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Cassius
Jul 8th, 2002, 02:05 AM
An article about the final, from the Wimbledon site.

'Douchevina Wins Girls' Trophy
Henry Wancke

Sunday, July 7, 2002

One could not have expected two Russians to be such complete opposites when it came to playing the game of tennis. In every other respect, the two 15-year-old Girls' Singles finalists with their blonde ponytails could have been sisters. Of the two, the more demure Vera Douchevina emerged a deserved champion, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, to go 2-1 ahead in their personal head-to-head.

The match had its points but was spoilt by the continual screeching of Maria Sharapova every time she struck the ball, a trademark of the Bolletieri school of tennis training. While Douchevina got on with the match in a more conventional manner, Sharapova displayed another Bolletieri trait, hitting her ground strokes as if there was no tomorrow.

Neither girl showed any finesse for the game, relying entirely on power, both off the ground and on serve and, inevitably, the Florida-based Sharapova was quickly into her stride powering into a 3-0 lead as she targeted her attack on the Douchevina backhand.

But the Muscovite remained calm, ignoring the constant battering on her eardrums and her racquet, and recovered her break in the fifth game. Although both girls went on swap serves again, Douchevina worked her way back into the match only to lose the set in the 10th game when a net cord helped Sharapova convert a set point.

The second set could not have been more different as the unflustered Douchevina kept to her task. Having soaked up everything that her opponent could throw at her, she took control by introducing more variety to her game, surprising Sharapova with drop shots or passing her. In a short space of time she had deservedly levelled the match at a set-all.

Sharapova then called for the trainer and sat down with her head in her hands, eventually receiving attention to the top of her right thigh. The 10-minute break could well have broken Douchevina's concentration but, on resumption, she picked up where she left off and extended her run of six successive games to 10 as she kept up the pressure with the accuracy of her ground shots.

There was a slight loss of concentration when she dropped serve in the fifth and seventh games of the decider, Sharapova again being helped by a net cord for the latter. These were only slight blemishes to what was an excellent overall performance.'

Cassius
Jul 8th, 2002, 02:11 AM
And now for the pics:D.
First, Tatiana Golovin:
http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/bv113_11.jpg
http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/bv001_12.jpg
Maria Sharapova:
http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/bv003_12.jpg
Vera Douchevina:
http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/bv002_12.jpg
Maria Kirilenko:
http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/bv004_12.jpg

See, the Wimbledon site does have some good stuff:rolleyes:.

the cat
Jul 8th, 2002, 02:41 AM
Thanks Cassius!

But where are Vera's and Maria's quotes? The both speak good English. Not seeing their quotes dissapoints and frustrates me! :(

Thanks for the pictures! Maria Sharapova looks like she is going to take a bite out of her prey! Russian Lynx style! LOL!

Cassius, the writer has an interesting name. Doesn't he? ;)

Cassius
Jul 8th, 2002, 02:47 AM
Cassius, the writer has an interesting name. Doesn't he?
:rolleyes:Trust you to notice that:rolleyes:;).
If I was him, I'd change my name.

I couldn't find any quotes or interviews. And I don't know where to start looking:confused:.

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 8th, 2002, 03:26 AM
i found the Vera quotes on the ITF site

http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/story.asp?id=578


In the girls’ final, Douchevina also had to dig deep after a nervous start saw her go 0-3 down to Sharapova. With the Florida based Sharapova piling on the pressure from the baseline Douchevina struggled to hold serve, though she twice retrieved a break of serve only to falter once more at 4-5. "I played her last week and I played very well and won quickly, so I expected the same today," admitted Douchevina. "She played much, much better this time and that surprised me a little. Then in the second set I was calmer and played much better myself."

Douchevina began to settle at the start of the second set and her superior court sense paid handsome dividends as she set about picking the Sharapova game apart. Douchevina raced through the second set and by the time Sharapova had received a long medical time out for an injured thigh, Douchevina looked in firm control. An early break in the third set saw Sharapova’s confidence wane and she looked increasingly frustrated.

Douchevina and Reid will spend Sunday evening at the traditional Wimbledon champions’ ball once they have both finished receiving congratulations from their families watching at home. "I spoke to my mum and dad and they are really happy, they had so many people calling them," grinned Douchevina. "I think it is like a party there."

Cassius
Jul 8th, 2002, 03:36 AM
Douchevina began to settle at the start of the second set and her superior court sense paid handsome dividends as she set about picking the Sharapova game apart. Douchevina raced through the second set, and Douchevina looked in firm control. An early break in the third set saw Sharapova’s confidence wane and she looked increasingly frustrated.
Not a good sign for Maria:eek:.
Also, this sounds alot like Elena D. Hopefully both these girls can overcome this problem.

Nina_rus
Jul 8th, 2002, 08:57 AM
and some pictures from various days of our juniors :)
from the ITF website
Vera
http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/newsimages/full/MI5_01072002-215624-Full.JPG

http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/newsimages/full/MI3_07072002-204908-Full.JPG

Zhenya Linetskaya
http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/newsimages/full/MI2_02072002-202945-Full.JPG

Anya bastrikova
http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/newsimages/full/MI1_05072002-204905-Full.JPG