Welcome to Gold Cost, Australia: host of the Tier III, $170,000 Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt tournament. The Thalgo Australian is the first tournament on the VWTT calendar. Top players from all over the world have travelled to Gold Coast to make their presence on the tour and are all vying for the best ranking, going into the Australian Open, which is quickly approaching: only 2 1/2 weeks away. Being that this is a new tour, all players are starting from scratch, and will have to work their way up to the top and prove themselves all over again. Will Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis be vowed the Queens of the tour or will up-and-comers Jelena Dokic and Kim Clijsters or past players like Jana Novotna take over the thrown? These questions will all start to unravel this week, as the VWTT season has has now began. Get ready to roll: it's game, set, match time! Enjoy your stay at Gold Coast, and good luck to all players participating!
<br /><IMG SRC="http://www.xtreme.com.au/about/gold-coast.jpg" align=left>If you like sun, surf and sand, unpolluted air and a relaxed lifestyle, with heaps of Tourist attractions thrown in, then you'll love the Gold Coast of Australia.
<br />The Gold Coast can boast an average of 245 days of fine weather each year and daytime temperatures above 22 degrees for 279 days a year. Yes! This is truly the Sunshine State. The Gold Coast is located on the Eastern seaboard of Australia just 80km south of the City of Brisbane.
<br /><IMG SRC="http://www.royalpines.com.au/images/tennis.jpg" align=left width=180 height=195>Players will stay at the Royal Pines Resort, which will be the stage for the tournament.
Jelena Dokic/Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere vs. Jana Novotna/Justine Henin
<U>Main Draw (First Round)</U>
Martina Hingis/Maggie Maleeva vs. Chanda Rubin/Martina Navratilova<br />Mary Pierce/Gabriela Sabatini vs. Qualifier
Rachel McQuillan/Julia Jans vs. Monica Seles/Meghann Shaughnessy<br />Venus Williams/Serena Williams vs. Lindsay Davenport/Alexandra Stevenson<br /><font color="yellow">
Dec 30th, 2001, 06:47 AM
serena has to play qualies <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
Dec 30th, 2001, 12:35 PM
Venus is playing a qualifier.... please, let it not be Serena! <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
Dec 30th, 2001, 02:16 PM
serena hopes to as well! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Dec 30th, 2001, 02:26 PM
Well done! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Dec 30th, 2001, 07:01 PM
Hehe, Yeah I know, sucky deal for Venus and Serena, eh? But it was the luck...or actually unluck of the draw. <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
Dec 30th, 2001, 07:04 PM
Oh, wait! Venus will play Qualifier #2, which will be the winner of the lower half of qualifying, so you guys can cheer up now <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Dec 31st, 2001, 01:45 AM
That's great <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Dec 31st, 2001, 07:53 AM
Good Luck Monica!!!!! Yeyyyyy <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Dec 31st, 2001, 06:21 PM
Jan 1st, 2002, 03:09 AM
Just to let everyone know, first round singles and doubles results will be posted Tuesday afternoon.
*Also, because Venus and Justine had a bye in the first round, only the unseeded players you chose for your team will be used in deciding round 1. In case of a tiebreaker, I will do a coin toss. This will only be for round one.
Serena Williams def. Monica Seles 7-6(3) 6-1<br />Jelena Dokic def. Anna Kournikova (Walk-Over)<br />Martina Navratilova def. Kim Clijsters (Walk-Over)<br />Maggie Maleeva def. Chanda Rubin 6-1 0-6 7-6(4)
<U>Singles Qualifying</U> (Rnd 2)
Jelena Dokic def. Serena Williams 7-6(2) 6-0<br />Martina Navratilova def. Maggie Maleeva 7-6(10-8) 6-0
<br /><U>Doubles Qualifying</U>
Jelena Dokic/Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere def. Jana Novotna/Justine Henin 6-4 6-0
<font color=Orange>*Congratulations to Singles Jelena Dokic and Martina Navratilova, and to the doubles team of Jelena Dokic/Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere. You have secured your positions into the main draw <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> </font>
[ January 01, 2002: Message edited by: Jeff ]</p>
Jan 1st, 2002, 11:02 PM
<H2 align=center><Font color="yellow">2002 Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt</H2></font>
<U>Singles</U> (First Round)
Lindsay Davenport def. Jana Novotna 6-4 6-3<br />Alexandra Stevenson def. Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 1-6 6-4 7-6(2)<br />Jelena Dokic def. Rachel McQuillan 6-0 6-0<br />Mary Pierce def. Julia Jans 6-0 6-2
<font color=red>*Semifinal results will be posted after quarterfinal matches have been played at the Thalgo Australian.</font>
Jan 1st, 2002, 11:19 PM
Alex, because Venus and Justine did not play the first round, I only used everyone's unseeded players for the first round. Jelena Dokic's chosen unseeded players did exceptionally well in Rnd 1, and when comparing her unseeded players with Rachel's in Rnd 1, it came out at 6-0 6-0 <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
Jan 1st, 2002, 11:30 PM
Eww... now, I understand <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
Jan 2nd, 2002, 01:48 AM
Wowsers...Meghann is shocked that she was able to defeat Henin in 1R...T'was a close one and I'd like to give props to my opponent!
Sabatini, here I come! Good Luck!
Jan 2nd, 2002, 08:46 AM
Venus lost in an extremely close match <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
How does the scoring work anyway ?? <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
Jan 2nd, 2002, 09:06 PM
Williams_Rulez, game points in a set are determined by comparing how well your choosen team players did in each set with how well your opponent's choosen team did in each set. Since this is round one and Venus and Justine Henin had a bye for the first round, I only used everyone's unseeded players.
Each of your chosen players earn points for your team when they when a set. The amount they earn is dependent upon how many games they win by in a set; For example, Iva Majoli lost her first round 6-4 4-6 3-6. Therefore, she gained 2 points for her team in set 1, deducted 2 points in set two, and deducted 3 points in set.
I kind of don't want to explain the rules all over again, lol, cuz it takes a lot of time, but if you want to see how I exactly determine how you get 7-6 0-6 7-6, you should read the "Sign-up for VWTT" post that I added. All the rules are there, and explains everything fully or you can just <a href="http://www.wtaworld.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=3&t=000306" target="_blank">Click here</a>
Note: In the first round, like I said, I didn't use seeded players, because Venus and Justine hadn't yet played. Therefore, I also didn't use your tiebreak player to decide the tiebreakers. I flipped a coin. In the 2nd round, however, I will begin using all players.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 01:53 AM
I thought 2nd round results were going to be posted this afternoon...Jeff?
Jan 3rd, 2002, 05:18 AM
<H2 align=center><font color="yellow">2002 Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt</H2></font>
<U>Singles</U> (Quarterfinal Results)
Lindsay Davenport def. Alexandra Stevenson 6-1 6-0<br />Jelena Dokic def. Mary Pierce 6-0 6-0
<br /><font color=orange>Note: Results for the singles and doubles semifinals will be posted after quarterfinal matches at the Thalgo Australian have been played.</font><font color=yellow>
Jan 3rd, 2002, 05:50 AM
<H4>Just a reminder to everyone</H4>
The Adidas International, a Tier II event, begins next Monday. Don't forget to look at the entry list and submit your teams. Deadline for submission is Sunday at 7:00pm (board time). As always, you can wait until the draw comes out, which should be on Saturday.
I have posted a message about this in the Adidas International thread. To go there and view the current entry list and choose your teams, <a href="http://www.wtaworld.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=60&t=000163" target="_blank">click here</a>. Don't forget to email your teams, not post them on the board <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:47 AM
hi jeff,<br />thanks for all your hard even though i lost in singles the first round. I hope my doubles team of manuela and dokic do well <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />i will email you my team after the draw comes out, thanks again <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:56 AM
Yes Jeff, I also want to say "Thanks" for your great efforts here at VWTT.
You´re making a good job! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Bye <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Jan 3rd, 2002, 04:34 PM
Awww its ok Monica <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <br />Better luck next time, wooohooooo!!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:14 PM
Thanks for your thanks, guys <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> Glad you all are enjoying this game. This is still a new game, so still things to crinkle out. Should be even funner as the new tourneys come along.
Jan 4th, 2002, 01:51 PM
JEFF!!!! You are a gift on thid board. Tournaments would be boring without games like this.
Jan 4th, 2002, 02:33 PM
Just want to let everyone know that Semifinal singles and doubles results will be posted around 1:00 pm (PST)/ 4:00pm (EST).
Jan 5th, 2002, 01:52 AM
<H2 align=center><Font Color=yellow>2002 Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt</H2></font>
Jelena Dokic def. Lindsay Davenport 6-1 6-1
Gabriela Sabatini def. Iva Majoli 7-6(0) 7-6(0)
Jelena Dokic/Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere def. Chanda Rubin/Martina Navratilova 6-3 6-3
Lindsay Davenport/Alexandra Stevenson def. Rachel McQuillan/Julia Jans 6-4 6-4
<font color=red><B>Note:</B> Final results will be posted after the finals have been completed at the Thalgo Australian.</font>
Jan 5th, 2002, 11:54 PM
Ok, well not sure if anyone cares about the results anymore, since nobody posts anything, but just want to let you know that I had a busy day today, but will be posting singles and doubles final results tonight. Probably around 10:30pm board time.
Jan 6th, 2002, 12:25 AM
Hehe....I still care Jeff! I want to be able to take solace in that I lost to the tourniment's eventual champion! Gooooo Sabatini!
Can't wait to play in the Sydney event, hope the draw is released soon...
Jan 6th, 2002, 01:21 AM
A first round defeat is not the best way to start the season, but it can only get better. ;)
Thank you for the great effort, Jeff! :)
Jan 6th, 2002, 03:20 AM
Jeff- What should we do about the Sydney tourniment since the draw isn't posted? When are our picks due?
Jan 6th, 2002, 03:27 AM
Hmm, yeah I know. The best I can do is allow everyone to send in their teams before the first match is played, which is Sunday in Australia. Kind of unusual for the draw not to be out yet. If it's not out before matches are played, just go ahead and select your team by looking at the entry list.
Jan 6th, 2002, 04:38 AM
<H2 align=center><font color=yellow>2002 Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt</font></H2>
Jelena Dokic def. Gabriela Sabatini 6-3 6-7(7-9) 6-4
Jelena Dokic/Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere def. Lindsay Davenport/Alexandra Stevenson 6-0 6-0
<H5 align=center><font color=orange>Congratulations to the winners of the first tournament on the VWTT tour! You are now the ones to beat in 2002</H5></font>
Jan 6th, 2002, 05:05 AM
<H2 align=center><font color=FF0606>Dokic prevails at Gold Coast</font></H2>
<IMG SRC="http://www.dokic.freewebsites.com/1stRound1.jpg" width=267 height=200 align=left alt="Dokic hits a backhand en route to her victory over Gabriela Sabatini at the Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourt tournament."><B>Gold Coast-</B> In one of the most dramatic and exciting matches of the tournament, Jelena Dokic defeated Gabriela Sabatini 6-3 6-7 6-4, in 1hr 45min., to claim the first tournament title of 2002.
Although Jelena has already proven to be a force to rekon with on the tour, nobody expected her to give such an extraordinary performance as she did this week. She dominated the entire field, loosing only one set in the entire tournament (to Sabatini in today's final) and 14 games. "I'm really satisfied with the way I played...just worked a lot during the break. My dad and I knew that I needed to work on my serve, we did, and it payed off this week."
Jelena is now the one to beat as the one to beat in 2002. "This is what we work for, you know? I train to do my best, and to start off the season as a winner is great. Now I will play Sydney, hopefully gain a bit more preparation for the Australian."
Jelena also won the doubles title with Bulgarian partner Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere. The team defeated Davenport/Stevenson 6-0 6-0.
Jan 6th, 2002, 08:00 AM
first champion for the VWTT was born!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
congratulation, Jelena Dokic!
and also thanks you, jeff for bringing us so wonderful game:D