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ys
Feb 27th, 2004, 07:05 AM
Sveta beat a weakened Venus. When Sveta is winning Moscow & Leipzig, give me a call.
Are you a call girl?

ys
Feb 27th, 2004, 07:41 AM
In connection with certain recent events there must be a serious anti-Russian hystery in Qatar now. I am a bit scared for our girls who go there..

Daniel
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:30 AM
Nastya need to be relaxed and focus, not getitng upset with herself. She haas the game to beat Meghann easily but guess she got impatience
Now, In Qatar, she must be focus and at least reach the semis
Vamos Anastasia!!! :kiss:

~|Naomi|~
Feb 27th, 2004, 12:40 PM
One stat that is kind of :eek: from this year already is her tiebreak record, last year she was 8-1 in tiebreks. This year Nastya is 0-4, I know it is early days and she can turn this around but still not a great start and you'd hope she would have one at least one.

Lost tiebreaks this year:
QF Dubai to Shaughnessy (don't know this TB score sorry:o )
QF AO to Kim (9-11)
4th Round AO to Rubin (3-7)
QF Sydney to Mauresmo (4-7)

So apart from the one with Kim she hasn't done particularly well in making them competitive:sad:

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 02:06 PM
Nastya did win a tiebreak set against Strycova at Hopman. :)

The biggest problem is that she lost to Kim and Amelie twice in tiebreaks. They're better players.

cool_olga
Feb 27th, 2004, 04:54 PM
Goldenlox, don't take too much from this loss. It can always happen. It can be either accident or Nastya's bad form. I hope that first thing. This is first tournament for a long time and I think we can't judge anything from two mathes. We have to see how she will be playing in Doha and next tournies.
For Rolland Garros, I agree with Evanescence and Naomi. Nastya hadn't got good results there but she actually had breakthrough year in 2003. She wasn't that good in past years. Now she is completely different player and past results mean nothing. She plays good on any surface. She says she doesn't have favourite but I heard one time she said she likes clay. So if she'll be in good shape she will make good result there, because she should have pretty good seeding. But I think it's too early to talk about French Open now :p
Doha is important. Nastya will have hard times, defending her title with Serena and Amelie there. But I hope she'll be fine

vaiva
Feb 27th, 2004, 05:06 PM
Neither Serena nor Amelie play in Doha.

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 27th, 2004, 05:18 PM
Nastya still has shot at #5 at Doha :)
this time she has to take it :)

Daniel
Feb 28th, 2004, 04:49 AM
Yeah, this week in Doha she better be completely ready and give her best!!!! :)

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 28th, 2004, 03:52 PM
Nastya possible 2nd rd vs Likhovtseva in Doha after bye
Nastya due to meet Dokic in QF

go Nastya, defend your title :)

goldenlox
Feb 28th, 2004, 05:37 PM
A tremendous draw for Nastya-
J. Dokic (Yugoslavia) / N. Pratt (Australia)
. Qualifier 2 () / . J. Zheng (China)
. Qualifier 3 () / . E. Likhovtseva (Russia)
Bye / A. Myskina (Russia)
===============================
S. Farina Elia (Italy) / L. Krasnoroutskaya (Russia)
P. Mandula (Hungary) / . J. Kostanic (Croatia)
E. Callens (Belgium) / . Qualifier 3 ()
Bye / J. Capriati (USA)

But after losing again to Meghann, there is a limit to my optimism. Enjoy the bye, and go one match at a time.

- L i n a -
Feb 28th, 2004, 05:41 PM
A friendly draw, but if Jen starts playing well again, that's not good for Nastya.

goldenlox
Feb 28th, 2004, 05:42 PM
That's the semis. Lets win one first.

- L i n a -
Feb 28th, 2004, 05:46 PM
Well, if Nastya's playing well, she'll breeze by the first 2 rounds.

goldenlox
Feb 28th, 2004, 05:49 PM
If she is playing well, she beats Meghann. I don't know where her game is now, but this draw is sweet.

goldenlox
Feb 29th, 2004, 01:30 AM
Nastya only got 1 point at IW and Miami last year.
So she needs to play well now. And get into the top 5.

Daniel
Feb 29th, 2004, 03:50 AM
:bounce: :worship: Good luck :bounce: :worship:
I expect her to reach the semis at least and i know she will!!! :yeah:

ys
Feb 29th, 2004, 04:46 PM
Russian diplomats suggest that there is a high probability of actions against Russian tennis players in Qatar and they could be quite likely detained as a retaliation for Russian Secret Services detaining yesterday two Qatar wrestlers for a reason of faulty custom declaration ( which was an obvious retaliation for Qatar secret services arresting two Russian agents who allegedly made a succcessful assassination of a Chechen leader in Qatar few days ago ). The story turns ugly, I think our girls should withdraw from Doha tournament. It's not worth of risk becoming a pawn in political game.

http://www.sovsport.ru/news/default.asp?id=145500

http://www.gazeta.ru/2004/02/26/box_3849.shtml

goldenlox
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:29 PM
If there is any danger, they should skip it. Sveta should skip it anyway.
But I think they are getting advice, aren't they? Doha officials must be aware of this.

goldenlox
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:38 PM
They must be there already. There are a lot of girls there. Nastya, Sveta, Lina, Vera D., Lena L.

ys
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:47 PM
If there is any danger, they should skip it. Sveta should skip it anyway.
But I think they are getting advice, aren't they? Doha officials must be aware of this.
If something happens, Qatar will lose this tournament.

- L i n a -
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:48 PM
Qatar and Dubai shouldn't have high level tournaments in the first place... if they don't give the opportunity for all players to compete.

goldenlox
Feb 29th, 2004, 06:54 PM
They must have security. That means no sightseeing.
It could mean great results. No off court stuff, just tennis.

cool_olga
Feb 29th, 2004, 07:42 PM
I hope Nastya and other Russian girls will be fine..If Doha makes serious, high level tournament they should have very good security. And in this situation they should be even more carefull.

Nastya was given great draw this time. Capriati lost early in Dubai, she can beat her. Like other girls before. Dokic now is not big problem...I even am wondering if she can make quarters. But Nastya should make a final here and then maybe defend title:) I wish her that with whole my heart :)

goldenlox
Feb 29th, 2004, 07:56 PM
And look what happened in NY after the 2001 US Open. If any players stayed in NY until Tuesday, they couldn't fly out. After 9/11, all the airports were closed.
Then they played the US Open in 2002, and 2003.
They have security.

goldenlox
Feb 29th, 2004, 08:13 PM
It's really the next tournament where Nastya can make up ground. Last year she lost her first match to Sveta in IW.
Win some matches in IW and Key Biscayne. Nastya needs to play well now. Vacation's over.

ys
Feb 29th, 2004, 09:22 PM
http://www.sport-express.ru/foto/231str/1412_500.jpg

:hearts:

ys
Feb 29th, 2004, 10:26 PM
Long and extremely interesting Nastya's interview.

http://www.sport-express.ru/art.shtml?82309

moo_ont
Mar 1st, 2004, 12:40 AM
Long and extremely interesting Nastya's interview.

http://www.sport-express.ru/art.shtml?82309
Thanks, ys. Really good interview even though I had some difficulties catching meanings of some parts. It's also great to know Myskina has strong desire to win French Open. I think this will help her play well there. :) And, she wanna play Elena D in the final. I wonder why. It's good though.

Anyway, good luck in Doha, Myskina. :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Mathijs
Mar 1st, 2004, 11:53 AM
Best of luck to Nastya in doha Go Nastya!!! :worship: :kiss:

cool_olga
Mar 1st, 2004, 12:50 PM
Anyone could translate this interview?...Or at least tell the most interesting things Nastya said? Plssssssss
Great pic! :)

JLDementieva
Mar 1st, 2004, 03:14 PM
you can go to babefish and have them translate the webpage, but it's not really good, I couldn't really understand the translation they had....

goldenlox
Mar 2nd, 2004, 01:14 AM
This is from Matthew Cronin-

"Sweet-sixteen Maria is three years younger than Vera, but must realize after falling 7-6 (5), 6-2 to the zapping Z just who the ace in Russian women's tennis, No, it's not Anastasia Myskina. You have to out-tough Vera to beat her and Sharapova isn't a street brawler just yet."

Nastya gets very little respect from most tennis writers. She will have to earn respect on court, when others don't have to.

Udachi Nastya!

- L i n a -
Mar 2nd, 2004, 01:18 AM
Cronin's an ass.

Sounds like he doesn't give Vera much credit either.

goldenlox
Mar 2nd, 2004, 01:20 AM
Ageed. But Nastya gets nothing. From Cronin and Maria.

goldenlox
Mar 2nd, 2004, 03:17 AM
I think that Nastya will have to do something very special to get any respect. More than just get into the top 5. Which is very difficult.
The media wants to go right past her when giving credit.

ys
Mar 2nd, 2004, 03:35 AM
Ageed. But Nastya gets nothing. From Cronin and Maria.
Who TF cares about Cronin and Maria?

goldenlox
Mar 2nd, 2004, 03:39 AM
Everyone is entitled to an opinion. But I want Russian #1 to mean something.
It's hard to get there, and stay there. It means something to me.

Daniel
Mar 2nd, 2004, 06:43 AM
Vamos Anastasia!!! :D :D

cool_olga
Mar 2nd, 2004, 01:24 PM
She is very underestimated...She always says it means very much to her to be number one in Russia. It's a huge country and now has the most good players and It's extremely hard to lead them. Who knows where Maria will be and who knows how far will Vera go, but now simply Nastya is the best there and it's unfair that she gets no respect :(
She's already proved how good she is but it still is not enough for them :(
But she's the best for me, for sure

the cat
Mar 2nd, 2004, 03:05 PM
Perhaps Maria Sharapova learned not crediting her opponents from Anna Kournikova. ;) :p Really I'm surprised people are upset with Masha for blaming herself with her loss to Nastya instead of crediting Myskina. Generally women's tennis players blame themselves instead of crediting their opponents when they lose a match. And anyone who saw that match know it was poorly played by both players who made too many unforced errors. Nastya moved better and got more balls back than Sharapova did and that's why she won the match.

When Venus Williams beat Anna Kournikova in the 1998 Lipton final Anna made excuses about losing and did not credit Venus.

C_O, it's true that Nastya deserves more credit than she gets. But she is also free from the enormous pressure the big name players face. I think Anastasia has the talent to make a grand slam semifinal. The question is will she?

goldenlox
Mar 2nd, 2004, 07:29 PM
Nastya plays Elena L. They met once, in Doha 2003. Nastya won 6-3, 6-1.
This is a good matchup for Nastya.

cool_olga
Mar 2nd, 2004, 07:46 PM
You're right her cat. It's less pressure on her, that can help also but players should have respect.
I think she will beat Elene. It is alays hard when you play one of your best friends but at least it shouldn't be that nervous.
If she and Dokic win we'll have interesting QF..
Good luck! :)

goldenlox
Mar 2nd, 2004, 08:21 PM
Nastya has singles and doubles tomorrow. She and Lina play Liggan/Nagy.

Daniel
Mar 3rd, 2004, 06:54 AM
Good luck against Elena :yeah:

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 3rd, 2004, 03:22 PM
Nastya came thru 6-1 3-6 6-1 :yeah:
nice win and closer to #6
next is Zheng who dumped Dokic out

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

cool_olga
Mar 3rd, 2004, 05:06 PM
Wohoo !!!!!!!!!!!!
This was great fight :) Congratulations Nastya!
Zheng should be beaten by Nastya. The fact she defeated Jelena isn't so suprising.
Nastya should earn her place in semis!

cool_olga
Mar 3rd, 2004, 05:09 PM
Picture from draw ceremonyhttp://www.polfoto.dk/Polfoto/Photo/Live/watermarking/AP165689.jpg

goldenlox
Mar 3rd, 2004, 07:28 PM
Nastya plays J. Zheng next. This is some draw. I'd like to see Nastya get match tough this week.
And play great in the Tier I's coming.

the cat
Mar 3rd, 2004, 07:34 PM
I hope Anastasia doesn't overlook Zheng. Zheng will have alot of confidence after beating Dokic.

goldenlox
Mar 3rd, 2004, 07:40 PM
I can't see Nastya overlooking anybody. The question is- how well is Nastya playing?
I can't tell from losing to Meghann, and having a long match with Elena L.

TartarVicario
Mar 3rd, 2004, 07:41 PM
I saw Jie played against Mashara last year.She has a nice forehand and backhand.She can move you around the court but lacks of power.

goldenlox
Mar 3rd, 2004, 07:53 PM
She lost to Vera D. in Melbourne. It's a great draw for Nastya.

cool_olga
Mar 3rd, 2004, 08:11 PM
I can't tell from losing to Meghann, and having a long match with Elena L.
Did you see she had big bandage on her left leg in Dubai? Maybe that explains something. She had to play long three sets with Maghan and maybe it was too much with small injury.
And I think it is something typical for Anastasia. She often wins three sets and that doesn't tell she's in bad form.

goldenlox
Mar 3rd, 2004, 08:29 PM
If Nastya would have beaten Shaughnessy, I could have seen her on the Tennis Channel. I saw Sveta twice on tv from Dubai.
It's a long year. I want Nastya to get into the top 5. And stay there.
And do well at the majors. These Tier II's come and go.

~|Naomi|~
Mar 4th, 2004, 01:42 AM
Well done to Anastasia nice fight:) now win and make the semis:p

I really hope Anastasia can make her first grand slam semi this year. I think it will be tough, but know she can do it. Perhaps US Open is her best shot? But she is good on grass to so I think she has a chance at Wimbledon as well. I think she should make QF at Wimbledon this year with a top 8 seeding.

Just in case you guys are interested these are Anastasia's head to head record with the top 20, you probably know them all but it was interesting for me cause I am a realtively new fan (since Leipzig last year - although I first started really watching her matches and hten results around Wimbledon).

JHH 2-4
Kim 3-4
Mauresmo 1-5
Davenport 0-2
Serena 0-2
Capriati 0-4
Dementieva 3-3
Rubin 3-2
Sugiyama 2-2
Petrova 3-1
Zvonareva 0-1
Suarez 1-1
Farina 0-2
Dokic 2-4
Venus 0-2
Schnyder 2-1
Pistolesi1-1
Martinez 2-0
Kuznetsova 1-1
Maleeva2-1
and 21 Schiavone 1-0

goldenlox
Mar 4th, 2004, 01:50 AM
She had a great chance in Melbourne. Nastya was close to winning that second set, and who knows if Kim could have played another half hour of high level tennis.
And if Nastya won that match, she might have made the final. And Justine didn't play all that well.
But that's water under the bridge now.

~|Naomi|~
Mar 4th, 2004, 02:03 AM
And if Nastya won that match, she might have made the final. And Justine didn't play all that well.


Are you saying you think she would have beaten JHH if she'd made the final?

goldenlox
Mar 4th, 2004, 02:19 AM
No. But Kim was closer to winning this one than the FO and US Open against Justine.
Nastya might have been able to stay close. And if it's close, you never know.

cool_olga
Mar 4th, 2004, 09:40 AM
In Grand Slam final everything can happen. It was her chance, maybe the biggest in whole carrer but it's past and she will have another chance for sure in future :)
Now she has to beat this Chinese in Doha. Btw. This is what she said about this match up ( she's funny again) :P
"I know the Chinese are good in table tennis but when it comes to tennis I don't know," quipped Myskina when asked about the match-up.

I'm looking foward for semi against Jennifer. It would be real test for her.

Daniel
Mar 4th, 2004, 10:34 AM
Good luck in the QF :yeah:

cool_olga
Mar 4th, 2004, 06:58 PM
Wohooo !!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Nastya won 6-2 7-5 !!
She was strugling again in secong set but came from 2-5 to 7-5 !!!! That's good she was fighting
Congratz and good luck against Capriati !!

goldenlox
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:12 PM
Nastya has lost all 4 meeting with Capriati. Now is a good time to start changing that.

- L i n a -
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:14 PM
If she's ever going to beat Jen, this would be the time to do it.

Udachi Nastya... this would be a big step to getting in the Top 5. :)

goldenlox
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:21 PM
Nastya has the rest of her career to take care of Jenn and Linds. These Tier II's aren't as important as the majors, and Tier I's.
But since they are playing, why not start beating her now.

- L i n a -
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:23 PM
Nastya needs to change the trend of constantly losing to players like Jen and Lindsay, though.

Get some confidence against them, and make them feel threatened by you.

Then you have a better chance when the slams come around.

KV
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:28 PM
Into semis as expected. Good luck vs. J. Capriati

goldenlox
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:28 PM
I wanted her to change the trend against Meghann.
I view these two weeks as a prep. Nastya took a few weeks off. She's getting her game back.

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:32 PM
Nastya :) well done, and 2 sets just
great comeback :)

match vs Jen is pretty crucial, a win and she's right close to her.
and a loss ....... dont even wanna think of it.

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

goldenlox
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:34 PM
This isn't crucial like the Kim quarterfinal in Melbourne was crucial.
But you always want to win the next match.

moo_ont
Mar 4th, 2004, 08:23 PM
Well done, Myskina.:D

Good luck against Jenn. Make your career high this time.
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

JLDementieva
Mar 4th, 2004, 10:18 PM
Good Luck Nastya!! You can do it!! :bounce:

goldenlox
Mar 4th, 2004, 11:39 PM
A tired Myskina dug deep to tame Zheng, who showed no fear in going up against her first top-10 opponent.

"She hits the ball unbelievably hard. The harder you hit it the harder it comes back," said Myskina.

"I just tried to make her play to get the balls back and make the points longer. I put up some lobs to mix it up." "My experience helped me. I was very tired but kept focusing on my points," added the Russian.

Daniel
Mar 5th, 2004, 07:59 AM
Go Anastasia, Good luck in the semis :yeah: :worship:

cool_olga
Mar 5th, 2004, 12:03 PM
It will be tought against Jennifer. But now or never. Jen isn't in her best form right now and Nastya has big chance to beat her this time. If she said Zheng played so well that could really help her to get her rhythym back after the break.
Jennifer, look out!

cool_olga
Mar 5th, 2004, 03:30 PM
Match has just started
Nastya 0-1

KV
Mar 5th, 2004, 03:46 PM
Nastya 4-2

KV
Mar 5th, 2004, 03:47 PM
Nastya 5-2

KV
Mar 5th, 2004, 03:51 PM
nastya 6-2

KV
Mar 5th, 2004, 03:59 PM
Nastya 6-2 1-1

KV
Mar 5th, 2004, 04:11 PM
Nastya 6-2 *2-1

KV
Mar 5th, 2004, 04:16 PM
Nastya 6-2 *3-2

KV
Mar 5th, 2004, 04:24 PM
Nastya 6-2 5-2

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 5th, 2004, 04:28 PM
Nastya won 62 62 :banana: :D

a great win :) now only a win away from top 5

go take it Nastya :)
got to grab all the chances u can :)

vaiva
Mar 5th, 2004, 04:29 PM
Congrats Nastia. All-Russian final :)

cool_olga
Mar 5th, 2004, 04:30 PM
Wohoo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, what a big win !!!
Nastya proved that she is veeery good :) She deserves for top 5. Sveta defeated Henin Hardenne. Nastya has a chance to defend her title !!!

