This event didn’t pass unnoticed by the organizers of the Kremlin Cup, who offered Zvonareva a wild card.She reached the second round, losing to the future finalist Anna Kournikova. Two months later Zvonareva won the non-official youth world championship Orange Bowl in Miami.Also, during the last couple of years, Vera has made an impressive and sustained climb in the WTA rankings, positioning herself in the top 20.
“The overwhelming feeling is one of disappointment,” Moore said. Vera is very good and played well in the tough moments. Momentum is hard to carry on when someone is playing so well on the big points. After losing the first set she had won the tie-break to level at 1-1.Then, in April of 2000, she took ITF title in Moscow.She had her first grand victory in October of that same year in Surgut (Russia) – Vera became the champion of Russia after defeating Elena Bovina in the final.There were still sporadic flashes of the old Russian brilliance – the odd ace or flashing cross-court winner.But she became increasingly irritated at her own mistakes, appearing at one stage to challenge Hawk-Eye and then growing frustrated with an aeroplane that growled overhead.