Dinara, Serena, Caro, Sveta, Venus, Elena and Vika are already in. That means there's one spot left for the Year End Championships in Doha...
Dinara, Serena, Caro, Sveta, Venus, Elena and Vika are already in. That means there's one spot left for the Year End Championships in Doha...
A-Rad came back from a set and 0-4 down to reel off the next six games and win 46 64 62. Good on her. I went to sleep thinking she was about to get bageled.
And Bepa avenged her rather dramatic loss to Flavs at the USO with a rather dramatic three set win in Beijing. Apparently there was a lot of sniping from both of them because of some questionable line calls. And as the China Open site describes:
Early in the match, Pennetta was berating herself for mistakes, but by the end of the second set, Zvonareva took her turn. She met with her coach twice during the match.
Five times in the match the chair judge corrected the line judges. On the fifth, Zvonareva argued to keep the original call. She then loudly and aggressively scored the next point, but lost the game.
In the third set, when Zvonareva was up 3-2, Pennetta took a break after a back injury. After examination on and off court, she returned to win two more games.
Pennetta fought until the last point, arguing with the chair judge over shots missing the sideline. Finally, Zvonareva won the 2 1/2 hour match with a close 7-5 set.
Heh. Sounds like a doozy.
After a mild bit of scouring I couldn't find any pictures from these two matches. Apparently Marion Bartoli is more of a press score than A-Rad, Flavs, or Bepa. But these pics are great.
Perhaps the best thing about that Bepa picture? The caption: "Vera Zvonareva happily met and signed autographs for some of her fans during some time off from matches."
Yeah, she looks ecstatic, WTA.
I was in D.C. all weekend without any internet access. And let's just say I'm not entirely sad about that. Glad to see I missed the carnage:
Also, Rybarakova just beat Nads and Maria's on her way to bagel and 'sticking Sam. And we know how Sam feels about 'sticking. Not a fan, methinks.
So it's absolute Bedlam in Tokyo as the top seeds are falling left and right in the first two rounds (as of this post, JJ, A-Rad, and Caro still have to play their 2R matches).
[UPDATE: Caro retires down 05 to CanWoz. So the top 6 seeds are out after their first matches.]
I don't have much to say quite yet. I need some time to process it all. But I have a feeling Billy Shakes was a WTA fan back in the day:
She should have died hereafter ;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time ;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
That was Flavia's reaction when Corina told her she had saved six match points on the way to her comeback win over Bepa, 46 76 60, in what was the match of the tournament so far for the women. The first two sets were high quality and off the charts competitive.
In the end, it all came down to the 15+ minute game on Flavia's serve at 5-6 in the second set. Flavia would play huge, HUGE, on the four match points that she would have to save. Bepa on the other hand played way too conservatively (though she played well) on those points, waiting for Flavia to give her the match.
Yeah, Flavia don't play that. She would go on to hold serve *and* save two more match points in the tiebreak to take the second set and destroy Bepa's spirit.
"I think we broke her brain."
I don't think I can really do justice describing the Bepa breakdown that occurred in that third set. First she left the court to change and was reportedly crying hysterically as she left the court. Then she angrily started ripping off her tape a few points into the third set. Then she yelled at Lynn for not letting her cut off the tape between the first and second game of the set because it wasn't a changeover. Then she fell down and violently slapped herself 5 times. The dropped about 4 F-bombs. And then she cracked her racquet into the net post. I'm sure there was other stuff. But as I was telling my cousins who had never seen her before, "Yeah, um...this happens."
Really really gutsy stuff from Flavia today. Let's be clear, Bepa played well enough to win for 1.99 sets. Other than the fact that she didn't take any risks, Bepa played the match points well I thought. But Flavia had courage. And that was the difference. Well that and Bepa's crazy.
I just love you so much. And yes, in a totally unnatural way.
But my love cannot be denied.
A lovely lazy Saturday morning. I actually wish I could say I was hungover. Then I'd have an better excuse than normal to lie on the couch under a blanket and watch tennis all day.
Nice run by Dani into the Round of 16. I hope she's happy.
Yes, you have long limbs. We get it.
The magic Comp Kit runs out of gas. But a fantastic run for MaKiri.
10% pasta, 90% win.
Nice win for CanWoz at the expense of Momo. 64 60? What happened, Amelie?
Nails did what she does, bitchslapping the ever annoying Burrito, 61 63. Nice to see Nails back in form after her injury. Keep it up, China!
And finally, in Badassery news, Flavia double-bageled Sania and Bepa came back from dropping the first set to Chakky to double 'sticking her. Kudos, ladies.
And I proceed to laugh. A lot.
The video plays automatically, so I posted it after the jump.
Nice Q&A from Sports Illustrated with Bepa.
Yes, you read that correctly. Sports Illustrated (US) did a Q&A with Bepa. And they published it. On the internet.
A-Rod's off doing some cross training at Yankee stadium.
(The jury's out on the "comfortability" of the Cole Haan gear.)
And then everyone and their mother showed up to the BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis event as if it were a free buffet. Even the Daveed's sensitive soul couldnt say no to that. But trust me, he was way emo about it. Well, or whatever the Spanish equivalent to emo is.
Shit, even Bepa showed up. BEPA!!! That's how crazy this is! And dudes! She even went to the K Swiss event! Dammit, now I want to just do Patron shots with her. And that's saying something. Because I feel about Patron the way Bepa feels about her racquets.
Let's face it, when Bepa is the only Russian at your cocktail party, something's gone horribly awry. Unless it's like...a U.N. peacekeeping envoy cocktail party, in which case, you better get ready for a shot of peace with a harmony chaser.
But seriously, where are the Serbs in all this? You're telling me a party was thrown and Ana wasn't the guest of honor, Nole wasn't invited, and JJ didn't crash it? What is this world? And where the fuck are Marat and Dina? My head hurts.
Choosing Bepa over Anna-K? You just got yourselves a renewed subscription from one Courtney Note, Vanity Fair.
Leave it to the Glitter Queen to complete fuck up everyone's analysis for the USO.
Dani scored a hard fought and solid win over Bepa, 76(6) 06 76(5). If there was ever a tennis match that proved that naps increase productivity, this was the one. That's the only explanation for Dani's second set disappearance.
Also, as further evidence of the craziness of this sport we call tennis, Bepa won 18 games and Dani won 12. Talk about a match that was decided by a few points.
It was a day of strong challenges that fell just short as, for the most part (*cough*AnaAga*cough*) the seeds came through. MaKiri stuck with JJ for much of the first set before she dropped the tiebreak 8-6. From there, JJ took the second set 63 for the win. But don't worry MaKiri, you still double bageled her and spat in her face at the net in the fashion department.
In the now-more-frequent-then-we'd-expect Woz/Woz match, Caro survived a scare from Aleks, dropping the first 46 before coming back to take the next two tight ones, 64 64. Maybe Aleks is saving herself for Canadaland.
As for my favorite racquet smasher with a vagina (an important distinction so long as Marat is still playing), Bepa got 'sticked in the second by Kleybs and had to battle out the third to a 75 win. Survive and move on, Casper.
As for A-Rad, how do you get bageled by Mama Bammer? I think her new Babolat skirt distracted her. She's never seen a logo before.
Singles - Second Round
(4) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 63 64
(5) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (WC) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 76(6) 63
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 64 16 75
(8) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 46 64 64
(9) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 64 62
Melinda Czink (HUN) d. (11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 76(6) 75
Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. (13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 60 75
(14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 62 64
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 63 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 75 16 64
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 57 62 61
(WC) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 62 75
Doubles - First Round
Kirilenko/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Chuang/Yan (TPE/CHN) 64 60
Despite the LA tournament organizers trying their best to make this the most annoying tourney ever, I had a blast attending the tournament. It really could have sucked. The night before I was set to take off, both Dina and Ana lost, the latter being unsurprising and the former being, well, possibly a game changer. I mean, I was shelling out $500 to *not* see Dinara? What the fuck?
But it all proved to be worth it. Despite the 8 dollar beers, prohibition on bringing in outside food or drink (though that didn't stop *some* people), and getting yelled at for bringing in a camera with a lens longer than 3 inches, it was so great to be in the sun and watch tennis. But what made it awesome was the great company of Victoria, Katie, and Tracy, and the great matchups and high quality tennis (uh...let's ignore the hell that was the two hour Masha/Ula clusterfuck).
Highlights after the jump.
Before she beat Sam for the title, Flavia notched herself a nice little win over some chick named Maria Sharapova. Heard of her?
Ok, I'm not proud of it but I was rooting for Maria throughout the match (much to Victoria's vicodined-high annoyance). On some really dark level I kind of want Maria to win a title before Ana does this year. I don't know why that is and I'm sure I'll be vilified for it. But it's something I want. Deal with it.
But Flavia was surgical in how she dismantled Maria. Hell, she was surgical in how she dismantled the entire Russian Federation this week. Her match against Bepa was a lot of fun and really high quality. Great hitting and veteran point construction. She played so well in fact, that Bepa got...how do you say...frustrated:
Funny moment early in the match: Lynn Welch called time, Flavia walked out, and Bepa continued to sit in her chair for a good 30 seconds. Finally Lynn called out to her. Bepa hadn't heard her say time, so she kind of shrugged and hurriedly ran out to the court. Lynn just had this look of "Oh, Bepa *headlock noogie*". It was good for some LOLz.
A few of you have written inquiring as to when the next installment of the Forty Deuce podcast would be up. Here's the deal: It is SUPER awkward to do a podcast by yourself. And with my partner in crime (heh), Love All, off at an undisclosed location for much of this year, I've had to shelve the podcasts. Unfortunately my dog has very little to say about tennis.
But you can't say that I don't listen so here's the next installment, wherein I've roped in Forty Deuce regulars Sodapop, Carrie, and Victoria, to talk about everything from my general apathy towards Ana's losses, illegal immigration, and Stan's second fiddle, to how badly the WTA marketing department has failed, our love for tennis umpires, and the intimate details contained in Sodapop's diary. You'll have to excuse any technical issues. I'm still trying to master it all. But I'll get it all worked out and I can promise your tech savvy and topically focused p-casts in the future.
I'm warning you, it's a long one and very WTA heavy. Perfect for sitting in traffic while you're on your way to wherever you don't want to be.
Posted by C Note on August 07, 2009 in Agi Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic, Ashley Harkleroad, ATP, Dinara Safina, Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Marion Bartoli, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Podcasts, Rafa Nadal, Sam Stosur, Serena Williams, Sorana Cirstea, Stanislas Wawrinka, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonereva, Victoria Azarenka, WTA | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack (0)
The top two seeds fall in Istanbul (Not Constantinople). Thanks for the drive by, Bepa.
Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) d. (1) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 62 16 64
Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) d. (2) Patty Schnyder (SUI) 76(3) 26 63
(3) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (Q) Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 64 62
(5) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. (Q) Yuliana Fedak (UKR) 61 64
(8) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (WC) Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 46 63 60
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 61 62
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 62 76(4)
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) 62 63
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (Q) Alina Jidkova (RUS) 62 63
(Q) Ekaterina Dzehalevich (BLR) d. (LL) Darya Kustova (BLR) 64 76(9)
Nice article from The Guardian calling out all the people who think the Russians and Serbs are "humourless" and "soulless":
There was a lovely moment at a tournament in the United States a few years ago when Vera Zvonareva of Russia was fretting over the thought that she might be overwhelmed by reporters who wanted to speak to her. In stepped the Australian Jelena Dokic, never one to mince her words. "I don't think you need to worry about that, Vera," she said.
The irony is that Zvonareva actually has plenty to say. Like many of the Russian women players and those fromall over Eastern Europe, there is a lot more to her than many other tennis players. She may describe her favourite food as "Russian soup" but she likes to read and is engaging on any number of subjects, while she is also combining her tennis with studying for a post-graduate diploma in international relations and economics.
The same goes for many of her compatriots. The French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova can be hard to stop when she gets going; another former Roland Garros winner Anastasia Myskina was famous for berating her coach and then boyfriend when anything went wrong – an entertaining, if slightly frightening sight – and the world No1 Dinara Safina, when she is in the mood, can be as amusing as her brother Marat Safin.
The Serbs Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, both of whom grew up in the shadow of the Nato bombings in 1999, have been world No1 at different times in the past year and are equally intelligent and entertaining.
For all that, the old accusations are still regularly made that the Eastern European players are soulless, humourless and, in short, automatons. Either that or they are cold-hearted in the best Cold War traditions. At best it is a crass generalisation, at worst it is laughable, inaccurate and frankly ignorant.
Of particular note, we have the curious case of Casper, who is in a bit of a dogfight with Georgie Stoop (seriously, awesome name). They've split two close sets (76 46) and will play the third in full tomorrow. I'm fairly certain the pic above was her reaction after winning the first set 7-0 in the tiebreaker. Curious, indeed.
And in a brewing "upset" The Cone took the first set off Vera Dushevina got bageled in the second, and is now a break down at 4-2 in the third. Oh, Cone. Why in the world do I still care? I'm not even sure I'm actually a fan of yours yet you keep me hangin' on [cue Kim Wilde].
The other two suspended matches have Tommy Haas up two sets to one and on serve 4-4 in the fourth, and mkeller favorite Michael Llodra has split the first two sets with Josh Goodall.
"It took me a while to get the rhythm out there. And then for some reason from staying so low and getting those low balls my legs got so tight and so tired, and especially in the third set I didn't have the energy in my legs anymore to bend down."
"I played for two months on clay and I have it almost in my blood. I don't have to think about the tactics. I know how to defend, how to attack and what time; how to serve and this and that. And on this surface, everything is opposite. For me, it's too much to change in three days."The less shocking upset of the day was Momo over Bepa in three. Nice to see that while Bepa has added much needed strapping to her ankles, she has not gone away from her Casper routine. I'm just shocked her towel wasn't blue. Then she'd be *completely* invisible, just like she likes it.
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (2/WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 60 63
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. (3) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 67(5) 63 62
Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) d. (4) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 63 16 63
(6) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 63 62
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Urszula Radwanska (POL) 61 61
Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 63 61
(Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 67(6) 75 64
(Q) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (Q) Jarmila Groth (SVK) 76(7) 61
Singles - First Round
(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 60 63
Nathalie Dechy (FRA) d. (2) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 63 36 63
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Stéphanie Foretz (FRA) 64 67(1) 63
Doubles - First Round
Lefèvre/Védy (FRA/FRA) d. (WC) Flipkens/Kerkhove (BEL/NED) 62 64
Two torn ligaments. One full tear and one partial. I had a partial ankle tear in high school and it took two months to heal enough to get back on the pitch, another month and a half until I felt 100%. Yeah, it was pretty awesome.
Get well, Bepa. I'm going to put a call into The Gypsy to see if she can work her black magic to get you better for RG.
The Bepster was forced to retire at 1-1 (deuce) after badly rolling her right ankle against Razzano. She already came into Charleston with a groin injury so bad that the doctors advised her to take time off. But she played Charleston anyway because of "contractual reasons." Now, in addition to the groin injury she has ankle sprain that required her to be carted off the court.
Here's some fan video of Bepa getting carted off. Nice of The Gypsy to give her a kiss. Hopefully she didn't summon her voodoo powers to cause the incident in the first place.
Pete Bodo's write up on the WTA storylines going into the clay season.
Apart from his need to remind everyone what a joke the WTA is compared to the ATP, it's hard to argue with his take on the players' prospects:
Madrid may be just the inducement Serena Williams needs to boost her interest clay, thereby protecting her chances to remain no. 1 and perhaps even open a little distance between herself and an odd crew that features not one but two women who have yet to win a Grand Slam events - Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic.But can Serena still be a force on clay? That's an interesting question that was raised in Melbourne and Miami, where she often looked both more powerful - and less mobile - than in the past.
It's hard to see Serena gettting "better" on clay, but remember that she's won Roland Garros, and took the Charleston title last year before shipping out to Europe - where she lost a very tight quarterfinal to Safina in Berlin, withdrew from Rome with an injury, and lost in the third round in Paris to Katarina Srebotnik. Discount her at your peril.
No. 2 Safina began her personal makeover last year at Berlin, where she beat three of the women who have remained major hurdles to her Grand Slam ambitions - Serena, Elena Dementieva and Victoria Azarenka. Safina will have many ranking points to defend starting in Berlin, and there's no telling how she'll react to the pressure. Last year, she frequently spoke about the way she's re-invented herself, but the failure to break through in a big way - with a major title - suggests that the makeover wasn't quite finished. Will it ever be?
Elena Dementieva is coming off a good year, and capable of doing a lot of damage on clay. She was a Roland Garros finalist in 2004, and could easily make a similar run there again. But she may be the most unpredictable player on either tour. It's funny, though, I never really get the feeling that Dementieva is choker (except, of course, when it comes to that serve - but that's a slightly different issue), or that she's an imposter at the top of the game. She doesn't really collapse. If anything, she seems to have a way of bringing out the best in her opponents - a talent I'm sure she'd rather not possess. I've always felt that she's sufficiently athletic and powerful to win a major. Maybe this will be her year.
Vera Zvonareva is in good shape to make a move, fueled by her recent victory at Indian Wells. She started like a house on fire on clay last year; she lost to Serena in the Charleston final and snatched the Prague title from Victoria Azarenka before she lost momentum. Zvonareva lost to Venus at Rome and Dementieva in Paris, but who's going to describe either of those as a bad loss?
My own feeling is that Ivanovic must find a way to, well, loosen up - in every sense of the word. She needs to re-discover the hard--hitting, free-swinging Ivanovic of a few years ago. It just seems to me that somewhere along the line Ivanovic came to believe that she needs to be Miss Perfect (at any number of levels), and maybe that stifled her game.
Here's the thing. If you were to ask me what my favorite matches were this past week it would actually take some time to even recall what matches I attended. For me, the tournaments aren't really about the tennis that's played in stadium court (though, the Simon/Lu and Rafa/Nalby matches were rad). I can and do watch tennis matches all the time. The real action is around the practice courts and near the player areas.
A rare smile from Nalby on the practice courts.
Old Man Fed holding his back. THAT must be why he lost to Murray.
Sam and his Querrey Hand under the watchful eye of Jose Higueras.
(Pics for Forty Deuce by Love All and C Note)
Steve Tignor has a major boner for Rafa. And he's not afraid to tell the world.
After the final, he's asked why he thinks he handled the wind better than Murray. Nadal says that he thinks he "accepted" the conditions better than Murray, who fought them.
These two answers, about finding ways to win and accepting the conditions around him, point to what I think is, beyond his speed and spin and power, a major reason for Nadal's success. Unlike most tennis players, even the best tennis players, he doesn't play with anger or regret or frustration, the three emotions that doom most of us.
After losing the fourth set of the Wimbledon final last year, Nadal said that he sat down on the changeover and accepted that he had played horribly when he was ahead in the tiebreaker, but that otherwise he was "doing very well." If Nadal is a control freak or a perfectionist, he doesn't allow it to get the best of him. John McEnroe couldn't emotionally deal with his errors, Djokovic lets his frustration affect his play, and even Federer gets down in the mouth if things aren't going as he expects. Nadal accepts, when he walks onto a court, that he will not always be at his best. As a guy who is constantly trying to improve, he begins with the premise that he can never be perfect, and that he should not always win. Federer and Pete Sampras, by contrast, begin every match believing that no one can beat them if they go out and do what they're supposed to do.
On the one hand, Nadal's is an intelligent approach because it allows him to take pressure off himself and put his mistakes behind him—why regret what was inevitable in the first place? On the other hand, when you try to imagine actually putting this into practice in the heat of battle, you realize that it is an almost impossibly difficult psychological stance to achieve for any length of time. How does one banish these primal reactions?
Forget the biceps and the legs and the forehands and the overheads. Nadal's most important strength is the one that's the hardest for all of us to achieve. He has the strength to be honest with himself.
You know what he's not crushing on? The WTA.
Here's my problem with his piece. First, he's basically caps on Bepa for being "all-business" and not cracking a smile. Meanwhile, everyone else makes fun of the WTA because the girls cry on court, get too emotional, and, well, act like girls. I'm sorry if Bepa doesn't have Ana's looks or JJ's off-court crazy. But she's not a Russian robot and this was a prime opportunity to talk about her backstory and how she got to where she is today. But no. Let's just flat out call her a non-personality and move on. She's going to rule the world one day, Steve. Respect.
Second, I'm honestly sick and tired of hearing the ball bashing hate. I mean, can we please define what we're talking about here? Just because a player hits the ball hard doesn't mean it's mindless and brainless, which is what I consider to be the definition of "ball bashing". In no lifetime would I call Vera a "ball basher". The other two semifinalists are still young and developing their games, and in fact, Vika has some of the best hands at the net of all the ladies on tour. And Ana worked all week to *not* be a ball basher, to mixed results. Heck, of the 5 women in the top 5, two of them, Vera and JJ, are not ball bashers. I just really get tired of hearing that there's no variety on the WTA tour but the men are just a bowl of tropical Skittles. It's just not true but I guess people see what they want to see.
Last, the tone of the piece. Look, if you don't want to write about the WTA then don't. But if you do, at least pretend that you're interested in the subject matter. Tignor just seems annoyed that he had to sit down and write something to meet a deadline.
Boy, she earned her $700k this week. She went through Na Li, Ski Boots, Vika, and Ana, plus she had to deal with the ridiculous conditions in the final all without dropping a set. Oh yeah, and she won the doubles title with Vika. Needless to say, the kid was busy.
Vera played a veteran match today, handling the wind much better than Ana. It wasn't pretty. She was serving 70mph first serves and pushing the ball back in to the court like a backboard any way she could. Ana on the other hand stuck with the game that got her to the final, trying to serve big and be aggressive with her shots. If the wind wasn't swirling it might have worked. But the wind was changing direction in the middle of points and there was just now way the kid was going to be able to control her big groundstrokes. Tough loss for her (she had two set points in the first) but a lot of positive things to build on going into Miami and the clay court season.
As for Vera, welcome to the top 5 kiddo! She'll move ahead of Venus with her win. I would tip my cap but it flew off today.
(Pics from Yahoo and for Forty Deuce by Love All)
“I got to know and meet a few ambassadors around the world and a few influential people and a few people who work for the U.N.,” Zvonareva said. “It's great to be involved in something like this and also to give me a lot of different knowledge outside the court. I'm really enjoying it.”
Zvonareva enrolled in the school in 2007, when a wrist injury forced her off the tour for half the season. The 24-year-old Zvonareva, who already had a university degree in physical education, is studying international economic relations and international affairs.
Having played on the WTA Tour since turning pro in 2000, Zvonareva said the change of pace has been refreshing.
“What I like about that school, everyone has a first education already,” Zvonareva said. “It is a second education for everyone. You meet a lot of people who travel around the world and most of them speak a few languages. It's different and interesting. I wouldn't say it was a usual school. It is different for me.”
As well as things are going for Zvonareva, she doesn't plan on sitting on her laurels.
“I think I have to keep working hard, like right now,” Zvonareva said. “I have to try to improve every aspect of my game. It will be stupid to be satisfied with what I'm doing right now. I know I'm not perfect. I'm going to try to get to the perfect point as much as I can. I'm trying to improve everything I can.
I just love so much that her "undergrad" degree is in PE, and she's going to grad school to study international economic relations and international affairs. Uh, ok. That's almost as jarring as Dina's desire to open a beauty shop.
You rock, Bepa. So hard.
What, they couldn't get Blah to round it out? Grrr.