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peanuts
May 20th, 2008, 02:50 PM
Grand Slam time again! Will Chaky make it again to the QF and get a beating from her perennial QF nemesis Maria? ;) :tape: Or will she crash out against some Cibulkova-like young hopeful on Week 1? :help: Yeah we all know Rome didn't turned out to be the fairy tale that we wanted it to be for Anna but at least she has showed strong signs that she's getting out of her awful slump. Let's see if she'll follow-through on her slight resurgence of form at RG's red clay. :)

Pink Princess
May 21st, 2008, 01:14 PM
Anna went to Justine's Academy in order to get ready for Roland Garros, there she is currently training with Carlos Rodriguez.

Pink Princess
May 21st, 2008, 01:18 PM
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Go Anna!!!
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:
Good Luck!!!
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Pink Princess
May 21st, 2008, 01:24 PM
Anna has already won in Paris this year:angel: :angel: :angel:

peanuts
May 21st, 2008, 11:44 PM
Anna went to Justine's Academy in order to get ready for Roland Garros, there she is currently training with Carlos Rodriguez.

Wow! That's great! Shows that Anna's very committed on making it far in RG. :D Besides Anna could use a bit more top spin on her shots especially on clay. It would help cut down the gazillion of errors that she tends to make when her timing is off.

sammy01
May 22nd, 2008, 01:56 PM
good luck anna im waiting for the draw before realy assessing her chances, hope its a good draw!

Foot's Fingers
May 23rd, 2008, 11:25 AM
pls Anna take yr chance

Pink Princess
May 23rd, 2008, 11:29 AM
Main Draw!!!

Anna's part:

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS (4)
v
Aiko Nakamura JPN
Vania King USA
v
Violette Huck FRA


Alisa Kleybanova RUS
v
Tamarine Tanasugarn THA
Aravane Rezai FRA
v
Nadia Petrova RUS (25)


Francesca Schiavone ITA (18)
v
Jill Craybas USA
Sanda Mamic CRO
v
Michaella Krajicek NED


Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea ROU
v
Anne Kremer LUX
Edina Gallovits ROU
v
Victoria Azarenka BLR (16)


Agnes Szavay HUN (12)
v
Ayumi Morita JPN
Sabine Lisicki GER
v
Elena Vesnina RUS


Petra Kvitova CZE
v
Akiko Morigami JPN
Samantha Stosur AUS
v
Shahar Peer ISR (17)


A. Medina Garrigues ESP (29)
v
Qualifier
Yung-Jan Chan TPE
v
Tsvetana Pironkova BUL


Kaia Kanepi EST
v
Meng Yuan CHN
Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP
v
Anna Chakvetadze RUS (6)

Honestly it's a great Draw for Anna.

Spiritof42
May 23rd, 2008, 01:33 PM
Nice draw. Would love to see Anna vs Vika in the QF :drool:

RsaibotD
May 23rd, 2008, 02:32 PM
I'm a little worried, Nuria is a clay court specialist, I saw her play here (vina del Mar) and she won't be easy..... nevertheless it's a good Draw for Anna ;)

Wintermute
May 23rd, 2008, 04:41 PM
Nuria had a good Fed Cup performance recently against China but that was on indoor hard court. She won the Tier III in Bogota earlier in the year but the highest ranked player she beat was #63. She's lost her last three clay matches including a bagel from Alona Bondarenko. The last loss was in Berlin to Angelika Bachmann, ranked 175, in straight sets.

Anna should have too much class for her even if it is clay. My only concern would be Anna's habit of losing the plot in the second set and making it more difficult than it should be.

Kampi
May 23rd, 2008, 06:50 PM
Hi my friends.:wavey:
I want to say hello to you and I also want to ask, if you already heard the news, that Jelena and Anna will team up for the doubles competion in Paris. Jelena just released a new blog on her site and she stated that she and Anna will play doubles at RG.

Source:
http://www.jj-jelenajankovic.com/eng/blog.php

CU,:)
Markus

smokovec
May 23rd, 2008, 08:26 PM
Uhm, interesting news for Doubles, thanks Kampi! My two favourite top players team up, hope we can see also 2-3 victories in Doubles and obviously in singles for both.

Single draw for Anna is not so easy in my opinion, because Kanepi, Medina, Pironkova, Chan are all in form at the moment, but first win with Llagostera Anna!

goldenlox
May 23rd, 2008, 11:48 PM
This draw couldn't be better. And Vives is a preview of the Fed Cup final.

peanuts
May 25th, 2008, 03:13 AM
It's good that Anna is in the easier half of the draw but Sharapova is in there so :unsure:...Anyways it's a long way to go until the semi-final so I'll worry about it later. ;)

Anna's draw seemed to be littered with players who have some aptitude on clay (Vives, Medina, Pinonkova) although none too powerful. It still makes me uneasy though since these players can stay in rallies that last for ages. I've also noticed on Rome, how she rarely slides on clay. I hope somehow she'd learn to slide more while on Justine's academy, this can be really helpful when you want to stay in long rallies on clay (heck even on hard courts! see:Sveta, Jankovic, Kim).

JJ and Anna playing doubles together is great for me. Two of my faves! :)

Wintermute
May 25th, 2008, 07:31 PM
Doubles draw is out. Jelena and Anna play the 13th seeds Benesova and Husarova in round one.

And order of play for Monday is out too:

Court 1 - 11:00 start

1 Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Severine Bremond (FRA) v. Jelena Pandzic (CRO)


followed by
2 Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Michael Llodra (FRA) v. Olivier Patience (FRA)


3 Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) v. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)[6]


4 Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[9] v. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

dulkogii
May 25th, 2008, 10:55 PM
(4) Chan/Chuang TPE vs. Morigami/Nakamura JPN
De los Rios/Pironkova PAR/BUL vs. Sanchez/Thorpe FRA
Bammer/Lisicki AUT/GER vs. Hradecka/Voracova CZE
Chakvetadze/Jankovic RUS/SRB vs. (13) Benesova/Husarova CZE/SVK

sammy01
May 25th, 2008, 11:56 PM
the singles draw for anna, is great realy, i mean she should make the qtrs. if her head is in it and she in some kind of form i expect her to reach the qtrs. though 1st match is tough and needs to be passed safely before looking ahead.

the doubles is great as well, to me its no suprise that anna made the semi's of rome because she played doubles. i know she lost her only doubles match but it was competitive tennis on a match court, which i think pulled her through the rome draw in the end, that she had had enough time on the clay returning and serving to tough it out. i know her singles match is 1st in paris but if she can get through it i think the doubles can only help. plus i love jj and anna playing together im sure they will have fun.

good luck tomorrow anna i wont be in so please win so i have something nice to come home to!

peanuts
May 26th, 2008, 05:32 AM
the singles draw for anna, is great realy, i mean she should make the qtrs. if her head is in it and she in some kind of form i expect her to reach the qtrs. though 1st match is tough and needs to be passed safely before looking ahead.

the doubles is great as well, to me its no suprise that anna made the semi's of rome because she played doubles. i know she lost her only doubles match but it was competitive tennis on a match court, which i think pulled her through the rome draw in the end, that she had had enough time on the clay returning and serving to tough it out. i know her singles match is 1st in paris but if she can get through it i think the doubles can only help. plus i love jj and anna playing together im sure they will have fun.
good luck tomorrow anna i wont be in so please win so i have something nice to come home to!


With JJ around I'm sure Chaky will have lots of fun. I have to say though, I'm not expecting doubles greatness from these two. I just hope it will be good practice for their singles. ;)

I hope someone uploads at least the highlights of their doubles match.

Foot's Fingers
May 26th, 2008, 07:32 AM
Pls win first match Anna :tape:

goldenlox
May 26th, 2008, 05:32 PM
Looks like a long rain delay

goldenlox
May 26th, 2008, 06:54 PM
Anna plays Tuesday on court 16

Wintermute
May 26th, 2008, 11:18 PM
I can't believe they put her on third match. If it rains again she could get delayed another day. :(

peanuts
May 27th, 2008, 02:05 AM
I can't believe they put her on third match. If it rains again she could get delayed another day. :(

Yeah I didn't get the logic of that. I thought she should be first up since her match should have been finished yesterday. Weird scheduling.

Foot's Fingers
May 27th, 2008, 06:36 AM
Schedule makers :help:

sammy01
May 27th, 2008, 11:12 AM
the schedule sucks, i mean the priority should be to get all the delayed 1st round matches through so at least they will be getting back on schedule. if they dont then instead of having players having to play 2 or 3 days in a row day after day, they will have players having to play twice in 1 day.

anyway good luck anna if you get on court

peanuts
May 27th, 2008, 12:33 PM
Since I play Suicide Tennis, I've noticed that they didn't even schedule Cirstea to play today when she was scheduled and supposed to have played her match yesterday. :cuckoo:

Edit to add: Chaky is no longer scheduled to play today. This is probably because play today wasn't able to start at the scheduled 12NN.

Pink Princess
May 27th, 2008, 03:33 PM
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goldenlox
May 27th, 2008, 08:20 PM
3rd match on court 6, if the rain lets up

Gdog
May 27th, 2008, 09:01 PM
:rain:Rain Rain Go Away Let Our Chaky Come Out And Play! :rain: :help:

I too am excited about the doubles partnership between Anna and Jelena, I think it could be a good team that has a lot of fun.

I hope Anna has a great French Open and she has a good draw too! Good luck Anna!

Wintermute
May 27th, 2008, 10:24 PM
The weather forecast for Wednesday is slightly better than today. There's a chance Anna might actually get to play her match!

penkku
May 28th, 2008, 12:01 PM
Anna soon on court, good luck :)

penkku
May 28th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Anna takes 1st set 6-3 :)

peanuts
May 28th, 2008, 12:59 PM
:rain:Rain Rain Go Away Let Our Chaky Come Out And Play! :rain: :help:


That made me laugh. :lol:


Yay! Chaky takes the first set. No more walkabout in the second set please! Anna should win this in straight sets. :)

penkku
May 28th, 2008, 01:32 PM
Nuria-Anna 3-6 5-4* Anna in some trouble in 2nd set

goldenlox
May 28th, 2008, 01:48 PM
Anna lost set 2, but broke to start set 3, 64 57 *10

goldenlox
May 28th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Anna is rolling in set 3, 51*

RsaibotD
May 28th, 2008, 02:25 PM
and Anna won 6-1 the third set.... I was so nervous at the start of the third set..... congrats Anna... she defeated a tough opponent ;)

Pink Princess
May 28th, 2008, 02:33 PM
Go Anna Go:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: I am so glad!!!

Wintermute
May 28th, 2008, 08:57 PM
Anna plays Kaia Kanepi tomorrow. They are third on Court 7.

I'm not sure how this will go. Kaia's had some reasonable results during the clay season, qualifying for Berlin and Rome. I'm hoping Anna will make this an easy straight sets victory. If you exclude Fed Cup, Anna's last eight tournament matches have all gone to three sets!

Gdog
May 28th, 2008, 09:33 PM
Yay the sun finally came out (or at least the clouds did not open up) and Anna has pulled off a round 1 victory. Another 3 setter too, at least I guess we all know that Anna should have the stamina to go the distance with anyone since she has had so much practice at it lately.

I hope she wins the next one in straight sets though I will take any win at this point. If she goes 3 sets all the way I worry about her health as there is a lot of tennis to be played here over the next 10 days or so.

Good luck in round 2 Anna! :hug:

Alex72
May 29th, 2008, 07:41 AM
Just watched the Vives match, TTC replay. Too many DFs of course but the wind was troubling a lot of players. Forehand was erratic at times but her backhand placements were excellent and like the Anna of last year. She also seemed confident at a lot of stages. I`m sure she is on the way to getting back her form.

Foot's Fingers
May 29th, 2008, 08:24 AM
have watched the match starting from 2nd set

Awful set
Just awful

Good Anna took final set under her control :banana:

Foot's Fingers
May 29th, 2008, 08:24 AM
Good Luck vs Kaia today

peanuts
May 29th, 2008, 10:08 AM
What's with Anna and three sets?? She's starting to remind of Dementieva with the three sets and the DFs. Well at least she made it easy for herself on the third set.

Also I find it amusing that Chaky annoyed the hell out of Cornet. If you don't know what I'm saying, it's about a thread over at GM. ;)

peanuts
May 29th, 2008, 10:12 AM
Oh I almost forgot, she's scheduled to play today.

My thoughts on her match against Kanepi. Good Chaky should win this in straight sets but Bad Chaky will probably show up in the middle of the second set and fire up a dozen double faults so it'll be another three-setter. Hopefully, Good Chaky will reappear in the third set to save the day for us. ;)

cosmoose
May 29th, 2008, 04:13 PM
I want good Chaky! :lick:

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Anna is down 13*

Wintermute
May 29th, 2008, 05:17 PM
Hopefully just a slow start. Actually she's just broken back.

wales1994
May 29th, 2008, 05:20 PM
what has happend to her this year i thought she was in for 1 GS this year but she just has no confidence but come on anna prove me wrong and win RG

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 05:24 PM
Anna came back from 14 to *44, then was broken, 45*

Wintermute
May 29th, 2008, 05:29 PM
Anna lost the set after failing to convert her break point chances in the previous game. She needs to step it up right now.

cosmoose
May 29th, 2008, 05:30 PM
Anna lost first set 4-6.
Looks like Bad Chaky showed up again.

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 05:32 PM
This is by far the softest quarter in the draw.
Anna holding that top 8 ranking is skewing up the draw.
She has to come back and win this, or she just gives this quarter away

Shoulderpova
May 29th, 2008, 05:35 PM
She's some games away from losing :weirdo:

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 05:36 PM
I think Anna has a shot because Kanepi will get nervous.
Anna has to stay close

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 05:41 PM
46 *12 I think every nonseed would love to be in Anna's section

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 05:50 PM
Now it's 46 33*. Anna can't waste this draw. When she summer points come off, she's going to fall out of the top 10

cosmoose
May 29th, 2008, 05:52 PM
I have a very bad feeling about this....

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 06:02 PM
Anna wasted several bp chances now, 46 *34, she HAS to hold here.
Deep trouble

Wintermute
May 29th, 2008, 06:03 PM
Anna has been unable to take so many break points. Kanepi is staying very firm in this match.

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 06:09 PM
Anna won 2 games! Amazing! *54

Wintermute
May 29th, 2008, 06:16 PM
Anna just missed a set point and got broken back. This is painful.

cosmoose
May 29th, 2008, 06:18 PM
#6 player in the world shouldn't be having such a hard time with player of Kanepi's calibre.

Look what Vika did today. Two bagels! :bounce:

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 06:19 PM
Now Anna lost 2 games, *56

cosmoose
May 29th, 2008, 06:26 PM
Its over

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 06:31 PM
A terrible result for a top 10 player.
With the Olympics, she can't defend her summer points. And really, Anna doesn't belong in the top 10 with results like this.
This is a soft 2nd round draw.

Shoulderpova
May 29th, 2008, 06:32 PM
Disgusting! :yawn:

Wintermute
May 29th, 2008, 06:35 PM
Kanepi's strung together a few wins on clay this year so I'm not surprised she made things hard for Anna. But Anna really makes things hard for herself. She had a set point that she didn't take. She only converted 3 of 11 break points. And she came apart in the tiebreak.

It's a bad loss. Anna loses nearly 200 ranking points. :(

Pink Princess
May 29th, 2008, 07:03 PM
Disappointing French Open, I do not have words, it is Anna's most pathetic defeat in years.

Now I hope that Anna plays Birmingham and the Ordina Open, she needs points.

Byeee:wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 08:02 PM
She has points coming off all summer into the USO.
She keeps playing like this, no more byes, or easy quarters.

penkku
May 29th, 2008, 09:25 PM
She has points coming off all summer into the USO.
She keeps playing like this, no more byes, or easy quarters.


