Betting Going On Ova/In Here
Okay, all bets are on for you to pick - who you think or feel, will be the winner of, The Pacific Life Open WTA final match up, that is scheduled to be played, between Martina H. & Daniela H, on 3/16/02.
Martina = Player A
Daniela = Player B
Please place your bets here. Your knowledge of women's tennis, and how and why you came up w/your deductions are on the line. There will be no point spreads, in other words - no need to declare - how many sets it will take for your pick to win - and/or what the final score will be. Just pick player A or B.
In other words - if you've got tennis knowledge moxie - then just place a straight out bet - on which you think will win. This thread is for people that are willing to put their tennis awareness, knowledge and savvy ness on the line. Reasons for your pick are not required, since, most people have already explained how and why, they came up w/their deductions, declarations and picks - on another thread.
There will be no turning back now - for your picks will be duly noted and recorded. No ifs, buts, how’s, whys and why nots, and for sures - required.
There will be but one small cost to any poster/picker that loses their bet.
The payoff cost for losing bet, will be:
Said poster that lost bet - will have to call out a poster's name, that they have had problems w/in the past or present, a poster that the loser doesn't like or gets along with, a poster that said loser, never felt they would interact with or a poster that always seems to rub said loser the wrong way, because of how they praise their fave, or for any other reason, etc..... If I lose - I will say something nice to someone that I have never interacted with, for instance.
Said loser, will have to say something genuinely nice to the poster, whose name, said loser chooses. Said loser, will have to say something nice about the poster or something nice about, the poster's fave or faves.
I will, or someone else, can Talley up all losers and winners – in order to track, who picked who, and what losers will have to pay up. Said loser has to say something nice to a certain poster – and not a entire group of posters. I.e., all Martina fans, for example.
Hopefully, this will all be done in fun, and done to show that not all posters are intolerant of each other.
All bets must be in thirty minutes before the start of the match. Danke.
My bet = Player B.
EDIT: Forgot to post accompaning article: Perusal may affect your final bet.
Hantuchova beats Gagliardi to reach first title match
Born: April 4, 1983
Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia
Weight: 123 pounds
Career earnings: $317,000
Of note: She speaks three languages, Slovak, English and German.
By Patti Myers
The Desert Sun
March 15th, 2002
INDIAN WELLS -- The Daniela Hantuchova train keeps rolling.
Her quick ride to recognition began at the Australian Open in January, when she lost to Venus Williams in three sets. That was her breakthrough match.
Now Hantuchova finds herself in the biggest match of her career -- the final of the Pacific Life Open. She reached the championship match with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 victory against Sweden’s Emmanuelle Gagliardi on Thursday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Hantuchova will play Martina Hingis in the final. Hingis beat Monica Seles in straight sets Thursday night.
It’s been quite a ride for Hantuchova, an 18-year-old Slovakian who will be making her first appearance in a championship match. It may be unfamiliar territory, but it’s a place Hantuchova said she belongs.
"I can’t ask for more,’’ said Hantuchova, who began the year ranked 38th but will crack the top 20 after this tournament. "It’s so exciting for me, to be first time in the final and playing one of the best players in the world, in a major tournament like this. I’m enjoying every minute.’’
What a ride it’s been.
The 18th seed drew a first-round bye, then beat Tatiana Poutcheck (ranked 81st) in her first match, 6-2, 6-2. Hantuchova took No. 16 Barbara Schett to three sets, but pulled out a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 victory. In the fourth round, she disposed of Wimbledon finalist and third seed Justine Henin, 6-2, 6-2 before her quarterfinal victory against 21st-ranked Lisa Raymond, 6-4, 6-2.
Hantuchova said she realized she had a chance to get to the final after beating those higher-ranked players. She also says it doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the court.
"I’m just concentrating on my game,’’ she said. "She (Lisa Raymond) got much more experience than me. But I knew I had a big chance after beating Justine (Henin). So, I was focusing on every single point.’’
Hantuchova didn’t change her tactics against Gagliardi. She covered the court well and held serve to gain a 5-4 lead in the third set. Then she broke Gagliardi to win the match. During the second set, Hantuchova stayed steady and overwhelmed Gagliardi with her baseline game.
Although she said she was not hitting the ball as well Thursday as she was in previous matches, she grabbed momentum in the second set with a 6-0 victory.
"I put her under more pressure,’’ Hantuchova said of 70th-ranked Gagliardi. "I was a little nervous at the beginning. There was a little bit of pressure because I knew I have a big chance to win this match today, and I was playing a player that is ranked much lower than me."
Hantuchova was not overconfident, either.
"Even though I’m playing really good this week, every match is different,’’ Hantuchova said. "Especially first time semifinal in a major. For me, it was very tough, especially mentally. But I’m very glad I got through that match.’’
Gagliardi said the match turned the second set, when Hantuchova got the 6-0 victory, but she added that Hantuchova seemed to gain more confidence in the third set.
"I think I give her the confidence to make two winning shots on my serve,’’ Gagliardi said. "From love-30, it was still a fight, but she just got a bit more confident."
Last edited by GogoGirl; Mar 15th, 2002 at 07:00 PM.