TennisForum.com - View Single Post - Wimbledon 2010: Andrew's TV-reports (full Women's Doubles final report added)

View Single Post

Old Jun 21st, 2010, 05:48 AM   #1
country flag andrewbroad
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
andrewbroad's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: England
Posts: 6,963
andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute andrewbroad has a reputation beyond repute
Wimbledon 2010: Andrew's TV-reports (full Women's Doubles final report added)

=================
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
=================
Contents
--------

1. Photos
2. First-round draw
3. Vera Zvonarëva preview (1r: Nuria Llagostera Vives)
4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
5. Order of play for Monday

Master thread for my Wimbledon 2010 reports:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=412612

Abbreviations:
[Q] qualifier
[WC] wild card
[LL] lucky loser
[A] alternate
[EF] member of my Eternal Fanship
[DF] member of my demi-fanship
[s] Selesian (two hands both sides)

---------
1. Photos
---------
1.1 General links
-----------------

I will post these links only once.

Where to look at many players:
* http://www.tennis.com/galleries/index.aspx
* http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery
* http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/photos.html

Where to search for specific players:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...rankingsw.html
* http://uk.news.search.yahoo.com/
* http://www.fotosports.com/
* Getty Images


1.2 Daily photos
----------------

Pre-Wimbledon party (various players including Vera):
* http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/g...256674_2074079

-------------------
2. First-round draw
-------------------
2.1 Top quarter: Chakvetadze, Šafářová, Hantuchová, Sharapova
-------------------------------------------------------------

* Michelle Larcher de Brito v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (ˇvamos Michelle!)
* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Andrea Petković (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (ganbatte Ayumi!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] v Dominika Cibulková (my loyalty is to LUCIE)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Elena Vesnina v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (davai Elena!)
* Alizé Cornet v Ioana Raluca Olaru (my loyalty is to Alizé)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Anastasia Pivovarova [LL] (my loyalty is to MARIA)

* Chanelle Scheepers [WC] v LI,NA [9]
* Mariana Duque Marińo v Kurumi Nara [Q]
* Anastasia Rodionova v Anne Keothavong
* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19] v Akgul Amanmuradova

* SARA ERRANI [32] v Julie Coin (forza Sara!)
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v Olga Govortsova (my Passion says Olga, but my Reason says Arantxa)
* Jill Craybas v Alberta Brianti
* Melinda Czink v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7]


2.2 Second quarter: Magdaléna Rybáriková
----------------------------------------

* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Tathiana Garbin (kom sĺ Caro!)
* Arantxa Rus v Chang,Kai-Chen
* Roberta Vinci v Sybille Bammer (forza Roberta!)
* Iveta Benešová v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (pojďme Iveta!)

* ZHENG,JIE [23] v Pauline Parmentier (jia you Jie!)
* Sorana Cîrstea v Petra Kvitová (hai Sorana!)
* Casey Dell'Acqua v Bojana Jovanovski
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Mirjana Lučić [Q] (davai Vika!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (forza Flavia!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Monica Niculescu [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* Klára Zakopalová v Yvonne Meusburger (pojďme Klára!)
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF] (my loyalty is to MAGDA)

* Kimiko Date Krumm v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [13]
* Heather Watson [WC] v Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q]
* Tímea Bacsinszky v Edina Gallovits (hopp Tímea!)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [6] v Kaia Kanepi [Q] (c'mon Sam!)


2.3 Third quarter: Vera Zvonarëva
---------------------------------

* Maria Elena Camerin v KIM CLIJSTERS [8] (forza Maria Elena!)
* Karolina Šprem [DF] v Bethanie Mattek-Sands [Q] (ajmo Karolina!)
* Anastasiya Yakimova [Q] v Shenay Perry [Q]
* Stefanie Vögele [DF] v MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] (the way I feel about this match is complicated)

* Anastasija Sevastova v JUSTINE HENIN [17] (c'mon Anastasija!)
* Mariya Korytsseva v Kristina Barrois
* Chan,Yung-Jan v Patty Schnyder
* Tatjana Malek v NADIA PETROVA [12] (komm jetzt Tatjana!)

* YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] v Alison Riske [WC] (komaan Yanina!)
* Kirsten Flipkens v Stéphanie Dubois [LL]
* Noppawan Lertcheewakarn [WC,S] v Andrea Hlaváčková [Q] (my Passion says Andrea, but my Reason says Noppawan)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q] (DAVAI VERA!!)

* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] v Katie O'Brien [WC] (my loyalty is to Alyona)
* Lucie Hradecká [s] v Varvara Lepchenko (my loyalty is to Lucie)
* Aleksandra Woźniak v Eleni Daniilidou [Q]
* Laura Robson [WC,DF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (c'mon Laura!)


2.4 Bottom quarter
------------------

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [5] v Vera Dushevina
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v Anna Lapushchenkova (aide Tsvetana!)
* Regina Kulikova v Melanie South [WC]
* YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] v Polona Hercog (my loyalty is to Slava)

* KATERYNA BONDARENKO [34] v Gréta Arn [Q]
* Alicia Molik v Zuzana Kučová (c'mon Alicia!)
* Elena Baltacha v Petra Martić (my loyalty is to Elena, though Petra might grow on me)
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Julia Görges (my loyalty is to Marion)

* Ana Ivanović [DF] v SHAHAR PE'ER [13] (my loyalty is to Ana)
* Sania Mirza-Malik [DF] v Angelique Kerber (c'mon Sania!)
* Jarmila Groth v Renata Voráčová
* MELANIE OUDIN [33] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld

* Sandra Záhlavová v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] (pojďme Sandra!)
* Sofia Arvidsson v Alla Kudryavtseva
* Ágnes Szávay v Ekaterina Makarova (my loyalty is to Ágnes)
* Rossana de los Ríos v VENUS WILLIAMS [2]

-------------------------
3. Vera Zvonarëva preview
-------------------------

Vera Zvonarëva is a cute and flairsomely talented player, whom I admire for her beautifully-produced groundstrokes of flairsome power, for the way she combines amazing lateral-retrieval abilities with powerful hitting, and most of all for her tremendous fighting spirit.

Last year was shaping up to be the best year of Vera's career, as she reached her first Major semi-final at the Australian Open 2009, and won her first Premier singles-title at Indian Wells.

But on 16th April 2009, Vera suffered a very nasty right-ankle injury whilst playing at Charleston. She missed the French Open 2009, struggled through the rest of the season in pain, and had surgery in November.

Vera has a decent 21:10 win/loss record for 2010 so far, but has dropped from #9 to #21 in the rankings after failing to defend her Australian Open 2009 semi-final and Indian Wells 2009 title. Her highlights of 2010 so far have been the successful defence of her Pattaya City title, and reaching the Charleston final, but she seems to have lost her confidence after an embarrassingly one-sided loss in the latter.

Vera was still struggling with her ankle in early January, retiring from the first round of Sydney.

Vera eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open, beating #108 Kristína Kučová 6-2 6-0, #45 Iveta Benešová 6-0 6-3 and #36 Gisela Dulko 6-1 7-5, but ran out of gas as she lost 4-6 6-4 6-0 to #7 Victoria Azarenka after leading 6-4 *4-2.

Vera was apparently back to full fitness in February, as she successfully defended her Pattaya City title, beating #118 Ksenia Pervak and #72 Alberta Brianti both 6-3 6-2, #50 Sybille Bammer 6-0 7-6, #48 Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 4-6 6-3, and #87 Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4 6-4.

Indeed, Vera was developing a reputation as an iron woman as she played every single day from Thursday 11th February (Pattaya City 2r) to Thursday 18th February (Dubai QF). At Dubai, she beat #28 Elena Vesnina 6-4 4-6 7-5, #83 Kirsten Flipkens 6-0 6-0 and #8 Jelena Janković 6-3 6-2, but finally hit the wall against #6 Victoria Azarenka, crying on court as she lost 6-1 6-3.

Vera reached the fourth rounds of Indian Wells and Miami by beating four players outside the top 41, but lost to #11 Samantha Stosur 6-2 7-5 and #33 Justine Henin 6-1 6-4, respectively.

Vera reached the final of Charleston for the second time in her career, beating #103 Rossana de los Ríos 6-2 6-0, #25 Alyona Bondarenko 6-2 6-1, #36 Melanie Oudin 7-5 6-2, and Caroline Woźniacki 5-2 (Woźniacki sprained her right ankle and had to retire). But in the final, she suffered a crushing 6-0 6-3 loss to #11 Samantha Stosur, who was absolutely on fire. The highlight of the match was Vera's racket-smashing tantrum after double-faulting for 0-6 *0-3 (15/40).

Sadly, the Charleston final seems to have affected Vera's confidence, for she suffered a 6-4 6-0 loss to #62 Petra Kvitová in the first round of Rome, and nobody said she was injured.

At Madrid, Vera extended her ownership of #37 Melanie Oudin to 3:0 with a 6-3 6-4 victory, but couldn't repeat her French Open 2003 win over #3 Venus Williams, losing 7-5 6-3 after leading 4-2* (40/15*) in the first set and 3-1* in the second.

Vera started the French Open with an easy 6-3 6-1 win over #75 Alberta Brianti, but suffered a very disappointing 6-4 6-4 loss to #92 Anastasia Rodionova in the second round.

And she extended her losing-streak to two matches by going down 6-3 3-6 7-5 to #23 María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round of Eastbourne – her only grass-court match ahead of Wimbledon (why doesn't she play Birmingham anymore?). In a game of six deuces at 1:1 5-5*, Vera had 2 BPs that would have left her serving for the match at *6-5.


3.1 First-round preview
-----------------------

* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q]

On paper, this should be an easy win for Vera against the world #177, whom she leads 2:1 head-to-head:
- 2005 Miami 2r: Llagostera Vives won 3-6 6-3 6-1
+ 2008 Linz 2r: Vera won 6-2 6-0
+ 2009 US Open 1r: Vera won 6-0 6-4

Llagostera Vives is the shortest tennis-player I know: just 5'1" in her bare feet. She has a weak serve, and a lack of reach that Vera should be able to exploit with her superb angles. Llagostera Vives has solid groundstrokes, and wins points with placement rather than power.

Not surprisingly, grass is a terrible surface for Llagostera Vives: she's lost in the first round of four of her five Wimbledons (which isn't many for a 30-year-old). The exception was 2004, when she won four matches to reach the second round as a qualifier. You don't certainly qualify for Wimbledon by being completely useless on grass!

Llagostera Vives has had a very light schedule of tournaments so far in 2010, with a win/loss record of 9:7.

Llagostera Vives fell in the second qualifying-round of the Australian Open to #124 Renata Voráčová, and in the second qualifying-round of Dubai to #127 Vesna Manasieva.

Llagostera Vives won two matches to qualify for Indian Wells (#105 Evgeniya Rodina 3-6 7-6 6-2 and #74 Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3 6-1), and lost in the first round proper to #63 Anastasija Sevastova: 6-2 3-6 6-1.

Llagostera Vives fell in the second qualifying-round of Marbella to #95 Yvonne Meusburger, in the second qualifying-round of Barcelona to #119 Arantxa Rus, and in the first qualifying-round of Rome to #114 Bojana Jovanovski.

Llagostera Vives won three matches to qualify for the French Open: #119 Valérie Tétreault and #235 Anais Laurendon both 6-1 6-1, and #132 Kathrin Wörle 7-6 7-5. She lost in the first round proper to #18 Shahar Pe'er: 6-1 6-4.

Llagostera Vives has qualified for the main draw with the following results:
1q + #159 Darya Kustova, 6-2 6-1
2q + #127 Sesil Karatantcheva, 6-3 2-6 6-3
3q + #126 VESNA MANASIEVA [15], 7-6 (7/4) 6-4

Llagostera Vives certainly had to do it the hard way: in 2q, she was 1:1 *1-3 down; in 3q, she saved SP at *5-6 (30/40), and was 0-3* and 3-4* down in the second!

Vera – despite her recent poor form – should be far too strong for Llagostera Vives. The question I'm asking is not whether she can win, but whether she can win 6-0 6-0.


3.2 Later rounds
----------------

In the second round, Vera would face the winner of #147-ranked qualifier Andrea Hlaváčková and #303-ranked Wimbledon 2009 Girls' Singles champion Noppawan Lertcheewakarn.

In the third round, Vera could face #18 Yanina Wickmayer, although Wickmayer has a horrible first-round draw in #145 Alison Riske, who beat her at Birmingham with an amazing display of aggressive all-court tennis.

In the fourth round, Vera could face #4 Jelena Janković (though I hope Wimbledon 2008 Girls' Singles champion Laura Robson will rise to the occasion and have something to say about that).

------------------------------------
4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
------------------------------------

* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (Mariya Koryttseva/Daria Kustova)[Q]

Full draw:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/

---------------------------
5. Order of play for Monday
---------------------------

Court 19 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. WS 1r: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q]
2. MS 1r: VICTOR HANESCU [31] v Andrey Kuznetsov
3. WS 1r: Mariya Korytsseva v Kristina Barrois

Why does Vera always get put on the lowest-possible court in the early rounds of a Major? It's not a televised court, so I won't get to watch any of my Eternal Fanship on Monday.

The televised courts this year are Centre Court, Court One, Court 2, Court 5 (formerly known as Court 3), Court 12 and Court 18.

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
__________________
My Eternal Fanship: 1. Monica Seles; 2. Мария Шарапова (‘Maria Sharapova’); 3. Daniela Hantuchová; 4. Jelena Dokić; 5. Iva Majoli; 6. Karina Habšudová; 7. Вера Звонарёва (‘Vera Zvonarëva’); 8. Nicole Vaidišová; 9. Анна Чакветадзе (‘Anna Chakvetadze’); 10. Lucie Šafářová; 11. Ирода Туляганова (‘Iroda Tulyaganova’); 12. Magdaléna Rybáriková; 13. Sabine Lisicki

Last edited by andrewbroad : Jan 13th, 2013 at 11:05 PM. Reason: edit Title
andrewbroad is online now View My Blog!   Reply With Quote