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enchantrezz
Oct 8th, 2008, 06:05 AM
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Doha, Qatar
November 4-9, 2008
Season-Ending Championships
Prize Money: $4,450,000
Draw: 8M/4D
Surface: Hardcourt/Outdoors


Possible entries as of October 6, 2008:

1. Jelena Jankovic - Qualified
2. Serena Williams - Qualified
3. Dinara Safina - Qualified
4. Elena Dementieva- Qualified
5. Ana Ivanovic - Qualified
6. Kuznetsova
7. V. Williams
8. Zvonareva

enchantrezz
Oct 8th, 2008, 06:15 AM
In this round robin set - up, players are divided into two groups. And based on the rankings these are the scenario:

Group A:
rank # 1, 3

Group B:
rank #2, 4

5, 6, 7, 8 are drawn in random


If Dinara can be number 2 after Moscow, she 'll be in Group B while JJ and Serena will be in Group A.

enchantrezz
Oct 8th, 2008, 06:19 AM
its even possible that all Russians will be in one group :lol:

Group B
#2 Safina
#4 Dementieva
#6 Kuznetsova
#8 Zvonareva

Group A
#1 Jankovic
#3 Serena
#5 Ivanovic
#7 Venus

Dinayer
Oct 8th, 2008, 04:12 PM
its even possible that all Russians will be in one group :lol:

Group B
#2 Safina
#4 Dementieva
#6 Kuznetsova
#8 Zvonareva

Group A
#1 Jankovic
#3 Serena
#5 Ivanovic
#7 Venus

oh my :lol: :spit:

enchantrezz
Oct 11th, 2008, 01:57 PM
Okay, Good luck Dinara .

Hope you are well rested and ready and determined to fight and win the Championships http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/smileys/mad.gif

PersephoneDisco
Oct 11th, 2008, 02:08 PM
Definitely! lets hope she plays patiently. In Moscow she had the mentality that every shot had to be a winner and guess what - ERROR! She got too emotional and i think she got off to the wrong start in moscow (albeit winning)3 sets against mauresmo,and because vera has a better game with lots of angles. So lets hope she practises on keeping her mouth schtum, less racket abuse and more focus on each point.

Dinayer
Oct 11th, 2008, 02:17 PM
no dinara until november :sad:

PersephoneDisco
Oct 11th, 2008, 02:21 PM
so its only YEC left for her to compete in?

enchantrezz
Oct 11th, 2008, 02:25 PM
Yup! this is her last tournament.

And I think its safe to say she will end as number two or three for this season no matter how far she goes in the Championships.

PersephoneDisco
Oct 11th, 2008, 02:31 PM
Great result great year! Lets hope its no.2! i dont see why not after a good rest, and more training on mental fitness and keeping her cool when it matters

enchantrezz
Oct 11th, 2008, 02:53 PM
She must learn to believe that she's the best out there.

JJ thinks that way and thats why she's winning even if she's tired and "injured".;)

Butterfly14
Oct 11th, 2008, 03:02 PM
i know jj and ana are playing in Zurich. And Dinara does not play anything before YEC and neither does Serena. Can dinara be #2 going in to YEC? or someone else can take that spot before YEC? What does Dinara has to do to keep her #2 ranking going in YEC?

PersephoneDisco
Oct 11th, 2008, 03:02 PM
Enchantrezz you speak the Truth i swear! :)
I think its hard to think you're the best when you've just got used to winning titles and now being the SECOND best player in the world now when you started out as 15, i think maybe she's going through a period of transition where her stickability in the top 3 is going to be tested, i wonder if she knew before the semis she is no.2 now. I think shes being patient and still thinks she has a lot to improve and she does. I want her to KNOW she is the best when she has the best game plan possible and i think its too soon. I think 2009 is the year for her.

enchantrezz
Oct 11th, 2008, 03:05 PM
i know jj and ana are playing in Zurich. And Dinara does not play anything before YEC and neither does Serena. Can dinara be #2 going in to YEC? or someone else can take that spot before YEC? What does Dinara has to do to keep her #2 ranking going in YEC?


She is safe at number two coming in YEC. dmentieva, ivanovic, and others cant surpass Serena or dinara in the ranking pts.

PersephoneDisco
Oct 11th, 2008, 03:06 PM
i know jj and ana are playing in Zurich. And Dinara does not play anything before YEC and neither does Serena. Can dinara be #2 going in to YEC? or someone else can take that spot before YEC? What does Dinara has to do to keep her #2 ranking going in YEC?#
i know soo many questions. Does her ranking at 2 depend on her progressing well into the YEC if jj wins at zurich(which will be insane!)?

If serena is not playing zurich safinas ranking at 2 is safe unti YEC.:D

enchantrezz
Oct 11th, 2008, 03:12 PM
The main reason she is winning all these titles is because she believes in what her coach says about her, that she is the best.

She believes in her coach...but I hope she starts to believe in herself , too.

PersephoneDisco
Oct 11th, 2008, 03:18 PM
Yeh thats true it was just obviously apparent today that her belief didnt reach the end of her racket. So many errors, lets hope she learns from that match and quickly.

enchantrezz
Oct 18th, 2008, 02:31 PM
its even possible that all Russians will be in one group :lol:

Group B
#2 Safina
#4 Dementieva
#6 Kuznetsova
#8 Zvonareva

Group A
#1 Jankovic
#3 Serena
#5 Ivanovic
#7 Venus

Ana has now moved up to number 4, so she will be in the same group with Dinara.

So who among Dementieva, Kuznetsova, Venus, and Vera would you want to be in her group?

Except for Sveta, all these players have beaten Dinara in their last meeting.

PersephoneDisco
Oct 18th, 2008, 02:54 PM
hmmm sveta then!

tejmeglekvár
Oct 18th, 2008, 03:14 PM
Ana has now moved up to number 4, so she will be in the same group with Dinara.

So who among Dementieva, Kuznetsova, Venus, and Vera would you want to be in her group?

Except for Sveta, all these players have beaten Dinara in their last meeting.

not exactly, i think. from official rulebook:

"i. Singles
(a) Place seed 1 in Group A and seed 2 in Group B.
(b) To determine the placement of the remaining seeds,
draw in pairs as follows:

(i) Seeds 3 and 4 (place 1st drawn seed in Group A
and remaining seed in Group B).
(ii) Seeds 5 and 6 (place 1st drawn seed in Group A
and remaining seed in Group B).
(iii) Seeds 7 and 8 (place 1st drawn seed in Group A
and remaining seed in Group B)."

I want Serena in her group, not Ana. :)

enchantrezz
Oct 18th, 2008, 03:16 PM
not exactly, i think. from official rulebook:

"i. Singles
(a) Place seed 1 in Group A and seed 2 in Group B.
(b) To determine the placement of the remaining seeds,
draw in pairs as follows:

(i) Seeds 3 and 4 (place 1st drawn seed in Group A
and remaining seed in Group B).
(ii) Seeds 5 and 6 (place 1st drawn seed in Group A
and remaining seed in Group B).
(iii) Seeds 7 and 8 (place 1st drawn seed in Group A
and remaining seed in Group B)."

I want Serena in her group, not Ana. :)

wow, thats interesting :)

and why, Serena?

tejmeglekvár
Oct 18th, 2008, 03:45 PM
wow, thats interesting :)

and why, Serena?

just revenge for the USO semi, and this is the easiest way. :D
(and for the others, finally Jankovic could beat Ana int he other group.)

Amalgamate
Oct 19th, 2008, 01:02 AM
Hi Guys! :wavey:
When do they stop taking new rankings for the YEC/it is confirmed that Dinara will for sure be number 2

My ideal group with Dinara would be Dinara, Ivanovic, Kuznetsova, and Vera. I don't now if that is possible though. If no, the all Russian group looks good for Dinara!

enchantrezz
Oct 19th, 2008, 01:35 AM
Ivanovic seems to be getting back in form lately so I think I prefer Serena who has been spending more time surfing and sunbathing, lol!

So that leaves Venus, Sveta, Dementieva,and Vera.
I think Ill pick Sveta and Dementieva for Dina :devil:


Oh, why dont we predict group A and B and see who gets it correctly :bounce:

Here's mine:
Group A
JJ
Ana
Venus
Vera

Group B
Safina
Serena
Dementieva
Sveta

PersephoneDisco
Oct 19th, 2008, 07:58 PM
mine is:
ana
dinara
vera
sveta

group b
JJ
venus
dementieva
serena

i hope im not right if ivanovic is coming back to form..

enchantrezz
Oct 20th, 2008, 04:27 AM
i changed my mind, i wanna challenged Safina, give her the toughest group for her :devil:

my final group:
Safina
Serena
Venus
Ana

Koon
Oct 20th, 2008, 06:32 AM
I think Dementieva will return to No.4 after Luxembourg :o
So mine is
Group A
Jelena
Serena
Svetlana
Venus
Group B
Dinara
Dementieva
Ana
Vera
:o what a draw for Svetlana !

tejmeglekvár
Oct 20th, 2008, 10:05 AM
I think Dementieva will return to No.4 after Luxembourg :o


she has no chance. :p
Ana 3413p
LenaD 3235p + 165 (if she wins Luxemburg)= 3400

Koon
Oct 20th, 2008, 10:32 AM
Ana have to defend 275 points in 2007 Luxembourg Final so 3413 - 275 = 3138 :D
Dementieva doesn't have to defend any points :) so she 3235
I think Dementieva will win Luxembourg :) so if Ana want to return to No.4 she need to win Linz :)

tejmeglekvár
Oct 20th, 2008, 10:56 AM
Ana have to defend 275 points in 2007 Luxembourg Final so 3413 - 275 = 3138 :D
Dementieva doesn't have to defend any points :) so she 3235
I think Dementieva will win Luxembourg :) so if Ana want to return to No.4 she need to win Linz :)

that was 1 month ago. Ana already lost those points.
last year, Luxemburg was held in september, and points automatically come off after 52 weeks.

enchantrezz
Oct 20th, 2008, 12:29 PM
that was 1 month ago. Ana already lost those points.
last year, Luxemburg was held in september, and points automatically come off after 52 weeks.

And again :worship:

You are so good at this. You should be the Official ...statistician? :scratch:

There must be a more attractive and fitting description for this position :help:

tejmeglekvár
Oct 20th, 2008, 03:51 PM
And again :worship:

You are so good at this. You should be the Official ...statistician? :scratch:

There must be a more attractive and fitting description for this position :help:

nice, i can't pronounce it, my tongue goes crazy. :lol:

Dinayer
Oct 20th, 2008, 06:22 PM
nice, i can't pronounce it, my tongue goes crazy. :lol:

:lol:

Koon
Oct 21st, 2008, 06:24 AM
Vera doesn't need to defend points in Luxembourg =P~ Thanks

Tatianadove
Oct 21st, 2008, 07:11 AM
I hope all russians will be in the same group! Dinara is one of rare players who can play against compatriots and win! :) and also it will mean that we wil have russians in SF ;)

Amalgamate
Oct 21st, 2008, 08:58 AM
I am so glad that Dinara will be well rested for Doha. Win it all girl :rocker2:

Nina.
Oct 21st, 2008, 09:12 PM
I hope all russians will be in the same group! Dinara is one of rare players who can play against compatriots and win! :) and also it will mean that we wil have russians in SF ;)

And then in the final, of course.

Amalgamate
Oct 30th, 2008, 07:11 AM
I am getting anxious!

Dinayer
Oct 30th, 2008, 05:17 PM
me too!

cant wait :bounce:

PersephoneDisco
Oct 30th, 2008, 05:25 PM
only 5 days before i EXPLODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nina.
Oct 30th, 2008, 05:53 PM
:woohoo:
YEC are almost there (and they will be shown on tv which is even greater)

PersephoneDisco
Oct 30th, 2008, 06:04 PM
can anyone be lovely and tell me the time difference in doha compared to UK?

......cheers :)

camilia
Oct 30th, 2008, 06:19 PM
can anyone be lovely and tell me the time difference in doha compared to UK?

......cheers :)

3 hours, Doha is ahead

PersephoneDisco
Oct 30th, 2008, 06:30 PM
Thank You! Thats not too bad at all! Thought it'd be worse...(like beijing...*shudders*)

heart
Oct 30th, 2008, 10:24 PM
i just arrived from city center :p watched eagle eye :inlove: w/ my friends to celebrate her bday then guess what happened next?:p
I ran into Dinara :eek: she was with someone i dunno but definitely not one of the 8..anyway when i saw her i said that's safina!:haha: she kinda glanced at me (so she probably heard me:lol:)then i borrowed my friend's cam and she was like panicking too bcoz i was really in a hurry coz dinara was about to leave :lol: anyway i ran into the stairs instead of the escalator then when she was waiting for her/their service..i asked her if i could have a pic with her:D after taking the pic she instantly turned her back & cross the street:awww: i didnt know if she heard me wish her good luck for the championships:awww:
saw the pic and she wasnt smiling:awww: but what the heck am i complaining about :lol: bottom line is that i saw her & had a pic too:p

PersephoneDisco
Oct 30th, 2008, 10:36 PM
Oh wow! At least she agreed to the pic. clearly her mind is very intently on Doha, good for her but bad for us dinara admirers who want a tiny bit of her to keep forever. Im so happy you met her!

I wonder who she was with, male or female btw?

Dinayer
Oct 30th, 2008, 10:44 PM
i just arrived from city center :p watched eagle eye :inlove: w/ my friends to celebrate her bday then guess what happened next?:p
I ran into Dinara :eek: she was with someone i dunno but definitely not one of the 8..anyway when i saw her i said that's safina!:haha: she kinda glanced at me (so she probably heard me:lol:)then i borrowed my friend's cam and she was like panicking too bcoz i was really in a hurry coz dinara was about to leave :lol: anyway i ran into the stairs instead of the escalator then when she was waiting for her/their service..i asked her if i could have a pic with her:D after taking the pic she instantly turned her back & cross the street:awww: i didnt know if she heard me wish her good luck for the championships:awww:
saw the pic and she wasnt smiling:awww: but what the heck am i complaining about :lol: bottom line is that i saw her & had a pic too:p

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
happy for you :)

:bounce: :bounce:

camilia
Oct 31st, 2008, 10:15 AM
Thank You! Thats not too bad at all! Thought it'd be worse...(like beijing...*shudders*)

Oh Thank God it isn't
we share borders with Qatar so, I'm only one hour ahead :) hopefully Dina won't play any of her matches before I come back home from work :bounce:

camilia
Oct 31st, 2008, 10:17 AM
i just arrived from city center :p watched eagle eye :inlove: w/ my friends to celebrate her bday then guess what happened next?:p
I ran into Dinara :eek: she was with someone i dunno but definitely not one of the 8..anyway when i saw her i said that's safina!:haha: she kinda glanced at me (so she probably heard me:lol:)then i borrowed my friend's cam and she was like panicking too bcoz i was really in a hurry coz dinara was about to leave :lol: anyway i ran into the stairs instead of the escalator then when she was waiting for her/their service..i asked her if i could have a pic with her:D after taking the pic she instantly turned her back & cross the street:awww: i didnt know if she heard me wish her good luck for the championships:awww:
saw the pic and she wasnt smiling:awww: but what the heck am i complaining about :lol: bottom line is that i saw her & had a pic too:p

You are lucky :)

enchantrezz
Oct 31st, 2008, 10:24 AM
care to share your Dinara pic, Heart? :)

PersephoneDisco
Oct 31st, 2008, 01:38 PM
Oh Thank God it isn't
we share borders with Qatar so, I'm only one hour ahead :) hopefully Dina won't play any of her matches before I come back home from work :bounce:

Im even more excited cos i've got study week at uni ALL of next week - so no classes/lectures/practicals AT ALL so no excuses why i can't watch any of the matches or be disrupted by uni! :D:)

Nina.
Oct 31st, 2008, 03:25 PM
Wow heart, you are lucky!!

Im even more excited cos i've got study week at uni ALL of next week - so no classes/lectures/practicals AT ALL so no excuses why i can't watch any of the matches or be disrupted by uni! :D:)

maybe study on your own :p

heart
Oct 31st, 2008, 05:44 PM
Oh wow! At least she agreed to the pic. clearly her mind is very intently on Doha, good for her but bad for us dinara admirers who want a tiny bit of her to keep forever. Im so happy you met her!

I wonder who she was with, male or female btw?
female:p

care to share your Dinara pic, Heart? :)
yeah i will :D till my friend uploads the pic:p

Esther
Nov 1st, 2008, 03:46 PM
i just arrived from city center :p watched eagle eye :inlove: w/ my friends to celebrate her bday then guess what happened next?:p
I ran into Dinara :eek: she was with someone i dunno but definitely not one of the 8..anyway when i saw her i said that's safina!:haha: she kinda glanced at me (so she probably heard me:lol:)then i borrowed my friend's cam and she was like panicking too bcoz i was really in a hurry coz dinara was about to leave :lol: anyway i ran into the stairs instead of the escalator then when she was waiting for her/their service..i asked her if i could have a pic with her:D after taking the pic she instantly turned her back & cross the street:awww: i didnt know if she heard me wish her good luck for the championships:awww:
saw the pic and she wasnt smiling:awww: but what the heck am i complaining about :lol: bottom line is that i saw her & had a pic too:p

wow, im really happy for you.:wavey:

heart
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:33 AM
we were leaving when she started to train on court just stole 4 shots:awww: hopefully tomorrow she'll practice early:D

dinara
http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/maxtine_97/Pho1D05.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/maxtine_97/Pho1D1B.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/maxtine_97/Pho1D2D.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/maxtine_97/Pho1D24.jpg

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:37 AM
Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!!!
Such great pics heart- you've managed to capture her when shes really happy and cheeky looking! Great job!
Maybe you can give us the lowdown on her team thats there when shes training- if u see her again- we want the inside gossip hehe

heart
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:57 AM
some more from dinara:)
http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/maxtine_97/Pho3277.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/maxtine_97/Pho323F.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/maxtine_97/Pho3290.jpg

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:03 AM
Heart- you are seriously spoiling us- i love how shes so much taller than krajan- and how much do you wanna have her tall lean tanned legs!!!! *sigh*

Great job again!

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:39 AM
Thanks so much for the pics Heart :)

wow, im sure you are having a blast there, seeing Dinara in action ! As what Maz said earlier, some inside gossip is very much appreciated here, lol!

Dinayer
Nov 2nd, 2008, 10:07 AM
OMG

thanks so much for the pics!
she is adorable, with that smile :awww:
im happy because she is happy :)

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:32 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/dohachampspre/f_31.jpg

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/dohachampspre/f_32.jpg

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/dohachampspre/f_38.jpg

She is so ridiculously happy and smiley and so cute with children that im EVEN more optimistic about her winning DOHA! :D

Dinayer
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:42 PM
love the last pic!


:inlove:

Dinayer
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:43 PM
I want one pic with dinara :sobbing:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:52 PM
I feel like i sort of lost my chance to have a pic with her during wimbly because if shes still no.2 OR 1!! next wimbly shes gonna go on centre court and unless i part with alot of cash to see her on CC or stand outside the exit of CC-i'll be happy to just be able to take pics of her like when she played doubles on a really shitty court next to CC and i took loads on my phone.

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:57 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/dohachampspre/f_31.jpg

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/dohachampspre/f_32.jpg

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/dohachampspre/f_38.jpg

She is so ridiculously happy and smiley and so cute with children that im EVEN more optimistic about her winning DOHA! :D

She has more pics than the other players which for me is a really good sign !
Thanks for the pics, Maz :D

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:01 PM
Hahaha finally the worlds media have caught onto the fact that the SECOND BEST tennis player in the WTA is a stunningly beautiful young lady!-ABOUT TIME GUYS!

lol shes hogging all the photographers -JJ won't be pleased.........:devil:

Never a problem for TDODD group Enchantrezz ;)

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:25 PM
Another news pic during her arrival ;)

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/images/October2008/2safiarn.jpg

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:38 PM
WTA SPECIAL REPORT

Strengths and weaknesses of top 8 women ( i will only post safina's, heeh)

Dinara Safina
Age: 22
Height: 5-foot-11, or 1.82 meters ( is this really accurate, lol)
Home country: Russia

Other special spots: Spain, where she followed the trail blazed by her older brother, Marat Safin, leaving Moscow to train near Valencia as a teenager.

Strengths: Groundstrokes and first serve.

Weaknesses: Endurance, agility and mental combustibility.

Career highlights: Finalist at 2008 French Open; 2008 Olympic silver medalist in singles; winner in Hamburg this year.

Career lowlight: Received a public lecture from older brother at the 2005 Australian Open, in which Marat, no paragon of consistency, bemoaned his sister's immaturity. "For some reason she cannot make any decisions; she needs somebody to explain everything," he said. "It's just a little bit sad to see, to sit back and watch this train pass."

Public persona: Apple-cheeked and self-critical, with charisma but a limited tolerance for the question-and-answer game.

Extracurricular fun: Speaks Spanish fluently after all those years in the sun.

Significant others: Older brother Marat, whose ranking is heading in a different direction than his sister's, has been a major inspiration and influence. So has mother, Rausa Islanova, who coached her children and Elena Dementieva when they were youngsters. But Safina has made her great leap forward this season under the Croatian coach Zeljko Krajan, a former top-100 men's player who formerly worked with German juniors.

camilia
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:40 PM
Thanks for the lovely pics everyone :)

Tatianadove
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:41 PM
Another news pic during her arrival ;)

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/images/October2008/2safiarn.jpg

I love this pink bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hearts:

tejmeglekvár
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:47 PM
Another news pic during her arrival ;)

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/images/October2008/2safiarn.jpg

jammies + backpack + and her "pink obsession" bag. :hearts: :lol:

need hq asap.

Aleksandrina
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:49 PM
http://s45.radikal.ru/i109/0811/d2/2292357cb497.jpg

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:49 PM
Safina is the best here in this pic!

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:59 PM
Final Groups:

Group A:
Jankovic
Ivanovic
Kuznetsova
Zvonareva

Group B:
Safina
Serena
Dementieva
Venus

Aleksandrina
Nov 2nd, 2008, 03:06 PM
Final Groups:

Group A:
Jankovic
Ivanovic
Kuznetsova
Zvonareva

Group B:
Safina
Serena
Dementieva
Venus

:(:sad:
:confused:

tejmeglekvár
Nov 2nd, 2008, 03:12 PM
Final Groups:

Group A:
Jankovic
Ivanovic
Kuznetsova
Zvonareva

Group B:
Safina
Serena
Dementieva
Venus

frell you larry scott. :(

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 03:14 PM
Oh, why dont we predict group A and B and see who gets it correctly :bounce:

Here's mine:
Group A
JJ
Ana
Venus
Vera

Group B
Safina
Serena
Dementieva
Sveta

LOL! I got three correct out of four :lol:

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 03:19 PM
i changed my mind, i wanna challenged Safina, give her the toughest group for her :devil:

my final group:
Safina
Serena
Venus
Ana

Oh dear, ask and you shall receive....:tape:

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 03:29 PM
I guess Dinara's first match will be against Serena.
hey Norbert, looks like you got your wish, lol!

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/fc19ffa7.png

Nina.
Nov 2nd, 2008, 03:58 PM
Oh dear, ask and you shall receive....:tape:

congrats!

Alright, it's a tough group, but if you want to win you have to beat them all anyway, right?

Dinayer
Nov 2nd, 2008, 04:29 PM
difficult :sobbing:

good luck dinara!

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 04:29 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20081102/i/r4137703413.jpg?x=400&y=295&q=85&sig=3bvOyv4PS9rO0JEjdvqyqQ--

tejmeglekvár
Nov 2nd, 2008, 04:52 PM
I guess Dinara's first match will be against Serena.
hey Norbert, looks like you got your wish, lol!

maybe not. ;)
and i have a feeling that one Williams will withdraw...


cakewalk for the serbs. :o

enchantrezz
Nov 2nd, 2008, 04:55 PM
maybe not. ;)
and i have a feeling that one Williams will withdraw...


Yup. I have the same feeling too ;)

Tatianadove
Nov 2nd, 2008, 05:17 PM
I don't like this draw :(

maryc
Nov 2nd, 2008, 05:21 PM
It's all about the champion's mentality, and Dinara's got that.

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 06:00 PM
That table is soo confusing! I'll try and decipher it somehow..or someone can help me? :angel:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 06:04 PM
Yeh if Safina has the desire and the winning mentality she can beat anyone - at least its indoors against serena.H2H can be restarted....

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 06:05 PM
Yup. I have the same feeling too ;)

Why, i don't. They haven't been in the YEC for ages, plus venus has got a new weave - she means business! :lol:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 06:27 PM
So she HAS to win 2 of her 3 RR matches to get to the singles SF stage..okay sounds easy enough...

guys victory against Venus or Serena? (or both :angel:)

Dinayer
Nov 2nd, 2008, 06:38 PM
When is her first match?

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 06:39 PM
Side note-Anyone think its pretty significant Doha is on the same day as the American Election Day?

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 06:41 PM
When is her first match?

Im guessing its on the 4th, against serena. Im gonna check eurosport website to see the times.

Tatianadove
Nov 2nd, 2008, 06:59 PM
btw 4th of November is the official day-off in Russia and is called Day of Harmony and Reconciliation . Poor girls have to work when rest of Russia has 3-days holidays! :lol:

Esther
Nov 2nd, 2008, 07:29 PM
WTA SPECIAL REPORT

Career highlights: [/B]Finalist at 2008 French Open; 2008 Olympic silver medalist in singles; winner in Hamburg this year.





They mean Berlin, dont they?? I dont know any tournament in Hamburg :tape:


_________

Jesus, this is a draw. :help:


If she will play like she looks on the pics, she can beat Serena and Elena. But I think Venus is too taff for her. But our girl will make it.:) Im sure... And if not, we still love her right?? :):):kiss::wavey:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 07:34 PM
Hahaha, true fans stick with their fav even when they are down in the dumps!
I think Venus is faltering a little bit more than Serena in my opinion but lets hope they BOTH do against Dinara!!!

tejmeglekvár
Nov 2nd, 2008, 08:04 PM
She will beat Serena (she is FAT) and LenaD (Demented). (or the alternate, if sy withdraw)
Venus... i don't know. but who cares, two win is enough.

that's my thoughts :angel:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 2nd, 2008, 08:53 PM
ooh harsh thoughts there norbert hehe :devil:
Im hoping she catches the Williams sisters at an off day and then with Dementieva with her serving poorly...oh how i wish many things....only 48 hours left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

Dinayer
Nov 2nd, 2008, 08:56 PM
Im guessing its on the 4th, against serena. Im gonna check eurosport website to see the times.
thanks :)

She will beat Serena (she is FAT) and LenaD (Demented). (or the alternate, if sy withdraw)
Venus... i don't know. but who cares, two win is enough.

that's my thoughts :angel:

hopefully :angel:

Amalgamate
Nov 2nd, 2008, 09:30 PM
I absolutely hate this draw! :sad: Why couldn't Dinara be in group 1 and just dominate? It's really going to piss me off if Dinara doesn't get to the Semi's and someone like sveta or vera does...

enchantrezz
Nov 3rd, 2008, 01:34 AM
So she HAS to win 2 of her 3 RR matches to get to the singles SF stage..okay sounds easy enough...

guys victory against Venus or Serena? (or both :angel:)

No sense avoiding the toughest opponents if you're vying for number 1, so this is a good draw.Let her play against players who have beaten her this year !

Id like to see Dinara beat Venus, Elena and Serena ! Then if all goes well , let her face Ana in the semis, then Vera in the finals !

This is like baptism in fire for becoming number 1 player next year :devil:

tejmeglekvár
Nov 3rd, 2008, 09:38 AM
ooh harsh thoughts there norbert hehe :devil:
Im hoping she catches the Williams sisters at an off day and then with Dementieva with her serving poorly...oh how i wish many things....only 48 hours left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

harsh? not at all. :angel: maybe biased. :lol:
imo the scariest opponent is the weather. Safins hate wind. :help:

enchantrezz
Nov 3rd, 2008, 09:49 AM
harsh? not at all. :angel: maybe biased. :lol:
imo the scariest opponent is the weather. Safins hate wind. :help:

Wind, Venus, Serena, Elena, Ana, Vera...... if Dinara wants to be number 1, then she should be ready to fight and conquer all of them.

I think she can do it :devil:

tejmeglekvár
Nov 3rd, 2008, 11:15 AM
Tuesday OOP

From 17.00hrs
1. Kuznetsova vs. Zvonareva
2. Jankovic vs. Ivanovic
3. Safina vs. V.Williams

camilia
Nov 3rd, 2008, 12:20 PM
tough group but Dina can do it :)

Nina.
Nov 3rd, 2008, 12:25 PM
Wind, Venus, Serena, Elena, Ana, Vera...... if Dinara wants to be number 1, then she should be ready to fight and conquer all of them.

I think she can do it :devil:

I think she can definitely do it - except that she's playing Vera in the SF and JJ in the final :angel: - and in the end it's always a greater victory when you can look back and see what great opponents you've beaten to get it.
She needs a good start, I think, and then anythink is possibe.

enchantrezz
Nov 3rd, 2008, 12:40 PM
Tuesday OOP
3. Safina vs. V.Williams

There's nothing like starting the Championships playing first the toughest and the most experienced player among the group.
Let the fight , errr, the match begin !:bounce:

Dinayer
Nov 3rd, 2008, 01:11 PM
ok :scared:

girls tomorrow come to the Livescores thread for an amazing experience, her first YEC match!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:) :bounce:

Esther
Nov 3rd, 2008, 03:32 PM
there will be only one match on eurosport and i dont think its dinaras :o:fiery: shit...

PersephoneDisco
Nov 3rd, 2008, 03:36 PM
Tuesday OOP

From 17.00hrs
1. Kuznetsova vs. Zvonareva
2. Jankovic vs. Ivanovic
3. Safina vs. V.Williams

5 o'clock Qatar time? which makes it 2 o'clock uk time when it should start, okay that wasn't so bad :angel:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 3rd, 2008, 03:43 PM
well british eurosport has coverage from 1.30 to 7.50 (random times...) so i guess british viewers should consider them lucky.

camilia
Nov 3rd, 2008, 03:47 PM
all matches are broadcast over here, but I don't think I can watch every thing cause I have a lot of work to do but of course I'll watch all dinara's matches :)

PersephoneDisco
Nov 3rd, 2008, 03:51 PM
I think she can definitely do it - except that she's playing Vera in the SF and JJ in the final :angel: - and in the end it's always a greater victory when you can look back and see what great opponents you've beaten to get it.
She needs a good start, I think, and then anythink is possibe.

oh sorry theres me going on about no wind when its flippin indoors - damn atp tour -their stadium has a roof on it, does the khalifa stadium have one as well if its REALLY windy?


oh enchantrezz will it really be windy in qatar do u think????? :confused::confused::sad:
Im annoyed now at the draw, i think vera will come through when shes had a shitty final at Linz (or she could be the player that gets thrashed by everyone in the white group) while the maroon is SO COMPETITIVE! grrrr....i really hope and wish that Dinara (having been at qatar for a bit now) knows the conditions and how to behave sensibly if there is wind no more spoilt brat business :tape: I hope and hope she gets the most luck out of the maroon group to get to the semi's and i hope that dementieva gets truly demented but MOST OF ALL i want Dinara to play the BEST TENNIS HER BODY,SOUL AND MIND COULD GIVE OUT THERE! :)

Amalgamate
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:18 AM
:rocker2: Kick some ass Dinara (I love Venus though :sad:)

lilimi
Nov 4th, 2008, 09:53 AM
i really think dinara can do something big at doha, despite the wind and the difficult group.
i just hope she won't be too emotional...

Esther
Nov 4th, 2008, 10:43 AM
I was wrong :banana:



Eurosport will show every match :bounce:

enchantrezz
Nov 4th, 2008, 10:55 AM
oh enchantrezz will it really be windy in qatar do u think????? :confused::confused::sad:


I think Dina can handle it :angel:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 4th, 2008, 11:51 AM
Eek its today! The day has finally come!
Here's to Dinara, playing her best, serving her best, volleying her best, not getting mentally frustrated at anything particularly the wind, winning the match with steely determination and a winners mentality and finally her looking CUTE! :inlove:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 4th, 2008, 02:46 PM
omg the wind is absolutely awful, much worser than US OPEN, the crowd is sparse and REALLY loud. I really hope that the wind dies down when its late evening and that Safina doesn't get irritable. But my pessimism has gone up 500% :sad:

goldenlox
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:40 PM
Dinara was up 52 against Venus and fell apart to lose 57 36.
Plays Serena tomorrow. Has to win or is out of chances for a semi, which look bleak now

Nina.
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:41 PM
omg the wind is absolutely awful, much worser than US OPEN, the crowd is sparse and REALLY loud. I really hope that the wind dies down when its late evening and that Safina doesn't get irritable. But my pessimism has gone up 500% :sad:

I was really shocked when I watched Vera-Sveta. And Sveta seemed to be distracted in the beginning as well.
I don't know if it got better or if I was just getting used to it...But Dinara still lost...after she should have won the 1st set :rolleyes:
What was going on with her, I went to dinner so I couldn't watch the beginning of the match. Just choking?

Dinayer
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:43 PM
no words :sad: :sad: :sad:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:45 PM
She was serving great then the old safina Bad serving with doublefaults came into the picture i mean i wasnt hopeful to start with but words fail me as to who she managed to choke the first set. Im not hopeful at all, stupid maroon group with its difficulty.

Oh well, lets hope she retains her no.2 ranking by the end of this week otherwise im hoping she doesnt go all the way down to 5!!! we need norbert, what ranking would she be if she just won 1 match out of 3?

Esther
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:52 PM
omg what a match :o TERRIBLE!!!

she had luck because there was no more wind as she started... But so many DF and UE... well, she has a lot of compression tomorrow... it would be better if she will play against elena because i think its easier but we cant change it... play youre BEST tomorrow dinara and belive in yourself :rolleyes::mad:

Tatianadove
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:53 PM
:sad:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:55 PM
my mum just asked me why am i shaking my head?

I didnt even know i was doing it! There i am staring into space and shaking my head as to how that match got away from her!
Is she gonna play elena tomorrow?

enchantrezz
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:56 PM
What was going on with her, I went to dinner so I couldn't watch the beginning of the match. Just choking?

I stopped watching after the first set :lol:

tejmeglekvár
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:57 PM
played quite well
choked like hell
hate the pink dress
thats cursed mess

Tatianadove
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:58 PM
It's so hard to be fan of russians! :( They always lose when nobody expects it from the score! :( I like quantity of our players in Top100 but where is the quality???????

Esther
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:58 PM
my mum just asked me why am i shaking my head?

I didnt even know i was doing it! There i am staring into space and shaking my head as to how that match got away from her!
Is she gonna play elena tomorrow?

Nope, Serena:help::help:

Esther
Nov 4th, 2008, 07:59 PM
It's so hard to be fan of russians! :( They always lose when nobody expects it from the score! :( I like quantity of our players in Top100 but where is the quality???????

AMEN!!:worship:

Nina.
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:16 PM
It's so hard to be fan of russians! :( They always lose when nobody expects it from the score! :( I like quantity of our players in Top100 but where is the quality???????

Vera won ;)

PersephoneDisco
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:24 PM
played quite well
choked like hell
hate the pink dress
thats cursed mess

oh no we've got a poet in our midst. I think she should have worn something different everyone else did (maybe vera didnt) that pink dress jinxed her im sure of it

tejmeglekvár
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:28 PM
She was serving great then the old safina Bad serving with doublefaults came into the picture i mean i wasnt hopeful to start with but words fail me as to who she managed to choke the first set. Im not hopeful at all, stupid maroon group with its difficulty.

Oh well, lets hope she retains her no.2 ranking by the end of this week otherwise im hoping she doesnt go all the way down to 5!!! we need norbert, what ranking would she be if she just won 1 match out of 3?

with 1 win? i don't know. :lol: depends on Ana,Rena,Lena.
it's likely to be #3.

tejmeglekvár
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:33 PM
oh no we've got a poet in our midst.
i swear, only two beer. :tape:

Nina.
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:39 PM
i swear, only two beer. :tape:

:haha:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:40 PM
okay no.3 thats not bad but not what we want!

enchantrezz we need dinara's interview as soon as it comes out so she can explain herself!!!!!!!!!!!!!

im still shaking my head........oh god

Nina.
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Will there be transcripts fromt the press conferences? :unsure:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 4th, 2008, 08:47 PM
im sure there will be quotes at least i checked wta and there were some quotes when u selected zvonareva won etc etc. We need some explaining NOW!!!!

goldenlox
Nov 4th, 2008, 09:22 PM
This is a round robin, so Dinara still has a chance. She has to beat Serena and Lena, and hope the tiebreakers work out for her.
But she has to play much better than she did today after losing 11 of 14 games

enchantrezz
Nov 5th, 2008, 04:57 AM
Okay first, I was hoping she'll wear a new outfit, Dinara had worn the pink one a Zillion times already and its making our gallery look old :rolleyes:

And for next match, I just hope she'll grab her chance to have a win against Serena, who looks to have gained a lot of weight and who , after winning USopen , only played one match where she lost to Na Li.

And also, she should be pretty warmed up and more prepared after playing Venus whereas Serena , well, this is just her first match for this tournament.

enchantrezz
Nov 5th, 2008, 06:27 AM
I predict a Russian sweep today.

PersephoneDisco
Nov 5th, 2008, 07:55 PM
im touching wood and not expecting ANYTHING. ive already decided Jankovic will win Doha and be no.1 for a long time yet

enchantrezz
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:34 PM
im done with prediction :lol:

I wish Safina a well rested vacation in the coming weeks.:angel:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 5th, 2008, 08:37 PM
Yeh some alone time with Krajan with no tennis balls involved ;)

Esther
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:19 PM
Rofl! I cant belive this... I only can laugh.:haha: I mean its ok for me if dinara looses but not on this way. :help: She played SUCH a terrible tennis. And on serenas third set point... WTF was that?? maybe not one of the easiest volley but one she could play with a little bit of concentration. Well, i could say i feel sorry for her but i dont. :shrug: it was her own fault but i wish her a win against dementieva so that doha had a little bit of good moments for her.

PersephoneDisco
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:22 PM
I can deal with these loses as long as she doesnt turn out to be the sveta of the YEC - she qualifies but loses 3-0 every time...:help:

tejmeglekvár
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:29 PM
i'm sure Venus will tank tomorrow against Serena, so Dina have to beat LenaD to secure year end #3.

PersephoneDisco
Nov 5th, 2008, 09:43 PM
Who would be no.2 then stat man?

Serena is looking much stronger than venus so i agree with your prediction, im starting to worry about dinara's serving its worser than lenaD in this tournament especially! no.3 - not bad- i think a true indication of her skill and hard work

tejmeglekvár
Nov 5th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Serena, who else.

anyway, too long and impulsive year was this for her. after spring struggling lot of new winner experience, and she just can't handle this new things. now she needs 2-3 weeks on the beach without racket and krajan, and after that she must concentrate just to tennis. no pink stuff or something, just tennis.

PersephoneDisco
Nov 5th, 2008, 10:27 PM
i think there will be a switch up around the top 5 by the end of Doha. This year has been totally new for her so now a nice break and then hard work for 2009 (new outfit included)

enchantrezz
Nov 6th, 2008, 02:47 AM
Yup. everything was so new to her. She started this year not having the goal or even the thought she could be in the top 5 and lo she reached # 2. So in a way this was really a great year for her.

Im also glad she had the chance to play against the toughest and the most experienced opponents in this Championships. Venus, Serena and Im sure Elena too are playing their very best to beat her and that would surely help her a lot in assessing where and how she can improve her game to be the best player on tour. For me this is a better experience than winning matches against lesser calibre opponents.

PersephoneDisco
Nov 6th, 2008, 05:27 PM
Yeh i think she needs to beat the top 4 on a regular basis to make sure she sort of associates herself with the best and the fact that she has to bring out her best game to beat them and to not get nervous and choke...

PersephoneDisco
Nov 6th, 2008, 05:36 PM
God i really hope Safina beats Elena, it would truly suck to lose all of your 3 MATCHES!

Here's hoping her serve holds up and DFS are kept to a minimum.

Dinayer
Nov 6th, 2008, 06:17 PM
please dinara, win today :sobbing:

tejmeglekvár
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:03 PM
it was kinda back to the basics week. brainless ballbashing all over again and again without plan b or somthing else. and it's really hard to watch. after 3 weeks resting i expected little bit more from Dina and Krajan than 0/6 sets. nevermind, new year coming.

Who were those girls in Dinara's box?

Dinayer
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:04 PM
She lost :(

but excellent season :)

good luck in 2009 dinara :hearts:

rest and see you in HC with marat :hearts:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:11 PM
so marat is definite for HC? No premature retirement.
She just wasn't thinking about her shots, just hitting the ball too hard so LOADS OF FH errors! She was too one dimensional, too much baseline play and when she approached the net it was not intelligent because Elena would unleash a passing shot. She had her ankle strapped AFTER i jinxed her - i said she hasnt been injured since cramp during wimbly - whoops! but its not too bad i don't think.

If i was Krajan i would improve her movement - its a hindrance against players like elena who move you side to side, her serving is too unpredictable and with a bad serve her play is COMPLETELY inconsistent. Hopefully its just cos she was annoyed at having to play for nothing - im guessing she'll be no.4 now? - right about where she should be really. Theres sooooooooo much to improve to get her to JJ level.

Nina.
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:11 PM
Kind of sad to see Dina lose 3 matches without even winning a set. But she should learn from the experience, rest well and come back strong next year.
It was a great year.

Who were those girls in Dinara's box?

Same question here...

PersephoneDisco
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:13 PM
probably russian ex-pats living in Doha is my logical guess. They've watch all the russians.

Esther
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:27 PM
That was a match, which was hard to watch.:help: So many UE... I thought she would play with risc, because she had nothing to lose, but this was a bit too much.:o


Well Dinara, it was an excellent year, with a lots of titles, great moments and awesome tennis. Expectly the French Open matches against Maria and Elena. Take a rest and come back next year with a new dress and a new racquet design. I get sick of her recquet too.:p

:kiss::kiss:

BTW She was very cute, in her medical time out. She helped the doctor with her VIP thing.:lol::hearts:


See you again in 2009, Dinara. :wavey:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 6th, 2008, 08:41 PM
she was so adorable during her timeout esther!
She was smiling and moved the vip badge around the physio's neck so it wasn't bothering them both - aww her smile kills me!
I hope her dress will be a nice lilac/violet. Heres to a great year in 2009 - alot of improvement during her break to get her campaign in Australia underway! :D

camilia
Nov 6th, 2008, 09:36 PM
no comment!

PersephoneDisco
Nov 6th, 2008, 10:17 PM
ouch camilia! :D