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andrewbroad
May 27th, 2008, 12:08 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. UK TV-alert
2. First-round draw
3. Vera Zvonarëva preview
4. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. UK TV-alert
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The French Open will be televised on BBCi from 10:00 BST each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel - 301 or 302).

Live: Sunday 25th May to Wednesday 4th June, 10:00-19:00, BBCi
Highlights: Sunday 25th May to Friday 6th June, 20:00-09:59, BBCi

Highlights: Saturday 31st May, 13:00-14:10, BBC 1

Women's semis live: Thursday 5th June, 13:00-19:00, BBCi

Men's semis live: Friday 6th June, 10:00-19:00, BBCi

Women's final live: Saturday 7th June, 14:00-16:30, BBC 2
Highlights: Saturday 7th June, 16:30-09:59, BBCi

Men's final live: Sunday 8th June: 14:00-18:00, BBC 2
Highlights: Sunday 8th June, 18:00-11:59, BBCi

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6102132.stm

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2. First-round draw
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2.1 Top quarter: Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonarëva
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v Evgeniya Rodina (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Bethanie Mattek [Q] v Madison Brengle [WC]
* Jarmila Gajdošová [Q] v Olivia Sánchez [WC]
* KARIN KNAPP [32] won

* MARIA KIRILENKO [21,DF] v Maria Elena Camerin (my loyalty is to Maria... er, Kirilenko!)
* Zheng,Jie [Q] v Mara Santangelo
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [Q,DF] v Karolina Šprem [DF] (mouthwatering match; my loyalty is to Magda)
* Kateryna Bondarenko v DINARA SAFINA [13]

* VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Foretz [WC] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
* Yanina Wickmayer [Q] v Akgul Amanmuradova, 2-6 *4-3
* Aleksandra Wozniak v SYBILLE BAMMER [20]

* AI SUGIYAMA [31] v Alla Kudryavtseva
* Yuliana Fedak v Olga Govortsova (davai Yuliana!)
* Marta Domachowska v Rossana de los Ríos (dawaj Marta!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] v Vera Dushevina (davai Elena!)


2.2 Second quarter: Anna Chakvetadze
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* Aiko Nakamura [s] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (ganbatte Aiko!)
* Vania King v Violette Huck [WC]
* Alisa Kleybanova v Tamarine Tanasugarn
* Aravane Rezaď v NADIA PETROVA [25] (allez Aravane!)

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [18] v Jill Craybas
* Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] v Sanda Mamić (kom op Michaëlla!)
* Sorana-Mihaela Cîrstea v Anne Kremer
* Edina Gallovits v VICTORIA AZARENKA [16]

* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [12] won
* Sabine Lisicki v Elena Vesnina (my Passion says Elena but my Reason says Sabine)
* Akiko Morigami [s] v Petra Kvitová (ganbatte Akiko!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [17] v Samantha Stosur [WC] (kadima Shahar!)

* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [29] v María José Martínez Sánchez [Q]
* Tsvetana Pironkova v Chan,Yung-Jan (aide Tsvetana!)
* Kaia Kanepi v Yuan,Meng
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives (DAVAI ANNA!!)


2.3 Third quarter
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [8] won
* Selima Sfar [Q] won
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [Q] won
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [26,DF] v Tatiana Perebiynis, 0-1* (40/0*)

* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [22] v Olga Savchuk
* Carla Suárez Navarro [Q] v Pauline Parmentier
* Nathalie Dechy won
* MARION BARTOLI [9,DF,S] v Casey Dell'Acqua (allez Marion!)

* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] v Mariya Koryttseva, 5-4* (40/40)
* Jelena Pandžić [Q] won
* Gisela Dulko [DF] won
* ALIZÉ CORNET [19] won

* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [28] won
* Milagros Sequera won
* Marina Erakovic v Tathiana Garbin, 6-7 (9/11) 6-3 5-3*
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3] won


2.4 Bottom quarter: Lucie Šafářová
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* SERENA WILLIAMS [5] won
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] won
* Ekaterina Makarova won
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [27], *4-3

* Klára Zakopalová won
* Emilie Loit won
* Timea Bacsinszky won
* PATTY SCHNYDER [10] won

* Iveta Benešová [Q] won
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Anastasia Rodionova, 6-0 2-6 4-3*
* Galina Voskoboeva won
* Petra Cetkovská won

* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [30] won
* Anastasiya Yakimova [Q] won
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] won
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF] won

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3. Vera Zvonarëva preview
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Vera is the only member of my Eternal Fanship besides Maria Sharapova who's been having a good 2008 - a claycourt-title at Prague after finals at Hobart, Doha and Charleston - and it's a shame they would have to meet in a quarter-final rather than the final!


3.1 First round
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Stéphanie Foretz was a dangerous claycourt-player back in 2002, when she beat the great Monica Seles in one of the most surprising losses of Monica's stellar career, but she's now ranked #121, is 9:13 in 2008, and is currently on a three-match losing-streak.

Vera has never played her before, but it doesn't take much more analysis to predict that Foretz will be coming out of her home Grand Slam on a four-match losing-streak.


3.2 Second round
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I don't have time to analyse this properly, but Ioana Raluca Olaru and Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro are two names that fail to put much fear in me.


3.3 Third round
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28-year-old Sybille Bammer had by far the best year of her career last year. But she's only 11:12 in 2008 - her best result being a quarter-final at Doha, which she lost 2-6 6-2 6-0 to none other than our Vera, who leads their head to head 2:0.

If Vera falls before the fourth round with a draw like this, I'll be very disappointed.


3.4 Fourth round
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Vera used to be 0:2 against Elena Dementieva, but it was third time lucky at Charleston 2008: Vera won their semi-final 6-3 6-7(2) 6-3.

Dementieva is having a pretty impressive year so far: 20:6 with a title at Dubai, and in her last two tournaments, she was runner-up at Berlin (beating Jelena Janković and Ana Ivanović back to back to reach the final) and runner-up at Istanbul.


