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NoChokes
May 21st, 2009, 03:36 PM
Gonna be a good game tomorrow. Hopefully Katie is confident (1000th reply, what do I win? :D )

wales1994
May 21st, 2009, 04:44 PM
Katie :woohoo: didn't expect much from you at RG but here you are in the FQR! :yeah: Good Luck against Rus tough but you can do it! ;)

Play_Suspended
May 21st, 2009, 06:54 PM
Rus is going to be a challenge, but 2 wins is a great result anyway on the clay. :)

serenus_2k8
May 21st, 2009, 07:54 PM
She really has nothing to lose, but I expect shes gonna be hungry for it! best of luck to her!

*hingis_forever*
May 21st, 2009, 07:56 PM
Katie is playing top 100 tennis at the moment and should be a slight favourite against Rus. How I'd love her to be in the main draw! You can do it Katie! :D

serenus_2k8
May 21st, 2009, 08:16 PM
Though its a big 2 matches, Katie is only 2 wins away from top 100 :D

Europe rocks
May 21st, 2009, 08:28 PM
One match at a time!
Nicely done Katie, came through after losing the early lead in the first set. Rus will be tough, but winnable :)

jake270392
May 22nd, 2009, 10:05 AM
Katie has lost the 1st set 6-4 but 1-1 in second

serenus_2k8
May 22nd, 2009, 10:18 AM
Shes up 4-1, seems she is finding her form.

We need her in the MD, since Anne's stay will be short. I think Mel will def. draw a British qualifier, should there be one, or they will draw Elena. Its the luck of the Brits...

Dawson.
May 22nd, 2009, 11:05 AM
lost 6-4, 7-6 (6) :hysteric:

She had sooo many chances in that second set, including a set point :(

coyets
May 22nd, 2009, 11:07 AM
Arantxa Rus beat Katie 6-4 7-6 (8-6). What a pity!

Alex03Maccy
May 22nd, 2009, 11:14 AM
her fall aparts are D-R-Eadful.

jake270392
May 22nd, 2009, 11:15 AM
A typical Katie, up 5-1 and still loses.

serenus_2k8
May 22nd, 2009, 11:36 AM
Totally horrific :( I dont remember her being 5-1 up, i thought it was only 4-1 but its all the same. I figure the only higher ranked player in qualies is Shvedova? So if Vera withdraws, the LL spot will go to either Shvedova or Katie, depending on if Bally is in the MD or not?

So may still be a chance..

jake270392
May 22nd, 2009, 11:57 AM
She does but I cant see many players withdrawing at this stage.

serenus_2k8
May 22nd, 2009, 12:53 PM
Vera is the only one I can think of! Really dont know though.

NoChokes
May 22nd, 2009, 01:02 PM
I think the top 4 ranked losers go into a draw to find out LL order. So if one person does drop out, Katie has a 25% chance.

Sadness Katie. :sad:

Joe.
May 22nd, 2009, 03:23 PM
:sobbing: still atleast it wasnt 5-0 to 5-7 like against shahar last year at wimbledon:)............:help::p

NoChokes
May 22nd, 2009, 03:46 PM
There is one LL spot available at the moment, even without Vera pulling out.

I'm not sure who pulled out but there are 13 Qualifier places.

serenus_2k8
May 22nd, 2009, 05:19 PM
:eek: Good news for Katie and Bally, how do you know this?

Bally is third highest ranked who lost in qualies, only other person who can lose now is Malek, the 10th seed, which would put Bally as 4th and make her still viable.

NoChokes
May 22nd, 2009, 06:07 PM
How do I know it?

I counted the number of qualifyer places. No more inside information than that. :lol:

jake270392
May 22nd, 2009, 06:20 PM
Its a bit unfair, Katie should ge the place on her being highest ranked loser, but on the other hand, Bally would be the fourth, so it gives her a chance to get into the main draw. I hope one gets it but with our luck, they probably wont.

serenus_2k8
May 22nd, 2009, 06:25 PM
How do I know it?

I counted the number of qualifyer places. No more inside information than that. :lol:

Oh...sight anti-climax :lol: But great obvservation, you're quite right! 13 Q Spots and 12 Qualifiers, great. I bet either a brit doesnt get it, or the brit that does faces Mel or Elena :(

Its a bit unfair, Katie should ge the place on her being highest ranked loser, but on the other hand, Bally would be the fourth, so it gives her a chance to get into the main draw. I hope one gets it but with our luck, they probably wont.

I agree. I think the highest ranked player deserves it more but then again, as you say, Bally has a shot now and I think Bally can always be dangerous regardless of her fairly limp loss today.

Joe.
May 22nd, 2009, 06:43 PM
when will we know when the lucky loser is named?:)

jake270392
May 22nd, 2009, 06:44 PM
Just our luck neither off them got the place, now if someone else pulls out will it be between the remaining three to get the LL spot.

Joe.
May 22nd, 2009, 06:45 PM
:fiery:

who got it?

Europe rocks
May 22nd, 2009, 06:46 PM
Mariana Duque Marino - plays Chakvetadze

Europe rocks
May 22nd, 2009, 06:47 PM
Had Katie beaten Rus, she would have been drawn up against wildcard Olivia Sanchez :tears:

jake270392
May 22nd, 2009, 06:47 PM
Duque Marino, or however u say her name, she drew chakvetdaze, does anyone know if there are any players who are a doubt?

Europe rocks
May 22nd, 2009, 06:49 PM
Well Morita pulled out of Strasbourg semifinal at 6-0 1-0 down with a left thigh strain, still not too sure about Vera... we'll wait and see

jake270392
May 22nd, 2009, 06:51 PM
I hope they withdraw, rather than laying there matches and then withdrawing half way through, which I bet they will do.

serenus_2k8
May 22nd, 2009, 07:26 PM
Vera will try and play, since her draw is so weak tbh...But her injury is supposed to take like 3 weeks longer to heal than she has given it. She was originally meant to be a doubt for Wimb as well. There has been no report saying she is fit and nor has there been any media confirming she has arrived and is practising. Morita may be a better bet, who is she meant to be playing?

PS. If Vera plays out of greed then I think she really does deserve to take the full hit.

NoChokes
May 22nd, 2009, 08:18 PM
Morita has come back to play the following weeks after her other two bagel then retirement escapades.

Just pull out Ayumi. It's best for everyone. If you've got any friends who might be having doubts, have a word too, there's a good girl. You never know, we might get Georgie in too. :lol:

serenus_2k8
May 22nd, 2009, 08:23 PM
:haha:

There is such a high chance that one more Brit could sneak in that with a prolific injury like Vera's you cant help but feel hard done by should they fail :(

jake270392
May 23rd, 2009, 05:08 PM
Vera has pulled out Katie has got her place as a Lucky Loser, she plays Govortsova.

serenus_2k8
May 23rd, 2009, 05:23 PM
Amaze :inlove: Best news of the day! Should she sneak this, she would face Akgul, who sucks on clay, or a WC! Best draw ever.

serenus_2k8
May 23rd, 2009, 05:24 PM
Olga is only 6-12 for the year, but did beat Anne in IW. Still has to be a kind draw for Katie, despite beating the last 7 brits she played :o She seems like she has some great wins and some terrible ones, but did make the 3rd round last year. Weird...

jake270392
May 23rd, 2009, 05:25 PM
It will be a tough first round, but looking at the draw, Katie can easily beat these players. Finally some good luck for us.

Joe.
May 23rd, 2009, 05:31 PM
:woohoo:

omg im well happy:D
i think she could beat govortsova:) maybe:p

NoChokes
May 23rd, 2009, 05:36 PM
Hopefully she'll feel like she has nothing to lose.

Go Katie!! This could be it.

serenus_2k8
May 23rd, 2009, 05:40 PM
:inlove: Hope the Brits are playing Monday. :drool:

Joe.
May 23rd, 2009, 05:43 PM
:D:D:D
im so happy now lol:lol:

Alex03Maccy
May 23rd, 2009, 08:47 PM
yay! go KOB.

wales1994
May 23rd, 2009, 09:11 PM
Hope she plays tomorrow! :D Can't wait!

stfletch
May 24th, 2009, 12:22 AM
Hopefully she'll feel like she has nothing to lose.

Yep, she'll feel like she's got nothing to lose until she reaches about 5-1 in the first set. :devil:

Seriously though, good news for Katie, lets hope she can make use of this bit of good fortune.

Europe rocks
May 24th, 2009, 07:39 PM
Katie can just go out there and play without any pressure. It'll be tough, but Katie can win this and the draw isn't too bad :)

Europe rocks
May 24th, 2009, 07:41 PM
Katie 3rd on court 14, after Mel vs Michelle

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 01:43 PM
Mel v. Michelle is finished. So Katie's match will be starting very soon.

Dawson.
May 25th, 2009, 01:45 PM
Yep, Katie to finish off what will be a sad day for British tennis

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 01:54 PM
Yep, Katie to finish off what will be a sad day for British tennis

I do not think that it will be a sad day for British tennis after Katie's match.

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:56 PM
olga did almost beat zheng last week so im not expecting katie to win;) she can just go out there and enjoy it:)

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 01:56 PM
Katie is the only chance we have at not making this a shit day.

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:56 PM
*0-1

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 02:01 PM
0-2*

:(

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 02:07 PM
3-0 :lol: Ok all the Brit women better go practise on the grass :lol:

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 02:08 PM
1-3

she got a game:D

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 02:13 PM
1-4

:(

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 02:15 PM
Wasted BPs. Her serve is letting her down.

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 02:17 PM
1-5

:sobbing:

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 02:22 PM
1-6:o

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 02:27 PM
1-0 the breaks continue.

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 02:28 PM
0-2

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 02:30 PM
2-1, Katie Held. Please break and put some pressure on.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 02:32 PM
Katie has held her serve to make it 1-2. Now she needs to break back.

jake270392
May 25th, 2009, 02:33 PM
No suprises that Katie is losing.

jake270392
May 25th, 2009, 02:40 PM
I had hoped Elena got the Lucky loser spot, what a wasted oppurtunity

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 02:45 PM
Katie lost 1-6 1-6.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 02:46 PM
Katie had two break points in the sixth game of the second set, but failed to convert them and is now losing 1-6 1-5.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 02:48 PM
So it was a very disappointing day for British tennis.

jake270392
May 25th, 2009, 02:50 PM
Who cares if she 1 or 2 break points. She is useless.

robbie12
May 25th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Is it just me or does Katie almost not want to break into the top 100? This is the fifth time in the last year she has been one match away from doing it but lost! The good news is she has absolutely nothing to defend over the grass court season (which means going into Wimbledon she'll probably be a match away again!)

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 03:06 PM
Tough to explain....but she has a great chance to do it in the next few weeks.

Europe rocks
May 26th, 2009, 09:45 PM
:tears:
Yes, disappointing performance, especially given that she had an extra chance, but Govortsova isn't a bad player and Katie lost their previous meeting 6-2 6-3 in Tashkent a couple of years ago. This was only Katie's 4th match on red clay this year and she is improving. Last year she was ranked around the 110 mark, having lots of points from Eastbourne and Wimbledon. She's at the same ranking position 12 months later without any huge point hauls on the grass. She's not going to go out and win every match, and she might never reach the top 100. But she's doing a heck of a lot better than some players are doing out there

serenus_2k8
May 27th, 2009, 11:24 AM
Yeh, nicely pointed out, she has a lot to gain in the next few months! BTW, anyone think its interesting that 3/4 SF in Warsaw lost their 1st round match, with the 4th not even playing?? Sorry, off topic but its true.

Europe rocks
May 27th, 2009, 09:37 PM
I remember back in 2004, all the pre-Wimbledon winners (Kuznetsova in Eastbourne, Pierce in Holland and a couple of guys) all lost in the opening round of Wimbledon. These things are quite odd!
GL in Nottingham, Katie :)

Europe rocks
May 31st, 2009, 09:43 PM
Katie seeded fifth in Nottingham and plays qualifier Svenja Weidemann

Europe rocks
Jun 2nd, 2009, 08:37 PM
Into the second round of Nottingham with a 64 76(1) win :) I guess it shows the foot injury isn't too bad. Plays Chokeaday next

Mforensic
Jun 3rd, 2009, 10:43 AM
Looking forward to a Bally-O'brien battle in the quarters

WIMBY
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:15 PM
Katie lost :eek:

paul_masterton
Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:26 PM
won 1 more game than expected.

Waiting for the hardcourts - she's not really a grass-court player

lynxy
Jun 3rd, 2009, 09:57 PM
From the Roland Garros qualifiers this year:
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu33/lynxy_tennis/Roland%20Garros%202009/DSC_1931.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu33/lynxy_tennis/Roland%20Garros%202009/DSC_2311.jpg

Playballk
Jun 4th, 2009, 12:32 AM
Into the second round of Nottingham with a 64 76(1) win :) I guess it shows the foot injury isn't too bad. Plays Chokeaday next

Katie lost :eek:

Maybe her foot injury started acting up. I hope she is better for Wimbledon if not for either of the next two grass tournaments.

Mforensic
Jun 4th, 2009, 09:55 AM
I think Katie is a better hard court player than grass.

Europe rocks
Jun 4th, 2009, 09:12 PM
Yeah Katie's best results have come on the hard courts, it's just the grass is a good time for WCs and big wins which help boost the ranking. Hope Katie can rest up soon :hug:

serenus_2k8
Jun 5th, 2009, 10:13 AM
From the Roland Garros qualifiers this year:
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu33/lynxy_tennis/Roland%20Garros%202009/DSC_1931.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu33/lynxy_tennis/Roland%20Garros%202009/DSC_2311.jpg

Check those legs :drool:

NoChokes
Jun 5th, 2009, 02:50 PM
Haha, ripped Katie. At least when Wimbledon comes around nobody can blame her loss on 'poor conditioning' like is usually bandied around by the two week tennis fans and the press.

Europe rocks
Jun 7th, 2009, 08:05 PM
Katie up against Mel, tomorrow, very interesting match!

Dawson.
Jun 7th, 2009, 08:46 PM
Match of the day from a British perspective :drool: I just hope Katie’s foot is not bothering her any more and we have a nice competitive match… I’m slightly leaning towards Katie to win because she’s so close o top 100, but Mel has quarter final points to defend :awww: There will be no losers either way I guess

wales1994
Jun 8th, 2009, 04:23 PM
She lost 4-6 6-1 7-6 (5) :D From stats seems they played well! :D But Katie I think is starting to lose all that momentum she had at the start of the year! :sad:

WIMBY
Jun 8th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Very close, tough match and a nice interview on LTA site from Mel. They both fought to the end.

Mforensic
Jun 11th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Katie just moved into the qualies at Eastbourne!

Joe.
Jun 11th, 2009, 08:00 PM
:)

*hingis_forever*
Jun 13th, 2009, 04:30 PM
Katie beat Naomi Broady in the first round of Eastbourne quallies, 75 46 64! :D Great win Katie! Sad for Naomi though! :sad: Next is a tough match against Ekaterina Makarova. Tough but winnable I'd say.

Joe.
Jun 13th, 2009, 07:10 PM
well done katie:)

Europe rocks
Jun 13th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Well done Katie, tough win over Naomi, hope you can have a repeat of 2007 and come through qualies :)

serenus_2k8
Jun 13th, 2009, 08:27 PM
Go Katie :woohoo:

Joe.
Jun 14th, 2009, 06:45 PM
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) def. Katie O'Brien (GBR) 6-4 6-2

:(

Mforensic
Jun 14th, 2009, 07:24 PM
I thought Katie would keep it closer!

Europe rocks
Jun 14th, 2009, 08:08 PM
Katie :sad: 9 doubles, that serve is still too much of a liability

Europe rocks
Jun 19th, 2009, 10:11 AM
Katie plays Iveta Benesova

serenus_2k8
Jun 19th, 2009, 10:15 AM
Tough match, but could have been far worse. Good luck Katie

Mforensic
Jun 19th, 2009, 10:34 AM
Katie has a shot if the DF's don't creep in.

Europe rocks
Jun 19th, 2009, 10:55 AM
Rnd 1: Benesova
Rnd 2: Goerges or (6)Jankovic

Dawson.
Jun 19th, 2009, 12:54 PM
Lets hope Iveta is in 'head case mode' and Katie isn't :unsure:

scheele
Jun 23rd, 2009, 01:23 PM
Katie worked hard but it was a disappointing match. Benesova is a pretty average player.

Dawson.
Jun 23rd, 2009, 01:27 PM
Very hit and miss from Katie. She exceeded my expectations so I can't complain... 3-1 lead in the third though :sobbing:

Europe rocks
Jun 23rd, 2009, 01:43 PM
All those break points... what was the stat in the end, something like 4/20 break points taken? Had 9 break points in Iveta's first service game... :sad:
Great guts from Katie for taking the second set, after going from 4-0 to 4-4 it looked like it was all over, but Katie fought hard and she has the basics, it's just putting it all together, especially in the head and on the serve. Disappointing, Katie really exceeded my expectations for this and really had a decent shot in the end :sad:

wales1994
Jun 23rd, 2009, 05:50 PM
Katie :hug: But i'm more incouragedthat she cab play this closely against these players :yeah: Hope she can translate this to good results on the hardcourts ;)!

Europe rocks
Jun 23rd, 2009, 07:41 PM
This is the most frustrating thing. She can compete well, it's just winning the points that matter most she struggles on, along with maybe a few mental problems. Let's hope she can sort it out as she was so close to the win, and the top 100... again :sad:

serenus_2k8
Jul 5th, 2009, 08:01 PM
After the dissapointment of Wimb, Krazy Katie has decided a clay court event is just what the doctor ordered :lol: Though it sounds crazy, its a 75k+H which is very weak, with Katie being the #2 seed, so it is actually a very good decision IMO.

The draw is out, and to get to the final she would need to beat:

KALASHNIKOVA : #276
VORACOVA : #180
WOERLE : #151
DENTONI : #132

Tough, but she could do it. I will be interested to see how much points are needed for top 100 when the rankings are released tommorow, though im 99% sure she could do it with a run to the final. Who knows :shrug: But there is only 2 weeks (I think) til USO cutoff. Good luck

Europe rocks
Jul 5th, 2009, 08:06 PM
Good luck Katie, think it's a sensible decision to stay in Europe and mix up some of the larger ITF events with the lower level Tour tournaments. Has a 2nd round to defend in Portoroz very soon :scared:

Play_Suspended
Jul 5th, 2009, 10:20 PM
good luck katie, get that ranking up for the US!

Joe.
Jul 6th, 2009, 03:15 PM
good luck katie:)
im surprised your playing on clay:tape: but go on prove me wrong please:p:D

Europe rocks
Jul 7th, 2009, 12:42 PM
Katie's new blog up on the LTA site, in which she claims she nearly drowned :lol: GL in Zagreb :)

serenus_2k8
Jul 7th, 2009, 02:54 PM
Aww she missed out on Take That! It shows that what she said in her last blog was true and that she is still determined to make the climb. Still, clay is so gross! I was glad to put the clay court season out of my head lol :p

paul_masterton
Jul 7th, 2009, 06:39 PM
2nd round in Portoroz will no affect her ranking at all. If she loses tomorrow she will drop 2 points when Biella comes off, and then just another 4 when Portoroz comes off unless she scores more than 14 (which will be her 16th best score)

NoChokes
Jul 7th, 2009, 07:36 PM
She has very little to worry about in terms of lost points until the AO really.

One more win this week and top 100 becomes within touching distance again. :scared:

Dawson.
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:24 PM
She's basically going to be 1 win away from top 100 for the rest of the year :unsure:

Europe rocks
Jul 8th, 2009, 08:57 AM
Winning start for Katie, 6-2 4-6 6-3 over Kalashnikova :) Against Renata Voracova for a place in the last eight

serenus_2k8
Jul 8th, 2009, 09:47 AM
Congrats Katie, keep fighting! Im gonna be very nervous if she makes the SF :scared:

Europe rocks
Jul 8th, 2009, 09:59 AM
I think most of us were pretty nervous upon hearing she was playing here in the first place!

Europe rocks
Jul 8th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Oh dear.
R.Voracova (Cz) def. (2)K.O'Brien (GB) 1-6 6-4 6-1 :smash:

paul_masterton
Jul 8th, 2009, 08:06 PM
Shame :sad:

Although a win would only have put her back in the 106-108 range, and all the girls around her are picking up points this week anyway.

I'm more concerned about the lack of proper preparation going onto the hardcourts.

Joe.
Jul 9th, 2009, 08:17 PM
well shes got prague next week.....:lol: still on clay: stupid schedule imo:rolleyes:

Europe rocks
Jul 10th, 2009, 08:40 PM
For too long we've complained about the British girls not playing enough on clay, bringing up the usual "it's not our surface" excuse, then when Katie decides to show her clay GOAT skills, she gets bashed for it! Into the MD of Prague now :)

serenus_2k8
Jul 10th, 2009, 10:56 PM
Urgh get on the hards girl! That sucked, hopefully she can do better next week!

Mforensic
Jul 12th, 2009, 03:31 PM
Monica Niculescu v Katie OŽBrien

First round in Prague

Joe.
Jul 12th, 2009, 04:43 PM
its an ok draw:)

Europe rocks
Jul 14th, 2009, 01:05 PM
Niculescu def. O'Brien 6-3 6-2
Poor serving from Katie yet again. 9 double faults, only 50% of first serves in and winning less than 50% of points behind both first and second serves. Expected more after seeing the poor form Monica has been in lately, but she'll probably decide to get her act together now and go and reach the SF or something :o
Better luck in Portoroz, Katie

jake270392
Jul 14th, 2009, 02:23 PM
Another wasted two weeks.

Joe.
Jul 14th, 2009, 02:56 PM
katiee:rolleyes:

NoChokes
Jul 14th, 2009, 04:09 PM
Less of a Katiecoaster, more of a Katie log flume today sadly. :help:

Joe.
Jul 14th, 2009, 05:26 PM
welcome to us open qualifying miss o'brien :sad:

serenus_2k8
Jul 15th, 2009, 12:00 PM
Qualifying isnt the end of the world! She got 60 points out of it at AO and its good for the confidence :) Hopefully she will make it through...but clay really isnt her surface and im not surprised that the 2 weeks have been a waste. Katie did push Niculescu further on hard when Monicas form was better than it is now, but she still lost. Niculescu was a strong fave on clay and we cant be dissapointed that Katie is trying the bigger events. She will be in the MD of another international next week, this time back on hard :drool: Lets hope for some good success :)

Dawson.
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:48 PM
I think qualifying is the best thing for her. At least an early loss there would not be counted in her ranking, unlike in the MD.

NoChokes
Jul 15th, 2009, 06:03 PM
I agree, she's not going to win enough big points elsewhere for to be able to handle two mandatory scores of barely nothing. It'll be a huge handicap.

Europe rocks
Jul 18th, 2009, 08:39 PM
Katie seems to be the target of Czech homing missiles. Benesova at Wimbledon, Voracova in Zagreb...
Portoroz Round 1
(6)L.Safarova (Cz) def. K.O'Brien (GB)
Maybe Katie will be able to pull off a repeat of her nearly-choke against Pironkova

Joe.
Jul 19th, 2009, 08:23 AM
sucky draw :(:p

Joe.
Jul 20th, 2009, 06:30 PM
Safarova def. O'Brien 64 64 :sad:

good effort from katie and much better serving:) but seeing as lucie only won 50% of points behind her first serve katie really couldve done better....

Dawson.
Jul 20th, 2009, 09:03 PM
Bahhh. Nevermind, she'll be back to her ITF GOATness next week.

Europe rocks
Jul 21st, 2009, 06:15 PM
Another tricky match. Good comeback from going down 4-1 or 5-1 in the first set, but when Katie builds a lead, like she did in the second, she needs to make the most of it :sad: Hopefully dropping back to some ITF events on hardcourts will be a bit of a confidence boost and more productive. Glad to see Katie going out of her comfort zone, playing more on the Tour and some of the clay events, but unfortunately it didn't pay off this time

Europe rocks
Jul 28th, 2009, 07:36 PM
Katie back to her ITF GOATness
ITF/Vigo $25,000
(1)K.O'Brien def. A.Carreras 6-0 6-0 :eek:
Well done to Katie, up against a Spanish qualifier next, but tough for Amanda

Joe.
Jul 28th, 2009, 07:59 PM
just shows amanda sucks unless she plays on clay :p

good win though katie :)

Europe rocks
Jul 30th, 2009, 06:56 PM
Katie into the QF with a 6-0 7-6 win, plays another Spanish qualifier

Dawson.
Jul 30th, 2009, 07:36 PM
Three bagels in a row :drool: Take the title Katie (because if you don't!.. :tape:)

Europe rocks
Jul 31st, 2009, 08:23 PM
Looks like Katie has had her fill of bagels, she won 6-1 6-3 and will face fifth seed Ozga in the SF

Pdm1987
Aug 1st, 2009, 01:49 PM
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Europe rocks
Aug 1st, 2009, 04:53 PM
4th member of the Pegs fan club :)

Europe rocks
Aug 1st, 2009, 07:31 PM
Katie continues her good run here, beats Ozga 6-4 6-4 and will play Georgie for the title :)

NoChokes
Aug 1st, 2009, 09:58 PM
Come on Katie, chance of a first abroad tournament win.

WIMBY
Aug 2nd, 2009, 08:29 PM
:sad:

Mforensic
Aug 3rd, 2009, 10:57 AM
Break time for katie.....maybe she'll do well in US!

Joe.
Aug 3rd, 2009, 03:27 PM
when is she next playing? will she play any american hardcourt tournys? i think she will play cincinatti, isnt cincinatti mandatory?

paul_masterton
Aug 3rd, 2009, 07:30 PM
she's not down for Cinci - reckon she'll turn up in Toronto

Mforensic
Aug 5th, 2009, 10:37 AM
She's the 10th alt for Toronto.

Joe.
Aug 24th, 2009, 08:09 PM
US Open Qualifying draw comes out tomorow...........fingers crossed katie gets a good draw :D

Europe rocks
Aug 24th, 2009, 09:12 PM
US Open qual draw
(3)K.O'Brien vs N.Hofmanova
Tough, Hofmanova was a good junior :scared:

Dawson.
Aug 24th, 2009, 09:40 PM
Fecking awful draw for Katie :sad: I can't say with any certainty that she will get past Hofmanova, but if she was to do so, there is still Date-Krumm to get through :help:

Joe.
Aug 25th, 2009, 07:12 AM
bad draw:(
but katie can do it :D

serenus_2k8
Aug 25th, 2009, 11:55 AM
Katie should have too much game for Hofmanova.

Tatishvili is tough but not in great form - hasnt really been all year....

Krumm will be tough, assuming she makes it to FQR...but Katie is extremely fit so can hopefully out-grind.

Joe.
Aug 25th, 2009, 05:43 PM
katie is 6-3 4-1 up.

still u nothing is never a done deal with katie :p

Joe.
Aug 25th, 2009, 05:48 PM
6-3 5-1

saved a break point. so far it has been a good match by katie; 3 aces and only 4 double faults.

Joe.
Aug 25th, 2009, 05:53 PM
6-3 5-2

had a match point but now has a chance to serve it out:D

Joe.
Aug 25th, 2009, 05:55 PM
Katie wins 6-3 6-2 :yeah:

serenus_2k8
Aug 25th, 2009, 06:00 PM
Well done Katie.

Play_Suspended
Aug 25th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Nice win :)

Europe rocks
Aug 25th, 2009, 07:41 PM
What the hell is that kind of performance. Served more aces than Hofmanova, less double faults... served out the first set to love, was only broken twice... who does she think she is, Serena Williams?

