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etf
Dec 13th, 2006, 11:36 PM
Maindraw wildcards - Marina Erakovic, Leanne Baker and Sacha Jones
Maindraw doubles - Erakovic and a partner of her choice
Qualifying wildcards - Ellen Barry, Shona Lee, Dianne Hollands and Kairangi Vano

etf
Dec 13th, 2006, 11:40 PM
All the singles wildcards so easy to predict.

But I thought Leanne might get the doubles wildcard, not Marina.

kittyking
Dec 14th, 2006, 12:09 AM
Ive seen all of these girls play apart from Dianne, as usual they are all expected to loose in the first round but fingers crossed that one of them pulls a surprise out of the bag.

If Marina draws a qualifier in her first round I think she may be expected to beat her, although im hoping that Marina draws either Daniella, Natsya or Jelena so she can witness the power, accuracy etc of the best players. I honestly have no idea who Marina will play doubles with, I hope that she plays with Ellen although this has never happenned before so im not holding out much hope.

Sacha is used to versing girls around her age on the juniors tour, so there is the chance that she could get intimidated versing older senior professionals. Shes going out there to play her best, im hoping that she versus Daniella, Natsya or Jelena in the first round.

This will be the most important year in Leannes life. Ever since she left the juniors back in the 90s she has been pretty much guaranteed a wildcard here and a place in the NZ Fed Cup team - but now thats changing as the likes of Sacha and Ellen are showing some superb form in their matches. Shes performing well under pressure as at late, I hope it continues (or this may be the last time we see her in an ASB Classic Main Draw).

Ellen was on an injury break after Fed Cup and has only really been back in action for the last two months. However since her comeback shes achieved some of the best wins of her career, and even took Casey to 3 closish sets in one match. She has a very good forehand and pretty powerful serve (a typical kiwi) and earlier this year she played quite well against Sania Mirza especially in the second set where she went down 2-6 4-6. Im hoping she'll verse one of the lower ranked players in the qualifying draw and it would be nice to see her win a set.

Ive never really had much hope of Shona becoming a top 100, or even top 300 player - but she loves playing tennis and meeting heaps of new people and wishing her all the best. Cant see her winning against anyone really, im hoping that she will be a late boomer.

All ive heard about Dianne is that she had a stunning year in the USA College series, is going to be interesting to see how well she gets on

Kairangi Vano has been focusing on school this year, which is a shame because she was a good junior player and I hoped that she would play some 10k and 25k events on the senior tour this year. She won a set against Ryoka Fuda in qualies last year, seemed to burn out in the last set from what I can remember. Im hoping that she has been training hard for the last few months, on her day she could make it to the 2nd round of qualifying imo

kittyking
Dec 14th, 2006, 12:13 AM
All the singles wildcards so easy to predict.

But I thought Leanne might get the doubles wildcard, not Marina.

Leanne could still play with a highranked doubles partner and get into the Main Draw that way. Marina hasnt played much doubles over the past year (although she still made a 50k final recently) and who knows maybe Marina can bring the form that lead her to Girls Doubles 2x Grand Slam Champion to this tournament

Willux
Dec 14th, 2006, 12:16 AM
That is pretty nice what you wrote their. I hope they all do well. They all have potential! I know that 2007 will be a big year for all these players and well on the mens side of NZ Tennis, that is a serious JOKE! Watching King Turner in his first round match last year, the German guy playing him was toying with him..it was so embarassing!!

kittyking
Dec 14th, 2006, 12:31 AM
That is pretty nice what you wrote their. I hope they all do well. They all have potential! I know that 2007 will be a big year for all these players and well on the mens side of NZ Tennis, that is a serious JOKE! Watching King Turner in his first round match last year, the German guy playing him was toying with him..it was so embarassing!!

We have more men on the ATP scene than woman on the WTA scene yet our highest ranked male is at like 470 in the rankings. The best NZ males should be training partners for the ladies imo

etf
Dec 14th, 2006, 01:08 AM
Kairangi Vano has been focusing on school this year, which is a shame because she was a good junior player and I hoped that she would play some 10k and 25k events on the senior tour this year. She won a set against Ryoka Fuda in qualies last year, seemed to burn out in the last set from what I can remember. Im hoping that she has been training hard for the last few months, on her day she could make it to the 2nd round of qualifying imo

I am hoping Kairangi does play a lot more 10k and 25k events next year, because she needs to play more regularly against higher quality opponents.
She played a great match against Natsumi Hamamura in Wellington in February, but when I saw her in the ITF G4 event in Auckland in July, she seemed way below par. She seemed much improved when she lost a close match against Dianne Hollands at the Auckland Senior SF, so I hope she can get in some good match practice before Dec 30 so she will be in top form.

kittyking
Dec 14th, 2006, 02:26 AM
I am hoping Kairangi does play a lot more 10k and 25k events next year, because she needs to play more regularly against higher quality opponents.
She played a great match against Natsumi Hamamura in Wellington in February, but when I saw her in the ITF G4 event in Auckland in July, she seemed way below par. She seemed much improved when she lost a close match against Dianne Hollands at the Auckland Senior SF, so I hope she can get in some good match practice before Dec 30 so she will be in top form.

Shes playing in the residentials this week isnt she? Kai should have finished school by now (she would have finished year 13 this year wouldnt she), so hopefully she has some great results at both the nz 10k events and then gets into a few quali events in oz

etf
Dec 14th, 2006, 04:28 AM
Shes playing in the residentials this week isnt she? Kai should have finished school by now (she would have finished year 13 this year wouldnt she), so hopefully she has some great results at both the nz 10k events and then gets into a few quali events in oz

Yes, presuming she beats Shona Lee, she will likely play Dianne Hollands for the third time this week.

kittyking
Dec 14th, 2006, 04:43 AM
Yes, presuming she beats Shona Lee, she will likely play Dianne Hollands for the third time this week.

Shona Lee always seems to play well at a national level, although I guess Kai is the same

pav
Dec 14th, 2006, 05:08 AM
[quote=kittyking;9629690]

Marina draws either Daniella, Natsya or Jelena so she can witness the power, accuracy etc of the best players. I honestly have no idea who Marina will play doubles with, I hope that she plays with Ellen although this has never happenned before so im not holding out much hope.

Sacha is used to versing girls around her age on the juniors tour, so there is the chance that she could get intimidated versing older senior professionals. Shes going out there to play her best, im hoping that she versus Daniella, Natsya or Jelena in the first round.

You have not mentioned a certain player who whupped two of those above at their last meeting 6 1 61 and 6 2 6 2 and beat the player who whupped Nastya in cinci. I wont mention any names:tape:

Willux
Dec 14th, 2006, 07:12 AM
Well who's the player?

kittyking
Dec 14th, 2006, 07:45 AM
[quote=kittyking;9629690]

Marina draws either Daniella, Natsya or Jelena so she can witness the power, accuracy etc of the best players. I honestly have no idea who Marina will play doubles with, I hope that she plays with Ellen although this has never happenned before so im not holding out much hope.

Sacha is used to versing girls around her age on the juniors tour, so there is the chance that she could get intimidated versing older senior professionals. Shes going out there to play her best, im hoping that she versus Daniella, Natsya or Jelena in the first round.

You have not mentioned a certain player who whupped two of those above at their last meeting 6 1 61 and 6 2 6 2 and beat the player who whupped Nastya in cinci. I wont mention any names:tape:

At least from what I can recall Marinas never lost a match 6-1 6-1 (she usually goes down fighting).
I get the feeling your talking about someone like Ayumi though.....
(if you are talking about Ayumi then id love her to have a nice draw as she could one day become a top 20 player imo)

pav
Dec 14th, 2006, 05:26 PM
Well who's the player?
It's .. um .. buggered if I can remember now :sad:

Willux
Dec 14th, 2006, 08:49 PM
Yeah Go all the nz kiwi wildcards. I am one of those people that supports all NZ players!! ALL NZ TENNIS PLAYERS!!

kittyking
Dec 14th, 2006, 10:24 PM
I support all New Zealand Players but I must admit I do have a bias towards the juniors and those just leaving juniors. Ive seen many of them play in Christchurch on more than one occasion and its been fascinating to see them win very big junior titles overseas (Grand Slams, G1 events, GB1 events, GB2 events, G2 events, G3 events, G4 events and even G5 events).

pav
Dec 15th, 2006, 07:34 AM
Re: Wildcards
In the reply a few posts back when I mentioned a certain player, I was having a minor hissy fit when it was said that if Marina draws Danny, Jelena or Nastya she could experience the power and accuracy of top players ,and no mention of a crybaby who thrashed Danny and Jelena at their last meeting and whupped serena who had just whupped Nastya.
On another note, Wanganui's13 yr. old Emma Mcleod has been selected as one of the four female players for the Sovereign superstar programme where they will play short matches on centre court at the ASB Classic and will mingle with and be treated like the players.
I'm very pleased for her as I've watched her play and practice a few times when I have been allowed into Wangavegas and she plays pretty well and is helpful to the young kids in the club where I have a little niece learning to play(hopefully)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/kahu/emma1.jpg
photo and story from theWanganui Chronicle

kittyking
Dec 15th, 2006, 07:42 AM
Re: Wildcards
In the reply a few posts back when I mentioned a certain player, I was having a minor hissy fit when it was said that if Marina draws Danny, Jelena or Nastya she could experience the power and accuracy of top players ,and no mention of a crybaby who thrashed Danny and Jelena at their last meeting and whupped serena who had just whupped Nastya.
On another note, Wanganui's13 yr. old Emma Mcleod has been selected as one of the four female players for the Sovereign superstar programme where they will play short matches on centre court at the ASB Classic and will mingle with and be treated like the players.
I'm very pleased for her as I've watched her play and practice a few times when I have been allowed into Wangavegas and she plays pretty well and is helpful to the young kids in the club where I have a little niece learning to play(hopefully)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/kahu/emma1.jpg
photo and story from theWanganui Chronicle

Ive heard of this Emma Mcleod girl before, was she in the Aussie under 14s or something. The Superstar programme thing is really good, definately gives them a great early experience to see what its like to play infront of a big crowd.

Whose the crybaby your referring too? Is it Marion or something

pav
Dec 16th, 2006, 07:33 AM
Who's the crybaby I'm refering to?There is only one genuine, state of the art crybaby,now you've made me,I can feel the tears cominghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/kahu/images3-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/kahu/bepaupset1ag.jpg

Willux
Dec 16th, 2006, 07:40 AM
Vera is actually a really talented player!!!! Who cares if she cries!!

kittyking
Dec 16th, 2006, 09:02 AM
Who's the crybaby I'm refering to?There is only one genuine, state of the art crybaby,now you've made me,I can feel the tears cominghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/kahu/images3-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/kahu/bepaupset1ag.jpg

I totally forgot about her :lol:

I think your right then Pav, I wouldnt mind either Marina or Sacha versing her in the first round either

Willux
Dec 16th, 2006, 10:34 AM
Leave her alone!

pav
Dec 16th, 2006, 07:15 PM
Leave her alone!

I think it would be better for you to take the time honoured advice and leave yourself alone! I don't think people who have been a devoted fan of a player for many years need to be told to leave her alone:)

kittyking
Dec 16th, 2006, 10:48 PM
Leave her alone!

We're not laughing at her, we're laughing with her...geez

Willux
Dec 18th, 2006, 02:23 AM
Please stick with the TOPIC kittyking!!

kittyking
Dec 18th, 2006, 02:24 AM
Your the one who got us offtopic in the first place :lol:
...geez

Willux
Dec 18th, 2006, 09:44 AM
Well i think there should have been a mini round robin for the wildcards!!!

kittyking
Dec 18th, 2006, 09:54 AM
I dont, theres no point IMO (Im glad that Richard Palmer the tournament director agrees with me on this)

Willux
Dec 18th, 2006, 11:18 PM
Oh thats right there is no point.

kittyking
Dec 19th, 2006, 12:52 AM
Oh thats right there is no point.

I think it was pretty clear about 6 out of the 7 wildcards. Marina and Sacha knew that they were basically guaranteed them a few months ago (for Marina after she won Alphen, for Sacha after she reached the quarters of the US Open). Ellen wasnt really expecting much (shes too kind :P )and Shona, Kai and Dianne were only ever going for a quali wildcard. The 3rd wildcard seems to be either Nastya P or Leanne Baker and well Leanne got it, if its a similar situation next year I am pretty sure that she wont get it (unless Leanne finally has a good season and cracks the top 250).