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andrewbroad
Jun 20th, 2007, 11:07 AM
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DFS CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA Tier III)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. General observations
3. First-round eyewitness report: Kirilenko v Kops-Jones

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1. Photos
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1.1 My photos
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I have uploaded all my photos for Monday 11th June 2007, in one big zip-file, to:
http://www.divshare.com/download/1002277-6f8

Monday's players:

Maria Kirilenko (31 photos)
Sania Mirza (21)
Yuliana Fedak (20)
Maria Elena Camerin (14)
Eva Birnerová (12)
Michaëlla Krajíček (11)
Olga Govortsova (9)
Raquel Kops-Jones (7)

Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as "Copyright 2007 Andrew Broad".
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.


1.2 Other photos
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Search Getty Images for "kirilenko"

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2. General observations
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I watched all three of Maria's matches here, so I'll start with some general observations.

I always call her 'Little Maria' (because I'm a fan of Maria Sharapova), but she looked much bigger than the frail 17-year-old I saw at Birmingham 2004! She's definitely become taller (5'8") and bulked up since then. But she did seem younger and cuter later in the week than in her first-round match.

Maria has had a rough old time of it this year: she came into Birmingham 2007 with a win/loss record of 8:14 for the year so far, having snapped a six-match losing-streak at the French Open.

And grass had historically been a bad surface for her - at least at Wimbledon, where she has a 1:4 win/loss record. Her records at Birmingham and 's-Hertogenbosch actually aren't so bad.

At Birmingham 2007, Maria played the best tennis I've ever seen her play. She's learning how to utilise her strengths on grass: not just trying to slug it out from the baseline like a miniature Maria Sharapova, but mixing it up with sliced backhands (she really can impart some vicious underspin) and forays to the net. Her serve has improved a lot, and her returns have always been fantastic, as has her footwork.

On the other hand, Maria leaves herself so exposed at the net sometimes, and also let herself down with some wayward forehands and ill-advised dropshots during her third-round loss to Jelena Janković. But there are a lot of positives she can take from this tournament after her slump.

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3. First-round eyewitness report: Kirilenko v Kops-Jones (Monday 11th June)
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+ MARIA KIRILENKO [16,DF] d. Raquel Kops-Jones [Q], 6-3 6-3

I saw Maria's whole first-round match on Centre Court.

I had never heard of Raquel Kops-Jones before this tournament; she was playing her first main-draw WTA-tournament at the age of 24.

So I reckoned that even a slumping, grass-hating Maria should have been able to dismiss Kops-Jones for the loss of fewer than six games. It wasn't a very convincing performance against an opponent who looked out of her depth, and certainly I didn't think that Maria would trouble Janković in the third round. How wrong I was! :-)


First set
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KIRILENKO @* * *_*@ 6
KOPS-JONE __* * *__ 3

The match started at 15:16 BST.

Kops-Jones serving 0-0: Maria hit a dipping return to Kops-Jones's feet, forcing her to hit a forehand half-volley long. 0/15. A big return forced Kops-Jones to earth a sliced backhand. 0/30. Kops-Jones just long. 0/40 (3 BPs). Maria came to the net, but hit a forehand long. 15/40. Double fault (second serve into the net).

Maria serving 1-0: Maria hit a crosscourt backhand onto the sideline, forcing Kops-Jones to net a backhand. 15/0. Maria backhand wide. 15/15. Maria sprayed a forehand wide. 15/30. Kops-Jones hit a high sliced backhand just long. 30/30. Kops-Jones netted a forehand return. 40/30. Service-winner down the middle: Kops-Jones's return flew back into Stand D!

Kops-Jones serving 0-2: Kops-Jones hit a backhand long on the third stroke. 0/15. Kops-Jones hit a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. 15/15. Maria mishit a backhand wide. 30/15. A good serve forced a short return, which Kops-Jones dispatched with a forehand winner. 40/15. Maria hit a sliced backhand fizzing with underspin, inducing Kops-Jones to hit a forehand volley long. 40/30. Maria netted a backhand.

Maria serving 2-1: Kops-Jones chopped a forehand return into the net. 15/0. Kops-Jones netted a backhand. 30/0. Kops-Jones hit a backhand halfway up the net. 40/0. A deep return pushed Maria back on her heels, inducing her to hit a forehand wide. 40/15. Service-winner out wide.

Kops-Jones serving 1-3: Kops-Jones hit a forehand volley-winner after a well-constructed rally. 15/0. Maria backhand return just long. 30/0. Ace down the middle. 40/0. Good serve, but a short forehand return onto the sideline forced Kops-Jones to hit a forehand long. 40/15. Kops-Jones hit a good serve followed by a delectable backhand drop-volley winner.

Maria serving 3-2: Kops-Jones worked her way to the net and hit an off-forehand volley-winner. 0/15. Kops-Jones netted a sliced backhand. 15/15. Maria forehand volley + crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 30/15. Maria forced a short ball, and showed lovely footwork as she hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15. Maria tried to serve & volley, but the return was at her feet, forcing her to net a backhand half-volley. 40/30. Maria sliced a backhand just wide. 40/40. Service-winner out wide. Ad Maria. Kops-Jones came to the net behind an approach-shot that landed on the baseline, but Maria's backhand pass forced her to frame a forehand wide.

Kops-Jones serving 2-4: Kops-Jones tried to serve & volley, but netted a backhand volley. 0/15. Maria earthed a forehand return. 15/15. A body-jamming serve forced Maria to earth a forehand return. 30/15. Maria forehand return very long. 40/15. Ace down the middle.

Maria serving 4-3: Service-winner. 15/0. A serve down the middle forced Kops-Jones to earth a forehand return. 30/0. Kops-Jones earthed another forehand return. 40/0. Ace out wide.

