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saki
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:41 PM
I know I may be jumping the gun here (and I hope I am) but it looks likely now that Myskina will never return to tennis. I was never precisely a fan but I've always appreciated her and what she brought to the sport.

When I think about her, the first word that comes to mind is: explosive. She hit winners when you least expected them. Her backhand down the line was one of the most aggressive shots in womens' tennis. And, then, of course, there was her temper.

http://www.myskina.com/gallery05/442.jpg

The second word that comes to mind is: unpredictable. Despite being at her best on fast courts, the GS that she took home was Roland Garros, the one that she wanted the most. She contradicted herself almost everytime that she gave an interview and you could never quite predict what she would say next.

http://www.myskina.com/gallery04/395.jpg

The third word that comes to my mind is: patriotic. She always played her heart out for Russia. Sometimes the pressure was too much, as at the Olympics in 2004, but her country will always be proud of her: the first ever Russian GS singles winner.

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_1597_gallery.JPG

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_1594_gallery.JPG

She was a great player, a worthy #2 and player of the year in 2004, and she won her RG title in style. But what I'll remember her most as is the great entertainer that she was. I hope her fans will remember riding the 3 AM rollercoaster fondly.

Now, that I've written all of this, I hope more than ever that I'm jumping the gun and she'll be back on court soon but, alas, I don't think so.

AnnaK_4ever
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:43 PM
I'll be the first to say:
Fluke, fluke, fluke! One of the worst Slam winners EVER!

cypher_88
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:46 PM
:sad: hope i'll see her play again. really miss her.

-sugi-
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:48 PM
:sad:

Demska
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:50 PM
If you think you've jumped the gun, in which you have said it multiple times, may be you should shut the f*ck up.

patch.
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:52 PM
Myskina will come back ;)

saki
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:55 PM
If you think you've jumped the gun, in which you have said it multiple times, may be you should shut the f*ck up.

No, I don't think I am. I hope I am. I think she deserves a positive thread now not in several years time when she finally confirms her retirement.

goldenlox
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:57 PM
Come back Nastya

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/8822/94637445kg5.jpg

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/6170/11127108zb4.jpg

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/9523/46687633et2.jpg

Demska
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:59 PM
No, I don't think I am. I hope I am. I think she deserves a positive thread now not in several years time when she finally confirms her retirement.

Well, what you think is really irrelevant to the board. She hasn't retired, so this thread is absolute :bs: and should be deleted.

saki
Sep 14th, 2007, 08:02 PM
Well, what you think is really irrelevant to the board. She hasn't retired, so this thread is absolute :bs: and should be deleted.

Feel free to report it to the moderators and see what they say.

Kworb
Sep 14th, 2007, 08:26 PM
I will always remember Myskina because of her legendary third set tie break vs. Zvonareva.. especially the 12-13, 13-13, 14-13 and 15-15 points :drool: :drool:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jSzXLqIXWE

@Sweet Cleopatra
Sep 14th, 2007, 08:33 PM
we miss her so much , but she'll be back .

ptkten
Sep 14th, 2007, 09:51 PM
I will always remember Myskina because of her legendary third set tie break vs. Zvonareva.. especially the 12-13, 13-13, 14-13 and 15-15 points :drool: :drool:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jSzXLqIXWE

That match was unbelievable, one of the most exciting matches of the last few years...I really miss watching Myskina play, when she was on, she was one of the most fun players to watch.

ys
Sep 14th, 2007, 09:58 PM
She is the brightest person who stepped on WTA court since Natasha's retirement. Unlike most of Russian players she always had a sense of purpose in tennis. Once that sense'd been gone, she was too.. Hope they both will come back eventually.

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:10 PM
She hasn't retired, so this thread is absolute :bs: and should be deleted.

I agree with Demska , this thread should be deleted ;)

*JR*
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:14 PM
Maybe Marti can teach her steeplechase riding. The Contessa likes being on horseback. ;)

LDF
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:15 PM
Well, what you think is really irrelevant to the board. She hasn't retired, so this thread is absolute :bs: and should be deleted.

You're trying hard to win TWAT, aren't you? :o

hurricanejeanne
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:17 PM
I hope Nastya can return next season. I miss her.

frenchie
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:23 PM
Nastya!!

I loved everything about this girl: her tennis, her temper, her beauty...
One of the best character in tennis for the last decade!

I miss her soooo much
Please come back in 2008 for GOD SAKE!

Demska
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:24 PM
You're trying hard to win TWAT, aren't you? :o

No, I'm just stating the obvious.

frenchie
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:28 PM
At first, I thought Nastya had officially retired when I saw this thread!!

What a relief!

misael
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:35 PM
Anastasia is fun to watch,she's one of a kind,I always found her pretty.

The Daviator
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:35 PM
She should come back, especially since whatever injury she had seems to have healed pretty well :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKIZsn4G46s

Matt01
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:41 PM
Nastya, please come back to tennis :sad:

moby
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:59 PM
She was one of my favourite non-favourites, if you know what I mean. :)

cs0803
Sep 14th, 2007, 11:30 PM
I really hope to see Nastya back on the court soon! Miss her playing.

Shvedbarilescu
Sep 14th, 2007, 11:38 PM
Nastya was my favorite player for a long time. I love her personality, her playing style, her beauty. But sadly, I don't think she will be back. I wish I could watch her in this ice skating thing she is doing now. Frankly, Nastya was so capitivating that I'd happily watch her competing in backgammon if it was televised.

AnnaK_4ever
Sep 15th, 2007, 12:01 AM
Statistical tribute


1999
7 tournaments (WTA main draws) played
WON–1; QF–1
Win-loss record – 10-6 (0.625)
vs Top-10 – 0-1
Year-end rank – No.65

2000
18 tourns
SF–1; QF–1
Win-loss record – 16-18 (0.471)
vs Top-10 – 0-3
Year-end rank – No.58

2001
13 tourns
SF–1; QF–1
Win-loss record – 11-12 (0.478)
vs Top-10 – 0-2
Year-end rank – No.59

2002
28 tourns
WON–1; RU–3; SF–1; QF–5
Win-loss record – 47-28 (0.627)
vs Top-10 – 5-12
Year-end rank – No.11

2003
24 tourns
WON-4; RU-1; QF-7
Win-loss record – 46-22 (0.677)
vs Top-10 – 3-9
Year-end rank – No.7

2004
19 tourns
WON-3; RU-1; SF-6; QF-5
Win-loss record – 55-18 (0.753)
vs Top-10 – 10-9
Year-end rank – No.3

2005
19 tourns
WON-1; RU-1; SF-3; QF-5
Win-loss record – 36-20 (0.643)
vs Top-10 – 3-8
Year-end rank – No.14

2006
18 tourns
RU-3; SF-1; QF-2
Win-loss record – 31-18 (0.633)
vs Top-10 – 1-7
Year-end rank – No.16

2007
2 tourns
Win-loss record – 0-2 (0.000)


TOTAL

148 tourns
WON-10; RU-9; SF-13; QF-27; 4R-7; 3R-14; 2R-21; 1R-47
Win-loss record – 252-144 (0.636)
vs Top-10 – 22-51 (0.301); at Grand Slams – 5-9 (0.357)
High rank – No.2 (September 2004)


GRAND SLAMS
28 tourns
WON-1 (2004 Roland Garros)
QF-5 (2003 Australian Open, US Open; 2004 Australian Open; 2005, 2006 Wimbledon)
4R-4 (2003 Wimbledon; 2005 Australian Open; 2006 Australian Open, Roland Garros)
3R-5 (2000 Wimbledon; 2002 Wimbledon, US Open; 2004 Wimbledon; 2005 US Open)
2R-5 (1999 US Open; 2001 Wimbledon; 2002 Australian Open; 2003 Roland Garros; 2004 US Open)
1R-8 (2000, 2001 Roland Garros, US Open; 2002, 2005 Roland Garros; 2006 US Open; 2007 Roland Garros)
Win-loss record – 53-27 (0.662)

OLYMPICS
2 tourns
SF-1 (2004 Athens)
2R-1 (2000 Sydney)
Win-loss record – 5-3 (0.625)

TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS
3 tourns
SF-1 (2004)
RR-1 (2003)
1R-1 (2002)
Win-loss record – 3-5 (0.375)

TIER I
43 tourns
WON-2 (2003, 2004 Moscow)
RU-1 (2004 San Diego)
SF-6 (2001 Moscow; 2004 Indian Wells, Canadian; 2005 Canadian, Zurich; 2006 Tokyo PP)
QF-7 (2000 Zurich; 2002 Charleston, Rome; 2003 Rome; 2004 Berlin; 2005 Moscow; 2006 Miami)
4R – 3 (2002 Indian Wells; 2005 Miami; 2006 Indian Wells)
3R-4 (2000, 2002 Miami; 2003 Canadian; 2006 Rome)
2R-4 (1999 Moscow; 2000 Hilton Head; 2002 Berlin, Zurich)
1R-16 (2000 Indian Wells, Canadian; 2001 Miami, Charleston, Rome; 2002 Canadian, Moscow; 2003 Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Berlin; 2004 Rome; 2005 Charleston, Berlin; 2006 Canadian, Zurich)
Win-loss record – 62-41 (0.602)

TIER II
43 tourns
WON-3 (2002 Bahia; 2003 Leipzig; 2004 Doha)
RU-4 (2002 Eastbourne, Leipzig; 2003 Philadelphia; 2006 Eastbourne)
SF-3 (2002 New Haven; 2004 Filderstadt; 2005 Antwerp)
QF-10 (2001 Leipzig; 2002 Dubai; 2003 Dubai, Linz; 2004 Sydney, Dubai, Philadelphia; 2005 Dubai, Eastbourne, Filderstadt)
3R-3 (2002 Amelia Island, San Diego; 2005 Amelia Island)
2R-8 (2000 Amelia Island, Eastbourne; 2001 Amelia Island, New Haven, Bahia; 2002 Linz; 2003 Filderstadt; 2006 Dubai)
1R-12 (2001 Linz; 2002 Sydney, Hamburg, Filderstadt; 2003 Sydney, Eastbourne, New Haven; 2005 Sydney, Doha; 2006 Doha, Warsaw, New Haven)
Win-loss record – 61-39 (0.610)

TIER III
18 tourns
WON-2 (2003 Doha; 2005 Calcutta)
RU-2 (2002 Birmingham; 2006 Istanbul)
SF-2 (2000, 2004 Sopot)
QF-4 (1999 Kuala Lumpur; 2002 Doha; 2003 Strasbourg, Sopot)
3R-2 (2000, 2001 Birmingham)
2R-2 (2000 Strasbourg; 2002 Gold Coast)
1R-4 (2000 Oklahoma City, Kuala Lumpur; 2004 Bali; 2006 Cincinnati)
Win-loss record – 33-15 (0.688)

TIER IV
11 tourns
WON-2 (1999 Palermo; 2003 Sarasota)
RU-2 (2005, 2006 Stockholm)
QF-1 (2002 Sarasota)
2R-1 (1999 Pattaya City)
1R-5 (1999 Tashkent, Knokke-Heist; 2000 Palermo, Pattaya City; 2007 Auckland)
Win-loss record – 21-9 (0.700)

FED CUP record
Total – 14-5
2002 – 1-1
2003 – 4-1
2004 – 7-1
2005 – 2-2


The longest winning streak – 9 matches on two occasions:
2003: W Leipzig (4) – W Moscow (4) – 2R Filderstadt (1)
2004: W Roland Garros (7) – 3R Wimbledon (2)

The longest losing streak – 7 matches on one occasion:
2006: F Stockholm – 1R Canadian – 1R New Haven – 1R US Open – 1R Zurich – 2007: 1r Auckland – 1R Roland Garros

Titles winning % - 6.76% (10 of 148)
Finals reaching % - 12.84% (19 of 148)
Semifinals reaching % - 21.62% (32 of 148)
Quarterfinals reaching % - 39.86% (59 of 148)

Note:
From Birmingham 2002 to Fed Cup finals 2004 Myskina played 57 tourns (38.5% of her total) having won 8 of her total 10 titles (including all 6 Tier II and above) and reached 13 of her total 19 finals. During that period she went 17-24 vs Top-10 players (5-27 in other periods).


Head-to-heads vs fellow GS champions (* Tour-level matches only):

J.Capriati – 2-5 (1-1 at Grand Slams)
K.Clijsters – 3-6 (1-2)
L.Davenport – 2-6 (0-0)
J.Henin – 2-8 (0-2)
M.Hingis – 1-2 (0-0)
S.Kuznetsova – 4-2 (1-0)
C.Martinez – 3-1 (1-0)
I.Majoli – 3-0 (0-0)
A.Mauresmo – 1-8 (0-4)
M.Pierce – 4-2 (1-0)
A.Sanchez-Vicario – 1-0 (0-0)
M.Sharapova – 3-2 (1-0)
S.Williams – 0-4 (0-0)
V.Williams – 2-3 (1-0)
Total: 31-49 (6-9 at Grand Slams)
* WTA Tour main draws and Fed Cup matches

However, Myskina is 14-42 against non-Russian GS champions who have been No.1 which means she used to win 1 out of 4 matches against these players.


Myskina vs fellow Russians

Winning record over 12 players:
Bychkova – 1-0
Dementieva – 8-5
Jidkova – 1-0
Kournikova – 1-0
Krasnoroutskaya – 2-0
Kuznetsova – 4-2
Likhovtseva – 5-3
Petrova – 3-2
Safina – 4-1
Sharapova – 3-2
Voskoboeva – 1-0
Zvonareva – 3-1

Tied with 1 player:
Chakvetadze – 1-1

Losing record against 1 player:
Bovina – 1-2

Total win-loss record – 38-19

LudwigDvorak
Sep 15th, 2007, 12:52 AM
Wonderful stats AnnaK.

I'm not a huge Myskina fan, but I really liked what all I've seen from her. I'd be a bigger fan if I'd just seen her play more. It must have been a wonderful time to like her from 2002 to 2004.

Hope she likes skating on ice. :tape:

miffedmax
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:47 AM
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http://www.myskina.com/gallery05/442.jpg



When they build Court Myskina at some as yet unbuilt Russian tennis complex, the statue of Nasty will have to be in this pose.

Nastya may not have been the best player, but she was one of the most entertaining ever.

*JR*
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:44 PM
When they build Court Myskina at some as yet unbuilt Russian tennis complex, the statue of Nasty will have to be in this pose.

Nastya may not have been the best player, but she was one of the most entertaining ever.
Wonder if she was beating up on the umpire or poor Jens. :help: Anyway, I doubt that this Russian blonde who learned French for her anticipated victory speech @ RG found her childhood friend so entertaining. ;)

The Contessa had a rather brief period where she was "on top of the world", from winning her home Tier I in '03 to defending the title in '04, with her only Slam sandwiched in between.

Even if she comes back, its hard 2C her winning another Slam, as the also brilliant Marti probably won't. (Ironic that both were sidelined for a long time by foot problems).

AnnaK_4ever
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:46 PM
from wtatour.ru:

today after Chakvetadze's match Myskina was asked if she still wanted to get back on court, to feel this atmosphere again. Nastya said "no" because she had "neither desire nor abilities" to do it.

Olσrin
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:57 PM
Guess that's it then. Nice post Saki :yeah:

Kworb
Sep 15th, 2007, 03:21 PM
from wtatour.com:

today after Chakvetadze's match Myskina was asked if she still wanted to get back on court, to feel this atmosphere again. Nastya said "no" because she had "neither desire nor abilities" to do it.

:sad:

Oh well, we'll probably see this more often these days. The top players earn so much money that it might not be worth it to spend all of your best years playing professional tennis.

borisyBACK
Sep 15th, 2007, 03:22 PM
I hope we'll see Analstasya back on court soon!

Agassi Fan
Sep 15th, 2007, 05:07 PM
i Hope she will come back

DimaDinosaur
Sep 15th, 2007, 05:11 PM
Come back Nastya

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/8822/94637445kg5.jpg

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/6170/11127108zb4.jpg

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/9523/46687633et2.jpg

OMG! :eek: She's so talented!!! Nobody told me that she was great at both tennis AND figure skating!!!! I LOVE YOU, Nastya!!!

frenchie
Sep 15th, 2007, 06:40 PM
from wtatour.ru:

today after Chakvetadze's match Myskina was asked if she still wanted to get back on court, to feel this atmosphere again. Nastya said "no" because she had "neither desire nor abilities" to do it.

What's this shit:eek: :eek:

I don't know if I can trust you though:confused:
You're the kind of guy who negatively overreacts sometimes:tape:

AnnaK_4ever
Sep 15th, 2007, 06:47 PM
What's this shit:eek: :eek:

I don't know if I can trust you though:confused:
You're the kind of guy who negatively overreacts sometimes:tape:

I never overreact. I told you right after her Auckland's loss that Myskina's retirement was just a matter of several months.

miffedmax
Sep 15th, 2007, 11:10 PM
Wonder if she was beating up on the umpire or poor Jens. :help: Anyway, I doubt that this Russian blonde who learned French for her anticipated victory speech @ RG found her childhood friend so entertaining. ;)

T

Cold, man. Just cold. ;)