Singles Main Draw
Ruflina Taliamanosoko vs. Bye
Anjelica de la Courtiere vs. Paula Masterton
Adriana Gonzalez vs. WC Virginia Ross
Qualifier vs. Brenda Van Haak
Larissa Liashenko vs. Madonika Diva Jahfson
Monica Gambill vs. Gisele Noventz
Qualifier vs. Karla Herrera
Bye vs. Tiffani Eggert
Eva Sorrenta vs. Bye
Qualifier vs. Tanya Hingis
Regla Torres vs. Riana Shamira Zubir
Qualifier vs. Bryanne Applegate
Jane Wong vs. Mazuelena Majlana
Gianna Adrianna Dulko vs. Candela Sanchez-Connelly
WC Olive Mozzarella vs. Anabel Conde-Martinez
Bye vs. Marteena Huubere
Singles Qualifying Draw
Hong Da-Jung vs. Bye
Zerene Fernandez vs. Maikano Yamada-Miyachi
Sophia Sabatini vs. Bye
Catherine Pierce vs. Natalya Dlhopolcova
Carmen Prado vs. Caroline Menard
Jennifer Selles vs. Anna Kroulikova
Katerina Shawfink vs. Daniela Turundzhov
Lindsay Anne Sarile vs. Sandy Vicario
De la Courtiere/Sorrenta vs. Dlhopolcova/Yamada-Miyachi
Dulko/Torres vs. Turundzhov/Van Haak
Fernandez/Menard vs. Hingis/Noventz
Conde-Martinez/Vicario vs. Taliamanosoko/Wong
Eggert/Masterton vs. Gambill/Sabatini
Kroulikova/Liashenko vs. Majlana/Selles
WC Mozzarella/Ross vs. Applegate/Pierce
Da-Jung/Sarile vs. Huubere/Zubir
May 11th, 2002, 01:59 AM
Would Riana like to play doubles with Marteena?!?!
If not, would regla like to?
May 11th, 2002, 02:13 AM
Applegate/Eggert, if Bryanne plays. Paula if not?
May 11th, 2002, 02:14 AM
Originally posted by Alx
Eva Sorrenta vs. Bye
Qualifier vs. Tanya Hingis
Regla Torres vs. Riana Shamira Zubir
Qualifier vs. Bryanne Applegate
Argh! Not another Regla match! :o
May 11th, 2002, 02:21 AM
Regla is playing with Gianna A. Dulko, right? :)
May 11th, 2002, 02:23 AM
ok cool....thought dulko/torres would have paired up, just wanted to check the options ;) ;)
May 11th, 2002, 02:37 AM
Anjelica de la Courtiere/Eva Sorrenta in for doubles! :)
May 11th, 2002, 02:45 AM
Zerene Fernandez/Caroline Menard for doubles ?
May 11th, 2002, 02:52 AM
Anna Kroulikova and Larissa Liashenko in doubles
May 11th, 2002, 03:03 AM
Turundzhov into Italian Open Quallies, despite slight hamstring strain!
14 year old Australian Daniela Turundzhov has entered next week's Tennis Masters Series Event in Rome, despite a cloud around a slight hamstring strain that she suffered in her loss to Barbara Miele at this weeks Citta di Prato junior event.
Turundzhov who received treatment twice in the 2nd set of the match against Miele, teamed up with Catherine Pierce to win their first round doubles match, however Turundzhov seems to have aggravated the injury and seems in doubt to play out the rest of her doubles matches in Firenze.
Il Globo managed to get an interview with the Aussie:
Q: Daniela, how is your hamstring?
A: It's ok at the moment, a little sore.
Q: Will you play your doubles match?
A: Well, we won today and I sort of felt it a lot more than I did in my singles, but I still have tonight to rest and I'll leave it till the morning. I hope I can but we'll see, it's not too bad at the moment.
Q: You entered the qualifications in Rome, how important is it for you to play an event like that?
A: Oh, it's vital I think to play a big event like that. I mean, even the qualifications is very tough, you know, could be the field of a lower Tier event. At the moment, I'm feeling confident and tough mentally so I'm going to take it a match at a time and see what happens, my aim is to make the main draw.
Q: Does that mean you won't play Santa Croce?
A: No, I apologise to the organisers of that event but it's in my best event to gain exposure on a professional level. I think they'll understand.
Q: Katerina Shawfink 1st rnd, how will you approach that?
A: I've seen her around and she can pound the ball with almost no effort, so I expect a tough battle. I have to be patient and move her around, maybe come into the net but I'm keeping a few things secret.
Q: Will you be playing doubles?
A: I'd like to, yeah. I don't have a partner at the momenrt. So if anyone's interested, call me (laughs).
Liashenko beats Lapentti in an exhibition for World Cancer Foundation
Even if her recent success aren't impressive, Larissa Liashenko is still as generous as ever. Today, in an exhibition that was played in Minsk for the World Cancer Foundation, Liashenko played Nicoletta Lapentti. Lapentti, which basicly dissapiered from the tour after turning pro was approached by Liashenko to play in the event. Lapentti immediatly agreed to play. Both players have been touch by cancer in recent year. Liashenko's mother Elena is currently fighting fiercly with lung cancer while Lapentti lost her dad, Octavio, to brain cancer. The event which was being played in Liashenko's hometown, drew 15,000 spectators. Liashenko won the match 6-1, 6-1, 6-7(8), 7-5. ''It took her lot's of time to get her rythym back. Her match really started after the 2nd set. Her game is a kind of game I don't like to play against. She basicly doesn't miss a ball. She has a loopy forehand and a wondeful sliced backhand. It took her some times but when she found her groove, it was a very fun and hard match''!, said Liashenko. Lapentti, on her side commented: ''Oh my good! I was so rusty! I'm pretty sure I didn't look very good to watch in the first two sets(Laughs)! After, I found my rythym and I realized how much I missed the game of tennis. I stoped playing because I wanted to take care of my dad who was sick and since he past away two months ago, I was kind of in a depression but after playing, I think that starting to play again could be my therapy!!!''
After the match, a $1 500 000 check was given to the president of the WCF, Kenny Harrisson.
Larissa Liashenko hits a shot to Nicoletta Lapentti of Ecuador. The match which was being played to raise fund was won by Liashenko 6-1, 6-1, 6-7(8), 7-5 in front of 15 000 fans. The event raised $1 500 000.
May 11th, 2002, 03:56 AM
I've took the name Lapentti to prevent anyone on getting mad! Plus, he(nicoletta's manager, Alexander who is too lazy to play again:o:o:o) is one of my friend so I think he won't care!
May 11th, 2002, 07:20 AM
Anyone want to play with Daniela Turundzhov?
May 11th, 2002, 07:44 AM
Discovery of Documents unveil Turundzhov's age
Here is a small excerpt from a Belgrade Newspaper: ;)
'Belgrade-born Daniela Turundzhov is not 14, as Tennis Australia officials told the FWTT Tour. Daniela is actually 16, and her birth certificate which was thought to be lost after her family fled Belgrade has been discovered by Turundzhov's mother Lilijana. Without any proof earlier, the family weren't paid any attention to when arguing the age of their daughter. Coincidentally, if the details are correct, Daniela would have celebrated her birthday yesterday. In other news concerning Turundzhov, Yugoslav Tennis Officials approached the player in Italy about a future with her former country. The response? A polite no from the Australian.'
May 11th, 2002, 09:27 AM
Does anyone want to play doubles here with Mazuelena Majlana????
May 11th, 2002, 09:29 AM
Ruffy and Jane is in for doubles
May 11th, 2002, 10:23 AM
Gambill/Sabatini for doubles:D
May 11th, 2002, 10:36 AM
Just confirming Torres/Dulko! :wavey:
Sorry Marteena but I'm permanent doubles partners with Gianna :)
Regla also said: "What a terrible draw for me, they just get worse and worse!" :(
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
May 11th, 2002, 02:16 PM
Ruflina and Jane in doubles :)
May 11th, 2002, 02:25 PM
Gisele with Tanya :)
May 11th, 2002, 02:28 PM
sure potty, Jennifer Selles needs apartner since Graf isn't here/
We can play together.
May 11th, 2002, 10:48 PM
Cool Majlana/Selles then in doubles :)
May 11th, 2002, 10:55 PM
riana and marteena together
May 11th, 2002, 11:35 PM
SHOCKING ANNOUNCEMENT: Applegate dump Eggert!
A woman with brown hair arrived at Rome International Airport yesturday and noone recognised the woman at the airport. At the tournament, the woman told her name to the tournament director and her name is Bryanne Applegate! Applegate didn't let her doubles partner know that she dump Eggert.
"I would like announce for all tennis fans. I decided dump my doubles partner, Tiffani Eggert for together in Doubles", Applegate said, "because I feel we're not good team. I need good partner at the Roland Garros because I am very worry about my defend Final points in two weeks."
Applegate will play with her sister, Catherine Pierce this week. However, she will play with Indonesian Riana Shamira-Zibir at the Roland Garros! "I asked Riana [Shamira-Zubir] for together at the Roland Garros and she say, 'yes'. And also, we will play together after the Roland Garros!".
paula would you like to play doubles with me permanently??
May 12th, 2002, 12:04 AM
Eggert Annoyed with Applegate
Tiffani Eggert just received word that Bryanne Applegate, her good friend and current doubles partner, has ended their partnership. After a poor start to 2002, the pair did manage to get to the finals at Amelia Island. "I know that Bryanne and I were having our troubles. I was committed to play with her through the French. I asked her yesterday if we were still going to play in Berlin and she told me yes. I think it was really disgusting that she didn't tell me about this herself. I am very offended," Eggert said when she found out about the news.
Tiffani Eggert has played in two tournaments this year with another player, Paula Masterton. They managed to win one tournament and reach the semifinals in the other tournament. Tiffani wants to try and play with Paula regularly now. "I hope Paula would be interested in playing with me full time and doesn't have someone else already in mind."
Tiffani and Bryanne have been very close this year, good friends, and hitting partners. "Honestly, I think Bryanne is very jealous of my recent success in singles and that is why she is doing this. If she thinks that it will hurt my singles play, she's wrong. I usually try to be a nice person, but I think that she deserves to lose for doing something like this. It's really messed up."
It looks like their friendship may repeat a "Mary Joe Fernandez/Lindsay Davenport" fate. It will be interesting to see what happens to Bryanne in the FWTT Survivor game, since it looks like she will be next to go. Her former Apoy Tribe is down to their last three members.
May 12th, 2002, 12:21 AM
You think I am very jealous of your recent success in Singles? Bullshit! The main reason is... we're not good team, that's all.
May 12th, 2002, 01:48 AM
Tiffani Eggert Announces Wedding Date
Tiffani Eggert announced the date of her wedding on Saturday. She and her fiancee, Robert, have been engaged for a year and a half. "There just was never a good time for us to get married. We know we love each other and it wasn't necessary for us to get married right away," Tiffani said. The wedding date is set for Sunday, July 14. "It is really hard to schedule a date that works into everyones schedule. I hope it works out for my friends so they can come." The wedding will coincide with the finals of the tournament in Brussels. FWTT director, Alx, has been asked to conclude all tournaments that week on Saturday, to allow for players to attend the wedding.
Tiffani and her soon to be husband Robert will spend the next few days on their honeymoon, at a destination not yet known. At the end of that week is the second round of FED Cup. It is still unclear if Tiffani will play in Brussels that week or FED Cup the following weekend.
Who is invited to the wedding? Tami Sugarn is expected to be Tiffani's maid of honor and Robert has asked Alx to be his best man. The rest of the wedding party has not yet been determind. However, other players invited include Tiffani's friends on tour Ruflina Taliamonosoko, Jane Wong, Marteena Huubere, Larisa Ferrer, Sabine Graf, Paula Masterton, and Sandy Vicario among others. Tiffani is hoping that an injured Selima Valentine will be able to make the trip as well.
The surprising note was who was left off the guest list. Her doubles partner until today, Bryanne Applegate, does not seem to be invited. The wound may be too fresh for Tiffani and is not ready to make up with Bryanne.
Seeded third in Rome, Tiffani looks to take advantage of a weaker field and a kind draw. Play begins Monday.
May 12th, 2002, 03:02 AM
Reuters - Australia's Daniela Turundzhov has confirmed her participation in the qualifying of this week's Italian Open after a meeting with a Tour Trainer this morning.
Suffering a hamstring strain, Turundzhov's participation wasn't a certainty this week, however Tournament Organisers say that Turundzhov has given them her final commitment.
'Daniela told us this afternoon that she would play against Shawfink. She says she feels fit enough to take to the court and she hopes to do well in Rome'
Turundzhov has also entered the doubles competition, with Belgium's Brenda Van Haak. Turundzhov suffered the injury during her loss to Barbara Miele at last week's Citta Di Prato event and had to subsequently withdraw from the doubles competition at the event.
Turundzhov will begin practising tomorrow in a bid to prepare for her qualifying match.
Jane Wong arrived in Rome today and was immediately swamped by the reporters to get a response from Jane regarding the comments made by her mother and her close relative, Jane decide to hold a press conference
Q: Jane, is it true that you are considering retirement?
A: I have been playing in FWTT for two years now, while it is really fun, you have to realize it is a very hectic job, flying week in week out is not easy to do. Yes, I am considering to retire, but it won't be immediate
Q: You have any plans as to when to retire?
A: Well I am going to give myself half a year more, I will play tennis, and if by the end of the year, I still miss the tour so much, then I will continue, if I feel that it is time to move on, I will settle back in HK.
Q: HAve you talked to Ruflina about it?
A: Not really, I am sure she understand my feeling, I mean, she will support my decision, I mean the main thing is that at the moment I am not having fun, all the sponsors are pressurising me to do well in clay tournament, some even decide to sue me for haing so many first round loses in clay tournament which is insane. Maybe after Roland Garros when they all withdraw my sponsorship, the fun will be back.
Q: So far, you had a diffcult time playing on clay, last year, you reach the final on every clay court tournaments bar one. What do you think is the key to that?
A: Well for a start last year, there aren't many clay court player, I mena Ruflina is not back until Roland Garros, Regla Torres is not here etc. and also ther are so many up and coming players who can play really well, and also I am more or less a marked person and young players have the 'nothing to lose' attitude, where I have a lot of pressure to do well and stuff, maybe I should relax a bit
Q: How is your draw in Rome?
A: again, like so many times this year already, I got a very good draw, but then I cannot look for winning more than one match at the moment, I will try my best and see how it goes
May 12th, 2002, 10:50 AM
After a free week Candela Sánchez comebacks Rome
"I needed it, cause I was feeling a little tired and the best was rest for a week, I spend a great time with friends and family in Almería (Spain) and now I feeling so well to do a COOL performance in Rome, because I really know that I can do it"
May 12th, 2002, 03:00 PM
That's a nice pic of Anna and Daniela:hearts: :kiss: :hearts: :kiss: :hearts:
May 12th, 2002, 03:12 PM
MONICA GAMBILL ARAIVES IN ROME
This sunday afternoon Monica Gambill arrived in Rome to make her challenge for this weeks title.After some great play on the green clay in the USA the transition to red clay has been a little more difficult that she imagained.
'I went to Warsaw to get some practice against lesser players so i could win the title and be confident but i lost my first match after horrible play.I got to the final of the doubles with Gianna but lost.We had a great time together though shes a great girl and i'm glad she won the title'
'This week i have a good draw first round is a tricky one though Gisele is a great player but if i can get passed her i play either the person who everyone hates or just someone i don't like.So if i get to the second round the match will have more egde to it.My aim here is to get to the quarters and then who knows.I have madrid next week where my aim is to win the title then Roland Garros where i want to play my best and get to atleast the 3rd round'
May 12th, 2002, 03:34 PM
Virginia Ross Arrives In Rome
Virginia Ross had taken a break before this tournament.She had a broken toe.Now she is back,and happy that she has received a wildcard for the Italian Open,her hometown of Rome."Yeah,I really enjoyed my time off,that way I didnt have to look at Bryanne Applegate's face." Ross says. "She can be a real witch sometimes,thats why I always beat her." Ross leads Applegate 4-0 in their head-to-head,2 of their meetings were double bagels from Ross."I cant wait to play the dumbie again."Virginia made it to the QF,SF,SF of all the tournaments she played.Upsetting 2-6 seeds in the making."I am thinking about retiring from here,I heard of a new game,called IFTA,which is really fun too.
May 12th, 2002, 05:05 PM
Thanks for invitation Tiffani!!!!
May 12th, 2002, 07:32 PM
:rolleyes: Virginia, all meetings was in an exhibition! It can't count for win/loss records against me! So, I heard you called me, 'dumbie'? Did I hurt you? Absolutely nothing! I am pretty sure that you will lost in the first round, anyway. Oh and my sister and I will play you at Doubles! I am really looking forward to play you!
May 12th, 2002, 07:35 PM
Go Virginian kick Bryannes ass:p
May 12th, 2002, 07:59 PM
Tiffani Eggert continues to make news this weekend. On Sunday she announced that she will play doubles regularly with Paula Masterton at least through Wimbledon. "I think that we have done well together so far, and have fun working as a team. Hopefully, we will be able to help out each others rankings," Tiffani said after the announcement. This news coming only a day after Bryanne Applegate abruptly announced the end of her partnership with Tiffani.
May 12th, 2002, 08:10 PM
Sophia Sabatini wishes good luck to Eggert/Masterton after her and Gambill beat them this week! ;)
May 12th, 2002, 11:35 PM
Marteena is excited to return to Rome this week, she really enjoyed herself here last year, and she hopes she can have just as much fun this year. She is really looking forward to playing with Riana in doubles. They played together at Doha this year, and marteena had a lot of fun, and can't wait until they step on court again.
Marteena also wishes she can play well in singles and hopefully get further than the 2nd round or quarter-finals, which would be a nice change! :)
Good Luck also to: Ruflina, Anjelica, Tiffani, Eva, Tanya, Regla, Riana, Bryanne and Jane!
May 13th, 2002, 12:43 AM
Gisele is worry about her first round, where she faces dangerous British player Monica Gambill
"Yeah, it's gonna be tough, she's been playing very well, and did a good Warsaw tournament, so I hope it's a good match"
Also Gisele together with Tanya Hingis from USA, surprised everyone by winning Berlin doubles title. Defeating the undefeated team Eva Sorrenta and Anjelica de La Courtiere.
"It was fantastic. My second title with Tany and my third this year." Noventz said.
Gisele and Tanya will try to keep their streak against Zerene Fernandez and Caroline Menard.
"I hope we can keep it"
Good luck all players :D :D
May 13th, 2002, 02:30 AM
Karla Herrera Upset after Masterton´s dumping action
Karla Herrera, sister of Ana Maria Herrera, speaked today to Hamburg´s media in a press conference folowing Tiffani Eggert´s announcement of Partnering Paula Masterton (Karla´s ex regular?? partner) from now throught Wimbledon.
"Well i was not informed by Paula on this, she never told me, i just noticed, she played with some diferent parters this year, after we had a great last year, i ask her for an explanation, but anyway if this is true, it is on her she may know i won´t never play doubles with her, cause i mean if you have a partner and don´t even have the DECENCE to tell her that you will leave her (no matter the reason), that is such a stupid acting i mean that person will hate you forever, but its ok i won´t be here telling bad things or something, i am just making clear my DISSAPOINTING and SADNESS cause i thought someone was a different person."
After Tiffani´s remarks Karla was left without a REGULAR partner just before leaving this was her last thought
"Well its not more important the one who´s leaving, it´s more important the next one who is coming, cause that´s the future"
IF SOMEONE WANTS KARLA AS REGULAR PARTNER PLEASE CALL 1-800-KARLAHERRERA :)
Maybe Candela Sanchez Lorenzo?? or anyone?
May 13th, 2002, 03:10 AM
Virginia Beat Up Bryanne!
Virginia Ross was arrested on Sunday after beating up Bryanne Applegate in the back of the street."I am sick of shit from her!" Bryanne has never beat a "Junior" player,names Virginia Ross."I dont see why shes ranked so high..she is one of the worst players out there,I mean,my grandma could beat her 6-0 6-0." "I cant wait to play the bitch!"
May 13th, 2002, 03:16 AM
"I am OK now", Bryanne Applegate say after fight with Virginia Ross, "She is so stupid! I don't understand why she want fight with me?! I did nothing to her!".
May 13th, 2002, 03:19 AM
Why dont I tell everyone about our little secret,huh?THAT WE HAD LESBIAN SEX!
May 13th, 2002, 03:22 AM
DEADLINE FOR POINTS IS MONDAY AT 4PM NY TIME
May 13th, 2002, 03:24 AM
"That's bullshit! I am married to an American guy! So, please fucking leave me alone, Virginia!" - Bryanne Applegate
May 13th, 2002, 03:26 AM
"Ok,sorry Bryanne,we did not have sex....." "I HAD SEX WITH YOUR HUSBAND!"
May 13th, 2002, 03:30 AM
"I knew you're making up a story, Virginia!" - Bryanne Applegate :rolleyes:
I won't reply next time if you reply again :p
May 13th, 2002, 03:37 AM
Look at all this controversy Bryanne has created. I am glad to be finished with that relationship.
May 13th, 2002, 05:44 AM
Originally posted by Tennis124
Look at all this controversy Bryanne has created. I am glad to be finished with that relationship.
I completely agree with you....:rolleyes:
May 13th, 2002, 07:27 AM
Dokic lifts lid on Tour!
Recently retired FWTT Star Jelena Dokic has launched her very own book today, based on the 2001 season on the Tour. Titled 'Game Dokic', the book chronicles Dokic's journey throughout the 2001 tennis season, her most successful before her retirement earlier this year.
Dokic, who's highest career ranking was at world no 4 kept a diary throughout her journeys on the FWTT Circuit, and after being approached by publishers decided to publish her account of last year's season.
No one on the Tour knew of dokic's intentions in publishing the book and someof it's content may surprise the casual observer. It reveals the humane side of the Tour in it's frankness and Dokic reveals how hard it is to be a professional female tennis player.
It discusses her relationship with husband Juan Carlos Ferrero, her family and players on the Tour. Some revelations are bound to shock, with many players not expecting a tell-all book from Dokic.
'It's something I've always wanted to do and after I was approached, I felt it was something worthwhile, something to do for myself. I think it will give fans a better insight into what we go through on tour'
'I did this for myself, for no one else. I think the players will like it, I mean, it's my diary so it's my view on the Tour, it's no one elses view, just mine.'
* I was thinking of maybe typing bits of the book at each tournament. What do you guys think?
May 13th, 2002, 08:12 AM
Chapter 1: Hopman Cup 2001
And so the journey begins. Sometimes it's difficult to comprehend the places I've been, the things I've seen, the things I've been able to do. From the rawly talented tennis player born in Belgrade Yugoslavia to the confident and experienced player I am now, I needed to find myself and it all begins in Perth, the year 2001.
A month earlier, at the end of 2000, I had applied to Tennis Australia to play Hopman Cup. At the time, there was still a conflict between myself and Australian no 1 Elena Dahkic, about Federation Cup and national duties. There had been an incident towards the end of 2000 which sparked a barrage of words, all of which I felt was deserved, whether directed towards Elena or myself.
She had commented to the press about my 'lack of talent', which the casual observer probably would have disagreed with. Being a junior champion, I wasn't used to being treated with such contempt and I lashed out, probably not the smartest move. I had parted ways with my junior coach Lesley Bowrey in November, at the time the press wrote that we had decided to part ways because Lesley wanted to focus on her family life. The real reason, as it pretty much always is in the tennis world is money. She wanted a lot of money, a lot more than I could guarantee her. Being new to the Tour meant that I had anything but a secure future and I couldn't take the risk of hiring Lesley for an amount of money which I couldn't guarentee and we split ways. Eventually, I started getting help from Tony Roche and under his guidance I applied for a place at the Hopman Cup. Elena (Dahkic) was of course furious but I'll never forget her face when we were told that I would represent Australia, as expected all hell broke loose but I walked out, leaving a disbelieving Elena unleashing a barrage of 4 letter words to the official. I, for one, didn't really give a damn about what was happening, all I know is that I was going to play in the Hopman Cup, which had always been a dream of mine. I was to pair up with Mark Phillipoussis, who I had never meet before. I have to admit, I found him very cute and we started a relationship during the tournament, which didn't last very long. Tony had me training upto 6 hours a day, in order to get me prepared for the Tournament. I was determined to vindicate the selector's decisions in choosing me, they had received a lot of bad press in light of my selection. the media darling at the time was Dahkic and when she told her story to the press, Tennis Australia were crucified for putting what the press described as 'an inexperienced, unproven child' as Australia's leading player. In a way, I didn't blame the press, it took a lot of balls to put me in the team, ahead of someone like Elena. I knew however that I was better prepared physically and I would probably put up a better resistance to the competition at the Burswood Dome than she would, because she had taken an extended break. Perth is a boring city, beautiful but boring. I felt like a prisoner there, however the resort was all I could ask for. I wasn't used to such attention and I must admit I overstayed my visit at the Massage Centre many a time. The draw was made on the Friday and we were pitted to meet the seeded team of Tami Sugarn and Paradorn Srichaphan in the first tie. The New years Ball was on the next night and I made sure I turned up looking the best as I could. I was shy and unconfident, and without the support of my best friend Marteena Huubere who had come to support me, I don't think I could pull off the singing act I performed. I still cringe when I think about that performance, I'm sure the other players do as well. The press were like animals, waiting to see how I would perform, no doubt looking for a mistake to report. Elena, meanwhile, had arrived in Perth and was a constant spectator at my training sessions, this didn't bother me as much as the fact that most other players at the event took her side. I experienced the cold shoulder from a lot of the pros there and seeing Elena constantly with them made me like the definitive outsider. I tried to stay away from the hotel as much as possible, the last thing I needed was to be shuuned by the other pros, not before such a big occasion for me. Thailand were going to be a formidable opponent and I had to prove myself, I just had to...........
More later, what do u guys think?
May 13th, 2002, 08:49 AM
Its great keep it coming:D
May 13th, 2002, 10:04 AM
Ok, next installment (not sure if I'll have any time tomorrow)
Chapter 1 continued:
Tami Sugarn and myself aren't exactly what you call "friends". That doesn't mean to say we hate eachother, we just didn't communicate on the same wavelength, we had different views on issues and that lead to lack of communication. I have great respect for her as a player and what she's achieved on the Tour but I find her very negative as an advocate for the game, willing to criticise players who try and do their bit for the game but unwilling to help out the tour herself. Our match was the first Tie to be played, the crowd was out in full force, a lot more than I expected, all draped in Australian colours. A surge of pride welled tears in my eyes when they played the Australian National Anthem, not even the sight of a resentful press entourage was enough to dampen my spirits. Elena Dahkic was there, as I expected, surprisingly however she was supporting the team, a nice gesture from her I thought. Sugarn hits the ball very flat and has an amazing all court game. Against her, you need to constantly change the rhythm, my shots were just as flat as hers, I had the power advantage and I knew I would win if I kept her pinned to the baseline, if she came to the net then it was going to be very difficult to win the match. The crowd were hungry for an Australian victory and their cheers even before the match had begun had my adrenaline pumping, I felt very nervous in front of the crowd, I wanted to win very badly, to show them that I deserved to be selected.
I started nervously and quickly went down in the first set, but as the set wore on, things started to change and I felt the momentum swing my way. I eventually took the set, and instantly relaxed. The crowd were supporting me vociferously and in about the space of 25 minutes, my mind wasn't focused, enough time for Tami to reel off the 2nd set, much to the delight of the Thai contigent in attendance.
The 3rd set started like the end of the 2nd, Tami taking the upperhand with some superb volleys and backhand winners. I began to hit the ball deeper as the set wore on and in the end, I managed to come out the victor.
The realisation of my victory hit me as I shouted a jubilant 'YES!'. The press looked disappointed with my victory, but I frankly couldn't care less, it was a big win for me, mentally more than anything. Our handshake was a pretty cold one, with Tami walking away before I could give her a hug, I wasn't too bothered, I had won the match and that was all I cared about. Elena also seemed happy and later on we had some words. Much to the disappointment of the players in attendance, it was a very civilised conversation, a change from the usual shouting matches which we had made famous on tour. Mark and I eventually went on to seal the mixed doubles and put ourselves 1-0 up in our group. That night, Marteena, Mark, myself and a close friend, Regla Torres all went out to a local restaurant in Perth called the 'Peking Palace'. We had an interesting discussion over dinner about my recent press treatment, I was starting to get sick of what was being said, I felt tired from all the defending I was having to do and the topic of my birthplace, Yugoslavia was raised. I quickly dismissed it, I had felt too many good emotions earlier that day and didn't seriously think I would be in Yugoslavian colours, as it later turns out, it would be sooner rather than later that I would represent Yugoslavia.
We saw Tami and Paradorn in the same restaurant later that night, Tami congratulated me and we all sat down to a satisfying chinese dinner. It couldn't have been better, to me it felt like nothing could go wrong, but as I would discover, expect the unexpected.........
May 13th, 2002, 10:09 AM
This isn't meant to offend anyone.
May 13th, 2002, 11:12 AM
it's great stories, keep them coming.. how about the fights? :eek:
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
May 13th, 2002, 05:57 PM
It is rather interesting :)
May 13th, 2002, 06:01 PM
Paula Apologises To Karla
Im so sorry Karla :sad: this was teh hardest decision i have ver ahd to make, but i had to. I hvae tried to tell you for months, and have left several messages with boht your coach and your manager. They musn't have passed them on.
Remeber, this is only until after Wimbledon, i hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and we can play again one da.
This isnt worth loosing a friend over.
May 13th, 2002, 07:36 PM
"What a fucking sad attempt on Jelena Dokic's part to get some publicity. Sorry bitch, your time has passed. You are in retirement now and nobody wants to hear about your shitty year on tour."
May 13th, 2002, 07:39 PM
May 13th, 2002, 09:24 PM
Chapter 1 continued:
The attention reached a feverish pitch as we continued on our way at the Burswood Dome. We had reached the final, against the unheralded Cubans, and the media were becoming more accpeting of my selection. I had yet to be beaten, there was a certain confidence in my game, but if anyone could exploit that, it would be Regla.
She has the type of game I absolutely hate to play, getting everything back and she never gives me any rhythm, I like power players because they give me pace to work with, Regla simply doesn't do that.
The match started closely, I felt I had the upperhand in the early stages, I was dictating the points and I'd hit either a winner or an unforced errors, unfortunately, unforced errors seemed more the case as the set wore. After 35 minutes of hard struggle, Regla won the first set, I, for one, was disheartened.
The 2nd set started like the same, I quickly got broken, however I picked myself up, and with some deep hitting, won the 2nd set comfortably. The 3rd promised to be a classic, with long hard rallies. At 4-4 in the 3rd, I received a line call which I wasn't happy with, the Cuban umpire gave it to Regla. I blew my top, something which I regrest when I reflect on it, I can't remember exactly what happened, except I remember smashing a racquet and saying to the umpire 'You only did that because she's from your country'. I lost a point because of that and Regla quickly wrapped up the match, I didn't shake hands with the umpire and as I would later discover, she wasn't too happy. We lost the tie, with the deserving Cubans taking the title. Walking back to the locker room, the Cuban umpire (Inez) who had umpired my singles match approached me with some choice words. I, not in the mood, promptly told her to leave me alone, not that politely of course. She went crying to officials, but they didn't pay much attention to her, they never did to anyone from a Communist country. As I said before, I had begun a relationship with Mark, and at the time, it was just an infatuation, I knew it wouldn't last but I'm allowed to have fun, aren't I? Mark and I flew to Auckland that night, I was to play in the Auckland event the following week, and immediately I knew it was a big mistake to play so soon after such a disappointment. I lost to Rgela in the 2nd round again, no controversy this time, the real controversy came a few days later.
That Saturday, I was given a Wildcard into the Adidas International in Sydney, Elena, still fuming over the Hopman Cup incident, went and complained to Tennis Australia, saying I received too many benefits. Tennis Australia approached me, on the issue and I told them exactly how I felt, that my career was being sabotaged due to pettiness. I gave Elena a piece of my mind, questioning why my career was of so much interest to her, all this petty in fighting was starting to get me upset. I was drawn to face Sugarn in Sydney, and went out there with a lot more than tennis on my mind. I lost in straight sets, playing some awful tennis. Tami was ecstatic, as she deserved to be, because if I had been concentrated chances are the result wouldn't have been so easy. Tony and I left as soon as I lost in the doubles. I needed to get away from all the bitchiness that was apparent on the Tour and arrived in Melbourne early. My first Grand Slam, my first missions............Ruflina Taliamonosoko.
May 13th, 2002, 10:33 PM
This is great Jelena:D
Maybe you should make a thread just for the book though?:o
May 14th, 2002, 12:59 AM
JAHFSON DISCOVERS SECRET PAGES OF JELENA'S BOOK
Madonika Diva Jahfson did not have to wait in line to buy a copy of Jelena's "Game Dokic." Nor did she have to buy it. After stealing a copy from Borders Bookstore on Monday morning, Jahfson arrived in her hotel with the book to discover her book had a secret chapter included that was not supposed to be printed.
"My book was quite different, it had an extra chapter in the back of the book that was quite long," comments Jahfson.
"I contacted the publishing company and they freaked out and told me to give it back because that chapter was not supposed to be printed. Well it is in my book and I plan to share it with the world. The chapter is long so I will release it bit by bit."
SECRET CHAPTER, "GAME DOKIC"
Oh poor me, I lost again. I am such a terrible player, even fingering myself does not cheer me up after loses. I was so down after I lost that I decided to go snort some crack with Tiffani Eggert. When I arrived in her hotel room she had a huge dildo, and we had some fun before Monica Gambill came. Monica brought some pot, and we started smoking it but silly me, I didn't know how to light my joint and I accidently lit my face on fire. Ooops I did it again. Oh well, it looks just as bad as it did before. I am an ugly girl I know, even plastic surgery can't help. After leaving Tiffani's hotel room I went to see my good friend Paula Masterton. I found her in her hotel room being eaten out by Bryanne Appelgate. I was real surprised, I did not know Bryanne was a lesbian. Paula had prepared some lunch, and she asked me if I wanted some. It had shrooms in it...I take it those are some kind of mushrooms. Well those mushrooms sure tasted funny, after I ate them I felt really dizzy and crazy. So I decided to take off all my clothes and roll around in the clay. My manager tried to stop me but I choped his penis off. Boy, it's fun to roll around naked in the clay. Madonika who was practicing on one of the courts saw me and started laughing at me. She came over towards me and started drilling balls at my head. Boy, did that hurt.
To be continued...
"After reading the chapter I was quite surprised at the things Jelena had to say, who knew she was such a dumbass bitch. I guess that's why she retired, the loss of brain cells from her unconcious drug use really did hurt her," said Madonika.
May 14th, 2002, 01:29 AM
Tiffani Eggert would like to state for the record, that she is not and never was even friends with Jelena Dokic. Therefore, none of what Jahfson claims is true. Maybe that is her fantasy.
May 14th, 2002, 01:36 AM
Bryanne Applegate also would like to state about Madonika discovered a secret chapter... she never had sex with a woman so, Madonika must making up a story.
May 14th, 2002, 02:06 AM
"Bryanne is lesbian,Madonika.She hit on me all time and I refuse no,but one night,she slipped a drug in my drink and she had sex with me.I NOT ENJOY AT ALL!" -Virginia Ross
May 14th, 2002, 02:09 AM
:rolleyes: at all the fights :p
May 14th, 2002, 02:43 AM
Karla Herrera answers Back to Paula
"Well Paula i understand your decision, but you must have TOLD ME, we played every week, how could you be doing this BITCHY thing, i can´t believe it, in the place where i live it´s called HONESTY, you could have told me, and not discover it from YOUR NEW partner"
Anyway that won´t erase the good moments and tournaments along with you, so i wish you luck, i hope you don´t do this to another person.
Anna Kroulikova def. Jennifer Selles 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(4)
Anna Kroulikova def. Caroline Menard 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5)
Q: Anna, you finally won two match in a row! How does it feel?
A: I'm very happy! It's not like I've been playing bad it's just that my opponents always had a very good day. Yestersay and today, I've played two great match against two claycouters so it's positive!
Q: Both match were very tight! What made the difference?
A: I think I'm mentally tougher then before and I don't make stupid mistake when I have an opportunity.
Q: In the first round, you play Karla Herrera. What do you think of her?
A: She is another tough claycourter so I'll have to be steady and take advantage of her weaknesses. I'll attack her second serve and try to come to net a lot. She is ranked higher then me so I have nothing to lose! I'll give it my 100%
Q: Still working with Larisa Neiland?
A: Yes, she has helped me a lot. She has done a great job with Larissa Liashenko and now she helps both of us. We are commited to the same tournaments so she travels with us.
Q: Speaking of Larissa[Liashenko], how is she?
A: She is in a hard part of her life but I'm doing my best to cheer her up! I'm sure her slump will end soon because she is too good of a player to lose first round. And in doubles, we will try our best!
ROME (Reuter) - Catherine Pierce qualified maindraw of the Italian Open after won over Dlhopolcova and Sabatini today. She will meet her sister, Bryanne Applegate [former know as Bryanne Pierce] in the first round of the maindraw! They played each other once at challenger event, Lexington last year where Applegate won the event.
"I was shock when the tournament director told me that I have to play my sister tomorrow", Pierce said, "but I am really exciting for play with her because last time, we played in Lexington and it was so close! Hopefully, I can win tomorrow."
May 14th, 2002, 05:18 AM
In fact, Catherine Pierce didn't won a singles match in Pro since won over Larissa Liashenko at Lexington in last August! :eek:
May 14th, 2002, 06:29 AM
wow this match up is just as thrilling as Venus vs. Serena or Madonika vs. anyone
May 14th, 2002, 06:51 AM
May 14th, 2002, 07:09 AM
Well I think I'll enjoy it, and I'll be in the stands supporting you, Bryanne! :D
May 14th, 2002, 07:28 AM
:kiss: Anjelica de la Courtiere!
May 14th, 2002, 07:41 AM
Tennis Masters Series Rome
Monday 13th May, 2002
Q: Daniela, a pretty good effort out there, against some tough opposition. Looks like your injury is gone?
A: Umm, not totally gone. It's definitely improved a lot since Thursday and I felt like I didn't have many problems with it. I still lacked a little confidence, probably not going for as many shots as I normally do but I think that it'll will come with more matches. Like you said, it was a good effort against some really tough opposition. I was out there for you know, over 3 hours, especially on clay, it's not easy and I'm happy with the way my body held up.
Q: The match against Shawfink, she was the favourite, but you acted like you believed that you were the one expected to win?
A: I think it's necessary to have confidence in order to win on Tour. I didn't really notice anything different in my behaviour, maybe it's just you (laughs).
Q: The Shawfink Match, there were some tremedous hard hitting rallies, did you ever think 'enough already!'?
A: Every point I thought that (laughs). There were some really long points, I mean, it's not very often you have a match like that on clay, where it's such hard hitting from the word go. I think in the end I was a little bit tougher mentally.
Q: In a situation like this, 2 matches in a day, how much confidence do you have in your conditioning?
A: I have great confidence in my ability to sustain good play for long periods of time. I think I'm very fit, mentally and physically and it was a key in my matches out there today.
Q: Sarile, she was up 4-1 in the 3rd set tiebreak, 6 winners in a row from your racquet, do you do that often or......?
A: Well, she was up 4-1 but I still felt that the rallies were close and if I could put a few more shots in, it could easily be in my favour. I think I was a lot more patient towards the end of the match.
Q: You seemed to be in a hurry to get off the court?
A: I was, I just didn't want to be out there any more.
Q: Is there a specific reason?
A: I really needed to pee (laughs). Nah, I just wanted to rest, my feet are sore now. This clay is nightmare on my feet.
Q: Hingis tomorrow, can you do it all again?
A: I think so, definitely. I mean, it's a little tiring but it should be a good match, we'll see how it goes. Should be interesting.
Q: Your sisters book, have you read it?
A: Yeah, it was a surprise. I really didn't know about it. There's somethings in there that I certainly found interesting (laughs).
Q: Madonika's comme........
A: Puh-leez, everyone knows that the only thing that comes out that animal's mouth is rubbish, so no one really takes her seriously.
Daniela Turundzhov after beating Lindsay Anne Sarile to qualify for the Main Draw.
May 14th, 2002, 08:58 AM
Well Sophia looses in qualifying again:o
May 14th, 2002, 09:16 AM
Just a question Virginia:
How would you know what happened if you were drugged?
and how do you know you didn't enjoy it? I mean, if you were drugged, you would have pretty much no recollection of what happened.......or maybe you're just lying? :rolleyes:
May 14th, 2002, 09:20 AM
And Madonika so what if i smoked pot better than fingering myself in public just to gain some attention that otherwise would be on much more interesting people:p
May 14th, 2002, 01:57 PM
Regla aims for 13th straight win
Spain's Regla Torres has arrived in Rome with a 12 match winning streak behind her. She has not lost a singles match since losing in 1st round in Charleston. Tomorrow, she will aim for an unlucky 13th straight win against Riana Shamira Zubir, who defeated her in the only time they have played before. Regla is also aiming for a 3rd straight tournament win here in Rome. Upon arrival she admitted she was a little tired after having played for many consecutive weeks without a break. "I'm definitely feeling the pinch, with Roland Garros just around the corner, I do think maybe an early loss would do me good rather than bad" said Torres, who is also committed to play in Madrid next week.
During practise she also took time out to read bits of her former doubles partner and friend Jelena Dokic's biography. She said "Yeah I definitely remember those events, brings back a lot of memories, especially from Hopman Cup 2001, I was actually surprised that I didn't know some of the things that went on with the officials, I will certainly read more when I get the time".
May 14th, 2002, 05:14 PM
Jane Wong dumped by sponsor, in financial turmoil
Jane Wong 's official sponsor, Nike has announced that they are withdrawing the 7 million for three years sponsorship deal with Jane Wong. A spokeswomen said, 'One of the condition when we sign the contract is that Jane will has to fulfill the no. of matches win and tournament win within the year, we sign with her after French Open but she has been lackluster since, therefore we decide to withdraw our contract with Jane, we will compensate 1 million dollars in total for Jane, and that is written on teh contract.'
Jane Wong cannot be reached for comment, but a close source in Hong Kong said that Jane has invested a lot in the housing market and stock market with her sponsorship money and those shares and housing stock has been plummeting, and Jane is said to have owed the bank 3 millions dollars, an amount that if Jane cannot repay in 3 months, she will face bankrupsies.
Jane Wong cannot be reached for comment
May 15th, 2002, 03:01 AM
1st Round Singles:
Paula Masterton def. Anjelica de la Courtiere 7-6 5-7 7-6
Virginia Ross def. Adriana Gonzalez 1-6 6-4 6-3
Brenda Van Haak def. Maikano Yamada-Miyachi 3-6 6-4 6-4
Q: You only lost two games before she retired, and you have played some incredible tennis the past two weeks, can you attribute that do something?
M: I told everyone that I was serious about winning the French Open. I am not Jelena Dokic, I do not lie. When I say I am serious, I am serious. I plan to carry out my mission in taking Roland Garros.
Q: Why do you think she retired?
M: Obviously she was embarassed of her play. She used to be a top player. Obviously she is not anymore. I do not think she was injured, I think she just got tired of seeing all my shots pass her by for winners. Plus she isn't a great player to begin with so you match her up against me and...you know it's just too bad, I felt sorry for the crowd, that they had to see such a sad match. Though I did enjoy kicking her ass, she has spoken up against me before.
Q: You seem to beat everyone who speaks up against you, Paula Masterton, Monica Gambill, Jane Wong, Tiffani Eggert, Ruflina Tuliamonsoko, they have all said things about you in the past...
M: And I have beaten all of them, LOL. Exactly.
Q: You have a new doubles partner. You and Larisa Ferrer are playing together.
M: Yes we are.
Q: How did that come to be...
M: She called me up and asked me. Everyone is interested in me, even the #1 ranked player on tour. Basically she asked me if I would like to be her partner for Strausbourg, and I said sure why not. I think we are both very capable players but she can learn a few things from me. I think that's why she asked me.
Q: We believe you play Monica Gambill next...
M: Oh, I didn't even look at the draw. I just remember asking the tournament director how much I will get paid on Sunday for winning the tournament. I remember the important things, and let me tell you guys Monica Gambill isn't one of them.
P.S. LOLOL at Liashenko...did you get scared when you looked at the draw bitch? Is that why you wanted to retire if you lost? LOLOL, you are one sad player.
May 15th, 2002, 03:22 AM
Virginia beats Crap Player!
"I played like crap today.I dont see how I beat the bitch.I guess she was playing real good.So that goes to show you,I beat a player who was at her best." "Junior" player def. pro player,Adriana Gonzalez. "I knew I could beat her,I mean,her time is O-V-E-R,she needs to retire."
May 15th, 2002, 03:36 AM
Larissa Liashenko retires during first round match with Jahfson
Liashenko: Well, it's food poisoning. I went to a restaurant yesterday night and ate some fish which probably wasn't good. I to the hotel and I knew something wasn't going!And when I woke up this morning, I wasn't feeling very good. I had huge cramps all over my body. I went to the tournament site and practice a little and it seemed to be not so bad, so I decided to play anyway. I got on the court, a right away, I knew I was up for a tough test because I beat Madonika earlier this year and I knew is a great player.
Question: You started the match and you were fine but then what happened?
Liashenko: I wouldn't say I was fine but I thought I was capable of playing. I felt heavy and my stomach was...i don't know the word. Right away, she got the brake. I had no legs to serve. And I wasn't moving really well. I tried my best but the way she was playing, I was impossible for me to beat her so whats the point of being humiliated and jeopardize my participation in Strasbourg and Paris.
Question: What do you think of Madonika?
Liashenko: I think that some of what she says is over the edge but it's her personality. And as far as her game goes, she is very good. She backs her big mouth with her great game.
Question: Will you play doubles?
Liashenko: I don't know yet! I'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow and I'll see then.
Question: Do you still have the intention of withdrawing from the French?
Liashenko: It will depend on how I do in Strasbourg. If I'm not satisfied with my play, I'll probably withdraw from singles. I don't know yet!
Moderator: This was the last question for Larissa. Thanks for comming!
Liashenko: Thank you
May 15th, 2002, 03:39 AM
Wow, you won a challenger and you claim you are playing your best! Watch out evryone, when she plays her best, she wins challenger! And after you say Ferrer plays Tier 3 to stay #1. I've check your schedule and you are schedule in TONS of tier 3 and 4.
you are the next big thing...yeah right.......bitch!
May 15th, 2002, 03:40 AM
OMG:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
Someone is imitating Madonika!!!
May 15th, 2002, 03:44 AM
Umm...excuse me,Im the real thing,bitch.Madonika is worthless to me.
May 15th, 2002, 03:54 AM
Come on people! Everything is getting out of hands! There is going to be a cat fight soon...
I'm SOOOOOO tired of this crap that I consider stoping playing this game that I once enjoy playing!
Rome (Reuter) - Bryanne Applegate advance to the second round of the Italian Open after won over younger sister, Catherine Pierce in tough straight sets, 6-4 6-4. Pierce leads 4-1 and 40-15 in the first set before she failed the set and she was scream at the Italian crowd who supported Applegate in the match.
"I'm so disappointed that I didn't won the first set when I was leads 4-1 but I'm happy for made the maindraw now", Pierce said, "She [Applegate] played amazing at the match and I will supporting her in next match against Regla Torres!".
Spanish Regla Torres, who is 13 winning streak now after won over Indonesian Riana Shamira-Zubir in straight sets, 6-1 7-6. Shamira-Zubir was fined at the match for attacked a ballkid when she was lose her cool and hit a ball to the ballkid. She argued with a umpire about the accident that she didn't try to hurt the ballkid.
Torres will play Applegate tomorrow for place of the Quarterfinals. Torres won the last meeting at Berlin in two weeks ago where Torres won in tight third set, 7-5 5-7 7-5.
May 15th, 2002, 04:19 AM
Marteena looks forward to a return to Rome!
"I have very good memories of rome last year - i was a quarterfinalist here and won the doubles with nicole, so it is very nice to come back here again. This year i have been reasonably consistent but lacking big match wins :( :( I seem to beat those ranked below me but always lose to those ranked above me :("
"Doubles here with Riana I am really looking forward to. I hope we can do well. It will be interesting to play with Riana after playing with Larisa for the last few tournaments. Riana is a great player and I hoep we can adjust to each others games and do well here."
May 15th, 2002, 08:15 AM
Tennis Masters Series Roma
14th May 2002
D. TURUNDZHOV/T Hingis 7-5 5-7 7-6(3)
An Interview with: DANIELA TURUNDZHOV
Q: Daniela, 3 wins in a row, obviously you're starting to hit top form?
A: Definitely. I think that I'm starting to hit some form and it showed out there. I started a little slowly, you know, let her get the break and she's a great player, so once I won the first set, my confidence just rose. She made the Australian Open Final so she's obviously a very good player, I felt I was in it the whole match, it could have been in 2 sets but she played too good at 5-5 in the 2nd.
Q: Eva Sorrenta next, how will you approach that?
A: Well, she's the 4th seed, so obviously she's the favourite. I think I'm playing well and if I can play as well as I have been, I believe I have a chance against her tomorrow. I just hava to remain positive.
Q: Your injury, how is that?
A: It's pretty good. I'm at about 90% now, no problems today and hopefully that will continue.
Q: After next week, will you play juniors?
A: No. I mean, it's a level down. I won't gain anything by playing the juniors so it's the pros for me. I think that's the best decision.
Daniela Turundzhov hits a forehand against Tanya Hingis.
May 15th, 2002, 09:16 AM
Game Dokic, continued:
I arrived in Melbourne the Thursday before the Australian Open, my confidence wasn't the best, deflated by the lack of match wins since the Hopman Cup. I left Sydney immediately after losing my first doubles match against Martina Lian and Ruflina Taliamonosoko, it was tight and their experience was a big factor in their 6-3 3rd set win. My partner was Larissa Ferrer, the world no 1 in singles, we had agreed to play with eachother. In, Melbourne, I went to see my sister Daniela participate in the Victorian Junior Championships, where she made the semifinals before losing to a Swiss girl. I had begun preparations with my coach, Tony Roche and the organisers were kind enough to arrange a practise partner. I had been asked to be present at the Draw Ceremony the following morning, and no doubt I was more surprised than anyone to see my name come up against seeded Botswanian, Ruflina Taliamonosoko. Ruflina and I were friends, having played doubles in Quebec the year before. We didn't do too well on that occasion but we had kept in contact. Expected to await the winner of our match was Sydney champion Alice Knight. Ruflina was first though, and I had it up against me. The other Australian's also had tough first up matches. Marteena (Huubere) faced top seed Larissa Ferrer, Deanna (Hargreaves) had to battle Jane Wong, Elena (Dahkic) was up against Ebony Maeve Freeman and Bryanne Pierce was put into battle against Marla Sokoloff. All except Dahkic were expected to lose in the first round, expectations weren't high. Ruflina was pregnant at the time of the Open and her decision to play has baffled me. I's my opinion that if you're good enough to start, then every match is decided on their own merits. We would have a problem with that later, after our match. The tournament started disastrously, with 3 Australian girls falling out on Day One. Deanna and Marteena both lost 6-8 in the 3rd, Elena lost 6-2. The pressure was now firmly on me to give the crowd something to cheer about. I was scheduled for the night match on Day Two.
The stadium was buzzing that night, earlier in the day I had seen Bryanne (Pierce) crash out as well, I was the only Australian left. If I wanted to keep the flag flying, I was going to beat one of the best players on tour, I knew I was up to it. She served first, her powerful serve hard to see in the night conditions. She broke me in the 2nd game of the set, and held to lead 3-0. I managed to hold and break, to get it back to 3-2, but some fantastic play from Ruflina allowed her to take the next 3 games and the set 6-3. The 2nd set started like a disaster, within a blink of an eye, I was down 2-5 and 3 matchpoint, I saved them with 3 winners and would continue to save numerous others as the games wore on. She led 6-3 in the tiebreak, but I managed to crawl back and eventually take the 2nd set 13-11 in the tiebreaker. She went ahead 3-1 in the 3rd, but I started to lift with the support of the crowd and won the next 5 games to take the match 3-6 7-6(11) 6-3. I was ecstatic, I had broken my Hopman Cup drought. I slept well that night, unaware of what would happen the next day. I slept in the next morning, and arrived at Melbourne Park at around lunchtime. It was my rest day, with only doubles being scheduled for later on in the day. I was walking towards the locker-rooms, when Larissa (Ferrer) and Marteena (Huubere) attempted to stop me. I kept going, past them only to open the door and hear Ruflina telling some girls about how she'd beat me if she wasn't pregnant, and that my win didn't count. My heart sank, and I was overcome with a feeling of great disappointment. She stopped when she saw me, tears welled in my eyes and I screamed at her 'Well I hope your children look like monkeys!'. A comment that I regret, before I knew it, I was back at the hotel room and only some encouragement from Larissa allowed me to leave the room and win our first doubles, 9-7 in the 3rd against Steffi Coare and Linda Davenport. I avoided Ruflina that day, that week in fact. I had more important things on my mind, Monica De la Cal was one.
May 15th, 2002, 09:29 AM
After her shocking singles match, Jane left the stadium in tears. She refused to hold an interview saying that she is too tired
May 15th, 2002, 09:48 AM
GAMBILL THROUGH TO SECOND ROUND
Monica Gambill won through to the second round with a stunning 7-6 6-1 win over Gisele Noventz in the first round of the Italian Open.It was a great match from Monica getting back to the form that saw her get to the semis in Indian Wells.The first set was close no breaks of serve but in the tiebreaker Gambill was unstopable as she edged a 6-2 lead with some stunning groundstrokes and took the set.She was unstopable in the second set where everything she hit semmed a winner.
'I played so well Gisele is a great player on clay and i can't believe i won in straight sets.This is the kind of fomr i want going into the french.'
She will next play her foe Madonika Diva Jahfson in what will be a stunning match.
'I don't like her at all she thinks shes amazing when shes crap i have a 2-1 head to head with her 1-1 on clay so its gonna be tough i'm gonna give the match my all!'
May 15th, 2002, 10:11 AM
I think one Madonika is enough to make the tour interesting. Now Ross try to become one maybe a bit too much and even make tour less attractive now, coz it seems like there is too much violence and drug going on that it isn't even funny.
May 15th, 2002, 12:19 PM
Gianna Adrianna Dulko won her fifth consecutive match yesterday, with a 7-5 7-6(10) win over Candela Sanchez-Connelly. After winning her first tier-level tournament in her home country of Poland last week, Dulko is confident and continuing to play well. "This was a really good win for me, as I had lost the previous encounter between Candela and I. I play Manuela next, and that will be tough, as she knocked out Jane Wong. But I hope to continue to play well and we'll see what happens! :D"
May 15th, 2002, 05:33 PM
yay Paula!!! That was CLOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE!!! :D
May 15th, 2002, 06:04 PM
Great win Paula!!!!
Awww Jane! It's ok, don't worry!
May 15th, 2002, 10:49 PM
Originally posted by wongqks
I think one Madonika is enough to make the tour interesting. Now Ross try to become one maybe a bit too much and even make tour less attractive now, coz it seems like there is too much violence and drug going on that it isn't even funny.
Honey,I NEVER took drugs and theres no violence going on,ok?So get your facts straight before ya start blabbing.
May 15th, 2002, 11:53 PM
"I have been a real bitch as of late.After being compared to Madonika,I felt horrible.Soo,I would like to apologize to all players and wish them future look in their coming tournaments!"
May 16th, 2002, 01:21 AM
very funny, but just to clear up my player's name Shamira is her middle name not last name so it's not Riana Shamira-Zubir, juat riana shamira zubir. i just like using her middle name too!
May 16th, 2002, 03:33 AM
Second Round Singles:
Ruflina Taliamanosoko def. Paula Masterton 6-4 7-6
Q: You seem to be playing better and better the more they talk about you.
M: That's right honey, cuz Mizz Madonika takes all that nasty bitter hate and turns it into pure brown sugar lovin'!
Q: Larisa Liashenko had some nasty things to say about you, talking about how you can only win a challenger.
M: Well the girl who can "only win a challenger" just kicked your ass bitch. You sad pathetic whore LOL.
Q: You beat Gambill last week, and here again. It's got to feel good.
M: Absolutely. But you know what, today is a fine example of how I have handeled all the negativity directed towards me. I blew kisses to the crowd...but I am saving both my middle fingers for the next time I see Larisa Lesbianishenko. LOL!
Q: What do you think of Virginia causing trouble around the tour, sort of in your style?
M: Honey, please. This is Madonika DIVA Jahfson. Often immitated but never duplicated. That bitch doesn't even add up to the pimples on Larisa Lesbianishenko's ass. And that's saying something.
<<Madonika gets up and starts singing>>
"I don't want no scrubs
A scrub is trash like Virginia that will get her ass beat by me
I keep on winning baby and you bitches keep on hating! Keep it coming' cuz it sho'll is workin'
- Madonika Diva Jahfson...often immitated, never duplicated!
May 16th, 2002, 04:29 AM
Originally posted by Alx
Doubles 1st Round:
de la Courtiere/Sorrenta def. Dlhopolcova/Yamada-Miyachi 6-1 1-6 6-1
Fernandez/Menard def. Hingis/Noventz 7-6 6-3
May 16th, 2002, 05:38 AM
Not a good day for Tiffani Eggert. SHe is definitely burnt out. She is going to take the week off and come back strong for the French Open.
Congrats to Ruflina and Marteena! maybe a final match up?
Bad luck Paula, we'll get them at the French.
Nice work to Regla keeping that streak going!
May 16th, 2002, 06:48 AM
Sorrenta Wins In Rome
Sorrenta def. Turundzhov 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
de la Courtiere/Sorrenta def. Dlhopolcova/Yamada-Miyachi 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
Q: Eva, another quarterfinal for you, hope was the match today?
A: I had a pretty good match, started a bit slow, but I think I refocused well in the second and third, and I think maybe she began to tire out a bit in the last set. She fought well the whole way through though.
Q: This was your first time playing her I presume? What did you see in her game, and what did you know beforehand?
A: Yeah this was my first match against her, she hits the ball hard and pretty much just goes for her shots. A lot were landing in early on, and I'm sure once she works on becoming a bit more physically fit and consistent, she'll be able to keep up that level of play later on. Just a matter of experience I think.
Q: Had you seen her play before?
A: I hadn't seen her in match play before, but she did occasionally travel with her sister and practice with her, so I did have some idea as to what sort of game she had.
Q: Your quarterfinal opponent is Regla Torres, arguably the hottest player on tour right now, what will you try and do to prepare?
A: Pray a lot *laughter*. I lost to her in Hamburg, and she's beaten me a few times previous to that aswell, so it's not too welcoming to play her, especially if she's confident *smiles*.
Q: Is it easy to be discouraged before a match begins against a player who has beaten you a number of times?
A: I suppose sometimes, but you can't let the past affect you. Each time is a new match, and I have beaten her once so I know it's not impossible, just a matter of doing the right things at the right time.
Q: Odd doubles match today?
A: Yeah, we went a bit mental in the second, and they played well and took advantage of that. We were happy to win it in the end though.
Q: You've played both before, why did you lapse out?
A: It happens to the best of us. We missed a few easy shots, and they made a few good ones, and I'm sure that gave them more belief out there. Maikano has beaten us in doubles before, and Natalya is a friend of ours, so she too knows our game.
Q: You play Daniela yet again, along with Brenda, is that a good thing or a bad thing?
A: I don't know, I can't say either. I'm sure Daniela will take some things away with her from our match, and Brenda played us last week and is a tour veteran so we will ceratinly take them as serious as anyone else we play.
Rome (Reuters) - Spanish Regla Torres won a match against American Bryanne Applegate in straight sets, 6-1 7-5 and made 14 winning streak now. Applegate was leads 5-0 in the second set and Torres won next seven games in row. Applegate lose her cool and yelled at a umpire, "You're absolutely moron!" when the umpire overruled five times in the match! She was very angry with it.
"I am very angry with the umpire that she [the umpire] overruled like five times because she's Spanish!", Applegate speaks in angry, "Next time, if I play a Spanish player and I definitely refusing the umpire for a matches!".
Applegate played a Doubles match with younger sister, Catherine Pierce today and they lost in tight straight sets, 7-6  7-6  against Mozzarella/Ross. Applegate told that she lost the match because she still angry about the umpire overruled today against Torres in Singles.
May 16th, 2002, 08:40 AM
Damn it i lost:(
But i won doubles:D
May 16th, 2002, 08:57 AM
Jane dissappearing act
After news about her bankrupsies, Jane Wong play sluggishly in her doubles match, and after the match she was int ears again and said sorry to Ruflina for playing so bad
She refused to comment about the recent trouble but sources said she fly back to Hong Kong this morning
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
May 16th, 2002, 12:28 PM
Press release from Taliamanosoko:
Jane has asked me to tell the tour and all others interested, that she is okay, but she needs to go home to Hong Kong for a few days to settle some private affairs. For the fans, please rest assure that she and I will be in Strasbourg next week for the tournament, but you have to understand it is very difficult for you on the tour if you lose several matches in a row.
:kiss: Tiffini ;) Sorry you lost, but that means you can't beat me now! ;)
Well done Marteena and Eva! :)
May 16th, 2002, 02:14 PM
:sad: :sad: OMG! jane ...
May 16th, 2002, 02:33 PM
Regla Torres would like congratulate all the winners especially Gianna Dulko, Marteena Huubere, Madonika Jahfson, Eva Sorrenta and commiserations with others. She said to Gianna Dulko "we may be beaten this time in doubles, but we just have to keep at it, we'll get there one day and congratulations in the singles win!". She also had this to say about her upcoming match with Eva "this is the 5th time we're meeting this year, we always have close matches, so this should be interesting, I'm sure she's looking for revenge, and I'm feeling a little tired this week".
In what was a thrilling match Madonika Diva Jahfson defeated Monica Gambill 7-5 0-6 6-2.The first set was tense brilliant play from both players winners from everywhere.The extra bite to the match was the fact that there is a clear dislike between these two.Madonika edged it out 7-5.In the second set Monica was untouchable everything she hit was a winner Madonkia could do bugger all.In the third Monicas form dipped as she started missing shot after shot and Madonika took the match.
'Today she played well she deserved to win.I'm mad that i lost to her again but hey thats tennis.I'll play the doubles here then move on to Madrid then the French Open.I'm hoping i can play well win a few matches and get confident again:D
May 16th, 2002, 09:20 PM
Tennis Masters Series Rome
Thursday 16th May 2002
E. SORRENTA/D. Turundzhov 1-6 6-3 6-4
An Interview with: DANIELA TURUNDZHOV
Q: Daniela, it was a close match, obviously that proves to you that you should be up there?
A: Definitely. I'm taking a lot of confidence from this match. She's a top 10 player and I think, to have a tough 2 set match like on clay gives me some confidence. I think it was a good match.
Q: What do you think was the key?
A: I think I made some unforced errors at the key moment, and that was the key. The first set I played well throughout, but you know, at 3-4 and 4-5 in the 2nd and 3rd sets, I let it slip, trying to finish the point early. That's where her experience came in and she kept the balls coming back.
Q: You ca usually handle players that just get the balls back
A: Yeah, but she got them back and she played good shots with them, it wasn't like she moonballed me. She was hitting slices, short angles, she did everything she could and it was better than my play today.
Q: Does that then suggest you need to add variety?
A: Yeah, for sure. I incorporated the dropshot this year and I'm coming to the net a lot. I think strategy wise, I can improve but it will come with time.
Q: You did win the doubles
A: Yeah, that was a good match for us. It's the first time we've played with eachother and our opponents were a good team. We have Anjie/Eva next, we'll see how that goes. They'll definitely be tough.
Q: Where are you off to next week?
A: Junior Italian Open, here in Rome. The Roland Garros Quallies. I'm hoping to get in, I qualified last year.
Hurray! :D Fernandez/Menard are playing well! :D ;)
May 17th, 2002, 05:39 AM
Karla welldone you beat the new "BITCH" along wiht Paula now (Tiffany :p is a joke ;)) and now the stupidities of Madonika, she may say she had 24 hours straight of sex before coming to the match :eek:
May 17th, 2002, 06:07 AM
congrats to lindsay and hong on making it to the semis!
hope the winning streak continues!!!!!
to jane... if you ever need anything dont hesitate to ask hong! She is always there if you ever need her! :)
May 17th, 2002, 08:02 AM
OG, huge upset, looks like Regla gonna bag in another title LOL, but those floaters are very dangerous hehe, congrats all winners
:sad: :sad: :sad:
Jane through email want to thanks Hong, Lindsay, Tiff , Ruflian and all the others for their support, she said things should be fine and she will fly to Strasbourgh on Sunday
May 17th, 2002, 08:03 AM
Also, Lindsaya nd Hong
Take the title home!!!!!
May 17th, 2002, 01:54 PM
go hong and lindsay!
jane - do not worry, we are here for you :)
May 17th, 2002, 04:45 PM
thanx for the well wishes jane!
GO LINDSAY and HONG!!! :bounce:
May 17th, 2002, 05:34 PM
well doen Karla!!! im glad you are doing better without me :D
May 17th, 2002, 08:44 PM
Interview with Anjelica de la Courtiere
Q. Good win for you guys today, what decided this match?
DLC: I think in the outcome it was our experience that won us the match. We both served well and also drilled the ball to the younger and less experienced of our opponents. She surprised us with how solid she was during the match but eventually her net play broke down when it got close. It's a good win for us.
Q. Next up you play Fernandez/Menard, do you know much about them?
DLC: I'm not familiar with Menard but I know Zerene very well. She's one of the best doubles players there is, though her singles game has been suffering lately. She's certainly the best doubles player for her age. So, it will probably be a pretty tough match for us, but I think our experience in these situations will once again pull us through.
Q. With your success on clay lately, how do you think your chances are at Roland Garros?
DLC: Well, I can't say for sure. There are a lot of good teams out there but Eva and I are both hoping to add another grand slam doubles title to our mantles.
Q. Thanks Anjelica.
DLC: No problem.
May 17th, 2002, 10:46 PM
Sorrenta A Quarterfinal Casualty
Fourth seeded Canadian Eva Sorrenta became another victim in the Regla Torres run of the past few weeks, bowing out in the quarterfinals. The Canadian quickly found herself en route to falling behind 1-4 in the head to head series in tour matches, as the confident Torres was at strong form early grabbing the first set 6-1, and 3-0 in the second. Sorrenta hung on stubbornly however, and was able to climb back from the deficit temporarily, including breaking at 4-5 to stay in the match. Case of the match were key points though, and Torres knew where to find those when necessary. They went to a second set tiebreaker, and Torres continued to pressure Sorrenta into errors, 3 of which were crucial forehand mistakes to put Torres up minibreaks. The deal was soon done, and Torres dispatched Sorrenta yet again, 6-1, 7-6. Despite losing, Sorrenta felt happy with her week. "I played fairly well today, but I just couldn't get a lead going out there even when I started to come on a bit stronger in the second. She played well, and all the best to her for the rest of the event. " This was Sorrenta's 8th quarterfinal appearance of the year in 14 events, and says her aim is to work on getting further more frequently. "I have been pretty steady most of the year, but I need to work on getting through the later rounds more consistently first. If I can do that I'll be in good shape." Sorrenta did however move past the quarterfinals of the doubles, surviving two close tiebreakers to beat Turundzhov/Van Haak and move into a semifinal show down with Zerene Fernandez and Caroline Menard. "We're happy to be in the semis, but we always strive for more so hopefully we will play our best tennis out there and see some good results come our way."
May 18th, 2002, 02:54 AM
Gianna Adrianna Dulko won her seventh consecutive match, with a 2-6 6-4 6-4 win over Martina Huubere. "This is a great result for me. I am so happy to have reached the semi-finals. After winning Warsaw and getting engaged, I became hugely confident. It is evident throughout my play and I hope that I continue to advance in the tournament! :D"
Q: Your winning streak has been snapped, disappointed?
A: Of course I am, but I am happy to have come so far. If I had to lose I'm glad I lost to Gianna cause she's my doubles partner and she's a very good friend to me. I congratulated her and wish her luck for the finals.
Q: You mentioned a few times this week that you were tired, was that a factor today?
A: No absolutely not. I had my chances to close out the second set, but she was just stronger, took more risks on the big points. I guess I learnt I have to play fearless from now on. But by all means all credit all her. She went out to get the win, I didn't give her anything.
Q: She has been playing some fantastic tennis like you in the last couple weeks hasn't she?
A: Definitely, she won in Warsaw on clay too, so she's definitely going to be threat in Roland Garros. And we're playing doubles together too. Hopefully we can turn our singles success to doubles in Roland Garros.
Q: So what are your plans now?
A: I'll be playing Madrid next week as the top seed. I'm really looking forward to that since it's the first time I'm playing in Spain since representing that country. And then on to Roland Garros.
Q: With your latest success in Germany, it's been rumoured that you might be moving there?
A: Oh no (laughs) I love the country and I'm looking to buy a house there and learning the language but not moving there permanently. Maybe just for some time. I'm still happy living permanently in Spain.
May 18th, 2002, 05:03 PM
Go Gianna Adrianna Dulko. The no.1 polish player won her eighth consecutive player, and second consecutive win over a top 10 player, with a 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4 win over her doubles partner and good friend Regla Torres, who had won 15 straight prior to the match. Dulko who won the tournament in Warsaw last week, is playing exceptionally. She meets Brenda Van Haak in the final.
"I am playing really well lately, and with my eighth consecutive win, I'm feeling great. I hope to give the final a good go, but even if I lose, I am so thrilled with this performance. To have beaten two top 10 players and beat my good friend Regla at her best, is an acccomplishment in itself. This is a tier 1, so another great result. I am just really confident, and I hope to play well in the final."
Dulko and Torres lost first round, but reached the semi-finals of Charleston in their debut, pushing Dulko into the top 20 in doubles.
May 18th, 2002, 05:39 PM
Interview with Anjelica de la Courtiere
Q. That was a tough match, but you expected that?
DLC: Yes, as I said before Zerene is a very good doubles play, and Caroline was pretty solid. Had we lost that first set, we would have certainly lost the match. We had another one of our signature mental letdowns in the second set, but we won, so I can't complain.
Q. Looking forward to the final, what do you expect?
DLC: Hong and Lindsay are both great players, so it should be a good match. Hopefully Eva and I will win.
Q. Are you looking forward to Roland Garros?
DLC: Yes, in singles and doubles. In singles if I don't do well I might think about calling it quits. Doubles, I'm hoping that with out recent success, Eva and I will be a threat for the title. I'd love nothing more than to carry home a trophy from Paris.
Q. Good luck, Anjelica!
May 19th, 2002, 08:27 PM
So who won?
May 19th, 2002, 11:21 PM
Alx def Roger Federer 6-1 6-1 6-1 :D wd Alx for winning rome
May 19th, 2002, 11:25 PM
Brenda Van Haak def Gianna Adrianna Dulko 7-6 3-6 6-4
de la Courtiere/Sorrenta def Da-Jung/Sarile 7-5 0-6 6-2
May 19th, 2002, 11:59 PM
de la Courtiere/Sorrenta def Da-Jung/Sarile 7-5 0-6 6-2
Interview with Anjelica de la Courtiere
Q. Another up and down match for you both, what was key here?
DLC: Well I think that we knew it was our match to win. The key I think was just to regroup and play. The second set was just error after error from us, mentally we weren't there. We just had to regroup, and we did so.
Q. Will you be playing Strasbourg?
DLC: No, I pulled out. I'm having some problems with an abdominal strain I suffered in the semifinals last week. I'm going to rest for a few days before practicing more. I'm going there though to support Zerene Fernandez... and Eva and I will celebrate her becoming #1 in doubles!
Q. Oh yes, congrats to her. You will now be the #1 seeds at Roland Garros... does that add pressure, and how do you feel your chances or winning there are?
DLC: In singles and doubles?
DLC: Well in doubles I think there are a lot of good teams. Obviously Eva and I have done well, and I don't think there will be a difference to us being the top seeds. We've been the favorites for a while now at most tournaments. I think we have a good chance. I'd love to win our second doubles slam there. In singles, I don't know. I mean, it's clay. I obviously have an outside chance to win it. But the injuries this year, and the lack of confidence lately. I've been very up and down. I think the favorites are obviously Larisa and Regla... and Jane I think has an outside chance. I wouldn't mind winning... and I'll certainly put everything I have into it.
Q. Congrats again Anjelica, and good luck at the French!
May 20th, 2002, 12:32 AM
Brenda Van Haak (NED) def. Gianna Adrianna Dulko (POL) 7-6(3) 3-6 6-4
Gianna Adrianna DUlko's eight match winning streak ended yesterday, as she lost in the final of the Rome Master Series tournament to the Dutch talent Brenda Van Haak. Van Haak, who has beaten Dulko once before, played very well, coming from 6-5 down in the first set to win in the first set tiebreaker 7-3. She then lost the second set as Dulko picked up her play, eventually winning the long excruciating third set 6-4, which included an 11 deuce game at 4-4 when Van Haak was serving. "This is a great result for me. I know I lost, but I played really well this week, beating two top 10 players and pushing Brenda to three sets. This gives me great confidence going into the French Open, and I hope to continue to play well in the future, as I go on my quest to break into the top 20 in singles."
May 20th, 2002, 01:03 PM
hong congratulates eva and anjelica on their win against herself and good friend lindsay! the first set was always going to make the difference and you played awesome and 5-5 and 5-6! :)
good luck to hong and lindsay next time! :)
May 20th, 2002, 01:15 PM
Congrats to Eva and Antje for their doubles win! :D And to Brenda for the big Rome title! :D Commiserations to Gianna :sad: but one step at a time eh, you'll get that big title one day! ;)