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andrewbroad
Jun 24th, 2008, 11:27 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. Vera Zvonarëva preview
3. Women's Doubles draw
4. Order of play for Tuesday

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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] won
* Nathalie Dechy won
* Elena Baltacha [WC] won
* Zheng,Jie [WC] won

* Tamira Paszek v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [20], 3-6 *4-4
* Anabel Medina Garrigues won
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [Q,DF] v Monica Niculescu [s], 6-1 3-6 *4-2
* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15] won

* Casey Dell'Acqua won
* Pauline Parmentier won
* Samantha Stosur [WC] won
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] won

* Evgeniya Rodina won
* Elena Vesnina won
* Edina Gallovits won
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] won


1.2 Second quarter
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* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] won
* Kateryna Bondarenko won
* Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová [Q] won
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] won

* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won
* Li,Na won
* Marta Domachowska won
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] won

* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] won
* Tatiana Perebiynis won
* Bethanie Mattek won
* Vera Dushevina won

* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [29] won
* Virginia Ruano Pascual won
* Urszula Radwańska [WC] won
* SERENA WILLIAMS [6] won


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. Vera Zvonarëva preview
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It has been a very good year for Vera so far, with finals at Hobart, Doha and Charleston, and winning the Tier IV title at Prague. She reached the fourth round of the French Open convincingly, before losing a rollercoaster-match to Elena Dementieva.

But Vera's start to the grass-court season gives serious cause for concern. After pulling out of Birmingham (where she won the title in 2006) with a cold, she lost 6-3 6-3 to qualifier Ekaterina Makarova in her opening match at Eastbourne. I was there in the stadium, and it was quite the worst Vera-performance I've ever seen.

Although Makarova, who had played six prior matches on grass this year, played very well - frequently finding the sidelines with sharp, left-handed groundstrokes - Vera was spraying errors left, right and centre, and not showing her usual amazing retrieval-abilities either.

Vera will be making her first appearance at Wimbledon since winning the Mixed Doubles title in such spectacular fashion in 2006, having missed the 2007 Championships through a four-month lay-off with a wrist-injury.


2.1 First round
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Vera has never played Aiko Nakamura before, but it should be a nice, gentle 'welcome back' to Wimbledon for Vera after her Makarova-nightmare at Eastbourne.

Nakamura is a Selesian player (two hands both sides). She has a 17:18 record for the year so far, after snapping an 8-match losing-streak from September 2007 to February 2008. She hasn't really done anything noteworthy this year; her best result was probably beating #41 Tathiana Garbin - the first of three wins to qualify for Dubai.

After a first-round loss at the French Open, Nakamura began her grass-court season nice and early, starting with a 6-3 7-5 loss to Rika Fujiwara at ITF Surbiton. She then had two wins at Birmingham: Tzipora Obziler 7-5 6-3 and Sorana Cîrstea 6-4 4-6 6-4. She then lost 2-6 6-4 6-4 to British wild card Melanie South in the third round, and 6-4 6-1 to Nathalie Dechy in the first qualifying-round for Eastbourne.

Nakamura has just two second-round appearances to show for four attempts at Wimbledon - including last year, when she was thrashed 6-1 6-2 by Martina Hingis.


2.2 Second round
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A very tough test awaits Vera here, as Tamarine Tanasugarn (whom Vera has never played) won 's-Hertogenbosch on Saturday, beating Dinara Safina 7-5 6-3 in the final. And she has a proven track-record at Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round six times in seven years (1998-2004).

Tanasugarn has an impressive 30:11 record for 2008 so far, although this does include several qualifying-matches and ITF-tournaments. She beat Amélie Mauresmo at Doha, won ITF Gifu, and thrashed Tamira Paszek 6-1 6-0 at Birmingham.

Vera will have to be playing much better than she did at Eastbourne to come through this one.

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3. Women's Doubles draw
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* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v Eva Hrdinová/Petra Kvitová

Full draw:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/

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4. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court 3 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
MS 1r: Guillermo Cańas v Tommy Haas
WS 1r: VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] v Aiko Nakamura [s]
MS 1r: Boris Pashanski v Chris Eaton
WD 1r: Tatiana Poutchek/Anastasia Rodionova v (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[11]

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

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andrewbroad
Jun 26th, 2008, 10:15 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Nakamura
2. Second-round draw
3. Order of play for Thursday

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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Nakamura (Tuesday 24th June)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] d. Aiko Nakamura [S], 6-1 6-7 (3/7) 6-1

Vera made short work of the first set, but struggled through the second, which Aiko served for at 5-3. Vera fought back to 5-5*, but wasted a 0/30 opening in that game, and lost the last six points of the set after leading 3/1* in the tiebreak.

But Vera breezed through the third set with a no-nonsense approach to complete an emotional victory on her return to Wimbledon after missing last year's Championships with a serious wrist-injury.


The match started much later than I expected, as they inserted the resumption of Paszek v Schiavone before this match on Court 3. I'm grateful to Tamira Paszek for extending Schiavone to 10-8 in the third (having resumed at 3-6 4-4), because it meant I didn't have to follow live scores of this match at the same time as watching Maria Sharapova's match on TV!

So the match was third on Court 3, started at 17:02 BST, and I followed live scores at www.wimbledon.org.


First set
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ZVONARËV *@*@ @* 6
NAKAMURA ____@__ 1

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

A dicy last game for Vera, but she pulls clear in this first set.

Aiko serving 0-3: 0/40. Broken.

Okay, try not to lose 6-0 6-0.

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

Good for Aiko, but I don't like that Vera lost her serve - that's like a personal affront.

Aiko serving 1-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40. Broken.
Vera serving 5-1: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15 (SP #1). Vera won the first set 6-1 at 17:24 (22 minutes).

Looks like a great start for Vera - where was that form when I watched her at Eastbourne last week?


Second set
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ZVONARËV __@* *__@* *_ 6(3)
NAKAMURA *@__* *@__* T 7(7)

Aiko serving 0-0: 30/0 to 30/30. 40/30. Held.

Aiko's first hold of the match.

Vera serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30... broken.

And the first time Vera's been in any real trouble.

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

Vera had to fight hard to avoid a *0-3 deficit!

Vera serving 1-2: 0/15. 30/15... held.
Aiko serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/15... held.

The scoreboard keeps freezing at 30/15!

Vera serving 2-3: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Aiko serving 3-3: 15/15. 40/15 to 40/40. Ad Aiko. Held.

Well pegged back, but now the pressure's on Vera; she doesn't want to see Aiko serving for the second set at 5-3.

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

Aiko serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40. Broken.
Vera serving 4-5: 40/0. Held.

Good fightback from Vera. I don't fancy a third set, with the risk of losing Vera in the first round.

Aiko serving 5-5: 0/30 to 40/30. 40/40. Ad Aiko. Held.

If Vera goes on to lose this, that's the game she will look back on - really let Aiko off the hook from 0/30.

Vera serving 5-6: 15/0... held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Zvonarëva/Nakamura): 0/0*. *1/0. *1/1. 2/1*. 3/1*. *3/2. *3/3. 3/4*. 3/5*. *3/6. Aiko won the second set 7-6 (7/3) at 18:17 (second set 53m, match so far 1h15m).


Third set
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ZVONARËV *@* *@* 6
NAKAMURA ___*___ 1

Vera serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15... held.
Aiko serving 0-1: 0/40. 15/40.
Vera serving 2-0: 15/0. 30/30. 30/40. 40/40. Ad Vera. Held.

Aiko serving 0-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/40. 40/40. Ad Aiko. Deuce #2. Ad Aiko. Held.
Vera serving 3-1: 0/15. 15/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Vera. Held.

Aiko serving 1-4: 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. I saw this point in a BBCi court-circular: a big serve forced a defensive lob-return, which Aiko dispatched with a high forehand drive-volley winner down the line. 40/30. Aiko tried to serve & volley, but netted a high forehand drive-volley. 40/40. Ad Vera (BP). Broken.

Vera serving 5-1: 40/0 (MP #1). 40/15 (MP #2). Vera won 6-1 6-7 (3/7) 6-1 at 18:50 (third set 33m, match 1h48m).

I saw the last point on BBC 2: Vera hit a shallow forehand down the line; Aiko hit a penetrating backhand down the line, forcing a short, weak forehand from Vera, but Aiko hit an off-forehand wide & just long. Vera clenched her left fist: there was a plaster on her thumb. Her face looked quite emotional: almost a little teary!

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2. Second-round draw
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2.1 Top half: Nicole Vaidišová and Anna Chakvetadze
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [1,DF] won
* Zheng,Jie [WC] won
* Anabel Medina Garrigues won
* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15] won

* Casey Dell'Acqua won
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] won
* Evgeniya Rodina won
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] won

* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] won
* Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová [Q] won
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] won

* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] won
* Bethanie Mattek won
* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [29] won
* SERENA WILLIAMS [6] won


2.2 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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3. Order of play for Thursday
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Court 18 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
WS 2r: VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn
MS 2r: RADEK ŠTĚPÁNEK [16] v Viktor Troicki
MS 2r: PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU [14] v Jeremy Chardy
WD 2r: Marta Domachowska/Agnieszka Radwańska v (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[11]

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
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andrewbroad
Jul 9th, 2008, 10:17 PM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round TV-report: Zvonarëva v Tanasugarn
3. Women's Doubles

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1. Photos
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Vera Zvonarëva:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=zvonareva
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/players/wta260142.html

Search Getty Images for "zvonareva"

Many players (Vera in Tuesday 24th, Thursday 26th June):
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. Second-round TV-report: Zvonarëva v Tanasugarn (Thursday 26th June)
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- VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] lt. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-7 (10/12) 6-4 3-6

This was first on BBCi, to my surprise - the BBC finally put the "vera" back in "coverage" for the first time since the Australian Open 2007!

Vera played much, much better than she did at Eastbourne, and looked delectable too. She showed the flairsome power that persuaded me to induct her into my Eternal Fanship, and some of her amazing lateral-retrieval abilities.

But Tanasugarn, who won 's-Hertogenbosch last week, showed why she is so effective on grass: while not having Vera's power, she takes the ball very early and hits it very flat, robbing her opponent of time. Vera was on the back foot so often, especially early in the match, when she went 1-4* down.

But Vera showed her tremendous fighting spirit to fight back from 1-4* and *3-5 to 6-5*, as she found the groove on her groundstrokes, started thinking more clearly, and got into Tanasugarn's head with her retrieving.

Vera had four set-points in the tiebreak, but Tanasugarn converted her own third set-point to take it 12/10.

Vera looked rattled as she fell *0-3 down in the second, but she managed to channel her anger into her shots, levelled up at 3-3*, and broke for *4-3 after a long game of four deuces and four break-points.

Tanasugarn took a medical time out to get her right thigh strapped; the break help Vera to calm down, and she played even better to take the second set 6-4.

Going into the third set, I thought Vera would have the edge because of Tanasugarn's injury and the fact that the 31-year-old isn't as fit as she used to be, but Tanasugarn just went for her shots and made them, and a single break against Vera in the second game proved decisive.

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

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3. Women's Doubles
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3.1 First-round results (Thursday 26th June)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. Eva Hrdinová/Petra Kvitová, 7-6 (10/8) 4-6 6-2


3.2 Second-round results (Saturday 28th June)
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- Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina lt. (YAN,ZI [S]/ZHENG,JIE)[9], 3-6 2-6

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andrewbroad
Oct 18th, 2008, 11:18 PM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://championships.wimbledon.org/
First round (Tuesday 24th June 2008)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] d. Aiko Nakamura [S], 6-1 6-7 (3/7) 6-1

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

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Second round (Thursday 26th June 2008)
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- VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] lt. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-7 (10/12) 6-4 3-6

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).

Vera may have lost, but she won arguably the point of The Championships at 3-3* (Deuce #2) in the second set: Tanasugarn hit a delicate off-forehand dropshot onto the sideline; Vera ran it down and made an unbelievable get to hit a backhand lob-winner over Tanasugarn's outstretched racket!!

--
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