February 7-13, 2005
Prize Money: $585,000
Tournament Director: Regis Brunet
Official Web Site:
The 24 players who are sure to play the Open Gaz de France are :
Serena Williams (USA/World n°2)
Amélie Mauresmo (FRA/3)
Maria Sharapova (RUS/4) :bounce: :worship: :wavey: :eek: :D ;)
Nadia Petrova (RUS/12)
Nathalie Dechy (FRA/13)
Karolina Sprem (CRO/17)
Silvia Farina Elia (ITA/20)
Magdalena Maleeva (BUL/23)
Tatiana Golovin (FRA/24)
Mary Pierce (FRA/27)
Jelena Jankovic (SEM/28)
Anna Smashnova (ISR/31)
Jelena Kostanic (CRO/33)
Iveta Benesova (CZE/34)
Flavia Pennetta (ITA/35)
Marion Bartoli (FRA/36)
Klara Koukalova (CZE/37)
Anabel Medina Garrigues (SPA/40)
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE/42)
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA/46)
Dinara Safina (RUS/47)
Emilie Loit (FRA/52)
Virginie Razzano (FRA/65)
Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA/96)
WTA Singles Rankings (as of January 31, 2005)
*French Women Playing
Dec 18th, 2004, 09:46 PM
Good luck Maria! You can do it!
Dec 18th, 2004, 09:49 PM
Sharapova plays the Open Gaz de France 2005
06 December 2004 - cedric bonnet
For the first time in her career, Maria Sharapova will take part in the Open Gaz de France. Amélie Mauresmo, Elena Dementieva, Mary Pierce, Nathalie Dechy and Tatiana Golovin will also play the 2005 edition of the event. (Picture Panoramic)
Since its first edition in 1993, the 2005 Open Gaz de France (February 5th-13th) will offer a wonderful line-up to the Parisian audience. The organizers of the event can be proud of the presence of Maria Sharapova, latest winner of the Los Angeles Masters. For the first time, the 17 year-old Russian player, who created a sensation by winning the Wimbledon tournament and becoming world player n°4 after her win in the United States, will take part in the tournament organized by the IMG.
In the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium, the audience could also admire, as they do each year, Amélie Mauresmo. She will be one of the main favourites of the event, like Sharapova. Being the winner of the greatest women tournament in 2001 and finalist in 1999 and 2003, the French player, and world n°2, will come back to Coubertin. Last year she did not play after withdrawing because of injury. The player, coming from the Picardy region, who was world top player for five weeks (September 13th to November 18th) will eager to confirm her wonderful 2004 season. This year is the best of her career. She won five titles: Berlin, Rome, Montreal, Linz and Philadelphia.
Elena Dementieva, world n°6 and finalist in the French Open and the US Open will also play the 13th edition of the Open Gaz de France. The Russian player will try to go further than the quarter-final, where, last year, she was defeated by Tatiana Golovin, whose participation was also revealed by the organizers on Wednesday. After creating a stir by reaching the semi-finals last year, the young French player will take part in this event for the second time.
Some players’ participations at the 2005 edition have also been confirmed such as Nathalie Dechy’s, French n°2 and Mary Pierce’s, the winner in 1998 and finalist in 1995 and 2004. French number 4 was then beaten by Belgian Kim Clijsters who won the tournament in which she took part for the first time.
Dec 18th, 2004, 11:54 PM
yes! nouf will be there!
masha i am waiting! i will be in first rank!
i prepar my camera!
Dec 19th, 2004, 12:04 AM
Dec 19th, 2004, 12:47 AM
Excellent! i will be at Australian open... i also prepare my camera :)
Dec 19th, 2004, 06:00 PM
Great Stuff! Lucky Nouf!
Dec 24th, 2004, 12:44 AM
this thread like many others duiz makes is basically him tlaking to himself!? whyy
Dec 24th, 2004, 01:03 AM
Duiz is a schizo.
Didn't you know?
