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Marcell
May 7th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Anna Chakvetadze, Elena Dementieva Named to Russian Olympic Team

Posted on May 7, 2008

2000 Olympic silver medalist Elena Dementieva has earned another chance to take her Olympic dream one step further.

Dementieva and Anna Chakvetadze were named on Wednesday to Russia’s 2008 Olympic squad by team captain Shamil Tarpischev.

Tarpischev announced last month that Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova would also represent Russia in Beijing.

According to the Kommersant, Tarpischev has said that this will be his roster, barring any unforseen circumstances. He has also tapped Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva for one doubles team, and is expected to partner Svetlana Kuznetsova with either Dementieva or Chakvetadze.

southpaw58
May 7th, 2008, 05:07 PM
I kinda wish Kirilenko was going and Vesnina. Hasn't Vesnina been really committed to Fed Cup for the last couple of ties? Well I personally based on this year so far, wouldn't have picked Anna C, but if you were to fairly base if off of rank I guess that's how it goes.

Adal
May 7th, 2008, 05:08 PM
Chaky? :tape:

Chunchun
May 7th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Chaky? why not Vera?? :sad:

ewbangkok
May 7th, 2008, 05:10 PM
Kuzzy,Sharapova, Chaky, Dementieva, Safina, Zvonareva strong team but I would prefer Kirilenko over Chaky

Slutiana
May 7th, 2008, 05:14 PM
Vesnina is one of the best doubles players. I'm suprised they didn't put Pertova/Vesnina or at least Kuznetsova/Vesnina or, of course Kirilenko/Vesnina.

PerfectForm
May 7th, 2008, 05:18 PM
No Vesnina? sheesh, she seriously deserves to play doubles after all that commitment & securing the crucial tie for Russia in the semis against US last yr :(

Dave.
May 7th, 2008, 05:21 PM
I thought the reason Likhovtseva was playing this year was because Tarpishev convinced her to do the olympics. And she doesn't even get to play?

dybbuk
May 7th, 2008, 05:35 PM
Vera should have gotten a singles spot. :(

Tripp
May 7th, 2008, 05:47 PM
I thought the reason Likhovtseva was playing this year was because Tarpishev convinced her to do the olympics. And she doesn't even get to play?

I thought the same thing :( That's so unfair for Lena

gmak
May 7th, 2008, 05:48 PM
no Lena L :( :sad:

Anna over Vera :mad: :fiery:

Slutati
May 7th, 2008, 05:49 PM
Chaky:tape:She's gonna embarrass the whole nation.
Dementieva:woohoo::bounce:

Poova
May 7th, 2008, 05:52 PM
Chakvetadze fucking ruins everything. :mad:

Vera deserves the last spot. :rolleyes:

hotandspicey
May 7th, 2008, 05:53 PM
Vera should have gotten a singles spot. :(


Agreed. And Vesnina should have gotten a doubles spot. Dementieva ain't played shit Fed Cup recently.:o

markdelaney
May 7th, 2008, 05:55 PM
Does it not have to be the top ranked players ? This was the reason why Serena didn't go in 2000 as Capriati,Davenport,Seles and sister Venus were ranked higher.

DimaDinosaur
May 7th, 2008, 06:00 PM
I kinda wish Kirilenko was going and Vesnina. Hasn't Vesnina been really committed to Fed Cup for the last couple of ties? Well I personally based on this year so far, wouldn't have picked Anna C, but if you were to fairly base if off of rank I guess that's how it goes.

Vesnina isn't even a good player; she can't even beat Kirilenko OR Anna C and both are sluming LOL


Not only that, but Vesnina is not even remotely good looking so that's not a good representation of Russian tennis players.

Cp6uja
May 7th, 2008, 06:05 PM
Bepa and Chaky played same number of tournaments in 2008 so far (9), and Bepa is 5th in WTA race (best ranked Russian after Sharapova) and Chaky is #15 :p.

Even at official WTA ranking with some good results at Rome and RG Vera have chances to overtake Anna before time-deadline for Beijing.

Elldee
May 7th, 2008, 06:08 PM
Safina/Zvonareva and Dementieva/Kuznetsova could be a couple of great doubles pairs. Not sure what the situation rankingwise is but I'd be surprised if Zvonareva and Safina weren't top 30.

miffedmax
May 7th, 2008, 06:29 PM
The sad irony is that I may have to root against my beloved Lena if she gets any 'mericans in her part of the draw.

ChrisCologne
May 7th, 2008, 06:30 PM
With Chakvetadze´s current form, I would have preferred him to select Vera instead of Anna and let the form decide for Anna taking part or not when it comes to the French Open.

Additionally, this is rather frustration for most Olympic dreams of doubles specialists such as Elena L and Vesnina who are not even into consideration anymore given the fact that both teamed up at the beginning of 2008 to name themselves as a team for Bejing. Imagine, f.e. that Petrova Sveta K. teamed for that purpose last year too. Now Petrova is not even mentioned anymore.

I predict that Anna C is the wrong choice by far.

LudwigDvorak
May 7th, 2008, 06:38 PM
Chakvetadze is a pain in everyone's ass. Any mix of Petrova, Zvonareva, Vesnina, Safina, Kuznetsova, and Likhovtseva would be good for doubles.

My dream Russian team is Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Zvonareva for singles; Kuznetsova/Likhovtseva and Petrova/Vesnina for doubles.

I hope Vera overtakes Anna with good performances in Rome and Paris. Please lose in the first round of both events, Anna.

Pink Princess
May 7th, 2008, 06:38 PM
Chakvetadze fucking ruins everything. :mad:

Vera deserves the last spot. :rolleyes:

You're a disrespectful, Anna is a privileged person that is going to the Olympic Games, the other not, it's too late, envious.

Anna:kiss: :hearts: :bigclap:

squig2k
May 7th, 2008, 06:50 PM
Elena :worship: well deserved.
Anna - wasted spot.

*Jean*
May 7th, 2008, 07:03 PM
Vera Z should have been taken instead of Chakvetadze :o

schorsch
May 7th, 2008, 07:24 PM
Vera z :sad:

tenn_ace
May 7th, 2008, 07:48 PM
in her current form Anna is useless even though she qualifies to go.

surprised not to see Vesnina on the team,. I thought it was a done deal :eek:

hingis44
May 7th, 2008, 07:51 PM
Concerning olimpic games, could martina Hingis going to play if she was choosen by her countrie?

markdelaney
May 7th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Concerning olimpic games, could martina Hingis going to play if she was choosen by her countrie?

I think athletes of all sports who have had a ban for drug related offences are banned from competing at the Olympic games, even if the ban was years ago.

I asked earlier in the thread if there is any discretion in the choices of who goes for each country or is it only the top 4 ranked players as with the USA in 2000 when Serena missed out ?

SIN DIOS NI LEY
May 7th, 2008, 07:57 PM
Both girls deserve to play in Beijing

Happy for both

Farina Elia Fan
May 7th, 2008, 08:00 PM
no Likhovtseva :sad:

Martian KC
May 7th, 2008, 08:17 PM
I'm sure Sveta would choose Dementieva for her doubles partner?

UDACHi
May 7th, 2008, 08:42 PM
:shrug:
no way does vera "deserve" the last spot. she's had better results for like 3 months and is more well liked on here, that does not equate to a better olympic run. what has vera done for tarpischev this days?
congrats to two of the best russians around. do your best. :kiss:

goldenlox
May 7th, 2008, 08:57 PM
Anna is still in the top 10.
Vera is top 5 in 2008 points.
It's a numbers game. In women's softball, a lot of real good players don't make the US team.
I just read the US team lost to a college pitcher they cut during tryouts.

Wintermute
May 7th, 2008, 09:40 PM
Anna and Elena both thoroughly deserve their spots. I have no doubt they will give 110% effort representing Russia exactly as they have done very successfully in Fed Cup during the last few years.

Valanga
May 7th, 2008, 09:43 PM
No chak pls...
vera can do MUCH better than her

LindsayRulz
May 7th, 2008, 09:48 PM
Vera :sad:

lympyisthebest
May 7th, 2008, 10:33 PM
I thought the reason Likhovtseva was playing this year was because Tarpishev convinced her to do the olympics. And she doesn't even get to play?

That's exactly what i thought, she wanted to retire last year.

crazillo
May 8th, 2008, 12:28 AM
I feel sorry for Likhovtseva now. :sad:

HOS
May 8th, 2008, 01:04 AM
maybe I missed something...has Elena D played Fed Cup in the last 2 years?
I didn;'t think she did and thought you needed too to be able to play Olympics?
WIthy the doubles, I thought you could only put 2 extra players in for doubles if they were in the Top 10 for doubles?? So Safna fine byut not Vera?

No?

Hardiansf
May 8th, 2008, 01:20 AM
Anna C deserve that spot. Why doesn't she? She is STILL in the TOP 10. Winning all her matches at Fed Cup with superb performances, well, at least this year. Her dedication to the country is enough to bring her best (back) on the court. But I also want Tarpischev to pick Vera in the singles too. But she should replace Lena D instead of Anna. Lena D was not represent Russia at Fed Cup for 2 years, no? So I don't understand why people complaining about Anna, not Lena D.
Vesnina not in the team is a big mistake. She always there when Tarpischev want her. But when she needed him, he left her. Vesnina will be a good team with either of Sveta, Anna, or Vera.

InsideOut.
May 8th, 2008, 01:26 AM
Poor Vesnina. Committing to all those Fed Cup ties and then you can't even go to the Olympics? That is so sad.

SOA_MC
May 8th, 2008, 01:43 AM
I think Anna always making herself available and being so passionate for Fed Cup probably got her the spot

Look at it this way, How you can play every Fed Cup tie for three years and then get looked over for the olympics? That's not fair

AJZ.
May 8th, 2008, 02:08 AM
Lena L and Vesnina :sad: They SHOULD get to play.

azmad_88
May 8th, 2008, 02:31 AM
congrats elena

kittyking
May 8th, 2008, 02:33 AM
:fiery: Vera should have played singles!

Dan23
May 8th, 2008, 03:17 AM
Give Anna a chance, I think she deserves her spot

She may well unleash another Chak-Attack in Beijing :p

PLP
May 8th, 2008, 04:14 AM
Give Anna a chance, I think she deserves her spot

She may well unleash another Chak-Attack in Beijing :p

I agree. Anna has been one of the most consistent players on tour for the last few years, she isn't done, just having a slump. Come on ANNA! :angel:

It is too bad Vera couldn't play singles as well (She would be if she were from any other country), though I am glad she is playing doubles, she and Dinara could win the tournament, who knows.

I am sad for Makiri though. :sad:

kris719
May 8th, 2008, 04:53 AM
Give Anna a chance, I think she deserves her spot

She may well unleash another Chak-Attack in Beijing :p

yeah why do yall hate Anna so much?

LudwigDvorak
May 8th, 2008, 04:55 AM
I agree. Anna has been one of the most consistent players on tour for the last few years, she isn't done, just having a slump. Come on ANNA! :angel:

It is too bad Vera couldn't play singles as well (She would be if she were from any other country), though I am glad she is playing doubles, she and Dinara could win the tournament, who knows.

I am sad for Makiri though. :sad:

One year. And to someone who asked about it earlier--I remember back in 2006, people were talking about the Olympics, and by playing those ties Dementieva was able to qualify. But even not, she was scheduled to play the first tie during the clay season in 2007, plus she was available for the first tie this year, so she's fine.

Elena's been the strongest force inside Russian tennis for Russia when competing for it for nearly a decade now. Only Myskina rivals what Elena's done for the country. She definitely deserves to go, especially with solid results this year.

Vera is a better player than Anna with better results in 2008. It's still not inconceivable to see her in Beijing singles...but I only see her overtaking Elena, and not Anna, if she were to amass that many points. Anna would need to lose really early in Rome and Paris to get behind both Elena and Vera.

Drimal
May 8th, 2008, 07:14 AM
Davai Elena and Anna! :hearts:


Anna deserves the spot! She has made SF of US Open and SF of YEC last year! :D

And people should stop bitch about Anna in every thread! Anna has already won more titles (7) in her young career than Ana (6) or Jelena (5). :angel:

AnnaK_4ever
May 8th, 2008, 08:15 AM
The ideal team would be Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Zvonareva in singles and Kuznetsova/Petrova, Dementieva/Safina in doubles. But Petrova won't go to Beijing only for doubles.
Chakvetadze is a waste of Olympics license but rules are rules.

homogenius
May 8th, 2008, 08:22 AM
A shame for Vera really but Anna earned her points, and maybe she'll be back on tracks in the summer.

Beny
May 9th, 2008, 07:12 AM
:smash: Hope Vera and Chaky meet in Rome or RG and Vera double-bagels Chaky. Vera really deserves her spot.

As well as Vesnina in doubles. Why pair LenaD or Chaky with Kuzzie when either one doesn´t care about doubles. lena hasn´t played doubles this year and doesn´t want to. i think she won´t be playing doubles at Olympics..

Привет
May 9th, 2008, 07:21 AM
Picking the Russian Olympic team is always going to cause chaos.

Dementinator
May 9th, 2008, 10:23 AM
Seems like a good team, if they have to go on the top 4 then thats how it is, however I would defo replace the overated and pretty ineffective Anna C with the much more talented Vera Z.

Anna C is solid enough but has no real weapons, she took advantage of simple draws, and clawed her way up but she really is not worthy of her ranking at all and will slide back to where she should be, Vera Z struggled with injuries but has far more talent and fire power, if she doesnt get 'damaged' again she would be a far better choice to take out a top name.

mal
May 9th, 2008, 10:43 AM
The ideal team would be Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Zvonareva in singles and Kuznetsova/Petrova, Dementieva/Safina in doubles. But Petrova won't go to Beijing only for doubles.
Chakvetadze is a waste of Olympics license but rules are rules.

do you really think Sharapova will be fit enough to be there/