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azza
Nov 21st, 2003, 03:16 AM
Heres a thread just for her :bounce: you can post results and stuff about Sesil :speakles::)

ghosts
Nov 21st, 2003, 06:06 AM
she'll play Eddie Herr International in 2 weeks and Orange Ball after that :hearts:

http://comando.hit.bg/atpwta/k5057g2.jpg

azza
Nov 21st, 2003, 08:04 AM
:inlove:

ghosts
Dec 2nd, 2003, 04:52 PM
Sesil beat today #228 in the world 6-1 6-1 :kiss: :banana:

in the r2 she plays #94 (!!!)

Good luck :woohoo: :woohoo:

azza
Dec 10th, 2003, 09:38 AM
Sesil has Quallified for Shen Zhen,China and she beat number 2 seed :eek: Israelie Tzipora Obziler 6-2 4-6 6-4 and plays Li of china next :banana: east 2nd round match!

azza
Dec 10th, 2003, 09:39 AM
Easy*

King Aaron
Dec 10th, 2003, 04:03 PM
Sesil defeated Li Ting in 2 sets. :) She meets Yan Zi next.

ghosts
Dec 10th, 2003, 05:47 PM
C'mon Sesil :hearts: :banana:

you're great!!! :D

ghosts
Dec 12th, 2003, 06:13 PM
yay :woohoo:

Sesil is in the semis
she defeated Zi Yan 3-6 6-1 6-4

incredible run girl :D

KV
Dec 12th, 2003, 09:06 PM
Would you believe, ATM Sesil is only a 75 K. win away from the GS-Qual. Considering the current ranking system, what's completely wrong IMO. Divisor ranking would be much better, and you had more Juniors in the GS-Qual, tennis would be more attractive. The Juniors are terribly needed. Don't think Sesil will get one or two tournaments added. Impressive display Sesil.

crazillo
Dec 12th, 2003, 09:27 PM
well, she cannot play much tournaments i think. that´s bad. maggie was able to do that. i think that´s not good! it´s unfair and players like her shouldget a wildcard!

King Aaron
Dec 13th, 2003, 02:48 PM
:yeah: Well done on reaching the semifinals Sesil.

crazillo
Dec 13th, 2003, 04:43 PM
sesil defeated pin 6 - 3, 3 - 6, 6 - 2 great job, sesil!!!! sehe will be about 310 next wek!!!!

ghosts
Dec 13th, 2003, 05:05 PM
Sesil :woohoo: :banana:

omg :eek: incredible :D

Elleke
Dec 13th, 2003, 08:04 PM
:eek: good luck :)

oren987
Dec 13th, 2003, 11:26 PM
http://img1.tapuz.co.il/forumsApps/resize.asp?image=24435936.jpg&width=200

http://img1.tapuz.co.il/forumsApps/resize.asp?image=24437998.jpg&width=200

KV
Dec 14th, 2003, 12:18 PM
sesil defeated pin 6 - 3, 3 - 6, 6 - 2 great job, sesil!!!! sehe will be about 310 next wek!!!!Yes, and Sesil is less than a 75 K. win away from the GS-Qual. Maybe a 50 K. win could do. Of course on an average points a tourney (ranking of old), she would be playing next AUS-Open Qual. Who knows she could be AUS-Qual seeded.
Sesil :yeah:

King Aaron
Dec 14th, 2003, 04:51 PM
Sesil won the title. :yeah: :worship:

ghosts
Dec 14th, 2003, 05:04 PM
Sesil :woohoo: :banana:

:hearts: :kiss:

azza
Dec 14th, 2003, 05:12 PM
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KV
Dec 14th, 2003, 08:56 PM
About a 25 K win away from the GS-Qual

Erdinger
Dec 15th, 2003, 12:18 PM
Well done, Sesil! :bounce:

With that impressive run, wouldn't she be a perfect candidate for a Oz Open Quali Wildcard? :)

KV
Dec 15th, 2003, 08:03 PM
Well done, Sesil! :bounce:

With that impressive run, wouldn't she be a perfect candidate for a Oz Open Quali Wildcard? :)Yes, it would be , but I am afraid WC's has more to do with politics. IMO, it's only obvious to give some WC's to the better Junior players.

calirocks
Dec 15th, 2003, 08:29 PM
Actually guys, Sesil cannot get the wildcard to the Aus. Open next year even without the politics. The WTA Tour age eligibility rules make it pretty clear that 14-year-olds cannot participate in Slams ragardless of whether they could make it there through direct rankings or WC's.

ghosts
Dec 15th, 2003, 08:33 PM
you're right, calirocks

first GS she can play is US Open 2004 :yeah:

azza
Dec 15th, 2003, 11:37 PM
Long way away :sobbing:

pan
Dec 18th, 2003, 03:08 PM
impressive jump from #450 to #282 this week! i'm curious about SESIL in 2004!

crazillo
Dec 28th, 2003, 10:35 PM
The news also says that she is currently training in Bulgaria, but
will soon go back to the US and Nick Bollettieri.


i wrote more about her in the general messages forum!

King Aaron
Dec 30th, 2003, 07:38 AM
Thanks :).

ghosts
Dec 30th, 2003, 01:45 PM
Sesil :hearts: :kiss:

KV
Dec 31st, 2003, 07:24 PM
You only can hope the Juniors should be taken into more consideration. Most of them get Wild Cards because of excellent results. It's just a personal view, when I see that most players on the silver exempt list had more downs than ups. Then, the Wta is better off to see the back of the silver exempt list. Which makes it the more difficult to enter the top 50 for the juniors and non juniors. Fortunately Safina was once top 50 ranked, Sharapova is. One shouldn't forget both are exceptions. Don't know whether I am right. Don't think apart from Masha/Dinara we have less than 18 y.o. in the top 100. Well I support Quality over quantity. BTW, good luck Sesil in Indian Wells

calirocks
Feb 4th, 2004, 02:35 PM
I just saw the updated (as of today) acceptance list for the 75K challenger in Midland, MI, which starts next week. Sesil has moved up and is now in the qualifing. However, as is widely known, she can play only one more pro tournament before her 15th birthday, meaning that if she plays in Midland she would not be able to use her WC for Indian Wells. But as of today, 4 days before the qualies begin, she is yet to drop out. I read some time in early January an interview with her coach, who said that they would apply to the ITF to let her play some more tournies but that seemed to me like a long shot. Anybody have any news?

I am tempted to call the tournie. Even better, I am tempted to go, if she plays. I currently live only 100 miles away from Midland.

calirocks
Feb 4th, 2004, 02:42 PM
As of today, acceptance lists have also been posted on the tournament's web site.

http://www.dowcorningtennisclassic.com/players.html

ghosts
Feb 5th, 2004, 04:12 PM
Well, Sesil had also commitments for 2 tournies in Europe this year but withdraw in the last moment... I don't have any news... I'd be better if she plays Indian Wells for sure :)

ghosts
Feb 10th, 2004, 12:23 PM
Sesil is not in the quali or main draw so I think a good decision to withdraw :)

Let's hope she plays Indian Wells ;)

calirocks
Feb 15th, 2004, 04:57 PM
Sesil is not in the quali or main draw so I think a good decision to withdraw :)

Let's hope she plays Indian Wells ;)

Let's hope so indeed.

By the way guys, I found 2 very recent pictures of Sesil. I did not want to copy them (the photographers seemed pretty inflexible about it) but you can see the pictures here:

http://www.tennis.info/PicturesSelect.asp?pn=12

Just click on the id numbers. Those were take in FL during a men's futures event, which took place close to Bollettieri's school.

ghosts
Feb 15th, 2004, 05:00 PM
yes, I know about this tournament!

in the Bulgarian newspapers they even wrote that Sesil won this boys (!) tournament ;)

:bounce: :yeah:

xcrtbckhnd
Feb 22nd, 2004, 11:00 AM
So Sesil can play only one more tournament this year before turning 15? That stinks! When is her brithday? I'm guessing sometime between Wimby and USO?

bgbgbg
Mar 1st, 2004, 07:47 PM
Tennis-WTA should not dictate terms to young players - Capriati
DOHA, March 1 (Reuters) - World number five Jennifer
Capriati says it is not the responsibility of the Women's Tennis
Association (WTA) to dictate terms to young players as to when,
where and how long they should play.
Capriati, set to make her debut in the WTA Tour's $600,000
Qatar Open, which began here on Monday, said it was not fair for
the WTA, which organises women's professional tennis, to impose
an age ban on promising players.
The American, who made her first appearance on the WTA Tour
at the age of 14, agreed with former world number one Martina
Hingis that young players should be able to compete more often.
The Swiss player, who retired from top flight tennis in
October 2002 aged just 22 after being plagued by injuries, has
criticised the WTA's age protection rule that limits the number
of tournaments young players can enter each year.
Backing Hingis, Capriati said: "I don't think that it is the
WTA's responsibility. I don't think they should hold a player by
the hand and guide them. That is the job of family and friends".
"First of all, where are the so-called child prodigies?" she
asked. "I don't see anybody on the horizon. Maybe there could be
one or two exceptions but that doesn't mean that you should stop
someone from going forward by denying them the opportunity to
play and learn from a young age."

EARLY BURN-OUT
Capriati, who suffered from early burn-out and spent more
than two years away from tennis after a demoralising first-round
defeat in the 1993 U.S. Open, said youngsters should be able to
play a bit more against the top players.
"I think they should be allowed to play as much as they
want. They should know their limits and emotional support and
protection is the job of their family and friends, certainly not
the WTA," she said.
Capriati, who is seeded number two behind Justine
Henin-Hardenne at the Qatar Open, said she was not unduly
worried about her early exit from last week's Dubai tournament.
The multi-Grand Slam winner was knocked out in the second
round by Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in straight sets in her
first match since November after a back problem.
"I wasn't really expecting anything big in Dubai. After
missing the Australian Open because of a back injury, I was keen
to get back to the court," said the American.
"I just wanted to break the ice and I decided to play in
Dubai. I knew it would be tough and difficult so I'm not upset
or disappointed," she said.
"Now I'm feeling better and stronger. I won't say I'm 100
percent fit but after playing in Dubai I feel I can hang in
there and play my shots. Hopefully, I don't have too much to
catch up with," added Capriati.

REUTERS

BK4ever
Mar 2nd, 2004, 02:53 AM
How did Sesil earn a WC to Indian Wells...it really sucks for her that she has to wait so long to play, her start is truly impressive...

calirocks
Mar 4th, 2004, 01:22 AM
Sesil is now officially listed as a WC at Indian Well's website. Good luck, Sesil.

http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/10/news/news3364_rx.asp

ghosts
Mar 4th, 2004, 10:52 AM
omg!!! great!! :bounce: :woohoo:

go Sesil :kiss:

azza
Mar 4th, 2004, 01:44 PM
Yay :)

crazillo
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:33 PM
Yay, great news!

Gowza
Mar 10th, 2004, 07:44 AM
sesil plays stevenson in rd 1 good luck sesil!!!!

King Aaron
Mar 10th, 2004, 12:43 PM
Good luck Sesil! :D

ghosts
Mar 10th, 2004, 12:53 PM
Sesil plays today last match on CENTRE COURT :yeah:

yess c'mon girl :banana:

crazillo
Mar 10th, 2004, 02:25 PM
Good luck Sesil.

KV
Mar 11th, 2004, 02:37 PM
And Sesil won. Great to see this young up and coming Juniors receiving WC's and qualifying into the next round.

ghosts
Mar 11th, 2004, 03:50 PM
http://www.standartnews.com/7sport/forum/d3548_5.htm (http://www.standartnews.com/7sport/forum/d3548_5.htm)


Sesil and the Island of Dreams


by Tatiana Manova

7 dni Sport



Every morning for 25 years now, a tanned and smiling man parks his car in front of the Tennis academy in Bradenton, Florida. He arrives exactly at 5 to take an eye over his estate and to chat with the people who maintain the place. This place is the Island of Dreams for many children because they come here with their talent only and wake up as tennis stars!

The list is so long – Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, the Williams sisters, Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova and so on. Nick’s most successful year is 1987 when 32 of his players play in the Wimbledon main draw. In 1999 he was was named for America’s best coach.

The academy is the most prestigious not only because of Nick but because of the managing company IMG which bought it in 1987.

Bollitieri has picked the best trainers from all around the world. The elite group in which is for example Russia’s Maria Sharapova is being coached only by him. Since January Sesil Karatancheva is also trained only by him.

Bollitieri Sesil likes in December 2002 at first sight. Before that she was in an academy in California and despite being only 12 years old she decides to play in a U18 tournament in Bradenton. She loses in the first round but something more important happens – she is being introduced to Bollitieri. Nick invites her for 3 weeks and after that decides to give her full hospitality. He is impressed by Sesil’s ambition. When she decides to play in 2 ITF challengers in China Nick supports her and she comes back with a title.

However, that wasn’t her first ITF title. On September 28 she defeats another promising Bulgarian Tzvetana Pironkova in Volos, Greece.

‘I understand the fact that Sesil is still to young’, says her father Radoslav. ‘Her desire is just too big, there is no pressure from me, I’m just a bit worried that she is without her family in America’.

When coming back in Florida Bollitieri welcomes Sesil by saying ‘You’re a pro now!’. New methods of training are introduced. ‘Technically she is very solid, she is also very powerful’, says her Bulgarian coach. ‘She just need to work on her second serve but she has plenty of time for that. Her main strength is her wonderful backhand’.

The girls at her age are still under Sesil’s level and some months ago Bollitieri decided to let the young Bulgarian play in a boys tournament. She won it!

Just a week ago Sesil defeated the former Roland Garros champion Iva Majoli 6-3 6-4 in a training match in Florida. Sentinel Sun, a local newspaper, publishes an aricle about Sesil the day after that. It says:

Quote:
One of the nine wild cards awarded into the women's event was given to 14-year-old Sesil Karatancheva of Bulgaria, and mark this name. I saw her working out at Bollettieri's in Bradenton last month and she is an extraordinary talent. She's also so young that she is limited in the number of regular WTA events she can play. Her English is as good as her tennis and I asked her how she would do if she had to play Venus Williams. "Kick her butt," she snapped back, smiling. I wasn't sure if she was kidding.
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‘Before every match I think only for the win, because my aim is to become #1 in the world!’ In her first WTA tournament this week in Indian Wells with her are Nick Bollitieri, her father and Radoslav Lukaev, who played in the US Open main draw in 2002.

Sesil is under the age eligibility rule and is not allowed to play any more tournaments until August 8 when she turns 15. In 6 ITF tournaments so far she has 33-3 win/loss record. In the end of March Karatancheva will play a junior tournament organized by IMG that will decide the WCs for Nasdaq Open 2005.

‘The best news is that IMG organize Roland Garros, too’, says Sesil. ‘They promised me that if I do well in Indian Wells they will break the rules and give me a WC into Roland Garros!’ :kiss: :hearts: :kiss: :hearts:

(The article has been translated by me, sorry about mistakes) :wavey:

dido22
Mar 12th, 2004, 10:12 AM
Good Job, Ghosts :wavey:
Thanks a lot for doing this for everybody outside Bulgaria to read the lovely article from Tatiana Manova
Just try this link, cause the other one doesn't work;) http://www.standartnews.com/archive7ds/2004/03/11/forum/d3548_5.htm

King Aaron
Mar 12th, 2004, 04:59 PM
Thanks.

crazillo
Mar 12th, 2004, 10:15 PM
Thx Alex.

pcrtennis
Mar 14th, 2004, 03:53 AM
She sounds like a bitch, gah! I hope she gets destroyed by Sharapova! She needs to grow up!! She would get beat 6-0 6-0 by Venus Williams!

calirocks
Mar 14th, 2004, 06:24 PM
She sounds like a bitch, gah! I hope she gets destroyed by Sharapova! She needs to grow up!! She would get beat 6-0 6-0 by Venus Williams!

Dude, haven't you heard of "humor" before? She was just having fun. Why don't you go find something better to do with your life than bashing at 14-year-olds?

azza
Mar 15th, 2004, 08:27 AM
Sesil Vs Maria

Double bagel Maria i dislike her

dido22
Mar 21st, 2004, 08:49 PM
hei, people!
sesil is playing an exhibition on Tuesday March 23th in Tampa, FL with Jen Capriati. Then mixed doubles with Andy Roddick against Capriati/James Blake:)
very well done Sesil
Our new pride :worship:

ZAK
Mar 21st, 2004, 09:42 PM
hei, people!
sesil is playing an exhibition on Tuesday March 23th in Tampa, FL with Jen Capriati. Then mixed doubles with Andy Roddick against Capriati/James Blake:)
very well done Sesil
Our new pride :worship:
:confused:

bgbgbg
Mar 22nd, 2004, 09:21 AM
:confused:

Sesil replaces injured Rubin

ghosts
Mar 22nd, 2004, 10:30 AM
omg :eek:

Are you talking seriously? :woohoo:
where do you know that from? ;) :D

azza
Mar 22nd, 2004, 11:28 PM
Nicole Kriz replaces Sesil :p

ghosts
Mar 23rd, 2004, 11:41 AM
Nicole Kriz replaces Sesil :p
:rolleyes:

bgbgbg
Mar 24th, 2004, 10:07 AM
Mercedes-Benz Classic results:

Capriati def. Karatancheva 84
Blake def. Roddick 85
Capriati/Blake def. Karatancheva/Roddick 64

ghosts
Mar 24th, 2004, 10:18 AM
Thanks for the results :wavey:

I think Sesil must have been played good :D
the match with Roddick must have been something to watch :) ;)

Greenout
Mar 24th, 2004, 10:52 AM
Fun news to learn Sesil played her first big "star" type exhibition event.
:lol: Ok- Kid. Your making a point..we can't get rid of you! :)


Any pictures?

bgbgbg
Mar 24th, 2004, 08:33 PM
http://www.**************/GalleryListing.asp?nbc1=1&navtyp=SRH&str=sesil+karatancheva&sfld=C&nvc=E&nvv=56063

great sesil's pics

btw ghosts, do you live in Cook Islands now??? ;) :)

dido22
Mar 24th, 2004, 08:42 PM
Thanks a lot bgbgbg!
Lovely pics Sesil :worship:

bgbgbg
Mar 24th, 2004, 09:49 PM
she will probably Fed Cup
with Pironkova, Krastevitch and Chifchieva
it's still not sure though

ghosts
Mar 25th, 2004, 04:51 AM
she will probably Fed Cup
with Pironkova, Krastevitch and Chifchieva
it's still not sure though
if that happens we'll be in the World Group next year for sure ;) :D

ghosts
Mar 30th, 2004, 10:08 AM
Luxilon Cup Draw:

1- Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) bye
Jessica Kirkland (USA) vs Anna Tatishvili (GEO)
3-Shahar Peer (ISR) bye
Julia Cohen (USA) vs Jade Curtis (GBR)

Neha Uberoi (USA) vs Katia Afinogenova (RUS)
4-Jamea Jackson (USA) bye
Mary Gambale (USA) vs Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)
2-Sesil Karatancheva (BUL) bye

azza
Mar 30th, 2004, 12:32 PM
Sesil will kick all there asses :eek: :banana:

the cat
Mar 30th, 2004, 08:31 PM
I didn't know there was a thread for Sesil Karatancheva. Sesil reminds me of a combination of Steffi Graf and Anna Kournikova. She has Steffi's physique and Anna's confidence.

Sesil is the best 14 year old athlete I have seen since Steffi Graf was 14. :) But Sesil is stronger than Steffi was at 14. I hope she makes it big. But I think Nick Bollettieri has his hands full trying to discipline her game and her cockiness.

Sesil is so fast I can see why she was able to fluster Maria Sharapova in their third round match at Indian Wells. Sesil is the fastest female tennis player I have seen since Steffi Graf. :D She is as quick as a cat! :cat: To be able to change gears the way Sesil can is a big advantage in women's tennis where the players are often slow and immobile. I can understand why Bollettieri is so high on Sesil.

Even though Sesil is the best player in the Luxilon Cup field, I wouldn't count on Sesil walking through the field at the Luxilon Cup. If she has to play Alisa Kleibanova in the second round that will be a tough match. Alisa won a round at Indian Wells and will not be in awe of Sesil.

calirocks
Mar 31st, 2004, 12:30 AM
Good luck to Sesil in the Luxilon Cup. Btw, thanks for the input Cat.

crazillo
Mar 31st, 2004, 01:49 PM
GL Sesil!

ghosts
Apr 1st, 2004, 07:30 AM
Sesil defeated Alisa Kleybanova 6-4 7-6(9) :D
She plays next Neha Uberoi from the USA
Good luck Sesil :yeah:

the cat
Apr 1st, 2004, 02:03 PM
I thought Sesil would have a tough match with Alisa and she did. But Sesil won and is clearly the player to beat in the Luxilon Cup.

ghosts
Apr 21st, 2004, 07:53 PM
Today Sesil defeated #26 in the world Eleni Daniilidou!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :D
omg this girl!!!!!!! She is so good :banana:

DAVAI SESIL!!!!!!

bgbgbg
Apr 21st, 2004, 10:18 PM
that's her biggest win so far imo

ghosts
May 5th, 2004, 02:24 PM
Sesil won't be playing Roland Garros :sad: :sobbing: :(

BK4ever
May 5th, 2004, 11:35 PM
Sesil won't be playing Roland Garros :sad: :sobbing: :(
how do u know that? :sad:

I thought she was going to play qualies....

ghosts
May 9th, 2004, 08:08 PM
no, I she wont play women's tournament... only girls' maybe :)

Gowza
May 10th, 2004, 03:37 AM
i thought slams didnt count towards a players number of tournaments?

ghosts
May 10th, 2004, 07:46 AM
i thought slams didnt count towards a players number of tournaments?
Gowza, 14y.o. girls are not allowed to play Grand Slams even if they have more tournaments to play :(

Gowza
May 10th, 2004, 02:27 PM
Gowza, 14y.o. girls are not allowed to play Grand Slams even if they have more tournaments to play :(
that sux

ghosts
May 12th, 2004, 06:40 AM
This week Sesil is playing a Grade 1 junior tournament in Italy :eek: :bounce: :D
good luck :yeah:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=111946&page=1&pp=20

ghosts
May 13th, 2004, 06:05 AM
Sesil is already in the QFs ;) :)
she will meet a wildcarded Italian today... possible final vs Vaidisova is coming :)

ghosts
May 14th, 2004, 05:23 AM
Sesil :banana: :woohoo:

ghosts
May 15th, 2004, 09:29 AM
c'mon Sesil :D
take it :yeah:

ghosts
May 16th, 2004, 06:41 AM
Sesil did it :banana: :hatoff: :woohoo:

(2)Sesil Karatancheva (BUL) def. (1)Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) 75 62

;) :D

Sesil plays Junior Italian Open next week :)

bgbgbg
May 17th, 2004, 05:07 PM
Sesil will not play Fed Cup, it's sure :sad:

ghosts
May 17th, 2004, 05:25 PM
Sesil will not play Fed Cup, it's sure :sad:
well that's no big surprise for me :sad: :(
there are RULES after all... Niki, do you know who will play then? :)

bgbgbg
May 17th, 2004, 05:51 PM
nobody knows who will be team captain :rolleyes: how can we know the players???

bgbgbg
May 17th, 2004, 07:18 PM
Sesil met famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in Santa Croce...;)
more in tomorrows Bulgarian newspapers

daniela86
May 17th, 2004, 07:48 PM
Sesil did it :banana: :hatoff: :woohoo:

(2)Sesil Karatancheva (BUL) def. (1)Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) 75 62

;) :D

Sesil plays Junior Italian Open next week :)

:yeah: :yeah: :yeah: Well done Sesil :woohoo: :kiss: :kiss: :bounce:

ghosts
May 18th, 2004, 06:25 AM
nobody knows who will be team captain :rolleyes: how can we know the players???
:tape:

obviously best possible team now will be Bacheva + Pironkova for singles, Bacheva/Topalova for doubles... but in the end we'll play with Pironkova and Penkova lol

ghosts
May 20th, 2004, 06:34 PM
Sesil is in the 1/4-finals of the Italian Open :banana:

plays Kotkina of Russia tomorrow :D good luck Sesil :yeah:

ghosts
May 21st, 2004, 02:20 PM
Sesil is in singles and doubles semi-finals :D :bounce: :yeah: :hatoff:

c'mooon keep it up :bounce:

ghosts
May 23rd, 2004, 09:20 PM
Sesil does it again!!! She wins Italian Open!!! :yippee: :dance: :yeah:

Sesil Karatancheva (BUL) def. Viktoria Azarenka 57 62 61 :woohoo:


go win Astrid Bowl and Roland Garros now :banana:

crazillo
May 24th, 2004, 11:38 AM
But Bacheva wont play fedcup right?

Erdinger
May 24th, 2004, 09:43 PM
:banana: Congrats, Sesil! :banana:

Now win Roland Garros Juniors :bounce:

leinink
May 26th, 2004, 10:50 PM
She's a hottie. Can't wait until she's legal! :fiery:

Calliope.
May 28th, 2004, 06:34 PM
She's great! I saw her playing live in Milan and she really impressed me...

http://sesil.skynetblogs.be

Calliope.
May 29th, 2004, 06:35 PM
Sesil will play tomorrow... Go to my site for more infos... http://sesil.skynetblogs.be Thanx :)

Erdinger
May 30th, 2004, 12:07 PM
Congrats, Sesil, to your first round 61 61 win over Virginie Ayassami! :bounce: :cool:

ghosts
May 30th, 2004, 12:12 PM
:D :hatoff: :banana: :bounce:

Nice win Sesil!

Good Luck in the 2nd round! ;)

ghosts
May 31st, 2004, 01:10 PM
Sesil Karatancheva (BUL)[1] def. Pichittra Thongdach (THA) 6-2 6-1

Sesil did it again! :D :yeah: :banana: :hatoff: :bounce:

crazillo
May 31st, 2004, 01:19 PM
Very nice win! Keep going girl.

azza
May 31st, 2004, 01:22 PM
Vamos Sesil Karentbulgaria :banana:

ghosts
May 31st, 2004, 04:15 PM
Sesil also played her 1st round match in girls doubles today. She is #1 team seed, playing with Veronika Chvojkova, fro, Czech Republic.

And the result:

Veronika Chvojkova (CZE)[1] / Sesil Karatancheva (BUL)[1] def. Eugenia Grebeniuk (RUS) Pichittra Thongdach (THA) 6-3 6-3 :yeah: :banana: :hatoff: :D

crazillo
May 31st, 2004, 05:26 PM
Somehow I feel a bit sorry for Thongdach. But just a VERY bit.

Calliope.
May 31st, 2004, 08:51 PM
Gooooo Sesil :D

ghosts
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:16 PM
Sesil Karatancheva (BUL)[1] def. Stephanie Dubois (CAN) 6-3 6-3

:woohoo: :yeah: :hatoff:

Stats of the match:

Karatancheva (BUL) Dubois (CAN)

1st Serve % 39 of 62 = 63 % 35 of 62 = 56 %

Aces 2 0

Double Faults 2 7

Unforced Errors 34 47

Winning % on 1st Serve 22 of 39 = 56 % 20 of 35 = 57 %

Winning % on 2nd Serve 13 of 23 = 57 % 7 of 27 = 26 %

Winners (Including Service) 16 17

Receiving Points Won 35 of 62 = 56 % 27 of 62 = 44 %

Break Point Conversions 6 of 12 = 50 % 3 of 5 = 60 %

Net Approaches 5 of 8 = 63 % 6 of 8 = 75 %

Total Points Won 70 54

Good Luck in the QF's Sesil! :bounce:

ghosts
Jun 3rd, 2004, 03:36 PM
Sesil is into the semis after defeating Russia's Elena Vesnina by 6-3 and 6-1 :dance:
she will meet Ukraine's Bondarenko tomorrow ;) :)

Aide Sesil :yippee:

ghosts
Jun 4th, 2004, 02:26 PM
Sesil is in the final :woohoo:

c'mon win this title ;) :) Sesil defeated today (again) Bondarenko 7-6(4) 6-1 in 65 mins or so ;)

The final is vs Madalina Gojnea, unseeded from Romania :)

ghosts
Jun 6th, 2004, 11:49 AM
Sesil is the ROLAND GARROS 04 princess :yippee: :dance:

well done and keep winning my sweetie :drool:

:bounce:

ghosts
Jun 6th, 2004, 05:05 PM
Sesil just said in an interview for a Bulgarian TV that she will be given a WC into US Open main draw :D ;)
Martina Hingis took an interview of Sesil after the final match so I expect to see it on Eurosport later today :banana:

dany_m111
Jun 10th, 2004, 11:04 AM
in onother interview for Radio "Gong" she said she believes she could qualify for the final Masters Tournament. :lol: That means... top 16 till the end of the year??? Or am I wrong?
That sounds too optimistic I think but... who knows...

ghosts
Jun 10th, 2004, 11:17 AM
That means top 8 :wavey: ;)

btw, she and Tzvetana Pironkova will take part in the women's club champs at the end of this month :)
we have great chances, c'mon girls :yeah:

Nastyafan
Jun 12th, 2004, 10:54 PM
Hello guys!:wavey:
I hadn't noticed this forum so far.
I like Sesil. She is an incredible talented and intelligent girl. I saw some her appearances here (the last one was for one economic:rolleyes: broadcast) and she spoke very maturely. :)
But I don't like when she behaves as a typical arrogant American. If I'm not mistaken once she said that she hasn't tennis idols, but I think she tries to copy Williamses. She didn't kick Sharapova's ass, but now she speaks about winning USO, qualifing for Masters... I don't know if it's some sort of PR manner or she has acquired the american arrogance but in any case I don't admire it. I hate almost all american players (politicians even more) for their arrogance and can't accept this demerit in Bulgarians either. She should have confidence but this is tooooooo much.:devil:
Of course, I would be happy Bulgaria to have the best tennis player in the world, but if she will be white Bulgarian Williams.:confused:.. maybe not
But I hope she will mature

Congrats for winning RG juniors and go Sesil:kiss:

ghosts
Jun 22nd, 2004, 09:51 PM
Serving for success


http://www.sofiaecho.com/showpic.php?img=imWqK0cb.jpgBulgarian Cecil Karatancheva, 14, won the Girls' Singles Roland Garros Tournament on June 6 and moved to second place in the rank at the junior International Tennis Federation (ITF).

"I am proud of what I have achieved," Karatancheva said after her return from France.

Karatancheva is the new tennis prodigy who moved from 16th to second place in world ranking. She won the trophy for girls at Roland Garros without losing a set in her six matches.

Before leaving for France she said "I don't care much if I will become number one". She is certain this won't go to her head. "And I am the favourite of the media. This success will not change me. When I think something, I will say it or do it, without passing over in silence," Karatancheva said.

This was part of Karatancheva's series of 16 victories in tennis for the season. Karatancheva in the first Bulgarian to claim the Grand Slam since 1990. Manuela Maleeva had won the trophy in 1982 and her sister Magdalena won in 1990.

Katerina Maleeva has also reached the final at Roland Garros 20 years ago but lost in game versus Gabriela Sabatini.

At the final Karatancheva won with 6:4, 6:0 against Madalina Gojnea of Romania.

She then stood on the same ground as Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Gabriela Sabatini, Hana Mandlikova who also won the Grand Slam and raised her trophy.

The very ambitious and self-confident young player wants to win at the women's Roland Garros event again next year and is already looking forward to the event. She said she will miss the junior Wimbledon events to take part in European women's club championship in France.

Further she is leaving for Nick Bollettieri's school in the US where she trains. Bollettieri, known as the most famous coach of young talents all over the world, said he expects Karatancheva to become number one in the world in few years.

In March Karatancheva reached the third round of the Pacific Life Open tournament in Indian Wells, which is one of the biggest tennis events in the world. "How can I not love Bulgaria, I am at home here," Karatancheva said in March after she returned from the Indian Wells tournament. She had defeated former Wimbledon semifinalist Alexandra Stevenson and 25th-ranked Magui Serna, but lost in the third round from Russia's Maria Sharapova at that tournament.

According to Karatancheva's father and manager Radoslav, a former member of parliament, much more success is expected from her but we know there is still a lot of work that remains to be done.

In return she says that they both have had a long way to here. "I have succeeded what I wanted and now I need experience in international tournaments," she said.

ghosts
Jun 29th, 2004, 07:32 PM
just to note that Sesil Karatancheva is the new junior #1 in the world now ;) :D

grmbl
Jun 29th, 2004, 09:31 PM
just to note that Sesil Karatancheva is the new junior #1 in the world now ;) :D

wow.. for 1 week.. next week Misa, Sharar or Nicole will be on the number one spot.

ghosts
Jun 30th, 2004, 06:10 AM
wow.. for 1 week.. next week Misa, Sharar or Nicole will be on the number one spot.
yes you're right
but honestly juniors is not Sesil's league :)

the cat
Jul 24th, 2004, 07:35 PM
I finally saw a tape of the Sesila Karatancheva - Maria Sharapova third round match in Indian Wells and Sesil was very impressive even though she lost. :) She is a brilliant athlete with great speed and quickness. But more than just having raw speed Sesil gracefully glides around the court like 2 other beautiful movers Anastasia Myskina and the ballet trained Maria Kirilenko. But Sesil is even faster than they are and when she turns on her speed she is the fastest player I've seen since Steffi Graf! :D :bolt:There is saying about someone being as quick as a cat and Sesil is that! :cat: Sesil has respectable power. But she's only 14 and she will develope a better serve and a better ground game as time goes by. I don't see any reason why she can't be a top tennis player someday! :D

As for her match against Maria, Sesil showed from the start that she belonged on the court with Masha but eventually Masha's power and size advantage took a toll on Sesil. And I wonder what not playing a WTA Tour match for about 6 months will do to Sesil's developement. I don't want a 14 year old girl to play too much tennis on the WTA Tour or in practice for that matter. But there is no way going 6 months between WTA Tour matches for Sesil is good for her game. :( I hope when she plays her second WTA tournament in August after she turns 15 that Sesil can win a round or 2 so she has that winning feeling on the WTA Tour again like she had in Indian Wells. :)

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 25th, 2004, 01:37 AM
[b](2)Sesil Karatancheva (BUL) def. (1)Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) 75 62

Dang it...

ghosts
Jul 25th, 2004, 07:33 AM
I totally agree with you, the cat :bounce: :cat:

the cat
Jul 25th, 2004, 08:43 PM
Sesil still has to prove herself, Ghosts. But I think she will be a top player on the WTA Tour if she stays healthy and grows a couple more inches in height. Her spped and defense will be the best in women's tennis someday. The question is how good will her offensive game be?

And I hope Sesil plays the U.S. Open this year. She deserves a wildard into the maindraw.

ghosts
Jul 26th, 2004, 07:21 AM
I think she is quite tall now... even if she doesn't grow an inch anymore I wouldn't be worried of that. She is already a perfect athlete!
The other thing is that I can't imagine Sesil being a defensive player after 2-3 years, she might have showed some defensive play vs Sharapova but that was because she didn't have any chance of overpowering Maria...

About the WCs I'm almost absolutely sure she'll get them for Vancouver and Flushing Meadows... but let's see what will she do with them ;) :p

Kutuzova
Aug 1st, 2004, 12:55 AM
I would rather see Sesil qualify for the US and wins some matches she is expected and also gain more ranking pts.

the cat
Aug 2nd, 2004, 07:47 PM
Sesil deserves a couple of wildcards. Not playing a WTA tournament in 6 months come august is not good for her developement as a tennis player.

Ghosts, how tall do you think Sesil is? My guess form her match against Sharapova from Indian Wells in february is about 5'7".

Kutuzova
Aug 7th, 2004, 02:34 PM
Sesil got into Vancouver this week!

Gajdosova(1) v. Rice
Smashey v. Okamoto
Dubois v. Liggan
Matic v. Popadic(5)

Neffa-De Los Rios(2) v. Garcia Sokol
Aoyama v. Tetreault
Dekmeijere v. Senoglu
Rao v. Kloesel(7)

Vaidisova(3) v. Zoricic
Kim v. Marois
Van Exel v. Ospina
Fujiwara v. Nakamura(8)

Alves(4) v. Dabek
Bachmann v. Takase
J.Lee v. Karatantcheva
Wozniak v. Xie(6)

Good luck in your first qualy match GO SESIL!

Peer101
Aug 8th, 2004, 02:51 PM
Sesil beat Janet 6-1 6-1 :D

Peer101
Aug 8th, 2004, 03:04 PM
Happy b-day Sesil :bdaycake: :bdaycake: :bdaycake: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :)

the cat
Aug 8th, 2004, 05:53 PM
Happy birthday to Sesil! :bdaycake: :aparty:

And that was an impressive win Sesil had over Janet Lee. :D

Andrew.
Aug 9th, 2004, 02:23 PM
Sesil def. Xie 4-6 6-1 6-1. :woohoo:

She plays Bachmann for a spot in the main draw. :D

grmbl
Aug 9th, 2004, 04:01 PM
Come on bachman! ;)

BK4ever
Aug 9th, 2004, 09:38 PM
Sesil beat bachman :D

I hoping for a Sesil d. who cares in the final :D

Kutuzova
Aug 11th, 2004, 11:27 AM
Sesil def. Yoshida 6-2 6-3!
Picture of her from tourney on WTA homepage

ghosts
Aug 11th, 2004, 07:26 PM
Well done Sesil :D
keep it up :yeah:

crazillo
Aug 11th, 2004, 07:31 PM
Although I am a fan ob BUl tennis I am still German and I am one of the biggest Anna Lena Groenefeld fans. I really hope ALG and Sesil meet in Rd. 2, but u have to understand I will route for ALg (who is promising, too).

Derek.
Aug 12th, 2004, 04:31 AM
Woohoo Sesil! :woohoo: Good luck tomorrow! :D

Derek.
Aug 13th, 2004, 03:25 AM
Sesil beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-5 6-4! :bigclap: :D :woohoo: :bounce:

ghosts
Aug 13th, 2004, 05:40 AM
great win :yeah:

go go go :kiss:

Kutuzova
Aug 13th, 2004, 12:55 PM
GO SESIL
go QF against Pin
Keep Going get to the FINAL against Vaidisova

ghosts
Aug 14th, 2004, 06:32 AM
Sesil lost today to Pin 26 64 16 :(
she was 26 04 down and won the second set with change of tactics but got tired in the final set...

Now I really hope for a US Open main draw WC ;)

Derek.
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:45 PM
What's Sesil's next event? :)

crazillo
Aug 17th, 2004, 01:25 AM
Usopen.

Derek.
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:40 PM
Sesil has a very good chance at the US Open junior title and can also win a some matches on the ladies US Open also. :)

ghosts
Aug 21st, 2004, 07:24 PM
A new cheering thread for a new star :worship:

BK4ever
Aug 25th, 2004, 01:37 PM
Saw Sesil yesterday, she was awesome...she is so aggressive...and her BH :wow:

But she really needs to work on her serve, especially her second...she hits it too flat, she needs to develop a kick or slice serve.

I cant wait for the drama if she makes it into the main draw.

ghosts
Aug 25th, 2004, 03:02 PM
Thanks BK4ever ;)
Post more articles here if you see Sesil again :D

ghosts
Aug 26th, 2004, 08:43 PM
Sesil def. Mueller 7-6(2) 4-6 7-5

too close but nice anyway ;) :)

only just one win away vs Birnerova :) aide ;)

Kutuzova
Aug 27th, 2004, 02:55 PM
Alex is a tough youngster. Sesil might not haved played her best but she has to step it up vs. Birnerova who is playing well. GO SESIL, i know u got this!

the cat
Aug 31st, 2004, 02:46 PM
Sesil plays the tough Russina Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round of the U.S. Open. I hope Sesil enjoys the moment because this is her first maindraw grand slam match. It will be important that Sesil plays great defense because her great defense could lead to Kuznetsova making alot of unforced errors. And that would give Sesil a chance to cause a major upset. Kuznetsova lost in the first round of Wimbledon so she doesn't have alot of confidence. And playing someone so young like the 15 year old Karatancheva is might unnerve Kuznetsova.

the cat
Sep 1st, 2004, 04:30 PM
Sesil got routed by Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-0 in the first round of the U.S, Open. :( Sesil has too much talent to win only 2 games against Kuznetsova so imagine nerves were an issue for her playing in her first maindraw grand slam match. I hope Sesil learns from this and I hope she plays a few challengers this fall because winning matches in the challengers will build her confidence for the WTA Tour.

ghosts
Sep 1st, 2004, 04:54 PM
A poster who saw the whole match said Sesil was playing very well in the first 3-4 games of the match... but after Kuznetsova got into it Sesil didnt have a reply :sad:

JoeB_UK
Sep 7th, 2004, 11:24 PM
lol i think that may have been me! she did play well for the first 3-4 games, if im right she was pushing kuznet to deuce and maybe break points on kuznets serve. i have taped the match, ill prob watch it again somtime. i was impressed with her in the early stages until she got blasted off the court

Aleksz
Sep 11th, 2004, 01:01 PM
my pics of Sesil taken in RG this year :

http://membres.lycos.fr/petram/pic/thumbnails.php?album=43

http://membres.lycos.fr/petram/pic/albums/userpics/10001/sesil1.jpg

BK4ever
Sep 12th, 2004, 02:13 PM
Did anyone notice that Sesil has been wearing Nike all year and then against Sveta she had on Adidas ????

ghosts
Sep 12th, 2004, 02:20 PM
yes I noticed that and liked it because I'd prefer Adidas too ;)

JoeB_UK
Sep 12th, 2004, 05:54 PM
why didnt she play in the junior usopen too?

Kutuzova
Sep 12th, 2004, 07:34 PM
I do not think that Sesil was sponsored before the US Open b/c at the french open juniors she wore some adidas outfits also and in the vancouver tourney she did the same but then at the US Open i think she got a deal with adidas.

bgbgbg
Sep 13th, 2004, 09:50 PM
I do not think that Sesil was sponsored before the US Open b/c at the french open juniors she wore some adidas outfits also and in the vancouver tourney she did the same but then at the US Open i think she got a deal with adidas.

:yeah:

why didnt she play in the junior usopen too?

i don't think she wanted to play juniors so she used her injury to withdraw

JoeB_UK
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:32 PM
well she is back playing juniors:
G1-Kentucky International Junior Tennis Derby:
Bondarenko, Kateryna
Azarenka, Viktoria
Karatancheva, Sesil
Vaidisova, Nicole
Havartsova, Volha
Niculescu, Monica
Erakovic, Marina
Cohen, Julia
Gojnea, Madalina
Klebanova, Alisa
Wozniak, Alexandra
Kulikova, Regina
Rodina, Evgeniya
Szatsmari, Agnes
Kosminskaya, Ekaterina
Grebenyuk, Evgenia
Schnack, Yasmin
Aziz, Magy
Marcio, Krysty
Alvarez, Maria
Gambale, Mary T.
Shvedova, Yaroslava
Glatch, Alexa N.
Buzarnescu, Mihaela
Biglmaier, Mihaela
Lukic, Vojislava
Iyer, Tara
Marinovic, Mirna
Wozniacki, Caroline
Kisczynska, Magdalena
Tsang, Katrina C.
Plotkin, Elizabeth
Savchuk, Olga
Vaisemberg, Roxane
Heinser, Jennifer Lee
Avedissian, Amanda
Burdette, Lindsay
Kobak, Elizabeth
King, Vania
Hyndman, Yvette M.
Gloria, Melanie


looks an amazing draw

JoeB_UK
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:32 PM
Maindraw

Viktoria Azarenka (1) BLR Bye
Kimberly Couts Bradenton, FL vs Maria Mokh RUS Odenton, MD
Ekaterina Kosminskaya (9) RUS bye
Ekaterina Shulaeva CAN vs Iryna Matiychyk UKR

9 Julia Cohen (5) Weston, FL Bye
Lauren Albanese Coral Springs, FL vs Sarah Aulombard
Vojislava Lukic (16) SCG Bye
Ashley Weinhold Austin, TX vs Jordan E Jenkins Sarasota, FL

Monica Niculescu (3) ROM Bye
Christy L Striplin Birmingham, AL vs Jennifer Stevens Miami, FL
Maria F Alvarez (11) BOL Bye
Jacqueline D Lee Canton, OH vs Tara Iyer IND

Aleksandra Wozniak (7) CAN Bye
Lindsay Burdette Jackson, GA vs Magdalena Kiszczinska POL
Alexa N Glatch (14) Newport Beach, CA Bye
Gira Schofield Boca Raton, FL vs Stephanie A Harris Chattanooga, TN

33 Katerina Zoricic CAN vs Vania King Long Beach, CA
Bye 36 Florencia Molinero (13) ARG
Tania Rice CAN vs Amanda Fink Calabasas, CA
Bye Madalina Gojnea (6) ROM

Joanna Matuszcyk POL vs Carla Tamborini Arcadia, CA
Bye Mary T Gambale (12) Billerica, MA
Mirna Marinovic CRO vs Courtney J Clayton Fort Lauderdale, FL
Bye Marina Erakovic (4) NZL

Yvette M Hyndman Bradenton, FL vs Emmy Fritz-Krockow Fairfax, VA
Bye Mihaela Buzarnescu (15) ROM
Roxane Vaisemberg BRA vs Melanie Gloria CAN
Bye Evgeniya Rodina (8) RUS

Elizabeth Plotkin San Francisco, CA vs Jilian O'Neill CAN
Bye Magy Aziz (10) EGY
Caroline Wozniacki DEN vs Jennifer Lee Heinser Miami, FL
Bye Olga Govortsova (2) BLR

JoeB_UK
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:34 PM
hmmm cant seem to see her in the draw?

ghosts
Sep 14th, 2004, 02:10 PM
yeah I saw her yesterday in Sofia...

JoeB_UK
Sep 20th, 2004, 12:12 PM
just got the sharapova indian wells on dvd, i was impressed by her movement this time! covers the court so well.

pixy75
Oct 3rd, 2004, 03:48 PM
Let's support Sesil in ATG Japan open!
Tomorrow, 4th oct, she will play with Antonia matic or Anne Kremer! Go Sesil:bounce:

ghosts
Oct 4th, 2004, 07:49 AM
Go Sesil :yeah: :D

she plays doubles with Nicole ;)

ghosts
Oct 4th, 2004, 01:40 PM
Q1 Karatantcheva def. Aoyama 6-1 6-4
Q2 Karatancheva def. (7) Kremer 6-2 6-1 :eek: :D

bgbgbg
Oct 4th, 2004, 04:06 PM
Q3 Karatancheva def. (2)Gagliardi 6-4 6-2 :woohoo:
R1 Karatancheva vs. (8)Parra Santonja
aide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pixy75
Oct 4th, 2004, 04:21 PM
Tomorrow, 5th, Sesil play with Arantxa Parra Santonja(esp)
in the court 8, perhaps at about 12AM.
Go, Sesil! I must be there:bounce:

grmbl
Oct 4th, 2004, 08:53 PM
hello ghosts!! :P

ghosts
Oct 5th, 2004, 05:55 AM
hello ghosts!! :P
hey wokkel ;) :)

Aide Sesil :banana: :bounce: :yippee:

ghosts
Oct 6th, 2004, 12:14 PM
R1 Karatancheva def. (8)Parra Santonja 6-2 6-4
R2 Kapros def. (Q)Karatancheva 6-4 6-0

disappointing loss to Kapros in the second round but still explainable..........

Doubles First Round:
(5) Hopkins/Washington (USA/USA) d. (WC) Karatantcheva/Vaidisova (BUL/CZE) 75 62

JoeB_UK
Oct 6th, 2004, 03:36 PM
anyone manage to watch the match or get a report?

sesilfan
Oct 6th, 2004, 08:45 PM
Sesil lost to Kapros 64 60.Maybe she is still just too young for so many matches.

ghosts
Oct 7th, 2004, 08:12 AM
Sesil lost to Kapros 64 60.Maybe she is still just too young for so many matches.
Yes, coming from the qualies is always tough......

Gowza
Oct 8th, 2004, 02:25 AM
yeah coming from qualies is tough, more so on the body than mental. not suer whether sesil is in mental slump or physical slump or whether with the level that is played on the wta tour (compared to juniors) sesil's body hasnt properly got use to it.

xcrtbckhnd
Oct 17th, 2004, 07:13 AM
Sesil is still in the quali draw for Quebec, right? I hope she does well there. 2005 will be her year to shine regardless. Sesil should think about getting into some of the early Australian tournies. She could make a splash there and get her year going.

the cat
Nov 5th, 2004, 11:34 PM
Sesil made it to the quarterfinals of Quebec where she lost a tough 3 set match to Martina Sucha. But atleast she ended her very limited WTA season playing some good tennis. :)

ghosts
Nov 6th, 2004, 10:09 AM
yes sure :)
I think she is playing well and it's normal at this age one player from Bulgaria to lose to a player like Sucha, who is in good form.
Sesil said she wanted to win more points till the OZ Open and that's why she played Quebec. I guess her aim was to be directly in MD, but this QF now will be enough for a good seeding in qualies, I suppose ;)

Aide Sesil :banana:

pla
Nov 29th, 2004, 09:33 AM
Here is some funny and nice article about Sesil

osted on Sat, Nov. 27, 2004

Mike Henry Tennis

Karatantcheva could be next

WTA star

BRADENTON - When you're constantly busy with tournaments, practice and physical training - not to mention studying and being a normal teenager - nutrition can be found in a banana dipped in peanut butter.

But 15-year-old Bulgarian teenager Sesil Karatantcheva's focus switched from food to play when she learned Friday's hitting partner had asked for a return engagement at 10 a.m. today.

On the main court at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.

Karatantcheva jumped up and down and laughed in delight because her partner is Bradenton's Tommy Haas, winner this year of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships and the Mercedes-Benz Cup.

"I still don't know what to say," about Haas' request, Karatantcheva said. "I'm, like, shocked. It makes me feel more confident. I'm very honored."

Her reaction was genuine, yet Bollettieri says his protege has long had a strong belief in her ability.

Two years ago, Karatantcheva lost in the first round of the Girls 18s at the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships. She also met Bollettieri courtside as he worked with students.

"I'm right here by the phone, and she's right there, and it's crowded. I think we had 300 or 400 people around the court," Bollettieri recalled.

"She came up to me and said, 'I'm very good. Can you take a look at me?' I said 'I'm sorry, I don't have time.' She came back again. 'But I'm good. You are making a mistake.'

"So you know what I did the next morning? I took her inside (to watch her hit), and in 30 seconds I told all my coaches, 'This girl is going to be great.' "

Six months later, Karatantcheva, who trains periodically at the NBTA, won the French Junior Girls Championship.

Since then, she's been playing professionally on the International Tennis Federation and Women's Tennis Association circuits while being home-schooled by her father, Radoslav, a former Bulgarian rowing champion.

Karatantcheva won an ITF tournament last year in Shenzhen, China, and has risen to a No. 127 world ranking. She reached the third round of the Indian Wells WTA event in March, losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 against Maria Sharapova.

Bollettieri is convinced Karatantcheva's name will be rolling off the tongues of American fans before long.

"Tommy Haas said it - she's very competitive. She has great wheels, man. And a great attitude. She's not afraid to hit the ball, and she's beginning to get a little spin for control."

Bollettieri said Karatantcheva and 15-year-old Nicole Vaidisova, who won the Vancouver Women's Open last summer, could develop into the next Sharapovas.

After hitting with Haas, Karatantcheva leaves with her father for Palm Beach Gardens and a $50,000 tournament that begins Monday, the same day as the Eddie Herr Girls 18s main draw.

"I am a kid technically," she said, her guileless smile proving the point. "I'm definitely not different than anyone here. I'm one of the players."

But she's traveling in real good company.

source: Bradenton Herald (http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/sports/10280861.htm)

ghosts
Nov 29th, 2004, 02:29 PM
wow lovely article!!! :D
good luck to Sesil in Palm Beach :hug:

pla
Nov 29th, 2004, 04:26 PM
Yeah, good luck to the big-smile-girl :)

Btw, Alex, виждал ли си Елица Костова да играе? Знам че е малко офтопик, но не знам дали си струва нова тема.

ghosts
Nov 29th, 2004, 05:42 PM
виждал съм я да... тази година на държавното в зала, но честно казано тогава не ми направи голямо впечатление. Някои казват, че имала потенциал... незнам

grmbl
Nov 29th, 2004, 05:46 PM
Go Sesil

Valentinov.. :kiss:

:sesil: :anzela:

pla
Nov 29th, 2004, 06:44 PM
Go Sesil

Valentinov.. :kiss:

I see you are obsessed with her :lol: :lol: .

ghosts, благодаря. Ще я следим и нея :)

grmbl
Nov 29th, 2004, 06:48 PM
I see you are obsessed with her :lol: :lol: .

ghosts, благодаря. Ще я следим и нея :)
Whahahaahah!! :lol: :haha:

pla
Nov 29th, 2004, 07:05 PM
Whahahaahah!! :lol: :haha:

Indeed it's funny, there's not a single thread citing her name without you beng in it and saying something (negative in general). :devil:

bgbgbg
Nov 30th, 2004, 12:11 PM
ghosts, благодаря. Ще я следим и нея :)

виждал съм я и в мачове, и на тренировки
вече веднъж писах, че тя има потенциала да стане следващата поне Пиронкова
само ме притеснява изборът на треньор....

crazillo
Nov 30th, 2004, 08:25 PM
thx

ghosts
Dec 3rd, 2004, 08:34 AM
Sesil is playing in Palm Beach Gardens this week ($50k) and is doing great!!!
beat Afinogenova 61 62 in the opening round and Poutchkova 60 60 in the second :eek:

Pretty impressive :banana: :bounce:
keep it up :yeah:

crazillo
Dec 3rd, 2004, 08:56 AM
Good effort, hopefully she takes it match by match this time.

ghosts
Dec 5th, 2004, 08:53 AM
Sesil is in the final ;) :D
she plays vs Sania Mirza who surprisingly defeated the top-seed yesterday
Sesil beat in the quarters Shikha Uberoi 62 46 62
and Edina Gallovits 61 62 in the semis

:bounce:

Andrew.
Dec 6th, 2004, 01:55 AM
Sesil defeated Mirza 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the final, saving three match points en route. :D

Great job Sesil, and a great way to end the year.

the cat
Dec 9th, 2004, 10:49 PM
Congrats to Sesil on her 50k title. :) That's a nice way for her to end the year. And she pummeled the players she was supposed to and that's a good sgn. Losing only 3 games to Afinogenova and Poutchkova is very impressive. :D

Gowza
Dec 10th, 2004, 05:55 AM
good wins there for sesil, next year should be a big one for her.

ghosts
Dec 11th, 2004, 08:36 AM
Sesil said in an interview for a Bulgarian newspaper that she's playing Gold Coast and Australian Open ;)
she will be in Australia from next week on :)

crazillo
Dec 11th, 2004, 11:26 AM
Any news on when Maggie will go there?

the cat
Dec 11th, 2004, 01:57 PM
Sesil was named USTA Circuit Player of the Week for winning the 50k tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The USTA.com article on Sesil is located at www.imgacademies.com/tennis/default.jsp?newsId=10136&info=0 (http://www.imgacademies.com/tennis/default.jsp?newsId=10136&info=0). Just scroll down and look for the article on Sesil on the right side under News and Views.

I didn't know Sesil was as big as she is listed at. I thought she was a slight girl like Maria Kirilenko but the USTA and WTA Tour both list her as being 5'7 1/2" tall and weight a very solid 140 pounds. If she can grow a couple inches taller in the next couple of years to combine good height with her strong body and great speed (she has run the 40 in 4.8 seconds) she could be a phenomenol athlete playing world class tennis on the WTA Tour. Only time will tell how good a tennis player Sesil will be. But there is no doubt that with her speed and power she will be a great athlete in women's tennis. :D And in time she should have a great backhand too. :)

ghosts
Dec 11th, 2004, 02:34 PM
yeah Sesil isn't slight at all........ both her mum and dad are big
She has a perfect tennis body and I don't think she'll grow up more :)

bgbgbg
Dec 11th, 2004, 02:53 PM
Sesil's plans for next year:
Gold Coast (Tier III, Jan 3)
Australian Open (GS, Jan 17)
Bogota or Memphis (Tier III, Feb 14)
Indian Wells (Tier I, Mar 7)
Miami (Tier I, Mar 21)
Fed Cup (April)
Bundesliga (May)
Roland Garros (GS, May 30)
Wimbledon (GS, Jun 20)

ghosts
Dec 11th, 2004, 03:25 PM
Bundesliga :eek:
wow it will be great if I see her here :D ;)

Can't wait for Fed Cup too :angel:

wise schedule, Sesil ;) good luck :yeah:

crazillo
Dec 11th, 2004, 06:01 PM
Hopefully Maggie and Sesil will be a astrong team together in FedCup!

the cat
Dec 11th, 2004, 08:20 PM
Sure she's grow more, Ghosts. Sesil is only 15 and the taller she gets the better her serve will be. I think she might end up at about 5'9 1/2" tall and weigh about 150 pounds. Who knows how strong she'sll get. But her speed and quickness could make her the fastest player in women's tennis and with her backhand she'll be able to bang with the big girls too. :bolt: :smash: :tennis: Sesil will be an explosive comination of speed and power on the tennis courts and very few women's tennis players are blessed with great speed and alot of power. Sesil could be one of them. But only time will tell.

ZAK
Dec 11th, 2004, 09:27 PM
Sure she's grow more, Ghosts. Sesil is only 15 and the taller she gets the better her serve will be. I think she might end up at about 5'9 1/2" tall and weigh about 150 pounds. Who knows how strong she'sll get. But her speed and quickness could make her the fastest player in women's tennis and with her backhand she'll be able to bang with the big girls too. :bolt: :smash: :tennis: Sesil will be an explosive comination of speed and power on the tennis courts and very few women's tennis players are blessed with great speed and alot of power. Sesil could be one of them. But only time will tell.
Can't compare her to Kirilenko, her legs and arms are so strong! Are you sure you've seen her?;)

TFan1156
Dec 12th, 2004, 06:03 AM
[QUOTE=the cat] Sesil will be an explosive comination of speed and power on the tennis courts and very few women's tennis players are blessed with great speed and alot of power. [QUOTE]

Well said! I was delighted to find this thread here by the way. Also, all feel free to call her THE SESILATOR if you wish. ;)

the cat
Dec 12th, 2004, 07:59 PM
Zak, I have a tape of Sesil's match against Maria Sharpaova at Indian Wells and she was alot slighter then than she is now and that's why I thought her build early in 2004 was reminiscent of Maria's Kirilenko's slight build. Sesil wasn't quite Kirilenko like slight and lean in Indian Wells but she was alot slighter then than she is now. Sesil has probably added 20 pounds of weight to her frame this year and now makes Kirilenko look puny. ;) As long as Sesil can run fast and has a great backhand she will be good player. The question is how good will her serve and forehand get?


TF, the Sesilator is a good nickname.

TFan1156
Dec 12th, 2004, 09:29 PM
TF, the Sesilator is a good nickname.

I agree. And it can be changed into other forms for easy usage, "Sesilation, Sesilating, Sesilate..." This player will be doing some serious damage. ;)

ghosts
Dec 13th, 2004, 07:11 AM
I agree. And it can be changed into other forms for easy usage, "Sesilation, Sesilating, Sesilate..." This player will be doing some serious damage. ;)
Do you guys think I should change the name if this thread? :)

TFan1156
Dec 13th, 2004, 07:15 AM
Do you guys think I should change the name if this thread? :)

If you want, but I actually think she deserves her own fan club and "THE SESILATOR" t-shirts. :D

pla
Dec 13th, 2004, 11:40 AM
Sesil said in an interview for a Bulgarian newspaper that she's playing Gold Coast ...

What's great is that she'll be most probably in the MD of Gold Coast (if I remember correctly the winner of Palm Beach Gardens gets into the MD of Gold Coast). If this is true then Sesil will be fresh when going against the best MD players there.

:D

crazillo
Dec 13th, 2004, 01:13 PM
Really??

Usually you get the Q diret entry there..... Anyways, maybe a bulgarian doubles combo? :p

I think Sesil could crack top-80 next year.

TFan1156
Dec 14th, 2004, 04:07 AM
Really??

Usually you get the Q diret entry there..... Anyways, maybe a bulgarian doubles combo? :p

I think Sesil could crack top-80 next year.

I agree. She is certainly top 5 material but may take a couple of years because of her playing restrictions.

crazillo
Dec 14th, 2004, 08:18 PM
Yes, she has to take it step-by-step.

You never know what life offers to you and Sesil is still so young. Either she will be very succesful and be consistent top-10 or injuries will prevent her from being succesful or she will be mentally weak due to heartbreaking losses. You never know.

See how Maggie was hyped in comparison to her sisters, now she is the arguable No.2 in her family, if she is.... You never know it so early!

But I hope the best and top-80 should be OK!

TFan1156
Dec 14th, 2004, 09:06 PM
Yes, she has to take it step-by-step.

You never know what life offers to you and Sesil is still so young. Either she will be very succesful and be consistent top-10 or injuries will prevent her from being succesful or she will be mentally weak due to heartbreaking losses. You never know.

See how Maggie was hyped in comparison to her sisters, now she is the arguable No.2 in her family, if she is.... You never know it so early!

But I hope the best and top-80 should be OK!

She exhibits mental toughness, confidence, and has the total package with her game. Of course injuries could do her in and nothing is certain... But expecting greatness out of THE SESILATOR is quite reasonable I do believe. But I am biased. ;)

the cat
Dec 16th, 2004, 02:14 PM
I also expect big things from SEsil in the future. She already is a great athlete and has a tremendous backhand. :D I just hope the Sesilnator takes it easy on my 2 favorite tennis players the Masha's Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirielnko in the future. :) :angel: ;) But I think Sesil's great speed :bolt: will give Sharapova fits :eek: and she'll be able to run with Kirilenko:bolt: and then over power her. :smash:

TFan1156
Dec 16th, 2004, 11:03 PM
I also expect big things from SEsil in the future. She already is a great athlete and has a tremendous backhand. :D I just hope the Sesilnator takes it easy on my 2 favorite tennis players the Masha's Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirielnko in the future. :) :angel: ;) But I think Sesil's great speed :bolt: will give Sharapova fits :eek: and she'll be able to run with Kirilenko:bolt: and then over power her. :smash:

I would not count on THE SESILATOR showing any mercy on Maria. In fact Sesil was already talking trash, accusing Maria of ducking her for an exhibition match. Guess she thought Maria was scared as so many are scared of THE SESILATOR. And do not expect THE SESILATOR to show mercy toward anyone who dares oppose her on the court. Is not in her character. She would not be THE SESILATOR if it were... ;)

the cat
Dec 17th, 2004, 03:53 PM
Good point TF. ;) Sesil wouldn't show any player mercy on the court. :mad: Except maybe the endearing Maria Kirilenko. :angel: But from what I know Sesil was telling people at Bollettieri's that she was going to pound Maria Sharapova in a practice match at Bollettieri's! :eek: Maria has trained at Bollettieri's for 10 years and she is the all time Queen at Bollettieri's! :worship: Masha wasn't exactly thrilled an upstart like Sesil was talking trash about her at her place and that's why she blew off their practice match.

And have you noticed that Maria Kirilenko and Nicole Vaidisova are playing along with Sharapova at the exhibition on december 18th in Florida to benefit the hurricane victims? Sesil could have been there too. But she shot off her mouth about Maria and Maria and her father won't forget that. I hope Sesil learned a lesson with her harsh comments about Sharapova. Do your talking with your racquet. I trust Sesil will let her game and athletic skills do her talking for her in the future. She's got the ability to be a special tennis player. But does she have the discipline to be a great player?

TFan1156
Dec 17th, 2004, 07:06 PM
I do not know Cat. I am a fan of Maria also, but I think all THE SESILATOR was saying was this, "if you think you are the top dog at Bolletteri then get in the ring and fight me." But Maria, perhaps concerned about getting SESILATED in front of the academy, did not do so. See like Muhammed Ali, THE SESILATOR does her talking both outside and in the ring, 50-8 as a pro. THE SESILATOR is out to steal the limelight, to be a champion, and woe to anyone that stands in her way. Total SESILATION of her foes is the goal... ;)

the cat
Dec 17th, 2004, 10:43 PM
You may be right TF that Maria didn't want to take the chance that Sesil might beat her in a high profile practice match at Bollettieri's. Afterall Masha would have had alot more to lose in a practice match than Sesil would have. But Masha and her family are considered family at Bollettieri's moreso than any tennis player who has ever trained there. :) And I am sure those who work at Bollettieri's were not pleased Sesil verbally trashed Masha in Indian Wells. :eek: Sesil spoke much better of Maria after their match in Indian Wells and I don't think Sesil will verbally rip Masha in the future.

TFan1156
Dec 17th, 2004, 11:13 PM
Yea I agree, she could go easier on Maria. I am a big fan of both actually. They are cut from the same cloth. But actually, though I know many would disagree with this, I think some more pre-match hype, rivalries, taunts, within reason, would be good for the sport, and help attract a wider audience.

Here are some pics of Sesil doing a press conference. You can tell she loves the attention. I can just sense that she is going to be a star, and I think she knows it.

http://www.sportfiles.com/photogallery/karatancheva/index.htm

the cat
Dec 18th, 2004, 02:10 PM
You might be right about taunts within reason being okay to create some hype. But then Sesil would need to be careful about going after girls who would get intimidated by that kind of talk. For instance I suppose Big Masha (Sharapova)can handle the trash talking Sesil did to her but I don't think Little Masha (Kirilenko) could handle that and it would hurt her. It does matter who Sesil taunts because if she taunts the wrong girl she would be labelled a bad sport bully and no one wants that label.

Good pictures of Sesil.

I hope Sesil can play about 15 tournaments this year including the grand slams. If she can build some positive momentum early in 2005 she could have a breakout year. :)

TFan1156
Dec 18th, 2004, 10:11 PM
I think her tournament play will be limited a lot next year by the rules, her age. But I am not sure of the specifics.

P.S. Sesil must be sure to take it easy on Kirlenko, as being subjected to the full force of SESILATION could be heartrending, devastating to a career. Yet I am looking forward to seeing who she SESILATES at the AO. ;)

the cat
Dec 19th, 2004, 04:56 PM
Maybe Sesil will have a soft spot for Little Masha :angel:. But when Sesil gets another shot at Big Masha she will in full on court attack mode! :mad: :eek: And Sesil could be a dangerous floater at the 2005 Australian Open. :tennis:

TFan1156
Dec 19th, 2004, 09:05 PM
Maybe Sesil will have a soft spot for Little Masha :angel:. But when Sesil gets another shot at Big Masha she will in full on court attack mode! :mad: :eek: And Sesil could be a dangerous floater at the 2005 Australian Open. :tennis:

I could not agree more. Speed, quickness, blistering backhand, cockiness, I am just elated at the thought of all the years we have ahead to enjoy observing the brilliance of THE SESILATOR. :D

Gowza
Dec 20th, 2004, 04:09 AM
man i soo want to see this backhand everyone is talking about! and her speed!

TFan1156
Dec 20th, 2004, 05:40 AM
man i soo want to see this backhand everyone is talking about! and her speed!

SESILATION, well, all I can say is, it is an experience... ;)

crazillo
Dec 20th, 2004, 12:03 PM
Please tell me your opinion about Maggie in my thread about expectations. Thanx!

xcrtbckhnd
Dec 20th, 2004, 01:09 PM
I am so looking forward to see what Sesil can do next year. I hope she really starts off well in Australia and can start getting into GS main draws.

TFan1156
Dec 21st, 2004, 08:26 AM
Sesil Karatantcheva: Circuit Player of the Week

12/7/04 2:34 PM





Birthdate: Aug. 8, 1989
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Residence: Sofia, Bulgaria; Sarasota, Fla.
Height: 5’ 7 ½”
Weight: 140 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand

Fifteen-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria proved once again that she is one of the rising stars in tennis, capturing the first USTA Pro Circuit title of her young career in her first-ever appearance on the USTA Circuit.

Karatantcheva, this year’s junior girls’ French Open champion, cruised through her first two matches last week at the Bernstein/USTA 50K in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., dropping only three games in the opening round against Russian qualifier Ekaterina Afinogenova, 6-1, 6-2, and then crushing Olga Poutchkova of Belarus, 6-0, 6-0, in the second round. She went on to win her quarterfinal match against No. 7 seed Shikha Uberoi of Boca Raton, Fla., in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, and downed No. 8 Edina Gallovits of Romania, 6-1, 6-2, in the semifinals, before posting a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 comeback victory over Sania Mirza of India for the championship.

Karatantcheva, who didn’t even like playing tennis when her father introduced her to the sport at age 5 ½, has come a long way since, with a number of impressive performances in both her professional and junior careers. The 5’ 7 ½” right-hander, a member of the Bulgarian Fed Cup team earlier this year, made her WTA debut as a wild card at Indian Wells in March, upsetting world No. 120 Alexandra Stevenson in the first round and No. 25 Magui Serna in the second, before falling to No. 24 Maria Sharapova in round three. She reached two WTA quarterfinals in Vancouver and Quebec City, and qualified into her first Grand Slam women’s main draw at the US Open, where she ended up losing to No. 9 seed and eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round.

In junior play this year, Karatantcheva posted a flawless 17-0 record on the ITF circuit, winning three straight tournaments in May – the 26th Citta Di Santa Croce, a Grade 1 event held in Santa Croce, Italy; the 45th Italian Open, a Grade A event held in Milan, Italy; and the French Open, a Grade A event held in Paris.

Karatantcheva finished 2004 with a career-high WTA ranking of No. 119 and is currently ranked fifth in the ITF World Junior Rankings.


RANKING HISTORY
2004 – 1* (ITF), 119 (WTA)
2003 – 1* (BUL 18s), 15* (ITF)
2002 – 202* (ITF)
2001 – 24* (ETA 14s), 315* (ETA 16s)
2000 – 1* (BUL 12s)
* Denotes highest ranking achieved during the year.

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

2004

Won her first USTA Pro Circuit championship in her first USTA Circuit appearance, defeating Sania Mirza, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, in the final of the $50,000 event in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Qualified into the WTA event in Quebec City, Canada, and advanced to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Martina Sucha, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
As a qualifier, advanced to the second round of the Japan Open, before falling to Aniko Kapros, 6-4, 6-0.
Made her Grand Slam debut at the US Open after qualifying into the women’s main draw... Lost to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-0, in the opening round.
Reached her first WTA quarterfinal as a qualifier at the event in Vancouver, Canada, where she lost to Camille Pin, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
Was a member of the Bulgarian Fed Cup team that competed in the Group 1, Europe/Africa Round Robin and Playoff.
Reached the third round of Indian Wells as a wild card... Upset world No. 120 Alexandra Stevenson in the first round and No. 25 Magui Serna (seeded 17th in the tournament with a first-round bye) in the second, before falling to No. 24 Maria Sharapova (seeded 16th).
2003

Competed in six ITF Circuit events, winning three and reaching the final of a fourth.
Won the $10,000 ITF event in Volos, Greece – the second pro event of her career – by defeating Tzvetana Pironkova, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, in the final… Upset four seeded players during the week, including the top three seeds.
Reached the final of the $10,000 event in Carcavelos, Portugal, where she lost to Barbara Pocza, 6-2, 6-0… Upset No. 1 seed Diana Costa in the opening round.
Upset No. 2 seed Rosa-Maria Andres-Rodriguez, 7-5, 6-3, in the championship match at the $10,000 ITF/Carcavelos 2 in Portugal.
Won the $50,000 event in Shenzhen, China, as a qualifier, defeating Jie Zheng, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, in the final… Upset four seeds in the tournament, including the top two.
JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS

2004

Captured the first Grand Slam title of her career at Roland Garros 2004, defeating Madalina Gojnea, 6-4, 6-0, in the final... Seeded first, did not drop a set throughout the tournament.
Won her second consecutive singles title at the ITF Grade A 45th Trofeo Bonfiglio "Campionati Internazionali D'Italia," defeating Viktoria Azarenka, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, in the final... Also reached the doubles final (with Marina Erakovic).
Won the singles title at the 26th International Junior Tournament "Citta' Di Santa Croce," defeating Nicole Vaidisova, 7-5, 6-2, in the final.
Reached the semifinals at the Luxilon Cup, the junior event held in conjunction with the Nasdaq-100 Open.
2003

Won her second straight singles championship at the 27th German Junior Open... Beat Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1, 6-3, in the final.
Captured the singles title at the Dutch Junior Open, defeating Verdiana Verardi, 6-4, 6-0, in the final.
Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 39th Astrid Bowl Charleroi, Belgian International Junior Championships, where she lost to Marta Domachowska, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Won the singles title at the Villach Junior Cup, defeating Alisa Kleybanova, 6-2, 6-2, in the final.
Was a singles quarterfinalist at the 21st International Junior Championships of Croatia... Defeated Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 7-5, in the final... Also reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Dia Evtimova).
2002

Reached the quarterfinals of the 4th Yugoslavia Junior Open, falling to Vanja Corovic, 6-2, 6-2.
Was a singles and doubles (with Maren Kassens) quarterfinalist at the Leciva Czech Junior Open.
Advanced to the singles and doubles (with Dijana Stojic) quarterfinals at the Fischer Junior Open der Stadt Wels.
As a qualifier, won the singles title at the Slovenian Junior Open 2002, defeating Vanja Corovic, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1, in the final...
Also reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Kristina Andlovic).
2001

Won the girls' 12 singles title at the Junior Orange Bowl.
Reached the third round of the girls’ 14 Jungsten Cup.
Won the girls’ 12 singles title at the European Championships.
2000

Finished in fifth place in the girls’ 12 Junior Orange Bowl.
Won the girls’ 12 doubles title (with Melissa Saiontz) and reached the singles round of 16 at the Eddie Herr Championships.
PERSONAL

Didn't like tennis at first, when her father introduced her to the game at age 5 ½.
Trains half the year at the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy and the other half in Bulgaria.
Father, who placed seventh in the World Cup of Rowing, was a Bulgarian National Champion, and mother, a volleyball player, was also a Bulgarian National Champion.
Sisters are Gabriele (a name picked by Sesil for her favorite player Gabriela Sabatini) and Elia.
Attributes beginning mastery of English to listening to "Spice Girls ALL the Time" and is now doing the same with Spanish by listening to Shakira.
Hobbies include basketball, listening to rap and hip hop music.
Favorite tennis player is Roger Federer.
Hopes to be the No. 1 player in the world one day.

the cat
Dec 22nd, 2004, 07:18 PM
It's important for Sesil to show some improvement on her serve and forehand in 2005. We know her backhand and defense are great but if she can develope the other parts of her game into being above average then she will become a top tennis player.

Kutuzova
Dec 22nd, 2004, 07:20 PM
Sesil's serve has already improved alot this year. From when I saw her at Indian Wells to when I saw her at the US Open the serve was much better and effective. She just needs to keep that up and develop a better 2nd serve.

TFan1156
Dec 22nd, 2004, 09:24 PM
It's important for Sesil to show some improvement on her serve and forehand in 2005. We know her backhand and defense are great but if she can develope the other parts of her game into being above average then she will become a top tennis player.

It is hard to disagree with such a statement, but you see if THE SESILATOR gets too lethal then she would be invincible. Then the woman`s tour would be all about THE SESILATOR, like the men`s tour is all about Roger. I mean how fun would it be just watching THE SESILATOR spank all her opponents? It would get boring after a while. Plus you would begin to pity her victims.. ;)

pla
Dec 22nd, 2004, 09:36 PM
Here are some pics of Sesil doing a press conference. You can tell she loves the attention. I can just sense that she is going to be a star, and I think she knows it.

http://www.sportfiles.com/photogallery/karatancheva/index.htm

Great pics, thanks a lot TFan.
:worship:

TFan1156
Dec 22nd, 2004, 09:59 PM
Great pics, thanks a lot TFan.
:worship:

Sure thing. :D Unfortunately, there are not a whole lot of Sesilator pics around at this time.

pla
Dec 22nd, 2004, 10:56 PM
Sure thing. :D Unfortunately, there are not a whole lot of Sesilator pics around at this time.

Yes and 1/3 of them are crap- RG pictures are very bad. But some of those you posted are :hearts: - she is a sweet young girl.

TFan1156
Dec 23rd, 2004, 12:29 AM
Yes and 1/3 of them are crap- RG pictures are very bad. But some of those you posted are :hearts: - she is a sweet young girl.

Here are some more good Sesilator shots. She seems to just love attention from the press. :)

http://www.bg-tennis.com/sessil/novi/novi.html

the cat
Dec 27th, 2004, 06:37 PM
Kutuzova, I hope you're right about Sesil's serve improving in 2004.

TF, I hope Sesil fullfils her vast potential so we can find out how big a winner and how big a star she can be.

TFan1156
Dec 27th, 2004, 08:07 PM
TF, I hope Sesil fullfils her vast potential so we can find out how big a winner and how big a star she can be.

Cat,

Consider it done. It is in her genes. The whole tour is already terrified of THE SESILATOR and for good reason. ;)

crazillo
Dec 27th, 2004, 08:32 PM
BTW. imagine a first round Maleeva-Karatancheva at GoldCoast. It would take ages I guess.

TFan1156
Dec 27th, 2004, 08:45 PM
BTW. imagine a first round Maleeva-Karatancheva at GoldCoast. It would take ages I guess.

Maggie does not want any part of THE SESILATOR... ;)

crazillo
Dec 27th, 2004, 09:11 PM
;)

TFan1156
Dec 28th, 2004, 04:43 AM
Here is an interesting article and interview with THE SESILATOR entitled, "Some mistake me for Kournakova."

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=32377

Priceless quote from THE SESILATOR. ;)

Q: Some compared you to Anna Kournikova - is that flattering you?

A: Once they even mistook me for Kournikova while I was doing my practice. I am okay with that, although the fist time they compared me to her I thought, "Am I really such a bad player?" Now I know what they mean is I'm just as pretty. This is a compliment, but really no big deal.

ghosts
Dec 28th, 2004, 08:57 AM
BTW. imagine a first round Maleeva-Karatancheva at GoldCoast. It would take ages I guess.
I think Sesil may play Auckland...

crazillo
Dec 28th, 2004, 10:02 AM
Uhhhhm... But didn't her win enable her to play GoldCoast?

ghosts
Dec 28th, 2004, 11:34 AM
Uhhhhm... But didn't her win enable her to play GoldCoast?
Looking at the lists obviously not :(

crazillo
Dec 28th, 2004, 02:34 PM
Well then... It will be a great experience for her anyways. It's her first time in Australia, let's wait how fast she can adapt to thsoe conditions.