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Steffica Greles
Aug 18th, 2004, 02:54 PM
Angeles Montolio, Iroda Tulyaganova, Sarah Pitkowski, Cristina Torrens-Valero, Daja Bedanova?

Montolio was a strong clay court player, Bedanova had a lot of teenage success, and until Kim broke through in 2001, she was pretty much level with her. What happened? Then there was Tulyaganova, who I remember anhilated Kim on clay in 2001. She had a huge serve and great unharnessed potential.

Sarah Pitkowski- I saw her name in my ITF book the other day, and realised I hadn't seen her name in a draw for at least 3 years.

And then, what's happened to Mirjana Lucic?

Andrew.
Aug 18th, 2004, 02:56 PM
Lucic's situation is just overall strange....


Iroda had a shoulder injury I believe and has been out for about a year.

Steffica Greles
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:04 PM
I was only joking about Lucic. Her career was effectively over about 3 years ago! I heard rumours she was thinking of switching to baseball ;)

What about Meilen Tu? Oh, and Clarisa Fernandez, the French Open semi-finalist of 2002?

"Sluggy"
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:07 PM
Daja was at open gaz this february. Iroda was at RG two years ago, otherwise i have no helpful information.

azza
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:09 PM
Daja is on the Challenger circuit.

Jorn
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:13 PM
Cris Torrens is in a slump, but still playing.

Montolio has retired

Randy H
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:16 PM
Angeles retired, I think she went back to school possibly (she was supposedly very smart)

Sarah retired as well, and from what I last heard, she did some t.v. commentary in France.

Cristina has been playing still, but given her past year or so of results, I expect she will probably retire this year or next unless her results change drastically.

Steffica Greles
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:21 PM
Cheers, Randy. Do you know what that means in the UK? ;)

I remember you from years back. About 3 years. You told me you had an Ace of Base CD and you didn't like me at first for deriding Vaidyanathan! :) Good times! LOL

When did Montolio and Pitkowski retire respectively? Could have been 3 years ago with Sarah and 2 with Angeles.

Andrew.
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:23 PM
I was only joking about Lucic. Her career was effectively over about 3 years ago! I heard rumours she was thinking of switching to baseball ;)

What about Meilen Tu? Oh, and Clarisa Fernandez, the French Open semi-finalist of 2002? Tu lost to Irvin 1 and 1 last week in Vancouver.

I don't think Fernandez has played since she lost in the last round of RG qualies.

charmedRic
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:23 PM
Montolio - after a strong/streaky clay season a couple years ago she just dropped out of the radar. She won PORTO, then didn't win 3 matches in a row for 2 years and retired.

Tulyaganova - Go Figure that the WTA does a essay competition on the 'Up and Coming Players' a couple years ago. I wrote my essay on Iroda and my article was featured in the web page, at the home page along with one about Daniela Hantuchova. Well right after that Iroda's shoulder went BUST and she hasn't played since 2003. Her last match was 1st round loss at Sopot in August 2003. We are still waiting for a comeback. GO IRODA! :D

Torrens Valero - She had an amazing run between Wimbledon and US Open a 14-4 run beating Farina Elia, Serna and Nagyova. After that she is yet to win 4 matches in a row...the most she's done since is winnng the 50K Fano title. And she's still in the ITF circuit, I'm hoping she reaches stride and her Mid 2001 form before calling it quits.

Bedanova - Now this one really surprised me, and I think she just couldn't handle the expectation or the hype was ooo big that she realized she didn't have it. She's trying to re-hit the form that took her to the 2001 US Open Quarterfinals but I dont know if it was INJURY or a SLUMP that threw her off her game.

Lucic - Long Story Short, too much drama, too early of a start, family problems meddled with her tennis form and now she's trying to come back in and get in shape.

Pitkowski - I don't like her on court attitude at all, but I believe she has retired or is floating around the ITF Europe Circuit. Last match I saw from this girl was versus Serena when she kept complaning about darkness.

Tu - She's still floating around, she usually has one or two good WTA results that proivde her with great draws at ITF which boost her ranking which allows her to have the few good WTA results. This year it was Auckland and Berlin for her. I think she hit peak and how is making the best she can, so I wish her the best of luck!

charmedRic
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:29 PM
Fernandez - Ounce a touted Argentinian, it was her 50K ITF Ortobello sweep in 2001 that got her going. She had an AMAZING 2002, up until the 2002 Roland Garros Semis. After that she only reached 1 QF. 2003 brought about the infamous sophomore slump and only 2 QF finishes all season. This year things started to look up to her but an injury kept her from winning another 50K ITF title or finishing the qualies at Roland Garros. Best Of Luck To Clarisa as she tries to get well and hit form.

Steffica Greles
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:30 PM
Thanks:)

It seems that there's mystery to Bedanova's demise. I remember I saw her at Wimbledon 2003 in an extremely poor match against Poutchek. She looked SO frustrated, nothing was working, and she really didn't seem to be enjoying her tennis at all. Most young players go through such a phase, but with Daja it appeared to be quite serious, like there was no fight left in her. She was having to drag herself to the service line to commence play.

Mirjana Lucic - nothing's changed. That could have been written to access her situation 3 years ago!

Clarisa Fernandez is extremely surprising!! She was fairly fortunate in 2002 to reach as far as the semi-finals, but it was no fluke - was a good player. Nothing amazing, but certainly of top 30 quality. And young.

Any reason for her slump?

Helen Lawson
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:31 PM
I often wonder what happened to Hilary Swank. She's only done a couple of flicks after her Oscar win. That thing with Al Pacino and Robin Williams was ok, but we really expect more of Oscar's leading ladies, you know?

Randy H
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:32 PM
Cheers, Randy. Do you know what that means in the UK? ;)

I remember you from years back. About 3 years. You told me you had an Ace of Base CD and you didn't like me at first for deriding Vaidyanathan! :) Good times! LOL

When did Montolio and Pitkowski retire respectively? Could have been 3 years ago with Sarah and 2 with Angeles.
lol, I remember the Vaidyanathan incident as well actually (though didn't remember it was you who 'disrespected' her for beating Mirjana! :p)

Angeles I think retired officially at some point last year actually, though she really had not played much of anything well before then. Sarah did retire several years ago (probably around 3)...She still had a reasonably decent ranking, but I guess with marriage (becoming Pitkowski-Malcor), she perhaps wanted to have a more settled life than the travels of tennis :)

Randy H
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:36 PM
Thanks:)

It seems that there's mystery to Bedanova's demise. I remember I saw her at Wimbledon 2003 in an extremely poor match against Poutchek. She looked SO frustrated, nothing was working, and she really didn't seem to be enjoying her tennis at all. Most young players go through such a phase, but with Daja it appeared to be quite serious, like there was no fight left in her. She was having to drag herself to the service line to commence play.

Mirjana Lucic - nothing's changed. That could have been written to access her situation 3 years ago!

Clarisa Fernandez is extremely surprising!! She was fairly fortunate in 2002 to reach as far as the semi-finals, but it was no fluke - was a good player. Nothing amazing, but certainly of top 30 quality. And young.

Any reason for her slump?
Saw Daja last summer in Toronto qualifying, where she lost to Mashona Washington...It was an entertaining match, and very close (went to final set tiebreaker), but Mashona came through that one. Mashona is a good player, but Daja just ended up being overpowered most of the time. She was never a real big hitter, but it seemed as though she really lost all of her aggression, maybe just playing it too safe because of low confidence.

Clarisa has had injuries, so I think that has probably played a part in her drop/slump.

Steffica Greles
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:41 PM
I saw Bedanova play just the once, as I think my live witnessing of her at Wimbledon is better best forgotten.

She played a lot like Hingis, from what I remember. Early-ball hitting, natural length, out-manouevering her opponents. She certainly took Seles to pieces in New York 2001.

It's inconceivable that she's now playing challengers. At 17 she was winning tournaments.

~MaRt~HiNgIs~F@N
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:43 PM
What Happened To Katarina Studenikova?

Steffica Greles
Aug 18th, 2004, 03:47 PM
I think she retired around about 3-4 years ago. 2000/2001. She dropped out of the top 100 and called it a day, from what I remember.

She was a case of every dog having their day. For one afternoon and early evening in 2001, she was every bit as athletic, as powerful from the forehand wing and as biting with the slice as Steffi Graf. Seles hadn't been expecting that.

But afterwards, she fell back into place.

GoldenSlam
Aug 30th, 2004, 02:58 AM
Update...Crista retires, Lucic is married to her coach, and Clarisa just had her 23rd birthday:).
Hopefully we'll Iroda back in Tashkent though.

Sonja
Aug 30th, 2004, 03:54 AM
I watched Daja play several times this year in WTT and she's really gone downhill. I don't think she has a weapon that can hurt anyone. Like Randy said, there is no agression and she definately can't handle power. Hopefully she'll be able to put herself back together but seriously doubt it.

Sonf@
Aug 30th, 2004, 04:31 AM
I think she retired around about 3-4 years ago. 2000/2001. She dropped out of the top 100 and called it a day, from what I remember.

She was a case of every dog having their day. For one afternoon and early evening in 2001, she was every bit as athletic, as powerful from the forehand wing and as biting with the slice as Steffi Graf. Seles hadn't been expecting that.

But afterwards, she fell back into place.
Well, she had some nice results during the late-nineties too. Katarina defeated Monica Seles at Wimbledon one year (can't remember if it was 1996 or 1997).

vogus
Aug 30th, 2004, 04:41 AM
Pitkowski and Montolio are both long retired - they were around the usual age when women quit. Montolio went to school for something interesting, can't remember what though.

Bedanova burned out, you could see it in her game, she has done nothing of note since her USO quarterfinal three years ago. Must have had a bad personal life - i doubt we'll ever see her again.

Iroda has been injured for a full year now, but i think she'll be back sooner or later - she's only 21 or 22 and has a lot of talent. I think Fernandez is in the same boat, maybe not quite so much talent as Iroda though.

Pamela Shriver
Aug 30th, 2004, 11:08 AM
What ever happened to Baby Jane??

Adammco
Aug 30th, 2004, 12:08 PM
I read an article recently about Bedanova. Sad and familiar story - she had issues with her parents, and is now traveling with her boyfriend, trying to re-gain her form. There was also something about some money that she was loaned by a German guy, early in her career, which she has had to pay back.

Sharapower
Aug 30th, 2004, 12:28 PM
Sarah pitkowsky is consultant on french eurosport and RMC radio station.

Too bad this story about Bedanova

Princess Fiona
Aug 30th, 2004, 01:05 PM
This is an interesting thread - there is some info here that I didn't know... (:worship: to everyone :) ) I'm so sorry to read about Daja's difficulties - I really hope she can get back and get happy...

I had been wondering about Iroda - I look forward to seeing her back... Go Iroda!! :D :)

Good luck to all of the players mentioned in this thread... :)

Nicoleke
Aug 30th, 2004, 01:14 PM
Sarah PITKOWSKI works now for Eurosport France, she comment Wta tour matchs. She works too for a radio : RMC.
Moreover, she do politics in the North of France.

Beat
Aug 30th, 2004, 01:42 PM
daja... :sad:

Xian
Aug 30th, 2004, 02:05 PM
Catalina Cristea is kind of semi retired. She plays 2 to 3 ITF Challengers a year. This year she reached the final of a 10000$ Challenger in Romania

Tu, Bedanova and Fernandez are still active

Montolio, Pitkowski-Malcor and Studenikova are retired for sure; I read some articles about Montolio and Pitkowskis retirements

Still waiting for Iroda

Nirupama Vaidyanathan married and is now Nirupama Sanjeev if Im wright and has retired too

rated_next
Aug 30th, 2004, 04:05 PM
Yup, Daja split from her father, and started travelling with her boyfriend (bad idea). She wanted to switch nationalities from Czech to German because the Germans would give her more money. But, her ranking dropped, she lost all financial support from Germany, and is now in a major slump.