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Vera's comments after todays match against Li. Makes the loss a bit more irrelevant :yeah:

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3598268/title/li-outdoes-newly-returned-zvonareva

Li Outdoes Newly-Returned Zvonareva

Li Na beat Vera Zvonareva at the Shenzhen Open in the former World No.2's first match back after 17 months out. How did she feel about that first match back? How has her outlook changed?

Published December 31, 2013 12:12



SHENZHEN, China - Li Na made a winning start to the 2014 season and her title defense at the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday, beating a newly-returned Vera Zvonareva in a close two-setter.

The No.1-seeded Li had lost four of her last five meetings against Zvonareva but after such a great 2013 season - and given Zvonareva had been out of action 17 months due to illness and a shoulder injury - the Chinese had an edge this time, and after an hour and 46 minutes she prevailed, 75 63.

Despite the loss, Zvonareva - who is currently unranked but was given a wildcard into the International-level event - remained positive about just being back in the swing of things again on the tour.

"It felt great," she said. "I enjoyed the atmosphere on the court today. That's what I've been missing for a very long time. It was an excellent opportunity to get that feeling back. I was actually very happy that I got the chance to play Li Na in the first round - it gave me an opportunity to play on center court in front of a big crowd, and I really enjoyed the moment. I got some really great experience out there today.

"I also know what I have to work on and improve, and hopefully I'll do a little bit better next time."

There was certainly no void for Zvonareva during her 17 months off - she kept very busy with shoulder rehab after undergoing surgery, as well as obtaining her degree in international economic relations from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

So is her outlook on life - and on tennis - any different now after accomplishing so much off the court?

"I guess it's a little different now," she said. "Everyone grows up and gets more experienced, and I think I'm more mature and experienced than I was before. I've done some other things now. I've seen the world a little bit more outside of tennis. It was different and great, but I'm happy to be back here."

Zvonareva's accomplishments on the court are vast - two-time Grand Slam finalist, former World No.2 - but she's in no hurry to set any goals on this comeback. "The most important thing for me is to enjoy my game and enjoy being out there, playing with no pain, playing big matches and fighting for every point. That's my goal. Whatever happens happens - there's no reason to set something right away.

"I've been on the tour for so many years and now I just want to enjoy playing."
 

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Re: Vera Zvonareva - Interview Thread

Vera's comments after todays match against Li. Makes the loss a bit more irrelevant :yeah:

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3598268/title/li-outdoes-newly-returned-zvonareva

Li Outdoes Newly-Returned Zvonareva

Li Na beat Vera Zvonareva at the Shenzhen Open in the former World No.2's first match back after 17 months out. How did she feel about that first match back? How has her outlook changed?

Published December 31, 2013 12:12



SHENZHEN, China - Li Na made a winning start to the 2014 season and her title defense at the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday, beating a newly-returned Vera Zvonareva in a close two-setter.

The No.1-seeded Li had lost four of her last five meetings against Zvonareva but after such a great 2013 season - and given Zvonareva had been out of action 17 months due to illness and a shoulder injury - the Chinese had an edge this time, and after an hour and 46 minutes she prevailed, 75 63.

Despite the loss, Zvonareva - who is currently unranked but was given a wildcard into the International-level event - remained positive about just being back in the swing of things again on the tour.

"It felt great," she said. "I enjoyed the atmosphere on the court today. That's what I've been missing for a very long time. It was an excellent opportunity to get that feeling back. I was actually very happy that I got the chance to play Li Na in the first round - it gave me an opportunity to play on center court in front of a big crowd, and I really enjoyed the moment. I got some really great experience out there today.

"I also know what I have to work on and improve, and hopefully I'll do a little bit better next time."

There was certainly no void for Zvonareva during her 17 months off - she kept very busy with shoulder rehab after undergoing surgery, as well as obtaining her degree in international economic relations from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

So is her outlook on life - and on tennis - any different now after accomplishing so much off the court?

"I guess it's a little different now," she said. "Everyone grows up and gets more experienced, and I think I'm more mature and experienced than I was before. I've done some other things now. I've seen the world a little bit more outside of tennis. It was different and great, but I'm happy to be back here."

Zvonareva's accomplishments on the court are vast - two-time Grand Slam finalist, former World No.2 - but she's in no hurry to set any goals on this comeback. "The most important thing for me is to enjoy my game and enjoy being out there, playing with no pain, playing big matches and fighting for every point. That's my goal. Whatever happens happens - there's no reason to set something right away.

"I've been on the tour for so many years and now I just want to enjoy playing."
Thanks for posting this dude.
 

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Great positive words from Vera :yeah:
 

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From Vera's first round match in Pattaya on WTA website:

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3642541/title/zvonareva-notches-first-win-since-2012

Zvonareva Notches First Win Since 2012 Vera Zvonareva, who returned to action earlier this month after being sidelined with a shoulder injury, beat a Thai wildcard to advance to the second round of the PTT Pattaya Open.
PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - Former World No.2 and two-time Grand Slam runner-up Vera Zvonareva recorded her first win in a year and a half on an undefeated day for Russians in the first round of the PTT Pattaya Open on Tuesday.
Zvonareva did not play after the Olympics in 2012 and not at all in 2013 as she dealt with illness and a right shoulder injury that required surgery. She returned to the court at the start of this season with first round losses at Shenzhen and the Australian Open and came into this week at No.992 in the world. It would seem fitting that Zvonareva would get back on the winning track in Pattaya City, where she was triumphant in 2009 and 2010. And she did just that in beating Thai wildcard Peangtarn Plipuech, 63 62, to improve to 18-4 here.
 

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From Vera's first round match in Pattaya on WTA website:

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3642541/title/zvonareva-notches-first-win-since-2012

Zvonareva Notches First Win Since 2012 Vera Zvonareva, who returned to action earlier this month after being sidelined with a shoulder injury, beat a Thai wildcard to advance to the second round of the PTT Pattaya Open.
PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - Former World No.2 and two-time Grand Slam runner-up Vera Zvonareva recorded her first win in a year and a half on an undefeated day for Russians in the first round of the PTT Pattaya Open on Tuesday.
Zvonareva did not play after the Olympics in 2012 and not at all in 2013 as she dealt with illness and a right shoulder injury that required surgery. She returned to the court at the start of this season with first round losses at Shenzhen and the Australian Open and came into this week at No.992 in the world. It would seem fitting that Zvonareva would get back on the winning track in Pattaya City, where she was triumphant in 2009 and 2010. And she did just that in beating Thai wildcard Peangtarn Plipuech, 63 62, to improve to 18-4 here.
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Thanks from me also :) And I hope she can keep playing and keep winning! I have missed seeing her on the WTA Tour.
 

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On WTA website, after her match against Makarova:

"I had too many unforced errors and was not aggressive enough," Zvonareva said. "But overall it went better than the Australian Open. I feel like I'm improving a little bit every day. I wish I could make bigger strides, but I have to keep working hard to be able to play the tennis that I want to play.

"After you haven't competed for a year and a half and have surgery, it's a difficult challenge to come back. Shoulder surgery for a tennis player is quite a dangerous thing. There are a lot of players who weren't able to come back and ever play tennis again, so for me it was a challenge to see what it takes to come back. I have energy and a desire to work, and tennis had given me so much in my life, so I just wanted to give it a try."

We support you, on your way back to the top form ! ;)
 

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Vera Zvonarea, after Indian Wells R1 against Shuai Peng:

“It was a tough match,” said Zvonareva. "I took a little risk in the last game because I had to and unfortunately it didn't work out for me. I made a couple of mistakes and I think that helped her to break me in the last game. I think my game is better than it was in Australia, so I can't complain too much."

"I have to keep working," said Zvonareva, who also is playing doubles in the tournament. "Any matches that I can get is great for me, either in singles or doubles or whatever. Playing out there against the top players in the world is how you're going to get your game back. You can practice as much as you want, but playing is different. I just need to get matches."
 

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Vera Zvonarea, after Indian Wells R1 against Shuai Peng:

“It was a tough match,” said Zvonareva. "I took a little risk in the last game because I had to and unfortunately it didn't work out for me. I made a couple of mistakes and I think that helped her to break me in the last game. I think my game is better than it was in Australia, so I can't complain too much."

"I have to keep working," said Zvonareva, who also is playing doubles in the tournament. "Any matches that I can get is great for me, either in singles or doubles or whatever. Playing out there against the top players in the world is how you're going to get your game back. You can practice as much as you want, but playing is different. I just need to get matches."
Thanks for posting this Salar :yeah:

I like her approach to play the best to get game back. Yes, she will tumble a few times, but she will benefit later from it, I think. Just hoping she stays all right physical
 

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^ 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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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.
 

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^ thanks my friend ! we really missed her Interviews ! she should do more ! ;)
 

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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/article/4400300/title/halep-survives-opener-in-shenzhen
 

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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."
 

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http://www.wtatennis.com/news/dont-call-it-comeback-says-new-mother-zvonareva

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.
 
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