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Sep 17th, 2002, 02:08 AM
I agree!She is talented AND beautiful!

Sep 17th, 2002, 09:18 PM
I think Vera is the prettiest girl in WTA!!! :eek: :D

Sep 20th, 2002, 01:36 AM
Some more pics.... :D

Sep 20th, 2002, 01:38 AM
On the phone talking to her family.

Sep 20th, 2002, 01:42 AM
Talking to Sveta after their match @ Orange Bowl Final 2001.

Sep 20th, 2002, 01:43 AM
A picture from RG 2001. (looks like she has short hair) :eek:

Sep 20th, 2002, 01:45 AM

Sep 20th, 2002, 01:46 AM
And Another.

Sep 20th, 2002, 02:19 AM
thanks for the pics Jordan

Sep 21st, 2002, 09:04 PM
Your Welcome....

Good Luck in Moscow, Vera! :D

Sep 22nd, 2002, 04:41 PM

Maybe vera is already in Moscow, is that her in the lower left hand corner , watching DC today? :D

Sep 22nd, 2002, 05:28 PM
:eek: That sure does look like her! Maybe she is! :D Thanks for the pic,bubble... :)

Sep 22nd, 2002, 06:17 PM
You r welcome, Jordan ;)

Sep 22nd, 2002, 06:30 PM
yes i'm sure its her
she does live in Moscow and she isn't playing anywhere or played anywhere since Bahia.

Sep 23rd, 2002, 03:32 AM
I also thought it is her, but..

It is very funny. Look at this picture:


It seems to be taken from the same point approximately at te same time. But cannot find even two similar people in the crowd..


Sep 23rd, 2002, 05:09 AM
Weird.... :eek:

Sep 25th, 2002, 04:39 AM
I wonder who Vera will play doubles with @ Moscow? :confused:

Sep 25th, 2002, 06:56 PM

Sep 25th, 2002, 09:14 PM
thanks for such great pics, Jordan! Vera is such a hottie! :D


Sep 26th, 2002, 05:04 AM
Your welcome.... :)

Yes,Go Vera! Win Moscow! :D

Oct 1st, 2002, 05:32 PM
GRRR...why'd they have to put 2 Russians together in the first round. Vera lost to Bovina 6-2 6-7 3-6 :(

Oct 1st, 2002, 05:39 PM
Vera had 3 match pts :(
but she couldnt take them

bad luck Vera but keep on moving up :)

Oct 1st, 2002, 11:43 PM

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:23 AM
Here are some more Vera pics I found :)

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:25 AM
@ the US Open 2002 (not from Kim vs. Vera)

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:27 AM
@ the US Open vs. Gagliardi

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:28 AM
Shaking hands with the umpire after defeating Gagliardi

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:29 AM
from Warsaw ( :eek: ) not very good pictures...

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:31 AM
another from Warsaw

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:33 AM

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:35 AM
and another....

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:38 AM
From Montreal Qualies ( :eek: :eek: )

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:39 AM

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:43 AM

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:46 AM

Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:52 AM

Oct 2nd, 2002, 02:01 AM

Oct 2nd, 2002, 02:05 AM
and another from somewhere I dont know... :)

Oct 2nd, 2002, 03:24 AM
A tough loss against Elena Bovina 2-6 7-6 6-3...what was it 3 match points squandered?? :(

Oh well...love and learn I guess ;) Hopefully this loss will make her hungrier....now that she is 18, she has an unlimited schedule...does anyone know where she is off to next?

Go Vera!!!

Oct 2nd, 2002, 03:35 AM
Her next tournaments are Filderstadt,Zurich or Bratislava (shes commited to both,please play Bratislava), and Linz/Luxembourg... :)

Oct 5th, 2002, 10:16 PM
I didn't see Vera in the Filderstadt qualifying draw. Vera's not playing Porsche??

Oct 6th, 2002, 03:57 AM
She was on the commitment list...I guess she pulled out? :confused:

I'm sure she will play Zurich/Bratislava.... :)

Oct 11th, 2002, 10:37 AM
good luck Vera in qualies in Zurich :)

she plays Evgenia Koulikovskaya in rd1

Oct 11th, 2002, 12:42 PM
She won :)

Good luck Vera, get to the main draw and cause there some upsets ;)

Oct 11th, 2002, 02:12 PM
well done Vera :)
now good luck vs Greta Arn tomorrow

Oct 11th, 2002, 06:13 PM
Good luck :wavey:

Oct 12th, 2002, 12:15 AM
Go Vera! :)

Oct 12th, 2002, 11:30 AM
Vera won again today :)
4-6 7-5 6-3 :bounce: she left it close but she won :)

good luck tomorrow and qualify for the maindraw ;)

Oct 12th, 2002, 11:39 AM

Oct 12th, 2002, 01:26 PM
Good luck Vera tomorrow :)

Oct 12th, 2002, 06:10 PM
Yes, be so kind, make the main draw :)

Oct 13th, 2002, 03:40 AM
Good luck Vera i knoe u can do it!

Oct 13th, 2002, 03:50 AM
Good luck Vera!

Oct 13th, 2002, 04:50 PM
Vera lost 4-6 7-5 7-5.... Maybe she lost 3 match points again..... :rolleyes:

Oct 13th, 2002, 09:10 PM
:sad: Nooo Vera!!! U were so close :sad: I had a dream that Vera lost so i got up ASAP to check on my comp and she did :fiery: grrrr....

Oct 13th, 2002, 10:18 PM
Vera :sad: better luck next time. :sad:

Oct 13th, 2002, 11:42 PM
I hope Vera plays Luxembourg she she doesnt have to play qualies....again.....

King Aaron
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:44 AM
Vera :sad:

auntie janie
Oct 14th, 2002, 12:44 PM
Vera. :(

Oct 19th, 2002, 02:24 AM
Good Luck Vera @ Luxembourg! :)

King Aaron
Oct 19th, 2002, 06:56 AM

Oct 20th, 2002, 05:32 AM
Good luck against Rita Grande first RD.!! :D :p

Oct 20th, 2002, 05:47 AM
OMG, I hope Vera can pull this match out....lol...... :o

Oct 23rd, 2002, 02:02 PM
Vera won 6/2 6/3 :bounce:

Good luck in the next match :D

King Aaron
Oct 23rd, 2002, 02:49 PM
Vera :)

Oct 23rd, 2002, 08:53 PM

Oct 23rd, 2002, 09:14 PM
go Vera!!

Oct 23rd, 2002, 10:50 PM
Good luck against Janette, Vera! ;)

Oct 23rd, 2002, 10:59 PM
Good Luck Vera!! You can do it!! :D:D:D:D:D:D

Oct 24th, 2002, 12:40 PM
Vera :sad: :(
she lost today :(

now enjoy a week off before Pattaya ;)

Oct 25th, 2002, 01:05 AM
aww man!! Vera!! :sad: :fiery:

Enjoy next week off....just don't party too hard in Thailand :p :cool:

Oct 25th, 2002, 01:07 AM
She plays next week in Pattaya though, so she doesnt have a week off? Weekend off, yes... ;) Go Vera at Pattaya! :)

Oct 25th, 2002, 04:23 AM
Vera will be seeded 6th at Pattaya! :D

King Aaron
Oct 25th, 2002, 06:40 AM
Vera :sad:

but :D @ Pattaya

Oct 29th, 2002, 03:35 PM
Hi. Here are two pics of Vera which I took in Luxembourg:bounce:

Oct 29th, 2002, 03:36 PM

Oct 29th, 2002, 09:02 PM
OMG! Thanks Snoop! :D

King Aaron
Oct 30th, 2002, 08:24 AM
Thanks Snoop :)

Nov 1st, 2002, 05:38 AM
:eek: Thanks!! :D

Nov 5th, 2002, 09:43 AM
some of my Vera pics from Moscow

Nov 5th, 2002, 09:44 AM

Nov 5th, 2002, 09:46 AM

Nov 5th, 2002, 09:50 AM
at Panova's match

King Aaron
Nov 5th, 2002, 01:41 PM
Thanks :D

Nov 5th, 2002, 09:20 PM
Thanks Nina! :kiss: :D

Nov 7th, 2002, 02:41 AM
What's with Vera? Why isn't she playing in Pattaya?

King Aaron
Nov 7th, 2002, 01:30 PM
She's probably tired

Nov 18th, 2002, 07:37 AM
Good Luck in 2003, Vera! :D

Nov 22nd, 2002, 04:19 AM
Go Vera :bounce:

Nov 23rd, 2002, 01:31 AM
Vera has commited to Auckland! :D Good Luck!

Nov 28th, 2002, 08:07 AM
Vera has also committed to Hobart and the AO (that wasn't a big surprise :p)

Good luck to Vera in all her upcoming tourneys :D

Nov 28th, 2002, 08:13 AM
thanks Rob :wavey:

Nov 28th, 2002, 08:21 AM
no problem jordan :wavey:

King Aaron
Nov 29th, 2002, 12:44 PM
Good luck Vera in 2003!!

Nov 29th, 2002, 09:06 PM
Me and my friend have made a website on Vera! http://tennis.nafree.net/vera/ is the address, please sign the guestbook and join the messageboard, please! :) Thanks!

Dec 2nd, 2002, 06:32 PM
some more pics of Vera that I took at the Kremlin Cup :)

Dec 2nd, 2002, 06:34 PM

Dec 2nd, 2002, 11:35 PM
Thanks Nina!! :kiss:

Dec 3rd, 2002, 12:49 AM
Nice website :)

Great effort Hoon and Jordan

King Aaron
Dec 3rd, 2002, 01:24 PM
I don't know why but I can't open the site?!

Dec 6th, 2002, 06:44 PM
can you now, aaron? :confused:

King Aaron
Dec 7th, 2002, 01:30 PM
I can now Jordan. Thank you :D

Very nice website. :)

Dec 15th, 2002, 07:37 AM
GOOD LUCK to Vera in Auckland!!

Dec 15th, 2002, 07:46 AM
Vera isnt seeded at Auckland :( She is seeded at Hobart though, #5 seed :D

King Aaron
Dec 15th, 2002, 04:55 PM
I feel that eventhough Vera won't be seeded, her chances of winning still great.

Dec 15th, 2002, 05:02 PM
If i was the seeds i would be worried if i had to play Vera as well

Vera is most definately gonna be the one to avoid :)

good luck Vera !!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 15th, 2002, 06:44 PM
Go girl :)

King Aaron
Dec 16th, 2002, 02:33 PM
Come on Vera!

Dec 28th, 2002, 03:52 AM
Good luck Vera in Auckland :) :)
tough 1st rd vs Tatiana Panova

King Aaron
Dec 28th, 2002, 12:09 PM
Good luck :)

Dec 28th, 2002, 05:32 PM

Good Luck Vera! :D ;)

Dec 30th, 2002, 12:22 AM
Vera Zvonareva def. (3) Tatiana Panova 6-4 6-1 :eek: :D

Well done Vera! Good luck against Anca or Adriana in the next round. Great start to 2003!!! :)

Dec 30th, 2002, 01:14 AM
yay Vera :)
you go, girl!!

Dec 30th, 2002, 02:09 AM
well done Vera :) now go and win the tourn :bounce: :)

good luck girl !!!!!!!!

Dec 30th, 2002, 06:26 AM
Congrats Vera :) :bounce:

You can win the whole thing!

Dec 30th, 2002, 10:22 AM
article from Sportsweb NewZealand


Vera Zvonareva might be missing the snow, but it was her opponent, Tatiana Panova, who was left out in the cold yesterday. In the all-Russian clash, pupil turned master as Zvonareva, eight years Panova's junior at 18, won in a canter on centrecourt, 6-4 6-1. The two practised together leading in to the tournament, but this was the first time they had clashed.

For Zvonareva, this holiday period has been a strange, but fruitful experience.

"I have been practising in Florida because it is very cold in Russia," she said. "It's about minus 20 and it's really strange because it is New Year's in two days and there's no snow."

No white stuff, but plenty of right stuff.

King Aaron
Dec 30th, 2002, 01:36 PM
Vera :) Well done

Dec 31st, 2002, 08:11 AM
Vera will be playing Hobart :)

and good luck tomorrow vs Anca Barna :)

Dec 31st, 2002, 08:36 AM
Good luck Vera ;)

Have many big victories in the coming year ;)

Dec 31st, 2002, 11:55 AM
GooD LuCk VeRa vs Anca!!! :D

King Aaron
Dec 31st, 2002, 12:48 PM
Good luck!

Dec 31st, 2002, 10:53 PM
Vera won 6-3 6-4 :bounce: :D

great way to start 2003 :) :D

keep going Vera :)

Dec 31st, 2002, 11:11 PM
Well done Vera! :D :D :D

King Aaron
Jan 1st, 2003, 12:56 PM
Well done Vera! :)

Jan 4th, 2003, 06:45 AM
Good Luck Vera this week :kiss:

Jan 7th, 2003, 04:08 AM
Vera def. S. Taylor 6-2 6-0 :bounce:

Way to go, Vera ;)

Jan 7th, 2003, 04:42 AM
:bounce: Now she faces Alicia Molik......I'm worried over this match, Alicia is playing so well.... :s

Jan 7th, 2003, 08:55 AM
Vera :D :bounce: :)

good luck vs Alicia, its gonna be tough but i think Vera will come thru.

go Vera go !!!!!!!!!!

King Aaron
Jan 7th, 2003, 01:30 PM
Good luck against Alicia. It's gonna be tough.

Jan 7th, 2003, 02:05 PM
Good luck vera!

Jan 7th, 2003, 10:58 PM
Good luck, you can definitly pull this off vera :)

Jan 7th, 2003, 11:25 PM
Friends, today I recieved this email but I could not reply it as I don't know the answer.
It is important because Vera is right now in Australia and they are interested in knowing how to correctly pronounce "zvonareva".

This is the email:

"I want to make sure we pronounce zvonareva's name correctly on our programs.
As a Russian speaker myself, I assume that there are two dots on the 'e' in Russian, so the pronunciation would be something like [zvon-uh-RYO-vuh] (closest English) rather than [zvon-uh-REV-uh]. Would you kindly confirm whether this is

Aliona Poinkin
Language Research Specialist
Australian Broadcasting Corporation"

Your comments and any kind of help would be vastly appreciated

Jan 8th, 2003, 12:25 AM
I've always heard it as "zuh-vah-nuh-ray-vuh" :) I'm sure this is the correct way of kinetics or whatever, but its close enough ;)

Jan 8th, 2003, 03:30 AM
Vera at US Open 2002


Jan 8th, 2003, 09:46 AM
Vera lost to Alicia Molik 5-7 7-6(4) 6-4 today after having two match points in the 2nd set, typical :rolleyes:

Jan 8th, 2003, 09:49 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

She was so close :(

King Aaron
Jan 8th, 2003, 12:24 PM
Vera :sad:

Jan 8th, 2003, 02:23 PM
Vera :sad: Vera

Be more focused in Melbourne

Jan 10th, 2003, 12:09 AM
OMG....VERA has to face ELENA B. first round AO!!!! Not again!!!! They did that to them in Moscow :fiery: :fiery:

Jan 10th, 2003, 09:13 AM
I hate this draw :mad: :(
good luck Vera :)

King Aaron
Jan 10th, 2003, 04:03 PM

Good luck!

Shine On Silver Moon
Jan 11th, 2003, 03:14 AM
Vera, you should learn from Y J Cho for mental toughness...What a lesson you got from her!!!:( :eek: :mad: :sad:

Jan 11th, 2003, 04:02 AM
Good luck Vera ;)
Be strong and tough!

King Aaron
Jan 14th, 2003, 02:06 PM
Vera :sad: tough score to take

Jan 14th, 2003, 11:07 PM

It jus wasn't Vera's day...she served horrible, and unforced errors were flyin out everywhere. But still, i expected a much tuffer match! :sad:

Jan 16th, 2003, 10:48 PM
hmmm...so what is Vera's next tournament after the Aussie open?

Jan 17th, 2003, 01:42 AM
Tokyo (MDO) then Memphis

King Aaron
Jan 17th, 2003, 01:29 PM
If she doesn't make MD in Tokyo will she rest?

Jan 17th, 2003, 08:56 PM

King Aaron
Jan 18th, 2003, 02:24 PM
Oh, okay. Thanks Jordan. :)

Jan 29th, 2003, 12:04 AM
6 more weeks til Memphis! :bounce:

Feb 8th, 2003, 03:52 AM
Go Vera! :bounce: :angel:

Feb 16th, 2003, 01:32 AM
Memphis is here!!! She plays Bianka Lamade first round!! GOOD LUCK VERA!!! :D

Feb 16th, 2003, 02:17 AM
good luck Vera!!

Feb 16th, 2003, 04:01 AM
Wow..i looked up some info on Bianka Lamade and looks like she's been playing very well recently!

Midland ($75k - MI,USA - 80.50 points) Feb 9 03
F Lamade-Q - Laura Granville(1)-WC 6-3 1-6 6-4
SF Lamade-Q - Jana Nejedly-Q 6-3 3-6 6-0
QF Lamade-Q - Tara Snyder 6-3 6-4
2 Lamade-Q - Alina Jidkova(2) 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3
1 Lamade-Q - Svetlana Krivencheva 6-3 6-4
Qual 3 Lamade(4) - Giulia Casoni 6-74 6-3 7-5
Qual 2 Lamade(4) - Hana Sromova 6-1 6-4
Qual 1 Lamade(4) - Liga Dekmeijere 6-2 6-2

I believe Vera can pull this out!! GO VERA!

Feb 16th, 2003, 04:03 AM
Jordan, i signed up to your msg board @ your site again, but it says i can't post a reply..:confused: Maybe i have to wait a certain amount of days before i can post?

Feb 16th, 2003, 04:06 AM
oh no :sad: I dont know..... I dont run the message board so I couldnt tell you, sorry..... I will ask her about it soon, just keep trying and see if it works :)


Feb 16th, 2003, 04:43 AM
Ok, i'll go try again :(

King Aaron
Feb 16th, 2003, 02:38 PM
Good luck Vera!

Feb 16th, 2003, 04:00 PM
Jordan it worked! :D GO Vera!!!

King Aaron
Feb 17th, 2003, 02:48 PM
Vera won against Lamade :)

Feb 17th, 2003, 05:22 PM
:D Now a re-match against Cho :eek:

Feb 18th, 2003, 10:55 AM
Good luck Vera against Cho :D

Feb 19th, 2003, 04:34 AM
Pls level the H2H with this win Vera! :D You can do it!

Feb 19th, 2003, 09:00 PM
Vera lost to Cho 6-2 6-4 :sad:

So much talent but she fails to produce the goods and her results have been quite disappointing lately :(

Get it together Vera!

Feb 19th, 2003, 09:40 PM
stupid loss as far as i can see just like the one against bovina at the AO. to lose is one thing but to lose so convincingly is another. vera might be another henin or tulyaganova, when they are off they can lose to any one.

King Aaron
Feb 20th, 2003, 01:19 PM
Vera :(

Feb 21st, 2003, 10:44 AM
i thought this was her week to get a title.

vera why did you let me down?

Feb 21st, 2003, 08:26 PM
hey, lets not get too disappointed here. Cho is a quality player that has been in a couple WTA Finals, and she gave Seles a hard time at the US Open. But to be the best, you have to win, so Vera, WIN next time!! :bounce:

Feb 23rd, 2003, 02:14 AM
Vera faces (6)Eleni Danillidou first rnd! Go Vera!!!! You can do it!

Feb 23rd, 2003, 03:46 AM

Feb 23rd, 2003, 05:04 PM
The first 32 seeds at Indian Wells get Byes. Maybe Vera can snatch that 32nd seed :D

Feb 23rd, 2003, 08:10 PM
Vera's rank dropped down to 41 on the week of Feb. 24. Sveta is at 42 behind her.

Feb 24th, 2003, 06:04 PM
Good luck Vera against Eleni tonight :D

You can beat her, just believe in yourself ;)

Feb 24th, 2003, 07:34 PM
6-2, 6-3 :sad:

Feb 24th, 2003, 07:47 PM
Very disappointing result :sad:

So far Vera has been performing pretty badly this year :(

Please, Vera, get it together!
Your are such a talented and beautiful girl

Feb 24th, 2003, 10:00 PM
i was expecting a much tighter scoreline.

Feb 24th, 2003, 11:00 PM

Feb 25th, 2003, 04:06 AM
I hope Vera gets a better draw next week!! :bounce:

King Aaron
Feb 25th, 2003, 01:13 PM
Vera :(

Mar 1st, 2003, 06:41 PM
Indian Wells is just around the corner. Please do well here Vera!!! So you can get that seed and defend your RG points!:bounce:

Mar 3rd, 2003, 08:28 AM
Good luck Vera @ Indian Wells!

Mar 4th, 2003, 02:58 AM
Vera was so close to getting that seed, just 3 away. Oh well, she has a decent draw at IW. Facing Tatiana Poutchek first round, then her dreaded enemy Iva Majoli!! How many times have Vera lost to Majoli?? Well, i believe Vera has improved from last year and will BEAT Iva this time!! :D.

Mar 4th, 2003, 07:01 AM
i believe zvonareva/majoli h2h is 0-3 (majoli in the lead). verta has been playing badly this year but she can beat majoli. it might be tough though.

3 russians in the same little section. the bad draws for the russian girls continues.

King Aaron
Mar 4th, 2003, 02:09 PM
I just hope Vera can beat Poutcheck first. If she can do it then she stands a very good chance against Iva. :)

Mar 4th, 2003, 08:22 PM
they haven't played each other before but vera has a great chance to win it.

Mar 5th, 2003, 02:16 AM
I've seen Poutcheck play, she is very slow on the courts. Hopefully Vera can take that as an advantage and come out a winner! :D

Mar 5th, 2003, 06:48 PM
Vera won 6-2 7-5 :)

now can she beat Iva for 1st time ??
i hope so :)
go Vera !!!!!!!!!

Mar 5th, 2003, 06:53 PM
Well done Vera :D
She scared me in the second set for a bit though

Beat Iva, Vera, we believe in you :bounce:

Mar 6th, 2003, 01:22 AM
:bounce: com'on vera! :D

Mar 6th, 2003, 02:33 AM
Go Vera! :D OMG, I just noticed this thread has 3 stars? WTF! :fiery:

auntie janie
Mar 6th, 2003, 12:22 PM
Great start, Vera! :)

King Aaron
Mar 6th, 2003, 02:00 PM
Well done Vera :)

Mar 6th, 2003, 03:28 PM
Well done Vera!

I expect you to upset Iva! Go and get her! ;)

Mar 6th, 2003, 10:46 PM
Good win for Vera...I think Iva tried to psyche her out, and it almost worked...should have been straight sets but Vera showed her how it's done in the third :D

Sveta next :(

Mar 6th, 2003, 10:50 PM
6-1 3-6 6-2 :D

Damn this draw!

Mar 7th, 2003, 01:46 AM
YEAH VERA!!! You make me so happy with this win!! :bounce:

She has to face Sveta next, but I'd rather her than Myskina for Vera. Good luck!!!

Mar 7th, 2003, 02:49 AM
well done Vera :D
great win and congrats :)

good luck vs Sveta :)

King Aaron
Mar 7th, 2003, 01:36 PM
Well done Vera! :D

auntie janie
Mar 8th, 2003, 12:07 AM
Nice work, Vera! Keep it up!:D

Mar 8th, 2003, 03:53 PM
Good luck Vera against Sveta
It should be a great battle of two promising youngsters ;)

Mar 8th, 2003, 11:15 PM
Vera won :D

Megan Shaughnessy next..

Mar 8th, 2003, 11:36 PM
wow what a fightback from Vera :D :)
congrats :)
she needs the pts more as she's got more coming off sooner.

good luck vs Smeg on Monday

Mar 9th, 2003, 12:24 AM
Vera :D Great comeback!
Maybe she's getting mentally tougher ;)

Be focused for your next match vs Meghann
We'll be cheering for you loud and hard :D

auntie janie
Mar 9th, 2003, 12:52 AM
I thought it was all over when Vera failed to serve out the set at 5-4 in the 2nd -- but she hung in there and then managed to hang on at 5-6, and then to win the Tiebreak! :) :) :)

Iam really impressed -- also, before the match started, I did not even know who I would root for --I was surprised to see how much I wanted Vera to win it! :hearts:

Keep going, Vera! You do have the toughness that is needed to succeed in this game; I learned that today. :kiss:

the cat
Mar 9th, 2003, 08:09 PM
Well done Vera! :bounce: What a great comeback win for her. But now she has to play Meaghann Shaunnessy. And Meaghann has muscles! :eek:

Mar 9th, 2003, 09:27 PM
Go Vera! :D

Mar 9th, 2003, 09:46 PM
Vera with a Z
'Sometimes they are killing me and sometimes I'm killing them'

By Matthew Cronin

FROM THE PACIFIC LIFE OPEN IN INDIAN WELLS, CALIF. One of the most enticing intramural matches you'll ever see was played on Stadium 2 today, with 18-year-old Russian Vera Zvonareva overcoming 17-year-old compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

It was a rematch of their Orange Bowl final, with super-determined Vera and her more straight-ahead ground attack against the bullish "Kuzy" and her whiplash forehand. It was neither player serving particularly hard but with fine placement, Kuzy using her superior conditioning in long rallies and Vera occasionally trying to outfox her with high loopers, short slices and deft angles. There were tossed and cracked rackets, screams in both Russian and Spanish (Kuzy has received her training in Spain) and hard stares at the linespersons.

Vera won by a hair, mostly because she finally figured out late in the match that playing consistently rather than going for outright winners early on in points would propel her to victory.

"I was like, 'Okay, what should I do,'" the 5' 8" blonde said. "Try to hit [winners] again or play defense? When I tried to attack, I made mistakes. It was like I didn't know what to do. Then I said, 'OK, I'm going to count five balls in.' It was going well and then I just started to play my game in the third set."

Vera was better than Kuzy this sweltering Saturday. But make no mistake about it, these two are near equal in ability and will surely play a dozen or so more barnburners before they retire.

"Sometimes its really good when you play the Russians because you don't understand what level you are and what level they are," Vera said. "It was important to beat her."

Vera is not a complete unknown to the tennis universe, being the only woman at '02 Roland Garros to take a set off Serena. On that sunny day in the Bull Ring, she screamed winners for a set before she realized where she was and then Serena simply wore her down.

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."

Mar 9th, 2003, 11:16 PM
Thanks for the article, TBE ;)

Mar 10th, 2003, 08:45 PM
Vera d. Meg 6-3 4-6 6-2 :D :bounce: :D

well done Vera :)
a great win :)
and good luck in QF

Mar 10th, 2003, 08:49 PM
She played superb tennis though at times it was a bit scrappy

Congrats Vera :bounce:
Good luck in quarters ;)

Mar 10th, 2003, 08:55 PM
She played superb tennis though at times it was a bit scrappy

Congrats Vera :bounce:
Good luck in quarters ;)

finally Vera showed her fighting spirit against a top ranked opponent!
welldone and good luck in the next round!

Mar 10th, 2003, 08:56 PM
Vera moved into top 30!

the cat
Mar 10th, 2003, 09:05 PM
Wow! Well done Vera! I guess she wasn't intimidated by Meg's muscles!

Vera is turning into a great competitor! :) And Elena Bovina confirmed that with her glowing comments about Vera a couple days ago.

Udachi Vera! :bounce:

Mar 10th, 2003, 10:30 PM
Wow wow wow :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

What a great win :) Good luck in the quarters :D

Next opponent is Dementieva or Capriati

Mar 10th, 2003, 11:14 PM

Mar 10th, 2003, 11:17 PM
a Vera Interview but its the one after she bt Sveta

the website finally put the interviews up :o

Vera Zvonareva

V. ZVONAREVA/S. Kuznetsova
36, 76, 64

MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You appear to be very flushed. Are you having problems with the sun? Your face is pretty red is what I'm saying.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I just came from the court. I was playing like two hours and a half. Maybe that's why.

Q. Two hours and a half?

Q. Do you have any goals for where you would like to go this year in the rankings after having made that advance a year ago from 371 to 45? Where are you trying to get this year?
VERA ZVONAREVA: In the beginning of the year, I just thought to be in the Top 30.

Q. Top 20?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Top 30. I'm playing ?? I just try to reach Top 30. Then if it goes well, maybe something else. But first I want to be in Top 30.

Q. How tough of a match was that? That was a real back?and?forth struggle.
VERA ZVONAREVA: I don't know, I just kept playing because I played Juniors, Orange Bowl final, against Svetlana. It was tough, it was really tough. And then when I was losing like 6?5 second set, I was like lucky couple times. I decided just I should keep playing.

Q. But you played a good tiebreaker.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, second set.

Q. But mentally I saw in the second set you were getting frustrated a lot.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, because I had some big mistakes. Like I should have win those points and I did mistakes. I was like, "Okay, what should I do? Try to hit again or I should play defense?"
When I tried to attack, I had the mistakes. It was like I didn't know what to do.

Q. So how did you manage to win the third set?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Then I said, "Okay, I try to count five balls in." It was going well, then I just started to play my game in the third set.

Q. So your conditioning was good enough to say, "I will play long points"?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, yeah, I was okay.

Q. You're a young player. There are a lot of young Russians. I wonder what you think of the limits on the number of tournaments that the young players can play. Do you think that's a good rule or do you think they should change the amount of tournaments the players can play when they're coming on tour?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Actually I think it's a good real because you get enough tournaments to play. If you are doing really well, they don't count the Grand Slams as a tournament. So I think it's pretty good, because if you start to play like 25 tournaments a year and then each year you have to defend points, you automatically start to play more tournaments, more and more, then you getting tired.
So if, for example, I started to play 15 tournaments a year, then I play 17, now it's maybe a little bit more. It's good.

Q. So you think the number is good that they have?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I think it's good.

Q. Is it harder for you to play another Russian girl right around your age?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I think. I think it's hard to play against everyone. I don't know. Sometimes it's really good when you play Russians because you won't understand what level am I now and what level they are because we are growing up together. I don't know, actually. It's just like another ?? I mean, like to play against other players, the same.

Q. So mentally winning that match, that must have been very important for you today, to be able to beat her?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, it was important to beat her and to make my best on the court, because in the beginning I just missed a lot and I didn't play my tennis, my game. It was very important to play my game today. Actually, I did it in the third set.

Q. Over the past year, do you feel like your results have been very up and down a lot or are you finding a consistent level with your tennis?
VERA ZVONAREVA: You know, it's tough to say because last year, I played against players who were ranked like 80 and maybe lower, and some matches I played against high?ranked players. This year I started to play like main ?? like in the main draw of the tournament. So I play like high?ranked players.
It's tough to understand because I didn't play all those matches against them.

Q. When you're playing against the high?ranked players, do you feel your game is there to stay with them or are you still learning about how you need to play against the better players?
VERA ZVONAREVA: You know, each day is different. Sometimes I feel they just kill me. Sometimes I feel I'm just killing them. It depends.

Q. Has anybody ever told you that you look a little like Kim Clijsters?

Q. When you played Clijsters at the US Open, you were very close to winning. Did you feel you had many chances in that match?

Q. You lost 6?4 in the third.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Actually, I had chances in the second set against her. I was just really nervous. I didn't make it that time maybe.

Q. You won the first set, I gather?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Right. Maybe I will make it next time.

Q. What do you expect out of yourself other than rankings this year? What do you want to do with your tennis this year?
VERA ZVONAREVA: I just want to keep playing and try to play my best tennis each match.

Q. And what about here now that you're into the third round? I think you have Shaughnessy.
VERA ZVONAREVA: I'm not sure. I don't know.

Q. Talk about that a little bit, playing a player of that caliber.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I mean, I never played against Shaughnessy before. I mean, I just want to try my best and then we'll see what's going to happen.

Q. Earlier you said in the match you played today you asked yourself, "What should I do? Try to hit again?" What did you decide?
VERA ZVONAREVA: You know, I remember, she played me a short ball and I hit it and I won it. I said, " Okay, next time the same." And it's happen next time. So I just found what I wanted to do.

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Mar 11th, 2003, 01:19 AM
aww...Vera is so modest :D

GL Vera against Capriati!!! I wanna see this match, but i have a game! :( Maan...what do i do :confused:

Mar 11th, 2003, 01:20 AM
Hey and i think Vera deserves her own forum now :o;)

Mar 11th, 2003, 01:26 AM
GL Vera against Capriati!!! I wanna see this match, but i have a game! :( Maan...what do i do :confused:

Fake an injury ;)

Mar 11th, 2003, 03:50 AM
You can tape it? ;)

Mar 11th, 2003, 04:38 AM
How?? No one will be home when the match is played, so no one can tape it :sad:. Eggy good idea!! :D Hmmm...;)

Mar 11th, 2003, 04:46 AM
Oh yeah, i saw like...5 seconds of Vera's game vs. M. Shaughnessy. They were just showing how "off" she was and her two UEs :mad:. And they're showing a replay of Capriati vs. Dementieva's match instead of Vera's :fiery:

Mar 11th, 2003, 04:47 AM
Oooooooooooh I think she can win this next match :D

Davay Vera :kiss:

Mar 11th, 2003, 04:47 AM
Well they showed Vera win earlier, Leon...you should have watched then :p

auntie janie
Mar 11th, 2003, 12:36 PM
Vera is a happy surprise for me at this tournament! I love these happy surprises in sports. Vera's fighting spirit has been impressive, and I love to see a fighting spirit! :D

Keep going,Vera! Why stop now? Stay cool :cool:; don't be nervous; you have nothing to lose! :cool: :cool: :cool:

King Aaron
Mar 11th, 2003, 01:19 PM
Congrats Vera. :)

Mar 11th, 2003, 02:58 PM
March 10, 2003

V. ZVONERAVA/M. Shaughnessy
6?3, 4?6, 6?2

An interview with:


MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Big win.

Q. Just talk a little about the match and how you felt you came through and won the third set.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Actually, since the first game I understood that she has a really good serve. So I just tried to keep my serve during the whole match. Then if I have a chance to take her.

Q. She returned serve very well. Did you feel you got enough of your first serves in to keep her off of you?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Actually, yeah, my first serve was pretty good today. I just tried to keep it. Then it was fine. I served I think maybe, four aces. Sometimes I served really good first serve, like twice a game, and then it was good.

Q. It was okay?
VERA ZVONAREVA: It was okay to win the game.

Q. Weren't you up a break in the second set? You were ahead in the second set, weren't you?
VERA ZVONAREVA: I think no, I lost my serve.

Q. You lost your serve.

Q. Just talk about after losing the second set, how you managed to regroup and play better in the third set.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Actually, I just lost my serve in the second set, so I told to myself, "Okay, I should keep my serve or it's going to be really tough." And I was doing this. And then I was really lucky to win her serve at 3?2.

Q. Will you consider that one of the biggest wins of your pro career?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Maybe, yeah. I think so.

Q. Did you feel you played at a high level, that your own level was high?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I mean my level should be high to win this match. She's a really good player and she doesn't give up.

Q. Do you think you played better today than you did against Clijsters at the US Open?
VERA ZVONAREVA: It's tough to say because they play different game, so I supposed to play different game, as well.
I don't really know.

Q. I watched the first set of your match. I got the feeling you were trying to hit the ball down the middle mostly. Am I right or wrong?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Sometimes I tried because then she can't hit angles when I play to the middle. And then when she played shorter, I just tried to win it.

Q. I also got the feeling that she wasn't playing as good as she might have. Is that right or wrong, do you suppose?
VERA ZVONAREVA: I don't know. I never played against her. I didn't even see a lot of matches, so I don't know.

Q. Did you have anything we might describe as a game plan, a plan that you wanted to use against her? What did you want to do in the match?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Actually, when I go to play against players I never played before, I just try to play my game, try not make a lot of mistakes, and when I have a short ball, to hit it.

Q. This year, up until this tournament, hasn't been so great for you. Why have you played so well during this week?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Because I was practicing a lot before. When I came to play Memphis, then Scottsdale, I wasn't really ready for the matches because I was practicing for one month. I didn't play a lot of matches.
Now I won against Poutchek. It was a pretty good win for me. Against Majoli, I lost three times against her before. Then I just said to myself, "Okay, you can do better if you can win." I don't know, maybe just because I played a lot of matches.

Q. So your confidence is very high? Do you think it's possible you could win your next match, maybe even go further than that?
VERA ZVONAREVA: I just think about my next match. I want to try to do the best I can, then we'll see what's going to happen.

Q. This has been a great tournament for you. You reached the finals of a smaller tournament last year.
VERA ZVONAREVA: I was final in Palermo.

Q. Could you compare this tournament with what it's like for you to reach the quarterfinal of this tournament compared to the final of a smaller tournament? Is this more important?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Maybe. I don't really know. It's just depends what players did I play over there and I play here. It was really important for me, for example, to win against Majoli because I was always losing to her. So maybe this one is more important.

Q. Did that give you confidence maybe for this tournament, beating Majoli for the first time, you feel you could beat anybody?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, actually it gave me a lot of confidence.

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the cat
Mar 11th, 2003, 03:12 PM
I am impressed with Vera's game. I'd like to see her use a higher ball toss. And I hope she gets into better shape. That will only help her in the touhg matches. But the good news is Vera plays with alot of determination. I only wish all of the Russian girls played with Vera's determination, heart and guts. They would all be better tennis players than they currently are.

Realistically, Vera is in a little over her head against a refreshed and hungry Jennifer Capriati. But I expect her to make it a very comptetitive match. Udachi Vera! :bounce:

Mar 12th, 2003, 02:10 AM
Well they showed Vera win earlier, Leon...you should have watched then :p
I had practice :sad:

I REALLY hope they show Vera's match tomorrow night on ESPN!!! *crosses fingers*

Mar 12th, 2003, 09:49 AM
keep up the good play vera.

Mar 13th, 2003, 04:28 AM
:sad: Vera lost...

But good news: I finally got to see her play in a longggg time. Her groundies were good, but so many UEs that could have been winners!! gaah...she was very close in the 1st set 5-5 serving for 6-5 then loses her serve :mad: 2nd set was just domination and power from capriati. No matter what Vera did, she just could not shake her :(.

Mar 13th, 2003, 04:45 AM
She usually doesnt make many unforced errors, but she's young and will learn to make those shots in the future. Vamos Vera! :)

Mar 13th, 2003, 06:14 AM
Vera :sad: :(

Mar 13th, 2003, 09:40 AM
Vera :sad:
look to see this later on today

been a good week still
hope she can match or better this in Miami :)

go Vera, close to top 30

King Aaron
Mar 13th, 2003, 01:16 PM
Vera :(

Mar 13th, 2003, 01:50 PM
seems like Vera's got a new contract
watched her match vs Jen and she was in adidas clothing, a nice blue outfit
totally diff from her match vs Meghann which wasn't adidas

Mar 13th, 2003, 03:27 PM
Ooooooo, that's great! :D How do you know it wasn't just another outfit to wear? :confused:

Mar 13th, 2003, 04:01 PM
seems like Vera's got a new contract
watched her match vs Jen and she was in adidas clothing, a nice blue outfit
totally diff from her match vs Meghann which wasn't adidas

I doubted... she still played in Nike shoes... don't they usually wear the same brand shoes when they sign a contract?

Mar 13th, 2003, 04:34 PM
i didn't see the shoes :o Nike shoes ??
then i doubt it.
I watched the match but didnt look at the footwear, the commentators mentioned something about the outfit and they were talking about she's got a new contract.

it could be just another outfit but Vera not having a contract :mad:
She should have had one by now :( :fiery:

Mar 13th, 2003, 05:42 PM
Does anyone have an update on her ranking.

Mar 13th, 2003, 06:31 PM
Vera will be #32 next week

Mar 17th, 2003, 12:28 AM

Mar 18th, 2003, 01:23 AM
Vera didn't get that seed, but has a decent draw :)
This is her part of the draw:

E. Daniilidou (14)

J. Craybas

M. Muller

A. Coetzer (18)

T. Tanasugarn (30)

D. Chladkova
V. Zvonareva

P. Wartusch

J. Henin-Hardenne (4)

You can do it Vera!:D

Mar 20th, 2003, 02:24 PM
Good luck Vera against Denisa today :D

Revenge for Dinara :devil:

Mar 20th, 2003, 06:04 PM
Vera :mad:

not because you lost, but how you did it... admit, you got all negative and tanked the second set after 1-3

Mar 20th, 2003, 06:28 PM
Vera :mad: :(
she lost 4-6 4-6 :(

both sets started badly
0-4 in 1st and 1-5 in 2nd

now its clay season, just hope she can pick up points there, cos she's gonna start defending points from now on.

Mar 20th, 2003, 06:37 PM
:o against Chladi :mad:


Better luck next time

Mar 20th, 2003, 07:03 PM
Vera :mad: :sad: :(

Will be better next time.

Mar 20th, 2003, 07:07 PM
Vera :sad: :mad:
You need to be more consistent