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Anik
Mar 27th, 2006, 11:34 PM
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Bausch & Lomb Championships

Amelia Island, FL, USA
April 3-9, 2006
Tier II
Prize Money: $600,000
Draw: 56M/16Q/16D
Surface: Green Clay/Outdoors
Tournament Director: John Arrix

Official Web Site:
www.blchamps.com

Anik
Mar 27th, 2006, 11:40 PM
Groenefeld, Golovin, Safina Join Amelia Island Field
03/23/2006

Three members of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s group of young, rising talents residing in the top 25 have committed to play in the 27th annual Bausch & Lomb Championships, scheduled to take place April 3rd-9th at the oceanfront resort of Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida.

Twenty-one-year-old, Anna-Lena Groenefeld (No. 18), 19-year-old, Dinara Safina (No. 20) and 18-year-old, Tatiana Golovin (No. 24) will join the field that already includes 2005 Bausch & Lomb Championships defending champion, Lindsay Davenport (currently sidelined with a bulging disc in her back) along with top players Mary Pierce, Nadia Petrova, Patty Schnyder, Francesca Schiavone, Elena Likhovtseva and Flavia Pennetta.

"This year we are fortunate to have a very strong line up of the young and rising Tour superstars," said tournament director John Arrix. "Three names that add a great deal of excitement are those of Groenefeld, Safina and Golovin. These exciting players add to the strong main draw that we have already established, as each is on track to challenge the top seeded players on any given day."

Groenefeld reached the finals at three 2005 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events and claimed three doubles titles just two years after having turned pro in April of 2003. Her first Tour singles final came at Pattaya City, where she stretched the final match to three sets. She then went on to reach back-to-back finals at Beijing and Luxembourg. Groenefeld was also a two-time semifinalist and quarterfinalist during her breakthrough 2005 season. She began her 2006 season with early-round losses at Paris and Memphis. She found her focus at Acapulco scoring her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title along with her fourth career Tour doubles title (with Shaughnessy). This win gave Groenefeld the distinction as the first player in the 2006 season to sweep both the singles and doubles crowns at the same Tour event.

A year ago, Safina claimed her third career singles title came at Paris where she defeated Amelie Mauresmo in a three-set final match. Later in the season, Safina notched a career-first victory over a reigning world No. 1 with a three-set victory over Sharapova in the quarterfinal round at Moscow. Her fourth Tour singles title came in Prague. For 2006, Safina reached quarterfinals in Paris, Antwerp and Indian Wells, as well as a semifinal spot at Gold Coast.

Golovin will be making her main draw 2006 Bausch & Lomb Championships debut in April. Tickets for the 2006 Bausch & Lomb Championships are now available. For daily ticket, box seat and package information, please call (800) 486-8366 or visit the tournament web site at blchamps.com.

Princess Sarah.
Mar 28th, 2006, 04:19 AM
Thanx for all the info Anik :)

AnDyDog621
Mar 28th, 2006, 09:05 AM
Nice Article

Meeek
Mar 28th, 2006, 01:15 PM
Nice! Thanks Anik :)
Let's hope for a good draw!

myxomatosis
Apr 1st, 2006, 06:51 PM
I think this is going to be an awesome clay season for Dinara, starting with Amelia. I'm crossing my fingers for a good draw.

Meeek
Apr 2nd, 2006, 09:21 AM
Dinara plays Shinobu Asagoe in the first round.

(7) Groenfeld
bye
Zvonariova
Diaz-Olivia
Brandi (WC)
Peer
Asagoe
(9) Safina

Princess Sarah.
Apr 2nd, 2006, 09:47 AM
Should be a good match
Vamos Dinara!

Meeek
Apr 2nd, 2006, 03:47 PM
Complete draw:

Petrova 1 –bye
Frazier –Bohmova (WC)
Bammer – Stosur
Shaughnessy (WC) – Bartoli 16

Dechy 10 – Qualifier
Serra Zanetti – Qualifier
Vesnina- Razzano
Penetta 8 – bye

Vaidisova 4 – Bye
Qualifier – Kostanic
Vinci- Santangelo
Krajicek- Safarova 15

Jankovic 12- Craybas
Sprem- Washington
Qualifier- Schruff
Likhovtseva 6 – bye

Groenefeld 7 - bye
Zvonareva –Diaz-Oliva
Brandi- Peer
Asagoe – Safina 9

Srebotnik 14- Castano
Domachowska – Camerin
Qualifier – Peng
Schiavone 3 – bye

Kuznetsova 5 – bye
Arvidsson – Granville
Peschke- Qualifier
Qualifier – Medina Garrigues 11

Dulko 13 – qualifier
Dushevina – Bychkova
Mirza – Raymond
Schynder -bye

Anik
Apr 2nd, 2006, 06:18 PM
Good luck Dina ^^

UDACHi
Apr 2nd, 2006, 06:24 PM
Good luck, Dinara. :bounce:

Anik
Apr 2nd, 2006, 08:49 PM
Sunday - Grandstand: 10:00 AM Start

1. Singles Qualifying: 2nd Round
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) [1] def. Neha Uberoi (USA) 6-2, 6-2

2. Singles Qualifying: 2nd Round
Milagros Sequera (VEN) [16] def. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) [6] 6-4, 6-3

3. Singles Qualifying: 2nd Round
Martina Sucha (SVK) [4] def. Yuliana Fedak (UKR) [13] 6-2, 6-3

4. Qualifying Doubles: Semifinals
Dinara Safina (RUS)/Elena Vesnina (RUS) [2] def. Marta Domachowska (POL)/Roberta Vinci (ITA) 8-4

5. Qualifying Doubles: Final
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA)/Shahar Peer (ISR) [1] vs. Dinara Safina (RUS)/Elena Vesnina (RUS) [2]

Anik
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:17 PM
Dinara and Elena won 6-1 6-3 :)

Meeek
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:24 PM
:yeah:

Thanks Anik!! :)

Anik
Apr 3rd, 2006, 01:34 AM
you're welcome ^^

Monday - Stadium 10:00 AM Start

1. Amy Frazier (USA) vs. Katerina Bohmova (CZE) WC
2 Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) WC vs. Marion Bartoli (FRA) [16]
3. Nathalie Dechy (FRA) [10] vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) Q
4. Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) vs. Dinara Safina (RUS) [9]

myxomatosis
Apr 3rd, 2006, 05:30 AM
Good luck today Dinara!

iced gem
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:49 AM
Come on Dina! :bounce: :yeah:
Might be quite a tough match though.

Meeek
Apr 3rd, 2006, 09:56 PM
Dinara beats Asagoe, 6-2 6-2 :)

Anik
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:10 PM
nice win :)

doubles draw

(1)Raymond/Stosur vs. (WC)Bartoli/Dechy
Peschke/Schiavone vs. Russell/Serra Zanetti
(3)Kuznetsova/Likhovtseva vs. Asagoe/Srebotnik
Tu/Zvonareva vs. Groenefeld/Petrova

Huber/Mirza vs. Dominguez Lino/Medina Garrigues
Pratt/Steward vs. (4)Morariu/Stubbs
(Q)Safina/Vesnina vs. Dulko/Pennetta
Dushevina/Krajicek vs. Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy

Anik
Apr 4th, 2006, 02:31 AM
Tuesday - Grandstand

Sybille Bammer (AUT) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Mara Santangelo (ITA) vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE) [15]
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) [3] vs. Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)
Dinara Safina (RUS) Elena Vesnina (RUS) Q vs. Gisela Dulko (ARG)Flavia Pennetta (ITA)

Princess Sarah.
Apr 4th, 2006, 03:24 AM
cool
i like Elena too
should be good :)

iced gem
Apr 4th, 2006, 10:20 AM
great win Dina! :yeah:

myxomatosis
Apr 4th, 2006, 08:19 PM
Great win Dina and good luck over Peer! :worship:

Meeek
Apr 5th, 2006, 01:11 PM
Dinara and Elena beat Flavia and Gisela 6-2 6-2 :) :rocker2:

myxomatosis
Apr 5th, 2006, 07:56 PM
Easy win for Dinara over Peer. :worship:
Keep rolling Dina!

iced gem
Apr 5th, 2006, 08:07 PM
great scoreline against Peer!
Keep going Dinara! :bounce:

maryc
Apr 5th, 2006, 10:18 PM
Fantastic!

Mary

UDACHi
Apr 5th, 2006, 11:30 PM
:eek: :bowdown:

Andy.
Apr 6th, 2006, 02:45 AM
Well done in such an impressive win Dinara

Shoulderpova
Apr 6th, 2006, 04:14 AM
Dinara :) now burn that Greenfield :bounce:

Meeek
Apr 6th, 2006, 10:59 AM
Finally a pic from AI :)

http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/2400/ameliaisland063zk.th.jpg (http://img232.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ameliaisland063zk.jpg)

Princess Sarah.
Apr 6th, 2006, 12:44 PM
woohooo Dinara u can win this!

myxomatosis
Apr 6th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Come on Dinara! Break her!

myxomatosis
Apr 6th, 2006, 11:06 PM
Well Dinara is out. Pretty disappointing. Groenefeld is a good player, but Dina shouldv'e taken her out. Especially on clay.
Good luck next week Dina!

Princess Sarah.
Apr 7th, 2006, 10:51 AM
Awww better luck next time Dinara!

~|Naomi|~
Apr 9th, 2006, 02:29 AM
I don't think this is that bad a loss. Dinara and Anna-Lena are two good young/ish players (I put the ish' because neither are new to the tour but can't be considered veterans either). The match could have gone either way. Anna-lena is working her way back into form after starting the year slowly because of her ankle injury, she has won a clay court title this year. Dinara is heading in the right direction.