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She is back! Zvonareva, 38, stormed the base of the US Open without dropping a set

Date: April 17, 2024 Time: 08:48:55

She is back! Zvonareva, 38, stormed the base of the US Open without dropping a set

Kirill Veyovich August 26, 2023, 22:45 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

The 2010 tournament finalist topped the slam rankings for the first time in two years.

Vera Zvonareva, former second racket in the world, Wimbledon and US Open finalist – 2010, overcoming the resistance of her rivals and bad weather, reached the decisive round of qualifying for the current US Major draw. The experienced Russian fought for a place in the base with Moyuka Uchizhima, 16 years her junior, and won 7:5, 6:3. We will tell you what is happening lately in the life of a 38-year-old native of Moscow.

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Vera Zvonareva has been on the WTA Tour for more than 20 years. She was the second racket in the world, won 12 singles titles, reached the final of the 2008 WTA Final Championship, Wimbledon and the 2010 US Open, won the 2008 Olympic Games bronze in Beijing. In doubles, the Russian won the Australian Open and the US Open twice, in mixed doubles she excelled at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Zvonareva’s latest doubles successes are invariably achieved with the representative of Germany, Laura Siegemund. Together they won the 2020 US Open, then Lyon and Miami 2022, and finally excelled at Washington 2023. However, the start of the tournament proved difficult for the Russian-German duo. Vera and Laura took the first two meetings only in three sets. However, it is worth adding that in the quarterfinals, the eminent tandem faced top seeds Nicole Melikar and Ellen Pérez. In the semifinals, Zvonareva and Siegemund were already in good shape. In 65 minutes they defeated the famous Ukrainian pair of Kichenok sisters. And in the final match the girls beat the duo Alex Guarachi (Chile) / Monica Niculescu (Romania) 6:4, 6:4. This is the 13th doubles title of Vera’s career.

After the match was over, the assembled spectators saluted the victors standing up. He expressed respect and opponentki.

“Simply you are the best!” said Monica Niculescu at the award ceremony.

He thanked Vera for the great game and Siegemund. On social media he posted a moving post.

“Very proud of our progress with Vera this week. I look forward to continuing our joint performances. We had a great time on and off the pitch,” wrote Laura.

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Scandal in Warsaw and Prague

The 38-year-old Muscovite was to replenish her trophy collection this season at a competition in Warsaw. But after the Polish Minister of Sports Kamil Bortnichuk said that he would boycott the matches of the world’s first racket Igi Swiatek, if he had to play against Russians or Belarusians, some kind of continuation of the story could be expected. . The premonition did not deceive. The famous national athlete was simply not allowed into Poland! The reason simply stunned the public.

According to the Polish Ministry of the Interior, our illustrious tennis player is nothing less than a threat to the state security of this country! “On July 21, border guards prevented a Russian tennis player from entering Poland. Vera Zvonareva attempted to enter the country on a French-issued visa on a flight from Belgrade to Warsaw. The Russian woman, who is on the list of persons whose stay on the territory of Poland is undesirable, was not authorized by the border service for reasons of state security and protection of public order,” the press service of the Ministry of the Interior reported. Polish interior. Affairs said in a statement.

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After the Russian woman was not allowed to enter the Eastern European country, she flew to Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro.

The former second racket in the world in singles was unable to play in the Prague tournament, which was held from July 31 to August 5. The organizers of the Czech tournament have contacted the participants with Russian and Belarusian passports and asked them not to travel to the country after a national tennis player was ordered to leave the country during a check at the airport. The name of the athlete was never finally revealed.

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Impressive breakthrough at the US Open

Before the start of the US Open 2023 qualifiers, few believed in Zvonareva, to put it mildly, because this season she has not been able to win a single singles match in the main draws of the WTA tournaments. The eminent Russian also had no luck at big tournaments. However, the US Open, beloved by the athlete, changed everything. In the first round, the experienced Muscovite hung up the “shuttle” of the Australian Forlis, beating her 6:3, 6:0. Then, in a difficult duel, Vera broke the resistance of the Greek Papamihail (7:5, 7:5). For the right to play in the final of the US Open, Zvonareva defeated the representative of Japan Uchijima (7-5, 6-3).

Who is waiting for Vera next? This will only show the distribution of the qualifiers and the lucky losers on the competition grid. Fans on social media already want Caroline Wozniacki to go to Zvonareva at the start of the American Slam. Fans are looking forward to a possible 2010 US Open semifinal rematch.

The experienced Russian has already done a lot: for the first time since 2021 she got into the main team of TBSh. Will Zvonareva tell another beautiful story? It only remains to believe. But it will be surprising if it happens. After all, the former second racket in the world will turn 39 in a few weeks!

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Puck Henry
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