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Gdog
Nov 28th, 2007, 09:28 PM
I like the 1st dress too, though Anna will make any of them look stunning. :hearts:

Pink Princess
Dec 3rd, 2007, 02:54 AM
I hope that Anna plays with many dresses the next season and with different earrings in every Tournament:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Pink Princess
Dec 3rd, 2007, 02:56 AM
Anna will play Singapore exo, Hong Kong, Sydney and the Australian Open.

Pink Princess
Dec 3rd, 2007, 02:59 AM
Soon we will congratulate Anna during the Christmas!!!

Pink Princess
Dec 12th, 2007, 02:30 AM
Apparently this is Anna's dress for RG08 simply marvellous:hearts::hearts::hearts:


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Pink Princess
Dec 12th, 2007, 02:34 AM
Anna also will play Paris and Antwerp.

goldenlox
Dec 15th, 2007, 10:01 PM
Anna was in Belgium Saturday

http://picture.belga.be/belgapicture/picture/prev/8076395.jpg
Caption: 20071215, CHARLEROI, BELGIUM: (L-R) Michel Daerden, Francesca Schiavone, Nadia Petrova, Anna Chakvetadze and Justine Henin pictured during the ceremony prior the sixth Woman Tennis Trophy, at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Saturday 15 December 2007. Belgian Justine Henin will play against Russian Nadia Petrova.

goldenlox
Dec 15th, 2007, 10:48 PM
Anna is playing Fran now, and the winner plays Justine. The loser plays Nadia

peanuts
Dec 17th, 2007, 03:10 AM
Oops! Didn't see there's a thread already like this. :o :o :o

Deleting cheering thread I've created... :o :o :o

peanuts
Dec 17th, 2007, 03:19 AM
Great to see Anna playing exhibitions with the tour's top gun, Justine. Her market value has certainly risen in the last several months. :)

GeorgianFan
Dec 18th, 2007, 12:16 PM
:mad: :awww: :help:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=325859

http://www.sports.ru/tennis/3850134.html

Pink Princess
Dec 18th, 2007, 02:33 PM
The money is not a problem, Anna is rich, these individuals to the jail for having stolen:o:o:o Annaaa:smooch:

goldenlox
Dec 18th, 2007, 02:52 PM
The important thing is that Anna and her family are healthy.
A very scary situation. An NFL star was just killed in his home in the US about a month ago. He got a knife and they shot him.

Anytime a robber(s) come into your home, don't confront them.

GeorgianFan
Dec 18th, 2007, 03:13 PM
Tarpishev's interview

http://www.allsport.ru/index.php?id=10771

Шамиль Тарпищев: "Аня даже пыталась оказать негодяям сопротивление"

Anna tried to resist :speakles:

Burglars didn't notice Roman(Brother)

BUBI
Dec 18th, 2007, 03:22 PM
Anna or her father should buy guns to protect their home!

Pink Princess
Dec 18th, 2007, 03:24 PM
Tarpishev's interview

http://www.allsport.ru/index.php?id=10771

Шамиль Тарпищев: "Аня даже пыталась оказать негодяям сопротивление"

Anna tried to resist :speakles:

Burglars didn't notice Roman(Brother)

:speakles::speakles::speakles:

saint2
Dec 18th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Anna or her father should buy guns to protect their home!

Everyone should. Everyone should be able to kill burgalrs who are against someone's private prophety. But socialistic/comunistic goverment think that knows beter how to protect people than themselves...

I hope burglars will be find and punished. Hardly punished.

Wintermute
Dec 18th, 2007, 05:48 PM
:eek: Oh I hope Anna and her family are okay. This is terrible news.

Unfortunately it seems to be more and more common that criminals target the sporting stars idolised by many. Let's hope the perpetrators are caught.

goldenlox
Dec 18th, 2007, 06:30 PM
I saw Anna's dad on tv, he has bruises on his right cheek and over each eye. He resisted and got hit.

GeorgianFan
Dec 18th, 2007, 08:27 PM
The place where Anna lives was guarded by police, but

It was well-planned robbery, they entered from the dark street

Anna is in a state of shock :sad:

http://news.ntv.ru/122860/video/

BUBI
Dec 18th, 2007, 08:46 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if some policemen were in the plot :(

Pink Princess
Dec 18th, 2007, 10:21 PM
I watch Princess Fiona on TV and she reminds me to Anna due to the braid, I hope that she is okay.

tennis_lover26
Dec 18th, 2007, 11:48 PM
i hope that this doesn't traumatize her too bad. why in the world did they have 100,000 dollars in cash at their house? I feel so bad for her!

Wintermute
Dec 19th, 2007, 12:27 AM
why in the world did they have 100,000 dollars in cash at their house?

The reports didn't say that everything stolen was cash. It just said it was worth over $200,000, probably jewellery and stuff. If they were insured then they're okay but that's irrelevant, it's the psychological trauma that's the problem.

peanuts
Dec 19th, 2007, 03:11 AM
I feel sad to hear about this news. I hope Anna and her family are okay. This must be a terrifying experience for them. :sad:

BUBI
Dec 19th, 2007, 05:52 AM
Home is one place where you should be able to be and feel safe. You should not only be allowed to shoot any burglars, you should be rewarded for doing so. I don't think russian police will ever solve this, they are corrupt to the teeth :mad:

tennis_lover26
Dec 19th, 2007, 06:44 AM
The reports didn't say that everything stolen was cash. It just said it was worth over $200,000, probably jewellery and stuff. If they were insured then they're okay but that's irrelevant, it's the psychological trauma that's the problem.


i saw an article that specifically said 100,000 dollars in cash.....dont know if it was true or not.

GeorgianFan
Dec 19th, 2007, 10:24 AM
http://www.t-bm.ru/news.php?newsid=1554

Anna got hit twice :awww:

peanuts
Dec 19th, 2007, 10:33 AM
http://www.t-bm.ru/news.php?newsid=1554

Anna got hit twice :awww:

Oh dear. That's terrible. :sad:

I really hope whoever did this gets caught! :mad:

GeorgianFan
Dec 19th, 2007, 04:26 PM
http://www.t-bm.ru/news.php?newsid=1569

One of the robbers promised Anna that they will come back again :rolleyes:

goldenlox
Dec 19th, 2007, 04:37 PM
I think Anna should get on the phone to Sveta, and ask about where her ap't in Monaco is, and if she likes it.
I think Anna is too famous and successful to stay in the area she lives now.

Wintermute
Dec 19th, 2007, 05:57 PM
If it's true that the burglars hit her as well as her father then I must say this is sounding worse and worse.

Anna's always said how much she loves Moscow but after a violent and traumatic experience like this I'm sure she's considering her options. I'll bet in Monaco they protect the wealthy residents very well. But Anna is only recently wealthy. She earned more than half her career prize money this year but with taxes and paying coaches and other support staff I don't think she's mega rich yet.

saint2
Dec 19th, 2007, 05:59 PM
http://www.t-bm.ru/news.php?newsid=1554

Anna got hit twice :awww:

Exterminate bastards

Wintermute
Dec 19th, 2007, 06:11 PM
i saw an article that specifically said 100,000 dollars in cash.....dont know if it was true or not.

Yeah I've seen an article today that said that. Maybe true? But it also said there was a safe so it was presumably stashed in there. I agree she shouldn't keep that quantity of cash in her house anyway.

the cat
Dec 19th, 2007, 07:28 PM
What a horrendous crime against Anna and her family. :mad: She must feel so violated by this. :sad: :hug: Marat Safin had his Moscow apartment robbed once. But he wasn't tied up like Anna was. Anna probably thought they were going to kill her and her family. Even though they are okay that can't be easy to deal with. Fortunately the robbers just stole cash and some material things and didn't seriously physically injure anyone. But I wonder what the psychological damge will be to Anna from this. She is a Russian loyalist who has chosen to live and train in Russia and pay Russian taxes when she could be living and training in another country and this is how she's repaid for her lovalty and love of Russia. :banghead: It's a disgrace. :fiery: I hope the thieves are caught and taken care of old school Russian style! :smash:
Entering the 2007 season Anna was a financial novice and had not made real wealth as a tennis player. Perhaps she was vulnerable to crime because she doesn't know about having security systems in her home or private security working for her. This is a sad story but from the sound of things it could have ended alot wose that it did. Thanbk God it didn't. Sure Anna lost alot of valuables in the robbery inlcuding some money totalling over US $200,000. But she's okay and she and her family will recover. But what kind of psychological scars will be with Anna? And with those scars hurt her tennis career and her already mental fagility as a tennis player? I hope not but we have no way of knowing at this point.

