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rhz
Mar 2nd, 2003, 07:53 AM
I always consider her an Asian. She won Asian Games. she's from Uzbekistan, and she has the game to become a top 10 player. What do you think of her???

Calliope.
Mar 8th, 2003, 02:48 PM
Yes, I think she can enter in the top ten!

Go Iri!!! :)

CJK
Jul 15th, 2004, 06:26 AM
She is finally off the ranking.
Currently UZE players are lead by Akgul Amanmuradova then Ivanna Isroilova.

Peer101
Jul 16th, 2004, 03:01 AM
What do u mean did she retire

CJK
Jul 16th, 2004, 04:48 AM
She is off the ranking since she hasnt played alot. But I hope she can recover soon.

JoeB_UK
Oct 11th, 2004, 06:59 PM
anyone have any recent pics of her?

Cassius
Oct 20th, 2004, 01:48 PM
I think Iroda made a brilliant comeback after over a year out to beat the top seed.
She'll be knackered now, but she'll be back where she belongs.

Sugiyama=#1
Oct 22nd, 2004, 07:16 AM
I'm sure she'll be back too, the injury protection will last until March next year.

Missing_Hingis
Feb 8th, 2005, 01:41 AM
She withdrew again. I hope she recovers soon. Iroda is not having any luck in her comeback.

Konnikon
Mar 8th, 2005, 12:58 AM
Dubai Q1 Vento-Kabchi (6) d. Tulyaganova WC 6-2 6-3
It's okay, good try Iroda:).

Ellery
Mar 8th, 2005, 11:27 AM
Go Iroda!

Hayato
Apr 24th, 2005, 01:00 AM
Rossana and Iroda are good friends, they have played against each other twice and both times the score was 6-4 6-2, both ways.

In Hamburg 2002, they played double together, and Ana Paula sat on Batir Tulyaganov's knee the whole match. Rossana was disapointed by her play and cried after the match, and Iroda took care of her daughter.
20 min later Ana Paula and Rossana were running and playing in between the crowd! This shows one of the blessings to have a child, they make you believe that a losing a tennis match means little.

To me, that is real tennis ;)

andrewbroad
Apr 24th, 2005, 08:09 PM
To me, that is real tennis ;)

No, real tennis is the ancient game from which lawn-tennis (tennis as we know it today) was derived! ;)

I wonder if Ana Paula was the little girl I saw in an Iroda photo from 2001?

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Hayato
Apr 24th, 2005, 10:08 PM
No real tennis these days are players bitching about other players. :p

andrewbroad
Sep 16th, 2005, 02:44 AM
The photos that I took at Eastbourne 2002 (and 2003 without Iroda) can now be found in the Photos section of my website (subject to the image-host being up at the time you visit):
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/photos/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/photos/)

Some of you may remember seeing these photos years ago in various Yahoo! Groups. But now I have uploaded all my photos (not just the ones of my fanees), and they are not subject to the image-compression that Yahoo! Groups now inflict on their Photos sections.

Daniela Hantuchová (113 photos)
Jelena Dokic (65)
Iroda Tulyaganova (41)
Saori Obata (20)
Meghann Shaughnessy (18)
Chanda Rubin (18)
Anastasia Myskina (13)
Alexandra Stevenson (13)
Samantha Reeves (11)
Martina Navrátilová (11)
Rennae Stubbs (11)
Evgenia Koulikovskaya (10)
Clarisa Fernández (10)
Ai Sugiyama (9)
Anna Smashnova (8)
Anna Kournikova (7)
Amanda Coetzer (5)
Wynne Prakusya (4)
Rita Grande (4)
Patty Schnyder (4)
Francesca Schiavone (4)
Silvia Farina Elia (3)
Natasha Zvereva (3)
Lori McNeil (3)
Janet Lee (3)
Magüi Serna (3)
Mary Pierce (2)
Magdalena Maleeva (1)
Jennifer Capriati (1)
Cara Black (1)
Nathalie Dechy (1)
Anne Kremer (1)
Jo Durie (1)
Lisa Raymond (1)
Tatiana Panova (1)
Jill Craybas (1)

A reminder that my website contains a report with a point-by-point description of Iroda's first-round match at Eastbourne 2002:
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andrewbroad
Dec 31st, 2005, 05:43 PM
I have just updated Iroda's biography on my website:
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/biography.html (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/biography.html)

It is not a copy of Iroda's standard WTA Tour biography, but my own detailed appreciation of her game, followed by a review for every year of her career - I have added a review of 2005.


Andrew's photos of the year (Iroda and others):
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=6685826 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=6685826)


I wish Iroda and all her fans a happy new year.

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andrewbroad
Feb 28th, 2006, 12:06 AM
Iroda is on the commitments for ITF Fuerteventura (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013142), week of 13th March.

This is very encouraging news! I must admit I was wondering if I would ever again see Iroda on a commitment-list, with her last tournament coming in early October 2005.

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Ballbasher
Feb 28th, 2006, 07:35 AM
Please don´t withdraw Iroda :scared:

andrewbroad
Mar 13th, 2006, 02:02 PM
Her name has failed to appear in either the qualifying draw or the main draw. :sad:

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andrewbroad
Mar 20th, 2006, 12:09 PM
Iroda is on the commitments for ITF Putignano (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013579), week of 3rd April.

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andrewbroad
Apr 13th, 2006, 04:03 PM
Iroda withdrew from ITF Putignano, and also from ITF Civitavecchia (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013593) (week of 10th April).

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WTA_Chaotic
Apr 17th, 2006, 07:15 AM
hmmm why?

Hayato
Apr 17th, 2006, 11:27 AM
Come back soon Iroda!!

Sunny_Boy
Apr 18th, 2006, 06:51 AM
Iroda has two forums lol
I write in the other one, in the russian players forum
Here is the link to that :
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=136307

More people have written in that one

Btw go Iroda in Fed Cup

andrewbroad
Apr 23rd, 2006, 06:56 PM
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FED CUP http://www.fedcup.com/ (http://www.fedcup.com/)
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Asia/Oceania Zone Group I: Round robin (Olympic Park, Seoul, Korea; outdoor hard)
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Pool A:
1. Australia (won 2 ties, lost 0)
2. Korea (won 1, lost 1)
3. Uzbekistan (won 0, lost 2)

UZBEKISTAN lt. KOREA, 0:2 (Thursday 20th April)
- Iroda Tulyaganova lt. Chang,Kyung-Mi, 0-6 3-6
- Akgul Amanmuradova lt. Yoo,Mi, 6-7 (7/9) 3-6
* Tulyaganova/Amanmuradova v Kim,Mi-Ok/Kim,So-Jung not played

This tie was rained off on Wednesday, and was Iroda's first match of 2006. It's great to see that she's finally playing again since October 2005, even though it's worse than amateur to lose by that score to a player ranked #546, whom Iroda had beaten 6-3 6-1 at the Tokyo Princess Cup 2000.

UZBEKISTAN lt. AUSTRALIA, 0:2 (Thursday 20th April)
- Iroda Tulyaganova lt. Nicole Pratt, 4-6 4-6
- Akgul Amanmuradova lt. Samantha Stosur, 4-6 2-6
* Tulyaganova/Amanmuradova v Stosur/Rennae Stubbs not played

It's too bad Jelena Dokic isn't playing for Australia, because an Iroda v Jelena match would have been mouthwatering - and quite possibly competitive on recent form! :o Jelena and Iroda are ranked #446 and #447 - their third week of being back-to-back in the rankings, as though they were magnetised together by my vow of eternal fanship!

At least Iroda was fit enough to get through two matches in the same day, and not get thrashed terribly by a player ranked 311 places above her - that is very positive. The Pratt match was "dominated by long baseline rallies", and the players had to wear jumpers as it was 2°C with an icy wind.

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Asia/Oceania Zone Group I: Relegation play-off
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UZBEKISTAN d. NEW ZEALAND, 2:1 (Saturday 22nd April)
+ Iroda Tulyaganova d. Leanne Baker, 6-3 7-5
- Akgul Amanmuradova lt. Marina Erakovic, 5-7 1-6
+ Tulyaganova/Amanmuradova d. Baker/Erakovic, 6-4 7-5

I couldn't be happier with the way these rubbers went, with a win for beautiful Marina Erakovic over the manly Amanmuradova as well as sweet Iroda's first win of 2006.

New Zealand are relegated to Asia/Oceania Zone Group II for 2007.
Uzbekistan remain in Group I.

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andrewbroad
Apr 26th, 2006, 04:56 PM
Iroda is committed to ITF Saint Gaudens (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013432) (week of 15th May). I hope she does play that tournament, because Jelena Dokic (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/dokic/) is committed too! :hearts:

The French Open commitments are out. Iroda and Jelena aren't in them. :(
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andrewbroad
May 3rd, 2006, 01:26 AM
Iroda withdrew from ITF Saint Gaudens, but she is still committed to ITF Caserta (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013435), also in the week of 15th May.

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andrewbroad
May 4th, 2006, 12:51 AM
Iroda has also committed to ITF Campobasso (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013453) (week of 22nd May).

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Kunal
May 4th, 2006, 11:45 AM
up and coming????

andrewbroad
May 5th, 2006, 10:40 AM
Iroda has also committed to ITF Campobasso (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013453) (week of 22nd May).

And her second priority for that week is ITF Beijing (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013775).

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andrewbroad
May 13th, 2006, 12:27 PM
Iroda withdrew from ITF Caserta (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013435) yesterday, and from ITF Beijing (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013775) on 8th May. :sad:

She's still committed to ITF Campobasso (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013453).

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andrewbroad
May 21st, 2006, 08:25 PM
===================
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Campobasso, Italy; clay; ITF $25k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
Qualifying
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1q + IRODA TULYAGANOVA [9] d. Maria-Belen Corbalan, 6-2 6-1
2q IRODA TULYAGANOVA [9] v GIANNA DOZ [8]

It's great to see Iroda on a results-list (other than Fed Cup) this year! :)

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Kutuzova
May 22nd, 2006, 12:42 AM
great job iri, get back to the player u were!

andrewbroad
May 23rd, 2006, 12:23 AM
===================
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Campobasso, Italy; clay; ITF $25k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
Qualifying
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1q + IRODA TULYAGANOVA [9] d. Maria-Belen Corbalan, 6-2 6-1
2q + IRODA TULYAGANOVA [9] d. GIANNA DOZ [8], 6-4 6-2

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Main draw
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1r * Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] v Ekaterina Ivanova

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Doubles
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1r * Iroda Tulyaganova/Katerina Avdiyenko v Stella Menna/Valentina Sulpizio

Davai Iroda! :bounce:

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andrewbroad
May 24th, 2006, 01:02 AM
===================
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Campobasso, Italy; clay; ITF $25k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
Main draw
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Iroda Tulyaganova [Q]:
1r + Ekaterina Ivanova, 6-2 6-1
2r v Barbara Schwartz [Q]

This is where the fun begins. Schwartz may be ranked #823 currently (at the age of 27), but she's extremely dangerous: she beat the great Monica Seles (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/seles/) 7-6 6-2 in Fed Cup 2002, and Monica only beat her 1-6 7-6 6-2 at the US Open that year. And she beat top seed Cara Black in the first round here! :eek:

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Doubles
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Iroda Tulyaganova/Katerina Avdiyenko:
1r + Stella Menna/Valentina Sulpizio, 6-1 2-6 7-5
2r v ELENA TCHALOVA/RENATA VORÁČOVÁ [1]

Davai Iroda! :bounce:

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georgekuo1017
May 24th, 2006, 02:19 AM
Davai!

andrewbroad
May 26th, 2006, 01:37 AM
===================
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Campobasso, Italy; clay; ITF $25k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
Main draw
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Iroda Tulyaganova [Q]:
2r + Barbara Schwartz [Q], 6-3 6-0
qf v Sanja Ancic

An excellent win against a dangerous opponent! :D The match lasted 80 minutes. Iroda has now won four matches in a row, for the loss of just 15 games.

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Doubles
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Iroda Tulyaganova/Katerina Avdiyenko:
2r - ELENA TCHALOVA/RENATA VORÁCOVÁ [1], 6-2 4-6 6-2

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georgekuo1017
May 26th, 2006, 02:30 AM
:d

andrewbroad
May 27th, 2006, 12:17 AM
===================
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Campobasso, Italy; clay; ITF $25k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
Quarter-final
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- Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] lt. Sanja Ancic, 7-6 (7/5) 6-0

A disappointing loss, but the four excellent wins with which Iroda qualified and reached the quarter-finals more than make up for that!

Sanja's brother Mario was the last man to beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon, so perhaps she has inherited some of the same talent. Sanja is 17 now, and was a top-ten junior last year. She also won the Luxilon Cup 2006 - the girls' singles event at Miami.

Iroda's next committed tournament is ITF Galatina (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100013575) next week, where she's listed for the qualifying - but her name doesn't appear in the qualifying-draw (http://www.tenniseurope.org/ProfessionalTennis/2006/WomenResMay.aspx). I do hope she hasn't injured herself again. However, she has a wild card for the main draw according to http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=237348 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=237348)

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andrewbroad
May 30th, 2006, 12:23 AM
===================
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Galatina, Italy; clay; ITF $25k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
First-round draw
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* Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] v Paula García (DAVAI IRODA!!)

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Doubles: First-round draw
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* Iroda Tulyaganova/Katerina Avdiyenko v Danila Imbriani/Carlotta Stasi

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georgekuo1017
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:59 AM
GOGOGO Iroda!

andrewbroad
Jun 8th, 2006, 11:30 PM
===================
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Galatina, Italy; clay; ITF $25k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
Singles
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Iroda Tulyaganova [WC]:
1r + Paula García, 6-2 7-6 (9/7)
2r + Darya Kustava [Q], 6-4 6-2
qf + Silvia Disderi [WC], 7-6 (7/3) 6-2
sf + GIULIA GABBA [8], 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 6-1
_f - Corina-Claudia Corduneanu [Q], 6-3 6-4

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Doubles
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Iroda Tulyaganova/Katerina Avdiyenko:
1r + Danila Imbriani/Carlotta Stasi, 6-0 6-0
2r - DANICA KRSTAJIC/RENATA VORÁCOVÁ [3], 6-3 6-4

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andrewbroad
Jul 22nd, 2006, 11:47 AM
===================
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine; clay; ITF $25k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
Singles
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Iroda Tulyaganova:
1r + Vasilisa Davydova, 6-2 6-1
2r + IRINA KUZMINA [7], 6-4 6-4
qf - Vesna Manasieva [Q], 4-6 7-6 1-6

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Doubles
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Iroda Tulyaganova/Katerina Avdiyenko:
1r + Eugenia Grebenyuk/Elena Kulikova, 6-3 6-1
2r - OLENA ANTYPINA/NINA BRATCHIKOVA [1], 5-7 3-6

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andrewbroad
Aug 1st, 2006, 01:38 AM
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ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Les Contamines, France; outdoor hard; ITF $25k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)

Iroda Tulyaganova:
1r + Kildine Chevalier [WC], 6-2 6-2
2r + DOMINIKA NOCIAROVÁ [3], 6-1 6-0
qf + JULIE COIN [9], 6-4 4-6 6-1
sf - SANDRA ZÁHLAVOVÁ [2], 2-6 3-6

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andrewbroad
Aug 2nd, 2006, 12:21 PM
Iroda withdrew from this week's ITF Vigo after appearing in the draw. :(

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Can't go by a man from Vigo
Can't go by a man from Ostia
Hey Ninetto
Remember that dream
We talked about it so many times

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LegionArgentina
Aug 3rd, 2006, 12:08 AM
I hope that it is a prevention

andrewbroad
Sep 6th, 2006, 01:52 AM
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ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan; outdoor hard)
======================== http://www.asiantennis.com/aug_asianchamps_takshent.htm (http://www.asiantennis.com/aug_asianchamps_takshent.htm)

The winner of this tournament will receive a main-draw wild card for the Australian Open 2007.

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First round
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [7] d. Liu,Wanting, 6-4 6-3

It's good to see that Iroda is back in action, along with another gorgeous girl from Tashkent: Vlada Ekshibarova! :drool:

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andrewbroad
Sep 8th, 2006, 01:44 AM
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ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan; outdoor hard)
======================== http://www.asiantennis.com/aug_asianchamps_takshent.htm (http://www.asiantennis.com/aug_asianchamps_takshent.htm)

The winner of this tournament will receive a main-draw wild card for the Australian Open 2007.

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Second round (Wednesday 6th September)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [7] d. Albina Khabibulina [WC], 7-6 (7/0) 6-0

salima: "The contest almost unfair, when Iroda meets someone that is build like a straw."

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Quarter-final (Thursday 7th September)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [7] d. CHAN,CHIN-WEI [2], 2-6 6-2 6-4

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Semi-final draw
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* IRODA TULYAGANOVA [7] v SHIKHA UBEROI [4]

DAVAI IRODA!!

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Doubles
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IRODA TULYAGANOVA/AKGUL AMANMURADOVA [4]:
qf + Lee,Ye-Ra/Kim,So-Jung, 6-2 6-1
sf - CHAN,YUNG-JAN/CHUANG,CHIA-JUNG [1], 1-6 2-6

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andrewbroad
Sep 8th, 2006, 06:15 PM
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ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan; outdoor hard)
======================== http://www.asiantennis.com/aug_asianchamps_takshent.htm (http://www.asiantennis.com/aug_asianchamps_takshent.htm)

The winner of this tournament will receive a main-draw wild card for the Australian Open 2007.

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Semi-final (Friday 8th September)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [7] d. SHIKHA UBEROI [4], 5-7 6-2 6-2

Shikha Uberoi withdrew from the doubles on Thursday for medical reasons.

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Final
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* IRODA TULYAGANOVA [7] v CHAN,YUNG-JAN [1]

Chan,Yung-Jan is a promising 17-year-old. She's no Nicole Vaidišová, but she has won three titles on the ITF Women's Circuit this year.

DAVAI IRODA!!

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Ballbasher
Sep 9th, 2006, 09:15 AM
Iroda won 5-7 6-2 7-5 :woohoo: She'll play a slam again :yeah:

andrewbroad
Sep 9th, 2006, 10:28 PM
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ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan; outdoor hard)
======================== http://www.asiantennis.com/aug_asianchamps_takshent.htm (http://www.asiantennis.com/aug_asianchamps_takshent.htm)
Final (Saturday 9th September)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [7] d. CHAN,YUNG-JAN [1], 5-7 6-2 7-5

With this victory, Iroda has booked her main-draw wild card for the Australian Open 2007 (actually she probably only had to reach the final, as Chan,Yung-Jan is likely not to need a wild card).

If Iroda is healthy in January, it will be her first Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon 2003!

I wrote the following words for those who don't know Iroda, but I might as well post them here too. She was ranked as high as #16 in the world in June 2002. She first caught my eye as being extremely sexy, teaching me the meaning of the word "voluptuous"! :hearts:

But I soon realised that Iroda was also a powerful, exciting, versatile tennis-player, with a big serve, a searing two-handed backhand and amazing athleticism. I inducted her into my Eternal Fanship on 7th January 2002 (her 20th birthday).

Sadly, Iroda's career has been blighted by numerous injuries, including one to her right elbow that required surgery, and kept her off court from July 2003 to October 2004.

Iri has since been grinding it out on the ITF Women's Circuit without winning a title (she won three WTA Tour singles-titles in 2000/2001), and with numerous withdrawals and long periods of inactivity due to injury (she has played only four tournaments this year, excluding Fed Cup and the Asian Championships).

The WTA Tour would be that much richer if Iroda were once more a regular participant, along with Monica Seles and Jelena Dokic.

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LegionArgentina
Sep 19th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Iroda is playing in India

LegionArgentina
Sep 19th, 2006, 07:22 PM
First Round

Iroda won 6/4-6/1 i think

Go Iroda

Martina2
Sep 20th, 2006, 12:55 PM
Hey....i just found this thread! Great news about Iroda....does anyone happen to have any photos of her from The Asian games or the Kolkota tournaments? Be great to see!

LegionArgentina
Sep 21st, 2006, 12:46 AM
Thursday, September 21, 2006

Centre Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Widjaja vs. Brianti
2. Tulyaganova vs. Dellacqua
3. Pratt vs. Poutchkova (NB 17.00hrs)
4. Kloesel vs. Mirza
5. Czink/Uberoi vs. Pratt/Rodionova

Ballbasher
Sep 21st, 2006, 05:13 AM
Well if her game is back even final is possible go Iri :D

LegionArgentina
Sep 22nd, 2006, 01:27 AM
Iroda def Dellacqua :yeah: :cool:

LegionArgentina
Sep 22nd, 2006, 01:28 AM
Court 1 (from 14.00hrs)
1. Kudryavtseva vs. Tulyaganova

georgekuo1017
Sep 22nd, 2006, 01:59 AM
go~!

lilimi
Sep 22nd, 2006, 03:31 PM
finally i found a new pic of iroda!in wtatour!
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/global/photogallery/kolkata/f_19.jpg
none has bigger pics?

Martina2
Sep 22nd, 2006, 06:48 PM
I really wanna see a photo of her playing! :0(

LegionArgentina
Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:36 PM
Uzbekistan's qualifier Tulyaganova, who four years ago ranked as high as No.16 in the world, defeated Casey Dellacqua, 63 62.

"I'm so happy to be back and playing," said Tulyaganova, who plays her first Tour event this season and was sidelined the last two years with a right elbow injury. "I love being out here and winning. The surface here (greenset indoors) is really good for me."

LegionArgentina
Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:36 PM
(Q) Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 46 62 62

:bounce: :bounce:

LegionArgentina
Sep 23rd, 2006, 07:55 PM
She lost in SF

andrewbroad
Sep 26th, 2006, 01:33 AM
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SUNFEAST OPEN (Kolkata, India; indoor Greenset; WTA Tier III)
============= http://www.sunfeastopen.com/ (http://www.sunfeastopen.com/)

Iroda was a brilliant player in 2001-2003, when she regularly played on the WTA Tour and in Grand Slams.

But a stress-fracture in her right elbow required surgery, and Iroda was sidelined from July 2003 to October 2004. Since then she's played only sporadically due to numerous injuries and undisclosed family-problems (more on which below), and in a diminished capacity.

But she has just won the Asian Championships (in the second week of the US Open) to earn herself a main-draw wild card for the Australian Open 2007. She had planned to play on for two more years, but now she wants to play until she's 30! :)

And her five wins to reach the semi-finals of Kolkata - her first WTA tournament of 2006 - are very encouraging. It seems that she is injury-free for the first time in three years, and the WTA Tour will be much richer for having her back! :D

Iroda is talking big: her goal for the Australian Open 2007 is to reach the quarter-finals (she has reached four Grand Slam third rounds in her career, but never a fourth round), and she still sees herself reaching the top ten in the future!

Iroda was the Player-representative for this tournament.

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Photos
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It's so nice to see new photos of Iroda again! :)


Off-court:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/ (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/) (Kolkata)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=264376 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=264376) (HQs)
http://content.msn.co.in/Sports/Stories/TennisIS_220906_2039.htm (http://content.msn.co.in/Sports/Stories/TennisIS_220906_2039.htm)

She's still wearing the ring that could be a wedding-ring, I see.


On-court (Iroda and Olga Poutchkova):
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=iroda (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=iroda)
Search Getty Images for "iroda"

It's pretty cool that there's only one Iroda in the world, so you don't have to type "tulyaganova" into every search-engine! ;)

These are the first action-photos I've seen of Iroda in 2006, and the first photos from 2006 that even come close to doing justice to her looks. Yes, there was that little off-court photo from the Asian Championships, and the one from Kolkata - but they were so small, and as off-court photos, they paled in comparison to her exciting photoshoots from Knokke-Heist 2001! :drool:


On-court photo from the Asian Championships:
http://www.press-uz.info/ru/content.scm?topicId=2803&contentId=19074 (http://www.press-uz.info/ru/content.scm?topicId=2803&contentId=19074)

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Notes & Netcords
----------------

There is a very interesting interview with Iroda in the 25th September edition of Notes & Netcords (the official newsletter of the WTA Tour), which you can download here:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/media/notesandnetcords/ (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/media/notesandnetcords/)

The interview is on p.12 of the PDF file, along with a photo, and if you're interested enough in Iroda to be reading this, you should definitely check it out!

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Qualifying: First round (Saturday 16th September)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [4] d. Meghha Vakaria, 6-1 6-0

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Qualifying: Second round (Sunday 17th September)
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+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [4] d. SANDY GUMULYA [2], 6-1 6-3

From 1-1, Iroda won five games in a row to take the first set.

In the second set Iroda trailed 1-2, but led 3-2 and 4-3, losing no more games.

www.wismilakinternational.com (http://www.wismilakinternational.com/): "What's good about Sandy? Well, she runs well and hits hard, she is tactically astute, and she made very few unforced errors against Brémond. If she can keep up that kind of level then she might make it to the top 100 quite soon. It wouldn't surprise me at all if she goes even higher, into the top 50. She very talented and on her way."


From Netindia123.com
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>>>
Iroda enters main draw, back with bang after three-year layoff
Kolkata | September 17, 2006 5:45:50 PM IST

Iroda Tulyaganova's assertion that she would not have returned to the WTA tours unless she was sure of doing well reverberated in the majestic venue as she walloped both her opponents in the last two days to make a grand entry into the main draws of Sunfeast Open.

Today she crushed Sandy Gumulya of Indonesia 6-1, 6-3 with a range of strokes that can be remembered and admired at. The result could have been bettered had not a couple of unforced errors forced gave the Indonesian a game in the second set.

Agile, attacking and a fantastic weaponry of returns made her look like she was on song, decimating her opponent in style. Only few players in the WTA Tour would be as unlucky as Tulyaganova.

In 2002 the Uzbek girl was enjoying her career-best singles ranking of 16. She also won gold in the Busan Asian Games that year.

Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Anastasia Myskina, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Jelena Dokic -- she's had career wins over them all.

"I was playing my best tennis of my life. But I think I had overdone it. My bone gave way. It broke and took me three years to rehabilitate," she told UNI.

Yesterday she defeated Meghha Vakaria 6-1, 6-0.

However, the injury to her right elbow forced Iroda out of the circuit for three years starting 2003.

"It feels very sad. I too could have been where these girls are now. I was playing some of my best tennis when the elbow injury meant I couldn't compete for three years. I went through a very hard time. On the financial front too, life was tough. But I guess life's like that," Iroda said.

Couched in her entry into the main draw was a quiet warning for her opponents that she was back and, if she could have her way, back with a bang.

The former junior Wimbledon champion has a different take on life now.

"Now I'm a lot more relaxed. I don't kill myself if I lose a match. I enjoy my tennis a lot more these days.

"I've always been a winner in my life. And, I'm making a comeback not to linger around the Top-100, but to even better my highest ranking of 16. I do see myself ranked within the Top-10 in the world in the future. For the moment though, I'll be happy if I can finish this season inside the Top-200," she said.

The Sunfeast Open may be only her sixth tournament in her comeback year, but Iroda has already won the Asian Championships in Tashkent last week and has got herself a wild card for next season's first Grand Slam -- the Australian Open.

"These tournaments are a build-up for the Australian Open. I am looking forward to making every tournament I play count. I would like to do well in Sunfeast, that goes without saying," he said.

Now she is also preparing for the Asian Games in Doha.

"The federation is likely to make a camp in Thailand or maybe in Qatar some three weeks before the tourney to get us acclimatised to the heat of the desert city," she said.

Iroda lives with her mother, sister, aunt and their two daughters and her dog Chema. "My house is all women stuff. Call it the gang of Women Mafia. My Chema is the only male in the house," she signs off with a genial laughter.

UNI BA AY BD1632
<<<

Undisclosed family-problems... no mention of her father in that last paragraph... what happened to Batir? From what Iroda says in her Notes & Netcords interview (see above), I do know that he is not dead.

And who are the "their" in "their two daughters"? I guess "they" must be any two of Iroda, Anna, Nargiza and the aunt, but I'm having difficulty reconciling this ambiguous sentence (which seems to imply that Nargiza and the aunt are mothers) with what seems most likely (Anna and the aunt? Just the aunt?).

That paragraph does not sit well with the rumour that Iroda got married.


From cities.expressindia.com
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>>>
Iroda may be trying to pull her game together, but she says she needs a coach to help her realise her dream. At the moment she can't afford a coach, but she says she's applied to the Federation for help.

So how different is she finding the Tour now? "Well, it was more friendly when I was playing. Now, it's just competitive," she said.
<<<


More quotes from Iroda
----------------------

"I too could have been where these girls are now. I was playing on top of my form when the elbow injury took me out of competition for three years.

"I went through a hard time - both mentally and financially. But, I guess life's like that.

"I have always been a winner in my life. Now that I have another chance, I will try move higher than my last best ranking [#16] in the WTA. Frankly, I see myself ranked within the top-10 in the world in future. For the moment, I will be happy if I can finish this season inside the Top-200."

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Main draw: First round (Tuesday 19th September)
----------------------

+ Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] d. Chuang,Chia-Jung [Q], 6-4 6-1

Iroda led 2-1 but trailed 2-3. The scoreboard froze at 4-4, and some sources say that Chuang retired at that scoreline.

>>>
KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Uzbekistan's Iroda Tulyaganova is keen to get her career back on track after suffering three frustrating years of injury trouble following her 2002 Asian Games triumph.

The Tashkent-born 24-year-old was rated among the brightest prospects in the world four years ago, reaching a career-high WTA ranking of 16 on the back of three tournament victories and impressive wins over several top 10 players.

However, Tulyaganova's world came crashing down in 2003 after the hard-serving player suffered an elbow stress fracture that required surgery.

Dejected and struggling financially during her extended recovery period competing in lower tier tournaments, Tulyaganova is delighted to be plying her trade back in a main tour event.

Ranked a lowly 346th, she entered this week's Kolkata Open as a qualifier, but showed her class to sweep into the second round with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Taiwan's Chuang Chia-jung on Tuesday.

"I didn't realise before what I was playing for, because I was young and had nothing to lose," she told reporters. "But now I'm fighting for every win".

"This is my second start. I think I'm mentally tougher, more mature and composed on court."

BEST TENNIS

Tulyaganova, who has played very few events this year, spoke about her injury woes earlier in the week, after winning her two qualifying rounds to enter the main draw.

"I think I'd overdone it; my bone gave way," she told reporters.

"It feels very sad, I too could have been where these girls are now," she said, referring to grand slam winners Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, who she beat before her injury.

"I was playing some of my best tennis," she said. "I went through a very hard time.

"But I guess life's like that. Now I'm a lot more relaxed. I don't kill myself if I lose a match."

Tulyaganova is keen to do even better if she remains injury-free.

"I see myself ranked within the top 10 in the world in the future," she said. "For the moment though, I'll be happy if I can finish this season inside the top 200." Last week, she captured the Asian championship title in her hometown to earn a wildcard for next year's Australian Open.

"I want to at least reach the quarter-finals there," she said.
<<<

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Main draw: Second round (Thursday 21st September)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] d. Casey Dellacqua, 6-3 6-2

I was disappointed that Iroda's opponent wasn't Karolina Šprem - a beautiful, graceful Croatian girl who reminds me of Jelena Dokic in the way she tends to go for broke on her groundstrokes.

First set: Iroda 2-0, 2-1, 4-1, 5-2, 6-3.
Second set: Iroda 3-2, 6-2.

Netindia123.com (http://www.netindia123.com/): "Iroda, who is on a comeback, has allowed 11 games to three opponents she has faced so far. The forehands and plethora of aces, combined with a lethal slice with loads of backspin, have unsettled all her opponents. (IANS)"

Iroda: "I'm so happy to be back and playing. I love being out here and winning. The surface here [Greenset indoors] is really good for me."

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Quarter-final (Friday 22nd September)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] d. Alla Kudryavtseva, 4-6 6-2 6-2

It sucks that this was the only quarter-final not on centre court. Prior to the semi-finals, I hadn't seen a single on-court photo of Iroda from this year! :fiery:

First set: "Tulyaganova squandered a 3-1 lead to lose the first set, but got steadier throughout the match."

Second set: Iroda 0-1, 4-1, 4-2, 5-2, 6-2.

Third set: Iroda 3-0, 3-1, 4-1, 4-2, 5-2, 6-2.

Iroda came through a crucial game of two deuces at 1-0 (saving at least one point for 1-1). She was also taken to deuce in the penultimate game, but won the last game to 30 (she won the last three points of the match).

Iroda: "I'm going to try to win the title, but I have a tough match tomorrow against a good Russian girl, and if I win this, possibly a match with Hingis, so that would be very tough."

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Semi-final (Saturday 23rd September)
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- Iroda Tulyaganova [Q] lt. Olga Poutchkova, 4-6 4-6

This snapped a winning-streak of five singles-matches for Iroda - ten if you count the Asian Championships! (I don't, because it doesn't count towards the WTA rankings, and is not open to non-Asian players.)

Iroda recovered from 1-4 to 4-4 in both sets (saving points for 1-5 in the second). She had four break-points at 4-4 in the second, but Poutchkova held, and then broke to 30 on her first match-point. The match lasted 1h40m.

First Set:
TULYAGANOV __@__*@*__ 4
POUTCHKOVA *@ @*___*@ 6

Second Set:
TULYAGANOV _*___*@*__ 4
POUTCHKOVA * *@*___*@ 6

Four years ago I would have been disappointed with this result, but if an angel had offered me before the tournament that Iroda would finish as a semi-finalist, I would have taken that for sure!

It's not so terrible that she lost to the mildly attractive Poutchkova, who is just beginning to make her mark on the WTA Tour. It's not like she was humiliated by Hingis, as was poor old Sania Mirza in the other semi-final - Poutchkova's task in the final was certainly an unenviable one! ;) (Hingis won 6-0 6-4)

Just to have Iroda qualify for her first WTA tournament of 2006 felt great to me. Reaching the semi-finals is like the cherry on the cake - but there are a lot more cherries that she's going to put on that cake, so I'm looking forward to having them. :)


Reuters: "The 85th-ranked Poutchkova displayed a gifted backhand against the shaky Tulyaganova, a former world number 16 on a comeback after a lengthy layoff following elbow surgery in 2003."


IndiaSyndicate:
>>>
Olga Poutchkova defeats Tulyaganova to enter finals
Saturday, September 23, 2006

Kolkata: 18 year old Olga Poutchkova of Russia has defeated Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) in the semi-final of the Sunfeat Open 2006. Poutchkova will face Martina Hingis in tomorrow's final.

Earlier, both the girls started off the match waiting and wanting their opponent to do all the running and to hold back. Poutchkova was all over the girl from Uzbekistan.

The young Russian held her serve and broke her opponent's serve very early into the first set. The powerful backhands of Poutchkova were something to be awed about. She was clearly doing a lot more of the running, but at the same time could follow that up with some very long volleys.

The fourth game of the first set saw a tremendous performance by both the girls, running back and forth before Poutchkova nailed a brilliant backhand winner to take the game.

The sixth game of the set and Tulyaganova's serve serve was getting a lot better already. She dropped only one point and took the game. The next game was drawn to deuce and not before Poutchkova took advantage of an unforced error from her opponent. Eventually, it just took two powerful backhands from Poutchkova to finish the game and retain her lead.

Poutchkova took the first set 6-4 and the second set was promising to be all the better.

The second set started exactly like the first with Poutchkova doing all the running and helping her cause in the process. The Russian girl managed to break her opponent's serve in the third game and took a quick 2-1 lead.

Tulyaganova kept fighting back and forth, and changed her game plan and decided to come to the net a lot more. Poutchkova ran away with a 4-1 lead very quickly in the 2nd set and it took a great effort from Tulyaganova to fight back.

Eventually, Poutchkova took the match in straight sets (6-4, 6-4).

Asked about how her opponent fought back after being 4-1 down in the second set, Poutchkova said that it got really intense in the end and she had to raise her game.
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Iroda quotes
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"I did not expect to go this far in the first WTA Tour meet after a three-year lay-off due to injury. But I am happy at the way I played. Poutchkova is a good player.

"I played poorly today. My first-serve percentage was too low, and I let her play her game too much. I came back in the second set, but then at four-all I was playing way too far behind the baseline. She's a great player though.

"Hingis knows how to play against everyone. But Olga is a good player.

"This was my first Tour event in three years. I qualified and reached the semis, which is a fantastic result for me! It gives me a lot of confidence for the future."

[It's actually her fourth Tour event in three years. She played Tashkent in 2004 and 2005 (losing to Antonella Serra Zanetti in the second round both times). She also tried (unsuccessfully) to qualify for Dubai 2005.]


Poutchkova quotes
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"I am happy. She had a big serve, but I played well too. I lost concentration a little bit, but when it was close, I came up with the shots and closed it out. Last week I reached my first quarter-final in Bali, and this week I'm in the final. I'm so happy!

"Hingis is a great player. It will be a fantastic experience to play Hingis, and in my first WTA event final. It's amazing to me. I remember when was ten years old, watching Martina play on TV. I used to watch her in Grand Slam finals when I was 12, and now I'm going to be playing her tomorrow! For me, it will be a big honour to play against her tomorrow. We'll just have to see how it goes!"

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Doubles
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Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova:
1r + Ankita Bhambri/Sanaa Bhambri, 6-1 6-2
2r - YULIA BEYGELZIMER/YULIANA FEDAK [3], 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 0-3 retired (Amanmuradova sprained her right ankle)

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WTA Tour Singles Rankings
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Iroda's trailblazing run at Kolkata has elevated her from #342 to a much healthier #222 in the rankings this week - high enough to play qualifying for pretty much any WTA tournament she wants. :) The effect isn't immediate, of course, as the commitments are made about seven weeks before each tournament.

I look forward to Iroda playing a full season on the WTA Tour in 2007, with much more media-coverage than the ITF circuit! :)

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georgekuo1017
Sep 26th, 2006, 04:02 AM
what is her next tourment?Tashkent Open?

Ballbasher
Sep 26th, 2006, 02:58 PM
It should be Tashkent :woohoo:

andrewbroad
Sep 30th, 2006, 08:14 PM
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September 29, 2006

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Catching Up With... Iroda Tulyaganova

KOLKATA, India - A few years ago she was one of the most lethal players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, conquering some of the game’s biggest names in their prime and winning several singles and doubles titles. Not long after cracking the Top 20 and going as high as No.16 in the world, however, the problems started. An elbow injury that was not given enough time to heal was the initial cause of the descent. And after missing so much action that she became unranked, the financial struggles of competing on the pro circuit grew too much. But in Kolkata last week, what began as a glimmer of hope quickly became a full-fledged re-assault on the upper echelon of the women’s game. Iroda Tulyaganova, 24, battled her way into the Sunfeast Open semifinals as a qualifier, striking her massive serve and devastating groundstrokes like she had never left, proving that she still has what it takes to continue to chase her dreams.

sonyericssonwtatour.com caught up with Iroda in Kolkata.

How do you feel about this run, in your first Tour event of the year?
I’m ready to come back. But although I love winning, I’m happier that nothing is bothering me. I’m healthy, and so I am doing well.

You’ve mentioned that you play well in India. Tell us about that.
I haven't played much in India, but I played Hyderabad once before the injury, and I made the final. Every match that year I played really well. The fans are very supportive. When I entered this tournament, I felt in my heart everything would be perfect. So I had to come.

Tell us about your time away from the game. You missed so much.
I didn’t play much for three years. I injured my right elbow, stopped playing and had it operated on in 2002; but my father forced me to keep playing for another eight months with the pain, because I had so many points to defend. Because of that, it became worse. I was getting injections into the elbow, into the bone. It took me two years to fully recover. I was angry with him but he’s still my father and we’re okay now. When I was ready to play again, though, I had problems on the financial side. I didn’t have the money to start traveling again. I had to sell my car to travel. But, when I started showing some better results at small tournaments, the Uzbek Tennis Federation gave me a little bit of money, and began helping me with traveling expenses. And now, I am beginning to earn money again. But you know, all of this helped my motivation. And I’m more mature now, smarter. I look at everything differently now.

Has it been tough working yourself back up the rankings?
It was hard to play some of the small ITF events. It was tough playing qualifying of those. There I was, ex-Top 16; if I lost a match, it was hard to get over. But, I told myself to forget what happened before. I had to become a new player. If I didn’t, then losing to a player ranked No.200 or No.500 would make me feel guilty. I decided not to think about the past anymore. And with this new outlook, everything started going well again. I began winning and believing in myself again. The best thing now that I am winning again is that since I’ve been so high, I know how to get there again.

Throughout all of your struggles, you maintained your charity work with the Mehrijon orphanage in Tashkent, your hometown.
I still do that. I’m crazy. Nobody was there when I needed help, but I’m helping everybody! I like kids. I was paying for racquets and balls to give to the kids at the orphanage, which was built by the man who used to sponsor me. I was playing with them too. Before, I would send some money from tournaments to help out. But last year I wasn’t helping the orphans, I was helping some other groups of kids, from poor families. I’m telling you, I’m crazy.

How has your outlook on training and practicing changed?
I’m practicing, but not over-practicing. I learned my lesson; I was playing too much. I don’t want my elbow problems to start again. Also, I don’t have a coach right now. I don’t have enough money yet to travel and have one. But, when I start earning more, I’ll get one. I do have a fitness coach back home but she doesn’t care about money; she believes in me, and she knows that when I start doing well again I’ll give her money, presents, anything. She’s been with me forever. But as for a tennis coach, it’s me. It’s all in me.

Despite your new outlook, and trying not to think about the past, it must be hard not to be inspired by your past achievements. What are your fondest memories from the years prior to the struggle?
The best was Tashkent. It was my first WTA title, and in front my hometown. My biggest wins were beating Kim Clijsters at Knokke-Heist and Justine Henin-Hardenne at Linz. Those were memorable for me. But one of my biggest victories actually came last week at the Asian Championships. If you win, you get a wild card for the Australian Open. It was also in my hometown. These past years, I missed the feeling of winning so much, and all I wanted was to win this title. And in the end, I beat someone ranked like No.130, and I was so happy I started to cry on the court like I was a five-year-old girl winning her first tournament. And just the feeling of going to a Grand Slam again. At the moment, it’s my nicest achievement.

What are your expectations now that you’re healthy again?
I’m coming back to get to the top again. Not to be Top 100, but to be Top 20 like I was, or even Top 10. It won’t be easy to do, actually it’s much harder now than it was before, but I just have to work hard and do the right things. Of course, a lot of the girls on the top now I have beaten before. When I left and saw they were winning, I was happy for them but I was upset with myself because I knew I could be there too. It was hard for me to watch. But life is like this.

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georgekuo1017
Sep 30th, 2006, 11:43 PM
Tashkent Open

SINGLES MAIN DRAW

(1)Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) vs Q/LL
Kira Nagy (HUN) vs Alla Kudryavtseva (UKR)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs Sanja Ancic (CRO)
Q/LL vs (7)Galina Voskoboeva (RUS)

(4)Alona Bondarenko (UKR) vs Tiantian Sun (CHN)
Chin-Wei Chan (TPE) vs Tatiana Poutchek (BLR)
Anne Keothavong (GBR) vs Q/LL
Q/LL vs (8)Anastassia Rodionova (RUS)

(6)Olga Poutchkova (RUS) vs Lioudmila Skavronskaia (RUS)
Alberta Brianti (ITA) vs Olivia Sanchez (FRA)
Stephanie Dubois (CAN) vs Hana Sromova (CZE)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs (3)Sania Mirza (IND)

(5)Anastasiya Yakimova (RUS) vs Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB)
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) vs Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB)
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) vs Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI)
Q/LL vs (2)Elena Vesnina (RUS)

Ballbasher
Oct 2nd, 2006, 07:07 PM
Tulyaganova d. Yakimova(5) 6-3 7-6(5) :banana: First Top100 win since Tashkent 2004 :eek:

Louis Cyphre
Oct 2nd, 2006, 08:38 PM
I read the interview and what can I say :shrug: She`s great :D She have a new fan :)
Good luck Iroda :yeah:

georgekuo1017
Oct 3rd, 2006, 12:50 AM
Tulyaganova d. Yakimova(5) 6-3 7-6(5) :banana: First Top100 win since Tashkent 2004 :eek:
:bounce: well done

Ballbasher
Oct 7th, 2006, 10:17 AM
R2:d. Tanasugarn 6-4 6-1 :D
QF:d. K. Bondarenko 6-1 6-2 :eek: :eek: :worship:
SF:d. Poutchkova 6-4 6-0 revenge :eek: :banana:
F:v. Sun You can win it! ;) :D

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Oct 7th, 2006, 10:24 AM
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Pierce0415 posted it on GM :D

andrewbroad
Oct 10th, 2006, 03:00 AM
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TASHKENT OPEN (Tashkent, Uzbekistan; outdoor hard; WTA Tier IV)
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Iroda's comeback just keeps getting better and better. In her first WTA tournament of 2006, Kolkata, she reached the semis and lost to Olga Poutchkova. In this her second WTA tournament of the year, she beat Poutchkova in the semis, but fell short of regaining the WTA title she won in June 2000.

This was Iroda's first WTA singles-final since Hyderabad in February 2003, where she lost to Tamarine Tanasugarn - a defeat she avenged in the second round here.

Iroda hasn't won a WTA singles-title since she won Vienna and Knokke-Heist (her second and third titles) back to back in July 2001. But the way her comeback is going, who's to say she won't soon be dominating the WTA Tour like that again! :)

With this run, Iroda goes up from 221 to 158 in the rankings - just below Tatiana Perebiynis and Tamira Paszek, and above Alicia Molik, Yan,Zi and Mashona Washington.

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http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/ (http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/) (click GUEST)

What an amazing array of outfits! Apparently, there is a shop called "Tulyaganova Fashion" in the centre of Tashkent!

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First round (Monday 2nd October)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] d. ANASTASIYA YAKIMOVA [5], 6-3 7-6 (7/5)

I'm impressed with this result because I saw Yakimova play at the French Open 2006 against eventual champion Justine Henin-Hardenne. IIRC, Yakimova served for the second set and had set-points against Henin.

It's a great sign of where Iroda's comeback is at that she can pull off upsets like this. I even expected it in a way - my belief in Iroda has really grown since her run to the semi-finals of Kolkata; finally we have something resembling the pre-July 2003 Iroda back again! :D

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com/):
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Tulyaganova, a former Top 20 player, took control early and quickly claimed the first set. She couldn't maintain the same level of intensity, though, and Yakimova, a good mover with good anticipation, started wearing her down. Tulyaganova survived a break-point in the sixth game of the second set and held on to force the tie-break. A forehand error and a muffed overhead put her 5-3 behind but she rallied and won the next three points, getting to match-point with a half-volley which Yakimova thought was long. It might have upset Yakimova's composure because she double faulted to end the match.

Tulyaganova was happy about her win and said she hoped to do better in the coming matches. She next plays Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, who eliminated last year's runner-up Akgul Amanmuradova, 64 75.
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James Storms at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IrodaT/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IrodaT/):
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I heard from a friend of mine who wrote:

"I spoke to Anvar in Tashkent, he watched the 1.round match of Iroda. He says she is not in good shape, and she got very tired in the last games.

"It was maybe ok that she lost 1.round in the doubles."
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Second round (Wednesday 4th October)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] d. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-4 6-1

Tanasugarn has been a difficult opponent over the years, but her 2006 results have been lacklustre.

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com/): "Tulyaganova, dressed in a shimmering blue outfit, defeated Tour veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn, 64 61, in a scrappy match. The first set, which featured seven breaks of serve, lasted 40 minutes. But the match became less competitive after Tanasugarn took a medical timeout after the third game of the second set. She returned with a strapped left ankle but it didn't help much as she didn't win another game."

www.uztennis.uz (http://www.uztennis.uz/):
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Tulyaganova, dressed flamboyantly as ever, in a shimmering turquouise blue outfit, defeated tour veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-1 in a scrappy match. The first set, in which there were seven breaks of serve, lasted 40 minutes.

The match ended as a contest after Tanasugarn, having mobility problems, took a medical timeout after the third game of the second set. She came back on court with a strapped left ankle but it didn't help much, she didn't win another game.

Tulyaganova, who was eliminated in the second round the two previous years here (both times by Italy's Antonella Serra Zanetti) was happy to make it to the third round this time but felt she could be serving better.

Asked to compare this form with that during her semi-final showing in Kolkata two weeks ago, Tulyaganova said "Just about the same."
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salima: "She got very tired in at end of the match"

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Quarter-finals (Friday 6th October)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] d. Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-1 6-2

Kateryna won the Wimbledon Girls' Singles title in 2004, just as Iroda did in 1999. But she hasn't made any real impact on the WTA Tour, and seems to be a far cry from her older sister Alyona (who won Luxembourg the week before) in both tennis-ability and beauty.

The match lasted 1h10m. Iroda wore a shimmering mauve outfit.


Iroda quotes
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"It was easier than I expected. She was making too many mistakes, couldn't put the ball in court. But I'm glad that I was able to keep my concentration."

[Re. her form compared to Kolkata]
"It's the same, but here I have the crowd with me."

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Semi-finals (Saturday 7th October)
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+ Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] d. OLGA POUTCHKOVA [6], 6-4 6-0

A very pleasant surprise after Iroda's loss to the same opponent in the semis of Kolkata! :D

Poutchkova was playing for the fourth week in a row, after her runs at Bali (qf), Kolkata (r/u) and Guangzhou (qf). The match was competitive until Iroda led 6-4 1-0*, then Poutchkova self-destructed.


www.uztennis.uz (http://www.uztennis.uz/):
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Tulyaganova had to work hard for her win over Poutchkova today. Dressed as flamboyantly as ever, in a gold and black outfit today, she was broken while serving for the first set in the ninth game [5-3], double-faulting at break-point.

She, however, broke Poutchkova in the next game [4-5], wrapping the set in 39 minutes on her second set-point, Poutchkova having the saved the first by splendidly racing up to retrieve a dropshot and hit a backhand winner.

The first game of the second game was perhaps the turning point. Tulyaganova held after six long deuces, saving three break-points along the way.

Something snapped in Poutchkova after that. She got a code violation for unsporting conduct when she banged the ball in frustration at a linesperson. Then she tried hitting every ball for a winner and self-destructed.
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Associated Press: "The Uzbek saved two break-points in the first game of the second set before Poutchkova double-faulted twice on her serve in the next game and appeared to give up."

Anvar:
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I watched this match and I should say Iroda was lucky and Olga was TOO nervous. Olga played good in the first set, but lost contol in the second as she was not agree with referee decisions.

Iroda was lucky and calm. That's plus for her. But her play should be improved, in particular, first serves. She also made a lot short balls and I cannot support her decision.

She surely must consider her tactics before the match with Sun.
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Iroda quotes
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WTA Quotes of the Week: "On court, she believes that she can do anything. She has great self-belief. But I wanted to show her that I have self-belief too - twice that self-belief.

"One must lose with dignity.

"If she [Sun] has reached the final, she must be playing well. For sure, it will not be an easy match tomorrow."


Poutchkova quotes
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"I just angry with myself. I lost control... I've had a long tour and I'm tired."

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Final (Sunday 8th October)
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- Iroda Tulyaganova [WC] lt. Sun,Tiantian, 2-6 4-6

The match lasted just 1h06m, with Iroda's serve being broken six times (four times in the first set, twice in the second).

A disappointing result compared with the earlier rounds, but it doesn't do much to detract from an excellent week and comeback from Iroda. Winning the title would have been the cherry on the cake, but if Iroda can go on like this and stay injury-free, there are a lot more cherries she can put on that cake, so I'm looking forward to having them.

Sun is the reigning Olympic doubles-champion (with Li,Ting), but had never previously been beyond the quarter-finals of a WTA singles-event. She had beaten Serena Williams at Beijing 2005 and Vera Zvonarëva at Beijing 2006, but that was with the partisan support of her home-crowd, and on a day of tears and tantrums for Vera.

Iroda and Vera are both members of my Eternal Fanship, and I was planning to promote Vera ahead of Iroda at the end of 2006. But Iroda's sudden and dramatic return to form makes me less inclined to do so. It will be fascinating to see how their 2007 results compare, and I'm sure that Nicole Vaidišová will be angling for promotion too...


The final was played on Court 2 with a scheduled start-time of 14:00 (GMT + 5 hours). With a member of my Eternal Fanship in a WTA singles-final, I was disappointed that there were no live scores; the livest source was the following thread:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=267695&page=2 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=267695&page=2)

Sun won the first set 6-2 (observed 14:50).
Sun led *5-2 in the second (observed 15:04).
Sun won 6-2 6-4 (observed 15:16).


www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com/):
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Sun, who went to three sets in her first match of the tournament but cruised through three more rounds in straight sets to reach the final, was again in solid form under sunny Sunday skies, keeping the ball deep, returning well and rarely giving away any free points in the rallies. Aside from a slight hiccup while serving for the match, allowing 5-2 to become 5-4 before closing it out, Sun's cool was evident throughout.

For Tulyaganova, the championship defeat marks an end to what was shaping up to be a profound return to the winner's circle. Having gone as high as No.16 in the world on the rankings just a few years ago, her momentum was derailed by an elbow injury that required surgery, and financial struggles while working her way back onto the circuit.

But despite not winning her home title, the 24-year-old Uzbek was cracking forehands and big serves throughout the week like she had never left the game's upper echelon, taking out seeds Anastasiya Yakimova and Olga Poutchkova, and she even showed flashes of her former brilliance against Sun, though not at critical junctures of the match.

The former Top 20 player was playing just her second Tour event of the year, having reached the Tier III Kolkata semifinals two weeks ago as a 342nd-ranked qualifier, falling to Poutchkova. She came into Tashkent as a wild card ranked No.221.
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The one-hour, six-minute final was a disappointment for the large crowd which had come to cheer their favourite player, Tulyaganova. But it simply wasn't her day and she admitted as much later. Nothing went right for her against a player who rarely put a foot wrong the whole match.

There was nothing spectacular about Sun's play. But she was solid and she was consistent in everything she did: serving, returning serves and hitting groundstrokes. There were very few unforced errors from her racket, and the only blip in her game was when she was broken while serving for the match the first time, at 5-2 in the second set.

She served one double fault and made two other unforced errors. But, having got the cushion of two breaks in the set, she had a second chance and made no mistake that time, sealing the win on her second match-point when Tulyaganova mishit a forehand.

The key to Sun's success was her mental strength. Like in her semi-final against Victoria Azarenka, she seemed calm and assured on court. She did show any sign of nerves despite being in her first singles final and against a player who had the noisy backing of a partisan crowd in a packed stadium.

On the other hand, Tulyaganova appeared affected by the occasion. She appeared more nervous than her opponent, and dropped serve in the opening game of the match, something which Sun said was a key factor in her win.

Tulyaganova also never really found her rhythm, especially on her forehand, several of which she hit into the net when she had an open court in front of her.

In earlier rounds too Tulyaganova had made poor starts but unlike her earlier opponents, Sun was playing practically error-free tennis. She did not ease up, and soon Tulyganova was broken again and found herself 4-0 down.

Finally, Tulyaganova found some sort of groove and held her next two service games, but Sun wasn't slowing any. She she took the first set on her first set-point, when Tulyaganova failed to finish a point at the net and Sun, lobbing smartly, set up a winner for the next shot.

Tulyaganova started the second set well, but with Sun not relaxing one bit, it was always going to be uphill for her. A double-fault and a backhand error saw her give Sun a break-point in the fifth game and the Chinese cashed in straightaway with a powerful, inside-out forehand return of serve.

After holding for 4-2, Sun broke Tulyaganova again, after two deuces, the first game in the match which went to deuce. It was as good as over then though Tulyaganova did delay the inevitable by breaking Sun the first time she served for the match.
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Iroda quotes
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"She played well, she served well. I tried my best, but it was not my day today.

"It is not a loss for me, it's a win, because I've come back from all of my injuries, and reached the final at the Tashkent Open."


Sun quotes
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"It feels good!

"It was easier than I expected it to be. In fact, it wasn't as easy as it seems. Iroda is a very good player, and she was playing at home.

"It was not that easy as one may guess from the scoring. Tulyaganova is back in tennis after injury, and it was not that easy to beat her."

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Doubles: First round (Tuesday 3rd October)
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- Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova lt. VICTORIA AZARENKA/TATIANA POUTCHEK [4], 6-4 4-6 1-6

Amanmuradova was hampered by an ankle-injury that made her slower than usual, as noted for her singles-match the day before.


===================
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Beijing, China; hard; ITF $50k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)

The following information pertains to the week commencing 23rd October:

Iroda is on the entry-list for ITF Beijing, with a priority of 2. Her first priority was ITF Podolsk, but she withdrew from that on 8th October.

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Mike_T
Oct 14th, 2006, 05:22 PM
Show your appreciation for Iroda’s come-back by leaving a message in the guest-book over at Uzbekistan's Ultra. Iroda reads that guest-book and posts there herself sometimes, so she will appreciate your messages of support :yeah:

http://www.geocities.com/smandy0/index.html

Btw, your message must be no longer than 4 lines, otherwise message gets cut-short ;)

georgekuo1017
Oct 25th, 2006, 02:52 PM
Beijing $50K: Iroda Tulyagonova(UZB) d [8]Chin-Wei Chan(TPE) 64 62

georgekuo1017
Oct 25th, 2006, 02:52 PM
AMANMURADOVA (UZB) / TULYAGANOVA (UZB) def. HAO (CHN) / XIE (CHN) 76(5) 64

Kutuzova
Oct 26th, 2006, 02:11 PM
Tulyaganova def. Saeki 6-4 6-7 6-4!!!

georgekuo1017
Nov 2nd, 2006, 11:18 AM
ITF 50K Shanghai 2nd Round: Iroda Tulyaganova def. Tian-Tian Sun(4) 63 64

georgekuo1017
Nov 12th, 2006, 10:07 AM
50k shenzhen final

Iroda lost to Meng Yuan 6-4 5-7 1-6

:sad:

LegionArgentina
Nov 12th, 2006, 10:09 AM
Iroda :sad: :hug:

Good week in singles and dobles

andrewbroad
Nov 17th, 2006, 01:49 AM
In the last three weeks, Iroda has played three ITF tournaments in China (Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen), in each one going one better than the last.

This has boosted her ranking from #161 (23rd October) to #131 (13th November), and hopefully in 2007 she'll be a regular on the WTA Tour instead of the ITF Women's Circuit.

Before that, Iroda is due to play in the Asian Hopman Cup (23rd-26th November) and the Asian Games (http://www.doha-2006.com/) (1st-15th December).

The Asian Hopman Cup will be played at Hyderabad, India. The winning nation gets direct entry into the Hopman Cup (http://www.hopmancup.com.au/) proper (Perth, Australia, 30th December - 5th January).


=================== {week of 23rd October}
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Beijing, China; outdoor hard; ITF $50k)
=================== http://www.itftennis.com/womens/ (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/)
Singles
-------

Iroda Tulyaganova:
1r + CHAN,CHIN-WEI [8], 6-4 6-2
2r + Saeki,Miho, 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 6-4
qf - Marina Erakovic, 1-6 1-6

The quarter-final scoreline is shocking after Iroda reached the semi-finals of WTA Kolkata and the final of WTA Tashkent, but at least she lost to a beautiful girl, who went on to win the title.

Marina Erakovic practised with the great Monica Seles at Auckland on 31st January 2005. Marina was 16 then, 18 now. Monica prophesied that Marina would be a top-ten player as she plays an aggressive all-court game, can hit her backhand two-handed or sliced, and is hard-working and eager to learn.

-------
Doubles
-------

Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova:
1r + Hao,Jie/Xie,Yanze [WC], 7-6 (7/5) 6-4
qf - ALLA KUDRYAVTSEVA/SUNITHA RAO [2], 2-6 3-6


=================== {week of 30th October}
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Shanghai, China; outdoor hard; ITF $50k)
===================
Singles
-------

Iroda Tulyaganova:
1r + Kapros,Anikó, 6-0 6-1
2r + SUN,TIANTIAN [4], 6-3 6-4
qf + Marina Erakovic, 6-2 7-5
sf - TAMARINE TANASUGARN [2], 4-6 1-6

I find it ironic that while Iroda avenged her last two defeats - to Sun in the WTA Tashkent final, and to Erakovic at ITF Beijing - she lost to Tanasugarn by the same score by which she had beaten her in the second round of Tashkent.

-------
Doubles
-------

Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova:
1r + ALLA KUDRYAVTSEVA/SUNITHA RAO [1], 6-7 (2/7) 7-5 6-7 (3/7)
qf + Eva Hrdinová/Marina Shamayko, 4-6 6-1 6-0
sf + Chan,Chin-Wei/Chen,Yi, 6-3 6-0
f - JI,CHUNMEI/SUN,SHENGNAN [2], 4-6 5-7


=================== {week of 6th November}
ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Shenzhen, China; outdoor hard; ITF $50k)
===================
Singles
-------

IRODA TULYAGANOVA [6]:
1r + Takase,Ayami, 6-3 6-2
2r + Nudnida Luangnam, 7-6 (7/4) 6-2
qf + Xie,Yan-Ze, 6-4 6-4
sf + Sun,Sheng-Nan, 6-4 6-3
f - YUAN,MENG [3], 6-4 5-7 1-6

At least Iroda went one better in each successive tournament, so hopefully next time a title!

No member of my Eternal Fanship has ever won an ITF title apart from those that they won retrospectively (before I inducted them into my Eternal Fanship).

So it was sad to see my jinx continue after Iroda served for the title at 6-4 5-3, only to suffer a back-injury and lose almost every game left in the match.

-----
Final (Sunday 12th November)
-----

I found some information about the final at http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=270113&page=17 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=270113&page=17)


First set
---------

Iroda *1-1, 2-1*, 3-2*, *4-4, 5-4*, 6-4.

chrison: "Both players are good runners."

Yuan called for the trainer at the end of the first set.


Second set
----------

Iroda 2-1*, 3-2*, *3-3, *5-3, 5-4*, *5-5, 5-6*, 5-7.

Iroda served for the title at 5-3, but took an off-court medical time-out after Yuan levelled up at 5-5.
chrison: "I think there's something wrong with her low back."

Iroda, serving at 5-5, led 40/15 but lost four points in a row; thus it was Yuan's turn to serve for the set: she had two set-points at 40/15, and converted the second.

James Storms (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IrodaT/message/374): "Later on, the physiotherapist was called again to work on her right shoulder."


Third set
---------

Iroda *1-3, 1-4*, *1-5, 1-6. The match lasted 2h40m.


Photos
------

http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473856 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473856)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473882 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473882)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473896 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9473896)

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Doubles
-------

Iroda Tulyaganova/Akgul Amanmuradova:
1r + EVA HRDINOVÁ/SANDRA ZÁHLAVOVÁ [4], 6-3 6-2
qf + Hao,Jie/Huang,Lei, 6-4 7-5
sf + JI,CHUNMEI/SUN,SHENGNAN [2], 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7/3)
f - HSIEH,SU-WEI/ALLA KUDRYAVTSEVA, 0-2 retired

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com/) still says that Iroda and Akgul lost in the first round! In fact, it says that Eva and Sandra went on to do exactly what www.itftennis.com (http://www.itftennis.com/) says Iroda and Akgul did!

So I really have no proof that Iroda and Akgul actually reached the final - it's just one site's word against the other's, although it makes sense that Iroda would retire from the doubles-final with the back-injury she sustained in the singles-final earlier that day. Oh - and apparently www.itftennis.com (http://www.itftennis.com/) used to say that Iroda and Akgul lost in the first round, so hopefully what's there now is the correct result.

Eva Hrdinová is another lovely-looking girl. There are photos of her here:
http://www.tennis.info/China5W.html (http://www.tennis.info/China5W.html) ("Players off-court")

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andrewbroad
Nov 22nd, 2006, 09:07 PM
Reuters: "Uzbekistan have pulled out of the inaugural Asian Hopman Cup to focus on the Asian Games, the organisers said on Wednesday."

I hope this doesn't in any way translate as, "Iroda is injured". Ten days ago, she finished ITF Shenzhen with lower-back and right-shoulder injuries.

The Asian Games (http://www.doha-2006.com/) start on 1st December.

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georgekuo1017
Dec 11th, 2006, 09:40 AM
vs na li

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g282/chaos1017/Iroda%20Tulyaganova/2006-doha-tennis-chn-uzb_3_57_47_am.jpg

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g282/chaos1017/Iroda%20Tulyaganova/doha-tennis-chn-uzb_3_58_45_am.jpg

http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/doha2006/t/p/2006-12-11/U1535P6T12D2631655F44DT20061211174807.jpg

georgekuo1017
Dec 11th, 2006, 09:40 AM
she lost to na li in 3 sets

LegionArgentina
Dec 11th, 2006, 10:47 AM
Thanks for the pics..

Good fight Iroda :hug:

Uranus
Dec 11th, 2006, 05:36 PM
she lost to na li in 3 sets

Well at least now I'm sure she has top 100 level and even more.

andrewbroad
Dec 18th, 2006, 01:13 AM
Please support Iroda in getting her own (or an Uzbekistan) WTAworld forum:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276524 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276524)


================
15th ASIAN GAMES (Doha, Qatar)
================ http://www.doha-2006.com/ (http://www.doha-2006.com/)

Apparently this is the world's biggest sporting-event after the Olympic Games! Iroda was the defending champion in Women's Singles, having won a Gold Medal at the Busan 2002 Asian Games.

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Photos
------

http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9617009 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9617009)
Search Getty Images for "iroda"

These are the best new photos of Iroda I've seen in three years! (not that there've been many in that time). She looks very fetching in her gold-and-black dress and raven-black hair...


Iroda with Sania Mirza:
http://www.gnnglobal.com/imagebank/flex/dot/show/gnn/commercial/ASIAN+GAMES+2006+DOHA/Tennis/Sania_win_01.jpg?mode=list (http://www.gnnglobal.com/imagebank/flex/dot/show/gnn/commercial/ASIAN+GAMES+2006+DOHA/Tennis/Sania_win_01.jpg?mode=list)

...and in that sparkling cyan dress! That's a lovely smile too, despite the loss.

-----
Video
-----

Iroda v Li,Na in Women's Singles quarter-final:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276937 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276937)

No, I have not watched it yet. I realise that this is sad, but I'm on a very tight schedule - with not a day to spare before the Australian Open - and this report is late enough as it is. So I'm saving the video for Christmas, and then I'll decide what to do with my observations.

-------------------------------
Pretournament quotes from Iroda
-------------------------------

"I'm ready to play and I'm ready to win - my injury's gone. It's going to be tough, but I think I can do it. There are some good players in the fray like Li[,Na] and Sania [Mirza]."

-------------------------
Women's Team: First round (Monday 4th December)
-------------------------

UZBEKISTAN d. INDONESIA, 2:1
+ Akgul Amanmuradova d. Romana Tedjakusuma, 6-4 6-3
+ Iroda Tulyaganova d. Sandy Gumulya, 6-1 4-6 6-2
- Dilyara Saidkhodjaeva/Albina Khabibulina lt. Tedjakusuma/Lavinia Hartono Tananta, 6-7 5-7

Iroda's singles-rubber lasted 1h56m.

First set:
TULYAGA *@ @*@* 6
GUMULYA __@____ 1

Second set:
TULYAGA _*__@*@___ 4
GUMULYA * *@___@*@ 6

Third set:
TULYAGA @*@*@__* 6
GUMULYA _____@*_ 2

---------------------------
Women's Team: Quarter-final (Tuesday 5th December)
---------------------------

UZBEKISTAN d. CHINA, 2:0
+ Akgul Amanmuradova d. Zheng,Jie, 6-3 3-6 7-6
+ Iroda Tulyaganova d. Li,Na, 6-4 1-6 6-1
* Tulyaganova/Amanmuradova v Zheng/Yan,Zi, not played

Wow, beating world #21 Li,Na is an impressive scalp, considering that Li beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nicole Vaidišová (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/) back-to-back to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon this year!

I saw Li play Maria Sharapova (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/) at Birmingham this year. Li has a huge forehand, and was going for broke on every shot, hitting more winners than Maria, but gift-wrapping Maria's victory with a slew of unforced errors. I've read that Li tends to temper her game more nowadays, but she's obviously a very hot-and-cold player.

The match lasted 1h48m.

First set:
TU _* *__@*@* 6
LI * * *@____ 4

Second set:
TU @______ 1
LI _@*@*@* 6

Third set:
TU *@*@* * 6
LI _____*_ 1

------------------------
Women's Team: Semi-final (Wednesday 6th December)
------------------------

UZBEKISTAN lt. INDIA, 0:2
- Akgul Amanmuradova lt. Shikha Uberoi, 6-7 6-4 3-6
- Iroda Tulyaganova lt. Sania Mirza, 3-6 0-6
* Amanmuradova/Tulyaganova v Mirza/Uberoi, not played

I was looking forward to Iroda's mouthwatering match with Sania, who was by far my second-favourite player at the Games. It's a shame that it was so one-sided, and that the wrong girl won.

Sania has some of the most wonderfully flairsome groundstrokes in the game, but little else as far as I have seen. She's rather cute and sexy, too. She has been through a sophomore-slump this year after an impressive arrival on the scene in 2005 - after which she was persecuted for creating an occasion of sin for others by playing tennis in bare legs! :eek:

The match lasted 54 minutes.

First set:
TULYA *____@ @_ 3
MIRZA _*@*@ @ @ 6

Second set:
TULYA ______ 0
MIRZA *@*@*@ 6

Iroda: "I couldn't play well, because Sania was too good. She didn't let me come back, she concentrated a lot, and I was a little tired. It wasn't my day. The crowd was exciting and I appreciate them, and I wish Sania good luck. It was a great day for India with a perfect crowd. I've played a lot in India and they have always liked me, so for me it was good."

Further information:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/message/1616 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/message/1616)

Uzbekistan won a Bronze Medal for reaching the semi-finals.

----------------------------
Women's Singles: First round (Saturday 9th December)
----------------------------

+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] d. Bermet Duvanaeva, 6-1 6-0

The match lasted 41m.

First set:
TULYAGANO _*@*@*@ 6
DUVANAEVA *______ 1

Second set:
TULYAGANO *@*@*@ 6
DUVANAEVA ______ 0

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Women's Singles: Second round (Sunday 10th December)
-----------------------------

+ IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] d. Czarina Mae Arevalo, 6-1 6-1

The match lasted 47m.

First set:
TULYAGA *@*@* * 6
AREVALO _____*_ 1

Second set:
TULYAGA @* *@*@ 6
AREVALO __*____ 1

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Women's Singles: Quarter-final (Monday 11th December)
------------------------------

- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] lt. LI,NA [1], 6-3 5-7 2-6

Too bad she couldn't trade her Women's Team win over Li for a win here. The match lasted 2h13m.

First set:
TU * * *@* * 6
LI _* *___*_ 3

Second set:
TU __@__* *@*__ 5
LI *@ @* *___*@ 7

Third set:
TU @*______ 2
LI __*@*@*@ 6

Iroda had a break-point for *3-0, then lost every single game left in the match. :(

Further information:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/message/1625 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irodatulyaganova/message/1625)

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Women's Doubles
---------------

IRODA TULYAGANOVA/AKGUL AMANMURADOVA [8]:
1r bye
2r + Tong,Ka Po/Lam,Po Kuen, 6-3 5-7 6-4
qf - Ryoko Fuda/Tomoko Yonemura, 4-6 3-6

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andrewbroad
Dec 26th, 2006, 12:57 AM
Iroda photos from ITF Campobasso:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=136307&page=24 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=136307&page=24)


================
15th ASIAN GAMES (Doha, Qatar)
================ http://www.doha-2006.com/ (http://www.doha-2006.com/)
Women's Singles: Quarter-final (Monday 11th December)
------------------------------

- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] lt. LI,NA [1], 6-3 5-7 2-6

My match-report is based on the downloadable video:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276937 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=276937)

The video is only 40 minutes long, but covers most of the 2h13m match, cutting out the changeovers and much of the time between points, and sometimes skipping unexpectedly to a future game. It's mostly very watchable, although there are a few points with invisible-ball misery!

Li,Na looks like a thin, Oriental version of Ana Ivanovic, and plays like Ana too, in that she has a big forehand and likes to spread. Li played some very dynamic tennis in this match, often ending up at the net for a forehand smash, while Iroda probably has the most superb sheer athleticism of the players in my Eternal Fanship.

Iroda had all the glamour, with a flamboyant gold-and-black dress, and made all the nice noises too, with an Iva-Majoli-like grunt, and sometimes muttering, shouting or screaming after errors! Li, in contrast, was quiet and unexpressive, like a robot.

Windows Media Player won't let me rewind this video, so I've done the best I can in one take with no pauses:


First Set
---------

TU * * *@* * 6
LI _* *___*_ 3

Iroda serving 0-0: Iroda held, but there was a great rally - I think at 30/15 - where Iroda showed good retrieving, but Li hit a forehand smash-winner.

Li serving 0-1: a quick hold.

Iroda serving 1-1: Iroda held, hitting some sliced backhands and a good error-forcing off-forehand. Iroda's backhand is predominantly a regular two-handed one, but she does go to the one-handed slice more than any other member of my Eternal Fanship.

Li serving 1-2: Held to love, but Iroda showed amazing retrieval on the last point, followed by a nice smile!

Iroda serving 2-2: 15/0. Double fault. 15/15. Li hit a deep error-forcing forehand return. 15/30. Li played a great spreading rally, ending with a volley-winner. 15/40 (two break-points). Iroda saved the first with a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. 30/40. Iroda saved the second with an off-forehand winner. 40/40. Li forehand long. Ad Iroda. Li wild return out.

Li serving 2-3: More great retrieval from Iroda, but seemingly to no avail as Li seemed to be cruising to an easy hold, with a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline to make it 40/0. Double fault. 40/15. Li hit two forehands wide. 40/40. And again! Ad Iroda (break-point). She hit a forehand wide. Deuce #2. Iroda hit a great lob that completely switched the initiative from Li to her, enabling Iroda to hit a forehand smash-winner! Ad Iroda (break-point #2). Li long.

Iroda serving 4-2. Iroda mixed up her backhand with one-handed slice and two-handed topspin to win a long rally. 15/0... 40/15. Double fault. 40/30. Iroda held with a backhand winner down the line.

Li serving 2-5: Li held to 15, opening up the court for a forehand smash-winner on the last point.

Iroda serving 5-3: Iroda seemed to hit a wild forehand out, but she can't have done. 15/0. Li backhand smash long. 30/0. Li error. 40/0 (three set-points). Iroda backhand long. 40/15 (set-point #2). I don't know what happened, because the video suddenly jumped into the second set. Iroda held to win the first 6-3.


Second Set
----------

TU __@__* *@*__ 5
LI *@ @* *___*@ 7

Li serving 0-0: Li hit a crosscourt forehand winner en route to a quick hold.

Iroda serving 0-1: Iroda netted a forehand. 0/15. Iroda netted a backhand and screamed! 0/40 (three break-points). Iroda sprayed a backhand wide to give Li the first break.

Li serving 2-0: Iroda broke back (not shown).
Iroda serving 1-2: Li broke again (not shown).

Li serving 3-1: Iroda shouted after she netted a backhand. 40/15. Li netted a forehand smash. 40/30. Li hit a nice short-angled crossscourt forehand, but when she tried to hit back behind Iroda with another one, it went wide. 40/40. Iroda netted a backhand. Ad Li. Li held with a pinpoint forehand winner down the line, right in the corner.

Iroda serving 1-4: Iroda hit a groundstroke just long, and argued the call. 0/15. Iroda held, but the video suddenly skipped to the next game.

Li serving 4-2: Iroda was forced to net a defensive backhand lob. 15/0. Li forehand smash-winner. 30/0. Iroda hit a backhand long, and whacked the court with her racket. 40/0. Ace down the middle.

Iroda serving 5-2: She held (not shown).

Li serving 5-3: Iroda hit an off-forehand winner onto the sideline. 0/15. Iroda hit a backhand return long, and muttered. 15/15. Iroda hit a defensive backhand lob wide. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (two set-points). Li hit a backhand volley wide - off a stinging pass from Iroda. 40/30. Li netted a forehand. 40/40. Li netted a backhand. Ad Iroda (break-point). Li forehand long.

Iroda serving 4-5: She held (not shown).

Li serving 5-5: Iroda forehand long. 15/0. Iroda error. 30/0. Iroda long. 40/0. Li backhand long. 40/15. Iroda netted a backhand and threw her racket.

Iroda serving 5-6: Li hit a crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. After a great rally, Li netted a backhand. 15/15, 15/30, 30/30. Li backhand winner down the line. 40/30 (set-point #3). I don't know what happened, because the video suddenly jumped into the third set. Li broke to win the second 7-5.


Third Set
---------

Iroda had more chances early in the set than I had realised: not only did she have two break-points for *3-0, she also had two game-points for 3-1*.

TU @*______ 2
LI __*@*@*@ 6

Li serving 0-0: Li sprayed a forehand long, off a short ball from Iroda. 0/15. Li forehand just long. 0/30. Li forehand wide. 0/40 (three break-points). Iroda backhand long. 15/40. Iroda backhand error. 30/40. Li sprayed a forehand wide to give first blood to Iroda.

Iroda serving 1-0: She held (not shown).

Li serving 0-2: Iroda forehand long. 15/0. Invisible-ball misery. 15/15. Iroda netted a backhand and said, "no, no". 30/15. Li netted a backhand. 30/30. Iroda opened up the court with an acute-angled forehand - one of the abilities that comes with her extreme Western grip - and I guess she must have hit a forehand winner? 30/40 (break-point). I didn't see what happened to the point which would have given Iroda *3-0. 40/40. Li hit a backhand pass wide with Iroda at the net. Ad Iroda (break-point #2). Iroda squandered another chance for *3-0 by netting a sliced backhand. Deuce #2. Iroda netted a backhand. Ad Li. She held with an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline.

Iroda serving 2-1: Iroda hit a forehand wide, and shouted. 0/15. Iroda netted a sliced backhand. 0/30. Li forehand long. 15/30. Li backhand long. 30/30. Li netted a backhand. 40/30 (point for 3-1). Iroda took the initiative with a crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, but the initiative switched to Li, who hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/40. Li backhand volley-winner. Ad Li (break-point). She netted a forehand. Deuce #2. Li forehand wide. Ad Iroda (point for 3-1). Li hit a forehand smash-winner, and Iroda emitted a long, loud scream! Deuce #3. Iroda backhand just long. Ad Li (break-point). Iroda forehand wide.

Li serving 2-2: Li hit a defensive lob long. 0/15. Iroda error. 15/15. Li forehand smash-winner. 30/15. Iroda hit a short-angled error-forcing crosscourt forehand. 30/30, 40/30. Iroda forehand just long.

Iroda serving 2-3: Li broke (not shown).
Li serving 4-2: She held (not shown).

Iroda serving 2-5: Li forehand just long. 30/0. Iroda netted a forehand. 30/15. Iroda forehand long. 30/30. Li hit an error-forcing backhand volley. 30/40 (match-point #1). Iroda hit a backhand just long. Li won 3-6 7-5 6-2. They kissed at the net.

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Geertvg
Dec 31st, 2006, 11:57 AM
Where will she start the season? Anyone knows??

georgekuo1017
Dec 31st, 2006, 12:40 PM
maybe Aus Open

andrewbroad
Jan 3rd, 2007, 02:21 AM
I have just updated Iroda's biography on my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/biography.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/biography.html)

It is not a copy of Iroda's standard WTA Tour biography, but my own detailed appreciation of her game, followed by a review for every year of her career. I have edited the introduction, and added a review of 2006.

I wish Iroda and all her fans a happy new year.

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Mike_T
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:55 AM
Show Iroda YOUR support!

We’re organising a collection of fans good-luck messages, which Sunny_Boy is hoping to present to Iroda personally, at the Aus Open. I’ve already pm’ed nearly everyone in this thread, but if you’ve not yet sent a message, wishing her good luck for the AO and coming season, then now is your last chance. Either pm myself or Sunny_Boy (http://www.wtaworld.com/member.php?u=37243) with your message, or send to irodamessages@yahoo.co.uk by Thursday (11th. Jan.) 10.30am GMT.

Thanks :cool:

Mike_T
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Show Iroda YOUR support!

We’re organising a collection of fans good-luck messages, which Sunny_Boy is hoping to present to Iroda personally, at the Aus Open. I’ve already pm’ed nearly everyone in this thread, but if you’ve not yet sent a message, wishing her good luck for the AO and coming season, then now is your last chance. Either pm myself or Sunny_Boy (http://www.wtaworld.com/member.php?u=37243) with your message, or send to irodamessages@yahoo.co.uk by Thursday (11th. Jan.) 10.30am GMT.

Thanks :cool:

Deadline extended to 9pm GMT Thursday. So get your fingers out and start typing a msg.

Mike_T
Jan 14th, 2007, 04:58 PM
Practice photos, looking HOT HOT HOT!! :lick: :hearts: :devil:

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/5204/19bb0886kz9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/8347/19bb0900cz9.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/4760/19bb0901oy7.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/9864/19bb0922sz6.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/8029/19bb1013qd2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/2908/19bb1060mc3.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)http://img282.imageshack.us/img282/9061/tulyaganovairoda1011mj5.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)

From: iroda-tulyaganova.com (http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/v2/site.jsp?node_id=2005006121540462131)

Mike_T
Jan 14th, 2007, 07:32 PM
Scheduled to play her AO 1R Monday, court 13.

Start Time 11:00 AM (midnight GMT)

Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marc Gicquel (FRA) vs. Alun Jones (AUS)

followed by
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Elena Vesnina (RUS) vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)[25]

Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Radek Stepanek (CZE)[20] vs. Michael Llodra (FRA)

Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Iroda Tulyaganova (WC/UZB/131) vs. Monique Adamczak (WC/AUS/246)
H2H: Never played. WTA profiles: http://tinyurl.com/yxeuof (http://tinyurl.com/yxeuof)

If the first 3 matches are of average duration, Iroda’s match should start around 5pm – 6.30pm Melbourne time (6am – 7.30am GMT). AFAIK court 13 is not televised - unless someone knows different?

Iroda is not entered in the women’s dubs. Kuznetsova, Iroda's likely 2R singles opponent, has entered the dubs with Hingis. Kuzzie has withdrawn from recent tournies with "bronchitis / respiratory virus". So how fit is Kuzzie? Well she's confident enough to enter the doubles, and with the responsibility of partnering Hingis, who can pick and choose her partners – if that's any indication. Any less convincing than 6-0 6-0, against 1R opponent Jessica Moore (ranked 992), has to be a sign the Kuzmeister is not 100%.

:bounce: GO RODI GO!!! :bounce:

Привет
Jan 14th, 2007, 10:26 PM
Iroda look's GREAT! I feel bad for saying this being an Australian and all, but hopefully Iroda kicks Monique's arse! And takes it to Kuznetsova in the second round! GO IRODA!

andrewbroad
Jan 14th, 2007, 11:53 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
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This message is a Iroda-filtered version of my full tournament-preview, which you can find at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/message/3827 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/message/3827)
or
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280903 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=280903)

1. Photos (full version only)
2. UK TV-alert
3. First-round draw
4. Maria Sharapova preview (full version only)
5. Vera Zvonarëva preview (full version only)
6. Anna Chakvetadze preview (full version only)
7. Daniela Hantuchová preview (full version only)
8. Iroda Tulyaganova preview
9. Nicole Vaidišová preview (full version only)
10. Andrew's wishes (full version only)
11. Qualifying (full version only)
12. Order of Play for Monday

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2. UK TV-alert
--------------

The evening-sessions of the Australian Open will be televised on BBCi from 08:30 GMT each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel - 301 or 302, I don't know which yet).

My understanding is that this coverage will consist of the women's match on the evening-session of the Rod Laver Arena (today Serena Williams v Mara Santangelo), followed by the men's match, followed by recorded coverage of any Andy Murray match that will have taken place during the day-session (his matches will also be broadcast live on BBCi during the British night, and possibly on BBC 1 or BBC 2 if he reaches the third round - I mention this just in case they happen to slip any women's tennis into such coverage; in 2002, they showed five minutes of Daniela Hantuchová against Venus Williams).

Last year, the women's semi-finals took place during the day-session, and recorded coverage was shown on BBCi following live coverage of the evening-session that day.

The women's and men's singles-finals will be broadcast live on BBC 1 and BBC 2, respectively.

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3. First-round draw
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3.1 Top quarter: Sharapova, Zvonarëva, Chakvetadze
--------------------------------------------------

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v Camille Pin (DAVAI MARIA!)
* Roberta Vinci v Anastassia Rodionova (ˇforza Roberta!)
* Renata Vorácová [Q] v Meghann Shaughnessy
* Emmanuelle Gagliardi v TATHIANA GARBIN [30]

* VERA ZVONARËVA [22,EF] v Tzipora Obziler (DAVAI VERA!)
* Séverine Brémond v Tamira Paszek [Q] (allez Séverine!)
* Varvara Lepchenko v Agnieszka Radwanska (davai Varvara!)
* ANA IVANOVIC [13,DF] v Vania King (ajde Ana!)

* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [12,EF] v Sybille Bammer (DAVAI ANNA!)
* Yulia Beygelzimer v Laura Granville
* Sophie Ferguson [WC] v Jelena Kostanic Tosic
* Klára Zakopalová [Q] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [24] (pojdme Klára!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [28,DF] v Kaia Kanepi (ˇforza Flavia!)
* Alicia Molik [WC] v Chan,Yung-Jan (go Alicia!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Andreja Klepac [Q] (jia you Shuai!)
* Madison Brengle [WC] v PATTY SCHNYDER [8]


3.2 Second quarter: Hantuchová
------------------------------

* KIM CLIJSTERS [4] v Vasilisa Bardina (davai Vasilisa!)
* Akiko Morigami [s] v Tsvetana Pironkova (my Reason says Akiko, but my Passion says Tsvetana)
* Nicole Pratt v Virginie Razzano
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [29] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [Q] (davai Alyona!)

* Sandra Záhlavová [Q] v ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [17] (pojdme Sandra!)
* Ashley Harkleroad v Yuan,Meng (go Ashley!)
* Aravane Rezaď v Emilie Loit (allez Aravane!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15,EF] v Alizé Cornet (PODME DANIELA!)

* Ekaterina Bychkova v DINARA SAFINA [9] (davai Ekaterina!)
* Youlia Fedossova [WC] v Catalina Castańo
* Ahsha Rolle v Lourdes Domínguez Lino
* Elena Bovina v LI,NA [19]

* Aiko Nakamura [s] v ELENI DANIILIDOU [32] (ganbatte Aiko!)
* Sania Mirza [DF] v Olga Savchuk (go Sania!)
* Alla Kudryavtseva [Q] v Emma Laine
* Nathalie Dechy v MARTINA HINGIS [6]


3.3 Third quarter: Tulyaganova
------------------------------

* NADIA PETROVA [5] v Tamarine Tanasugarn
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Sun,Tiantian (ˇvamos Gisela!)
* Michaëlla Krajícek v Anne Kremer [Q] (kom op Michaëlla!)
* Serena Williams v MARA SANTANGELO [27]

* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Vera Dushevina (allez Marion!)
* Yuliana Fedak v Victoria Azarenka (davai Yuliana!)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v Melinda Czink (ˇvamos Virginia!)
* Aleksandra Wozniak v JELENA JANKOVIC [11]

* SHAHAR PEER [16] v Romina Oprandi (kadima Shahar!)
* Edina Gallovits v Meilen Tu
* Zuzana Ondrášková v Clarisa Fernández (pojdme Zuzana!)
* TATIANA GOLOVIN [20,DF] v Anna Smashnova (allez Tatiana!)

* MARIA KIRILENKO [26,DF] v Karolina Šprem [DF] (my loyalty Maria)
* Julia Vakulenko [Q] v Elena Likhovtseva (may the better win!)
* Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] v Monique Adamczak [WC] (DAVAI IRODA!)
* Jessica Moore [WC] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3]


3.4 Bottom quarter: Vaidišová
-----------------------------

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] v Stéphanie Foretz (davai Elena!)
* Martina Müller v Jorgelina Cravero [Q]
* Maria Elena Camerin v Kirsten Flipkens (my loyalty to Maria Elena)
* Elena Vesnina v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [25] (davai Elena!)

* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [21] v Casey Dell'Acqua [WC] (dajmo Katarina!)
* Iveta Benešová v Galina Voskoboeva (pojdme Iveta!)
* Jarmila Gajdošová v Milagros Sequera
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [10,EF] v Jill Craybas (pojdme Nicole!)

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [14] v Sandra Klösel
* Lucie Šafárová v Alberta Brianti (pojdme Lucie!)
* Laura Pous Tio v Anastasiya Yakimova
* Sofia Arvidsson v AI SUGIYAMA [23]

* ZHENG,JIE [31] v Julia Schruff
* Martina Suchá v Eva Birnerová (podme Martina!)
* Marta Domachowska v Olga Poutchkova (dawaj Marta!)
* Shenay Perry v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [2] (anyone but Mauresmo)

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8. Iroda Tulyaganova preview
----------------------------

Iroda will be playing her first Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2003 due to an elbow-injury that ruined the next three years for her. A former world #16, Iroda is making her way back up the rankings - currently #131. She won the Asian Championships last September to earn her wild card here.

Iroda is one of the most exciting, powerful, versatile and athletic players I have ever seen, and with the draw she's got, fourth round looks very possible, and I don't think a quarter-final is out of the question!


8.1 First round
---------------

The only previous time I've heard of Monique Adamczak was when Jelena Dokic beat her in the final of an Australian Open wild-card play-off (only open to Australian players) in December 2005.

This time, Adamczak does have a wild card for the Australian Open, having improved her ranking to #241. Outside of Australia, she plays only on the ITF circuit. Her most notable victims last year were #96 Melinda Czink and #120 Milagros Sequera.

Not surprisingly, Iroda has never played her, and always provided that Iroda is healthy, I don't expect her to have any problems here.


8.2 Second round
----------------

Svetlana Kuznetsova [3] retired with breathing-difficulties at Sydney - having pulled out of the Silver Group final at Hong Kong with bronchitis - and Iroda beat her 6-4 6-1 in their only meeting: second round of the Australian Open 2002!

In terms of Iroda's chances of creating an upset, I'm very pleased with this draw - although not in terms of it attracting BBCi-televisation, as I believe Amélie Mauresmo (and possibly others) would be ahead of Kuznetsova in the pecking-order for that coveted evening-slot.


8.2 Third round
---------------

Should Iroda make it this far, the seedings project a mouthwatering match with Maria Kirilenko [26], who is ultracute and extremely pretty, but not that strong of a player - especially as she's in a pretty bad slump at the moment, losing in the first round of most of her tournaments since losing her Beijing-title.

Iroda has never played Kirilenko, but despite the gulf in rankings, I can see Little Maria really struggling to cope with Iroda's power and athleticism.

Will Little Maria even make it to the third round? She starts with the most attractive match of the first round, against #89 Karolina Šprem - another regular member of the Monday-Club, but Karolina can be very dangerous when she finds her form, as Venus Williams would tell you!

And we shouldn't overlook #43-ranked veteran Elena Likhovtseva, still a very solid player at 31. I thought she was planning to retire at the end of 2006, so she must be feeling pretty good about tennis to have continued into 2007.


8.3 Fourth round
----------------

Iroda has never been beyond the third round of any Grand Slam, but with the doubt over Kuznetsova's health, and the weakness of that section of the draw, this seems as good a chance as any to better that record!

Iroda's likely fourth-round opponent would be Shahar Peer [16], a rising star who is looking to beat the best in 2007, and upset Patty Schnyder at Sydney before losing 6-2 6-1 to Kim Clijsters. Shahar would be a very tough opponent for Iroda, as she has added power to the retrieval-skills that are the basis of her game.

I would prefer Tatiana Golovin [20] to reach this berth. Tatiana has a big serve, and /can/ hit hard from the baseline - but she's too passive too often for my liking; otherwise I might induct her into my Eternal Fanship! I've had a soft spot for Tatiana for three years now, but my Eternal Fanship requires Reason as well as Passion.

Tatiana is a very feisty and determined competitor, but also a bit of a choker: she had Amélie Mauresmo on the ropes in the second round of Sydney, but couldn't capitalise on a 6-4 *3-2 lead. She is prone to spraining her ankles, but now wears ankle-supports, and looks set to continue her improvement in 2007.


8.4 Quarter-final
-----------------

Iroda is in the quarter of the draw that looks the most open to me, with Nadia Petrova [5] being injured, but my objective prediction to reach the semi-finals from this quarter is Jelena Jankovic [11].

Jankovic is on great form at the moment, and it would be too much to expect Iroda to stop her. Jankovic won Auckland and almost beat Clijsters in the Sydney final (served for the match in the second set and had match-points) - but 'almost' is the operative word. Jankovic also choked dramatically when leading Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4 *4-2 (40/30) in the semi-finals of the US Open, then lost every game in the rest of the match. Fatigue may also be a factor after playing two full weeks before the Australian Open.

This is as far ahead as I want to look for Iroda at this stage, though I can always dream of a mouthwatering semi-final with Nicole Vaidišová! :)

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12. Order of Play for Monday
----------------------------

Court 13 (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
MS 1r: Marc Gicquel v Alun Jones [WC]
WS 1r: Elena Vesnina v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [25]
MS 1r: RADEK STEPÁNEK [20] v Michael Llodra
WS 1r: Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] v Monique Adamczak [WC]

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/ (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/)

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Geertvg
Jan 16th, 2007, 12:00 AM
So sad, really :sad::sad::sad:

Any pictures? What is her next step??

andrewbroad
Feb 3rd, 2007, 12:56 AM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/ (http://www.australianopen.com/)
Contents
--------

This is an Iroda-filtered subset of my Day 1 round-up...

1. Photos
4. Tulyaganova v Adamczak report

...merged with supplementary material, exclusive to the I.T. community...

1. Photos
5. Monique Adamczak interview
9. Iroda's next tournaments

...and an Iroda-filtered subset of my final round-up:

3. Wooden-Spoon List
8. WTA Singles Rankings

(I've renumbered Section 3 as Section 7.)

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1. Photos (Iroda-filtered)
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Iroda Tulyaganova:
http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/v2/site.jsp?node_id=2005006121540462131 (http://www.iroda-tulyaganova.com/v2/site.jsp?node_id=2005006121540462131)
http://www.wtnphotos.com/showgallery.php?cat=521 (http://www.wtnphotos.com/showgallery.php?cat=521)

Exclusive to the I.T. community:
http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=photogallery&id=281&pn=13 (http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=photogallery&id=281&pn=13) (pp.13-15)

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4. Tulyaganova v Adamczak report
--------------------------------

- Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] lt. Monique Adamczak [WC], 1-6 4-6

A very, very disappointing result for Iroda, by the standards she has shown since September!

Perhaps it was the extreme Australian heat (she's said before that she doesn't like playing in hot climates), perhaps it was the partisan Australian crowd, perhaps it was the unexpected switch from Court 13 to Court 2 (which made me miss the first set in following live scores), or perhaps she's injured yet again.


First set
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TULYAGAN *______ 1
ADAMCZAK _*@*@*@ 6


Second set
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TULYAGAN _*___* *@_ 4
ADAMCZAK * *@* *__@ 6

As I started following live scores at 19:30 AEST, Iroda was already a set down and facing points to go a break down:

Iroda serving 0-1: 15/40 (2 BPs) -> 40/40, ad I, held.
Adamczak serving 1-1: held to love.
Iroda serving 1-2: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.
Adamczak serving 3-1: 40/0, 40/15, held.
Iroda serving 1-4: 0/15, 30/15, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad I, held.
Adamczak serving 4-2: 15/0, scoreboard froze... 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad I, Deuce #2, ad A (BP #2), Deuce #3, scoreboard froze...

Adamczak serving 5-3: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15 (2 MPs) -> 40/40, ad I (BP), broken!

Well, I've witnessed it many times in the last 15 years that I've been following professional tennis: Player A serves for the match, gets tight, and Player B goes on to win! Could it happen here?

Iroda serving 4-5: 0/15, 15/15, 15/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad A (MP #3), Adamczak won 6-1 6-4 at 20:08 (possibly about five minutes earlier, because the scoreboard froze at match-point, then actually went backwards!).


From Sunny_Boy's report (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9811831):
>>>
Finally after all the waiting play began at around 6.45 local time. Iroda held quite easy! From there on, she was almost missing every shot. Whenever a rally was being played, Monique would just get the ball in and Iroda would miss. Monique did her homework and attacked Iri's backhand, I don't think Iroda knew how Monique played, she didn't do her homework I think.

The whole crowd was cheering for Monique except Akgul, Iroda's players box, Dom and myself. Everyone Dom did a great job cheering, it was basically 200 Aussies against Dom and myself, so Dom deserves a lot of respect from us Iri fans.

In the 2nd Iroda basically started off the same, way too many errors, Monqiue didn't do much to be winning a set and 4-2. At 4-2 it was a crucial game, a long deuce game which Iroda lost, to go down 2-5. At 2-5 down and serving, she clawed her way back from 0-30 to win the game. When Monique came to serve for the match she was feeling the pressure, she held 2 mps but Iroda saved them both, one with a winner! When she won the game and went down 4-5 she was pumped. At 4-5 down, she couldn't land a 1st serve! A DF didn't help either. However she had GP but a tight call went against Iroda and threw her momentum, Iroda wasn't convinced with the call. The rest now is history, Iroda lost with more errors.

When Monique won, she collapsed to the court (I thought it was an over reaction but anyway) Iroda was nice to her at the net and gave her a kiss. Iroda did wave to the crowd as she left ;)
<<<

Prior to the match, Iroda posted the following in the guestbook at http://us.geocities.yahoo.com/gb/view?member=smandy0 (http://us.geocities.yahoo.com/gb/view?member=smandy0)
>>>
Name : Iroda T.
Email address : <follow the above link>
Comment : Hye every one and happy new year to ech one of u:) i have read eery think what u have wish o me and how u suport me thank u very very much. im at the Australian Open at the moment and i wish to show to every one best of me;) and i know i will be back to
<<<
(Unfortunately this guestbook truncates overlength messages without warning.)

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5. Monique Adamczak interview
-----------------------------

I've only included the exchanges that I deem to be relevant to her match with Iroda; the full interview is at http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2007-01-15/200701151168806518828.html (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2007-01-15/200701151168806518828.html)
>>>
Q. You looked to dominate pretty much all the match; perhaps tightened up in the last few games. Was it just she started to get into it?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: Yeah, I guess she tried to change her game up a few times in the match. I did well to keep that under control.

But I guess I got ahead of myself a little bit towards the end of the second set. To her credit, she also kept fighting. Yeah, but I stayed tough. <smiling>

Q. What were your strengths today?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: What I've been working on the last few weeks with my coach here, Peter McGraw, is just staying mentally tough, staying calm out there. We've been working on a few technical things, of course, which I've improved a lot.

Yeah, it's mainly mental. I've always had - I think I've always had a good game. Just getting it together mentally and really believing that I can win those matches and I belong at this level, so...

Q. How do you gain mental strength?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: It's practice, day in, day out. On the practice-court, a hundred percent. Off the practice-court, in the gym. It's pushing yourself. Yeah, it's having a sense of confidence, a sense of belief.

Q. You look like you can't wipe the smile off your face. What's the feeling inside?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: I'm pretty calm actually. I'm very excited. I'm actually a lot calmer. I thought I'd be like crazy. No, I'm pretty relaxed. <smiling>

You know, I'm sure, like a lot of other young tennis-players out there, I've dreamt this moment for a long time, you know, playing in my home-country, doing well, winning matches.

I've, yeah, dreamt it a lot. So for it to happen, it's very fulfilling.

Q. You fulfilled that one. Where is the next one?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: What's the next goal? Well, it's wherever that may be. You know, uhm, I came into this tournament - honestly, I came into this tournament really wanting to make third round, fourth round. That was my goal.

I believe I can achieve that, I really do. You don't think about it when you're out there. But when you go out into the gym, you're working your ass off, that's what you're thinking about. That's what I'm thinking about, so...

Q. So this win today is not your final?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: No, no.

Q. Has there been any injury-problems the last few years, or has it just been playing ITFs?

MONIQUE ADAMCZAK: I've had a lot of injuries actually. It's just been overwork, overtraining, a bit unlucky. I'm a hard worker. The tendency was always to push myself too hard. I think I've learnt to control that a bit, step back, just manage my body better.

But, yeah, I've had a few injuries. I've done well, then I'd be out with an injury for a couple months, and that would set me back.

I think it's made me a lot tougher. It's made me who I am today. May have set me back a bit, but I think I wouldn't be here today if it hadn't been for that.
<<<

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7. Wooden-Spoon List
--------------------

http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/wooden_spoon/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/wooden_spoon/)

1. Serena Williams
2. MARIA SHARAPOVA (1)
3. NICOLE VAIDISOVA (10)
4. KIM CLIJSTERS (4)
5. SHAHAR PEER (16)
6. ANNA CHAKVETADZE (12)
7. Lucie Safarova
8. MARTINA HINGIS (6)
9. JELENA JANKOVIC (11)
10. VERA ZVONAREVA (22)
11. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (7)
12. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (15)
13. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (3)
14. PATTY SCHNYDER (8)
15. AMELIE MAURESMO (2)
16. LI,NA (19)
17. NADIA PETROVA (5)
18. TATHIANA GARBIN (30)
19. KATARINA SREBOTNIK (21)
20. ALYONA BONDARENKO (29)
21. TATIANA GOLOVIN (20)
22. Jelena Kostanic Tosic
23. Anastasiya Yakimova
24. Aiko Nakamura
25. Victoria Azarenka
26. ANA IVANOVIC (13)
27. Maria Elena Camerin
28. Ashley Harkleroad
29. MARIA KIRILENKO (26)
30. Alicia Molik (WC)
31. Eva Birnerova
32. DINARA SAFINA (9)
33. Anne Kremer (Q)
34. Anastassia Rodionova
35. Milagros Sequera
36. Akiko Morigami
37. Meilen Tu
38. Laura Granville
39. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (14)
40. Alla Kudryavtseva (Q)
41. Virginia Ruano Pascual
42. Tamira Paszek (Q)
43. Martina Muller
44. Emilie Loit
45. Monique Adamczak (WC)
46. Peng,Shuai
47. Olga Poutchkova
48. Lourdes Dominguez Lino
49. Gisela Dulko
50. Renata Voracova (Q)
51. Iveta Benesova
52. Virginie Razzano
53. Zuzana Ondraskova
54. SAMANTHA STOSUR (24)
55. AI SUGIYAMA (23)
56. Sania Mirza
57. MARION BARTOLI (18)
58. Agnieszka Radwanska
59. Elena Vesnina
60. ANNA-LENA GROENEFELD (17)
61. Julia Vakulenko (Q)
62. Kaia Kanepi
63. Julia Schruff
64. Youlia Fedossova (WC)
65. MARA SANTANGELO (27)
66. Camille Pin
67. Jill Craybas
68. Vasilisa Bardina
69. Romina Oprandi
70. Sybille Bammer
71. Alberta Brianti
72. Nathalie Dechy
73. Aleksandra Wozniak
74. Tzipora Obziler
75. Stephanie Foretz
76. Alize Cornet (Q)
77. Jessica Moore (WC)
78. Madison Brengle (WC)
79. Shenay Perry
80. Elena Bovina
81. Tamarine Tanasugarn
82. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
83. Casey Dellacqua (WC)
84. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (Q)
85. Anna Smashnova
86. Sophie Ferguson (WC)
87. Laura Pous Tio
88. ELENI DANIILIDOU (32)
89. Yuliana Fedak
90. Vania King
91. Kirsten Flipkens
92. Yuan,Meng
93. Karolina Sprem
94. Chan,Yung-Jan
95. Martina Sucha
96. Ekaterina Bychkova
97. Michaella Krajicek
98. Roberta Vinci
99. Jarmila Gajdosova
100. Tsvetana Pironkova
101. Edina Gallovits
102. Yulia Beygelzimer
103. Sandra Kloesel
104. Emma Laine
105. Melinda Czink
106. Severine Bremond
107. Jorgelina Cravero (Q)
108. Aravane Rezai
109. Iroda Tulyaganova (WC)
110. Andreja Klepac (Q)
111. Marta Domachowska
112. Ahsha Rolle (Q)
113. Sun,Tiantian
114. Meghann Shaughnessy
115. Galina Voskoboeva
116. Nicole Pratt
117. Clarisa Fernandez
118. Klara Zakopalova (Q)
119. Sofia Arvidsson
120. Olga Savchuk
121. Vera Dushevina
122. Varvara Lepchenko
123. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES (25)
124. Sandra Zahlavova (Q)
125. Elena Likhovtseva
126. FLAVIA PENNETTA (28)
127. ZHENG,JIE (31)
128. Catalina Castano

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8. WTA Singles Rankings (as of 29th January 2007)
-----------------------

1. Maria Sharapova (3918)
2. Justine Henin-Hardenne (3311)
3. Amélie Mauresmo (2900)
4. Kim Clijsters (2577)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova (2554)
6. Martina Hingis (2139)
7. Nadia Petrova (2057)
8. Elena Dementieva (2013)
9. Nicole Vaidišová (1782)
10. Jelena Janković (1558)
11. Patty Schnyder (1544)
12. Dinara Safina (1527)
13. Anna Chakvetadze (1470)
14. Serena Williams (1269)
15. Shahar Peer (1209)
16. Ana Ivanović (1160)
17. Li,Na (1106)
18. Daniela Hantuchová (988)
19. Tatiana Golovin (950)
20. Anna-Lena Grönefeld (944)
21. Vera Zvonarëva (932)
...
133. Iroda Tulyaganova (220.25)
...
621. Jelena Dokić (18.75)

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9. Iroda's next tournaments
---------------------------

At last Iroda has moved off the ITF Women's Circuit, and is planning to qualify for some WTA tournaments!

* Pattaya City (week of 5th February - qualifying)
* Bangalore (week of 12th February - qualifying)
* Dubai (week of 19th February - next-in list for qualifying)
* Doha (week of 26th February - qualifying)
* Indian Wells (fortnight of 5th March - next-in list for qualifying)

However, the Pattaya City qualifying-draw is now out, and Iroda's name isn't in it. :(

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Uranus
Feb 13th, 2007, 08:34 AM
Where is Iroda? No Pattaya, no Bangalore... :shrug: :sad:

andrewbroad
Mar 1st, 2007, 12:14 PM
================
15th ASIAN GAMES (Doha, Qatar)
================ http://www.doha-2006.com/ (http://www.doha-2006.com/)
Women's Singles: Quarter-final (Monday 11th December 2006)
------------------------------

- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [8] lt. LI,NA [1], 6-3 5-7 2-6

I just found the following in an email from the now-sadly-defunct tennis_queen_sania Yahoo! Group:
>>>
CHINESE top seed Li Na downed the Asian Games defending champion to setup a semifinal showdown against Indian darling Sania Mirza who easily won her match yesterday.

The Chinese world number 21, the highest ranked player here, fought back from a set down against Uzbekistan's Iroda Tulyaganova to sneak through in the second and power her way to victory in the third, winning 3-6 7-5 6-2.

Li, who lost in the team event to 2002 champion Tulyaganova, said the Uzbek's lack of concentration and her own determination had given her the edge.

"I played okay. I was a bit tired after playing too much tennis on Sunday," said the 24-year-old.

"Iroda was using top spin a lot, and she was serving well. So after losing the first set, I told myself I can do it, and I hung on.

"She came back into the match three times in the second set. But she was losing concentration quite often."
<<<

There's no sign of Iroda in any draws since the Australian Open. The next possibility is:
* Indian Wells (fortnight of 5th March - next-in list for qualifying)

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Hayato
Mar 6th, 2007, 05:55 AM
Indian Wells Q1:
Tulyaganova def. (3) Schruff 63 64!! :yeah: :D

andrewbroad
Mar 11th, 2007, 08:55 PM
=================
PACIFIC LIFE OPEN (Indian Wells, California, USA; outdoor hard (Plexipave); WTA Tier I)
================= http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/ (http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/)

Iroda Tulyaganova [EF] in qualifying:
1q + JULIA SCHRUFF [3], 6-3 6-4
2q - YVONNE MEUSBURGER [24], 5-7 6-7 (7/9)

Iroda's terrible loss in the first round of the Australian Open, and her subsequent inactivity, had put serious doubts in my mind over all that she had achieved in the last four months of 2006.

So I was very pleased to see her in the qualifying-draw here, and delighted when she won her first match!

But the loss shows that Iroda has lost a lot of ground since late 2006, and dampens my hopes of seeing her play in England again - something that might just happen this June if she could get her ranking up from #136 to inside the top 100...

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Photos
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Unfortunately there are none of Iroda TTBOMK, but there are some of another attractive Uzbek girl who lost in the second qualifying-round:

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo?slug=getty-73455756ms012_pacific_life__10_18_08_pm&prov=getty (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo?slug=getty-73455756ms012_pacific_life__10_18_08_pm&prov=getty)

Then search Getty Images for this girl!

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Qualifying: First round (Monday 5th March)
-----------------------

+ Iroda Tulyaganova [EF] d. JULIA SCHRUFF [3], 6-3 6-4

Schruff reached the semi-finals of Acapulco last week, so a good scalp for Iroda!

The following information comes from the live-scores thread:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=288688&page=86 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=288688&page=86)


First set
---------
TULYAGA *@ @* * * 6
SCHRUFF __@__* *_ 3

Iroda serving 0-0: 40/0 to deuce; Iroda saved one break-point, then held.
Schruff serving 0-1: broken to love.

Iroda serving 3-1: held to 15.


Second set
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TULYAGA @*__@ ???* 6
SCHRUFF __*@ @???_ 4

Iroda serving 1-0: held after saving 2 BPs.

Iroda serving 3-2: broken after squandering GPs.
Schruff serving 3-3: scoreboard froze at 30/15.

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Qualifying: Second round (Tuesday 6th March)
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- Iroda Tulyaganova [EF] lt. YVONNE MEUSBURGER [24], 5-7 6-7 (7/9)

Iroda led 5-4* in the second set, and *4/1 in the tiebreak. She saved one match-point at 5/6*, and had a set-point at *7/6 before losing the last three points.

DevilishAttitude (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10222973):
>>>
Meusburger is a very old fashioned counter-puncher,
<<<

rrfnpump (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10229783):
>>>
players like Meusburger who hit flat and hardly make any errors are bad opponents for Iri :( :sad:
<<<

markdelaney (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10230469):
>>>
Iroda made just 6/18 break points, compared to 7/8 of her opponent.She had 0-40 on Meusburger's serve in the 12th game of the first set. She led the second set 4-2 and had a point for 5-2 and led the tie-break 4-1, with a set point at 7-6. A case of many missed chances and a serve that is clearly not working very well at the moment.
<<<

I was hoping 'Rodi' might get into the main draw as a lucky loser, but it was Anastassia Rodionova who did so when Elena Dementieva withdrew. :(

Meusburger was lucky to even reach the second qualifying-round, as Margalita Chakhnashvili had served for the match in the second set.

At least Meusburger went on to reach the third round of the main draw, where Martina Hingis will take care of her...

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georgekuo1017
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:15 AM
miami

(17)Tatiana Golovin (FRA) v BYE
(wc)Iroda Tulyagonova (UZB) v Q
Vasilisa Bardina (RUS) v (wc)Sanja Ancic (CRO)
(9)Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) v BYE

andrewbroad
Mar 31st, 2007, 12:18 AM
==================
SONY ERICSSON OPEN (Miami, Florida, USA; outdoor hard; WTA Tier I)
================== http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/ (http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/)
Photo
-----

I haven't seen any Iroda-photos from Miami, but one from Indian Wells has surfaced which is my favourite Iroda-photo of the year so far! :hearts:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=290066 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=290066)

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First round (Wednesday 21st March)
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- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [WC,EF] lt. Tatiana Poutchek [Q], 6-0 3-6 retired (lower-back injury)

It was a bizarre match: first Iroda won all her games to get to 6-0 3-0*, then #111-ranked Poutchek won all her games as Iroda took a time-out for the injury at *3-3, and retired after dropping the second set! :sad:

What worries me is that Iroda was suffering with a back-injury in the finals of ITF Shenzhen last November. If this is a recurrence of that injury, then we have more cause for concern than if it's a fresh injury.


First set
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TULYAGAN *@*@*@ 6
POUTCHEK ______ 0


Second set
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TULYAGAN *@*______ 3
POUTCHEK ___*@*@*@ 6


Sunny_Boy (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10331379):
>>>
I saw Poutchek play at the AO qualies, she's a very consistent player who doesn't give you many errors so Iroda needs to bring her A game tomorrow. When Poutchek played Morita at the AO she basically grinded her opponent down. A weakness for Poutchek is her mind, she's a nut case, she likes to throw her racket and scream at herself. Hopefully Iroda can get off to a good start which will frustrate Poutchek.
<<<

wayitis (http://www.wtaworld.com/):
>>>
I watched a little bit of this match, Iroda was killing the ball, she hits much flatter and harder than Tatiana, but then she twitched something in her back and could barely move afterwards... She had a medical timeout at 3-3, but was still hurting a lot and made 2 double faults to get broken and fall behind. She couldn't use her back to serve or hit and was just trying to arm-muscle the ball. All Tatiana had to do was hit the balls to the corner that Iroda couldn't move at all. Iroda was nice enough to give it a try though, but eventually the pain was too much to bear and she forfeited after the 2nd set...
<<<

It's such a shame, because Iroda had a mouthwatering draw. In the second round, she would have faced Tatiana 'Microshorts' Golovin, and in the third round, Anna 'Ultracute' Chakvetadze! ;)


================
Next tournament?
================

Iroda has withdrawn from the following ITF tournaments:
* Latina (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100015127) (week of 26th March - withdrew on 23rd March)
* Dinan (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100015532) (week of 2nd April - withdrew on 18th March)

Her next tournament may be WTA Warsaw (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/tournaments/profiles/warsaw.asp) (week of 30th April), although her ranking of #129 (as of 12th March) doesn't even guarantee her a place in the qualifying.

Iroda may also play Fed Cup on 18th-21st April. Uzbekistan are in the Asia/Oceania Zone, Group I (http://www.fedcup.com/results/ao1.asp), with round-robin ties to be played in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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auntie janie
Apr 19th, 2007, 12:15 AM
Iroda & team lost to Hong Kong:

Wing-Yau Venise Chan(HKG) d. Iroda Tulyaganova(UZB) 63 16 75 :bigcry:

Ling Zhang(HKG) d. Akgul Amanmuradova(HKG) 63 63 :bigcry:

Khabibulina/Saidkhodjaeva(UZB) d. Lam/Tong(HKG) 62 57 3-3 (Retired : Tong right ankle)

Oh, well. At least she's able to play again after her back injury.

andrewbroad
Apr 30th, 2007, 08:29 PM
I regret to announce my semi-retirement from writing tennis-reports, with immediate (and indeed retrospective) effect.

I have just started a new job which means that I will have many fewer hours to pursue my hobbies than I did before, and there is no way that I would be able to sustain the effort currently required to research and write my lengthy reports.

Just as tennis-players don't make it without hard work and sacrifices, so too must I work hard and make sacrifices to progress my career as a computer-scientist.

It pains me greatly to make this decision, but it's something I did foresee when I made my vow for each member of my Eternal Fanship:
>>>
From now on, and until the end of her career (or my life), I will follow her with the same level of dedication as the players of whom I'm already an Eternal Fan, to the maximum extent that my personal circumstances and available resources will allow.
<<<

The maximum extent that my circumstances and resources now allow is the following:

1. I will continue to update the Matchographies on my website.

2. I will continue to update the Biographies on my website at the end of each year.

3. During the French Open, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Australian Open, and the Olympics, I will follow these tournaments with the same dedication as I did before. But I will not be doing any more extended reports for these tournaments (except the ones that I actually attend).

4. I will follow other tournaments privately, without posting reports. This even includes the US Open, which is not televised on any channels to which I have access, and is therefore not worth demanding two weeks' extra leave for.

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andrewbroad
Jul 21st, 2007, 10:15 PM
Iroda beat Kathrin Wörle 7-6 (7/1) 6-2 to set up an absolutely mouthwatering date with the gorgeous Magdaléna Rybáriková! :hearts: :hearts:

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Jan 12th, 2008, 10:43 PM
I have just updated Iroda's biography on my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/biography.html

It is not a copy of Iroda's standard WTA Tour biography, but my own detailed appreciation of her game, followed by a review for every year of her career. I have edited the introduction, and added a review of 2007.

There has been some confusion in the IT community regarding the structure of the Eredivisie Proftennis (June 2007) and Iroda's results in it, but I think I've got the story straight for my biography.

I can confirm that I will be reporting on the Australian Open 2008. I have also vowed to follow the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics.

Here's a very nice Iroda-photo that you may not have seen before:
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM39099.5470319676

I don't think it's too late to wish Iroda and all her fans a happy new year.

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andrewbroad
Jan 14th, 2008, 11:08 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
--------

1. UK TV-alert
2. First-round draw: Bottom half
3. Second-round draw: Top half
4. Iroda Tulyaganova preview
5. Order of Play for Tuesday

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1. UK TV-alert
--------------

The evening-sessions of the Australian Open will be televised on BBCi from 08:25 GMT each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel: either 301 or 302 - today it was 301).

My understanding is that this coverage will consist of the women's match on the evening-session of the Rod Laver Arena (Kanepi v Molik on Monday), followed by the men's match, followed by recorded coverage of the "best" match of the day on a continuous loop.

But don't set your hopes too high - last year, only 7% of BBCi's Australian Open coverage was of the women! :mad: There isn't a women's match on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session every day.

Other Australian Open coverage on BBC television:
* Sunday 20th January on BBC 2 (12:30 to 14:00 GMT);
* Saturday 26th January: Women's Singles final on BBC 1 (from 02:20 GMT);
* Saturday 26th January: repeat of WS final on BBCi (from 07:00 GMT);
* Saturday 26th January: highlights of WS final on BBC 2 (13:00 to 14:00 GMT);
* Sunday 27th January: Men's Singles final on BBC 2 (from 08:30 GMT);
* Sunday 27th January: repeat of MS final on BBCi (from 10:00 GMT).

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2. First-round draw: Bottom half
--------------------------------
2.1 Third quarter: Iroda Tulyaganova
------------------------------------

* Yan,Zi [s] v VENUS WILLIAMS [8] (jia you Zi!)
* Camille Pin v Monica Niculescu [Q]
* Timea Bacsinszky [Q] v Sophie Ferguson [WC] (hopp Timea!)
* Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] v SANIA MIRZA [31,DF] (I like Sania a lot, but DAVAI IRODA!!)

* Séverine Brémond v LI,NA [24] (allez Séverine!)
* Maria Elena Camerin v Christina Wheeler [WC] (forza Maria Elena!)
* Marta Domachowska [Q] v Mathilde Johansson [WC] (my loyalty is to Marta)
* MARION BARTOLI [10,DF,S] v Sofia Arvidsson (allez Marion!)

* Sabine Lisicki [Q] v DINARA SAFINA [16] (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* María Emilia Salerni v Mariya Koryttseva (¡vamos María Emilia!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Caroline Wozniacki (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [21] v Alla Kudryavtseva (davai Alyona!)

* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [28] v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (dajmo Katarina!)
* Angelika Bachmann v Anastasia Rodionova
* Tathiana Garbin v Eleni Daniilidou
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [4,DF] v Sorana Cîrstea (my loyalty is to Ana)


2.2 Bottom quarter: Chakvetadze, Šafářová, Hantuchová
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* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Andrea Petkovic (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Alisa Kleybanova [Q] (jia you Shuai!)
* Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] v Akiko Morigami [s] (my loyalty is to Michaëlla)
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] v Meilen Tu (davai Maria!)

* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [22,EF] v Catalina Castaño (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* Roberta Vinci v Virginia Ruano Pascual (may the better win)
* Alizé Cornet v Clarisa Fernández (allez Alizé!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [9,EF] v Vania King (POĎME DANIELA!!)

* NADIA PETROVA [14] v Nicole Pratt
* Anne Kremer v Evgenia Linetskaya (dajee Anne!)
* Laura Granville v Yvonne Meusburger
* Ekaterina Makarova v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [20] (I did a Google Image search for "Ekaterina Makarova" and found an absolute stunner, but unfortunately she wasn't the tennis-player)

* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [29] v Olga Savchuk
* Martina Müller v Pauline Parmentier
* Tsvetana Pironkova v Olga Govortsova (my loyalty is to Tsvetana)
* Nathalie Dechy v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [2] (allez Nathalie!)

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3. Second-round draw: Top half
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* Olga Poutchkova v JUSTINE HENIN [1] (davai Olga!)
* Angelique Kerber v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [25]
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] v SYBILLE BAMMER [19] (jia you Su-Wei!)
* TATIANA GOLOVIN [13,DF] v Aravane Rezaï (my loyalty is to Tatiana)

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [11] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (davai Elena!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [17] v Jessica Moore [WC] (kadima Shahar!)
* Elena Vesnina v Jill Craybas (davai Elena!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [5,EF] v Lindsay Davenport (DAVAI MARIA!!)

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3] v Edina Gallovits
* Flavia Pennetta [DF] v VIRGINIE RAZZANO [30] (forza Flavia!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [18] (davai Yaroslava!)
* Casey Dell'Acqua v PATTY SCHNYDER [15]

* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [12,EF] v Alicia Molik (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* Tatiana Perebiynis v Ai Sugiyama (davai Tatiana!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [26] v Sandra Klösel [Q]
* Yuan,Meng [Q] v SERENA WILLIAMS [7]

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4. Iroda Tulyaganova preview
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4.1 First round
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I hoped that Sania Mirza would get to play a member of my Eternal Fanship here, so that I can follow more closely what could well be the final Grand Slam of her career.

Sania is being prosecuted for "dishonouring the Indian flag", after she sat with her feet up and over it at the recent Hopman Cup. She will stand trial on 10th March, and the likely outcome is three years' imprisonment. This is not the first time that Sania has "dishonoured the Indian flag", the photographic evidence is plastered all over the Internet, and as she is a major star in India, they will want to make an example of her.

What's the world coming to when Sania is going to prison because someone published sole-shots of her in the presence of the Indian flag, when Günther Parche didn't have to spend a single day in jail for stabbing Monica Seles, and the burglars who tied up Anna Chakvetadze haven't even been caught yet? The logic of this world is simple: the innocent go down at the slightest faux pas while the guilty get off scot-free.

I've been a demi-fan of Sania since I first watched her play at Wimbledon 2005, and saw her groundstrokes of flairsome power. She's also very sexy, especially what I've seen of her so far this year.

Sania had a sophomore-slump in 2006, as she had to put up with the distractions of Muslim fundamentalists who issued a fatwa against her for playing tennis in bare legs. 2007 was better, as she compiled a 30:19 record and reached the Stanford final, beating three top-22 players back to back before losing to Anna Chakvetadze.

Sania has had a decent start to 2008, going 1:2 in Hopman Cup singles-rubbers, and reaching the quarter-finals of Hobart (beating two journeywomen, and losing to Flavia Pennetta on the day the flag-complaint was filed), while Iroda finished her miserable 2007 season with a quarter-final at ITF Dubai in December.

The only previous Iroda v Sania meeting was at the Asian Games in December 2006, when Iroda was on decent form, but possibly suffering from the back-injury that would wreck her 2007, and Sania won 6-3 6-0.

Apparently Sania is distraught about her prosecution - hardly a frame of mind conducive to successful tennis - but unless Iroda has been injury-free enough to do some amazing preparation in the last month, it will take a miracle for Iroda to come through this one.

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5. Order of Play for Tuesday
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Court 6 (start 11:00 AEST = 00:00 GMT)
MS 1r: JUAN MÓNACO [21] v Carlos Berlocq
WS 1r: Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF] v SANIA MIRZA [31,DF]
MS 1r: Nicolas Kiefer v JUAN CARLOS FERRERO [22]
WS 1r: Séverine Brémond v LI,NA [24]

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

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andrewbroad
Feb 2nd, 2008, 09:02 PM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Grand Slam)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. First round: Tulyaganova v Mirza review

Apologies for the delay.
This was due to Maria going all the way!

But it does give me a chance to congratulate Iroda on her Fed Cup success this week: especially her win over Australian Open fourth-rounder Hsieh,Su-Wei!

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1. Photos
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Iroda Tulyaganova and Sania Mirza:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=tulyaganova
search Getty Images for "tulyaganova"

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2. Tulyaganova v Mirza review (Tuesday 15th January)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ SANIA MIRZA [31,DF] d. Iroda Tulyaganova [WC,EF], 6-4 6-2

An expected result after the year Iroda's had. She served a monstrous 11 double faults in nine service-games, and had a W:UE ratio of 15:31, while Sania's was 21:20. At least Iroda's serve has lost none of its power (up to 119mph), but she only got 50% of first serves in, and it made a huge difference when she did so.

At least it doesn't feel so bad that she lost to Sania, whom I like a lot as a player, and find very sexy. I also have a great deal of sympathy for Sania over the persecution she continues to suffer, and I hoped she would go on to do all the things I unrealistically wanted Iroda to do at this tournament.

I saw Sania's third-round loss to Venus Williams on BBCi, and I was most impressed: Sania may not have much of a serve, but her groundstrokes are of top-ten quality and flairsome power - she was often overpowering Williams!


2.1 Articles
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The following articles focus on Sania, but I've only included those that mention Iroda.

Mirza admits she considered quitting over flag-row (Reuters)
By Simon Cambers (Editing by Greg Stutchbury)
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Sania Mirza, at the centre of controversy in India for reportedly disrespecting her national flag, admitted on Tuesday she had considered quitting the sport over the row.

But the 21-year-old, who advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-2 win over Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, said it was only a fleeting thought, and she expected to be around for a while yet.

"I think a lot of thoughts went through my head in the last couple of weeks," Mirza told reporters.

"One of the thoughts was that [to quit the sport], but I wouldn't say it was serious enough that I am going to quit right now."

Mirza is the subject of a court-summons in the central city of Bhopal after a private citizen made a complaint under the country's Prevention of Insult to the National Honour Act.

The controversy surrounds a photograph taken at the Hopman Cup mixed-team event in Perth, played at the beginning of the year, that appeared to show Mirza's bare feet resting near the national flag.

The maximum punishment for the offence is a three-year jail-term, but Mirza, one of her country's biggest sporting-heroes, said she would never do anything to hurt India.

"I just know that I would not do anything to disrespect my country," she said.

"I love my country - I wouldn't be playing Hopman Cup otherwise - but besides that, I am not allowed to comment."

Mirza admitted, though, that her preparations for the year's first Grand-Slam event had been affected by the controversy.

"It's not easy to deal with things like that off the court," she said.

"Obviously there are some misunderstandings happening. I am not super-human, so it does affect me a little bit.

"I am not a politician here, to outsmart people and try to fight. That's not what I am trying to do - I am trying to play tennis, I am 21, and I am trying to do the best I can.

"However I try and block it out, it's still at the back of my mind. Under the circumstances, I am just glad I came through the first round."
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Sania Mirza tries to focus on the court despite troubles off
By Dennis Passa: AP Sports Writer
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In her darkest moments, Sania Mirza wonders if she should quit tennis.

The Indian tennis-star wishes her only concern before a match was to study her opponent. But it is hardly that simple.

Instead, she's taking phone-calls from lawyers in India, answering questions about her loyalty to her country, and defending her Muslim beliefs.

"It's not easy to deal with things like that off the court. I am not superhuman so it does affect me," Mirza said Tuesday after her first-round victory at the Australian Open. "As much as I try to block it out, it's still in the back of your mind."

When she first came on the WTA Tour full time three years ago - her first Grand Slam was the Australian Open in 2005 - she was often criticised for her short skirts and midriff-revealing T-shirts that put her at odds with sections of the orthodox Muslim clergy.

Now her nationalism has been questioned. She was photographed at the Hopman Cup in Perth this month with her bare feet near an Indian flag.

On 9th January, a social worker in India went to court in Bhopal and had a judge issue a summons under the "Prevention of Insult to the National Honour Act." The court was told that Mirza disrespected the Indian flag by "sitting in a manner so that her feet pointed at the flag, which he felt was derogatory and had hurt him."

Mirza insists she would never show lack of respect for India.

"I love my country," said Mirza, who is from the southern city of Hyderabad. "I wouldn't be playing Hopman Cup otherwise. But other than that, I am not allowed to comment because it is before the courts."

Last week, she said she considered quitting tennis and ending a career that has brought her one WTA Tour title and seven final-appearances.

"It does play on your mind. You do start to think that at the end of the day, I am not a politician to outsmart people," Mirza said. "That's not what I am trying to do, which is to play tennis. I'm 21 and trying to be the best I can be.

"A lot of thoughts went through my head in the past couple of weeks, and one of the thoughts was [quitting]. But I wouldn't say that they were serious enough that I would quit right now."

On Tuesday, the 31st-seeded Mirza won 6-4 6-2 over wild card Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan.

"It was very tricky to play again," Mirza said. "I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to blank out everything and play a tennis-match."

In 2005, she became the first Indian woman to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam, losing to Serena Williams in Australia after being granted a wild card.

"It is very special," she said. "There were a lot of firsts involved."

This year, she could face Venus Williams in the third round if she beats Switzerland's Timea Bascinszky in the second round.

"I always feel confident when I come back here," she said.

"At the end of the day, it is a sport, and we deal with bad line-calls on a daily basis," Mirza says, then adds, smiling, "I have my own set of controversies to deal with."
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Sania Mirza is failing to fly the flag for India
By Martin Johnson for The Daily Telegraph <www.telegraph.co.uk>
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National pride: Sania Mirza is proving popular but controversial

Melbourne is a long way from home for a young girl from Hyderabad, and ordinarily Sania Mirza would have been pleased to see one of her supporters waving an Indian flag when she walked onto court for her first-round women's singles match at the Australian Open yesterday.

On this occasion, however, the sight of it more likely made her break out into a nervous sweat. A couple of weeks ago, the 21-year-old was photographed with her feet up while watching a colleague playing in an international exhibition-match in Perth, and the proximity of her toes to a nearby Indian flag has raised temperatures in her home-state to vindaloo-levels.

A High Court lawyer has even gone so far as to file a case for her arrest (without bail) and a three-year jail-sentence.

The initial hearing is due to be held this week under something called the "Prevention Of Insult To The National Honour Act", citing "disrespect" to the national flag. India's predilection for red tape, taught to them by the Imperial British, but since refined to gargantuan levels, means that by the time the case gets to court she will probably be a grandmother, but it's a bit of worry nonetheless.

The sight of the flag may have been responsible for her going 1-3 behind early on to Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, but she rallied to win comfortably enough in straights sets: 6-4 6-2. The No 31 seed did admit, though, that staying focused was becoming quite a feat when all the attention was on her feet.

"All I want to do is play tennis," she said, which was a bit of a surprise given that tennis is what keeps landing her in hot water.

When she first started out on the pro circuit at the age of 18, the length of her skirts prompted some religious mullah to issue a fatwa, which was a bit of a handicap to her chosen profession given that fashion in women's tennis-apparel has moved on - not to mention up - since Suzanne Lenglen's knickers were covered by several petticoats and a skirt which picked up chalk from the baseline.

Sania's skirt yesterday was no more than a pelmet, although she did offer a compromise by wearing underwear that resembled a pair of bicycle-shorts. She was taking more of a chance with her choice of top though, which flew up over her navel every time she launched herself into a serve.

When Sania, who is Shia Muslim, first bared her thighs on a tennis-court, people took to the streets to burn effigies of her, although this in itself is such a common event in India that it more or less doubles the smog-levels. It's most prevalent after a game of cricket, and there is barely an Indian batsman in history who hasn't had an effigy of himself set on fire.

Sania, who apparently records more hits on the Google Internet-site than even a cricketing-icon like Sachin Tendulkar, only narrowly escaped another fatwa last month by issuing a written apology for filming an advertisement close to a mosque, so one way or another, she keeps putting her foot in it.

Or in the case of flags, on it.

Indians seem to be acutely sensitive over issues that wouldn't raise an eyebrow elsewhere, and their cricketers - currently on the other side of the country in Perth - recently made a complaint (later withdrawn) over an Australian bowler calling one of them a "bastard." This tells you that they don't know much about Australians, for whom the word is close to a term of endearment.

Sania confessed that all the fuss back at home had affected her to the extent of wondering whether it was worthwhile carrying on playing, but she would have had to have been mentally away with the pixies to have been bothered by yesterday's opponent.

The girl from Uzbekistan might have been more of a handful had there not been a net between her and her opponent, which she found so regularly she'd have more chance of making it as a striker for Tashkent United.

She also racked up 11 double faults in nine service-games, but at least Miss Tulyaganova didn't have to worry about the consequences of displaying her knickers: a natty shade of orange.

Sania, on the other hand, could be facing yet another fatwa for her behaviour immediately after leaving the court, when she walked up to a man and - shock, horror - kissed him.

True, it was the lightest of pecks on both cheeks, and she was merely greeting her coach, but back home in Hyderabad, some bearded Indian cleric may already be demanding the death-penalty.
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Women tennis-players approached to throw matches
By Dennis Passa: AP Sports Writer
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Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, who lost her first-round match on Tuesday to India's Sania Mirza, attended Saturday's meeting [with WTA CEO Larry Scott and 250 female players]. She said it was important that the gambling-issues were discussed.

"The public has to know that the outcome of our matches are fair, that they aren't affected by people on the Tour or off it who stand to make money from the result," said Tulyaganova. "It's the only way we can have any credibility."

Mirza said she has "never been approached, and I do not know personally of anyone who has been approached" to throw matches.

"As far as we know, women's tennis is clean," she said. "A lot has happened of course in the men's and there is a lot of talk.

"I think there needs to be a punishment - it's a profession."
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Match-fixing is another prime example of what I was saying about the innocent being punished while the guilty get off scot-free. The ATP have dragged Nikolay Davydenko's name through the mud without any proof of wrongdoing, and banned three Italian men who bet on tennis-matches other than their own, but they are no closer to catching the real villains (and it's a fair bet that match-fixing does go on in the lower echelons of tennis) until they start bugging the locker-rooms, and using wiretappers and packet-sniffers to monitor telephone- and Internet-conversations.

The ATP talk about suspicious betting-patterns, but I'm more concerned about suspicious banning-patterns, given that they target Italians over gambling and Argentinians over doping.

And if it's true that the Russian Mafia are forcing players to throw matches, God help us.

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andrewbroad
Feb 16th, 2008, 10:36 PM
Remember Her? WTA players who fell off the map
http://tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=119078
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IRODA TULYAGANOVA
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Career-high ranking: No. 16 (16th June 2002)
2007 year-end ranking: No. 355

WHAT HAPPENED: The hard-hitting kid from Uzbekistan served notice of her presence in 2001, when she won back-to-back tournaments in the fall, beating Elena Dementieva, Paola Suárez, and Patty Schnyder at the former, and Kim Clijsters at the latter. She had also beaten Mary Pierce the month before. Later that year, she would add Justine Henin to her collection of scalps. She has not won another title or beaten another top 10 player since. In 2003, her elbow began giving her serious trouble, ending her season halfway through. She came back more than a year later, at Tashkent, but won only one match, and then ended up in challengers. Family-conflict has reportedly also been an issue.

OUTLOOK: Long road back, but could become a regular Tour-player again

Seven of her eight match-wins in the last two years have come in a one-month span in late 2006 when she made the semi-final at Kolkata and the final at Tashkent. Tulyaganova made her Grand Slam return at the Australian Open earlier this year, playing a relatively solid match against Sania Mirza in the first round. She then won two rounds of qualifying at Pattaya City before dropping her third match. Her game is still in the rebuilding-stage, but she's going in the right direction.


[Other players in the full article: Dája Bedáňová, Elena Bovina, Jennifer Capriati, Jelena Dokić, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Martina Hingis, Sesil Karatantcheva, Anna Kournikova, Lina Krasnoroutskaya, Mirjana Lučić, Anastasia Myskina, Mary Pierce, Chanda Rubin, Monica Seles, Karolina Šprem and Alexandra Stevenson]
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LCS
Feb 20th, 2008, 12:02 PM
When is Iroda playing next?

andrewbroad
Apr 5th, 2008, 12:23 PM
Here's a photo I found in Slovenský Tenis (http://www.stz.sk/) magazine (April 2008), which previews the forthcoming Uzbekistan v Slovakia Fed Cup tie of 26th/27th April:

http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/8643/slovenskytenisapril2008zh6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/8643/slovenskytenisapril2008zh6.5a6f3f4154.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=509&i=slovenskytenisapril2008zh6.jpg)

I've seen a cropped version of this photo before (it is from Pattaya 2008), but this one shows a bit of leg too.

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andrewbroad
Jan 7th, 2009, 11:14 PM
I have just updated Iroda's biography on my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/tulya/biography.html

It is not a copy of Iroda's standard WTA Tour biography, but my own detailed appreciation of her game, followed by a review for every year of her career. I have edited the introduction, and added a review of 2008.

I have also replaced the term "Grand Slam" with "Major" when referring to the four Major tournaments individually. It is my New Year's Resolution to reserve the term "Grand Slam" for the winning of all four Majors.

I wish Iroda and all her fans a happy new year, and Iroda a slightly belated (assuming she's in Tashkent, which is on GMT+5h) happy birthday for 7th January.

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Geertvg
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:22 AM
Oj oj oj. Poor Iri...

Zojirushi
Feb 18th, 2009, 11:49 AM
According to the WTA website, she only played 6 tournaments last year and the last one was on June, really miss her...

ArturoAce.
Sep 21st, 2009, 02:00 AM
(1)Senoglu/Shvedova v Kucova/Woerle
Govortsova/Poutchek v Chalova/Frankova

(4)Kondratieva/Lefevre v Niculescu/Rolle
(wc)Khabibulina/Tulyaganova v Camerin/Palkina

Fedak/Manasieva v Ani/Tsurenko
Rodionova/Savchuk v (3)Olaru/Voskoboeva

Mayr/Voegele v Diatchenko/Dzehalevich
Bychkova/Panova v (2)Amanmuradova/Kustova

she's playing tashkent dubs :yeah:

andrewbroad
Sep 21st, 2009, 07:09 PM
It's great that Iroda's back, but how is Iroda's back?

ArturoAce.
Sep 22nd, 2009, 01:25 AM
they lost 13-11 in stb :(

tennisbuddy12
Jul 7th, 2010, 11:46 PM
In September, there is a 25k and a 75k back to back and I saw Iroda's name on the list. The list isn't published yet. I saw it through an IPIN account, which players use to enter/withdraw. Hopefully she plays them!

Sunny_Boy
Jul 27th, 2010, 05:33 AM
In September, there is a 25k and a 75k back to back and I saw Iroda's name on the list. The list isn't published yet. I saw it through an IPIN account, which players use to enter/withdraw. Hopefully she plays them!

Thanks for the news! Wont get too excited just yet, still a while to go. Which tournaments were they?

Btw, Iroda also has a thread in Russian Roulette which most of her fans use compared to this thread - http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=136307&page=37

Aravanecaravan
Dec 27th, 2010, 07:47 PM
2003 Hopman Cup Tulyaganova v Clijsters:

Part 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8SN145HI
Part 2: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3AKTB9HU
Part 3: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2Q966INU