounce:

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:26 AM
Chakvetadze claims titleSportalhttp://www.sportal.co.nz/webi/space.gifhttp://www.sportal.co.nz/photos/news/093346news.jpghttp://www.sportal.co.nz/webi/space.gifTop seed Anna Chakvetadze has won the Moorilla Hobart International after a comprehensive 6-3 7-6 (7-3) victory over compatriot Vasilisa Bardina.

Both players struggled with the blustery conditions in the opening set with neither player able to hold their serve regularly.

Although Bardina managed to break Chakvetadze's serve once in the opening set, the World No.13 was more powerful from the back of the court and took the opening set with ease.

Bardina broke her countrywoman in the opening game of the second set, but Chakvetadze hit back to take a 2-1 lead before both players traded breaks to send the set to a tie-break.

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Final Result from the Moorilla Hobart International
1-Anna Chakvetadze (Russia) bt Vasilisa Bardina (Russia) 6-3 7-6 (7-3)

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:29 AM
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Russia's Anna Chakvetadze reacts after defeating Vasilisa Bardina also of Russia, during the final of the Hobart International tennis tournament Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, in Hobart, Australia. Chakvetadze won the match 6-3, 7-6 (3). (AP Photo/Peter Mathew)

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Russia's Anna Chakvetadze in action against Vasilisa Bardina also of Russia during the final of the Hobart International tennis tournament, Friday Jan. 12, 2007, in Hobart, Australia. Chakvetadze won the mach 6-3, 7-6 (3). (AP Photo/Peter Mathew)

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Russia's Anna Chakvetadze in action against Vasilisa Bardina also of Russia during the final of the Hobart International tennis tournament, Friday Jan. 12, 2007, in Hobart, Australia. Chakvetadze won the mach 6-3, 7-6 (3). (AP Photo/Peter Mathew)

Vassili
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:36 AM
Congrats Anna :banana: :yippee: :yeah: :kiss:

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:54 AM
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Russia's Anna Chakvetadze poses with the winner's trophy of the Hobart International tennis tournament, Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, in Hobart, Australia, after defeating fellow Russian Vasilisa Bardina 6-3 7-6 (3). (AP Photo/Peter Mathew)

GeorgianFan
Jan 12th, 2007, 12:54 PM
:worship:

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BUBI
Jan 12th, 2007, 01:12 PM
That is some trophy :haha::haha:

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 01:47 PM
Good news. Anna is feeling good.


HOBART, Australia -- Top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze beat fellow Russian Vasilia Bardina 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the Hobart International Friday.


The 19-year-old Chakvetadze came into the final with a pulled stomach muscle, but was able to complete the match despite showing some signs of discomfort in the first set.


"I feel good, I feel OK, almost 100 percent." said Chakvetadze. "It didn't bother me at all."


Ckakvetadze said she did not plan to celebrate after her win.


"I have a flight at six in the morning tomorrow, so probably I'll sleep all day and then have a practice on Sunday," Chakvetadze said of her plans to fly to Melbourne and next week's Australian Open.

"When you win a tournament it's a pleasure. It's tier IV but it's a win and it feels good."

selyoink
Jan 12th, 2007, 02:57 PM
Well done Anna :worship:

It is good to see her go into a tournament when the expectations are that she will win and she did. She handled being the number 1 seed well. I hope she can handle the higher expectations at slams now.

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 03:03 PM
WTA Hobart: Chakvetadze claims third career title Russian top seed Anna Chakvetadze has claimed her third career title after straight sets win in the final of the Moorilla Hobart International at the Domain Tennis Centre tonight.

Chakvetadze won a straight forward first set over compatriot Vasilisa Bardina but was stretched in the second before producing a 6-3 7-6(3) win in 1hr 44mins.

The world No.13 broke in the first game and again in the third game to take control of the opener. Both players traded early breaks in the second but it was Chakvetadze who again got the lead thanks to a Bardina double fault.

But the underdog fought her way back into the match serving for the second at 5-4 but came unstuck with unforced errors. The set went to a tiebreak where Chakvetadze opened up a 4-0 lead and proceeded to claim the match with a big forehand winner down the line.

Chakvetadze said she wasn’t too pleased with the way she played but thrilled to secure another WTA Tour title.

“I’m happy that I’ve won my first title this year,” she said. “I actually had some troubles with my serve and forehand today but I hope I will get better by Monday.”

Chakvetadze said she was impressed by her opponent’s game.

“She’s a great fighter. She’ll keep running and keep fighting. I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of Vasilisa because I think she’s improved a lot. The crowd was awesome, they were cheering 50-50 for Vasilisa and for me as well.”

Bardina was humble in defeat and said that tiredness – she was playing her eighth game in seven days – may have had something to do with her loss.

“I think it was a good match,” she said. “I tried to play well but I am so tired. Like the first set, second set I’m so heavy. You need good recovery for any match to be on the top.”

Despite the loss, the 19-year-old was thrilled with her week.

“It’s amazing. It’s my highest result and I hope not the last one for the future.

“I played before and everybody know that I can play good but I didn’t show my game to everybody. And now I think most people will know who I am.”

Bardina plays Clijsters in the first round of next week’s Australian Open and said winning the match wasn’t out of the question.

“Yeah, why not?” she said. “I’m glad that I play against her and I think it will an interesting match.”

Bardina, currently ranked No.70 in the world, will climb inside the top 50 next week. Chakvetadze meets Serena Williams’ conqueror Sybille Bammer in the first round of the Open.

Russians continued their dominance at the Moorilla Hobart International when Elena Likhovtseva and Elena Vesnina bounced back from a set down to defeat top seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual 2-6 6-1 6-2 in the doubles final.


Results – Day Six Main Draw

[1] Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d [Q] Vasilisa Bardina (RUS) 6-3 7-6(3)
[4] Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) / Elena Vesnina (RUS) d [1] Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) 2-6 6-1 6-2


The US$170,000 Moorilla Hobart International is part of the Australian Open Series and will be staged from Friday 5 – Friday 12 January 2007 at the Domain Tennis Centre.

Six of the world’s current top 11 players have previously competed at the Moorilla Hobart International and the tournament’s honour roll boasts names such as Kim Clijsters (2000), Alicia Molik (2003) and this year’s winner

Wintermute
Jan 12th, 2007, 04:22 PM
:worship:

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:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Anna's 3rd title in 4 tournaments! Amazing!

I'm really happy to hear she is not feeling the effects of her stomach injury.

Don't suppose there's any chance of a video of any of this? I didn't even get to follow live scores because I was at work. :(

Anna is justifying her placing in the world rankings. She went into this tournament as number one seed and actually won it (Having followed Daniela for many years this is a slightly surreal experience). There's still quite a gap between Anna and Nicole and Jelena but this win helps bridge it a bit. Only one 1-pointer left on Anna's best 17 tournaments now. :)

Wintermute
Jan 12th, 2007, 04:26 PM
Chakvetadze said she wasn’t too pleased with the way she played but thrilled to secure another WTA Tour title.

“I’m happy that I’ve won my first title this year,” she said. “I actually had some troubles with my serve and forehand today but I hope I will get better by Monday.”


She was only serving at 49% overall in the match. A lot less than for the rest of the week. Her stomach injury may have impeded her more than she let on.


Chakvetadze said she was impressed by her opponent’s game.

“She’s a great fighter. She’ll keep running and keep fighting. I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of Vasilisa because I think she’s improved a lot. The crowd was awesome, they were cheering 50-50 for Vasilisa and for me as well.”


Anna is very gracious towards her opponent. It's good for Russian tennis. Vasilisa did extremely well coming through qualies to the final.


Results – Day Six Main Draw

[4] Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) / Elena Vesnina (RUS) d [1] Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) 2-6 6-1 6-2


Nice to see Vesnina got a title too. Best buddies both with trophies. :)

TennisPlayingFox
Jan 12th, 2007, 04:40 PM
Great Job Anna! Congrats on your 3rd title!

GeorgianFan
Jan 12th, 2007, 04:55 PM
Anna was training in Sochi with Vesnina.

She said that changing training strategy helped her!cool:

Ballbasher
Jan 12th, 2007, 07:11 PM
Way to start the season Anna :yeah:

GeorgianFan
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:54 AM
ANNA Chakvetadze passed the million-dollar mark in prizemoney last night with victory in the final of the Moorilla Hobart International at the Domain.

Chakvetadze became the first top seed to take the title in its 14-year history when she overpowered plucky fellow Russian Vasilisa Bardina 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) at the Domain Tennis Centre.
It continued her hot form of recent months after winning consecutive tournaments late last year in her home city's tier one in Moscow and a tier three event in Guanhzhou, China.

Ironically, one of the hardest tasks she had to perform was hoisting aloft the hefty winner's trophy after tearing stomach muscles which almost forced her to withdraw from her semi-final against India's Sania Mirza the day before.

"It was so big and heavy!" Chakvetadze said.

"I'm so happy and so proud of myself, and the crowd was awesome."

But she refused to use the injury as any excuse for being so hard-pressed at times by young Bardina, who won a lot of hearts in the sell-out crowd with her fighting qualities despite the match being her eighth in a week after fighting her way through the qualifying round.

" I feel good. I'm OK. I'm almost 100 per cent," Chakvetadze said.

"It didn't bother me at all." :bounce:

Wintermute
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:24 AM
ANNA Chakvetadze passed the million-dollar mark in prizemoney last night with victory in the final of the Moorilla Hobart International at the Domain.


Definitely a landmark win for Anna. Makes years of hard work seem worth it.


Ironically, one of the hardest tasks she had to perform was hoisting aloft the hefty winner's trophy after tearing stomach muscles which almost forced her to withdraw from her semi-final against India's Sania Mirza the day before.

"It was so big and heavy!" Chakvetadze said.


:lol: That is quite some trophy they've got there.

Anna now has a Tier I, III and IV title. She just needs a Tier II and a Slam to complete the collection. ;)

Drimal
Jan 14th, 2007, 10:45 AM
Congrats Anna! :woohoo: :aparty:


That trophy is hilarious! :rolls:

the cat
Jan 14th, 2007, 06:37 PM
Anna is really on the rise and winning the title in Hobart is a great way for her to start the year. :)