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Jan 15th, 2010, 12:27 AM
OMG this could be drool worthy or horribly embarrassing :hysteric:

Jan 15th, 2010, 03:37 PM
well. if katie plays well she will blow patricia off the court. and if shes not playing well...i dont think her time in melbourne will last very long.

Europe rocks
Jan 15th, 2010, 08:58 PM
Possible the two worst players in the top 100 :devil: Can't wait for it!

Jan 15th, 2010, 11:10 PM
Be nice. ;)

Jan 19th, 2010, 01:07 AM
Katie made it look VERY routine today with a 6-3 6-3 win! Katie had control of the match the whole time. This is a good sign. Good luck in the next round.

Jan 19th, 2010, 04:44 PM
Katie :bounce: :hug: Her and Bally winning makes up for Laura's tough loss in qualifying! :D Call me mad, but I'm quietly confident about her match with Jankovic.

Jan 19th, 2010, 04:53 PM
There was a very short clip of her victory moment on Eurosport - she looked absolutely delighted. I'm so happy for her :bounce: She can just swing away against JJ. Nothing to lose, everything to gain.

Europe rocks
Jan 19th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Woohoo! Nicely done Katie, keeping hold of that top 100 place and I think that puts you as British number one now. Another top 100 win, albeit over Mayr :tape: But hey, she beat Anne at Wimbledon, so it's nice to get a bit of revenge. Best of luck against Jankovic

Jan 19th, 2010, 08:24 PM
:yeah: :D

Jan 19th, 2010, 09:07 PM

O'Brien glad to leave baked beans at home

By Paul Newman in Melbourne

Katie O'Brien must be thinking how peaceful everything is here at the Australian Open. Nobody demanded 900 in cash before she got on the plane; there have been no bodies lying in the road en route to the tennis centre; police escorts are not necessary; and she has not gone down with food poisoning or a tropical disease.

Those have been some of the snapshots from O'Brien's life over the last six years as she has toiled her way around the lower levels of the international circuit. Those travels have brought their reward. Having broken into the world's top 100 last year, the 23-year-old from Hull is enjoying more regular visits to the major stopping points on the women's tour.
This week she appears for the first time in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament without having had to qualify or benefit from a wild card. In the first round she plays Austria's Patricia Mayr, who is ranked three places lower at No 90.

"You come somewhere like here or any of the tournaments on the main circuit and it's so different to the events at Challenger level," O'Brien said. "It's a different world and really makes me appreciate what I'm doing."
O'Brien's itinerary in recent years reads like a backpacker's diary. She has travelled, often alone, to such unlikely tennis outposts as Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa and Nigeria.
Her first trip to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent came after she was offered the rare opportunity of a place in the main draw of a tour event. "Uzbek Airlines were the only company that I could find who flew there, but the travel agent told me they didn't have a website or ticket office and you had to buy your ticket from their counter at Heathrow, which was open just three hours before the flight," she said.
"When I got there they only had business class available, the fare was 900 and they would only accept cash. I had one out-of-date debit card and two credit cards on which I could only draw out a certain amount. I was in tears, calling home and wondering what on earth I could do. In the end I went to one travel exchange and got some money out and they told me to go to another one and do the same. It was worth all the trouble because I made it into the quarter-finals."
The Tashkent experience underlined to O'Brien the importance of including tins of tuna and baked beans in her luggage. "Players were dropping like flies because the hygiene was terrible," she said. "Everybody was getting food poisoning. I was OK but when I got home I was so ill. I think I picked up some tropical disease."
Police escorts took the players to the site when O'Brien played in the Johannesburg township of Soweto, while the route to the venue was even scarier in the Nigerian capital of Lagos. "There were actually bodies lying in the streets," she said. "I don't know whether they were people who'd been run over or what, but they were just lying there at the side of the road."
The most intimidating crowd O'Brien has encountered was in China, where she was beaten in the Changsha final by a local player. "There was no etiquette whatsoever," she said. "It was like an absolute riot. I'm a pretty good competitor generally, but on that occasion I couldn't leave the court fast enough. But those experiences toughen you up in the end."
For all the character-building that such a life brought, O'Brien was still 60 places off her goal of breaking into the top 100 at the start of last year's Australian Open and she was thinking that 2009 might be her last season. "I didn't want to be spending years just drifting on the circuit," she said.
Having started a Business Studies degree at the Open University, she was beginning to think about life after tennis. However, qualifying for the year's first Grand Slam event led to her most productive season, culminating in a top-100 breakthrough at the same time as her fellow Briton, Elena Baltacha, after they met in the final of a tournament in Shrewsbury.
"Doing well here [by reaching the Australian Open, in which she lost in the first round to Monica Niculescu of Romania] took the pressure off," O'Brien said. "If it was going to be my last year I just decided that I would enjoy it for what it was. I did and that's what I want to do again this year.
"I can be quite highly strung and put a lot of pressure on myself. I just want to chill out and enjoy it."

Jan 19th, 2010, 10:00 PM
It's amazing the shit they go through to climb their way to the top. You really have to appreciate what these players go through.

Jan 20th, 2010, 08:40 AM
Caroline Cheese on BBC Sports wrote:
Katie O'Brien cannot follow compatriot Elena Baltacha into round three as she goes down 6-2 6-2 to eighth seed Jelena Jankovic. The Briton played some decent stuff and smacked a few glorious forehands but the former world number one was a class apart.

It is good to see how much progress Katie has made in the last year, and I hope she manages to do even better in one of the other Grand Slams this year.

Jan 20th, 2010, 01:51 PM
Still a good tournament for Katie. Should give her a good boost for the rest of the year :yeah:

Jan 20th, 2010, 04:31 PM
this was really frustrating to watch :sad: if only she had a better serve!!

dos Santos
Jan 21st, 2010, 04:46 AM
Katie UE match

WTA.2010.Australian.Open.2R.Jankovic.vs.O'Brien.EN G.x264 (http://www.tennishaven.com/details.php?id=832#details)


Mar 18th, 2010, 02:25 PM
Katie O'Brien lost in the first round of the $25,000 tournament in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Sophie Ferguson won 6-2, 6-1. I hope Katie gets back to form for Miami!

Mar 18th, 2010, 10:39 PM
Katie will fall out of top 100 this week. She needs to get it together otherwise her rise to the top was a fluke.

Mar 19th, 2010, 04:05 PM

Mar 22nd, 2010, 08:13 PM
Miami Q-Draw
R1: vs Christina Mchale USA

julia carrot
Mar 23rd, 2010, 06:17 AM
Katie won in 3. Well done Katie! Finished at 1.30 in the morning according to her Twitter,

Mar 23rd, 2010, 10:28 AM
Katie won 3-6 6-2 6-3

Mar 23rd, 2010, 06:05 PM
well done, first win in a while :) now keep it going :D

Mar 23rd, 2010, 08:52 PM
katie has started really well, breaking in the first game and then holding :)

EDIT: vs michaela krajicek ;)

Mar 23rd, 2010, 10:15 PM
She lost 4-6, 2-6 :(

Europe rocks
Mar 23rd, 2010, 10:15 PM
Lost 6-4 6-2 :sad: Hopefully the McHale win will give her confidence, it was all going well up until Katie was serving at *4-3 in the first set. In the end she couldn't do enough on the first serve return to make too much of an impact though

Mar 24th, 2010, 07:49 PM
i think katie needs to build up some confidence, she just isnt strong enough mentaly and it lets her down; especially when shes in the lead.

julia carrot
Mar 24th, 2010, 08:03 PM
It sounds like she was ill in this last match - viral laryngitis according to her Twitter + the very late night the night before = not helpful

Apr 14th, 2010, 08:20 AM
Lost to Bratchikova in Johannesburg. :o

Apr 25th, 2010, 04:46 PM
Katie plays Parmentier in Fes R1.

Europe rocks
Apr 26th, 2010, 08:24 PM
First time I've posted here for over a month :eek: Tough loss to Bratchikova in Jo'burg, the thing Katie can take from it is the fact she was the only player to come close to beating her, as she went on to beat Tanasugarn 7-5 7-6 in the final. Hopefully she can pick things up on the clay, will be tough though. Started off with a 6-0 6-3 win with Olaru in the doubles over a Moroccan wildcard duo :)

Apr 26th, 2010, 08:33 PM
Nice to see :) Congrats to Anne and Sarah for wins at tour level too :D

Apr 27th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Both Anne and Katie win R1 Singles and Doubles with their partners! :yeah:

Apr 27th, 2010, 05:47 PM
Love it :D

May 3rd, 2010, 12:10 AM
Happy Birthday :bdaycake:

May 3rd, 2010, 07:16 PM
great birthday celebration - lost 46 64 64 to some random ranked 370 in Lebanon :rolleyes:

May 3rd, 2010, 07:17 PM
She was obviously thinking about the night ahead.

Or was suffering from the previous nights antics. :drink:

May 3rd, 2010, 07:49 PM
Just checked who she lost to, and Ksenia Milevskaya is certainly not unknown. :lol: She was a top junior and is still only young....she has been tipped as being a future top player. :p She plays really well on clay..Katie actually did pretty well. ;)

May 21st, 2010, 03:11 PM
Katie has drawn Craybas in R1 of RG. Its pretty much the easiest R1 any player has, but we all know that she really struggles on clay. :unsure:

Good luck though Katie! :D

Europe rocks
May 21st, 2010, 10:18 PM
IMHO I think Katie's better on clay than grass - she's pretty tenacious and fights for every point, likes to construct the points and wait for the opportunity to make her move, it's just a case of getting more and more matches on the stuff and getting used to it. The serve isn't so much of a problem on clay as it is on grass as if you're likely to throw in a few double faults and some weak serves, at least on clay you know you've got a chance to get some decent returns in on the slower stuff, whereas on grass if you're having an off day and your opponent is serving bombs, you're screwed ( la Krajicek Wimby 07).

Bonne chance, Katie :aparty:

Europe rocks
May 25th, 2010, 07:21 PM
Lost 6-0 4-6 6-2 :tears:

59 unforced errors, came pretty close in the final set, if only she got an early break of the Craybas serve, who knows what may have happened.

Article on the Telegraph website basically saying Craybas moonballed her way to victory and there wasn't enough space between the baseline and the back of the court for Katie to get a decent swing at the ball. Tough, but I suppose when you're a 35-year-old veteran you know what it takes to win.

Katie :hug:

Jun 18th, 2010, 04:13 PM
What does everyone think about Katie's 1R Wimby draw against A.Bondarenko? Winnable? I see a 3 setter coming here....

Jun 18th, 2010, 04:14 PM
3 sets. But will probably choke a 4-1 lead in set 3 like she did vs Benesova last year.:sobbing:

Jun 18th, 2010, 04:20 PM
Oh hell, I hope she doesn't choke, that seems to be her forte. She can win this I reckon but hasn't had a lot of grass court practice this season. Mind you, neither has Alona I guess. :p

Jun 18th, 2010, 04:48 PM
She's been in pretty terrible form lately. I can't see this being anything other than straight sets for Alona - especially if she plays even half as well as she is capable of.

Jun 18th, 2010, 06:17 PM
If Katie can get 4 games I'll be astonished

Jun 18th, 2010, 06:21 PM
Katie, no pressure here. Mel and Bally have pushed/beaten her so just bring your A game and do the same.

Jun 21st, 2010, 05:55 PM
Shes been put on Court 15. I'm really annoyed that I cant even watch this. :o

Jun 21st, 2010, 07:47 PM
As it happens, it's probably quite good that we can't watch this. I probably would have eaten my own hand during the tie-break.

Pretty lucky that I only lost two fingers watching livescores.

Keep it going Katie!!

Jun 21st, 2010, 08:00 PM
2-3*. :( Come on Katiepegs!

Jun 21st, 2010, 11:10 PM
As it happens, it's probably quite good that we can't watch this. I probably would have eaten my own hand during the tie-break.

Pretty lucky that I only lost two fingers watching livescores.

Keep it going Katie!!

OMG that literally made me laugh out loud!! Haha, you are sooooo right :lol::smash::banghead::haha::cuckoo::shout:

Jun 22nd, 2010, 12:30 AM
Well done Katie very encouraging. Kick on now girl :woohoo:

Aug 13th, 2010, 01:29 PM
Katie starts off in the q-rounds in Montreal today playing Date Krumm.

Aug 24th, 2010, 08:11 PM
Katie def. Tsurenko 6-4 3-6 6-2 in the first q-round at the USO!

Aug 24th, 2010, 08:28 PM
Well done, Katie! That is a good start!

Aug 26th, 2010, 11:03 PM
US OPEN Qualifying R2: K.O'brien D. M.Doi 7-6 6-1

Well done Katie, very encouraging! 5 aces too! Now qualify! :lol:

Aug 27th, 2010, 07:32 AM
Brill, defended her pts :woohoo: 2 more wins please :angel:

Aug 27th, 2010, 09:10 AM
So pleased that shes in the final round of Q. :D Fingers crossed she'll qualify.

Aug 27th, 2010, 09:21 PM
OMG. 1-6 0-2 vs Savchuk. :hysteric:

Aug 27th, 2010, 09:22 PM
Only won 1 point behind her 2nd serve. :rolls:

Aug 27th, 2010, 10:26 PM
GSM Savchuk. :sobbing:

6-1 3-6 6-1


Sep 17th, 2010, 11:41 AM
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Sep 20th, 2010, 10:08 AM
Katie lost in the first round of the Tashkent Open, beaten by Ekaterina Ivanova 7-5 6-1. Looked like a horrible, messy match - full of double faults although Ivanova managed to throw down 10 aces. Bad luck Katie.

Oct 11th, 2010, 04:39 PM
Just saw that Katie lost 1st round in Commonwealth Games to Chakravarthi. :o :lol:

Dec 7th, 2010, 03:15 PM
Top-seeded Katie lost in the first round in the $25000 at Bangalore. Qualifier Elodie Rogge-Dietric won the match 6-2, 6-1.

Better luck next tournament, Katie!

Jan 14th, 2011, 08:41 AM
Katie v. Mandy Minella 6-3, 5-7. Good luck Katie in the third set!

Jan 14th, 2011, 09:31 AM
Mandy Minella won the third set 6-3. There are still three grand slam tournaments to go this year, though.

Feb 24th, 2011, 07:33 AM
Congratulations, Katie, on reaching the quarter-finals in Mildura, Victoria!

Feb 24th, 2011, 01:01 PM
Just a bizarre schedule for Katie this year.

Feb 25th, 2011, 07:57 AM
Katie has reached the semi-finals, and is the only seeded player to do so!

Feb 25th, 2011, 08:42 PM
Nice easy points. :yeah:

Feb 26th, 2011, 12:26 AM
Finally some wins...she has got some work ahead of her to make up for all those points she lost last couple months.

Feb 26th, 2011, 12:55 AM
Katie has just trounced Isabella Holland 6-1 6-1 to march into the final of the $25k ITF tournament in Mildura,AU

Well done Katie, really nice string of results here! Now get back on track, get yourself some confidence and win this f*cking thing :bounce::lol:

Feb 26th, 2011, 09:04 AM
Good girl. Who does she play in the final?

Feb 26th, 2011, 10:09 AM
Su-Wei Hsieh will be her opponent in the final. Haven't heard her name in a long time but she reached the 4th round of AO a few years ago and she seems to be playing well (she hasn't lost a set all tournament). Hopefully Katie can pull out the win. :)

Feb 27th, 2011, 10:43 AM
Katie lost 1 and 2. But it is nice to her string some wins together.

Mar 23rd, 2011, 11:48 PM
Katie lost in round 1 of 25K Bath. These are tournaments she be deep in.

Mar 28th, 2011, 01:45 PM
This is worth a read: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/other-sports/tennis/career_crossroads_offers_clarity_in_pursuit_of_tar gets_o_brien_1_3227860

Mar 29th, 2011, 06:27 AM
Interesting article with Katie. It was a tough year for her in 2010 and the only wins she has had this year were in Australia which hold the weakest challengers in the world. Not sure if Katie will get back to top 100 again, was tough for her to get there before and now where her ranking has dropped will take a lot of work. Great that she got to the ranking of 84 anyways.
Seems like Katie really believes in the future for British women's tennis which is fantastic. Hopefully she can help younger ones like Watson and Robson even though I disagreed with Watson splitting with her coach when it seemed that things were going pretty well. But, I am sure both girls will have successful careers.

May 2nd, 2011, 03:27 PM
Happy Birthday, Katie, and good luck in Fukuoka, which is on the island of Kyushu and 634 miles (1020 km) south-west of Fukushima.

May 21st, 2011, 05:12 PM
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Jun 19th, 2011, 02:30 PM
Katie v Kimiko Date-Krumm will be the first ever match on the new Court 3 at Wimbledon.

Jun 19th, 2011, 03:25 PM
GL Katie:cheer:

Jun 20th, 2011, 12:25 PM
Katie out. Lost in straight sets, though put up a good fight in set 2 losing 7-5.

Jun 21st, 2011, 02:43 AM
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Jun 22nd, 2011, 08:26 AM
Talked about retirement after this match and not enjoying challenger circuit:(

Jul 13th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Katie playing World Team Tennis in NY at the moment.

Jul 14th, 2011, 11:08 PM
Sounds cool, will be good experience for O'Brien! Best of luck! :)

Jul 17th, 2011, 07:23 PM
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Aug 11th, 2011, 03:20 PM
What's up with Katie these days? She played WTT and then thats it. She hasn't eneterd any yournys recently. I know she said she was fed up with doing ITF circuit. Is she quitting?

Aug 12th, 2011, 10:18 AM
Katie has announced her retirement. :(


Aug 12th, 2011, 10:30 AM

Aug 12th, 2011, 01:37 PM
Good Luck to Katie in her new adventures!

Aug 22nd, 2011, 03:27 PM
I know Im retiring at a relatively early age. I haven't yet decided what I'm going to do next.

I am disappointed that Katie is retiring so early, but, if she no longer wants to play tennis, then I am sure that it is the right decision.

I hope she finds something she enjoys doing. If she doesn't, I suppose she could make a comeback, but I doubt if she will.

Jun 21st, 2012, 10:38 PM
Just a reminder of how good a player Katie was when she was playing well:


Jul 20th, 2012, 04:06 PM
Katie is playing county cup (starting this weekend) in group 2! It will be at my club (west worthing tennis club) so i can't wait to watch her! Samantha Murray, Steph Cornish, Katie Boulter, Jessica Ren, Naomi Cavaday, Aimee Gibson and Manisha Foster will also be here playing, so i can't wait to see them play! :)

Jul 21st, 2012, 12:03 PM
post some pics!

Mar 28th, 2014, 07:27 PM
Special day today - I graduated from the @OpenUniversity with a law degree! pic.twitter.com/Oyr6redQs1


Mar 30th, 2014, 02:35 AM
Well done Katie! I'm sure I heard her commentating on a tennis stream the other night.

Jul 4th, 2014, 10:39 AM
She's commentating on the wheelchair doubles now.