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Full Women's Doubles third-round TV-report for Vera Zvonarëva

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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I apologise for the very long delay in getting back to my full TV-reports on Vera’s Wimbledon 2010 campaign. Since Wimbledon 2010, I have started a new job that keeps me extremely busy, but I hope to finish my Wimbledon 2010 reports before the French Open 2012 begins.

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Women's Doubles: Third-round TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Benešová/Záhlavová Strýcová (Tuesday 29th June 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[12], 6-3 6-2

I saw this match on BBC Red Button. Less spectacular than Vera's first-round Mixed Doubles win on the preceding Friday, this was a solid win over the Czech pair, of whom Iveta did not play well. The Russians went through the match unbroken, scoring one break late in the first set, and two more early in the second.


First set
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ZVONARË/VESNINA *_*_*_*@* 6
BENEŠOV/ZÁHLAVO _*_*_*___ 3

The match started at 16:51 BST. Vera and Barbora were the ones receiving in the ad-court for their respective teams.

Vesnina serving 0-0: Ace #1: first serve down the middle. 15/0. Barbora's deep crosscourt backhand induced Elena to hit a down-the-line backhand just wide. 15/15. Body-jamming first serve induced Iveta to bunt an off-forehand return wide. 30/15. Vera on the third stroke hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Iveta netted a backhand. Held.

Benešová serving 0-1: Elena's deep crosscourt forehand return forced Iveta to mishit a backhand wide. 0/15. Barbora hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 15/15. Elena's deep crosscourt forehand forced Iveta to net a backhand. 15/30. Vera's deep off-forehand forced Iveta to mishit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/40 (BP #1). Barbora intercepted to hit a forehand volley-winner at Elena's feet. 30/40 (BP #2). Barbora off-backhand volley-winner. Deuce #1. Vera netted a backhand off an awkward low ball. Ad Benešová (GP #1). Vera backhand return long. Held.

Zvonarëva serving 1-1: Iveta forehand long. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide: Barbora hit a searing crosscourt forehand return-winner past Elena at the net. 15/15. Second serve... the Red Button stream that was showing this match suddenly cut out, and I couldn't get it back again for 12 minutes (until 3-2*). 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Zvonarëva (GP #1). Held.

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

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

Benešová serving 2-3: Barbora crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 15/0. Vera did well to retrieve Barbora's thunderous off-forehand smash, but Elena netted an easy forehand, and emitted a cute little high-pitched shriek. 30/0. Iveta got away with a short second serve, as Elena mishit a backhand lob-return just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Iveta backhand just long. 40/15 (GP #2). Iveta off-backhand long. 40/30 (GP #3). Barbora on the third stroke hit a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. Held.

Zvonarëva serving 3-3: Deep, body-jamming first serve out wide forced Iveta to earth a backhand return. 15/0. Second serve... Vera's crosscourt backhand clipped the netcord and fell short, forcing Barbora to run way outside the tramlines to hit a crosscourt backhand; Vera hit an inch-perfect backhand lob-winner over Iveta at the net - much as Barbora tried to run it down. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Iveta to net a backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Vera hit a down-the-line backhand just wide. 40/15 (GP #2). Elena went after a ball that should have been Vera's, and netted a backhand - not good communication there. 40/30 (GP #3). First serve out wide forced a short, high-bouncing return, which Vera dispatched with a forehand smash-winner down the middle. Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 3-4 (new balls): Barbora netted a forehand, and threw her racket. 0/15. First serve out wide + Barbora crosscourt backhand drop-volley winner. 15/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/30. Barbora's deep crosscourt backhand forced Vera to hit a backhand lob long. 30/30. First serve: Elena netted a makeable backhand return. 40/30 (GP #1). Iveta mishit a forehand smash long. Deuce #1. A rather awkward lob from Vera induced Iveta to hit a high off-backhand drive-volley long. Ad Zvonarëva (BP #1). Barbora on the third stroke netted a backhand volley. Broken.

Vesnina serving 5-3: Vera dispatched a lob-return with a backhand smash-winner. 15/0. Barbora backhand just long. 30/0. Iveta hit a forehand long - over Vera at the net. 40/0 (SP #1 for Zvonarëva/Vesnina). Second serve: Barbora's sliced off-forehand return induced Elena to spray a backhand VERY long. 40/15 (SP #2 for Zvonarëva/Vesnina). Elena's acute crosscourt forehand clipped the netcord, inducing Iveta to hit a crosscourt backhand just wide - a very late call. Zvonarëva/Vesnina won the first set 6-3 at 17:29 BST (38m).


Second set
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ZVONARË/VESNINA @*@*_*_* 6
BENEŠOV/ZÁHLAVO ____*_*_ 2

Benešová serving 0-0: Iveta on the third stroke netted a backhand. 0/15. Vera went to the net and hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 0/30. Iveta on the third stroke netted a backhand. 0/40 (BP #1). Vera on the fourth stroke hit a deep forehand winner just inside the baseline. Held.

Vesnina serving 1-0: Ace down the middle: 85 mph, on the centre-line. 15/0. After an exchange of lobs, Iveta's off-forehand forced Elena to run right and hit a forehand down the line (accompanied by a shout of "aya"), which Barbora picked off with a lunging backhand drop-volley winner. 15/15. A deep, body-jamming return forced Elena to net a backhand. 15/30. Elena, on the third stroke, sprayed a loose crosscourt backhand wide. 15/40 (BP #1). Vera used the ‘I’ formation; big first serve down the middle forced Iveta to bunt a very short return, which Vera punished with a hard off-forehand that caught Barbora in no-man's-land, forcing her to earth a forehand half-volley. 30/40 (BP #2). Barbora dumped a forehand volley into the bottom of the net. Deuce #1. Barbora netted a backhand. Ad Vesnina (GP #1). Barbora hit a backhand just long. Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 0-2: Elena netted a backhand return. 15/0. Barbora went to the net and hit a backhand volley just long. 15/15. Barbora's deep crosscourt forehand forced Elena to net a forehand. 30/15. Vera's backhand lob-return forced Iveta to retreat into no-man's-land, where she netted a forehand volley three strokes later. 30/30. Barbora hit a forehand volley long. 40/30 (BP #1). Elena intercepted to hit a stinging backhand volley-winner down the middle. Broken.

Zvonarëva serving 3-0: Elena hit an off-forehand drop-volley winner. 15/0. Vera backhand long. 15/15. Iveta mishit a crosscourt backhand wide. 30/15. Deep first serve down the middle - just inside the centre-line - forced Barbora to lunge wide and earth a forehand return. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide induced Iveta to hit a backhand return long. Held.

Benešová serving 0-4: Vera forehand long. 15/0. Iveta on the third stroke hit a backhand long, and moaned. 15/15. Virtual ace down the middle (Elena just clipped it with her racket). 30/15. Vera's deep return forced Iveta to hit a backhand long; she emitted another moan. 30/30. Barbora intercepted to hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Elena hit an off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. Deuce #1. Vera crouched down at the net as she picked off Iveta's dipping crosscourt forehand to hit a forehand volley-winner down the line. Ad Vera (BP #1). Ace #2: 100 mph, down the middle. Deuce #2. Elena netted a forehand. Ad Iveta (GP #2). Iveta's deep crosscourt forehand forced Vera to net a forehand. Held.

Vesnina serving 4-1: Deep first serve forced Iveta to hit a backhand return long. 15/0. Barbora hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Elena backhand long. 15/30. Vera on the third stroke hit a high off-forehand drive-volley winner. 30/30. Body-jamming first serve out wide forced Iveta to net a forehand return. 40/30 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Barbora to hit a backhand return long. Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 1-5: Body-jamming serve forced Elena to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. The Russians wasted a challenge. 15/0. Barbora bisected the Russians with an off-forehand smash-winner. 30/0. First serve out wide drove Elena outside the tramlines, but she used the angle for a spectacular short-angled crosscourt forehand return-winner. 30/15. Iveta's off-forehand smash on the third stroke forced Elena to bunt a
forehand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve right into Elena's hitting-zone: she hit a laser-like short-angled off-backhand return-winner just inside the sideline. She celebrated with a big smile and a fist-pump. 40/30 (GP #2). Deep first serve down the middle: Vera almost hit a spectacular off-forehand return-winner onto the sideline, but it was just wide. Held.

Zvonarëva serving 5-2 (new balls): Deep first serve induced Iveta to hit a forehand return just long. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Barbora to net a backhand return. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Iveta to hit a backhand return long. 40/0 (MP #1 for Zvonarëva/Vesnina). Second-serve let. Barbora hit a good, deep off-forehand return, but Vera hit a pinpoint backhand lob-winner over the head of Iveta, who surprisingly made no effort to run it down. BBC commentator Matt Chilton: "And that is right in the corner. I think it was more of a mishit than a deliberate lob." Zvonarëva/Vesnina won 6-3 6-2 at 18:01 BST (second set 31m, match 1h10m).

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