After 18 months of being a casual admirer, followed by a month of much thought and watching of videos, I have decided to induct Vera Zvonareva into my fanship.
This means that from now on, and - I give my Word of Honour - until the end of her career (or my life), I will follow Vera with the same level of dedication as the seven players of whom I'm already a fan. My fanship now stands as follows:
1. Monica Seles
2. Maria Sharapova
3. Daniela Hantuchová
4. Jelena Dokic
5. Iva Majoli
6. Karina Habšudová
7. Iroda Tulyaganova
8. Vera Zvonareva
So the WTA Tour Championships wasn't the only Elite Eight for which Vera qualified with her fine performance at Philadelphia! I ordered her quarter-final against Jennifer Capriati and her semi-final against Nadia Petrova from Tennis Videos International <http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/
>, and I was very impressed by the amount of power she's added to the flairsome groundstrokes, amazing retrieval skills and tremendous fighting spirit that I saw when she beat Venus Williams at the French Open 2003.
I have added to my website a section on Vera Zvonareva <http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/
>, which contains:
* My Vera Zvonareva Biography
: This is not
a copy of her standard WTA Tour biography, but my own detailed appreciation of her game, followed by a review for every year of her career. I will update this biography at the end of every calendar-year.
: A complete list of every singles match counting towards the WTA Rankings that Vera has ever played. I will usually update this within 24 hours of every new match, or of seeing Vera's name in a tournament-draw.
: This will contain blow-by-blow accounts of selected Vera matches that I've seen on TV (or in person, if her future trips to Eastbourne or Birmingham coincide with mine).
to all the Vera-related sites I'm aware of.
I wish Vera and all her fans a Happy New Year.
Dr. Andrew Broad