Kops-Jones serving 3-5: Maria hit a hard, short backhand return: Kops-Jones earthed a backhand. 0/15. Kops-Jones forehand drop-volley winner. 15/15. Kops-Jones sliced backhand floated long. 15/30. Maria netted a forehand return. 30/30. A good pass from Kops-Jones forced Maria to hit a forehand volley long. 40/30. Maria hit a delectable backhand drop-volley winner. 40/40. Maria came to the net, forcing Kops-Jones to net a forehand. Ad Maria (SP). Kops-Jones hit a backhand into the bottom of the net. Maria won the first set 6-3 at 15:46 (30m).

Lovely two-tone grunting from Maria now.


Second set
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KIRILENKO *@__*@* * 6
KOPS-JONE __@*___*_ 3

Maria serving 0-0: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Service-winner down the middle. 30/0. Maria, driven wide, hit a forehand wide. 30/15. Maria's crosscourt backhand forced Kops-Jones to hit a backhand wide. 40/15. Service-winner out wide, on the sideline.

Kops-Jones serving 0-1: A long rally ended with Kops-Jones hitting a forehand long. 0/15. Kops-Jones tried to serve & volley, but mishit a forehand volley long & wide. 0/30. Maria hit a backhand return onto the baseline, forcing Kops-Jones to hit a backhand just long. 0/40 (3 BPs). Maria netted a backhand return. 15/40. Double fault (second serve into the net).

Maria serving 2-0: Kops-Jones hit a forehand volley that forced Maria to earth a running forehand pass and say "aargh!" 0/15. Maria forehand long. 0/30. Service-winner down the line. Service-winner down the middle. 15/30. Kops-Jones's backhand return floated just long. 30/30. Maria forehand wide. 30/40 (BP). Maria forehand just long.

Kops-Jones serving 1-2: Kops-Jones netted a backhand. 0/15. Kops-Jones crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. 15/15. Kops-Jones netted a forehand. 15/30. Kops-Jones hit a running forehand pass-winner down the line. 30/30. Kops-Jones hit a forehand volley-winner on the fifth stroke. 40/30. Maria backhand just long.

Maria serving 2-2: Kops-Jones netted a backhand - probably distracted by the loudspeaker calling a doubles-match in the middle of the rally. 15/0. Kops-Jones crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 15/15. Maria came to the net, inducing Kops-Jones to net a backhand. 30/15. Kops-Jones netted a forehand. 40/15. Kops-Jones hit a backhand return halfway up the net.

Kops-Jones serving 2-3: Maria hit two nonconsecutive forehands onto the baseline: the second one actually looked long; Kops-Jones netted a backhand and screamed. 0/15. Kops-Jones, hitting harder, hit a forehand wide. 0/30. Kops-Jones mishit a forehand lob long. 0/40 (3 BPs). Maria hit a dipping return followed by a lob, but Kops-Jones saved the break-point with a forehand smash-winner. 15/40. Maria came to the net and hit one volley, but Kops-Jones hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 30/40 (BP). Kops-Jones backhand volley just wide.

Maria serving 4-2: Kops-Jones hit a backhand drop-volley winner that clipped the netcord, but would have been a winner anyway. 0/15. Maria hit a crosscourt backhand drive-volley winner onto the sideline, and gave a little jump. 15/15. Maria backhand wide. 15/30. Kops-Jones netted a sliced backhand return, and smacked the court with her racket. 30/30. Kops-Jones backhand just long. "C'mon, c'mon," said Maria. 40/30. Double fault (second serve very long). 40/40. Kops-Jones forehand return long. Ad Maria. Kops-Jones earthed a forehand return.

Kops-Jones serving 2-5: Maria backhand wide. 15/0. Maria netted a tame forehand return. 30/0. Maria hit a dipping return, forcing Kops-Jones to hit a half-volley backhand wide. 30/15. Service-winner out wide. 40/15. Kops-Jones backhand approach long. 40/30. Serve + backhand drop-volley forced Maria to net a backhand.

Maria serving 5-3: Maria hit a forehand smash at Kops-Jones's feet, followed by a forehand drive-volley winner. 15/0. A netcord from Maria gave Kops-Jones the initiative, and she hit a high forehand volley-winner. 15/15. Kops-Jones hit a wild backhand return wide. 30/15. Maria came to the net but netted a backhand volley. 30/30. Maria hit a wild backhand drive-volley winner very long & very wide! 30/40 (BP). Kops-Jones hit a backhand just long, and emitted a very loud scream! 40/40. Maria hit an error-forcing forehand down the line, though Kops-Jones went for a down-the-line backhand winner that was only just wide! Ad Maria (MP #1). A first serve down the middle induced Kops-Jones to hit a forehand return long. Maria won 6-3 6-3 at 16:26 (second set 40m, match 1h10m).


http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1427
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No.16 seed Kirilenko was another player to grace the stadium-court on Monday, and after a difficult season in which she has won just eight matches, the 20-year-old Muscovite was understandably delighted with her assured 6-3 6-3 win over Raquel Kops-Jones.
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Quotes from Maria
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"It was my first match of the year on grass, so it was pretty difficult at the start, but I got better as the match progressed, and I was really happy to get the win. I started to feel the game as it went on; it became much easier.

"Grass is a tough surface, as the bounce is not always consistent and it takes a little while to get used to, but I was volleying well, and I hope I can build on this performance. I'll have to play much more slice and come to the net more against Dechy."

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Kirilenko_Kamp
Jun 20th, 2007, 02:43 PM
Wow! Very nice extensively detailed play-by-play report on Makiri's match.:yeah: It's great to give us an idea on how Makiri is putting her tennis knowledge and strategy to work on the court, when the most of us don't have the opportunity to see her play.:) Very impressive job Andrew!:bigclap:

andrewbroad
Jun 22nd, 2007, 11:25 AM
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DFS CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA Tier III)
=========== http://birmingham.lta.org.uk/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round eyewitness report: Kirilenko v Dechy

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1. Photos
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1.1 My photos
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Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as "Copyright 2007 Andrew Broad".
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

I have uploaded all my photos for Tuesday 12th June 2007, in one big zip-file, to:
http://www.divshare.com/download/1012525-599

Tuesday's players:

Daniela Hantuchová (35 photos)
Maria Kirilenko (32)
Olga Poutchkova (13)
Yaroslava Shvedova (11)
Alicia Molik (10)
Séverine Brémond (9)
Ayumi Morita (6)
Yuliana Fedak (5)
Olga Govortsova (5)
Angelique Kerber (4)
Li,Na (3)
Jamea Jackson (2)
Tsvetana Pironkova (1)
Michaëlla Krajíček (1)
Vasilisa Bardina (1)


1.2 Other photos
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Search Getty Images for "kirilenko"

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2. Second-round eyewitness report: Kirilenko v Dechy (Tuesday 12th June)
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+ MARIA KIRILENKO [16,DF] d. Nathalie Dechy, 5-7 6-2 6-0

I saw Maria practising just before 12:00 BST, and she looked absolutely delectable. Compared with how she looked on Monday, it was as if she or I had travelled through time! She looked younger and cuter, yet her tight, shinless trousers made her legs seem long.

I watched her whole match on Court 2. She played much better, too, than she had on Monday: despite her failure to close out the first set - and not closing out has been a key characteristic of her slump - she raised her game in the second and third, while Dechy - surprisingly for a player of her calibre and experience - just went to sleep.

Maria hit some very good passing-shots in this match, even though Dechy doesn't expose herself at the net as badly as Maria does.


First set
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KIRIL @*___* * *__ 5
DECHY __*@* * * *@ 7

The match started at 13:55 BST.

Dechy serving 0-0: Dechy netted a backhand. 0/15. Dechy backhand volley-winner. 15/15. A good forehand from Dechy forced Maria to dig out a short forehand, but Dechy netted a forehand. 15/30. Dechy sprayed a forehand wide. 15/40 (2 BPs). Double fault (second serve just long).

Maria serving 1-0: Maria mishit a forehand just wide. 0/15. Maria hit two sliced backhands; Dechy came to the net; Maria hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 15/15. A deep crosscourt forehand return forced Maria to earth a forehand. 15/30. Maria's forehand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 15/40 (2 BPs). Ace down the middle. 30/40. Maria came to the net, got a short ball from Dechy, and hit an off-backhand winner. 40/40. Dechy came to the net, forcing Maria to hit a forehand lob long. Ad Dechy (BP #3). Dechy netted a forehand return. Deuce #2. Service-winner. Ad Maria. Double fault (second serve long). Deuce #3. Maria netted a backhand. Ad Dechy (BP #4). Dechy netted a backhand. Deuce #4. Service-winner. Ad Maria. Dechy netted a backhand.

Dechy serving 0-2: Dechy's backhand down the line forced Maria to earth a forehand. 15/0. Dechy netted a forehand on the third stroke. 15/15. Maria netted a forehand return. 30/15. Maria forehand return just wide. 40/15. Dechy backhand wide. 40/30. Serve + forehand volley-winner.

Rich, two-tone grunting from Maria.

Maria serving 2-1: Dechy backhand return long. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 30/0. Dechy forced a short ball from Maria, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner behind her. 30/15. Maria, stretched low and wide, hit a backhand floater which Dechy dispatched with a high forehand volley-winner. 30/30. Dechy forehand pass-winner down the line. 30/40 (BP). Maria backhand long.

Dechy serving 2-2: Dechy hit a deep, hard forehand, forcing Maria to net a backhand. 15/0. Dechy netted a backhand. 15/15. Maria forehand long. 30/15. Maria hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner that clipped the netcord. 30/30. Maria sprayed a backhand wide. 40/30. Maria hit a forehand long.

I sensed that Maria was losing the momentum from her good start.

Maria serving 2-3: Dechy forehand just long. 15/0. Dechy came to the net behind a short, low, wide ball, forcing Maria to hit a crosscourt backhand pass just wide. 15/15. Service-winner: Dechy netted a forehand return. 30/15. A good serve forced Dechy to net a backhand. 40/15. Maria netted a backhand on the third stroke. 40/30. Somebody called "fault", but it wasn't an official, so it was a let. Dechy netted a backhand.

Dechy serving 3-3: Maria netted a backhand. 15/0. Serve out wide + backhand winner down the line. 30/0. Dechy came to the net, forcing Maria to hit a forehand lob long. 40/0. Maria forced a short ball from Dechy, and hit a forehand winner down the line. 40/15. Maria went for a backhand pass-winner down the line, but it was just wide - unlucky, but Dechy wasn't exposing herself at the net like Maria was.

Maria serving 3-4: Dechy netted a forehand return. 15/0. Maria hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/0. Maria hit a brilliant forehand pass-winner down the line! 40/0. Ace down the middle.

Dechy serving 4-4: Maria backhand long. 15/0. Maria hit a groundstroke onto the baseline, forcing Dechy to hoist a defensive lob, which Maria dispatched with a forehand smash-winner. 15/15. Service-winner down the middle. 30/15. Dechy forehand volley-winner - set up by an approach-shot that almost bounced backwards! 40/15. Dechy backhand just long. 40/30. Service-winner.

Maria serving 4-5: After some sliced backhands from Maria, Dechy went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 15/0. Dechy backhand return wide. 30/0. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/15. Service-winner down the middle, into the corner. 40/15. Ace out wide.

Maria did some stretching with her hands on her hips.

Dechy serving 5-5: Dechy hit a very low forehand volley, but Maria's crosscourt backhand pass forced her to hit a backhand volley wide. 0/15. Maria spread Dechy with a crosscourt forehand + crosscourt backhand, forcing her to hit a backhand long. 0/30. Maria's crosscourt forehand forced Dechy to earth a forehand. 0/40 (3 BPs). Dechy off-forehand winner. 15/40. Maria forehand just long. 30/40. A good serve forced Maria to mishit a backhand lob-return long. 40/40. Maria forehand long. Ad Dechy. Maria came to the net, but she left herself so exposed: Dechy's crosscourt forehand pass forced Maria to net a forehand volley.

Maria serving 5-6: Maria came to the net behind a crosscourt forehand approach, but it was a clean winner. 15/0. Dechy hit an off-forehand just wide, and groaned. 30/0. Dechy netted a forehand return. 40/0. Dechy backhand winner down the line. 40/15. Dechy drove Maria wide, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the space. 40/30. Dechy hit a crosscourt backhand winner into the corner, but Maria wasn't far away. Lovely grunting from Maria. 40/40. Maria went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was long. Ad Dechy (SP). Ace out wide, on the service-line. Deuce #2. Maria sliced a backhand long. Ad Dechy (SP #2). Maria sliced a backhand wide. Dechy won the first set 7-5 at 14:48 (53m).

The last two games were the turning-point of the first set: Maria led 40/0 in both, but lost both! That's why I was surprised when she turned the match around in the second set!


Second set
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KIRIL @* * *@* 6
DECHY __* *___ 2

Dechy serving 0-0: Maria hit a crosscourt forehand virtual winner (Dechy just managed to clip it with her racket). 0/15. Maria's lob forced a weak volley from Dechy; Maria hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. 0/30. Maria came to the net behind a down-the-line backhand, but once again she left herself exposed, as Dechy hit a backhand pass-winner down the line. 15/30. A good serve out wide forced a short return; Maria crosscourt forehand winner. 30/30. Maria hit a sweet short-angled crosscourt backhand return-winner just inside the sideline! 30/40 (BP). Dechy's crosscourt backhand forced Maria to net a backhand. 40/40. Maria went for an ace out wide, but it was just wide. She hit an off-backhand winner. Ad Maria (BP #2). Service-winner: backhand lob-return just long. Deuce #2. Maria hit an off-forehand drive-volley winner. Ad Maria (BP #3). Dechy netted a forehand on the third stroke.

Maria serving 1-0: Dechy backhand drop-volley winner. 0/15. Maria's crosscourt forehand approach forced Dechy to earth a forehand. 15/15. Maria hit a good crosscourt backhand, forcing Dechy to hit a backhand just wide. 30/15. Ace out wide, but it was a let. Serve + crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15. Ace down the middle.

Dechy serving 0-2: Ace down the middle, but it was a let. Maria netted a sliced backhand, held out her hand with the fingers outstretched, and said "aargh!". 15/0. Return long. 30/0. Maria earthed a backhand return. 40/0. Double fault (second serve long). 40/15. Dechy netted a backhand. 40/30. Dechy backhand winner down the line.

Maria serving 2-1: Service-winner just inside the sideline. 15/0. Dechy netted a backhand with Maria coming in. 30/0. Dechy netted a forehand return. 40/0. Service-winner out wide.

Dechy serving 1-3: Maria forehand return long. 15/0. Maria ran down a dropshot and hit a backhand pass-winner down the line. 15/15. Maria forehand long. 30/15. Dechy crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline. 40/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 40/30. Maria mishit a forehand return long.

Maria serving 3-2: Dechy forehand return long. 15/0. Ace down the middle. 30/0. Maria forehand just long. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15. Ace down the middle.

Dechy serving 2-4: Maria nailed a forehand pass-winner down the line, pumped her fist and said "c'mon". 0/15. Dechy hit a backhand just wide, and said "wooh!" 0/30. Dechy forehand smash-winner. 15/30. Dechy netted a forehand. 15/40 (2 BPs). Service-winner out wide, just inside the sideline. 30/40. Dechy crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/40. Maria hit a crosscourt forehand winner behind Dechy, just inside the sideline. Ad Maria (BP #3). Dechy hit a forehand dropshot-winner, but they had to play a let. Maria ran down a dropshot and hit a forehand winner down the line, and her grunt was followed very quickly by a "c'mon"!

Maria serving 5-2: Maria hit a sliced backhand approach just wide, but it was overruled as good, so they had to replay the point. Maria's serve forced a short return; Maria crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Dechy chopped a backhand return halfway up the net. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0 (3 SPs). Maria went for an ace down the middle, but it was just wide. Her second serve forced a short return; she hit a backhand winner down the line, but they had to replay the point. Ace out wide. Maria won the second set 6-2 at 15:22 (34m).


Third set
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KIRIL @*@*@* 6
DECHY ______ 0

Both players took a bathroom-break, and the third set started at 15:30.

Dechy serving 0-0: Dechy went for a crosscourt backhand pass-winner, but it was wide. 0/15. Dechy netted a backhand. 0/30. Maria netted a backhand return. 15/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/40 (2 BPs). Maria hit a sweet crosscourt backhand return-winner.

Maria serving 1-0: Service-winner down the middle. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. Dechy took her shoe off. 30/0. Dechy netted a horrendous forehand. 40/0. Dechy hit a fast, deep backhand return down the line, forcing Maria to earth a forehand. 40/15. A vicious sliced backhand from Maria induced Dechy to hit a forehand wide of the tramlines.

Dechy serving 0-2: Maria hit a very short backhand dropshot-winner from quite far back! 0/15. Dechy forehand long. 0/30. Service-winner down the middle. 15/30. Dechy netted a backhand on the third stroke. 15/40 (2 BPs). Maria netted a forehand return. 30/40. Dechy netted a forehand on the third stroke.

At this stage, Maria was in the zone, while Dechy looked decidedly ragged.

Maria serving 3-0: Maria hit a deep backhand down the line, forcing Dechy to earth a forehand. 15/0. Service-winner: Dechy netted a forehand return. 30/0. Maria ran down a dropshot, but blasted a crosscourt backhand wide. 30/15. Ace out wide. 40/15. Maria's depth forced Dechy to hit a short, floating crosscourt forehand just wide.

Dechy serving 0-4: Service-winner: Maria backhand return long. 15/0. Maria crosscourt backhand winner. 15/15. Dechy backhand just wide on the third stroke. 15/30. Dechy made Maria run with a crosscourt forehand + crosscourt backhand, forcing Maria to net a backhand. 30/30. Maria came to the net behind an off-forehand, forcing Dechy to net a backhand pass. 30/40 (BP). Maria netted a forehand return. 40/40. Maria's crosscourt backhand forced Dechy to hit a forehand lob long. Ad Maria (BP #2). Dechy forehand just wide.

Maria serving 5-0: Dechy netted a forehand return. 15/0. Maria hit a hard, deep backhand, inducing Dechy to net a backhand dropshot. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0 (3 MPs). Maria netted a sliced backhand on the third stroke. 40/15 (MP #2). In a sign of things to come in the third round, Maria sprayed a choky forehand very long. 40/30. Ace out wide, in the corner. Maria raised her arms, winning 5-7 6-2 6-0 at 15:51 (third set 29m, match 1h56m).

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King Aaron
Jun 23rd, 2007, 04:08 PM
Thanks. :D

andrewbroad
Jun 27th, 2007, 04:47 PM
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DFS CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA Tier III)
=========== http://birmingham.lta.org.uk/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third-round eyewitness report: Kirilenko v Janković

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1. Photos
---------
1.1 My photos
-------------

Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as "Copyright 2007 Andrew Broad".
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

I have uploaded all my photos for Friday 15th June 2007, in one big zip-file, to:
http://www.divshare.com/download/1043659-219

Friday's players:

Maria Sharapova (23 photos)
Maria Kirilenko (21)
Yuliana Fedak (21)
Jelena Janković (8)
Marion Bartoli (6)
Tamira Paszek (6)
Li,Na (3)


1.2 Other photos
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Maria Kirilenko:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=kirilenko
Search Getty Images for "kirilenko"

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2. Third-round eyewitness report: Kirilenko v Janković (Friday 15th June)
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- MARIA KIRILENKO [16,DF] lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [2], 6-3 3-6 5-7

This was a great performance from Little Maria - in fact, she dropped one game fewer than Maria Sharapova did in losing the final to Janković by an almost identical scoreline! (4-6 6-3 7-5). Both Marias were a set and a break up (*1-0 in the second; Little Maria even led 2-0* (30/0 and 40/30)), and from 3-3 in the third, their game-sequences against Janković were identical (Janković having to serve to save the match at 4-5, then winning three games in a row).

Maria certainly didn't look like a player in a slump!

Janković had a patch on her right shoulder, but I learned after the match that she had a stiff neck. Perhaps the two are related.

After all the rain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning, the match started in hot and sunny conditions on Centre Court at 12:16 BST.


First set
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KIRILENK * *__@*@* 6
JANKOVIĆ _* *@____ 3

Maria serving 0-0: Janković went for a forehand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 15/0. Janković forehand winner down the line. 15/15. Service-winner down the middle, on the centre-line. 30/15. Janković hit a backhand return halfway up the net. 40/15. Maria hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Janković to hit a backhand wide.

Janković serving 0-1: Double fault. 0/15. Service-winner out wide. 15/15. Janković served & volleyed, but retreated and netted a backhand. 15/30. Maria mishit a backhand long. 30/30. Janković hit a deep, low backhand down the line, forcing Maria to mishit a forehand wide. 40/30. Janković forced Maria to hit a forehand into the bottom of the net.

Maria serving 1-1: Ace out wide, outside edge of the sideline. 15/0. Backhand return long. 30/0. Serve forced a defensive lob-return; Maria's forehand forced Janković to net a forehand. 40/0. Serve forced a short return; Maria forehand winner down the line.

Suddenly it was gloomy, though it would get hot and sunny again shortly.

Janković serving 1-2: Maria netted a forehand return. 15/0. Janković forced a short ball, and dispatched it with an off-forehand winner. 30/0. Maria netted a backhand after failing to punish Janković's mishit backhand lob, which at least had the merit of being deep. 40/0. Maria netted a forehand return.

Maria serving 2-2: Maria mishit a forehand lob long. 0/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/30. Maria hit a sloppy forehand long. 0/40 (3 BPs). Maria's first serve was called long but overruled. On the replay, Janković's backhand return clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 15/40. Maria overhit a forehand long, giving Janković the first break.

Janković serving 3-2: Janković dominated the rally, but a low forehand pass from Maria forced Janković to earth a forehand. 0/15. Janković forehand volley-winner (Maria should have lobbed instead of hitting a backhand pass). 15/15. Maria hit a down-the-line forehand onto the sideline, forcing Janković to net a backhand. 15/30. Janković went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 15/40 (2 BPs). Maria backhand wide of the tramlines. 30/40. Maria broke back with a crosscourt backhand onto the sideline that forced Janković to hit a backhand wide of the tramlines - well played!

Maria serving 3-3: Maria made an ill-advised foray to the net, with a lack of commitment that Janković punished with a backhand pass-winner down the line. 0/15. Service-winner out wide, on the sideline. 15/15. Janković lofted a forehand just long. 30/15. Maria netted a backhand on the third stroke. 30/30. Janković netted a forehand return. 40/30. Maria hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Janković to hit a backhand wide.

Janković serving 3-4: Double fault (second serve long). 0/15. Janković backhand very long. 0/30. A short-angled ace out wide caught the outside edge of the sideline. 15/30. Maria hit a forehand down Janković's forehand-line for a virtual winner. 15/40 (2 BPs). Maria hit an aggressive forehand return just long. 30/40. Maria backhand just wide. 40/40. Service-winner down the middle, in the corner. Ad Janković. Maria hit a fantastic crosscourt backhand return-winner with such a low bounce! Deuce #2. Janković hit a backhand long on the third stroke. Ad Maria (BP #3). Double fault (second serve just long).

Maria serving 5-3: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Service-winner down the middle (forehand return into the bottom of the net). 15/15. Service-winner down the middle. 30/15. Double fault (second serve long). 30/30. Maria spread Janković with a crosscourt forehand winner followed by either a crosscourt backhand or an off-forehand into the corner; Maria came to the net and hit a forehand volley-winner, and got away with retreating as Janković lobbed long. 40/30 (SP #1). Ace out wide. Maria said "c'mon" as she won the first set 6-3 at 12:46 (30m).


Second set
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KIRILENK @*_____*_ 3
JANKOVIĆ __*@*@* * 6

Janković serving 0-0: She netted a forehand. 0/15. Janković hit a forehand wide on the third stroke. 0/30. A long rally ended with Janković hitting a forehand winner down the line. 15/30. Janković backhand winner down the line. 30/30. Janković backhand long. 30/40 (BP). Janković hit a forehand long to put Maria up a set and a break.

Maria's grunt was higher-pitched now, which I take as a sign of anxiety.

Maria serving 1-0: Maria netted a forehand on the fifth stroke. 0/15. Janković forehand wide. 15/15. Janković backhand long & wide. 30/15. Maria went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 30/30. A long rally ended with Janković hitting a backhand winner down the line. 30/40 (BP). Maria hit a forehand onto the baseline which may have been long; it forced Janković to hit a forehand lob long. 40/40. Janković backhand winner down the line. Ad Janković (BP #2). She squandered it with a wild backhand return long. Deuce #2. Maria hit a backhand dropshot that caused Janković to slip over; Maria hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. Ad Maria. She held with a flairsome crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline.

Although Maria was now 2-0* up, she seemed anxious and unable to impose herself as she did in the first set. It's been Janković's errors that have given Maria this lead in the second.

Janković serving 0-2: Maria came to the net behind a nice deep sliced backhand, and hit a forehand smash-winner. 0/15. Janković netted a backhand on the third stroke. 0/30. Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner (Maria backhand "not up"). 15/30. Janković hit an error-forcing crosscourt backhand. 30/30. Janković forehand just wide. 30/40 (BP). Maria came to the net, but her approach was not deep enough, and Janković hit a deep crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 40/40. Maria netted a forehand. Ad Janković. Service-winner out wide.

Maria serving 2-1: Backhand return wide of the tramlines. 15/0. Janković off-forehand winner down the line. 15/15. Maria off-forehand winner off a short ball. 30/15. Maria hit a beautiful off-forehand drop-volley winner. 40/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 40/30. Maria crosscourt forehand wide by a whisker. 40/40. Maria got away with retreating from the net as Janković hit a backhand lob just wide. Ad Maria. Service-winner - but the umpire called fault. Maria hit her second serve long for a double fault. Deuce #2. Ace out wide. Ad Maria. Janković came to the net, forcing Maria to hit a backhand very long. Deuce #3. Maria hit a wild forehand long, and shrugged her shoulders. Ad Janković (BP). Janković forehand wide. Deuce #4. Janković backhand volley-winner off a weak crosscourt backhand pass from Maria. Ad Janković (BP #2). Janković broke back with a crosscourt backhand winner.

Janković serving 2-2: Maria backhand winner down the line. 0/15. Janković went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 0/30. Deep service-winner down the middle. 15/30. Maria got under a forehand, lobbing it very wide/long. 30/30. Maria forehand long. 40/30. A crosscourt backhand return forced Janković to net a one-handed backhand. 40/40. Maria netted a forehand. Ad Janković. Ace out wide, in the corner.

It was no longer hot and sunny, but gloomy now.

Maria serving 2-3: Janković forehand smash-winner. 0/15. Maria netted a sliced backhand. 0/30. Maria forehand long. 0/40 (3 BPs). Janković netted a forehand return. 15/40. An awkward wide, short crosscourt backhand return forced Maria to hit a backhand wide.

Janković serving 4-2: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Janković's depth forced Maria to hit a forehand lob into Stand B. 30/0. Maria stopped playing the point after returning a serve that landed on the junction of sideline and service-line, and Janković hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 40/0. Maria hit a fantastic crosscourt forehand return-winner into the corner. 40/15. Maria netted a forehand return.

Maria serving 2-5 (new balls): Janković's backhand clipped the netcord and fell wide. 15/0. A delightful rally ended with Janković hitting a backhand drop-volley winner. 15/15. Forehand return very long. 30/15. Janković netted a backhand return. 40/15. Janković hit a forehand return into the top of the net.

Janković serving 5-3: Janković forehand wide. 0/15. Maria took the initiative at the net, but Janković hit a forehand lob-winner onto the baseline! 15/15. Forehand return just long. 30/15. Double fault (second serve long). 30/30. Service-winner out wide, in the corner. Maria said "aagh!" with rising pitch. 40/30. Janković backhand long. 40/40. Janković backhand winner down the line: called out, but overruled as good - no replay because it was a clear winner. Maria complained to the umpire at some length. Ad Janković (SP #1). Janković netted a forehand on the third stroke. Deuce #2. An ace out wide was called wide but overruled as good, but it was not a clear winner in the umpire's opinion, so they replayed the point. Maria mishit a backhand wide - possibly distracted by a loudspeaker-announcement. Ad Janković (SP #2). Maria netted a forehand return. Janković won the second set 6-3 at 13:30 (44m).

Quite a controversial game to end the second set!

Maria took a bathroom-break, and they started playing the third set at 13:38. By this time it was gloomy and slightly windy.


Third set
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KIRILENK _@__*@* *___ 5
JANKOVIĆ @ @*___* *@* 7

Maria serving 0-0: Maria mishit a backhand lob long. 0/15. Janković netted a backhand. 15/15. Double fault (wild second serve long). 15/30. A long rally with Janković framing a backhand ended with Janković hitting a backhand long. 30/30. Maria hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner - a semi-dropshot. 40/30. Maria netted a mishit backhand. 40/40. A short, low return forced Maria to net a forehand. Ad Janković (BP). Backhand return long. Deuce #2. Janković hit a deep forehand winner down the line. Ad Janković (BP #2). Maria forehand smash-winner. Deuce #3. Maria forehand just long. Ad Janković (BP #3). Maria crosscourt backhand volley-winner. Deuce #4. Maria netted a choky sliced forehand. Ad Janković (BP #4). Maria backhand just wide (called by the umpire).

Janković serving 1-0: Maria backhand just long. 15/0. Janković had the upper hand in the rally, but netted a forehand. 15/15. Maria's depth forced Janković to hit a forehand wide. 15/30. Janković forehand long. 15/40 (2 BPs). Second serve: Maria netted a forehand return. 30/40. Maria wild forehand very long. 40/40. Maria crosscourt backhand volley-winner. Ad Maria (BP #3). My notes say "deep service-winner", but I don't know what to make of that, because Maria broke back!

Maria serving 1-1: Maria forehand wide. 0/15. A long rally ended with Maria netting a sliced backhand. 0/30. Double fault (second serve long). 0/40 (3 BPs). Janković reestablished her break with a forehand smash-winner down the line.

Janković serving 2-1: Deep ace down the middle, just inside the centre-line. 15/0. Maria netted a backhand. 30/0. Maria netted a forehand. 40/0. Maria forehand return halfway up the net.

Maria serving 1-3: Maria backhand wide of the tramlines. 0/15. Maria hit a deep, high-bouncing forehand down the line, that induced Janković to net a backhand. 15/15. Maria hit a deep, fast, error-forcing crosscourt backhand. 30/15. Maria forehand very long - forced by Janković at the net, and possibly by another loudspeaker-announcement. 30/30. Maria off-forehand smash-winner just inside the sideline. 40/30. Maria off-forehand winner just inside the sideline.

It was windy now.

Janković serving 3-2: Maria played a spreading rally, culminating with a forehand winner down the line, on the sideline. 0/15. Wild backhand return long. 15/15. Double fault (second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide). 15/30. Ace out wide. 30/30. Service-winner out wide, on the sideline. 40/30. Maria took the initiative with a fantastic crosscourt backhand return onto the sideline, and hit a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. 40/40. Double fault (second serve long). Ad Maria (BP). Janković netted a backhand.

What a turnaround! Just when I thought that Maria's ship had sailed, Janković was back to being erratic, and back came the Maria of the first set! :-)

Maria serving 3-3: Janković backhand very long. 15/0. Maria achieved good depth and control on her groundstrokes, forcing Janković to hit a backhand long. 30/0. Serve forced a short return, which Maria dispatched with an off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. She pumped her fist. 40/0. Maria thought her first serve was an ace down the middle. Janković crosscourt backhand winner. 40/15. Maria spread Janković with a crosscourt forehand + crosscourt backhand, and hit a forehand smash-winner with a loud grunt! :-)

There were a few raindrops, and I hoped that the rain would hold off now that Maria had the momentum of winning three games in a row!

Janković serving 3-4: Short-angled ace out wide, on the sideline. 15/0. Janković netted a backhand. 15/15. Janković forehand winner down the line, on the sideline. 30/15. Service-winner out wide. 40/15. Maria chipped & charged, but she left herself so exposed at the net, giving Janković an easy crosscourt backhand pass-winner.

More raindrops.

Maria serving 4-4: Maria demonstrated excellent footwork as she hit an off-backhand winner. 15/0. Backhand return long. 30/0. Loudspeaker: "All groundstaff to their courts." Double fault (second serve long). 30/15. After a long rally, Maria's crosscourt backhand forced Janković to hit a backhand lob just wide. 40/15. Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line.

Janković serving to stay in the match at 4-5: Forehand return just long. 15/0. Serve out wide + off-backhand winner down the line, just inside the sideline. 30/0. Maria showed good judgement at the net to leave a Janković forehand that landed just long. 30/15. Janković backhand winner down the line. 40/15. Mishit forehand return long.

I thought I heard thunder (but the storm held off until after this match).

Maria serving 5-5: Double fault (long). 0/15. Janković punished Maria's poor dropshot with a backhand pass-winner down the line. 0/30. The umpire rebuked a woman in Stand B for getting up in the middle of a game: he asked her to sit down, but she ignored him and left the stadium. Perhaps the call of nature is stronger than the call of an umpire! Double fault (second serve long). 0/40 (3 BPs). Service-winner. 15/40. Maria came to the net behind a deep crosscourt forehand, forcing Janković to net a forehand. 30/40. Double fault (second serve into the net).

There was a sad look on Maria's face as she came out from the changeover.

Janković serving for the match at 6-5: Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/15. Backhand return just long. 15/15. Maria hit a forehand wide after running down a dropshot - so acute! 30/15. Maria hit a delectable backhand drop-volley winner. 30/30. Maria sprayed a forehand wide & long. 40/30 (MP #1). Maria crosscourt forehand winner + crosscourt backhand drive-volley winner. 40/40. Maria hit a forehand very long, after Janković slipped over earlier in the rally. Ad Janković (MP #2). She came to the net, and Maria netted a backhand pass. Janković won 3-6 6-3 7-5 at 14:27 (third set 57m including the 8m bathroom-break, match 2h11m).

With spectators trying to leave the stadium around me, Janković gave an inaudible interview.


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Janković survives Kirilenko challenge

Jelena Janković withstood a determined onslaught by Maria Kirilenko to reach the quarter-finals of the DFS Classic in Birmingham, 3-6 6-3 7-5.

Janković, the No.2 seed, came out of the blocks fast in the first set, going up a break in the fifth game to lead 3-2.

But No.16 seed, Kirilenko, broke straight back to level the contest at 3-3, then got on a roll, winning the next two games and earning herself the chance to serve out the set in a game that saw two double faults before a decisive ace.

As the Russian's serve became increasingly erratic in the second set, Janković began to steady, again going up an early break to lead 3-2 courtesy of two more Kirilenko double faults. The Serb raced to a 5-2 lead, serving out the set 6-3 to level the match.

Janković was leading 3-1 in the second set when the momentum swung back in Kirilenko's direction, the 20-year-old winning three straight games to lead 4-3.

Games then went with serve until the 11th game of the decider, when Kirilenko served three double faults to concede the break. Janković served it out on her second match-point, Kirilenko hitting a tame backhand into the net to hand the Serb victory in two hours and 12 minutes.

After the match Janković acknowledged that it hadn't been her most polished performance.

"I was struggling a little bit, and obviously today I didn't play my best tennis," said the 22-year-old. "But I stayed in the match and took my chances, and found a way even though it was not my day I and was making a lot of mistakes and was not moving well."

And she said she was trying hard not to let the rain get to her. "You get used to it, but I don't like it. We want to play and we're here to play and we're here to do our job, but this rain sometimes can be quite frustrating. But that's the way it is. This is the reality and you have to accept it."

Nevertheless, she was cautiously optimistic with the way her grass-court campaign is progressing, saying: "Of course it gives you confidence when you win 7-5 in the third. This tough situation makes you stronger and more confident, but I prefer to win easier, in two sets, for sure."
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Janković defeats Kirilenko to reach QF in Birmingham (Associated Press)
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Third-ranked Jelena Janković rallied to defeat Maria Kirilenko 3-6 6-3 7-5 on Friday in the third round of the DFS Classic.

Janković advanced to the quarter-finals despite being hampered by a sore neck.

"When I woke up, my neck was so stiff: I couldn't turn to the left," Janković said. "I got some treatment, and I think it will take a couple of days to loosen up. I was struggling a little bit, and I didn't play my best tennis. I just tried to stay focused."

Janković saved a break-point when down 0-2 in the second set, and then broke her opponent's serve twice in a row. She got another break to go up 6-5 in the final set and served for the match.
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PA SportsTicker
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Jelena Janković successfully dodged the rain-showers to reach the quarter-finals at the $200,000 DFS Classic on Friday.

The second-seeded Serbian advanced with a 3-6 6-3 7-5 victory over No. 16 Maria Kirilenko of Russia.

The rain-delays were exacerbated by an ailing Janković's struggle to get past her determined opponent, Kirilenko.

It took the 22-year-old Serbian more than two hours to secure the victory in a match that contained no fewer than 11 breaks of serve.

Janković did have an excuse for her uneven play.

"I woke up this morning with a stiff neck, and had to have treatment from the physio," she said.

The 20-year-old Kirilenko was a set and a break up before losing five games in a row, but demonstrated tremendous resilience in a marathon third set.

She looked to be on her way out when she was broken to love in her second service-game, but twice broke the Janković's serve before being edged out.

"I was struggling and didn't play my best tennis, but I stayed in the match and found a way to win," said Janković, who is due to meet Alyona Bondarenko of the Ukraine for a place in the semi-finals.

Despite her stiff neck, Janković insisted she was ready to play three matches on Friday, including a doubles-match against Kirilenko.
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Janković Sinks Kirilenko in Third-Round Thriller

Janković has had an outstanding year on the WTA Tour, and her win over No.16 seed Maria Kirilenko was her 46th of the season. However, the high-flying Serbian certainly did not have things all her own way out on centre court, and Kirilenko will be desperately disappointed not to have pulled off the shock of the tournament.

Janković started the match sluggishly, and her errant groundstrokes, allied with Kirilenko's steady baseline play, saw the Russian take a surprise one-set-to-love lead.

In the second set, Janković started to find her rhythm on the slick grass surface, and despite not being at her fluent best, the world No.3 did well to force the match into a decider. The final set was a nervous affair, with five service-breaks and nine double faults, but eventually it was Janković who came out on top, setting up a quarter-final meeting against Bondarenko with a 3-6 6-3 7-5 victory.

"I was struggling a bit today and obviously I didn't play my best tennis," Janković said, "but I stayed in the match, took my chances and found a way to win even though I was making a few too many mistakes. I came to Birmingham to get as many matches as possible on grass, to get my rhythm on it and build up my confidence before the start of Wimbledon, so it was great to get the win and hopefully I can keep on improving."
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Struggling Janković on track (by Hyder Jawad for The Birmingham Post)
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The inference, surely, is that if Janković can perform below her usual standard, yet still defeat a player as talented as Kirilenko, then auguries are good.

But the victory was far from impressive, and she knows that she will have to perform with greater consistency and dexterity if she is to have a hope of winning Wimbledon next month.

The match contained 11 breaks of serve, and was tense rather than exciting. Kirilenko could easily have won, but her serve collapsed at the worst possible time: in the 11th game of the final set.

It was Kirilenko's defeat more than it was Janković's victory, which says much about the nature of the match. Kirilenko, who won the first set with relative ease, knows that this was a missed opportunity.
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Below-par Janković advances (by Oliver Brown for The Daily Telegraph)
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At least the glamour-quotient surpassed the entertainment-value at Edgbaston yesterday as Jelena Janković, the "Mongolian princess" of women's tennis, narrowly averted a third-round defeat by Maria Kirilenko, the sport's sole Stella McCartney model.

Janković had been preparing for a draining day of three matches, including doubles, before the downpours that have dampened this tournament returned to increase the backlog. Fortunately, the Serb was cheerful enough to smile through such irritations.

The world No 3 was far from her best in grinding out a 3-6 6-3 7-5 victory over Kirilenko, an edgy, bronzed Muscovite whose every flounce was followed slavishly by the cameras.

Janković's defence was a sore shoulder, but her performance in the first set and a half was hardly that of a Wimbledon-contender.
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More quotes from Janković
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{before the match}

"It will be a tough match. I just want to go out there and play my game and be aggressive and go for my shots. This is grass and you have to finish the points quite quickly. You don't want to get into a rally, you just want to go.

"I like it here on the grass. I think because I hit the ball pretty flat, the faster surfaces suit my game, and I think I definitely have a great chance of doing well this week and then at Wimbledon."


{after the match}

"I was ready to play another singles-match and my doubles-match. But I was very tired out there. I did not sleep well. I woke up with a stiff neck, and had to have treatment from the physio. It must have been a bad pillow in my hotel-room.

"It is not nice spending all of your time sitting on the couch, waiting for the rain to stop."

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sharapovarulz1
Jun 27th, 2007, 07:35 PM
Thank you!