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The Daviator
Jan 9th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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ASB Classic, Auckland


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Week 1 * Plexi Tier III * Draw Size 16

S1 Winner - Severine Bremond
S2 Winner - Amelie Mauresmo
S3 Winner - Alicia Molik
S4 Winner - Alicia Molik
S5 Winner - Maria Kirilenko

Auckland, NZL - Welcome to New Zealand, and the first event of the sixth season on the ATC! A mix of old and new faces are here and we begin down under to see who will reign supreme on plexi. Good luck to all!

Points Deadline - Tuesday 21:00 CET

The Daviator
Jan 9th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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Cibulkova - 1
Dementieva - 0
Hantuchova - 2
Henin - 2
Ivanovic - 1
Kirilenko - 4
Molik - 4
Myskina - 3
Oudin - 0
Sharapova - 1
Shvedova - 1
Spears - 4
Tanasugarn - 0
S. Williams - 2
V. Williams - 2
Zvonareva - 2

The Daviator
Jan 9th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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Anastasia Myskina(1) v Serena Williams
Elena Dementieva v Dominika Cibulkova(8)

Vera Zvonareva(6) v Yaroslava Shvedova
Venus Williams v Alicia Molik(4)

Maria Kirilenko(3) v Daniela Hantuchova
Justine Henin v Britney Spears(5)

Tamarine Tanasugarn(7) v Ana Ivanovic
Melanie Oudin v Maria Sharapova(2)

The Daviator
Jan 9th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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165 -

Kirilenko

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Molik

75 -

Sharapova
Spears

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Hantuchova

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Cibulkova
Myskina
Tanasugarn

10 -

Dementieva

Miracle Worker
Jan 9th, 2011, 06:55 PM
We should start send our points?

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 9th, 2011, 06:57 PM
:spit:

Miracle Worker
Jan 9th, 2011, 07:26 PM
I'm just stupid :help: or too lazy to read it to end...

The Daviator
Jan 9th, 2011, 07:37 PM
We should start send our points?

Yep, you can go ahead and send now :)

.Andrew.
Jan 9th, 2011, 08:19 PM
What a return for Dani :sobbing: :lol:

MH0861
Jan 9th, 2011, 09:05 PM
Nice new banners, Queen Kiri is ready to defend her title (soz Dani) ;)

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 10th, 2011, 02:45 AM
Nice new banners, Queen Kiri is ready to defend her title (soz Dani) ;)

Should thank Misa for her generosity.:worship: Without her going, Kirilenko might not be on the banner.:p

Harvs
Jan 10th, 2011, 07:43 AM
new banner is shit.
no love for the greatest player of all time.

Harvs
Jan 10th, 2011, 11:07 AM
Molik arrives in Auckland;
looks to relaunch her career

Former world number one Alicia Molik has arrived in Auckland this morning ahead of the ASB Classic hoping to relaunch her career after a devastating Season 5 - both form wise and in regards to her personal life. The greatest player to ever play the game was met at Auckland International Airport by thousands of screaming fans before making her way to Mount Smart Stadium for her first press conference of the year. In front of the biggest crowd at any tennis related event in history (an astonishing 47,000 Kiwi's turned up), Alicia addressed questions from journalists and fans alike about her troubled year and her desire to turn it all around for Season 6. A copy of the interview transcript can be found below:

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Mount Smart Stadium packed to the rafters with Molik supporters!

Q: Alicia, welcome back to Auckland! How does it feel to be back?
AM: Thanks so much! It feels amazing to be back in New Zealand. I always play so well here and am hoping to really kick start my year with another strong showing.

Q: Season 5 was a poor season by your standards, what happened?
AM: Yeah it was a tough year. I started the year playing decent, finishing runner-up here and winning in Sydney, but I never felt like I found any true form last season. I struggled with a lot of things throughout the year and unfortunately tennis took a back seat and that showed in my results. So yeah, a rough year.

Q: Can you tell us why it was so tough?
AM: Just a combination of things really. I had a lot of niggling injuries throughout the year and had to deal with a lot in my personal life. I didn't have much motivation last year, I just glided along and rocked up to tournaments. You know, I think I have definitely been the games best strategic player for the past three or so seasons before the last and that was something I prided myself on. But last year, I really didn't put any effort into my game; no effort into the tour.

Q: You were at the tournaments though? What do you mean by 'no effort'?
AM: You know, I didn't train. I didn't check up on my opponents. I rarely changed tactics between tournaments and barely noticed what I was doing out there. In fact, I looked back at my results the other day and found that I hadn't even remembered most of them, I think that explains a lot - especially for a player who is normally so committed and into the game of tennis.

Q: What was the low point of the year for you?
AM: Most people would expect me to say it was losing the number one ranking. But in all honesty, I barely noticed it. I barely noticed anything from the Australian Open through to the end of the year. But the low point was definitely Antwerp. I have won twice there before and love playing in Belgium and yet I couldn't even walk on court. I had never given a walkover before but I was in such a mess I was too embarrassed to walk out on court, my game was all over the place. So that was the toughest moment for sure.

Q: You finished the year solid. A finals appearance in Madrid?
AM: Yeah I did. I was proud of that. Again, I was not really keeping tabs on it all, but I think it speaks volumes that I can play far below my best and still make the finals on the one of the years biggest tournaments.

Q: Was there a highlight for you last year?
AM: I mean, looking back, for sure I was very proud to win the title in Amelia Island - my first on clay. That was a big moment, I just wish I had really taken it in and celebrated such a milestone in my career.

Q: In each of the two seasons prior to last, you won 5 titles and picked up the awards for 'Best Plexi Player' and 'Player of the Season'. Disappointing to lose these amazing runs?
AM: Sure it is. But that is why I am back with my head in the game this season. I feel like if I actually put some effort in, I can get back up to the top and win some big titles again.

Q: That was my next question. A record 39 weeks at number one. You really think you can get back up there?
AM: Of course. I have the game, I have the head. It is just a matter of being committed. No girl on the tour wants to face me early in a tournament, they all know I have what it takes to be the best player in the game again.

Q: There are some tough girls on tour. Thoughts on some of them?
AM: Yeah there are some girls playing amazing tennis at the moment. Misa Krajicek is a girl who I have always struggled with but we have played most of our matches on grass where she is an incredible opponent. Sharapova is another great player. I have a great record against her but I'm tipping her for another big year.

Q: And what about Tamarine Tanasugarn? The two of you have played a record 21 times now. What is it like playing her again and again?
AM: Yeah Tammy is one of the few girls as well as myself who has been here on the circuit since the first tournament. She is a top player and we always have amazing matches. I definitely look forward to adding to our historical head to head!

Q: Well best of luck this season Alicia. You have only lost once here in the past three years so lets hope you can continue with your amazing New Zealand form and play well.
AM: Yeah for sure, hopefully I can give back to all these amazing people who turned out today and really put in a top showing for you all! Thanks.

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In The Zone
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:57 PM
Finally some Britney appreciation! :inlove:

tennisIlove09
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:26 PM
Venus Set for Auckland
Williams seeks first tour victories leading into Australian Open
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AUCKLAND -- Venus Williams has arrived in New Zealand for the first event of the year on the ATC tour. Williams first joined the tour late last season and lost her only match played, in three sets to Marion Bartoli of France.
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This year, Williams has said she is eager to jump start her career, which she believes is rising quickly. "I'd love to get a couple of matches under my belt before I head into the Australian Open," Williams said after her warm up this morning. "Anything to help show me where to improve in my game is a good thing. Sometimes that means losing a few times before finding your groove."
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Williams said she didn't want to speak about her three set loss to Bartoli, claiming it was still to painful for her. She did, however, discuss her draw this week. "I think it's a tricky section, if I'm honest," she confided. Williams will open against the fourth seeded Alicia Molik, who has won this title twice. "She's a former number one and clearly a vet on tour. I have so much respect for her. I'll just try to focus on my game and see what happens!"
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Williams and Molik are expected to play on Center Court.
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The Daviator
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:36 PM
Two articles :speakles: Thanks Alicia and Vee :yeah:

9/16 pts in, I'll send PMs and hopefully we can start tomorrow.

Kəv.
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:31 AM
Can Groth play here?

Daniela-Is-Mine
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:08 PM
Love the draw!

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:39 PM
Ok, results coming up. Watson and Groth will play a qualifying match to see who will replace S. Williams.

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:42 PM
Qualifying

Watson def. Groth 7-5 7-5

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:45 PM
Round of 16

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Myskina(1) def. Watson(Q)
6-4 6-3

Poor Heather, wins and loses within 5 minutes :hug: :p Strong start for our transitional #1 :D

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Round of 16

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Cibulkova(8) def. Dementieva
5-7 6-1 6-4

Marion over-indulged a tad following her Bali win, so Dementieva is here to replace her :D Good battle between these two with Domi's extra stamina proving decisive :p

Kəv.
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:52 PM
:( Jarka

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:52 PM
Round of 16

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Zvonareva(6) def. Shvedova
6-3 5-7 6-4

Good showing for one of our newcomers Shvedova, but experience prevailed in the end with Bepa winning in three :p

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:56 PM
Round of 16

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Kirilenko(3) def. Hantuchova
6-0 6-4

The one and only checks into S6 with a bang :hearts: Too bad it was against the well-liked Hantuchova :( MK :cool: Dani :hug:

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Round of 16

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Henin def. Spears(5)
7-5 2-6 7-6(6)

Well Henin is a newcomer to the game, but there is something about her I just don't like, hmmm :( Taking out Britters isn't the best way to make a good impression anyway :( I know ATC is Brit's #1 priority, but promo of her new single may have taken its toll :hug:

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:04 PM
Round of 16

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Tanasugarn(7) def. Ivanovic
7-6(5) 7-6(3)

Not a good day for the newbies, ATC veteran Tammy pulls through in two tight sets :yeah: Ana :hug:

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:08 PM
Round of 16

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Oudin def. Sharapova(2)
4-6 6-2 6-4

Melanie continues to own Sharapova :o Just a bad match-up for Masha I guess :shrug: At least she won a set :shrug:

The Daviator
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:12 PM
Updated Draw

Anastasia Myskina(1) v Dominika Cibulkova(8)

Vera Zvonareva(6) v V. Williams/Molik(4)

Maria Kirilenko(3) v Justine Henin

Tamarine Tanasugarn(7) v Melanie Oudin

Molik v V. Williams is postponed and will be played as soon as possible :p

MH0861
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:13 PM
MK :worship: Sorry Dani but you beat me in your comeback tournament last year so it's only turnabout ;)

Against Henin :haha:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Jan 12th, 2011, 09:18 PM
I refuse to play Oudin :p

tennisIlove09
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:04 PM
Where's the Venus/Alicia result? :o

Miracle Worker
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:12 PM
Where's the Venus/Alicia result? :o

Match was postponed. Probably because of rain.

.Andrew.
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:26 PM
Dani :( It was my first match though, hopefully better match next week. :bounce:

Makiri :worship:

tennisIlove09
Jan 13th, 2011, 12:40 AM
Match was postponed. Probably because of rain.
:rain:

Harvs
Jan 13th, 2011, 01:38 AM
Rain should be clearing soon.
MY BAD.

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 13th, 2011, 05:22 AM
Juju :cheer: One down, 1 more to go.:armed: :devil:

lemonwilly
Jan 13th, 2011, 12:14 PM
Domi :cheer:
Myskina gonna own me once again :rolleyes:

tennisIlove09
Jan 13th, 2011, 02:35 PM
Ugh. so despite not sending in points for the deadline, players still get to play? it should be a walkover.

tennisIlove09
Jan 13th, 2011, 02:35 PM
that's how it worked in my game.

The Daviator
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:19 PM
Ugh. so despite not sending in points for the deadline, players still get to play? it should be a walkover.

Molik had sent her points in on time, she just needed to clarify how many aces she was using on this surface.

Your match is coming up.

The Daviator
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:22 PM
Round of 16

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V. Williams def. Molik(4)
7-6(1) 3-6 7-6(1)

Very surprising to see Alicia lose this early on plexi :eek: She may need to re-tool her game a tad to get her groove back, Venus :yeah:

Harvs
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:28 PM
ok so that didn't work...

The Daviator
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Quarter-Finals

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Myskina(1) def. Cibulkova(8)
6-4 6-4

Domi lacks in confidence when she has to face Myskina :awww: Nastya :ras:

The Daviator
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:42 PM
Quarter-Finals

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V. Williams def. Zvonareva(6)
3-6 7-5 7-6(5)

Excellent result for Venus in only her second event :yeah: Two very close wins against seeded opponents :worship: Bepa lost after leading 4-0 and 5-3 in the decider :hug:

The Daviator
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:47 PM
Quarter-Finals

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Kirilenko(3) def. Henin
6-4 6-3

This was a fun match :drool: Queen MK :hearts: Back to the practice courts for Henin :devil:

The Daviator
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:49 PM
Quarter-Finals

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Tanasugarn(7) def. Oudin
6-2 7-5

I can see Tammy returning to the top 5 this season :yeah: Superb play from her, Mel :p :hug:

The Daviator
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Updated Draw

Anastasia Myskina(1) v Venus Williams

Maria Kirilenko(3) v Tamarine Tanasugarn(7)

MH0861
Jan 13th, 2011, 09:05 PM
Queen MK :rocker2: First time Since S2 that this event will not have a Molik-MK final :eek:

Uranium
Jan 13th, 2011, 09:20 PM
Domi is still my bitch:hearts::hug:

tennisIlove09
Jan 13th, 2011, 09:23 PM
Molik had sent her points in on time, she just needed to clarify how many aces she was using on this surface.

Your match is coming up.

Thanks for the clarification :)

tennisIlove09
Jan 13th, 2011, 09:24 PM
:cheer: Yay V! I'll do two articles when I get home from work! :hug: Alicia :hug: Vera

lemonwilly
Jan 13th, 2011, 10:36 PM
Domi is still my bitch:hearts::hug:

And this time I haven't choked :hearts:

zvonarevarulz
Jan 13th, 2011, 11:32 PM
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Bepa's thoughts on her qf match.

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 14th, 2011, 01:15 AM
too bad but at least i beat an exhausted britney.:p

tennisIlove09
Jan 14th, 2011, 01:44 AM
Venus Upsets Molik
Unseeded Williams escapes with three set victory
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AUCKLAND -- Venus Williams had to wait a little bit to play her opening match at the ASB Classic in Auckland due to rain, but once the match started the fans were treated to a high level tennis match.
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Williams, at first complained about the delay as she and Molik were the only round of 16 match to be postponed. "I was grumpy that I didn't get to play. I was eager and wanted to get out there. Alicia and I both really wanted to play. In the end, it all worked out."
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In the opening set, the women remained on serve until they reached the tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Venus steamed to a easy 7-1 victory, and had the first set. "Her serve was so hard to break. Alicia has one of the best serves on tour, so I just had to keep my focus. Once we got the tie break, I stayed really focused. I think she had a few lapses and it paid off."
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In the second set, the women remained on serve until Molik was leading 4-3. Venus served two double faults and felt the Molik forehand that earned the #4 seed her first break. She would then serve out the second set to level the match at 6-3. "That game at 4-3, you know, her forehand was just so big. After she hit two return winners off my second serve, I was scared. The doubles came because I didn't want her to hit another winner. I knew she was going to fight. She's not #4 for nothing. And she's won this title twice, so she knows what it takes."
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In the third set, the first set was mirrored. Neither woman broke serve and it reached the tiebreak. "At that point, I just tried to stay calm. I told myself that I had won the first set tiebreak." That seemed to have worked, as Venus again won the breaker 7-1.
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"I am just thrilled that I was able to win today. I was playing against a high quality player and it was nice to closed out a tight match. I have nothing but good things to say about Alicia, she played a great match. I am already looking forward to playing her again."
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In the quarter finals, Williams is scheduled to play Vera Zvonareva the #6 seed.

tennisIlove09
Jan 14th, 2011, 01:55 AM
Venus Victorious: Williams Rallies Past Zvonareva
Unseeded Williams rallies from 0-4 & 3-5 in 3rd Set
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AUCKLAND -- Venus Williams played her second match of the day in the quarter finals of the ASB Classic today against Vera Zvonareva, and for the second time, she came out a winner.
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Due to rain, Williams was forced to play her round of 16 match earlier in the day. Williams upset #4 Alicia Molik 7-6 3-6 7-6 to reach the quarter finals.
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"That's tennis, sometimes mother nature gets in the way and you have to double up. I was ready to play," Venus said about playing two matches in one day.
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In the quarter finals, Williams faced #6 seeded Vera Zvonareva. In the opening set, Zvonareva took charge of many of the rallies and jumped on Venus' second serve. She won the opening set 6-3, breaking Venus' serve 3 times. "I'm not sure what was happening. Maybe I was still feeling the rush of beating Alicia earlier in the day," Venus said afterwards. "All credit to Vera though, she was playing really good tennis."
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In the second set, Williams seemed to compose herself, at least on her serve. Both players held serve until it go to 5-5 in the second set. Williams made her move and broke the Russian's serve and then closed it out, hitting 3 aces to win 7-5. "At 5-5, I knew I had to take my chances. I didn't want to play another tiebreak," she laughed. "My serve had come together, so I knew if I could break, I would hold to close out the set."
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In the third set, the higher ranked Russian seemed poised to regroup and close out the match. She raced to a 4-0 lead. "At that point, I was like 'Okay, V, just hold serve. See what happens.' I won three games in a row, before she held."
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That made the score 5-3 for Zvonareva. Williams held for 5-4 and then Zvonareva served for the match. "I was super focused at that point. If I was going to lose, I wanted to lose swinging freely and being aggressive. Thankfully I was able to get that key break and stay alive."
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Williams did stay alive; she held for 6-5 before Zvonareva held for 6-6 to send the match into the final set tiebreak. "I was so confident in the tiebreak, because I played two earlier against Alicia. I dug deep, because Zvonareva was playing so well."
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In the end, Williams powered a two handed backhand down the line for the winner. She won the match 3-6 7-5 7-6(7-5) and she twirled her hand in the air as she waved to the crowd.
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"It's unbelievable. I'm playing so well this week, I knew I had the game, I just wasn't expecting to play this well so early in my career. To play against two higher opponents and beat them, in dramatic fashion, it gives me a lot of confidence going forward. I'm loving my time on tour and only hope this run can continue."
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In the semi finals, Venus will play #1 seeded Anastasia Myskina. "I'm excited. I play another seed. Anastasia is playing so well, and she's #1, so I have nothing to lose."
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The Daviator
Jan 14th, 2011, 08:58 PM
Thanks for the articles Vee :yeah:

SFs coming up.

The Daviator
Jan 14th, 2011, 09:00 PM
Semi-Finals

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V. Williams def. Myskina(1)
7-6(0) 3-6 7-5

What a tournament for Venus :eek: She battles past a 3rd seed in a row and reaches her first ATC final :yeah: Close one Nastya ;)

The Daviator
Jan 14th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Semi-Finals

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Kirilenko(3) def. Tanasugarn(7)
6-4 6-0

MK storms into the final for the 4th season in succession :bowdown: Playing close to her best :yeah: Tammy :hug:

tennisIlove09
Jan 14th, 2011, 09:05 PM
OMG! :cheer: I'm rather surprised, I didn't expect to beat Myskina. Good match :hug:
I fear my run will come to an end against Kirilenko

lemonwilly
Jan 14th, 2011, 09:10 PM
sorry Myskina for calling you a pusher. I haven't heard about Venus then.

tennisIlove09
Jan 14th, 2011, 09:13 PM
Williams Fights into ASB Classic Final
Williams, unseeded, upsets #1 Seed Myskina in Three Sets
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Venus Williams reaches for a shot in her semi final match against Anastasia Myskina
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AUCKLAND -- Playing in the ASB Classic semi final, Venus Williams faced an up-hill battle. She was playing in her first semi final on the ATC Tour and she was playing against #1 seeded Anastasia Myskina. Williams, who had upset #4 Alicia Molik and #6 Vera Zvonareva to reach the final, pulled off another stunning result, beating Myskina 7-6[0] 3-6 7-5.
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"I can't believe my results this week," Venus said after the match to the crowd. "I've been working hard on my game in the off season, but I didn't expect the results to come so quickly. It gives me a lot of confidence, especially going into the Australian Open."
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Like she has in all of her tiebreaks this week, Williams rolled out to an easy win, claiming all seven points. "We had played such a close set until the tiebreak," Venus said. "I'm not sure what happened, here level really seemed to drop a touch."
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In the second set, Myskina fought hard to get back into her. She got an early break and never looked back. "I tried to break back, but her serve really picked up in the second set. I knew she was going to fight, she's #1."
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In the third set, the intensity from both women picked up another level. They remained on serve until the last game of the match, when Venus broke Myskina for the win. "It was a long game, I just knew I wanted to break. I wasn't feeling any pressure, because even if Myskina won the game, we would be heading into the tiebreak."
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After Venus sealed the win with a forehand volley winner, she pumped her fist and waved to the crowd. "I love playing here. I hope I can keep it going tomorrow."
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In the final, she'll face #3 seeded Maria Kirklenko, who has been playing well all week long. "It'll be a battle. She's pretty much cruised into the final. I hope I can win a few more games tomorrow. Either way, I'm happy to be in my first final. I just have to try to take my chances."
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MH0861
Jan 14th, 2011, 11:47 PM
4 finals or better in my last 5 events, and going for my third title in a row y'all :cool: :hearts:

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:57 AM
Come on Venus!:cheer: :p

tennisIlove09
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:09 PM
Good luck today Maria! I hope we have a good match - V

The Daviator
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:29 PM
Final coming up.

The Daviator
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:32 PM
Final

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V. Williams v Kirilenko(3)

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The Daviator
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:36 PM
Final

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V. Williams v Kirilenko(3)

Kirilenko leads V. Williams 6-3

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Kirilenko(3) def. V. Williams
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Queen MK :worship: I can't remember a more dominant tournament win :eek: A successful title defence and 13th win in a row :eek: :clap2: Great event for you Vee, just ran into the wrong player :hug: But very encouraging signs for you for this season :yeah:

MH0861
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:42 PM
WURK! :worship: Sorry V, but if you keep taking out Vera you'll be my BFF in this game :hearts:

First time winning 3 titles in a row, first title defense, and first time winning back to back titles on different surfaces for the Queen :D

tennisIlove09
Jan 15th, 2011, 11:10 PM
Kirilenko Crushes Williams for ASB Title
Unseeded Williams' Dream Run Ends
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Venus Williams hits a shot in the finals of the ASB Classic against Maria Kirilenko
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AUCKLAND -- In her fourth match at the ASB Classic, Venus Williams finally came back down to earth. In her first three rounds, Williams had battled past three seeded players in dramatic fashion. Her match against the #3 seeded Maria Kirilenko in the final didn't go the same way.
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In the first set, Kirilenko cruised to a 5-0 lead before Williams managed to win three games in a row. Serving for the set a second time, however, Kirilenko made no mistake. She closed it out 6-3.
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The second set, Kirilenko never lost sight of the title. She cruised in 20 minutes to a 6-0 second set and thus successfully defended her title her from last season.
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"Maria played so well today, all the credit to her. I tried my best, but I still have a ways to go before I get my first title," Venus said afterwards.
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It was the first match for Venus where her wrists were heavily strapped, but she gave no excuses. "After playing three long matches, they were a little sore. They did not effect me today though. The only problem I had on the court was Maria. I have to give her all the credit in the world. She's playing unbelievable, and probably the favorite for the Australian Open."
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Venus is scheduled to play again next week.

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 15th, 2011, 11:28 PM
Grats Queen MK.:cheer:
Vee :hug:

Uranium
Jan 15th, 2011, 11:35 PM
Vee:o I let you win and then you go and mess it up losing to the Russian reject.

tennisIlove09
Jan 16th, 2011, 12:15 AM
Vee:o I let you win and then you go and mess it up losing to the Russian reject.
and a bagel, to top it off :o

MH0861
Jan 16th, 2011, 04:34 AM
Oh Nastya :hearts: I thought you'd be a little nicer to me since I pummeled you at the YEC, maybe you should spend more time working on your game to erase my huge H2H lead (6-2) :spit:

MH0861
Jan 16th, 2011, 05:09 AM
Queen Kirilenko Reigns in Auckland

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AUCKLAND, NZ -- MODERATOR: Third ranked Maria Kirilenko has kicked off her Season Six campaign in familiar fashion, by defending her title and sending a message to her rivals that she is a force to be reckoned with on the Plexi swing. Questions please.

Q: Maria, tell us about your week in Auckland and the final against Venus.
MK: Well, I had a great week and really put in a dominant performance every match along the way. My draw was filled with old rivals - Hantuchova, Tanasugarn, along with new players Justine Henin and Venus Williams. I have to say Venus is a talented player who was probably a little tired today. She'll learn from this and get fitter, but I see a lot of potential in her. She digs deep and is a big fighter, and luckily I was able to close her out before got more confidence to make another comeback. She's good for the tour and is already doing a lot of press and promo. I really respect that.

Q: Tell us more about your relationship with #1 ranked Anastasia Myskina. You two are both from Russia, but it seems things have been frosty between you two since she changed coaches several years ago. She was in the stands today cheering your errors and trying to throw food at you.
MK: Well, Anastasia is jealous of me. It's as simple as that. I mean, yes she is #1 and has won a couple of slams, but most people in Russia have never even heard of her, let alone in the rest of the world. She has two slams, but everyone knows she would trade that in for my beauty, star power and fame. Whereas no one knows her at home, Russia has a "Maria Kirilenko" holiday every year. Everyone knows her US Open run was a fluke, and she is a mediocre player who has an over-inflated ranking at the moment. I beat her all the time. Plus, it must be really hard to have gained so much weight in the off-season. :awww:

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Q. Alicia Molik, arguably the most successful player of all time on the tour, held a press conference at the beginning of the tournament. Talk to us about Molik.

MK: Well, there's no doubt Alicia has done a lot for the tour, but I was surprised she spent her time and money setting up a press conference to give us a bunch of excuses for her crappy form last year. First of all, nobody cares. Second, given everything that's happening in Queensland and Brisbane in particular, I chose to spend my time before this tournament collecting relief money for the victims, running charity telethons and raising awareness. I announced before Auckland that every bagel I served in the tournament would be a $50,000 donation from me to relief efforts. That's $150,000 this week from me. Alicia on the other hand chose to spend the time on "Me Me Me! Cry Cry Cry! Moan Moan Moan! but I guess we can't all be humanitarian of the year :shrug:

Q. Justine Henin is perhaps the most hyped newcomer on the tour, what can you tell us about her?

MK: Well, we actually grew up together and played a junior event in Paris that I won. We're not close because I don't choose to be friends with people like her, I won't go into details. We played a good match. Good backhand. She gave me my biggest test this week, so she has to be doing something right.

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MODERATOR: Thanks Maria and good luck next week.