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  1. Jacko
    Jacko May 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm |

    Venus was actually heavily favourited for this French Open as she came in on a near 20 match win streak on clay….Sharapova only overtook her in Madrid as the active player with the longest clay winning streak.

    Also, Myskina suffered from serious “back-up successful year pressure” syndrome in 2005, as well as dealing with her mother being very ill, highlighted by losses to Julia Schruff (the quallie who played Dinara here) in Berlin and Maria Sanchez Lorenzo in Paris. Once she got the defending RG off her back she kinda got going again. She made the 2005 quarters at Wimbledon, coming from 1-5 in the third to beat JJ (who would beat Venus at Wimbledon the next year before losing to Myskina again). She also played one of the best finals in Eastbourne history losing to Justine Henin in a final set tiebreak. Unfortunately, she suffered some serious injury in her foot. Seeing as she was a poster girl for counterpunching….it seriously impinged on her playing and after being beaten 1 and 0 by Meghann Shaughnessy in the 2007 RG first round, she never played a WTA level match again.

    And thus concludes WTA history class for this week…

  2. Andy
    Andy May 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm |

    Calling Ivanovic and Kuznetsova random French Open winners is a bit of a stretch. Kuznetsova had already been in a French Open final before, had match points against Henin in ’05 and had a terrific clay season in the lead up to the event by winning Stuttgart (beating Safina) and making the finals in Rome. Ivanovic was the no. 2 player when she won, made the finals the previous year beating the no. 3 & no. 2 players in the world, won Berlin the previous year and made the Australian Open final earlier in the year. So… If anything, they were expected to do well and did so.

  3. Patrick of La Verne
    Patrick of La Verne May 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm |

    Thanks, guys for the look back.

    I remember Dementieva, one of my favorites, just being at a loss to serve the ball in the court in the final against Myskina.

    She did a little better at the US Open later that year, losing to Kuznetsova 6-3, 7-5, and then giving her unforgettable post-match speech,

    “Even that I lost today, it’s a great day as a tennis player, but it’s a day to remember Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 1, 2004; we lost hundreds of children in Russia,” Dementieva said, referring to the siege in Beslan that resulted in hundreds of deaths two days later.

    “I want you guys to do everything possible to stay together and battle terrorism and have a moment of silence one more time.”

    {New York Times, September 13, 2004}

    Even last year, and certainly in former Olympic years, I’ve seen “experts” downplaying the importance of the Olympic Tennis competition, relative to grand slams. But I have little doubt that if someone were ask to Elena Dementieva if she would be willing to trade her gold medal for a win in one of the slams in which she came close (she was a 9-time semifinalist and 2-time finalist) she would say, “Spasibo, but no.”

  4. Max
    Max May 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm |

    Myskina was one of a kind. Her temper/tantrums are legendary.

    The reason why she really had that ugly slump is that her mother got sick like Jacob said and she also choked her SF match away in Athens (Olympics). It killed her.

    She had a decent 2004 summer, making the F in San Diego and the SFs in Montreal.
    Youtube her tiebreak against Zvonareva, just insane.

    Finally, Kurhajcova led Raymond 6-0 5-0 40-15 in the first round but lost the match. PEAK WTA.

  5. Joshua Gibson
    Joshua Gibson June 6, 2013 at 5:35 am |

    Dushevina changed the Romanization of her name in 2005 or ’06, before which is was consistently spelled Douchevina. I think we can all sympathize with her on that one! (and probably realize that someone who wasn’t especially great at idiomatic English came up with the original transliteration.)

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