View Full Version : Dinara Safina is reportedly..

Sep 20th, 2001, 04:02 PM
playing in evening dress at Russian Championships in Surgut.
"This is a dress. Why can't it be used for playing? It is made by well known company which is my personal sponsor. I don't have to play in shorts or skirt. I'll play in what I like"..

[ September 20, 2001: Message edited by: ys ]

Sep 20th, 2001, 08:15 PM
she really say that ????

I hope she can win and get a WC.

I'm sure one of the 2 remaining WC will goto Svetlana Kuznetsova ( from what i heard from flesh2flesh).

Sep 20th, 2001, 08:52 PM
Well, I think my translation was not literal, but quite close, anyway, judge for yourself:

I think the championships will be between her,
Fokina, Zvonaryova and Bastrikova.

Also the biggest upset of the first round, according to that report, is Anna Chakhvetadze beating much higher ranked
Natalia Vizunova.

Interesting to see quite a few young players from Moscow of Georgian origin among Russian upcomers - Anna, and also one of the best Russion juniors Gabashvili..

Sep 20th, 2001, 09:20 PM
Dinara does state that ...... finding it a bit funny ... but its a National Champs so i don't think much will be made of it.

ys ...... Anna C beating Natalia is no suprise to me .

Anna is very good , she was part of the Russian U14 team that got to the finals last month and she was unbeaten.

Sep 23rd, 2001, 02:32 PM
Vera Zvonaryova could not defend her title and lost the final to Galya Fokina. Thus, Fokina gets the wild card into the main draw of Kremlin Cup. Dinara Safina got the third place. It appears that Fokina played in all three finals and almost did what Bobby Riggs did at Wimbledon.. But she lost the mixed finals..

Sep 23rd, 2001, 02:37 PM
About time Galya started to show her capabilities . She's just like Patty in appearance (with darker hair) and play .

Well done <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Sep 23rd, 2001, 03:05 PM
Exactly , like Patty.. I watched her play at US Open juniors and I could not understand whom she reminds me.. Of course it is Patty..

the cat
Sep 23rd, 2001, 07:49 PM
Eggy, Galina Fokina is just like Paty Schnyder in appearance? You've got to be kidding. Fokina is much prettier. Galina is very naturaly pretty. In a sweet way, too. The question that needs to be asked is: Does Fokina have Schnyder type of talent?

Sep 23rd, 2001, 08:16 PM
not exactly the same ...... but she had the same hair last year ..... glad she's changed it.

She's got talent but she needs to work harder ..... sound familiar ????

Sep 23rd, 2001, 10:13 PM
TBE, what do you know about Alisa Kleibanova? I've read in the Tennis+ that she lost the U14 Russian finals to Chakhvetadze, who is great talent. But Alisa is only 11.. She must be a heck of a talent..

[ September 23, 2001: Message edited by: ys ]

Sep 24th, 2001, 04:21 AM
Alisa had been training at the NBTA for a couple of years . she won the Eddie Herr U12 Champs last year and SF Orange Bowl U12.

Alisa was 12 in July http://www.*****************/Players/Countries/Russia/KleibanovaAlisa/KleibanovaAlisa.htm

here's her profile

Sep 24th, 2001, 03:07 PM
I guess that makes sense, because that was in the 7th (meaning July ) issue of Tennis+, so they were probably reporting tournaments before that, when Alisa was 11.

the cat
Sep 25th, 2001, 03:46 PM
YS, do you have English translation for Tennis+ magazine? Where do I find it on the internet. If I find it, can I use AltaVista's english translation? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Oct 13th, 2001, 01:52 PM
I've seen Kleibanova training some years ago with her mom who is a real monster. She was shouting really badly at her when Alisa was missing shots etc. I've heard that she is still coaching her...
the cat in the hat, I doubt there is an online version of the tennis + mag.there is a small description of current issues on www.tennis-russia.ru (http://www.tennis-russia.ru) but it doesn't say much

the cat
Oct 13th, 2001, 03:00 PM
Thank you Nina. I already know about the tennis-russia.ru website. But for some reason, I can only read a couple of stories per issue. Whereas I used to enjoy reading all the stories in each issue. What happened? They used to have english translation, and I would enjoy reading Tennis+ and the old issues of Matcboll magazine. By the way Nina, do you know who that girls is, who posed for the cover of Matchboll with Anna Kournikova? At first, a year or so ago, I thought it was Vera Zvonareva at first. But that's not Vera. Any help would be appreciated. Udachi Nina_rus!

Oct 13th, 2001, 07:23 PM
Cat in the hat, I know exactly what issue you're talking about! I was thinking who that girl was as well.It's definetely not Zvonareva. That photo was taken when Anna came to Moscow and had a tennis lesson with some kids and I doubt that this girl actually plays tennis well.

Oct 13th, 2001, 07:55 PM
I must admit that this question ( who is that girl ) was bugging me for quite a while too.. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">