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Vaidisova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Thank god! Now please win this third set Nicole:o

Sexysova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:26 PM
Nicole was better in all stats in second set without 1st serve % in :) :bounce: TRY TO SERVE PRETTY WELL AND STRONG :)

Sexysova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:29 PM
maybe, Nicole should be more fit than Marion in third set? what do you think?

Spiritof42
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:30 PM
Good job turning things around! Keep going! :yeah:
In the 2nd set, Nicole was serving below 50% but actually won more points on her second serve than on her first :eek:

Sexysova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:32 PM
yes it's weird :lol:

Sexysova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:34 PM
now NICOLE CRUSH HER 0-30 leads :)

Spiritof42
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:36 PM
why they don't play? I hope that Nicole's OK :confused:
Bartoli probably took a bathroom break :rolleyes:
Or maybe they both did? ;)

Sexysova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:37 PM
Nicole broke she, fantastic!!! :) :bounce: :bounce: 1-0

Sexysova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:40 PM
2-0 :) Now Break Again :) And Win It!! :)

Vaidisova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:41 PM
Nicole is off to a good start hope she can keep it up.

Sexysova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:45 PM
she didn't waste 2bp's again but hold your serve Nicole, it's important :) COME ON!!

I think she returns very well and serve too... so I hope she will do it :)

Sexysova
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:54 PM
it's fantastic game now from Nicole :) COME ON!!! 4-6 6-3 4-2 :)

Derek.
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:56 PM
Finish her off, Nicole! :banana:

Spiritof42
Mar 13th, 2007, 11:57 PM
Nicole is serving great at the moment. Had she been a bit more opportunistic on her break chances, the match would already be over.

Sexysova
Mar 14th, 2007, 12:00 AM
4-6 6-3 5-2 Come On Nicole!!! Now Finish It!!! :)

Sexysova
Mar 14th, 2007, 12:01 AM
Nicole is serving great at the moment. Had she been a bit more opportunistic on her break chances, the match would already be over.

you're right :)

Sexysova
Mar 14th, 2007, 12:04 AM
4-6 6-3 6-2 :worship: :worship: :worship:

Vaidisova
Mar 14th, 2007, 12:05 AM
Well glad that is over. :lol:

Was a lot tougher than I expected. Glad Nicole was able to fight through to get the win and advance to QF. Will need to get off on a better start in next match though.

She served a lot better as match went on - 12/12 1st serve pts won in 3rd set. :)

She avoided being upset like previous seeds today. :p

The big news is that Nicole will now have a new career high ranking next week of #8!!!

Derek.
Mar 14th, 2007, 12:07 AM
Nicole! :D :banana: :worship:

Great job! :D

Now No.8 and hopefully higher soon. :drool:

Good luck in the next round! :hug:

Sexysova
Mar 14th, 2007, 12:10 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

Vaidisova
Mar 14th, 2007, 12:13 AM
Nicole and Dinara still have doubles today. :lol:

Spiritof42
Mar 14th, 2007, 12:14 AM
Yay! Nicole won! :bounce: Thanks to her, today hasn't been a complete disaster for me.

She served great in the 3rd. She also returned a lot better after the 1st set. Maybe she started reading Bartoli's weird service motion better? I also think she's the fitter of the two. The 3rd set could/should have been a complete blowout. :lol:

Solitaire
Mar 14th, 2007, 12:28 AM
A lot tougher than I thought it was going to be be. Just glad Nikki got through.


Prob onto Sveta in the next round.....:unsure:

Vaidisova
Mar 14th, 2007, 01:43 AM
Nicole/Dinara's match is on SB now.

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 01:52 AM
Well done Nikki. :D

And a new career high rank. :worship:

This tournament is wide open for Nikki, seeing as Maria and Nadia are out. If she can just get past Kuznetsova, she'll be in with a great shot.

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 01:53 AM
Vaidisova/Safina *1-1 Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 01:57 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 1-2* Ruano Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:02 AM
Vaidisova/Safina *1-3 Ruano Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:03 AM
C'mon girls. Blast them off the court. :(

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:05 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 2-3* Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:10 AM
Vaidisova/Safina *2-4 Ruano-Pascual/Suaurez

Should've broken there, had some chances. :(

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:14 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 2-5* Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:18 AM
Vaidisova/Safina *3-5 Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Nikki/Dinara currently serving at 42%. :o

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:21 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 4-5* Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:21 AM
:woohoo:

Now break here.

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:24 AM
0-15
15-15
30-15
30-30
40-30

Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 0-0 Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:28 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 1-0* Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:32 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 *1-1 Ruano-Pascual

Gotta hold here, seeing as though this is the serve they normally lose.

(I'm guessing it's Safina's, with Nikki being at net. :o )

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:34 AM
Indeed, Safina is serving second.

She just hit an ace on her second serve to go up 40-30.

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:35 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 2-1* Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:38 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 *3-1 Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Thanks to some DF's from Suarez.

Now hold here Nikki.

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:40 AM
0-15
0-30
0-40 :o

Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 3-2* Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:45 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 *3-3 Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:48 AM
Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 3-4* Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

:o

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:53 AM
15-0
30-0
30-15
30-30
40-30
Deuce
Adv Vaidisova/Safina
Game

Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 *4-4 Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 02:57 AM
15-0
15-15
30-15
30-30
40-30
Deuce (DF#1 Vaidisova)
Adv Ruano-Pascual/Suarez
Game

Vaidisova/Safina 4-6 4-5* Ruano-Pascual/Suarez

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 03:01 AM
15-0
30-0
40-0

Ruano-Pascual/Suarez def. Safina/Vaidisova 6-4 6-4.

Vaidisova
Mar 14th, 2007, 03:02 AM
Nice try girls. At least now Nicole will have tomorrow off.

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 14th, 2007, 03:02 AM
Sigh. :(

I guess Nikki has more time to focus on singles now.

Vaidisova
Mar 14th, 2007, 03:45 AM
So it will be Sveta in the QF. The toughest opponent in the now weaker draw...:( But their matches have been close so maybe Nicole can beat her this time.

Sexysova
Mar 14th, 2007, 04:47 AM
NICOLE will win I hope, COME ON NIKKI!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Nadie
Mar 14th, 2007, 10:02 AM
good luck Nicole :bounce: :bounce:

Neptune
Mar 14th, 2007, 11:57 AM
Glad to see Nicole finally came back in her match.:) I'm not totally confident because right now, it's Kuz and it will be tough.But to be in the quarters is already a great result.

dulkogii
Mar 14th, 2007, 11:34 PM
Come On Niki!

you can do it!:):)

dulkogii
Mar 14th, 2007, 11:40 PM
Come On Niki!

you can do it!:):)

dulkogii
Mar 14th, 2007, 11:47 PM
Come On Niki!

you can do it!:):)

dulkogii
Mar 14th, 2007, 11:47 PM
Come On Niki!

you can do it!

Derek.
Mar 15th, 2007, 01:57 AM
Sveta will be tough, but if Nicole stays focused she can win.

It'd be amazing if my two favorites could face off in the final. :eek:

Good luck Nicole! :hug:

Vaidisova
Mar 15th, 2007, 02:36 AM
Nicole vs Sveta is first up at 11am tomorrow.

Thursday, March 15, 2007
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA - [6]N Vaidisova (CZE) vs [2]S Kuznetsova (RUS)

To be honest I'm not expecting Nicole to win because she has lost a lot of these big matches. :shrug: I hope she can pull it out though because of the opportunity. Good luck. :kiss:

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 15th, 2007, 03:58 AM
Good luck Nikki. :yeah:

If she can get past Sveta, she has an excellent shot at the title.

Sexysova
Mar 15th, 2007, 05:44 AM
I think Nicole has big chance for win if she will play her tennis as last two sets vs. Bartoli :)

and sry but I think, you don't know that GOLOVIN is in very great form, she crushes all opponent(Stosur, Petrova) and she can face nicole in semifinal, so don't come off with GOLOVIN :)

btw our eurosport will show nicole vs. sveta :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Neptune
Mar 15th, 2007, 04:27 PM
btw our eurosport will show nicole vs. sveta :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

How lucky we are.:) I really thought they will put the match in the night session.

I think Kuz will be too tough for Nicole, you never know but I don't expect her to win.:shrug:

Anahi
Mar 15th, 2007, 04:42 PM
Nicole will win
I have faith in her :)
Good Luck Nicole!!

Sexysova
Mar 15th, 2007, 05:17 PM
only 45 mins and match will be played, I'm so excited :) and ES will show it, wow :) :hearts:

Svet
Mar 15th, 2007, 05:29 PM
COME ON Nicole!!!!!

Please beat her ...

jamatthews
Mar 15th, 2007, 05:46 PM
Of course Nicole is going to win, it's a quarter final...:p

Semis on the other hand :scared:

Vaidisova
Mar 15th, 2007, 08:05 PM
Another 3 set loss to Kuznetsova. Didn't expect Nicole to win but she certainly had chances to take this match. Nicole played well but did not convert several BP opportunities.:(

Nicole loses another big match... So many in this past year...:sad:

Onto Miami now...

Vaidisova Ruled
Mar 15th, 2007, 08:15 PM
oh noooooooooooo
When she won the first set I started thinking of Nicole wining Indian Wells

Princeza
Mar 15th, 2007, 08:23 PM
me too, my tourney is over

Vaidisova
Mar 15th, 2007, 08:28 PM
The ESPN commentators were saying that Nicole and her dad did not want to use on court coaching at all during the match (the coach has to have microphone or something). And were going on how they should have at least had the option available instead of not having it all. I wonder if the match result would have been different if Nicole used on court coaching.

Solitaire
Mar 15th, 2007, 08:38 PM
Another defeat at the hands of Sveta.....:sad:



This match up is going to be a mental thing now. It's not like Nikki can't beat Sveta.

Neptune
Mar 15th, 2007, 08:44 PM
Can't stop thinking she could win in two.....:o But I would try to be realistic.


Nicole is a little bit rusty in a tactical way.But she shown good points at the other hand.She just needs to mix the both.She never felt beaten, trying her hard to come back-not in the best way in terms of how I can put the ball on court- I agree.I'm glad because she fought until the last point.The commentaters said she was like Serena.She never trembles.Of course, it's disappointing as she had chances in the second set.

Nicole needs to mature and I'm afraid it will take time....

Derek.
Mar 15th, 2007, 10:01 PM
Nicole. :sobbing:

So close again. :(

Vaidisova
Mar 15th, 2007, 10:07 PM
Kuznetsova reaches semi-finals at Indian Wells

8 minutes ago

Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Czech Nicole Vaidisova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the ATP/WTA Pacific Life Open on Thursday.

Second seed Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open champion, moves to the semi-finals of the 5.3 million dollar hardcourt tournament where she will play the winner of a match between Sybille Bammer and Tatiana Golovin.

"I lost my rhythm in the second set," said Vaidisova, who lived in Germany until age six. "I played a great first set and a couple of mistakes here and there and she was able to take advantage of it."

Kuznetsova continued her mastery over world number 10 Vaidisova, winning all three of their career meetings. This was a repeat of last year's Roland Garros semi-final and the first time they had met outside of a Grand Slam. Kuznetsova also won on the grass at Wimbledon in 2005.

"The atmosphere is a bit different. You still want to win badly because this is one of our biggest tournaments of the year," Vaidisova said.

The 21-year-old Russian broke Vaidisova's serve three times and made just 19 unforced errors compared to her opponent's 36 in the almost two hour match at the main Indian Wells Tennis Garden stadium.

Vaidisova, whose biggest weapon is her serve, had four double faults. But there were bright spots as she fired eight aces and 42 winners to Kuznetsova's three aces and just 26 winners.

Vaidisova resisted three match points while serving at 3-5 in the final set before eventually winning the game. "You don't want to lose easily," she said. "I was just trying to the end."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070315/sp_afp/tennisatpwtausa_070315215732&printer=1;_ylt=ArtU_MQePSqvkv7aXMzwnljGOrgF

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 16th, 2007, 01:52 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Things could've been oh so different if she had converted those two break points in early in the second set.

Oh well, I guess reaching the QF isn't too bad considering she had nothing to defend.

Sexysova
Mar 16th, 2007, 04:55 AM
it was great match and great playing in first set from Nicole, it's very bad luck that Sveta always served very well when Nicole had bp :(

next is MIAMI... come on :)

Spiritof42
Mar 16th, 2007, 05:01 AM
:sad: Yet another tough three-set loss to Kuznetsova. Not a bad performance from Nicole though. She was hitting winners all over the place and saved a bunch of match points. Even though she didn't always make the best tactical choices, I'm proud of the way she kept her composure and fought until the very end. Seems to me she's getting tougher mentally.
I have to say I often find watching Nicole in a match like this a bit stressful. She's got such a high-risk game, going for so much and hitting the ball so deep... hitting so many winners against a good mover like Sveta is impressive.

Spiritof42
Mar 16th, 2007, 05:15 AM
The ESPN commentators were saying that Nicole and her dad did not want to use on court coaching at all during the match (the coach has to have microphone or something). And were going on how they should have at least had the option available instead of not having it all. I wonder if the match result would have been different if Nicole used on court coaching.
I don't know whether talking to Kodat during the match would have made any difference, but it seems to me that coaching did make a difference for her opponent. Ortega told Kuznetsova to start serving bigger, which she did, and she didn't get broken after that. Coaching might have allowed Nicole to make small tactical adjustments, like standing a bit further back when receiving.
I tend to agree that choosing not to use it was a mistake. I think it's better to keep every option available. That being said, I am not in favor of on-court coaching in general.

Vaidisova
Mar 16th, 2007, 10:57 PM
March 15, 2007

Nicole Vaidisova

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Nicole, please.

Q. Pretty close match out there today?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: Yeah, definitely, you know. I think I lost my rhythm in the second set, played a great first set and, you know, a couple mistakes here and there and she was able to take advantage of it.

Q. I had the feeling that was a match of exceptionally high quality. What do you think?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: No, I think we both played some great tennis. Definitely. I mean it was a good match, you know, fortunately didn't end up the way I wanted it to be.
But I feel good with the way I play, how I hit the ball again. It's good. I had couple weeks off, so, you know, I'm happy that I'm getting back to where I want to be.

Q. A couple days ago Martina Hingis, your match was the -- she felt you were the best player of the young generation, like upcoming players. How do you feel?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: I don't know. I mean, I don't really think about it like that. I just try to win games, I try to win matches, whoever's on the other side.
So, it's very nice of her to say because she's such a great player, such a great champion. But I, you know, have to really focus on myself and not really pay attention so much to what they say.

Q. Do you look at that match in any way in your own mind as a missed opportunity?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: I mean, every match you lose, pretty much, I guess, kind of a missed opportunity, but not exceptionally today. I mean, she picked it up very well in the second set. You know, was able to use the fact that I, you know, slipped off for a game or two, and, you know, won the third set.

Q. The first time you played her other than in a Grand Slam tournament. Does that change the ambiance, so to speak, the environment of the match, that is?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: I think you still want to win badly, you know. Of course, the atmosphere is a little bit different. But, I mean, it's one of our biggest tournaments of the year, so I don't think I really treated it any other differently?

Q. In one game you resisted three match points. When you do that, do you kind of get the feeling that, maybe, well, this is going to be my day?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: I really don't have those thoughts when you play. You don't have time for that. But, I mean, of course you try to fight till the end. You don't want to lose easily, so, you know, just trying till the end.

Q. You had a rather unusual shot that was headed out and hit the net and bounced in for a win are. Did that perk up your spirits at one point?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: Yeah, I mean, that was kind of a lucky shot. Of course, if it would have gone wide and hit the net would give her 40-15, so, yeah, I got a little lucky there.

Q. What kind of pressures do you feel, being so young and having people like, you know, other people say that you're the best player of the next generation. When you stop and think about it, what --
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: Like I said, I don't really think about it because it's, you know, I mean, people's opinion who don't even really know me as much. I try to pay attention what my parents say, my coach, everybody I really have in my small circle. It's nice, of course, to listen to it, but I think you have to kind of push it out of your head and just your own thing, still work hard and just focus on yourself.

Q. Is there just tennis? I know you have a clothing line, too, or who deals with that? Do you ever have to think about that?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: Well, I have a manager who kind of helps me, you know, like with all this stuff. So, you know, it's definitely there's more to tennis than just the actual tennis and hitting the ball, so...
THE MODERATOR: Thank you very much.

Sexysova
Mar 17th, 2007, 05:45 AM
thx :)

andrewbroad
Mar 24th, 2007, 01:46 PM
=================
PACIFIC LIFE OPEN (Indian Wells, California, USA; outdoor hard (Plexipave); WTA Tier I)
================= http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/ (http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/)

NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF]:
1r bye
2r + Bethanie Mattek [WC], 6-4 6-1
3r + Ahsha Rolle [WC], 6-3 4-1 retired
4r + MARION BARTOLI [17,S], 4-6 6-3 6-2
qf - SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [2], 6-4 3-6 4-6

After this tournament, Nicole climbed from #10 to her new career-high ranking of #8 - not bad after dropping to #12 just before the Australian Open!

She has nothing to defend from either Indian Wells or Miami, as she was sidelined with a right-shoulder injury for the whole of March 2006; in fact, she is defending very few points until her Tier III title at Strasbourg in May, so she has a great opportunity to push on even further up the rankings before then.

She could certainly do with maintaining a top-8 ranking until the French Open, where she has her first Grand Slam semi-final to defend.

The bad news is that Nicole only plans to play on for another five or six years (see third-round quotes below), so we could lose her at the age of 23! :sad:

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Photos
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http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=vaidisova (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=vaidisova)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=204976&page=77 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=204976&page=77) (to 85)
http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/2/players/gallery/ (http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/2/players/gallery/) (March 13, 15)
Search Getty Images for "vaidisova"

Off-court:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/photogallery/?Event=indianwells (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/photogallery/?Event=indianwells)
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/media/notesandnetcords/ (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/media/notesandnetcords/) (March 19, p.6)

Mike Werner's photos:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=290066 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=290066)

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Videos
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Vaidišová v Kuznetsova highlights (6 minutes):
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10300281 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10300281)

Nicole hits the ball so hard, but it's sharp and flat - unlike those of muscular power such as Kuznetsova, who hit(s) with more topspin. Nicole may be physically strong, but she's definitely on the flairsome side of the power-spectrum IMO. Her movement isn't great, however. But that video is a delight to watch, except that it has an unhappy ending.


Pretournament-interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJhlrJnmgK4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJhlrJnmgK4)

Nicole's accent reminds me of the great Czech-born champion Martina Navrátilová, but Nicole's voice is younger and cuter.

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Pretournament-quotes from Nicole
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"Sure, the Belgians didn't show up, but then you still have Maria [Sharapova] and Svetlana [Kuznetsova]. The field is tough. But I am very positive going into this event.

"I have been practising the last couple of weeks, and I came in here last night feeling good.

"A lot of tennis is about fitness. A match goes to the third set, sometimes it's hot. I don't think I have ever cramped in my life. I've never really felt tired in a third set. Some players, when the match goes to three sets, you can feel they're going away. They can't breathe any more. They're trying to make the points as short as possible.

[Re. the Bollettieri Sports Medicine Center (sic)]
"What I do in here keeps me going. It helps me get faster and stronger and keep injury-free. I like to run more than lift, but Dave [Hogarth] makes it interesting by giving me a lot of exercises. Having this centre is one of the main reasons I'm here.

"I hate pull-ups! <laughing> I call it a combined workout because I do a couple, and Dave pulls me up on the rest.

"I am excited about this year. I had a good start in Australia, and I hope to keep that going."

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Second round (Saturday 10th March)
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Bethanie Mattek [WC], 6-4 6-1

http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/1/news/wta4.asp (http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/1/news/wta4.asp)
>>>
Sixth seed and World No. 10 Nicole Vaidišová won 76% of points on her first serve in a 6-4 6-1 win over American Bethanie Mattek. The 17-year-old Czech improved to 10:3 in the year [12:4 after Indian Wells].
<<<

First set
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VAIDIŠ * *__@* *@ 6
MATTEK _* *@__*__ 4

Mattek serving 3-2: ad M (point for 4-2), Deuce, ad N, broken.

Mattek serving 4-5: Nicole took the first set on her third set-point.


Second set
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VAIDIŠ * *@*@* 6
MATTEK _*_____ 1


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Third round (Monday 12th March)
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Ahsha Rolle [WC], 6-3 4-1 retired

Nicole didn't face a break-point in this match, and Rolle retired with gastrointestinal illness.


First set
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VAIDI * * * *@* 6
ROLLE _* * *___ 3


Second set
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VAIDI _*@*@ 4
ROLLE *____ 1 retired


Nicole quotes
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"I think once I got the point and the play, I was definitely the one in charge. She served pretty well; at first I had a little trouble with that, but otherwise, I think I was pretty much in control.

"So far, I've played pretty well. Played some doubles, too. So I'm going to mix it up a little bit.

"I just really like playing here. It's a fun tournament, so it always gets you more excited, more happy to play. It's just relaxed. You know, the courts are so close to the hotel, and everything is kind of nice here. It's not so crazy that everything is transferring in general, everything, all. The players' lounge is there, it's pretty mellow. You can go to the pool, or go to dinner somewhere nice, and just relax.

"I feel pretty good. After Australia, I took a couple weeks off. I was practising and was in Florida, so it was good, just rested, feeling sharp again. So it's good."

[Re. the draw]
"I can't complain about it. Every time I play, no matter what kind of draw I have, I usually just take it match by match, you know, and see what happens."

[Re. beating Maria Sharapova in World Team Tennis 2004]
"I mean, every time I go out there to play, I try very hard, so it doesn't really matter for me who I play. I just really enjoy it. It was my first time playing World Team Tennis. I was so excited because I didn't have a great ranking, I was outside of top 100, so being able to play against those players for three weeks, I had a great time. We had a great - a lot of fun, so it just was trying to, you know, do my best, and so very exciting.

"For me, it wasn't really such a big deal. It was just, you know, fun. We [the Sacramento Capitols] got another win, so that is what matter most to me. Of course we were happy if we beat the top-ten player, then, you know, but, you know, I didn't even think about it too much after."

[Re. her 2007 schedule, and plans to retire at 23 :(]
"That was just a schedule I planned already in the summer, because, you know, I played a lot in January, so, you know, I did some other stuff and everything. It was, I think, a lot, and, you know, I just tried to do my schedule the way that I can play the whole year, every tournament, 100%, and make sure there's no injuries or anything. Because at this point, I think health is definitely the No. 1 priority, because I, you know, still want to play five, six years.

"I mean, you have to because we have such a long season that you can't play every week - you have to take off."

[Re. losing in the Australian Open semi-finals]
"No, I was very excited because it's always kind of tricky, the first Grand Slam, you know, just getting back, you know, after a month off - pretty much month and a half. So it kind of shows how your off-season went, if it was any good or not.

"I had some great matches. Serena just plays really good, you know. I've got to give it to her. She had a great round. I had my chances, but I think I left really happy with myself. Of course, I'm a little disappointed, but mostly happy.

"I wasn't surprised how she did there, because she's a great champion. She was one of the people I was watching a lot when I was growing up, so I have tons of respect for her. She really is a fighter and a true champion, I think.

"I think my strategy was definitely off a little bit. I think I should have played differently. I don't think I had too many unforced errors or anything. My serve didn't work out that great that day, but in general, more like strategise a little bit better.

"I don't set myself goals, ranking-wise or anything. I just, you know, try to work hard. I know if I do that, the results will come, and, you know, just try to play my best this year."

[Re. Maria Sharapova after the third round]
"I haven't seen one of Maria's matches or anything, so I don't... I don't think she's even in my part of the draw, so I don't really pay attention much. She does her own thing. I do my own thing, and, you know, I don't really worry about it."

[Re. her Citizen Watch deal]
"I'm pretty excited. The ad's going to go running in a couple weeks, the commercial is going to come around in August, and, you know, so definitely excited. You get to do different stuff, you know. You get to do shoes; you get to do the promotions; you know, you get the watches. It's fun to do something different than just hit 500 forehands."

More about Nicole's Citizen Watch deal:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1207 (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1207)

"Vaidišová Serves Up Clean Water for Kids":
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1217 (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1217)


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Fourth round (Tuesday 13th March)
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [17,S], 4-6 6-3 6-2

Nicole made a bad start, and had to wait until 4-6 4-3* to break the Selesian player (two hands both sides) who goes up on her toes to serve.


First set
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VAIDIŠO *___* * *_ 4
BARTOLI _*@* * * * 6


Second set
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VAIDIŠO * * * *@* 6
BARTOLI _* * *__ 3

Marion serving 2-3: Nicole wasted 3 break-points before Marion held.


Third set
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VAIDIŠO @* * *@* 6
BARTOLI __* *___ 2


Nicole quotes
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{before the match}

"She actually plays a little differently. I saw her today. It was a good match for her, but I think I go out there, try to do my best, and, you know, hopefully, it will work."


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Quarter-final (Thursday 15th March)
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- NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] lt. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [2], 6-4 3-6 4-6

Nicole is now 0:3 head-to-head against Kuznetsova, but it's been three sets every time: 7-5 6-7 6-2 at Wimbledon 2005, and 5-7 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 in last year's French Open semi-final, after Nicole had served for the match at 7-5 *5-4, and been two points away from her first Grand Slam final at 5/5 in the tiebreak - a point in which she had the initiative, but retreated and was forced into error.

At least this time the third set was closer - possibly because the first two sets were not.


CheerBear (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10293245):
>>>
Nicole is a little bit rusty in a tactical way.But she shown good points at the other hand.She just needs to mix the both.She never felt beaten, trying her hard to come back-not in the best way in terms of how I can put the ball on court- I agree.I'm glad because she fought until the last point.The commentaters said she was like Serena.She never trembles.Of course, it's disappointing as she had chances in the second set.

Nicole needs to mature and I'm afraid it will take time....
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www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com):
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The No.2-seeded Kuznetsova needed some time to adjust to the relentless blasts of the Czech teenager, seeded No.6, but just as she had done in their only two prior encounters, she ground out the victory in three sets. The match was a minute shy of two hours long.
<<<

PA SportsTicker:
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This time, Vaidišová got the jump as Kuznetsova dropped a set for the first time in the tournament. But Vaidišová was coming off a three-set win over 17th-seeded Marion Bartoli of France and could not hold on.
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Matthew Cronin for Reuters:
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The 17-year-old Vaidišová troubled Kuznetsova in the first set with her powerful groundstrokes, big serves and aggressive returns.

Kuznetsova gradually took control of the court with her heavy topspin forehand, but sixth seed Vaidišová did not lie down.

Former US Open champion Kuznetsova has had a decent start to the year, reaching the Doha final, but she has yet to win a title.
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Agence France Presse (AFP):
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Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame an opening-set loss and a problem with her toe to post a victory over Nicole Vaidišová in the quarter-finals.

Kuznetsova, who recently regained her career-high world No 4 ranking after a successful swing through the Middle-East tournaments, defeated Czech Vaidišová 4-6 6-3 6-4.

At one point in Thursday's match, Kuznetsova had to remove part of a nail on one of her right toes that had worked itself loose.

Kuznetsova continued her mastery over world number 10 Vaidišová, winning all three of their career-meetings. This was a repeat of last year's Roland Garros semi-final, and the first time they had met outside of a Grand Slam. Kuznetsova also won on the grass at Wimbledon in 2005.

The 21-year-old Russian broke Vaidišová's serve three times, and made just 19 unforced errors compared to her opponent's 36 in the almost two-hour match at the main Indian Wells Tennis Garden stadium.

Vaidišová, whose biggest weapon is her serve, had four double faults. But there were bright spots as she fired eight aces and 42 winners to Kuznetsova's three aces and just 26 winners.

Sixth-seeded Vaidišová resisted three match-points while serving at 3-5 in the final set before eventually winning the game.
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http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/1/news/wta9.asp (http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/1/news/wta9.asp)
>>>
Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No. 2 seed, topped Czech Nicole Vaidišová 4-6 6-3 6-4 in a high-quality quarter-final on Thursday to move within two wins of the 2007 Pacific Life Open title.

Kuznetsova, the highest seed remaining in the draw following the early exit of top seed and defending champion Maria Sharapova, will face off against surprise semi-finalist Sybille Bammer for a place in the title-match. The Austrian upset Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin 6-2 6-3.

In the day's first quarter-final, sixth seed Vaidišová matched Kuznetsova in points won with 88 apiece in the one-hour, 59-minute match. The difference proved to be when Vaidišová dropped serve in the first game of the third set after having successfully saved two break-points against the No. 2 seed.

Vaidišová fought off three match-points at 3-5, but Kuznetsova closed out the victory in the following game.
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First set
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VAIDIŠOVÁ _*@*__@* * 6
KUZNETSOV *___*@__*_ 4


Second set
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VAIDIŠOVÁ _*___* *_ 3
KUZNETSOV * *@* * * 6

Kuznetsova serving 1-1: 30/40 (BP)... held.
It's so often harder to serve after squandering break-points, and Nicole was broken in the next game.

Nicole serving 1-4: 40/15 -> 40/40, ad N, Deuce #2, ad N, held.
Kuznetsova serving 4-2: 40/30, 40/40, ad K, held.
Nicole serving 2-5: 40/0, 40/15, held.
Kuznetsova serving 5-3: 0/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30 (SP #1), second set Kuznetsova.


Third set
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VAIDIŠOVÁ __* * * *_ 4
KUZNETSOV @* * * * * 6

Nicole serving 0-0: 15/0, 15/15, 30/15, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad N, Deuce #2. Double fault. Ad K (BP #2), Deuce #3, ad K (BP #3), broken.

Kuznetsova serving 3-2: 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad K, held.

The previous information is from the scores-thread:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=290035 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=290035)

I first checked the live scoreboard at 13:00 PDT, and found Nicole on the brink of defeat at 6-4 3-6 *3-5: 0/15, 15/15, 15/30, 30/30, 30/40 (MP #1), 40/40. Double fault #4. Ad K (MP #2), Deuce #2, ad K (MP #3), Deuce #3, ad N, held.

Kuznetsova serving for the match at 5-4: 30/0 -> 30/30, 40/30 (MP #4), Kuznetsova won 4-6 6-3 6-4 at 13:06 (1h58m).


Nicole quotes
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"I played a great first set. I lost my rhythm in the second set: a few mistakes here and there, then she was able to take advantage of it.

"I think we both played some great tennis. It was good match, definitely. But unfortunately it didn't end up the way I wanted it to.

"I mean, every match you lose, pretty much, I guess, kind of a missed opportunity, but not exceptionally today. I mean, she picked it up very well in the second set. You know, was able to use the fact that I slipped off for a game or two, and won the third set.

"But I feel good with the way I play, how I hit the ball again. It's good. I had couple weeks off, so I'm happy that I'm getting back to where I want to be.

"The atmosphere is a bit different [from Grand Slams]. You still want to win badly, because this is one of our biggest tournaments of the year."

[Re. her shot that was going out, but hit the net and landed in for a winner]
"Yeah, I mean, that was kind of a lucky shot. Of course, if it would have gone wide and hit the net, would give her 40/15, so, yeah, I got a little lucky there."

[Re. saving three match-points at *3-5 in the third]
"You try to fight till the end. You don't want to lose easily, so, you know, just trying till the end."

[Re. Martina Hingis saying that Nicole is the best player of her generation]
"I don't really think about it like that. I just try to win games; I try to win matches, whoever's on the other side. So, it's very nice of her to say because she's such a great player, such a great champion. But I have to really focus on myself, and not really pay attention so much to what they say.

"I try to pay attention what my parents say, my coach, everybody I really have in my small circle. It's nice, of course, to listen to it, but I think you have to kind of push it out of your head and just your own thing, still work hard and just focus on yourself."

[Re. off-court distractions]
"I have a manager who kind of helps me with all this stuff. So, you know, it's definitely: there's more to tennis than just the actual tennis and hitting the ball, so..."


Kuznetsova quotes
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{before the match}

"I play Nicole third time. I won her both times. And I think it's gonna be a very tough match. She plays well. She's getting dangerous when she gets to this forward rounds. It means she has good levels, so just looking forward to it."


{after the match}

"The match was high quality, and to win it I had to put something into it. I couldn't just defend. Usually I dictate, and today she was doing that. She has extremely good strokes and serves well.

"I just promised myself going out there today that I was going to stay tough every ball. I could've put my hands down still in the first set, because she was just hitting winners... but I said she could be very unpredictable some moments, so I know I have to play every point, so that's what I did, which I'm very happy of. Sometimes she chooses extreme shots.

"I was a bit slow in the first set; I was maybe a bit tense, and wasn't getting {to/into} the ball as much as I would've liked.

"Nicole was serving very well, and I had just a few chances to break her, and I made almost all of them.

"But she played a good match, and it was very tough out there. And I think it was very important to hold my serve in the third set.

"I had the problem with my toe. My nail was pinching me so much, and I kind of gave myself credit for suffering. Then I just took it out at the changeover, which was very painful. I didn't want to call the trainer. I thought I better not stop the match. I was moving good, but it was hurting me a bit.

"I'm doing better, improving my serve, coming more to net. I believe if I can keep doing this, I can improve as a player and my ranking will go higher."

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Doubles
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(Nicole Vaidišová [EF]/Dinara Safina)[WC]:
1r + Emilie Loit/Nicole Pratt, 4-6 6-2 [10/7]
2r - (VIRGINIA RUANO PASCUAL/PAOLA SUÁREZ)[3], 4-6 4-6

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

Neptune
Mar 24th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Great analysis.Thanks to quote my words.:)
I remenber one thing now.Eurosport's commentator said Nicole's game was "messy".I agree with this statement so far.She is a good player but she had up and down's moment which cost her a lot during this match.

Anyway, I don't believe Nicole will retire at 23.They say it but they rarely do it.