Zvonareva is Brilliant

DUBAI — World number 14 Vera Zvonareva was in brilliant form on Tuesday as she won her second round match at the Dubai Tennis Championships in just 45 minutes.

Published: Thu 18 Feb 2010, 12:29 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:53 AM

Her 6-0 6-0 victory over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens came on a day when other seeded players had to fight hard to win their matches.

Fresh from her victory at the Pattaya Open in Thailand, the Russian gave a master-class in tennis as she booked her place in the third round.

Incredibly, she played well on Tuesday even after a tough three-setter against compatriot Elena Vesnina on Monday night. She spoke to the media after her match.

Q: Are you trying to be known as super woman? A: Why do you say that (laughing)?

Q Is it five matches in five days or six matches in six days? A Yeah. Actually, I don’t know. Maybe I played four in a row there, and I had one day off after my first singles.

Q And today, 45 minutes? A Yeah, I didn’t — you never expect matches like this, you know. I was getting ready for a tough match. And actually it was tough, but I was just very consistent today, and I didn’t really give her chances to get in the match. I’m very pleased with that.

Q How did you get through yesterday’s match? A You know, I was just trying to concentrate. I started off well, then I think my energy level dropped a little bit. It was difficult. But I just kept pushing myself. I never gave up.

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