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Oct 7th, 2003, 02:18 AM
cat, only friendship, no rivalry. I can only speak for myself.

Yeah, the way Moscow went, winning the Fed Cup looks more and more a possibility.

Oct 7th, 2003, 03:24 AM
I had no idea Ally Baker is your favorite poster. Her 71 posts must really be good. :)

Cat.....such an innocent, naive, character :angel: You should know who "Ally Baker" is by now :cool:

ally baker
Oct 7th, 2003, 03:28 AM
Cat.....such an innocent, naive, character :angel: You should know who "Ally Baker" is by now :cool:
Why did you delete me, James?

the cat
Oct 7th, 2003, 04:19 AM
Okay GL. You and Ally Baker are friends and not rivals. And that's the way it should be. :)

Kournikovafan, I think I've figured out what's going on and who Ally baker is. But I'll keep quiet about it. :tape:

Oct 7th, 2003, 08:53 PM
Nastya has won 4 out of 5 against Stevenson. Alex won the last meeting in Linz last year.
Nastya has had a few days to refocus after winning the KC. She needs to keep winning to get to L.A.
Viel Glueck (good luck) Nastya!

Oct 8th, 2003, 02:43 PM
It was tough, but Nastya won

0-6 6-1 4-0 ret.

Don't like the bagel score, but she won and that's what matters

Oct 8th, 2003, 02:43 PM
Oh, and a 9 match winning streak now. Longest of Nastya's career?

Oct 8th, 2003, 02:44 PM
Nastya won :D :)
well done :)

she saying she is pretty tired and 1st set she couldnt move too good

Oct 8th, 2003, 02:51 PM
Yay Nastia! Keep going :hug:

Oct 8th, 2003, 07:24 PM
Was Natsya asleep in the first set or what? :rolleyes: Anyways, Congrats Natysa!! Good luck in your next match! :D

ally baker
Oct 8th, 2003, 07:30 PM
Nastya won :D :)
well done :)

she saying she is pretty tired and 1st set she couldnt move too good
Oh darn... Nastya will be tired for her next match.

I am saddened.

Oct 8th, 2003, 08:50 PM
New Nastya's interview in Russian.. Amazingly interesting one..


Oct 8th, 2003, 10:55 PM
Keep it going Nastya!!!!! Good luck next match :bounce: :kiss:

Oct 9th, 2003, 02:49 PM
Nastya lost 26 36 to Lena Bovina :sad: :sad:
but she did her job in R1

Nastya now rest up well :)

Oct 9th, 2003, 10:04 PM
That's Nastya for ya, after winning a Tier I she loses 2nd round in a Tier II :(

Oct 10th, 2003, 12:08 AM
Nastya won two consecutive tournaments. That takes a lot of concentration. And there's the physical wear and tear.
It's not surprising that Nastya couldn't stay at that level of mental focus for three straight weeks.
It's still a great run by Nastya. Something to be very proud of. She won the KC after beating Justine in Leipzig.

Oct 10th, 2003, 02:49 AM
New Nastya's interview in Russian.. Amazingly interesting one..

Could anyone please translate that?
Also Nastya is taking next week off, no?

Oct 10th, 2003, 01:26 PM
And another interview with Nastya and her dad.


Oct 20th, 2003, 02:34 AM
Nastya is the #1 seed in Linz. She plays doubles tomorrow with Vera, the #3 seed, against Kix and Amesbauer.
In fact, Nadya is the #4 seed, so 3 of the top 4 seeds are Russian.

ally baker
Oct 20th, 2003, 03:22 PM
Nastya might play Lena again in the 2nd round of Linz.

Hopefully, Nastya isn't tired or sick... or whatever excuse she had in their previous 2 matchups.

Hopefully, after Lena wins in 2 easy sets again... Lena flashes that beautiful smile at her, and Nastya finally realizes to fix those hideous teeth.

It's all about image, Anastasia.

Oct 22nd, 2003, 03:09 PM
Nastya won 6-4 3-6 6-2 :)

well done Nastya :)
tough win, but she pulled it out

Oct 22nd, 2003, 04:09 PM
Good performance

Oct 22nd, 2003, 05:51 PM
Yay, Nastia! :woohoo:

Oct 22nd, 2003, 05:59 PM
Go Natsya! ROCK ON!

Oct 22nd, 2003, 08:14 PM

Oct 22nd, 2003, 08:42 PM
A good win for Nastya. She broke Lena's serve 7 times. That's taking advantage of your opportunities.

Oct 23rd, 2003, 10:38 PM
Nastya plays Patty Schnyder tomorrow. They've played twice, with Nastya winning both. 2000 in Zurich, and 2002 Eastbourne.
Make it three Nastya!

the cat
Oct 24th, 2003, 08:16 PM
Nastya didn't make it 3 wins in a row over Patty Schnyder. In fact Schnyder whipped Anastasia 1 and 1! :eek: I don't think Anastasia has much left to give this year. She's playing like a tired tennis player. So is Elena Dementieva. And that doesn't bode well for Russia's chances in the Fed Cup semifinals. :(

Oct 24th, 2003, 08:54 PM
I thought the same thing about Nadia. But she pulled out of her mini-slump.
Nastya just needs a few days off. She'll be okay for Fed Cup.

the cat
Oct 25th, 2003, 02:06 AM
I hope you're right, GL. But I think Anastasia played her best tennis this year in Leipzig and Moscow but is now having a letdown. :(

Oct 26th, 2003, 12:14 AM
Nastya is the #3 seed in Philadelphia. She has a first round bye, then plays the winner of Garbin-Irvin.
Nastya is seeded to play Mauresmo in the semi-finals, which would be a rematch of the KC final.

Oct 28th, 2003, 10:39 PM
Nastya will play Nicole Pratt in the revised draw. Nastya has won both of their meetings. But the last one was close, 6-4 in the third, in Toronto this summer.
Udachi Nastya!

Oct 31st, 2003, 03:04 AM
Nastya took out Nicole in two quick sets.
Just getting some match practice before the L.A. Championships.
Udachi Nastya!!

Oct 31st, 2003, 03:52 AM
Nastya :)
keep going girl :) chance to finish pretty high up :)
#6 is a maybe too.

Oct 31st, 2003, 03:53 AM
Nastya can win this tournament. This is a great time for her get on a roll.

Oct 31st, 2003, 04:25 AM
Nastya can win it, unless she plays Nadya in semis. Agasint super-motivated Nadya she'll probably lose..

Oct 31st, 2003, 04:28 AM
Nastya just beat Nadya in Leipzig. 1 & 1 the last two sets. So you never know.
First they both have to get there. Russians can win Philly, Quebec, and Pattaya, if Lena B. plays. Then Fed Cup.

Nov 1st, 2003, 03:15 AM
Nastya beat Weingartner 3 & 1. So Nastya and Nadya play tomorrow in the semi-finals.
Both players are in great form now. Should be a good match.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 02:54 AM
A fierce battle going on now between Nastya and Nadia.
This is what Russian tennis will be like for years to come - top players wanting to prove they are Russian #1.
And fighting to reach the YEC.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 02:58 AM
Both are probably going to LA anyway, but the match is not pretty. Errors. errors.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 03:30 AM
Nastya defeated Nadia 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
The amount of competitive spirit that Nastya has shown since the start of Leipzig is awe inspiring.
Udachi Nastya!

Nov 2nd, 2003, 05:12 AM
Nastya is an amazing 9-0 this season when she reaches semifinals.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 05:26 AM
great fighting Nastya :)
now you must win the final or gonna be pretty disappointed

go Nastya :)

Nov 2nd, 2003, 08:49 AM
Was she hurting today? I heard she took an injury time-out. Hopefully she'll be prepared for the final.

It's totally plausible that Nastya can be #3 in the world coming out of Australia.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 10:07 AM
It was one of the longest contests of the season for both players, with the third seed Myskina experiencing cramping at several points in the match.

"I don't play long matches. I was really tired," Myskina said. "It will be hard to sleep."

Just remember Nastia, you're still unbeaten in finals this year [and Momo's performances in finals in 2003 were really very poor] :angel:

Nov 2nd, 2003, 11:56 AM
"Nastya doesn't play long matches" ???

she plays the most 3 set matches of anyone in top 100
she did that last yr and she's pretty much up the list this yr
come on Nastya, win today and you got a good shot of Top 5

Nov 2nd, 2003, 01:31 PM
I think Nastia meant 'long matches' literally. It's true she plays a lot 3-setters but many of them are like 2,3 & 2. This one was 4, 4 and 7, plus a number of games with multiple deuces, 2+ hrs.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 02:11 PM
Good luck in the final.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 02:38 PM
Davai Nastya :bounce:

Show Amelie what you can do to her in FedCup ;)

Nov 2nd, 2003, 03:26 PM
Nastya deserves tremendous credit. She beat Justine in Leipzig. She beat Amelie in Moscow. Now she plays Amelie again in Philadelphia. Top players in big events.
Nastya earns everything she gets. Udachi Nastya!!

Nov 2nd, 2003, 03:50 PM
Another amazing stat of Nastya - she is 43-1 this season after winning the first set.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 03:53 PM
At Nastya's size, I wonder how much she can still improve. There are taller, stronger Russians on the tour.
But I will never question Nastya's heart. She has an amazing amount of courage and will power.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 05:55 PM
Was she hurting today? I heard she took an injury time-out. Hopefully she'll be prepared for the final.

It's totally plausible that Nastya can be #3 in the world coming out of Australia.

Are you for real? :eek:

Anyways, ys, I hope that stat is an indicator of today's result - cuz Nastya just won the first set 7-5 :D

Nov 2nd, 2003, 06:51 PM
Are you for real? :eek:

Anyways, ys, I hope that stat is an indicator of today's result - cuz Nastya just won the first set 7-5 :D

it would have been, but you can't win a tennis match if you can't run.. :(

Nadya got her revenge..

Also Nastya might want to think about obvious fitness problems. How she is going to last through the next week, I have problem understanding..

Nov 2nd, 2003, 06:54 PM
Nastya lost the final in Philadelphia 5-7, 6-0, 6-2. I guess she had no energy left in the tank.
Now comes YEC and Fed Cup. So get some rest, Nastya.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 07:15 PM

Good luck in LA :bounce:

Nov 2nd, 2003, 07:41 PM
Despite losing the final. Great season Nastya :)

Nov 3rd, 2003, 09:35 AM
Good luck Nastya in LA!
I am glad that Elena and Nastya are not in the same group.

Nov 3rd, 2003, 11:22 PM
Yeah, it looks like #3 is out of the question...Amelie will probably get that spot instead.

But she just needs a nice run in LA and better her AO result of last year by one round, and she'll be a Top Five player.

Nov 7th, 2003, 12:15 AM
Nastya plays Justine tonight. Justine leads 3-2, but Nastya won the last one in Leipzig.
Udachi Nastya!!

Nov 7th, 2003, 12:14 PM
Nastia lost a winnable match. She had a 0-30 on Justine's serve at 5-4 in the final set, not to mention the disaster of the first set. If there's anyone to blame, it's only Nastia. I hope she won't be bad-mouthing about Justine again. :(

Nastia will be exhausted and will have to play the supremely fit and fresh Ai next. Does Nastia stand a chance?

Nov 7th, 2003, 01:34 PM
I've only seen the match from the end of the 2nd set, but she lost it herself. She had chances and Justine didn't play her best tennis today. A missed opportunity, but she still has two matches to go.

Nov 7th, 2003, 02:35 PM
Very unfortunate of Myskina :( Justine has a top player instinct. It's not that easy to beat her in a the big tournament like this. It's a totally different story from Leipzig. She would do everything not to let Myskina win her twice in a row.

As for today match, Ai is a dangerous opponent as well. Plus, she has a day off, and Myskina must be tired out from the last night match. However, she still has a chance if she fights hard :)

Nov 7th, 2003, 04:58 PM
i saw match when i got back after work ( taped it)
and i didnt see anything wrong with Justine, she played better after getting "treatment".
she moved remarkably well for an "ill" person

Nastya really messed the 1st set up pretty badly herself, she lost the agression and paid for it :(

still she had enough chances in 3rd too :(

all very disappointing :(

Nov 7th, 2003, 08:28 PM
Nastya lost 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to Justine. Most of the match will be on ESPN2 in 2 hours.
Today Nastya plays Ai Sugiyama. Ai beat Nastya twice in 2001. Nastya won their last meeting, in Eastbourne in 2002.
Udachi Nastya!!

Nov 7th, 2003, 09:51 PM
Davai Nastya :bounce:

Nov 7th, 2003, 10:52 PM
ESPN2 started their replay with Nastya up 5-0. So all I've seen is Nastya lose 7 straight games.
Nastya has to stay focused when things aren't going well.
She should know this by now.

the cat
Nov 8th, 2003, 12:38 AM
GL, I watched ESPN2's coverage of the Myskina - Henin match. And I'm shocked Anastasia lost the first set after being up 5-0! :eek: That was a horrible way to lose the first set and it cost her the match. :(

The truth is if Anastasia had half of Henin's great poise and mental toughness she would have won this match.

Eggy, are you saying Henin faked her feeling weak injury timeout? She's taking antibiotics and obviously not feeling well. All the trainer did was take her blood pressure and reassure her she was okay. That put Justine's mind at ease and she played better tennis after that. Anastasia still should have won the first set and the match. And Anastasia wasn't upset about the injury timeout because she gave Justine 2 kisses and her congratualtions at the net. :kiss: That proved to me that Anastasia is a good sport even after losing a very tough match. :)

Nov 8th, 2003, 12:39 AM
She should learn a good lesson from this match. She should have all three sets...

She needs to evaluate herself now, whether she is physically and mentally to play tonight. Otherwise, she might think about letting fresh and in-form Nadya have a shot at semis.

Nov 8th, 2003, 12:57 AM
There's too many points too much money involved for Nastya to pass the baton to Nadya.
Nastya almost won the match in the 10th game of the third set.
She's not injured, just a loss of composure.

Nov 8th, 2003, 03:25 AM
Nastya bt Ai 64 63 :woohoo: :D

Nastya was 1-4* down, looking dis-interested, not moving well
then Ai began to choke, crumble, Nastya began to focus more, fight and move better

well done Nastya :)
now go and beat Jen too

Nov 8th, 2003, 03:41 AM
This is a huge win. Nastya was so close to beating Justine. Now she's got a chance to play a big player in a big match.
Udachi Nastya!!

Nov 8th, 2003, 04:17 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: Well done! :D

Nov 8th, 2003, 09:14 AM
Well done Nastia! And a nice comeback of her own.

Jen is beatable. If Nastia can move her around well, she can win in 2 sets. I just hope Nastia stops hitting every ball into the middle of the court.

Davai, baby!

Nov 8th, 2003, 04:12 PM
Capriati has won all three meetings with Nastya. The last one 2 & 3 at Wimbledon.
This is an important match against a good player. And Nastya can win this.
Udachi Nastya!

Nov 8th, 2003, 06:03 PM
I reckon she will min this match cuz Jenn is not healthy, and Myskina is more confident after winning last night. She will get to the semifinals which is really great for her this year. If she can do so, her ranking will be the 6th, her career high. Her hope will motivate her to win :)

I have read her interview after her match against Nadia. She said she wanna be better than Elena D and Nadia wanna be better than her. I think this year she achieves her goals, playing the YEC and being better than Elena D. Next year, the competition among Russians will be so tense and tough. It would be fun and interesting!

Nov 8th, 2003, 06:13 PM
Good luck vs. Jenny

Nov 8th, 2003, 07:59 PM

Good luck in the last match :bounce:

Nov 8th, 2003, 08:54 PM
I like to read about how Nastya and the others are competitive. You need that fire inside to work and fight as hard as they do.
Nastya can still win this whole event. It all starts today versus Capriati.
Allez Nastya!

Nov 9th, 2003, 01:28 AM
Capriati won 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Nastya is out of the YEC.
Russian tennis has made great strides forward in 2003. But Nadia in the FO quarters was probably the biggest win ( from a worldwide perspective).
In 2004, the girls have to take another giant step forward.
But first, Fed Cup. Davai Nastya!

Nov 9th, 2003, 01:28 AM
Horrible match by Nastia (with minor exceptions). Awful and pathetic shot selection, esp. at the start of the match.

Nastia had a realistic chance to go 3-0 in her group. Instead, it's 1-2.

Sometimes I really wish I were not a fan of Nastia or any other Russian player

Nov 9th, 2003, 01:34 AM
Nastya shot herself in the foot again

again she had Jen by the balls just as she did Henin and let them both off :mad:

thats the main diff...... to getting up ranks
Nastya ends #7
would have been #6 if she won today

all very disappointing

Nov 9th, 2003, 01:49 AM
Nastya should now be confident that she can walk on the court with anyone and compete.
The next step is to beat players like JHH and Cap at the biggest events.
And Nastya will have many chances in the future.

Nov 9th, 2003, 11:23 AM

the cat
Nov 9th, 2003, 07:50 PM
Anyone, GL? Even the Williams sisters?

Well said, GL. I think Nadia Petrova making the 2003 French Open semifinals was the highlight of the year for female Russian tennis. :D

Oh Vaiva, you're being too hard on Anastasia and the Russina's. :sad: She's getting the most out of her ability. For her to end the year at #7 is a great achievement. I know she let the match aginst Justine Henin slip away but that will happen sometimes because Ana is a streaky player.

And it's nice to see Anastasia is such a good sport. :) She even kisses her opponents after losing a tough match. Ana has grace and class. :D

Nov 9th, 2003, 07:56 PM
Nastya lost 7-5 in the third to JHH. 6-4 in the third to Capriati. That's much better than her matches at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Nastya made a forward move after New York.
Now keep improving, and she can play anyone close.

Nov 9th, 2003, 07:57 PM
Cat... I think we know it's a great achievement overall but to lose two heartbreakers in three days, two huge matches which she had so many chances to win, two matches against ailing opponents... that's very disappointing. It's a frustrating end to the year :sad: I guess it's lucky she has until January to get over these losses.

Nov 10th, 2003, 05:25 AM
she has FED CUP to play in 10 days

come on Nastya, lets win the FED CUP to bring the season to its ideal conclusion.

Nov 11th, 2003, 12:35 AM
Why is that that her opponents, who look completely dead before, suddenly arise from ashes for match against her. I just don't get it. Jennifer could not do anything with her injury for two days between her match against Ai and Henin. But then she gets miraculously healed within few hours..

I guess, she did just what Henin did before to Nastya.

Nov 11th, 2003, 12:45 AM
I wanted Nastya to be playing tonight, too. Elena also.
When you're up 5-0, you have to close it out. Capriati was up 5-1, and she found a way to finish.
When Nastya gets that opportunity, she has to win that 6th game.
I still am very optimistic about Fed Cup and 2004 for Nastya.
I think in 2004 and 2005 we are to going to have more big forward moves from several Russians.

Nov 11th, 2003, 02:14 AM
She is a good fighter after all. She might be too nervous against Jenn and Justine at the end of the 3rd sets. The worse match is the one aginst Justine cuz she should have won in two. She should have taken advantages of them not playing their best tennis. If those matches had been tier II or III tournaments, she could have won at least against Jenn cuz it seems to me Jenn is just interested in big tourments.

I still believe she will do fine in Fed Cup. She has lots of confidence right now. She should know by now that she can play top ranked players.

Nov 12th, 2003, 07:11 PM
I've just saw a tape of the final in Liepzig and I think she quite improve a lot .She ran so fast .I think her backhand is a strongest shot and her mentally toughness is better :D.

Nov 12th, 2003, 10:36 PM
Nastya finished the year as Russian #1. Overall #7.
Nastya also was #1 Russian in 2003 earnings. There were 8 Russians in the top 30 in money won. The youngest of those being Sveta.
Congatulations Nastya, and all the players!

Nov 13th, 2003, 12:34 AM
Congrats Nastya !!! :D

Nov 15th, 2003, 01:09 PM
This season was great for Nastya. She improved so much and won many important matches. She finished with no.7 and this is her highest rank ever. I think she is beliving in herself more now and for me next year can be even better.
Thanks you Nastya !!!

Nov 15th, 2003, 04:13 PM
Nastya won the KC. A Tier I in her homeland. It was a great year for Nastya.
And she can still improve. And she will.

Nov 17th, 2003, 08:53 PM
This year Nastya reached the quarter finals in Melbourne and got 282 points.
She finished strong this year to get that #7 ranking, and being seeded in the top 8 for the AO is good because she needs to defend those points.
Maybe Nastya will do what she did in Leipzig and defend those points and add some more.

Nov 18th, 2003, 08:31 PM
Nastya plays Mary Pierce in her first Fed Cup match. Nastya has won three out of four meetings, the most recent 7-6(2), 6-1 at the US Open.
Udachi Nastya!!

Nov 19th, 2003, 04:02 AM
In Nastya's tremendous 2003 she has not only won the Tier I KC, beating Mauresmo. Tier II Leipzig, beating JHH. And the #7 in the world ranking, Russian #1.
Nastya is also 3 for 3 in Fed Cup matches in 2003. 2 wins in April (CRO), and 1 in July (SLO).
Nastya looking to be 4-for-4 in 2003 Fed Cup. Then 5-for-5.
Udachi Nastya!!

Nov 19th, 2003, 03:12 PM
Russia vs France 0-1

It's do or die, Nastia. Udachi!

the cat
Nov 19th, 2003, 04:28 PM
Pierce took the first set from Myskina 6-4. :( Russia is in deep trouble in this tie. They just don't have the muscle and power to match Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce.

And playing Vera Zvonareva instead of Elena Dementieva is a puzzling move. :confused: She was completely overmatched by Mauresmo's talent and power. Now Mauresmo probably would have beaten Dementieva. She's a better tennis player and own Elena indoors. But the bottom line is you must win or lose with your best players. That's true in any sport. Dementieva needs to play tomoorow against Pierce. I can't see Pierce beating a rested Dementieva who is twice as fast as Pierce.

And what has Zvonareva done in recent months to merit playing singles in the Fed Cup semifinals against France? Where was Nadia Petrova who actually has a weapon which is her fine first serve?

But it's up to Anastasia to save the day. She must win these next 2 sets and even the Tie at 1 for Russia to have a realistic chance to advance to the 2003 Fed Cup finals.

Udachi Anastasia! :bounce:

#1 Cory Ann Fan
Nov 19th, 2003, 04:37 PM
This Fed Cup was set up perfectly for Russia to win...

So, I knew they would blow it. :rolleyes:

Nov 19th, 2003, 06:02 PM
Nastya just won 4-6, 7-6, 7-5. :woohoo:
What a fight! Come on now, Russian is still in this thing!

Nov 19th, 2003, 06:29 PM
Thank you, Nastia! :kiss:

the cat
Nov 19th, 2003, 07:36 PM
Congrats to Anastasia on a great comeback win! :D She saved a match point and saved Russia from an almost certain demise in the Fed Cup semifinals. But Russia is still in trouble because I don't see Amelie Mauresmo losing her second singles match. Maybe Ana can surprise me and upset Mauresmo. But I would be pleased if Russia could make the doubles match a live match.

Anastasia Myskina may lack power and an intimidating physique that alot of the Russina's have. But she has the fire and desire that most of the Russina's lack. She showed great heart today. Ana didn't want to lose on her home court in the Fed Cup semifinals and that's what drove her to a greay comeback victory. She came through in the clutch. :)

Nov 19th, 2003, 08:29 PM
As I've said before, you can't question Nastya's heart. She's a true competitor.
Nastya has shown since the US Open that she can play with all these top players.
I expect another great effort tomorrow.
Davai Nastya!!

Nov 20th, 2003, 09:28 AM
some photos of 19-11


Nastya was sad for two days.
May be tonight she will be more happy

the cat
Nov 20th, 2003, 07:33 PM
That was a tough loss for Anastasia today against Amelie Mauresmo in the Fed Cup semifinals. But congrats to Ana on a wonderful year. :bounce:

Nov 20th, 2003, 08:41 PM
Great year Nastya better than ever. :yeah:

the cat
Nov 20th, 2003, 08:51 PM
I'm sure Anastasia is very upset about losing her crucial match against Mauresmo today. :( She won the first set but then faded against her much stronger opponent.

Nov 20th, 2003, 09:37 PM
Nastya had a great year. #1 Russian. #7 in the world.
But in L.A. she lost close matches to Justine and Jennifer. And now Amelie.
Nastya is right there with these top players. She needs to take one more step forward in 2004.

#1 Cory Ann Fan
Nov 20th, 2003, 10:44 PM
Nastya also lost 2 out of 3 to fellow Russian, Elena Bovina.

Instead of being so confident in interviews, she should mention that Bovina is the superior player. That would only be right.

Nov 20th, 2003, 10:58 PM
Nastya earned her position as Russian #1 for 2003.
In January, it all starts again.

the cat
Nov 21st, 2003, 04:06 AM
I don't think Nastya will be mentioning that, #1 CAF. ;) Bovina will have to earn her success the way Myskina did. And that's by going out and winning WTA titles and making the top 10.

Nov 30th, 2003, 08:59 PM
Nastya reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne this January. Then she won Dohar, and reached the quarterfinals in Dubai.
So it will take good tennis by Nastya early next year to maintain her #7 ranking.

Dec 2nd, 2003, 09:49 PM
Good luck in Australia Nas :smooch:

Dec 17th, 2003, 04:34 AM
I talked to Anastasia a few days ago, looks like she is feeling really well, in Moscow training but she'll be flying to Australia in a couple of weeks from what is planned right now, just training hard and taking some time to relax a bit more right now... Go Nastya in 2004!

Dec 17th, 2003, 04:36 AM
Thanks for the report. Is her coach/boyfriend with her in Moscow?
Tell her how impressive she was in Leipzig and the KC to be Russian #1 again in 2003. Nastya was amazing!

Dec 18th, 2003, 05:25 AM
she has a new bf actually, I did not even know until she told me!

Forgot to ask if he was still her coach but I would guess not, would be too odd I guess no?

Dec 18th, 2003, 05:56 AM
she has a new bf actually, I did not even know until she told me!

Man, you are so close to her.. :eek:

Forgot to ask if he was still her coach but I would guess not, would be too odd I guess no?

It could only mean that she has split with the German. Because, from what I remember, her previous bf was Artyom Derepasko, and she left him for her German coach at list 2 years ago or so. So, the German does not qualify as new in any way. Well, I didn't really like that baldening German anyway, or was I simply jealous :devil:?

Dec 18th, 2003, 01:45 PM
she has a new bf actually, I did not even know until she told me!

Forgot to ask if he was still her coach but I would guess not, would be too odd I guess no?

Thanks for the news, but it somewhat surprises me. Her German boyfriend was at the YEC with her, and she looked at him almost every point she lost. Besides, in the interview she had with Hingis, she talked about him like he was the one helping her improve a lot lately. I thought they would be together for at least a few more years cuz she seems to admire and love him so much. This is life, so whoever is her current boyfriend is really lucky cuz she is a nice and smart girl.

Anyway, I wonder if this will affect her game in 2004. I guess it doesn't, and I hope she will do well next year :)

Dec 19th, 2003, 02:54 AM
I remember that Nastya trained in Germany for Leipzig. Her old boyfriend is German.
So when I read Nastya was in Moscow, I asked about the boyfriend.
New love is great. And the timing is great.
Enjoy the holidays, Nastya!

Dec 19th, 2003, 03:33 AM
Her new boyfriend is Russian btw

Dec 19th, 2003, 03:36 AM
Thanks for all the information. If Nastya's happy, that's what's important.
What does he look like?

Dec 25th, 2003, 09:50 PM
Nastya and Marat will be representing Russia in the Hopmans Cup.
Nastya plays Mauresmo in Perth, on January 5th.

Dec 25th, 2003, 10:40 PM
havent been in this thread for some time :o
pretty much doubt he's coaching her still after the split.

anyways good luck Nastya for 2004 :)

Dec 26th, 2003, 08:32 PM
Nastya has to defend 282 AO points next month. It's important that she gets match tough quickly.
All the Hopmans Cup matches are on the Tennis Channel. I'm looking forward to watching Nastya and Marat.

Dec 29th, 2003, 03:12 AM
No idea what he looks like, he is a hockey player, plays in Russia...

Dec 29th, 2003, 03:27 AM
I hope the hockey player makes his own money.
The last guy was a boyfriend/coach. That means he's taking Nastya's money.
And Nastya has earned every dollar through hard work.

Dec 29th, 2003, 03:46 AM
So, who is gonna coach her? If her ex is still doing so, there might be a problem.

I guess she met her new beau in Rus Cup or shortly before that cuz at the YEC, she said her boyfriend was her coach. They were still together at that time.

I wish her the best of luck in 2004. She is just a really fun player :)

Dec 29th, 2003, 09:46 AM
What do you guys think she'll need thye most next year to play against the 'Waffles' and the William's sisters successfully?
In my opinion the most important is to bulk up with muscles a bit. Having a figure of a belerina does not help against the powerful strokes of the players mentioned above.

Dec 29th, 2003, 03:13 PM
I think Nastya improved after the US Open. She's the Russian #1.
She needs to keep improving. I wouldn't change anything.
One more forward move and Nastya will be right there with the best.

Dec 30th, 2003, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the news Russianfan. I really had no idea about that. Do you maybe know if she has another coach or Jens is still coaching her? But I hope she's happy with new b/f. If he's hockey player that's great, Nastya likes hockey :)
For 2004 I am very optimistic.
She improved a lot this year and she has abilities and potential. Maybe you haven't realize one thing about Anastasia. When you watch her match and really think about her game you can see that she has great anticipation. In this point I can compare her to Martina Hingis, she always knew when to be on court and so do Nastya. This is very valuable gift and will be very helpful for her, I'm sure about that. Just what she has to do is get some muscles and have stronger game and better serve, because one more thing she does great is running. She is extremely fast. So you can see what a potential she has and I really belive that if she will work on these elements I said she will be top 5

Dec 30th, 2003, 11:43 PM
Changing boyfriends is very Hingis-like.
I'm against heavy weight training. I don't see Meghann improving.
This was Nastya's best year ever. She played her best tennis this fall.
Nastya beat JHH and Mauresmo in back to back finals. You can't do much better than that. But you can do it more and more over the next few years.
What Nastya has been doing is working. She keeps improving. She fights. She competes.
I wouldn't make any radical changes in training or mental preparation.

Dec 31st, 2003, 12:03 AM
Me too. I love that in her. That she really cares about what she is doing and gives her heart on court. Of course this year was great and the best for her. She won with big champions. I just still think that serve was little bit a weakness. Just work on it on that and will be great.

Dec 31st, 2003, 12:12 AM
I get to see the Hopmans Cup on tv. So I'll watch Nastya's serve closely.
She starts against Mauresmo on the 5th, so I'll know if it's improved or not.
It's important that Nastya plays well in January. She's defending a lot of points.
I want her to get to the quarters (at least) of all 4 majors in 2004.

Dec 31st, 2003, 03:26 PM
Yeah, please say something about her game at Hopman. I;m very curious how she will be playing now. But I don't get that tournament on tv here :(
I also hope for that, maybe her first SF?

Dec 31st, 2003, 03:33 PM
Getting to the semifinals in Melbourne would be a great way to start 2004.
That's the next step for Nastya.
Plus her French Open record can improve. I don't see why Nastya can't be one of the best on every surface.

Jan 3rd, 2004, 03:41 PM
Nastya All the way in 2004!

I wish Nastya the best of luck! :kiss: :hearts: :worship:

Jan 3rd, 2004, 06:15 PM
This week she will play Hopman Cup. She and Marat will play their first match on Monday against France. I hope Nastya can beat Amelie and Marat is in good form again :)
Good luck Russia and Nastya !!!!!

Jan 5th, 2004, 02:43 AM
Nastya plays Mauresmo in about 7 hours.
I can't wait to see the Russian # 1 back on court to start 2004.
Udachi Nastya!!

Jan 5th, 2004, 03:08 AM
Best of luck Nast :kiss:

Jan 5th, 2004, 03:30 AM
Go Myskina :bounce:

Jan 5th, 2004, 02:57 PM
France won the Hopmans Cup tie 2-1. Santoro is a tremendous doubles player, and he went at Nastya almost all the time. Nastya was not happy in the second set of mixed, which France won 6-3, 6-4.
In singles, Nastya was up 4-1 in the second set but lost to Mauresmo.
But it was a good return for Marat. Nastya has to remember that it's just the start of 2004. Wins will start coming.

Jan 5th, 2004, 03:46 PM
Well, that's not good that Nastya lost but Mauresmo i great player. That's pity they didn't won doubles too but I think Nastya isn't so good doubles player and Amelie and Santoro are great volleyers.So I hope she and Marat can win with Czech Republic now. It should be easier match. And then USA will be tough but they can win it too. So France would have to loose one time.
Good luck Nastya in secong round !!! You can do it !!! :)

Jan 5th, 2004, 03:50 PM
It was a very difficult way to start the year for Nastya. In the mixed, Santoro hit to Nastya dozens of times, she just couldn't handle his attacking game.
Mauresmo is a very good player. Now Nastya needs to win some matches.

Jan 5th, 2004, 08:59 PM
Santoro :(

Jan 5th, 2004, 09:20 PM
So that had to be really hard. Santoro should have fight with Marat more, not with poor Nastya :( Ican imagine how it was hard for her. But Good luck later Nastya !!!

Jan 5th, 2004, 09:29 PM
Not only was Nastya playing the world's # 4, but Mauresmo just played two exhibition matches in Belgium. She was more ready for this.
Nastya played well. She won several points with her down the line first serve. Mauresmo was able to attack some of Nastya's second serves.
In the doubles, Santoro was the best volleyer. And he kept the pressure on Nastya.
But this is an exhibition that gives Nastya three singles and doubles matches to prepare for Sydney and Melbourne.
And Nastya won't be playing # 4 in the first round anymore.
Udachi Nastya!

Jan 5th, 2004, 09:35 PM
Yeah, that's true. It will definitely help her. Mauresmo lost her exhibition match to Sharapova so it's not anything bad that Nastya lost to world's #4 her first season match.
And please tell, how was Nastya's serve? Is she more confident with that or second is light like it was before?

Jan 5th, 2004, 09:41 PM
Mauresmo was able to attack some of her second serves. Her serve was okay. There were a lot of long, well played games. The score was 6-2, 7-6(2).
But Nastya was serving at 4-2, 30-30. It was a close second set. I think Nastya needed the first set. Mauresmo lost her first set in Belgium 6-1.
I'll see Nastya's second match tomorrow night. In about 29 hours. She plays Strycova.

Jan 5th, 2004, 09:49 PM
That's so cool for you that you can see her. I am missing her a lot :p
But I am pretty sure she will beat Strycova. The match with Mauresmo was close and it was her first one, so really it gives lot of hope.
I think that she will win now and then we will know much more when she will play Davenport, cuz she will be bigger challenge.
Thanks for reporting goldenlox. I hope I could see her...

Jan 5th, 2004, 11:43 PM
I want to give the correct times. Nastya will play Strycova in 51 hours. That's Wednesday night for me. And Nastya plays Davenport in 75 hours. Friday night in New York.

Jan 6th, 2004, 01:54 PM
GL,Did Barbora play well? :)

Jan 6th, 2004, 03:27 PM
I've only seen Strycova play once. About 12 hours ago against Davenport.
I thought she looked really good. Good serve, good power, good placement, decent movement.
I think she's going to have an excellent career on the tour.
She plays Nastya tomorrow night. I'll have a report on that match.

Jan 6th, 2004, 03:50 PM
Thanks Gl.I hope Nastya will crunsh her :armed:

Jan 8th, 2004, 01:43 AM
Nastya plays Strycova in 20 minutes. Russia has to beat the Czech Republic to have a chance to win the Hopman Cup.

Jan 8th, 2004, 02:36 AM
Nastya won the first set 6-3, in 25 minutes. Strycova just goes for winners. And makes a lot of UE's. Nastya is moving her around.
Marat plays Novak afterwards. Then mixed. Russia has to win 6 sets to 0 to stay alive for tomorrow's tie with the USA to be meaningful.

Jan 8th, 2004, 03:36 AM
Nastya won 6-3, 7-6(0). The second set was long and sloppy. Both players made many, many UE's.
Nastya can learn from this. No matter how your opponent tries to slow the pace, or break your rhythm, you have to stay focused on every shot. And Nastya didn't.
Fred Stolle said Nastya serves with her arm, not her body. He said that was Hingis' weakness. He also said Nastya hits her forehand off the back foot too often.
Now Safin plays Novak. Then mixed.

Jan 8th, 2004, 10:57 AM
Nast :) :(

Jan 8th, 2004, 03:53 PM
Russia won't make the finals, so Nastya plays her last singles match in about 10 hours against Davenport.
I'd like to see Nastya stay focused. And to be a little steadier in every aspect of her game.
Next week, it counts. Udachi Nastya!

Jan 8th, 2004, 11:05 PM
they are still in it go to the hopman cup website and it says that the winner of the usa vs. russia will go to the finals vs. australia.

Jan 8th, 2004, 11:09 PM
I hope that's true. But the tv commentators say different.
Marat and Nastya are not a good mixed team.

Jan 9th, 2004, 12:33 AM
they have to win all three matches. i doubt they will make it to the finals but good luck.

Jan 9th, 2004, 01:05 AM
Whether Russia can reach the final does not really matter for me. I just want Myskina to win against Lindsay. I think she has improved a lot lately. Keep rising Myskina. :bounce:

Jan 9th, 2004, 01:21 AM
yeah i hope she can beat davenport then win the mixed doubles.

Jan 9th, 2004, 01:27 AM
The match starts in about 40 minutes. I hope Nastya continues raising her game more and more. Sydney will have some tough players.
Nastya has a lot of points to defend this month.

Jan 9th, 2004, 03:25 AM
Davenport beat Nastya 6-4, 6-4. Nastya was broken in her first two service games. And in the second set, was down 5-2.
Nastya played well in all three matches. But not in a way that would win Leipzig and Moscow.
It's a long year, and Nastya had three exhibition singles matches to prepare for Sydney.
It's time to play for real. And to hold serve.
Udachi Nastya!

Jan 9th, 2004, 03:32 AM
I think Myskina's style is similar to Hingis's. When it comes to power, sometimes, she cannot handle it. Dapenport is such a powerful player. Myskina can match up with Justine and Momo, but it would be more difficult for her to handle the Williams, Kim, and maybe Jenn. Anyway, this tournament benefits her. She has played great players so far. I do hope she will do well in Sydney and AO. Go Myskina :bounce:

Jan 9th, 2004, 09:28 AM
So close :sad: I know Linds is tough :)

Good luck in Sydney & AO Nast :kiss:

Jan 9th, 2004, 06:04 PM
Well, they lost byt the most important thing is that Nastya could play three matches not in that important tournament, check her form and get used to matches. She played two great player to which she lost but for sure playing with Amelia and Lindsay was great preparation for Sydney. As she said the real tennis will start this week and she got some match-rythm. It was very needed week for her and I'm full of hope for Sydney ! Go Nastya !!!!

Jan 9th, 2004, 06:11 PM
I saw all three matches. Mauresmo and Davenport are top players. And Strycova plays a wild game, with a lot of winners and UE's.
It should be good preparation for Sydney.

Jan 10th, 2004, 04:25 PM
Yeah, Nastya did great job even losing these two matches. In Sydney I think it will be much more better. Nasya is great player :)

Jan 10th, 2004, 04:34 PM
Nastya starts 2004 in Sydney against Lisa Raymond. They last played in 2002 Zurich, with Nastya winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Udachi Nastya! Now it counts.

Jan 11th, 2004, 11:51 AM
Nastya won again in 3 sets :D :)
well done Nastya :woohoo: :)

Jan 11th, 2004, 12:14 PM
Does she love to play three sets or what? :o

Jan 11th, 2004, 12:36 PM
Important win for Nastya

Jan 11th, 2004, 02:59 PM
According to the report, she was up a break in the 2nd set and was also leading 5-1 in the 3rd. She is still having her lapses in concentration, I guess.

But a win is a win :)

Davai, Nastia, keep going

Jan 11th, 2004, 06:07 PM
Nastya was really pissed off today. She won first set easily hitting winners from everywhere. I don't know what happened in the next two, probably she wasn't focused anymore. She was talking in russian to hersalf ( :P). But important is that she won. It was first match in WTA tourament so it's really important. Now she will play either Patty or Amanda.
Goooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!

Jan 11th, 2004, 06:23 PM
Myskina's attitude on court might let her down sometimes, but I am sure she will do much better next match. She said her main goal is not Sydney but AO. Good luck, Myskina. :bounce:

Jan 11th, 2004, 09:17 PM
It's good to start the year with a win. Nastya is going to get a great seeding in Melbourne. And I want her to get at least to the quarters. So this week is preparation.
It's a long year. I think Nastya will improve with each match.

Jan 11th, 2004, 09:52 PM
Yep, she can go to quarters if she will be playing well. But there will have to play one of top 4 seeded. This week can tell a lot, anyway :)
Good luck Nastya !!!

Jan 13th, 2004, 03:39 PM
Nastya plays Coetzer, who beat Nastya 6-2, 6-4 in Eastbourne last summer.
Time for revenge. Udachi Nastya!

Jan 13th, 2004, 03:42 PM
Nastya and Vera lost their doubles to Krizan/Srebotnik.:sad:

But now Nastya can concentrate on singles and really play her best. My friend told me that she was smiling a lot during her practice but was also very intensive with it.
She plays her second round tomorrw and she will meet Coetzer. I think it will be tough match because Nastya has never like players like her, Martinez, Pistolesi that returns almost every ball. But she is much better player and I belive she wil lwin :)
C'mon Nastya !!!!!!!!:cool:

Jan 13th, 2004, 03:55 PM
I was hoping Nastya and Vera would become a good team. Vera needs an older successful partner, as someone to watch, and learn from. And Nastya is perfect for that.
Now for this week, it's just singles for the Russian #1.
I'll think she'll beat Coetzer this time.

Jan 14th, 2004, 10:13 AM
Comfortable win against A. Coetzer. Undoubtedly, the Russians have a better tournament than a year ago.

Jan 14th, 2004, 12:36 PM
:woohoo: Nastya :yeah:

Jan 14th, 2004, 01:01 PM
Nastya was in great form :woohoo: :D
over 2600 pts now :) and looking good :)

next match vs Mauresmo is tough but she can do it
go Nastya :D :) good luck :hug:

Jan 14th, 2004, 01:33 PM
Wohoo !!!
Well done Nastya !!! :)
Second set 6-0 !! :)
I think she will feel very confident now and that's very good for match with Mauresmo !!

Jan 14th, 2004, 04:37 PM
I think she can beat Mauresmo again. Play like she did and victory's in her hands.

Jan 15th, 2004, 05:19 AM
Myskina also lost to Momo 4-6 6-7. :sad: But, she has had a good week. Good luck at AO.

Jan 15th, 2004, 11:10 AM
Nastya is still a little off her best form. But I think she's ready for week one.
I know I am. Udachi Nastya!

Jan 15th, 2004, 11:55 AM
Nothing happened.
Good luck Nastya!

Jan 15th, 2004, 03:03 PM
uresmo is good player. Both sets very close so taht's not so bad :)

At Australian Open Nastya will be very good, I belive :)

Jan 15th, 2004, 04:59 PM
Good fight Nastya :)

Now defend your points at AO ;)

Jan 15th, 2004, 08:42 PM
Nastya will be the #6 seed in Melbourne. Now it's just a few hours until the draw is released. I can't wait.

Jan 15th, 2004, 11:55 PM
Nastya's first round opponent is. Sofia ARVIDSSON (SWE). One match at a time.
Udachi Nastya!

Jan 16th, 2004, 01:00 AM
An all Russian third round is possible-
Anastasia Myskina RUS (6)
Sofia Arvidsson SWE
Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI
Sophie Ferguson AUS
Teryn Ashley USA
Conchita Martinez Granados ESP
Maria Sharapova RUS (28)

Jan 16th, 2004, 07:17 PM
Make it again Nast :D

Jan 16th, 2004, 09:34 PM
Sharapova looks bit scary but Nastya for sure can beat her :)
In fourth round she will probably have Rubin like last year ;)
Go Nastya !!!! Kick some ass there !!! :)

Jan 16th, 2004, 09:57 PM
It's hard to not look ahead to the third and fourth rounds. But Nastya has to go one match at a time.
That's how she reached #7 in the world. And if Kim is injured, this could be Nastya's best major yet.

Jan 18th, 2004, 03:08 PM
Nastya and Vera play Asa Svensson SWE and Meilen Tu USA in doubles.
In singles, Nastya plays Sofia Arvidsson SWE.
Udachi Nastya!

Jan 18th, 2004, 03:25 PM
I think ggod opponents for both first rounds. So far Kim is playing but we never now how her ankle will be during the tournament.
I hope Nastya can make her best slam result here :)
Go girl !!! :)

Jan 18th, 2004, 03:41 PM
With injuries to Capriati and Davenport, the next several weeks could be Nastya's best chance to reach the top 5.
5 (6) J. CAPRIATI 2764.00
6 (5) L. DAVENPORT 2419.00
7 (7) A. MYSKINA 2378.00
8 (8) E. DEMENTIEVA 2373.00
9 (9) A. SUGIYAMA 2369.00

Both Nastya and Elena are getting closer.

Jan 18th, 2004, 09:56 PM
Yep :)
That is for sure goos ocasion. Capriati withfrew but Davenport still plays and her shoulder injury seems to not be so big. We have to wait till she will be playing and how her injury will be. I wish Davenport to be fine because it would be not fair play to wish her injury again and I like her...but it would be just great for Nastya :D If Kim's ankle was not good she could make semis...then top 5 would be more realistic :)

Jan 19th, 2004, 02:53 PM
With Elena and Nadia losing in the first round, Nastya has to stay focused, and not look ahead.
Udachi Nastya!

Jan 19th, 2004, 04:45 PM
Go Anastasia Tonight Win!! :hearts:

Jan 20th, 2004, 12:42 AM
Nastya won 6-2, 7-5. Good start. Keep going.

Jan 20th, 2004, 12:53 AM
well done Nastya :D :)
got close in 2nd but she got thru in 2 :)

come on Nastya now :) just keep going now

Jan 20th, 2004, 09:12 AM
Homework done. Good

Jan 20th, 2004, 02:52 PM
Great Nastya !! :)
That's very good win, probably she had some lack of concentration in the second but the most important is that she menaged to win in two :)
Keep going !!!!

Jan 20th, 2004, 08:59 PM
Nastya was broken late in the second. She's going to have to improve to go far with her tough draw.
Davai Nastya!

Jan 20th, 2004, 09:01 PM

I really like this outfit that Nastya is wearing at the AO. :hearts:
But ouchhhh her head... :p

Jan 20th, 2004, 09:05 PM
Nastya learned that from playing doubles with Vera.
Racket throwing can be dangerous.

Jan 21st, 2004, 10:42 AM
LOL @ the pic :lol:

Jan 21st, 2004, 07:56 PM
Nastya plays Gagliardi today. They've split two matches, both going three sets.
Nastya and Vera play Asa Svensson SWE and Meilen Tu USA in doubles.
So two matches today for the Russian #1.

Jan 22nd, 2004, 12:23 AM
Nastya 6-2, 6-4. Good luck next round.

Jan 22nd, 2004, 01:40 AM
Nice win by Nastya! I can't wait for her next match!

Jan 22nd, 2004, 03:09 AM
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sixth seed Anastasia Myskina swept past Emmanuelle Gagliardi 6-2 6-4 to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

The Russian, who reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne and at the U.S. Open last year, raced through the first set and secured the vital break in the seventh game of the second set after a wild forehand from her Swiss opponent.

Myskina squandered her first two match points, the second on a nervous double-fault, but another forehand error from Gagliardi wrapped up a comfortable victory for the 22-year-old from Moscow.

Jan 22nd, 2004, 09:55 AM
Good win.

Jan 22nd, 2004, 10:46 AM
Well done Nastya! Good luck in the next round :bigclap:

Jan 22nd, 2004, 02:14 PM
Okay, luckily I had the pleasure to watch Nastya's match with Gagliardi today :)
Here is very short report about it.
First Nastya has very pretty outfit and looks very good ;)
With the match:
Nastya started very very strong with her great game. She was hitting very hard and precise and was hitting winners or forcing Gagliardi to make errors after her great shots. In the opening game she broke to love and then was playing so well, really. Almost wasn't making any mistakes but just playing strong and very smart game. She was just so calm and hitting strong and difficult shots with such a confidence :hearts: She was just too good and took 5-0 lead and was serving for the match. Everything was great she had 40-15 but double faulted and the hit on the net..And here she started doing her famous things :P She lost that game and one after that but closed the set 6-2.
In the second set it started to be bit tougher. Anastasia seemed not to be so focus as she was at the beginning. But I think that's normal, when your shots are so good and you you you have so huga advantage it is just so hard to stay at the same level of concentration... Anyway she was winning her service games. It was funny to watch :D After every error, sometimes even that forced she was so mad at herself, talking to herself, throwing raquet, screaming and all those her things. She was just so pissed off. But she wasn't losing her serve games, actually in the middle of the set she won two in a row to love so it was still good. At 3-3 she finally broke Gagliardi and took advantage that let her win the match. She won her service game too and was leading 5-3 when Gagliardi was serving. We could see she really wanted to close this match at that moment but unfortunately hit a forhand few metres in aut and (that was funny) screamed veeery loud 'WHY ?????' ;)
But the next game she was serving and with calm and confidence closed up the match 6-4 in second set.
In conclusion I can say that she is in really good form now. We could see how great she is able to play when she is well-focused in the first set. but just the opponent was much worse and that's clear she wasn't playing on that level whole match. But I think that when she will be playing with tougher opponents like Rubin or Kim she will be fine. Just her game in the first set was GREAT.

Thanks Nastya :)

Jan 22nd, 2004, 02:52 PM
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 06:57 PM
I'm glad Nastya played well. This next match is important. A big part of the Sharapova hype is to belittle Nastya's accomplishments.
If Nastya loses, these tennis commentators will make it seem like being the Russian #1 for 2002 and 2003, and winning the KC, are nothing.

Jan 23rd, 2004, 11:01 AM
Nastya has to really focus for this match. I don't believe anything coming out of the Sharapova camp. They are all proven liars.
Nastya has to treat Maria as if she's totally healthy. Don't just try to run her around. Play your normal game.
Udachi Nastya!

Jan 23rd, 2004, 12:08 PM
Nastya has to really focus for this match. I don't believe anything coming out of the Sharapova camp. They are all proven liars.
Nastya has to treat Maria as if she's totally healthy. Don't just try to run her around. Play your normal game.
Surely Myskina has already got more than enough much better, more professional and more effective advice from her own camp.

Jan 23rd, 2004, 12:52 PM
If both Maria and Nastya play their beest, it will be Nastya winning. Masha is good player but I don't really understand why she is such a big star, it's because of her look. Her tennis is very good but nothing better that other high ranked players. Nastya is #7 and she won all these things and she is Russian no.1 . If she plays like she did in first set in 2r she will win this match. Because which top players has Maria beat? Ok, she was winning Tier IV tournaments and was playing really well but to beat top ten player you have to play really great or need the opponent's errors.
In three words - Nastya should win :)
C'mon !!!! :)

Jan 23rd, 2004, 01:28 PM
she was winning Tier IV tournaments.
Masha won 2 Tier III titles.

Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:09 PM
Good luck Nastia. Stop swearing like a sailor and focus on your game

Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:14 PM
Is it necessary to bark at Maria here? Let's talk about Nastia on her thread ;)

Jan 23rd, 2004, 04:07 PM
It's tough as your favorite goes to play another favorite of yours. So i'll cheer for them both GO Girls :bounce: :bounce:

Jan 23rd, 2004, 04:16 PM
With Maria's injury, Myskina have a good chance to win, but I actually don't want this to happen. They both should be 100%, so that the winner will be proud of herself and her performance. Good luck, Myskina :bounce: .

Jan 23rd, 2004, 04:45 PM
Sorry for mistake SharapovaFan.

Maria withdrew from her doubles match with an injury but I hope she will be okay today. I want Nastya to win but I also want the match to be played :)

Jan 23rd, 2004, 05:08 PM
God somehow when Marat safin does his pissed off thing he come-off looking better than Anastasia. Why is that?
Anastasia don't do it anymore ok.?

Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:11 PM
good luck Nastya tonight :)
Nastya's been pretty much consistent since the US Hardcourt season.

Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:20 PM
I want Maria to give Nastya the walkover.
If Nastya wins, she won't get credit for it, because Maria retired yesterday.
And if Nastya loses, will Maria be healthy enough to win another match?

Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:35 PM
Maria wasn't going to beat Nastya, unless Nastya had one of her very inconsistent days... which have been gone since Toronto.

This injury sucks... now the Masha "fans" have so many excuses for this "future Grand Slam winner" who's yet to defeat a Top 10 player.

Jan 23rd, 2004, 08:02 PM
Maybe not since Toronto because she lost fast in Filderstadt too. But after that she was just playing great so I think that even if the match will be played, Nastya will win it. She has to show who rulz in Russia !! ;)

Jan 24th, 2004, 03:31 AM
Nastya wins the first set 6-4. Keep going.

Jan 24th, 2004, 03:45 AM
nastya's down 0-3 in the second

Jan 24th, 2004, 03:46 AM
Nastya's having trouble holding. She didn't play that well in Perth.
She's not in her best form. She has to fight, gut out a win, if she can.

Jan 24th, 2004, 03:53 AM
Nastya looks like she may lose this 2nd set...

She has to hang tough... Maria's showing a tendency of not being able to finish tight matches against better players.

Just keep fightin' Nastya, and you'll pull through. :)

Jan 24th, 2004, 04:06 AM
Nastya's not holding serve, I think she's a big underdog this third set.

Jan 24th, 2004, 04:44 AM
Nastya won 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. She's going to have to hold serve more effectively to beat a player at Rubin's level.
Still, Nastya showed who's Russian # 1, and who isn't.

Jan 24th, 2004, 05:07 AM
It's good that Myskina won. Maria is a good returner, IMO. She also ate up Elena's serve in HK. Chanda on the other hand never takes advantages of the weak serve when she plays Elena. However, Chanda is Chanda. She can be really dangerous. If Myskina wanna win, she needs to be focus more than today. She loses concentration pretty easily.
Go Myskina :bounce:.

Jan 24th, 2004, 05:51 AM
I really like Nastya's chances against Chanda.

Chanda hasn't been playing great really for the past few months, and if Nastya just remains consistent, I think she'll win. :)

Then, she'll face Kim again... and unfortunately, they're not playing in Leipzig, so Nastya will be dismissed rather easily.

Jan 24th, 2004, 07:20 AM
Funny, funny match, with all little gamesmanship in it.

Jan 24th, 2004, 11:53 AM
Yes !!!!!!!!!!!! :)
I knew it :p
Wow, that's just great !!! :)
Nastya showed young Sharapova who is the best in Russia :) But she said it was really nervous match anyway
Thanks Nastya !!!!!!! http://jelly-dokic.com/board/images/smiles/icon_ok.gif

A. MYSKINA/M. Sharapova

6-4, 1-6, 6-2

An interview with:


Q. How did you find that match?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Right now I feel great. During the match, it wasn't kind of really good because I was really nervous.

Again, when two Russians play, it's always kind of nervous match. I know that was not really the best match today, but I really happy that I won.

Q. Had you played her before?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No, that was the first match ever.

Q. And what sort of things will you be working on before your next match?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I play Chanda, I guess. I play her here last year, same round. We know each other really well. Just know I have to do best things on the court. Just have to put pressure on her and definitely have to serve better. Just fight for every point.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about her game, what it was like playing against Sharapova?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I believe Maria, she not played that good today. I think she was really nervous, yeah, as me. I just, you know, had no idea the way she play. Just knew she hit the ball pretty hard.

But I just had to put the ball better, you know, one more shot than her.

Jan 24th, 2004, 11:56 AM
For Chanda I'm pretty sure Nastya can beat her. She isn't in her best form right now,even had to play three tight sets with Svensson in first round.
And I guess Nastya should be less nervous, because she is most nervous when she plays Russian...If she will play well and will be focused through the whole match she will win :)

Jan 24th, 2004, 03:18 PM
Nastya and Rubin have split 4 matches. Nastya won the last one here, 6-1 in the third last year.
Rubin didn't win a set in Hong Kong singles. The other three are out of this tournament.
It shows how meaningless exhibition results are.