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TheBoiledEgg
Aug 18th, 2002, 04:56 PM
go Nastya go !!!!!!!!!!

best wishes tomorrow vs Conchita

Cassius
Aug 20th, 2002, 03:16 AM
Another photo I've just found:

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 20th, 2002, 03:22 PM
good luck Nastya :)
go and beat Conchita please :)

davay Nastya !!!!!!!!!

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 20th, 2002, 06:37 PM
Nastya won 6-1 6-4 :D

well done Nastya :)
now good luck vs Justine tomorrow

Cassius
Aug 22nd, 2002, 02:40 AM
Nastya beat Justine 7-5 6-2:eek:
:D:D:D

Cassius
Aug 22nd, 2002, 02:58 AM
Anastasia Myskina signs autographs after reaching the quarter finals:
http://www.sanexwta.com/assets/story_image/myskinaweb0821web.jpg
Anastasia Myskina is interviewed on court after her win over Justine Henin:
http://www.sanexwta.com/assets/story_image/myskinainterview0822web.jpg

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 22nd, 2002, 03:54 AM
well done Nastya :)
a great win indeed :bounce:

good luck vs Martina tomorrow

wish it was on TV though :sad: :(


Nastya drew Marta Marrero in the US Open
pretty decent draw for Nastya :)

bubble
Aug 22nd, 2002, 03:56 PM
Well done Nastya!

Another pic of her convincing victory over henin. :)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20020821/capt.1029969917pilot_pen_tennis_ppn115.jpg

Go nastya!

:bounce:

the cat
Aug 22nd, 2002, 04:39 PM
I'm annoyed that after beating Henin in straight sets, that the Connecticult television station doing updates on the Pilot Pen tournament didn't show Myskina being interviewed. They showed Henin! :fiery: What is that? Are the Russians always going to be forgotten? :confused:

Udachi Anastasia! :confused:

P.S. - By the way, on a side note, Anastasia Myskina may very well have the best legs in tennis! :D

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:11 PM
Nastya defeated Hingis in QF winning last 11 games
6-7(2) 6-4 6-0 :bounce:

but today she lost in semis 2-6 2-6 to Lindsay :sad: :(

auntie janie
Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:49 PM
It has been so hard to get on this site! But I ahd to try to come here and say,

GREAT WEEK, ANASTASIA!!!!!!!

We KNEW you had it in you! It's great to see it come out now, just in time for the US Open!

mary Joe fernandez said that Anastasia is the best Russian player right now. I agree! She has come so far since last year! And now has a legion of new fans to add to the old. :):):):):)

Cassius
Aug 24th, 2002, 01:21 AM
I've not been able to access this site for a couple of days, has anyone else had the same prob? The site just wouldn't load for me:confused:

Anyway, well done Ana on beating Hingis:D, but bad luck against Davenport:sad:
Nastya won the last 11 games against Hingis:eek:. If only the other Russian girls could do that.

AKTW
Aug 24th, 2002, 04:08 AM
Cassius,I have the same problem.But I think our problems are not exactly the same.I always access this site hardly because there is a message showing on my screen suddenly and close my window.So,it's always difficult for me to access here.

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 24th, 2002, 02:22 PM
And Myskina admitted she was feeling the strain of her earlier victories.

"It was really hard for me because when I went to the court I felt I'd been there the whole night," she said.

"I didn't sleep well because we finished late, and I couldn't move well. I made a lot of unforced errors."

:sad: :(

Russianfan
Aug 25th, 2002, 11:08 AM
Well I'm heading to New York today and should speak to Anastasia today.. not sure if she plays Monday or Tuesday but anyway I'll let you know how she is doing.. hopefully well after that New Haven run:)

Cassius
Aug 26th, 2002, 03:21 AM
Will you be getting any pics for the website?

Russianfan
Aug 26th, 2002, 05:40 AM
Yes of course I will..will get them right after (with those from Montreal).. damn, no luck today, I only got to speak to her dad.. left a message..!

Jeff
Aug 26th, 2002, 09:19 AM
Thought I'd scroll down here to wish Nastya good luck in Flushing Meadows :kiss: I think this will be the time when she will gain more attention from the American public, cuz she's gonna bring down the house in NY :D

Hey Pierre! Long time no see! Have a good time in New York, and be sure to take some good photos of Nastya and Jelena:D

Go Anastasia :bounce:

Cassius
Aug 27th, 2002, 12:52 AM
Nastya won 4-6 6-4 6-0:D.
Her first serve % in was 60%, and she served 1DF and 6aces:D. She also made 38UEs and hit 34 winners.

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 27th, 2002, 02:22 AM
well done Nastya :)

she pulled it out when she had to :)
too many errors at start though :mad:

got to improve in 2r, its gonna be tougher as Denisa has weapons of her own

go Anastasia :) best wishes for Wed

Jeff
Aug 27th, 2002, 09:59 AM
Way to go Nastya :bounce:

The announcers scared me today! Earlier they had said "Upset in the making on court 11 as Marta Marrero leads Anastasia Myskina." Then like 10 minutes later they go live to court 11 and show Anastasia getting ready to return serve with "match points" listed on the bottom of the screen. I was thinking "Oh no, she's going to lose!"

Cassius
Aug 28th, 2002, 04:56 AM
Nastya's match against Chladkova is the first match on court 6.

UDACHI!!!!!!!!!!

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 28th, 2002, 06:05 PM
Nastya came back brilliantly :)

3-6 2-4 down, she won 3-6 7-5 6-1 :bounce:

way to go Nastya :)
and i hope she plays Elena Likhovtseva in rd3

Cassius
Aug 28th, 2002, 10:37 PM
HOORAY:D:D:D!!!!!!!!!

ys
Aug 29th, 2002, 02:43 AM
That was a tough match. For the most of the match Nastya was completely overpowered by Denisa, who was hitting powerful and ferocious groundstrokes. At 4:2 in the second Denisa started showing some signs of fatigue. The key game was the 11th game of the second set. After Nastya broke for 6:5, it was all over. Denisa was still trying but Nastya would not miss a shot anymore.

TS
Aug 29th, 2002, 02:55 AM
phew, that was close (as expected).

Now is as good a chance as any to make it to her first 4th round :D Daja has loads of points to defend so she knows she has to be on her guard. This will be a great match, but Im picking Anastasia in 3.

Best of luck Nastya :)

ys
Aug 29th, 2002, 03:03 AM
I wonder if Nastya knows how to hit passing shots.That seems to becoming a forgotten skill at WTA Tour. Bedanova played serve and volley for all match. I haven't seen the set two that Likhovtseva won, but in the sets 1 and 3 Alyona looked pretty clueless about how to pass Daja at net. That's strange for a doubles player of her class. On the other hand, Daja is very good at net. Nastya has to practice passing shots tomorrow.

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 29th, 2002, 10:26 AM
Nastya can more than do good passing shots, she played great on the grass and had a pretty good time with her passing shots.


I hope she brings them into the game from the start of match :)

Nastya vs Daja is 1-1
Nastya won last meet in 3 sets in 2000

auntie janie
Aug 29th, 2002, 01:22 PM
Great turnaround, but I hated to see Anastasia start so slowly again!:o

She is now just 3 points behind Dementieva. It's time to move ahead and get the rankings in the proper order now! You go, girl! :)

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 12th, 2002, 04:25 AM
Nastya won her opening 2nd rd match in Bahia 6-2 6-2 :D
great win Nastya :)
she plays Maja Matevzic in QF

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:40 PM
Nastya into semis :D

she beat Maja Matevzic 7-5 6-1 :bounce:

and she also got her career high rank (#14) after her win on Wednesday
another win tomorrow and she will be #12

fresh2flash
Sep 12th, 2002, 07:11 PM
Well done Nastya :)

auntie janie
Sep 13th, 2002, 01:03 PM
Nastya must have come out of the US Open with great determination to do better! Or maybe she just likes Brazil :)

In any case I hope she can trick and confuse Jelena, whose own game is pretty simple, if powerful.

Maybe Nastya should phone Elena B. for advice on how to beat her?? :)

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 13th, 2002, 02:50 PM
Nastya is unbeaten still in Brazil

last yr 4-0 then withdrew cos of illness
this yr 2-0

auntie janie
Sep 13th, 2002, 11:34 PM
OMG, STILL unbeaten! :D
Nastya advances to the final 6-2, 6-4. And that includes a great fight back from a break down in the 2nd set -- started at 0-2 -- then from 1-4 down, Nasyta won the next 5 games!

This final is such a dream one for me, 2 of my faves facing off. :D :D

auntie janie
Sep 14th, 2002, 12:20 AM
Nastya's third final of the year -- not bad! She has a good chance to win the title, too. Eleni almost collapsed with heat exhaustion today. I think Nastya is in better shape. And she may be fed up with losing in finals!

Irish
Sep 14th, 2002, 03:23 AM
Good luck Nastya!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

You can win this tournament Sweety!!!! :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 14th, 2002, 04:00 AM
go Nastya in the final :)

that was a brilliant win over Dokic :D
win the final in style baby :)

Nastya is upto #12

fresh2flash
Sep 14th, 2002, 02:14 PM
Good-luck Nastya. Don`t underestimate Eleni :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 14th, 2002, 10:00 PM
congrats Anastasia on the title :bounce:

What a title as well
the biggest one won by a Russian female player :)

auntie janie
Sep 14th, 2002, 10:51 PM
I can't believe how happy this victory made me! I guess I was not expecting much from Nastya after that US open disappointment. Well she showed me! :D

Very solid #12 now! :D

Luna_Angel_84
Sep 14th, 2002, 10:53 PM
Congrats Nastya- stay hot! :drool:

Irish
Sep 14th, 2002, 11:46 PM
Congratultions Nastya!!!!!! :bounce:

Super win and another title for you....this one better.

So happy for her to finally win another title. Congrats to her on #12 also. :D

bubble
Sep 15th, 2002, 02:29 AM
Congrats Nastya!


Well done! Well deserved win!!!


:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

the cat
Sep 15th, 2002, 08:04 PM
Well done Anastasia! :bounce: Now I hope her friend Elena Dementieva can win next week in Quebec! :D

auntie janie
Sep 15th, 2002, 08:24 PM
And I hope her friend Elena BOVINA can win next week in Quebec! :D:D

fresh2flash
Sep 16th, 2002, 11:43 AM
Is it the first Tier II title for the Russian girls? I think it is. So next step is a Tier I tournament and I`m really looking forward for the Kremlin Cup, where I can root for them :)

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 16th, 2002, 12:43 PM
Fresh you going back home for that ???

fresh2flash
Sep 16th, 2002, 12:58 PM
Originally posted by TheBoiledEgg
Fresh you going back home for that ???

Exactly :) I never missed a single Kremlin Cup since 1991!

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 16th, 2002, 06:18 PM
http://www.fotojump.com.br/foto_asp/images/fotosgrandes/Vencedoras.JPG

Nastya with trophy after her Bahia title :)

Irish
Sep 18th, 2002, 04:55 AM
Great smiles on both girls. :) Way to go Nastya. :D

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 23rd, 2002, 04:35 PM
Nastya won her 1st match in Leipzig

beating Dechy 2-6 6-1 6-3 :bounce: :D
well done Nastya :) now good luc in rd2 :)

Hurley
Sep 24th, 2002, 06:25 AM
Now one of the Czechs, Bedanova or Hrdlickova...a tough match indoors either way. :(

Go Daja...but lose to Nastya :D

CB
Sep 24th, 2002, 04:56 PM
Yay! Nice comeback Nastya - she will hit the Top 10 by the end of the yr, I feel it :)

She's gonna upset a big name in the Tour Champs, win some juicy bonus, and finish the yr at #9 :)

LOL what a bold prediction...

Well done Nastya, good luck in R2

ys
Sep 24th, 2002, 07:24 PM
No, unfortunately Top 10 is almost out of question this year. She is 400 points behind Clijsters in the Race. Plus she has a lot of events. And there is Davenport who is quickly catching up. SO even stayiung at her current #11 in Race is not that likely. She has to do something big - like winning Moscow or Zurich or LA to have a chance for Top 10. But come AO, when Hingis and Clijsters will lose a lot of points, she will probably get there.

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 1st, 2002, 09:40 PM
well done Nastya for making another final last week in Leipzig

now onwards to this week
and good luck tomorrow vs Shaughnessy
you beat her last week, now do it again :bounce: :D

FroggyLight
Oct 1st, 2002, 10:32 PM
Just dropping by for a short visit :wavey:
Good luck Nastya :D

CB
Oct 2nd, 2002, 12:27 AM
Hello Nastya fans!

Good luck Nastya in Moscow :) Grab the title! :)

vaiva
Oct 2nd, 2002, 11:10 AM
Good luck Nastya today :)

You beat MS in Germany and can surely to it in home country :)

I will be cheering loud in front of my big TV :bounce: :) :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 2nd, 2002, 03:14 PM
Nastya :sad: :(
very disappointing loss :(
had the match under control twice in 3rd set but let it slip :mad:

but good luck in Filderstadt :)

Hurley
Oct 2nd, 2002, 05:31 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Was she nervous? I'm disappointed...now that she's getting so much press we have to deal with the resident morons in WTA World slagging her and I don't know if I can deal with it without going berserk :mad:

Ooookaaaaaaaaay calm blue ocean calm blue ocean ;)

Hurley
Oct 2nd, 2002, 05:31 PM
Good luck in Fildy NASTYA!!! Udachi! :D

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 2nd, 2002, 05:35 PM
thats what always happens and it makes me mad too

she's a threat and they can't handle it

Hurley
Oct 2nd, 2002, 05:45 PM
I could always start banning people :D

mboyle "I thought she was supposed to be in the Top Ten soon or ever" is first ;)

tenn_ace
Oct 3rd, 2002, 03:50 AM
we have a great support here (I mean Hurley :D :wavey: )

at the press conference after the match, Nastya said that she's very tired after travelling so much in the past month...

I hope Nastya gets some rest show'em in Filderstasht :p

Cmon Nastyusha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:wavey: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Sonja
Oct 3rd, 2002, 05:16 PM
http://www.sanexwta.com/assets/story_image/MyskinaKids2_100203.jpg
http://www.sanexwta.com/assets/story_image/MyskinaKids100203.jpg

CB
Oct 3rd, 2002, 10:25 PM
pfff nooo Nastya :(

she doesn't seem to manage pressure - yet!

relax back in home and do some damage back in Germany :)

the cat
Oct 4th, 2002, 03:53 PM
She's playing too many tournaments. Anastasia should have made the Ladies Kremlin Cup her indoor season priority. But she didn't.

LOL @ Eggy and Hurley! Who's threatened by Anastasia? And Hurley, you've got to take your lumps as a Myskina fan just like everyone else does. ;) How do you think I feel being a big Dementieva fan? :( Banning people isn't the answer, Hurley. Give peace a chance! :kiss:

CB
Oct 4th, 2002, 11:36 PM
My new signature

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TheBoiledEgg
Oct 6th, 2002, 03:56 PM
good luck Nastya in Filderstadt

she got Kim Clijsters in rd1
go Nastya go and keep your unbeaten record vs Kim going :)

CB
Oct 7th, 2002, 01:50 AM
Nastya playing other week in a row...
This way she will be completely burned out for the Masters.

Rest Nastya :'(

Meanwhile, trash Kim - again! :D

vaiva
Oct 8th, 2002, 09:45 AM
I thought you may enjoy this if you haven't read it yet :)

Legendary coach Lansdorp on Sampras, Davenport, Myskina, etc.

By Matthew Cronin and Ron Cioffi
********************

Lansdorp Tracy Austin and Lindsay Davenport's former tutor is been very pleased with his work with Myskina, who has jumped from No. 59 at the year's outset to No. 12 this week. The Russian came to Lansdorp's place of business at the South Bay Tennis Center in Torrance, Ca. earlier this year, looking to step up her game.

"She had great timing and feel with the ball, is fairly quick and can get herself into a good position," Lansdorp said. "She's so coachable and really listens. She had a pretty good flat backhand down the line, but had no forehand crosscourt. She needed more pace and power on her shots. So we started working with targets and making her more aggressive all around. She was playing too defensively. Once she started stepping into the court more and returning serve more aggressively, she got a lot better. Her problem is that sometimes she tends to lose to players she has no business losing to."

Lansdorp isn't sure whether Myskina can crack the top five, which is a very elite group of players that contains the Williamses and Capriati in the top three and mixes in and out Monica Seles, Amelie Mauresmo, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. But Myskina took down Clijsters in the Leipzig semis last week and her coach is willing to give herself a shot.

"She's the first player I've had who came to me after the juniors who I've been able to really help," he said of the 21-year-old. "But to get to the top five is very difficult. There you need to be consistently powerful. She definitely needs to improve her first serve and volleys, which were horrible when I first started working with her. And to be No. 1? Who's going to beat Serena now? You have to play unbelievably well to beat her. She has it all."

The link: http://********************/scoop_100502.htmlhttp://********************/tr.net_photos_art/MYSKINA_sm_us_02_fh.jpg

vaiva
Oct 8th, 2002, 05:06 PM
Nastia lost :sad:

Better luck next time :)

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 8th, 2002, 05:41 PM
thanx zosse for that article

bad luck Nastya :sad:

hoping for a better draw next week in Zurich
at least she will be seeded there and in Linz

she has a week off then before LA

CB
Oct 9th, 2002, 02:09 AM
That's a really nice article :D Thanks a lot!!

I also like the picture ;)

the cat
Oct 9th, 2002, 12:50 PM
Why is she playing every week? Does she want another wrist injury or something? :confused: There is no need for Anastasia to be playing all of these tournaments. She's starting to play an over crowded schedule the way Kafelnikov and Safin do! :eek:

vaiva
Oct 9th, 2002, 02:13 PM
the cat, they all have their own reasons, irrespective if we like it or not. I think, we should respect their choices.

Safin, for instance, needs to make sure he will be one of 7 players eligible for the Masters Cup. His schedule was not so heavy at the beginning of the year, but since he had miserable post-RG season, now he plays as much as he can.

Maybe it is the same with Nastia. Championships is important and she is doing everything she can to get to LA.

Sonja
Oct 9th, 2002, 03:52 PM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap/20021008/776092387.jpg

Cassius
Oct 15th, 2002, 01:44 AM
Nastya giving an interview in Zurich:

vaiva
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:40 PM
Congrats to Nastia and good luck in round 2

And please don't lose your focus, girl :)

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:40 PM
Nastya thru into 2nd rd :)

she bt Raymond 6-4 4-6 6-2 :)

should have won in 2 but made no mistakes after moving up 3-4 gears in 3rd :)

snoop
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:43 PM
Well done Nastya:)
Next one is M.Mikaelian

CB
Oct 16th, 2002, 03:14 AM
Congrats Nastya

Her quarter now:
Anastasia Myskina - Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian
Justine Henin - Anna Smashnova

She has a great shot on making the semis. She has much more game than Mikaelian, she'll surely beat her. I hope she doesn't choke.

On quarters, she could face either Justine or Anna S. She knows how to beat Justine and also how to beat Smashnova. By the way, I think that Anna will beat Justine, she sucks indoors.

Head-to-head: Justine HENIN (BEL) v Anastasia MYSKINA (RUS)

2000 Palermo Clay (O) 32 Justine HENIN 7-5 6-2
2002 New Haven Hard (O) 16 Anastasia MYSKINA 5-7 2-6

Tied 1 : 1

That Palermo match was a long time ago. So Go Nastya!

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 16th, 2002, 05:09 PM
good luck Nastya against MGM :)

go and make the QF's :)

snoop
Oct 16th, 2002, 07:45 PM
6-0 4-6 5-7
Impressive 1st set but after MGMs time-out, Anastasia was a bit confused
Very sad:(

Hurley
Oct 16th, 2002, 08:09 PM
At least she won a match this week, but today... :mad:

Hopefully she can have a good week in Linz going into the Masters...

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 16th, 2002, 08:57 PM
watching today was just eerie :(

1st set in a flash :)
that 7-8 min bathroom break really cost her, she was slow out of blocks in set 2, MGM gained confidence, crowd got involved

still she should have taken her to a TB in set 3 or broken her at 5-4

vaiva
Oct 17th, 2002, 09:51 AM
Nastia, Nastia :sad:

How could you possibly let this match slip away :(

Better luck and more focus next time

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 3rd, 2002, 10:20 AM
Anastasia got Dokic in LA

good luck Nastya ;) just go there and beat her like you have done before :)

CB
Nov 7th, 2002, 05:32 PM
Nastya plays Dokic today in LA.

In about 4 hours.

Good luck :D

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 7th, 2002, 05:37 PM
best of luck Nastya :)
go Nastya go !!!!!!!!

vaiva
Nov 7th, 2002, 05:38 PM
Good luck Nastia

Dokic is pretty manageable for you ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 7th, 2002, 11:49 PM
Nastya :sad: :(
she lost 3-6 4-6 :(
had chances to break back in 2nd set too

served pretty bad most of time with a few good bits
lost serve in 2nd set with 4 DF's then next game held with 3 Aces in a row.

too many UE's today :mad:

Hurley
Nov 8th, 2002, 12:50 AM
Disappointing, very much so...best draw in the tournament and she couldn't pull it off :mad:

Nastya really needs to improve her nerves in majors...a few big runs in majors and she'll be thick in the Top Ten for sure.

Good luck in 2003 Nastya...and thanks for an AWESOME year! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

LeonHart
Nov 8th, 2002, 03:19 AM
:mad: she was very close to breaking Dokic at 5-4...bad luck myskina. :mad: Good luck in 2003!!

vaiva
Nov 8th, 2002, 11:40 AM
The Myskina report: pressure confines Russian


By Matthew Cronin
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FROM THE WTA HOME DEPOT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Russian Anastasia Myskina came into the $3 million WTA Home Depot Championships as the new flavor of the fall season, partially due to her standout play in September and early October and somewhat due to her nude Lady Goodie pose on a horse for GQ.

Locally, she received more attention than any player outside of the top 10, because she works with legendary coach Robert Lansdorp, who is based in the Los Angeles. That earned Myskina a cover shot on the front of the L.A. Times sports section on Monday.

But like so many players do in their first big event under the microscope, she collapsed under the pressure, knocked out by Jelena Dokic 6-3 6-4. Dokic outmuscled Myskina from the ground and the Russian's mix of flat-out offense and cagey defensive via her high loopers never properly blended. Dokic did not have to play brilliantly.

Myskina, who came into the tournament with a career high ranking of No. 12, was devastated.

"It's the worse I've ever played in my life. I was too uptight," said Myskina, who added that she wouldn't pick up a racket again for two weeks. "I'm going to send my rackets straight to Russia and I'm going to go the opposite way."

Funny, but the Tolstoy lover did a better imitation of Anna Karenina on the train tracks that Anna Kournikova did against Anna Smashnova in the Shanghai final. Her second serve was a wreck, she couldn't keep in significant points and backed off the ball in key moments. Myskina has a terrific foundation, is a fine mover and has a good head for the game, but she doesn't have the stomach for big-time tennis just yet.

"She's always gets nervous in big matches," Dokic said. "I played enough to win, but could have played much better, She double faulted a lot and does that when she gets nervous. I played her six times this year and when it's the bigger occasions, she gets nervous.

Myskina agreed that the weight of the Staples Center fell on her shoulders.

"It's hard in your first championships," she said. "When everyone's expecting you to play well and are watching. It's even more pressure than a Grand Slam because you want to show people you're really in the best 16. You want to maybe play higher than you can."

http://www.********************/tr.net_photos_art/Myskina_wta_wtala_02_espn.jpg

vaiva
Nov 8th, 2002, 11:41 AM
Good luck Nastia next year :)

Hurley
Nov 8th, 2002, 07:21 PM
"When everyone's expecting you to play well and are watching. It's even more pressure than a Grand Slam because you want to show people you're really in the best 16. You want to maybe play higher than you can." :mad:

This is what I'm talking about. She is way too uptight in majors. She needs to cut that out!

FroggyLight
Nov 9th, 2002, 09:59 PM
*sigh* Too bad Nastya,
But better luck next year, have a good rest :)

CB
Nov 11th, 2002, 01:03 AM
Would you relax please Nastya ;) :D

Anyway lady, you had an amazing yr :D:D

Well done :hearts:

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 1st, 2002, 05:03 AM
some awesome pics of Nastya on this site

www.tennis.info/

you just need to register and the pics are on here
http://www.tennis.info./PSAnastasia.asp

some great ones of Alinka too ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 29th, 2002, 12:24 PM
Good luck in Hong Kong :)

go Nastya go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vaiva
Dec 31st, 2002, 09:49 AM
Good luck Nastia in 2003! Have many more victories and bring your fans lots of happy moments. Be proud of yourself as we are and the success will come your way! ;)

FroggyLight
Dec 31st, 2002, 11:54 PM
Wow thnx Eggy those are great pics :D
Go Nastya in 2003!

bubble
Jan 1st, 2003, 02:03 PM
mm.. I dun quite like nastya's new short haircut.. I think long hair suits her better...

But anyway, go Nastya in 2003!

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 2nd, 2003, 02:33 PM
HKG
Nastya d. Stevenson 6-7 6-4 6-1 :bounce:

go girl go !!!!!!!!!!

FroggyLight
Jan 3rd, 2003, 07:32 AM
Go girl :bounce:
Nastya's shoulder :(

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030102/capt.1041522844hong_kong_challenge_hk103.jpg

vaiva
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:15 AM
Good win Nastia :bounce: ;)

Be careful with your shoulder, you'll need it during the AO :D

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:56 AM
take care of that shoulder Nastya :)
don't play as much in 2003, rest up well and kick ass in the ones you do play :D

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 4th, 2003, 10:27 AM
Nastya vs Lena B :mad: :fiery:

why does this keep happening in 1st rd :mad:

vaiva
Jan 6th, 2003, 10:34 AM
And Lena beat Nastia 6/3 7/5 :mad:

I wonder if her shoulder is still bothering Nastia?

Please be fit for next week girl ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 6th, 2003, 10:37 AM
Nastya :sad: :(
poor girl :( not a good start to season :(

vaiva
Jan 11th, 2003, 05:43 AM
Nastia plays Eva Fislova in round 1

Go Nastia :D
Time to improve your slam record ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 11th, 2003, 12:03 PM
pretty good 1st rd draw :)
good luck Nastya !!!!!!!!!!

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 14th, 2003, 06:23 AM
Nastya won 7-5 6-3 :bounce:

but she's got to step it up on Thursday

vaiva
Jan 14th, 2003, 07:20 AM
Congrats Nastia :) :bounce:

Good luck in round 2 ;)

fresh2flash
Jan 14th, 2003, 10:11 AM
3 DF and 45 UE - that`s much for two sets. She has a much more tougher opponent in the 2nd round. But anyway it was well done :)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 16th, 2003, 07:41 AM
Nastya won 5-7 6-2 6-0 :D

she had a really slow start (1-5) but came back only to lose set

but from then on she totally focused herself and cruised the next two :)
well done Nastya :)

good luck in rd 3 :)

vaiva
Jan 16th, 2003, 10:39 AM
Well done Nastia :)

auntie janie
Jan 18th, 2003, 12:16 AM
Good luck against Clarisita, Annie! (I decided to call her "Annie"; it sounds so friendly, like she is!) :)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 18th, 2003, 04:14 AM
Nastya won 6-3 3-6 6-3 :bounce: :D :)

twice came from a break down in the 3rd :)

well done Nastya :)
1st time in week 2 of a Slam :)

auntie janie
Jan 18th, 2003, 04:16 AM
Hurray!! Great match!!! Great finish, Nastya!! :D:D:D:D:D:D
(the "Annie" bit did not stick!)

bubble
Jan 18th, 2003, 04:21 AM
Well done Nastya! :)

vaiva
Jan 18th, 2003, 12:47 PM
Yay Nastia :bounce:

LeonHart
Jan 19th, 2003, 03:31 PM
:D GooD Luck against Rubin!

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 19th, 2003, 07:31 PM
Best wishes tonight Nastya :) :kiss:

just play your best :)

vaiva
Jan 20th, 2003, 07:38 AM
Well done Nastia :bounce:

She bt. Chanda 4/6 6/4 6/1 ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 20th, 2003, 07:45 AM
way to go Nastya :bounce: :D :)
a 1st SLAM QF :D

fresh2flash
Jan 20th, 2003, 08:01 AM
Nastya is in a quaterfinal :bounce:
ys should be satisfied ;)
But her chances of going further are not that good. But anyway try your best against Kim. Give her a real fight, maybe she`ll crack.

Hurley
Jan 20th, 2003, 08:43 AM
So exciting :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Great fight Nastya :D

The improvement continues :D

Good luck in the next round :D

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 20th, 2003, 08:56 AM
If she plays Kim
H2H is 2-1 for Nastya :)

so anyything is possible :)
should be a good match whoever she plays :) :D

auntie janie
Jan 20th, 2003, 01:21 PM
CONGRATS NASTYA!! :D:D:D:D:D
A very happy surprise to wake up to! Well done, kid! Enjoy your first Slam QF! :hearts:

bubble
Jan 20th, 2003, 03:31 PM
Great win Nastya!

Good luck nastya against Kim !

ys
Jan 21st, 2003, 05:40 AM
I am satisfied, fresh, especially given that Nastya would be only my third bet after Elena B. and Nadya. After watching a bit of Clijsters-Coetzer match, I think Nastya has a chance. Kim had problems getting ball past Amanda, while Nastya should give her much more pace than Amanda and much less time to prepare for shots. If Nastya holds her nerve, she can do it. She is no less than 40:60 to win it.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 22nd, 2003, 01:42 AM
Nastya was too tense today :( :sad: :(
she didn't hit cleanly enough nor did she serve a high % of 1st serves.
she could have won the 2nd as Kim was getting pretty edgy too

Still i would have taken a QF at the start :)
lets hope she carries on and gets into Top 10

tenn_ace
Jan 22nd, 2003, 05:25 AM
Nastya was playing to Kim's forehand in most rallies... has she ever heard that it's best Kim's shot??? :sad: :(

vaiva
Jan 22nd, 2003, 07:47 AM
Nastia :sad:

But congrats on her first slam QF
I hope many more will come :)

Jeff
Jan 22nd, 2003, 08:21 AM
Disappointing match by Nastya today :sad:

It was hard to watch. She didn't play at all like herself. Wasn't agressive or going for her shots, and her second serve was horrible :sad:. It was obvious she was a bit nervous playing her first ever quarterfinal match of a grand slam, first ever appearance on Rod Laver Arena.

But overall a positive fortnight for Anastasia...she proved to everyone this week that she deserved that #8 seed. Now it's time to move into the top ten, which I'm sure she'll do very soon :D :D

fresh2flash
Jan 22nd, 2003, 09:42 AM
She lost before the match. Simple as that. http://fool.exler.ru/sm/bur2.gif

I really hope that is just a start and Nastya will get to another level http://fool.exler.ru/sm/sumo.gif

vaiva
Feb 9th, 2003, 10:33 PM
Good luck Nastia in Quatar this week ;)

She has the 1st round bye

Hurley
Feb 10th, 2003, 05:57 PM
Pierce 2nd round :mad:

If she loses to Pierce I'll just :fiery:

TS
Feb 11th, 2003, 02:13 PM
Been a while since Ive visited this thread...:)

I think she will beat Mary....if she doesn't then...:fiery: (lol@Jas!)

She needs to build up as many points as she can if she wants the top 10. Chanda is hot on her heels, and looks like Dokic is susceptible to fall out if her poor form continues.

Go Nastya, your destiny awaits :devil:

vaiva
Feb 11th, 2003, 03:17 PM
Will you be visiting us more often now TS? :p

Nastia should beat Mary unless she has a major disaster. She has just about enough power and is much much quicker ;)

Davai Nastia!!! We believe in you!

vaiva
Feb 12th, 2003, 03:11 PM
Nastia won 7-5 6-4 :bounce:

Next is Dinara :fiery:

ys
Feb 12th, 2003, 05:11 PM
Nastya is a couple of matches away from Top 10..:bounce:

Hurley
Feb 12th, 2003, 08:00 PM
Good week for Nastya's Top Ten attack...let's hope things fall her way in the weeks to come... :D

7-5 6-4 over a clearly off-form and fat Pierce is not the greatest of scorelines. She'll need to clean that up if she wants to beat Dina :mad:

Too many Russian-Russian battles these days :mad: but I suppose that comes with having 11% of the Top 100 (and rising) :D :D :D

vaiva
Feb 12th, 2003, 08:31 PM
From eurosport:

Pierce was undone by Myskina's powerful passing shots and intelligent use of angles. However, the Frenchwoman did show some of the form that once elevated her into the world's Top 10 when she battled back to 5-5 after trailing 1-4 in the opening set.

Myskina then produced some superb shots to take the set in great style, with a double-handed backhand down the line. The Frenchwoman matched Myskina shot-for-shot in the second set until the score reached 4-4, even saving a breakpoint with a blistering volley in the third game. But Myskina picked up the pace when it mattered, breaking Pierce in the ninth game and holding her on serve to seal the victory. ;)

vaiva
Feb 14th, 2003, 02:22 PM
Nastia is getting closer to #10 :D

She bt. Dinara 6-2 7-5 and is through to SF where she'll play P. Wartusch

Good luck Nastia :D

Hurley
Feb 14th, 2003, 10:10 PM
Davay Nastya :D

Two wins to go for a 2003 title! Already! Do it! :bounce:

vaiva
Feb 15th, 2003, 02:27 PM
Now just one win away from the title and top 10 spot!

Nasta bt. P. Wartusch 6-3 6-3 :bounce:

She'll play Elena L. in an all-Russian final ;)

sartrista7
Feb 15th, 2003, 03:56 PM
One more win girl - davay! :bounce:

Hurley
Feb 16th, 2003, 04:13 PM
:bounce: :bounce: Top Ten :bounce: :bounce:

I'm so happy :D

~SunFlower~
Feb 16th, 2003, 04:19 PM
She won for EGGY! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

bubble
Feb 16th, 2003, 04:25 PM
Welcome to the Top ten club, Myskina!

:worship:

LeonHart
Feb 16th, 2003, 04:59 PM
:bounce::bounce:Yeah Nastya!!! :D:bounce::bounce:

snoop
Feb 16th, 2003, 05:48 PM
Great win, congrats :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

vaiva
Feb 17th, 2003, 11:41 AM
Well done Nastia :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Has anybody seen her trophy pic? I cannot find it anywhere :mad:

vaiva
Feb 17th, 2003, 01:51 PM
A small article from here (http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=international_feed/03/02/16/TENNIS_Qat-Doha.html)

http://www.sportinglife.com/pictures/general/allsportmyskina2002.jpg
Myskina - third career title (Getty Images)

MYSKINA CLAIMS QATAR CROWN

Russian Anastasia Myskina won her third career title on Sunday, defeating countrywoman Elena Likhovtseva in the final of the Qatar Women's Open.

Myskina, the second seed, needed just 58 minutes to register a 6-3 6-1 victory over the fifth-seeded Likhovtseva, in the first all-Russian final in WTA Tour history.

"I am very proud of being part of history," Myskina said.

"I played really well today and I am very happy. I did not have a game plan, I just tried to win the points.

"The first set was a bit tight, but after the break in the seventh game everything worked.

"The second set was not as easy as the score shows, I fought all the way."

Myskina, who is the 11th-ranked player in the world, took home 16,000 in her first victory since the Brazil Open in September.

Likhovtseva was seeking her third career title and first since 1997.

"Anastasia played really well," Likhovtseva said.

"She was in control throughout the whole match. She served real well, was aggressive and took many chances.

"She mixes up her game a lot which makes it really hard to control."

In 1972 when Russia was part of the Soviet Union, Olga Morozova defeated Marina Kroshina in the final of the Eastern Grass Court Championships in New Jersey.

sartrista7
Feb 17th, 2003, 03:08 PM
First all-Russian final and a spot in the top 10 :bounce: Well done Nastya, such a good week for you.

auntie janie
Feb 17th, 2003, 03:44 PM
Congrats Nastya :):):):):)
On winning your 3rd title! :hearts:
On entering the Top 10! :hearts:

vaiva
Feb 18th, 2003, 11:49 AM
Nastia again won over Dinara 6-4 6-3 ;)

She is showing more consistency this year ;)
Keep going, girl ;)

Hurley
Feb 19th, 2003, 06:45 PM
Nastya beat Tammy 6-3 6-2 :D

CB
Feb 19th, 2003, 07:28 PM
Nastya is really on a groove :o Looks like she is real confident now!

Go Nastya, take Justine off now :) Play your game and do everything you can with your backhand :kiss:

vaiva
Feb 19th, 2003, 09:53 PM
Well done Nastia :D
She is playing like a true top tenner, serving well and mixing her shots ;)

ys
Feb 20th, 2003, 06:37 PM
Nastya lost.. To her excuse, she was on a long winning streak, and playing that many matches in Gulf could be tiring, while Justine played two less matches than Nastya in last two weks. At the same time, Nastya should be beating a player like Justine on faster hardcourts, like IW, for instance..:)

vaiva
Feb 20th, 2003, 06:46 PM
That's an inspiring thought :)

She lost to Juju 6-1 6-4

Does she have some mental problems in the beginning of the match when she plays the girls who are ranked above her? The first set was similarly lopsided when she played Kim at AO. Is that a coincidence or lack of confidence? :confused:

Gowza
Feb 20th, 2003, 09:59 PM
well at AO she atrted almost all of her matches slowly and then played her way into the match.

vaiva
Mar 3rd, 2003, 10:37 AM
Good luck Nastia @ Indian Wells :)

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 5th, 2003, 01:28 PM
Nastya could/should play Sveta in rd2
and possibly Vera in rd3 :o

good luck Nastya :) you can do it :)

vaiva
Mar 6th, 2003, 04:38 PM
Good luck Nastia today!
Keep your good form throughout the tournament ;)

vaiva
Mar 6th, 2003, 11:04 PM
Nastia lost to Sveta 4-6 7-6(7) 6-3 :sad: :(

Not that I was shocked but I really thought Nastia will come thru

Hurley
Mar 6th, 2003, 11:44 PM
I knew it would be tough, but I thought Nastya would pull it out over a junior countrywoman :(

But Sveta is probably the headiest Russian and she's on her way up, so it's not an AWFUL loss...

But now Chanda has to lose pretty early for Nastya to get another week in the Top Ten :(

I was totally rooting for Marion anyway, but now even more so ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 7th, 2003, 03:51 AM
poor Nastya :( :sad:
now she has to make it up in Miami :)

sartrista7
Mar 7th, 2003, 02:16 PM
Nastya :sad: Hopefully this mean's Sveta's coming on strong, though. Funny... you never see the other ones you support as threats :(

This bunching-up-of-Russians has to STOP NOW :mad:

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 22nd, 2003, 07:18 PM
pffffff what a terrible March :mad:
another crap performance

Nastya lost 5-7 4-6 to Sarah Taylor :rolleyes: :o
Nastya was 5-2 up as well but no idea what happened.
she just could not win any pts on 1st serve :confused:

FroggyLight
Mar 22nd, 2003, 09:34 PM
Oh no Nastya :sad: Not another early loss :(

bluepastures
Mar 22nd, 2003, 10:18 PM
I've posted excerpts from a new Ace magazine interview in the Anastasia sub-forum.

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 22nd, 2003, 10:49 PM
thanx BP
got that mag myself

vaiva
Mar 23rd, 2003, 01:07 PM
Nastia :sad: :mad:

This is really depressing. An entire month of two Tier I's - what a waste. Anyone knows what is going on with Nastia? Maybe she is trying to introduce some changes to her service action (which was never a huge liability in her game)? Or is it the pressure of being, even though very briefly, inside top 10?

Or is it the return of the inconsistent Nastia again?

vaiva
Apr 1st, 2003, 06:25 AM
Good luck in Sarasota Nastia ;)
Let's launch another attack on top 10

Loit can be tricky, but Nastia, if in-form, should win
Do it, baby :D

AKTW
Apr 1st, 2003, 07:21 AM
Meet Elena D in QF,Anastasia! :D
Good luck! :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 1st, 2003, 05:09 PM
Nastya won 6-0 6-3 :bounce: :D

well done Nastya :)

auntie janie
Apr 1st, 2003, 11:28 PM
Wow, a VERY impressive start from Nastya! :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

AKTW
Apr 2nd, 2003, 03:54 PM
Really great! :D

Leena
Apr 2nd, 2003, 03:55 PM
Dava Nastya

Good to see this thread alive again .:)

kournikovafan13
Apr 3rd, 2003, 12:16 AM
Good luck against Nadia tomorrow, Nastya :D

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 3rd, 2003, 07:12 PM
Nastya got lucky, very lucky, now she better make the most of this and go and win it for Nadya's sake.

down 5-7 2-4, a dropshot from Nastya & Nadya twisted her ankle.
Nastya won 5-7 6-4 1-0 rtd

vaiva
Apr 4th, 2003, 07:25 AM
Sorry the victory came this way :(

But good luck in semis Nastia.
Go for the title, girl :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 5th, 2003, 06:03 PM
Nastya won her semi 6-2 6-4 :bounce: :D

well done Nastya !!!!!!!!!
good luck in final :)

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 6th, 2003, 02:43 PM
http://www.newscoast.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Site=SH&Date=20030406&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=304060303&Ref=AR&Profile=1091

TENNIS / SARASOTA CLAY COURT CLASSIC
Myskina faces big-serving Molik


By MIC HUBER



mic.huber@heraldtribune.com


SARASOTA -- Not long after taking care of Nathalie Dechy Saturday, Anastasia Myskina turned her attention to Alicia Molik, her opponent in today's championship match of the Sarasota Clay Court Classic.

Sitting high in the stands at the north end of the stadium court at The Meadows Country Club, Myskina scouted Molik, a qualifier who was busy serving notice that she would be a dangerous foe in today's 1 p.m. final against the tournament's No. 2 seeded player.



What Myskina saw from her vantage point was a devastating performance that probably changed her mind about what she had wished for only about an hour before.

Shortly after her 6-2, 6-4 win over Dechy in Saturday's first semifinal, the 21-year old Russian was lamenting her erratic serve and said she would prefer receiving serve the entire match if that were allowed.

She now knows she should be careful what she wishes for because there is no way she would want to face the power of the serve Molik displayed as she dissected the game of Iva Majoli during a 6-3, 6-4 win in Saturday's second semifinal.



Molik, who has found an all-around game to go with her major weapon, unleashed 17 aces, including 13 in the second set, to end the run of former Bradenton resident Majoli, who had survived a trio of three-set wins to reach the semifinals.

"She served unbelievable," Majoli conceded. "It is frustrating because you are just moving from one side to the other. All her serves were pretty good. you never know where she is going to with her serve."



Down the middle, up the T, out wide, Molik, who won the first tournament on the WTA tour earlier this year in Hobart, in her native Australia, had her way with the former French Open champion.

"I was serving really well (Saturday)," acknowledged Molik, who came into the tournament ranked No. 89 in the world and had to win three rounds in a qualifying tournament just to make the main draw.

Today she will get a chance for her second title of the year against Myskina, who is ranked No. 11 in the world and looking for her second title of the year as well.



On Saturday, Myskina had little trouble with Dechy, despite the problems she had with her serve and a little patchy spot in the second set.

During the second set, the two combined for six straight service breaks, until Myskina finally held in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. She then broke Dechy's serve one last time to close out the match.

"I think I played both sets really good," Myskina said. "I tried to fight for every point.

"I knew, with Nathalie, that if you give her fingers she will take the whole hand."



Myskina constantly relied on her backhand to make certain Dechy could not seize momentum. Myskina either cracked sizzling winners, or patiently lined up her backhand to smoothly hit the ball past Dechy whenever the Frenchwomen moved toward the net.

"It was a weird match," Dechy said. "I had some chances in the second set but every time (Myskina) was down she would play better. She was giving me some free points but on the big points she played well, hitting the ball and mixing it up."



There was little finesse to Molik's game. For most of the match she let her serve, which consistently registers more than 110 miles per hour, do the damage. She then broke Majoli's serve in the ninth game of the final set and cranked a couple more big bombs in the next game to wrap up the match.

"I think they get frustrated because they don't even get to hit the ball," the tall Australian right-hander said of the effect of her serve. "That's good for me. The object out there is to get your opponent frustrated."



She also sent many in the crowd home shaking their heads over the power she possessed and had Myskina and her coach, Jens Gerlach, putting their heads together after the match to talk about how to combat Molik's big serve.

Not only has Molik, 22, won her first title this year by beating five higher-ranked seeds, but she is coming off a performance at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne where she won three rounds, including victories over a pair of seeded players, No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova and No. 28 Elena Likhovtseva, to improve her ranking to No. 71.



Molik battled with the flu early in the week, then gained confidence with each match.

"I have been playing aggressive tennis and it has gotten me to the final," Molik said. "I don't see why I have to change anything, especially for one match. I am just going to keep things the same. I am going to play the way I did (Saturday) and hopefully I will serve as well as I did."

Myskina hopes to combat that serve with a return game that has made up for her troubles with her own serve. And, just in case, she plans to wear the same outfit, a white top and orange shorts, she has worn all week to get to today's final.

auntie janie
Apr 6th, 2003, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the article, Eggy. I wiil paste it over at sid's board. :)

bubble
Apr 6th, 2003, 04:26 PM
Good luck Nastya!

Go go go!

:bounce:

tenn_ace
Apr 6th, 2003, 09:01 PM
Well done Nastya! :):):)

back to the top 10 in ranking and in the Race :):):) :D

good luck in Charleston

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 7th, 2003, 02:52 AM
wow what an awesome week for Nastya :)
back in top 10 :bounce:

and Nastya on title #4 :D :)

good luck in Charleston :)
just stay in top 10 and push higher :)

vaiva
Apr 7th, 2003, 07:46 AM
Well done Nastia and congrats on your title No. 4 :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Great to see her in top 10 again :)

Good luck in Charleston. The draw ain't bad ;)

AKTW
Apr 7th, 2003, 07:56 AM
Wow,Nastya is rising again.Back in top10 and gain one more title. :)
I'm also impressed by her new hair style. ;)

bubble
Apr 7th, 2003, 09:46 AM
Wow,Nastya is rising again.Back in top10 and gain one more title. :)
I'm also impressed by her new hair style. ;)


This is great for Nastya!

Btw, AKTW, what is Nastya's new hairstyle now? :D

kournikovafan13
Apr 7th, 2003, 01:54 PM
SARASOTA CLAY COURT CLASSIC
Myskina 'happy'
Russian cruises past Molik for title


By MIC HUBER



mic.huber@heraldtribune.com


SARASOTA


Anastasia Myskina sometimes struggles with her English but she had no difficulty describing the way she felt Sunday after winning the championship match of the 2003 Sarasota Clay Court Classic Sunday at The Meadows Country Club.

"Happy" was the official word of the day.



"I am just happy, really happy," Myskina said shortly after wrapping up a quick 6-4, 6-1 win over Alicia Molik to win the singles title and all the prizes that go with it.

Myskina was happy to take home the $22,000 that goes to the winner.

She was happy her ranking will be at No. 10 in the world when the new list is released today. She is happy to still be the No. 1 player in Russia. She was happy she somehow managed to escape what seemed to be a certain loss in the second round against Nadia Petrova. She was happy she got the match over before a case of the dizzies overcame her, potentially ruining her day.



"I am happy, just happy, Myskina sang over and over again Sunday. "It was really difficult because there were a lot of good players here. I am just happy."

Myskina came into the tournament as the No. 2 seeded player and with a ranking of No. 11 in the world. She leaves the champion her second title of the year and will overtake Jelena Dokic, last year's champion and a first-round loser here this week, as the No. 10-ranked player in the world, matching her career high achieved in February after she won the Doha event in Qatar.



Myskina had little trouble handling Molik's booming first serve and was far superior to the 22-year-old Australian once they began trading groundstrokes. In fact, Myskina only lost her serve one time -- in the opening game of the match -- while breaking Molik's serve four times.

And after the ball was in play, Myskina proved far too fast and much too strong from the baseline.

While Myskina had her troubles throughout the week, Sunday's match was a breeze for the 21-year-old from Moscow, despite becoming dizzy and having trouble seeing the ball near the end. The win was so lopsided that even with Congresswoman Katherine Harris in the crowd, watching from the skybox at the end of the court, there could be no dispute about the outcome.



"She showed why she is ranked where she is," Molik said about Myskina's dominance. "I let her get back in the match and she got her rhythm and took charge."

Molik, who was trying to go from qualifier to tournament queen, didn't have an answer for Myskina's speed and ability to get the ball in play. While Molik had 17 aces in her semifinal win over Iva Majoli on Saturday, she had just four Sunday against Myskina, and two of those were in Molik's first service game of the match.



Molik broke Myskina to open the match and ran off four straight points on her serve to take a 2-0 lead. But Big Mo couldn't sustain her momentum and, after that first break, Myskina never faced a break point on her serve until the fifth game of the second set.

"I was rushing a bit at the beginning and didn't hold serve, and then I lost on her serve," Myskina said. "I was angry. I then realized it is not that hard for me. I just took a step back and, for me, it was not difficult."



Myskina said she knew after breaking Molik to get back to 2-2 that the match was hers.

"Definitely I am sure I was going to win the match," Myskina insisted.

She did so by carving up Molik with some penetrating forehands and numerous blistering backhands, while mixing in a few well-placed drop shots.

"I knew I had to keep her on the move, especially when it was so hot," Myskina said.

"She plays the lines well and hit the ball really low, flat and hard," said Molik, who gave Myskina far too many free points. "You don't get much time to set up."



Myskina broke Molik's serve in the final game of the first set to win 6-4, then lost just one game in the second set, finishing the match by winning five straight games.

The match ended none too soon for Myskina, who called for the trainer just before winning the final point when Molik hit a forehand into the net.

"I was feeling really dizzy and couldn't see the ball really clean," Myskina said.

Asked if it was important to end the match right then, Myskina said, "For sure. Otherwise, I was gonna die."



Myskina also knows she was a bit lucky to get to the final. In her second-round match, Myskina was down a set and a break when her opponent, Nadia Petrova, turned an ankle running for a drop shot.

Myskina went on to win when Petrova retired early in the third set.

"I think about this every night," Myskina said. "I close my eyes and think I almost lost in the second round, and it not make me happy.

"She retired, and I win the title. And I am just happy."



Martina Navratilova and Liezel Huber won the doubles title, beating Shinobu Asagoe and Nana Miyagi in the final 7-6 (6), 6-3.




Great article :D Nastya is such a sweet and funny person :) Good luck in Charleston!

sartrista7
Apr 7th, 2003, 02:47 PM
Nastya is soooo charming :hearts:

Great stuff this week, now onwards and upwards in Charleston :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 7th, 2003, 03:17 PM
thanx for the report :)
good luck in Charleston :)

consolidate the rank :)

ys
Apr 10th, 2003, 12:01 AM
Big interview with Nastya' father in Soviet Sport..

http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/default.asp?p=3&date=2003/4/10&id=107558

Some keypoitns form that interview:

Nastya's father was not with her in Florida, because in March Nastya's great-unkle died. Nastya could not concentrate on her game because of that..

Nastya deliberately skips AI tournament to prepare better for Fed Cup..

vaiva
Apr 10th, 2003, 12:08 AM
Thanks ys for the link :kiss:

I did not know before that her father was always with Nastia at all tournaments

Hurley
Apr 10th, 2003, 01:33 AM
Aggh I knew Pierce would be a struggle. She always is. :mad:

Come on Nastya, take advantage of the break :D

AKTW
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:37 AM
http://www.pressomatic.com/familycirclecup/upload/8Anastasia-Myskina-signs-au.jpg
Nastya looks gorgeous in this picture. :)

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/myskinafanfestweb.jpg
She looks happy. :)

Don't give up,Nastya!

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:49 PM
Andrei is always with her but i'm sure he won't go to as many now as she's getting a bit older plus she doesn't need her father's servies as much as her coach either now.

:sad: loss for Nastya, no wonder she was pretty depressed after her match in Miami :sad: :( :(

another loss today :sad: :sad: :(

sartrista7
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:51 PM
Aaargh... Nastya needs to play as well in the Tier Is as she does in Tier IIIs and IVs. :mad: At least she'll get some rest in.

vaiva
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:17 PM
Damn that rain. IMHO, she would have had more chances to win if the match was not postponed :sad: :mad:

Her results in the last three Tier I's were really disappointing but she has a serious excuse.

Have some good rest, girl ;)

AKTW
Apr 11th, 2003, 07:08 AM
The loss is really disappointing.
Hope Nastya get well soon.

Sonja
Apr 19th, 2003, 03:02 AM
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid60/p1def55049915ffe6e1a347da25cc6306/fc50bf6d.jpg

AKTW
Apr 19th, 2003, 05:42 AM
Nastya is so slim!
Good pic.
Thanks! :)

vaiva
Apr 19th, 2003, 04:37 PM
Thank you Sonja :hearts:

I like this outfit on Nastia :)

TheBoiledEgg
May 6th, 2003, 07:36 PM
good luck Nastya tomorrow :)
go and beat Vera :)

you need this win more :)
go girl go :)

kournikovafan13
May 6th, 2003, 11:46 PM
Ouch, a tough match with the talented Vera

I think if Nastya keeps her head together, she should win without that much difficulty. While I think Vera will be top 10 eventually, right now I find her a little overrated as she hasn't beaten anyone ranked in the top 15, and my grandmother could've won Bol with the draw she had. :p

Good luck Nastya :D If you lose this I will be so :mad:

TheBoiledEgg
May 7th, 2003, 01:21 PM
Nastya got blown away :mad: 1-6 2-6 :confused:

Nastya ??????????
get back to basics and get some good performances next week :)

vaiva
May 7th, 2003, 02:46 PM
Nastia :mad:
Is she in a slump or just hates clay? :confused:

AKTW
May 7th, 2003, 06:37 PM
I don't think Nastya hates clay.Clay seems to be her favourite surface.
I really did not expect that.
The score :rolleyes:

kournikovafan13
May 14th, 2003, 02:42 AM
Good luck Nastya tomorrow in Rome :bounce:

Thank god Schiavone lost, I think she would've been a much stronger test for Nastya than Maja will.

TheBoiledEgg
May 14th, 2003, 02:42 PM
Nastya won 6-2 6-3 :bounce: :D

well done Nastya :D :D

AKTW
May 14th, 2003, 05:48 PM
Nastya :D

vaiva
May 14th, 2003, 07:06 PM
Well done Nastia ;)

TheBoiledEgg
May 15th, 2003, 01:44 PM
Nastya bt Sveta 6-4 7-5
came back from 1-4* down

well done Nastya ;)

vaiva
May 15th, 2003, 02:17 PM
Well done Nastia :D
Maybe now they'll put her on centre court so that we could see her play on Eurosport ;)

AKTW
May 15th, 2003, 03:28 PM
Well done Nastya :D

TheBoiledEgg
May 16th, 2003, 08:40 PM
Nastya lost pretty badly :mad: 2-6 2-6 :sad:

never got into match at all
2nd set went 2-0 up to lose 6 in a row :mad:

I know what Nastya wants in RG
she wants to win her 1st ever match there
this yr it better happen as well

good luck Nastya if you play Strasbourg, or if not best wishes in Paris

AKTW
May 16th, 2003, 09:12 PM
:sad:

Better luck at Strasbourg or RG!

kournikovafan13
May 17th, 2003, 09:05 PM
Nastya is playing Strasbourg :) #2 seed ;)

She plays Benesova or Morariu in rnd 2

TheBoiledEgg
May 17th, 2003, 09:13 PM
good luck Nastya in Strasbourg :)

probably vs Iveta, but i hope its vs Corina.

AKTW
May 18th, 2003, 06:55 AM
Go Nastya! :)

TheBoiledEgg
May 21st, 2003, 11:56 AM
Nastya won 6-3 7-6(4) :D :) vs Corina Morariu
well done Nastya :):)

good luck in QF now :)

vaiva
May 21st, 2003, 05:53 PM
Nastia :D

kournikovafan13
May 22nd, 2003, 06:55 AM
well done Nastya :D now time to step it up :)
Good luck vs Farina tomorrow

I'm a bit worried for this match, Silvia loves Strasbourg ;)

AKTW
May 22nd, 2003, 03:17 PM
Nastya can beat Farina. :devil:
Good luck :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
May 22nd, 2003, 05:47 PM
Nastya lost :sad: :sad: :(
2-6 3-6 :(:(

ys
May 22nd, 2003, 05:53 PM
Pffff....

vaiva
May 22nd, 2003, 08:52 PM
Nastia, you :fiery:

No comments.

AKTW
May 23rd, 2003, 11:02 AM
:eek: Never expected. :sad:
Most Russian girls were out. :sad: Maybe Farina is just really lucky at Strasbourg.
Better luck at RG,Nastya!Record your first win there next week!

Photos of Nastya:
http://www.internationaux-tennis-strasbourg.com/photos_2003/jeudi_22/images/grand/p10.jpg
http://www.internationaux-tennis-strasbourg.com/photos_2003/jeudi_22/images/grand/p11.jpg
http://www.internationaux-tennis-strasbourg.com/photos_2003/jeudi_22/images/grand/p12.jpg

And a pretty one:
http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/myskina052203.jpg

vaiva
May 23rd, 2003, 01:38 PM
Nastia looks great in white :hearts:

But she got a nasty surprise at RG: Dinara for 1st round :fiery:

TheBoiledEgg
May 23rd, 2003, 01:59 PM
I got the feeling Nastya will have to wait another year to win her 1st ever RG match :mad: :(:(

go Nastya :) you need this win :)

AKTW
May 24th, 2003, 07:06 AM
Eggy,I feel the same as you.
But I just hope Nastya remembers how important her win is.
Good luck! :bounce:

Roxers
May 24th, 2003, 12:05 PM
Nastya vs Dinara, again :mad: :fiery: :sad:

anyway good luck nastya

kournikovafan13
May 24th, 2003, 06:48 PM
She's going to put lots of pressure on herself :(

I'm worried about this match as well

TheBoiledEgg
May 26th, 2003, 02:33 PM
congrats Nastya 6-2 6-2 win :)
her 1st win at RG :)
and it would be over Dinara :sad:

now go Nastya, good luck for rest of tourn, go some way now :)
got to consolidate the Top 10 spot

auntie janie
May 26th, 2003, 02:59 PM
Congrats, Nastya! Very convincing scoreline. :)
First-ever won @ RG,Egg? I did not know that! it's about time, kid! :D

AKTW
May 26th, 2003, 05:29 PM
Through to the second round,Natya can go far.
So,congrats Nastya! :) The first win here.
Good luck! :D

vaiva
May 29th, 2003, 07:04 AM
Damn you Nastia for beating Dinara and then going out to Petra Mandula 6-3 6-4 :mad:

Roxers
May 29th, 2003, 09:48 AM
:( :sad: what a sad loss!

AKTW
May 29th, 2003, 11:29 AM
Oh,really sad. :sad:
Once agin,the Russians bow out one after the other in the first few rounds. :(
Nastya,I never think that you lost in the second round.
Please,all Russian girls live up to our expectations!

Cassius
Jun 20th, 2003, 02:47 PM
This is what the Guardian wrote about Nastya:

Myskina:
On Court:
In A Nutshell:
Having spent a few years hovering around the Top 60, she suddenly rocketed to the edge of the Top 10 last year. Aiming to become the new Kournikova (off court, obviously).

Grass Or Pass:
Claims to be at her best on clay, but that looked like a cagey Muscovite's smoke screen when she stormed to consecutive finals at Edgbaston and Eastbourne last year. "I like grass", the sly Muscovite ventured. And places that star with 'E', by the looks of it.

Distinguishing Feature:
Appearance. "She has that enticing, dark, Eastern European look and has definitely improved as she has matured", according to Ace magazine, which had her at No. 3 on it's sexiest players list.

Hot Shot:
She says backhand, so watch out for the forehand.

Pressure Point:
Myskina knows how to argue. A great fan of detective novels, she once wanted to be a criminal lawyer, "to work against the criminals and to clean up society". Instead she chose the equally noble task of bashing furry balls over a net.

Outside Court:
Hero Or Zero:
With 7 Russians in the Top 100, there has been great competition for attention. But suddenly she's their No. 1 and noticed. "But all the young girls want to be like Anna", she said of the world No. 79.

Happy Clappies:
You can expect to see her boyfriend Jens Gerlach, although given that he is also her coach it would be rude of him not to turn up.

Don't Mention:
Recently posed scantily clad on a horse for American GQ magazine. The horse apparently became visibly excited by the experience. "I was scared because it was really big", she says. "My father was suprised because thought it was going to be something to do with tennis."

British Claim:
Well-placed. Her friend Olga Morozova, a coach with the LTA in London, would help her settle in should she ever choose to defect.

Luvvy Rating:
Excellent relationship with the bevy of other Russians. "We're all friends," she says. "Not on court, but in life." 8/10.

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 21st, 2003, 09:15 PM
Nastya in Eastbourne

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/MyskinaKidZone061603.jpg

kournikovafan13
Jun 24th, 2003, 07:34 AM
Nastya's up second on court 3 today vs Nagyova

Good luck Nastya, lets have a good tournament here :)

oh and a poster talked to Nastya yesterday and reckons she has braces :eek: lol (that would fix all the bitching about her teeth, which aren't that bad anyways)