:lol:

So nice to see Katie coming through comfortably for a change. There were some pretty tough games, but Katie held on and did well on saving break points. Tatishvili next.

Dawson.
Aug 25th, 2009, 11:04 PM
Sorry for doubting you Katie :hug:
Good win considering her bad record against top juniors. I think Tatishvili is very winnable, but Date in r3 :unsure: but we'll cross that bridge when we (hopefully) come to it.

jake270392
Aug 26th, 2009, 07:32 AM
Well if im right, if katie can mak it to the final round and also Baltacha, they will be the first to alts to be put into main draw if someone withdraws.

NoChokes
Aug 26th, 2009, 11:34 AM
If a LL spot becomes available the highest 4 seeded players to lose in FQR go into a draw to see who gets it. It's not just the highest ranked that goes straight in, so they'll have a chance but it's not definite.

serenus_2k8
Aug 26th, 2009, 01:29 PM
Yeh you're right nochokes. If 2 people pull out they will have a 50/50 chance of getting it I think

Dawson.
Aug 27th, 2009, 04:11 PM
:o:o:o unpredictable Katie is right :o:o:o

serenus_2k8
Aug 27th, 2009, 04:17 PM
She hasnt been healthy apparantly. Thats still very dissapointing though. Hopefully if Mel Bally or Laura could make it to the MD we will still have something worth cheering! At least Katie secured the 40 points.

NoChokes
Aug 27th, 2009, 04:51 PM
Aw, never mind Katie. :tears:

Gonna have to go for a run now to get over it. Hopefully Laura will have won by the time I get back. :)

Joe.
Aug 27th, 2009, 05:59 PM
katie :o :hug:

Play_Suspended
Aug 27th, 2009, 08:48 PM
:hug: just cant get the results going atm

Mforensic
Aug 27th, 2009, 11:17 PM
Katie does great at the ITF's but just can't seem to generate that same momentum at a slam!

NoChokes
Aug 27th, 2009, 11:50 PM
She's qualified for two this year (albeit as a LL at RG) So it's not all bad. (seen as she's never made it through qualies at all before)

Joe.
Sep 12th, 2009, 08:49 PM
WTA Quebec City
Main Draw

Wozniak(3) vs Dentoni
Kulikova vs Cravero
O'Brien vs Kudryavtseva
Granville vs Craybas(6)

serenus_2k8
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Nice draw - good luck! This event televised via TV/Stream?

Play_Suspended
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:53 PM
C'mon Katie!

Joe.
Sep 13th, 2009, 04:35 PM
not sure if there is a live stream...but hopefully there is:)

its an ok-draw but alla can be unpredictable ;)

Europe rocks
Sep 13th, 2009, 08:08 PM
Let's hope the Katie that bagelled Alla turns up, and the Alla that was bagelled by Katie turns up. Kudryavtseva is very unpredictable, can play great one day and awfully the next. Good luck Katie

Europe rocks
Sep 14th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Woohoo the Katie double fault festival is up and running - 3 doubles in her first service game against Kudrayvtseva to give awat and early break :banana:

Joe.
Sep 14th, 2009, 07:42 PM
and wastes 3 break points :p

Europe rocks
Sep 14th, 2009, 08:41 PM
GSM Kudrayvtseva 6-1 6-4

Really don't know what to say about this. Katie started off breaking in the first game, then serves up 3 doubles and wins just 3 points behind serve in the first set. Had 5 break points in the second set, 2 with Alla up *4-3 and another one at *5-4. 9 doubles in total from Katie, 1/9 break points won, 5/20 points behind second serve...

Dawson.
Sep 14th, 2009, 08:47 PM
I miss January - April Katie :sad:

Mforensic
Sep 14th, 2009, 08:59 PM
This is why Katie is not inside the top 100!

serenus_2k8
Sep 14th, 2009, 11:36 PM
Well I expected this. Katie is very much a confidence player, and so trying to make the step up on the back of a poor run is always going to be tough.

She needs to do a similar schedule to Bally and then try WTA events when shes on a hot run.

Joe.
Sep 15th, 2009, 03:38 PM
aww that sucks :(

Europe rocks
Sep 15th, 2009, 06:41 PM
Hopefully she can get back to her ITF GOAT ways in Shrewsbury :)

serenus_2k8
Sep 15th, 2009, 06:46 PM
Hopefully she can get back to her ITF GOAT ways in Shrewsbury :)

Thats the spirit!! Back to winning ways please Katie! I want a good run for the Brits here - though I would bet anything all the Brits are packed into the same quarter/half :rolleyes:

Joe.
Sep 15th, 2009, 07:15 PM
NO! think positive :p

all the brits will be spaced out and there will be all brit 2nd round ;) :lol:

serenus_2k8
Sep 15th, 2009, 07:33 PM
NO! think positive :p

all the brits will be spaced out and there will be all brit 2nd round ;) :lol:

Yes, absolutely! L16 = guaranteed British winner :drool: Im so excited for this event either way! It feels like the top girls havent been around for ages - especially Cav!

Monica_Rules
Sep 15th, 2009, 10:37 PM
I'm getting excited about going to shrewsbury to see all the girls now.

WIMBY
Sep 15th, 2009, 10:46 PM
Great GB girls will soon be action :)

serenus_2k8
Sep 15th, 2009, 10:56 PM
I'm getting excited about going to shrewsbury to see all the girls now.

Please let us know how they all get on! Photos are a lot of trouble - but a little overview would be most appreciated if you find the time!

coyets
Sep 24th, 2009, 08:08 PM
Katie O'Brien defeated Angelique Kerber 3-6 6-3 7-6(5). Congratulations, Katie, on reaching the top 100.

Joe.
Sep 24th, 2009, 08:17 PM
saved 4 mps :kiss:

Europe rocks
Sep 24th, 2009, 08:35 PM
It's not guaranteed yet :scared: Zakopalova and De Los Rios in St Malo, Dubois in Saguenay, Amanmuradova and Kustova in Tashkent, Perry in Albuquerque and Chan and Date-Krumm in Seoul all pose a risk

coyets
Sep 25th, 2009, 04:31 PM
It's not guaranteed yet :scared: ...

Katie OŽBrien defeated Mona Barthel 6-4 6-2. Well done, Katie! Does that make it certain, now?

Joe.
Sep 25th, 2009, 05:07 PM
all british final :rocker:

i really dont mind who wins tomorow :p

Dawson.
Sep 25th, 2009, 06:50 PM
Yeah Katie!! :rocker2:

No doubt she'll get a lot of stick for breaking top 100 - ala South & Mayr - but she's worked her ass off to get in top physical condition, played a lot of tennis and totally deserves it. I think she'll climb even further by the end of the year too what with some of the ITF's she's due to play, I'd say to about #85. The real test will come next year - pitting herself against tougher opposition. A decent showing at the AO could be key to her staying in the top 100 for a while.

Europe rocks
Sep 25th, 2009, 06:51 PM
Katie OŽBrien defeated Mona Barthel 6-4 6-2. Well done, Katie! Does that make it certain, now?

Katie's currently 97 on Eggy's rankings, Amanmuradova and Zakopalova could both overtake her, but I think Katie now has too many points for Dubois, Perry or Date-Krumm to overtake, so Katie should be certain for the top 100 :)

Europe rocks
Sep 25th, 2009, 09:22 PM
After Shrewsbury is added to the rankings, around 55% of Katie's rankings points come from indoor events :eek: Maybe we could convince the AELTC to change Wimbledon from grass to indoors... Good luck in the final

coyets
Sep 27th, 2009, 05:12 PM
Elena Baltacha defeated Katie O'Brien 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Joe.
Sep 28th, 2009, 03:10 PM
katie debuts in top 100 at 98 :rocker: :p

Europe rocks
Sep 28th, 2009, 08:31 PM
I don't think anybody thought Katie could ever reach the top 100. I think it shows that if you've got the desire to do it, the right work ethic and the skill, you can achieve what you want. Hopefully now she has the monkey off her back she will be able to loosen up a little bit and not get too nervous in tight situations. For so long she was one win, two wins away from the top 100 which must have been in her mind, but to finally achieve it will be a massive boost for her :)

Europe rocks
Oct 2nd, 2009, 09:36 PM
Katie could drop to #101 at the end of this week :scared:
If Kucova wins the title in Athens beating Camerin reaching the final, both will climb above Katie, pushing her to #100. Perry in Las Vegas could also be ranked above Katie if she wins in Las Vegas...

Monica_Rules
Oct 3rd, 2009, 11:17 AM
Wll Lets hope Dokic and Danilidou win then.

Katies playing Tokyo next week so has a chance to recover. She'll be the #3 seed so lest hope for a semi final at least.

Dawson.
Oct 3rd, 2009, 11:57 AM
Guess who's now on Twitter? :banana: http://twitter.com/katiejobrien

If her LTA blog is anything to go by, she should be a funny tweeter!

Europe rocks
Oct 3rd, 2009, 08:15 PM
Great first tweet from Katie! Let's hope for a good couple of weeks in Japan. Katie should be safe in the top 100 for another week, as both Kucova and Camerin lost today in Athens :)

Dawson.
Oct 4th, 2009, 12:20 PM
$100k+H Tokyo

O'BRIEN (3) .vs. Yamasoto (WC)
Qualifier .vs. Spears
Fuda .vs. Qualifier
Doi (WC) .vs. Johansson (6)

Points breakdown:
R2 - 20
QF - 40
SF - 80
F - 110
W - 150

Hopefully she lives up to her seeding and reaches at least the semi finals...

Joe.
Oct 4th, 2009, 01:58 PM
tough quarter final, but should probly reach the semis atleast :)

coyets
Oct 8th, 2009, 08:30 AM
The weather seems to be so bad for this tournament that Katie has even stopped tweeting!

coyets
Oct 8th, 2009, 10:23 AM
Whatever the weather, Katie O'Brien defeated Zhang Ling 6-2 6-4. Well done, Katie! Keep going!

coyets
Oct 9th, 2009, 11:32 AM
Katies playing Tokyo next week so has a chance to recover. She'll be the #3 seed so lest hope for a semi final at least.

Katie has reached the semi-final with a 6-1 3-6 6-3 over Misaki Doi.

Good luck against unseeded Olga Savchuk in the semi-final! Olga was ranked 79 a year and a half ago, but is now ranked 180.

Dawson.
Oct 9th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Well done Katie :yeah:

Savchuk next :unsure: memories of Bangalore :scared:

Joe.
Oct 10th, 2009, 07:42 AM
Savchuk won 3-6 6-4 7-6 (4)

shame:sad:

in WTA Osaka, katie has drawn alexa glatch in round one which is very tough. And if she gets through that, she has caroline in round 2 :o good luck anyway katiepegs :p

Joe.
Oct 10th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Just looked at her H2H with these players and....

2008 USO Q, R64- GLATCH won 6-3 6-4.

2008 FED CUP- WOZNIACKI won 6-2 1-6 6-2 :eek: ok, its a long time ago but my guess is katie had too much power for caro in the second set :)

coyets
Oct 11th, 2009, 11:28 AM
That is quite a challenge in Osaka. Good luck, Katie! Show everyone how much you have improved!

Europe rocks
Oct 11th, 2009, 08:34 PM
Good luck Katie, Glatch will be very tough. However, she seems to be in Katie-territory with her ranking, just can't seem to get the breakthrough needed to reach the top 100. Let's hope ITF GOAT Katie shows up :)

Dodoboy.
Oct 12th, 2009, 06:45 AM
Great win!! Career high?

Dawson.
Oct 12th, 2009, 11:07 AM
Well done Katie :yeah: good luck against Caro

This puts her up to #91 at the minute, but other players may still overtake her. Still, a mid 90's finish to the year would be way better than most of us expected this time last year!

coyets
Oct 12th, 2009, 02:29 PM
Winning 6-3 6-4 against Alexa Glatch is impressive! Well done, Katie!

jake270392
Oct 12th, 2009, 03:20 PM
Just looked at her match stats, 5 aces and 1 double falt and was only broken once :eek:

wales1994
Oct 12th, 2009, 04:43 PM
Katie :woohoo: Seems going to Japan has been a great decision :D

Joe.
Oct 12th, 2009, 06:28 PM
:woohoo:

katie:D i just have a really strong feeling this is gonna be her breakthrough.....its really weird having such a strong feeling lol :lol:

Europe rocks
Oct 12th, 2009, 06:28 PM
That must be the best Katie has served in a very long time. Great win for her, will give her plenty of confidence and with the prospect of playing Wozniacki I'm sure she'll be up for it :)

NoChokes
Oct 16th, 2009, 11:52 AM
Uh oh. Katie's back on crazy schedule again.

Two weeks in Japan, 25k Glasgow, 100k France, and then a 100k in Taiwan!! All in consecutive weeks.

Really racking up those airmiles.

coyets
Oct 16th, 2009, 12:46 PM
Caroline Wozniacki beat Katie O'Brien 6-0 6-1. I was hoping for a better scoreline than that, but Caroline Wozniacki is the top seed in the tournament!

Europe rocks
Oct 16th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Woops! Caroline seems to have a habit of beating the British girls easily, dropped 2 games against Mel in Sydney, 1 against Anne in Memphis and now 1 against Katie. Hopefully this will not hurt Katie too much, she should be pretty much safe for a top 100 finish, no more ranking points to come off for the rest of the year :hug:

Europe rocks
Oct 25th, 2009, 04:48 PM
Katie back in action at the $100,000 event in Poitiers, up against wildcard Severine Bremond Beltrame. This tourny has a better line up than some of the International level events, Cibulkova is the top seed, Shvedova the second :scared: Possible second round tie against third seed Dulgheru

Dawson.
Nov 6th, 2009, 06:55 PM
Katie's 2009 season is offically over according to her twitter. But what a year it's been :worship:

W/L record: 47/25 (+22)
2 ITF titles out of 5 finals
Top 100 (!!)

Couldn't really ask for a beter season considering what was expected of her at the start of the year. Come back even stronger next year Katie and prove all the doubters wrong! Hopefully she'll get a chance to play all 4 slams on her own ranking

Europe rocks
Nov 9th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Don't blame her for deciding to call it a year now, she's guaranteed to finish in the top 100, played a lot of tennis and has proved many doubters wrong. Fingers crossed she can use this as a platform for bigger and better things next year :) Congratulations Katie.

Just had a look at our predictions for this year and nobody had Katie down for reaching the top 100 - quite a few had her going out of the top 200. Vamos :devil:

coyets
Nov 10th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Congratulations on a great year, Katie, and I hope you can make next year even better!

TeamUla
Nov 15th, 2009, 09:44 PM
Katie will be the number one of british tennis in a week. :eek:

pesto
Nov 16th, 2009, 12:33 PM
She is already, according to the WTA ranking list.

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/RankingsNSingles/0,,12781~0~70,00.html

Europe rocks
Nov 16th, 2009, 08:35 PM
She's been the British number one for a couple of weeks now! Finally she's got a complete profile page :)

Joe.
Nov 20th, 2009, 06:08 PM
well done katie :yeah: been a really good year, next year will be even better :D

Joe.
Jan 1st, 2010, 11:16 AM
ASB CLASSIC QR1
O'BRIEN, Katie GBR v TETREAULT, Valerie CAN

WIMBY
Jan 2nd, 2010, 01:03 AM
Katie lost :sad:

Joe.
Jan 3rd, 2010, 12:21 PM
shame :( but she did lose 1R here last year, and still went on to qualify for AO :) so hopefully she will do well over the next few weeks :D

Europe rocks
Jan 4th, 2010, 09:02 PM
Hopefully Katie's shook off the rust from the break and will be ready to start her GOAT ways next week and in the Aussie Open :)

leebeasy
Jan 7th, 2010, 09:07 AM
Katie is in the Qualifying Draw for Sydney!
She'll face Anastasia Rodionova in Q1.

Joe.
Jan 8th, 2010, 08:29 AM
lost 6-3 6-3....i sense this is gonna be a difficult first few months of the year :unsure:

jake270392
Jan 8th, 2010, 08:35 AM
Im dreading Katie playing Fed Cup for us, if they put her first in front of Anne then we have no chance

Europe rocks
Jan 8th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Not good. Katie needs to be beating players of this level if she wants to stay in the top 100, unless she does a Mayr, gets a few lucky draws and plays lots of ITF events...

Mforensic
Jan 8th, 2010, 09:51 PM
Katie needs to step it now before she starts losing major points.

Mforensic
Jan 15th, 2010, 12:24 AM
Katie draws Mayr in first round of AO. Good luck Katie!