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Old Jan 1st, 2005, 10:04 PM   #1
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ANNOUNCE: Andrew Broad opens website for Vera Zvonareva

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.

* Matchography: 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.

* Match-Reports: 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).

* Links to all the Vera-related sites I'm aware of.

I wish Vera and all her fans a Happy New Year.

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Old Jan 2nd, 2005, 09:10 AM   #2
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Good job

However, some errors stood out while perusing the biography.

Particularly, in this section:
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Vera played her early tennis at a club called Chaika; nowadays, when she's in Moscow she trains at the Spartak club like Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva. Vera is coached by Julia Kashevarova, who runs tennis-academies in Russia and America.
Bepa, Nastya, and Elena D don't train at Spartak.

Bepa and Elena D train at ЦСКА, while Nastya trains at a newer club in Moscow, the name of which currently escapes me.

Also, Bepa is now (I believe since around Wimbledon 2004) coached by Lex Carrington.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2005, 02:47 PM   #3
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Good job

However, some errors stood out while perusing the biography.

Particularly, in this section:Bepa, Nastya, and Elena D don't train at Spartak.
According to <http://www.tennisrulz.com/players/zv.../biography.htm>, "Vera does not have a permanent tennis club, but when in Moscow she likes to train in `Spartak' club."

This may of course be out of date, seeing as this biography appears to have been written in 2003.


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Bepa and Elena D train at ЦСКА, while Nastya trains at a newer club in Moscow, the name of which currently escapes me.
How does ЦСКА transliterate to the Roman alphabet? I need something I can type into Google and get results in English (though I'd like to learn Russian one day). Do you have an official source for who trains at which club?


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Also, Bepa is now (I believe since around Wimbledon 2004) coached by Lex Carrington.
Bepa's WTA Tour biography <http://www.wtatour.com/players/playe...layerID=260142> still says she's coached by Julia Kashevarova. However, a Google search has satisfied me that Bepa is indeed coached by Lex Carrington now.

Am I right in thinking that Bepa is still coached by Julia, as well as by Lex? In her US Open 2004 fourth-round interview, she was asked what Julia was doing to calm her down.

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Old Jan 2nd, 2005, 03:49 PM   #4
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How does ЦСКА transliterate to the Roman alphabet?
It transliterates as CSKA.

ЦСКА stands for Центральный Спортивный Клуб Армии, which means "Central Sporting Army Club" (or something similar, as there are various translations). It was given this name because it was previously affiliated with the Red Army, in the same way that Spartak was sponsored by trade unions, and Dynamo by the KGB.

You may have heard of the football club CSKA Moscow? It's like one giant sporting club.

If you take a look here, you'll see that it is one of the greatest clubs in Russia. I also found this article, which shows why they captured so many hockey titles

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I need something I can type into Google and get results in English (though I'd like to learn Russian one day). Do you have an official source for who trains at which club?
If you go here it says "На них регулярно тренируются такие звезды, как Елена Дементьева, Надежда Петрова, Вера Звонарева, Елена Лиховцева, Андрей Ольховский." Basically, that's the list of players training there regularly.

Also, the CSKA website was reporting on Bepa's results towards the end of the season when she was trying to make the YEC.

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Am I right in thinking that Bepa is still coached by Julia, as well as by Lex? In her US Open 2004 fourth-round interview, she was asked what Julia was doing to calm her down.
That is something that I suspect is happening. While Bepa was being coached by Julia, she lived with Julia and her daughter in Maryland. At the same time, Lex was Bepa's hitting partner, and he acted as a consultant.

I think that Julia is probably still working with Bepa, but in a reduced capacity, as I believe that she is coaching a new junior player.

I will ask Bepa about her coaching situation next week.
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With regards to Myskina, I think that she could train at a club called Валери (Valery) in Moscow. According to the website, Myskina, Marat Safin, Tatiana Panova and Elena Bovina train there.

I believe this is the club that she was telling me about.
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CSKA / Lex Carrington

Epigone, thanks for the information about CSKA and Lex Carrington. I have edited my Vera biography to replace "Spartak club like Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva" with "<A HREF="http://www.cska.ru/index.php?part=120">CSKA club</A>", and to add the following paragraph to my 2004 review:

<P>It was around this time that Vera appointed Lex Carrington as a full-time coach. Lex had been Vera's hitting partner while she was living in Maryland with her old coach Julia Kashevarova, who is believed to be still coaching Vera in a reduced capacity.</P>

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