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dulkogii
Mar 31st, 2007, 08:59 PM
Main Draw

/1/ Nadia Petrova (RUS) - bye
Qualifier - Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) - Mara Santangelo (ITA)
Alicia Molik (AUS) - /15/ Jie Zheng (CHN)
/11/ Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) - Jill Craybas (USA)
Qualifier - Qualifier
Michaella Krajicek (NED) - Qualifier
/5/ Dinara Safina (RUS) - bye

/3/ Daniela Hantuchová (SVK) - bye
Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) - Vasilisa Bardina (RUS)
Qualifier - Nicole Pratt (AUS)
Dominika Cibulková (SVK) - /14/ Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
/9/ Vera Zvonareva (RUS) - Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)
Virginie Razzano (FRA) - Vania King (USA)
Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) - Qualifier
/7/ Na Li (CHN) - bye

/8/ Tatiana Golovin (FRA) - bye
Catalina Cataňo (COL)- Jelena Vesnina (RUS)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) - Romina Oprandi (ITA)
Qualifier - /12/ Samantha Stosur (AUS)
/13/ Sybille Bammer (AUT) - Ashley Harkleroad (USA)
Meilen Tu (USA) - Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Aravane Rezai (FRA) - Venus Williams (USA)
/4/ Patty Schnyder (SUI) - bye

/6/ Ana Ivanovič (SRB) - bye
Shuai Peng (CHN) - Eva Birnerová (CZE)
Nathalie Dechy (FRA) - Aiko Nakamura (JPN)
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) - /10/ Marion Bartoli (FRA)
/16/ Alona Bondarenko (UKR) - Gisela Dulko (ARG)
Martina Muller (GER) - Severine Bremond (FRA)
Qualigier - Akiko Morigami (JPN)
/2/ Jelena Jankovič (SRB) - bye

FrenchY52
Mar 31st, 2007, 09:11 PM
Not a bad draw. Go Tati, shine on clay !

Iceland
Mar 31st, 2007, 09:22 PM
I like this draw with a progressive evolution.
- First, two players that lack confidence. Castano is likely to win this, so it will be a nice match for Tati as she is supposed to be a typical clay player.
- Then, Azarenka, Stosur or Oprandi, 3 players that she should beat without difficulties. Vika could be a good preparation for the next round.
- QF : probably Venus. Tati defeated her in Charleston in similiar conditions. It could be the perfect match to have her confidence back.

I don't want to predict the rest because I don't want to be over confident especially when she is not playing her best tennis. Hopefully, her clay preparation with Courteau will have transformed her in a positive way.
I want at least a QF.

Good luck Tati !

Rod the Bama
Apr 1st, 2007, 01:47 AM
Tati`s draw is reasonably good early on, but obviously will get much tougher later on. Hopefully she can go on a nice run at AI. She needs to get out of this slump badly.

selyoink
Apr 1st, 2007, 04:12 AM
Tati should do well with this draw. It is really a cake walk draw for the first two rounds. I think Venus would be an easier opponent for Tati then Patty.

rseto
Apr 1st, 2007, 05:27 AM
i'm happy tati got the 8th seed. with her current form, there could have been some tricky opponents if she had to play in the 1st round.

and the draw turned out decently. i'm just hoping she can play better than in the last several weeks. time to make your move in the rankings, tati!

Harju.
Apr 1st, 2007, 06:05 AM
With Tati, I have learned not to overlook any of her opponents. Good luck against bye, Tats. ALLEZ!

.:sk:.
Apr 1st, 2007, 07:25 AM
The QF must be the minimum for Tati with this draw!

FrenchY52
Apr 1st, 2007, 10:17 AM
Even if Tati won the tourney, she would still be at more than 100 pts from the 18th :sad:
Tati why did you loose those MPs against Peer, and why did you loose against Bammer :confused: And why didn't you watch Maria's ball instead of running and torn that ankle ? :( .. And why .........

Anyway have a good preparation with Loic !

rockwithme
Apr 1st, 2007, 01:31 PM
The QF must be the minimum for Tati with this draw!

second that ;) there's just no excuse with this draw
she has to go deep..good luck tati:)

Zombielicious
Apr 1st, 2007, 06:13 PM
Come on Tats! Make us proud!!!

Allez! :worship: Good luckkkk!

dulkogii
Apr 1st, 2007, 06:29 PM
Good Luck Tatu!

I like this draw

selyoink
Apr 1st, 2007, 07:22 PM
I really hope Tati and Venus play each other in QFs because then Tati will be on TV since ESPN2 is showing a quarterfinal match on Friday and I'm sure they would show that one.

orfeus
Apr 1st, 2007, 07:46 PM
With Tati, I have learned not to overlook any of her opponents. Good luck against bye, Tats. ALLEZ!
:rolleyes:

Even if Tati won the tourney, she would still be at more than 100 pts from the 18th :sad:
Tati why did you loose those MPs against Peer, and why did you loose against Bammer :confused: And why didn't you watch Maria's ball instead of running and torn that ankle ? :( .. And why .........

Anyway have a good preparation with Loic !
yep, why oh why...:lol: :lol:

XCoco
Apr 1st, 2007, 08:18 PM
Decent draw :yeah: , she should reach the quarters at least, uneventfully.

Good luck Tatiana! ;) .

ZAK
Apr 1st, 2007, 08:39 PM
Viva la Tati! Hopefully green clay can be a good surface for her.

~Kiera~
Apr 2nd, 2007, 04:11 PM
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/040107/spl_8980636.shtml

Venus' tourney begins Tuesday

Williams, who is unseeded, will face Aravane Rezai.

By FRANCINE KING, The Times-Union

Venus Williams entered the Bausch & Lomb Championships draw as an unseeded player on Saturday.

That means an unlucky opponent has to face the former No. 1 player in the world in the first round at 7 p.m. on Tuesday on the Amelia Island Plantation Stadium Court.

Tatiana Golovin handed that difficult task to 54th-ranked Aravane Rezai when the eighth-seeded French player pulled her countrywoman's number out of the mix just before Williams' name.

Golovin was the player representative assisting with Saturday afternoon's draw for the tournament, which begins Monday.

Golovin, who received a first-round bye when Shahar Peer pulled out Friday, will make her Bausch & Lomb debut this week, facing the winner of Catalina Castano and Elena Vesnina.

"It doesn't really matter who I play against," Golovin said. "This is our first tournament on clay, [and] it's just a matter of me getting my confidence on the clay court and playing a lot of points and a lot of matches."

As a late commitment last week, Williams received a wild card but moved into the main draw when Peer withdrew. If Williams advances as expected, her second-round opponent would be fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder oif Switzerland.

Two of the tournament's four wild-card slots went to Americans: Vania King and Florida resident Ashley Harkleroad.

The main draw features six Americans, including former Gators standout Jill Craybas, who will play 11th-seeded Katarina Srebotnik in her opening match.

Australian star Alicia Molik also received a wild card.

If the top seeds advance, defending champ Nadia Petrova would face fellow Russian Dinara Safina for a spot in the semifinals, while Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic would meet in an all-Serbian quarterfinal.

Harju.
Apr 2nd, 2007, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the small article. :wavey:

So Tati put herself into a better draw by becoming player representative. :lol:

Harju.
Apr 2nd, 2007, 04:17 PM
Even if Tati won the tourney, she would still be at more than 100 pts from the 18th :sad:
Tati why did you loose those MPs against Peer, and why did you loose against Bammer :confused: And why didn't you watch Maria's ball instead of running and torn that ankle ? :( .. And why .........

Anyway have a good preparation with Loic !
Tati has TWO points to defend until Wimbledon. So she could gain tons of points unless she decides to spray everything again like what happened in Miami.

.:sk:.
Apr 2nd, 2007, 04:38 PM
Tati's opponent will be Catalina Castano who won 5-7 6-3 6-1 vs. Elena Vesnina

martin806
Apr 2nd, 2007, 06:32 PM
good luck Tati :D

FrenchY52
Apr 2nd, 2007, 07:05 PM
Good luck !

selyoink
Apr 2nd, 2007, 08:30 PM
I can't put it into words how pissed I will be if Tati loses to Castano. I know Castano is a decent clay courter and all but Tati should never lose to her.

Zombielicious
Apr 2nd, 2007, 08:55 PM
Kick her ass, Tatiana.
:(

~Kiera~
Apr 3rd, 2007, 11:51 PM
1. Doubles: 1st Round
Nadia Petrova (RUS)/Lisa Raymond (USA) [3] vs. Vania King (USA)/Tiantian Sun (CHN)

2. Singles: 2nd Round
Nathalie Dechy (FRA) vs. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)

3. Singles: 2nd Round
Tatiana Golovin (FRA) [8] vs. Catalina Castano (COL)

4. Singles: 2nd Round
Iveta Benesova (CZE) Q vs. Jelena Jankovic (SCG) [2]

Not Before 7:00 PM - Possible Change

5. Singles: 2nd Round
Winner of Aravane Rezai (FRA) vs. Venus Williams (USA) vs. Patty Schnyder (SUI) [4]

Possible Change
6. Singles: 2nd Round
Ana Ivanovic (SCG) [6] vs. Shuai Peng (CHN)

Craigy
Apr 4th, 2007, 12:20 AM
I'm actually really nervous! :help:

selyoink
Apr 4th, 2007, 02:09 AM
Beat the crap out of her tomorrow Tati. If you lose I'm disowning you :lol:

.:sk:.
Apr 4th, 2007, 07:11 AM
Good luck :kiss:

Iceland
Apr 4th, 2007, 08:17 AM
Allez Tati, don't lose more than 4 games, please.

Oural56
Apr 4th, 2007, 09:53 AM
Good luck Tati!

FrenchY52
Apr 4th, 2007, 12:38 PM
:unsure:

orfeus
Apr 4th, 2007, 03:35 PM
I can't put it into words how pissed I will be if Tati loses to Castano. I know Castano is a decent clay courter and all but Tati should never lose to her.

Beat the crap out of her tomorrow Tati. If you lose I'm disowning you :lol:

...found the words already?;) :lol: Please don't even mention that eventuality, I'm sure Tati's gonna kick her ass!!!:bounce: :bounce:

FrenchY52
Apr 4th, 2007, 06:53 PM
Tati just bagelled Castano in the 1st set :) :)

.:sk:.
Apr 4th, 2007, 07:35 PM
Tati won 6-0 6-3 :bounce: but was unconcentrated at the beginning of the 2nd set.

Now Sam Stosur - I hope to see the result of IW (6-2 6-0;) )

Demska
Apr 4th, 2007, 07:37 PM
Great start to Tati's clay season and she defeated Catalina Castano 60 63.

Tati won the first 7 games, but then slipped to a 1-3 deficit in the second set,

she quickly recoverd to win the next 5 games.

She will now face Samantha Stoser who beat Italian Romina Oprandi 76(6) 62 to try and book her place in the QF's.

FrenchY52
Apr 4th, 2007, 07:37 PM
Well done !
Someone said she's got a new racket ! Hopefully we'll have pics soon !

Rod the Bama
Apr 4th, 2007, 07:39 PM
Nice start to the clay season for Tati. :) I hope she can keep it up.

Oural56
Apr 4th, 2007, 07:39 PM
not bad Tati!

Iceland
Apr 4th, 2007, 09:04 PM
Bravo Tati ! :)
Stosur shouldn't be a problem. Allez !

selyoink
Apr 4th, 2007, 10:04 PM
As always I love the bagel. Losing only 3 games isn't too bad.

I expect more of the same tomorrow Tati. With a win tomorrow and a Venus win tonight that should mean Tati is on ESPN2 on friday. Please don't fuck it up Tati.

Zombielicious
Apr 4th, 2007, 10:52 PM
Amazing job tati! Too bad it wasn't a double bagel...but oh well. She did great.

Kick Sam's Ass, kay? :angel:

rseto
Apr 5th, 2007, 04:47 AM
here is thursday's schedule from AI. quick win against castano and i expect the same against stosur considering the surface and their last meeting at IW. get a win to get on US tv, tati!

Grandstand (from 11.00hrs)
1. Dushevina/Vesnina vs. Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual
2. Bammer vs. Sprem
3. Ivanovic vs. Dechy (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Golovin vs. Stosur

yukon145
Apr 5th, 2007, 05:06 AM
best of luck Tati!

.:sk:.
Apr 5th, 2007, 06:08 AM
Good luck Tati!!! Do it like in IW;)

Oural56
Apr 5th, 2007, 08:26 AM
Come on Tati!

Hant11
Apr 5th, 2007, 09:26 AM
:bounce: congrats tati

XCoco
Apr 5th, 2007, 02:46 PM
Well done Tatiana ;) .

Good luck against Stosur :yeah: .

Harju.
Apr 5th, 2007, 03:35 PM
I doubt her match against Sammy would be as easy as IW. Good luck, Tati! Don't care about the score, just win please!

dulkogii
Apr 5th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Good Job tati!!

6-0 6-3 is fantastic result!

rockwithme
Apr 5th, 2007, 05:42 PM
i'm confident tati will be victorious against sammy :)

.:sk:.
Apr 5th, 2007, 08:30 PM
6-2 6-1

Tati made a brilliant match!!!

Harju.
Apr 5th, 2007, 08:34 PM
I doubt her match against Sammy would be as easy as IW. Good luck, Tati! Don't care about the score, just win please!
My fault!
But it scares me when Tati's raping all the scrubs before she plays good opponent, like Venus! But green clay is suitable for Tati, I think!

Great serving from Tati!
No ace! (Clay. Not surprising)
One DF! (Much better than 45874567 in Miami)
1st serve % in - 66%
1st serve % won - 92% :worship:
Did not face a single BP :drool:

Oural56
Apr 5th, 2007, 08:43 PM
Very good match, she seems to be really strong on important points

Iceland
Apr 5th, 2007, 08:46 PM
I loved that kind of match, when everything is so easy for her :yeah:.
We can say that she is no longer in a slump. However, I want a win tomorrow, should it be against Williams or Tu. She needs a big win for this season, this tournament seems to be the perfect place, all the more so as she has a lot of support there with the French team.

Good luck Tati, I hope that Eurosport will show her match :drool:

yukon145
Apr 5th, 2007, 09:06 PM
great match again Tati, what a beatdown.

best of luck tomorrow Tati, i really hope ESPN will show it.

Harju.
Apr 5th, 2007, 09:08 PM
Confirmed. Tati vs Vee next.
Wish I could watch this one :(

selyoink
Apr 5th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Yes, Tati with a win and now in all likelihood on ESPN2 tomorrow! I can't wait! She didn't fuck it up!

~Kiera~
Apr 5th, 2007, 09:24 PM
Tati vs Venus will be live on Eurosport.

Rod the Bama
Apr 5th, 2007, 10:28 PM
I`ve just found out that Tati match against Venus will be on ESPN 2 tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm est.

ZAK
Apr 5th, 2007, 10:44 PM
Can someone put it online?

dulkogii
Apr 6th, 2007, 12:37 AM
Come on tati!

goo!

Zombielicious
Apr 6th, 2007, 03:36 AM
Good luck tommarow tati...
:scared:

selyoink
Apr 6th, 2007, 05:50 AM
Win or lose tomorrow I'm just happy I'll finally get to see Tati on tv again. Of course if she gets demolished I'll probably be singing a different tune.

rseto
Apr 6th, 2007, 06:52 AM
go tati!

Oural56
Apr 6th, 2007, 07:11 AM
Fonce Tati!!!

Neptune
Apr 6th, 2007, 10:27 AM
I think Tati can beat Venus :yeah:.This latter is not at her best.Of course, It still Venus so I expect a tough match.I can watch it so I will see how she does on clay at least.

Slutiana
Apr 6th, 2007, 12:36 PM
I think Tati can beat Venus :yeah:.This latter is not at her best.Of course, It still Venus so I expect a tough match.I can watch it so I will see how she does on clay at least.

i just wanna see her (and vee acually) play well... and also 3 sets

Zombielicious
Apr 6th, 2007, 01:02 PM
Win or lose tomorrow I'm just happy I'll finally get to see Tati on tv again. Of course if she gets demolished I'll probably be singing a different tune. ME TOO.

The last time I seen Tats on TV was when she played against Masha S. at the USO. :o

Oh.


GOOD LUCK TATI!! You know me and Selyoink will be watching and cheering...and will go insane if you lose. :lol: :angel:

Craigy
Apr 6th, 2007, 01:11 PM
The last time I seen Tati on TV was vs Kim at Antwerp :sad:

XCoco
Apr 6th, 2007, 05:51 PM
I didn't expect such win from Tatiana, well done :yeah: .

Good luck against Venus :unsure: , she is leading right now :D .

The last time I watched Tatiana on TV was? :scratch:

~Kiera~
Apr 6th, 2007, 06:30 PM
Nice win for Tati :yeah:

Good luck against Ana!

Oural56
Apr 6th, 2007, 06:56 PM
Win the title Tati please! You can do it!
Good luck against Ivanovic!

rockwithme
Apr 6th, 2007, 07:30 PM
:woohoo:

that's all i can say :D :woohoo:

yukon145
Apr 6th, 2007, 07:34 PM
great match played by Tati. little bit of a choke at 6-2, *4-0 but she still won. Tati's serve looked great and her net played looked very solid as well.

im just wondering why was Tati's Lacoste logo on her shirt wiped out? it looked like it was covered with pink thread or marker so you couldn't see it. anyone have any news on her contract with them?

best of luck in the semis Tati, ESPN will show that match as well they said.

FrenchY52
Apr 6th, 2007, 07:35 PM
Well done! Great match, great great movement, great tactics, great and agerssive forehand (her backhand wasn't bad at all except at the end), great serve..
And.. What about those great volleys ? :lol: I couldn't believe it

souam
Apr 6th, 2007, 07:51 PM
Hopefully she can make her H2H vs. Ivanovic look better now! :unsure:

But first : very well done Tati! :hug:

Demska
Apr 6th, 2007, 07:58 PM
Wow. Such an impressive performance today by Tati.

I really hope she can win!

selyoink
Apr 6th, 2007, 07:58 PM
Very well done from Tati except for the attempted choke at the end but she righted the ship at the right moment.

I thought she played very well getting great depth off the ground, even from her backhand most of the time. Played well at the net as well.

Time to turn things around against Ivanovic.

Zombielicious
Apr 6th, 2007, 08:37 PM
I watched today and I was just totally ecstatic. I was a little nervous she was going to choke, but she didn't.

the head to head with Ana scares me...:scared:

But...Good luck TATIANA!

(I would say "kick her ass"...but i'm a little too nevous and I don't want to jinx anything...)

orfeus
Apr 6th, 2007, 09:13 PM
Well done Tats, just keep it up please!

Slutiana
Apr 6th, 2007, 09:14 PM
Very well done from Tati except for the attempted choke at the end but she righted the ship at the right moment.

I thought she played very well getting great depth off the ground, even from her backhand most of the time. Played well at the net as well.

Time to turn things around against Ivanovic.

LOL

but yeh well done to tati she played really well nd if she can carry that form into the ivanovic match..

Craigy
Apr 6th, 2007, 09:15 PM
Some Venus fans are completely disrespectful. That's all.

am13
Apr 6th, 2007, 09:18 PM
I hope she will keep her best level to the end... And even improve it !
Good luck against Ana.

Neptune
Apr 6th, 2007, 09:25 PM
Tati played very well, especially on the first set with a great serve.She knew what she had to do in order to beat Venus and she did it.She's a natural clay player.I was impressed because we didn't see her to much on clay last year unfortunately.She's very smart on the court and she wasn't too clumsy on the net today.Now, I just hope she will have a decent match against Ana.It will be tough and we don't know what we can expect with Tati....So,Do it girl!:yeah:

rseto
Apr 6th, 2007, 09:29 PM
i might be exaggerating a little but that drop shot volley to go up 5-3 might be the most important shot of tati's career, especially if her ranking goes up. she was in the middle of a choke and some tentative play but she was able to hit a good forehand and a perfect volley. i don't know if she has ever hit a better volley at such an important part of the match in her whole career.

even though her h2h against ana isn't good, i think she has a good shot especially on clay. get to another final, tati!

Ballbasher
Apr 6th, 2007, 09:53 PM
Tati :hearts: Very well done

~Kiera~
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:03 PM
http://www.jacksonville.com/cgi-bin/video/play.cgi?id=070406182458

Post match interview.

yukon145
Apr 6th, 2007, 11:53 PM
good luck in the semis Tati.

it will be on ESPN tomorrow.

dulkogii
Apr 7th, 2007, 12:00 AM
Si tatu!

great victory!

come on!

TennisPlayingFox
Apr 7th, 2007, 01:21 AM
Awesome match Tati! That was very impressive! Good luck against Ana in the semis!

Zombielicious
Apr 7th, 2007, 02:33 AM
I will definately be watching tommarow!

:scared: still nervous though.

selyoink
Apr 7th, 2007, 05:21 AM
I can't watch tomorrow or the final but I'm taping both. If Tati wins tomorrow I won't look at the result of the final until I can watch it.

I hope she can beat Ivanovic but I'm not expecting it. I thought she would beat Venus and was nervous as hell watching it.

.:sk:.
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:50 AM
Wow, what an excellent match of Tati!!!:eek: :bounce:

Now Ivanovic (H2H 0-5:smash: ) But if Tati plays like in the past rounds of AI she can win!!!

So, good luck today!!!

(a bit late but I had big trouble with my internet-connection:o )

FrenchY52
Apr 7th, 2007, 11:04 AM
Wow, what an excellent match of Tati!!!:eek: :bounce:

Now Ivanovic (H2H 0-5:smash: ) But if Tati plays like in the past rounds of AI she can win!!!

So, good luck today!!!

(a bit late but I had big trouble with my internet-connection:o )

Oh yeah i had connexion problems too yesterday and thursday :mad: but now everything is ok.. Sure, she can win !

FrenchY52
Apr 7th, 2007, 11:04 AM
Ivanovic is 5-0 lifetime against Golovin, but none of those have been blow-outs. They have gone to three sets twice, the Serb winning one of those in a third set tie-break and one 7-5 in the third; all three of her two set wins have been tight.

"Obviously she is in good form," Ivanovic said. "I've played her five times and we've had really good matches. Whoever plays better will win."

"I always have a tough time against her, but I'm playing well and feeling good," said Golovin. "We've never played this deep in the draw. It'll be a good one."

Ivanovic and Golovin start the semifinal proceedings Saturday afternoon at 1pm, which will be followed immediately by Petrova against Bammer

(wtatour.com)

Iceland
Apr 7th, 2007, 11:45 AM
I am so disgusted, I won't be able to watch both SF and final. :o My mother had the lovely idea to go to the country for Easter. Of course, I can't refuse otherwise she will be angry at me during the whole next week.

So great :rolleyes:


Good luck Tati, please win this trophy !!!! Stay as focused as you were yesterday and everything will be ok.

Slutiana
Apr 7th, 2007, 12:25 PM
Ivanovic is 5-0 lifetime against Golovin, but none of those have been blow-outs. They have gone to three sets twice, the Serb winning one of those in a third set tie-break and one 7-5 in the third; all three of her two set wins have been tight.

"Obviously she is in good form," Ivanovic said. "I've played her five times and we've had really good matches. Whoever plays better will win."

"I always have a tough time against her, but I'm playing well and feeling good," said Golovin. "We've never played this deep in the draw. It'll be a good one."

Ivanovic and Golovin start the semifinal proceedings Saturday afternoon at 1pm, which will be followed immediately by Petrova against Bammer

(wtatour.com)

i've never heared any of ivanovic's interviews but she sounds nice..not arrogant at all...i think tati might win....

rockwithme
Apr 7th, 2007, 12:33 PM
^^ me too..i got this feeling :D

FrenchY52
Apr 7th, 2007, 02:15 PM
i've never heared any of ivanovic's interviews but she sounds nice..not arrogant at all...i think tati might win....

Ermm yeah.. But she sounds dumb when she speaks english :rolleyes:

1:40 (I fink itf juzt vely impouutant...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Qht7JgLEk&mode=related&search=

dulkogii
Apr 7th, 2007, 02:32 PM
thanks!

Slutiana
Apr 7th, 2007, 03:50 PM
Ermm yeah.. But she sounds dumb when she speaks english :rolleyes:

1:40 (I fink itf juzt vely impouutant...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Qht7JgLEk&mode=related&search=


true true....i dont think she understands what shes sayin..i mean whats so funny about 'you do it before so you can do it again' lol

FrenchY52
Apr 7th, 2007, 04:06 PM
She reminds me of a French farmer trying to speak english :rolleyes:
Anyway, the match is coming soon ! C'mon Tati !

Slutiana
Apr 7th, 2007, 04:08 PM
She reminds me of a French farmer trying to speak english :rolleyes:
Anyway, the match is coming soon ! C'mon Tati !

lol
ahh the match is gonna be so tense and scary lol

rockwithme
Apr 7th, 2007, 04:47 PM
arghh!!! :scared:
*bites nails*

FrenchY52
Apr 7th, 2007, 04:48 PM
Ok.. 10 minutes to go.. See ya later, after the match probably :unsure:

Oural56
Apr 7th, 2007, 06:36 PM
Tati!!!! I love you!
I was so nervous until the end!
Congratulation and please win tomorrow!

Craigy
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:33 PM
Ahhhhhhhh! :woohoo: :woohoo:

~Kiera~
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:40 PM
I hope her win over Ana gives her a lot of confidence for the final.

souam
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:45 PM
Now win the title!!! Allez!!! :bounce:

Neptune
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:45 PM
Tati played great. :yeah: She can win now, I think she is ready....At least, I hope.Allez Tati!

Zombielicious
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:47 PM
AHHH! I was freaking out and screaming and stuff. :lol:

YOU ARE AMAZING TATI! (except for the near choke at the end...I was so scared...:scared:)

Now win this damn thing and get a title!

yukon145
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:49 PM
yes Tati! great fight in that match, such a tense 3rd set.

best of luck in the finals.

rockwithme
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:52 PM
she'll win it ;)
and about time too :aparty:

FrenchY52
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:53 PM
Well done Tati !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I AM SOOOO HAPPY !!!!!!!!!!
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
You impressed me in the end.. You'd have lost this match last year.. I'm proud of you and i'm very happy also because ESPN showed it so many people will have another opinion and will maybe stop underrate her.

Yayyyy Tati Fans !!!

But now Tati must win the whole thing.. Good recovering Tati !

.:sk:.
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:54 PM
AHHH! I was freaking out and screaming and stuff. :lol:

YOU ARE AMAZING TATI! (except for the near choke at the end...I was so scared...:scared:)

Now win this damn thing and get a title!

Yes, I was scared too. A match with so many unforced errors I had never seen before.:rolleyes:

but --- TATI IS IN THE FINAL!!! :bounce:

Zombielicious
Apr 7th, 2007, 07:56 PM
Yes, I was scared too. A match with so many unforced errors I had never seen before.:rolleyes:

but --- TATI IS IN THE FINAL!!! :bounce:

:bounce::hearts: :drool: :kiss: :eek: :angel:

oh, and I thought Tati looked lovely with the orange polo today. I wonder what color she'll wear tommarow...

Quack
Apr 7th, 2007, 08:06 PM
:bounce::hearts: :drool: :kiss: :eek: :angel:

oh, and I thought Tati looked lovely with the orange polo today. I wonder what color she'll wear tommarow...

I love polo's, so I definately like her outfit now :worship:

FrenchY52
Apr 7th, 2007, 08:27 PM
Yes, I was scared too. A match with so many unforced errors I had never seen before.:rolleyes:

but --- TATI IS IN THE FINAL!!! :bounce:

That was a good quality match !! :o

Zombielicious
Apr 7th, 2007, 08:28 PM
I love polo's, so I definately like her outfit now :worship:

Me too! But sadly, there are no Lacostes around me at all. I'd have to go to an entire diffrent state to go to one...:mad:

But I'm loving the outfits. Very simple but they still look lovely on her.

FrenchY52
Apr 7th, 2007, 08:32 PM
Me too! But sadly, there are no Lacostes around me at all. I'd have to go to an entire diffrent state to go to one...:mad:

But I'm loving the outfits. Very simple but they still look lovely on her.

Very simple but very expensive ;)

Zombielicious
Apr 7th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Very simple but very expensive ;)

Yes, I've seen online and Lacoste is expensive. :eek: guuh...

yukon145
Apr 7th, 2007, 08:43 PM
Golovin Tops Ivanovic To Advance To Amelia Island Final
http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/GolovinOzGETTY.jpg
Photo By Getty Images By Tennis Week
04/07/2007

It took six matches spread out over three years, culminating in a three-set struggle that featured five service breaks in the final set, and required a competitive presence beneath immense third-set pressure and a windy 55-degree day, but in the end Tatiana Golovin made it all well worth the wait.
The eighth-seeded Golovin broke through with her first career win over Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to advance to the Bausch&Lomb Championships final at Amelia Island today. Advancing to her fourth career final, Golovin moved to within one win of her first career tournament title. The 20th-ranked Golovin advanced to Sunday’s 1 p.m. final against the winner of tonight’s semifinal between defending champion Nadia Petrova and 13th-seeded Sybille Bammer. The final will be televised by ESPN2 starting at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Easter Sunday. Golovin has won four of five career meetings with the top-seeded Petrova, including a 7-5, 6-3, triumph in their lone career clash on clay court in the 2005 Charleston quarterfinals. The 29-year-old Bammer beat Golovin, 6-2, 6-3, in last month’s Indian Wells quarters to even their head-to-head history at 1-1. A wild card recipient into the main draw, Golovin had not dropped a set in defeating Catalina Castano, 12th-seeded Samantha Stosur and Venus Williams en route to the semifinals. But she carried an ignominious history against the sixth-seeded Serbian: Golovin had won just two sets in five career losses to Ivanovic. The 19-year-old baseliners play similar styles, but Golovin’s willingness to take risk on crucial points proved to be a key to her win. At 4-all, 15-30 in the opening set Golovin gambled in striking an ambitious second serve down the middle and followed with a forehand winner for 30-all. Two points later Golovin again challenged Ivanovic with a big serve, drawing a short ball that she that she put away with an inside-out winner for 5-4. Serving to stay in the set, Ivanovic hit a short second serve and paid the price as Golovin lashed a forehand winner for 0-30. Ivanovic responded with a service winner and forehand winner to draw even, but was pushed into pursuit of a Golovin lob that landed long and Ivanovic’s lob reply missed the mark long as she faced set point. Neglecting to bend her knees on a forehand, Ivanovic found the net and dropped the first set, 4-6. Adept at hitting down the line off both sides, Ivanovic used that ability to break serve in the sixth game. Blasting a backhand down the line, she broke for 4-2. Serving at 3-5, Golovin fought off four set points with aggressive play, but Ivanovic’s continuous pressure finally got to Golovin. On the fifth set point, Golovin spun a second serve into the net then smashed her blue Wilson frame to the clay court in frustration as Ivanovic took the set to level the match. The decisive set featured up and down tennis from both women though both continued to hit deep shots and force the play. A Golovin backhand tripped on the top of the tape and crept over to give her two match points in the 10th game. Ivanovic saved them both with winners, including a backhand down the line on the second. On her fourth match point, Golovin ventured forward and knocked off an overhead to advance to her first final since she lost to Petrova, 6-3, 7-6(4), in the Stuttgart final last fall. That loss came just one month after Golovin upset the fifth-seeded Russian in the third round of the U.S. Open.

Mush
Apr 7th, 2007, 08:43 PM
Not as much as a Ralph Lauren's one for example...
I have got some lacoste's polos but i'm not always weraing it because it's also weared by some "bad boys" :tape:

Mush
Apr 7th, 2007, 09:25 PM
I don't post here very often, but i'm sooooo happy for tati that i have to post it there.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to see the final tomorrow, hope a win tati!!!! you really deserve it.:kiss:

FrenchY52
Apr 7th, 2007, 09:41 PM
I don't post here very often, but i'm sooooo happy for tati that i have to post it there.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to see the final tomorrow, hope a win tati!!!! you really deserve it.:kiss:

:D

Zombielicious
Apr 7th, 2007, 10:11 PM
I couldn't imagine Tati wearing anything but lacoste...

I've seen some of nike's new line and i must say, everything looks amazing. :eek:

Rod the Bama
Apr 7th, 2007, 10:51 PM
Great win for Tati. :D She really played well for the most part, except in the second set. I really hope that she wins tomorrow. Tati is long overdue for her first title. It`s going to be a tough one against Petrova, but i strongly believe in Tati.

Zombielicious
Apr 7th, 2007, 11:04 PM
Head to head, Tati leads Nadia 4-1.

But Nadia seems confident to win this title...but Tati should be confident herself after beating Ana today (who she was 0-5 with before today)

Let's hope for a good outcome...:scared:

Good luck TATI!!

Demska
Apr 7th, 2007, 11:12 PM
I want her to win so bad.

Zombielicious
Apr 7th, 2007, 11:22 PM
I want her to win so bad.

Me too. :scared:

rseto
Apr 8th, 2007, 01:13 AM
i'm feeling good about tati against petrova after her win today. tati faced so many pressure points in the match and was able to serve out the win with some good play.

get your first title, tati!

selyoink
Apr 8th, 2007, 05:43 AM
I'm so happy Tati was able to beat Ivanovic today. She exorcised one of her demons. Time to do the same again tomorrow. Petrova is obviously a tough customer who loves playing on clay. It will probably be an extremely tough match for Tati to win.


Please win Tati. All I ask of you is to finally win a title. Just win!

rockwithme
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:18 AM
I'm so happy Tati was able to beat Ivanovic today. She exorcised one of her demons. Time to do the same again tomorrow. Petrova is obviously a tough customer who loves playing on clay. It will probably be an extremely tough match for Tati to win.


Please win Tati. All I ask of you is to finally win a title. Just win!

:yeah:

i am spewing i cant watch this live :fiery:
but i'm confident that tati is confident, she's had a good run and will come out with all guns blazing :armed:

Oural56
Apr 8th, 2007, 08:09 AM
Come on Tati! Jusqu'au bout!:D

FrenchY52
Apr 8th, 2007, 09:32 AM
Golovin earning a lot of love at Amelia

The fresh-faced fan favorite upsets Ivanovic and will take on Petrova for championship.

By FRANCINE KING, The Times-Union

Saturday's early semifinal at the Bausch & Lomb Championships featured a pair of debut darlings: Serbian Ana Ivanovic and Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin, two of the WTA Tour's fresh young faces.

The 19-year-olds, who both played at Amelia Island for the first time this year, thrilled the crowd with a three-set marathon.

But it was eighth-seeded Golovin who secured the title of first-time finalist - along with the hearts of several tennis fans - with her 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

Throughout the match, several male fans in the grandstand were professing their love for Golovin, saying they wanted to marry her. She said she appreciates the support.

"It's always great when the crowd's behind you," she said. "When I stood up from my chair at 5-4 [in the third set] and the crowd started to really make a lot of noise, it definitely pumps you up.

"Tennis is a show, and you do want people that come watch to enjoy it. So if you can provide that, it's always a lot of fun."

Golovin and Ivanovic certainly provided that show Saturday, as they each fought off multiple break points, smacked powerful winners and forced errors from each other.

After dropping the first set, sixth-seeded Ivanovic opened the second by breaking Golovin's serve on a backhand winner down the line.

"I started to feel more confident about my game, and definitely I could feel the momentum at that point," she said.

Golovin broke back in the fourth game to pull even at 2-2, but Ivanovic converted another break chance in the fifth and held serve for a 4-2 lead. Golovin fought off four set points in the ninth game before double-faulting the set away and slamming her racket to the ground.

She recovered her emotions quickly, however, and began the third set by breaking Ivanovic's serve. Golovin carried that momentum to a 5-2 lead, but Ivanovic fought back to 5-4 before Golovin was able to close out the match with an overhand volley.

"She [Ivanovic] always plays so much better when she's down," said Golovin, who had lost five previous matches against Ivanovic. "I'm just really glad I finally got a win over her."

That win sends Golovin to today's final, where she will meet defending champion Nadia Petrova, who is 1-4 against the French teen. The match begins at 1 p.m. today and will be televised live on ESPN2.

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/040807/spl_9124323.shtml

I wanna marry her too !

HTE
Apr 8th, 2007, 11:01 AM
Good luck Tati :)

Slutiana
Apr 8th, 2007, 11:15 AM
Golovin earning a lot of love at Amelia

The fresh-faced fan favorite upsets Ivanovic and will take on Petrova for championship.

By FRANCINE KING, The Times-Union

Saturday's early semifinal at the Bausch & Lomb Championships featured a pair of debut darlings: Serbian Ana Ivanovic and Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin, two of the WTA Tour's fresh young faces.

The 19-year-olds, who both played at Amelia Island for the first time this year, thrilled the crowd with a three-set marathon.

But it was eighth-seeded Golovin who secured the title of first-time finalist - along with the hearts of several tennis fans - with her 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

Throughout the match, several male fans in the grandstand were professing their love for Golovin, saying they wanted to marry her. She said she appreciates the support.

"It's always great when the crowd's behind you," she said. "When I stood up from my chair at 5-4 [in the third set] and the crowd started to really make a lot of noise, it definitely pumps you up.

"Tennis is a show, and you do want people that come watch to enjoy it. So if you can provide that, it's always a lot of fun."

Golovin and Ivanovic certainly provided that show Saturday, as they each fought off multiple break points, smacked powerful winners and forced errors from each other.

After dropping the first set, sixth-seeded Ivanovic opened the second by breaking Golovin's serve on a backhand winner down the line.

"I started to feel more confident about my game, and definitely I could feel the momentum at that point," she said.

Golovin broke back in the fourth game to pull even at 2-2, but Ivanovic converted another break chance in the fifth and held serve for a 4-2 lead. Golovin fought off four set points in the ninth game before double-faulting the set away and slamming her racket to the ground.

She recovered her emotions quickly, however, and began the third set by breaking Ivanovic's serve. Golovin carried that momentum to a 5-2 lead, but Ivanovic fought back to 5-4 before Golovin was able to close out the match with an overhand volley.

"She [Ivanovic] always plays so much better when she's down," said Golovin, who had lost five previous matches against Ivanovic. "I'm just really glad I finally got a win over her."

That win sends Golovin to today's final, where she will meet defending champion Nadia Petrova, who is 1-4 against the French teen. The match begins at 1 p.m. today and will be televised live on ESPN2.

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/040807/spl_9124323.shtml

I wanna marry her too !


dontwe all, dont we all

Zombielicious
Apr 8th, 2007, 04:35 PM
Good luck today TATI!

I'll be watching! :D

UDACHi
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:01 PM
this is agony. :unsure:

please don't choke, tati. you're playing so great and i don't want all this awesome tennis to go to waste on another blown match. :(

ALLEZ TITLE. :fiery:

dulkogii
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:25 PM
Come on tati

good moment!

Craigy
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:30 PM
:crying2: That was amazing! I can't believe it!!!!

.:sk:.
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:31 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:


CONGRATULATIONS TATI!!!
THAT WAS YOUR FIRST SINGLES TITLE ON THE WTA TOUR!!!
IT WAS A WONDERFUL MATCH!!!
THANKS FOR THIS GREAT EVENING!!!
LET'S CELEBRARTE!!!

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Eurosport sucks and doesn't show the ceremony:fiery:

Demska
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:31 PM
FAN-FRICKIN-TASTIC NEWWWS!! :woohoo: :bowdown: :yeah: :banana: :)

Tati won her first title at Amelia Island crushing Nadia Petrova 61 62

I'm over the mooon for her! :hug:

Zombielicious
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:31 PM
ESPN Is showing the ceremony...I can't believe it.

SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT!!!

*passes out*

I LOVE YOU TATI!!

Let's hope I don't cry over the ceremony...:tape:

.:sk:.
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:32 PM
ESPN Is showing the ceremony...I can't believe it.

SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT!!!

*passes out*

I LOVE YOU TATI!!

Let's hope I don't cry over the ceremony...:tape:

Hope you record the ceremony:wavey:

Fired
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:33 PM
:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::b anana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::ban ana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banan a:

Zombielicious
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:34 PM
Spend that prize money on something beautiful, Tatiana!

:kiss:

~Kiera~
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:35 PM
She did it :yeah:

I'm so happy for her. Finally, she gets her first title.

If anyone manages to get hold of the ceremony, could you please upload it. Eurosport unfortunately cut off after the end of the match.

Craigy
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:35 PM
ESPN Is showing the ceremony...I can't believe it.

SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT!!!

*passes out*

I LOVE YOU TATI!!

Let's hope I don't cry over the ceremony...:tape:

:sobbing: I wanna see!!!!!!!

Zombielicious
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:38 PM
I couldn't record it...

Everyone, I am so sorry. I have nothing to record TV with.

"I really wanted to win. This was my chance and I took it" - Tatiana being interviewed by Mary Jo.

Oural56
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:38 PM
Tati!!!!:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

souam
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:38 PM
At last! 1st title Tati! :woohoo:

Il était franchement temps. Félicitations! :kiss:

http://www.desertratdemocrat.com/archives/champagne.jpg

I hope the party will be good :rocker2:

XCoco
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:38 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Ballbasher
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:39 PM
Finally :hearts:
So deserved! Now 9-1 on green clay.Keep it up in Charleston! :D

honeymo
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:39 PM
Congratulations Tati!:worship:
Well done!:yeah:

boffaloraa
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:40 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
She totally deserves this!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

XCoco
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:41 PM
I missed the match :sobbing: . Anyone for uploading it? :angel: .

Rod the Bama
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:41 PM
Congrats to Tati. :D :clap2: I`m so happy for her. I really believed that she could do it today and not only did she, but she looked near flawless doing it. This is a great day for Tati. Hopefully we`ll get to see her win a few more titles.

HTE
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:42 PM
Congratulations Tatiana :worship: :bigclap: :worship: :bounce: :worship:

Such an amazing performance. Three great wins in and the first singles title :yeah:

yukon145
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:50 PM
finally! i'm so happy for you Tati. congrats on a great week and your first title. we all knew it would come soon enough.

enjoy your day Tati! best of luck next week!

Tati was so cute during the ceremony. smiling alot and the first thing she said was "Happy Easter!"

Lulu.
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Well done Tati you totally deserved this :hug:

Im sooooo happy for her! :D

Craigy
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:51 PM
:lol: Tati's great.

Craigy
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:51 PM
By the way guys, prepare for the Tati bandwagoners now :p

FrenchY52
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:54 PM
By the way guys, prepare for the Tati bandwagoners now :p

I hate bandwagonners ! Here many people have been following her since 2004 or 2003 and we've been suffering with her for years and those people are gonna call themself "fans" because she won a tournament :mad: :fiery:

yukon145
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:55 PM
By the way guys, prepare for the Tati bandwagoners now :p

its ok the more fans the better.

but we all here have been with Tati through good and bad.

martirogi
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:55 PM
:hearts:

HTE
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:56 PM
By the way guys, prepare for the Tati bandwagoners now :p

They are welcome :)

rseto
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:56 PM
congrats tati! i'm so happy for you!

i wish you had more time to celebrate your 1st title. ;)

Craigy
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:57 PM
They are welcome :)

Bandwagoners aren't true fans :p They say they support her, but once she plays bad for a while they will jump right off :p

yukon145
Apr 8th, 2007, 06:58 PM
Bandwagoners aren't true fans :p They say they support her, but once she plays bad for a while they will jump right off :p

thats fine, we all know who have been with her for years.

Demska
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:00 PM
ES will show it tomorrow. :worship:

Lunaris
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:02 PM
Congrats to Tatiana and to all her fans. Such a great player like her deserves to win titles. I am glad she finally managed it and can't be called titleless anymore. Well done. :hatoff:

And no, I am not a bandwagoner. :p

Magic07
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:04 PM
Congrats TATI :kiss:

HTE
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:09 PM
I hate bandwagonners ! Here many people have been following her since 2004 or 2003 and we've been suffering with her for years and those people are gonna call themself "fans" because she won a tournament :mad: :fiery:

Some of us have been following her even longer than that, but why that should mean that we can't welcome new fans, I can't understand. :)

yukon145
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:11 PM
:banana::banana::banana:

HTE
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:11 PM
Bandwagoners aren't true fans :p They say they support her, but once she plays bad for a while they will jump right off :p

so be it. Then they have shown what they really are, some will stay for sure :)

orfeus
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:11 PM
*speechless*
:bigcry: :crazy: :rocker: :banana: :rocker2: :yippee: :bounce: :worship: :bowdown:

Craigy
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:12 PM
so be it. Then they have shown what they really are, some will stay for sure :)

You're right ;)

~Kiera~
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:46 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6537723.stm

Superb Golovin wins maiden title

Golovin took her head-to-head record against Petrova to 5-1
France's Tatiana Golovin upset top seed and defending champion Nadia Petrova to win her first title at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Florida.
The 19-year-old beat Petrova of Russia 6-2 6-1 in one hour, 16 minutes.

"This is probably the happiest day of my life in my tennis career," said Golovin, ranked 20 in the world.

Golovin had been in excellent form all week on the green clay in Amelia Island, beating Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic on her way to the final.

FrenchY52
Apr 8th, 2007, 07:55 PM
Happiest day of my fan career :sobbing: :tears:
But hopefully days like this are gonna become a habbit

yukon145
Apr 8th, 2007, 08:21 PM
Golovin Breaks Through With First Tournament Title
http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/GolovinTatianaHEADgood.jpg
Tatiana Golovin By Tennis Week
04/08/2007

Pursuing every ball with the enthusiasm of a woman determined to clean up clay with each swing of her immaculate forehand, Tatiana Golovin spent Easter Sunday completing her own personal championship hunt. Rather than holding an Easter basket, Golovin hoisted her first career tournament title. The eighth-seeded Golovin dusted defending champion Nadia Petrova, 6-2, 6-1, to capture the Bausch&Lomb Championships at Amelia Island.


When Petrova’s final forehand flew beyond the baseline, Golovin raised her arms in joy, dropped her head in a brief bow then bunny-hopped her way across the clay in celebration. "I’m a little overwhelmed," said Golovin, who collected the champion’s check of $95,500 as well as the Waterford crystal trophy. "This is probably the happiest day of my life in my tennis career. I still can’t believe it."

A wild card recipient into the main draw, Golovin did not drop a set in defeating Catalina Castano, 12th-seeded Samantha Stosur and Venus Williams en route to the semifinals. Then she scored her first career victory in six matches over sixth-seeded Serbian Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to set up the final with Petrova. Golovin had won four of five career meetings with Petrova, including a 7-5, 6-3, triumph in their lone career clash on clay court in the 2005 Charleston quarterfinals. In their only prior meeting in a final, Petrova grounded Golovin, 6-3, 7-6(4), to win the Stuttgart title last October and prior to today’s match Petrova offered a simple explanation for Golovin’s successful history in their head-to-head series: "she got a little lucky" Petrova said.

It was Golovin’s solid first serve and declarative forehand — rather than her good fortune — that made the difference today. The match began with three straight service breaks before Golovin held at 30 for a 3-1 lead. Petrova earned two break points in the sixth game, but Golovin saved the first with a 107 mph serve into the body and the second when Petrova’s forehand return strayed wide. Two points later, she held for 4-2. Petrova missed the mark with a backhand down the line to donate serve in the seventh game then punctuated the errant shot by dropping her Babolat racquet to the court in disgust, covering her eyes with her hands in an effort to avoid an unsightly 2-5 deficit. While Petrova was left to ponder missed opportunities that slipped through her fingers — she converted only one of her eight break-point chances, while Golovin cashed in on six of her eight break-point opportunities — Golovin saw only opportunity as she served out the opening set in the next game.

A lethargic Petrova could not keep pace with Golovin in the second set. Golovin’s forehand is a significantly more stable stroke than Petrova’s forehand, which can go off particularly when she’s forced to hit a low ball on the run. Sensing the seventh-ranked Russian was starting to lose her range and resolve, Golovin continued to move Petrova laterally on key points in the second set. "She didn’t start off the second set as well," Golovin said of Petrova. "She wasn’t getting as angry or as happy or showing as much emotion. So I just felt I was much stronger physically." At 1-all in the second set, Golovin ran around backhand and ripped a forehand return down the line to push Petrova into pursuit. Anticipating a short reply, Golovin stepped into the court and followed with a flashy diagonal forehand swing volley winner to break for 2-1. That sequence of shots showed Golovin’s confidence in her forehand and seemed to sap the strength from Petrova. Golovin won the final five games to close out her first career championship after three runner-up efforts.

Petrova spent almost six years searching for her first career title before she finally broke through in beating Patty Schnyder, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, to capture the 2005 Linz title in her fifth career final. That victory propelled Petrova to her first year-end top 10 finish and she has gone on to win six more championships in the past 15 months.

The 20th-ranked Golovin is still only 19 years old, she’s strengthened her serve and now has her first championship. Can this breakthrough launch her to similar success? "I hope it will continue and I hope I will have a good streak on the clay courts," said Golovin, who will play Charleston next week, while defending Charleston champ Petrova will take the week off. "But I’ll just try to enjoy today."

~Kiera~
Apr 8th, 2007, 08:25 PM
Nice article. Thanks, yukon145 :)

Shimizu Amon
Apr 8th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Congrats to Tati and all her fans.

Amazing achievement, she deserves so much more.
Hope she can add a few tournaments to her name!

:yeah:

Zombielicious
Apr 8th, 2007, 08:40 PM
Happiest day of my fan career :sobbing: :tears:


Me too! :hysteric::hug:

Iceland
Apr 8th, 2007, 08:41 PM
I wasn't here during the whole weekend, I was so tense, thinking of Tati's matches and about how great it would be if she finally made it ... AND SHE DID :woohoo:
I can't wait to watch her last two matches now ! I knew that it was a good idea to go to Amelia Island which is such a lovely place by the way !

Congrats Tati, you deserve your title and our daily admiration ! :bigclap:

FrenchY52
Apr 8th, 2007, 08:41 PM
Thx for the article !

Slutiana
Apr 8th, 2007, 09:35 PM
its ok the more fans the better.

but we all here have been with Tati through good and bad.

uh huh....she must be at least the third favourite behind serena and venus (i know she hasnt been amazing but she's one of the favourites at any tournie)

i really hope she doesn't pull out because she has a MASSIVE chance to get very deep in the draw because it is such a weak draw..i was really praying her and peer would be near each other so she could get revenge...

yukon145
Apr 8th, 2007, 09:46 PM
Tati has won a tier II title before Peer and Vaidisova!

FrenchY52
Apr 8th, 2007, 10:02 PM
Tati has won a tier II title before Peer and Vaidisova!

Yeahh. And she has also another TierII final whereas Peer and Vaidisova never reached any :eek:

Slutiana
Apr 8th, 2007, 10:17 PM
Yeahh. And she has also another TierII final whereas Peer and Vaidisova never reached any :eek:

whoop whoop!! lol that win made my day

FrenchY52
Apr 8th, 2007, 10:23 PM
Ok, listen to this :

Navratilova
Evert
Evert
Evert
Navratilova
Garrison
Graf
Graf
Navratilova
Sabatini
Graf
Sabatini
Sabatini
Sanchez
Sanchez
Martinez
Spirlea
Davenport
Pierce
Seles
Seles
Mauresmo
V.Williams
Dementieva
Davenport
Davenport
Petrova
TATIANA GOLOVIN

OMGGGGGGGGGG

FrenchY52
Apr 8th, 2007, 11:20 PM
Newsroom
April 8, 2007


© Ben Rassieur
Golovin Earns First Career Title At Amelia Island

AMELIA ISLAND, FL, USA - It was fourth time lucky for one of women's tennis' most promising future stars on Sunday afternoon, as Tatiana Golovin captured her career-first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, held on the green clay of the Amelia Island Plantation.

Seeded No.8 and playing in just her second career tournament on the green clay surface, Golovin winning her first title this past week seemed like something of a long shot at the start; but after winning her early rounds she only got better, cruising past Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, defying an 0-5 head-to-head against Ana Ivanovic in the semis and, in the final, crushing top seed and defending champion Nadia Petrova easily in straight sets, 62 61.

"It all happened so fast," said Golovin, who missed last year's tournament with a left ankle sprain suffered in Miami. "Last year I was sitting in my room with my cast on, watching Petrova in the semis or finals, wishing I was here. It's definitely emotional for me to be here a year later in the final, winning the tournament."

The one-hour, 16-minute rout was her most impressive performance; despite the fact she had won four of their five previous encounters, she hadn't won any of her three previous Tour finals, including against the Russian in Stuttgart last fall. This time, the French teenager said she had more belief in herself.

"Beating Venus and Ivanovic, and especially Ivanovic because I'd never beaten her before, gave me confidence. Today I knew I could beat Petrova. I knew I had the weapons and I told myself to stay aggressive and use my forehand; it put a lot of pressure on her. When the last games came, I didn't get scared.

"Today was different from my other finals because I went out there feeling I was ready to win my first title, that I worked hard for it and deserved it."

"It wasn't a really nice match for me today; I just wasn't sharp enough," said Petrova, who was trying to defend a title for the very first time. "I was just a split second late to get to the balls and didn't have my concentration. She played solid, though; she doesn't have weaknesses. It's about time she won her first title!"

Golovin, who has been hovering just inside the Top 20 for most of this season, notched her eighth Top 10 victory; three of those eight are over Petrova, the first two coming last year at Paris [Indoors] and the US Open. Their first encounter came at Charleston two years ago, which was also Golovin's first event on green clay; there, she reached the semis with wins over Williams and the Russian.

auntie janie
Apr 8th, 2007, 11:53 PM
Congratulations to Tati on her first WTA title! :aparty: I'm so glad it happened early in the year; now she can play freely for the rest of the season without having that to worry about.

Congrats to all Tati fans, too. What a fantastic week this was for your player. :kiss:

Ceze
Apr 9th, 2007, 12:41 AM
Bravo Tati! :banana: :worship:

dulkogii
Apr 9th, 2007, 01:56 AM
Congratulation TATII!!

selyoink
Apr 9th, 2007, 02:03 AM
:woohoo: She finally did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just finished watching it and I was so nervous since I didn't look at the result. I kept waiting for Tati to lose her nerve and choke. And it never happened.

This is the most calm she has ever been during a tournament. She was never really flustered against Venus or Petrova.

And her backhand was great for most of the week, hitting it with great depth and making some great cross court passes with it.

I hope Tati celebrated well tonight.

BaRaDang22
Apr 9th, 2007, 02:42 AM
I haven't been here in a while!!! Go Tati!!! Congrats! Finally... a title! :worship:

Oh yeah... I want my cartilage pierced now! :)

nouf
Apr 9th, 2007, 05:31 AM
article equipe today:
http://tatiworld.free.fr/articles/equipe09avril2007bis.jpg

Iceland
Apr 9th, 2007, 09:24 AM
Tati acknowledged that playing on the tour without a coach was a big mistake from her. She said that she had a wonderful week with Courteau, she truely respect him and his work. She has been listening to his advice very carefully as he almost scares her :lol: But she lets him to Amélie of course, but she will be very interested to continue this partnership when Amélie will retire.

stefi62
Apr 9th, 2007, 09:58 AM
I am so happy for her, such a nice girl, she plays extremely well, she deserves this! :worship:

Thanks for the article, nouf! :wavey:

Neptune
Apr 9th, 2007, 12:31 PM
Tati did it!:worship: She was amazing in this final.:eek:

FrenchY52
Apr 9th, 2007, 12:57 PM
I love what she said aout Courteau :hearts: and that she realized she needs a coach !

yukon145
Apr 9th, 2007, 02:27 PM
Tati acknowledged that playing on the tour without a coach was a big mistake from her. She said that she had a wonderful week with Courteau, she truely respect him and his work. She has been listening to his advice very carefully as he almost scares her :lol: But she lets him to Amélie of course, but she will be very interested to continue this partnership when Amélie will retire.

finally! Tati find another coach before Amelie retires, then once she does snatch up Courteau.

yukon145
Apr 9th, 2007, 04:35 PM
Golovin wins Bausch & Lomb


Frenchwoman avoids mistakes en route to her victory at Amelia Island.


By FRANCINE KING, The Times-Union


A year ago, Tatiana Golovin was wearing an air cast and watching the end of the Bausch & Lomb Championships on television.

On Sunday, she concluded her debut at the Amelia Island tournament by claiming the first WTA Tour singles title of her career with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of defending champion Nadia Petrova. The 19-year-old Frenchwoman was scheduled to make her first Amelia Island appearance last year, but a sprained ankle she suffered in the semifinals at Miami against Maria Sharapova forced her to pull out.
"Definitely it's emotional for me when, a year later, I'm actually in the finals; I'm actually winning the tournament," Golovin said. "It's definitely very special."


Golovin said her breakthrough came partly because she wasn't as concerned about winning as she had been in previous finals. In those matches, she tended to get nervous and start making mistakes.
On Sunday, her mistakes were few and far between. She committed 10 unforced errors, compared to 29 for her Russian opponent.
"Today, I knew I could beat Petrova. I knew I had the weapons," Golovin said. "It was just a matter of me being able to do it on [that] special day at that time."


Two weeks ago, tournament director John Arrix put the idea in Golovin's head that her special day could come at Bausch & Lomb. Golovin, who committed to play here only after losing early in Miami, ate dinner with Arrix shortly after she decided to come to Amelia Island.


Arrix told her how glad he was she would be playing in the tournament and that he thought it could be her first win, Golovin told the Stadium Court crowd during the awards ceremony.
"So we're going to listen to John from now on," she added with a big grin, eliciting laughter from the fans who embraced her wholeheartedly during her championship run.


It was a run that didn't end as comfortably as the final score might suggest.


"The score is easy, but it wasn't that easy," Golovin said. "I just wanted to win really badly, and I just kept fighting. I could feel on the other side that she wasn't making as many winners and that she wasn't hurting me as much, so definitely I was playing on that."


Petrova finished with 21 winners to 15 for Golovin, but Petrova's powerful serve, usually one of her biggest assets, failed her against the French teen, who now owns a 5-1 record against her. Petrova put 52 percent of her first serves in play as her nine-match winning streak at Amelia Island ended.


"Playing with the second serve, it gives your opponent more chances to come back in the games," Petrova said.
Petrova appeared fatigued throughout the match, most evidently during the many long points that rarely seemed to go her way. Golovin took advantage of Petrova's first-serve troubles and her fatigue to convert six of eight break-point chances.


"She is a counterpuncher," Petrova said of Golovin. "If it's necessary to put 100 balls on the other side, she would do that."
Golovin was able to finish off Petrova off winning the final six games of the match.

the cat
Apr 9th, 2007, 05:57 PM
Well done to Tatiana Golovin on finally winning her first WTA Tour singles title by beating Nadia Petrova 6-2 6-1 in the 2007 Amelia Island final. :D Tatiana showed a complete all court game in completely outplaying Petrova. :) :tennis: And tati showed how charming and personable she really is as well. :awww: :hug: I hope she stays healthy this year and makes a run at the top 10 because that's where she belongs.

FrenchY52
Apr 9th, 2007, 06:15 PM
Ok, in Lequipe Tati says :
"When i see how we communicate together with Loic, that's great. I love him (friendship), i respect him, he kind of scares me and i listen to everything he says to me."
About "stealing" him to Amélie :
"What ? .. No way ! But the day Amelie'll retire, i'll still have a few more years left on tour, so at this moment i really hope Loic will be there"

orfeus
Apr 9th, 2007, 06:27 PM
Thanx for the article Yukon!:wavey:

SpankMe
Apr 9th, 2007, 06:36 PM
*THUD* She...finally...won...something??!?!?!?!??!!? :eek: :eek: :eek: And...I...missed...it!!!!!?? :rolleyes: :ignore:

Slutiana
Apr 9th, 2007, 06:44 PM
Congratulations to Tati on her first WTA title! :aparty: I'm so glad it happened early in the year; now she can play freely for the rest of the season without having that to worry about.

Congrats to all Tati fans, too. What a fantastic week this was for your player. :kiss:

:)

~Kiera~
Apr 9th, 2007, 11:03 PM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2007/04/hot_tati.html

Hot Tati
Posted 04/09/2007 @ 5 :19 PM

Well, that was a surprise, wasn’t it? She’s only 19, but Tatiana Golovin has been on tour for five years, just long enough to make me start writing her off as a major threat—or any kind of a threat, for that matter. The little Russo-Floridian Frenchwoman pops up for a good match, makes you think her all-court feel is what today’s tour needs, then does something to an ankle and disappears.

Before this weekend in Amelia Island, Golovin had the look of a young star who had leveled off—playing-wise, motivation-wise, work-wise—after officially making it on tour. But that was before she played three excellent matches in a row to beat Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, and Nadia Petrova for her first pro title. In the process, she again made me think it can be safe for touch, rather than power, to find success in the women’s game. Any fan who been heartened by the return of Martina Hingis should be happy with any success Golovin has. She’s the closest thing to the Swiss among today’s teenagers.

If anything, Golovin has even less power than Hingis. Against Petrova, she sat well behind the baseline, happy to move the ball from corner to corner and subtly wrong-foot Petrova every chance she got. Rather than go crosscourt with her backhand to Petrova’s backhand, she went up the line and into the forehand countless times. This produced few winners, but it threw Petrova off. The normal rhythm of a baseline match was broken up, and Petrova couldn’t find any rhythm herself. Like Hingis, Golovin changes directions with the ball at will, particularly on the backhand side.

Golovin has improved her serve over the last couple years, shedding the kind of extra motion that has led to serving breakdowns among many women. She’s using a version of the extremely abbreviated swing favored by men like Fernando Gonzalez. It hasn’t completely cured her of the yips—as soon as she got up a set and a break, she started the next game by firing two double faults—but she gets more juice on the ball than you would expect for someone her size.

Unfortunately, that’s not true of the rest of Golovin’s game. I like the feel and variety she employs—the drop shot especially—but even yesterday she was pushed back and had to rely on Petrova’s unforced errors in key situations. How high can Golovin climb with this game? She’s No. 19 as of today, one spot below her career high. This week Dinara Safina is No. 11 and Elena Dementieva is No. 12; there’s no reason why Golovin can’t compete with them, particularly with the slow clay season upon us, though it’s hard to see her established in the Top 10 anytime soon (Golovin got smoked last month in Key Biscayne by world No. 10 Anna Chakvetadze 6-1, 6-3). She’ll need to stay injury free and show the kind of mental consistency that has so far been lacking. This, her first championship, was the only way to start.

On the other side of the court, what did this loss tell us about Petrova? She’s had a pretty good run in finals in the past year, and she could once again be a dark horse at the French Open in a couple months. But yesterday was not encouraging. Petrova said she gave up in the second set, and she looked to be (vaguely) ailing during the match; more problematic, though, is her continued lack of what I’ll call mental efficiency. Petrova held to go up 1-0 in the second set, then lost the first point of the next game when Golovin hit a nice crosscourt pass winner. For no good reason, Petrova decided to choose this time for a display of anger, smashing the net with her racquet. There are times to get angry and times to keep your concentration in check; 1-0, 15-15 was clearly the latter. At least wait until your behind in a game to go ballistic. Like Marat Safin, Petrova lets her emotions get the better of her rather than using them to her advantage. This rollercoaster style will likely keep her from ever holding it together for the seven matches in a row needed to win a major.

Harju.
Apr 10th, 2007, 04:05 PM
Just came back from my little vacation and :eek: OMG. I would have never thought she could win a title :tape:.

No internet access for me so I have no idea how Tati faired until Sunday when I was switching the channel on TV and saw Tati vs Nadya match LIVE. She played sooooo well and relaxed! Her reaction after the win was the cutest ever. I'm glad I did not miss this match.

Congrats Tati :yeah:
Hopefully this would be a huge boast for her future. And I hope Tati will get a coach soon.

Craigy
Apr 10th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Just came back from my little vacation and :eek: OMG. I would have never thought she could win a title :tape:.

No internet access for me so I have no idea how Tati faired until Sunday when I was switching the channel on TV and saw Tati vs Nadya match LIVE. She played sooooo well and relaxed! Her reaction after the win was the cutest ever. I'm glad I did not miss this match.

Congrats Tati :yeah:
Hopefully this would be a huge boast for her future. And I hope Tati will get a coach soon.
No new fave for you then? :p

wurzelman
Apr 10th, 2007, 10:02 PM
:bounce:Just caught up with the news and I'm absolutely delighted :bounce: Well done Tati, I am so pleased that she got her first title. Hopefully she'll go on even further now :kiss: :yeah: FANTASTIC

_Ginevra_
Apr 12th, 2007, 01:56 PM
Hello everyone!:wavey:
I perfectly know that's toooo late,but I'm so happy for Tati,for her first title!!!:worship:
I watched her matches anh she was perfect!!She definitely deserved it:bounce: :bounce:
bye bye