Congratulations to Corina; Amanda will bounce back!
Jul 16th, 2002, 11:02 PM
OMG Way to go Corina!:eek: :bounce: :bounce:
I'm not sure who this speaks more of though. Has Corina finally gotten her old form back or is Coetzer just that bad lately?
Jul 16th, 2002, 11:49 PM
Go Corina!!! :D
Jul 17th, 2002, 01:05 AM
WOW- awesome news o hear Corina is back......
a great couple of weeks for me, Sandra, Lindsay and now Corina all come back!
Jul 17th, 2002, 01:01 PM
I am sad for Coetzer.
Jul 17th, 2002, 01:52 PM
Yowza. Guess she's feeling better :)
Jul 17th, 2002, 02:16 PM
Morariu enjoying her `bonus time'
By BILL BUELL
SCHENECTADY - Corina Morariu's comeback might be one of the best stories on the women's tour this summer, but regardless of how successful her return to the game is, tennis will remain her No. 2 priority.
Sidelined for 14 months due to a bout with leukemia, Morariu couldn't lift her Philadelphia Freedoms past the New York Buzz Tuesday night at Central Park, but she did win her women's singles set, defeating Liezel Huber of the Buzz, 5-1.
New York's 20-18 win over the Freedoms, capped by an entertaining and hard-fought men's doubles set, was just Morariu's second outing playing singles. She played doubles in her team's first five matches, and then defeated Amanda Coetzer of the St. Louis Aces, 5-0, in her first singles set on Monday night.
"I didn't even think about it. I just went out there and hit the ball," Morariu said of her win over Coetzer, a top-20 player throughout most of the 1990s. "I wasn't nervous because for me to be out here is all bonus time. I've had a tough year, and I could be in a lot worse place than where I am right now, and that's all that matters."
Against Huber, Morariu broke serve in the first game and dominated the rest of the set.
"I'm having a good time, and I'm happy with the way I'm playing," said Morariu, a 24-year-old Detroit native. "I had a good week of just playing doubles, and I think that helped me get ready for singles. It's difficult to tell, but this is a good transition for me and the match practice should help me for the summer tournaments. I've been working out since January, and it's been a slow progression, but you have to expect that after 14 months of not playing."
Ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles in 1999 and ranked as high as 29th in singles in 1998, Morariu is still undergoing oral chemotherapy.
"I have to do that for the next couple of years and get checked every month," she said. "I'm in remission, but it's going to be another few years before I'm considered cured. I just have to keep my fingers crossed and hope it stays that way."
The 1999 Wimbledon women's doubles champion with Lindsay Davenport, Morariu concedes her battle with leukemia has changed her.
"You can't go through that situation and not have a different perception, or not feel as though you've changed as a person," she said. "It's made me a stronger person, and I definitely view things differently. I have that point of reference where I can look back to where I was last year at this time, and anything will pale in comparison."
Morariu and Jonathan Stark, the top-ranked mixed doubles team in the league heading into Tuesday's contest, dropped the first set to New York's Mahesh Bhupathi and Nannie de Villiers, 5-2.
Morariu's 5-1 win over Huber gave Philadelphia a 7-6 lead, but Huber and de Villiers rallied to an impressive 5-2 win in the women's doubles, giving New York an 11-9 lead.
Justin Bower took the court next for men's singles, but instead of playing Todd Reid, winner of the boys' title at Wimbledon last week, he played Stark, who prevailed in a tiebreaker, 5-4, moving the Freedoms to within one game, 15-14.
Reid, bothered by a knee injury, finally came out for men's doubles and clearly displayed his potential with a number of fine shots. Bhupathi and Bower, however, helped by an overule from the chair umpire, won in a tiebreaker, 5-4.
Bhupathi nailed a return off Reid's serve to claim match point.
"He was serving to my body the whole set, so I knew what was coming," said Bhupathi. "It was just a matter of getting my body out of the way and making contact."
On the previous point, Bhupathi had put Reid's serve into the net, but given another chance he wasn't about to let the match slip away.
"The return is my strength, so I rarely miss two in a row," said Bhupathi. "He's obviously very talented, just coming off his Wimbledon win, and he stood up to the pressure well. He's got a great future, but I'm glad things worked out for us tonight."
The victory moved the 5-1 Buzz into sole possesion of first place in the league's Eastern Conference. The New York Hamptons are a half-game behind at 4-1.
"We've positioned ourselves to challenge for the conference title, so we don't want to take a loss at home," said Bhupathi, who has sparked the Buzz to five straight wins after opening up with a 24-22 loss to the Hartford FoxForce.
The Buzz are back in Central Park tonight at 7 to host the Delaware Smash.
New York 20, Philadelphia 18 Mixed doubles: Mahesh Bhupathi/Nannie de Villiers (NY) def. Jonathan Stark/Corina Morariu, 5-2. Women's singles: Morariu (P) def. Liezel Huber, 5-1. Women's doubles: Huber/de Villiers (NY) def. Morariu/Jessica Steck, 5-2. Men's singles: Stark (P) def. Justin Bower, 5-4 (4). Men's doubles: Bhupathi/Bower (NY) def. Stark/Todd Reid, 5-4 (4).
Welcome back and way to go, Corina! :)
Jul 17th, 2002, 02:20 PM
Talk about bouncing back to form! :eek:
Well done, Corina! :)
Come on, Amanda! :bounce:
Jul 17th, 2002, 04:49 PM
Nice article :)
Jul 17th, 2002, 06:40 PM
congrats corina :bounce:
Jul 17th, 2002, 09:11 PM
Wow congrats Corina, she really came back with a bang. :)
Jul 18th, 2002, 02:36 AM
Well done Corina! :bounce:
Should Corina receive a wildcard into the 2002 U.S. Open?