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VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 10th, 2011, 11:07 PM
AEGON International
Eastbourne, England
Premier 600 - Grass

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Singles Main Draw
[1][WC]Ziyi Zianzhi vs. Marteena Huubere
Fleri Hingisafrilia vs. Jookarae Mensarb
Anastasia Nemayeva vs. Annalisa Benedetti
Alijah Pemovic vs. [6]Jennifer Casanova

[5]Jane Wong vs. Ella Felivitch
Sabine Graf vs. Caroline Smith
Kathleen Pryde-Degman vs. Athea Kane
Vittoria Perez vs. [3]Ruflina Taliamanosoko

[4]Luna-Willow Bartoli vs. Harper Johnson
Verena Jameka Starr vs. [WC]Amita Maria Young
Berenika Wojnarowska vs. [WC]Regla Torres
Paula Masterton vs. [7]Siri Cornetsson

[8]Giuseppina Benedetti vs. Brenda Gaga-Maduga
Daria Afanasyeva vs. Chloe Gray
Pedra Parati Panalona vs. Yanina Wickmayer
Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger vs. [2]Nthamangela Mbangu


INFORMATION:

Doubles entry deadline Sunday at 7:00 PM EST

Send grass court points to me (VSFan1 aka Joshua L.) within 48 hours of doubles draw being posted

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 10th, 2011, 11:07 PM
Jennifer Casanova/Ruflina Taliamanosoko in doubles :)

Ivanovic2008
Jun 10th, 2011, 11:33 PM
Caroline is feeling a bit better despite her losses and hopes to bounce back her with a win or two.

Still having relativley good results so Kane/Smith?

Buitenzorg
Jun 10th, 2011, 11:40 PM
Hingisafrilia/Pryde-Degman pls

longtin23
Jun 11th, 2011, 12:50 AM
Wickmayer and Wojnarowska?? Maybe can get some more points in the race ranking...

Mattographer
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:12 AM
Nemayeva/Perez.

Can you send points this week? :)

Ralph214
Jun 11th, 2011, 02:26 AM
Gaga is looking for a doubles partner :)

AYUMI-GOAT
Jun 11th, 2011, 02:43 AM
^ Alijah Pemovic? :)

WTF is Alijah doing here? :spit: :facepalm: I must have been crazy when I was posting her commitments.

Ralph214
Jun 11th, 2011, 04:38 AM
^ Alijah Pemovic? :)

WTF is Alijah doing here? :spit: :facepalm: I must have been crazy when I was posting her commitments.

Confirmed :p

zeeson
Jun 11th, 2011, 07:11 AM
No Amita Young again? Well, enough!!
How careless!!!

burn
Jun 11th, 2011, 09:30 AM
Masterton and Mbangu for doubles again? :inlove:

burn
Jun 11th, 2011, 09:38 AM
No Amita Young again? Well, enough!!
How careless!!!

This time it was not my fault... I had you on the entry list :hug:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:30 PM
No Amita Young again? Well, enough!!
How careless!!!
Sorry Amita - nothing personal.

You are in the draw now. :)

wongqks
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:49 PM
Wong and Ziyi thanks

royce23487
Jun 11th, 2011, 02:57 PM
Anyone wanted Petra Parati Panalona as partners her best surface is grass?
Excited on my debut on FTT!

burn
Jun 11th, 2011, 03:07 PM
Panalona will only have 80 points to send, since she is still a junior :eek: :hug:

Kris
Jun 11th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Graf/Huubere

lemonwilly
Jun 11th, 2011, 04:48 PM
can I play doubles with Mia? she is not playing singles anywhere? ;)

Broseghini
Jun 11th, 2011, 06:49 PM
Nemayeva/Perez.

Can you send points this week? :)
I'll send :)

paul_masterton
Jun 11th, 2011, 09:22 PM
Paula and Mbangu :)

martinafan
Jun 11th, 2011, 10:38 PM
Graf/Huubere
Confirmed! You better send points Sabine.

Martena's Eastbourne singles campaign is screwed seeing she plays Ziyi first up.....better make sure she wins some doubles! lol

ql00lp
Jun 12th, 2011, 03:01 AM
Mensarb/Young

Savior
Jun 12th, 2011, 04:51 AM
Cornetsson/Johnson for doubles. Harper to send! :)

royce23487
Jun 12th, 2011, 03:00 PM
probably nobody wants to partner with an 80 point player

burn
Jun 12th, 2011, 03:14 PM
:hug:

Miracle Worker
Jun 12th, 2011, 08:38 PM
Wickmayer and Wojnarowska?? Maybe can get some more points in the race ranking...

:wavey:

Confirmed :)

Six Feet Under
Jun 13th, 2011, 12:40 AM
Anyone with Luna? (Where is Martine :sad:)

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 13th, 2011, 12:51 AM
Doubles Draw
[1]Casanova/Taliamanosoko vs. BYE
Mensarb/Young vs. [6]Nemayeva/Perez
[7]Graf/Huubere vs. Bartoli/Panalona
Wickmayer/Wojnarowska vs. [4]Henriksson/Jarocka-Pottinger

[3]Masterton/Mbangu vs. Kane/Smith
Gaga-Maduga/Pemovic vs. [5]Wong/Zianzhi
[8]Hingisafrilia/Pryde-Degman vs. Afanasyeva/Benedetti
BYE vs. [2]Cornetsson/Johnson

Buitenzorg
Jun 13th, 2011, 03:26 AM
Good luck everyone :)

burn
Jun 13th, 2011, 07:13 AM
Third seeds :bounce:

AYUMI-GOAT
Jun 13th, 2011, 10:01 AM
Brenda you send :kiss:

Miracle Worker
Jun 13th, 2011, 09:19 PM
Wickmayer wants to send?

longtin23
Jun 14th, 2011, 03:04 AM
Wickmayer wants to send?

Sent...

Ralph214
Jun 14th, 2011, 06:01 AM
Brenda you send :kiss:

How do I send points for you? :confused:

Do I ...

a) Add our total points to send then divide into three sets, or
b) Send only your points if yours is higher, or
c) Send my points (only 100 :sobbing:)

EDIT: I sent 200 points for both of us. I'm only successful in singles though so I hope this works :p

MandyRulz
Jun 14th, 2011, 06:03 AM
Why isnt Jessamine in the draw :awww:

lemonwilly
Jun 14th, 2011, 07:56 AM
How do I send points for you? :confused:

Do I ...

a) Add our total points to send then divide into three sets, or
b) Send only your points if yours is higher, or
c) Send my points (only 100 :sobbing:)

EDIT: I sent 200 points for both of us. I'm only successful in singles though so I hope this works :p

you send your points for doubles, if you don't then Josh average your singles points with your partner singles points...if you have 100 in doubles then you shld send that, not 200 x

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 14th, 2011, 08:53 PM
Vittoria Perez vs. [3]Ruflina Taliamanosoko head to head

2010 Moscow - 1r
[ALT]Vittoria Perez def. [1]Ruflina Taliamanosoko 60 06 76(5)

2011 Indian Wells - Finals
[2]Ruflina Taliamanosoko def. Vittoria Perez 67(0) 7/6(2) 75

2011 Miami - Semifinals
[2]Ruflina Taliamanosoko def. Vittoria Perez 67(0) 76(2) 76(6/0), ret.

Taliamanosoko leads Perez 2-1

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 14th, 2011, 09:00 PM
Taliamanosoko prepares for Wimbledon at Eastbourne

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After a disastrous loss in the second round of Roland Garros and another early exit from the hard courts of Copenhagen, Ruflina Taliamanosoko is looking to get her singles life back on line in Eastbourne, England.

The former Wimbledon finalist and #1 player opens up against her former rival's protegee, Vittoria Perez. Perez is coached by the controversial Bryanne Applegate, whom had quite an interesting past with Taliamanosoko.

The two players were long time friends until the husband of Applegate, Tobias Applegate, had an affair with Taliamanosoko in their San Diego home. Tobias and Bryanne divorced wherein Tobias and Ruflina married, announcing that Ruflina was pregnant with his child. Prior to the birth of their son, Jesus Ghandi Taliamanosoko-Applegate, Tobias was killed in a violent automobile accident. Both Applegate and Taliamanosoko came together for the funeral, but shortly thereafter went back to their ways of dislike of each other.

This week, they meet again, although through the youngster Vittoria Perez who has seen a successful singles in 2011. Ruflina leads the head to head 2-1, including the Indian Wells finals and Miami quarterfinals. Ruflina had this to say, "I mean, Vittoria is a sweet girl, but by association she is linked to Bryanne and it's difficult to like her because of that."

Such harsh words are rare for Ruflina, who is a leader of the tour and often sought out for advice. This should make for an interesting first round match on the grass courts of Eastbourne.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 15th, 2011, 02:18 AM
Singles Results, First Round Top Half

[1][WC]Ziyi Zianzhi def. Marteena Huubere 6/2, 7/6(4)
A tough draw for both players, but Ziyi is just too damn consistent in these early rounds for Marteena to get a hold of anything.

Jookarae Mensarb def. Fleri Hingisafrilia 3/6, 7/5, 7/5
Just when we think Fleri has got it figured out, she hits another slide. She struggled on the grass against Jook today.

Anastasia Nemayeva def. Annalisa Benedetti 3/6, 7/5, 7/5
Nali took it to Nastya in the first set but couldn't handle it in sets two and three.

[6]Jennifer Casanova def. Aljiah Pemovic 6/1, 7/6(6)
Jenny wins, again proving consistency is what keeps you in the top 10.

[5]Jane Wong def. Ella Felivitch 5/7, 7/6(3), 7/6(3)
Ella didn't struggle as much as we though she would going to a third surface in three weeks and gave Jane a serious run for her money.

Sabine Graf def. Caroline Smith 7/6(2), 1/6, 6/1
Sabine is a legend on the grass and Caroline schooled that legend in the second set, but couldn't keep it up for a whole match. It was nice to see her smile on the court today.

Kathleen Pryde-Degman def. Athea Kane 6/3, 7/5
Athea, like Roland Garros, is the defending champion and out in the first round.

[3]Ruflina Taliamanosoko def. Vittoria Perez 2/6, 7/6(5), 6/2
Ruffy expressed concern over Vittoria in her pre-match interview, and she was elated at this win today.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 15th, 2011, 02:21 AM
Taliamanosoko def. Perez 2/6, 7/6(5), 6/2

Q: Close match today, Ruflina. Any comments?

A: We usually have close matches. I'm surprised she didn't retire when she was down. She's been known for that before.

Q: What made the difference in the second set?

A: You know, I've just been there more times and had a clearer head. She was nervous and I could hear Bryanne yelling things to her. That gets kinda distracting sometimes.

Q: Have you spoken to Bryanne recently?

A: Sure, we are all hugs and kisses to each other's face and then we talk about each other to the other players. Typical FWTT fashion.

Q: Next up is Kathleen, another familiar foe.

A: Yeah, I love her. We played in the US Open finals in 2009 and again in the quarterfinals I think in 2010. Plus a myriad of other times. She's struggled a bit recently, so I feel prepared.

Q: Thanks Ruflina and best wishes.

A: Thank you!

Broseghini
Jun 15th, 2011, 02:31 AM
Anastasia :D Perez :hug:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 15th, 2011, 03:29 AM
Anastasia :D Perez :hug:
How about an interview? :)

Buitenzorg
Jun 15th, 2011, 03:51 AM
Fleri :sad:

Buitenzorg
Jun 15th, 2011, 03:52 AM
congrats winners :)

Savior
Jun 15th, 2011, 04:04 AM
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Splendor in the Grass: Is Harper Johnson a Real Threat at Wimbledon?

Eastbourne, Great Britain - Though she would quickly deny it, American Harper Johnson could head into next week's Championships at Wimbledon as one of the favorites to claim the title. The 20 year old, who captured her first grand slam singles title at last year's Australian Open, comes into this week's Premier 600 event at the prestigious Queen's Club having just won the year's first grass court event in Birmingham. What's more, Johnson has won 8 of her past 9 matches, including a run to the finals at this year's French Open, where she lost an agonizingly close match to champion Pamela Bowden. Though everyone's talking about Wimbledon, all Johnson cares about is this week's tournament in Eastbourne and her very skilled opening round foe, fourth seeded Luna Willow Bartoli.

"You just never know what's going to happen on this surface," said Johnson after a warm up session with her friend and doubles partner Siri Cornetsson of Sweden. "Just because I won last week doesn't mean anything this week. It gives me a slight advantage, I guess. But, it's all about how we play on the big points. Luna is a tremendously, tremendously talented player who has already accomplished so much in her career. She really can hit you off the court if you let her. So, it's probably the toughest first round opponent you could ask for on this surface. I can't focus on anything but that match and that's it."

Only 20, Johnson is actually somewhat of a veteran on the FWTT at this stage in her career. She's reached the quarterfinals or better at all four grand slam singles events, won three career slam doubles titles with Cornetsson, and achieved career high rankings of #3 in singles and doubles. (At the moment, she ranks at #8 in singles and #3 in doubles. Though, with #2 ranked Paula Masterton playing a limited schedule this year, it seems only a matter of time before she rises to the second position.) Still, Johnson says there's much more to learn.

"I think you are constantly put into new positions," said Johnson. "Last year, I had to learn how to really win the big matches in singles and to follow through on being a top doubles player. This year, the points from the Australian came off and suddenly I was back to into the mid-teens in the rankings. I was in this whole new position; I was suddenly having to prove to myself and everyone else that I wasn't a fluke. That I could consistently play at the highest level. And, for most of the spring, it was really tough. I lost a lot of close matches. But, this year's French came around and I started winning those matches and suddenly I was back in the discussion of the top players again. And, with the title in Birmingham, I'm back into the top ten. Honestly, I had a lot of doubts if I'd ever get back there. Or, at least, I wondered how long it would take. So, for that success to come through so quickly was huge for me."

So, what are her goals for the rest of the year? Johnson's not ready to spill her secrets just yet.

"I want to play the best I can," she says earnestly. "I want to play Luna as well and as aggressively and as intelligently as I can. If I do, I know I can win. If I don't, there's Wimbledon next week. And it's a whole new chance to succeed. So, it's just one week at a time. One match at a time. That's all I'm focusing on from now on. Because, honestly, I've accomplished way more than anyone ever thought I would. I spent the first year and a half of my professional career struggling to win matches, let alone titles. So, for me to go from that to where I am now? I've succeeded. So, I don't really feel the need to set goals for myself like what ranking I want to be or what title I want to win. Obviously, Wimbledon is the only tournament I've never really experienced exceptional success in either singles or doubles. So, I'd love to break through in one or both of those events this year. And, I'll give it my all. And, if it works and I get to the final or actually win; awesome. If not, there's always next year. But, you better believe I'm going to go out swinging."

Ivanovic2008
Jun 15th, 2011, 04:39 AM
Caroline played better out there and although it wasn't a win it was a step.

Six Feet Under
Jun 15th, 2011, 04:48 AM
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Splendor in the Grass: Is Harper Johnson a Real Threat at Wimbledon?

Eastbourne, Great Britain - Though she would quickly deny it, American Harper Johnson could head into next week's Championships at Wimbledon as one of the favorites to claim the title. The 20 year old, who captured her first grand slam singles title at last year's Australian Open, comes into this week's Premier 600 event at the prestigious Queen's Club having just won the year's first grass court event in Birmingham. What's more, Johnson has won 8 of her past 9 matches, including a run to the finals at this year's French Open, where she lost an agonizingly close match to champion Pamela Bowden. Though everyone's talking about Wimbledon, all Johnson cares about is this week's tournament in Eastbourne and her very skilled opening round foe, fourth seeded Luna Willow Bartoli.

"You just never know what's going to happen on this surface," said Johnson after a warm up session with her friend and doubles partner Siri Cornetsson of Sweden. "Just because I won last week doesn't mean anything this week. It gives me a slight advantage, I guess. But, it's all about how we play on the big points. Luna is a tremendously, tremendously talented player who has already accomplished so much in her career. She really can hit you off the court if you let her. So, it's probably the toughest first round opponent you could ask for on this surface. I can't focus on anything but that match and that's it."

Only 20, Johnson is actually somewhat of a veteran on the FWTT at this stage in her career. She's reached the quarterfinals or better at all four grand slam singles events, won three career slam doubles titles with Cornetsson, and achieved career high rankings of #3 in singles and doubles. (At the moment, she ranks at #8 in singles and #3 in doubles. Though, with #2 ranked Paula Masterton playing a limited schedule this year, it seems only a matter of time before she rises to the second position.) Still, Johnson says there's much more to learn.

"I think you are constantly put into new positions," said Johnson. "Last year, I had to learn how to really win the big matches in singles and to follow through on being a top doubles player. This year, the points from the Australian came off and suddenly I was back to into the mid-teens in the rankings. I was in this whole new position; I was suddenly having to prove to myself and everyone else that I wasn't a fluke. That I could consistently play at the highest level. And, for most of the spring, it was really tough. I lost a lot of close matches. But, this year's French came around and I started winning those matches and suddenly I was back in the discussion of the top players again. And, with the title in Birmingham, I'm back into the top ten. Honestly, I had a lot of doubts if I'd ever get back there. Or, at least, I wondered how long it would take. So, for that success to come through so quickly was huge for me."

So, what are her goals for the rest of the year? Johnson's not ready to spill her secrets just yet.

"I want to play the best I can," she says earnestly. "I want to play Luna as well and as aggressively and as intelligently as I can. If I do, I know I can win. If I don't, there's Wimbledon next week. And it's a whole new chance to succeed. So, it's just one week at a time. One match at a time. That's all I'm focusing on from now on. Because, honestly, I've accomplished way more than anyone ever thought I would. I spent the first year and a half of my professional career struggling to win matches, let alone titles. So, for me to go from that to where I am now? I've succeeded. So, I don't really feel the need to set goals for myself like what ranking I want to be or what title I want to win. Obviously, Wimbledon is the only tournament I've never really experienced exceptional success in either singles or doubles. So, I'd love to break through in one or both of those events this year. And, I'll give it my all. And, if it works and I get to the final or actually win; awesome. If not, there's always next year. But, you better believe I'm going to go out swinging."

:awww::hug:

Im kinda rooting for you to win now :sobbing:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 15th, 2011, 12:07 PM
Had no idea Harper was having a mid-life crisis in the spring :eek:

new-york
Jun 15th, 2011, 01:24 PM
:facepalm:

wongqks
Jun 15th, 2011, 01:59 PM
Jane Wong still feels good about playing tennis

Jane Wong went through in first round, beating Ella in three tough sets.

Q: Tough day in office today
A: Yeah, grass is never my favourite surface but I feel like after many years, I start to understand and like grass. Ella is always tough, I am glad that I went through.

Q: Both of you serve very well today?
A: Yeah there were hardly any breaks, I am glad that I was just mentally a bit tougher on the day.

Q: How do you rate your year so far
A: I love every minute of it this year, actually even during my slump in the early in the year which I lost 6-7 matches in a row, I still enjoy tennis, coz I feel like I have nothing to prove anymore. I may not achieve much during my career but I feel like I am in the point where I am grateful that I am on court each day.

Q: Talk about your friendship on the tour.
A: You know, I have many friends on court, and I am very close to Ziyi now, but we are both incredibly focused player, we only talked about tennis haha.

Q: How about your friendship with Ruflina
A: Well you know, we are always best friends, but we have been growing a bit apart. After tennis, I am busy at my outside businesses and Ruflina is busy with her children.. But I just wish one day we will just hang out again like we use to.

martinafan
Jun 15th, 2011, 02:18 PM
omg marteena.....same old shit again :cry: maybe too old for this game lol. well done ziyi!

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 15th, 2011, 02:56 PM
Awwww Jane :hug: I wish we could hang out like we used to as well. :)

Kris
Jun 15th, 2011, 03:53 PM
Sabine Graf battled to win in three sets.
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The German tennis star had to fight in the first round of the famous grass court tennis event. Graf and her tough opponent Smith played some great tennis in the opening set. Both players did not have a break chance. So the tiebreak had to decide the winner of this opening set. The German was very lucky with a drop shot down on the line at the first point. The next points were some incredible points from the former Wimbledon Champion. Graf took the set 7-2. In the second set Graf did not win one point against the big server Smith. The German struggled with her service, too. And so the second set was a fast set for the underdog Smith. Graf, who had an early exit in Birmingham had to change her gameplay. She started to play serve and volley and this was the key factor in the match. Smith could not handle the new "Sabine" with her strong volleys. At matchpoint Smith made an unforced error and the German was very happy to reach the second round. Now she will face her good friend on tour Jane Wong.

Joseosu19
Jun 15th, 2011, 05:00 PM
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"Giusa": Broken, but not Beaten

The top-ranked Italian, Giuseppina Benedetti, has had a whirlwind of a past year. One year ago, the fiesty beauty had just completed the most sucessful time frame of her career, earning herself the nickname of the "Clay Queen". But as has been a problem throughout her career, Giusa was unable to find her best form when it mattered most, and crashed out in the third round of Roland Garros. Battered and broken, Benedetti struggled through grass season and was quickly forgotten about. However, she reminded her opponents how well she could play and established herself as more than just a claycourter. Giusa won the 2010 US Open Series, and set herself up as a favorite for the US Open. While she played well, reaching the quarterfinals, the Italian lioness was unable to find her absolute best form, and fell in a close match to FWTT star, Siri Cornetsson. With a race for the number one spot emerging in the fall, Benedetti found herself focusing too much on the rankings and not enough on her game. In October, already having reached the highest spot an Italian has ever reached, Giusa came within a third set tiebreaker of reaching the number two ranking. After falling in that match things just haven't seemed to be the same.

2011 hasn't been as kind to the twenty-one year old star. Known as a being a bit quiet and reserved in the media spotlight, but also being a perfectionist and extremely emotional on court, Benedetti has amplified that persona even more this season. She admits that she has put an immense amount of pressure on herself and seems to be breaking down in the weight of it all. Once possessing a bit of baby fat, but never anywhere near actually being overweight, Benedetti has now become rail thin. The rumor mill has been swirling for a year and half about a possible eating disorder. The French tabloids added fuel to that fire during this year's championships, releasing an article titled "Benedetti's Binge and Purge: Eating to drown her sorrows". Stories have also emerged from the locker room and have involved several players making comments in their interviews about Benedetti.

After what Giuseppina called, "the clay season from hell", which saw her absolutely collapse after two amazing clay seasons, Benedetti has watched her ranking plummet to number 13 in the world. Despite being able to compete for the majority of a match, the Italian seems unable to close out matches. In the third set she has consistently looked tired, stressed and unsure of herself.

No matter what the problem or issue that is going on in her life is, Giuseppina Benedetti remains strong and determined about her ultimate goal. With Wimbledon quickly approaching, Giusa reassures that her goals haven't changed: despite complaining that grass is for cows, she asserts that she hopes to bring home a grand slam title in three weeks.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 15th, 2011, 05:19 PM
:hearts: the articles

:hearts: the controversy Giusa -- Ruffy noticed the weight increase and then the sudden decrease :eek:

New
Jun 15th, 2011, 08:55 PM
Kathleen Pryde-Degman def. Athea Kane 6-3, 7-5

Q: What are your views about today's match?

A: To be honest, I was not expecting the win. I've been losing in tournaments within the second round, so it was not really unexpected for me to crash out before the second round as well. Oh well, I guess I shall lose tomorrow instead. :p

Q: What is the cause for the slump?

A: Many factors I guess. Lack of commitment? I have reached a stage where I have headache just thinking about playing. I guess when I got married I got distracted as well. I'm currently in a phase of life where I feel that there are many things I want to do other than tennis. But I refuse to quit. Too much memories and friendship for me to leave it all. I'll stay till the very end.

Q: Ruflina says she loves you. Comments?

A: I love her too. But not on court. I think she knows me too well. Tomorrow is going to be some three setter or something. It is NEVER easy to play against her. I think new players give her more problems. Can I like turn up in a wig or something with a new name tomorrow? Then she will be busy thinking who is this crazy woman and I stand a better chance at winning. (Laughs)

Q: What is up with these issues about you and travelling?

A: (Laughs) Words spread fast! Well, I guess I'm getting old or something. I been having a lot of problems overseas. Jetlags, luggage spoilt, brought wrong shoes which cause my foot to be in pain and stomach problems which I suspect got to do with me not being used to the local food. But I try to hang on. I fact, I'VE BEEN SPENDING TWO HOURS TYPING AN ARTICLE COS I CAN'T READ 'CUT, COPY AND PASTE' IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND THE INTERNET CONNECTION KEEPS BREAKING AND WHATEVER I SENT WAS GONE AND THE KEYBOARD DOES NOT MATCH THE SYMBOLS FOR SOME WEIRD REASON.

Q: Wow! Thanks for your time.

A: You're welcome. If this article ever gets published, it will be worth it.

New
Jun 15th, 2011, 08:59 PM
Sorry Josh, I really tried and this is like my 5th draft? I was so desperate that I decided to just type a word article with no pictures, colours in words and so on like my normal way of writing articles. I think I am really pampered by my computer at home.:tape:

My last day here in this city. Hopefully, the new city has internet and better computers. If not, this is possibly my last article for a while. Bye!:wavey:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 15th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Sorry Josh, I really tried and this is like my 5th draft? I was so desperate that I decided to just type a word article with no pictures, colours in words and so on like my normal way of writing articles. I think I am really pampered by my computer at home.:tape:

My last day here in this city. Hopefully, the new city has internet and better computers. If not, this is possibly my last article for a while. Bye!:wavey:
Hey - the fact that you did it while on holiday earns you a gold medal in my mind :)

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 15th, 2011, 10:40 PM
It's still an awesome article.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 15th, 2011, 10:45 PM
Singles Results, First Round Bottom Half

[4]Luna-Willow Bartoli def. Harper Johnson 1/6, 6/4, 6/4
The vulnerability that Harper expressed made her a crowd favorite (even for Luna) but she got very tired near the end of the match and Bartoli pulled the trigger for the win.

Vernea Jameka Starr def. Amita Maria Young 7/6(5), 6/7(5), 7/6(7)
Verena gets a tight win.

[WC]Regla Torres def. Berenika Wojnarowska 7/5, 6/7(0), 7/6(4)
Regla did well here last year and utilized her wild card in knocking off Berenika, who got a warning for yelling obscenities in Polish.

Paula Masterton def. [7]Siri Cornetsson 7/6(5), 1/6, 6/1
Paula was a fighter today and took out top tenner Siri in three sets. The crowd was clearly in favour ;) of the Brit.

Brenda Gaga-Maduga def. [8]Giuseppina Benedetti 2/6, 7/5, 6/4
Giusa actually had some taunts today from the crowd about her eating disorder. It caused her to unravel and fall apart against the meteoric rise of Gaga.

Daria Afanasyeva def. Chloe Gray 6/1, 6/3
Daria smashed the dreams of Chloe quickly and efficiently in about 40 minutes.

Yanina Wickmayer def. Pedra Parati Panalona 1/6, 6/0, 7/6(0)
The young junior almost upset the other rookie today, but Yanina's success in doubles is paying off.

[2]Nthamangela Mbangu def. Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger 6/2, 2/6, 7/6(4)
Emilia lost a crucial point in the tiebreaker when she yelled "WHORE" to Nthama. The crowd loved it, but it emblazoned Nthama to fight even harder.

Ralph214
Jun 15th, 2011, 11:32 PM
Good win Brenda! The second round seems impossible to overcome though :ras:

Drimal
Jun 16th, 2011, 05:31 AM
Siri always gets the toughest draws and the closest losses this season. :facepalm:

Wimbledon will be the same story - a tricky player defeats Siri Cornetsson 7:6(6) 6:7(5) 7:6(6)

longtin23
Jun 16th, 2011, 09:34 AM
Good win Yanina!! :) Waiting for doubles...

burn
Jun 16th, 2011, 11:14 AM
Nthamangela Mbangu is happy and proud about her revenge on Em :devil:
Looking forward to doubles, I hope my baby won't come early..! :scared:

Tuckii
Jun 16th, 2011, 12:01 PM
Daria won a match :eek:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 16th, 2011, 07:11 PM
Singles Results, Second Round

[1][WC]Ziyi Zianzhi def. Jookarae Mensarb 6/2, 7/6(5)
Ziyi continues to amaze and impress with her consistent shots and play. This win secures her another quarterfinal.

Anastasia Nemayeva def. [6]Jennifer Casanova 3/6, 6/4, 7/6(2)
It's been a while since Nastya's had a good win like this and you could see the happiness on her face after the match.

Sabine Graf def. [5]Jane Wong 6/1, 2/6, 7/6(5)
Let's face it, Sabine is one of the most dangerous players in the world on grass and Jane got a taste of it today as these two 10 year veterans battled it out.

Kathleen Pryde-Degman def. [3]Ruflina Taliamanosoko 6/3, 7/5
It's been a while since Kathleen has gotten a win over Ruffy, but her hard word paid off with two quick sets today.

[4]Luna-Willow Bartoli def. Verena Jameka Starr 7/5, 6/0
Luna hasn't won two matches in a row in quite some time, so we are very surprised to see her advance to the quarterfinals.

Paula Masterton def. [WC]Regla Torres 7/6(7), 7/6(6)
Paula can thank her experience on grass for this win. Regla's no slouch on the surface either, but Paula also had the home crowd cheering her on.

Daria Afanasyeva def. Brenda Gaga-Maduga 6/3, 7/5
Daria stops the streak of semifinals for Brenda at just two and makes a quarterfinal for herself for the first time in quite a bit.

[2]Nthamangela Mbangu def. Yanina Wickmayer 6/3, 1/6, 6/4
Nthama can stop the calls of retirement for now as she scores a solid win against the up and coming Yanina.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 16th, 2011, 07:15 PM
Doubles Results, First Round

Mensarb/Young def. [6]Nemayeva/Perez 0/6, 6/4, 6/2
This was quite a shocker, but Jook and Amita have had some success on the hardcourts earlier in the year.

[7]Graf/Huubere def. Bartol/Panalona 0/6, 6/2, 6/4
Sabine and Marteena were shell-shocked at first, but regrouped like the pros they are for the win.

Wickmayer/Wojnarowska def. [4]Henriksson/Jarocka-Pottinger 7/6(2), 7/6(5)
Yanina and Berenika proved today they can play on the grass too by defeating the current Wimbledon champions.

Kane/Smith def. [3]Masterton/Mbangu 7/6(5), 6/4
The Paula and Nthama relationship hasn't really worked as they lose a tough one to Athea and Caroline.

[5]Wong/Zianzhi def. Gaga-Maduga/Pemovic 7/6(4), 6/3
The Chinese superstars took it to another level today to show off some doubles prowess.

Afanasyeva/Benedetti def. [8]Hingisafrilia/Pryde-Degman 6/4, 7/6(3)
Daria and Giusa played once before with quite a bit of success and they haven't missed a beat.

paul_masterton
Jun 16th, 2011, 08:03 PM
Paula wins a match :woohoo:

Ralph214
Jun 16th, 2011, 09:18 PM
Lost in both singles and doubles. Beginner's luck is over I guess :lol:

AYUMI-GOAT
Jun 16th, 2011, 09:52 PM
:facepalm: Why did Alijah even chose to play here?

longtin23
Jun 17th, 2011, 03:13 AM
Lost thse singles but a good doubles match :)

burn
Jun 17th, 2011, 06:49 AM
Paula :hug:
So sorry that we lost again... I loved teaming up with you though :hug:
Good luck at Wimbledon :hug:

Nthama still alive in singles, typical for my year, I suppose.
But my baby wears heavy, Daria will be tough..! :cheer:

New
Jun 17th, 2011, 07:03 AM
Kathleen Pryde-Degman def Ruflina TaliaManosoko 6-3, 7-5.


Q: What happened out there ?


A: I don't know . This is so unexpected !!! Can I scream ??? Ahhh ( screams while waving her hands in the air ) To be honest , I been on holiday mode and I am amazed what enjoying the sights can do for you . My first quarterfinal this year and I'm excited !!


Q: Only two breaks of serve in the whole match. You got to be happy with that ?


A: Well, it is funny but the women's tour have been criticized as boring with tons of breaks and being unable to hold serve and today's match along with other matches lately have proven otherwise .


Q: Sabine is next . Thoughts ?


A: Wow . Didn't the news said that she is one of best grass courters ? It will be an honor to play with her . I should have crashed out today but I did not . I'm so going to enjoy tomorrow's match despite the score . But I won't deny that a win would be fantastic .


Q: All the best !


A: Thank you ! But I gotta go also ! My training starts in 4 minutes ! Bye !

S-T-E-V-E
Jun 17th, 2011, 08:20 AM
Jen :( But good in Anastasia :)
Ruffy :sad:

Tuckii
Jun 17th, 2011, 08:49 AM
Wow, Daria won two matches in a row :D
And a doubles win with Giusa :cheer:

lemonwilly
Jun 17th, 2011, 08:56 AM
:facepalm:

wongqks
Jun 17th, 2011, 01:21 PM
Congrats to Sabine , it is really an honor to play you in grass . Jane is slightly disappointed but she feels she have a satisfactory grass season going to Wimbledon

longtin23
Jun 17th, 2011, 02:41 PM
RG doubles finallist proved that they can play on grass

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[EASTBOURNE,ENGLAND] Defeated eighth seed Pirilenko/Soren, defending champion and first seed Cornetsson/Johnson and only lost to the second seed Casanova/Taliamanosoko in the finals, Yanina Wickmayer and Wojnarowska won the matches in Roland Garros in a three setter. Their run to the doubles finals are surprising and amusing, shocking the FWTT followers. Today on grass court, Eastbourne champioship, they get also a great win in doubles, beating the Wimbledon defending champion Henriksson/Jarocka-Pottinger in just two setters 7/6(2), 7/6(5).
Being lost in the finals of Roland Garros, Yanina admitted their loss is mainly due to the lack of experience on big games and practices. They just paired up on the day before Roland Garros. 'I mean I would like to thanks Wojnarowska to give me a chance to play with her, such a great and experienced player on the tour. Wickmayer and Wojnarowska teamed up also to play in Eastbourne and confirmed to play in Wimbledon.
'Today's match is tough, you know, they are the last year Wimbledon champion and they must have the experience on grass court. We get some luck in both tie-breaks. This is really a tight match and they played well too. But I know what's Emilia (Jarocka-Pottinger) to do because we paired up last wekk to play in Birmingham. We hope a play another next match tomorrow of course.' Yanina said after the match despite her loss in singles. Jarocka-Pottinger and Wickmayer played Birmingham last week together and finally won the title, the second final and first title in FWTT doubles tour. Yanina have already proved her game suits grass court last week and today, their partnership and games also proved that they can win games on doubles court. They are now also some kind of dark horse in the Wimbledon Championships next week.

Pie800
Jun 17th, 2011, 04:30 PM
Zianzhi bounces back on the grass

Eastbourne, England-- Following an unexpectedly early exit in Birmingham just a week prior, Zianzhi has bounced back this week in Eastbourne, the final warm-up to the inaugural Wimbledon event.
There is hardly a more thankless task than to have to play tour veteran Marteena Huubere in an opening round on grass. But Zianzhi rose to the task at hand, dispatching her opponent 6-2 7-6(4). Huubere, a former two-time Wimbledon champion, was certainly among the most dangerous floaters in the draw.
“I was kind of hoping to ease into it, you know, especially after Birmingham. But then the draws were announced and I was like, okay, I couldn’t have asked for a tougher opening round. But this is my favourite surface, it really is, and I knew if I stuck to my game I had a good chance.”
Zianzhi has spoken openly of her preference for the grass courts and has enjoyed success in Eastbourne. Now, she stands just one win short of her third semi-final showing here.

A few highlights from her 2nd round post-match interview are listed below.

What she does different tactically on the grass?
“I find, for me at least, it’s not necessarily about changing tactics on the grass. This is a surface on which my game really thrives. It’s well suited, I love the pace and my game is based around my ground-strokes, so I use the faster pace of the surface to my advantage. I think the greatest challenge is making the adjustment from clay to grass so quickly…”

Which shot she favours most?
“I think my forehand is definitely my strongest point. My backhand tends to be more reliable under pressure, but it’s the forehand that does the most damage.”

Those to watch out for come Wimbledon?
“It’s a tough question, but I think most are eyeing Harper [Johnson]. Even though she lost to Luna this week, she’s definitely a lot more confident than when I beat her a month or two ago on the clay. She has lifted her game considerably since then… when I played her in the semis at Roland Garros, where she beat me, she was like a totally different player to the one I defeated a few weeks prior. She seems to have a newfound sense of determination. And it’s great to see her back in winning form. Other than Harper, I think Luna is always a tough competitor on the grass. Nthama and Ruflina are of course other top players who have what it takes. So it should be interesting to see how the draw works out.”

When questioned on the fact that she hasn’t won a tournament since her first week as the world’s number one player, and whether or not she feels as if her level has dropped:
“I can see why you would say that, but ultimately, the rankings do reflect the results. Do I think I’m playing as well as I was back in January? No, but I’m getting back to that stage I think. I am still number one in the race, and I just made the semis at Roland Garros. There was a period earlier in the year, as Indian Wells was about to commence, that the earthquake and consequent tsunami hit Japan. That was a time in which family were visiting there and I was petrified. I could barely concentrate on tennis that day and I lost my opening round to Vittoria Perez in straight sets. I really lost focus on my game, stopped plasticising and didn’t participate in the Fed Cup semi’s either. And that was a period in which so much was at stake… I had loads of points to defend in Miami and I had duties to fulfil, such as captaining China in the Fed Cup semis. But it was, quite simply, a period in which I focussed my efforts and energy on family and humanitarian efforts in Japan and my tennis suffered for it. I rarely regard anything above tennis, but that was a time where there were more pressing things to deal with.”

Zianzhi will take on Anastasia Nemayeva for a place in the semi-finals later today.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 17th, 2011, 06:38 PM
Singles Results, Quarterfinals

[1][WC]Ziyi Zianzhi def. Anastasia Nemayeva 6/4, 6/3
Ziyi wins again - it's her 3rd straight set victory here in Eastbourne and is looking scarily strong to the rest of the field. Her win over a confident Nastya shows that she is the #1 player.

Sabine Graf def. Kathleen Pryde-Degman 7/5, 0/6, 6/1
Kathleen was so elated with her win over Ruflina, it was tough for her to come down from that high against the very strong Sabine who sets up a classic semifinal with Ziyi.

Paula Masterton def. [4]Luna-Willow Bartoli 7/5, 1/6, 6/3
Paula pleases her home crowd again with another strong victory against another strong player and now moves into the semifinals.

Daria Afanasyeva def. [2]Nthamangela Mbangu 7/5, 7/5
Daria was surprised to win one match, let alone 3 in a row and this time she beat the second ranked player in the world.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 17th, 2011, 06:44 PM
Doubles Results, Quarterfinals

Mensarb/Young def. [1]Casanova/Taliamanosoko 1/6, 6/3, 6/4
Jook and Amita get a great win over Jennifer and Ruflina.

Wickmayer/Wojnarowska def. [7]Graf/Huubere 7/5, 7/5
Yanina and Berenika continue with the strong success and get a win over veteran pair Sabine and Marteena.

[5]Wong/Zianzhi def. Kane/Smith 7/6(6), 7/6(5)
Jane and Ziyi keep the Chinese flag alive in the doubles competition with a close win over Athea and Caroline.

[2]Cornetsson/Johnson def. Afanasyeva/Benedetti 1/6, 6/4, 6/3
Harper and Siri continue their consistency with a come-from-behind win against Daria and Giusa.

ql00lp
Jun 17th, 2011, 06:51 PM
:eek:

Broseghini
Jun 17th, 2011, 06:58 PM
Nemayeva advances to QF

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Hello Anastasia, how you feel after these two wins?
It's a rare feeling, you know, lately I rarely won a match and winning this is very good.

Yeah, you did two comebacks!
Yes, in both matches I started slowly and ended up losing the first set. It took a lot of mental strength, I wasn't able to win matches like these before and I can now. This is extremely positive. I know I can beat anyone.

Confident for more wins?
Yes, I'm playing well in doubles and hope to do the same in singles. Grass is very nice, I want to prepare well for Wimbledon.

Speaking of doubles, as is her relationship with Vittoria Perez?
I really like Vittoria, we are true friends. Too bad we lost the first round here. I hope a good result at Wimbledon.

Others friends on the tour? Or enemies?
I like Ruflina but she's a real enemy, beating me every time. I do not forget that defeat in the semifinal of RG09. Skankhova, Fleri, Ziyi and the african babes are cool too.

Thank you, good luck for you against Ziyi*!
Thank you but I'll need competence.


*Nastya lost in QF 6-4 6-3 :sobbing::o

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 17th, 2011, 07:04 PM
:eek:
Congrats on the win ;)

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 17th, 2011, 07:04 PM
Nemayeva advances to QF

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Hello Anastasia, how you feel after these two wins?
It's a rare feeling, you know, lately I rarely won a match and winning this is very good.

Yeah, you did two comebacks!
Yes, in both matches I started slowly and ended up losing the first set. It took a lot of mental strength, I wasn't able to win matches like these before and I can now. This is extremely positive. I know I can beat anyone.

Confident for more wins?
Yes, I'm playing well in doubles and hope to do the same in singles. Grass is very nice, I want to prepare well for Wimbledon.

Speaking of doubles, as is her relationship with Vittoria Perez?
I really like Vittoria, we are true friends. Too bad we lost the first round here. I hope a good result at Wimbledon.

Others friends on the tour? Or enemies?
I like Ruflina but she's a real enemy, beating me every time. I do not forget that defeat in the semifinal of RG09. Skankhova, Fleri, Ziyi and the african babes are cool too.

Thank you, good luck for you against Ziyi*!
Thank you but I'll need competence.


*Nastya lost in QF 6-4 6-3 :sobbing::o


Excellent interview - Ruffy usually pulls for Nastya unless they are facing each other (which seems like every week).

:kiss: for Wimbledon!

Tuckii
Jun 17th, 2011, 08:08 PM
Daria :lol:

Nthamangela :hug: :kiss:

paul_masterton
Jun 17th, 2011, 08:30 PM
Paula :yeah:

Drimal
Jun 17th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Siri/Harper :dance:

burn
Jun 17th, 2011, 09:04 PM
Congrats winners :)
Paula :hearts:
Daria :yeah:
Ziyi :bounce:
Sabine :)

Losers :hug:

Nthamangela Mbangu announcement: "Standing here as a current world number three, I have to admit that I am unsure whether I will be able to play in Wimbledon or not. I won't do anything that risks the life of my baby. Congratulations to all the winners of today's matches, especially Paula, my dear! "

burn
Jun 17th, 2011, 09:08 PM
Nthama hasn't reached a semi-final since Doha :sobbing:

Kris
Jun 17th, 2011, 10:40 PM
A short interview with Sabine Graf after her matchpoint:
"Wow, I am in the semis..this is so great. I did not expect this after my poor performance in Paris and Birmingham. Now I will play against Ziyi. This will be a tough match for sure. I hope I can find a good start in the match. Thanks for all the great support out here. I know today was not the best weather but you folks are so great, thanks. Now I will take a rest and hope Marteena can help me to win our doubles match in a few hours"
Unfortunately the Australian/German combo lost their match on Centre Court in two sets.

Pie800
Jun 17th, 2011, 11:23 PM
Ziyi :) Things don't look too promising for the SF though :(
:woohoo: @ doubles :)
Congrats winners!
Nastya, Nthama :hug:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 18th, 2011, 08:26 PM
Singles Results, Semifinals

Sabine Graf def. [1][WC]Ziyi Zianzhi 7/6(1), 1/6, 6/2
Little 'ol Sabine took out the enormity of Ziyi in a well fought match. We should have known this would be close with Sabine's prowess on the grass.

Daria Afanasyeva def. Paula Masterton 6/4, 7/5
Daria is back to her ways of earlier in the year of making these event finals. She ended the hope of Paula and Britain today in two sets.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 18th, 2011, 08:28 PM
Doubles Results, Semifinals

Wickmayer/Wojnorowska def. Mensarb/Young 7/6(5), 7/5
Yanina and Berenika are not flashes in the pans as they take out the seasoned pair of Jook and Amita.

[5]Wong/Zianzhi def. [2]Cornetsson/Johnson 6/4, 7/5
Ziyi and Jane took Harper and Siri to the task today and delivered in a magnificent way by winning in two sets.

Pie800
Jun 18th, 2011, 10:09 PM
:sad: Ziyi! So many semis and close matches this year. Sabine was just too good though..
Good win for Jane and Ziyi in doubles... hopefully they can take the title!
Congrats winners :)

Kris
Jun 18th, 2011, 10:11 PM
Graf surprises in Eastbourne
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Former Wimbledon Champion Sabine Graf from Germany defeated world number one and Wimbledon finalist 2010 Zianzhi in the semis of the famous grass court pre-event in England. It was a remarkable victory for the FWTT veteran who reached her first singles final this year. Graf was very happy after first set. The German had the nerves in the tiebreaker and finished it 7-1. But the world number one was in better shape after this surprising set and came back with her powerfull groundstrokes. Graf, who struggled lately was not able to give a fight Zianzhi a fight in the second set. At the end the favourite took it after 23 minutes with 6-1. It seemed to be a fast victory for Zianzhi after a 2-0 leading in the final set. But the crowd helped Sabine to play some incredible points at the net. She broke back and hold her serve with two aces in a row. This was the turning point. The "old" German played unbelievable after this and won 4 games in a row without any unforced errors. Marteena Huubere, Graf's best friend on tour and doubles partner, was sitting in Graf's box to cheer for her friend. After 2 hours and 33 minutes the veteran shocked Zianzhi with a three set victory.

longtin23
Jun 19th, 2011, 05:30 AM
COme ON!! Yanina is soooo good playing in doubles matches...

Miracle Worker
Jun 19th, 2011, 07:58 AM
Yanina and Berenika :eek: :worship:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 19th, 2011, 05:53 PM
Singles Results, Finals

Sabine Graf def. Daria Afanasyeva 7/6(5), 3/6, 6/3
Sabine is so dominant on the grass sometimes and she showed us in the warm-up event to Wimbledon with dominating performances over all competitors, including this finale with Daria.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 19th, 2011, 05:54 PM
Doubles Results, Finals

[5]Wong/Zianzhi def. Wickmayer/Wojnarowska 7/5, 4/6, 7/6(4)
Jane and Ziyi capture another title together in 2011, proving they are a threat for Wimbledon while Yanina and Berenika fall just a bit short in the finals again.

Tuckii
Jun 19th, 2011, 06:09 PM
Congrats Sabine :kiss:

Finally, a great week for Daria again :cheer:

Kris
Jun 19th, 2011, 06:57 PM
Sport1 Breaking News - Graf won Eastbourne!
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At 6.49 pm Graf won the title of the grass tournament in Eastbourne. Ten years after her last success on the fast green court. Here is the live interview:
"It is unbelievable. Thank you so much. It is amazing. I did not expect to win this at the end. Congrats Daria for a great tournament, too. Unfortunately only one of use gets the title. You are a tough player on grass. Thanks for the hard work today...(smiles). Well, I would like to thank the organizer of the FWTT, too. You guys are doing so much and we all enjoy to be a part of this "fantastic" tour. Thanks a lot! I would like to thank my husband Stefan and my coach Heinz. You are right Heinz, old players can win a tournament on this tour (laughs out loud). And of course thanks to my best friend on tour Marteena. Marteena you helped me in sad moments and we will rock in Wimbledon. This is my promise. So now I will have to hurry for the player's party. Bye and hope to see you all next year!"

Pie800
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Congrats Sabine! :)
:woohoo: Jane/Ziyi! Turns out pushing through all those early losses at the beginning of the year has paid off.. cheers to our third title of the year :hug: Good match Yanina/Berenika.. I'm sure you two will have many more opportunities :)
Congrats all finalists :hug:

longtin23
Jun 20th, 2011, 03:08 PM
Yanina Wickmayer Interview after the loss in doubles final
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Reporter : Yanina, now...
Yanina : Nothing to say... I am really angry and mad about myself. We are so close to win our first title. They are just bitches!! I hate them!! (laughter) I am just joking... sorry if I scared you...

Reporter : So this is your second finals with Wojnarowska. How do you feel?
Yanina : I am so happy that I can play with her, Berenika. Such a great and experienced player. Actually, we just teamed up just the day before Roland Garros,,, then we practise for some days and play the matches. I just want to thank her for giving me such a great opportunity. You know, I am just a newbie on tour and she invites me so it makes me feel happy.

Reporter : Talk about your final in Roland Garros, your team amused all players.
Yanina : Yes, I mean we also don;t believe that we can go into the finals and take out so many seeds including the defending champ. I mean we just lack of practice and experience to play in big matches. To be honest, I am very nervous in that final and I think it affect our performance, but it's great to have such experience for further matches.

Reporter : So let's tale about this tournament, this match.
Yanina : I mean last week I paired up with Emilia to play in Birmingham. She is last year Wimbledon winner so I have learnt a lot from her. I apprciate that title very much. My first carrer title on the tour and it's amazing. Then come to this week, I and Berenika player Emilia in the first round, we won in two close tie-break. It's amzaing!! And then we have a huge confidence to play in the whole week. Before coming to this match, I have already dreamt that I got this title. It's the second title and Premire event. But today's match is disappointing,,, very sad. It's just so close to win and I am really sad. They played well of course. I then told myself, you are already great, you were through to three finals in three tournaments and get on title so work harder next time.

Reporter : Next week is Wimbledon, what do you expect to get.
Yanina : I mean I would love to get some wins in singles, but I will still work hard in doubles, hope to get some points in our race ranking. Hope I can do well in Wimbledon.

Reporter : Thank you for your great interview. Hope you woll play well in Wimbledon.
Yanina : Thanks!

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 20th, 2011, 09:07 PM
Nice work Yanina - love the article. You have been AMAZING in doubles recently. Good luck in Wimbledon :)

burn
Jun 23rd, 2011, 08:24 AM
Congrats Sabine :)