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Uranus
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:29 PM
First 'regular' loss of the season for Vika. Way too many UEs.

Not a good match from Bepa either but she keeps advancing... time to take your first big title! :D

Craig.
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Absolutely disgusted at Vika's performance. :o

Keegan
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Vika didn't play too well. Her mental game looks like it needs a bit of work.

Jose.
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Ok This is definetivly the Vera tournament :) Take the title Babycry :hug:
Vika :sobbing: I was expecting for more today :(

Nikkiri
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Good work Bepa.

Sexysova
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:31 PM
what an awful match it was :o

congrats Vera :D

Adal
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Vika :tears:

Good luck in the final, Vera.

Miss Amor
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:31 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

bjurra
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Vera was average at best and still won easily. I dont understand how top players can be this crappy. I would rather watch myself play.

The Daviator
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Congrats Vera! Thought Vika would make it more competitive :o

iGOAT
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Vika :fiery: that was disgusting :help:

The one time I cheered for her :mad:

CloudAtlas
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Come on Ana/Nastya!

Sean.
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Bepa :yeah:
:hug: Vika

goldenlox
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Vera gets another chance for a Tier I win, and I think it will put her back in the top 5 if she wins it

Marionated
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
I expected Vera to win.
Good luck in the final :hearts:
Vika :hug:

Mightymirza
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Happy for bepa but what a snorefest that was :yawn:

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
well done Vera ;) :D :yeah:
got under Vika's skin
Vika :sad:

Mynarco
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Please, I WANT AN ALL-RUSSIAN FINAL.

Andreas
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
I feel like pulling my eyes out after this.

Mikey.
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Nice tournament Vika. :D Way too many UE's today. She couldn't seem to get a ball over the net. :tears:

Well done Vera. :D

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Congrats Vera Z :D:bounce:

Lulu.
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Vera! :yeah:

The win was never in doubt.

Well done and win the title now! :D

Sylvester
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:33 PM
What a horrible performance by Vika!

Marcelo.
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:33 PM
Vera :inlove::woohoo:

Rumkin
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:33 PM
Congrats Vera :clap2:

Great run Vika :yeah:

2Black
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:33 PM
:lol: @ Vika

LindsayRulz
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:33 PM
Vera :yeah:

Vika, too many UEs :o

frenchie
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Never in doubt

The better and more complete player won in 2 easy sets

Ellery
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Vera :hearts:

Malva
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Everybody seemingly expected Viktoria to do well today, and, well, she didn't. Maybe there was too much hype and excitement around her breaking into the top 10, some people already were declaring her to be the future #1. And she couldn't cope with that pressure.

Patrick345
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Does anybody on Tour actually play good? Just curious? Zvonareva doesn´t drop a single service game, Azarenka drops one per set (besides the late garbage break), both hardly allowed any break points, but it was a shit match AGAIN. I wonder what the standard for a good match is, cause these woman can´t play up to the standards of a Nadal or Federer.

Dexter
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Dreadful match. Wika was so not into the match, especially in the 2nd set, she was just beating herself (sounds familiar, doesn't it? :p). Wiera was actually giving her some opportunities to come back but she would always miss them. :o Those 2 missed overheads (1st wasn't missed but just hit straight at Wika)... I really thought it was the time when the match could swing into Wika's hands. Oh well...
Also it's funny how Wiera starts her crazy old tantrums but she stops them after 2 seconds. :lol: Well done on reaching the final.

Tatianadove
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:35 PM
:bounce:

Blu€
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Vera take the title! :clap2::rocker:

Europe rocks
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Vera :bounce: Hope you can win the title now

partbrit
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Go Vera!!

égalité
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:36 PM
omg Vera :hysteric:

So happy :woohoo:

Temperenka
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Vika :o Disappointing.
Vera.. you better hope Pavly beats Ana! You won't beat Ana playing like today in a final.

gaviotabr
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Stats:

Zvonareva: 11 winners to 28 UEs.
Azarenka 8 winners to 31 UEs.

Azarenka can't deal with high balls and Bepa was using them wisely.. also some clutch serving. But most points on this match were won through UEs. :help:

DownTheLine21
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:37 PM
This match was not only poor quality, but it was also very boring. I was hoping for something a bit better. Good win for Zvonareva, though.

saul1333
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:37 PM
the match wasnt that great but all that matters is vera won :bounce:

she was so cute at the interview after the match :hearts:

a fly landed on her head and she didnt swat it away :confused:

please win the title.

VIKA?
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:38 PM
WHAT A GREAT CRAP:hearts:

Vika...

Ana please win the title:D

rrfnpump
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Vera know how to play Azarenka. 4-0 now H2H (8-0 sets) :cool:

She is not playing well and still wins in straights. If she played like she did at the end of last year I wouldnt worry about tomorrows final, but she plays shit and for sure its gonna be a ugly match against either Ivanovic or Pavlyuchenkova. :o

Take both titles tomorrow, Vera :yeah:

Christinawww
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Vika, just not good enough. You really lost that match :cry:
Why can't you do better than SF's at the big events.

Daniel
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:39 PM
:)

treufreund
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:39 PM
I could not disagree more. Vera played a pretty clean, solid match and used the right tactics to win. She maintained good patience, served quite accurately for the most part, had good depth, variety, used some nice swing volleys and slices at the net, moved quite well and only had some momentary lapses. I am not really sure what people want to see... perhaps people think that Vera should have bashed the ball and hit zillions of clean winners(mind you that she had some very nice winners anyways and many forced errors) or played serve and volley LOL???

Jose.
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:40 PM
Stats:

Zvonareva: 11 winners to 28 UEs.
Azarenka 8 winners to 31 UEs.

Azarenka can't deal with high balls and Bepa was using them wisely.. also some clutch serving. But most points on this match were won through UEs. :help:

What a terrible match :help:

AndreConrad
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:40 PM
Congrats Vera :yeah:
Good run Victoria :hug:... weaker matches happen :shrug:

bjurra
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:41 PM
Does anybody on Tour actually play good?

At the moment, no.

Uranus
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Vera lost 28 games these two weeks, not a single set, never in doubt. I so hope she doesn't brainfart in a big final again :o.

itzhak
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:42 PM
I don't think that Vera played bad at all. she served great and her defence was fantastic. Yes, she had some misses but overall she was very good.

I also think that Vika was not that bad. she is agrresive player and she will always make errors, today she just couldn't take Vera from her rythem, this is all.

It wasn't dreadful, it was OK...

V's a star
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Fuck! vera u were supposed to lose. Now u Numba 5:bigcry:

Patrick345
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:43 PM
Vika :o Disappointing.
Vera.. you better hope Pavly beats Ana! You won't beat Ana playing like today in a final.

Yeah that´s what people said after Vera´s quarterfinal, that with her pathetic performance, Azarenka would destroy her.

bjurra
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:43 PM
I could not disagree more. Vera played a pretty clean, solid match and used the right tactics to win. She maintained good patience, served quite accurately for the most part, had good depth, variety, used some nice swing volleys and slices at the net, moved quite well and only had some momentary lapses. I am not really sure what people want to see... perhaps people think that Vera should have bashed the ball and hit zillions of clean winners(mind you that she had some very nice winners anyways and many forced errors) or played serve and volley LOL???

Vera played the way she should, but her performance was hardly impressive. Plenty of stupid errors and she really tried to invite Vika back into the match but Vika threw away the invitation.

CloudAtlas
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:43 PM
I don't think that Vera played bad at all. she served great and her defence was fantastic. Yes, she had some misses but overall she was very good.

I also think that Vika was not that bad. she is agrresive player and she will always make errors, today she just couldn't take Vera from her rythem, this is all.

It wasn't dreadful, it was OK...



I guess it says something about the state of the WTA when a top 5 player is declared to have played well for hitting just 8 winners and 31 UE's in a semi final match.

Uranium
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:44 PM
Fuck! vera u were supposed to lose. Now u Numba 5:bigcry:

Not yet, Venus still has a little lead over her.
Anyways, if Bepa wins tomorrow, it would be her biggest title and bring her to #5.

bjurra
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:45 PM
I also think that Vika was not that bad. she is agrresive player and she will always make errors, today she just couldn't take Vera from her rythem, this is all.

It wasn't dreadful, it was OK...

Vika was dreadful.

Lucemferre
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:45 PM
If Vera can't win this then I don't know if she can ever win a tier one or mandatory premier whatever that shit is called now :o:o:o:o:o:o:o

G&R
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:46 PM
yes yes vera now take th title! i know you can do it! GL

Vanity Bonfire
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:46 PM
And Azarenka is into the top 10 next week? Congrats Vera, you did what you had to do.

Vanity Bonfire
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:47 PM
Vera had better kick the shite out of Ivanovic if she plays her in the final.

