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WhatTheDeuce
May 10th, 2003, 03:18 AM
Kournikova plays through pain to reach Semifinals

May 9, 2003

SEA ISLAND -- Anna Kournikova overcame an inconsistent performance and pain in her thigh Friday to reach the semifinals of the Cloister Cup.

Kournikova, playing her first competitive tournament since injuring her left abductor muscle April 9th, defeated Sunitha Rao in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-3.

But her thigh, tightly wrapped for the first time all week, gave her problems throughout the match.

``Today was definitely the worst day,'' said Kournikova, who will face fellow Russian Maria Sharapova in Saturday's semifinals. ``It's not doing very well.''

Playing her third match in three days, Kournikova was sluggish. She showed her frustration at times, slamming down her racket on one occasion, yelling in Russian in disgust on another. But when she needed to win points, she did.

Kournikova finished the first set with back-to-back aces, then won the final three games of the second set to take the match.

The 16-year-old Sharapova rallied to beat Kristina Brandi, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Top-seeded Amy Frazier was eliminated, losing her quarterfinal match to No. 7 Christina Wheeler of Australia, 6-1, 6-1.

In the other quarterfinal, fourth-seeded Bethanie Mattek beat No. 8 Janet Lee 6-2 in the first set. Lee retired after the set with an undisclosed injury.

WhatTheDeuce
May 10th, 2003, 03:19 AM
BAD NEWS :sad::mad:

anna's in pain again...what else is new :rolleyes::sad:

Rtael
May 10th, 2003, 03:23 AM
OMG, Anna got 2 ACES in a row!? How many did she get overall?

CJ07
May 10th, 2003, 03:24 AM
well atleast she had aces, on red clay!

but yeah hope she gets better
why is she so injury prone?

WhatTheDeuce
May 10th, 2003, 03:25 AM
OMG, Anna got 2 ACES in a row!? How many did she get overall?
LOL i was going to say something about that...

thing is, when anna relaxes she has the capability of having a hard, good serve...but she never is comfortable and for some stupid reason she spins them all in...

good job, though, anna ;)

Jordan.
May 10th, 2003, 03:25 AM
thanks for the credit, David :rolleyes: :wavey:

WhatTheDeuce
May 10th, 2003, 03:27 AM
lmao :wavey: jordan...

sorry man...EVERYONE! JORDAN POINTED THIS ARTICLE OUT TO ME! so thank you...

Jordan.
May 10th, 2003, 03:28 AM
I was j/k, sheesh... :p

WhatTheDeuce
May 10th, 2003, 03:29 AM
I was j/k, sheesh... :p
i certainly hope you were kidding :|

Jordan.
May 10th, 2003, 03:30 AM
What if I wasn't? :rolleyes:

WhatTheDeuce
May 10th, 2003, 03:30 AM
What if I wasn't? :rolleyes:
u just said u were :confused: :|

Jordan.
May 10th, 2003, 03:32 AM
What if I was lying?

WhatTheDeuce
May 10th, 2003, 03:33 AM
What if I was lying?
then you're a damn liar

CJ07
May 10th, 2003, 03:38 AM
easy now...

decemberlove
May 10th, 2003, 03:40 AM
i think i remember reading that she was participating in the challenger events as part of the recovery [from her injury] process. so really, shes not totally healed... and this pain is expected.

Jordan.
May 10th, 2003, 03:40 AM
Wow, I'm so affected by that.

:wavey: mmcdonald

F-R-E-A-K
May 10th, 2003, 03:44 AM
She is the most frequent injured player on the tour for the amount of matches she plays?! Wats with her? is she going for a Best Actress award at the OSCARS?

Anna is soo soo lame with these injuries!

Vincent
May 10th, 2003, 08:46 AM
Hope she gets well soon, i am surprised that Amy lost in that way.:eek:

The Guilty
May 10th, 2003, 09:00 AM
Anna :sad:

I hope you feel better today :)

SerialKiller#69
May 10th, 2003, 09:01 AM
i hope she doesn't aggravate it.

rhz
May 10th, 2003, 09:08 AM
poor Anna, when is she going to be healthy?

Kuti Kis&Monica
May 10th, 2003, 09:42 AM
I have a bad feeling about this injury. :sad: Maybe she came back too early.
Hope she won't retire, because i still imagine sarcastic commentaries about it ;) :rolleyes:

Dava
May 10th, 2003, 10:32 AM
I'm in split minds over this, I want to see Anna do well in this tournament, but I dont want her to play if she is in bad pain.

Its probably that first match which did it for her.. I just she can keep it together and get it treated.

TatiAnnahølic
May 10th, 2003, 10:43 AM
2 aces? :eek::D but again playing with pain :mad: i hope you can play well today!

Monica_Rules
May 10th, 2003, 10:50 AM
Poor Anna i hope shes ok for her SF match!

the cat
May 10th, 2003, 11:12 AM
Miss Love makes a good point about how Anna should expect some leg pain. I just hope she has a good warmup today and the match is played. Because if she pulls out she will be be unjustly criticised by some. She did routine Rao yesterday 6-3 6-3 while in some leg pain. And Maria Sharapova is error prone. She doesn't play a grueling stule of tennis like Amanda Coetzer or Tatiana Panova who get almost every shot back. Even at less than 100% health Anna has a good chance to win this match. I just hope the match is played.

Yak
May 10th, 2003, 02:51 PM
Look at Anna's leg :eek:

http://www.tsn.ca/images/stories/20030509/anna_80735.jpg