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Escape
Sep 22nd, 2006, 06:09 PM
Congrats Iroda :banana:

KV
Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:40 PM
After all the trouble she's been through, nice to see her in SF's.

tobi
Sep 22nd, 2006, 11:33 PM
Congrats Iroda :banana: :kiss:

goldenlox
Sep 23rd, 2006, 04:03 PM
Iroda lost her semi, but had a good week

BoucharDRules
Sep 24th, 2006, 01:07 PM
This is encouraging! :D

But still no visuals...... :(

lilimi
Sep 24th, 2006, 01:54 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060923/i/r837784882.jpg

lilimi
Sep 24th, 2006, 01:57 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/global/photogallery/kolkata/f_19.jpg

Sweep
Sep 25th, 2006, 03:17 PM
Great week for Iroda, shame she couldn't make the final but she had a fantastic run!

andrewbroad
Sep 26th, 2006, 01:34 AM
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SUNFEAST OPEN (Kolkata, India; indoor Greenset; WTA Tier III)
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Iroda was a brilliant player in 2001-2003, when she regularly played on the WTA Tour and in Grand Slams.

But a stress-fracture in her right elbow required surgery, and Iroda was sidelined from July 2003 to October 2004. Since then she's played only sporadically due to numerous injuries and undisclosed family-problems (more on which below), and in a diminished capacity.

But she has just won the Asian Championships (in the second week of the US Open) to earn herself a main-draw wild card for the Australian Open 2007. She had planned to play on for two more years, but now she wants to play until she's 30! :)

And her five wins to reach the semi-finals of Kolkata - her first WTA tournament of 2006 - are very encouraging. It seems that she is injury-free for the first time in three years, and the WTA Tour will be much richer for having her back! :D

Iroda is talking big: her goal for the Australian Open 2007 is to reach the quarter-finals (she has reached four Grand Slam third rounds in her career, but never a fourth round), and she still sees herself reaching the top ten in the future!

Iroda was the Player-representative for this tournament.

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Photos
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It's so nice to see new photos of Iroda again! :)


Off-court:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/ (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/) (Kolkata)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=264376 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=264376) (HQs)
http://content.msn.co.in/Sports/Stories/TennisIS_220906_2039.htm (http://content.msn.co.in/Sports/Stories/TennisIS_220906_2039.htm)

She's still wearing the ring that could be a wedding-ring, I see.


On-court (Iroda and Olga Poutchkova):
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=iroda (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=iroda)
Search Getty Images for "iroda"

It's pretty cool that there's only one Iroda in the world, so you don't have to type "tulyaganova" into every search-engine! ;)

These are the first action-photos I've seen of Iroda in 2006, and the first photos from 2006 that even come close to doing justice to her looks. Yes, there was that little off-court photo from the Asian Championships, and the one from Kolkata - but they were so small, and as off-court photos, they paled in comparison to her exciting photoshoots from Knokke-Heist 2001! :drool:


On-court photo from the Asian Championships:
http://www.press-uz.info/ru/content.scm?topicId=2803&contentId=19074 (http://www.press-uz.info/ru/content.scm?topicId=2803&contentId=19074)

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Notes & Netcords
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There is a very interesting interview with Iroda in the 25th September edition of Notes & Netcords (the official newsletter of the WTA Tour), which you can download here:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/media/notesandnetcords/ (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/media/notesandnetcords/)

The interview is on p.12 of the PDF file, along with a photo, and if you're interested enough in Iroda to be reading this, you should definitely check it out!

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Qualifying: First round (Saturday 16th September)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [4] d. Meghha Vakaria, 6-1 6-0

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Qualifying: Second round (Sunday 17th September)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [4] d. SANDY GUMULYA [2], 6-1 6-3

From 1-1, Iroda won five games in a row to take the first set.

In the second set Iroda trailed 1-2, but led 3-2 and 4-3, losing no more games.

www.wismilakinternational.com (http://www.wismilakinternational.com/): "What's good about Sandy? Well, she runs well and hits hard, she is tactically astute, and she made very few unforced errors against Brémond. If she can keep up that kind of level then she might make it to the top 100 quite soon. It wouldn't surprise me at all if she goes even higher, into the top 50. She very talented and on her way."


From Netindia123.com
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Iroda enters main draw, back with bang after three-year layoff
Kolkata | September 17, 2006 5:45:50 PM IST

Iroda Tulyaganova's assertion that she would not have returned to the WTA tours unless she was sure of doing well reverberated in the majestic venue as she walloped both her opponents in the last two days to make a grand entry into the main draws of Sunfeast Open.

Today she crushed Sandy Gumulya of Indonesia 6-1, 6-3 with a range of strokes that can be remembered and admired at. The result could have been bettered had not a couple of unforced errors forced gave the Indonesian a game in the second set.

Agile, attacking and a fantastic weaponry of returns made her look like she was on song, decimating her opponent in style. Only few players in the WTA Tour would be as unlucky as Tulyaganova.

In 2002 the Uzbek girl was enjoying her career-best singles ranking of 16. She also won gold in the Busan Asian Games that year.

Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Anastasia Myskina, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Jelena Dokic -- she's had career wins over them all.

"I was playing my best tennis of my life. But I think I had overdone it. My bone gave way. It broke and took me three years to rehabilitate," she told UNI.

Yesterday she defeated Meghha Vakaria 6-1, 6-0.

However, the injury to her right elbow forced Iroda out of the circuit for three years starting 2003.

"It feels very sad. I too could have been where these girls are now. I was playing some of my best tennis when the elbow injury meant I couldn't compete for three years. I went through a very hard time. On the financial front too, life was tough. But I guess life's like that," Iroda said.

Couched in her entry into the main draw was a quiet warning for her opponents that she was back and, if she could have her way, back with a bang.

The former junior Wimbledon champion has a different take on life now.

"Now I'm a lot more relaxed. I don't kill myself if I lose a match. I enjoy my tennis a lot more these days.

"I've always been a winner in my life. And, I'm making a comeback not to linger around the Top-100, but to even better my highest ranking of 16. I do see myself ranked within the Top-10 in the world in the future. For the moment though, I'll be happy if I can finish this season inside the Top-200," she said.

The Sunfeast Open may be only her sixth tournament in her comeback year, but Iroda has already won the Asian Championships in Tashkent last week and has got herself a wild card for next season's first Grand Slam -- the Australian Open.

"These tournaments are a build-up for the Australian Open. I am looking forward to making every tournament I play count. I would like to do well in Sunfeast, that goes without saying," he said.

Now she is also preparing for the Asian Games in Doha.

"The federation is likely to make a camp in Thailand or maybe in Qatar some three weeks before the tourney to get us acclimatised to the heat of the desert city," she said.

Iroda lives with her mother, sister, aunt and their two daughters and her dog Chema. "My house is all women stuff. Call it the gang of Women Mafia. My Chema is the only male in the house," she signs off with a genial laughter.

UNI BA AY BD1632
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Undisclosed family-problems... no mention of her father in that last paragraph... what happened to Batir? From what Iroda says in her Notes & Netcords interview (see above), I do know that he is not dead.

And who are the "their" in "their two daughters"? I guess "they" must be any two of Iroda, Anna, Nargiza and the aunt, but I'm having difficulty reconciling this ambiguous sentence (which seems to imply that Nargiza and the aunt are mothers) with what seems most likely (Anna and the aunt? Just the aunt?).

That paragraph does not sit well with the rumour that Iroda got married.


From cities.expressindia.com
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Iroda may be trying to pull her game together, but she says she needs a coach to help her realise her dream. At the moment she can't afford a coach, but she says she's applied to the Federation for help.

So how different is she finding the Tour now? "Well, it was more friendly when I was playing. Now, it's just competitive," she said.
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More quotes from Iroda
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"I too could have been where these girls are now. I was playing on top of my form when the elbow injury took me out of competition for three years.

"I went through a hard time - both mentally and financially. But, I guess life's like that.

"I have always been a winner in my life. Now that I have another chance, I will try move higher than my last best ranking [#16] in the WTA. Frankly, I see myself ranked within the top-10 in the world in future. For the moment, I will be happy if I can finish this season inside the Top-200."

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Main draw: First round (Tuesday 19th September)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] d. Chuang,Chia-Jung [Q], 6-4 6-1

Iroda led 2-1 but trailed 2-3. The scoreboard froze at 4-4, and some sources say that Chuang retired at that scoreline.

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KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Uzbekistan's Iroda Tulyaganova is keen to get her career back on track after suffering three frustrating years of injury trouble following her 2002 Asian Games triumph.

The Tashkent-born 24-year-old was rated among the brightest prospects in the world four years ago, reaching a career-high WTA ranking of 16 on the back of three tournament victories and impressive wins over several top 10 players.

However, Tulyaganova's world came crashing down in 2003 after the hard-serving player suffered an elbow stress fracture that required surgery.

Dejected and struggling financially during her extended recovery period competing in lower tier tournaments, Tulyaganova is delighted to be plying her trade back in a main tour event.

Ranked a lowly 346th, she entered this week's Kolkata Open as a qualifier, but showed her class to sweep into the second round with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Taiwan's Chuang Chia-jung on Tuesday.

"I didn't realise before what I was playing for, because I was young and had nothing to lose," she told reporters. "But now I'm fighting for every win".

"This is my second start. I think I'm mentally tougher, more mature and composed on court."

BEST TENNIS

Tulyaganova, who has played very few events this year, spoke about her injury woes earlier in the week, after winning her two qualifying rounds to enter the main draw.

"I think I'd overdone it; my bone gave way," she told reporters.

"It feels very sad, I too could have been where these girls are now," she said, referring to grand slam winners Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, who she beat before her injury.

"I was playing some of my best tennis," she said. "I went through a very hard time.

"But I guess life's like that. Now I'm a lot more relaxed. I don't kill myself if I lose a match."

Tulyaganova is keen to do even better if she remains injury-free.

"I see myself ranked within the top 10 in the world in the future," she said. "For the moment though, I'll be happy if I can finish this season inside the top 200." Last week, she captured the Asian championship title in her hometown to earn a wildcard for next year's Australian Open.

"I want to at least reach the quarter-finals there," she said.
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Main draw: Second round (Thursday 21st September)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] d. Casey Dellacqua, 6-3 6-2

I was disappointed that Iroda's opponent wasn't Karolina Šprem - a beautiful, graceful Croatian girl who reminds me of Jelena Dokic in the way she tends to go for broke on her groundstrokes.

First set: Iroda 2-0, 2-1, 4-1, 5-2, 6-3.
Second set: Iroda 3-2, 6-2.

Netindia123.com (http://www.netindia123.com/): "Iroda, who is on a comeback, has allowed 11 games to three opponents she has faced so far. The forehands and plethora of aces, combined with a lethal slice with loads of backspin, have unsettled all her opponents. (IANS)"

Iroda: "I'm so happy to be back and playing. I love being out here and winning. The surface here [Greenset indoors] is really good for me."

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Quarter-final (Friday 22nd September)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] d. Alla Kudryavtseva, 4-6 6-2 6-2

It sucks that this was the only quarter-final not on centre court. Prior to the semi-finals, I hadn't seen a single on-court photo of Iroda from this year! :fiery:

First set: "Tulyaganova squandered a 3-1 lead to lose the first set, but got steadier throughout the match."

Second set: Iroda 0-1, 4-1, 4-2, 5-2, 6-2.

Third set: Iroda 3-0, 3-1, 4-1, 4-2, 5-2, 6-2.

Iroda came through a crucial game of two deuces at 1-0 (saving at least one point for 1-1). She was also taken to deuce in the penultimate game, but won the last game to 30 (she won the last three points of the match).

Iroda: "I'm going to try to win the title, but I have a tough match tomorrow against a good Russian girl, and if I win this, possibly a match with Hingis, so that would be very tough."

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Semi-final (Saturday 23rd September)
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- Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] lt. Olga Poutchkova, 4-6 4-6

This snapped a winning-streak of five singles-matches for Iroda - ten if you count the Asian Championships! (I don't, because it doesn't count towards the WTA rankings, and is not open to non-Asian players.)

Iroda recovered from 1-4 to 4-4 in both sets (saving points for 1-5 in the second). She had four break-points at 4-4 in the second, but Poutchkova held, and then broke to 30 on her first match-point. The match lasted 1h40m.

First Set:
TULYAGANOV __@__*@*__ 4
POUTCHKOVA *@ @*___*@ 6

Second Set:
TULYAGANOV _*___*@*__ 4
POUTCHKOVA * *@*___*@ 6

Four years ago I would have been disappointed with this result, but if an angel had offered me before the tournament that Iroda would finish as a semi-finalist, I would have taken that for sure!

It's not so terrible that she lost to the mildly attractive Poutchkova, who is just beginning to make her mark on the WTA Tour. It's not like she was humiliated by Hingis, as was poor old Sania Mirza in the other semi-final - Poutchkova's task in the final was certainly an unenviable one! ;) (Hingis won 6-0 6-4)

Just to have Iroda qualify for her first WTA tournament of 2006 felt great to me. Reaching the semi-finals is like the cherry on the cake - but there are a lot more cherries that she's going to put on that cake, so I'm looking forward to having them. :)


Reuters: "The 85th-ranked Poutchkova displayed a gifted backhand against the shaky Tulyaganova, a former world number 16 on a comeback after a lengthy layoff following elbow surgery in 2003."


IndiaSyndicate:
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Olga Poutchkova defeats Tulyaganova to enter finals
Saturday, September 23, 2006

Kolkata: 18 year old Olga Poutchkova of Russia has defeated Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) in the semi-final of the Sunfeat Open 2006. Poutchkova will face Martina Hingis in tomorrow's final.

Earlier, both the girls started off the match waiting and wanting their opponent to do all the running and to hold back. Poutchkova was all over the girl from Uzbekistan.

The young Russian held her serve and broke her opponent's serve very early into the first set. The powerful backhands of Poutchkova were something to be awed about. She was clearly doing a lot more of the running, but at the same time could follow that up with some very long volleys.

The fourth game of the first set saw a tremendous performance by both the girls, running back and forth before Poutchkova nailed a brilliant backhand winner to take the game.

The sixth game of the set and Tulyaganova's serve serve was getting a lot better already. She dropped only one point and took the game. The next game was drawn to deuce and not before Poutchkova took advantage of an unforced error from her opponent. Eventually, it just took two powerful backhands from Poutchkova to finish the game and retain her lead.

Poutchkova took the first set 6-4 and the second set was promising to be all the better.

The second set started exactly like the first with Poutchkova doing all the running and helping her cause in the process. The Russian girl managed to break her opponent's serve in the third game and took a quick 2-1 lead.

Tulyaganova kept fighting back and forth, and changed her game plan and decided to come to the net a lot more. Poutchkova ran away with a 4-1 lead very quickly in the 2nd set and it took a great effort from Tulyaganova to fight back.

Eventually, Poutchkova took the match in straight sets (6-4, 6-4).

Asked about how her opponent fought back after being 4-1 down in the second set, Poutchkova said that it got really intense in the end and she had to raise her game.
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Iroda quotes
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"I did not expect to go this far in the first WTA Tour meet after a three-year lay-off due to injury. But I am happy at the way I played. Poutchkova is a good player.

"I played poorly today. My first-serve percentage was too low, and I let her play her game too much. I came back in the second set, but then at four-all I was playing way too far behind the baseline. She's a great player though.

"Hingis knows how to play against everyone. But Olga is a good player.

"This was my first Tour event in three years. I qualified and reached the semis, which is a fantastic result for me! It gives me a lot of confidence for the future."

[It's actually her fourth Tour event in three years. She played Tashkent in 2004 and 2005 (losing to Antonella Serra Zanetti in the second round both times). She also tried (unsuccessfully) to qualify for Dubai 2005.]


Poutchkova quotes
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"I am happy. She had a big serve, but I played well too. I lost concentration a little bit, but when it was close, I came up with the shots and closed it out. Last week I reached my first quarter-final in Bali, and this week I'm in the final. I'm so happy!

"Hingis is a great player. It will be a fantastic experience to play Hingis, and in my first WTA event final. It's amazing to me. I remember when was ten years old, watching Martina play on TV. I used to watch her in Grand Slam finals when I was 12, and now I'm going to be playing her tomorrow! For me, it will be a big honour to play against her tomorrow. We'll just have to see how it goes!"

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Doubles
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Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova:
1r + Ankita Bhambri/Sanaa Bhambri, 6-1 6-2
2r - YULIA BEYGELZIMER/YULIANA FEDAK [3], 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 0-3 retired (Amanmuradova sprained her right ankle)

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WTA Tour Singles Rankings
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Iroda's trailblazing run at Kolkata has elevated her from #342 to a much healthier #222 in the rankings this week - high enough to play qualifying for pretty much any WTA tournament she wants. :) The effect isn't immediate, of course, as the commitments are made about seven weeks before each tournament.

I look forward to Iroda playing a full season on the WTA Tour in 2007, with much more media-coverage than the ITF circuit! :)

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goldenlox
Sep 27th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Catching up with... Iroda Tulyaganova

A few years ago she was one of the most lethal players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, conquering some of the game's biggest names in their prime and winning several singles and doubles titles. Not long after cracking the Top 20 and going as high as No.16 in the world, however, the problems started. An elbow injury that was not given enough time to heal was the initial cause of the descent. And after missing so much action that she became unranked, the financial struggles of competing on the pro circuit grew too much. But in Kolkata this past week, what began as a glimmer of hope quickly became a full-fledged re-assault on the upper echelon of the women's game: Iroda Tulyaganova, 24, battled her way into the Sunfeast Open semifinals as a qualifier, striking her massive serve and devastating groundstrokes like she had never left, proving that she still has what it takes to continue to chase her dreams. Notes & Netcords caught up with Iroda in Kolkata:


How do you feel about this run, in your first Tour event of the year?

I'm ready to come back. But although I love winning, I'm happier that nothing is bothering me. I'm healthy, and so I am doing well.

You've mentioned that you play well in India. Tell us about that.

I haven't played much in India, but I played Hyderabad once before the injury, and I made the final. Every match that year I played really well. The fans are very supportive. When I entered this tournament, I felt in my heart everything would be perfect. So I had to come.

Tell us about your time away from the game. You missed so much.

I didn't play much for three years. I injured my right elbow, stopped playing and had it operated on in 2002; but my father forced me to keep playing for another eight months with the pain, because I had so many points to defend. Because of that, it became worse. I was getting injections into the elbow, into the bone. It took me two years to fully recover. I was angry with him but he's still my father and we're okay now. When I was ready to play again, though, I had problems on the financial side. I didn't have the money to start traveling again. I had to sell my car to travel. But, when I started showing some better results at small tournaments, the Uzbek Tennis Federation gave me a little bit of money, and began helping me with traveling expenses. And now, I am beginning to earn money again. But you know, all of this helped my motivation. And I'm more mature now, smarter. I look at everything differently now.

Has it been tough working yourself back up the rankings?

It was hard to play some of the small ITF events. It was tough playing qualifying of those. There I was, ex-Top 16; if I lost a match, it was hard to get over. But, I told myself to forget what happened before. I had to become a new player. If I didn't, then losing to a player ranked No.200 or No.500 would make me feel guilty. I decided not to think about the past anymore. And with this new outlook, everything started going well again. I began winning and believing in myself again. The best thing now that I am winning again is that since I've been so high, I know how to get there again.

Throughout all of your struggles, you maintained your charity work with the Mehrijon orphanage in Tashkent, your hometown.

I still do that. I'm crazy. Nobody was there when I needed help, but I'm helping everybody! I like kids. I was paying for racquets and balls to give to the kids at the orphanage, which was built by the man who used to sponsor me. I was playing with them too. Before, I would send some money from tournaments to help out. But last year I wasn't helping the orphans, I was helping some other groups of kids, from poor families. I'm telling you, I'm crazy.

http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/7479/itsgv1.jpg

How has your outlook on training and practicing changed?

I'm practicing, but not over-practicing. I learned my lesson; I was playing too much. I don't want my elbow problems to start again. Also, I don't have a coach right now. I don't have enough money yet to travel and have one. But, when I start earning more, I'll get one. I do have a fitness coach back home but she doesn't care about money; she believes in me, and she knows that when I start doing well again I'll give her money, presents, anything. She's been with me forever. But as for a tennis coach, it's me. It's all in me.

Despite your new outlook, and trying not to think about the past, it must be hard not to be inspired by your past achievements. What are your fondest memories from the years prior to the struggle?

The best was Tashkent. It was my first WTA title, and in front my hometown. My biggest wins were beating Kim Clijsters at Knokke-Heist and Justine Henin-Hardenne at Linz. Those were memorable for me. But one of my biggest victories actually came last week at the Asian Championships. If you win, you get a wild card for the Australian Open. It was also in my hometown. These past years, I missed the feeling of winning so much, and all I wanted was to win this title. And in the end, I beat someone ranked like No.130, and I was so happy I started to cry on the court like I was a five-year-old girl winning her first tournament. And just the feeling of going to a Grand Slam again. At the moment, it's my nicest achievement.

What are your expectations now that you're healthy again?

I'm coming back to get to the top again. Not to be Top 100, but to be Top 20 like I was, or even Top 10. It won't be easy to do, actually it's much harder now than it was before, but I just have to work hard and do the right things. Of course, a lot of the girls on the top now I have beaten before. When I left and saw they were winning, I was happy for them but I was upset with myself because I knew I could be there too. It was hard for me to watch. But life is like this.

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georgekuo1017
Sep 30th, 2006, 11:44 PM
Tashkent Open

SINGLES MAIN DRAW

(1)Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) vs Q/LL
Kira Nagy (HUN) vs Alla Kudryavtseva (UKR)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs Sanja Ancic (CRO)
Q/LL vs (7)Galina Voskoboeva (RUS)

(4)Alona Bondarenko (UKR) vs Tiantian Sun (CHN)
Chin-Wei Chan (TPE) vs Tatiana Poutchek (BLR)
Anne Keothavong (GBR) vs Q/LL
Q/LL vs (8)Anastassia Rodionova (RUS)

(6)Olga Poutchkova (RUS) vs Lioudmila Skavronskaia (RUS)
Alberta Brianti (ITA) vs Olivia Sanchez (FRA)
Stephanie Dubois (CAN) vs Hana Sromova (CZE)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs (3)Sania Mirza (IND)

(5)Anastasiya Yakimova (RUS) vs Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB)
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) vs Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB)
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) vs Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI)
Q/LL vs (2)Elena Vesnina (RUS)

goldenlox
Oct 2nd, 2006, 03:35 PM
Tashkent 1r: [WC] Iroda TULYAGANOVA def. [5] Anastassiya YAKIMOVA 63 76(5)

Kutuzova
Oct 2nd, 2006, 04:16 PM
Great Job Iri!!! Now good luck vrs. Tanasugarn!

Escape
Oct 2nd, 2006, 06:38 PM
Well done Iroda :bounce:
Good luck in the next round

goldenlox
Oct 3rd, 2006, 04:23 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/global/library/200x250/71976289.jpg

Sunny_Boy
Oct 4th, 2006, 04:47 AM
Go Iri!! :bounce:
Btw Iri & Akgul lost in the doubles

Kutuzova
Oct 4th, 2006, 01:53 PM
Iri beat Tanasugarn 6-4 6-1! Great Job Iri!!!!

Escape
Oct 4th, 2006, 11:13 PM
Well done Iroda :yeah:
She plays Kateryna Bondarenko next :) go Iri

vesna
Oct 5th, 2006, 12:02 PM
Go IRA to titles in Tashkent. :) :worship:

www.iroda-tulyaganova.com :bounce: :hearts:

xcrtbckhnd
Oct 6th, 2006, 12:17 AM
GL next round Iri!!! Keep going!!!

Escape
Oct 6th, 2006, 07:04 PM
Another win for Iroda :banana:
Good luck in the semis :)

vesna
Oct 8th, 2006, 07:28 AM
Good luck for the final against Sun.

www.iroda-tulyaganova.com

Escape
Oct 8th, 2006, 12:49 PM
Iroda lost to Sun 6-2 6-4 :sad: :sad:

georgekuo1017
Oct 9th, 2006, 03:47 AM
a pity

Kutuzova
Oct 9th, 2006, 01:24 PM
She is now up to 158 in the world!!!

andrewbroad
Oct 10th, 2006, 03:00 AM
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TASHKENT OPEN (Tashkent, Uzbekistan; outdoor hard; WTA Tier IV)
=============

Iroda's comeback just keeps getting better and better. In her first WTA tournament of 2006, Kolkata, she reached the semis and lost to Olga Poutchkova. In this her second WTA tournament of the year, she beat Poutchkova in the semis, but fell short of regaining the WTA title she won in June 2000.

This was Iroda's first WTA singles-final since Hyderabad in February 2003, where she lost to Tamarine Tanasugarn - a defeat she avenged in the second round here.

Iroda hasn't won a WTA singles-title since she won Vienna and Knokke-Heist (her second and third titles) back to back in July 2001. But the way her comeback is going, who's to say she won't soon be dominating the WTA Tour like that again! :)

With this run, Iroda goes up from 221 to 158 in the rankings - just below Tatiana Perebiynis and Tamira Paszek, and above Alicia Molik, Yan,Zi and Mashona Washington.

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Photos
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=tashkent (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=tashkent)
http://www.uztennis.uz/ (http://www.uztennis.uz/)
http://sport.uzreport.com/tennis.cgi?lan=e&id=19773 (http://sport.uzreport.com/tennis.cgi?lan=e&id=19773) (expired?)
http://sport.uzreport.com/tennis.cgi?lan=e&id=19919 (http://sport.uzreport.com/tennis.cgi?lan=e&id=19919)
http://sport.uzreport.com/tennis.cgi?lan=e&id=19924 (http://sport.uzreport.com/tennis.cgi?lan=e&id=19924)
http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/ (http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/) (click GUEST)

What an amazing array of outfits! Apparently, there is a shop called "Tulyaganova Fashion" in the centre of Tashkent!

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First round (Monday 2nd October)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] d. ANASTASIYA YAKIMOVA [5], 6-3 7-6 (7/5)

I'm impressed with this result because I saw Yakimova play at the French Open 2006 against eventual champion Justine Henin-Hardenne. IIRC, Yakimova served for the second set and had set-points against Henin.

It's a great sign of where Iroda's comeback is at that she can pull off upsets like this. I even expected it in a way - my belief in Iroda has really grown since her run to the semi-finals of Kolkata; finally we have something resembling the pre-July 2003 Iroda back again! :D

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com/):
>>>
Tulyaganova, a former Top 20 player, took control early and quickly claimed the first set. She couldn't maintain the same level of intensity, though, and Yakimova, a good mover with good anticipation, started wearing her down. Tulyaganova survived a break-point in the sixth game of the second set and held on to force the tie-break. A forehand error and a muffed overhead put her 5-3 behind but she rallied and won the next three points, getting to match-point with a half-volley which Yakimova thought was long. It might have upset Yakimova's composure because she double faulted to end the match.

Tulyaganova was happy about her win and said she hoped to do better in the coming matches. She next plays Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, who eliminated last year's runner-up Akgul Amanmuradova, 64 75.
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James Storms at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IrodaT/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IrodaT/):
>>>
I heard from a friend of mine who wrote:

"I spoke to Anvar in Tashkent, he watched the 1.round match of Iroda. He says she is not in good shape, and she got very tired in the last games.

"It was maybe ok that she lost 1.round in the doubles."
<<<

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Second round (Wednesday 4th October)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] d. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-4 6-1

Tanasugarn has been a difficult opponent over the years, but her 2006 results have been lacklustre.

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com/): "Tulyaganova, dressed in a shimmering blue outfit, defeated Tour veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn, 64 61, in a scrappy match. The first set, which featured seven breaks of serve, lasted 40 minutes. But the match became less competitive after Tanasugarn took a medical timeout after the third game of the second set. She returned with a strapped left ankle but it didn't help much as she didn't win another game."

www.uztennis.uz (http://www.uztennis.uz/):
>>>
Tulyaganova, dressed flamboyantly as ever, in a shimmering turquouise blue outfit, defeated tour veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-1 in a scrappy match. The first set, in which there were seven breaks of serve, lasted 40 minutes.

The match ended as a contest after Tanasugarn, having mobility problems, took a medical timeout after the third game of the second set. She came back on court with a strapped left ankle but it didn't help much, she didn't win another game.

Tulyaganova, who was eliminated in the second round the two previous years here (both times by Italy's Antonella Serra Zanetti) was happy to make it to the third round this time but felt she could be serving better.

Asked to compare this form with that during her semi-final showing in Kolkata two weeks ago, Tulyaganova said "Just about the same."
<<<

salima: "She got very tired in at end of the match"

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Quarter-finals (Friday 6th October)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] d. Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-1 6-2

Kateryna won the Wimbledon Girls' Singles title in 2004, just as Iroda did in 1999. But she hasn't made any real impact on the WTA Tour, and seems to be a far cry from her older sister Alyona (who won Luxembourg the week before) in both tennis-ability and beauty.

The match lasted 1h10m. Iroda wore a shimmering mauve outfit.


Iroda quotes
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"It was easier than I expected. She was making too many mistakes, couldn't put the ball in court. But I'm glad that I was able to keep my concentration."

[Re. her form compared to Kolkata]
"It's the same, but here I have the crowd with me."

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Semi-finals (Saturday 7th October)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] d. OLGA POUTCHKOVA [6], 6-4 6-0

A very pleasant surprise after Iroda's loss to the same opponent in the semis of Kolkata! :D

Poutchkova was playing for the fourth week in a row, after her runs at Bali (qf), Kolkata (r/u) and Guangzhou (qf). The match was competitive until Iroda led 6-4 1-0*, then Poutchkova self-destructed.


www.uztennis.uz (http://www.uztennis.uz/):
>>>
Tulyaganova had to work hard for her win over Poutchkova today. Dressed as flamboyantly as ever, in a gold and black outfit today, she was broken while serving for the first set in the ninth game [5-3], double-faulting at break-point.

She, however, broke Poutchkova in the next game [4-5], wrapping the set in 39 minutes on her second set-point, Poutchkova having the saved the first by splendidly racing up to retrieve a dropshot and hit a backhand winner.

The first game of the second game was perhaps the turning point. Tulyaganova held after six long deuces, saving three break-points along the way.

Something snapped in Poutchkova after that. She got a code violation for unsporting conduct when she banged the ball in frustration at a linesperson. Then she tried hitting every ball for a winner and self-destructed.
<<<

Associated Press: "The Uzbek saved two break-points in the first game of the second set before Poutchkova double-faulted twice on her serve in the next game and appeared to give up."

Anvar:
>>>
I watched this match and I should say Iroda was lucky and Olga was TOO nervous. Olga played good in the first set, but lost contol in the second as she was not agree with referee decisions.

Iroda was lucky and calm. That's plus for her. But her play should be improved, in particular, first serves. She also made a lot short balls and I cannot support her decision.

She surely must consider her tactics before the match with Sun.
<<<

Iroda quotes
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WTA Quotes of the Week: "On court, she believes that she can do anything. She has great self-belief. But I wanted to show her that I have self-belief too - twice that self-belief.

"One must lose with dignity.

"If she [Sun] has reached the final, she must be playing well. For sure, it will not be an easy match tomorrow."


Poutchkova quotes
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"I just angry with myself. I lost control... I've had a long tour and I'm tired."

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Final (Sunday 8th October)
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- Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] lt. Sun,Tiantian, 2-6 4-6

The match lasted just 1h06m, with Iroda's serve being broken six times (four times in the first set, twice in the second).

A disappointing result compared with the earlier rounds, but it doesn't do much to detract from an excellent week and comeback from Iroda. Winning the title would have been the cherry on the cake, but if Iroda can go on like this and stay injury-free, there are a lot more cherries she can put on that cake, so I'm looking forward to having them.

Sun is the reigning Olympic doubles-champion (with Li,Ting), but had never previously been beyond the quarter-finals of a WTA singles-event. She had beaten Serena Williams at Beijing 2005 and Vera Zvonarëva at Beijing 2006, but that was with the partisan support of her home-crowd, and on a day of tears and tantrums for Vera.

Iroda and Vera are both members of my Eternal Fanship, and I was planning to promote Vera ahead of Iroda at the end of 2006. But Iroda's sudden and dramatic return to form makes me less inclined to do so. It will be fascinating to see how their 2007 results compare, and I'm sure that Nicole Vaidišová will be angling for promotion too...


The final was played on Court 2 with a scheduled start-time of 14:00 (GMT + 5 hours). With a member of my Eternal Fanship in a WTA singles-final, I was disappointed that there were no live scores; the livest source was the following thread:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=267695&page=2 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=267695&page=2)

Sun won the first set 6-2 (observed 14:50).
Sun led *5-2 in the second (observed 15:04).
Sun won 6-2 6-4 (observed 15:16).


www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com/):
>>>
Sun, who went to three sets in her first match of the tournament but cruised through three more rounds in straight sets to reach the final, was again in solid form under sunny Sunday skies, keeping the ball deep, returning well and rarely giving away any free points in the rallies. Aside from a slight hiccup while serving for the match, allowing 5-2 to become 5-4 before closing it out, Sun's cool was evident throughout.

For Tulyaganova, the championship defeat marks an end to what was shaping up to be a profound return to the winner's circle. Having gone as high as No.16 in the world on the rankings just a few years ago, her momentum was derailed by an elbow injury that required surgery, and financial struggles while working her way back onto the circuit.

But despite not winning her home title, the 24-year-old Uzbek was cracking forehands and big serves throughout the week like she had never left the game's upper echelon, taking out seeds Anastasiya Yakimova and Olga Poutchkova, and she even showed flashes of her former brilliance against Sun, though not at critical junctures of the match.

The former Top 20 player was playing just her second Tour event of the year, having reached the Tier III Kolkata semifinals two weeks ago as a 342nd-ranked qualifier, falling to Poutchkova. She came into Tashkent as a wild card ranked No.221.
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www.uztennis.uz (http://www.uztennis.uz/):
>>>
The one-hour, six-minute final was a disappointment for the large crowd which had come to cheer their favourite player, Tulyaganova. But it simply wasn't her day and she admitted as much later. Nothing went right for her against a player who rarely put a foot wrong the whole match.

There was nothing spectacular about Sun's play. But she was solid and she was consistent in everything she did: serving, returning serves and hitting groundstrokes. There were very few unforced errors from her racket, and the only blip in her game was when she was broken while serving for the match the first time, at 5-2 in the second set.

She served one double fault and made two other unforced errors. But, having got the cushion of two breaks in the set, she had a second chance and made no mistake that time, sealing the win on her second match-point when Tulyaganova mishit a forehand.

The key to Sun's success was her mental strength. Like in her semi-final against Victoria Azarenka, she seemed calm and assured on court. She did show any sign of nerves despite being in her first singles final and against a player who had the noisy backing of a partisan crowd in a packed stadium.

On the other hand, Tulyaganova appeared affected by the occasion. She appeared more nervous than her opponent, and dropped serve in the opening game of the match, something which Sun said was a key factor in her win.

Tulyaganova also never really found her rhythm, especially on her forehand, several of which she hit into the net when she had an open court in front of her.

In earlier rounds too Tulyaganova had made poor starts but unlike her earlier opponents, Sun was playing practically error-free tennis. She did not ease up, and soon Tulyganova was broken again and found herself 4-0 down.

Finally, Tulyaganova found some sort of groove and held her next two service games, but Sun wasn't slowing any. She she took the first set on her first set-point, when Tulyaganova failed to finish a point at the net and Sun, lobbing smartly, set up a winner for the next shot.

Tulyaganova started the second set well, but with Sun not relaxing one bit, it was always going to be uphill for her. A double-fault and a backhand error saw her give Sun a break-point in the fifth game and the Chinese cashed in straightaway with a powerful, inside-out forehand return of serve.

After holding for 4-2, Sun broke Tulyaganova again, after two deuces, the first game in the match which went to deuce. It was as good as over then though Tulyaganova did delay the inevitable by breaking Sun the first time she served for the match.
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Iroda quotes
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"She played well, she served well. I tried my best, but it was not my day today.

"It is not a loss for me, it's a win, because I've come back from all of my injuries, and reached the final at the Tashkent Open."


Sun quotes
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"It feels good!

"It was easier than I expected it to be. In fact, it wasn't as easy as it seems. Iroda is a very good player, and she was playing at home.

"It was not that easy as one may guess from the scoring. Tulyaganova is back in tennis after injury, and it was not that easy to beat her."

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Doubles: First round (Tuesday 3rd October)
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- Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova lt. VICTORIA AZARENKA/TATIANA POUTCHEK [4], 6-4 4-6 1-6

Amanmuradova was hampered by an ankle-injury that made her slower than usual, as noted for her singles-match the day before.


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ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Beijing, China; hard; ITF $50k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)

The following information pertains to the week commencing 23rd October:

Iroda is on the entry-list for ITF Beijing, with a priority of 2. Her first priority was ITF Podolsk, but she withdrew from that on 8th October.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

Mike_T
Oct 14th, 2006, 05:21 PM
Show your appreciation for Iroda’s come-back by leaving a message in the guest-book over at Uzbekistan's Ultra. Iroda reads that guest-book and posts there herself sometimes, so she will appreciate your messages of support :yeah:

http://www.geocities.com/smandy0/index.html

Btw, your message must be no longer than 4 lines, otherwise message gets cut-short ;)

georgekuo1017
Oct 25th, 2006, 02:53 PM
AMANMURADOVA (UZB) / TULYAGANOVA (UZB) def. HAO (CHN) / XIE (CHN) 76(5) 64

georgekuo1017
Oct 25th, 2006, 02:53 PM
Iroda Tulyagonova(UZB) d [8]Chin-Wei Chan(TPE) 64 62

Sunny_Boy
Oct 26th, 2006, 03:38 AM
WTG Iri!! :bounce:
Next up Miko Saeki!
Keep going!

Foot's Fingers
Oct 26th, 2006, 07:35 AM
go Iri :rocker2:

Back to rop 100 pls

goldenlox
Oct 26th, 2006, 04:33 PM
Beijing $50K 2R: Iroda TULYAGANOVA (UZB) defeated Miho SAEKI (JPN) 64 67(6) 64

tobi
Oct 26th, 2006, 07:53 PM
Iroda :yeah: :D

Win the whole thing there sweetie :) :hug:

Escape
Oct 26th, 2006, 08:01 PM
Iroda :woohoo: :yeah: :banana:
Keep it going :)

Sunny_Boy
Oct 27th, 2006, 04:30 AM
Keep going Iri!
Next up Marina Erakovic

Sunny_Boy
Oct 28th, 2006, 12:06 AM
Marina Erakovic def. Iroda Tulyaganova 61 61
I expected a tough match but I didn't expect that scoreline, maybe Iri was tired (she has played 5 matches this week)
I think she should stop playing doubles with Akgul this year - considering Iroda is playing the following 2 weeks in China.
Concentrate on singles!
Good Luck next week Iri!

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Oct 29th, 2006, 10:49 AM
keep going Iroda work on that fitness

tobi
Oct 29th, 2006, 07:07 PM
Iroda :sad: :hug:

Good luck on your upcoming event :)

Sunny_Boy
Nov 1st, 2006, 07:01 AM
Iroda @ Shanghai

Round 1: Iri def. Aniko Kapros 61 60 :banana: :woohoo:
Round 2: Iri vs. Tian-Tian Sun :scared:

Tian-Tian beat Iri in the final of Tashkent 62 64, so Im expecting a tough match.
Good Luck :)

Sunny_Boy
Nov 1st, 2006, 09:09 PM
After her win against Kapros, Iri moves into the top 150! :banana:

georgekuo1017
Nov 2nd, 2006, 12:08 AM
STT again

Foot's Fingers
Nov 2nd, 2006, 06:16 AM
Go for the win Iroda!!!

Sunny_Boy
Nov 2nd, 2006, 10:50 AM
She did it!
Iroda got her revenge and beat Tian-Tian Sun 63 64!!
Next up Marina Erakovic, who beat Iri last week 61 61
Another re-match for Iri!!

Btw, Iri and Akgul are into the SFs of the doubles, they beat the top seeds in the opening round

Keep up this excellent form Iri :woohoo:

georgekuo1017
Nov 2nd, 2006, 11:16 AM
some more revenge please! :yeah:

Uranus
Nov 2nd, 2006, 02:46 PM
Good win, Iri! Good luck against Marina now! ;)

Escape
Nov 2nd, 2006, 08:40 PM
Well done Iri :D
Now get revenge against Erakovic

frenchie
Nov 2nd, 2006, 09:51 PM
Iroda is coming back quickly!!!

georgekuo1017
Nov 3rd, 2006, 03:06 PM
:woohoo:

KV
Nov 3rd, 2006, 05:42 PM
Into SEMIS will done Iroda

Escape
Nov 3rd, 2006, 10:13 PM
Iroda :banana: :banana:

Sunny_Boy
Nov 5th, 2006, 10:37 PM
Tammy Tanasugarn def Iri 64 61
However, it was a good week for Iri, defeating two players who had just recently beaten her
In the doubles event, Iri and Akgul lost in the final

Iri is playing another 50K ITF event in China this week
GL Iri

Sunny_Boy
Nov 6th, 2006, 11:55 PM
$50k Shenzhen - Main Draw
Round 1:
Ayami Takase (JPN/342) vs. Iroda Tulyaganova (Seed 6/UZB/151)

Dubs: Iroda & Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB/483)
R16: vs. E. Hrdinova & S. Zahlavova (Seed 4/CZE/375)

GO Iri :)

georgekuo1017
Nov 6th, 2006, 11:57 PM
Go :yeah:

Sunny_Boy
Nov 9th, 2006, 08:18 AM
Round 1 -
Iri def. Ayami Takase (JPN/342) 63 62

No results yet for the doubles

Sunny_Boy
Nov 10th, 2006, 12:47 AM
Round 2 -
Iri def. Nudnida Luangnam (THA/389) 76(4) 62

Doubles Round 1 -
Iroda & Akgul lost to E. Hrdinova & S. Zahlavova(4) 36 26

georgekuo1017
Nov 10th, 2006, 01:18 AM
keep going :bounce:

georgekuo1017
Nov 10th, 2006, 03:04 PM
Singles QF

(6) TULYAGANOVA Iroda (UZB) d XIE Yan-Ze (CHN) 64 64

georgekuo1017
Nov 10th, 2006, 03:05 PM
Round 2 -
Iri def. Nudnida Luangnam (THA/389) 76(4) 62

Doubles Round 1 -
Iroda & Akgul lost to E. Hrdinova & S. Zahlavova(4) 36 26

correction;)
Doubles First Round
AMANMURADOVA Akgul/TULYAGANOVA Iroda (UZB/UZB) d (4) HRDINOVA Eva/ZAHLAVOVA Sandra (CZE/CZE) 63 62

Doubles QF
AMANMURADOVA Akgul/TULYAGANOVA Iroda (UZB/UZB) d HAO Jie/HUANG Lei (CHN/CHN) 64 75

RR-87
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:03 PM
Iroda :banana:

Shoulderpova
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:32 PM
:clap2:

KV
Nov 10th, 2006, 06:11 PM
Iroda well done :)

Sunny_Boy
Nov 10th, 2006, 09:50 PM
Iroda :banana:
Great chance to make the final :bounce:

Sunny_Boy
Nov 11th, 2006, 08:06 PM
Iroda's into both the singles and doubles final :banana:
What a great week for her!!
Just 2 more wins today Iri!

georgekuo1017
Nov 11th, 2006, 11:53 PM
excellent! :rocker2:

goldenlox
Nov 12th, 2006, 02:09 AM
This is going to be a very successful comeback.

georgekuo1017
Nov 12th, 2006, 10:07 AM
50k shenzhen final

Iroda lost to Meng Yuan 6-4 5-7 1-6

:sad:

KV
Nov 12th, 2006, 10:32 AM
Nevertheless good tourney

andrewbroad
Nov 17th, 2006, 01:50 AM
In the last three weeks, Iroda has played three ITF tournaments in China (Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen), in each one going one better than the last.

This has boosted her ranking from #161 (23rd October) to #131 (13th November), and hopefully in 2007 she'll be a regular on the WTA Tour instead of the ITF Women's Circuit.

Before that, Iroda is due to play in the Asian Hopman Cup (23rd-26th November) and the Asian Games (http://www.doha-2006.com/) (1st-15th December).

The Asian Hopman Cup will be played at Hyderabad, India. The winning nation gets direct entry into the Hopman Cup (http://www.hopmancup.com.au/) proper (Perth, Australia, 30th December - 5th January).


=================== {week of 23rd October}
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Beijing, China; outdoor hard; ITF $50k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
Singles
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Iroda Tulyaganova:
1r + CHAN,CHIN-WEI [8], 6-4 6-2
2r + Saeki,Miho, 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 6-4
qf - Marina Erakovic, 1-6 1-6

The quarter-final scoreline is shocking after Iroda reached the semi-finals of WTA Kolkata and the final of WTA Tashkent, but at least she lost to a beautiful girl, who went on to win the title.

Marina Erakovic practised with the great Monica Seles at Auckland on 31st January 2005. Marina was 16 then, 18 now. Monica prophesied that Marina would be a top-ten player as she plays an aggressive all-court game, can hit her backhand two-handed or sliced, and is hard-working and eager to learn.

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Doubles
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Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova:
1r + Hao,Jie/Xie,Yanze [WC], 7-6 (7/5) 6-4
qf - ALLA KUDRYAVTSEVA/SUNITHA RAO [2], 2-6 3-6


=================== {week of 30th October}
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Shanghai, China; outdoor hard; ITF $50k)
===================
Singles
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Iroda Tulyaganova:
1r + Kapros,Anikó, 6-0 6-1
2r + SUN,TIANTIAN [4], 6-3 6-4
qf + Marina Erakovic, 6-2 7-5
sf - TAMARINE TANASUGARN [2], 4-6 1-6

I find it ironic that while Iroda avenged her last two defeats - to Sun in the WTA Tashkent final, and to Erakovic at ITF Beijing - she lost to Tanasugarn by the same score by which she had beaten her in the second round of Tashkent.

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Doubles
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Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova:
1r + ALLA KUDRYAVTSEVA/SUNITHA RAO [1], 6-7 (2/7) 7-5 6-7 (3/7)
qf + Eva Hrdinová/Marina Shamayko, 4-6 6-1 6-0
sf + Chan,Chin-Wei/Chen,Yi, 6-3 6-0
f - JI,CHUNMEI/SUN,SHENGNAN [2], 4-6 5-7


=================== {week of 6th November}
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Shenzhen, China; outdoor hard; ITF $50k)
===================
Singles
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IRODA TULYAGANOVA [6]:
1r + Takase,Ayami, 6-3 6-2
2r + Nudnida Luangnam, 7-6 (7/4) 6-2
qf + Xie,Yan-Ze, 6-4 6-4
sf + Sun,Sheng-Nan, 6-4 6-3
f - YUAN,MENG [3], 6-4 5-7 1-6

At least Iroda went one better in each successive tournament, so hopefully next time a title!

No member of my Eternal Fanship has ever won an ITF title apart from those that they won retrospectively (before I inducted them into my Eternal Fanship).

So it was sad to see my jinx continue after Iroda served for the title at 6-4 5-3, only to suffer a back-injury and lose almost every game left in the match.

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Final (Sunday 12th November)
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I found some information about the final at http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=270113&page=17 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=270113&page=17)


First set
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Iroda *1-1, 2-1*, 3-2*, *4-4, 5-4*, 6-4.

chrison: "Both players are good runners."

Yuan called for the trainer at the end of the first set.


Second set
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Iroda 2-1*, 3-2*, *3-3, *5-3, 5-4*, *5-5, 5-6*, 5-7.

Iroda served for the title at 5-3, but took an off-court medical time-out after Yuan levelled up at 5-5.
chrison: "I think there's something wrong with her low back."

Iroda, serving at 5-5, led 40/15 but lost four points in a row; thus it was Yuan's turn to serve for the set: she had two set-points at 40/15, and converted the second.

James Storms (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IrodaT/message/374): "Later on, the physiotherapist was called again to work on her right shoulder."


Third set
---------

Iroda *1-3, 1-4*, *1-5, 1-6. The match lasted 2h40m.


Photos
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http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473856 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473856)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473882 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473882)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473896 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473896)

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Doubles
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Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova:
1r + EVA HRDINOVÁ/SANDRA ZÁHLAVOVÁ [4], 6-3 6-2
qf + Hao,Jie/Huang,Lei, 6-4 7-5
sf + JI,CHUNMEI/SUN,SHENGNAN [2], 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7/3)
f - HSIEH,SU-WEI/ALLA KUDRYAVTSEVA, 0-2 retired

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com) still says that Iroda and Akgul lost in the first round! In fact, it says that Eva and Sandra went on to do exactly what www.itftennis.com (http://www.itftennis.com) says Iroda and Akgul did!

So I really have no proof that Iroda and Akgul actually reached the final - it's just one site's word against the other's, although it makes sense that Iroda would retire from the doubles-final with the back-injury she sustained in the singles-final earlier that day. Oh - and apparently www.itftennis.com (http://www.itftennis.com) used to say that Iroda and Akgul lost in the first round, so hopefully what's there now is the correct result.

Eva Hrdinová is another lovely-looking girl. There are photos of her here:
http://www.tennis.info/China5W.html (http://www.tennis.info/China5W.html) ("Players off-court")

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andrewbroad
Nov 22nd, 2006, 09:08 PM
Reuters: "Uzbekistan have pulled out of the inaugural Asian Hopman Cup to focus on the Asian Games, the organisers said on Wednesday."

I hope this doesn't in any way translate as, "Iroda is injured". Ten days ago, she finished ITF Shenzhen with lower-back and right-shoulder injuries.

The Asian Games (http://www.doha-2006.com/) start on 1st December.

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Sunny_Boy
Nov 22nd, 2006, 10:16 PM
Hopefully Iroda isn't injured but we will find out when plays in the Doha Asian Games, which start early December. Iroda is the defending champ!
GL Iroda :)

Sunny_Boy
Dec 3rd, 2006, 08:56 PM
Iroda talking about the upcoming Asian Games

Defending champion Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan may not be the same force, but Akgul Amanmuradova should be able to assert her utility.

"It is going to be tough, but I think I can do it", said Tulyaganova.

and from another article

No woman player has managed to retain the Asian Games women's singles title, and Tulyaganova is returning from an elbow injury.

"I'm ready to play and I'm ready to win, my injury's gone," said Tulyaganova. "It's going to be tough, but I think I can do it. There are some good players in the fray like Li and Sania."

Sunny_Boy
Dec 4th, 2006, 10:05 PM
Iroda @ Asian Games -
Teams Event -
Uzbek def. Indonesia 2-1
Iroda def. Sandy Gumulya 61 46 62
Nice work :bounce:

Next up for Iroda either Jie Zheng or Na Li

goldenlox
Dec 4th, 2006, 10:25 PM
Tough match coming up. It will be a good test for Iroda.

goldenlox
Dec 5th, 2006, 05:42 PM
Iroda beat Na Li 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

Sunny_Boy
Dec 5th, 2006, 09:10 PM
Iroda :banana:
What a win!
Congrats

georgekuo1017
Dec 6th, 2006, 01:35 PM
congrats
keep going

goldenlox
Dec 6th, 2006, 05:19 PM
Iroda lost to Mirza 6-3, 6-0

Sunny_Boy
Dec 6th, 2006, 09:25 PM
Not a great scoreline and considering Iroda hit 30 UE's to just 11 winners, I guess it just wasn't her day.
However, she's in the singles and doubles comp starting tomorrow

Sunny_Boy
Dec 6th, 2006, 10:29 PM
Everyone,
Do you think I should ask for an Iroda forum?
I personally think she deserves one and when you consider players like Leanne Baker, Sophie Ferguson, Emilie Loit, Camille Pin, Aiko Nakamura and Julia Vakulenko all have a forum, I think Iroda can have one too!

What does everyone think?
I will only ask if other people want this forum as well

goldenlox
Dec 6th, 2006, 10:45 PM
It can't hurt to ask. This is the only player's cheering thread I've ever started. I like Iroda.

Sunny_Boy
Dec 7th, 2006, 01:50 AM
The thread about the forum is here -
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?p=9598898#post9598898

Everyone please support it!

Sunny_Boy
Dec 8th, 2006, 10:30 PM
Iroda on her loss to Sania -

Whilst Tulyaganova commented: "I couldn't play well, because Sania was too good. She didn't let me come back, she concentrated a lot, and I was a little tired. It wasn't my day. The crowd was exciting and I appreciate them, and I wish Sania good luck. It was a great day for India with a perfect crowd. I've played a lot in India and they have always liked me, so for me it was good."

goldenlox
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:51 PM
Asian Games Rd 1 - Iroda Tulyaganova (8) def. Bermet Duvanaeva 61 60

georgekuo1017
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:54 PM
:yeah: well done

Привет
Dec 10th, 2006, 10:46 PM
Hey :wavey: I have been searching for Asian Games pics for a while, and couldn't find any of Iroda at getty or the Asian Games site. I made a thread in General Messages and a poster provided a link to some photos. There is one of Iroda, after she lost to Sania in the team event. I'm pretty sure a photo of Iroda was only included because Sania is also in the photo, but none the less it is something. Not sure whether it's been posted, but I thought I would post it in case anyone hasn't seen it yet.

:lol: Her dress is a bit over the top, but that's what she's going for lately. Uzbek colours (or colour) is nice though. Hopefully she can get a sponsor for next year. And hopefully I'll be able to watch her matches at the Australian Open on TV! :D

georgekuo1017
Dec 11th, 2006, 09:39 AM
vs na li

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g282/chaos1017/Iroda%20Tulyaganova/2006-doha-tennis-chn-uzb_3_57_47_am.jpg

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g282/chaos1017/Iroda%20Tulyaganova/doha-tennis-chn-uzb_3_58_45_am.jpg

http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/doha2006/t/p/2006-12-11/U1535P6T12D2631655F44DT20061211174807.jpg

georgekuo1017
Dec 11th, 2006, 09:40 AM
she lost to na li in 3 sets

goldenlox
Dec 11th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Nice pics, thanx. Na Li is a good player.

Asian Games: QF: (1) LI Na [CHN] def. (8) TULYAGANOVA Iroda [UZB] 3-6 7-5 6-2

Mike_T
Dec 11th, 2006, 03:39 PM
I’m looking for a larger/HQ/untagged version of this photo (http://tinyurl.com/yjywx3), if anyone can oblige.

Sunny_Boy
Dec 13th, 2006, 08:24 AM
Does anyone know if Iri is playing before the AO next year?

andrewbroad
Dec 18th, 2006, 01:14 AM
Please support Iroda in getting her own (or an Uzbekistan) WTAworld forum:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276524 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276524)


================
15th ASIAN GAMES (Doha, Qatar)
================ http://www.doha-2006.com/ (http://www.doha-2006.com/)

Apparently this is the world's biggest sporting-event after the Olympic Games! Iroda was the defending champion in Women's Singles, having won a Gold Medal at the Busan 2002 Asian Games.

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Photos
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http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9617009 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9617009)
Search Getty Images for "iroda"

These are the best new photos of Iroda I've seen in three years! (not that there've been many in that time). She looks very fetching in her gold-and-black dress and raven-black hair...


Iroda with Sania Mirza:
http://www.gnnglobal.com/imagebank/flex/dot/show/gnn/commercial/ASIAN+GAMES+2006+DOHA/Tennis/Sania_win_01.jpg?mode=list (http://www.gnnglobal.com/imagebank/flex/dot/show/gnn/commercial/ASIAN+GAMES+2006+DOHA/Tennis/Sania_win_01.jpg?mode=list)

...and in that sparkling cyan dress! That's a lovely smile too, despite the loss.

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Video
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Iroda v Li,Na in Women's Singles quarter-final:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276937 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276937)

No, I have not watched it yet. I realise that this is sad, but I'm on a very tight schedule - with not a day to spare before the Australian Open - and this report is late enough as it is. So I'm saving the video for Christmas, and then I'll decide what to do with my observations.

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Pretournament quotes from Iroda
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"I'm ready to play and I'm ready to win - my injury's gone. It's going to be tough, but I think I can do it. There are some good players in the fray like Li[,Na] and Sania [Mirza]."

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Women's Team: First round (Monday 4th December)
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UZBEKISTAN d. INDONESIA, 2:1
+ Akgul Amanmuradova d. Romana Tedjakusuma, 6-4 6-3
+ Iroda Tulyaganova d. Sandy Gumulya, 6-1 4-6 6-2
- Dilyara Saidkhodjaeva/Albina Khabibulina lt. Tedjakusuma/Lavinia Hartono Tananta, 6-7 5-7

Iroda's singles-rubber lasted 1h56m.

First set:
TULYAGA *@ @*@* 6
GUMULYA __@____ 1

Second set:
TULYAGA _*__@*@___ 4
GUMULYA * *@___@*@ 6

Third set:
TULYAGA @*@*@__* 6
GUMULYA _____@*_ 2

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Women's Team: Quarter-final (Tuesday 5th December)
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UZBEKISTAN d. CHINA, 2:0
+ Akgul Amanmuradova d. Zheng,Jie, 6-3 3-6 7-6
+ Iroda Tulyaganova d. Li,Na, 6-4 1-6 6-1
* Tulyaganova/Amanmuradova v Zheng/Yan,Zi, not played

Wow, beating world #21 Li,Na is an impressive scalp, considering that Li beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nicole Vaidišová (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/) back-to-back to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon this year!

I saw Li play Maria Sharapova (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/) at Birmingham this year. Li has a huge forehand, and was going for broke on every shot, hitting more winners than Maria, but gift-wrapping Maria's victory with a slew of unforced errors. I've read that Li tends to temper her game more nowadays, but she's obviously a very hot-and-cold player.

The match lasted 1h48m.

First set:
TU _* *__@*@* 6
LI * * *@____ 4

Second set:
TU @______ 1
LI _@*@*@* 6

Third set:
TU *@*@* * 6
LI _____*_ 1

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Women's Team: Semi-final (Wednesday 6th December)
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UZBEKISTAN lt. INDIA, 0:2
- Akgul Amanmuradova lt. Shikha Uberoi, 6-7 6-4 3-6
- Iroda Tulyaganova lt. Sania Mirza, 3-6 0-6
* Amanmuradova/Tulyaganova v Mirza/Uberoi, not played

I was looking forward to Iroda's mouthwatering match with Sania, who was by far my second-favourite player at the Games. It's a shame that it was so one-sided, and that the wrong girl won.

Sania has some of the most wonderfully flairsome groundstrokes in the game, but little else as far as I have seen. She's rather cute and sexy, too. She has been through a sophomore-slump this year after an impressive arrival on the scene in 2005 - after which she was persecuted for creating an occasion of sin for others by playing tennis in bare legs! :eek:

The match lasted 54 minutes.

