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Kipling
Dec 8th, 2011, 08:34 PM
May as well get 2012 started off on the right foot. Aravane shut down 2011 early after suffering from a virus in Tokyo, but according to reports she's been working hard with her coach and fitness trainer in the U.S. preparing for the new season.

Allez Aravane! May 2012 bring much success, fame and good fortune to you!

:inlove:

http://www.vvdrienerlo.nl/smileys/54.gif

améliemomo
Dec 9th, 2011, 10:42 AM
nice to know that she's training hard to make a nice comeback

go aravane in 2012!

Bероника
Dec 11th, 2011, 05:23 PM
Do we have any idea where she starts playing in 2012?

best of luck to her next season! :)

Kipling
Dec 12th, 2011, 01:12 AM
Qualifying in Auckland, I believe.

Bероника
Dec 12th, 2011, 06:20 AM
thanks :)

David 11
Dec 22nd, 2011, 05:58 PM
FFT announced that Aravane Rezaï and Jeremy Chardy are granted a wild-card for the Australian Open. twitter

Potapovushina
Dec 22nd, 2011, 06:58 PM
I'm happy for her! :D :yeah:

Bероника
Dec 22nd, 2011, 10:10 PM
good news :D

Kipling
Dec 23rd, 2011, 12:12 AM
Outstanding news!

Allez Aravane!!!!

anika mahajan
Dec 23rd, 2011, 07:34 AM
Wao :) very nice to hear that
I wish to see her 1st round in Australian open, SHe has no points to defend :)
She will be top 50 in march i believe

HowardH
Dec 30th, 2011, 05:05 AM
Aravane is in Auckland. It was raining so she practiced today on the indoor courts on Merton Road. She was hitting with Elena Bogdan about 1 hr ago, and was comprehensively outhitting her off the ground. However, Elena served better than her, and Aravane's return was also a bit iffy. But once the rally started Aravane was totally in charge.

Aravane herself seemed sweet. However, I have a question to ask, particularly of posters such as Aravanecaravan, who have taken pictures and or videos of Aravane before. I had a video camera with me, and during Aravane's practice a tallish, tan and reasonably slim man from her camp (not the coach, who was standing near Aravane on the other side of the court) came up to me and told me not to post footage of Aravane anywhere. Has anyone else experienced something like this with a player? Note that it wasn't Aravane who had any problem with me taking footage. Also, no one else I watched today had any problem with it. I think it's normal for a tennis player to be videoed when practicing. They weren't doing anything secret, just hitting.

Probably this is part of her complicated situation at the moment which is unfortunately affecting her tennis.

Anyway. It was pretty clear why Aravane has had some wonderful results in the past. She was hitting way harder than anyone else on the court, including Magdalena Rybarikova and the Pliskova sisters. Best of luck to her in the tournament.

David 11
Dec 30th, 2011, 10:13 AM
ASB Classic (http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/)

Aravane Rezai vs Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA)

Lertcheewakarn is a counterpuncher with her two-handed backhand and forehand. She is intelligent on court and has a good strategy. Her game is lacking powerful strokes, but based on precise groundstrokes. Her main weakness is considered to be her serve, lacking of power, consistency and stability.

Lertcheewakarn has inspiration by Tamarine Tanasugarn, Monica Seles, Marion Bartoli, and Williams sisters.(WP)

Samantha Stosur vs Noppawan Lertcheewakarn Osaka 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ez_OoSp60M)

Qualifying for the ASB Classic starts on Saturday 31 December and runs for three days, finishing on the first day of the tournament, Monday 2 January. Qualifying will be held at the ASB Tennis Arena on Stanley Street and entry costs $5 (cash only) per day for the Saturday and Sunday.

2012 Qualifying Singles Draw (http://media.asbclassic.co.nz/uploads/qualifying_singles_draw_2012.pdf)

améliemomo
Dec 30th, 2011, 11:43 AM
tough first round against noppawan. She's the type of player Aravane doesnt like to play

good match there though Go Aravane!

misty1
Dec 30th, 2011, 02:41 PM
this first round really sucks, i would have loved to see them both qualify but of course im hoping for aravane more

Kipling
Dec 30th, 2011, 04:14 PM
Aravane is in Auckland. It was raining so she practiced today on the indoor courts on Merton Road. She was hitting with Elena Bogdan about 1 hr ago, and was comprehensively outhitting her off the ground. However, Elena served better than her, and Aravane's return was also a bit iffy. But once the rally started Aravane was totally in charge.

Aravane herself seemed sweet. However, I have a question to ask, particularly of posters such as Aravanecaravan, who have taken pictures and or videos of Aravane before. I had a video camera with me, and during Aravane's practice a tallish, tan and reasonably slim man from her camp (not the coach, who was standing near Aravane on the other side of the court) came up to me and told me not to post footage of Aravane anywhere. Has anyone else experienced something like this with a player? Note that it wasn't Aravane who had any problem with me taking footage. Also, no one else I watched today had any problem with it. I think it's normal for a tennis player to be videoed when practicing. They weren't doing anything secret, just hitting.

Probably this is part of her complicated situation at the moment which is unfortunately affecting her tennis.

Anyway. It was pretty clear why Aravane has had some wonderful results in the past. She was hitting way harder than anyone else on the court, including Magdalena Rybarikova and the Pliskova sisters. Best of luck to her in the tournament.

That's interesting, Howard. I really don't know what to say in response. I've never been cautioned or asked not to take photos or videos of her before, or of any other player, so maybe it's a new policy from someone in her camp. Certainly, I would respect her wishes if that is the case and if it is coming from someone in charge. From your description it doesn't sound like her father.

By the way, thank you so much for your report!

HowardH
Dec 31st, 2011, 07:14 AM
That's interesting, Howard. I really don't know what to say in response. I've never been cautioned or asked not to take photos or videos of her before, or of any other player, so maybe it's a new policy from someone in her camp. Certainly, I would respect her wishes if that is the case and if it is coming from someone in charge. From your description it doesn't sound like her father.

By the way, thank you so much for your report!

It didn't seem to be coming from Aravane herself. She didn't as much as send a single disapproving look my way, she noticed me and then got back to hitting. Also, they didn't mind me taking the videos. Nothing happened for about 5 minutes as I videoed them hitting. Then, this guy who had been sitting in a chair next to the court decided to come and talk to me. Aravane didn't go talk to him first, he seemed to just decide by himself. I was simply told by this guy that my videos should be only for my personal use, and not posted on youtube or anywhere like that. At first I wasn't even sure whose camp he was in either, since he wasn't even really watching Aravane hit and he was actually sitting nearer to Bogdan's end and bag. I had to ask the other girl's coach (Elena Bogdan) whose camp the guy who came to talk to me was in. Bogdan's coach was also shrugging to me like he didn't know what the big deal was. I'm not sure if the guy was simply not wanting to be posted himself or if it was something else. The whole thing is confusing. As far as I could tell Aravane didn't mind me and my camera at all, but this guy was uncomfortable with it. He was far too young to be her father. Probably in his thirties.

My personal guess: he was uncomfortable with being posted himself. But I wasn't even trying to video him... oh well.

Saw Aravane at the Albany courts today before her match. She was smiling and talking with Hlavackova, looking pretty happy. Didn't see that guy but I suppose he might have been around.

Sasja
Dec 31st, 2011, 08:36 AM
Aravane won her 1st round quallie match against Lertcheewakarn 6-4 1-6 6-3 :D

Not an easy match, but happy she could start off the new season with a win. Noppawan has been doing well
lately, winning 75k Dubai without dropping a set to Jovanovski, Kulikova, Halep & Mladenovic.

Pauline Parmentier is up next :cheer:

Kipling
Dec 31st, 2011, 11:23 AM
It didn't seem to be coming from Aravane herself. She didn't as much as send a single disapproving look my way, she noticed me and then got back to hitting. Also, they didn't mind me taking the videos. Nothing happened for about 5 minutes as I videoed them hitting. Then, this guy who had been sitting in a chair next to the court decided to come and talk to me. Aravane didn't go talk to him first, he seemed to just decide by himself. I was simply told by this guy that my videos should be only for my personal use, and not posted on youtube or anywhere like that. At first I wasn't even sure whose camp he was in either, since he wasn't even really watching Aravane hit and he was actually sitting nearer to Bogdan's end and bag. I had to ask the other girl's coach (Elena Bogdan) whose camp the guy who came to talk to me was in. Bogdan's coach was also shrugging to me like he didn't know what the big deal was. I'm not sure if the guy was simply not wanting to be posted himself or if it was something else. The whole thing is confusing. As far as I could tell Aravane didn't mind me and my camera at all, but this guy was uncomfortable with it. He was far too young to be her father. Probably in his thirties.

