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fresh2flash
May 26th, 2003, 06:49 PM
Hi guys! I`m afraid I won`t be able to write detailed reports, at least not every day. The computers in the press-centre are alwais occupied, so I have to use cybercafes. But anyway I hope to describe what I`ve seen.

This is the 1st day. May I say it was fantastic? I think I may cause it absolutely was. I arrived 1 hour before the matches really started to get a pass and to have a look around before I am too busy. And to dine of course.

Anyway, after that I watched a bit Likhovtzeva - Loit match. I wasn`t impressed with Alyona`s play at all to be frankly. So I left after the 1st set. And immediately I met Nastya in the main street of the Stadium. We just said "hi", I wished her good-luck against Dinara. Next stop - Safina - Myskina match. I watched it from beginning till the end. Dinara started very aggresively, and Nastya was seemingly surprised by it. She actually lost her serve in the 1st game, but already in the 2nd Nastya came back to her senses. May I say she knows how to master powerful players and Dinara is not experienced enough to manage her power. I was sitting next to Nastya`s boy-friend. At first he was trying to encourage her - Davay Nastya etc, but already in the end of the 1st set he was silent and quite confident of Nastya. One row from was sitting Andrey Chesnokov and his son (or nephew?). The boy was so cute :). He was speaking of how he got an autograph from Andre Agassi, and what a pity that Pete Sampras was not here. :)

Next step I took an interview with Nastya. Well, there were not any astonishing eye-openers. We just talked about what she likes in Paris and in Moscow, what was her boy-friends name (the answer is Jens :)) an things like that.

Ok, after that I had to choose what match to watch next - Kafelnikov`s or Lina`s. I had no doubts. I like Lina, but Zhenya is high class. So I went to Suzann Lenglen court and watched two first sets. I must say that Zhenya was completely in control of the game from the very beginning. He felt so confident, that I hope he can join the title hunt.

I left Suzann Lenglen just in time to see the 2nd set of Lina`s match vs. Craybas. Our little Russian girl just eliminated that poor Americain. Only in the middle of the 2nd set she became too relaxed and allowed Craybas to level the score. She was very good, but actually I don`t think she stands a chance vs. Amelie right now. But I hope she will rise to the top level soon. Elena Bovina was watching that much (that for the information of miss Leena :)).

And the last but not least - I had an interview with Lina, and OMG what an interview was - very sincere to say the least. We talked tete-a-tete about 20 minutes - about her friends and her false friends, about Larisa Neiland, about other girls, about her bad time during the injury. I never thought a player would ever say things like that. In the end we talked about fans and internet, and she told that she visits her unoffficial site (well, that was not surprise :)), she was impressed with a poem one guy wrote on this site and she even printed it and store it. :) And she said she recieve our letter long ago and several times she was here at the RR :).

So that`s it. Tomorrow I expect the great day as well. Lena and Vera start their run. :)

TheBoiledEgg
May 26th, 2003, 06:55 PM
wow thanx Fresh :) seems like you had a good day
thanx for the piece with Lina too :)

just a pity the day didnt bring more wins for our girls :(:(

snoop
May 26th, 2003, 07:06 PM
Thanks Fresh :) sounds amazing :D

Great to hear about Lina. Maybe she will write a message one day ;)

fresh2flash
May 26th, 2003, 07:14 PM
just a pity the day didnt bring more wins for our girls :(:(

I completely missed Masha, but that was impossible to follow all the matches. :( But that`s not her last tournament. :)

DEETHELICK
May 26th, 2003, 07:20 PM
Oh wow! Glad you had fun!! :)

Its great hearing reports from those who are there, kinda helps you soak in the atmosphere!

Could you please suggest to Elena (if you get to tak to her) that she should try phsyiotherapy and exercises to strengthen her shoulder, similar to what Clijsters did.

Thanks! :)

vaiva
May 26th, 2003, 08:03 PM
Thanks fresh and good to hear you enjoyed your day.

We will be waiting for more :)

Tarassik
May 26th, 2003, 08:17 PM
Hi Fresh,

I didn't see you next to Nastya's boyfriend at her match... whereas I was talking to Chesnokov and his son !
I was wearing a wimbledon cap, maybe you saw me... I hope we could meet here. you can easily recognize me since i will be the only one to wear such a cap ;)

Enjoy Paris ! :D

Jordan.
May 26th, 2003, 09:36 PM
Thanks!! :D

Go Vera tomorrow! ;)

BRUNA!!
May 26th, 2003, 11:30 PM
Thanks for the update on Ms. Bovina. :)

I'd rather see her practicing instead of watching matches, and talking to everyone... but that's Lena. :p

If Lina has visited the board... why doesn't she say something? :confused:

the cat
May 27th, 2003, 12:11 AM
Enjoy the matches of the Russian tennis players while you can, Fresh. Because this French Open is most likely going to be a Russian blood bath! :eek: I think there is a distinct possibility that no Russian tennis player will make the second week. :sad: But I hope I'm wrong.

tenn_ace
May 27th, 2003, 01:04 AM
thanks for the report, fresh :)

are u going to post Lina's answers to your questions? or where are planning to publish them? I'm really interested in what she was saying about Neiland?

enjoy and don't forget about us ;)

bubble
May 27th, 2003, 02:32 AM
Thanks for the wonderful report fresh. :)

looking forward to your next update. :)

fresh2flash
May 27th, 2003, 08:07 AM
Hi all :)
tenn_ace, a good deal of Lina's interview I won4t publish. All else I'll send to SE or (and) Tennis + after the tournament. Right now I just don't hqve time and possibility to write anything. I can send you some details by PM this evening if you like. Or to anybody else whom I know well at the RR.

Tarassik, I guess I saw you. :)

tenn_ace
May 27th, 2003, 11:09 AM
Hi all :)
tenn_ace, a good deal of Lina's interview I won4t publish. All else I'll send to SE or (and) Tennis + after the tournament. Right now I just don't hqve time and possibility to write anything. I can send you some details by PM this evening if you like. Or to anybody else whom I know well at the RR.

Tarassik, I guess I saw you. :)

that would be absolutely awesome! thanks a lot in advance! :)

I'll be waiting :bounce:

Nina_rus
May 27th, 2003, 01:50 PM
thanks for your report ;)

I think I saw you on TV today at the Bovina-Golovin match

Roxers
May 27th, 2003, 02:24 PM
Thanks :) Great report :D

King Aaron
May 27th, 2003, 03:36 PM
Thanks. :)

fresh2flash
May 27th, 2003, 07:09 PM
thanks for your report ;)

I think I saw you on TV today at the Bovina-Golovin match

Maybe. :) I watched the 1st set. Was I wearing a red T-shirt? But as soon as it became visible that Tanya is not a match for Lena I left.

But let`s begin from the very beginning. This day wasn`t as good as was the 1st, but anyway I enjoed it. The 1st match I`ve seen was Vera vs. Martina. Funny that both girls came to the court wearing exactly the same clothes. But otherwise they were not a bit similar. Vera simply overpowered Martina. But she wasn`t that good when I wanted to talk to her. :( Many girls - Nastya, Alyona, Lina, Nadya - are very easy to speak. But Vera was a different matter. She is too serious. But I guess this is just one weak point of hers. :)

Then came the shock. When I finished with Vera I went to look upon the scores and found out that Alyona actually was down 3:6, 0:4 :eek: I hurried to the court and when I got there it was already 0:5 in the 2nd. I don`t know how Alyona had played before that moment, but next three games she played brilliantly. The crowd was totally behind her, but after winning 3 games in a row she made two crusial mistakes and that was enough for the Spanish girl to hold her serve. That was the shock - my favourite player went out in the 1st round :sad: In fact there was not much I could ask Alyona after the match, so I just tried to find some words to comfort her and asked very few questions. She confirmed that her foot no longer bothers her (that`s a good news actually :)) but she missed the rhythm as her praparation for RG was spoiled. She also said that she would definetely play the grass season.

Then I went to the Bovina - Golovin match. Behind me was sitting Misha Youzhny with his coach and with a friend. But the match wasn`t that interisting, so soon many including me have left. That`s almost all. I also watched a bit of Chang and a bit of Kuerten matches and the 1st set o Nastya`s match vs. Monica :)

So here I am. Two days have gone. Sorrow and joy have mixed up.

Jelena Bowina
May 27th, 2003, 07:12 PM
Bovina's match wasn't interesting??? I'll ignore that... :mad: Lena always makes it interesting by playing without a brain.

Anyway, did you try to get Lena for an interview? :)

TheBoiledEgg
May 27th, 2003, 08:46 PM
thanx again fresh :)

what he meant i'm sure Lena was always gonna win.
thats good news about Alyona's foot, now lets hope her arm gets better.

DEETHELICK
May 27th, 2003, 09:03 PM
Thanks Fresh :)

I agree TBE, at least the foot is better, but isn't a shoulder injury something potentially serious.

Well I hope Elena rests up, looking forward to your future reports too :)

Russina Princess
May 27th, 2003, 09:20 PM
what he meant i'm sure Lena was always gonna win.


Those people haven't suffered through enough heart attacks during Lena's matches then. :p

auntie janie
May 27th, 2003, 09:27 PM
:eek: I forgot all about your exciting trip to RG, fresh!!!! Luckily I saw the thread today. Thanks very much for the reports! I really look forward to reading more of them. :hearts:

TheBoiledEgg
May 28th, 2003, 03:33 AM
Russina Princess = Lena :p ???

bubble
May 28th, 2003, 04:31 AM
Thanks Fresh again.
Hope the 3rd day brings more joy for you :p

AKTW
May 28th, 2003, 08:10 AM
Thanks fresh. :)
I think I feel the same as you but at least we know that Elena's foot didn't bother her.Elena should rest up now and get well and then prepare for the grass season.
Going out in the first round at RG is defintely disappointing :sad: .Yet,I hope Elena recovers soon and plays well in the coming seasons.

Nina_rus
May 28th, 2003, 10:03 AM
Maybe. :) I watched the 1st set. Was I wearing a red T-shirt?

yep :)

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Elena did play really badly before 0-5, Sanchez didn't have to do much, very dissapointing :(

King Aaron
May 28th, 2003, 02:39 PM
Russina Princess = Lena :p ???
Very likely. ;)

Thanks by the way fresh. :D

fresh2flash
May 28th, 2003, 06:35 PM
No detqiled reports today I'm afraid. Actually I'm not in the mood and I need to write down an interview. 4 losses - and we expected 3 wins :(

Nastya's loss can be explained by her illness. She was visibly ill, coughing and sneezing. She said she would go home tomorrow to get better.

Lina was terrified by the hostile crowd. She said she never played in such an atmosphere. "It was like I'm stepping into the Gladiators Arena" - her exact words.

OK, I hope Thursday will be a better day. Good-luck Russians :)

TheBoiledEgg
May 28th, 2003, 07:02 PM
Lina :sad: :( i kinda knew this was gonna happen, she gets nervous and freezes 1st time she plays in front of such a crowd :(
still i would have thought she might have relaxed a little in 2nd set.

the cat
May 28th, 2003, 08:10 PM
I knew this was going to be a bad tournament for the Russians. But today was even worse than I ever imagined. Myskina continued her terrible play in the grand slams. Lina didn't even show up against Mauresmo. And Kafelnikov and Youzhny lost 5 set matches to players they should be able to beat just playing mediocre tennis. What a disaster! :mad: Did I leave anyone out? This is a Russian tennis blood bath if there ever was one! :eek:

Let's hope Bovina, Zvonareva and the Russian juniors pick up the slack.

TheBoiledEgg
May 28th, 2003, 08:34 PM
Fresh, if you see Nastya before she leaves, can you ask if she intends to play Birmingham now ??

ys
May 28th, 2003, 10:29 PM
No detqiled reports today I'm afraid. Actually I'm not in the mood and I need to write down an interview. 4 losses - and we expected 3 wins :(

Yep, we saw better days than that..

I knew this was going to be a bad tournament for the Russians. blah blah blah

Oh shut up... As if I am not just about to puke even without your crap..



OK, I hope Thursday will be a better day. Good-luck Russians

Our best claycourters are still in. Hopefully Kolya will beat the Shrimp.. And Vera and Nadya are still in. Both, as well as Elena B. should be able to reach the Round of 16.

the cat
May 29th, 2003, 01:07 AM
Unfortunately the worst possible scenario has happened at the 2003 French Open for the Russians. But Bovina, Petrova and Znonareva have good chances to win tomorrow! :D And Nadia has big time potential! :D

Have fun Fresh! :D

auntie janie
May 29th, 2003, 01:33 AM
Poor Lina! :eek:
But it is good experience for her. It will happen again, and maybe next time she will cope better.

Anyway, if Davydenko beats that little twerp I call Chip (for the gigantic chip on his shoulder), all else will be forgotten. :D

Have fun, fresh! :)

bubble
May 29th, 2003, 01:55 AM
Thanks Fresh again.
Hope the 3rd day brings more joy for you :p

:o What a terrible day... Zhenya blew it and Misha sigh.....
poor Lina and Nastya get well soon.
Thursday has to be a better day, yesterday was the lowest point.

fresh2flash
May 29th, 2003, 09:32 AM
Fresh, if you see Nastya before she leaves, can you ask if she intends to play Birmingham now ??

Eggy, I think she left today. She won˛t play doubles. But her schedulle for the grass season stays the same if just caught bad cold. If her illness is something more serious than that will change.

AKTW
May 29th, 2003, 10:43 AM
Oh,Nastya. :sad:
Hopefully,all Russian girls will play well next year!

ys
May 29th, 2003, 02:29 PM
So far as expected. I expected Nadya to win and I hoped for Elena to win, but I didn't have high expectations for that. But Vera should win.

King Aaron
May 29th, 2003, 03:24 PM
Thanks fresh.
I didn't expect Lina to freeze like that. :(

fresh2flash
May 29th, 2003, 06:57 PM
Hi guys! :)
Sorry, at the 4th day I was already a bit tired of tennis, so I`ve been at the stadium up to the end of the Davydenko`s match and then left to see Paris (despite I don`t like that city ;)).

First to mention I was very surprised when heard that Lena Bovina has lost. I`ve been to her match for 5 games in the beginning, and she seemed to be in control of it. Rita Grande`s father (he looks much alike Mansour Bahrami) was at this time very nervous and was trying to encourage his daughter. I thought it would be an easy cake for Lena and went to see the ending of the Kolya`s match. I guess you all have seen it. He lost it, not Shrimp won. Kolya acknowledged it after the match. He said that he had made many mistakes and if he had played up to 100 % he would crush Hewitt.

I also went to see Lina and Alyona playing against the Americain girls. Lina was the leader of the team. She commanded the strategy and was marvelous at the net. I didn`t want to go to the stade on Friday, but now I will go to see them playing against Kim and Ai. I just wonder how many spectators won`t be able to see that match because of the small court?

auntie janie
May 29th, 2003, 07:08 PM
Good for Nadia for marching straight through with no letdown after her big win.

Am PO'd @ Davydenko, though! Now we still have to look at Chip! :mad:

TheBoiledEgg
May 29th, 2003, 07:09 PM
thanx again fresh :)

so you didn't see any of Vera or Nadya either :(
good to see Lina leading the doubles :)

Lena B did have match in control but she blew it :(
then faded in 2nd after making a recovery.
disappointing but hardly suprising considering she missed nearly all the clay season :(:(

ys
May 29th, 2003, 07:13 PM
Another masterpiece from Russian media:

http://www.gazeta.ru/sport/2003/05/a_34654.shtml

"Ну а единственная из проросших русских семян Вера Звонарёва сойдётся в матче следующей стадии с испанкой Марией Санчес-Лоренцо, в первом круге надругавшейся над Еленой Дементьевой. "

fresh2flash
May 29th, 2003, 07:14 PM
so you didn't see any of Vera

I wanted to see Vera, but I couldn`t wait Martin and Tim to finish their long 5-setter (I thought it would be :))

fresh2flash
May 29th, 2003, 07:17 PM
Another masterpiece from Russian media:



It`s good for them girls usually don`t read the papers. Otherwise they would refuse to talk to any of these medias. By the way, here at RG are just 3 (!) Russian journalists - me, Zair Mansourov and Monsieur Rybakov. :) Nobody from SE, SS or Izvestia.

ys
May 29th, 2003, 07:24 PM
It`s good for them girls usually don`t read the papers. Otherwise they would refuse to talk to any of these medias. By the way, here at RG are just 3 (!) Russian journalists - me, Zair Mansourov and Monsieur Rybakov. :) Nobody from SE, SS or Izvestia.

Nobody from SE? Not even Fedyakov? And the reason for that is..?

fresh2flash
May 29th, 2003, 07:30 PM
Nobody from SE? Not even Fedyakov? And the reason for that is..?

I don`t know what the reason for this. I do not write for the on the daily basis. I`m on holiday, not on work. ;) I will write 1-2 interviews afterwards, but that`s all. Zhenya told me long ago he wouldn`t go to Paris, but I thought somebody else would go in his place.

ys
May 29th, 2003, 07:34 PM
I don`t know what the reason for this. I do not write for the on the daily basis. I`m on holiday, not on work. ;) I will write 1-2 interviews afterwards, but that`s all. Zhenya told me long ago he wouldn`t go to Paris, but I thought somebody else would go in his place.

Don't understand that..:confused: They go all the way to Argentina for DC tie, but they don't go to the geographically closest Grand Slam..

the cat
May 30th, 2003, 12:20 AM
That's bad strategy from the Russian sports media. :( With so many Russian tennis players there should be better coverage.

And what did the article say that would have bothered the Russian girls? It looked like the article was about Nadia.

vaiva
May 30th, 2003, 06:47 AM
Another masterpiece from Russian media:

http://www.gazeta.ru/sport/2003/05/a_34654.shtml


:eek:

That's not even ridiculous. Sounds like an extract from porn magazine :fiery:

King Aaron
May 30th, 2003, 02:18 PM
That's bad strategy from the Russian sports media. :( With so many Russian tennis players there should be better coverage.

And what did the article say that would have bothered the Russian girls? It looked like the article was about Nadia.
I would like to know what it said too.

fresh2flash
May 30th, 2003, 04:23 PM
I would like to know what it said too.

No need. Just an unprofessional article. I wonder why in tennis there are so few good journalists.

fresh2flash
May 30th, 2003, 04:39 PM
It was a hot day here in Paris. I almost burned my skin. And there was a huge disappointment - I couldn`t take interview with Guilliermo Coria as he doesn`t speak any languages apart from Spanish. Very very sad indeed.

Lina and Alyona lost. I don`t know if you`ve seen that match, but it was a good one. As I expected the small 17 court wasn`t able to place all the spectators who wished to see that battle. I guess at least several hundreds were standing around the court, and many of them could not see the match. Very wise choice of court, really. As for the match, Kim and Ai were the real double team, they both played very good at the net. While our Russian girls were rather shy at the net. Both of them, espl Alyona, were not standing enough close to it. So it was a deserved win for Kim and Ai, though Alyona and Lina definetely could turn it their way even without net play, but mistakes (very few, but they were the key ones) made the life harder for them. Now they will both fly to Moscow on Saturday. Lina wants to make a little break and Alyona as well. If I`m not mistaken they both will miss the first week of the grass season.

TheBoiledEgg
May 30th, 2003, 07:01 PM
tough battle in doubles, didn't expect them to win but a good showing.

fresh did you ask them if they will miss it or guessing ??
I should find out if Lina's playing there early next week when i get news.

I hope Lina plays, she hasn't played much recently.
Alyona needs a rest to get better but she also needs matches again, hasn't played much in last month, catch 22 situation :(

fresh2flash
May 30th, 2003, 07:16 PM
fresh did you ask them if they will miss it or guessing ??

I asked their mothers. They were sitting next to me. So that's why I call it guessing. :)

TheBoiledEgg
May 30th, 2003, 07:34 PM
I hope one of them comes at least :)

if no Lina or Alyona :( gonna be a quiet week for me there, going there still.
Nadya played there in 2000 and 2001, she's not there either. Nastya hasn't entered but i hope she does enter late now.

Still Maria Sharapova will play qualies, Lena B and L plus Jidkova, Rodionova.

fresh2flash
May 30th, 2003, 07:38 PM
Maybe, the conversation was like this:
- Are Lina and Alyona are going to play in Birmingham?
- (Lina's mother) No we have had a heavy schedule.
- (Alyona's mother) I also think not. Lena needs to get some rest.

AKTW
May 31st, 2003, 06:10 AM
fresh,I always enjoy your reports! :)

fresh2flash
May 31st, 2003, 08:22 AM
fresh,I always enjoy your reports! :)

Thanks AKTW and you all guys. :)

vaiva
May 31st, 2003, 08:47 AM
Thanks for the reports again, fresh :)

Sorry about Coria. Apparently, Eurosport commentators said they also got into trouble with interviewing him and had to find somebody who can speak 'South American Spanish' ;)

Will you be going to watch Vera and Nadia?

ys
May 31st, 2003, 02:49 PM
So, we still have The Faith, we still have The Hope, but there is no Love...

fresh2flash
May 31st, 2003, 05:46 PM
Will you be going to watch Vera and Nadia?

I have watched it, though they've been playing at the same time :(. First I went to see Nadya to start in her match against Irvin on the court 7. As I expected, she took a quick start, and was totally in control of the match since the very beginning. I really appreciate her serve - very fast and precise, her groundstrokes, her net-play. Apparently she does not have weaknesses, so in her match against Capriati we'll see who has more advantages. :) Nadya said she wants a sweet revenge for her loss to Jennifer in Rome. She also said that she enjoys playing in the heat. :eek: But I'm afraid she may be not fresh enough for her Sunday's match as she has a very tough schedule - she is playing singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

After Nadya had won the 1st set I moved to the court 1 to see how Vera was dealing with the Spanish gors. This Maria Sanchez Lorenzo was real good, she alwais managed to keep the ball in play and didn˛t not make many unforced errors. So Vera had to vary her tactics and that was the wise decision. :) After the match Vera said that she knows how to beat Venus, but there is difference "between knowing the pqss qnd walking the pass" :), so we'll see. At least Venus doesn˛t look unbeatable and Vera plays up to at least 90 per cent she will beat her.

fresh2flash
May 31st, 2003, 05:49 PM
BTW, I have not talked with Nadya for almost two years and found her very easy to talk to. Sharing Orange Prize with Lina and Alyona. Lemon Prize goes to Kolya Davydenko. :)

TheBoiledEgg
May 31st, 2003, 06:33 PM
what did Kolya do ??? :o

thanx fresh :):)

I could tell Nadya played great from watching scores :) good she feels positive
as does Vera

Nadya this time has to put more pressure on Jen's serve than in rome.

Jordan.
May 31st, 2003, 06:53 PM
thanks fresh, much appreciated!

vaiva
May 31st, 2003, 07:08 PM
Thanks fresh. Good to know you had something to enjoy at RG :)

the cat
May 31st, 2003, 07:52 PM
I hope this is the last time Petrova plays all 3 events in a grand slam. She has the best game of all the Russian girls that I've seen! :D And she needs to stay as fresh(no pun intended ;) ) as possible for her grand slam singles matches.

With her fine serve, Nadia could do damgage at Wimbledon, too! :) The question is, can the injury prone Nadia stay healthy long enough to fulfill her vast potential?

auntie janie
May 31st, 2003, 09:17 PM
Thanks once again, fresh. It's great to hear that Nadya is finally playing the way she can. I'd love to see how high she can go. Unfortunately, Jennifer is in form, too! But I hope this improved Paris Nadya can surprise her. :)

fresh2flash
Jun 1st, 2003, 01:01 PM
Cat, Petrova is playing all three events cause wasn't sure whether Jelena Dokic could play or not. :)

Eggy, Kolya wasn't willing to talk. He only was making short reponses to any question. Maybe because it was the first time I was talking to him and he didn't know me.

tenn_ace
Jun 1st, 2003, 01:17 PM
thsnk fresh :) :bounce: for your wonderful reports and for your pm (it was a little bit dissapointing though ;))

keep going ;) we need you there :D

King Aaron
Jun 1st, 2003, 04:28 PM
Cat, Petrova is playing all three events cause wasn't sure whether Jelena Dokic could play or not. :)

Eggy, Kolya wasn't willing to talk. He only was making short reponses to any question. Maybe because it was the first time I was talking to him and he didn't know me.
Why wouldn't Jelena be able to play?

the cat
Jun 2nd, 2003, 02:16 AM
Thanks for the information, Fresh! :D But I think Nadia needs to withdraw from mixed doubles to conserve some much needed energy.

Udachi Nadia! :D

ys
Jun 2nd, 2003, 03:17 AM
So we will get our habitual once-per-three years GS semifinalist. Hopefully it is more than that and the winner of Nadya-Vera will give it a serious shot in semis, not repeating Alyona's mistake who was sleeping for a set and a half at USO semis three years ago. Three superscalps on the way to the quarters - Seles, Venus, Capriari holding 16 Slams between them.

Yet, choosing the best of these two wins, I prefer Vera's win. Due to a couple of reasons...

Beating Jennifer is an amazing achievement, yet beating Venus at this point of the tournament is a rare feat. Since her debut GS in 1997, Venus lost only once between the 1st Round and quarterfinals. Also no Russian player has EVER beaten Venus Williams in a WTA tournament or Grandslam. Jennifer usually loses quite a few matches per year, so beating Jennifer is not that unique, Venus losses per year are normally kept in single figures, and half of those losses go to her sister. Nadya surely knew she is capabl of beating Jennifer. Mere idea of beating Venus Williams sounds as herecy for all non Top 10 players. I think that mentally Vera had to overcome bigger hurdle.

Second reason.. It felt that Venus-Vera match , while was more error-filled, was a faster, more aggressive tennis, with ball taken very early by both players, with a lot of shot variety, a lot of angles, slices, while in Nadya-Jennifer match it felt like ball always crosses the baseline and almost never a sideline, and the only true variety in the game was Nadya coming in. Also, it is not that Venus fell apart. Vera managed to break down Venus's forehand completely, and that's not something that fell from the sky.

So, both were excellent matches, but while visually Nadya's win looks more impressive, I would not underestimate Vera's win and would by no mean consider it as a result of Venus playing badly and amaking errors. In past year there were plenty matches in GS tournaments where Venus played very sub-par tennis, yet, there was only one player before Vera who managed to benefit from that.

As to the semis.. I think that Nadya needs that victory more, but that's absolutely irrelevant. nadya wins, she is seeded at Wimbledon ( which is, BTW, also absolutely unimportant at this point ), Vera wins, and she is seeded Top 16 at Wimbledon, but given that there are 3.5 players at WTA who have an idea of how to play on grass, that's not important either.

I hope that no matter who wins that semis, neither girl would have anything to regret afterwards, and for that would be a good match for them both to remember and for us to enjoy ( even if we won't see it most likely ).

fresh2flash
Jun 2nd, 2003, 12:09 PM
Sorry guys, I couldn`t write anything yesterday. After the matches I was as drunk as drunk could be :) But extremely happy. Vera got a bit of booing from the French crowd, but that did not spoil the day. She actually did not wave to the spectators, who were behind her during the whole match. Don`t know why she didn`t do that. But anyway it was well done and she could be excused for these great emotions. For the first time I found being a journalist rather inconvenient, cause a journalist supposed to hide the emotions and have a neutral approach to the match. That wasn`t easy. :)

I didn`t talk to Vera after the match cause I hurried to the court 1 to see the 2nd and the 3d sets of Nadya`s play. Despite I admire Vera very much I must admit that Nadya is far more consistent at the moment. Vera has beaten Venus who was at least 60 % fit, but Nadya outplayed Jennifer who was close to her best form. Both girls played fantasticly, the win could go either way. Hopefully it went ours. :)

Jennifer seemed completely empty after the match. When asked what do you feel about the Russian invasion in the WTA, she answered without any emptions: I don`t know. I don`t care.

IMO Nadya should easily outplay Vera. There is just one "if". If she is not too tired after her Monday`s double and mixed double. Hope she will make a right decision. I myself will stand for Nadya.

King Aaron
Jun 2nd, 2003, 04:33 PM
Thanks. :) :)
She lost with Jelena in doubles today. A 2 set loss. I hope it won't demoralize her.

bubble
Jun 3rd, 2003, 04:04 AM
Thanks Fresh!

Have great fun and joy at center court today. :)

fresh2flash
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:15 PM
Hi guys! It was a good day. As I thought Nadya has beaten Vera. But I predicted an easier win. Well, Vera does has something to improve - and that is hre serve. It`s too weak for a top20 player. Otherwise she is equipped with everything for a potential Top5 player. Nadya at the same time plays the top5 tennis already. I`m positive that she at the very least will give Kim much trouble, but hopefully I expect another upset from our girl. :)

I like Nadya`s confidence towards the match. "You are not a favourite against Kim. Does it help you?" - was the question. "Why I`m not a favourite? - she simply replied. - We played juniors together, I`ve beaten her many times. So I guess I have a very good chance not only to beat Kim but to win a tournament as well" :)

Tomorrow I wont go to the stade. But on Thursday we will see a match of the year. :-)) Go Nadya!!

auntie janie
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:19 PM
Thanks, fresh!!!! That is the first comment of Nadya's that I have seen, and it is a great one!!! I love her attitude! And I agree with her -- she does have a chance. :D

Still, I am glad she is out of the women's doubles. The Mixed is good, I am sure it is relaxing and fun, though they did have to come from a set down to win today. But I just meant that I don't think that participating in it is going to hurt her chances on Thursday.

Hey Nadya! Please beat Kim!!! A Justine-Nadya final would be just my cup of tea! :)

fresh2flash
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:20 PM
BTW right now you can see me at the internet cafe by link
http://www.clickside.com/us/main.htm Then click webcam
:)

auntie janie
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:22 PM
!!!!!!!!
Hi, Fresh!!!! I See You!!!!! :)

fresh2flash
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:24 PM
Hi Janie :)
I don`t see you :(

auntie janie
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:25 PM
LOL :D

I waited to see if you would move, you looked like a statue! :eek: finally, you moved your arm. :)

fresh2flash
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:29 PM
I look sometimes in the direction of the webcam. But I`m reading many letters. :)

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:29 PM
thanx fresh :)
see you too :wavey:

also love Nadya's positive look :)

vaiva
Jun 3rd, 2003, 08:23 PM
Thanks fresh. I absolutely love Nadia's attitude, although I think she's a bit too abmitious. But she needs to be to beat Kim

King Aaron
Jun 4th, 2003, 03:21 PM
Thanks fresh. :)
Too bad I can't see you.

ys
Jun 7th, 2003, 01:03 AM
Finally, I see in Sport-Express something familiar..;)

fresh2flash
Jun 7th, 2003, 06:48 AM
Finally, I see in Sport-Express something familiar..;)

;) I got tired of nothing to do so far, and decided to work a bit :)
On Monday I hope there will be an interview with Alyona Likhovtzeva. I already talked to her yesterday after her mixed final. And with Zhenya Kafelnikov, if he will tell some interesting things. On Tuesday, maybe with Vera Douchevina, if she wins juniors final.

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 7th, 2003, 09:09 AM
hope to see some nice interesting questions fresh ;)

Ask Vera why she hasn't used any of the 75K exemptions she has ?? She was due to play Dubai but thats been cancelled.
She has two $75's left, one is in Batumi, ask Vera which other Junior Exempt she is taking.

tenn_ace
Jun 7th, 2003, 11:56 AM
fresh, other questions to ask any of the players:

what are their opinions on women's semi controversy

for Vera: who is her coach, sponsor, player she looks up to, her least fav opponent to play against (in juniors, of course) and why, her fav subject at school ;), when is her next pro-tournament (excluding Wimbledon)

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 7th, 2003, 01:24 PM
fresh, other questions to ask any of the players:

what are their opinions on women's semi controversy

for Vera: who is her coach, sponsor, player she looks up to, her least fav opponent to play against (in juniors, of course) and why, her fav subject at school ;), when is her next pro-tournament (excluding Wimbledon)

Vera is playing $50k+H in Marseille starting Monday
its her 1st of her 3 Junior Exempt events.

Coach:Irina Granatusova though not sure if she still is her coach
she got a deal with Yonex a while back

fresh2flash
Jun 7th, 2003, 05:57 PM
I talked to Zhenya today after his double match. It should be a good interview. In the beginning I said to him a couple of compliments, so afterwards he was very friendly and willing to talk. :) Hope it will be published on Monday as well as Elena`s interview.

ys
Jun 9th, 2003, 12:44 AM
Great job, Gleb.. :worship:

Very well done, nicely designed and intelligent interviews.. Such a rarity thiese days..

But you might later regret asking Yevgeny that last question and getting that kind of answer.. We need him next year.. We won't win DC without him..

Could you interview some of our girls exclusively for Russian Roulette one day? ;)

fresh2flash
Jun 9th, 2003, 12:42 PM
Wow, thanks Sergei. I`m really flattered http://fool.exler.ru/sm/bis.gif Your opinion means much to me.

On Tuesday I hope there will be an interview with Douchevina, but it`s not good I`m afraid. Vera was very shy and she just replied with short answers to any question. :(

tenn_ace
Jun 9th, 2003, 01:17 PM
really nice interview :) thanks!