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French Open Champion Anastasia Myskina Enters 2005 Family Circle Cup
Date: 2/3/2005
Grand Slam winner Anastasia Myskina is the latest Top 5 player to enter the Family Circle Cup. Currently ranked No. 5 in the world, Myskina won her first Grand Slam championship last year at the Roland Garros. This spring she will be making her fifth appearance at America's oldest Tier 1 event. Myskina will be joining defending champion Venus Williams and world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport when the tournament takes place April 9-17th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

"Over the last two years Anastasia has emerged as one of Russia's top female tennis players," commented Frankie Whelan, Executive Director of the Family Circle Cup. "Her victory last year at Roland Garros gave her the worldwide recognition she deserved, and we fully expect to see that same quality performance here on Daniel Island this April."

The 2004 season proved to be one of the best in Myskina's tennis career, winning four singles titles bringing her career total to nine. In the spring she broke into the Top 5 in the world for the first time in her career. One of the biggest wins of her career came last year in Paris when she won her first Grand Slam single title at Roland Garros. That historic match signaled the first Grand Slam final between two Russian players. Myskina became the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title and the 59-minute match against fellow countrywoman Elena Dementieva was the shortest French Open match since 1988 when Steffi Graf beat Natasha Zvereva.

In September of 2004 she reached a career high singles ranking of No. 2 in the world. By the end of the year, she had accomplished two career firsts by finishing in the Top 5 and winning over $2 million dollars in prize money. She made her Family Circle Cup debut in 2000 losing in the second round to the tournament's No. 11 seed Ruxandra Dragomir. Her best Cup result to date came in 2002 where as an unseeded player she upset No. 9 seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the second round before losing to No.1 seed Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals.
 

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ys said:
Actually, her clay season up to Roland Garros really sucked.. :lol:
Right, but what I was trying to say was that her great season was on clay only;).
I'm sure she will consider her clay "season" more memorable in 2004 than surfaces, including her favourite surface, carpet. Moscow title is less significant than French Open title.
 

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Didn't last year after she won the French Open, Myskina say something like her goal was just to get to the second round? :lol:
 

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Myskina looks to really concentrate on the clay season - a good idea in my opinion!
 
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