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FedererBulgaria
Mar 10th, 2008, 12:01 PM
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WELLS - Sesil Karatantcheva returned this week to the Pacific Life Open, where she made her professional debut four years ago, and won this year's pre-qualifying tournament to advance into today's qualifying draw as a wild card.


Her stop here at Indian Wells Tennis Garden at age 14 was not her first, however.

"When I was 11 and in the (tennis) academies, I came here and I was Scooby Doo,'' said Karatantcheva, who dressed in costume during the tournament back then. "I loved being here even though I was about to die because it (costume) was so hot, but much fun.

"But Indian Wells is the first of everything for me; this tournament will be remembered as one of my best. It was my first professional tournament at 14, then it was the first one I got to come back to as a pro."

Coming back now has been a two-year journey as the 18-year-old Bulgarian was banned from play in 2006 after testing positive for nandrolone. Since her January return this year, she captured two ITF titles; in Surprise Ariz., and the Charlie M Desert Classic last month at the La Quinta Resort and Club.

However, Karatantcheva has lost in the first round main draw of her last three tournaments (Midland, Memphis, Las Vegas) and is hoping for a jump start here at the Pacific Life Open.

"Before, I was anxious to set records and now I'm letting it go natural, giving it slow,'' she said. "There's not the big goals. I enjoy my time out here, a point at a time and it's working for me - not putting pressure on myself. People expect a lot, but now that I'm back, I don't want to leave again.

Karatantcheva made her biggest splash in 2004 here when she reached the third round as a wild card. She upset world No. 120 Alexandra Stevenson in the first round and No. 25 Magui Serna before falling to No. 24 Maria Sharapova.

This week, she's looking for another run after qualifying. Both Karatantcheva and pre-qualifier men's champ Roman Borvanov (a 6-1, 6-1 victor against Levar Harper-Griffith) receive wildcards into the Pacific Life Open qualifying draws, which begin with play today for women and Tuesday on the men's side.

Karatantcheva's two pre-qualifier victories - on Saturday she topped McCall Jones (6-0, 6-3) and on Sunday she beat Nelly Radeva (6-1, 6-3) - has given her a chance to play on. She says that's exactly what she needs.

She cruised to victory in the first set on Sunday, taking big strokes and maintaining momentum. In the second set, she led 3-1 before Radeva used a little frustration to get back in the match at 3-2.

"When you win a first set, it's very hard to maintain focus when you know you won 6-0, or 6-1,'' Karatantcheva said. "Fifty percent of all players go a little bit down in the beginning of second set. Once you start playing more, with a little more experience, that won't happen, but I'm still a little green. I'm still young and learning."


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Bulgaria
Mar 10th, 2008, 12:21 PM
Great interview. :)

Cp6uja
Mar 10th, 2008, 01:32 PM
Biggest story of IW and Miami 2007 tournaments:
Roles:
Roger Federer - winner (all matches in straight sets including against Djokovic) of previous AO 2007
Novak Djokovic - upcoming tennis star from Serbia
Gilermo Canas - Qualifier in comeback and recovering process after most controversal ban in ATP history
What happen at IW and Miami in 2007: Canas upset Federer twice and broke his 2007 perfect winning strike and at end Djokovic reach IW final and Miami title.


Biggest story of IW and Miami 2008 tournaments:
Roles:
Maria Sharapova - winner (all matches in straight sets including against Ivanovic) of previous AO 2008
Ana Ivanovic - upcoming tennis star from Serbia
Sesil Karatantcheva - Qualifier in comeback and recovering process after most controversal ban in WTA history
What will happen at IW and Miami in 2008: We will see :devil::devil::devil:.

Erika_Angel
Mar 10th, 2008, 01:37 PM
Sesil Karatantcheva - Qualifier in comeback and recovering process after most controversal ban in WTA history

erm ... Hingis?

merda2004
Mar 10th, 2008, 02:26 PM
Great interview. :)

hope to see her in the main draw!

Cp6uja
Mar 10th, 2008, 02:27 PM
erm ... Hingis?She already retire when she baned... and also IW/08 not give WC her :devil:

Erika_Angel
Mar 10th, 2008, 02:34 PM
She already retire when she baned... and also IW/08 not give WC her :devil:

It is still the most controversial ban, by far, and much more publicly known. Most people have never heard of Sesil.

Kworb
Mar 10th, 2008, 03:14 PM
I love Sesil so much. :worship: I hope one day she will win Grand Slams.

Cp6uja
Mar 10th, 2008, 03:28 PM
However, Karatantcheva has lost in the first round main draw of her last three tournaments (Midland, Memphis, Las Vegas) and is hoping for a jump start here at the Pacific Life Open.If we talking seriously obout this - IW is maybe crucial tournament for Sesil in 1st half of 2008. If she reach MD that means much easy way for her to commit to all other WTA events - but if she not reach MD she will maybe lose next couple months with ITF minors before her real comeback at WTA tour. I hope Sesil will reach MD especialy b/c both her opponents Rodina and winner of Liu/De Los Rios is realy nothing special and this is easy road to tier-I MD in comparation with qualies of some mediocre tier-II for example.

So her match vs Rodina tommorow is her most important match since 2005.

bwahahahahaha
Mar 10th, 2008, 03:41 PM
Biggest story of IW and Miami 2007 tournaments:
Roles:
Roger Federer - winner (all matches in straight sets including against Djokovic) of previous AO 2007
Novak Djokovic - upcoming tennis star from Serbia
Gilermo Canas - Qualifier in comeback and recovering process after most controversal ban in ATP history
What happen at IW and Miami in 2007: Canas upset Federer twice and broke his 2007 perfect winning strike and at end Djokovic reach IW final and Miami title.


Biggest story of IW and Miami 2008 tournaments:
Roles:
Maria Sharapova - winner (all matches in straight sets including against Ivanovic) of previous AO 2008
Ana Ivanovic - upcoming tennis star from Serbia
Sesil Karatantcheva - Qualifier in comeback and recovering process after most controversal ban in WTA history
What will happen at IW and Miami in 2008: We will see :devil::devil::devil:.

:lol: Not gonna happen though :devil:

TatiNovic
Mar 10th, 2008, 03:48 PM
Come on Sesil
I believe you
Rock in IW!!

cellophane
Mar 10th, 2008, 04:05 PM
Sesil :woohoo:

Storm through the qualies :devil:

miffedmax
Mar 10th, 2008, 04:21 PM
Go all Chi Coltrane on them other girls, Sesil.

Talula
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:47 PM
Least said soonest mended.

FedererBulgaria
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:48 PM
I love Sesil so much. :worship: I hope one day she will win Grand Slams.

And i hope and beliеve that one day she will win Grand Slam!:bounce: