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MercuriePL
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:13 AM
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - After a breakthrough 2010 season that saw her go as high as No.29 in singles and win two Grand Slam titles in doubles, she underwent knee surgery at the start of 2011 and struggled to find her winning form again, falling as low as No.259 - but Yaroslava Shvedova caught fire again in 2012, making deep runs at two Grand Slams and setting a new career-high of No.25. And for that, she is the WTA's Comeback Player Of The Year.

The left knee surgery that caused Shvedova to miss the early part of the 2011 season had some lingering effects - she wouldn't win back-to-back matches for a full 12-month span between February 2011 and February 2012. But the good results started to creep in again at a few clay court tournaments in the spring - quarterfinals of Bogotá, third round at Charleston - and it was at the biggest clay court stop, Roland Garros, where the talented Kazakh would come full circle.

Having already been the first Kazakh to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam - doing it at the 2010 French Open - Shvedova did it all over again at the 2012 French Open, stunning the defending champion along the way, winning the last 10 games in a row to beat Li Na in the fourth round. "This is the most incredible win I've had," she said - she almost made her first Grand Slam semifinal too, leading 4-2 in the third before falling to Petra Kvitova in the quarters, 36 62 64.

A few weeks later, Shvedova made the fourth round at Wimbledon, losing a tight one to eventual champion Serena Williams, 61 26 75 - but it may not have been that close encounter with Williams that turned the most heads, it may have been her 60 64 third round win over Sara Errani, the first set being a golden set - the first golden set recorded by a woman in the Open Era.

Having started 2012 at No.206, Shvedova moved up to No.28 on October 8, passing the career-high of No.29 she had set in the 2010 season; she set a new career-high of No.25 on October 29 and finished the year ranked No.29.

Shvedova commented on being the WTA's Comeback Player Of The Year.

"I am very happy to get this award and honored that the media voted for me," she said. "I was surprised when I heard the news. I am very happy and proud of my comeback this year. I worked very hard with my team to do this and it's nice to receive the award now. It's not only for me, it's a victory me and my team."

And in a season that had so many highs, Shvedova pointed to a specific one as her favorite: "My biggest highlight was making a golden set," Shvedova declared. "That is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing and something only one other person has done, so it will always be very special. Also it was super exciting to qualify for the Olympics by reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros."

And on the knee injury that dug the hole she climbed out of? "My knee is 100% fine now, but I still do specific exercises to keep it strong so that hopefully I won't have any more problems with it and can keep improving my game."

Shvedova is currently doing her off-season training in Buenos Aires and will play a full Australian season: Auckland, Hobart, then the Australian Open. She will also compete in Fed Cup after the year's first Grand Slam tournament.

She hopes to keep rising: "I'm very happy to be the Comeback Player Of The Year but I'm not done yet! I'm going to keep working hard and my goal is to be Top 20 in singles, and it'd be nice to be back in the Top 10 for doubles too."

Find out who the WTA's Newcomer Of The Year is Tuesday on wtatennis.com...

source: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20121126/wta-player-awards-the-comeback-of-the-year_2256076_2991677

So glad that Shvedova won this award. Venus would get it only because of her legend power...

NashaMasha
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:17 AM
Well-deserved

Natural Joe
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:19 AM
Slava :rocker2:

nazzac
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:31 AM
Well deserved.

Well done Slava for a great 2012 :yeah:

Trickle
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:31 AM
First player in the open era to perform a golden set deserves an award on it's own. But I guess this is the next best thing.

Shvedbarilescu
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:31 AM
Deserved it? Damn right she did!!! :rocker: :cheer: :banana: :bowdown:

Hardiansf
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:51 AM
Who is the other one who did the golden set?

Setsuna.
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:57 AM
Yes, she deserves it more than anyone this year. :)

http://media.oregonlive.com/tennis/photo/11127598-large.jpg

Yashal
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:58 AM
Fine with it, congrats Slava :yeah:

Daniel
Nov 26th, 2012, 09:04 AM
yip
well deserved :)

Natural Joe
Nov 26th, 2012, 09:07 AM
Who is the other one who did the golden set?

Pauline Betz, according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_set

koyak
Nov 26th, 2012, 09:11 AM
yay! she deserved it :)

gaja kesari
Nov 26th, 2012, 10:08 AM
Excellent news, perfect choice!

Congratulations Yaroslava! :cool:

danieln1
Nov 26th, 2012, 10:17 AM
Very deserved.

Glad that she pick.the Golden Set as her favorite highlight of her year :bowdown:

Alwaysfan
Nov 26th, 2012, 10:25 AM
I´m watching the golden set...OMG!!!

NashaMasha
Nov 26th, 2012, 10:50 AM
http://oi50.tinypic.com/5ed6k9.jpg

i was just amazing

Alwaysfan
Nov 26th, 2012, 10:57 AM
Slava!! What a set! Lovely girl and amazing game. Hope she can reaches the TOP 15 this year.

Natural Joe
Nov 26th, 2012, 10:58 AM
I love how the commentator in that video slowly but surely realizes that this set was actually quite some achievement. :lol:

Setsuna.
Nov 26th, 2012, 10:59 AM
I love how the commentator in that video slowly but surely realizes that this set was actually quite some achievement. :lol:

Yeah, me too.:lol:

Shvedbarilescu
Nov 26th, 2012, 11:01 AM
Only two times in the last 29 years has a player of either sex won the 1st 23 points in a match. Both times that player was Yaroslava Shvedova. :eek:

moodin0931
Nov 26th, 2012, 11:04 AM
Congrats babe :kiss:

Natural Joe
Nov 26th, 2012, 11:05 AM
Only two times in the last 29 years has a player of either sex won the 1st 23 points in a match. Both times that player was Yaroslava Shvedova. :eek:

The first time was tragic though. :o

Shvedbarilescu
Nov 26th, 2012, 11:09 AM
The first time was tragic though. :o

I know. But still to get so close and then to get and another chance after that and make ammends makes it even more amazing I think. This seriously was Slava's destiny to do this. :D

(I also think it definately helped that Slava wasn't aware of what she was doing either. Imagine if someone had told her she had won the 1st 20 points when she was 5-0 up in that set. No. I don't want to think about it actually. :haha: )

homogenius
Nov 26th, 2012, 11:12 AM
she totally deserves it

Natural Joe
Nov 26th, 2012, 11:13 AM
I know. But still to get so close and then to get and another chance after that and make ammends makes it even more amazing I think. This seriously was Slava's destiny to do this. :D

True. She's the only player who can prove that her golden set wasn't a fluke. :worship: :lol:

Trickle
Nov 26th, 2012, 11:30 AM
Lightning never strikes in the same place twice. She defied the odds. It's quite remarkably, really.

Alwaysfan
Nov 26th, 2012, 11:35 AM
^Love the picture :)

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 26th, 2012, 12:00 PM
Slava :yeah: :D
fully deserved but dont win the comeback player again as it means :o :(

danieln1
Nov 26th, 2012, 12:03 PM
http://oi50.tinypic.com/5ed6k9.jpg

i was just amazing

100% all over the stats :bowdown:

People only can dream of achieving those type.of stats. This feat is very underrated around here :rolleyes:

Shvedbarilescu
Nov 26th, 2012, 12:14 PM
Slava :yeah: :D
fully deserved but dont win the comeback player again as it means :o :(

This. The only awards I want to see her winning from now on are the MIPOY, the DTOY or just the plain POY. :D Oh and yeah, Slava would be a most deserving candidate for the sportsmanship award too.

Evan James
Nov 26th, 2012, 12:53 PM
She is top 10 material. Keep eyes on her in 2013.

nazzac
Nov 26th, 2012, 02:18 PM
Think about it for a second though. Look at all the greats that have graced the sport...

Federer, Sampras, Nadal, Agassi, Connors, The Williams sisters, Graf, Navratilova, King etc...

They have never achieved a Golden set, But Slava has, and has almost done it before. And the Golden set wasn't against some mug, it was against an in-form top 10 player. :worship:

And she'll do it again next year :devil:

Roookie
Nov 26th, 2012, 03:26 PM
NID. Yari made slam QF. Venus comeback flopped hard.

Z1988
Nov 26th, 2012, 03:30 PM
http://oi50.tinypic.com/5ed6k9.jpg

i was just amazing

Amazing!! :drool:

saint2
Nov 26th, 2012, 03:31 PM
She deserved it (Hsieh and Venus shouldn't be nominated- Hsieh was never good before, and for VW a top30 ranking and MM title is hardly a "comeback"), but that golden set hype is getting funny...

*O.R*
Nov 26th, 2012, 03:38 PM
Yay, well deserved! :cheer:

nevetssllim
Nov 26th, 2012, 05:22 PM
Congrats Slava! :yeah: :D

NID. Yari made slam QF. Venus comeback flopped hard.

Oh absolutely. Defying a horrible auto-immune disease to win Olympic and Wimbledon doubles, getting back into top-30 in singles and winning in a WTA title. What a flop. :rolleyes:

SerenaMJ
Nov 26th, 2012, 05:27 PM
It wasn't a public voting was it? I certainly didn't see anything on the WTA website.

kaoru-no-kimi
Nov 26th, 2012, 05:43 PM
It wasn't a public voting was it? I certainly didn't see anything on the WTA website.

It was voted for by the media.

Wiggly
Nov 26th, 2012, 05:45 PM
The WTA seems to have a soft spot for Shvedova.
Why was the article written in Buenos Aires?

Congratulations to her.

edificio
Nov 26th, 2012, 06:22 PM
Venus's comeback was greater.

Though I do like Shvedova.

Congrats Slava! :yeah: :D



Oh absolutely. Defying a horrible auto-immune disease to win Olympic and Wimbledon doubles, getting back into top-30 in singles and winning in a WTA title. What a flop. :rolleyes:

:yeah:

ClijstersGOAT
Nov 26th, 2012, 06:22 PM
Pauline Betz, according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_set

"In a 2006 match against Amy Frazier, Yaroslava Shvedova was serving at 5 games to love and 40–0, one point away from a golden set, when she double-faulted.[3] Shvedova went on to lose the match 1–6, 6–0, 6–0."

Is this a joke? :eek:

Sammo
Nov 26th, 2012, 06:24 PM
"In a 2006 match against Amy Frazier, Yaroslava Shvedova was serving at 5 games to love and 40–0, one point away from a golden set, when she double-faulted.[3] Shvedova went on to lose the match 1–6, 6–0, 6–0."

Is this a joke? :eek:

Nope, it happened, the human mind is something very complex :lol:

Setsuna.
Nov 26th, 2012, 06:34 PM
Venus's comeback was greater.

No it wasn't.

deboraski
Nov 26th, 2012, 06:39 PM
Very happy for her. Hoping for a successful and injury-free season. :bounce:

OT: What is she doing here in S.A.?

Setsuna.
Nov 26th, 2012, 06:44 PM
OT: What is she doing here in S.A.?

Her coach is from Buenos Aires I think. She is training there and at least her coach will have sometime to see his family.

edificio
Nov 26th, 2012, 06:44 PM
No it wasn't.

Yes it was. :shrug:

Setsuna.
Nov 26th, 2012, 06:46 PM
Yes it was. :shrug:

GS QF > MM title. :shrug:

nazzac
Nov 26th, 2012, 07:09 PM
Yes it was. :shrug:

Nope. Venus' comeback was great, but Slava's was better.

Slava came back from knee surgery, and started the year outside the top 200. She has come back, went deep in 2 slams, won a golden set and achieving a career high ranking. She has come back better than she ever was before. And she didn't get her ranking up by vulturing smaller level tournaments either, she got her ranking by her Grand Slam performances.

Number19
Nov 26th, 2012, 08:52 PM
:yeah:

Ferg
Nov 26th, 2012, 10:30 PM
Totally deserved. Cant really argue with the choice.

DMD
Nov 27th, 2012, 12:37 AM
An added plus, she has incredible sex-appeal!! Congrats Slava!! :worship:

Sombrerero loco
Nov 27th, 2012, 07:54 AM
great news, go slava :bowdown:

Kon.
Nov 27th, 2012, 10:01 AM
Well deserved. Slava :yeah:

markdelaney
Nov 27th, 2012, 12:57 PM
She has the game to be a top ten player.

coolfish1103
Nov 27th, 2012, 01:22 PM
Venus's comeback was greater.

That's built on a bunch of wildcards because she is famous.

Had she not received all those wildcards how can she even attempt to make a comeback?

HRHoliviasmith
Nov 27th, 2012, 01:55 PM
Congrats to her! :yippee:

Petkovic
Nov 28th, 2012, 09:37 AM
I'm so glad Slava won this :) Venus' year was good too, but if she had won it, it would only be because of her status. Slava's comeback has been great. Hopefully she keeps this up.

sweetadri06
Nov 28th, 2012, 09:40 AM
Think about it for a second though. Look at all the greats that have graced the sport...

Federer, Sampras, Nadal, Agassi, Connors, The Williams sisters, Graf, Navratilova, King etc...

They have never achieved a Golden set, But Slava has, and has almost done it before. And the Golden set wasn't against some mug, it was against an in-form top 10 player. :worship:

And she'll do it again next year :devil:

You forgot to mention that the top 10 player was Errani. :help:
It's a cool stat but let's not act like she's some legend because of it.
Congrats Slava!

nazzac
Nov 28th, 2012, 12:03 PM
You forgot to mention that the top 10 player was Errani. :help:
It's a cool stat but let's not act like she's some legend because of it.
Congrats Slava!

Errani is a good player. She reached a slam final, and a slam semi final this year and is the world no.6. Not to mention she was in great form at the time.

And i was making the point that it's an incredible achievement for her, not that Slava is a legend (although she is but in a different way ;))because of it.

*JR*
Nov 29th, 2012, 12:48 AM
Good. Anyone playing for the same country as Sneaky Sesil, who totally ovashadows the former Wild Child is OK with me. :yeah:

Arthur.
Nov 29th, 2012, 08:05 AM
I am happy for Yaroslava, she totally deserves it.
Flipkens' comeback is remarkable too :) And Williams (Venus), Knapp, Petkovic (for everything she had to suffer and yet is still here) deserve to be mentioned here!

Material World
Nov 30th, 2012, 06:52 AM
Great that Slava won this accolade. Totally deserved.

I love the way she smiles through everything. A real babe :inlove: