Totally loving your posts this week, Steve - you're spoiling us!
Posted by Tennis Fan
03/19/2009 at 08:23 PM
Posted by C Note
03/19/2009 at 08:46 PM
I'm here at IW and she's absolutely charmed me and my friends. Reminds me a bit of Ana Ivanovic in her personality and demeanor. It's nice to see someone appreciate the newness of it all and still have that unguarded nature.
Unlike some people at this tournament *cough*Vika*cough.
Posted by imjimmy
03/19/2009 at 08:57 PM
Thanks Steve. You're daily thoughts at IW are wonderful! You're really spoiling all of us. We'll except this every time!
Did you watch Nadal vs Nalbandian? Any thoughts on that match?
Posted by Syd
03/19/2009 at 09:09 PM
A superb piece of spots writing. I didn't skim, I actually read every word. That might not mean anything to you, to me, it means you are one heck of a writer.
Posted by Syd
03/19/2009 at 09:11 PM
ahem, and I'm not much of a typist. *massive typos amnesty*
Posted by Master Ace
03/19/2009 at 09:19 PM
If Anastasia plays relaxed tomorrow, Ana can be in a lot of trouble as Ana will have all the pressure on her.
Posted by avid sports fan aka "Sigh-Rena" *fan of ugly-tennis and ball-bashing overachievers ;-)*
03/19/2009 at 09:26 PM
Steve - Very nice piece on Anastasia. What still impresses me most is the quick turnaround after her first performances of the year. And what annoys me most is that many of us missed all her matches. Thanks to WTA "less than below average" coverage.
Posted by sonya
03/19/2009 at 10:05 PM
Steve, another gem! Avid, I missed you, do you like how Rafa has been spoiling us with the blow-outs *winks* :). When I think all the great matches that we missed out with WTA, sigh, such a shame. Is there any confirmation that at least the finals will be televised? Larry Scott and his team seriously messed up here.
Posted by Tennis Fan
03/19/2009 at 10:25 PM
Rugby practice, blue hair and Roller-tennis? - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
You mention empty seats in Indian Wells, I see it and I see plenty of it every day on TV. Well blame our boys and girls that are willing to make the millions, but that will not show their teeth, at that is what people goes to see on any sport, the fight!
"This lack of excitement has by and large started with Pete Sampras and was followed in the last 4 years by a great tennis player, Roger Federer, who is more worried if the collar on his shirt is straight or if his hair is in place or if sweat has messed up his shirt, or yet gets his feathers all ruffled because someone challenges him, then about the fight or the SHOW!" http://tenniscruz.com/content/view/364/90/
Posted by Markic
03/20/2009 at 06:51 AM
Thanks for the very insightful article Steve! I've been wanting to find out more about her for a while. Watching her against Radwanska yesterday, she reminded me a lot of Capriati. She's gonna give Ivanovic Problems, especially if she can turn the match into a backhand duel. That said, her backhand down the line's gonna be useful too, as AI leaves a bit of room down the forehand side...
Posted by zolarafa
03/20/2009 at 10:11 AM
I honestly think none of you TW guys (except Andrew) watched Rafa-Nalby match. It was over 3 hours with ups and downs. 5 match points saved and one player came back from the brink. lots of good tennis and lots of drama. Yet, two days passed and no comment or analysis here (or on ESPN website). The fans write and ask but no reply!
Isn't it sort of injustice to the world No 1. Not only a very important match started at 11 pm and only about 1000 were able to watch it, it ended so late that even the journalists missed it and do not even bother writing about it. I hope you can at least let the organizers know how the fans feel.
Posted by luxsword
03/20/2009 at 01:30 PM
Good read. Nice way to know more about the young upcoming players. :)
Butterfly is papillon, btw (only one i). ;-)
Posted by Bill
03/20/2009 at 02:31 PM
"That's as far as we got today, but there'll be plenty of time to find out more about Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. For now, she's a fresh face and an unspoiled personality. As much as exciting matches or great rivalries, these are the things that keep tennis exciting."
Excellent synopsis. Thanks for sharing the story of a young woman who would otherwise be yet another slavic player with an unpronouncable last name to me.
Posted by Sher
03/20/2009 at 06:46 PM
so call her Cio-cio-san and be done with it :)
Posted by JillfromNY
03/20/2009 at 08:49 PM
I luv her name. And I hope she forces the American journalists to learn how to write and say it.