ZhenyaSupporters' Blog

Genova, Italy

After an early exit from the US Open, Zhenya is back in Europe, and will be playing in the Genova challenger this week. He is the #3 seed.

He will be playing the italian S.GALVANI in the first round.

The complete draw is available : here

He will also compete in doubles, associated with L.OUAHAB (ALG).

The doubles draw is available : here

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Evgeny and L.OUAHAB lost to A.SIDORENKO (FRA) / D.SITAK (RUS) 7/6 3/6 11/9

He will play his single first round match tomorrow (wednesday), second match on center court.

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[3]E.KOROLEV (RUS) def S.GALVANI (ITA) 1/6 6/1 6/4

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Zhenya had a really bad start, but managed to win the second sed comfortably, he then struggled a little in the third, but stayed solid saving break points, and finally breaking his opponent towards the end to win the match.

Next round he will face I.DODIG (CRO).

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[3]E.KOROLEV (RUS) def I.DODIG (CRO) 3/6 6/1 7/6(6)

Tomorrow (friday) he will play C.BERLOCQ (ARG) second match on center court.

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C.BERLOCQ (ARG) def [3]E.KOROLEV (RUS) 6/1 7/6(3)

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September 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

US Open (NYC), USA

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And here comes the last Grand Slam Tournament of the season.

And just like last year, in preparation Evgeny only played one match (in New Heaven) on the North American courts. Let’s hope he’s ready to battle in the big apple !

Apparently on Wednesday, he will be opposed to A.BECK (GER) to try to win a spot in the second round where he could face the one who defeated him in this same tournament last year, frenchman Gaël Monfils.

The complete draw is available : here

Zhenya is also lined up to play doubles associated to countrymate I.ANDREEV.

The doubles draw is available : here

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A.BECK (GER) def E.KOROLEV (RUS) 6/3 6/3 2/6 2/6 6/4

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Apparently Zhenya and Igor withdrew from the doubles’ draw, it’s then the end of the USO for him this year.

He’ll head back to Europe during the week.

August 31, 2009 Posted by | Grand Slam Tournaments, Hard Court Season | Leave a comment

News

As some of you may have noticed, there has been a little change in the Sponsors section of the blog, the Prince logo is gone.

Well, Zhenya is actually in the process of switching to a new raquet brand. He is currently playing with a Head Prestige, but nothing is definite yet, he’s still considering all of his options.

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For those of you who wondered what he’s been up to while most of the top 100 has already headed to North America, Zhenya played today his last Bundesliga matches with the RochusClub Düsseldorf. He will join in the US season next week.

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Don’t forget ZhenyaSupporters is also on twitter now : follow us ! 😉

August 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Segovia, Spain

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This week Zhenya has taken part in the Segovia Challenger, where he was the #2 seed.

He was opposed to M.FISHER (AUT) for his first round match, which he won 6/4 2/6 7/6(5).

He then had to face the spaniard, and WC owner, R.BAUTISTA-AGUT to whom he lost 7/6(4) 6/3.

You can find the main draw : here

August 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hamburg, Germany

After playing some Bundesliga matches last sunday in Amberg, Zhenya will be back on the ATP Tour in the Hamburg qualifications.

He is seed #4 of the qualies’ draw, and will face tomorrow, saturday, J.REISTER (GER) in his first match.

The draw is available : here

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[4]E.KOROLEV (RUS) def J.REISTER (GER) 6/3 7/6(6)

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*picture, courtesy of Truc

His next opponent will be [12]S.KOUBEK (AUT).

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[4]E.KOROLEV (RUS) def [12]S.KOUBEK (AUT) 6/2 6/2

Zhenya ousted the #12 seed of qualifications in just an hour, in a pretty solid match. He therefore booked his ticket for the main draw, where he will be opposed to another qualifier, the spaniard P.RIBA.

The complete main draw is available : here

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[Q]P.RIBA (ESP) def [Q]E.KOROLEV (RUS) 7/6(3) 6/2

After losing a chaotic (three rain delays) and tight first set, Zhenya made a good start in the second set leading 2/0 with the possibility of breaking Riba again. But after a few missed occasions Riba came back and took the lead scoring 3 games in a row… then 4, then 5, then the match got wrapped up by the spaniard.

With only 36% of points won on his first serve in the second set, we can safely state that Zhenya’s game was missing today.

July 18, 2009 Posted by | Hard Court Season | Leave a comment

Wimbledon, England

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It’s finally here, the most prestigious of all tennis tournaments starts on Monday.

And Evgeny is scheduled to play on the first day, he will be opposed to contrymate and #29 seed I.ANDREEV.

The complete draw is available : here

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[29]I.ANDREEV (RUS) def E.KOROLEV (RUS) 4/6 7/6(2) 6/4 7/6(4)

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*picture, courtesy of rrfnpump

Full review coming soon…

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Evgeny also plays doubles, associated with his first round opponent I.ANDREEV (RUS).

The draw is available : here

Yesterday thay won their first round match against Y-H.Lu (TPE)/B.Phau (GER) 7/5 7/5 7/5

They will next be opposed to #9 seeds W.Moodie (RSA) and D.Norman (BEL).

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Grand Slam Tournaments | Leave a comment

Eastbourne, England

This week, Evgeny plays in  Eastbourne aka the AEGON International, formerly held in Nottingham.

He was originally supposed to go through the qualies, but got directly into the main draw after 4 players pulled out.

The draw is available : here

In the first round he will be opposed to #8 seed, G.GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP).

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[8]G.GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP) def E.KOROLEV (RUS) 6/2 (3)6/7 6/2

June 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

London, England

This week, Evgeny will start the grass season by playing at the Queen’s Club, in the AEGON Championship, formerly known as the Stella Artois Championship.

The draw is available : here

Zhenya will face M.LLODRA (FRA) in the first round.

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M.LLODRA (FRA) def E.KOROLEV (RUS) 6/3 6/4

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Zhenya was off to a very bad start in this match, being quickly led 5/1, but he stayed on track and came back from one break. At 5/3, he put pressure on Llodra but it wasn’t enough and he lost the first set 6/3.

The second set was really tight but Evgeny got broken at 4/4, and despite saving one match point, he finally lost the match 6/3 6/4.

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Roland Garros – French Open 2009

As some of you may already know, Evgeny had to retire from his last match (with his double partner D.Tursunov) in the ARAG World Team Cup on Friday.

The reason given was an ankle injury, although no details have spread yet about the seriousness of the injury.

However, Zhenya is still lined up in the French Open main draw (both in single and double with countrymate I.ANDREEV), his first round match against D.GIMENO-TRAVER (ESP) is supposed to take place on Tuesday. But the doubt about Evgeny’s participation kinda remains since he’s been nowhere to be seen on location yet.

More informations about it coming as soon as possible…

Update : Here is a video link where you can watch (fast forward to 2:50) the moment Zhenya twisted his ankle.

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As mentioned above Evgeny will be opposed to D.GIMENO-TRAVER (ESP) in his first round match.

The complete main draw is available : here

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D.GIMENO-TRAVER (ESP) def E.KOROLEV (RUS) 6/4 ret.

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* picture : courtesy of rrfnpump

After a good pratice session this morning, during which Evgeny was testing his ankle, he got comforted in his decision to take his chances, and play this first round.

Despite the rain delay, the match started in the afternoon. Zhenya started pretty well, he even had a few break points he wasn’t able to convert – let’s give credit where it’s due, Gimeno-Traver is a strong server-.

The first set was tight, Evgeny’s level was good but he quickly seemed bothered by his left ankle. After the spaniard broke him, he called for medical time, but the doc’ told him there was not much he could do. Zhenya was led 5/4, he got back into the game, lost the first set 6/4, and retired.

It was very brave of him to go out there and try, and even though it’s sad he couldn’t perform at his best in this French Open, it is without a doubt the wisest decision to take a little time off and rest this ankle.

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He’s gonna give it another try !

Tomorrow Evgeny will play the first round of the double draw, associated with I.ANDREEV (RUS). They will face J.BRUNSTROM (SWE)/JJ.ROJER (AHO).

The complete double draw is available : here

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J.BRUNSTROM (SWE)/JJ.ROJER (AHO) def I.ANDREEV (RUS)/E.KOROLEV (RUS) 6/1 6/1

It took only 40 minutes to the doubles specialists to defeat the Russian pair.

An exhausted Igor (who just played a 4 hours match in the single draw) and a disminished Zhenya, still suffering from his ankle, were obviously not enough to upset the well oiled machine that is the pair Brunstrom/Rojer.

May 24, 2009 Posted by | Grand Slam Tournaments | 1 Comment

COMING SOON…

> Madrid and Dusseldorf’s summaries <

May 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment