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King Aaron
Nov 2nd, 2002, 10:43 AM
Since it's the big one, thought I'd make the thread extra early! :D

Irish
Nov 2nd, 2002, 06:25 PM
Good luck Anna throughout the tournament. :D

Am curious for the draw to see who she plays in the first round.

Go Anna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

King Aaron
Nov 3rd, 2002, 08:46 AM
Singles Draw

1 - S.Williams USA Vs. A.Smashnova ISR
A.Myskina RUS Vs. 8 - J.Dokic YUG

3 - J.Capriati USA Vs. S.Farina Elia ITA
M.Maleeva BUL Vs. 7 - D.Hantuchova SVK

5 - K.Clijsters BEL Vs. C.Rubin USA
E.Dementieva RUS Vs. 4- J.Henin BEL

6 - M.Seles USA Vs. L.Davenport USA
P.Schnyder SUI Vs. 2 - V.Williams USA

:mad: :mad: :fiery: :fiery: stupid draw!!

King Aaron
Nov 6th, 2002, 12:37 PM
Anna Smashnova: Coming on strong

Getty Images



CHAMPIONSHIPS PROFILE: ANNA SMASHNOVA (ISR)

Age:
26

Residence:
Herzelia-ISR

Height:
5’ 2” (1.58 m)

Weight:
117 lbs (53 kg)

Plays:
Right-handed



Prize money (USD)


Career:
1,141,888

2002:
347,161



Singles titles


Career:
6

2002:
4



2002 singles highlights


Winner (4):
Auckland, Canberra, Vienna, Shanghai

Semifinalist (1):
German Open

Quarterfinalist (4):
Indian Wells, Madrid, San Diego, Linz



Championships history:
Debut



Qualification position:
16th (1565 points)*


NB: Statistics do not include 2002 Home Depot Championships presented by Porsche
* 14th after Mauresmo’s and Hingis’s withdrawals


Anna Smashnova: Coming on strong

Of the 16 singles players in Los Angeles, Anna Smashnova has made the biggest improvement to qualify for the season-ending Championships.

Ranked a lowly No.89 a year ago, the 26-year-old Israeli enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2002, breaking into the Top 20 for the first time, having been on the Tour for 12 years.

By reaching a high of No.16, Smashnova became the highest-ever ranked Israeli woman, and her four titles put her behind only Serena (8) and Venus (7) Williams as the most prolific Tour winners in 2002.

Smashnova’s took an immediate upswing at the start of the season, winning her first two events at Auckland and Canberra without dropping a set in 10 matches. She then enjoyed her best performances at Tier I events, reaching the Indian Wells quarterfinals, the third round of Miami (defeating world No.7 Justine Henin en route) and then the semis of the German Open.

In Berlin, she scored her career-best win, upsetting world No.3 Kim Clijsters 7-5 in the third set before falling to Serena Williams. She jumped from No.35 to No.21 in the space of a week.

A third title came her way in Vienna, beating defending champion Iroda Tulyaganova in the final and passing the $1 million mark in career earnings.

Despite a relatively quiet US hardcourt swing, Smashnova rebounded with another title in Shanghai, improving her career finals record to six wins and no losses.

Most recently, she reached the quarterfinals in Linz, pushing Daniela Hantuchova to three sets and securing her debut berth in LA. Not bad for someone ranked outside the Top 100 only 15 months ago, but a new outlook and an impressive dedication to her physical conditioning has Smashnova in the best shape and form of her career.

King Aaron
Nov 7th, 2002, 01:24 PM
Good luck Anna!!! :D

Irish
Nov 8th, 2002, 01:36 AM
I tried to post this last night but kept getting the "timeout page".

Thanks for posting that great information Aaron. :kiss:


BEAT SERENA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


GO ANNA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

King Aaron
Nov 8th, 2002, 01:17 PM
Welcome Kerry :)

unfortunately Anna lost :sad: :sad:

Irish
Nov 8th, 2002, 11:00 PM
Hi Aaron :wavey: Welcome? :confused:

Yes, Anna lost and I haven't had a chance to watch the tape yet. Serena's comments made me sick.:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

King Aaron
Nov 9th, 2002, 01:01 PM
i meant you're welcome! :D
I'll post the transcript of her interview here and on the site. :)

King Aaron
Nov 9th, 2002, 01:06 PM
INTERVIEW
OF
ANNA SMASHNOVA
Lost to Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-2



Anna, you had a wonderful year this year. Will that loss cast a shadow on the past year?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: No. I had a great year and the loss today had nothing to do with it. Overall, it's been a great year for me.
Serena is No. 1 in the year and much better than me today. There is nothing I could do today.

Q. During the match, why couldn't you do anything?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: Why? She's No. 1 in the world. She barely lost this year.

Q. Before the match, you told me you would try to play your own match, and did you try to do that?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: Yeah, I tried to do it, but I didn't succeed.
Q. What do you feel the toughest aspect of Serena's game is?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: She has a lot of power, but on top of that, she also used a lot of angles. She makes me run, go back, but also cover the court from left to right and then end to end.

Q. Were you trying to lengthen the points and trying to get into a rhythm? Did you feel your chances would be better the more shots, the more balls, you're getting into play?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: We had a few long rallies, but she won all of them. Even that still didn't help.

Q. Did she attack your second serve?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: Yeah. I knew she was going to do that. That's also her power.

Q. You mean she played you knew she would play aggressively?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: Yeah, that's her game, yes.

Q. Just how powerful is Serena?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: Very. She's No. 1. At least for me, she overpowered me. It's another level.

Q. Anna, you didn't have a winner in this match. Can you remember playing a match without hitting a winner before? Does that show how powerful she is?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: I guess so. Normally my game is not hitting winners, and today it would be, obviously, more difficult for me to hit one. I would probably have to risk so much and hit maybe 50/50 shots, and I didn't want to do that.

Q. Did she have you back on your heels? Did you always think that killer shot was coming?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: I was not thinking that. I was just playing, and the points were just going by themselves.She was trying to win. She was doing everything she could to win.

Q. Anna, you have a great one handed backhand. You don't see a lot of females in the game with that kind of one handed backhand. How hard was that to develop?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: I think it was always my favorite shot. I used to play with two hands when I was younger. At the age of 9, I had to switch to one hand. I taught myself. From what I remember, it's just a very natural shot. I don't remember working on it very much. It just comes natural.

Q. Coming into the match, what was your game plan against Serena?
ANNA SMASHNOVA: Just I wanted to play my game. That's the game plan.

End of FastScripts. . . .

Irish
Nov 9th, 2002, 04:53 PM
Aaron, you are so cute. :D I was confused there for a minute. :)

Great article Aaron and thanks for posting. Anna answered superbly and commonsensical to some stupid questions of the interviewer. :D I like her more and more every day. :D

King Aaron
Nov 10th, 2002, 01:15 PM
You're welcome Kerry! :) ;)

Kerry, please go and see the 'new pictures added' thread. I need your opinion. :D

Messenger
Nov 17th, 2002, 02:23 PM
What did Serena say about Anna?

King Aaron
Nov 18th, 2002, 02:44 PM
I'm sorry, what do you mean?

Messenger
Nov 20th, 2002, 09:21 AM
Originally posted by Irish
Hi Aaron :wavey: Welcome? :confused:

Yes, Anna lost and I haven't had a chance to watch the tape yet. Serena's comments made me sick.:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

I remember Serena being quite complimentary of Anna's fitness.

King Aaron
Nov 20th, 2002, 12:50 PM
oh. that's what you meant. well, even if Serena did say something she doesn't really mean it the way she says it. Serena has a funny and great personality. I don't think she critizises(sp?) people. She's always critical about herself though.