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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 2002, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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1st Round

Iva Majoli(CRO)-Tina Pisnik(Slo)

2nd Round
I hope Iva Majoli - Winner Zvonareva/qualifer

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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 2002, 12:32 PM
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I like Iva's draw.

Tina has a nice slice and her aggressive style should be effective on the lawns but but I believe Iva has too much power.

Vera may be tough. She really impressed in Paris where I saw her matches against Francesca and Serena but I wonder if she will be as effective here as she was on the red clay? I trust Iva's experience will get her through safely.

Elena D is definitely beatable on this surface. If Iva tees off on Elena's erratic serves she should make it to the 4th round.

Justine will probably await Iva here. Juju's early round exit at RG makes me wonder if she's doubting herself a bit. I know she was sick but still!

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post #3 of 45 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 2002, 02:44 AM
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Good Luck first round Iva!!!

I'm just going to take it one round at a time this tourni (well, for now anyways!)- Iva and Tina have never played, and I've just checked Tina's grass court record:

64 W Katarina SREBOTNIK (SLO) 6-4 6-2
32 L Kristina BRANDI (USA) 6-7(3) 2-6
32 L Dominique VAN ROOST (BEL) 4-6 6-7(6)
128 W Hannah COLLIN (GBR) 6-1 7-5
64 W Lubomira BACHEVA (BUL) 6-2 6-1
32 L Anke HUBER (GER) 2-6 3-6

64 W Julie PULLIN (GBR) 6-3 3-6 6-2
32 W Meilen TU (USA) 6-1 1-6 7-6(4)
16 L Elena LIKHOVTSEVA (RUS) 6-4 4-6 3-6
128 W Gala LEON-GARCIA (ESP) 1-6 6-1 6-4
64 L Tatiana PANOVA (RUS) 6-7(3) 6-2 2-6

So she's played 5 grass court tournis in her career and won a total of 6 matches. Not a bad record really, so she will be tough. I'd say her most notable grass court win is over Tu, but with only 2 Wimby appearances she reached the 3rd and 2nd rounds.

In comparison, Iva's grass court record:

Birmingham (Seeded #3)
64 B BYE
32 W Nicole ARENDT (USA) 3-6 6-3 8-6
16 W Kristine KUNCE (AUS) 7-6 2-6 6-4
QF L Brenda SCHULTZ-MC CARTHY (NED) 4-6 7-5 0-6

128 L Sandra CACIC (USA) 6-4 3-6 4-6

Wimby (Seeded #11)
128 L Angelica GAVALDON (MEX) 6-1 3-6 1-6 (Seeded 11th)

Rosmalen (Seeded #1)
32 W Kyoko NAGATSUKA (JPN) 6-2 6-4
16 W Amelie MAURESMO (FRA) 6-4 6-2
QF L Helena SUKOVA (CZE) 1-6 1-6

Eastbourne (Seeded #3)
32 B BYE
16 L Natalia ZVEREVA (BLR) 2-6 5-7
Wimby (Seeded #4)
128 W Mariana DIAZ-OLIVA (ARG) 2-6 6-0 6-3
64 W Marion MARUSKA (AUT) 6-3 6-3
32 W Karen CROSS (GBR) 4-6 7-6 6-4
16 W Irina SPIRLEA (ROM) 6-7 6-1 9-7
QF L Anna KOURNIKOVA (RUS) 6-7 4-6

128 W Karina HABSUDOVA (SVK) 6-2 6-3
64 L Nathalie TAUZIAT (FRA) 0-6 1-6

1999-DNP any grass tournis

2000-DNP any grass court tournis

128 L Meghann SHAUGHNESSY (USA) 6-7(4) 3-6

So really, Iva has only been on a grass court to play a match once since 1998!!!! I'm a little scared by this reseach, but I still hope she can beat Tina!!! Great win over Spirlea in '97- check that out! But otherwise, I'm afraid that Iva has no huge grass results to speak of. Thankfully the grass season is short, so she won't suffer too much! Go Iva!!! Win your 1st round baby!!!

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Hey guys

I must admit Im not all that confident re the Tina Pisnik match...sure Tina is more of a claycourter, but she has the slice backhand, which can give Iva fits on grass Im a little wary of this match, as we all should be, but if Iva wants it bad enough she will win

I agree Ed...she can come thru to the final 16...it depends on which Iva shows up when she steps out on court

Well my last exam is on Monday, just in time for Wimbledon!! So I look forward to a good two weeks of tennis

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hi terry

I must agree with you that as positive as I am trying to be, I am also very worried about this 1st round. I don't believe that Iva really cares that much about grass, but she seems to do well after a little bit of time off. Let's hope she's comes out firing and wins in straight sets. Pisnik is probably playing her best tennis of her career this year, so it won't be easy. But Iva always surprises me- I thought she would struggle against Zvonareva at Bol after barely winning in their previous match 7-5 in the 3rd in Miami, but she beat her handily (6-2 6-0). I hope it's a similiar result here!
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..Tina Pisnik is playing very well on grass right now. She just beat Clijsters in straight sets to move into the semis of the Netherlands grass court warm-up tourni. She plays Dementieva next for a place in the finals against either Juju or Eleni Daniilidou. I'm still keeping the faith for Iva, but now this match-up looks even tougher!!! A win here would be awesome and we all know that Iva can do it!!! Good luck darling DIVA!!!
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Some more pre-Wimby analysis

I hope you guys aren't getting sick of me, but I'm checking this stuff out anyways, so I might as well share it.....

Worst case scenario- Iva loses 1st round- well that's 2 points that she is defending, so she is guaranteed to move up to an official # 25 ranking with Tauziat dropping well below her since she reached the quarters last year.
Next up is Tanasugarn, who I love, but needs to defend at least 90 points. Tamarine has not been showing much grass court form this year, so Iva has a good shot to pass her too! #24 for Iva!
Next up is Panova. Tatiana actually reached the 3rd rnd last year, so she has at least 56 points to defend. Panova is currently 77 points ahead of Iva, but an early round loss could cost her. This is not unlikely against AnnaK first round. She beat Pisnik (!) and Dragomir last year, but I don't know what their ranks were at that point, but if one was at least ranked above #75 and the other was ranked above 120, then a 1st round loss by Panova would put Iva at #23!!!!
#22 ranked Anne Kremer and #21 Daja Bedanova are unlikely to move below Iva (unless Iva wins!) as they both lost 1st rnd last year.
Iroda lost in the 3rd rnd last yr but she has 1268 points currently and probably won't drop below Iva's current 1099.
Maggie Maleeva has 1289 points currently and reached the 4th round last year. Subtract 90 points and she is still above Iva.
Schnyder is also safely above Iva (as are the rest of the players ranked higher) even with her 3rd round result here last year.

In summary, a first round loss will still improve Iva's ranking! She will go to at least #25 (where she was anyways with Tauziat above her), and she has a good shot at #24 or #23. I hate wishing that other players will lose, but this is a huge opportunity for Iva! I dare not even think about how much her ranking would improve if others lose 1st round and she wins!!!! This 1st round match is HUGE!!!!! PLEASE WIN IVA!!!!!

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Of course we're not sick of you

Tina is playing awesome right now...I actually think she is the favorite in the Iva match now. Considering Iva's indifferent attitude to grass (she hardly ever plays the warm ups) and the way Tina is playing in Holland, I think it's safe to say that this is one HUGE match for Iva to win, and even though I hate to admit it, I dont like the odds of Iva winning at this stage

Oh well...Go Iva Go
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Grass is definately not Iva's best surface. The way Tina played in Rosmalen definately makes her a favorite to win this match, and I know she is more comfortable on the grass. However, Iva can win on grass! She just needs to be fired up and inspired... for example, in 1997 she was on a major high after winning the French and reached the QF, so she can do it!
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Hmmm, Elena D smashed Tina 6-2 6-0 yesterday...and Elena and Iva play fairly similar (and both list grass as their least preferred surface)...so will this loss affect Tina? Does this show that a solid baseline game, thats suited to clay and hardcourts, can effectivley beat the slice n dice game of Tina Pisnik?

Lets wait and see! Go Iva!!!!!!
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Good luck IVA!!!

Win tomorrow!!!!!!

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From memory its the 3rd match out on Court 15.

Come on Iva! Win baby win!
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post #14 of 45 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 2002, 04:48 PM
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6-3 6-4

Excellent win!

Next up is red hot Russian Vera Zvonareva. A very very tough match! Iva has beaten her twice this year, one was 7-5 in the 3rd in Miami....and the other was 6-2 6-0 on clay in Bol...this is grass, a surface neither of them really prefer...and I expect a real fight out there. I love Vera too so I hope she plays a good match

But Iva all the way

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