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That one Russian-Israel Fed Cup match may have produced the next duo to dominate womens’ tennis.

Posted by tennisplanet on February 8, 2008

Russia's Anna Chakvetadze reacts to a point against Israeli team player Tzipi Obziler during their Fed Cup World Group tennis match, 03 Febuary 2008 at the Canada stadium in Ramat Hasharon, north of Tel Aviv. Chakvetadze defeated Obziler 6-4, 6-2 to ensure her country gets another chance at winning the Fed Cup title. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)  

For freaks just dragging their sorry carcasses from under that rock, Israeli spectators booed and behaved like soccer fans against Chakvetadze. Chakvetadze responded with some of her best tennis, and let out some serious steam from her system.

These are the kind of moments and matches, which could turn a career, specially when you were tied and gagged in your own home just a few weeks ago. Chakvetadze, may not be the most dominating figure on the tour physically, but neither is Justine.

Russia's Anna Chakvetadze celebrates a point against Israel's Tzipi Obziler during their 2008 Fed Cup World Group 1st round tennis match in Ramat Hasharon near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008. Chakvetadze won 6-4, 6-2.  

This outburst may result in her rededicating to the sport, at a level that produces a star. It must have felt good to have that out of your system, and to do it so publicly, is uncharacteristic of her. But that’s what happens sometimes, when trouble dons the cloak of a blessing. There are numerous examples of this ‘normal’ occurrence across the world, in virtually every facet of life.

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates the victory of teammate Anna Chakvetadze over Israel's Tzipi Obziler at the end of the 2008 Fed Cup World Group 1st Round tennis match in Ramat Hasharon near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008. Chakvetadze won 6-4, 6-2.  

Additionally the camaraderie it generated among the Russian players benefited every one on the team. But the biggest recipients of that fruit were Chakvetadze and Sharapova, for totally different reasons.

Russia's Maria Sharapova (R) supports her teammate Anna Chakvetadze during her Fed Cup World Group tennis match against Israel’s Tzipi Obziler, 03 Febuary 2008 at the Canada stadium in Ramat Hasharon, north of Tel Aviv. Chakvetadze defeated Obziler 6-4, 6-2 to ensure her country gets another chance at winning the Fed Cup title. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images) 

Sharapova’s AO win clearly helped the flow of many juices from the jealous gland, and added to the already burning dislike for her among her teammates. But this may have helped to turn the tide, far enough that she may now have landed on the acceptable box, if not the favorite land. That’s huge if you are barely 20. It gives you a mental edge far beyond any hours spent in perfecting the first serve.

It’s not easy to step on the court and play your best tennis, unless you are John McEnroe, if you know you are not liked by the crowd in the stands and in the locker room. It’s like another opponent across the court. But this must have been a heavy load off her shoulders, and it is bound to reflect on the court.

Chaks, has her own reasons for coming ahead after that incident. Her AO performance had more to do with her robbery than any of her forehand and backhand errors. But this support from her teammates along with a highly physical and public release of pent up anger and hostility, is destined to provide her rich dividends on the tour.

Look for these two to step up their effort and their ranking for the rest of the season.

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One Response to “That one Russian-Israel Fed Cup match may have produced the next duo to dominate womens’ tennis.”

  1. me!! said

    GO ANNA AND MARIA!

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