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goldenlox
Jun 14th, 2008, 02:57 PM
Anna is #2 seed

Elena Dementieva (RUS) - Bye
Serra Erani - Anne Keothavong
Mariya Koryttseva - Arantxa Rus
Sorana Cirstea - Maria Kirilenko

Dinara Safina - Pauline Parmentier
Elena Vesnina - Camille Pin
Yanina Nickmayer - Sofia Arvidsson
Anabel Medina Garrigues - Katarina Srbotnik

Flavia Pennetta - Sania Mirza
Ai Sugiyama - Michaëlla Krajicek
Qualifier - Kateryna Bondarenko
Ashley Harkleroad - Francesca Schiavone

Alona Bondarenko - Qualifier
Alexis Gordon - Qualifier
Qualifier - Klara Zakopalova
Bye - Anna Chakvetadze

Pink Princess
Jun 14th, 2008, 04:33 PM
This is a Tier III!!! Anna win the Title in Rosmalen:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

Wintermute
Jun 14th, 2008, 06:11 PM
We all know what Anna is like at title defense. Reverse the trend and win it again Anna!

Sharapower8
Jun 14th, 2008, 09:29 PM
Alona :sad:
Good luck Anna anyway ! :hug:

GeorgianFan
Jun 14th, 2008, 11:08 PM
Anna udachi! :bigclap::bigclap:

sammy01
Jun 14th, 2008, 11:11 PM
its a great draw for anna i realy hope she can take advantage of it, go anna!

goldenlox
Jun 14th, 2008, 11:23 PM
http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m117/rrfnpump/2008%20WTAATP%20Rosmalen/DSCN9046.jpg

~|Naomi|~
Jun 15th, 2008, 12:51 AM
Couldn't ask for a better draw.

penkku
Jun 15th, 2008, 09:20 AM
Possible 2nd round clash with 2 former champs here, Anna won 2007 and Klara 2005, my 2 favourite players :) ,may the best girl win although Anna maybe needs it more if she´s going to challenge the best in Wimbledon and lift the plate there ;)

peanuts
Jun 15th, 2008, 01:53 PM
Another title to defend for Anna...How will she do this time? Hmmm, it's on grass so I'd give Anna a better chance this time to make it far. It's about time for her to get back on track, the US hard court season is looming near. Lots of points to defend. :scared:

goldenlox
Jun 15th, 2008, 08:48 PM
I was looking at TBE's ranking thread, and Anna is close to being back in the top 5.
A good run here and at Wimbledon. Serena has QF points coming off, Anna has 3rd round.
Those 2 and Dinara and Lena will be competing for a top 5 spot

smokovec
Jun 16th, 2008, 12:15 PM
First Anna opponent is Kerber, I hope she can win.

The funny thing is that Anna leads 2:0 in the H2H and both matches were played on grass, the first just at Ordina Open 2007 and then at Wimbledon.

peanuts
Jun 16th, 2008, 04:28 PM
I was looking at TBE's ranking thread, and Anna is close to being back in the top 5.
A good run here and at Wimbledon. Serena has QF points coming off, Anna has 3rd round.
Those 2 and Dinara and Lena will be competing for a top 5 spot

If that indeed happens, at least she'll have some cushion when the points starts coming off during the hard court season. :scared:

First Anna opponent is Kerber, I hope she can win.

The funny thing is that Anna leads 2:0 in the H2H and both matches were played on grass, the first just at Ordina Open 2007 and then at Wimbledon.

I've learned before that H2H records doesn't matter much with Anna these days especially when she is defending a title. I hope I'm wrong though. Grass suits her game. It will be more disappointing if she starts stringing losses in this surface too.

smokovec
Jun 16th, 2008, 05:42 PM
If that indeed happens, at least she'll have some cushion when the points starts coming off during the hard court season. :scared:



I've learned before that H2H records doesn't matter much with Anna these days especially when she is defending a title. I hope I'm wrong though. Grass suits her game. It will be more disappointing if she starts stringing losses in this surface too.

Yes, I know, it's only a strange coincidence that Anna and Kerber plays against two time in career and both on the short grass season; maybe this is also the best surface for Kerber, I remember the match in Wimbledon that I watch in 2007 and she is a interesting prospect.

