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Andrew.
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:27 PM
Bepa rolling...

6-3 3-0

no1mariafan
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:28 PM
4-0

ys
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:29 PM
Tatiana has not been winning anything since the rain delay.

BK4ever
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:31 PM
Tati...has improved alot, but she still has alot of work to do on her second serve and her BH...I expect good things from her after the off season.

Go Vera...I want to see you holding the trophy on Sunday :D

goldenlox
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:34 PM
Vera/Amelie should be good. And I hope Nastya/Lena. Vera is on the improve.

no1mariafan
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:37 PM
6-3 6-1, Well done Vera. Some consolation for me to see who carry on in the tournement. Hope you can win it.

ys
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:38 PM
Well done Vera. Now go beat Amelie. Do it for yourself. Do it for your friend Nastya.

Andrew.
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:39 PM
Easier than I expected. Won ten of the last eleven games. :eek:

KV
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:40 PM
Second consecutive semi final for Bepa. Amélie needs to improve her game otherwise it's Vera who will be finalist.

Nastyafan
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:46 PM
Wow congrats Vera:bounce:
I'm vert impressed with her especially defensive play:eek:
Keep it tomorrow Vera and please beat Momo! Nastya needs your help too:yeah:

BK4ever
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:53 PM
Has Vera ever played Amelie...on HC's I give Vera the advantage, especially because Momo likes to use such heavy topspin, her shots should fall fight into Vera's wheelhouse :)

Verba
Aug 6th, 2004, 09:00 PM
Another impressive win from Vera! I hope for the Nastya/Vera final.

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 6th, 2004, 09:00 PM
well done Vera :)
she certainly came out firing after rain

goldenlox
Aug 6th, 2004, 09:15 PM
Mauresmo beat Vera in Fed Cup. She beat her easily in Rome this year.
This is the match for Vera. Beat Mauresmo. Get even for Fed Cup.
Prove you are now a real threat at the majors. This is the match.
It's time to go through the door. And join the elite few at the very top of the sport.

Epigone
Aug 6th, 2004, 09:30 PM
This is the type of hardcourt form that I expected from Bepa after watching her play at the Gold Coast and Sydney earlier this year, and that's why the losses to Dechy and Craybas at IW and Miami really perplexed me. If her serve is firing, she can compete at the very highest level. Once again, she produced 6 aces in a match, but she also double faulted 6 times. I want to see a rock-solid serve that won't fail when the pressure builds. I want Bepa to keep up the intensity and raise her first Tier I trophy this weekend.

goldenlox
Aug 6th, 2004, 09:37 PM
Last night Vera served 2 aces at 15-40 in the last game. And she hit the more athletic shots, not Maria.
The Tennis Channel is showing her match right now. I want to take a look at this.
This whole tournament is building blocks. You have to do it in Queens.
But beating Mauresmo is an important building block. Very important.

KV
Aug 6th, 2004, 09:45 PM
Last night Vera served 2 aces at 15-40 in the last game. And she hit the more athletic shots, not Maria.
The Tennis Channel is showing her match right now. I want to take a look at this.
This whole tournament is building blocks. You have to do it in Queens.
But beating Mauresmo is an important building block. Very important.That's broadcasted on Eurosport the final game. The 2 aces, the impressive defensive display from Vera followed by a counterpunch. And then Vera finished the match with a forehand winner. Yeah, can't complain about Eurosport. They've regularly broadcasted Vera so far his year. At least a few times.

Epigone
Aug 6th, 2004, 09:59 PM
I haven't seen Bepa play for so long, except for a little of the French Open. I wish that I could see her serving aces and hitting winners all over the place :crying2:. We get no WTA Tour matches in Australia, and I can't find a tv showing Eurosport here in Europe :banghead:.

goldenlox
Aug 6th, 2004, 10:05 PM
With the Tennis Channel, I've seen a lot of Vera recently. Golovin doesn't have power, and this was an easy win today.
Mauresmo will be much tougher. Especially to close out the match.
Vera has to play every point. This is a real top 5 player. Even when everyone is healthy.
To be the best, you have to beat the best. Mauresmo is the highest ranked player in this draw.

DEETHELICK
Aug 6th, 2004, 10:25 PM
I am more and more impressed by Zvonareva. I hope she makes me eat my words about her getting to the Top 5. She is definitely my 2nd favourite Russian after Elena D.

I hope she can win this title. Her form has been awesome, her matches with Serena and Ana were so close.

As for her match against Momo, she needs to step up to Momo's forehands and rip them for winners. Just stay aggressive. What works for Vera is her ability to get to balls and then smack a winner. She hit some great on the run shots.

Take Momo's balls on the rise :)

Epigone
Aug 6th, 2004, 10:38 PM
The problem is that Bepa plays (or at least did play) too defensively against top players. She is best when she steps up and attacks, and it seems like that's the way that she has been playing of late. Maybe her improved serve has given her the confidence to play a more attacking style of game?

goldenlox
Aug 6th, 2004, 10:57 PM
Vera is serving better. She's also moving better. Vera still has to get a little steadier.
Mauresmo is good at winning these kind of matches. She won't give up.
Vera has to compete for the whole match. Vera will lose some key points, and get emotional. But she has to forget it when the next point starts.
Every point is important in a match like this.

goldenlox
Aug 6th, 2004, 11:12 PM
Vera/Lena lost in doubles in 47 minutes. Vera is getting too good for doubles. Singles only.

Gowza
Aug 6th, 2004, 11:51 PM
well done vera on the win over golovin, good luck against mauresmo!

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 12:17 AM
This is Vera's second straight Tier I semifinal. She lost to Anastasia in San Diego.
This one will be no easier. To be great, you have to keep improving. You have to be better.
Better than you have ever been.

Court Central start 1:00 PM
(10)V Zvonareva (RUS) vs (2)A Mauresmo (FRA)
(WC)Mauresmo/Pierce vs (5)Asagoe/Sugiyama
Not before 7:00 PM
(3)A Myskina (RUS) vs E Likhovtseva (RUS)

Epigone
Aug 7th, 2004, 12:28 AM
Bepa is more than capable of winning this match, but she has to go about constructing her points properly, and not just bang from the baseline. Mix it up, and make Amelie uncomfortable. I think that Bepa will make her first Tier I final this weekend, so we should just strap ourselves in and enjoy the ride :)

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 12:30 AM
http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040806/i/r1713741194.jpg Fri Aug 6, 6:27 PM EThttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/nws/p/reuters120.gif (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/reuters/brand/SIG=pd7i95/*http://www.reuters.com)
Russia's Vera Zvonareva hits a return to France's Tatiana Golovin during quarter final action at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, August 6, 2004. Zvonareva defeated Golovin 6-3 6-1

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 01:34 AM
This is one of the biggest matches of Vera's life. The QF at RG against Petrova was probably a little bigger.
But a Tier I semi, when Vera is playing so well, and there's no dominant player. Like Lindsay last week.
This is a big match.

Verba
Aug 7th, 2004, 04:41 AM
I am more and more impressed by Zvonareva. I hope she makes me eat my words about her getting to the Top 5. She is definitely my 2nd favourite Russian after Elena D.
The same is true for me...
And then Nastya?

Is it possible that the nice-looking african-american guy is Julia's boyfriend?

ZVerka, beat Momo plz!!!

Mathijs
Aug 7th, 2004, 11:40 AM
Great game you played yesterday Vera (which i saw on ES :woohoo:) you played superb :worship: :bigclap:, if you'll play this superb ag. Momo i'm sure you'll win from Momo, Good Luck Vera :hearts: :bounce:

bubble
Aug 7th, 2004, 12:42 PM
Good luck against Momo today :)

Roxers
Aug 7th, 2004, 12:57 PM
Udachi Bepa against Mauresmo! :bounce:

DEETHELICK
Aug 7th, 2004, 01:32 PM
I definitely agree about the serve. It lets her be more aggressive by giving her a shorter ball and allowing her to boss the points.

What I've been really impressed with is the way Vera is using her BH. Power and angle is amazing. And her defense is great, although now she is willing to convert defence into attack.

Amelie's shots will kick up, however if Vera stays aggressive and gets on top of those balls, she can certainly handle them. Flatten out her returns. Flatten out those groundies.

She can win :)

Epigone
Aug 7th, 2004, 01:43 PM
I've always thought that Bepa's backhand is her real weapon. Her forehand stands out because of the large sweeping motion, but that backhand is like a cannon, and she can hit the most amazing crosscourt angles with it. It's a shame that I can't see her game developing this year, but it's good to read the descriptions here :).

Due to her fairly extreme western forehand grip, I think that Bepa will relish having Amelie hit shots that kick up a bit more than usual. It means that she'll be able to come over the ball and pound it to the sidelines. She needs to move Amelie around with a variety of pace, spin, and angles. This match is extremely winnable, but Bepa has to play smart.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 02:09 PM
Amelie won this event in 2002. I've seen her matches this week. She plays very well in the third set.
This will be a real mental test for Vera. She has to focus for the whole match.
But she's playing the best tennis I've ever seen her play. Today is mental. It's about maturity.
If Vera is to become a real threat at the US Open, then she will win today.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 04:41 PM
About 25 minutes until one of the biggest matches of Vera's career.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:16 PM
Vera starts with a break, she serves 1-0.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:18 PM
Vera 2-0.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:25 PM
Vera still up a break 3-1.

bubble
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:30 PM
Vamos Vera!

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:34 PM
4-2 Vera.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:36 PM
GO Vera go:yeah:
please beat her!

KV
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:38 PM
Vera 4-3

KV
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:38 PM
Yes from 0-30 to Gp Vera

KV
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:39 PM
Vera 5-3

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:39 PM
5-3:)
break her again!

bubble
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:39 PM
wonder what has Vera done lately.. She has improved her serve and mental game tremendously..

5-3 Vera

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:42 PM
5-4
please don't choke and serve out NOW!

KV
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:42 PM
Vera serving for first set 5-4

Canova
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:45 PM
Bit of a tight 1st set.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:47 PM
GRR 2BP:fiery:
5-5:fiery: :banghead:
Vera

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:47 PM
Vera couldn't hold at 5-4. Those are the games you need to win.

Andrew.
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:47 PM
Bepa :o

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:50 PM
Vera serving 5-6. Vera has faulted on 16 of 28 first serves.

the cat
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:50 PM
Nyet Vera! :( Hang in there.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:51 PM
Vera why do you choke in the most important moments:mad: :fiery:
fight girl

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:54 PM
Tiebreak, Vera up 4-1.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:54 PM
oh she held
but don't make stupid errors as after 30-0
win TB please

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 05:57 PM
can' believe what a mistake at 1-0:fiery:
but 5-1:)
momo is:nerner:

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:00 PM
5-4, 6-4, 6-5, 6-6.

the cat
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:01 PM
Udachi Verushka! :bounce:

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:04 PM
5-4:fiery: VEEEERAAA
again chances miissed
but momo helps too
2SP WHAT A MISS AGAIN:smash:
:fiery: :fiery: 6-6
noo SP down
cant believe what a way to lose the set:mad: :fiery: :sad: :smash: :banghead:

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:04 PM
Vera served for the set at 5-4, had a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak. 2 set points at 6-4.
And she lost the set 6-7(6).

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:10 PM
1-1 in the second. It's going to be an uphill battle to win this match.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:13 PM
i don't think vera can turn this match now
unfortunately she remains a choker in big matches in big moments

Andrew.
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:14 PM
Vera down a break. End.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:14 PM
Vera was broken, 1-2. I knew this match would be tough.

bubble
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:17 PM
Vera :bigcry: so many wasted opportunities...

0-30 on Momo's serve... capitalise it this time!

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:18 PM
Rain.

KV
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:20 PM
In the first set Momo got way, Vera was the better player. Vera missed a large number of first serves.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:21 PM
If Vera was the better player, she would close it out. Mauresmo is better under pressure.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:24 PM
can't believe how momo will slink to the final and probably win it because the other finalist will be exhausted. She could have lost in every round but everyone choked against her:mad:
and this was one of most foolishly lost TB I have ever seen:fiery:

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:26 PM
If Mauresmo wins the title, Nastya will have to win Sopot. But this match isn't over yet.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:38 PM
After it rained yesterday, Vera came back strong. She needs to get this break, and then hold.
That should get her back in the match.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 06:38 PM
only hope if the rain helps but i don't think it will happen Vera throw away the substance for the shadow:smash:
i'm still mad with that TB she should have won it to 0 or 1:mad:

KV
Aug 7th, 2004, 07:03 PM
Players back on the court warming up

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 07:12 PM
Vera lost 4 straight points. 1-3. It's almost over.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 07:15 PM
Mauresmo serves 7-6, 3-2.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 07:23 PM
Vera you are hopeless
why din't you choke vs Masha and now gift the match to this:devil:

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 07:24 PM
Mauresmo serving 5-2. Vera is still not ready to win this kind of match.
But she had a good week.

KV
Aug 7th, 2004, 07:25 PM
2 Bp's Vera

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 07:28 PM
7-6(6), 6-2. Vera plays next in Ohio.

KV
Aug 7th, 2004, 07:30 PM
5 aces 6 DF'sd 20 winners 27 UE's and 1/3 BP convertions.
Though Vera deserved a better final score. As well Momo played better than in her previous matches here.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 07:31 PM
Vera:sad: :sad: :bigcry: :bigcry:
where was your yesterday's game
at least you could have exhausted her more as you did with your friend last week:fiery:

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 08:31 PM
This was a good week for Vera. Her first time into the top 10. She played 2 top 10 players.
Vera gained experience. She still has to make another forward move, to reach the highest level of the sport.
Vera's improving, and she's getting closer to the top. But more hard work has to be done.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 09:14 PM
Vera is turning in an early Nastya's copy - she produces her best game again her compatriots and when she has to kick some another big ass she chokes.
I wonder isn't the biggest goal for all Russians to prove which one is the best between them.
I expect another thriller tonight:fiery:

Epigone
Aug 7th, 2004, 09:15 PM
Bepa :shrug:

I don't know why it is such a problem for her to close out sets. If you look at the matches against top 10 players that she has lost this year, she has more often than not been up a break or two at some point, before handing it right back and losing the set.

Bepa is techincally good enough to beat anyone in the top 10, but her head deserts her at the most inopportune moments. She can't be throwing away multiple set points and match points against anyone, let alone top 10 players.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 09:19 PM
Vera has never beaten players as good as Mauresmo. Sharapova is not as good, on hardcourt.
Amelie plays a solid, steady game. She might be better than Nastya.
But Vera should have closed out the first set. I'll watch it on ESPN tonight.

Epigone
Aug 7th, 2004, 09:23 PM
But Vera should have closed out the first set. I'll watch it on ESPN tonight.That's the point. Whether or not Bepa won or lost, this match should have been a three-setter. Winning the 1st set puts your opponent on the back foot, and they have to work hard to even up the match. In addition, losing a set after having set points messes up a player's confidence which, in Bepa's case, is vital to her playing well.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 09:28 PM
Vera should have competed better in the second set. She might have been tired from 2 good weeks on hardcourt.
I have to watch the match before I comment on it.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 09:45 PM
Vera was playing without her brain the most importants points. Several times she was trying to lob Momo when she could have finished with passing shots Her game at the net was awful, she put some very easy balls in the net. And while Momo was coming out of trouble always with big serves, Vera did DF at SP and BP in the second set:fiery:

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 09:47 PM
I'll see it tonight. Vera is not as good a player as Amelie. Mauresmo might be the year end #1.
Vera still needs more experience. And more improvement in her game.

DEETHELICK
Aug 7th, 2004, 09:59 PM
I saw the very latter stage of the match, and Vera was mentally gone. She was missing shots that she normally makes in her sleep. She was being aggressive, but Momo's super defense was frustrating her. Amelie knew she had it in the bag once she broke in the 2nd set.

It seems like Vera was very aggressive in the first set, leading 5-3 and 5-1 in the TB. Its those points that are crucial in making or breaking a player.

I hope she rebounds from this and puts in a super performance at the USO. Definitely a danger to upset a Top 8 seed.

Nastyafan
Aug 7th, 2004, 10:01 PM
But Momo didn't manage to win all week in two except vs. Vera
Indeed she played well today especially after she won that weird set but it could have been completely different story if Vera had won that set and if she had played at least 70% of her yesterday's game

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 11:47 PM
I saw the 4-5 game. A bad UE at 15-15, a df at 15-30, another UE at 30-40. Very poor game, at a key moment.
Austin said Lex is her coach, and Vera trains in Boston and Florida.

goldenlox
Aug 7th, 2004, 11:51 PM
The Tennis Channel is showing the tie break now.

goldenlox
Aug 8th, 2004, 12:02 AM
Mauresmo played great from 5-1 on. Vera played a little safe on some points. And very aggressive on others.
I like what she did. She missed winning that set by an inch. Mauresmo's get on the drop shot at 5-1 was great.
Mauresmo's passing shot at 6-4 was excellent. Vera did fine in the tiebreak.
The 5-4 game, that was where she lost the set.

Epigone
Aug 8th, 2004, 12:14 AM
It's kinda like two steps forward and one step back at the moment. The important thing is that Bepa doesn't become disheartened. The devestating loss to Nastya, and then blowing the first set against Mauresmo will surely have some effect on her confidence. She showed by beating Maria that she has toughened up mentally, but she has her limits. I hope that she can learn from this experience and prevent it from happening again.

goldenlox
Aug 8th, 2004, 12:17 AM
The top players make big shots on big points. That what Maria did at Wimbledon. Mauresmo made some great shots.
Vera played good enough in the tiebreak to beat most players. If Mauresmo was having a so-so day, Vera would have won the set.

goldenlox
Aug 8th, 2004, 12:37 AM
I think the big difference between this match and the Sharapova win is that Mauresmo is steady.
Vera often made the first error in a long point. Vera still has to improve.
This match was close, but Mauresmo won most of the key points.

Epigone
Aug 8th, 2004, 12:48 AM
I think the big difference between this match and the Sharapova win is that Mauresmo is steady.
Vera often made the first error in a long point. Vera still has to improve.
This match was close, but Mauresmo won most of the key points.Bepa can also be very steady when she is in a counterpunching frame of mind. She wore down Venus at the French Open by getting everything back, and just waiting for an error.

It looks like Bepa is in a transitional stage of her career, with a new coach and a new style of play. She will have to adjust the way that she thinks when she plays big points, coz she can't always be attacking.

goldenlox
Aug 8th, 2004, 12:50 AM
Mauresmo has always beaten Vera. Amelie is better than Sharapova, except on grass.
When Vera can win a match like this, then she's ready to win a major.

goldenlox
Aug 8th, 2004, 01:56 AM
It was Mauresmo's fourth win in as many meetings with the 19-year-old Zvonareva, but the promising Russian can take consolation in the fact that her performance this week is projected to put her into the top-10 in rankings for the first time, likely at No. 9.
"I don't think what happened was something special," said Zvonareva, the 14th seed who has yet to reach the final of a Tier-1 tournament like the Rogers Cup. "Amelie just made good shots when I was up 5-1. "I think I did well on the set points, but she did better."

goldenlox
Aug 8th, 2004, 02:46 AM
http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040807/i/r1033723392.jpg Sat Aug 7, 4:14 PM EThttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/nws/p/reuters120.gif (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/reuters/brand/SIG=pd7i95/*http://www.reuters.com)
Russia's Vera Zvonareva bangs her head with her racket after losing a point during her semi-final match against Amelie Mauresmo of France at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, August 7, 2004. Mauresmo defeated Zvonareva, 7-6(6) 6-2

goldenlox
Aug 8th, 2004, 02:48 AM
http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040807/i/r2735965644.jpg Sat Aug 7, 4:42 PM EThttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/nws/p/reuters120.gif (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/reuters/brand/SIG=pd7i95/*http://www.reuters.com)
Russia's Vera Zvonareva holds a towel to her face after losing the tie-breaking first set against Amelie Mauresmo of France during their semi-final match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, August 7, 2004. Mauresmo defeated Zvonareva, 7-6(6) 6-2.

Epigone
Aug 8th, 2004, 09:20 AM
Bepa shouldn't be banging her head with the racquet. It's just one lost point, and I want her to be coherent when I speak with her next. On the other hand, her intensity and desire to succeed at all cost is why I like her so much :)

goldenlox
Aug 8th, 2004, 09:53 AM
Lex used to coach Vince Spadea. He's trying to get Vera to be more postitve in her body language. She trains in Boston and Florida. Sometimes a coaching change is good.
So much of this game is mental. That is what Lena L. said -


She gave credit to her coach, Sam Sumyk, who was hired for a two-week stint and has mostly dealt with the mental side of the game.

"I just feel really calm and confident and usually I wouldn't be," said Likhovtseva, 28, who reached the final of a Tier-1 event for the first time. "He said 'just go out and fight.'

"When I go out there, I'm just thinking of fighting and running down every point and not thinking about the score, or what's going to happen if I win the match, or other bad things."

goldenlox
Aug 8th, 2004, 05:43 PM
The final in Montreal is between a 28 and a 25 year old. Vera is still 19, for a few weeks more.
Vera has plenty of time. She's going forward, she's improving. Stay positive.
Believe in yourself. Always.

goldenlox
Aug 10th, 2004, 03:17 AM
http://www.wtatour.com/global/photogallery/montreal/f_02.jpg http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gifhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/photogallery_mainimage_bottom.jpg©Patrick Bernath
MONTREAL: Vera Zvonareva

goldenlox
Aug 10th, 2004, 07:38 PM
Vera will be the #1 seed in Cincinnati. She won Memphis as the #1 seed.
Vera withdrew from New Haven. She'll be well rested for the US Open.

ys
Aug 10th, 2004, 07:46 PM
Very thoughtful, Vera. No need to play New Haven. I am not going to there.

Vera, The Open is yours to take.

goldenlox
Aug 10th, 2004, 07:53 PM
The Open is the tournament for Vera to show the world she's the next breakthrough star.
But that will take tremendous tennis.
Right now, it's time to get some rest before Cincinnati.

goldenlox
Aug 11th, 2004, 12:11 AM
Pictures of beautiful Vera in Montreal -

http://www.nickaweb.com/montreal04wta.asp?player=Vera%20Zvonareva


http://www.nickaweb.com/PhotoTennis/Zvonareva6_montreal2004.jpg


http://www.nickaweb.com/PhotoTennis/Zvonareva5_montreal2004.jpg

Epigone
Aug 11th, 2004, 09:25 AM
I'm surfing the web for old Bepa stories for something to do. Here are some snippets from her 2000 and 2001 Orange Bowl victories.
http://www.*****************/Tournaments/International/2001/December/OrangeBowl/OrangeBowl.htm

2000
First she whacked a confident cross court forehand winner then came up with a an unreturnable serve to Edina's forehand. Still dissatisfied with her game, Vera constantly berates herself between points, chattering away in her native Russian. "I do it to keep myself in the game" she said.2001
At 2-1 in the third the umpire gave Vera a code violation point penalty for audible obscenity, which Vera claimed was not so. She normally chatters to herself in her native Russian to urge herself on. "Otherwise I get lazy," she said. "I say to myself, I have to play, I have to do my best." With a new coach and new playing style, does anyone think that this potentially destructive behaviour will be ironed out of Bepa's game?

Epigone
Aug 11th, 2004, 09:31 AM
Also, here is some interesting information from wtatour.com
http://www.wtatour.com/newsroom/stories/NewsArticle_5074_rx.asp

Only three players have accumulated more than 38 victories this year in professional tennis - Lindsay Davenport (47), Amelie Mauresmo (41) and Vera Zvonareva (39). Sure, she has played a lot of tournaments, but it is still impressive that a player who, let's face it, has the choker label attached :o, can close out 39 matches.

mandy7
Aug 11th, 2004, 09:40 AM
With a new coach and new playing style, does anyone think that this potentially destructive behaviour will be ironed out of Bepa's game?
i don't know... anything is possible of course
but to be honest, i don't know if it's THAT bad..
and it's part of charm i think :o
it's part of Vera.. i like it
but if it really starts to get ugly
and she really suffers from it
i think her coach will be wise enough to say..:
hey kiddo, listen, this has gotta change!

Sure, she has played a lot of tournaments, but it is still impressive that a player who, let's face it, has the choker label attached :o, can close out 39 matches
that's so NOT choker-ish then :D

goldenlox
Aug 11th, 2004, 10:41 AM
Vera's game looks different now. She sometimes serves and volleys. She can mix up crosscourt and down the line in a point, with pace.
I think her movement can still improve. Her serve can still improve. But both serve and movement are better than this spring.
Vera definately is more in control between points. The next forward move is the big one.
A big major, winning Tier I's. The next breakthrough is to reach the top level of the sport.

mandy7
Aug 12th, 2004, 11:53 AM
vote :p
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=128153

goldenlox
Aug 12th, 2004, 09:38 PM
Cincinnati is an important tournament for Vera. It's great to make two semis and a quarter, losing to Nastya, Serena, and Amelie.
But Vera has to keep moving forward. The US Open will require Vera's absolute peak performance.
And she needs to do her best to make the YEC.
This week it's important for Vera to keep getting better. And play well from start to finish.
Pressure them, and then close out the match quickly.

Epigone
Aug 13th, 2004, 10:28 AM
From the August 9, 2004 "Notes & Netcords"

I'm really happy if I'm going to be in the Top 10. I was going for this all my life, and it's great:clap2:

goldenlox
Aug 13th, 2004, 11:13 AM
And Vera reached the top 10 with a solid win over the Wimbledon champion.
But Vera can do more. She can win majors. She can challenge for #1.
Vera has shown that kind of ability in the last few weeks.
It's not just potential. It's ability that Vera already has. More hard work. Keep focusing on every point in your matches.
The next forward move is the big one.

goldenlox
Aug 13th, 2004, 01:24 PM
Davenport took a WC in Cincinnati. So Vera will get to play a good US Open prep match in the final.
First they both have to get to the final.

Epigone
Aug 13th, 2004, 02:00 PM
Bepa needs a good test before the US Open, and she'll get it if she plays Lindsay in the final. Both are playing better hardcourt tennis than they were at the start of the year, so it should be interesting.

mandy7
Aug 13th, 2004, 02:44 PM
a lindsay - vera final would be awesome :bounce:

goldenlox
Aug 13th, 2004, 03:13 PM
If Vera plays Lindsay, it should be at the level of play as an Olympic medal match.
But Vera has to go win all her matches first. Keep the pressure on every opponent.

bubble
Aug 13th, 2004, 04:22 PM
From the August 9, 2004 "Notes & Netcords"

I'm really happy if I'm going to be in the Top 10. I was going for this all my life, and it's great

:clap2:

Go for top 5 now Vera ;)

pav
Aug 14th, 2004, 12:22 PM
Do You think the increase in the amount of doubles matches Vera seems to have played this season has contributed to the more net approaches, more serve and volley play etc. along with the second coach?

Epigone
Aug 14th, 2004, 01:17 PM
Do You think the increase in the amount of doubles matches Vera seems to have played this season has contributed to the more net approaches, more serve and volley play etc. along with the second coach?I think that this is very possible because Vera has been playing an awful lot of doubles this year, and that has been reflected in her jump up the rankings.

On the other hand, it may just be Vera adapting her play to different opponents, which is one of her great strengths.

Epigone
Aug 14th, 2004, 01:53 PM
Oh, I asked Nastya in the press conference this morning about how she felt about not being able to play doubles with Vera at the Olympics, considering that they have been together all year.

Nastya said that she is really sad because Vera is a good friend, and that Vera was devastated that she wasn't selected. She said that she hopes that Vera will be selected for the next Olympics, but that she (Nastya) might not be playing there. She said it was simply a case of a lot of points coming off at the wrong time :sad:

I still don't understand why they only took five players, but the result is that Vera will be watching the Olympics from home :mad:

goldenlox
Aug 14th, 2004, 02:15 PM
No, Vera will be watching from Cincinnati, and she needs to use this as US Open preparation.
It's not a fair system. Right now, Vera is playing better tennis than Sveta and Nadia.
But you have to use this Olympic slight as motivation. Vera has to show the world that she belongs on the short list of world's best players.

goldenlox
Aug 14th, 2004, 07:36 PM
Vera has to build on the last fews weeks. Keep the pressure on. Be relentless.

8) Weingartner vs. Gagliardi
Sfar vs. Pin
Irvin vs. Washington
3) Frazier vs. Q

6) Craybas vs. Sequera
Jidkova vs. Lee-Waters
Groenefeld vs. Q
2) Zvonareva vs. Bye

pav
Aug 14th, 2004, 08:08 PM
It is sad to think of Her not in Athens,but She will be only about Nastya and Elena's age by the next , and hopefully it will be burning Vera up a bit(but not too much ) at Cincinnati! motivation not meltdown,Her recent run has been a pleasure to follow.

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2004, 12:52 AM
Vera pulled out of New Haven. So Cincinnati is an important tournament for her. She can't have a letdown now.
Each match is very important.

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2004, 03:15 AM
Vera in Montreal -


http://members.lycos.co.uk/mwphotopress/Aug2/zvonareva201.jpg

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2004, 03:34 AM
Montreal -
http://members.lycos.co.uk/mwphotopress/Aug4/zvonareva406.jpg

Daniel
Aug 15th, 2004, 09:24 AM
Go Vera, win the title http://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/clapsss.gif

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2004, 02:15 PM
Vera in Montreal -


http://members.lycos.co.uk/mwphotopress/Aug4/zvonareva403.jpg

http://members.lycos.co.uk/mwphotopress/Aug4/zvonareva404.jpg

http://members.lycos.co.uk/mwphotopress/Aug4/zvonareva405.jpg

Epigone
Aug 15th, 2004, 06:04 PM
Furthermore to what Nastya said in the press conference - she said that she, Bepa, Sveta and Lena L. are all really close, and it's great for them to be able to play Fed Cup together.


I wonder how Nadia in particular will fit into the group during the Olympics? :scratch:

Surely not as well as Bepa :hug:

Epigone
Aug 16th, 2004, 10:27 PM
I thought we should go back into the archives to see how Vera has progessed since last year.

This is from March 2003

http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=1518427&postcount=458

She ended the 2002 ranked No. 45, an excellent rookie season. But whether she is just more than a Top 20 player remains to be seen. She has excellent fundamentals and is a good mover, but she doesn't knock your hat off like the members of the Top 5 do. The jury is still out on whether she'll ever crack the Top 10 but she definitely has the potential to reach the second weeks of the Slams time and time again. In the fourth round here, she'll have a stern test against Meghann Shaughnessy.

