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goldenlox
Jan 23rd, 2007, 09:07 PM
Sveta is one of 10 top 13 players at Tier II Paris
I thought she should play Tier I Tokyo, with a weaker field, but maybe she gets an appearance fee in Paris.

Jenny.C.Fan
Jan 24th, 2007, 12:41 PM
Go Sveta :)

Bероника
Jan 24th, 2007, 03:08 PM
Good luck Sveta!!!! :bounce: Davai!!! :D

Jodie
Jan 25th, 2007, 12:28 PM
Good luck!!! :hug: :D

Milito22
Jan 27th, 2007, 02:44 PM
good luck Sveta! :rocker2:

Jodie
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:23 PM
(1)HENIN, Justine vs BYE
(WC)LOIT, Emilie vs DANIILIDOU, Eleni
GOLOVIN, Tatiana vs (WC)CORNET, Alize
QUALIFIER vs (6)SCHNYDER, Patty

(3)KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana vs BYE
SREBOTNIK, Katarina vs QUALIFIER
SAFAROVA, Lucie vs BOVINA, Elena
REZAI, Aravane vs (5)VAIDISOVA, Nicole

(7)SAFINA, Dinara vs KRAJICEK, Michaella
(WC)PIN, Camille vs QUALIFIER
MULLER, Martina vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs (4)PETROVA, Nadia

(8)CHAKVETADZE, Anna vs POUTCHKOVA, Olga
MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel vs BREMOND, Severine
DECHY, Nathalie vs GARBIN, Tathiana
BYE vs (2)MAURESMO, Amelie

And Svetlana is playng doubles with Nadia Petrova ;)
First round against Garbin/Krajicek

goldenlox
Feb 4th, 2007, 01:19 PM
It's a difficult tournament, and I don't know what to expect from Sveta. If she started 2007 well, she had a chance to compete for the #1 spot. That didn't happen.
Sveta plays doubles with Nadia.

tim4
Feb 4th, 2007, 09:20 PM
The way she played in Melbourne, I can't see Kuzy getting past Nicole Vaidisova in the quarters here. I hope she has re-thought her strategy, and has got rid of any lingering effects of the illness she had in Sydney, in which case let's all hope she wins the Paris tournament outright... Good luck Sveta!

Jodie
Feb 6th, 2007, 04:38 PM
Sveta/Petrova d. Garbin/Krajicek 6-3 6-0 :D :yeah:

Bероника
Feb 6th, 2007, 04:45 PM
Good victory,girls!!! :bounce:

goldenlox
Feb 6th, 2007, 07:18 PM
This is the easy part. Now they have to stay healthy all week.

goldenlox
Feb 7th, 2007, 10:29 PM
Sveta won the last 3 points, 67(4) 64 76(4)
She had a mp at 3-5

Jodie
Feb 7th, 2007, 10:29 PM
Sveta d. Katarina Srebotnik 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(4) :unsure:

Jodie
Feb 7th, 2007, 10:29 PM
Beat me on this :p

But she has to play better next time..

goldenlox
Feb 7th, 2007, 10:36 PM
She has yet to play well this year.

Jodie
Feb 7th, 2007, 10:49 PM
She has yet to play well this year.

true

Foot's Fingers
Feb 8th, 2007, 07:24 AM
:tape: what a close match

Sveta!!! you need to play better

Still the best win in 2007 for Kuzzie

Foot's Fingers
Feb 8th, 2007, 07:27 AM
Kuznetsova barely survives midnight scareIt took more than 2h30, three sets and two tie-breaks for number three seed Svetlana Kuznetsova to defeat Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik 6-7 6-4 7-6 in an incredible second-round match that ended long after midnight. (Photo: Panoramic)

Most of the spectators who had decided to stay in the Coubertin stadium for the last match of the day were real tennis fans who were eager to see two very good indoors players clash in an exciting and promising second round match. Number three seed, 21 years old Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, was facing Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik, 25, the 23rd player in the world. Yet, since the match began at 10PM and did not involve any of the French crowds’ favorite players, the stands were quite empty as the two competitors started the rematch of their only previous game, played earlier this year in Sydney, where Kuznetsova had had to retire.

In an interview after her first-round match, Srebotnik had told us that, even though she was aware of what a great player Kuznetsova is, she was going to play as well as she could against her and thought that, with some luck, things could work out fine for her. But from what the Slovenian player showed in the first five games of the first set, luck had nothing to do with how well she was playing. Obviously not intimidated by the WTA ranking of her opponent, Srebotnik displayed the variety of her game, in which powerful winning ground strokes followed subtle dropshots, all preventing Kuznetsova from moving ahead. Both players held their serves unbroken throughout twelve games of entertaining, if not always spectacular, and mostly unforced error-free play, offering the spectators a very impressive example of how many different strokes and techniques top players have to master. After forty-six minutes, none of the players entered the tie-break with any psychological advantage but Kuznetsova, who was playing her first match of the week, was not as aggressive as she can be, got caught in her opponent’s rhythm and eventually could not prevent Srebotnik from claiming the first set.

As soon as the second set started, the Slovenian proceeded to keep Kuznetsova at a distance and moved ahead 2-0 before the Russian seemed to remember who the best player of the two was supposed to be, overpowered her opponent without leaving her own baseline and won three consecutive games. Tied again at 3-3, both players looked like they were ready for a repeat of the first set, with its long series of unbroken serve games, but Kuznetsova proved she was getting used to Srebotnik’s so far efficient serve and could return it more easily, helping her win the second set 6-4.

There were very few people left in the stands when the third set started a little after 11.30PM. The players knew a new match was just beginning but still, after breaking each other's serve once, they were still unable to stay far from each other, finding themselves tied 3-3. In the next game, Kuznetsova was offered a break point that she won because the Slovenian, who had fallen down, couldn't reach the ball but soon stood up unharmed and eventually came back to 5-5 and 6-6, leading to a tie-break whose first point was played at sixteen past midnight. That was nothing but a summary of the previous sets, with the same intense shots, a majority of winners and each player scoring a point with difficulty only to find her opponent close again right afterwards. But if Srebotnik had done a great job making their 18-rank difference hard to notice, there was little she could do when fighting against the Russian's superior experience of hard-fought matches and, after saving two match points, the Slovenian had to let go and Kuznetsova close the set on a 7-4 tie-break after 2 hours and thirty-one minutes of suspense, great tennis and emotion. Those who had stayed up so late did not regret it as they had witnessed a night show that will be hard to forget.

tim4
Feb 8th, 2007, 10:21 PM
I'm glad Kuzy came out of that one alive. Hope it's an easier one tomorrow - but Vaidisova may be a tough nut to crack.

Actually, Kuzy has played well this year, at least judging by the scorelines, the first two rounds at Melbourne were easy-looking wins. But I watched her third- and fourth-round Melbourne matches and oh dear !!

goldenlox
Feb 8th, 2007, 11:36 PM
It's not Vaidisova. Safarova won.

Foot's Fingers
Feb 9th, 2007, 06:40 AM
Friday, February 9, 2007

Central (from 14.00hrs)
1. Safina vs. Petrova
2. Kuznetsova vs. Safarova
3. Henin vs. Golovin
4. Chakvetadze vs. Mauresmo (NB 19.15hrs)
5. Black/Huber vs. Jans/Voracova

Court 1 (NB 16.30hrs)
1. Kuznetsova/Petrova vs. Dechy/Loit (after suitable rest)


Good Luck!!!

Foot's Fingers
Feb 9th, 2007, 06:40 AM
Svetlana Kuznetsova (n°3) vs Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova hasn’t finished making a name for herself. Last January she was incredible in her victory over Amélie Mauresmo in the round of 16 of the 2007 Australian Open. The young Czech freshly turned 20 amazed the public in Coubertin on Thursday as she easily returned Nicole Vaidisova serves rated among the best of the circuit. As a talented left-hand player who likes to rush up to the net to finish off her points with volleys, Safarova develops an alluring but highly risky tennis. Against her, Svetlana Kuznetsova makes very little direct faults. The Russian, winner of the 2004 US Open, has an array of varied shots, including apt drop shots and volleys. It will be the first time the two players meet.

HybridTheory
Feb 9th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Sveta lost to Safarova 3-6, 4-6

hopefully tonight will be better in doubles

goldenlox
Feb 9th, 2007, 03:11 PM
Sveta hasn't played well yet this year. A very poor start to 2007.
Maybe she will play better in the middle east.

Ballbasher
Feb 9th, 2007, 03:30 PM
Hope Seta is having a better form @ Indian Wells :sad:

Bероника
Feb 9th, 2007, 03:32 PM
I agree,her year is disappointing so far.But she still has time to turn it around.So is Indian Wells her next tourney?

maryc
Feb 9th, 2007, 04:06 PM
I thought she was going to the middle east and skipping IW.

Mary

goldenlox
Feb 9th, 2007, 04:28 PM
She's going to the middle east.

Ballbasher
Feb 9th, 2007, 06:40 PM
Yes I meant Miami isted :help:
Some good news:
Kuznetsova/Petrova d. Dechy/Loit 6-7 6-2 6-4

flyingmachine
Feb 9th, 2007, 11:29 PM
Sveta hasn't played well yet this year. A very poor start to 2007.
Maybe she will play better in the middle east.

I hope so because I want her to win the second GS very badly.

tim4
Feb 10th, 2007, 07:06 PM
Tough luck against Safarova. (Yes, I was wrong when I posted before, assuming that Vaidosova would be Kuzy's Q/F opponent. Safarova is definitely the WTA form player of the moment, as evidenced by her beating Justine today in the semis - though maybe Justine is rusty at the mo with little match practice recently.)

But Kuzy and Nadia are still in the doubles - hope they can win it. Kuzy definitely needs to find better form for Dubai and Doha.

Jodie
Feb 10th, 2007, 07:33 PM
They withdrew..

goldenlox
Feb 10th, 2007, 08:09 PM
Nadia couldn't play after that long SF today. She needed non-stop attention to be okay for the final.