Nthama's farewell tour calendar [including BOMBSHELL]
Nthamangela Mbangu will wave goodbye to the tour in 2012. These are the tournaments she will be playing next
Nthama's statement: I have been to so many beautiful places over the years. I want to say goodbye to all the nice people I've met in the world.
Nthama's dream: I want to thank all the players on the tour. I will try to play every doubles tournament with another player. I hope some of the big names will break their partnerships for one week to team up with me at one of the tournaments. I would be so thankful for this. That is my dream!
Nthamangela's 2012 Calendar
Week of Jan 1st: Brisbane - (with Sylvie Bailly ) "I have never been to Brisbane. Last year, I played Hopman Cup and won it. I will function as the tournament organiser from 2013, so I won't go back there in 2012. I will play the new Premier tournament in Brisbane instead. My doubles partner here will be Sylvie Bailly from France, a former world number one in singles. We have only played together once until now, that was in Tashkent 2009. We lost R1 to Graf/Valentine but we have both been improving a lot since then."
Week of Jan 8th: Sydney - (with Fleri Hingisafrilia ) "I reached the semi finals of Sydney last year, defeating Ziyi and Luna on the way there. Of course I lost to Jane once again but that was okay. Sydney was where I reached my first ever Premier semi-final. I would love to team up with an Australian for Sydney 2012. And I got one. Fleri has been one of my best friends on tour despite the two of us having some disputes (especially last year at Hopman Cup). This will be the first time since more than two years that Fleri and Kat separate for one event. I am very grateful to receive the honor of being the reason for that."
Week of Jan 15th: Australian Open - (with Pamela Bowden ) "This must be the week I am looking forward to most. And, at the same time, the week I am most afraid of. I was a runner-up at Melbourne last year, losing to Ziyi in straight sets. I will never forget when I defeated Ruffy in the third round last year. This was the single best tournament of my career, I hope I can play like this once more in my life."
Week of Feb 6th: Paris - (with Elise Mésane ) "I played Paris twice and I lost all my matches there, in singles and doubles. I hope I can win a match there this year. My dream would be to team up with Elise Mésane in Paris. She is a role-model for every young girl and certainly the most beautiful tennis player in the world. I admire her so much."
Week of Feb 13th: Bogotá - (with Vittoria Pérez ) "You must be shocked reading that I don't go back to Doha where I won my only title last year. But I decided to go back to Bogotá instead where I won the first singles title of my whole career defeating Jane and Ziyi on the way there. I didn't go back there last year but I will be back in 2012! I want to come back to a place where I feel home. My doubles partner will be my co-party queen Visexa Pérez. Love her, love the party. Sexy and Naughty will rock the parties in Bogotá!!!"
Week of Feb 20th: Dubai - (with Kathleen Pryde-Degman ) "I was in Dubai for the first time last year. I lost in the semi-final to Paula Masterton, a person I admire so much, she is so amazing. I hope I can go even further this year as she is not around anymore now."
Week of Feb 27th: Acapulco - (with Regla Torres ???) "I won Acapulco the only time I played it, in both singles and doubles. That was 2009. I remember saving match points in that second set against Siri before winning 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. But of course, Acapulco queen is and will forever stay Regla Torres, I would love to team up with her in doubles there this year."
Week of Mar 7th: Indian Wells - (with Mia Henriksson) "Indian Wells is one of the few tournaments I played twice. I never went far there, a quarter final this year is my best showing, still I enjoyed it REALLY much! It's such a giant tournament, I hope I can go deep in 2012. Doubles was usually even worse than singles there..." "And guess what...Mia Henriksson asked me to team up here. That's awesome!!! She's a former Wimbledon doubles champ. I'm sure we can do some damage together!"
Week of Mar 21st: Miami - (with Luna-Willow Bartoli ) "Miami hasn't been one of my best tournaments either yet. My best win there dates back to 2009 when I defeated Beckford-Valentine. However, I reached the doubles final with Jane there losing to Luna-Willow Bartoli and Martine Kartincova that year. Speaking of Luna, I would find it completely amazing to partner her in Miami."
Week of Apr 2nd: Charleston - (with Sabine Graf ) "I remember the first time I came to Charleston, it was for the 10th anniversary of the FWT Tour and I had the honour to face former number one player Anjelica De la Courtičre in round one. I lost in straight sets of course. Anyway, playing against her and later teaming up with her at another tournament are two of the most incredible experiences of my life. She is a motivation for me to fight for my dreams because she always did. I don't know why but I hope I can team up with Sabine Graf for Charleston. I played her there in the second round and I won 8-6 in the third set tie-break. That was one of the best matches of my career and for sure one of the best matches of the last year. She was and is still amazing. I admire her for lasting so long on the tour and still finding success. Let's hope she comes back to the top 10, she belongs there for sure!"