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Wismilak International 2003 to be held in Bali just right after US Open will celebrate its 10th anniversary with total prize money of US $ 225,000...A few months ago, the committee announced that the one and only sensation, Anna Kournikova has committed to come...Be my guest, Anna... Henry, wanna come up from down under? Another development came up today that my auntie... Mary Pierce...yes, Mother Mary comes to me...Miss Pierce will come to the island of many gods along with Croat Silvija Talaja...The committee is now working hard to invite those Russian young guns who were stunning this week at Wimby...Please, I wanna see Sveta again, Masha, Vera, Nadia, Lina, Dinara along with Myriam Casanova, Ashley Harkleroad, Sprem, Pennetta...it would be heaven...it is surely not missing an angel...Unless, Angelique Widjaja is opting this tourney...we may sing heaven...must be missing an angel... Maybe Conchita will come here again...And those Asian tigers like Tammy, Shinobu, Akiko, Saori, Mi-Ra, Cho and I would love to see also Jie Zheng, Sun Tian Tian and the Chinese attackers and please bring Hsieh Su Wei back to Bali!!! And the commitee is upgrading the number setas in center court from 2,000 to 2,800...Not bad...That's all the updated news about WISH ME LUCK tourney! Bravo Bali!
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Very good fields

Thanks for the news, Adji
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It would be a very interesting tournament!

I hope Mi-ra plays there. If Anna, Lina, Mi-ra and Mary are playing there, I would definitely to go there.
Nowadays most people here didn't go abroad for vacation due to SARS,.. hope it's OK in Bali.

Go, girls!
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It would be a very interesting tournament!

I hope Mi-ra plays there. If Anna, Lina, Mi-ra and Mary are playing there, I would definitely to go there.
Nowadays most people here didn't go abroad for vacation due to SARS,.. hope it's OK in Bali.

Go, girls!
It seems that the haunting of SARS is slowing down...here in Indonesia we never had dead case anyway...Bali is gradually returning to normal and especially now it is school holiday...foreign tourists' arrival has resumed...the airline industry is very competitive here so the airfare is cheaper...Our national carrier, Garuda has resumed some foreign routes after stupid SARS...All back to normal...Jakarta - Singapore 5 times a day, Jakarta - Hong Kong 6 times a week and Denpasar - Seoul is back to 3 times a week now... and many more...

I plan to go myself but it all depends on my work schedule! Just keep my fingers cross... Well, Bali is waiting for you all tennis maniacs to enjoy ur siesta as well as to watch beautiful players from the entire planet!
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Talking Kimmie's boy!

UR very welcome, mate! I want vegemite...
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Exclamation More development!

More players to confirm their participation are Yoon Jeong Cho and Tina Pisnik... Hantuchova was invited but she decllined since she preferred to play in tier II in Shanghai, China which is scheduled after Bali...I bet, she does not want to be on the cat walk together with Anna... That's all folks!
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Wink Auction at the tourney!

Yup, there will be an auction...Mc Enroe's shoes, racquets of Martina Navratilova, Jennifer Capriati and Angie...as well as Monica Seles' outfit! The profit will be proceed to Bali's tennis development! Go, Bali!
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It seems that the haunting of SARS is slowing down...here in Indonesia we never had dead case anyway...Bali is gradually returning to normal and especially now it is school holiday...foreign tourists' arrival has resumed...
Thanks for the details. It's good to know that Bali is returning to normal.
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Smile Bali Hai and What a coincidence!

Yes, Bali is returning to normal step by step...Bali hosted this year's PATA/Pacific Area Travel Association's conference, an international surfing competition and recently World Peace Music Award...so, please come to Bali...BTW, more confirmation...2 former dubs' partners of Angie - Tathiana "Tax" Garbin and 2002 FO semi finalist, Clarisa Fernandez are coming to this 10th year anniversary of Wismilak International...So, who let the girls out...yay...yay...yay...
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Thanks Adji for the info.

Pretty sure Tammy will be playing because Bali is in her schedule from the begining. She used to said that Bali is one of beautiful place in the world, having unique culture and of course she is loving Bali's people. She didn't have good result last year as she lost to Rossana in the first round. I hope she will be doing better this year.

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It sounds tempting to come over the week-end for the qualifyings .
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post #15 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2003, 12:34 PM
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I'm sure all the "Asian Tigers" (minus Ai) will go to Bali this year.

I'm going to be extremely annoyed if any of the non-gold/silver exempt WCs are awarded to a non-Asian player, unless the organisers establish an exchange program with another tourney.

I heard Napaporn Tongsalee (THA) will get one maindraw WC as a result of an exchange program between Bali and Pattaya. Therefore an Indonesian player will get a WC into the maindraw of Pattaya. This is an excellent program.

WTA tourneys in Asia are extremely generous when it comes to handing out maindraw WCs to non-Asian players, especially without expecting anything in return for their own players.

For example:
1999 Toyota Princess Cup (Monique Viele - biggest waste of a WC ever!)
2002 Toyota Princess Cup (Gala Leon Garcia - )
2002 Wismilak International (Gala Leon Garcia - )
2002 Wismilak International (Virginie Razzano)
2002 Wismilak International (Maria Kirilenko)
2002 Japan Open (Maria Sharapova)
2002 Volvo Women's Open (Lina Krasnoroutskaya)
2002 Volvo Women's Open (Julia Vakulenko - )

Pretty amazing to think that all 3 maindraw WCs at Bali last year were awarded to Europeans. Sure, Maria Kirilenko had just won the US Open Juniors, but did Angelique Widjaja receive any WCs to any European events for winning 2 Junior GS? The most Maria should have gotten was a qualifying WC, especially at such a young age, with practically no achievements on the pro tour at the time. Gala Leon Garcia was in a slump for the most of last year, and had definitely not deserved 2 maindraw wildcards into a Tier II and III event. I shouldn't have to explain why Julia Vakulenko did not deserve the WC into Pattaya last year. Just look at her results last year up to that tourney...

I have nothing against non-Asian players receiving maindraw WCs into Asian event, but it really frustrates me when there is no thought given from organisers when distributing WCs out. It seems quite often that the organisers are just happy to get another European player into the tourney, without considering the context of the player. I would like to see more co-prosperity between all the Asian WTA events, organising exchange programs and so on. There are just 4 WTA events in Asia after the US Open this year, so I can only hope that the organisers are a little 'smarter' and 'competitive' when awarding WCs this year. How are the 'up and coming' Asian players going to develop and improve, when they are robbed of the chance to compete against much heralded opponents in their home continent? There are so little ITF events in Asia (let along WTA events), which IMHO is one of the bigger reasons as to why there are so little players from Asia competing on the tour regularly.

I would definitely like to see the Asian tourneys get something back in return for their own players from now on.

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