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Oct 20th, 2007, 01:45 PM
Anna is in her first YEC. Besides Justine, no one in there is playing near their best form, so Anna has a chance to get to the semis.
The money and points are excellent here. This is the place you want to be in early November.

Pink Princess
Oct 20th, 2007, 03:19 PM
ANNA IN MADRID!!! At the beginning of the year I knew it was going to qualify, I will go and I will be in a privileged zone, I am sure that I will give you good luck . Welcome to Madrid and Spain Anna! ! !

Oct 20th, 2007, 03:28 PM
ANNA IN MADRID!!! At the beginning of the year I knew it was going to qualify, I will go and I will be in a privileged zone, I am sure that I will give you good luck . Welcome to Madrid and Spain Anna! ! !

I'm happy for you that you could see her :)
Bring us a lot of pictures :D

Oct 21st, 2007, 04:23 AM
:woohoo: Anna in the YEC for the first time....

beginning of the year I knew it was going to qualify, I will go and I will be in a privileged zone, I am sure that I will give you good luck

Suertudaaaa!!:lol: .... :yeah:

Oct 21st, 2007, 09:28 AM
Anna :bigclap:

Oct 21st, 2007, 05:07 PM
I expect Anna will have a press call Monday or Tuesday to announce her place at Madrid.

GL is right - the money and PR exposure from the YEC is very good. It will help her ranking too: Anna gets 105 points just for turning up! :D

Pink Princess
Oct 23rd, 2007, 03:48 PM
October 23, 2007

© Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
Chakvetadze Qualifies for Madrid

LINZ, Austria - Anna Chakvetadze has become the sixth player to qualify for the singles event at the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, set to take place in Madrid's Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo, November 6-11. The Russian has assured herself of a berth in Madrid with 2626 points on this week's Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships Standings, behind Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic and Serena Williams.

This marks the first time the Russian has qualified for the prestigious year-ending event. She is the third newcomer to have qualified for this year's Championships from the six singles players announced to date and is also the sixth player from Russia to crack the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's Top 5 Rankings in the last three years.

"I'm so excited to play in my first Sony Ericsson Championships," Chakvetadze said. "I love the beautiful city of Madrid:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: and I'm hoping to perform very well. This has been an amazing year for me, having reached the Top 5 in the world, and I am looking forward to finishing strongly in Madrid."

"Anna Chakvetadze has been one of the breakthrough stars of 2007," said Larry Scott, Chairman & CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. "Annaís debut at this year's Sony Ericsson Championships further reflects the terrific mix of established names and new faces that will descend on Spain's capital this year."

"With the Sony Ericsson Championships taking place now in less than two weeks, the excitement is continuing to build as we see Anna Chakvetadze, who has had a phenomenal year, be the sixth player to qualify." said Dee Dutta, CVP and Global Head of Marketing at Sony Ericsson. "The Sony Ericsson Championships is all about being the very best; it's a week not to be missed and should be placed firmly on everyoneís calendar."

"We are very happy that Chakvetadze has qualified for Madrid," said Tournament Director and Spanish tennis legend Manolo Santana. "She has had an impressive season and we look forward to seeing her compete at her highest level in a few days here."

Chakvetadze is having the best season of her career, having won four singles titles (only world No.1 Justine Henin has claimed more in 2007) at Hobart, 's-Hertogenbosch, Cincinnati and Stanford. She has won over 50 singles matches, reached the semifinals of the US Open and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, in addition to winning over $1 million so far.

The Sony Ericsson Championships is the richest annual women's sporting event in the world. The tournament is the year-ending punctuation to an 11-month global Tour which finally gathers the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams from the season to battle it out for a share of the $3-million prize purse. Since its inception in 1972, the event has been held in such notable venues as Madison Square Garden, New York City, the Olympiahalle in Munich and The Forum and Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Former singles champions include Tracy Austin, Kim Clijsters, Chris Evert, Evonne Goolagong, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, Gabriela Sabatini and Serena Williams. The reigning champions are Henin (singles) and Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur (doubles).

Oct 23rd, 2007, 03:51 PM
yes, itīs official:)



Oct 23rd, 2007, 06:29 PM
Go AChak! :)


Oct 23rd, 2007, 06:50 PM
How cute! She has the #6 jersey on! :hearts: :lol:


Oct 24th, 2007, 03:50 AM
How cute! She has the #6 jersey on! :hearts: :lol:

Yeah I thought the picture was really cute too. Love the jersey. Go Anna!!! :bounce:

It finally became official. She's one of the elite 8!:bigclap:

Anna please at least win a match. :unsure: Forget about the bad form in the previous weeks. :D

Oct 24th, 2007, 11:39 AM

:bounce: :bounce:

Oct 24th, 2007, 10:57 PM
oh, please don't draw into Henin's group!!!! :lol:

Oct 24th, 2007, 11:32 PM
I've been hoping that like the USO, Anna, Sveta and Maria are in the same half. If Maria doesn't show, I definately want Hantuchova in Anna's half.

Oct 25th, 2007, 09:00 AM
I hope Anna has saved the best wins for Madrid. Anyone except maybe Justine is beatable :bounce:

Oct 25th, 2007, 07:15 PM
I don't think she really has much chance of making it into the semis... Shes a good player when shes at her best but is nowhere near the level of henin, williams, kutz and the serbs!
sorry guys!!!

Oct 25th, 2007, 07:33 PM
Not many thought Anna would reach top 5 this year. Anna has wins over a few of them, and Anna has nothing to lose in Madrid.

Oct 26th, 2007, 10:24 AM
Yeh but Ivanovic, Jankovic, Serena or Venus have any points depend either so the same really applies to them..

Who do you think would be the best 3 players for Anna to compete against if the draw was up to you?

Oct 26th, 2007, 04:03 PM
Yeh but Ivanovic, Jankovic, Serena or Venus have any points depend either so the same really applies to them..

Who do you think would be the best 3 players for Anna to compete against if the draw was up to you?
Venus, Serena, Ivanovic...

Oct 26th, 2007, 07:24 PM
I would want Anna with Sveta, Jelena and Dani. That would be 2, 3, 6, 8.

Oct 27th, 2007, 12:35 PM
I prefer Svetlana to Justine, Jankovic to Ivanovic, Sharapova to Serena.

> Hťnin, Ivanovic, Serena and Venus
> Kuznetsova, Jankovic, Sharapova and Anna

I think this will be the best group for Anna to go in semi. She can beat Jankovic & Ivanovic without problem. Seeing Maria's form, she can beat Sharapova. I am sure she can defeat Kuznetsova too. She just played horribly in USO.
But Anna must regain confidence and her game to do some results in Madrid.
Davai Anna !!!!!!!!!!

Oct 27th, 2007, 03:35 PM
I'll just be happy if Anna plays well. End the year on a positive note.

@Sweet Cleopatra
Oct 27th, 2007, 03:59 PM
what if Dani wins Linz ?

Oct 27th, 2007, 04:13 PM
what if Dani wins Linz ?

Then Maria wont qualify...I hope You wont commit suicide it that will happen ;)

If Dani qualify, I want her and Anna to be in one group...Then one of them will have a chance to win a match :scared:

Oct 27th, 2007, 04:19 PM
I don't think Maria is going either way. If Dani wins tomorrow, Maria is still obligated to go as an alternate. You know Sharapova won't do that.

Oct 27th, 2007, 04:23 PM
I'd be surprised if Masha played again this year even if offered the chance.

Oct 27th, 2007, 09:41 PM
Sveta is injured also. Anna could be playing girls who are physically far from their best.

Oct 28th, 2007, 02:16 PM
Both Anna and Dani will play YEC :hearts: :hearts: I hope both will be in the same group ;)

Oct 28th, 2007, 02:17 PM
This is so awesome: my two faves will both be in Madrid!

Pink Princess
Oct 28th, 2007, 02:33 PM
Interesting news from Madrid, the Draw is Saturday in a prestigious Hotel. Will do the Draw Anna Chakvetadze, also with the presence of Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Manolo Santana and many more authorities.

Oct 28th, 2007, 02:38 PM
It looks like Venus is out and Marion is in. It's a YEC where Anna can make the semis.

Oct 28th, 2007, 02:38 PM
Why Marion? Isnt Maria next?

Oct 28th, 2007, 02:52 PM
I don't know if Maria can play

Oct 28th, 2007, 04:27 PM
I'm a bit surprised by all this. I really couldn't see Maria being fit enough to play again this year, especially after she didn't make any mention of Madrid on her website blog. Well who knows what will happen, hopefully she'll be easy pickings for Anna. :p

Pink Princess
Oct 28th, 2007, 05:19 PM
Chakvetadze and Sharapova are going to Madrid!!! now to enjoy the spectacle!!! C'mooon Anna!!!

Oct 29th, 2007, 12:38 PM
Just getting there is a great accomplishment. Any wins Anna gets in Madrid are a bonus.

Oct 29th, 2007, 03:16 PM
It Will be good YEC...2 month ago I didnt care about YEC, becouse I thought it will be only between sisters and JH..Now when Anna, Maria and Dani are going , it has sence to me..Cant wait YEC :)

Oct 30th, 2007, 06:45 AM
Everyone vote for Anna!

Vote early and vote often! :lol:

Oct 30th, 2007, 08:10 AM
sharapova is not gonna be an easy picking for off form AnnaC. :eek:

Oct 30th, 2007, 01:36 PM
I don't know why Anna became so mentally fragile recently. She has to go back to competing for the whole match, and not give up.

Oct 30th, 2007, 06:14 PM

Here's Anna's profile pic from the YEC website.

Looks like all the players got made up and did a professional photoshoot (except Masha who wasn't there!).

By the way, if you click Anna's profile pic the link takes you back to Dementieva's WTA profile. :tape:

Sony Ericsson Championships (http://www.sonyericsson-championships.com/3/en/players/)

03 RuleTheCourt
Oct 30th, 2007, 06:53 PM
Really hope Masha stays in .. a YEC wouldn't be the same without her. :(

Oct 30th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Congratulations to Anna and now also to Daniela! I can't wait to see the YEC now with them both making it. I think Anna has the best chance to get wins if she plays against Maria, Daniela, Ivanovic, and Kusnetsova.

Pink Princess
Oct 31st, 2007, 02:33 PM
3 days for the Draw;)

Nov 1st, 2007, 05:26 PM
Sony Ericsson Championships Profile: Anna Chakvetadze

© Action Images/Reuters

MADRID, Spain - This year has seen Anna Chakvetadze emerge as the latest Russian superstar to establish herself in the world's Top 10 and last week she was rewarded for a wonderful season with qualification for the prestigious Sony Ericsson Championships. The elegant young Russian's intelligent game has seen her score wins over several of her Madrid rivals en route to capturing four titles in 2007 and reaching a career-high ranking of No.5.

Chakvetadze made the ideal start to the year with a near-faultless title run in Hobart and she continued this form right through to the end of the season, finishing the season with a highly credible 57-18 win-loss record. In addition to the championship run in Australia, the 20-year-old Muscovite lifted trophies in 's-Hertogenbosch, Cincinnati and Stanford as well embarking on a maiden Grand Slam semifinal run at the US Open.

This year will see Chakvetadze making her bow in the Spanish capital, but despite her lack of experience at the event, she certainly has the ability to go all the way to the title and after a slightly disappointing run in her past few tournaments she will be eager to finish off this breakthrough season in style.

"I'm so excited to play in my first Sony Ericsson Championships," Chakvetadze said. "I love the beautiful city of Madrid and I'm hoping to perform very well. This has been an amazing year for me, having reached the Top 5 in the world, and I am looking forward to finishing strongly in Madrid."

Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships standing: No.6
2007 Win-Loss Record: 57-18
2007 Highlights: Won (4): Hobart, 's-Hertogenbosch, Cincinnati, Stanford; SF (4): US Open, Antwerp, Miami, San Diego
Championships history: Debut appearance

wtatour.com (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1864)

Pink Princess
Nov 1st, 2007, 06:19 PM

In the next hours Anna comes to Madrid!!!

Nov 2nd, 2007, 09:35 AM
Hope we will see Anna in semis

Pink Princess
Nov 3rd, 2007, 02:33 AM

Anna, Welcome to Madrid!!!

Nov 3rd, 2007, 03:32 AM

Anna, Welcome to Madrid!!!

who is the girl?

Nov 3rd, 2007, 03:36 AM
Anna, Ana & Justine interview...listen to what AChak have to say about Dani! :lol:


Nov 3rd, 2007, 04:31 AM
Draw's coming out tomorrow,i think?? can't wait!! :bounce:

Nov 3rd, 2007, 12:05 PM
Anna, Ana & Justine interview...listen to what AChak have to say about Dani! :lol:

Uh-oh! Anna's stirring up trouble already. I wonder if she meant to diss Daniela or her English is not good enough to express what she really meant - that the field here is incredibly tough.

Nov 3rd, 2007, 12:17 PM
The draw

Red group:


Nov 3rd, 2007, 12:25 PM
A bad draw. Anna will have to play her best to get a win.

03 RuleTheCourt
Nov 3rd, 2007, 12:55 PM
The draw

Red group:


Seeing the photo in your signature, you really must be one sick photo editing bastard ... :fiery:
(I'm not a fan of Hingis, but thats way over the top what you're trying to achieve with that pic).

Nov 3rd, 2007, 01:05 PM
Davai Anya you can do it :bigclap:

Pink Princess
Nov 3rd, 2007, 02:26 PM
Anna can defeat to Serena and Jelena if plays very well.

Pink Princess
Nov 3rd, 2007, 02:33 PM

:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:C'MON:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:ANNA:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

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Nov 3rd, 2007, 04:55 PM
the draw! :help:

I thought it's done based on the race ranking? but it's actually based on the real ranking?

Nov 3rd, 2007, 05:13 PM
The race determines who qualifies. The actual rankings are used to make up the draw.

Anna will beat Jankovic. The decider will be the match against Serena if she makes it to the semifinal.

Nov 3rd, 2007, 05:59 PM
I'm afraid Anna will become the new Lena D....0-6. http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/48/spankby9.gif

Nov 3rd, 2007, 06:52 PM
There are no easy draws at the YEC. You have both AO finalists, both FO finalists, both USO finalists.
Anna has to find her best form, so she ends the year confident about 2008.
But each match will be against a very good player.

Pink Princess
Nov 3rd, 2007, 09:53 PM

Red or Yellow?

MADRID, Spain - The eight singles players contesting the Sony Ericsson Championships are in Madrid, but until Saturday morning they didn't know who they'd be playing in the round-robin portion of the $3-million, season-ending event. With just three days to go until the start of proceedings, world No.7 Anna Chakvetadze joined Spanish legend Arantxa SŠnchez-Vicario and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott to conduct the draw.

Each of the players was drawn into one of two Groups, Yellow or Red - in honor of the Spanish flag's colors - and over the first four days (Tuesday through Friday) the players will take on the other three women in their Group. The two best-performed women from each Group will advance to the semifinals - the best-performed player from the Yellow Group plays the No.2 player from the Red Group and vice versa, with the winners squaring off for the $1-million first prize on Sunday afternoon.

Below is a look at the two Group allocations (seedings in parentheses):

(1) Justine Henin (BEL)
(3) Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
(5) Serena Williams (USA)
(7) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)

(2) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
(4) Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
(6) Maria Sharapova (RUS)
(8) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)

Unlike the singles event, the doubles competition has a knockout format. The four teams - Cara Black/Liezel Huber, Chan Yung-Jan/Chuang Chia-Jung, Katarina Srebotnik/Ai Sugiyama and Kveta Peschke/Rennae Stubbs - will essentially start the tournament at the semifinal stage, with the winners of Saturday's 'opening round' advancing to Sunday's final.
The doubles draw will be conducted on Thursday night.

Nov 4th, 2007, 11:28 AM
Probably First match will be against Justine, Tuesday 18:00 local time....

Nov 4th, 2007, 12:49 PM
very tough draw:rolleyes: .... I've the confidence that she'll defeat Jelena, the match against Serena is the key for the Semis

Nov 4th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Probably First match will be against Justine, Tuesday 18:00 local time....

Confirmed! :eek:

Not the best draw and then Justine first.

Nov 4th, 2007, 03:43 PM
Probably First match will be against Justine, Tuesday 18:00 local time....

:help: no luck this time at YEC i guess..

Nov 4th, 2007, 04:01 PM
Good luck Anna ! You'll need it :sad:

Nov 4th, 2007, 06:05 PM
Anna starts with the toughest match possible

Nov 4th, 2007, 07:03 PM
could this be worst?.... however, I've all my confidence on Anna:yeah:

Nov 4th, 2007, 08:27 PM
davai Anna http://www.wtatour.ru/style_emoticons/default/ole.gif


Nov 5th, 2007, 03:06 AM
Anna couldn't get any breaks with her draw at this YEC...Ah well at least she has a winning record against Jankovic. I really do hope she wins at least one match.

Nov 5th, 2007, 12:49 PM
I think Anna has a chance against anyone except maybe Justine. So at least she gets the worst one out of the way first. :p

Pink Princess
Nov 5th, 2007, 01:33 PM

(From 18.00hrs)
1. Henin vs. Chakvetadze
2. Sharapova vs. Hantuchova (NB 20.00hrs)
3. Kuznetsova vs. Ivanovic


(From 18.00hrs)
1. Jankovic vs. Henin
2. S.Williams vs. Chakvetadze (NB 20.00hrs)
3. Hantuchova vs. Ivanovic


(From 18.00hrs)
1. Sharapova vs. Kuznetsova
2. S.Williams vs. Henin (NB 20.00hrs)
3. Jankovic vs. Chakvetadze


(From 18.00hrs)
1. S.Williams vs. Jankovic
2. Kuznetsova vs. Hantuchova (NB 20.00hrs)
3. Sharapova vs. Ivanovic

Nov 5th, 2007, 01:35 PM
I want to see Anna serve well, and play with intensity the whole match.

Nov 5th, 2007, 07:23 PM
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/4703/223wp7.png (http://imageshack.us/)

Nov 5th, 2007, 07:30 PM
Anna for sure got the more difficult of the two draws, however, that may not be a bad thing. If she plays like we know she can, then she could pick up some very good wins and a lot of confidence for next year. If she does lose though she will be losing to some of the very best and hopefully won't feel as bad about it as she would have if she would have been on the easier draw and lost.

I think she will get at least 1 win and maybe 2 if she can play good solid tennis. Anyone in the top 10 can beat anyone on a given day...even Henin...

Best of luck to Anna and get those 1st serves in!!!! :D

Pink Princess
Nov 5th, 2007, 08:54 PM
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/4703/223wp7.png (http://imageshack.us/)

Anna looks like a Princess who was studying at Oxford!!!

Pink Princess
Nov 5th, 2007, 08:54 PM

Anna is adorable!!!

Pink Princess
Nov 5th, 2007, 09:04 PM
I am very anxious!!! Tomorrow Anna against Justine and I see it live and on Wednesday Anna against Serena!!! my father told me my seat is so close on court, Anna C'mon!!!

Nov 5th, 2007, 09:44 PM
I'm so happy for you Pink Princess! I hope you have a wonderful time and that Anna puts on a great show for you. Bring us back lots of pics if you can. :worship: :wavey: :worship:

Cat's Pajamas
Nov 6th, 2007, 02:48 AM
Have a great time Pink Princess :hug: Glad you finally get to meet your fav! :kiss:

Cheer Anna onto victory for us! ;)

Nov 6th, 2007, 07:56 AM
I am very anxious!!! Tomorrow Anna against Justine and I see it live and on Wednesday Anna against Serena!!! my father told me my seat is so close on court, Anna C'mon!!!

You are soooooo lucky! :lol:
have a great time.
tell us what you'll be wearing...maybe we'll see you on TV. ;)
Or you can bring a giant "Go Anna!" poster. :lol:

Pink Princess
Nov 6th, 2007, 01:00 PM
I am very discreet and shy, only I applaud Anna's points, those of Justine obviously not:lol:

Tomorrow in the Match Anna against Serena I hope not to end deaf for the shouts:shout: :shout: :shout: :lol:

If I go out on TV I hope to see me very pretty:inlove:

Nov 6th, 2007, 01:16 PM
Hold up a Vamos Anna! sign. Or wear a red ribbon.

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:12 PM
Anna was interviewed right before she and Justine came out and said it's "cool" to be in the YEC. The Hawkeye system isn't working.

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:15 PM
They didn't show the interviews here. We got Annabel Croft and Jana Novotna.

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:16 PM
Why are they playing music when it's not a sitdown? :tape:

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:20 PM
Anna faulted on her serve 3 times to start her first service game. That puts you in a hole.
Anna has hit some good shots, but is down 02

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:25 PM
She wanted to make a challenge in that last game as well but Hawkeye's not turned on.

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:28 PM
Anna had a good service game to hold 13*
But she is making too many ue's early in points.

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:36 PM
I can see how Anna lost to Patty in 38 minutes. She makes way too many errors early in the points. She has to play steadier, even if it sometimes sets up her opponent.

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:40 PM
Anna's getting too worked up already. She needs to calm down for a start.

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:48 PM
Anna played a very sloppy game at 20, 16 21*

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:49 PM
She's rushing. She needs to calm down a little bit.

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:56 PM
Anna has been broken 4 of 6 service games. That was the first game Henin played well. Before that, Anna was giving games away.
16 23*

Nov 6th, 2007, 04:57 PM
Yeah, a couple of unreturnables from Justine there. Too good.

Nov 6th, 2007, 05:09 PM
Anna is playing a little better now. 16 43*

Nov 6th, 2007, 05:10 PM
Yes. Anna's started to take her time a bit more between points and she's playing better. Henin's making a few more errors too.

Nov 6th, 2007, 05:25 PM
Anna has 3 straight good service holds 16 65*

Nov 6th, 2007, 05:35 PM
Anna :sad:

Nov 6th, 2007, 05:39 PM
I'm quite pleased with the way Anna played in the second set.

She made a few too many errors particularly going for the backhand down the line as ES commentators pointed out. Justine was making some errors too. But this is still the best Anna's done against Justine.

I think it bodes well for Anna's other matches. Once she's relaxed she looks like she's in better form than for most of the European indoors recently.

Nov 6th, 2007, 05:40 PM
Well, she won 6 games more than VS Patty...Thanks Anna, with You and Daniela this YEC is worth to watching :kiss: :kiss:

Nov 6th, 2007, 05:40 PM
At least Anna improved in the 2nd set. She has to start her matches strong, and focus the whole match.
It was 61 76(4) and she had ner chances in the tiebreak.

Nov 6th, 2007, 05:45 PM
not unexpected result. :(
I take solace in that Anna fought back in the second set to reach tiebreaks instead of giving up.
If she continues her second set form, she has a chance against Serena and JJ.

But please, cut down on the UEs!!!!!

Nov 6th, 2007, 05:52 PM
Every set you win here might count. So those last couple of points could turn out to be important.
I have a feeling there will be a lot of sloppy matches this week.
Anna has to play well on key points.

03 RuleTheCourt
Nov 6th, 2007, 06:07 PM
.. one of her best sets ever that second one vs Henin. :worship: Ony not really friendly of her to just walk away on court when they were interviewing Justine . She looked pissed (but then again i can't blame her for that). Anna was mentally the weakest there, but she showed us again she's a damn fighter!

Nov 6th, 2007, 06:20 PM
She played some good games, but some games, she made 2 or 3 ue's on her first or second shot.
She did well to hold 3 straight times to force the tb. But she didn't force Justine to play well at 34, 45 or 56.
She has to continue to hold her serve.

03 RuleTheCourt
Nov 6th, 2007, 08:58 PM
She played some good games, but some games, she made 2 or 3 ue's on her first or second shot.
She did well to hold 3 straight times to force the tb. But she didn't force Justine to play well at 34, 45 or 56.
She has to continue to hold her serve.

In my eyes, she's also one of the few "chosen ones" who have the ability to figure Justine's game out rather quickly...
You could spot that she played a lot of long strokes, because the expectancy of Justine making a foul in the return (mainly netball)
is a lot bigger that way. AND she did. Anyhow, i really like that girl's style ...no, i actually like the whole package :drool:.

Nov 6th, 2007, 09:18 PM
Now Anna plays Serena, so it doesn't get easier.

Nov 6th, 2007, 10:29 PM
So sad but I didn't expect too much :sad: :rolleyes:

Nov 7th, 2007, 08:04 AM
Justine looked very beatable there, but Anna wasn't up to it.
Winning at least one set would have been so important :sad:

Nov 7th, 2007, 12:28 PM
I love Serena and want her to win but Anna C is great too :(
I wish she wasnt in the same group as Serena because only one woman can qualify alongside Justine... if only her draw was easier, some play like that could have seen her do really well!

Nov 7th, 2007, 12:35 PM
Anna can still do well. It's a round robin, and only Justine has a win in her group right now.
This is what the YEC is, you play against the best players.

Pink Princess
Nov 7th, 2007, 01:03 PM
I saw Anna playing live yesterday!!! Initially many nerves and then played very well. Was almost always ahead in the 2nd set and the speed and depth of Anna blows were much more powerful than those of Justine. She had the opportunity to 3-0 in the 2nd set but she played badly in this game. Anna rest to win the set with 5-4 and 6-5 though there was no option. In the Tie-break very equaled a backhand to the net gave him the 5-3 to Justine and she lost.

She is much higher in person and played with the pink dress I am very happy. My day of Super Tennis ended when Masha won, then I went with my parents and I did not see the third. I have photos though of high quality!!!

I am convinced that Anna can beat Serena, today we will see, C'mon Anna

Nov 7th, 2007, 05:57 PM
I saw Anna playing live yesterday!!!

I have photos though of high quality!!!

Glad to hear you had a good time. :) And of course we'd love to see your photos.

Nov 7th, 2007, 06:00 PM
I hope Anna doesn't come out too nervous against Serena. It took her a long time to settle against Justine. She just needs to feel happy that she's in Madrid and she's got a shot at winning.

Nov 7th, 2007, 06:16 PM
Anna starting with ue's again 02*

Nov 7th, 2007, 06:19 PM
That dropshot she tried at the start looked very nervous. Hopefully by breaking back she'll have relaxed a bit.

Nov 7th, 2007, 06:23 PM
Anna playing better in games 3 and 4 22*

Nov 7th, 2007, 06:43 PM
Anna is playing very well, 53*

Nov 7th, 2007, 06:55 PM
Serena looks injured. Anna serving at *54. Serena can barely move. Anna holds 64

Nov 7th, 2007, 06:59 PM
It's over. Anna now 1-1, plays a huge match tomorrow with Jankovic.
Get well soon Serena.

Nov 7th, 2007, 07:00 PM
Serena :hug:

Anna :angel:

Nov 7th, 2007, 07:11 PM
I wasnt able to watch it, but congratulations..Now win over JJ and make semifinal :)

Nov 7th, 2007, 07:17 PM
I'm happy for Anna but that's sad to see.

Anyway this makes the match vs Jelena pretty exciting. Anna has a winning record against her. It was always her best opportunity for a win in the group and Jelena looked awful today.

Nov 7th, 2007, 08:05 PM
Congratulations to Anna today! :)

It is to bad that Serena had to retire. :( Can't wait to get home tonight so I can watch the actual match.

Anna started off a little rough (okay really rough) at the start of the Henin match, but I was really proud of the way she didn't just give up. Taking the world number 1 to a tiebreaker and basically only losing 1 point on her own serve in the tiebreak was a very good sign in my opinion.

Hope she can play like that second set (or better) against Jankovic tomorrow. :)

Nov 7th, 2007, 08:20 PM
If Anna wins tomorrow, she's almost definately in the semis. I'm not totally sure of the rules.
I'm sure if Justine wins, Anna is in with a win. And year end top 5. Plus she'll be playing Maria or Ana for the finals, which is at least $500,000.
A huge match tomorrow.

03 RuleTheCourt
Nov 7th, 2007, 08:33 PM
Congratulations to Anna today!

Hope she can play like that second set (or better) against Jankovic tomorrow.

Anna seemed to like that song of Kanye West ft. Daft Punk - Stronger yesterday against Henin, it's
maybe of Kanye's words "Now that that don't kill me, can only make me stronger", maybe she
got a mental boost from it and was it that what made her play such an excellent second set ;)
Anyhow i want to see her tomorrow with these words into mind:


Now don't act like i never told ya ;)

03 RuleTheCourt
Nov 7th, 2007, 08:34 PM
http://www.metrolyrics.com/stronger-lyrics-kanye-west.html :p

Nov 7th, 2007, 11:24 PM
Russia's Anna Chakvetadze returns to her opponent US Serena Williams in their end-of-season WTA tennis tournament match in Madrid, 07 November 2007.

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071107/capt.f3a9d5bcdc5243ff9d6b7de178d44784.spain_tennis _sony_ericsson_championships_ba824.jpg
Tennis player Anna Chakvetadze, from Russia, serves against Serena Williams, from U.S., during the Sony Ericsson Championships match in Madrid, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2007

Nov 8th, 2007, 01:57 AM
I feel bad for Serena , but I'm happy with this victory:) , Anna has a tremendous chance against Jankovic tomorrow, I hope she don't feel the pressure too much..... good luck Anna:bigclap:

Foot's Fingers
Nov 8th, 2007, 08:55 AM
Anyuta :banana:

good luck today vs JJ

just hope JJ will not increase her level :tape:

Pink Princess
Nov 8th, 2007, 11:59 AM
I am very happy, yesterday was incredible, a pity the withdrawal of Serena though Anna would have won anyway and she demonstrated it in the first set, many winners, hear the shouts of Anna and Serena so close was fun, I laughed a lot.

Tonight Anna win and Semifinals, C'mon!!!

Nov 8th, 2007, 01:08 PM
Jelena is thinking that if she beats Anna and Marion, then she's in the semis.
This is a big match for both Anna and Jelena. The winner is getting at least $250,000, and a chance to get the $1 million. Plus there are big points involved.

Anna has played very well in her last 2 sets. 2 more today, and she should be in the semis.

03 RuleTheCourt
Nov 8th, 2007, 02:38 PM
Could someone who recorded her matches from the YEC, post them here ?

I've also "got" a tv tuner, but it after my upgrade to Windows XP x64 Professional,
the card doesn't work anymore ... THANKS A LOT :fiery: to Hauppauge who didn't found
it usefull to create 64bit drivers for their older analog tv cards. :banghead:

Pink Princess
Nov 8th, 2007, 02:49 PM

I do not understand very well as upload photos, with so many size not let me.

C'mon Anna!!!

Nov 8th, 2007, 03:17 PM
Will win over JJ be enough to pass RR? What if Marion will win 2 matches?

Nov 8th, 2007, 04:18 PM
Anything is possible now :bigclap:

Anna vs Ana would be great semi :)

Nov 8th, 2007, 04:25 PM
Anna wins and she's in. She controls her destiny.

Nov 8th, 2007, 04:49 PM
Davai Anechka :bigclap:

Nov 8th, 2007, 05:47 PM
This is a huge important match tonight. No pressure! :scared:

This is Anna's third match, only Jelena's second. I don't think Anna will be tired. Hopefully she's used to the court conditions plus her past record against Jelena will be a big advantage.

Nov 8th, 2007, 07:07 PM
Anna played 3 sets over 2 days, I don't think she'll be tired.
Justine is #1, Jelena is #3. Anna is playing the best players in the game. If she wins today, she earned her spot, and she will play either Maria or Ana.

Nov 8th, 2007, 08:10 PM
Anna was up 31 but got broken 32*

Nov 8th, 2007, 08:16 PM
Anna holds 43*
She needs another break.

Nov 8th, 2007, 08:27 PM
Anna is playing awesome tennis 64

Nov 8th, 2007, 08:28 PM
6-4 0-0 :drool:

Nov 8th, 2007, 08:31 PM
Anna started the 2nd set with 5 straight faults. She's going to need more breaks when Jelena serves.
Anna's backhand is steadier than her forehand.

Nov 8th, 2007, 08:38 PM
Anna's level dropped, and she's down 2 breaks. She's got to play one more big set.
Jankovic is playing well, so this won't be easy. 64 03*

Nov 8th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Anna's really having trouble serving at the moment. This set is very quickly slipping away.

Nov 8th, 2007, 08:50 PM
Anna has to regroup for the 3rd set. Either Anna wins this 3rd set, or her year is over.
64 05*

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:00 PM
Anna lost 7 games in a row. And she's playing the #3. This will be tough to turn around.
64 06 01*

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:05 PM
Anna finally held. Maybe she can get on a run here 21*

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Anna is back on fire!! 2 games away 41*

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:18 PM
One game from the semis 64 06 52*

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:19 PM
6-4 0-6 5-2 davaiii!

Cat's Pajamas
Nov 8th, 2007, 09:21 PM
It was horrid to watch for those 7 games but she's playing great now. Finish this Anna! :armed:

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:27 PM
Yeahhhh :banana: :banana:

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:31 PM
Easy, huh? Now it's time for Anna to beat one of these huge bashers in a big match.
6-2 h2h with Jankovic.

Cat's Pajamas
Nov 8th, 2007, 09:32 PM
6-4 0-6 (:o) 6-3 :woohoo:

If she plays like she did in the third she can beat Ivanovic or Sharapova :)

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Anna was just taking a breather in the second. Looks like Jelena needs one, she needs a lie down.

:bounce: Really happy for Anna. She'll pulled through in the end and makes the YEC semis at her first attempt. :D

Cat's Pajamas
Nov 8th, 2007, 09:34 PM
I'm really proud of the way Anna kept her composure after that point at 5-3 30-15. That was a point that could've had meltdown all over it.

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:44 PM
Some promising signs in Anna's game. Very good serving in the first set. But she needs to improve a lot!

Nov 8th, 2007, 09:52 PM
Anna is guaranteed $250,000 and 335 ranking points. Not bad at all. ;)

Nov 8th, 2007, 10:01 PM
Way to go Anna! I've been watching the scoreboard at work and was a might worried after that second set :help: ! She kept her composer it would seem though and pulled it out. Semi's here she comes! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Nov 8th, 2007, 10:19 PM
I'm so happy for Anna, she takes advantage of Serena injury yesterday, but before she battles in the 2nd set against Henin and then today she wins this Match and deserves the first SF in the YeC.

This Match remembers me that one with Safarova at Roland Garros, with a 0-6 in the second set, but Anna is able to rise the quality of her tennis in the third, with at the end some good rallies with Jankovic.

Before the start of the YeC i'm very negative about Anna possibilities, she prove me wrong, well done Annaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! :worship: :worship:

Nov 8th, 2007, 10:30 PM
Great Job Anna!!!!! Fighter!!! :woohoo:

Nov 8th, 2007, 10:46 PM
I was very impressed with how Anna played on match point. She was very steady, in a long point. Eventually, Jankovic tried to do too much and hit long.
Very good play on a high pressure point.

Ana and Maria both serve better and hit harder than Jelena. But they don't move as well, and if Anna can keep them moving, she can win.

Nov 8th, 2007, 11:01 PM
Congrats Anna :hearts: :hearts:


Anna had a very tough draw. :o Way to go Anna!! :worship:

Nov 8th, 2007, 11:09 PM
I was very impressed with how Anna played on match point. She was very steady, in a long point. Eventually, Jankovic tried to do too much and hit long.
Very good play on a high pressure point.

yes, when Jelena made the 30 all with a great point I thought that Anna could lose her composture, But she did very well in the last two point, She prove to all of us that she can do it, I'm Happy for her, Enhorabuena Anna:hug:

Nov 8th, 2007, 11:12 PM
Go Anna!!!!

Nov 9th, 2007, 01:05 AM
What a turnaround from her recent form. After that 1st set vs Justine, I thought Anna might still be in a slump.
Then, from the 2nd set on, Anna has played some of her best tennis of the year.
Now she can win a match that will really propel Anna into the elite.

Nov 9th, 2007, 04:27 AM
I am so glad Anna's year ends on a high.

Not to many thought she would make the semis a few weks ago.

(Neither did I, I am ashamed to say:o )

Foot's Fingers
Nov 9th, 2007, 09:14 AM
Anna :woohoo:

what a result!!!!

the best set by Anna in Madrid 64 then the worst 06 Then she fighted back and wake up and woooooooooon!!!!

What a win!!! what a play on mp!!!!

Anna in YEC SF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great!!!!!!!!!!!11

Nov 9th, 2007, 09:29 AM
So who should Anna face next?
Maria or Ana? :confused:

Nov 9th, 2007, 09:33 AM
So who should Anna face next?
Maria or Ana? :confused:
Ana I'm afraid but I'm hoping Maria :p

Nov 9th, 2007, 12:27 PM
Anna has horrible h2h against Maria and quite good against Ana...I'd like to see Anna vs Maria match as a final match (Henin musi wkoncu wtopić)

Nov 9th, 2007, 12:37 PM
WOW!!! Impressive Anna, great run keep it up!

Nov 9th, 2007, 01:28 PM
The 6 biggest events in women's tennis are the 4 majors, Miami and the YEC.
In 2007, in those 6 big tournaments, Anna has 3 SF's and 2 QF's.
Very strong, consistent year for Anna.

Pink Princess
Nov 9th, 2007, 01:33 PM


Yesterday was a marvellous day of Tennis, Anna is happy in Madrid, I give him a lot of luck and I am very happy. I am looking forward to the Semifinals.



Nov 9th, 2007, 02:20 PM
Anna among best 4 of the Championships :woohoo: :dance:

She played a good first and a nice third set but was visibly nervous in second set. So glad she managed to get back on right track after receiving baggel in second set.

Good luck in the semis! :bounce:

Nov 9th, 2007, 04:26 PM
Anna found her form just in time :dance:
Best of luck in semis :yeah:

Nov 9th, 2007, 04:29 PM
Nicely done Anna :)
Good luck in semis.

Nov 9th, 2007, 05:59 PM
This has been a real up and down tournament for me. On one hand I had Anna who I felt would have a really tough fight into the semi's as her group is quite arguably the toughest group, and on the other hand I had Daniela who was coming off of a tournament win in Linz and in the easier group. With Daniela I have watched her play some good tennis and some really ugly tennis in the YEC and her result of two losses and no wins so far has made me a bit sad, but she has been competitive and for that I'm glad. With Anna I have seen her play the worst of sets 0-6 against Jankovic and 1-6 against Henin, however, I have also been able to witness her play some great tennis in the set that went to tie break against Henin and with the set against Serena and her 1st and 3rd set against Jankovic.

That's why they play the matches and anything can happen. I'm so happy for Anna's results and I wish her the best of luck in the semi's and God willing the finals. To me it really doesn't matter who the opponent is as if she plays like she did against Henin in the 3rd set she should have a very good chance to beat either Ivanovic or Sharpova. Speaking of those two, they should have a really good match today.

Kick some booty Anna and make us all even more proud of you then we already are!!! :D

Nov 9th, 2007, 06:45 PM
Happy that Anna is in the semis! She played very well in the third set against Jankovic! Good luck in the semis and kick some butt Anna!

Nov 9th, 2007, 07:22 PM
So Anna plays Maria. This will be really really tough given how Maria just crushed Ana.

I didn't realise they play the semis starting just after lunchtime in Europe. That means I'm gonna be out and can't watch. I'll be hoping for a pleasant surprise when I get back.

Nov 9th, 2007, 07:43 PM
They played in January. Anna's first really tough match of this year. Now at the end of the year.
This is what playing in the YEC semis is about. You are playing an elite player.
Anna has to focus, and serve well. It's important to hold. If she plays like the 4 really good sets she's played here, she will be very competitive.

Nov 9th, 2007, 07:54 PM
Anna hasn't beaten Maria yet. I know it's going to happen. If not tomorrow, then next year.
4th 2007 meeting. 2 slam quarters and a Tier I SF, now a YEC SF.
2 elite players meeting when there are a lot of points and a lot of money on the line.

Nov 9th, 2007, 08:05 PM
I'm sure it's gonna be a stunning match ! Can't wait to watch it :drool:

Nov 9th, 2007, 08:16 PM
Go Anna! It's time :drool:

Pink Princess
Nov 9th, 2007, 08:24 PM

Chakvetadze vs. Sharapova the Match of my dreams tomorrow in Madrid and I will be there, I am anxious!!!

If Anna will win it would be the major achievement of your career and this can be a historical day for her, C'mon Anna!!!

Nov 10th, 2007, 01:02 AM
Anna started her year with a title in Hobart. And it ends in the final weekend of the YEC.
An amazing year, with a Fed Cup title, a slam semi, a top 5 ranking, and now being in the final 4 of the tour championship.
Any more wins this weekend is icing on the cake.

Nov 10th, 2007, 07:52 AM

Keep kickin' ass Anna :hearts: :armed:

Anna found her form just in time. :hearts:
Best of luck in semis :yeah:

AWESOME 2007 regardless! :D :worship:

Nov 10th, 2007, 07:56 AM
Good luck Anna :kiss: :hearts:

Nov 10th, 2007, 12:45 PM
Anna has a chance to win every game, but she's not having her best day *15

Nov 10th, 2007, 12:51 PM
2-6 0-0 cmon

Nov 10th, 2007, 01:04 PM
This is like the USO SF. Anna can't get herself to play well in the biggest matches.
26 03

Nov 10th, 2007, 01:08 PM
2-6 1-4 davai :(

Nov 10th, 2007, 01:19 PM
Anna will leave this knowing she can win this kind of match. She has to convert break points, and win game points on her serve.

Nov 10th, 2007, 01:25 PM
2-6 2-6 :(

but great result :banana:

Nov 10th, 2007, 01:26 PM
It's the end of a great year, but to beat the elite, Anna has to be more accurate on the big points.

the cat
Nov 10th, 2007, 02:19 PM
Anna had an outstandung year in 2007. She got to the next level of women's tennis and in the coming years we get to find out if can get to the top level of women's tennis. But Anna seems to struggle late in big tournaments against top players. Is it fair to say that?

Nov 10th, 2007, 02:22 PM
Anna had a great year. Now she has to try to keep improving.
The USO SF was a great result. If she can play her best on those days, she can move even closer to #1.
I don't know the exact rankings. I think Anna will be #6. maria just passed her by 20 points.

Nov 10th, 2007, 02:41 PM
The SF here in Madrid is a nice way to end this Season.
Anna still don't play her best in the more important Matches, we see if in 2008 this can happen and so Anna can increase ranking and important wins, I wait for the next step to the top of this sport! :)

Nov 10th, 2007, 03:13 PM
Anna :hug: she'd 0/5 break points won, and 1/5 Break points saved, Anna still has a debt in this kind of matches, But she close the 2007 in good form, I hope the next year she can confirm and improve her level....

Nov 10th, 2007, 04:18 PM
I didn't see the match but I heard on Eurosport that Maria was in devastating form again. I wish the result was closer.

Anna's got a lot to be proud of though. She's capped off the year very nicely with her semi at the YEC. :worship:

Still plenty to do in the off-season. To stay at the top in this game you have to be continually improving.

Nov 10th, 2007, 04:46 PM
Anna finishes as year-end #6 ahead of both Venus and Serena. Maria Sharapova overtook her by virtue of winning the semi today.

Nov 10th, 2007, 05:39 PM
Anna finished her year in the YEC semis, losing to Sharapova. If Maria doesn't win the final, she finishes 21 points ahead of Anna, who will be #6 next week.
Maria has to defend finalist points in Melbourne, so Anna can get back into the top 5 then.

But I wonder if Anna can sneak into a 50K and get 22 points, if Maria doesn't win the final.

Nov 10th, 2007, 09:35 PM
Anna has to start behaving more professionally.
She should have been warned for racquet abuse.
All that negative gestures only help her opponent.

Nov 10th, 2007, 09:41 PM
Anna finished her year in the YEC semis, losing to Sharapova. If Maria doesn't win the final, she finishes 21 points ahead of Anna, who will be #6 next week.
Maria has to defend finalist points in Melbourne, so Anna can get back into the top 5 then.

But I wonder if Anna can sneak into a 50K and get 22 points, if Maria doesn't win the final.

Don't kid yourself...Anna is not 21 points behind Maria.
Based on their head-to-head matches, Maria might as well be 1,000 points ahead of Anna.
Its not even close...and Maria knows it.

Nov 10th, 2007, 11:21 PM
Based on h2h, Anna is 6-2 with Jankovic, but 0-6 vs Sharapova. But Jankovic is ranked ahead of Sharapova.
She's so close to Sharapova, that if Justine wins, Anna should play a 50k and get those 22 points. Finish year end top 5. If it's within the rules for a #6 to play a 50K.

Nov 10th, 2007, 11:32 PM
I think Anna should go home and take a nice vacation then prepare for the next season instead of playing a 50K, quite ridiculous. What's the big difference about being #5 or #6?

Nov 10th, 2007, 11:40 PM
Of course, it won't happen. But finishing the year in the top 5 is a goal of Anna's.

Nov 10th, 2007, 11:47 PM
:lol: GL, you are too much! I'm sure Anna is quite satisfied to finish her season here.

You're talking about her entering a 50k. You know I'm pretty sure she'll be Gold Exempt next year. Depending on where she is on the list she won't even be allowed in Tier IV's. That's how it works isn't it? So she might not be allowed to defend her Hobart title even if she wants to.

Anna needs a nice vacation and then some good positive work to improve elements of her game that will make her more competitive with the Top 5.

Nov 11th, 2007, 12:06 AM
It was a good tournament and a great year for Anna! She just couldn't get a look at Maria's serve on any of those break points. I'm looking forward to seeing what Anna does in 08!

Nov 11th, 2007, 12:19 PM
I know this is a bit late but here's Anna's interview transcript from Monday before she'd played her matches. She talks a bit about next year, her hair and shopping!

Sony Ericsson All-Access Hour
Date: 5th November 2007

Q. You will probably be the most improved player of the year. How pleasing is that for you to be here?
A. Iím very excited to be here. I worked a lot this year to be here. Being here is a pleasure the best eight players in the world. This season was the best for me, I think, as you said as well, because I had my highest ranking and I won four titles. So, Iím pleased but of course I want to work more, to improve more as well.

Q. Remember that in Moscow nobody expected you to win in a shell, because so many Russian players... but you did it. Is your life a surprise? Perhaps you can make it here or you come as a newcomer? What is your mentality?
A. I think itís a little bit different story here because the tournament is much tougher. As you said, nobody expected me to win. Maybe some of the players didnít really think that I was going to beat them. Thatís why maybe they were a little bit relaxed on court. Thatís why I won. But here all players know how Iím playing and I know how they are playing as well. So, we know each other very well already. Iíve been on tour for 2/3 years so we know all the players and I know all the players very well. So, itís a different story. The tournament is much tougher but Iíll try to do my best.

Q. Ana Ivanovic just said that sheís been working in the mental part, the control of emotions because she got to the final in Paris and she was so nervous. Do you have this problem? Are you working on that?
A. You know, when I was playing under 14 I was very nervous and people who might not have seen me play at that time may think that Iím still not at control, but compared to that time Iím much more in control. Of course, Iím working on it. I want to improve on this part of my game as well.

Q. Does the indoor court suit you? Can you play any surface? Because youíve won on several surfaces?
A. I donít think that clay is my favourite surface but here I like the surface. Itís not that fast, is little slow. So, I like it and I hope that Iíll do well here.

Q. Justine talked a little bit about you. She said that you distribute your game very well, that youíre very intelligent on the court. Do you agree with that?
A. I cannot disagree with Justine. Yeah, Iím playing my first match with her and I think is a very tough first round for me. I think I have a very tough group but what can we do. I have to play and show my best tennis here in the last tournament. I wish I will even improve here compared to the last 3 weeks which I played indoor season.

Q. What will you have to do to beat her? Whatís the main thing you do?
A. Itís very tough to say because twice I was very easily defeated. Hopefully, this time I will play better than the last time I played against her. I just need to stay more concentrated, to keep playing aggressive because if youíre not playing aggressive against Justine I think is very tough to win.

Q. You used to play doubles with Elena Vesnina but now you separated your career so are you still in touch?
A. Yes, of course we are still in touch. I will see her in one week. We are going to have some meetings in Moscow. We are still good friends but we are not playing doubles together because she wanted to play with Likhovtseva this year and I decided to concentrate more on my singles. Iíve played just a few tournaments with Azarenka and I think next year Iíll play with Isvenoyava (phonetic transcription) for the Olympics. Weīll see how it goes and if it goes well maybe weíll go to the Olympics as well.

Q. You play Justine in the 1st match. Maybe thatís an advantage because for both of you is the 1st match of the tournament? Maybe is better for you to play immediately against her?
A. You never know with these things. It also depends on how it goes. For me itís better to play Justine in the 1st round because as you said she didnít play any matches but, on the other hand, I also didnít play matches. So, we will see how it goes and I think it will be a very interesting match.

Q. Do you follow any ritual before a match or do you have any superstition?
A. Iím not really a superstition person but before very match Iím always listening to my Ipod, my music and just trying to prepare myself. I donít really like to talk too much before I go to play. I just like to sit somewhere in the corner and stay concentrated for my match, just keep the energy for the court.

Q. What kind of music do you prefer?
A. It depends on the mood. Sometimes fast, like... maybe R&B but it depends. Itís the mood thing I think.

Q. What do you do in your spare time during a tournament?
A. During the tournaments I usually go home because I always want to be with my family and friends of course it is always nice to have some time off. My hobby, I think is shopping, I have said it a lot of time in my interviews.

Q. Do you like any sport apart from tennis
A. Yeah football

Q. Do you practice it?
A. A little bit. My brother actually is a little soccer player. He is just 9 years old, he has just started to play so he wants to improve. My dad is an ex-soccer player as well so I do like to watch it and I play a little bit because we have a little garden in our house.

Q. How is your relationship with the other eight?
A. Its good. We see each other every week and we keep in touch sometimes. Friendly relations because itís our work to be on the tournaments every week and we see the same faces all the time. I am not saying that I keep in touch with all the eight players but with Svetlana and with most of the Russian girls we keep in touch a lot.

Q. You have the reputation on the tour as being the player with the most interest in fashion. Is it only for shopping or are you interested in designing or something?
A. I do like to design stuff but usually for models and for people .. I better like shopping because I like to buy everything for myself. Thatís how I am.

Q. How did you prepare for this tournament because the last indoor tournaments were not so good for you so did you have time to regroup and refocus on this tournament?
A. I have ten days to practice and I did practiced in Moscow with my hitting partner and with my fitness coach so as I said, hopefully I will play better than I played in those few tournaments because as you said the indoor season wasnít that great for me but I hope I will get through and we will play better here.

Q. Your results at the indoor season were not as good. Were you a little bit tired or a little bit relaxed after winning the Fed Cup?
A. Yes, Itís actually started after the Fed Cup win but I think you canít play all the year at 100%, its very tough. Even Federer losing now there two tournaments so for me of course itís tough and I felt a little bit tired but for this tournament I hope that I will get some extra energy because this is the last tournament and very important one.

Q. You are also trained father Djambuli, how do you develop the relationship? Is it difficult?
A. Heís not really my coach, he just helps me outside the court a little bit and he is not all them time telling me sometimes I tell with my mom as well so all my family is here with my little brother but I cannot say that my father is coaching me he is just helping me a bit. Itís more of a psychology thing because when we have bad days itís very important that we have someone for the team and I think parents are the best people who can help and I am in great relations with my parents. Because of them I am playing tennis and I am playing so well like I am now and it will be very tough without their help.

Q. Do you find it uncomfortable to play with such a long hair?
A. Once when I played in Stanford it got stuck on the racket but it was just one time. I played my back and it just got stuck in the racket. I think I am going to cut it a little bit after Madrid because I cut it every year but before the last tournament I didnít want to cut it Ė its a little superstition. But just a little bit, I donít want to have short hair because I am used to having long hair since I was 8 or 9. It used to be even longer but I get used to it and for me it is comfortable.

Q. Are you still playing the piano?
A. No, not anymore. Itís still in my house. For 10 years I didnít touch it because I didnít like it when I was growing up and its very boring and I think when a kid doesnít like something the after he grows up he still doesnít like it. I wish I will play; I like to listen to classic music but not playing.

Q. You used to play classical music?
A. Yes.

Q. Did the Martina Hingis case surprise you or do you think these are things that can happen in tennis?
A. Itís a tough question but I think nothing has been proved for 100%. I support the anti-doping programme as well but Martina is a great champion and I hope she will get through that and as I said itís still not proven 100%.

Nov 11th, 2007, 05:52 PM
Q. Do you find it uncomfortable to play with such a long hair?
A. Once when I played in Stanford it got stuck on the racket but it was just one time. I played my back and it just got stuck in the racket. I think I am going to cut it a little bit after Madrid because I cut it every year but before the last tournament I didnít want to cut it Ė its a little superstition. But just a little bit, I donít want to have short hair because I am used to having long hair since I was 8 or 9. It used to be even longer but I get used to it and for me it is comfortable.

NO, ANNA! DON'T DO IT! Okay, maybe just a little... :sport:

Nov 11th, 2007, 07:30 PM
Who is Isvenoyava? :confused:

Nov 11th, 2007, 08:05 PM
Vera Zvonareva.

Nov 11th, 2007, 11:12 PM
Anna will be busy this week -

Q. You used to play doubles with Elena Vesnina but now you separated your career so are you still in touch?
A. Yes, of course we are still in touch. I will see her in one week. We are going to have some meetings in Moscow. We are still good friends

Nov 12th, 2007, 07:11 AM
aww, Anna will play doubles with Zvonareva! I like both of them! :D

Nov 12th, 2007, 09:13 PM
Anna played really well I thought in the semi-final vs Sharapova, but Sharapova was just on fire the past couple of matches. Anna lost that first set 2-6 and only had 5 unforced errors for the entire set. Maria had some of the best tennis I have seen her play since the 2006 US Open. Every time Anna got a break point chance POW huge serves and shots that it is doubtful anyone could have returned. I was also proud of how Anna handled herself. Yes, she did smack the ol' racket on the ground a few times, but she seemed to quickly regain her composure (I think I might have smacked my racket too, play some great tennis and still getting blown away really sucks).

I'm proud of the year Anna had and her results in the YEC. She never gave up and she showed that she deserved to be there right down to the last point. Granted the 1st serve could have been better, but other than that I thought she played really well.

Congrats on this year and look forward to next season!!! :)

Nov 15th, 2007, 10:19 PM
Just wanted to come here and congratulate Anna for having a sensational year, and congrats on reaching the semis. Everyone in the group was talking about Ju facing Serena and JJ, Serena facing Ju and JJ, JJ facing Serena and JH, but no one really said that Anna had to face all three. :yeah:

Nov 15th, 2007, 11:23 PM
Yeah, Anna played Justine, Serena, JJ and Maria. And she walked away with $250,000. Not a bad week.

Nov 16th, 2007, 02:44 AM
Yeah, Anna played Justine, Serena, JJ and Maria. And she walked away with $250,000. Not a bad week.

Not bad at all!!