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andrewbroad
Jun 22nd, 2010, 06:48 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round draw
3. Anna Chakvetadze preview
4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
5. Order of play for Tuesday

Master thread for my Wimbledon 2010 reports:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=412612

Abbreviations:
[Q] qualifier
[WC] wild card
[LL] lucky loser
[A] alternate
[EF] member of my Eternal Fanship
[DF] member of my demi-fanship
[s] Selesian (two hands both sides)

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1. Photos
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1.1 General links
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I will post these links only once.

Where to look at many players:
* http://www.tennis.com/galleries/index.aspx
* http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery
* http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/photos.html

Where to search for specific players:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/rankingsw.html
* http://uk.news.search.yahoo.com/
* http://www.fotosports.com/
* Getty Images


1.2 Daily photos
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Pre-Wimbledon party (various players including Anna):
* http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/gallery/20100618/party-time-in-london_2256674_2074079

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2. First-round draw
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2.1 Top quarter: Chakvetadze, Šafářová, Hantuchová, Sharapova
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* Michelle Larcher de Brito v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (ˇvamos Michelle!)
* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Andrea Petković (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (ganbatte Ayumi!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] v Dominika Cibulková (my loyalty is to LUCIE)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Elena Vesnina v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (davai Elena!)
* Alizé Cornet v Ioana Raluca Olaru (my loyalty is to Alizé)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Anastasia Pivovarova [LL] (my loyalty is to MARIA)

* Chanelle Scheepers [WC] v LI,NA [9]
* Mariana Duque Marińo v Kurumi Nara [Q]
* Anastasia Rodionova v Anne Keothavong
* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19] v Akgul Amanmuradova

* SARA ERRANI [32] v Julie Coin (forza Sara!)
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v Olga Govortsova (my Passion says Olga, but my Reason says Arantxa)
* Jill Craybas v Alberta Brianti
* Melinda Czink v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7]


2.2 Second quarter: Magdaléna Rybáriková
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* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Tathiana Garbin (kom sĺ Caro!)
* Arantxa Rus v Chang,Kai-Chen
* Roberta Vinci v Sybille Bammer (forza Roberta!)
* Iveta Benešová v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (pojďme Iveta!)

* ZHENG,JIE [23] v Pauline Parmentier (jia you Jie!)
* Sorana Cîrstea v Petra Kvitová (hai Sorana!)
* Casey Dell'Acqua v Bojana Jovanovski
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Mirjana Lučić [Q] (davai Vika!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (forza Flavia!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Monica Niculescu [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* Klára Zakopalová v Yvonne Meusburger (pojďme Klára!)
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF] (my loyalty is to MAGDA)

* Kimiko Date Krumm v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [13]
* Heather Watson [WC] v Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q]
* Tímea Bacsinszky v Edina Gallovits (hopp Tímea!)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [6] v Kaia Kanepi [Q] (c'mon Sam!)


2.3 Third quarter: Vera Zvonarëva
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* KIM CLIJSTERS [8] won
* Karolina Šprem [DF] won
* Shenay Perry [Q] won
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] won

* JUSTINE HENIN [17] won
* Kristina Barrois won
* Chan,Yung-Jan won
* NADIA PETROVA [12] won

* YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] won
* Kirsten Flipkens won
* Andrea Hlaváčková [Q] won
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] won

* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] won
* Varvara Lepchenko won
* Aleksandra Woźniak won
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] won


2.4 Bottom quarter
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* Vera Dushevina won
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] won
* Regina Kulikova won
* YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] won

* Gréta Arn [Q] won
* Alicia Molik won
* Petra Martić won
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] won

* SHAHAR PE'ER [13] won
* Angelique Kerber won
* Jarmila Groth won
* MELANIE OUDIN [33] won

* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] won
* Alla Kudryavtseva won
* Ekaterina Makarova won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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3. Anna Chakvetadze preview
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Anna Chakvetadze is one of the most flairsomely talented and intelligent players in professional tennis, and one of the most intriguing characters on the WTA Tour. She's ultracute, gets very emotional on court, and fights to the bitter end. Her flat groundstrokes of flairsome power are a joy to watch, and very deceptive – she makes the court look very wide at her opponent's end!

Anna has won seven WTA singles-titles – from her first seven finals! She has reached three Major quarter-finals, all in 2007: the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open where she also reached the semi-finals.

Unfortunately, Anna has been slumping since armed robbers broke into her house and tied her up in December 2007. She has lost confidence and motivation, struggled with injuries, and each year since 2008 has been worse than the one before. Having been ranked as high as #5 after the US Open 2007, her ranking has dropped to its current #118 (luckily, the French Open and Wimbledon entry-lists were made before she dropped out of the top 108).

Anna has been plagued by injuries since September 2009, when she was sidelined for six weeks with a stress-fracture in her right foot, returning only to play Moscow just before the end of the season. She's 10:10 for 2010 so far.

Anna started 2010 with a humiliating 6-1 6-2 loss to 39-year-old world #69 Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round of Auckland. She then tried to qualify for Hobart, beating unranked Alyssa Hibberd 6-1 6-1 and #152 Elena Chalova 6-2 6-2, but losing 7-5 7-6 (7/3) to #83 Elena Baltacha in the third qualifying-round.

Anna put up a commendable effort against #12 Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the Australian Open, but lost 6-3 3-6 6-2 after being up a break in every set.

Anna reached the quarter-finals at Pattaya City, beating #78 Jill Craybas 6-1 3-6 6-3 and #97 Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 6-1, but losing 6-1 6-4 to #87 Tamarine Tanasugarn, who went on to reach the final.

Anna beat #123 Anne Keothavong 2-6 6-3 6-1 in the first round of Indian Wells, but disaster struck in the second round, as she retired at 2-6 3-5 against #8 Agnieszka Radwańska with a left-ankle injury.

Anna made a major mistake by playing Miami on her injured ankle. She lost 7-5 3-6 6-4 to #64 Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round, then pulled out of Marbella and Barcelona with an injury to her left Achilles-tendon. She considered having surgery (but obviously didn't), and it was even feared that she might never play again.

However, Anna returned to action at Warsaw, where she reached the third round of qualifying. She beat #662 Katarzyna Kawa 6-2 6-2 and #700 Magda Linette 6-4 4-6 6-1, but then lost 7-5 7-6 to #109 Bojana Jovanovski – a talented 18-year-old – in a match that was moved to an indoor clay-court because of torrential rain.

Anna lost 5-7 7-6 6-4 to #64 Angelique Kerber in the first round of the French Open – after leading 7-5 5-3* (30/30 and Deuce).

Anna's form on grass has been much more encouraging. At Birmingham, she beat #222 Melanie South 3-6 6-4 6-4 – after trailing *1-4 in both the second and third sets. In the second round, she upset #34 Andrea Petković – her first-round opponent at Wimbledon – 6-4 6-4. In the third round, she ran into a red-hot Alison Riske, the #185-ranked qualifier winning 4-6 7-5 6-1 (and going on to upset #16 Yanina Wickmayer and take a set off #17 Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals).

Anna tried to qualify for Eastbourne, beating #95 Anna Lapushchenkova 6-4 6-4, but losing 7-5 4-6 6-2 to #90 Jarmila Groth in the second qualifying-round – after leading *5-3 in the first set, although she did fight back from 5-7 0-3* (15/30*) to force a third set.


3.1 First-round preview
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Andrea Petković

Anna has a 2:0 head-to-head against the current world #33: their first meeting was a virtual walkover, while their second was encouragingly recent!
+ 2008 Australian Open 1r: Anna won 0-0 (Deuce #1) retired (right knee-injury)
+ 2010 Birmingham 2r: Anna won 6-4 6-4

The 22-year-old Petković is an up-and-coming talent who hits the ball very hard, but is, by her own admission, someone who is prone to "hard-core choking". Indeed, she is probably the biggest choker in the top 64 this year.

Petković is 20:15 for 2010 so far, and the scary thing is that her biggest highlight comes just between losing to Anna at Birmingham and their Wimbledon-match: she reached the final of 's-Hertogenbosch!

Petković started the year with an impressive run to the semi-finals of Brisbane: she beat #38 Iveta Benešová 6-7 6-2 6-1, #80 Vania King 4-6 6-2 6-1, #24 Daniela Hantuchová 6-4 6-2, and lost 6-4 6-2 to #18 Kim Clijsters.

The Australian Open was less impressive, as Petković beat #124 Renata Voráčová 6-2 6-4, but lost 6-1 6-4 to #33 Carla Suárez Navarro in the second round.

In the Germany v Czechia Fed Cup tie, Petković lost both her singles-rubbers in straight sets: to #64 Lucie Hradecká and #68 Petra Kvitová.

Petković upset #21 Aravane Rezaď 6-3 3-6 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of WTA Paris, where she lost 3-6 6-4 6-2 to #7 Elena Dementieva.

Petković then suffered two 6-3 6-3 losses: to #11 Flavia Pennetta in the second round of Dubai, and to #72 Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová in the first round of Indian Wells.

Petković took revenge on #13 Pennetta in the second round of Miami: 6-3 3-6 6-0. But she lost 6-0 5-7 7-5 to #48 Yaroslava Shvedova in the third round, and 6-4 6-4 to #27 María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round of Barcelona.

Petković won both her singles-rubbers in the Germany v France Fed Cup tie: #95 Pauline Parmentier 6-3 6-2 and #21 Aravane Rezaď 6-1 7-6. But she was in floods of tears after losing the deciding doubles-rubber 6-3 6-1, and lost 6-3 2-6 7-5 to #33 Ágnes Szávay in the first round of Stuttgart.

Petković reached the third round of Rome with wins over #44 Vera Dushevina 6-3 6-0 and #62 Petra Kvitová 6-3 6-4, and lost 6-2 3-6 6-0 to #1 Serena Williams.

Petković reached the third round of Madrid, upsetting #39 Sara Errani 6-7 6-1 7-5 and #16 Flavia Pennetta 7-6 6-3, then losing 6-4 7-6 to the eventual champion: #24 Aravane Rezaď.

At the French Open, Petković beat #44 Elena Vesnina 4-6 6-1 6-4 (despite a bout of "hard-core choking" that saw 1:1 *4-1 become *5-4), then blew 4 MPs at 6-4 *5-4 (40/0 + Ad) against the defending champion: #6 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who went on to win 4-6 7-5 6-4.

After the aforementioned 6-4 6-4 loss to Anna in 2r Birmingham, Petković reached the 's-Hertogenbosch final by beating #61 Petra Kvitová 6-3 7-6, #45 Ana Ivanović 6-4 6-7 6-1, #88 Sandra Záhlavová 6-2 7-6, and #68 Kirsten Flipkens 6-7 7-6 6-4. She then lost 3-6 6-3 6-4 to #18 Justine Henin – after leading 3-0* in the third.

Obviously, Petković's 's-Hertogenbosch form is a worrying development for Anna ahead of Wimbledon, but it could also work against Petković if she is still tired on Tuesday – especially if she is /emotionally/ tired after that final. I'm sure Anna will bear that in mind if she goes a set and a break down.

The other factor in Anna's favour is that she does tend to beat the players against whom she has good records – despite a terrible 2009, Anna still managed to extend her ownership of top-18 players Nadia Petrova, Jelena Janković, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginie Razzano.

Anna's chances of beating Petković on the heels of the 's-Hertogenbosch final are probably about 45%, but the scoreboard could really go in any direction in this match!


3.2 Second round
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Should Anna repeat her Birmingham victory over Petković, she might then face #1 Serena Williams. Anna has a 1:0 head-to-head against Williams, having beaten her 6-4 retired in a round-robin match at the 2007 WTA Tour Championships at Madrid.

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4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Victoria Azarenka [DF] v (CHUANG,CHIA-JUNG/OLGA GOVORTSOVA)[17]

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

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5. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court 14 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. WS 1r: Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Andrea Petković
2. MS 1r: Ricardo Mell v THOMAZ BELLUCCI [25]
3. WS 1r: Kimiko Date Krumm v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [13]
4. MS 1r: Thiemo de Bakker v Santiago Giraldo

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jun 24th, 2010, 06:58 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Petković
2. Second-round draw
3. Second-round preview: Chakvetadze v S.Williams
4. Women's Doubles: First round
5. Order of play for Thursday

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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Petković (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. Andrea Petković, 3-6 6-4 6-4

Anna repeated her Birmingham win over Petković by the same scoreline if we discard the first set, which Petković won with a single break.

Anna led 4-1* in the second, but Petković closed to 4-4; however, Anna held to 15 and then broke to 15 to take the second set.

The third set went with serve until Anna broke for victory in the very last game. Anna wasted a BP at 2-1* (Ad), then had to save two BPs at *2-2 (30/40 + Ad).


First set
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CHAKVETA _*_*_*___ 3
PETKOVIĆ *_*_*_*@* 6

The match was first on Court 14, and started at 12:09 BST.

Petković serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/15. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Petković (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 1-2: 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Petković serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Petković serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. Petković won the first set 6-3 at 12:37 BST (27m).


Second set
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CHAKVETA *_*@*___*@ 6
PETKOVIĆ _*___*@*__ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. Held.

Petković serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Anna serving 3-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 1-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Petković (BP #1). Broken.

Petković serving 3-4 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Petković serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1 for Anna). Anna won the second set 6-4 at 13:13 BST (second set 36m, match so far 1h04m).


Third set
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CHAKVETA *_*_*_*_*@ 6
PETKOVIĆ _*_*_*_*__ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 0-1: 15/15. 30/15. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. Deuce #1. Ad Petković (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Petković (GP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Anna (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Petković (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 2-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Petković (BP #2). Ad Anna (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Petković (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 3-3 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 3-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Petković serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (MP #1 for Anna). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (MP #2). Anna won 3-6 6-4 6-4 at 14:02 BST (third set 48m, match 1h52m).

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2. Second-round draw
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2.1 Top half: Chakvetadze, Hantuchová, Sharapova
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Dominika Cibulková v Ayumi Morita [S] (my loyalty is to Domi)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru (my loyalty is to MARIA)

* LI,NA [9] v Kurumi Nara [Q]
* Anastasia Rodionova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19]
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [S] v SARA ERRANI [32]
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7] v Alberta Brianti

* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Chang,Kai-Chen (kom sĺ Caro!)
* Roberta Vinci v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (forza Roberta!)
* ZHENG,JIE [23] v Petra Kvitová (jia you Jie!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Bojana Jovanovski (davai Vika!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Monica Niculescu [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Flavia)
* ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF] v Klára Zakopalová (my Passion says Klára, but my Reason says Aravane)
* ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] v Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q]
* Edina Gallovits v Kaia Kanepi [Q]


2.2 Bottom half: Vera Zvonarëva
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* KIM CLIJSTERS [8] won
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] won
* JUSTINE HENIN [17] won
* NADIA PETROVA [12] won

* YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] won
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] won
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] won
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] won

* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] won
* Regina Kulikova won
* Gréta Arn [Q] won
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] won

* Angelique Kerber won
* Jarmila Groth won
* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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3. Second-round preview: Chakvetadze v S.Williams
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (DAVAI ANNA!!)

Anna may be ranked 117 places behind the world #1, but she leads their head-to-head 1:0, and Anna usually beats the players against whom she has winning records!

Admittedly, Anna's win over Serena was 6-4 retired (in a round-robin match at the 2007 WTA Tour Championships at Madrid), but she was also 1:0 (by retirement) over Andrea Petković going into their Birmingham encounter, and she's now 3:0 against the world #33, having beaten her 3-6 6-4 6-4 in the first round here!

Williams has a 19:4 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her first-round win here). After being resoundingly defeated by #5 Elena Dementieva in the Sydney final (6-3 6-2), she won her fifth Australian Open title, beating surprise finalist Justine Henin 6-4 3-6 6-2 in a high-quality final.

Williams didn't play again until Rome, where she reached the semi-finals but lost to #7 Jelena Janković 4-6 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals. She lost 4-6 6-2 6-3 to #18 Nadia Petrova at Madrid, and alternated struggles with blistering wins at the French Open, finally falling 6-2 6-7 8-6 to #7 Samantha Stosur after wasting a match-point in their quarter-final.

Williams looked on terrifying form in her first-round match against world #148 Michelle Larcher de Brito (6-0 6-4), but Williams did go off the boil in the second set, and should Williams go off the boil on Thursday, Anna will be ready to pounce!

The key difference between Anna and Larcher de Brito - as opponents of Williams - is that Anna is much stronger in defence. Anna has excellent anticipation and excellent footwork, and knows just how to make her defensive shots awkward for her opponent (e.g. by hitting a defensive lob over her opponent's backhand shoulder).

Anna may be in a deep slump, but she's shown very encouraging signs of a recovery during this grass-court season. Form is temporary, but class is permanent, and the instincts that got Anna to world #5 in 2007 will be coming back. She could definitely cause Williams some problems.

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4. Women's Doubles: First round (Wednesday 23rd June 2010)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Victoria Azarenka [DF] lt. (CHUANG,CHIA-JUNG/OLGA GOVORTSOVA)[17], 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 2-6

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18033691

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5. Order of play for Thursday
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Court 2 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. MS 2r: Alexandr Dolgopolov v JO-WILFRIED TSONGA [10]
2. MS 2r: Florent Serra v DAVID FERRER [9]
3. WS 2r: Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
4. WS 2r: LI,NA [9] v Kurumi Nara [Q]

I'm disappointed that Anna doesn't get to play on Centre Court in front of the Queen (that honour goes to Woźniacki and Chang). Serena seemed to think on Tuesday that she would be playing there, and it would have been so cool if Anna could have upset her in front of the Queen.

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jul 11th, 2010, 01:41 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v S.Williams

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1. Photos
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Various players including Anna:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/galleries/2010-06-24/2010-06-241.html

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2. Second-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v S.Williams (Thursday 24th June 2010)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 0-6 1-6

Anna actually played some very good points today, but she couldn't string them together, didn't serve well, and Williams was absolutely ruthless.

Anna made an encouraging start to the match, reaching two BPs at 0-0*, but couldn't convert them, then threw in a terrible service-game with two double faults to be broken to love for 0-2*.

Anna hit a lovely backhand dropshot-winner, and won a wonderful spreading rally of flairsome power to earn another BP at 0-2*, but again, Williams made a strong recovery to hold for 3-0*.

This pattern of Anna playing some good points on Williams's serve but unable to break, and throwing in terrible service-games of her own, set the tone for the match. She lost the first set 6-0, having won just one point in three service-games.

At 0-6 *0-1, Anna recovered from 15/40 with two brilliant forehand winners down the line, but was cruelly broken by a dead netcord-winner from Williams. At 0-6 *0-3, Anna led 30/0, but Williams played two good points, then Anna made two unforced errors: 0-4*.

Anna had BP at 0-6 0-4* (40/30*), but hit a heart-breaking crosscourt forehand just wide after Williams had slipped. When she lost that game to go 0-6 *0-5 down, she looked like she was about to burst into tears (which is not unusual for her, although she's far less liable to cry now than she was pre-2007).

At 0-6 *0-5, Anna hit two good serves for 30/0, then played a well-controlled rally, forcing Williams into error for 40/0. It looked like even that might not be enough to avoid the double bagel as Williams hit two winners, but at 40/30, Williams netted a backhand return to put a big smile on Anna's face.

The end came quickly, with tears in Anna's eyes as Williams reached match-point. Anna smiled as she shook hands with Williams, then left the court quickly. It's clear that she was very happy to win a game, but I'm not sure how far that will go to make up for such a lopsided loss.

Anna's serve needs a lot of work to get it back to what it used to be in 2005–2007, but there were encouraging signs that she could reverse her slump if she can rally like she did in this match, against opponents who aren't Serena Williams.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 18th October 2010), because, with Anna being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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CHAKVETA ______ 0
WILLIAMS *@*@*@ 6

The match was third on Court 2, and started at 19:42 BST.

Williams serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Williams (GP #2). Held.

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

Williams serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Williams (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 0-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams serving 4-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 0-5: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (SP #1 for Williams). Williams won the first set 6-0 at 20:05 BST (23m).


Second set
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CHAKVETA _____*_ 1
WILLIAMS *@*@*_* 6

Williams serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 0-1 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (BP #3). Broken.

Williams serving 2-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 0-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams serving 4-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 0-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Williams serving 5-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Williams). 40/30 (MP #2 for Williams). Williams won 6-0 6-1 at 20:31 BST (second set 25m, match 49m).

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Nov 29th, 2010, 09:42 PM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Second round (Thursday 24th June 2010)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 0-6 1-6

I saw this match on BBC television, and have just uploaded my full TV-report – including a detailed point-by-point description, and transcriptions of selected commentary – to my website:

http://abroad.sqweebs.org/tennis/chakv/wimbledon2010.html

I apologise for posting this report much later than I said I would. I've had one thing after another to deal with since Wimbledon, and with a new job starting in December, I am becoming busier and busier.

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Dr. Andrew Broad