Seles d. Kournikova<br />6.2 6.2<br /> <br />It was not very close at all. I'd say 6.2 6.2 sounds way closer than it actually was. Monica's serve was good. 5 double faults,....but remember the altitude has something to do w/it.<br /> <br />Seles served @ 74%. 13 winners/10 errors.
<br />Yes it was on TV - check your local Fox Sports Network as it is being replayed a lot over the next few weeks. If you live in the USA, go to <a href="http://www.tvguide.com" target="_blank">www.tvguide.com</a> and click search.
I have to disagree with you Cheops. Anna played the fall season in Europe where she played at least six tournaments and won a doubles title @ Moscow with Hingis. Anna also played a fall exhibition tournament in South Africa earlier this month against Amanda Coetzer. Anna won 2 of 3 matches including 2 tough three setters against Coetzer who has an 8-6 lead on Anna on their head-to-head meetings.
So while Anna may not have played the entire year. Anna has played enough in the last three months that she should have at least made this match competitive. Remember that Monica has not played in a month and Anna has the game and ability to really play a great competitive match. This showing has to be disappointing for her. Hopefully, Anna's upcoming matches against Capriati and Coetzer will have a better outcome for her.
I see the point you're trying to make, apoet29. However, Anna only played 20 matches in 2001. Seles played 50. That's 2 and a half times more than Anna. Furthermore, Anna played 76 matches in 2000. She only played a fourth of that amount this year. I hardly think Anna has gotten back into her groove.
Its always going to be tuff for Anna to beat Monica, she's just not consistent enuff. Seles presses her all the time, on return of serve and off both sides durin the rallies. Monica can serve big at times too! its just not a good matchup for Ms Anna.
Good point Cheops. However, I think Anna found her groove by the end of the season. After 5 consecutive first round losses, she made it to the quarterfinals of the Seat Open where she played an incredible match against eventual champion Kim Clijsters (7-5, 7-6). As I said before, she also won 2 of 3 exhibition matches against Coetzer, a player that Anna has not defeated in WTA matches or exhibitions since 1997. Anna's matches against Seles have always been close with the last four matches going to three sets. Plus, Anna played a tougher fall season than Seles. Anna played in Europe against tougher competition than what Seles faced in Asia. (No offense to Seles. I love her, but Monica won three tournaments facing barely any competition.). Of course, we will both look at the match in different ways and I do respect your opinion, but I have to venture that this loss will be a tough pill for Anna to swallow.