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Bероника
Sep 10th, 2007, 10:20 PM
I could not find any recent thread about Sveta in Fed Cup,so here's one to discuss & cheer for her.


Here you can see Sveta historical in Fed Cup:
http://www.fedcup.com/teams/player.asp?player=35013668

Last time Sveta played the final for Russia (in 2004,long time ago :eek: ) she lost her 2 matchs :sad: I hope this time she can win all and make her team proud.Davai Sveta!!!! Davai Russia!!!! :bounce:

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_3459_gallery.JPG


By the way,does anybody know a way to watch the matchs or will we have to rely on liverscores?

Bероника
Sep 10th, 2007, 10:21 PM
Kuznetsova and Chakvetadze the new Russian stars

When Russia began its 2007 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas campaign in April of this year, Anna Chakvetadze was a promising up-and-comer who spent most of the one-sided first round tie against Spain on the bench, waiting for her chance to pitch in and help Nadia Petrova and Svetlana Kuznetsova. As Russia returns to Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for this year’s Fed Cup by BNP Paribas final against Italy, Chakvetadze is now a key member of the team.

The 20-year-old Muscovite was originally a highly promising pianist, but at 12 her mother took her to a tennis club and her life changed direction. She was an outstanding junior but not surprisingly has taken time to find her feet on the WTA Tour. However, a stellar spell on the American hard-courts has culminated in a run to the US Open semifinals – and a marquee match against her good friend Kuznetsova – and left Chakvetadze knocking on the door of the world’s top five.

Chakvetadze and Kuznetsova became close after getting to know each other on Fed Cup duty, and their friendship has help build team spirit within the all-star Russian line-up. “I’m such a friendly person and I’m in good relations with everyone. I mean, we are seeing each other every week and we practise together,” said Chakvetadze, who also featured in Russia’s thrilling 3-2 semi-final victory over the USA in Stowe in July, when she beat Vania King in the opening match before losing to Venus Williams.

Chakvetadze and Kuznetsova will be assisted in the final by Petrova and Elena Vesnina, who regularly partners Chakvetadze in doubles. They will also have a high class practice partner in World No.2 Maria Sharapova, whose injury problems will not allow her to play but who will attend the final at the invitation of team captain Shamil Tarpischev. “I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from our captain asking me if I would like to play in the finals,” Sharapova told her personal website. “Unfortunately he called me the day I was visiting a doctor in Toronto.” Sharapova has been told not to put any pressure on her shoulder, where she is still experiencing some pain after a series of nagging problems this season. “The bad news is that I can’t play the finals without a serve, smash or a swinging volley,” she explained.” The least I could do is fly over there and be their practice partner for the week and cheer them on from the stands. Get those horns ready!”

Chakvetadze is working with Sharapova’s former coach Robert Landsorp and credits the California-based mentor – who has also worked with Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Pete Sampras among others – with helping her improve in recent months. “I’m working physically and mentally definitely, and I think I improve this year a lot compared to last year,” she said. “He helps me a lot. He gives me confidence, you know, and he’s a great guy. I just take some little things what he teaches, you know, because I will never play like Maria. I will never have powerful shots like Maria because I’m just smaller and thinner. I don’t have as much power to hit, so I have to play smart. And because I’m shorter I'm moving better, so I have to use that.”

Kuznetsova, too, feels that she has improved and travels to Moscow as the US Open runner-up, all of which could spell bad news for Italy, the competition’s defending champions. “I know I’ve grown as a person and as a player, I can see it in the matches,” said Kuznetsova. “It really motivates me a lot to do what I’m doing, and I really enjoy playing tennis.”

Italy, the competition’s defending champions, can also field a strong, experienced team for the final, made up the quartet of players who took Italy to victory in Charleroi last September.
Francesca Schiavone will spearhead the team, with Flavia Pennetta, Mara Santangelo and doubles specialist Roberta Vinci alongside her, and last year’s winning captain Corrado Barazzutti once more leading the team from the sidelines.

The 45th Fed Cup final marks the first time the two teams have met at such a late stage in the competition but they have met on three previous occasions, with Russia winning all three.

Jenny.C.Fan
Sep 11th, 2007, 09:02 AM
i hope she can recover well this week from the open so she can take Russia to the fed cup :). Vamos Sveta

Bероника
Sep 11th, 2007, 06:52 PM
Well,yeah my only concern is she might be tired after her USO run.Let's hope she has recovered well as you say.GO SVETA!!!!

Jenny.C.Fan
Sep 11th, 2007, 09:05 PM
Yeah im a little concerned about her scheduling, what with fed cup this week, and then she's playing beijing next week, thats pretty tough, i hope she can cope with it, because her scheduling this year has been much better up till now.

Bероника
Sep 11th, 2007, 09:12 PM
OMG,I wasn't thinking about Beijing :eek: She has the title to defend there :help: Not that she is not able to do it again,but this must be too much tennis for her body.

Bероника
Sep 11th, 2007, 10:26 PM
Sveta's head-to-head against italian players:


Kuznetsova-Sschiavone 6-2
Kuznetsova-Pennetta 1-0
Kuznetsova-Santangelo 3-0
Kuznetsova-Vinci 1-0

HybridTheory
Sep 12th, 2007, 09:19 AM
Davai Sveta! come on Russia, I hope I can watch it on tv :cool:

Jenny.C.Fan
Sep 12th, 2007, 09:26 AM
I think Sveta- Schiavone will be the key match of the tie . I know Sveta hasn't had a week off for a long time, played toronto, then new haven, then the open, now fed cup then beijing, thats 6 weeks in a row which i think is too much, hope her body can cope with it, and she takes a rest after beijing.

goldenlox
Sep 12th, 2007, 11:05 AM
Sveta has played some really bad matches this summer. She has to play well here. Not like the semi with Anna.

bellascarlett
Sep 14th, 2007, 08:48 AM
Hey Sveta fans,

Just wanted to share this video I found...In this video, Sveta is being interviewed in Russia post-USO. She actually looks pretty good here...Hope you guys enjoy it. One favor though, to those who understand Russian - they talk a lot about Maria - what does she say exactly? Seems interesting....:)

http://video.sportbox.ru//VideoStorage/20070912_svetlana_kuznetsova_

Jenny.C.Fan
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:28 AM
Thanks for sharing that, i don't speak russian so have no idea what is being said, but i enjoyed the pictures :)

goldenlox
Sep 14th, 2007, 04:46 PM
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/1396/77905467jm1.png (http://imageshack.us/)

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070914/capt.6a20697a3666433ea63686a232fd6adb.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_final_italy_mosb113.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070914/capt.679e0dc93927481d8b2bf3e96e256333.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_final_italy_mosb109.jpg

tim4
Sep 14th, 2007, 05:44 PM
Time for me to add my best wishes to the Russian team for this weekend. Sveta et al can surely do it!!

Bероника
Sep 15th, 2007, 09:28 AM
Good luck,Sveta :kiss:
Good luck,Russia :bounce:

goldenlox
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:56 PM
Sveta beat Mara 61 62, Russia leads 20

Bероника
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:13 PM
Fantastic Sveta :bounce: Schiavone won't be that easy,I expect,but Sveta looked in real condidence and strength out there today so I can only hope for good things tomorrow.

HybridTheory
Sep 15th, 2007, 03:37 PM
SVETA :worship:
what a great match! Russia will win the cup :)

Bероника
Sep 16th, 2007, 08:57 AM
Good luck vs Schiavone :kiss:

goldenlox
Sep 16th, 2007, 12:06 PM
Sveta beat Fran 46 76(7) 64 saving 2 mp's to win the Fed Cuo title for Russia.

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070916/capt.3f684df73c4448c894463915a677f055.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_xmm102.jpg
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia returns a ball to Francesca Schiavone of Italy during their singles tennis match in the Fed Cup final in Moscow, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.

Bероника
Sep 16th, 2007, 12:12 PM
Sveta wins the cup for Russia!!!!! :woohoo: So happy and proud of her!!!

Congrats Sveta and the rest of the girls!!! :kiss:

goldenlox
Sep 16th, 2007, 02:22 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070916/capt.bee53b01fdca409facfe65f0be317162.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_final__italy_xmm114.jpg
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia returns a ball to Fracesca Schiavone of Italy during their singles tennis match in the Fed Cup final in Moscow on Sunday Sept. 16. 2007.

Ballbasher
Sep 16th, 2007, 02:27 PM
Sveta :banana: Hope she flies to Beijing later today and they can schedule her first match in Beijing for Thursday!

tim4
Sep 16th, 2007, 02:36 PM
Great for Sveta and great for Russia. Well done. I guess she was playing well, and under pressure judging by the fact that she had to save MP's.

Let's hope she stays healthy and can indeed defend her title in Beijing.

goldenlox
Sep 16th, 2007, 02:49 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070916/capt.45eaada4ca934d29bba9e523cc1bf757.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_final_italy_xias109.jpg
Russian players from left, Anna Chakvetadze, Elena Vesnina, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova run with national flag after the team's victory over Italy at the Fed Cup final match in Moscow, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007. Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Chrisi
Sep 17th, 2007, 05:10 PM
Finally she showed that she is able to handle a lot of pressure :bounce:

Aonex
Sep 17th, 2007, 06:49 PM
Any Sveta fans want to comment on this? I found it really odd that everyone was so diplomatic early on. Glad she spoke up.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia easily recaptured the Fed Cup title from last year's surprise winners Italy by thrashing them 4-0 in the Moscow final over the weekend.

Even without Maria Sharapova, who was nursing a shoulder injury, the Russians, led by world number two Svetlana Kuznetsova and fifth-ranked Anna Chakvetadze, were too strong for the Italians, who do not have anyone in the top 24.

Despite the injury, Sharapova, who has yet to play for Russia in the Fed Cup, arrived in Moscow last week amid the usual fanfare, saying she wanted to give her support.

The world number four, clad in the Russian team outfit, was seen exuberantly cheering her team mates during the two-day tie, then joined them for a victory lap around the court holding a big Russian flag.

But despite her efforts, the Siberian-born player was given the cold shoulder by the rest of the team.

Most of the local media also saw the hoopla surrounding Sharapova's visit as nothing more than a PR campaign, designed to boost her goodwill image in Russia.

The Florida-based 20-year-old has never made a secret of her desire to play in the Olympics and for that she must make herself available for Fed Cup duty.

Kuznetsova, who replaced Sharapova as Russia number one last week after reaching the U.S. Open final, questioned her motives for coming to Moscow.

PRACTICE PARTNER

"To be honest, I don't know why she came," the St Petersburg native, who has never been the best of friends with Sharapova, told Russian media on the eve of the tie.

"What's the point of coming here all the way from America if you can't play. She said she wanted to help our preparation and be our practice partner but, to me, if you can't play how then can you practice? It just doesn't make sense."

After clinching victory for Russia on Sunday, Kuznetsova again was asked about Sharapova's presence.

"Oh please, don't ask me that question again," she snapped back. "I had enough already."

Chakvetadze was even more frank.

"If you haven't played Fed Cup all year, it wouldn't be fair just to show up for the final," she said. "It's not fair to all the other girls who committed themselves to the team's cause."

Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev tried to play down the row within the team, however.

"I don't pay attention to all that talk. All top players have personal egos, in fact they wouldn't be top players if they didn't have one," he said.

"So for me, what you do on the court is what counts, not that other stuff," added Tarpishchev, who doubles as Russia's Davis Cup captain. "I've always been fair to my players and I always invite the ones who are in better form at the moment."

While Sharapova must still convince her team mates of her true desire to play for Russia, she did score important points with the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

"Her presence in Moscow certainly didn't hurt," an ITF official told Reuters on Sunday. "She was injured and couldn't play, but by being here she clearly demonstrated her commitment to the Fed Cup and that will certainly enhance her chances (of playing at next year's Olympics). It's a big plus for her."

Jenny.C.Fan
Sep 18th, 2007, 10:51 AM
Extremely proud of Sveta, well done Sveta and Russia :)