Dec 24th, 2004, 01:23 AM
Duiz is a lonely, lonely man ;)
Dec 24th, 2004, 04:07 AM
gud luck to those who'll watch maria play...take a nice shot!:)
Dec 24th, 2004, 01:08 PM
yea nice one faust....... take a nice shut the hell up
Feb 6th, 2005, 04:20 PM
Feb 6th, 2005, 04:27 PM
 Williams vs. BYE
Camerin vs. Cohen-Aloro
Q. vs. Benesova
Safina vs.  Sprem
 Sharapova vs. BYE
Golovin vs. Q.
[WC] Razzano vs. Smashnova
Koukalova vs.  Elia
 Dechy vs. Kostanic
Daniilidou vs. Bartoli
Pennetta vs. Q
BYE vs.  Petrova
 Maleeva vs. Q.
Loit vs. Jankovic
Pierce vs. Medina Garrigues
BYE vs.  Mauresmo
Williams in the semi! :eek: The battle continues hopefully.
Feb 6th, 2005, 04:31 PM
Golovin may prove tricky, remember that final last yr, she took 1st set
Feb 6th, 2005, 04:34 PM
Feb 6th, 2005, 07:36 PM
Golovin, that could be interesting !! anyway, good luck for maria next week !!
Feb 6th, 2005, 10:54 PM
Geeze, Maria doesn't get much/any rest between her tournaments, i hope she doesn't burn herself out!
Good luck Maria!
Feb 6th, 2005, 11:39 PM
Maria has a pretty tough draw but if she can continue her play from resent weeks a Serena Semi final looks ominous. I dont think she will bun out.She has two weeks off after this and has 2 weeks off after indian wells and Miami she will be fine
Feb 7th, 2005, 12:11 AM
you guys is gonna have to stop being so cruel to duiz
or I will get cross..........(= scarey!)
Feb 7th, 2005, 12:41 AM
Duiz, speak for yourself instead of giving me a red dot and calling me names. You are a loser.
Dude.... get away from Maria please.... :retard:
She doesn't need another sexual perverted to her humungous list of perverted fans.... :scared:
You deserved the bad rep fully.... after all I am not the one pleading to have sex with something as you do.... Think again who is the loser, and don't bother answering.... cuase I won't answer.... this conversation is done!
Feb 7th, 2005, 03:49 AM
Masha Just do it. Go!
Masha will meet serena in semi? :eek: :eek: :eek:
Feb 7th, 2005, 04:11 AM
I dont mind this draw :D
Possibly Farina Elia in the QF, Serena in the SF...another chance for Maria to play some big matches..
Good luck Masha :hatoff:
Feb 7th, 2005, 08:54 AM
well, the draw is a bit unfair, look who Amelie needs to play !?? she has it a lot better then Maria if you ask me, but for Maria this is just another great change to beat great tennis players !!
Feb 7th, 2005, 09:07 AM
yea nice one faust....... take a nice shut the hell up
ok looks like im talking bullshit and i dont remember me posting that last post of mine...
i think i was on drugs while i was posting then...
Feb 9th, 2005, 09:08 AM
Good luck vs Golovin :D :bounce:
Feb 9th, 2005, 12:51 PM
Wow, some pretty serious posting in this thread, huh?
i'm watching from the sidelines, smiling, and cheering on Maria as always, though as one person in the GM said:
Goooooo Maria. and if she doesn't win, GOOO Tati
This is her first mach for a long time where I wouldn't be too upset if she lost it. It's always nice seeing younger players rise up through the rankings, as Maria herself has (and will do again!)
Feb 9th, 2005, 12:56 PM
Sharapova is out. Flu.
Feb 9th, 2005, 01:16 PM
Yup Maria has withdrawn from the tournament with 'respiratory problems'..assumed by people on here to be the flu
Hopefully Masha will rest and get better ASAP :) :hug:
Feb 9th, 2005, 01:21 PM
Hopefully its just a precaution. Maria's next tournement stands to be Doha on the 21st.
" I’m very disappointed I won’t be playing in Paris this year. I’m not in my best condition and will not be able to perform at my best. I hope I can come back next year and play in front of the Parisian crowd. "
Feb 9th, 2005, 01:29 PM
the idiots of the GM (who are only a small portion of all posters) will pounce on this and say she was afraid of playing tatiana :(
I'm actually quite glad she's freed up some schedule time, and I do look foward to the rematch when it comes;)
Feb 9th, 2005, 01:42 PM
Very upset, Just found out that if Maria had won that semifinl, she'd be no.2 and now she's out of Paris, she probably won't get the no.2 for a while depending on Serena's results, and no.1 will have to wait even longer i guess
Feb 9th, 2005, 03:12 PM
Aww. Well, I hope she gets well soon.
Feb 9th, 2005, 09:38 PM
Hard luck, struck down by illness, however she's gotta take the positives out of this, and get some REST!
Feb 9th, 2005, 10:50 PM
This is almost a blessing she has played so much during the past month she needs a rest. And she will be back and fighting fit. Get well soon Masha rest up and good luck in Doha
Feb 10th, 2005, 12:18 AM
Unfortunately Maria had to pull out of the Open Gaz de France. She does everything with class, though, and gave us the following explanation:
"I fell ill during the trip from Tokyo to Paris [she arrived in Paris on Monday]. My throat hurts, I have breathing problems and I'm not 100% fit. I'm not in my best condition, and won't be able to perform at my best.
"I'm very disappointed I won't be playing in Paris this year. I know lots of fans were expecting me, but I'll see them at the French Open."
So there will be no mouthwatering Maria v Tatiana Golovin second-round match. Instead, Tatiana will play lucky loser Sanda Mamic, who gets the first-round bye that Maria would have had, and this will not count in Maria's number of tournaments played.
Tatiana was asked about Maria in a web-chat on Monday:
Q: Are you friends with Maria Sharapova? And is it true that she doesn’t speak to other players ?
A: Yes I am a friend of hers. But she speaks to other players like anybody else.
I hope Tatiana wins the tournament now. She reached the semi-finals last year.
Maria's next tournament will be Doha (week of 21st February).
Dr. Andrew Broad
She does everything with class, though, and gave us the following explanation:
Youre right there Andrew, though its not enough for some people :)
Feb 10th, 2005, 03:33 AM
Good job Maria...
Feb 10th, 2005, 04:52 AM
Sharapova: « I hope that the French public won’t hold it back against me »
09 February 2005 - Emmanuel LANGELLIER
In a telephone interview from her Parisian Hotel, Maria Sharapova explained the reasons of her withdrawal. Of course she is disappointed not to participate in the tournament and hopes that the French public won’t hold it back against her.
From her hotel in Paris, Maria Sharapova held a conference call around 3 pm with the journalists present in the Press Room. For a few minutes, listened by a captivated audience, the Russian who strongly caughed several times, explained that she caught a cold bewteen Tokyo and Paris.
Maria, how did you fall sick?
After my flight between Tokyo and Paris, I didn’t feel well, I spent an awful night and I had a fever. I also had difficulty breathing. I am leaving Paris tonight for Valencia where I will train until the Doha Open.
Do you have any regrets about not being able to take your revenge on Serena?
I could only have played against her in semi-finals and I don’t know if I would have made it that far. Of course it’s annoying because I am not 100 %. There would be no point in me playing. I hope I recover fast and come back next year.
What did your participation in the Open Gaz de France mean to you?
It meant a lot for me to play here. It’s difficult to withdraw like that but hopefully next year I’ll come back even stronger.
Do you have a few words for the French public who loves you?
I am sorry and disappointed for the French public. I really wanted to play my best tennis in front of the French spectators this week. But these things happen, and I hope that the public won’t hold it back against me. I’ll come back next year and I hope that the spectators will present too.
What are your goals this season?
Of course I want to be world n°1. I don’t know how soon it’s going to happen. I also want to defend my title at the British Open and win the French Open which is one of my favourite tournaments in the world.