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Jun 7th, 2008, 12:04 AM
Anne Keothavong (GBR) 4 def Abigail Spears (USA) 6-1, 6-2!:D

Anne is through to the final where she will play Marina Erakovic (NZL) 3

It is a great start to her grasscourt season and I thought this effort deserved a place GM as Wimbledon is nearing and its obviously the big time of the year for the Brits and interest in them.

Also check out this new video of an interview with Anne http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7438850.stm

Jun 7th, 2008, 12:08 AM
whoop! go anne!

Jun 7th, 2008, 12:14 AM

Jun 7th, 2008, 12:19 AM
Really like her. Love her attitude, a good head on her shoulders. I hope she can perform well.

Interview was a bit akward though... not the most experienced journalist, cutting her off at every opportunitiy, mumbling away...

But Go Anne!!! :bounce:

Jun 7th, 2008, 12:24 AM
Gotta love Anne :kiss:. I hope Anne and Abigail have another strong tourney in Birmingham next week :bounce:.

Jun 7th, 2008, 01:24 AM
Anne is gonna win Wimbledon...you heard it here first :bounce:

how many points will Anne get if the wins the final?

Jun 7th, 2008, 01:52 AM
A lovely win and an even more lovely interview:hearts: Didn't know she was such a sweet girl.
And what did Murray say about lazy players? I can't remember.

Jun 7th, 2008, 03:14 AM
Well done Anne. Gotta love her and her attitude. I hope she does well on the grasscourts...are they even playing on grass right now? I wish they had a video of her playing...

Jun 7th, 2008, 07:13 AM
A lovely win and an even more lovely interview:hearts: Didn't know she was such a sweet girl.
And what did Murray say about lazy players? I can't remember.

Here it is:

Murray: There is something wrong with the work ethic of British players. When I turn up at our multi-million pound HQ no-one is there

By Alan Fraser (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=y&authornamef=Alan+Fraser) Last updated at 11:00 AM on 04th June 2008

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/furniture/comment.gifComments (0) (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-1024050/Murray-There-wrong-work-ethic-British-players-When-I-turn-multi-million-pound-HQ-there.html#comments)
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/furniture/white_arrow.gif Add to My Stories (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-1024050/Murray-There-wrong-work-ethic-British-players-When-I-turn-multi-million-pound-HQ-there.html) Andy Murray has launched a searing attack on British tennis players, branding them lazy, demotivated and jealous of his success. The British No 1 questions the dedication of his fellow professionals and says they are too pampered to succeed.
'There is something wrong with the mentality and work ethic of most of the British players,' he claims in his newly published autobiography, Hitting Back.
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http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/06/03/article-0-016E947100000578-642_468x639.jpg Frustrated: Britain's Andy Murray
'I turn up at the National Training Centre in Roehampton, the multimillion pound headquarters of British tennis, and no-one is there,' he complains.
On several occasions he has been unable to find a partner to practise with and is forced to ask a coach to ring round the other British players. Often they refuse, saying they don't play at weekends or claim to be unwell.
Astonishingly, he claims that a significant number of Britain's most promising players practised for barely half the days in a year. Murray contrasts their fitness regime with that of players at the academy in Spain where he trained. There, players would spend four-anda- half hours a day on court.
He cannot understand why coaches are so reluctant to enforce a greater work ethic.


I'm no Borg so don't compare me to such a great player - Nadal plays the humble card (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-1024120/Im-Borg-dont-compare-great-player-says-humble-Nadal.html)
French Open - results (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1022169/FRENCH-OPEN-Live-scores-pictures-updates-day-Roland-Garros.html)
Murray also questions the LTA's policy of recruiting top-name coaches to work with under-achieving British players.
He says they are working with players who 'don't really deserve it'. Incredibly, these renowned coaches who are used to working with the greats of the game, were 'teaching someone how to play tennis'.
While acknowledging that he benefited from his 18 months with the top American coach Brad Gilbert, whom the LTA funded, he argues that the governing body should not have spent so much money in this area. Instead, his fellow players need less experienced, but tough coaches, who will make them understand how hard they need to work to reach the top.
He said there was a great deal of jealousy at most of the tournaments and that players were too negative.
Murray recalls going to tournaments as a youngster where the other British players were so jealous of him they wanted him to lose. He says British teenagers are too pampered and do not understand the amount of effort put in by players from overseas.
He praises the Spanish system -where funding stops at 18 - as an incentive and believes that having to go to Spain himself, relying on his parents to fund him, made him work harder.
Murray also cannot understand the fuss made over the status of being British No 1, arguing that it has no worthwhile status in its own right. He believes only his world ranking matters - he is currently No 12, and peaked at No 8 a year ago.
But he is also critical of the general attitude towards success, complaining that people took pleasure in putting him down.
Elsewhere in his autobiography, Murray recalls the horror of the massacre at Dunblane Primary School in March 1996.
He was an eightyear- old pupil when loner Thomas Hamilton entered the school with four guns and fired 109 shots indiscriminately, murdering 16 children and a teacher before committing suicide. Murray and his older brother Jamie hid under the headmaster's desk.
Murray knew Hamilton, who ran the boys' club which he attended.
'He had been in my mum's car. It's obviously weird to think you had a murderer in your car sitting next to your mum.
'We used to go to the club and have fun. To find out he's a murderer was something my brain couldn't cope with.'
Murray says he still finds it hard to talk about the massacre and can remember little of the day itself, although he recalls singing songs in a classroom as teachers desperately tried to shield the children from the horror which had taken place in their school.
On the court, Murray's year has been mixed so far. He lost in the first round of the Australian Open in January to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. He recovered quickly to claim tournament victories in Doha and Marseille and beat world No1 Roger Federer in March. But he was disappointed to go out of the French Open in the third round to Spain's Nicolas Almagro.
(Hitting Back, Random House 18.99).
Andy Murray

Jun 7th, 2008, 07:18 AM
Really nice interview. I think Anne really answered these questions charmingly and intelligently.

Jun 7th, 2008, 08:47 AM
Go Anne!!

Jun 7th, 2008, 09:17 AM
Anne is gonna win Wimbledon...you heard it here first :bounce:

how many points will Anne get if the wins the final?

Yeh cn sum1 tell us this please?

Jun 7th, 2008, 09:19 AM
Anne :woohoo: Finall she is getting the recognition she deserves :yeah:

Jun 7th, 2008, 09:27 AM
she will be 92 whatever happens in final

Jun 7th, 2008, 09:40 AM
congrats Anne :)
nice interview :cool:

Jun 7th, 2008, 09:42 AM
I liked the interview :yeah:.
Anne is quite well spoken. After Roland Garros, she has certainly proved she deserves to be in the Wimbledon MD with some good wins here.

Jun 7th, 2008, 10:03 AM
Excellent stuff from Anne. I hope this will stand her in good stead for Wimby so with a decent draw she can start winning MD matches.

Jun 7th, 2008, 10:07 AM
up to 92 in the rankings, thats cool, if she could pick up a win at wimbledon and maybe birmingham, she could realy cement herself on the wta tour!

Jun 7th, 2008, 10:12 AM
Great interview. One of the most articulate players on tour.

Jun 7th, 2008, 10:12 AM
:bounce:Anne :hug: Gl in the final!

Does Addidas sponsor her now?

Jun 7th, 2008, 12:09 PM
Good job Anne! Hope you can take the title :)