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Davodus
Nov 12th, 2009, 05:30 AM
Australia’s Rennae Stubbs is turning back the clock and reuniting with Lisa Raymond to play the women’s doubles at Australian Open 2010.

Stubbs and Raymond won the tournament, the first Grand Slam title of their careers, back in 2000, defeating Martina Hingis and Mary Pierce in an epic 6-4 5-7 6-4 final. Played out in front of a packed home crowd, Stubbs describes the victory as the proudest moment of her career.

“The fact that we were able to go out there against such an accomplished player as Martina Hingis, was special,” says Stubbs. “I’ll never forget the feeling of winning our first Grand Slam together. I had most of my family watching so it was a really emotional moment for the both of us. “

The victory was long-awaited revenge for the pair who had lost to Hingis and Mirjana Lucic at the Australian Open 1997 semifinals and to Hingis and Anna Kournikova at the same stage in 1998.

“We were able to come away with something we always hoped we could do, but the bottom line is you start to doubt yourself,” says Stubbs. “When it finally happened, and she (Hingis) hit that last backhand wide, I couldn’t believe we’d actually done it.”

Stubbs made her Australian Open main draw debut in the tournament’s first year at ‘Flinders Park’ (now Melbourne Park) in 1998 and says that all Australian players look forward to playing on familiar turf.

“We don’t get to experience the joy of the crowd getting behind us very often, if at all, so it’s really nice to be in that environment with its laid back atmosphere,” she says explaining that, Australian or not, the first major of the year holds special significance for everyone on the tour.

“It’s the start of a new year and we’ve had a break and we’re excited to be playing again,” she explains. “There’s a little trepidation walking out onto court for the first Grand Slam of the season. We haven’t played much tennis – competitively anyway – for a while, so there’s that new feeling which kind of hard to replace when you’ve been playing for as long as I have.”

Stubbs teamed with Sam Stosur in 2009, the pair one of four to qualify for the end-of-year, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships in Doha. And, at 38, Stubbs has high hopes for her 2010 pairing which will take to the court at January’s Medibank Sydney International for the first time since their first round loss at Wimbledon 2005.

“We’re both on the same page, trying to be aggressive and when we’re both in at the net it’s pretty hard to get the ball through us or around us because most people would consider us two of the better volleyers in the world,” says Stubbs.

The Tour’s established doubles pairings are advised to crash Stubbs and Raymond’s reunion party at their peril.

“We don’t need to prove anything to anyone, only to ourselves,” says the determined Aussie. “Enjoying it is key, but being competitive and winning the tournament – that’s always the goal when you step on the court.”


http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2009-11-11/200911111257919345394.html

Njay16
Nov 12th, 2009, 05:32 AM
Australia’s Rennae Stubbs is turning back the clock and reuniting with Lisa Raymond to play the women’s doubles at Australian Open 2010.

Stubbs and Raymond won the tournament, the first Grand Slam title of their careers, back in 2000, defeating Martina Hingis and Mary Pierce in an epic 6-4 5-7 6-4 final. Played out in front of a packed home crowd, Stubbs describes the victory as the proudest moment of her career.

“The fact that we were able to go out there against such an accomplished player as Martina Hingis, was special,” says Stubbs. “I’ll never forget the feeling of winning our first Grand Slam together. I had most of my family watching so it was a really emotional moment for the both of us. “

The victory was long-awaited revenge for the pair who had lost to Hingis and Mirjana Lucic at the Australian Open 1997 semifinals and to Hingis and Anna Kournikova at the same stage in 1998.

“We were able to come away with something we always hoped we could do, but the bottom line is you start to doubt yourself,” says Stubbs. “When it finally happened, and she (Hingis) hit that last backhand wide, I couldn’t believe we’d actually done it.”

Stubbs made her Australian Open main draw debut in the tournament’s first year at ‘Flinders Park’ (now Melbourne Park) in 1998 and says that all Australian players look forward to playing on familiar turf.

“We don’t get to experience the joy of the crowd getting behind us very often, if at all, so it’s really nice to be in that environment with its laid back atmosphere,” she says explaining that, Australian or not, the first major of the year holds special significance for everyone on the tour.

“It’s the start of a new year and we’ve had a break and we’re excited to be playing again,” she explains. “There’s a little trepidation walking out onto court for the first Grand Slam of the season. We haven’t played much tennis – competitively anyway – for a while, so there’s that new feeling which kind of hard to replace when you’ve been playing for as long as I have.”

Stubbs teamed with Sam Stosur in 2009, the pair one of four to qualify for the end-of-year, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships in Doha. And, at 38, Stubbs has high hopes for her 2010 pairing which will take to the court at January’s Medibank Sydney International for the first time since their first round loss at Wimbledon 2005.

“We’re both on the same page, trying to be aggressive and when we’re both in at the net it’s pretty hard to get the ball through us or around us because most people would consider us two of the better volleyers in the world,” says Stubbs.

The Tour’s established doubles pairings are advised to crash Stubbs and Raymond’s reunion party at their peril.

“We don’t need to prove anything to anyone, only to ourselves,” says the determined Aussie. “Enjoying it is key, but being competitive and winning the tournament – that’s always the goal when you step on the court.”


http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2009-11-11/200911111257919345394.html

OMG OMG OMG :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

DAVE WHERE ARE YOU?!?! I NEED SOMEONE TO CELEBRATE WITH.


This is excellent excellent news! I'm glad they have decided not to let the past effect something great. I'm glad they both found each other again. Now we have two true doubles specialists together again other than Black/Huber. I remember watching their doubles matches in 2001 and they were just perfect together. Obviously age is a factor now but look how great they played this year and being together again would compliment them so well. Not having to get familiar with a new partner and hopefully remembering some of their old tricks. Obviously Venus & Serena would remain the favorites, but during the regular tour season they should be a force to be recokned with. Let's go Lisa/Rennae! Gun for Glory!!!!!

ArturoAce.
Nov 12th, 2009, 05:48 AM
NO FREAKIN WAY!!:hearts::hearts:

:bounce:

Harvs
Nov 12th, 2009, 06:14 AM
:hearts:

darrinbaker00
Nov 12th, 2009, 06:33 AM
Y'all know their previous partnership extended beyond the tennis court, right?

Njay16
Nov 12th, 2009, 06:37 AM
Y'all know their previous partnership extended beyond the tennis court, right?

Duh.

nevetssllim
Nov 12th, 2009, 08:51 AM
Very exciting! :bounce: :woohoo:

It looks as though Lisa was calling our bluff when she told us in a recent interview that this player had been on a good singles run recently. Given all of their history, I really didn't expect this but it will be great for doubles :)

pwayne
Nov 12th, 2009, 11:53 AM
Is this the secret that Lisa would not reveal? Now, will be interesting to see how they mesh today.

Dave.
Nov 12th, 2009, 12:42 PM
For real? OMG! I've been hoping they'd reunite for a long time now and now it's actually going to happen. They were too good a team to just not play anymore. I completely did not expect this after Lisa said her new partner had been doing well in singles recently. :lol:

10 years after they won the AO too! (see my sig :hearts:) That match against Hingis/Pierce is perhaps the best doubles match I've ever seen and Rennae's speech afterwards was so emotional. :awww:

This makes the AO season so much better now. :woohoo: :woohoo: Not sure whether they'll continue on but I hope so (Rennae said the same thing about Sam this year that it would only be for the AO and they played the whole year).




OMG OMG OMG :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

DAVE WHERE ARE YOU?!?! I NEED SOMEONE TO CELEBRATE WITH.


This is excellent excellent news! I'm glad they have decided not to let the past effect something great. I'm glad they both found each other again. Now we have two true doubles specialists together again other than Black/Huber. I remember watching their doubles matches in 2001 and they were just perfect together. Obviously age is a factor now but look how great they played this year and being together again would compliment them so well. Not having to get familiar with a new partner and hopefully remembering some of their old tricks. Obviously Venus & Serena would remain the favorites, but during the regular tour season they should be a force to be recokned with. Let's go Lisa/Rennae! Gun for Glory!!!!!

I'm here. :rocker2: :banana: This is great news. :bounce:

and yeah it adds more interest to the new season to see how they'll do especially against the top teams. They are one of the few active teams to have beaten the WS, but they've never played Bluber which would be a dream doubles match. :drool:

TennisFan75
Nov 12th, 2009, 01:06 PM
yay!!! great news.. i was just reliving some Raymond/Stubbs matches this weekend, looking forward to some great results from them :)

Miss Atomic Bomb
Nov 12th, 2009, 01:07 PM
Beat them WS.

IanRadi
Nov 12th, 2009, 01:45 PM
1. Raymond/Stosur and Peschke/Stubbs
2. Raymond/Peschke and Stosur/Stubbs
3. Raymond/Stubbs (again) and Stosur/?

:lol:

Good luck to Lisa and Rennae btw. :yeah:

davidmario
Nov 12th, 2009, 01:52 PM
1. Raymond/Stosur and Peschke/Stubbs
2. Raymond/Peschke and Stosur/Stubbs
3. Raymond/Stubbs (again) and Stosur/?

:lol:

Good luck to Lisa and Rennae btw. :yeah:

Peschke?:p

Uranium
Nov 12th, 2009, 02:16 PM
No fucking way, that's awesome:banana:
Only bad thing is that Lisa's rank will brag them down a bit and make it tougher on them:(
Wow, this could be fun, but I wonder if they will continue since Lisa said she has a singles player in mind, so I wonder if she is just toying with us:p

Ugh, side note, Lisa don't lose focus on Mixed in Melbourne, I hope to hear about a new partnership there too, you're in to win both:armed:

AJZ.
Nov 12th, 2009, 02:26 PM
:eek: :)

Njay16
Nov 12th, 2009, 04:45 PM
yay!!! great news.. i was just reliving some Raymond/Stubbs matches this weekend, looking forward to some great results from them :)

What matches & where? :hearts:

In The Zone
Nov 12th, 2009, 05:05 PM
Peschke is playing with Srebotnik.

I think Stosur is making a big mistake by "focusing on singles". You can play doubles and still focus on singles.

TennisFan75
Nov 12th, 2009, 05:09 PM
What matches & where? :hearts:
just some dvd's I have of the 2001 Wimbledon Final, 2001 US Open final and the last few games of the 2000 Aussie Open final. It was a Raymond/Stubbs (are they from before the name blends? would the be Rubbs? Raybbs? StRaymond? haha) Grand Slam weekend for me :)

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 12th, 2009, 06:15 PM
:eek:This is the best tennis news i've heard in a long time! :woohoo:

Njay16
Nov 12th, 2009, 06:51 PM
just some dvd's I have of the 2001 Wimbledon Final, 2001 US Open final and the last few games of the 2000 Aussie Open final. It was a Raymond/Stubbs (are they from before the name blends? would the be Rubbs? Raybbs? StRaymond? haha) Grand Slam weekend for me :)

Can I come over to watch? :lol::hearts:

darrinbaker00
Nov 12th, 2009, 09:31 PM
If Chan and Chuang ever get back together, I may watch a women's doubles match when the Williams sisters aren't playing. Maybe.

MJMS
Nov 12th, 2009, 11:45 PM
:bounce::bounce: Woahhh!!!

that´s a very nice new!!! They are a really competitive team :kiss:

hdfb
Nov 12th, 2009, 11:45 PM
Wow will definitely pop in to one of their matches at the AO next year.

joyforall
Nov 12th, 2009, 11:58 PM
i think the nickame for both of them will be either Stumond. or Rabbs.

TennisFan75
Nov 13th, 2009, 12:19 AM
Can I come over to watch? :lol::hearts:


anytime your in boston, sure!
:lol:

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 16th, 2009, 02:35 PM
They should make a movie for the two partners called Grumpy Lesbian Woman. :lol:

One thing about this partnership is that Lisa can find out how to get back into shape.
I think with younger players she didn't change up her workout pattern.
Now Stubbs will make her.

Wawrinka's ass.

nevetssllim
Nov 16th, 2009, 04:36 PM
Peschke is playing with Srebotnik.

I think Stosur is making a big mistake by "focusing on singles". You can play doubles and still focus on singles.

I just find it really weird, particularly when players like Stosur, Hantuchova and Vesnina (who have all said the same thing about focusing on singles) need doubles skills as an integral part of their game.

tae04
Nov 16th, 2009, 04:44 PM
Is Lisa still out of shape?

CoryAnnAvants#1
Nov 16th, 2009, 05:13 PM
I wonder if the Australian press is going to ask them about their past relationship :o It would be incredibly awkward, but Rennae admitted they were together (and basically outed Lisa in the process), so it's a fair game question.

shar1982
Nov 16th, 2009, 06:26 PM
I wonder if the Australian press is going to ask them about their past relationship :o It would be incredibly awkward, but Rennae admitted they were together (and basically outed Lisa in the process), so it's a fair game question.

I'm not agreed with you, It's the past and Rennae is happy with Lyndsey Klein. Let it be this way....I'm happy for everyone who's going to play a year extra!

Njay16
Nov 16th, 2009, 07:01 PM
Fresh from Rennae's Twitter: relaxing and enjoying home, loving the weather and getting myself ready for a Raymond and Stubbs reunion in 2010! whaaat!

She seems really excited about playing with Lisa again and so am I!! I will definitey be live streaming their first match at the AO. Hope they get a good draw! I think they should get a top 10 seed....

Uranium
Nov 16th, 2009, 10:40 PM
^ is that with or without WS?

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 16th, 2009, 10:44 PM
Good Luck Lisa and Stubby :rocker2:

Btw, they currently have a combined ranking of 25 which should be good enough for a top 10 seed :bounce:

Njay16
Nov 16th, 2009, 10:50 PM
^ is that with or without WS?

I'm pretty sure with Venus & Serena playing they would be seeeded somewhere in the 9-11 area. Not sure approximately where.

pwayne
Nov 17th, 2009, 02:55 AM
Believe they would be seeded number 2 as they are 3 and 4.

Njay16
Nov 17th, 2009, 03:19 AM
Believe they would be seeded number 2 as they are 3 and 4.

Stubbs is ranked 7th and Raymond is ranked 18th :confused:

Dave.
Nov 17th, 2009, 11:33 AM
Let's see, the seedings should look like this:


1. Black / Huber (1+1 = 2)
2. Williams / Williams (3+3 = 6)
3. Llagostera-Vives / Martinez-Sanchez (5+6 = 11)

then, depending on the certain combinations after that:

4. ?? Hsieh / Peng (9+12 = 21)
5. ?? Raymond / Stubbs (7+18 = 25)


6. ?? Mattek / Petrova (16+17 = 33)
7. ?? Kleybanova / Makarova (14+20 = 34)


After those players above, only Stosur, Ruano-Pascual, Hantuchova or Azarenka could form higher ranked pairings and they're all not playing with each other. So it looks like they'll be the no.5 seeds but should definitely have a top 8 seeding. I'm not even sure if Hsieh/Peng are continuing together, and the WS might not play either, in which case a top 4 seed might be available. :shrug:

pwayne
Nov 17th, 2009, 11:49 AM
Stubbs is ranked 7th and Raymond is ranked 18th :confused:

Sorry,I interpret your originial post on seeding incorrectly as I thought you were talking about the Williams Sisters

Uranium
Nov 17th, 2009, 01:35 PM
Let's see, the seedings should look like this:


1. Black / Huber (1+1 = 2)
2. Williams / Williams (3+3 = 6)
3. Llagostera-Vives / Martinez-Sanchez (5+6 = 11)

then, depending on the certain combinations after that:

4. ?? Hsieh / Peng (9+12 = 21)
5. ?? Raymond / Stubbs (7+18 = 25)


6. ?? Mattek / Petrova (16+17 = 33)
7. ?? Kleybanova / Makarova (14+20 = 34)


After those players above, only Stosur, Ruano-Pascual, Hantuchova or Azarenka could form higher ranked pairings and they're all not playing with each other. So it looks like they'll be the no.5 seeds but should definitely have a top 8 seeding. I'm not even sure if Hsieh/Peng are continuing together, and the WS might not play either, in which case a top 4 seed might be available. :shrug:

Interesting, I was expecting lower considering Lisa's rank:tape:

Golovinjured.
Nov 17th, 2009, 03:52 PM
:speakles:

Njay16
Nov 17th, 2009, 04:45 PM
Let's see, the seedings should look like this:


1. Black / Huber (1+1 = 2)
2. Williams / Williams (3+3 = 6)
3. Llagostera-Vives / Martinez-Sanchez (5+6 = 11)

then, depending on the certain combinations after that:

4. ?? Hsieh / Peng (9+12 = 21)
5. ?? Raymond / Stubbs (7+18 = 25)


6. ?? Mattek / Petrova (16+17 = 33)
7. ?? Kleybanova / Makarova (14+20 = 34)


After those players above, only Stosur, Ruano-Pascual, Hantuchova or Azarenka could form higher ranked pairings and they're all not playing with each other. So it looks like they'll be the no.5 seeds but should definitely have a top 8 seeding. I'm not even sure if Hsieh/Peng are continuing together, and the WS might not play either, in which case a top 4 seed might be available. :shrug:

Yeah it really all depends on who is playing with who. We'll jut have to wait and see.

tim2502
Nov 17th, 2009, 06:07 PM
I think Peschke will play doubles with Chuang in AO.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 17th, 2009, 09:53 PM
I think Peschke will play doubles with Chuang in AO.


Hmm, that sounds like an interesting pairing :D:bounce:

Uranium
Nov 18th, 2009, 01:13 AM
Lisa's former partners team up again:lol:

Njay16
Nov 18th, 2009, 02:15 AM
I think Peschke will play doubles with Chuang in AO.

I'm pretty sure Peschke is playing with Srebotnik..

ArturoAce.
Nov 18th, 2009, 04:14 AM
I'm pretty sure Peschke is playing with Srebotnik..

david mario said she would play with cj in the "where is kveta peschke?" thread...but i dont know if he had a source.

Njay16
Nov 18th, 2009, 04:22 AM
david mario said she would play with cj in the "where is kveta peschke?" thread...but i dont know if he had a source.

I'm not sure where he heard that ut I posted this earlier in the 2010 Teams and Expectations Forum.

"Pains were present even after the US Open, but I said to myself that this should not impede me, it really would not be good if i'd 'sit on the bench' the whole year. After bad first half of the year, I can even be satisfied with the ending, because i saw that i can play well with pain. I've come pretty far on two tournaments, practicaly without practice and completely without condition, and that is why i don't look blackminded to the next season."

One of the most important novelty is undoubtedly working with the new professionals.
Two new coaches : Jens Gerlach from Germany (from 2002 - 2006 coach of Myskina), Beni Lindl will be taking care of condition preparness (already worked with Federer and Warwinka).
New doubles partner will be Kveta Peschke.

"I think that my leaveing to Switzerland on the Swiss Tennis Academy is the right move. After some time it is good to switch someplace else, there will be many other players that somehow pull you with them. Even before the tournament in the US I have seen, how they train there, I can say that everything is subordinate to tennis and that working conditions are excellent. Otherwise i won't train there with Kveta, because my priorites still remains singles, and with the talent that i have we'll play on tournaments without any major problems, so there won't be any special preparness for my doubles."

"I choosed 'premier' tournaments, where I will try to do as much as possible in order to possibly going back to my old ranking. After Roland Garros I will see how to proceed. I've got 4 tournaments on hard court and 4 on sand in my plans, otherwise it's draging me on bigger tournaments. The problem is that i won't be seeded but I look on this on the bright side. If i had so many bad luck with the injuries this year, then i must have some good luck at the draw in the next season."

Katarina also added that this year she rather not choosed shoulder surgery, because there were too many different opinions, aswell as no one dared to make sure that surgery pain would go away.
And last the least - she choosed 8 tournaments which she will play on with the froozen ranking. Firstly she'll play Fed cup, then indoors in Paris, followed by Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami. She may change her mind about the last two and change them with Bogota and Acapulco, most definetly the peak will be Roland Garros which will be the only Grand Slam for Katarina.

Credit to Mary14.

ArturoAce.
Nov 18th, 2009, 04:27 AM
yeah i did see that...
maybe just for AO...and then kata for the rest of the year...but i don't know why they would do that.

:shrug:

KanSuke
Nov 18th, 2009, 12:08 PM
Yes, Chia-Jung and Peschke are only for AO.

(CJ mentioned it in an interview during Taipei 100K+H)

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 18th, 2009, 10:49 PM
Yes, Chia-Jung and Peschke are only for AO.(CJ mentioned it in an interview during Taipei 100K+H)

It would be nice if they would play an Aussie warm up or 2 together :D:bounce:

IanRadi
Nov 19th, 2009, 01:45 AM
Can't wait to see the doubles draw! :bounce:

davidmario
Dec 1st, 2009, 10:28 PM
david mario said she would play with cj in the "where is kveta peschke?" thread...but i dont know if he had a source.

i read it in cj's cheering thread...
Let's hope for a good run at the AO because I would love to see Kveta and CJ play on together for the rest of the year:bounce::hearts: