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Feb 1st, 2019 07:24 PM
rucolo
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Articles and Interviews Thread

Jan 29th, 2019 07:56 AM
Phenomareva
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Articles and Interviews Thread

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.”
Jan 7th, 2019 07:26 PM
rucolo
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

Aug 27th, 2018 06:36 AM
Phenomareva
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

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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
Aug 26th, 2018 07:03 PM
rucolo
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/qualie...8-us-open-draw

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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!

David Kane

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."
Aug 18th, 2017 04:50 PM
NoExit
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

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Thanks @rucolo !
Aug 18th, 2017 02:30 PM
rucolo
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/dont-c...ther-zvonareva

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2017 New Haven

Don't call it a comeback, says new mother Zvonareva

Former World No.2 Vera Zvonareva caught up with WTA Insider before taking her first steps towards returning to top-flight tennis at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, her first WTA tournament since 2015.

WTA Insider David Kane

August 17, 2017

The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies boasts an incredible field as the tour heads into the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the season. One name stands out from the others, and you can find her battling for a spot in the main draw this weekend.

Earlier this season, former World No.2 Vera Zvonareva began playing tournaments after nearly two years away from tennis, time she spent as only the cerebral Russian would, getting married, having her first child, and earning yet another Master's degree - all in between healing injuries. The two-time Grand Slam finalist kicked her return into high gear when she accepted a wildcard into New Haven’s qualifying draw, her first WTA tournament since 2015.

“I made the decision at the last moment, because I was getting in shape and practicing, and I felt like I needed to play some matches,” Zvonareva told WTA Insider on Thursday. “It’s one thing to practice, but another to be playing matches. I got this opportunity to come here, getting the wildcard to New Haven. It’s great to be back, practicing on main courts and getting ready for a tournament.

“We’ll see how it goes, because I don’t have too many other plans beyond US Open qualifying. From there, I’ll head back home to see my little one, and we’ll see what happens after.”

Zvonareva last played New Haven in 2003, the year she made her major breakthrough at Roland Garros, where she stunned then-No.2 Venus Williams en route to the quarterfinals.

“It’s a great event. I don’t know why, but I guess it used to be too difficult for me to play right before a Grand Slam, and it never worked out for me to come here after the first time. I’ve had great memories from this event; the campus has a lot of history, being such a big university. The place and atmosphere is very nice. I’ve been here two days now and I’m really enjoying my time.”

That enjoyment is admittedly tempered by the absence of her family, husband Alexander and daughter Evelyn. Traveling with hitting partner Kirill Komarov, the 32-year-old is reluctant to call this a comeback, planning a slate of tournaments that lets her balance professional tennis and motherhood.

“I’m still processing, playing, and I want to see how I feel. That’s why I wanted to come here, so I could play and see how I feel playing against girls on this level, which is higher than at ITF events. Only then can I truly assess myself, but of course, being away from family has been difficult. I know it’ll be even more difficult if and when they start coming with me. Evelyn is still too little and it will take too much energy from me, running around after her all day long!

“When you’re playing tournaments, sometimes you want to play three or four in a row to get your groove and get good practice with other girls. But at the moment, I can’t do that. After one week, I want to go back home to see and play with her. I have to plan my schedule, and probably play a limited number of tournaments. If I feel like my body is ready, and that I can put all my effort into it, then maybe I can plan for a fuller schedule. As of this moment, it’s still a little difficult for me.”

A fortnight removed from the seven-year anniversary of her run to the US Open final, the Russian remains in awe of Kim Clijsters, who brought daughter Jada on court to celebrate her second straight victory in Flushing Meadows, but draws few comparisons to the Belgian’s journey back to the top.

“I think Kim took the time to take care of Jada when she was very little, and that was very important for her. That helped her be able to make an unbelievable comeback and play some great tennis. Kim’s such a great champion who was very talented, but I know how difficult that life was for her and that not everyone is able to do the same.

“I just miss the game, and the competition, playing against top players. I want to give it a shot, play a few events, and see how it goes. When Evelyn gets older, I can definitely start bringing her to some events.”

Patience has been key for Zvonareva, who captured a 15K Challenger title in Sharm-El-Sheikh the same week former rivals like Venus competed at Wimbledon.

“Everything is a bit difficult, because when you go on the court, you want to play at the same level as before. But it’s not something that happens overnight, and you can practice all day long, but matches are so different. I played a few smaller events where I felt like I was far away from the game I know I can play.

“There were moments where I was playing very good tennis, but only for a few points. The rest, I felt like I could do much better, but I wasn’t able to produce that level in the match. I know it’ll take some time.”

Motherhood has undoubtedly introduced new perspective, one the famously demonstrative Zvonareva aims to apply to her first match in New Haven.

“It might be a little soon to tell, because I haven’t played big matches at WTA events yet. I think those feelings will be different, but my family is the most important part of my life at the moment. My tennis is probably not as important, and it’s a little different because when you go on the court, you have all this experience from playing so many matches.

“I’m playing more for myself because I like the sport, competing, and I enjoy my time on the court. When you’re younger, I think you take everything too seriously. That can be, well, very difficult!”

High stakes as those big matches may be, they’re ultimately what brought Zvonareva back to tennis, the opportunity to be back at her best - and under the spotlight - once more.

“Playing at small ITF events, there aren’t many spectators, and sometimes those events can just be you, your opponent, and two coaches, and no one else around!

“Here, I’ll play against top players in our sport, on big courts in front of big fans. I know that the fans are incredible in New Haven. They like tennis, and I think that’s probably the biggest excitement, getting that chance to play in front of fans again.”

Zvonareva plays her first round of New Haven qualifying against Anastasia Rodionova on Friday.
Aug 18th, 2017 02:20 PM
rucolo
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

Feb 11th, 2015 03:53 PM
Salar
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

Vera's Interview after 6-2, 6-2 win over Wang Qiang in Pattaya R32:

"It always looks easy from the side, but it was not on the court - I think she's a good up-and-coming player and has already made it into the Top 100," Zvonareva said. "But it was a tough match and I'm happy with the way I handled it.

"Playing the early rounds is never easy and you're still getting used to the conditions. I think I did well. I still have a lot of things to improve for my second round, but I'm happy with my performance tonight."

"It's a great opportunity and I love the tournament - the team here are always helping me and gave me the wildcard this year. My ranking is not that high right now so I really appreciate what they have done for me,"


Vera's Interview after 7-6(6), 6-3 win over [8]Zhang Shuai in Pattaya R16:

"I felt pretty good. It was a very tough match and we had a very close first set," "She's a very good player and has had some great results over the past three years while I was away. It was a great opportunity for me to test myself and I'm very pleased with how I played and that I fought very hard."
Jan 22nd, 2015 06:25 AM
Salar
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

Thanks to "sport-express.ru" we have another Interview from Vera.
this is her Inteview after her match against Serena Williams in R64 of Australian Open ! and because it's in Russian, Google Translate comes to help:

http://translate.google.com/translat...0/&prev=search
Jan 20th, 2015 11:12 AM
Salar
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

Vera's Post-Match Interview with "Спорт-Экспресс" after her first win in Austraian Open 2015 against Ons Jabeur !

(Very Usefull Interview)

http://tennis.sport-express.ru/reviews/52801/
Jan 5th, 2015 07:48 AM
Salar
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

Vera's interview after R1 win in Shenzhen on WTA website:

"We've played so many times and we always have tough matches against each other - I'm just really happy to get through this one," Zvonareva said. "After losing the first set, I was able to stay focused and come back in the second set, and then start really well in the third. I had a couple of opportunities to finish it on my serve but she was coming up with good shots, and I just couldn't convert.

"I'm happy I was able to break her in that last game to finally win the match."

It's been a rough go for Zvonareva, who reached two Grand Slam finals in 2010, at Wimbledon and the US Open, and went as high as No.2 in the world at one point. She missed the second half of 2012 with an illness and sat out the 2013 season after undergoing right shoulder surgery. She came back for five events in the first half of 2014 before missing the second half due to the same right shoulder.

Zvonareva comes into 2015 ranked No.250 - but she just took out the World No.22.

"It was a great experience to play against a player of that level again," Zvonareva said. "I had a lot of troubles over the past two years, two and a half really. I tried to come back last year, but it was too early and I had too much pain, so I had to take a break again. I've been so on and off lately.

"But I'm really happy with this win. I have no goals at the moment - I just want to be healthy and try my best in every match, try and get into the competition routines and spirit, because that's what you lose when you're away. I don't expect anything - I just want to give it my very best every time."

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/articl...er-in-shenzhen
Jul 1st, 2014 03:26 PM
Salar
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

^ thanks my friend ! we really missed her Interviews ! she should do more !
Jul 1st, 2014 09:05 AM
Phenomareva
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

From a week ago, but still nice

http://www.wtt.com/page.aspx?article_id=4458
Zvonareva: Mylan WTT A ‘Prestigious Opportunity’

By: Matt Fitzgerald




June 23, 2014




The road back from a serious injury is a test of character for any athlete. In many professional sports, athletes have the luxury of returning to their team and previous role. Tennis however, demands its players win matches in order to reclaim a place among the game’s elite.




Vera Zvonareva is striving to do just that. Four years ago at Wimbledon, Zvonareva advanced to her first of two successive Grand Slam singles finals and ascended to world No. 2 in the WTA rankings. A mainstay in the top 10, the Russian owned 12 singles titles by the time 2012 rolled around. But a series of setbacks, including a right shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery, derailed Zvonareva. The former Olympic bronze medalist was sidelined from August 2012 to January 2014, followed by a three-month absence beginning this March.




Looking for a resurgence, Zvonareva is turning to Mylan World TeamTennis as a member of the Austin Aces. The 29-year-old will make the most of the three-week season in July, receiving guaranteed match play in a quick, competitive format, as well as encouragement from her teammates.




“Mylan WTT is a very popular league among high level tennis pros. It is a very prestigious opportunity for me to participate in such a competition,” Zvonareva tells WTT.com.




“I think it is also a great opportunity to get back to the competition mood after being sidelined due to an injury. It is a great possibility to experience support from teammates which is quite an extraordinary thing in tennis. Usually tennis players are solo players but Mylan WTT brings a different atmosphere to the tennis court and the excitement of being a part of it is amazing.”




The Aces are one of two Mylan WTT franchises to debut next month. Zvonareva is expected to play a pivotal part on a team headlined by Austin’s own Andy Roddick.




“Andy is a great player and very well known around the community,” Zvonareva says. “Being a part of a newly formed team is a very special moment for me. I know that Texas has a good tennis history. Andy started playing in Austin so I hope we can establish a good team and create a community of Austin Aces fans.”




Before joining Roddick and the rest of the Aces, Zvonareva looks to draw inspiration from a familiar setting: the lawns of Wimbledon. The former finalist will take on fellow wild card Tara Moore on Tuesday in her first match at the All England Club since the London 2012 Olympics. Zvonareva is also participating in women’s doubles alongside two-time reigning Mylan WTT Female MVP and Washington Kastles star Martina Hingis, who will transition from partner to rival come July 6.




“It is an honor for me to team up with Martina for Wimbledon. She is a true champion and I'm really looking forward to playing with her,” says Zvonareva. “I know it is tennis and I will actually have to face her on the other side of the net during Mylan WTT. I will give my best effort to challenge her, but for the next couple of weeks, I want to enjoy playing along the same side as her!”




Regardless of the outcome in London or during the Mylan WTT season, Zvonareva is embarking on this journey with a positive outlook. Having recently earned her Master’s degree in International Economic Relations, Zvonareva’s approach to the comeback is much like her attitude towards studying.




“The game of tennis taught me a lot of things such as patience, determination, discipline, concentration and many other things that are of great value to a good student,” says Zvonareva. “No matter how hard the process of achieving things whether in sports or at school, it is also a process of pleasure and happiness of doing it.”




Zvonareva and the Aces play their inaugural match on July 7 on the road against the San Diego Aviators, who also make their Mylan WTT debut.




For more on Mylan World TeamTennis, visit www.WTT.com.

For more on the Austin Aces, visit www.austinacestennis.com.
Mar 7th, 2014 08:20 AM
Salar
Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

^ Your welcome !
I really admire her attitude on keep working hard !
The game against Peng, made me sure that she has the capability to be back on her top form !
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