According to this, they haven't started training yet :unsure:
Jul 19th, 2009, 10:37 PM
Jul 27th, 2009, 06:50 PM
On her webpage there's a new blog entry:
Hi Everyone.I'm currently at home in Sochi practicing and resting at the same time. It's been really hot here lately, so what I usually do after practice I go swimming in the sea. Afterwards I hang out with my family and friends.My coach Andrey also here with his family,enjoing this moments. So far it has been a good season for me. Reaching the doubles final in Roland Garros was the highlight of my clay season. I love the tournament and I love Paris :).Everything there is special for me. I stayed 3 more days in Paris to go sightseeing ,you may have seen some pictures here on my gallery. After Paris went to play on Netherlands and Wimbledon. I like playing on grass, it's just you don't know what to expect and Wimbledon of course is very special,not like other tournaments. Every year is different but so far it has been really good for me this year in particular. Besides reaching the 4th round beating few good players along the way, Wickmayer,Dushevina and Cibulkova. It's the first time I saw the covered center court, really nice and the weather couldn't be better:)It was funny to read in the newspaper on next day when finally they closed the roof,how happy all England were:) Anyway I look forward to playing the US OPEN SERIES. I like it because it's very challenging and exciting. Competing with the Best players on tour. I'll kick off my tournament in L.A. , Cincinnati , Toronto and then the US OPEN. So guess that's it. Before I go just want to say Thank You to all my fans who supported me in every tournament.U really help me in important and hard moments of my career.
Take care all of you.
Till next time.
(July 24, 2009)
Jul 27th, 2009, 06:53 PM
thanks. i love how everyone loved the wimbledon roof :D
Russian Elena Vesnina upended Samantha Stosur of Australia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Vesnina draws Russian Anna Chakvetadze in the quarters. Wins have been few and far between for Vesnina recently.
"It's been a tough three weeks at the US Open Series," Vesnina said. "I had a few injuries that kept me out of practice at least three weeks. But I feel much better now and I feel pretty healthy.
Aug 27th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Aug 27th, 2009, 09:40 PM
Report vs Stosur:
There are two new entries on Chesnokov's blog, but he doesn't mention Vesnina in them.
But well here's something else:
A pair of unseeded Russian players kicked off the quarterfinal day as Vesnina, ranked No. 34 in the world, got her first career win over countrywoman Anna Chakvetadze, defeating the 48th-ranked player 6-1, 7-5 to advance to a semifinal meeting against the winner of the Svetlana Kuznetsova-Amelie Mauresmo match. It was the first win for Vesnina over Chakvetadze in six tries.
"I can't explain why," Vesnina said. "I think I have everything to beat her, but always something happens. ... I'm happy with my game. Today we had a lot of long rallies. It wasn't boom-boom tennis. It was intelligent, trying to put the ball in the right place."
Elena Vesnina earned the first spot in the women's semifinals, beating Anna Chakvetadze 6-1, 7-5. It was Vesnina's first win against Chakvetadze in six attempts.
"She's not playing like she was playing a few years ago," Vesnina said. "If you will compare, she's a bit down right now."
Chakvetadze had problems with her service game, missing on 50 percent of her first serves.
She will play the winner of Thursday evening's match between top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo.
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:12 AM
Thanks, guys :D
Aug 28th, 2009, 02:49 PM
Ves Chakve QF report:
Aug 29th, 2009, 12:25 AM
Aug 29th, 2009, 02:46 AM
NEW HAVEN -- The score of their Pilot Pen Tennis semifinal will show Elena Vesnina knocking off eighth-seeded Amelie Mauresmo, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 inside Friday night.
A more accurate listing would just read "deuce." The two women battled back and forth most of the night, going to deuce 10 times in 27 games, at Yale's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center before Vesnina broke Mauresmo's serve at key points, including an epic second game of the third set, to advance to today's scheduled final against Caroline Wozniacki.
A different break could have sent the match off in a different direction, maybe nowhere more than early in that third set.
Mauresmo went up a break in the first game. On her own serve, the players alternated points -- for what seemed like an eternity.
Eight times, Mauresmo served for the game. Eight times, Vesnina fought it off: She recorded three winners of her own, forced Mauresmo into three errors, and watched Mauresmo double-fault twice.
On the eighth deuce of the game, Mauresmo put a shot wide of the right sideline. Vesnina won it with a backhand winner of her own and never looked back.
Vesnina, 23, has never won a WTA Tour event, though she had two ITF victories in 2003. She reached the final in Auckland in January, defeating Wozniacki along the way, before falling to Elena Dementieva.
Wozniacki has defeated Vesnina twice in three meetings, but they have split two meetings on hardcourt.
Mauresmo and Vesnina
went to deuce in six of the 12 games they played in the first set. They traded off service breaks twice before Mauresmo finished off the set with a break.
But Vesnina opened up the second set by breaking Mauresmo's serve -- this one, more aptly, came at deuce -- and surrendered only three more games the rest of the night.
Vesnina had three break points in the first game of the match, which went to deuce four times, and she didn't finish off any of them. But every other time she had a break point, she didn't lose the game.
Mauresmo fought off a few break points in the third set, but Vesnina wouldn't let her off the hook.
Wozniacki defeated Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-1 in the other semifinal, which was also played indoors after a day-long rain removed any hope of playing on Stadium Court.
Aug 29th, 2009, 02:58 AM
Thanks, let's hope those long deuce games haven't tired her out too badly :lol:
Aug 29th, 2009, 05:21 AM
Vesnina was frustrated early, committing a flurry of unforced errors in the first set. But she composed herself enough to win three straight games and was serving for the set at 5-4. Mauresmo broke her in the 10th game, held serve and broke again to take a one-set lead.
"She was just playing with me like a pussy cat, one corner to other corner," Vesnina said. "I was running. So she was playing with me very easy, you know. Then in the second set, I just start to be more aggressive and I just change my serve."
Vesnina dominated the rest of the way, increasing her accuracy with pinpoint placement in the corners. She broke Mauresmo twice in the first five games of the second set, and broke her again in the final game to win the set 6-1, disappointing the pro-Mauresmo crowd.
Frequently chastising herself in Russian, a determined Vesnina, who is ranked 32nd, broke Mauresmo on her first two serves in the third set and cruised from there.
The men's semifinals were rained out Friday. Tournament officials hoped to get both those matches in Saturday, as well as both finals.
But forecasts called for heavy rain and high winds Saturday, fuelled by tropical storm Danny.
Tournament spokesman Matt Van Tuinen said officials could move more matches indoors, or postpone some until Sunday, when the weather is expected to be better.
lol at the pussycat comment :lol:
Aug 29th, 2009, 05:28 AM
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
E. VESNINA/A. Chakvetadze
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You've never beaten Anna before. What was the difference today?
ELENA VESNINA: Today was a very tough match, like always we have with Anna. But maybe if it will compare with our match few weeks ago in Cincinnati, it was a big difference.
So it's always tough to play against your good friend. I don't know why she has like 5-Love against me. Like, I cannot explain why. Because I think I have everything to beat her. But always something happened, you know.
But she's playing not like she was playing like a few years ago. If you will compare, she's a bit down right now.
Q. Since you know her so well, do you see anything in her game that's preventing her from playing well or is it more mental?
ELENA VESNINA: It is mental. Actually right now she's playing much better than she was playing in the spring during the clay season. She's improving. She has a new coach. I can see right now she's playing much better than she was playing few months ago.
She was very unconfident, you know. But right now I can see that she's finding her game.
Q. How are you playing right now?
ELENA VESNINA: I'm happy with my game. And today had a lot of long rallies. I cannot say it was like boom-boom tennis. It was like I can say intelligent maybe. We were trying to put the ball in the right corner of the court, you know, we were trying to mix it up, we were trying to do some good serves, you know, mixing with the serve, mixing like going to the net sometimes.
So I think it was very spectacular match today.
Q. I noticed you used the dropshot a lot today. Was that intentional, a strategy you went out there with?
ELENA VESNINA: When I always play with Anna, she stay like two meters behind the baseline running, reaching every balls, playing - how you say - low from the net and very short. Compared to Sam Stosur, she's playing so deep, so strong. Anna is using your power, pushing the ball actually on the other side.
I was trying all the time hitting one, two, three balls, then I was doing a mistake. That's why I was trying, if she's staying so far from the baseline, you should change something, so I start to do dropshots.
Q. Have you looked at the US Open draw?
ELENA VESNINA: Just one minute ago.
Q. You're all in the same section with Vera.
ELENA VESNINA: I didn't see. I just saw my first round. We were just watching, me and the other Russian girls, were watching who was playing Russian players right now. So many of them. Oh, my God, this, this, this (laughter).
Q. Any thoughts about your first round?
ELENA VESNINA: I never play against her before. I saw a few her matches. I think she had a pretty solid year. I think she was in the final this year in Istanbul. I think it's going to be very tough first-round match.
Q. You were good on about 83% of your first serves. She only had 50%. Does that surprise you, that there was such a difference?
ELENA VESNINA: That was a strategy for the match. I was trying to put as much as I can first serves in. For her, she's struggling a little bit with her serves. I knew she's not confident with that. That's not her big weapon. So her second serve always was not that powerful. If you compare with Sam Stosur, with the kick, come all over here (laughter). It was a bit much easier to return.
Q. Any thoughts on your semifinal match here? You beat Kuznetsova earlier this year. If it's her or Mauresmo, any thoughts on that?
ELENA VESNINA: I don't know who's gonna win this match actually at the night session. I think Mauresmo is maybe not playing her best tennis right now. The same with Sveta. She's fighting every match. Has long matches the day before, and first-round match. I don't know who is going to win, but definitely is going to be a very interesting match.
Q. Will you watch?
ELENA VESNINA: Yeah, I'll watch.
Q. Who do you prefer to play?
ELENA VESNINA: Oh, this is a good question. I don't know. Maybe Sveta, so is for sure going to be a Russian final (laughter). Somebody from Russia is going to be in the final like this.
Aug 29th, 2009, 05:45 AM
Aug 29th, 2009, 10:25 AM
lol at the pussycat comment :lol:
Another good thing about her going deep in tournaments is we get more news and analysis that brings up quotes like this one :lol:
Aug 29th, 2009, 11:26 AM
we need more good lena quotes :lol:
a little bit of what mauresmo said about lena:
She played a really good third set, coming up at the end of each rally with a big winner on the line or in the corner. She's more consistent throughout the match and the points, I was telling you guys she has improved a lot lately and it shows. The way she plays, the way she covers the court - and she serves better. Her whole game has improved.
Aug 29th, 2009, 04:28 PM
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
E. VESNINA/A. Mauresmo
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Did you have a talk with yourself between the first and second set?
ELENA VESNINA: Yes. When I called my coach, he came to me and he was like, I had trouble with my serve, and I was very frustrating about that 'cause I was so inconsistent, so many double-faults. 5-4 my serve, I'm doing two double-faults my game. That's a big mistake. He was like, Just try to put your serve in. Five kilometers doesn't matter. I'm like, What are you talking about? I don't want to put my serve in. I want to serve like, you know, powerful, I don't know, strong.
First game, I just was trying to find my game. I didn't think about anything. I was just trying to find my game. I was hitting every ball just to make some pressure on her. In the first set, I was trying to play some rallies. I was trying to put the ball with less power but more placement. She was just playing with me like a pussy cat, one corner to other corner. I was running. So she was playing with me very easy, you know.
Then in the second set, I just start to be more aggressive and I just change my serve. I think percentage of my serve was a bit higher than in the first set.
Q. Have you ever played in conditions like that where there's another semifinal so close?
ELENA VESNINA: No, never. First time. That's very unusual. That's tennis. I think it's better to play today semifinal than play on the next day two matches.
Q. Was it distracting with the other court so close?
ELENA VESNINA: No. Actually, I was so focused on my match, I didn't even know who won the match. I know Caroline won the first set. It was so fast in the second set, I didn't follow the score. Then I realized maybe Caroline won because it's so fast.
Q. Can you talk about your play this week, what it means to you to get to a final like this.
ELENA VESNINA: I'm really happy to be in the final, especially in a tournament like New Haven. It's a big tournament, big players playing here before the US Open, getting some practice, some matches. When I was coming here, I was not expecting I was going to be in the final. I just wanted to win some matches because my US Open Series was not this lucky for me. I was practicing so hard before that. I was working on the practice in Sochi with my coach, working on the mental game, about everything. Then I came to Los Angeles, I won one match. I lost to Jie Zheng two tournaments in a row. I got some injuries, sad injuries. It was just a bad luck. I couldn't practice. I was just waiting for my matches without a lot of practicing, just a little bit.
So and here I had some like preparation before the New Haven, like one week in Toronto. I was practicing there. I was working. Actually, I don't have any injuries right now. So thanks God. I'm just happy that I'm in the final.
Q. Sounds like everything is coming together at a good time.
ELENA VESNINA: Yeah, it is like this. If everything is going good for you, it's mean everything. You're healthy, you're fit. You have a good draw. I don't know, you play best tennis in your life. It's like everything comes together. Usually for the players it's like that.
So for me it comes the same way.
Q. Your thoughts on playing Caroline tomorrow?
ELENA VESNINA: I play against her a few times this year. She's a very good player. She's a young star. She's a newcomer. I saw a lot of her matches this year. She's a very good defending player. She put a lot of balls inside the court. Other side, she has a very good backhand, very aggressive backhand. So I play against her two times. One time I won, one time I lost. We have very close matches all the time.
I know her game a little bit after these matches. I think she knows mine. I think it's going to be very tough matches. It's going to be just the mental part because indoor is different game than the outdoor, for sure.
Q. Would you rather play tomorrow inside and get to New York or wait till Sunday when the weather is good?
ELENA VESNINA: I would rather play Saturday. So I'm going to go to New York and I will get ready. I mean, that's not a big deal actually, play indoor, outdoor. You're a tennis player. You get used to everything. We can wait in the locker room for 12 hours to get your match, play a few games, then go home, play the next day. We get used to that condition already. We're professional.
Of course, US Open is very important tournament for me, for everybody. But for the final, I really hoping I can win this final. My all thoughts about this final, not about US Open yet.
Q. Do you know when you play your first round match at the US Open?
ELENA VESNINA: Monday. Flavia told me. She was like, We play Monday, please put me indoor.
and Momo's interview if anyone is interested:
Aug 29th, 2009, 10:40 PM
Thanks for everything ;)
Aug 30th, 2009, 02:10 PM
August 29, 2009
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
C. WOZNIACKI/E. Vesnina
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Was this just a case of running into probably the hottest player on the tour at the moment?
ELENA VESNINA: Caroline?
ELENA VESNINA: Yes, she's one of the hottest player on the tour who is playing a lot of tournaments and she's always have good results on the tournament. Almost every tournament, she's playing quarterfinal, semifinal. So, yeah, was a great week for me and I'm really happy I was here in the final. Here in New Haven, it's a great tournament. I'm here first time. But I heard a lot of good words about this tournament. So I happy that finally I came here and I played in the final, so...
Q. How big is it for you to beat Mauresmo yesterday and get into the finals?
ELENA VESNINA: That was one of the biggest win in my career. Mauresmo, she's ex No. 1 in the world, and she won two Grand Slams. She's a great player. She's a great champion. And I wanted to play against her. Maybe indoor it wasn't feeling so special. But still it was a good match.
And I think both of us were fighting. We both want to be in the final. I was just really happy with my game yesterday. I think I just turned everything back after the first set.
Q. What did you see as the difference in the match today?
ELENA VESNINA: It is a big difference between indoor and outdoor. Especially I think it's a bit difficult to play indoor to come outdoors. But I don't do any excuses for today because Caroline, she was too good for me today. Maybe, yeah, I was doing a lot of unforced errors.
Caroline, she's a very good defending player. She's running. All balls are going on my side, so I need to do something by myself. I also need to create something. I was trying to go to the net. I was trying to be aggressive all the time. But maybe it's difficult to be in a good form through all week, you know. So maybe my concentration got down a little bit, and that's why it was few very sad mistakes in the first and second set.
Q. There was a point in the second set where you broke her to tie the set at 3-3. She broke you back. Was that a deflating moment?
ELENA VESNINA: I was not that upset that I lost my serve at 3-All. She played really good that game. I was still hoping, you know, that I can turn everything back because I had a feeling that if I would be a little bit more consistent, you know, if I would be a little bit more just not doing a lot of errors, I can win the second set, I can win the match.
But it was difficult because I was winning. I was doing winners and I was doing errors in the same time. So it was like, I don't know, too many errors. It's impossible to win a match if you're doing so many unforced errors.
Q. Is that what makes Caroline so good? She was just very steady, didn't make a lot of mistakes.
ELENA VESNINA: Yeah, that's her strategy. Usually she plays like that. She all the time make people to do errors because she's very consistent. She's moving on the court really well. She's covering all court. And she has a good feeling. You know, sometimes I think she's guessing where you're going to hit. She has a feel like Hingis a little. Before you hit, she was already standing there. Caroline, I think she has a little bit from Martina.
Q. What did you talk about with your coach?
ELENA VESNINA: He told me that I don't need to be so negative. He was like just enjoy the moment. Why I shave my hair finally? Let me enjoy the match. I was like, Yeah, why enjoy the match, I want to win this match. He just give me some tips with my few shots that I was doing mistakes. Nothing special. But actually it helps me in the second set. I start to play better after that.
Q. Did nerves play a part at all being probably in the biggest final of your career?
ELENA VESNINA: Nerves?
ELENA VESNINA: Yeah, maybe I was a bit nervous. But, you know, we were waiting all day here. I think all nerves already came down. I don't have any nerves. I'm empty (laughter).
But we're just happy that we can play outdoors. Really, on other side, we wanted to play today, even outdoor, even indoors. But it was something special, you know, to play outdoors so people can see this match, TV, everything, like fans. For me, also I wanted to play outdoors. We were just happy we were able to play outdoors. So it looks like a real final.
Q. You played in Wimbledon, had a good result there. Coming off a semifinal here, do you feel you have momentum going into the US Open? Do you think you can repeat a fourth round or better there?
ELENA VESNINA: Hopefully. But you never know. Grand Slam is a different tournament. It's difficult to be in the form, you know, two weeks in a row, three weeks in a row. So I just need to stay positive and stay healthy. That's I think the most important thing. Just trying to win every match, trying to be aggressive, trying to be very consistent. So I think that's the key. So if everything will be together, I can repeat my best result.
A nice article about Elena and her year and where she confirms she's starting at Auckland again next season :)
Russian tennis ace Elena Vesnina has a soft spot for Auckland and needed no persuading that it was a good idea to once again begin her year at the ASB Bank Classic at Stanley Street.
This year's Classic runnerup and the now world No 22 was today confirmed as one of the drawcards for next January's tournament, the Russian admitting she had no hesitation accepting a start at an event that launched her best year on the WTA tour.
Speaking from Moscow where she is preparing for next week's Kremlin Cup tournament, the 23-year-old Russian stunner made it clear that Auckland had already become a tournament close to her heart - and not just because of her success on the courts there.
She made it all the way to her first WTA final in January where she was eventually beaten by top-10 countrywomen Elena Dementieva, the early success kick-starting a year in which she also made the final at New Haven, had victories over Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo, reached the fourth round of Wimbledon and made the doubles final at the French Open.
But for the popular Vesnina, Auckland is not just a pleasant tennis memory in a year that had a fair few of them.
"It's special there, it has a really nice atmosphere," she said today. "They try to cheer for both players, even if you're playing against the local player Marina Erakovic. They're cheering for good tennis, good rallies, so it's nice to play. You feel good on the court.
"It's nice weather too. It's so green there. I came straight from Moscow where it was very cold, minus 20 degrees, where there are no trees, no green and it's like a miracle to come to this country where everything is so green and so warm."
So, clean plus green equals keen with this Russian mover who climbed from a ranking of No 79 in the world when she lined up in Auckland to a position where she's now knocking on the top-20.
"I have very good feelings about Auckland," she added. "After this tournament I had a great year. I still think it's true that if you play good at your first tournament of the year you play well for the rest of the year.
"I'm really happy to come back. I like the atmosphere, I like the courts and I like the people there."
Vesnina ranked her run to the Auckland final, where she beat Aiko Nakamura, Nicole Vaidisova, Caroline Wozniacki and Anne Keothavong, alongside an identical result at New Haven as her big results of 2009. She also made the semifinals at Ponte Vedra and quarters in Dubai and Charleston.
In terms of individual matches, rolling then world No 7 Kuznetsova at Dubai and toppling Mauresmo in New Haven rated as her best results of the year, she said.
Making it deep into the year's second Slam was also a significant achievement. "Wimbledon's a great tournament with a great tradition and I like grass. That was the first time I made the round of 16 so I was very happy with that," she said.
Her appearance in the doubles final at Roland Garros with Victoria Azarenka also left an indelible memory. "It's my favourite Grand Slam tournament and we didn't expect to be in the final - it was just our third time together. So that two weeks in Paris was something special and something I'll remember for the rest of my life."
The Russian's main aim for 2010 is to stay healthy after injuries curtailed her programme somewhat in 2009., She says she has some things to work on physically and mentally over the off-season and also a couple of technical adjustments to make to her game.
Before that she's hopeful of finishing her 2009 programme with a solid performance at the Kremlin Cup which she said is "always something special" for Russian players.
But Vesnina wasn't sure if she could be any help in persuading Belgian great Justine Henin, who is launching a comeback to top tennis in 2010, to play in Auckland instead of Brisbane at the start of the new year.
Auckland tournament director Brenda Perry is hopeful of luring the former world No 1 and holder of seven Grand Slam singles titles to New Zealand, but is up against the Brisbane event as the Belgian ponders her leadup schedule to the Australian Open.
"I've played against her three times, but I don't know her very well," said Vesnina. "It's going to be great if she's coming back in Auckland. That would be really funny."
But, like most of the tennis world, Vesnina is excited about the diminutive Belgian re-entering the competitive arena after 18 months away from the game. Especially after Kim Clijsters capped her own fairytale return by claiming the US Open crown.
"It's going to be one of the strongest years for the WTA, with the Williams sisters, all the Russian girls and now the Belgian stars. It will be one of the strongest years for a long time."
Vesnina aims to keep to a similar schedule as this year which will see her have New Year at home in Russia and make the long haul to Auckland on January 1, arriving in time for a few days' preparation before the tournament starts on January 4.
Dementieva will not be back to defend her title, but Vesnina says she intends asking around her Russian colleagues at the Kremlin Cup to see who else is looking to start their year in Auckland.
"It's a long trip, and maybe I can ask someone to come on the same flight as me so it's not so lonely," she said.
Already confirmed for the $US220,000 Auckland tournament are world No 1 doubles and multi-Grand Slam winning pair of Cara Black (Zimbabwe) and Liezel Huber (US), with more major player announcements expected in the next few weeks.
Oct 13th, 2009, 12:45 PM
My hometown :drool:. Difficult to defend those finals points though, especially if Justine turns up :scared:. Justine probably will choose a bigger tournie like Brisbane though. Auckland is the choice for the more laid back players who would like to relax for a week. It's a good thing Elena has had an overall good year, so she will be protected against dropping much if she doesn't do as well next year.
I was in the crowd with my Mum that night when she beat Wozniacki in the 09 tournament, I remember that she played amazingly well, just hitting everything hard and barely missing anything. She still can't keep it up on a regular basis though unfortunately, some matches are good, some are not. Hopefully she can work on that.
Tête de série n°8, Elena Vesnina a parfaitement réussi son entrée dans l'Open GDF SUEZ en battant la Roumaine Alexandra Dulgheru. La Russe était particulièrement détendue après son match.
Elena Vesnina, c'est une entrée dans le tournoi plutôt réussi…
Oui. Cela a été un match dur. Je n'avais jamais joué contre elle donc je ne savais pas à quoi m'attendre. On m'avait dit que c'était une bonne joueuse et qu'elle avait gagné un tournoi l'an dernier (Ndlr : à Varsovie). J'étais impatiente de jouer ce match et très concentrée. Je suis très contente de m'en être sortie en deux sets.
Le premier set a été facile et vous avez très bien débuté le second avant d'avoir un léger trou. Vous avez appelé votre coach. Que vous a-t-il dit et comment avez-vous fait pour revenir dans la partie ?
J'ai commencé à jouer trop vite et à commettre pas mal de fautes directes dans les moments importants. Je menais 2-0 et j'ai perdu trois jeux d'affilée. C'est pour ça que j'ai appelé mon coach. Il m'a dit de rester patiente et de ne pas jouer si vite.
Et tout s'est remis à fonctionner puisque vous avez remporté les quatre derniers jeux…
Oui, vous savez, dans un premier match, on est toujours un peu nerveuse. Vous ne pouvez pas bien jouer pendant tout le match. J'ai eu des hauts et des bas. J'espère que pour mon prochain match je vais hausser mon niveau de jeu.
Votre prochain match justement, vous savez contre qui vous le jouerez ?
Non. Je n'ai pas regardé le tableau.
Vous ne le regardez jamais ?
Si mais cette fois je n'ai pas eu le temps de le faire.
Que pensez-vous de ce tournoi ?
J'adore Paris. C'est une de mes villes favorites. En fait, je suis surprise de ne jouer ce tournoi que pour la première fois ! L'an dernier je voulais déjà venir mais je jouais la Fed Cup et je n'ai pas eu le temps de faire les qualifications. Cette fois, je suis vraiment contente d'entrer directement dans le tableau. Le central est génial ici. C'est vraiment sympa de jouer ici.
Avoir un coach qui joue ici, cela rend les choses plus faciles ?
Oui, je n'ai pas à payer l'hôtel ! (Rires)
translating it now :p
Feb 8th, 2010, 07:44 PM
Hmm, in her blog she said she was required to play here, now she says she wanted to play here?
She starts sounding like Myskina... ;)
Feb 8th, 2010, 07:55 PM
Elena Vesnina the eighth seed has won her first round match at the Open GDF SUEZ beating the Romanian A. Dulgheru. The Russian was very relaxed after her match.
Elena Vesnina that's a rather successful start to the tournament, right?…
Yes. It was a tough match. I had never played against her, so I didn't know what to expect. I was told that she was a good player and that she had won a tournament last year (in Warsaw). I couldn't wait to play to this match and was very focused. I'm very satisfied that I won in two sets.
The first set was easy and you started the second set really well before having a bit of a lapse. You called your coach. What did he tell you and how did you get back into the match?
I started to play too fast and made some unforced errors on important points. I was leading 2-0 and I lost three games in a row. That's why I appreciate my coach. He told me to stay patient and not to play that fast.
And everything started to work again as you won the last four games.
Yes, you know, in a R1 match you are always a bit nervous. You can't play well throughout the entire match. I had some highs and lows. I hope that I can raise my level of play for the next match.
Do you know your opponent for the next round?
No. I didn't look at the draw.
You never look at the draw?
I do, but this time I didnt have time to do it ( :unsure: what? :unsure: )
What do you think about this tournament?
I love Paris. It's one of my favourite cities. Actually I am suprised that this is the first time I've played this tournament! Last year I wanted to play it, but I was on the Fed Cup team and I didn't have time to play the quallies. This time around I'm glad to have direct entry into the maindraw. The center court is great here. It's really nice to play here.
Does having a coach that plays here make things easier?
Yes, I didn't have to pay for the hotel! (laughs)
Feb 8th, 2010, 08:39 PM
Thanks for posting that :yeah: It's good to see she was able to serve much better than she has so far this season in all her matches :) It's also good to see Chesnokov's able to be with her again as he hasn't been able to make it to any of her tournaments so far this season i believe.
Feb 8th, 2010, 08:45 PM
Maybe because he was absent in Australia??.....
Pity a sports psychologist can't make it on herself on the tour.. At least she's in good company with her friend
She will next face fourth-seeded Elena Vesnina of Russia in the quarterfinals. Vesnina beat German Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2 earlier in the day.
Vesnina fell behind 3-2 in the first set but won 24 of the next 26 points to close out the set and take a 2-0 lead in the second. At 4-1 in the second a wind gusting to more than 25 mph played havoc with the Russian.
“I was hitting against the wind and she was hitting so hard and the ball was heavy,” Vesnina said. “I was trying to hit it, but it was not flying to the baseline.”
Goerges began the seventh game of the second with a pair of aces before play was delayed nearly 10 minutes when a fan passed out in the stands and was treated. When play resumed, Vesnina won four consecutive points for a 5-2 lead in windy conditions.
“It’s scary,” Vesnina said. “(The delay) helped me a little bit, actually. She served me two aces in a row and the lady passed out and I can tell her thank you, actually. I saw the doctor and he told me she was fine now.”
Nice blog she answer some interesting questions on who does the planning for their travelling. She said some players had to go to the hospital from the heat. A bit of story to some her 'fans' who insist that she choked the match.
Some of the important bits:
1) Doesn't work with Chesnokov anymore (split after Wimbledon), felt like she played more and more defensive because of him even though she improved her game - back with her dad
2) Will play doubles with Vera in Montreal and at the USO
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - The only seed in first round action at the $220,000 Tashkent Open advanced with ease, as No.4 seed Elena Vesnina topped Lesya Tsurenko, 63 62.
Vesnina, who matched her career-best Sony Ericsson WTA Tour result when she reached the final in Istanbul last month, has since fallen on hard times, having lost three straight main draw matches entering this event. However, on Monday, she looked more like the player who reached her career-high ranking of No.22 last October, breaking at 3-3 in the first set and cruising from there.
"It is always tough to play the opening match in any tournament. This one was no different," Vesnina said. "Moreover, I must add that I had a crazy flight to Tashkent, where a normal two-and-a-half-hour flight from Moscow turned out to be a six-hour flight. It seemed as if I came via New York! I felt tired but have recovered now. So it's good to go on court and get into a rhythm."
Vesnina explained her descent in the rankings to No.72, the lowest she's been since February.
"Throughout the year I've had a few nagging injuries," she said. "The injuries got worse and kept me out for nearly two months. I would not say I am injury free because I do have injuries that have stayed with me. I have not managed to defend points as well, and I've been unlucky with the draw in many tournaments. I missed making a lot of main draws and had to play qualifying, which is very tough for someone not used to doing that for a long time."
Thanks. I wonder who she means with her coach. She fired Chesnokov at the end of Wimbledon and said she continued with her father, but usually she refers to him as father, not coach. Has she another coach, did Chesnokov return or did she mean her father?
Furthermore she said she played Q in Montreal (up to second round). Strange, as I recall she withdrew with an injury before matches started. She was seeded 2nd though.... :confused:
Vera on the airport tragedy:
She says that Ves was supposed to arrive at the airport the day of the attack , but got lucky because something came up and she could only leave Melbourne 1 day later :scared:.
Jan 27th, 2011, 12:33 AM
She also tweeted
I feel so deeply sorry for those people who were there in the airoport.Its just terrible...
Уже в Москве,сегодня днем прилетела в Домодедово!Хочу выразить глубокие соболезнования всем родным и близким пострадавших...
I prefer Russian to English translations by ImTranslator.com:
And once again hello!
Would like to thank, first of all, everyone who looks tennis and supports ours! Thank you all for kind words and support:)
I in Moscow, have arrived from Paris yesterday late at night. You, probably, ask – that I so long did in capital of France?! No, I did not suit to myself a vacation, and simply waited the English visa which to me 3 weeks did not give out. Actually, very much many our tennis players submit documents to England in Paris. Especially if you come one week prior to tournament very conveniently it turns out – while you play, the passport especially is not necessary:) But here tournament has ended, and my documents all are not present and not present. It was necessary to connect all forces, as a result has lost 4 days of precious rest of the house: (
But all the same Paris – fine city, and always it is pleasant to me to come back there, therefore I shall not complain:) I Shall tell only, that it is time already to something to solve with visas to sportsmen. Tennis players are engaged in gathering of all documents, their delivery and so on. Therefore any help from the government is simply necessary! I am distant not the first who has got in such situation. Thank God, all was resolved, and have returned passports.
« Ролан Garros » for me the special tournament, one of my the most favourite! An output in the ending in pair I consider as good result, the third year at a time in the ending of tournament of ' the Big Helmet ». Stability – a sign of skill:))) very much I hope, that it will be possible to win a decisive stage of tournament! We with Саней for the first time together played the ending of such large tournament, therefore, certainly, experienced and very much wished to win, but it is necessary to give due our competitors – чешки played with confidence during all tournament, have beaten out from a grid 2 and 3 сеяных, and at the given stage were hardly more strongly and more successfully us. But all the same it were good 2 weeks:)
Tomorrow already I take off for Eastbourne, after – Wimbledon.
She's getting more and more irritating and cocky...... And that's not just me.
Jul 20th, 2011, 08:32 PM
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But anyway good tournament in Baku,great venue.Was trying to show my best tennis here,but start feeling even worst every day...
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Hi guys!Couldn't finish my match today,have viral illness,feel very sick:(Nothing u can do,health is more important.Tomor going back home...
^Thanks for posting :)
I had no idea that Lena was partially Greek, no wonder I like her so much :lol:
Feb 7th, 2014, 05:16 PM
SOCHI, Russia - Elena Vesnina (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/10548/title/elena-vesnina) was born in Ukraine but moved to Sochi at a young age and still lives there. With the Winter Olympics about to get going in the beautiful coastal city, we thought it would be a good time to ask the mega-talented singles and doubles star to talk to us about Sochi - in particular...
The best restaurants.
"There are plenty of good restaurants in Sochi," Vesnina said. "Some of my favorite restaurants are Blue Sea, La Terrazza and Brigantine. There are some more nice restaurants above the river and by the seaside as well. They're really cozy with really good Shashlyk - like Shish kebab. It's delicious there. Kaukaz kitchen is very popular in Sochi. And the vegetables are also really good in Sochi because it's a really warm climate, so go for the salads and the soups. The Borscht is incredible, and Okroshka soup is really good too - in the summertime it's very nice to have this cold soup."
The best place to relax.
"Of course it's at home - in my house, with my dog!"
"Usually it's very warm," she said. "It's very hot and humid in the summer, but right now it's more like 10 degrees, which is pretty warm for this time of year - usually it's lower. In the Red Valley, where the Olympics will be, it'll definitely be cooler. But it won't be -30 like in Moscow! It'll never be like that.
"It's a very nice climate in Sochi - it's a very soft climate."
The best thing to do on a day off.
"It depends on my mood! It can be shopping, or just relaxing on the beach. I love swimming in the sea. I love all of the fun things to do at the sea too - I'm a big fan of jet skiing. Or I can just spend time with my dog and my family at home, relax, cook some nice breakfast or lunch for them, then go out and spend some time with my friends and go to the cinema. So one of those things probably!"
Her favorite place in Sochi from when she was growing up.
"Definitely my first tennis club. It wasn't even a club actually - it's a park, Riviera Park, and there were three clay courts, so my parents bought me a racquet and took me there. It's a beautiful park with tall, beautiful trees where the courts are. There's a lot of other things to do there too - a roller coaster, games for the kids - when I was working hard on the courts they were all having fun around me, and I wanted to go and have fun too! But I really have so many great memories from that park."
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Apr 17th, 2014, 07:26 PM
Little interview of Elena about the beginning of her season, the Fed Cup, her love for animals... :)