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goldenlox
Oct 22nd, 2007, 07:23 PM
Sveta is world #2 and will be the #1 seed in her half in Madrid. She was in the YEC in 2004 and 2006 also.

Milito22
Oct 23rd, 2007, 01:28 PM
Good luck Sveta, vamos!:hug:

Bероника
Oct 23rd, 2007, 05:45 PM
Vamos Sveta :bounce:

Jenny.C.Fan
Oct 23rd, 2007, 05:54 PM
Vamos Sveta :)

tim4
Oct 23rd, 2007, 10:38 PM
It starts on Nov 6th. Go Sveta!!! You can beat anyone, even Justine!!

Chrisi
Oct 24th, 2007, 03:47 PM
Good luck, Sveta. You can make damage there ;)

goldenlox
Nov 1st, 2007, 07:15 PM
October 31, 2007

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Sony Ericsson Championships Profile: Svetlana Kuznetsova

MADRID, Spain - Svetlana Kuznetsova has been one of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's most consistent performers in 2007, enjoying a title run in New Haven and five runner-up finishes – most notably at the US Open. These successes have seen the Russian rewarded not only with a place in the prestigious Sony Ericsson Championships, but also a career-high ranking of No.2.
After a slightly disappointing start to the season, Kuznetsova found her feet in Doha and Indian Wells where she achieved back-to-back runner-up finishes. This sparkling form continued for the remainder of the season, bringing success on every surface. A memorable three weeks in America was undoubtedly the highlight of the 22-year-old's year, where she captured a ninth career title in New Haven before reaching her third Grand Slam final at Flushing Meadows - losing out to an inspired Justine Henin. In addition to the 55 wins racked-up since January, 2007 has also brought Fed Cup glory for Kuznetsova, with the St. Petersburg-born star enjoying an unblemished 4-0 record in the competition.
Kuznetsova will be hoping it is third-time lucky for her in the Madrid, as her previous two appearances in the season-ending showpiece have both culminated in premature exits. In both 2004 and 2006 the former US Open champion failed to make it beyond the round robin stage, but after the year she has enjoyed there is every possibility of her improving on this disappointing 2-4 record next week.
"Qualifying for the Sony Ericsson Championships was one of the main goals I set myself for this season," Kuznetsova said. "It's an honor for every player to make it to the best eight and I'm happy I have done it again this year. Playing in Spain is always very special for me. I have a lot of friends who come and watch me and have lived there now for many years, so I consider it a second home."
QUICK STATS
Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships standing: No.3
2007 Win-Loss Record: 55-17
2007 Highlights: Won (1): New Haven; R-Up (5): US Open, Doha, Indian Wells, Berlin, Rome; SF (4): Dubai, Warsaw, Stuttgart, Moscow
Championships history: Third appearance at this event; in 2004 (d. Zvonareva; l. to Mauresmo and eventual champion Sharapova) and 2006 (d. Dementieva; l. to Sharapova and Clijsters) fell in round robin group stage

Jenny.C.Fan
Nov 1st, 2007, 10:04 PM
When is the round robin being drawn?

Chrisi
Nov 2nd, 2007, 10:09 AM
On Saturday, I think!

Bероника
Nov 2nd, 2007, 10:25 PM
Good :D I can't wait

svetaisthebest
Nov 2nd, 2007, 11:08 PM
I can't wait either Good luck Sveta !!!!

flyingmachine
Nov 3rd, 2007, 02:01 AM
Go Sveta!

Bероника
Nov 3rd, 2007, 12:15 PM
Sveta is in red group with Ivanovic,Sharapova and Hantuchova.

goldenlox
Nov 3rd, 2007, 12:23 PM
There are no easy groups. Sveta will have to play well to win a match or 2. But it's good to avoid Justine.

Jenny.C.Fan
Nov 3rd, 2007, 12:24 PM
like the draw, think Sveta should make it through comfortably (thats if she turns up and plays her best), ana has looked very tired lately, sharapova has been dreadful all season, and hantuchova is not exactly great on the big occassion. Vamos Sveta.

Bероника
Nov 3rd, 2007, 12:28 PM
No match is easy at a YEC,but I agree with Jenny.C.Cap that the draw is a good one.She has avoided Justine,and from the players on hr group,some of them are not at their best.Also Sveta has victories against all of them.

goldenlox
Nov 3rd, 2007, 03:49 PM
Sveta has to beat Dani, then either Ana or Maria.
Sveta can do it, she has to play well.

maryc
Nov 3rd, 2007, 04:46 PM
Vamos! Go go go! (Be healthy.)

pepsi
Nov 3rd, 2007, 05:15 PM
If Kuznetsova doesn't make the semifinal, she blew it.

Bероника
Nov 3rd, 2007, 05:54 PM
So,is anyone going this year? I'll be there on saturday,I hope I get to see Sveta playing,this would mean she's playing the SF ;)

Davai :bounce:

svetaisthebest
Nov 3rd, 2007, 09:50 PM
So,is anyone going this year? I'll be there on saturday,I hope I get to see Sveta playing,this would mean she's playing the SF ;)

Davai :bounce:

No I'm not going .If you get to see her playing could you please take lots of photos for us:) .

tim4
Nov 3rd, 2007, 10:49 PM
I think she's in the easier group, without Justine or Jelena or Serena. Maria hasn't been on top form, and maybe Ana has faded a bit over recent weeks. I do remember Daniela beating Sveta in the final at Indian Wells back in March but hopefully Sveta can reverse that. So all the best Sveta, hope you make the final, good luck!!

Chrisi
Nov 4th, 2007, 12:34 PM
I like this group! Good chances to reach the semi-final. I think she has chances against everyone, but the question is in which form Maria will be. :/

Good luck, Sveta!

Bероника
Nov 4th, 2007, 12:59 PM
CREE QUE LLEGA AL MASTERS FEMENINO "MEJOR PREPARADA" QUE OTROS AÑOS
Kuznetsova se compara con Arantxa

La tenista rusa Svetlana Kuznetsova se mostró confiada de poder hacer un buen Sony Ericsson Championships, el Masters femenino, después de dos anteriores participaciones sin poder pasar del 'round robin', y advirtió que llega "mejor preparada" después de tener "un gran año 2007".

"Ha sido un gran año y es la primera vez que puedo acabar como número dos del mundo. Tengo que creciendo en mi juego y en los rankings, porque en unos he sido más consistente que en otros. Trato de mejorar y estoy con más confianza en la pista y en lo que hago en mi vida", apuntó Kuznetsova. Por ello, la finalista en el Abierto de los Estados Unidos se ve con opciones. "Estoy mejor preparada, aunque nunca sabes el resultado y hay muy buenas jugadoras. Además, me siento más segura que en años anteriores", comentó.

Kuznetsova, que reconoció haber aprendido mucho de sus vivencias en España, cree que la belga Justine Henin ha sido "inalcanzable para todas este año". "Ha jugado todos los 'grandes' muy bien y hay una diferencia en la consistencia de su juego y es muy difícil jugar contra ella", aseguró.


Ausencia de españolas

Además, la tenista, formada en Barcelona, habló sobre la ausencia de españolas entre las mejores. "Para mí, España era mi última posibilidad. Las rusas tenemos un carácter diferente y la rivalidad que hay entre nosotras nos hace crecer mucho. En Europa, son más flexibles y si no es el tenis, tienen otras posibilidades", señaló.

La rusa ha alcanzado seis finales este año, ganando únicamente en New Haven. "Creo que es lo que tengo que mejorar para el próximo año. Tengo que estar más concentrada y determinada en los momentos importantes. Mi defecto es que pierdo concentración muy rápido, pero cuando juego bien puedo ganar a cualquiera", confesó. La número dos del mundo subrayó que no le importaba el tema de las apuestas en el mundo del tenis y recalcó que su "sueño es ser número uno", destacando sus "duros comienzos" en el mundo del tenis que han tenido su recompensa.

Por otro lado, se comparó con Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. "Somos diferentes, ella tenía un gran revés a dos manos, pero cuando este golpe me sale ganador, me acuerdo de ella porque era perfecto. Ella era una luchadora, y aunque yo soy más de ataque, era una jugadora excelente", sentenció Kuznetsova.

Finalmente, la tenista rusa se refirió a las posibilidades de estar en los Juegos Olímpicos de Pekín 2008, para que lo que debe jugar "la Copa Federación", algo que no suele hacer Maria Sharapova. "De una manera u otra, Maria va a jugar por Rusia", sentenció.


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Will translate it later ;)

Bероника
Nov 4th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Translated more or less ;)

She thinks she arrives to the Masters “better prepared” than in previous years

Kuznetsova compares herself to Arantxa

Russian tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova seemed confident to play a good Sony Ericsson Championships,women’s Masters,after two previous appearances where she couldn’t get past the round robin and warned that she arrives “better prepared” after having “a great 2007”.

“It’s been a great year and it’s the first time that I can finish as the number.2 player in the world.I’ve been improving in my game and in the rankings because I’ve more consistent than in others.I try to improve and I am more confident in the court and in what I do in life” suggested Kuznetsova.That’s why the runner-up of US Open sees herself with chances.”I’m better prepared even if you can never know the result and there are very good players.Besides I’m feeling more self-confident than in previous years” she told.

Kuznetsova,who admitted having learned a lot from her experiences in Spain, thinks belgian Justine Hénin has been “unattainanble for all of us this year”.She has played all the big tournaments very good and there’s a difference in how consistent her game is and it’s very difficult to play against her”.

Absence of spanish players

Furthermore,the tennis player,trained in Barcelona,talked about the absence of spanish players among the top.”For me,Spain was my last chance.We russians have a different character and the rivality there is amongst us makes us grow up very much.In Europe,they are laxer and if it’s not in tennis,they have other possibilities”,she pointed.

The Russian has reached 6 finals this year,winning only in New Haven.”I believe I know what I have to improve next year.I need to be more focused and resolute in important moments.My fault is that I lose my concentration very fast,but when I am playing well I can beat anyone”,she admitted.World number.2 emphasized she doesn’t care about betting in tennis and insisted that her “dream is to be number.1 player”.She also pointed despite how hard it was for her at the beginning in tennis world,she had a reward.

On the other hand,she compared herself to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.”We are different,she had a great two-handed backhand,but when I can make winners with that stroke,I think about her because hers was perfect.She was a fighter,and even if I’m more an attack player,she was an excellent player,said Kuznetsova.

Finally,the Russian player talked about the possibilities to be in Olympic games in Pekin 2008,for that she has to play the Fed Cup,something that Maria Sharapova doesn’t usually do.”In a way or in another,Maria is going to play for Russia”.

Bероника
Nov 4th, 2007, 03:43 PM
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Madrid, Spain (November 4): Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova during the All-Access Hour with her player card.

Bероника
Nov 4th, 2007, 05:57 PM
Sveta starts on tuesday :D

6pm Start
Justine Henin (BEL) vs Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)

NB 8pm
Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

goldenlox
Nov 4th, 2007, 06:07 PM
Big match to start. Ana beat Sveta at the French Open.

goldenlox
Nov 4th, 2007, 06:13 PM
Confident Kuznetsova focusing on further improvements
By Mark Elkington
MADRID, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova believes she can improve despite achieving a career-best world number two ranking as she prepares for her third season-ending WTA Championships next week.
The 22-year-old has been one of the most consistent players on the tour this year but is conscious that she has won only one title, in New Haven, and lost in five other finals.
"This is something I have to work on. I have beaten some great players but when I am in a final I have to switch it on and be more focused, more decisive in key moments," Kuznetsova told a news conference on Sunday.
"This is what will make the difference if I want to move to another level. There is definitely something mental there but every final is different. Some finals I lost to (world number one) Justine Henin which isn't an upset loss but others were and so this is something I have to work on."
Kuznetsova explained she had spent a lot of time working on the psychological aspect of her game.
"It's the first time I have been number two and it's a great achievement but I definitely want to keep growing and developing my game and rankings. This year I have been more consistent. I feel more confident on the court and with what I am doing with my life," she added.
"I am making big changes with myself, getting to know myself better. I have a better attitude on the court. I am focused more on what I want and on my future."
The Russian's last two appearances in the Championships, in 2004 and 2006, both ended with exits in the round-robin stage, but she felt the outcome would be different this year.
"I much better prepared now for the tournament. I feel much fresher than in the previous years and I am a much better player," she said.
Play gets underway in Madrid on Tuesday with Kuznetsova in the same group as Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova and Daniela Hantuchova.

Света_мой_№1
Nov 4th, 2007, 06:14 PM
where can I find when sveta needs to play in madrid

Bероника
Nov 4th, 2007, 06:19 PM
Ivanovic leads 3-1 in their head-to-head.

Previous meetings:

Miami 2005 (hard):Ivanovic def. Kuznetsova:6-3 3-6 7-5
Sydney 2006 (hard):Kuznetsova def. Ivanovic:7-6(3) 6-3
Berlin 2007 (clay):Ivanovic def.Kuznetsova:3-6 6-4 7-6(4)
Roland Garros 2007 (clay):Ivanovic def.Kuznetsova:6-0 3-6 6-1

Bероника
Nov 6th, 2007, 07:06 PM
Go Sveta!!!!

dulkogii
Nov 6th, 2007, 08:29 PM
Go Sveta!

you can win!

goldenlox
Nov 6th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Sveta has missed some easy volleys, and almost all of her first serves. She's down 2 breaks 14*

goldenlox
Nov 6th, 2007, 08:52 PM
Sveta has been awful so far 16 02*

goldenlox
Nov 6th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Sveta has started to play really well and won 4 straight 16 *43

goldenlox
Nov 6th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Sveta did a good job to get this to a 3rd set 16 64

tim4
Nov 6th, 2007, 09:38 PM
Come on Kuzy you can do this!!!

goldenlox
Nov 6th, 2007, 09:47 PM
Sveta is down 03 in the 3rd.

goldenlox
Nov 6th, 2007, 10:18 PM
Sveta came back to 55 in the 3rd. One of Sveta's best, gutsiest matches.

goldenlox
Nov 6th, 2007, 10:35 PM
Sveta had 2 breakpoints and didn't get them. Then she played a bad game to lose 75

tim4
Nov 6th, 2007, 10:39 PM
:( :sad: :wavey: :hearts: :sad:

maryc
Nov 6th, 2007, 11:36 PM
Well, it's already better than her performance last year, imo.

goldenlox
Nov 6th, 2007, 11:41 PM
I've seen a lot of Sveta's matches. Besides her win in the USO semi vs Davenport, this was her best comeback while trailing a very good player that I can remember.
She was almost down 16 04, then down 03 in the 3rd.
Sveta fought back several times, before playing a bad game at the end.

I think this could be a step forward. Now she HAS to beat Maria and Dani.

Foot's Fingers
Nov 7th, 2007, 08:46 AM
ugly first set

then she regoups and plaed much better

but collapsed in last game All efforts for nothing
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Jenny.C.Fan
Nov 7th, 2007, 09:24 AM
Bad luck Sveta, great fightback though, really good try, i hope she beats sharapova tomorrow.

HybridTheory
Nov 7th, 2007, 10:35 AM
very good match from both sides, such a shame Sveta lost in the end.
it will be difficult now, she has to beat sharapova and hantuchova

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2007, 10:37 AM
Sveta plays Maria on Thursday. She has to start the match with more focus and consistency.
It is a must win match, or the #2 will be out, and play a meaningless match on Friday.
The only way Sveta can validate her #2 ranking is to win Thursday.

svetaisthebest
Nov 7th, 2007, 11:01 AM
If she plays her best she can definitely win against Maria . Come on Sveta !!!

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2007, 12:27 PM
Sveta lost 9 of the 1st 10 games vs Ivanovic. Sharapova knows that, and she's going to start fast, with lots of fist pumps and grunts and yelling.

Sveta has to be ready from the first point, and keep her focus on winning one point. One point at a time.

Bероника
Nov 7th, 2007, 01:49 PM
:bigcry: oh sveta,why? what a bad way to end a great match that was in your hand :(

She can't lose tomorrow against Sharapova,and if she does I'll be really pissed because I won't get to see Sveta live on saturday,instead I'd have to cope with the bore of Sharapova :o I hope this doesn't happen.Davai Sveta!!!!! Just play like we know you can play :bounce:

Chrisi
Nov 7th, 2007, 03:22 PM
I want her so much to beat Maria.


But it was good match nevertheless ;)

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2007, 10:03 PM
If Sveta loses to Maria, she has no chance at the semis, and her match with Dani is to avoid last place.
She has to beat Maria to stay alive one more day.

dulkogii
Nov 7th, 2007, 11:14 PM
If she plays her best she can definitely win against Maria . Come on Sveta

svetaisthebest
Nov 8th, 2007, 06:41 AM
I'm so nervous .Come on Sveta you can beat Maria.

Yarden
Nov 8th, 2007, 11:00 AM
If Svetlana will play like she played in the last 2 sets against Ivanovic and Maria will play like she played against Dani, Sveta will definitely win this match. Sveta just need to be calm and not nervous.
Best pf luck Svetlana, I know you are going to win this match :yeah:

smiler
Nov 8th, 2007, 12:35 PM
Don't worry Sveta will come through the Maria match :) she's a better player than Maria, & she usually plays well against her. :bounce:

smiler
Nov 8th, 2007, 12:38 PM
BTW I've been away from the board for a while & I've noticed there are more Sveta fans & Sveta avatars floating about now, hooray for the Sveta fanbase! :yeah:

Jenny.C.Fan
Nov 8th, 2007, 02:57 PM
BTW I've been away from the board for a while & I've noticed there are more Sveta fans & Sveta avatars floating about now, hooray for the Sveta fanbase! :yeah:

:wavey: , welcome back, you haven't been around for a while.
Vamos tonight Sveta, i hope she wins. :)

Chrisi
Nov 8th, 2007, 04:06 PM
Sveta, please do me a favor and win this match!!! :wavey:

Come On!

Bероника
Nov 8th, 2007, 05:06 PM
Sveta wins 1set set :D

svetaisthebest
Nov 8th, 2007, 05:09 PM
Sveta:bounce: Please win this this match now.

svetaisthebest
Nov 8th, 2007, 05:30 PM
Sveta just got her serve broken :(

Bероника
Nov 8th, 2007, 05:42 PM
Sveta lost the second set :sad: I hate sharapova with all my soul :fiery:

goldenlox
Nov 8th, 2007, 06:26 PM
Sveta lost to Maria 57 62 62. She's 0-2 and out of the tournament.
Sveta plays one final match against Hantuchova to see who finishes in last place.
Another bad YEC result.

goldenlox
Nov 8th, 2007, 06:43 PM
After the first set, Michael Joyce told Maria "If you go hard into her forehand, you get a much easier ball to hit.
On the second serve, she kicks it to your backhand almost every time. If she hits one or 2 to the forehand, just let her have it.
On her first serve, if she serves big, give her a different look."

Bероника
Nov 8th, 2007, 08:14 PM
Very sad about this result :sad: I don't feel like commenting tonight.Now I have my tickets for saturday and instead of seeing Sveta I get to see the screeming one :rolleyes: Not fair!!

tim4
Nov 8th, 2007, 09:06 PM
Disappointment. I'd have loved to see Sveta do well here. Oh well, better luck next time.

> After the first set, Michael Joyce told Maria "If you go hard into her forehand, you
> get a much easier ball to hit.
Was there some suggestion that Maria was being coached during the course of the match?

Bероника
Nov 8th, 2007, 09:40 PM
Does anyone know if the transcription of the players interview can be found somewhere? And where? Thanks in advance

goldenlox
Nov 8th, 2007, 09:48 PM
I don't know where the interviews are. They have on court coaching, and the tv cameras pick it up.
I don't know Spanish, but they had Sveta's coach too.

Maria outplayed Sveta decisively in the last 2 sets.
I think Sveta could have beaten Ana, but she started the match much too slowly.

Now Ana might take #2, but I think she has to win the title.

Agassi Fan
Nov 9th, 2007, 09:18 AM
Sveta lost to Maria 57 62 62. She's 0-2 and out of the tournament.


:sad: :sad:

goldenlox
Nov 9th, 2007, 02:16 PM
For Sveta to beat players like Ana and Maria, she has to improve her service game.
Sveta was broken at least 2 times in each of the 4 sets she lost.

A lot of the match vs Maria, Sveta was 2 meters behind the baseline, and Maria was inside the baseline.

Sveta is solid, but there is a reason she only won 1 title in 2007.
Sveta doesn't hold serve enough against the elite players.

Света_мой_№1
Nov 9th, 2007, 06:02 PM
next year it will be outdoors sveta preforms better outdoors so maybe better next time

goldenlox
Nov 9th, 2007, 09:03 PM
Sveta ended her year by losing 76 60 to Dani. So Sveta, after being up 41, gets blown out and finishes in last place.

tim4
Nov 9th, 2007, 10:23 PM
Next year... hmmm... if she makes the top 8 on the yearly Race.

I end this year with the feeling that Sveta has rarely played like a Number 2 player should. True, she made six finals this year, but she only won one of them, and to be truthful she has had few wins over Top 10 players. I do hope she does better next year.

maryc
Nov 9th, 2007, 10:49 PM
If she does better next year, that means she'll be #1, unless Justine
really runs away from the competition. Personally, I'm still waiting
for that "click", that moment when she'll realize she has everything
she needs, and the confidence to know what to use, when to use it.

I remember seeing that "click" in Mauresmo, as I was at the YEC in 2005.
It truly was a change that was visibly apparent.

22. She's only 22.

maryc
Nov 9th, 2007, 10:50 PM
(But yeah, I am depressed about this YEC. Ick.)

svetaisthebest
Nov 9th, 2007, 11:23 PM
I really hopes she forgets about the YEC and plays better next year at the Australian open hopefully .

goldenlox
Nov 10th, 2007, 12:59 AM
Sveta is not a #1. You can see that this week. Her serve is too easy to break, and Ana Maria and Dani broke Sveta's serve many times.
Sveta will have to improve to stay in the top 5.
3 of the players in the YEC semis are 20. They are improving.

HybridTheory
Nov 10th, 2007, 12:17 PM
I agree with goldenlox. No matter how much I like Sveta, I don't think she's the real #2 at the moment. We all know how good she is, but as long as it doesn't really comes out, she will continue losing matches she doesn't have to lose, like she did this week.
If she plays good in Australia, things are looking good for the rankings. Still she really needs to improve to stay in the top 3 in the next years.
I hope she enjoys her time off, and will come back stronger in 2008.

teleri
Nov 10th, 2007, 12:23 PM
I think she was confused and lost focus easily. So,the point is if she could play consistently throughout the match, she could beat top players like Sharapova and Ivanovic. But that hardly happens.If she can't do it now, she can't do it in the future either.

HybridTheory
Nov 10th, 2007, 01:18 PM
I think she was confused and lost focus easily. So,the point is if she could play consistently throughout the match, she could beat top players like Sharapova and Ivanovic. But that hardly happens.If she can't do it now, she can't do it in the future either.

I think she can, she's still young enough. But she has to change something, not particulatly about her game, but mentally.

Света_мой_№1
Nov 10th, 2007, 01:52 PM
but the last game she wasnt playing for winning but to try things out for next year on indoors And i saw her trying some new things this time

goldenlox
Nov 10th, 2007, 05:28 PM
I think I sounded too negative there.
Sveta is #2 for the year 2007. The Russian #1. It's a great accomplishment, and Sveta's best year end ranking.

I don't think going into the AO, that Sveta will be one of the 3 or 4 pre tournament favorites. But she doesn't have much too defend, and should still be #2 leaving Melbourne.

When everyone is at their best, Justine, Maria, Serena and Venus are probably better. And Ana won all 3 meetings this year. In Berlin, at the FO, and YEC.

That's still very good and close to the top, and if Sveta stays healthy and continues to improve, more slam titles and world #1 is possible.

goldenlox
Nov 10th, 2007, 07:22 PM
Sveta will finish the year about 2,500 points behind Justine. So she is far from #1.
She's about 250 points ahead of Ana and Jelena, so Sveta needs a good AO to hold 2nd.
I think Sveta said she's going to take about 8 days off before training again.

maryc
Nov 10th, 2007, 08:08 PM
8 days... good gawd, that's not much of a vacation.

As for "real #2" and all that--she is #2. If she weren't #2,
the algorithm would indicate someone else. (Sure, you can call
that pedantic, but that's the system. If I ignore that system,
for example, my real #2 would be Gabriela Sabatini--which is silly, right?))

But I agree--at this level, it's all about mentality, confidence...
I still think, like Mauresmo b4, that Sveta's issues are more about
having too much choice. I think when one has fewer dimensions to worry
about, the game plan is simpler.

(Obligatory comment: unless you play tennis, you really can't know how
hard it is to do these things.)

Bravo, Sveta, for a fantastic 2007. It was a pleasure seeing you play this
year. I particularly loved the serve-and-volleying, but it was also great
to see you play within yourself. (F*ck the indoor courts, get yourself
outdoors in the sun.)

goldenlox
Nov 10th, 2007, 09:29 PM
Real #2 comes from draws like the USO, where Serena and Justine play in the quarters, and Ana plays Venus in R16, then Jelena plays Venus in a QF.
While Sveta is in a Tier III half. Sharapova did Sveta and Anna a real favor in NYC. But you still have to beat the person on the other side of the net.

But Sveta is #2 and that's a fact. Next year, Sveta might be in those top halves. But she's the 2007 #2 forever.

dulkogii
Nov 11th, 2007, 02:37 AM
Sveta what happend in this tornaument ?

I can belive!:(:(

Jenny.C.Fan
Nov 11th, 2007, 10:11 AM
well the yec's sucked again :(. I wish they were outdoors, sveta is awful indoors. I think 2007 has been a good year, shes been so consistent all year and has had great results. She is the true number 2 and i think 2008 will be an even better year than this one.

Chrisi
Nov 11th, 2007, 11:40 AM
Wait for Doha next year. I think if she reaches it, she'll act better there!!!

Now, have a nice rest, Sveta! :wavey: And Congrats to that fantastic year!

teleri
Nov 11th, 2007, 12:42 PM
I wish Sveta has a better year in 2008. I watch Henin's matches, she has some mistakes, but nobody can beat her because I think most of the players are afriad of her including Sveta. We see how often Sveta praise Henin.

Bероника
Nov 11th, 2007, 08:44 PM
Back from Madrid:I was finally able to watch Sveta's match on friday,yes,the disaster against Hantuchova :( .Not much to comment except that she looked tired physically and mentally and that is sucks even more to watch her lose live.Sveta :hug: Not a good tournament for her,unfortunately :sad: Too bad she ends the year on this note.

Also I don't mind if she is n.2 or 1000 (of course I prefer her to be 2 ;) :p ),I always support her.I don't follow a player because of her ranking but because I enjoy her game and personality on and off the court.

And I think she has not shown all she can do yet so 2008 I'm looking forward to see what it brings :D


Davai Sveta davai!!!! :kiss:

maryc
Nov 11th, 2007, 10:42 PM
I really like having seen her progress as a person over the past 4 years
(I saw her for the first time in 2003.) She seems so much more comfortable
in her skin, and really has grown into her looks (which is fabulous stuff
for a young 22 year old.)

The tennis is better, as well. More consistency, ability to come to net
in singles and know WHEN to come to net--the serve-and-volley (way good--
love that and am so glad Sveta is doing that. Tho' can Spaniards really
help her with that?????? (don't kill me...)) I also like that she seems
to have some control over how much she puts into a match--you know, going
less-than-100% when 100% is not needed.

But yeah, she's not all she can be, but #2 is fantastic (and a #2 who seems
to be a good person, a happy person--it's nice.)

maryc
Nov 11th, 2007, 10:43 PM
@veronika: although it was a depressing match, I'm glad you got to see
her play live.

Bероника
Nov 12th, 2007, 02:51 PM
Thanks,Mary,I was glad too.I don't know when I'll see her again on tourney since the YEC is moving out of Spain next year :(

smiler
Nov 12th, 2007, 05:20 PM
I'm afraid to say anything in case I jinx again :ignore: