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hiraki_schmiraki
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:23 AM
Here's an article in today's Age, a Melbourne newspaper

http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/photo-on-the-wall-says-it-all-for-an-openminded-adoptee/2008/01/06/1199554486323.html

Linda Pearce
January 7, 2008
WHEN world No. 78 Anastasia Rodionova arrived for a practice session at Melbourne Park yesterday, the Russian-born baseliner was shocked to walk past a framed photograph of herself on the wall showcasing the Australian top five.

Rodionova's bid for adoption has been a long process, but finally, it seems, a successful one, and by the time the Australian Open begins next week the host nation's painfully thin female ranks will have officially swelled by two.

Slovakian Jarmila Gajdosova last week had the letters AUS attached to her name, and although the WTA rankings list is yet to be updated, Gajdosova played the WTA tournament on the Gold Coast last week as a local.

Ranked 143rd, down from a high of 64 last October, Gajdosova was yesterday awarded Tennis Australia's last remaining discretionary wildcard into the Open's main draw.

Cynics would suggest that this smacks of a struggling tennis nation taking the easy option of importing what it is unable to produce. In truth, neither European was recruited; both initiated the move independently. Still, neither was turned away.

Rodionova, 26, earned direct entry into the main draw.

She has not been informed officially of her changed status, so is cautiously excited about making her grand slam debut as an Australian, although she was encouraged as well as stunned yesterday to see her face on the wall outside the locker-room.

"Definitely, I was very surprised to see myself there, and 'Victoria' was right under my name, so that was cool," Rodionova said. "All the girls asked me if I am playing for Australia now, and I said, 'I hope so.' I'm just waiting for it to be confirmed, and I really hope the Australian people will embrace me."

Rodionova has lived in Australia for three years, or at least for as much of the time as her travelling commitments have allowed. She has bought a house in Caulfield North with her Australian partner, Lorne Padman, and was granted permanent residency in August.

That was enough to qualify as an Australian but Rodionova thought she needed an Australian passport. Only once Rodionova realised Gajdosova was playing as an Australian on the Gold Coast did she become aware she could ask for a "change of nationality" request to be sent to the WTA by Tennis Australia.

That should be a formality, and there is now pictorial evidence that makes it safe to assume that this stage of the process is complete. Thus, two more names have been added to an Australian starting list for the Open that includes direct entrants Alicia Molik, Nicole Pratt and Casey Dellacqua, and wildcards Christina Wheeler, Monique Adamczak, Sophie Ferguson and Jess Moore.

"I'm completely thrilled that I finally get to play under the flag of my home country," Rodionova said. "I had no idea that I could have done it before now but it's good it's happening right before the Australian Open."

OUR TOP WOMEN RANKING

1. Samantha Stosur 50

2. Alicia Molik 57

3. Nicole Pratt 75

4. Anastasia Rodionova 78

5. Casey Dellacqua 85

6. Jarmila Gajdosova 143

Slumpsova
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:33 AM
Russia has lost another good player :bigcry:

DutchieGirl
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:34 AM
:help:

TS
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:48 AM
In that link there are the pics of the top 5 Aussie women on the wall. Who is in that 3rd pic?? It looks like Pratt is second, when Alicia should be there.

Dani12
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:48 AM
I don't know whether to be happy or scared..!

rada
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:49 AM
Welcome i say :)

Slumpsova
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:50 AM
In that link there are the pics of the top 5 Aussie women on the wall. Who is in that 3rd pic?? It looks like Pratt is second, when Alicia should be there.
Sam? :confused:

DutchieGirl
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:50 AM
In that link there are the pics of the top 5 Aussie women on the wall. Who is in that 3rd pic?? It looks like Pratt is second, when Alicia should be there.

OUR TOP WOMEN RANKING

1. Samantha Stosur 50

2. Alicia Molik 57

3. Nicole Pratt 75

4. Anastasia Rodionova 78

5. Casey Dellacqua 85

6. Jarmila Gajdosova 143

Should be Pratt I assume. ;) Hmm although there seems to be a weird order, coz it's from left: Sam, Nicole...

Dani12
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:51 AM
In that link there are the pics of the top 5 Aussie women on the wall. Who is in that 3rd pic?? It looks like Pratt is second, when Alicia should be there.

It has to be Alicia, even though it doesn't look like Alicia :wavey:

TS
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:51 AM
They kind of got this wrong...

"Russian-born Anastasia Rodionova is not officially an Australian player yet, but it's surely a formality, considering there is a picture of her at Melbourne Park. She has won a wildcard spot at the Australian Open."

Dani12
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Sam in first pic, Nicole in second, Casey in fourth, Anastassia in fifth. That leaves Alicia right?

DutchieGirl
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Would it be Leesh?

Sam, Nicole, Leesh, Casey, Bitchy?

Dani12
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:52 AM
They kind of got this wrong...

"Russian-born Anastasia Rodionova is not officially an Australian player yet, but it's surely a formality, considering there is a picture of her at Melbourne Park. She has won a wildcard spot at the Australian Open."

That generally happens. Nine news said Safina beat fellow Russian Hantuchova today :tape:

DutchieGirl
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:53 AM
It has to be Alicia, even though it doesn't look like Alicia :wavey:

My thoughts too - but the name seems to long to be "Alicia Molik"...I mean you can't read it, but you can see the white letters. ;)

Droolv
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:53 AM
It goes Sam, Pratt, Christina Wheeler?, Dellacqua, Rodionova...

Why is Wheeler there???? :confused:

ctan88
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:53 AM
Very interesting news. All i can say to Jarmila and Anastasia is welcome!

TS
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:53 AM
OUR TOP WOMEN RANKING

1. Samantha Stosur 50

2. Alicia Molik 57

3. Nicole Pratt 75

4. Anastasia Rodionova 78

5. Casey Dellacqua 85

6. Jarmila Gajdosova 143

Should be Pratt I assume. ;) Hmm although there seems to be a weird order, coz it's from left: Sam, Nicole...

Yeah I know who our top 5 women are, and it certainly is a weird order. That 3rd woman looks like Wheeler (double handed backhand), but she's nowhere near 3rd best.

DutchieGirl
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:54 AM
That generally happens. Nine news said Safina beat fellow Russian Hantuchova today :tape:

It happens everywhere. There was an article on the first day of Auckland saying Misa was till looking for her maiden title (erm she has 3 already :lol: ).

DutchieGirl
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:55 AM
Yeah I know who our top 5 women are, and it certainly is a weird order. That 3rd woman looks like Wheeler (double handed backhand), but she's nowhere near 3rd best.

Well, Nicole's not second best either so... :shrug:

Droolv
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:55 AM
http://i15.tinypic.com/8eiy8ba.jpg

DutchieGirl
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:55 AM
It goes Sam, Pratt, Christina Wheeler?, Dellacqua, Rodionova...

Why is Wheeler there???? :confused:

And where the hell is Molik? ;)

Dani12
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:56 AM
I meant to say they said Hantuchova beat fellow russian Safina, it seems we all make mistakes, just i'm not running a national news service..thank god...:)

DutchieGirl
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:00 AM
I meant to say they said Hantuchova beat fellow russian Safina, it seems we all make mistakes, just i'm not running a national news service..thank god...:)

either way, they got it wrong. ;)

mankind
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:01 AM
:woohoo:

Huntress555
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:02 AM
Haha they screwed up the pictures??

Anyways welcome Anastasia and Jarmila of course ;)

azza
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:03 AM
Shutup and get over the picture thing geez

Brett.
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:27 AM
Would it be Leesh?

Sam, Nicole, Leesh, Casey, Bitchy?

:rolls: :rolls: This made me laugh all day :lol:

Sam, Nicole, Christina (I'm sure it's her), Casey and Rodiobitch.

LCS
Jan 7th, 2008, 12:40 PM
Why is everyone turning Australian these days? Have people found gold in the aussie desert? LOL

Slumpsova
Jan 7th, 2008, 12:46 PM
Why is everyone turning Australian these days? Have people found gold in the aussie desert? LOL
they want WC for ITF-Port Pirire i guess.

Brett.
Jan 7th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Why is everyone turning Australian these days? Have people found gold in the aussie desert? LOL

Because they are in love with Australia :inlove: I :hearts: my country. :D

martin white
Jan 7th, 2008, 01:02 PM
im not a rodionova fan at all, i saw her play once or twice.i thought she had a screw loose,and she is the most unproffesional player ive ever seen play:tape:she has an aussie partner, maybe life in australia alot better than life in moscow.im an aussie but i won't be interested in her matches when im in melbourne. but a welcome under duress i suppose!:p

*Jean*
Jan 7th, 2008, 06:20 PM
Why does everybody wanna become AUS ? :help:

Dani12
Jan 8th, 2008, 01:07 AM
Why does everybody wanna become AUS ? :help:

Jarmila and Anastassia have lived here for years now and obviously consider it there country. Australia is a nice country to live in and they want to represent the country that they love. They must just love the Aussie lifestyle, otherwise I don't know?

cheo23
Jan 8th, 2008, 01:24 AM
I want to THROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can someone please hand me a BUCKET made in AUSTRALIA?????

urklerlay
Jan 8th, 2008, 03:36 AM
I feel sorry for Australia!

go hingis
Jan 15th, 2008, 05:13 AM
I was shocked to just see the Aussie flag next to her name and thought it was a mistake. lol I don't know if it's good or bad news with her reputation.

fOxYLiCiOuS
Jan 15th, 2008, 05:28 AM
:rolls:

Lucyxx
Jan 15th, 2008, 05:54 AM
She made it to second round here last year. It's working so far vs. Bachmann.