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Brαm
Feb 19th, 2005, 10:14 PM
Fed Cup: USA vs BEL
USA
* Lindsay Davenport
* Serena Williams
* Venus Williams
* Corina Morariu
vs
Belgium
* Kirsten Flipkens
* Els Callens
* Leslie Butkiewicz
* Eveline Vanhyfte

Valencia - Rocafort $25,000:
* Caroline Maes
[* Jessie De Vries] withdrawn

Porto Santo 3 $10,000:
* Caroline Bailly
* Cécile Baijot

Good luck :bounce: The Fed Cup team will need it :bolt:

Stijn
Feb 23rd, 2005, 08:27 AM
Caroline/Els/Leslie/Eveline vs. Davenport :scared: :unsure: :awww:

Grohl
Feb 23rd, 2005, 09:22 AM
not a very good I would say. but who knows...

Emiel Goelen
Feb 23rd, 2005, 05:49 PM
Caroline/Els/Leslie/Eveline vs. Davenport :scared: :unsure: :awww:

Could get funny :lol:
:o

baico
Feb 24th, 2005, 11:55 AM
Could get funny :lol:
:o

0-6 0-6 is not funny :tape:

Svennovitch
Feb 24th, 2005, 12:09 PM
Is het BEL vs USA of USA vs BEL?

The Crow
Feb 24th, 2005, 12:20 PM
It's USA-BEL (I thought it was Tampa bay, Florida?)

Come-on-kim
Feb 24th, 2005, 01:36 PM
It's USA-BEL (I thought it was Tampa bay, Florida?)
It's in Delray Beach

Diminime
Feb 24th, 2005, 03:49 PM
I guess Kim and Justine won't play? Man, it's gonna be so nasty... :o
Maybe a doubles win... :rolleyes:

Fieke
Feb 24th, 2005, 07:44 PM
Caroline/Els/Leslie/Eveline vs. Davenport :scared: :unsure: :awww:

Well, If she plays all four of them at the same time, we might stand a chance ;)

Svennovitch
Feb 24th, 2005, 11:10 PM
Well, If she plays all four of them at the same time, we might stand a chance ;)

Are you sure :tape:

Tati & Dani
Feb 25th, 2005, 01:10 PM
Are you sure :tape:

We have totally no chance that's for sure, i think 5-0 for the usa.
Let's hope that Kim and Justine play next year fedcup, or at the end of the year to stay in the world group. Justine doesn't play this year, that's for sure.

E. Blackadder
Feb 27th, 2005, 07:44 AM
VS brengen zware kanonnen in stelling :tape:

za 26/02/05 - Voor het duel tegen België in de kwartfinales van de Fed Cup laten de VS niets aan het toeval over. Lindsay Davenport en Serena Williams zijn van de partij.

http://vrtnieuws.telenet-media.be/html/sportnet/images/spacer.gifDe Belgische vrouwen zullen het in de kwartfinales van de Fed Cup niet eenvoudig krijgen tegen de Verenigde Staten. Zowel Lindsay Davenport als Serena Williams hebben toegezegd.http://vrtnieuws.telenet-media.be/html/sportnet/images/spacer.gifhttp://vrtnieuws.telenet-media.be/html/sportnet/images/spacer.gif(foto Belga)"Met de nummers één en drie van de wereld in ons team maken we een goede kans om de Belgen te kloppen", zei de Amerikaanse coach Zina Garrison. Maar ze is op haar hoede en weet dat "de Belgen gevaarlijk uit de hoek kunnen komen."

De kwartfinale vindt op 23 en 24 april plaats onder de loden zon van Delray Beach in Florida.

Emiel Goelen
Feb 27th, 2005, 03:07 PM
Maar ze is op haar hoede en weet dat "de Belgen gevaarlijk uit de hoek kunnen komen."


:lol: :tape:

Bart
Feb 27th, 2005, 04:18 PM
:lol: :tape:

ge weet maar nooit he ;) Callens kan inderdaad soms gevaarlijk uit de hoek komen en als Flipkens speelt is er misschien nog wel een kans! (euhm, altijd positief blijven he :angel: )

Bart
Feb 27th, 2005, 04:30 PM
btw, ik vraag mij af wat Davenport nog van plan is, ze zou stoppen voor RG of doet ze toch het jaar nog uit?

