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tennisbum79
Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:36 PM
Zvonareva's dream turns into a nightmare
Saturday, 3 July 2010

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BBC commentator John McEnroe wondered aloud what Vera Zvonareva might be listening to through her headphones moments before her first Grand Slam final. The Russian's personal website says she's a fan of the American rock band Linkin Park. Maybe it was the seventh track from their Meteora album, the appropriately titled Faint.


Let's face it, the task facing the 25-year-old from Moscow would have left anyone feeling weak at the knees. Many felt Bepa, as she's known to her fans, needed a miracle to survive her first Grand Slam showpiece against one of the greatest players ever to pull on a tennis dress and pick up a racket. And so it proved.


Before the match, the Russian told anyone who would listen that she refused to look at the statistics. Probably a good move. Serena is the world No.1, Zvonareva the second-lowest-ranked Wimbledon ladies' finalist ever. The American had featured in 15 Grand Slam singles finals, this was the challenger's first. The younger of the Williams sisters had 12 majors on her CV, Vera's featured none. For a woman who insists she loves books, even for her this made horrible reading.


And yet, during the early stages of the match Zvonareva showed promise. Despite taking the opening game to love in a minute, Serena took momentarily longer to move through the gears than anyone expected - and the Russian did a half-decent job of staying in touch. Six games passed and the scoreboard read 3-3. If Zvonareva was in any doubt as to her popularity, the noise that rose from the stands when she saved break point at 2-3 would have helped settle any nerves.


After victories over Jelena Jankovic, Kim Clijsters and giant-killer Tsvetana Pironkova, we were wondering whether the international economic relations student could mastermind another upset. And then it happened. Williams found top gear, hit turbo boost and left Zvonareva in the dust. The forehand pass that secured a break of serve and a 4-3 lead was every bit as magnificent as the down-on-one-knee pose Serena pulled for the cameras the moment the ball fizzed past Zvonareva's racket.


A 4-3 lead became 5-3, which quickly read 6-3 after just 36 minutes on court. Experts had warned of Serena's potency on serve before the match, and the numbers didn't lie. Twenty points played that began with a Williams first serve and the Russian had won just one of them. Ka-pow!

When a desperate Zvonareva forehand sailed into net to hand Serena a break in the first game of the second set, the cameras cut to team Zvonareva in the Russian's box. Things were getting ugly for coach Sergei Demekhine - not a sensation the former touring pro and part-time model is familiar with. Zvonareva must have felt like lunging for the pause button, such was the alarming speed the contest was racing away from her.

Serena made it five in a row for 2-0 and the unstoppable Williams juggernaut kept thundering on towards her 13th Grand Slam crown. It was all the Russian could do to keep things respectable, which she just about did, by holding for 2-5.

With the match clock showing 67 minutes, Serena engineered her first Championship point and with the raw power and inch-perfect precision that had got her into that position she did the humane thing and put the Russian out of her misery, burying a final, brutal overhead into the battered Centre Court turf.

"Since I was a little kid I dreamed of playing here on Centre Court at Wimbledon," an emotional Zvonareva told the crowd afterwards. One can only hope she won't remember it as more of a nightmare. Back in the All England Club locker rooms, she could be excused for reaching for her iPod to block out the pain. Linkin Park's chart-topping anthem Numb might be a good place to start.






Source: http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/articles/2010-07-03/201007031278171346992.html

Craig.
Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:41 PM
So fucking pessimistic.

I'm sure a lot of people would kill to live that 'nightmare'.

Libertango
Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:43 PM
So fucking pessimist.

I'm sure a lot of people would kill to live that 'nightmare'.

IKR. Judging by Vera's speech, I'm doubting she's suicidal. Disappointed maybe, but I'm sensing this isn't the worst moment of her life. ;)

tennisbum79
Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:45 PM
So fucking pessimist.

I'm sure a lot of people would kill to live that 'nightmare'.
Yesterday, I saw her being interviewed on ESPN, she was really positive about the match today.
The interview took place after was she and her double partner had beaten Venus-Serena.
She said she saw something during that match that could help her in the final and she intends to use it.

is1531
Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:46 PM
Vera should not feel bad losing to MUSCLE LADY.

*JR*
Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:50 PM
Source: http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/articles/2010-07-03/201007031278171346992.html

Bepa, as she's known to her fans


IC that another writer reads this board too. (If they ever say Peppermint Patty, me and the estate of the late Charles Schultz of Peanuts fame should divvy up a royalty check. :cool: (And I want one if they say that a match is ova)

Amalgamate
Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:56 PM
Nightmare :rolleyes:

gmokb
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:19 PM
Back in the All England Club locker rooms, she could be excused for reaching for her iPod to block out the pain. Linkin Park's chart-topping anthem Numb might be a good place to start.

:lol:

Libertango
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:24 PM
Maybe it's more of a nightmare now? Vera is crying after losing the first set of the doubles final. :sad:

rjd1111
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:34 PM
Yesterday, I saw her being interviewed on ESPN, she was really positive about the match today.
The interview took place after was she and her double partner had beaten Venus-Serena.
She said she saw something during that match that could help her in the final and she intends to use it.

Did she have any luck with that ?

Young 8
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:40 PM
She's crying like a baby in the double final


What a pathetic Loser


:tape:

goldenlox
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:41 PM
This is a long day for Vera, and she's falling apart