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Andrew's WS + WD semi-final TV-reports

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Semi-final TV-report: Zvonarëva v Pironkova
3. Women's Singles: Final-preview: Zvonarëva v S.Williams
4. Women's Doubles: Semi-final TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Dulko/Pennetta
5. Order of play for Saturday

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1. Photos
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Various players including Vera:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-07-011.html
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-07-021.html

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2. Semi-final TV-report: Zvonarëva v Pironkova (Thursday 1st July 2010)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], 3-6 6-3 6-2

This promised to be a mouth-watering match between two of the most flairsomely talented and attractive players, and it didn't disappoint, as Vera and Tsvetana produced a contest worthy of a Major semi-final.

Tsvetana went onto court fired up, smiling, and ready to embrace the occasion. She played an uninhibitedly brilliant first set, with her explosive first serve and killer backhand in fine form. Even her forehand was a weapon, as she mixed it up by walloping some and slicing others, disrupting Vera's rhythm.

I only saw the second set of Tsvetana's quarter-final win over Venus Williams - and only recorded - because it clashed with Vera's quarter-final, but there's nothing like watching her play live against a member of my Eternal Fanship to appreciate how good she really is.

I must confess that enjoyed watching Tsvetana's performance, even though it was threatening to beat her. I've admired Tsvetana's beauty for several years now, and promoted her to my demi-fanship in 2008 based on Passion alone, but now I definitely admire her tennis as well. While I'm not planning to induct any more players into my Eternal Fanship for the foreseeable future, Tsvetana has certainly laid down a marker for me to consider, the next time I contemplate inducting someone.

Vera found herself facing BP×3 at *2-3 (0/40), after Tsvetana had played three good points: the last of them an off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. Vera saved the first BP with an ace out wide, but was beaten by a dead netcord winner on the second.

Vera couldn't recover that break, and in due course, Tsvetana had three SPs at *5-3 (40/0). Vera saved the first with a dropshot-winner (Tsvetana almost ran into the net trying to reach it). Tsvetana wasted the second SP by netting a choky backhand, but got away with a woefully short second serve on the third SP, as Vera netted a backhand several strokes later.

In the second set, Vera raised her level, while Tsvetana's level dropped. A few unforced errors were creeping into Tsvetana's game that she just wasn't making in that fairy-tale first set.

Tsvetana came through a tough service-game of two deuces at 6-3 *1-2, with Vera hitting a cheap forehand long at Deuce #1.

The key game came on Tsvetana's serve at 6-3 *2-3. Vera pegged Tsvetana back to Deuce with an 82mph off-backhand winner, saved a second GP, forced her first BP of the match, and converted it with a great spreading rally, finishing with an off-backhand winner.

And so Vera came to serve for the second set at *5-3. She served it out to 15, finishing with a dead netcord winner to atone for the one that had broken her serve in the first set.

Starting the third set with power and precision, Vera broke to 30 in the opening game. Tsvetana lost her footing and had a nasty-looking fall just as Vera moved to *1-0 (30/0) with an off-forehand winner, but Tsvetana was okay, and the fall appeared to have distracted Vera as she double-faulted and netted a forehand for 30/30. She nevertheless consolidated the break: 2-0*.

Vera had further BPs at 1:1 2-0* (40/15*), but Vera wasted them with two backhand errors - one forced, one not - and Tsvetana held for 1-2*.

Vera appeared to be faltering as she sprayed a wild off-forehand long at 1:1 *2-1 (30/15), but Tsvetana let her off the hook with two unforced backhand errors, and looked very disappointed.

Vera saved GP at 1:1 3-1* (30/40*) by winning a nailbiting rally with an amazing crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. Vera's dipping crosscourt backhand pass set up BP, which she converted when Tsvetana hit a wild backhand very long: *4-1.

With Vera's grunting sounding increasingly anxious, she found herself facing BP×2 at 1:1 *4-1 (15/40), but Tsvetana made two return-errors - one forced, one not - and then Vera held serve with two backhand winners down the line: the first being a drive-volley.

Tsvetana took one last chance to shine at 1:1 *1-5, hitting a crosscourt backhand winner onto the baseline, and a beautiful off-backhand winner just inside both sideline and baseline.

Serving for the match at 1:1 *5-2, Vera started by winning an amazing rally with an off-forehand winner! She had her first MP at 40/15, but another amazing rally ended with Tsvetana hitting a dropshot and Vera hitting a makeable forehand pass just long. At 40/30 (MP #2), a first serve out wide + off-forehand forced Tsvetana to earth a backhand.

Vera was very calm and composed throughout the match. The old Vera would have got upset about the netcord that broke her serve in the first set, and no doubt numerous other issues, but as Simon Reed put it: "She countered the demons that she had within her, and they didn't become a factor at all."

I hope and expect that Tsvetana can use her Wimbledon-run as a launching-pad for a much better career than the one she had before Wimbledon. I've never seen her play with so much confidence before; she looks strong mentally, and her game doesn't look like the kind of game that easily dissolves into a stream of unforced errors.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 26th July 2011 - yes, that's over a year from now), 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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ZVONARËVA _*_*___*_ 3
PIRONKOVA *_*_*@*_* 6

The match started at 13:09 BST.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tsvetana serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Tsvetana). 40/15 (SP #2 for Tsvetana). 40/30 (SP #3 for Tsvetana). Tsvetana won the first set 6-3 at 13:41 BST (31m).


Second set
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ZVONARËVA *_*_*@*_* 6
PIRONKOVA _*_*___*_ 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vera serving 4-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Tsvetana serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Vera). Vera won the second set 6-3 at 14:17 BST (second set 36m, match so far 1h08m).


Third set
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ZVONARËVA @*_*@*_* 6
PIRONKOVA __*___*_ 2

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

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

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

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

Tsvetana serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 4-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 1-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 5-2 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Vera). 40/30 (MP #1 for Vera). Vera won 3-6 6-3 6-2 at 14:55 BST (third set 38m, match 1h46m).

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3. Women's Singles: Final-preview: Zvonarëva v S.Williams
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]

The BBC analysts are talking about Williams as though her name were already engraved on the roll of honour for 2010, calling Vera "not just an outsider, but a super-outsider".

I totally disagree with this assessment. Williams is serving the best I've ever seen her serve, and was utterly ruthless and devastating in her first two matches here, but from the third round onwards, she has looked vulnerable when her opponents have managed to engage her in rallies, often failing to get into position, and hence making errors. She has even admitted that she isn't on top form, and claimed that she is surprised to be in the final again.

So the key for Vera will be to get a high percentage of service-returns back into court, and build the points from there using her instinctive groundstrokes of flairsome power. Vera has excellent lateral retrieval, so that will help her to return the huge serves, and will make Williams feel that she has to go for the lines with her groundstrokes.

Vera is 1:5 against Williams in their head-to-head:
- 2002 French Open 4r: Williams won 4-6 6-0 6-1
- 2004 Los Angeles qf: Williams won 4-6 6-3 6-3
- 2004 Beijing sf: Williams won 6-2 6-3
+ 2006 Cincinnati sf: Vera won 6-2 6-3
- 2007 US Open: 3r: Williams won 6-4 7-6 (7/4)
- 2008 Charleston final: Williams won 6-4 3-6 6-3

Williams has a 24:4 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her six wins here). After being resoundingly defeated by #5 Elena Dementieva in the Sydney final (6-3 6-2), she won her fifth Australian Open title, beating surprise finalist Justine Henin 6-4 3-6 6-2 in a high-quality final.

Williams didn't play again until Rome, where she reached the semi-finals but lost to #7 Jelena Janković 4-6 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals. She lost 4-6 6-2 6-3 to #18 Nadia Petrova at Madrid, and alternated struggles with blistering wins at the French Open, finally falling 6-2 6-7 8-6 to #7 Samantha Stosur after wasting a match-point in their quarter-final.

Williams has reached the final with the following results:
1r + #148 Michelle Larcher de Brito, 6-0 6-4
2r + #118 Anna Chakvetadze [EF], 6-0 6-1
3r + #46 Dominika Cibulková, 6-0 7-5
4r + #17 MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF], 7-6 (11/9) 6-4
qf + #12 LI,NA [9], 7-5 6-3
sf + #62 Petra Kvitová, 7-6 (7/5) 6-2

Vera has reached the final 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
qf + #8 KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 3-6 6-4 6-2
sf + #82 Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], 3-6 6-3 6-2

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4. Women's Doubles: Semi-final TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Dulko/Pennetta (Friday 2nd July 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4], 6-3 6-1

Vera and Elena followed up their sensational win over the Williams-sisters with another brilliant performance, as the played perfectly in tandem, and had too much power for Gisela and Flavia, who have won Premier doubles-titles together at Miami, Stuttgart and Rome this year.

Vera made a full effort in this match, rather than trying to save herself for the Women's Singles final by not running balls down.

The final scoreline may look very one-sided, but the first seven games were extremely hard-fought, with the Russians wasting 4 BPs in Flavia's opening service-game (0-0*), and one more against Gisela's serve before Elena converted their sixth BP of the match with a backhand volley-winner down the middle: *2-1.

Vera saved 4 BPs on her own serve before Flavia broke back with a forehand punch-volley winner down the middle: *2-2. It looked as though the I-formation - which had done so much damage against the Williams-sisters - wasn't going to work against Gisela and Flavia.

The Russians wasted BP×2 at *2-2 (15/40) before breaking Flavia anyway for *3-2. The Russians wasted BP×3 at 4-2* before Gisela held to make it *4-3.

After that, Gisela and Flavia's resistance crumbled, as the Russians won seven games in a row to lead 6-3 5-0* before Flavia held serve - incredibly for her first time in the match - to make it a breadstick rather than a bagel.

During those seven games, Vera sealed the first set with a backhand winner down the line, hit a gorgeous short-angled crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner to take a 1:0 1-0* lead, and a crosscourt forehand volley-winner to take the 6-3 *5-0 lead.

With Vera serving for the match at *5-1, Elena hit three volley-winners for 40/15, and Vera hit a beautiful rolled crosscourt forehand volley to set up a thunderous crosscourt backhand drive-volley for Elena.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 9th August 2011 - yes, that's over a year from now), 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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ZVONA/VESNI _*@_@*_*@ 6
DULKO/PENNE *__@__*__ 3

The match started at 13:12 BST.

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

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

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

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Flavia (BP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Flavia (BP #4). Deuce #3. Ad Flavia (BP #5). Broken.

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

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

Gisela serving 2-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Gisela (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 4-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Flavia serving 3-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1 for Vera/Elena). Vera/Elena won the first set 6-3 at 13:55 BST (42m).


Second set
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ZVONA/VESNI *@*@*_* 6
DULKO/PENNE _____*_ 1

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

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

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

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

Elena serving 4-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Flavia serving 0-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 5-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Vera/Elena). Vera/Elena won 6-3 6-1 at 14:19 BST (second set 23m, match 1h06m).

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5. Order of play for Saturday
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Centre Court (start 14:00 BST = 13:00 GMT)
1. WS final: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
2. MD final: (ROBERT LINDSTEDT/HORIA TECAU)[16] v Jürgen Melzer/Philipp Petzschner
3. WD final: Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v Yaroslava Shvedova/Vania King

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

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Dr. Andrew Broad

P.S. I plan to post my reports on the finals early next week: most likely on Tuesday.
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