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Craig.
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:32 AM
Epic.

Callum
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:33 AM
:sad:

RenaSlam.
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:33 AM
Almost choked it away.

Nice win. Keothavong was gracious at the net.

Dawson.
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:33 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: Anne soooooo close :hysteric:

Anne didn’t serve particularly well today, which I think was key. To make things worse, Vesnina hit some great returns.

The match started slow, Vesnina quicker off the mark, but Anne twice fought back from a break down to take the set. The second was a whitewash :lol: Keothavong went awol and Vesnina hit some impressive winners. The final set was tense! Both women held onto serve well up until 3-3, then Anne got a bad line call and got broken. I thought the match was over at this point, but she fought back again to level, but then got broken again at 5-5 thanks to a let cord . Despite saving 4 MPs, Anne could not break, Elena took it on MP #5 :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

Good week for both ladies though, plenty of positives to take from this event
Anne - career high.
Elena - first WTA final

Phew, I’m knackered and off to bed now :wavey: :lol:

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:33 AM
Lena PHEW
all that choking and choking and she scraped through :)

should have won easy in 2 had it not been for choking :help:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:33 AM
Nice try Anne :hug:

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:34 AM
:sobbing: I thought Anne would break in the last game.

That let cord in the game where Anne was broken at the end was so cruel :sobbing:

Congrats on a great week Anne. Keep on improving :hug:

Dexter
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:34 AM
So close, Anne! :sobbing: Had 2 BPs to get to the TB and earlier 2 GPs to go 6-5* up. :sobbing: Good luck in Hobart now!
Well done Lena and good luck in the finals! :hug:

champion88
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:35 AM
So unlucky with the NC Anne :(

Great effort though

saul1333
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:35 AM
hmmm hopefully elena v plays better in the finals
but ill be able to sleep easy tonight :)

iGOAT
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:36 AM
COME ON! She is playing so well! :woohoo: I bet she gets a set off her doubles partner ;)

danieln1
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:36 AM
Wow 2009 started great for me, what a dramatic match! I think both played well and deserved to win, they were whacking the ball, a lot of great rallies... Congrats for Vesnina, now win the whole thing!

MyskinaManiac
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:37 AM
My bitch gets through. Love it! Made my day.

saul1333
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:37 AM
she is playing well but she was so nervous. maybe it was the pressure of getting to her first final but hopefully the moment wont get to her.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:38 AM
I only watched from 4-4 on in the last set but Vesnina was absolutely teeing off on her backhand. Pretty amazing stuff.

Both these girls could reach the 4th round at the AO with a good draw IMO.

sammy01
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:38 AM
the quality was just disgusting, 40 ue's in the 1st set alone. sad that anne couldn't pull it off but when she looks back a semi was more than she would have expected.

lena v well done but you are gonna be trashed in the final.

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:38 AM
Vamos english tennis :rocker2:

Vespertine69
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:38 AM
Awful first set (15 winners and 40 unforced between them I think, and the official count was generous if anything) but credit to both girls for getting better as the match went on and adrenaline took over from the nerves at least partially.

So close for Anne, had she broken back at the death I'd have backed her in the tie-break as Vesnina was coming close to mentally shattering at points. However, credit to Elena for holding it together just enough to push herself into a first final. I'll say Elena deserved the win a bit more than Anne today because she took more risks and persevered with them, despite playing really horribly for much of the match.

Now, sleeeeeep.

PS - The match was fantastically dramatic, but I'm amazed that people (unless they just watched the end...) would think this was a match where both were playing well. Some intense rallies at the end, but whole stretches of the match where it was a struggle to have any sort of cohesive rally amongst the nervous errors. I don't intend to slate either player, I just think the occasion got to them both big style and neither was able to play with any freedom or rhythm for the vast majority of the contest. Of course, the tension is understandable given how important a clash it was for both, and I suppose it is always probable that quality is going to suffer under that kind of pressure.

duhcity
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:39 AM
It was a such a fun match to watch, but it was disappointing to know that most likely Lena. D would make quick work of either of them tommorow

Rix643
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:40 AM
Congratulations, Lena (I can breathe again.. ;))

Anabelcroft
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:42 AM
H2H Dementieva:Vesnina 1:0

Other good thing apart from beeing in her first final is that Vesnina became a new millionaire on the wta!

schorsch
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:42 AM
vesnina :bigcry: so happy :sobbing: well done :D

anne :hug:

cs0803
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:42 AM
I was rooting for Anne so much! What a tense third set!
Congratulations to Elena - she has played great this week. I hope she can do some damage in the final.
Well done Anne on reaching the SF. I hope she can maintain her form for the AO. Although she will have to serve better

Play_Suspended
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:44 AM
Epic.

The only word to describe it:worship:.

Anne:sad:
It clearly wasnt the best match in terms of tennis, with a lot of errors, chokes and breaks but 10/10 for drama. Great fight from Anne in the 1st set to come from behind and edge the TB, and again great resiliance in the 3rd, talk about never giving up!

Well done to elena, and Anne has to be so proud of the great week she's had and the level she's played to. Now get that top 50 spot in Hobart/AO and lets hope the rest of the year continues in this vein (although slightly less nerve wracking;)). Real credit to british tennis.

Oh and if that commentator jokes about british women finalists (or lack of) one more time....:armed:

FERLKE
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:45 AM
I only watched from 4-4 on in the last set but Vesnina was absolutely teeing off on her backhand. Pretty amazing stuff.

Both these girls could reach the 4th round at the AO with a good draw IMO.

:tape: it was a terrible match :o
awful quality :help:

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:47 AM
Anne :( :sad: :hug:
Lena V :yeah: congrats though!:)

Vincey!
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:50 AM
Awwww So Close for Anne :sad:

But nice win for Vesnina ;)

nabfunky
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:58 AM
lena v well done but you are gonna be trashed in the final.

oh, sod off! :)

Josh.
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:58 AM
Anne! :hug: Great week, take that confidence to Hobart. :yeah:

nabfunky
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:05 AM
lena v. :kiss: i'm in love all over again. don't worry though masha, you're still the first, the last, the everything. :lol:

sammy01
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:11 AM
oh, sod off! :)

shes a nice girl but if the nerves effected her that bad in the semi's, well i don't hold out hope of her putting in a great performance in the final, which is what she will need to stay with lena d.

nabfunky
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:16 AM
shes a nice girl but if the nevers effected her that bad in the semi's, well i don't hold out hope of her putting in a great performance in the final, which is what she will need to stay with lena d.

i know what you mean but i think the reason she was a wreck today was because she was on the brink of her first final. now that she's there, who knows? remember, she's still the one who took out wozniacki.

by the way, do you plan to watch mauresmo demolish bartoli or is it way past your bedtime? remember the fun we all had yesterday when she thrashed you-know-who? :)

sammy01
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:21 AM
well im self employed and given myself the week off (well i have no work on this week more like lol) so im staying up to watch momo again.

nabfunky
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:26 AM
well im self employed and given myself the week off (well i have no work on this week more like lol) so im staying up to watch momo again.

well then, see you soon on the livestream thread, mate! :)

Aaron.
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:29 AM
When will Momo go in ? approx time?

nabfunky
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:32 AM
When will Momo go in ? approx time?

she's due up any minute. let's take this discussion over to the livestream thread. cheers.

Aaron.
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:32 AM
oops wrong thread

Natash.
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:33 AM
well im self employed and given myself the week off (well i have no work on this week more like lol) so im staying up to watch momo again.

Brave soul :help:

Temperenka
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:36 AM
Anne :sad:
sooooo close.
Great tournament though... a lot to be proud of and look forward to. :bounce:

Elena. Thanks for making the Nicole win look better ;)
Now take out Elena :devil:

Leo_DFP
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:45 AM
Awww, poor Anne. She's improving, though, and it's good to see. It's like her nice effort against Venus at last year's Wimbledon has given her new confidence.

sammy01
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:46 AM
Brave soul :help:

:sad: i know i need to sleep really but its tennis!

Optima
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:51 AM
:banana:

Elena :drool: :D

Win the final.

Cakeisgood
Jan 9th, 2009, 05:03 AM
wow. Since when can vesnina actually play????

Kevinwilly2008
Jan 9th, 2009, 05:24 AM
congrats Elena vesnina!

Lulu.
Jan 9th, 2009, 05:25 AM
Well done Elena. :)

First WTA tour final. :yeah:

Dave.
Jan 9th, 2009, 05:32 AM
Anne :sad: So close to a final. Oh well this has been almost the best possible start to the year, and hopefully she will keep climbing those rankings.

Well done Elena.

Slutiana
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:09 AM
:rolleyes: :o:o

Harju.
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:10 AM
Lena V :hearts: :drool:
Well done! I hope this is her year!

Marionated
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:13 AM
Good fight, Anne :sad:

serenus_2k8
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:46 AM
Unlucky Anne, great week though!

patch.
Jan 9th, 2009, 07:28 AM
:sobbing::sobbing::sobbing::sobbing::sobbing:

serenus_2k8
Jan 9th, 2009, 07:30 AM
On the bright side this will keep her hungry for a final and give her time to rest before Hobart?

Dodoboy.
Jan 9th, 2009, 07:39 AM
Damnnit! I knew i should have made the thread. My luck would have helped her in those unlucky netcords :sad:

Great start to the year Anne, she couldn't ask for much better! Good luck in Hobart ANNE! :D:D

Melanie South won!! :speakles:

jonny84
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:03 AM
So near for Anne. But a good confidence boost nonetheless. Hope she gets a good Melbourne draw!

Nicolas
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:15 AM
Léna :hearts: I want her to be my wife !!!

Tatianadove
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:20 AM
:bounce:

adrovi
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:02 AM
Lena :eek::worship:

Farina Elia Fan
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:46 AM
I was gutted watching the watch last night :sad: :sad: :sad:



although Vesnina was hitting more winners, Anne was very steady and I thought she was going to kick it at the end.

Elwin.
Jan 9th, 2009, 11:09 AM
Anne :sad:

Marionated
Jan 9th, 2009, 11:15 AM
Anne's serve wasn't working in this match. She had some wild misses too. But that forehand dtl winner to save the first break point at 5-5 in the 3rd was :drool:

Credit to Vesnina. She played well.

Monica_Rules
Jan 9th, 2009, 11:16 AM
Anne:sad:

I stopped watching after the 1st set cos i was tired.

So close in the end. Such a shame. Hope she can bounce back in Hobart.

*Jool*
Jan 9th, 2009, 11:19 AM
Anne :sad: so close :hug:
great week :yeah: :D

congrats to Vesnina for her first final !

joão.
Jan 9th, 2009, 01:44 PM
LenaV :hearts:

Frode
Jan 9th, 2009, 01:51 PM
:)
Great start to the year, for both ladies:)

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 9th, 2009, 02:17 PM
Davai Lena. :D

Now take the title.

Rumkin
Jan 9th, 2009, 02:17 PM
Elena :banana: good job

Escape
Jan 9th, 2009, 02:28 PM
So close for Anne :sad: :sobbing:
But it was a good week for her :)

Andiyan
Jan 9th, 2009, 02:32 PM
Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :D

Shoulderpova
Jan 9th, 2009, 03:08 PM
Lena :dance:
Anne :hug:

darkangel23
Jan 9th, 2009, 04:28 PM
Lena :bounce:

Anne :hug:

BartoliBabes
Jan 9th, 2009, 05:37 PM
i think vesnina has ALOT of potential, too bad anne!:(

BartoliBabes
Jan 9th, 2009, 05:41 PM
i think vesnina has ALOT of potential, too bad anne!:(

Wintermute
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:24 PM
Anne :sad:

But well done Lena V on a first final. :yeah:

alwayshingis
Jan 9th, 2009, 07:36 PM
Heartbreaking match. Anne had a lot of trouble with the wind on her serve. Still, a great week for her.

"Didnt get much sleep. Kept replaying the match in my head. Arghhhh!!!!! Get me to Hobart asap!!!" :lol: I love Anne.

Farina Elia Fan
Jan 9th, 2009, 08:03 PM
fire in her belly for Hobart :p

Europe rocks
Jan 9th, 2009, 08:45 PM
Anne :sad: Very tough match, shame you couldn't pull through in the end. Maybe it'll be third time lucky and best of luck in Hobart :) GL in the final Lena V

Dodoboy.
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:58 PM
I just watched the match! I am so impressed with Anne! If she could get that intensity and excitement she had the latter stages of the last set she WILL be in the top 50! She is going to learn a lot from this. She was a bit too passive IMO to get this match done! When she was stepping in and taking her shots early it was a beautiful sight. She needs a better second serve as well. But i am still excited to see what she can do in 2009!

Bring on HOBART!!

Dodoboy.
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:00 PM
Heartbreaking match. Anne had a lot of trouble with the wind on her serve. Still, a great week for her.

"Didnt get much sleep. Kept replaying the match in my head. Arghhhh!!!!! Get me to Hobart asap!!!" :lol: I love Anne.


Is that from her site? :awww:

Farina Elia Fan
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:07 PM
Is that from her site? :awww:

yep