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andrewbroad
Jun 23rd, 2008, 01:29 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. First-round draw
2. Anna Chakvetadze preview
3. Andrew's wishes
4. Order of play for Monday

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1. First-round draw
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1.1 Top quarter: Nicole Vaidišová and Anna Chakvetadze
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [1,DF] v Rossana de los Ríos (ajde Ana!)
* Nathalie Dechy v Yuan,Meng
* Elena Baltacha [WC] v Angelique Kerber
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [30] v Zheng,Jie [WC] (poďme Domi!)

* Tamira Paszek v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [20] (gemma Tamira!)
* Yan,Zi [s] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (jia you Zi!)
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [Q,DF] v Monica Niculescu [s] (my loyalty is to Magda)
* Tathiana Garbin v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15]

* PATTY SCHNYDER [12] v Casey Dell'Acqua
* Akgul Amanmuradova v Pauline Parmentier
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Samantha Stosur [WC] (hai Ioana Raluca!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Zuzana Ondrášková [Q] (POJĎME NICOLE!!)

* VIRGINIE RAZZANO [27] v Evgeniya Rodina
* Elena Vesnina v Nuria Llagostera Vives (davai Elena!)
* Yvonne Meusburger v Edina Gallovits
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Stéphanie Dubois (DAVAI ANNA!!)


1.2 Second quarter
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* Mathilde Johansson [Q] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (allez Mathilde!)
* Kateryna Bondarenko v Rika Fujiwara [Q]
* Camille Pin v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová [Q]
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] v Melanie South [WC] (davai Alyona!)

* ALIZÉ CORNET [17] v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (allez Alizé!)
* Anastasia Rodionova v Li,Na
* Marta Domachowska v Jill Craybas (dawaj Marta!)
* Iveta Benešová v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] (pojďme Iveta!)

* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Sabine Katharin Lisicki (my loyalty is to Marion)
* Tatiana Perebiynis v Petra Kvitová (davai Tatiana!)
* Séverine Brémond v Bethanie Mattek (allez Séverine!)
* MARIA KIRILENKO [19,DF] v Vera Dushevina (davai Maria!)

* Ashley Harkleroad v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [29] (go Ashley!)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v Milagros Sequera (Ąvamos Virginia!)
* Klára Zakopalová v Urszula Radwańska [WC] (pojďme Klára!)
* Kaia Kanepi v SERENA WILLIAMS [6]


1.3 Third quarter: Maria Sharapova and Lucie Šafářová
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* Maria Elena Camerin v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] (forza Maria Elena!)
* Timea Bacsinszky v Julie Ditty (hopp Timea!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Aravane Rezaď (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* Renata Voráčová v LINDSAY DAVENPORT [25]

* SHAHAR PE'ER [24] v Katie O'Brien [WC] (my loyalty is to Shahar)
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Emilie Loit (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [s] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (jia you Su-Wei!)
* Chan,Yung-Jan v DINARA SAFINA [9]

* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v VICTORIA AZARENKA [16] (aide Tsvetana!)
* Ekaterina Bychkova v Sorana Cîrstea (davai Ekaterina!)
* Maret Ani v Mara Santangelo (go Maret!)
* Olga Govortsova v NADIA PETROVA [21] (davai Olga!)

* SYBILLE BAMMER [26] v Sofia Arvidsson
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Viktoriya Kutuzova [Q] (my Reason says Shuai, but my Passion says Viktoriya)
* Ekaterina Makarova v Alla Kudryavtseva
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [3,EF] v Stéphanie Foretz [Q] (DAVAI MARIA!!)


1.4 Bottom quarter: Daniela Hantuchová and Vera Zvonarëva
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [7] v Naomi Cavaday [WC]
* Anne Keothavong v Vania King
* Martina Müller v María José Martínez Sánchez [Q]
* SANIA MIRZA [32,DF] v Catalina Castańo (go Sania!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [22,DF] v Julia Vakulenko (my loyalty is to Flavia)
* Yanina Wickmayer v Ai Sugiyama (komaan Yanina!)
* Alisa Kleybanova v Tzipora Obziler
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [10,EF] v Sara Errani (POĎME DANIELA!!)

* VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] v Aiko Nakamura [s] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Petra Cetkovská v Tamarine Tanasugarn (pojďme Petra!)
* Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] v Marina Eraković (my loyalty is to Michaëlla)
* Julia Görges v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [23] (my Reason says Kata, but my Passion says Julia)

* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [31] v Eva Hrdinová [Q] (my Reason says Caroline, but my Passion says Eva)
* Aleksandra Wozniak v Mariya Koryttseva
* Galina Voskoboeva v Carla Suárez Navarro [WC]
* Olga Savchuk v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [2] (davai Olga!)

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2. Anna Chakvetadze preview
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It's been a strange year so far for Anna, after her run-in with the burglars last December. She won WTA Paris in February, but her other 2008 results have been pretty mediocre - even when she struggled through an easy draw to reach the semi-finals at Rome.

Anna followed up her second-round loss at the French Open by attempting to defend her title at 's-Hertogenbosch, but she struggled past Angelique Kerber 6-3 3-6 7-6(1), then lost 6-2 3-6 6-2 to Alyona Bondarenko in the quarter-finals. I fear for her ranking when she has to defend Cincinnati and Stanford next month.

But first, Anna must try to improve on her career-best Wimbledon-result of reaching the third round - in 2006 she was pretty unlucky to draw Justine Henin, but her 2007 third-round loss to Michaëlla Krajíček was very disappointing to me.

Anna used to list grass as her favourite surface, but she has done better in the other three Grand Slams, with quarter-finals at the Australian and French Opens, and a semi-final at the US Open, all in 2007. She can definitely improve her Wimbledon-record, but can she do so in her slump-year, with Virginie Razzano in her third-round draw?


Nick Bollettieri: "Chakvetadze has yet to really break through at a Grand Slam, especially at Wimbledon. She is coming off a second-round loss at the French Open, and so far in 2008, her results have been inconsistent. She can become ill-tempered at times, which has a negative effect on her game. She must stay positive throughout the tournament. There are going to be ups and downs, and it is the player that can best negotiate through them that will be standing last."
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2.1 First round
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Anna has never played Stéphanie Dubois before, but will go into this match as a huge favourite, as Dubois is 9:16 for 2008 so far, and is currently on a 4-match losing-streak.

Dubois tried to qualify for Wimbledon in 2005-2007, but lost in the first qualifying-round each time; in fact she has never even won a match on grass in her life AFAICT, so why start by beating Anna?



2.2 Second round
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#84 Edina Gallovits or #85 Yvonne Meusburger? It's tough to pick a winner, with Gallovits having won their only meeting in three sets this year. I would certainly prefer it to be Gallovits if their wtatour.com profile-photos are anything to go by!

Gallovits is 15:11 in 2008. She reached the quarter-finals of Hobart as a qualifier, then had rather mediocre results, then reached the quarter-finals of Barcelona, beating Julia Vakulenko 6-2 0-6 6-3 and Klára Zakopalová 6-2 6-0, before losing 7-6 6-1 to eventual champion Maria Kirilenko. She's won 5 matches in Wimbledon-qualifying over the years, but never been past the first round of the main draw. I can imagine her giving Anna a good match, but not beating her.

Meusburger is 10:14 in 2008. She lost 6-0 6-0 to Katarina Srebotnik at Prague, and 6-0 6-2 to Caroline Wozniacki at the French Open. She was runner-up at ITF Rome-Tiro a Volo, as Tathiana Garbin beat her 6-4 4-6 7-6 (8/6), but lost 1-6 6-4 7-6 (8/6) to Polona Hercog in the first round of ITF Zlin, so she should be easy pickings for Anna.


2.3 Third round
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How worried should we be about Virginie Razzano? Quite worried I'd say, as she pushed eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska to 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the second round of Eastbourne, and upset Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round of Wimbledon 2004.

On the other hand, Razzano is only 14:14 for 2008 so far, and nothing really scary jumps out of her results for this year.

Anna leads Razzano 2:1 head to head, although Razzano's win came by Anna's retirement at Toronto 2007.


2.4 Fourth round
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I don't have time for detailed second-week previews at this stage, but I don't see why Anna couldn't beat Patty Schnyder in the fourth round, though I wouldn't fancy her chances against Ana Ivanović in the quarter-finals.

However, a very dangerous floater lurks in Anna's fourth-round draw: Samantha Stosur, who looked very impressive on the grass at Birmingham and Eastbourne.

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3. Andrew's wishes
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ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF]:
1r + Stéphanie Dubois
2r + Edina Gallovits
3r + Elena Vesnina
4r + NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF]
qf + Magdaléna Rybáriková [Q,DF]
sf + MARIA KIRILENKO [19,DF]
_f + MARIA SHARAPOVA [3,EF]

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4. Order of play for Monday
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Court 3 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
WS 1r: Ioana Raluca Olaru v Samantha Stosur
MS 1r: Robby Ginepri v FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ [15]
WS 1r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Stéphanie Dubois
MS 1r: MICHAËL LLODRA [32] v Mario Ančić

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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andrewbroad
Jun 25th, 2008, 03:56 PM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v Dubois
3. Second-round draw
4. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photos
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Many players including Anna:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. First-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v Dubois (Monday 23rd June)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] d. Stéphanie Dubois, 2-6 6-1 8-6

The match was third on Court 3, and started at 15:57 BST. BBC were showing men's tennis on all three Freeview-channels at the time, so I had to make do with following live scores at www.wimbledon.org - until the very last game, when BBCi finally started showing it.


First set
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CHAKVE _@___@__ 2
DUBOIS @ @*@ @* 6

Anna serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40. 30/40. Broken.

Not an encouraging start!

Dubois serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40. Broken.

Great champions break back immediately - and there are few greater than Anna in this year's Wimbledon-draw.

Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40. Broken.

Well, everyone talks about first-match nerves in a Grand Slam.

Dubois serving 2-1: 0/15. 40/15. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Dubois. Held.
Anna serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30... broken.

Double break - what the h*** is going wrong? The Statistics tell of 13 unforced errors and 3 double faults for Anna so far.

Dubois serving 4-1: 15/15. 15/40. Broken.
Anna serving 2-4: 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40. Broken.

Anna just can't hold serve today. :help:

Dubois serving 5-2: 30/0. 30/15... Dubois won the first set 6-2 at 16:24 (27 minutes).

I can't believe I'm going to lose Anna today - and to the total ignoration of the BBC since Wimbledon 2007. :-||


Second set
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CHAKVE *@*@* * 6
DUBOIS _____*_ 1

Anna serving 0-0: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 to 40/40. Ad Dubois (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Anna. Held.

Anna's first hold of the match, and the baggage of a wasted break-point for Dubois. Could this be the turning-point?

BBC 1 just did a round-up during a changeover. They mentioned that Lleyton Hewitt [20] and Svetlana Kuznetsova [4] were in trouble, but they didn't deign to mention that Anna had dropped the first set too! :-||

Needless to say, they're still showing men's tennis on all three channels! :-||

Dubois serving 0-1: 0/40. 15/40. Broken.
Anna serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

A very important game - Anna's had to face BPs in every single one of her service-games so far. To hold on there could make the difference between winning and losing today.

Dubois serving 0-3: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Dubois. Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP #2). Broken.

It's like Anna is determined to win every single game after her first-set scare.

Anna serving 4-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15... held.

And the first convincing hold of the match for Anna! :-)

Dubois serving 0-5: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 5-1: 15/15. 40/15 (SP #1). Anna won the second set 6-1 at 16:52 (second set 28 minutes, match so far 55 minutes).

Anna has achieved a massive momentum-shift from the first set to the second, but can she carry it into the third?

I'm a firm believer that a new set is a new story, so the start of the third is going to be crucial, especially as the starts of the first two sets set the tone for the whole set.


Third set
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CHAKVE _* *@___@* *@* 8
DUBOIS * *__@*@__*___ 6

Dubois serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Anna (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Dubois. Held.

I'm very disappointed that Anna squandered two break-points there. It's essential that she makes up for that with a good service-game.

Anna serving 0-1: 30/0. 30/15... held.
Dubois serving 1-1: 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/30. Held.
Dubois serving 2-2: 0/30. 15/40. 30/40. Broken.

Yay! The second point of that game - the one that gave Anna 0/30 - could well have been the key point of the match.

Anna serving 3-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/40. Broken.

Oh no! How could Anna let that happen? She hadn't dropped serve since the first set, then that break-point just came out of the blue.

Dubois serving 3-3: 0/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.

Essential for Anna to hold next, or Dubois could be serving for the match at *5-3.

Anna serving 3-4: 30/0. 30/15. 30/40. Broken.

Another break-point after 30/15, and it looks like I'm going to have egg on my face after my arrogant preview of this match. :-o

Dubois serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15 (Dubois MP #1). 40/30 (Dubois MP #2). 40/40. Ad Anna (BP). Broken.

Wow - two match-points and she couldn't make it! It will be very difficult for Dubois to put that disappointment behind her, but still Anna's going to have the pressure of serving to stay in the match...

Anna serving 4-5: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (Dubois MP #3). 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

Phew - three match-points in the last two games!

Dubois serving 5-5: 30/0 to 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 5-6: 15/15. 15/30. 40/30. Held.

Two points from defeat at 15/30, Anna still holds on...

Dubois serving 6-6: 15/15. 30/15. 30/40. Broken.

Davai Anna! Now serve it out...

I'm not sure exactly when BBCi started televising it. Of course I was keeping an eye on how the prior matches on BBCi were progressing, but I didn't notice that the Bogdanović v Bolelli match finished just as BBC 2's evening-coverage was starting up at 17:50, and I switched over to BBCi in a flash as soon as I heard that it had.

Anna serving 7-6: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (Anna MP #1). 40/40. Ad Dubois (BP). Deuce #2. Anna on the third stroke hit an off-backhand wide. Ad Dubois (BP #2). Anna saved it with a high forehand drive-volley winner crosscourt just inside the sideline. Deuce #3. Anna ran down a short return and hit an off-forehand winner onto the sideline. Ad Anna (MP #2). Anna forced a floater and hit a high forehand drive-volley winner crosscourt. Anna won 2-6 6-1 8-6 at 17:55 (third set 1h03m, match 1h58m). She looked up at the sky and made the Sign of the Cross.

David Mercer: "We've seen that so many times - players get to the verge of victory against a top player, but they can't close it out."


Articles
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Kuznetsova survives scare [Teletext 498]
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Eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze survived match-points before overcoming Canada's Stéphanie Dubois 2-6 6-1 8-6 in their marathon first-round clash.
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Russians Pushed to Limit
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2367
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Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anna Chakvetadze, seeded No.4 and No.8, respectively, were pushed to the limits in their first matches of the tournament, but still advanced to the next round.

Kuznetsova fought back from 1-3 down in the third set to beat qualifier Mathilde Johansson 6-7(5) 7-5 6-3, while Chakvetadze saved three match-points in the third set - two down 5-3, one down 5-4 - to beat Stéphanie Dubois 2-6 6-1 8-6.

Both Russians struggled mightily with unforced errors, with Kuznetsova hitting 30 and Chakvetadze a whopping 55 (and mainly off her normally dependable backhand side).
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3. Second-round draw
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3.1 Top half: Nicole Vaidišová and Anna Chakvetadze
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [1,DF] v Nathalie Dechy (ajde Ana!)
* Elena Baltacha [WC] v Zheng,Jie [WC] (go Elena!)
* Anabel Medina Garrigues v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [20] (Ąvamos Anabel!)
* Monica Niculescu [S] v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15] (hai Monica!)

* Casey Dell'Acqua v Pauline Parmentier
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Samantha Stosur [WC] (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* Elena Vesnina v Evgeniya Rodina (davai Elena!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Edina Gallovits (DAVAI ANNA!!)

* Kateryna Bondarenko v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (davai Kateryna!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová [Q] (davai Alyona!)
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Li,Na
* Marta Domachowska v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] (dawaj Marta!)

* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Tatiana Perebiynis (my loyalty is to Marion)
* Bethanie Mattek v Vera Dushevina
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [29] (Ąvamos Virginia!)
* Urszula Radwańska [WC] v SERENA WILLIAMS [6] (dawaj Urszula!)


3.2 Bottom half: Sharapova, Hantuchová, Zvonarëva
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* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v Timea Bacsinszky
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v LINDSAY DAVENPORT [25] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [24] v Emilie Loit (kadima Shahar!)
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [S] v DINARA SAFINA [9] (jia you Su-Wei!)

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [16] v Sorana Cîrstea (my Reason says Victoria, but my Passion says Sorana)
* Mara Santangelo v NADIA PETROVA [21] (forza Mara!)
* Peng,Shuai [S] v SYBILLE BAMMER [26] (jia you Shuai!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [3,EF] v Alla Kudryavtseva (DAVAI MARIA!!)

* VENUS WILLIAMS [7] v Anne Keothavong
* SANIA MIRZA [32,DF] v María José Martínez Sánchez [Q] (go Sania!)
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [22,DF] v Ai Sugiyama (forza Flavia!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [10,EF] v Alisa Kleybanova (POĎME DANIELA!!)

* VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Marina Eraković v Julia Görges (my Reason says Marina, but my Passion says Julia)
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [31] v Aleksandra Wozniak (kom sĺ Caroline!)
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [2] v Carla Suárez Navarro [WC] (ajde Jelena!)

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4. Order of play for Wednesday
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Court 2 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
WS 2r: Elena Baltacha [WC] v Zheng,Jie [WC]
MS 2r: LLEYTON HEWITT [20] v Albert Montańés
WS 2r: Urszula Radwańska [WC] v SERENA WILLIAMS [6]
WS 2r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Edina Gallovits

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

--
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/

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andrewbroad
Jun 27th, 2008, 09:36 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. Second-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v Gallovits
2. Third-round draw
3. Andrew's wishes
4. Order of play for Friday

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1. Second-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v Gallovits (Wednesday 25th June)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] d. Edina Gallovits, 6-4 6-2

At last the BBC had the decency to televise Anna again! (apart from part of the last game of her first-round win). I saw the whole match on BBCi.

Anna was brilliant at times, with her flairsome power and deceptive placement, but in windy conditions, it was a far-from-convincing performance against a player who didn't seem to understand where she was winning and losing points. Almost every time Gallovits sliced the ball to Anna's forehand, Anna made an error, so why didn't Gallovits use slice much more?

Anna won the first set by virtue of a single break in the third game, and did well to keep the momentum after squandering three points at 4-2* that would gave given her a double break. She was 0/30 down in the next game (*4-3), but recovered with great serves.

Anna was very emotional during the match - and not just upset and looking miserable as I've come to expect from her, but angry. After squandering a break-point in the first game of the second set, she reacted "like it was 6-5 in the third", shouting at the umpire, throwing her racket, and looking close to tears.

SIMON REED: "The thing with Chakvetadze is: you never know who's coming onto court."

ANNABEL CROFT: "She's so emotional. She's really suffered mentally since that US Open 2007 semi-final when she could hardly get a ball in the court."

SIMON REED: "She can be well on top of the match, and then suddenly, all the toys go out of the pram."

ANNABEL CROFT: "I used to think of her as being really solid from the baseline - a bit like Hingis, like a chess-player - but she's a lot more erratic these days."

SIMON REED: "She always has a worried expression on her face. I remember going to see her at junior-Wimbledon, when she was 16. One point it was exclamations of joy, the next point tears, then frustration, then some more joy, then some more tears. I thought, 'This girl's heart-attack material.' It's slightly toned down now, but every now and again..."

Anna had to save break-point at *1-2 in the second, but came through that game and then breezed through the last four games, each to 15.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.

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2. Third-round draw
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [1,DF] v Zheng,Jie [WC] (ajde Ana!)
* Anabel Medina Garrigues v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15] (¡vamos Anabel!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Casey Dell'Acqua (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Evgeniya Rodina (DAVAI ANNA!!)

* Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová [Q] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (pojďme Barbora!)
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] (davai Anastasia!)
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Bethanie Mattek (allez Marion!)
* SERENA WILLIAMS [6] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [29] (crush her, Serena!)

* Gisela Dulko [DF] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] (¡vamos Gisela!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [24] v DINARA SAFINA [9] (kadima Shahar!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [16] v NADIA PETROVA [21] (davai Victoria!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Alla Kudryavtseva (jia you Shuai!)

* María José Martínez Sánchez [Q] v VENUS WILLIAMS [7] (¡vamos María José!)
* Ai Sugiyama v Alisa Kleybanova
* Marina Eraković v Tamarine Tanasugarn (go Marina!)
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [31] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [2] (kom så Caroline!)

So I'm now down to just two members of my Eternal Fanship - Anna Chakvetadze and Nicole Vaidišová - but they're both slumping, and either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can reach the quarter-finals while the other survives.

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3. Andrew's wishes (updated after Thursday)
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ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF]:
3r + Evgeniya Rodina
4r + NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF]
qf + ANA IVANOVIĆ [1,DF]
sf + MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S]
_f + Gisela Dulko [DF]

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4. Order of play for Friday
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Court 11 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
WS 3r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Evgeniya Rodina
WS 3r: MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Bethanie Mattek
MS 3r: Mischa Zverev v STANISLAS WAWRINKA [13]
XD 1r: Samantha Stosur/Bob Bryan v Bethanie Mattek/Eric Butorac

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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andrewbroad
Jun 30th, 2008, 10:35 AM
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v Rodina
3. Fourth-round draw/preview
4. Andrew's wishes
5. Order of play for Monday

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1. Photos
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Day 5 photos including Anna:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7477371.stm

Many players (Anna on Monday 23rd and Friday 27th June):
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. Third-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v Rodina (Friday 27th June)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] d. Evgeniya Rodina, 6-4 6-3

Another up and down performance from Anna, who is making a lot of errors on the third stroke of the rally when she's serving, and rushing between points too much for my liking (except at 5-2* in the second, when she actually made Rodina wait by putting her hand up a couple of times).

But she hit some lovely winners too, and I'm very relieved to get past Rodina, who had given Maria Sharapova a huge scare in the first round of the French Open.

Rodina broke first for *2-1, but Anna broke back immediately, and came through a long game of four deuces and three break-points to hold for 3-2*. Rodina played a sloppy service-game to put Anna *5-3 up, but Anna failed to serve it out, then squandered three set-points at 5-4* before a two-hour rain-delay at Deuce #3.

Anna handled the rain-delay much better than Rodina. She came back out and won the two points required to take the first set, sealing it with a pinpoint forehand winner down the line. She then raced to a 5-0* lead in the second set faster than you can say "Anna Djambulilovna Chakvetadze".

But Anna made a worrying finish to the match, throwing in two double faults and two unforced errors as she served for the match at *5-1. She then missed two match-points at 5-2* as Rodina held after three deuces, then three more at *5-3 (40/0) went begging. But then Rodina made two forehand errors - I was very relieved that Anna closed it out when she did.

Anna hired Glen Schaap as her new coach last Friday. Schaap used to coach Nadia Petrova, and once, after Petrova played Sharapova, he picked up Yuri Sharapov and dumped him in a dustbin!

I loved the description of this match in the BBC's _Today at Wimbledon_: "Chakvetadze, Chakvetadze, let down your hair. The little Russian didn't let down her fans on Court 11. After facing a match-point in her first round, no one has been able to deal with the return of the Chak, who hasn't dropped a set since."

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.

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3. Fourth-round draw
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* Zheng,Jie [WC] v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15] (jia you Jie!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] (see below)
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (dawaj Agnieszka!)
* Bethanie Mattek v SERENA WILLIAMS [6] (go Bethanie!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [24] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] (kadima Shahar!)
* Alla Kudryavtseva v NADIA PETROVA [21] (think I prefer Kud.)
* Alisa Kleybanova v VENUS WILLIAMS [7] (davai Alisa!)
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [2] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (ajde Jelena!)


3.1 Chakvetadze v Vaidišová preview
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Anna and Nicole have set up a mouthwatering fourth-round match against each other, which I didn't even dare to predict before the tournament began, given the slumps they've both been in recently - particularly Nicole.

Nicole lost 6 matches in a row prior to Birmingham, where she got two wins, but then suffered a dreadful 6-3 6-0 loss to Bethanie Mattek, followed by another poor, error-strewn performance to lose 6-2 6-4 to Olga Govortsova at Eastbourne. Nicole has tended to tank sets and matches that are going badly, and her confidence seemed to be at an all-time low.

However, Nicole has displayed very impressive form at Wimbledon so far:

NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF]:
1r + Zuzana Ondrášková [Q], 6-2 6-2
2r + Samantha Stosur [WC], 6-2 0-6 6-4
3r + Casey Dell'Acqua, 6-2 6-4

At times, she has looked virtually unplayable, serving amazingly. However, her second-set tank against Stosur was alarming to watch, as she didn't look like she wanted to be on court at all.

Anna has also been a slump since winning Paris in February, although her results have been merely mediocre, rather than as spectacularly bad as Nicole's.

Anna survived a massive scare in the first round, being 3-5* down in the third set and saving three match-points. Her next two rounds were much more straightforward, although her form in them was very up and down - she's been pretty erratic at times, especially on the third stroke of the rally when she's serving. She's hit plenty of flairsome winners, though.

ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF]:
1r + Stéphanie Dubois, 2-6 6-1 8-6
2r + Edina Gallovits, 6-4 6-2
3r + Evgeniya Rodina, 6-4 6-3

Nicole leads their head-to-head 2:0, but both matches came at a time when Nicole was in the top 16 and Anna was outside the top 30:
+ 2006 Australian Open 2r: Nicole 6-2 6-1
+ 2006 San Diego qf: Nicole 3-6 6-4 6-3

Anna will be keen to prove that she's come a long way since the Australian Open 2006, but it all depends on which Nicole shows up, because her form so far this Wimbledon has been either extremely brilliant or extremely bad, and her confidence seemed so fragile against Stosur.

If they will both be playing as well as they did in their third-round matches, then I would predict Nicole to win. If Nicole's serving well, then it will be very tough for Anna to stay with her; she'll need her one-two punches to be working much better than they have so far this Wimbledon.

Signs to look out for:
* Anna's one-two punch: if Anna is off-form, she'll miss a lot of shots on the third stroke of the rally when she's serving;
* How Nicole handles short balls: if Nicole is off-form, she'll miss a lot off shots off short balls that she should be punishing.

Who do I want to win? That's a tough one, with them both being members of my Eternal Fanship. Reaching the quarter-finals of Wimbledon would be huge for either of them after their slumps, but since Nicole reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2007, I feel that this year should be Anna's turn.

I also feel that Anna deserves it more in terms of her attitude: she wants it so much, while Nicole has done a lot of tanking recently, and lacked focus in her matches.

I'm hoping for a hard-fought, high-quality match, with Anna winning in three sets, but not so tiring that she won't be up for her quarter-final on Tuesday.

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4. Andrew's wishes (updated after Saturday)
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ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF]
4r + NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF]
qf + Zheng,Jie [WC]
sf + Bethanie Mattek
_f + SHAHAR PE'ER [24]

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5. Order of play for Monday
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Court One (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
WS 4r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF]
MS 4r: MIKHAIL YOUZHNY [17] v RAFAEL NADAL [2]
MS 4r: Marat Safin v STANISLAS WAWRINKA [13]

I am delighted that the mouthwatering Anna v Nicole match will be on Court One, although I admit I'm surprised that they got show-court billing ahead of the Williams-sisters, Janković and Dementieva - all of whom are seeded higher and more famous, but have been consigned to outside courts.

Perhaps the OoP-committee recognises that Anna v Nicole is one of only two fourth-round matches between two seeds (the other being Kuznetsova v Radwańska, which is on Centre Court), or that neither of them have played on a show-court so far this Wimbledon. Or maybe Anna and Nicole are more popular in England than I realise.

It's also an upside to Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanović's early exits, of course (I would have sacrificed Ana without hesitation if that would have made the difference between seeing Anna v Nicole on TV or not, but I would have sold my soul to prevent Maria's loss).

So far this Wimbledon, I can't remember any singles-match on Centre Court or Court One not being available on Freeview BBCi, so if I don't see Anna v Nicole on Monday, I shall cry.

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andrewbroad
Jul 12th, 2008, 10:48 PM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Fourth-round TV-report: Vaidišová v Chakvetadze

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1. Photos
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Anna Chakvetadze (4r):
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/players/wta310623.html

Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

Many players (Anna in Monday 30th June):
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. Fourth-round TV-report: Vaidišová v Chakvetadze (Monday 30th June)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF], 4-6 7-6 (7/0) 6-3

A mouthwatering match between the two most talented and attractive players left in the tournament, but unfortunately the BBC didn't give it the same priority as did the order-of-play committee: it was only available on Freeview from Nicole serving 2-3 in the second set, so I was left desperately wanting more of Anna at the end.

The match was serve-dominated, as befits the best server in women's tennis (Nicole) and the girl with the best one-two punch (Anna). There were only two breaks in the entire match, the first occurring when Anna broke Nicole to take the first set 6-4.

When BBCi started showing the match, both girls were very calm (at least, Anna was very calm for Anna!). Anna had made just 11 unforced errors to Nicole's 16.

Nicole had two nonconsecutive break-points at 4-4* in the second set, and another at 5-5* (40/30*). Her failure to convert them meant that she had to serve to stay in the match at *4-5 and *5-6, but she did so to 15 and love, respectively.

But Anna suffered a sudden emotional breakdown in the tiebreak, which Nicole won 7/0. Anna yelled "aargh" after netting a forehand on the first point, and looked close to tears after an unsuccessful Hawk-Eye challenge put her *0/3 down. Anna doubled over in frustration after hitting a forehand wide for *0/4, and Nicole completed her perfect tiebreak with a crosscourt forehand return-winner and two aces out wide.

Although I blame Anna's emotions for losing this match, I must admit that I love watching her (even more) when she gets emotional. Her reactions to losing points are unique and ultracute. In this match, she was doubling over in frustration, waggling her finger, stumbling backwards in an exaggerated fashion when a deep ball forced her into error, sinking to her knees, and sort of rolling along the baseline like her feet were wheels when stretched wide by a serve down the middle. Perhaps she should consider a second career as an actress!

Anna had a break-point in the first game of the third set, and with breaks coming at a premium in this match, it might well have made the difference. But Nicole saved it with an ace, and broke in the next game as a still-emotional Anna double-faulted (and stumbled backwards in yet another cute reaction).

They both played well at the same time after that break, and although it would prove decisive, it didn't seem inevitable at the time, given Nicole's history of choking and her recent fragile confidence.

The heart of the third set seemed to be a game of seven deuces on Anna's serve at 0-3, in which she saved four break-points, but held with three excellent points at the end: sealed with a pinpoint crosscourt backhand winner.

That game was not on the critical path as it turned out, though; it merely served to prolong the match and raise the quality to new heights: Nicole's service-game at 3-1 also went to deuce, and was full of winners from both girls.

Games continued to go with serve, and Anna's service-game at 2-5 contained a crosscourt backhand winner for her, and brilliant crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline from Nicole.

Nicole had her first match-point at *5-3 (40/30), but sprayed a wild forehand about ten feet long.

Nicole had all the luck with netcords in this match - particularly in the third set. Whenever a ball from Nicole hit the netcord, it dropped dead for a winner, or at least gave her the initiative. When a ball from Anna hit the netcord at 3-5* (40/40), it fell back on her side to give Nicole her second match-point.

And it was all over when Anna netted a backhand return, and walked off court in tears. I felt so sorry to see her go, and sorry that the match was over - I just wanted it to go on and on, like the Ancic v Verdasco 13-11 fifth set later in the day (I'm glad it didn't, though, with the winner having to play her quarter-final the very next day).

Don't get me wrong: I love Nicole, and I'm delighted that she has reversed her slump so impressively this Wimbledon. I'm just sad that this match had to result in a fourth-round loser, because I wanted both of them to reach the quarter-finals so much... and for the BBC finally to recognise Anna as the star that she is.

I mean, they actually billed this match as "Nicole Vaidišová first on Court One" - even though Anna was the 8th seed - and while the commentators called Nicole a mixture of "Vaidišová" and "Nicole", Anna is still always "Chakvetadze" to them. On the rare occasions when the BBC televises Anna at all, that is.

Dan Walker's summary of the match in the BBC's _Today at Wimbledon_ made me laugh: "Nicole Vaidišová had to deal with the mixed emotions of Anna Chakvetadze on Court One today. The eighth seed's tennis isn't bad, but her paddies are even more impressive, and once the Russian had finally finished her audition for Strop-Idol, her opponent went on to win in three. The Force is strong with Darth Vaidišová [incorrectly pronounced to sound like 'Vader' with two extra syllables inserted]."

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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andrewbroad
Oct 5th, 2008, 01:39 PM
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Annabel Croft: "She takes the ball very, very early, and she does have good groundstrokes: they're well-produced strokes, and she's got a kind of /effortless/ style about her... She is an interesting player, but I think a lot of her problems come from the emotional side of things. Never a dull moment when she's on court, is there?"

Simon Reed: "No - can't take your eyes off her!"

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First round (Monday 23rd June 2008)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] d. Stéphanie Dubois, 2-6 6-1 8-6

After a disastrous first set in which Anna failed to hold serve even once, she stormed through the second and took a *3-2 lead in the third, only to lose the next three games. Dubois had two match-points at *5-3 (40/15), Anna saved a third at *4-5 (30/40), and also recovered from *5-6 (15/30).

Anna served for the match at *7-6 in the third - the only game of this match that Freeview BBCi deigned to televise. Anna had to save two break-points after wasting her first match-point, but then sealed victory in just under two hours with her second forehand drive-volley winner of the game.

I have just uploaded to my website an enhanced version of my match-report (adding the above summary, Statistics and an extra article) that I posted here at the time:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/wimbledon2008.html

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Second round (Wednesday 25th June 2008)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] d. Edina Gallovits, 6-4 6-2

At last I have got round to finishing my full TV-report of this match - including a point-by-point description, transcriptions of the commentary, and Statistics. I have just uploaded it to my website (at the same URI as above).

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Oct 19th, 2008, 10:25 PM
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"Well, I think, you know what, psychologically I was okay, you know, already at the Australian Open. I was ready to play. But the thing is that I didn't really have preparation, because I had a reinjury. Unfortunately I didn't have a preparation for the season, so probably that's why it's very tough, especially physically when you don't have a preparation, like your fitness-work, your physical work before the season starts. It's really tough to play."

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Third round (Friday 27th June 2008)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] d. Evgeniya Rodina, 6-4 6-3

At last I have got round to finishing my full TV-report of this match - including a point-by-point description, transcriptions of the commentary, and statistics. I have just uploaded it to my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/wimbledon2008.html

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Oct 26th, 2008, 10:54 PM
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Fourth round (Monday 30th June 2008)
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- ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] lt. NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF], 6-4 6-7 (0/7) 3-6

At last I have got round to finishing my full TV-report of this mouthwatering match - including a point-by-point description, transcriptions of the commentary, Statistics, and a transcript of Nicole's BBC interview.

I have just added it to Anna's Wimbledon 2008 reports on my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/wimbledon2008.html

--
Dr. Andrew Broad