View Full Version : Grass is for cows - and for Sveta!

Jun 14th, 2007, 12:12 AM
I'm sure we're all wishing Sveta all the best for the grasscourt season. Starting with Eastbourne - I wonder how soon she'll be there, honing her skills on the grass in practice ready for the tournament. Hopefully she's recovered from her exertions at Roland Garros and will be ready to throw her all into the tournament next week, followed by Wimbledon! GOOD LUCK, SVETA!!

Jun 14th, 2007, 01:54 PM
Yeah Sveta, Come On and have wonderful and successful grass season!

Jun 15th, 2007, 11:46 PM
I'm planning on going to Eastbourne, of course, hoping to see Sveta and cheer her on to win the title. The only thing I can't guarantee is the weather - showers are forecast over the next few days and it looks like the kind of weather situation which might be slow to improve. I hope to get chance to speak to Sveta if possible and pass on good wishes from all of you on this forum. I'll probably travel there on Wednesday or Thursday and stay there till Saturday. Must think of some more songs before then...

Jun 16th, 2007, 02:59 AM
Have fun, Tim! I was there last year and had a blast (but I was there
for the perfect weather...well, it did get windy, but that's to be

Say hello to Sveta for all of us.


Jun 16th, 2007, 06:09 PM
Yes, do it please! And wish her good luck!

Jun 16th, 2007, 06:33 PM
Sveta has an abdominal problem. She's not playing Eastbourne and is out of Fed Cup.
She'll probably try to play Wimbledon.

Scots Kim Fan
Jun 16th, 2007, 07:57 PM
Sveta has an abdominal problem. She's not playing Eastbourne and is out of Fed Cup.
She'll probably try to play Wimbledon.

Is that now definite that she wont play eastbourne? :sad: I'm going this year too and I was so looking forward to seeing Kim and Sveta! Maybe I jinxed them :tape: :sad:

Jun 16th, 2007, 08:36 PM
Scots Kim Fan,I think it's definite since her name is not in the draw.Sveta knows better what's best for her.She has taken the wiser decision if you ask me,but of course I can understand your disappointment about it :hug:

Scots Kim Fan
Jun 16th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Scots Kim Fan,I think it's definite since her name is not in the draw.Sveta knows better what's best for her.She has taken the wiser decision if you ask me,but of course I can understand your disappointment about it :hug:

Thank you :)

Yes I agree, if she's not 100% fit she shouldn't play and risk wimbledon. I'll still miss her though :awww:
I'll support amelie instead :bounce:

Jun 16th, 2007, 10:44 PM
I'd been dreading for days that she might pull out for some reason. I was almost paranoid, scouring all sources of information daily just to check that she was still going to play.

Anyway, let's hope it's nothing too serious, and that she'll be fit again really soon. Such a pity for her.

Jun 17th, 2007, 07:45 AM
hope she gets well soon

Jun 17th, 2007, 11:03 AM
It's a pity! I hope she will be able to play Wimbledon, but I hope nevertheless that she just will do it when she's totally fit...:sad:

Jun 17th, 2007, 03:50 PM
I really hope she will play Wimbledon :scared:

Jun 20th, 2007, 06:14 PM
Svetlana is seeded 5 for Wimbledon, in line with her current world ranking.

Of course, all of us are dearly hoping that she will be fit enough to play. The draw is due out on Friday morning.

Jun 20th, 2007, 09:27 PM
To get us in the mood...


Jun 21st, 2007, 10:33 AM
Nice photos. I think she'll play...

Jun 21st, 2007, 03:28 PM
If this photo is an indication, she's already there.

Jun 21st, 2007, 03:39 PM
Hey Tim! It's not blue hair, it's hair extensions! (I think blue
hair extensions would have been a bit too much, so I applaud, once
again, Sveta's taste and discretion in choosing her latest hairstyle.)

Sam's Slave
Jun 21st, 2007, 04:16 PM
If this photo is an indication, she's already there.

:tape: :haha: :smash: :help: :scared: :speakles: :haha: :unsure: :tape: :smash: :help: :lol: :weirdo: :haha: :bolt:

sorry i really love her...but that'S just too much :haha:

Jun 21st, 2007, 04:50 PM
You just miss the mullet...

Sam's Slave
Jun 21st, 2007, 05:10 PM
You just miss the mullet...

i guess you're right. but seriously her new hair looks good but it's just so implausible and it just doesn't fit

Jun 21st, 2007, 05:12 PM
Ah come on... let her have fun with her hair. It's probably one of
the few fun things she gets to do, with her schedule being so busy
with tennis.

(And if she's trying to grow her hair out, as you might know, mullets
can look terrible in that in-between stage between short and long.)

Jun 21st, 2007, 07:08 PM
Does this means she's playing? :bounce:

I think her new hair is fun even if it's not my favourite one.Whatever she likes it's ok as long as she wins ;)

Jun 21st, 2007, 07:25 PM
Hahahaha! I really don't like it, but it looks nervertheless funny ;) Can't wait for her first match!

Jun 21st, 2007, 08:59 PM
Sveta is at Wimbledon this wek

Jun 21st, 2007, 09:21 PM
Hey Mary, yes, I saw from the photo that she's grown her hair and put it into braids, and thought 'oh well, she hasn't followed my suggestion of dying it blue...' Certainly she looks different. Not sure how practical it is though.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to her first match. The latest forecast doesn't look too good for Monday. If she's playing on Tuesday then I might just catch that train... I'll be cheering for her. GO SVETLANA!!!!! :wink:

Sam's Slave
Jun 22nd, 2007, 12:05 AM
Ah come on... let her have fun with her hair. It's probably one of
the few fun things she gets to do, with her schedule being so busy
with tennis.

i guess she did it because i left her for sam...really!

Jun 22nd, 2007, 03:13 AM
Kids these days. Fickle fickle fickle.

Jun 22nd, 2007, 11:40 AM
Sveta's Wimbledon quarter

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS [5] vs. Julia Vakulenko UKR
Bethanie Mattek USA vs. Vasilisa Bardina RUS
Tsvetana Pironkova BLR vs. Agnieszka Radwanska POL
Martina Muller GER [32] vs. Anna Smashnova ISR

Tatiana Golovin FRA [17] vs. Su-Wei Hsieh TPE [Q]
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE [Q] vs. Tamira Paszek AUT
Catalina Castano COL vs. Iveta Benesova CZE
Elena Dementieva RUS [12] vs. Nathalie Dechy FRA

Dinara Safina RUS [13] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
Alberta Brianti ITA vs. Akiko Morigami JPN
Shuai Peng CHN vs. Hana Sromova CZE [Q]
Venus Williams USA [23] vs. Alla Kudryavtseva RUS

Ai Sugiyama JPN [26] vs. Melanie South GBR [WC]
Maria Kirilenko RUS vs. Alize Cornet FRA [LL]
Severine Bremond FRA vs. Ekaterina Bychkova RUS
Maria Sharapova RUS [2] vs. Yung-Jan Chan TPE

Jun 22nd, 2007, 12:25 PM
Looks like quite a kind draw for Sveta.

She's in the same half as the defending champion, Amelie. Defending women's champion usually starts on Tuesday on Centre Court. So Sveta probably won't be playing till Tuesday (assuming the weather doesn't delay things). I might be tempted to catch my 08:46 train that day!!

Sam's Slave
Jun 22nd, 2007, 01:26 PM


what's next sveta turning into fergie?

Jun 22nd, 2007, 03:50 PM
She looks hot!

Foot's Fingers
Jun 22nd, 2007, 03:54 PM
Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER
Tatjana Malek GER
Vasilisa Bardina RUS
Tatiana Poutchek BLR

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
Nadia Petrova RUS
Tathiana Garbin ITA (9)
Paola Suarez ARG (9)

Jun 22nd, 2007, 06:18 PM
I hope Nadia will be fit enough to play doubles with Sveta. She withdrew with, I think, a pectoral muscle strain this afternoon in her semi-final against Amelie at Eastbourne after losing the first set.

Anyway, as always, GOOD LUCK SVETA!!!

Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:09 PM
:lol: everyday Sveta surprises with a new look photo.Cool Sveta :cool:

I'm glad to read she's entered dounbles too,it must mean she's feeling better :D

I think Petrova retired today as a precautionary measure or that at least is what the commentators here said.

Jun 22nd, 2007, 11:04 PM
Just an aside, with Justine looking on top form, and likely to win Eastbourne, well I'm sure all of us on this forum can remember just who was the last player to beat Justine? It was in Berlin...

Best wishes Sveta - hope you can reproduce your form from Rome and Berlin, even if grass isn't your best surface. I hope you can go far and your body will withstand the pressure...

Jun 24th, 2007, 04:00 PM
do your best :D

Agassi Fan
Jun 25th, 2007, 01:52 PM
Good luck in Wimbledon!

Jun 25th, 2007, 03:22 PM
the new hair is cool allthough I prefer it short :)
good luck to Sveta! her draw is pretty good

Jun 25th, 2007, 09:54 PM
It was interesting looking at the commentary on the www.bbc.co.uk/sport (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport) website today, while they were waiting for the rain to stop at Wimbledon. They were saying that Svetlana Kuznetsova's scheduled appearance at Autograph Island (damn! I was hoping she'd do that on a day when I was there!) would probably do brisk business while there was no tennis for the crowd to watch... but later it transpired that she didn't actually appear until two hours after she was due, because of some misunderstanding. They also made some comment about her "corn rows" (the new hair look), saying that they'd look more suitable on a tropical beach than at a rain-swept and chilly Wimbledon... Ah well, I should be there tomorrow and I'll be cheering for her all the way in her first-round match. GO SVETA!!!

Jun 25th, 2007, 10:03 PM
Court One (1300 BST start)
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Blake US 9 v Andreev Rus Men's Singles
Hewitt Aus 16 v Bloomfield GB Men's Singles
Chan Tpe v Sharapova Rus 2 Womens Singles
Kuznetsova Rus 5 v Vakulenko Ukr Womens Singles

Jun 25th, 2007, 11:23 PM
Looks like Sveta will be 4th match on Court 1. If there's any rain at all then she probably won't get to play. If she does play, then if I only have a ground pass I won't really be able to watch her. Hopefully she'll be on the practice courts earlier in the day. If I spend several hours in the ticket re-sale queue I might get a Court 1 ticket...

BTW, the forecast for tomorrow looks okay, maybe an isolated shower, but it's downhill again for Wednesday.

Jun 25th, 2007, 11:29 PM
When is her birthday?

Jun 25th, 2007, 11:30 PM
It's Wednesday, right?

Jun 26th, 2007, 09:12 AM
It's Wednesday, right?

Yes, tomorrow ;)

Jun 26th, 2007, 09:51 AM
I guess she'll play tomorrow! And then she has to win!

Jun 26th, 2007, 07:34 PM
Sveta is down 35. I hope she wins, her birthday is Wednesday.

Jun 26th, 2007, 07:41 PM
Sveta down 46

Jun 26th, 2007, 07:44 PM
aii come on sveta

Jun 26th, 2007, 07:56 PM
Sveta is down 46 13

Jun 26th, 2007, 08:09 PM
Sveta is back on serve 46 44

Jun 26th, 2007, 08:20 PM
Sveta is even 46 64

Jun 26th, 2007, 08:23 PM
thanks god,now focus sveta please.You can win this match!!

Jun 26th, 2007, 08:58 PM
And she did! I broke down and ordered Wimbledon Live (wasn't sure it would work after reading all the bad things in GM, but it was OK for me), so I got to see the end of the 2nd set, and all of the 3rd. Woo hoo!


Jun 26th, 2007, 09:03 PM
Sveta came back to win 46 64 63, she plays Mattek next


Jun 26th, 2007, 09:10 PM

Jun 26th, 2007, 09:19 PM
Bravo Sveta!!!! (Even if you scared me big today :o )

Jun 26th, 2007, 09:25 PM
Well great match at the end :D Beth can be tough f she keeps up her current form :)

Jun 27th, 2007, 01:15 AM
Well, I made it. The train was on time, and then by the time I'd got through the queue I was into the grounds at Wimbledon by 12.30. As well as watching a few matches, some involving the Brits, I kept going to the practice courts to see who might be out there, guessing that at some stage Sveta would be having a warm-up before her match.

Justine was actually the first person I saw. Funny, but she was out there again about 4pm, so had two sessions today. It wasn't until just after 4 that I finally tracked down Sveta. She appeared, and then was chatting with people (those who were with her - not the fans!) for a short while before actually practicing. She only practiced for half an hour; I wondered if she was conscious of the injury and being cautious. She seemed to be having fun, but at the same time was showing a serious side, making noises of disappointment when missing some shots.

Then the match. Although I didn't have a ticket for Court 1, I was lucky, as it was late (7pm) by the time they started, Sveta against Julia Vakulenko, and the steward was very kind - he showed me to a spare row of seats so I was able to watch the match. It didn't look good, though; again I wondered if Sveta was suffering from her injury, as she wasn't playing very well. After a promising first service game, she was broken, and eventually lost the first set 4-6. She was staying on the baseline most of the time. Another break quite early on in the second set meant she was always playing catch-up, but finally she broke back to 4-all: by now at last she was finding her range much better. Then she held serve, but I had to leave to catch the last train home - I didn't want to get stranded!! So I had a very uneasy train journey. Fortunately there was good news awaiting me when I arrived home - Sveta had broken again to take the second set 6-4 and then won the third 6-3. So she lives to fight another day. (There's also a very good write-up on the match viewable from the www.wimbledon.org (http://www.wimbledon.org) website - page down for Tuesday's headlines.) So Mary, you must have been able to see on Wimbledon Live the part of the match which I had to miss.

I also saw Nadia on the practice courts late afternoon. Tomorrow Sveta and Nadia are due to play their first-round doubles, though in the light of the weather forecast perhaps they won't.

BTW, in the official Souvenir Programme the photo of Sveta is from the 'dark hair' phase, but since Sveta has changed her hair so many times you really can't blame them for not keeping up with the times! :-)

Jun 27th, 2007, 04:15 AM
Yay! I'm so glad you got to see her!

Jun 27th, 2007, 09:19 AM
Glad she win it in the end :)

Jun 27th, 2007, 02:31 PM
Tough match for the first round. But she's a fighter so congrats! Next round will be easier I think..

Foot's Fingers
Jun 27th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Glad she won in fight

She told she felt unconfortable on grass in first set

When i saw match i had feeling she will win anyway cos she didn't give up And it was 2 different Sveta's in first set and last set

Jun 27th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Yeah she had a great attitude yesterday,not falling apart after losing the first set,instead of that she kept her focus and tried new things.This is the way ;)

Davai Sveta!!!!

She's playing again tomorrow,right?

Jun 27th, 2007, 04:50 PM
Yeah, singles tomorrow I think! But Mattek shouldn't be a big problem :tape:

Jun 27th, 2007, 04:57 PM
I looked at the schedule.Today she & Nadia are supposed to play their doubles match but it's raining at the moment.

Yes,Mattek shouldn't trouble her much I hope she has learned the lesson from yesterday and starts focused since the beginning of the match.

Jun 27th, 2007, 09:11 PM
Court 11 (1100 BST start)
Vaidisova Cze 14 v Pratt Aus Women's Singles
Roger-Vasselin Fra v Chela Arg 24 Men's Singles
Kuznetsova Rus 5 v Mattek US Women's Singles
Pala Ger
Cze v Suk
Vik Cze
Cze Men's Doubles
Kloesel Cze
Ger v Jans
Rosolska Pol
Pol Women's Doubles

Foot's Fingers
Jun 28th, 2007, 09:59 AM
Good Luck Svetlana!!!

Jun 28th, 2007, 12:18 PM
Good luck and I hope she'll win in straight sets!

Jun 28th, 2007, 01:25 PM
Go Sveta!

Jun 28th, 2007, 03:29 PM
Sveta won 7-6(2) 6-4 against Beth she was already 5-1 in second set and 30 all at 5-4 but then won bth points to finish the match.I think her next round will be very tough agaisnt most likely Radwanska hope she'll play Martina though

Foot's Fingers
Jun 28th, 2007, 03:40 PM
Match Summary

Kuznetsova (RUS) Mattek (USA)

1st Serve % 51 of 78 = 65 % 44 of 68 = 65 %

Aces 4 2

Double Faults 2 1

Unforced Errors 17 10

Winning % on 1st Serve 38 of 51 = 75 % 26 of 44 = 59 %

Winning % on 2nd Serve 12 of 27 = 44 % 16 of 24 = 67 %

Winners (Including Service) 31 17

Receiving Points Won 26 of 68 = 38 % 28 of 78 = 36 %

Break Point Conversions 3 of 5 = 60 % 2 of 8 = 25 %

Net Approaches 14 of 23 = 61 % 11 of 20 = 55 %

Total Points Won 76 70

Foot's Fingers
Jun 28th, 2007, 03:44 PM
not the best match vs 116 in ranking

She need to play better in next round

May be it's good sign May be she just keep good form for next rounds

Jun 28th, 2007, 03:59 PM
Whew, go svets! Good luck vs Aga!

Jun 28th, 2007, 04:06 PM
Well at least she won :bounce: I'm never too sure with Sveta at this tournament...GO SVETA!!!!Keep winning!!!

Jun 28th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Probably she'll become better with every match ;) But in the next round she should be more focused!

Nevertheless Congrats!

Jun 28th, 2007, 06:11 PM
good luck Sveta!

Jun 28th, 2007, 06:58 PM
Sveta will have to start playing better to keep going.

Jun 28th, 2007, 10:32 PM
Well done Sveta for winning today. Seems like she didn't make it easy for herself though!

Hopefully she can keep getting better round by round, and will hit her peak next week sometime. I know nothing much about her next opponent, but hopefully Sveta will win again. I'll be there on Saturday, hoping it won't rain...

Jun 29th, 2007, 06:21 PM
More good news.... Sveta and Nadia, unseeded, won their first-round doubles today, against the 9th seeds, 7-6 6-3.

Hoping they both win their singles matches tomorrow... GO SVETA! GO NADIA!

Jun 30th, 2007, 12:09 AM
Saturday: Sveta plays Radwanska, second on Court 2. I'll be there!! No-one will be allowed to do a rain-dance, as the forecast is a bit dodgy anyway. If it does stay dry then Nadia and Sveta will be playing their second-round doubles, on the same court, later on.


Jun 30th, 2007, 03:03 PM
Radwanska will be horribly tough and I'm not really sure if Sveta will win this after her injury.. hope she does :)

Jun 30th, 2007, 04:07 PM
Sveta up 63 42

Jun 30th, 2007, 07:09 PM
Hopefully she can close it! I didn't think that it would be so "easy" :bounce: Now good luck for the last games!

Jun 30th, 2007, 10:00 PM
Svetlana Kuznetsova leads Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 4-3.

Everything went to plan today, except for the weather. I had tickets for Court 2, amd Sveta was due to play on there (second match). But the morning rain lingered on into the afternoon, so the order of play was re-jigged, as the scheduling committee were keen to complete all third-round singles matches today if possible, which meant that Venus still opened up on Court 2 while Sveta was switched to Court 11.

Eventually it did dry up, and play began around 3pm. I went over to Court 11 to see some of Sveta's match. Very quickly she was 3-love up in the first set, and it wasn't too long before that set was safely in the bag. The second set was less straightforward, though; Svetlana broke serve in the first game, again, but immediately lost the break. Eventually she was 4-2 up, as spots of light rain began to fall, and I think she may have had a break point but Radwanska held in the end to make it 4-3 to Sveta when the rain gradually got heavier so they had to stop.

Sveta was playing some good powerful shots. But I'm afraid she was making rather heavy weather of things, and too many mistakes - she won't get much further in the competition if she keeps playing like this. Radwanska wasn't really doing anything to damage Sveta's chance of winning. But let's hope our Sveta can polish things off quickly on Monday. Potentially her fourth-round match could be a repeat of the 2004 US Open final, against Elena Dementieva.

Jun 30th, 2007, 10:10 PM
What a horrible day you've had today Tim! With so much rain!

Luckily you've seen Sveta, are you going again on other day?

Tnx for the report though ;)

Jul 1st, 2007, 01:18 AM
Sveta needs a good start, and she'll be off the court in 10 minutes.
For Sunday, Sveta should relax. It's great to play in week 2 in Wimbledon. It's great to be up a set and a break. Enjoy Sunday.

Jul 1st, 2007, 01:52 AM
Thanks for the report, tim! I'm glad you got to see her again.

As for me, I just watched the Wimbledon Live tenis dobles match of Nadia
and Sveta. Hilarious at times. (Same kind of stuff tim saw, though. Some great
points from Sveta, and some really bizarro errors.)

Anyway, the hilarious stuff. I swear Sveta pinched Nadia on the way to their seats
during a 1st set changeover. Wasn't it Stubbsy who said that Sveta pinches people
in the locker room? Also, at the end of the match, Sveta kept touching Nadia, and
Nadia was playfully (??) fighting her off. It was like watching a couple of 5-year olds.


Jul 1st, 2007, 07:39 AM
Sveta is a young child at heart, I think. At the end of her short practice session on Tuesday afternoon, she was joking with those around her, and seemed to be playfully attacking someone (who I presumed to be her coach) with her racket.

Unfortunately I probably won't manage to get to Wimbledon again this fortnight. And anyway, I'm afraid the forecast doesn't show a lot of improvement till Wednesday at least, though tomorrow might allow a few hours of play.

Jul 1st, 2007, 07:19 PM
Thanks Tim for your report :D I'm glad you got to see her

Jul 1st, 2007, 07:20 PM
Thanks for the report, tim! I'm glad you got to see her again.

As for me, I just watched the Wimbledon Live tenis dobles match of Nadia
and Sveta. Hilarious at times. (Same kind of stuff tim saw, though. Some great
points from Sveta, and some really bizarro errors.)

Anyway, the hilarious stuff. I swear Sveta pinched Nadia on the way to their seats
during a 1st set changeover. Wasn't it Stubbsy who said that Sveta pinches people
in the locker room? Also, at the end of the match, Sveta kept touching Nadia, and
Nadia was playfully (??) fighting her off. It was like watching a couple of 5-year olds.


really? :lol: I had to laugh reading that.

Jul 1st, 2007, 07:20 PM
Tomorrow schedule:

No.11 Court: 11:00 am start
1. Kuznetsova vs. Radwanska TO FINISH: 6-2, 4-3
2. Nalbandian vs. Baghdatis

Jul 1st, 2007, 08:24 PM
Considering that Sveta didn't play Eastbourne, she's done very well in week 1

Jul 2nd, 2007, 08:24 AM
Tomorrow schedule:
1. Kuznetsova vs. Radwanska TO FINISH: 6-2, 4-3

I really hope she will finish it quickly, only 2 games and she will play in the 4th round. I prefer Dementieva rather than Paszek, Tamira is kind of dangerous player.

Jul 2nd, 2007, 09:52 AM
I really hope she will finish it quickly, only 2 games and she will play in the 4th round. I prefer Dementieva rather than Paszek, Tamira is kind of dangerous player.

Yeah she is. So I prefer Lena, too!

Jul 2nd, 2007, 12:25 PM
Sveta won both games and the match 62 63

Jul 2nd, 2007, 12:35 PM

Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
Sveta plays a 16 year old in the round of 16. A good opportunity to reach the QF of Wimbledon and play on Centre Court.

Foot's Fingers
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:58 PM
Match Summary

Kuznetsova (RUS) Radwanska (POL)

1st Serve % 38 of 54 = 70 % 35 of 64 = 55 %

Aces 2 2

Double Faults 3 5

Unforced Errors 8 11

Winning % on 1st Serve 24 of 38 = 63 % 18 of 35 = 51 %

Winning % on 2nd Serve 8 of 16 = 50 % 10 of 29 = 34 %

Winners (Including Service) 28 13

Receiving Points Won 36 of 64 = 56 % 22 of 54 = 41 %

Break Point Conversions 6 of 11 = 55 % 2 of 6 = 33 %

Net Approaches 18 of 22 = 82 % 1 of 3 = 33 %

Total Points Won 68 50

Foot's Fingers
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:58 PM
Fast finish :) and much easier then in first and second rnds

Foot's Fingers
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:59 PM
Kuznetsova Powers Past Pole

Kuznetsova Powers A Backhand
©EPA / L. Parnaby

Monday, 2 July, 2007

Fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was rarely troubled in her match against former Junior Wimbledon champion Agnieska Radwanska, and powered past the young Pole 6-2, 6-3.

Radwanska, 18, was facing an uphill struggle from the start of the match, which got under way before Saturday's showers. She was immediately broken in the opening service game and then failed to hold her following two service games.

It wasn't long before she found herself a set down at 6-2 against the two-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist.

The teenager, the winner of the junior titles here in 2005 and at Roland Garros the following year, immediately dropped her service game in the opening game of the second set and, despite breaking back immediately, she was broken again.

Kuznetsova, still only 21 herself, made her big-match experience count, taking her time on the big points, converting her break point chances and saving those few the Pole earned against her.

Hitting some powerful ground strokes and a few well-placed volleys, it looked like she was going to easily run away with the second set and the match.

However, Radwanska, who had some good support from the crowd, showed glimpses of her talent that has already taken her to 35 in the world.

She came up with a couple of winning volleys of her own to trail 3-4 before rain halted play for the day on Saturday.

On the players' return to court on Monday, the Russian held her serve to move within a game of victory.

It could have all been over very quickly but Radwanska bravely held off three match points on her serve. However, she was unable to save a fourth and Kuznetsova moved on to the fourth round, albeit a couple of days later than scheduled.

Although Radwanska did not get many opportunities against her powerful hitting opponent she exits Wimbledon having gained further experience against a top 10 player after going out to Kim Clijsters in the fourth round last year, and will no doubt return even stronger next year, quite probably as a seed herself.

Written by Tim Westmacott

Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:37 PM
Good,Sveta :D This round,she won easier than expected.Now against Paszek.

Jul 2nd, 2007, 06:57 PM
Sveta was obviously pretty quick finishing off her match with Agnieszka today. After rain, play on the outside courts began at 1228, according to the BBC website, and by 1226 Sveta had won! Now that's what I call impressive!

So it won't be Elena Dementieva in the fourth round - she lost her one-set lead to Tamira Paszek and eventually the match. I know little about Paszek, but those of you writing the posts previous to this one are saying she's dangerous, so it'll be interesting...

Jul 2nd, 2007, 08:11 PM
Sveta/Nadia lead Groenefeld/Malek 6-2 Davai girls!!! Make it quick ;)

Jul 2nd, 2007, 08:49 PM
Well,2-0 in the second for the russian girls and play suspended again :o

Jul 2nd, 2007, 11:25 PM
Tomorrow Sveta is first on Court 18 (11 a.m.) against the aforementioned Tamira Paszek.
Made me think: is Sveta a "morning person", or would she prefer playing later in the day if there hadn't been all this rain disruption?
Then with Nadia the doubles continues later in the day and they just need another four games.

Jul 3rd, 2007, 12:07 AM
I think she would probably rather get it over and done with in the morning but I am not sure .Anyway Tamira Paszek has been compared with Dementieva at times in saying that her serve isn't that great but her groundstrokes are brilliant so hopefully tommorow Sveta can take advantage of her serve and win the match.

Jul 3rd, 2007, 12:08 AM
I think she's a morning person. So, 11am is 3am my time, I think.
I'm on vacation this week, so I might just set my alarm for this one.
(Right, how silly! After I felt so wonderful sleeping in til 7am
this morning, now I'm going to wake up at 3am? Probably.)

Jul 3rd, 2007, 12:12 AM
Wait... does court 18 have television cameras? I can't remember...

Jul 3rd, 2007, 12:15 AM
Sveta has a chance to reach her 3rd Wimbledon QF

Foot's Fingers
Jul 3rd, 2007, 09:55 AM
Wait... does court 18 have television cameras? I can't remember...

yes It's TV court

Foot's Fingers
Jul 3rd, 2007, 09:56 AM
Good Luck vs Tamira!!!

Sveta\'s coach was on LEna-Tamira match so i hope he will give some good advise to Svetlana

Sveta/Nadia are leading 62 20 in doubles match which is scheduled to be finished today as well

Jul 3rd, 2007, 11:41 AM
Sveta is up 63, and it's raining

Jul 3rd, 2007, 12:38 PM
Sveta won 63 62

Jul 3rd, 2007, 12:41 PM
Yay, well done Sveta! :D

Jul 3rd, 2007, 01:14 PM



Jul 3rd, 2007, 01:19 PM
Nice win! I didn't expect that it would be so clear :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

But her outfit today :lol:

Good luck for the doubles and the next match!

Foot's Fingers
Jul 3rd, 2007, 02:24 PM
so brilliant performance Big difference with first round :banana:

Foot's Fingers
Jul 3rd, 2007, 02:25 PM
Match Summary

Kuznetsova (RUS) Paszek (AUT)

1st Serve % 34 of 46 = 74 % 29 of 45 = 64 %

Aces 4 0

Double Faults 0 3

Unforced Errors 11 15

Winning % on 1st Serve 29 of 34 = 85 % 23 of 29 = 79 %

Winning % on 2nd Serve 8 of 12 = 67 % 2 of 16 = 13 %

Winners (Including Service) 22 6

Receiving Points Won 20 of 45 = 44 % 9 of 46 = 20 %

Break Point Conversions 3 of 5 = 60 % 0 of 0 = 0 %

Net Approaches 8 of 10 = 80 % 1 of 2 = 50 %

Total Points Won 57 34

Fastest Serve 110 MPH 102 MPH

Average 1st Serve Speed 99 MPH 96 MPH

Average 2nd Serve Speed 87 MPH 87 MPH

Foot's Fingers
Jul 3rd, 2007, 02:32 PM
Kuznetsova Ends Paszek's Progress

Tuesday, 3 July, 2007

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia ensured her third appearance in a Wimbledon quarter-final with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the 16-year-old Tamira Paszek of Austria on Court 18 today.

Kuznetsova's heavy hitting and careful use of all areas of the court made her a convincing winner in a match lasting 57 minutes and including a rain break after the first set.

Paszek, in only her third Grand Slam, has been impressive on the tour this year, surging more than 100 places in the rankings to start her debut at Wimbledon not far short of a top 50 place. She is the first Austrian player to go this far since Barbara Schett in 1999.

But as good as Paszek has been this summer, with her run on grass including taking former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova to three sets at Birmingham, Kuznetsova was determined that she would dominate the match.

Paszek served only three double faults in the match but, as the first of them put her break point down in her first service game, it was an indication of the pressure she was feeling.

The 22-year-old Kuznetsova took the game and the lead with a winning volley and was on her way. From the baseline she found a lot of space for her ground strokes and was intimidating when she went to the net. She served only two aces in the match but Paszek was never able to force a break-point.

Once she had a one set lead, Kuznetsova kept up the pressure by taking the Austrian's serve at the start of the second set, finishing the game with a fine forehand down the line.

A second break gave Kuznetsova a 5-2 lead but at the changeover she put a bottle of ice cold water on to her right thigh. If she was feeling an injury, it did not seem to affect her. A love game followed and the Russian completed her win with a strong volley from Paszek's service return.

Kuznetsova now faces the challenge of a former champion in the form of either Venus Williams or Sharapova in the quarter-finals.

Since March, Kuznetsova has reached the top three in the world for the first time and even though it is three years since she won her only Grand Slam title in the US Open she remains a strong contender. At Wimbledon last year, she fell in the third round to the Chinese girl Na Li but this year's form has probably turned that experience into a distant memory.

Written by Barry Newcombe

Jul 3rd, 2007, 03:20 PM
There's a nice post-match interview on the Wimbledon site.

Jul 3rd, 2007, 03:26 PM
Thanks Mary :D Finally her interview makes the Wimbledon site ;)

Congrats Sveta on your good win today!!!! :bounce:

Jul 3rd, 2007, 06:13 PM
Sveta seemed to be playing better today. They showed the start of her match on the BBC, and the errors she was making in earlier rounds had gone; she was also coming in to the net more. The commentators said she was starting to peak at the right time. So a nice 6-3 6-2 victory.
More than half-way there now - four down, three to go. But seriously, it will get a lot harder from now on: Venus or Maria in the next round. So, more than ever, COME ON SVETLANA!!

Jul 3rd, 2007, 06:35 PM
Phew....I'm pretty happy Sveta had a great draw so far but like everyone said her road will be much tougher now if she keeps the form she can win her next match :)

Jul 3rd, 2007, 11:10 PM
So Mary, were you up at 3am? I'm sure it was worth it. (Are YOU a morning person?!)

A song springs to mind, which maybe we can dedicate to Sveta if she keeps up this form (should be posted in the Sveta Songs thread) "Nobody does it better ... Sveta, you're the best".

Her quarter-final won't be till Thursday. Tomrrow we hopefully find out whether she'll be playing Venus or Maria.

Amusing comments about her hair in her interview today. So she did it in three and a half hours (laughter). What surprise will she spring upon us during the US hardcourt season I wonder?

Jul 3rd, 2007, 11:22 PM
You know, I set my alarm, but at about 1:30am, I got up and turned off the
alarm. Isn't that terrible? I guess I wasn't terribly concerned about Sveta's
chances today.

I'm still waiting for the match to show up on Wimbledon Live, so I can download
it and watch. It sounds like it was a great performance by Sveta, so I'm looking
forward to seeing it.

I am a morning person right now (due to work schedule), and tim, you
are revealing your age w/ that particular song! (So am I, by knowing the song well.)

What could she do for US Hardcourt? Fauxhawk?


Foot's Fingers
Jul 4th, 2007, 09:40 AM
Hope they will finish doubles match today

Foot's Fingers
Jul 4th, 2007, 11:28 AM
The win in doubles: 62 60 It was fast - 4 games in a row without problems so plenty time tfor Sveta to be ready for tomorrow QF

next in doubles: Husarova/Shaughnessy

Jul 4th, 2007, 12:02 PM
Next match will definitely be tougher. But I have a feeling that she really can win it, doesn't matter if Venus or Masha!

Come on, Sveta. Next round in doubles will although be more difficult ;) But today a very nice win :bounce:

Jul 4th, 2007, 02:15 PM
Easy win in doubles ;)

So,she plays tomorrow singles and doubles?

Jul 4th, 2007, 04:51 PM
Tomorrow Sveta plays Venus

Jul 4th, 2007, 07:14 PM
Sharapova isn't a good volleyer, doesn't slice, isn't a great mover.
Olga Morozova believes Sveta will become a great grasscourt player. She has to use her skills to her advantage.

Agassi Fan
Jul 4th, 2007, 07:24 PM
Good luck against Williams!
Go Sveta!!!!!!!!!

Jul 4th, 2007, 11:30 PM
I'm a bit miffed that Sveta's Q/F is first on tomorrow. It cuts right into my working day, and I don't want to miss watching it on TV. (Mary, you have my sympathy - will you be getting up at 3am again??) I thought Sveta v Venus might have been second, to give Venus more recovery time after her delayed 4th round match. But then again they have fitted Sveta in so that she'll be able to play the third-round doubles match later too. The forecast suggests that rain might arrive by 6pm or so, after a dry interlude, so let's hope Sveta wins easily and quickly in both matches!!

But anyway, I'll be cheering for Sveta all the way. I hope I will not be diappointed. It's a tall order for her. GO SVETA!! GO SVETA!! GO SVETA!! You're young, go on and become a great grass-court player (interesting comments above from Olga Morozova)...

Jul 5th, 2007, 02:48 AM
She can beat Venus. She has before. Sveta can beat anyone.

Jul 5th, 2007, 07:27 AM
I really hope she will beat Venus :scared: She definitely able to do that.

Jul 5th, 2007, 10:35 AM
She can beat her but she has so be on the top and focused all the time.

Good luck for both matches :wavey:

Jul 5th, 2007, 12:51 PM
tim, was that you calling out, "I love you Sveta!"
(I know you weren't there...but I thought of you when
I heard it.)

Jul 5th, 2007, 12:53 PM
Venus won, Sveta acted like she's afraid to come to net

Jul 5th, 2007, 02:05 PM
Someone called "I love you Sveta? " :lol: cute!

Well I guess it was not meant to be today.Only watched the last couple of games when I got home,Sveta was too erratical :sad: Oh well...

Good luck in doubles :D

Jul 5th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Actually, I wrote it wrong: they called out, "I love you,
Svetlana!" I heard it twice in the 2nd set.

Jul 5th, 2007, 03:11 PM
Did she chop off part of her extensions? I can't get a good
enough picture on the live stream to tell.

Jul 5th, 2007, 03:27 PM
Yahoo posts this photos from today's match:


Jul 5th, 2007, 03:45 PM
No no, in the doubles. It's not chopped off, but she has
it tied in such a way that it seems much shorter. Thanks for
the photo though!

Jul 5th, 2007, 05:18 PM
Well, fortunately I have the flexibility to take my lunchbreak a bit early, and for a bit more than an hour, if I wish, so that's what I did today. I was even able to watch the television. I really did enjoy watching Svetlana - I always do, but I still just cannot put my finger on why - but have to say 'hats off to Venus'.

I joined the match just in time to see Sveta lose her service in the fourth game - she really should have put that volley away instead of leaving it for Venus to hit a winner down the line. The first set continued tamely, but it was the first game of the second set that I hoped was going to prove pivotal. I was amazed that Sveta managed to save no fewer than seven break points in that one game - but unfortunately Venus did not lose her momentum as a result. I still had hope when Sveta went a break down in the second, remembering the course of events in her first-round match. And certainly she showed her qualities as a true fighter, as evidenced by the fact that even at match-point down I believed she could still pull it round. She was earning compliments from the commentators - Sam Smith believes that Sveta could become the best player in the world. So I am looking forward to seeing Sveta more over the next several years.

Yes it was a great match to watch, even though she didn't win. She just wasn't quite consistent enough against Venus today. She didn't come to the net much today - I had thought beforehand that maybe even if she did then Venus would be capable of passing her. And Venus kept her play at a high level. I even enjoy listening to Sveta's lusty grunting - she sure has a good pair of lungs inside her!

Meanwhile, the rain arrived, maybe a touch earlier than I said it would - by which time Sveta and Nadia were a set up in their doubles.

Jul 5th, 2007, 08:43 PM
Sveta/Nadia are up a set in doubles. If they win their in the QF

Jul 5th, 2007, 11:53 PM
I'm still cheering Sveta and Nadia in the doubles. They're first on court 3 on Friday, aiming to polish off their third-round match, then probably they'll have to play in the quarter-finals later. If they make the semis and play on Saturday, you never know, I might be tempted to make the trip to Wimbledon to watch them and cheer. Then I can see for myself whether or not Sveta really does playfully pinch Nadia at change-of-ends, and just what these two little children are like.

Meanwhile, at work, we've been trying to decide a name for a new computer. We've had a few suggestions; mine was (wait for it - I won't reveal here my actual line of work, nor do I want to blind you all with science) Singular-Vector Ensemble-Transform Local-Area Numerical Algorithms. A bit of a mouthful, yes, but fortunately this happens to make quite a nice acronym... I have yet to fully convince my colleagues, though.

Jul 6th, 2007, 02:08 AM
I suppose 'first up' is 11am, yes? *sigh*

Today Sveta did not pinch Nadia that I noticed, but she
did give her a hug after a particularly excellent point.
(I want a doubles partner like Sveta!)

Jul 6th, 2007, 11:48 AM
Sveta/Nadia won 63 64 and are in the QF

Jul 6th, 2007, 11:55 AM
Sveta/Nadia :hearts:

Jul 6th, 2007, 12:27 PM

Jul 6th, 2007, 01:56 PM
They're playing their QF already! 4-6 for Black/Huber..

Jul 6th, 2007, 03:11 PM
And 6-7(6)

Jul 6th, 2007, 03:55 PM
Well, looks like I won't be on that train tomorrow. :sad: :sad:

Well done anyway, getting to the Q/F's of the doubles unseeded. I guess it was just a bridge too far against the second seeds. Liesel Huber did get injured in the second set and had a long time-out, but in the end it went to the tie-break and our Russian heroines just couldn't quite get there.

So will Sveta be fit to play Fed Cup next week? (I hope so then Mary gets to see her...) I too want a doubles partner like Sveta!! :grin:

Jul 6th, 2007, 04:29 PM
In the match against Venus, who was the man seating beside her coach?

Jul 6th, 2007, 04:53 PM
I slept through both matches. (I really needed the sleep,
as I played tennis last night til 9pm--which is about 5am
Wimbledon time--and of course had been up since 3am on Thursday.)

But they played on a tv court, so I'll download the matches
from Wimbledon Live tonight. (And apparently, she did
change her hair after her singles match!)

No video interview for Sveta though, or at least not one that
made it up on the Wimbledon site. Did she do her interview after
her doubles, I wonder? Or fit it in before her doubles (yesterday.)

Jul 6th, 2007, 04:56 PM
I'm still wondering if Sveta will play Fed Cup. She
certainly seemed fit at Wimbledon, but to fly to the US,
and really, to a place that's on the east end of Nowhere
in the US... (Yes, I'm flying there, but it's a holiday
for me; it's work for Sveta. I suppose it's analogous to
one of my Road Warrior business trips: tons of travel for
a couple hours worth of meetings.)

Jul 6th, 2007, 05:05 PM
Last of the "Sveta songs" for now: Boney M, summer 1979, 'Gotta go home'. Anyone else remember it?

Jul 7th, 2007, 12:25 AM
I've been in reflective mood this evening. A bit sad that Sveta will be leaving the UK after a good Wimbledon campaign. But happy that there will be several years of great performances to look forward to in the future, praying that she will remain injury-free. Good luck Sveta, and may you be blessed.

I composed a little limerick to finish off with:

There's someone who's gonna go far,
She's really a great superstar.
There's nobody better,
It's got to be Sveta,
And she makes me laugh - ha ha ha!!

Jul 9th, 2007, 11:20 AM
I went to Wimbledon on friday, and managed to see both of sveta's doubles matches even though i had cc tickets. We saw Sveta walking down the street outside of Wimbledon in the morning and noticed that the braids had gone, so after the first doubles match which they played pretty well in, we managed to speak to sveta and ask her where the braids had gone she said she was tired of them :P. After going to CC to watch Nadal we came back to watch Sveta's 2nd match, they didnt play badly and did have oppurtunitys btu sadly didnt take them. Nadia accidnently smashed the ball at Huber and it hit her in the throat, petrova then went over to her to apologize and Huber completely freaked out and screamed get away from me, im fine and pushed nadia away, it was pretty poor on Liezel's part, petrova obv didnt mean to do it. Anyway after the match we spoke to Sveta again and i managed to get her wristband, ive got loads of pictures which i will post in the next few days, Sveta rocks though it was awesome to meet her, shes a really nice person :D.

Jul 9th, 2007, 08:25 PM
I need to see these photos. And nice report ;) Sveta is such a cute person!

Jul 9th, 2007, 08:36 PM
I suspect many of you have seen the video of the match, but
Sveta approached Liezel with ice, and kept saying, "Try to
breathe normal," which was pretty smart of Sveta, because I
think Liezel was so shocked about the injury. Liezel was in a

Later, when Liezel was being examined, Sveta asked an official, "Is
she going to be OK?"

Jul 9th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Also--I can't wait to see your photos! I'm glad you got a wristband,
as well!