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I am impressed that Vera enjoys playing so much that she wants to play singles and doubles all year as a mom.
When she was younger she rarely looked happy playing. I remeber the Pennetta match where she was banging her legs with her racket. The Stosur match in Charleston. When Vesnina was in the changeover in the Wimbledon final, she was giving Vera tissues because was crying hard, during the final, because she had lost to Serena that day
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I am impressed that Vera enjoys playing so much that she wants to play singles and doubles all year as a mom.
When she was younger she rarely looked happy playing. I remeber the Pennetta match where she was banging her legs with her racket. The Stosur match in Charleston. When Vesnina was in the changeover in the Wimbledon final, she was giving Vera tissues because was crying hard, during the final, because she had lost to Serena that day
How becoming a parent can change people . Not saying it is just the case for Vera, but she is now one of the veterans on tour and she might just know, she is not likely to win the big events anymore and just want to go out there and enjoy in what she is good at. And becoming a parent helps in realizing what is really important in this world. I would not be surprised Vera is at that stage. It does not mean she does not want to win matches and tournaments, or perform at her utmost, I am sure she does, but I think she is more settled now.
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When adversity hits thats when you see what is inside of a person and Vera loves tennis.
I remember when Dementieva retired. She was healthy and at the YEC. She just walked away.
Vera gave a speech that night about Lena
That was 2010 now its almost a decade later and Verais still playing singles and doubles
Vera played the premier in Moscow in 2000! 19 years ago! Beat Bovina and lost to Kournikova, who made the final and lost to Hingis
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When adversity hits thats when you see what is inside of a person and Vera loves tennis.
I remember when Dementieva retired. She was healthy and at the YEC. She just walked away.
Vera gave a speech that night about Lena
That was 2010 now its almost a decade later and Verais still playing singles and doubles
Vera played the premier in Moscow in 2000! 19 years ago! Beat Bovina and lost to Kournikova, who made the final and lost to Hingis
I think Lena retired at the right time, her game was a shadow of itself for me in 2010, and that's as someone who followed her since AO in 2004. Vera is unlikely to get back to where she was, but what she has accomplished so far in her comeback is still pretty impressive. She never had a huge game or "kill shot" (even though her backhand is still a wonderful stroke), so being 34 and playing tactical tennis was always going to be a challenge. I think top 50 is a reasonable target to aim for, but as someone who experienced the very top level of the game, maybe that won't be enough to keep her passionate. She seems to love playing doubles and is having decent success, and part of me has a feeling she'll end her singles career at the end of the year and play doubles part time.
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In 2010 Lena made the Paris SF and had to retire and missed Wimbledon. She had 4 match points in NYC vs Stosur, who won NY the next year
She was still at the top and passed on millions and the chance at a major and #1 then
But its what felt right to her, I'm not saying its bad. It shows she didnt love being a touring pro like a lot of these players who are in their mid 30s and still playing
Vera is not even making the big money now. She was in the singles finals of Wimbledon & NYC in 2010, and that pays very well. Also a top doubles player then and in singles finals of Rogers Cup & Beijing. Vera beat Jankovic, Azarenka and Clijsters at the YEC & gave that speech when Lena retired
But she must really love it to be at all these events as a mom
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In 2010 Lena made the Paris SF and had to retire and missed Wimbledon. She had 4 match points in NYC vs Stosur, who won NY the next year
She was still at the top and passed on millions and the chance at a major and #1 then
But its what felt right to her, I'm not saying its bad. It shows she didnt love being a touring pro like a lot of these players who are in their mid 30s and still playing
Of course she was still capable of having good runs, but after the injury in RG, her game was even more hampered. Couldn't hit through her forehand often and her backhand had already become a much weaker shot after injuring her ribs in 2007. I believe she had made up her mind before the 2010 season that it would be her last, so she was definitely at peace with that. I also admire than her decision was final, and there would be no comeback. Plus, the prize money in the game has increased quite a lot in those 10 years - so it makes perfect sense as to why so many make a comeback or continue playing deep into their 30s. If you're healthy and still enjoy it, why not? I think that's where Vera is at. I just hope her body can hold up to the pressure.
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I think she made the decision to retire at the start of 2010. But I dont know that for sure. She made the final of Tokyo after NYC beating Vera, Schiavone and Pennetta. She might have felt her body was breaking down, but most players in her situation would not retire as a top 8 player still in her 20s
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I think she made the decision to retire at the start of 2010. But I dont know that for sure. She made the final of Tokyo after NYC beating Vera, Schiavone and Pennetta. She might have felt her body was breaking down, but most players in her situation would not retire as a top 8 player still in her 20s
No it's definitely true, I believe she even declared it herself at YEC, so you're not mistaken. Lena was always very competitive but I think the signs were always there that she had family priorities on her mind. When she broke her ribs in 2007, she mentioned that she'd thought about retiring, and she was only 25 and yet talking about not getting any younger. I think she'd mentioned at some point that she'd be retired by 30, and she kept her word. Her biggest aim was to win a slam, and I think she accepted it couldn't happen - she was so heartbroken in the press conference after the Stosur loss. I believe she even did some studying before she had Veronika.

But as for Vera, do we know her grass schedule?
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I dont know her grass schedule. Lots of possible events this time of year

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No it's definitely true, I believe she even declared it herself at YEC, so you're not mistaken. Lena was always very competitive but I think the signs were always there that she had family priorities on her mind. When she broke her ribs in 2007, she mentioned that she'd thought about retiring, and she was only 25 and yet talking about not getting any younger. I think she'd mentioned at some point that she'd be retired by 30, and she kept her word. Her biggest aim was to win a slam, and I think she accepted it couldn't happen - she was so heartbroken in the press conference after the Stosur loss. I believe she even did some studying before she had Veronika.

But as for Vera, do we know her grass schedule?
So far, she is only confirmed for MD for Wimbledon. Next week there are 2 grass WTA tournaments, but she on none of the EL, both MD and QD. Maybe she applied for a WC on either, but nothing found on that either.
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So far, she is only confirmed for MD for Wimbledon. Next week there are 2 grass WTA tournaments, but she on none of the EL, both MD and QD. Maybe she applied for a WC on either, but nothing found on that either.
Thanks It's a missed opportunity, if it turns out to be true. Vera's definitely top 50 on grass, and she's in a position to pick up points as she didn't play at all in June last year (except Wimbledon qualies). The 100k tournaments in Britain prior are always a good place to rack up some grass wins.

Just noticed she withdrew from 100k in Ilkley on 26th May.
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Playing doubles only this week in Eastbourne
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Yep, indeed. She teams up with Raquel Atawo of US, a veteran, they play Kasatkina and Kontaveit, they won first set 62, second set was interrupted at 56 in second set. They resume today.

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Vera withdrew from Wimbledon

There was a walkover for her opponents yesterday in the Eastbourne QF doubles. Such a shame for her.
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Vera withdrew from Wimbledon

There was a walkover for her opponents yesterday in the Eastbourne QF doubles. Such a shame for her.
Sigh . Can't say I am surprised. It must obviously be an injury, but as she did not do any singles warmup torunaments, I had a feeling something was wrong. I was hoping the warm up would be the doubles, but probably it went not well or she felt she was not ready. On to US then hopefully

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