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darice
Aug 31st, 2007, 11:36 AM
Link (http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22338587-11088,00.html)

Casey Dellacqua wasn't the last of the Australian women to depart the torunament after Nicole Pratt crashed out earlier in the day.

Pratt went out in straight sets then declared her conqueror, Anna Chakvetadze, too mentally fragile to win the title.

Chakvetadze arrived at the event one of the hottest players on tour, having scorched her way to four titles in 2007 and risen to a career-high No.6 in the world.

The 20-year-old also reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and French Open this season, falling on both occasions to her celebrated countrywoman and two-time major champion, Maria Sharapova.

Under the grand slam spotlight for the first time at Melbourne Park in January, Chakvetadze suffered a mini meltdown in her 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 loss to Sharapova and Pratt maintained today that the highly-rated youngster was still not ready to break through on the sport's biggest stage.

"No, not at the moment. She's not,'' the veteran Australian said after unsettling Chakvetadze at times during the match.

"There are too many weakness there that people can take advantage of. She's got potential but she's still got a lot of work to do.''

Pratt sensed Chakvetadze was close to folding when facing break points serving at 3-4 in the second set.

"I had a couple of balls to go 5-3 up in the second set and I felt like the momentum had shifted,'' Pratt said.

"I felt like if I could get to a third set, I knew that emotionally she's susceptible. So I thought `If I could get to a third set, I like my chances'.

"But unfortunately it didn't happen.''

Chakvetadze's compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 Open champion, also doubted whether the sixth seed had the nerve to win the tournament.

``I think everything is possible. I think the draw is pretty open. But the thing is, what's her best result in a grand slam?,'' Kuznetsova said when asked if she thought Chakvetadze was ready to make a major impact at Flushing Meadows.

``The question is if she can handle the pressure. (That's) the question is for every player, I think.''
- AAP

Hashim.
Aug 31st, 2007, 11:39 AM
Pratt :haha::rolls:
she talks too much :tape:

Keaka
Aug 31st, 2007, 11:40 AM
:haha:

How could she even think she could get to the third set, the match point was awfully playn by her :help:

But Chakvetadze is a bit mentally weak, yeah...

Keaka
Aug 31st, 2007, 11:42 AM
Pratt :haha::rolls:
she talks too much :tape:

Well, she is experienced, she's old like 35, and is playing for more than ten years right? :spit: :haha:

tennisbear7
Aug 31st, 2007, 11:52 AM
Nicole Pratt is right, even though she's not a great player.

Demska
Aug 31st, 2007, 11:58 AM
Why she would care what she thinks?

She is a no one in tennis, except something I trod in. :rolleyes:

Dexter
Aug 31st, 2007, 11:59 AM
That's true. I remember watching her in Warsaw... she's very emotional and more experienced players can easily take advantage of it.

Pasta-Na
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:02 PM
Why she would care what she thinks?

She is a no one in tennis, except something I trod in. :rolleyes:

a bit harsh, isnt it? :o

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:15 PM
Pratt plays old style, she gave Anna no pace which Anna hates.
dont see many others still play junk ball stuff with slice.

Demska
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:33 PM
a bit harsh, isnt it? :o

The truth hurts. :sad:

Bruno71
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:34 PM
Of course Pratt will say that as Anna may have been emotional in their match. I wonder what Venus might say about the subject though.

No Name Face
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:35 PM
pratty, don't be dissing anna :armed:

anna for the win! or at least the finals where she can lose to serena or elena.

sammy01
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:39 PM
annas always emotional but it hasn't stopped her beating petrova, jankovic, venus and dani this year! i wish people would give her a break shes through to the 3rd round in straight sets, in my book thats all good! she will play better when she plays a better player! plus that match up for chakvetadze is the worst for her as she likes to counter punch and play reactive tennis but she was having to be totaly dictorial against pratt, not her natural game!

HAOCHEN-GOAT
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:50 PM
:spit:

:lol: Nicole :worship: :haha:

Rik.
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:00 PM
Like Misa vs her :haha:

Alizé Molik
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:06 PM
you have to remember, Australian sport media usually get 99% of their quotes on tennis from her because she's the only one around and she's always talking :tape:

goldenlox
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:40 PM
Those are fair quotes. Anna has to prove herself at a major, and she did give Nicole a chance to lead 53 in the 2nd.
Anna has let down during matches. She goes thru patches where opponents can get back into the match.
Yet she's good at closing, and she's won 21 of her last 24 matches.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:45 PM
I don't see anything wrong with what Pratt is saying. She isn't saying that Chakvetadze is not a good player, just that she is not ready to win a slam at this moment. I, for one, agree.

cellophane
Aug 31st, 2007, 02:10 PM
I'm laughing, but Pratt didn't say anything that was untrue anyway.

SvetaPleaseWin.
Aug 31st, 2007, 02:59 PM
didnt pratt say the same thing about the bondarenkos in fed cup after they both beat her in straight sets :rolleyes: maybe she should insult the players she can beat ;)

Wintermute
Aug 31st, 2007, 03:52 PM
Pratt went out in straight sets then declared her conqueror, Anna Chakvetadze, too mentally fragile to win the title.This comment may have been valid a year or two ago but people mistake Anna's behaviour in between points to the way she acts during the point. She has become much mentally tougher which is how she has been able to close out matches against difficult opponents this year such as Jankovic and Venus. The only match I've seen her play this year where the old Anna resurfaced was against Krajicek at Wimbledon.

Under the grand slam spotlight for the first time at Melbourne Park in January, Chakvetadze suffered a mini meltdown in her 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 loss to SharapovaAnna had just played three weeks solid before she ran into Maria in Melbourne (including her title run in Hobart) and she said afterwards she was suffering from exhaustion. That was why she vowed not to play a tournament the week before a slam again. Unfortunately her preparation for USO was slightly hampered by catching that virus that was going around and now she's possibly suffering from lack of matches rather than overplaying.


"There are too many weakness there that people can take advantage of. She's got potential but she's still got a lot of work to do.'' Agreed. Anna has areas of her game that need improvement and several top ten players know how to take full advantage of those. The exciting thing with Anna is that she has many years ahead of her in which to get better and better.

Pratt sensed Chakvetadze was close to folding when facing break points serving at 3-4 in the second set. :haha:
"I felt like if I could get to a third set, I knew that emotionally she's susceptible. So I thought `If I could get to a third set, I like my chances'.
Anna's winning record is second only to Jankovic this year and she has pulled out some difficult three setters against higher ranked opposition than Pratt. Anna was going for winners and didn't play a great match; Pratt was playing conservatively and trying to draw errors with junk balls which is not the sort of game that Anna likes to be forced into.

``I think everything is possible. I think the draw is pretty open. But the thing is, what's her best result in a grand slam?,'' Kuznetsova said when asked if she thought Chakvetadze was ready to make a major impact at Flushing Meadows. What was Ivanovic's best result in a slam before RG this year? A QF, and Anna has made two QFs this year. Like Sveta says, anything is possible.

*JR*
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:19 PM
Peppermint Pratty should STFU until she wins something important. :ras:

Dani12
Aug 31st, 2007, 05:33 PM
Some of you people need to calm down, she is just giving her opinion and some of you are taking it too seriously and should lighten up. geez.

cheo23
Aug 31st, 2007, 05:39 PM
UGhhh NicoLE!!!!!! shuT youR tRap and you laSt won your one and only freaking Title was THREE years ago!!!! Don't be BitTER PleasEEEeeee!!!!!!!

woosey
Aug 31st, 2007, 05:51 PM
she does tend to sob a lot on the court.

tenn_ace
Aug 31st, 2007, 05:55 PM
Venus didn't beat emotional Anna in the 3rd set. Pratt liked her chances. Sure.

MisterMan
Aug 31st, 2007, 06:00 PM
How embarrassing for Pratt. Going down in straight sets then saying that about your opponent.
Does she actually think she's on the same level as these players she trashes ?
What an delusional asswipe.