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Entries in Vera Zvonareva (16)

7:45PM

Wimbledon Recap: Day 3

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Just as we were celebrating Victoria Azarenka's return to winning, she loses. Her three set loss to Bojana Jovanovski was a reminder of just how hard top players work day in and day out to get the wins expected of them. Spend a few months off due to an injury and the setbacks are enormous. Vika came off court "pissed off" (her own words) that she'd lost and somewhat impatient to get back to her best.
                        
"I have to be [hard on myself]," Azarenka said. "I have to be realistic. I cannot sit here and say it's all great, because there's no moving forward from there. I'm going to be hard on myself just because I want to be better. ... I want to go back to practice like tomorrow, maybe even today. That's it... Im ready to work."
          
It's a good thing - compare her determined attitude to that of Sloane Stephens complacency and it explains why one of them is a Grand Slam winner and the other is fading out.

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10:40PM

Australian Open Day 1 Roundup

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Venus Williams was in a knock-down, drag-out fight with the #22 seed Ekaterina Makarova (the woman who took out her sis Serena in the 4th round in 2012).  She battled fiercely, but in the end she made one too many errors and was knocked out the Australian Open in 3 sets.  Here is the *slightly* silver lining.......the consensus on her dress (via Twitter) was two thumbs WAY up and we will get to see more of it because she is still in the doubles draw with Serena.

On the flip side, Tomas Berdych started his AO campaign with a fairly easy 3 set win, but even with the win, all people could talk about was his H&M kit. I thought he would be wearing some of his signature gear from his collection but instead we got this: 

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10:23AM

Vera Zvonareva in ESPN's "The Body Issue"

Vera Zvonareva is one of over 20 athletes letting it (mostly) hang out in ESPN's 2011 "The Body Issue."  In the magazine, which is on stands now, she talks about....wait for it.......her body!  Check it out:

Have you ever felt self-conscious about your physique?

No. It wasn't something I ever thought much about. I was always involved in sports, even when I was in school, so I was always quite fit. Really, I don't remember a single day as a kid when I didn't play some kind of sport. Even if I wasn't playing tennis, I was going outdoors to rollerblade with my friends. If I had a day off, I would not think about going to the museum or staying inside.

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10:46AM

Photos: BNP Paribas Open Players Party

Nole, always the Djoker.

Ana looks stunning even with her farmer's tan.

Kim is rocking the mom look.

Vera looks sweet.

Andy doesn't.

Rafa looks very European.

Li Na accessorized her beautiful purple dress with knee tape.

And then there is always the WTF outfits:

Better luck next time girls.

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6:11PM

Weekend Wrap Up: Third Time, Second Time, And Not In A Long Time

 

Ok, first off, my title isn't that great.  I know it, I couldn't think of anything else, I'm moving on...

Third Time:  Novak Djokovic won the Dubai Duty Free Championships in straight sets over Roger Federer, 6-3, 6-3.  He has now won this title for the 3rd time in a row, joining Roger as the only other man to complete the hat trick.  He is 12 - 0 in 2011, and I really think he has a great shot at winning at least another Major this year if he continues this form.

Second Time:  David Ferrer won the Mexican Open for the 2nd year in a row defeating compatriot Nicolas Almagro in 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-2.  This is Ferrer's 2nd ATP title this year.

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Not in a long time:  Vera Zvonareva hadn't won a title in over a year until this weekend when she defeated number 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 at the Qatar Ladie's Open.  This is her 11th WTA title.

 And last but not least...

I can comfortably say that Juan Martin del Potro is officially back.  Today he won his first ATP title since 2009, taking out Janko Tipsaravic at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships 6-4, 6-4.  I'll be honest, I was rooting for Tipsy to win this because it would have been his first ATP title and also because my title would have been better:  First Time, Second Time, Third Time, and Not in a Long Time.   Oh well.  It's good to see Delpo back.  Although he doesn't seem so happy in this picture.

 

6:13PM

Video: Ana Ivanovic, Maria Kirilenko and Vera Zvonareva arrive at Pattaya Open

A little video of Ana Ivanovic, Maria Kirilenko and Vera Zvonareva arrving at the Pattaya Open. Maria and Ana look casually cute, but Vera looked like she was paying tribute to 80's fashion with her faded denim outfit + denim bag.  All she needs are leg warmers and feathered bangs to complete the look.  Enjoy!

2:09PM

The Business End: Women's Semi-Finals

Tonight is the Women's Semi-finals, and I think IF everyone plays their A games, we are going to see some DOOZIES!

The first match is between #1 seed Caroline Wozniacki and #9 seed Li Na (or Na Li, however you want to say it).  Li Na is undefeated in 2011 and when you watch her she looks like she is in the ZONE, and Caroline needs bullshit MTOs (Medical Time Outs) to win against exhausted players.

Winner:  Li Na in 3 (and don't be pullin' a MTO on her Caro, she'll cut a bitch.)

The second match is between the #2 seed Vera Zvonareva and #3 seed Kim Clijsters. This is a rematch of the 2010 US Open Finals where Kim clobbered Vera, but Bepa (Vera)  says she's learned a lot since that match, and she has been looking great here, so I think it is payback time.  

Winner:  Vera in 3 (revenge is so sweet)