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Old Jun 29th, 2010, 08:55 AM   #8
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Andrew's fourth-round TV-report

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Fourth-round TV-report: Zvonarëva v Janković
3. Quarter-final draw
4. Quarter-final preview: Zvonarëva v Clijsters
5. Andrew's wishes
6. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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Various players from Day 5, including Vera:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-251.html

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2. Fourth-round TV-report: Zvonarëva v Janković (Monday 28th June 2010)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-1 3-0 (30/15) retired (low-back injury)

It's unfortunate that Janković was injured, but I'm very pleased with Vera's form going into her first Wimbledon singles quarter-final - just the third Major singles quarter-final she's ever reached in her career, following the French Open 2003 and her Australian Open 2009 semi-final.

Vera was on fire in this match, and richly deserved her victory. She hit several pinpoint backhand winners down the line, and numerous other winners (finishing with a total of 18).

Vera was taken to Deuce in her opening service-game, but held, and then broke to 30 with the help of an off-forehand dropshot-winner and a forehand drive-volley winner. She served a quadruple fault from *2-0 (40/0), but made up for it with an ace out wide for 3-0*.

Vera hit a crosscourt backhand winner, but otherwise took advantage of two Janković backhand errors and a double fault to break again for *4-0. She recovered from 15/40 to Deuce, but was broken for 4-1*.

Vera broke for *5-1 with the help of a pinpoint backhand winner down the line, then served out the first set to 15 with an off-forehand winner, a stunning forehand winner down the line, and an ace down the middle at set-point.

The first game of the second set was the best in the match, as they hit five winners between them, and Vera eventually broke for 6-1 *1-0 after four deuces. Vera held for 2-0* with an off-backhand winner and an ace down the middle.

Janković quadruple-faulted to go down 1-6 *0-2 (0/40), and sprayed a wild backhand very long at 30/40, giving Vera 6-1 *3-0.

Janković took a medical time-out, lying face down on a towel to get her lower back massaged. The next game began with Vera serving two aces down the middle, with a double fault in between, then Janković shook hands with Vera at 6-1 *3-0 (30/15).

Janković was in tears, while Vera looked wonderfully sympathetic - she's one of the most compassionate players I've ever known.

Vera said: "To be honest, I wasn't paying any attention to what was going on on the other side. I didn't notice anything until she called the trainer to the court. I'm not sure what it was. She said something was bothering her. I wish her a quick recovery, and I hope it's not serious."

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 21st February 2011), because, with Vera being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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ZVONARËV *@*@_@* 6
JANKOVIĆ ____@__ 1

The match started at 12:16 BST.

Vera serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #2). Held.

Janković serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Janković serving 0-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 4-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Janković (BP #3). Broken.

Janković serving 1-4: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 5-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Vera). 40/15 (SP #2 for Vera). Vera won the first set 6-1 at 12:41 BST (24m).


Second set
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ZVONARËV @*@ 3
JANKOVIĆ ___ 0 retired

Janković serving 0-0 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #2). Broken.

Vera serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Janković serving 0-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Vera serving 3-0: The scoreboard froze at 12:52 BST. The scoreboard resumed at 12:58 BST (5m). 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. Vera won 6-1 3-0 (Janković retired with a low-back injury) at 12:59 BST (second set 18m, match 43m).

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3. Quarter-final draw
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* LI,NA [9] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
* Petra Kvitová v Kaia Kanepi [Q] (pojďme Petra!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v KIM CLIJSTERS [8] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [2] (aide Tsvetana!)

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4. Quarter-final preview: Zvonarëva v Clijsters
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v KIM CLIJSTERS [8]

Vera's head-to-head against Clijsters doesn't make for pretty reading, as she trails 0:5:
- 2002 US Open 3r: Clijsters won 1-6 7-5 6-4
- 2006 Eastbourne 2r: Clijsters won 3-0 retired (right achilles strain)
- 2006 Wimbledon 1r: Clijsters won 7-5 6-3
- 2006 Stanford qf: Clijsters won 6-2 3-6 6-1
- 2006 Hasselt sf: Clijsters won 6-4 3-6 6-4

Clijsters retired in 2007 to get married and have a baby. She came back in 2009, and sensationally won the US Open in only her second tournament back. She's currently ranked #8, and has a 22:4 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her four wins here) to Vera's 25:10.

Clijsters started 2010 by winning Brisbane, beating unranked Justine Henin 6-3 4-6 7-6 (8/6) in the final. But her Australian Open campaign ended with a deliciously embarrassing third-round loss to #19 Nadia Petrova: 6-0 6-1.

Clijsters lost in the third round of Indian Wells to #27 Alisa Kleybanova: 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7/4). But she returned to form to win Miami, upsetting #7 Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-0 in the fourth round, #10 Samantha Stosur 6-3 7-5 in the quarter-finals, and #5 Venus Williams 6-2 6-1 in the final.

Clijsters's only clay-court tournament of the year - Marbella - ended with a second-round loss to #258 Beatriz García Vidagany: 7-5 4-6 6-4. Clijsters beat #220 Maret Ani in a Fed Cup rubber, but missed the rest of the clay-court season with a foot-injury.

Clijsters made another strong comeback at Eastbourne, with humiliating wins over #16 Yanina Wickmayer (6-1 6-1) and #26 Lucie Šafářová (6-1 6-0), before losing 7-6 6-4 to #15 Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals.

Clijsters has reached the quarter-finals here with the following results:
1r + #121 Maria Elena Camerin, 6-0 6-3
2r + #104 Karolina Šprem [DF], 6-3 6-2
3r + #28 MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF], 6-3 6-3
4r + #16 JUSTINE HENIN [17], 2-6 6-2 6-3

Vera has reached the quarter-finals here with the following results:
1r + #177 Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q], 6-4 6-1
2r + #147 Andrea Hlaváčková [Q], 6-1 6-4
3r + #18 YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF], 6-4 6-2
4r + #3 JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-1 3-0 retired

Conclusion: it's not looking pretty, but at least I'm happy with Vera's form going into this quarter-final. It certainly has good potential to be an entertaining match, as the quality of the rallies in their Wimbledon 2006 first round was just breathtaking!

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5. Andrew's wishes
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VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF]:
qf + KIM CLIJSTERS [8]
sf + Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]
_f + Petra Kvitová

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6. Order of play for Tuesday
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Centre Court (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
1. WS qf: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v KIM CLIJSTERS [8]
2. WS qf: LI,NA [9] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
3. MD 3r: Carsten Ball/Chris Guccione v (BOB BRYAN/MIKE BRYAN)[2]

I also look forward to watching Vera's Women's Doubles third-round match, which is third on Court 2.

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

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