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Vera - 29-3-2003 at 12:26 AM

Hi Ivan, thanks for starting this forum

David - 4-4-2003 at 05:01 PM

Hello Vera.
I think this forum is great.
By the way the other day, I watched the game between Vera and Meghann Shaugnessy and I was impressed by the powerful strokes both of them kept swinging at each other.

It was a hell of a game.
I was on the edge of my seat yelling and kicking.
That's the kind of tennis I like to watch.
And Vera kept going and going till she won.
Well, gotta go.....Keep posting
see ya later!

Ian - 4-4-2003 at 05:49 PM

Hello everybody!
Hi Vera and david.

Holy gosh, I didn't know there was a forum exclusively dedicated to Vera.

I had visited this webpage serveral times in the past and saw no forum, but for what I see this forum is new. I hope people will come forward and actually take the time to post something.

I think David you are talking about the Pacific Life Open from Indian Wells california. I also had the oportunity to see some of the games on espn and I really liked that Vera got coverage on TV. That was totally coincidental because Vera played against Meghann which is from the US, and american channels have a policy of only airing games in which americans are playing; and of course the semi-finals and finals will be aired even if no american reaches them.

This circumstance makes it very dificult for american fans of international players to see them on TV as often as they would like.

Nonetheless, I've had my share of luck.
I've seen Vera on TV a couple of times and I've always liked those games.

Good luck to Vera on the following games.

Ivan - 13-4-2003 at 07:15 AM

Hello to everyone.
Hi Vera, David, Ian.

We are getting used to saying hello here. I'd like to think that us, the tennis community and the fans are a tight-knit family.

I'm glad to see that some people are actually participating on this forum.

Over the years I've had the oportunity to meet very interesting and amicable people on the Tour. Although I'm not part of it nor I go to every tournament, each time I get the chance to be at one I certanly feel like being at home.

By the way, did anyone get to see Vera at the Family Circle Cup in South Carolina?

I missed all the matches on TV.

Anyways, I'll write something later after I watch some games.

David - 13-4-2003 at 10:54 PM

Hi everyone.
I don't know anyone that went to the Family Circle Cup. Vera was out rather early! , No, No, I'm joking. She did quite well.
Anyways, I still was able to watch the final on TV.

Seeing Serena Williams getting beaten by Justine Henin-Hardenne in straight sets makes me think that the players' minds can either work in their favor or against them.
I'd like to extrapolate this to the specific case of Vera Zvonareva. In my humble opinion many games have been lost not because of the physiological factor but because of the psychological one.

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not criticizing; I'm just saying that the mental game that players have to play on the court each match is a tough one.

I know that everyone knows what I'm saying. But the interesting thing would be if something could be done about it. Like having the players recieve some kind of psychological training or something like that.

Good Luck to Vera on the next tournament.


Ian - 17-4-2003 at 05:12 AM

Hello everyone.
Amelia Island turned out to be not so great for Vera. Amanda Coetzer is a very courageous player. A couple of months ago she won the title in Acapulco and a week later at the Indian wells tournament she defeated Daniela Hantuchova who had defeated a withered Martina Hingis one year earlier to win the title.

One of the things that I've seen is that Vera has chosen to play mostly in big tournaments and has in a certain way avoided small tournaments in which the lower ranking of the players could facilitate her to win a title.
But, this has a reason. Anyone that understands how tennis works, should know that being exposed to the level of game of big players, like the ones in the Top 10, is of tremendous help in developing advanced game and psychological skills.
The pressure and the intesity of a match against a Top 10 player is such that nothing can be compared to it.

Boy, sometimes I can be so assertive; as if I was sure of what I was saying. hehe.

Good Luck Vera!

Vlad - 18-4-2003 at 07:17 AM

Hey guys, first of all nice website and message board. I am fan of Vera since i saw her play juniors at 2000 US Open. I don't know if any of you seen that game against Coetzer, what happaned to her in the third set? And do you think she will break into top 15 this year?

Vlad - 18-4-2003 at 07:27 AM

I saw her quaterfinal against Davenport on TV. I thought that she had a chance, especially in the first set, but Davenport raised her game when she needed to. I still think that on clay, she is a real threat to any player on the tour right now.

Ivan - 18-4-2003 at 01:08 PM

Hello friends!
I agree with you, Vlad, Vera has become a serious threat to any player on the tour.

I didn't have the chance to see the match of Vera vs. Coetzer; I don't think it was televised in the US. But what I can deduct from the result is that either Vera got hurt or had a mental breakdown during the third set. Which reminds me of what David wrote above about the psychological factor playing an important role.

Talk to you later!


dina - 20-5-2003 at 06:38 PM

Hello everybody!!!
I saw Vera in polish tournament in Sopot. She`s very nice girl and good player. I hope she`ll back to my country soon

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