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Feb 18th, 2002, 05:31 PM
Vera is on a roll after an impressive run of results at end of last yr

She won 4 matches for Russia in winning Connelly Continental Cup
then 6 to win Orange Bowl

followed that up by winning the Yucatan Cup in Mexico another 6 matches there

another 4 matches in the Casablanca Cup (MEX) before she withdrew with illness (SF)

and 3 in her 1st pro tourn in Memphis

Gabriela Volekova 6-1 6-0
Bryanne Stewart 6-3 6-1
Brie Rippner 6-1 6-4

and tonight she plays Alexandra Stevenson

Go Vera and keep your run going :)

all the best !!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 18th, 2002, 06:03 PM
Picture please Eggy! ;)

Feb 18th, 2002, 08:35 PM


auntie janie
Feb 18th, 2002, 10:14 PM
Thanks for starting this thread, Egg! I wanted to start one when I saw she was through the qualies, but laziness prevailed! I knew you'd come through!:cool:

Good luck tonight V! Should be a fun match :)

auntie janie
Feb 19th, 2002, 03:06 AM
SO CLOSE! Vera lost to Stevenson 7-6 in the 3rd:( ! It was terrific that she fought back from 3-5 in the 3rd to force the tiebreak. Well done! I look forward to a great season form Vera!

Feb 19th, 2002, 04:47 AM
so close ....... poor Vera :(

keep fighting girl :) and make the most of it.

Vera is in qualies for Miami as Orange Bowl Champ gets a WC .

Mar 15th, 2002, 11:25 AM
good luck Vera :) in Miami :)

go and qualify girl :)

Mar 15th, 2002, 11:37 AM
Good-luck, Vera!!! I`d prefer Orange Bowl winners get a WC into the main draw :)

Mar 18th, 2002, 04:21 AM
good luck Vera :)

Vera plays Els Callens in 1r qualies today :)

Mar 18th, 2002, 06:40 AM
:bounce: :bounce: GOOD LUCK, VERA!! YOU CAN DO IT! :bounce: :bounce:

Mar 18th, 2002, 06:48 PM
Vera won 6-4 7-5 :) :bounce: :bounce:

and now plays Irina Selyutina tomorrow

Mar 18th, 2002, 10:44 PM
go Vera!!!

auntie janie
Mar 19th, 2002, 02:38 AM
Congrats Vera! But I like Irina too ... :(

Mar 19th, 2002, 01:04 PM
Well done Vera and good luck tomorrow :)

I am following the progress of many of the young Russians and Vera is one of them, keep it up kid!

Mar 19th, 2002, 03:24 PM
Irina will be tough to beat, especially if she plays like she did last fall

Mar 19th, 2002, 04:30 PM
Vera won 6-0 6-4 and she is now in maindraw :)

lets hope for a nice draw for Vera ;)

Anyone of the 12 will do as I'm confident she will win :)

the cat
Mar 19th, 2002, 04:40 PM
Congratulations to Vera!

She loves Miami!

Eggy, did she move to Florida to train?

What is her upside? Top 40? Maybe top 20?

Maybe Vera will play Anna K. in the first round. That would be something!

Mar 19th, 2002, 04:56 PM
she can't play Anna as draw as been made and Anna is playing Danilidou

Vera will be Top 20 minimum, rest is down to her.

Yep she does love these courts :), she's around there (FL)somewhere.

Mar 19th, 2002, 09:42 PM
Vera plays Iva Majoli in rd1

i'd say she's got a good chance as Iva isn't full of confidence right now

Mar 19th, 2002, 10:02 PM
I agree...a very tough assignment for Iva, as Vera is playing real well and has nothing to lose.

auntie janie
Mar 20th, 2002, 09:43 PM
I am happy for Iva:D , but Vera certainly made it close! I am concerned at her stats -- so few ventures to the net! Is Vera a 2nd Elena D? :confused:

In any case, Vera can't feel too bad about this week -- getting to the main draw, playing a marquee match -- she can take a lot from this and keep rising! :)

the cat
Mar 21st, 2002, 03:44 PM
This is Vera's thread, Janie.

It's too bad she gave the match away. Due to inexperience cause by the hideous age restriction rule.

I just hope Vera hasn't caught the losers plague that is haunting Russian women's tennis. Udachi Vera!

I hope she plays the junior event there, and pounds the field. That would be good for her confidence.

Mar 21st, 2002, 06:21 PM
what would be good for her confidence is a good Challenger or Tier IV win.

well faught, Vera! Better luck next time

nothing to be asgamed of loosing to GS winner;)

the cat
Mar 22nd, 2002, 12:25 AM
She should have beaten Iva. No moral victories for Vera. I just wish she would play more.

Vera is 17, so she must be allowed to play about 15 WTA tournaments this year. Right? And does that include the grand slams?

Mar 22nd, 2002, 04:31 AM
Vera has 9 more events up until she is 18 in September, she could have done with a win here as that would have put her close to qualifying for Roland Garros.

She can play the slams as extra events only if she gets in automatically into MD or qualies.

Shes about 40 pts away from making qualies.
Vera should be around 275 on next ranks

the cat
Mar 22nd, 2002, 08:09 PM
Thanks Eggy!

Mar 23rd, 2002, 04:11 AM
Vera's scheduled to play the $50K USTA Challenger in Naples, FL starting April 8.

she is in MD using her JE status :)

Mar 23rd, 2002, 06:39 AM
good luck to Vera... she is quite capable of going far in that tournament :)

Apr 13th, 2002, 10:54 AM
good luck Vera :)

go and win Naples :)

she is into QF and played Teryn Ashley yesterday, so hope she won.

she needs to make final to get into auto qualies for Roland Garros :)

Apr 13th, 2002, 01:56 PM
Good luck Vera! :)

Apr 13th, 2002, 03:54 PM
Vera won her QF 6-3 6-3 and plays Sarah Taylor today in SF

good luck Vera, go and make the final :)

and win this tourny :bounce: :bounce:

auntie janie
Apr 13th, 2002, 06:05 PM
Good luck Vera!

Here is what a friend wrote to me yesterday about Dinara Safina (he has seen both girls play):

"Her attitude on the court is similar to Vera Zvonereva - they both get emotional and can curse or toss their racquets."

If Vera and Dinara can learn to channel all that energy into their TENNIS, they might really go far! ;)

Apr 13th, 2002, 06:11 PM
Eggy isnt the cutoff for the French qualies somewhere around 202 since they only have a 96 draw for qualies:confused:

Apr 13th, 2002, 09:01 PM
not every one plays and some are injured

128 in maindraw
96 qualies

224 players

of total, 8 WC in MD and 8 in QD
plus 2-3 Injury players

leaves around 204 cut-off, but not everyone plays

Apr 14th, 2002, 10:39 AM
Vera into the final of $50K Naples

she beat Sarah Taylor 6-4 5-7 6-3 :bounce: :bounce:

plays 4th seed Maureen Drake in todays final

best of luck Vera !!!!!!!!!!!!

auntie janie
Apr 14th, 2002, 12:01 PM
Well done, Vera! Only one more step to go! :)

Apr 15th, 2002, 04:27 AM
Vera won the title !!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

6-1 6-3 win over Maureen Drake in 50K Naples:bounce:

takes her to 218 in ranks

Apr 15th, 2002, 07:35 AM

Tennis: Zvonareva zips past all challengers at Challenger event

Monday, April 15, 2002

By TOM RIFE, tdrife@naplesnews.com

If she goes on to tennis stardom, those who turned out Sunday at The Club at Sterling Oaks surely will remember the days of old.

"We knew her when," they will say of Vera Zvonareva, who in the 55-minute-long singles final of the $50,000 USTA Women's Challenger, convinced about 500 onlookers and Canada's Maureen Drake that her game is more than good.

It's good enough to take her a long way.

Serving with authority and painting the lines with razor-sharp accuracy, the unseeded 17-year-old Russian pounded her way to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over the fourth-seeded Drake.

It was Zvonareva's first tournament title on the USTA Professional Circuit and she earned a check for $7,700.

The aggressive, blonde teen-ager, ranked No. 3 in the world among junior players and No. 275 among women professionals, was never seriously threatened by the 31-year-old who went into the finale ranked No. 123 worldwide.

A 13-year veteran of the pro ranks and once ranked as high as No. 47, Drake was not able to rattle her opponent and afterwards, agreed that Zvonareva may have a promising career ahead of her.

"She can be pretty good," the Toronto resident said. "They have a lot of great Russian players. It's a big country and a lot of people live there. There are bound to be a few good ones coming from there. She's definitely going to be a good player. We'll see what happens. But yeah, she's definitely got a lot of potential."

Drake was unable to hold serve in the opening set that lasted just 23 minutes.

"Can this be any worse?" Drake said under her breath midway through the last game of the first set.

As the match went on, even Zvonareva, who had beaten Drake in a previous three-setter, would realize that in addition to being talented, it also helps to have luck on your side.

Zvonareva was able to hold serve in the opening game of the second set thanks in large part to a pair of returns that tipped the top of the net and dropped lamely into play on Drake's side.

As if those two net cords weren't enough, a third one was the deciding point in the second game as the Russian broke Drake again to establish a 2-0 margin.

"I was lucky today, there is no question about it," Zvonareva admitted. "But I got off to a good start and played well. I had a really good week here."

Drake did get on track temporarily, winning the next three games to seize a 3-2 edge. But her comeback bid lacked in overall spunk and playing from behind just didn't fit Drake's style.

The match ended in unceremonious fashion when Drake was called for a foot fault.

"It was a tough day today," said Drake. "I got off to a slow start and I make a lot of unforced errors. Unfortunately, that's how it goes sometimes. The second set I gathered myself together a bit better. But I just wasn't able to keep my momentum going."

Playing the USTA Professional Circuit in an attempt to improve her world rankings and prolong her career, Drake earned $4,200 as the runner-up.

Sunday's festivities also included the doubles final. The No. 1-seeded team of Riki Hiraki and Nana Miyagi, both of Japan, was extended to three sets in a 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 decision over Zvonareva and her Argentinian doubles partner, Gisella Dulko.

Sterling Oaks tennis director Bill Beverly said he was pleased with the way things turned out in the club's second attempt at staging the tournament. The 2001 event was plagued by mismanagement and financial setbacks that proved costly.

But with the backing of Crosswinds, the development's new owners who poured some $60,000 into the tournament, the 2002 project came off with only minor hitches. The United States Tennis Association provided about $40,000 in backing as well.

The charity endeavor generated in excess of $3,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, according to Sterling Oaks General Manager Sam Speechly.

Apr 15th, 2002, 11:51 AM
thanx ajayares for article :)

from article by Drake
"She can be pretty good," the Toronto resident said. "They have a lot of great Russian players. It's a big country and a lot of people live there. There are bound to be a few good ones coming from there. She's definitely going to be a good player. We'll see what happens. But yeah, she's definitely got a lot of potential."

thats true alot of people live there but only about 1000 or so play tennis.

the cat
Apr 15th, 2002, 03:19 PM
Congrats to Vera! She saved the weekend from being a total disaster for the Russian girls.

Apr 15th, 2002, 03:44 PM
Congrats Vera!

Hope to see her more on WTA tournaments this year. :)

Apr 27th, 2002, 11:03 AM
best wishes Vera :)

Vera is in Bol qualies and plays Julia Schruff in rd1

Apr 29th, 2002, 09:53 PM
Vera qualified for Bol :)

and she plays Jana Kandarr

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

Apr 30th, 2002, 09:53 AM
Best of luck to Vera :bounce: :bounce:

Apr 30th, 2002, 02:36 PM
Vera won pretty easy 6-3 6-3 over Kandarr :)

well done girl :)

Vera plays Katarina Srebotnik in rd2
best of luck Vera :)

May 1st, 2002, 04:51 PM
Vera into QF :) :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

after beating Srebotnik 6-4 6-2 :)

best of luck on Friday now :)

auntie janie
May 1st, 2002, 06:54 PM
Great news! Srebotnik is quite a good player -- this is a decent win for Vera! Keep it going, kid! Eggy always said you could! :D

the cat
May 1st, 2002, 08:15 PM
LOL @ jovial Janie! If Srebotnik is quite a good player, then how is it only a "decent" win for Vera? Gotcha! :kiss:

Udachi Vera!

May 2nd, 2002, 02:40 AM
I agree with Cat, this should be a great win! :p

Go Vera!
All the best in the quarterfinal! :)

May 2nd, 2002, 03:48 AM
Wow, that's a fantastic win from Vera! Let's go, Vera! C'mon. I have much faith in her for this event. Well done, Vera! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 2nd, 2002, 09:10 AM
That`s the best win of her career :bounce:

Now I`m sure she can beat anybody in the Bol draw. She just has to beleive it.

May 3rd, 2002, 03:56 AM
A fantastic win against Srebotnik! I believe that Vera has now surpassed Sveta (even tho it doesnt show on the ranks yet), she just seems to have made the transition a lot easier. Maybe the fact she is a year older helps. This is great though :)

Im really looking forward to the match with Iva :) If Vera wins I'll be happy for her and hope she takes it all!

May 7th, 2002, 12:34 PM
Vera into rd 2 in Warsaw :)

beat Eva Bes 4-6 6-4 6-1 :D :bounce:

well done Vera and good luck in rd2

auntie janie
May 7th, 2002, 02:30 PM
Congrats, Vera! :)
I hope you win will inspire Sveta K. later today! :D :)

May 7th, 2002, 04:06 PM
Yay Vera!!!

Very good win over a gritty clay courter...and way to go in that 3rd set!!!

If Sveta wins it'll be a double treat!

May 7th, 2002, 07:04 PM
day of for Vera now :)

good luck on Thursdsay now vs Loit and go and take her down as well :)

May 9th, 2002, 02:16 PM
Vera into QF again :)

6-3 6-2 win over Emilie Loit :D

good luck and keep going Vera :)

Vera plays Selima Sfar tomorrow

May 9th, 2002, 02:23 PM
Great win and good luck tomorrow :kiss:

May 9th, 2002, 03:36 PM
Press conference with WIERA ZWONARIEWA

W. Zwonariewa - E. Loit 6:3, 6:2

Please tell us a couple of words about the match?

- I've never played against Emilie Loit, I only saw her match yesterday. I recognized she is left - handed and changes the pace of the game. I knew I should play my game. At the beginning it was very hard though.

You strted to play much better in April, was it according to your training or just accidential ?

- Last December I played my final junior competition. Since January I've been playing pro. I didn't know how far I could go in professional tennis. I hoped to be around 200.

How many professional tournaments have you been into?

- 5 or 6 and 2 last year.

Reaching the quaterfinal in Warsaw has been your biggest achivement so far?

- Last week I reached quaterfinal in Bol, Croatia.

Tell us few words about yourself.

- I was born in Moscow, I started playing tennis there and I still live there. My mother is doctor and father lives in the US.

Is that why you speak english so good?

- No, I don't speak to my father to often, I have a great english teacher at school in Moscow.

What elements of play do you like most?

- I loved to lob as a junior. Now I love to hit the ball.

What are your chances in quarter final against Sfar?

- I don't even know how she tend to play. I'll try to do my best. It might be enough?

What surface do you prefere?

- I like carpet, because I play a loy indoor in Moscow, also hard and clay are fine for me.

the cat
May 9th, 2002, 05:04 PM
Thanks for the unexpected interview! Doesn't Vera train in Washington, D.C.? Maybe that's just part time.

Udachi Vera!

May 10th, 2002, 03:07 PM
Her dad lives in US, so she goes to stay with him a bit thats when she trains in US.

Vera won her QF match 6-4 7-6(2) :bounce:

way to go Vera and now good luck in semis tomorrow vs top seed Henrieta Nagyova

May 10th, 2002, 06:42 PM
Excellent stuff so far Vera, good luck against Henrieta :bounce: :bounce:

May 11th, 2002, 04:02 PM
I wonder if Vera's Semifinal is over already?

I hope Vera wins and make it an all Russian final.... then the curse will be over...

Go Vera! :)

May 11th, 2002, 04:08 PM
Vera lost sadly :sad:
6-1 6-4 defeat :(

Best of Luck to Vera, hope she makes Roland Garros cut-off

May 11th, 2002, 07:30 PM
How high will she be ranked next week?

May 12th, 2002, 03:56 AM
Umpire I think she'll rise to around 140 but I might be wrong.

I hope she makes RG qualies, cos if she does look out!!!!!

May 12th, 2002, 05:33 AM
a very good run for Vera... Very encouraging going into GS...

I'm hoping to see Vera at #135 plus/minus 1 spot.

May 13th, 2002, 03:03 PM
The latest rankings have at no.144, so if you think about it she has leaped over 200 spots in a matter of a few months! Great stuff!!!

And Sveta is at no.132....how exciting!

the cat
May 13th, 2002, 03:22 PM
Well done Vera! :bounce: She is making consistent progress! And that's a great sign! :hearts:

May 25th, 2002, 02:28 PM
Vera qualified for maindraw of her 1st Slam :)

well done Vera :) now go and win some rd matches :)

May 25th, 2002, 03:01 PM
Yay... well done Vera :bounce:

May 25th, 2002, 04:40 PM
Congrats Vera! :)

the cat
May 25th, 2002, 04:44 PM
Udachi Vera!

May 25th, 2002, 06:16 PM
Vera plays Maja Matevzic

she could have got an easier draw but also a harder one too

still best of luck Vera, you can beat her

If Dinara can, so can you.

May 27th, 2002, 09:53 AM
Very good draw for Vera. Up to the 4th round she meets quality yet not unbeatable players. Matevzic, Sanchez-Vicario, Smashnova - she can handle all of them.

May 30th, 2002, 08:49 PM
Vera is now into 3rd rd :D

good luck on Saturday Vera :)

I'm sure she can beat Schiavone as well :)

the cat
May 30th, 2002, 09:20 PM
Eggy, don't be over confident! :eek:

Are there any articles or interviews about Vera from Roland Garros? :confused:

Udachi Vera! :)

May 30th, 2002, 09:26 PM
Schiavone is a level above Matevzic and Marrero...but Vera can win :)

Too bad she has to keep beating other favorites of mine along the way :( but if she wins on Saturday I wouldn't mind her taking out Serena ;)

Four Russians left...all in different quarters...how about an all-Russian Final Four :D

Although I'm hoping for an Uzbek champion ;)

Davay Vera :D

auntie janie
Jun 1st, 2002, 02:48 PM
WOW!!!! What a great recovery for Vera after what must have been a devastating 2nd set loss.
This kid's got THE GOODS!!! :) :) :) :) :)

Jun 1st, 2002, 02:51 PM
Congrats to her :) She did well to bring herself out of that second set loss :o

the cat
Jun 1st, 2002, 02:55 PM
Well done Vera! :D Except for blowing that second set, that is! :(

She won't have a day off to rest for Serena, who is crushing her opponents as if they were junior girls! :eek:

There better be an interview with Vera! Or I'll be furious! :mad:

Jun 1st, 2002, 03:31 PM
I`m not that optimistic to consider Vera`s chances against Serena. I just hope she will give her a real fight, not lose in a 0:6, 0:6 manner.

Jun 1st, 2002, 03:33 PM
Vera's performance in this grand slam so far has been great... qualifying and winning three rounds! What a debut!
I just hope when she plays Serena, she doesn't let herself be intimidated. I also hope she doesn't try to keep up with her at the baseline, because that's what most players do against her and it doesn't work. She needs to use her head. Remember, there has been a female qualifier in the quarterfinals of the French for the last couple of years so you never know.... :)

Udachi Vera! :D

the cat
Jun 1st, 2002, 04:05 PM
A rare Vanity sighting in Russian Roulette! :wavey: Is this your first time here? :confused:

And you're right. Vera's performance has been great at this years French Open. But how can she not be intimidated by the S-Train, Serena Williams? :confused: I'm sure Vera has never played anyone as strong and as fast as Serena. Nor has she ever played anyone with as intimidating a physique as Serena. I just hope Vera can be competitive against Serena.

Udachi Vera! :D

Jun 1st, 2002, 05:54 PM
This is her best win of her brief career to date.

A great fighting win when she had it in the bag after around 1 hour.

Very impressed she hung in there when it was easy to throw in the towel like alot of more experienced players have done in the past.

That was a GUTSY win.
well done Vera and don't be too nervous tomorrow, just use your head :)

Play strong and stay calm :)

Jun 1st, 2002, 06:07 PM
Serena is the first player of the top10 Vera is to play. Have a nice day girl :)

Jun 1st, 2002, 08:47 PM
I hope Vera will leave a lasting impression on Serena with a really close match, if she doesn't win. But, of course, I want Vera to win. Serena may try her stare down thing to intimidate that doesn't work.

Go Vera !!!!

Jun 2nd, 2002, 12:25 AM
Best Wishes to VERA against Serena! She will do just fine, win or lose. She is rising! Quite impressed with her performance at RG :)

By the way, what clothing sponsor is she wearing?? I guess not. :(

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Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 2nd, 2002, 05:55 AM
Omigod, she plays Serena next! Damn't! I like Serena, A LOT! But this girl is growing on me. She reminds of Kim for some reason, not just based on appearance (yeah though, I find her more attractive than Kim too). Well, we will have to see her play here in the states, because they only show Americans, like they care about the opponent but sometimes it is good for real American tennis fans who know beyond the Williams sisters, Anna K and Agassi to see non-Americans play someone big like the Williams or Capriati just so we can see them for Christ's sake.

Irish, I agree! Lasting impression, although you really have to have WEAPONS to make impressions on the sisters. They are just so stubborn in the way they play--and intimidating. If Vera played the match of her life, I would be so relieved that finally someone can stand up to a Williams sister! LOL! Also, I don't want our commentators getting cocky braggy, ugh

Jun 2nd, 2002, 12:59 PM
Originally posted by Sharky

By the way, what clothing sponsor is she wearing?? I guess not. :(

She's wearing Nike but these clothes are of last years collection so I guess she doesn't have a clothing sponsor.

Jun 2nd, 2002, 01:11 PM
She dousn`t hane any logo on her clothes. Just WTA symbol :)

Jun 2nd, 2002, 06:06 PM
Vamos Vera!

Jun 2nd, 2002, 06:25 PM
S. WILLIAMS/V. Zvonareva 4-6, 6-0, 6-1

Q. How tired were you at the end?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah (smiling).

Q. Were you cramping?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, a little bit. Because, I don't know, maybe I had a very tough match yesterday. And today three sets, so...

Q. No fear out there of Serena. You came out to hit for the lines and try to hit winners today, no?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I just try to do all my best and I try to win, but...I was really tired. Then she started to play really good second set - much better than she played first. And she didn't miss a lot the second set and the third set, and it was really tough.

Q. When you won the first set and you went to the changeover chair to sit down and reflect on what you had just done, what did you think?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I just think that I have to play my game, because yesterday I was leading 6-2 and 5-0 and I lost the second set. So one set is not much. Even if I lead like 6-2, 5-0 and 40-15, it's not much yet.

Q. I saw you yesterday when you got furious against the world, against your racquet, you remember?


Q. You wanted to smash it. Watching you now, you look very peaceful, like you are a sweet person. Who is the real one between the two?

VERA ZVONAREVA: You know, because when I go to the court, I try to fight and I try to win. So I play, like, it's sport. But I don't know. Because I was throwing the racquet yesterday because I was like thinking I was making the mistake from her. And I was sad to myself because I didn't win point after I was leading 5-0, I was just...And today, I didn't make mistake from her. I just played my game, and that's why I won. So...

Q. Where are you training?


Q. And your coach is?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Kashevarova.

Q. How do you write it? Because I didn't get the name perfectly.

VERA ZVONAREVA: K-a-s-h-e-v-a-r-o-v-a. And Julia.


Q. She was a tennis player before?


Q. You've won two consecutive Orange Bowls. Is that right?


Q. Both in the 18s?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, 18s. Two years, 18s, and one year I was in the final Under-16.

Q. But last year and the year before when you won the Orange Bowl, both 18s?


Q. And you beat?


Q. In the final. And Bartoli in the...

VERA ZVONAREVA: No. Kuznetsova beat Bartoli, I beat Bastrikova (phonetic spelling) in the semifinal, another Russian girl.

Q. How did you come to tennis: By chance or just family?

VERA ZVONAREVA: No, just my mother let me play tennis.

Q. She wanted you to play tennis?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, she just ask me if you like to go to play tennis in the group of children in Moscow and after school, when I was like 7 or 8. And I like to play, so...

Q. Your strokes are technically beautiful. Who's responsible for that?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I was working with my first coach, Krioutchkova, for like long time. K-r-i-o-u-t-c-h-k-o-v-a. And the first name is Ekaterina.

Q. You hit very flat, not too much topspin, no slice. Is that your style of game?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I don't know. It's different opponents, different game.

Q. Today you just wanted to hit as hard as you could most of the time?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I tried. Because if I play short balls, she hits -- she wins all points, so...

Q. What was your impression of Serena Williams? I mean, because before you are used to playing juniors. What is the difference between a top player like her and the juniors you've always played against?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Maybe she has a really good serve. I mean, juniors not -- not all juniors serve good serve. And she can win point when it's deciding point. She hits strong and she plays in. But juniors, they miss more balls.

Q. Does she scare you when she grunts on the court?

VERA ZVONAREVA: No, no, she doesn't.

Q. You are very brave.


Q. Your mother was a Bronze medalist in the Olympic Games. What was her last name?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Bykova (phonetic spelling).

Q. What role was she playing? She was a defendant?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Center defendant, grass hockey.

Q. And your father is an athlete?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, he was doing a little bit of ice hockey.

Q. And the name?


Q. What did you think of south Florida when you were there those last two times?

VERA ZVONAREVA: About south Florida?

Q. Did it look like a good place to train?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, but sometimes it's really hot.

Q. And it's true that you live part of the year in America and part in Russia or not? Or your father is in America, your mother is in Russia? Someone told me something like this.

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, but I just play a lot of tournaments, but I don't live in the United States. I just practice in Moscow or somewhere if I have possibilities between tournaments. But I just play tournaments in United States, or I practice between the tournaments and then I go to Europe. I play tournaments in Europe, and I practice in Europe between the tournaments.

Q. What was your junior result at Wimbledon last year?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I didn't play Wimbledon last year.

Q. Had you ever played Wimbledon?


Q. Have you ever played on grass?


Q. Will you play this year?


Q. Qualify?


Q. Did you play the US Open juniors?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. I lost second round last year.

Q. We have a lot of good Russian players. Why is that?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Because I think it's more tennis club in Russia now, and I think it's one of the most popular sports in Russia.

Q. They don't have very many English players in Britain. Do you think they ought to give one of those wildcards to you in to the main draw?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I don't know (smiling).

Q. Maybe you should ask.


Q. What are your goals this year in general? I mean, what do you expect from your tennis? Do you dream about becoming No. 1 in the world?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I dream to be in Top 10 in the world, but it's really tough and I still have a lot of work because I need to improve more shots and a lot of different in my game.

Q. What do you think is your weakness right now?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Weakness, like...?

Q. Weak points of your game. Like a volley or, you know...

VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I have to improve my serve because sometimes I have a good serve but sometimes not really good. And maybe I need to play some more volleys, but I didn't do a lot of volleys today.

Q. And were you helped by the Russian federation? Or your parents, they have enough money to afford to go around when you were younger? How did you manage to travel?

VERA ZVONAREVA: When I was younger, I was practicing with my coach and she help me.

Q. She paid?


Q. So she invested her money on you? Now you have to give something back to her or not?

VERA ZVONAREVA: She had a lot of players. And it was a club, you know. Bovina started the same club. Yeah, so, we're traveling like a big team together.

Q. Who else was there? You, Bovina, how many girls?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I know it was a lot, but they finish to play there. But it was really like 15 players, some guys and girls.

Q. Is it the same club of Marat Safin or Kafelnikov?


Q. Or any of those?


Q. Different one?


Q. What is the name of the club?


Q. Do you have a hero, a tennis hero, that you look up to?

VERA ZVONAREVA: I really like Kafelnikov, how he's playing.

Q. Kafelnikov?


Jun 2nd, 2002, 06:51 PM
Great effort for Vera. Serena came back with a vengeance 'cause she could not believe losing the first set. Vera is a very, very strong player!!!

Keep it up Vera. I know you will do great.

Jun 2nd, 2002, 07:51 PM
I was at the match...an incredible first set then she felt tired because of the six previous matchs...and Serena stopped making unforced errors...but the match against Schiavone was even more impressive:when she lost the second set, I thought she would take 6-0 in the third but she showed that she is really, really strong mentally...let's hope she will allways be like that, not like Dementieva for example (horrible match today, many double faults...)

Jun 2nd, 2002, 08:26 PM
I do not know whether it was just inaccurate wording from Serena but this -
Serena:I think her game will probably really excel on clay as opposed to any other surface.

pisses me off a bit. Is she trying to say something like :"She won a set only because I am playing on my worst surface and she is on her best"?

At this level of tournament players norrmally try to scout their opponents and Serena can't but know that Vera's best results so far came on hardcourts..

Jun 2nd, 2002, 08:31 PM
Vera's best surface is hard courts by a long way.

the cat
Jun 2nd, 2002, 08:33 PM
What a great kid! Vera is well spoken, too.

And I'm so impressed with her game! :bounce: Vera is much better than I thought she was. She has good potential.

ys, Serena didn't mean anything by that comment. She might still be in shock from 17 year old Vera outplaying her, and hanging with her.

I only wish Vera has a day off to rest for her match with Serena. But she didn't go in the tank. And that's a very good sign! :)

Udachi Vera! :D

Jun 2nd, 2002, 10:25 PM
I don't know. I *interpret* Serena's comment in this situation to be negative. Like as if they met again on another surface, Serena will already know not to take Vera's talents so lightly and be ready for her. Especially not knowing Vera's better surface is hard.

Or maybe, Serena is not using the right words to compliment Vera's game.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 2nd, 2002, 10:30 PM
Good job Vera!!! YOU WILL BE BACK!! Does anyone wonder what Serena was saying to Vera as they shook hands?!

Ys, Serena is a good heart. I am sure she doesn't mean any resentment-- I HOPE NOT! I can understand though, maybe her ego went down a mile today

Jun 2nd, 2002, 11:07 PM
Mrs Guga, it did look like a nice conversation. Didn't get to see much of Vera's face to see if she smiled alot as they were at the net.

Jun 2nd, 2002, 11:37 PM
Very impressed with Vera despite the loss, and a fantastic Slam debut... qualifying, reaching the last 16, taking a set off one of the favourites.

I'm sort of pissed off by that Serena comment too, not because I think she meant to disparage Vera (I doubt she did) but because it shows that she doesn't take her opponents seriously enough to scout them out.

Jun 3rd, 2002, 08:08 AM
Originally posted by Mrs_Guga
Good job Vera!!! YOU WILL BE BACK!! Does anyone wonder what Serena was saying to Vera as they shook hands?!

our commentators suggested that Serena asked "So, what's your name?" as in the beginning of the match they were discussing that Serena doesn't know Vera's game and definetely hasn't previously heard of her

Jun 3rd, 2002, 08:15 AM
Vera during her match against Serena

Jun 3rd, 2002, 08:20 AM
and a few more



Jun 3rd, 2002, 10:40 PM
Hi!For the first I interviewed Vera last may in a junior tournament in Italy(Santa Croce) and so I know her well...and I'm very happy for her success. I think Serena comments aren't so pretty to her...I mean another "big" as Seles would have said "she played great" or so.
Anyway,I write here to tell you aneddotic from Italian Tv.
While Schiavone and Zvonareva were playing,in the second set (on a very favoured score for Vera..maybe 4-0) ,one of the commentators(Clerici,famous tennis writer,not only in Italy...she wrote a book about Suzanne Lenglen too) went to Russian tv box to ask infos about Vera. The incredible answer of Metreveli(fmr finalist at Wimbledon and now opinionist in Russia) was Vera isn't so strong...
After the first set won vs Serena,Clerici(very funny italian commentator) went again there and Metreveli explained his previous comment with the fact Schiavone wasn't a big player so he couldn't judge Vera,really
Finally,Italian commentators closed saying Metreveli perhaps lives in Tbilisi and he don't know anything about tennis cluvbs in Moscow :)

Jun 3rd, 2002, 11:47 PM
He was a better player than a journalist he is. He seems to be jealous to every single Russian player. I remember him saying nasty things about Kafelnikov, Safin, Kournikova. He is very opinionated. He'd better have beaten Kodes back then..

Jun 4th, 2002, 08:37 AM
Metreveli doesn't like womens tennis at all, he finds it boring and predictable, they are having endless arguments with Anna Dmitrieva (our other commentator who also used to be a tennis player) about it.

Jun 4th, 2002, 08:53 AM
Well, I also prefer to watch men`s tennis. But do discuss women`s ;)

Jun 5th, 2002, 11:00 PM
What tournament is Vera playing next? :)

Jun 18th, 2002, 06:54 AM
Vera doesnt have to play qualies at wimbledon :D

Jun 18th, 2002, 07:49 AM
V. good :)

Jun 20th, 2002, 08:10 PM
Vera will have to play Antonella Serra Zanetti in the first round at Wimbledon!Good luck Vera! :bounce: :kiss:

Jun 20th, 2002, 11:50 PM
I'm sure Vera will beat her

good luck Vera and have fun girl :)

Jun 21st, 2002, 09:35 PM
I just have to say it. Vera looks like my mother as young!
Good luck in the future Vera

Jun 22nd, 2002, 04:39 AM
Originally posted by Nina_rus
Metreveli doesn't like womens tennis at all, he finds it boring and predictable, they are having endless arguments with Anna Dmitrieva (our other commentator who also used to be a tennis player) about it.

Anna Dmitrieva... that's thw woman and commentator I really miss... Nina, do you like her job? How is she as a tennis commentator?

Jun 22nd, 2002, 11:50 AM
here are some interesting personal facts about Vera from WTATOUR.COM (apart from 3001 mistakes in three sentences):

Coached by Julia Kashevarova...Father is Igor Zvonarev and mother is Natalia Zvonareva...No one else in the family plays tennis...Enjoys traveling...Favorites include the color blue, yellow roses, strawberries and Bungakov, author of Naster and Margarita...Other sports interests include volleyball and hockey...Past-times include reading and listening to music...Two pet peeves are people without a sense of humor and people who don't tell the truth...Most memorable experience was losing to Nadia Petrova 6-0, 6-0 at the age of 8.

the last one is a funny one... but I got to remember the fav color of the roses.. will give her one at the US Open.......

Jun 22nd, 2002, 12:00 PM
losing to Nadya ;) thats a funny one esp when she was 8 and Nadya 10.

I wouldn't call it most memorable, she will change that soon ;)

Jun 24th, 2002, 05:18 PM
Vera should overpower Antonella :) Go girl

The winner of Iva Majoli :o v Tina Pisnik would be the second round opponent...I know they still need to win both their matches, but why against Iva again? :mad:....oh well, I have a feeling it might be Pisnik...

Jun 25th, 2002, 03:37 AM
Raven :wavey:

Aduchi Vera! (I think thats the word ;))

the cat
Jun 25th, 2002, 04:02 PM
LOL @ Air Jordan Jr! :p It's udachi Vera! :bounce: But you were close! ;)

Jun 25th, 2002, 04:49 PM
Jordan ;) hehe

well done Vera a comfy win today :)

now onwards for rd 2
keep going Vera :)

Jun 25th, 2002, 06:30 PM
Congrats Vera!:) I hope you can beat Majoli in the next round!

Jun 26th, 2002, 01:11 AM
Hey Jordan :wavey:

Sorry that Vera has to play Iva again :(

Hope it's a good match :)

Jun 26th, 2002, 03:37 AM
well done, Vera! let's win your second round match!:wavey:

Jun 26th, 2002, 04:43 AM
Vera has lost to Iva 2 times this year already....:sad:

maybe grass is a different story though :D

Jun 26th, 2002, 05:01 AM

grass is Iva's worst surface. she has 3 1st round losses, 2d round loss and qf (a year when she won the French and he confidence was flying high).

we certainly don't know where Vera fits into this equation... how does she feel on grass? she played only one match in her career on this surface. anyway, if Vera had any chance against Iva, this would be the one (I think)

Jun 27th, 2002, 01:03 AM
Vera plays Iva in the 3rd match on court 3.

UDACHI VERA!!!!!!!!!!!!:wavey:

Jun 27th, 2002, 01:05 AM
wow,court 3?i hope thats a show court so i can see alittle bit of vera....:sad: UDACHI VERA! ;)

Jun 27th, 2002, 01:10 AM
I think it is a show court. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it is:).

Jun 27th, 2002, 01:15 AM
Good luck Vera for your next match against Majoli.

the cat
Jun 27th, 2002, 02:07 AM
Udachi Vera! Do it for the Federation! :bounce:

No, court 3 is not a show court. Sorry! :(

Jun 27th, 2002, 02:29 AM
I thought it is a show court. On the BBC Interactive channel, I've seen a few matches from court 3. I thought BBC Interactive only showed matches from show courts:confused:.

Jun 27th, 2002, 09:38 AM
#3 Court is a show court :) it will get covered on the interactive channel :)

best of luck Vera ;) you will beat her today :)

the cat
Jun 27th, 2002, 07:13 PM
Iva Majoli beat Vera Zvonareva in straight sets. :( Any way you slice it or topspin it, that's a dissapointing loss for Vera. :sad:

Jun 27th, 2002, 07:15 PM
Bad luck Vera. I watched the second set of her defeat:sad:to Iva Majoli.
Hopefully, Elena D can avenge the defeat when she plays Majoli in round 3:).

Jun 27th, 2002, 09:49 PM
not another loss to Iva :sad:
of the 6 defeats she's suffered in 2002, 3 of them have been to Iva :mad:

She really should have won 1st set

Jun 27th, 2002, 10:56 PM
Not only did I think Vera was going to win the tiebreak in the first set but that she would win the match.

Great try Vera.

Jun 27th, 2002, 11:10 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Good luck at Sopot....:sad:

Jun 28th, 2002, 04:44 AM
inexperience is written all over this loss... especially in the first set.

bad loss for Vera, but I hope she learns from it! good luck girl in your next round!

Jun 30th, 2002, 10:35 PM
she still fought in the 2nd set,most games went to deuce.Well,its a pretty good accomplishment not to lose in the 1st round in your first 2 slams....:D Hard court season is coming up,I cant wait..:bounce:

Jul 4th, 2002, 09:04 AM
I'm starting to hate the age eligibility rule...:sad:

Jul 5th, 2002, 05:24 AM
ooo,I just found out Vera will be playing Palermo.. :D

Jul 6th, 2002, 09:39 PM
Vera plays Iveta Benesova in rd 1 in Palermo :)

best wishes Vera :)

and Vera is also a seed (5th)

Jul 8th, 2002, 06:06 PM
:bounce: She defeated Iveta Benesova 6-2 7-6 (5) 1st round! :D

Jul 8th, 2002, 06:40 PM
well done Vera :)
now go and win again :)

:bounce: :bounce:

keep going Vera !!!!!!!!!!

the cat
Jul 8th, 2002, 07:50 PM
Udachi Vera! :bounce:

But most importantly, keep smiling! ;) Vera has a wonderful smile! :D

Jul 9th, 2002, 12:56 PM
Yesterday Vera was 1-4 in the second set vs Benesova(good player...she almost beaten Mauresmo in Wimby)
but she was smart to recover untill 4-4 and then to win 7-5 the tiebreak. As usual,Vera was a bit nervous and
has thrown her racket more and more times (lucky there's not a rule about "racket abuse" !)

Jul 9th, 2002, 05:56 PM
Thats why I love Vera,her fiestiness and fighting spirit.She will face Bianka Lamade in the 2nd round. :bounce:

Jul 10th, 2002, 03:56 PM
Vera won 7-6(2) 6-0 over Bianka Lamade!She is now in QF! :D

Jul 10th, 2002, 09:23 PM
Vera was 5-2 up in the first set...but lucky she won the tiebreak.

Jul 11th, 2002, 04:00 AM
so phew :) glad she pulled the TB out :)
thanx franzit.

She should make the semis now :)

the cat
Jul 11th, 2002, 03:15 PM
Well done Vera! :bounce:

I just hope her temper doesn't hurt her career! :eek:

auntie janie
Jul 11th, 2002, 06:42 PM
Well done, Vera! I am not worried about her temper, because of her age. If she has not harnessed that energy to work for her better in 5 years, I will be oconcerned!

Jul 11th, 2002, 07:06 PM
Welcome back, Janie. :wavey:

Let the best girl win between Vera and Katya..:)

Jul 13th, 2002, 03:25 PM
OMG!Vera won over Paola Saurez 7-5 ret.! :D This is her first final on Sanex!!! :bounce:

Jul 13th, 2002, 06:40 PM
well done Vera and congrats :)
now you must go and win the title :)

Best wishes from all at Russian Roulette !!!!!!!!

Jul 13th, 2002, 06:40 PM
It seems to me that Vera is always a step ahead of Sveta Kuznetsova. Today, again she got her first final and Sveta squandered her chance. Given that Vera has very good nerves ( remember, she won Russian championships over Bovina a couple of years ago from something like a set and 1:5 down ), I would be surprised very little if she goes away with the first title tomorrow. Palermo is a good omen for getting first title for a Russian girl. Vera is not the first on that road...:)

Jul 13th, 2002, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by ys
Palermo is a good omen for getting first title for a Russian girl. Vera is not the first on that road...:)

But to win in Palermo may be a bad omen for further career as well :( I hope it`s just a coincedence though :) Go Vera!!!

Jul 13th, 2002, 07:44 PM
But winning it is still better than not winning it. If Nastya didn't win it in 1999, it would probably have been Alyona who'd get it then. What would it change? Alyona avoided winning Palermo, Nastya didn't. What is between them now? Two places, two hundred points and one title. Not much..

auntie janie
Jul 13th, 2002, 07:48 PM
Wow, Vera's already in a final! Great! Best of luck to her. :) :) :)

And thanks for the kind welcome, ys! :)

Jul 14th, 2002, 12:01 AM
Good Luck Vera! :bounce:

Jul 14th, 2002, 05:48 AM
Best of luck to Vera in the final :kiss:

Should she try and give Mariana her own moonballs back? Or just try and out hit her?

Hope she handles the pressure well, as she is expected to win.

ys, Im hoping that in a years time Sveta will be where Vera is, if not higher. Vera is a year older I guess, and that makes a bit of a difference...but it just makes me think...how damn good Lina was at an even younger age than what those 2 are now! (& Lina is only slightly older than Vera)

Jul 14th, 2002, 12:31 PM
Good luck Vera!!! :):):)

even if she doesn't win today, she'll still move up to #69 (from current #84). Besides Sveta will move up to approx #43 in the Race to Chase.

Jul 14th, 2002, 12:46 PM
Vera is #65 on my calculations already and will move to #61 should she win the final.

Jul 14th, 2002, 01:44 PM
Vera lost 6-7 6-1 6-3 to Diaz Oliva...:sad:

Jul 14th, 2002, 02:04 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Jul 14th, 2002, 02:05 PM
Good try Vera :sad:

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:19 PM
:sad: and very very disapponting

auntie janie
Jul 14th, 2002, 04:23 PM
Hey, chalk it up to experience. Vera had a great run here. She's doing great! maybe expectations were a little high ...

Jul 15th, 2002, 06:55 PM
Good humble stuff from Vera:

'I am not sad about losing today,' said Zvonareva. 'I am very happy with the week that I have had. I was lucky to win the first set as Mariana had a lot of opportunities to win it. In the second set, Mariana changed her tactics and played with more power. I was not sure what to do. I tried but Mariana was too good.'

the cat
Jul 15th, 2002, 07:53 PM
I hope Vera Zvonareva isn't another Russian girl satisfied with losing! :( There are enough of them already! :mad:

Jul 15th, 2002, 11:41 PM
dont talk like that the cat....:sad:

Jul 18th, 2002, 04:53 PM
Vera is ranked 65!!!!! :bounce:

shes commited to Sopot also :)

Jul 23rd, 2002, 12:04 AM
Good Luck in Sopot this week Vera :D Now I'll cheer 4 Vera but you have to keep your side of the bargain Jordan ;)

Cillax :wavey:

Jul 23rd, 2002, 11:51 AM
Vera won 6-3 6-2 :bounce:

great win Vera !!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:09 PM
hehe,cilla ;)

Udachi Vera!!!!!! :D

the cat
Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:35 PM
Zvonareva, don't talk like what? Telling it like it is? I was not happy Vera was so happy after losing a final she should have won. That's all. I don't want her to turn into a player who can't win finals. Russia already has enough of those girls and women! :eek:

Udachi Vera! :bounce:

Jul 24th, 2002, 04:04 PM
Vera into the QF again :)
she beat Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-1 :bounce: :)

next she plays Ruano-Pascual

get revenge for Sveta ;)

Jul 24th, 2002, 07:14 PM
its scary to me if she cant win finals :o Udachi Vera!Woooooohooooo!

Jul 25th, 2002, 06:26 AM
Go Vera!!!!

She has to be patient to tame Virginia, but I hope she can get the revenge for Sveta too ;)

Good luck Vera, focus and you can win this thing!!!

Jul 25th, 2002, 06:14 PM
Vera into semis again :bounce:

came back from a set down
2-6 6-4 7-5 :D

well done and good luck Vera :D

Jul 25th, 2002, 06:17 PM
:eek: :bounce: :D now Vera plays Dinara? not too sure..

Aug 9th, 2002, 11:35 AM
I was doing some scanning yesterday, here are pics of Vera from a Russian mag called Matchball. They were taken in March 2001.

I'm sorry for the quality

Aug 9th, 2002, 11:37 AM
Vera serving during practice

Aug 9th, 2002, 11:40 AM
Vera on the cover of this magazine

Aug 9th, 2002, 11:43 AM
one more from that mag

Aug 9th, 2002, 11:45 AM
the last pic from that practice

Aug 9th, 2002, 11:46 AM
this one is from a juniors tournament in 2000

Aug 9th, 2002, 11:48 AM
and the last pic is from the Russian Championships ( )

Aug 9th, 2002, 02:00 PM
thanx Nina for the pics :)

auntie janie
Aug 11th, 2002, 01:27 AM
From tennis-ontheline.com

Zvonareva impresses, Widjaja depresses, Wynne wins in first round qualifying
Rogers AT&T Cup, August 10, 2002
by Ed Toombs

Qualifying play got under way today under pleasantly sunny skies in Montral. The tournament has a strong qualifying field, and we were anxious to get first looks at some fast-rising youngsters, as well to check out some of our old acquaintances. This was the first of three rounds of qualifying action.

We focus on very divergent performances by two eagerly-anticipated newcomers, Vera Zvonareva and Angelique Widjaja, as well as a solid first outing by Wynne Prakusya.

Zvonareva in the zone

By far, the most impressive player we saw today was 17-year-old Russian Vera Zvonareva, who had caught our attention with a run to the round of 16 at the French Open out of qualifying this year. The former junior champion plays the hard-hitting baseline game in vogue these days, but does it very well. Vera has already developed an impressive serve, and she holds nothing back with her groundstrokes. Her cross-court two-handed backhand is especially lethal. The blonde out of Moscow also seems to be an excellent athlete, a good mover, and possesses a strong build, with particularly impressive muscular development in her legs. Like many of the other Russians -- of both sexes -- she is also given to fits of pique and angry self-recriminations.

Today Vera had no trouble blowing past Irina Selyutina, who is having a very tough time of it this year, with only 1 win in 10 WTA matches. The score was a lopsided 6-2, 6-1. Nobody in the main draw will want to draw this up-and-comer in the first round, should she get past Laura Granville tomorrow and go on to advance to the main draw.

Aug 11th, 2002, 02:11 AM
go Vera!! she's the player i really want to watch, wish my cable got tennis channel already :(

Aug 11th, 2002, 01:01 PM
thanks for the pics Nina,thanks for the article janie :D

Aug 18th, 2002, 03:04 AM
is vera playing in new haven next week???

Aug 18th, 2002, 03:47 AM
no shes not,her next tournies are US Open and Shanghai/Bahia

Aug 22nd, 2002, 04:49 AM
Vera is also commited to Moscow now :)

She plays Emmanuelle Gagliardi in the 1st round,Eleni Daniilidou in 2nd.I think she can beat both players if shes playing well.In the 3rd,will probaly be Kim Clijsters,but we all know Kim isnt playing that well.She might have a chance to make 4th round.In 4th round,I "believe" she will play Patty Schynder.She has a great chance to make QF! :D I hope she plays doubles somehow.... *sigh* Good Luck!

Aug 22nd, 2002, 06:50 AM
Oops,BTW,the little article on her draw is for US Open... ;)

Aug 27th, 2002, 11:48 AM
best of luck Vera today

go and join the other 7 Russian girls in rd2 :)

Aug 27th, 2002, 05:44 PM
congratulations Vera
keep going

Aug 27th, 2002, 08:17 PM
well done Vera :)

congrats girl and good luck in rd2

Aug 28th, 2002, 12:23 PM
Nice win VERA!! Good luck with Nagyova in the 2nd round!! Last time they played was in Warsaw, which Nagyova won 6-1 6-4, but Vera is much more experienced now!! and much better too!

Aug 29th, 2002, 02:59 AM
Good luck Vera :) A big ask, but you are more than capable ;)

Aug 29th, 2002, 03:06 AM
Gooo Vera! ;)

auntie janie
Aug 29th, 2002, 01:27 PM
Good luck, Vera!

Aug 30th, 2002, 02:32 AM
Vera won 6-1 6-0 :D

what an awesome performance from Vera
11 games in a row for Vera

Aug 30th, 2002, 02:37 AM
NICE WIN VERA!! Good luck with Kim Clijsters in the 3rd Round!!!

the cat
Aug 30th, 2002, 02:39 AM
OMG! Vera beat Nagyova 1 and 0? This is unbelievable! :eek:

Udachi Vera! :bounce:

Aug 30th, 2002, 02:45 AM
:bounce: Yes,it is unbelievable... :D

auntie janie
Aug 30th, 2002, 03:06 AM
OMG, I am stunned! Vera!:) Vera! :) Vera! :)

What a great new generation of Russians this is turning out to be! Finally, I am aboard the right boat! :D :hearts:

the cat
Aug 30th, 2002, 04:32 AM
Oh Janie, you bandwagon jumper! :eek: I just might throw you overboard! ;) I'm only kidding! :p Welcome aboard Lady Jane! :wavey:

Vera will give Kim Clijsters a battle on saturday! :D

Udachi Vera! :bounce:

Aug 30th, 2002, 05:26 AM
Yes, 1 and 0!! And it should have been 0 and 0. In the only game Nagyova won, Vera was 40:0 up, and threw in few doubles. What is amazing is not the score. Score could mean that Nagyova played badly, didn't put up the fight, anything. Match was played on sidecourt, and we don't have the stats, so maybe it was just a stream of UEs from Nagyova who self-destructed. Right? Wrong! None of the above.

It was an amazing display by Vera. I now see that there might be some truth in Fresh's words that Vera might be the best Russian played at the moment. Vera played an absolutely stunning match. Not only I was amazed. I was sitting near the Nagyova's camp. And already closer to the end of the first set Henrietta started giving her folks some looks full of complete confusion. She was not understanding what's going on, she was playing well. Yes, well! Hitting hard and deep. But everything was coming back with interest. And her coaches had no answer either. They kept shouting those useless "Com'n", "Stay there".. But between themselves they would whisper:"What can she do? This is too good". The most amazing stat of this match would be Winners/UEs ratio of Vera. It should be incredible. For 45 minutes she was painting the lines, and she would not miss at all. I am very impressed by her technique on all her shots - they are very natural and she is hitting the ball extremely clean. Backhands downtheline in the very corners, a bunch of delightful swinging volleys, downthelines forehands.

If she plays like today, Kim will have her hands full. One thing someone has to remind Vera before the match against Clijsters: all the same shots that crushed Nagyova will work just fine against Clijsters, except for the fact that Vera should be very alert that no shot of her would mean the end of the point She should be ready to do more to finish the point. I watched the end of Clijsters-Washington match, and the way Kim scrambles is fantastic. And another thing. As I was told, sidecourts are MUCH faster than showcourts ( that explains Alyona's struggles against Schiavone ) and that means that even more balls will be coming back from Kim, so Vera has to be very patient.

Aug 30th, 2002, 10:00 AM
i'm sure Vera vs Kim will be on one of the three main showcourts.

I think she's got a pretty good shot against Kim who isn't at her best right now, Vera stays calm and focused i can see her taking Kim to the cleaners.

she's certainly living up to the title i gave her in this thread ;)

Aug 30th, 2002, 04:24 PM
Vera has a character, she is a fighter. That is a must for a tennis player. She might have days when everything goes right - like in her last match, but if it`s not she won`t give up fighting.

Aug 31st, 2002, 09:52 AM
Vera is currently #49 :) thats good enough for her to be Silver Exempt for 2003 but the way she has played this yr, I'm sure she could get on of the 4 WC for GOLD EXEMPT players.

the cat
Aug 31st, 2002, 02:29 PM
Easy Eggy! Easy! You can see Vera taking Kim to the cleaners? LOL! I'll take a close win. There is no way Vera is going to take Kim Clijsters to the cleaners! If that happens, I'll eat my hat! :eek:

Thanks for the report ys! :wavey:

I wish the other Russian women had Zvonareva's character and heart! :D Then there would be more female Russian tennis

Aug 31st, 2002, 08:02 PM
she was pretty close to doing so

6-1 4-4 40-15 up
one moment of madness turned the match :sad:

just a little bit of inexperience cost her badly

Aug 31st, 2002, 10:30 PM
K. CLIJSTERS/V. Zvonareva

THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. When the year is finished and you look back at the French Open and US Open, although you didn't go all the way, you had two very good matches against two quality players. Will you see it that way, too?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I think so. Because in the beginning of the year, I didn't really think I could play a game with them. Maybe I play Serena, and I had like three sets. Today, Kim was Top 10 player.
Yeah, I think so.

Q. You looked in deep trouble in the third set, but you didn't give up. You came back after a bad start in the third set. Is that just your normal fighting out there?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. But, I mean, she started to play pretty good like third set. She started to hit well. I don't know, I didn't know what to do.
But then I said, "I should play my game. Maybe I can do better."

Q. Do you think that you let frustrations get to you?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah, I don't know. I wasn't so confident after the second set 'cause I hit like some easy mistakes over there. I don't know, maybe that's why I start really good.
Myself, it was really windy. I just tried to like hit the serve and it was always hell because it's not possible to.
Then I just -- when it was changeover, I just thought, "Okay, I have to play with more speed."

Q. At the changeovers you put your face in the towel. Is that something you always do or you were just doing because you were angry or frustrated?
VERA ZVONAREVA: No, always (smiling).

Q. You won the first set by getting to a dropshot, but you had some trouble with other dropshots. Do you feel as though you can get quicker coming to the net?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. But I just didn't wait a lot of dropshots because it's like hard court, and not a lot of players hit dropshots especially when I -- well, she hits hard, then I go back, back. When she hits dropshot, it's just like it was good points for her.

Q. What are the elements of your game that you want to make better between now and the end of the year?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Maybe like my serve. Because it's like when I started to play, it was good. Barely lose a game. But second set wasn't so good.
Then I should go to the net more.

Q. Can you maybe put more variety into your ground strokes? Is that something your coach wants to do, not just hit 1,000 miles an hour on every ball.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. Probably it's -- I like to play with like variety, ground strokes. But it's pretty tough when you play against Kim or, for example, Venus, because they hit so hard. It's really tough.
Also it's not easy to do on the hard court because here is like fast courts. And like we should hit the ball, too. Because it's like if you try to play with variety, it's -- usually it goes short, then...

Q. You don't hit very many short balls.
VERA ZVONAREVA: Yeah. Yeah, because I told myself I just have to hit over there. Because if I will play short, she will kill me.

Q. When you got to 4-4 in the second set, were you thinking, "I've got this, I can win this one"?
VERA ZVONAREVA: No. I just said, "Okay, this point. This one. Next." I didn't think this. You can't say like that, "Okay, I got this match." Even when you have like 6-0, 5-0 (inaudible).

Q. Where do you play next?
VERA ZVONAREVA: I play Brazil.

Q. One of the challengers?
VERA ZVONAREVA: (Inaudible) No, it's Tier II.

Q. Then?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Then Kremlin Cup.

Q. I would like to know about the other Russian players. They are doing very well at this tournament. Why is that?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Maybe because is just a lot of Russians. Everybody wants to be like better than others. Maybe that's why.

Q. Do you practice with them a lot?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Like we practice during the tournaments, but not like we don't have a special place to practice together. But in the tournaments we try to practice.

Q. Can you tell us about yourself. How did you come to tennis?
VERA ZVONAREVA: Just my mother, she let me go to the tennis club in Moscow. I started at six in a group of kids. That's how I started to play.

(Note: this is a partial transcript)

Aug 31st, 2002, 10:50 PM
Heres an article of the match...Vera was soooo close!! She had a great game win or lose though.

Clijsters Walks A Thin Line Before Winning
by Laura Andriani
Saturday, August 31, 2002

The No. 7 seed Kim Clijsters, from Belgium, faced her toughest match on Friday, in her fourth round match-up against Russian Vera Zvonareva. Zvonareva, playing in her first US Open ever, and currently ranked No. 57, blindsided Clijsters with a first set upset, 6-1.

The two would ultimately split sets before Clijsters clinched the third set, winning 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Clijsters, who up until now had played fairly well, seemed shaky on the court, as she made 19 unforced errors and double-faulted five times in the first set. When her game was on, she ran the baseline like a pro, getting her racket on many of Zvonareva's would-be winners. However, consistency was not hers today, as her baseline brawn seemed to fall short.

In that set, Clijsters would only hold her serve once.

Starting the second set with a boost in confidence, the Russian underdog began to mimic the first set, dragging Clijsters off the court and winning points with concisely angled volleys. Behind 1-3, Clijsters refused to go down the same road and vastly improved her service, closing the gap to just one game, 3-4. The pressure seemed too much for Zvonareva and she began to crack. Surrounded by a crowd that vocally supported Clijsters, Zvonareva lost her lead, and Clijsters took the second set, 7-5.

After the changeover, Clijsters appeared rejuvenated. She broke a deflated Zvonareva, taking the first game. Zvonareva's temper flared as she ended each point by dropping her racket and shaking her head. Clijsters played with a much-needed precision that eventually brought her three games ahead. Zvonareva would win the next two games off of Clijster's mistakes, but Clijsters responded by holding her serve in the fifth game, taking a two game lead, 4-2.

Zvonareva won two more games before Clijsters ended the set, 6-4.

Clijsters goes on to round 4, where she will face either No. 10 seed Amelie Mauresmo or No. 26 seed Patty Schnyder.

Aug 31st, 2002, 11:21 PM
Vera was never up a break in 2nd set as Kim didn't get a break point until it was 4-4

so i don't know where she got it Vera was up 3-1 :confused:

Aug 31st, 2002, 11:43 PM
Some pics from Kim vs. Vera




the cat
Sep 1st, 2002, 03:03 AM
That poor girl! :mad: She lost this match because of inexperience, thanks to the Age Restriction Rules! :fiery:

I hope Vera can get control of her emotions. I like her fire and desire. But she needs to be composed on the court. Not ranting and raving at herself all the time.

Udahci Vera!

P.S. - I think she could push the top 20 by this time next year. She's got the guts! And it looks like she's got the game! :bounce:

the cat
Sep 1st, 2002, 03:06 AM
Oh and another thing. I was disgusted by CBS for not showing some of the Clijsters - Zvonareva match! :mad: They showed that hideous match between Seles and Cho!

And Dick Enberg called Vera Eva on one occasion! :eek: He wasn't too prepared! LOL!

Sep 1st, 2002, 03:52 AM
Tough loss for Vera obviously :sad:

I watched this match from 6-1 4-3 and I was hoping Vera could close it out as she just seemed so dominant....but losing those 4 game points at 4-4 really was the deciding factor :(

Nevermind, she will learn from this and keep going higher and higher...I just cant wait to see her in person in Melbourne next year :)

cat, I am more than positive she will be Top 20 by this time next year...even sooner.

Sep 1st, 2002, 04:56 AM
I was pretty imressed about her trying to get back into the match in the third set. Last game ofthe second set, three first games of the third set, Kim was playing impeccable, perfect, no misses, getting everything. I am pretty sure she won the first 12 points of the third set (making us on the stadium talk about a possibility of the golden set ), perhaps the last 4 points of the second set too. Vera simply didn't know how to win the points at all - that's how good Kim was at that point. Yet , after changeover Vera managed to turn it back into the dogfight. That was good.

The point at 15:40, 4:4 second set. When she netted that easy dropshot, I told my friends who sat with me on the Grandstand - "This is the kind of misses that would cost you a match against Top 10 player". And probably I was right, unfortunately.. Given that she had 40:15 in the next game, it could well have been a straight set win, if it wasn't for that miss.

I am still undecided about whether Vera is a typical Russian player who would always crack under pressure. After that tournament Likhovtseva, Dementieva, Myskina are all written off in my book. They all cracked under pressure playing an opponent with inferior game but with better nerves. And that happens every tournament, it is just that this time it was so obvious and so similar. I am pretty sure that Bovina will do the same tomorrow. I'd be glad to be wrong, but of all Russian players I've seen so far, Bovina was the least impressive. Vera still get a benefit of the doubt, because she really fought to the end, and because it is her rookie year. Yet, we have to admit, she lost the match that she had in her grasp and in which she outplayed her opponent. Pretty symptomatic..

King Aaron
Sep 1st, 2002, 11:22 AM
tough loss for Vera!

Sep 1st, 2002, 02:10 PM
I didn't see any easy drop shots from Kim... she is perfect in hitting them! (remember Elen d. LAST YEAR?) ... I thought that the overhead that she hit into the net at the end of the second set set was that point... it looked so easy that to miss you really had to do something special.
I think that Vera will have troubles later on if she doesn't change her on court behaviour... in the tough matches the crowd will always be on her opponent's side... this would obviously not help to win big matches.

ys, I don't know why you're so tough on Elena B.

Sep 1st, 2002, 03:34 PM
I meant dropshot from Vera. At her having a double breakpoint at 15:40, 4:4. She had Kim completely ouf of sight, she had a very short ball, probably center of the court or even closer, and she chose to play a droppie, instead of simply putting it away and netted it.

I say Bovina-Foretz match, and that was the worst match I've seen all week. Very mediocre play from both sides, not much pace in groundstrokes, and even with that they could not keep the ball in play for more than 4-5 shots. And both were so slow, moved so bad, they would not chase very reachable balls. Bovina, compared to any other Russian player I saw, looked so immobile, so slow. The sole determinig factor of the match was Bovina's serve. When it deserted her in the middle of the second set, she looked completely hopeless, having no clue how to win points and lost 7 games in a row. Given what I saw of Schiavone, that it takes 3-4 winner-like shots of Dementieva's forehand class to get the ball past her, I just can't see what could be Bovina's percentage play in this match. If she serves extremely well, it could be close. Otherwise Schiavone will win pretty easily. Dementieva and Panova had to run so much, chase so many balls to keep it close. Bovina is simply not capable of that.

the cat
Sep 1st, 2002, 05:38 PM
You seem depressed, ys! :sad: I agree with you about the fragile mentality of Likhovtseva, Dementieva and Myskina. But not Zvonareva. She seems to have the guts that Dementieva showed in 2000. And I'm pleasantly surprised how good her game is.

But Vera has to get a grip on her temper. That will hurt her in the long run. Her opponents will be able to sense when she is losing it.

Other than her backhand, I am not so impressed with Bovina. But she is 6'2" tall and probably about 160 pounds. So she has size on her side. But she must get in the weight room. She needs a stronger upper body, so she can take full advantage of her size.

Udachi Elena Bovina! She's the only Russian left in either singles draw!

And if Bovina wins, she'll have to play Lindsay Davenport! :eek:

Sep 9th, 2002, 11:43 PM
Vera lost to Sunitha Rao(USA) ranked 356 in the qualifying at Brazil open. What happened Vera!!?? :(

Sep 10th, 2002, 01:34 AM

Sep 13th, 2002, 05:13 AM
Hmm..is Vera gonna be joining another tournament, since she lost so early in the Brazil Open?? I really hope she does to raise her rank higher so that she doesn't have to play qualies again. :)

Sep 13th, 2002, 05:26 AM
No,She wont... :( Her next tournaments are....


Go Vera! :D

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:45 AM
Here are various pics of Vera I found at Junior tournaments...

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:47 AM

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:47 AM

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:49 AM
Svetlana and Vera hugging after theyre semifinal wins at Orange Bowl 2001

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:49 AM
holding a trophy

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:50 AM
hitting a backhand

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:52 AM
hitting a forehand

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:53 AM
another pic

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:53 AM
running forehand

Sep 14th, 2002, 06:54 AM
and another

Sep 14th, 2002, 07:13 PM
She is H-O-T!

Sep 14th, 2002, 10:17 PM
Do you think Vera would mind hopping into bed with me and Jen tonight then? :p

Sep 14th, 2002, 11:42 PM

Sep 17th, 2002, 12:18 AM
Wowie!She is so much beautiful! :hearts:

the cat
Sep 17th, 2002, 01:36 AM
She is nice looking. But most importantly, Vera has a fire and a determination that some of the Russian girls are lacking!

Luna, the only thing Vera wants to do to Jennifer is to beat her in a tennis match! ;)

Sep 17th, 2002, 01:39 AM
I think she has the most beautiful blue eyes in WTA.

Sep 17th, 2002, 02:56 AM
Yes,she is both beautiful and talented,just the right person for me.... :D :hearts: