Vajda Takes A Breather

By Jeff Taylor

It's not often that EuroLeague Women all-stars get a chance to sit back and relax.

When the club season finishes, the international season begins and everyone wants them to play for their countries.

The players normally go from club mode to international mode.

Norbert Székely
Norbert Székely and Hungary will miss Vajda this summer in EuroBasket Women 2011 qualifying.
It's just the way things are done.

Anna Vajda of Hungary decided this summer, however, she had to stop and take a deep breath.

She dreaded telling Hungary coach Norbert Székely.

"It was really a hard decision, and took me forever to decide what's for the best," Vajda said to Basketball World News.

"Of course, if I listen to my heart, I go for sure.

"But now, I felt I really need some rest during the summer."

She will be missed as Hungary try to qualify for the EuroBasket Women 2011 in Poland.

They will face Finland, Bulgaria, Turkey and Montenegro in Division A, Group C, this summer.

Vajda scored a lot of points and grabbed a lot of rebounds for MiZo Pecs this season.

In 12 EuroLeague Women games, she averaged 29.4 minutes.

Vajda was a lynchpin in the side, averaging 14.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

To have that kind of statistical output, a player has to throw her body about.

Vajda picked up various knocks during the domestic and European campaigns.

"I had a lot of injuries," she said, "but fortunately I didn't miss too many games."

She was rewarded for the effort, and not just by playing for Europe at the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game in Poland.

The 25-year-old more importantly celebrated team success, with Pecs winning the Hungarian Cup and the Hungarian league championship.

"I can't even describe how I felt after the Hungarian Cup, and winning the championship," she said. "It was amazing."

Vajda won't be there to defend the titles next year.

She has also decided it's time to try something new.

Vajda is leaving Pecs to play for her former coach at the club, and with Hungary, new Fenerbahce boss Laszlo Ratgeber.

Fener have also brought in Diana Taurasi, Saziye Ivegin and Ivana Matovic, and already had Penny Taylor and a host of Turkish internationals.

They may be the team to beat in Europe this season.

It's a big and exciting change for Vajda, especially in her day-to-day living in Istanbul.

"I want to try myself out of Hungary," she said.

"It's a big challenge for me.

"And I hope I will love it, and hopefully my new team, also."


25.01.2011 - EuroLeague Women
05.07.2010 - By Jeff Taylor

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