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V.Melb
Jan 9th, 2003, 09:38 AM
Hope you guys enjoy it, its looong.



Fujiwara vs. Krasnoroutskaya (Best match of the day)

Excelent match. Both players going at it stroke for stroke. Lina’s backhand is deadly. Many times she would pummel rikas second serve into the corner using her backhand….. also Lina did most things great during this match – it was very evenly fought. Rika was constantly looking to attack and put pressue on Lina, Rika saved some crucial points by taking the backhand extremely early and charging the net….. this made for some great tennis.Rika hits quite hard… as expected she used Lina’s pace many times. There was a large crowd watching this match…. Rika looks promising for singles this year if she continues to play like that. Lina is also in great shape.her mum and coaches were looking on…(often Lina would mutter to herself in russian - cute)
.. while Asagoe was watching Rika – she laughed many times at Rika because of the high quality play. :) I like Lina’s attitude…. She’s a great fighter and I love her ‘c’mons’! They were both very motivated for this match.

Harkeload vs. Van Exel

Harkeroad did everything too good. She hits with extreme power and accuracy. She did everything better then Anjouska. The dutch girl was dominated and relentlessly run from side to side until Ashley found an opening to crush the ball. Ashley is for shure in great form….. she was one of the most impressive players of the day. Anjouska was an o.k player but not strong or fast enough for Ahsley.. she would hang in the point until Ashley only got stronger. Ashley really is a talent....not just a pretty face.... her game outclassed her opponent in ALL parts of the game toaday.

Yoshida vs. Schwartz

Barbara was better then Yuka from the start. Poor Yuka tried to motivate her self by urging herself on….. but in the end Barbara is a class above and ended every point with a beautiful winner. She dominated Yuka with her slice and then finished her off with a powerful lefty forehand drive. Yuka has no weapons and could not match Barbara. Yuka could only rally a bit until Barbara played a class above. It started quite evenly but ended very one sided. Barbara had a big serve, nice slice and heavy forehand, ---everythuing Yuka didn't.

Sharapova vs. Voracova

Voracova hit harder and more penetrating then Maria. Maria screeeaaamed when she hit the ball. Big and loud screeches! She wiould float the ball deep over and over while Renata belted it hard…. Then all of a sudden Maria would slam the crap through it and SCREAM as she did it crowds of people were being attracted by her screams….. also she is already becoming a sex object whether she likes it or not, men were all foaming from the mouth watching her.. Renata really wanted to win this match…. Sharapova was just better in the end….. she can definently crush the ball harder then most top 50 players…..but she is surprisingly smart and controlled often just topspinning the ball deep until she gets the chance….. Lina and even Fujiwara appeared to hit more powerfull then Maria……. But its only when Maria really decides to unleash is when u see the true power in her shots….. her talent however, was quite clear.Renata was quite frustrated by the end of this match.... she got a bit down i think. I can already see Maria rolling through players like Chladkova, Rittner and Pratt, who are all solid and respectable players. Voracova is no slouch either.... she is a good player with some power of her own.


Obata vs. Stewart

This was an o.k match. It started V.ERY bad……. Bryanne was obviously nervous and could not keep the ball in the court. Obata is very smart but very weak…. Soari is not at all powerful… especially her lefty forehand looks very shaky her backhand is beautiful though. Bryanne did not seem like a great player at all ….. her first serve went in 1/20 and Soari hit some nice winners off her second serve. Bryanne’s only good shot was her forehand, and even that was very shaky. We definently didn’t see the best of her today. Soari however was very giggly, often smiling and looking very confident. Asagoe was also watching this match.

KutiKis vs. Vakulenko

How does Rita win matches? She’s weak, quite slow and way too loopy. Her backhand has a short backswing and is not deep at all. I don’t know how she beat Capriati. Rita has an attractive game, but it never seems affective. Vakulenko hits very hard and did not look bothered at all by Rita’s game today. Rita appears to have lost SOME weight… but her legs are still very fatty. She has a nice attractive game….but with the power that is coming into the game….she is really getting dominated.



Loudest grunters
1. Sharapova
2. Lee-Waters
3. Snyder
4. Schwartz


Notes:

Marosi was very impressive, she hits very hard and has a nice game. Can break the 100 again with her game
Santagelo seems like one to watch out for to move up this year….. nice game.
Lee was playing quite good against Montolio. Appears to have cranked up her power from the baseline though she is still inconsistent.
Obziler is not powerful, but played nice and tricky. She frustrated her opponent into errors.
Parra is quite a good player….. she hits very hard and has great groundies….she needs to work on consistency though. Especially off the forehand.


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zut16
Jan 9th, 2003, 10:21 AM
Thanx for the Report!!:bounce:

Lina;)
Babsi:D
Masha:hearts:
Arancha...:sad: ... well, at least you seem to have played well.. that's something

AUSBOY
Jan 9th, 2003, 10:30 AM
I disagree with some of your report.

I was there today and saw a few matches you did.

Firstly Bryanne was not nervous! She didnt even want to be there! Tony Roche was saying how she had lost all motivation and her heart wasnt in it. She had played 2 matches in the last 2 months so the first set was just Bryanne playing extremely rusty while Saori played consistantly.

2nd set Bryanne managed to find her game a bit more but still not enough of it to be any real threat, Obata was always going to win in str8 sets!

Rita Kuti Kis has slimmed a bit. How can you say she hits with no power??? Rita has plenty of power. I saw just the first set and she was whacking everything. Once I left though she lost 10 of the last 13 games so perhaps she grew tired and eased of the pace! She certainly has power, how can she not with all that weight of hers which she throws behind all her groundies! And yes her legs look a little flabby!

I agree Fujiwara vs Lina K was the match of the day. Intense rallies, both players were playing fantastic. Rika has enormous thighs and can counter the power of Lina with ease. She really pushed Lina who is looking more solid than when i saw her last year.

I also disagree that Sharapova would beat Pratt!! She may grunt loud but she hits with no more power than most other top 100 players. Pratt would beat her I think!

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 9th, 2003, 10:32 AM
thanx for the report :)

I know Lina was very nervous playing her 1st match on rebound ace after what happened last yr.

hopefully it will get easier for her now she has the 1st one out of her system.

Lina's BH has always been deadly, how good she plays depends on how her FH is.

V.Melb
Jan 9th, 2003, 10:59 AM
Ausboy, i only saw the 2nd set of Rita's match. not the first. And Rita must have definently eased up on the pace.
I am not familiar with Stewart at all.... i take your word for it. :)
Yeah. Sharapova is surprisingly not that powerful.... pratt --- i don't know..... it was a bad idea for me to list players i think she can beat! but players with a lot of pace i imagine would be easier for Maria...so probably not Pratt. :)

AUSBOY
Jan 9th, 2003, 11:50 AM
V Melb, Liggan has to go in your top 5 screamers!!!!! :eek:

Interesting about Kuti Kis, but have fatigue dor got disheartened in the 2nd after blowign the first set

TS
Jan 9th, 2003, 12:53 PM
Great :)

I saw most of those matches, Lina v Rika was a very high standard entertaining match. Rika is such a little dynamo, I was very impressed with her game, but very happy that Lina did just enough to keep in front :)

Yes how loud was Sharapova's grunt (if you can call it that! hehe)...I could hear it from a few courts away :o

Bryanne had her chances in set 2 definately, but Obata just kept it in play and was more consistent, and therefore deserved the win.

King Aaron
Jan 9th, 2003, 02:28 PM
Thanks :)

anabel
Jan 9th, 2003, 04:32 PM
Glad to hear you liked Arancha's game, she is the best ;) :D

Rising Sun
Jan 9th, 2003, 05:07 PM
I'm glad most of you was impressed with Rika's game. :)
It seems she certainly had her chances that match... :(

Did anybody watch Mi-Ra's match? :confused:

rated_next
Jan 9th, 2003, 05:14 PM
thanks :)