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andrewbroad
May 30th, 2007, 03:08 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. UK TV-alert
2. Photos
3. First-round draw (bottom half)
4. Second-round draw (top half)
5. Anna Chakvetadze preview
6. Order of play for Wednesday

This report is derived from my full tournament-reports (preview + Day 3):
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=300336

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1. UK TV-alert
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The French Open will be televised on BBCi from 09:50 BST each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel - 301 or 302).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6102132.stm
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Sunday 27th May to Sunday 3rd June, 10:00-19:00, BBCi
Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th June, 11:00-19:00, BBCi
Thursday 7th June, 13:00-19:00, BBCi
Friday 8th June, 12:00-19:00, BBCi
Saturday 9th June: Women's final 14:00-16:30, BBC Two
Sunday 10th June: Men's final 13:45-19:00, BBCi
Sunday 10th June: Highlights of men's final 16:00-17:30, BBC Two
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2. Photos
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Nouf's photos - various players including Anna:
http://www.teamwta.com/content/view/996/91/

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3. First-round draw (bottom half)
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3.1 Third quarter: Hantuchová
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Sofia Arvidsson [LL] (ajde Ana!)
* Sania Mirza v Alberta Brianti (go Sania!)
* Tatiana Poutchek v Youlia Fedossova [WC]
* JULIA VAKULENKO [30] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q] (davai Julia!)

* Varvara Lepchenko v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] (davai Varvara!)
* Elena Likhovtseva v Chan,Yung-Jan (davai Elena!)
* Olga Poutchkova v Eleni Daniilidou (davai Olga!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanić Tošić (poďme Daniela!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v Kaia Kanepi (kadima Shahar!)
* Edina Gallovits v Vasilisa Bardina
* Vera Dushevina v Camille Pin
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] v Anastasia Rodionova (dajmo Katarina!)

* MARTINA MÜLLER [32] v Rossana de los Ríos [Q]
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v Sun,Tiantian (poďme Dominika!)
* Anastasia Myskina v Meghann Shaughnessy (davai Anastasia!)
* Ekaterina Bychkova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (davai Ekaterina!)


3.2 Bottom quarter: Chakvetadze, Sharapova
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] v Laura Granville
* Caroline Wozniacki v Nathalie Dechy
* Flavia Pennetta [DF] v Nicole Pratt (forza Flavia!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v Yulia Beygelzimer (pojďme Lucie!)

* AI SUGIYAMA [21] v Eva Birnerová
* Romina Oprandi v Meilen Tu
* Anne Kremer v Ágnes Szávay [Q]
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Alicia Molik (davai Anna!)

* Martina Suchá v PATTY SCHNYDER [14] (poďme Martina!)
* Zuzana Ondrášková v Kateryna Bondarenko (pojďme Zuzana!)
* Karin Knapp v Victoria Azarenka
* Iveta Benešová v ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] (both nice; my loyalty is to Iveta)

* GISELA DULKO [29,DF] v Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* Julia Schruff v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q]
* Lourdes Domínguez Lino v Jill Craybas
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Emilie Loit (davai Maria!)

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4. Second-round draw (top half)
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v Tamira Paszek
* Tamarine Tanasugarn v MARA SANTANGELO [28]
* SYBILLE BAMMER [20] v Olga Savchuk [Q]
* Pauline Parmentier [WC] v LI,NA [16]

* DINARA SAFINA [10] v Tzipora Obziler
* Timea Bacsinszky [Q] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23] (hopp Timea!)
* Michaëlla Krajíček v Shenay Perry (kom op Michaëlla!)
* Milagros Sequera v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v Catalina Castańo
* Ashley Harkleroad v VENUS WILLIAMS [26] (go Ashley!)
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Andrea Petković [Q] (allez Marion!)
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13] (allez Mathilde!)

* Kveta Peschke [Q] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
* Nuria Llagostera Vives v TATHIANA GARBIN [19]
* Maria Kirilenko [DF] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [27] (davai Maria!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v Akgul Amanmuradova [Q] (pojďme Nicole!)

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5. Anna Chakvetadze preview
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Anna isn't firing on all cylinders at the moment, as she's been struggling in the claycourt-season with a right shoulder-strain.

At Warsaw, she should have crucified Jill Craybas easier than 7-6 7-5. Beating Tathiana Garbin 6-2 6-2 was a much more convincing scoreline, but then she retired at 6-7 (1/7) 1-3 against Jelena Janković, following a dramatic loss of form in the tiebreak.

At Berlin, playing with a patch on her shoulder, she struggled past Samantha Stosur 3-6 7-6 7-6, then lost 6-4 6-4 to Lucie Šafářová, who is also one of the most promising young players on the WTA Tour.

At Rome she beat Yan,Zi 6-1 6-3, but then lost 6-2 6-3 to Daniela Hantuchová. Daniela is one of the most flairsomely-talented players on the WTA Tour, just as Anna is, but I was surprised by that scoreline as I believe Anna's game is better suited to clay than Daniela's.

I just hope that Anna's week off will have helped her shoulder to heal, and that she'll soon be back to the level she was at last autumn and earlier this year. Her recent results would have been okay this time last year, but they are disappointing by top-ten standards.


5.1 First round
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Alicia Molik was becoming a formidable top-ten player when her career was cruelly interrupted by an inner-ear infection in 2005. Her results have been much more modest since she came back in May 2006. She did beat four top-32 players early in 2007, but has lost seven of her last eight matches (the one she won was 7-6 2-6 7-6 against #292 Leanne Baker at Strasbourg).

Molik on this form should be easy pickings for a healthy Anna. They've never played each other before.


5.2 Second round
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Anne Kremer is one of the veterans of the WTA Tour at age 31, with a win over Monica Seles at Eastbourne 1999. Her 2007 results aren't too shabby at 19:12, but they've mainly been against low-ranked players in qualifying for WTA tournaments.

Ágnes Szávay, on the other hand, is barely out of juniors, and lacks big-match experience. She too has been playing mainly qualifying on the WTA Tour this year, but with a more impressive win/loss record of 18:7. She also won the ITF $75k at Zagreb a couple of weeks ago - a timely confidence-boost ahead of the French Open!

Again, either of these players would be easy pickings for a healthy Anna.


5.3 Third round
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Ai Sugiyama is another 31-year-old veteran, but a much higher-ranked one at #26. She's a very plucky competitor, and playing against her can be like pulling teeth. But she's lost four of her last five matches - most recently a 6-0 6-2 loss to Shahar Pe'er at Rome, so that has to be encouraging for Anna. They've never played each other before.


5.4 Fourth round
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This is where the going gets tough. Anna is seeded to meet Amélie Mauresmo, which is kind of annoying because if Anna had moved up to #9 one week earlier, she'd have been seeded eighth and avoided this draw.

Anna trails Mauresmo 0:3 head-to-head, but every match has been tougher than the one before.

But Mauresmo is off-form after coming back from appendicitis, losing to Julia Vakulenko in 3r Berlin, Samantha Stosur in 2r Rome, and Anabel Medina Garrigues in the final of Strasbourg. And she always underperforms at Roland Garros.

Perhaps the greater danger, then, comes from Lucie Šafářová, who upset Mauresmo 6-4 6-3 at the Australian Open, then enjoyed a trailblazing run to the final of WTA Paris, upsetting Nicole Vaidišová, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin back to back.

Lucie's results have been more modest since WTA Paris, and her 6-4 6-0 semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka at Estoril was particularly disappointing. But she did beat Anna 6-4 6-4 at Berlin - their only meeting so far.


5.5 Quarter-finals
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Anna could be in for a repeat of her Australian Open quarter-final against Maria Sharapova, which she lost 7-6 7-5. Maria leads their head-to-head 3:0. They first played each other - and I first saw Anna play - at the French Open 2005, which Maria won 6-1 6-4, but Anna's game has improved almost beyond recognition since then.

Due to serious injuries to her right shoulder and left hamstring, Maria hadn't played since Miami until Constantinople, where she lost in the semi-finals to Aravane Rezaď.

So Maria's place in that quarter-final is far from guaranteed, the greatest danger coming from Patty Schnyder, who beat Maria at Rome 2005. Schnyder was having a poor 2007 until Rome, where she beat Serena Williams to reach the semi-finals. But she pulled out of Constantinople with a right-thigh strain.

Anna is 1:1 head-to-head against Schnyder after her 6-4 6-1 thrashing of the Swiss in the fourth round of the Australian Open. But clay is Schnyder's best surface, while Anna's claycourt-season is below par so far.

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6. Order of play for Wednesday (Anna-filtered)
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Court 17 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Alicia Molik
2. WS 1r: PATTY SCHNYDER [14] v Martina Suchá
3. MS 2r: Nicolas Lapentti v Mikhail Youzhny
4. WS 2r: Kveta Peschke v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

--
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andrewbroad
May 31st, 2007, 02:19 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Molik
2. Second-round draw (bottom half)
3. Third-round draw (top half)
4. Order of play for Thursday

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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Molik
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. Alicia Molik, 6-2 6-3

I was watching Maria Sharapova's match on BBCi, and only remembered at 11:30 CEST that Anna was playing! :-o

Not much to say, really, as it was a pretty straightforward win for Anna. Perhaps the most important point was the break-point that she saved at *3-2 in the first set, and the most worrying aspect was that she failed to serve out the match at 6-2 *5-2.


First set
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CHAKV _*@* *@* 6
MOLIK *___*___ 2

Molik serving 1-3: Ad Molik. Deuce. Ad Molik. Deuce #2. Ad Molik. Held.
Anna serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Molik (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Anna. Held.
Molik serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40. Broken.
Anna serving 5-2: 30/15. Anna won the first set 6-2 at 11:45.


Second set
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CHAKV @* * *@ @ 6
MOLIK __* *__@_ 3

Molik serving 0-0: 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Anna serving 1-0: 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Molik serving 0-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 2-1: 40/0. Held.
Molik serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 3-2: 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Molik serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Anna serving 5-2: 0/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.
Molik serving 3-5: 0/40 (3 MPs). Anna won 6-2 6-3 at 12:14.


Statistics
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In points, Anna won 62-43 (first set 35-25, second set 27-18).

The ratios of winners and unforced errors look rather poor at face-value: Anna 3:16 (all her winners came in the second set), Molik 3:18 (all her winners came in the first set).

But what the official statistics don't say /directly/ is that Anna won 41 of the remaining points by forcing Molik into error, while Molik only won 24 points by forcing Anna into error. On clay it's harder to hit winners and easier to make unforced errors, so I don't think their UE-counts are too bad.

Anna played predominantly from the baseline, winning 4 of 5 points at the net, while Molik - who plays a serve & volley game on grass - won 7 of 8 points at the net.

Anna got 70% of first serves in, winning 79% of the points when she did so, but only 43% on second serve. In the second set, she traded her high percentage of first serves in (79% to 58%) for a slightly higher percentage of points won when she did get it in (77% to 82%), and also improved her second-serve percentage (33% to 50%).

Corresponding statistics for Molik were 66%, 55% and 35%.

Anna served 4 aces, Molik 3, and they made one double fault each.

Anna broke 5 times from 10 break-points (2 of 6 in the first set, 3 of 4 in the second), while Molik broke once from 3 BPs, but the worrying thing is that it came when Anna was serving for the match at 6-2 5-2.

I've observed before that Anna holds serve reliably, but can get nervous when she's serving for a set or a match. She might get away with it against the likes of Molik, but not against the top players: if you give them an inch, they'll take a mile.
t 34-29, second set 26-12).

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2. Second-round draw (bottom half)
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Sania Mirza [DF] (both nice; my loyalty is to Sania)
* Tatiana Poutchek v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q]
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] v Elena Likhovtseva
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Olga Poutchkova (both nice; my loyalty is to Daniela)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v Edina Gallovits (kadima Shahar!)
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] v Vera Dushevina (dajmo Katarina!)
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v MARTINA MÜLLER [32] (poďme Dominika!)
* Meghann Shaughnessy v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3]

* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] v Nathalie Dechy
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v Nicole Pratt (pojďme Lucie!)
* AI SUGIYAMA [21] v Meilen Tu
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Ágnes Szávay [Q] (davai Anna!)

* PATTY SCHNYDER [14] v Kateryna Bondarenko
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] v Karin Knapp (davai Alyona!)
* GISELA DULKO [29,DF] v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Jill Craybas

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3. Third-round draw (top half)
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v MARA SANTANGELO [28]
* SYBILLE BAMMER [20] v LI,NA [16]
* DINARA SAFINA [10] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]
* Michaëlla Krajíček v (2r: Milagros Sequera v SERENA WILLIAMS [8])

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v VENUS WILLIAMS [26]
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13] (allez Marion!)
* Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC] v TATHIANA GARBIN [19]
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [27] (pojďme Nicole!)

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4. Order of play for Thursday (Anna-filtered)
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Court 1 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 2r: MARCOS BAGHDATIS [16] v Kristian Pless
2. WS 2r: ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Sania Mirza [DF]
3. MS 2r: CARLOS MOYÁ [23] v Florent Serra
4. WS 2r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Ágnes Szávay [Q]

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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andrewbroad
Jun 2nd, 2007, 02:27 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Second-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Szávay
2. Third-round draw (bottom half)
3. Fourth-round draw (top half)
4. Women's Doubles: First round
5. Order of play for Saturday

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1. Second-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Szávay (Thursday 31st May)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. Ágnes Szávay [Q], 6-4 6-7 (1/7) 6-4

Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light
[Dylan Thomas]

The 18-year-old Hungarian, who won the French Open 2005 Girls' Singles & Doubles but is only ranked #102, gave Anna and me a huge fright! With both players struggling to break serve in the first two sets, Anna led 6-4 *5-4 when play was suspended for more than two hours by a torrential downpour.

When play resumed, Anna failed to serve out the match, lost the second set on a tiebreak, and looked in danger of suffering a traumatic defeat in the fading light as she dropped serve in the first game of the third set.

But in fact the third set went totally against serve except when Anna held in the third game! Hardly impressive for a world #9, but they're the matches that you have to get through, and I can only hope that Anna will be stronger for having been in hot water and come through.


The match was scheduled fourth on Court 1, and started at 16:45 CEST.


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

Szávay serving 0-0: 40/0 to 40/40. Ad Szávay. Held.

Well, at least Anna has sent a message that even at 40/0 up, it's not going to be an easy hold for Szávay.

Anna serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/30. 40/30. Held.
Szávay serving 1-1: 40/0 to 40/40. Ad Szávay. Deuce #2. Ad Szávay. Deuce #3. Ad Szávay. Deuce #4. Ad Szávay. Held.

I think all these squandered game-points should be preying on Szávay's mind more than Anna's inability to break should be preying on hers.

Anna serving 1-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Szávay serving 2-2: 0/30 to 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Szávay. Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP #2). Broken.

First blood to Anna, and not before time!

Anna serving 3-2: 0/15. 40/15. Held.
Szávay serving 2-4: Held to love.
Anna serving 4-3: 15/0. 15/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

Phew! We don't want Anna getting broken back when breaks are rather hard to come by in this set!

Szávay serving 3-5: 0/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.

The moment of truth. Anna's had a few nerves serving for sets and matches, and was in a little bit of trouble in her last service-game.

Anna serving 5-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15 (2 SPs). 40/30. Anna won the first set 6-4 at 17:24 (39m).


Second set
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CHAKVE _* * * *@__*_ 6(1)
SZÁVAY * * * *__@*_T 7(7)

Szávay serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: Held to love.
Szávay serving 1-1: 0/15. 40/15. Held.

Anna serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. The scoreboard said 2-2, then corrected itself to 40/30. 40/40. Ad Szávay (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Anna. Deuce #3. Ad Anna. Held.

Phew! That's twice this match that the scoreboard has said that Anna has won a game when she hasn't, and she almost went on to lose that game!

It's a pretty tight match so far: just the one break in it (fifth game of the first set), so whoever breaks first in the second set should gain huge momentum.

Szávay serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Szávay. Deuce #2. Ad Szávay. Deuce #3. Ad Szávay. Held.

What a waste. The only previous game in which Anna had break-point was the fifth game of the first set, when she did break.

She's still got a lot of work to do in this match. No clear advantage in this set yet.

Anna serving 2-3: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Szávay serving 3-3: 0/30 to 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Szávay. Deuce #3. Ad Anna (BP #2). Deuce #4. Ad Szávay. Held.

Another golden opportunity to break goes begging! :rolleyes: 0/30 and two break points - a lot of baggage will be building up in Anna's mind in this set, and /I/ certainly feel uneasy that my world #9 is facing so much resistance from the #102 in the second round of a Grand Slam.

Anna /should/ have the consistency to come through this match, but there /are/ some doubts in my mind, especially as she hasn't been firing on all cylinders this claycourt-season.

Anna serving 3-4: 40/0. 40/30. Held.

Phew! I thought opportunities were going begging on Anna's own serve that time!

Szávay serving 4-4: 0/15. With Anna potentially 7 points away from victory, play was suspended for rain at 18:10 on Court Suzanne Lenglen Court (what BBCi were showing), but it seems that we only had a very short delay on Court 1, as the scoreboard updated again at 18:13: 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Now play really /is/ suspended (at 18:15). I imagine what happened is that they stopped for a lengthy discussion at 18:10, decided to play on at 18:13, and officially suspended play at 40/40 (18:15).

At 18:18, the scoreboard updated again to say that Anna had broken for 5-4 (at last!), and that we are in a rain-delay (the first time that the scoreboard has actually said this). I can see on my TV-screen that the rain is very heavy on Court Lenglen now, so I guess Anna will have a long time to contemplate having to come back out and serve for the match!

Sam Smith: "We thought it was only going to be a light shower, but it's turned into a tropical storm like we've never seen before!"

She added that there was no prospect of play until at least 19:00 CEST.

Play resumed at 20:19 CEST (2h04m rain-delay).

Sam Smith: "Amazing that they brought the players back at this late hour, even though the light is /terrible/."

Anna serving 5-4: 0/15. 30/15. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

Back to square one for Anna! :-( Breaks have been very hard to come by in this match, so Anna only has a 50% chance of winning this set, I think.

Szávay serving 5-5: Held to love.

And Anna has to serve again with minimum respite, this time to save the set.

Anna serving 5-6: Held to love.

6-6 Tiebreak (all scores Chakvetadze/Szávay): 0/0*. *0/1. *0/2. 0/3*. 0/4*. *0/5. *0/6 (6 SPs). 1/6*. Szávay won the second set 7-6 (7/1) at 20:33 (3h09m gross, 1h05m net).

I wish they'd suspend this match for the day right now, because it's becoming more and more difficult for the players to see in the fading light (according to Sam Smith, commentating on Kuznetsova v Shaughnessy), and I can imagine Anna being very upset by her change of fortune since the resumption.


Third set
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CHAKVE _@*@ @ @ @ 6
SZÁVAY @___@ @ @_ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.

Anna will have to dig deep to get out of this one alive - from a break down in the third set. She's only broken Szávay twice in this match, and the failing light must make it that much more difficult for the receiver to see the serve.

Szávay serving 1-0: 0/40 (3 BPs). 15/40. Broken.

Yay! Now we're back on serve, with Anna having the advantage of serving first! :-)

Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Szávay serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.

Two breaks in a row to Anna - what a turnaround, and what a relief!

Anna serving 3-1: 30/0 to 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Szávay (BP). Broken.

Pegged back from 30/0 and 40/30, and broken! Anna is going to be so traumatised if she goes on to lose this one. :-( But at least she has the advantage of serving first.

Szávay serving 2-3: 0/30 -> 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

Phew! At 30/30 it looked like Anna was letting yet another opportunity go begging!

Anna serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.

Anna's torments continue, and this match has degenerated into break-and-counterbreak.

This next game is hugely important. After it, either Anna will be serving for the match at *5-3, or it will be *4-4 and anybody's match.

Szávay serving 3-4: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.

And serve for the match she will! Can she succeed where she failed at 6-4 *5-4? There've been five breaks in a row now.

Anna serving 5-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

Six breaks in a row now. It's not pretty, but if Anna can just make it seven, she'll be home and hosed, and be able to put this nightmare behind her - it certainly /would/ be a traumatic nightmare if she lost now after all the chances she's had.

Szávay serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna (MP #1). Anna won 6-4 6-7 (1/7) 6-4 at 21:14 (third set 41m; match 4h29m gross, 2h25m net).


Statistics
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Anna got 66% of first serves in, winning 60% of the points when she did so, and 53% on second serve - disappointing statistics, particularly in the third set (won 40% on first serve, 30% on second serve).

The corresponding percentages for Szávay were 56%, 63% and 44% - she too had woeful winning-percentages in the third set (first serve 33%, second serve 31%).

Szávay served 4 aces, but a monstrous 10 double faults (7 coming in the second set), while Anna served one ace and no DFs.

W:UE ratios were abysmal for both girls: Anna 8:52 (including 24 UEs in the second set), Szávay 10:53 (28 UEs in the second set).

Anna won 9 of 18 points at the net (she didn't come into the net at all in the first set), while Szávay was more selective and successful, winning 10 of 15 points at the net.

Anna broke 7 times from 18 break-points (once each in the first two sets, 5 times in the third), Szávay 5 times from 6 BPs (once in the second set, 4 times in the third). It could have been so much easier if Anna had taken more than one of the 8 BPs she had in the second set.

In points, Anna won 117-114 (first set 38-34, second set 47-51, third set 32-29).

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2. Third-round draw (bottom half)
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q] (ajde Ana!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] (poďme Daniela!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] (both nice; my loyalty is to Shahar)
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (poďme Dominika!)

* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] (pojďme Lucie!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v AI SUGIYAMA [21] (davai Anna!)
* PATTY SCHNYDER [14] v Karin Knapp
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q] (davai Maria!)

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3. Fourth-round draw (top half)
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v SYBILLE BAMMER [20]
* DINARA SAFINA [10] v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (allez Marion!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v TATHIANA GARBIN [19] (pojďme Nicole!)

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4. Women's Doubles: First round (Friday 1st June)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Victoria Azarenka lt.
Klaudia Jans/Alicja Rosolska, 4-6 3-6

Doubles isn't the strongest part of Anna's career, to put it mildly. When I watched her play doubles at Eastbourne 2006, she was always looking behind her to watch her partner hit the ball.

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5. Order of play for Saturday
-----------------------------

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 3r: ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q]
2. WS 3r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v AI SUGIYAMA [21]
3. MS 3r: MARCOS BAGHDATIS [16] v Ján Hájek
4. MS 3r: NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [6] v Olivier Patience [WC]

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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andrewbroad
Jun 3rd, 2007, 02:46 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Third-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Sugiyama
2. Fourth-round draw
3. Order of play for Sunday

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1. Third-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Sugiyama (Saturday 2nd June)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. AI SUGIYAMA [21], 6-4 6-4

Again, it was a case of Anna holding serve reliably until she had to serve for the match at 6-4 *5-3, when she was broken. Fortunately there was no repeat of the second-round scare, where she was taken to a third set after failing to serve it out!

The match started at 12:30 CEST, and had to compete for my attention with the televised Šafářová v Mauresmo match which started a few minutes later, and later with live scores for Daniela Hantuchová.


First set
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CHAKVETA * * *@__*@ 6
SUGIYAMA _* *__@*__ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Sugiyama serving 0-1: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 1-1: 30/0. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 1-2: 0/15. 30/15. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Sugiyama. Held.
Anna serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Sugiyama (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Anna. Held.
Sugiyama serving 2-3: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Anna serving 4-2: 0/40 (3 BPs). Broken.
Sugiyama serving 3-4: 15/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Sugiyama. Deuce #2. Ad Sugiyama. Held.
Anna serving 4-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

Well recovered from 15/40!

Sugiyama serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1). Anna won the first set 6-4 at 13:11 (41m).


Second set
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CHAKVETA * * * *@ @ 6
SUGIYAMA _* * *__@_ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 0-1: 0/15. 30/15. Held.
Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 1-2: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 2-2: 30/0. 30/15. 30/15. 40/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 2-3: 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Sugiyama. Held.
Anna serving 3-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 3-4: 0/40 (3 BPs). Broken.
Anna serving 5-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Sugiyama serving 4-5: 15/15. 15/40 (2 MPs). Anna won 6-4 6-4 at 13:53 (second set 42m, match 1h23m).

This sets up a mouthwatering fourth-round match with Lucie Šafářová, whom I'm contemplating inducting into my Eternal Fanship after her fantastic win over Amélie Mauresmo, which I saw on BBCi.

Passion and Reason are needed to induct a player into my Eternal Fanship. For Lucie I have Reason, but I need to be convinced about the Passion. So it's great that she's playing Anna, for whom I have a lot of Passion. This match should help to clarify my feelings for Lucie, especially if she wins - which I suspect she will, with Anna not firing on all cylinders this claycourt-season, and Lucie having played so brilliantly to beat Mauresmo.

My loyalty is to Anna - she's the one who's in my Eternal Fanship, after all - but I don't think I'd mind her losing to Lucie after what Lucie did to Mauresmo! ;-)


Patty Schnyder's press-conference
---------------------------------

I found some interesting news about Anna:

Q. I saw your husband clearly being Chakvetadze's coach the other day.

PATTY SCHNYDER: Yeah.

Q. You know, the draw is shaping up. There is a possibility. Does this make things tricky for you?

PATTY SCHNYDER: Not really. I mean, I know he's my husband and my coach. And so if it would be a match against Anna, all of us know what he's doing and who he's rooting for. So there is no point for me to worry in any stage.

Q. How did that all come about?

PATTY SCHNYDER: It was a long time ago. We did it just, yeah, behind the scenes or whatever you call it, in the background. And she was always wanting him to do it, but he never wanted to do it officially.

And we'll see what's going to work out. And she's always, yeah, together with her dad. So we have to see how things work out. But I don't want to be too much involved in it. And I like Anna, and maybe we do some workouts together and hit sometimes, very few. But, yeah, better ask him.

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2. Fourth-round draw
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v SYBILLE BAMMER [20]
* DINARA SAFINA [10] v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (allez Marion!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v TATHIANA GARBIN [19] (pojďme Nicole!)

* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] (ajde Ana!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (kadima Shahar!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] (both nice; my loyalty is to Anna)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v PATTY SCHNYDER [14] (davai Maria!)

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3. Order of play for Sunday (Anna-filtered)
---------------------------

Court 1 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 4r: TATHIANA GARBIN [19] v NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF]
2. WS 4r: SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3]
3. WS 4r: ANA IVANOVIC [7] v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24]
4. WS 4r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF]

I hate the way they play all the women's fourth-round matches on Sunday, leaving only half the men's fourth round to be played on Monday! :-||

At least that will give me a much-needed rest and catch-up day before the quarter-finals (which are guaranteed to feature either Anna or Lucie). It's been a very hectic first week for me, and my players have done better than I expected, given that they were all injured in the lead-up to the French Open!


Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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andrewbroad
Jun 5th, 2007, 03:52 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Fourth-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Šafářová
3. Quarter-final draw/preview
4. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/
- Anna Chakvetadze (2r, 3r, 4r, Week 1)

I like Anna's "unique braid", and that 2r photo where she's looking up to serve gives a nice new angle on Anna! :-)

http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1
Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze")

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2. Fourth-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Šafářová (Sunday 3rd June)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF], 6-4 0-6 6-2

A mouthwatering match between the latest player I have inducted into my Eternal Fanship, and quite possibly the next player I will induct, unfortunately I could only concentrate 33% on following live scores for this match, because I was watching Sharapova v Schnyder on BBCi, which started 3 minutes before the end of the first set here.

So I couldn't really feel the Passion I was looking to feel for Lucie - it just felt so right when Anna won.

And since Lucie failed the Anna-test, I certainly won't be inducting her into my Eternal Fanship before Wimbledon, which I hope will be my next chance to watch her play. I won't be inducting her on the strength of watching her play one match, no matter how excited I felt when she beat Mauresmo.

If it gets to the end of the 2007 season and Lucie remains untelevised and uninducted, I will order some DVDs from Tennis Videos International <http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/> in order to evaluate her, just as I evaluated Anna in the last off-season (I would particularly like to see her fourth-round and quarter-final matches at the Australian Open, and her matches from WTA Paris). There are no shortcuts to inducting a player like Lucie into my Eternal Fanship.

The match started at 16:37 CEST.


First set
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CHAKVETA @* * * * * 6
ŠAFÁŘOVÁ __* * * *_ 4

Lucie serving 0-0: 15/15. 15/40. 30/40. 40/40. Ad Lucie. Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP). Deuce #3. Ad Anna (BP #2). Broken.

What a first game!

Anna serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

Lucie came back from *0-3 in the first set and 0-3* in the second against Mauresmo, so Anna can never be complacent on her leads.

Lucie serving 0-2: 30/0 to 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 2-1: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Lucie serving 1-3: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 3-2: 0/30. 15/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Lucie serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Anna (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Lucie. Held.

Wasted opportunities for Anna there.

Anna serving 4-3: 40/0. Held.
Lucie serving 3-5: 40/0. 40/15. Held.

The moment of truth: can Anna serve out this set? She often tends to wobble when she's serving for a set or match - a prime example being her second-round match against Ágnes Szávay, when she was taken to three sets after leading 6-4 *5-4.

Anna serving 5-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15 (2 SPs). Anna won the first set 6-4 at 17:17 (40m).


Second set
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CHAKVETA ______ 0
ŠAFÁŘOVÁ *@*@*@ 6

Lucie serving 0-0: 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.
Lucie serving 2-0: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 0-3: 0/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Lucie (BP #2). Broken.
Lucie serving 4-0: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 0-5: 30/40 (3 SPs). Lucie won the second set 6-0 at 17:38 (21m).

What happened there? Was Anna injured, or did Lucie suddenly find the hot form she showed against Mauresmo? Or did Anna sacrifice the set, as an expert chess-player offers up a piece to induce the opponent to make a fatal blunder?


Third set
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CHAKVETA _*@*@ @* 6
ŠAFÁŘOVÁ *____@__ 2

Lucie serving 0-0: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Lucie serving 1-1: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Anna serving 2-1: 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Lucie serving 1-3: 0/40 (3 BPs). 15/40. Broken.
Anna serving 4-1: 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Lucie serving 2-4: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.
Anna serving 5-2: 40/0 (3 MPs). Anna won 6-4 0-6 6-2 at 18:06 (third set 28m, match 1h29m).


Articles
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Sharapova survives at French Open
June 3, 2007
By Steve Douglas, Special to PA SportsTicker
>>>
Sharapova, who has never got past the quarter-finals at the Paris Grand Slam, will next play Russia's Anna Chakvetadze after the ninth seed beat Lucie Šafářová 6-4 0-6 6-2.

A day of rest may be in order for Sharapova, who seems to be dealing with her shoulder-injury just fine.

"I still feel it at times. It's still there," Sharapova said. "It will be very important to see how it is tomorrow, to rest it. I might even need to take a day off. But that's fine."

Šafářová came into the match buoyed by her surprise-win over home-favourite Amélie Mauresmo on Saturday, but she could not repeat her exploits a day later.

It is only the second time Chakvetadze has reached the last eight of a Grand Slam.
<<<

Old articles
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{Second-round preview - Wednesday 30th May}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1394
>>>
(9) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) vs. (Q) Agnes Szávay (HUN) - First Meeting

Russia's Anna Chakvetadze is one of the rising stars of the Tour, and she will hope to continue her progress on Thursday by making it through to the third round at Roland Garros for the second time in her career. The 20-year-old from Moscow has enjoyed a fantastic year so far, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time, and reaching her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. Her second-round opponent Szávay was forced to battle through three rounds of qualifying just to take her place in the draw, but the 18-year-old delivered a mature performance on her Grand Slam début to dismiss experienced campaigner Anne Kremer in straight sets.
<<<

{Third-round preview - Friday 1st June}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1403
>>>
(9) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) vs. (21) Ai Sugiyama (JPN) - First Meeting

Saturday's second match on Suzanne Lenglen could well prove to be one of the day's most fascinating, as Russian rising star Chakvetadze comes up against experienced Japanese campaigner Sugiyama. Neither player has looked entirely convincing during the opening rounds of the tournament, and both will look for an improved performance in their third-round clash. Chakvetadze has enjoyed a memorable first half of the season, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time and reaching her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. However, the 20-year-old Muscovite made hard work of her second-round opponent, Hungarian qualifier Agnes Szávay, being pushed all the way before finally edging a thrilling battle, 6-4 6-7(1) 6-4. 31-year-old Sugiyama also required three sets to overcome her second-round foe Meilen Tu and secure her place in the third round for the first time since 2003. Despite their earlier travails, if both players are on-song, this is one clash that really has the potential to get the Parisian crowd on their feet.
<<<

{Fourth-round preview - Saturday 2nd June}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1406
>>>
(9) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) vs. (25) Lucie Šafářová (CZE) - Šafářová leads, 1-0

Šafářová may be the lowest-ranked player left in the draw at Roland Garros, but Russia's Chakvetadze will certainly not be taking the world No.29 lightly when they clash in the day's final match on Court 1. Šafářová looked in great touch during her shock third-round victory over home-favourite Amélie Mauresmo, and if she maintains this form, there is every possibility of her repeating the trick against world No.9 Chakvetadze. Sunday's encounter between the two 20-year-olds will be their second in less than a month; Šafářová triumphed in a second-round match in Berlin in the middle of May. The Czech starlet is certainly enjoying playing in the French capital this season; she was a losing finalist at the Open Gaz de France in February, and on her return this week, the No.25 seed has yet to drop a set. Chakvetadze's progression into her first fourth-round appearance in Paris has not been so serene, labouring to victories over qualifier Agnes Szávay and then No.21 seed Ai Sugiyama. However, these victories were the Muscovite's 27th and 28th of a highly successful season, and the talented Russian will go into the contest hungry for revenge and a place in her second Grand Slam quarter-final.
<<<

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3. Quarter-final draw/preview
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (pojďme Nicole!)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (ajde Ana!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]

Wow, what a fantastic opportunity either for Maria to reach her first French Open semi-final, or for Anna to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final!

Anna has had a disappointing claycourt-season, relative to the standards she set by winning Moscow last year! She's been struggling with a right shoulder-strain, so it's no wonder that she hasn't been firing on all cylinders.

But Anna has a golden opportunity to upset Maria on Maria's least-favourite surface, with Maria a long way from her best form - particularly her serve, as she too has been struggling with a right-shoulder injury. And I wouldn't have thought that one day off would be nearly enough for Maria to recover from that draining 2h38m marathon she played against Patty Schnyder on Sunday, especially after she also played on Saturday. Maria does tend to struggle when she's played too many matches in too few days.


http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1409
>>>
Next up for Sharapova is No.9 seed Anna Chakvetadze, a 6-4 0-6 6-2 winner over No.25 seed Lucie Šafářová. Sharapova is 3-0 in their head-to-head series.

"I had a tough one against her in Australia," said Sharapova, who is six weeks Chakvetadze's junior. "Obviously this is clay, and I've never faced her on clay. But just like with everyone else, I've got to worry about myself."
<<<

It's not true that Maria has never faced Anna on clay - she beat her 6-1 6-4 in 3r French Open 2005! But Anna has improved beyond recognition since then: no longer just a grinder, she now has flairsome power, a wonderful command of angles and width, and Hingis-like abilities to anticipate and to make her defensive shots awkward for her opponent.

Maria leads their head-to-head 3:0. She won their next meeting 4-6 6-4 7-5 at Los Angeles 2005, when they were both struggling with injury, and Maria pulled out of the tournament after surviving that marathon. And they met in the Australian Open quarter-finals, with Maria winning 7-6 7-5.


http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1411
>>>
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. (9) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) - Sharapova leads, 3-0

Sharapova's reward for her thrilling three-set victory over Patty Schnyder is a quarter-final match-up with her compatriot and rival Chakvetadze. The pair also met at the same stage of the Australian Open, and world No.9 Chakvetadze will be out to avenge the narrow defeat she suffered at Melbourne Park. Prior to this year, the Muscovite had never been beyond the fourth round in Grand Slam competition, but now she has achieved the feat in consecutive Majors.

Sharapova, on the other hand, will be making her third quarter-final bow at Roland Garros, although her previous two appearances both ended in defeat; losing straight-sets encounters with Paola Suárez in 2004 and Justine Henin one year later. Entering the tournament off the back of an injury-plagued last few months, the Russian has improved with every round, and will be quietly confident of chalking-up her fourth career-triumph over her fellow 20-year-old. However, Chakvetadze will be out to put an end to that run, and in a year which has seen the elegant Russian capture her third career-title in Hobart, as well as climb to her highest-ever world-ranking of No.9, few would rule her out of doing so, and recording her 30th victory of the season in the process.
<<<

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4. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 12:00 CEST = 10:00 GMT = 11:00 BST)
1. WS qf: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
2. WS qf: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]
3. MS qf: NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO [4] v GUILLERMO CAŃAS [19]

BBCi will be on Chatrier all day, so I won't get to see any members of my Eternal Fanship playing their quarter-finals! :-||

Ana is a nice girl and a good tennis-player, who I'm sure is on her way to becoming a Grand Slam champion, and I can understand all the hype about Henin v Williams, but I can't believe they think that the Ivanović v Kuznetsova quarter-final will be a more attractive match than Vaidišová v Janković and especially Sharapova v Chakvetadze!

They should play all four women's quarter-finals back to back on Chatrier, and all four men's quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/

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

Spiritof42
Jun 5th, 2007, 07:54 AM
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4. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 12:00 CEST = 10:00 GMT = 11:00 BST)
1. WS qf: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
2. WS qf: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]
3. MS qf: NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO [4] v GUILLERMO CAŃAS [19]

BBCi will be on Chatrier all day, so I won't get to see any members of my Eternal Fanship playing their quarter-finals! :-||

Ana is a nice girl and a good tennis-player, who I'm sure is on her way to becoming a Grand Slam champion, and I can understand all the hype about Henin v Williams, but I can't believe they think that the Ivanović v Kuznetsova quarter-final will be a more attractive match than Vaidišová v Janković and especially Sharapova v Chakvetadze!

They should play all four women's quarter-finals back to back on Chatrier, and all four men's quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

I agree completely with you on this. This is the worst possible scheduling for me. I don't expect the Lenglen matches to be shown on TV where I live either, and that means I won't be able to watch any of my top 3 faves (Anna, Nicole, Maria) in action. :mad:

andrewbroad
Jun 10th, 2007, 12:54 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos & videos
2. Quarter-final scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Sharapova
3. Player-portrait: Anna Chakvetadze

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1. Photos & videos
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1.1 Photos
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Anna Chakvetadze and Maria Sharapova:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaq416.html (Anna)
http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/ (Anna)
http://www.tennis-reinecke.de/spieler.php?kez=anch (Anna)
Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

Various players including Anna:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/ (Quarterfinal action)
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6722585.stm
http://www.tennis.info/Paris7.html (Quarterfinals - day 1)


1.2 Videos
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Quarter-final press-conferences:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/20070605.html

Anna interviewed by Barbara Schett:
http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/ver/230b/popup/index.php?cl=2928688

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2. Quarter-final scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Sharapova (Tuesday 5th June)
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Very nice winner, very nice loser:
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF], 6-3 6-4

Unfortunately BBCi did not deign to televise this mouthwatering match on Court Suzanne Lenglen, but it certainly seemed like Maria's most convincing performance of the tournament so far, after her alarming breakdown for half a set against Alla Kudryavtseva, and then saving two match-points against Patty Schnyder, who served for the match three times in that 2h38m marathon on Sunday.

But Anna was the one who admitted to feeling tired and "very bad" in this quarter-final, even after having a day off on Monday. She too had been taken to three sets on Sunday (by Lucie Šafářová), albeit only for 1h29m. I think Anna needs to work on her stamina!

I have added my match-report to my French Open reports for Maria Sharapova:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/french_open2007.html

Features:
* match-preview
* point-by-point scores
* statistics
* transcripts of press-conferences
* articles

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3. Player-portrait: Anna Chakvetadze
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Saturday, June 2, 2007
By Benjamin Adler
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2007-06-02/200706021180815760765.html
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Anna Chakvetadze broke into the top 10 at the end of May - four short years after turning pro - and she does not intend stopping there. We met the 20 year-old Russian and found her cool, calm, and fiercely determined to succeed at the highest level.

"I don't need inspiration, I can think for myself," she tells us, shortly after her comfortable victory over Ai Sugiyama. On the back of her quarter-final at the Australian Open, the No.9 seed has taken her progress to the last sixteen very much in her stride. "I'm happy because I played a lot better today, which explains why I was calmer on the court. I controlled things well," she says in flawless English.

"I'm ambitious"

Chakvetadze is accompanied on Tour by her Georgian father while her Ukrainian mother looks after her younger brother at home. She needs no prompting when we ask her about her ambitions. "I'm not the type to announce what my objectives are: to win a Grand Slam or whatever. Everyone wants to win them. I'd like to get into the top 5 for sure, but I take things as they come and try to do my best."

Anna has something of a reputation for being very emotional on court, even to the point of breaking into tears. Though she travels without a coach, she has been receiving guidance from Robert Lansdorp, the former mentor of Maria Sharapova, Pete Sampras and Anastasia Myskina. That is in Los Angeles, where she will return to prepare for the North American leg of the tour, prior to the US Open. Chakvetadze has been compared to Martina Hingis, with a game that is more varied than many of her compatriots. That may go to explain her meteoric rise through the rankings since her début on the ITF tour in 2001, in Minsk.

Moscow memories
By 2004 she was playing in her first Grand Slam, at the US Open, where she reached the third round, beating Myskina on the way. "That's a great memory. I couldn't believe it at the time. It was a dream to beat the No.1 Russian - someone who had won Roland Garros that year," remembers the Wimbledon juniors finalist of 2003.

2005 saw her enter the top 50, and in 2006 she won her first two titles, in Guangzhou and her home-town of Moscow. "To win the Kremlin Cup at home was fantastic. The win in China gave me a lot of confidence. When I beat a top-10 player, I tell myself I can really go far and my game improves," she says. Anna has a title to her name this year too, in Hobart, and made the semi-finals in Miami, Warsaw and Montréal.

"It's important to be consistent", reasons the future opponent of Lucie Šafářová - a friend among many on the circuit. "I have a lot of friends on Tour, but we forget our friendship when we meet on court," says Chakvetadze. Whether she is facing friend or foe, Anna Chakvetadze knows she only needs to concentrate on her own game. Her natural talent usually does the rest...
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andrewbroad
Mar 24th, 2008, 05:11 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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I have uploaded my reports of all five of Anna's matches to my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/french_open2007.html

The first four are just the reports I posted here at the time, plus Statistics for her third- and fourth-round matches.

I have upgraded her quarter-final against Maria Sharapova to a TV-report, based on a DVD acquired from Tennis Videos International (http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/).

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