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Epigone
Dec 3rd, 2006, 01:57 PM
Tarpischev showed a lot of confidence in Vera to play her against Amelie and Mary in 2003 Fed Cup. I thought he might be angry at Lena for some reason, but he chose Lena over Vera for the Olympics doubles.That's a good point.

Lena D. didn't play Fed Cup in 2004, yet she was still picked to play Olympic doubles.

Who is responsible for selecting the Olympic team?

goldenlox
Dec 3rd, 2006, 02:02 PM
Singles is by ranking. I would assume Tarpischev picks the doubles team. This Davis Cup is intense. Very exciting.

Epigone
Dec 3rd, 2006, 02:12 PM
Singles is by ranking. I would assume Tarpischev picks the doubles team.That's what I thought, but it's :scratch:

I mean, Bepa and Nastya played doubles together in 2004, so it would have been logical to make them the second Olympic doubles team representing Russia.

What's more, after overlooking Bepa for an Olympic spot, Tarpischev then turned around and picked Bepa and Nastya to play the deciding rubber in the Fed Cup final :confused:This Davis Cup is intense. Very exciting.Marat had better keep it up :cool:

goldenlox
Dec 3rd, 2006, 09:45 PM
New entry from Vera -

Sunday, Dec.3 December 2006
Hello everyone! Hope all is well with you.
Today is Sunday and it means its my day off :) I was practicing or doing fitness or both every day this week and got pretty tired. Especially yesterday, on Saturday, I had a really tough workout and I was happy about my day off today :) Even though my first week back was pretty tough and busy I had fun :) But today I did nothing.... :) I was just laying on my sofa and watching dvds...I also went for a car ride...Thats pretty much it for my Sunday... I\`ll see u next week :) Next weekend I\`m planning to do some more fun, maybe :)
Bye bye

Epigone
Dec 3rd, 2006, 10:40 PM
Bepa should buy a Nintendo Wii :cool:

nick_chicane
Dec 4th, 2006, 11:22 AM
Bepa should buy an Xbox 360! Then she could play against me over Xbox Live! Im quite a whizz on Top Spin 2! :lol:

Epigone
Dec 7th, 2006, 07:26 AM
Bepa should buy an Xbox 360! Then she could play against me over Xbox Live! Im quite a whizz on Top Spin 2! :lol:Wii Tennis is more fun :p and she could also use it to exercise :cool:

Epigone
Dec 7th, 2006, 07:30 AM
7 December 2006

Hello again!
Its Wednesday evening today and I had 3 not easy days since I spoke to you last time. I did some fitness every day and played tennis on Monday and Tuesday...no tennis today. my coach decided to give me an easier day, so had some time to think about what kind of presents I\`m going to get for my friends for the upcoming holidays. I got couple of them, but I think I\`ll have to do much more shopping on the weekend...:) I hope that the mall is not gonna be to busy, cause normally there is so many people shopping for the upcoming holidays! Also my wrists weren\`t 100 % and it was good I took a day off today...it feels better now. So tomorrow and on Friday ill have another busy days with both - fitness and tennis. I feel like I\`m starting to get my groove on the court again. So im looking forward for my tennis session tomorrow, hope the weather stays nice and I can also get some tan :)
See u soon again,
Bye bye,
Vera

Foot's Fingers
Dec 7th, 2006, 08:15 AM
That's a good point.

Lena D. didn't play Fed Cup in 2004, yet she was still picked to play Olympic doubles.

Who is responsible for selecting the Olympic team?

The rules (not TYarpichev, just usual itf rules) were as below:

for Russia:

4 highest ranking in singles before RG i beleive (that's why Nadia and not Masha) + 2 doubles teams (but one team must be with players involvedd in singles)

Sveta/Lena were starting to play together to earn place in olimpic team Cos they both don't expect to be among singles players

But Sveta played GREAT in spring of 2004 and rapidly rising to the top - so she was in team in singles as well It was totally unexpectied by herself

I beleive, if Sveta was not playing so well, that Olimpic team would be as follows: Lena D Nastya Nadia and Vera in singles Sveta/Lena and Nastya/Lena D or Vera in doubels


Honestly - stupied rule : Nadia was in total frustarting after RG collapse , so bad play on Olimpics

Epigone
Dec 7th, 2006, 08:50 AM
Ah, it finally makes sense to me! :D

Thank you! :worship:

goldenlox
Dec 7th, 2006, 10:44 AM
So that means 2 other players can go for doubles, at the most.
So it will be very competitive.

Epigone
Dec 7th, 2006, 10:59 AM
Let's assume that Nadia and Sveta form a team and are both ranked high enough to be selected in singles as well.

That means that Bepa can play with a Russian who isn't involved in singles if she wants :dance:

Foot's Fingers
Dec 8th, 2006, 07:42 AM
So that means 2 other players can go for doubles, at the most.
So it will be very competitive.

if no changes for 2008 year

goldenlox
Dec 8th, 2006, 10:24 AM
Vera will be in the Tokyo main draw. It comes up fairly weak this year.

Epigone
Dec 8th, 2006, 10:31 AM
Vera will be in the Tokyo main draw. It comes up fairly weak this year.The field is :o for a Tier I, so Bepa should be able to pick up a good haul of points.

A strong start to the season will hopefully result in some better draws further down the track.

Foot's Fingers
Dec 8th, 2006, 12:48 PM
The field is :o for a Tier I, so Bepa should be able to pick up a good haul of points.

A strong start to the season will hopefully result in some better draws further down the track.


The problem is that evrbdy who is going to Tokyo is thinking the same way


Vera has r-up points to defend before AO

then nothing for ages

Epigone
Dec 8th, 2006, 01:10 PM
The problem is that evrbdy who is going to Tokyo is thinking the same way1 Maria Sharapova ロシア RUS 2 2
2 Martina Hingis スイス SUI 7 4
3 Elena Dementieva ロシア RUS 8 6
4 Jelena Jankovic セルビア SRB 12 14
5 Ana Ivanovic セルビア SRB 14 12
6 Francesca Schiavone イタリア ITA 15 13
7 Marion Bartoli フランス FRA 17 24
8 Shahar Peer イスラエル ISR 20 20
9 Na Li 中国 CHN 21 19
10 Vera Zvonareva ロシア RUS 24 27
11 Ai Sugiyama 日本 JPN 26 26
12 Flavia Pennetta イタリア ITA 28 18
13 Samantha Stosur オーストラリア AUS 29 28
14 Mara Santangelo イタリア ITA 31 31
15 Jie Zheng 中国 CHN 33 30
16 Martina Muller ドイツ GER 34 43
17 Meghann Shaughnessy アメリカ USA 37 39
18 Olga Poutchkova ロシア RUS 39 ー
19 Severine Bremond フランス FRA 40 ー
20 Elena Likhovtseva ロシア RUS 43 34
21 Shenay Perry アメリカ USA 44 40
22 WC Erika Takao 日本 JPN 133 ー
23 WC          
24 EWC          
25 Q          
26 Q          
27 Q          
28 Q

I think she has a pretty good chance against this field :dance:Vera has r-up points to defend before AO

then nothing for agesYeah, she has 67 points to defend from Auckland and then nothing until Miami :D

A QF in Tokyo would give her 75 points :cool:, but taking the title would give her 300 points :drool:

nick_chicane
Dec 8th, 2006, 05:42 PM
A bit much to hope for a title! :confused:

Epigone
Dec 8th, 2006, 09:02 PM
A bit much to hope for a title! :confused:Someone has to win the title, so why not Bepa? :shrug:

Did you expect things to pan out this way this year?
F Elena Dementieva(2) d. Martina Hingis-WC 6-2 6-0

SF Martina Hingis-WC d. Maria Sharapova(1) 6-3 6-1
SF Elena Dementieva(2) d. Anastasia Myskina(4) 6-4 3-6 6-4

Uranus
Dec 8th, 2006, 09:28 PM
I think she has a pretty good chance against this field :dance:Yeah, she has 67 points to defend from Auckland and then nothing until Miami :D

A QF in Tokyo would give her 75 points :cool:, but taking the title would give her 300 points :drool:
It would give her 110 pts and 430 pts, respectively ;)

Epigone
Dec 8th, 2006, 09:52 PM
It would give her 110 pts and 430 pts, respectively ;)Meh, I guess I'm looking at the old points table :tape:

430 for a win, 300 for R/U, 195 for SF, 110 for QF, 60 for R16 and 1 for R32 :p

andrewbroad
Dec 8th, 2006, 11:29 PM
=================
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://championships.wimbledon.org/ (http://championships.wimbledon.org/)

I have finally got round to starting my extended reports of Vera's Wimbledon-campaign, where I go through my videos with a fine pause-key, writing up a detailed description of every point!

So I now present the first match I have written up:
Vera Zvonarëva v Kim Clijsters:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/reports.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/reports.html)

I'll probably go back and do Birmingham and Eastbourne in February 2007 - after the Australian Open - unless I can still fit it into my pre-AO schedule, which has become very tight.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/) (added 1 external link)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

Uranus
Dec 9th, 2006, 08:45 AM
Meh, I guess I'm looking at the old points table :tape:

430 for a win, 300 for R/U, 195 for SF, 110 for QF, 60 for R16 and 1 for R32 :p

Would be great if she does well, then :D

goldenlox
Dec 13th, 2006, 03:07 PM
Shopping and first games13 December 2006 Hello again :)
Its Tuesday today and I played my first games today since I started practicing. I didnt play well...I mean I didnt play point weel, it felt really weird. I was hitting my shots but couldnt see the ball on time or would get really unpatient. But i did few things good and I think Ill get better at points if I keep trying :) But...I also forgot to tell you about my weekend...I had to do some shopping and it was great, but the mall was packed with so many people, that I got tired waiting in lines... I didnt know what to get for my friends...so it took me a while to go around all the stores and choose something! but I did it! Acyually, last minute, on my way out I got 2 presents, i was so happy, cause I didnt wanna go shopping again! And yesterday me and Meilen we went to see a physio and on the way back we all (Sam, Meilen, Frank-hitting partner and I) stopped by the Cheesecake Factory and grabbed a nice dinner! It is one of our favourite places to eat in the States... Ohhh, since I started talking about the food, I started getting hungry...Ill go grab something to eat!!! :)
See u later :)

Epigone
Dec 13th, 2006, 03:19 PM
I didnt play well...I mean I didnt play point weel, it felt really weird. I was hitting my shots but couldnt see the ball on time or would get really unpatient.:scared: Relax!But i did few things good and I think Ill get better at points if I keep trying :)That's the spirit ;)Ohhh, since I started talking about the food, I started getting hungry...Ill go grab something to eat!!! :)
See u later :)Don't eat too much cheesecake! :p

goldenlox
Dec 13th, 2006, 03:42 PM
Here's a picture TBE took of Vera's coach, Sam Sumyk, who is reading a magazine.

http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/7905/pic0169gp.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)

slk45
Dec 14th, 2006, 03:20 AM
As I recall, that photo ^^ was during the match between Bepa and Meilen at Birmingham!

pav
Dec 14th, 2006, 07:30 AM
That naughty Bepa ripping into the bloody cheesecakes when she should be training for auckland by eating exclusively roast mutton and kiwifruit:fiery:

Foot's Fingers
Dec 14th, 2006, 10:44 AM
1 Maria Sharapova ロシア RUS 2 2
2 Martina Hingis スイス SUI 7 4
3 Elena Dementieva ロシア RUS 8 6
4 Jelena Jankovic セルビア SRB 12 14
5 Ana Ivanovic セルビア SRB 14 12
6 Francesca Schiavone イタリア ITA 15 13
7 Marion Bartoli フランス FRA 17 24
8 Shahar Peer イスラエル ISR 20 20
9 Na Li 中国 CHN 21 19
10 Vera Zvonareva ロシア RUS 24 27
11 Ai Sugiyama 日本 JPN 26 26
12 Flavia Pennetta イタリア ITA 28 18
13 Samantha Stosur オーストラリア AUS 29 28
14 Mara Santangelo イタリア ITA 31 31
15 Jie Zheng 中国 CHN 33 30
16 Martina Muller ドイツ GER 34 43
17 Meghann Shaughnessy アメリカ USA 37 39
18 Olga Poutchkova ロシア RUS 39 ー
19 Severine Bremond フランス FRA 40 ー
20 Elena Likhovtseva ロシア RUS 43 34
21 Shenay Perry アメリカ USA 44 40
22 WC Erika Takao 日本 JPN 133 ー
23 WC          
24 EWC          
25 Q          
26 Q          
27 Q          
28 Q

I think she has a pretty good chance against this field :dance:Yeah, she has 67 points to defend from Auckland and then nothing until Miami :D

A QF in Tokyo would give her 75 points :cool:, but taking the title would give her 300 points :drool:

She need to be seeded

Honestly, i beleive in 2007 fortune must pay to Vera vs her unbelivable "lucky" draw in 2006

goldenlox
Dec 14th, 2006, 10:46 AM
As I recall, that photo ^^ was during the match between Bepa and Meilen at Birmingham!He should be watching them play.

goldenlox
Dec 14th, 2006, 10:54 PM
There's a great new picture of Vera in her picture thread. Thanks to Leaburn and Wallace.

goldenlox
Dec 17th, 2006, 02:50 PM
Shopping and first games13 December 2006 Hello again :)
Its Tuesday today and I played my first games today since I started practicing. I didnt play well...I mean I didnt play point weel, it felt really weird. I was hitting my shots but couldnt see the ball on time or would get really unpatient. But i did few things good and I think Ill get better at points if I keep trying :)

http://www.zvonareva.ru/diary/en/2.jpg

Epigone
Dec 17th, 2006, 02:57 PM
Bepa is relaxing too much :o

Sam should tell her to stand on one leg while resting

That will surely improve her strength and balance :cool:

goldenlox
Dec 17th, 2006, 03:21 PM
Vera works very hard. She should get some relaxation.
She has years and years ahead of her.
When the new system starts in 2009, good doubles players like Vera will double their current prizemoney.
Vera needs to stay healthy, and she'll get wealthy.

goldenlox
Dec 18th, 2006, 04:30 PM
Now that Vera is doing a diary, I hope she starts to write a little about her parents and her coach.
Tell us a little about them. :wavey:

goldenlox
Dec 18th, 2006, 08:57 PM
I think Vera's diary has had an effect on Nastya. She made her first entry on Anastasia-Myskina.ru

My dear friends!

Thank you for all your support during all this year!!!

I hope that next year will be much better!

I want to wish you all the Best for next year!!!

Happy New Year!

http://img276.imageshack.us/img276/4484/amengmf5.jpg

pav
Dec 19th, 2006, 01:53 AM
Best sporting gesture: Vera Zvonareva's quick, compassionate reaction when Mary Pierce tore up her knee during their match in Linz, Austria in October. Zvonareva rushed over with a bag of ice -- arriving before the trainer -- and stayed on the fringes of the group attending to Pierce until the veteran was carried off on a stretcher. Pierce faces a long rehab of the potentially career-ending injury.
By Bonnie DeSimone
Special to ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=2701095

Oops! just noticed a certain Goldenlox has already posted this article in GM (now I'll get a beating!)

rrfnpump
Dec 19th, 2006, 04:55 AM
Vera :worship:

Epigone
Dec 19th, 2006, 07:31 AM
Now that Vera is doing a diary, I hope she starts to write a little about her parents and her coach.
Tell us a little about them. :wavey:Her mother lives in Moscow and is in sports medicine. I believe that her father lives in the USA and is a doctor :scratch:

goldenlox
Dec 19th, 2006, 12:14 PM
I'd like to see pictures of her parents.

Harju.
Dec 19th, 2006, 02:05 PM
Best sporting gesture: Vera Zvonareva's quick, compassionate reaction when Mary Pierce tore up her knee during their match in Linz, Austria in October. Zvonareva rushed over with a bag of ice -- arriving before the trainer -- and stayed on the fringes of the group attending to Pierce until the veteran was carried off on a stretcher. Pierce faces a long rehab of the potentially career-ending injury.
By Bonnie DeSimone
Special to ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=2701095

Oops! just noticed a certain Goldenlox has already posted this article in GM (now I'll get a beating!)
Awww Bepa :worship:

Sorry for being MIA. Work is such a hassle these days *sighs*

Epigone
Dec 19th, 2006, 03:08 PM
Windows Zvonareva (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9652317&postcount=17) :lol:

Fililander
Dec 20th, 2006, 06:18 PM
Windows Zvonareva is still Beta. Need some reprogamming and upgrading to run stable. Very complex software. Release Candidate 1 will be released in 2007. Hopefully. Release of the Full Version: When its done:)

goldenlox
Dec 21st, 2006, 02:21 PM
Last week in Tampa21 December 2006 Hey everyone, hope all is well and you getting ready Christmas and New Year\`s Holidays. :)
Now is Thursday morning for me and Ill be getting ready to practice in a little while. I\`ve been playing more games and points in the last few days. It weas to catch my rythm in the begining, but I think I\`m hitting the ball much better now. Also I had a little foot problem, so I wasnt able to play to much. But I think its getting better now and hopefully it will go away by the time I go to Auckland. I also been trying different strings, so that it will help me with my wrists. And it also been pretty windy here, especially in the afternoons! But I also was trying to practice on the Rebound Ace (the surface that they have in Australia), they have one court like this here. Mardy Fish, James Blake and Andy Roddick been practicing here for the last few days as well. Its fun to watch them play different games!!! I can\`t believe that I\`m going to New Zealan in just 3 days(Im leaving early morning on Monday). Time here went so fast! But I\`m looking forward for it, I like New Zealand!
Bye-bye

Epigone
Dec 21st, 2006, 02:34 PM
I\`ve been playing more games and points in the last few days. It weas to catch my rythm in the begining, but I think I\`m hitting the ball much better now.:yeah:Also I had a little foot problem, so I wasnt able to play to much. But I think its getting better now and hopefully it will go away by the time I go to Auckland.How could she get injured when she is lounging around so much? Maybe she sat on her foot and it went to sleep:shrug:I also been trying different strings, so that it will help me with my wrists.No more ice? :banana:And it also been pretty windy here, especially in the afternoons!That's good preparation for IW :DBut I also was trying to practice on the Rebound Ace (the surface that they have in Australia), they have one court like this here.Good thinking ;)But I\`m looking forward for it, I like New Zealand!:help:

pav :wavey:

goldenlox
Dec 21st, 2006, 05:25 PM
Another pic from Zvonareva.ru

http://www.zvonareva.ru/media/photo/offcourt/2006/2/16.jpg

pav
Dec 22nd, 2006, 06:24 AM
:yeah:How could she get injured when she is lounging around so much? Maybe she sat on her foot and it went to sleep:shrug:
You don't like her slacking off in that two bottle training chair do you :) :confused:
;):help: She likes New Zealand, sensible girl :kiss: If she bows out early she might hate the place!

pav :wavey:
It is a friendly place at the moment, I took this pic of a tui and santa whispering about something through the window an hour ago.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/kahu/santui.jpg

pav
Dec 22nd, 2006, 06:31 AM
Another pic from Zvonareva.ru

http://www.zvonareva.ru/media/photo/offcourt/2006/2/16.jpg
Now Bepa's one of those street kids I keep hearing about

Epigone
Dec 22nd, 2006, 12:27 PM
You don't like her slacking off in that two bottle training chair do you :) :confused::haha:

She is reclining too much :(. Someone should tell her that she isn't sitting poolside at a Club Med :DShe likes New Zealand, sensible girl :kiss: If she bows out early she might hate the place!I hope that you can make it off the farm for long enough to cheer for her. Promise Bepa that you'll let her cuddle a lamb if she wins the title :pIt is a friendly place at the moment, I took this pic of a tui and santa whispering about something through the window an hour ago.
How cute :awww: :lol:

goldenlox
Dec 22nd, 2006, 10:02 PM
A new year means more artwork from pav

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/kahu/bepsmokex.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/kahu/aow.jpg

rrfnpump
Dec 23rd, 2006, 04:30 PM
I agree... more artwork from pav :yeah: :p

by the way, does anybody here want to do the Vera blog? I am unable to continue to do it as I dont have enough time anymore due to my studies. I dont think we should leave Vera without a blog here :)

slk45
Dec 23rd, 2006, 04:42 PM
Merry Christmas to Bepa and all her fans, and a Happy New Year! :bounce:

pav
Dec 23rd, 2006, 05:26 PM
Quote Epigone: I hope that you can make it off the farm for long enough to cheer for her. Promise Bepa that you'll let her cuddle a lamb if she wins the title :p I'll give her some lamb chops then she'll win! It's been peeing down nearly every day down here hope it comes right for the Bepa ,going to try to make it for an early day(I always get into trouble when I go to bloody auckland)

Quote rrfnpump: as I dont have enough time anymore due to my studies. I dont think we should leave Vera without a blog here :)
Bad,bad Basti! neglecting the Bepa blog for your studies,what is the world coming to:confused: :)

Quote slk 45: Merry Christmas to Bepa and all her fans, and a Happy New Year!
Same to you and all others (even bloody Momo fans)

Epigone
Dec 23rd, 2006, 11:46 PM
I'll give her some lamb chops then she'll win!Speaking of lamb...link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtWVJikNnx4) :haha:It's been peeing down nearly every day down here hope it comes right for the Bepa:rain: :( going to try to make it for an early day(I always get into trouble when I go to bloody auckland)pav is going to the big smoke :D

Don't get arrested! :tape:Same to you and all others (even bloody Momo fans):haha:

Happy holidays to everyone! :wavey:

Argh, that was hard to say :o

daniela86
Dec 24th, 2006, 12:30 AM
I just learnt that Sam was actually married to Meilen Tu and that Bepa is a great friend of the couple :eek: :eek: :eek: I never knew :o :o
Thanks for the pic Pav :yeah: :bigclap: and merry Xmas to all Bepa fans who celebrate Xmas on the 25th:bigclap: :bigclap: :kiss:

goldenlox
Dec 24th, 2006, 12:37 AM
I just learnt that Sam was actually married to Meilen Tu and that Bepa is a great friend of the couple :eek: :eek: :eek: I never knew :o :o
Thanks for the pic Pav :yeah: :bigclap: and merry Xmas to all Bepa fans who celebrate Xmas on the 25th:bigclap: :bigclap: :kiss:That's great information. Vera is hanging with a married couple.

http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/dro0804l.jpg

Epigone
Dec 24th, 2006, 02:08 AM
That's great information. Vera is hanging with a married couple.Bepa should give them some space :o
http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/dro0804l.jpgNice :lol:

goldenlox
Dec 24th, 2006, 12:42 PM
I was wondering why she was sharing a coach. Vera is paying their bills, and she gets coaching.
So it all works out.

~Kiera~
Dec 24th, 2006, 08:18 PM
Happy Holidays, everyone :)

pav
Dec 27th, 2006, 08:19 AM
[quote=Epigone;9671218]Speaking of lamb...link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtWVJikNnx4) :haha:
:lol: Liked that link, He's got his head screwed on the right way!

Watching the news tonight, and in the sports headlines said some thing about players for the ASB arriving in Auckland,so I sat there all excited , with my little remote clutched in my hand, and along came Nastya :sad: good to see her here, but I thought they were going to talk to Bepa:fiery:

Epigone
Dec 27th, 2006, 08:45 AM
:lol: Liked that link, He's got his head screwed on the right way!A new one should be released in a few weeks :DWatching the news tonight, and in the sports headlines said some thing about players for the ASB arriving in Auckland,so I sat there all excited , with my little remote clutched in my hand, and along came Nastya :sad: good to see her here, but I thought they were going to talk to Bepa:fiery:Haters :( :p

Please keep us updated on Bepa sightings :bounce:

pav
Dec 28th, 2006, 08:28 AM
Not a sight nor sound of that little bugger Bepa today:sad: she must be here, is she invisible :confused: Bepa, are you out there? have you been to the bloody practice courts?,were you met by Richard at the airport, like Nastya?

goldenlox
Dec 28th, 2006, 10:32 AM
Back in Auckland

28 December 2006 Hi again!
I\\`ve arrived to New Zealand yesterday. It was a long flight but I slept for a little while, so it wasn\\`t too bad.
Sam and Meilen were on the same flight and Sam\\`s bag didnt come, but luckily he received it today. Otherwise he had nothing to wear :) By the time I got to the hotel it was 9am. I relaxed a little bit and went to the courts.
When I got there it started raining, so we went indoors. I ran and did few exercise and streched. I hit few balls, but only just for 10 minutes, just to loosen up after my flight and not to get injured. So last night I slept like 12 hours straight and I was feeling pretty good this morning.
I played twice today. It was a little windy, but its normal for New zealand. Its nice to be back in Auckland, I like it here. Now its time for me to read my book :)
See you later,
Bye

Epigone
Dec 28th, 2006, 11:35 AM
I'm not interested in Sam and his bag :yawn: :p

Why didn't Bepa say which book she is reading? :shrug:

That's the kinda stuff that I want to know :sad:

goldenlox
Dec 28th, 2006, 01:02 PM
I'd like to know what book she's reading too

Princeza
Dec 28th, 2006, 01:40 PM
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daniela86
Dec 28th, 2006, 01:59 PM
Thanks for the pics Naima :worship: :bowdown:
It's me or Vera seems to have lost weight :o She looks very fit in the second pic :D :D
Btw,I agree with goldenlox and Epigone,Bepa should tell us more about herself and her tastes instead of talking about Sam and Meilen :o

Munich
Dec 28th, 2006, 03:09 PM
Bepa :hearts: :hearts: Good to see her on court again :smoke:

goldenlox
Dec 28th, 2006, 05:05 PM
Tennis: Russian in mood to go one better

Email this story (http://dynamic.nzherald.co.nz/email/index.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10417093)Print this story (http://javascript<b></b>:window.print();) Friday December 29, 2006
By David Leggat (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/author/index.cfm?a_id=42)

http://media.apn.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/29VeraZvonareva.jpg
Vera Zvonareva. Photo / Martin Sykes
ASB Classic (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/event/index.cfm?c_id=528)

Vera Zvonareva swears she doesn't check the world rankings.
If she did, she would find seven fellow Russians above her No 24 placing on the international women's circuit.
But the cheerful Muscovite insists that doesn't bother her.
She would also discover she's made significant progress this year, which began with finishing singles runner-up and doubles champion in January's ASB Classic in Auckland. Zvonareva jumped from No 78 in June, won two singles titles and four doubles, including the US Open women's and Wimbledon mixed crowns, and pocketed more than US$680,000 ($970,000) for the year.
Not bad going for the 22-year-old, a former world No 9, who is fifth seed for the US$145,000 Classic starting in Auckland on Monday.
"I have only good memories of the final this year," Zvonareva said yesterday after practising on centre court at the ASB Tennis Centre. "Marion [Bartoli] played a great match. But I'm happy with my year."
As for the Russian rivalry, it's no big deal for Zvonareva, who is on her third visit to Auckland.

"I'm really happy for Russian players to play so good and be at the top of the rankings. It's great we have so many players compared with 10 years ago, but I don't compare myself to anyone. I just try to do my best."
Zvonareva is likely to skip next week's doubles, preferring to play at Sydney the following week with French partner Nathalie Dechy, with whom she won the US title in September, ahead of their Australian Open tilt in Melbourne, starting on January 15.
* Top seed Serbian Jelena Jankovic is leaving it late to reach Auckland for the start of the tournament. The world No 12 is not due to land until close to midnight on Sunday.
She will get a Tuesday start, so there's no reason for panic, provided airline schedules are on song. But she won't be in Auckland for tomorrow's traditional "meet the seeds" day.

pav
Dec 28th, 2006, 05:54 PM
She's here :bounce: , and does exist (even an article!) was starting to worry that she had flown to the Chathams:eek: no doubles

isabellea
Dec 28th, 2006, 07:05 PM
It's nice to see pictures from auckland.
I like when a new year startes, there are a lot of pics and everythings look new.

slk45
Dec 29th, 2006, 02:22 AM
Tennis: Russian in mood to go one better

http://media.apn.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/29VeraZvonareva.jpg
Vera Zvonareva. Photo / Martin Sykes
ASB Classic (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/event/index.cfm?c_id=528)


A nice picture of Vera. :kiss:

Epigone
Dec 29th, 2006, 09:16 AM
Bepa was name-checked in this (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/richard_deitsch/12/26/media.circus/?cnn=yes) article PERSON OF THE YEAR: (tie) Chris Fowler, ESPN, and James Brown, CBS. Rare is the broadcaster who can move seamlessly between the worlds of Vera Zvonareva and Vince Young. Whenever I watch a program anchored by Fowler, whether he's in Melbourne for the Australian Open or in Madison with his College GameDay crew, I know I'm being guided by a professional.Weird, huh? :p

pav
Dec 30th, 2006, 02:24 AM
The draw is finally out seamless Bepa v qualifier


http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/draws/singles/

Epigone
Dec 30th, 2006, 05:02 AM
The draw is finally out seamless Bepa v qualifier


http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/draws/singles/Bepa's half of the draw
(5)Vera Zvonareva(RUS)
Qualifier

Romina Oprandi(ITA)
Laura Granville(USA)

Qualifier
Kaia Kanepi(EST)

Dominika Cibulkova(SVK)
(3)Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)


(6)Martina Muller(GER)
Paola Suarez(ARG)

(WC)Leanne Baker(NZL)
Tiantian Sun(CHN)

Jill Craybas(USA)
Aiko Nakamura(JPN)

Gisela Dulko(ARG)
(2)Anastasia Myskina(RUS)

slk45
Dec 30th, 2006, 05:17 AM
Well, this is good. Bepa and Nastya won't clash before the semis. :D

Not so good is the draw for Gisela Dulko and Laura Granville. :(

pav
Dec 30th, 2006, 05:32 AM
Friday evening news, tried again, every other bugger that had ever stumbled across a tennis racquet was on screen, but still no Bepa!:mad:
Saturday evening news, I came in and shoved it on record and bugger me ,who should appear seamlessly, the Bepa, saying she doesn't look at the draw ,just plays day by day, match by match,and puts her heart and soul into playing, that's why she gets emotional (reporter called her:The russian hothead) :hearts:

rrfnpump
Dec 30th, 2006, 07:38 AM
nice draw :)

hopefully Vera gets Oprandi in second round :devil:

pav
Dec 30th, 2006, 07:52 AM
nice draw :)

hopefully Vera gets Oprandi in second round :devil:
She got a bit of a beating from her didn't she? very naughty of her:fiery:

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 30th, 2006, 08:53 AM
lets go Bepa ;) :)
a Q in r1 is ok :)

good luck Vera for the new season ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 30th, 2006, 08:57 AM
Vera is currently in the 24th seed spot for aus open
needs to stay ahead of Ai who's 22 pts behind at moment (Vera has a bigger 18th)

Vera's got to hope Ai goes out early in GC or she's gonna drop behind Ai
if Ai makes QF, Vera has to make SF.

Vera lets win the tourn :) :)

goldenlox
Dec 30th, 2006, 11:10 AM
Decent draw. Lets see what she does.

daniela86
Dec 30th, 2006, 02:39 PM
Nice draw Vera but too bad she may meet Domi/Dani in QF :sad: Best of luck Vera!! :rocker: Kick everyone's ass and take the title :rocker2: I hope she defends her points and her title in doubles :D Davai!!

tobi
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:02 AM
good luck Vera in Auckland :)

pav
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:20 AM
ASB Classic preview Dec 31, 2006
by Alan Granville

So who will steal the hearts of the Auckland tennis supporters and walk away with the ASB Classic crown in 2007?
Four top 20 players, a host of young up-and-comers and a couple of Kiwis in the main draw mean the tournament is likely to be one of the best ever.
TV ONE and tvnz.co.nz will be showing coverage from the ASB Tennis Centre all week.
For the first time ever tvnz.co.nz will also be showing you the evening games, so when TV ONE coverage ends, you will still be able to catch all the action right here.
So who are the main rivals for the 2007 crown? Well tvnz.co.nz has lined up the suspects and takes a gander at some of the possible outsiders to be crowned queen of New Zealand tennis.
Main contenders

Marion Bartoli - the defending champion, but her victory in 2006 was hardly unexpected. The Frenchwoman, seeded three this time around, has the best record at the ASB Tennis Centre over the last three years.
The facts speak for themselves - she has played 13 matches and lost just the two, going down in the semis in 2004 and 2005 before taking the main prize in 2006.
One thing is for sure, there is never a dull moment when Bartoli takes to the court; expect stinging shots, temper tantrums, some crying and lots of long looks to her father but most of all a steely determination to defend her Auckland crown.
Jelena Jankovic - speaking of moody and sometimes temperamental, Auckland welcomes back Ms. Jankovic for her second trip to New Zealand.
Top seed this year, Jankovic finally made good on all that promise with an unexpected, but well deserved run to the US Open semi-finals. She took out three top 10 seeds along the way (Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva) before coming unstuck against Justine Henin-Hardenne.
2005 was her one appearance in Auckland, where she went down in three sets to Bartoli in the quarter-finals at the MoreFM Tennis Park in Albany (played there due to terrible weather).
Anastasia Myskina - It's not too often that tennis lovers in Auckland get to witness an actual Grand Slam singles winner, but that is what is in store thanks to the arrival of Myskina.
In all the hullabaloo of Maria Sharapova and the start of the Russian revolution of women's tennis, it has often been forgotten that Myskina was the first woman from her country to win a major at Roland Garros in 2004.
A poor run of form saw her world ranking suffer but she looks like she is back on the upper. A natural clay courter, her devastating backhand should see her progress to the latter stages of the ASB Classic.
Daniela Hantuchova - It's not often that a tennis player is mentioned in the same breath as Margaret Court, Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, but that is exactly where Hantuchova finds herself.
You see she is one of only four women ever to win a career Grand Slam of mixed doubles crowns with victories at Wimbledon (2001), the Australian Open (2002), Roland Garros and the US Open (2005).
While she may garner attention off the court due to her model-type looks, it can sometimes be forgotten that the Slovak can play a bit as well. After all she has made it to number five in the world.
Vera Zvonareva - The 2006 ASB Classic runner-up makes her return to Auckland looking to go one better.
The Russian 22-year-old played some awesome tennis during her run to the final taking out fourth seed Maria Kirilenko and second seed Hantuchova for the loss of just six games before crumbling against Bartoli in the final.
An inconsistent season followed with two singles titles under her belt in Birmingham and Cincinnati but defeat in the first round in three Grand Slams.
Outsiders
So who else is a possibility to take the top prize in women's tennis in New Zealand?
Eleni Daniilidou is the seventh seed and knows how to win in Auckland; after all she claimed the crown in 2003 and 2004. But let's just say her form since then has been, emm, consistent as well - two first round losses in 2005 and 2006.
Romina Oprandi is not perhaps a name many will recognise but she looks like a star of the future. The Swiss-born youngster shot up over 200 places in the world rankings in 2006 to inside the top 50, making her one of the names to watch in 2007. Twelve singles titles to her name on the lower-grade ITF women's circuit shows she can win.
Veteran of 16 years on the circuit Paola Suarez iscalling it quits this year andshould not be discounted. She made the final in 2001 and semis in 2004. Note to any player who defeats her, start looking at having a long stay in Auckland - on all her five previous trips, she has eventually lost to either the winner or this year, to the beaten finalist.
The French can also look to three other players with a degree of pedigree between them - Nathalie Dechy, Emilie Loit and Camille Pin will all challenge for "le crown".
And what of the local Kiwi talent taking on some of the world's best?
A lot has been written about Marina Erakovic and finally this year she came good on some of that promise. She reached a career high 160 and won three tournaments. She will guarantee a packed crowd whenever she plays in Auckland. Leanne Baker has also seen a big improvement, jumping to a career high ranking of 272. Sadly a back injury has robbed Sacha Jones of a chance to play in her first main WTA event.
Source: ONE Sport

LLee has chance of qualifying http://home.nzcity.co.nz/n.gifhttp://home.nzcity.co.nz/n.gifShonaee of NZ remains with a chance of qualifying for main draw at tennis classic starting tomrrow in Aucklandhttp://home.nzcity.co.nz/n.gifhttp://home.nzcity.co.nz/n.gifhttp://home.nzcity.co.nz/n.gif31 December 2006
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New Zealand's Shona Lee remains with a chance of qualifying for the main draw at the ASB Tennis Classic starting in Auckland tomorrow.

The 18-year-old has upset Great Britain's Anne Keothavong 1-6 7-6 6-3 on the opening day of qualifying and will now face Austrian Yvonne Meusberger.

Lee says it is a huge win, the biggest of her career, and she is hopeful it is just the start of things to come.

However Kairangi Vano, Ellen Barry and Dianne Hollands have suffered first-up defeats.

Meanwhile the tournament's fourth seed, Russian Vera Zvonareva, has an eye on going one step further in 2007.

She is taking a cautious approach to the ASB Classic.

Zvonareva has drawn a qualifier in the opening round, with New Zealand's Marina Erakovic's opponent also unknown at this stage.

Zvonareva is wellknown to New Zealand tennis fans.

She was runner up at this year's tournament, losing to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli.

She says the field is strong so she is staying measured on expectations, saying most players have tough first-up matches, which will be great for fans.


© 2006 NZCity, NewsTalkZB

Epigone
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:28 AM
I hope she defends her points and her title in doubles :DBepa won't play doubles in Auckland

pav
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:29 AM
And the little bit of vid. that was on the news last night.

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/video_popup_windows_skin/947644

Aravanecaravan
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:36 AM
I have the 2005 Memphis final, in which Vera beat Meghann Shaughnessy, on DVD, and was thinking of posting it if there is interest.

Yes? No?

Epigone
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:41 AM
I have the 2005 Memphis final, in which Vera beat Meghann Shaughnessy, on DVD, and was thinking of posting it if there is interest.

Yes? No?Yes, please! :worship:

Aravanecaravan
Dec 31st, 2006, 01:59 AM
Vera vs. Shaughnessy Memphis 2005 part 1:


http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8WTP7HJS

slk45
Dec 31st, 2006, 04:11 AM
:bowdown: Thank you, thank you! I was there, be nice to see it afresh.

Aravanecaravan
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:30 PM
Part 2 of Vera v. shaughnessy Memphis 2005;


http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UY7VYVJ0

Epigone
Dec 31st, 2006, 03:33 PM
Part 2 of Vera v. shaughnessy Memphis 2005;


http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UY7VYVJ0Thank you :worship:

Bepa won't be playing until Tuesday :yawn:

goldenlox
Dec 31st, 2006, 03:38 PM
Tu had a big win. That's a good sign.
Vera should write us a message tomorrow.

pav
Dec 31st, 2006, 05:46 PM
Just said they will be talking to Miss congeniality sometime next hour,can listen live here:http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/streaming/newstalkzb-streaming.asp. If that doesn't work go to newstalkzb.co.nz and then to listen live. also has a listen back facility so I will note the time

goldenlox
Dec 31st, 2006, 06:36 PM
I'm listening

goldenlox
Dec 31st, 2006, 06:43 PM
Thanks for that link. That was good.
Vera said she doesn't set goals, she tries to do her best every match.
She talked about winning Cincinnati, then playing Stanford, San Diego and hurt her wrist and missed a month.
She said she would love to play Fed Cup again, especially in Russia, and mentioned that she and Anastasia won the deciding doubles match in the final.
She said every player has something of an injury, especially the ones who have been on a tour awhile.
She said it's great that there are so many Russians on the tour, and thinks there are young ones coming up who will be good.

pav
Dec 31st, 2006, 06:47 PM
Just said they will be talking to Miss congeniality sometime next hour,can listen live here:http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/streaming/newstalkzb-streaming.asp. If that doesn't work go to newstalkzb.co.nz and then to listen live. also has a listen back facility so I will note the time

The listen back time was between 8.30 to 8.45 Mon. also talk about the tournament in segment before,glad you are listening to the kiwi accents GL:)
sorry, on this station it is called- Week in Demand

isabellea
Dec 31st, 2006, 08:12 PM
http://www.mytennisphotos.com/galerie/albums/photos/Wimbledon2006/Zvonareva/zvo-wim270606-34mc.jpg

more from wimbledon on www.mytennisphotos.com

Aravanecaravan
Jan 1st, 2007, 12:05 AM
Vera Zvonareva v. Meghann Shaughnessy Memphis 2005 Final:

Part 3: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HPNJO7VU

Part 4: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XFUH84TO

Part 5: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BTOAMBYM

Part 6: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JG62JOLT

Epigone
Jan 1st, 2007, 05:20 AM
The listen back time was between 8.30 to 8.45 Mon. also talk about the tournament in segment before,glad you are listening to the kiwi accents GL:)
sorry, on this station it is called- Week in DemandThanks for that :yeah:

Those ads for Computer Forensics were :lol:. If I had a business, I'd be pretty paranoid right now :scared:

BTW, Bepa will face Lilia Osterloh (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/Playerbio.asp?PlayerID=150134) in the 1st round

Epigone
Jan 1st, 2007, 06:53 AM
Vera is currently in the 24th seed spot for aus open
needs to stay ahead of Ai who's 22 pts behind at moment (Vera has a bigger 18th)

Vera's got to hope Ai goes out early in GC or she's gonna drop behind Ai
if Ai makes QF, Vera has to make SF.

Vera lets win the tourn :) :)Ai lost her 1st round match and it looks as though Nastya has aggravated her toe injury and is returning to Moscow :sad:

As a result, Bepa has secured a top 24 seeding :dance:

pav
Jan 1st, 2007, 07:24 AM
Hell, Bepa's on a list!:eek:
Across The Net: Tennis' Upwardly Mobile
Posted by Dan Martin (http://www.411mania.com/user_profile.php?user_id=1237) on 01.01.2007

Which ATP and WTA players have the best chances to take their games to a new level in 2007? I’ll take a shot at predicting in the final Across the Net of 2006!
The Best WTA Prospects for 2007 (alphabetical order)

1. Tatiana Golovin (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=310774) – Her game is very solid and when she is healthy she can be deadly. Golovin lost 7-6, 7-6 to Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open. This was a better result than either Henin-Hardene or Mauresmo mustered. She can play offense and defense on the tennis court. If Golovin improves her retrieving ability, she could frustrate big hitters such as Sharapova in 2007. Patience will be key because she can also hit winners. Knowing when to keep the ball in play and when to go for broke will make or break her 2007.

2. Jelena Jankovic (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=100153) – Inexperience may have led to a mental meltdown vs. JHH in the U.S. Open semifinals. Had Jankovic played slightly better at the end of the second set she would have beaten JHH and had a crack at Sharapova in the final. Sports is not played on ifs so Jankovic had to settle for a semifinal finish and a lesson in gamesmanship from JHH. If Jankovic learns from this, she can be a big factor in 2007. If she remains mentally fragile, she will remain ranked inbetween 10th and 15th and go no higher in 2007.

3. Sania Mirza (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=310112) – India is an area where tennis might make huge in roads. Mirza is part of that equation. Her game is likely too limited to ever consistently reach the top ten. Mirza does however have a rocket forehand and a lot of charisma. If she can harness her forehand and dictate play to women ranked outside of the top 20, Mirza will likely reach the top 20 herself. That alone will make her and tennis more popular in India. Tactical discipline will tell the tale when it comes to Mirza reaching the top 20.

4. Nicole Vaidisova (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=311911) – This young Czech is 6'1", ranked 10th in the world and hits the cover off of the ball. She has a similar game to the 6'3" Sharapova, but appears to be the more naturally mobile of the two. Vaidisova, like Jankovic, lost a heart breaking Grand Slam semifinal in 2006. If she can become a dominant server and more mentally tough, Vaidisova will be ranked around 5th at the end of 2007. Limiting unforced errors will be the key to her progress.

5. Vera Zvonareva (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=260142) – This Russian is talented but also a victim of being mentally fragile. She did win the Wimbledon mixed doubles title and seemed to relax on the singles court after this showing. She won Cincinnati in July and could be headed for a big 2007 if she can keep her self-criticism and on court negativity to a minimum. In doubles she seems quite relaxed, thus she may be learning to not let nerves and losses of focus hamper her singles play. Zvonareva is currently ranked 24th in the world and could move into the top 15 if she makes the proper adjustments to her mental game.

Like more predictions these are likely to be very flawed. Also, I think the end goals for a player such as Gasquet is different than Warwinka or Vaidisova than Mirza. Each starts in different places and one may end up improving their ranking and still being behind a more talented player. I do think these ten players have a chance to make a mark on tennis in 2007. Mirza being a citizen of the world's second most populated nation may make her reaching the top 25 more important than one of the Russian brigade reaching the top 10. At any rate, these are the ten players I chose to profile. Thanks for the support and see you next year!

PS - How about the UK Wildcats winning their first bowl game in 22 years!!!

Epigone
Jan 1st, 2007, 11:20 AM
Daily Schedule - Tuesday 2nd January 2007
Centre court
11am
(WC)Marina Erakovic(NZL) v (Q)Meilen Tu(USA)
followed by
Dominika Cibulkova(SVK) v (3)Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)
followed by
(1)Jelena Jankovic(SRB) v Julia Schruff(GER)
followed by
(5)Vera Zvonareva(RUS) v (Q)Lilia Osterloh(USA)

Good luck!

goldenlox
Jan 1st, 2007, 03:17 PM
With Nastya out, it looks like Vera or Dani will be in the final.
Anyway, this is a soft draw to start her year. Sydney will be much much tougher than this.

andrewbroad
Jan 1st, 2007, 05:42 PM
I have just updated Vera's biography on my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/biography.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/biography.html)

It is not a copy of Vera's standard WTA Tour biography, but my own detailed appreciation of her game, followed by a review for every year of her career. I have edited the introduction, and added a review of 2006.

I wish Vera and all her fans a happy new year.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

goldenlox
Jan 2nd, 2007, 01:17 AM
Vera plays her first 2007 match in a few minutes.

Epigone
Jan 2nd, 2007, 05:52 AM
Bepa won 5-7 6-2 6-3 :dance:, but she would have to be disappointed :o

She served 7 double faults and faced 16 break points :tape: (although she was "only" broken 4 times ;))

Fililander
Jan 2nd, 2007, 05:57 AM
Finally she had won. I must say I had doubts after the first set but she was a good girl.

pav
Jan 2nd, 2007, 06:18 AM
She did seem to improve as the match went on, just as well for her:) I could only watch it on a piddling little screen and the other bugger had her running around like a blue-assed fly in the first set,I gave up and listened to the end on the radio where there was quite a good commentary,hope the next is on TV.
The commentary will be on site below if anyone wants to here some of it. it would have srarted about 18.30 .

http://www.radiosport.co.nz/AudioBank/

slk45
Jan 2nd, 2007, 06:43 AM
Bepa won in 3 sets over a tenacious Lilia Osterloh. They've never played each other before, and Lilia has been struggling over the last 2-3 years. But she gave Bepa quite a battle throughout this match. After taking the first game of the first set by breaking Lilia at love, Bepa returned the break immediately at 15-40, and struggled through the rest of the set, culminating in the loss of the set after giving back a string of break points (was it 8?) at 5-6. We can only guess what was going thru Bepa's mind at that point. :scared:

But Bepa came back and set things aright, taking the 2nd set 6-2 and the 3rd 6-3. But it was a battle throughout, and judging by the "live scoreboard" (a dubious measure), there must have been some terrific rallies. The 5th and 7th games of the 3rd set provided more tense moments as the deuce points mounted up, but Bepa finally prevailed. This match should have given her a good workout and preparation for the rest of the tournament.

In any event, a good comeback, Bepa!! :hug: :smooch: :bounce:

Epigone
Jan 2nd, 2007, 07:55 AM
Daily Schedule - Wednesday 3rd January 2007
Centre Court
(4)Marion Bartoli(FRA) v Emilie Loit(FRA)
Followed by
Marina Erakovic(NZL) v (7)Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)
Followed by
(1)Jelena Jankovic(SRB) v Emma Laine(FIN)
Followed by
Virginie Razzano(FRA) v (3)Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)
Followed by
(5)Vera Zvonareva(RUS) v Laura Granville(USA)

Good luck!

pav
Jan 2nd, 2007, 08:09 AM
Daily Schedule - Wednesday 3rd January 2007
Centre Court
(4)Marion Bartoli(FRA) v Emilie Loit(FRA)
Followed by
Marina Erakovic(NZL) v (7)Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)
Followed by
(1)Jelena Jankovic(SRB) v Emma Laine(FIN)
Followed by
Virginie Razzano(FRA) v (3)Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)
Followed by
(5)Vera Zvonareva(RUS) v Laura Granville(USA)


Good luck!


No TV for Bepa again :bigcry: She will just have to keep on winning until they give her an earlier match:)

Munich
Jan 2nd, 2007, 08:18 AM
Bepa won:woohoo: and a 3-setter can only make her more ready for the bigger matches :D
She should win her next match in straight sets, though ;)

rrfnpump
Jan 2nd, 2007, 08:59 AM
57 62 63 against Osterloh - good win :)

Lilia had some nice wins in qualies, Vera was rusty and she was able to fight back and win a tough test... this should give her confidence against Granville

Vera :yeah:

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 2nd, 2007, 10:53 AM
good comeback win Vera ;) :)

hope she can keep the form of last 2 sets :)

goldenlox
Jan 2nd, 2007, 11:15 AM
That was a shaky start, but a win. She should beat Granville also.

daniela86
Jan 2nd, 2007, 01:59 PM
Vera :yeah: Nice win :D and nice start of the year :D It's also good to see that Vera played well the important points and saved a lot of BPs :yeah:
Best of luck against Granville now :bounce: :bounce: :D As GL said,with Myskina out,Bepa can make the final: :yeah:

rrfnpump
Jan 2nd, 2007, 02:22 PM
http://www.photosport.co.nz/images/previews/live/TH%20Tennis%20Day%202/ZVONAREVA_Vera_MR8V7983.jpg

http://www.photosport.co.nz/

KV
Jan 2nd, 2007, 03:57 PM
All what matters Bepa won, now keep up the form in the final sets. :)

tobi
Jan 2nd, 2007, 07:45 PM
Congrats Vera :)

Now vs. my favourite player Granville :p

good luck to both ;) Laura will need more though :p

slk45
Jan 3rd, 2007, 12:40 AM
Congrats Vera :)

Now vs. my favourite player Granville :p

good luck to both ;) Laura will need more though :p

I know the feeling. Laura and Vera are both in my top tier of faves.

Good luck to Bepa! But I will mostly be a passive spectator during this one, celebrating whoever wins and commiserating with whoever doesn't.

Epigone
Jan 3rd, 2007, 03:29 AM
I hope that we can find out how Bepa's wrists are going because they seem to be taped up pretty well in that picture :(

Epigone
Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:35 AM
Bepa d. Laura Granville 6-4 6-1 :bigclap: :yippee: :worship: :dance: :clap2: :woohoo:

However, the match was :o

Bepa served for the 1st set at 5-2 and was pretty :help: with regards to converting BP chances at the start of the 2nd set :tape:

Fililander
Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:46 AM
Oh no. Both wrists are now taped:help: :help: :scared: . Maybe a preauction.

slk45
Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:48 AM
A good win, Bepa!! :hug: :smooch: :bounce: :bounce:

Laura! :sad: :sad: :hug: :smooch:


Vera had 72% first serves in and 81% 1st serve pts in first set!! :eek:

In 2nd set that was 62% and 62%! Still pretty good!!! :bounce: :bounce:

A total of 3 aces and 4 DFs.

Next up will be Virginie Razzano. GO BEPA!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Epigone
Jan 3rd, 2007, 06:53 AM
Bepa has to improve her BP conversion rate :o

She converted 2/8 BP chances in the 1st set and 3/13 BP chances in the 2nd set :help:

pav
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:18 AM
Bepa will have to up her game,for her next opponent,that bugger can pay when she's in the mood :fiery: I think she gave Bepa a good ass whupping the last time they played!

Beware the Bepa
don't take old Virginie cheap
or you could end up
in a crying heap:bigcry:

slk45
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:24 AM
Did any of you Aussies see the Rose Parade yesterday in Pasadena, CA?
On TV, I mean. ?

slk45
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:27 AM
Bepa will have to up her game,for her next opponent,that bugger can pay when she's in the mood :fiery: I think she gave Bepa a good ass whupping the last time they played!

Beware the Bepa
don't take old Virginie cheap
or you could end up
in a crying heap:bigcry::lol:


Strasbourg 2003 Zvonareva 6-0, 6-4
Amelia Island 2005 Razzano 6-4, 6-4

Epigone
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:29 AM
Razzano should have closed out the match against Daniela earlier than she did, so she is probably in pretty good form :unsure:

goldenlox
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:33 AM
Vera said she had a wrist problem right before the USO.
I hope she's taping as a precaution.

rrfnpump
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:37 AM
Vera :yeah: :kiss:

Virginie can be VERY dangerous, but Vera is capable to win this match, she has to take her chances!

http://www.photosport.co.nz/images/previews/live/TH%20Tennis%20Day%202/ZVONAREVA_Vera_MR8V7951.jpg

Epigone
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:41 AM
Vera said she had a wrist problem right before the USO.
I hope she's taping as a precaution.Bepa said in her diary that she has been trying different strings to help her with her wrists.

She'll probably have to cut down on doubles if the problems persist :sad:

slk45
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:43 AM
Vera said she had a wrist problem right before the USO.
I hope she's taping as a precaution.Vera always downplays the wrist issue if you ask her. But I'd still be concerned about her left wrist. Her acute backhand cross-court stresses it. At both Amelia Island and Cincinnati she told me it was fine, but she had it iced up after practices and matches both places. Of course, she went out in 2R at Amelia, but she pounded that wrist the whole tournament in Cincy. :unsure:

Epigone
Jan 3rd, 2007, 08:09 AM
Vera always downplays the wrist issue if you ask her. But I'd still be concerned about her left wrist. Her acute backhand cross-court stresses it. At both Amelia Island and Cincinnati she told me it was fine, but she had it iced up after practices and matches both places. Of course, she went out in 2R at Amelia, but she pounded that wrist the whole tournament in Cincy. :unsure:She was also icing her wrist when she was being interviewed for her website while in Moscow last year.

I used to think that she only had a problem with her left wrist, but now I'm concerned about her right wrist as well :unsure:

goldenlox
Jan 3rd, 2007, 08:15 AM
Vera said in her radio interview that she's fit, but no player is totally healthy.

Epigone
Jan 3rd, 2007, 09:53 AM
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Loit vs. Pin
2. Suárez vs. Craybas
3. Jankovic vs. Daniilidou
4. Husarova/Suárez vs. Loit/Szavay
5. Zvonareva vs. Razzano (NB 19.00hrs)

Good luck!

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 3rd, 2007, 11:42 AM
hope her wrists are ok :scared:

Vera, please be ok :) :)

daniela86
Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:02 PM
Well done Vera :yeah: :D I'm happy to learn that she said she was fit :yeah: :D As Basti said,Razzano can be very dangerous but I believe in Bepa and I really really hope she will reach the final and play against Jankovic there :rocker: :bounce: Udachi girl! :rocker:

KV
Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:19 PM
Keep it up :) good luck vs. Razzano.

Paranoia
Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:53 PM
Very nice beginning of 2007! Osterloh and Granville aren't easy players. Well done Vera and good luck against Hantuchova-killer Razzano!!!

pav
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:06 PM
A bloody later match again :fiery: probably wont be on TV:sad:
invisible Bepa:fiery: good luck to her, worried about that bugger Razzano!

goldenlox
Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:15 PM
She has to beat these kinds of players. This tournament is much softer than Sydney will be.
She has to win this match.

pav
Jan 4th, 2007, 04:56 AM
Don't forget, they are blowing they will have commentary if you can't get livestream here(how much I don't know:confused: )

http://www.radiosport.co.nz/ListenLive/

Epigone
Jan 4th, 2007, 06:20 AM
Bepa d. Razzano 7-5 2-0* by retirement :clap2:

Virginie :hug:

Bepa was once again :help: on BP :o

Fililander
Jan 4th, 2007, 06:22 AM
It is not the best way to win but a win is a win. Congrats Vera.

slk45
Jan 4th, 2007, 06:38 AM
Don't forget, they are blowing they will have commentary if you can't get livestream here(how much I don't know:confused: )

http://www.radiosport.co.nz/ListenLive/

Thanks again for that link. They were pretty good commentators. :yeah:

Epigone
Jan 4th, 2007, 06:43 AM
Don't forget, they are blowing they will have commentary if you can't get livestream here(how much I don't know:confused: )

http://www.radiosport.co.nz/ListenLive/Why was I listening to commentary from the 5th Test? :confused: :o

slk45
Jan 4th, 2007, 06:44 AM
Jill Craybas is next up. They are 1 - 1 h2h.
Miami 2004 Craybas 6-2 3-6 6-3
US Open 2006 Bepa 6-3 7-5

Jill is a tricky player. Bepa needs to be sharp.

GO BEPA!!!

Epigone
Jan 4th, 2007, 06:50 AM
Jill Craybas is next up. They are 1 - 1 h2h.
Miami 2004 Craybas 6-2 3-6 6-3I'll never forget that loss :o

Here (http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/cray462.htm) are Jill's recent results. They aren't impressive, but Bepa has to be ready for anything.

She really has to lift her BP conversion rate :o

pav
Jan 4th, 2007, 06:59 AM
Why was I listening to commentary from the 5th Test? :confused: :o

They knew you were a good aussie and were more interested in warnie than breakpoint buggeruppingbepa:p

at one stage you could hear tennis play going on at the same time as the cricket! they always say they will have the tennis and then drift off to some other thing for half the time:fiery:

goldenlox
Jan 4th, 2007, 07:12 AM
This is quite a draw, facing Craybas in a SF. Vera needs to win this semi.

pav
Jan 4th, 2007, 07:44 AM
This is quite a draw, facing Craybas in a SF. Vera needs to win this semi.

Bepa should win but I watched the crustacean today and she looks as fit as a buck rat, she sure keeps in shape :eek:

goldenlox
Jan 4th, 2007, 07:54 AM
Compare this to what Sydney will be, this is a dream draw.
And Vera didn't have to play a full match, Jill had a long 3 setter.
Vera should win this.

pav
Jan 4th, 2007, 08:11 AM
You are right, she really should if not, into the corner for her! I was just listening to jill on the podcast from the ASB and they were telling her that everone they talk to loses the next day They are drawing a bit out of the players, and they are coming across very well.

Epigone
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:02 AM
Friday, January 5, 2007
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Jankovic vs. Pin
2. Zvonareva vs. Craybas

Good luck!

goldenlox
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:12 AM
Come on Vera, come on, Pin!

rrfnpump
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:54 AM
Vera :yeah: :)
but she really needs to take her chances better!

I also didnt forget her loss to Craybas, it was :help:
but her win at the US Open was also a big struggle, Jill can be dangerous

Epigone
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:13 AM
Come on Vera, come on, Pin!I can imagine Pin driving Bepa crazy with her powderpuff shots :timebomb: :tape:

goldenlox
Jan 4th, 2007, 01:21 PM
Great draw, Vera gets a lot of matches in. Sydney will be tough to win a match.

Foot's Fingers
Jan 4th, 2007, 02:05 PM
I can imagine Pin driving Bepa crazy with her powderpuff shots :timebomb: :tape:

from other side it could be JJ who likes to drive crazy others players :devil:


Go to the final, Vera :rocker2:

goldenlox
Jan 4th, 2007, 04:51 PM
http://media.apn.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/5VeraZvonareva.jpg

Vera Zvonareva delivered big hits on and off the court last night. Photo / Martin Sykes


Russian 5th seed Vera Zvonareva, a players rep on the WTA board, said last night: "It will be really tough for Auckland to stay on the tour".

Zvonareva believes removing Auckland, and other similar level tournaments will be bad for the game.
"It will be really upsetting because lots of players have got used to coming here," the outspoken Russian said.
"The future of tennis is about all players on the tour, not about just the top 20 or top 10. If the amount of tournaments reduce, it reduces the chances for younger players coming up. I'm not sure if they want to come up with something that's going to keep tennis alive, but it looks like tennis is dying."

goldenlox
Jan 4th, 2007, 04:58 PM
The Russian now faces American Jill Craybas today as one of only two seeds to make it to the ASB Classic semifinals, the other being top seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic.
Razzano went toe to toe with Zvonareva through the first set. Both players treated the net like the flu and stuck to the baseline.
Zvonareva got the crucial break at 6-5, served out for the set and it was over soon after as Razzano, who arrived with a sore throat and had stomach pains one day, had her back lock up on another, called it quits.

Zvonareva, who has five singles titles to her credit, including two at Birmingham and Cincinnati last year, is world No 24 and on track to make a decent start in her bid to regain her career high ranking of 11 in 2004.
She was the beaten finalist in Auckland last year and although she admitted she was not at the top of her game last night, she's in reasonable shape.
"I was really happy the way I hung in there. Maybe it was not my best tennis but it was more important to fight for every point," she said.

slk45
Jan 4th, 2007, 05:14 PM
http://media.apn.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/5VeraZvonareva.jpg

Vera Zvonareva delivered big hits on and off the court last night. Photo / Martin Sykes


Russian 5th seed Vera Zvonareva, a players rep on the WTA board, said last night: "It will be really tough for Auckland to stay on the tour".

Zvonareva believes removing Auckland, and other similar level tournaments will be bad for the game.
"It will be really upsetting because lots of players have got used to coming here," the outspoken Russian said.
"The future of tennis is about all players on the tour, not about just the top 20 or top 10. If the amount of tournaments reduce, it reduces the chances for younger players coming up. I'm not sure if they want to come up with something that's going to keep tennis alive, but it looks like tennis is dying."

:yeah: Bepa's got the WTA's number! She is right on!!
It's the WTA's fault! ;)

rrfnpump
Jan 4th, 2007, 05:16 PM
Zvonareva believes removing Auckland, and other similar level tournaments will be bad for the game.
"It will be really upsetting because lots of players have got used to coming here," the outspoken Russian said.
"The future of tennis is about all players on the tour, not about just the top 20 or top 10. If the amount of tournaments reduce, it reduces the chances for younger players coming up. I'm not sure if they want to come up with something that's going to keep tennis alive, but it looks like tennis is dying."

Vera is so right about that :worship:
glad she speaks out her mind, hopefully other players will follow

pav
Jan 4th, 2007, 05:28 PM
I was half asleep a while back, and heard the radio say "Russian tennis player Vera Zvonareva has dropped a bombshell" and I wondered what the hell she'd said and was relieved to hear what it was. Bad enough though!
they had a little bit from her on radiosport.

http://www.radiosport.co.nz/AudioBank/WeekOnDemand/

Frid. 7.15am to 7.30am

KV
Jan 4th, 2007, 05:38 PM
Shame V. Razzano ret. Whatever now good luck vs. J. Craybas. Just avoid the off-day and Bepa will reach her second successive Auckland final.

goldenlox
Jan 4th, 2007, 06:04 PM
I heard the radio interview. It was Vera saying -

"It will be really upsetting because lots of players have got used to coming here," the outspoken Russian said.
"The future of tennis is about all players on the tour, not about just the top 20 or top 10. If the amount of tournaments reduce, it reduces the chances for younger players coming up. I'm not sure if they want to come up with something that's going to keep tennis alive, but it looks like tennis is dying."


Plus that Brandi and Tu were playing there 10 straight years and it's a really good tournament.
Then they had the TD, who said they have to raise prizemoney from $145,000 to $200,000, and pay a one time fee of $450,000 to become a B.
So he has to get the financing to keep the tournament.

pav
Jan 4th, 2007, 07:27 PM
It sounds like Auckland is safe for next year ,but after that:confused:

wally1
Jan 4th, 2007, 08:13 PM
Zvonareva believes removing Auckland, and other similar level tournaments will be bad for the game.
"It will be really upsetting because lots of players have got used to coming here," the outspoken Russian said.
"The future of tennis is about all players on the tour, not about just the top 20 or top 10. If the amount of tournaments reduce, it reduces the chances for younger players coming up. I'm not sure if they want to come up with something that's going to keep tennis alive, but it looks like tennis is dying."Absolutely 100% correct from Vera. How on earth is it in the WTA's interests to introduce measures that would kill off a tournament like Auckland?

Epigone
Jan 4th, 2007, 08:19 PM
Russian 5th seed Vera Zvonareva, a players rep on the WTA board, said last night: "It will be really tough for Auckland to stay on the tour".Since when? :oI'm not sure if they want to come up with something that's going to keep tennis alive, but it looks like tennis is dying."Drama queen :tape:, but she's right about this not being a top10/top 20 thing.

When will the Tour sit up and listen? :rolleyes:"I was really happy the way I hung in there. Maybe it was not my best tennis but it was more important to fight for every point," she said.That's the right attitude :dance:

Epigone
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:43 PM
Jankovic d. Pin 3-0 30-0* (ret.)

Now it's up to Bepa to join her in the final

Epigone
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:46 PM
pav, will match audio be streamed?

Epigone
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:32 PM
The commentators (during a break in the cricket :rolleyes: ) said that Bepa is playing really well (at 4-1* in the 1st)

She is varying the pace of the ball and is throwing in dropshots and lobs :D

goldenlox
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:30 AM
Vera won the first set 6-3. Fell behind 1-4 and 3-5 in the second.
She came back to serve for the match at 6-5
2 mp's, Vera wins 6-3, 7-5. She plays Jankovic in the final.

Epigone
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:32 AM
Bepa won 6-3 7-5 to move into the final :bigclap: :dance: :worship: :bounce: :woohoo:

Epigone
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:35 AM
The commentators said that she wasn't afraid to approach the net, in addition to hitting dropshots and lobs

She has a great all-court game :worship:

RR-87
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:40 AM
Vera :yeah:

already defended last year points :yeah:

Good luck tomorrow :bounce:

Fililander
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:54 AM
Just woke up to follow the match but it was already over. grrrrrrrrr. But i am very glad that Vera had won. Now take the title girl.

goldenlox
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:58 AM
Vera had a very good draw, and this final is her first real test, where she has to play top 10 tennis to win.

slk45
Jan 5th, 2007, 01:41 AM
BEPA!!! :D :bounce: :bounce: :hug: :smooch: I got home too late to follow the match -- missed it by about 10 minutes. But it looks like a good scoreline. I'll have to read the details in OOP.


The commentators said that she wasn't afraid to approach the net, in addition to hitting dropshots and lobs

She has a great all-court game :worship:Craybas is one to make her show it!! And thankfully she has it. :yeah:


I'm not sure if they want to come up with something that's going to keep tennis alive, but it looks like tennis is dying." Drama queen :tape:, but she's right about this not being a top10/top 20 thing.

When will the Tour sit up and listen? :rolleyes: It may be more accurate to say the WTA is killing tennis, than that it is dying. But either way, I'm sure Vera got somebody's attention. :fiery: Which is not to say they will re-evaluate what they're doing. :o Does anyone else on the tour have the fortitude to back her up? (Lindsay made an early strike last year, with her comments about player scheduling.) Good job, Bepa!!

Vera leads Jelena 2-1. She needs to repeat her performance at Cincinnati!!

GO BEPA!! Auckland is yours! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

goldenlox
Jan 5th, 2007, 02:06 AM
Fourth seed Vera Zvonareva said tonight that she feared for the future of the ASB Classic tennis tournament under proposed changes to the WTA Tours schedule.


The WTA's Road Map to 2010 envisages a shortened season and the top players facing each other more regularly.
Under the changes, Classic organisers would have to increase prize-money from the present $US145,000 ($NZ207,645) to a minimum of $US200,000.
They would also have to pay a one-off franchise fee of $US450,000.
Another pitfall for Auckland is if a bigger event elsewhere in the world wants the same time slot as the Classic – in the first week of the year and as a build-up to the Australian Open.
Zvonareva, who has made today's semifinals, believed the Classic could struggle to remain part of a restructured tour.
"When the WTA makes changes in 2010, it's going to be really tough I think for this tournament to stay on the tour," she said.
"I think it's going to be tough for the players. The future of tennis is about all players, it's not about just top 20 or top 10. If the amount of tournaments is reduced, they reduce the chances of younger players coming up."
Rather than boosting tennis, the changes could be detrimental to the sport, she said.
Zvonareva, a member of the WTA player council, said the Auckland tournament was much liked and noted that two players, Puerto Rican Kristina Brandi and American Meilen Tu, a former champion, had been coming for a decade.
"I don't think any tournament can find players coming back for 10 years in a row, so there's something about Auckland," she said.
"I think we would be really upset if the tournament left the tour."
Tournament director Richard Palmer said organisers were working to ensure the event remained on the calendar but conceded there were challenges.
"We are looking to be part of that tour," he said.
"The financial implications are significant. The possibility of another tournament worth a lot more being put into the week we are in exists." But Palmer said the situation remained fluid and he expected the tournament to be staged in its present form next year.

goldenlox
Jan 5th, 2007, 02:11 AM
Russian Vera Zvonareva has battled her way into her second consecutive ASB Classic final after a 6-3 7-5 victory over plucky American Jill Craybas.
The 22-year-old won an error-strewn match in just under an hour and 20 minutes as neither women impressed under the sunny skies at the ASB Tennis Centre.
Holding serve seemed to be particularly difficult, especially in the second set as Craybas had her chances to take the game into a deciding set, but each time allowed the fifth seed back into the game.
The world number 24 admitted it was a tough match.
"I always had to play aggressively and I always had to play my game. As soon as I gave her a couple of unforced errors, then she was on top of me. I had to take my chances especially when I was 4-1 and 5-3 down in the second set," said the Russian.
Zvonareva has got better during the tournament after battling through a tough three-set match against qualifier Lilih Osterloh in round one.
"I am certainly improving, especially from my first match where in the first set I was struggling a little bit and I couldn't find my rhythm. Certainly I wasn't playing my best tennis throughout the whole match today but I was coming up with good shots and good points when I needed it."
Victory for Zvonareva gives her a chance for a sixth career title as she faces Serb Jelena Jankovic in Saturday's final, which will be live streamed here on tvnz.co.nz and on TV ONE.
"She is certainly a great player and she has had some great wins this week. She is a tough opponent and a real fighter and I am looking forward to our match.
"I will have to stay aggressive and fight for every point and use my chances if I get any. I just want to enjoy myself on court."

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 5th, 2007, 02:36 AM
Vera :) :yeah: :)

well done on making final ;)
go win it tomorrow :)

and Vera's spot on as usual re: Roadmap

~Kiera~
Jan 5th, 2007, 03:21 AM
http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/category/Podcast/

Podcast with Vera (her section starts at 07:56)

Epigone
Jan 5th, 2007, 05:09 AM
The WTA's Road Map to 2010 envisages a shortened season and the top players facing each other more regularly.
Under the changes, Classic organisers would have to increase prize-money from the present $US145,000 ($NZ207,645) to a minimum of $US200,000.
They would also have to pay a one-off franchise fee of $US450,000.
Another pitfall for Auckland is if a bigger event elsewhere in the world wants the same time slot as the Classic – in the first week of the year and as a build-up to the Australian Open.The new tournament planned for Brisbane could cause trouble for the Auckland organisers...Tennis Australia is to develop a new stop on the Road to the Australian Open with the announcement today of plans for a combined men’s and women’s event leading into the Australian Open from 2009 onwards. The January tournament, which will provide players with ideal preparation for the first Grand Slam of the season, will be held at the new Tennyson State Tennis Centre in Brisbane.
The event will involve bringing together the existing Next Generation Adelaide International for men with the Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts on the Gold Coast in the one state-of-the-art venue. In 2007 and 2008 these international events will continue to be hosted in their existing cities before moving to Brisbane.
The announcement of the combined tournament will further strengthen the lead-up tournaments on the Road to the Australian Open which in 2009 will comprise of three combined men’s and women’s tournaments, beginning with the Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth, then the new tournament in Brisbane followed by the Medibank Sydney International, and one women’s tournament - the Moorilla Hobart International.link (http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/article.aspx?id=6043&articleid=ArticleID200673116636&pageId=9959&HandlerId=1)

slk45
Jan 5th, 2007, 05:37 AM
http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/category/Podcast/

Podcast with Vera (her section starts at 07:56)

In that interview, Vera says she is icing her wrist so it doesn't hurt! :( :unsure:

The interview is mostly a lot of joking around, and Vera is pretty funny. :)

Get lots of rest and have a big win tomorrow, Bepa!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Epigone
Jan 5th, 2007, 05:40 AM
Did anyone notice that Bepa had her left thumb taped? :o

Pic provided by danielafrenchfan (http://img167.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=66945_vera1_122_374lo.jpg)

The pic also confirms that her right wrist is now taped as heavily as her left :unsure:

slk45
Jan 5th, 2007, 05:55 AM
Did anyone notice that Bepa had her left thumb taped? :o

Pic provided by danielafrenchfan (http://img167.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=66945_vera1_122_374lo.jpg)

The pic also confirms that her right wrist is now taped as heavily as her left :unsure:Both wrists are taped, her thumb is taped, and it looks like her left index finger has a cut. :awww: :hug: :smooch:

pav
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:27 AM
Did anyone notice that Bepa had her left thumb taped? :o

Pic provided by danielafrenchfan (http://img167.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=66945_vera1_122_374lo.jpg)

The pic also confirms that her right wrist is now taped as heavily as her left :unsure:

After her bombshell as they called it she dropped onto the WTA at the press conference , she might come out with her mouth :tape: (She is right,all they want is elite players playing each other,and in 20years there wont be any elite players.

rrfnpump
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:59 AM
Vera :D :yeah: :)
good fight in the second set, made final again!!

I think Jankovic is too strong at the moment, but when Vera has a good day, she will win the title!

Epigone
Jan 5th, 2007, 07:11 AM
http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/category/Podcast/

Podcast with Vera (her section starts at 07:56)Thank you! :worship:

Both Bepa and Jelena were :lol:

Bepa's comment about Di Holland kicking everyone's arse/ass to be the only one left on tour :haha:

Shoulderpova
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:32 AM
Go Vera. Take the title :fiery:

Epigone
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:09 PM
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Centre Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Jankovic vs. Zvonareva

Good luck! :bounce:

goldenlox
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:21 PM
This has already been a good week for Vera.
Next week she gets her doubles game together.
Then comes a major, with Vera playing singles, doubles and mixed.

It's going to be good times this year. Just stay healthy, Vera.

KV
Jan 5th, 2007, 01:44 PM
Bepa INTO final :bounce: Good luck vs. in form J. Jankovic.

Epigone
Jan 5th, 2007, 01:44 PM
MD Entry List - Antwerp

1. Amelie Mauresmo
2. Kim Cljisters
3. Nadia Petrova
4. Elena Dementieva
5. Patty Schnyder
6. Dinara Safina
7. Anna Chakvetadze
8. Ana Ivanovic
9. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
10. Tatiana Golovin
11. Katarina Srebotnik
12. Vera Zvonareva
13. Anabel Medina Garrigues
14. Alona Bondarenko
15. Martina Muller
16. Michaella Krajicek
17. Eleni Daniilidou
18. Olga Poutchkova
19. Severine Bremond
20. Lucie Safarova
21. Elena Likhovtseva
22. Venus Williams
23. Kirsten Flipkens
24. Caroline Maes

Foot's Fingers
Jan 5th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Vera :kiss:

Good Week!!!

Now try to make it brilliant!!!

daniela86
Jan 5th, 2007, 02:55 PM
Vera :banana: :banana: I'm sooo happy :p :bigclap:
Nice tournament regardless what happens in final :D I just hope Vera will be healthy coz I'm a bit worried :sad: Best of luck against Jelena,although both are my faves and I really don't know for whom to cheer.I will be happy whoever wins.Davai!!!

goldenlox
Jan 5th, 2007, 03:19 PM
World No 24 Zvonareva showed more than enough yesterday to suggest she'll start on level terms with Jankovic, ranked 12 spots higher.
She was helped by Craybas' serving problems. Over the match, the Californian dropped seven of 10 service games.
The first set was regulation for Zvonareva, but Craybas sparked up in the second and led 2-0, 5-1 and 5-3.
However Zvonareva dug deep and won the points that really mattered. It's a trait of hers and one that she'll need today.
"Today was certainly an improvement from my first match. I certainly wasn't playing my best tennis for the whole match, but I was coming up with good shots when I needed to, and that was the key."
Zvonareva, who won two singles titles last year, at Birmingham and Cincinnati, is aiming to go one better than her visit to Auckland last year, when she lost the final to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli.
With her hands wrapped in ice yesterday, Zvonareva's recipe for success today was straightforward.
"Jelena is a really tough opponent so I definitely have to stay aggressive, to fight for every point and use my chances - if I get any."

Harju.
Jan 5th, 2007, 04:31 PM
Bepa :banana:
What a way to kick off the season. Now get the title tomorrow :unsure:.
And I love Bepa to speak up for the lower ranked players :awww: :D

slk45
Jan 5th, 2007, 04:44 PM
This has already been a good week for Vera.
Next week she gets her doubles game together.
Then comes a major, with Vera playing singles, doubles and mixed.

It's going to be good times this year. Just stay healthy, Vera.
By the time the AO is over, she will have been pounding those wrists for a month. :unsure:


World No 24 Zvonareva showed more than enough yesterday to suggest she'll start on level terms with Jankovic, ranked 12 spots higher.
She was helped by Craybas' serving problems. Over the match, the Californian dropped seven of 10 service games.When did Jill move to California?! She must have gotten tired of the early blizzards on the East coast. :bolt:


With her hands wrapped in ice yesterday, Zvonareva's recipe for success today was straightforward.
"Jelena is a really tough opponent so I definitely have to stay aggressive, to fight for every point and use my chances - if I get any."You need to make those chances, Bepa! You know how to do it!! Vera can give herself and her fans a great Christmas present by taking the title. The :angel: at the top of the tree, after a great week of decorating the tree!!

Merry Christmas to Bepa and all her fans! :aparty:

pav
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:01 PM
Going to be talking to Matt Brown, the commentator/reporter about the final sometime in the next hour here.

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/streaming/newstalkzb-streaming.asp

goldenlox
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:36 PM
I heard the interview. Vera enjoys this tournament, and hopes the TD is able to keep it.
She's going to fight for every point, and she is always trying to improve, even if she is playing well.

~Kiera~
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:49 PM
Going to be talking to Matt Brown, the commentator/reporter about the final sometime in the next hour here.

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/streaming/newstalkzb-streaming.asp

Thanks, pav :)

I managed to record Vera's segment if anyone missed it - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TEVRC6HM

pav
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:50 PM
That was a good little interview and later he picked her as the winner (hope he is right) anyone wants to listen to it go to. http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/weekondemand.asp?weekday=7&menu=2&menuitem=3

Sat. end of 800 am to 8.30.and perhaps start of 8.30 to 8.45.

Vera is funny, always being over modest, even on winning yesterday with the help of the net,she trudged over to shake hands looking guilty and apologetic,you would think she had lost the match, and then mentioned it in her on court interview,better that way than the opposite I suppose :)

pav
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Thanks, pav :)

I managed to record Vera's segment if anyone missed it - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TEVRC6HM

that's a good idea:)

rrfnpump
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:57 PM
pav, I am planning to stay awake for the finals, what time is it in NZ right now? 9am?

thank you, kiera :wavey:

slk45
Jan 5th, 2007, 07:41 PM
pav, I am planning to stay awake for the finals, what time is it in NZ right now? 9am?

thank you, kiera :wavey:

Try this site:
http://www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_NZ.aspx

pav
Jan 5th, 2007, 09:05 PM
11 am now final starts about 1.00pm, saying there will be a radio commentary on radiosport but a one day cricket international starts at 2.00pm so I don't trust the buggers to keep going ,cricket seems to rule. commentary on.

http://www.radiosport.co.nz/ListenLive/

Epigone
Jan 5th, 2007, 09:47 PM
That was a good little interview and later he picked her as the winner (hope he is right) anyone wants to listen to it go to. http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/weekondemand.asp?weekday=7&menu=2&menuitem=3

Sat. end of 800 am to 8.30.and perhaps start of 8.30 to 8.45.Thanks :yeah:Vera is funny, always being over modest, even on winning yesterday with the help of the net,she trudged over to shake hands looking guilty and apologetic,you would think she had lost the match, and then mentioned it in her on court interview,better that way than the opposite I suppose :)She should have pumped her fist repeatedly :sad: :D

pav
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:49 PM
Thanks :yeah:She should have pumped her fist repeatedly :sad: :D

I hope she will be today!!

Paranoia
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Vera from 0-2 to 3-2 ahead! Come on Veraaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!

Paranoia
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:57 PM
Vera-Jankovic 0-1 0-2 1-2 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 4-4 5-4 5-5 6-5 6-6

TB to come!

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:10 AM
It's a wild tiebreak

Paranoia
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:14 AM
Vera lost 1st set (9) 6-7 :-(

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:18 AM
That was a tough way to lose a close set.

Epigone
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:09 AM
Bepa :help:

6-7 5-5*

She just blew multiple SP chances :crying2:

This next game will be critical

Epigone
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:19 AM
Bepa 6-7 7-5 0-0*

This is :scared:

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:19 AM
Third set of a long grueling match 6-7(9), 7-5.

Epigone
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:54 AM
Jelena Jankovic d. Bepa 7-6(9) 5-7 6-3 :sobbing: :bigcry: :crying2: :sad: x 10000000

Once again, Bepa was :help: with her BP conversion rate :o (7/19 vs 7/11)

Bepa had a GP at *3-4 in the 3rd, but blew it :bigcry:

Fililander
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:59 AM
Yes with such a wasting of chances you cannot win a match. And the other important thing that she has lost many energy in that match. Jankovic was not better as her but she used her chances. Anyway a good tournament from Vera.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 02:00 AM
A good final for the fans. Vera did well this week. A good start to 2007.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 02:27 AM
Now Vera is off to Sydney, and she'll play singles and doubles.
Jankovic is a good player, and she didn't have to play a full SF.
Vera should be proud of her week.

Shoulderpova
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:10 AM
Vera was not destined to win anything lower than tier3s ;)
still a good start to the season,though :yeah:

slk45
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:19 AM
Jelena Jankovic d. Bepa 7-6(9) 5-7 6-3 :sobbing: :bigcry: :crying2: :sad: x 10000000

Once again, Bepa was :help: with her BP conversion rate :o (7/19 vs 7/11)

Bepa had a GP at *3-4 in the 3rd, but blew it :bigcry:

Also critical was her serving %.

1st Set:................ Bepa ................... Jelena
Aces ....................... 0 ......................... 1
DFs ......................... 1 ......................... 2
First Serve %.......... 70% ..................... 69%
1st Serve Pts....... 18/28=64% ........... 20/33=61%
2nd Serve Pts....... 6/12=50% ............ 8/15=53%
BP Won .................. 2/8 ...................... 2/2
Total Pts ................. 44 ........................ 44

2nd Set:................ Bepa ................... Jelena
Aces ....................... 0 ......................... 0
DFs ......................... 2 ......................... 0
First Serve %.......... 45% ..................... 67%
1st Serve Pts....... 11/20=55% ........... 16/35=46%
2nd Serve Pts....... 10/24=42% ........... 9/17=53%
BP Won .................. 4/6 ...................... 3/6
Total Pts ................. 48 ........................ 48

3rd Set:................ Bepa ................... Jelena
Aces ....................... 0 ......................... 0
DFs ........................ 1 ......................... 1
First Serve %.......... 63% ..................... 72%
1st Serve Pts....... 12/17=71% ........... 14/23=61%
2nd Serve Pts........ 2/10=20% ............ 6/9=67%
BP Won .................. 1/5 ...................... 2/3
Total Pts ................. 26 ........................ 33

It was a very close match overall. Against a lesser player, these numbers would have worked.

Even so, it was a fine week for Bepa! :clap2: :hug: :smooch: :bounce:

slk45
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:30 AM
Sydney draw is out! Vera plays Stosur in 1R; Jankovic plays Hingis in 1R; winners here will meet in 2R !!! 3R likely to be Mauresmo or Golovin!

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/includes/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/global/Pdfs/events/2007/sydney_draws.pdf

Bepa!! If you play Martina again in 2R, you've got to overpower her right away! You cannot give her time to develop her shots!

GO BEPA!! :bounce:

ys
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:33 AM
Good week, Vera, congratulations..:)

~Kiera~
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:39 AM
The result is pretty bittersweet for me. Whilst I am incredibly happy for Jelena (I wanted her to win another title so badly) I do feel sad for Vera. It was such an incredibly close match and really could have went either way right up until the end. She should take a lot away from this week and be proud of her efforts.

Fililander
Jan 6th, 2007, 05:22 AM
Well it smells like a short tournament:help: for Vera. In the second round against Hingis? and than Mauresmo. I am very pessismistic right now. In the other hand she will have some rest before the AO.

Epigone
Jan 6th, 2007, 06:11 AM
Sydney draw is out! Vera plays Stosur in 1R; Jankovic plays Hingis in 1R; winners here will meet in 2R !!! 3R likely to be Mauresmo or Golovin!3R is the QF in a tournament with a 28 player MD :p

The draw is :unsure:, but try coming up with something better when the field is like that :help:

If Jankovic takes out Hingis and Golovin takes out Mauresmo, I think that Bepa can meet Petrova in the SF :angel:. If Mauresmo is out of her quarter, I can see Bepa winning it (provided she converts BP chances more frequently :o).

Doubles draw
(1)RAYMOND,Lisa/STOSUR, Samantha vs LOIT,Emilie/PRATT,Nicole
DANIILIDOU,Eleni/WOEHR, Jasmin vs MORARIU,Corina/STUBBS,Rennae

(4)GROENEFELD,Anna-Lena/SHAUGHNESSY,Meghann vs CRAYBAS,Jill/LI,Ting BOVINA,Elena/SCHIAVONE,Francesca vs DUSHEVINA,Vera/FEDAK,Yuliana

HUSAROVA,Janette/OSKOBOEVA,Galina vs BARTOLI,Marion/TU,Meilen
(WC)JANKOVIC,Jelena/LI,Na vs (3)HANTUCHOVA,Daniela/SUGIYAMA,Ai

DECHY,Nathalie/ZVONAREVA,Vera vs KING,Vania/Sun,Tiantian
(WC)ADAMCZAK,Monique/DELLACQUA,Casey vs (2)BLACK,Cara/HUBER,Liezel

Epigone
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:21 AM
From a post in the GM forumIt was one of the best early season games I can recall. It was close right through until the last three games. I haven't seen the stats but there were a lot of UFEs off-set by quality winners. Both were tiring in the last set.

Zvonera was frustrated with a number of line calls and rightly so.link (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9746936&postcount=68)

rrfnpump
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:04 AM
Vera :bigcry: :sad:
it was so scary following the live scores

but good week, Vera :yeah:
losing to Jankovic these days is no shame

I think she should withdraw from Sydney!

KV
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:47 PM
Bepa did slightly better than last year here at Auckland. Yup, losing to Jankovic is no shame and was very close match. Though can't understand a few things in Jelena's case. (apparently injured etc)

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:00 PM
This is a much tougher draw, but the way Vera is playing, she'll be tough to beat for Stosur.
It's a tough doubles draw also.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:33 PM
http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/AKL80401060521.jpg

Russia's Vera Zvonareva reacts during her final match against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia at the WTA Tour ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007. Jankovic won the final 7-6 (9), 5-7, 6-3. (AP Photo/NZPA, Wayne Drought)

Zvonareva, runner-up 12 months ago, could not steer home her advantage and again had to settle for second best.
"She played unbelievable today and she deserved to win," Zvonareva said.
"Even though we had tough conditions to play with the wind this week, she played some great tennis."

Epigone
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:49 PM
Also critical was her serving %.

1st Set:................ Bepa ................... Jelena
Aces ....................... 0 ......................... 1
DFs ......................... 1 ......................... 2
First Serve %.......... 70% ..................... 69%
1st Serve Pts....... 18/28=64% ........... 20/33=61%
2nd Serve Pts....... 6/12=50% ............ 8/15=53%
BP Won .................. 2/8 ...................... 2/2
Total Pts ................. 44 ........................ 44If my memory serves me correctly, Bepa had 40-15 at 4-3* in the 1st but failed to convert

Had she converted, I think that she would have locked up the 1st set :sad:

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 02:30 PM
She might get another match with Jankovic in round 2.
Stosur won't be easy.
Hingis or JJ, then Mauresmo.
That's different than Craybas.

goldenlox
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:05 PM
"I always had to play aggressively and I always had to play my game. As soon as I gave her a couple of unforced errors, then she was on top of me. I had to take my chances especially when I was 4-1 and 5-3 down in the second set. "I am certainly improving, especially from my first match where in the first set I was struggling a little bit and I couldn't find my rhythm.
Certainly I wasn't playing my best tennis throughout the whole match today but I was coming up with good shots and good points when I needed it."

~Kiera~
Jan 6th, 2007, 10:41 PM
http://www.stuff.co.nz/3920993a10393.html

Zvonareva said she had her chances to take that set, and certainly did in the second, squealing like a baby when she spurned one of three set points before eventually prevailing 7-5.

But as the game went into its third hour, Jankovic rediscovered her focus and won the third set with a degree of comfort. "I was expecting a tough match, but this was really tough," she said. "Believe me, it was not easy."

While Russia's Zvonareva may have been stroppy on court, she was cheerful enough off it, as she raced through her press conference with wrists encased in ice packs (with just enough time for a quip about locker-room fights). She dismissed any suggestion of disappointment at being beaten finalist two years running, saying: "I see it differently: to come back here and defend the final is great. There are not many players who can come back another year and be in the final."

A stout defender of this tournament in a week of mooted upheaval, Zvonareva restated her desire to return again next year, good news for Palmer as he rushed her from the press conference, out of a side entrance, and into (what was hopefully) a fast car to the airport.

Video highlights: Jankovic takes Classic crown (1:52) (http://tvnz.co.nz/view/sport_sub_cat_skin/sport_tennis_index_group)

slk45
Jan 7th, 2007, 03:32 AM
Best match - for pure quality between two of the world's top players, it is hard to look beyond the final between Jankovic and Vera Zvonareva. Both women brought their A-game and thrilled the crowd and everyone watching on TV and on tvnz.co.nz. Honourable mention must go to the raw emotion and pure adrenaline rush during the brave bid of Kiwi Marina Erakovic to reach the last eight against Eleni Daniilidou.
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/488120/953208 Link referenced above by Kiera123

pav
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:24 AM
It was a very good match,I think a lot of the so called unforced errors are really "quality of the player on the other side of the net errors" both of them missed a few put away shots that they shouldn't have.
Bepa was in good entertainment as well as playing form, after buggering up a couple of shots in the first (or second) game she held her racquet flat in front of her and glared at it for quite a while,then decided to give it a second chance, and just gave it a smacking with the palm of her hand. there were a few walks up and down the baseline talking and waving her arms around. One bad line call she had a fit about it and then laughed, another one was I think a serve she reckoned went long ,so after protesting she carefully placed a ball on the spot where she said it landed and walked away.:) A pretty cool Bepa really, a few swings towards the court.one of the commentators said that there hadn't been a single code violation in the whole tournament,and I remember thinking "There might be one soon"
Bepa made a good speech at the end, praised JJ (which JJ forgot to do to her I think) and handled herself well.

Wish the little bugger had won though! :sobbing:

slk45
Jan 7th, 2007, 07:34 AM
It was a very good match,I think a lot of the so called unforced errors are really "quality of the player on the other side of the net errors" both of them missed a few put away shots that they shouldn't have.
Bepa was in good entertainment as well as playing form, after buggering up a couple of shots in the first (or second) game she held her racquet flat in front of her and glared at it for quite a while,then decided to give it a second chance, and just gave it a smacking with the palm of her hand. there were a few walks up and down the baseline talking and waving her arms around. One bad line call she had a fit about it and then laughed, another one was I think a serve she reckoned went long ,so after protesting she carefully placed a ball on the spot where she said it landed and walked away.:) A pretty cool Bepa really, a few swings towards the court.one of the commentators said that there hadn't been a single code violation in the whole tournament,and I remember thinking "There might be one soon"
Bepa made a good speech at the end, praised JJ (which JJ forgot to do to her I think) and handled herself well.

Wish the little bugger had won though! :sobbing:I love it! :lol:
Bepa can be quite entertaining. And it seems she's getting control of her emotions. :bigclap: :hug:

Good luck in Sydney, Bepa! :hug: :smooch:

Epigone
Jan 7th, 2007, 10:12 AM
Monday 8 January
Centre Court
Starting at 11.00am
Vera ZVONAREVA (RUS) vs Samantha STOSUR (AUS)

vBetting for the match (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=279744)

Court 4
Starting at 12:00 Noon
Yuliana Fedak (UKR) vs. Marion Bartoli (FRA)
Groenefeld-Shaughnessy (GER-USA) vs. Craybas-Li (Ting) (USA-CHN)
Dechy-Zvonareva (FRA-RUS) vs. King-Sun (USA-CHN)

vBetting for the match (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=279752)

Good luck!

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 12:47 PM
Vera was icing her wrists after the NZ final, then flew to Sydney.
She has to be tired now.

Epigone
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:23 PM
One bad line call she had a fit about it and then laughed, another one was I think a serve she reckoned went long ,so after protesting she carefully placed a ball on the spot where she said it landed and walked away.:) A pretty cool Bepa really, a few swings towards the court.I've seen her walk up to a spot where she thought a serve had landed and start hammering it with her racquet.

I like this new protest because it's less :fiery: and more :devil: :D

rrfnpump
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:31 PM
I've seen her walk up to a spot where she thought a serve had landed and start hammering it with her racquet.

I like this new protest because it's less :smash: and more :devil: :D

well, but we all look back in joy to the old times :)

Bepa :lol: :dance:

pav
Jan 7th, 2007, 05:58 PM
She did a few indications with her racquet to show where it landed,but no pick axing,once after a big shot from JJ the commentators thought she might just have been pointing out the crater where it landed:eek:

Todays match is a bit of a worry, I hope she does better than last year(I think the famous "I hate losing to that FB match"
she could be a bit flat after Auck. a bit tired,and Stosur always ups her game at home, and now she is not bad away from home.
Good luck to the Bepa:kiss:

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 06:04 PM
If Vera wins she plays Hingis or Jankovic, so Vera probably will get a few days off before Melbourne.