Who wants those byes or easy quarters, Anna needs much practice and tough draws to become a better player on clay if she wants to achieve something on that red stuff, she just isnŽt at home on clay. IŽm not worried yet, but if the grasscourt season goes like this then sheŽd better go see some shrink, her tragic moments must still haunt her :sad:

Gdog
May 29th, 2008, 09:56 PM
Sad very sad. :sad:

Not only does Anna lose in the second round, not only does she lose valuable points in the rankings, not only do I not get to see her play during this years French Open, but then Maria Kirilenko my other favorite Russian loses to a player she should have beat as well. This has been a very disappointing French Open for me, more so for Anna and Maria I would think. :fiery:

RsaibotD
May 30th, 2008, 02:57 AM
expected since she lost the first set :rolleyes:..... Anna :banghead:

Foot's Fingers
May 30th, 2008, 08:00 AM
when somebody would talk abt wasting soft nice great draw at GS - Anna C at RG 08 is the best choice as example.....


so saaaaaaad

peanuts
May 30th, 2008, 01:43 PM
:sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: This is so disappointing. :( I'll say more later.

Wintermute
May 30th, 2008, 08:17 PM
Looks like Anna and Jelena have withdrawn from the doubles. So another clay season is over for Anna. :bounce:

cosmoose
May 30th, 2008, 08:23 PM
The way Anna is playing at the moment, there is no such thing as soft draw.

I think lot of lower ranked players now hope to play against Anna....she could be their Top 10 win. :sad:

I think Anna needs a full time coach. She should hire Carlos Rodriguez ASAP!

Pink Princess
May 30th, 2008, 08:47 PM
Latest News: Anna will move to Belgium and get a coach from Ju's Academy



Gloomy Anna

Bart Lagae | 30 mei 2008 om 12:52

In earlier days there was the beautiful Anna with two n’s, now there is the beautiful Ana with one ‘n’. But we are talking here today about the sad Anna, again with two n’s. Soon she will probably move to Belgium.

Does Anna Chakvetadze usually walk around like she's just been told her favorite dog has died, yesterday, when we met her for our interview she looked even twice as sad.

Leaning in a little leather chair, she just answered the questions about her match with a simple “yes” or “no”. As the #6 in the world, she was the highest ranked player who lost in the second round in Paris.

Chakvetadze, the player with the longest plat in women’s tennis history, is perhaps the most talented of all the Russian women tennis players, but for a year her tennis (development) seems to have got stuck. The 21 year old from Moscow got coached by her father and still has difficulty to control her emotions. Last Thursday, after her loss with 64 76 to Kaia Kanepi from Estland, she bursted into tears again. In an effort to climb out of her slump, she has now resorted to nobody less than Carlos Rodrigues. The man who would never coach someone else than Justine Henin.

“As you can see, I'm in need of a good coach,” said Chakvetadze. “And Carlos is a good coach.”

This morning, Carlos affirmed the news, but was quick to add he didn’t feel like traveling around the world with her. “She gets a coach from the Academy. In between the tournaments I can guide her here in Belgium. But she will have to accept she will have to make a lot of sacrifices. She has great potential, but is physically not in good shape.”

The collaboration also means that gloomy Anna will move to Belgium. Or, how our country, after Kim and Justine, will get a “Belgian” successor after all.

Anna:smooch:

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GO ANNA:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

Spiritof42
Jun 1st, 2008, 06:10 AM
I wonder what he (Carlos) means by "physically not in good shape"?

smokovec
Jun 1st, 2008, 07:34 AM
I wonder what he (Carlos) means by "physically not in good shape"?

It's difficult to know what happens to Anna, but if the main problem is physically I think it's good, it's better than mental weakness or game involution.

I have a good feeling about Wimbledon, hope I'm not wrong.

HowardH
Jun 1st, 2008, 02:08 PM
I wonder what he (Carlos) means by "physically not in good shape"?

By "physically not in good shape" I think he means nowhere near as fit as Justine was. :lol: It's all relative- I don't think he would think any women was fit enough in comparison to the girl he's been coaching. I wonder what he would say if he had to coach Marion or Ahsha? :tape: :lol: To me, Anna's problems are definitely mostly mental, but perhaps by becoming extremely fit the mental fitness will follow? Going through hard physical training may result in more mental toughness? Here's hoping.

peanuts
Jun 2nd, 2008, 05:25 AM
Hey everyone! I'm back! ;) Chaky's lost for me is sooo...I don't know. Truei, it's disappointing but I still haven't thought about it that much. Maybe because there's not much to think of it. Rome performance aside, I guess she really just sucks on clay. Plus add the fact that she hasn't been on top form since last summer and that Kanepi is also a good clay courter.

So as they say, Bring on the grass!!