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andrewbroad
Jan 31st, 2011, 08:58 PM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
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1. Introduction
2. First-round result
3. Second-round TV-report
4. Third-round TV-report

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1. Introduction
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Unfortunately for tennis, I had to work during the Australian Open, so I didn't have time to write detailed reports like I have in previous years. But I did watch two of Lucie's matches on BBC television; this report documents my first impressions of them.

A complete archive of point-by-point scores for all the Australian Open 2011 women's matches can be found here:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=426590

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2. First-round result (Tuesday 18th January 2011)
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+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [31,EF] d. Zhāng,Shuŕi, 7-5 4-6 6-1

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3. Second-round TV-report (Thursday 20th January 2011)
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+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [31,EF] d. Klára Zakopalová, 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 7-5

The BBC started showing this match from about 19:10 AEDT, when Klára had just broken for 1:1 *1-0. It was a dramatic third set, in which the momentum swung from one player to the other; Klára failed to serve out the match at *5-4, and then Lucie finished with a flurry of brilliant winners.

The two Czech beauties are good friends off the court. When my parents attended Bad Gastein 2008, Lucie and Klára came and sat next to them in the stands, with Klára sitting between Lucie and my father.

So it was a difficult match for them emotionally – at least for Klára, who wore her heart on her sleeve, while Lucie appeared composed.

Klára looked in control at 1:1 *1-0 40/0, but became nervous and erratic. When Lucie held for 2-1*, Klára's body-language was terrible. When Lucie broke for *4-2, Klára looked devastated.

But Klára broke back immediately for *3-4, after a game that she started with a pinpoint forehand winner and finished with a crosscourt backhand winner.

In a game of three deuces at 4-3*, Lucie squandered three break-points (30/40 + Ad×2), and after Klára had hit a forehand winner down the line to reach game-point, Lucie agonisingly hit a backhand return just long.

At *4-4, Lucie played three terrible points to go 0/40 down, and Klára sealed the break with an off-backhand winner back behind Lucie.

Serving for the match at *5-4, Klára went 0/40 down, and double-faulted for 5-5*.

On the first point at 5-5*, Lucie opened up the court with a flairsome crosscourt forehand, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner into the space. Four errors later, Lucie held to 15.

With Klára serving to stay in the match at *5-6, Lucie made a brilliant finish. In a wonderful rally at 15/0, Klára went to the net, but Lucie ripped a brilliant backhand pass-winner down the line. At 15/30, Lucie hit a stunning forehand winner down the line to reach two match-points. Klára saved the first with an unreturnable serve, but at 30/40, Lucie's good return forced a short ball from Klára, which Lucie dispatched with a crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline.

I'll post a full point-by-point report of this match here later this year.

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4. Third-round TV-report (Saturday 22nd January 2011)
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- LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [31,EF] lt. VERA ZVONARËVA [2,EF], 3-6 6-7 (7/9)

The BBC started showing this match from 6-3 5-5*, with Vera just having failed to serve it out at *5-4.

As befits two members of my Eternal Fanship, it was an amazing match in terms of the quality of the rallies, with Lucie attacking for all she was worth with her left-handed groundstrokes of flairsome power, and Vera making incredible ‘gets’ as well as showing her own flairsome power.

Lucie was hitting the ball as well as ever, but her movement is not as good as it was in 2007. Back then, she used to run like the wind, but against Vera, she was struggling to reach wide balls, particularly to her backhand sideline.

Vera broke to 30, but was again broken to 30 as she served for the match at *6-5. I think she was feeling the pressure of winning her first Major singles-title after being runner-up at Wimbledon and the US Open 2010, but Lucie is a brilliant player.

Then they played a nail-biting tiebreak, with Lucie going from 2/0* to *2/2 to 4/2*, from *5/3 to 5/5*, and having set-points at *6/5 and 9/8*, while Vera had match-points at *7/6 and 8/7*.

Vera at *9/9 hit a crosscourt backhand winner that clipped the sideline but was called wide. Vera didn't hear the call, and turned away thinking she'd hit a winner, but the umpire told her it had been called out, and Vera immediately said "challenge". Hawk-Eye showed that it had indeed clipped the sideline, so the umpire awarded the point to Vera. Lucie argued that they should replay the point, but the umpire ruled that it had been a clear winner.

So Vera had her third match-point at 10/9*. In one last breath-taking rally, Lucie went to the net, but Vera hit an inch-perfect backhand lob just inside the baseline; Lucie ran it down, but all she could do was hit a backhand halfway up the net.

If Lucie was still upset about the Hawk-Eye challenge on the penultimate point, she didn't show it. I can imagine a lot of players stomping off court in a huff after losing in such circumstances, but not so our adorable Lucie. It was nice to see her watching the Berdych v Đoković quarter-final, too.

I'll post a full point-by-point report of this match here later this year.

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jan 7th, 2012, 11:47 PM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
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After an extremely busy 2011, I am finally getting round to writing up my full TV-reports of Australian Open 2011 matches involving members of my Eternal Fanship that were televised by the BBC.

Sadly, after daily coverage of the evening-sessions of the Australian Open 2006–2011, the BBC plans to televise only the finals of the Australian Open 2012.

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Second-round TV-report: Šafářová v Zakopalová (Thursday 20th January 2011)
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+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [31,EF] d. Klára Zakopalová, 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 7-5

The BBC started showing this match from about 19:10 AEDT, when Klára had just broken for 1:1 *1-0. It was a dramatic third set, in which the momentum swung from one player to the other; Klára failed to serve out the match at *5-4, and then Lucie finished with a flurry of brilliant winners.

The two Czech beauties are good friends off the court. When my parents attended Bad Gastein 2008, Lucie and Klára came and sat next to them in the stands, with Klára sitting between Lucie and my father.

So it was a difficult match for them emotionally – at least for Klára, who wore her heart on her sleeve, while Lucie appeared composed.

Klára looked in control at 1:1 *1-0 40/0, but became nervous and erratic. When Lucie held for 2-1*, Klára's body-language was terrible. When Lucie broke for *4-2, Klára looked devastated.

But Klára broke back immediately for *3-4, after a game that she started with a pinpoint forehand winner and finished with a crosscourt backhand winner.

In a game of three deuces at 4-3*, Lucie squandered three break-points (30/40 + Ad×2), and after Klára had hit a forehand winner down the line to reach game-point, Lucie agonisingly hit a backhand return just long.

At *4-4, Lucie played three terrible points to go 0/40 down, and Klára sealed the break with an off-backhand winner back behind Lucie.

Serving for the match at *5-4, Klára went 0/40 down, and double-faulted for 5-5*.

On the first point at 5-5*, Lucie opened up the court with a flairsome crosscourt forehand, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner into the space. Four errors later, Lucie held to 15.

With Klára serving to stay in the match at *5-6, Lucie made a brilliant finish. In a wonderful rally at 15/0, Klára went to the net, but Lucie ripped a brilliant backhand pass-winner down the line. At 15/30, Lucie hit a stunning forehand winner down the line to reach two match-points. Klára saved the first with an unreturnable serve, but at 30/40, Lucie's good return forced a short ball from Klára, which Lucie dispatched with a crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ _@__*@*@* 6
ZAKOPALO @_@*_____ 3

The match was fourth on the Margaret Court Arena, and started at 17:27 AEDT.

Šafářová serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Zakopalová (BP #3). Broken.

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

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

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

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

Zakopalová serving 3-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

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

Zakopalová serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Šafářová (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Šafářová (BP #2). Broken.

Šafářová serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (SP #1 for Šafářová). Šafářová won the first set 6-3 at 18:05 AEDT (38m).


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ @_@_@__*_*_*_ 6
ZAKOPALO _@_@_@*_*_*_T 7

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

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

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

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

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

Šafářová serving 3-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

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

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

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

Šafářová serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

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

Šafářová serving 5-6: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1 for Zakopalová). 30/40 (SP #2 for Zakopalová). Deuce #1. Ad Šafářová (GP #1). Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Šafářová/Zakopalová): 0/0*. *1/0. *1/1. 1/2*. 1/3*. *2/3. *2/4. 2/5*. 2/6* (SP #3 for Zakopalová). Zakopalová won the second set 7-6 at 19:02 AEDT (second set 57m, match so far 1h35m).


Third set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ _@*_*@___@*@ 7
ZAKOPALO @__*__@*@___ 5

Šafářová serving 0-0: The scoreboard froze at 19:02 AEDT. The scoreboard resumed at 19:07 AEDT (5m). 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Zakopalová serving 1-0: In a long rally, Lucie tried to take the early initiative with a dropshot but, with Klára at the net, was forced to hit a defensive lob... a stinging backhand down the line from Klára forced Lucie to hit a backhand long. 15/0. Klára's depth induced Lucie to hit a backhand long. Lucie changed her racket. 30/0. Lucie dumped a makeable backhand return into the net. 40/0 (GP #1). Double fault (ambitious second serve just wide). 40/15 (GP #2). Second serve out wide: Lucie hit a hard crosscourt backhand return deep into the corner, inducing Klára to hit a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #3). Klára tried to blast a forehand off a deep floater, but slapped it into the net. Deuce #1. Klára hit a backhand just long, and whacked the court with her racket. Ad Šafářová (BP #1). Lucie's short, low-bouncing crosscourt backhand forced Klára to net a forehand. Klára whacked the court with her racket for the second point in a row. Broken.

Šafářová serving 1-1: Klára shook her head as she waited to receive. Lucie's body-jamming serve forced her to net an off-backhand return. Klára muttered. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Klára to net a backhand return. 30/0. Deep first serve down the middle - on the centre-line - forced a very short lob-return, which Lucie dispatched with a short-angled backhand smash-winner just inside the sideline (even though the court was WIDE open). Klára muttered and shook her head; she seemed to think that the smash was wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Klára's depth induced Lucie to net a forehand. 40/15 (GP #2). Klára dumped a cheap backhand into the net, and looked very upset as she went to her chair. Held.

Zakopalová serving 1-2 (new balls): First serve out wide: Lucie hit a down-the-line backhand return just long. 15/0. Klára got away with a woefully short second serve, as Lucie dumped a cheap backhand into the net on the fourth stroke. 30/0. Deep first serve down the middle - on the service-line - forced Lucie to bunt a forehand return long. 40/0 (GP #1). Short second serve down the middle: Lucie hit an off-backhand return-winner. 40/15 (GP #2). First serve out wide - deep in the corner - forced Lucie to bunt a backhand return long. Held.

Šafářová serving 2-2: First serve out wide - deep in the corner - forced Klára to bunt a forehand return long. 15/0. Klára spread Lucie with a short off-backhand just inside the sideline + crosscourt backhand deep into the corner + easy crosscourt forehand winner into the open court. John Lloyd: "She seems to be nice and calm now; got her mind back." 15/15. Lucie argued when her first serve clipped the centre-line but was called wide, then put her second serve long for a double fault. 15/30. Klára hit a deep backhand return just inside the baseline to force a short ball; her crosscourt backhand forced Lucie to run right and hit a forehand into the bottom of the net. 15/40 (BP #1). Lucie's booming crosscourt backhand induced Klára to hit a down-the-line backhand just wide. 30/40 (BP #2). An alleged netcord robbed Lucie of a beautiful service-winner down the middle. Second serve... Klára had the initiative, but hit a wild off-backhand wide of the /doubles/ sideline, and emitted a high-pitched squeal that could have shattered glass. Deuce #1. Klára dumped a cheap backhand into the net. Ad Šafářová (GP #1). Short-angled first serve out wide + deep down-the-line forehand induced Klára to dump a forehand halfway up the net. Held.

Zakopalová serving 2-3: First serve out wide + off-forehand winner deep into the corner. That was Klára's 20th forehand winner to Lucie's ten. 15/0. Klára forced a short return, but hit a wild off-forehand wide. 15/15. Short second serve out wide: Lucie returned the angle even more acutely with a crosscourt backhand return just inside the sideline, forcing Klára to chop a forehand long. John Lloyd: "That second serve is really just made to be hit: just nothing on it at all." 15/30. Lucie hit a backhand wide. 30/30. Lucie dumped a backhand into the net. 40/30 (GP #1). Lucie, driven outside the tramlines, hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, inducing Klára to hit a forehand long. Klára waved with an agonised expression on her face. Deuce #1. Lucie's deep backhand return induced Klára to bunt an early crosscourt forehand wide. Ad Šafářová (BP #1). Lucie's forehand sat up nicely for Klára to... dump a backhand into the net. Broken.

Klára winced, then bent over with her left hand on her hip. She shook her head, clearly not enjoying the match at this point.

John Lloyd: "She's really fighting to keep it together here, and she's just about on the verge of losing the battle, I feel."

