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andrewbroad
May 15th, 2007, 11:16 PM
There is a 3-page article on Anna in the current (June 2007) issue of British tennis-magazine Ace (pp.30-33).

It's an exclusive interview which covers how Anna started playing tennis at age 8 ("I was the weakest player in the group because all the other kids started at six"), how the US Open is the Grand Slam she would most like to win, her university-studies ("they have my picture on the first floor"), how studying psychology has helped her to control her emotions after being such a nervous junior, how she doesn't like being compared with Martina Hingis, and various other questions.

The most interesting exchange for me is the following:
Q: At 5ft 7ins and 128 pounds, you are smaller than many of the top 10 players. How do you overcome their greater size and strength?
A: It's very difficult because when you are taller and bigger, it's easier to hit the ball harder. Since I'm not that big and tall, I should do something else. I should change pace and think more on court.

For me, the most obvious answer to that question is that Anna has flairsome power, i.e. she times her strokes perfectly to generate shots of power, wonderful placement (she makes the court seem very wide on her opponent's side), and they're very deceptive!

It's also true that when she is on the defensive, she anticipates so well, and knows exactly how to make her defensive shots awkward for her opponent - those are Hingis-like qualities, and are the reason why she's such a nightmare for Nadia Petrova (whom she owns 4:0).

The article includes five on-court colour-photos of Anna, including a wonderful full-page one that showcases her eyes like twin lagoons slumbering beneath a southern sky. There's also a small version of that photo on the front cover.

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hu2891601
May 15th, 2007, 11:45 PM
Is there anyone you can put that article on here?? or you can maybe scan it?? ;)i would really like to read it, i think many other people are interested also. :)

Spiritof42
May 16th, 2007, 11:19 AM
There is a 3-page article on Anna in the current (June 2007) issue of British tennis-magazine Ace (pp.30-33).

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The article includes five on-court colour-photos of Anna, including a wonderful full-page one that showcases her eyes like twin lagoons slumbering beneath a southern sky. There's also a small version of that photo on the front cover.
Hope you've got a scanner Andrew, 'cause there's no way you're getting away with this after teasing us like that! :D

andrewbroad
May 17th, 2007, 10:13 PM
Hope you've got a scanner Andrew, 'cause there's no way you're getting away with this after teasing us like that! :D

As much as I'd love to share the full article with you, there are consequences to one's actions. And there would certainly be consequences to wrong actions. Dark they would be, and inescapable.

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Anna_Chakvetadze/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Anna_Chakvetadze/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)