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2018 - US OPEN - USA, NY

Qualies Quarter: Zvonareva, Bouzkova lead mix of experience, youth into 2018 US Open draw

2010 US Open finalist Vera Zvonareva is back in the main draw in Flushing Meadows for the first time in seven years, junior champion Marie Bouzkova makes it though, and Patty Schnyder makes history. Catch up with qualies right here!

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August 25, 2018

NEW YORK, NY, USA - The 2018 US Open Qualifying tournament concluded on Friday with a plethora of feel-good stories to take fans through the first week of the season's final major tournament.

Catch up with some of the most notable results from around the grounds.

Vintage Vera returns to New York: Eight years after World No.2 Vera Zvonareva finished runner-up at the US Open to Kim Clijsters, the 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist qualified for her first main draw appearance in Flushing Meadows since 2011.

I spoke with the Russian from the US Open back in 2016, shortly after she married and gave birth to daughter, Evelyn. At the time, tennis seemed like the furthest thing from her mind, even as she aimed to get back into the gym and planned to run a marathon.

A year later, she returned to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to kick off her her "comeback," winning a round before falling in the second round of qualifying and picking up an ill-timed injury before the season was over.

"I think Iím improving. Even though I started playing last year, I fractured my rib at the end of last year, so I had to stop for three months again. It was on and off over the course of the past year, I was not training a lot, so it was very difficult."

The two-time Grand Slam finalist soon got healthy and kicked things into high gear this summer, qualifying for Wimbledon and making an auspicious coaching hire in Arnuad Decugis. A former ATP player, Decugis is the husband and former coach of Julie Halard-Decugis, a World No.7 in singles and 2000 US Open champion in doubles with Ai Sugiyama.

"For the last two months, I really put an effort on being fit again, and training as much as I can. Physically I was able to do it, which was very good, because before I had too many injuries, and I couldnít put too many hours into training. I think that helps a lot. Right now, I think I have improved compared to the last year -- hopefully it will help me on the court."

That improved physicality was on display Friday, rallying from 2-5 down in the final set against Zhu Lin and saving five match points to triumph, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, in two hours and 46 minutes.

Awaiting her in the main draw is countrywoman Anna Blinkova, a teenager born two years before Zvonareva turned pro in 2000. Still, things seem to be getting easier for the veteran, who took her daughter on tour through the summer swing.

"My daughter is getting older, day by day. I think itís a little bit easier, and then of course I can take her on the road with me. She was with me at Wimbledon, and then Bucharest, so it was very nice. Iím planning to bring her on the road a little bit more in the future."

Serena: "We have great personalities like Jelena (Jankovic) on the tour."
Jelena: "If I had to pick someone after me, I'd pick Serena."


Serena Williams Maria Sharapova Jelena Jankovic
A. Radwanska V. Zvonareva C. Wozniacki P. Kvitova
N. Petrova A. Chakvetadze A. Myskina L. Davenport M. Hingis
A. Kournikova T. Paszek K. Sprem J. Dokic I. Tulyaganova
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"For the last two months, I really put an effort on being fit again, and training as much as I can. Physically I was able to do it, which was very good, because before I had too many injuries, and I couldnít put too many hours into training. I think that helps a lot. Right now, I think I have improved compared to the last year -- hopefully it will help me on the court."

That improved physicality was on display Friday, rallying from 2-5 down in the final set against Zhu Lin and saving five match points to triumph, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, in two hours and 46 minutes.

Awaiting her in the main draw is countrywoman Anna Blinkova, a teenager born two years before Zvonareva turned pro in 2000. Still, things seem to be getting easier for the veteran, who took her daughter on tour through the summer swing.

"My daughter is getting older, day by day. I think itís a little bit easier, and then of course I can take her on the road with me. She was with me at Wimbledon, and then Bucharest, so it was very nice. Iím planning to bring her on the road a little bit more in the future."
Now these are interesting quotes from her. I never read before before as well that she had a fracture in her rib, keeping her off court at the end of last year. And we have not seen the last her yet, as it seems. This forum is gonna be open for a little longer

Vera Zvonareva

Valeria Savinykh - Aryna Sabalenka


Vitalia Diatchenko - Ekaterina Makarova - Alexandra Panova - Valeria Solovyeva - Ksenia Pervak
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Serena: "We have great personalities like Jelena (Jankovic) on the tour."
Jelena: "If I had to pick someone after me, I'd pick Serena."


Serena Williams Maria Sharapova Jelena Jankovic
A. Radwanska V. Zvonareva C. Wozniacki P. Kvitova
N. Petrova A. Chakvetadze A. Myskina L. Davenport M. Hingis
A. Kournikova T. Paszek K. Sprem J. Dokic I. Tulyaganova
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After 1st round win in St Peterburg against Makarova

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Former World No.2 Vera Zvonareva continued her career resurgence at the 2019 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, where she needed two sets to upset the always-dangerous Ekaterina Makarova in the first round.

Back in action as a WTA regular after injuries kept her away from the game for nearly two years, Zvonareva started out season strong with a semifinal run in Shenzhen. In St. Petersburg against former doubles World No.1 Makarova, Zvonareva showed flashes of her vintage form that saw her reach two Grand Slam finals.

Zvonareva hit six aces on her way to claim a confident first round win and emerge victorious from the all-Russian encounter, winning 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 15 minutes.

“I knew that the match would be very tight, but I think that for the first match I performed well,” Zvonareva told press afterward. “I was able to complete those tasks that I had and probably thanks to this fact I won the match.

“I tried to create moments, to play actively. It was a general game plan. There were some details that I changed during the match.”

Makarova started the match with confidence, quickly creating break chances at 2-1. She wasn’t able to convert, but she got it done at the next opportunity to claim an early lead at 3-2.

Zvonareva got the break straight back after showing off her impressive court coverage, leveling the score at 2-2. She kept the pressure on her opponent, and was rewarded by another, decisive break at 5-3. Zvonareva served out the set with confidence, firing two aces to take it to love.

Makarova got on the scoreboard first in the second set to stop Zvonareva’s run of four games in a row, but wasn’t long before she was under pressure again. Zvonareva claimed the decisive break at 3-2.

Things got a bit complicated as Zvonareva went to serve it out, getting behind 15-40 in the final game as Makarova tried to spark a late comeback effort. But the Russian former World No.2’s serve bailed her out of trouble once again, saving both break points and sealing her spot in the second round.

For Makarova, the loss extends her singles losing streak to six matches in a row, a disappointing trend which dates back to her US Open third-round loss back in August.

Up next for Zvonareva, she’ll take on the winner between No.5 seed Julia Goerges and on-the-rise Greek player Maria Sakkari.

Zvonareva, who sealed her return to the WTA’s Top 100 after her Shenzhen performance, told press after the match that she is relishing the chance to work her way back up to the top.

“Of course, it’s nice to be back in the Top 100 best tennis players in the world,” Zvonareva admitted. “But I began to think that when I grew out of juniors, the transition to a professional level happened very quickly: in 3-4 months I got into Top 100, and not long after into Top 50.

“Now, I am going through this long journey anew: this journey that I skipped in my youth.”

Vera Zvonareva

Valeria Savinykh - Aryna Sabalenka


Vitalia Diatchenko - Ekaterina Makarova - Alexandra Panova - Valeria Solovyeva - Ksenia Pervak
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