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Pink Princess
Dec 12th, 2007, 02:34 AM
On December 30.

In 18 days;)

Gooo Princess Anna:) :) :)

Dec 13th, 2007, 06:07 PM
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Glamorous..Fashionable..Stylish and Stunning..

The former Wimbledon and US Open Champion faces the current world number 6 ranked player and fellow compatriot Anna Chakvetadze in a best of three tie-break sets match. This is expected to be a highly entertaining competition between two players who have just faced in other only a few weeks ago at the semi-finals of the prestigious WTA World Championships.

Dec 14th, 2007, 07:56 PM
Only 2 weeks and we'll be reading about Anna in Singapore, with lots of pictures.

Pink Princess
Dec 14th, 2007, 09:03 PM
Glamorous Match, I like the name, Anna will win.

Dec 22nd, 2007, 12:57 PM
Anna is going to be leaving for Singapore in about a week. A very eventful off season for Anna.

Pink Princess
Dec 23rd, 2007, 02:38 PM
In less than one week Anna arrive to Singapore to play the Match of the glamour. The season begins soon!!!

Dec 23rd, 2007, 10:29 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of Anna when she gets to Singapore. And read what she says about last week.

Dec 23rd, 2007, 10:57 PM
The price you have to pay? $1,800.
Fork out that amount and you're automatically a VIP Champions Club pass holder.
You're also not just a mere premium ticket holder to 'Maria Sharapova Live' in Singapore, when you'll sit in the first two rows at courtside at the Indoor Stadium to watch her grunt and trade blistering forehands with fellow rising Russian star Anna Chakvetadze the next day.
It'll also give you an 'Afternoon with Sharapova. And Chakvetadze.
That starts at 3pm on Saturday at the Fullerton Hotel.
VIP Champions Club pass holders will then arrive as Chakvetadze - ranked only one spot below world No.5 Sharapova - faces questions hosted by an emcee.
The 20-year-old will then meet the guests and they can have their photos taken with her.
That's 45 minutes altogether with Chakvetadze.
Then, Sharapova, 20, makes the grand entrance herself.
She goes through the same process in 45 minutes.
It should all end by 5pm.

Dec 25th, 2007, 04:26 AM
I kinda hope they dont question Anna about what happened last week...let her talk about it when she is ready

Dec 25th, 2007, 12:30 PM
I think Anna is going to be asked about the robbery all year. She can handle that.
She has to be able to forget all the outside stuff when she walks on the court. Her opponents want to win, they won't go easy on her.
Anna has to be a compete hard, and focus on the ball.

Pink Princess
Dec 26th, 2007, 09:21 PM

In three days Anna will come to Singapore!!!

Dec 27th, 2007, 01:39 PM
Anna should be arriving in Singapore on Friday. She meets fans and media on Saturday, then plays Sunday.

Dec 28th, 2007, 02:04 PM
Sharapova is there -

the highlight will be her exhibition match against fellow Russian, Anna Chakvetadze, on Sunday at the Indoor Stadium.

"The reason why I am here – this is my only preparation for the Australian Open, along with a little tournament in Hong Kong that I am going to be playing next week. So really, I don't play any real tournament before the Australian (Open) and this is my warm-up and (I am) definitely going to treat it as a big match," Sharapova said

Dec 28th, 2007, 10:44 PM
Here's (http://batanga.sportsya.com/english/news.php/It_is_still_unknown_if_Chakvetadze_will_play_again st__Sharapova_in_Singapore.html?id_estruc=283&id=167220)an interesting and somewhat disheartening news piece on Anna:

“Anna has problems with her left hand: she almost cannot feel her fingers, because during the attack her hands were tied very tight with some ropes,” told Tarpischev, also president of the Russian Tennis Federation, to the newspaper “Sovietskiy Sport.”
He explained that Chakvetadze is already practicing, but she has not fully recovered, for which she is currently undergoing acupuncture with a Chinese expert."

Given this news, I'm frankly very surprised she's playing at the present time, two exhibitions no less.

the cat
Dec 29th, 2007, 12:33 AM
That's sad news about Anna's left hand injury and how it was injured while she was being robbed. It makes me sad and mad. :sad: :mad: I hope her hand is fine by the start 2008 Australian Open.

Dec 29th, 2007, 12:37 AM
Anna wouldn't go to Singapore if she wasn't feeling good. She'll meet the press tomorrow and probably talk about how she's feeling.

Dec 29th, 2007, 12:52 AM
Well it would be worse if it was her right hand. But I dunno, best wait to see what Anna says about it herself.

Pink Princess
Dec 29th, 2007, 12:35 PM

Russia's Anna Chakvetadze looks on during a press conference, Saturday Dec. 29, 2007, in Singapore where she will play against compatriot Maria Sharap - Saturday December 29, 09:37 AM
Russia's Anna Chakvetadze looks on during a press conference, Saturday Dec.

The Picture of the Princess Anna!!!

Dec 29th, 2007, 03:14 PM
Here's the first quote I've seen from Anna. About the youth Olympic games -

Also playing the diplomatic game is fellow Russian, Anna Chakvetadze, who will play against Sharapova.

She says: "Off course I would like Russia to win, but if Singapore wins, it also would be great, because it is good thing for Asia, for Singapore and I think both cities can win."

Singapore could not have asked for a better endorsement from the Russian stars.

Oon Jin Teik, CEO, Singapore Sports Council, says: "Hey, if the two Russians can have a good time, then Singapore obviously is a good place to host the Youth Olympic Games."

Dec 29th, 2007, 04:29 PM
16 Singapore juniors get a clinic with Anna Chakvetadze

December 27, 2007 (Singapore) – Junior tennis elites are in for a treat this Sunday at an exclusive tennis clinic hosted by current world number six Anna Chakvetadze.

16 trainees from the Singapore Tennis Association elite squad will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to trade volleys with the up-and-coming Russian 20-year-old, who will be in town for her highly-anticipated challenge match against Maria Sharapova on the same day.

The hour-long clinic, to be hosted on an indoor court at the Keppel Club at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday December 30, will see the youths – aged 14 to 17 – receive invaluable tips from arguably one of the most promising players on the WTA Tour.

Chakvetadze herself was a junior elite, having shot into the limelight with her first tournament win at the age of 12. The Russian beauty has come off a fantastic year on the WTA Tour in which she climbed to a career high ranking of number five, ahead of Sharapova for most of the year before her compatriot edged ahead during the recent Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s season-ending Championships in Madrid, Spain.

Tennis experts see her as one of the most promising players in the WTA Tour and a very serious potential Grand Slam title winner. Gilbert Ng, General Manager of the Singapore Tennis Association, is optimistic that the clinic will have a positive impact on the budding tennis talents in Singapore.

“Singapore is very lucky to have two of the world’s most outstanding tennis stars in Sharapova and Chakvetadze playing here, and our juniors are even luckier to have an opportunity to learn from a world class player such as Anna,” he said. "The value of learning from a top professional player would be invaluable and priceless – each and every one of our junior players aspires to become a world-class player, and hopefully this Sunday’s clinic will give them the confidence and boost to take their game even further.”

redsports.sg (http://redsports.sg/2007/12/29/singapore-juniors-clinic/)

Dec 29th, 2007, 04:44 PM
The price you have to pay? $1,800.
Fork out that amount and you're automatically a VIP Champions Club pass holder.
You're also not just a mere premium ticket holder to 'Maria Sharapova Live' in Singapore, when you'll sit in the first two rows at courtside at the Indoor Stadium to watch her grunt and trade blistering forehands with fellow rising Russian star Anna Chakvetadze the next day.
It'll also give you an 'Afternoon with Sharapova. And Chakvetadze.
That starts at 3pm on Saturday at the Fullerton Hotel.
VIP Champions Club pass holders will then arrive as Chakvetadze - ranked only one spot below world No.5 Sharapova - faces questions hosted by an emcee.
The 20-year-old will then meet the guests and they can have their photos taken with her.
That's 45 minutes altogether with Chakvetadze.
Then, Sharapova, 20, makes the grand entrance herself.
She goes through the same process in 45 minutes.
It should all end by 5pm.

that is a lot of money. :eek: but to be amongst two of the top 10 in the world, definately worth it :D

Pink Princess
Dec 29th, 2007, 05:03 PM
Princess Anna in Singapore!!!





Dec 29th, 2007, 08:26 PM
Anna was great today!

Pink Princess
Dec 30th, 2007, 03:26 AM

Dec 30th, 2007, 11:44 AM
Anna Chakvetadze gives tennis clinic to local players
By Dominique Loh, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 30 December 2007 1630 hrs
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Anna Chakvetadze
SINGAPORE: A group of young tennis players was given a once-in-a-lifetime treat on Sunday morning.

A total of 16 local athletes from the Singapore Tennis Association had a clinic of their dreams with world number six player, Anna Chakvetadze.

But these players had no time to get star struck.

20-year-old Anna quickly put the youngsters to work by trading ground strokes and giving them valuable tips about the pro circuit.

Stefanie Tan said: "It's very inspiring to be able to see her play live. I've watched her on TV before, but I've never seen her stroke. I can see her technique on court."

Sylvester Wee Min said: "I learned that the international circuit is very different from local circuit. You've got to go out there to experience all these players hitting that hard, being consistent. You know where you stand, where to work on to compete with these players."

Dec 30th, 2007, 12:52 PM
Chakvetadze said fun rarely enters into the equation when she's up against Sharapova.
"It’s tough to have fun with Maria when you play with her!" Chakvetadze said. "I’m also going to Hong Kong in the next two days, so this match will be very good preparation to get some good feel before the Grand Slam. So there is no chance of me taking things easy."

Dec 30th, 2007, 03:22 PM
Singapore Exhibition: M. Sharapova def. A. Chakvetadze 6-0 7-6 (12-10)

A very good way for Anna to prepare for Australia.


Dec 30th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Anna lost but she played great in the second set. However she made too many errors especially on crucial pts. I did a short match report on the general thread, do take a look !!

Dec 30th, 2007, 03:51 PM
Where was Anna at the start? :lol: Okay if we ignore shaking off the rust at the start it's encouraging that she made the second set really tough for Maria and had some set points. Very good preparation and Anna seems to have made some new fans in Singapore.

Pink Princess
Dec 30th, 2007, 03:54 PM
Anna had 3 set pointshttp://i4.tinypic.com/6ugrdiq.gifhttp://i4.tinypic.com/6ugrdiq.gifhttp://i4.tinypic.com/6ugrdiq.gifThanks a lot!!!

Pink Princess
Dec 30th, 2007, 04:54 PM

Dec 30th, 2007, 05:01 PM
It's a weird score :lol:

Pink Princess
Dec 30th, 2007, 06:24 PM
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Dec 30th, 2007, 10:46 PM
ARUN RAJ observes Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze in training and finds their methods poles apartBy Arun RajDecember 31, 2007http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/printicon.gif (http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/printfriendly/0,4139,152113,00.html?) http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/emailicon.gif (javascript:window.open() http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/5.gifWHEN you have been to the summit, a hallowed ground that few have ventured onto, you obviously have been doing something right.
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/media/image/launched/2007-12-30/NP_IMAGES_ARTRAIN30t.jpg (javascript:window.open() DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS: Sharapova trains with an American football under the watchful eyes of her coach Michael Joyce - Pictures: Kelvin Chng The former world No. 1 women's tennis player Maria Sharapova is no different.
She will be locking horns with Russian compatriot Anna Chakvetadze tonight at the Singapore Indoor stadium.
However, as The New Paper observed, although the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranks Sharapova and Chakvetadze at fifth and sixth in the world respectively, their training regimens are poles apart.
Yesterday, I had the chance to catch the training routines of both players - Chakvetadze, whose best showing was reaching the semi-finals of this year's 2007 US Open, and Sharapova, a two-time Grand Slam winner (Wimbledon 2004 and 2006 US Open).
First, Chakvetadze trained under the cover of the sheltered indoor court at Keppel Club.
Sharapova went straight to the outdoor courts even with the sun beating down an hour before noon.
Chakvetadze began her warm-up by jogging a lap around the perimeter of the two adjacent tennis courts and loosening up her hamstring with basic stretching techniques.
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/media/image/launched/2007-12-30/NP_IMAGES_ARTRAIN30-QJJt.jpg (javascript:window.open() Sharapova took her time and went through three different drills which brought looks of astonishment from the handful of spectators.
Sharapova limbered up by striding across the baseline while intermittently lifting her knees skyward in an attempt to stretch her hamstring and calf muscles.
Next, she took out a jump-rope and started skipping - starting off slowly before accelerating to a furious pace.
'When is she going to start hitting?' enthralled fans gathered around could be heard asking.
Just then, her coach and hitting partner, former tennis player, American Michael Joyce presented an oval-shaped ball to her.
What was an American football doing in the hands of a tennis coach during a training session for one of the world's best tennis players?
The pair started by tossing the ball to each other like a quarter-back would in an American National Football League (NFL) game.
As Joyce tossed the ball ahead of Sharapova, she ran forward and caught the ball like an NFL player scoring a touch-down would.
It seemed like this was helping her stretch her back and shoulder (a niggling shoulder injury had disrupted her 2007 tennis season).
Her rhythm and footwork - as she would have to shuffle her feet and accelerate from a standing position quickly - was also being rehearsed.
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/media/image/launched/2007-12-30/NP_IMAGES_ARTRAIN30-W6Zt.jpg (javascript:window.open() The unusual routine was a far cry from what Chakvetadze was doing a stone's throw away, as her three-minute jog and stretch was immediately followed by her trading rallies with her playing partner - one of Singapore's national tennis coaches, Stanley Senger.
Chakvetadze had just met Senger, while on the other court, Sharapova was training with a familiar face.
Finally, after warming up for 15 minutes, Sharapova finally laid hands on her tennis racquet as Joyce placed three tennis balls in a line parallel to the baseline - between the bottom of the service boxes and the baseline.
They then started by stroking balls over the net in an attempt to hit the three balls on the opposing end.
Joyce hit one within a minute and, by the end of the game, Sharapova had tied it up by hitting one as well.
During a break, Joyce, while wiping beads of perspiration off his head, remarked to laughter: 'It's too hot in this country.'
Yes, the weather was hot and humid but the professionalism shone through.
The Sharapova camp pressed on as she acclimatised for next month's first Grand Slam event of the 2008 season, the Australian Open, which will be in similar blazing conditions in Melbourne.
After pausing for another break, Sharapova and Joyce played some practice games and the American made the Russian belle run to the net as he hit her with some devastating drop-shots.
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/media/image/launched/2007-12-30/NP_IMAGES_ARTRAIN30-JYRt.jpg (javascript:window.open() RUSSIAN HARD AT WORK: World No 6 Anna Chakvetadze has her fair share of fans who caught her belting balls in training yesterday.It was tough, but she was all smiles as she ended her training session by belting out some big serves under Joyce's watchful gaze.
Chakvetadze continued with her hitting practice and was a picture of concentration as her immaculate footwork and piercing ground strokes oozed class.
At this point, most of the spectators must have been thinking that although she has a losing record (6-0) against Sharapova, she is nowhere close to being a pushover.
However, Sharapova's professional ethos and seemingly unorthodox training drills seem to put her in a class of her own.
Even on her first day here on Friday, when the press was told that she was too tired to shop and would be spending the rest of the day in her comfortable hotel suite, The New Paper learnt that she was in actual fact hard at work, hitting balls on the courts from 4pm till 6pm.
This was barely an hour after she had completed her meeting with the press in the early afternoon, following a 16 hour plane ride and a quick stop to pick out sports apparel in the morning on her first day.
Then yesterday, a morning training session, followed by a media press conference, an afternoon meeting with fans and an evening meeting with fans.
Sharapova has clearly been bred to compete at the highest level, while Chakvetadze is only starting her rise in the same vein and could very well usurp her more illustrious compatriot soon.
Not unless Sharapova has anything to say about it.

Dec 30th, 2007, 11:08 PM
Here is Anna giving an answer that makes sense to me.

This was from the Saturday Q&A-

Ernest: I asked Anna Chakvetadze about your screaming on court, and whether she thinks it's a tactical ploy to throw your opponents off. She said she thinks it's an American-school thing, and can be seen as a tactical ploy.
Sharapova: Well, actually, when I first picked up a tennis racquet at the age of four, I was already grunting. And from the age of four to seven, the grunting became a habit. So I'm afraid there's no tactical ploy there.
And during that period, I was growing up in Russia, so it's not an American-school thing. I guess you could say I came from the Russian school of screaming instead?

Dec 31st, 2007, 01:20 AM
ARUN RAJ observes Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze in training and finds their methods poles apart

What exactly is this article trying to say? That Maria jumps rope and catches a football so she's more likely to win? She's more professional because she pays Michael Joyce to travel with her? I don't get it.

Dec 31st, 2007, 01:27 AM
You're reading too much into it. They never saw a tennis player with an American football.
It's Sharapova. American football makes sense.

Dec 31st, 2007, 03:32 AM
:lol: GL, you are incorrigible.

Pink Princess
Dec 31st, 2007, 05:21 PM

Dec 31st, 2007, 11:10 PM
ANNA IN THE LION CITY By Arun RajJanuary 01, 2008http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/printicon.gif (http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/printfriendly/0,4139,152183,00.html?) http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/emailicon.gif (javascript:window.open() http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/5.gifTENNIS star Anna Chakvetadze played tourist yesterday.
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/media/image/launched/2007-12-31/NP_IMAGES_ARANNA31-CL4t.jpg (javascript:window.open() Even a tennis superstar has to join the queue with the rest of the shoppers and tourists outside the Louis Vuitton boutique. Sporting a pair of jeans and a black T-shirt, she looked the part as she walked calmly - a solitary bodyguard in tow - through the shopping centres along Orchard Road.
We spotted her at Paragon shopping centre while she chatted with her bodyguard.
As she moved out of Paragon Shopping Centre, she paused at the traffic light.
She looked back over her shoulder as though searching for someone.
Then, she fished out her mobile phone and looked to be checking if she had any messages or missed calls.
And then she was spotted by a Caucasian woman as she prepared to cross the street.
Looking rather surprised that anyone had recognised her, Chakvetadze chatted briefly with her.
They then crossed over to Ngee Ann City and Chakvetadze paused briefly to answer a phone call on her mobile phone before walking on to the main entrance that led to the designer label boutiques.
Christian Dior, Fendi, Chanel and Louis Vuitton were the boutique shops that she entered to browse a selection of bags, shoes and jackets.
After leaving Fendi, following a brief look in the Christian Dior boutique, she headed towards the Chanel boutique.
Again, she came out empty-handed.
Her bodyguard attempted to get her into the Louis Vutton boutique ahead of a queue of customers, but she was asked to join the queue, which she did without any fuss.
After having to wait for about five minutes, she was finally allowed into the store.
Yet again, though, she emerged without buying anything.
It seemed like she was merely window shopping.
Then she made a U-turn and went back to the Fendi store.
This time, with her father Djambuli Chakvetadze.
He had come with his own bodyguard.
Now she happily showed him the items that she had spotted before.
Did she compare prices or did she want to scout out and prioritise her wish list before her father came along to make the final decision?
Whatever the reason, she looked like she was having fun shopping in the 40 minutes she was in Ngee Ann City as she was able to walk around relatively unnoticed.
Chakvetadze then scooped out a pair of turqouise shoes in the Fendi boutique and displayed it proudly to her father.
Girls will be girls, and a day of shopping was something that Chakvetadze made time for, even through the heat and humidity.
Lucky for dad, the bodyguard did most of the browsing with her and he was needed only at the end of the 'tour'.
Still, one can't help wondering what she was thinking while on our shores.
However, she appeared to have a rather enjoyable afternoon sauntering through the air-conditioned stores that must have made her feel like she was back in Moscow.

Jan 1st, 2008, 11:53 AM
Maria Sharapova, Anna Chakvetadze at Singapore press conference.

Jan 3rd, 2008, 01:21 AM
a local sports-tennis writer [Rohit Brijnath]got a chance to have a hit with Anna and he asked Anna to show him no mercy.
She fufilled his wishes by ripping a couple of returns past him.

Originally Posted by Rohit Brijnath
Which is why i ask Chakvetadze, politely, do you mind just beating the %$#@ out of my serve. Just rip your return, burn the fuzz off the ball.

And being a sport, she does.

First time, as I advance to volley, she hits a forehand return that is a blur of yellow, hissing over the net and dipping below my racket before my eyes have even properly focused.

People actually return these shots? For winners? How?

Second time, she meets the serve with a backhand, and almost immediately, the ball is tattooing the court somewhere near my ankles.
Still the lesson is not over. Just for the record, Chakvetadz, who probably yawned though her return, is asked, how hard did she hit the ball?

Seventy percent of her capacity, 80, 90?

"about 60." she says with a grin.

then almost cruelly, she adds with another grin:

"And I'm not a big hitter."