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the INCREDIBLE 2007 run of Jelena Pandzic on USTA circuit

starting in May this year with ZERO wta ranking, Pandzic has a 64-8 record on the USTA circut, has passed qualifying at 7 consecative 50000 chalenger events, and won the title 4 consecative 10000 events. And most of the matches she has won, by delivering a thrashing to the opponent. A really increidble record. Also Pandzic is not a young player, she is 24. Maybe she was playing for a US university team before, anyone knows? But ususally the players from these USA university teams suck when they try to join the tour, so its a big mystery.
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she played for Fresno Sate until 2007...reached NCAA final in 03 and lost to Liu in 3s....very sweet girl and has game to be in top 100...

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she played for Fresno Sate until 2007...reached NCAA final in 03 and lost to Liu in 3s....very sweet girl and has game to be in top 100...

Jelena got her revenge then because she recently defeated Liu in one of the challengers.
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she played for Fresno Sate until 2007...reached NCAA final in 03 and lost to Liu in 3s....very sweet girl and has game to be in top 100...
Actually she started at Fresno State but then switched to the NAIA the past two years at Fresno Pacific. Not sure why she made that switch.

I have a friend that played her this past season during the Spring in a dual college match and my friend got thrashed by Jelena in no time. My friend said she felt like a fly trying to fight off a spider that got on top of her
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Actually she started at Fresno State but then switched to the NAIA the past two years at Fresno Pacific. Not sure why she made that switch.

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NAIA is a organization of teams from the small, non-elite US universities, while NCAA is for the big elite universities, correct?

wow what a story. I suspected that with this results that Jelena can not be coming from NCAA, becuase such NCAA players (like Liu and others) never do much results on the tour.
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but amber liu still beat pandzic for the ncaa, and both are similar age.
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Jelena Pandzic was ranked No. 1 in the world in the under 14 age bracket and was personally trained by Nick Bollettieri in the mid 90's as he dubbed her as the next Monica Seles. In fact, he ends his autobiography My aces, my faults (1997, Robson Books) this way:

"...I went to a junior tournament in the south of France. I saw a thirteen-yea-old there who was unbelievable. She played like she was from another planet. She was from Croatia, just like Monica () and Iva. Her name was Jelena Pandzic. I invited her to live and train at the academy. You know, with the right coaching, I think she can be a champion."

There are rumours she had a car accident that jeopardized her career too but I cannot confirm that.




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Sounds like she has some talent if Nick said that.



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Thank you, I was looking for Jelena's story. Her record in the last half year is truly amazing.
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Jelena left Fresno State because she was declared to be ineligible by the NCAA. The NAIA has much more laxed rules when it comes to eligibility and hence this is why she went to Fresno Pacific. NAIA competition is MUCH weaker.
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NAIA is a organization of teams from the small, non-elite US universities, while NCAA is for the big elite universities, correct?

wow what a story. I suspected that with this results that Jelena can not be coming from NCAA, becuase such NCAA players (like Liu and others) never do much results on the tour.
That pretty much sums it up. The majority of the players you probably will never see even in a 10K event and that includes by friend that got beat up by Jelena.

Pandzic just virtually dominated every opponent she came in contact with last year. I think nearly a dozen of her matches were double bagels. Her toughest match was against a player named Casey Knutson who she beat 7-5 in the third set of a dual match.

But again, not sure what the story is of her switching colleges.
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well, pandzic lost to audra cohen I think last year when she got bumped to the ncaa. so audra cohen aint that bad after all!!
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I did a little more digging to find out why she was ruled ineligible. Looks like the summer between her first year when she reached the NCAA finals, she played in a German league, which was deemed to be at a professional level, thus giving up her amateur status.

http://gobulldogs.cstv.com/sports/w-...020305aaa.html
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Congrats to Jelena P on an awesome last qtr of 2007
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thanks for pics, she is a hotty.

I guess I jinx her because Jelena lost 61 63 to Angelica Bachman in the 50K yesterday. Is like only her 3rd straight set loss in 73 matches this year, I think other 2 set losses this year are to Domachowska and Dubois.
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