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lemon
Jun 20th, 2002, 04:29 AM
daniela Is playing Cristina Torrens Valero First round
Ladies' Singles First Round - Section 1 2 3 4

Jelena Dokic YUG (7)
v.
Qualifier

Kveta Hrdlickova CZE
v.
Stephanie Foretz FRA

Tatiana Poutchek BLR
v.
Angeles Montolio ESP

Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG
v.
Nathalie Dechy FRA (25)

Anne Kremer LUX (22)
v.
Gala Leon Garcia ESP

Maja Matevzic SLO
v.
Julie Pullin GBR

Martina Sucha SVK
v.
Lilia Osterloh USA

Cristina Torrens Valero ESP
v.
Daniela Hantuchova SVK (11)

Iroda Tulyaganova UZB (14)
v.
Silvija Talaja CRO

Asa Svensson SWE
v.
Chanda Rubin USA

Adriana Serra Zanetti ITA
v.
Elena Bovina RUS

Anna Kournikova RUS
v.
Tatiana Panova RUS (21)

Clarisa Fernandez ARG (30)
v.
Ludmila Cervanova SVK

Qualifier
v.
Barbara Schwartz AUT

Petra Mandula HUN
v.
Francesca Schiavone ITA

Evie Dominikovic AUS
v.
Serena Williams USA (2)

adlysha babalu
Jun 20th, 2002, 04:29 PM
:wavey: i think she can easily get through the first round!!all the best daniela..heard that she's playing double with capriati..am i right? :bounce: :p

Irish
Jun 23rd, 2002, 11:16 PM
Thanks for posting Lemon-ice :)

Daniela, good luck tomorrow against Cristina. Cris can surprise players sometime when they least expect it.

Go Daniela!!:D

Sonja
Jun 23rd, 2002, 11:26 PM
Go to it Dani! Let's see a first round win!

Cassius
Jun 23rd, 2002, 11:48 PM
Come-on Daniela. Don't let the loss to Myskina get you down.
Yes, she's playing doubles with Capriati.

lemon
Jun 24th, 2002, 01:01 AM
She plays 2nd tomorrow on court 6

lemon
Jun 24th, 2002, 03:10 PM
Daniela wins the match against Torrens-Valero 6-3 6-2:angel:
:kiss: :hearts:

Sonja
Jun 24th, 2002, 05:20 PM
http://www.sports.com/pictures/TENNIS/MDF95670.jpg

http://www.sports.com/pictures/TENNIS/MDF95668.jpg

Congratulations Dani!!

Cassius
Jun 25th, 2002, 12:30 AM
Here is Daniela's post-match interview:

'D. HANTUCHOVA/C. Torrens Valero
6-3, 6-2

MODERATOR: Daniela Hantuchova. First question, please.

Q. Little bit of a wobble at the start of the second set. What happened there?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: I think I just lost a little bit of concentration after winning the first set. But overall, I think I'm really happy the way I played, especially the beginning. I started much better than I did in Eastbourne. I think I was in the control of the whole match except those few games in the second set.
I felt quite good on the court, so I'm happy I got through this one so easy.

Q. How comfortable do you feel on grass?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: I mean, I love playing in grass. I really enjoy it. You know, I have always looked forward for playing on grass. I just love being here in Wimbledon. I'm enjoying every minute here. I just hope to do well here.

Q. Do you have a favorite surface?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well, the thing is that I really don't care on which surface I play. I really like all the surfaces. So I think I can do whatever I want on the court. It doesn't matter which surface it is.
But I love grass definitely.

Q. How did you come to get a British coach?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Around this time last year, I was looking for a coach. IMG recommended me Nigel. We tried for a couple of weeks. I was very happy the way things worked out, really enjoying to work with him. I think especially here in England, playing on grass, it's a really big advantage for me to have an English coach.

Q. What is the biggest improvement he's helped you with?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: He's helped me a lot in many different ways, especially mentally and tactically he made me much stronger, physically, too. He always tells me what to do in the important points. That makes the difference.

Q. How do you feel about the attention being paid to your appearance, the length of your legs, things like that? Are you comfortable with that?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: I guess that's something that belongs to tennis, too. I'm just trying to be focused on my tennis because that's for me the most important thing.
But, you know, I mean, people like to talk about these things, too. But I'm glad that they can talk a lot about my tennis, too.

Q. How do you feel about your comparisons with Anna Kournikova?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well, I mean, as I said, the most important thing for me is what people write about my tennis. I think I'm doing pretty well. I mean, she's totally different person. But, I mean, you know, as I said, the people like the attention around the players. That's just something that belongs to today's tennis, too.

Q. Do you think it's easy to get distracted by all the non-tennis activities?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well, I mean, definitely there are so many other things that I could do. But, I mean, as I said, for me, at the moment, tennis is the most important thing. I'm just focusing on that, trying to do my best.

Q. What are your first memories of Wimbledon? You watched it on television, I presume.
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Yeah, I remember watching Wimbledon a lot of the times on TV. Wimbledon has been always something very special to me. First time I came here, I remember this special feeling that I'm getting every year I arrive here. It just means so much to me that I can't explain it.

Q. Any games that inspired you in your youth?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Yeah, definitely, watching all the biggest players winning Wimbledon inspired me a lot. I'm just really glad to be here.

Q. Do you think other players have suffered because of the attention on other issues? Can it be detrimental to a career?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well, I mean, I think I was very good prepared for this, you know, getting so much attention. You know, I think I know how to handle it. You know, most important thing is to not lose my mind and just, you know, to work hard every day and just to be focused on the tennis.

Q. You say you were very well-prepared. What do you mean? Have you experienced it before?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well-prepared. I think in the practice I'm hitting the ball really well, and that makes me confident. The thing is just to bring it to the matches, too. You know, I think it's something that is coming with experience, especially the matches I have played against the top players gave me a lot of experience. Now I think mentally I'm much stronger than I used to be.

Q. Have you had a lot of offers for endorsements, magazine covers?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Yeah, there's a lot of stuff around me. But, you know, tennis is for me right now the most important thing, as I said.

Q. Does that mean that you'll turn that down, you'll put that to one side?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: I mean, those things are decided by my managers and agents and the people around me. I think it's very good that they care about this stuff, and I can be just focused on my game.

Q. What's the most unusual thing you've been asked to do?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Today I think was all right.

Q. No strange requests? You haven't been offered a movie role or anything like that?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well, I mean, there was a lot of stuff in the last few weeks, and I've got a lot of requests. But, I mean, not something, you know, that I would say was something incredible. I mean, just I think normal stuff.

Q. Have you had a lot of attention from the boys, have you noticed?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: I think so. I think that's just something that it's coming with the success, too. Obviously, you know, the people come to tennis and they just don't want to see a good game, but also a good show, and they want to have a good entertainment. Maybe that's what they see when they come to watch me, I don't know. It feels like I'm getting a lot of attention.

Q. Are you flattered by that attention?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: No, I mean, I'm getting used to it. As I said, that's something that belongs to my tennis. As I get better and better, I think it's going to be even bigger. So that means that I'm doing well.

Q. The more attention you get, the better it is for endorsements?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Definitely, definitely, yeah.

Q. You were introduced to tennis by your grandma. Can you tell me how much of an inspiration she was for you?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: She was one of the best players in Slovakia. She was my first coach. She just has helped me so much because she was the one that teach me all my, you know, technical stuff. So it was very important for me. You know, she just has helped me so much and I'm real thankful for what she's done for me.

Q. Are you wearing anything that's endorsed at the moment? Is your watch endorsed?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: The watch is not.

Q. Your necklace?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: No. That's my favorite thing. That's something that I can still pick up, so...'

Apperently, she's still single:eek: :eek: :eek: .
How is a lady as cute as her, still single:confused:?

lemon
Jun 25th, 2002, 12:40 AM
Originally posted by Cassius

Q. You say you were very well-prepared. What do you mean? Have you experienced it before?
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA: Well-prepared. I think in the practice I'm hitting the ball really well, and that makes me confident. The thing is just to bring it to the matches, too. You know, I think it's something that is coming with experience, especially the matches I have played against the top players gave me a lot of experience. Now I think mentally I'm much stronger than I used to be.

tsk tsk! never ever correct a Pro's Grammar!!! lol

Apperently, she's still single:eek: :eek: :eek: .
How is a lady as cute as her, still single:confused:?

LOL Cassius!!! who doesnt want to know why :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Irish
Jun 25th, 2002, 03:17 AM
Thanks for posting Cassius. And yeah, I hope she does keep winning. ;) ;)

Well done Daniela. Hope you will continue to do well (and in coming matches, continue to do it in straight sets).

She probably doesn't have a boyfriend because she is so focused and disciplined with her tennis. Plus, her mother is right there all the time. I don't blame her but she seems very protective of Daniela.

Good luck against Martina Sucha (fellow Slovakian) in the second round!!:bounce:

Cassius
Jun 26th, 2002, 02:32 AM
Daniela v Sucha is the 2nd match on court 3.
Good Luck Daniela (does anyone know what 'good luck' is in Slovak?).

IRISH, who wouldn't want to be protective of Daniela? We can't blame her mother for that. Most of the female players' parents seem to be very protective of their offspring. I would be too, so you're right, we can't blame them.

lemon
Jun 26th, 2002, 03:28 AM
Ummm i think good luck is Velá stástia
-first 's' in stástia has a dieretic(the arrow thingy)
-more or less pronounced Vaaaay-la shta-steeeeaaay

LOL i'm bad at making pronunciations lol

lemon
Jun 26th, 2002, 03:47 AM
or all the best
-Všetko najlepšie

Cassius
Jun 27th, 2002, 02:48 AM
I've seen them now:D.
THANKS!!!!!!!!:wavey: :).

lemon
Jun 27th, 2002, 02:56 AM
no problem! the least i could do

Irish
Jun 27th, 2002, 04:50 AM
Cassius, like you, I know if she were my daughter, I would be also. And with all the increased attention for her looks and game, her mom will really be worried. She was real sweet and has the same eyes as Daniela.

Thanks Lemon-ice, I'll use those when Daniela comes to Amelia Island next year to cheer her on. When she was with Arantxa in doubles, we yelled "Vamos" but nobody knew anything in Slovak.

:D :D

lemon
Jun 27th, 2002, 05:07 AM
no prob. think how suprised Dani would be to here someone yell in Slovensky in Florida LOL