Anastasia Myskina Tennis FanBlog

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Anastasia Myskina will play in the Toray Pan Pacific Open

Myskina will play in the Toray Pan Pacific Open, and will most likely be the Number 5 seed. It will be a tough tournament for Myskina since many big names are entered, but we know Nastya can beat anyone on any given day. At the least it will be an amazing opportunity for her to get some added match practice and confidence.

Some players that have committed to this tournament are Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva, Nicole Vaidisova, Ana Ivanovic and Martina Hingis among many other big names. Hopefully, Myskina will get an easier draw in the first few rounds that way she can work her way into the tournament. With a loaded draw, Myskina will need to be in top form throughout the tournament.

Latest news:
Myskina recieves a bye in the first round ot the 2006 Toray Pan Pacific Open. Myskina chose not to play this tournament last year, but will still look forward to taking the title home or at least making a good showing. This being only Myskina's second tournament of the year, she still looks to shake off the rustiness of the off season, and would like to forget about the decisive straight set defeat in the Australian Open to Swiss Patty Schnyder. Myskina's draw definetely worked out in her favor, she can definetely get to the final where she would likely meet the Number 1 seed Sharapova or comeback queen Martina Hingis. But that's a long way ahead and we must start with round 2.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Anastasia Myskina at the Australian Open

Nastya lost the fourth round again to Patty Schnyder 2-6, 1-6. Surprising results as Nastya played well in her previous rounds. Schnyder was not is amazing form but Nastya surely took a great part in building up Swiss' confidence.

Nastya seemed to lost her game again completely. This match was similar to the fourth round last year in Australian Open when she lost to Natalie Dechy in horrible style. In that match, she was completely afraid to hit the forehand, today is was opposite - Nastya's backhand was not working at all.

Schnyder simply used Nastya's bad game and showed a couple of good shots herself. She was using Anastasia's errors by playing her on backhand for the most time of the match.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Anastasia Myskina Profile and Biography


Russian Federation
Residence: Moscow, Russia
Birthdate: July 8, 1981
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'8 1/2 (1.74 m)
Weight: 130 1/2 lbs. (59 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro
Racquet: Head Liquid Metal Instinct
Wears Clothing By: Nike


Myskina turned professional in 1998, the year in which she broke into the WTA top 500. The very next year, she entered the top 100 and went on to end 2002 in the top 20 and 2003 in the top 10. Myskina has won 10 WTA tour singles titles in her career. In 2004 she won the French Open, her first grand slam. She routed fellow Russian Elena Dementieva 6-2, 6-1 in the final to become the first Russian woman to win a grand slam singles event. She led the Russian team to its first Fed Cup title in a dramatic final against France in the same year.

Myskina, who has won over 4 million in career prize money, reached a career high as the World No. 2 on September 13, 2004. This position is the highest of any female Russian tennis player in history at the time (in August 2005 Maria Sharapova would become the first ever Russian World No. 1). Myskina finished the 2004 season as world's #3 and was named the 2004 ITF world champion.

In August 2004, she filed an 8 million USD lawsuit against the men's magazine GQ for allowing her topless photographs to appear in a Russian magazine Medved without her consent. But in July 2005, a judge ruled that she could not prevent the photographer from distributing the photos because she had signed a release. Myskina had claimed that she did not understand the photo release form and that she was not fluent in English at the time.

On June 19, 2005 U.S District Judge Michael Mukasey ruled that Anastasia Myskina can't stop the distribution of her topless photos taken in 2002. A then 20 year old Myskina said she allowed the photographer to take personal photos which were never to be released. By losing her opening match at the French Open 2005 against Maria Sanchez Lorenzo (4-6, 6-4, 0-6), she became the first woman in the history
of the event to lose as a defending champion in the first round.

It soon transpired that the reason for Myskina's relatively poor 2005 results was her mother was suffering from cancer in Moscow while Myskina was travelling on the WTA Tour. Myskina won her 300th career match against Jelena Jankovic en route to her first Wimbledon quarterfinal, which included stunning victories over
Jankovic in three tough sets, as well as her compatriot and friend Elena Dementieva. Myskina lost to Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals, halting an unexpectedly successful run, indicating she was now once again on the rise.

Following her quarterfinal rebound at Wimbledon after a devastating first half of the season, Myskina beat the reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets, 5-7 6-4 6-2. The win gave Russia the first point in the Fed Cup semifinal match against the USA. Myskina followed with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over World #60 Jill Craybas to give Russia its first victory over the USA in Fed Cup that proppeled the reigning champions, Russia, to the final against France.

Myskina reaches her first Tour final in 2005 at the Nordic Light Open in Stockholm, losing to World #62 Katarina Srebotnik 7-5 6-2 due to numerous forehand errors and sloppy serving. Myskina improves her 2005 Singles Win-Loss record to 19-13.Myskina lost in the third round at the US Open to Elena Likhovtseva 6-0 3-6 6-7 after having five matchponts and winning 103 total points to Likhovtseva 93.

Looking to rebound from a disappointing US Open, Myskina goes into the 2005 Fed Cup finals against France as the #2 of the Russian team (behind Elena Dementieva). She loses both of her singles matches in the finals, including a match vs. Mary Pierce, in which she leads 6-4, 4-1. Fortunately for Myskina and Russia, Elena
Dementieva was the hero of the finals this year, winning 3 out of 3 rubbers in the final against France, giving Russia the title. Myskina recovered nicely, sweeping Kolkata by winning doubles and singles. The wins gave Myskina her first titles of the year. Myskina reaches the quarterfinals in Filderstadt, losing to Lindsay
Davenport for the second straight year. Pairing with Daniela Hantuchov√° she won her second doubles title of the year.

Beginning her 2006 campaign in Melbourne for the Australian Open, Myskina put a shaky second round victory over Jamea Jackson behind her to make the 4th round as the 12th seed. After early losses in the doubles and mixed doubles, Myskina was eliminated by 7th seed Patty Schnyder, putting in an error-strewn performance. Her next stop is Tokyo.

- source: wykpedia


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