Myskina.com - the page dedicated to the wonderful Anastasia Myskina from Russia
Anastasia Myskina, the current Russian number 1, has had a fantastic start to the year, despite her early round loss in Sydney to Elena Bovina, also of Russia, in straight sets. She did not play bad at all in that match but was simply being outplayed by her big-hitting opponent and if the second set had reached a tiebreaker, she may have even won the match. Nonetheless, her form as a top 15 player shone when at the Australian Open, she reached her 1st grand slam quarter-final before losing in two tough sets to Kim Clijsters, 6-2 6-4.
After taking a couple of weeks off to recoup, Myskina now heads for the Qatar Total FinaElf Open, Doha. As the number 2 seed here, she is expected to make the final and her draw certainly suggests this! As she only has quarterfinal points to defend from last year, a solid semi-final or even final appearance will certainly edge her on towards the top 10 and give her a chance to capitalise on lost points.
2nd round possible opponents:
Anastasia could play man people in the QF but it is highly likely she will play the up-and-coming Russian player, Svetlana Kuznetsova. They have not played each other before but the similarity in their style of play with their low, penetrating shots should provide an interesting match up. Dinara Safina is another possibility.
Monica Seles, a finalist in Tokyo two weeks ago and number 1 seed, realistically should make it to the final, although she could be upset by the following players: Conchita Martinez, Magdalena Maleeva, Lina Krasnoroutskaya and Iroda Tulyaganova. Considering she is still recovering from an ankle injury, Seles may indeed fall victim early…
2nd round: Myskina d. Barna 6-2 6-4
QF: Myskina d. Kuznetsova 2-6 6-4 6-4
SF: Myskina d. Tanasugarn 4-6 6-2 6-3
F: Seles d. Myskina 6-4 2-6 6-1
Good Luck and enjoy the tennis Anastasia!
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