Gdog
Jun 16th, 2008, 06:17 PM
Good luck to Anna and hopefully she can get back on the right track here. Let's see some good results and maybe another championship here! :)

Pink Princess
Jun 16th, 2008, 06:18 PM
I think that Anna will win Rosmalen!!! Go Anna:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

Wintermute
Jun 16th, 2008, 09:31 PM
Yes, I know, it's only a strange coincidence that Anna and Kerber plays against two time in career and both on the short grass season; maybe this is also the best surface for Kerber, I remember the match in Wimbledon that I watch in 2007 and she is a interesting prospect.

Kerber actually won less points overall than Kookie today. Looks like Klara's DFs may have done her in. Hope Anna serves well and feels confident in her game now she's on grass. Last meetings with Angelique were straight sets for Anna.

Anna is second on Centre Court tomorrow.

peanuts
Jun 17th, 2008, 03:26 AM
Yes, I know, it's only a strange coincidence that Anna and Kerber plays against two time in career and both on the short grass season; maybe this is also the best surface for Kerber, I remember the match in Wimbledon that I watch in 2007 and she is a interesting prospect.

I wouldn't say she has a great record on grass (understandable as you said given the short time players get in that surface) but her best results on ITF came from hard courts so yeah I guess she likes playing on a fast surface. And she's a lefty. Don't know if it matters much but they can be tricky opponents. ;)

Pink Princess
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:04 PM
A. Chakvetadze d. A. Kerber 63 36 76(1) Anna wins:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

She had 63 36 53 and MP.

Go Anna:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

goldenlox
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:15 PM
Next is Alona.

GeorgianFan
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:43 PM
Davai :yeah:

Foot's Fingers
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:50 PM
Anna :banana:

good luck in qf

madamtennis
Jun 17th, 2008, 04:17 PM
come on Anna:rocker2: we know u can win this title

Wintermute
Jun 17th, 2008, 06:36 PM
Another three set match for Anna. Maybe she's just getting accustomed to the grass but I would have hoped that she would close this out without needing a final set tiebreak.

Check out the stats:
Anna's win-loss record for the year (including Fed Cup): 17-11

Of the 28 matches she's played, 15 were three-setters! That's more than half.

Anna's win-loss record in three set matches this year: 10-5

She's spending too long on court toiling away against these players that should be simple straight sets wins. It can't help with her energy levels if she goes deep in a tournament.

Spiritof42
Jun 17th, 2008, 07:23 PM
When she played Kerber in Wimbledon last year, Anna started very poorly, quickly getting behind 1-4 in the 1st set, but she managed to come back to win it 7-5 6-3. Today, she started better, but she just can't seem to win in straight sets anymore. And she made it really difficult for herself in the third. :o

Now she faces Alona Bondarenko, who has also been playing a lot of three-setters lately (and is still struggling with a niggling knee injury).

Not sure what to expect.

RsaibotD
Jun 17th, 2008, 08:48 PM
ufff:o.... a win is a win:), good luck against Alona!!!

cosmoose
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:28 AM
Another three set match for Anna. Maybe she's just getting accustomed to the grass but I would have hoped that she would close this out without needing a final set tiebreak.

Check out the stats:
Anna's win-loss record for the year (including Fed Cup): 17-11

Of the 28 matches she's played, 15 were three-setters! That's more than half.

Anna's win-loss record in three set matches this year: 10-5

She's spending too long on court toiling away against these players that should be simple straight sets wins. It can't help with her energy levels if she goes deep in a tournament.

Using a boxing analogy, Anna lacks a "Knockout" punch.
She doesn't have a super serve, powerful forehand or killer net play.
Therefore, unless Anna is totally on her game, she has a harder time putting away lesser players.

peanuts
Jun 18th, 2008, 04:22 AM
Using a boxing analogy, Anna lacks a "Knockout" punch.
She doesn't have a super serve, powerful forehand or killer net play.
Therefore, unless Anna is totally on her game, she has a harder time putting away lesser players.

Good point. I'd like to add that it could also mean that Anna is still far from her top form. Most of these players she's getting into 3 setters are much lower ranked than hers. A year ago she could have beaten them easily. While her game is low percentage because of those flat shots, she still used to be much more consistent than she is right now. She needs to put more balls into the court. It's hard to win matches easily when you're always giving free points to your opponents. It gets her down easily and Anna's not been known for her mental toughness. When this happens, her opponents would be given a chance to get back in the match and before she knows it she'd be in a struggle to win the 3rd set.

Wintermute
Jun 18th, 2008, 05:46 PM
Using a boxing analogy, Anna lacks a "Knockout" punch.


Peanuts is right. Anna last year was so much more consistent that she didn't need a knockout punch. She had no problem breaking serve of lower ranked opponents. I still think that's true but now she seems to lose her way on her own service games and throw in a bad run of points that costs her a set. I feel like if she could get into a good run on a surface she likes then it will give her the confidence she needs to pull her game back up.

cosmoose
Jun 18th, 2008, 06:24 PM
Is Anna playing today?

Wintermute
Jun 18th, 2008, 06:37 PM
No, Thursday. She's third match on Court 1.

Gdog
Jun 18th, 2008, 10:21 PM
Congratulations on that first win Anna! :)

That appeard a lot tougher then what it probably should have been. She seems stuck in a rut of having to go three sets with everyone. It's not just her though as I have seen this with other tennis players too. They seem to go through cycles where they keep doing the same thing over and over again. At least Anna is winning the majority of the 3 setters.

Good luck in the next round Anna and go and win it in 2!

goldenlox
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:15 PM
Anna is down 26

GeorgianFan
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:42 PM
2-6 3-3 :scared:

Episode
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:54 PM
Took the second set 3-6. w00t.

peanuts
Jun 19th, 2008, 04:12 PM
Anna given a reprieve with that rain delay. Bondarenko is a tough cookie, this third set can go either way. :scared:

goldenlox
Jun 19th, 2008, 04:18 PM
Anna has been in rain delays before. At least she kept fighting in set 2

Episode
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:21 PM
Well the match started up again and things didn't go well for her. She only won 1 game after it.

goldenlox
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:25 PM
Anna lost 26 63 26. More points she doesn't defend

GeorgianFan
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:09 PM
Chak :sad: :sad: :sad:

Gdog
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:37 PM
Please excuse my while I go over and sit in the corner and cry. :sad:

I sure hope Chaky snaps out of this streak she is on next week or else it will be a very short Wimbledon for her. :help:

cosmoose
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:44 PM
I have a VERY BAD feelings about Anna's summer...

She has to defend championship points from Cincinnati and Stanford
She will lose semifinal points from Tier I San Diego (I think this tournament doesn't exist anymore)
Finally, she has to defend semifinal points from US OPEN. :eek:

Lets be realistic...Anna could fall below Top 20 by end of September. :help:

Spiritof42
Jun 19th, 2008, 10:12 PM
I have a VERY BAD feelings about Anna's summer...

She has to defend championship points from Cincinnati and Stanford
She will lose semifinal points from Tier I San Diego (I think this tournament doesn't exist anymore)
Finally, she has to defend semifinal points from US OPEN. :eek:

Lets be realistic...Anna could fall below Top 20 by end of September. :help:

Of course, Anna is well aware of this. How will she deal with the pressure? If the past is any indication, I would unfortunately have to reply: "not very well". Like you, I'm getting quite worried about the summer hard court season. :scared:

Wintermute
Jun 19th, 2008, 10:47 PM
We'll see how Anna fares at Wimbledon but to be honest this year could almost be a write off. Anna's ranking may drop (which will please certain people in General Messages) but it will at least take some of the pressure off.

The US hard court schedule is totally different this year, partly due to the Olympics. She will have to play Stanford and LA since San Diego is no more. Cincinnati is now the same week as the Olympics so Anna can't defend her title there but the points will come off the same week as LA. And the WTA is awarding ranking points for Beijing so if Anna does well there she could still have a decent summer.

peanuts
Jun 20th, 2008, 06:15 AM
As I've said, that third set could go either way. I've seen Bondarenko play in grass. She is quite capable of beating top players and Anna in a slump is certainly a target. So I'm not surprised that she lost and once again failed to defend a title. Just add this one up to the list of what Anna in her current form will continually do this year. Sad but true.

With that said, I still stand by my belief that Anna is too smart to just free fall into rankings oblivion. Yes she'll probably drop out of the top 10 soon as this slump goes on but I don't see a complete meltdown from her. She's still fighting in most of this matches that she lost. She's been known to be a hard worker on the practice courts and I haven't heard any reports of a serious lingering injury. It may take a while but she can still get back on track.

peanuts
Jun 20th, 2008, 06:19 AM
Of course, Anna is well aware of this. How will she deal with the pressure? If the past is any indication, I would unfortunately have to reply: "not very well". Like you, I'm getting quite worried about the summer hard court season. :scared:

Yeah probably "not very well". But you know what I find weird about Anna is for a player who is known to have emotional breakdowns on court, she has an amazing 7-0 record in finals. She really is one of those players whose overall game and persona is a bit hard to define and categorized. :shrug: