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selyoink
Feb 9th, 2007, 04:22 PM
Anna faces Eleni Daniilidou in the first round in Antwerp. If she wins that she will face either Sybille Bammer or Caroline Maes. Seeded QF opponent would be Nadia Petrova.

Great draw for Anna.

goldenlox
Feb 9th, 2007, 04:33 PM
(3)Nadia Petrova (RUS) vs Bye
Qualifier vs Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
(WC)Caroline Maes (BEL) vs Sybille Bammer (AUT)
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) vs (7)Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)

Wintermute
Feb 9th, 2007, 08:13 PM
Decent draw.

Anna is in a race for ranking position with Dinara. Anna is only 9 points behind and Dinara is defending points here while Anna is not.

BUBI
Feb 9th, 2007, 08:14 PM
Awful draw for Nadia :o

goldenlox
Feb 9th, 2007, 11:58 PM
Anna should be careful about how much tennis she plays. 2 tournaments in a row is draining.

Wintermute
Feb 10th, 2007, 01:21 AM
^ But she'll have two weeks off after this before heading to the States for Indian Wells. The only concern is if her calf injury is affecting her. Antwerp is a good opportunity to pick up valuable points.

Sund7101
Feb 10th, 2007, 01:55 AM
^ But she'll have two weeks off after this before heading to the States for Indian Wells. The only concern is if her calf injury is affecting her. Antwerp is a good opportunity to pick up valuable points.

I know. Anna could gain a lot of points here. She has a great draw, lets all hope her calf holds up.

BUBI
Feb 10th, 2007, 05:16 AM
^ But she'll have two weeks off after this before heading to the States for Indian Wells. The only concern is if her calf injury is affecting her. Antwerp is a good opportunity to pick up valuable points.
Her calf is not a problem, it's still the shoulder... I hope it's nothing serious :(

goldenlox
Feb 10th, 2007, 12:26 PM
New diary entry up at Anna's site. From after her match with Olga. Anna's brother has a birthday Sunday.
Anna is a teen for only a few more weeks.

Pink Princess
Feb 10th, 2007, 01:34 PM
She likes the Japanese food how to my! Happy Birthday to Roman the brother of Anna tomorrow! The best of the luck in Antwerp, Chaky triumphs in the Tournament!!!

C'mon Anna:bigclap:

GeorgianFan
Feb 10th, 2007, 06:40 PM
http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/761/chakvetadzedaniilidouyq8.jpg

goldenlox
Feb 10th, 2007, 06:45 PM
Nadia is going to be tired next week. This is a good section of the draw.

goldenlox
Feb 10th, 2007, 08:56 PM
Anna has another diary entry up. This one from after her win over AMG.
I hope she's okay physically, because she can do well in Antwerp

Wintermute
Feb 10th, 2007, 08:58 PM
Her calf is not a problem, it's still the shoulder... I hope it's nothing serious :(

Good that she's updating her diary and we get to see this info now. I wonder if this shoulder is going to continue to be a problem or if it will fully heal at some point.

It sounds like Anna is having a lot of fun offcourt right now and is bringing her family to enjoy it with her. This is years of hard work paying off.

I see you've emailed her website too, Soup. Maybe I should as well. ;)

goldenlox
Feb 10th, 2007, 09:28 PM
I e-mailed her. My message wasn't good enough to get posted on Anna's website.

Cat's Pajamas
Feb 11th, 2007, 01:04 AM
Excellent draw for the at least the quarterfinals!

Anna vs. Eleni, that was the tournament when I became a fan of Anna :awww:

Get revenge! :devil:

smokovec
Feb 11th, 2007, 05:58 AM
Good that she's updating her diary and we get to see this info now. I wonder if this shoulder is going to continue to be a problem or if it will fully heal at some point.

It sounds like Anna is having a lot of fun offcourt right now and is bringing her family to enjoy it with her. This is years of hard work paying off.

I see you've emailed her website too, Soup. Maybe I should as well. ;)

Anna make a good Job not only on the courts, but also updating the diary several times after she have open a official website.

I have write to Anna and my message is now on the Guestbook. :eek:

Raul

Wintermute
Feb 11th, 2007, 11:16 AM
I e-mailed her. My message wasn't good enough to get posted on Anna's website.

:awww: Give it time, maybe they've not got around to updating it.

soul
Feb 11th, 2007, 11:43 AM
I think this is a great oppurnity for Anna to take the title but I agree that playing could be too much in a row se must be careful
Come on Anna Take the title this time
Wish her luck

goldenlox
Feb 11th, 2007, 12:50 PM
Nadia should be exhausted, Amelie is out. All you want in this tournament is to be away from Kim in the draw.

Wintermute
Feb 11th, 2007, 11:18 PM
Heads up everyone. Having waited around until Wednesday in Paris to play her 1st round Anna gets to go first in Antwerp. She's on at 12.00 CET on Center Court on Monday.

Sund7101
Feb 12th, 2007, 12:11 AM
Good luck in round one Anna.

I want her to have a rematch with Mauresmo so bad. :armed:

goldenlox
Feb 12th, 2007, 12:49 AM
Amelie's there. It makes that half tougher. First Anna has to play a good player, who beat Justine at Wimbledon.

SpankMe
Feb 12th, 2007, 11:26 AM
Your girl won today against Daniilidou :D

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 12th, 2007, 11:29 AM
Anna 64 62 ;) :D :)
pretty comfortable in the end ;)

keep on going Anna ;) :D
top 10 is close by ;)

GeorgianFan
Feb 12th, 2007, 11:33 AM
6-4 6-2 Excellent:bounce:

Ballbasher
Feb 12th, 2007, 11:50 AM
Anna good win :D

goldenlox
Feb 12th, 2007, 11:53 AM
Good start. Anna has been very solid and consistent for the last 6 months.
If Nadia is tired, the top 10 is very doable this week.
Top 8 seed for RG is very possible.

Foot's Fingers
Feb 12th, 2007, 12:32 PM
Solid start Anyuta!!! :kiss:

Sund7101
Feb 12th, 2007, 12:37 PM
Just wins away from the Top 10, keep it up Anna!

Pink Princess
Feb 12th, 2007, 01:01 PM
Anna http://www.onlinechristianparents.com/forums/images/smilies/cheer.gifhttp://www.onlinechristianparents.com/forums/images/smilies/cheer.gifhttp://www.onlinechristianparents.com/forums/images/smilies/cheer.gif

BUBI
Feb 12th, 2007, 01:15 PM
Nice win :banana:

By the way... now there is a chat for Anna fans on her website:

http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/anna_fans.htm

TennisPlayingFox
Feb 12th, 2007, 01:24 PM
Nice win Anna! keep it up in round 2

goldenlox
Feb 12th, 2007, 01:24 PM
New diary entry up Feb 11

Wintermute
Feb 12th, 2007, 05:02 PM
Anna 64 62 ;) :D :)


:yeah: Good start to the tournament Anya!

This is what the Antwerp site said:

Both Chakvetadze and Daniilidou initially made too many unnecessary errors. The Russian managed to up her level somewhat and only needed one break to reel in the first set, 6-4. Then the Greek hardly resisted anymore and Chakvetadze won the second set with 6-2.

As is stands Anna has moved ahead of Dinara to #11 with her points here replacing those from LA in her ranking. :)

From the latest diary entry it sounds like Anna went shopping crazy in Paris. She keeps dropping hints about finding her Prince Charming too. ;) She mentioned something similar in her interview last week. I'm not sure she'd have trouble finding candidates. :lol:

Wintermute
Feb 12th, 2007, 07:07 PM
I e-mailed her. My message wasn't good enough to get posted on Anna's website.

:wavey: Hey GL, me and you got our messages on Anna's website. :) Did you write in Cyrillic because it's coming up gibberish on my screen? :confused:

selyoink
Feb 12th, 2007, 07:22 PM
Very good start to the tournament from Anna.

Pink Princess
Feb 12th, 2007, 08:43 PM
Princess Anna she likes a Prince Charming how to my.:lol:

fOxYLiCiOuS
Feb 13th, 2007, 02:34 AM
:hearts: Awesome start to Antwerp Anna :hearts:

Good luck in r2 :worship:

goldenlox
Feb 13th, 2007, 12:31 PM
:wavey: Hey GL, me and you got our messages on Anna's website. :) Did you write in Cyrillic because it's coming up gibberish on my screen? :confused:
I can read all the questions clearly

cosmoose
Feb 13th, 2007, 03:27 PM
Anybody know what is Chaky's schedule after this tournament?

smokovec
Feb 13th, 2007, 04:14 PM
Anybody know what is Chaky's schedule after this tournament?

I think she go directly in the USA for Indian Wells and Miami Tournaments.

Wintermute
Feb 13th, 2007, 04:34 PM
I can read all the questions clearly

Not in the Fan's Corner, in the Guestbook. Must just be my computer. :confused:

Anna's next opponent is Pattaya City winner Sybille Bammer who rolled over Caroline Maes in her opening round. Sybille is on a six match winning streak after taking her first title. Anna beat her in straight sets in the first round of the Aussie Open.

They are up second on Center Court on Wednesday.

BUBI
Feb 13th, 2007, 04:44 PM
Bammer should be tired... I expect an easy win :)

goldenlox
Feb 13th, 2007, 05:00 PM
Yeah, my words didn't come out. I just wished her success.

cosmoose
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:10 AM
I think she go directly in the USA for Indian Wells and Miami Tournaments.

IW's field is relatively weak for tier 1.
It may be Chaky v. Masha round 2 for the championship there!

hu2891601
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:14 AM
IW's field is relatively weak for tier 1.
It may be Chaky v. Masha round 2 for the championship there!


haha, that's very possible! hope that they're in opposite half of the draw.

Foot's Fingers
Feb 14th, 2007, 07:34 AM
So Bammer again

i saw Pattaya final vs Dulko, Bammer is playing with confidance now, even making errors

Anyway Anna should win this match

Good Luck!

CarlosTevez
Feb 14th, 2007, 12:21 PM
Bammer has taken the first set 6-4. :confused: Come on Anna !!!!

GeorgianFan
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:02 PM
6-4 6-6:eek: Come on Anna!!!

GeorgianFan
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:13 PM
One Day This Girl Will Kill Me 4-6 7-6 0-0 :bounce:

BUBI
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:14 PM
Bammer should be tired... I expect an easy win :)

:weirdo:

CarlosTevez
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:16 PM
Now 1-0 up in the 3rd. For a minute there I thought she was going out. Now hopefully this set will be plain sailing !

cosmoose
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:19 PM
Anna with the break. Finish her off now!!!

Pink Princess
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:23 PM
3-0 in the 3rd!!!

GeorgianFan
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:26 PM
That's nice 3-0:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

selyoink
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:26 PM
She made the second set way more complicated then it should have been. But it has been clear sailing so far in the 4th. Hope she doesn't have anymore hiccups.

GeorgianFan
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:29 PM
4-0:devil:

selyoink
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:53 PM
Took Anna 6 match points but she finally finished off Bammer. She was very relieved at the end.

Pink Princess
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:54 PM
Anna won to Quarters:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

CarlosTevez
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:54 PM
And Anna wins 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. :bounce:

TennisPlayingFox
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:55 PM
Nice job Anna! She'll probably face Nadia in the quarters now. Good luck Anna!

GeorgianFan
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:56 PM
4-6, 7-6, 6-2! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

CarlosTevez
Feb 14th, 2007, 02:03 PM
Nice job Anna! She'll probably face Nadia in the quarters now. Good luck Anna!

I hope so. Anna certainly rules in their head to heads. 3-0 is it ? Although I suppose Petrova is bound to win one day. Hopefully not this week tho.

soul
Feb 14th, 2007, 02:03 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: WellDone Anna My belief 'n you 's growing stronger day bay day/
Keep on fighting and winning:worship: :worship:

Derek.
Feb 14th, 2007, 02:04 PM
Anna. :yeah:

But she needs to be much more focused and aggressive than that.

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 14th, 2007, 02:19 PM
Anna :) :D for the win but she couldnt close the match out...... too much trouble at end of sets :( :(

Foot's Fingers
Feb 14th, 2007, 02:20 PM
phewwwwwwwww


again old problesm with main points

at least she won and in QF :banana:

Congrats

goldenlox
Feb 14th, 2007, 03:02 PM
One more win, and Anna is top 10. But she will have to play better in her QF

Wintermute
Feb 14th, 2007, 04:21 PM
It's hard to beat a player who's just come off a title and is brimming with confidence. I'm sure Sybille must have felt this way having to play Anna in Melbourne after she'd just won Hobart. At least Anna stuck with it and was able to finish it off.

She'll probably have to play much better next round. That's an important match in terms of reaching a new milestone. Either Nadia or Vera will be difficult opponents.

goldenlox
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:00 PM
Anna has Thursday off. She can answer some chat questions.

hu2891601
Feb 14th, 2007, 11:39 PM
Anyone has the videos of this match? I watched the first two sets, then, had to go, but REALLY wanna watch the third set! and ANNA WON!! haah.

Sund7101
Feb 15th, 2007, 02:02 AM
Way to go Anna, the Top 10 is within reach!

fOxYLiCiOuS
Feb 15th, 2007, 05:10 AM
:D A win is a win :worship:
Anna :kiss: :kiss:

Another Q/F :woohoo:
Good luck :D :cool:

hu2891601
Feb 15th, 2007, 05:15 AM
I think this match is good for Anna, having so much trouble, and the opponent's playing really tough, and still manage to closing out the match, even it's like.... 3rd time serving for the match, and on the 6th match, i think it's a good expereience for Anna..

Schnyder had a very similar situation vs. Golovin, but just totally went away in the third set after having 4 match points in the second set.

BUBI
Feb 15th, 2007, 07:27 AM
Anyone has the videos of this match? I watched the first two sets, then, had to go, but REALLY wanna watch the third set! and ANNA WON!! haah.
What channel showed this? I want to see the video too.

hu2891601
Feb 15th, 2007, 08:00 AM
What channel showed this? I want to see the video too.

I watched the Livestream ;) but I'm pretty sure that Eurosport's showing several matches also, like they're showing Petrova vs. Zvonareva today i think..

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2007, 10:50 AM
Anna Chakvetadze survived a scare against red-hot Austrian Sybille Bammer, when she fought back from one set down to advance to the quarterfinals, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2.
In the first game of the match Chakvetadze went up 15-40, but could not convert the early break points. Both women went on to hold comfortably until Bammer forced a set point on the Chakvetadze serve at 5-4.
The 19-year-old Russian was inconsistent and hit numerous unforced errors. Bammer, who just won the Pattaya City tournament last week, played a steady baseline game and just waited for Chakvetadze to make the mistake in the rally. This is exactly what happened on set point for the Austrian, and suddenly the No. 12 player was down a set.
In the opening game of the second set, Chakvetadze again took a 15-40 lead on the Bammer serve but this time pounced on the break point and cruised to 5-2. Surprisingly, the double break of serve was not enough for Anna to make it one set a piece. She started hitting unforced errors again which enabled Bammer to take the set to a tiebreak.
At this point, Chakvetadze stepped it up a notch and played a solid breaker to even up the match. In the final set she raced out to a 5-0 lead before closing out the match 6-2.

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2007, 12:46 PM
Anna plays Nadia tomorrow.

selyoink
Feb 15th, 2007, 03:39 PM
Nadia will be a very tough match. Hope Anna can pull out the win.

Pink Princess
Feb 15th, 2007, 03:59 PM
C'mon Anna:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Obtain the victory!!!

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2007, 04:00 PM
Anna answered one of my chat questions :wavey:
I'm trying to find Poutchkova a cheap apartment in Queens, NY ;)

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2007, 04:19 PM
I also asked some funny questions, that were deleted :help:

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2007, 04:29 PM
Nadia will be very determined in this QF. She's still upset about the Moscow final.
Anna needs the win to go top 10 for the first time.
An interesting match tomorrow.

smokovec
Feb 15th, 2007, 04:43 PM
The Anna match is scheduled first tomorrow, so I can watch Anna on Eurosport. :bounce:

Anna can win another time against Petrova, ok she lost 3 times, so she is not so Happy for this, but Anna plays a much better tennis in my opinion.

I don't have see the match against Bammer, but tomorrow is another Day...

Wintermute
Feb 15th, 2007, 04:56 PM
Anna answered one of my chat questions :wavey:
I'm trying to find Poutchkova a cheap apartment in Queens, NY ;)

I also asked some funny questions, that were deleted :help:



So I guess Anna doesn't want to go hit with Poutchkova in the Bronx. :p

I think you should share an apartment with Olga. ;) Or maybe that would be a bad idea...

Wintermute
Feb 15th, 2007, 05:00 PM
The Anna match is scheduled first tomorrow, so I can watch Anna on Eurosport. :bounce:


:cool: I'll set the VCR. The live stream stuff on the website isn't working for me. :shrug: And as usual I'm at work for the day matches. :(

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2007, 05:00 PM
Dinara lives in a tax free situation. Nadia is moving to Monoco this year.
Later this year, Anna can ask them about it, since both of them have spent a lot of time living in Moscow.

I figure within a year from now, Anna will be thinking about maximizing the millions she's going to earn.

smokovec
Feb 15th, 2007, 05:13 PM
:cool: I'll set the VCR. The live stream stuff on the website isn't working for me. :shrug: And as usual I'm at work for the day matches. :(

The same for me, I cannot watch Anna against Bammer. :mad:

BUBI
Feb 15th, 2007, 06:32 PM
The Anna match is scheduled first tomorrow, so I can watch Anna on Eurosport. :bounce:


Unless they decide to show snooker instead like today and yesterday :(:fiery:

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2007, 07:54 PM
Very big match tomorrow. Anna is 13-2 this year, but hasn't beaten a top 10 player. Patty is not a top 10er this year.

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2007, 09:59 PM
Anna has won 23 of her last 26. Pretty good numbers.

Derek.
Feb 15th, 2007, 11:43 PM
Good luck Anna. :D

Take her out. :cool:

Russian-fan
Feb 16th, 2007, 06:51 AM
Hi!

Just to remind you: Today at Eurosport live 12.00 CET 1/4-final Petrova vs. Anna C.!!

Davai Anna!!!!:bounce:


Hugs and kisses
Maria

GeorgianFan
Feb 16th, 2007, 10:36 AM
Anna Holds 4-2:cool:

GeorgianFan
Feb 16th, 2007, 10:49 AM
Anna won set 6-3 :bounce:

Nadia is very angry:devil:

GeorgianFan
Feb 16th, 2007, 11:37 AM
Yourra Anna - Nadia 6-3 6-4:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

CarlosTevez
Feb 16th, 2007, 11:41 AM
Another Fantastic Victory !! :bounce: :bounce:

Russian-fan
Feb 16th, 2007, 11:48 AM
Anna def. Petrova!:bounce:

Kisses and hugs to Anna!:hearts:
I just saw the match on Eurosport. I love the way Anna is playing: The way she foresees the play, her intelligent way of playing – like a chess-player – her play reminds me of Hingis.

Just so great of Anna!:worship:

Maria

cosmoose
Feb 16th, 2007, 11:50 AM
Anna played beautifully!
lot of winners, few UEs.
and she didn't let Nadia's bush league behavior bother her one bit. :banana:

Pink Princess
Feb 16th, 2007, 12:09 PM
Anna in Semis!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

TOP-10!!!This is wonderful:bigclap:

Anna ultimately was greeting really charming after the victory. Davai Anna!!!:hearts::bigclap:

Foot's Fingers
Feb 16th, 2007, 12:11 PM
Anna played beautifully!
lot of winners, few UEs.
and she didn't let Nadia's bush league behavior bother her one bit. :banana:

can't agree

smtms she makes so many errors in a row, but she know how to handle NAdia and to force her to make more and more errors

Very classic way to win :banana:

Good win and big congrats!!! :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 16th, 2007, 12:16 PM
anna :yeah: ;) :D
good win again over Nadia !!!!

and top 10 :woohoo: ;)

cosmoose
Feb 16th, 2007, 12:24 PM
can't agree

smtms she makes so many errors in a row, but she know how to handle NAdia and to force her to make more and more errors

Very classic way to win :banana:

Good win and big congrats!!! :bounce:

do you have match stats?
It seemed to me that Anna had much fewer UE than winners.

Sund7101
Feb 16th, 2007, 12:31 PM
Keep it up Anna, Top 10!!!

Get revenge on Mauresmo now!

goldenlox
Feb 16th, 2007, 12:32 PM
Anna C. is 14-2 in 2007. She's won 24 of her last 27, and she's 4-0 against Nadia.

TennisPlayingFox
Feb 16th, 2007, 12:59 PM
Nice win Anna! very impressive! Keep it up in the semis!

selyoink
Feb 16th, 2007, 01:20 PM
Anna reaches Top 10 :woohoo:

I am very surprised at how convincing the win was. Thought it would be a much tougher match.

I hope Anna can make the final now.

smokovec
Feb 16th, 2007, 01:29 PM
Anna can win another time against Petrova, ok she lost 3 times, so she is not so Happy for this, but Anna plays a much better tennis in my opinion.

And now 4-0 in the H2H.

I see the Match and Anna play very well, the most beautiful Points are from Anna, I like the stop ball on Petrova 2nd serve in the last game of First Set, amazing shot.

goldenlox
Feb 16th, 2007, 02:54 PM
I think Anna is going to be a great role model for younger players because she is normal sized. Young girls can see that they can be successful too, regardless of their height and weight.

soul
Feb 16th, 2007, 03:39 PM
wELL DONE ANNA
I knew that you would do it again And I m sure u will takethis title

I agree Goldenlox Anna is the real model for younger players not only with the size but also her respectful attitudes on court that many tennis players are really used to watch and want to see

come on Anna TAKE THE TITLE

KV
Feb 16th, 2007, 03:58 PM
Congrats. on top 10 :) :bounce:

Wintermute
Feb 16th, 2007, 04:11 PM
:bounce: :hug:

Anna you f***ing rock! :rocker2:

I'm gonna watch my video of the match now. My VCR cut off the first six games :( which is just typical.

Wintermute
Feb 16th, 2007, 06:54 PM
do you have match stats?
It seemed to me that Anna had much fewer UE than winners.

Match Summary.......Petrova.......Chakvetadze
First Serve %.........47%.............58%
Aces...................0...............1
Double Faults..........3...............2
Winners...............19..............23
Unforced Errors.......29..............19
Break Points Won......2/8............5/10
Total Points Won......57..............68

Anna played some smart tennis and really wound Nadia up. However, her serve did get her into trouble when she got broken early in the second.

Anna is at a big disadvantage in a point when she doesn't get her first serve in. Sam Smith on Eurosport was actually analysing it. She said that Anna's service grip is the same as Dementieva's. She grips so far round the racquet handle that it's impossible to generate enough topspin on a second serve to be able to hit it with any power and still get it in. I'm sure Anna knows this is the element of her game she most needs to improve but it seems that maybe a few small corrections could really help her.

NyCPsU
Feb 16th, 2007, 07:12 PM
anna welcome to the top 10 :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

top 5 now? :shrug: go for it:rocker2:

ohhh and win antwerp too :bounce:

BUBI
Feb 16th, 2007, 07:19 PM
What was wrong with Nadia's serve today? It was far from normal, lucky for Anna...

Cat's Pajamas
Feb 16th, 2007, 07:35 PM
YES! :woohoo:

All my friends told me she was not top 10 material but I always went against them! :angel:

Convincing win today too! :bigclap:

Please beat Mauresmo, I don't want her getting that racket and you could've played so much better last time. :armed:

Dexter
Feb 16th, 2007, 08:15 PM
I've never visited this part of the forum as Im not a fan of Anna, but I'd like to congratulate her now as she's officialy Top10 player. What an awesome achievement. :clap2::cool: She's so enjoyable to watch. Today's match was a pleasure to watch. Masterpiece. :yeah::drool: She's such a sweetheart that sometimes I wonder why I'm not a fan of her :scratch: But she lacks that little sthg... but that's a different story. :p Once again congrats to her and her fans! :clap2: I think she's going to replace LenaD in the Top10 for good. ;)

Good luck vs Momo. Hope she wins this event now! :)

goldenlox
Feb 16th, 2007, 08:59 PM
Nadia, Sveta, Maria, Nastya, and Lena have all reached #4. Definately not out of reach for Anna.

