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andrewbroad
Jan 14th, 2008, 10:54 PM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/

This is an Anna-filtered subset of my Australian Open preview. You can follow my full reports at any of the following:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=328704
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharapova_vaidisova_hantuchova/

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Contents
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1. Photos
2. UK TV-alert
3. First-round draw: Bottom half
4. Second-round draw: Top half
5. Anna Chakvetadze preview
6. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
7. Order of Play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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Search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

Many players:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. UK TV-alert
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The evening-sessions of the Australian Open will be televised on BBCi from 08:25 GMT each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel: either 301 or 302 - today it was 301).

My understanding is that this coverage will consist of the women's match on the evening-session of the Rod Laver Arena (Kanepi v Molik on Monday), followed by the men's match, followed by recorded coverage of the "best" match of the day on a continuous loop.

But don't set your hopes too high - last year, only 7% of BBCi's Australian Open coverage was of the women! :mad: There isn't a women's match on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session every day.

Other Australian Open coverage on BBC television:
* Sunday 20th January on BBC 2 (12:30 to 14:00 GMT);
* Saturday 26th January: Women's Singles final on BBC 1 (from 02:20 GMT);
* Saturday 26th January: repeat of WS final on BBCi (from 07:00 GMT);
* Saturday 26th January: highlights of WS final on BBC 2 (13:00 to 14:00 GMT);
* Sunday 27th January: Men's Singles final on BBC 2 (from 08:30 GMT);
* Sunday 27th January: repeat of MS final on BBCi (from 10:00 GMT).

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3. First-round draw: Bottom half
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3.1 Third quarter: Iroda Tulyaganova
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* Yan,Zi [s] v VENUS WILLIAMS [8] (jia you Zi!)
* Camille Pin v Monica Niculescu [Q]
* Timea Bacsinszky [Q] v Sophie Ferguson [WC] (hopp Timea!)
* Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] v SANIA MIRZA [31,DF] (I like Sania a lot, but DAVAI IRODA!!)

* Séverine Brémond v LI,NA [24] (allez Séverine!)
* Maria Elena Camerin v Christina Wheeler [WC] (forza Maria Elena!)
* Marta Domachowska [Q] v Mathilde Johansson [WC] (my loyalty is to Marta)
* MARION BARTOLI [10,DF,S] v Sofia Arvidsson (allez Marion!)

* Sabine Lisicki [Q] v DINARA SAFINA [16] (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* María Emilia Salerni v Mariya Koryttseva (ˇvamos María Emilia!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Caroline Wozniacki (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [21] v Alla Kudryavtseva (davai Alyona!)

* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [28] v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (dajmo Katarina!)
* Angelika Bachmann v Anastasia Rodionova
* Tathiana Garbin v Eleni Daniilidou
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [4,DF] v Sorana Cîrstea (my loyalty is to Ana)


3.2 Bottom quarter: Chakvetadze, Šafářová, Hantuchová
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* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Andrea Petkovic (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Alisa Kleybanova [Q] (jia you Shuai!)
* Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] v Akiko Morigami [s] (my loyalty is to Michaëlla)
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] v Meilen Tu (davai Maria!)

* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [22,EF] v Catalina Castańo (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* Roberta Vinci v Virginia Ruano Pascual (may the better win)
* Alizé Cornet v Clarisa Fernández (allez Alizé!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [9,EF] v Vania King (POĎME DANIELA!!)

* NADIA PETROVA [14] v Nicole Pratt
* Anne Kremer v Evgenia Linetskaya (dajee Anne!)
* Laura Granville v Yvonne Meusburger
* Ekaterina Makarova v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [20] (I did a Google Image search for "Ekaterina Makarova" and found an absolute stunner, but unfortunately she wasn't the tennis-player)

* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [29] v Olga Savchuk
* Martina Müller v Pauline Parmentier
* Tsvetana Pironkova v Olga Govortsova (my loyalty is to Tsvetana)
* Nathalie Dechy v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [2] (allez Nathalie!)

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4. Second-round draw: Top half
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* Olga Poutchkova v JUSTINE HENIN [1] (davai Olga!)
* Angelique Kerber v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [25]
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] v SYBILLE BAMMER [19] (jia you Su-Wei!)
* TATIANA GOLOVIN [13,DF] v Aravane Rezaď (my loyalty is to Tatiana)

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [11] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (davai Elena!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [17] v Jessica Moore [WC] (kadima Shahar!)
* Elena Vesnina v Jill Craybas (davai Elena!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [5,EF] v Lindsay Davenport (DAVAI MARIA!!)

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3] v Edina Gallovits
* Flavia Pennetta [DF] v VIRGINIE RAZZANO [30] (forza Flavia!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [18] (davai Yaroslava!)
* Casey Dell'Acqua v PATTY SCHNYDER [15]

* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [12,EF] v Alicia Molik (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* Tatiana Perebiynis v Ai Sugiyama (davai Tatiana!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [26] v Sandra Klösel [Q]
* Yuan,Meng [Q] v SERENA WILLIAMS [7]

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5. Anna Chakvetadze preview
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Anna comes here on the back of a 7-5 6-1 loss to Katarina Srebotnik in the first round of Sydney, but I sincerely hope that was just an aberration. I don't think Anna would have beaten Daniela Hantuchová at Hong Kong if she hadn't recovered from her burglary-ordeal of 18th December 2007. Then again, Daniela was suffering from abdominal pains at Hong Kong, so I do wonder if Anna is still affected by the trauma.


5.1 First round
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Anna needs a nice, easy match to, well, ease her way into the Australian Open after the Sydney setback, and she should have one in #92-ranked Andrea Petkovic, against whom she has never played before.

20-year-old Petkovic has snuck into the top 100 almost unnoticed by me, but she's been in and out of there since August 2007. She played many ITF tournaments and WTA qualifying in 2007, and is currently on a 3-match losing-streak after losing her opening-round qualifying-matches at Gold Coast and Sydney to players in the #120s. So if Anna doesn't beat her, she ought to be shot, really.

I don't have time to preview beyond the first round now.

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6. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Li,Na v (PENG,SHUAI/SUN,TIANTIAN)[8]

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7. Order of Play for Tuesday
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Vodafone Arena (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
WS 1r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Andrea Petkovic
MS 1r: Thomas Johansson v MARCOS BAGHDATIS [15]
WS 1r: ANA IVANOVIĆ [4,DF] v Sorana Cîrstea
MS 1r: JAMES BLAKE [12] v Nicolás Massú

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Anna_Chakvetadze/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/

andrewbroad
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:06 AM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. First round: Chakvetadze v Petkovic review
3. Second-round draw: Bottom half
4. Third-round draw: Top half
5. Women's Doubles: First-round result
6. Order of Play for Thursday

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1. Photos
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Anna Chakvetadze:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze
search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

Various players including Anna Chakvetadze consoling her injured opponent (I think you can see where the burglars injured Anna too):
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7188629.stm
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. First round: Chakvetadze v Petkovic review (Tuesday 15th January)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] d. Andrea Petkovic, 0-0* (40/40) retired (right-knee injury)

What a shame. Anna is lacking match-play, so I was hoping for a much longer workout than these 3 minutes of play. On the other hand, she was "spared the sapping sun" [Ossian Shine, Reuters].

Apparently Petkovic hyperextended her right knee in her opening service-game, and collapsed in agony. Of course I'm sorry for her, but it had to have happened to one of them with the match after theirs starting as soon as it did, so thank God it's her instead of Anna.


2.1 Articles (containing new information about December's burglary)
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Kuznetsova eases past Dechy test [CEEFAX 493]
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And sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze also progressed when Andrea Petkovic retired hurt in the first game of their match.
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Kuznetsova in a hurry [Teletext 497]
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Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze played only six points before German opponent Andrea Petkovic retired, while ninth seed Daniela Hantuchová also won.
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Sixth seed Chakvetadze through after Petkovic injury (Reuters)
(reporting by Simon Cambers; editing by Greg Stutchbury)
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Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze advanced to the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday when Germany's Andrea Petkovic retired with a right-knee injury in the first game of their match.

The 20-year-old Petkovic, ranked 92, suffered the injury when stretching for a forehand, and after treatment, the tearful German told Chakvetadze she was unable to continue.

Russian Chakvetadze was a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park last year.
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Ðoković and Ivanović lead charge into Aussie Open tennis round two (AFP)
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Russia's Chakvetadze was the first player through to the second round on Tuesday, barely breaking a sweat with German opponent Andrea Petkovic retiring hurt after wrenching her knee.

Chakvetadze revealed her preparations had been shattered after she was tied up by armed thieves during a terrifying robbery last month at her home just outside Moscow.

"I am trying not to think about it; I am trying to think about tennis and trying to forget this," she said.
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Venus, Ivanović advance at Australian Open (AFP)
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Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze, meanwhile, revealed she was still struggling with the trauma of being tied up by bandits at her Moscow home last month, and wanted a winning-streak Down Under to take her mind off events.

Chakvetadze went through when Germany's Andrea Petkovic retired after wrenching her knee in the opening game of their match.

The 20-year-old said she was grateful to be able to concentrate on tennis rather than dwelling on a robbery last month, where hooded thieves burst into her house, pistol-whipped her father and stole about $250,000 in cash, jewellery and other goods.

Chakvetadze suffered a minor finger-injury when she was tied up, and the ordeal left Australian Open preparation in tatters.

"I am trying not to think about it; I am trying to think about tennis and trying to forget this," she said.

"If I think about it more, I won't be mentally ready to play."
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Chakvetadze moving on
By Neil Frankland: AP Sports Writer
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After a brutal home-invasion last month interrupted her Australian Open preparations, sixth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze is still lacking a much-needed match-practice after her first-round opponent retired in the opening game.

Chakvetadze and her parents were tied up by six masked assailants who broke into her home outside Moscow on 18th December, stealing money and goods worth more than $300,000 and beating her father.

The 20-year-old player said she lost feeling in the fingers on her left hand for several days as a result of being bound around her wrists.

Her first match of this year's Open lasted just six points on Tuesday before her opponent Andrea Petkovic retired with an injured right knee with the score at 0-0 and deuce.

"I think it's better to play some matches before a Grand Slam event," a disappointed Chakvetadze said.

Chakvetadze said she's trying to put last month's robbery out of her mind and concentrate on the Australian Open.

"I feel better, I feel okay, and I'm thinking about tennis right now, trying not to think about these things that happened with me and my family," she said.

Chakvetadze is accompanied by her father Djambuli, while her mother and 9-year-old brother Roman remained in Moscow.

"Now we have everything," she said of the beefed-up security at the family-home. "We have a bodyguard in the house, we have an alarm. But before it happened, we had just security on the gate."

Chakvetadze, playing in her fourth Australian Open, reached the quarter-finals here last year before losing to eventual runner-up Maria Sharapova.
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Other Anna-quote: "You can't control these things; it can happen to anyone."

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3. Second-round draw: Bottom half
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [8] v Camille Pin
* SANIA MIRZA [31,DF] v Timea Bacsinszky [Q] (my loyalty is to Sania)
* Maria Elena Camerin v LI,NA [24] (forza Maria Elena!)
* Marta Domachowska [Q] v Sofia Arvidsson (dawaj Marta!)

* Sabine Lisicki [Q] Mariya Koryttseva (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [21] v Caroline Wozniacki (my loyalty is to Alyona)
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [28] v Anastasia Rodionova (dajmo Katarina!)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [4,DF] v Tathiana Garbin (ajde Ana!)

* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Alisa Kleybanova [Q] (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] v Akiko Morigami [s] (my loyalty is to Maria)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v Catalina Castaño (¡vamos Virginia!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [9,EF] v Alizé Cornet (I like Alizé, but POĎME DANIELA!!)

* Anne Kremer v NADIA PETROVA [14] (dajee Anne!)
* Yvonne Meusburger v Ekaterina Makarova
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [29] v Pauline Parmentier
* Tsvetana Pironkova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [2] (aide Tsvetana!)


3.1 Preview of Anna's second round
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Anna has never played the 18-year-old world #154 Alisa Kleybanova before, and I don't know much about her. Last year, she played almost exclusively on the ITF Women's Circuit, winning $25k Monteroni d'Arbia and compiling a 41:13 record for 2007. In 2008, she successfully qualified for Gold Coast, and lost 6-1 6-3 to Patty Schnyder in the first round there.

Let's take a look at the qualifier Kleybanova's route to the second round:
1q + Marie-Ève Pelletier, 6-3 6-4
2q + Iveta Benešová, 6-3 6-1
3q + Olivia Sánchez, 6-0 6-4
1r + Peng,Shuai [s], 7-5 4-6 9-7

With seven wins this year, Kleybanova certainly has an advantage of match-play over Anna, but her last match was a three-hour marathon in the hottest part of the day (I believe it was (or at least going to be) 37°C on Tuesday), so it could be very tough for her to recover from that, and Anna should have way too much class for her despite the trauma of the burglary.


Venus Williams returns to action (PA SportsTicker)
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Also lurking in the bottom of the draw are No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia and ninth-seeded Slovakian Daniela Hantuchová.

Chakvetadze had an odd start to her tournament on Monday, winning her first-round match when Germany's Andrea Petkovic retired with a knee-injury just three minutes in.

The 20-year-old Russian had her best showing here last season when she reached the quarter-finals, losing to countrywoman and eventual runner-up Maria Sharapova.
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1978
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(6) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) vs. (Q) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) - First Meeting

Russia's Chakvetadze enjoyed, without doubt, the smoothest passage into the second round of the Australian Open after her first-round foe Andrea Petkovic was forced to retire after injuring her right knee in the very first game.

Contrastingly, her compatriot Kleybanova was pushed to the very limit on her Grand Slam début against Peng,Shuai, defeating her Chinese opponent 7-5 4-6 9-7 in a thrilling encounter.

Chakvetadze experienced a truly magnificent year on Tour in 2007, capturing four titles and firmly establishing herself in the elite Top 10. However, the 20-year-old's form began to tail off towards the end of the season, and while she still sits a massive 148 places above her opponent in the world-rankings, she is unlikely to have things all her own way in Thursday's battle of the Muscovites.
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4. Third-round draw: Top half
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [25]
* Aravane Rezaï v Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Aravane)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [17] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [11] (kadima Shahar!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [5,EF] v Elena Vesnina (I like Elena, but DAVAI MARIA!!)

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3] v VIRGINIE RAZZANO [30] (I want Janković to win)
* Casey Dell'Acqua v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [18] (anyone but Mauresmo)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [12,EF] v Ai Sugiyama (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [26] v SERENA WILLIAMS [7] (Azarenka may be growing on me, but I'd still prefer Nicole to have the honour of putting the defending champion out of my misery)

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5. Women's Doubles: First-round result (Wednesday 16th January)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Li,Na lt. (PENG,SHUAI [s]/SUN,TIANTIAN)[8], 2-6 7-6 (9/7) 2-6

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6. Order of Play for Thursday
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Margaret Court Arena: day-session (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
MS 2r: Alun Jones [WC] v JUAN CARLOS FERRERO [22]
WS 2r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Alisa Kleybanova [Q]
MS 2r: Juan Martin del Potro v DAVID FERRER [5]
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Margaret Court Arena: evening-session (start 19:30 AEST = 08:30 GMT)
MS 2r: JAMES BLAKE [12] v Michael Russell

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Anna_Chakvetadze/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/

andrewbroad
Jan 18th, 2008, 10:35 PM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second round: Chakvetadze v Kleybanova review
3. Third-round draw: Bottom half / Preview
4. Fourth-round draw: Top half
5. Order of Play for Saturday

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1. Photos
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Our delectable Anna:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/1082/photos
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze
search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

Various players including Anna:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/

Many players:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. Second round: Chakvetadze v Kleybanova review (Thursday 17th January)
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] d. Alisa Kleybanova [Q], 6-3 6-4

Anna recovered from 0-2* in the first set, then let a 3-0* second-set lead become *3-3 - that's what happens when you're not match-tight.

Anna may be last in the "who's got the best serve in the top 8" poll at www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com) (only 1% had voted for Anna last time I checked), but she served 8 aces in this match! Much less impressive was her W:UE ratio of 19:26, while Kleybanova was much worse with 18:37. Anna broke 5 times from 10 break-points, Kleybanova twice from 8.


Kuznetsova battles back [Teletext 497]
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Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze was a 6-3 6-4 victor against Alise Kleybanova, while Daniela Hantuchová, seeded ninth, saw off Alizé Cornet 6-2 7-5.
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Venus Williams overcomes tough test (PA SportsTicker)
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Also lurking in the bottom of the draw are No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia and ninth-seeded Slovakian Daniela Hantuchová, who both advanced on Thursday.

Chakvetadze had an odd start to her tournament on Monday, winning her first-round match when Germany's Andrea Petkovic retired with a knee-injury just three minutes in.

But the 20-year-old Russian had no trouble when she finally took the court on Thursday, recording a 6-3 6-4 victory over compatriot Alisa Kleybanova.

Chakvetadze's best showing here came last season when she reached the quarter-finals, losing to countrywoman and eventual runner-up Maria Sharapova.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7193173.stm
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Elsewhere, sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze set up an enticing third-round meeting with fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko by beating Alisa Kleybanova 6-3 6-4.
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Ana Ivanović powers through in Melbourne
By Charlie Caroe and agencies, for The Daily Telegraph <www.telegraph.co.uk>
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And two more Russians in Anna Chakvetadze and Maria Kirilenko set up an exciting third-round meeting following easy second-round wins.

The two 20-year-olds both won in straight sets, with sixth seed Chakvetadze beating fellow Russian Alisa Kleybanova 6-3 6-4 while 27th seed Kirilenko thrashed Japanese veteran Akiko Morigami 6-1 6-1.
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3. Third-round draw: Bottom half / Preview
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* SANIA MIRZA [31,DF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [8] (go Sania!)
* Marta Domachowska [Q] v LI,NA [24] (dawaj Marta!)
* Sabine Lisicki [Q] v Caroline Wozniacki (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [4,DF] v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [28] (ajde Ana!)

* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] (mouthwatering match - my loyalty is to Anna)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [9,EF] v Virginia Ruano Pascual (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* NADIA PETROVA [14] v Ekaterina Makarova
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [29] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [2]


3.1 Preview of Anna's third round
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ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF]:
1r + Andrea Petkovic, 0-0* (40/40) retired (right-knee injury)
2r + Alisa Kleybanova [Q], 6-3 6-4

MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF]:
1r + Meilen Tu, 6-4 4-6 6-3
2r + Akiko Morigami [s], 6-1 6-1

This will be the fifth in a series of mouthwatering matches between the two ultracute Russians. Maria won their first meeting 7-5 6-3 at Miami 2005, but Anna won their next three with a combined loss of 16 games to lead 3:1.

Maria seems to be a confidence-player: when she's confident, she plays dynamic all-court tennis and can beat lots of players (she's won two WTA singles-titles: Beijing 2005 and Kolkata 2007). When she's not confident, she hangs back, doesn't transfer her weight forwards into the ball, and can't beat anybody.

Maria spent the first half of 2007 in a slump, with a 6-match losing-streak from March to May, but played very well in front of me to reach the third round of Birmingham and really push Jelena Janković as hard as Big Maria did in the final. She did well in the US Open Series, won 9 matches in a row at Kolkata (won) and Seoul (r/u to Venus Williams), but then her form suddenly evaporated and she lost 5 matches in a row.

But Maria won $75k ITF Dubai in December, and won her first two matches at Auckland, where Tamira Paszek inflicted a 6-1 6-3 hurting in the quarter-finals. With her lopsided thrashing of Akiko Morigami in the previous round, and Anna short of match-play following her first-round exit at Sydney and first-round virtual bye here, it couldn't be a better time for Maria to have another crack at Anna, and it should be a fascinating contest.

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4. Fourth-round draw: Top half
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* Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] v JUSTINE HENIN [1] (jia you Su-Wei!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [5,EF] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [11] (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3] v Casey Dell'Acqua
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [12,EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [7] (POJĎME NICOLE!!)

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5. Order of Play for Saturday
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Rod Laver Arena: day-session (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
WS 3r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF]
MS 3r: Marin Čilić v FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ [7]
MS 3r: ROGER FEDERER [1] v Janko Tipsarević
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Rod Laver Arena: evening-session (start 19:30 AEST = 08:30 GMT)
WS 3r: SANIA MIRZA [31,DF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [8]
WS 3r: LLEYTON HEWITT [19] v MARCOS BAGHDATIS [15]

What a shame I won't get to watch Anna v Little Maria on BBCi, although it's still an honour for them to be playing on Rod Laver Arena.

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Anna_Chakvetadze/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/

andrewbroad
Jan 31st, 2008, 10:06 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third round: Chakvetadze v Kirilenko scoreboard-report

Apologies for the delay.
This was due to Maria Sharapova going all the way!

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1. Photos
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Anna and her wasps:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/1082/photos
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze
search Getty Images for "chakvetadze"

Many players:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. Third round: Chakvetadze v Kirilenko scoreboard-report (Saturday 19th January)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF], 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2

Quote of the day comes from Maria Kirilenko: "There are two big screens on the court, and I was watching them and I saw Anna's face, and she seemed really tired. And of course, when you see someone dying on the other side, you feel more energy."

Three or even two years ago, I would have approved of this result - and even as an Anna-fan, I'm happy for Maria that she has reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, six days ahead of her 21st birthday.

Maria "She's So Lovely" Kirilenko is one of my favourite players outside my Eternal Fanship. But then the equally ultracute Anna came along, and developed such a game of flairsome power and spreading rallies that I inducted her into my Eternal Fanship, whilst remaining a demi-fan of Maria.

Maria, who is just 6 weeks older than Anna, made her mark first, winning the doubles at Birmingham 2004 with Maria Sharapova, while Anna made her mark by knocking reigning French Open champion Anastasia Myskina out of the US Open 2004.

In 2005, their careers progressed in parallel, although Maria won her first WTA singles-title at Beijing, while Anna had to wait until Guangzhou 2006 for hers. After that, Anna went from strength to strength, winning Moscow 2006, persuading me to induct her into my Eternal Fanship, winning four more titles in 2007, rising to a career-high ranking of #5, and seeming to have pulled clear of Maria with a 3:1 head-to-head.

But Anna's preparations for the Australian Open were shattered when burglars broke into her house on 18th December, beat her father up, and tied Anna up so tightly that she couldn't feel the fingers of her left hand for days. Three exhibition-matches, a first-round exit at Sydney, and Andrea Petkovic's retirement in the first game of her first match here, left Anna desperately short of match-play, while Maria hit top form with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Akiko Morigami in the previous round. So I knew this was going to be a danger-match for Anna, and so it proved.

When Anna won the first set on a tiebreak, I thought it would be tough for Maria to come back and Anna would roll through the second, but instead it was Anna who got tired, while Maria played a brilliant second set according to those lucky enough to see it (or unlucky if you only like Anna). The third set was closer than the scoreline implies, but with Maria serving first, a single break left Anna in a *2-5 hole, and she sank after saving four match-points in that game.


Because this match was something special, I decided to burn the midnight-oil in England and follow live scores. After a brief rain-delay while they closed the roof on Rod Laver Arena, the match started at 11:18 AEDT.

I also used the live-scores thread at
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=329429


First set
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CHAKVETAD _* * * * * *T 7(8)
KIRILENKO * * * * * *__ 6(6)

Maria serving 0-0: Double fault. 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: 30/0 -> 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

Tough so far! And they're having long rallies according to TheBoiledEgg - unlike Kuznetsova v Radwańska (*0-3) on Vodafone, which is the only other court with a roof.

Maria serving 1-1: 30/0. 30/15. Maria hit a "great dropshot". 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.

I'm actually feeling equal passion for these girls, even though Anna is a member of my Eternal Fanship while Maria's tennis isn't up to my EF-standards. My Passion just wants this match to go on and on without a loser, even though it's eating into my sleep (it's gone 00:30 GMT, and I have to be up in time for the evening-session at 08:30).

I think Anna and Maria are the two cutest girls in tennis, and as cute as each other. Maria is prettier and has a lovely smile, while Anna is so expressive, and has all these cute on-court habits (as documented on my website).

Maria serving 2-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30 -> 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Maria had a "rough miss" with a forehand down the line. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

Now Maria has the baggage of a missed break-point to deal with.

Maria serving 3-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 3-4: Held to love.

I can sense the momentum shifting ever so slightly in Anna's favour, along with my loyalty.

Maria serving 4-4: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.

Now we come to the sharp end of the set, where Maria's advantage of serving first comes into play as she can break for the set in any of Anna's remaining service-games, whereas Anna has to either break or serve it out, or win it on a tiebreak.

Anna serving 4-5: 40/0. 40/30. Held.

Now it's fascinating, as Maria has the material advantage but Anna has the momentum.

Maria serving 5-5: 0/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Maria. Held.

Now Maria has both the lead and the momentum, as Anna failed to push home her 0/30 opening. Come on Anna!

Anna serving 5-6: Held to love.

What a response!

6-6 tiebreak: Maria *0/0;
Anna *1/0, *1/1, 2/1*, 3/1*, *3/2, *4/2, 4/3*. Would have been 5/3*, but Maria made a successful challenge.
Maria *4/4;
Anna *5/4. Double fault. *5/5. Lucky netcord for Anna. 6/5* (SP #1). Maria saved it with great retrieving.
Maria 6/6*;
Anna *7/6 (SP #2), *7/7.
Anna won the first set 7-6 (8/6) at 12:22 (1h04m).

A most intriguing set, with no breaks but subtle momentum-shifts. But I could do with Anna finishing this in two, or I'm going to end up with about four hours' sleep!

Wintermute: "Match is not great quality though, most points ending on errors."


Second set
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CHAKVETAD *______ 1
KIRILENKO _*@*@*@ 6

Anna serving 0-0: Held to love.

Wintermute: "Masha tried to do a Radwańska on return of serve by stepping in and failed quite badly. Anna wasn't very impressed and complained to the umpire."

Maria serving 0-1: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 -> 40/40. Ad Maria. Held.
Anna serving 1-1: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.

Aargh! Anna has yet to break Maria this match. What am I gonna do if this goes to a third set and it's past 2am in England? (it's 01:35 right now).

Agnieszka Radwańska just got rid of Kuznetsova 6-3 6-4 - that was pretty sweet. Right now Rod Laver Arena is the only court playing.

DownTheLine21: "Maria looks extremely fired up."

Maria serving 2-1: 0/30 -> 40/30. Held.

The momentum's firmly in Maria's favour now, as Anna wastes another 0/30 opening. It's times like these that Anna's burglary-ordeal comes flooding back into my head if not hers.

2moretogo: "Finally Makiri playing with some aggression. It only took her a set to get settled. Anna C, moonballing"
DownTheLine21: "Maria is playing fearlessly at the moment."

Anna serving 1-3: 0/40 (3 BPs). 15/40. Broken.

2moretogo: "Anna hits a lot of angles but she goes for a lot (and I am being kind here) room over the net. If Makiri can continue to flatten the ball out she can run away with this match."
saniapower: "Makiri playing brilliant tennis in the 2nd"
DownTheLine21: "Maria was p***ed that she lost that tiebreak. She channeled her aggression into great playing."

Well, if it's gonna go to a third set, the sooner the better in terms of my sleep, though Anna needs to stem this momentum before Maria takes control of the third set too!

Maria serving 4-1: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 1-5: 0/30. 15/40 (2 SPs). Double fault. Maria won the second set 6-1 at 12:50 AEDT.

Now it's beginning to resemble - in scoreline at least - that horrible US Open semi-final when Anna lost 3-6 6-1 6-1.

And Anna hasn't had a single break-point the entire match.


Third set
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CHAKVETAD @__*____ 2
KIRILENKO _@* *@*@ 6

Maria serving 0-0: 0/40 (3 BPs) -> 30/40. Broken.

First break-points of the match for Anna, and she converts! I'm a strong believer that a new set is a new beginning, and can easily reset the momentum of the player who won the second.

Anna's had matches before where she's lost the second set 6-0 and got her act together in the third, e.g. 4r French Open 2007 v Lucie Šafářová and rr Sony Ericsson Championships v Jelena Janković. Maybe she's learned the art of tactical tanking.

And Maria has had plenty of third-set let-downs in her career - in fact she's 0:8 in third sets against top-ten players! Well, no. She did beat #3 Janković 6-2 3-6 7-5 at San Diego 2007.

Anna serving 1-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Maria serving 1-1: Held to love.

Not good! My loyalty is firmly to Anna now, as my vows of Eternal Fanship are separate from how attractive I find Maria.

Anna serving 1-2: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Maria serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 2-3: 30/0 -> 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Maria (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (BP #2). Broken.

Could that be the final nail in Anna's coffin - broken after 30/0 and 40/30? She's going to need all her grit and fighting-qualities to come through this one now.

DownTheLine21: "It seems Chakvetadze is playing ace or die tennis."

Maria serving 4-2: 40/0. 40/15. Held.

This is a terrible hole for Anna to dig herself out of, even though it's just one break. Maria would have to choke horribly.

2moretogo: "Usually she's [Anna] more demonstrative, winning or losing. Tonight she's just 'whateva' I got someplace else to be."

Anna serving 2-5: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 MPs) -> 40/40. Ad Anna. Double fault #9. Deuce #2. Ad Maria (MP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Maria (MP #4). Deuce #4. Ad Anna. Deuce #5. Ad Maria (MP #5). "For Russia, Maria?" "No, for me." Maria won 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2 at 13:31 - the first in a series of long matches that led to the latest-ever finish to a day's play at a Grand Slam: 4:33am!


2.1 Statistics
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Anna racked up a woeful W:UE ratio of 28:54, while Maria's looks just as bad, though less aggressive, at 17:30.

A big difference between the two was the quality of their second serves. Maria won 59% of the points on her second serve, while Anna won only 42% on her own second serve (it deteriorated from set to set: 67%, 30%, 23%) and served a monstrous 9 double faults. Maria's second serve was a bit faster than Anna's too.

With the first set going completely with serve until the tiebreak, Maria broke Anna 6 times from 15 break-points (only one of which was in the first set), while the only break-points Anna had were the three at 0/40 in the first game of the third, when she scored her only break of the match.

Maria is renowned for her returns of serve. Having studied Anna's game closely, I can't say the same about her.


2.2 Articles
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Kuznetsova makes shock early exit [CEEFAX 491]
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And sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze lost 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2 to Maria Kirilenko.
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Chakvetadze dumped out [Teletext 498]
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Maria Kirilenko won an all-Russian third-round battle to end sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze's title-hopes.

Chakvetadze, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open last autumn, looked on the way to victory when she edged the opener 8/6 on a tiebreak.

But Kirilenko, 20, came storming back to win the next two sets for a 6-7 6-1 6-2 victory to seal a fourth-round spot in a Grand Slam for the first time.
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Kirilenko thanks coach [Teletext 498]
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Maria Kirilenko paid tribute to coach Eric van Harpen after her victory over Anna Chakvetadze in Melbourne.

The 20-year-old Russian recovered from losing the third set to see off sixth seed Chakvetadze 6-7 6-1 6-2.

Kirilenko said: "I understand him, and he's speaking to me about things I haven't considered before. We have been working on more positive things. He's helped me a lot."
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Kirilenko storms past sixth seed
By Adam Lucius <www.australianopen.com>
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Another top-10 seed has bitten the dust at the Australian Open, with Russian Anna Chakvetadze bounced out of the tournament by compatriot Maria Kirilenko.

Kirilenko dropped the first set, but came back to win the next two and claim a surprise 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2 win over the sixth seed.

The first set went to serve, forcing it into a thrilling tiebreak, which Chakvetadze won 8/6.

It was supposed to be an uphill battle for Kirilenko from there, with Chakvetadze boasting a 28:1 win/loss record in Grand Slams after taking the first set.

But the No.27 seed ignored the trend, breaking Chakvetadze on three occasions en route to securing the second set in under half an hour.

Kirilenko broke Chakvetadze at 3-2 and 5-2 in the deciding set to complete her first victory over her fellow Russian in three years.

The loss was too much to bear for Chakvetadze's father, who fled Rod Laver Arena as his daughter slid towards defeat.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7197439.stm
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Russians Chakvetadze and Kirilenko played out a tense encounter, with Chakvetadze edging the opening set on a tiebreak after neither player managed a break of serve.

But Kirilenko, trying to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, dominated the second set, and recovered from dropping serve at the start of the decider.

There were plenty of nerves from the 27th seed as four match-points went begging on Chakvetadze's serve in game eight, but Kirilenko converted her fifth chance for a huge win.

"It was a really tough match," said Kirilenko.

"In the first set, I was a little bit unlucky, and I decided to tell myself, 'Maria, come on, keep working, fight for every point,' and I did it and I'm so happy."
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Sixth seed Chakvetadze sunk by Kirilenko (Reuters)
By Greg Stutchbury (eeporting by Greg Stutchbury; editing by Ed Osmond)
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Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze was knocked out of the Australian Open 6-7 6-1 6-2 by her former clubmate and fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko on Saturday.

Chakvetadze was the second top-10-ranked women's player to lose within the space of an hour at a wet Melbourne Park early on Saturday after second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was bundled out in the third round by Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska.

Kirilenko, who used to train at the same club as Chakvetadze in Moscow, had not beaten her compatriot since 2005, and the three-match losing-streak had started to annoy the 27th seed.

"The last few times I lost [to] her, both in Indian Wells, I got really p***ed, you know," Kirilenko told reporters. "Oh, my God, I beat her every time and now I'm losing.

"I was always the best... when I was small, in juniors. Then the last two years she has [been] very successful, wins everything, so she became a top-10 player."

The match was evenly poised in the first set, with the 20-year-old Chakvetadze prevailing in the tiebreak 8/6, and Kirilenko admitted she had begun to ponder another loss.

"The first set was really tough," said Kirilenko.

"I thought, 'Oh, my God: if it's going to be like [this] all game, it's going to be really difficult'".

Kirilenko, however, said she noticed from watching the television-screens above Rod Laver Arena that Chakvetadze was beginning to look fatigued.

"I saw that she was a little bit tired, because there's two big screens on the court," she said. "When you see like someone is dying on that side, you feel more energy."

Chakvetadze saved four match-points, but she was unable to halt the momentum of Kirilenko, who won the match at her fifth opportunity when her opponent sent a forehand wide.
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Seeds tumble out of Australian Open tennis
by Martin Parry (AFP)
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World number two Svetlana Kuznetsova became a shock-casualty on day six of the Australian Open on Saturday, with sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze and men's seventh seed Fernando González also skidding out.

With rain delaying play on the outside courts at Melbourne Park, the early action was restricted to the Rod Laver and Vodafone Arenas, which have retractable roofs.

At the Rod Laver Arena, Chakvetadze let slip a one-set lead against 27th-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko, a childhood-friend, crashing 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2.

"It was a really tough match; in the first set I was a little bit unlucky, and I decided to tell myself, 'Maria, come on, keep working, fight for every point,' and I did it and I'm so happy," said Kirilenko.

"Usually I'm losing my third match in a Grand Slam, so I'm happy the tradition is broken and I'm in the fouth round."

She now plays either the Slovak Republic's Daniela Hantuchová or Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual.
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Radwańska stuns second-seeded Kuznetsova (PA SportsTicker)
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Another top-seeded Russian fell on Saturday, as No. 27 Maria Kirilenko upset sixth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2.

Quite naturally, Kirilenko was thrilled with her accomplishment.

"I think it's quite good to win for me. And before, of course, I beat a couple good players, like top 10. Usually, I'm losing like every time first round in the Grand Slam," Kirilenko said. "Really, it's good I broke this tradition in the first round already, so I'm quite happy."
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The other Maria dares to dream
By Adam Lucius <www.australianopen.com>
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Maria Kirilenko has hailed her shock third-round Australian Open win over compatriot Anna Chakvetadze as a career-breakthrough following years of misery at Grand Slam tournaments.

The No. 27 seed, a regular first- or second-round loser at Slams, powered past her highly-rated opponent 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-2 in one of the real surprises on day six at Melbourne Park.

It sets up a fourth-round clash with either Daniela Hantuchová or Virginia Ruano Pascual - a rarefied position for a player who lists classical music as one of her great loves.

"I think it's quite a good win for me," Kirilenko said.

"I have beaten a couple of good players in the top 10 [in other tournaments], but usually I'm losing every time in the first round in Grand Slams. It's good I broke this tradition here, so I'm quite happy."

"I'm working really hard, and now everything's coming together and I'm starting to play better."

Chakvetadze had a hold over Kirilenko leading into the Australian Open, boasting a 4:1 career-record against her childhood-friend from juniors.

But despite the losing-trend and dropping the first set, Kirilenko's confidence soared as Chakvetadze tired and began making a series of unforced errors.

"There's always competition between us to see who would be better, and the last few times I lost to her, I got really p***ed off," Kirilenko revealed.

"It's not really easy to play against her, because she plays quite deep and she has good hands.

"But today I felt like I was running well, and I felt strong, like I can play the ball how I want."

Kirilenko, who turns 21 on Friday, will now play in the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

So is she daring to dream?

"I wish I can keep going like this. If I can keep playing a good game then I'm going to go far," she said.

"But I want to think about each game, each opponent.

"It's better step by step."
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Kirilenko closes game with junior rival Chakvetadze (AP)
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Maria Kirilenko is slowly closing the gap on childhood-opponent Anna Chakvetadze.

"Actually, I was always the best when I was small," Kirilenko said after rallying to beat No. 6 Chakvetadze 6-7(6) 6-1 6-2 and advancing to the fourth round. "Then the last two years she is very successful, wins everything, so she became a top-10 player."

"To be honest, like I was little bit surprised, because from the small age I never thought that she could play as good as she's playing."

The 20-year-old Kirilenko broke her fellow Russian in the second game of the second set. Chakvetadze conceded two double faults to hand Kirilenko the win on her fifth match-point.

"Usually I'm losing like every time in the first round in a Grand Slam," No. 27 Kirilenko said. "So I'm happy the tradition is broken."

Kirilenko is 2:4 against Chakvetadze, who is a little more than a month younger than Kirilenko.
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Bottom Quarter Rocked as Svetlana, Anna Ousted
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1985
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The bottom quarter of the Australian Open draw was rocked on Saturday, as its two highest seeds - Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anna Chakvetadze - were bundled out of the tournament, as the third round continued Down Under.

While Kuznetsova went down on Vodafone Arena, Chakvetadze was succumbing as well across the way at Rod Laver Arena. The No.6 seed was defeated in three sets by No.27-seeded countrywoman Maria Kirilenko: 6-7(6) 6-1 6-2.

"It's quite a good win for me," Kirilenko said. "I've beaten some top-10 players before, but usually I'm losing in the first week of a Grand Slam, and so it's really good I could break this tradition here. I'm really quite happy."

Both women displayed erratic form throughout the one-hour, five-minute opening set, Chakvetadze compiling a -10 differential and Kirilenko a -15 differential, and a gritty Chakvetadze managed to close it out in the tiebreak. But while Kirilenko tidied up her game in the next two sets (hitting 11 winners to nine errors), the No.6 seed's game seemed to crumble (16 winners, 32 errors).

"The first set was so tough; I thought, 'If it's like this the whole match, it's going to be really tough," Kirilenko said. "But in the second and third sets, she looked a little tired; there are two big screens on the court and I was watching them and I saw Anna's face, and she seemed really tired. And I wasn't tired. And of course, when you see someone dying on the other side, you feel more energy."

The win over Chakvetadze was Kirilenko's third career top-10 win and second-best, having beaten a No.3-ranked Jelena Janković last summer in San Diego. It propels the Russian into her career-first Grand Slam second week.
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Maria's third-round press-conference:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2008-01-19/200801191200718365796.html

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andrewbroad
Dec 28th, 2008, 10:17 PM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
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Third round (Saturday 19th January)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
- ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] lt. MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF], 7-6 (8/6) 1-6 2-6

I have uploaded to my website my new TV-report of this match, which I recently acquired on DVD from Tennis Videos International (http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/).

It was a mouthwatering match - not just because Anna and Maria are the two cutest players in the world, but in tennis-terms! The first set was very high quality: Anna had the upper hand as her early, flat, deceptive groundstrokes were difficult for Maria to read and gave Maria little time to react.

But it was Anna who got tired after the first set, while Maria played a brilliant second set: her down-the-line groundstrokes began to find their mark, she mixed up the pace with high looping balls and sliced backhands, and retrieved really well, while unforced errors crept into Anna's game.

My full TV-report is at:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/chakv/australian_open2008.html

It also includes reviews of Anna's first two matches (adding no new information to the reports I posted here at the time).

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Dr. Andrew Broad