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Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 03:59 PM
Her ball toss is so short now it looks like there's no way she'd get it over the net. She does need to serve better. But she's also had some squandered chances in Shahar's service games. I think she can get a break back very soon.

Shoulderpova
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:01 PM
2-4 :mad::fiery:

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:02 PM
Anna's level dropped from 12 30-30. Now she's going to lose unless she picks it up.

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:04 PM
This was a good service game. She has to get a break.

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:06 PM
Anna needs to be serving at more like 60% not 48%. I think she looked a little down in the last Peer service game but she pumped herself up afterwards. She's got to stick to her gameplan, be aggressive and hit those lines!

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:10 PM
Another good game 44. Anna is clearly the better player when she's playing her normal game.

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:18 PM
Anna wins 3 straight games. One more break needed.

Shoulderpova
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:20 PM
5-4, saving 2 bps :bowdown:
Anna starts to pump fist and come on :lol:
break for the set :rocker2:

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:20 PM
Anna was lucky to get out of that game. She really needs more 1st serves. I'm not convinced by this abbreviated motion yet.

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:24 PM
From 24 to 64. Now a good start to set 2 should put Peer under pressure

Shoulderpova
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:25 PM
6-4 :bowdown: that's more like it :bounce::bounce::rocker2:

GeorgianFan
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:25 PM
6-4 0-0 Anna keep it up :bigclap:

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:25 PM
Go Anna!

I'm not sure how she got out of that set. It's been very close as expected.

The commentators on Sky were comparing Anna's return of serve unfavourably to Monica Seles. They said Monica would crunch some of the returns off Peer's serve. Anna's done well getting them in but I think she could do more with them.

miffedmax
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:26 PM
Well, it's still less stressful than supporting Lena D.

C'mon Anna!

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:26 PM
I don't think Anna will lose her focus in this second set like she did against Paszek. She knows how dangerous Peer is and it's been a big effort to stay in that set and get back on top.

BUBI
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:27 PM
6-4 :bigclap:


I'm loving the fist bumps :inlove:

But what's going on with her serve? I hope the shoulder is fine. I don't think she's moving well either :shrug:

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:31 PM
Her first serve is making this match difficult. Anna missed an easy shot at deuce

Shoulderpova
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:34 PM
not a good start to the second set :fiery::mad:

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:34 PM
:( You have to play the first game of the 2nd set like it's the last game of the first. Anna was a little sloppy for the first few points and then it was too late. Peer made some great returns. Anna needs to do the same now.

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:37 PM
3 straight breaks by Anna. If she could hold a few times, this would be easy
11

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:37 PM
Both players have played better when behind. Anna needs to be strong now.

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:40 PM
*phew*

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:41 PM
21 One more break by Anna, and Peer is in big trouble

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:46 PM
4 straights breaks of Peer's serve. 64 31
3 games from the semis of the USO

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:52 PM
64 41. Anna in total control now The SF is at least US$300,000.
Plus Anna will be in the top 5!!!

Give Peer credit. At 40-15, she fought back.

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:53 PM
Great fight from Anna.

RsaibotD
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:53 PM
C'mon!!......... two games for the semis:)

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:57 PM
Peer hasn't held in an hour. This should be Sharapova. But she's boogie boarding in LA
64 51

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:57 PM
Please Anna don't choke!

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:58 PM
Peer hasn't held in an hour. This should be Sharapova. But she's boogie boarding in LA
64 51

:haha:

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:01 PM
C'MON!!! :bounce:

GeorgianFan
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:01 PM
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnaaaaaa :banana:

RsaibotD
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:02 PM
ANNA!!!:worship: :worship: ..... What a winner in the last point!!!!:cool: ..... Just great Anna, Amazing performance today;) ...... Semi-final without lose a set:)

BUBI
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:07 PM
:bigclap:
Anna played so well in the end! Full of confidence :bigclap:
http://www.smilies-and-more.de/pics/smilies/bananas/047.gif
http://www.smilies-and-more.de/pics/smilies/bananas/047.gif

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:09 PM
Anna should head straight to the practice court this afternoon and work on her serve. I've a feeling she will need it next round.

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:11 PM
Anna ;) :yeah: got the job done in 2
had early nerves but got over them quick and she's done it

Anna moves to #5 now :yeah:
good luck in SF now Anna :hug:

Demska
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:12 PM
Well done Anna ;)

GeorgianFan
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:13 PM
Peer hasn't held in an hour. This should be Sharapova. But she's boogie boarding in LA
64 51

:spit:

BUBI
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:15 PM
Now lets hope that Szavay beats Sveta :angel:

Imagine all the threads on General Messages complaining about Anna's cakewalk draw to the final ;) :bounce:

Pink Princess
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:25 PM
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: ANNA IN SEMIS!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:


Now the Princess Chakvetadze and aspirant in a time to be the #1 to the Final:hearts: :hearts: :hearts::bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :smooch: :bowdown: :music: :rocker2:

C'mon C'mon C'mon!!!

GeorgianFan
Sep 5th, 2007, 05:31 PM
http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/6a8f9e07-8802-47d0-bde2-adcbe4c3c47a.jpg

smokovec
Sep 5th, 2007, 06:13 PM
Well done Anna, very nervous I think in the first set, but then she played very consistent in the second, she has to start better next.

A little critic, I don't like all these C' Mon by Anna, it's good in important Points, but not in every Point. :tape:

But this is the most important Match so far for Anna and also I know that it's a nerves question, reaching a SF in a Slam, so I excuse you Anna :smooch:

Pink Princess
Sep 5th, 2007, 06:19 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070905/capt.a52964b9513e4ff19932f5d4907f19d0.us_open_tenn is_uso1.jpg

Princess Chakvetadze:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

GeorgianFan
Sep 5th, 2007, 06:49 PM
http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/3294/chzw1.jpg

selyoink
Sep 5th, 2007, 07:00 PM
Anna :yippee:

I guess I was worried about nothing since she won pretty easily in the end. Makes up for Agi losing. Biggest match of her career on Friday. I hope she can take care of business against Sveta and prove that she has arrived to the rest of the world.

the cat
Sep 5th, 2007, 07:07 PM
Well done Anna on making her first grand slam semifinal. :) Now she needs to play her best match in the semi's to beat Kuznetsova.

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 07:23 PM
Anna is an stylish elegant player. A real pleasure to watch her play.

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 08:27 PM
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/38/fullj.getty-76184534cc004_u_s_open_day_.jpg
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Anna Chakvetadze of Russia follows through on a return against Shahar Peer of Israel during day ten of the 2007 U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2007 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

KV
Sep 5th, 2007, 08:27 PM
Congrats. on making your first GS-SF :bounce: :)

penkku
Sep 5th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Anna :) took some time to get your game going but was great in the end, keep it up and send Sveta packing ;) Maybe the crowd is supporting you in that match and you don´t have to shout those c´mons in every point !

Topspin2
Sep 5th, 2007, 10:28 PM
Well done Anna :)

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 11:06 PM
US Open site has put up a post-match analysis of Anna vs Shahar here (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/postmatch/index.html).

Also Anna's press conference is now on USOPEN.ORG TV (you can launch it from the US Open homepage (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/index.html)). It's over ten minutes long and is well worth a watch. She talks about changing her style of play when she was 16 and how Robert Lansdorp is helping her. I think the media is really starting to warm to her in the press conferences.

goldenlox
Sep 5th, 2007, 11:13 PM
Anna did a great in studio interview today. Very impressive.

TennisPlayingFox
Sep 5th, 2007, 11:27 PM
Very nice Anna! Nice job! Good luck in the semis! You can do it!

fOxYLiCiOuS
Sep 5th, 2007, 11:28 PM
Congrats Anna! :hearts: :hearts:

First GS Semifinal! :D :worship:
She really deserves TOP 5. :D :worship:

:woohoo:


What a great season for Anna. :kiss: :cool:

cosmoose
Sep 5th, 2007, 11:39 PM
Bravo Bravo Anna!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

peanuts
Sep 6th, 2007, 07:53 AM
Yay! First GS semis. I really hope she gets to her first GS final. :) This girl has won me over from the time I saw her beat Venus in San Diego. Go Anna! I'm just wondering why usopen.org doesn't post transcripts of her interviews? They post the video but not the transcript. :confused:

goldenlox
Sep 6th, 2007, 10:58 AM
Facing each other in the second semifinal will be (4) Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated Agnes Szavay, 6-1, 6-4, against (6) Anna Chakvetadze, who topped (18) Shahar Peer 6-4, 6-1.

"A lot people compare me with Martina [Hingis]," Chakvetadze said. "I don't know. You know, I change it because I never played like this when I was a junior. I was hitting really flat balls, and after that I couldn't just win a match. That's why I change it. I knew that needed to do something else."



Kuznetsova says she will have the veteran's edge in the semifinals.

"She's upcoming player," Kuznetsova says of Chakvetadze. "I think the difference going to be I just have a little bit more experience. I been in semifinal before. It's her first time in semifinal. She's playing well. Definitely the pressure going to be more on me, but still I will try to stay tough, to play tough and, you know, just to enjoy the tennis."

Drimal
Sep 6th, 2007, 12:31 PM
Anna's first Grand Slam semifinal :banana: :banana:

Kuznetsova is often up and down. If Anna plays her best tennis she has a chance to get through. :)

saniapower
Sep 6th, 2007, 12:57 PM
:worship: Well done :worship: Best of luck for the S/F :yeah:

smokovec
Sep 6th, 2007, 02:20 PM
I expect the SF for Anna, this is his favourite Slam Tournament and also in the past she plays well here.

Ok, Anna makes the SF. :bounce: :bounce: :worship:

Now she can make the next Step with the first GS final, she can fight well againts Sveta, I hope she starts in the right direction, so Anna can win the Match.

The H2H are 2-0 for Kuzy, but in the first (on Grass and 2 Years ago) it's a 3rd set tie-break, the second in 2006 on Clay is a completly debacle for Anna, but now we have a different player, so all is possible and also the first meeting on Hard.

Topspin2
Sep 6th, 2007, 07:02 PM
Good luck against Kuzy!!!

saint2
Sep 6th, 2007, 07:09 PM
Good luck Anna...You are my last hope in this Grand Szlam...I wont be able to watch SF but I hope you will win, :hearts: :inlove:

Pink Princess
Sep 6th, 2007, 10:03 PM
A.Chakvetadze vs. S.Peer (QuarterFinals/US Open 07) And interview!!!

http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ-ZcYjYP7w

Pink Princess
Sep 6th, 2007, 10:03 PM
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM 12:00 NOON






1. Men's Doubles - Finals

Simon Aspelin (SWE)[10]/ Julian Knowle (AUT)[10] v. Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[9]/Pavel Vizner (CZE)[9]


followed by
2. Women's Singles - Semis

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[4] v. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)[6]


Not Before 3:15 PM

3. Women's Singles - Semis

Justine Henin (BEL)[1] v. Venus Williams (USA)[12]


http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/2378/chakvetadzeusopen333jk6.png

C'MON ANNA!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

RsaibotD
Sep 7th, 2007, 12:43 AM
Damn it, I have class at 1 o'clock :mad: ..... please anna, when I comeback, I want to read: Anna is on the final of the Us open:angel:....... good luck tomorrow A-Chak:cool:

selyoink
Sep 7th, 2007, 03:57 AM
I am very worried about Anna tomorrow because in a lot of ways the match is out of her hands. If Sveta plays near her best or at her best then Anna has virtually no chance to win. Sveta at her best is almost impossible to beat. Fortunately for Anna that doesn't happen too often. I hope tomorrow is not one of those days for Sveta.

peanuts
Sep 7th, 2007, 04:23 AM
I am very worried about Anna tomorrow because in a lot of ways the match is out of her hands. If Sveta plays near her best or at her best then Anna has virtually no chance to win. Sveta at her best is almost impossible to beat. Fortunately for Anna that doesn't happen too often. I hope tomorrow is not one of those days for Sveta.

Yes, Sveta is more often than not in an up and down mode. She's no pushover but she also has a terrible tendency to be error-prone when the match gets tough.

I really feel good about this match-up. I have a strong feeling Anna has a huge chance to make her first GS final. ;) Fingers crossed that will happen tonight, I mean tomorrow morning on where I'm from.

GeorgianFan
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:22 AM
Good luck Anya :bigclap:

BUBI
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:28 AM
Anna can win if she stays focused and doesn't play too passively! :bounce:

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:58 AM
Matt Cronin's semi picks:

4-SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA V. 6-ANNA CHAKVETADZE
I've been riding little Anna C's train for five straight matches, and there are few reasons to jump off now, except for the fact that playing an accomplished elder who has beaten her in their only two meetings and will be a much more difficult foe than figuring familiar peers, like Shahar Peer. Kuznetsova will not choke this match, so Chakvetadze will have to earn every point, and part of that will be going slightly outside of her comfort zone and taking a few more risks, especially when she gets opportunities to hammer Sveta's backhand.

Chakvetadze should start out carefully and make sure that Kuznetsova is locked in before she takes major risks, but once she is, she has to mix and match at rapid speed because the 22-year-old loves a straight-ahead match. But Kuznetsova doesn't like it when she can't find any rhythm with her Barcelona-taught, man's style clay-court game.

Kuznetsova has had a quiet year at No. 4 and would love another opportunity to play a US Open final. The last time she did in 2004, she clubbed Elena Dementieva in the final. In order to get there, she'll have to serve big, come in whenever possible, and try to rush Chakvetadze, a 20-year-old who is still vulnerable to an emotional breakdown. While it's easy to see the Grand Slam semifinal greenhorn getting frustrated, Chakvetadze's level has been super-high all summer long on hard courts, and she's not ready to fade yet. Chakvetadze will enter her first US Open final with a three-set win.

usopen.org (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2007-09-07/200709071189211703750.html)
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Cronin has been right about Anna all the way through. I hope his latest prediction is right too.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 12:12 PM
Russians, ex-champs spice semis
20-year-old Chakvetadze faces first big test of her rising stardom
By Douglas Robson Special for
USA TODAY
NEW YORK — Anna Chakvetadze is the dark horse entering the final stages of the U.S. Open, but there is nothing dim about the Russian's prospects.
"I think she has potential to be No. 1," says famed California coach Robert Lansdorp, who began working with Chakvetadze in March and has helped hone the strokes of top-ranked women ranging from Tracy Austin to Lindsay Davenport to Maria Sharapova.
That might be another year or two away, Lansdorp says. But Chakvetadze — whose cagey style and court sense have earned her comparisons to Martina Hingis — has served notice with a strong summer and an even stronger U.S. Open that Lansdorp's prognostication might not be far off.
Her first big test is today against 2004 U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first all-Russian semifinal in New York. Former champions Justine Henin and Venus Williams clash in the other.
"The media like to compare my tennis style with Hingis," says No. 6 Chakvetadze, smiling, "and how I look with Mary Pierce. But I don't think it's even close, eh?"
How then does she explain her disruptive change-of-pace tactics and aptitude for staying one step ahead of the ball?
"Because I am trying to run really fast," she laughs. "Maybe it looks easy, but it's never easy."
What looks easy is her march through the draw. Chakvetadze, 20, hasn't dropped a set, logging an average of 1 hour, 6 minutes a match, fewer minutes than any of her fellow semifinalists.
"I feel every day I am playing better," she says. "That quarterfinal (vs. Shahar Peer) was pretty solid, but I still don't think I'm playing my best level."
What Chakvetadze might have conserved in energy she will lack in experience. Between them, Henin, Williams and Kuznetsova own 13 majors and have appeared in 35 Grand Slam semifinals.
Chakvetadze is an undaunted debutante. "I never walk on court and think I may lose," she says.

Like Chakvetadze, Kuznetsova, 22, has been working through the draw efficiently, dropping just one set. After struggling to cope with winning her first major in 2004, fourth-seed Kuznetsova has consistently gone deep in majors, including a runner-up finish at the 2006 French Open.
"I know (I've) grown as a person and as a player," says the hard-hitting but streaky Kuznetsova. "I can see it in the matches."
Chakvetadze, too, has come a long way in a short time. She calls herself a "weak" junior player, who only showed success when she started to add variety to her game, and she credits Lansdorp.
Lansdorp says he's helped her drive the ball with more pace, a la Davenport, and use her change-of-pace strategy more judiciously.
"It looks like it's starting to work," Lansdorp says.

Sharapower8
Sep 7th, 2007, 01:54 PM
Good luck Anna ! I'm sure she can do it :bounce:

miffedmax
Sep 7th, 2007, 03:18 PM
I have to say that article above sums up why I am starting to like Anna.

penkku
Sep 7th, 2007, 04:22 PM
Good luck Anna, give it your best :)

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:13 PM
Anna got a gift in game 1. Anna was up 40-15 and couldn't hold, 1-1.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:18 PM
They are both very nervous. Anna breaks again. 21

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:19 PM
Two nervous players. At least Anna has had game points so far.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:23 PM
Anna was a bit lucky there. They both still seem nervous. Anna's 1st serve percentage is only 36%.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:24 PM
Anna is up 31 and Sveta really off now.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:27 PM
Anna's starting to look a bit better now. I can't believe Sveta will keep playing like this for long.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:28 PM
Anna is up 2 breaks 41. If Sveta keeps making ue's, Anna will be in the final.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:30 PM
Good serving by Anna, woeful returning by Sveta.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:31 PM
Anna serves for the set 52. Anna had broken Peer and Sveta 8 straight times until that game.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:33 PM
Do it Anna! Don't get nervous.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:36 PM
Awww damn it! At least Anna gets another shot at it.

GeorgianFan
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:39 PM
6-3 0-0 keep it up :bigclap:

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:39 PM
:eek: Sveta just handed Anna that set gift-wrapped with a bow on top!

I just don't think it will continue this way. Anna has barely had to do anything yet.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:39 PM
Anna breaks again. One set away.

BUBI
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:40 PM
Sveta - over 20 UE's in first set :lol:

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:44 PM
Glad Anna held there. That last shot wasn't easy.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Maybe now Sveta held we have a match on.

miffedmax
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:53 PM
C'mon, Anna. Wish I could watch it, but there's this whole work thing . . .

BUBI
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:53 PM
Two doublefaults in a row :mad:

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:54 PM
Now Sveta's starting to play better and Anna just got worse. First serve percentage 30% in the second set.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 06:54 PM
Anna played 2 bad games, down a break.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:00 PM
Anna's totally lost her way now. She's got to regroup quickly.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:00 PM
Anna is really nervous. She missed the ball totally on a lob 14

BUBI
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:01 PM
C'mon, Anna. Wish I could watch it, but there's this whole work thing . . .
Ever since you became a fan of Anna, she has started to play like Dementieva! Get the hell out of here :fiery:;)

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:03 PM
It's like a mirror of the first set. Anna's winning less than half the points on her serves which is what Sveta was doing in the 1st.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:06 PM
Anna is playing the worst I've ever seen her this set. It's like Ivanovic in the RG final this set.

GeorgianFan
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:08 PM
6-3 1-6 0-0 :scared: wake up Anna!!!

BUBI
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:08 PM
From 6-3 1-0 40-0 to 6-3 1-6 :help:

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:10 PM
Maybe both players can play well in the third set?

Oh they're invoking the heat rule. It must be roasting down there.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:11 PM
10 minute heat rule. Anna needs to refocus. That set was a mess.

miffedmax
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:19 PM
Ever since you became a fan of Anna, she has started to play like Dementieva! Get the hell out of here :fiery:;)

From 6-3 1-0 40-0 to 6-3 1-6 :help:

Unless Anna hires Mommy Vera as her coach, Anna will be just fine.

(Besides, she's in my sig now--too late to change! :lol:)

BUBI
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:22 PM
6-3 1-6 0-0 0-40*

Anna throws her racquet...

now 6-3 1-6 *1-0 :angel:

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:22 PM
Throwing her racquet seems to have done the trick.

the cat
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:23 PM
I'm here to bring Anna good luck. Get it together Anna and make it to the final. :) One set for the final and Anna needs to keep the ball in play and make things tough for Kuznetsova.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:23 PM
Anna should throw her racket more often She was 0-40 then.

BUBI
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:26 PM
Looking much better now!

Anna just won the best rally of the match.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:32 PM
Anna needs to hold her serve. That's a starting point. It seems to be quite windy out there which makes it pretty difficult but I think Sveta is forcing Anna to go for some difficult shots.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:34 PM
Every time Anna goes to net she hits the ball straight back to Sveta. I think it's because she tries to wrong-foot lesser players by hitting behind them but Sveta is not moving.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:35 PM
2 times Anna came in for a short ball and hit it right to Sveta who was waiting for it.
Anna has to mix it up.
A bad ue at 30-40. Now Sveta serves 31. Play good now or it's over.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:36 PM
2 times Anna came in for a short ball and hit it right to Sveta who was waiting for it.


More than 2 times in this match.

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:41 PM
A real bad forehand ue at bp. Just sailed it long.
That ue to lose the game was terrible. She's overhitting on key points 14.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:43 PM
You can tell Anna is really uncomfortable with her net game. She doesn't know the right shot to pick and she doesn't seem to like taking swing volleys either.

Most important now is to hold serve.

the cat
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:48 PM
Anna needs to play some tennis tennis before it's too late. If Anna could play 2 good games in a row it could concern Kuznetsova and cause her to make errors. Kuznetsova could blow her third set lead and Anna needs to believe that could happen.

selyoink
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:48 PM
Well that was an awful performance. I know the match isn't over just yet but Anna doesn't deserve to win after this pathetic display.

GeorgianFan
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:48 PM
:o

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:49 PM
Anna wasn't emotionally ready for this semi. In the last 2 sets, just a crazy amount of UE's.

GeorgianFan
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:52 PM
:sobbing:

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:53 PM
It wasn't meant to be. She needed to be in a match like this. The next time, she will know she has to keep her emotions under control, and stay steady.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:53 PM
Well Sveta stuck in there and did what was necessary to get the win. 46 unforced errors from Anna.

It was a great run for Anna but Sveta definitely deserved the win today.

miffedmax
Sep 7th, 2007, 07:56 PM
It's all my fault. I'm the jinx.

Seriously, though, this tournament was huge for Anna. She just needs a little more big time experience and she'll be ready to win these. Even though the last two sets weren't quite what we'd hoped for, she did take a former champ and the soon-to-be World #2 to three sets.

Good for her.

BUBI
Sep 7th, 2007, 08:01 PM
Anna needs to develope her killer instinct. At times it seems she is more afraid of losing that is craving to win. But I don't think she would have beaten Justine in the final anyway.

Ballbasher
Sep 7th, 2007, 08:26 PM
Chaky :sad: Didn't stand the pressure already

GeorgianFan
Sep 7th, 2007, 08:27 PM
http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/968/captcu0.jpg

goldenlox
Sep 7th, 2007, 08:27 PM
The bottom line is that Anna didn't play well enough today.
Even the 1st set, it was Sveta's awful play. Anna has to play better to win such a big match.
This isn't a setback. It's a USO SF. That's a great result.

saniapower
Sep 7th, 2007, 08:29 PM
anna needs to be more aggressive. some pts she could've gone for the kill but she chose to be safe n invited svetlana into the game. she'd 3 break pts to go up 2-0 in the 2nd set. had she won that one it could've been a different story. but she wasted lot of opportunity, body language's not good either.

Wintermute
Sep 7th, 2007, 09:23 PM
A (very short) video of Anna's press conference is already up. She says "I just played horrible" and she obviously doesn't look very happy.

Pink Princess
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:14 PM
I am very angry with this Match, has trumped the attitude and Anna's absurd mistakes, she had 3-6 0-1 0-40. Damned wind, it was not almost possible to play Tennis!!!

Nonetheless the valuation of a Tournament is done as a whole and not for a Match and has been marvellous. From what I happen today the lesson is learned and she has gone away very angry since she hates to lose a Match and I also.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR:mad: :mad: :mad:

Pink Princess
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:19 PM
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/43/fullj.getty-76184536cc048_u_s_open_day_.jpg

MAGNIFICENT TOURNAMENT PRINCESS CHAKVETADZE!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

~|Naomi|~
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:19 PM
anna needs to be more aggressive. some pts she could've gone for the kill but she chose to be safe n invited svetlana into the game. she'd 3 break pts to go up 2-0 in the 2nd set. had she won that one it could've been a different story. but she wasted lot of opportunity, body language's not good either.

Agree. Anna was far too passive on the BPs - rather than step in and be aggressive she played for the error. You can't do that against a player the quality of Kuznetsova in a GS SF.

Anna's weaknesses were exposed. Her serve:o That needs serious work. Where is the weight transference? Or hip rotation? It is pretty much all arm. Awful technique.

Anna needs to buff up. Anna works the point beautifully but she needs to be able to step in and hit a powerful shot to finish the rally against players who move like Kuznetsova. Now I'm not saying I want Anna to turn into a ball basher. I love Anna's court craft but I think she needs to be able to put more power into her point ending shots. Even Henin with all her talent had to increase her strength.

It was no surprise that Anna lost that 3rd set - she was sitting in the chair shaking her head after coming back from the heat break. She needed to put the 2nd behind her straight away and be positive.

Anyway - stilll a first GS SF. A massive achievement, hopefully Anna analyses the fortnight and learns from it.

Sharapower8
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:36 PM
It's bad that she lost, I hoped she'd reach the final :sad:
Btw, semi is still a good result, it was a Granslam ! :D Proud of Anna :hug:

BUBI
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:51 PM
I think Anna needs to improve her movement. It seemed to me like she was often a little late and thats was reason for many easy errors. Obviously her serve and netplay needs to be improved too.

~|Naomi|~
Sep 7th, 2007, 10:59 PM
I think Anna needs to improve her movement. It seemed to me like she was often a little late and thats was reason for many easy errors. Obviously her serve and netplay needs to be improved too.

I think in general Anna has good movement. Today her footwork was poor - that was nerves. She was nervous and couldn't get her feet to move. That will come with experience because in general Anna has good footwork. Of course wouldn't hurt to work on it - always want to improve not only weaknesses but also strengths:) It was dissappointing that she didn't adapt in the 3rd set though and made the same mistakes as the 2nd set.

the cat
Sep 7th, 2007, 11:13 PM
It's dissapointing Anna played poorly in her first grand slam semifinal. :( Especially since she won the first set and was only one good set of tennis away of making the final.

AK-DH Fan
Sep 8th, 2007, 01:33 AM
During this tournament I've really become a fan. I haven't really seen her play before now, but she really has alot of variety and is different from all the power players who play thoughtless tennis. She's great @ changing the pace and the direction of the ball and she's good @ the net too.

Anyway this summer she's played extremely well and proved why she is (I beleive) #5 in the world. But it's her first semi and I don't think we can expect her to play her best. Nevertheless I hope she continues to play solid tennis- Good luck next tournie Anna!!! Does anybody know her next tornie?

Tim_Danielafan6
Sep 8th, 2007, 03:03 AM
well anna would of been nervous in her first grand slam semi, so its very understandable that she didnt play her best, she'll learn from it tho and hey shes still young and made a semi, good on her, a great tournament from her, i saw the match and she did look very confused as to why she was playing so badly, but players have off days sometimes, she can get away with it, im sure this isnt the last semi of a grand slam she'll be in, she's got it in her for sure.

RsaibotD
Sep 8th, 2007, 03:49 AM
I came from watch the match:sad: ..... and it not was a good match, Anna won the first set with 1 winner, and Kuznetsova did 21 UE, I'm surprised:eek: .... the inflexion point in this match without doubt was the second game of the second set, when Anna had 3 BP, and was 6-3 1-0.... I prefered don't watch the last games.... Anyway, Anna did an Excellent tournament:) , She's now a Top 5, And probably She'll be in Madrid:cool: ......

peanuts
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:23 AM
I think in general Anna has good movement. Today her footwork was poor - that was nerves. She was nervous and couldn't get her feet to move. That will come with experience because in general Anna has good footwork. Of course wouldn't hurt to work on it - always want to improve not only weaknesses but also strengths:) It was dissappointing that she didn't adapt in the 3rd set though and made the same mistakes as the 2nd set.

Yeah I've always thought Anna is one of the smoothest movers on the tour but of course when you're nervous...your shots, movement, tactics can turn into a big mess, as what happened today. :help:

She really fell apart after not getting that early break in the 2nd set. And in the start of the 3rd set when she had a chance to get a break, she ended up folding like she did in the 2nd. I'm kinda disappointed at how badly she played in those last 2 sets especially the 3rd. It really got ugly out there. :o :tape:

I'm taking this bad loss as part of her inexperience at playing in the big stage. She might have thought too much of how close she was in getting to her first Slam final. Still, as everyone said, a very good run for Anna. I hope she builds on this and make it to her first YEC. :D :cool:

smokovec
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:57 AM
Disappointing Match by Anna, but I expected a similar Match, because it's the first semifinal in a Grand Slam, then in windy Days Anna become also more nervous and makes a lot of unforced errors (I remember the Match against Hantuchova in Rome :sad: ).

For 2 minutes in the third set, right after Anna is 0-0 40-0 on Sveta service I have the Sensation that she can start playing much better, but unfortunately it's only for a little time.

Now the positive things. :D After 2 QF in the previous Slams she makes the first SF, very consistent Year so far. Then I'm sure Anna works for improving her game and she become more efficent, she is only 20 Year old, so I expected other important Matches in the future.

saint2
Sep 8th, 2007, 12:51 PM
Looks like Anna is not ready yet to play in GS final...But overal good performance by Anna.I Hope she will reach GS title some day :worship: :worship:

Wintermute
Sep 8th, 2007, 04:58 PM
Anna's weaknesses were exposed. Her serve:o That needs serious work. Where is the weight transference? Or hip rotation? It is pretty much all arm. Awful technique.

Anna needs to buff up. Anna works the point beautifully but she needs to be able to step in and hit a powerful shot to finish the rally against players who move like Kuznetsova. Now I'm not saying I want Anna to turn into a ball basher. I love Anna's court craft but I think she needs to be able to put more power into her point ending shots. Even Henin with all her talent had to increase her strength.


I don't think anyone in this forum would disagree that Anna needs to do something about her serve. Against decent players it's hard for her to dominate points in her service games, especially when the first serve isn't going in. She's definitely been tweaking it during the last few months. The ball toss is much lower than the start of the year, presumably to give more control, except half the time it looks like it won't go over the net before she's even hit it.

Sania Mirza claims Anna's serve is harder than a couple of months ago but I don't think it's a significant difference. Her average 1st serve speed is just under 100mph and the fastest is around 107mph. That's slightly faster than she was hitting in Australia. Surprisingly Anna is joint-9th on the ace leaderboard at the US Open with 17 aces, tied with Justine Henin. But then Anna didn't have to face the Williams sisters.

Probably to get a decent serve with new technique incorporated into her game will not be possible until the off-season.

In terms of buffing up, Anna is already carrying a lot more muscle than she had a year ago. The work she's doing with Robert Lansdorp actually involves him hitting balls to her which she then drives into the corners so he is trying to get more power into her shots.

Anna also needs to work on her net play and swing volleys. I think she gets nervous when she gets up the court. Against Sveta she had a few 50:50 situations and generally chose the wrong shot, hitting straight back to the opponent instead of into the space.

The good thing is Anna is only 20 and she's already at #5 in the world. If she continues to develop and improve then I think she can be in contention for more slam titles. She needs to stay ahead of the new young players who will be coming up.

goldenlox
Sep 8th, 2007, 05:41 PM
Anna has been working on her serve. It was a windy day, and she was off her good form. And playing a big match.
Anna has to work on her net play.
That she reached #5 is tremendous, but she doesn't have a top 3 game. Yet.

the cat
Sep 8th, 2007, 07:13 PM
Anna had a fine summer hardcourt season even though it ended on a sad note. I'm sure she knows what she needs to improve on and I hope she does improve and take her game into the top 3 and become a grand slam champion.

smokovec
Sep 8th, 2007, 07:44 PM
Anna has been working on her serve. It was a windy day, and she was off her good form. And playing a big match.
Anna has to work on her net play.
That she reached #5 is tremendous, but she doesn't have a top 3 game. Yet.

I agree with you, the serve is better than months ago, it's the net play that is bad at the moment, expecially when Anna has to move to the net because the opponent makes a short shot, sometimes Anna don't know what to make in these situations.

For me Anna has already a Top 5 game from the baseline, she is one of the best player right now, and so with this and the talent she can continue to develop the game and improve with time, like she has already make and the recent results proves this.

So I'm so happy that Anna become 5th in the ranking, I start cheering for Anna when she is around the 40-50 position, so this is a big jump!!!

~|Naomi|~
Sep 9th, 2007, 02:35 AM
I don't think anyone in this forum would disagree that Anna needs to do something about her serve. Against decent players it's hard for her to dominate points in her service games, especially when the first serve isn't going in. She's definitely been tweaking it during the last few months. The ball toss is much lower than the start of the year, presumably to give more control, except half the time it looks like it won't go over the net before she's even hit it.

Sania Mirza claims Anna's serve is harder than a couple of months ago but I don't think it's a significant difference. Her average 1st serve speed is just under 100mph and the fastest is around 107mph. That's slightly faster than she was hitting in Australia. Surprisingly Anna is joint-9th on the ace leaderboard at the US Open with 17 aces, tied with Justine Henin. But then Anna didn't have to face the Williams sisters.

Probably to get a decent serve with new technique incorporated into her game will not be possible until the off-season.

In terms of buffing up, Anna is already carrying a lot more muscle than she had a year ago. The work she's doing with Robert Lansdorp actually involves him hitting balls to her which she then drives into the corners so he is trying to get more power into her shots.

Anna also needs to work on her net play and swing volleys. I think she gets nervous when she gets up the court. Against Sveta she had a few 50:50 situations and generally chose the wrong shot, hitting straight back to the opponent instead of into the space.

The good thing is Anna is only 20 and she's already at #5 in the world. If she continues to develop and improve then I think she can be in contention for more slam titles. She needs to stay ahead of the new young players who will be coming up.

I'm not doubting she is working on these things. Hope she continues to work very hard on them and as she has shown in the past she normally does.
Absolutely agree with the last sentence:)

~|Naomi|~
Sep 9th, 2007, 02:37 AM
Anna has been working on her serve. It was a windy day, and she was off her good form. And playing a big match.
Anna has to work on her net play.
That she reached #5 is tremendous, but she doesn't have a top 3 game. Yet.

I never buy excuses like it was windy. It was windy for Kuznetsova as well. Kuznetsova is more experienced but Anna is now top 5 she should be able to adapt to the wind.

goldenlox
Sep 9th, 2007, 05:36 AM
I don't mean it as an excuse. She didn't play well. She kept making ue's.
I'm sure Anna can beat Sveta. I don't think Anna can beat Henin or Williams, yet.
But she could have been in the final if she played as well in her SF as she did vs Peer

BUBI
Sep 9th, 2007, 05:41 AM
Anna's game is so accurate and she hits with less spin and power, so obviously the wind affects her game more. Maybe she needs plan b for windy conditions...

peanuts
Sep 9th, 2007, 01:03 PM
Anna also needs to work on her net play and swing volleys. I think she gets nervous when she gets up the court. Against Sveta she had a few 50:50 situations and generally chose the wrong shot, hitting straight back to the opponent instead of into the space.


Yes aside from the serve, her net play needs work. I'm not saying she has bad volleys, I just don't think she's as good when the ball lands short and she has to hit an approach shot. Plus yeah it would be really great if she could hit swing volleys to finish points off. Hingis can do it and they're of the same build so I'm sure Anna can make this a big part of her game.

Some very interesting observations posted in this thread. Everyone here seemed to have a good insight on Anna's game. Good read. :yeah: :)

goldenlox
Sep 11th, 2007, 10:14 AM
Anna won 10 of the last 11 games vs Peer. It was surprising how much worse she was in her next match, which was the biggest match of her career so far.
Sveta didn't have a great tournament, she was very beatable.
I don't know why Anna's game fell off so far. That was a great opportunity to be in a slam final.