Pink Princess
Dec 19th, 2007, 07:50 PM
It seems that they are obsessed with Anna and your richness.

Pink Princess
Dec 19th, 2007, 07:50 PM
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goldenlox
Dec 19th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Anna has to get back to practicing. And I'm sure she is.
The house was robbed, that doesn't mean the AO is going to be postponed.
She's going to be leaving for Singapore in a week or so.
Anna needs to get back to tennis.

Gdog
Dec 21st, 2007, 06:56 PM
This is such a terrible act that has happened to Anna and her family. I for sure would recommend a move to somewhere other than the current house. I had family that had a break in and the mental battle of returning to where it happened every day is very difficult. I know they only stayed there another few months before they moved to a new home. It was just too much for them. They were robbed and beaten in their own home and sounds at least somewhat similar to Anna's situation.

I hope the police find the people responsible, but I'm not to sure how good the police in Russia are. I know the KGB used to be scary good at catching people, but in modern times I just don't know. :(

Sharapower8
Dec 21st, 2007, 09:38 PM
Poor Anna... :sad:
I hope they'll be find soon... Don't worry Anna, everyone's behind you

the cat
Dec 22nd, 2007, 12:24 AM
Well according to tenn_ace the Russian police have captured 6 people in relation to the robbery at Anna's house. And they should be charged with assault too since Anna and her father were hit by the criminals.

saniapower
Dec 22nd, 2007, 03:12 PM
Now she will get her money & jewellery back!

Pink Princess
Dec 23rd, 2007, 02:33 PM
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Irina123
Dec 23rd, 2007, 06:13 PM
Well according to tenn_ace the Russian police have captured 6 people in relation to the robbery at Anna's house. And they should be charged with assault too since Anna and her father were hit by the criminals.
As I have already wrote on GM, the group arrested are in fact suspects in other robbery cases. But since arrest happened few days after Anna was robbed, the journalists decided to throw in Anna's name in the articles. Police never said a word so far that these guys have anything to do with Anna's robbery.

Sharapower8
Dec 25th, 2007, 12:40 PM
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Beautiful ! :hearts:

goldenlox
Dec 27th, 2007, 11:15 AM
This is great news for Anna -

Jim Latham, Head of Global Sports Marketing Tennis at adidas. “Together with Ana Ivanovic and Anna Chakvetadze, Sania will lead our next generation of players."

Companies like adidas think you're important, that means money :hearts::hearts:

GeorgianFan
Dec 27th, 2007, 11:32 AM
This is great news for Anna -

Jim Latham, Head of Global Sports Marketing Tennis at adidas. “Together with Ana Ivanovic and Anna Chakvetadze, Sania will lead our next generation of players."

Companies like adidas think you're important, that means money :hearts::hearts:

:bounce:

Martian Jeza
Dec 27th, 2007, 12:42 PM
May I join the Anna C Fan Club ?

Wintermute
Dec 27th, 2007, 01:00 PM
:wavey: Sure! We're a friendly bunch. :) Entry is free and newcomers are welcomed.

GeorgianFan
Dec 27th, 2007, 01:32 PM
May I join the Anna C Fan Club ?

welcome :D

goldenlox
Dec 28th, 2007, 10:06 PM
Anna Chakvetadze's HOT PICKS

One of several rising stars emerging from Russia, Anna Chakvetadze is playing Maria Sharapova in an exhibition match in Singapore on Sunday. We look at her top 5 moments and experiences...December 28, 2007http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/printicon.gif (http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/printfriendly/0,4139,151821,00.html?) http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/emailicon.gif (http://javascript<b></b>:window.open() http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/5.gif

Top 10 things she likes (in no particular order)
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10) Hanging out with friends and family
9) Russian movies and music
8) Beyonce Knowles (singer)
7) Johnny Depp (actor)
6) Chocolates
5) Shopping
4) Flowers (roses in particular)
3) Soccer
2) Fast cars (Ferraris in particular)
1) Jewellery


Top 5 achievements
5) Turning pro in 2003
4) Beating world No. 3 Anastasia Myskina in first Grand Slam appearance
3) Breaking into the top 10 in Feb 2007
2) Surviving being tied up for 30 minutes in her home while it is being burgled (see story below)
1) Winning the 2006 Kremlin Cup in Moscow


Top 5 little-known facts about Chakvetadze
5) Played the piano in her younger days
4) Introduced to tennis by her mum at age eight
3) Prefers going to the cinema and watching pop concerts to clubbing
2) Won her first tournament at age 12
1) Nicknamed 'Chaky'


Top 5 phrases to describe her game
5) Dynamite baseliner
4) Well-placed and deep forehand and backhand
3) Tactical and creative player
2) Weak server
1) Room to improve against the Big Guns


FAST FACTS Full Name: Anna Djambulovna Chakvetadze
Birth Date: 5 March 1987
Birthplace and residence: Moscow, Russia
Height: 1.7 m
Weight: 58.2 kg
Plays: Right-handed
Career matches won: 112
Career matches lost: 57
Career titles: 6
Career prize money: US$1,784,353 ($2,594,449)

PerfectForm
Dec 29th, 2007, 08:22 PM
Hey all! Just like to say hi to fellow Anna fans. After meeting her in person today, I've become a new fan. Not only is Anna really beautiful in person (pictures dont do her justice, seriously), she's really warm & friendly. When I went up to her to say "Hi", her reply was so energetic. Her smile was just so genuine and when she talked, she's like this sweet girl next door.

Also, she really went outta her way to give autographs to the fans & even went nearer to the end of the stage so that people could get a better picture of her. I really enjoyed her company & am hoping she will seriously give Maria a run for her money tommorrow or even pull an "upset".

goldenlox
Dec 29th, 2007, 08:26 PM
Did Anna talk about her health or how she feels about this tennis year?

PerfectForm
Dec 29th, 2007, 08:42 PM
Unfortunately no, at least not during the fan sessions. The MC was really bad IMO, asking her dumb questions like which movie of Johnny Depp does she like & stuff you could just read off her profile. You could tell the MC didnt bother reading up anything at all but the information given to him. He didnt ask anything insightful at all.

Anna did look a little pale though but she looked fantastic at night. I wanted to wish her for her season & ask how she is & stuff, but the amount of time each individual fan could spend with her was so little, I could hardly do more than get a pic, an autograph & thank her.

I'll probably be back tommorrow night with some pictures & a match report. Hopefully Anna's injury is not too bad.

Cat's Pajamas
Dec 29th, 2007, 08:55 PM
I just realized Anna is a Pisces like me! :hearts:

Thanks for the report PerfectForm! :hug:

PerfectForm
Dec 30th, 2007, 03:38 PM
I was there & I have to say the line judges were hopeless. Both Anna & Maria turned around & told the SAME line judge "the ball was out!"

The match lasted 1 1/2 hours & the second set was really entertaining especially in the tie break. Anna saved I think 2 Mps if I'm not wrong & had 3 SPs (2 in the tiebreak, 1 earlier). The tiebreaker was totally entertaining & exciting, every other point after 5 all was either a MP or SP.

In the first set, Maria was dominating. Anna wasnt playing at all, kept missing alot of shots. In the second set, Anna started playing better but missed out a few important points where she had sitters to hit winners out of but dumped it into the net or pulled it wide.

However, both girls had some really great rallys. The most memorable one was Anna pulling Maria wide on the FH side & finishing it off with a great BH crosscourt winner. Maria was back to her old serve & tried to volley a little but didnt make any except one smash if Im not wrong.

Maria wore that ugly Madrid schoolgirl outfit which I have to say didnt look too bad in person. Anna wore a pink top and white skirt, the same version she wore during the US Open Series but she wore the purple coloured one then.

I was really cheering Anna on the whole time, I believe majority of the people were. After the match, Anna was visibly dissapointed especially since she had the chance to win the second set. However, she was really sweet doing autographs & even giving a lucky fan her racket.

Im abit worried that Anna cannot handle it mentally to close out a set against Maria. Anna was 5-2 up in the second set & 5-2 up in the tiebreak. She really had so many chances. I believe once she takes a set off Maria, her entire mentality will change & she will start playing well.

smokovec
Dec 30th, 2007, 03:58 PM
Thank you for the report PerfectForm. :worship:

The result is ok, except this first set, Anna still don't find a way to win against Maria, but it's important to see Anna smile and play well after this bad episode in Moscow.

I find Anna very sweet in these photos from Singapore, so next she goes to Hong Kong for another exibition, and I'm waiting to see with my eyes Anna (on internet streaming).

PerfectForm
Dec 30th, 2007, 04:22 PM
I'd be cheering her on in HK as well ! btw, I managed to get a second autograph from Anna after the match :)

Anna has the game to beat Maria when she's not being pushed around & can actually work out the court. I believe its purely mental for Anna, she needs to believe in herself more.

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:12 AM
Anna Chakvetadze has reached an agreement to extend her current deal with Fischer racquets.

Pink Princess
Jan 22nd, 2008, 08:03 PM
Anna lost in 3rd Round of the Australian Open, now will play Paris and Antwerp, then Doha and Dubai, in March Miami.

Apparently also she plays in Charleston and Amelia Island where she never played, I hope that in May she takes part in Berlin and Istanbul.

GL Anna, the season 2008 has just begun:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

itzhak
Jan 22nd, 2008, 08:17 PM
She is playing next weekend against Israel in the fed cup.

goldenlox
Jan 22nd, 2008, 08:49 PM
Are you sure? She didn't play well in Australia.
Playing Peer in front of a wild crowd doesn't sound smart right now.

Wintermute
Jan 22nd, 2008, 09:19 PM
If I was Tarpischev I'd be quite wary of putting Anna on court right now. But if Maria plays I doubt he'll have to.

goldenlox
Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:00 AM
If I was Anna I wouldn't go to Israel. Her ranking could freefall unless she starts to play better.
She needs to be at home training for the indoor tournaments.

saniapower
Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:10 AM
Anna has lot of points to defend

goldenlox
Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:21 AM
Anna got very few points in Australia and didn't play well.
I remember how fast Poutchkova dropped in the rankings last summer.

Anna really needs to give herself her best chance to get her game back. Which means stay home and practice like she did last year after the AO.

Playing Paris, Antwerp, Doha Dubai, then the US tournaments..
Anna could lose in the first round of those tournaments. Those Tier II's have good fields.
Miami is loaded with good players. So is green clay.

itzhak
Jan 23rd, 2008, 11:01 AM
She is traveling to Israel. It's official.

Gdog
Jan 29th, 2008, 03:54 PM
Anna much like Sharapova (I'm pretty sure this was mentioned before either during last years FedCup or on the internet) wants to play in the Olympics for Russia. The only way they will be considered is if they represent their country in the FedCup from what I understand. So even if it is not necessarily the best thing for her ranking right now, I understand why she is doing it.
Go Russia! Hopefully Anna will have a good match or two and regain some of her confidence here.

BUBI
May 8th, 2008, 06:41 AM
So Anna was chosen for the olympic team? :bigclap: Is it official?

Gdog
May 8th, 2008, 05:56 PM
I have not heard anything yet, but I sure hope that is the case. :)

Wintermute
May 8th, 2008, 06:36 PM
Anna's Olympic selection has been reported here:

kommersant.com (http://www.kommersant.com/p-12485/2008_Olympics_Russian_tennis_team/)

There is also a thread about it in GM. The amount of support for Anna's selection from the members of this site is truly heart-warming. :tape: I think Anna may be the most hated player in the Top 10 right now; there's certainly a lot of vocal opposition to this in favour of Zvonareva.

Gdog
May 8th, 2008, 08:19 PM
I never go on GM as that is where all of the negativity is...I don't have time for that in my life at the moment. I barely have time for stopping by here and this is only the second time I have made it on in the last month or two.

Thanks for letting me know! I'm very happy that she has been selected, and though recent results have not been the best, she is definately among the best in her country. Thanks for the update Wintermute! :)

peanuts
May 9th, 2008, 04:12 AM
I love Anna but I can understand the negativity coming from GM about this. A lot of people in GM can only see as far as a player's current result. And besides her kind of game is not very popular in the GM population. I read a lot of the threads in GM but I usually don't read the ones about Anna. Too much venom. :p

I remember reading before that Anna really wants to be on the Olympic team so recent results notwithstanding, it's nice that Tarpichev had granted her wish. I just hope Anna returns the favor by playing well and winning a medal for the team. :)

Welcome back Gdog! Great to see you around here again. :wavey:

goldenlox
May 12th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Someone in Berlin saw Anna


A couple of guys around me were taking out their cameras and autograph books.. I figured it was one of the players arriving. I stood there , hoping for Justine or Serena to arrive but in walks Anna Chakvetadze! Such a pleasant surprise! I was hoping she'd still be in Berlin.. anyways, I made a short clip of her entering the venue and then rushed forward for an autograph. Anna signed my order of play page. I have to say Anna is a very pretty girl! Looked better in person than she does on TV. I told her "Good Luck in Rome and Roland Garros" she just looked at me and didnt say anything. Actually she looked a little annoyed and started walking towards the car service booth, when another guy asked her for an autograph and whoa, Anna pretty much yelled at the guy, something like "How many times do I have to tell you guys" I didnt really get what she said but she was pissed! Maybe she was having a bad day, I dont know.. wasnt very nice. I saw Anna again a few times, wandering around the practice courts... It was like she was on a mission to get people to ask for an autograph and then snubbing them! I saw her snub atleast 3 guys! I love Anna and I hope she was just having a bad day. She seemed quite upset about something and I will give her the benifit of doubt rather than calling her a bitch!(something she was quite frequently called that day) I dont know whats wrong with her these days, but I hope she sorts things out soon!

Wintermute
May 12th, 2008, 08:21 PM
So who else in this forum has met Anna?

She was nice enough when I met her at Birmingham a couple of years back. She signed an autograph even though my pen wasn't working at first.

But it doesn't surprise me if she has her moody days. She seems like that sort of person. I expect she'd be in a better mood if she was winning lots of matches again. ;)

PMRD44
May 13th, 2008, 01:01 AM
Someone in Berlin saw Anna


A couple of guys around me were taking out their cameras and autograph books.. I figured it was one of the players arriving. I stood there , hoping for Justine or Serena to arrive but in walks Anna Chakvetadze! Such a pleasant surprise! I was hoping she'd still be in Berlin.. anyways, I made a short clip of her entering the venue and then rushed forward for an autograph. Anna signed my order of play page. I have to say Anna is a very pretty girl! Looked better in person than she does on TV. I told her "Good Luck in Rome and Roland Garros" she just looked at me and didnt say anything. Actually she looked a little annoyed and started walking towards the car service booth, when another guy asked her for an autograph and whoa, Anna pretty much yelled at the guy, something like "How many times do I have to tell you guys" I didnt really get what she said but she was pissed! Maybe she was having a bad day, I dont know.. wasnt very nice. I saw Anna again a few times, wandering around the practice courts... It was like she was on a mission to get people to ask for an autograph and then snubbing them! I saw her snub atleast 3 guys! I love Anna and I hope she was just having a bad day. She seemed quite upset about something and I will give her the benifit of doubt rather than calling her a bitch!(something she was quite frequently called that day) I dont know whats wrong with her these days, but I hope she sorts things out soon!

Well, it's probably fair to give her the benefit of the doubt one time.
But if that's at all typical of her behavior towards fans, that's pathetic. You get paid millions of dollars and get to travel the world just to hit a yellow ball. You get this privilege because people are willing to spend their hand-earned money to watch you play, the least that's expected of you is signing an autograph. Doing it with a smile and a thank you is not asking too much either.

Spiritof42
May 13th, 2008, 11:11 PM
There doesn't seem to be a "typical" behavior from Anna as far as interacting with fans is concerned.
On the one hand, I've personally witnessed her signing autographs and posing for photos even after retiring from a match with the flu.
On the other, there have been a few "reports" posted in GM over the years in which she has been portrayed as less than friendly.

She does appear to be a rather moody young woman, as Wintermute suggests. Which is not much of a surprise when you consider how many mood swings she can have during a tennis match. ;)

peanuts
May 14th, 2008, 06:44 AM
I'm not surprised at all that Anna has a tendency to snub fans. I don't think she's a snobbish kind of person but she does strike me as someone who is not very sociable or uber-friendly. Yes she has a sweet looking face but as pointed out by Wintermute, her demeanor on court should say a lot about her personality. She's obviously no ray of sunshine when she's playing. ;)

I still like her whether she signs autographs or not. My basis for liking a player does not depend on their friendliness to fans. Heck all players that I like have been called bitchy here in WTAW so whatever. :lol:

Gdog
May 16th, 2008, 06:06 PM
I remember reading before that Anna really wants to be on the Olympic team so recent results notwithstanding, it's nice that Tarpichev had granted her wish. I just hope Anna returns the favor by playing well and winning a medal for the team. :)

Welcome back Gdog! Great to see you around here again. :wavey:
Thanks for the welcome back! Things have been really busy and have kept me away from my beloved computer and the forums. :(

I too hope that Anna has a great Olympic experience and plays well for her country. This is one set of medals that I won't mind seeing the Russian's win. I'm sure there will be a few gymnasts or other athletes that I will be rooting for from Russia though as well. :)

Everything I have heard overall, gives me the impression that Anna has always been very good to her fans. I have heard she stays and signs things a lot of times after the required time to do so. Anyone can have a bad day. I'm sure it is not easy being constantly bothered for pictures and autographs. Granted athletes are paid a lot of money, but that money does not control nerves. When you are having a bad day it does not take much to get on those nerves and make a person grouchy or down right mean.

Eitherway, I will always support and love Anna! :hug:

peanuts
May 18th, 2008, 03:54 AM
Gdog - I hope you get to drop by here more often. Anna's recent showing in Rome showed signs of better things to come. We need to be out in full force now that RG is just around the corner. Anna needs us! :lol: :lol:

Wintermute
May 21st, 2008, 02:53 PM
For those who don't venture into GM. Spotted by a friend of the poster and also reported in Belgian media:

A remarkable appearance it is this week at Justine's tennis club in Limelette, Belgium. Anna Chakvetadze is training there for one week with Carlos Rodriguez in preparation for Roland Garros. When Carlos was asked he would take Anna under his wings, he laughed and said: "I'm not going to start over again. Just one week that's all. If she wants to continue training she'll have to find someone else."

I like how Anna tries to get tips from the best. Following from Lansdorp why not get the coach of the best clay courter of recent times?

penkku
May 21st, 2008, 09:45 PM
Anna :) you must make Carlos an offer he can´t refuse ;)

Spiritof42
May 22nd, 2008, 10:28 AM
I'm not sure how much can be accomplished in only one week, but that's a smart decision from Anna. :yeah:Carlos definitely knows how to play on the red dirt.

Albireo
May 28th, 2008, 07:48 AM
Reasonably sure this has been posted here, given its age, but what the hell:

http://www.tennisconfidential.com/anna-chakvetadze.html

A boyfriend in every country. Who knew? :lol:

Gdog
May 28th, 2008, 10:53 PM
I might have seen it before or parts of it, but that is a great interview and thanks for posting it. :)

I will volunteer to be her boyfriend in the US! ;) LOL!

Albireo
May 29th, 2008, 07:38 AM
Wouldn't exactly have picked her as a fan of The Prodigy, either. :eek: :lol:

goldenlox
May 29th, 2008, 11:38 AM
FROM ROLAND GARROS – Guess who is working with now retired Justine Henin’s (ex) coach, Carlos Rodriguez? None other than Anna Chakvetadze, who badly needs the Argentine’s unique advice. The Russian and sixth seed, who bested Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 at Roland Garos, has been struggling mightily since winning the Paris Indoor in February. After falling in the quarters of Rome, Chakvetadze went to the Henin Academy in Belgium for a major tune-up.

“He’s going to help me, but he’s not here now and I’m with another coach from the academy, but he still helps me a lot and calls me every day and I felt I needed to change something and I did,” Chakvetadze told ********************. “It’s a little unprofessional in Moscow, I was just with hitting partners and it’s tough. At the academy it’s much more professional and they like to work, I can see that. They put so much attention on me and I like that. He smart and I can see that he really knows his job. He’s really good at it.”

After a terrific 2007, Chakvetadze began to crash after choking to Sveta Kuznetsova in the US Open semis. Then after her mugging at home in Moscow, things got even worse. She ripped her own play in the spring, but did take a little heart from her few wins in Rome. She wouldn’t count herself out of a decent run in Paris.

“I hope my best tennis is ahead of me,” she said. “ I always have expectations because when I’m playing a tournament I want to win it all the time. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. But I really want to play well.”

Chakvetadze did take a hard look at the top half of the draw, which contains eight Russians, seven of whom are seeds. There are no seeded Russian women on the bottom half. “It’s the craziest thing in the world,” she said.

RS232
May 29th, 2008, 03:17 PM
“He’s going to help me, but he’s not here now and I’m with another coach from the academy,..."

I think that it's problably Philippe Dehaes or Andres Bruno

penkku
May 29th, 2008, 10:58 PM
Anna needs much more training on clay if she wants to achieve something big on dirt, a week with Carlos isn´t much (btw isn´t he a Chilean). Next year a whole month there and maybe then we could have some expectations ;)

felipemiami
May 30th, 2008, 03:15 AM
Well I have met Anna twice. The first time she was very happy to take a pic with me :) The second time she was nice as well. She signed the pic I took with her the year before. Its funny though because that day I was wearing the same shirt as in the pic. After she walked away his hitting partner looked back at me and started giggling with Anna :) She's been nice when I've seen her.

Wintermute
Sep 29th, 2008, 05:55 PM
There was an article posted in GM in which Carlos Rodriguez shares his thoughts on several players including Anna:

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Rodriguez spent a little time this past summer working with former world No. 4 Anna Chakvetadze but couldn't make it work with the Russian, who has spiraled downward to No. 12. On the outside, Chakvetadze appears to have all the ingredients that Rodriguez would like: foot speed, soft hands, the ability to take the ball on the rise and smarts. But he couldn't get through to the 21-year-old.

"Anna seems like she wants to work, but I told her, at the end of the day, deep inside of you, you don't want to try to go further and to push yourself more to succeed," he said. "I cannot help you if you don't have the will to do something, even if I'm the best or worst coach in the world. She has the talent. But she's really confused as to what she needs to do to succeed to do to become a No. 1 or No. 2 player in the world. She's not ready to make the sacrifices it takes to go to the top, there's not question about it. A champion is one inside and outside the court, and when you take Anna outside the court, she's really a disaster."

Full article: Fox Sports (http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/8620252/China-Open-title-could-put-Jankovic-back-at-No.-1)
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He's quite frank about Anna in this interview. In fact, saying she's a disaster outside the court could be seen as offensive.

charlieluvtennis
Sep 29th, 2008, 08:39 PM
:( thats not nice to say, Carlos!

Iggy
Oct 1st, 2008, 06:19 AM
Wow, that was pretty blunt. Do you guys think that he's right? I do think that Anna's struggles are more mental than physical.

HowardH
Oct 1st, 2008, 08:52 AM
Hmm, Anna's struggles (like one of my other faves, Nicole) seem to be largely mental. But sometimes I think the best way to coax a positive mental attitude out of a person is not to straight out tell them how much they are struggling with it, but the opposite. That is, you act like you are completely sure that, deep down, she has the mental strength to do it, like you believe it's inevitable that she will figure it out in time. Like you know she's a champion who will rise eventually. When you show such belief in her, she will (hopefully) eventually come to act like the person you believe she is deep down. I mean, if you have a positive image of her, won't she want to live up to it? So I think telling her that (while there is some truth in it, given her talent and lack of recent results) is not productive. So, in conclusion... Anna let me coach you! I'll be much nicer to you than that guy I promise... :drool::bounce::lol: