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Loit earns clash with Clijsters


Tuesday, 05 August , 2003, 11:29

California: France's Emilie Loit and Russian youngster Maria Sharapova were among unseeded players to advance early as the 635,000-dollar WTA Tour event got underway on Monday.
Loit defeated South Korea's Cho Yoon Jeong 6-3, 6-2 to earn a second-round clash with top-seeded Belgian Kim Clijsters, the world number two who like all the top 16 seeds has a first-round bye.

Sharapova, 16, defeated Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik in similarly short order 6-3, 6-1.

"It was a pretty good match, I felt pretty good," said Sharapova, who hadn't played on the WTA Tour since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon.

"I hadn't really played a big match since Wimbledon. It was pretty exciting for me."

"My game was there. I could have played a little bit better, but it was solid."

The number of tournaments Sharapova can enter is limited by tour rules designed to prevent burnout and injury among young players, but the teenager is chafing to play more.

"I definitely think there could be some changes," Sharapova said.

"But a rule is a rule, and you've just got to go with the flow."

"I'd rather play tournaments in the US than going to, for example, Japan and playing some tournaments that I've played before."

She said her family has spoken with WTA Tour chief executive officer Larry Scott about perhaps bending the rule.

"So there have been some discussions," she said. "I hope it will be successful. It'll help my career, definitely."

Three unseeded French players fell at the first hurdle.

Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn survived two set points in the 12th game of the first set en route to a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 victory over Mary Pierce.

After taking the tiebreaker, Tamarine won three straight games to open the second set before Pierce sought treatment for a sore muscle, which caused pain in her back and side.

Pierce then won the next two games to get the set back on serve.

"You know Mary's never going to give up," Tamarine said. "And she really tried after her medical time-out."

The two traded breaks in four of the last five games, Tamarine finally holding at love to take the match.

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As I've stated before, the new WTA CEO Larry Scott will make adjustments to the WTA Tour's well intended but misguided Age Eligibility Rules for next year. That's why Maria added Luxembourg to her schedule this year. She's knows the Are Rules will be modified for next year. And they should be.

Maria wouldn't be talking about this publicly if it wasn't going to happen.

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This is total bullshit...she has done absolutely nothing to warrant having the rules changed just because her media hungry promoters are trying to get to her money faster and propel the Anna factor....and yes she would love to have Anna's popularity

What I dont understand is why she is whining about the rule...she will be 17 in April and can play 17 tournaments...which is exactly the number of tournaments that are counted in your ranking.

Somebody needs to call her and her entourage and tell them that many players under the AER have done more than her and that the number 1 player in the world has 11 or 12 tournament on the books
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I wouldn't mind seeing more of Maria Make your voice heard, loudly!

Perhaps this stems from the unholy desire of wanting to see another Sharapova/Harkleroad matchup...

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Well, I think that the rules should be struck down altogether. Is the WTA the only professional organization with discriminating age limits?

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It'll help my career, definitely."
It will help her career in the short run.

In the long run, playing too much too early leds to more injuries more quickly, and perhaps less of an overall career.

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Here's Maria's career record (obvious short)

Code:
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TR mth tear tournament             rank

T1 Mar 2002 Indian Wells     128 W [231] RIPPNER       5-7 6-1 6-2   
T1 Mar 2002 Indian Wells      64 L [ 28] SELES         0-6 2-6*
T4 Sep 2002 Japan Open        32 L [ 60] GAGLIARDI     6-2 6-7 4-6   
                                                 
GS Jan 2003 Australian Open  128 L [ 63] KOUKALOVA     4-6 6-7   
T1 Mar 2003 Indian Wells     128 L [ 81] REEVES        3-6 6-1 0-6   
T1 Mar 2003 Miami            128 L [ 79] CALLENS       6-7 1-6   
T1 Apr 2003 Charleston        64 L [ 42] MATEVZIC      4-6 7-5 2-6   
GS May 2003 Roland Garros    128 L [ 31] SERNA         3-6 3-6   
                                                  
T3 Jun 2003 Birmingham        64 W [133] KOULIKOVSKAYA 6-1 6-1   
T3 Jun 2003 Birmingham        32 W [ 24] DECHY         6-3 6-2   
T3 Jun 2003 Birmingham        16 W [ 34] MIKAELIAN     6-0 7-5   
T3 Jun 2003 Birmingham        QF W [ 16] DEMENTIEVA    2-6 7-6 6-2   
T3 Jun 2003 Birmingham        SF L [ 55] ASAGOE        2-6 6-2 6-7   
                                                 
GS Jun 2003 Wimbledon        128 W [ 47] HARKLEROAD    6-2 6-1   
GS Jun 2003 Wimbledon         64 W [ 21] BOVINA        6-3 6-1   
GS Jun 2003 Wimbledon         32 W [ 15] DOKIC         6-4 6-4   
Gs Jun 2003 Wimbledon         16 L [ 26] KUZNETSOVA    1-6 6-2 5-7   
                                   
T2 Aug 2003 Los Angeles       64 W [ 36] SREBOTNIK

* Monica was a top ten player atthe time
I see some great grass court results, but nothing that makes me think the AER are holding her back. To honest, I think the AER should be MORE restrictive.

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it was easier to move up the ranks under the divisor ranks
Maria would be ranked about 25 if it was under the old divisor system.

this is where the AER and the new Best of 17 hurts the most
if the old system was still in place, it wouldnt affect the kids as much.

Also she would have been seeded in LA as well, and then at the US Open

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Well, I think that the rules should be struck down altogether. Is the WTA the only professional organization with discriminating age limits?
No. American Football has age limits.

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These laws are Fascist.
Technical point - These aren't laws but rules. That is, the organization enforces them, not the government.

There ARE child labor laws, at least in the USA, but no one I know of has applied them to professional sports.

Dictionary.com defines 'Fascist in a couple ways, the most applicable being. "A reactionary or dictatorial person."

How are the AER more dictatorial or reactionary than any other rule? For example, seeding the #1 ranked player first. That's completely arbitrary. (It makes total sense of course, but it IS arbitrary.)

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Whether she plays too much too early should be the decision of hers and her family's, shouldn't it?

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Either way her and her crew needs to shut the hell up and stop whining...because she is clearly not the poster girl for "how bad" the AER is...

She is very talented and she will probably end up being as great as they predict, but what is the hurry...someone needs to tell her that the number one player has about 11 or 12 tournaments on the books and give her Martina's H's number

She will be able to play 17 tournaments as a 17 year old...whats wrong with that...how many more does she want to play
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This is total bullshit...she has done absolutely nothing to warrant having the rules changed just because her media hungry promoters are trying to get to her money faster and propel the Anna factor....and yes she would love to have Anna's popularity

What I dont understand is why she is whining about the rule...she will be 17 in April and can play 17 tournaments...which is exactly the number of tournaments that are counted in your ranking.

Somebody needs to call her and her entourage and tell them that many players under the AER have done more than her and that the number 1 player in the world has 11 or 12 tournament on the books
Couldn't have said it any better... rules may be stupid but they are in place for a reason... Why didn't the WTA take a hard look at the rule when Kim was Maria's age??? Her results were far better, but alas it's all about marketing for TIIC (the idiots in charge)

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I consider these rules or laws rather dictatorial because they deal with a player's life outside of the actual game of tennis.

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