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goldenlox
Mar 25th, 2004, 04:36 AM
Not last week. When Kim pulled out, Vera was seeded for the semis. And lost in the round of 16.
Her style of play involves a lot of defense. She has to play steady to win.

Epigone
Mar 25th, 2004, 07:12 AM
Vera has to live up to her ranking at the big tournments. The way the points are structured, she is better off winning a Tier III than making the QF of a Tier I. If she doesn't even make the QF, she misses out on a lot of points. The important aspect of making the QF of a Tier I is facing a top player. Vera needs to get more experience playing against top players, so a QF matchup against Serena in Miami would be great. And despite Serena being in her section of the draw, I think that Vera has another good opportunity for a shot at a SF spot. When Vera is mentally on top of things, she is a destructive force. I just hope that she can remain focused for the two weeks, as she is the highest ranked player who is healthy and relatively in form.

Epigone
Mar 26th, 2004, 08:57 PM
Ai has lost in the 2nd round, so it gives Vera's top 10 aspirations a huge boost. I won't be here to follow her match, so I hope to see an impressive win to Vera when I get home.

Udachi Bepa!!! :bounce:

goldenlox
Mar 26th, 2004, 11:17 PM
Vera has a long day of waiting. But that's part of tennis. I remember how Nastya had to wait to finish the Schiavone match at the US Open.
It made Nastya a better player. More mentally tough.

ys
Mar 26th, 2004, 11:28 PM
Vera has a long day of waiting. But that's part of tennis. I remember how Nastya had to wait to finish the Schiavone match at the US Open.
Wasn't it match against Pierce?

goldenlox
Mar 26th, 2004, 11:38 PM
You're right, it was Mary Pierce. I went back to page 22 of Nastya's thread. I put this in -

There's an article about Nastya in today's New York Times. Nastya got to the tennis center at 11am two days ago with Jens Gerlach, her German coach and boyfriend. They spent the whole day waiting. Nastya rode on a stationary bike at least 10 different times. She and Pierce got on the court after 11pm, more than 12 hours of waiting. There were 30 people in the stands. Afterwards, they ate and Nastya got to bed at 2am. She was back 9:30am yesterday. Again they waited all day.
The article says that at Wimbledon, Nastya can walk to her rented home.
In Melbourne, it's a 5 minute drive in a chauffeured van.
Here, Nastya would have to drive 30 minutes to practice, and then drive 30 minutes back.
Nastya spends a lot of the day playing cards.

ys
Mar 27th, 2004, 04:10 AM
You're right, it was Mary Pierce. I went back to page 22 of Nastya's thread. I put this in -

There's an article about Nastya in today's New York Times. Nastya got to the tennis center at 11am two days ago with Jens Gerlach, her German coach and boyfriend. They spent the whole day waiting. Nastya rode on a stationary bike at least 10 different times. She and Pierce got on the court after 11pm, more than 12 hours of waiting. There were 30 people in the stands.
I also suffered through every point of this match. And there was less than 30 people in the stands. 13 maybe. And it was Court #4, one of the smallest ones and the most remote ones at Flushing..

goldenlox
Mar 27th, 2004, 04:12 AM
I went back and read your reports. The guy waving the Russian flag, it was good reading.

goldenlox
Mar 27th, 2004, 08:54 PM
Vera won, beating Tathiana Garbin, 6-3, 7-6(3). Good to close that in 2 sets.

Mathijs
Mar 27th, 2004, 08:57 PM
Yay some good news, after Lina's big loss, well done Vera I'm feeling much happier now :D :yeah:

moo_ont
Mar 27th, 2004, 09:04 PM
Good job, Vera. Good luck R3.

goldenlox
Mar 28th, 2004, 02:14 AM
Vera has no waiting tomorrow. She's first on against Jill Craybas.

Epigone
Mar 28th, 2004, 02:39 AM
Jill Craybas is ranked #73 in the world. She won her 1st round match when Ashley Harkleroad retired while Craybas was up 6-2 3-0, and beat Petra Mandula 7-6(5) 6-2 in the 2nd round.

I'd be more comfortable if Vera had defeated Garbin with a better scoreline, considering that Vera beat her 6-1 7-5 in Memphis. Nevertheless, I expect Vera to win this match in two.

goldenlox
Mar 28th, 2004, 03:21 AM
This is a real nice draw. Craybas in the morning tomorrow. Vera is racing Nadia for a top 10 spot.

goldenlox
Mar 28th, 2004, 03:35 AM
Vera will have to wait around on Sunday after the Craybas match. Doubles with Maria K.
Vera has a different partner almost every week. I'm waiting for Vera-Vera as a team.

bubble
Mar 28th, 2004, 05:22 AM
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Go vera , all the way up to the Top 10 :)

ys
Mar 28th, 2004, 05:33 AM
Vera has a different partner almost every week.
It's not that dangerous.. In tennis, that is.. And in any world I would call that .. adventurous..:)

goldenlox
Mar 28th, 2004, 04:53 PM
Vera lost the first set 6-2.

goldenlox
Mar 28th, 2004, 05:35 PM
Vera 2-6, 6-3.

goldenlox
Mar 28th, 2004, 06:17 PM
Vera lost to Craybas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. After seeing Vera play so well in the Memphis final, I'm surprised by this result.

ghosts
Mar 28th, 2004, 06:19 PM
Vera lost to Craybas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. After seeing Vera play so well in the Memphis final, I'm surprised by this result.
very bad and disappointing loss :sad:

Vass22
Mar 28th, 2004, 06:21 PM
upset. again.

goldenlox
Mar 28th, 2004, 06:22 PM
I view this as just one match. Vera is still the highest ranked teenager in the world.
I would like to see her move forward. But it takes time.

Mathijs
Mar 28th, 2004, 08:21 PM
This is not so good I'm very dissapointed... :sad: :sad:

Epigone
Mar 28th, 2004, 09:15 PM
This should never have happened :crying2:. Vera shouldn't be losing in the 3rd round. I just hope that she learns something from these early exits, so they won't be in vain.

There were some interesting stats: 33 winners, 56UEs and 15/18 from net approaches.

Oh, and Vera and Makiri just lost 1-6 2-6 :sad:

goldenlox
Mar 28th, 2004, 09:23 PM
It's no surprise that after that singles match Vera wasn't mentally into a doubles match. And Huber/Sugiyama are good.
Ups and downs are a part of tennis. Vera should rest for a few days now. The clay season is very demanding.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Mar 29th, 2004, 02:11 AM
Vera lost to Craybas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. After seeing Vera play so well in the Memphis final, I'm surprised by this result.
So am I.

But I hope Vera can play better at the next tournament.

- L i n a -
Mar 29th, 2004, 02:56 AM
I'm very disappointed by Vera's play of late...

Her game is too good and consistent to be losing to Dechy and Crayfish the past 2 weeks... especially since these 2 tournaments were huge opportunities for her.

Hopefully, Vera can turn this around for clay season... and really start to prove herself as a legitimate Top 10 player. She'll need to do so just to have any chance of Top 10 later this season with how much she's defending.

goldenlox
Mar 29th, 2004, 03:00 AM
Vera had great draws. I worry about match to match inconsistency. You never know if Vera will play well.

Epigone
Mar 29th, 2004, 04:32 AM
I hoped that Memphis would be a turning point for Vera. I thought that fighting from breaks and MPs down to win against Raymond would be the kind of win that she needed to finally overcome her confidence hurdles. But now she has blown two great chances to pick up some really good points. Vera hit 56 UEs, but her 15/18 points on net approaches was very high for someone who usually plays from the baseline. It appears as though she was maybe trying to attack too much :shrug:. Vera can play every shot in the book, but she's not going to win if she doesn't stay composed..

Epigone
Mar 30th, 2004, 12:07 AM
Here are some Vera pics from Miami. I also posted the link in her picture thread.

link (http://dinarasafina.proboards20.com/index.cgi?board=photo&action=display&num=1080603506)

goldenlox
Mar 30th, 2004, 12:11 AM
Vera is out of the tournament. This gives her a full week off. I want Vera to hold her seed, and not give others their breakthrough.

Mathijs
Mar 30th, 2004, 01:32 PM
The pics are great. nice from Dinarasafinafans to share the pics :D

goldenlox
Mar 30th, 2004, 08:24 PM
Vera has 160 points to defend in April. 370 in May. 400 in June. So it's important for Vera to not lose focus now after a pair of so-so tournaments.
Vera is still the highest ranked teenager in the world. There's no reason to be upset. Just a little more consistency on the clay.

goldenlox
Apr 3rd, 2004, 07:35 PM
Vera is the #8 seed in Amelia Island and has a bye. She plays the winner of Pisnik/Kremer.
Vera is in Justine's quarter, and I hope and expect Vera to get to Justine.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 3rd, 2004, 07:53 PM
Vera's draw is ok until 3rd rd meet vs Patty
there it gets tougher

good luck Vera !!!!!

- L i n a -
Apr 3rd, 2004, 08:13 PM
Vera needs to take it one match at a time... and Kremer can be a threat if she's playing well.

goldenlox
Apr 3rd, 2004, 08:17 PM
After losing to Craybas, I don't know what to expect. But you don't get to #11 without being very competitive.
I'm sure Vera will be ready for a big clay court season.

Epigone
Apr 4th, 2004, 03:44 AM
Vera's last two tournaments have been very disappointing, so I hope that she is ready to turn things around. She simply cannot afford another major lapse in concentration. Clay is the surface that most suits her playing style, so I'm expecting a much better performance in this tournament.

goldenlox
Apr 4th, 2004, 07:34 PM
It's so hard to find information about Vera. I'd like to read her post match interview after Craybas.
Now the fields get tougher. Vera left $100,000 on the table in IW and Miami.
Now Vera has to earn every dollar.

goldenlox
Apr 5th, 2004, 12:36 AM
Henin-Hardenne(1)-bye
Tanasugarn-Safina
Medina Garrigues-Craybas
Krasnoroutskaya-Martinez(16)

Schnyder(12)-Schaul
Mikaelian-Zheng
Kremer-Pisnik
bye-Zvonareva(8)

goldenlox
Apr 5th, 2004, 01:15 AM
Vera is playing doubles with Lina. They play Sprem/Pisnik. In Miami, Vera teamed with Maria K., in IW, with Nastya. In Memphis, Maria S.

Epigone
Apr 5th, 2004, 01:43 AM
Vera is playing doubles with Lina. They play Sprem/Pisnik. In Miami, Vera teamed with Maria K., in IW, with Nastya. In Memphis, Maria S.I was just about to post the same thing :D

Vera has had 4 doubles partners in 6 tournaments this year:
Nastya - Sydney, AO and IW
Maria S - Memphis
Maria K - Miami
Lina K - AI

How about adding to the list Martina Navratilova - Vienna?????

There seem to be no other Russinas on the entry list to partner Vera, and Martina could teach Vera a lot. I'd really like to seem them play together :). On the other hand, Lisa Raymond is on the entry list, so it probably won't happen :sad:.

goldenlox
Apr 5th, 2004, 01:47 AM
Lina and the Marias are also teenagers. I didn't think Vera would team up with Lena L.
I thought maybe Dinara. One day Sveta.

Epigone
Apr 5th, 2004, 08:27 AM
It's so hard to find information about Vera. I'd like to read her post match interview after Craybas.You're so right. I haven't read an interview with Vera for a long time. I would have liked to have read how she was feeling after her two most recent losses. Since the problems seem to be in her head, I would like her to be able to verbalise what she thinks went wrong in these matches. I would also like to know why she made 18 net approaches against Craybas.

goldenlox
Apr 5th, 2004, 08:18 PM
I heard Vera's victory speech in Memphis. Vera doesn't talk a lot. But I would just like to read her post match interviews. She is #11 in the world, why not provide the interview on the internet.

goldenlox
Apr 5th, 2004, 09:01 PM
Vera plays Pisnik in round two. They played once, in 2003. Vera won 6-0, 6-1.

Epigone
Apr 5th, 2004, 10:55 PM
I saw Pisnik play Kapros on the Gold Coast, and I wasn't exactly impressed. She wasn't able to handle Kapros' serve, which bodes well for Vera. However, Pisnik was really affected by the heat, so I might not have seen a proper representation of her game. Regardless, this should be a regulation win for Vera.

goldenlox
Apr 5th, 2004, 11:08 PM
There is no such thing as a regulation win for Vera. I hope having a few days off has been good for her focus.
This is a new season, and Vera can do well the next two months.

Epigone
Apr 6th, 2004, 12:48 AM
There is no such thing as a regulation win for Vera.Unfortunately, this is the case. However, I think that to lose to Pisnik would require a New Haven style meltdown :o
I hope having a few days off has been good for her focus.Vera had two weeks off between winning Memphis and playing at IW, and she blew a great chance to get into the SF :sad:
This is a new season, and Vera can do well the next two months.Too true. Vera loves clay, so her game should improve. All she needs is some confidence, and I can see her causing some major upsets.

goldenlox
Apr 6th, 2004, 12:49 AM
Vera plays Pisnik twice tomorrow.

Epigone
Apr 6th, 2004, 06:41 AM
Vera plays Pisnik in round two. They played once, in 2003. Vera won 6-0, 6-1.That win was on red clay at Strasbourg, so it bodes well for Vera tomorrow.

Vera plays Pisnik twice tomorrow.I wonder if Lina K will bounce back from her disappointing singles result to play well in the doubles? Pisnik will hopefully also be backing up from a loss, so I have a feeling that Vera and K-Lina will be running the show for their respective teams.

tenn_ace
Apr 6th, 2004, 05:24 PM
vera got demolished in the second set... same story all over again?

bubble
Apr 6th, 2004, 05:26 PM
vera got demolished in the second set... same story all over again?
Come on Vera :( Make your life easier... :o

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 6th, 2004, 05:50 PM
this is beyond a joke
Vera up a break twice in 3rd
now 2-3 :o

tenn_ace
Apr 6th, 2004, 06:08 PM
i told you she should get in shape... she's become a 1 set player.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 6th, 2004, 06:28 PM
Vera scraped through just :o

KV
Apr 6th, 2004, 06:32 PM
Happy ending Vera won, and did D. Safina a favour to close the gap on T. Pisnik. Vera step up a gear in your following match.

- L i n a -
Apr 6th, 2004, 06:34 PM
Ugh... Vera really needs to start playing better.

What's up with her lately? :crying2:

goldenlox
Apr 6th, 2004, 08:13 PM
Vera beat Pisnik 6-3, 1-6, 7-5. Vera has not been on her best form since winning Memphis.
I still expect Vera to get to Justine.

Epigone
Apr 6th, 2004, 09:58 PM
Geez, this is not the kind of scoreline I want to wake up to :banghead:. Looking at the stats here (http://www.blchamps.com/pages/comp/stats/Match13822.html), it's hard to pinpoint what went wrong. Her 1st serve % was a not so impressive 54%, and she only won 36% of the point on her 2nd serve. But she did hit 41 winners vs 43 UEs, which would normally produce a pretty good scoreline.

I haven't seen Vera play since the AO, but I don't think these problems are really down to technical issues with her game. For whatever reason, she's just not focused at the moment. I really want to see her play Justine, but Patty just beat Mikaelian 6-1 6-0, so Vera had better lift a gear or she'll find herself in real trouble.

goldenlox
Apr 6th, 2004, 10:09 PM
Vera might be mentally focused, and just be in a slump. It happens. She's off her good form at the moment.
It doesn't mean she will stay off form. I'm happy she won today, in singles.

- L i n a -
Apr 6th, 2004, 10:10 PM
Epigone, the stats for Amelia Island are weird... and can't be correct for any match.

Epigone
Apr 6th, 2004, 10:32 PM
The Vera/Lina vs K-Lina/Pisnik doubles match is balanced at one set all 5-7 7-6(4). Vera and Lina were down a break until they broke for 5-5, then were broken for 5-6, and broke back for 6-6. I hope that they can run away with the third set.

goldenlox
Apr 6th, 2004, 11:03 PM
How many hours has Vera been on court today?

Epigone
Apr 6th, 2004, 11:10 PM
Vera/Lina defeated K-Lina/Pisnik 5-7 7-6(4) 6-3 :woohoo:

goldenlox
Apr 6th, 2004, 11:14 PM
Vera plays Schnyder in the third round. They met once before, Charleston, 2003. Vera won 6-4 in the third.
Vera will have to play better to keep advancing.

Epigone
Apr 6th, 2004, 11:15 PM
How many hours has Vera been on court today?Singles
1st set = 34 minutes
2nd set = 25 minutes
3rd set = 62 minutes
Total = 2hrs 1 minute

Doubles
1st set = 43 minutes
2nd set = 19 minutes
3rd set = 34 minutes
Total = 1hr 36 minutes

Total time on court = 3hrs 37 minutes :eek:

Vera, you deserve a nice sleep :yawn: :zzz:

goldenlox
Apr 6th, 2004, 11:18 PM
Vera also deserves a day off, before playing Patty.

ys
Apr 7th, 2004, 12:37 AM
A win is a win. That is the biggest difference between an elite player and lesser player. When the lesser player gets to 5 against an elite player, she stops right there while an elite player goes to 7. Well done, Vera.. Tight threesetter.. No probs..

goldenlox
Apr 7th, 2004, 12:41 AM
If Vera doesn't play better, she will not beat Schnyder. In fact, Patty can win no matter how well Vera plays.
But a first match dogfight is not the clay court form I was hoping for.

- L i n a -
Apr 7th, 2004, 12:42 AM
I didn't know Jill was an elite player.

ys
Apr 7th, 2004, 12:46 AM
I didn't know Jill was an elite player.
She is. She took only one game less from Serena than #6 in the world.

goldenlox
Apr 7th, 2004, 12:51 AM
Jill is good enough to beat Vera when there is big money on the table. But that doesn't make Jill elite.

ys
Apr 7th, 2004, 12:55 AM
Jill is good enough to beat Vera when there is big money on the table. But that doesn't make Jill elite.Seriously, US hardcourts is one surface on which likes of Craybas, Irvin, Frazier, Granville or even Shaugnessy can really challenge anyone on a good day. But that's about it..

Oh, yeah, Sharapova too..

goldenlox
Apr 7th, 2004, 12:57 AM
Not anyone.
You can include Dechy, also. Vera has to play well or she can lose to almost anyone.

Epigone
Apr 7th, 2004, 03:25 AM
Vera has to play well or she can lose to almost anyone.This is Vera's major problem. She can be brutal when she is switched on, but can crash and burn when she isn't. The thing the separates the good players from the great players is how they play when they aren't fully switched on.

That means that instead of a 6-1 6-2 victory, Vera should maybe have been stretched to something like 6-4 7-5 at the very worst. Even if she is really struggling, someone with Vera's clay court abilities shouldn't have to fight off a MP against Tina Pisnik on clay.

I think that Vera has the game to take it to Justine, but at this rate, she might not even make it that far. She just needs to take a deep breath, clear her mind, and then focus on dismantling Patty's game.

goldenlox
Apr 7th, 2004, 03:45 AM
I think Vera is just off her best form right now. It happens. She gets tomorrow off.
Maybe she pulls out of this slump against Schnyder. Eventually Vera will start to play well again.

goldenlox
Apr 7th, 2004, 04:10 AM
I want Vera to play well at the French Open. If she can peak then, Vera will make that tournament a lot of fun.
But there is no secret to this. Hard work, focus, never let up.
Vera knows what to do.

ys
Apr 7th, 2004, 05:23 AM
I think Vera is just off her best form right now. It happens. She gets tomorrow off.
Maybe she pulls out of this slump against Schnyder. Eventually Vera will start to play well again.
Henin also struggled today.. No big deal. As long as sh is through..

- L i n a -
Apr 7th, 2004, 06:14 AM
Difference:

Even though Justine often plays horribly in the early rounds... she always finds a way to win.

Vera needs to do this.

Not losing to fucking Jill Craybas.

Epigone
Apr 7th, 2004, 06:17 AM
From here (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=3283005&postcount=95)
Charleston 2003

1R Henin def Pisnik 6:4, 3:6, 6:4
2R Henin def Dechy 2-6, 6:3, 6:2

Then proceeded to win the whole things easily beating Pierce, Harkleroad and Serena.It gives me heart to see that Justine was troubled by Pisnik on clay at Charleston in 2003, but Vera still has to dramatically lift her game. She had set points on her serve at 5-1 in the 1st, and won it 6-3. Pisnik served for the match at 3-5, and Vera saved match point and then won the next 4 games. This streaky behaviour is something that has been displayed by Vera in the past, but it has to be a worry when she is facing MP on her opponent's serve.

When Vera steps onto the court, there is no telling what she is going to do. Now she might turn around and beat Patty 6-2 6-2 :shrug:

Epigone
Apr 7th, 2004, 08:40 AM
Vera and Lina will play Petra Mandula and Meilen Tu in the QF, after they upset the #3 seeded team of Black/Stubbs 6-4 6-2

goldenlox
Apr 7th, 2004, 08:56 PM
Schnyder has some great results. When she is on, she can beat almost anyone.
But Vera beat her last year, and she can beat her tomorrow.

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 03:43 AM
I really thought Vera was having a strong year until the Craybas loss. Dechy played well in the IW semi against Lindsay, she was hot that week.
This tournament is so tough that I don't know what to expect. If Vera does beat Patty, she plays Justine.
That's why the Craybas match was so important. The money is great in Key Biscayne.

Epigone
Apr 8th, 2004, 06:35 AM
Coming off winning the title in Memphis, the loss to Dechy was a bit of a surprise, but the loss to Craybas was very disappointing and shouldn't have happened. Vera just has to focus and the good results will follow.

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 09:06 PM
Vera up a break, 2-1.

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 09:24 PM
Vera 6-2. 2 for 3 on Break Point Conversions.

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 09:42 PM
Vera up 6-2, 2-0. Vera has 14 winners and only 2 UE's up until now.

KV
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:01 PM
She won 6-2 6-3 great win.

Epigone
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:02 PM
Vera won 6-2 6-3 :woohoo:

When Vera steps onto the court, there is no telling what she is going to do. Now she might turn around and beat Patty 6-2 6-2 :shrug:
I thought that she was going to make me look smart, but she got broken in her final service game. :( :lol:

No choking, and a nice scoreline against a good claycourt player :worship:

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:11 PM
We all knew Vera was capable of playing like this. Now she plays Justine or Conchita, so it gets tougher.

Dava
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:13 PM
Wow Vera seems to be very consistant ATM!!! I hope she continues to do weel at this tournament she has a lot of points to defend.

vaiva
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:16 PM
Big headcase beat even a bigger headcase comprehensively :lol:

No more unacceptable losses. Just don't think about top 10, Vera, I know you hate it. One match at a time

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:29 PM
Vera has lost twice to Justine. Both in 2 sets in 2003. It's good to see Vera finish this match quickly, without going 3 sets.

Epigone
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:49 PM
Justine has just been confirmed as Vera's QF opponent after a 2-6 7-5 6-3 victory over Conchita.

Vera will have a battle on her hands, but those 100 quality points look very tempting :hearts: :lick:

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:57 PM
great win Vera :yeah:
nice and easy too :)

moo_ont
Apr 8th, 2004, 11:20 PM
Well done, Vera. http://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif Tomorrow, you can beat Justine. Good luck.

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 11:36 PM
Vera still has doubles in a few hours. It's a busy week.

the cat
Apr 9th, 2004, 12:40 AM
Good luck to Verushka against Henin! :D

Maybe Vera beat Patty Schnyder to make Anna Kournikova happy. ;)

lauryn
Apr 9th, 2004, 12:40 AM
Would Vera climb to number 10 if she beats Justine tomorrow? I think Vera and Ai would both have 2053 points, so who will be 10 then? The player with the hightest quality points (which is Vera)? Is that correct?

bubble
Apr 9th, 2004, 03:42 AM
Good luck Vera against Justine...
You have a good opportunity to beat her... :)

Epigone
Apr 9th, 2004, 04:07 AM
The Davenport vs Molik match and the match the Vera and Lina were to have played have been postponed until tomorrow because of rain. Vera will therefore play her match with Justine before she plays doubles.

Stadium - 11:00 AM Start
Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) [3] vs. Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) [10]

Not before 1pm
Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) [1] vs. Vera Zvonareva (RUS) [8]

Followed by
Paola Suarez (ARG) [9] vs. Unknown

Followed by
Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) / Vera Zvonareva (RUS) vs. Petra Mandula (HUN) / Meilen Tu (USA)

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 04:18 AM
That means Vera is on ESPN tomorrow. The last time I saw her on tv, she won a title in Memphis.
I hope she competes like that tomorrow.

Epigone
Apr 9th, 2004, 02:52 PM
I don't want to jinx her, but I think that Vera has a very good chance of winning if she stays focused on the match. People are predicting a Justine vs Serena final, but I think that if Vera serves well and keeps the ball deep, she will be the one advancing to at least the semi final. This will be one of those matches in which the result will depend largely on Vera's mindset, which makes me slightly nervous. Then again, Vera did manage to serve out the match against Venus at the French Open, so she can be very mentally tough at times.

A win against Justine will have Vera tied with Ai for #10 on the rankings, but Vera will be ahead on quality points, so she will be #10 and Ai #11. If she can knock off the world number 1, it will be an important step forward in Vera's career. She can't afford to let the chance of another good result go begging.

*hingis_forever*
Apr 9th, 2004, 02:57 PM
I don't want to jinx her, but I think that Vera has a very good chance of winning if she stays focused on the match. People are predicting a Justine vs Serena final, but I think that if Vera serves well and keeps the ball deep, she will be the one advancing to at least the semi final. This will be one of those matches in which the result will depend largely on Vera's mindset, which makes me slightly nervous. Then again, Vera did manage to serve out the match against Venus at the French Open, so she can be very mentally tough at times.

A win against Justine will have Vera tied with Ai for #10 on the rankings, but Vera will be ahead on quality points, so she will be #10 and Ai #11. If she can knock off the world number 1, it will be an important step forward in Vera's career. She can't afford to let the chance of another good result go begging.
Yeah, I am really hoping Vera can win this! She deserves to be top 10 and i just think she's been unlucky! The only thing is, if she beats Henin, I don't want Serena to win! LOL!

Mathijs
Apr 9th, 2004, 07:14 PM
Good result for Vera vs Schnyder.... :bounce:

and good luck vs Henin today win it pls :bounce: sadly she lost in doubles already... :tears:

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 08:10 PM
Vera lost to Justine 6-4, 6-3. I'm just starting to watch it. The first game is very long, typical clay court tennis.

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 08:33 PM
Vera had a great chance to break in the second game. She has to play the big points steadier.

Mathijs
Apr 9th, 2004, 08:48 PM
oh well another loss :sad: better luck next time :D

Epigone
Apr 9th, 2004, 09:33 PM
Vera :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Vera has been struggling of late, so I hope that she put up a decent fight. This is the first time that she has lived up to her seeding since Memphis, so that's a big positive. Vera has a lot of points to defend on clay, so she will have to keep up the intensity. If she keeps improving, she will hopefully be in top form for the French Open. That's the most important time to shine :)

ys
Apr 9th, 2004, 09:34 PM
Vera didn't play badly at all. Henin played some awesome tennis and served like a man. I think that that extra week (comparing to Vera ) that Henin had to get used to clay was used well. Vera seemed a little bit slower than usual and with not fully adjusted footwork - too often she seemed out of position with no obvious reason. I think that as clay season progresses she will significantly improve.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 9th, 2004, 09:39 PM
not seen anything from AI at all :(
Vera :sad: but was closer than score suggested

Vera time to hit top 10 in charleston :) u can do it

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 09:40 PM
Vera would slide, and turn her back to the net. I very rarely see that, and Vera did it several times.
Vera did a Kim type of split.
She didn't play badly, but she didn't raise her game like in Memphis.

ys
Apr 9th, 2004, 09:55 PM
And quite few was almost visible that Vera's baseliner's nature is fighting her good and right intincts. So many times she would push Henin way off court ( mostly with her crosscourt BH ) making her slide into the ball and you could almost see that Vera's right instincts pushed her to the net to cut the floater, but almost always she forced herself to backstep.

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 09:58 PM
Vera's overhead is not aggressive. Justine put her's away. Vera lost some points when she had an overhead.

Epigone
Apr 9th, 2004, 10:21 PM
Vera and Lina just won their doubles match 6-2 6-1, and are now into the SF :woohoo:

Their opponents will be the winner of Casanova/Molik vs Farina Elia/Schiavone

ys
Apr 9th, 2004, 10:33 PM
Vera's overhead is not aggressive.
It's still not bad comparing to Nastya's overhead. But of course, if talking about Russian girls, it is not in the league with , say, Anna K. overhead..

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 10:36 PM
Vera had some chances, and went from hitting an overhead to being in a baseline rally.
I would prefer if Vera would try to put them away.

Epigone
Apr 9th, 2004, 10:37 PM
Vera's overhead is not aggressive. Justine put her's away. Vera lost some points when she had an overhead.Was Vera setting her feet when she had an overhead, or was she charging to the net and hitting the overhead in stride? She used this type of aggressive overhead a number of times in her AO match against Pratt. When she was rusty early in the match, she was really mishitting this shot, but she hit a number of winners with it later on.

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 10:42 PM
Vera was backing up, but still had time to set her feet. The overheads she hit had very little pace. And the points kept going.

goldenlox
Apr 10th, 2004, 04:38 AM
Vera has a doubles semifinal with Lina against Molik/Casanova.

goldenlox
Apr 10th, 2004, 04:53 AM
I'm sure Vera sees Elena D., Sveta, and Nadia having big wins. But it's important to be patient.
Stay focused, and when the opportunity to beat a big name comes, take it. Just like Roland Garros.

Epigone
Apr 10th, 2004, 05:18 AM
As long as Vera lives up to her seeding, she will get matches against big names at every tournament (unless she herself is the big name). The most important thing for Vera to do is believe that she can win against anyone. The problem is that loses to players like Craybas damage her confidence. She knows that she has missed a number of chances to get into the top 10, but she can't let disappointment consume her. She has to hit the practice courts and try to pick up the pace of her serve, keep working on her fitness and strength, and work with someone to help her to better cope in pressure situations. Vera will eventually get the big wins if she keeps striving to succeed.

Mathijs
Apr 10th, 2004, 08:35 AM
whow great result in doubles 62 61 against Mandula/Tu :eek: in the semis now i'm very happy :dance: :yippee:

goldenlox
Apr 10th, 2004, 10:32 PM
Vera's draw in Charleston -

[9] Vera Zvonareva (RUS) vs. Q
Kristina Brandi (PUR) vs. Claudine Schaul (LUX)
Q vs. Jie Zheng (CHN)
Bye vs. [5] Lindsay Davenport (USA)

goldenlox
Apr 10th, 2004, 11:44 PM
Vera is the highest seed without a bye. And having Lindsay in her section isn't easy.
But Vera's best chance against Lindsay is on clay.

Epigone
Apr 11th, 2004, 01:46 AM
Vera and Lina lost their doubles match 6-3 7-6(2) :sad:

Does anyone know who will partner Vera at Charleston? Will it be Lina, or will Elena decide to play doubles with Lina?

goldenlox
Apr 11th, 2004, 01:54 AM
The doubles draw is not on the website yet.

Daniel
Apr 11th, 2004, 06:07 AM
:bounce: Vamos :bounce: :D :dance: :banana:

goldenlox
Apr 11th, 2004, 09:54 PM
Vera/Lina are seeded #6 and play Craybas/Stewart.

Epigone
Apr 11th, 2004, 10:17 PM
Yay, Vera will get revenge on Craybas for Miami :bounce:

I'm surprised to see Lina with Vera and Elena with K-Lina. I hope that they can make it all the way to the final this time :)

goldenlox
Apr 11th, 2004, 10:58 PM
This is a $1.3 million Tier I. Going deep into the draw pays well. Twice as much as AI last week.
About half as much as Miami.

goldenlox
Apr 12th, 2004, 12:30 AM
I just saw Vera on the Tennis Channel. She was interviewed at Indian Wells. She looked great, beautiful.
Vera was asked why there are so many good Russian players. She said they grew up watching Kafelnikov and Kournikova making a living playing tennis, and they realized that they could make a living playing tennis also.

goldenlox
Apr 12th, 2004, 01:15 AM
Mauresmo withdrew, and Vera gets a bye. She takes Lindsay's spot, and plays the winner of Zheng/Beltrane.

goldenlox
Apr 12th, 2004, 01:25 AM
[4] Venus Williams (USA) vs. Bye
(LL) Reeves, Samantha vs. Laura Granville (USA)
Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo (ESP) vs. Virginia Ruano Pasqual (ESP)
Marie Gayanay-Mikaelian (SUI) vs. [14] Fabiola Zuluaga (COL)

[13] Anna SP vs. Yoshida
Kristina Brandi (PUR) vs. Claudine Schaul (LUX)
Beltrane vs. Jie Zheng (CHN)
Bye vs. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

Epigone
Apr 12th, 2004, 01:47 AM
Wow, this is a huge break for Vera :yippee:. Vera has to take advantage of this opportunity to make the QF, and with Venus not in top form, then make it to the SF.

goldenlox
Apr 12th, 2004, 02:17 AM
Vera had a huge break in IW when Kim withdrew. Let's enjoy the bye and go one match at a time.
But I would love to see Vera get into the top 10.

ys
Apr 12th, 2004, 05:37 AM
Vera has an excellent shot at Top 10 now. Go Verunchik!

goldenlox
Apr 12th, 2004, 08:07 PM
Vera plays Beltrame, who is 24, and ranked about #125.

Epigone
Apr 12th, 2004, 09:58 PM
Vera and Lina defeated Craybas/Stewart 6-3 6-1

That's an impressive start to the tournament :worship:

goldenlox
Apr 13th, 2004, 03:23 AM
Last year Vera beat Schnyder in the second round. Playing Beltrame is much easier.
This match is played tomorrow night. So Vera can sleep late.

Epigone
Apr 13th, 2004, 05:09 AM
I just saw Vera on the Tennis Channel. She was interviewed at Indian Wells. She looked great, beautiful.
Vera was asked why there are so many good Russian players. She said they grew up watching Kafelnikov and Kournikova making a living playing tennis, and they realized that they could make a living playing tennis also.Did you get the impression that the tennis is more important to Vera than the money? I mean, is she playing tennis to make money, or does she enjoy tennis, with the bonus being that she can earn a living doing so? I know that some players like to make money by endorsing products, but Vera just seems to be content earning her money on court.

ghosts
Apr 13th, 2004, 05:24 AM
Good luck today vs Beltrame :)

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 02:27 AM
Vera is down 0-2.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 02:35 AM
Vera is down two breaks, 1-4.

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 02:45 AM
She has got one break back and is 3-4*

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 02:47 AM
Justine is out, Lindsay was moved out, Vera has another good draw. Vera doesn't always take advantage of it.

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 02:52 AM
That is the most disappointing thing about Vera. She has trouble in matches that other players would find easy.

But she got the second break back, so the match is on serve :yeah:

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 02:57 AM
The top half is a mess now. Jennifer's not playing well. Venus was down 4-6, 0-3 to Reeves today.
Vera can reach the top 10 this week.
6-4, 5 straight games.

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 02:57 AM
Despite causing a lot of trouble for herself (again), Vera won 5 straight games to take the first set 6-4 :). I think she is might be having problems with her serve. When that happens, she tends to rush her serve even more. She just needs to slow things down.

At least she held serve in the first game of the 2nd set :yeah:

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 03:08 AM
Now 3-0, 8 straight games. This is a good week for Vera to be "on" her game.

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 03:20 AM
Now it's 5-0, 10 straight games :eek:

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 03:27 AM
Vera has tomorrow off. She's in the third round now. 6-4, 6-0.

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 03:27 AM
Vera wins 6-4 6-0, after fighting back from two breaks down and winning 11 straight games :worship:

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 03:33 AM
If no one withdrew, Vera's third round match would have been with Lindsay.
Now, Vera has to take advantage of this. It's another great opportunity.

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:01 AM
Vera blew a massive chance at IW and underperformed at Miami, so she missed out on big points. She has been given another chance to make the top 10, and for the sake of her confidence, she has to do it now.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:08 AM
Vera is human. Sometimes I think expectations are too high.
But to make the top 10 as a teenager, this week looks important.

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 06:29 AM
I don't think that it's too much to expect Vera to make the top 10. She is an extremely talented player, but she is held back by her lack of confidence and focus.

Daniel
Apr 14th, 2004, 08:53 AM
Vamos!!! :bounce: :worship:

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 10:43 PM
Did you get the impression that the tennis is more important to Vera than the money? I mean, is she playing tennis to make money, or does she enjoy tennis, with the bonus being that she can earn a living doing so? I know that some players like to make money by endorsing products, but Vera just seems to be content earning her money on court.
There was nothing about money in the interview. I put in the "making a living".
Vera just said they all saw Kafelnikov and Kournikova playing tennis.
The interview was mostly about food. Vera likes borscht and dumplings. She can't find them in the U.S.

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 11:21 PM
Congratulations to Vera on her selection in the Fed Cup team to play Australia :bounce:

I'm Australian, but I will be supporting Russia because my favourite players are Russian :)

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 02:59 AM
Vera doesn't play singles tomorrow, but Vera/Lina play Drake/Weingartner.

moo_ont
Apr 15th, 2004, 03:03 AM
GL, because the website put Vera's last name wrong, so you might not see that she will play the first match before Nadia's. I think @ 11:00 am.

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 03:05 AM
You're right, I totally missed it. Vera plays Anna SP at 11 AM. And doubles.

moo_ont
Apr 15th, 2004, 03:07 AM
The webiste is :o....Vera Jidkova.

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 03:47 AM
The Vera - Anna SP matches have been special -
0-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 in New Haven was some match. And Vera winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in Linz.

Daniel
Apr 15th, 2004, 08:07 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :worship:

Epigone
Apr 15th, 2004, 08:37 AM
The Vera - Anna SP matches have been special -
0-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 in New Haven was some match. And Vera winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in Linz.In both matches, Vera got off to a very good start and then dropped the intensity. Vera needs to be focused enough to take this match in straight sets. She can't let herself get frustrated by Anna's game. It would be foolish to force shots that result in UEs. Vera simply needs to find the right balls to hit for winners. Therefore, patience is the key to a good victory in this match.

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 04:33 PM
Vera won the first set 6-0. I've seen this before. I want a different ending this time.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 15th, 2004, 05:08 PM
Vera was 6-0 2-0
had a chance to go 3-0
now trails 2-3

not good
Vera, get it together

ys
Apr 15th, 2004, 05:22 PM
Vera seems to be hitting the wall..

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 05:23 PM
6-0, 3-6. When these two play, it's a mess.

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 05:57 PM
Vera broke to serve at 4-2. And she was broken, on serve in the third.

KV
Apr 15th, 2004, 06:05 PM
:bounce: Vera won. Only next time go and bt. A. Pistolesi in straight sets, you certainly can do it.

ys
Apr 15th, 2004, 06:08 PM
So, if Venus joins her in quarters, this match ( or Dementieva-Davenport ) will be on ESPN tomorrow.. :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 15th, 2004, 06:13 PM
Vera, phew :) she did it but it was another :banghead:
well done Vera :yeah: :)

good luck in QF :)

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 06:23 PM
6-0, 3-6, 6-3. Into the quarters. This next match is big. Vera has to stay focused the whole match.

Vass22
Apr 15th, 2004, 06:33 PM
Why does she always have to lose the set after the very good one? That's not good. She should learn to win properly.
Anyway, who's next?

Mathijs
Apr 15th, 2004, 07:51 PM
okay she didn't play well, but at least she won :D :bigclap: Good luck in the QF Vera :bounce: Now it's about time that you win a great title with great wins so go for it!!! :bounce: :bounce: :worship:

vaiva
Apr 15th, 2004, 07:57 PM
Phew, Vera :D

Next is the match that separates her from #10. A loss again? Deja vu?

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 08:26 PM
As I watch the top 10 reeling with injuries, I just want Vera to stay healthy.
The top 10 will come. Half of them aren't playing nowadays.

Epigone
Apr 15th, 2004, 09:34 PM
Vera won :), but too bad that she had to do it in three :(. The main thing is that she overcame a huge psychological hurdle :yeah:.

Look what's going on now. Capriati has lost to Mandula :eek:, so a major threat from the top half of the draw is gone. If Vera plays well and makes it past the QF, I think that she will make the final. The most important match now for Vera fans is Venus Williams vs Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian, as the winner will be Vera's QF opponent.

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 09:35 PM
Vera/Lina won 6-1, 6-3. And play Black/Stubbs in the quarters. If Venus wins, ESPN will show the quarterfinal.
Vera is the highest ranked player in the top half.

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 11:08 PM
The one good thing about Vera losing to Dechy and Craybas is that she got days off. A break from match play. As players get injured left and right, Vera is one win from the top 10. And this is a Tier I that pays well.
It's good to be healthy now. Udachi Vera!

Epigone
Apr 15th, 2004, 11:30 PM
Vera missed out on SF points at IW when she lost to Dechy, and she missed a QF with Serena and big money when she lost to Craybas in Miami. Rankings wise, I'm especially sure she would have liked a redo of the Dechy match. You're right that this is the important time for Vera to be healthy. She has big clay points to defend, and with the field weakened, she will be challenging for titles. She has to take it one match at a time and stay mentally on top of her game. It's also really good that she can go home to Moscow for Fed Cup. I'm sure that will allow her to recharge her batteries and hopefully put her in a good mindset for the European clay season.

goldenlox
Apr 16th, 2004, 12:26 AM
If Vera did win all the matches where she was the favorite, she might not be healthy now.
Tomorrow's match is huge. Vera can still do some big things this year. I saw her play Justine last week, and I think Vera has to play steadier. She just popped some backhands wide that were easy shots.
Vera can't give points away.

goldenlox
Apr 16th, 2004, 01:17 AM
Vera plays Venus on ESPN tomorrow. The winner will be the favorite in the top half semifinal.

Epigone
Apr 16th, 2004, 01:58 AM
The GM is now full of tennis experts who don't rate Vera at all :rolleyes: :fiery:. It's time for Vera to go medieval/postal/whatever you want to call it on something other than her racquet or a wall :o. Vera has to step up, beat Venus, and make it into the SF and the top 10.

goldenlox
Apr 16th, 2004, 02:39 AM
This is not easy. Vera is a consistent, quality, player. This is a difficult match. Play steady, stay focused, try your best.
Win or lose, this is not a slam final. It's one more step on the road to Roland Garros.

Epigone
Apr 16th, 2004, 02:46 AM
Does anyone have a screencap of the statistics from Vera's match? What were her stats like?

Epigone
Apr 16th, 2004, 03:03 AM
Vera will once again play two matches tomorrow

Stadium court
Not Before 2 PM
(4)Venus Williams vs. (9)Vera Zvonareva

Clubcourt
Not Before 4PM
(3)Cara Black/ Rennae Stubbs vs. (6)Lina Krasnoroutskaya/ Vera Zvonareva

moo_ont
Apr 16th, 2004, 03:27 AM
Vera has a really good chance to win tomorrow. Venus isn't in good form. Win the match, Vera. Good luck.

tenn_ace
Apr 16th, 2004, 04:32 AM
winning in straight sets is just the Vera likes to do things... oh well a win is a win. good luck tomorrow, girl

Daniel
Apr 16th, 2004, 07:17 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :worship:

Epigone
Apr 16th, 2004, 03:21 PM
The important thing is for Vera to hold serve, especially after she breaks. She needs stay focused and not take unnecessary risks. If Venus is struggling, she should try to keep the ball in play and wait for an unforced error. If not, she should try to hit penetrating shots into the corners, and then blast the ball back at an angle.

To head into Fed Cup and the European clay season after reaching the top 10 will give Vera a huge confidence boost.

:worship: :worship: :worship: Удачи Вера :worship: :worship: :worship:

bubble
Apr 16th, 2004, 03:50 PM
Go Vera!

I'm confident that she can beat Venus on a different coloured clay as well :)

- L i n a -
Apr 16th, 2004, 03:58 PM
I think as long as Vera stays composed, she'll beat Venus.

It's about time for Vera to have another big tournament.

goldenlox
Apr 16th, 2004, 07:51 PM
Vera was serving at 2-0, deuce, and double faulted twice. Since then it's all Venus. 3-6.
The court is playing very fast. Vera's not serving well.

ys
Apr 16th, 2004, 08:17 PM
Thank you, Vera. After first set ended as 1:6, I was really afraid I knew the final score. Lina 3:6, 1:6, Lena 3:6, 1:6, Nadya 3:6, 1:6. After Vera lost the first set 3:6, I didn't know what to believe in.. Thanks, Vera, for breaking this stupid pattern..

ys
Apr 16th, 2004, 08:25 PM
Very unlucky Vera in last couple of games.. 4:5, hold Vera..

ys
Apr 16th, 2004, 08:30 PM
Vera loses. Tons of bad luck. Venus hit her annual quota of mishits in the last point. Everything seems to go off her frame.. :(

goldenlox
Apr 16th, 2004, 08:32 PM
Vera played well in the second set. She adjusted to the fast court, and started hitting more aggressively.
But there were almost no rallies. And Venus' serve was a big weapon on this surface.
Vera lost 6-3, 6-4. But she played well. Vera needs red clay and rain against the big servers.

goldenlox
Apr 16th, 2004, 11:46 PM
Vera had a rough day. She was up at least one break in 4 sets today, and lost all 4.
Vera/Lina lost 5-7, 4-6.

moo_ont
Apr 16th, 2004, 11:48 PM
Vera. :( Take some rest for Fed Cup then.

Epigone
Apr 17th, 2004, 01:24 AM
I just wish that Vera had the confidence and focus to hold breaks :sad:. Two losses one after the other must have been a terrible blow to her confidence. The red clay season is where Vera should really shine, so the future isn't looking too gloomy.

I think this will be her first time back in Moscow since before Memphis, so she should have some fun and prepare to destroy the Australian Fed Cup team on carpet :)

goldenlox
Apr 17th, 2004, 01:50 AM
I thought Vera played better today than she did against Justine. Vera had trouble getting her first serve in.
The court was playing fast, the balls weren't bouncing high. There were a lot of winners hit from behind the baseline.
Vera has a lot of points to defend, but she's playing okay. If Vera stays healthy she will do well on the red clay.

Epigone
Apr 17th, 2004, 09:17 AM
Vera had trouble getting her first serve in.I thought that Vera's serve might be her undoing :sad: . It's a nice motion, but Vera often rushes it, so it's not always accurate. She served well against Schnyder at Amelia Island (75% of 1st serves in), and that enabled her to win quite easily. She also needs to pick up the pace, but I'm not sure if that can be done without some major changes to her service motion :shrug:. Vera's serve will need to be firing at the Fed Cup, so I hope she spends some time working on it during the week.

goldenlox
Apr 17th, 2004, 05:50 PM
There were key moments when Vera couldn't get her first serve in. And Venus would stand several steps inside the baseline to receive on second serve.
But Vera played well. There were several outstanding points. The court was just playing too fast. Vera didn't have a chance to work the Venus forehand. The points were quick. It was hard to keep rallies going. Both players had to play aggressively.

Epigone
Apr 19th, 2004, 12:35 AM
Does anyone have an idea who might partner Vera in the doubles in Warsaw? The Russians who are on the current entry list are:
Main Draw
3. ZVONAREVA Vera RUS 11
4. KUZNETSOVA Svetlana RUS 14
14. BOVINA ELENA RUS 30
18. LICHOWCEVA Jelena RUS 45
22. WC - DOUCHEVINA Vera RUS 91
Qualifying Draw
9. JIDKOVA Alina RUS 106

Sveta and Elena L will be a team, so will Vera play with Lena B (although they may not get along), Vera D, or a non-Russian player?

Whatever happens, Vera will be playing with her fifth partner of the year :eek:.

goldenlox
Apr 19th, 2004, 12:57 AM
The tournament doesn't start for a week, but I hope Vera asks Vera D. to be her partner.
I have faith in the Veras.

LeonHart
Apr 19th, 2004, 01:27 AM
Dont worry fellas, Vera will SHINE on the red clay. She will do great, i knoe it! :D

goldenlox
Apr 19th, 2004, 01:37 AM
I think Vera has had a good, consistent year so far. Only the Craybas match sticks out.
And Vera is human. She might have been sick. Or she just had an off day.
What 2004 is missing is a win over a top player. But that will come. It's only April.

Epigone
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:38 AM
Vera's year has been consistent, but I thought that she would have been able to beat some higher ranked players. She almost beat Davenport in Sydney, which I think was one of her best performances this year. I think that Vera definitely has the skill to beat the top players, but she still isn't yet mentally on top of her game. Had she held the break in the second set against Venus, she could have taken the match to a third set. I really hope that Vera is learning to train her mind to respond positively to pressure, because that's the one thing that is stopping her from beating the top players and breaking into the top 10. I'm glad that the red clay season is almost upon us because Vera will be so much more comfortable on European clay.

goldenlox
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:20 PM
I've seen Vera play Lisa, Justine, and Venus this year, and she definately has matured. She kept her composure in all three matches.
Where Vera is now is a good place. She's #11, but under the radar. No expectations of her winning major events.
I've always felt her game is made for red clay. Now the next few tournaments are her chance to take the next step forward.

goldenlox
Apr 24th, 2004, 12:49 AM
Vera is on the Fed Cup team. But she's not scheduled to play. So Vera is practicing indoors with the team this week.
This tie should have been played on red clay.

Epigone
Apr 24th, 2004, 04:33 AM
Vera is on the Fed Cup team. But she's not scheduled to play. So Vera is practicing indoors with the team this week.I'm not really disappointed that Vera isn't playing this week. She gets to have a week to relax at home in Moscow, and she doesn't have the stress of facing the Australians' big serves on a fast surface. If there is a dead rubber, Vera might still get a chance to play to gain some more experience.

Judging by the pictures that I've seen, Vera looks pretty happy, so hopefully she'll be in a great frame of mind for the European clay season.

http://boxmail.biz/constructor/img/100413.jpg

:)

This tie should have been played on red clay.Agreed. That would have virtually guaranteed a 5-0 victory, and Vera would have played singles.

goldenlox
Apr 24th, 2004, 09:34 PM
I hope Vera is chosen to play tomorrow. She deserves an opportunity to win a point in this tie.
Nastya isn't playing Warsaw. So Vera and Sveta both playing once, makes sense.

goldenlox
Apr 25th, 2004, 01:18 AM
Vera is too good a player to just sit and watch. I hope she gets to play.

Epigone
Apr 25th, 2004, 02:13 AM
Vera is too good a player to just sit and watch. I hope she gets to play.I've never seen Vera play on carpet, so I want to get a chance to see what type of game she decides to play. I think they are showing Russia vs Australia on cable tv sometime next month, so I'll get my aunt to video it for me because I don't have cable :bigcry:

ys
Apr 25th, 2004, 03:51 PM
Was it possible to make any worse pic of Vera :fiery:



http://www.gazeta.ru/files/104621/vera.jpg

goldenlox
Apr 25th, 2004, 04:40 PM
Vera beat Stosur 6-2, 6-3. I'm glad she had the chance to win a meaningful match.
Vera has a bye in Warsaw.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 25th, 2004, 06:39 PM
FED CUP Interview with Vera

its sound only
http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsaudio.asp?id=10438

goldenlox
Apr 25th, 2004, 07:00 PM
Vera's the #1 seed in doubles -

1-Likhovtseva/Zvonareva vs. Kulikovskaya/Rodionova
WC-Jans/Rosolska vs. Serra Zanetti/Serra Zanetti
4-Bovina/Chladkova vs. Blahotova/Navratilova
Dulko/Tarabini vs. Hantuchova/Pisnik

goldenlox
Apr 26th, 2004, 12:53 AM
http://boxmail.biz/constructor/img/101010.jpg

Vera is looking very adult.

Epigone
Apr 26th, 2004, 01:07 AM
Wow, I thought that Elena L would play doubles with Sveta. Vera will hopefully keep moving up the doubles rankings and give her chances of being selected in the Olympic team a big boost.

goldenlox
Apr 26th, 2004, 01:14 AM
I think it's Vera's goal to play doubles with everybody.

goldenlox
Apr 26th, 2004, 09:01 PM
On Tuesday Vera/Lena play Kulikovskaya/Rodionova.

Epigone
Apr 27th, 2004, 02:53 PM
Despite some trouble in the 2nd set, Vera and Lena won their doubles match 6-2 7-5 :woohoo:

Mathijs
Apr 27th, 2004, 02:55 PM
:woohoo: yeah great result Vera!! :yeah: :yippee: now win your first singles match also!! :bounce:

daniela86
Apr 27th, 2004, 05:05 PM
I think it's Vera's goal to play doubles with everybody.

With every russians!!! :kiss: :kiss: I like when she plays double! She has improved a lot this year!!!

- L i n a -
Apr 27th, 2004, 05:52 PM
Epigone, please tell Vera to win this tournament.

Thanks. :)

goldenlox
Apr 28th, 2004, 08:14 PM
Vera plays Nemeckova tomorrow. She's ranked about #140. Vera/Lena play S.Zanetti/S.Zanetti.

goldenlox
Apr 29th, 2004, 01:50 AM
Vera has had a solid year so far. I don't want her to feel pressure. She doesn't have to get into the top 10 this week. There is no rush.
I want Vera to stay healthy, and to let her game mature. I expect her results to be fine on red clay.

Epigone
Apr 29th, 2004, 11:47 AM
Vera won her first singles match 6-1 6-3 :woohoo:

Match stats are here (http://www.jandscup.pl/eng/stat.php?id_mecz=151)

I'm happy to see her 1st serve percentage above 65% :), but she will be wanting to cut down on the UEs.

Mathijs
Apr 29th, 2004, 01:16 PM
:woohoo: good result Vera now keep it up!! :bounce: :hearts:

goldenlox
Apr 29th, 2004, 08:16 PM
Vera plays Anna SP in the quarters. Always a good match. Vera should keep advancing.

goldenlox
Apr 29th, 2004, 08:30 PM
Vera/Lena beat S.Zanetti/S.Zanetti 6-1, 6-4.

ghosts
Apr 29th, 2004, 08:31 PM
Good luck Vera tomorrow ;)

Mathijs
Apr 29th, 2004, 08:37 PM
:yeah: :yippee: WD in doubles Vera Good Luck for the singles tomorrow :) :D :bounce:

Epigone
Apr 29th, 2004, 11:22 PM
Vera is moving along nicely :dance:

goldenlox
Apr 29th, 2004, 11:23 PM
Anna SP is a test for Vera. She has to try to win in 2 sets. And not get into a long battle.

Epigone
Apr 29th, 2004, 11:38 PM
Wow, I struck paydirt :woohoo:

Here is a video of Vera's press conference from Warsaw:
http://www.jandscup.pl/filmy/040429_zvonareva.wmv (2.4 MB)

:lol: at Vera's last comment.
Check it out!!! :yippee:

goldenlox
Apr 30th, 2004, 12:34 AM
Vera sounds in good spirit. Udachi Faith!

KV
Apr 30th, 2004, 02:34 PM
Good luck vs. Pistolesi. GO vera win this

daniela86
Apr 30th, 2004, 02:58 PM
UDACHI VERA!!! :) :) :) :bounce: :bounce:

cool_olga
Apr 30th, 2004, 05:17 PM
http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=news&id=78 (http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=news&id=78)

About her match vs Pistoles. It was great one !!!! I'm going to listen press conference now :) and then I'm making this interview

goldenlox
Apr 30th, 2004, 08:18 PM
Vera won 6-3, 7-5 against Anna SP, after being down 2-5 in the second set.
Now Vera has a tough semifinal against Venus. Just have fun and play good tennis.
Vera's best results are in the future. Each tournament is a step forward.

Epigone
May 1st, 2004, 12:34 AM
Vera :dance:

I'm very happy that the match didn't go to a third set, as it should Vera more energy for her next match, as well as be a confidence boost.

goldenlox
May 1st, 2004, 12:56 AM
I'm also happy it did not go three sets. But I would like to see Vera close the door after a good first set. And not let up.
But I understand how difficult that is to do.