Anna Chakvetadze - On her way to #1 maybe???

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  1. topspin

    topspin Semi-Pro

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    Last year I posted something about this young Russian girl. I had seen her practice at the junior event in Montreal and was very impressed with her. She wasn't top ranked and didn't win the tournament here but her tennis just blew me away. So I had posted a message saying that she has the potential to be #1 in the world (a bit of a crazy prediction I know).

    Well she's not there yet, but she is taking the proper steps to getting there with her win over Myskina on Wednesday. I was hoping to see her play a match at this weeks junior event again this year but look like she's moved on to bigger and better things :lol:
     
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  2. topspin

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    Here is the link to my original post on the old board

    http://talk.tennis-warehouse.com/discussions?13@235.OMGAau2sQFg^3@.eeb6c4a
     
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    Yeah, saw her play against Myskina, definitely a solid player. Surprising, but Anastasia was hitting a lot harder than Anna... just had a lot of UE's, while Anna seemed to be playing it safe... I guess you can say that Anna pulled a Myskina on Myskina.
     
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    I saw that match too and yes Myskina hits bigger than Anna. Although Anna has pretty good serve for her age and if she can improve her forehand she'll be even better.
    I also saw Maria today. Well, both actually. I really like Kirilenko's game although she had some shoulder issues she hits very well off the ground.. In the first set she was better than Raymond and was holding her serve quite easily. She has pretty good serve with nice and smooth motion. Second set was close, so was Maria to her victory but Lisa's experience prevailed in the end.
     
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  5. marc tressard

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    AnnaC is the antidote to the "Big Babes"; in fact, she is now smaller than Henin but with the same huge heart! She is coached by her very down to earth father who speaks no English, smokes a cigarette, and stands off to the corner, often moving just out of sight to avoid Anna's entreaties on court. I saw all AC's qualifying matches where she showed extraordinary toughness, indeed a champion's toughness in simply not allowing herself to lose. Better, she appears a simply untainted and adorable teen but blessed with ice water in her competitive veins. For a "tiny" player she has a good serve and plays big point BIGl. AnnaC looked cooked against Fujiwara at 2-5 but fought to 7-5, and she dominated the steady baseline robot Begelzimmer. I watched with jaw agape the Myskina match in Armstrong -- AnnaC exposed Myskina, if this is possible. Yes I pinched myself at times. At this stage you could call her a pusher, but one who keeps balls deep and moves the ball around very very well. Her rise is amazing in that her sole weapon is icy consistency - how does one win in the WTA today with no weapons?? She is also one of my favorite WTA players, no cookie cutter baseline basher. I see her as a better version of Kirilenko but with more upside and blessed with more champion intangibles. Time will tell.
     
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  6. Deuce

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    I disagree, Marc. I've seen them both, and Kirilenko stood out, while Anna just blended into the pack... I certainly don't deny anythoing you've written about Anna, though... it's good that she seems to be "a simply untainted and adorable teen" - both she and her parents ought to be proud.

    We'll check back in 12 months and see what happens. Hopefully, they'll both do well, and retain their genuine humility.

    It's great that you've gone out to watch Anna's matches in Flushing. Too many people miss out on the diamonds in the rough while they're busy chasing the diamonds in Serena's ears, or bra strap, or what have you, etc...

    Just for kicks, I'll throw another name out... Monica Niculescu. She's a fiery soon to be 17 year old Romanian kid. Reached the Semis of the Orange Bowl last December. She yells - screams, actually - much and loudly - but only at herself, not at linespeople, umpires, or opponents. She'll even scream at herself after she's WON a point - if she didn't hit the ball exactly the way she wanted to. Full of passion - not unlike another Romanian some of us recall. She also slices her forehand 90% of the time - very, very interesting. She can put all kinds of spin on the forehand - backspin, sidespin... she's quite creative. The one glaring weakness in her game is her serve. The pros would eat it alive. If she improves her serve - dramatically - we might be hearing from her in a few years - in more ways than one.

    She's playing the Juniors at the U.S. Open http://www.usopen.org/en_US/bios/ws/wtaq566.html
     
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  7. topspin

    topspin Semi-Pro

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    Anna lost her match today, but she made a name for herself now and can continue to build on this. Oh and she definitely stood out to me when I saw her.
     
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