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Shahar def. Myskina 1-6 6-3 7-6(3) in the final
great stuff!!!! :woohoo:
May 27th, 2006, 01:37 PM
May 27th, 2006, 01:51 PM
Shahar opened quite nervously in the first set, but despite the score it was very close.. almost every game went to deuce and Shahar showed glimpses of her talent by Myskina was just too good on the important point. Shahar played too defensively and stayed 3 meters behind the baseline, and Myskina just dominated her.
Second set was much different. Shahar opened well but lost some close games in the start. then she started lossen up and went way more on the forehand and it worked. the forehand was great and the backhand as always even better. (the bakhand is just :drool: ). She started going more to the net which worked well for her, she won most of the points there as Myskina hurried to much in her shots and couldn't pass her. Shahar started to win the close games and took the second set.
Third set. S-E-R-V-E. despite all the beatdowns Shahar is getting for her "weak" serve, its really kept her going in the third set. No aces but it setted up points well and her returnes started to click more (although they are usually much better). Myskina df twice from deuce and basically gave Shahar the break which really gave her strengh to go up to 3-0. Then Shahar played bad games and it was 4-4. then both players picked it up and there were long and great rallies, with great winners! Shahar held her nerve wonderfully serving to stay in the match twice (Myskina was two points from Victory one time), and in the tiebreak played well enough to win with some cool two backhands DTL :drool:
Loved - Served
Disliked - Returns (it was not bad but..)
Suprised - Volleys :D
Indifferent - Forehand
Admired - Backhand
Peer Outlasts Myskina, Captures Third Title of Year
ISTANBUL, Turkey - In a grueling, three set championship final Saturday in Istanbul, Shahar Peer showed why she has been touted as one of the toughest competitors on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in recent months, clinching the biggest victory of her young career over Anastasia Myskina to capture her third title of the year.
Peer, seeded No.4 at the Tier III event, had been playing arguably the best tennis of her career en route to the final, then stepped it up even more Saturday. She dropped nine games through her first three rounds, then notched her first Top 20 win in the semifinals, crushing 15th-ranked Anna-Lena Groenefeld, the No.2 seed, 60 62. The German was 14-5 on clay this year prior to the match.
Taking on the 12th-ranked, top-seeded Myskina in the final, Peer fought back from a disastrous first set and withstood the Russian leading 5-4 and 6-5 on serve in the third and deciding set, displaying nerves of steel in the final minutes to clinch a 16 63 76(3) victory and her biggest title to date, having claimed Tier IV events in Pattaya City, Thailand and Prague, Czech Republic earlier this season.
"This is my biggest victory," Peer declared after the match. "To beat someone ranked as high as Myskina, this was an amazing end to the tournament. I never gave up and I kept believing in myself. It's great to win another tournament just before the French Open so I'm going to go to Paris really high on confidence."
Peer is now 3-0 lifetime in finals, perhaps following in the footsteps of compatriot Anna Smashnova, the only other Israeli singles titlist in Tour history, who has won all 11 finals she has contested. Peer also ties Nadia Petrova for fewest games lost en route to winning a title this year, having dropped just 26, equaling the Russian's run at Doha in March. Now, the teenager is projected to make her Top 30 debut when the next Tour Singles Rankings come out.
Myskina falls to 10-7 in finals with the defeat. After being treated on-court for reaggravating a right forearm muscle strain, she seemed to be on the verge of a third set comeback, clawing her way back from a 3-0 deficit and as mentioned before holding leads of 5-4 and 6-5, but to no avail. However, with the run to the final this week, her first final of 2006, the Russian is projected to rise to No.11.
"My arm started to hurt in the second set and so I was having trouble holding the racquet," Myskina said. "It was natural for her to hit to my forehand, but I just kept fighting. I came close today but not close enough. However, I made the final here, so I'm really happy with my week. I started the match well and I was pleased with my game so that is a positive sign going into Roland Garros."
In the doubles final, Alona Bondarenko and Anastasiya Yakimova each collected their first Tour titles, beating fellow unseeded tandem Sania Mirza and Alicia Molik, 62 64. Yakimova also made noise earlier in the week, reaching her first Tour singles quarterfinal after a run that included a victory over recent Rabat champion Meghann Shaughnessy.
"This was our first time playing together and we just tried to have fun," Yakimova said after the doubles final. "To win the title is a nice surprise!"
The Istanbul Cup was in its second year as a Tour event. At the inaugural 2005 event, American superstar Venus Williams defeated Nicole Vaidisova in straight sets for the title, just weeks prior to her dream run at Wimbledon.