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oren987
Mar 15th, 2005, 11:30 AM
Shahar, Tzipi and Anna :worship:
They are back :D

shirgan
Mar 15th, 2005, 11:32 AM
Good luck !!

Ellery
Mar 16th, 2005, 12:08 AM
Good luck to all of them!

pgprince
Mar 19th, 2005, 08:48 AM
Good luck !!

Shonami Slam
Mar 20th, 2005, 07:28 PM
good luck to the whole lot!
i'm hoping they play doubles as well!
i'll be posting my match analysis again, it seemed that you guys liked them and it was fun :lol:
isn't great to have THREE players to cheer?

BUBI
Mar 20th, 2005, 08:01 PM
:wavey: I'm cheering for Smashnova :yippee:

Shonami Slam
Mar 20th, 2005, 11:48 PM
not the easiest of draws for them both.


serna magui VS. Tzipora Obziler (23) ISR

Antonella Serra Zanetti (9) ITA VS. Shahar Peer ISR

analysis tommorow!

Shonami Slam
Mar 21st, 2005, 11:58 AM
LET THE QUALIES BEGIN!

so it's back to action for shahar peer and tzipi, as well as smashnova that awaits them in the main draw. but for the two israelis, one veteran and one youngster - it might be alot to ask for...might.

tzipi is the last seed - 24th, and so, it's abit ironic she revieved the player that could have been 25th had there been more seedings - serna magui of spain. as so many other latinos, magui ,masters the clay courts, but she is not to be crossed out from any match. she's a consistent player, and only slumped due to a injury in her left shoulder. two single titles to her name, three finals and heaps of QFs - this may be a very difficult match.
once a proud top 20 player (19 in her best), it was around this time last year when she was at her peak. since the start of the season, she had difficulties getting back to her winning ways, and stands only 2-3 this year, but with a win over 36th ranked (and wonderfully playing, may i add) marion bartoli, although it was a retirement.
apart from those wins, she hasn't done too well.
she is such a great player, and i would love to see her going back to her winning ways - but her opponent is well deserving too...
for tzipi - the year has begun quite well. 4-4 in the win loss ratio - but it's the quality that matters in her case - for the wins came over 3 higher ranked players, including 47th ranked loit.
the losses came from some of the very best this year - myskina, peng and indian sensation mirza in three sets. in that case - she reached her career third QF, and second in hyderabad.
serna wants to qualify so bad. she's gunna give all the fight she can, especially since she's rested and must be fitter than at the biggening of the year. tzipi will have to play her very best - this could have been a battle of two top 50 players if fate were a bit different - but it isn't.
tzipi has take it in two sets, or else she'll lose, IMO.
and straight sets it will be - 6-3 6-4

shahar peer recieved one of the hardest draws she could possibly get - three former top 100 players in her section. the year has started beautifully for the biggest hope from our country ever. two QF appearences, seven wins over higher- ranked players including the gigantic win over polish marta domochowska (66th ranked), improving her career best win achieved earlier this season against 67th ranked akiko morigami of japan.
Serra-Zanetti, antonella to be exact, the younger sis along adrianna, has had quite a good run this week at IW and the 50K orange ITF tourny as well, but the year began very bad for the italian, winning only one match out of six, and that too against an unranked player. at acupulco things looked to change, as she reached her second career semi-final (after casablanca finals, where she lost fellow italian rita grande in 2003) losing only to eventual winner (and the player of those past two weeks) panneta.
the switch back to hardcourts didn't do any harm - and the wins seemed to boost her confidence winning two qualifying matches and upsetting rising star barbora strycova. she lost the second round match to russian giant petrova. she then traveled to california and beat qualifier nooni and great britans elena baltacha. her run came to a stop, losing in three sets to randrianteffy - but it was a good month for zanetti and she will be looking to continue it on shahar's acount.
it won't be an easy match for sure, and the prize sure isn't worth it - czink and talaja -two players you could see in the MD of most tournies without too much trouble some time ago.
hopefully, shahar can set another upset or two. positive approach, winning points fast, good serving and lotsa topspin usually does the work against the majority of italians. shahar's backhand will come very handy here, as she will have to use her weapons if she wants to advance.
and she will in my opinion, 6-4 2-6 6-4

best of luck to both girls, hope you enjoyed my analysis!

shirgan
Mar 21st, 2005, 12:30 PM
Interesting shonami :)
Hope you are right ;)

oren987
Mar 21st, 2005, 09:51 PM
Shahar won :D , Tzipi lost :(

Great start for Shahar in her first match.
Let's hope she will win the last Q round

nave 2
Mar 22nd, 2005, 08:04 PM
Shahar in the 1 round :)

Shonami Slam
Mar 22nd, 2005, 08:33 PM
shahar thrashing talaja!!!!!
6-1 6-1!
that's like.... total rampage!

drory
Mar 22nd, 2005, 08:45 PM
SHAHAR IS IN THE MAIN DRAW!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:
SMASHNOVA WILL HAVE TO FACE MAURESMO IN THE THIRD ROUND :confused: :rolleyes:

oren987
Mar 22nd, 2005, 09:56 PM
Amazing win for Shahar. That 6-1 6-1 win over Talaja is realy great.
Let's hope she will get a good draw in the first round

oren987
Mar 23rd, 2005, 12:21 AM
First round for Shahar is up :D
This is her part of the draw:


(28) Marion Bartoli vs Bye
Marta Domachowska vs Shahar Peer

Vera Douchevina vs Emilie Loit
(3) Serena Williams vs Bye

Irish
Mar 23rd, 2005, 04:43 AM
Let's go Anna!!!!!! :bounce:

Tzipora :sad:

Meteor Shower
Mar 23rd, 2005, 10:46 AM
ok draw..
1st round vs. Marta Domachowska

Shahar already beat her this year no?
and she can beat bartoli on a good day..
Good luck!

Good luck also to Anna! :) :D

*Yoav*
Mar 23rd, 2005, 10:49 AM
Hi everyone :wavey:
Good Luck Shahar & Anna :kiss: :D

shirgan
Mar 23rd, 2005, 11:01 AM
Hi everyone :wavey:
Good Luck Shahar & Anna :kiss: :D
Hi :wavey:

Shahar Anna,
You can do it :yeah:

Shonami Slam
Mar 23rd, 2005, 11:28 AM
match analysis!
Marta Domachowska vs Shahar Peer

qualifying usually means good stuff for shahar peer, who has a habbit of winning at least one more match if she can win her way to the main draw. lately, it has also become a QF habit. nice routin indeed. but it's a first time shahar is in a tier I tournament - the very best of them no less, and her qualifying results proved her well worthy of the right to play the games very best - and very best indeed awaits the young israeli. third round could see her square of former world number one and 7 time grand slam champion, as well as this years AO.
but before that, she must first face the challenge of polish marta domachowska.
peer will be the one with the slight advantage as the two have already met in peer's last tournament (pattaya, thailand) where shahar took it in straight sets 6-3 6-2.
the situation was very simular - peer was ranked 132, marta 66. since then both have fallen slightly, shahar 135 and marta 67.
shahat is playing brilliantly in the tournament revenging serra-zenetti to whom she lost in an ITF tourny, and blowing away talaja. for us, this means more top100 proof, but marta will want to take her mediocre start of the year to a cease and post some wins.
since her clash with peer she has won two matches, both against lower ranked players (one of them mid 400s) and losing to one lower ranked player as well (and in form anabel medina garrigues). certainly not her year...
shahar is said to have been training in austin's camp - let's hope she learned another trick or two to get it over with, and meet serena in person...
my guess for the match - peer easily through, 6-3 6-2

pgprince
Mar 23rd, 2005, 03:28 PM
:bounce: C'mon Shahar!! C'mon Anna!! :bounce:

oren987
Mar 23rd, 2005, 10:38 PM
After a long match

Shahar def Marta 6-2 2-6 7-5 :kiss: :D :bounce: :bounce:

Meteor Shower
Mar 23rd, 2005, 10:42 PM
Oren how many points will she get? :)
And what will be her new ranking? :D

Good luck vs. Bartoli but If you'll play like today I'm afraid the only way you can win is with a Bartoli injury (something which of course I don't want to happen) :sad:

Anyway, YAY :D

my guess for the match - peer easily through, 6-3 6-2
:tape: :lol:

Shonami Slam
Mar 23rd, 2005, 11:17 PM
Oren how many points will she get? :)
And what will be her new ranking? :D

Good luck vs. Bartoli but If you'll play like today I'm afraid the only way you can win is with a Bartoli injury (something which of course I don't want to happen) :sad:

Anyway, YAY :D


:tape: :lol:

yeah :lol: i did get it a bit wrong.
i guess it's a sign that marta is back, which personally brings a smile to my face.
marion btw, has a big tendancy of injuring herself (due to her awkward strikes, IMO) but i hope she doesn't hurt herself against shahar.

oren987
Mar 23rd, 2005, 11:42 PM
Oren how many points will she get? :)
And what will be her new ranking? :D

Good luck vs. Bartoli but If you'll play like today I'm afraid the only way you can win is with a Bartoli injury (something which of course I don't want to happen) :sad:

Anyway, YAY :D


:tape: :lol:

So far Shahar gets 43 points (nice), but it will only take her to 122 :crying2:
Let's hope for that realy big points of Bartoli ;)

oren987
Mar 23rd, 2005, 11:45 PM
marion btw, has a big tendancy of injuring herself (due to her awkward strikes, IMO) but i hope she doesn't hurt herself against shahar.

I do :p after 1-0 for Shahar in the first round.
Then she will get the points, and will play Serena Williams in the 3rd round :drool:

shirgan
Mar 24th, 2005, 05:46 AM
From the Miami Herald:

Israeli teenager Shahar Peer, a qualifier playing in her first WTA main draw, got her first victory against Marta Domachowska of Poland, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. Peer, 17, graduated from high school two weeks ago and was thrilled to get her first pro win at a major event. She advances to play No. 28 seed Marion Bartoli of France.

''It is such a nice feeling to get my first win,'' said Peer, who won the Orange Bowl Under-14s three years ago. ``I felt a lot of support here in Miami, people yelling `Mazel Tov' [congratulations] to me after the match.''

Peer said she intends to serve her two-year army duty, but doesn't expect it to hurt her tennis progress. ''I'm sure the Army will let me train as a sportswoman, but I want to serve in the army like everyone else,'' she said. ``My brother was a fighter, fighting to save our lives, and there is no difference for me, even though I am a girl tennis player.''

chopen
Mar 24th, 2005, 06:02 AM
congrats Peer,why not win in straight sets?

next round will face Bartoli

if Bartoli isnt influenced by injury,Peer will be hard to beat her.

Good Luck

Meteor Shower
Mar 25th, 2005, 10:03 AM
due to her awkward strikes, IMO
Oops nevermind I mixed her up with Tina pisnik :o :sad:

Oren thats not nice.. :angel:

Anyway, Gil where is your match analysis? Shahar match is starting in 5 hours :hysteric: :hysteric:

drory
Mar 25th, 2005, 01:32 PM
אורן זה חוקי לכתןב כאן בעברית

Shonami Slam
Mar 25th, 2005, 01:47 PM
Oops nevermind I mixed her up with Tina pisnik :o :sad:

Oren thats not nice.. :angel:

Anyway, Gil where is your match analysis? Shahar match is starting in 5 hours :hysteric: :hysteric:

i'll do it now, sorry! :lol:
bartoli is great to watch, i love her game - too bad no one is covering the game as it should be amazing.

Shonami Slam
Mar 25th, 2005, 02:06 PM
match analysis
bartoli VS peer

it's never easy deciding who you prefer to win when you root for both players, but that's just the case here.
Marion has started the year brilliantly, hand in hand with three retirements as always in her injury plagued career.
with wins against jankovic, dechy, suarez and dulko to her name this season, you just know that the frenchwomen is one of the best in the crop, and the losses are big as well - myskina, petrova, sharapova, kuznetsova (i would have said that it's just bad luck against the russians, but it's just that there are so many of them that one can't "blame" them for winning al the time).
so it looks pretty bad for Shahar, but another quick look will show us a very awkward bartoli, losing 4 times to players out of the top 80. she isn't great against the up-and-comers (ivanovic, kirkland...) and she seems to win only in staight sets (but she does lose in three, and quite alot of those times, it's a choke in the very end).
last week in IW she met kirkland and took only a game from the american youngster. she might be still carrying that injury - but she had a fortnight to rest and recover, so shahar shouldn't count on that.
she is very athletic, hits the ball extremelly hard at every shot, two handed evrything (i swear, she hits a strange looking two handed smash!) and gets up the net as quickly as she can (great net-player, great doubles player as well, with a title this year already with german sesation A.L groenfeld)
she's reached a semi-final in the first tournament this year and two other QF.
this 2001 junior USopen champ has heaps of great wins, and terrible losses.
shahar will have to stand the continuing pressure from the net, go for her shots (down the line works well as a passing shot against marion) and serve well, if she wants to win.
should she take a set, the win will be hers, in my opinion. it won't be an easy on, but i'm hoping to be wrong once more in my prediction this week. lobs, cross-courts and lots of slice when needed to change the game pace can take shahar to a historic clash with young williams.
6-4 0-6 7-5 to the israeli. please?

Meteor Shower
Mar 25th, 2005, 02:56 PM
6-4 0-6 7-5 to the israeli. please?

My heart won't survive another match like that :o :scared:
But I'll take it. The win is more important than my heart :)

go Shahar

P.S how the hell can you smash double handed? :tape: :lol:

Ellery
Mar 25th, 2005, 03:06 PM
Good luck, Shahar!

Shonami Slam
Mar 25th, 2005, 05:47 PM
shahar won.
she was jammed in the first set, close seond and 7-5 in the third. i was almost correct, but hey! i don't mind.
she won! :bounce: :worship: :)
this is a new career best win, and a first against a top50 player.
this also means that shahar will be in the top 100, right?

Meteor Shower
Mar 25th, 2005, 05:52 PM
I don't think Shahar is in the top 100.. she is missing like 10 points
but for me, she is in the top 5 :) :D (awwwwww)

amazing win Shahar! now don't get double baggeled against serena :o

oren987
Mar 25th, 2005, 05:57 PM
shahar won.
she was jammed in the first set, close seond and 7-5 in the third. i was almost correct, but hey! i don't mind.
she won! :bounce: :worship: :)
this is a new career best win, and a first against a top50 player.
this also means that shahar will be in the top 100, right?

Amazing win for Shahar :worship:

But it will only take her to around 110. She needs more then 10 points, something like 45 points.

rightous
Mar 25th, 2005, 06:22 PM
C'mon Anna:)

Meteor Shower
Mar 25th, 2005, 06:38 PM
Good luck Anna! I trust you to win :)


looking forward to seeing Gil's match analysis for Serena-Shahar, it should be interesting ;)

Mitzi
Mar 25th, 2005, 07:48 PM
Haven't posted here for a year, but I guess now is a good time to start... :)
Good luck Shahar & Anna!

drory
Mar 25th, 2005, 09:42 PM
now she have 70 points she will go up 112. but i think its the end of story in miami
serina, helow!!!

Shonami Slam
Mar 25th, 2005, 10:33 PM
Good luck Anna! I trust you to win :)


looking forward to seeing Gil's match analysis for Serena-Shahar, it should be interesting ;)

just you wait!
anna analysis before tha though - that should be a nice change as i haven't wrote about anna's year yet and i have some stuff to say about her.

shirgan
Mar 26th, 2005, 12:51 PM
Serena answers questions about Shahar Peer in an interview after her win yesterday:

Q. Do you know anything at all about the girl you play in the next round?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Who do I play?

Q. The young Israeli girl here, Shahar Peer.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Maybe. I think I heard of her. I think I've seen her play. I think I've definitely seen her play. Yeah, I've seen her play.

Q. We've heard lots and lots about your upbringing. She comes from a West Bank settlement in Israel. She's pretty tough.

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know what, I'm ignorant to the whole West Bank settlement of Israel. I'm American. Can you elaborate on that, please.

Q. It's a dangerous place to live.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Is it, hmm. I'll have to look more into that.

I mean, unfortunately, like I said, I have no idea. I'm totally blind to that right now. I would have to look into that more.

Q. Would you recognize her if she came walking past you in the players' lounge?

SERENA WILLIAMS: There's a lot of people that I wouldn't recognize so I can't, you know ‑‑ there's just a lot of people. Especially now because there's so many new players coming and doing so well, so...

But, yeah.

Q. Anything that makes it really interesting for us or the spectators that you have new players coming where you, you know, which are maybe not that well‑known but show great ambition?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I definitely think it's very interesting to play different players that I've never seen. I seem to play a lot of players, a lot of different players that I've never played before. It's good because it keeps everything interesting.

shirgan
Mar 26th, 2005, 12:52 PM
Macabeem-Reut is a west bank settlement???
oh well

Chunchun
Mar 26th, 2005, 01:58 PM
GO Anna! :bigclap: :yeah: :hearts:

Ellery
Mar 26th, 2005, 02:01 PM
Go Anna!

Shonami Slam
Mar 26th, 2005, 03:49 PM
good luck smashnova - didn't get to do the match analysis, but i think she'll win in two hard sets.
basically, this hasn't been the best of starts to the year - but she's rested and she's gunna go out there and have fun. her game is good enough to drive the jap insane.

BUBI
Mar 26th, 2005, 04:25 PM
Anna won the first set but it was very tight :worship: :bounce:

nave 2
Mar 26th, 2005, 05:18 PM
Anna won 7-5 6-4 :)

BUBI
Mar 26th, 2005, 05:19 PM
good luck smashnova - didn't get to do the match analysis, but i think she'll win in two hard sets.
basically, this hasn't been the best of starts to the year - but she's rested and she's gunna go out there and have fun. her game is good enough to drive the jap insane.
How did you know? Smashnova won in two hard sets 7-5 6-4 :bounce: :bounce:

She lost her serve seven times :tape:

Meteor Shower
Mar 26th, 2005, 06:34 PM
good luck smashnova - didn't get to do the match analysis, but i think she'll win in two hard sets.

:worship: You are on fire :p :bowdown:

You all are very welcome to Anna smashnova forum at "Rest at the World" in the Players forums. hope to see ya post there :wavey:

oren987
Mar 26th, 2005, 08:30 PM
Anna :worship: Nice to see you winning again :D

shirgan, thank's for the interview, was great to read (and even funny :lol: )

karenrac :wavey: welcome back to the WTAWORLD.

shirgan
Mar 27th, 2005, 05:17 AM
from herald.com:

Israeli teenager Shahar Peer continued her surprise run with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Marion Bartoli. Peer, a 17-year-old qualifier, is in her first professional Tier I main draw. She said the win was special because Friday was her mother's birthday, was the Jewish holiday Purim and also meant she would next play Serena Williams.

''I hadn't looked at my draw, but after my first match, somebody told me I could play Serena next, so that gave me more push to win,'' she said. ``She is one of the best players ever, and it would be a dream for me.''

Asked what she thinks it will be like to play on Stadium Court, Peer replied: ``I'm sure it will be different from what I'm used to, but hopefully I will find a way to play my best.''

Mitzi
Mar 27th, 2005, 06:46 AM
Thanks Oran :D

Shonami Slam
Mar 27th, 2005, 09:44 AM
tough stuff coming next for the two girls... i'm not the jinxer kind, but if serena could possibly just lose herself like she does sometimes - it would be really nice of her!

Shonami Slam
Mar 27th, 2005, 07:51 PM
once gain i didn't have time to make the preview analysis - it's 3-2 for the french woman, my opinion is anna loses in three sets, two of them tight and the last all momo.
shahar loses in straight sets, but gets a nice 6-4 6-3 or something respectable like that.

Meteor Shower
Mar 27th, 2005, 09:29 PM
Anna lost 2-6 1-6. Pretty predictable :(
But still.. 3rd round is not bad. Good luck next turny

Now Shahar coming up.. good luck. Just come with no pressure and try your best. Love ya :)

Irish
Mar 28th, 2005, 12:37 AM
Anna :sad:

Shahar played great and very quick against serena. Taped the match as she really was awesome. :)

shirgan
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:39 AM
great pic from miami herald of Shahar:

http://www.miami.com/images/miami/miamiherald/11247/126505805120.jpg

Shonami Slam
Mar 28th, 2005, 11:49 AM
great pic shirgan! thanx
she looks so strong in it, like she really wants to kick some butt!
go girl

rosa de la paz
Mar 28th, 2005, 12:10 PM
Hey everybody :wavey:
Here's Shahar's interview from the Nasdaq site:

An interview with:

SHAHAR PEER

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you give Serena more of a battle than you thought you would?

SHAHAR PEER: If I gave her what?

Q. Did you give her a harder time than even you thought you would?

SHAHAR PEER: I didn't really think if I would give her or not, but I realize when we were playing I gave her hard time and she was running a lot and missing and trying to go for too much, or she was like very happy when she won some points.

Q. Some people would think, "Oh, she's 17, she must have been happy to have this experience," but you seemed very disappointed when you lost. You didn't stop for autographs or anything. Did you think you could have beaten her?

SHAHAR PEER: I wasn't really disappointed, but I thought I can beat her. I was just -- actually, I was happy the way I played and I was fighting. It's not that I didn't sign because I was mad or something or... Just I was walking out the court. But nothing special.

Q. So next time you play a player of that caliber, you think you'll be a different player than you were today at the beginning?

SHAHAR PEER: I think, yeah. Because, okay, it's the first time I'm playing on this big court, a lot of crowd. So I guess I would be less -- I will be also excited, but less, and I will be more concentrate from the beginning and will take the first chances than only after 5-Love.

I think it will be different. Maybe will take me one or two more matches against top players, but in the end it will be good.

Q. Can I ask you, I hope I didn't ask a question that was already asked, I came in late, when did you start tennis?

SHAHAR PEER: When I was six and a half.

Q. And this obviously is your first big tournament. I don't know if you know this, but it was televised.

SHAHAR PEER: Yeah.

Q. Of course so many people saw you today, and it's not an insult of course, but they never heard about you. When I tried to get information from you, no one could tell me how tall you are, for example, not that it's so important.

SHAHAR PEER: Yeah, yeah.

Q. How did it feel for you? You went from a very small tournament to suddenly the fifth largest tournament in the world, playing on Stadium Court, and I think you have, in my opinion, very good support. People like underdogs. I guess despite the fact you lost, you must feel good about coming to Miami?

SHAHAR PEER: Yeah, first I was coming from qualifying also, so I won already four matches, and four tough matches. Two of the players I lost before, also, so it was also good tournament and a good experience in this round today because I never played in such a huge center court. And a lot of people, they were supporting me a lot.

I think it's good experience for the next few years, or for the next tournament or whatever.

Q. What standing does tennis have in Israel? I know basketball is very big.

SHAHAR PEER: And soccer.

Q. And what standing does tennis have in Israel?

SHAHAR PEER: Now it's coming up a little bit more because we have some doubles player who is one of the top players; they won also today. There is Smashnova and Tzipora. There is few players now.

So I think it will become bigger support and more support from Israel, and people will know a little bit better if we will do good results.

But for now it's not one of the popular sports.

Q. What are your plans now? You're going to Europe for the season? You want to go to -- I guess you still have to qualify again? You made a lot of points here.

SHAHAR PEER: Yeah, I'm going to play next week in Amelia Island, and I got wildcard for the main draw. And then the week after I play Charleston, I play quallies. So I have these two tournaments and then I have Fed Cup and then I go to Europe.

Q. Will you try to play all the major tournaments in Europe?

SHAHAR PEER: No. I'm going to go to Morocco and then if I will be in main draw French Open, I am going to play in Turkey. If not, I am going to play quallies.

Q. Berlin?

SHAHAR PEER: No, no, I'm not going.

Q. What did Serena tell you at the net?

SHAHAR PEER: Oh, she just said, "Well done," and, "Good match." That's it.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports...

Meteor Shower
Mar 28th, 2005, 12:13 PM
FastScripts by ASAP Sports...
;)



Great turny, great interview. good luck in AI girl.. Maindraw WC.. very nice :D :bounce:

shirgan
Mar 28th, 2005, 12:21 PM
FastScripts by ASAP Sports...

;)


:lol:

oren987
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:20 PM
great pic from miami herald of Shahar:

http://www.miami.com/images/miami/miamiherald/11247/126505805120.jpg

Amazing pic of Shahar :D