Šafářová serving 4-2: Klára forced a short ball, and hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line. 0/15. Lucie's down-the-line forehand induced Klára to net a forehand. 15/15. Lucie hit a very short serve that sat up nicely for Klára to blast a crosscourt backhand return-winner that clipped the outside edge of the sideline. Andrew Cotter: "Visibly her body seems to have given up, but she's still scoring the points." 15/30. Double fault (second serve long). 15/40 (BP #1). Deep first serve out wide: Klára hit a deep crosscourt forehand return onto the baseline, forcing Lucie to bunt a defensive backhand that sat up nicely for Klára to hit a crosscourt backhand winner. Broken.

John Lloyd: "They both want to win it /too/ much. They can't seem to release, open up the shoulders and play the type of tennis that they can."

Zakopalová serving 3-4: Klára kept good depth on her groundstrokes, and Lucie hit a forehand just long. 15/0. Lucie spread Klára with a short-angled crosscourt forehand + pinpoint forehand down the line, forcing Klára to bunt a forehand long. 15/15. Klára hit a pinpoint crosscourt backhand onto the sideline, forcing Lucie to bunt a defensive forehand lob long. 30/15. Deep second serve just inside the service-line: Lucie hit an off-backhand return-winner plumb on the sideline. 30/30. Short second serve out wide: Lucie hit a crosscourt backhand return-winner onto the sideline, and John Lloyd praised her "great shoulder-turn on that backhand" and "fabulous racket-acceleration". 30/40 (BP #1). Second serve: Lucie dumped a cheap backhand return into the net. Deuce #1. Klára netted an off-backhand, and shook her head. Ad Šafářová (BP #2). Deep first serve out wide induced Lucie to mishit a crosscourt forehand return wide. Deuce #2. Klára hit a backhand long by a whisker (Hawk-Eye is not installed on the Margaret Court Arena). Ad Šafářová (BP #3). Lucie dumped a tired-looking forehand into the net. Deuce #3. Klára punished a mid-court ball with a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. Klára pumped her fist - the first positive body-language that I've seen from her. Ad Zakopalová (GP #1). Second serve: Lucie hit a makeable backhand return long. Held.

Šafářová serving 4-4: Lucie, on the third stroke, dumped a cheap forehand into the net. 0/15. Klára's deep crosscourt backhand return induced Lucie to net another forehand. Lucie swished her racket and looked like she had battery-acid in her mouth. 0/30. Double fault (second serve just long). 0/40 (BP #1). Deep first serve down the middle: Klára hit an early forehand return deep into the corner, forcing Lucie to bunt a short, defensive forehand; as Lucie ran to cover the wide open gap to her left, Klára hit an off-backhand winner back behind her. Klára pumped her fist again. Broken.

Zakopalová serving 5-4: Lucie punished Klára's lack of depth with an off-forehand that induced her to dump a forehand not halfway up the net. 0/15. Second-serve let... Klára hit a deep backhand just inside the baseline, but Lucie replied with a deep forehand, inducing Klára to net a backhand. 0/30. Klára dumped a cheap backhand into the net. 0/40 (BP #1). Double fault (second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide). Broken.

John Lloyd: "You absolutely have no idea who's going to win this match. You normally get some sort of a feel, but every time one looks like she's taking charge, then the other plays a horrendous game the next game."

Šafářová serving 5-5: Lucie's crosscourt forehand forced a short ball, which she dispatched with an easy off-forehand winner into the open court. Klára looked very frustrated. 15/0. Klára's stinging crosscourt forehand forced Lucie to bunt a sliced backhand into the tramlines to her right. 15/15. Lucie's depth induced Klára to hit a backhand long. 30/15. Lucie wrong-footed Klára with a first serve out wide + deep off-backhand, forcing her to turn awkwardly and net a backhand. Klára fiddled with her ponytail and looked annoyed. 40/15 (GP #1). Lucie's deep backhand induced Klára to net a forehand. Held.

Lucie looked very determined as she went to her chair, while Klára looked like she was chewing on wasps.

Zakopalová serving 5-6: A long baseline-rally culminated with Klára's pinpoint forehand down the line forcing Lucie to net a forehand. 15/0. In a wonderful rally, Klára hit a deep crosscourt backhand just inside the baseline, forcing Lucie to hit a very short, defensive forehand; Klára went to the net behind a searing crosscourt backhand, but Lucie read it perfectly and ripped a brilliant backhand pass-winner down the line. Lucie pumped her fist. 15/15. A baseline-rally of mainly crosscourt shots ended with Klára dumping a backhand into the net. Klára bent over again, and looked like she had battery-acid in her mouth. 15/30. Lucie hit three crosscourt forehands in a row, followed by a stunning forehand winner down the line. 15/40 (MP #1 for Šafářová). First serve out wide forced Lucie outside the tramlines to net a backhand return. 30/40 (MP #2 for Šafářová). Tentative first serve down the middle: Lucie's deep off-backhand return forced Klára to hit a mid-court backhand, which Lucie dispatched with a pinpoint off-forehand winner that landed on the sideline and just a couple of inches from the baseline. Lucie won 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 7-5 at 19:58 AEDT (third set 56m, match 2h31m).

Lucie celebrated by briefly raising her right arm. Both ladies smiled as they shook hands, and kissed each other's cheeks. Lucie waved to each of the four stands with a big smile on her face, as Klára walked off to the locker-room, where there would be weeping and grinding of teeth.

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jan 15th, 2012, 02:09 AM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
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Third-round TV-report: Zvonarëva v Šafářová (Saturday 22nd January 2011)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [2,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [31,EF], 6-3 7-6 (9/7)

The BBC started showing this match from 6-3 5-5*, with Vera having just failed to serve it out at *5-4. Although only three games remained, this coverage lasted 34 minutes, including the epic tiebreak.

As befits two members of my Eternal Fanship, it was an amazing match in terms of the quality of the rallies, with Lucie attacking for all she was worth with her left-handed groundstrokes of flairsome power, and Vera making incredible ‘gets’ as well as showing her own flairsome power.

Lucie was hitting the ball as well as ever, but her movement was not as good as it was in 2007. Back then, she used to run like the wind, but against Vera, she was struggling to reach wide balls, particularly to her backhand sideline.

Vera broke to 30, but was again broken to 30 as she served for the match at *6-5. I think she was feeling the pressure of winning her first Major singles-title after being runner-up at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010, but Lucie is a brilliant player.

Then they played a nail-biting tiebreak, with Lucie going from 2/0* to *2/2 to 4/2*, from *5/3 to 5/5*, and having set-points at *6/5 and 9/8*, while Vera had match-points at *7/6 and 8/7*.

Vera at *9/9 hit a crosscourt backhand winner that clipped the sideline but was called wide. Vera successfully challenged the call; Lucie argued that they should replay the point, but the umpire ruled that it had been a clear winner.

So Vera had her third match-point at 10/9*. In one last breath-taking rally, Lucie went to the net, but Vera hit an inch-perfect backhand lob onto the baseline; Lucie ran it down, but all she could do was hit a backhand into the bottom of the net.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ _*_*___*_ 3
ZVONARËV *_*_*@*_* 6

The match was first on the Rod Laver Arena, and started at 11:12 AEDT.

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

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

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

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

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

Šafářová serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

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

Šafářová serving 2-5 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (SP #1 for Zvonarëva). 15/40 (SP #2 for Zvonarëva). 30/40 (SP #3 for Zvonarëva). Deuce #1. Ad Šafářová (GP #1). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 5-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (SP #4 for Zvonarëva). Zvonarëva won the first set 6-3 at 11:46 AEDT (34m).


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ *___*_*@_@_@_ 6(9)
ZVONARËV _*@*_*__@_@_T 7(11)

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

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

Šafářová serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Zvonarëva (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Zvonarëva (BP #3). Broken.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zvonarëva serving 5-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Šafářová serving 5-5: Second serve... Vera's backhand was called long but overruled as good, so the umpire ordered them to replay the point. Lucie challenged the overrule: Hawk-Eye showed that the ball had clipped one millimetre of the breadth of the baseline! Second serve... a baseline-rally ended with Lucie dumping a forehand into the net. 0/15. Short-angled first serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Double fault (second serve long by a whisker). 15/30. Deep first serve out wide: Vera's searing crosscourt backhand return forced Lucie to mishit a down-the-line forehand wide. John Lloyd criticised Lucie for not hoisting it back crosscourt instead. 15/40 (BP #1). A baseline-rally ended with Lucie hitting a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. 30/40 (BP #2). Double fault (tentative second serve into the net). Broken.

Zvonarëva serving 6-5: First serve deep into the corner forced a lob-return; Vera hit an off-forehand drive-volley, but Lucie stretched wide to hit a testing forehand pass down the line, which Vera picked off with delectable crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner from an awkward low position. 15/0. Lucie's deep backhand forced a short ball, which she dispatched with a blistering crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Lucie's short crosscourt forehand induced Vera to hit a backhand just long. 15/30. First serve long by a whisker. Second serve... in a long baseline-rally, Vera withstood some fierce groundstrokes from Lucie, neutered the pace with a defensive sliced forehand, but Lucie's deep crosscourt forehand induced Vera to spray a down-the-line backhand wide of the tramlines. Vera emitted a yell of frustration. 15/40 (BP #1). Second serve: Lucie hit three consecutive groundstrokes just inside the baseline, but Vera hit an off-backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Lucie to stretch wide and earth a backhand. Lucie emitted a cute little groan. 30/40 (BP #2). Vera, on the fifth stroke, hit a backhand just long. Broken.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Šafářová/Zvonarëva):
{*0/0} Vera, on the fourth stroke, hit a forehand just long.
{1/0*} Vera, on the third stroke, hit a rather wild crosscourt backhand just wide, and emitted a cute little squeal.
{2/0*} Vera's first serve out wide, deep in the corner, forced Lucie to stretch wide and net a backhand. John Lloyd said that Lucie's movement was "not particularly good".
{*2/1} Vera broke up a long baseline-rally with a deep backhand moonball, followed by a short crosscourt forehand; she drew Lucie to the net with a backhand half-volley dropshot from the baseline, and hit an inch-perfect half-volley forehand lob-winner over Lucie's head!
{*2/2} Lucie hit a deep first serve down the middle + off-forehand winner back behind Vera.
{3/2*} Vera hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand onto the sideline, but Lucie ran outside the tramlines to hit a fantastic crosscourt forehand deep into the corner, forcing Vera to bunt back a defensive backhand lob; Lucie let it bounce and hit an off-forehand to the sideline, forcing Vera to run way outside the tramlines to bunt back a very short forehand, which Lucie dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner.

John Lloyd: "Šafářová seems to have found her range. There was a period when she was a bit erratic, and she always hits the ball with a lot of pace, but was making a lot of errors. Since she was way down in that second set, she's found her rhythm and is attacking on the right balls, and Zvonarëva can't get her out of that /groove/ she's got into."

{4/2*} Vera caught her toss, and missed her first serve very long. However, a good, deep second serve forced a short return; Vera hit a hard crosscourt forehand into the corner to force a short, defensive lob, which she dispatched with an easy crosscourt forehand winner.
{*4/3} Lucie went for an ace down the middle, but it was just wide. She hit a short, shaky second serve that brushed the netcord. Vera stood three feet inside the baseline to receive, but Lucie hit a much better second serve out wide + down-the-line forehand, forcing Vera to bunt a forehand long.
{*5/3} Vera dominated the rally with superior depth, forcing two defensive lobs from Lucie; the latter landed on the service-line just inside Vera's backhand sideline; Vera let it bounce, and dispatched it with a pinpoint forehand smash-winner down the line: just inside the sideline.
{5/4*} Deep, body-jamming first serve forced Lucie to mishit an off-backhand return wide.
{5/5*} Vera freely chose to hit a couple of high-bouncing balls, and paid the price as Lucie took the initiative with a stinging off-forehand just inside the sideline; Vera bunted back a defensive floater; Lucie's forehand clipped the netcord, inducing Vera to dump a forehand halfway up the net. Vera yelled in frustration as Lucie celebrated with a discreet fist-pump.
{*6/5: SP #1 for Šafářová} Vera mixed up the pace in a long baseline-rally; Lucie's forehand clipped the netcord and sat up nicely for Vera to hit a crosscourt forehand that induced Lucie to stretch wide and net a backhand. Lucie emitted a cute little yell. John Lloyd suggested that that netcord had robbed Lucie of the set.

{*6/6} A long baseline-rally ended with Lucie hitting a forehand just long. She wasted a challenge: it was long by approximately the breadth of the baseline.
{6/7*: MP #1 for Zvonarëva} Lucie saved it with a huge crosscourt forehand that clipped the outside edge of the sideline for a winner!
{7/7*} Vera's first serve appeared to clip the netcord, but no one noticed, and Lucie hit a backhand return long.
{*7/8: MP #2 for Zvonarëva} First serve out wide + off-forehand forced Vera to hoist a defensive forehand lob that was high and awkward for Lucie with the sun in her eyes; she hit a forehand smash right back to Vera, leaving a dangerous gap to her left, but Vera mishit an off-forehand pass wide.
{*8/8} In the longest rally of the match (32 strokes), Lucie had Vera grunting at her loudest as Vera retrieved a series of thunderbolts until Lucie finally pressed home her initiative with an acute crosscourt backhand deep into the corner followed by a deep crosscourt forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Vera to stretch wide and bunt a backhand into the bottom of the net. Lucie celebrated with a huge fist-pump as Vera finished the point with her left knee and left hand on the ground.
{9/8*: SP #2 for Šafářová} In another long baseline-rally, Lucie tried to take the initiative, but Vera hit a series of defensive sliced backhands; Lucie forced a short ball but sprayed a backhand long, and doubled over in frustration.

Andrew Cotter: "Šafářová bullying the point, creeping up the court, in control... and misses her chance."
John Lloyd: "Great defensive play from Zvonarëva. It's not often you see her bossed around in rallies like she has been today at certain times. She's having to stretch and hit squash-shots just to bunt the ball back in court, and Šafářová missed probably the easiest shot in that whole rally."

{9/9*} At the end of a meaty baseline-rally, Vera hit a crosscourt backhand winner that clipped the sideline but was called wide. Vera didn't hear the call, and turned away thinking that she'd hit a winner, but the umpire shouted "Vera!" and told her that it had been called out, and Vera immediately said "challenge". Hawk-Eye showed that it had indeed clipped the sideline (about 60% of the breadth), so the umpire awarded the point to Vera. Lucie argued that they should replay the point, but the umpire rightly ruled that it had been a clear winner. It's funny how some players seem to have the memory of a goldfish after a successful challenge against them!
{*9/10: MP #3 for Zvonarëva} Lucie hit a first serve out wide, and went to the net behind a searing down-the-line forehand that she knew would force a floater from Vera, but Lucie didn't do enough with a forehand punch-volley; Vera hit an inch-perfect backhand lob onto the baseline; Lucie ran it down, but all she could do was hit a backhand into the bottom of the net. Zvonarëva won 6-3 7-6 (11/9) at 13:13 AEDT (second set 1h26m, match 2h00m).

Vera and Lucie shook hands at the net, and kissed each other's cheeks. If Lucie was still upset about the Hawk-Eye challenge on the penultimate point, she didn't show it. I can imagine a lot of players stomping off court in a huff after losing in such circumstances, but not so our adorable Lucie. It was nice to see her watching the Berdych v Đoković quarter-final, too (Lucie broke up with Berdych later in 2011).

Andrew Cotter: "We remain unconvinced by Vera Zvonarëva on her performances so far. She's a powerful player, but is there enough craft to her game? Again, we saw a problem that she's suffered from in the past on the big points: closing things out."
John Lloyd: "In this match, Šafářová was the more aggressive, but Zvonarëva is a very solid player, defends well and gets a lot of balls back."


Vera's on-court interview
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Craig Willis: "Congratulations: that was a heck of a tiebreak, with some outstanding rallies in it."

Vera: "Yeah, definitely. Lucie is a great player. We've both been on the Tour for a few years now, but actually it was our first match against each other. We practise a lot together, and I really think she's a very good player, and I just had to hang in there and try to fight for every point."

Willis: "I was going to say: it's amazing that over all the years you two have been on the Tour, that you've never met!"

Vera: "Yeah, definitely. We actually play doubles together, and all this, but this one was our first single match. I think it was a very good match for me today, and I'm really happy to be through to the next round."

Willis: "And it's a little warmer today on Centre Court than it was when you had your first match – does that suit you?"

Vera: "Yeah, I like to play in the heat – it is never a problem for me. I'm really just enjoying the atmosphere here on the Rod Laver."

Willis: "Well done today, Vera – congratulations. Through to the fourth round of the Australian Open championship. Our number-two seed advances!"

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Dr. Andrew Broad