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Tenisci
Apr 15th, 2005, 06:49 PM
Venus, Pertrova, Dokic, Shaughnessy, Smashnova, Raymond, Weingartner in Istanbul Cup

backhanddtl4
Apr 16th, 2005, 12:55 AM
Istanbul Cup?

Chunchun
Apr 16th, 2005, 02:18 AM
Venus :eek: :woohoo: Good Luck

Wannabeknowitall
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:25 AM
Wow. I don't remember the last time Venus even played a Teir III. When was the last time she did. Can anyone tell me? Desparate times come for desparate measures.

Marcus1979
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:32 AM
Gold Coast in 2002 was a Tier III

She beat Justine Henin Hardenne in the Final that year

backhanddtl4
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:37 AM
If she doesn't win this....EEK...

bmxbandit
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:39 AM
Thank God Jelena is playing somewhere...I have a feeling she'll play Qualies for Roland Garros...she might even need a WC to get into the qualifying...sad.

SpikeyAidanm
Apr 16th, 2005, 03:41 AM
Advertising Weingartner is like advertising Parra Santonja, :p

badunka
Apr 16th, 2005, 04:06 AM
when is it?

Paule22
Apr 16th, 2005, 04:21 AM
The week before French Open from May 16th to May 23rd.

Dokic and Weingartner are suprising because of their current situations. Pat Cash is the tournament director on this new tier III event.

Tenisci
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:14 AM
venus said that
she is so excited that she will be in Istanbul :)

SpikeyAidanm
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:41 AM
Cash :eek:

alex.2812
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:46 AM
venus goes there to visit the country and not to play tennis! ;)

TomTennis
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:52 AM
your right alex...she did say at the start of the year that she wants to go to new places to see the sites and the cultures of living, ever since she went to thailand....thats why she is playing in Stockholm Tier 3 during the hard court season as well.

OMG Venus...im sooo excited that you are playing on a red clay before FO.....this will certainly get you prepared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xr6turbo
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:52 AM
I saw her interview this week.. She said she wanted to play an event before the FO but that it definately wouldnt be Berlin, i guess she has chosen Istanbul. :)

xr6turbo
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:53 AM
^^ I'm talking about Venus there btw ;)

Maria Croft
Apr 16th, 2005, 11:05 AM
Venus is playing there because she wants a title !!

*Jean*
Apr 16th, 2005, 11:05 AM
Waouhh Nadia & Meghann ! Go girls :p

Shonami Slam
Apr 16th, 2005, 12:01 PM
alot of players are paying respect to the country. if i could go to any non-slam tourny - i'd go to istanbul.
no american or aussie tourny needs me to pay it's unding, likewise the european ones.
this cup will be built mostly of heart - and i think that's why the top players are commiting.
i would also love to see Ipek playing with Anna. she is so nice, she loves israel and she's just... a really really inspiring person.

Petersmiler
Apr 16th, 2005, 12:04 PM
Yay Jelena! Now please don't draw Venus in the first round!

crazillo
Apr 16th, 2005, 01:09 PM
Hoped Maleeva would go there because she loves Turkey. ;)

I think Venus isn't allowed to play there is she (because of this strange tier-III rule for top-players)? :confused:

jonny84
Apr 16th, 2005, 01:26 PM
Hoped Maleeva would go there because she loves Turkey. ;)

I think Venus isn't allowed to play there is she (because of this strange tier-III rule for top-players)? :confused:

I think she can - Kim played Tier III Luxermbourg when she was ranked #2 in the world.

TF Chipmunk
Apr 16th, 2005, 05:37 PM
Hoped Maleeva would go there because she loves Turkey. ;)

I think Venus isn't allowed to play there is she (because of this strange tier-III rule for top-players)? :confused:

Didn't Maria Sharapova play 2 really low-tier tournaments in Asia last year after Wimbledon???

ptkten
Apr 16th, 2005, 05:41 PM
I believe they can play tier 3's, they just can't play them if they're opposite a tournament that's a higher tier.

SzavayFi
Apr 16th, 2005, 05:42 PM
Go Jelena :) And Venus, wait, this is a tier three?! :lol:

Tenisci
Apr 17th, 2005, 10:11 AM
Hoped Maleeva would go there because she loves Turkey. ;)

I think Venus isn't allowed to play there is she (because of this strange tier-III rule for top-players)? :confused:

i am still waiting for her :)

Fantastic
Apr 17th, 2005, 03:32 PM
The rule changed this year: Players on the Gold Exempt List must contest the highest tier event possible during any particular week. Since Istanbul and Strasbourg are both Tier 3's, Venus would be able to contest Istanbul without infringing the new rules.

Mrs. Peel
Apr 17th, 2005, 05:12 PM
Istanbul was Constantinople :banana:
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople:banana:
Been a long time gone, Constantinople:banana:
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night:banana:

Every gal in Constantinople:banana:
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople:banana:
So if you've a date in Constantinople:banana:
She'll be waiting in Istanbul:banana:



Hopefully a title will be waiting for your Venus in Istanbul (not Constantinople)!!!!!!! :bounce:

Sevenseas
Apr 17th, 2005, 05:16 PM
Istanbul was Constantinople :banana:
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople:banana:
Been a long time gone, Constantinople:banana:
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night:banana:

Every gal in Constantinople:banana:
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople:banana:
So if you've a date in Constantinople:banana:
She'll be waiting in Istanbul:banana:



Hopefully a title will be waiting for your Venus in Istanbul (not Constantinople)!!!!!!! :bounce:



:lol:

Tenisci
Apr 17th, 2005, 05:52 PM
Istanbul was Constantinople :banana:
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople:banana:
Been a long time gone, Constantinople:banana:
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night:banana:

Every gal in Constantinople:banana:
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople:banana:
So if you've a date in Constantinople:banana:
She'll be waiting in Istanbul:banana:



Hopefully a title will be waiting for your Venus in Istanbul (not Constantinople)!!!!!!! :bounce:


you are extremely right, Istanbul is not Constantinople :)

Tenisci
Apr 17th, 2005, 05:53 PM
alot of players are paying respect to the country. if i could go to any non-slam tourny - i'd go to istanbul.
no american or aussie tourny needs me to pay it's unding, likewise the european ones.
this cup will be built mostly of heart - and i think that's why the top players are commiting.
i would also love to see Ipek playing with Anna. she is so nice, she loves israel and she's just... a really really inspiring person.

you are right. Thanx for the good thoughts :)

Irish
Apr 17th, 2005, 06:05 PM
Go Anna and Ipek!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Derek.
Apr 17th, 2005, 09:44 PM
This is a good chance for Nadia to get a title!!!! :D