CloudAtlas
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:48 PM
I'm not their biggest fan but if this is WTA tennis without Venus and Serena then I hope they never retire!

Conor
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:51 PM
Wooooo way to go Vera :):worship:

Ciarán
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:51 PM
Vera :rocker2:

itzhak
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:53 PM
I reapeat, It was good match, I don't know how many people saw this match and how many people that saw the match knows Vika's type of match. nothing to be shamed of...

ChriS.
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:55 PM
Did not see this match but I am impressed with Vera so far in the tournament and think she is much better than people are giving her credit for. It is going to be a Vera Ana final and I think it will be very close as Vera has improved but Ana is looking almost back to her best. I think Vera will win the title.

Emina.
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:55 PM
Vera :hearts: :bounce: take the title Bepa!!!

Lunaris
Mar 20th, 2009, 10:57 PM
Never in doubt. Zvonareva is a terrible match up for Azarenka.

ElusiveChanteuse
Mar 20th, 2009, 11:03 PM
Vika :o :( :hug: Still a great effort to reach a Tier I SF.:)
Bepa once again in Tier I F.:hearts: But will she win this time?:scared: :o

charmedRic
Mar 20th, 2009, 11:06 PM
lol @ "first" loss.

...newsflash: A loss is A loss.

дalex
Mar 20th, 2009, 11:17 PM
Expected. :)

iPatty
Mar 20th, 2009, 11:19 PM
Huge letdown for Vika, that was a dismal performance...

Hope to see Vera capture her first big title. :yeah:

Diesel
Mar 20th, 2009, 11:24 PM
Vera seems like she's putting the pieces together. This is good to see.

northern lad
Mar 20th, 2009, 11:42 PM
vera :hearts: take the title :D

AnomyBC
Mar 20th, 2009, 11:44 PM
Yes! I have nothing against Vika, but this is what I was hoping for because I love Ana, Pavly and Vera and now I'm guaranteed to have one of my favorites win :bounce:

rucolo
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:00 AM
Good win, Vera!!!!:angel::hearts:
Thanks to Eurosport:o I couldnt watch this semifinal match.:(
Hopefully final vs Pavlyuchenkova, that would be easier imo.

Now take your biggest title ever, Vera!!!:bounce:

ce
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:07 AM
:(

Temperenka
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:09 AM
Yeah that´s what people said after Vera´s quarterfinal, that with her pathetic performance, Azarenka would destroy her.

Vika gave her the match AND Vera had the advantage H2H. Ana is a grand slam champion who is defending this title (when the field was tougher than this one) who won't just hit the ball into the back fence every time and hand over the match on a silver platter. Vera is a good player but has had a very lucky draw here. If her luck continues and she gets Pavly, she will win the worst IW in history.

Patrick345
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:26 AM
Vika gave her the match AND Vera had the advantage H2H. Ana is a grand slam champion who is defending this title (when the field was tougher than this one) who won't just hit the ball into the back fence every time and hand over the match on a silver platter. Vera is a good player but has had a very lucky draw here. If her luck continues and she gets Pavly, she will win the worst IW in history.

You have to be kidding me. Kvitova, Na Li, Wozniacki and Azarenka in straight SETS. The reason nobody of quality is left in her half is Zvonareva. How is that a lucky draw? And if she has to beat Pavlyuchenkova for title, that would be a quality win over the best up and coming player, who then would have beaten Jankovic, Radwanska and Ivanovic in this tournament. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

Sammm
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:30 AM
Hopefully Ana v Vera in final and it will be a good match; it's what the tour needs.

Vera :yeah: please actually win a big title now :hug:

Temperenka
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:35 AM
You have to be kidding me. Kvitova, Na Li, Wozniacki and Azarenka in straight SETS. The reason nobody of quality is left in her half is Zvonareva. How is that a lucky draw? And if she has to beat Pavlyuchenkova for title, that would be a quality win over the best up and coming player, who then would have beaten Jankovic, Radwanska and Ivanovic in this tournament. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

She dodged a few bullets in an already easy draw w/ Svetlana choking, Mauresmo choking, Schnyder choking, Vika taking out Dinara (who probably would have beaten Vera). I'm just saying none of these girls have made Vera win her matches mentally. Which obviously isn't Vera's fault. But if Ana makes the final, she will expose the mental late tournament jittery Vera that showed up against Dinara in Melbourne.
If she plays Pavly for the final, the hardest player she would have faced would be Azarenka who appeared to not give a shit today. Again, it's not Vera's fault that her already easy draw fell apart, but I'm not about to say that she was dominant or that this win would make her a top player.

HRHoliviasmith
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:37 AM
:bigclap: go vera! good luck in the final. please beat that big-headed Ana chick. :bounce:

Temperenka
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:39 AM
You have to be kidding me. Kvitova, Na Li, Wozniacki and Azarenka in straight SETS. The reason nobody of quality is left in her half is Zvonareva. How is that a lucky draw? And if she has to beat Pavlyuchenkova for title, that would be a quality win over the best up and coming player, who then would have beaten Jankovic, Radwanska and Ivanovic in this tournament. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

BTW... if Pavly does beat Ivanovic and then loses to Vera you can't count those in an argument of Vera's strength of schedule. Pavly WILL choke in that final if she gets there and it wouldn't be a good representation of how she played against these girls.

Keadz
Mar 21st, 2009, 01:21 AM
Vera :) Played consistently and smart enough to make it through to the final without dropping a set.

Well done and please win that title tomorrow!

Uranus
Mar 21st, 2009, 01:25 AM
BTW... if Pavly does beat Ivanovic and then loses to Vera you can't count those in an argument of Vera's strength of schedule. Pavly WILL choke in that final if she gets there and it wouldn't be a good representation of how she played against these girls.
I love it how you are so sure that Pavly will choke if she makes the final or that Dinara would have defeated Vera in SF.
Check Vera's H2H with Dinara or Nastya's wins during this tournament first.

Temperenka
Mar 21st, 2009, 01:40 AM
I love it how you are so sure that Pavly will choke if she makes the final or that Dinara would have defeated Vera in SF.
Check Vera's H2H with Dinara or Nastya's wins during this tournament first.

Do you remember the last time that Vera and Dinara played? Dinara played really badly and still found a way to win in two fairly easy sets. Also, I doubt a 17 year old who has never been to a big final would be able to keep her cool. Maybe she could be one of the first ever though.

Pasta-Na
Mar 21st, 2009, 01:57 AM
vika :o

ANz
Mar 21st, 2009, 02:03 AM
Do you remember the last time that Vera and Dinara played? Dinara played really badly and still found a way to win in two fairly easy sets. Also, I doubt a 17 year old who has never been to a big final would be able to keep her cool. Maybe she could be one of the first ever though.
Dinara played really badly against Serena. She played her best match this year so far agaist Vera.

mdterp01
Mar 21st, 2009, 03:01 AM
So much for the hype talk...for now anyway.

tiffanykatya.
Mar 21st, 2009, 03:04 AM
Great job Vera:bounce:
Please take the title!

Infiniti2001
Mar 21st, 2009, 03:11 AM
Win the title Vera :dance:

pwayne
Mar 21st, 2009, 03:13 AM
Something tells me I was not surprised that Vika could not win back to back matches against the Top 6 as she made crucial errors along with Vera making some timely shots on 3 out of the 5 break pts Vika had in the match. However, Vika had a great run.

danieln1
Mar 21st, 2009, 03:18 AM
Ana will stop her in the final!

harloo
Mar 21st, 2009, 04:04 AM
So much for the hype talk...for now anyway.

:haha::haha:I was thinking the same thing. When will these stans learn? :tape:

DOUBLEFIST
Mar 21st, 2009, 04:11 AM
I love my little Z-Woman! :yeah:

harloo
Mar 21st, 2009, 04:15 AM
I wouldn't mind either Ana or Vera winning the title. ;) I'll be rooting for Ana though because it would be good for her considering how she's been playing this year.

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 21st, 2009, 05:05 AM
match is showing over on the stream showing ana....if anyone wants to watch it :unsure:


http://sports.cctv.com/live/04/index.shtml

Sally Todd
Mar 21st, 2009, 05:47 AM
Vika: :o I believe this is what is called a letdown, though apparently she's only as good as her last match (make that loss): :tape:

Vera: :):yawn::)

Some people on this board really love to piss all over enthusiasm. The WTA needs all the help it can get right now. I like Vee and Rena, but without anyone to challenge them, it's all rather drab.

It's true -- Venus and Serena aside, the WTA is largely a mess. Is that something to gloat about or enjoy? I want Vee and Serena to be at the top. But at the top of a real tour, not a joke one. It would be good if Vika continues to improve. She's a much better player than last year, that's for sure.

Malva
Mar 21st, 2009, 05:48 AM
Vika: :o I believe this is what is called a letdown, though apparently she's only as good as her last match (make that loss): :tape:

Vera: :):yawn::)

Some people on this board really love to piss all over enthusiasm. The WTA needs all the help it can get right now. I like Vee and Rena, but without anyone to challenge them, it's all rather drab.

It's true -- Venus and Serena aside, the WTA is a mess. Is that something to gloat about or enjoy? I want Vee and Serena to be at the top. But at the top of a real tour, not a joke one.

Can't agree more.

darkangel23
Mar 21st, 2009, 06:41 AM
Vera :yeah:
Congrats to another great tournament:bigclap:

Dandy_Warhol
Mar 21st, 2009, 06:45 AM
Vika :o
congrats Vera!:D

Petkorazzi
Mar 21st, 2009, 08:46 AM
Ugh I don't like this Azarenka. :o

First, the grunts. Second, she grunts sooo loud that I'd think she is crushing the ball, yet it goes pretty averagely. :o

Oh and how can she hit so flat yet the ball doesn't go straight is beyond me. :unsure:

Edit: Oh and just read the "I played only 10% comment" :help:

Sexysova
Mar 21st, 2009, 08:50 AM
Ugh I don't like this Azarenka. :o

First, the grunts. Second, she grunts sooo loud that I'd think she is crushing the ball, yet it goes pretty averagely. :o

Oh and how can she hit so flat yet the ball doesn't go straight is beyond me. :unsure:

Edit: Oh and just read the "I played only 10% comment" :help:

:wavey:

-Sonic-
Mar 21st, 2009, 09:21 AM
Vera was average at best and still won easily. I dont understand how top players can be this crappy. I would rather watch myself play.

I've always wanted to watch myself - I bet I look frickin terrible...

Petkorazzi
Mar 21st, 2009, 09:29 AM
Believe me, don't watch yourself. :tape:

-Sonic-
Mar 21st, 2009, 09:45 AM
May I add - - - Watch myself PLAY TENNIS.

:)

Petkorazzi
Mar 21st, 2009, 10:17 AM
I got it somehow. :p

Brena
Mar 21st, 2009, 10:25 AM
Vera's on the mission of saving the WTA from ballbashers :banana::banana::banana: Now please complete the mission and win the title :bounce:

volta
Mar 21st, 2009, 10:35 AM
bepa :hearts:

améliemomo
Mar 21st, 2009, 10:52 AM
yes!:banana::rocker:

thank you for beating that overrated player:sobbing:

good luck in the finale:)

Roookie
Mar 21st, 2009, 11:09 AM
Vera's on the mission of saving the WTA from ballbashers :banana::banana::banana: Now please complete the mission and win the title :bounce:

ballbashing >>>>> moonballing

Brena
Mar 21st, 2009, 11:23 AM
ballbashing >>>>> moonballing

awww... but Vera isn't a moonballer. At least not when she's playing well.

Epigone
Mar 21st, 2009, 11:26 AM
Bepa won without being broken :D

She is gonna play "crap" yet again and still win the final in straight sets :hearts:

It's too bad that I'll have to wait a bit longer for my dream Bepa vs Nastya final :sad:

Beat
Mar 21st, 2009, 11:52 AM
Never in doubt

do you hang around mentstennisforum a bit too often?
i hope this "never in doubt"-cliché doesn't establish itself on this site. :help:

adrovi
Mar 21st, 2009, 11:57 AM
Vika :sad:

gmak
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:13 PM
Bepa :yeah: :D :rocker: win it all now ;)

vika :sad: :( better luck in Miami

Nederlander RUS
Mar 21st, 2009, 01:50 PM
Вера, звезда моя!!!!!!!!! Superstarrrr!!! :banana:

Langers
Mar 22nd, 2009, 12:04 PM
This was possibly the worst match I have ever seen. Standard was horrific.

Charlieflip
Mar 22nd, 2009, 12:54 PM
This was possibly the worst match I have ever seen. Standard was horrific.

Did you see radwanska - pavluchenkova?

Langers
Mar 22nd, 2009, 01:01 PM
Did you see radwanska - pavluchenkova?
No and I take it it's a good thing I didn't. ;)

Christinawww
Mar 22nd, 2009, 02:05 PM
Or Wozniacki vs Zvonareva? Also worse than this one IMO.

Langers
Mar 22nd, 2009, 03:34 PM
Or Wozniacki vs Zvonareva? Also worse than this one IMO.
That match did have the hotness of Wozniacki though. ;)