My personal guess: he was uncomfortable with being posted himself. But I wasn't even trying to video him... oh well.

Saw Aravane at the Albany courts today before her match. She was smiling and talking with Hlavackova, looking pretty happy. Didn't see that guy but I suppose he might have been around.

That's very weird. At first I was going to say that maybe he was a tournament official who was there protecting the ASB Classic's TV rights or something, but since it just seems to involve Aravane, it seems unlikely. He sounds like either a manager, who would naturally be protective of his client's image and corresponding photo/video rights, or maybe fiance or boyfriend or something who wanted her privacy respected. Interesting.

Kipling
Dec 31st, 2011, 11:25 AM
Aravane won her 1st round quallie match against Lertcheewakarn 6-4 1-6 6-3 :D

Not an easy match, but happy she could start off the new season with a win. Noppawan has been doing well
lately, winning 75k Dubai without dropping a set to Jovanovski, Kulikova, Halep & Mladenovic.

Pauline Parmentier is up next :cheer:

Good start! :D

HowardH
Dec 31st, 2011, 11:35 AM
That's very weird. At first I was going to say that maybe he was a tournament official who was there protecting the ASB Classic's TV rights or something, but since it just seems to involve Aravane, it seems unlikely. He sounds like either a manager, who would naturally be protective of his client's image and corresponding photo/video rights, or maybe fiance or boyfriend or something who wanted her privacy respected. Interesting.

Your guesses sound about right. Not a tournament official I'm sure. They all have uniforms. And he had the kind of accent I would expect from someone in Aravane's camp. Plus the other coach said he was with Aravane's camp. As I said, I think he was just uncomfortable with the idea that he might show up on youtube. It's funny, at the time he came up to talk with me the camera was zoomed in on Aravane and not showing anyone else.

Congrats to her on the win. It was touch and go there.

Fairly good draw against Pauline, who only won by a retirement.

By the way, happy new year everyone! It's already 2012 here in Auckland, with the fireworks at the Sky Tower to prove it.

vuhvuh
Dec 31st, 2011, 12:14 PM
Oh man I expected easier win but onto next round. DOnt know what to expect I am just soo excited about new tennis season!!!! Allez Aravane

améliemomo
Dec 31st, 2011, 12:22 PM
well done Aravane:yeah:

keep it up!

misty1
Dec 31st, 2011, 01:34 PM
good job aravane

David 11
Jan 1st, 2012, 11:53 AM
Two matches were interrupted by rain. 2008 ASB Classic runner-up Aravane Rezai of France was leading her compatriot Pauline Parmentier 6-4 2-2 while in an all-American contest Jamie Hampton was leading Irina Falconi 5-4 with a break when the rains came.

Qualifying rounds resume at 10am on Monday 2 January. Click here (media.asbclassic.co.nz/uploads/mon_revised.pdf) for the order of play. asbclassic.co.nz

Bероника
Jan 1st, 2012, 06:53 PM
Well,a good start of the year I would say.Let's hope she finishes the job without problems on monday :)

vuhvuh
Jan 1st, 2012, 08:06 PM
No stream :/

Bероника
Jan 1st, 2012, 09:34 PM
Qualifying result: Aravane Rezai (FRA) def Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-4 6-4 :yippee:

vuhvuh
Jan 1st, 2012, 09:44 PM
win! next on wandeweghe to Q on c.2 i would guess as soon as kulikova ends

Sasja
Jan 1st, 2012, 09:46 PM
Qualifying result: Aravane Rezai (FRA) def Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-4 6-4 :yippee:

Aravane :)
Happy she could finish it in straight sets :yeah:

Kipling
Jan 1st, 2012, 10:16 PM
Allez, Aravane!

misty1
Jan 2nd, 2012, 01:46 AM
she qualifies!

6-4, 6-4 over coco

Stevecw
Jan 2nd, 2012, 02:49 AM
Great wins, good to see her start new season so well :)

améliemomo
Jan 2nd, 2012, 09:29 AM
3 wins in a row, great Aravane!:)

will face shuai Peng (CHN) in first round

Allez!

Sasja
Jan 2nd, 2012, 05:12 PM
she qualifies!

6-4, 6-4 over coco

:D

Three wins in a row :yeah:

Tough 1st round draw for her against Peng though! Hope she does well :cheer:

Bероника
Jan 2nd, 2012, 08:26 PM
Allez Aravane!! :bigclap:

améliemomo
Jan 3rd, 2012, 10:33 AM
she lost in 3:sad:

she's playing hobart next?

Sasja
Jan 5th, 2012, 05:53 AM
she lost in 3:sad:

she's playing hobart next?

I think I saw her on the quallie list for Sydney :unsure:
Draw for that comes up a little bit later today.

Sasja
Jan 5th, 2012, 08:06 AM
Quallie draw for Sydney is out. This is Aravane's section of the draw:

(3) Polona Hercog (SLO) vs Vania King (USA)
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) vs (wc) Viktorija Rajicic (AUS)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs Vera Dushevina (RUS)
Aravane Rezai (FRA) vs (7) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)

améliemomo
Jan 5th, 2012, 02:13 PM
Allez Aravane!

Sasja
Jan 6th, 2012, 05:13 PM
So Aravane had to retire earlier today in her 1st round qualifying match against Makarova after losing the 1st set 6-2 :sad:

Apparantely she had injured her right knee. Not sure how serious it is.
Hope she's ok for the AO. Get well soon Aravane :hug:

Bероника
Jan 7th, 2012, 01:56 PM
oh no :sad:

hope she can be fit for AO

Sasja
Jan 13th, 2012, 07:04 AM
Aravane drew Peng (16) again in the 1st round of the AO.

Not a good draw :sobbing:

Hope she can get revenge this time!

Kipling
Jan 13th, 2012, 12:00 PM
Actually, I think it's a very good draw. Peng does nothing special other than get the ball back. Aravane was dictating in that match, and just lost a bit of focus in that 2nd set or she would have won it. She looks much better this year. Her coach will also point out some different tactics as well. I think she has a very good chance of winning. That whole section sets up well for her if she isn't badly injured.

Bероника
Jan 14th, 2012, 08:02 PM
last time they played it was close so I hope Aravane has learned how to beat her this time.I agree with aravanecaravane that she has a good chance of winning.

Allez!!

Bероника
Jan 16th, 2012, 09:44 PM
too bad we were wrong :sad:

(16) Peng Shuai (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/shuai-peng_2257889_6355) (CHN) d. (WC) Aravane Rezai (http://www.wtatennis.com/player/aravane-rezai_2257889_11081) (FRA) 63 64

Sasja
Jan 16th, 2012, 09:51 PM
:sad: :hug:

Bероника
Jan 29th, 2012, 10:02 AM
Aravane has been called by french Fed Cup captain to play in the team that will face Slovakia next weekend,along with Parmentier,Razzano and Cornet.It is still early to know if she'll play or not,but here is what french captain says about her:

Et Aravane Rezaï ? Comment l'avez-vous trouvée à Melbourne ?
Je l'ai trouvée très bien dans sa peau. Les discussions que j'ai pu avoir avec elle, avec son entourage, m'ont démontré que c'est une fille qui a retrouvé le sourire et du plaisir sur le court. Ce n'est pas simple, bien sûr. C'est un travail quotidien, portant ses fruits au jour le jour, qu'elle doit effectuer en ce moment. Pour qu'elle retrouve le niveau qui était le sien, le gros travail à effectuer désormais est d'ordre physique. Il est clair qu'avec les problèmes qu'elle a subis l'année dernière, ça n'a pas été facile pour elle.

Elle a l'air en tout cas très motivée par la Fed Cup...
Depuis qu'elle a intégré l'équipe, elle a toujours été irréprochable, que ce soit durant la semaine de préparation ou sur le court. Quand elle est arrivée dans le groupe, elle était dans le top 20 et elle a tiré tout le monde vers le haut. C'est un élément important de l'équipe. Aujourd'hui, elle a un classement qui ne reflète pas ses capacités. Elle en est là, c'est comme ça, il lui reste à se reconstruire.

Kipling
Jan 29th, 2012, 10:59 PM
LOL, as he says, she's far better than her ranking. She should have beaten Peng in Auckland, then got hurt in Sydney, but she started out pretty well this year. She's the strongest player the team has.

améliemomo
Jan 31st, 2012, 06:13 PM
yes she is. Escude must take some risk and send Mladenovic to play the first day against hantuchova, then rezai plays cibulkova.

then razzano and rezai again.

In doubles put Razzano/Mladenovic

but dont think he's a poker player:o

Sasja
Feb 3rd, 2012, 05:59 AM
Aravane received a MDWC for WTA Paris which starts next week :)

Kipling
Feb 3rd, 2012, 12:08 PM
That's great for her, but unfortunately, no Fed Cup:

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Les-bleues-fixees/260815

améliemomo
Feb 3rd, 2012, 01:59 PM
surprised about her non playing this week but escude has his own reasons, I heard he said she wasnt fit physiqly...

Aravane went back to France...

krosina
Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:37 PM
why not play a match against Aravane Slovakia?

Sasja
Feb 3rd, 2012, 05:25 PM
why not play a match against Aravane Slovakia?

:wavey: Hi! Welcome to tennisforum :)

She went with the team to SVK but as she's not picked in the final team, she decided to go back home.
She received a MDWC for Paris, but she now turned it down and it’s now given to Alize Cornet. Aravane will play quallies instead. Q1 against Alize Lim.

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Rezai-reagit/260934

I think it's better for her to play quallies. She needs more matches, winning a few matches in a row and get some rhythm. Good luck :cheer:

Sasja
Feb 3rd, 2012, 05:39 PM
Aravane's part of the Paris Q-draw:


(2) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs Veronika Kapshay (UKR)
Jill Craybas (USA) vs Naomi Broady (GBR)
(wc) Irina Ramialison (FRA) vs Anna Resmondina (ITA)
Alize Lim (FRA) vs (8) Aravane Rezai (FRA)

Good luck Aravane :cheer:

Kipling
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:08 AM
C'mon, Aravane! Allez!!! Let's go! :inlove:

Sasja
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:48 AM
And it's changed again :lol:

Aravane will stay with the Fed Cup team to cheer them on. So no Aravane in Paris.
She has been replaced in the quallie draw and Alize Cornet received her WC.

All in all very confusing :unsure:

Shame she doesn't play Paris :sad: So her next tournament will be 25k Rabat in the week of the 13th of Feb.

Kipling
Feb 23rd, 2012, 09:10 PM
TBE says Aravane is now in qualifying at Indian Wells.

Also, according to this, she is entered in the $25K ITF the week of March 12-18 in Clearwater, Florida (week before the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami):

http://beta.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women's-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026253

I hope so! It's only a couple hours' drive for me, and I would love to see her play in person again. But she'll probably withdraw.

Sasja
Feb 23rd, 2012, 09:29 PM
TBE says Aravane is now in qualifying at Indian Wells.

Also, according to this, she is entered in the $25K ITF the week of March 12-18 in Clearwater, Florida (week before the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami):

http://beta.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women's-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026253

I hope so! It's only a couple hours' drive for me, and I would love to see her play in person again. But she'll probably withdraw.

Nice to see her on the EL again :) So hard to believe that last year she was seeded in IW and got a BYE in R1 :sad: :hug: Wouldn't be too bad of an idea to indeed play that 25k. Play a few matches, get some rhythm, trying to get a nice run and maybe trying out different things in these matches.

Would be nice if you could get to see her play again :yeah:

Sasja
Feb 25th, 2012, 06:41 AM
Aravane in quallies of WTA Acapulco :)

(4) Aravane Rezai (FRA) vs (wc) Marcela Zacarias (MEX)
Andrea Koch-Benvenuto (CHI) vs Maria Joao Koehler (POR)
(wc) Ana Paula De La Pena (MEX) vs Kiki Bertens (NED)
Tatjana Malek (GER) vs (5) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)

Good luck :cheer:

Kipling
Feb 25th, 2012, 12:15 PM
Allez, Aravane!

améliemomo
Feb 25th, 2012, 12:59 PM
Allez Aravane:)

MarkNL
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:29 PM
Aravane lost the first set 2-6 :hysteric:

All time low, such a shame. I really like her, but she is not a shade of her former self :sobbing:

améliemomo
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:21 AM
she lost:sobbing:

oh my God, that's very bad loss, should play lower tournaments and work harder:sad:

Sasja
Feb 26th, 2012, 09:22 AM
Don't even know what to say :sobbing:

IW quallies up next I think :scared: :scared:

améliemomo
Feb 27th, 2012, 01:51 PM
looked at that pic http://abiertomextenis.com.mx/gal2012/25_Feb_2012/index.html#REZAI2.jpg and was shocked:sad::sad:


she's not fit at all, she reminds me of the Aravane who played challengers 5 years ago, travelling with her father by van, far from the best Aravane for sure!

it is sad seing her like that but she HAS TO ACT AND NOW!:fiery:

wish her lot of courage

Kipling
Feb 27th, 2012, 04:45 PM
Sometimes pictures can be misleading. Especially "motion" pictures. Besides, Aravane comes from hearty stock--her genetics are such that she isn't ever going to be dainty.

But sure, she has been honest and admitted she wants to be fitter. Perhaps there are still things going on in her life we don't understand. It's surely tough for her, everything she has been through, to go from where she was, at #15, to where she is now. I imagine she must have a lot of pain on the inside to deal with, with her personal life, and it can't be easy to cope. Depression can ruin peoples' lives. People deal with that kind of stress in different ways.

I think being back with Patrick will help her--eventually. But thinking that miracles can happen overnight isn't being realistic, in my opinion. She has too much to deal with.

The Mexico match was upsetting, but one can look at the statistics to see why and where it all went wrong. When you serve 12 doubles and less than 50% first serves, it's going to be a long day at the office. That's a lot of free points to give an opponent.

I am really hoping she will come and play at Clearwater. Of course, it would be great if she qualified at IW and went far there, but the reality is, it's unlikely in the near term. If she does play at Clearwater, I will do my best to be there to cheer her, come hell or high water.

améliemomo
Feb 27th, 2012, 05:20 PM
always being wise and having kind words Aravanecaravan, Aravane is lucky to have such a fan as you:)

I think play itf is a good thing for her, she must rebuild a confidence there

Sasja
Feb 27th, 2012, 06:52 PM
I agree it might be good to play a challenger. IW quallies will be so tough for her.
She is in a tough position right now and every loss makes it so much harder. She needs a few wins to build some confidence again and playing some matches in a row.

A few wins is so important now for her.

:hug:

Stevecw
Feb 27th, 2012, 07:34 PM
She does need to start at lowest level she can, just get the winning feeling again.
We are all fans, but have to admit she is very unfit looking at the moment. Needs to do serious fitness work, try win a few matches at a low level and get her confidence back.

Kipling
Feb 28th, 2012, 06:46 PM
As fans we need to support her through thick and thin, no matter what. She knows she has to work hard, but it isn't easy to dedicate yourself 100% to a fitness regime when you have to earn a living at the same time. AND do it without a support system. Remember, this woman is doing it on her own. I imagine if we really knew the truth about her life, we would be shocked and astonished at how strong she is. It's okay that she's had a few setbacks. Everyone fails in life. It's those who persevere, pick themselves up and try again, who ultimately succeed.

I just saw this post in the Sony Ericsson Open tournament forum: http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=21029698&postcount=12

I certainly don't wish any bad luck on anyone, but I believe Petkovic is out with a back problem, and perhaps Chakvetadze is still out as well? If so, those withdrawals should put Aravane into Miami qualifying, if that list is accurate and Petkovic and/or Chakvetadze or others do end up withdrawing. If true, you can bet I will be getting up bright and early that Monday to drive down to watch Aravane play in qualifying.

Kipling
Feb 29th, 2012, 04:42 PM
Most of you know I'm going to Miami again for the first week of the Sony Ericsson Open tournament in a few weeks. I always take lots of photos and videos of the WTA players when I spot them on the practice courts and of course during matches. Since I will be there all week, for qualifying and the first three rounds of the tournament, I should have lots of opportunities to get pictures. If any of you have any particular requests, please let me know ahead of time and I will do my best to take photos/video for you. You can send me a PM if you like. I'm leaving EARLY on March 19 (like 4AM my time) so if you DO have a request, please tell me in advance!

améliemomo
Feb 29th, 2012, 05:33 PM
very kind from you, Aravane pics and hello would be great. thanks;)

Kipling
Mar 2nd, 2012, 08:01 PM
I can do that now! According to the Entry List thread, Oprandi is out and Aravane is bumped up into the qualifying list! :woohoo:

Yabba-dabba-doo!!!!!

Kipling
Mar 5th, 2012, 01:47 AM
Aravane's section of the qualifying draw at Indian Wells:

(11)Virginie Razzano (FRA) v Mirjana Lucic (CRO)
Aravane Rezai (FRA) v (24)Kristina Barrois (GER)


Allez Aravane!!!

améliemomo
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:09 AM
tough section but Go Aravane, try your best!

Stevecw
Mar 5th, 2012, 09:32 PM
Barrois will be tough enough, but nobody that Aravane shud be afraid of. Anywhere near her best she would win. Starting soon I think, c'mon Aravane :yeah:

Kipling
Mar 6th, 2012, 02:58 PM
Well, obviously Aravane struggled again, at the end, but at least she is out there trying. Like I said, you will never succeed if you don't try. On to better things.

I hope she will stay in the draw for the Clearwater ITF. I just told my boss I want to take a day off next week to go, either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on when she plays, to be there to cheer her. Next Wednesday is her birthday. :) Wish we could do something nice for her again, to show her our support.

Kipling
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:54 AM
I'm going to make a sign for Aravane's Birthday with the names of fans from aravanerezai.info on it, to take to her match next week. I thought it would be nice to invite fans from here as well, if you would like to be included. We're just using forum psuedonyms if you want, or you can tell me whatever name you want me to put on the sign--it's up to you. It will probably be something simple and say "Bon anniversaire Aravane ! We love you ! Allez!"

Stevecw
Mar 12th, 2012, 08:55 PM
^ Damn only seeing this now. Bit too late, pity :(

Kipling
Mar 12th, 2012, 10:02 PM
I'll add you. :)

Sasja
Mar 12th, 2012, 10:13 PM
Just saw it now as well :oh:

Have fun at the Clearwater tourney :cheer:

Sasja
Mar 12th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Clearwater draw it out. Aravane is the nr 7 seed and plays against Evgeniya Rodina in R1.

GL Aravane :cheer:

MarkNL
Mar 12th, 2012, 10:51 PM
Come on Aravane get a win! :cheer:

Kipling
Mar 13th, 2012, 02:37 AM
"Hey" from Clearwater.

It's about 9:30PM. Just arrived after a 3 hr drive. Going to the tounament bright and early tomorrow and plan to watch a few matches before heading back. And of course, cheering Aravane on to victory!

Allez!!!

Kipling
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:10 PM
Aravane won by retirement against Rodina 5-4. I just got back from the match. I have plenty to tell, but will write it all up as soon as I can.

For now, the important parts are this--Aravane looks great! All the nonsense about her condition is BS. She's obviously working hard. I spoke to her when I gave her the banner and she is definitely motivated and wants to work hard, and knows it will take time. It isn't something that will happen overnight, but she knows she has the tools to do it.

She hit lots of winners today, and her backhand was awesome!

More later.

Bероника
Mar 13th, 2012, 09:42 PM
Aravane won by retirement against Rodina 5-4. I just got back from the match. I have plenty to tell, but will write it all up as soon as I can.

For now, the important parts are this--Aravane looks great! All the nonsense about her condition is BS. She's obviously working hard. I spoke to her when I gave her the banner and she is definitely motivated and wants to work hard, and knows it will take time. It isn't something that will happen overnight, but she knows she has the tools to do it.

She hit lots of winners today, and her backhand was awesome!

More later.

:D

thanks,can't wait to read the rest but this already looks encouraging. I think we are in a phase in Aravane's career where we all must be patient,as you said it will take time,things won't happen from one day to another.I have never doubted her determination or motivation and I hope she'll come stronger from all this.

Kipling
Mar 13th, 2012, 11:03 PM
:D

thanks,can't wait to read the rest but this already looks encouraging. I think we are in a phase in Aravane's career where we all must be patient,as you said it will take time,things won't happen from one day to another.I have never doubted her determination or motivation and I hope she'll come stronger from all this.

This is precisely what Aravane and I talked about today after the match. When I asked her about going back with Patrick she pointed to her coach and said he was one of the assistants and then talked about how she was feeling much better about things this year, and that last year obviously was not a good year for her with all that was going on, and it was hard to be motivated and to train properly, and keep focused on tennis. In fact, she said that really tennis just wasn't a priority for her in her life, as she had to get other things in order first. Now that she has, she feels ready to get back to being totally devoted to tennis again, and taking the next step, but she knows it will take time, and lots of hard work, and won't happen overnight. She knows people expect things quickly, but it just doesn't always happen that way. It takes a lot of patience and time and work.

She looks very happy, and well, and it was great to see her smile. She has such a pretty smile. And IMO, she's looking really good, too. People can be so off-base with their crude comments, it's ridiculous. If they saw Aravane in person, they'd never say another word about her.

She seemed to enjoy the Birthday banner we gave her, and her coach thought it was great, too. He took pictures of her with it, and then of the two of us holding it up. Cool!

Aravane asked if I was coming on Thursday to see her play, and I told her unfortunately I had to work, but made a deal with her--if she wins and plays on the weekend, I will be there! She also asked about Miami, and I told her I was definitely going to Miami and would see her there. :)

Sasja
Mar 18th, 2012, 10:50 PM
Good to read she's happy and fully focused on tennis again. Hopefully the results will come.

Sasja
Mar 18th, 2012, 10:52 PM
Miami Q-draw is out:

(9) Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) vs Yvonne Meusburger (AUT)
Aravane Rezai (FRA) vs (14) Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU)

Will be tough, but hope she plays well. Good luck Aravane :cheer:

MarkNL
Mar 19th, 2012, 07:33 PM
Aravane won the 1st set 6-2! :eek: :cheer:

But, she had a chance for 2-0 in the 2nd at *1-0 A-40, but now it's 1-2 0-30. Seems to be choking... :(

EDIT: She won the game eventually but did need to fend off a breakpoint.

MarkNL
Mar 19th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Lost the 2nd set 3-6 :facepalm: :unsure:

Allez!

MarkNL
Mar 19th, 2012, 08:29 PM
She was up 5-2* in the 3rd and now it's 5-5 :hysteric:

Sasja
Mar 19th, 2012, 08:33 PM
She holds 6-5 :scared:

MarkNL
Mar 19th, 2012, 08:36 PM
she won 6-2 3-6 7-5!! :D

Sasja
Mar 19th, 2012, 08:37 PM
Nice win Aravane :cheer:

Kipling
Mar 20th, 2012, 12:25 AM
I was at Aravane's match today.

She played very well. Could have and probably should have been a straight set win but for a few inopportune net cords for Gallovits at critical BP and GPs and a couple costly DFs, and a few bad line calls which cost Aravane a little momentum.

Other than that, she served pretty well, with a huge serve game to go up 5-2 in the 3rd set, with a couple of aces and service winners and massive hitting. The huge crowd was "ooohing" and "ahhing" her shots and it was great to see. She had lots of crowd support, too. Lots of people from the Academy, I think. And many French fans.

She moved pretty well, defended well, and got to Gallovits' drop shots and hit some nice winners on the run, and tons of winners overall, with not a lot of UEs. Thought she played a great match and really thrived on the support of the crowd.

Can't take many of those 7-5 third setters though, lol.

Also caught her practice this morning.

MarkNL
Mar 20th, 2012, 02:30 PM
She is playing Foretz Gacon today. :unsure:

Allez Aravane! :cheer:

MarkNL
Mar 20th, 2012, 09:12 PM
Aravane has broken Stephanie in the 1st game of the match :) *1-0

Sasja
Mar 21st, 2012, 07:24 AM
Aravane lost 4-6 3-6 :sad: :hug:

Kipling
Apr 6th, 2012, 07:16 PM
Aravane's part of qualifying draw in Barcelona:

(3)Aravane Rezai (FRA) v (wc)Beatriz Garcia Vidagany (ESP)
Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) v (wc)Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP)
Elena Bogdan (ROU) v Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER)
Romana Tabak (SVK) v (8)Maria Elena Camerin (ITA)

C'mon, Aravane! Allez! You can do it!!

:inlove:

Bероника
Apr 6th, 2012, 07:28 PM
I really wish Aravane the best of luck.Allez!!!

MarkNL
Apr 7th, 2012, 10:58 AM
Good luck Aravane! :cheer:

améliemomo
Apr 7th, 2012, 11:01 AM
hopefully she'll win some matchs and make a comeback, allez!

Sasja
Apr 7th, 2012, 11:03 AM
Allez Aravane :cheer:

MarkNL
Apr 7th, 2012, 12:49 PM
She is down *2-5 in the 1st. :unsure: Vidagany is back from injury?

Lost the 1st 2-6 :sad:

MarkNL
Apr 7th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Aravane saves a bp and holds for 1-1 2nd set :unsure:

EDIT: *2-1 :cheer:

She wins the 2nd set 6-3! :cheer: Allez! :armed:

Potapovushina
Apr 7th, 2012, 02:11 PM
Yesss! A tough win 2-6 6-3 6-4. :cheer: Hope it will give her some confidence! Allez Aravane! :cheer: :cheer:

Kipling
Apr 7th, 2012, 02:13 PM
Aravane wins--6-4 in the third. Into the next round. Good fight. Congratulations! Allez!

MarkNL
Apr 7th, 2012, 02:30 PM
Yeah Aravane :D

Sasja
Apr 7th, 2012, 02:36 PM
Congrats Aravane :)

améliemomo
Apr 7th, 2012, 06:37 PM
her level will get back with such a win, tough ones

congrats aravane, keep fighting like that:)

Bероника
Apr 7th, 2012, 11:42 PM
every win is important.Well done,Aravane! Allez!!! :D

Kipling
Apr 8th, 2012, 03:26 PM
Wow--what a nerve wracking 2nd round qualifying match! Aravane survived 16 double faults and a feisty Spanish opponent to win 3-6 7-6(1) 7-5!

Now let's qualify!

MarkNL
Apr 8th, 2012, 05:03 PM
Allez! :cheer:

Sasja
Apr 8th, 2012, 09:13 PM
Another tough match won :p

A while ago she was losing those 3 sets matches, where she was leading and then it all just fell apart. Definitely not going easy, but the positive thing is that she is able to win these kind of matches atm. Hope she gets some confidence with these wins.

16 DF is a lot though :unsure:

Let's qualify now! Allez :cheer:

Potapovushina
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:24 PM
She was *5-0 up and now it's 5-5* :sobbing: :help:

MarkNL
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:34 PM
She was *5-0 up and now it's 5-5* :sobbing: :help:
Seriously :eek:

She serving for the set at *5-0,*5-2, *5-4, *6-5.

She leads *5-1 in that tiebreak though.

EDIT: Won the 1st set 7-6(3) :rocker:

Sasja
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:36 PM
Wins the 1st set in a TB 7-3 :oh:

Phew :p

Potapovushina
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:38 PM
Won 1st set 7-6(3) (with the help of a netcord :sobbing:) :sobbing: :cheer: Allez! Her serve was a mess every time she had to serve for the set though :help: :help:

Kipling
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:43 PM
Was like two totally different matches there. For the first 5 games, she owned it--Camerin won 5 of 24 points, and Aravane hardly missed. No DF, high 1st serve %, few UEs. Then she started missing a bit. You never know--maybe nerves, or maybe she is fatigued. She played two long matches the last two days to get here. I hope she can finish it out.

Sasja
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:45 PM
Was like two totally different matches there. For the first 5 games, she owned it--Camerin won 5 of 24 points, and Aravane hardly missed. No DF, high 1st serve %, few UEs. Then she started missing a bit. You never know--maybe nerves, or maybe she is fatigued. She played two long matches the last two days to get here. I hope she can finish it out.

Yeah, hope she can finish this in 2.

She's hitting some nice winners as well though :D
Nice to actually watch a match of hers again.
Always difficult to know what's happening by just following livescores :sobbing:

Kipling
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:48 PM
3-0 start to set 2 with a love serve game is promising.

Sasja
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:49 PM
3-0

Now don't let her come back :p

MarkNL
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:50 PM
Leading 3-0* in the 2nd :cheer:

MarkNL
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:52 PM
Yeah, hope she can finish this in 2.

She's hitting some nice winners as well though :D
Nice to actually watch a match of hers again.
Always difficult to know what's happening by just following livescores :sobbing:
Thank god you said this, I didn't know there was a livestream :D

EDIT: *4-0 >> 4-1*, Camerin breaks to 15 including 2 winners from the Italian.

Sasja
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:55 PM
Thank god you said this, I didn't know there was a livestream :D

Sorry, should have said it earlier :facepalm:

You'd expect a livestream for the MD match of Halep vs Stephens, but it was nice surprise they put this Q match on court 1 :D

Sasja
Apr 9th, 2012, 03:59 PM
Serving for the match now :cheer:

Happy with the double break lead ;)

MarkNL
Apr 9th, 2012, 04:08 PM
Aravane wins 7-6(3) 6-1 :cheer:

Lead 40-0 in on her own serve in the last game, it got back to deuce and had to save 2 bp's but she saved them and then finished it off :hearts:

I'm extremely jealous of her forehand btw, it's so ferocious :drool:

Sasja
Apr 9th, 2012, 04:10 PM
Well done on qualifying for the MD Aravane :D
3 wins in a row :yeah: Nice that she she could finish this one in 2. Good way to start the clay season.

Possible opponents R1: Klara Zakopalova, Carla Suarez-Navarro, Nina Bratchikova or Julia Goerges (2)

Bероника
Apr 9th, 2012, 04:15 PM
:bounce: well done on qualifying!

Kipling
Apr 9th, 2012, 04:23 PM
Forehand, backhand....I don't think you get a reprieve going either way against Aravane. Her backhand is deadly, but yeah, I've seen her just about crush a tennis ball with her forehand. Some of her crosscourt winners she can hit it are wicked.

In Miami, the people in the crowd were literally going "Wow!" when she'd hit her groundies during rallies. You almost have to be court-level to appreciate how hard she hits. She has a fine margin for error--maybe a little more topspin would give her more safety in her shots--but when she is on and in a zone, there is no one more exciting to watch.

Potapovushina
Apr 9th, 2012, 04:24 PM
Allez allez allezzz! :cheer: :hearts:

Kipling
Apr 9th, 2012, 05:31 PM
Aravane v Julia R1...oh NOOOOOOOO. Any match but that! Oh, well, if I have to take sides, I will, but that's so unfair! Just hope someone will record this, my dream match of matches, for posterity. :lol: PLEASE!!!!

Good luck Aravane! ALLLEZZZZZ!!!

Potapovushina
Apr 9th, 2012, 05:44 PM
It's gonna be a bashing fest :drool: :drool: :drool: bash bash booooommm

Sasja
Apr 9th, 2012, 05:52 PM
Aravane v Julia R1...oh NOOOOOOOO. Any match but that! Oh, well, if I have to take sides, I will, but that's so unfair! Just hope someone will record this, my dream match of matches, for posterity. :lol: PLEASE!!!!

Good luck Aravane! ALLLEZZZZZ!!!

OMG that's not a good draw :(
Well nothing to lose really :shrug: but a lot to win though :devil:

Hope it will be played late in the afternoon/evening so I can watch :oh:

Allez :cheer:

Kipling
Apr 9th, 2012, 05:55 PM
It's gonna be a bashing fest :drool: :drool: :drool: bash bash booooommm

That, and the cameras will melt :hearts: ....

Alizé Molik
Apr 10th, 2012, 03:23 AM
not a great draw but if her game is improving Aravane can out-hit anyone.

Potapovushina
Apr 10th, 2012, 08:47 AM
That, and the cameras will melt :hearts: ....

Yesss! :hearts:

MarkNL
Apr 10th, 2012, 03:20 PM
Aravane lost 4-6 0-6 :hug:

She had chances in the 2nd set but missed all of them and them kind of collapsed :sobbing:

Kipling
Apr 10th, 2012, 03:27 PM
I think she was tired. It was her fourth match in 4 days. You have to remember--this isn't a slam where they're getting a day's rest in between, and it's tough to go that many matches in a row. It's why you don't see many qualifiers going far in main draws. Would have been nice to have a day off and play this tomorrow, but ....

Congrats to Julia--she served very well, didn't face many break points, and held on all but 1. Aravane hit some nice winners, but her serve just wasn't quite strong enough to compete today. Was a good week, though--4 matches, and some confidence gained, I'm sure. Small steps. She'll be back eventually. Every long road starts somewhere.

améliemomo
Apr 10th, 2012, 03:49 PM
well just watched her game and it is very erratic. She hit amazing winner then df or error and so on. Couldnt handle consecutive sequences without making an error. She has to play every point with the same intensity and involvement. Fight for each point and for now she's just playing at times not in the whole match.

Sasja
Apr 10th, 2012, 06:16 PM
Aravane :hug:

But 3 important wins to start off the clay season :)

Stevecw
Apr 10th, 2012, 07:38 PM
Jules was always gonna be a step too far, but Aravane put up a great fight in 1st set.

Qualies are a bit of a killer, and its obvious Aravane is not back to 100% fitness yet so she wud struggle. 1st set was great, but once she lost that it was all about can she win a game here :(

Kipling
Apr 20th, 2012, 09:29 PM
Aravane's quarter of the Fez qualifying draw:

(2)Melinda Czink (HUN) vs BYE
Severine Beltrame (FRA) vs Reka-Luca Jani (HUN)
Garbine Muguruza Blanco (ESP) vs Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS)
Elitsa Kostova (BUL) vs (8)Aravane Rezai (FRA)


That's a tough road, with Garbine in the way. Son of a bitch, second tournament in a row my faves are in each other's way in the prelims. Hate that. Aravane needs it more. Allez!!!

Potapovushina
Apr 20th, 2012, 09:43 PM
I like Elitsa. :sobbing: But Aravane should roll over her, really, Elitsa is playing like shit these days. :o :yeah:

Sasja
Apr 21st, 2012, 06:51 AM
OMG really don't like that draw with Garbine most likely in Q2 :sobbing:

Allez Aravane :cheer:

Kipling
Apr 21st, 2012, 04:08 PM
Aravane won in three sets. On to R2, most likely vs. Garbine. :( C'mon, Aravane!!

Potapovushina
Apr 21st, 2012, 06:00 PM
:cheer:

MarkNL
Apr 21st, 2012, 08:03 PM
Won 6-4 1-6 6-1 :D

10 DF's though...

Kipling
Apr 22nd, 2012, 01:14 PM
Revised draw--this tournament website is a mess:

(2)Melinda Czink (HUN) v BYE
Severine Beltrame (FRA) v Reka-Luca Jani (HUN)
Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) v BYE
Elitsa Kostova (BUL) v (8)Aravane Rezai (FRA)

Aravane against Ivanova in R2. Allez, Aravane!!!

Potapovushina
Apr 22nd, 2012, 02:40 PM
Allez!!! :cheer:

Kipling
Apr 22nd, 2012, 02:44 PM
LOL, Aravane is a seed but doesn't get a bye...goofy.

Sasja
Apr 22nd, 2012, 02:47 PM
Revised draw--this tournament website is a mess:

(2)Melinda Czink (HUN) v BYE
Severine Beltrame (FRA) v Reka-Luca Jani (HUN)
Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) v BYE
Elitsa Kostova (BUL) v (8)Aravane Rezai (FRA)

Aravane against Ivanova in R2. Allez, Aravane!!!

LOL, Aravane is a seed but doesn't get a bye...goofy.

That's weird, but o.k. Not against Garbine which is good I guess :lol:

Match against Ivanova about to start. Allez Aravane :cheer:

Sasja
Apr 22nd, 2012, 05:32 PM
Lost to Ivanova 4-6 6-4 4-6 :sad:

MarkNL
Apr 23rd, 2012, 07:59 AM
She hit 13 DF's or something like that :sobbing:

Stevecw
Apr 23rd, 2012, 07:18 PM
Oh Aravane work at the serve :(

Bероника
Apr 27th, 2012, 08:29 PM
Estoril qualies for Aravane tomorrow.OOP:

Centralito, NB 12:00 PM

Cabeza Candela vs. Hlavackova
Rezai vs. Arruabarrena-Vecino


Allez!!!

Potapovushina
Apr 27th, 2012, 08:39 PM
Allez :hearts: :cheer:

Potapovushina
Apr 28th, 2012, 06:42 PM
She lost 3-6 4-6. :sad: :sad:

Bероника
Apr 28th, 2012, 06:44 PM
oh god :facepalm: :sad:

Sasja
Apr 28th, 2012, 06:51 PM
:sobbing:

David 11
May 4th, 2012, 10:21 PM
Aravane Rezai benefits a Wild Card in Cagnes sur Mer Challenger next monday. Patrick Mouratoglou

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=458273

Kipling
May 6th, 2012, 12:38 PM
Aravane will play Ayumi Morita in the first round. Allez, Aravane! :D

Sasja
May 6th, 2012, 12:42 PM
Allez :cheer:

Bероника
May 6th, 2012, 04:19 PM
Allez Aravane!! :D

MarkNL
May 7th, 2012, 08:30 PM
Allez!! :cheer:

Morita is in bad shape so Aravane can definitely win!

MiiMo
May 8th, 2012, 10:40 AM
By the way what's her current ranking and where is she playing right now ?

Bероника
May 8th, 2012, 04:41 PM
Aravane is ranked 137 this week and plays at Cagnes-sur-Mer,a tournament in France

Bероника
May 8th, 2012, 04:42 PM
Don't know if it's real Aravane or not but is now on twitter:

https://twitter.com/#!/aravanerezai

so we can also encourage her there ;)

MarkNL
May 8th, 2012, 06:54 PM
Aravane lost the 1st set 4-6 :unsure:

Leading 4-3* 2nd set.

Sasja
May 8th, 2012, 08:38 PM
Aravane lost 4-6 5-7 :sobbing:

améliemomo
May 9th, 2012, 08:19 AM
well well well, that's worrying seing her not being able to win a match

what's her next tournament?

AgentProvocateur
May 13th, 2012, 12:49 AM
$50,000+H Saint-Gaudens, 1st round match against... Czink :facepalm:

I hope Aravane will fight even for one set...
ALLEZ!!!

Kipling
May 15th, 2012, 04:55 PM
Aravane beat Czink 6-4, 6-1. Allez! Prove them wrong, Aravane! Kick some butt!

C'mon!

:hearts:

MarkNL
May 15th, 2012, 05:12 PM
Wow, didn't expect a win like that :eek:

Go Aravane :cheer:

Sasja
May 15th, 2012, 06:43 PM
Really nice win :yeah: Losing just 5 games :)

Bероника
May 15th, 2012, 07:32 PM
Aravane beat Czink 6-4, 6-1. Allez! Prove them wrong, Aravane! Kick some butt!

C'mon!

:hearts:

best news I've read in a long time :D

AgentProvocateur
May 16th, 2012, 11:46 AM
Aravane beat Czink 6-4, 6-1. Allez! Prove them wrong, Aravane! Kick some butt!

C'mon!

:hearts:

It' s more than I' ve expected. Great to see Aravane on a winners track!
ALLEZ!!!

améliemomo
May 16th, 2012, 03:29 PM
Aravane def Hogenkamp 6-2 6-2

just watched her and i think she's getting better and better. Her serve is more solid, she construct points even if she's still rushing a bit too much

she's very agressive and is slowly getting back on track. Next is the winner of Schoofs/Gallovitz Hall

Allez!

Kipling
May 16th, 2012, 04:03 PM
This is something I mentioned awhile ago after speaking with her at Clearwater. She looked positive and upbeat but as she said, things don't happen overnight. You have to work hard and be motivated, and eventually, it will pay dividends. Maybe not in a week, or a month, maybe not even three months. But if you keep working and keep trying and keep fighting, eventually it will pay off. She is a fighter.

There are also some rumors that things may be improving for her personally--i.e., with her family. I sure hope it. She deserves to be happy. Her game is so amazing when she is confident.

Stevecw
May 16th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Good signs with those wins, lets hope things are getting better both on and off court

MarkNL
May 17th, 2012, 07:52 PM
She got a WC for the French Open :cheer:

Hoping for 1st Grand Slam match win since US Open 2010.

Bероника
May 17th, 2012, 08:05 PM
it's been that long? :sobbing:

Kipling
May 18th, 2012, 02:53 PM
7-5, 6-2! Into the SF! Allez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sasja
May 18th, 2012, 06:45 PM
Aravane :yeah:

Nice to see her getting some solid wins in a row :) Although a shame she has taken out 2 Dutchies this week :lol:

Bероника
May 18th, 2012, 08:24 PM
such good news!! :D

Allez Aravane!!!

Kipling
May 25th, 2012, 10:57 PM
Aravane plays Begu in R1 at RG this year. Let's hope Aravane has built up some momentum from the last event and has some confidence back in her clay game now. Allez!!!!!!! C'mon, Aravane! Show them what you can do!

Bероника
May 26th, 2012, 12:22 PM
Really hoping she has a good tournament in Paris.Allez Aravane!!! :D

Stevecw
May 28th, 2012, 06:39 PM
Best of luck to her, love to see her at least win 1st round here and get a shot at Kanepi :)

Stevecw
May 29th, 2012, 08:37 PM
Lost 5-7, 7-5, 2-6 :(

Sasja
May 29th, 2012, 08:38 PM
:hug:

Begu likes the clay. Close 1st and 2nd set :sad:

Bероника
May 29th, 2012, 10:08 PM
damn :sad:

Bероника
May 30th, 2012, 07:41 PM
she also lost in doubles today

Foretz Gacon/Mladenovic (FRA/FRA) d. (WC) Pavlovic/Rezai (FRA/FRA) 16 61 62

RG is over for her :sad:

Kipling
Jun 19th, 2012, 04:05 PM
Aravane won her first qualifying match at Wimbledon against Veronica Cepede Royg 6-2, 6-3. :) Her section of the Q draw is:


(10)Olivia Rogowska (AUS) v Sharon Fichman (CAN)
(wc)Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)
Alexa Glatch (USA) v Anna Floris (ITA)
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) v (17)Aravane Rezai (FRA)


Allez Aravane!!! :hearts:

MarkNL
Jun 19th, 2012, 05:38 PM
Aravane :cheer:

Sasja
Jun 19th, 2012, 07:27 PM
Aravane :yeah:

MarkNL
Jun 20th, 2012, 12:39 PM
Aravane lost 6-7(5) 2-6 against Alexa Glatch :sobbing:

Glatch is a good grass court player, but still. Aravane still has a long way to go.

vaslav37
Jun 20th, 2012, 03:04 PM
this is sad, two years ago she was on top of the world and now she cant qualify for a slam...

Bероника
Jun 20th, 2012, 10:02 PM
:sobbing:

Sasja
Jun 24th, 2012, 09:01 AM
Aravane is on the EL for 25k Middelburg in the week of the 2nd of July :eek:
Hopefully I will be able to go and watch her in the weekend :D

In the week of the 9th of July she will play 100k Biarritz :)

MarkNL
Jul 4th, 2012, 08:27 PM
25k Middelburg:
R1: Rezai def. Versteeg 26 61 61
R2: Rezai def. Van Uytvanck 62 61

:D

Kipling
Jul 4th, 2012, 10:39 PM
I wonder if Sasja went/is going and can give us reports.

Good luck to Aravane in the QF! Win the title! Allez!

:inlove:

Kipling
Jul 6th, 2012, 03:33 PM
Stephanie from Aravanerezai.info reports that Aravane won her QF 6-0 6-4! Allez!!!!

Kipling
Jul 17th, 2012, 07:13 PM
Aravane won her first round match in the Contrexeville 50K against Barrois 6-4 7-6. She showed great fight as she was down 0-3 and 2-4 in the second set and 1-6 in the tiebreak and came back to win! Aravane is the #2 seed in the tournament and her section of the draw looks like this:

(6)Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) v Catalina Pella (ARG)
Myrtille Georges (FRA) v Laura Thorpe (FRA)
Renata Voracova (CZE) v Stephanie Vogt (LIE)
(2)Aravane Rezai (FRA) v Kristina Barrois (GER)

C'mon, Aravane! Allez!

Sasja
Jul 17th, 2012, 07:22 PM
I wonder if Sasja went/is going and can give us reports.

:inlove:

Something came up and the day I was able to go the weather forecast was pretty bad so I decided not to go :sobbing: :hysteric:

It would be nice to see her, but hopefully next year her ranking has improved so she doesn't need to play a 25k in Middelburg :p

Aravane won her first round match in the Contrexeville 50K against Barrois 6-4 7-6. She showed great fight as she was down 0-3 and 2-4 in the second set and 1-6 in the tiebreak and came back to win! Aravane is the #2 seed in the tournament and her section of the draw looks like this:

(6)Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) v Catalina Pella (ARG)
Myrtille Georges (FRA) v Laura Thorpe (FRA)
Renata Voracova (CZE) v Stephanie Vogt (LIE)
(2)Aravane Rezai (FRA) v Kristina Barrois (GER)

C'mon, Aravane! Allez!

Aravane :)

Nice comeback in the 2nd set and TB :hearts:
Good she was able to finish it in 2!

Kipling
Jul 19th, 2012, 06:35 PM
Aravane's into the quarterfinal in Contrexeville after a 7-5 6-2 win against Vogt. Now against Beygelzimer.

Allez!

Sasja
Jul 19th, 2012, 06:49 PM
Aravane :)

Good luck in the QF :hearts:

Allez :cheer:

Kipling
Jul 21st, 2012, 04:29 PM
Aravane won her QF (against Beygelzimmer 6-7 6-2 6-1)) and SF vs. Flipkens 6-7 (5) 6-2 7-6 (2) Back in the finals! Allez!!!!! http://www.vvdrienerlo.nl/smileys/40.gif

tennisfan500
Jul 21st, 2012, 04:39 PM
best week since dallas last year!

she needs to do well here to defend the Baku points from last year.

Sasja
Jul 21st, 2012, 04:46 PM
Aravane won her QF (against Beygelzimmer 6-7 6-2 6-1)) and SF vs. Flipkens 6-7 (5) 6-2 7-6 (2) Back in the finals! Allez!!!!! http://www.vvdrienerlo.nl/smileys/40.gif

2 nice comebacks after losing the 1st set in a TB :)
And a nice revenge for her loss against Flipkens in Middelburg where she was able to only win 1 game :yeah:

Please win it all :hearts:
Could be her 1st title since Bastad 2010.

Good luck :cheer:

MarkNL
Jul 21st, 2012, 04:58 PM
Aravane! :hearts:

Nice win on Flipkens! :D

btw, Begyelzimer match was 57 62 61, not 67 62 61 ;)

Kipling
Jul 21st, 2012, 06:36 PM
2 nice comebacks after losing the 1st set in a TB :)
And a nice revenge for her loss against Flipkens in Middelburg where she was able to only win 1 game :yeah:

Please win it all :hearts:
Could be her 1st title since Bastad 2010.

Good luck :cheer:

Heard she was sick against Flipkens in the Middelburg final, and ill the next week in Biarritz as well, but had committed to play there.

Today was down twice in the third set--a break at 0-2 and a double break at 2-5--and saved 2 MPs before winning.

Heart of a lion. :inlove:

Sasja
Jul 21st, 2012, 07:02 PM
Heard she was sick against Flipkens in the Middelburg final, and ill the next week in Biarritz as well, but had committed to play there.

Today was down twice in the third set--a break at 0-2 and a double break at 2-5--and saved 2 MPs before winning.

Heart of a lion. :inlove:

Well, that could explain. That was such a unexpected tough loss against Flipkens winning just 1 game.

Ofcourse as much I would have liked it to be straight set wins, these are the matches she needs.
Fighting back, knowing she can turn things around.
That should give her confidence.

It's just baby steps, but I do think this eventually makes her stronger in the end :)
I know it's "just" a challenger, but I do believe this is better than trying to play WTA tournaments and getting no wins.

Kipling
Jul 22nd, 2012, 04:43 PM
Aravane beat Meusburger for the title! 6-3 2-6 6-3! :inlove: Great to see! How wonderful for her. Little steps, but hopefully some much needed confidence returns to her game!

Sasja
Jul 22nd, 2012, 04:53 PM
Another 3 sets win :yeah:

Congrats Aravane :woohoo:
So great for her winning a title again :D

tennisfan500
Jul 22nd, 2012, 06:56 PM
So So So happy for her! Great week :yeah:

anyone know where she is playing next?

Bероника
Jul 22nd, 2012, 10:25 PM
:yippee: fantastic!!! so happy for Aravane :D

Stevecw
Jul 23rd, 2012, 07:57 PM
Great to see Aravane win again :woohoo: Even a 50k like this will mean a lot to her...just to beat players and win a final as bonus :) Amazing to see :yeah:

améliemomo
Jul 24th, 2012, 04:25 PM
very good for aravane, keep fighting girl!

Alizé Molik
Jul 25th, 2012, 04:53 AM
She's playing Quali in Washington next. Then Montreal. Cincy and US open.

MiiMo
Jul 25th, 2012, 04:53 PM
She's playing Quali in Washington next. Then Montreal. Cincy and US open.

Really Hope she'll do great. I love to see her play. I wish her all the very best and to be back to the Top 15 where she really belongs.


A Masha Fan.

majcpw
Jul 26th, 2012, 10:28 AM
I watched her practice yesterday in DC. She looks to be in great shape! Hope to get some pics soon...

Bероника
Jul 26th, 2012, 08:02 PM
I watched her practice yesterday in DC. She looks to be in great shape! Hope to get some pics soon...

thanks for the info.Photos of her would be cool,we don't get to see her a lot nowadays unfortunately

majcpw
Jul 27th, 2012, 02:48 PM
thanks for the info.Photos of her would be cool,we don't get to see her a lot nowadays unfortunately
As a volunteer driver at the tournament, I had the pleasure of driving her back to the hotel yesterday after her morning practice. She is such a nice person that she sat in front of the SUV and talked to me, leaving her coach in the back! Ironically, I drove her Q1 opponent, Tornado Alicia Black, on Wednesday night. Had no idea who she was until I looked up Aravane's opponent. She, on the other hand, sat in the back and didn't say a word to me. Now that I know that she's just 14 years old, it all makes sense...

Kipling
Jul 29th, 2012, 12:43 AM
Aravane has qualified for the main draw, beating Black in 47 minutes 6-1 6-2 and Hsu in 58 minutes, 6-2 6-3. If nothing else, they should be some easy, confidence building wins. On to the main draw. Allez!

Sasja
Jul 29th, 2012, 08:15 AM
Aravane has qualified for the main draw, beating Black in 47 minutes 6-1 6-2 and Hsu in 58 minutes, 6-2 6-3. If nothing else, they should be some easy, confidence building wins. On to the main draw. Allez!

:)

Qualifiers have been placed in the MD. Aravane against Melanie Oudin in R1.

Her quarter:

Vania King (4) vs Q Jennifer Elie
WC Camila Giorgi vs Irina Falconi
Aravane Rezai (Q) vs Melanie Oudin
Erika Sema vs WC Coco Vandeweghe (7)

Good luck :cheer:

Bероника
Jul 29th, 2012, 11:31 AM
Allez Aravane!!! :D

MiiMo
Jul 30th, 2012, 03:26 PM
Go Aravane ! :) She can come through this quarter but one match at a time ! :)

Kipling
Jul 31st, 2012, 04:37 AM
Aravane beat Oudin in a Midnight Special--she was 4th match on--why'd they start play at 4PM?!?!?

Anyway, 6-4 6-7 7-6....on to R2.

majcpw
Jul 31st, 2012, 06:08 AM
Aravane beat Oudin in a Midnight Special--she was 4th match on--why'd they start play at 4PM?!?!?

Anyway, 6-4 6-7 7-6....on to R2.
It's really hot here during the day in the summer time. In order to get through the men's tournament that has been here since 1969, plus the addition of the women this year, they added 5 practice courts, an additional grandstand court, and women's locker facilities. As a volunteer here, we take great pride in the fact that folks can come here after work and don't have to miss a match, providing that they can get up early after the late matches.

Anyway, Aravane was very gracious after that match even though the crowd was mostly for Oudin. She stayed afterwards and posed for pictures and signed autographs. Melanie was PO's and apologized for not doing pictures or autographs as she hurried to her locker room.

Alizé Molik
Jul 31st, 2012, 07:13 AM
I'm proud of her! Massive fight and a good win in the end against a pretty solid opponent.

Kipling
Jul 31st, 2012, 11:07 AM
It's really hot here during the day in the summer time. In order to get through the men's tournament that has been here since 1969, plus the addition of the women this year, they added 5 practice courts, an additional grandstand court, and women's locker facilities. As a volunteer here, we take great pride in the fact that folks can come here after work and don't have to miss a match, providing that they can get up early after the late matches.

Anyway, Aravane was very gracious after that match even though the crowd was mostly for Oudin. She stayed afterwards and posed for pictures and signed autographs. Melanie was PO's and apologized for not doing pictures or autographs as she hurried to her locker room.

LOL--who gives a damn about the players and their training schedules, right?

Sasja
Jul 31st, 2012, 08:45 PM
Aravane beat Oudin in a Midnight Special--she was 4th match on--why'd they start play at 4PM?!?!?

Anyway, 6-4 6-7 7-6....on to R2.

Great fight :D

Well done Aravane :yeah:

majcpw
Aug 1st, 2012, 12:31 PM
Late night practice last night under the lights...

http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/2145/imag0763a.jpg

http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/1089/imag0764r.jpg

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7977/imag0769w.jpg

MiiMo
Aug 1st, 2012, 03:04 PM
She does not look that fit though... Did she switch racquet, can't see well but does not seem like Babolat anymore...

majcpw
Aug 1st, 2012, 06:31 PM
She does not look that fit though... Did she switch racquet, can't see well but does not seem like Babolat anymore...
I don't know a thing about racquets but I do know that she's been just about the most visible WTA player during the tournament with 2-a-day workouts in hot and humid conditions. It must be humbling to have been ranked as high as she is and being "reduced" to qualifying in an international level tournament when the top players are away at the olympics. If she had lost in the first round to the 14 yr old playing her first WTA event, I don't know what that would have done to her from a psychological perspective.

améliemomo
Aug 1st, 2012, 07:41 PM
Aravane has always been a fighter and a hard worker. When she was younger,her father was his coach and taught her how to be very tough in training. She didnt have french federation help and she had to train by herself, under her car lights at night. So yes she's a fighter, she s still has to work in her fitness but she seems in the right path to make a comeback. Winning tough matchs like she does prove that she's there mentally and that's the most important.

Thank you for the pics;)

Kipling
Aug 1st, 2012, 07:44 PM
She's playing with the 2012 "Roland Garros" version of the Babolat Aero Pro Drive. Same racquet, different paint.

As for hard work, as majcpw noted, Aravane is not averse to it. She works as hard as anyone. An athlete who would wear black to train and play in the heat of the day surely has great stamina and mental fortitude.

We need to understand what she went through with her family. As she explained to me, she was not motivated to train all last year. When you lose your family, it's easy to understand why. Each day she survives to train and play will make her stronger. Rome wasn't built in a day. Miracles won't happen overnight. She may win or lose today, and tomorrow, and the day after, but she won't quit, and it will make her tougher in the end.

MiiMo
Aug 2nd, 2012, 12:34 AM
Well I feel you guys, I mean, it's so difficult to see your favorite player going down this way and not finding her way back that quickly. Lived it with Maria at a totally different level for sure, but still. I am sure Aravane will sort it out, she's so talented, and at her peak, I can't see any player hitting as hard as her ! This Madrid Final was so tense and she won it like a true champion. I hope we'll see many more from this in 2013 and why not at the end of 2012 ;)

Alizé Molik
Aug 2nd, 2012, 02:28 AM
Not as competitive as I'd hoped.

majcpw
Aug 2nd, 2012, 02:59 AM
Disappointing, for sure. I couldn't go tonight but I listened to the announcer while watching the stream and he mentioned how poor the field was due to the absence of players in the olympics. I had hoped that she would have gone further but, oh well... I just looked at the entries for Montreal and only one player from this tournament is in the main draw. If Coco does well here in DC, its a good bet that she will get one of the three Wild Cards there. Hopefully, Aravane qualifies for the main draw again (finger crossed)!

Sasja
Aug 2nd, 2012, 06:10 AM
Lost 6-2 6-2 against Vandeweghe :sad: :hug:

Kipling
Aug 4th, 2012, 08:32 PM
Aravane beat Pelletier in 1R qualifying in Montreal 2-6 7-6(8) 7-6(7), fighting from behind almost the whole match. Amazing fight in this girl, she never gives up, even when she doesn't quite have it. So proud of her. http://www.vvdrienerlo.nl/smileys/40.gif

MarkNL
Aug 4th, 2012, 11:23 PM
Wow, she must have saved mp's, no? :eek:

Aravane :cheer:

améliemomo
Aug 4th, 2012, 11:24 PM
Allez Aravane!:)

Kipling
Aug 5th, 2012, 01:06 AM
Wow, she must have saved mp's, no? :eek:

Aravane :cheer:

Pelletier led 6-3 and 7-6 in the tiebreaker.

MiiMo
Aug 5th, 2012, 03:05 AM
Who is she playing against in the 2RQ in Montréal ?

Sasja
Aug 5th, 2012, 07:26 AM
Aravane beat Pelletier in 1R qualifying in Montreal 2-6 7-6(8) 7-6(7), fighting from behind almost the whole match. Amazing fight in this girl, she never gives up, even when she doesn't quite have it. So proud of her. http://www.vvdrienerlo.nl/smileys/40.gif

Pelletier led 6-3 and 7-6 in the tiebreaker.

Again a tough 3 sets match she wins :)

Good luck in the next round :cheer:


Who is she playing against in the 2RQ in Montréal ?

Tori Kinard, a 24 y.o. American WC player who defeated Julia Cohen in straight sets.

Bероника
Aug 5th, 2012, 01:18 PM
what a tough fight! Bravo Aravane!!

never heard of that american player.should we be concerned about her?