Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze of Russia was upset in three sets by compatriot Maria Kirilenko, seeded 27. Both players have Martina Hingis-style of play. They play very smart tennis. There were lots of question marks about Chakvetadze’s physical and psychological preparedness after experiencing a house robbery during the off-season. In the third set, it seemed to me that Anna hardly held back her tears. Her father/coach Djambuli hasn’t even waited for the match to end to leave the stadium. Not a very smart move!
This is the first time Kirilenko has made it to the fourth round of a Grand Slam. She credited her success to her coach Eric Van Harpen. She usually makes headlines for her looks and fashion sense. Maria has been the face of the adidas by Stella McCartney tennis range. According to McCartney her tennis collection “combines performance and style with an element of cheeky femininity.”
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