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Dec 27th, 2006, 11:34 AM
Myskina arrives in NZ
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Dec 27, 2006
Former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina arrived at Auckland to the pouring rain in preparation for the ASB Classic starting next week.
The current world No16, who has been as high as No2 in February 2004, comes to Auckland for the first time and will be seeded second behind No12 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.
But the Russian doesn't mind that Jankovic, Marion Bartoli and Daniela Hantuchova are also ranked in the top-20 and will be stern competition for the event which starts January 1 and will be live on TV ONE and on tvnz.co.nz.
"It's good for me that there are top-20 players. I need those matches at the beginning of the year. Everyone is tough. I've never played here before and I wanted to try something different," said the Russian

"I've been practicing really hard and running a lot in preparation for the start of the year. Every time I start the year different. Last year was okay, maybe this year will be good," said Myskina, who was the first Russian to win a Grand Slam singles title when she won the French Open at Roland Garros in 2004.
She also was the first Russian to be ranked in the top five rankings and now has a total of 10 WTA singles titles to her credit.
In 2006 she did not win a title, but was a beaten finalist on three occasions - Istanbul, Eastbourne and Stockholm. She also made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Dec 27th, 2006, 11:38 AM
great to hear from nastya saying that's she's working hard to be at her best & getting prepared on facing the challenges that will be ahead of her in order to achieve success :)

good luck nastya & give it your all :yeah:

The Daviator
Dec 27th, 2006, 11:41 AM
I hope for great things in 2007 for Nastya :worship:

Dec 27th, 2006, 12:11 PM
I hope for great things in 2007 for Nastya :worship:

me too! she has not many points to defend through out the season (except grass) so, i think she definitly can come back in top10 if she focus

Dec 27th, 2006, 12:14 PM

Good luck :kiss:

Top 10 is waiting for you :)

Dec 27th, 2006, 12:16 PM
Good Luck Nastya

Dec 27th, 2006, 12:17 PM
I reckon Myskina could do quite well here, she will certainly have the crowd on her side all the way

Dec 27th, 2006, 12:17 PM
Good luck Nastya!
Have a better season than 2006. :)

Dec 27th, 2006, 12:46 PM
Nastya seems focused and motivated which is a good thing!

She has to do well here to secure a top 16 seed at the AO
Then she has quite a lot of points to defend at the AO and Tokyo!

Her goal for the year should be to qualify for the YEC or to finish the year in the top 10 at least

Dec 27th, 2006, 12:51 PM
YAY .. Good to hear from Nastya :)

Dec 27th, 2006, 12:55 PM
good luck nastya!

Dec 27th, 2006, 01:08 PM
good luck :)

Dec 27th, 2006, 02:46 PM
Good luck Nastya!

Happy New Year!

Dec 27th, 2006, 02:49 PM
Nastya :rocker2: Now win the title! :rocker:

Dec 27th, 2006, 03:13 PM
Myskina eyes New Year revolution
2006-12-27 13:06 Anastasia Myskina has arrived in New Zealand to prepare for upcoming tournaments as she targets a place back in the world's top ten.The Russian has suffered a couple of disappointing years after winning the French Open in 2004, with quarter-final appearances at Wimbledon her best displays in the Grand Slams in 2005 and 2006.
Myskina was as high as number two in the world rankings in February 2004, but after her poor run has now slipped to world number 16. But the 25-year-old is seeking a return to form in the New Year, starting with next week's ASB Classic in New Zealand before turning her attentions to the Australian Open.

Speaking to TVNZ on her arrival in Auckland, Myskina said: "It's good for me that there are top-20 players (at the ASB Classic). I need those matches at the beginning of the year.

"I've been practicing really hard and running a lot in preparation for the start of the year. Every time I start the year different. Last year was okay, maybe this year will be good."

Nastya was #2 later in 2004, not Feb

Foot's Fingers
Dec 27th, 2006, 03:30 PM
Have a good start in 2007 Nastya

Dec 27th, 2006, 03:52 PM
Go get em girl! :worship: :hearts:

Dec 27th, 2006, 04:16 PM
go Nastya !!!!!!!
hope for a better 2007 :angel:

Dec 27th, 2006, 04:41 PM
She had better do well here.

Dec 27th, 2006, 04:46 PM
Go Nastya! :D

Get your groove back! :hearts:

Dec 27th, 2006, 05:10 PM
Win it Nastya!

Dec 27th, 2006, 05:14 PM
Win it Nastya!

Indeed, just win a single match! Or a set at least. Please!!!

Dec 27th, 2006, 06:30 PM
"I've been practicing really hard and running a lot in preparation for the start of the year. Every time I start the year different. Last year was okay, maybe this year will be good."

Sounds slightly more optimistic from Nastya which is encouraging. I hope she doesn't decide to chuck in the towel this year.

Dec 27th, 2006, 06:39 PM
come on nastya ...

you are the best the last my......

Dec 27th, 2006, 07:10 PM
Vamos Nastya

Win the tourney

Dec 27th, 2006, 07:13 PM
I hope she wins Aukland

Dec 27th, 2006, 07:13 PM
Win or lose, Nastya has won my heart!

Dec 27th, 2006, 07:30 PM
Allez davai Nastya!

Dec 27th, 2006, 10:39 PM
Nastya has played some very good tennis in Hopman Cup this time of year, and I expect her to play well here.

Dec 27th, 2006, 10:52 PM
I hope she does well :D

Dec 27th, 2006, 11:00 PM
i hope she has a great 2007 :yeah:

Dec 27th, 2006, 11:01 PM
I hope she reaches the semis at least & gets enough pts for a Top 16 seeding at the AO.

Dec 28th, 2006, 02:50 AM
Nastya has won 10 titles, this is certainly within her scope.

Dec 28th, 2006, 02:55 AM
She has to win Auckland otherwise she will be dumped out of top-20 after Melbourne or Tokyo.

Dec 28th, 2006, 03:01 AM
That doesn't matter. She's not playing for ranking now.
Neither is Lena L

Dec 28th, 2006, 03:47 AM
Win or lose, Nastya has won my heart!

Absolutely! Sames goes here...:)

Dec 28th, 2006, 08:55 AM
Go Nastya.

Dec 28th, 2006, 08:59 AM
great field.. 3 of my favs! :p:)

Dec 28th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Tennis: Russian resolution

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By David Leggat (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/author/index.cfm?a_id=42)

Anastasia Myskina aims to use the ASB Classic in Auckland to spark her return to the world's top 10, two years after winning the French Open. Photo / Martin Sykes
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Tennis: Six of the best in the ASB Classic (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/event/story.cfm?c_id=528&objectid=10417047)You've just won the French Open title, you're officially the second best player on Earth and you're 22. Life must have looked just fine to Anastasia Myskina in June 2004.
But the last two years have not been easy, and the player who will get her year started in the ASB Classic on Monday is out to recapture the game which had her at the forefront of the Russian march towards domination of the women's game.
The odd Belgian or Frenchwoman apart, it's the Marias, Svetlanas and Nadias who have replaced the Serenas, Venuses and Lindsays as the hotshots.
For Myskina, 2004 will be tough to top. Apart from her magic fortnight in Paris, when she became the first Russian to win a Grand Slam, beating compatriot Elena Dementieva in a one-sided romp, she made the semifinals at the Athens Olympics, and was the standout performer when Russia won the Fed Cup for the first time in her back yard of Moscow in November.
And from that night, she's sure to remember the bear-hug she copped from former president, beefy Boris Yeltsin. But since then, she's had to cope with a serious illness to her mother Galina, and legal battles over photographs she didn't want published.

While her off-court drama was going on, her ranking slipped. She's still No 16, has won 10 singles titles - seven of them in 2003-04 - and banked just under US$5.6 million. She made three finals this year - at Istanbul, Eastbourne and Stockholm - but had her campaign cut short by a toe inflammation.
Yet Myskina appears a composed sort, phlegmatic about events and accepts that you have to ride the tough breaks and grab your chances when they come.
"It was really tough at one point, but my team was round me and that helped a lot," she said.
By team, she means her coach German Jens Gerlach, family and friends. And they crop up in conversation often.
She acknowledged it can be difficult to stay mentally strong if things are not going your way, "and you put yourself down, [you think] 'Oh, I can't do it any more'. But you have your team round you who help you believe in yourself."
And Myskina insists she feels no pressure to regain her spot at the elite table of the women's game, which currently includes four other Russians - Maria Sharapova (No 2), Svetlana Kuznetsova (No 4), this year's Classic top seed Nadia Petrova (No 6) and Elena Dementieva (No 8).
"No, not at all. Of course you want to play your best, want to win tournaments. But you have great years and bad years and that's sports life. You cannot always be on top. You win and you lose."
She reckons this year she's been "playing okay, much better than 2005. But my injury was really bad by the end of the year. Now I'm healthy and really looking forward to it".
Only two other players have contested the Auckland event after winning a Grand Slam - Spain's Conchita Martinez, who turned up some years after winning at Wimbledon in 1994, and France's Mary Pierce, who won the Australian Open in 1995 and the French crown in 2000 - played here in 2003.
Myskina will be second seed behind Serbia's Jelena Jankovic next week. If she takes a glance at her head-to-head record against the other seven seeds, she might give a quiet smile.
Out of a total 16 matches against six of them - she has yet to play eighth-seeded American Shenay Perry - Myskina has lost just once, to fifth seed and this year's beaten finalist in Auckland, Vera Zvonareva, who beat her on clay in Berlin in 2003.
She holds a 3-0 record against Jankovic, won her only clash with defending champion and third seed Marion Bartoli last year and is 2-0 against fourth seed Daniela Hantuchova.
Myskina insists she can make it back to the very top. She knows she has to brush up her serve to stay on par with the tall, lithe, athletes at the top of the circuit - but she's been working hard.
Through the latter part of the year, when other players were putting their feet up she's been clocking up the kilometres and hitting "thousands of balls".
She's relishing the thought of getting back on court and after her good friend and frequent Auckland visitor Elena Likhovtseva gave her the word that Auckland was a good starting point, she's happy to be here.
Myskina is no longer the only Russian Grand Slammer.
Sharapova has done it twice, Kuznetsova once since Myskina broke down the door.
And she was the first to crack the top five. The others swarmed in after her breakthrough.
And perhaps it's that thought which provides a spur for Myskina. A hint of determination surfaces as she pondered the year ahead.
"It was great to be the first to do something, but I know a lot of [Russian] girls did a lot of things right after me. I want to do something else, I want to win more tournaments.
"This [Auckland] is good for me, I need these matches, I need to get into the top 10."

Anastasia Myskina
Born: July 8, 1981, in Moscow
Lives: Moscow
Height: 1.74m
Weight: 59kg
World ranking: 16
Highest ranking: 2 (Sept. 2004)
WTA Tour singles titles: 10
WTA Tour doubles titles: 5
Career earnings: US$5.5 million ($7.8m)

Dec 28th, 2006, 09:53 PM
Nastya seems focused and motivated which is a good thing!

We can't be sure until she plays.

Dec 28th, 2006, 10:13 PM
Go Nastya! I'm so glad she sounds motivated :D

Dec 28th, 2006, 11:13 PM

Dec 29th, 2006, 12:43 AM
Davai Nastya. :D

Dec 29th, 2006, 08:29 AM
Goooo Myskina:D

Dec 29th, 2006, 02:34 PM
A Tier IV with Myskina, Jankovic, and Hantuchova is a strong field.

Mina Vagante
Dec 29th, 2006, 02:42 PM
yay go anastasia