Comments from the match:
18:23 MATCH POINT MYSKINA... 40-30... Capriati in control of the first serve rally, but nets a forehand and the Russian wins... GAME SET MATCH 6-2 6-2

18:21 Capriati goes for broke stepping in on the Myskina first serve to fire a first return down the line... better late than never... can the Russian close out the match?

18:20 Myskina takes her first break point, as Capriati's game crumbles once more... the 2-2 game has proven to be the most crucial part of this match, high on unforced errors! MYSKINA 5-2

18:17 Myskina holds serve for the loss of one point to take a 4-2 lead and now the furrowed brow has changed with the complexity of the match

18:15 Powder puff second serve... Myskina breaks as Capriati double faults and bounces her racket in disgust... that must have registered 60 mph on the radar... MYSKINA 3-2, the fifth successive break of the second set

18:13 From a commanding position, Myskina finds herself crying out at every poor line call and shot... psychologically this is helping Capriati's game

18:10 Myskina looks to the sky again as a second backhand hits the net and gifts Capriati a break point, which the American gets with a drop shot winner... 2-2!

18:08 Myskina bounces her racket twice on the ground as a backhand hits the bottom of the net... Capriati secures a break point with this shot...

18:03 The third break of serve in the second sey as Myskina drop shots Capriati, with the American unable to retrieve... Myskina runs to her chair for the change of ends at 2-1

18:03 Myskina bounces back with four straight points to set up break point, but Capriati fires a body serve to tangle the Russian... DEUCE

18:01 Once again Myskina cries out as Capriati is gifted two game points, through a dodgey return 40-15

17:59 Myskina misses a routine service return and as she walks to the other side of the court, she begins to talk to herself, gesturing in annoyance

17:58 Myskina becomes blasé and is found wanting when she hits two firs tserves into the net... the experience of Capriati begins to shine through as the American breaks straight back for 1-1 with two forehand winners

17:55 Capriati continues to play three yards behind the baseline and opens the court for Myskina... the thrid seed breaks with a good groundstroke combination on approach to the net... MYSKINA 1-0

17:50 The Russian takes the first set 6-2 with a flurry of grounstrokes without response... Capriati is being outmanouvered to all areas of the court by her athletic opponent

17:47 Myskina seals her second break point on the Capriati serve with a backhand winner following a 24-stroke rally... the Russian leads 5-2

17:41 Myskina holds serve for the loss of two points for a lead of 4-2, as the fog descends on centre court

17:38 Capriati holds serve, but is clearly annoyed by something... Myskina once again forces the second seed into error, but can't quite secure a game chance... CAPRIATI 2-3

17:34 The 22-year-old holds serve for 3-1, as Capriati forehand starts to crack... Myskina recognised this and hit three serves to that weakness

17:31 Myskina corrects her break point mistakes in the first game and snatches her first game point chance with a forehand and backhand combination to leave Capriati standing... MYSKINA 2-1

17:27 Another eagerly contested game goes the way of three deuces... Capriati is unable to take a break point as Myskina works her way up the middle of the court to cut out the American's angled shots... 1-1

17:22 Capriati secures the first game of the match with a backhand winner on approach to the net... more and more spectators file into the stands at the change of ends, 1-0

17:21 A second break point for Myskina... Capriati hits an excellent first serve, which sets up a smash... easy putaway, back to deuce

17:21 Myskina throws away a break point, returning a forehand well long, Capriati looks relieved...

17:20 Despite taking a 40-0 lead, Capriati has been powerless to Myskina's touch... the game goes back to deuce as the Russian hits a winning forehand down the line

17:15 Capriati to serve first... play!

17:12 Capriati and Myskina are wrapped up in their tracksuit tops as they begin their warm-up

17:10 Both players come out on to a sparce court for the second semi-final on Friday... the spectators will be back for sure though!

moo_ont
Mar 5th, 2004, 04:30 PM
Very impressive scores. :D

Good luck, tomorrow. Defend your title and get to No.5. :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

KV
Mar 5th, 2004, 05:05 PM
Another final for Nastya, well done

cool_olga
Mar 5th, 2004, 05:31 PM
Last year if Nastya passed quarters she was winning finals (instead on in Philadephia).
Hope it will be like that this year also :)

goldenlox
Mar 5th, 2004, 05:48 PM
Nastya outplayed Capriati by a lot in this match.
When I see Nastya's court coverage, I don't know why she doesn't do great at Roland Garros.

JLDementieva
Mar 5th, 2004, 06:40 PM
Wow, that is a nice straight set win against a player she's never beaten before! Way to go Nastya!!! And now she doesn't even have to play Henin-Hardenne, but then again, she says she always gets nervous playing another Russian, so we'll see!
Go Nastya!!

goldenlox
Mar 5th, 2004, 06:53 PM
Myskina outplayed an under-par Capriati to come through in one hour and eight minutes as thick fog descended on the stadium.

"I played smart tennis," she said. "The conditions were a bit tough, but then it was applicable to both of us.

"The crowd was behind me, I think they like me a lot. After all this is the third year I am playing here."

cool_olga
Mar 5th, 2004, 06:55 PM
And we will see the final on Eurosport :D
Sveta will be as hard as Henin....But may be more nervous in the final. Nastya's experience can help. And she has a lot of confidence after great win!

goldenlox
Mar 5th, 2004, 07:00 PM
I think Nastya played great today. She covers so much court. When Nastya doesn't make errors, it's very hard to win the point. And Capriati started to go for low percentage shots.
I think Nastya is the favorite tomorrow. What she did today is what Nastya can do every match. Mobility and consistency is hard to beat.

the cat
Mar 5th, 2004, 08:19 PM
Nastya is showing that she's top 5 material. :) Whipping Jennifer Capriati is very impressive. But she will have her hands full with Svetlana Kuzentsova in the Doha final. Kuznetsova is the strongest of the Russina's and a good all court player. This will be a very interesting match. And the pressure is on Anastasia.

ys
Mar 5th, 2004, 08:55 PM
Nastya won 62 62 :banana: :D

a great win :) now only a win away from top 5


Forget about Top 5... With Amelie not playing Nastya will have a legitimate shot at Top 3 in coming weeks if she wins tomorrow. And then..

~|Naomi|~
Mar 6th, 2004, 09:23 AM
Forget about Top 5... With Amelie not playing Nastya will have a legitimate shot at Top 3 in coming weeks if she wins tomorrow. And then..


Yeah but don' forget Lindsay

Here is an old interview Anastasia did with Karen Tighe of the ABC during the Hopman Cup in their studio. I thought you guys might be interested in it. She also did one with Fox Sports (who cover the night sessions) and I will try and type that up soon as well.

Any spelling or grammar mistakes are mine, so sorry in advance for those.



KT- Anastasia welcome to the Hopman Cup and welcome to Perth for the first time. How are you finding it?

AM- It’s actually really nice but I’ve been here before in 1998 when we play Fed Cup so it’s my second time here.

KT- Winning the Federation Cup and now coming here to play Hopman Cup. How special is it to you to have that opportunity to play for Russia?

AM- It’s different but it’s still really enjoyable. I have a really good partner in Marat. I think we have a great team, we actually lost the 1st match but still it’s 2 to go.

KT- To play with Marat Safin, a former world number 1, do you know him well?

AM- Yeah I know him really well cause we’re growing up together and his Mum was my first coach. So yeah I know him well and I think he’s a nice person and a great tennis player.

KT- And he’ll be hoping for an ijury free 2004, it was tough for him last year with that wrist injury wasn’t it

AM- Yeah definitely it was tough year for him. But now he’s back and he’s practiced really hard for the last couple of months and I think he’s ready to go.

KT- Anastasia, you had a great 2003, world number 7 at the moment, we’ve got some highlights here from your first match this week. It was always going to be a tough opener against Amelie Mauresmo. How did you find that you went against the world number 4?

AM- Well I finish my year with her, I lost to her and I start this year with her and I lost again! But I think it was a great match. A couple of points deciding, you know deciding points but still I’m really happy with my game at the beginning of the year.

KT- How challenging is the beginning of the year for you, after a brea to get back on court and play a match again for the first time?

AM- It’s really hard, especially with a great player like Amelie. You have to be ready 100% and first match you’re not really 100% but I think I did my best in the first match but hopefully I will do it better next match.

KT- Well you’re up against the Czech republic next, what are your feelings about that?

AM- I’ve never played this girl before. But I think she’s a good player, I saw how she played against Lindsay and I really look forward to tomorrow.

KT- I think everyone wants to ask this question, but what is it about women’s tennis in Russia at the moment? Two girls in the top 10, 4 in the top 20 and I’m not sure of exactly how many in the top 40 I think 6 or 7?

AM- Yeah it’s a lot of us! (smiling) I think it’s because we have a good competition between us and we pushed each other. Like Dementieva is right behind me and I want to still be number 1 in Russia and a couple of girls right behind us and they want to be btter than we are so I think it’s really good competition.

KT- It must have been extra special for you at the end of last year to win a tournament in your home of Moscow?

AM- Oh that was the best! That was a dream cause I was a ball kid at that tournament and then it was just my dream to play there and now a dream to win it has come true.

KT- What are your goals for this year Anastasia, the grand slams? You know what it’s like to reach a quarter final, where do you feel you are at right now?

AM- I really feel I can do much better than a Quarter Final and also Olympic Games this year. I think there really important for Russia and for me.

KT- You say important for Russia, just how important and there seems to be a burgeoning of interest in the women’s game back home would that be right?

AM- Definitely I mean we were in the final four years ago and men’s won a gold medal so I think women’s want to be better, we want to win a gold medal.

KT- You were in Sydney before Christmas, before coming here for Hopman Cup, but today back in Russia is the Russian celebration of Christmas so on behalf of the entire ABC crew we have a little present for you. You don’t have to open it now, it’s just a little memory of your time here in Perth, a Koala, so I hope you like it and hopefully it will be a good luck charm for you as you continue through 2004.

AM- Thankyou very much

KT- How is the body right now, Anastasia?

Am- Really good. I feel really well and really enjoy my time in Australia and I’m really really happy to be here.

KT- Now Marat Safin, how is he feeling about things?

AM- He play unbelievable two days ago and he really look good on the court right now, so practice hard and we just look forward to next matches.

KT- Anastasia, thank you very much for your time and best of luck for all of 2004, of course starting her with the Hopman Cup

AM- Thank you



An interesting note about the Fox Sports interview that I will transcribe when I get time is that Anastasia says her goal for the year is to make top 5, finish the year top 5 and win a grand slam!



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Good Luck for the final Anastasia:bounce:

cool_olga
Mar 6th, 2004, 10:33 AM
Thanks Naomi! Very nice interview :)
ys, don't go to far...we all and Nastya hope for top 5 right now. And it is very possible. Top 3 is also different level. It depends when sisters will com,e back. And Amelie is coming back in Indian Wells also. So even top 5 will be big challenge when they all will come back

~|Naomi|~
Mar 6th, 2004, 10:44 AM
Hasn't Mauresmo withdrawn from Indian Wells?:confused:

cool_olga
Mar 6th, 2004, 12:03 PM
Yeah, sorry, haven't seen this. I wonder when Amelie and Serena will come back :| But that's better for Nastya
About the final.
Sveta really deserved to win with Henin. I saw parts of this match and I was so impressed. She was hitting extremely hard! It was hard for Justine to return it sometimes. And the rallies were just so good, long and hard.
We have all-Russian final. It will be very difficult for both girls. Sveta may be nervous because she will have chance to win in big tournament. She has two titles but smaller tournies. But it will be even tougher for Nastya. She is favourite and will have big pressure on her. And she will want to prove the right her being no.1 Russian. She always says how is it important for her, to lead this strong roulette. Don't forgeting she is always more nervous while playing another Russian. Svetlana is underdog, she can take a risk and will definitely go for it.
Great final is coming! Can't wait :)
Good luck both Russians!

bubble
Mar 6th, 2004, 12:50 PM
Thanks Naomi85 for the interview... :kiss:

Daniel
Mar 6th, 2004, 01:03 PM
Nastya, wish u the best in the finals!!! ;)
ur game and determination will get you the title in Doha :bounce:

Daniel
Mar 6th, 2004, 02:54 PM
Anastasia beat Sveta in the finals!!

Well done Nastya!!!

first title of the year and many more to come!! :kiss:

bubble
Mar 6th, 2004, 02:54 PM
Congrats Myskina for her title defence at Doha! :)

Welcome to the top 5 :)

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 6th, 2004, 03:01 PM
congrats Nastya on title #7 :yeah: :)
well done :)

#5 too :yeah: :)

moo_ont
Mar 6th, 2004, 03:05 PM
Wow!!! She gets into top 5. And title No. 7. :worship:

You deserve that Myskina. Congratulations. Keep up the good run and go further in both Indian Wells and Miami. :D

cool_olga
Mar 6th, 2004, 03:07 PM
Nastya :) :) :) :)
That was great match :)
She deserves for huge approbation for defending title in great style and for TOP 5 !!!!! :yeah:
She can be pround :) And her fans! :worship:

moo_ont
Mar 6th, 2004, 03:11 PM
So, will she be the no. 4 seed in Indian Wells? I hope so. :D

KV
Mar 6th, 2004, 03:22 PM
Great final. Congratulations Nastya, you are a top player.

ys
Mar 6th, 2004, 03:34 PM
Well done, Nastya. First Russian ever in Top 5. First Russian successful title defence ever. Nastya establishes herself as a true elite player and the best Russian by far.

goldenlox
Mar 6th, 2004, 03:45 PM
Now Nastya has only 2 points to defend at Indian Wells and Key Biscayne.
So her ranking will only get better.
Tier I's, and then the French Open. That's the time for the Russian #1 to show her stuff.

vaiva
Mar 6th, 2004, 05:13 PM
Nastia is an excellent front-runner and she is breaking all Russian women tennis records ;)

Can she be the first Russian girl to win a slam?

vaiva
Mar 6th, 2004, 05:43 PM
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JLDementieva
Mar 6th, 2004, 06:49 PM
Way to go Nastya!! And welcome top 5!!! woohoo!!!! What a win!! And she looks gorgeous in that pic!!! :D :D
Also, in your face Tracy Austin for saying that you don't see Nastya as a top 5 player!!

goldenlox
Mar 6th, 2004, 06:50 PM
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Anastasia Myskina recovered from a set down against fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova to defend her Qatar Open title with a 4-6 6-4 6-4 win.

Both players were nervous throughout in only the second all-Russian women's final in history, but Myskina's experience eventually told.

"It was a really tough match," said Myskina, who is now fifth in the world.

"It is always difficult when you are playing against a Russian and Svetlana was out to get me today."

It was 18-year-old Kuznetsova's second defeat in a final in the space of a week following her loss to Henin-Hardenne last Saturday in the Dubai Open.

"I found playing against a Russian quite tough," she admitted.

"I didn't play as well as I did against Henin-Hardenne in the semi-finals."

Though Kuznetsova edged a poor first set, it failed to settle her nerves.

She delivered a series of unforced errors and third seed Myskina broke in the third and fifth games of the second set before levelling the match.

Myskina grabbed a crucial break at 4-4 in the decider, and though she double-faulted when serving for the match, she steadied her nerves to emerge victorious. "When a Russian plays a Russian it is more of a mental game," said Myskina. "I told myself to stay calm and be positive and I am happy with the way I played in the second and third sets."

the cat
Mar 6th, 2004, 08:13 PM
Congrats to Anastasia on repeating as Qatar Open champion and making the top 5 for the first time. :D

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DOHA, Qatar - Anastasia Myskina (right) overcame a third set deficit to beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 46 64 64 Saturday to successfully defend her Qatar Total Open title, and in doing so, enter the world's Top 5. Third-seeded Myskina, who beat Kuznetsova's doubles partner Elena Likhovtseva in last year's Doha final, trailed 3-1 in the final set before rallying to win in one hour, 41 minutes.

"It was a tough match," said Myskina, who won her first title of 2004 and seventh of her career. "I was tense and it's always hard to play another Russian.

"Svetlana played very well - it was a close match, but I really wanted to win the title again. I played smart. I didn't play fast because I knew she would have played faster. I fought every point."

"I was very tense tonight," said Kuznetsova. "It's always hard to beat a very good player and have to play again another match the next day, but that's tennis and I'm getting better day by day. It's also tough playing another Russian player, especially when you're good friends."

Kuznetsova, enjoying the best fortnight of her life in reaching the Dubai final and beating world No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne in the semis here Friday, trailed 4-2 in the first set before she broke Myskina's serve twice to win the opener 6-4.

Myskina led 5-1 in the second set, and though her 18-year-old friend recovered one break to trail 5-4, Myskina held serve in the 10th game to level the match.

Kuznetsova took the early advantage in the deciding set, surging to a 3-1 lead only to see Myskina break back and tie proceedings at 3-3. Both players held serve for 4-4 but Myskina broke in the ninth game and served out an impressive victory.

"I feel great winning a second title here," said Myskina, who successfully defended a WTA Tour singles title for the first time. "I love this country, I always do well here and it feels like home. I think I'll move soon!

"The crowd was unbelievable, behind me throughout the whole week. I'd like to thank them for their support."

"I wasn't at 100% today," added Kuznetsova. "I should have won the last two games in the second set. I kept on fighting, but I was very nervous and a bit tired. Anastasia is a great player. She's playing so well right now and she's much more experienced."

Kuznetsova is projected to rise from No.20 to No.14 on the WTA Singles Rankings Monday, a 15-spot improvement after two weeks of stellar tennis in the Middle East.

"Obviously you're never satisfied after a loss, if you are then you won't improve. But it's nice to break into the Top 15 so soon."

Speaking of ranking milestones, Myskina is projected to rise two spots from No.7 on next week's rankings, making her the first woman representing Russia to be among the world's Top 5 since the inception of computer rankings in 1975.

"I've started the year very well, and if I continue like this the rest of the year, I'll be very happy."

oren987
Mar 6th, 2004, 08:56 PM
I was just wondering, Is Anastasia ranking now (5) is the highst for any russian girl ever?

goldenlox
Mar 6th, 2004, 09:16 PM
Yes, it's the highest. Natasha Zvereva was #5 also.

cool_olga
Mar 6th, 2004, 09:48 PM
Can she be the first Russian girl to win a slam?
Sure I think so!
Nastya is beating records now :)
Last year in Leipzig she was the first one to defend world no.1 and no.2 in one tournament since 1974 I guess :)
Now time for Slam.
Two points in two weeks of Tier I's is just great position to attack for her.
Now she can beat Natasha and get no.4!

VeraNuVirgosFan
Mar 7th, 2004, 02:45 AM
Pozdravliayu Nastya on the new career-high #5 ranking and on successfully defending the Doha title!

bubble
Mar 7th, 2004, 03:43 AM
Russian Repeat: Myskina Beats Kuznetsova To Defend Qatar Crown
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03/07/2004

The rousing reception she’s received from fans all week makes Anastasia Myskina feel like an honorary resident of Doha. Today, the third-seeded Myskina looked right at home in capturing her second successive Qatar Total Open crown with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova in an all-Russian final.


The pair split their two prior meetings; facing her compatriot with the tournament title on the line motivated Myskina even more in this match.

"I'm number one in Russia and I think Svetlana really wanted to beat me," Myskina said. "She played well. Mentally it was really tough for me. I was really nervous because I really wanted to win this title again, when you play against the other Russians it's always a nervous match."

It was the seventh career championship for the seventh-ranked Russian, who defeated country woman Elena Likhovtseva in last year’s final. Last night, Kuznetsova and Likhovtseva beat Myskina and Lina Krasnoroutskaya, 7-5, 6-1 in an all-Russian doubles semifinal. Today, Myskina gained a measure of revenge against one of the hottest players on the WTA Tour.

Playing in her second straight final, Kuznetsova came into this match with the confidence of a player who has scored impressive victories over former No. 1 Venus Williams and current No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne in the past two weeks.

Technically and tactically, Kuznetsova played an exceptional match in handing Henin-Hardenne her first loss of the season with yesterday’s 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 semifinal triumph. Today, the teenager seemed to suffer an emotional letdown and was not always strategically sound in her shot selection. Kuznetsova’s inside-out forehand is one of the most lethal weapons in her ground game, but she hit that shot too often and made her life more difficult by consistently targeting the Myskina backhand, which is not only Myskina's best shot, it’s one of the best two-handed backhands in women’s tennis.

Seemingly sitting on the shot, Myskina emerged from a crouch and blasted backhands crosscourt and down the line to move Kuznetsova around the court on big points. While she lacks the muscle mass of her compatriot, Myskina moves well and gives herself time to set up for her shots.

Kuznetsova conceded the magnitude of the moment caused her to get tight at times.

"You never want to lose to another Russian, especially a Russian who is younger than you," said Kuznetsova in explaining why Myskina was feeling pressure as well. "I was tense in the last two games of the match. I was tense because it was a final and I was playing a Russian girl. The more that you see that you have chances the more nervous you get in the mmatch. I was not playing my good game today. I was not 100 percent today. I was still trying to do my best."

The 18-year-old Kuznetsova used a solid serve to seize the first set, but Kuznetsova could not match Myskina’s consistency from the baseline during the final two sets. Her habit of running around her backhand to fire forehands was a key tactic in her triumph over Henin-Hardenne, but Myskina made her pay for exposing her forehand side with several sizzling down the line backhands.

The backhand was a big factor in Myskina’s 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jennifer Capriati in Friday’s 68-minute semifinal and she drove the shot deeply throughout the final. Myskina's ability to alter the spins and speed of her shots prevented Kuznetsova from gaining a consistent rhythm.

"I think I played really smart today," Myskina said. "I tried to mix it up out there and I tried to fight for every point."

The second set score is deceptive as Myskina dominated much of the set, racing out to a commanding 5-1, 40-15 lead before she promptly proceeded to choke away the two set points and the next three games to turn a blow-out set into a tight test. Myskina finally gathered her composure to close out the set.

Tension was apparent on both sides of the net in the decisive set as nerves prevented both women from asserting control. There were five service breaks in the final set before Myskina held.

Serving for the match, Myskina earned triple-match point at 40-0. She double faulted on the first one, but cracked a service winner on the second then pumped her fists and smiled and waved to the fans who greeted her like a long-lost friend throughout this week.

Today’s tennis wasn’t nearly as clean or as high class as yesterday’s semifinals. Both women looked tentative and tight on occasion, but Myskina played high-percentage tennis when it mattered most.

The 22-year-old Moscow native may not be a citizen of Qatar, but she continues to play the type of quality tennis that makes it clear she's intent on sticking around in her home away from home for a while — and she's gaining enough hardware to host a house-warming party.

"I feel great," a smiling Myskina said. "I love this country, I think I'm going to move here soon. I feel like I'm at home here and I play so unbelieveble here every year."

Myskina, who has reached at least the quarterfinals in three of her last five Grand Slam appearances, closed her post-match press conference on a humorous note. I asked her if her habit of yelling at her coach when she's nervous helps her reduce the stress she feels on court.

"No," Myskina replied with a wide smile. "But I still do it."

Tennis Week contributing writer Brad Falkner has been in Doha all week covering the Qatar Total Open. Brad, whose story on Rainer Schuettler is featured in the latest issue of Tennis Week, returns home to California to cover the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells.

~|Naomi|~
Mar 7th, 2004, 06:32 AM
Well done Anastasia on the first title of the year:worship: Top 5:bounce: I knew she could do it and even better is her big points don't start coming off till the US Open:)

Hope she isn't too tired to make a nice run at Indian Wells:)

Daniel
Mar 7th, 2004, 06:45 AM
Wish you the best Nastya in Indian Wells :kiss: :worship:

cool_olga
Mar 8th, 2004, 12:30 PM
Nastya is now playing Indian Wells and Miami, then skips American clay tournament, Amelia Island and Charleston. Then Fed Cup...Do you think she will come to Warsaw?

goldenlox
Mar 8th, 2004, 09:06 PM
The Indian Wells draw for the Russian #1 -

Myskina/bye
Cohen-Aloro/Camerin
Diaz-Oliva/Morigami
bye/Vento-Kabchi

Only 1 point to defend here.

cool_olga
Mar 8th, 2004, 10:12 PM
I see Nastya in semi final here :)

goldenlox
Mar 8th, 2004, 10:13 PM
To me, it's like Melbourne. One match at a time.

goldenlox
Mar 9th, 2004, 02:32 AM
I don't think Nastya has ever done well at Indian Wells. In 2002 she won twice and lost to Gagliardi. That was her best result here.
It's time for Nastya to play well here. Just like everywhere else.

ys
Mar 9th, 2004, 02:48 AM
I am more interested to know what happened in 2003. In 2002 she was not in best form. In 2003 she was coming just of very successful Middle East Tour.. I though noticed that without competitive play she can get rusty pretty quickly. She needs time to rest, but when she takes too much of it, she cools off. Like after AO she took her time off and was not at her best at Dubai.. This time I expect it better, she has only one week off. It should be enough to rest, and not enough to cool off.

goldenlox
Mar 9th, 2004, 02:52 AM
Last year she played Sveta. When Sveta is on, there are very few players with more talent.
Nastya will have to be ready for Maria. Just like in Melbourne.

ys
Mar 9th, 2004, 03:04 AM
I just realised how lethal Nastya is on the later stages of tournaments.

Last 8 times she reached semis, she is 8:0 in semis and 6:2 in finals. 14:2 overall in semis and finals. Pretty amazing stuff. Queen of semifinals..:)

In fact, it is a damn good evidence of extraordinary mental toughness.

Daniel
Mar 9th, 2004, 07:46 AM
I also see her reaching the semis!! :D :bounce:

cool_olga
Mar 9th, 2004, 01:53 PM
I just realised how lethal Nastya is on the later stages of tournaments.

Last 8 times she reached semis, she is 8:0 in semis and 6:2 in finals. 14:2 overall in semis and finals. Pretty amazing stuff. Queen of semifinals..:)

In fact, it is a damn good evidence of extraordinary mental toughness.

That proves that Nastya has her ups and downs. When she is 'on' so in her best good form, she's very hard to beat. But when she has some times when she's in worse form, then she go out early.
Now she's UP!!
Btw. Last year when she was winning semifinal, she was winning whole tournament. Just in Philly was an exeption. Now Doha was the same way. So C'mon Nastya, reach semis! :)

goldenlox
Mar 10th, 2004, 12:29 AM
I'm not sure what that statistic means, 8-0 in semis. Nastya has reached two semis in her last 8 tournaments, Philly and Doha. And she lost the Philly final.
But if Nastya makes the semis here, making it 9-0 would be a big deal.

Daniel
Mar 10th, 2004, 06:08 AM
Vamos Nastya :bounce:

goldenlox
Mar 11th, 2004, 12:31 AM
Nastya plays Maria Elena Camerin, who is ranked about #75. Don't look ahead. One match at a time.

~|Naomi|~
Mar 11th, 2004, 01:28 AM
Only saw Camerin play twice, lost to Kiim at AO 6-0 6-0 and had a similar scoreline with Davenport at US Open last year. She has some good shots though, just doesn't have the consistency yet.

goldenlox
Mar 11th, 2004, 02:25 AM
I read this in GM-

I got to watch Daniela Hantuchova practice with Anastasia Myskina for a good hour and they both looked great. I would really like to see them playing doubles together but I believe Daniela is playing with Schett. Huge crowd was there to watch these two and they traded back and forth with some great shots, this practice was better then any of the matches I saw all day. Both of them stopped and signed autographs and took a few pics.

cool_olga
Mar 11th, 2004, 05:03 PM
:)
Would be nice to see Nastya and Dani together, though lately if Nastya plays doubles, she teams with Russian...
Their training had to be fun for fans :)

goldenlox
Mar 11th, 2004, 08:17 PM
I don't know if Nastya should play doubles too often. The top players go deep into the draw every tournament. Justine, Kim, Amelie, they aren't playing doubles this year.
Once in a while it's fine. But Nastya will be playing a lot of big singles matches. Hanging around for hours waiting to play doubles could become a distraction.

Daniel
Mar 12th, 2004, 06:12 AM
Good luck in singles and doubles :D :D

cool_olga
Mar 12th, 2004, 11:45 AM
Well, Kim played doubles a lot last year. She was in final stages in every tournament both in singles and doubles. And she took it like good fun and also practise. But she's very strong and good deblist. Nastya isn't so great doubles player I think she should concentrate on singles and sometimes, when she wants play doubles with Vera or somebody

Daniel
Mar 13th, 2004, 05:51 AM
Good luck in the second round!!!! :worship:

cool_olga
Mar 13th, 2004, 12:35 PM
Nastya is playing Camerin today.
She should win for sure :)
Go Nastya!

Mathijs
Mar 13th, 2004, 12:40 PM
Come on nastya!! :worship:

bubble
Mar 13th, 2004, 02:47 PM
Good luck Nastya!

Epigone
Mar 13th, 2004, 08:40 PM
Here is an interesting story on Nastya that was posted on the GM

link (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=106439)

She is planning on playing 15-17 tournaments this year, compared with 27 last year. Hopefully this will allow her body time to rest and then she'll be ready to perform at the highest level in the big tournaments.

goldenlox
Mar 13th, 2004, 10:25 PM
Nastya has played a lot of tennis this year. Hopman Cup, Sydney, Melbourne, then Dubai and Doha.
Add in Fed Cup and the Olympics, that and 17 tour events are a lot of matches for a player who goes deep into each draw.
Nastya doesn't play her first match in Indian Wells for several hours.

goldenlox
Mar 14th, 2004, 02:21 AM
The Russian #1 is on the court now against Camerin.

bubble
Mar 14th, 2004, 02:28 AM
Go Nastya :)

goldenlox
Mar 14th, 2004, 02:30 AM
Nastya serving 1-0. Now 2-0.

goldenlox
Mar 14th, 2004, 02:35 AM
Nastya serving 3-0. This is a good matchup for Nastya.

goldenlox
Mar 14th, 2004, 02:59 AM
Nastya 6-3.

goldenlox
Mar 14th, 2004, 03:28 AM
Nastya 6-3, 6-2. She now plays Vento-Kabchi.

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 14th, 2004, 10:16 AM
good job well done Nastya :)
nice match for rd3 as well :) shouldnt have too much trouble.

Daniel
Mar 14th, 2004, 11:39 AM
Well done Nastya :yeah:
Good luck in the 3rd round :dance:

Mathijs
Mar 14th, 2004, 02:47 PM
Congrats Nastya good Job!! best of luck in the 3rd round. :bounce:

goldenlox
Mar 14th, 2004, 02:53 PM
Nastya and Vento-Kabchi have never played. Nastya is much quicker, and should come through to play Maria.
But right now, focus only on Vento-Kabchi.

cool_olga
Mar 14th, 2004, 07:56 PM
Congratz Nastya :)
Nastya will win with Vento Kabchi for sure. She has all weapons against her.
Good luck!

Daniel
Mar 15th, 2004, 07:34 AM
Good luck Anastasia :kiss:
:bounce: :bounce: Good luck :worship:

goldenlox
Mar 15th, 2004, 07:29 PM
The Russian #1 is on court now. The winner plays Sharapova.

goldenlox
Mar 15th, 2004, 07:44 PM
Nastya up a break, serving 3-1.

goldenlox
Mar 15th, 2004, 07:53 PM
Nastya match is 2-2. A ballkid collapsed. Similar situation in Perth.

goldenlox
Mar 15th, 2004, 08:04 PM
Nastya down 2-5. Maria is close to playing in the semis.

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 15th, 2004, 08:12 PM
Nastya played quite pathetic, like she didnt care
2-6 :mad:

goldenlox
Mar 15th, 2004, 08:16 PM
Sveta didn't play well against Alina. It's tough to play long, difficult matches in the middle east, and then maintain that form in California.

- L i n a -
Mar 15th, 2004, 08:19 PM
Just the normal blip from Nastya...

She'll win ugly.

goldenlox
Mar 15th, 2004, 08:42 PM
I guess Nastya has an injury. She should retire from this match. She will not beat Maria unless she is 100%.
Better off to stop and let the injury heal. And don't risk making it worse.

goldenlox
Mar 15th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Nastya won the second set 6-4. But she's injured. I think it's not smart to risk a major injury.

moo_ont
Mar 15th, 2004, 09:21 PM
It won't do any good if she continues to play with an injury.:( Or, she just wanna win first and see how it is after the match. Hope it's not serious.

goldenlox
Mar 15th, 2004, 09:30 PM
Nastya won 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. But if she isn't ready to play at her best, Maria will beat her easily.

moo_ont
Mar 15th, 2004, 09:33 PM
Yeah!!! Great come back. :bowdown: Hope the injury is not that serious.

- L i n a -
Mar 15th, 2004, 09:38 PM
Nastya won 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. But if she isn't ready to play at her best, Maria will beat her easily.
Why?

At least you know Vento will keep the ball in the court all day...

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 15th, 2004, 09:38 PM
Nastya had a blister, she stupidly didnt have it retaped, and instead tried to carry on.
she had tears in her eyes and she played on

only when she went 3-4* in 2nd she called trainer.
that changed match after she had toe retaped.

phew........ really awful match to watch

- L i n a -
Mar 15th, 2004, 09:39 PM
Looks like Nastya will be fine for tomorrow...

Should cruise to the Quarterfinals against her inexperienced opponent.

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 12:56 AM
If she doesn't move well, she might lose badly.

- L i n a -
Mar 16th, 2004, 01:10 AM
GL, this is a Myskina cheering thread.

Please don't say things like "she might lose badly"... especially against a completely unproven player. It's just disrespectful.

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 01:14 AM
It she can't move well, the chance of losing badly is there.

- L i n a -
Mar 16th, 2004, 01:19 AM
Sigh.

Myskina thread. We talk positively. We believe she will win.

Epigone
Mar 16th, 2004, 01:23 AM
One of Nastya's strengths is her mobility, so she might have to rely on a slightly different gameplan if her foot is sore.

She should maybe resort to Vera's style of game and swing the ball from side to side and just wear Masha down. If she keeps Masha moving, Masha will start piling up the UEs. It might not be Nastya's natural game, but it worked to great effect in Memphis.

- L i n a -
Mar 16th, 2004, 01:27 AM
I think that's a good strategy, but Nastya still needs to go for winners at times. Masha's big weakness is her lack of mobility.

Annoy her at time with good defense, then finish her off when need be.

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 01:35 AM
Maria said she had the flu in Memphis, and she tired. That strategy wont work tomorrow.
Nastya will have to be healthy, and play very well, to win.

Epigone
Mar 16th, 2004, 01:43 AM
But Masha is still going to hit a ton of UEs. If Nastya keeps the ball in court, Masha will make a mistake sooner or later. It's all about percentage plays. You try to keep the ball in play and wait for either (a) your opponent to hit an unforced error or (b) your opponent to drop a ball short and you hit it for a winner. From what I've seen and read, Masha can be quite erratic with her shots. Nastya just has to play smart and she'll win in 2.

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 01:47 AM
If Nastya can't move around well, she will not get to Maria's shots. She has to be healthy and play her best game.
That's the only way she is going to win. And she could still lose -

Next up for Sharapova will be No.4 seed Anastasia Myskina, whom she fell to earlier this year at the Australian Open in three sets.

"I've been looking forward to that match," Sharapova said. "I never like to lose twice to a player."

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 01:52 AM
I was battling a flu. I really ran out of gas in that tournament. I mean, I fought well in the first set with her. I had so many chances in the first set, just experience. But I did run a little bit out of gas in the second.

- L i n a -
Mar 16th, 2004, 02:18 AM
Masha always has an excuse when she loses.

Nastya is the better player.

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 02:20 AM
You don't understand cool.

- L i n a -
Mar 16th, 2004, 02:43 AM
I understand cool.

Cool is Anastasia Myskina.

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 02:49 AM
Let's ask YM magazine.

~|Naomi|~
Mar 16th, 2004, 07:28 AM
"I never like to lose twice to a player."
First time she played Kim she lost in three easily winning the 2nd set so same as against Anstasia, but then they played again and Kim blew her off the court in straight sets including a bagel:)

Guys, I'm sure her blister will be fine, bandage it up it's just a blister in comparison to a lot of other things she could have wrong it is nothing:)

Good luck Anastasia:worship: :bounce:

KV
Mar 16th, 2004, 09:34 AM
She pulled it out against Maria-Vento, Nastya did the most necessary.

Daniel
Mar 16th, 2004, 09:58 AM
Aanstasia will beat Sharapova :worship: The blister wont bother her if it taped, so I am sure Nastya will beat Maria in 2 sets :yeah: :bounce:
Vamos Anastasia!! :kiss:

Mathijs
Mar 16th, 2004, 12:49 PM
I saw Nastya's match on ES till it was 2-3 to Vento-Kabchi, then my mom switched to some boring Dutch discussion programs :mad: :mad: In my opinion she was too restless with her serve. I came in at the end of the second set and watched the whole 3rd set which was a good set. Afterwards i was delighted that she won after such a crappy first set. :D :) :woohoo:

So good luck Nastya in the next round, and stay calm please! :bounce: :bounce: ;)

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 10:41 PM
Nastya up 6-2, 5-1. It's amazing that she has only 2 points to defend these few weeks.

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 10:51 PM
I would like to see Nastya break through and win a major.
But a super Tier I is the next best thing. Udachi Nastya!

- L i n a -
Mar 16th, 2004, 10:54 PM
I could tell everyone "I told you so."

But, by now, we all should be assuming I'm correct, beforehand.

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2004, 10:56 PM
"I've been looking forward to that match," Sharapova said. "I never like to lose twice to a player."

Maybe third time's the charm.

- L i n a -
Mar 16th, 2004, 11:05 PM
Maybe the third time... Nastya could stop doing nothing out there for more than 3 games.

:haha:

moo_ont
Mar 17th, 2004, 12:05 AM
Great win, Myskina :D. The score was so :eek: :eek: :eek:...and...:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:. Keep up the great form and good luck next round.

goldenlox
Mar 17th, 2004, 02:54 AM
Nastya into the quarters. And the doubles semi-finals.
The Russian #1 is having a great start to 2004.

- L i n a -
Mar 17th, 2004, 02:57 AM
If Nastya keeps up this play during clay season... she has a very good chance of being #3 in the world! :)

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 17th, 2004, 02:59 AM
wow Nastya :D :)
what a win :) :yeah:

Daniel
Mar 17th, 2004, 07:43 AM
Nastya :yeah:

KV
Mar 17th, 2004, 10:34 AM
Impressive win

Mathijs
Mar 17th, 2004, 11:12 AM
Good job Nasya I knew you could do it, now go make it to the final please :banana: :woohoo:

bubble
Mar 17th, 2004, 02:25 PM
Nastya sounded very confident during her post-match interview :)

Her goal is to win a grand slam this year, and she hope to be at the French Open... :)

Win this tourney first Nastya ;)

cool_olga
Mar 17th, 2004, 04:44 PM
Yeah !! :woohoo:
That's what Nastya needs :) That win was very impressive. I think that they played 3 sets at AO because it was Grand Slam so much more nervous and bigger expectations and pressure on Nastya. Now she showed what she really can to Masha, maybe after this she will show some respect finally :mad:
Good luck in quarters!

goldenlox
Mar 17th, 2004, 06:45 PM
ANASTASIA MYSKINA

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Anastasia.

Q. Were you expecting a little tougher match today?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I think I play really well today. Yeah, definitely I thought it's going to be not maybe three sets, but for sure not 6-2, 6-1. I think I played really well today.

Q. With any one particular phase of your game?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I tried to at least play smart because she hit the ball pretty hard. I know if I'm going to hit hard, it's just the way she wants me to play. So try to mix it up a lot. I took a couple steps back. I think I played really smart.

Q. It seemed like you knew what she was going to do all the time. You played conservative a lot. She'd hit two balls, the third one almost every time was out.

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: She doesn't play a lot of rallies. I know she play a lot of cross-courts. I think I read her game pretty good today.

Q. Did you pay any attention to her game the other day when she played Karatancheva?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No. You don't have to watch just the Karatancheva match. She played before. I know that her forehand weaker than other shots.

Q. Your next match is going to be entirely different against Conchita. Have you played her before at all?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, I beat her in Wimbledon last year. For sure that's a match I'm going to stay a step forward because, you know, it's completely different match. I just have to play my game.

Q. How much did it benefit you to have practiced with Maria all those times when you were still working with Lansdorp?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I definitely have a big advantage because I know her better than I think anybody. Just, you know, I know her game better than I think anybody else on the tour right now.

Q. Do you feel her getting a little nervous against you because you're older than her and she likes you, maybe admires you?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I think, yes. Of course, I put pressure because maybe my higher ranking or something. Definitely I think the coaches put pressure on her because they think that she have to beat everybody right now.

Q. Did you hear her dad coaching her during the match? Could you hear him?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Of course. I think everybody can hear him.

Q. I don't speak Russian. It appeared to me he was telling her where to hit her returns, how to approach some of the balls. Did you hear?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, of course I heard what he said. But, I mean, it's completely his -- whatever he do. I think he feel right. But I think he put pressure on her more.

Q. He was really coaching, wasn't he?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, but still, you know, I didn't really pay attention. I just play my game. I was up. I just have to play -- I just continue to play. I didn't really pay attention to it.

Q. But you know that the coaches aren't supposed to be coaching?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah. But, you know, what are you going to do? She was down 6-2, whatever, 5-1. I mean, she was down like 4-1 when he start yelling at her. I think, I mean, he tried to change something, but it didn't help a lot.

Q. If she wasn't your friend and it was another player who you didn't know, might you have gone to the umpire and said, "Can you ask Mr. Sharapova to stop coaching"?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No, I don't think so I would do that. I just play my game. I just know that if I will play my game, coaching not going to help.

Q. We see a lot of coaching in women's tennis, not just in this match, not with just Russian. Would you like to see with Fed Cup there be coaching on court?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No, I don't think so it's not a good idea because my coach not really yell at me, not telling me what to do during the match. Not all the time. Maybe, yeah, when I'm down, but not really. And I think it's not good. When you on the court, you just play, you think what to do. I think that's the best way to play.

Q. I've noticed you're normally the one yelling at your coach.

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: That was long time ago. I don't remember that (smiling).

Q. Do you think that her father was yelling too much on her, and do you think that puts too much pressure on her when he's doing that?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I think, I mean, my father used to yell at me, and I just know how to feel because it's lot of pressure. I mean, of course we all want to win. All coaches want us to win. But you don't have to yell at the player. Just puts down more, that for sure.

Q. If you could have one accomplishment for this year, either in terms of a ranking or winning one event, what would that be?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: What I want to do? I want to win everything. But I really, really want to win one of Grand Slam, that's for sure. I mean, that would be awesome if I could win again my hometown tournament, that's for sure.

Q. Which of the Slams would you choose?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: French Open, because I can't win a round there. Lucky win everything all around in one time, it would be better.

goldenlox
Mar 17th, 2004, 07:58 PM
Myskina, who struggled to beat Maria Vento-Kabchi in the last round, had a surprisingly easier day against fellow Russian, No.16 seed Maria Sharapova. The fifth-ranked Myskina needed three sets to beat 16-year-old Sharapova in the third round of the Australian Open, but cruised to a 62 61 win on Tuesday.
Myskina owns a 2-0 record against Martinez, but the Spaniard has an imposing 25-11 record in this event, a two-time runner-up and semifinalist last year.

goldenlox
Mar 17th, 2004, 08:31 PM
Myskina advances




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March 17th, 2004 INDIAN WELLS -- No. 4-seeded Anastasia Myskina improved to 2-0 in matchups with Maria Sharapova by defeating her Russian compatriot 6-2, 6-1 in a fourth-round match of the Pacific Life Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Tuesday.

Myskina, 22, who started playing in pro tournaments at 14, dispatched her 16-year-old foe in just 71 minutes. It was unlike a third-round matchup two months ago at the Australian Open in which Sharapova won the second set 6-1 to extend the match to a third set.

"I tried to play smart and mix the pace a lot," said Myskina, who’s seeded fourth here and ranked No. 5 on the ATP Tour. "She hits the ball pretty hard and wanted me to play that way. I didn’t want to play the way she wanted me to."

The result dropped the 16th-seeded Sharapova’s 2004 record to 8-4, that after a year in which she won singles titles in two WTA tournaments and jumped 154 places to finish 2003 ranked 32nd.

Myskina broke Sharapova’s serve three times in each set, served four aces and had a 73 percent success rate on her first-serve points.

"She doesn’t play a lot of rallies and I think I read her game pretty good," Myskina said.

Myskina advanced to a quarterfinal matchup against Conchita Martinez, a 31-year-old tour veteran playing in her 12th Indian Wells event. Martinez earned her spot by ousting unseeded and 75th-ranked Barbara Schett 6-1, 6-2 in an 83-minute match.

Martinez and Amy Frazier were the oldest players in the 96-player main draw.

A winner of $10,689,715 in career prize money, Martinez said Tuesday she’s given thought to retiring, but formed no plans.

"There are a lot of young players, 16, 17, even 14, hitting the ball hard and very good," she said. "I try to concentrate on my game and use everything I have. Experience helps, playing on the tour many years."

Martinez has never won a singles title here, but was runner-up in ’92 and ’96, a semifinalist in ’03 and a quarterfinalist four times.

Of her chances of defeating Myskina to gain the semis again, Martinez said, "She’s hitting the ball hard, so I need to mix it up, high balls, slice, not give her the ball to hit that she likes."

- L i n a -
Mar 17th, 2004, 08:36 PM
Nastya shouldn't let Maria touch her like that.

Epigone
Mar 17th, 2004, 08:46 PM
But Masha is still going to hit a ton of UEs. If Nastya keeps the ball in court, Masha will make a mistake sooner or later. It's all about percentage plays. You try to keep the ball in play and wait for either (a) your opponent to hit an unforced error or (b) your opponent to drop a ball short and you hit it for a winner. From what I've seen and read, Masha can be quite erratic with her shots. Nastya just has to play smart and she'll win in 2.

Q. It seemed like you knew what she was going to do all the time. You played conservative a lot. She'd hit two balls, the third one almost every time was out.
ANASTASIA MYSKINA: She doesn't play a lot of rallies. I know she play a lot of cross-courts. I think I read her game pretty good today.
:eek: I was actually right about something. It's good to hear that Nastya read Masha well and put her away quite easily.

Nastya :bigclap:

goldenlox
Mar 17th, 2004, 08:54 PM
Q. How much did it benefit you to have practiced with Maria all those times when you were still working with Lansdorp?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I definitely have a big advantage because I know her better than I think anybody. Just, you know, I know her game better than I think anybody else on the tour right now.

Epigone
Mar 17th, 2004, 09:40 PM
Despite being very familiar with her game, Nastya was in trouble against Masha at the Australian Open. My impression is that Nastya played a different style of game this time. I think she shifted from her attacking style of game to a more defensive one, resulting in fewer UEs from her side and putting all of the pressure on Masha to hit winners. Judging by the scoreline, it was a strategy that worked.

goldenlox
Mar 18th, 2004, 01:48 AM
Of her chances of defeating Myskina to gain the semis again, Martinez said, "She’s hitting the ball hard, so I need to mix it up, high balls, slice, not give her the ball to hit that she likes."

This match should be great to watch. Davai Nastya!

cool_olga
Mar 18th, 2004, 01:37 PM
Despite being very familiar with her game, Nastya was in trouble against Masha at the Australian Open. My impression is that Nastya played a different style of game this time. I think she shifted from her attacking style of game to a more defensive one, resulting in fewer UEs from her side and putting all of the pressure on Masha to hit winners. Judging by the scoreline, it was a strategy that worked.
I guess at AO she was just very nervous and that had an effection on her style of game too. When Nastya is really nervous and it's very important match for her she plays kinda different. I remember Moscow, especialy semifinal. Her strokes weren't so flat and strong as usually, she was just trying to keep the ball in, but even though she still was playing really well.
In Australian Open, it was Grand Slam, and I'm sure she didn't want to lose to Russian, she wanted to prove her being a leader so badly. Grand Slam has special athmosphere and it always more important than anything. I guess that playing Russian, Maria, made her very nervous and I guess her style of game was bit different than usually.
but now she plays the best she has ever played, she will beat Conchita. Davai !!! :yeah:

vamosferrero
Mar 18th, 2004, 05:51 PM
Good luck Nastya :) :D :D

*liana*
Mar 18th, 2004, 06:16 PM
Good luck Nastya !!! :bounce:

Mathijs
Mar 18th, 2004, 07:07 PM
Go Nastya you can do it girl !!! :hug: :bounce: :bounce: :bigclap: :clap2:

goldenlox
Mar 18th, 2004, 11:22 PM
Nastya breaks, serving 3-2 against Conchita. The winner plays Justine in the semis.

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 12:19 AM
Nastya won the first set 7-6(2). Now 2-2. Conchita had a set point.

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 12:20 AM
Nastya down a break, serving 7-6, 2-4.

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 12:25 AM
Down two breaks, 5-2, Conchita serving for one set each.

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 12:51 AM
Nastya in trouble, down a break, 6-7, 6-2, 2-1.

Epigone
Mar 19th, 2004, 01:01 AM
Nastya broke and held, and now leads 3-2*

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 01:10 AM
Nastya serving for the semis, 5-3.

Epigone
Mar 19th, 2004, 01:13 AM
Nastya won 7-6(2) 2-6 6-3 and will meet Justine in the SF :bigclap:

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 01:15 AM
I was worried down a break in the third, but Nastya had beaten Conchita easily in their other two meetings. And she won 5 of the last 6 games here.
Now the match I wanted in Melbourne, Nastya-Justine.

moo_ont
Mar 19th, 2004, 02:29 AM
Good win again, Myskina. Good luck against Justine tomorrow. Keep up the great form :D.

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 19th, 2004, 02:55 AM
Nastya :yeah: :)
nice job, but wonder what went wrong in set2 :(

still she got the win :D :)
Nastya now go and beat Justine ok :)

you can do it :)

KV
Mar 19th, 2004, 09:07 AM
Well done Nastya

Daniel
Mar 19th, 2004, 09:51 AM
Well done Nastya :yeah:
Goo dluck against Justine :worship: Vamos Anastasia :kiss: :dance: :worship: :bounce:

Mathijs
Mar 19th, 2004, 11:24 AM
Congrats Nastya and beat Henin this time please!! :D I know you can do it! :hug: :kiss:

cool_olga
Mar 19th, 2004, 12:14 PM
Wohoo :worship:
Nastya is semis :)
Sawing Justine's match yesterday it will be very tough, Justine for sure will start the match really strong and show her best shots at the beginning, like she did against Sveta. Nastya needs to be extra careful at the beginning of the match today because Juju can go up very quick, and then it will be nervous. Nastya has to not look so much when Justine will hit incredible winner but play next point the best she can, never give up, on any point. If she will be collecting points and winning games, not go down very quick she can count on few errors from Justine. She's got a chance. Go and take it :yeah:

bubble
Mar 19th, 2004, 12:15 PM
Go Nastya! you can beat Justine again.. ;)

cool_olga
Mar 19th, 2004, 12:49 PM
She's so sweet :) Interview for Tennis Channel, GL, have you seen it? Pity only thumbs.


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- L i n a -
Mar 19th, 2004, 01:07 PM
Udachi Nastya.

Give it your best against Christine. :)

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 06:12 PM
Myskina slips past Martinez in quarters
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March 19th, 2004 Between the last match of the day and the first match of the night session, there is usually at least an hour break at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells. Not on Thursday.

The Anastasia Myskina and Conchita Martinez match at Indian Wells Tennis Garden lasted until the blue skies faded into darkness and the Stadium 1 lights began to shine. The match lasted over two hours long.

Up 4-3 in the third set, Myskina broke Martinez’s serve and then served out the to win, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3.

After a marathon first-set tie break (1:03) that fell in Myskina’s favor, the match looked as if it was going to be wrapped up quickly when Myskina went up 2-0 in the second set.

But Myskina, the No. 4 seed, said she got tired and lost her concentration at that point.

"But then I realized that I play to go to the semifinals, so maybe I should fight," Myskina said.

Martinez broke Myskina in the third game of the second set and suddenly the momentum switched in the Spaniard’s favor. Martinez won six consecutive games to send the game into a third set.

Martinez led 2-1 in the third set before Myskina took control to close out the match.

Myskina struggled with speed on her second serve. She said she has a slight tear in her right shoulder and that shoulder became sore at the end of the first set.

"I hope tomorrow at 7 (when she plays Justine Henin-Hardenne), I’m going to be all right," Myskina said. "I am going to have treatment. Going to have the whole day tomorrow almost. So I’m going to be all right tomorrow for sure."

By playing into the night, Myskina may have wanted to get used to playing under the lights. She will have her hands full in the first night match on Stadium 1 against the world’s No. 1 woman in Henin-Hardenne.

They have played each other six times, with Henin-Hardenne winning four of those matches. Henin-Hardenne came away with a three-set victory at the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles in November.

"She is not afraid," Henin-Hardenne said. "I mean, she is hitting the ball very hard. She’s playing her game from the first point until the end."

Myskina may actually be looking forward to playing the world’s No. 1 after playing Martinez, who is known for her wide variety of shots that have players scrambling all over the court to get the ball.

"With Conchita, you never know what’s going to happen the next point," Myskina said. "With Justine or another player, you kind of know what to expect, that they’re going to hit the ball hard."

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 06:14 PM
Myskina struggled with speed on her second serve. She said she has a slight tear in her right shoulder and that shoulder became sore at the end of the first set.

There's something wrong with Nastya's shoulder. I hope she comes out of this match healthy.


The doubles match with Sveta/Lena was moved to Saturday.

The tv interview with Nastya hasn't aired yet. I'll give a report on it.

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 06:30 PM
The Myskina victory took 2 hours 17 minutes, but it seemed longer.

Martinez, 31, is a crafty veteran who won Wimbledon 10 years ago. She doesn't have a style of play. She has five. Or maybe six. She slices and bangs and hits moon balls and takes pace off her changeups. Her serve doesn't bounce, it kind of slides sideways. Whether or not she wins, she always manages to torture her opponent.

When the match began, the Stadium Court was perhaps one-third full. When it ended, all but a handful of people, presumably family and friends, had departed.

Myskina went out on the court to play as a fresh, chipper 22-year-old. She returned, dragging herself into the news conference, a weary, bedraggled woman, despite her victory. She looked as if she had been squeezed through one of those old washing-machine wringers.

"She played slice, spin, she hit the ball [hard], she start to hit the ball," Myskina said. "I didn't know what to expect from her today."

Myskina said she almost succumbed to the drain of playing junkball for more than two hours.

"I was so tired," she said. "I just lost my concentration. There was no energy left to play. But then, I realized that I play to go to the semifinals, so maybe I should fight."

And she did, winning the last three games of the final set to end her two-hour-plus nightmare.

the cat
Mar 19th, 2004, 08:24 PM
Good luck to Anastasia aginst Justine Henin in the Indian Wells semifinals! :D I just hope she isn't tired and has enough energy to put up a great fight against Henin.


Udachi Ana! :bounce:

goldenlox
Mar 19th, 2004, 10:45 PM
Nastya has won 15 matches, and lost only 3, in 2004. And as ys said -

Last 8 times she reached semis, she is 8:0 in semis and 6:2 in finals. 14:2 overall in semis and finals. Pretty amazing stuff. Queen of semifinals

goldenlox
Mar 20th, 2004, 03:14 AM
Nastya is down a 6-1, 4-1. I just want her to be healthy when this is over.
I'd like to see Nastya in the semis in Key Biscayne, she did a great job in Indian Wells.

goldenlox
Mar 20th, 2004, 03:36 AM
Nastya lost 6-1, 6-1. Hopefully the shoulder didn't get worse.

Get some rest and please stay healthy.

moo_ont
Mar 20th, 2004, 03:46 AM
Myskina :sad: :tears: :bigcry: . Must be an injury. Shouldn't have turned out this way if she had been healthy. Hopefully, she will recover by next week and do well in Miami.

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 20th, 2004, 03:50 AM
Nastya :sad: :sad: very disappointing ending :( :(
rest up well now for Miami, she has a week till her 1st match

after that she has 3-4 weeks before Fed Cup.

good luck next week in Miami :)

- L i n a -
Mar 20th, 2004, 03:51 AM
Or, it could have been that Nastya lost this badly because she played the #1 player in the world.

moo_ont
Mar 20th, 2004, 03:56 AM
Seems like she is now playing doubles. I thought it was postponed to play tomorrow. I guess she is okay. Then, good luck, Myskina.

ys
Mar 20th, 2004, 04:04 AM
WTF, Nastya?