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posted on 20-6-2005 at 12:56 AM Reply With Quote
Wimbledon 2005: Andrew's TV-report



My analysis of the draw

The following is an excerpt from my analysis of the whole draw, including wishes for each round, which is available to members of the jeldani Yahoo! Group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/message/2447

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First-round draw (my selections, draw-order)
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Vera's quarter (Tuesday)
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97. NADIA PETROVA [8] v Virginia Ruano Pascual (vamos Virginia!)
99. Claudine Schaul v SÚverine Beltrame [LL]
101. Zuzana OndrßÜkovß v Cara Black [WC] (both nice)
103. Catalina Casta˝o v VIRGINIE RAZZANO [32]

105. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [21] v Kristina Brandi
107. Conchita MartÝnez v Katerina Bondarenko [Q]
109. Kveta Peschke v Dally Randriantefy
111. Marlene Weingńrtner v VERA ZVONAR╦VA [11] (davai Bepa!)

113. NATHALIE DECHY [16] v Maria Elena Camerin (forza Maria Elena!)
115. Jane O'Donoghue [WC] v Anna-Lena Gr÷nefeld
117. Tatiana Panova v Lisa Raymond
119. Alyona Bondarenko v TATIANA GOLOVIN [18] (allez Tatiana!)

121. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [31] v Katarina Srebotnik (go Katarina!)
123. Yoon Jeong Cho v Arantxa Parra Santonja (vamos Arantxa!)
125. Amanda Janes [WC] v Sesil Karatantcheva
127. Nuria Llagostera Vives v MARIA SHARAPOVA [2] (davai Maria!)

Weingńrtner is currently on a losing streak of seven matches in a row, stretching back to February 2005 (her last victory was the one over Martina Hingis). So Bepa will be looking to make it eight in a row - but make it one in a row by winning on Tuesday. Bepa has never played Weingńrtner before.

Second round: the only time Bepa played Kveta Peschke (nÚe Hrdlickovß) was at Berlin 2005, where she suffered a humiliating 6-2 6-0 defeat. Peschke has won only two matches in five trips to Wimbledon, but she gave Jelena Dokic an almighty scare in 2r Wimbledon 2002 (my Jelena won 6-0 4-6 8-6). I would feel much more comfortable if Bepa had to play Randriantefy instead (who has never won a main-draw match at Wimbledon in a career that stretches back to 1991).

The third round throws up a number of intriguing possibilities: Wimbledon 1994 champion Conchita MartÝnez, Wimbledon 2004 Girls' Singles champion Katerina Bondarenko, Kristina Brandi who recently won ITF Surbiton on grass, or the seed Francesca Schiavone who is more at home on clay, on which Bepa beat her in Rome last month.

I believe that Bepa should come through the first three rounds, and should she run into 8th seed Nadia Petrova in the fourth round, I think it's 50/50 which one of them would go through to the quarter-finals. Petrova has an impressive 27-10 win/loss record in 2005, and recently reached her second French Open semi-final - she beat Bepa to reach the first one in 2003, but Bepa avenged that loss with a 6-3 7-6 victory at Philadelphia 2004.

Petrova has reached two fourth rounds at Wimbledon, the same as Bepa, but I always feel that while Petrova has awesome power, she is very inconsistent, so Bepa ought to make life difficult for her. Although the statistics favour Petrova, I've just got a feeling that the deeply talented Bepa would prevail this time. The sweetest news is that Petrova lost to Gisela Dulko at s'Hertogenbosch this week, and we know from Wimbledon 2004 that Bepa is 6-4 6-2 better than Gisela on grass.

Bepa would undoubtedly face defending champion Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals, and what a mouthwatering match that would be! Their head-to-head is 2-2 (all matches in 2004), and it's always a high-quality match when they play each other, with Bepa's lateral retrieval-skills and resourcefulness providing the perfect foil for Maria's spectacular power-game of many winners, although grass would clearly favour Maria. I have yet to see a Bepa v Maria match myself, so I really hope to see one at Wimbledon 2005, and I believe Bepa has as good a chance as anyone in her section to reach that quarter-final.

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Women's Doubles: First-round draw
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* VERA ZVONAR╦VA/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [5] vs Alyona Bondarenko/Anastassia Rodionova

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posted on 21-6-2005 at 02:16 AM Reply With Quote
Order of Play for Tuesday



Court 14 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
WS 1r: Marlene Weingńrtner v VERA ZVONAR╦VA [11]
WS 1r: FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [21] v Kristina Brandi
MS 1r: Victor Hanescu v Kenneth Carlsen
MS 1r: Raemon Sluiter v DAVID NALBANDIAN [18]

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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posted on 23-6-2005 at 03:19 AM Reply With Quote
First-round comments / Order of Play for Thursday



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Women's Singles
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First round
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+ VERA ZVONAR╦VA [11] d. Marlene Weingńrtner, 2-6 6-4 6-0

I've said Bepa struggles in hot climates, and there is a major heatwave in England at the moment, with temperatures up to 31░C. According to CEEFAX, Bepa looked out of sorts in the first set under the midday sun, but regained her composure in the second, and found her true form and confidence in the third.

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Women's Doubles
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First round
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+ VERA ZVONAR╦VA/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [5] d. Alyona Bondarenko/Anastassia Rodionova, 6-2 7-5

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Order of Play for Thursday
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Court 4 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
MS 2r: Igor Andreev v Davide Sanguinetti
WS 2r: Kveta Peschke v VERA ZVONAR╦VA [11]
MS 2r: Guillermo GarcÝa-Lˇpez v Novak Djokovic

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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posted on 25-6-2005 at 03:24 AM Reply With Quote
Andrew's 2r report: ZvonarŰva v Peschke



Second round:
- VERA ZVONAR╦VA [11] lt. Kveta Peschke, 1-6 6-4 6-3

The match started like the Wimbledon 2004 Women's Singles final, with Bepa surging into a 6-1 4-4 lead after recovering from 2-4 in the second. She even had 0/30 on Peschke's serve at 4-4.

But, after failing to break for 5-4, Bepa played a sloppy service-game to lose the second set, and it appears that she wilted in the extreme heat (by English standards - about 30░C).

Oh, it's getting hot in here
Must be something in the atmosphere
Oh, I could be laughing about it
Making the most of the true British climate
[Athlete, "You Got The Style"]

I followed live scores at www.wimbledon.org. The match started at 14:33 BST.

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First set
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ZVONAR╦ *@ @*@* 6
Peschke _ @ ___ 1


Bepa serving 0-0: held to love.
Peschke serving 0-1: 0/15, 40/15 -> 40/40, ad B (BP), broken.
Bepa serving 2-0: 0/30, 15/30, 15/40 (2 BPs), 30/40, broken.
Peschke serving 1-2: 0/15, 15/15, 40/15 -> 40/40, ad B (BP), Deuce #2, ad P, Deuce #3, ad B (BP #2), broken.

"I've been told by one of Russian friends that this girl Vera ZvonarŰva fights to the bitter end, and we saw that there" [Virginia Wade,French Open 2003]. At least she's now `Bepa'd the scoreline she lost to Peschke in Berlin! :o

Bepa serving 3-1: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15 -> 40/40, ad B, held.
Peschke serving 1-4: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.
Bepa serving for the first set at 5-1: 40/0, 40/15, Bepa won the first set 6-1 at 15:01.

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Second set
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ZVONAR╦ _* *__@*__ 4
Peschke * * *@__*@ 6


Peschke serving 0-0: 30/0 -> 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad B (BP #2), Deuce #2, ad B (BP #3), Deuce #3, ad B (BP #4), Deuce #4, ad B (BP #5), Deuce #5, ad P, held.

Terrific fighting from Bepa - she makes you work so hard to win a game. A shame about all those wasted break-points - sometimes it's easier for the server to win points from one side or the other. Now Bepa has to forget about those missed opportunities and just focus on holding her own serve, and we should see "Vera Cruz" to the second round.

Bepa serving 0-1: 0/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad B, Deuce #2, ad B, held.
Peschke serving 1-1: 0/15, 15/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad P, held.
Bepa serving 1-2: 15/0, 15/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad P (BP), Deuce #2, ad P (BP #2), Deuce #3, ad B, held.

A very important hold for Bepa. I could feel the momentum swinging towards Peschke, and if the heat out there is anything like the heat in here, I want Bepa off the court with a win ASAP!

Peschke serving 2-2: 0/15, 15/15, 40/15, held.
Bepa serving 2-3: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.

Oh #ú!!

Peschke serving 4-2: 15/0, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.
Bepa serving 3-4: held to love.
Peschke serving 4-4: 0/30 -> 40/30, 40/40, ad P, Deuce #2, ad P, Deuce #3, ad P, held.

Damn - Bepa should have been serving for the match after 0/30! :mad:

Bepa serving to stay in the second set at 4-5: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 SPs), Peschke won the second set at 15:54.

And Peschke has the advantage of serving first in the third! :(

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Third set
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ZVONAR╦ __@*___*_ 3
Peschke *@__*@* * 6


Peschke serving 0-0: 0/15, 40/15, held.
Bepa serving 0-1: 15/0, 15/30, 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.

My only chance to watch Bepa play in 2005 - on TV in the later rounds here - is fading fast! :(

Peschke serving 2-0: 15/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad P, Deuce #2, ad B (BP), broken.

A vital lifeline for Bepa in this heat - I hope she takes it! She must not let Peschke get more than two games ahead.

Bepa serving 1-2: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15, held.
Peschke serving 2-2: held to love.
Bepa serving 2-3: broken to love.
Peschke serving 4-2: 40/0, 40/15, held.

It's all gone pear-shaped for Bepa now. I can only hope she returns to England in 2006 in much better form for the year, and having done better heat-training. :(

Bepa serving to stay in the match at 2-5: 30/0 -> 30/30, 40/30, held.
Peschke serving for the match at 5-3: 40/0 (3 MPs), 40/15, Peschke won 1-6 6-4 6-3 at 16:26.


I think the key statistic is that Bepa had 6 break-points in the second set, but broke only once in that set. According to a source who saw the match, she was crying after missing break-points.

It's a crying shame that 2005 has passed without a single opportunity to see Bepa on BBC television (for those of us with the Freeview version of BBCi). They didn't even have the courtesy to show the match-point - indeed, their only reference to the departure of the 11th seed was when they stuck a red X on her face on the seeds-board in Today at Wimbledon. :mad:

You got wires going in
You got wires coming out of your skin
You got tears making tracks
I got tears that are scared of the facts

Running down corridors
Through automatic doors
Got to get to you
Got to see this through
I see hope is here
In a plastic box
I've seen Christmas-lights
Reflect in your eyes

I see it in your eyes
I see it in your eyes
You'll be alright

I see it in your eyes
I see it in your eyes
You'll be alright
Alright...

[Athlete, "Wires"]

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posted on 4-7-2005 at 01:59 AM Reply With Quote
Doubles comments



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Women's Doubles
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Second round
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+ VERA ZVONAR╦VA/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [5] d. Jennifer Hopkins/Mashona Washington, 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-1

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Third round
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+ VERA ZVONAR╦VA/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [5] d. Marion Bartoli/Milagros Sequera, 6-4 3-6 6-3

I saw the last point of the match on BBCi: Elena served, and Bepa hit a short-angled backhand volley-winner.

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Quarter-finals
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- VERA ZVONAR╦VA/ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [5] lt. Svetlana Kuznetsova/AmÚlie Mauresmo, 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 6-1

A disappointing match - I saw it on BBCi before it was suspended for rain at 3-6 4-3 (on serve). Bepa didn't show much of her immense talent, not even the beautiful punch-volleys that she shows in singles occasionally, as she and Elena were made to look lightweight against the combined muscle-mass of the scratch-partnership.

The match started on Court One on Friday, but resumed on Court 2 on Saturday - the BBC didn't even have the decency to show it on Saturday! :mad: Granted, the men's singles semi-final and men's doubles final had to take priority, but instead of showing this quarter-final on the one remaining Freeview BBCi channel, they showed the semi-final between Cara Black/Liezel Huber and Samantha Stosur/Bryanne Stewart - every one of whom is less famous than every one of the players in this match.

Bepa and Elena snuck the second set on a tiebreak, and broke Kuznetsova in the first game of the third... then lost six games in a row! :(

Kuznetsova/Mauresmo went on to beat Anna-Lena Gr÷nefeld and Martina Navrßtilovß in the semi-finals later on Saturday, but were thrashed 6-2 6-1 in the final by Cara Black and Liezel Huber, who the commentators explained were a more established doubles-partnership than Bepa and Elena.

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posted on 21-8-2005 at 12:47 AM Reply With Quote
Extended TV-report



I have completed my extended report for Vera (adding her doubles quarter-final which I saw on TV) on my website:
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/wimbledon2005.html

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