"Each day is different," she said, Sometimes the [high-ranked players] just kill me and sometimes I'm killing them."It probably took a little too long, but she did crack the Top 10.

I hope the bit about reaching the second week of slams rings true for many years to come.

goldenlox
Aug 16th, 2004, 10:40 PM
I think Vera's play against Serena, Nastya, and Maria in the last few weeks show that Vera has a chance to win majors.
But Vera has to keep improving. Every area of her game.

goldenlox
Aug 18th, 2004, 01:33 AM
Russian's ranking rising steadily

By Neil Schmidt
Enquirer staff writer

MASON - Vera Zvonareva sat in the players' lounge here Monday, watching Olympic tennis on TV.

It's a bit odd that the world's No. 9 player wasn't on the court in Athens. But there's a maximum of four singles players from each country in the Games, and the rankings cutoff date came before Wimbledon, when Zvonareva wasn't yet among the top four Russians.

"They said before they'd take the rankings from that date, so I knew I was too low," Zvonareva said. "It's OK. Maybe I can go to the next Olympics."

The Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open is happy to have her. Zvonareva, the second seed here, is rising fast.

Ranked 371st at the end of 2001, the 19-year-old has been on a steady ascent. This marks her second week in the top 10.

"I have to adjust my goals, have to look forward," she said. "It would be great if I could make the (WTA Tour) Championships," the year-end tournament for the top eight ranked players.

Zvonareva broke through last year at the French Open, beating Venus Williams en route to the quarterfinals. She made the round of 16 at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year.

Three weeks ago in San Diego, Zvonareva lost an epic semifinal to fellow Russian Anastasia Myskina 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (15). She rebounded the next week with a victory over Maria Sharapova in Montreal, where she reached the semifinals. "I'm learning how best to be on the court," she said.

Epigone
Aug 18th, 2004, 07:52 AM
"They said before they'd take the rankings from that date, so I knew I was too low," Zvonareva said. "It's OK. Maybe I can go to the next Olympics."I don't believe for a second that Vera is okay with it, at it still doesn't address the issue of her omission from doubles.

"I'm learning how best to be on the court," she said.:yeah: Keep evolving your game, and then ride the wave to victory.

goldenlox
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:09 AM
Are you calling Vera a liar?

"I have to adjust my goals, have to look forward," she said. "It would be great if I could make the (WTA Tour) Championships,"
Vera needs a breakthrough in New York. If she makes the semis of a major, all the good stuff will happen.

Epigone
Aug 18th, 2004, 07:55 PM
Are you calling Vera a liar? No, Vera I'm not calling Vera a liar :)

Nastya, in answering my question in the press conference in Sopot, said that Vera was really upset about being left off the team. We've seen how much pride she takes in representing Russia in Fed Cup, so I believe that she is just trying to put on a brave face, while she is burning up inside.

goldenlox
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:25 PM
The whole year, we knew that Vera had to get some wins, or Sveta would catch her in the rankings.
Vera had so many chances to make the Olympic team. Craybas, Dechy, Sharapova in Paris.
Now that Vera is playing well, she has to keep going, keep that focus, keep improving.

Epigone
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:32 PM
The whole year, we knew that Vera had to get some wins, or Sveta would catch her in the rankings.
Vera had so many chances to make the Olympic team. Craybas, Dechy, Sharapova in Paris.
Now that Vera is playing well, she has to keep going, keep that focus, keep improving.Of course she had plenty of chances to make the Olympic singles team, but like you say, she blew them. But that doesn't take away from the fact that her doubles ranking was superior to Lena D's, and as such, she should have been playing doubles.

Now Vera has to focus on making the YEC, and I want to see her move up the rankings by winning the US Open and Kremlin Cup.

Epigone
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:39 PM
Vera's 2nd round opponent in Cincinnati will be lucky loser Antonella Serra Zanetti.

They have met twice before, with Vera victorious both times.

2001 CIVITANOVA CLAY V. ZVONAREVA 6-3 2-6 6-3

2002 WIMBLEDON GRASS V. ZVONAREVA 6-3 6-2

Udachi Bepa!

goldenlox
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:39 PM
She has to focus on the US Open. That's the biggest event until January.
She needs to bring her best tennis to New York. And keep building on her hardcourt form.

Epigone
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:45 PM
For Vera, the biggest event is Kremlin Cup. It might not have the prestige of a Grand Slam, but she has said that she wants to win the title in front of her home crowd in Moscow.

goldenlox
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:48 PM
Then she has the US Open, the Kremlin Cup, and the YEC. A lot to look forward to.
If Vera can play well in Cincinnati, she can go into New York with confidence.

Epigone
Aug 18th, 2004, 11:56 PM
If Vera can play well in Cincinnati, she can go into New York with confidence.It will also help if some of her main competitors are lacking a little in confidence because of Olympic disappointment. Vera has to take this opportunity to show that she is THE Russian to watch in the futute.

goldenlox
Aug 19th, 2004, 03:21 AM
Vera plays at 4 in the afternoon, or just after that, Cincinnati time -

Center Court (from 15.00hrs)
1. Granville vs. Chladkova
2. Ant. Serra Zanetti vs. Zvonareva (NB 16.00hrs)

bubble
Aug 19th, 2004, 08:31 PM
Vamos Vera! :)

Mathijs
Aug 19th, 2004, 08:36 PM
Go Vera Go!! :)

goldenlox
Aug 19th, 2004, 09:50 PM
Vera won the first set 6-4.

DEETHELICK
Aug 19th, 2004, 09:55 PM
Good luck Vera. Would be good to see you take this title and defeat Lindsay in the final. Perfect prep for the biggie coming up :)

goldenlox
Aug 19th, 2004, 10:19 PM
Vera won, 6-4, 7-6. I'll get to watch the quarters. I didn't see this one. The score doesn't indicate good tennis by Vera.

goldenlox
Aug 20th, 2004, 12:39 AM
Second-seed Vera Zvonareva made her first appearance in the tournament. Zvonareva fought back from deficits of 1-4 in the first set and 3-5 in the second to beat Antonella Serra Zanetti, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
"It was tough conditions today, windy and humid, and it was the first match for me," said Zvonareva, who overcame 14 double faults and 60 unforced errors. "In the beginning, I didn't feel comfortable on the court, but I found my game a little later in the match."

KV
Aug 20th, 2004, 08:55 AM
Expected win :)

goldenlox
Aug 20th, 2004, 10:23 AM
Vera plays Shuai Peng today.

goldenlox
Aug 20th, 2004, 03:27 PM
Vera needs to find her best form. She can't afford to play like this in NYC.

Mathijs
Aug 20th, 2004, 03:57 PM
Hopefully Vera will win this, Goo Vera and Good Luck! :hearts: :bounce: :bounce:

KV
Aug 20th, 2004, 07:11 PM
Good luck vs. Peng. Get your win!

Epigone
Aug 20th, 2004, 07:49 PM
"It was tough conditions today, windy and humid, and it was the first match for me," said Zvonareva, who overcame 14 double faults and 60 unforced errors.
:eek:

I hope her serve doesn't let her down again. It has to be used as a weapon.

no1mariafan
Aug 20th, 2004, 09:37 PM
Good Luck Vera! A more confident display please.

goldenlox
Aug 21st, 2004, 01:43 AM
Vera leads 6-2, 3-1.

goldenlox
Aug 21st, 2004, 02:24 AM
Vera won 6-2, 6-2. Now she has to keep that intensity. Keep improving.
It's your time to become a celebrity in NYC.

goldenlox
Aug 21st, 2004, 02:58 AM
Vera plays Frazier, who beat Myskina at Wimbledon. They met once in Zurich. Vera has to keep improving this week.
Got to win this match.

pav
Aug 21st, 2004, 11:22 AM
Haven't seen the stats, but must have been a big improvement vs Peng, and will need to be even better against Frazier, who isn't to be taken lightly, as Vera will well remember!

goldenlox
Aug 21st, 2004, 12:29 PM
"It was a little bit better conditions for me today," Zvonareva said. "It wasn't that windy. And playing a second match made it easier for me."

Zvonareva plays third-seeded Amy Frazier at 3 p.m. today. Their only previous meeting occurred in 2003 in Zurich, which Zvonareva won 6-3, 7-5. "I won, but it was a really tough match," Zvonareva said. "I broke her once in each set."

KV
Aug 21st, 2004, 12:31 PM
Improvemnet vs. Peng was made compared to the Serra Zannetti's game :)
Good luck vs. Amy

goldenlox
Aug 21st, 2004, 12:56 PM
I wish Vera played in the Olympics. They were so pressure-filled, Vera needed that experience.
So she knows what to expect in 2008.
But that's over. Vera has to come into NYC refreshed and focused. This next tournament could be Vera's breakthrough major.

goldenlox
Aug 21st, 2004, 08:43 PM
Vera has not reached a final since she won Memphis this spring. This is her 5th semifinal since then.
Rome, Eastbourne, San Diego, and Montreal. And now Cincinnati.

no1mariafan
Aug 21st, 2004, 09:38 PM
well, the winner is playing davenport due to a walkover. Bartoli has a blister on her hand.

Andrew.
Aug 21st, 2004, 11:54 PM
Bepa has lost the first set to Frazier 3-6, but is up a break 1-0 in the second. Pick it up.

no1mariafan
Aug 22nd, 2004, 12:18 AM
Come on Bepa, move into the next gear now. Win this!!

Andrew.
Aug 22nd, 2004, 12:31 AM
Bepa loses double break lead. 3-6 5-5.

Andrew.
Aug 22nd, 2004, 12:41 AM
Bepa wins second set.

3-6 7-6 (4)

goldenlox
Aug 22nd, 2004, 01:01 AM
Vera's up 3-0 in the third. I won't get to see this until tomorrow.

Andrew.
Aug 22nd, 2004, 01:21 AM
Zvonareva def. Frazier 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-1.

Great fighting from Bepa.

goldenlox
Aug 22nd, 2004, 01:25 AM
Now Vera gets a good US Open prep against Davenport. She can see how close she is to the top of the sport.
Keep fighting. Davenport's level went down in the third set of the Wimbledon semis. Make her work.

goldenlox
Aug 22nd, 2004, 02:28 AM
MASON, Ohio - Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva fought off two match points and went on to defeat No. 3 Amy Frazier 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 Saturday in the semifinals of the Western and Southern Women's Open.

Zvonareva will meet top-seeded Lindsay Davenport in the finals Sunday. Davenport advanced in a walkover when a hand injury forced fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli to withdraw four hours before their semifinal match Saturday.

"I played the first couple of games really well," said Zvonareva, who blew a 4-1 lead in the second set before winning the tiebreaker and dominating the third set. "Then I started making so many mistakes that I didn't know what to do. I finally found my game in the third set."

Zvonareva's all-or-nothing style produced 42 unforced errors to Frazier's 19 and 12 double faults to Frazier's three. But Zvonareva also had a 57-19 edge in winners and a 16-3 advantage in aces.

"I didn't get much of a chance to get into the points in the third set," Frazier said. "She was hitting so many winners."

All 12 of Zvonareva's double faults and 36 of her unforced errors came in the first two sets.

Her aggressiveness was the key to fighting off the match points. She saved the first with a first serve to Frazier's backhand that was unreturnable and the other with an ace.
"I was thinking that I shouldn't wait for her to make mistakes, and that I should stay aggressive," Zvonareva said.

goldenlox
Aug 22nd, 2004, 10:01 AM
Zvonareva refuses to fold

No.2 seed struggles vs. Frazier before rebounding for win




By Dustin Dow
Enquirer staff writer


MASON - For a set and a half Saturday, Vera Zvonareva looked lost on Center Court.

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/08/22/ten.jpg
Vera Zvonareva beat Amy Frazier in three sets.
(Enquirer photo/JEFF SWINGER)
Tennis balls came off her racket and flew either into the net or out of bounds.

Then suddenly and surprisingly, Zvonareva found control over her stroke and defeated Amy Frazier 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open.

The second-seeded Zvonareva will play No. 1 seed Lindsay Davenport at 1 p.m. today for the championship at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Zvonareva fought off two match points down 5-6 during the second set when it appeared her wildness would cost her the match.

But ironically she used her service game to get out of that jam and then served an ace on her own match point in the third set.

"She aced me once and hit a great first serve," Frazier said of losing her second-set match points. "There's nothing I can do about that. She was just too good."

During the first two sets, Zvonareva combined to commit 36 unforced errors and 12 double faults.

She did not commit another double fault in the third set and finished with 42 unforced errors and 16 aces.

She cried and slammed her racket at times in the first set, and appeared distraught after she doubled-faulted to lose the set.

"I had so many mistakes. I didn't know what to do," Zvonareva said. "I said to myself at the beginning of the second set, 'I should start over.' "

It seemed to work when Zvonareva took a 4-1 second-set lead, but she quickly allowed Frazier back into the set.

"It was hard for me to play safely," Zvonareva said. "Because if I would play safe, she would have attacked me all the time, and I would have the same errors, and I wouldn't have any winners. "So I had to stay aggressive. ... I finally found my game in the third set."

goldenlox
Aug 22nd, 2004, 10:04 AM
"Vera's had an excellent summer," Davenport said. "She's really played well."

The two have played three times this year, most recently at Wimbledon, with Davenport winning 6-4, 6-4. This is the first time they have met in a tournament final.

Zvonareva got here by defeating Amy Frazier 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 Saturday night.

Zvonareva reached the semifinals of her previous two tournaments, but this is her first final appearance since she won in Memphis in February. "You never know what's going to happen," said Zvonareva, who is enjoying her highest career ranking. "I think I'm pretty confident in myself."

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 22nd, 2004, 10:39 AM
well done Vera :) nice comeback :)
good luck in final today :)

KV
Aug 22nd, 2004, 12:13 PM
Well done to reach the final :)

bubble
Aug 22nd, 2004, 12:22 PM
way to go Vera!
Now if she can get rid of the duck against Lindsay , it will at least cheer the RR forum here after the Olympics dissapointment...

goldenlox
Aug 22nd, 2004, 03:59 PM
I think Vera has the strokes to challenge at the majors. I definately see that this summer. She has a complete game, and good movement.
Vera needs to play steadier, while still being aggressive.
If she can do that, she can challenge for #1 in the world.

Frank
Aug 22nd, 2004, 05:39 PM
I definitely agree with goldenlox here...I saw Vera play against Maria a couple of weeks ago and I was really impressed and amazed how well Vera played...She has great shots and incredible footwork...If she could improve some more and keep that level for several months instead of a couple of matches...She might become a very serious contender in every tournament she enters (if she isn't that already) and a threat for the number 1...

Problem is...She really impressed me against Maria (S.)...But I've seen too many matches of her which were just...Not good...

Mathijs
Aug 22nd, 2004, 07:01 PM
Vera loses the Final of Cincy to Lindsay Davenport 2-6 3-6 :sad: dissapointing loss this :bigcry:

Frank
Aug 22nd, 2004, 07:08 PM
Awwwww....That's sad....I really would have liked seeing Veria winning this...Would have been good for her confidence...

goldenlox
Aug 22nd, 2004, 07:12 PM
Lindsay has been the best player this summer. Vera is still not at that level.
Next is the US Open.

Mathijs
Aug 22nd, 2004, 07:15 PM
wish you all the best in the USO Bepa!!!!! :yeah: Udachi Bepa!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

no1mariafan
Aug 22nd, 2004, 08:16 PM
Bad luck Vera. Did good getting to the final, now you need the performances of your lifetime (Montreal V Masha) to reach the latter stages of the last major of the year.

goldenlox
Aug 22nd, 2004, 08:21 PM
Vera played several matches as well as that one. Vera had 9 match points against Myskina in a Tier I semifinal.
But Vera has been improving. That what's important. She's heading towards the top 5.

no1mariafan
Aug 22nd, 2004, 08:35 PM
Yeh, probably did exagerate a bit with that one. Hopefully Vera gets a good draw and capitalises on it.

KV
Aug 22nd, 2004, 09:06 PM
Losing to Lindsay is no shame. Little disappointing scoreline considering her recent perf.

goldenlox
Aug 22nd, 2004, 09:12 PM
Last year Vera lost in the third round of the US Open to Shaughnessy. She can do much better than that.
Vera can make a real run towards playing in the YEC. It starts in New York.

pav
Aug 23rd, 2004, 08:22 AM
No great shame ,losing to an on Her game Dav. as has been said,and would be great to see a good run at the U.S. and Her into the YEC. alright. one thing is Vera keeps improving and working on areas of Her game that need it.
Without looking it up it dosen't seem very often She is beaten in two sets over the last two years,and when it happens it's usually at the hands of a top player. I gather She is playing a more attacking game now, which would lead to more errors for a while but will pay off in the end, do You think this is so?

saab95
Aug 23rd, 2004, 09:43 AM
Everybody has a opponent very hard to play with.
Vera has Davenport.

goldenlox
Aug 23rd, 2004, 11:31 AM
Zvonareva's style not enough in final

Davenport's consistency too much




By Dustin Dow
Enquirer staff writer


MASON - The playing style never changed for Vera Zvonareva, but against Lindsay Davenport in the final, the result did.

PHOTO GALLERYhttp://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/08/23/ten180.jpg (http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/08/23/photomain.html)
Photos of Sunday's action (http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/08/23/photomain.html) Zvonareva continued her aggressive shot-making attempts Sunday in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open, but she couldn't overcome Davenport's consistency.

The second-seeded Zvonareva lost 6-3, 6-2 and had only two break-point opportunities against No. 4 Davenport.

"It's tough to play against the top players, especially when you don't have any break opportunities," Zvonareva said. "I had to play really good on my serve to hold it. Sometimes it didn't work, and that's why I lost my match."

Like her previous three matches in the tournament, Zvonareva went for every big shot she could, and when she didn't make it, her body language showed her disappointment.

She hit 20 winners against Davenport but also committed 19 unforced errors, allowing Davenport 10 break-point chances.

Multiple times in the first set, Zvonareva slammed her racket to the court, and after the match was over, she slammed it three times into the ground while seated in her chair.

Once, after losing a point, she spiked the ball onto the court, sending it flying into the air.

"It was tough," Zvonareva said, "because she was serving so well. I felt so much pressure on my serves."

Zvonareva, 19, came into this week having achieved the highest ranking of her career at No. 9. She advanced to the semifinals of the previous two tournaments and before Sunday had won 11 of 13 matches.

"It's always great to get to the finals," said Zvonareva, who played in her first final since she won Memphis in February. She said she will take a week off before the U.S. Open begins Aug. 30.

Frank
Aug 23rd, 2004, 11:34 AM
She shouldn't get so angry at herself...Controlling her emotions might help her taking the next step...But it's just her character I guess...

goldenlox
Aug 23rd, 2004, 11:35 AM
"Everything is nice here," Zvonareva said. "The people are welcoming. I think players would love to come here. It doesn't matter if it's Tier II, or Tier I, or Tier III. They want to be in a nice place if it fits in the schedule."

Next year's schedule should help convince more top players to make the trip to Mason.

The tentative dates for next year are July 16-24, which would come before the three-event California summer swing and a few weeks before the men's Western & Southern Masters. Plus, there'll be no Olympics with which to compete.

Of course it will take time, maybe years, to ease this tournament into the public's conscience like the men's event. But the players raved about this year's event, and word of mouth can help a new tournament like this.

"The facilities, for a Tier III event, are amazing," Bartoli said. "It's like a Tier I event, like Miami. It's incredible for us. We have everything that's possible to have. We can practice all day long if we want. We have great food, and they give us cars. It's a great tournament for us." :drive:

goldenlox
Aug 23rd, 2004, 10:17 PM
Luke Jensen said he hit with Vera and he thinks she can be #1 in the world. He thinks Vera goes for winners too early in the point, and should play a little safer, until the opportunity is there.
And then go for the winner.
I think Vera has been improving, and she should stay aggressive. Over time, Vera will learn to mix up the winners and the steadier shots.
But for now, do what your coach says.

pav
Aug 23rd, 2004, 11:24 PM
Good to hear those Luke Jensen Comments! love that pic of Vera about to have a hissy fit in that gallery

goldenlox
Aug 24th, 2004, 12:18 AM
Luke Jensen compared Vera to Agassi. He said it took years for Andre to learn when to hit out, and when to construct the point.
Jensen thinks Vera has the strokes, she needs to become more of a thinking player in a match.
I think Vera has improved a lot. You can't develop a total game overnight. It will take Vera more time.

Epigone
Aug 25th, 2004, 08:32 AM
:clap2: Good job, but pity about the scoreline :sad:

I was saying months ago that Vera needs to be more aggressive, but maybe she needs to back off a little from time to time. She just needs to find that fine balance between power and control. When she finds it, she will kick ass.

goldenlox
Aug 25th, 2004, 12:07 PM
Vera looks like a different player from this spring. Serve and volley, huge groundstrokes.
Vera wasn't playing like that, even in the Memphis final. I think Vera should stay aggressive.
She will learn with experience when to go for winners and when to play safe.

goldenlox
Aug 25th, 2004, 05:59 PM
Vera starts against Nagyova, who beat Lina K. at Wimbledon, beware -

Elena Dementieva RUS (6) v. Dinara Safina RUS
Qualifier v. Martina Sucha SVK
Jamea Jackson USA v. Cara Black ZIM
Jelena Dokic SCG v. Nathalie Dechy FRA (28)

Fabiola Zuluaga COL (23) v. Myriam Casanova SUI
Tathiana Garbin ITA v. Mara Santangelo ITA
Els Callens BEL v. Qualifier
Henrieta Nagyova SVK v. Vera Zvonareva RUS (10)

*hingis_forever*
Aug 25th, 2004, 08:51 PM
Vera starts against Nagyova, who beat Lina K. at Wimbledon, beware -

Elena Dementieva RUS (6) v. Dinara Safina RUS
Qualifier v. Martina Sucha SVK
Jamea Jackson USA v. Cara Black ZIM
Jelena Dokic SCG v. Nathalie Dechy FRA (28)

Fabiola Zuluaga COL (23) v. Myriam Casanova SUI
Tathiana Garbin ITA v. Mara Santangelo ITA
Els Callens BEL v. Qualifier
Henrieta Nagyova SVK v. Vera Zvonareva RUS (10)
Good draw I would say. Nagyova is good but seems to be past her best form, Callens is old, Zuluaga or Casanova could pose a threat seeing as Zuluaga beat Vera at IW this year, but she should get through as she is playing better. Dementieva probably in the forth round is the best top 8 player she could play! If Dokic is healthy and on form, which is unlikely, then will be tough. This is a great chance for Vera to make her 2nd slam quarterfinal!

Epigone
Aug 25th, 2004, 09:05 PM
I'm also pleased with the draw, but Vera can't afford to lose focus for a second. She doesn't want to be fighting back from 1-4 and 3-5 to win two set matches in the early rounds. I also agree that Elena D is probably the preferred choice for a 4th round opponent, but I don't want to jinx Vera by thinking too far ahead.

*hingis_forever*
Aug 25th, 2004, 09:20 PM
I'm also pleased with the draw, but Vera can't afford to lose focus for a second. She doesn't want to be fighting back from 1-4 and 3-5 to win two set matches in the early rounds. I also agree that Elena D is probably the preferred choice for a 4th round opponent, but I don't want to jinx Vera by thinking too far ahead.
You're right! one match at a time!

goldenlox
Aug 25th, 2004, 09:22 PM
It's a great draw, and Vera has no excuses to get a rematch with Mauresmo. Last year, Vera lost to Meghann in the third round.

Elena Dementieva RUS (6) v. Dinara Safina RUS
Qualifier v. Martina Sucha SVK
Jamea Jackson USA v. Cara Black ZIM
Jelena Dokic SCG v. Nathalie Dechy FRA (28)

Fabiola Zuluaga COL (23) v. Myriam Casanova SUI
Tathiana Garbin ITA v. Mara Santangelo ITA
Els Callens BEL v. Qualifier
Henrieta Nagyova SVK v. Vera Zvonareva RUS (10)

goldenlox
Aug 26th, 2004, 03:11 PM
Vera Zvonareva
Rank: 10
It's no coincidence that Zvonareva's WTA compatriots affectionately call her "Verochka." There is something earnest and endearing about this sturdy player. Zvonareva defeated Venus Williams at the 2003 French Open, then this month dethroned Wimbledon queen Sharapova in Montreal. At 19, the ninth-ranked swatter is a team player: "Having five Russian players in the top 10 gives you more confidence," she says. "It shows that you can do the same because we all grew up and trained together. It motivates you."

goldenlox
Aug 28th, 2004, 08:43 PM
I love Vera's draw, but she won't be on tv, and on the big courts against these players.
It's okay as long as she's on the big courts in week two.

goldenlox
Aug 29th, 2004, 07:46 PM
Court 6 11.00 AM Start

1. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Maria Vento-Kabchi (VEN)[31]
v. Conchita Martinez (ESP)

followed by
2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Henrieta Nagyova (SVK)
v. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[10]

TCBY Treats
Aug 29th, 2004, 08:14 PM
It's a joke that Vera is on Court 6. No respect for her. Go out there and earn it, Beps.

goldenlox
Aug 29th, 2004, 08:20 PM
Court 6 is where Bovina lost to Cervanova in round 1 last year.

TCBY Treats
Aug 29th, 2004, 08:37 PM
Thanks for reminding me about that. Lena was very sad after that match. She even remembered it during the interview after beating Alyona. Lena never remembers anything about her results. She will be focused to kill Marrero on Tuesday.

goldenlox
Aug 30th, 2004, 02:30 AM
CBS did a US Open preview. They interviewed Anastasia, Elena D., Maria, and Sveta. Not a word about Vera.
Vera is the most underrated player in the whole draw.

TCBY Treats
Aug 30th, 2004, 02:32 AM
Interviewing the New Haven champ would have been nice, also.

Daniel
Aug 30th, 2004, 08:56 AM
Good luck Vera :clap2:

t_fan
Aug 30th, 2004, 12:10 PM
CBS did a US Open preview. They interviewed Anastasia, Elena D., Maria, and Sveta. Not a word about Vera.
Vera is the most underrated player in the whole draw.
May be it'll allow her to go deeper ;)
gl, Bepa! :)

bubble
Aug 30th, 2004, 02:31 PM
vamos Vera!

goldenlox
Aug 30th, 2004, 06:49 PM
Vera beat Henrieta 6-1, 6-1. On her way.

Frank
Aug 30th, 2004, 06:55 PM
Easy win for Vera...Congratulations!

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 30th, 2004, 06:59 PM
impressive stuff Vera :yeah: :D :)
well done :)
nice and easy.......... keep going for 2nd rd

TCBY Treats
Aug 30th, 2004, 07:56 PM
Good win, Vera. Did what you're supposed to do with Nagyova.

Either Groenefeld or Callens, next. Both should be an easy win. But, Anna-Lena can be impressive at times. Either way, play well, we're in the 4th round.

goldenlox
Aug 30th, 2004, 08:35 PM
EASY FOR ZVONAREVA

Vera Zvonareva made a flying start to the US Open as she dropped just two games in reaching the second round.One of a number of Russian stars moving up the WTA rankings, Zvonareva thrashed Henrieta Nagyova 6-1 6-1 in New York.

Seeded 10, Zvonareva has enjoyed a fine hardcourt season in North America in the run-up to this event and is considered a live threat to some of the bigger names in the tournament.

KV
Aug 30th, 2004, 08:59 PM
Impressive scoreline :)

Daniel
Aug 31st, 2004, 07:58 AM
~~~~ Good Luck~~~~


:bounce: :worship: :D :bigclap:

vaiva
Aug 31st, 2004, 08:04 AM
Excellent start, VerunChick!

~SunFlower~
Aug 31st, 2004, 02:29 PM
:cat: well done vera :cat:

bubble
Aug 31st, 2004, 02:34 PM
Impressive...
I think she is the dark horse of the tournament :)

Epigone
Aug 31st, 2004, 08:37 PM
:yippee:

Great to see Bepa off to a crushing start, but these are supposed to be the easy rounds for a player of her caliber. I want her to show that she can dominate her opponents in the 4th round and beyond.

Daniel
Sep 1st, 2004, 08:34 AM
Good luck in the second round!!! :kiss: :bounce: :worship: :clap2:

goldenlox
Sep 1st, 2004, 02:43 PM
Vera turns 20 on September 7th. Goodbye teen angst!

*hingis_forever*
Sep 1st, 2004, 09:07 PM
I saw Vera play and got her autograph. She played extremely well! Best woman on Monday! She's currently up 6-3 against Callens! Keep it up! :D :bounce:

KV
Sep 1st, 2004, 09:09 PM
Vera leads 6-3 1-0 15-0

no1mariafan
Sep 1st, 2004, 09:18 PM
Vera's playing quite well at the moment. Few errors but apart from that. Callens played well first set and vera managed to break her. The emotions are still there.

veryborednow
Sep 1st, 2004, 09:57 PM
She was even trying to smile when she lost points, like she was trying not to lose her temper so much ... :)

Daniel
Sep 2nd, 2004, 07:08 AM
:D :bounce: Good Luck :bounce: :D

KV
Sep 2nd, 2004, 08:44 AM
As usual into the 3rd round. Callens played pretty well though. :)

cool_olga
Sep 2nd, 2004, 09:54 AM
Vera plays doubles with Bob Bryan. That's intetresting team, they can go far I think. :D

Frank
Sep 2nd, 2004, 10:04 AM
With Bob Bryan? That's a very interesting team indeed! :D

Epigone
Sep 2nd, 2004, 11:34 AM
Another win for Vera :yeah:, but her stats don't paint a pretty picture. Still too many DFs :(

It's great to see Vera playing mixed doubles, and even better to hear that she is playing with a doubles specialist like Bob Bryan. They have a chance for a really good result here. Udachi!

~SunFlower~
Sep 2nd, 2004, 01:59 PM
:cat: well done as expected vera! good luck vs. zuluaga :cat:

goldenlox
Sep 2nd, 2004, 06:59 PM
Vera has a great draw. And she had a great summer. No excuses. Get to Mauresmo.

no1mariafan
Sep 3rd, 2004, 12:12 AM
Court 10 11.00 AM Start

1. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Zi Yan (CHN)/Jie Zheng (CHN) vs.Liezel Huber (RSA)[7]/Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)[7]

followed by
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Fabiola Zuluaga (COL)[23] vs. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[10]

Court 10?!?! :rolleyes:

Frank
Sep 3rd, 2004, 12:16 AM
Vera is Russian, remember? Not American...;) :rolleyes: