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Just got beaten in the semi-final at the ASB Bank Classic to Anna Smashnova of Israel 6-1, 6-4.

When is that first title going to come??
 

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Darn!!! Heck , there goes my 10 bucks ... Methinks Anna is afraid of succeeding, so a sports psychologist should be in order PRONTO <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

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Umm...never? I think this was Anna's best chance to earn her first title. The fact that she was defeated by Ana Smashnova...who is ranked 88th in the world, is horrible.

I just think Anna has so much pressure, wanting to end her "no title streak" that it just gets the best of her.
 

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I was really upset that Anna lost today. It reminded me of how Coetzer used to beat Graf. Smashnova is a small player who plays extremely defensive tennis which drives an agressive player like Anna up the wall. The long match yesterday didn't help. Smashnova was also fresher, she had won her match yesterday 6-2 6-2. However, credit should be given where it's due and Smashnova played an excellent match to beat Anna in straight sets. Tough loss for Anna, but I still have faith in her. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Pfff!!!!<br /> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />

Kournikova, always disappointing <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> I agree 101% with you Infinity, Anna needs some mental help NOW!
 

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Probably the most disappointing performance from Anna that I can remember, considering the circumstances and also what was at stake, the best chance so far of lifting a title. Maybe that's what got to her. I don't think the match yesterday helped with it being so long, it must have taken a lot out of her. I know it's not much of an excuse, but that's 4 days running that she played at the same time, at a time when it was baking hot weather, that doesn't help things either.<br />Anna will be so disappointed, because really this tournament I think was either win or nothing for her, but she's got a few matches under her belt, and hopefully she'll get some good draws in Sydney and the Aussie Open.<br />She needs to play a few more tournaments like this in the year, I don't really care at the moment what tier a tournament is, the fact is Anna needs a win and I don't care where it comes from. <br />I think finally this defeat possibly raises the issue of a coach again. Maybe she needs someone to watch future opponents, because I can't imagine that she had anyone watching Smashnova's match in the last round.

One thing about Anna though, she will be back, she'll be hugely down about this loss, but she'll be back, she's a fighter.
 

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I think there will always be the possibilty that Anna can lose to a player like Smashnova. Sorry, but there it is.

I'm confident that Anna will get her first title before April. Chill people.
 

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i really thought this would be her first title :confused:
Oh well, better luck next time, Anna
 

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How did she lose. I am so furious! :mad:

She should get some help. It is like she is afraid of winning! :(
 

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Um, she didn't choke....

she got <i> busted. </i> Big time. It's one match, it's also a new year, and I don't think anything (ie any of the tanks) that have happened previously will have anything to do with how she's going to perform this year.

Everything is going to be alright.
 

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Um, she didn't choke....

I don't think anything (ie any of the tanks) that have happened previously will have anything to do with how she's going to perform this year.

Tanks previously?? what are you on about?? Anna has never tanked a match in her life.. unlike some other players...
 

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Oops...sorry, my bad!

I meant choke. (um, but on the question of tanks, there was the "alleged" episode with her and Zvereva tanking a doubles exhibition match against Huber/Schett. That's not what I meant though.)

Sorry for the misunderstanding.
 

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ok, but since you brought up that exhibition match, this was reported by Wertheim (who has sh!t for brains)

Now if she tanked the match, then why did the first 2 sets go to tie breaker, with Anna and Natasha winning the second set, if they didn't want to win the match they could have throwed away the 2nd set.. tiebreak, and before she retired at 4-1 up in the third...
Sure it may have not been anything too serious, but why would you continue to play an exhibition event, if you are not 100%

Anyway, that is one of the many many incorrect reports in that guys book.. inparticular the one about the one in which he said Anna was not told to play in an exhibition in Vienna becuase of a tour event going on near by, a pity it was the week before the Olympics and there was NO tour events going on at all..
The Guy just writes Trash, and if he weekly column is anything to go by, I don't understand how he has a job at CNN..
 

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V disappointing loss for Anna, this tournament was all set for her to win with the weak field and the way all the 'semi-danger' players were losing early, i really hopes she gets her first title soon because the more this goes on the bigger the challenge it will be for her to get it.
 

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.. babsi, don't be too disappointed.

I actually didn't expect Anna to get to the final, and she hasn't. Smashnova has something Kournikova doesn't: a WTA Tour singles title. Hasn't Smashnova been Top 40?? Even if she did beat Smashnova, I wouldn't have fancied her chances against Panova particularly. Not at the moment - give it time.

I really think we can put this loss down to the fact that on the day, Anna (K) was not ready for that match whereas Anna (S) was.

I think that we should all be pleased that Anna is comprimising a little in the fact that she's willing to player these lower tiered tournies, thus enhancing her chances of that first elusive tour win, which will only help her confidence in the bigger ones.
 
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