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Wintermute
Apr 1st, 2007, 10:58 PM
World Group 2007
Final
15 - 16 September 2007
Small Sports Arena 'Luzhniki', Moscow, Russia


Russia 2 - 0 Italy
R1 - A.CHAKVETADZE (RUS) bt. F.SCHIAVONE (ITA) 6-4 4-6 6-4
R2 - S.KUZNETSOVA (RUS) bt. M.SANTANGELO (ITA) 6-1 6-2
R3 - S.KUZNETSOVA (RUS) bt. F.SCHIAVONE (ITA) 4-6 7-6(7) 7-5
R4 - E.VESNINA (RUS) bt. M.SANTANGELO (ITA) 6-2 6-4
R5 - N.PETROVA / E.VESNINA (RUS) v M.SANTANGELO / R.VINCI (ITA)


Russian squad:
1. http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/FC_3340_playerprofile.JPGSvetlana Kuznetsova
2. http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/FC_3840_playerprofile.JPGAnna Chakvetadze
3. http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/FC_3842_playerprofile.JPGNadia Petrova
4. http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/FC_3843_playerprofile.JPGElena Vesnina
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

Italian squad:
1. http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/FC_3164_playerprofile.JPGFrancesca Schiavone
2. http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/FC_3385_playerprofile.JPGMara Santangelo
3. http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/FC_3386_playerprofile.JPGRoberta Vinci
4. http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/FC_3384_playerprofile.JPGFlavia Pennetta
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti


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Semifinal
14 July - 15 July 2007
The Stadium at Topnotch, Stowe, USA
Surface: Hard outdoors

Russia 3 - 2 USA
R1 - V.KING (USA) lost to A.CHAKVETADZE (RUS) 1-6 3-6
R2 - V.WILLIAMS (USA) bt. N.PETROVA (RUS) 7-6(6) 0-6 6-4
R3 - V.WILLIAMS (USA) bt. A.CHAKVETADZE (RUS) 6-1 6-4
R4 - M. TU (USA) lost to N.PETROVA (RUS) 1-6 2-6
R5 - V.WILLIAMS / L.RAYMOND (USA) lost to N.PETROVA / E.VESNINA (RUS) 5-7 6-7


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1st Round
21 - 22 Apr 2007
Small Sports Arena 'Luzhniki', Moscow, Russia

Russia 5 - 0 Spain
R1 - N.PETROVA (RUS) bt. A.MEDINA GARRIGUES (ESP) 6-3 6-4
R2 - S.KUZNETSOVA (RUS) bt. L.DOMINGUEZ-LINO (ESP) 6-3 6-2
R3 - S.KUZNETSOVA (RUS) bt. A.MEDINA GARRIGUES (ESP) 6-3 4-6 6-0
R4 - A.CHAKVETADZE (RUS) bt. N.LLAGOSTERA VIVES (ESP) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2
R5 - N.PETROVA / E.VESNINA (RUS) bt. L.DOMINGUEZ-LINO / L.POUS-TIO (ESP) 6-1 4-6 6-2

www.fedcup.com (http://www.fedcup.com/)

Wintermute
Apr 1st, 2007, 11:01 PM
The squad hasn't been officially named on the Fed Cup site yet but Shamil Tarpishchev has made an announcement to the All Sports news agency in Russia and Anna has said on her website that she's going to be there.

I actually think Anna might not get to play a match unless it's a dead rubber or one of the other players is injured. But at least she got picked and by making herself available she's eligible for the 2008 Olympics.

Wintermute
Apr 2nd, 2007, 06:08 PM
Sharapova is out of Fed Cup! She is having treatment on her right shoulder and left hamstring.

www.mariasharapova.com (http://www.mariasharapova.com)

I guess that means Anna might get a match after all and presumably Dinara will be in the squad.

the cat
Apr 2nd, 2007, 08:18 PM
This is a big opportunity for Anna to play Fed Cup for Russia. I hope she takes advantage of it.

goldenlox
Apr 2nd, 2007, 08:22 PM
Anna played Fed Cup last year too. She's going to be the team leader soon, taking over from Lena.
Finally, a new diary etry

hu2891601
Apr 2nd, 2007, 08:23 PM
but I still think they'll let Petrova and Kuznetsova to play the two single's matches though.. maybe Anna will play the double's match if it's a dead rubber..

goldenlox
Apr 2nd, 2007, 08:33 PM
She might not play on day 1. But I would play her with confidence.

Wintermute
Apr 5th, 2007, 08:06 PM
Word on the street is Elena Vesnina's been drafted to the team. This would mean that Lena and Anna's old doubles pairing could be resurrected.

goldenlox
Apr 5th, 2007, 08:21 PM
Vesnina is in terrible form now. And she was on the team for the 2nd tie last year.
Makes no sense.

hu2891601
Apr 6th, 2007, 12:00 AM
Do you guys think that they let Vesnina replace Sharapova just for Anna? since Anna rarely plays doubles, and if she has to play with a russian, then it'll be Vesnina.. and this way, they can gain points for the Olympics next year, cause Anna's very likely to be on the Olympics team.

cosmoose
Apr 6th, 2007, 05:05 AM
I think Anna should start ahead of Nadia. Doubles isn't her strength right now.

Good luck Anna! http://smiley.onegreatguy.net/bunny.gif http://smiley.onegreatguy.net/fruit.gif

Wintermute
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:16 AM
News story - in Russian.
gazeta.ru (http://www.gazeta.ru/news/sport/2007/04/05/n_1054033.shtml)

Maybe I'm translating wrong but I don't understand Tarpishchev's reason for not including Safina.

~|Naomi|~
Apr 7th, 2007, 04:24 AM
News story - in Russian.
gazeta.ru (http://www.gazeta.ru/news/sport/2007/04/05/n_1054033.shtml)

Maybe I'm translating wrong but I don't understand Tarpishchev's reason for not including Safina.

Can someone translate this because I'd be very interested in why Dinara wasn't included.

Spiritof42
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:44 AM
Can someone translate this because I'd be very interested in why Dinara wasn't included.

It only says that Safina is currently in the USA and is playing Amelia Island (where she lost to Petrova yesterday, by the way). I don't quite understand how that's supposed to make her unavailable for Fed Cup. :scratch: It also says Zvonareva is not healthy and has some kind of viral infection. I don't understand the logic of choosing Vesnina over Safina, unless of course Safina declined the invitation. The rest of the article is mostly about Sharapova's withdrawal due to injury.

hu2891601
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:47 PM
but they still have Kirilenko, Poutchkova, Likhovtseva... maybe more, i can't remember... I think all of them are better than Vesnina at this point, and Likhovtseva is kind of a double specialist.. that's why I think they wanted Vesnina to play just to pair up with Anna in the double's match.. they have enough great single's players already.

goldenlox
Apr 7th, 2007, 08:59 PM
Zvonareva should be on the team. She still might be, if Sveta pulls out. Anna might be playing 2 singles matches.

~|Naomi|~
Apr 8th, 2007, 02:53 AM
but they still have Kirilenko, Poutchkova, Likhovtseva... maybe more, i can't remember... I think all of them are better than Vesnina at this point, and Likhovtseva is kind of a double specialist.. that's why I think they wanted Vesnina to play just to pair up with Anna in the double's match.. they have enough great single's players already.

But if they wanted a doubles player they should have gone for Likhovtseva, sure she hasn't played with Anna but she is an outstanding doubles player. Anna and Elena haven't played together for awhile anyway. Safina, Kirilenko, Zvonareva are all better doubles players as well and in better singles form. It doesn't make sense to select Vesnina at all. Unless all the others declined the opportunity, that I find hard to believe. Sure a couple of them may have but all of them surely not.

Wintermute
Apr 8th, 2007, 01:05 PM
I'm as bewildered as you Naomi. But the official nominations don't come out until next week so perhaps all will become clear then.

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2007, 08:22 PM
We know Anna will be there, playing day 1 singles.

Wintermute
Apr 9th, 2007, 08:30 PM
Maybe it's worth noting that this tie will be played indoors on red clay, the same surface on which Anna and Elena reached the French Open quarter finals last year.

Clay is still Anna's worst surface based on percentage of matches won but since she soared up the rankings she hasn't played on clay so perhaps that could be about to change.

