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Feb 18th, 2008, 02:36 PM
H2H Vera leads Schiavone 5-0 :) :yeah:
keep that record up Bepa !!!!!!!!!!!

Foot's Fingers
Feb 18th, 2008, 02:50 PM
that's better ;)

at least now i see draw was changed ;)

Feb 18th, 2008, 03:41 PM
great start, Vera :yeah: :D :)
now beat Schiavone as you always do!

Feb 18th, 2008, 03:44 PM
Indeed great start Bepa.

Feb 18th, 2008, 05:20 PM
Vera should beat Fran. If she plays like at the USO, Vera can go far here.

Feb 18th, 2008, 07:46 PM
Nice start from Vera :yeah: :)
Hopefully she can make it 6-0 against Schiavone ;)

Feb 18th, 2008, 07:49 PM
Vera plays Fran and doubles tomorrow.

Feb 18th, 2008, 07:52 PM
Bepa :yippee:

Nice comeback :cool:

Now, beat Fran like a drum :devil:

Feb 18th, 2008, 10:06 PM

Feb 19th, 2008, 12:22 AM
Nice solid win to start with :D

good luck against Fran ;)

Foot's Fingers
Feb 19th, 2008, 07:11 AM
Good Luck vs Fran today

Hope this Italian victim of "natural grace" will be sent to Hell by Vera today

Feb 19th, 2008, 03:29 PM
Vera is in a tough match 26 63 23

Feb 19th, 2008, 03:30 PM
C'MONNNNNN BEPA!! :bounce: :bounce:

Feb 19th, 2008, 03:59 PM
well done Bepa ;) :yeah: :D
too many bps wasted though

Bepa slow start but good fighting :)
26 63 64 win :yeah: :D :)

Feb 19th, 2008, 04:00 PM
Vera. What a match. But the break point conversin was horrible. Under 25%.

Feb 19th, 2008, 04:03 PM
Well done :)

Feb 19th, 2008, 04:12 PM
Vera toughed it out and got the job done. Schiavone is a fighter as well. At one point at 2-3 in the 3rd set, Vera's 1st serve %-age was 36%. She brought that up, and then got that one break right where it was needed. And served it out at love! :)

Well done! :hug: :smooch:

2-6,6-3,6-4 1hr53m24s
BEPA....................... 1st ........... 2nd ............ 3rd
Aces......................... 3 .............. 1 .............. 4
DF............................ 1 .............. 0 .............. 2
1st serve................. 69% .......... 64% .......... 52%
1st serve pts............ 44% .......... 81% .......... 86%
2nd serve pts........... 38% .......... 67% .......... 69%
BP saved.................. 0/3 ........... 2/2 ........... 0/0
BP won................... 1/2 ............ 1/1 ........... 1/8
Recv pts.................. 35% .......... 38% .......... 39%
Total Pts................ 18/46 .........34/57 ......... 35/63

But she needs to take the next match more efficiently and save her energy.
GO BEPA!! :bounce: :bounce:

Feb 19th, 2008, 04:22 PM
That was good. She's in round 3, she can get more points this week

Feb 19th, 2008, 04:36 PM

Feb 19th, 2008, 04:46 PM
Really nice win and fight :yeah: :rocker2: I'm very satisfied by Vera's comeback :rocker2:

Feb 19th, 2008, 06:50 PM
Well done tBepa! not easy against FrannyFine, good in the doubles too! I slept peacfully thru both matches:o

Feb 19th, 2008, 07:09 PM
Vera and Lucie play the Rodionova sisters Wednesday. Thursday Vera plays Dinara or Yan

Feb 19th, 2008, 07:22 PM
Points won on 1st serve in the 1st set and BP conversion % were :help:, but any win is good at this point :yeah:

Good win in doubles :dance:

Feb 19th, 2008, 07:30 PM
Well done Vera :yeah:

Feb 19th, 2008, 09:32 PM
Nice win in doubles with Lucie :yeah: :rocker2: :D Congrats one more time Bepa! :rocker:

Feb 19th, 2008, 10:55 PM
Nice win Vera :D

Good luck in R3 ;)

Feb 20th, 2008, 10:21 AM
well done Vera! keep this up

Foot's Fingers
Feb 20th, 2008, 11:37 AM
:woohoo: she already has 2 wins in Doha :banana:

Feb 20th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Next up for Vera is Dinara Safina. Time for Bepa to avenge her last 2 losses, especially Charleston where she had to retire at 6-3, 0-1 because of her wrist. :(

Safina is 5-1 in the H2H, but Bepa's doing better this year. A good chance to start evening things up.

GO BEPA!! :bounce: :banana: :banana: :bounce:

ps to D86: Dominika upset Patty S. 3 & 4! :D

Feb 20th, 2008, 04:52 PM
Vera/Lucie won 76(5) 76(6) against Rodionova sisters. :yeah: :)

now they could play Williams/Likhovtseva or Chan/Chuang. Tough match either way.

Feb 20th, 2008, 05:05 PM
Vera has a big singles match with Dinara. She refused to shake hands after Dinara beat her in Moscow

Feb 20th, 2008, 05:06 PM
Handshake or not :confused: I suppose if Bepa wins, she will forget about Safina's on court sins :)

Foot's Fingers
Feb 21st, 2008, 11:54 AM
Vera has good schedule in Doha Shldn't be too tired

All the best

Feb 21st, 2008, 01:43 PM
Let's go, Bepa!! :bounce: :bounce:

5-5 15-30 Break her, Bepa!!

Feb 21st, 2008, 01:58 PM
Vera is up 75 and the winner plays Bammer in a QF. Great opportunity for Vera.

Foot's Fingers
Feb 21st, 2008, 02:05 PM
Plus she saved sp in first set ;)

Feb 21st, 2008, 02:48 PM
Bepa d. Dinara 7-5 6-3 :bigclap: :yippee: :banana: :bounce: :woohoo:

Feb 21st, 2008, 02:50 PM
Vera wins 7-5 6-3. Finally a win against Safina. Now against Bammer.
Breakspoint conversion is still awful. Only 6 of 20.

Feb 21st, 2008, 03:01 PM
Vera leads Bammer in the H2H 1-0
But that was at Philly '04m and it was 7-6 in the third for bepa.

Li Na is the only player left(that she's played) Vera hasnt beaten. Na and Sharapova are the only ones with a leading H2H against Vera.

Foot's Fingers
Feb 21st, 2008, 03:02 PM
Vera :rocker2:

Next Bammer

Finally on TV court i beleive

Feb 21st, 2008, 03:07 PM
Excellent win, Bepa!! :hug: :smooch: :woohoo:

Yes, BP rate is low, but 3/10 in both sets shows she isn't falling apart after missing them. But she is using up a lot of energy doing that.

7-5,6-3 2hr 4min 40sec.

BEPA............................. 1st ............... 2nd
Aces............................... 0 ................. 0
DF.................................. 0 ................. 1
1st serve........................ 63% ............. 61%
1st serve pts................... 58% ............. 68%
2nd serve pts.................. 43% ............. 42%
BP Saved........................ 4/6 .............. 1/2
BP Won.......................... 3/10 ............. 3/10
Recv pts......................... 49% ............ 52%
Total Pts....................... 43/85 ........... 46/85

Bepa now has 1082 pts. A win against Bammer will give her another 85.
This could be an interesting turn of events in Doha. Right now Cibulkova is up 6-3, 5-1 on Venus, and Wozniacki is up split sets and 5-2 on AMG. The youngsters are rolling! :D

GO BEPA!! :bounce: :bounce:

Feb 21st, 2008, 03:55 PM
I would rather she played Li than JJ. I remember Aukland.
But Bammer will be tough, a winnable match

Feb 21st, 2008, 04:09 PM
such a great fight by Vera, more than two hours for two sets. :worship:

so proud of her already, no matter what happens next. :)

She saved Mps in her first match against Bammer which was at Philadelphia where she had a great run afterwards beating Capriati 60 61 and reaching the finals. Good old memories. :D

Feb 21st, 2008, 05:07 PM
My theory is that Vera has bad wrists, and time off is very good for her.
I thought she was playing really well at the USO, but had bad luck to be in the top half.
Now she had to take a month off, and here she goes again, with a favorable draw.

Feb 21st, 2008, 05:41 PM
Bepa :hearts: That Auckland wind training helped! be an interesting scrap against Bammer, she can sure play. Bepa doing well to get to all these BP chances, but would be a great help if she could cash in on some more of them! I wonder was there an aftermatch embrace? a hug? a handshake?or did they just turn aside from each other, bristles raised, like a couple of snarley old heading dogs disputing a dead possum?

Feb 21st, 2008, 07:00 PM
I'm soo proud of you Vera :D :D Very good win :banana: :rocker2: Huge congrats :D You finally managed to beat Dina :D :rocker2: :banana:
4/5 of my top 5 faves are in still in :banana:

Feb 21st, 2008, 08:28 PM
:worship: Great match against Safina :yeah: Now good luck against Bammer!

But... :sobbing: Bepa playing on court 1 and again not on ES...

Feb 21st, 2008, 08:51 PM
What a great win now good luck vs. Bammer.

Feb 21st, 2008, 09:06 PM
:sobbing: Bepa playing on court 1 and again not on ES

That's very bad news :sad:

Feb 21st, 2008, 09:55 PM
Great win for Vera :yeah: :banana: :D

It's a shame the match v Bammer won't be on ES :sad:

Feb 21st, 2008, 10:58 PM
Vera :D

Finally another win against Dinara ;)

Feb 22nd, 2008, 06:52 AM
Good luck against Bammer.
Vamos Vera :kiss:

Foot's Fingers
Feb 22nd, 2008, 10:16 AM
All the best today//// Pls confirm fan's great expectations

Not on Tv :fiery:

Vera :hug: you are my last hope to be interested in this tournament during week end

Feb 22nd, 2008, 12:57 PM
BEPA at 0-4! :unsure:
C'MONNNN BEPA!! LET'S GO!! :bounce: :bounce:

Feb 22nd, 2008, 12:57 PM
Vera starting slow, down 04. A SF here is over US $100,000. A nice payday for the winner

Feb 22nd, 2008, 01:30 PM
Vera is up a break in the 2nd 26 *31

Feb 22nd, 2008, 01:39 PM
Vera held 26 41* She has to get this match even, which Sveta couldn't do yesterday

Feb 22nd, 2008, 01:55 PM
Vera breaks again, 3rd set coming 26 62

Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:09 PM
Vera rolling now, up a break 30, 3 games from the semis

Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:22 PM
Vera is one game from the SF up 50 in the 3rd

Foot's Fingers
Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:25 PM
mp saved by Bammer

i want bagel

Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:26 PM
mp saved by Bammer

i want bagel

And another one saved by Bammer

Foot's Fingers
Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:27 PM
mp again ;)

Foot's Fingers
Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:28 PM
ok i agree for 61 in final set if it will be faster

Foot's Fingers
Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:30 PM

omg Tier I SF for Zvonaryova!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!


What agreat result!!!! have no words to explain how it's good :) :kiss: Vera :kiss: with bagel ;)

Don't stop now :rocker2:

Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:30 PM
Only one SF on ES tomorrow? :confused: :sad:

Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:35 PM

A Tier 1 semi. Much more than i expected. Keep rolling Vera:hearts::hearts::hearts:

Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:36 PM
That was a very good win, 62 60 in the last 2 sets.
JJ or Li tomorrow

Foot's Fingers
Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:48 PM
That was a very good win, 62 60 in the last 2 sets.
JJ or Li tomorrow

Li leads 2-0 winning in Doha 2 years ago and one year ago in IW after beating Sharapova....

and she is tied 2-2 with JJ

Prefer JJ then ;)

Feb 22nd, 2008, 02:56 PM
Excellent result :bowdown:

Bagel :drool:

Lift for the SF! :cool:

Feb 22nd, 2008, 03:00 PM
I prefer Li because I think JJ is a better player.
Either way, I think Vera has a very good chance tomorrow

Feb 22nd, 2008, 03:02 PM
BEPA!! :worship: :woohoo: :hug: :smooch:
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

An excellent comeback from a near bagel in the 1st set, to delivering a bagel in the 3rd!! :D

A very slow start where Vera only took 2 pts off Bammer's serve in the 1st set, to facing no BPs in the 3rd. But a great finish.

2-6, 6-2, 6-0 1hr 47m 45s

BEPA....................... 1st ........... 2nd ............ 3rd
Aces......................... 0 .............. 1 .............. 0
DF............................ 3 .............. 0 .............. 0
1st serve................. 56% .......... 66% .......... 43%
1st serve pts............ 53% .......... 53% .......... 83%
2nd serve pts........... 42% .......... 60% .......... 88%
BP saved.................. 2/4 ........... 3/4 ........... 0/0
BP won.................... 0/0 ........... 3/6 ........... 3/6
Recv pts.................. 11% .......... 58% ......... 62%
Total Pts................ 15/45 .........30/53 ......... 30/43

She now has 1167 pts for a #22 ranking.

Either Li or Jankovic next.

Not sure what's going on with the points. The point schedule on the current drawsheet is different from what's been there, and differs also from the Notes & Netcords listing. I'm going with the latter.

Rest up, Bepa!! You can win the next round as well!!
GO BEPA!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Feb 22nd, 2008, 03:33 PM
Well done Bepa! Good luck vs. Na Li or J.J.

Feb 22nd, 2008, 03:34 PM
excellent win and another great comeback :D :yeah: :)
should give her a lot of confidence for the semis either against Li or Jankovic. I'd prefer Jankovic. :p

awesome, Vera :woohoo: win the doubles tonight as well!!! :)

Feb 22nd, 2008, 04:19 PM
She now has 1167 pts for a #22 ranking.

BIG EDIT: I was looking at the wrong #%$@! ranking sheet. Vera's 1167 points now give her a #21 rank as Mauresmo lost a bunch of points.

GO BEPA!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Feb 22nd, 2008, 04:25 PM
I hope JJ and Li play a 4 hour 3 setter

Feb 22nd, 2008, 04:35 PM
Russia's Vera Zvonareva returns to Austria's Sybille Bammer during their Quarter final of the Qatar Open, a WTA Tour event, in Doha, Friday Feb. 22, 2008.

Russia's Vera Zvonareva returns to Sybille Bammer of Austria during their quarter-final tennis match of the 2.5 million US dollar Qatar Open WTA tournament in Doha on February 22, 2008. Zvonareva won the game 2-6, 6-2, 6-0.

Russia's Vera Zvonareva serves to Sybille Bammer of Austria during their quarter-final tennis match of the 2.5 million US dollar Qatar Open WTA tournament in Doha on February 22, 2008. Zvonareva won the game 2-6, 6-2, 6-0

Feb 22nd, 2008, 04:52 PM
Vera is back on court for doubles.

Feb 22nd, 2008, 05:20 PM
It 's Li who beat Vera at IW after Vera beat Sharapova.
Vera needs to get revenge here.
Vera and Lucie are up *43

Feb 22nd, 2008, 05:41 PM
Congrats Bepa :dance: A SF @ Tier I!
A bagel to boot :drool:. Tomorrow vs Li should be interesting. Udachi!

Feb 22nd, 2008, 06:35 PM
Vera and Lucie won 46 64 10-6 after being down 25 in the tb.
She is on a roll this week.

Feb 22nd, 2008, 06:36 PM
Vera/Lucie defeated Chan/Chuang 46 64 10-6 :eek: :D :yeah:
should have been in two though, led 4-1 in the first set. Came back from 2-5 in the TB :D

what an outstanding week for Vera :D :D

Feb 22nd, 2008, 06:38 PM
Vera beat Nastya R, Fran, Dinara and Bammer. Now Li.
A very good draw. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

Feb 22nd, 2008, 06:39 PM
Well done Vera in singles and doubles :banana: What a great week :worship:

Keep it going :yeah: :)

Feb 22nd, 2008, 08:03 PM
Center Court 4pm
1. Zvonareva vs. Li
2. (n/b 6pm) Sharapova vs. Radwanska
3. Zvonareva/Safarova vs. Black/Huber

Feb 22nd, 2008, 08:32 PM
Tomorrow reminds me a little of San Diego 2004. Vera played a long, long match with Anastasia Myskina in an evening SF. They both had mutiple match points. A few minutes after, Vera played a doubles SF that was also was a long 3 setter. It was after midnight when Vera`s evening ended.

A long day tomorrow, I hope Vera wins them both.

Feb 22nd, 2008, 10:45 PM
Well done Vera and please reach to the final at both events ;)

Feb 23rd, 2008, 08:17 AM
Good luck Vera vs Na Li


Feb 23rd, 2008, 12:09 PM
Good luck, Bepa!! :banana: :banana:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 12:38 PM
Li was serving at 33 15-40 and Vera lost 7 straight points, at a key moment of this set
Now Li serves 53

Feb 23rd, 2008, 12:55 PM
Since 33 15-40 Li has dominated the match. Vera is in almost out now, down a set and a break
63 *21

Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:00 PM
Vera finally got a break, then held. 63 *23

Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:07 PM
Vera is starting to play better. 2 straight breaks.
36 *42

Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:19 PM
Vera serves 53. She's broken Li 3 straight times, but her own serve gets broken too much.

Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:23 PM
36 63 One set for the final. Vera has yet to be in a Tier I final.

Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:34 PM
Vera had 3 bp's to get her 4th break in a row and didn't get it, then was broken
Down 02. Just not good enough at winning the key points.

Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:39 PM
On ES France now :)

Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:45 PM
An even match. 36 63 22.
It will be won by the girl who plays the best on key points

Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:59 PM
Vera broke and held, one game away
36 63 53

Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:02 PM
Bepa d. Na Li 3-6 6-3 6-3 :bigclap: :yippee: :bounce: :banana: :woohoo:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:03 PM
What a match! A classic!

Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:06 PM
This is so fantastic. Finally a tier 1 final. :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::hearts::hearts::h earts:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:15 PM
Bepa did the business! too excited to go back to bed now! bloody Bepa it's your fault

Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:18 PM
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Vera playing on TV (third set). She played so well and made scarcely unforced errors.

Vera now in final. Unbelievable! I'm so happy for Vera :bigclap::hearts:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:19 PM
Another nerve-wracking victory by our girl!!
BEPA!! :hug: :smooch: :worship: :bounce: :bounce:

I couldn't watch any of it other than live SB, but I know she was having a meltdown after losing 4 bps in the 1st set at 3-3. And a couple minor recurring ones later. I hope someone was able to tape that and will post it.

3-6,6-3,6-3 1hr 51m 28s
BEPA....................... 1st ........... 2nd ............ 3rd
Aces......................... 1 .............. 0 .............. 0
DF............................ 1 .............. 0 .............. 1
1st serve................. 55% .......... 70% .......... 64%
1st serve pts............ 55% .......... 57% .......... 63%
2nd serve pts........... 44% .......... 67% .......... 56%
BP saved.................. 1/3 ........... 2/4 ........... 3/4
BP won................... 1/5 ............ 3/5 ........... 3/5
Recv pts.................. 38% .......... 62% .......... 52%
Total Pts................ 22/52 .........34/56 ......... 31/56

1272 points now. Vera's at #21 now. A win tomorrow would take her to #20.

GO BEPA!! Well done!! :hug: :smooch:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:23 PM
Vera Zvonareva of Russia serves to Li Na of China during their semi-final tennis match of the 2.5 million US dollar Qatar Open WTA tournament in Doha on February 23, 2008.

Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:24 PM
Vera's dtl backhand was huge today. Her whole game was solid.
Just stay healthy!

Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:47 PM
Superbe :bounce::bounce:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 03:13 PM
Russia's Vera Zvonareva in action against Na Li of China during their semi final of the Qatar Open, a WTA Tour event, in Doha Saturday Feb. 23, 2008. Zvonarena won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Vera Zvonareva of Russia returns the ball to Li Na of China during their semi-final tennis match of the 2.5 million US dollar Qatar Open WTA tournament in Doha on February 23, 2008. Zvonareva won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Russia's Vera Zvonareva returns to Na Li of China during their semi final of the Qatar Open, a WTA Tour event, in Doha Saturday Feb. 23, 2008. Zvonarena won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Vera Zvonareva of Russia reacts after beating Li Na of China during their semi-final tennis match of the 2.5 million US dollar Qatar Open WTA tournament in Doha on February 23, 2008. Zvonareva won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Vera Zvonareva of Russia waves to the crowd after beating Li Na of China during their semi-final tennis match of the 2.5 million US dollar Qatar Open WTA tournament in Doha on February 23, 2008. Zvonareva won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Feb 23rd, 2008, 03:35 PM
Vera still has a doubles SF tonight, then Sharapova tomorrow

Feb 23rd, 2008, 04:43 PM
Bepa :rocker: :)
just solid play today :) :D
got the job done :) :)
this final more than makes up the pts for IW and Charleston.
so Vera has 5 free months to gain pts.

good luck Vera in final ;) :D

Feb 23rd, 2008, 04:58 PM
Vera and Lucie lost the 1st set 57

Feb 23rd, 2008, 05:00 PM
Thanks for the pix, Goldie!

Sharapova beat Radwanska 3 & 4. Big Masha really hasn't had a test since her 2R win over Voskoboeva, except maybe the first half of the first set against Aga.
1R bye
2R 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
3R 2 & 2
QF 0-1
SF 4 & 3
75 games

Bepa, on the other hand:
1R 0 & 3
2R 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
3R 5 & 3
QF 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
SF 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
114 games

Maria should be fresher, but Vera has fought her way out of some tough situations this week. Of course, when it comes to toughness, Masha is hard to surpass. But if Bepa will maintain her focus and level of play, I think she's in a good position to win it. And it's time for her to make a move.

And Vera's playing doubles too. I don't know if that will help or hurt. They're down a set at the moment.

Feb 23rd, 2008, 05:26 PM
Vera and Lucie trail 57 24

Feb 23rd, 2008, 05:33 PM
Vera and Lucie lost 57 26. Vera can go back to her hotel room and get some sleep now

Feb 23rd, 2008, 05:43 PM
It's a shame that Bepa and Lucie couldn't make the final, but I guess it will allow Bepa to focus fully on the singles title :drool:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 07:40 PM

Vera, a Tier I semi. :D :D :hearts:
another awesome fightback.

too bad for doubles, but all the best for tomorrow, Vera :hug:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 09:08 PM
Bepa :worship::worship:
Lots of luck in final against Maria. It's been a while since the last all-Russian final :drool:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 09:21 PM
win the final now Vera :bounce: :banana:

Feb 23rd, 2008, 09:33 PM
bravo Bepa!!!:worship::yeah:
good luck for the final!:yippee:

Feb 24th, 2008, 12:07 AM
good luck Bepa,score another win against Maria now ;)

Feb 24th, 2008, 12:03 PM
Vera was down a set and a break, then a break in the 3rd.
She got help from Li, who was sloppy and let Vera win a lot of easy points.
Vera will have to bring her absolute best to win this one.

Feb 24th, 2008, 12:17 PM
"It was a really tough match; I'd played her a few times before and lost, but it was important for me to stay in the match after I lost the first set," Zvonareva said. "Even though I had a few unforced errors, I stayed aggressive and kept her from playing her game. I just kept fighting and in the end it worked out.""I was injured last year too so I was patient and knew I needed to fully recover before coming back on the court," Zvonareva added. "The healing process was fast this time. My first match here was tough - I found it hard to concentrate. But I improved in every match and now I think I'm playing really well. I'm just trying my best every time I go out there. That's the most important thing for me.""We've had some tough matches; I've won a few and have lost a few as well," said Zvonareva on the looming final. "She's a really good, aggressive player. She won the Australian Open this year. She's a fighter, so you've got to concentrate the whole match. If you give her a few errors she takes advantage of it."
"I've been in these situations many times already thankfully, but obviously this is a new match - I have to be ready," Sharapova said. "The last time we played I lost to her and like I said before today's match I don't like losing to the same player twice in a row. So we'll have to see how things go tomorrow."Article here (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2070)

the cat
Feb 24th, 2008, 12:49 PM
Vera must be feeling good because she's not wearing tape on her wrists. :) Zvonareva has alot of game and has beaten Maria before so she enters the final with some real confidence against Maria. It's good that Vera is back and winning matches. If she's healthy she should have a good 2008 and be able to compete with the best.

Feb 24th, 2008, 02:10 PM
Bepa is on court :dance:

She has to take the 1st set :o

Feb 24th, 2008, 02:12 PM
She won 3 matches this week down a set.
Vera needs Maria to have an off day. And Vera needs to continue her solid play
Vera breaks at love 10

Feb 24th, 2008, 02:19 PM
Vera missed an easy volley at bp 11

Feb 24th, 2008, 02:25 PM
Vera gets broken again 13

Feb 24th, 2008, 02:28 PM
Vera looks overmatched 14

Feb 24th, 2008, 02:34 PM
Vera did not hold at all in set 1, 16

Feb 24th, 2008, 02:52 PM
Vera held, then Maria went up 40-0, but Vera broke, 2 df's at 40-40, then Vera held again.
16 30*

Feb 24th, 2008, 02:59 PM
Vera held again 16 41*
Vera is very composed. If Maria is sloppy, Vera can win this.

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:06 PM
Vera held for a 4th time this set 16 52*

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:18 PM
Vera breaks again 16 62!! On her 5th bp, after a close line call went against her. Vera is playing very well.
One set for a Tier I title.

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:20 PM
Great comeback, Vera :yeah:!!! She got lucky to lead 3/0 but since then, she has been playing incredibly well. :D

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:24 PM
Vera was broken to start set 3.

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:29 PM
Vera has to hold now or it's over 02

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:31 PM
Nope. Maria turned it on this set, she's up 2 breaks 61 26 *30

the cat
Feb 24th, 2008, 03:32 PM
Vera has to hold now or it's over 02
Sharapova has a history of blowing leads so Vera needs to hang tough and give Masha a chance to crack with her 13 match winning streak on the line.

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:42 PM
It's over. A great week for Vera. And she played some great tennis in set 2.
On to IW where Vera should do well
61 26 60

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:49 PM
Congrats on making the final, worthy finalist. Just one hope Vera will stay healthy.

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Great week for Vera regardless the loss in final. Please keep up the great form and climb up in the rankings Vera. About time :fiery:

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Bepa :sobbing:

Great 2nd set, but the 1st and 3rd were :help:

Still, it was a great comeback from injury :hug:

the cat
Feb 24th, 2008, 03:52 PM
Vera played well in Doha and will do well in 2008 if she stays healthy. I'm sure losing the final to Maria hurts but I think Vera has a chance to be a factor on the WTA Tour this year.

Feb 24th, 2008, 03:53 PM
Yup. Beautiful 2nd set but shame about the rest.

Great to see Vera doing so well. Lovely game. :yeah:

Hope Vera stays fit for the rest of the season. She could finish the year with a great ranking if she does.

Feb 24th, 2008, 04:14 PM
too bad for Vera :sad: she ran out of steam i guess in 3rd
been a great week for her though :)

Feb 24th, 2008, 04:19 PM
BEPA!! :crying2: :hug: :smooch:
A great week for Vera, but she deserved a better ending than that. :tears:

You cannot start slow against Maria, and you cannot let up. I wonder if she just ran out of steam in the 3rd -- because of all the match play she had (I'm glad she didn't have to play the doubles final before playing Masha), or was she fretting over the close line call GL mentioned?Vera breaks again 16 62!! On her 5th bp, after a close line call went against her. Vera is playing very well.
One set for a Tier I title.Or did she let the opening break of the 3rd set get to her? Clearly, Maria was ready to pounce -- and did.

1-6,6-2,0-6 1hr 31m 52s
BEPA....................... 1st ........... 2nd ............ 3rd
Aces......................... 0 .............. 1 .............. 0
DF............................ 2 .............. 0 .............. 1
1st serve................. 61% .......... 76% .......... 50%
1st serve pts............ 55% .......... 68% .......... 13%
2nd serve pts............. 0% .......... 67% .......... 38%
BP saved.................. 0/3 ........... 0/0 ........... 1/4
BP won................... 1/1 ............ 2/6 ........... 0/0
Recv pts.................. 33% .......... 48% .......... 25%
Total Pts................ 12/36 .........33/58 ......... 8/32

Vera only won 8 pts in the 3rd set. And Maria gave her no BP opportunities. If she could have repeated her 2nd set performance, it would have been quite a story.

Even so, a great week for Vera, giving her a boost in the rankings and hopefully building her confidence. Good luck at IW!

GO BEPA!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Feb 24th, 2008, 04:25 PM
Now Vera can rest her wrists for a few days then prepare for IW.
If Vera is healthy, she can do well at IW and Miami, if her draw's okay

Feb 24th, 2008, 04:55 PM
:worship:Great tournament Vera:worship:

Feb 24th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Good tournament:worship: from Vera and a crappy final.:rolleyes:

Feb 24th, 2008, 06:29 PM
"It was a tough one," said Zvonareva. "She started off really well and I didn't really know what to do. She was really aggressive and didn't give me a chance. Then I found my game a little bit better and caused her trouble in the second.
"I think the first game of the third set was an important game on my serve. I lost it and then she took a 3-0 lead and it was really tough to stop her after that."

Feb 24th, 2008, 06:36 PM
Vera :crying2:

But a great week for her :hug: :worship:
Hopefully she can have a good run at IW and Miami :)

Feb 24th, 2008, 07:13 PM
Good tournament:worship: from Vera and a crappy final.:rolleyes:


Great week, Vera, please built on that. :) :hug:

Feb 24th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Vera Zvonareva of Russia poses with her second place trophy after loosing the final tennis match of the 2.5 million US dollar Qatar Open WTA tournament to top seed Maria Sharapova of Russia in Doha on February 24, 2008. Sharapova maintained her unbeaten record in 2008 by claiming her second title of the year with a win over fellow Russian Zvonareva at the Qatar Open today.

Vera Zvonareva of Russia returns to fellow Russian Maria Sharapova during their final tennis match at the 2.5 million US dollar Qatar Open WTA tournament in Doha on February 24, 2008

Feb 25th, 2008, 12:09 AM
Great week Bepa :D

Hopefully she will stay healthy and will keep going like that all season :hug:

Feb 25th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Vera moved up to #8 in 2008 points and #7 in 2008 prizemoney.
She can make a YEC run if Vera can stay healthy.

Feb 25th, 2008, 02:12 PM
Bepa :hug:
A tremendous week especially after coming back from injury.

Feb 25th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Apparently, the Doha drawsheet after Thursday was correct. Vera got 325 points as runner-up instead of 300. The WTA's point schedule in Notes & Netcords showed 300. All the better. Vera now has 1297 pts in the singles rankings, just 69 pts behind #20 Bammer.

Vera needs a solid performance at IW for the YEC race. Anna C. is right on her heels at 69 pts behind her. Anna is playing Dubai this week, tho she will likely face Safina in 2R.

GO BEPA!! :bounce: :bounce:

Feb 25th, 2008, 05:12 PM
The YEC race will be all year. But Vera just played a very strong tournament, and she has to stay healthy.

Feb 25th, 2008, 06:52 PM
Vera got Bangalore next week
should be a good week for her there
chance to make ground and move inside top 20

Foot's Fingers
Feb 26th, 2008, 07:55 AM
Vera :hug:

She is only second this year to win set vs MAria Not bad not bad

When she won second set i was ready to beleive she will win..... unfortunatly not

Great week in vera's carier anyway Biggest Final Good Money :devil:

Just stay healthy please please please

Feb 26th, 2008, 03:28 PM
BANGALORE, February 26: Top Russian player and world number 21, Vera Zyonareva, would participate in the Bangalore Open 2008, to be held from March three to nine.

Having lost the finals in three sets at Doha last week to Maria Sharapova, Zyonareva has decided to take short break before she heads to Bangalore for the tournament.

"It has been a great week for me in Doha. Of course I wish I could do better in the finals, but I still have lots of things to work on. But no matter what, I am glad I am improving with every match and it was great to make a final in the first event after I was injured in Australia. I will spend a couple of days in Moscow relaxing and get ready for Bangalore," she said in a statement.

"I am excited about going to India, especially since I have never played there. I will try to play my best there", the Russian player said.

Zyonarava has won five WTA tour singles titles, four WTA tour Doubles titles and two ITF Women's Circuit Singles titles. Her first slam quarter final came at the 2002 French open when she defeated Venus Williams in the fourth round.

She won the US Open women's doubles in 2006 partnering Nathalie Dechy of France. With Andy Ram of Israel as her partner, she won the mixed doubles in the US Open in 2004 and the 2006 Wimbledon mixed doubles.

Feb 29th, 2008, 07:25 PM
Vera has a new diary entry on her homepage, but the translation seems a bit :scratch:.

Hello everyone!
First of all I want to congratulate all of the russian men on last Day of Defender of Fatherland and to wish lucky them in such uneasy action – to defence of the Native land.
Now I am already in Moscow, I trying to rest of tennis though couple of days after fight week in Qatar. Really… I’m not expectув ща myself that I could to play 10 matches in 7 days… but it’s very nice, it’s my first tournament for a very long time, where I could act in singles and doubles and not to retired because the injury.

Even physically I could stand all good, in spite of my not totally treating injury of shank. And my wrist stranded such a work. I want to say thanks to my doctor Bogdanov and all of the doctors and physiotherapists in Dispenser №1 for the help. Hope in a future injures will be less.
The tournament was tough, but I’m a glad that I improved my play from match to match.
Unfortunately, I played in the final not successfully, but I tried how I can. So I’ll have to training much, and I will doing it.
Thank you for your support in guestbook, many pleasant words you sent me… Very nice :)
Probably my next tournament will be Bangalor (India)… I heard about this country very much, but i never was there... So it will be interesting..... The main thing is need to be accurater with water and meal!!!:) and many of us always sick there!!!

See you next time,
Embrace you,

Feb 29th, 2008, 10:43 PM

Mar 1st, 2008, 03:17 PM
A bit disappointing final :sad: but Vera was really great the whole week in single and in doubles :rocker2: :rocker2: :banana: Good luck in Bangalore now :D :banana: I can't wait to see the draw :)
Thanks for the articles and great pics guys :) Vera looks cute as usual :awww:

Mar 2nd, 2008, 11:19 AM
Vera plays a Q in the first round of Bangalore. Second Round could be against another Q or Lakhani. Potential QF against Venus.

She plays doubles as well with Manasieva against Sun/Peng.

Good luck, Vera :D :hug:

Mar 2nd, 2008, 11:56 AM
Vera might have to beat Venus, Serena and JJ to win this title.
So a tougher draw than Doha.

Mar 2nd, 2008, 04:37 PM
I believe she can take out Venus and Serena isn't in good form so anything is possible. Let's go Bepa :rocker2::rocker2:

Mar 2nd, 2008, 05:05 PM
Bepa will destroy the field and take the title :cool:

No jinx! :angel:

Mar 2nd, 2008, 05:34 PM
Bepa will destroy the field and take the title :cool:

No jinx! :angel:
I hope your gazing ahead into the mist is correct:)

Mar 2nd, 2008, 06:47 PM
If Vera doesn't reach the quarters, then :help: :help: and as everyone said,Vee is beatable but still dangerous :unsure: I'd be satisfied if Vera reaches the semis :) Good luck :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:! Davai! :bowdown: :rocker2:

Mar 2nd, 2008, 07:12 PM
I want Vera to face Sun (if she qualifies) in the first round and want her to take bloody revenge for that :crying2: loss in Beijing.


Mar 2nd, 2008, 09:50 PM
go Bepa :)

Tough half of the draw but she is very well capable to beat Venus.

Mar 2nd, 2008, 10:23 PM

Foot's Fingers
Mar 3rd, 2008, 01:15 PM
Starting with dbls ;)

Good Luck!!!

Dream draw to reach QF at Tier II

Mar 3rd, 2008, 04:19 PM
(3) Peng/Sun (CHN/CHN) d. Manasieva/Zvonareva (RUS/RUS) 63 64 :ras:

Vera needs to find a permanent partner.

Vera got the toughest qualifier, Niculescu, but she should win easily. :p

Mar 3rd, 2008, 05:57 PM
Good luck vs. Niculescu.

Mar 4th, 2008, 11:39 AM
Bad result in doubles :o

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Williams/Williams vs. Ehritt-Vanc/Tanasugarn
2. Rodionova vs. T.Sun
3. Lakhani vs. Szatmari
4. Rodionova/Shvedova vs. Adamczak/Rao (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Zvonareva vs. Niculescu
6. Yan vs. Kirilenko

Bepa vs Monica :( :sad:

Good luck!!!

Foot's Fingers
Mar 4th, 2008, 11:55 AM
DBLS :sad: May be just used this dbls match for preparations to singels ?

Good Luck today !!!

Mar 4th, 2008, 01:02 PM
GOOD LUCK, BEPA!! :bounce: :bounce:

Live scoring doesn't seem to work. ??

Mar 4th, 2008, 01:38 PM
Bepa is trailing 4-6 2-3* :o:help:o:o:o

Mar 4th, 2008, 01:46 PM
NoooO! Davai Bepa Davai!

Mar 4th, 2008, 01:59 PM
Bepa came back and took the second set 6/3 :D I'm optimistic and think Bepa will win.I guess she was surprised by Monica's unusual game and needed some time to find a way to beat her.

Btw there are some pics of Vera on the wtatour.com website :




Her outfit is :help:but it seems she had fun :p

Mar 4th, 2008, 02:15 PM
Bepa won 4-6 6-3 6-1 :yippee: :dance: :bowdown:

Niculescu is really improving :eek:

Mar 4th, 2008, 02:22 PM
Congrats Vera :D :rocker2: :rocker2: :bounce: She will face another Romanian girl,Szatmari, in the second round. I think it'll be easier :yeah:
Gooo Vera:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Mar 4th, 2008, 02:24 PM
That was a slow start, but it's a win. On to round 2.

Foot's Fingers
Mar 4th, 2008, 02:54 PM
Congrats!!! :banana:

Mar 4th, 2008, 03:47 PM
Vera lost her first set 4 times in Doha, now here.
She has to start quicker.

Mar 4th, 2008, 04:41 PM
Job done good luck in the next round :)

Mar 4th, 2008, 05:26 PM
You buggers don't realise, it takes a while to get used to playing in a f*ckin sari :fiery: :sad:

Mar 4th, 2008, 07:50 PM
Well done Vera :yeah: :)
Good luck in the next round

Mar 5th, 2008, 03:22 PM
Congratulations, Vera! :hug: :smooch:
According to the live SB, Vera's match doesn't exist, so no stats were available.

Good luck in the next round!
GO BEPA!! :bounce: :bounce:

Mar 5th, 2008, 04:35 PM
Vera didn't play today. Round 2 tomorrow.
Vera has a long trip after this from India to California.

Mar 5th, 2008, 05:05 PM
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Savchuk vs. Yan
2. Zvonareva vs. Szatmari

At least she doesn't have to wait around all day :yeah:

Good luck!!!

Mar 5th, 2008, 05:25 PM
Come on, Vera. :D :yeah:

not another three-setter, please. I was so nervous watching the "game-by-game" livescore. :o

Mar 6th, 2008, 03:38 AM
Vera didn't play today. Round 2 tomorrow.
Vera has a long trip after this from India to California.

Vera's 1R match isn't listed in the "Results" in the SB. Can't find stats for that one.

I wonder sometimes about who does Bepa's scheduling.... :(

Mar 6th, 2008, 05:17 AM
GOOD LUCK, BEPA!! :hug: :smooch: Unfortunately, I can't stay up to follow the match. But I want you to win this tournament!! :yeah:

GO BEPA!! :bounce: :bounce:

Mar 6th, 2008, 07:00 AM
Vera :smash: is struggling with #271 Szatmari :o

was 3-1* 30-00 and got broken to 4-4, then she had BPx3, but couldnt convert. 1/8 BP conversion. :o :o

Its 5-5 now... come on Bepa, make me a nice birthday present. :)

Foot's Fingers
Mar 6th, 2008, 07:12 AM
WTF is going on???????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????

TB now :fiery:

Foot's Fingers
Mar 6th, 2008, 07:17 AM
Special thnks to Szatmari's DF Tb taken 76 (5) now

pls win in 2 sets

Mar 6th, 2008, 07:46 AM
7 6(5) 61 better in the 2nd Bepa! she made you work in the 1st!

Mar 6th, 2008, 07:48 AM
Vera :smash: is struggling with #271 Szatmari :o

was 3-1* 30-00 and got broken to 4-4, then she had BPx3, but couldnt convert. 1/8 BP conversion. :o :o

Its 5-5 now... come on Bepa, make me a nice birthday present. :)
Happy bithday,you bugger!:)

Foot's Fingers
Mar 6th, 2008, 07:54 AM
Vera :) :bounce: :bounce: Much better in second set

Mar 6th, 2008, 10:39 AM
Vera has lost 5 of her last 7 first sets. She has to start better. But she's won 6 of 7 matches

Mar 6th, 2008, 11:05 AM
Bepa :help:, but I guess that a win is a win :p

1 of 8 BP chances converted in the 1st set :o

Mar 6th, 2008, 11:30 AM
Vera doesn't seem to play well, but she is winning which is the most important thing. :)

She really has to step it up though, but QF at a Tier II is already a nice week.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, guys :bounce: (and birthday present, Bepa :p)

Mar 6th, 2008, 11:36 AM
"Vera Zvonareva tours Bangalore"


Mar 6th, 2008, 11:41 AM
Well done Vera :yeah: :bounce: A QF in a Tier 2 is indeed a nice result :D
Please win one more match and it will be perfect :drool:
Btw,have the happiest birthday ever Basti :kiss: :hug: :smooch: :aparty:!

Mar 6th, 2008, 12:48 PM
Vera plays Venus. A big test here

Mar 6th, 2008, 02:15 PM
Congrats Bepa :yeah:
The real test in the next round. Hope she can play better. Udachi!

Foot's Fingers
Mar 6th, 2008, 02:19 PM
vs Venus.... Big Task but possiable

BAck to old times RG win over Venus in 2003 :inlove:

Mar 6th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Good win, Vera! :hug: :smooch:
You will need to pick it up against Venus, but you can do it!! You beat Serena at Cincinnati 2006, you can beat Venus here.

7-6(5),6-1 ... 1hr 33min 37sec.

VERA............................. 1st ................ 2nd
Aces............................... 2 .................. 2
DF.................................. 3 .................. 2
1st serve........................ 61% .............. 53%
1st serve pts................... 74% .............. 90%
2nd serve pts.................. 40% .............. 78%
BP Saved........................ 4/5 ............... 0/0
BP Won.......................... 1/8 ................ 2/2
Recv pts......................... 44% .............. 53%
Total Pts....................... 53/101 ........... 24/34

Happy Birthday, rrfnpump! She must have heard you! :cool:

GO BEPA!! Beat Venus!! :bounce: :bounce:

Mar 6th, 2008, 03:52 PM
time to beat Venus now
and getting back in top 20

go Vera ;) :D

Mar 6th, 2008, 05:16 PM
Good win :) Good luck vs. Venus.

Mar 6th, 2008, 07:09 PM
Zvonareva back to winning ways
Kalyan Ashok
— Photo: K. Gopinathan
Vera Zvonareva.
BANGALORE: Maria Kirilenko’s early exit hardly put the breaks on the Russian march in the Bangalore Open as Vera Zvonareva, who was in the world’s top 10 (at No. 9) in 2006 and 2007, made her way to the quarterfinals on Thursday beating Agnes Sztamari with her solid baseline game. However, Zvonareva was not too pleased with her win.
“I just did not like the way I went around and constructed my points, it looked pretty laborious for me and I should have hit a little more freely,” said the 24-year-old from Moscow. Zvonareva rued the fact that she put herself under pressure by trying “too hard”. “Missing three break points in the first set at 4-all and losing focus in the tie-break got me into a bit of trouble, but I am glad I came through in the tie-breaker and won the second set easily,” said Zvonareva.
She has won two career Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in 2004 and 2006 besides five career Tour titles and topped the earnings with $3 million in 2007. But just when everything seemed to fall in place, she was hit by a spate of injuries. But she came back making her first Tier I final at Doha, less than 10 days ago and lost to Maria Sharapova in three sets.
“That put the self belief back,” said Zvonareva. Zvonareva said her goal for the current season was to play as many tournaments as possible. “I want to play at least 20 events and stay injury-free. Getting back into the top-10 should happen if I turn in consistent results,” said the Russian.
Zvonareva said she hoped to give her best shot against Venus Williams in the quarterfinals. “I just hope to do my best and I guess I have nothing to lose,” said Zvonareva.

Mar 6th, 2008, 08:50 PM
Good little vid. of Bepa in Bangalore! We have an excuse now if she loses to Venus , Delhi Belly from sampling that food she helped cook:lick:

Mar 6th, 2008, 09:38 PM
Well done Vera :yeah:

Good luck against Venus :D

Mar 7th, 2008, 08:14 AM
Friday, March 7, 2008
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Schnyder vs. Amanmuradova
2. Zvonareva vs. V.Williams (NB 14.00hrs)

Please win!!!

Mar 7th, 2008, 09:53 AM
Venus d. Bepa 6-4 6-3 :sobbing: :bigcry: :tears: :crying2:

I guess it all came down to BP conversion % :sad:

Mar 7th, 2008, 10:12 AM
That's the first 2nd set she lost since the AO.
On to California.

Mar 7th, 2008, 11:34 AM
Disappointing. She needs to work on that BP conversion :o

Foot's Fingers
Mar 7th, 2008, 01:28 PM
fighted so well back in first set from 2 breaks down just to be broken then :bigcry:

Mar 7th, 2008, 01:42 PM
As I mentioned in other threads, all threads with 5000 posts or more are getting closed, with new ones opened, in order to try and make the board more responsive.

New thread. (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=335226)