STUTTGART – Second seed Vera Zvonareva came from behind to beat Russian Fed Cup team-mate Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and book her place in the last eight at Stuttgart’s WTA tournament on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Zvonareva, ranked third in the world, recovered from losing the first set to seal a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Pavlyuchenkova, 19, who was also part of the Russian team that white-washed champions Italy 5-0 in Moscow last weekend. Zvonareva admitted she was not surprised to have
MOSCOW – World number three Vera Zvonareva put Russia into the Fed Cup final by beating Italy’s Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-2 here on Sunday. That gave the Russians an unassailable 3-0 lead over the defending champions having won both the opening singles on Saturday.
“I took account of my mistakes in the first set and improved on them,” Zvonareva said. “I wanted so much to win today in front of our supporters to give our team the deciding point. “I’m happy to win and to put our team
MOSCOW – Vera Zvonareva powered Russia into their first Fed Cup final in three years when she beat Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-2 in the first reverse singles on Sunday to give the home team a 3-0 lead against defending champions Italy.
The world number three broke Vinci in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead before serving out the first set, then secured two more breaks in the second to seal a comfortable victory after 74 minutes.
On Saturday, Zvonareva brushed aside Sara Errani 6-0 6-2
MOSCOW – World number three Vera Zvonareva put Russia 1-0 up against Italy in their Fed Cup semi-final clash here Saturday, beating Sara Errani 6-0, 6-2. The 26-year-old Zvonareva notched her fourth win over Errani in as many meetings, winning in 56 minutes on the hardcourts of Moscow’s Megasport indoor arena.
Last year’s Wimbledon and US Open runner-up looked in complete command from the start breaking her opponent’s serve three times to take the opening set at love in just 25
MOSCOW – World number three Vera Zvonareva spearheads Russia’s squad to play Italy in the Fed Cup semi-final here on April 16-17, Russian captain Shamil Tarpishchev announced Wednesday.
Zvonareva, 26, a double Fed Cup winner, is playing for her country for the first time since appearing in the title-winning team of 2008.
Tarpishchev also named Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is currently 14th in the world, in his squad.
The 25-year-old Kuznetsova, who won three Fed Cups as
DOHA – Vera Zvonareva earned a straight-set win over world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to capture the title at the Qatar Ladies Open. The second-seeded Zvonareva posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory for her first title of 2011 and the 11th of her career. This was the Russian’s first final of the year after semifinal appearances at the Australian Open and Pattaya Open. She was also a third-round loser last week in Dubai.
Wozniacki was also a semifinalist at the Australian Open and won last
SYDNEY – Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva crashed out of the Sydney International on Tuesday, leaving them short of vital match practice ahead of next week’s Australian Open. Denmark’s world number one Wozniacki was knocked out by Slovakia’s 32nd-ranked Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 in one hour 40 minutes and was followed out of the tournament by Russian Zvonareva on a rain-interrupted day. Second-ranked Zvonareva fell to Italian Flavia Pennetta 7-5 7-5, leaving US Open
HONG KONG – Russian tennis ace Vera Zvonareva threw down the gauntlet ahead of the Australian Open with an awe-inspiring demolition of world number one Caroline Wozniacki in Hong Kong on Saturday.
The 26-year-old took just 56 minutes and dropped just one game as she thrashed the Dane 6-1, 6-0 on the back of an equally ruthless straight-sets win over Venus Williams at the exhibition tournament.
HONG KONG – World number two Vera Zvonareva crushed five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in straight sets in Hong Kong Thursday as some of the world’s top women prepared for the year’s first Grand Slam.
Zvonareva’s 6-4, 6-2 victory took Russia into a commanding 2-0 lead over the Americas at Hong Kong’s World Team Challenge and the 26-year-old looked in scintillating form ahead of the Australian Open starting on January 17.
“It’s an exciting moment for me. It’s the