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Wiggly
Jul 30th, 2004, 04:27 PM
Do you think Benesova, Koukalova, Strycova, Chladkoka or maybe Vaidisova is the bets Czech tennis player on WTA Tour?

I think it's Benesova an in 2nd place, Vaidisova.....

Hant Hant
Jul 30th, 2004, 04:33 PM
double post

Hant Hant
Jul 30th, 2004, 04:34 PM
speaking of Czech players, how about martina nav, who use to be czech

Wiggly
Jul 30th, 2004, 04:34 PM
She's not a Slovakian?

Anyway, my rankings are

1. Hantuchova
2. Benesova
3. Vaidisova

Experimentee
Jul 30th, 2004, 04:37 PM
Hantuchova and Sprem are not Czech :rolleyes:

I think Strycova is the best Czech, followed by Koukalova, Benesova and Vaidisova (soon she will move up).

jrm
Jul 30th, 2004, 04:52 PM
All Czech players are pretty inconsistant hard to tell who is the best

Jakeev
Jul 30th, 2004, 05:57 PM
When Jana Novotna retired I remember reading an interview Tennis magazine did with her and she was very blunt at that time about Czech Tennis.

She basically said we may never see another great Czech player in a long time because they were lazy and had no discipline.

Sad to say, her prediction seems to be true. I thought Daja Bedanova was going to become a big star and it never happened.(but it's not too late I think for her)

There is a lot of talent right now, but the Czech's don't seem to have the big results yet than say the Russian brigade do right now.

I hope the current crop of Czech players can prove Jana wrong.

Sonja
Jul 30th, 2004, 06:04 PM
When Jana Novotna retired I remember reading an interview Tennis magazine did with her and she was very blunt at that time about Czech Tennis.

She basically said we may never see another great Czech player in a long time because they were lazy and had no discipline.

Sad to say, her prediction seems to be true. I thought Daja Bedanova was going to become a big star and it never happened.(but it's not too late I think for her)

There is a lot of talent right now, but the Czech's don't seem to have the big results yet than say the Russian brigade do right now.

I hope the current crop of Czech players can prove Jana wrong.
I've watched Daja lately and unless she gets a LOT better, she isn't going to get back to her former level, much less higher. It's a shame; she seems to be a nice girl!

Nicole, I was hugely impressed by her. She's on the way to big things.

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Pamela Shriver
Jul 30th, 2004, 06:57 PM
Citibank have lovely cheques.

CJK
Jul 30th, 2004, 07:12 PM
Well, I have always liked Martina Navratilova even though she just lost 3 matches in a row this year:)

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 07:16 PM
1. Nicole Vaidisova

2. Iveta Benesova

Those are my two and only favorites!

Mathijs
Jul 30th, 2004, 07:22 PM
1. Iveta definetely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :inlove:


2. Klara Koukalova :hearts:

3. Nicole Vaidisova :hearts:

4. Barbora Strycova :drool:

Mathijs
Jul 30th, 2004, 07:23 PM
1. Nicole Vaidisova

2. Iveta Benesova

Those are my two and only favorites!

????? and what about Masha??????? :confused:

Atrixo
Jul 30th, 2004, 07:26 PM
Nicole definitely has the biggest upside of any Czech player. She's future top 10 material. :)

CJK
Jul 30th, 2004, 07:28 PM
When Jana Novotna retired I remember reading an interview Tennis magazine did with her and she was very blunt at that time about Czech Tennis.

She basically said we may never see another great Czech player in a long time because they were lazy and had no discipline.

Sad to say, her prediction seems to be true. I thought Daja Bedanova was going to become a big star and it never happened.(but it's not too late I think for her)

There is a lot of talent right now, but the Czech's don't seem to have the big results yet than say the Russian brigade do right now.

I hope the current crop of Czech players can prove Jana wrong.
I didnt know Jana said that, but Daja does seem to be without discipline.
But she was never predicted to become a big star anyways. However I do realize that they have so many junior talents and Nicole has even been invited to WTT. But none of them seem to have the kind of commitment Jana had. And no one is pressuring them anyways. But Jana is just such a great player, and she will be remembered for many, many years:).

Wiggly
Jul 30th, 2004, 07:42 PM
The Czech have the talent to have 3-4 players in the top 50 but he have 0 players in the top 50 :sad:

I think Iveta have the talent but she always have bad draw in GC so...

She have her best season and she had serena in first round at the French Open...

I really think she can finish in the top 40 at the end of the season.....

CJK
Jul 30th, 2004, 07:45 PM
Just one more thing I want to add, as talented as the Czechs are, I'm not sure about the juniors, the the Czech players dont seem to possess the power game that's quite common in today's tennis. All of them are more of fitness players than power players. And that might be going out of styles.

PointBlank
Jul 30th, 2004, 08:31 PM
Iveta was on her way to great stuff...but accident..shell be back to form soon and be :yeah:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 08:47 PM
"Nicole's growing, growing, growing," one of her coaches, Nick Bolletieri, said earlier this season. That was no surprise (Vaidisova was only 14), but it was alarming (she was already 6 feet tall).

The 15-year-old Czech is generating a buzz. Last October, she won her first pro event, a Challenger in Plzen, Czech REpublic, and in december became the youngest 18-and-under Orange bowl champion since Anna Kournikova in 1995. Vaidisova was the runner-up at the Australian Open juniors in January, won the Columbus, Ohio, Challenger in February, and in her first WTA event , in Acapulcon, Mexico, in March, she reached the quaterfinals.

Vaidisova began playing tennis at age 5. SHe has trained at the Bolletieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida, since she was 11 and is one of the hardest hitters on the junior circuit. Now ranked 193, she aspires to no less a role model than Serena Williams.

I love how Serena moves," Vaidisova says, "and how she a;ways plays os agressively."

Bolletieri and Vaidisova's father, Ales Kodat, who share coashing duties, want her to become serve-and-volleyer. "Nicole is developing a big serve, but she's not comfortable at nert," Bolletieri says. "She has to keep working on her serve and volley to become a more aggressive player."-Brad Falkner, Tennis Magazine

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 08:53 PM
Getting to Know...
Nicole Vaidisova

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There have been very few 14-year-olds in recent years to play a WTA Tour tournament, let alone win a match. Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis both made Tour finals as 14-year-olds, while more recently, Maria Sharapova and Viktoriya Kutuzova have won Tour main draw matches before turning 15.
Add another player to the list. Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic will turn 15 on April 23, but she’s already reached her first WTA Tour quarterfinal and won two of the first three ITF Women’s Circuit events she’s ever competed in.

It was in fact the ITF Circuit tournament Nicole didn’t win that gave her entry into last week’s Abierto Mexicano Telefonica MoviStar in Acapulco.

She fell to American Jill Craybas in the final of a $75,000 event in Midland, Michigan. When Craybas turned down a direct entry into Acapulco, Vaidisova gladly accepted the offer.

Having debuted on the WTA Singles Rankings at No.264 last Monday, Nicole player her first Tour match in Acapulco the following day. Her opponent, Slovak Lubomira Kurhajcova, retired during the first set tie-break with an abdominal strain, setting up a clash with No.2 seed Shinobu Asagoe.

Playing just her 17th professional singles match, and second at Tour level, Vaidisova scored an impressive 62 63 win over the world No.48, easily her career-best result to date.

“I was surprised the match was so easy,” said Vaidisova after the match. “I was so happy to have the chance to come to this tournament because it was my first opportunity to play a WTA Tour event. I am fortunate to start at 14 because I’d to have a long career. I want to come back next year for sure.”

Despite falling to eventual runner-up Flavia Pennetta in the quarterfinals, her results in Mexico were good enough to see her rise to No.205 on this week’s rankings.

Currently ranked No.5 on the ITF Girls’ Singles Rankings, Nicole won the prestigious Orange Bowl last December and was runner-up at the recent Australian Open juniors (in both singles and doubles).

Already a towering six-foot tall, Vaidisova not surprisingly lists her serve as her biggest weapon. She describes her game as an all-court game, with hardcourt her favorite surface. Born in Nurnberg, Germany, Nicole lives with her family in Prague.

Notes & Netcords met Nicole in Acapulco.

How did you get started playing tennis?
My mother got me started playing when I was six years old at a local club in Nurnberg, when we were still living in Germany. Since then I’ve also trained at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida.

Do you have any brothers and sisters? Does anyone in your family play tennis as well?
I have two younger brothers, Oliver, who is nine years old, and Toby, who is one. My dad’s the only other member of my family who plays tennis. He also travels with me to my tournaments.

What types of things do you like doing in your spare time?
I like to follow the NHL (ice hockey) and some other sports. I also like reading, going to the movies, doing yoga and bike riding. I like listening to pop music—Madonna is my favorite artist.

What languages do you speak?
I speak Czech, German and English, and right now I’m also studying French.

Even though you’ve started playing professional events, your still one of the world’s top juniors. What have been some of the highlights so far?
There have been a few. The first one was playing the US Open juniors for the first time in 2002. The others have been winning the Orange Bowl last year and reaching the final of the Australian Open this year.

What’s been your favorite city you’ve been to?
I’d have to say New York City. I’ve been there a few times now playing tournaments and I love it. There’s always so much going on, so much action!

What are your favorite and least favorite things about playing tennis?
I really like the traveling and meeting people. The atmosphere at tournaments is really nice, too. Even though I like traveling around the world, my least favorite thing is to be away from home. I miss my family and friends when I’m gone for a while.

Which tennis player do you most admire, and why?
I’d have to say Steffi Graf. She worked so hard to become one of the best ever, and obviously her results were amazing.

NICOLE VAIDISOVA FAST FACTS
Born: April 23, 1989 in Nurnberg, Germany
Lives: Prague, Czech Republic
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Height: 1.81m
Weight: 63 kg
Started playing tennis: Age 6
Favorite surface: Hardcourt
Playing style: All-court game
Biggest weapon: Serve
WTA Rankings: No.205 in singles; NR in doubles
Career highlights: Current No.5 on ITF Girls’ Singles Rankings, winner
of 2003 Orange Bowl and runner-up at 2004 Australian Open juniors;
winner of two ITF Women’s Circuit singles titles.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 08:54 PM
Nicole Vaidisova says, "I like tennis because you must have a brain to win"

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!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 08:59 PM
7 marzo 2004
Benesova nueva reina en Acapulco.

La tenista checa Iveta Benesova cerró con broche de oro su extraordinaria participación en el Abierto Mexicano de Tenis al conseguir su primer título WTA con un triunfo en la final ante la italiana Flavia Pennetta en dos sets por parciales de 7-6 y 6-4 en una hora y 22 minutos.

Fue un partido muy parejo en donde Benesova mostró más calma y mejor consistencia en sus golpes, para aprovechar los errores de la italiana, quien jugó su primera final en el profesionalismo.

La jugadora checa, 99 en la clasificación mundial, se llevó un premio de 27 mil dólares por su triunfo, además de 120 puntos para el ranking WTA. Por su parte, Penetta se embolsó 14,500 dólares y 85 puntos.

Benesova se convirtió además en la primera jugadora surgida de la calificación en ganar un título del tour femenil WTA en la presente temporada; el año pasado 5 calificadoras jugaron una final de singles, pero ninguna pudo coronarse.

La checa jugó en Acapulco un total de 8 partidos, incluidos tres de calificación, y sólo perdió un set, en semifinales ante la española Marta Marrero.

La final fue dirigida por Cristina Romero, quien se convirtió en la primera mexicana que es juez principal de una final en un torneo del tour WTA.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:00 PM
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!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:02 PM
But I support more Nicole... so...

1. Nicole Vaidisova
2. Iveta Benesova

Atrixo
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:03 PM
If Nicole does develop into a serve-and-volley player, I would love to see her in action against Maria S. They're both so similar in their physical build; 6 ft+ tall, lanky, long and lean. With Maria's power baselining matched up against Nicole's classic serve-and-volleying; that would be one hell of a match to see. :eek:

Kutuzova
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:04 PM
Nicole- she has sooooooooooo much talent
Barbora- tons of talent
these are 2 future top 20 players consistently

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:06 PM
If Nicole does develop into a serve-and-volley player, I would love to see her in action against Maria S. They're both so similar in their physical build; 6 ft+ tall, lanky, long and lean. With Maria's power baselining matched up against Nicole's classic serve-and-volleying; that would be one hell of a match to see. :eek:

In fact, that is my dream...


Maria SharapovaFavorite of All-Times
Nicole Vaidisova My second favorite of All-Times
Karolina Sprem
Iveta Benesova
Maria Kirilenko

Scotso
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:53 PM
:bounce: Kveta! :bounce:

i heart backhand
Jul 30th, 2004, 10:16 PM
Strycova is the best Czech at the moment. Vaidisova has the most promise when it comes to the future. I think we'll see her in the top 10 one day, even if it is a Dokic/Hantuchova type thing.

Mr_Molik
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:39 PM
benesova has heaps of talent, her game reminds me of hantuchova. hopefully she can get her head together cos she is definitely top 30 material

Chunchun
Jul 31st, 2004, 01:58 AM
Iveta :hearts:

esquímaux
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:03 AM
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Gimme some shugah :kiss:

I think Zib is the best Czech :p:drool:

Mr_Molik
Jul 31st, 2004, 04:11 AM
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shes so fucking hot :eek: :drool: :inlove: :hug: :smooch: :kiss: :worship:
whos that chick she kissing?

Mathijs
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:26 PM
shes so fucking hot :eek: :drool: :inlove: :hug: :smooch: :kiss: :worship:
whos that chick she kissing?
it's Flavia Penetta ;)

Fantastic
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:42 PM
Iveta could almost be Daniela's mirror image - they look so much alike - and one is righty, one is lefty, freaky stuff.

Best CZECH... Now: Iveta Benesova. Then: Martina Navratilova.

Gowza
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:52 PM
atm i would say benesova or koukalova, hasnt koukalova made a final or 2 this year? (not sure bout benesova as i havent been following her) so then probably koukalova is the best atm then vaidisova then strycova. bedanova had a lot of talent a few years ago and vaidisova has a lot of talent and in a year or 2 will be playing some serious tennis on the tour and will prob be the best czech player.

Wiggly
Jul 31st, 2004, 03:36 PM
Benesova: top 25 material
Koukalova: top 50 material
Strycova: top 30 material
Vaidisova: top 15 material

Iveta coul be the twins of Hantuchova :)

Experimentee
Jul 31st, 2004, 04:26 PM
When Jana Novotna retired I remember reading an interview Tennis magazine did with her and she was very blunt at that time about Czech Tennis.

She basically said we may never see another great Czech player in a long time because they were lazy and had no discipline.

Sad to say, her prediction seems to be true. I thought Daja Bedanova was going to become a big star and it never happened.(but it's not too late I think for her)

There is a lot of talent right now, but the Czech's don't seem to have the big results yet than say the Russian brigade do right now.

I hope the current crop of Czech players can prove Jana wrong.

The Russians at one stage were like the Czechs are today. The Czechs had a bit of a slump in tennis since Novotna retired but things are looking up again. There is so much new talent coming up like Strycova and Vaidisova, and others that can potentially be good like Bohmova and Safarova, and the resurgence of Benesova and Koukalova I think the Czechs have the players to become a force in womens tennis in a few years.

Peer101
Jul 31st, 2004, 04:55 PM
1. Vaidisova
2. Strycova
3. Bohmova

TatiAnnahølic
Jul 31st, 2004, 05:25 PM
IMO Babora Strycova :hearts: :worship: but she has to drop some weight in order to reach the top10

Mathijs
Jul 31st, 2004, 06:30 PM
atm i would say benesova or koukalova, hasnt koukalova made a final or 2 this year? (not sure bout benesova as i havent been following her) so then probably koukalova is the best atm then vaidisova then strycova. bedanova had a lot of talent a few years ago and vaidisova has a lot of talent and in a year or 2 will be playing some serious tennis on the tour and will prob be the best czech player.
don't know about Klara, but Iveta won the title in Acapulco as a qualifier!! ;) :D :):bigclap:

jrm
Jul 31st, 2004, 06:38 PM
When Jana Novotna retired I remember reading an interview Tennis magazine did with her and she was very blunt at that time about Czech Tennis.

She basically said we may never see another great Czech player in a long time because they were lazy and had no discipline.

Sad to say, her prediction seems to be true. I thought Daja Bedanova was going to become a big star and it never happened.(but it's not too late I think for her)

There is a lot of talent right now, but the Czech's don't seem to have the big results yet than say the Russian brigade do right now.

I hope the current crop of Czech players can prove Jana wrong.


I remember during the Fed Cup when Czech's play Croatia commentator said how Iveta isn't very keen on training (back then only 2 hours per day :eek: )

Wiggly
Jul 31st, 2004, 06:54 PM
Johnpernik said to me then last year Iveta wanted to stop to play tennis because she had bad results and don't have coach!

Now she has good resulst so maybe she work harder! ;) :)

Wojtek
Jul 31st, 2004, 07:44 PM
Strycova