Derek.
Feb 16th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Anna! :yeah:

Anna owns Nadia. :eek: :drool:

hu2891601
Feb 16th, 2007, 11:16 PM
Anyone has the match to upload?

~|Naomi|~
Feb 16th, 2007, 11:45 PM
Anna reaches Top 10

:bounce: :bounce:
Very much deserved:D
Now beat Mauresmo:p

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Feb 17th, 2007, 12:00 AM
Congrats Anna top 10 :yeah:

goldenlox
Feb 17th, 2007, 01:44 AM
Since Anna is taking 2 weeks off after Antwerp, this is a pretty big match. She can use these points.

cosmoose
Feb 17th, 2007, 02:11 AM
anybody know what time SF matches are tomorrow? thanks in advance.

hu2891601
Feb 17th, 2007, 02:24 AM
it's 13.00 Paris time, so 4am in the morning if you're PT, and 7am for ET!

fOxYLiCiOuS
Feb 17th, 2007, 05:33 AM
Anna! :banana:

Well done :kiss: :worship:

fOxYLiCiOuS
Feb 17th, 2007, 05:34 AM
Good luck in the semis :kiss: :D

Russian-fan
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:41 AM
1st set 6-3 to Mauresmo.:sad:

Mauresmo is a very good player. It's hard for Anna. But Anna is MY hero.:worship:

Davai Anna!:bounce:

cosmoose
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:44 AM
:sad: serve is letting her down again. 2 DF led to her being broken.

Ballbasher
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:48 AM
Go Anna against Mauresmo

GeorgianFan
Feb 17th, 2007, 11:58 AM
cmon Anna You can do it:angel: :bounce:

GeorgianFan
Feb 17th, 2007, 12:19 PM
3-6 6-3 Go Annnnnnnnnna:bounce:

Russian-fan
Feb 17th, 2007, 12:20 PM
2nd set to Anna 6-3!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Davai Anna!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Anna can do it!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Wintermute
Feb 17th, 2007, 12:55 PM
Amelie bt Anna 6-3 3-6 6-2 :sad:

Anna couldn't sustain the level she had in the second set and went down 0-4 in the the third set. She looked very frustrated with herself. Amelie played reasonably well but was smart. She came into the net at the right points and piled the pressure on Anna to come up with good passing shots forcing the error.

I still think if Anna can retain her composure for a longer period she could take Amelie out in straight sets.

Russian-fan
Feb 17th, 2007, 12:55 PM
3rd set and the match to Mauresmo.:sad:

But Anna has a great furture in head of her. Anna will be the next Russian player to win a grand slam, I think.

I will follow Anna forever after yesterday. I will use the next two weeks to read about her and so on.

Am I right, that Anna's next tournament will be Indian Wells from March 5?

:hearts: :hearts: Anna 4 ever and always!!! :hearts: :hearts:

Kisses and hugs

Maria:kiss:

GeorgianFan
Feb 17th, 2007, 12:56 PM
:bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Pink Princess
Feb 17th, 2007, 01:00 PM
Anna loses in 3 sets:tears: though great Tournament!!!:bigclap:

goldenlox
Feb 17th, 2007, 01:03 PM
This is only a Tier II semi, not a slam final. Anna will survive this.
Now she has 2 weeks off, then come the 2 super Tier I's in the US.

Epigone
Feb 17th, 2007, 01:10 PM
Anna :sobbing:, but she's been playing some great tennis :bowdown:

cosmoose
Feb 17th, 2007, 01:42 PM
I was getting so used to Anna winning that when she actually loses, its very shocking and sad. :sad:

selyoink
Feb 17th, 2007, 02:33 PM
Another great week for Anna.

But she really needs to work on her serve and develop a weapon that can do some damage against the top players. Otherwise it will be hard for her to beat those ranked in the top 5. She can get close right now but I think she is lacking a weapon which she can use in the important parts of the match.

Sund7101
Feb 17th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Another solid week from Anna, she's in the Top 10!!!

She will continue to climb and improve, she'll play even better at Indian Wells!

CarlosTevez
Feb 17th, 2007, 02:56 PM
Another very good tournament by Anna. :bigclap: She will surely start beating these top 5 players very soon.

goldenlox
Feb 17th, 2007, 03:09 PM
Anna is 14-3 in 2007, and has won 24 of her last 28 matches.
Her draw, Nadia, Amelie, and Kim. That is a difficult draw for anyone.

I expect that by 2008, Dubai or Doha will be offering Anna a nice appearance fee to play in the middle east.
For now, Anna should try to get healthy for IW and Miami, where the prizemoney is very good if you can get to the quarters or better.

Wintermute
Feb 17th, 2007, 03:42 PM
For the first time in her career, Anna has an 18th best tournament result, that being LA with 14 points, to fall back on should she suffer a first round defeat. Not too many players have this, only about half the Top 20. It is a mark of consistency.

KV
Feb 17th, 2007, 03:51 PM
Another excellent tourney. :)

Wintermute
Feb 17th, 2007, 03:59 PM
"I didn't return well, I had too many ups and downs," said Mauresmo. "I was really going forward to take control of the match."

Chakvetadze admitted: "I lost concentration for three or four games in the third set and that's why I lost the match. But it has definitely been a good tournament for me, despite losing today. I just have to gain more confidence when I play more important players."

BBC Sport (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6371625.stm)

Dasha_
Feb 17th, 2007, 04:56 PM
One more good week and good tournament for Anna. 14-3 is great record. And Top 10 on Monday...

soul
Feb 17th, 2007, 05:52 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: This was agreat opportunity for Anna to win,she should have won that match but anyway again a great experience to be a great tennis player :sad: :sad: :sad:
Wish her luck in her next tournament

hu2891601
Feb 17th, 2007, 06:16 PM
Anna's always sooo classy when answering the press questions!! really a role model for other players!

BTW, this is the first time Anna took a set off Mauresmo, so that's an improvement, next time they play, she should take two sets off!! LOL

smarties
Feb 17th, 2007, 08:46 PM
Another great week for Anna.

But she really needs to work on her serve and develop a weapon that can do some damage against the top players. Otherwise it will be hard for her to beat those ranked in the top 5. She can get close right now but I think she is lacking a weapon which she can use in the important parts of the match.

Her 1st serve is really solid, especially her flat serve down the tee. She gets a nice extension and really leans into it. She said last week that she couldn't serve as hard because her shoulder was bothering her and I saw the match against Momo and can definitely say that she was just spinning her first serve in. Hope she can get some rest in the next couple of weeks.

Derek.
Feb 18th, 2007, 06:26 AM
Anya. :sad:

Good tournament. :hug:

goldenlox
Feb 18th, 2007, 11:19 AM
Chatvetadze and Mauresmo met at last week’s Paris quarterfinal, when Mauresmo advanced in straight sets. One week later, just 200 miles north from the French capital, “Momo” again claimed the win: 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Chakvetadze played well until she lost her rhythm and dropped serve at 3-4. The Russian hit two double faults and a couple of backhand unforced errors, providing Mauresmo with a 5-3 lead.
The top-seeded Frenchwoman benefited from more Chakvetadze errors to produce a love game and claim the first set.
Chakvetadze kept hitting unforced errrors from both sides at the start of the second set. Mauresmo held break points in the 19-year-old’s first two service games, but wasn’t clinical in her finishing. Chakvetadze survived and got back into the match after she broke serve in Mauresmo’s next service game. The seventh seed hit a screaming forehand down the line on break point for a 3-1 lead. She served for the set at 5-3 and convincingly put herself back on even terms.
Chakvetadze had the momentum heading into the third set but missed a crucial forehand on a weak Mauresmo second serve at 15-30 in the opening game. She couldn’t break and followed up with an erratic game, hitting two double faults and backhand unforced errors to put Mauresmo in the driving seat.
The former No.1 raced out to 4-0 when the Russian was broken again. At 4-2, she could have put the match back on serve, but hit three consecutive forehand errors from 15-30. Mauresmo ended the match with another break to secure her third straight final appearance in Antwerp.

Wintermute
Feb 18th, 2007, 12:11 PM
She said last week that she couldn't serve as hard because her shoulder was bothering her and I saw the match against Momo and can definitely say that she was just spinning her first serve in.

Anna has not served as well recently as she did in Moscow, particularly against Dinara in the first round. I agree, I think her shoulder has hindered her to an extent.

Anna has acknowledged that her serve needs work. However, I do think it's a little deceptive. I've seen players have trouble with it. Yesterday Anna was serving to the ad court some very short second serves up the T to Amelie's backhand and Momo wasn't getting on to them at all.

Derek.
Feb 18th, 2007, 06:50 PM
From the Video Vault:

QF Nadia Petrova vs Anna Chakvetadze
part1 http://www.sendspace.com/file/3lakj0
part2 http://www.sendspace.com/file/s0tk5b
part3 http://www.sendspace.com/file/f0ctv2
part4 http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6DGX8WHB


:D

andrewbroad
Feb 21st, 2007, 12:17 AM
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PROXIMUS DIAMOND GAMES (Antwerp, Belgium; outdoor hard (Decoturf); WTA Tier II)
====================== http://www.proximusdiamondgames.be/ (http://www.proximusdiamondgames.be/)

ANNA CHAKVETADZE [7,EF]:
1r + Eleni Daniilidou, 6-4 6-2
2r + Sybille Bammer, 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-2
qf + NADIA PETROVA [3], 6-3 6-4
sf - AMÉLIE MAURESMO [1], 3-6 6-3 2-6

Anna moves up from #12 in the rankings to a career-high #10 this week! Her place in the top ten was guaranteed when Dinara Safina lost in the quarter-finals after Anna had beaten Petrova.

Anna: "It's nice, but I won't play in Dubai and Doha the next weeks so I will drop out again. I don't really care that much about my ranking anyway. I just want to improve my game, win matches and then my ranking will take care of itself."

It's disappointing that Anna doesn't get to stay in the top ten for long now, but not caring about her ranking is a very sensible attitude. Too many players ruin their careers by playing to protect their rankings, rather than planning their tournament-schedules to help themselves in the long run.

Ranking is just a number. Nothing beats the thrill of holding up a trophy.

Wintermute:
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For the first time in her career, Anna has an 18th best tournament result, that being LA with 14 points, to fall back on should she suffer a first round defeat. Not too many players have this, only about half the Top 20. It is a mark of consistency.
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http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze)
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1137 (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1137)
http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/inbeeld/ (http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/inbeeld/) (Days 3,5,7,8)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=285991 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=285991)
Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

Anna's diary updated (16th February):
http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/ (http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/)

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First round (Monday 12th February)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [7,EF] d. Eleni Daniilidou, 6-4 6-2

I was very pleased to see that Anna beat such a dangerous opponent by such a comprehensive scoreline! :)

http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/verslagen/?Article_ID=188693 (http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/verslagen/?Article_ID=188693)
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Both Chakvetadze and Daniilidou initially made too many unnecessary errors. The Russian managed to up her level somewhat, and only needed one break to reel in the first set, 6-4.

Then the Greek hardly resisted anymore, and Chakvetadze won the second set with 6-2.
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Second round (Wednesday 14th February)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [7,EF] d. Sybille Bammer, 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-2

Anna had some difficulty closing out both of the sets that she won: she led *5-2 in the second but needed a tiebreak, and also had a bit of a wobble at 5-0* in the third.

Associated Press (AP):
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Bammer still fought off five match-points before finally giving in to fatigue and her opponent.
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http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/verslagen/?Article_ID=189269 (http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/verslagen/?Article_ID=189269)
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Anna Chakvetadze had the best start, but it was Sybille Bammer who took the first set in the end.

In the second set, the Russian initially took a 5-2 lead, but still had to allow for Bammer to make it to a tiebreak.

In the tiebreak Chakvetadze came up best, and the third set was for the Russian as well, 6-2. She is the first to move onto the quarter finals.
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http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10057965 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10057965)
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Anna Chakvetadze survived a scare against red-hot Austrian Sybille Bammer, when she fought back from one set down to advance to the quarter-finals, 4-6 7-6(4) 6-2.

In the first game of the match, Chakvetadze went up 15/40 but could not convert the early break-points. Both women went on to hold comfortably until Bammer forced a set-point on the Chakvetadze serve at 5-4.

The 19-year-old Russian was inconsistent and hit numerous unforced errors. Bammer, who just won the Pattaya City tournament last week, played a steady baseline-game and just waited for Chakvetadze to make the mistake in the rally. This is exactly what happened on set-point for the Austrian, and suddenly the No. 12 player was down a set.

In the opening game of the second set, Chakvetadze again took a 15/40 lead on the Bammer serve, but this time pounced on the break-point and cruised to 5-2.

Surprisingly, the double break of serve was not enough for Anna to make it one set apiece. She started hitting unforced errors again, which enabled Bammer to take the set to a tiebreak.

At this point, Chakvetadze stepped it up a notch and played a solid breaker to even up the match. In the final set, she raced out to a 5-0 lead before closing out the match 6-2.
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Quarter-final (Friday 16th February)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [7,EF] d. NADIA PETROVA [3], 6-3 6-4

Anna extends her ownership of Petrova to 4-0! And this is the most impressive result of the four, because the first two were in Petrova's slump of August 2006, the third was the Moscow final when Petrova was tired and injured, but this time Petrova had won Paris the week before, and was very much in-form.

Petrova had showed signs of stomach-pain in her second-round win over Vera Zvonarëva (what a pity that we couldn't have had another mouthwatering Anna v Vera match, as at Birmingham and Eastbourne), but Anna's 4-0 head-to-head speaks much louder than any excuses that could be made for Petrova.

I find it ironic that Anna owns Petrova, Petrova owns Vera, and Vera owns Anna. It's all psychological: Anna's previous victories over Petrova give her a huge edge, so she goes onto court believing she's going to beat Petrova, while Petrova - who is quite frail mentally - probably goes on court thinking, "Oh no, I don't want to suffer another upset against her again."

It really is amazing that Anna owns a player of Petrova's standing - a top-eight player who wins Tier I/II titles quite regularly now. I would have thought that Petrova would have blown Anna off the court with her huge muscular power at least once by now, but Anna's defence is so strong, with wonderful anticipation, and she knows how to make her defensive shots awkward for the attacking player.

Anna had a W:UE ratio of 23:19 and converted 5 of 10 break-points;
Petrova had a W:UE ratio of 19:29 and converted 2 of 8 break-points.


www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com):
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In getting to the final four, Chakvetadze extended her win-streak against compatriot and No.7-ranked Nadia Petrova to 4-0 by winning 6-3 6-4.

Petrova, who was on a 5-0 win-streak after winning last week's Paris [Indoors] title, was clearly frustrated by her inability to break Chakvetadze's rhythm.

In the second set, Petrova took a 3-1 lead, but allowed Chakvetadze back into the match. At 5-4, Petrova couldn't hold serve, and Chakvetadze took the win.
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http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/verslagen/?Article_ID=189809 (http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/verslagen/?Article_ID=189809)
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Earlier today, the 19-year-old Russian beat her five-years-older fellow compatriot Nadia Petrova.

Petrova consisted of frustration only as she had to allow for two breaks, enough to give in the set.

In the second set she took a 3-1 lead, but she also allowed Chakvetadze to come back into the match again. At 5-4 she could no longer keep her cool; Chakvetadze broke again, and moves on to the semi-finals.
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Wintermute (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10071767):
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Anna played some smart tennis and really wound Nadia up. However, her serve did get her into trouble when she got broken early in the second.

Anna is at a big disadvantage in a point when she doesn't get her first serve in. Sam Smith on Eurosport was actually analysing it. She said that Anna's service grip is the same as Dementieva's. She grips so far round the racquet handle that it's impossible to generate enough topspin on a second serve to be able to hit it with any power and still get it in. I'm sure Anna knows this is the element of her game she most needs to improve but it seems that maybe a few small corrections could really help her.
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soup: "What was wrong with Nadia's serve today? It was far from normal, lucky for Anna..."


http://www.********************/chakvetadze_antwerp_021607.html
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Russia's newest wonder girl; Chakvetadze breaks Top 10

FROM THE PROXIMUS DIAMOND GAMES IN ANTWERP – Anna Chakvetadze keeps on churning, and after her 6-3 6-4 win over Nadia Petrova in the quarter-finals, cracked the Top 10 for the first time.

Amazingly, the 19-year-old is 4-0 against her elder Russian, who has been a solid Top-10 player for two years.

"I don't know if her game suits me, I think she made a lot of unforced errors today," Chakvetadze told TRnet. "But she played a lot of matches lately, so she could be tired. I didn't know I could reach the Top 10 today. It's nice, but I won't play in Dubai and Doha the next weeks so I will drop out again. I don't really care that much about my ranking anyway. I just want to improve my game, win matches and then my ranking will take care of itself."

Petrova came off a title run in Paris last week, where she beat red-hot Czech Lucie Šafářová in the final. Chakvetadze lost in the French capital against Amélie Mauresmo in the quarters, but will have a chance to get her revenge on Saturday, when the two square off for a final berth.

The '07 Hobart champion looks forward to face Mauresmo in a neutral ambiance. "In Paris, the atmosphere was not nice," Chakvetadze said. "You know that the crowd will support Amélie, but they were not fair to both players. Here in Antwerp everyone is supporting Kim, but they show respect for the others as well."

Chakvetadze is not your average up-and-comer. Where most talented youngsters bring a flat-out power game to the court, Anna C. plays a little more with her head.

"First of all, I'm not as tall as [Nicole] Vaidišová or [Ana] Ivanović," she says. "I can't hit as hard, so I need to find other ways to win. I try to look for weaknesses in my opponent's game and play accordingly."

The inventive and quick Russian, so reminiscent of Martina Hingis, had her breakthrough year in 2006, starting the season just inside the Top 40, but finishing strong with a career first title at the Tier III in Guangzhou and a Tier I win in Moscow. Her impressive year end run put the 19-year-old among the world's best 15 players.

"I never thought I would win a Tier I last year. When I won my first tournament in Guangzhou, that gave me a lot of confidence. This helped me to do well in Moscow."

In her early days on tour, Chakvetadze frequently lost control of her emotions on court, breaking into tears when a match didn't go her way. She starts laughing and says, "You haven't seen me play in the Under-14s."

On the Sony Ericsson Tour website, Chakvetadze has said she wants to break the Top 5 within three years. "No, no, that's not true," she said. "The WTA wanted to know my goals so I just said 'Top 5 would be nice,' but it's not something I'm really aiming for."

In order to settle in amongst the elite, Chakvetadze knows she still has work to do. She's 14-2 in 2007, and has won 24 out of her last 27 matches. "I need to further improve my confidence so I can play well on the important moments. And my serve and fitness need to get better, too."

At the Australian Open, Chakvetadze faced top-seeded compatriot Maria Sharapova in her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal. She served for the first set at 5-4, but eventually went down in straight sets. She moved the ball around nicely, but couldn't hit her spots when it counted.

"People said I played well that match, but I didn't win the important points. Maria played better than I did that day, but it was good I made the quarters."

One might think that Chakvetadze would have Parisian dreams, but likes the bright big Apple better.

"I would love to win the US Open. It was the first Grand Slam I played in 2004 and I beat [the then No. 3 Anastasia] Myskina when I was just coming up. I just love the whole atmosphere in New York. I also have a lot of friends there."

© ******************** 2007
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Semi-final (Saturday 17th February)
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- ANNA CHAKVETADZE [7,EF] lt. AMÉLIE MAURESMO [1], 3-6 6-3 2-6

Anna is now 0-3 against the muscular Mauresmo (including Paris the week before), but at least she's doing better against Mauresmo every time: 4-6 2-6; 6-7 5-7; 3-6 6-3 2-6.

Anna hasn't lost to anyone besides Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova so far this year - or for the loss of fewer than 11 games. This time last year, she only had one win against three heavy losses to players ranked outside the top 15.


www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com):
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Mauresmo, the No.1 seed, fought hard to defeat the No.7-seeded Chakvetadze, capitalizing on a quick start in the third set to clinch her third win in three career-meetings with the Russian, 6-3 3-6 6-2.
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http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/verslagen/?Article_ID=189982 (http://www.sport.be/proximusdiamondgames/2007/eng/verslagen/?Article_ID=189982)
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Chakvetadze was not a bad match at all, but still was way too light at decisive moments: 6-3 3-6 6-2.
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BBC Sport:
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World number three Mauresmo is looking to find some form after a slow start to the year.

She broke Chakvetadze's serve in game seven on her way to securing the first set, but the 19-year-old Russian fought back to take the second set after an early break.

Mauresmo then moved up a gear in the decider to claim her second win over Chakvetadze in a week, following their quarter-final in Paris last week.

But there were worrying signs for the Wimbledon-champion, who seemed to be carrying a leg-injury in the final set.
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Darren Ennis/Emma Davis (Reuters):
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Following a litany of unforced errors by her 19 year-old opponent, Mauresmo broke serve for the first time in the seventh game, and went on to take the opening set.

Chakvetadze hit back in the second set, breaking Mauresmo's serve in the fourth game, and holding off two break-points of her own in the next to level the match.

Despite suffering some pain in her upper legs, Mauresmo moved up a gear in the final set, and took control of the tie.
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http://www.********************/mauresmo_antwerp_021707.html
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Chakvetadze and Mauresmo met at last week's Paris quarterfinal, when Mauresmo advanced in straight sets. One week later, just 200 miles north from the French capital, "Momo" again claimed the win: 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Chakvetadze played well until she lost her rhythm and dropped serve at 3-4. The Russian hit two double faults and a couple of backhand unforced errors, providing Mauresmo with a 5-3 lead.

The top-seeded Frenchwoman benefited from more Chakvetadze errors to produce a love game and claim the first set.

Chakvetadze kept hitting unforced errrors from both sides at the start of the second set. Mauresmo held break points in the 19-year-old's first two service games, but wasn't clinical in her finishing. Chakvetadze survived and got back into the match after she broke serve in Mauresmo's next service game. The seventh seed hit a screaming forehand down the line on break point for a 3-1 lead. She served for the set at 5-3 and convincingly put herself back on even terms.

Chakvetadze had the momentum heading into the third set but missed a crucial forehand on a weak Mauresmo second serve at 15-30 in the opening game. She couldn't break and followed up with an erratic game, hitting two double faults and backhand unforced errors to put Mauresmo in the driving seat.

The former No.1 raced out to 4-0 when the Russian was broken again. At 4-2, she could have put the match back on serve, but hit three consecutive forehand errors from 15-30. Mauresmo ended the match with another break to secure her third straight final appearance in Antwerp.

© ******************** 2007
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Wintermute <1 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10078352), 2 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10087381)>:
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Anna couldn't sustain the level she had in the second set and went down 0-4 in the the third set. She looked very frustrated with herself. Amelie played reasonably well but was smart. She came into the net at the right points and piled the pressure on Anna to come up with good passing shots forcing the error.

Anna has not served as well recently as she did in Moscow, particularly against Dinara in the first round. I think her shoulder has hindered her to an extent.

Anna has acknowledged that her serve needs work. However, I do think it's a little deceptive. I've seen players have trouble with it. Yesterday Anna was serving to the ad court some very short second serves up the T to Amelie's backhand and Momo wasn't getting on to them at all.
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Mauresmo quotes
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"Winning without playing well is pretty fun too. I didn't feel that confident today, couldn't find my right rhythm, and did not return the balls well. There simply were too many ups and downs in my game.

"I simply didn't get into the right rhythm. I was really going forward to take control of the match. I found my concentration again."


Anna quotes
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"I lost concentration for three or four games in the third set, and that's why I lost the match.

"But it has definitely been a good tournament for me, despite losing today.

"I just have to gain more confidence when I play more important players. To win, you have to play all important balls with a bit more aggression.

"Before, I had said I wanted to be in the top 10. For me, it's more important now to improve my game, and to win some matches and tournaments.

"The first thing is my fitness. I'm working on it. I have some parts of my game which I know I have to work on too. My serve and a couple of things I don't want to tell you about. We will see."

[Re. winning a Grand Slam]
"A lot of players will talk about it. It's a dream for everyone. Of course I would like to win a Grand Slam, but I don't know when, and I don't want to talk about it.

"For me, I'm getting tired if I play too many matches. I need some rest afterwards, so I think I will play three tournaments on clay this year. Hopefully I will be ready for three in a row."

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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