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BUBI
Jul 21st, 2007, 09:16 AM
http://bankofthewestclassic.com/uploads/editor/docs/WTAII_LS_SMD%20Stanford.pdf

Singles Main Draw

(1)Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) v BYE
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) v (wc)Amber Liu (USA)

Viktoria Azarenka (BLR) v Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
(7)Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) v Olga Poutchkova (RUS)

(3)Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v BYE
Elena Bovina (RUS) v Shuai Peng (CHN)

(wc)Catalina Castano (COL) v Q
(5)Shahar Peer (ISR) v Q

(6)Tatiana Golovin (FRA) v Q
Akiko Morigami (JPN) v Sania Mirza (IND)

Julia Vakulenko (UKR) v Q
(4)Patty Schnyder (SUI) v BYE

(8)Sybille Bammer (AUT) v Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) v Meilen Tu (USA)

Jill Craybas (USA) v (wc)Lilia Osterloh (USA)
(2)Marion Bartoli (FRA) v BYE



Another winnable tournament :bounce:

Wintermute
Jul 21st, 2007, 11:35 AM
Wow! The field at this tourny is a little weaker than I thought it would be. There's still a few potentially tough opponents in there: Srebotnik and Hantuchova or Peer.

Spiritof42
Jul 21st, 2007, 11:46 AM
Wow! The field at this tourny is a little weaker than I thought it would be. There's still a few potentially tough opponents in there: Srebotnik and Hantuchova or Peer.
...and the Bartolinator in the final! :scared: :bolt: ;)

Ballbasher
Jul 21st, 2007, 11:59 AM
All the best Chakz :hearts:

goldenlox
Jul 21st, 2007, 02:28 PM
Between Cincy and Stanford, Anna can pile up points. This is a good situation for her.

Pink Princess
Jul 21st, 2007, 04:34 PM
I want a QF Chakvetadze vs. Azarenka.

GeorgianFan
Jul 22nd, 2007, 09:21 PM
удачного турнира :bounce:

hu2891601
Jul 22nd, 2007, 09:40 PM
(1) Srebotnik/Sugiyama vs. (WC) Liu/Yelsey
Morigami/Tu vs. Fedak/Henke
(4) Daniilidou/Kirilenko vs. Azarenka/Chakvetadze
Dekmeijere/Senoglu vs. Nakamura/Pin

Amanmuradova/Bachmann vs. Castano/Craybas
Poutchek/Rodionova vs. (3) Mirza/Peer
Golovin/Peng vs. Kops-Jone/Osterloh
Hsieh/Kudryavtseva vs. (2) Husarova/Shaughnessy


Anna plays doubles too!! :)

Good luck, Anna! :bounce:

:secret: Let's hope that the livestream will work once the MD starts!!

TennisPlayingFox
Jul 22nd, 2007, 10:13 PM
Nice draw. Good luck Anna!

RsaibotD
Jul 23rd, 2007, 01:48 AM
nice Draw .... Azarenka in Quarters:eek:

fOxYLiCiOuS
Jul 23rd, 2007, 02:24 AM
Good luck Anna :kiss: :hearts:

Wintermute
Jul 24th, 2007, 11:30 PM
Anna is playing doubles in a few hours with Vika (who lost her singles to Masha K). Hopefully this will help her get used to these courts and practise her serve a little.

Anna has not lost at a Tier III or IV event in the last 12 months. I was happy to see that in her interview after winning Cincy she was talking about setting higher goals for herself (including winning a Slam). She's missing a Tier II title from the collection and here would be a good place to start.

cosmoose
Jul 25th, 2007, 05:54 AM
Anna and Vica were victorious today. :bounce:
By the looks of the score, it was quite intense!
7-6(5), 3-6, 10-7

Hopefully, Anna used this session to spy on Makiri's form. ;) She could be her potential QF opponent.
I do have one question though.....10-7? :confused:

cosmoose
Jul 25th, 2007, 05:56 AM
Anna is still not scheduled for her singles match tomorrow. :confused:

But she is playing second round doubles.

penkku
Jul 25th, 2007, 06:50 AM
Anna and Vica were victorious today. :bounce:
By the looks of the score, it was quite intense!
7-6(5), 3-6, 10-7

Hopefully, Anna used this session to spy on Makiri's form. ;) She could be her potential QF opponent.
I do have one question though.....10-7? :confused:

I think nowadays they play third set in doubles as a tiebreak to ten points, btw what a beautiful avy you have :)

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 25th, 2007, 01:50 PM
looks like Anna is pissed off with Rainer :lol: go Anna

from TR.net

She was thrilled to be part of the Russian Fed Cup squad that took down the US and reasonably pleased that she won Tier III Cincinnati this week, but not at all happy with Hoffman, whom she said falsely claimed to be coaching her. She says their relationship is over.
"I had really friendly relations with him but somebody told me that he said in a magazine that he's been coaching me for two years," she said. "We were talking about my matches and Patty's matches and he was trying to help to give me sparring partner and a fitness coach and we were practicing together, but he was never coaching me. It was little weird for me that he would say that and I didn't expect it."

goldenlox
Jul 25th, 2007, 02:40 PM
That's no big deal. Anna travels with her dad, and Hoffman wasn't going with her to Lansdorp.
I think Anna needs a coach who understands serve mechanics, like Mark Woodforde.

BUBI
Jul 25th, 2007, 03:57 PM
looks like Anna is pissed off with Rainer :lol: go Anna

from TR.net

She was thrilled to be part of the Russian Fed Cup squad that took down the US and reasonably pleased that she won Tier III Cincinnati this week, but not at all happy with Hoffman, whom she said falsely claimed to be coaching her. She says their relationship is over.
"I had really friendly relations with him but somebody told me that he said in a magazine that he's been coaching me for two years," she said. "We were talking about my matches and Patty's matches and he was trying to help to give me sparring partner and a fitness coach and we were practicing together, but he was never coaching me. It was little weird for me that he would say that and I didn't expect it."
I think this is excellent news :bounce:

RsaibotD
Jul 25th, 2007, 04:49 PM
I don´t like Rainer Hoffman:fiery:

Wintermute
Jul 25th, 2007, 06:24 PM
"We were talking about my matches and Patty's matches and he was trying to help to give me sparring partner and a fitness coach and we were practicing together, but he was never coaching me."

I just knew Anna wasn't being coached by Rainer. Why get coached by him when she's got Robert Lansdorp?

By the way, I was stood next to Rainer a couple of weeks ago at Wimbledon watching Patty's first round. He was wearing a wonderful denim beret. :tape:

And yay to Anna and Vika for winning another doubles match. I hope their partnership is really starting to work now.

Pink Princess
Jul 25th, 2007, 06:33 PM
Princess Anna and Spice Victoria :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

It was obvious with this team with so many class. They start obtaining victories, Anna and Vika magnificent!!! :D :D :D

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Stadium (from 11.00hrs)
1. Bammer vs. Tu
2. Hantuchova vs. Peng
3. Kirilenko vs. Srebotnik
4. Poutchek/Rodionova vs. Mirza/Peer
5. Azarenka/Chakvetadze vs. Nakamura/Pin
6. Osterloh vs. Bartoli (NB 19.00hrs)
7. Srebotnik/Sugiyama vs. Liu/Yelsey

C'mon Anna and Vika:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

cosmoose
Jul 26th, 2007, 02:40 AM
Anna and Vika wins again! 7-6(0), 6-2 http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Respect/respect-059.GIF

I think these two are starting to gel and develop good team chemistry. http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Love/love-073.gif

Cat's Pajamas
Jul 26th, 2007, 03:22 AM
Can someone please go into further detail about Anna's relationship with Lansdorp? How frequently is he coacing her? I only saw a small article about the pairing in Tennis magazine and they made it sound like she practiced with him once. :shrug:

fOxYLiCiOuS
Jul 26th, 2007, 06:42 AM
Good luck Anna :kiss: :hearts:

goldenlox
Jul 26th, 2007, 01:25 PM
Anna went to Lansdorp earlier in the year, around IW. He's almost 70 and isn't a travelling coach.
Anna doesn't spend much time with him. Just a few days when she's in California.

Ballbasher
Jul 26th, 2007, 01:30 PM
Anna/Vika :D Finally winning matches in Doubles :D

Wintermute
Jul 26th, 2007, 07:07 PM
Anna and Vika wins again! 7-6(0), 6-2 http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Respect/respect-059.GIF
I think these two are starting to gel and develop good team chemistry. http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Love/love-073.gif

Yeah! And perhaps being on American hard courts helps too.

I can't believe Anna doesn't play her first match until 7pm on Thursday. Hopefully the doubles will have kept her in the swing of things.

RsaibotD
Jul 27th, 2007, 05:02 AM
Anna defeated Daniilidou 6-4 6-1, six wins in a row, she must improve her first serve% (48%), but she is in great form as last week:) .... c´mon Chaky;)

cosmoose
Jul 27th, 2007, 05:43 AM
It seems Anna takes her time sizing her opponent up....then once she figures her opponent out, Anna just raises her game and cruises to victory! :lol:

BUBI
Jul 27th, 2007, 08:21 AM
Srebotnik is next :bounce:

Anna really needs to fix her serve!

cosmoose
Jul 27th, 2007, 08:37 AM
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
(d. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 6-4, 6-1)

ON FINALLY GETTING STARTED IN THE TOURNAMENT:
"That was my first match on that court and I did not get use to it that
quickly. I was moving slowly at the beginning but in the second set I played
much better than the first. I tried to move her around a little bit. The
court played a little faster than I expected."

ON FEELING PRESSURE AS THE NO. 1 SEED:
"I do not really think about that because I never expected I would be the
top seed. Even when I first saw the draw in Cincinnati last weekend, I was
surprised to see that I was the number one seed."

LOOKING AHEAD:
"With this match today, I feel like I played better this week than I did the
whole time in Cincinnati. Hopefully I can continue to play well throughout
the week at this tournament."

soul
Jul 27th, 2007, 08:46 AM
You deserve the best Anna

Keep on winning at this level.You are the future number 1 on and off court

fOxYLiCiOuS
Jul 27th, 2007, 10:17 AM
Anna/Vika :D :hearts:

fOxYLiCiOuS
Jul 27th, 2007, 10:31 AM
Nice singles win Anna :D :worship:

keep it up :kiss: :hearts:

goldenlox
Jul 27th, 2007, 11:39 AM
Good win and she should do well vs Srebotnik.

KV
Jul 27th, 2007, 12:16 PM
Good win :) Good luck vs. kata

Pink Princess
Jul 27th, 2007, 01:00 PM
Magnificent Anna :bigclap: now obtain the victory today and assures the classification #6 of the world, C'mon Anna this Title is yours!!!

In Doubles Annahttp://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j107/ichigogeisha/emoticons/pink_star.gifVika qualifies for SF marvellous!!! http://www.apinchofthis.com/forum/images/smilies/pink.gifhttp://www.apinchofthis.com/forum/images/smilies/pink.gifhttp://www.apinchofthis.com/forum/images/smilies/pink.gif

Friday, July 27, 2007

Stadium (from 12.00hrs)
1. Bammer vs. Osterloh
2. Hantuchova vs. Govortsova
3. Chakvetadze vs. Srebotnik (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Mirza vs. Schnyder (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Srebotnik/Sugiyama vs. Morigami/Tu

C'mon Anna:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

selyoink
Jul 27th, 2007, 02:42 PM
A good win but eventually one of these slow starts will end up costing her. A slow start against Srebotnik won't be as easy to recover from.

Wintermute
Jul 27th, 2007, 08:06 PM
A good win but eventually one of these slow starts will end up costing her. A slow start against Srebotnik won't be as easy to recover from.

Probably true but more of a disadvantage against another Top 10er. I remember Anna started off slow against Srebotnik in Linz and wasn't serving great but was taking her apart by the end. And that was when Anna was suffering with a cold.


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Anna Chakvetadze maintained her perfect start to the summer on Thursday evening in Stanford, winning her sixth match in six attempts to reach the quarters of the Bank of the West Classic.

Chakvetadze, the No.1 seed, improved to 6-0 on summer hardcourts after a 64 61 win over Greece's Eleni Daniilidou. Daniilidou was ahead by 4-2 early on when Chakvetadze began painting the lines with her trademark pinpoint groundstrokes, reeling off seven games to go up a set and 3-0 in the second. After that stretch the final result seemed a foregone conclusion as the Russian held her serve to close out the one-hour, 14-minute win over the former Top 15 player.

Slow starts have been common for Chakvetadze since she left the grass court season behind her, but they haven't gotten in the way of victory. Last week in Cincinnati, she was behind 4-0 in the first set of her opener then 2-0 in the first set of her second one, but won both in straight sets. In the quarterfinals she lost the first set but roared back to win in three over countrywoman Elena Vesnina.

wtatour.com (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1561)

doris_hdz
Jul 27th, 2007, 09:15 PM
Go Anna!!

Good luck!!

Topspin2
Jul 27th, 2007, 11:21 PM
Goog luck Anna!!! :wavey:

Sund7101
Jul 27th, 2007, 11:29 PM
Good luck Anna against Srebotnik.

Patty Choker
Jul 28th, 2007, 12:28 AM
OMG:eek: Anna losing the 1st to this Srebotnik CLOWN:tape:

TennisPlayingFox
Jul 28th, 2007, 01:28 AM
Anna def Kata 4-6, 6-2, 6-2! Good comeback after the first set Anna! Good luck against Dani!

Wintermute
Jul 28th, 2007, 01:29 AM
Anna def Kata 4-6, 6-2, 6-2! Good comeback after the first set Anna! Good luck against Dani!

:bounce: Great 2nd and 3rd sets. Shame about the first. Anna's serve letting her down again. She double faulted several times at crucial points. At least she evened out over the course of the match: 9 DFs, 9 aces.

goldenlox
Jul 28th, 2007, 01:29 AM
Anna has been starting her matches slowly. That's a bad habit that she has to grow out of.

sammy01
Jul 28th, 2007, 02:52 AM
good fight back from anna and into the semis hope she keeps it going and takes the title!

Sund7101
Jul 28th, 2007, 03:44 AM
Go on and win the title Anna!!!

Pink Princess
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:33 AM
Another victory yaaay very well Anna.http://www.mustangowner.com/forum/images/smilies/greenapple.gifhttp://www.mustangowner.com/forum/images/smilies/greenapple.gifhttp://www.mustangowner.com/forum/images/smilies/greenapple.gif

Anna tomorrow mercilessly to the Final the victory is yours!!!

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http://www.mustangowner.com/forum/images/smilies/laola2.gif
C'mon Anna!!!
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

selyoink
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:46 AM
Glad she won again but these slow starts are really becoming worrisome. Against better opposition they will cost her.

RsaibotD
Jul 28th, 2007, 06:17 AM
the important is the victory:) ...... Seven:worship: :worship: .... good luck against Dani;)

BUBI
Jul 28th, 2007, 10:26 AM
Time to revenge that loss in Rome. No need for moonballing this time :yeah:

Wintermute
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:15 PM
Time to revenge that loss in Rome. No need for moonballing this time :yeah:

She already revenged the loss in Rome in 's-Hertogenbosch semis. Daniela and Anna are now tied at 2-2, each victory being straight sets.

BUBI
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:22 PM
She already revenged the loss in Rome in 's-Hertogenbosch semis. Daniela and Anna are now tied at 2-2, each victory being straight sets.
Yeah, I forgot that. Who are you cheering for this time?

I remember Rome so well because it was one of the few times I've seen Anna's match on TV.

Wintermute
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:46 PM
Yeah, I forgot that. Who are you cheering for this time?


I just hope that whoever wins this match takes the title.

Wintermute
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:55 PM
The No.1 seeded Anna Chakvetadze rallied to knock out Katarina Srebotnik in three-sets and clinch a berth in her first Bank of West Classic semifinals Friday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University.

Chakvetadze, who is ranked seventh in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, is coming off her fifth Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title after winning last week at the tournament in Cincinnati.

"I always want to improve my ranking and my tennis," said Chakvetadze. "But first it starts with my tennis. If I play better, the ranking will come. There are a lot of steps to take along the way and hopefully I can continue to practice and play well."

Srebotnik jumped out to an early 5-3 lead including earning a break in the 26-point seventh game and held serve to take a 1-0 lead. Chakvetadze quickly found her serve in the second set knocking in three of her nine aces to run off five straight games and tie the match at one apiece.

In the final set, Chakvetadze continued her strong play converting on two break points including one in the final game to secure the match, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Additionally, the 19-year old Russian extends her summer hardcout record to a perfect 7-0 and sets up a seminfinal matchup against third-seeded Daniela Hantuchova.

"Daniela has a big serve and she is a great player. I think it will be an interesting match to watch. It all will depend on how we serve and return tomorrow."

ON FACING A 1-0 DEFICIT:
"The first set was very up and down. If I would have been able to hold my
serve, that would have been better. She was making me run all over the
court. Then I started to play more aggressive in the second set and I began
to serve and return better also."

ON THE PLAY OF KATARINA SREBOTNIK:
"On this kind of court, if you play aggressive then it is easier for you.
Still I think she played solid today on a good level and she was a tough
opponent."

Bank of the West (http://www.bankofthewestclassic.com/matchUpdateDaily.php?sec=recap&id=9)

goldenlox
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:59 PM
Additionally, the 19-year old Russian extends her summer hardcout record to a perfect 7-0 and sets up a seminfinal matchup against third-seeded Daniela Hantuchova.

"Daniela has a big serve and she is a great player. I think it will be an interesting match to watch. It all will depend on how we serve and return tomorrow."

I am going to watch, and they should know Anna is 20.

cosmoose
Jul 28th, 2007, 05:18 PM
from yesterday's match against Kata.
sorry about poor quality.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k118/cozmoose/tennis/DSC02109.jpg
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k118/cozmoose/tennis/DSC02115.jpg

videoclip of matchpoint
http://s86.photobucket.com/albums/k118/cozmoose/tennis/?action=view&current=b33444fb.flv

Tennisking5
Jul 28th, 2007, 06:27 PM
good luck anna!

smokovec
Jul 28th, 2007, 07:47 PM
First thank you cosmoose!!!

Nice streak of victories for Anna between Cincinnati and here, I hope she can also reach the Final.

About the last Matches the positive things are all these aces, but also we have a lot of DF, probably Anna changes a bit her service, with more variety, but at this moment also this give more risk.

I don't know why all these slow startes, I think that Anna is one of the most athletic players on WTA and also his game moves the opponent on the Court often, so when a Match goes to a third set Anna is more fresh and can take advantage of this. :scratch:

cosmoose
Jul 28th, 2007, 09:00 PM
I think Anna is starting to develop her first serve as a weapon. Although Stanford didn't have the serve speed scoreboard, it seemed to me that Anna's first serve was faster than all the other players I saw (including Dani, Olga, Kata, Sania, and Patty)

As for the second serve, Anna is still inconsistent...She can be fine for long stretch and all of sudden throw in 3 DFs in one game.

Hopefully by US Open, she'll have the total package! :bounce:

RsaibotD
Jul 28th, 2007, 11:32 PM
thanks for the video Cosmoose:)

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 03:32 AM
Anna lost the first 2 games. But she will win if she stays focused.

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 05:17 AM
Anna is serving 21 in the 3rd. Mirza will play an exhausted opponent.

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 05:34 AM
Anna up 42 in the 3rd. They are showing her mom a lot on tv

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 05:36 AM
Anna serving 52

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 05:40 AM
Anna wins 62 in the 3rd. Now she has doubles. Her brother enjoyed the ending

~|Naomi|~
Jul 29th, 2007, 05:43 AM
Anna and her slow starts...oh well once she got going the scoreline shows she was the better player. Anna is showing great compsoure and mental strength.

Another final:bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Jul 29th, 2007, 05:44 AM
I think Anna is starting to develop her first serve as a weapon. Although Stanford didn't have the serve speed scoreboard, it seemed to me that Anna's first serve was faster than all the other players I saw (including Dani, Olga, Kata, Sania, and Patty)

As for the second serve, Anna is still inconsistent...She can be fine for long stretch and all of sudden throw in 3 DFs in one game.

Hopefully by US Open, she'll have the total package! :bounce:

Well in this match she out aced Daniela 6 to 2. But also had 12 DFs to Daniela's 7. Anna faced 13 break points and saved 10 of them. Anna won 69% of points on her first serve but only 41% on 2nd serve but both percentages were higher than Danielas.

RsaibotD
Jul 29th, 2007, 06:09 AM
Anna is Top 6:worship: .... great comeback anna;) .... Someone have pics??

selyoink
Jul 29th, 2007, 06:11 AM
Great win for Anna. Thought she was on the verge of a meltdown after blowing a 3-0 lead in the second set. Hung tough and Daniela wilted in the third set. Hope Anna has enough left tomorrow.

smokovec
Jul 29th, 2007, 06:52 AM
Anna and Vika just win the first set in Doubles match 6-4, so possible a Double final for Anna, very intense week, I hope she is is not so tired.

penkku
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:05 AM
Anna :) what a great fighter, hope you have some strenght left for the final(s) ;)

~|Naomi|~
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:10 AM
Anna & Vika won:D Didn't expect them to beat Srebotnik/Sugiyama.
Anna/Vika are turning into a great team.
2 finals for Anna tomorrow:)

ZIZOUILLE
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:06 AM
Great job Anna :worship:

Good luck in finals :)

Wintermute
Jul 29th, 2007, 12:47 PM
Anna & Vika won:D Didn't expect them to beat Srebotnik/Sugiyama.

Wow! That's an awesome win for them. I didn't see that coming. So it looks like Anna plays Sania in both singles and doubles finals.

I just hope Anna isn't too tired from this going into San Diego. The big points are on offer there and could be some tough matches. But forgetting that for now, go get those two titles! :D

KV
Jul 29th, 2007, 12:55 PM
Yet again in the final :)

GeorgianFan
Jul 29th, 2007, 01:04 PM
Good luck Anya :yeah:

Wintermute
Jul 29th, 2007, 01:15 PM
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
(d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-2)

KEYS TO THE MATCH:
"I served very well, especially in the third set when it was 3-3. I was
mostly satisfied with the way I played although my serve was up and down. I
think we both played well but in the second and third sets, I started to
pull away. I am pleased with the way I played. Hopefully I will be fresh
tomorrow after my doubles match tonight."

ON THE FIRST AND SECOND SETS:
"I had so many opportunities in the first and second sets. It becomes tough
when you don't take the chances your opponent gives you. She made me run a
lot in the first set, so I thought I needed to play more aggressive."

ON FACING SANIA MIRZA IN THE FINAL:
"She is hitting the ball very big right now and she has a very big forehand.
I will just try to move her around...We both played each other in juniors so
there will be no surprises because we know our games so well."

Hantuchova

ON ATTEMPTING TO GET BACK INTO THE MATCH:
"Every game I felt I had a chance to win. She does not allow you to get into
a rhythm. I had so many chances to break her and get back into it. Then I
felt like I was going for too much sometimes and I should have just been
more patient...She is very smart and can play big when she needs to."

bankofthewest.com (http://bankofthewestclassic.com/matchUpdateDaily.php?sec=recap&id=10)

Ballbasher
Jul 29th, 2007, 02:06 PM
Chaky beat other favs of mine in Singles and Doubles :sad: But I'm so happy for her :worship:

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 02:37 PM
The big question today is if Anna will have enough gas in her tank. She had a long night and plays this afternoon.
But this has already been a good week. Anna is 25-4 on hardcourt this year. Jankovic is 20-6.

Shoulderpova
Jul 29th, 2007, 02:40 PM
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
(d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-2)

KEYS TO THE MATCH:
"I served very well, especially in the third set when it was 3-3.

she won the 3rd set 6-2 :confused:

Pink Princess
Jul 29th, 2007, 02:43 PM
Anna in the Final!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

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C'mon Anna the Title is yours!!!
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Pink Princess
Jul 29th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Annahttp://www.emofaces.com/en/emoticons/p/princess-emoticon-silk-hat.gif and Vikahttp://future.boomspeed.com/bofh1968/smilies/princess.gif The Princesses of the braid to the Final :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

The class of this Team was more than obvious I already had commented on it.

C'mon!!!

Pink Princess
Jul 29th, 2007, 02:53 PM
The Final on Eurosport this night!!! before half an hour of the Match Anna against Daniela.

Shoulderpova
Jul 29th, 2007, 02:58 PM
C'mon Anna, win it all :fiery::fiery:

azhkz
Jul 29th, 2007, 03:12 PM
Mirza will play an exhausted opponent.
IMO MIrza has played more tennis than Chak in the last 2 weeks(Cincy- Singles-SF, Doubles-Winner):angel: . Now in the final of stanford in both singles and doubles. So, My opinion, Both will be equally tired. But I wish you are right that Sania's opponent is exhausted;) so that Sanibaby could win her 1st tier-2 event easily:) .

azhkz
Jul 29th, 2007, 03:13 PM
sry to post here.

cosmoose
Jul 29th, 2007, 05:08 PM
Anna's doubles match finished little after midnight....so she probably didn't get to bed until 1:00 am.....So Anna will be very tired.
Its very important that Anna has a fast start and hopefully win it in straight set! :bounce:

Dorien.
Jul 29th, 2007, 05:46 PM
Good luck, Anna! :rocker:

BUBI
Jul 29th, 2007, 06:01 PM
Anna knows what it's like to win week after week. I'm $ure $he will beat tired $ania. Doubles title would be the first :bounce:

Sharapower8
Jul 29th, 2007, 06:59 PM
It would be amazing for her to win this tournamant again ! I believe her I know she can do it :bounce: Anna's getting better and better ! That's really great ! Davai Chaky ;)

Ballbasher
Jul 29th, 2007, 07:11 PM
It'll be really REALLY tough hope Chaky can do it :)

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:14 PM
Anna got her hair caught in her racket in game 2.

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:17 PM
Neither player designated a coach

BUBI
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:35 PM
Anna got her hair caught in her racket in game 2.
That was funny :D

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:39 PM
Anna is serving 53

BUBI
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:42 PM
Anna won the set 6-3 :bounce:


One more set, Anna :shout:

GeorgianFan
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:44 PM
nice :bounce:

TennisPlayingFox
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:56 PM
Anna up *2-1 in the second!

BUBI
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:58 PM
Rainer Hofmann is cheering for Mirza :mad:

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 08:58 PM
Anna is playing some awful tennis. Yet, she's ahead.

cosmoose
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:01 PM
Rainer is a creep. :fiery:

BUBI
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:02 PM
Rainer is a creep. :fiery:
He looks silly with blonde hair :silly:

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:04 PM
Both of them played much better yesterday. 63 42

GeorgianFan
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:10 PM
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnaa :banana:

RsaibotD
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:12 PM
6-3 6-2.... C´mon Anna:worship: :worship: 6-0 in finals

Wintermute
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:13 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Anna's first ever Tier II title and still unbeaten in finals. :D And she did it in super-quick time so she'll still have energy for doubles.

saint2
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:13 PM
Congratulations, Anna :bounce: :bounce:

Wintermute
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:14 PM
Rainer Hofmann is cheering for Mirza :mad:

Was he actually cheering against Anna? After all the talk this week I'm not sure why he was there but I wish he wasn't.

BUBI
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:15 PM
Was he actually cheering against Anna? After all the talk this week I'm not sure why he was there but I wish he wasn't.
Not really, he was just laughing when Anna lost many points in a row. But he laughs sometimes when Patty plays like crap too :lol:

adrovi
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:22 PM
Congrats Anna :worship:

TennisPlayingFox
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:23 PM
Nice job Anna! Sloopy in the begginning but played better in the second set. Congrats on your 6th title Anna!

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:29 PM
Anna looked tired, but she's won 2 titles in a row.

BUBI
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:31 PM
Anna must still play doubles final.. Vikanna will take the title :bounce:

Topspin2
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:35 PM
Congrats Anna :wavey: :bounce: , great job:worship: :worship: :worship:

ZIZOUILLE
Jul 29th, 2007, 09:41 PM
Anna :worship: :clap2:

Pink Princess
Jul 29th, 2007, 10:33 PM
Chakvetadze Champion!!!YAAAY:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Anna was very top, #6 in the Ranking and in the YEC, other Title, this is wonderful, Anna is gorgeous!!!

And many more things that come...

Shoulderpova
Jul 29th, 2007, 10:36 PM
Anna Chakvetadze :bowdown::bowdown::worship::worship::hug::smooch: :kiss: :hearts::inlove::aparty::rocker::woohoo:

GeorgianFan
Jul 29th, 2007, 10:36 PM
http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/3503/anyaou9.jpg

smokovec
Jul 29th, 2007, 10:37 PM
Congrats Anna, this record of Finals played/win continues, now 6/6!!! :worship:

Anna proved that she is better than most of the players ranked behind, now the next step is to make some upsets against top players.

goldenlox
Jul 29th, 2007, 10:47 PM
Anna played a lot of tennis these 2 weeks. She's going to be tired in San Diego.
I wish she was off now and played LA and Toronto.

Wintermute
Jul 29th, 2007, 10:59 PM
She's going where she has points to defend. I do think it's a bad idea to play doubles in San Diego though.

fOxYLiCiOuS
Jul 30th, 2007, 02:06 AM
Congrats, Anna :kiss: :hearts:

Two titles in arow! :worship: 6-0 in finals! :hearts:

:woohoo:

selyoink
Jul 30th, 2007, 04:04 AM
Another title for Anna! Great news. Pretty terrible match but at least Anna won. The highlight was definitely when her braid got caught in her racket.

cosmoose
Jul 30th, 2007, 04:07 AM
Anna and Vica lost their doubles final. 6-4, 7-6(5)
Still a great result for this new team.
And it appears they will once again team up in San Diego! :bounce:

Spiritof42
Jul 30th, 2007, 08:00 AM
Been busy lately and haven't been able to come here as often, but I just had to check Anna's forum after her 6th singles title :-)
Anna's annus mirabilis continues. Most amazing to me is that she reached the final in doubles as well, beating the #1 seeds along the way.
She's definitely going to be tired, even more so if she makes another good run in San Diego. Hopefully she'll rest up after that. I want a fresh Anna for Toronto, 'cause I'm going to be there. :-D

Spiritof42
Jul 30th, 2007, 08:06 AM
``I'm pleased with the way I played and happy I won,'' Chakvetadze said. ``I didn't serve that well the whole week but I played well. I had to concentrate more on every point.''

She improved to 6-0 in tournament finals and will rise to No. 6 in the world rankings. The unseeded Mirza will return to her previous career high of No. 31 when the new rankings come out.

``It means a lot,'' said Chakvetadze, the top seed. ``It means I know I can do it and that I have to work harder to get (to the top five) and be more consistent.''

``I have to say I'm a little tired,'' said Chakvetadze, who earned $88,265 for the victory. ``I wasn't feeling that great to run around for three sets so I told myself to finish it fast.''

Chakvetadze has won nine straight matches, and 20 off 22 overall. Her only losses since the beginning of May have been in the French Open and Wimbledon.

In the second game of the first set, Chakvetadze caught her braided pony tail in her racket and was unable to play a ball. She was able to laugh it off.

``I used to have even longer hair than I have now and that has never happened,'' she said.

She has no plans to change her hairstyle, nor does she want to change her schedule. After playing in the doubles final she heads straight to San Diego to play singles and doubles beginning Monday.

``I just won't have a lot of time to celebrate,'' she said.
Source: http://www.tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=96984

Thank God! :-)

Spiritof42
Jul 30th, 2007, 08:45 AM
(off-topic)
I can't see the WTAWorld smilies in people's posts right now (including my own), even though the smilies are on in my profile. They don't show up in the "Show all smilies" list either. Am I the only one having this problem? I just finished setting up my new home computer, so it might be a weird configuration issue <shrugs>. Just wanted to ask before bringing this up in the bug report section.

the cat
Jul 30th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Well done to Anna on winning the Bank of the West Classic title. :) I just hope she doesn't overplay or peak too early before the U.S. Open.

BUBI
Jul 30th, 2007, 04:34 PM
(off-topic)
I can't see the WTAWorld smilies in people's posts right now (including my own), even though the smilies are on in my profile. They don't show up in the "Show all smilies" list either. Am I the only one having this problem? I just finished setting up my new home computer, so it might be a weird configuration issue <shrugs>. Just wanted to ask before bringing this up in the bug report section.
What browser are you using? Smileys are working for me :wavey:

Benchwarmer1
Jul 30th, 2007, 05:57 PM
Congrats to Anna, good luck for the rest of the year:wavey:

cosmoose
Jul 30th, 2007, 10:20 PM
http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2007/0730/ten_a_chakvetadze_412.jpg

Anna Chakvetadze's second title in as many weeks has moved the 20-year-old Russian to a career-high ranking of No. 6 on the WTA Tour -- meaning three of the top six players in the world are 20 years old (No. 2 Maria Sharapova, No. 6 Chakvetadze) or younger (No. 5 Ana Ivanovic, 19).

Since losing to Venus Williams in the Fed Cup semifinals, Chakvetadze has reeled off nine straight wins, capturing titles in Cincinnati and Stanford the last two weeks. She's 25-4 on hard courts this season and sits atop the standings in the U.S. Open Series. Three of her four titles in '07 have come on hard courts.

On Sunday, Chakvetadze beat another 20-year-old, India's Sania Mirza 6-3, 6-2. Chakvetadze also defeated Mirza in the semis in Cincinnati two weeks ago and is 3-0 in her career against the Indian.

"I was trying to move Sania around the court and it worked well for me today," said Chakvetadze, who has never lost in the final of a WTA Tour event (6-0). "I have to play only in the United States -- it's great here. I like the food, I like the people, I just enjoy being here. I like the hard courts, too."

However, the highest-ranked player Chakvetadze has beaten during her win streak is Daniela Hantuchova, ranked No. 12 at the time of their semifinal match at Stanford. The top seed in Cincinnati and Stanford, Chakvetadze is the No. 3 seed at this week's Acura Classic in San Diego and is in the same half of the draw as Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Hantuchova and Venus Williams. Chakvetadze has reached the quarters in each of the last two years at San Diego.

cosmoose
Jul 30th, 2007, 10:25 PM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/07/30/anna_c.jpg
From tennis.com

We’ve seen Ana Ivanovic break through this spring, and Nicole Vaidisova and Jelena Jankovic continue their strong play. Now, with those three joining the rest of the top tier on the sidelines, we’ve gotten a better look at the fourth of the WTA’s rising youngsters. For anyone who misses Martina Hingis or despairs for her future, Chakvetadze, 20, may be your girl. Yesterday the Russian was impressively Hingis-like, and impressively tough-minded, in her win over Sania Mirza for the title in Stanford, her second in as many weeks.

At 5-foot-7, 128 pounds (in her sneakers), Chakvetadze is never going to win with explosiveness, but she makes up for it with court sense and a controlled demeanor. You can see it in her face as she serenely rocks back and forth while waiting to return serve. That control extends to her ground strokes, which she rarely aims close to the lines. Instead, she changes directions with the ball relentlessly off both wings, and even with her return of serve—as with Hingis, you can’t really teach that kind of thing.

Like many women, especially Russian women, Chakvetadze’s backhand is her stronger stroke. She runs around to hit it on returns and she can create winners with it from a counterpunching position. The same is true for her forehand—she cracked a couple angled winners from that side yesterday that seemed utterly improbable for someone her size—but she’s a little more erractic with it. She worked with Robert Lansdorp earlier this year, and that means her strokes are bound to get a little flatter. Is this a good thing? Lansdorp has coached his share of champions, but I’m not sure flatter will be the way to go for a counter-puncher with good hands like Chakvetadze. At her size, she needs to move the ball around rather than try to power winners from behind the baseline.

But if Chakvetadze has an Achilles’ heel, it is, not surprisingly, her serve. Even while winning in Stanford, she struggled with double-faults, going for too many low-percentage flat first serves and rushing her second deliveries. What was impressive was how Chakvetadze, serving for the first set at 5-3, made her troubles disappear when it counted. Just when she looked ready for a double-fault meltdown, she closed out the set with her best serving game of the match. She looks unassuming, but Chakvetadze is deceptively steely, and it's helped her to a 6-0 record in finals. She moves to No. 6 in the world this week, just below the hard core of top women players. The trees get taller from here; it will be interesting to see her put her modestly tough game up against them as the summer progesses.

BUBI
Jul 30th, 2007, 11:01 PM
Thanks for the articles! But I thought forehand is Anna's stronger stroke...

cosmoose
Jul 30th, 2007, 11:29 PM
More praise for Anna...this time from Peter Bodo
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/07/30/anna.jpg
Francesca Schiavone ended her finals curse this week (see letter "I" above). It was a tremendous display of fortitude by the 27-year old. Kudos! But oddly enough, the anti-Schiavone narrowly beats out the real one for our heroine award. Entering this week, Anna Chakvetadze had not lost a final in five attempts. On Sunday, she ran that streak to 6-0.Anna

Many Russian tennis players define themselves by diligently playing week-in and week-out on tour. The ATP has two fine examples in Nikolay Davydenko and Dmitry Tursunov; on the women's side, Chakvetadze shares their distinction. Since losing to Michaella Krajicek at Wimbledon, Chakvetadze has played for Russia in Fed Cup competition (going 1-1), then she won the following week at Cincinnati, and won again this week at Stanford (where she also reached the double final). Fatigue obviously isn't an issue for her, demonstrating that Anna's fitness is superior to that of her peers.

Chakvetadze's game is impressive. I witnessed it up close during the Russia/United States Fed Cup tie a few weeks ago. One of the first things that jumped out at me was the economy of her game. I was amazed by how quickly - almost effortlessly - she gets into position, which makes her shots far more effective. Take a look at this video (of one of her backhands) to see what I mean. I never thought Chakvetadze would be an imposing figure, but she really has become a force on tour this year - especially in recent weeks. Oh, and by the way, she's playing again this week in San Diego.

goldenlox
Jul 30th, 2007, 11:33 PM
For a player Anna's height and weight to have 4 titles so far this year and be #6 means she really has an understanding of what to do on court.
She's at a huge size and power disadvantage to most of the top 30, yet she is now so close to the top 5.
It's amazing and Anna is amazing.

Spiritof42
Aug 1st, 2007, 06:53 AM
What browser are you using? Smileys are working for me :wavey:
Thanks for replying. This confirmed to me that the problem was on my end. I was using Firefox 2.0 like before, and configured exactly as before, but on a different computer. But the smilies were not showing up in Internet Explorer either. Took me a while to figure it out, but the culprit was my new McAfee security software. Turns out the "Web Protection" sub-program was treating the smilies as advertisements and automatically blocking them. :smash: Ironically, it didn't block any of the REAL advertisements present on the pages. So I turned off the stupid program and everything is back to normal. :)