Jan 7th, 2007, 06:38 PM
Monday 8 January
Starting at 11.00am
Vera ZVONAREVA (RUS) vs Samantha STOSUR (AUS)
Starting at 12:00 Noon
Yuliana Fedak (UKR) vs. Marion Bartoli (FRA)
Groenefeld-Shaughnessy (GER-USA) vs. Craybas-Li (Ting) (USA-CHN)
Dechy-Zvonareva (FRA-RUS) vs. King-Sun (USA-CHN)
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:40 PM
If Vera beats Stosur, she plays the winner of Hingis-Jankovic.
Jan 8th, 2007, 01:46 AM
Vera lost to Stosur, 6-4, 6-1.
Jan 8th, 2007, 11:41 AM
Vera and Dechy lost 6-1, 6-4. Not good preparation for Melbourne.
Jan 12th, 2007, 12:05 AM
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First round (Monday 8th January)
- Vera Zvonarëva [EF] lt. Samantha Stosur [WC], 1-6 4-6
I am not surprised by this result. I'm more surprised that Bepa didn't pull out of Sydney after her 2h43m marathon in the Auckland-final two days before! At least now she will have had a week to rest by the time the Australian Open starts. And if you want to be really cynical, perhaps she chose to have a week to rest! ;) (no offence intended - I know that Bepa is a lady of integrity).
Stosur is ranked #27 - three places below Bepa, but she is co-ranked #1 in doubles, and is a very dangerous floater. A serve & volleyer with a good serve, she outplayed Maria Sharapova (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/) for a set at Birmingham 2005, and always plays her best at home in Australia (in the next round, she lost to the on-form Jelena Jankovic, who recovered from the Auckland-final much better than Bepa on the evidence of Sydney-results).
What other people wrote about this match
Brad ven Wely, Associated Press Writer:
Serving for the match, Stosur saved two break-points before pushing Zvonarëva into an unforced error on the Australian's second match-point.
Australia's Samantha Stosur went into her match against Vera Zvonarëva having lost their previous two matches, but this time Stosur had other ideas and turned the tables on the Russian by scoring a 6-3 6-3 victory in the opening match on Centre Court.
Sam won 20 points at the net, while Bepa won just 2 :help:
She wasn't keeping the ball deep enough and Sam was approaching the net and putting away easy shots :sad:
Bepa was pretty good off the ground, but she just didn't have enough depth on her shots.
She didn't appear to be tired, as she was running everything down like she normally does.
It's just that Sam came in with a game plan, and Bepa didn't do anything to counter it :shrug:
Sam played a really good match, but Bepa was a bit :o
I mean, it was obvious from the start how Sam wanted to play the match and she pretty much dictated things. Bepa was retrieving like crazy, rather than controlling points. She was rallying pretty well, but as soon as she had to get balls back from deep in the corners, Stosur would just come into the net and put the ball away.
On the other hand, when Bepa got a short balls, she didn't follow them in :shrug:. Instead, she let Stosur recover and ultimately lost many of those points :help:
Vera didnt play too good today against Stosur, didnt play agressive, maybe she didnt believe she could win this match."
As I posted elsewhere, if you check out her serving stats at the end of Auckland, and at Sydney, seems to me they raise some questions. Even where she had high first serve % in, the pts won on 1st serve were lagging. And the 2nd serve pts were often worse. Suggests to me her problems with her wrists are affecting her serving. Even tho Bepa always discounts the issues with her wrists, it seems that ever since last April she's been icing her wrist(s) after nearly every practice and every match. If you need to do that for 8 months straight (in order to "avoid pain" as she finally said in Auckland), then it stands to reason that all is not well with her wrists! :(
"I think I definitely came into the net pretty well today. I like the courts here, I think they work kind of in my favour with my good serve.
"I don't really feel pressure. I just really enjoy playing in Australia and having the crowd on my side. I think if anything it really pumps me up, and I think I play my best tennis partly because of that."
Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Nathalie Dechy:
1r - Vania King/Sun,Tiantian, 4-6 1-6
Dr. Andrew Broad