Wintermute
Apr 11th, 2007, 07:02 PM
The team nominations were confirmed today so Vesnina is definitely in.

Here's what the site says:
This is the fourth meeting between the two nations and Russia holds a 3-1 advantage. However, the last meeting of these two nations came in 1990 when Russia was playing under the banner of USSR.

Also worth adding is that all those ties were on hard court.

The only player on the Spanish squad that Anna has lost to is Nuria Llagostera Vives who beat her at a $50k in the Bronx back in 2004 in a third set tiebreak.

cosmoose
Apr 11th, 2007, 07:28 PM
I think Nadia and Sveta are the singles player and Anna will be in doubles.
Only way I see Anna playing singles is either Nadia and Sveta are injured/played terribly or the sunday matches are meaningless.

goldenlox
Apr 11th, 2007, 07:59 PM
Sveta withdrew from the FCC, so she still might not be there.

cosmoose
Apr 14th, 2007, 06:11 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0f/Flag_of_Georgia.svg/125px-Flag_of_Georgia.svg.png
Is Anna citizen of Republic of Georgia? dual citizen perhaps?
If she is, I wonder if she'll consider playing for Georgia.
I'm sure roster spot wouldn't be a problem! :)

goldenlox
Apr 16th, 2007, 11:38 AM
Nadia and Sveta will probably play on day 1. But I wouldn't be surprised if Anna plays at least singles match.
This is a good week for 2 or 3 diary entries.

goldenlox
Apr 18th, 2007, 02:44 AM
Anna used to write diary entries all the time. I don't know why she stopped, but this is a good week to write.

goldenlox
Apr 18th, 2007, 09:36 PM
http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/9528/img0036resizelb0.jpg

Spiritof42
Apr 18th, 2007, 10:52 PM
Anna's hair! :hearts:
Yes I do hope for more diary entries within the next week :bounce:

GeorgianFan
Apr 18th, 2007, 11:19 PM
Is Anna citizen of Republic of Georgia?

No, she is not.:)

GeorgianFan
Apr 18th, 2007, 11:21 PM
Russia - Spain

During training. thanks to wtatour.ru

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/2337/ankakt3.jpg

cosmoose
Apr 19th, 2007, 12:25 AM
Livestream link to this tie would be very much appreciated. :worship:

hu2891601
Apr 19th, 2007, 03:22 AM
Livestream link to this tie would be very much appreciated. :worship:


I second that!!! :bounce: but any channel's showing it??

goldenlox
Apr 19th, 2007, 11:49 AM
http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/8106/dsc02986sx3.jpg

GeorgianFan
Apr 19th, 2007, 01:46 PM
Anna noticed us:hearts:

goldenlox
Apr 19th, 2007, 02:03 PM
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/6682/trenirovkatf0.jpg

GeorgianFan
Apr 19th, 2007, 02:43 PM
Russian team preparation

Video (http://www.dailymotion.com/gnubung/video/x1qx45_fedcupru/1)

cosmoose
Apr 19th, 2007, 04:25 PM
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/6682/trenirovkatf0.jpg

They are practicing victory handshake! :lol:

GeorgianFan
Apr 19th, 2007, 04:34 PM
but any channel's showing it??

Russian RTR-Sport

goldenlox
Apr 19th, 2007, 05:47 PM
http://www.tden.ru/f/articles/012107/illu_1.jpg

GeorgianFan
Apr 19th, 2007, 08:49 PM
Shamil Tarpischev: "Chakvetadze is the strongest!"

:worship: :worship: :worship:

hu2891601
Apr 19th, 2007, 11:50 PM
Russian team preparation

Video (http://www.dailymotion.com/gnubung/video/x1qx45_fedcupru/1)


thanx for the video! but I don't understand a word of it...:o :tape:

hu2891601
Apr 19th, 2007, 11:51 PM
Shamil Tarpischev: "Chakvetadze is the strongest!"

:worship: :worship: :worship:

He said that!! :yeah: does that mean Anna will play 1st day singles then? hehe.

hu2891601
Apr 19th, 2007, 11:52 PM
and any livestream for that Russian channel?? or maybe someone can record it? ;)

cosmoose
Apr 20th, 2007, 01:32 AM
and any livestream for that Russian channel?? or maybe someone can record it? ;)

no livestream for Russian RTR sport. http://planetsmilies.net/sad-smiley-349.gif
and there is no TV from Spain either. http://planetsmilies.net/confused-smiley-17432.gif
I guess I'll just watch one of bazillion repeats of US-Belgium.
joyhttp://smiley.onegreatguy.net/bitch.gif

hu2891601
Apr 20th, 2007, 02:01 AM
no livestream for Russian RTR sport. http://planetsmilies.net/sad-smiley-349.gif
and there is no TV from Spain either. http://planetsmilies.net/confused-smiley-17432.gif
I guess I'll just watch one of bazillion repeats of US-Belgium.
joyhttp://smiley.onegreatguy.net/bitch.gif


haha, u always have the cuuuute smiley, :lol:

and watching US-Belgium... that's like the last thing i'll do, it's just like watching two cute little kids getting beat up by two giants, :tape:

i guess i'll just have to wait for someone to upload the Russia - Spain tie now, and hopefully, someone will upload it.. :help:

cosmoose
Apr 20th, 2007, 02:52 AM
haha, u always have the cuuuute smiley, :lol:

and watching US-Belgium... that's like the last thing i'll do, it's just like watching two cute little kids getting beat up by two giants, :tape:
Belgium vs. USA http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Laughing/lol-032.gif
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k118/cozmoose/Tennis/Cat_Fight.gif

i guess i'll just have to wait for someone to upload the Russia - Spain tie now, and hopefully, someone will upload it.. :help:
http://static.flickr.com/45/145053875_be32d35c4f.jpg
L - P - U - S (Help us!)

Spiritof42
Apr 20th, 2007, 05:13 AM
http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/8106/dsc02986sx3.jpg
I like the team outfit :)

Spiritof42
Apr 20th, 2007, 05:24 AM
thanx for the video! but I don't understand a word of it...:o :tape:
Time for you to learn Russian! :D

hu2891601
Apr 20th, 2007, 05:35 AM
Time for you to learn Russian! :D

:o :o

currently learning French, LOL, but Russian should be next! ;)

cosmoose
Apr 20th, 2007, 07:15 AM
I just realized that if Russia and USA wins this round, they'll be matched against each other in July.

hu2891601
Apr 20th, 2007, 07:29 AM
really?? :eek: but maybe the Sisters won't play in July. ;)

cosmoose
Apr 20th, 2007, 12:57 PM
really?? :eek: but maybe the Sisters won't play in July. ;)
I'm not worried about Anna vs. Venus.
Against Serena, Anna would have to be the matador.
Just narrowly sidestepping Serena's power shots and then counter attack with her crafty angles and slices. :)
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k118/cozmoose/misc/images.jpg

cosmoose
Apr 20th, 2007, 01:00 PM
Russia v. Spain official draw

Day 1
Nadia Petrova (RUS) v Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Lourdes Dominguez-Lino (ESP)

Day 2
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
Nadia Petrova (RUS) v Lourdes Dominguez-Lino (ESP)
Anna Chakvetadze/Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Nuria Llagostera Vives/Laura Pous-Tio (ESP)

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_3313_gallery.JPG

Pink Princess
Apr 20th, 2007, 04:03 PM
C'mon Anna!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: http://www.animac.ru/smiles/invision/173.gif

Wintermute
Apr 20th, 2007, 07:14 PM
Russia v. Spain official draw


As expected Anya and Lena get stuck in as the doubles pair in a dead rubber I would expect. If Russia get 3-0 up then maybe Anna will swap for Nadia in the dead fourth rubber.

cosmoose
Apr 21st, 2007, 04:24 AM
As expected Anya and Lena get stuck in as the doubles pair in a dead rubber I would expect. If Russia get 3-0 up then maybe Anna will swap for Nadia in the dead fourth rubber.

In Davis Cup, the doubles match is the third match. So it either becomes the clinching match (3-0) or swings the tie to one side (2-1 or 1-2).

I just assumed Fed Cup followed the Davis Cup format. If what wintermute say is true, then Anna and Lena will just be interested bystanders. I can't imagine Spain could force a meaningful fifth match.

3 weeks off to be a glorified benchwarmer. This is bad deal for Anna. :fiery:

hu2891601
Apr 21st, 2007, 05:00 AM
haha, cosmoose, Fed Cup does play the four singles first, and then, double! lol, so yeah, Anna won't play unless it's a dead rubber, or unless Petrova or Kuznetsova's injured the first day, then they'll need Anna for the third single..

Spiritof42
Apr 21st, 2007, 06:21 AM
Expected I guess, but this still sucks. :mad:

cosmoose
Apr 21st, 2007, 07:06 AM
C'mon Anna!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: http://www.animac.ru/smiles/invision/173.gif

Wow. you would support Anna over your own country's team? :eek:

Actually, when Russia plays against USA, I would be cheering for Anna also! :lol:
http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/travesmilies/flaggen1/smilie_flagge15.gif

hu2891601
Apr 21st, 2007, 07:37 AM
Wow. you would support Anna over your own country's team? :eek:

Actually, when Russia plays against USA, I would be cheering for Anna also! :lol:
http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/travesmilies/flaggen1/smilie_flagge15.gif


haha, I agree! I'll be cheering for Anna also! :lol: esp. since Davenport's retired now..

Pink Princess
Apr 21st, 2007, 04:33 PM
Wow. you would support Anna over your own country's team? :eek:

Actually, when Russia plays against USA, I would be cheering for Anna also! :lol:
http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/travesmilies/flaggen1/smilie_flagge15.gif

haha, I agree! I'll be cheering for Anna also! :lol: esp. since Davenport's retired now..

Always that Anna this one in the Team I want Russia's victory:bigclap::bigclap: :bigclap: I want Anna's Photo with the Trophyhttp://www.intercot.com/discussion/images/smilies/trophy.gif:bigclap:http://www.intercot.com/discussion/images/smilies/princess.gif

goldenlox
Apr 21st, 2007, 05:18 PM
I think there is a good chance Anna will play singles and doubles tomorrow.

GeorgianFan
Apr 21st, 2007, 06:06 PM
Does it work for you?

mms://media.caucasus.net/station1

hu2891601
Apr 21st, 2007, 07:08 PM
Does it work for you?

mms://media.caucasus.net/station1


eek, it doesn't work for me.. is it a livestream site?

cosmoose
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:23 PM
Does it work for you?

mms://media.caucasus.net/station1

http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Computer/computer-22.gif

GeorgianFan
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:17 PM
As I expected:o it's not working outside the country.

Wintermute
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:17 PM
Anna's playing Nuria in the dead 4th rubber.

goldenlox
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:25 PM
Anna will play doubles too.

GeorgianFan
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:00 PM
A. Chakvetadze - N. Llagostera Vives 3-6 0-0:eek:

Wintermute
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:31 PM
A. Chakvetadze - N. Llagostera Vives 3-6 0-0:eek:

Yeah Anna's been getting pasted so far. Now 5-5 in the 2nd.

Wintermute
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:47 PM
Anna fought back from a break down to take the second set 7-5 in the tiebreak.

GeorgianFan
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:57 PM
A. Chakvetadze - N. Llagostera Vives 3-6 7-5 2-0:banana:

win this set easily:bounce:

goldenlox
Apr 22nd, 2007, 02:12 PM
I was hoping Anna would win easily, so Shamil would have confidence in her in future ties.
I guess she's nervous. Anna played well last year, and that was an important tie. To stay in the top group of countries.

Pink Princess
Apr 22nd, 2007, 02:18 PM
Anna won 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2 Very well!!!

Wintermute
Apr 22nd, 2007, 02:18 PM
Anna won 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2

Amazing comeback. :bounce: She was down and out in this match. Nuria served for it but Anna fought her way through.

GeorgianFan
Apr 22nd, 2007, 02:25 PM
A. Chakvetadze - N. Llagostera Vives 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2

:woohoo:

goldenlox
Apr 22nd, 2007, 02:31 PM
Now Anna and Lena play doubles. Lena plays a 100k in France this week. She has to get out of there.

Wintermute
Apr 22nd, 2007, 03:29 PM
Now Anna and Lena play doubles. Lena plays a 100k in France this week. She has to get out of there.

Nadia not Anna.

Cat's Pajamas
Apr 22nd, 2007, 03:36 PM
Good job Anna! :yeah: :bounce:

Wintermute
Apr 22nd, 2007, 06:47 PM
Russia won the doubles too so it's a whitewash.

Anna hasn't played on clay for 11 months and Nuria likes the clay so we can forgive her almost losing this match. :p But Anna's got to put in a good show in Warsaw now.

cosmoose
Apr 22nd, 2007, 07:18 PM
I was hoping Anna would win easily, so Shamil would have confidence in her in future ties.
I guess she's nervous. Anna played well last year, and that was an important tie. To stay in the top group of countries.

Why would she be nervous? That match meant absolutely nothing.
It was nothing more than an exhibition match and she was probably experimenting on few things against a live opponent.

goldenlox
Apr 22nd, 2007, 08:16 PM
She shouldn't be nervous. But I want her to play well in these spots.

Spiritof42
Apr 23rd, 2007, 05:51 AM
It was her first match since the Miami semis, and was played on a different surface. I'm just glad she fought back and managed to win it. :)
I don't usually follow Fed Cup. I didn't know the coach was allowed to switch players at the last minute once the matches had been announced.

fOxYLiCiOuS
Apr 30th, 2007, 11:36 PM
Well done :D

Wintermute
Jun 30th, 2007, 07:04 PM
Williams sisters head US team for semifinal

The USTA and US Fed Cup Captain Zina Garrison announced that eight-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, five-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, the world’s No. 1 doubles player Lisa Raymond and 18-year-old Vania King will comprise the US team to host Russia in the 2007 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals on 14-15 July at the Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont. This same team defeated Belgium 5-0 in the quarterfinals at Delray Beach, Florida.

The event has been sold-out for more than two weeks. Tickets went on sale Tuesday, June 5, and sold out within a week, resulting in USTA officials increasing the number of seats in the stadium - constructed especially for the semifinal - from 3,000 to 4,100.

“Venus, Serena, Lisa and Vania are committed to continuing their success as a team,” said Fed Cup Captain Zina Garrison. “Russia is certainly a formidable opponent and we look to play our very best tennis in front of a loud, patriotic crowd in Stowe.”

USA. and Russia have met five times in Fed Cup play, with USA. leading the series 4-1. Russia won the most recent meeting, defeating USA in the 2005 semifinals on the way to its second consecutive - and second-ever - Fed Cup crown. The winner of the semifinal will face either France or Italy in the World Group Final.

The Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage. The best-of-five match series begins at 1.30pm local time on 14 with two singles matches, and is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match beginning at 12.30pm on 15 July.

fedcup.com (http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=11121)

goldenlox
Jun 30th, 2007, 08:10 PM
Now I'm not sure if Anna will play singles. Lena will play, and if Nadia or Sveta feel healthy enough to go, they might get chosen for singles.
I hope those 2 rest up, they have nagging injuries.

hu2891601
Jul 1st, 2007, 12:16 AM
Anna did not say she'll play this tie for sure.

Wintermute
Jul 5th, 2007, 12:18 AM
The squads have been confirmed:

USA
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Lisa Raymond
Vania King

Russia
Maria Sharapova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Nadia Petrova
Anna Chakvetadze

goldenlox
Jul 5th, 2007, 02:39 AM
Those aren't confirmed. Serena and Maria probably won't be there. Sharapova is going to a doctor, then decide. She might have already decided.
And Serena will probably see a doctor too.

Wintermute
Jul 5th, 2007, 05:27 PM
Those aren't confirmed.

Those are the official nominations from the Fed Cup website.

http://www.fedcup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100008903

Of course, who can say who will be "injured" by then?

goldenlox
Jul 5th, 2007, 06:41 PM
ESPN put out a press release weeks ago listing presenters for the ESPY's, and Sharapova is on the list.
That means she confirmed she'll be in LA on the 15th, not Vermont.

So which confirmation is right? Where would Sharapova rather be?
That might decide if Anna plays singles or not.
Tarpischev might play Nadia anyway.

hu2891601
Jul 8th, 2007, 12:31 AM
Well, according to a Russian fed cup team coach interview posted in GM, Petrova, Anna, and Vesnina will be playing for sure... but Kuzzy will need surgery for her shoulder :confused: and Sharapova wanna take a minimum of 12 days off :o

if that's true, Petrova and Anna will play singles against the Sisters... :tape: :tape: but since they both have so-called "injuries" right now, they both might not play, and i hope so. ;) :p

Wintermute
Jul 8th, 2007, 01:26 AM
If I understand the rules right, the Team Captain has to nominate a full squad at least 10 days before the start of the tie. Then he can change a maximum of two players up to at least 1 hour before the draw is made.

Presumably Tarpischev had a deadline so he nominated his ideal team but is aware that one or two of them might not actually play. So possibly Vesnina in for Sharapova?

goldenlox
Jul 9th, 2007, 01:27 PM
The team is Anna Nadia Alla Lena V.
Anna plays #1 singles.

GeorgianFan
Jul 9th, 2007, 02:06 PM
Good luck Anyta! vpiriot http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/6708/sauf0.gif

cosmoose
Jul 9th, 2007, 07:15 PM
The team is Anna Nadia Alla Lena V.
Anna plays #1 singles.

This is not the team to bring against the Sisters. :help:

goldenlox
Jul 9th, 2007, 07:19 PM
If they lose, that's life. This is the best team that would come.
Sveta is injured and Sharapova wants to party in LA this week.

Wintermute
Jul 9th, 2007, 07:25 PM
This will be super-tough for Russia. Head-to-heads don't look good. Petrova is 1-6 with Serena and 0-3 with Venus. Anna has one loss to Venus on clay and has never played Serena.

Does anyone know why Safina wasn't selected?

Pink Princess
Jul 9th, 2007, 07:57 PM
http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/6821/chakvetadzerussia333cw0.jpg

C'mon Anna!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: http://www.animac.ru/smiles/invision/173.gif

cosmoose
Jul 9th, 2007, 09:48 PM
Russian team has no captain. :help:

MOSCOW, July 9 (Reuters) - Russia's tennis chief said on Monday he had been denied a U.S. visa to accompany his team for this week's Fed Cup semi-final against the United States and accused authorities of hampering his team's preparations.
"I should be with my team getting ready to face a strong U.S. team," Russia Fed Cup captain and Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev told Reuters.
"Instead, I'm sitting here in Moscow unable to do anything."
The U.S. embassy in Moscow declined to give immediate comment on the matter.
Russia take on the United States on July 14-15 in Vermont.
Tarpishchev, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said he had been hoping to fly to the United States from Guatemala, where the IOC held its annual session last week.
"It's a two-hour flight from Guatemala to the U.S., so it could have been ideal to go straight to the States," he said.
"Instead, I had to spent 12 hours flying back to Moscow and then if I do get a U.S. visa in the next few days I must make the same long trip back to America.

"Our players are already in the States but we don't have any coaches there to help them. That's nonsense," he added. "I'm going to inform the International Tennis Federation because this is against any international norms of fair competition."
Tarpishchev said it was not the first time he has had problems getting a U.S. visa.
"At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics I got a restricted visa that said I couldn't go anywhere else outside of that city and for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City they gave me a visa only for the second week and I was forced to miss an IOC session prior to the Games," he said.
Tarpishchev said his visa problems had been going on for the past decade and that he thought he might be on some sort of black list because he had in the past been accused of having links to the Russian mafia, a charge he denies.

hu2891601
Jul 10th, 2007, 03:34 AM
what can I say??? :help: :help: :help:

the last hope is that the Sisters still might pull out. So in that case, the Russian team can win without a coach!

goldenlox
Jul 10th, 2007, 06:51 PM
It's possible the Russian team will walk out and not play.

Topspin2
Jul 10th, 2007, 08:31 PM
Good luck Anna!!!!!! :bounce:

Wintermute
Jul 10th, 2007, 09:47 PM
This tie is certainly creating controversy. No visa for Tarpischev, his request for the tie to be moved, Sharapova's withdrawal and subsequent website comments. Who knows what will happen next?

So does anyone think Tarpischev has Mafia connections? :tape: Section 25 of the Fed Cup rules states "The Home Nation must give every assistance to officials and members of the visiting team, and ensure that visas are not withheld." The visas are supposed to be approved 14 days before the tie.

This whole thing with visas kinda backs up Davydenko's attempts to become an Austrian citizen.

goldenlox
Jul 10th, 2007, 11:08 PM
Davydenko just wants an EU passport. That means a lot less paperwork.

cosmoose
Jul 11th, 2007, 01:36 AM
what a mess.
It's like the teacher didn't show up and students are left to themselves.
I can just imagine Anna and her teammates out on practice court thinking, "what should we do?" :help:

Spiritof42
Jul 11th, 2007, 07:29 AM
This is turning into a Cold War-style soap opera. :help:
I'm not sure I still want Anna to be a part of it...

Danči Dementia
Jul 11th, 2007, 07:18 PM
Lets just hope that everything will turn out well for Russia...
I hope Russia wins.
And show to everybody that they can do it withouth a coach and without Sharapova....


ANNA......................COME ON GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

goldenlox
Jul 12th, 2007, 12:22 AM
Serena won't be there, so Anna has to beat King.

goldenlox
Jul 12th, 2007, 01:38 PM
Tarpischev is on his way to Vermont. Anna plays King or Tu on day 1. That's a must win. If she beats Venus on Sunday, then Anna's a hero.
But getting that first point is most important.

hu2891601
Jul 12th, 2007, 04:47 PM
Nadia might very well be the one to win the 1st point.... why so sure it'll be Anna??

goldenlox
Jul 12th, 2007, 05:13 PM
I think Nadia plays Venus on day 1, because Anna is Russian #1.

hu2891601
Jul 12th, 2007, 05:34 PM
yeah, I know, but Nadia can beat Venus too! ;)

goldenlox
Jul 12th, 2007, 05:38 PM
I'm hoping Anna beats Venus

Wintermute
Jul 12th, 2007, 06:32 PM
Anna and Nadia should both get wins over Meilen Tu. Even with home crowd support it would be a big upset if she won. If Venus proves too strong then this tie may come down to the doubles. That could be a hard task with Lisa Raymond in for the US. I wonder who Russia will pick - probably Vesnina and Petrova I'd guess.

As a British-American I have mixed feelings about this tie. I want Anna to win her matches but I want USA to do well also.

cosmoose
Jul 12th, 2007, 07:31 PM
I think Russia made a mistake by selecting Alla to the team.
She is not strong enough to be singles player and as far as I know, she has not partnered with any of girls on the team for doubles.
So whats her role in the team? hitting partner? :confused:

I would have preferred picking a dedicated doubles team...Kirilenko/Vesnina?
Petrova/Vesnina is a good team but Nadia has to play 3 times in 2 days. I'm not sure her body will hold up.

Pink Princess
Jul 13th, 2007, 04:33 PM
Anna training with your braid!!!

http://news.mywebpal.com/partners/999/documents/custom/customimages/ssthurspm/images/IMG_9205.jpg

goldenlox
Jul 13th, 2007, 08:19 PM
As the Russian #1, Anna starts the tie tomorrow -

Vania King (USA) v Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
Venus Williams (USA) v Nadia Petrova (RUS)

Venus Williams (USA) v Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
Vania King (USA) v Nadia Petrova (RUS)
doubles

Wintermute
Jul 13th, 2007, 09:37 PM
Why have they picked Vania ahead of Meilen? Meilen is ranked more than 40 places ahead of Vania. Is it because she's a late recruitment to the team?

Anna should certainly beat King but I'm very interested to see how she fares against Venus.

Wintermute
Jul 13th, 2007, 09:39 PM
High up in the Green Mountain state of Vermont in the New England area of the United States lies the city of Stowe. It’s a beautiful setting that particularly comes to life in autumn when the tress change colour and then again in winter when it becomes a wonderland for skiers.

Now in the middle of summer it is a perfect spot for USA to take on Russia in the semifinals of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. While the temperatures soar in other parts of the country, up here it is perfectly mild for this event. This is the sixth time these two nations have met with the Russians scoring their first victory over USA the last time that the two teams met in the 2005 semifinals in Moscow.

“This of course a very important match and of course we want to be in the final,” said Chakvetadze. “It’s a pretty tough match because its against the USA and we are playing here and of course it would be easier for us to play back at home but we will try to do out best and we will see.”

She said it is easier for her to play the first match, at least she knows exactly what time she goes on.

For Petrova it doesn’t matter that she plays second. Her greater experience at this level will be enough to keep her settled. She said it would allow her to adjust to the atmosphere and get her mind into focus and gauge the crowd. She knows it will be very difficult facing Venus Williams who will have the crowd with her even more seeing that she is the new Wimbledon champion.

Williams and Petrova have faced each other three times and Venus has won all the matches. The last time was at Wimbledon in 2003.

“So much has happened since that day at Wimbledon less than a week ago, now we are her at Fed Cup and it seems like ages ago, it’s very exciting and it’s still very fresh in the mind,” said Venus, who laughingly described herself as the ‘Mother Hen’ of the American team.

She added: “I’m looking forward to using all that ability (from Wimbledon) in Fed Cup.

“Each match can be the same but it can also be different, the circumstances are different, we’re playing at altitude, obviously when you are playing someone who is playing for their country it’s a whole another level. In a way it could be more challenging.”

“Yeah it is a tough start to play (Nadia) but I don’t think she has a win against me. I think that will definitely be in her head when she plays against me. It’s another challenge also to win for her country and get her first win against me – I’ll take all that, going into the match.”

The American captain Zina Garrison said she enjoys the responsibility that goes with captaining the Fed Cup team. She says it’s an exceptional time to bring the side together; she says, “it a very special moment”.

“Playing at home is great; considering that out of my five years as captain this is only my third time playing at home so I’m excited and I was excited when I found out the opportunity was there to play two matches at home, but Stowe has really stepped up to the plate, it has been amazing,” Said Garrison.

“I have, all along, been expecting a very strong and interesting tie. One thing about Fed Cup is that anything is possible. There are a lot of times when people play better for their country than on the regular tour so you can’t count anyone out.”

“I have been in predicaments where we have looked good on paper and something totally different happens. That’s the best part about it; allowing yourself to feel the spirit, to feel the people and to go out there and give it your all.”

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/images/news/type.4.gif Interview with Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/FC_3844_mp3.MP3) (MP3 format)

fedcup.com (http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=11146)

goldenlox
Jul 13th, 2007, 09:59 PM
Interesting that they've hit together and King also worked with Lansdorp. So Anna knows what to expect. And Anna can be a hero on day 2.

RR-87
Jul 13th, 2007, 10:06 PM
I hope Nadia and Anna can beat Venus. King is a no problem even for Vesnina ;)

Spiritof42
Jul 14th, 2007, 03:24 AM
Hmm... someone else using the same avatar... what are the odds? :p

A win over King is expected, and in fact mandatory for the Russian team, but beating the new Wimby champ would be quite a feat. Come on Anna! :bounce:

hu2891601
Jul 14th, 2007, 03:48 AM
Hmm... someone else using the same avatar... what are the odds? :p




:lol: I thought you changed your user name and location!! :p

PaulHopkins
Jul 14th, 2007, 06:29 PM
Heya do you know if I can find Anna's match anywhere on the net? We don't have it here in England :sad:

goldenlox
Jul 14th, 2007, 06:53 PM
Anna started with a break. Now she serving up 2 breaks, 3-0.

PaulHopkins
Jul 14th, 2007, 06:58 PM
Looking really good :) 4-0 now :D 100% points won on Anna's serve :D

goldenlox
Jul 14th, 2007, 07:05 PM
The announcers say Anna keeps her elbow too low and it puts a hitch in her serve.

Wintermute
Jul 14th, 2007, 07:14 PM
Anna only dropped one point on her serve in the whole first set, and that's with serving at 44%. I guess Meilen will be playing tomorrow.

cosmoose
Jul 14th, 2007, 07:52 PM
Congrats to Anna! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
easy victory. 6-1, 6-3

Pink Princess
Jul 14th, 2007, 07:53 PM
Anna:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: C'mon Russia!!!

goldenlox
Jul 14th, 2007, 08:05 PM
Anna was very solid. Tomorrow she plays Venus, a much tougher match.

the cat
Jul 14th, 2007, 08:20 PM
That was a nice routine win for Anna over Kinng. But Anna will need to play atleast as well tomorrow against Venus in what will be a huge Fed Cup match for Anna.

saint2
Jul 14th, 2007, 08:23 PM
Venus isnt unbeatable...I think Anna is the best player in Russian Team right now...If anyone here can beat VW, she can :)

itzhak
Jul 14th, 2007, 09:43 PM
nice outfit, different....

goldenlox
Jul 14th, 2007, 10:27 PM
Anna plays Venus tomorrow, and with Nadia tired, Anna probably has to win for Russia to win.

Topspin2
Jul 14th, 2007, 10:44 PM
Good look Anna!!! :bounce:

Pink Princess
Jul 14th, 2007, 11:03 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070714/capt.5b3bc12ed4484987b50c5cc95c1ae2ca.fed_cup_tenn is_vtap101.jpg

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_3942_gallery.JPG

C'MON ANNA!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: The victory tomorrow is the win for Russia!!!

goldenlox
Jul 15th, 2007, 12:47 AM
Chakvetadze came out with all guns blazing. She had Vania King on the back foot from the outset and before long she was leading 4-0. The Russian wasn’t nervous and was playing with plenty of confidence while King just couldn’t settle. Certainly she was trying her best but the difference in experience between them was evident.“I wasn’t nervous at the beginning,” said Chakvetadze. “I was maybe a little bit nervous when it was 5-2 when I lost that game but it wasn’t the end and I thought to myself that I will have to be focused until the end, until the last point is over but in the beginning I felt pretty confident.”

She told herself to remain concentrated and confident. There is always pressure when you play for your country and by showing nerves it was only going to get tougher.Chakvetadze said playing Fed Cup is very important for her: “This is a little bit different, you play for your country and of course I would like to get a trophy for my country and to win in the semifinal or the final that’s important matches … it’s really big for me.”

Wintermute
Jul 15th, 2007, 02:46 AM
http://www.fedcup.com/shared/images/news/type.4.gif Interview with Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/FC_3939_mp3.MP3) (MP3 format)

Anna says her match against Venus will be an interesting test to see where her game is at.

goldenlox
Jul 15th, 2007, 01:45 PM
Today's going to be a much tougher match. I'm interested to see what happens. I hope Nadia wore Venus out yesterday. I got tired watching it.

goldenlox
Jul 15th, 2007, 06:55 PM
Anna lost to Venus 61 64. Now she goes to see Lansdorp and prepares for the hardcourt summer tournaments.

Wintermute
Jul 15th, 2007, 07:21 PM
Did Anna serve as badly as the stats suggest? There's no way she was gonna beat Venus with 12 double faults and below 50% first serves in.

hu2891601
Jul 15th, 2007, 07:26 PM
Do you guys think Anna will play doubles???

Pink Princess
Jul 15th, 2007, 07:33 PM
Anna that match so bad, she could not take advantage of this break point for 5-5. Now to obtaining the victory in Cincinnati.

goldenlox
Jul 15th, 2007, 07:58 PM
Anna started very slow. After being down 0-5, 0-40, she played better.

cosmoose
Jul 15th, 2007, 08:16 PM
Did Anna serve as badly as the stats suggest? There's no way she was gonna beat Venus with 12 double faults and below 50% first serves in.

Anna's problem was her first serve. She didn't get enough of them in.
For second serve, Venus would be two feet inside the baseline and just whack Anna's second serves.
So Anna had to go for more on her second serves and consequently made lot of double faults.
However, once the ball was in play, Anna held her own against Venus.

Wintermute
Jul 15th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Anna's problem was her first serve. She didn't get enough of them in.
For second serve, Venus would be two feet inside the baseline and just whack Anna's second serves.
So Anna had to go for more on her second serves and consequently made lot of double faults.
However, once the ball was in play, Anna held her own against Venus.

I hope Lansdorp can help Anna to improve her serve.

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/images/news/type.4.gif Interview with Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/FC_4044_mp3.MP3) (MP3 format)

cosmoose
Jul 15th, 2007, 08:53 PM
Do you guys think Anna will play doubles???

Nadia said in her interview after her win that she would be playing doubles.
So its going to be Nadia and Elena.

hu2891601
Jul 15th, 2007, 08:55 PM
Nadia said in her interview after her win that she would be playing doubles.
So its going to be Nadia and Elena.

yeah, just saw it on scoreboard... vs. Venus/Raymond :scared:

back to study :bolt:

Wintermute
Jul 16th, 2007, 12:00 AM
Russia won the doubles and go through 3-2.

So Anna may yet have the chance to prove herself in a Fed Cup final. The opponents will be Italy in Moscow!

Spiritof42
Jul 16th, 2007, 05:32 AM
I was hoping Anna would be the hero today. :sad: Didn't happen, but her time will come...

BUBI
Jul 16th, 2007, 08:42 AM
Russia :bigclap:

Sharapower8
Jul 16th, 2007, 01:14 PM
Is there any pictures of the semifinal? :worship:

goldenlox
Jul 16th, 2007, 08:25 PM
July 14, 2007Anna ChakvetadzeSTOWE, VERMONTTHE MODERATOR: Questions, please. Q. With only having played a couple of Fed Cup matches, you seemed pretty relaxed out there today. Are you enjoying playing for your country? ANNA CHAKVETADZE: Just today I told to myself, you know, I will stay concentrate, confident, and nothing going to happen, you know. I just play for fun. I mean, there is pressure always when you play for your country, but today I told myself that, you know, if you will play nervous and if you will have that pressure, it will be really difficult. Q. This is the first time you played on hard courts since early April in Miami. Do you attribute that to the surface at all or do you see yourself as an all-court player; surfaces are sort irrelevant? ANNA CHAKVETADZE: I prefer hard court and grass court. I didn't play that well at Wimbledon. Hopefully I will play better at the US Open. Q. Up next for you tomorrow is Venus Williams. She presents a very big challenge. What are you going to have to do to stay in the match against her? ANNA CHAKVETADZE: Well, you know, I played against her just once. It was two years ago on clay court. I mean, she just won a Grand Slam. Of course, she's in a great shape. So it will be, as you say, a good challenge for me before single tournaments. I will try to do my best and we'll see how it goes. She's a hard-hitter, great serve, good strokes. I mean, I'll just try to play and have fun and we'll see how it goes. Q. You spoke of being a little nervous at the beginning of the match. Did getting a couple breaks right away help you relax a little bit? ANNA CHAKVETADZE: I wasn't nervous. I was a little bit, you know, nervous when it was 5-2, when I lost that game. Well, it wasn't the end. I just thought to myself that I have to be focused until the end, until the last point is over. But in the beginning, I felt pretty confident. Q. Among your career goals, where does winning a Fed Cup rank? ANNA CHAKVETADZE: Well, it's very important, you know. But this is little bit different because, as I said, you play for your country and it's team matches. Of course I would like to get a trophy for my country and to win in the semifinal or in the final. That's important matches. It's really big for me. Q. You mentioned a couple times how nice it is to be able to play for your country. How nice was it to see some Russian flags flying in the crowd? ANNA CHAKVETADZE: You know, I'm actually surprised that it's so many Russian people, and they came to support us. It helps a lot, you know, because the crowd, when you play not at home, especially Fed Cup matches, when crowd helps you, it's very important. Q. Did you take confidence out of the fact that your captain selected you as the top-nominated singles player for your country or did that not matter to you? ANNA CHAKVETADZE: Well, you know, I'm not playing doubles that good, that much. Yeah, and Shamil, he knows what to do. He has so many experience. He won so many matches with men's, with women. We have so many trophies. He feel who going to play, he feels the shape of the player. He knows what to do.

Wintermute
Sep 5th, 2007, 04:14 PM
The nominations are out for the Fed Cup final:

Russian squad:
1. Svetlana Kuznetsova
2. Anna Chakvetadze
3. Nadia Petrova
4. Elena Vesnina
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

Italian squad:
1. Francesca Schiavone
2. Flavia Pennetta
3. Mara Santangelo
4. Roberta Vinci
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

fOxYLiCiOuS
Sep 6th, 2007, 12:30 AM
Go Anna :kiss: :hearts:

Wintermute
Sep 10th, 2007, 06:27 PM
Kuznetsova and Chakvetadze the new Russian stars

When Russia began its 2007 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas campaign in April of this year, Anna Chakvetadze was a promising up-and-comer who spent most of the one-sided first round tie against Spain on the bench, waiting for her chance to pitch in and help Nadia Petrova and Svetlana Kuznetsova. As Russia returns to Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for this year’s Fed Cup by BNP Paribas final against Italy, Chakvetadze is now a key member of the team.

The 20-year-old Muscovite was originally a highly promising pianist, but at 12 her mother took her to a tennis club and her life changed direction. She was an outstanding junior but not surprisingly has taken time to find her feet on the WTA Tour. However, a stellar spell on the American hard-courts has culminated in a run to the US Open semifinals – and a marquee match against her good friend Kuznetsova – and left Chakvetadze knocking on the door of the world’s top five.

Chakvetadze and Kuznetsova became close after getting to know each other on Fed Cup duty, and their friendship has help build team spirit within the all-star Russian line-up. “I’m such a friendly person and I’m in good relations with everyone. I mean, we are seeing each other every week and we practise together,” said Chakvetadze, who also featured in Russia’s thrilling 3-2 semi-final victory over the USA in Stowe in July, when she beat Vania King in the opening match before losing to Venus Williams.

Chakvetadze and Kuznetsova will be assisted in the final by Petrova and Elena Vesnina, who regularly partners Chakvetadze in doubles. They will also have a high class practice partner in World No.2 Maria Sharapova, whose injury problems will not allow her to play but who will attend the final at the invitation of team captain Shamil Tarpischev. “I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from our captain asking me if I would like to play in the finals,” Sharapova told her personal website. “Unfortunately he called me the day I was visiting a doctor in Toronto.” Sharapova has been told not to put any pressure on her shoulder, where she is still experiencing some pain after a series of nagging problems this season. “The bad news is that I can’t play the finals without a serve, smash or a swinging volley,” she explained.” The least I could do is fly over there and be their practice partner for the week and cheer them on from the stands. Get those horns ready!”

Chakvetadze is working with Sharapova’s former coach Robert Landsorp and credits the California-based mentor – who has also worked with Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Pete Sampras among others – with helping her improve in recent months. “I’m working physically and mentally definitely, and I think I improve this year a lot compared to last year,” she said. “He helps me a lot. He gives me confidence, you know, and he’s a great guy. I just take some little things what he teaches, you know, because I will never play like Maria. I will never have powerful shots like Maria because I’m just smaller and thinner. I don’t have as much power to hit, so I have to play smart. And because I’m shorter I'm moving better, so I have to use that.”

Kuznetsova, too, feels that she has improved and travels to Moscow as the US Open runner-up, all of which could spell bad news for Italy, the competition’s defending champions. “I know I’ve grown as a person and as a player, I can see it in the matches,” said Kuznetsova. “It really motivates me a lot to do what I’m doing, and I really enjoy playing tennis.”

Italy, the competition’s defending champions, can also field a strong, experienced team for the final, made up the quartet of players who took Italy to victory in Charleroi last September. Francesca Schiavone will spearhead the team, with Flavia Pennetta, Mara Santangelo and doubles specialist Roberta Vinci alongside her, and last year’s winning captain Corrado Barazzutti once more leading the team from the sidelines.

The 45th Fed Cup final marks the first time the two teams have met at such a late stage in the competition but they have met on three previous occasions, with Russia winning all three.

fedcup.com (http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=11190)

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They also said they are using Hawkeye (http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=11184) for the first time in Fed Cup at this tie. Number of challenges will be unlimited.

Wintermute
Sep 13th, 2007, 11:20 PM
http://www.dni.ru/news/sport/2007/9/13/116959.html

In this article it says that Anna trained with Maria today. Maria was saying she's finding it a bit strange training with other players because she normally only trains with her dad or hitting partner.

I hope Anna is picking up tips for next time she tries to beat Maria in singles. ;)

smokovec
Sep 14th, 2007, 11:08 AM
Anna play tomorrow first against Schiavone, then as second Match Sunday against Santangelo.

goldenlox
Sep 14th, 2007, 11:45 AM
CHAKVETADZE TO OPEN FINAL

By Andy Schooler

Click here for Fed Cup draw and results (http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/fedcup/)
Anna Chakvetadze (http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/07/09/14/manual_104340.html#) will play Francesca Schiavone in the opening rubber of this weekend's Fed Cup final between Russia and Italy.
Saturday's opening match in Moscow will be followed by the clash between US Open runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova and Mara Santangelo.
Chakvetadze leads Schiavone 2-1 on their head-to-head record, while Kuznetsova has yet to drop a set to Santangelo in three previous encounters.
The reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday followed by the potentially-decisive doubles clash.
Seeking their third title in four years, Russia have nominated Nadia Petrova and Elena Vesnina - the team that clinched semi-final victory against the USA in July - for the doubles.
Defending champions Italy have gone with Santangelo and Roberta Vinci.
Russia lead the nations' previous Fed Cup meetings 3-0 and will start as favourites to win again on the indoor hardcourt surface at the Luzhniki Small Sports Arena.

Sharapower8
Sep 14th, 2007, 03:24 PM
Good luck Anna ! I'm sure that Russian girls will rock :hearts: :bounce: :bounce:

Wintermute
Sep 14th, 2007, 05:53 PM
http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_4119_gallery.JPG

Given the recent form of the Russian girls, captain Shamil Tarpischev was spoilt for choice as to who to rely on for that first crucial point in the opening rubber - rising star and world No. 5 Chakvetadze or US Open runner-up Kuznetsova, both of whom are on a career-high ranking following their impressive Grand Slam year.

The baby-faced Chakvetadze has quickly become a key member of the Russian Fed Cup team, having recorded three singles victories since making her Fed Cup debut 14 months ago, including the first point in Russia’s semifinal victory over USA in July. She also comes into the match with a 3-1 advantage over opponent Schiavone and is confident despite her relative inexperience in the competition.

“It’s good I’m playing first, I will be full of energy. I’m excited because this is my first Fed Cup Final and I want to show my best tennis this weekend.” :yeah:

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_4120_gallery.JPG

Tigress Schiavone is no stranger to this kind of pressure. She has been a crucial factor in Italy’s success for the past 18 months in Fed Cup and is looking forward to leading the team.

“It’s another final, it’s a miracle and now we must make the last step,” said the Italian No. 1 who went on to reveal that being the underdogs means less pressure on the 2006 champions: “We’re going to play our points and take every chance.”

Fed Cup has been the scene of some of Schiavone’s best memories of her career. “I love Fed Cup, it gives me so much energy.” On Chakvetadze, she is aware of the task ahead of her: “I saw the US Open semifinals, I think I have to play a very big match.” :lol:

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/images/news/type.4.gif Interview with Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/FC_4104_mp3.MP3) (MP3 format)

fedcup.com (http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=11195)

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Had to laugh at Fran's last comment. Did she watch the same match as the rest of us?

goldenlox
Sep 15th, 2007, 12:58 PM
Anna is down 03 in the third vs Fran. After this long match, Tarpischev should play Nadia tomorrow.
Anna is competing hard, but Fran is playing better.

goldenlox
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:11 PM
Anna has gotten back to 3-3 in the 3rd

penkku
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:27 PM
Russia leads FedCup 1-0, 6-4 4-6 6-4 :) great result Anna, maybe not your best tennis but a win is a win anyway ;)

GeorgianFan
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:29 PM
Molodec Anya :bigclap:

goldenlox
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:36 PM
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/32/fullj.getty-tennis-fed-cup-final-rus-ita.jpg
Anna Chakvetadze of Russia receives a ball from Francesca Schiavone of Italy during the first day of the Federation Cup women's tennis finals in Moscow, 15 September 2007.

Pink Princess
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:41 PM
Princess Anna:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: C'mon Russia!!!http://www.animac.ru/smiles/invision/173.gifThe victory is yours!!!

Sharapower8
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:39 PM
Congrats Anna ! Keep on going russian girls :bounce: :bounce: :kiss:

RsaibotD
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:39 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070915/capt.cf248d938945438bbe61826b7489508a.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_final_italy_xias101.jpg

I didn't expected a tough match, But a Win is a win:D ... Well done Anna:)

Pink Princess
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:43 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070915/capt.1ab57308dd06447ea49caad866ab952b.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_final_italy_xias103.jpg

Chakvetadze with your braid of Princess and your magnificent Come on, I adore this Photo!!!

smokovec
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:58 PM
Very strange Match to watch for me, my favourite player against my Country, so I stay neutral.

Anna play nervous in some circumstances, but down 0-3 in the third set she start to play much better and so the victory is coming to Russian side.

GeorgianFan
Sep 15th, 2007, 03:03 PM
http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/2937/68924253sc8.jpg

Pink Princess
Sep 15th, 2007, 03:13 PM
I saw in Yahoo's Photos that Anna has the nails painted of pink:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

GeorgianFan
Sep 15th, 2007, 03:17 PM
:eek:

http://rutube.ru/tracks/181718.html?v=0dacea9405f7f068df70af608b823e10

BUBI
Sep 15th, 2007, 03:23 PM
:eek:

http://rutube.ru/tracks/181718.html?v=0dacea9405f7f068df70af608b823e10
:haha:

Wintermute
Sep 15th, 2007, 05:06 PM
Nail-biting opening victory for Chakvetadze

It was a tense but thrilling start to this 2007 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final and it came down to Russia (http://www.fedcup.com/teams/team.asp?team=RUS) to put the first point on the scoreboard. 20-year-old Anna Chakvetadze (http://www.fedcup.com/teams/player.asp?player=100013778), a relative newcomer to the competition in comparison to the rest of this weekend’s players, capitalised on a shocking error by Francesca Schiavone (http://www.fedcup.com/teams/player.asp?player=20009480) in the third set to win the opening rubber 64 46 64.

An up-and-down first set showed that neither of the players were playing at their best. Schiavone had problems with her first serve, averaging 52%, which she later described as “diabolical,” and Chakvetadze, being pushed to use her weaker forehand by the Italian, produced a number of frustrating unforced errors.

It could have been anyone's games therefore but a nod of encouragement from Maria Sharapova on the sidelines enabled Chakvetadze to edge forward to 5-3, going on to hold serve and take the set much to the delight of the vociferous Russian crowd, led by the ubiquitous Russian fan on his bugle.

Schiavone turned the disadvantage around in the second set, her relentless and Nadal-like personality coming to the forefront and almost pushing Chakvetadze to tears, at one point the young Muscovite smashing her racket on the net as she missed a crafty dropshot placed beautifully by Schiavone. The Italian’s second set victory came in the middle of a five-game winning streak, sailing through to a 3-0 lead in the third thanks to some weak forehands from Chakvetadze.

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_4136_gallery.JPG

“When I was 0-3 down in the third set I thought oh my god, we could be 1-0 down to Italy and this is going to be tough for Sveta,” said the Russian, who turned to the serene Shamil Tarpischev for restoration.

“There was no point talking about tactics at this stage, so he was trying to calm me down and help me to be more positive and relaxed.”

It worked. Chakvetadze rallied to 1-3 before the turning point of the match in the fifth game. Schiavone made an absolute mess of an easy shot set up by a flipped net-ball from her opponent, the whole crowd gasping as she visibly crushed under the humiliation.

“I was afraid to touch the net with my racket so I hesitated,” she said, clearly smarting from the wound and hurriedly wanting to forget that crucial shot.

From then on, Chakvetadze had the momentum on her side, and despite some brave and aggressive tennis from Schiavone, secured the third set 6-4 and ultimately the match after 2 hours 15 minutes.

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_4147_gallery.JPG

Although Chakvetadze found the noisy crowd a hindrance in the first half of the game, she later cited the support as crucial to her success, particularly the presence of Maria Sharapova, her coach Robert Landsorp’s former pupil: “It felt great, terrific actually, it really helped me a lot and I’m so excited to have won this match.”

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_4138_gallery.JPG

Schiavone, still managing to crack a smile and a joke despite the obvious devastation, faced the realisation of her first rubber loss. “I am sad for my nation, not just for me. It’s tough for us now. The most important thing to concentrate on now is enjoying this place and this experience.”

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_4150_gallery.JPG

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/images/news/type.4.gif Interview with Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/FC_4148_mp3.MP3) (MP3 format)

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/images/news/type.4.gif Interview with Francesca Schiavone (ITA) (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/FC_4149_mp3.MP3) (MP3 format)

fedcup.com (http://www.fedcup.com/news/matchreport.asp?articleid=11203)

Wintermute
Sep 15th, 2007, 05:08 PM
:eek:

http://rutube.ru/tracks/181718.html?v=0dacea9405f7f068df70af608b823e10

:eek: That's a shocker!

Well done to Anna for making it through a tough match and getting the important first point for Russia. :yeah:

Pink Princess
Sep 16th, 2007, 01:59 PM
RUSSIA WIN 3-0!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

http://www.tennisvideos.fr/2007/09/16/final-fedcup-2007-russie-remporte-le-titre/

ANNAAA AND THE WHOLE TEAM RUNNING WITH THE RUSSIAN FLAG!!!

Pink Princess
Sep 16th, 2007, 02:04 PM
http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_4151_gallery.JPG

This marvellous Trophy is for Anna and Russia!!!

BUBI
Sep 16th, 2007, 02:23 PM
Anna is a fed cup hero now :bigclap:

Wintermute
Sep 16th, 2007, 02:59 PM
Anna's superb year continues. :)

http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/3742/russiateamfd3.th.jpg (http://img507.imageshack.us/my.php?image=russiateamfd3.jpg)

GeorgianFan
Sep 16th, 2007, 03:16 PM
Anna :bigclap:

goldenlox
Sep 16th, 2007, 04:54 PM
At the end of Sveta's match with Fran

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/7725/screenshot2007916091700qg5.jpg

goldenlox
Sep 16th, 2007, 05:13 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070916/capt.22177180515448d6aed17e244808c053.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_final_italy_xias130.jpg
Team Russia, from left, Elena Vesnina, Anna Chakvetadze, captain Shamil Tarpischev, Nadia Petrova and Svetlana Kuznetsova pose with their Fed Cup trophy after beating Italy in Moscow Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070916/capt.64bc9da4c0d249b89f95b5db59b12eea.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_final__italy_xmm116.jpg
From left, Elena Vesnina, Nadia Petrova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Naina Yeltsina, wife of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin, and Anna Chakvetadze, pose with Fed Cup trophy after beating Italy in Moscow Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070916/capt.3ade5cb9ebd242b7acfa2242dc8cb7cc.russia_tenni s_fed_cup_final_italy_xmm117.jpg
The Russian tennis team, Elena Vesnina, left, Nadia Petrova, second from left, Anna Chakvetadze, second from right, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, right, pose with their Fed Cup trophy replicas after beating Italy in Moscow, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.

GeorgianFan
Sep 16th, 2007, 07:28 PM
http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/4716/fulljgettytennisfedcupfoy7.jpg

goldenlox
Sep 16th, 2007, 10:13 PM
http://aycu07.webshots.com/image/25606/2003590212526889809_rs.jpg

saint2
Sep 16th, 2007, 10:19 PM
At the end of Sveta's match with Fran

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/7725/screenshot2007916091700qg5.jpg

Russia isnt just the best team...Also the most beautiful team :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Congratulations to champions :worship: :worship: After year break Fed Cup returned to the right place...

miffedmax
Sep 17th, 2007, 04:33 PM
Anna pwned as expected.

We know she carried the team ;).

Aonex
Sep 17th, 2007, 05:39 PM
Sharapova gets the cold shoulder in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia easily recaptured the Fed Cup title from last year's surprise winners Italy by thrashing them 4-0 in the Moscow final over the weekend.

Even without Maria Sharapova, who was nursing a shoulder injury, the Russians, led by world number two Svetlana Kuznetsova and fifth-ranked Anna Chakvetadze, were too strong for the Italians, who do not have anyone in the top 24.

Despite the injury, Sharapova, who has yet to play for Russia in the Fed Cup, arrived in Moscow last week amid the usual fanfare, saying she wanted to give her support.

The world number four, clad in the Russian team outfit, was seen exuberantly cheering her team mates during the two-day tie, then joined them for a victory lap around the court holding a big Russian flag.

But despite her efforts, the Siberian-born player was given the cold shoulder by the rest of the team.

Most of the local media also saw the hoopla surrounding Sharapova's visit as nothing more than a PR campaign, designed to boost her goodwill image in Russia.

The Florida-based 20-year-old has never made a secret of her desire to play in the Olympics and for that she must make herself available for Fed Cup duty.

Kuznetsova, who replaced Sharapova as Russia number one last week after reaching the U.S. Open final, questioned her motives for coming to Moscow.

PRACTICE PARTNER

"To be honest, I don't know why she came," the St Petersburg native, who has never been the best of friends with Sharapova, told Russian media on the eve of the tie.

"What's the point of coming here all the way from America if you can't play. She said she wanted to help our preparation and be our practice partner but, to me, if you can't play how then can you practice? It just doesn't make sense."

After clinching victory for Russia on Sunday, Kuznetsova again was asked about Sharapova's presence.

"Oh please, don't ask me that question again," she snapped back. "I had enough already."

Chakvetadze was even more frank.

"If you haven't played Fed Cup all year, it wouldn't be fair just to show up for the final," she said. "It's not fair to all the other girls who committed themselves to the team's cause."

Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev tried to play down the row within the team, however.

"I don't pay attention to all that talk. All top players have personal egos, in fact they wouldn't be top players if they didn't have one," he said.

"So for me, what you do on the court is what counts, not that other stuff," added Tarpishchev, who doubles as Russia's Davis Cup captain. "I've always been fair to my players and I always invite the ones who are in better form at the moment."

While Sharapova must still convince her team mates of her true desire to play for Russia, she did score important points with the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

"Her presence in Moscow certainly didn't hurt," an ITF official told Reuters on Sunday. "She was injured and couldn't play, but by being here she clearly demonstrated her commitment to the Fed Cup and that will certainly enhance her chances (of playing at next year's Olympics). It's a big plus for her."

Couldn't agree with you more, Anna.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-fedcuprussiasharapovadc&prov=reuters&type=lgns

goldenlox
Sep 18th, 2007, 01:43 AM
It would have been unfair if Sharapova got a trophy after the tie, but she didn't.

Aonex
Sep 18th, 2007, 01:58 AM
So the majority of the folks here disagree with Sveta and Anna? Is it the general belief that Maria's presence actually helped the team? Don't get me wrong, not trying to get a rise out of people... very much a supporter of all the Russian players, including Maria... but I am realistic about the not so great relationship between her and the other Russians, so I'm not going to try and sugercoat it.

Nedved Rosicky
Sep 18th, 2007, 12:44 PM
i think Maria's presence helped a bit, because Anna will never let Maria see her lost to Schaivone or Santangelo. :rolleyes:

goldenlox
Sep 18th, 2007, 09:55 PM
They won the rounds without Maria. She didn't play, she didn't help.

Gdog
Sep 18th, 2007, 10:56 PM
Hey my first post here.

Big AChak fan! :kiss: It was great getting to see her play a big part in Russia pulling off a wonderful FedCup season.

They did a great job! I personally hope they have another great year next year as well.

On the subject of Sharapova, I think they are a bit resentful that she is there and getting a lot of camera time that she has not earned for the Russian team. They are also probably real tired of the questions about her as well. I can definately understand that! However, I think they are probably happy for her support and for her practicing with them. It was the right move for her to do. If she really does want to compete for Russia down the road she really needed to do this.

I'm all for her being there, especially if she can teach them anything or help prepare them for the upcoming matches. Always take the help wherever you can get it, especially when it is offered is what I believe. :)

Anywho, Congrats Russia!!! :worship:

Sharapower8
Sep 21st, 2007, 03:42 PM
Hey my first post here.

Big AChak fan! :kiss:

Welcome !! :wavey: :wavey:

Gdog
Sep 21st, 2007, 06:45 PM
Thank you! :)

Hopefully I will be around with the lot of you, discussing Anna's amazing rise in the tennis world for a long time to come. :D