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Anothe routine day at the office for Serena as she moves on to the final eight.


Serena Williams enjoyed a routine straight-sets win over Ana Ivanovic at the US
Open on Monday. Williams, now odds-on for a fourth Flushing Meadows crown of her career, continued her march through the draw with a 6-3 6-4 victory in New York. She will now face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a place in the semi-finals.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova moved into her second Grand Slam quarter-final of the season on Monday by knocking seventh seed Francesca Schiavone out of the US Open. The Russian came from a set down to win the pair’s fourth-round clash 5-7 6-3 6-4. The Arthur Ashe Stadium was not treated to a classic, neither player was at her best as they racked up almost 100 unforced errors between them. Both also had double-fault counts in double figures. In addition, there were no fewer than 16 service breaks in the 31 games. The final set brought the best tennis of the match and after Pavlyuchenkova had squandered an early 2-0 lead, she finally struck the decisive blow with Schiavone serving to stay in the match at 4-5. The Russian blew two match points but it proved third time lucky as she drilled a perfect forehand down the line to clinch victory in two hours and 41 minutes. Pavlyuchenkova, who also made the last eight of the French Open earlier in the year, will next face title favourite Serena Williams.







Vera Zvonareva became the latest big name to exit the French Open on Sunday.


Last year’s Wimbledon and US Open finalist was beaten 7-6 (7/4) 2-6 6-2 by fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. It means the top three seeds in the women’s singles have all failed to make it into the second week of the tournament, with Victoria Azarenka now the highest-seeded player left in the draw. Zvonareva made things hard for herself by losing a rollercoaster first set she really should have won. After Pavlyuchenkova had grabbed an early break, Zvonareva won five games on the spin.

However, it soon went wrong for last year’s Wimbledon runner-up as she allowed her opponent to break back. Zvonareva still managed to create a set point when leading 6-5 but Pavlyuchenkova saved it and forced a tie-break which she duly dominated. Zvonareva regrouped at the start of the second set though and raced into a 4-0 lead. This time she made no mistakes, serving out to level the match. However, after the decider began with little between the duo, Zonareva’s level dropped again. This time it was Pavlyuchenkova, still only 19, who reeled off five straight games. From 1-2 down, she took control to book her place in the quarter-finals where she will meet either defending champion Francesca Schiavone or Jelena Jankovic.



“Today we beat the No.1 players in the world, which we didn’t really expect, so that’s quite exciting.”

Top seeds and co-world No.1s Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta were beaten in straight sets by wildcards Jelena Jankovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 75 75. “Anastasia asked me to play when we were in Monterrey,” explained Jankovic, who was defeated by the 19-year-old Russian in the singles final there last week. “I don’t play doubles so often, and I thought it would be a lot of fun if I played. It’s good practice for my volleys and my serve. I’ve got to learn, you know, to play doubles better.

“Today we beat the No.1 players in the world, which we didn’t really expect, so that’s quite exciting,” she added. Jankovic and Pavlyuchenkova were particularly strong on serve, collectively making 80% of their first deliveries, and avoiding a single double fault. Even so, they managed to save just one of five break points faced; the critical difference was that the Serbian-Russian team created more break opportunities than their opponents, converting six of 12 chances.


“Congratulations to Anastasia, she played so well. She was the better player.” says JJ after losing.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova successfully defended her Monterrey Open title after a battling three-set win over top seed Jelena Jankovic. The second-seeded Russian has a perfect record at this hard-court tournament and her confidence showed as she battled back from a set down to see off the world number six 2-6 6-2 6-3. The deciding set swung in Pavlyuchenkova’s favour when she broke her Serbian opponent to lead 4-3, before holding in the next and securing a second break to improve her record at Monterrey to played 10, won 10. Pavlyuchenkova also enjoys the distinction of having won all the WTA finals she has contested – two in Monterrey and one in Istanbul – and was thrilled pick up another title.

“Last year I said this was very special for me, but this one was also very special, maybe even more,” the 19-year-old said. “The crowd made it possible for me last year and they made it possible for me this year too. “They pulled me through each match. It’s always tough to defend a title so it means a lot.”

Jankovic was thwarted in her bid for a 13th WTA title but conceded Pavlyuchenkova was the deserved victor, saying: “It’s a great city and I felt amazing here.

“Congratulations to Anastasia, she played so well. She was the better player.”


Jankovic sails into the semifinal in Monterrey.

Jelena Jankovic eased into the semi-finals of the Monterrey Open after a comfortable win over fifth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova. The Serbian raced to the first set before being forced to dig deeper to see off her Latvian opponent in the second, eventually prevailing 6-1 7-5. Jankovic’s next opponent will be Polona Hercog, the eighth seed from Slovenia, who defeated Olga Govortsova of Belarus 4-6 6-3 6-3.

Second seed and defending champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia booked her place in the last four with a 6-2 7-6 (7/3) victory over Hungary’s Greta Arn. Pavlyuchenkova opponent in the semi-finals will be Argentina’s Gisela Dulko, who crushed Russia’s Ksenia Pervak 6-1 6-0.


Russia comes from 2-0 down to defeat France.

Russia produced an amazing second day fight back to book a place in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, after coming from 2-0 down to beat France 3-2 in Moscow. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova were the heroes for the home side, as they both won their singles matches and then teamed up for the doubles to complete an improbable comeback and become only the fourth side in the history of Fed Cup to come from 2-0 down and win. “I am really happy that I managed to help Russia get this victory, and I would like to say a big thank you to Svetlana, as she really helped me in this doubles match and I think we had a really good match, and I am just so happy,” said Pavlyuchenkova.

The last three ties involving these two countries had all been decided in the final rubber. However, it was quite a surprise that Russia, who had been out of sorts on Saturday, managed to take the clash into a winner-takes-all fifth match-up. Kuznetsova and Pavlyuchenkova were given the responsibility for the Russians by team captain Shamil Tarpishchev and they were up against the French pair of Alize Conet and Julie Coin, who also teamed up in last year’s competition to knock Germany out of the World Group.

The first set was a tight affair, with neither side managing to maintain any consistency on serve. Not surprisingly the set went to a tie-break, and it was the Russians who came out on top, moving them to within just a set of claiming victory. The partisan home crowd was willing their team on, with both pairs of players visibly struggling. However, it was the Russian duo who was by far the stronger, and in no time at all they had moved into a 5-0 lead. Such was the turn in fortunes, the French pair of Cornet and Coin were only able to win one point in those first five games. The Russians had no trouble in breaking Coin once again, and Pavlyuchenkova claimed the vital point with a cross court smash, to seal a stunning comeback. It proved to be a fantastic day for Pavlyuchenkova, was understandably ecstatic to help her team overcome all odds and make the semifinals, as she recorded her maiden singles and doubles victories in this competition. “We had never played doubles together before, so it was the first time we had played together on court. This might explain why we had a few problems at the beginning, but things became easier as the match went on and I think that was reflected by the scoreline in the second set,” the 19 year-old commented. Meanwhile, Kuznetsova had had only 40 minutes to prepare for that doubles encounter, after beating Virginie Razzano 64 64. It was far from easy for the Russian, but she eventually prevailed in just over 1 hour 45 minutes.

Of course, Russia had started the day just one loss away from their first opening round defeat since 2006. Pavlyuchenkova was handed the task of trying to keep the hosts in the tie, despite the world No. 16 having only ever played one singles match previously in the competition. She duly repaid her captain’s faith by storming back in the second and third sets to beat Alize Cornet 36 63 62. It proved to be a stunning final day comeback for the Russian’s and understandably France’s Fed Cup captain, Nicholas Escude, couldn’t find many positives. “We didn’t learn any new lessons from this tie with Russia,” he said. “The only thing we found out was that we always have to keep fighting to the end, and victory is only assured once we have secured that vital third victory. Russia were brilliant today, and I think it really fired them up, after going 2-0 down, and I always knew that Sunday was going to be very difficult.”

Attention will now turn to Russia’s semifinal clash with Italy, which will take place at home in April, when Svetlana Kuznetsova is once again set to do battle with Francesca Schiavone. Shamil Tarpishchev is expecting a tough encounter. “It promises to be a great match, and I am sure everyone remembers Kuznetsova’s match with Schiavone, both in the 2007 Fed Cup final, where Svetlana won, and of course at this year’s Australian Open where she lost a marathon third set,” said the Russian captain. “However, our team will be strengthened ahead of that tie, as Vera Zvonareva will play for us, so I am counting on us winning that tie.” It’s been a memorable weekend for the large crowds that attended, while they were able to witness one of the great comebacks as Russia continue their quest to win a fifth Fed Cup title.


Verdasco’s slump continues as he loses to Becker in 1st round.

Benjamin Becker upset third-seeded Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3 Tuesday in the first round of the Brisbane International. “It’s always good to get a win under your belt … it’s not every day you beat a top 10 player,” Becker said. “I had a good game plan and it worked well today.” Becker, ranked 53rd, raced through the first set in 30 minutes, with Verdasco failing to hold serve until the sixth game. The 27-year-old Spaniard, the 2009 Brisbane runner-up, recovered a break in the second set and leveled the match by winning the tiebreaker but dropped his opening service game in the third set and Becker didn’t let him back into the match.

Radek Stepanek, the 2009 champion and runner-up here last year, beat Germany’s Tobias Kamke 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, while South African Kevin Anderson beat Australia’s Peter Luczak 6-4, 6-4 and veteran Frenchman Arnaud Clement went down in straight sets to Richard Berankis of Lithuania.

Czech Lucie Safarova reached the women’s quarterfinals for the third straight year when she beat second-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 in 2 1/2 hours. The former Australian Open quarterfinalist is the girlfriend of 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych. “Of course people ask me about Tomas, but so far it (Berdych’s success) is motivating me to do better and to try to reach a better level of tennis,” Safarova said.

Russian No. 5 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also won her second round match, beating Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 7-5.

In women’s first-round matches, Italy’s Roberta Vinci had a 6-2, 7-6 (2) win over American Christina McHale, a late replacement for Fed Cup champion Flavia Pennetta, who withdrew due to sickness.


Ana on a ‘Bali-high’ as she humbles Pavlyuchenkova.

Ana Ivanovic is the first winner at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions 2010, beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0 6-1  “It is hard not to be relaxed here,” said Ana, laughing when asked about her mood entering the final event of the WTA Tour calendar. “The surroundings here are so beautiful, everyone is so laid back and friendly. But at the same time, there are only eight players here, they are all quite highly ranked and it’s a different feeling from a regular tournament. In some ways, it’s more intense. “I’ve practised with a few of the players in the draw, and I’m getting used to the conditions. It’s obviously very hot here, and very humid, so actually I am happy that we play indoors. The court is very fast, so it’s going to be important that I made a good start, and that my timing is there.

The second match of the day was far closer, with one of the tournament’s two wildcards, Kimiko Date Krumm, edging No.1 seed Li Na, 64 36 64. Date Krumm burst out to a 5-1 lead, and although she did win the set 6-4, by then Li had found her range, and the Chinese No.1 took the second set, 6-3, and built a 3-1 lead in the third. But it wasn’t over for the Japanese No.1, who won five of the last six games of the match to steal the victory, closing it out on her fourth match point when Li double faulted serving 4-5, ad-out. “Li is a very tough player, but when I was losing in the third set, I just tried to push myself,” Date Krumm said to the crowd after the match. “I still enjoy myself on the court and am focusing and trying my best every match.” Ivanovic and Date Krumm will play for the first time in the semifinals. “I’ve never played Ana before. She’s tough, and so is everybody here,” Date Krumm added. “Ana won Linz a few weeks ago. I’m just going to continue to try my best.”


‘Surfs Up’ for WTA players in Bali.

The Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions has yet to begin its on-court activities however starting today a few of the players participated in the surfing lessons with Rip Curl as part of the off court activities hosted by the tournament. The lessons were conducted on the beachfront of The Westin Resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Senin (1/11).

The players who took the opportunity to learn a little about surfing were Yanina Wickmayer, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Alisa Kleybanova under the guidance of Jonny Deaker (instructor/owner of Rip Curl Bali). Deaker introduced the sport to the players through a brief introduction of the surf board, followed by a few surfing positions and paddling techniques on the board. He also shared a few tricks on how to balance their bodies whilst on the board, besides informing them on how to handle the surf.

“I understand a lot of people come to Bali especially to surf, and this is a magnificent experience for me” said Wickmayer. Whilst Pavlyuchenkova who during the session slipped of her board into the ocean as she lost balance, admits she had a really fun time. She expressed that she really liked watersports activities on the beach. Kleybanova also said the same and was enthusiastic jumping in the ocean with her board.


Clijsters to play Ivanovic while Pavlyuchenkova waits on either Masha or Bartoli.

Kim Clijsters was a straight- set quarterfinal winner Friday at the $2 million Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open, a hardcourt U.S. Open Series event.

The fourth-seeded former world No. 1 Clijsters, of Belgium, got past 11th- seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

The two-time U.S. Open champion Clijsters’ semifinal opponent on Saturday will be fellow former top-ranked star Ana Ivanovic, who continued her quality stay here with a 6-1, 6-3 handling of Uzbekistanian qualifier Akgul Amanmuradova. The 22-year-old Serbian Ivanovic is a former French Open champ who has appeared in three Grand Slam finals.

Meanwhile, surging Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova dismissed 12th-seeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 on a very hot Day 5 here. The 19-year- old Pavlyuchenkova is coming off a title in Istanbul and has now won her last nine matches on tour.

This week’s champ will take home $350,000.

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