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andrewbroad
Jun 23rd, 2008, 02:18 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. First-round draw
2. Nicole Vaidišová preview
3. Order of play for Monday

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1. First-round draw
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1.1 Top quarter: Nicole Vaidišová and Anna Chakvetadze
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [1,DF] v Rossana de los Ríos (ajde Ana!)
* Nathalie Dechy v Yuan,Meng
* Elena Baltacha [WC] v Angelique Kerber
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [30] v Zheng,Jie [WC] (poďme Domi!)

* Tamira Paszek v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [20] (gemma Tamira!)
* Yan,Zi [s] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (jia you Zi!)
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [Q,DF] v Monica Niculescu [s] (my loyalty is to Magda)
* Tathiana Garbin v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15]

* PATTY SCHNYDER [12] v Casey Dell'Acqua
* Akgul Amanmuradova v Pauline Parmentier
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Samantha Stosur [WC] (hai Ioana Raluca!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Zuzana Ondrášková [Q] (POJĎME NICOLE!!)

* VIRGINIE RAZZANO [27] v Evgeniya Rodina
* Elena Vesnina v Nuria Llagostera Vives (davai Elena!)
* Yvonne Meusburger v Edina Gallovits
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Stéphanie Dubois (DAVAI ANNA!)


1.2 Second quarter
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* Mathilde Johansson [Q] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (allez Mathilde!)
* Kateryna Bondarenko v Rika Fujiwara [Q]
* Camille Pin v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová [Q]
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] v Melanie South [WC] (davai Alyona!)

* ALIZÉ CORNET [17] v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (allez Alizé!)
* Anastasia Rodionova v Li,Na
* Marta Domachowska v Jill Craybas (dawaj Marta!)
* Iveta Benešová v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] (pojďme Iveta!)

* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Sabine Katharin Lisicki (my loyalty is to Marion)
* Tatiana Perebiynis v Petra Kvitová (davai Tatiana!)
* Séverine Brémond v Bethanie Mattek (allez Séverine!)
* MARIA KIRILENKO [19,DF] v Vera Dushevina (davai Maria!)

* Ashley Harkleroad v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [29] (go Ashley!)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v Milagros Sequera (ˇvamos Virginia!)
* Klára Zakopalová v Urszula Radwańska [WC] (pojďme Klára!)
* Kaia Kanepi v SERENA WILLIAMS [6]


1.3 Third quarter: Maria Sharapova and Lucie Šafářová
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* Maria Elena Camerin v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] (forza Maria Elena!)
* Timea Bacsinszky v Julie Ditty (hopp Timea!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Aravane Rezaď (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* Renata Voráčová v LINDSAY DAVENPORT [25]

* SHAHAR PE'ER [24] v Katie O'Brien [WC] (my loyalty is to Shahar)
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Emilie Loit (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [s] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (jia you Su-Wei!)
* Chan,Yung-Jan v DINARA SAFINA [9]

* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v VICTORIA AZARENKA [16] (aide Tsvetana!)
* Ekaterina Bychkova v Sorana Cîrstea (davai Ekaterina!)
* Maret Ani v Mara Santangelo (go Maret!)
* Olga Govortsova v NADIA PETROVA [21] (davai Olga!)

* SYBILLE BAMMER [26] v Sofia Arvidsson
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Viktoriya Kutuzova [Q] (my Reason says Shuai, but my Passion says Viktoriya)
* Ekaterina Makarova v Alla Kudryavtseva
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [3,EF] v Stéphanie Foretz [Q] (DAVAI MARIA!!)


1.4 Bottom quarter: Daniela Hantuchová and Vera Zvonarëva
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [7] v Naomi Cavaday [WC]
* Anne Keothavong v Vania King
* Martina Müller v María José Martínez Sánchez [Q]
* SANIA MIRZA [32,DF] v Catalina Castańo (go Sania!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [22,DF] v Julia Vakulenko (my loyalty is to Flavia)
* Yanina Wickmayer v Ai Sugiyama (komaan Yanina!)
* Alisa Kleybanova v Tzipora Obziler
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [10,EF] v Sara Errani (POĎME DANIELA!!)

* VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] v Aiko Nakamura [s] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Petra Cetkovská v Tamarine Tanasugarn (pojďme Petra!)
* Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] v Marina Eraković (my loyalty is to Michaëlla)
* Julia Görges v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [23] (my Reason says Kata, but my Passion says Julia)

* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [31] v Eva Hrdinová [Q] (my Reason says Caroline, but my Passion says Eva)
* Aleksandra Wozniak v Mariya Koryttseva
* Galina Voskoboeva v Carla Suárez Navarro [WC]
* Olga Savchuk v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [2] (davai Olga!)

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2. Nicole Vaidišová preview
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I went to Birmingham, and saw Nicole snap her 6-match losing-streak with a very impressive 6-1 6-3 victory over Nathalie Dechy. Then she struggled past Ekaterina Makarova 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-4 - serving well, but being very wasteful on her returns. Then, in the quarter-finals, she turned in a dreadful performance, tanking in the second set to lose 6-3 6-0 to Bethanie Mattek.

I also went to Eastbourne, and saw Nicole lose 6-2 6-4 to Olga Govortsova. Nicole played twice as well as against Mattek, but it was still a really poor, error-strewn performance, while it was an impressive performance by Govortsova, who seemed very confident of beating her.

My overall impression of Nicole's recent form is that she is serving very well, but making loads of errors on her groundstrokes - particularly on her huge forehand - and she's missing a lot of cheap returns of serve.

I believe Nicole has improved her attitude from the tanking and "happy because she's in love" attitude she was described as having during her 6-match losing-streak prior to Birmingham. At least she looked upset after her losses at Birmingham and Eastbourne, which shows that she still cares. But her confidence seems very low - and so's mine after looking at her second-round draw!


Nick Bollettieri: "Vaidišová's struggles have been well chronicled in 2008. It looked like she may come out of her slump after she notched a couple of wins at Birmingham, but then she was soundly beaten by Bethanie Mattek in the quarter-finals (6-3 6-0). Last year, she had numerous match-points on Ivanović to get to the semis and she collapsed; if she got back to that point this year, then you would have to consider it a success. The talent is there; it is just a matter of her believing in herself and knowing that she can do it."
<http://nickstennispicks.com/>


2.1 First round
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Nicole has never played Zuzana Ondrášková before, but will start as a huge favourite, as Zuzana has never been past the first round at Wimbledon, and is on even worse form than Nicole this year.

Zuzana, who plays mainly in qualifying or on the ITF Women's Circuit, lost 7 matches in a row between October 2007 and March 2008. She then had modest results in four ITF-tournaments, fell in the second round of French Open qualifying, and reached the semi-finals of ITF Zlin but lost 6-1 6-0 to Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

Zuzana qualified for Wimbledon with the following results:
1q + AYUMI MORITA [2,S], 6-1 6-4
2q + Anna Smith [WC], 6-1 4-6 6-2
3q + Ekaterina Dzehalevich, 6-3 6-2

Despite Zuzana's sudden 3-match winning-streak, she should be easy pickings for Nicole. She's hardly been playing at Mattek or Govortsova's level.


2.2 Second round
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I would love it to be Ioana Raluca Olaru, who looked so cute at Birmingham and Eastbourne this year, but I must assume it will be Samantha Stosur, who played very impressively at those two tournaments.

Stosur, who since April is on the comeback-trail from viral meningitis and Lyme disease, has a big serve, and is one of the few serve-and-volleyers left in women's tennis.

Stosur certainly used those tactics very effectively against Sabine Lisicki in the first round (after qualifying) of Birmingham - I watched that match very seriously. Lisicki is one of the brightest up-and-coming prospects on the WTA Tour, but Stosur's grass-court experience told as she won 6-3 6-4. Stosur then lost in the second round: 6-3 6-2 to eventual champion Kateryna Bondarenko.

Stosur carried that form into Eastbourne, beating British wild card Katie O'Brien 6-4 6-3, Amélie Mauresmo 1-2 retired and Caroline Wozniacki (who had thrashed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-2 in the previous round) 7-6 6-4. She was then outmuscled 6-3 6-3 by Nadia Petrova in the semi-finals.

Stosur lost to Maria Sharapova in the third round of Birmingham in both 2004 and 2005, but took a set off Maria in the 2005 one with an amazing display of attacking grass-court tennis. I'm very surprised that her Wimbledon-record is a dismal 2:5.

Nicole has a 5:0 record against Stosur, including their only meeting on grass: Eastbourne 2007 (3-6 6-4 6-4). I do think it will be 5:1 after Wednesday, though, if an off-form Nicole, playing on her worst surface, has to face an on-form Stosur, playing on her best surface.

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3. Order of play for Monday
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Court 19 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
WS 1r: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Zuzana Ondrášková [Q]
MS 1r: Alexander Peya [Q] v Mischa Zverev
MS 1r: Simon Stadler [Q] v IVO KARLOVIĆ [18]

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharapova_vaidisova_hantuchova/

andrewbroad
Jun 25th, 2008, 11:06 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v Ondrášková
2. Second-round draw
3. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v Ondrášková (Monday 23rd June)
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] d. Zuzana Ondrášková [Q], 6-2 6-2

I followed live scores at www.wimbledon.org (http://www.wimbledon.org). Judging by the Statistics, it was a very impressive performance - even more impressive than the scoreline - by Nicole, who lost just three points on her serve, and won in just 43 minutes to become the first player through to the second round.

The match was first on Court 19, and started at 12:14 BST.


First set
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VAIDIŠOVÁ *@* * *@ 6
ONDRÁŠKOV ___* *__ 2

Nicole serving 0-0: 15/15. 15/30. Scoreboard froze... she held.
Zuzana serving 0-1: 0/40. Broken.
Nicole serving 2-0: 30/0... held.
Zuzana serving 0-3: 40/0. Held.
Nicole serving 3-1: 30/0... held.
Zuzana serving 1-4: 30/0... 40/30. Held.
Nicole serving 4-2: 40/0. Held.
Zuzana serving 2-5: 15/15. 15/40 (SP #1). 30/40 (SP #2). Nicole won the first set 6-2 at 12:35 (21 minutes).


Second set
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VAIDIŠOVÁ *@* * *@ 6
ONDRÁŠKOV ___* *__ 2

Nicole serving 0-0: held.
Zuzana serving 0-1: 0/40. Broken.
Nicole serving 2-0: 40/0. Held.

A quick look at the Statistics confirms that Nicole has won the first 12 points of this set - halfway to a Golden Set!

Zuzana serving 0-3: 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Nicole serving 3-1: 0/15. 40/15. Held.
Zuzana serving 1-4: 0/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Nicole serving 4-2: 40/0. Held.
Zuzana serving 2-5: 15/15. 30/30. 30/40 (MP #1). Nicole won 6-2 6-2 at 12:57 (second set 22 minutes, match 43 minutes). She was the first player to win a match at Wimbledon 2008.


Statistics
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Nicole served magnificently: 69% of first serves in, winning every single point when she did so, and 73% on second serve (just 3 points lost on her serve). And these percentages improved from the first set to the second.

Zuzana got 56% of first serves in, winning 48% of the points when she did so, and 50% on second serve.

Nicole served 3 aces and one double fault, while all Zuzana could manage was 2 double faults.

Nicole broke 4 times from 5 BPs, never facing BP on her own serve.

Nicole hit 24 winners, Zuzana just 4. They made 12 unforced errors each (Nicole improved from 7 UEs in the first set to 5 in the second).

Nicole won 8 of 13 points at the net, Zuzana 2 of 2.

In points, Nicole won 53-23 (first set 26-12, second set 27-11).


Articles
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Vaidišová first through [Teletext 498]
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Czech 18th seed Nicole Vaidišová became the first player to progress to the second round with victory over Zuzana Ondrášková in just 43 minutes.

Vaidišová smashed 16 winners and broke her Czech opponent twice as she wrapped up the first set 6-2.

And the 19-year-old sent down three aces, losing just one point on serve as she closed out the second by the same score to march into round two.
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Vaidišová first player through to second round (Reuters)
(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Clare Lovell)
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Eighteenth seed Nicole Vaidišová became the first player to reach the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-2 6-2 win over fellow Czech Zuzana Ondrášková on Monday.

Vaidišová, a quarter-finalist here 12 months ago, enjoyed a brisk workout on Court 19 on a warm day at the grasscourt Grand Slam.

She will next face either Australian wildcard Samantha Stosur or Romania's Ioana Raluca Olaru.
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Vaidišová wins opener
Nick Bollettieri <http://nickstennispicks.com/>
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Having what can only be described as her worst year on the WTA Tour, Nicole Vaidišová is looking to right the ship at Wimbledon. Well, today she got off to a fast start with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Zuzana Ondrášková in the first round. Vaidišová, who has trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy since she was a girl, capitalised on four of five break-chances and won 100% of the points on her first serve!

We couldn't ask for a better start for Nicole than this. In the second round, she will face Australian Samantha Stosur, who beat Ioana Raluca Olaru in straight sets. The good news for Vaidišová is that she is 5:0 against Stosur in her career, including a win over her on grass last year at Eastbourne.
<<<

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2. Second-round draw
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2.1 Top half: Nicole Vaidišová and Anna Chakvetadze
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [1,DF] v Nathalie Dechy (ajde Ana!)
* Elena Baltacha [WC] v Zheng,Jie [WC] (go Elena!)
* Anabel Medina Garrigues v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [20] (¡vamos Anabel!)
* Monica Niculescu [s] v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15] (hai Monica!)

* Casey Dell'Acqua v Pauline Parmentier
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Samantha Stosur [WC] (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* Elena Vesnina v Evgeniya Rodina (davai Elena!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Edina Gallovits (DAVAI ANNA!!)

* Kateryna Bondarenko v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (davai Kateryna!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová [Q] (davai Alyona!)
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Li,Na
* Marta Domachowska v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] (dawaj Marta!)

* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Tatiana Perebiynis (my loyalty is to Marion)
* Bethanie Mattek v Vera Dushevina
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [29] (¡vamos Virginia!)
* Urszula Radwańska [WC] v SERENA WILLIAMS [6] (dawaj Urszula!)


2.2 Bottom half: Sharapova, Hantuchová, Zvonarëva
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* (1r: Maria Elena Camerin v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]) v Timea Bacsinszky
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v LINDSAY DAVENPORT [25] (¡vamos Gisela!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [24] v Emilie Loit (kadima Shahar!)
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [s] v DINARA SAFINA [9] (jia you Su-Wei!)

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [16] v Sorana Cîrstea (my Reason says Victoria, but my Passion says Sorana)
* Mara Santangelo v NADIA PETROVA [21] (forza Mara!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v SYBILLE BAMMER [26] (jia you Shuai!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [3,EF] v Alla Kudryavtseva (DAVAI MARIA!!)

* VENUS WILLIAMS [7] v Anne Keothavong
* SANIA MIRZA [32,DF] v María José Martínez Sánchez [Q] (go Sania!)
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [22,DF] v Ai Sugiyama (forza Flavia!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [10,EF] v Alisa Kleybanova (POĎME DANIELA!!)

* VERA ZVONARËVA [13,EF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Marina Eraković v Julia Görges (my Reason says Marina, but my Passion says Julia)
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [31] v Aleksandra Wozniak (kom så Caroline!)
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [2] v Carla Suárez Navarro [WC] (ajde Jelena!)

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3. Order of play for Wednesday
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Court 3 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
WS 2r: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Samantha Stosur [WC]
MS 2r: JUAN CARLOS FERRERO [21] v Mischa Zverev
WS 2r: Anabel Medina Garrigues v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [20]
MS 2r: TOMÁŠ BERDYCH [11] v Victor Hanescu

Nicole has a good chance of being televised on BBCi before Centre Court and Court One start at 13:00 BST - fingers crossed that those "few light showers" stay away for that hour!

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharapova_vaidisova_hantuchova/

andrewbroad
Jun 27th, 2008, 10:48 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round TV-report: Vaidišová v Stosur
3. Third-round draw
4. Mixed Doubles: First-round draw
5. Order of play for Friday

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1. Photos
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Week 1 photos including Nicole:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/

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2. Second-round TV-report: Vaidišová v Stosur (Wednesday 25th June)
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] d. Samantha Stosur [WC], 6-2 0-6 6-4

This match was first on Freeview BBCi, much to my delight, although they left it at the end of the second set as Court One got underway. :-||

A very strange, up-and-down performance from Nicole, as both players' confidence fluctuated wildly throughout the match.

Nicole started the match looking like a world-beater, overpowering Stosur with her big serve and groundstrokes, whilst barely making an unforced error. She was making none of those cheap return-errors that I saw at Birmingham. Stosur, on the other hand, was dreadful: she had only 31% of first serves in at one early stage, and her lack of confidence in her serve affected her whole game. That's how it was until Nicole led 5-1*.

But there was a distinct change in the complexion of the match as Stosur found two great serves from *1-5 (15/30), and Nicole made a cheap return-error to have to serve for the first set at *5-2. And although she ultimately succeeded, she lost a lot of confidence in that game as she squandered four set-points including 40/0, and threw her racket.

Nicole carried this loss of confidence into the second set, as cheaper errors began creeping into her game. The game at 0-2* seemed to break her spirit, as she squandered four break-points with cheap return-errors, and threw her racket twice more. And Stosur was full of confidence as she broke again for 4-0.

By this stage, Nicole's on-court demeanour was very distressing to watch. It's one thing to tank a second set to save yourself for the third, but Nicole was not only rushing between and during points, she was staring around wildly as if she didn't want to be on court at all - she looked for all the world as if she was going to tank the whole match!

I didn't see the third set because Freeview BBCi stopped televising it, but Nicole looked to be heading for the dreaded double bagel at *0-3 down. But in an amazing turnaround, she won five games in a row to lead 5-3*, and served it out to 15 at *5-4.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.

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3. Third-round draw
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [1,DF] v Zheng,Jie [WC] (ajde Ana!)
* Anabel Medina Garrigues v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15] (ˇvamos Anabel!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Casey Dell'Acqua (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] v Evgeniya Rodina (DAVAI ANNA!!)

* Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová [Q] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (pojďme Barbora!)
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] (davai Anastasia!)
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Bethanie Mattek (allez Marion!)
* SERENA WILLIAMS [6] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [29] (crush her, Serena!)

* Gisela Dulko [DF] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] (ˇvamos Gisela!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [24] v DINARA SAFINA [9] (kadima Shahar!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [16] v NADIA PETROVA [21] (davai Victoria!)
* Peng,Shuai [S] v Alla Kudryavtseva (jia you Shuai!)

* María José Martínez Sánchez [Q] v VENUS WILLIAMS [7] (ˇvamos María José!)
* Ai Sugiyama v Alisa Kleybanova
* Marina Eraković v Tamarine Tanasugarn (go Marina!)
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [31] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [2] (kom sĺ Caroline!)

So I'm now down to just two members of my Eternal Fanship - Nicole Vaidišová and Anna Chakvetadze - but they're both slumping, and either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can reach the quarter-finals while the other survives.

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4. Mixed Doubles: First-round draw
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* Nicole Vaidišová [EF]/Lukáš Dlouhý v Alizé Cornet/Marcelo Melo

Full draw:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/xd/

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5. Order of play for Friday
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Court 18 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
WS 3r: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Casey Dell'Acqua
WS 3r: Anabel Medina Garrigues v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15]
MS 3r: FELICIANO LÓPEZ [31] v Bobby Reynolds
WD 2r: (DINARA SAFINA/ÁGNES SZÁVAY)[10] v Emilie Loit/Pauline Parmentier

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharapova_vaidisova_hantuchova/

andrewbroad
Jun 30th, 2008, 11:51 AM
=================
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third-round scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v Dell'Acqua
3. Fourth-round draw/preview
4. Mixed Doubles
5. Order of play for Monday

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1. Photos
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Day 5 photos including Nicole Vaidišová, Anna Chakvetadze and Ana Ivanović:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7477371.stm

Many players (Nicole on Wednesday 25th and Friday 27th June):
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. Third-round scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v Dell'Acqua (Friday 27th June)
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] d. Casey Dell'Acqua, 6-2 6-4

It not being televised on Freeview BBCi, I had to make do with live scores at www.wimbledon.org (http://www.wimbledon.org), whilst watching Chakvetadze v Rodina on BBCi at the same time. With those two Russians rushing between points, it was very difficult to capture all of Nicole's point-scores too.

I would have been very worried about Casey Dell'Acqua, had I even expected Nicole to reach the third round, but Nicole made light work of her, breaking twice in the first set and once in the second, without ever being broken herself (she faced, and saved, one break-point in the match).

Nicole: "It's always tough being in the lead, coming back after an hour or so. But I think I handled it very well. I made some changes in my team - a new coach - but the changes needed some time. It doesn't come overnight, so I'm definitely happy it's paying off and I'm showing some progress. I'm a pretty positive person, so I always kind of believe it's going to come back eventually."


First set
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VAIDIŠOVÁ @* * *@* 6
DELLACQUA __* *___ 2

The match started at 12:10 BST.

Dell'Acqua serving 0-0: 40/40... broken.
Nicole serving 1-0: 15/30. 30/30... held.
Dell'Acqua serving 0-2: 40/15. Held.
Nicole serving 2-1: Held.
Dell'Acqua serving 1-3: 15/30... held.
Nicole serving 3-2: 30/30... Ad Nicole... held.
Dell'Acqua serving 2-4: 0/40. Broken.
Nicole serving 5-2: 40/15 (SP). Nicole won the first set 6-2 at 12:34 (24 minutes).


Second set
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VAIDIŠOVÁ _* *@* * * 6
DELLACQUA * *___* *_ 4

Dell'Acqua serving 0-0: Held.
Nicole serving 0-1: 15/30... held.
Dell'Acqua serving 1-1: Held.
Nicole serving 1-2: 30/0. 30/15... held.
Dell'Acqua serving 2-2: Broken.
Nicole serving 3-2: 15/0. Held.
Dell'Acqua serving 2-4: Held.
Nicole serving 4-3: 15/30. 30/30. Play was suspended at 12:59, as sudden heavy showers hit Wimbledon. The match resumed at 14:48 (1h49m rain-delay). 40/30. Held.
Dell'Acqua serving 3-5: 40/30. Held.
Nicole serving 5-4: 15/0. Nicole won 6-2 6-4 at 14:55 (second set 2h21m gross, 32m net; match 2h45m gross, 56m net).

BBC 2 showed the last point: Nicole at 40/15 served a huge ace down the middle: right in the corner, on the centre-line.

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3. Fourth-round draw
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* Zheng,Jie [WC] v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15] (jia you Jie!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF] (see below)
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (dawaj Agnieszka!)
* Bethanie Mattek v SERENA WILLIAMS [6] (go Bethanie!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [24] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] (kadima Shahar!)
* Alla Kudryavtseva v NADIA PETROVA [21] (think I prefer Kud.)
* Alisa Kleybanova v VENUS WILLIAMS [7] (davai Alisa!)
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [2] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (ajde Jelena!)


3.1 Vaidišová v Chakvetadze preview
-----------------------------------

Nicole and Anna have set up a mouthwatering fourth-round match against each other, which I didn't even dare to predict before the tournament began, given the slumps they've both been in recently - particularly Nicole.

Nicole lost 6 matches in a row prior to Birmingham, where she got two wins, but then suffered a dreadful 6-3 6-0 loss to Bethanie Mattek, followed by another poor, error-strewn performance to lose 6-2 6-4 to Olga Govortsova at Eastbourne. Nicole has tended to tank sets and matches that are going badly, and her confidence seemed to be at an all-time low.

However, Nicole has displayed very impressive form at Wimbledon so far:

NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF]:
1r + Zuzana Ondrášková [Q], 6-2 6-2
2r + Samantha Stosur [WC], 6-2 0-6 6-4
3r + Casey Dell'Acqua, 6-2 6-4

At times, she has looked virtually unplayable, serving amazingly. However, her second-set tank against Stosur was alarming to watch, as she didn't look like she wanted to be on court at all.

Anna has also been a slump since winning Paris in February, although her results have been merely mediocre, rather than as spectacularly bad as Nicole's.

Anna survived a massive scare in the first round, being 3-5* down in the third set and saving three match-points. Her next two rounds were much more straightforward, although her form in them was very up and down - she's been pretty erratic at times, especially on the third stroke of the rally when she's serving. She's hit plenty of flairsome winners, though.

ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF]:
1r + Stéphanie Dubois, 2-6 6-1 8-6
2r + Edina Gallovits, 6-4 6-2
3r + Evgeniya Rodina, 6-4 6-3

Nicole leads their head-to-head 2:0, but both matches came at a time when Nicole was in the top 16 and Anna was outside the top 30:
+ 2006 Australian Open 2r: Nicole 6-2 6-1
+ 2006 San Diego qf: Nicole 3-6 6-4 6-3

Anna will be keen to prove that she's come a long way since the Australian Open 2006, but it all depends on which Nicole shows up, because her form so far this Wimbledon has been either extremely brilliant or extremely bad, and her confidence seemed so fragile against Stosur.

If they will both be playing as well as they did in their third-round matches, then I would predict Nicole to win. If Nicole's serving well, then it will be very tough for Anna to stay with her; she'll need her one-two punches to be working much better than they have so far this Wimbledon.

Signs to look out for:
* Anna's one-two punch: if Anna is off-form, she'll miss a lot of shots on the third stroke of the rally when she's serving;
* How Nicole handles short balls: if Nicole is off-form, she'll miss a lot off shots off short balls that she should be punishing.

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4. Mixed Doubles
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4.1 First-round result (Friday 27th June)
----------------------

+ Nicole Vaidišová [EF]/Lukáš Dlouhý d. Alizé Cornet/Marcelo Melo, 5-7 6-4 6-2


4.2 Second-round result (Saturday 28th June)
-----------------------

+ Nicole Vaidišová [EF]/Lukáš Dlouhý d. (SUN,TIANTIAN/NENAD ZIMONJIĆ)[8], 7-5 7-5


4.3 Third-round draw
---------------------

* Nicole Vaidišová [EF]/Lukáš Dlouhý v Maria Kirilenko [DF]/Igor Andreev

Full draw:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/xd/

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5. Order of play for Monday
---------------------------

Court One (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
WS 4r: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF]
MS 4r: MIKHAIL YOUZHNY [17] v RAFAEL NADAL [2]
MS 4r: Marat Safin v STANISLAS WAWRINKA [13]

I am delighted that the mouthwatering Nicole v Anna match will be on Court One, although I admit I'm surprised that they got show-court billing ahead of the Williams-sisters, Janković and Dementieva - all of whom are seeded higher and more famous, but have been consigned to outside courts.

Perhaps the OoP-committee recognises that Nicole v Anna is one of only two fourth-round matches between two seeds (the other being Kuznetsova v Radwańska, which is on Centre Court), or that neither of them have played on a show-court so far this Wimbledon. Or maybe Nicole and Anna are more popular in England than I realise.

It's also an upside to Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanović's early exits, of course (I would have sacrificed Ana without hesitation if that would have made the difference between seeing Nicole v Anna on TV or not, but I would have sold my soul to prevent Maria's loss).

So far this Wimbledon, I can't remember any singles-match on Centre Court or Court One not being available on Freeview BBCi, so if I don't see Nicole v Anna on Monday, I shall cry.

--
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharapova_vaidisova_hantuchova/

andrewbroad
Jul 1st, 2008, 12:02 PM
=================
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Fourth-round TV-report: Vaidišová v Chakvetadze
3. Quarter-final draw/preview
4. Andrew's wishes
5. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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Day 7 photos including Nicole Vaidišová:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7481373.stm

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

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2. Fourth-round TV-report: Vaidišová v Chakvetadze (Monday 30th June)
--------------------------------------------------

Nice winner, nice loser:
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF], 4-6 7-6 (7/0) 6-3

A mouthwatering match between the two most talented and attractive players left in the tournament, but unfortunately the BBC didn't give it the same priority as did the order-of-play committee: it was only available on Freeview from Nicole serving 2-3 in the second set, so I was left desperately wanting more at the end.

The match was serve-dominated, as befits the best server in women's tennis (Nicole) and the girl with the best one-two punch (Anna). There were only two breaks in the entire match, the first occurring when Anna broke Nicole to take the first set 6-4.

When BBCi started showing the match, both girls were very calm (at least, Anna was very calm for Anna!). Anna had made just 11 unforced errors to Nicole's 16.

Nicole had two nonconsecutive break-points at 4-4* in the second set, and another at 5-5* (40/30*). Her failure to convert them meant that she had to serve to stay in the match at *4-5 and *5-6, but she did so to 15 and love, respectively.

But Anna suffered a sudden emotional breakdown in the tiebreak, which Nicole won 7/0. Anna yelled "aargh" after netting a forehand on the first point, and looked close to tears after an unsuccessful Hawk-Eye challenge put her *0/3 down. Anna doubled over in frustration after hitting a forehand wide for *0/4, and Nicole completed her perfect tiebreak with a crosscourt forehand return-winner and two aces out wide.

Although I blame Anna's emotions for losing this match, I must admit that I love watching her (even more) when she gets emotional. Her reactions to losing points are unique and ultracute. In this match, she was doubling over in frustration, waggling her finger, stumbling backwards in an exaggerated fashion when a deep ball forced her into error, sinking to her knees, and sort of rolling along the baseline like her feet were wheels when stretched wide by a serve down the middle. Perhaps she should consider a second career as an actress!

Anna had a break-point in the first game of the third set, and with breaks coming at a premium in this match, it might well have made the difference. But Nicole saved it with an ace, and broke in the next game as a still-emotional Anna double-faulted (and stumbled backwards in yet another cute reaction).

They both played well at the same time after that break, and although it would prove decisive, it didn't seem inevitable at the time, given Nicole's history of choking and her recent fragile confidence.

The heart of the third set seemed to be a game of seven deuces on Anna's serve at 0-3, in which she saved four break-points, but held with three excellent points at the end: sealed with a pinpoint crosscourt backhand winner.

That game was not on the critical path as it turned out, though; it merely served to prolong the match and raise the quality to new heights: Nicole's service-game at 3-1 also went to deuce, and was full of winners from both girls.

Games continued to go with serve, and Anna's service-game at 2-5 contained a crosscourt backhand winner for her, and brilliant crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline from Nicole.

Nicole had her first match-point at *5-3 (40/30), but sprayed a wild forehand about ten feet long.

Nicole had all the luck with netcords in this match - particularly in the third set. Whenever a ball from Nicole hit the netcord, it dropped dead for a winner, or at least gave her the initiative. When a ball from Anna hit the netcord at 3-5* (40/40), it fell back on her side to give Nicole her second match-point.

And it was all over when Anna netted a backhand return, and walked off court in tears. I felt so sorry to see her go, and sorry that the match was over - I just wanted it to go on and on, like the Ancic v Verdasco 13-11 fifth set later in the day (I'm glad it didn't, though, with the winner having to play her quarter-final the very next day).

Don't get me wrong: I love Nicole, and I'm delighted that she has reversed her slump so impressively this Wimbledon. I'm just sad that this match had to result in a fourth-round loser, because I wanted both of them to reach the quarter-finals so much... and for the BBC finally to recognise Anna as the star that she is.

I mean, they actually billed this match as "Nicole Vaidišová first on Court One" - even though Anna was the 8th seed - and while the commentators called Nicole a mixture of "Vaidišová" and "Nicole", Anna is still always "Chakvetadze" to them. On the rare occasions when the BBC televises Anna at all, that is.

Dan Walker's summary of the match in the BBC's _Today at Wimbledon_ made me laugh: "Nicole Vaidišová had to deal with the mixed emotions of Anna Chakvetadze on Court One today. The eighth seed's tennis isn't bad, but her paddies are even more impressive, and once the Russian had finally finished her audition for Strop-Idol, her opponent went on to win in three. The Force is strong with Darth Vaidišová [incorrectly pronounced to sound like 'Vader' with two extra syllables inserted]."

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.

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3. Quarter-final draw/preview
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* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Zheng,Jie [WC] (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] v SERENA WILLIAMS [6] (dawaj Agnieszka!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v NADIA PETROVA [21] (davai Elena!)
* VENUS WILLIAMS [7] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (may the better win)

This is the first-ever Wimbledon in which all of the top three women (let alone top four) have failed to reach the quarter-finals. And I certainly don't think that the top seed left in is going to win it.


3.1 Vaidišová v Zheng preview
-----------------------------

NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF]:
1r + Zuzana Ondrášková [Q], 6-2 6-2
2r + Samantha Stosur [WC], 6-2 0-6 6-4
3r + Casey Dell'Acqua, 6-2 6-4
4r + ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF], 4-6 7-6 (7/0) 6-3

Zheng,Jie [WC]:
1r + DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [30], 6-4 6-3
2r + Elena Baltacha [WC], 6-2 7-5
3r + ANA IVANOVIĆ [1,DF], 6-1 6-4
4r + ÁGNES SZÁVAY [15], 6-3 6-4

If you had told me before the tournament that the #133-ranked 24-year-old Zheng,Jie would emerge at the top of the quarter-final draw, I would probably have said, "You cannot be serious!"

But anyone who has just reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam must be playing well and treated with respect - especially a former Grand Slam champion (in 2006, Zheng won the Australian Open and Wimbledon Women's Doubles titles with Yan,Zi).

Zheng is a very solid baseline-player, with good placement, and is a nightmare to play against when you're not playing well.

Nicole might have expected a repeat of her Wimbledon 2007 quarter-final against Ana Ivanović (in which she led 5-3 in the third set and had three match-points), but Ana had not recovered from her recent French Open triumph, and lost to Zheng in the third round.

In one way, Nicole is lucky to draw such a low-ranked opponent in the quarter-finals. It's far more likely that Zheng would be unable to repeat her previous heroics than that one of the top seeds would have an off-day against Nicole in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

But on the other hand, it puts the pressure of expectation heavily on Nicole's sexy shoulders, and that could have a devastating effect on her form, with her confidence being so fragile after her recent slump. Nicole plays better when she's relaxed and easy-going, as she was (relatively speaking) against Anna Chakvetadze.

Personally, I'm not pressuring myself into the idea that Nicole is supposed to beat Zheng on Tuesday. I'm very happy to have her back in the quarter-finals after her recent slump, so anything further would be a very nice bonus, and I'm not going to beat myself up about it if she loses to Zheng.

Nicole leads Zheng 2:0 head to head:
+ 2005 US Open 2r: Nicole won 6-3 6-0
+ 2006 Strasbourg qf: Nicole won 6-4 4-6 6-2

Strasbourg 2006 remains Nicole's latest title, and Zheng was the only player to take a set off her there.

Zheng reached her career-high singles-ranking of #27 in 2006, but plummeted to #163 in 2007, as a left-ankle injury forced her to miss all tournaments after the French Open 2007. But she's played a full schedule so far in 2008, with wins over Nadia Petrova and Amélie Mauresmo at Miami, and a 5-match winning-streak to reach the third round of the French Open as a qualifier (she beat Maria Kirilenko, but lost to Dinara Safina).

Nicole's destiny is in her own beautiful hands. She certainly has the weapons to overpower Zheng, but if she starts missing lots of cheap returns, struggling with short balls, or allowing her focus to waver, then it could turn into the aforementioned nightmare.

Nicole: "She's a great player. She plays very well on grass. It's the quarter-finals, so it's definitely not going to be an easy match."


http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2387
>>>
Zheng,Jie (CHN)[WC] v NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ (CZE)[18]
Vaidišová leads 2:0

It's been an amazing feat for Zheng, who has reached the last eight at Wimbledon as a wildcard, toppling world No.1 Ana Ivanović en route.

On Tuesday, she faces No.18 seed Vaidišová, who has defeated Aussies Casey Dell'Acqua and Samantha Stosur, and Russian No.8 seed Anna Chakvetadze to reach her second straight Wimbledon quarter-final.

Having beaten Zheng twice before - in 2005 and 2006 - Vaidišová may have more confidence to play well, but after knocking out Ivanović, Zheng has proven that she is more than capable of disrupting Wimbledon for the seeds. Turning 25 years old on Thursday, will Zheng have more reason to celebrate?
<<<

Ronald Atkin's preview for www.wimbledon.org: (http://www.wimbledon.org:)
>>>
Finally, a quarter-final on which you could have got very long odds indeed, featuring an unseeded Chinese - Zheng,Jie - against the Czech Nicole Vaidišová, who reached this stage last year as an 18-year-old.

The 2008 season has, until now, been a touch mundane for this former top-tenner, but with Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate at her side, Nicole has flourished on the grass and will be hoping, like Tiger Tim, to find herself in the semi-finals by tonight.
<<<

Nick Bollettieri's preview
http://nickstennispicks.com/
>>>
Nicole Vaidišová (CZE) v Jie Zheng (CHN)

After dropping the opening set against Chakvetadze, Vaidišová bounced back to take the second the match 4-6 7-6(0) 6-3. After the year she has had, I don't think anyone could have predicted that Vaidišová would be back in the quarters at Wimbledon. Now, she is one match away from reaching the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2007 Australian Open.

Zheng, a former Wimbledon doubles-champ, is playing in her first career Grand Slam singles quarter-final. After beating Ana Ivanović in straight sets in the third round, she followed it up with another straight-set win over #15 Ágnes Szávay in the fourth round. It's incredible to think that heading into the quarters, she has yet to even drop a set!

Match-Up:

Vaidišová is 2:0 against Zheng, but they haven't played since 2006. We have seen some very encouraging signs that Vaidišová is coming out of her 2008 slump.

She will need to keep her unforced errors down and her first serve percentage up against Zheng. In her last two matches, Zheng has a total of 25 unforced errors, and has capitalised on 7/14 break-opportunities. Vaidišová must also use her big groundstrokes to keep Zheng on the defensive, because Zheng is so steady from the baseline.

Look for Zheng to use her very flat down-the-line shots to keep Vaidišová on the move. We have seen what Zheng is capable of doing already this tournament, so you know Vaidišová will not take her lightly. If she plays like has been, Vaidišová should win this match.

Nick's Pick: Vaidišová in 3 sets.
<<<

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4. Andrew's wishes
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NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF]:
qf + Zheng,Jie [WC]
sf + AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14]
_f + ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]

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5. Order of play for Tuesday
----------------------------

Court One (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
WS qf: VENUS WILLIAMS [7] v Tamarine Tanasugarn
WS qf: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] v Zheng,Jie [WC]
MD qf: Philipp Petzscher/Alexander Peya v (JONAS BJÖRKMAN/KEVIN ULLYETT)[8]

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharapova_vaidisova_hantuchova/

andrewbroad
Jul 13th, 2008, 11:09 PM
=================
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
--------

1. Photos
2. Quarter-final TV-report: Vaidišová v Zheng
3. Mixed Doubles: Third-round result

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1. Photos
---------

Nicole Vaidišová:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=vaidisova
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/players/wta311911.html

Search Getty Images for "vaidisova"

Week 2 photos including Nicole:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/

Many players (Nicole in Monday 30th June and Tuesday 1st July):
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

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2. Quarter-final TV-report: Vaidišová v Zheng (Tuesday 1st July)
---------------------------------------------

- NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] lt. Zheng,Jie [WC], 2-6 7-5 1-6

"Siamese fighting fish: fascinating creatures. Brave but, on the whole, stupid. Except for the occasional one, such as we have here, who lets the other two fight. While he waits. Waits until the survivor is so exhausted that he cannot defend himself. And then, like SPECTRE, he strikes."
[Ernst Stavro Blofeld, _From Russia with Love_]

A disappointing, erratic performance by Nicole, but that was largely Zheng's fault: she knew exactly how to jerk Nicole around with precise, intelligent placement on her groundstrokes. Nicole has far more power than Zheng, but Zheng has far better footwork, and far better discipline.

Zheng hits the ball so early, and her flat, low-bouncing balls are very effective on grass against tall girls such as Ana Ivanović and Nicole.

Nicole was probably very tired in the third set, too - it was her sixth set in two days, after all.

Nicole made a slow start with some sloppy errors, while Zheng came out of the locker-room ready to hit the ground running.

Zheng played a great first set, breaking in the second game, and saving three break-points at *2-0. Nicole squandered another break-point at 2-4*, and lost the first set 2-6 on a double fault.

In the second set, Zheng's level dropped such that she wasn't jerking Nicole around as effectively as in the first, and Nicole was making fewer errors.

Nicole broke for *3-2 with a pinpoint forehand winner down the line, but was broken back immediately as Zheng hit two stunning return-winners.

Nicole squandered another break-point at 3-3*, but succeeded where Ana Ivanović had failed: serving to stay in the match at *4-5. Then she broke for *6-5, and despite facing a break-point, became the first player to take a set off Zheng this Wimbledon!

Nicole played well early in the third set, holding to love in the second game, but it was to be the last game she would win. She had Zheng serving 1-1 (15/30), but made a couple of cheap return-errors.

But the real turning-point was *1-2 (40/15). Having hit three winners in a row, Nicole double-faulted, then made three errors to lose her serve: 1-3*.

And she was reacting to losing points like Anna Chakvetadze had reacted against /her/ the day before: throwing her racket, hitting balls away in anger, and sinking to her knees.

In a long service-game of three deuces at *1-4, Nicole hit a delectable backhand dropshot-winner to give herself a game-point, but committed three forehand errors in a row - two of them wild - to lose her serve again.

At 1-5*, Nicole appeared to have given up as she made three quick errors to give Zheng match-points at 40/0. But she saved the first with a well-controlled rally, hitting a pinpoint forehand winner down the line, and Zheng cracked first in a dramatic rally at 40/15, with both girls peppering the baselines.

But the final point (40/30) was an appropriate epilogue to Nicole's recent on-court struggles: she netted a cheap forehand return off a second serve.

It's very encouraging that Nicole got her act together sufficiently to defend her quarter-final here, but it's still a long way back to the level she had when beating Amélie Mauresmo here last year, and in that amazing quarter-final against Ana Ivanović.

Back then, she was exaggerating her footwork, and only her nerves let her down in the end (when she had 5-3 and three match-points in the third set against Ana). Now, her footwork has regressed to approximately what it was at Wimbledon 2005, and she's so streaky: looking like a world-beater at times, but haemorrhaging forehand- and return-errors at other times, and she has tanked three times this grasscourt-season (second set against Mattek at Birmingham, second set against Stosur here and, to a lesser extent, at the end of the third set against Zheng).

Why did Nicole start winning again on grass, which has been her worst surface in previous years? Grass is the most forgiving surface there is: much less of a grind than clay or hard if you can keep the points short, which Nicole certainly has the weapons to do. Now she has to build on the confidence she's gained as she returns to her favoured hard courts.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.

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3. Mixed Doubles: Third-round result (Tuesday 1st July)
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- Nicole Vaidišová [EF]/Lukáš Dlouhý lt. Maria Kirilenko [DF]/Igor Andreev, walkover

What a shame - but I was half-expecting it just an hour after Nicole's singles-loss. This would have been such a mouthwatering match, and the BBC might even have televised it rather than showing the same Men's Doubles match on BBC 2 and Freeview 302. :rolleyes:

--
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharapova_vaidisova_hantuchova/

andrewbroad
Oct 5th, 2008, 02:13 PM
=================
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
================= http://championships.wimbledon.org/
Second round (Wednesday 25th June 2008)
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] d. Samantha Stosur [WC], 6-2 0-6 6-4

At last I have got round to finishing my full TV-report of this match - including a point-by-point description, and transcriptions of the commentary. I have just uploaded it to my website (along with my first-round scoreboard-report for Nicole, which I posted here at the time):
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/wimbledon2008.html

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Oct 26th, 2008, 11:48 PM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
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Third round (Friday 27th June 2008)
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] d. Casey Dell'Acqua, 6-2 6-4

I have just uploaded to my website an enhanced version of my match-report that I posted here at the time:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/wimbledon2008.html

The new version adds Statistics, extra articles, and a transcript of Nicole's BBC interview.

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Fourth round (Monday 30th June 2008)
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [8,EF], 4-6 7-6 (7/0) 6-3

At last I have got round to finishing my full TV-report of this mouthwatering match - including a point-by-point description, transcriptions of the commentary, Statistics, and a transcript of Nicole's BBC interview.

I have just uploaded it to my website (at the same URI as above).

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Nov 2nd, 2008, 05:48 PM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
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Virginia Wade: "This is the problem playing against Zheng: you have some opportunities, and then she plays a couple of sensational points, so you try a little harder and miss, and then you're totally frustrated. I would think she's the worst player to play against - doesn't give you any help at all."

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Quarter-final (Tuesday 1st July)
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- NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [18,EF] lt. Zheng,Jie [WC], 2-6 7-5 1-6

At last I have got round to finishing my full TV-report of this match - including a point-by-point description, transcriptions of the commentary, Statistics, and transcriptions of Zheng's BBC interviews.

I have just uploaded it to my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/wimbledon2008.html

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Dr. Andrew Broad