Emiel Goelen
Feb 28th, 2005, 05:22 PM
ge weet maar nooit he ;) Callens kan inderdaad soms gevaarlijk uit de hoek komen en als Flipkens speelt is er misschien nog wel een kans! (euhm, altijd positief blijven he :angel: )

sure :p

DutchieGirl
Feb 28th, 2005, 10:17 PM
:lol: Damn this tie is probably gonna suck... :sad: I'll still cheer for Beigum though! ;)

per4ever
Mar 17th, 2005, 08:57 PM
Carl Maes is the new Fed Cup coach *sigh*

guess we won't see Justine back in the Fed Cup :sad:

Svennovitch
Mar 18th, 2005, 07:29 AM
Carl Maes is the new Fed Cup coach *sigh*

guess we won't see Justine back in the Fed Cup :sad:

What a lame post! Time to get over things and play super for the rest of the year.

per4ever
Mar 18th, 2005, 03:11 PM
why would that be a lame post??? Do you think that Justine will ever play for Belgium with Carl Maes as coach????

arn
Mar 18th, 2005, 04:58 PM
why would that be a lame post??? Do you think that Justine will ever play for Belgium with Carl Maes as coach????

Do you think Kim would play if Rodriguez would be coach?

I don't think Justine will play Fed-cup the next couple of years, with or without Carlos as Fedcup-coach. Maybe again at the end of her career... Anyway; Kim and Justine can do whatever they want and have to decide according to what they think is best :)

tennisbelge
Mar 18th, 2005, 05:14 PM
Do you think Kim would play if Rodriguez would be coach?

I don't think Justine will play Fed-cup the next couple of years, with or without Carlos as Fedcup-coach. Maybe again at the end of her career... Anyway; Kim and Justine can do whatever they want and have to decide according to what they think is best :)

Maybe she should play for Monaco

per4ever
Mar 18th, 2005, 10:49 PM
Do you think Kim would play if Rodriguez would be coach?

I don't think Justine will play Fed-cup the next couple of years, with or without Carlos as Fedcup-coach. Maybe again at the end of her career... Anyway; Kim and Justine can do whatever they want and have to decide according to what they think is best :)

of course Kim wouldn't.. that's what I'm trying to say. If they would want Justine and Kim back in the fed cup team, they should pick a neutral coach.
I do think Justine likes to play for her country, and with the right coach she would play fed cup again (when it fits in the schedule)

Brαm
Mar 19th, 2005, 09:25 AM
From één teletext:

Carl Maes viert zijn debuut in het weekend van 23 en 24 april. Dan geeft België de VS partij in de eerste ronde van de Fed Cup. Justine Henin-Hardenne en Kim Clijsters hadden al aangekondigd dat ze niet beschikbaar zijn. Zijn wél van de partij in Delray Beach: Leslie Butkiewicz (WTA- 364), Els Callens (WTA-179), Kirsten Flipkens (WTA-170) en Evelyn Van Hyfte (WTA-384). Debbrich Feys (WTA-486) en Caroline Maes (WTA-351) zitten op de reservenbank.

I don't know if this is the official selection. Maybe the journalist just mentioned the 4 highest ranked players? If it is the official selection then Butkiewicz should definitely be replaced my Maes :eek: Leslie had shown terrible form this year whereas Caroline is really playing well again!

per4ever
Mar 20th, 2005, 04:28 PM
we should be happy if we win a set with this selection :eek:

dropshot5
Mar 22nd, 2005, 08:03 AM
Hey Bram, wou nog ff meedelen, wat ik hier lees over Leslie vind ik wel overdreven, zij is na haar tornooiwinst in Nantes geblesseerd geraakt aan de knie, heeft 4 cortisone spuiten gekregen en heeft lang moeten rusten, ze probeerde terug te spelen in Belfort dit jaar, waar ze opnieuw last kreeg en zware loting had. En na spotpaleis heeft ze weer 2 weken moeten rusten en heeft ze Amiens gewoon gespeeld omdat het zo dichtbij is, niet omdat ze al fit was. Dus ik vind haar selectie voor de fed cup wel terecht, wat zij vorig jaar gepresteerd heeft, heeft nog niemand anders van de belgen gedaan op dat niveau. En dat Maes op dit moment niet slecht aan het spelen is, is waar, maar ze staat nog altijd maar 530.
Het zal wel een superzware opdracht zijn voor het team maar hopelijk is Flipkens weer op topniveau en van els kan je soms ook uitschieters verwachten!

arn
Mar 22nd, 2005, 09:25 AM
Hey Bram, wou nog ff meedelen, wat ik hier lees over Leslie vind ik wel overdreven, zij is na haar tornooiwinst in Nantes geblesseerd geraakt aan de knie, heeft 4 cortisone spuiten gekregen en heeft lang moeten rusten, ze probeerde terug te spelen in Belfort dit jaar, waar ze opnieuw last kreeg en zware loting had. En na spotpaleis heeft ze weer 2 weken moeten rusten en heeft ze Amiens gewoon gespeeld omdat het zo dichtbij is, niet omdat ze al fit was. Dus ik vind haar selectie voor de fed cup wel terecht, wat zij vorig jaar gepresteerd heeft, heeft nog niemand anders van de belgen gedaan op dat niveau. En dat Maes op dit moment niet slecht aan het spelen is, is waar, maar ze staat nog altijd maar 530.
Het zal wel een superzware opdracht zijn voor het team maar hopelijk is Flipkens weer op topniveau en van els kan je soms ook uitschieters verwachten!

Hoe zit het dan nu met haar fiit-zijn? Is Leslie opnieuw 100%? Als ze terug 100% is, vind ik dat je gelijk hebt, anders zou ik ook voor Maes opteren. Wat is eigenlijk Leslie haar volgende tornooi?

Brαm
Mar 22nd, 2005, 01:54 PM
Hey Bram, wou nog ff meedelen, wat ik hier lees over Leslie vind ik wel overdreven, zij is na haar tornooiwinst in Nantes geblesseerd geraakt aan de knie, heeft 4 cortisone spuiten gekregen en heeft lang moeten rusten, ze probeerde terug te spelen in Belfort dit jaar, waar ze opnieuw last kreeg en zware loting had. Er is geen enkel artikel verschenen over deze blessure. Jij hebt blijkbaar inside info, maar wij kunnen dit dus niet weten he. Wij zien alleen haar resultaten en die zijn sedert Nantes niet echt goed :(
En na spotpaleis heeft ze weer 2 weken moeten rusten en heeft ze Amiens gewoon gespeeld omdat het zo dichtbij is, niet omdat ze al fit was. Sorry maar dat vind ik wel niet verstandig, spelen terwijl je niet fit bent. Zo maak je je blessures alleen maar erger :o

In ieder geval, hopelijk wordt Leslie snel weer beter! ;)

The Crow
Mar 22nd, 2005, 03:50 PM
Excellent choice, since I think Carl Maes is an excellent coach. He will have a tough job in his first confrontation though :eek: ;)

dropshot5
Mar 22nd, 2005, 06:04 PM
Ik denk dat Leslie terug tornooi speelt over paar weken. Weet dat ze nu wel terug fit is sinds Amiens. Dus hopen dat alles nu in orde blijft!

Brαm
Apr 13th, 2005, 04:13 PM
Will the Fed Cup tie be on Belgian TV?

Belgium = Best
Apr 13th, 2005, 04:41 PM
Go Belgian girls :) :D

:tennis:

Bart
Apr 14th, 2005, 09:49 PM
Will the Fed Cup tie be on Belgian TV?


I don't think I want to see this :tape:

Emiel Goelen
Apr 15th, 2005, 10:32 PM
I read some place that it was doubtful that Serena will play. Apparantly, she got some minor injury.
And now Lindsay injured herself too.

The Gods are on our side ;)

arn
Apr 15th, 2005, 11:00 PM
Don't get your hopes up :p

Emiel Goelen
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:07 AM
Yeah, I know, I don't think a "third choice" player like Venus will be much easier :o

Brαm
Apr 17th, 2005, 08:58 AM
Valencia - Rocafort $25,000:
Q1 MAES Caroline (532-BEL) beat RECIO-LINARES Alexandra (724-ESP) 4-6 6-2 6-1
Q2 BEERMANN Celine (693-GER) vs MAES Caroline (532-BEL)

Stijn
Apr 17th, 2005, 09:48 AM
Caroline :bounce:

arn
Apr 17th, 2005, 11:25 PM
Q2 BEERMANN Celine (693-GER) lost to MAES Caroline (532-BEL) 62 62 :D

arn
Apr 19th, 2005, 07:09 AM
Caroline lost against the first seed in 3 sets but is picked up as LL :)

Emiel Goelen
Apr 19th, 2005, 02:36 PM
In Valencia, Caroline Maes (WTA-532) will play in the main draw as lucky loser, against Spanish wild card Silvia Soler-Espino (WTA-706).

Caroline should win this! :)

If she would reach the second round, she would probably have to face number one seed Arantxa Parra-Santonja (WTA-75) :o :tape:

Brαm
Apr 19th, 2005, 02:36 PM
Porto Santo 3 $10,000:
R1 Caroline Bailly BEL vs Sheila Guerberg ARG
R1 (2) Leticia Sobral BRA vs Cecile Baijot BEL
R1 (1) Baijot/Medjahdi - bye
QF (1) Baijot/Medjahdi vs Broughall/Miles

Valencia-Rocafort $25,000:
R1 Maes/Roig Vs Almudever/Lucas
R1 Silvia Soler vs Caroline Maes

Stijn
Apr 19th, 2005, 06:31 PM
Good luck Caroline :bounce:

Wimanna
Apr 19th, 2005, 08:20 PM
If she would reach the second round, she would probably have to face number one seed Arantxa Parra-Santonja (WTA-75) :o :tape:

Parra Santonja in 2005 = :help:
Record W/L = 3/7
Bageled = 6 times in 9 matches, including 2 double bagels :o

I think Caroline has to believe in her chances and destroy her :bounce: (if she reaches the 2nd round)

Brαm
Apr 20th, 2005, 11:24 AM
Valencia-Rocafort $25,000:
R1 Caroline Maes beat Silvia Soler 7-6(6) 6-2 :)
R1 Maes/Roig beat Almudever/Lucas 6-3 6-1

R2 (1) Arantxa Parra Santonja (WTA-75) vs (LL) Caroline Maes (WTA-536) :eek: :scared:

Elleke
Apr 20th, 2005, 04:17 PM
Hello, I've a long time not been here,
I hope Kirsten can surprise us, she's talented enough, but will be sooo difficult , just coming back out of injury and already having to play such an important matches, well, Good luck to them ;)

Emiel Goelen
Apr 21st, 2005, 09:33 AM
Porto Santo 3 $10,000:
R1: Caroline Bailly (BEL-863) def. Sheila Guerberg (ARG-884) 6-0 6-0 :eek:
R1: Cécile Baijot (BEL-1001) def. (2) Leticia Sobral (BRA-401) 3-6 1-0 ret. :p
R2: Caroline Bailly (BEL-863) vs. Anna Smith (GBR-NR)
R2: Cécile Baijot (BEL-1001) vs. Tara Wigan (GBR-872)


Caroline should definitely win that second round match, and reach her second quarterfinal :bounce:
Cécile surely has a chance too. If they would both win, they would have to face each other in the quarters - meaning: one Belgian in the semis :eek:

Wimanna
Apr 21st, 2005, 10:09 AM
Maeske :yeah:
Bailly :eek:
Cecile :D

Brαm
Apr 21st, 2005, 04:48 PM
One Year Ago on the WTA:

April 19-22: No WTA matches played -- Fed Cup

April 25: Fed Cup - Belgium vs. Croatia
Els Callens def. Jelena Kostanic 6-2 3-6 6-4

At the time, we said, "And so Els Callens is a heroine again. Originally, Callens hadn't even been scheduled to play singles for Belgium; Kirsten Flipkens was in the #2 spot behind Kim Clijsters. That definitely did not work; Karolina Sprem had plastered her 6-2 6-0. And that left Belgium in a sort of a hole. Oh, going into this match, they were actually up 2-1; Kim Clijsters had picked up the second point of the tie with a 6-1 6-3 win over Sprem. But that meant Belgium had used up Clijsters, and Kostanic -- who is playing the best tennis of her career -- was ready to play second singles and doubles. Croatia still looked like it had the edge. And so, in came Callens. Not a clay player at all, and ranked well below Kostanic. But she won the first set with touch, and after a bit of a letdown, broke in the fifth game of the third set, and managed to serve it out from there. For Belgium, this was the survival tie. Get through this, and they could hope to have both Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne for the next round. But they had to make the second round. And it was Callens, not Clijsters, who won the match that had to be won." Well, the logic was nice. The rest wasn't; Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne of course weren't around for round two. Nor are they around this year. Belgium will again be relying on Callens -- and she's spiralling down toward retirement. But they really don't have much choice.

:)

If we lose (duh), will we have to play lower-ranked countries? You know, like Israël, Denmark etc :angel: That would be more fun for our players :angel: We will be out of the World Group right?

Josh
Apr 21st, 2005, 11:58 PM
Porto Santo

Smith d. Bailly 36 64 64
Baijot d. Wigan 63 26 62

Josh
Apr 22nd, 2005, 12:00 AM
Valencia-Rocafort

(1) Parra Santonja d. (LL) Maes 63 62

konijntje_00
Apr 22nd, 2005, 09:04 AM
If we lose (duh), will we have to play lower-ranked countries? You know, like Israël, Denmark etc :angel: That would be more fun for our players :angel: We will be out of the World Group right?
no, if we loose, we will have to play playoffs to stay in the world group ;)

arn
Apr 22nd, 2005, 10:24 AM
Will they broadcast the fed-cup?

Even though the matches will never go +1 hour ( :tape: ) , it will be fun to see how the belgians match up :)

konijntje_00
Apr 22nd, 2005, 02:12 PM
Will they broadcast the fed-cup?

Even though the matches will never go +1 hour ( :tape: ) , it will be fun to see how the belgians match up :)
on LaDeux I think ;)

Svennovitch
Apr 22nd, 2005, 06:17 PM
QF (WC)BAIJOT Cecile (BEL) def (LL)SMITH Anna (GBR) 30 RET :lol:

SF (3)KOLB Annette (GER) vs (WC)BAIJOT Cecile (BEL)

arn
Apr 22nd, 2005, 06:24 PM
:haha: but at least the first SF for Cecile :D

Bart
Apr 22nd, 2005, 08:25 PM
Fed Cup Draw

Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL) :help: :help:
Venus Williams (USA) v Els Callens (BEL) :help:
Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Els Callens (BEL) :help:
Venus Williams (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL) :help: :help:
Lindsay Davenport/Corina Morariu (USA) v Leslie Butkiewicz/Els Callens (BEL) :help:

Fieke
Apr 22nd, 2005, 08:38 PM
OMG, you must be joking :eek:

Wimanna
Apr 22nd, 2005, 08:44 PM
Eveline :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

arn
Apr 22nd, 2005, 10:12 PM
I hope the belgian girls will learn from this experience, but I don't really think they will :tape:

fleemke³
Apr 22nd, 2005, 10:17 PM
Good luck girls :scratch::o

Gorki
Apr 23rd, 2005, 12:30 AM
I hope the belgian girls will learn from this experience, but I don't really think they will :tape:

Not really learning, but it must be such an amazing experience to play against US (and 3 former "number one" in the world) in the US...

Go Eveline, try to have "fun" and to enjoy this moment! :D

Brαm
Apr 23rd, 2005, 09:39 AM
Els Callens fell during practise yesterday and hurt both wrists. She might be replaced by Leslie Butkiewicz :o

:help:

Here's the article from Sportwereld.be :)

Met waterpistool tegen Amerikaanse kanonnen
Na Flipkens nu ook Callens onzeker door polsblessure bij België

Met - hou u vast - Evelyn Van Hyfte en Leslie Butkiewicz tegen Lindsay Davenport en de zussen Williams? Veel kans dat dit het scenario wordt voor de Fed Cup-ontmoeting tussen België en de Verenigde Staten. Clijsters en Henin haakten eerder al af. Bij de invallers kwam Kirsten Flipkens nog niet aan spelen toe en nu lijkt ook Els Callens (polsblessure) onzeker. De overgebleven meisjes, Van Hyfte en Butkiewicz, staan nog net binnen de top-400. Met een waterpistool tegen een zwaar kanon, zoiets dus.

Geen prettig debuut dus voor Carl Maes. Het is nochtans een ontspannen Fed Cup-coach die we aan de lijn krijgen vanuit Delray Beach, waar Onze Meisjes dit weekend de Amerikaanse tennisgodinnen in de ogen kijken. De omstandigheden voor zijn vuurdoop als coach van het Fed Cup-team zijn nochtans verre van ideaal. Clijsters en Henin waren er sowieso al niet bij, Flipkens komt pas terug uit blessure en tot overmaat van ramp is nu ook Els Callens twijfelachtig door een val op training, waarbij ze haar beide polsen bezeerde. Pas vandaag hakt de Antwerpse de knoop door.

Niet ideaal als aan de overkant van het net Lindsay Davenport, Serena en Venus Williams staan te wachten. ,,Het is inderdaad geen cadeau om meteen zo'n sterk team tegenover ons te krijgen. Maar er ligt geen druk op ons en dat is voor mij ideaal om op een ontspannen manier alle speelsters te leren kennen."

Illusies maakt Maes zich uiteraard niet. ,,Het enige wat ik verlang, is dat we het terrein met opgeheven hoofd kunnen verlaten, ongeacht het aantal games of sets dat we gewonnen hebben. De barragematch in juli (voor het behoud in de wereldgroep, red) is veel belangrijker."

Kim en Justin :o

Door het gebrek aan competitieritme van Flipkens en de polsblessure van Callens zou België dus wel eens met een zeer verrassende ploeg kunnen aantreden. In het slechtste geval verdedigen de onbekende Evelyn Van Hyfte (WTA-392) en Leslie Butkiewicz (WTA-363), zeg maar de reserven van de reserven, de vaderlandse eer. En dat terwijl ons land met Justine Henin en Kim Clijsters over twee van de beste speelsters ter wereld beschikt.

Ook Carl Maes zou het liever anders zien.,,Ik heb al met beide speelsters gepraat en ze staan niet afkerig tegenover een terugkeer. De deur staat op een kier en dat is al positief. Maar of ze effectief terugkomen zal ook afhangen van andere factoren zoals hun gezondheid, hun programma en de loting."


Thomas MISSIAEN

23/04/2005

The writer needs to check the correct spelling of the players :o Justin :rolleyes: Evelyn Van Hyfte :rolleyes:

arn
Apr 23rd, 2005, 10:30 AM
It's getting worse every minute :tape:

I was planning to go to the movies this evening, but I don't want to miss this :eek:

Bart
Apr 23rd, 2005, 11:06 AM
omg Vanhyfte looks huge in this picture :tape: and Els' hair :o

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_1704_gallery.JPG

arn
Apr 23rd, 2005, 12:20 PM
What a horrible pic!!! It's not because our 2 best players are absent they had to give our players the left-overs of the wibra :tape:

Don't you think they shrunk the picture, but only on the vertical ax to make it seem they all gained weight??? :unsure:

Brαm
Apr 23rd, 2005, 10:08 PM
The Belgian Team's outfits are horrible, just awful :( :( Looks more like a weight watchers meeting :o

Eveline did reasonably well in the 2nd set IMO :) 6-0 6-2 is not bad for a player who'd never played a top-180 player before ;)

6-2 6-2 for Els is ok. Venus clearly wasn't playing her best tennis either.

arn
Apr 23rd, 2005, 11:02 PM
Eveline showed some great stuff! She clearly has the strokes when she has time to execute them and she clearly has the serve. I didn't see it in this match but her volleys are nice too. On the other hand it was clear she was not used to the rythm and the deep balls. I think Eveline still has some work to do on her footwork and speed on court. You don't see it that often that players use that much kick on their second serves but Eveline used it well, she should just add a little bit more speed to the ball. But, well done Eveline :yeah:

Emiel Goelen
Apr 25th, 2005, 09:08 AM
Porto Santo 3 - $10,000

SF: (3) Annette Kolb (GER-548) def. Cécile Baijot (BEL-1001) 6-2 6-4 :(


But congratulations on your very first semifinal, Cécile!

arn
Apr 25th, 2005, 01:17 PM
Leslie played a great match! Leslie has the strokes (I was surprised by the depth), obviously her backhand was the better stroke! She moves better as Eveline. A shame her serve is the weak link. She could seriously improve in that department.

Brαm
Apr 25th, 2005, 01:24 PM
In the 1st set Leslie's strokes weren't deep and hard enough, but she really adapted to Venus's game in the 2nd! She was even dominating in a couple of rallies :yeah: It's hard to believe that she hasn't won an official match all year long :( Let's hope the losing streak will end soon!

It must be said that Venus was very erratic at times, I mean, that forehand can be really embarrasing at times :o

Wimanna
Apr 25th, 2005, 01:24 PM
Leslie played a great match! Leslie has the strokes (I was surprised by the depth), obviously her backhand was the better stroke! She moves better as Eveline. A shame her serve is the weak link. She could seriously improve in that department.

Yeah, I didn't see the first set, but I heard that was a close set too? (38 points for Venus, compared to 31 for Leslie?) Leslie sure did play a good match :) She mixed it up and with her topspin balls she gave Venus some troubles. Venus wasn't playing that good in set 2 to be honest... but well done Leslie :yippee: 5 games :eek: :yeah:

Emiel Goelen
Apr 25th, 2005, 02:04 PM
I saw the Leslie vs. Venus match too, and like the LaDeux commentator said: sometimes it was hard to see who was world number 9 and who was number 363 :o

I was surprised about Leslie's level too. It was the first time I actually saw her play, and considering her long losing streak, I was expecting not so much :o But she really wasn't overpowered by Venus. Her strokes were quite good, she moved well and I saws some good tactical choices too. I hope she can gain confidence from this match, because from what I have seen, she can do better than she's currently doing! :)