To say this is a cupcake draw would be an understatement. :lol:
Lets not celebrate yet...we don't want to jinx Anna!
Jul 15th, 2007, 09:59 PM
I'm sure Anna is in a good mood tonight after this great Fed Cup win.
Tomorrow she can think about going to work again.
Jul 15th, 2007, 11:16 PM
Hopefully the Fed Cup will have been a good kickstart to the hardcourt season for Anna. This draw should ease her in nicely.
Jul 16th, 2007, 04:53 AM
Although it's hard to imagine anyone other than Anna and Patty in the final, nothing in tennis should ever be taken for granted. Vesnina, Anna's most likely 3rd-round opponent, could offer some resistance. They know each other well, and even though Anna leads 3-0 in their head to head, their past matches have always been competitive.
Jul 16th, 2007, 06:47 AM
I think Bremond  might withdraw. She just played Fed Cup in Italy on Sunday. She would have to travel all day monday...maybe even tuesday...just to get to Cincinnati. She'll be too jetlagged to compete.
I agree that Vesnina might be Anna's toughest opponent. Its too bad she's not on the other side of the bracket. Then it could easily be Anna v Lena V final.
Jul 16th, 2007, 07:41 PM
Apparently Cincinnati is not part of the US Open series and there is no tv coverage.
Jul 17th, 2007, 02:41 AM
Apparently Cincinnati is not part of the US Open series and there is no tv coverage.
what? Cincy's not part of the US Open Series?? oh well... :o
Jul 17th, 2007, 02:50 AM
Anna will play Poutchek tommorow. They are the fifth match on Centre Court. Good luck Anna!
C'mon Anna!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: Win the Tournament!!!
Jul 18th, 2007, 01:07 AM
Anna won 64 60. She lost 4 games then won 12. That's 2 slow starts in a row.
Jul 18th, 2007, 01:34 AM
i remember back in late 80's and into the 90's when tennis was on espn almost weekly. Now they've got countless number of espn's and also a tennis channel and they show nothing but crap. espn kinda mirrors mtv now(remember when they used to show music videos :wazzup: ) And the tennis channel?? :smash: Some of that stuff is unwatchable. Back to original point, i wish i could watch this tournament
Jul 18th, 2007, 02:41 AM
Good job Anna. Keep it up. Nothing but an appearance in the finals is acceptable for this week.
Jul 18th, 2007, 02:55 AM
Anna ;) :D
good recovery :) :yeah:
now she's got a Q in r2
Jul 18th, 2007, 03:05 AM
Anna is playing tomorrow night.
Here is hoping for faster start! Finish was magnifique! :worship:
Centre Court 7:00pm
Anna vs. Perianu (Q)
Jul 18th, 2007, 03:50 AM
Nice win Anna! good luck against Perianu!
Jul 18th, 2007, 05:07 PM
Chakvetadze, Schnyder Win; Tatishvili Ousts Nakamura
CINCINNATI, OH, USA - The two biggest attractions at this week's Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open made solid debuts under the lights Tuesday, as Anna Chakvetadze and Patty Schnyder both won their first round matches against unseeded opponents in straight sets.
Chakvetadze, ranked No.8 in the world and the No.1 seed at the Tier III tournament, had a disastrous start against Tatiana Poutchek, falling behind 4-0 in a hurry, but turned the tables in a big way, reeling off 12 straight games for a 64 60 victory.
"I was sleeping on the court for the first few games while Tatiana played solid," said Chakvetadze, who won just four points those first four games. "I didn't sleep well last night because we had a flight early in the morning and I just didn't feel ready. And she wasn't making any mistakes. But I found my game again."
In the fifth game of the match Chakvetadze held serve at love, beginning with an ace, a game that seemingly got the ball rolling; from that game on, the Russian would have two aces to one double fault while her foe would have four doubles.
"I think she served too many double faults," Chakvetadze continued. "I've known her for a long time now and she's a nice girl. I can't say I feel bad for her though. How can I feel bad for my opponent?"
The two had played just once previously, and that was just a few weeks ago at Wimbledon, where Chakvetadze also won in straight sets. But today's opening set scare prompted the Russian to comment on the depth of the women's game.
"Yes I'm the first seed, but you never know. My ranking is higher than all the other girls in my part of the draw but still there are some players who are playing well, and who play well on hardcourts, so you have to be prepared for everyone."
"Chakvetadze lost the first four games before storming past Tatiana Poutchek 6-4, 6-0 in a match that lasted just under an hour. Schnyder won the last four games of the second set to advance with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Monique Adamczak.
"I was scared," said the eighth-ranked Chakvetadze, who is making her first appearance in the tournament. "I just didn't feel like I was ready to play. I felt like I was sleeping on the court the first few games."
Anna having another slow start. Down 3-1 in the first set so far. Wake up Anna!
Jul 18th, 2007, 11:52 PM
ugly numbers so far....6 DF, 1/10 break points
Jul 19th, 2007, 12:34 AM
Anna wins 6-4, 6-3! Not that great of a match. she was 3/14 on break points, had eight doubles faults and served at 51% first serves in. On the bright side she had 6 aces. Good luck in the next match Anna!
Jul 19th, 2007, 12:38 AM
This is a tournament where Anna doesn't have to play great. She has to grind and finish the sets. No other top 10's in Cincy.
Jul 19th, 2007, 02:55 AM
All that matters is she won. Like goldenlox said she doesn't need to play her best tennis to win the tournament. Only player who can really trouble her is Patty.
Jul 19th, 2007, 09:19 AM
Jul 19th, 2007, 02:05 PM
Anna has today off then plays Vesnina or Yuan
Jul 19th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Want her to play Vesnina ! Good luck Anna ! :worship:
CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Anna Chakvetadze led a seeded charge into the quarters of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open, as second round action began at the $175,000, Tier III event on Wednesday. Sania Mirza was also among the winners.
Chakvetadze, seeded No.1, played under the lights for the second straight night, and for the second straight time won in straight sets, defeating Romanian qualifier Anda Perianu, 64 63. Chakvetadze dropped the first two games of the match, but aside from that was solid on all fronts, save maybe her serve, which made eight double faults.
"I wasn't ready from the beginning, but I have to say my opponent played pretty well today," Chakvetadze said. "I think I can play better and I can improve, but I played better than yesterday. Every match I hope to play better and better."
Part of Chakvetadze's difficulties with Perianu came from the Romanian having competed mainly on the ITF Circuit previously. She had never faced a Top 30 player let alone a Top 10 player, and so the Russian had to improvise.
"I hadn't played against her and I'd never watched her play so I didn't know what to expect," Chakvetadze said. "Usually I go to see my next opponent's match but I think I was practicing during her match yesterday. Well I watched her today!"
C'mon Anna!!! win in 3!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:
Jul 20th, 2007, 08:29 PM
5-0* in the second after fighting off a break point in that game! ;)
Take it to three and win it! :armed:
I bet this isn't a pretty match, it seems like its a real struggle for either to play agains the other. :sad:
Jul 20th, 2007, 08:35 PM
Chakvetadze obtains the following set with a donut 6-0:devil: :devil: :devil: !!!
Very well Anna:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:
C'mon win the 3rd!!!
Jul 20th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Just win the third! :rocker2:
Jul 20th, 2007, 08:57 PM
3-1 in the 3rd, C'mon Anna finishes this already!!!:bigclap:
Jul 20th, 2007, 09:06 PM
Anna wins 6-7(3) 6-0 4-1 ret.
Lena :unsure: :sad: :hug:
2 more wins away now Anna, next up is Sania who had an impressive 6-1 6-1 victory over Govortsova :scared:
Jul 20th, 2007, 09:14 PM
Poor Lena. :sad: Hope she's okay.
Govortsova is slightly out of her depth at this level. She doesn't yet have the experience to cope in a WTA QF so it's not surprising to see this scoreline against Sania. When Sania is not missing by miles she can be a difficult opponent. I'm not sure how Anna is playing except her serve has been causing her trouble this week. At least she's throwing a few aces down to counter the DFs.
Jul 20th, 2007, 09:19 PM
Congrats on getting into the semis Anna! Too bad it had to be by retirement. Sania could be tough but Anna should come through. Good luck Anna!
Anna beat Mirza in Hobart. She can do it again here if she plays well.
Jul 21st, 2007, 04:28 AM
From Cincinnati Enquirer blog
" The first set...Goes to Vesnina who wins the tiebreaker 7-3. The key point occured at 1-1 with Chakvetadze serving. Vesnina hit a crosscourt backhand that appeared to be right on the line. Chakvetadze couldn't get to it. She did, however, complain to no avail for the next couple points about the noncall. Soon enough, Vesnina led 4-1 and was in pretty good control of the tiebreaker."
"Chakvetadze just ran Vesnina all over the court in the second set to win it 6-0. Right now Vesnina is getting some sort of treatment on her shoulder. Doesn't look too serious. Chakvetadze is warming up and practicing her serve for the third set."
"It was a right shoulder strain for which Vesnina was treated. It appeared fine as she just won her service game to even the third set at 1-1."
"Apparently those were serious shoulder problems for Vesnina. She just retired from the match down 4-1 in the third."
Anna has been working out on the gym! Good girl :yeah:
Jul 21st, 2007, 08:28 AM
Anna has been working out on the gym! Good girl :yeah:
I'd really like to see a HQ version of this great action shot :hearts:
Jul 21st, 2007, 08:50 AM
Yet another very poor start. This is becoming a bad habit. :unsure:
Anna spent a lot of energy clawing her way back into the 1st set after trailing 2-5, only to drop the tiebreak after (apparently) losing her cool over a close call (again).
The match became a lopsided affair after that, but this was at least in part due to Vesnina's shoulder injury (Lena said it happened on a smash late in the 1st set).
Let's hope Anna comes out firing against Mirza, who's regained a lot of confidence this week. With Schnyder now out of the picture, Anna HAS to take the title. :bounce:
Jul 21st, 2007, 11:00 AM
Good luck today Anna but Mirza will be tough :D
Jul 21st, 2007, 03:33 PM
C'mon Anna to the Final today without mercy :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:
Jul 21st, 2007, 04:08 PM
Chakvetadze, Mirza Through
CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Two of the game's brightest young stars set up a blockbuster semifinal battle in Cincinnati on Friday, as Anna Chakvetadze and Sania Mirza both won quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open. At night, one of the tournament's most successful players, Patty Schnyder, was ousted.
Mirza was the first to move through, beating Belarusian teenager Olga Govortsova easily, 61 61. Mirza, seeded No.3 this week, broke Govortsova's serve in the first game of the match, which seemed to set the tone for the rest of the 50-minute rout.
"I expected it to be tougher, but 61 61 at any stage of a tournament is a pleasant surprise," Mirza said. "I watched her play yesterday, and she was hitting a lot of winners and dictating the plays. I just knew I had to hang in there."
Mirza has won consecutive matches for the first time since returning from injury, having missed over two months after undergoing knee surgery in early March. Her game seems to be picking up steam at an event where she consistently performs well, having reached the quarterfinals in both of her prior attempts.
Next up for the Indian will be No.1 seed Chakvetadze, who advanced with a 67(3) 60 41 retirement victory over Elena Vesnina, when her No.6-seeded compatriot had to stop playing due to a right shoulder strain. Vesnina was originally leading 5-2 in the first set before Chakvetadze played her way back into it, dropping a tie-break but eventually building a seemingly insurmountable lead.
"It's never good to win a match when someone retires like this, and she's a friend too; but she told me it's not too bad, so we'll see," Chakvetadze stated. "She has started to play better, I felt it today. I've never had an easy match against her."
Chakvetadze and Mirza have played once before, in the semis of Hobart earlier this year, with the Russian winning, 64 61.
"She's a very talented player with a huge forehand; in juniors we played under 18s and we played doubles together, so we know each other," Chakvetadze said. "I'm just focusing on each match one at a time. Tomorrow will be a good match."
"I'm really feeling my confidence coming back," Mirza said. "I lost against her in Hobart. For me it's a no-pressure match. I'll just go out there and have fun."
6-Amelie Mauresmo 2424
7-Serena Williams 2325
8-Anna Chakvetadze 2296
If she wins Cincy...she'll pass Serena and with a good performance in Stanford (SF, F, W) she'll pass Amelie for a top 6 birth
Jul 22nd, 2007, 03:43 PM
Anna is 0-3 against Morigami... now is the right time to take first win!
Jul 22nd, 2007, 06:14 PM
Awesome win Anna!!! Way to stay perfect in finals!!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Jul 22nd, 2007, 06:14 PM
Anna bt Akiko 6-1 6-3
Anna gets her fifth title out of five finals played. :D
Jul 22nd, 2007, 06:17 PM
Great job Anna :yeah:
Jul 22nd, 2007, 06:27 PM
Anna :) with 9 DFs a scoreline like that, now practise the serve and maybe we will see some more great results this hardcourt season ;)
Jul 22nd, 2007, 06:30 PM
nice way to start US Hardcourt Season!!!!
Jul 22nd, 2007, 06:41 PM
Congrats Anna that was great :bounce: :D
Jul 22nd, 2007, 06:47 PM
http://www.mustangowner.com/forum/images/smilies/bloom.gifhttp://www.mustangowner.com/forum/images/smilies/bloom.gifhttp://www.mustangowner.com/forum/images/smilies/bloom.gif :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:
Anna :smooch: congratulations for the 3rd Title of the year and soon #6 of the world, now wins in Stanford, C'mooon!!!:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
Jul 22nd, 2007, 06:55 PM
Now it's on to Stanford as the #1 seed again.
Jul 22nd, 2007, 07:30 PM
Congrats Anna!!!:worship: Greats Job!!!:kiss:
Jul 22nd, 2007, 07:39 PM
incredible Anna:worship: :worship: .... 5-0:eek:... Now for Stanford;)
Jul 22nd, 2007, 07:46 PM
Easier than expected... Now I wanna see Anna with the trophy :D
Jul 22nd, 2007, 07:47 PM
Anna :yeah: :woohoo:
Jul 22nd, 2007, 07:57 PM
Congrats Anna :worship:
Good luck in Stanford :wavey: :wavey:
Jul 22nd, 2007, 08:01 PM
CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Just like she had been doing all week, Anna Chakvetadze came through when it really mattered, shrugging off somewhat messy quarterfinal and semifinal victories and summoning her best in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open, stopping the run of Akiko Morigami in the final, 61 63.
Despite being a heavy favorite on paper coming into the event, the No.1-seeded Chakvetadze overcame some slow starts in her first two rounds then got pushed to three sets by both of her next two opponents, No.6 seed Elena Vesnina and No.3 seed Sania Mirza. But she managed to get through those and looked sharp from all angles against No.7 seed Morigami, claiming the first set in just 26 minutes and overcoming an early 2-0 hole to win the second set.
"I didn't expect it to be so easy; I think she was tired, because she had a tough match yesterday," Chakvetadze said. "I was trying to play every point very concentrated, because the last few days have been really up and down. If it had been like that today it would be really tough because she doesn't make easy mistakes and runs very fast. My game plan was to move her, make her run and be more aggressive."
"I was really disappointed in how I played today; I wasn't executing my shots and didn't what I wanted to do out there," Morigami said. "I feel like I missed so many balls. Even though I was up 2-0 in the second set that was just because she made a few errors. I tried to find my game at that point but it never happened."
Chakvetadze was 4-0 in finals coming into Cincinnati, and with this win improves to 5-0. She won her first two career titles at Guangzhou and Moscow last year and has already won three this year, at Hobart, 's-Hertogenbosch and now here.
"When I came here I started hearing about being 4-0 in finals and that's just great," said Chakvetadze. "Today I think I played better than I did yesterday because it was a final. I always try to improve my game for a final because it's just a more important match."
There was also another perfect record on the line going into Sunday's match, but it wasn't something in Chakvetadze's favor. Morigami had won all three of their previous meetings, including on summer hardcourts at San Diego in 2005.
"Those three matches both of us played pretty well," Morigami said, "but Anna's definitely a different player than a few years ago. The difficult thing about playing her is that she changes the direction every other ball, so I had to run side to side all the time. I tried to mix things up, but really just couldn't do it today."
But Morigami's run to the final was a popular one with the Cincinnati crowds who witnessed her saving match point in her first match against Camille Pin before making it all the way to the final, upsetting No.2 seed and former champion Patty Schnyder along the way. It was her third career final, having been a runner-up here to Schnyder in 2005 and capturing the clay court title in Prague in May.
"It has definitely been a good week for me although I was disappointed to have played like this in the finals," the Japanese continued. "Beating Patty gives me a lot of confidence though. Anna was just too good. I give her a lot of credit."
Having won five Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles and secured her place in the Top 10 already, Chakvetadze's goals are being reset higher and higher.
"My goal is to get better and win a Grand Slam; every player wants to win one, and I'm one of them," the 20-year-old Muscovite said. "A lot of things have to come together for me to win one though. You need a good draw and should be healthy and in good shape. I've made it to the quarterfinals twice already so I think I can do it. That's my goal now."