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SerenaSlams
Oct 15th, 2007, 09:50 PM
Eurosport - Mon, 15 Oct 17:59:00 2007

A difficult season for Maria Sharapova only became worse in Moscow. Eurosport.yahoo.com looks at this week's winners and losers.

WINNERS:

Elena Dementieva

The Russian collected an early present ahead of her 26th birthday on Monday with a bruising 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory over American number one Serena Williams in the final of her home tournament in Moscow. A runner-up in 2001 and 2004, Dementieva finally claimed a personally coveted prize and moves up four spots to tenth in the WTA Race to the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships.

Flavia Pennetta

The Italian stunned American number two Venus Williams on her way to the Bangkok final and then went onto win her fourth career title and her first since 2005. Even a Thai monsoon delay could not put the brakes on dominant 6-1 6-3 victory over Yung-Jan Chan in the final.

Serena Williams

The Australian Open champion reached her first final since winning the Miami Masters title in April, and though she expects better from herself Serena should be content to start somewhere.

Victoria Azarenka

The 18-year-old Belarusian followed up her surprise fourth-round run at the US Open and Tashkent final appearance with a more stunning 7-6(9) 6-2 second-round victory over former world number one and one-time teenage starlet Maria Sharapova in Moscow.


LOSERS:

Maria Sharapova

The biggest loser of the week and perhaps the season, last year's US Open champion continued to struggle with the shoulder injury that has ravaged her 2007 campaign. After losing to the up-and-coming Azarenka in her first match in Moscow, Sharapova decided to take another two-week break to try to rekindle her recovery.

Anna Chakvetadze

The third seeded Russian seemed as far away from her US Open semi-finals appearance as ever dropping her opening round match to compatriot Dinara Safina in the Russian capital. In the three tournaments since Flushing Meadows the world number seven has won one match. We miss the summer too Anna.

Amélie Mauresmo

The 29-year-old drops her mantle as French number one for the first time in five years after again losing in the first round, this time to unheralded Russian Vera Zvonareva. Mauresmo falls two places to 13th in the WTA rankings and is replaced there by Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli.

Venus Williams

Fresh off a shock final loss to unheralded Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano in the Tier III Japan Open, the Wimbledon champion again struggled in an Asian Tier III tournament falling to the in-form Pennetta in the semi-finals at Bangkok. Was the jaunt through a series of middling tournaments worth the holiday in East-Asia?


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Denise4925
Oct 15th, 2007, 10:00 PM
I have to agree with this article. Although I wish she could have won another Tier I title, I'm pleased with Serena's results in Moscow. It could have been worse with her playing form. I hope this loss makes her work even harder to get back in form. Her groundstrokes are :o

Also, I'm not sure if Venus still has a nagging injury from Japan or not since we didn't see her play in this last tournament at all. I do wish she had played in the European circuit, but oh well :shrug:

wtatennisballer
Oct 15th, 2007, 11:17 PM
Venus Williams

Fresh off a shock final loss to unheralded Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano in the Tier III Japan Open, the Wimbledon champion again struggled in an Asian Tier III tournament falling to the in-form Pennetta in the semi-finals at Bangkok. Was the jaunt through a series of middling tournaments worth the holiday in East-Asia?


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Sheer insanity to refer to Venus as a Loser. Her trip to Asia was worth every penny. She won Soeul and went 13-2 in 3 tournaments and only won 42k in prize money. She should be commended for her Far East swing , she's a leader , not a follower. She doesn't just go where the money is , she added depth to the quality of the fields so the WTA benefited from her playing these tournaments.:worship:

mankind
Oct 15th, 2007, 11:24 PM
Venus Williams

Fresh off a shock final loss to unheralded Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano in the Tier III Japan Open, the Wimbledon champion again struggled in an Asian Tier III tournament falling to the in-form Pennetta in the semi-finals at Bangkok. Was the jaunt through a series of middling tournaments worth the holiday in East-Asia?


:bs: :bs: :bs: :bs: :bs: :bs:

Sheer insanity to refer to Venus as a Loser. Her trip to Asia was worth every penny. She won Soeul and went 13-2 in 3 tournaments and only won 42k in prize money. She should be commended for her Far East swing , she's a leader , not a follower. She doesn't just go where the money is , she added depth to the quality of the fields so the WTA benefited from her playing these tournaments.:worship:

Well, her results have been shocking as of late. For a Wimbledon champ and USO SFist, you;d think she could win more than 1 out of the 3 Tier III/IV events she played in. They called Anna Chakvetadze a loser too, and this is her best season to date - reaching her first 2 slam QF, and her first slam SF! :p

wtatennisballer
Oct 15th, 2007, 11:29 PM
Shame on you to endorse an article trash talking about Venus and you call yourselves Williams fans.

pav
Oct 15th, 2007, 11:31 PM
Unheralded Russian :confused: :fiery:

wtatennisballer
Oct 15th, 2007, 11:32 PM
Yeah, but she did go 13-2 in these 3 tournaments , and lost to two quality opponents in Virginie Razzano and Flavia Pennetta, anyone following WTA would no that these 2 are better than they look on paper. I think theres other top 10 players that wouldve won less games had they taken the same route as Venus and played the exact same opponents she did. I know its tier 3 and 4 but she still went deep in both torunaments.

supergrunt
Oct 15th, 2007, 11:58 PM
This article gives me hope that one day I too could be a journalist! :D

BuTtErFrEnA
Oct 16th, 2007, 12:21 AM
lmao!!! you can be anything you want to be supergrunt!! :D

The Kaz
Oct 16th, 2007, 01:04 AM
Totally agree with the whole article.

CJ07
Oct 16th, 2007, 01:15 AM
Yeah, but she did go 13-2 in these 3 tournaments , and lost to two quality opponents in Virginie Razzano and Flavia Pennetta, anyone following WTA would no that these 2 are better than they look on paper. I think theres other top 10 players that wouldve won less games had they taken the same route as Venus and played the exact same opponents she did. I know its tier 3 and 4 but she still went deep in both torunaments.
so she beat 2-3 scrubs in a row? the fact that she lost to those two (especially the way she lost) is shameful.

ZeroSOFInfinity
Oct 16th, 2007, 01:32 AM
Right on Maria, Anna, Flavia, Dementieva, Amelie and Aza.

Not really sure about Serena and Venus though... maybe they should change places, but that's my opinion.

miffedmax
Oct 16th, 2007, 02:23 AM
You know, if Rena had dropped it 6-1, 6-1 to my beloved Lena, I could understand some of the doom and gloom. But she went three sets with a consistently Top 10 player and was playing a hometown girl.

Aside from those two sets, she did quite well. Or maybe we EVD fans are just to willing to settle for 2nd.

Epigone
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:44 AM
Unheralded Russian :confused: :fiery:Ditto! :rolleyes: