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andrewbroad
Jan 15th, 2007, 11:19 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
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This message is a Anna-filtered version of my full tournament-preview, which you can find at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/message/3827 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/message/3827)
or
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280903 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280903)

1. Photos (full version only)
2. UK TV-alert
3. First-round draw (full version only)
4. Maria Sharapova preview (full version only)
5. Vera Zvonarëva preview (full version only)
6. Anna Chakvetadze preview
7. Daniela Hantuchová preview (full version only)
8. Iroda Tulyaganova preview (full version only)
9. Nicole Vaidišová preview (full version only)
10. Andrew's wishes (full version only)
11. Qualifying (full version only)
12. Order of Play for Monday (full version only)

It also incorporates extracts from the following sections of my Day 1 round-up:

1. Photos
5. First-round draw: Top half
6. Second-round draw: Bottom half
8. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
9. Order of Play for Tuesday

To avoid a clash between the two Section 6's, the old Section 6 is Section 7 of this message.

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1. Photos
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Anna Chakvetadze, Iveta Benešová, Gisela Dulko, Ana Ivanovic and others:
http://www.tennis.info/AusOpen7.html (http://www.tennis.info/AusOpen7.html) (Practice)

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2. UK TV-alert
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The evening-sessions of the Australian Open will be televised on BBCi from 08:30 GMT each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel - 301 or 302, I don't know which yet).

My understanding is that this coverage will consist of the women's match on the evening-session of the Rod Laver Arena (today Serena Williams v Mara Santangelo), followed by the men's match, followed by recorded coverage of any Andy Murray match that will have taken place during the day-session (his matches will also be broadcast live on BBCi during the British night, and possibly on BBC 1 or BBC 2 if he reaches the third round - I mention this just in case they happen to slip any women's tennis into such coverage; in 2002, they showed five minutes of Daniela Hantuchová against Venus Williams).

Last year, the women's semi-finals took place during the day-session, and recorded coverage was shown on BBCi following live coverage of the evening-session that day.

The women's and men's singles-finals will be broadcast live on BBC 1 and BBC 2, respectively.

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5. First-round draw: Top half (to be played on Tuesday)
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5.1 Top quarter: Sharapova, Zvonarëva, Chakvetadze
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v Camille Pin (DAVAI MARIA!)
* Roberta Vinci v Anastassia Rodionova (Ąforza Roberta!)
* Renata Vorácová [Q] v Meghann Shaughnessy
* Emmanuelle Gagliardi v TATHIANA GARBIN [30]

* VERA ZVONARËVA [22,EF] v Tzipora Obziler (DAVAI VERA!)
* Séverine Brémond v Tamira Paszek [Q] (allez Séverine!)
* Varvara Lepchenko v Agnieszka Radwanska (davai Varvara!)
* ANA IVANOVIC [13,DF] v Vania King (ajde Ana!)

* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Sybille Bammer (DAVAI ANNA!)
* Yulia Beygelzimer v Laura Granville
* Sophie Ferguson [WC] v Jelena Kostanic Tosic
* Klára Zakopalová [Q] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [24] (pojdme Klára!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [28,DF] v Kaia Kanepi (Ąforza Flavia!)
* Alicia Molik [WC] v Chan,Yung-Jan (go Alicia!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Andreja Klepac [Q] (jia you Shuai!)
* Madison Brengle [WC] v PATTY SCHNYDER [8]


5.2 Second quarter: Hantuchová
------------------------------

* Vasilisa Bardina v KIM CLIJSTERS [4] (davai Vasilisa!)
* Akiko Morigami [s] v Tsvetana Pironkova (my Reason says Akiko, but my Passion says Tsvetana)
* Nicole Pratt v Virginie Razzano
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [29] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [Q] (davai Alyona!)

* Sandra Záhlavová [Q] v ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [17] (pojdme Sandra!)
* Ashley Harkleroad v Yuan,Meng (go Ashley!)
* Aravane Rezaď v Emilie Loit (allez Aravane!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15,EF] v Alizé Cornet (PODME DANIELA!)

* Ekaterina Bychkova v DINARA SAFINA [9] (davai Ekaterina!)
* Youlia Fedossova [WC] v Catalina Castańo
* Ahsha Rolle v Lourdes Domínguez Lino
* Elena Bovina v LI,NA [19]

* Aiko Nakamura [s] v ELENI DANIILIDOU [32] (ganbatte Aiko!)
* Sania Mirza [DF] v Olga Savchuk (go Sania!)
* Alla Kudryavtseva [Q] v Emma Laine
* Nathalie Dechy v MARTINA HINGIS [6]

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6. Second-round draw: Bottom half (to be played on Wednesday)
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* Gisela Dulko [DF] v NADIA PETROVA [5] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* Anne Kremer [Q] v Serena Williams (dajee Anne!)
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Victoria Azarenka (allez Marion!)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v JELENA JANKOVIC [11] (Ąvamos Virginia!)

* SHAHAR PEER [16] v Meilen Tu (kadima Shahar!)
* TATIANA GOLOVIN [20,DF] v Zuzana Ondrášková (loyalty to Tatiana)
* MARIA KIRILENKO [26,DF] v Julia Vakulenko [Q] (loyalty to Maria)
* Monique Adamczak [WC] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (I want Adamczak to win this, to vindicate Iroda)

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] v Martina Müller (davai Elena!)
* Maria Elena Camerin v Elena Vesnina (my loyalty is to Maria Elena)
* Iveta Benešová v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [21] (my loyalty is to Iveta)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [10,EF] v Milagros Sequera (POJDME NICOLE!)

* Lucie Šafárová v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [14] (podjme Lucie!)
* Anastasiya Yakimova v AI SUGIYAMA [23]
* Eva Birnerová v Julia Schruff (I find Birnerová more attractive)
* Olga Poutchkova v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [2] (davai Olga!)

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7. Anna Chakvetadze preview
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7.1 First round
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I'm a bit worried about #42 Sybille Bammer, because she beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the quarter-finals at Hobart, and Williams said, "You wish these players would play like this all the time instead of just against me. She played unbelievable."

Usually, Williams blames her defeats on unforced errors and doesn't give her opponent any credit, so praise like this from Williams is kind of scary for me as an Anna-fan!

But Bammer lost 6-3 6-1 to Vasilisa Bardina in the semi-finals, so she is indeed inconsistent.

I just pray that Anna won't have any further problems with her back or stomach-muscle come Tuesday.


7.2 Second round
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#72 Laura Granville or #107 Yulia Beygelzimer? Anna beat Beygelzimer 6-4 6-3 in qualifying for the US Open 2004, and has never played Granville. There's nothing too scary in either of their 2006 results, so an injury-free Anna should have no real problems here.


7.3 Third round
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Samantha Stosur [24] looks like Anna's first big test of the tournament. Anna has won three of her last four tournaments, but it was Stosur who inflicted the one defeat in that run: 6-4 6-4 at Linz 2006.

Stosur is ranked #27, 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 for a set at Birmingham 2005, and always plays her best at home in Australia. She beat Vera Zvonarëva 6-1 6-4 in the first round of Sydney, losing to the on-form Jelena Jankovic in the second round.

I'm very worried about this match.


7.4 Fourth round
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Patty Schnyder is the 8th seed, but I think she's overranked, and would fancy Anna's chances against her. Schnyder is a crafty spin-merchant who is particularly dangerous on clay, but her loss to Shahar Peer at Sydney doesn't exactly fill me with dread.

Schnyder beat Anna 2-6 6-2 7-5 at Moscow 2005, but that's encouraging now, considering that it was the third match in a six-match losing-streak for Anna.


7.5 Quarter-finals
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I would love a quarter-final between Anna and Maria Sharapova.

Maria may be one of only three players that the media say can win the Australian Open, but Anna is, for me, the most improved player of 2006 - now with groundstrokes of flairsome power. She won the Tier I title at Moscow in spectacular fashion, beating players ranked #10, #12, #7 and #5 (as well as receiving a walkover from Maria in the quarter-finals). She also won Hobart against a much weaker field.

Some experts have predicted Anna to reach the quarter-finals instead of Schnyder, and even suggested that she could beat Maria! She certainly gave Maria a very tough match at Los Angeles 2005, when both were injured. Maria won 4-6 6-4 7-5, and then pulled out of the tournament. Maria also beat Anna 6-1 6-4 at the French Open 2005, but Anna's game has improved beyond recognition since then.

This is as far ahead as I want to look for Anna at this stage.

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8. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Mara Santangelo v (DINARA SAFINA/KATARINA SREBOTNIK)[5]

Full WD draw:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/wd/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/wd/)

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9. Order of Play for Tuesday
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Court 13 (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
WS 1r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Sybille Bammer
MS 1r: Paul Goldstein v JARKKO NIEMINEN [17]
WS 1r: Sandra Záhlavová [Q] v ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [17]
MS 1r: ROBIN SÖDERLING [23] v Florian Mayer

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/)

An Australian heatwave is forecast for tomorrow, with temperatures over 40şC. It could be very tough for Anna, as many Russians aren't accustomed to extreme heat.

--
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andrewbroad
Jan 17th, 2007, 10:57 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
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This message is a subset of my Day 2 round-up...

1. Photos
3. First-round report

...merged with a subset of my Day 3 round-up:

1. Photos
8. Second-round draw: Top half
9. Third-round draw: Bottom half
12. Order of Play for Thursday

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1. Photos (merged & Anna-filtered)
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Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

Various players including Anna:
http://www.tennis.info/AusOpen7.html (http://www.tennis.info/AusOpen7.html) (First round - day 2)

Anna's official website:
http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/ (http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/)

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3. First round (Tuesday 16th January)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] d. Sybille Bammer, 6-4 7-5

Anna did well to win in straight sets after trailing *1-4 (0/30) in the second set! She also had to save two break-points at *5-4 (15/40) in the first set.

It was ridiculously hot out there (Maria Sharapova was struggling against Camille Pin at the same time), so I'm very glad Anna wasn't taken to three (she did save a set-point in the second).

The match lasted 1h35m.


First set
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CHAKVE _* * * *@* 6
BAMMER * * * *___ 4

Second set
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CHAKVE _*___* *@*@* 7
BAMMER * *@* *_____ 5

Matt Cronin's pre-AO comments about Anna:
"Tracy Austin calls her the new Hingis. She might be a little grittier, but is also a bit too emotional. She's smart, play the angles well and is rising daily. Don't be stunned if the Russian reaches the semis."

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8. Second-round draw
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8.1 Top half (to be played on Thursday)
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v Anastassia Rodionova (DAVAI MARIA!)
* Renata Vorácová [Q] v TATHIANA GARBIN [30]
* VERA ZVONARËVA [22,EF] v Tamira Paszek [Q] (DAVAI VERA!)
* ANA IVANOVIC [13,DF] v Agnieszka Radwanska (ajde Ana!)

* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Laura Granville (DAVAI ANNA!)
* Jelena Kostanic Tošic v SAMANTHA STOSUR [24]
* Alicia Molik [WC] v Kaia Kanepi (go Alicia!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v PATTY SCHNYDER [8] (jia you Shuai!)

* Akiko Morigami [s] v KIM CLIJSTERS [4] (ganbatte Akiko!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [29] v Virginie Razzano (davai Alyona!)
* Ashley Harkleroad v ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [17] (go Ashley!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15,EF] v Emilie Loit (PODME DANIELA!)

* DINARA SAFINA [9] v Youlia Fedossova [WC] (allez Youlia!)
* Lourdes Domínguez Lino v LI,NA [19]
* Sania Mirza [DF] v Aiko Nakamura [s] (my loyalty is to Sania)
* Alla Kudryavtseva [Q] v MARTINA HINGIS [6]

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9. Third-round draw
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9.1 Bottom half (to be played on Friday)
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* NADIA PETROVA [5] v Serena Williams
* Victoria Azarenka v JELENA JANKOVIC [11]
* TATIANA GOLOVIN [20,DF] v SHAHAR PEER [16] (both nice; my loyalty is to Tatiana)
* MARIA KIRILENKO [26,DF] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (davai Maria!)

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] v Maria Elena Camerin (my loyalty is to Maria Elena)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [10,EF] v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [21] (POJDME NICOLE!)
* Lucie Šafárová v Anastasiya Yakimova (pojdme Lucie!)
* Eva Birnerová v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [2] (pojdme Eva!)

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12. Order of Play for Thursday (Anna-filtered)
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Court 19 (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
WS 2r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Laura Granville
WS 2r: Ashley Harkleroad v ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [17]
WD 1r: (GISELA DULKO [DF]/MARIA ELENA CAMERIN)[12] v Laura Granville/Carly Gullickson
MS 2r: Florian Mayer v Andreas Seppi

The cretins in charge of BBCi have decided to show Murray v Verdasco live, then shut down (presumably) and then show a repeat at 08:30 GMT instead of live women's tennis! :fiery:

I have nothing against Murray personally, but I hope he gets knocked out so that the BBC won't be able to use him as an excuse to show no women's match on Saturday, when Anna v Samantha Stosur could well be the women's match on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session.

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/)

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Anna_Chakvetadze/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Anna_Chakvetadze/)
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andrewbroad
Jan 19th, 2007, 09:34 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
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This message is an Anna-filtered subset of my Day 4 round-up...

1. Photos
6. Second-round report
9. Women's Doubles

...merged with an Anna-filtered subset of my Day 5 round-up:

4. Third-round draw: Top half
5. Fourth-round draw: Bottom half
8. Order of Play for Saturday

Section 9 has been renumbered to Section 7 (so that the section-numbers are monotonically increasing).

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1. Photos (Anna-filtered)
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Anna Chakvetadze:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280396&page=2 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280396&page=2)

Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

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6. Second round (Thursday 18th January)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] d. Laura Granville, 6-2 5-7 6-1

First set: Anna 2-0*, 3-1*, *4-1, 6-2.

Second set: Anna 3-1*, 4-2 (40/15)*, *4-3, 4-4*, *5-4, 5-5*, *5-6, 5-7.
Anna squandered two break-points for *5-2 with Granville serving at 2-4 (15/40).

Third set: Anna 4-0*, 6-1.

Anna had a W:UE ratio of 29:36, which is a vast improvement on her 11:41 of the first round, which was played in extreme heat.

Anna's comments about her first-round match:
http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/ (http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/) (Diary)


Third-round preview
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I had been worrying about Anna having to play Samantha Stosur - the last player she lost to - in front of an Australian crowd, but Stosur lost 6-4 2-6 6-2 to newlywed Jelena Kostanic Tošic.

I saw Stosur v Kostanic on BBCi from 4-1 in the third. Stosur played very poorly. Kostanic played quite well, and has replaced her sliced backhand with a proper two-handed backhand, which the commentators admitted had "really transformed her game".

But Kostanic looked like she might choke at any moment, so I would doubt her ability to close out a match against such a gritty, determined competitor as Anna - not that Anna should find herself in such a hole in the first place (she won their only previous meeting 6-4 6-3 at San Diego 2006).

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4. Third-round draw: Top half (to be played on Saturday)
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v TATHIANA GARBIN [30] (DAVAI MARIA!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [22,EF] v ANA IVANOVIC [13,DF] (both nice; my loyalty is to Vera)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanic Tošic (DAVAI ANNA!)
* Alicia Molik [WC] v PATTY SCHNYDER [8] (go Alicia!)

* ALYONA BONDARENKO [29] v KIM CLIJSTERS [4] (davai Alyona!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15,EF] v Ashley Harkleroad (both nice; my loyalty is to Daniela)
* DINARA SAFINA [9] v LI,NA [19]
* Aiko Nakamura [s] v MARTINA HINGIS [6] (ganbatte Aiko!)

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5. Fourth-round draw: Bottom half (to be played on Sunday)
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* JELENA JANKOVIC [11] v Serena Williams (ajde Jelena!)
* SHAHAR PEER [16] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (kadima Shahar!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [10,EF] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] (POJDME NICOLE!)
* Lucie Šafárová v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [2] (pojdme Lucie!)

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7. Women's Doubles (merged & Anna-filtered)
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7.1 First round (Thursday 18th January)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Mara Santangelo lt. (DINARA SAFINA/KATARINA SREBOTNIK)[5], 2-6 0-6

It's just as well that Anna's doubles-match was short (just 49 minutes), and that there won't be any more. She'd played three sets of singles earlier in the day, so now she has more time to recover for her third-round singles-match.

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8. Order of Play for Saturday (Anna-filtered)
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Show-Court 2 (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
WS 3r: DINARA SAFINA [9] v LI,NA [19]
WS 3r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanic Tošic
MD 2r: (MARK KNOWLES/DANIEL NESTOR)[3] v Amer Delic/Mardy Fish
WD 2r: Maria Kirilenko [DF]/Vera Dushevina v Martina Hingis/Svetlana Kuznetsova
XD 1r: (MARTIN DAMM/MEGHANN SHAUGHNESSY)[8] v Daniel Nestor/Elena Likhovtseva

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/)

--
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andrewbroad
Jan 20th, 2007, 10:59 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
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Anna's third-round match didn't get on court on Saturday, so I present Sunday's order of play as an Anna-filtered subset of my Day 6 round-up:

5. Fourth-round draw
8. Order of Play for Sunday

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5. Fourth-round draw (Anna-filtered)
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5.1 Top half (to be played on Monday)
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v VERA ZVONARËVA [22,EF] (mouthwatering match!)
* (ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanic Tošic) v PATTY SCHNYDER [8]
* (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15,EF] v Ashley Harkleroad) v KIM CLIJSTERS [4]
* (DINARA SAFINA [9] v LI,NA [19]) v MARTINA HINGIS [6]


5.2 Bottom half (to be played on Sunday)
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* JELENA JANKOVIC [11] v Serena Williams (ajde Jelena!)
* SHAHAR PEER [16] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (kadima Shahar!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [10,EF] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] (POJDME NICOLE!)
* Lucie Šafárová v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [2] (pojdme Lucie!)

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8. Order of Play for Sunday (Anna-filtered)
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Court 6 (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
WS 3r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanic Tošic
WD 3r: (VERA ZVONARËVA [EF]/NATHALIE DECHY)[8] v Sun,Shengnan/Sun,Tiantian
Legends' Doubles: Mats Wilander/Richard Fromberg v Kim Warwick/Geoff Masters
XD 1r: Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Andy Ram v Casey Dell'Acqua/Chris Guccione
WD 2r: (FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF]/ELENA DEMENTIEVA)[14] v Tsvetana Pironkova/Martina Suchá

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/)

--
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andrewbroad
Jan 22nd, 2007, 12:17 AM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
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This is an Anna-filtered subset of my Day 7 round-up:

1. Photos
6. Third-round report
9. Fourth-round draw: Top half
10. Quarter-final draw: Bottom half
15. Order of Play for Monday

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1. Photos (Anna-filtered)
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Anna Chakvetadze - ultracute and a little bit sexy:
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=12 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=236270&page=12)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280396&page=2 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280396&page=2)
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/wtaq416.html (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/wtaq416.html)
(it wasn't a junior-match! :o)

Anna Chakvetadze and Daniela Hantuchová added:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_r3 (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_r3)

Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

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6. Third round (Sunday 21st January)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] d. Jelena Kostanić Tošić, 6-4 6-4

Kostanić was the more aggressive player, with a W:UE ratio of 20:37 to Anna's 19:21.

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Chakvetadze powers on
by Bren O'Brien
Sunday, 21 January, 2007

No.12 women's seed Anna Chakvetadze has continued her strong progress through the early rounds of the Australian Open 2007, winning her delayed third-round match against Jelena Kostanić Tošić in straight sets.

Chakvetadze, who won the Moorilla Hobart International in the lead-up to this tournament, has now dropped just one set in her opening three encounters, and will play Swiss No.8 seed Patty Schnyder in the fourth round on Day Eight after her 6-4 6-4 win.

Kostanić Tošić had herself to blame for losing the first set after squandering no fewer than 10 break-point opportunities. Chakvetadze won just eight points on the Croatian's serve for the set, but got them when they mattered, converting her only break-point chance and wrapping up the set in 42 minutes.

Kostanić Tošić finally got the break she was looking for in the second set, but Chakvetadze broke her twice, dominating the Croatian's serve for much of the set. She wrapped up the match in an hour and 19 minutes for her second appearance in the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament.
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Jon Wertheim's pretournament-quote about Anna:
"Little-known Russian has been playing top-five tennis since the fall. Looked sharp in tune-ups to boot. A player to watch."
<Source (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_wertheim/01/12/aussie.women/index.html?section=si_latest)>

Anna's diary has been updated with several entries:
http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/ (http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/)

She's very funny, too! :lol:

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9. Fourth-round draw: Top half (to be played on Monday)
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v VERA ZVONARËVA [22,EF] (mouthwatering match!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v PATTY SCHNYDER [8] (DAVAI ANNA!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15,EF] v KIM CLIJSTERS [4] (PODME DANIELA!)
* MARTINA HINGIS [6] v LI,NA [19] (hopp Martina!)

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10. Quarter-final draw: Bottom half (to be played on Tuesday)
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* SHAHAR PEER [16] v Serena Williams (kadima Shahar!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [10,EF] v Lucie Šafářová (both nice; my loyalty is to Nicole)

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15. Order of Play for Monday (Anna-filtered)
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Vodafone Arena (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
MD 3r: (BOB BRYAN/MIKE BRYAN)[1] v (WESLEY MOODIE/TODD PERRY)[13]
WS 4r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v PATTY SCHNYDER [8]
MS 4r: DAVID NALBANDIAN [8] v TOMMY HAAS [12]
WD 3r: (LISA RAYMOND/SAMANTHA STOSUR)[1] v Francesca Schiavone/Patty Schnyder

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/)

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andrewbroad
Jan 23rd, 2007, 11:35 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
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This message is an Anna-filtered subset of my Day 8 round-up...

1. Photos
4. Fourth-round report
6. Quarter-final preview

...merged with a Anna-filtered subset of my Day 9 round-up:

1. Photos
4. Quarter-final draw
5. Semi-final draw
9. Order of Play for Wednesday

Sections 4 & 5 have been renumbered 7 & 8 so that they're singly defined and in the correct order.

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1. Photos (merged & Anna-filtered)
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Anna Chakvetadze:
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.theannachakvetadze.com/ (http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/) (Gallery now open)

Anna's looking cute as ever. I also notice that her right ankle is taped.

Anna Chakvetadze, Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchová:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6285617.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6285617.stm)
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/galleries/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/galleries/) (Day eight highlights)

Anna Chakvetadze, Maria Sharapova and Martina Hingis added:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_r4 (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_r4)

Player-party: Anna Chakvetadze, Elena Vesnina, Tsvetana Pironkova:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne)

Here, Anna lets herself down with weird makeup - especially on her eyes. I much prefer the natural look. Her former doubles-partner Elena Vesnina, on the other hand, looks absolutely stunning! :drool:

I hate football, but Anna is so cute!
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_week2 (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_week2)

Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

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4. Fourth-round report (Monday 22nd January)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] d. PATTY SCHNYDER [8], 6-4 6-1

I believed in this upset when the draw came out, but the scoreline is amazing! :D

And what makes it even more awesome is that Anna was 1-4 down in the first set!

>>>
Anna making an impression
by Angus Morgan <www.australianopen.com>
Monday, 22 January, 2007

Anna Chakvetadze may not have the profile of many of her compatriots - and there are 11 of them ranked inside the women's top-50 - but there's no Russian woman in better form at Australian Open 2007.

The women's 12th seed reaffirmed her growing reputation with a commanding 6-4 6-1 fourth round victory over veteran Swiss lefty Patty Schnyder at Vodafone Arena on Day Eight to qualify for her first Grand Slam quarterfinal where she'll play, who else, another Russian: the winner of the evening's feature match at Rod Laver Arena between Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonarëva.

<snip>

Going about her business quietly and efficiently, Chakvetadze has conceded just the one set to her four opponents so far, and found victory over Schnyder - Alicia Molik's third round conqueror - a little easier to achieve than she expected.

After trailing 2-4 in the first set, the Russian surged to claim 10 of the next 11 games to win easing up.

<snip>

While the rankings suggest that Sharapova will be her next opponent, Chakvetadze rates Zvonarëva highly and believes the No.22 seed is more than capable of upsetting the No.1.

Chakvetadze is 0-2 against both players (discounting a walkover victory against Sharapova in Moscow last year), but she believes she is a much more complete player now that when she lost to Sharapova 4-6 6-4 7-5 at Los Angeles in 2005.
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Anna quotes
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"I started very slow today. But you have to get used to Patty's game because she plays with so much spin. Ball is bouncing so high here, too.

"Vodafone is a little bit different court, because I played outside-courts all my matches. I just had to get used to it. I just had to get used to it, then I found my rhythm and played better.

"I actually was surprised [with the ease of the win], but I was trying to concentrate in the second set, because I know that she's a fighter, and if she wins two easy points then she can start to fight.

"I just try go to the court just to win. I'm not thinking about who is my opponent. Before the match, of course, I'm thinking. But during the match, I just thinking about how to beat her, and which level."



"I think I served pretty well today, and that helped me a lot, especially in the second set."

[Re. anticipation]
"I'm just trying to watch her racket, where she want to hit. Sometimes it really happen, but sometimes I have bad days and I just can't play.

"I have won 19 matches, I think, from 20, so yes I get more confidence of course - but it also depends on who you are playing. I think I had a pretty good draw, especially the first two rounds.

"I don't want to talk like some of the players who like to say they will win a Grand Slam. All the players want to win a Grand Slam, and all the players want to win their next match, but I just like to play and we will see what happens."

^[Very sensible attitude - there are three very tough matches between Anna and this title, so she needs to take each as it comes.]

"I'm happy to be in the quarter-finals. I didn't expect that when I came here, because usually I play very bad in Australia." <smiling>


[I]I wasn't expecting Anna to play badly in Australia this year. She's made a bad start to several of the previous years in her career, but she's of a different stature now: quite possibly on her way to the top five!

If Anna can keep this momentum going, she could have a better career than Daniela Hantuchová, Jelena Dokić and Vera Zvonarëva separately. Many promising young players fail to fulfill their potential, but what's encouraging about Anna is that she already emerged from a nasty-looking slump to have her best year yet in 2006.

Anna's diary updated:
http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/ (http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/)

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6. Quarter-final preview
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I said in my tournament-preview that I would love a Maria v Anna quarter-final, and it's so cool that Anna has upset the seedings to make my wish come true, just as Vera Zvonarëva did to become Maria's fourth-round opponent!

Maria v Vera was a mouthwatering match of flairsome power, and Maria v Anna will be more of the same. I think Anna could do even better against Maria than Vera did, perhaps even win, although Maria was just too solid - especially on her serve - for Vera to put her in any serious danger of losing.

Maria and Anna are both now members of my Eternal Fanship, so where is my loyalty? It's difficult to say in advance, because it boils down to the following question: Could Anna stop Kim Clijsters in the semi-finals? That's what would make it worthwhile for me to sacrifice my queen, because if Anna lost to Clijsters, I would be thinking, "I wish Maria could have had a go at her!"


Maria quotes
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"I thought I played a lot better [against Vera] than I did in my previous rounds, but I'll definitely have to step it up against her [Anna].

"I don't know her game that well... she's had some great results in the last couple of months. And she's a big hitter, and another young Russian that's coming up, so I look forward to that."

[Re. Los Angeles 2005]
"I think she's more of a developed player than she was then. She's definitely a lot more experienced. She's played more top players, has had great wins over top players.

"I mean, look, I don't think I'm going to look back at that match too much. Obviously I've seen her play here and there. Just got to go out, and if I play like I did today, I think my chances are pretty good."


Anna quotes
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[Q. Are you a much better player than the last time you played Maria?]

Anna: "I think so, because now I have more confidence and I know how I should play, and if I use my game-plan right then I can win, I think.

[Re. other Russians]
"Of course we're friends, because we spend so much time on the Tour, but you can't be friends with everyone because we're different personalities. But most of them are very nice and I'm friends with them.

"I just want to play one more match and win one more match. I'm not thinking, 'OK, she's Russian, I have to beat her.'"

[Comparing Maria with Vera Zvonarëva]
"They both play pretty similar. They hit very flat, good serve. Better backhand, I think. Well, I played against Vera on grass and I lost very close match. I don't know. They both very tough opponents. I have to be ready."

As a fan of all three, I think Maria and Vera have the biggest contrast of styles - Maria with more power, Vera with more versatility and retrieval-skills. I think Anna and Vera are the most similar, and that Anna is more similar to Maria than Vera is.

Any match between two of the three is absolutely mouthwatering to me! :hearts:

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7. Quarter-final draw
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7.1 Top half (to be played on Wednesday)
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] (another mouthwatering match!)
* MARTINA HINGIS [6] v KIM CLIJSTERS [4] (hopp Martina!)

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8. Semi-final draw (to be played on Thursday)
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8.1 Bottom half
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* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [10,EF] v Serena Williams (pojdme Nicole!)

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9. Order of Play for Wednesday
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Rod Laver Arena (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
WS qf: MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF]
WS qf: KIM CLIJSTERS [4] v MARTINA HINGIS [6]
MS qf: TOMMY HAAS [12] v NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO [3]
|
Evening-session (start 19:30 AEST = 08:30 GMT)
MS qf: FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ v RAFAEL NADAL [2]
XD 2r: (BOB BRYAN/MIKE BRYAN)[1] v Chris Guccione/Casey Dell'Acqua

It's so disappointing that there are no women's quarter-finals on the evening-session = no BBCi-coverage! :fiery:

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/)

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andrewbroad
Feb 1st, 2007, 01:21 AM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
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This is an Anna-filtered subset of my Day 10 round-up...

1. Photos & video
3. Quarter-final report: Sharapova v Chakvetadze

...merged with an Anna-filtered subset of my final round-up:

3. Wooden-Spoon List
7. Jon Wertheim's parting-shots
8. WTA Singles Rankings

The new Section 3 has been renumbered Section 4.

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1. Photos & video (Anna-filtered)
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1.1 Photos
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Anna Chakvetadze:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280396&page=2 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280396&page=2) (pp.2-4)
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/wtaq416.html (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/wtaq416.html)

Anna Chakvetadze and Maria Sharapova:
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://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6293219.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6293219.stm)
http://preview.tinyurl.com/yt5zrx (http://preview.tinyurl.com/yt5zrx) (wtatour.com)
http://www.tennis.info/AusOpen7.html (http://www.tennis.info/AusOpen7.html) (Quarterfinals - day 2)

Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"


1.2 Video
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BBC Sport's round-up of Wednesday's quarter-finals:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6293197.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6293197.stm)

Anna Chakvetadze interview after 3r:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/2nlrrc (http://preview.tinyurl.com/2nlrrc) (Eurosport.co.uk)

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3. Quarter-final report: Sharapova v Chakvetadze (Wednesday 24th January)
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Very nice winner, very nice loser:
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF], 7-6 (7/5) 7-5

A very similar match to the one against Vera Zvonarëva, but even tougher than that. Straight sets, but it took 2h15m!

Statistically it wasn't a very high-quality match: Maria with a W:UE ratio of 32:41, Anna 14:28. It sounds like Anna had to rely on her retrieval-skills - which are very good because she anticipates so well, and knows how to make her defensive shots awkward for her opponent. And Maria struggles the most against opponents who get a lot of balls back.

And the media don't describe it as a high-quality match either, describing Maria's performance as "lacklustre", "unconvincing", "failed to find any rhythm" and "a slew of errors", while Anna looked "painfully nervous on some easy putaways" [Miles Evans for Reuters].

But, as www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com) puts it, Maria "played clutch-tennis at the most critical junctures," as she so often does.

There were a lot of breaks in this match, and while Anna broke Maria twice in each set, those lucky enough to watch the match said that Anna's serve was weak, as though that was a general weakness. But I know that Anna's serve is usually very good - not a huge serve like Maria's, but she does place it very well and set up a lot of one-two punches. In this match, Anna had a right-shoulder injury.

Anna had her chances: she served for the first set at 5-3, had Maria serving to stay in it again at 5-6, and had two separate mini-break leads in the tiebreak.

In the second set, it was Maria who failed to serve it out at 5-3, and she also had to recover from 5-5 (0/30) before sealing victory.

Anna may have been nervous in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, but to come away with 11 games against the pending world number one, despite a shoulder-injury, is something to be proud of, along with winning her first nine matches of the year!

Wintermute:
>>>
Yeah, not a great match. Anna served a lot better in Moscow than here but I think maybe that was her shoulder. But all those short balls that she didn't put away - I think it was nerves, otherwise she really needs to work on that. For the whole first set she just pushed the ball straight back to Maria instead of taking it in the air into the open court. Smashes weren't good either.

Maria made lots of errors and while she didn't get a lot of rhythm I think this is because Anna was not letting her have any.
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Derek (re. Anna):
>>>
Nerves may have gotten to her, because she definitely was not agressive enough.

She couldn't put away short balls, especially off the forehand side.
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Miles Evans (Reuters):
>>>
Both parents started the match with anxious, uneasy faces as if their daughters were preparing for the opening night of an ambitious school-play.

Chakvetadze's silver-haired father Djambuli grimaced and winced with every error, roared with approval at every winner, and pulled his baseball-cap over his eyes when an easy put-away for his 19-year-old daughter went begging.

Yuri Sharapov, the 19-year-old Maria's combustible father, was even more emotive, punching his fist with delight at each advantage eked out, and shaking his fist in frustration every time the top seed failed to meet expectation.
<<<

The match started at 11:14 AEST, and with no day-session coverage on BBCi, I followed live scores at www.australianopen.com (http://www.australianopen.com/):


First set
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SHARAPOVA _* *__@ @* * 7(7)
CHAKVETAD * * *@ @__*_ 6(5)

Anna serving 0-0: 15/0, 15/15, 30/15, 30/30, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad Anna, held.

Well recovered by Anna. Important to get that first game on the board, especially as Maria is such a good frontrunner (although she has been known to squander 5-0 leads in third sets!).

Maria serving 0-1: 0/40 (3 BPs) -> 40/40, ad Maria, held.

And what a start by Anna! But Maria so good at saving break-points, and generally pegging her opponent back to deuce so that she can win the games in which she was behind.

Anna serving 1-1: 15/0, 15/15, 40/15, 40/30, held.
Maria serving 1-2: 15/0, 15/15, 40/15, held.
Anna serving 2-2: 15/0, 15/15, 40/15, held.

This is intriguingly similar to Maria's first set against Vera Zvonarëva - just as Anna herself is intriguingly similar to Vera: cute, flairsome power, very emotional, and a tremendous fighter.

But Anna is holding her service-games more easily than Vera was doing...

Maria serving 2-3: 0/15, 30/15, 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.

First blood to Anna!

Anna serving 4-2: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.

But Maria, like all great champions, breaks back immediately. Maria is renowned for her terrific serve, but she also has fearsome returns, eating up first and second serves.

Maria serving 3-4: 15/0, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.

Well well! Maria and Anna are both reliable holders of serve, so I wasn't expecting this match to degenerate into a pattern of break-and-counterbreak - although Maria will certainly be hoping that pattern continues for one more game!

Anna serving 5-3: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.

It was a lot to ask of Anna to come through that test against as fierce a competitor as Maria.

My loyalty is to Maria at the moment: Anna has shown her that she means business - which is great - but I don't want Maria to lose, because with her proven track-record, she has a much better chance than Anna of winning this title for my Eternal Fanship.

Maria serving 4-5: 30/0 -> 30/30, 40/30, held.

Anna giving Maria a taste of her own medicine there: pegging her back on her service-game. Maria didn't pay for it there, but that can be the kind of thing that gets into your head and makes you nervous in later service-games.

Anna serving 5-5: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15, held.

Maria again serving to stay in the set, but this time the momentum is more in Anna's favour, because this time she won the game before.

Maria serving 5-6: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15, held.

And now we have what the Maria v Vera match lacked: the Russian Roulette of a tiebreak... Mental strength will be important, but luck plays a greater role as there's no time for Maria to dig in.

6-6 tiebreak: Maria *1/0, *1/1; Anna *2/1, *2/2; Maria *3/2, *3/3; Anna *4/3, *4/4; Maria *5/4, *6/4 (2 SPs), 6/5* (SP #2). Anna netted a shot. Maria won the first set 7-6 (7/5) at 12:14 (60 minutes).

What a curious pattern! Each player then the other getting a mini-break, but unable to consolidate.

Wintermute: "Anna's forehand isn't working too well now. She gifted Sharapova a couple of points by putting some tame forehands into the net during the tiebreaker."

Who should I support in the second set?

* My Passion says Anna, because matches between members of my Eternal Fanship should be three-set thrillers!

* My Reason says Maria, because I don't want her tired for her semi-final tomorrow - nor do I want a tired Anna (she'd have to win in three now) in the semi-finals instead of Maria.

Six-minute delay after the first set - that's about the time it takes for a bathroom-break. But I later learned that Anna took a medical time-out for her right shoulder (the trainer rubbed some anti-inflammatory cream in - I wouldn't mind that job! ;)).


Second set
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SHARAPOVA *@__* *@__*@ 7
CHAKVETAD __@* *__@*__ 5

Maria serving 0-0: 40/0, 40/30, held.

A bit of pegging-back by Anna in that game, but Maria will be looking to step it up after that tough first set.

I hope Anna doesn't have a lapse of concentration, as Vera did in the fourth round after losing the first set. I want Maria to win in straight sets so that she's not tired for the semis, but I want Anna to give a good account of herself in the second set too.

Anna serving 0-1: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.

A blow across the bows for Anna, going a set and a break down. I can imagine her in tears and chewing wasps at this moment, but she's such a fighter - and on-form - that I wouldn't write her out of this match yet.

Against Vera, there was an air of inevitability about Maria's victory as soon as she went a break up in the second, but Anna has already broken Maria's serve twice, while Vera at the same stage hadn't even had a break-point.

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

She's a fighter all right! :) This match needed that break back, or the atmosphere could have gone very flat, as Maria v Vera did in the second set.

Wintermute: "Anna's making quite a few errors on her forehand and keeps feeling her shoulder - it's really bothering her. But Maria's making tons of errors herself and keeping Anna in this. Atmosphere is a bit flat in the arena, not a pretty match."

cosmoose: "trainer out for Anna again, massaging her right shoulder. This could be the reason for Anna's weak serving."

Anna serving 1-2: 15/0, 15/15, 40/15, held.

cosmoose: "Lack of pace from Anna is driving Maria crazy. Maria has no rhythm on her strokes = zillion UE"

Anna still has a 25% chance of winning this match if we assume that each remaining set is 50/50 - which seems quite reasonable after the first set went to a tiebreak, although Maria is the mistress of the decisive moments.

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

If I wasn't also an Anna-fan, I'd be breathing a huge sigh of relief after Maria saved those break-points! Being broken twice in a row is not what this doctor ordered.

As an Anna-fan, I'm so proud that she's giving the top seed such a tough match. As a Maria-fan, I'm concerned about her rising fatigue-levels because the last thing I want to see is Kim Clijsters in the final.

Maria took a medical time-out for a blisters on her left foot.

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

Again, I'm so proud of Anna's resistance there - two break-points saved!

Wintermute: "Anna is lucky to get out of that game. She has made astonishing errors on short balls that she should have easily put away."

A set and *4-2 would have been a very commanding lead for Maria, but 7-6 3-3 is the tightest possible scoreline for this many games played - they're absolutely in the thick of battle!

Maria serving 3-3: 0/30 -> 40/30, held.

Well recovered by Maria! Of course, it's not just her fatigue-levels I have to worry about if this goes to a third set, but my own - half an hour more, and this will be the third night in a row I've had less than five hours' sleep!

It was around this time that Yuri Sharapov got his daughter a code-violation for coaching. The officials always watch him very closely at Maria's matches these days - especially after the Sharapovs' monkey-see monkey-do antics at the US Open 2006 (the media-reaction to which, IMO, was blown out of all proportion).

Anna serving 3-4: 30/0 -> 30/40 (BP), broken.

You have to feel for Anna there. Looked like she was cruising to an easy hold at 30/0, and suddenly, almost out of nowhere, Maria's serving for the match!

Can she close out this match more smoothly than she did the one against Vera, where from *5-2 she needed two tries at serving for it? She won't have that luxury in this set.

Maria serving 5-3: 15/0, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.

Well well! This failure of Maria to serve out matches is becoming quite a worry! It happened from 5-0 in the third against Camille Pin in the first round (Maria won 9-7!), again against Vera, and now this.

This is a major lifeline for Anna. Is she tough enough and good enough to make Maria pay the ultimate price? I think she is - the onus is on Maria to save herself, because I don't think Anna's going to roll over for her.

Anna serving 4-5: 15/0, 15/30, 30/30, 30/40 (MP #1), 40/40, ad Anna, Deuce #2, ad Anna, held.

There's a lot of baggage building up for Maria now: a failed attempt at serving out the match, and now a missed match-point. Would be amazing if Anna could turn this match around and win, and the greater part of that amazement is already behind us!

My Passion is beginning to overtake my Reason now. I'm so excited for Anna: if she wins this match - especially from a losing position - it would be such a major landmark in her career, and would make her that much more famous (not that Anna likes a lot of attention, but I as a fan crave more media-coverage).

Maria serving 5-5: 0/30 -> 40/30, held.

Maria steadies the ship after tremendous danger at 0/30, and is once again within one game of victory. She needs to win this in straight sets to conserve her energy for the semi-finals - if it does go to a third set, I might as well support Anna for all the good it would do for Maria to reach the semi-finals with an empty tank.

Anna serving 5-6: 0/30, 15/30, 15/40 (MP #2), 30/40 (MP #3). Anna netted a forehand. Maria won 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 at 13:29 (second set 1h15m, match 2h15m).

That was a very long two-setter! I'm concerned about Maria's fatigue even now, without a day off to recover for the semi-finals. At least it wasn't played in extreme heat - only 20°C in Melbourne right now.


Maria quotes
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"Overall I thought I was up and down - a bit scratchy. First set, I'm down a break. The tiebreak was up and down. We broke each other quite a few times. Then when I got a break in the second set, I gave it back to her - let her back in it.

"It was very difficult; I didn't feel like we had a lot of easy rallies. I felt I had to work on every point. When you're a set and a break up, it's still tough - I'm glad I got through.

"But I was just very competitive. Against a girl like that, who gets a lot of balls back, it's just a matter of who can be a little bit smarter, who can get an extra ball back, who is a little tougher. I thought I did the job really well today.

"I still feel like there's more room for improvement. But against her, she's not a player that's going to make you feel great about your game, either. I feel like she doesn't give you much rhythm.

"Coming out with a win against her - someone who's playing well, someone who beat Schnyder 4 and 1, someone who's playing with a lot of confidence - if you can beat them in straight sets, it definitely gives you a lot of confidence."

[Re. the problems with holding serve]
"It was strange. I warmed up indoors. I came out. It's always pretty gusty on that court. The wind just blows one way. I got broken most of the time from that side because my serves were going long.

"On the other side, I didn't feel like I was getting enough pace on the serve. I'm not sure if I just didn't adjust quickly. It just took me a long time. Then when you start thinking, it's like a little snowball.

"Yeah, uhm, you know, didn't serve as well as I did my previous round. But it's tough to get a lot of easy points from her. She gets a lot of balls back, and she makes you work even if you do hit a pretty big first serve.

"I could have served a little bit better if I didn't give her too many looks on my second serve. When you give your opponent those chances - even when you break them - they feel they can break back, because you're not completely confident in your service-games."

[Re. Anna]
"Sometimes I feel like I don't know if she knows what she's doing! I feel like she tricks herself into her own game. She definitely has a lot of variety. If she wants to step in, she has a lot of power behind her strokes."

[Re. their fathers]
"I mean it's normal, I've been with my dad every single day. I'm sure Anna has as well. They both want you to win; they're both very excited over the opportunities you have."

[Re. the code-violation for coaching]
"I asked the umpire if it was in between those points. I didn't see anything - I didn't even look at him [Yuri]."


Anna quotes
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"Maria won today; she played better than me. She is stronger. I guess she played very well. She's a great fighter. I think she deserved this win. I can just wish her good luck in semis.

"I think I need to improve to be more aggressive on important points especially because, yes, she was a little bit more aggressive than me. Definitely I will work on it. But, you know, it's tough to be aggressive because Maria, she's hitting the ball so hard! Especially in the warm-up, I thought, 'She will kill me!' <laughing>

"I couldn't put one ball on court, because she played one ball on me, and the other ball like somewhere. I couldn't, you know, get where is the ball going, she was hitting so hard.

"It's tough to play aggressively against these kinds of players because they play aggressive, and you should mix your game a little bit more. But, on important balls, you should be more aggressive.

"My game-plan was to move her. If I would play all balls to her, it will be very difficult. I was running well today. But my hands and my arms was little bit sore and stiff. You know, especially those easy shots, I couldn't put it where I wanted. That was the problem, especially important points.

"I think she won all the important balls. I didn't use my opportunities in the first as well as second set, because it was like two or three games Love/30 on her serve. I just didn't use them. That's why I lost.

"It was a close match, but Maria won. I think she played better than me today and she deserves it, definitely.

"I wasn't nervous at all - not at all. Maybe on the tiebreak, because I was up like 5-3 and I had so many opportunities. I just didn't use it. That's, you know, a little bit strange because on the tiebreak, so many points are lost so easy balls. I don't think it's because nerves. I just need to be more aggressive on the important points."

[Re. her right-shoulder strain]
"It was tight in the morning. I had some treatment on it. During the match I felt pain, strain from the backside. I definitely should call the trainer earlier - not after first set. I think I should call it before I'm serve on that game at 5-4. Maybe it would help me. I got some anti-inflammatories, and pain gone in second set after few games. But maybe Maria's hitting so hard, my shoulder was getting tighter.

"It's amazing, because something is happening when I'm playing important matches. Like against Hingis in Montréal I had injury, again, my right hand. Here, as well. I should do something to myself. Should stay healthy, you know, to beat these kind of players.

"I mean, it was my tenth match in a row. I felt tired. I just need to stay healthy, and maybe not play tournament before a Grand Slam."

[Re. the first time she ever saw Maria]
"I just remember her dress, that's it. It was a pink dress. I just remember the colour actually."

That would be the US Open 2003 then.


Anna quotes before the match
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[Re. comparisons with Martina Hingis]
"Martina is a great player - a former number one - and it's a compliment that they say that, but I think I hit the ball little harder than Martina.

"My groundstrokes are okay, and when I feel my return, I'm really okay. I'm trying to play smart, but I don't always do it.

"After I beat Petrova in San Diego, I started to believe I can beat top players. Then I started playing better and better at every tournament. I didn't play well against Golovin at the US Open, but she played great. But I already believed by then that when I got on court, that I could win. It's all confidence.

"I'm concentrating more now, not losing easy points.

"I am pretty hard on myself. That's how I'm thinking. I don't want to talk like some of the players: they like to say, 'I will win a Grand Slam.' All the players want to win a Grand Slam. I just play.

"I'm happy to play in second week. It's different, because the pressure is on. I'm just trying to stay calm because when I don't - when I'm excited - I can't play tennis. I'm still working on that. I start to think more about the next point, how to beat my opponent and not get frustrated after the point I lost. Now I have more confidence, and I know how should I play. If I use my game-plan right, then I can win."

[Re. Djambuli]
"He's not like my coach - he's just my dad. He helps a little, but I'm trying to think by myself about my game."


Barbara Schett about Anna
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"She's a little bit in the shadow of the others - Sharapova, Petrova, Myskina, Kuznetsova - and that probably suits her. The attention is not that big on her, and she can just quietly slip through the draw.

"When I played against her [US Open 2004], her serve was not good, but now it's a lot better. She's a pretty consistent player out there now."


Tracy Austin about Anna
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"It's the way that she uses the court, the way she is always balanced. She doesn't really look rushed.

"Some people seem to put a lot of effort into everything they do. Someone like Janković, you feel like she is working so hard every point, digging and grinding. Chakvetadze, she just seems to kind of be there."


A telling snapshot
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From The Age - full article at http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/chakvetadze-emerges-from-russian-wannabes/2007/01/22/1169330831807.html (http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/chakvetadze-emerges-from-russian-wannabes/2007/01/22/1169330831807.html)
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Chakvetadze reads the game beautifully, as if she's already watched it on TV and knows every line in the script.

Schnyder jumped out to a 4-1 lead, at which point Chakvetadze said she found some rhythm against the Swiss' heavily spun balls.

Schnyder had been to the last eight here in each of the previous three years, but her body-language soon smacked of resignation, and the realisation that she was up against a player who was already her equal, perhaps better.

She won just one more game for the match, becoming visibly distressed by the precision of Chakvetadze's anticipation, as if she were tapping into her thoughts.

Schnyder turning to her entourage, arms outstretched and asking, "What can I do?" was a telling snapshot.
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It's so great to see that the media are really starting to analyse Anna now, and confirming the observations that I have already seen for myself. I'm so proud to have known her before she was really famous.

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4. Wooden-Spoon List
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/wooden_spoon/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/wooden_spoon/)

1. Serena Williams
2. MARIA SHARAPOVA (1)
3. NICOLE VAIDISOVA (10)
4. KIM CLIJSTERS (4)
5. SHAHAR PEER (16)
6. ANNA CHAKVETADZE (12)
7. Lucie Safarova
8. MARTINA HINGIS (6)
9. JELENA JANKOVIC (11)
10. VERA ZVONAREVA (22)
11. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (7)
12. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (15)
13. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (3)
14. PATTY SCHNYDER (8)
15. AMELIE MAURESMO (2)
16. LI,NA (19)
17. NADIA PETROVA (5)
18. TATHIANA GARBIN (30)
19. KATARINA SREBOTNIK (21)
20. ALYONA BONDARENKO (29)
21. TATIANA GOLOVIN (20)
22. Jelena Kostanic Tosic
23. Anastasiya Yakimova
24. Aiko Nakamura
25. Victoria Azarenka
26. ANA IVANOVIC (13)
27. Maria Elena Camerin
28. Ashley Harkleroad
29. MARIA KIRILENKO (26)
30. Alicia Molik (WC)
31. Eva Birnerova
32. DINARA SAFINA (9)
33. Anne Kremer (Q)
34. Anastassia Rodionova
35. Milagros Sequera
36. Akiko Morigami
37. Meilen Tu
38. Laura Granville
39. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (14)
40. Alla Kudryavtseva (Q)
41. Virginia Ruano Pascual
42. Tamira Paszek (Q)
43. Martina Muller
44. Emilie Loit
45. Monique Adamczak (WC)
46. Peng,Shuai
47. Olga Poutchkova
48. Lourdes Dominguez Lino
49. Gisela Dulko
50. Renata Voracova (Q)
51. Iveta Benesova
52. Virginie Razzano
53. Zuzana Ondraskova
54. SAMANTHA STOSUR (24)
55. AI SUGIYAMA (23)
56. Sania Mirza
57. MARION BARTOLI (18)
58. Agnieszka Radwanska
59. Elena Vesnina
60. ANNA-LENA GROENEFELD (17)
61. Julia Vakulenko (Q)
62. Kaia Kanepi
63. Julia Schruff
64. Youlia Fedossova (WC)
65. MARA SANTANGELO (27)
66. Camille Pin
67. Jill Craybas
68. Vasilisa Bardina
69. Romina Oprandi
70. Sybille Bammer
71. Alberta Brianti
72. Nathalie Dechy
73. Aleksandra Wozniak
74. Tzipora Obziler
75. Stephanie Foretz
76. Alize Cornet (Q)
77. Jessica Moore (WC)
78. Madison Brengle (WC)
79. Shenay Perry
80. Elena Bovina
81. Tamarine Tanasugarn
82. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
83. Casey Dellacqua (WC)
84. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (Q)
85. Anna Smashnova
86. Sophie Ferguson (WC)
87. Laura Pous Tio
88. ELENI DANIILIDOU (32)
89. Yuliana Fedak
90. Vania King
91. Kirsten Flipkens
92. Yuan,Meng
93. Karolina Sprem
94. Chan,Yung-Jan
95. Martina Sucha
96. Ekaterina Bychkova
97. Michaella Krajicek
98. Roberta Vinci
99. Jarmila Gajdosova
100. Tsvetana Pironkova
101. Edina Gallovits
102. Yulia Beygelzimer
103. Sandra Kloesel
104. Emma Laine
105. Melinda Czink
106. Severine Bremond
107. Jorgelina Cravero (Q)
108. Aravane Rezai
109. Iroda Tulyaganova (WC)
110. Andreja Klepac (Q)
111. Marta Domachowska
112. Ahsha Rolle (Q)
113. Sun,Tiantian
114. Meghann Shaughnessy
115. Galina Voskoboeva
116. Nicole Pratt
117. Clarisa Fernandez
118. Klara Zakopalova (Q)
119. Sofia Arvidsson
120. Olga Savchuk
121. Vera Dushevina
122. Varvara Lepchenko
123. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES (25)
124. Sandra Zahlavova (Q)
125. Elena Likhovtseva
126. FLAVIA PENNETTA (28)
127. ZHENG,JIE (31)
128. Catalina Castano

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7. Jon Wertheim's parting-shots (Anna-filtered)
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Jon Wertheim <SI.com (http://SI.com)>:
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47. Overheard in the press-room:
Reporter A: "Anna looked good the last time I saw her."
Reporter B: "Chakvetadze or Ivanović?"
Reporter A: "Kournikova. I guess we need to use her last name now."
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Full article at http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/ (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/)

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8. WTA Singles Rankings (as of 29th January 2007)
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1. Maria Sharapova (3918)
2. Justine Henin-Hardenne (3311)
3. Amélie Mauresmo (2900)
4. Kim Clijsters (2577)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova (2554)
6. Martina Hingis (2139)
7. Nadia Petrova (2057)
8. Elena Dementieva (2013)
9. Nicole Vaidišová (1782)
10. Jelena Janković (1558)
11. Patty Schnyder (1544)
12. Dinara Safina (1527)
13. Anna Chakvetadze (1470)
14. Serena Williams (1269)
15. Shahar Peer (1209)
16. Ana Ivanović (1160)
17. Li,Na (1106)
18. Daniela Hantuchová (988)
19. Tatiana Golovin (950)
20. Anna-Lena Grönefeld (944)
21. Vera Zvonarëva (932)

It's frustrating to see that Anna's still stuck at #13 despite winning the Hobart title and reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Only 88 points separate Anna from the top ten, and she has nothing to defend until March! :)

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