3.5 Quarter-final
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Maria Sharapova has swiftly risen to #1 this year with a win/loss record of 27:2 (including Fed Cup), and could complete a career Grand Slam at the age of 21 by winning here!

Admittedly she is only #1 now because Justine Henin retired and asked to be taken off the rankings, but Maria deserves to be #1 because she's the best player in the world this year, winning her third Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, winning Doha, and winning her first-ever claycourt-title at Amelia Island (albeit on green clay, which is faster than the red clay here).

Maria and Vera have an intriguing rivalry: Maria only leads 5:3, including a three-set victory in the Doha-final. Clay is the surface that should logically favour Vera over Maria because of Vera's superior retrieval-skills, but it was Maria who won their third-round match at the French Open 2004.

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4. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
MS 1r: NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO [4] v Thomas Johansson
WS 1r: MARION BARTOLI [9,DF,S] v Casey Dell'Acqua
MS 1r: Gilles Simon v RADEK ŠTĚPÁNEK [21]
WS 1r: VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Foretz [WC]

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/

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andrewbroad
May 27th, 2008, 11:44 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. First-round draw: Top half
2. Second-round draw: Bottom half
3. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. First-round draw: Top half
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1.1 Top quarter: Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonarëva
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v Evgeniya Rodina (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Bethanie Mattek [Q] v Madison Brengle [WC]
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] won
* KARIN KNAPP [32] won

* MARIA KIRILENKO [21,DF] v Maria Elena Camerin (my loyalty is to Maria... er, Kirilenko!)
* Zheng,Jie [Q] v Mara Santangelo
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [Q,DF] v Karolina Šprem [DF] (mouthwatering match; my loyalty is to Magda)
* DINARA SAFINA [13] won

* VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Foretz [WC] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
* Yanina Wickmayer [Q] v Akgul Amanmuradova, 2-6 *4-3
* Aleksandra Wozniak v SYBILLE BAMMER [20]

* AI SUGIYAMA [31] won
* Yuliana Fedak v Olga Govortsova (davai Yuliana!)
* Marta Domachowska v Rossana de los Ríos (dawaj Marta!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] v Vera Dushevina (davai Elena!)


1.2 Second quarter: Anna Chakvetadze
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* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] won
* Vania King v Violette Huck [WC]
* Alisa Kleybanova v Tamarine Tanasugarn
* Aravane Rezaď v NADIA PETROVA [25] (allez Aravane!)

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [18] v Jill Craybas
* Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] v Sanda Mamić (kom op Michaëlla!)
* Sorana-Mihaela Cîrstea v Anne Kremer
* Edina Gallovits v VICTORIA AZARENKA [16]

* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [12] won
* Sabine Lisicki won
* Akiko Morigami [S] v Petra Kvitová (ganbatte Akiko!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [17] v Samantha Stosur [WC] (kadima Shahar!)

* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [29] v María José Martínez Sánchez [Q]
* Tsvetana Pironkova v Chan,Yung-Jan (aide Tsvetana!)
* Kaia Kanepi v Yuan,Meng
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives (DAVAI ANNA!!)

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2. Second-round draw: Bottom half
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [8] v Selima Sfar [Q]
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [Q] v (1r: FLAVIA PENNETTA [26,DF] v Tatiana Perebiynis, 4-3* (Ad Pennetta))
* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [22] v Carla Suárez Navarro [Q]
* Nathalie Dechy v (1r: MARION BARTOLI [9,DF,S] v Casey Dell'Acqua, *6-5)

* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] v Jelena Pandžić [Q]
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v ALIZÉ CORNET [19] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [28] v Milagros Sequera (poďme Dominika!)
* (1r: Marina Erakovic v Tathiana Garbin, 6-7 (9/11) 6-3 5-3*) v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3]

* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v SERENA WILLIAMS [5] (allez Mathilde!)
* Ekaterina Makarova v (1r: Virginia Ruano Pascual v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [27], *4-3)
* Klára Zakopalová v Emilie Loit (pojďme Klára!)
* Timea Bacsinszky v PATTY SCHNYDER [10] (hopp Timea!)

* Iveta Benešová [Q] v (1r: Peng,Shuai [S] v Anastasia Rodionova, 6-0 2-6 4-3*)
* Galina Voskoboeva v Petra Cetkovská
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [30] v Anastasiya Yakimova [Q] (kom sĺ Caroline!)
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF] (my loyalty is to Lucie)

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3. Order of play for Wednesday
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Court 7 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
MS 1r: Steve Darcis v DAVID FERRER [5]
MS 1r: Bobby Reynolds v Thierry Ascione (7-6 4-6 *5-3 to finish)
WS 1r: VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Foretz [WC]
WS 2r: Klára Zakopalová v Emilie Loit
WS 2r: Timea Bacsinszky v PATTY SCHNYDER [10]

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/

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andrewbroad
May 29th, 2008, 01:59 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Foretz
3. Second-round draw
4. Women's Doubles
5. Order of play for Thursday

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1. Photos
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Vera Zvonarëva:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=zvonareva
Search Getty Images for "zvonareva"

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2. First-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Foretz (Wednesday 28th May 2008)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] d. Stéphanie Foretz [WC], 6-2 6-1

The match started at 14:48 CEST. I followed live scores at www.rolandgarros.com, although sadly the scoreboard wasn't running smoothly at the time.


First set
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ZVONAR *@ @* *@ 6
FORETZ __@__*__ 2

Vera serving 0-0: 40/30. Held.
Foretz serving 0-1: 0/30. 15/40. Broken.
Vera serving 2-0: 0/30 to 30/30. 30/40. 40/40. Ad Vera. Deuce #2. Ad Vera. Deuce #3. Ad Foretz (BP #2). Broken.
Foretz serving 1-2: 15/30. 15/40. 30/40. Broken.
Vera serving 3-1: Held.
Foretz serving 1-4: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Vera serving 4-2: 15/0. 30/15. Held.
Foretz serving 2-5: 15/15. 30/15. 40/15. Vera won the first set 6-2 at 15:19 (31m).


Second set
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ZVONAR *@*@ @* 6
FORETZ ____@__ 1

Vera serving 0-0: 30/0. 40/15. Held.
Foretz serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40. Broken.
Vera serving 2-0: 15/0... held.
Foretz serving 0-3: 0/30. 15/30. 30/40. Broken.

Well, in a day when Maria Sharapova only won 8-6 in the third, and Anna Chakvetadze looks like possibly going to a third at 6-3 *4-5 (serving seems to be a /disadvantage/ in her match against Nuria Llagostera Vives), at least one of my players is making it easier on me! :-)

Vera serving 4-0: 0/15. 15/15. 40/40. Ad Foretz (BP). Broken.

Oops - have I just jinxed Vera by saying it was easy? :-o

Foretz serving 1-4: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40. 30/40. Broken.
Vera serving 5-1: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1). 40/30 (MP #2). Vera won 6-2 6-1 at 15:44 (second set 25m, match 56m).

And Anna Chakvetadze, who was at the end of her first set when Vera started, lost her second set one minute later.

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3. Second-round draw
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3.1 Top half
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v Bethanie Mattek [Q] (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] v KARIN KNAPP [32]
* MARIA KIRILENKO [21,DF] v Zheng,Jie [Q]
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [Q,DF] v DINARA SAFINA [13] (poďme Magda!)

* VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Akgul Amanmuradova v Aleksandra Wozniak
* Olga Govortsova v AI SUGIYAMA [31]
* Marta Domachowska v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] (my loyalty is to Marta)

* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] v Vania King
* Alisa Kleybanova v NADIA PETROVA [25]
* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [18] v Sanda Mamić
* Sorana-Mihaela Cîrstea v VICTORIA AZARENKA [16]

* Sabine Lisicki v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [12] (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* Petra Kvitová v Samantha Stosur [WC]
* Tsvetana Pironkova v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [29]
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Kaia Kanepi (DAVAI ANNA!!)


3.2 Bottom half
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [8] v Selima Sfar [Q]
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [Q] v FLAVIA PENNETTA [26,DF]
* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [22] v Carla Suárez Navarro [Q]
* Nathalie Dechy v Casey Dell'Acqua

* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] won
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v ALIZÉ CORNET [19], 0-6 6-4 3-3*
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [28] v Milagros Sequera (poďme Dominika!)
* Marina Erakovic v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3]

* SERENA WILLIAMS [5] won
* Ekaterina Makarova v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [27]
* Emilie Loit won
* PATTY SCHNYDER [10] won

* Iveta Benešová [Q] v Peng,Shuai [S]
* Galina Voskoboeva v Petra Cetkovská
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [30] won
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF] won

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4. Women's Doubles
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4.1 First-round draw
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* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v Sofia Arvidsson/Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová

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5. Order of play for Thursday
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Court 2 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
MS 2r: DAVID NALBANDIAN [6] v Jeremy Chardy
WS 2r: Marta Domachowska v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7]
MS 2r: TOMMY ROBREDO [12] v Marc Gicquel
WS 2r: VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/

andrewbroad
May 30th, 2008, 01:24 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Second-round draw: Top half
2. Third-round draw: Bottom half
3. Order of play for Friday

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1. Second-round draw: Top half
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v Bethanie Mattek [Q], 6-2 *2-3
* KARIN KNAPP [32] won
* Zheng,Jie [Q] won
* DINARA SAFINA [13] won

* VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Aleksandra Wozniak won
* Olga Govortsova won
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] won

* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] won
* Alisa Kleybanova v NADIA PETROVA [25], 3-6 *2-4
* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [18] won
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [16] won

* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [12] won
* Petra Kvitová won
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [29] won
* Kaia Kanepi won

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2. Third-round draw: Bottom half
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* FLAVIA PENNETTA [26,DF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [8] (forza Flavia!)
* Carla Suárez Navarro [Q] v Casey Dell'Acqua
* ALIZÉ CORNET [19] v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] (allez Alizé!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [28] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3] (poďme Dominika!)

* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [27] v SERENA WILLIAMS [5] (dajmo Katarina!)
* Emilie Loit v PATTY SCHNYDER [10]
* Iveta Benešová [Q] v Petra Cetkovská (pojďme Iveta!)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF] v CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [30] (my loyalty is to Ana)

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3. Order of play for Friday
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Court 2 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
WS 3r: Iveta Benešová [Q] v Petra Cetkovská
WS 2r: VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
MS 3r: MIKHAIL YOUZHNY [15] v FERNANDO VERDASCO [22]
WS 3r: Carla Suárez Navarro [Q] v Casey Dell'Acqua

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/

andrewbroad
May 31st, 2008, 01:44 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Second-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Cohen-Aloro
2. Third-round draw
3. Women's Doubles
4. Order of play for Saturday

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1. Second-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Cohen-Aloro (Friday 30th May 2008)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] d. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, 6-2 6-4

Vera trailed 0-2 in the first set and 2-4 in the second, but recovered both times by winning four games in a row.

The match started on Court 2 at about 12:55 CEST, and I followed live scores at www.rolandgarros.com.


First set
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ZVONARËVA __*@*@*@ 6
COHEN-ALO @*______ 2

Vera serving 0-0: When I noticed that this match had come onto the scoreboard (during a changeover in Maria Sharapova's match), it was Ad Cohen-Aloro. Broken.

Cohen-Aloro serving 1-0: 30/15. 30/30. Held.
Vera serving 0-2: 30/0. Held.
Cohen-Aloro serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Vera (BP #2). Held.
Vera serving 2-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Cohen-Aloro serving 2-3: 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Vera (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Vera. Broken.

Four games in a row to Vera.

Vera serving 4-2: Held to love.
Cohen-Aloro serving 2-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/40 (SP). 40/40. Ad Cohen-Aloro. Deuce #2. Ad Vera (SP #2?). Vera won the first set 6-2 at 13:35.


Second set
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ZVONARËVA * *___*@*@ 6
COHEN-ALO _* *@*____ 4

Vera serving 0-0: 40/0. Held.
Cohen-Aloro serving 0-1: 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Vera serving 1-1: 40/0. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Vera. Held.
Cohen-Aloro serving 1-2: 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Vera serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/30. 15/40. Broken.

Cohen-Aloro serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Vera serving 2-4: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Vera. Deuce #2. Ad Vera. Deuce #3. Ad Vera. Held.
Cohen-Aloro serving 4-3: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40. Broken.

Vera serving 4-4: 40/0. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Cohen-Aloro serving 4-5: 15/15. 30/15. 30/40 (MP). Vera won 6-2 6-4 at 14:18.

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2. Third-round draw
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v KARIN KNAPP [32] (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Zheng,Jie [Q] v DINARA SAFINA [13]
* VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Aleksandra Wozniak (DAVAI VERA!!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] v Olga Govortsova (my loyalty is to Elena)

* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] v NADIA PETROVA [25]
* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [18] v VICTORIA AZARENKA [16]
* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [12] v Petra Kvitová
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [29] v Kaia Kanepi

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [26,DF] won
* Carla Suárez Navarro [Q] won
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] won
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [28] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3], 5-7 *2-4

* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [27] won
* PATTY SCHNYDER [10] won
* Petra Cetkovská won
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF] won

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3. Women's Doubles
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3.1 First-round result (Friday 30th May)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. Sofia Arvidsson/Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, 6-1 6-3


3.2 Second-round draw
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* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (KVETA PESCHKE/RENNAE STUBBS)[3]

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4. Order of play for Saturday
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Court 2 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
WD 2r: (NATHALIE DECHY/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA)[14] v Sorana-Mihaela Cîrstea/Aravane Rezaï
MS 3r: STANISLAS WAWRINKA [9] v FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ [24]
WS 3r: VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Aleksandra Wozniak
XD 1r: (CHUANG,CHIA-JUNG/JONATHAN ERLICH)[4] v Fabrice Santoro [S]/Amélie Mauresmo

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/

andrewbroad
Jun 2nd, 2008, 01:53 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Third-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Wozniak
2. The 360 Interview: Vera Zvonarëva
3. Fourth-round draw/preview
4. Women's Doubles
5. Order of play for Monday

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1. Third-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Wozniak (Saturday 31st May 2008)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] d. Aleksandra Wozniak, 6-2 6-2

The match was third on Court 2 and started at 16:31 CEST. I followed live scores at www.rolandgarros.com.


First set
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ZVONARË _*@*@* * 6
WOZNIAK *_____*_ 2

Wozniak serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Vera serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 40/30. Held.

Well recovered from 15/30, and a better start than yesterday.

Wozniak serving 1-1: Broken to love.
Vera serving 2-1: Held to love.

Eleven points in a row to Vera! I could do with her wrapping this up quickly, as I'm supposed to be going out in just over an hour.

Wozniak serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/40 to 40/40. Ad Vera (BP #3). Broken.

Sam Smith just mentioned this match whilst commentating on the match currently on BBCi (Melzer v Monfils). "Not to be confused with Caroline Wozniacki," she said.

Vera serving 4-1: 0/15. 40/15 to 40/40. Ad Vera. Held.
Wozniak serving 1-5: 30/0 to 30/40 (SP #1). 40/40. Ad Vera (SP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (SP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Wozniak. Held.

Vera serving 5-2: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15 (SP #4). Vera won the first set 6-2 at 16:59 (28m).


Second set
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ZVONARË @ @ @*@* 6
WOZNIAK _@ @____ 2

Wozniak serving 0-0: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40. Broken.
Vera serving 1-0: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 to 40/40. Ad Wozniak (BP #3). Broken.

Wozniak serving 1-1: 0/30 to 40/30. 40/40. Ad Vera (BP). Broken.

Vera did well to stem what would have been a nasty little momentum-shift if Wozniak had held there.

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/40. Broken.

But still the pattern of break-and-counterbreak continues. I hope Vera's not going to suffer any of the complications Maria Sharapova did in the first two rounds after winning the first set easily.

Wozniak serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40. Broken.

Five breaks in a row, but surely it's time for Vera to put her foot down and accelerate into the fourth round.

Vera serving 3-2: 0/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Wozniak serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40. Broken.
Vera serving 5-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1). Vera won 6-2 6-2 at 17:29 (second set 30m, match 58m).

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2. The 360 Interview: Vera Zvonarëva
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Source: http://tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=133402
>>>
VERA ZVONARËVA
Date of birth: 7th September 1984
Place of birth: Moscow, Russia
Residence: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'7"
Career-high singles-ranking: #9 (August 2004)
Career-titles: 2008 Prague; 2006 Birmingham, Cincinnati; 2005 Memphis; 2004 Memphis; 2003 Bol


PERSON

At home...

I live right outside of Moscow, not in the center of the city. I live in an apartment. My apartment is on the last floor, and it's a two-story apartment with a nice view. It's a nice area with a little bit of forest. I enjoy it. My mom was staying with me for a while, because she was doing construction at her place.

Being recognised...

When I'm in tournaments and play Fed Cup matches, of course lots of people come and ask for your autographs. But we have so many athletes in Russia. Moscow is a huge city and everyone is busy. It's not like when you walk around, people recognise you. It's happened a few times when people recognise me and ask for an autograph.

Being a student...

My first degree I got is in physical education. I graduated last summer from Russian State University of Physical Education in Moscow. I wanted to get a second education, so I now go to the Diplomatic Academy, which is the university at the [Russian] Ministry for Foreign Affairs. I'm studying world-economy. I really enjoy studying and I like the school. I had been going to school everyday when I was injured [last year] and I got interested in economics, and political and international affairs. It's fun to do. I'm just enjoying it right now, and trying to learn as much as I can. When I go to classes, it's usually three hours a day, three times a week. On Saturday, it's five hours. Classes that you have to take are statistics, international affairs, economic integration, lots of different things. I have to take all those classes. It's my first year. It'll take me three years to graduate.


PLAYER

On the tour...

It's not an easy job, but there are much harder jobs in the world. We try to enjoy it as much as possible. I like to travel and see different places in the world, meet different people, see different cultures. I don't mind it, but I'm not a fan of flying. I don't like the planes and going through airports. I wish when I travelled, I could just fall asleep and wake up in the other country.

Never leave home without...

For sure, my cell-phone. I think that's the same for everyone. I always bring my laptop, and I'll bring a few books from school. And I always bring the racquets and shoes. I prefer to carry my racquets on the plane. Sometimes the airlines have policies where they won't allow you to take them on the plane. I prefer to have them with me. You never know what's going to happen in baggage. I've had my luggage lost a couple times, but so far I've been pretty lucky.

Favourite cities...

I always like to go back home to Moscow. It's a great city. Other than that, I would say I like to go to new places - the places I've never been to. But it really depends on my mood. Sometimes I want some place nice and quiet, like Switzerland. Or sometimes I want something more like New York. It just depends on my mood. But if I stay for a week in one place, I feel like, "It's time to go."

Pre-match rituals...

I'm always walking on court with my iPod. I have it on shuffle. That's pretty much it.

Game...

I would say I'm an all-around-the-court player. Mostly you'll see me playing on the baseline. I can be aggressive, but I can also play defense. I adjust to every opponent I have to play. I think I'm universal, but you'll see me play more from the baseline.

Gear...

I use the Prince O3 White. I've been using it for two years. I really like it. Compared to the Fischer racquet I used to have, it's more powerful, but it still has control. It's not heavy, so it's easier on my arm.

I wear Under Armour, but I think I'm going to be wearing K-Swiss [her shoes are K-Swiss]. Maybe at the French Open, I'll be wearing K-Swiss. They sent me some products to try, and if it's okay with me, we'll see.

Court-Presence...

I think I'm a totally different player right now. I'm more experienced and more mature. I've definitely changed over the years — everyone does. I have more experience now. I don't know. When I'm on the court, I'm fighting. I can be emotional; I can be happy; I can be upset. But I'd describe myself as no matter what, I'm trying and I'm fighting.

Keeping emotions in check...

Experience, being more mature. You can't play perfect tennis - probably every tennis-player plays their best tennis only a few times a year. You can count it on your fingers. The rest of the days, you won't be perfect. But you still have to be out there fighting, and trying to find a way to win. That's what comes with experience. I'm more mature, so I don't expect myself to play good every day. I just want to do everything I can to win that match on that particular day. That's all I worry about. With the injury, I took some time off. I don't want to put any pressure on me. I just want to enjoy myself. I don't want to put pressure or be too upset if I couldn't do something that day that I wanted. That's fine. It helped me to realise that throughout my career, we're all perfectionists. I realise that we're just human beings and that we make mistakes. You just have to try to improve it.

Goals...

I don't really set goals for myself. When I was a younger and an upcoming player, I set goals. But if you do that, you're going to be too hard on yourself. Now what I want to do is give it my all in every match I play. Every match I play, I want to fight 100%. I want to try to win every match I play, but I'm going to try to enjoy it. If I don't win that day, well, then that happens. I'm going to have another match. So I'm just trying to go step by step. I don't really set any goals. Of course I want to win every tournament and Grand Slam, like any other tennis-player. I don't want to put pressure on myself.

On her comeback after a wrist-injury...

I'm not really thinking about it. I just really thinking about being able to play in four finals already this year and won a tournament [she beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to win the ECM Prague Open in May]. I'm just really happy about it. It means that whatever I'm working on, it's working.


CREW

Coach...

His name is Sam Sumyk. He's from France. I've been working with him for two-and-half years now. He's Meilen Tu's coach and he used to help Elena Likhovtseva. That's how I met him. I used to play doubles with Elena. Sam and I been working together for three and half years. I like him because he was the one who believed in me when I was injured, and lots of people didn't expect me to come back. He was the one who was always around and helping me a lot. That was important for me.

Family...

No brothers or sisters. I'm the only one. My grandmother always took care of me while my mom worked. I was just like any other child going to school every day, doing what kids do. Most tennis-players stop school pretty early, or they do school at home. I had to go to school everyday. I had to be in classes. My mom was working at a rehab-center, working with handicapped people, people with back-injuries who were paralysed. She had to work, so I spent lots of time with my grandmother. I still have my school-friends. I don't get the chance to see them too often because I'm travelling so much, but my best friend is from the same class.

Personal life...

As tennis-players, we discuss everything about us, and personal life is something we like to keep to ourselves. I'm sure any girl my age will have a private life. We'll have friends; we'll enjoy hanging out. I'm enjoying meeting my friends. The private life [of a tennis-player] will be different from other people because we travel so much. We spend time on the phone and text-messaging. But otherwise, we're like any other young people. But I'm not getting married in the future any time soon.
<<<

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3. Fourth-round draw/preview
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v DINARA SAFINA [13] (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [16] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (davai Victoria!)
* Petra Kvitová v Kaia Kanepi

* Carla Suárez Navarro [Q] won
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3] won
* PATTY SCHNYDER [10] won
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF] won


3.1 Zvonarëva v Dementieva preview
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Vera used to be 0:2 against Elena Dementieva, but it was third time lucky at Charleston 2008: Vera won their semi-final 6-3 6-7(2) 6-3.

Dementieva is having a pretty impressive year so far: 20:6 with a title at Dubai, and in her last two tournaments, she was runner-up at Berlin (beating Jelena Janković and Ana Ivanović back to back to reach the final) and runner-up at Istanbul.

They've both had impressive scorelines in their last couple of rounds, but Dementieva may have an edge in that she's played better opponents:

Vera:
1r + Stéphanie Foretz [WC], 6-2 6-1
2r + Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, 6-2 6-4
3r + Aleksandra Wozniak, 6-2 6-2

Dementieva:
1r + Vera Dushevina, 6-7 (6/8) 6-0 6-2
2r + Marta Domachowska, 6-1 6-4
3r + Olga Govortsova, 6-0 6-4

Their head-to-head favours Dementieva...

- 2004 US Open 4r: Dementieva won 1-6 6-4 6-2
- 2006 US Open 3r: Dementieva won 7-5 6-3
+ 2008 Charleston sf: Zvonarëva won 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 6-3

...but Vera won their only meeting this year, their only meeting on clay, so she can definitely beat Dementieva again here.

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4. Women's Doubles
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4.1 Second-round result (Sunday 1st June)
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- Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina lt. (KVETA PESCHKE/RENNAE STUBBS)[3], 0-6 4-6

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5. Order of play for Monday
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Court Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
WS 4r: VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7]
MS 4r: ROGER FEDERER [1] v Julien Benneteau
MS 4r: IVAN LJUBIČIĆ [28] v Gaël Monfils
WS 4r: VICTORIA AZARENKA [16] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4]

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
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andrewbroad
Jun 8th, 2008, 05:23 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Fourth-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Dementieva

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1. Photos
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Vera Zvonarëva (and Elena Dementieva):
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=zvonareva
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wta260142.html

Search Getty Images for "zvonareva"

For completists:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. Fourth-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Dementieva (Monday 2nd June 2008)
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- VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] lt. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7], 4-6 6-1 2-6

Vera wasted a big opportunity to win the first set after she led *4-2 (30/0) and also had a break-point in the next game.

Vera cruised through the second set, but a long delay before the third set (I guess Dementieva taking her customary bathroom-break) seemed to reset the momentum, and Vera didn't start fighting back until it was too late at *0-5.

BBCi didn't deign to televise this match, as even though it was on Court Chatrier, the men's match on Court Lenglen between 24th seed Fernando González and unseeded Robby Ginepri was obviously far more important. So yet another Grand Slam slips by without the BBC putting the "vera" back in "coverage". :-(


2.1 A belated preview
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2309
>>>
(7) Elena Dementieva (RUS) vs. (11) Vera Zvonarëva (RUS) - Dementieva leads 2:1

Aside from Spanish qualifier Carla Suárez Navarro, former world No.9 Zvonarëva boasts career-wins over every remaining player in the draw, and worryingly for Dementieva, she beat her fellow Muscovite last time they played: on the green clay at Charleston.

Nonetheless, both players are in golden - indeed, resurgent - form. After reaching her first Tier I final at Doha, Zvonarëva won the title at Prague over Victoria Azarenka, and she sits in fifth place in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships.

For her part, Dementieva - just 36 points behind and sixth on that list - scored a confidence-boosting Tier II title-win at Dubai, and was runner-up to Agnieszka Radwanska on the clay at Istanbul.

Both Russians have good track-records at Roland Garros: Zvonarëva made the quarter-finals in 2003 - her best Grand Slam performance to date; Dementieva was a finalist in 2004, and has two fourth-round finishes to her credit as well.

Neither player faced a fellow seed in the third round, so this match might provide the first real gauge of form. In this context, the coin-toss before the start of the match won't just decide who serves first; it will be symbolic of this hard-to-call encounter between two excellent baseliners.
<<<


2.2 My match-report
-------------------

The match was first on Court Chatrier and started at 11:09 CEST.

The good news for me is that BBCi plan to cover Maria Sharapova's all-important match against Dinara Safina on Court Lenglen today. The bad news is that they're on Lenglen already, instead of televising this match on Chatrier, so once again, I have to make do with live scores at www.rolandgarros.com.

What will it take to make them put the "vera" back in "coverage"? A quarter-final against Maria? A semi-final?


First set
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ZVONARËVA _@* *@____ 4
DEMENTIEV @__*__@*@* 6

Vera serving 0-0: 0/40. Broken.

Not a good start, but that seems to be the case in Vera's matches this French Open. Dementieva is one of the most prolific breakers of serve - and needs to be, because she has the worst serve in the top n.

Dementieva serving 1-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Dementieva. Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP). Broken.

Vera is always a determined fighter, so I had a good feeling in that game even when she was game-points down - which, of course, have about the same value as break-points in a non-Dementieva match.

Vera serving 1-1: 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.

Since I expect this match to be return-dominated, I can now say: first blood to Vera!

Dementieva serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. Held.

But Dementieva, like all great champions, holds back immediately.

Vera serving 2-2: 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Dementieva serving 2-3: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40. 30/40. Broken.

Atta girl!

Vera serving 4-2: 30/0 to 30/40. Broken.

If Vera goes on to lose this set, *4-2 (30/0) will have been the turning-point of momentum. But she's still a hold up (not to be confused with a hold-up).

Dementieva serving 3-4: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40. 40/40. Ad Dementieva. Held.

The last two games could easily have gone to Vera for the set 6-2. What a difference!

Vera serving 4-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40. 30/40. Broken.

A few points here and there, and Vera has badly lost the momentum. Vera of old would be in tears and tantrums round about now, but apparently Vera doesn't do that in her old (in tennis-terms) age. ;-)

Dementieva serving 5-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15 (SP #1). 40/30 (SP #2). Dementieva won the first set 6-4 at 11:52 (43m).


Second set
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ZVONARËVA *@*@* * 6
DEMENTIEV _____*_ 1

Vera serving 0-0: 0/30 to 40/30. 40/40. Ad Vera. Held.
Dementieva serving 0-1: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40. 30/40. Broken.

But I don't feel confident about this lead after what happened in the first set.

Vera serving 2-0: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.

But this is the first time Vera's been three games ahead, so it would be a big disappointment if she didn't win this set.

Dementieva serving 0-3: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40. 30/40. Broken.

What a turnaround! I always say a new set is a new story, but I would love the second and third sets to be one big story to compensate for the two stories of the first set (before and after *4-2 (30/0)).

Vera serving 4-0: 40/0. 40/15. Held.

Okay... we've got this set now... time to relax and take a breather before the third...

Dementieva serving 0-5: 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Vera serving 5-1: 0/15. 40/15 (SP #1). 40/30 (SP #2). Vera won the second set 6-1 at 12:20 (second set 28m, match so far 1h11m).


Third set
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ZVONARËVA _____*@_ 2
DEMENTIEV *@*@*__@ 6

Long delay. I guess Dementieva is taking her customary bathroom-break, just as I have done. Perhaps I should rename it the WTBA Tour: Women's Tennis and Bladder Association!

Dementieva serving 0-0: 40/0. 40/30. Held.
Vera serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. Broken.

Like I said, a new set is a new story. :-(

Dementieva serving 2-0: 0/30 to 40/30. 40/40. Ad Dementieva. Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP). Deuce #3. Ad Dementieva. Held.

With Vera being injured last summer, I haven't had a chance to see her play since the Australian Open 2007, and now it looks like another Grand Slam is about to slip by without the BBC putting the "vera" back in "coverage". :-(

Vera serving 0-3: 0/40. 30/40. Broken.
Dementieva serving 4-0: 0/15. 15/30. 40/30. Held.

Mark Petchey just mentioned this match whilst commentating for BBCi on 24th
seed Fernando González v unseeded Robby Ginepri on Court Lenglen. "A meltdown by Zvonarëva in the final set," he said, though I don't know where he gets that idea from.

Vera serving 0-5: Held to love.
Dementieva serving 5-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

If Vera had launched this fightback two games ago, I'd say she had the momentum now, but sadly - I fear - too little too late.

Vera serving 2-5: 0/40 (MP #1). Dementieva won 6-4 1-6 6-2 at 12:58 (third set 38m, match 1h49m).


2.3 Statistics
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The articles below may say it was a poor-quality, error-strewn match, but both players had positive W:UE ratios: Vera 37:36, Dementieva 44:31. But Vera's W:UE ratio is only positive by virtue of the second set (17:9).

Vera got 64% of her first serves in, winning 55% of the points when she did so, and 42% on second serve. Her winning-percentages were even poorer in just the sets that she lost.

The corresponding percentages for Dementieva were better overall: 67%, 54% and 52%, with a big dip in first-serve winning-percentage for the second set.

Vera served 5 double faults, Dementieva 6. There was only one ace, and surprisingly, it wasn't from Vera.

Although Vera's average first serve was faster than Dementieva's (103-99 mph), Dementieva, embarrassingly, beat Vera for fastest serve (114-111 mph) and average second serve (89-86 mph).

Vera broke 5 times from 10 BPs, Dementieva 6 times from just 9 BPs.

The net-play was limited but virtually infallible: Vera won 10 of 11 points at the net, Dementieva all 3 points that she played there.

In points, Dementieva won 80-76 (first set 35-28, second set 16-27, third set 29-21).


2.4 Articles
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Dementieva reaches Paris quarters [CEEFAX 490->493]
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Elena Dementieva moved into the last eight at the French Open for only the second time with victory over fellow Russian Vera Zvonarëva.

The seventh seed, who made the final in 2004, won 6-4 1-6 6-2.

Zvonarëva made a total of 41 unforced errors, repeatedly smacking her racquet into the ground in frustration as the final set slipped away.

Dementieva will face the winner of top seed Maria Sharapova's clash with Dinara Safina in the quarter-finals.
<<<

Dementieva has self-belief to win [CEEFAX 493]
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Elena Dementieva insisted she has the self-belief to win at Roland Garros after beating Vera Zvonarëva.

"I do believe in myself," Dementieva said. "I think I'm not a favourite to win the whole thing, but just really enjoy what I'm doing right now."

And on her famously shaky serve, she added: "I feel I've done some work, and it's really improved a little bit.

"It's not perfect yet, but I feel more comfortable. It doesn't make me bad or down when I'm serving now."
<<<

Dementieva progresses to last eight [Teletext 495->498]
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Dementieva into quarters [Teletext 498]

Elena Dementieva booked her place in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros with victory over Vera Zvonarëva.

The seventh seed won the first set 6-4, but suffered a second-set blip against her Russian compatriot, seeded 11th, dropping five games in a row as Zvonarëva levelled the tie at 6-1.

But Dementieva proved too strong for her fellow Muscovite, racing to a 5-0 lead before closing out the match 6-2.
<<<

Dementieva outguns Zvonarëva in Paris (Reuters)
By Miles Evans (Editing by Pritha Sarkar)
>>>
Seventh seed Elena Dementieva won an error-strewn battle of attrition against fellow Russian Vera Zvonarëva 6-4 1-6 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open on Monday.

There were 11 breaks of serve in their 25 games, and the pair conjured up 78 unforced errors between them before Dementieva prevailed to book a place against another Russian: either top seed Maria Sharapova or Dinara Safina, the 13th seed.

"I feel like I'm playing a Russian championship, not Roland Garros," said Dementieva, who will be playing her third Russian opponent in the last eight.

The portents for a poor-quality contest were there from the start, with both dropping their opening service-games.

They shared further breaks before Dementieva made the crucial breakthrough by edging ahead 5-4 and then holding serve, sealing the set when Zvonarëva returned long.

Dementieva's notoriously shaky serve showed the first signs of wobbling as her game collapsed in the second set and she failed to hit a single winner. Zvonarëva took it in just 28 minutes.

"I feel like I've done some work, and it's really improved a little bit," Dementieva said of her serve. "It's not perfect yet, but I feel more comfortable. It doesn't make me bad or down when I'm serving now."

Dementieva, the 2004 runner-up, regained her poise in the decider, racing to a 5-0 lead, and at one point reducing Zvonarëva to such frustration that she smashed her racket three times into the red clay of Centre Court.

Zvonarëva, who had won their previous encounter on clay at Charleston this year, finally won a game, but Dementieva held her nerve.

She sealed victory with a crunching backhand winner after an hour and 48 minutes, celebrating her win with a joyous pirouette on the baseline.

"What I think that really helped me was the match we played in Charleston in the semi-finals," Dementieva told reporters.

"I think it was a tough match, but I learned my lesson. Today on the court when I lost the second set, I was trying to stay more positive, more aggressive with her, because I know she's a great claycourt-player."
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While Sharapova is headed home, Safina will take on fellow Russian Elena Dementieva in the quarter-finals.

A 2004 finalist here, Dementieva reached her first Major quarter-final since Wimbledon in 2006, courtesy of a 6-4 1-6 6-2 victory over 11th seed Vera Zvonarëva.

The seventh-seeded Dementieva, who had lost in the third round at Roland Garros in each of the last two years, feels confident heading into her all-Russian quarter-final showdown with Safina.

"I do believe in myself," Dementieva said. "I think I'm not a favourite to win the whole thing, but I just really enjoy what I'm doing right now."

In what was a scrappy affair - there were 78 unforced errors in total - Dementieva moved ahead by taking the first set after 42 minutes.

However, Zvonarëva stormed to a 5-0 lead in the second set, capitalising on Dementieva struggling with her serve.

But after eventually losing the middle set, it was Dementieva who took control, quickly establishing a 5-0 lead in the third.

"When I lost the second set, I was trying to stay more positive, more aggressive with her, because I know she's a great claycourt-player," Dementieva said. "You don't want to go into too many rallies with her, because she's moving so well.

"I think especially in the third set, I was able to step into the court and hit really hard."
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Seventh seed Elena Dementieva, who was runner-up to Anastasia Myskina in 2004, made the last eight with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 win over yet another Russian: Vera Zvonarëva.

Dementieva said she was getting used to facing her compatriots here.

"I feel like I'm playing in the Russian championships here," said Dementieva, who had defeated Vera Dushevina in the first round.

Zvonarëva, a quarter-finalist in 2003, and who had beaten Dementieva in the semi-finals of the Charleston claycourt-tournament in April, looked on course for victory after dominating the second set.

But she then suffered the kind of final-set meltdown that has dogged her throughout her career.

Her brittle on-court temperament allowed the 26-year-old Dementieva to race to a 5-0 lead in the decider before she managed to avoid a whitewash by taking the sixth and seventh games.

But her suspect service failed her in the eighth game, and Dementieva fired a sweet, deep backhand on her first match-point to wrap up victory on a humid Philippe Chatrier Court.

Zvonarëva admitted that her final-set performance left a lot to be desired.

"I think I lost concentration," she said.

"She was much better from the beginning of the third set, and I made quite a few unforced errors, and I was always behind."
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It's not quite Moscow on the Seine, but Roland Garros has a decidedly Russian flavour for Elena Dementieva this year.

The seventh-seeded Dementieva dispatched fellow Moscow native Vera Zvonarëva 6-4 1-6 6-2, to secure her spot in the French Open quarter-finals for the first time since she fell to fellow Russian Anastasia Myskina in the 2004 final that was the first all-Russian Grand Slam final in history.

It was Dementieva's second win over a Moscow-resident in the tournament — she beat 2003 Roland Garros junior runner-up Vera Dushevina, 6-7(6) 6-0 6-2 in the opening round — and sets up a quarter-final clash with another compatriot, 13th-seeded Dinara Safina, for a spot in the semi-finals. Safina saved match-point in the second set to score her second French Open fourth-round win over Maria Sharapova: 6-7(6) 7-6(5) 6-2.

"I feel like I'm playing a Russian championship, not Roland Garros," Dementieva joked. "I play Vera Dushevina in the first round, and now another Vera. I play another Russian tomorrow. I think Dinara is a great clay-court player. She did a good job in Berlin beating some top-ten players. Maria No.1 so, no matter who win this one, it's going to be a tough match for me."

The 11th-seeded Zvonarëva beat Dementieva 6-3 6-7(2) 6-3 on Har-Tru in the Charleston semi-finals in April. But Grand Slam play presents an entirely different sort of pressure that has proved challenging for Zvonarëva, who has reached just one quarter-final (at the 2003 French Open) in 22 Grand Slam appearances. In contrast, Dementieva has contested quarter-finals in three of the four Majors.

When she found herself forced to a decisive set today, the 26-year-old Dementieva took decisive action: rather than risk getting entangled in running rallies with Zvonarëva, she tried to step inside the baseline and play authoritative shots.

The tactic paid off as Dementieva punished Zvonarëva's serve in winning nine of the 13 points played on her first serve to score three service-breaks in the final set.

"Well, what I think that really helped me, the match that we play in Charleston in the semi-finals. I think it was a tough match, but I learned my lesson," Dementieva said. "Today on the court, when I lost the second set, I was trying to stay more positive, more aggressive with her, because I know she's a great clay-court player. You don't want to go too much rally with her, because she's moving so well. And, well, I think, you know, especially in the third set I was able to step into the court and, you know, hit really hard."

Zvonarëva contributed to her own demise, committing 14 unforced errors in the last set. When she fell behind 0-3, Zvonarëva slammed her racquet against the red clay in frustration.

Since Sharapova slammed her 6-2 6-0 in the Australian Open fourth round, Dementieva has been on a roll. She's registered a 24:5 record and reached at least the semi-finals in five of her last six tournaments, beating third-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova to win Dubai, defeating Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic in succession before bowing to Safina in the Tier I Berlin final on clay, and finishing as runner-up to Agnieszka Radwańska in last month's İstanbul-final.
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Next up for Safina is No.7 seed Elena Dementieva, who downed No.11 seed Vera Zvonarëva in another three-setter earlier in the day: 6-4 1-6 6-2.

"When I lost the second set, I tried to stay very positive and aggressive with her, because I know she's a really great clay-court player," said Dementieva, who lost to Zvonarëva in their most recent encounter in April, on the green clay courts of Charleston. "What really helped me was the match we had in Charleston. It was a tough match and I lost, but I learned my lesson."

"Today I had lots of ups and downs... it was better than my previous matches, and I was satisfied with how I played today, but I knew I could have done so much better," Zvonarëva said afterwards. "There are too many things I didn't do today. Well, next time. I hope Elena can go far."
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