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Nikki_V makes history w/her first full year on the tour.

By Tennis Week
04/14/2005 (sorry if this was already posted)

In her 13-month career, Vaidisova, who celebrates her 16th birthday on April 23rd, has already produced a historic achievement. The 2004 Australian Open junior singles and doubles finalist became the first WTA Tour rookie (at least dating back to 1975, according to WTA records) to capture two tournament titles in her debut season.

Playing in her third WTA Tour tournament of her career last year, the 5-foot-11 teenager played through qualifying rounds to reach the main draw in Vancouver where she beat four of the top five seeds to become the sixth youngest player to win a Tour title at the age of 15 years, 3 months and 23 days. She followed that effort with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Virginie Razzano in the Tashkent Open final last October.

Playing a power-based baseline game that effectively employs the serve-forehand combination once displayed by another hard-hitting Czech — former No. 1 Ivan Lendl — Vaidisova can compete with the fearlessness of youth. She continues to refine her game at the Bollettieri Academy and has been tabbed as a future star, who combines an explosive game with the good looks of a model that has attracted endorsement deals with Reebok and Yonex.

On their respective 16th birthdays, Venus Williams (No. 184), Serena Williams (No. 500), Kim Clijsters (No. 192), Maria Sharapova (No. 152) and Justine Henin-Hardenne (No. 314) had not reached the ranking heights Vaidisova has though to be fair none of those players had played the number of events she has.

Still, Vaidisova's prodigious potential makes her a growing threat as she continues to mature.

"You've got a girl like Nicole Vaidisova who is a threat because she hits the ball flat, takes the ball early and has power," Bollettieri told Tennis Week yesterday. "Nicole is the kind of player even the experienced veterans have got to be careful of because she's young, she's aggressive she's a hard worker and she's a big hitter. And when a big hitter is making their shots they can get even more confident and go for more. If Nicole continues to work hard I believe you're going to see some very good things from this young lady."

2005 IN REVIEW
JANUARY - Reached first QF of year at Hobart, defeating Perebiynis and No.7 seed Safina before suffering loss to No.3 seed Benesova; picked up first Grand Slam singles victory in Australian Open debut by reaching 3r with victories against Vento-Kabchi and Kostanic before falling to top seed Davenport; ranking jumps 13 spots from No.70 to No.57.

FEBRUARY - As No.7 seed at Memphis, reached third career SF by defeating Lee-Waters, Brandi and Jackson before falling to No.3 seed Shaughnessy in a pair of tie-breaks.

MARCH - Reached 3r at Indian Wells by defeating Washington and No.11 seed Sprem before straight sets loss to No.20 seed Pierce; also made it to 3r at Miami with victories against Srebotnik and No.18 seed Jankovic before straight sets loss to fellow teenager Ivanovic.

APRIL - Makes Top 50 debut on April 4 (following Miami) at No.47. Enters Family Circle Cup (Tier 1) and has her first career win over a top ten player, Myskina; also makes it to her first QFs at a Tier 1 event beating Shahar Peer, Myskina, and Shinobu Asagoe before straight sets loss to Patty Schynder.

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By Tennis Week
04/14/2005 (sorry if this was already posted)

In her 13-month career, Vaidisova, who celebrates her 16th birthday on April 23rd, has already produced a historic achievement. The 2004 Australian Open junior singles and doubles finalist became the first WTA Tour rookie (at least dating back to 1975, according to WTA records) to capture two tournament titles in her debut season.

Playing in her third WTA Tour tournament of her career last year, the 5-foot-11 teenager played through qualifying rounds to reach the main draw in Vancouver where she beat four of the top five seeds to become the sixth youngest player to win a Tour title at the age of 15 years, 3 months and 23 days. She followed that effort with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Virginie Razzano in the Tashkent Open final last October.

Playing a power-based baseline game that effectively employs the serve-forehand combination once displayed by another hard-hitting Czech — former No. 1 Ivan Lendl — Vaidisova can compete with the fearlessness of youth. She continues to refine her game at the Bollettieri Academy and has been tabbed as a future star, who combines an explosive game with the good looks of a model that has attracted endorsement deals with Reebok and Yonex.

On their respective 16th birthdays, Venus Williams (No. 184), Serena Williams (No. 500), Kim Clijsters (No. 192), Maria Sharapova (No. 152) and Justine Henin-Hardenne (No. 314) had not reached the ranking heights Vaidisova has though to be fair none of those players had played the number of events she has.

Still, Vaidisova's prodigious potential makes her a growing threat as she continues to mature.

"You've got a girl like Nicole Vaidisova who is a threat because she hits the ball flat, takes the ball early and has power," Bollettieri told Tennis Week yesterday. "Nicole is the kind of player even the experienced veterans have got to be careful of because she's young, she's aggressive she's a hard worker and she's a big hitter. And when a big hitter is making their shots they can get even more confident and go for more. If Nicole continues to work hard I believe you're going to see some very good things from this young lady."

2005 IN REVIEW
JANUARY - Reached first QF of year at Hobart, defeating Perebiynis and No.7 seed Safina before suffering loss to No.3 seed Benesova; picked up first Grand Slam singles victory in Australian Open debut by reaching 3r with victories against Vento-Kabchi and Kostanic before falling to top seed Davenport; ranking jumps 13 spots from No.70 to No.57.

FEBRUARY - As No.7 seed at Memphis, reached third career SF by defeating Lee-Waters, Brandi and Jackson before falling to No.3 seed Shaughnessy in a pair of tie-breaks.

MARCH - Reached 3r at Indian Wells by defeating Washington and No.11 seed Sprem before straight sets loss to No.20 seed Pierce; also made it to 3r at Miami with victories against Srebotnik and No.18 seed Jankovic before straight sets loss to fellow teenager Ivanovic.

APRIL - Makes Top 50 debut on April 4 (following Miami) at No.47. Enters Family Circle Cup (Tier 1) and has her first career win over a top ten player, Myskina; also makes it to her first QFs at a Tier 1 event beating Shahar Peer, Myskina, and Shinobu Asagoe before straight sets loss to Patty Schynder.
Somebody should send a copy of this to Myskina
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On their respective 16th birthdays, Venus Williams (No. 184), Serena Williams (No. 500), Kim Clijsters (No. 192), Maria Sharapova (No. 152) and Justine Henin-Hardenne (No. 314) had not reached the ranking heights Vaidisova has though to be fair none of those players had played the number of events she has.

That's pretty interesting...Serena only 500!!

What was Monica, #2?!


Goodluck for the rest of '05 new Reebok chick Nikki!

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What more I have to say!!! Nicole babe is just great!!!

Cheering for Jelena Dokic to win Australian Open 2010!
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Keep climbing Nikki.


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Somebody should send a copy of this to Myskina
Good idea, they do mention shes got a decent forehand I guess Myskina didnt notice it, perhaps she doesnt pay attention to details how thoughtful of her!
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of course her achievments are amazing but don't forget martina and seles at this age...

now it's a question of if vaidisova can make the next leap and reach QF or more these next grand slams - if so, we have a winner in our hands.

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Looks of a model?

These people need to stop playing.

Good Luck in 2005 to:

Martina Hingis-Welcome Back!

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Honorable Mentions: Dinara Safina, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Lindsay Davenport, Svetlana Kuznetsova. Good Luck Girls!
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On their respective 16th birthdays, Venus Williams (No. 184), Serena Williams (No. 500), Kim Clijsters (No. 192), Maria Sharapova (No. 152) and Justine Henin-Hardenne (No. 314) had not reached the ranking heights Vaidisova has though to be fair none of those players had played the number of events she has.
I'm actually more impressed with her two tournament wins in her debut season than I am with her winning at a young age. The whole thing about winning young is overhyped and often times misleading. Some players come on the scene early and play a lot, whereas others play an extremely limited schedule for the first couple of years on tour. A good example would be comparing Hingis and Serena. Hingis accomplished more at a younger age, but played a lot more tournaments than Serena. If you compare there records in the slams after the same amount of slams played than Serena is more impressive. As for Nikki, it's hard to gage based on her age and current rank where she will end up in two years time, but if I was a betting man I'd definitely put my money on Nikki doing big things- the future is looking pretty damn bright!!!

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Wow! That's amazing! Congrats Nicole!
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Vaidisova is going to be wearing Reebok?
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her birthday is on the same day as daniela
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wat was hingis?
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