First set:
TULYA *____@ @_ 3
MIRZA _*@*@ @ @ 6

Second set:
TULYA ______ 0
MIRZA *@*@*@ 6

Iroda: "I couldn't play well, because Sania was too good. She didn't let me come back, she concentrated a lot, and I was a little tired. It wasn't my day. The crowd was exciting and I appreciate them, and I wish Sania good luck. It was a great day for India with a perfect crowd. I've played a lot in India and they have always liked me, so for me it was good."

Further information:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/message/1616 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/message/1616)

Uzbekistan won a Bronze Medal for reaching the semi-finals.

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Women's Singles: First round (Saturday 9th December)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] d. Bermet Duvanaeva, 6-1 6-0

The match lasted 41m.

First set:
TULYAGANO _*@*@*@ 6
DUVANAEVA *______ 1

Second set:
TULYAGANO *@*@*@ 6
DUVANAEVA ______ 0

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Women's Singles: Second round (Sunday 10th December)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] d. Czarina Mae Arevalo, 6-1 6-1

The match lasted 47m.

First set:
TULYAGA *@*@* * 6
AREVALO _____*_ 1

Second set:
TULYAGA @* *@*@ 6
AREVALO __*____ 1

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Women's Singles: Quarter-final (Monday 11th December)
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- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] lt. LI,NA [1], 6-3 5-7 2-6

Too bad she couldn't trade her Women's Team win over Li for a win here. The match lasted 2h13m.

First set:
TU * * *@* * 6
LI _* *___*_ 3

Second set:
TU __@__* *@*__ 5
LI *@ @* *___*@ 7

Third set:
TU @*______ 2
LI __*@*@*@ 6

Iroda had a break-point for *3-0, then lost every single game left in the match. :(

Further information:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/message/1625 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/message/1625)

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Women's Doubles
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IRODA TULYAGANOVA/AKGUL AMANMURADOVA [8]:
1r bye
2r + Tong,Ka Po/Lam,Po Kuen, 6-3 5-7 6-4
qf - Ryoko Fuda/Tomoko Yonemura, 4-6 3-6

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georgekuo1017
Dec 25th, 2006, 10:55 AM
Does anyone know if Iri is playing before the AO next year?

i am wondering too

pippa2
Dec 25th, 2006, 05:11 PM
http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/7766/4jh2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Kutuzova
Dec 25th, 2006, 08:06 PM
Does anyone know if Iri is playing before the AO next year?

Iri should receive a maindraw WC for winning the Asian Championships.

Sunny_Boy
Dec 25th, 2006, 10:28 PM
Iri should receive a maindraw WC for winning the Asian Championships.
Yeah, your correct but I was just wondering if she was playing any lead up events before the AO. I know she is on the alts list of Sydney and Hobart but most likely wont get in, meaning possibly she may play AO doubles qualies with Akgul. This would be great as I can go to the qualies and there is hardly anyone at the matches

Sunny_Boy
Dec 25th, 2006, 10:31 PM
http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/7766/4jh2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Thankyou soooo much Pippa for the pic! :worship:
Do you have any others?

pippa2
Dec 25th, 2006, 10:43 PM
http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/5070/mvc001fpt6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

andrewbroad
Dec 26th, 2006, 12:56 AM
================
15th ASIAN GAMES (Doha, Qatar)
================ http://www.doha-2006.com/ (http://www.doha-2006.com/)
Women's Singles: Quarter-final (Monday 11th December)
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- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] lt. LI,NA [1], 6-3 5-7 2-6

My match-report is based on the downloadable video:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276937 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276937)

The video is only 40 minutes long, but covers most of the 2h13m match, cutting out the changeovers and much of the time between points, and sometimes skipping unexpectedly to a future game. It's mostly very watchable, although there are a few points with invisible-ball misery!

Li,Na looks like a thin, Oriental version of Ana Ivanovic, and plays like Ana too, in that she has a big forehand and likes to spread. Li played some very dynamic tennis in this match, often ending up at the net for a forehand smash, while Iroda probably has the most superb sheer athleticism of the players in my Eternal Fanship.

Iroda had all the glamour, with a flamboyant gold-and-black dress, and made all the nice noises too, with an Iva-Majoli-like grunt, and sometimes muttering, shouting or screaming after errors! Li, in contrast, was quiet and unexpressive, like a robot.

Windows Media Player won't let me rewind this video, so I've done the best I can in one take with no pauses:


First Set
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TU * * *@* * 6
LI _* *___*_ 3

Iroda serving 0-0: Iroda held, but there was a great rally - I think at 30/15 - where Iroda showed good retrieving, but Li hit a forehand smash-winner.

Li serving 0-1: a quick hold.

Iroda serving 1-1: Iroda held, hitting some sliced backhands and a good error-forcing off-forehand. Iroda's backhand is predominantly a regular two-handed one, but she does go to the one-handed slice more than any other member of my Eternal Fanship.

Li serving 1-2: Held to love, but Iroda showed amazing retrieval on the last point, followed by a nice smile!

Iroda serving 2-2: 15/0. Double fault. 15/15. Li hit a deep error-forcing forehand return. 15/30. Li played a great spreading rally, ending with a volley-winner. 15/40 (two break-points). Iroda saved the first with a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. 30/40. Iroda saved the second with an off-forehand winner. 40/40. Li forehand long. Ad Iroda. Li wild return out.

Li serving 2-3: More great retrieval from Iroda, but seemingly to no avail as Li seemed to be cruising to an easy hold, with a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline to make it 40/0. Double fault. 40/15. Li hit two forehands wide. 40/40. And again! Ad Iroda (break-point). She hit a forehand wide. Deuce #2. Iroda hit a great lob that completely switched the initiative from Li to her, enabling Iroda to hit a forehand smash-winner! Ad Iroda (break-point #2). Li long.

Iroda serving 4-2. Iroda mixed up her backhand with one-handed slice and two-handed topspin to win a long rally. 15/0... 40/15. Double fault. 40/30. Iroda held with a backhand winner down the line.

Li serving 2-5: Li held to 15, opening up the court for a forehand smash-winner on the last point.

Iroda serving 5-3: Iroda seemed to hit a wild forehand out, but she can't have done. 15/0. Li backhand smash long. 30/0. Li error. 40/0 (three set-points). Iroda backhand long. 40/15 (set-point #2). I don't know what happened, because the video suddenly jumped into the second set. Iroda held to win the first 6-3.


Second Set
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TU __@__* *@*__ 5
LI *@ @* *___*@ 7

Li serving 0-0: Li hit a crosscourt forehand winner en route to a quick hold.

Iroda serving 0-1: Iroda netted a forehand. 0/15. Iroda netted a backhand and screamed! 0/40 (three break-points). Iroda sprayed a backhand wide to give Li the first break.

Li serving 2-0: Iroda broke back (not shown).
Iroda serving 1-2: Li broke again (not shown).

Li serving 3-1: Iroda shouted after she netted a backhand. 40/15. Li netted a forehand smash. 40/30. Li hit a nice short-angled crossscourt forehand, but when she tried to hit back behind Iroda with another one, it went wide. 40/40. Iroda netted a backhand. Ad Li. Li held with a pinpoint forehand winner down the line, right in the corner.

Iroda serving 1-4: Iroda hit a groundstroke just long, and argued the call. 0/15. Iroda held, but the video suddenly skipped to the next game.

Li serving 4-2: Iroda was forced to net a defensive backhand lob. 15/0. Li forehand smash-winner. 30/0. Iroda hit a backhand long, and whacked the court with her racket. 40/0. Ace down the middle.

Iroda serving 5-2: She held (not shown).

Li serving 5-3: Iroda hit an off-forehand winner onto the sideline. 0/15. Iroda hit a backhand return long, and muttered. 15/15. Iroda hit a defensive backhand lob wide. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (two set-points). Li hit a backhand volley wide - off a stinging pass from Iroda. 40/30. Li netted a forehand. 40/40. Li netted a backhand. Ad Iroda (break-point). Li forehand long.

Iroda serving 4-5: She held (not shown).

Li serving 5-5: Iroda forehand long. 15/0. Iroda error. 30/0. Iroda long. 40/0. Li backhand long. 40/15. Iroda netted a backhand and threw her racket.

Iroda serving 5-6: Li hit a crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. After a great rally, Li netted a backhand. 15/15, 15/30, 30/30. Li backhand winner down the line. 40/30 (set-point #3). I don't know what happened, because the video suddenly jumped into the third set. Li broke to win the second 7-5.


Third Set
---------

Iroda had more chances early in the set than I had realised: not only did she have two break-points for *3-0, she also had two game-points for 3-1*.

TU @*______ 2
LI __*@*@*@ 6

Li serving 0-0: Li sprayed a forehand long, off a short ball from Iroda. 0/15. Li forehand just long. 0/30. Li forehand wide. 0/40 (three break-points). Iroda backhand long. 15/40. Iroda backhand error. 30/40. Li sprayed a forehand wide to give first blood to Iroda.

Iroda serving 1-0: She held (not shown).

Li serving 0-2: Iroda forehand long. 15/0. Invisible-ball misery. 15/15. Iroda netted a backhand and said, "no, no". 30/15. Li netted a backhand. 30/30. Iroda opened up the court with an acute-angled forehand - one of the abilities that comes with her extreme Western grip - and I guess she must have hit a forehand winner? 30/40 (break-point). I didn't see what happened to the point which would have given Iroda *3-0. 40/40. Li hit a backhand pass wide with Iroda at the net. Ad Iroda (break-point #2). Iroda squandered another chance for *3-0 by netting a sliced backhand. Deuce #2. Iroda netted a backhand. Ad Li. She held with an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline.

Iroda serving 2-1: Iroda hit a forehand wide, and shouted. 0/15. Iroda netted a sliced backhand. 0/30. Li forehand long. 15/30. Li backhand long. 30/30. Li netted a backhand. 40/30 (point for 3-1). Iroda took the initiative with a crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, but the initiative switched to Li, who hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/40. Li backhand volley-winner. Ad Li (break-point). She netted a forehand. Deuce #2. Li forehand wide. Ad Iroda (point for 3-1). Li hit a forehand smash-winner, and Iroda emitted a long, loud scream! Deuce #3. Iroda backhand just long. Ad Li (break-point). Iroda forehand wide.

Li serving 2-2: Li hit a defensive lob long. 0/15. Iroda error. 15/15. Li forehand smash-winner. 30/15. Iroda hit a short-angled error-forcing crosscourt forehand. 30/30, 40/30. Iroda forehand just long.

Iroda serving 2-3: Li broke (not shown).
Li serving 4-2: She held (not shown).

Iroda serving 2-5: Li forehand just long. 30/0. Iroda netted a forehand. 30/15. Iroda forehand long. 30/30. Li hit an error-forcing backhand volley. 30/40 (match-point #1). Iroda hit a backhand just long. Li won 3-6 7-5 6-2. They kissed at the net.

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Привет
Dec 26th, 2006, 02:06 AM
Nice photos of Iroda! But are they recent? Has Iroda got a deal with Sergio Tacchini again or something?

Sunny_Boy
Dec 26th, 2006, 06:23 AM
Once again thanks Pippa! :worship:

Sunny_Boy
Dec 26th, 2006, 06:26 AM
Nice photos of Iroda! But are they recent? Has Iroda got a deal with Sergio Tacchini again or something?
Yeah, I'm pretty sure the photos are from this year at the $25,000 ITF in Campobasso (May or June) where Iroda made the QFs as a qualier.
I wouldn't think Iroda would still have a deal with Sergio Tacchini, they may be just some clothes from a few years back but who knows :confused:

Привет
Dec 26th, 2006, 07:49 AM
Oh ok thanks. I was thinking that if the photos were taken after the Asian Games that she might have a deal with Sergio Tacchini AGAIN, rather than STILL. I don't think she does now though, I wish she would though. :)

Sunny_Boy
Dec 27th, 2006, 05:35 AM
Oh ok thanks. I was thinking that if the photos were taken after the Asian Games that she might have a deal with Sergio Tacchini AGAIN, rather than STILL. I don't think she does now though, I wish she would though. :)
No problem! ;)
From what I've heard off other members, apparently in Tashkent is a store called "Tulyaganova's Fashion" which may be where Iroda is finding her lastest outfits

andrewbroad
Jan 3rd, 2007, 02:20 AM
I have just updated Iroda's biography on my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/biography.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/biography.html)

It is not a copy of Iroda's standard WTA Tour biography, but my own detailed appreciation of her game, followed by a review for every year of her career. I have edited the introduction, and added a review of 2006.

I wish Iroda and all her fans a happy new year.

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Sunny_Boy
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:25 PM
Iroda's schedule so far -
Oz Open
Pattaya City

Sunny_Boy
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:27 PM
According to her official site :)

Sunny_Boy
Jan 5th, 2007, 07:07 PM
According to Jirobkk -
Iroda is on the qualie list of -
Pattaya City
Bangalore

LegionArgentina
Jan 8th, 2007, 05:34 PM
Go Iroda best of luck this year !

For the people who didnt visit the forums of the Video threads, someone posted the whole match Iroda vs Tammy T.

Sunny_Boy
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:10 PM
Go Iroda best of luck this year !

For the people who didnt visit the forums of the Video threads, someone posted the whole match Iroda vs Tammy T.

Thanks :)
I just watched it the other day, it was great to watch vintage Iroda :lol:
If anyone has any other vids of Iroda plz post them here.
I'm going to the Oz Open so hopefully I will be able to take vids on my digital camera, but I'm 100% sure I'm taking heaps of pics (everyone just hope she doesn't end up on centre court or vodafone as I won't be going to those courts)

Mike_T
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:52 AM
Show Iroda YOUR support!

We’re organising a collection of fans good-luck messages, which Sunny_Boy is hoping to present to Iroda personally, at the Aus Open. I’ve already pm’ed nearly everyone in this thread, but if you’ve not yet sent a message, wishing her good luck for the AO and coming season, then now is your last chance. Either pm myself or Sunny_Boy (http://www.wtaworld.com/member.php?u=37243) with your message, or send to irodamessages@yahoo.co.uk by Thursday (11th. Jan.) 10.30am GMT.

Thanks :cool:

Mike_T
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:32 PM
Show Iroda YOUR support!

We’re organising a collection of fans good-luck messages, which Sunny_Boy is hoping to present to Iroda personally, at the Aus Open. I’ve already pm’ed nearly everyone in this thread, but if you’ve not yet sent a message, wishing her good luck for the AO and coming season, then now is your last chance. Either pm myself or Sunny_Boy (http://www.wtaworld.com/member.php?u=37243) with your message, or send to irodamessages@yahoo.co.uk by Thursday (11th. Jan.) 10.30am GMT.

Thanks :cool:

Deadline extended to 9pm GMT Thursday. Get your fingers out and start typing a msg.

goldenlox
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:46 PM
Iroda can win her round 1 match - Iroda Tulyaganova UZB vs. Monique Adamczak AUS

Foot's Fingers
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:41 AM
Good draw for Iri

tobi
Jan 12th, 2007, 09:48 AM
go Iroda :)

Great 1st round draw ;)

KV
Jan 12th, 2007, 01:58 PM
Good luck at OZ-Open. Very good chance to make second round. GO Iroda.

Sunny_Boy
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:35 AM
I had no luck with finding Iroda on Friday :sad:
However, I'm gonna be watching her 1st round match on Monday :woohoo:
Will take many photos and vids for all Iri fans!

Viktymise
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:49 AM
Iroda is gonna have a great Aus ;)

Mike_T
Jan 14th, 2007, 04:52 PM
Practice photos, looking HOT HOT HOT!! :lick: :hearts: :devil:

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/5204/19bb0886kz9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/8347/19bb0900cz9.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/4760/19bb0901oy7.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/9864/19bb0922sz6.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/8029/19bb1013qd2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/2908/19bb1060mc3.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)http://img282.imageshack.us/img282/9061/tulyaganovairoda1011mj5.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)

From: iroda-tulyaganova.com (http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/v2/site.jsp?node_id=2005006121540462131)

Mike_T
Jan 14th, 2007, 07:12 PM
I had no luck with finding Iroda on Friday :sad:
However, I'm gonna be watching her 1st round match on Monday :woohoo:
Will take many photos and vids for all Iri fans!
Be sure you cheer for all of us Sunny_Boy! :bounce: If you get a chance to hand her our msg’s, great, if not, no sweat, we’ll just forward them on round the globe until someone gets an opportunity ;)


Scheduled to play her 1R Monday, court 13.

Start Time 11:00 AM (midnight GMT)

Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marc Gicquel (FRA) vs. Alun Jones (AUS)

followed by
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Elena Vesnina (RUS) vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)[25]

Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Radek Stepanek (CZE)[20] vs. Michael Llodra (FRA)

Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Iroda Tulyaganova (WC/UZB/131) vs. Monique Adamczak (WC/AUS/246)
H2H: Never played. WTA profiles: http://tinyurl.com/yxeuof (http://tinyurl.com/yxeuof)

If the first 3 matches are of average duration, Iroda’s match should start around 5pm – 6.30pm Melbourne time (6am – 7.30am GMT). AFAIK court 13 is not televised - unless someone knows different?

Iroda is not entered in the women’s dubs. Kuznetsova, Iroda's likely 2R singles opponent, has entered the dubs with Hingis. Kuzzie has withdrawn from recent tournies with "bronchitis / respiratory virus". So how fit is Kuzzie? Well she's confident enough to enter the doubles, and with the responsibility of partnering Hingis, who can pick and choose her partners – if that's any indication. Any less convincing than 6-0 6-0, against 1R opponent Jessica Moore (ranked 992), has to be a sign the Kuzmeister is not 100%.

:bounce: GO RODI GO!!! :bounce:

Sunny_Boy
Jan 14th, 2007, 08:22 PM
Nice pics Mike!!
Court 13 isn't a televised court :sad:
I'll do my best with many pics and vids and hopefully the messages :)

Escape
Jan 14th, 2007, 08:29 PM
Go Iroda :)

She has a great chance of making the 2nd round

andrewbroad
Jan 14th, 2007, 11:52 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
--------

This message is a Iroda-filtered version of my full tournament-preview, which you can find at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/message/3827 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/message/3827)
or
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280903 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280903)

1. Photos (full version only)
2. UK TV-alert
3. First-round draw
4. Maria Sharapova preview (full version only)
5. Vera Zvonarëva preview (full version only)
6. Anna Chakvetadze preview (full version only)
7. Daniela Hantuchová preview (full version only)
8. Iroda Tulyaganova preview
9. Nicole Vaidišová preview (full version only)
10. Andrew's wishes (full version only)
11. Qualifying (full version only)
12. Order of Play for Monday

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2. UK TV-alert
--------------

The evening-sessions of the Australian Open will be televised on BBCi from 08:30 GMT each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel - 301 or 302, I don't know which yet).

My understanding is that this coverage will consist of the women's match on the evening-session of the Rod Laver Arena (today Serena Williams v Mara Santangelo), followed by the men's match, followed by recorded coverage of any Andy Murray match that will have taken place during the day-session (his matches will also be broadcast live on BBCi during the British night, and possibly on BBC 1 or BBC 2 if he reaches the third round - I mention this just in case they happen to slip any women's tennis into such coverage; in 2002, they showed five minutes of Daniela Hantuchová against Venus Williams).

Last year, the women's semi-finals took place during the day-session, and recorded coverage was shown on BBCi following live coverage of the evening-session that day.

The women's and men's singles-finals will be broadcast live on BBC 1 and BBC 2, respectively.

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3. First-round draw
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3.1 Top quarter: Sharapova, Zvonarëva, Chakvetadze
--------------------------------------------------

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v Camille Pin (DAVAI MARIA!)
* Roberta Vinci v Anastassia Rodionova (ˇforza Roberta!)
* Renata Vorácová [Q] v Meghann Shaughnessy
* Emmanuelle Gagliardi v TATHIANA GARBIN [30]

* VERA ZVONARËVA [22,EF] v Tzipora Obziler (DAVAI VERA!)
* Séverine Brémond v Tamira Paszek [Q] (allez Séverine!)
* Varvara Lepchenko v Agnieszka Radwanska (davai Varvara!)
* ANA IVANOVIC [13,DF] v Vania King (ajde Ana!)

* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Sybille Bammer (DAVAI ANNA!)
* Yulia Beygelzimer v Laura Granville
* Sophie Ferguson [WC] v Jelena Kostanic Tosic
* Klára Zakopalová [Q] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [24] (pojdme Klára!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [28,DF] v Kaia Kanepi (ˇforza Flavia!)
* Alicia Molik [WC] v Chan,Yung-Jan (go Alicia!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Andreja Klepac [Q] (jia you Shuai!)
* Madison Brengle [WC] v PATTY SCHNYDER [8]


3.2 Second quarter: Hantuchová
------------------------------

* KIM CLIJSTERS [4] v Vasilisa Bardina (davai Vasilisa!)
* Akiko Morigami [s] v Tsvetana Pironkova (my Reason says Akiko, but my Passion says Tsvetana)
* Nicole Pratt v Virginie Razzano
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [29] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [Q] (davai Alyona!)

* Sandra Záhlavová [Q] v ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [17] (pojdme Sandra!)
* Ashley Harkleroad v Yuan,Meng (go Ashley!)
* Aravane Rezaď v Emilie Loit (allez Aravane!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15,EF] v Alizé Cornet (PODME DANIELA!)

* Ekaterina Bychkova v DINARA SAFINA [9] (davai Ekaterina!)
* Youlia Fedossova [WC] v Catalina Castańo
* Ahsha Rolle v Lourdes Domínguez Lino
* Elena Bovina v LI,NA [19]

* Aiko Nakamura [s] v ELENI DANIILIDOU [32] (ganbatte Aiko!)
* Sania Mirza [DF] v Olga Savchuk (go Sania!)
* Alla Kudryavtseva [Q] v Emma Laine
* Nathalie Dechy v MARTINA HINGIS [6]


3.3 Third quarter: Tulyaganova
------------------------------

* NADIA PETROVA [5] v Tamarine Tanasugarn
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Sun,Tiantian (ˇvamos Gisela!)
* Michaëlla Krajícek v Anne Kremer [Q] (kom op Michaëlla!)
* Serena Williams v MARA SANTANGELO [27]

* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Vera Dushevina (allez Marion!)
* Yuliana Fedak v Victoria Azarenka (davai Yuliana!)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v Melinda Czink (ˇvamos Virginia!)
* Aleksandra Wozniak v JELENA JANKOVIC [11]

* SHAHAR PEER [16] v Romina Oprandi (kadima Shahar!)
* Edina Gallovits v Meilen Tu
* Zuzana Ondrášková v Clarisa Fernández (pojdme Zuzana!)
* TATIANA GOLOVIN [20,DF] v Anna Smashnova (allez Tatiana!)

* MARIA KIRILENKO [26,DF] v Karolina Šprem [DF] (my loyalty Maria)
* Julia Vakulenko [Q] v Elena Likhovtseva (may the better win!)
* Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] v Monique Adamczak [WC] (DAVAI IRODA!)
* Jessica Moore [WC] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3]


3.4 Bottom quarter: Vaidišová
-----------------------------

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] v Stéphanie Foretz (davai Elena!)
* Martina Müller v Jorgelina Cravero [Q]
* Maria Elena Camerin v Kirsten Flipkens (my loyalty to Maria Elena)
* Elena Vesnina v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [25] (davai Elena!)

* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [21] v Casey Dell'Acqua [WC] (dajmo Katarina!)
* Iveta Benešová v Galina Voskoboeva (pojdme Iveta!)
* Jarmila Gajdošová v Milagros Sequera
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [10,EF] v Jill Craybas (pojdme Nicole!)

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [14] v Sandra Klösel
* Lucie Šafárová v Alberta Brianti (pojdme Lucie!)
* Laura Pous Tio v Anastasiya Yakimova
* Sofia Arvidsson v AI SUGIYAMA [23]

* ZHENG,JIE [31] v Julia Schruff
* Martina Suchá v Eva Birnerová (podme Martina!)
* Marta Domachowska v Olga Poutchkova (dawaj Marta!)
* Shenay Perry v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [2] (anyone but Mauresmo)

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8. Iroda Tulyaganova preview
----------------------------

Iroda will be playing her first Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2003 due to an elbow-injury that ruined the next three years for her. A former world #16, Iroda is making her way back up the rankings - currently #131. She won the Asian Championships last September to earn her wild card here.

Iroda is one of the most exciting, powerful, versatile and athletic players I have ever seen, and with the draw she's got, fourth round looks very possible, and I don't think a quarter-final is out of the question!


8.1 First round
---------------

The only previous time I've heard of Monique Adamczak was when Jelena Dokic beat her in the final of an Australian Open wild-card play-off (only open to Australian players) in December 2005.

This time, Adamczak does have a wild card for the Australian Open, having improved her ranking to #241. Outside of Australia, she plays only on the ITF circuit. Her most notable victims last year were #96 Melinda Czink and #120 Milagros Sequera.

Not surprisingly, Iroda has never played her, and always provided that Iroda is healthy, I don't expect her to have any problems here.


8.2 Second round
----------------

Svetlana Kuznetsova [3] retired with breathing-difficulties at Sydney - having pulled out of the Silver Group final at Hong Kong with bronchitis - and Iroda beat her 6-4 6-1 in their only meeting: second round of the Australian Open 2002!

In terms of Iroda's chances of creating an upset, I'm very pleased with this draw - although not in terms of it attracting BBCi-televisation, as I believe Amélie Mauresmo (and possibly others) would be ahead of Kuznetsova in the pecking-order for that coveted evening-slot.


8.2 Third round
---------------

Should Iroda make it this far, the seedings project a mouthwatering match with Maria Kirilenko [26], who is ultracute and extremely pretty, but not that strong of a player - especially as she's in a pretty bad slump at the moment, losing in the first round of most of her tournaments since losing her Beijing-title.

Iroda has never played Kirilenko, but despite the gulf in rankings, I can see Little Maria really struggling to cope with Iroda's power and athleticism.

Will Little Maria even make it to the third round? She starts with the most attractive match of the first round, against #89 Karolina Šprem - another regular member of the Monday-Club, but Karolina can be very dangerous when she finds her form, as Venus Williams would tell you!

And we shouldn't overlook #43-ranked veteran Elena Likhovtseva, still a very solid player at 31. I thought she was planning to retire at the end of 2006, so she must be feeling pretty good about tennis to have continued into 2007.


8.3 Fourth round
----------------

Iroda has never been beyond the third round of any Grand Slam, but with the doubt over Kuznetsova's health, and the weakness of that section of the draw, this seems as good a chance as any to better that record!

Iroda's likely fourth-round opponent would be Shahar Peer [16], a rising star who is looking to beat the best in 2007, and upset Patty Schnyder at Sydney before losing 6-2 6-1 to Kim Clijsters. Shahar would be a very tough opponent for Iroda, as she has added power to the retrieval-skills that are the basis of her game.

I would prefer Tatiana Golovin [20] to reach this berth. Tatiana has a big serve, and /can/ hit hard from the baseline - but she's too passive too often for my liking; otherwise I might induct her into my Eternal Fanship! I've had a soft spot for Tatiana for three years now, but my Eternal Fanship requires Reason as well as Passion.

Tatiana is a very feisty and determined competitor, but also a bit of a choker: she had Amélie Mauresmo on the ropes in the second round of Sydney, but couldn't capitalise on a 6-4 *3-2 lead. She is prone to spraining her ankles, but now wears ankle-supports, and looks set to continue her improvement in 2007.


8.4 Quarter-final
-----------------

Iroda is in the quarter of the draw that looks the most open to me, with Nadia Petrova [5] being injured, but my objective prediction to reach the semi-finals from this quarter is Jelena Jankovic [11].

Jankovic is on great form at the moment, and it would be too much to expect Iroda to stop her. Jankovic won Auckland and almost beat Clijsters in the Sydney final (served for the match in the second set and had match-points) - but 'almost' is the operative word. Jankovic also choked dramatically when leading Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4 *4-2 (40/30) in the semi-finals of the US Open, then lost every game in the rest of the match. Fatigue may also be a factor after playing two full weeks before the Australian Open.

This is as far ahead as I want to look for Iroda at this stage, though I can always dream of a mouthwatering semi-final with Nicole Vaidišová! :)

----------------------------
12. Order of Play for Monday
----------------------------

Court 13 (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
MS 1r: Marc Gicquel v Alun Jones [WC]
WS 1r: Elena Vesnina v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [25]
MS 1r: RADEK STEPÁNEK [20] v Michael Llodra
WS 1r: Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] v Monique Adamczak [WC]

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/)

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David Barker
Jan 15th, 2007, 09:50 AM
Very surprising - out R1 to the aussie WC......

Sunny_Boy
Jan 15th, 2007, 11:14 AM
I’ll tell everyone about my day :lol:
Around 12pm, DomenicDemaria (fellow poster), his brother and myself were walking around the practise courts.
Out of nowehere we see Iroda, she was waiting for the players before her to finish up. She was quite funny telling Ruano Pascual she had one minute left of hitting :lol:
So she began practising, she was really hitting well, looking very trim, she looked great out there. However, her backhand didn’t look that well. I don’t know who Iroda was hitting with, maybe a practise partner?
In the crowd watching Iroda was Monique and her coach, they were doing there homework (Monique’s coach actually use to coach me :lol: )
Also watching Iroda in the crowd was the guy who desgined her website, taking many photos.
After hitting very well for 30 minutes, she signed for us and seemed very happy. I said to her “Good luck, I really hope you win, I’ll be there on court 13 to cheer you on!” She said “but I’m playing the Aussie girl” I said “I don’t care, I like you much more” We both laughed :lol: I then gave her the messages!!!!! I said, “They are messages from your fans all over the world”. She seemed confused, I think she thought I wanted her to sign them, I said “No no, there for you, look at your photo of the front” She then began to laugh, it was a pretty funny moment. She said she’ll read them before her match and will write something on the internet (I think her website?)
Iroda was meant to be on Court 13 but because every match on the court was soooooo long, they changed her court. She moved to show court 2 but no one actually knew. The officials were telling us to leave coz there isn’t another match on court but Dom began to tell them there is one.
Finally after all the waiting play began at around 6.45 local time. Iroda held quite easy! From there on, she was almost missing every shot. Whenever a rally was being played, Monique would just get the ball in and Iroda would miss. Monique did her homework and attacked Iri’s backhand, I don’t think Iroda knew how Monique played, she didn’t do her homework I think. The whole crowd was cheering for Monique except Akgul, Iroda’s players box, Dom and myself. Everyone Dom did a great job cheering, it was basically 200 Aussies against Dom and myself, so Dom deserves a lot of respect from us Iri fans. In the 2nd Iroda basically started off the same, way too many errors, Monqiue didn’t do much to be winning a set and 4-2. At 4-2 it was a crucial game, a long deuce game which Iroda lost, to go down 2-5. At 2-5 down and serving, she clawed her way back from 0-30 to win the game. When Monique came to serve for the match she was feeling the pressure, she held 2 mps but Iroda saved them both, one with a winner! When she won the game and went down 4-5 she was pumped. At 4-5 down, she couldn’t land a 1st serve! A DF didn’t help either. However she had GP but a tight call went against Iroda and threw her momentum, Iroda wasn't convinced with the call. The rest now is history, Iroda lost with more errors. When Monique won, she collapsed to the court (I thought it was an over reaction but anyway) Iroda was nice to her at the net and gave her a kiss. Iroda did wave to the crowd as she left ;)
While Monique was reacting as if she had won Wimbledon which kinda annoyed me but all well she won so I guess she can do as she pleases.
What pleases me was Iroda did begin to play better and smarter but it was just too late :sad:
As we were leaving, Dom and myself went up to Akgul and asked her for autograph, she was shocked :lol: Dom said can I have your autograph and she said “You want mine?” I said “Yeah we love the Uzbek players!!” She said “I’m from Uzbekistan” (which I already knew) She said to us “I heard you’s in the crowd cheering for Iroda” Dom asked are you gonna play doubles with Iroda? “She said not here but after we will” As we were leaving “I said we’ll be back next year to cheer on you and Iroda”

Wow, I just wrote a lot :lol:
Hope you enjoyed it :)
I’ll post my pics soon, I have around 40 (mostly from training as show court 2 is a big court and it wasn’t easy for me to take great pics with my camera)

Mike_T
Jan 15th, 2007, 11:45 AM
You’ve managed to lift my spirits, Sunny_Boy. I’ve been sitting here with my head in my hands. Some funny moments there, good report. I imagined that’s what might happen when you gave her the msg’s, she thinking you wanted her to sign it, and that’s what happened :lol: Big up to Dom. Can’t wait for the pics.

Sunny_Boy
Jan 15th, 2007, 11:50 AM
Pics will be up in 20 mins :)

Sunny_Boy
Jan 15th, 2007, 12:24 PM
Pics are up :) -
http://www.wtnphotos.com/showgallery.php?cat=521

I accidently posted 10 pics twice but all well.
My camera isn't the best so sorry about the quality but hope you like them :)

Mike_T
Jan 15th, 2007, 01:13 PM
Pics are up :) -
http://www.wtnphotos.com/showgallery.php?cat=521

I accidently posted 10 pics twice but all well.
My camera isn't the best so sorry about the quality but hope you like them :)
Excellent pics SB :yeah: Looking GORGEOUS in that pink outfit :hearts: :lick: Any video? I'm going to try and scrounge the match video from somewhere, if no one's got it already.

lilimi
Jan 15th, 2007, 01:22 PM
i expected her to win :sad:

goldenlox
Jan 15th, 2007, 01:30 PM
That was a good report, but a bad loss. To get a draw like that at a major, you need those 60 points.

richmond
Jan 15th, 2007, 01:56 PM
At least she was there, hopefully will continue to play more matches in 2007. Does anyone have video yet? Cheers

Kutuzova
Jan 15th, 2007, 02:23 PM
She is still a bit rusty for the big events. With time she is only going to closer and closer to where she was at. I think we will see some big things from Iri as the year goes on..Good luck in your next event and I too would love to see videos!

frenchie
Jan 15th, 2007, 03:09 PM
Iroda should have won this match!
this would have put her in the top 100 I think

Sunny_Boy
Jan 15th, 2007, 10:52 PM
Oh, I forgot about the new point system :sad:
A win would have pushed her into the top 100 :sad:

DomenicDemaria
Jan 15th, 2007, 11:14 PM
You’ve managed to lift my spirits, Sunny_Boy. I’ve been sitting here with my head in my hands. Some funny moments there, good report. I imagined that’s what might happen when you gave her the msg’s, she thinking you wanted her to sign it, and that’s what happened :lol: Big up to Dom. Can’t wait for the pics.


Thanks :) Sad Iroda lost :sad: My throat is sore today from screaming over 200 aussie fans :lol:

Iroda was really really nice after her practise session. The good thing is that Iroda got her messages and hopefully they can spark a great year. Akgul was really nice too. Me and Sunny thought it was funny when she was shocked that we wanted her autograph :lol: She thanked us for supporting Iroda.

Geertvg
Jan 16th, 2007, 12:09 AM
Awwww!! Thanks for the great reports!! Hope both Iri and Akgul bounce from this get an ace 2007 anyways... What's the next tournament they'll play? :)

:hug:

Mike_T
Jan 16th, 2007, 09:46 PM
More photos: http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=photogallery&id=281&pn=13

Sunny_Boy
Jan 22nd, 2007, 10:22 AM
Awwww!! Thanks for the great reports!! Hope both Iri and Akgul bounce from this get an ace 2007 anyways... What's the next tournament they'll play? :)

:hug:
Iroda is playing -
QUALIES - Pattaya City (19th on the list)
QUALIES - Bangalore (13th on the list)
QUALIES NEXT-IN LIST - Dubai (10th on the list)
QUALIES - Doha (26th on the list)

Sunny_Boy
Jan 26th, 2007, 11:12 AM
QUALIES NEXT-IN LIST - Indian Wells (2nd on the list)

With more then one month before the tournament begins, I'm pretty confident Iroda will be moving up into the Qualies Draw.

Iroda seems to be playing a full schedule right up until the clay season

Geertvg
Jan 29th, 2007, 02:54 PM
Yay! Good luck Iroda in Pattaya and Bangalore!! :bounce:

Uranus
Jan 31st, 2007, 07:37 PM
Good luck Iroda anywhere you'll play!

Thanks for the PM, Mike :D I hope she enjoyed our messages :)

Geertvg
Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:20 PM
When does she play this weekend?? :)

Mike_T
Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:52 PM
When does she play this weekend?? :)
She’s no longer listed for qualies. So unless she's been given a MD WC, looks like she pulled out.

Geertvg
Feb 2nd, 2007, 06:05 PM
She’s no longer listed for qualies. So unless she's been given a MD WC, looks like she pulled out.

Oj, let's hope she got the WC then!!!

Sunny_Boy
Feb 2nd, 2007, 09:54 PM
I've asked in the Pattaya thread about that last WC, no answer as yet. Chrison has verified Iroda is still on the list for Bangalore.

andrewbroad
Feb 3rd, 2007, 12:55 AM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
--------

This is an Iroda-filtered subset of my Day 1 round-up...

1. Photos
4. Tulyaganova v Adamczak report

...merged with supplementary material, exclusive to the I.T. community...

1. Photos
5. Monique Adamczak interview
9. Iroda's next tournaments

...and an Iroda-filtered subset of my final round-up:

3. Wooden-Spoon List
8. WTA Singles Rankings

(I've renumbered Section 3 as Section 7.)

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1. Photos (Iroda-filtered)
---------

Iroda Tulyaganova:
http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/v2/site.jsp?node_id=2005006121540462131 (http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/v2/site.jsp?node_id=2005006121540462131)
http://www.wtnphotos.com/showgallery.php?cat=521 (http://www.wtnphotos.com/showgallery.php?cat=521)

Exclusive to the I.T. community:
http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=photogallery&id=281&pn=13 (http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=photogallery&id=281&pn=13) (pp.13-15)

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4. Tulyaganova v Adamczak report
--------------------------------

- Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] lt. Monique Adamczak [WC], 1-6 4-6

A very, very disappointing result for Iroda, by the standards she has shown since September!

Perhaps it was the extreme Australian heat (she's said before that she doesn't like playing in hot climates), perhaps it was the partisan Australian crowd, perhaps it was the unexpected switch from Court 13 to Court 2 (which made me miss the first set in following live scores), or perhaps she's injured yet again.


First set
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TULYAGAN *______ 1
ADAMCZAK _*@*@*@ 6


Second set
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TULYAGAN _*___* *@_ 4
ADAMCZAK * *@* *__@ 6

As I started following live scores at 19:30 AEST, Iroda was already a set down and facing points to go a break down:

Iroda serving 0-1: 15/40 (2 BPs) -> 40/40, ad I, held.
Adamczak serving 1-1: held to love.
Iroda serving 1-2: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.
Adamczak serving 3-1: 40/0, 40/15, held.
Iroda serving 1-4: 0/15, 30/15, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad I, held.
Adamczak serving 4-2: 15/0, scoreboard froze... 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad I, Deuce #2, ad A (BP #2), Deuce #3, scoreboard froze...

Adamczak serving 5-3: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15 (2 MPs) -> 40/40, ad I (BP), broken!

Well, I've witnessed it many times in the last 15 years that I've been following professional tennis: Player A serves for the match, gets tight, and Player B goes on to win! Could it happen here?

Iroda serving 4-5: 0/15, 15/15, 15/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad A (MP #3), Adamczak won 6-1 6-4 at 20:08 (possibly about five minutes earlier, because the scoreboard froze at match-point, then actually went backwards!).


From Sunny_Boy's report (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9811831):
>>>
Finally after all the waiting play began at around 6.45 local time. Iroda held quite easy! From there on, she was almost missing every shot. Whenever a rally was being played, Monique would just get the ball in and Iroda would miss. Monique did her homework and attacked Iri's backhand, I don't think Iroda knew how Monique played, she didn't do her homework I think.

The whole crowd was cheering for Monique except Akgul, Iroda's players box, Dom and myself. Everyone Dom did a great job cheering, it was basically 200 Aussies against Dom and myself, so Dom deserves a lot of respect from us Iri fans.

In the 2nd Iroda basically started off the same, way too many errors, Monqiue didn't do much to be winning a set and 4-2. At 4-2 it was a crucial game, a long deuce game which Iroda lost, to go down 2-5. At 2-5 down and serving, she clawed her way back from 0-30 to win the game. When Monique came to serve for the match she was feeling the pressure, she held 2 mps but Iroda saved them both, one with a winner! When she won the game and went down 4-5 she was pumped. At 4-5 down, she couldn't land a 1st serve! A DF didn't help either. However she had GP but a tight call went against Iroda and threw her momentum, Iroda wasn't convinced with the call. The rest now is history, Iroda lost with more errors.

When Monique won, she collapsed to the court (I thought it was an over reaction but anyway) Iroda was nice to her at the net and gave her a kiss. Iroda did wave to the crowd as she left ;)
<<<

Prior to the match, Iroda posted the following in the guestbook at http://us.geocities.yahoo.com/gb/view?member=smandy0 (http://us.geocities.yahoo.com/gb/view?member=smandy0)
>>>
Name : Iroda T.
Email address : <follow the above link>
Comment : Hye every one and happy new year to ech one of u:) i have read eery think what u have wish o me and how u suport me thank u very very much. im at the Australian Open at the moment and i wish to show to every one best of me;) and i know i will be back to
<<<
(Unfortunately this guestbook truncates overlength messages without warning.)

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5. Monique Adamczak interview
-----------------------------

I've only included the exchanges that I deem to be relevant to her match with Iroda; the full interview is at http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2007-01-15/200701151168806518828.html (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2007-01-15/200701151168806518828.html)
>>>
Q. You looked to dominate pretty much all the match; perhaps tightened up in the last few games. Was it just she started to get into it?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: Yeah, I guess she tried to change her game up a few times in the match. I did well to keep that under control.

But I guess I got ahead of myself a little bit towards the end of the second set. To her credit, she also kept fighting. Yeah, but I stayed tough. <smiling>

Q. What were your strengths today?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: What I've been working on the last few weeks with my coach here, Peter McGraw, is just staying mentally tough, staying calm out there. We've been working on a few technical things, of course, which I've improved a lot.

Yeah, it's mainly mental. I've always had - I think I've always had a good game. Just getting it together mentally and really believing that I can win those matches and I belong at this level, so...

Q. How do you gain mental strength?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: It's practice, day in, day out. On the practice-court, a hundred percent. Off the practice-court, in the gym. It's pushing yourself. Yeah, it's having a sense of confidence, a sense of belief.

Q. You look like you can't wipe the smile off your face. What's the feeling inside?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: I'm pretty calm actually. I'm very excited. I'm actually a lot calmer. I thought I'd be like crazy. No, I'm pretty relaxed. <smiling>

You know, I'm sure, like a lot of other young tennis-players out there, I've dreamt this moment for a long time, you know, playing in my home-country, doing well, winning matches.

I've, yeah, dreamt it a lot. So for it to happen, it's very fulfilling.

Q. You fulfilled that one. Where is the next one?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: What's the next goal? Well, it's wherever that may be. You know, uhm, I came into this tournament - honestly, I came into this tournament really wanting to make third round, fourth round. That was my goal.

I believe I can achieve that, I really do. You don't think about it when you're out there. But when you go out into the gym, you're working your ass off, that's what you're thinking about. That's what I'm thinking about, so...

Q. So this win today is not your final?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: No, no.

Q. Has there been any injury-problems the last few years, or has it just been playing ITFs?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: I've had a lot of injuries actually. It's just been overwork, overtraining, a bit unlucky. I'm a hard worker. The tendency was always to push myself too hard. I think I've learnt to control that a bit, step back, just manage my body better.

But, yeah, I've had a few injuries. I've done well, then I'd be out with an injury for a couple months, and that would set me back.

I think it's made me a lot tougher. It's made me who I am today. May have set me back a bit, but I think I wouldn't be here today if it hadn't been for that.
<<<

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7. Wooden-Spoon List
--------------------

http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/wooden_spoon/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/wooden_spoon/)

1. Serena Williams
2. MARIA SHARAPOVA (1)
3. NICOLE VAIDISOVA (10)
4. KIM CLIJSTERS (4)
5. SHAHAR PEER (16)
6. ANNA CHAKVETADZE (12)
7. Lucie Safarova
8. MARTINA HINGIS (6)
9. JELENA JANKOVIC (11)
10. VERA ZVONAREVA (22)
11. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (7)
12. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (15)
13. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (3)
14. PATTY SCHNYDER (8)
15. AMELIE MAURESMO (2)
16. LI,NA (19)
17. NADIA PETROVA (5)
18. TATHIANA GARBIN (30)
19. KATARINA SREBOTNIK (21)
20. ALYONA BONDARENKO (29)
21. TATIANA GOLOVIN (20)
22. Jelena Kostanic Tosic
23. Anastasiya Yakimova
24. Aiko Nakamura
25. Victoria Azarenka
26. ANA IVANOVIC (13)
27. Maria Elena Camerin
28. Ashley Harkleroad
29. MARIA KIRILENKO (26)
30. Alicia Molik (WC)
31. Eva Birnerova
32. DINARA SAFINA (9)
33. Anne Kremer (Q)
34. Anastassia Rodionova
35. Milagros Sequera
36. Akiko Morigami
37. Meilen Tu
38. Laura Granville
39. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (14)
40. Alla Kudryavtseva (Q)
41. Virginia Ruano Pascual
42. Tamira Paszek (Q)
43. Martina Muller
44. Emilie Loit
45. Monique Adamczak (WC)
46. Peng,Shuai
47. Olga Poutchkova
48. Lourdes Dominguez Lino
49. Gisela Dulko
50. Renata Voracova (Q)
51. Iveta Benesova
52. Virginie Razzano
53. Zuzana Ondraskova
54. SAMANTHA STOSUR (24)
55. AI SUGIYAMA (23)
56. Sania Mirza
57. MARION BARTOLI (18)
58. Agnieszka Radwanska
59. Elena Vesnina
60. ANNA-LENA GROENEFELD (17)
61. Julia Vakulenko (Q)
62. Kaia Kanepi
63. Julia Schruff
64. Youlia Fedossova (WC)
65. MARA SANTANGELO (27)
66. Camille Pin
67. Jill Craybas
68. Vasilisa Bardina
69. Romina Oprandi
70. Sybille Bammer
71. Alberta Brianti
72. Nathalie Dechy
73. Aleksandra Wozniak
74. Tzipora Obziler
75. Stephanie Foretz
76. Alize Cornet (Q)
77. Jessica Moore (WC)
78. Madison Brengle (WC)
79. Shenay Perry
80. Elena Bovina
81. Tamarine Tanasugarn
82. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
83. Casey Dellacqua (WC)
84. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (Q)
85. Anna Smashnova
86. Sophie Ferguson (WC)
87. Laura Pous Tio
88. ELENI DANIILIDOU (32)
89. Yuliana Fedak
90. Vania King
91. Kirsten Flipkens
92. Yuan,Meng
93. Karolina Sprem
94. Chan,Yung-Jan
95. Martina Sucha
96. Ekaterina Bychkova
97. Michaella Krajicek
98. Roberta Vinci
99. Jarmila Gajdosova
100. Tsvetana Pironkova
101. Edina Gallovits
102. Yulia Beygelzimer
103. Sandra Kloesel
104. Emma Laine
105. Melinda Czink
106. Severine Bremond
107. Jorgelina Cravero (Q)
108. Aravane Rezai
109. Iroda Tulyaganova (WC)
110. Andreja Klepac (Q)
111. Marta Domachowska
112. Ahsha Rolle (Q)
113. Sun,Tiantian
114. Meghann Shaughnessy
115. Galina Voskoboeva
116. Nicole Pratt
117. Clarisa Fernandez
118. Klara Zakopalova (Q)
119. Sofia Arvidsson
120. Olga Savchuk
121. Vera Dushevina
122. Varvara Lepchenko
123. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES (25)
124. Sandra Zahlavova (Q)
125. Elena Likhovtseva
126. FLAVIA PENNETTA (28)
127. ZHENG,JIE (31)
128. Catalina Castano

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8. WTA Singles Rankings (as of 29th January 2007)
-----------------------

1. Maria Sharapova (3918)
2. Justine Henin-Hardenne (3311)
3. Amélie Mauresmo (2900)
4. Kim Clijsters (2577)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova (2554)
6. Martina Hingis (2139)
7. Nadia Petrova (2057)
8. Elena Dementieva (2013)
9. Nicole Vaidišová (1782)
10. Jelena Janković (1558)
11. Patty Schnyder (1544)
12. Dinara Safina (1527)
13. Anna Chakvetadze (1470)
14. Serena Williams (1269)
15. Shahar Peer (1209)
16. Ana Ivanović (1160)
17. Li,Na (1106)
18. Daniela Hantuchová (988)
19. Tatiana Golovin (950)
20. Anna-Lena Grönefeld (944)
21. Vera Zvonarëva (932)
...
133. Iroda Tulyaganova (220.25)
...
621. Jelena Dokić (18.75)

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9. Iroda's next tournaments
---------------------------

At last Iroda has moved off the ITF Women's Circuit, and is planning to qualify for some WTA tournaments!

* Pattaya City (week of 5th February - qualifying)
* Bangalore (week of 12th February - qualifying)
* Dubai (week of 19th February - next-in list for qualifying)
* Doha (week of 26th February - qualifying)
* Indian Wells (fortnight of 5th March - next-in list for qualifying)

However, the Pattaya City qualifying-draw is now out, and Iroda's name isn't in it. :(

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

Geertvg
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:53 PM
she's not on the main draw either :sad:

Sunny_Boy
Feb 4th, 2007, 01:51 AM
For some reason Olga Savchuk got the last WC for Pattaya, I have no idea why though :confused:

Geertvg
Feb 4th, 2007, 01:14 PM
Hm, so Iri withdrew? Is she playing Bangalore?

smandy0
Feb 4th, 2007, 05:38 PM
I cannot find Iroda's name listed anywhere for this week = (:

http://www.geocities.com/smandy0/index.html

Sunny_Boy
Feb 4th, 2007, 08:16 PM
I cannot find Iroda's name listed anywhere for this week = (:

http://www.geocities.com/smandy0/index.html
Welcome! I've always loved your site!
Yeah, Iroda withdraw from Pattaya but is still on the list for Bangalore

Sunny_Boy
Feb 5th, 2007, 10:32 PM
Good news everyone, Iroda is one spot away from MD in Bangalore. Hopefully one person withdraws!

Sunny_Boy
Feb 8th, 2007, 10:04 PM
Iroda moves into MD at Bangalore :)
Lets hope she doesn't draw Serena :lol:

Geertvg
Feb 8th, 2007, 11:17 PM
:yeah:

frenchie
Feb 10th, 2007, 01:36 PM
Why isn't Iroda playing Bangalore?
she's not in the draw

Sunny_Boy
Feb 11th, 2007, 04:08 AM
Iroda :sad:
First she pulled out last week and now this week :sad:
I hope she doesn't continue this trend

tobi
Feb 11th, 2007, 10:32 PM
whats going on with Iroda :( :sad:

Mike_T
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:36 PM
Pattaya City, Feb 5, withdrew
Bangalore, Feb 12, withdrew
Dubai, Feb 19, withdrew
Doha, Feb 26, ??
Indian Wells, Mar 5, ??

Sunny_Boy
Feb 14th, 2007, 10:53 PM
Frustrating times :sad:

Mike_T
Feb 17th, 2007, 08:00 PM
A.O. ’07 practice pic

http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/6120/irodaao07eg8.th.jpg (http://img235.imageshack.us/my.php?image=irodaao07eg8.jpg)

Sunny_Boy
Feb 21st, 2007, 02:30 AM
You can add Doha to the withdrawal list for Iroda :sad:

Lulu.
Feb 21st, 2007, 02:52 AM
You can add Doha to the withdrawal list for Iroda :sad:

:bigcry: I hope she comes back soon

georgekuo1017
Feb 21st, 2007, 07:41 AM
what's wrong with her?

andrewbroad
Mar 1st, 2007, 12:13 PM
================
15th ASIAN GAMES (Doha, Qatar)
================ http://www.doha-2006.com/ (http://www.doha-2006.com/)
Women's Singles: Quarter-final (Monday 11th December 2006)
------------------------------

- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] lt. LI,NA [1], 6-3 5-7 2-6

I just found the following in an email from the now-sadly-defunct tennis_queen_sania Yahoo! Group:
>>>
CHINESE top seed Li Na downed the Asian Games defending champion to setup a semifinal showdown against Indian darling Sania Mirza who easily won her match yesterday.

The Chinese world number 21, the highest ranked player here, fought back from a set down against Uzbekistan's Iroda Tulyaganova to sneak through in the second and power her way to victory in the third, winning 3-6 7-5 6-2.

Li, who lost in the team event to 2002 champion Tulyaganova, said the Uzbek's lack of concentration and her own determination had given her the edge.

"I played okay. I was a bit tired after playing too much tennis on Sunday," said the 24-year-old.

"Iroda was using top spin a lot, and she was serving well. So after losing the first set, I told myself I can do it, and I hung on.

"She came back into the match three times in the second set. But she was losing concentration quite often."
<<<

There's no sign of Iroda in any draws since the Australian Open. The next possibility is:
* Indian Wells (fortnight of 5th March - next-in list for qualifying)

--
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/) (fixed 1 external link)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

Sunny_Boy
Mar 5th, 2007, 03:05 AM
Iroda's back! :woohoo: :banana:
Indian Wells - Q Rd 1 vs Julia Schruff
It's a tough one but I'm just glad Iroda is back :)

tobi
Mar 5th, 2007, 09:50 AM
good luck Iroda in IW :)

Sunny_Boy
Mar 6th, 2007, 02:01 AM
Iroda won 63 64
Great win :bounce:

georgekuo1017
Mar 6th, 2007, 02:26 AM
well done :banana:

Mike_T
Mar 6th, 2007, 06:11 AM
WHOOAAAAAAHH!!! Superb win, and another top 100 scalp!! WELL DONE IRODA!!
:worship: :bounce: :bowdown: :woohoo: :banana: :rocker: :crazy: :aparty: :music: :rocker2: :yeah: :bigclap: :clap2: :devil:

Second-round Meusburger (Seed 24/AUT/127) has beaten some decent players this year (ranked 76/85/90), but didn’t beat anyone higher ranked than 300 to win a $25k a few weeks ago. H2H: never played. Profiles: http://tinyurl.com/2y3noj


GOGO IRODA!!! :bounce::drive: :banana: :rocker: :rocker2: :bigclap:

tobi
Mar 6th, 2007, 11:12 AM
Congrats Iroda :) :D

Great win :yeah:

Now qualify please ;)

Escape
Mar 6th, 2007, 12:37 PM
Great win Iroda :banana: :rocker2: :woohoo: :D

Keep it going ;)

Sunny_Boy
Mar 7th, 2007, 02:35 AM
Meusburger def Iroda 75 76 :sad:
Apparantely Iroda led 4-1 in the TB
Hopefully we'll see Iroda's name in the Miami QD :)

Geertvg
Mar 7th, 2007, 05:51 AM
Yay, she's back at least :yeah: Keep on going Iri!! :bounce:

RR-87
Mar 7th, 2007, 07:25 AM
:sad:

tobi
Mar 7th, 2007, 10:28 AM
Iroda :( :sad:

georgekuo1017
Mar 7th, 2007, 11:58 AM
:sad:

andrewbroad
Mar 11th, 2007, 08:56 PM
=================
PACIFIC LIFE OPEN (Indian Wells, California, USA; outdoor hard (Plexipave); WTA Tier I)
================= http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/ (http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/)

Iroda Tulyaganova [EF] in qualifying:
1q + JULIA SCHRUFF [3], 6-3 6-4
2q - YVONNE MEUSBURGER [24], 5-7 6-7 (7/9)

Iroda's terrible loss in the first round of the Australian Open, and her subsequent inactivity, had put serious doubts in my mind over all that she had achieved in the last four months of 2006.

So I was very pleased to see her in the qualifying-draw here, and delighted when she won her first match!

But the loss shows that Iroda has lost a lot of ground since late 2006, and dampens my hopes of seeing her play in England again - something that might just happen this June if she could get her ranking up from #136 to inside the top 100...

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Photos
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Unfortunately there are none of Iroda TTBOMK, but there are some of another attractive Uzbek girl who lost in the second qualifying-round:

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo?slug=getty-73455756ms012_pacific_life__10_18_08_pm&prov=getty (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo?slug=getty-73455756ms012_pacific_life__10_18_08_pm&prov=getty)

Then search Getty Images for this girl!

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Qualifying: First round (Monday 5th March)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [EF] d. JULIA SCHRUFF [3], 6-3 6-4

Schruff reached the semi-finals of Acapulco last week, so a good scalp for Iroda!

The following information comes from the live-scores thread:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=288688&page=86 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=288688&page=86)


First set
---------
TULYAGA *@ @* * * 6
SCHRUFF __@__* *_ 3

Iroda serving 0-0: 40/0 to deuce; Iroda saved one break-point, then held.
Schruff serving 0-1: broken to love.

Iroda serving 3-1: held to 15.


Second set
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TULYAGA @*__@ ???* 6
SCHRUFF __*@ @???_ 4

Iroda serving 1-0: held after saving 2 BPs.

Iroda serving 3-2: broken after squandering GPs.
Schruff serving 3-3: scoreboard froze at 30/15.

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Qualifying: Second round (Tuesday 6th March)
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- Iroda Tulyaganova [EF] lt. YVONNE MEUSBURGER [24], 5-7 6-7 (7/9)

Iroda led 5-4* in the second set, and *4/1 in the tiebreak. She saved one match-point at 5/6*, and had a set-point at *7/6 before losing the last three points.

DevilishAttitude (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10222973):
>>>
Meusburger is a very old fashioned counter-puncher,
<<<

rrfnpump (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10229783):
>>>
players like Meusburger who hit flat and hardly make any errors are bad opponents for Iri :( :sad:
<<<

markdelaney (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10230469):
>>>
Iroda made just 6/18 break points, compared to 7/8 of her opponent.She had 0-40 on Meusburger's serve in the 12th game of the first set. She led the second set 4-2 and had a point for 5-2 and led the tie-break 4-1, with a set point at 7-6. A case of many missed chances and a serve that is clearly not working very well at the moment.
<<<

I was hoping 'Rodi' might get into the main draw as a lucky loser, but it was Anastassia Rodionova who did so when Elena Dementieva withdrew. :(

Meusburger was lucky to even reach the second qualifying-round, as Margalita Chakhnashvili had served for the match in the second set.

At least Meusburger went on to reach the third round of the main draw, where Martina Hingis will take care of her...

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smandy0
Mar 15th, 2007, 04:00 AM
My eyes were OK, but my brain was not! :confused:

As someone pointed out to me, I was looking at last year's list.

All I can say now is that I hope my previous comment turns out to be incorrect.

Storms
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smandy0
Mar 15th, 2007, 08:13 AM
"Iroda's terrible loss in the first round of the Australian Open, and her subsequent inactivity, had put serious doubts in my mind over all that she had achieved in the last four months of 2006."

I am beginning to believe you Dr. Broad!

Unless my eyes cannot focus this early in the morning, I cannot find Iroda's name any where for Miami.

http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/

Is her policy to attempt something and if she fails, take a month off?

I certainly hope not.

Storms
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Mike_T
Mar 15th, 2007, 04:52 PM
Unless my eyes cannot focus this early in the morning, I cannot find Iroda's name any where for Miami.

http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/

Is her policy to attempt something and if she fails, take a month off?

I certainly hope not.
Hi Storms :wavey:

Iroda is seventh alternate for qualies ;) http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?p=10286478#post10286478
Fingers crossed...

Sunny_Boy
Mar 16th, 2007, 10:07 AM
26th of March - $50,000 Latina 2007
Iroda is 10th on the MD List

2nd of April - $75,000 Dinan 2007
Iroda is 7th on the QD List but is listed as a Main Draw Only player, hopefully we get 7 withdrawals before the event :)

Mike_T
Mar 18th, 2007, 11:31 PM
Iroda misses Miami qualies by just one place :mad:

Alternates/Next-In:
1 F KUTUZOVA Viktoriya UKR 131 – Made qualies
2 A SHVEDOVA Yaroslava RUS 133 – Made qualies
3 TULYAGANOVA Iroda UZB 134 – Not in draw
4 F PESCHKE Kveta CZE 136 – Not in draw

Alex Stephenson got a WC :rolleyes:

Real unlucky. May still be in the dubs.

Geertvg
Mar 19th, 2007, 08:37 AM
Really?? What a shame :sad:

Quick, someone retire.... Clijsters anyone? :lol:

Mike_T
Mar 19th, 2007, 08:55 PM
Iroda got a Miami MD WILD-CARD!! :yippee:

1R is a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Iroda’s section of the 128 place MD:

Jelena Jankovic (Seed 7/SRB/9) v BYE
Elena Vesnina (RUS/58) v Shuai Peng (CHN/40)

Jill Craybas (USA/60) v Roberta Vinci (ITA/48)
Mara Santangelo (Seed 32/ITA/36) v BYE

Tatiana Golovin (Seed 17/FRA/19) v BYE
Iroda Tulyagonova (WC/UZB/129) v Q

Vasilisa Bardina (RUS/61) v Sanja Ancic (WC/CRO/169)
Anna Chakvetadze (Seed 9/RUS/11) v BYE

GOGO RODI!! :banana: :bounce: :banana: :bounce:

Hardcourt/outdoors.
http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/

Sunny_Boy
Mar 19th, 2007, 11:02 PM
Didn't see that one coming :lol:
Go Iroda!! :D
Hopefully she draws a winnable qualifier!

georgekuo1017
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:16 AM
go :D

tobi
Mar 20th, 2007, 08:42 AM
good luck Iroda :)

Geertvg
Mar 20th, 2007, 03:47 PM
:woohoo: Thank you Miami!! Good luck Iri!! :bounce:

Geertvg
Mar 20th, 2007, 03:49 PM
I hope she draws Lepcehnko! :p

KV
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Good luck at Miami

Escape
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:47 PM
Good luck Iroda :D

Sunny_Boy
Mar 21st, 2007, 03:44 AM
Iroda has drawn Tatiana Poutchek.
I think this will be a tough match but hopefully Iroda can pull through.
Tatiana has some good results of late.

I saw Poutchek play at the AO qualies, she's a very consistent player who doesn't give you many errors so Iroda needs to bring her A game tomorrow. When Poutchek played Morita at the AO she basically grinded her opponent down. A weakness for Poutchek is her mind, she's a nut case, she likes to throw her racket and scream at herself. Hopefully Iroda can get off to a good start which will frustrate Poutchek.

Good Luck Iroda :D
A win here will send that ranking closer to the top 100 ;)

georgekuo1017
Mar 21st, 2007, 04:13 AM
good luck iroda!!!

Geertvg
Mar 21st, 2007, 07:19 AM
Good luck Iri, Poutchek is a player she should be able to beat! :yeah:

HelenEdith
Mar 21st, 2007, 08:15 PM
Good luck, Iroda!

Sunny_Boy
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:51 AM
Miami 1R: (Q)Tatiana Poutchek d. (WC)Iroda Tulyaganova, 0-6 6-3 ret.
Iroda :sad:
Especially after leading 6-0 3-0
Iroda took a medical timeout at 3 all in the 2nd for a lower back injury

A poster from wtaworld (wayitis) watched abit of the match -

I watched a little bit of this match, Iroda was killing the ball, she hits much flatter and harder than Tatiana, but then she twitched something in her back and could barely move afterwards... She had a medical timeout at 3-3, but was still hurting a lot and made 2 double faults to get broken and fall behind. She couldn't use her back to serve or hit and was just trying to arm-muscle the ball. All Tatiana had to do was hit the balls to the corner that Iroda couldn't move at all. Iroda was nice enough to give it a try though, but eventually the pain was too much to bear and she forfeited after the 2nd set...

georgekuo1017
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:13 AM
get well soon :sad:

tobi
Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:55 AM
Iroda :( :(

Why she is always unlucky :( :sobbing:

LegionArgentina
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:03 PM
Miami 1R: (Q)Tatiana Poutchek d. (WC)Iroda Tulyaganova, 0-6 6-3 ret.
Iroda :sad:
Especially after leading 6-0 3-0
Iroda took a medical timeout at 3 all in the 2nd for a lower back injury

A poster from wtaworld (wayitis) watched abit of the match -

I watched a little bit of this match, Iroda was killing the ball, she hits much flatter and harder than Tatiana, but then she twitched something in her back and could barely move afterwards... She had a medical timeout at 3-3, but was still hurting a lot and made 2 double faults to get broken and fall behind. She couldn't use her back to serve or hit and was just trying to arm-muscle the ball. All Tatiana had to do was hit the balls to the corner that Iroda couldn't move at all. Iroda was nice enough to give it a try though, but eventually the pain was too much to bear and she forfeited after the 2nd set...

What a shame! :sad: :sad:

Escape
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:18 PM
Iroda :( :sad:

Get well soon :hug:

KV
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:06 PM
So frustrating these injuries :(

Sunny_Boy
Mar 24th, 2007, 03:51 AM
Iroda has withdrawn from Latina and Dinan :sad:

Sunny_Boy
Mar 27th, 2007, 03:01 AM
Iroda is on the WTA Tier 2 Warsaw list.
Iroda is 4th on the Qualies Next-In List :)
Considering the tournament is still over a month away, Iroda should move into the QD (considering she doesn't withdraw)

I'm still searching around to see if Iroda's name is listed anywhere else. However, I do know she wont be playing the WTA events in Estoril and Budapest

Sunny_Boy
Mar 30th, 2007, 05:57 AM
As of 28th of March, Iroda is listed to play -

30th of April - WTA Tier 2 Warsaw - 3rd on Qualies Next-In List
7th of May - WTA Tier 1 Berlin - 20th on Qualies Next-In List (1st preference)
7th of May - WTA Tier 4 Prague - 25th on Qualies List (2nd preference)

You would also expect Iroda to play Fed Cup which is being held in New Zealand - 18th to 21st April

andrewbroad
Mar 31st, 2007, 12:19 AM
==================
SONY ERICSSON OPEN (Miami, Florida, USA; outdoor hard; WTA Tier I)
================== http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/ (http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/)
Photo
-----

I haven't seen any Iroda-photos from Miami, but one from Indian Wells has surfaced which is my favourite Iroda-photo of the year so far! :hearts:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=290066 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=290066)

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First round (Wednesday 21st March)
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- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [WC,EF] lt. Tatiana Poutchek [Q], 6-0 3-6 retired (lower-back injury)

It was a bizarre match: first Iroda won all her games to get to 6-0 3-0*, then #111-ranked Poutchek won all her games as Iroda took a time-out for the injury at *3-3, and retired after dropping the second set! :sad:

What worries me is that Iroda was suffering with a back-injury in the finals of ITF Shenzhen last November. If this is a recurrence of that injury, then we have more cause for concern than if it's a fresh injury.


First set
---------
TULYAGAN *@*@*@ 6
POUTCHEK ______ 0


Second set
---------
TULYAGAN *@*______ 3
POUTCHEK ___*@*@*@ 6


Sunny_Boy (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10331379):
>>>
I saw Poutchek play at the AO qualies, she's a very consistent player who doesn't give you many errors so Iroda needs to bring her A game tomorrow. When Poutchek played Morita at the AO she basically grinded her opponent down. A weakness for Poutchek is her mind, she's a nut case, she likes to throw her racket and scream at herself. Hopefully Iroda can get off to a good start which will frustrate Poutchek.
<<<

wayitis (http://www.wtaworld.com/):
>>>
I watched a little bit of this match, Iroda was killing the ball, she hits much flatter and harder than Tatiana, but then she twitched something in her back and could barely move afterwards... She had a medical timeout at 3-3, but was still hurting a lot and made 2 double faults to get broken and fall behind. She couldn't use her back to serve or hit and was just trying to arm-muscle the ball. All Tatiana had to do was hit the balls to the corner that Iroda couldn't move at all. Iroda was nice enough to give it a try though, but eventually the pain was too much to bear and she forfeited after the 2nd set...
<<<

It's such a shame, because Iroda had a mouthwatering draw. In the second round, she would have faced Tatiana 'Microshorts' Golovin, and in the third round, Anna 'Ultracute' Chakvetadze! ;)


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Next tournament?
================

Iroda has withdrawn from the following ITF tournaments:
* Latina (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100015127) (week of 26th March - withdrew on 23rd March)
* Dinan (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100015532) (week of 2nd April - withdrew on 18th March)

Her next tournament may be WTA Warsaw (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/tournaments/profiles/warsaw.asp) (week of 30th April), although her ranking of #129 (as of 12th March) doesn't even guarantee her a place in the qualifying.

Iroda may also play Fed Cup on 18th-21st April. Uzbekistan are in the Asia/Oceania Zone, Group I (http://www.fedcup.com/results/ao1.asp), with round-robin ties to be played in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Mike_T
Apr 4th, 2007, 06:03 AM
Shooter has kindly given us another superb IW’07 photo. Hopefully more photos to come.

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/2720/irodaservescx9.jpg

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/2480/tulyaganovaov9.jpg

Shooters site: http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/

Geertvg
Apr 4th, 2007, 08:13 AM
Looking good... Come on Iroda! :bounce:

Sunny_Boy
Apr 4th, 2007, 10:23 PM
As of 3rd of April, Iroda is listed to play -

7th of May - WTA Tier 1 Berlin - 9th on Qualies Next-In List (1st preference)
I can't find the link for the entry list for Prague anymore

14th of May - WTA Tier 1 Rome - 30th on Qualies Next-In List (1st preference)
14th of May - WTA Tier 4 Fes (Morocco) - 17th on Qualies Next-In List (2nd preference)

Iroda must have pulled out of Warsaw :sad:
I can't find her name anywhere on the list

Sunny_Boy
Apr 6th, 2007, 09:15 AM
Just confirming Iroda will be playing Fed Cup.
The ties are played in New Zealand from 18-21 April

GL Uzbeks!!

Sunny_Boy
Apr 13th, 2007, 12:05 AM
Iroda's already in NZ!
Hopefully she's over her back injury
Found this posted by Willux in the Fed Cup forum

Originally Posted by Willux
Today i had a small chat with Iroda..she seems like a nice person. She signed my tennis bag which was mean..was watching her play..she returns the ball pretty hard..um also the last time that Iroda played Leanne, it was a tight 2 set match so i presume that it would be another hard match..all i can say really is good luck for the other girls because dam, they gonna need it!

Sunny_Boy
Apr 18th, 2007, 12:04 AM
Hong Kong China def Uzbekistan 2-1
Wing-Yau Venise Chan def Iroda 63 16 75 :sad: :sad:

Apparently Iroda is still suffering from that back injury :sad:

Willux's comments from the match
Kia ora koutou,
I went to the Fed Cup today. The NZ team were practising in the back courts. Sacha Jones has arrived and she must be tired as but still hitting the ball hard..Lets start with hong kong and Uzbekistan..i watched both sets with Iroda and the other girl. It was a set all..very close match...Iroda is hitting the ball hard on every point..the hong kong chinese girl was very much more steadier...I took a foto with Shika Uberoi..she's the most loveliest out of all the ladies i have met there...so kind and talked to me a alot..Iroda took a time out for her injury..must be a hip or back one...she was wearing the shortest and tightest shorts...she reminds me of serena williams wif her body and all...India demolished Jordan...and i was watching Korea demolishing Singapore..the coldness was so unbearable..I watched the top 200 girl with 2 hands both sides from Chinese Taipei play the match of her life to beat this girl from Kazakstan (borat country)...she has the best touch i have seen at the tourny so far...um, no sign of Tamarine Tanasugarn at the mo...The number 2 girl on the uzbekistan team looks like a man...it was hard to take fotoz of iroda today coz of the angle and view...you couldn't get close up!!

Willux has a photo of himself and Iroda on his website, the website address can be found on page 2 of the Asia/Oceania Fed Cup thread

Foot's Fingers
Apr 18th, 2007, 06:31 AM
thnks for all updats abt Iroda

Sunny_Boy
Apr 18th, 2007, 10:03 AM
Not a problem Foot's Fingers ;)

Uzbek def. Korea 2-1
Iroda/Akgul won 63 75
Strangely Iroda didn't play singles but did play doubles
Two possible reasons why -
1. Her back injury is still bothering her
2. Save her to play against the better nations like Thailand

Tomorrow will be a big match btw Uzbek and Thailand.
Hopefully Iroda will play singles (most likely against Tammy)
GL :yeah:

georgekuo1017
Apr 18th, 2007, 11:03 AM
good luck against thailand

smandy0
Apr 21st, 2007, 02:12 PM
Can anyone explain how Uzbekistan could lose 2 - 1 to Thailand considering the results listed?

http://www.fedcup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100009359

Nonetheless, Uzbekistan ended up in third place after defeating India 3 - 0.
Iroda did not play in this tie.

Storms
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Sunny_Boy
Apr 22nd, 2007, 07:18 AM
Can anyone explain how Uzbekistan could lose 2 - 1 to Thailand considering the results listed?

http://www.fedcup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100009359

Nonetheless, Uzbekistan ended up in third place after defeating India 3 - 0.
Iroda did not play in this tie.

Storms
http://www.geocities.com/smandy0/index.html

Uzbeks won 2-1, I think they made a mistake on the website
Akgul won her singles and Akgul/Iroda won the doubles.

Iroda isn't playing for 2 weeks, hopefully she can get some rest for her back and come back ready for Rome and Berlin (she needs a few more withdrawals to move into both QD)

Geertvg
Apr 22nd, 2007, 10:13 AM
Aw, get better soon Iri... Clay season is there and now's teh time to get back in the top 100 :hug:

andrewbroad
Apr 30th, 2007, 08:27 PM
I regret to announce my semi-retirement from writing tennis-reports, with immediate (and indeed retrospective) effect.

I have just started a new job which means that I will have many fewer hours to pursue my hobbies than I did before, and there is no way that I would be able to sustain the effort currently required to research and write my lengthy reports.

Just as tennis-players don't make it without hard work and sacrifices, so too must I work hard and make sacrifices to progress my career as a computer-scientist.

It pains me greatly to make this decision, but it's something I did foresee when I made my vow for each member of my Eternal Fanship:
>>>
From now on, and until the end of her career (or my life), I will follow her with the same level of dedication as the players of whom I'm already an Eternal Fan, to the maximum extent that my personal circumstances and available resources will allow.
<<<

The maximum extent that my circumstances and resources now allow is the following:

1. I will continue to update the Matchographies on my website.

2. I will continue to update the Biographies on my website at the end of each year.

3. During the French Open, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Australian Open, and the Olympics, I will follow these tournaments with the same dedication as I did before. But I will not be doing any more extended reports for these tournaments (except the ones that I actually attend).

4. I will follow other tournaments privately, without posting reports. This even includes the US Open, which is not televised on any channels to which I have access, and is therefore not worth demanding two weeks' extra leave for.

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Sunny_Boy
May 6th, 2007, 10:22 PM
Iroda's not in the Berlin QD :sad:

Mike_T
May 8th, 2007, 10:55 AM
Not listed for Rome either: http://www.kaiakanepi.com/pdfs/rome07.pdf :sad: :help:

Mike_T
May 11th, 2007, 10:26 PM
Stunning new pics, but interview needs translating.

http://www.mashhur.uz/index.php?go=News&in=view&id=38

:hearts: :lick: :drool: :kiss: :speakles: :hehehe: :D :hearts: :lick: :drool: :kiss: :speakles: :hehehe: :D :hearts: :lick: :drool: :kiss:

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/1694/irodatolaganova1hp6.jpg (http://imageshack.us) http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/9408/irodatolaganovaso6.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)

Sunny_Boy
May 12th, 2007, 02:48 AM
Stunning new pics, but interview needs translating.

http://www.mashhur.uz/index.php?go=News&in=view&id=38

:hearts: :lick: :drool: :kiss: :speakles: :hehehe: :D :hearts: :lick: :drool: :kiss: :speakles: :hehehe: :D :hearts: :lick: :drool: :kiss:

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/1694/irodatolaganova1hp6.jpg (http://imageshack.us) http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/9408/irodatolaganovaso6.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)

Wow! I wonder how recent those pics are. Iroda looks very slim in the pics.
Hopefully we can get a translation of it soon!!

Mike_T
May 14th, 2007, 06:20 AM
Stunning new pics, but interview needs translating.

http://www.mashhur.uz/index.php?go=News&in=view&id=38



Many thanks to `Davie' for translating Iroda's interview, which he says was done in a rush, so he offers no appologies for any 'sloppies' :D

It's dated 1st. January, 2007, so no mention of the injuries and AWOL's this year. Iroda isn't married (thank God/Allah). Hasn't given birth. She did gymnastics before taking up tennis. Iroda's younger sister, Nargiza, is releasing an album which includes a track devoted to Iroda! Her father appears to be back in the family home (or is that me reading between the lines?). She has faith in `Allah', and something about Uzbek tablecloths. No mention of fashion/design, so all these different tennis outfits remain a mystery. Oh and her boyfriend is embarrassed to say he loves her (you should of picked me Iroda, I'd shout it from the rooftops).

>>> Interview:

Author: Nazokatxon ASQARXO`JAYEVA

NAJ: You know Iroda Tulyaganova as one of the tennis prinsesses and it's known of her absenteism in these days. For that reason or two, there are some rumors about her:

NAJ/IT: "Now she will not come to Uzbekistan , the foreigners are offering job and training to her…". The Uzbek Assossiation of Tennis helped us tremendously to find Iroda in order to clrarify those rumors from her personally. She greeted us cheerfully at "Paxtakor" stadium with a hand on her chest with the welcoming words "Assalom alaykum" (greeting in uzbek)

NAJ: Are you learning Uzbek?

IT: Wow, why you are asking like that? Why should I learn Uzbek being Uzbek girl? Even though I've been brought up amongst russians I never have lost my self-consiousness.

NAJ: Do you know that nowadays there are some rumors about you?

IT: If there are 10 heads, there'll be10 opinions about. I've recently heard myself that "Iroda Tulyaganova has married and has already given a birth ". I do not comprehend sometimes people, what's the use of spreading nonsense? If I got married, everybody would have known that! Those kinds of words make me feel uneasy in front of my family members and relatives. I want to tell those sort of "professional" rumor carriers that: if I get married, the first thing I ought to do will certainly be inviting you to see Iroda Tulyaganova in white wedding cloths.

NAJ: Do you have a boyfriend?

IT: (Smiling). Yes, I have but I can not tell you who he is. Because he does not like to be in central attention of anybody. Even he is embarassed to tell he loves me. If God wills, we certainly will invite all correspondents to our wedding.

NAJ: Do you use often the word structure "If God wills"?

IT: I ask everything from Allah.He is great. If I heartedly ask something from him he will absolutely gives me what I ask.

NAJ: Let's change the topic, do not you freaked off from the failures in the tennis corts?

IT: Before, I was afraid of losing the game but now I try to win my oponnent. I try to correct my mistakes. A person ought to look up the faults of himself.

NAJ: You did practice gymnastics?

IT: Not a lot, I gained the skills of gymnastics in a few days. My dad used to tell " you can not practise gymnastics throughout your
life" and then he guided me to Tennis. I like Tennis rather than Gymnastics.

NAJ: What kinds of strategies do you use in the competitions?

IT: It depends on situation. Everything is from Allah but in all I try to use all strategies in tennis.

NAJ: In your opinion, who's strategy is stronger?

IT: I can not differ the skills from one tennis player to another. Every single tennis player has his own strategy. Who shows a beatiful plays, I keep their `super' position into my budget.

NAJ: In your spare time...

IT: We are the athletes, be on tours. We have no almost free time. As soon as I could find a spare time I will spend my time with my pet named after Chema. We have 2 pets in our house. One of them is father's and the other is mine. Besides, my grandma teaches to make uzbek foods.

NAJ: What meal could you prepare independently?

IT: Qozon kabob (one of the Uzbek national foods a little like a barbacue but ina different way). Initially, I did not have much experience on that. Now I am used to preparing this food. It's time to Palov(a meal with rice) ! I know what ingredients to put in and how to make it . But I have not cooked Palov yet.

NAJ: We used to see Iroda tulyaganova in foreign clothes, does she have national ones?

IT: Everyday I go to tennis cort and our work wears are specialised for that purpose. Look at my shelf.....I have many dressess.i wear them to weddings and parties.

NAJ: You sister Nargiza is a singer, did not you join her to tennis?

IT: My sister chose this way herself. She does not like to get up early for morning exercises. She tries to avoid herself from sport. I do not push her into tennis, she is fan of music.She is intending soon to realise her album. The song devoted to me was an astonishing part.

NAJ: Your favorite flower...

IT: I like white and yellow flowers. I did not know their symbols before. Yellow is a symbol of richness and white is friendship.

NAJ: Do you change your mood often?

IT: I do not take everything to close to myself. My parent's happiness cheers me up.I do not make someone upset. To bring a chapionship to my home country and to listen to "Iroda Tulyaganova is the champion of our tournament " gets me really happy.

NAJ: Your wors toward your fans:

IT: My fans's shouts, yellings, applauds and screams in stadium gives me a spontaneous strength on court. If my fans were not so keeping me up I would not be a champion of the tournament. Their applauds adds me an enthusiasm and energy. Children are my all! When I went to Kashkadarya village youngsters surrounded me. I went there with gifts. I did help who has lost her parents or who comes from low income family. InshoAllah, my fans always would be healthy and our counrry would be in peace. Let's see only weddings in uzbek families, and never any sadness be nearby to any of them. Most of all, let's never be off our happiness and accort in front of our dasturxon (tablecloth in uzbek)

NAJ: P/S: This year's 17 th april Iroda Tulyaganova has taken part in Korean federation's tennis Championship..

END <<<

Mike_T
May 14th, 2007, 09:26 AM
Found a track called Yo'q-yo'q by Nargiza Tulyaganova on a modern / traditional compilation CD called Salom, Yoshlar 5: http://tinyurl.com/27ukfz

There’s a 30-second mp3 which sounds like a mix of Borat on the accordion and Ali-G on the decks. (I’m now in BIG trouble if that’s really Nargiza’s track :o).

Sunny_Boy
May 18th, 2007, 11:15 AM
Funny interview!!
Thanks Mike :yeah:

Oh btw, Iroda is still on the Qualies List for RG, so fingers crossed she doesn't decide to withdraw

Mike_T
May 22nd, 2007, 05:29 PM
Iroda's name finally appears on a draw-sheet :bounce:

Roland Garros, qualifying draw (needs to win 3 rounds):

Ioana Raluca Olaru (Seed 11/ROU/122) vs. Sara Errani (ITA/148)
Erika Takao (JPN/145) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS/223)
Sanja Ancic (CRO/176) vs. Tatiana Perebiynis (UKR/205)

Angelika Bachmann (GER/187) vs. Iroda Tulyaganova (Seed 19/UZB/137)
H2H: never played. Profiles: http://tinyurl.com/3a6uyg

Bachmann is nothing special, but she has beaten this year, players ranked 83/85/107/74. Possible 2R opponent, Ancic, beat Iroda on clay last year, 7-6, 6-0.

Wednesday OOP. Court 14 (from 9am CET)
1. Ruutel vs. Erakovic
2. Rodina vs. Sromova
3. Bachmann vs. Tulyaganova

:bounce: :bounce: GOGO IRODA!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Farina Elia Fan
May 22nd, 2007, 05:32 PM
good luck Iroda!

Kutuzova
May 22nd, 2007, 10:29 PM
Tough draw but she can get through if she plays her game..Good Luck Iri!

Sunny_Boy
May 23rd, 2007, 07:00 AM
I acutally think Bachmann will be quite tough considering her form of late. Also, the fact Iroda hasn't played since mid April wont help.
With a 12-3 W/L record in her last 3 events, Bachmann will be full of confidence.
GL Iroda :scared:

Foot's Fingers
May 23rd, 2007, 08:05 AM
all the best to Iri

Farina Elia Fan
May 23rd, 2007, 10:48 AM
1-1 at the moment

LegionArgentina
May 23rd, 2007, 10:49 AM
Best of luck Iroda :bounce:

Sunny_Boy
May 23rd, 2007, 11:51 AM
Iroda lost 26 36
No real suprise considering Bachmann's form of and Iroda's lack of it. Iroda has to play more events!! She struggled to hold and break today.
Hopefully we'll see Iroda's name in a few more drawsheets throughout the grass court season!

LegionArgentina
May 23rd, 2007, 11:54 AM
Iroda :hug:
The most important thing that she is healthy.. good luck in the grass season!

Foot's Fingers
May 23rd, 2007, 01:05 PM
iroda :sad:

georgekuo1017
May 23rd, 2007, 02:13 PM
:(

Mike_T
May 23rd, 2007, 03:10 PM
Not at the top of her game yet, that’s for sure. Exactly how far she is from top form/fitness, we never have a clue about, because the poor excuse of an official website, never tells us sweet fuck all :mad: Yes Bachman is in good form, but I think lack of preparation and fitness were big factors, the score reflects that. Just too big an ask for her to overcome those handicaps today. :sad:

DomenicDemaria
May 24th, 2007, 08:19 AM
Iroda :sad: Happy that atleast she played. Hopefully she will continue to play events the coming few months.

georgekuo1017
May 24th, 2007, 08:39 AM
she should play more tourments...

Mike_T
May 28th, 2007, 08:11 AM
Another interview! Thanks to Feruza at the Yahoo! Group (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/) for finding it. Stunning photos! Google does an okay job translating. The mystery of Iroda’s outfits is solved. They’re designed and fabricated in partnership with Iroda’s Aunt and her Aunt’s daughter. They plan a line of sporting clothing, and to open 3 shops in Tashkent using the brand name ‘Iroda Tulyaganova’, then branch out into Russia and Kazakhstan. From what I’ve seen, they can only succeed =o) Vasilisa Bardina wears Iroda's designs and included at the end is an extract from an interview she gave in March.


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>>> from: http://www.businessmen.uz/page/guest/22 (Google translation). Written by Anastasia Berezanskaya. Photos by Hassan Kurbanbaeva.

Person : Iroda Tulyaganova Batyrovna

Date of birth: 1982

Education : Moscow branch of the Legal Institute for

Marital status : Single.

Employment : professional tennis

Our profile : Height 170 cm Pobeditelnitsa Uimbldonskogo tournament for girls (1999g), has won three international tournament in a series of WTA Tour and three under the ITF (International Tennis Federation). Six times triumphed in the doubles. Higher place in the world ranking of 16th is now 125 line in the world rating. Not married. Wins right hand.

Autobiography. I, Iroda Tulyaganova, was born Jan. 7, 1982 in Tashkent athletes in the family : mom was judoists Pope boxer, and even my grandmother has been athlete-velosipedistkoy! He graduated from the Moscow branch of the Legal Institute in the city of Osh. With 13 years of pursuing tennis, which has become an integral part of my life.

AB: For you tennis is a job, a hobby, or something more?

IT: For me, as for the athletes, above both, because pursuing a star, which brings me pleasure at the same time I work. Sport requires a lot of time and effort, although it is offset by monetary compensation, as well as any work.

AB: Tennis a business? Is tennis industry?

IT: Certainly, the industry is unique, because in tennis, as in any sport, handles a large amount of money and, of course, all athletes consider primarily the financial side, everybody is willing to play in those tournaments where prize fund is 3, 5 million $ rather than $ 10,000.

AB: And you have their financial affairs themselves?

IT: Now, yes, I was also helping tennis Federation Uzbekistan.

AB: Can I make money by playing tennis?

IT: Of course not. You understand that the sport is on the health, physical form, and that is a very big sacrifice. Many of my friends say, well, you can do business and earn the same money, but to protect their health. The question is to deal with business people ... what? ! Many it is fun, and I mine, so to speak, are having money at the same time fun.

AB: Fauna you rate the development of tennis in Uzbekistan?

IT: Tennis in Uzbekistan develops, it helps the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, which provides for the development of sport in certain ways, as in the development industry Tennis Federation helps tennis. Important investment and sponsorship, but sponsors look short of that you know is not possible. Prosponsirovav one year when an athlete has not shown the results of his sponsor refused. I started tennis at age 9, and only 18 had Uzbekistan meaningful victory.

AB: And most importantly for the financial component of your wins or does comfort from the victory?

IT: ... It is important to all .... Well, no cheek souls that were such periods in life when the financial part was important for me, but now I can say is exactly what I am playing fun. My victory, and that will require me to the fact that once again prove that I can return to the sport after a long break and, in fact, a decent place. I have three years because of injuries has not played at high prices, I can not say that is not dealt with, of course, a supportive, but still ... once held 16th place in the world ranking, now occupy the same place is very difficult, it means that we must start from scratch. But I will try and make to the utmost.

AB: It is difficult to return to the sport after a long break?

IT: It's very difficult, not just physically but emotionally. Play once powerful and famous rival, such as Maria Sharapova, Anastasia Myskina, Dementieva, it is inadequate to the Russian, not to mention other, and then come back, but stand at a low level. In short, climbing the same hill again. But I will now, of course, it would be easier, because I already know this kitchen, over time I have become mature, wiser. Time will tell ...

AB: What led you when you had to give up favorite cause, and then gain strength and begin all over again?

IT: Since then, as I began to play tennis, decided that I will do so professionally, I have managed to play, reach new heights. That helped me very close to my people, they are very sincere thanks.

AB: What do you have in the life of tennis in their free time?

IT: Leisure - time, I have very little, to do something that worldwide. Only in the plans and dreams of a desire to model business. Taking the first steps in the modelling of his clothes, I want to produce a line of sports clothing. Because that is worthy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the world market and I that we were not inferior tikih firms as "Adidas", "Nick" and others dream of a clothing store Herod Tulyaganovoy, almost all his free time I posveschayu development of the plan.

AB: How do you plan to be selling your clothes?

IT: I plan to open their shops until three in Tashkent, one will be the biggest and two less. Shops and will be referred to as "Iroda Tulyaganova," And who is developing a design for your future line of clothing? - My aunt, we fabricating design patterns, and then it is our idea.

AB: Orientiruetes only Uzbekistan consumers?

IT: It is, if all goes well, go on the market and Russia, to open shops and Kazakhstan. But it is all in the plans, which I now work.

AB: When you wait for the opening of the store in Tashkent?

IT: We plan at the earliest possible time, I think, before the end of this year it will become clear and all resolved.

AB: What to do after sports career?

IT: I want to open a school tennis, helping young tennis, rasskryvat their talents. Contribute and development of tennis in Uzbekistan.

AB: You will participate in the tennis, a great train masters rackets?

IT: Somewhere, I will help by being directly involved, occasionally, advise, teach.

AB: Do you have a dream, unrelated to tennis?

IT: ... You know, most likely not, because I realistka and accustomed to what I, as dream. And if you have in mind a dream that did not come ever, it certainly is a return to childhood, but no tennis bats, and carefree childhood, where I was a small defenseless child. A goal I have, like all people, get married, have children. But it is very difficult to get married. Difficult to find someone really be comfortable at all.

AB: And how to be a man, so you can trust him to the role of the second half?

IT: First and foremost, I believe that relations should be based on respect for each other, understanding and trust and another man to be diligent.

AB: Both men are close to your work-sports?

IT: My relatives are always supported me, my mom always happy each of my victory, and when he lost, it will never condemn, say : "Well, no, there are other tournaments, where you are sure to win! ". Pope wanted to make me successful tennis, his faith in me is very helpful.

AB: Do you remember your first meaningful victory? What then are you feeling emotions?

IT: I remember, it was Wimbledon ... The feeling is not to say, strong emotions experienced probably every so experienced, who have been able to achieve what had projected. Players will understand.

AB: What tennis you could call a strong sopernitsey?

IT: Each of my own strong rivals. You can buy a very strong competitor and the weak lose. For example, I played and won Anastasia Myskina and Dementieva, who are the strongest, but lost Zvonarevoy that much weaker. Sirena Williams is the most severe, it can be called severe sopernitsey. She always goes to the bank and is finalizing its game.

AB: To thank you for your success?

IT: First, my parents, who helped to cope with many difficulties. First blogadarna President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for its contribution to the development of sport Uzbekistan Tennis Federation and my sponsor Ahmedovichu Gafur Rakhimov, who believed in me and gave a chance to show their ability, without him it would be very difficult to achieve such success. Very grateful to their coaches : Svetlana Kravosetskoy, Alexander Zlatoustovu, Vladimir Kaplan. All those who are directly or indirectly involved with my victory.

AB: What do you advise novice tennis?

IT: The most important thing is hard work, perseverance and desire.

AB: Herodian, thank you for the interview. We wish you success in sport and in the affairs of luck!

END <<<

>>> Vasilisa Bardina interview from: http://www.sport-express.ru/art.shtml?136281 (Google translation)
Vasilisa Bardina “Here, you can see the letters Ti silk? This brand Tulyaganovoy Herod (the Uzbek tennis WGN, which took 16th place in the WTA ranking in 2002. - "). Now it is a designer, a model clothes, and her aunt helps her with their daughter. Herod my sponsors. Hoping unleash its brand, and I help her in this.” END<<<

Vasilisa wearing one of Iroda’s designs:
http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/571/bardinacd7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Sunny_Boy
Jun 13th, 2007, 11:13 PM
Since early June, Iroda has been playing in a local Dutch competition!
http://eredivisieproftennis2007.blogspot.com/
Her results are as followed -
Tulyaganova (Oez)-Savransky (Isr) 6-2, 6-2
Tulyaganova/Peschke-Savransky/Jugic 6-4, 6-4

Tulyaganova (Oez)-Boverhof 6-2, 6-2
Yakimova/Tulyaganova-Van Bennekom/Boverhof 6-2, 6-4

Piedade (Por)-Tulyaganova (Oez) 1-6, 2-6
Tamaela/Piedade-Yakimova/Tulyaganova 3-6, 3-6

Hoping she is building up her confidence!

Also Iroda is in the qualies list for the Ordina Open, let's hope she wont pull out!

Mike_T
Jun 13th, 2007, 11:34 PM
Good to hear she's been active. I'll check the form of those opponents. Ordina and Wimby qualies are on at the same time, how is that gonna work out? Surely she wants to play Wimbledon. :confused:

smandy0
Jun 14th, 2007, 05:53 PM
The Dutch league that Iroda is/was playing in is (according to a friend) their top league with a few invited foreign players.

Storms
http://www.geocities.com/smandy0/index.html

Sunny_Boy
Jun 15th, 2007, 11:42 PM
Iroda is not in the QD for the Ordina Open so I pressume she is gonna playing qualies at Wimby! Fingers Crossed ;)

Mike_T
Jun 16th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Iroda is not in the QD for the Ordina Open so I pressume she is gonna playing qualies at Wimby! Fingers Crossed ;)
I’m planning on going to Roehamton, so fingers crossed too. It was only going to be a dilemma if she reached the later rounds in Ordina, which wasn’t that likely. She’d of done well to qualify - might of worked out just right, but for whatever reason she withdrew. *fingers crossed* she's okay.

Mike_T
Jun 18th, 2007, 07:59 PM
Wimbledon Quali Draw, Roehampton, 19–21 June. Iroda needs to win 3 rounds to qualify. Fedossova beat players ranked 50 and 93 earlier in the season, but no spectacular form recently. Very limited experience and success on grass. I’m hoping to return with stacks of pics/video when I go along to cheer Miss T. to victory :bigclap:

Youlia Fedossova (Seed 10/FRA/111) v Iroda Tulyagonova (UZB/151)
H2H: never played. Profiles: http://tinyurl.com/yspnen

Hana Sromova (CZE/169) v Kelly Liggan (IRL/247)
Alina Jidkova (RUS/173) v Betina Jozami (ARG/227)
Laura Pous-Tio (Seed 19/ESP/130) v Monique Adamczak (AUS/203)

:bounce: GOGO RODI!!! :bounce:

http://www.wimbledon.org/ (inc live scoring)

Sunny_Boy
Jun 18th, 2007, 11:38 PM
Hope you have a blast Mike!!
I'll be waiting anxiously for many photos and videos :lol:
Cheer loud and have fun!

Sunny_Boy
Jun 19th, 2007, 06:24 AM
I know I'm biased but I actually think Iroda has a shot against Fedossova. I'm alot more confident in her winning today then I was against Bachmann. Fedossova's best result of the year came last week at a 25K ITF, she made the SFs but lost to Roesch who is ranked 261.
GL Iroda
Oh and hopefully Mike gets to see Iroda win...watching Iroda at the AO was painful considering how bad she was playing.

Mike_T
Jun 19th, 2007, 09:03 AM
I’ve not gone, pressure of work and I've discovered my camera’s broke :mad: :banghead: To be honest, I thought qualies were kicking off later on this week, so I’d penciled in a few half-days off then. If she wins today I’ll go tomorrow, and I’ll have the cam fixed or a new one by then.

I know I'm biased but I actually think Iroda has a shot against Fedossova. I'm alot more confident in her winning today then I was against Bachmann. Fedossova's best result of the year came last week at a 25K ITF, she made the SFs but lost to Roesch who is ranked 261.
GL Iroda

Yeah she didn’t really beat anyone to reach that semi. Like you, I’m confident of her chances today, as long as she’s fit and healthy *gets prayer mat out and points it towards Roehampton* :bowdown:

Sunny_Boy
Jun 19th, 2007, 12:11 PM
Iroda def Fedossova 76(6) 63
Excellent win!! :yeah:

At least you can see Iroda tomorrow Mike.
Hope you have a blast if you go :)