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tennisIlove09
May 9th, 2003, 08:59 PM
Kournikova Commits To Playing Charlottesville Challenger


Photo By Art Seitz By Richard Pagliaro
05/09/2003

Anna Kournikova continues to rise to the Challenger level. The 1997 Wimbledon semifinalist — who has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Cloisters Cup, in Sea Pines, Georgia — will continue competing on the Challenger circuit when she plays the Boyd Tinsley $25,000 USTA Women’s Tennis Championships at The Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia next week.

Yesterday, the second-seeded Kournikova crushed Gabriela Volekova, 6-0, 6-2 at the Cloisters Cup.

The 72nd-ranked Kournikova, who is still seeking her first WTA Tour tournament title, is trying to refine her game and rebuild her confidence on the Challenger circuit, commonly known as tennis' minor leagues. Amy Frazier is the top seed at the Cloisters Cup.

Regardless of her performance in Sea Pines this week, Kournikova has committed to competing in Charlottesville next week.

Charlottesville native Boyd Tinsley — known by millions of fans as a founding member and violin player in the Dave Matthews Band — is turning his touch to tennis. An avid tennis player and fan, Tinsley has banded together with The Boar’s Head Sports Club and the United States Tennis Association to serve as the title sponsor for a USTA women’s tennis championship.

USTA players begin arriving for matches at Boar’s Head Sports Club on May 10th, with qualifying matches set for Sunday, May 11th and Monday, May 12th. A complete and updated schedule will be available after 4 p.m. on May 12th at USTA Pro Circuit.

For more information or to make room reservations at the Boar's Head Inn, please visit Boars Head Inn or call (800) 476-1988. Admission to the tournament is sponsored by Tinsley and he plans to be there for the final to hand out the champion's check, which could produce a momentous meeting between Tinsley and noted music fan Kournikova should the Internet Icon take the title.

"I'm definitely going to be there," Tinsley told Tennis Week. "I won't be there the entire week, but I will be there for the first night and for the final to present the award at the end of the tournament and I'll also be there for a youth tennis clinic put on by some of the young ladies playing in the tournament."

selesfan87
May 9th, 2003, 09:11 PM
And hell why not? Shes getting some wins! Hopefully she'll get some confidence ahead of the upcoming majors.

empiremaker03
May 9th, 2003, 09:42 PM
hmmm, always wanted to go to Virginia

Dava
May 9th, 2003, 09:58 PM
So is she missing Rome, or Strasborg?

The Guilty
May 9th, 2003, 10:08 PM
Rome

So we can't watch her on eurosport :sad:

But the most important is that she gets some matches and some confidence again. That way we can watch her later but more times. ;)

Dava
May 9th, 2003, 10:11 PM
How mnay points does she have to defend in Rome.

The Guilty
May 9th, 2003, 10:20 PM
How mnay points does she have to defend in Rome.

54 points.

Dava
May 9th, 2003, 10:22 PM
54 :eek:

So how mnay places will she drop? To about 90?

The Guilty
May 9th, 2003, 10:27 PM
No. She will drop to around 80, counting with her semifinal points in Sea Island. But if she wins the tournament she will only drop a few places.

Whatzup
May 9th, 2003, 10:27 PM
If she win this week, how many points will she get from that 25k tournament?

Dava
May 9th, 2003, 10:28 PM
25 plus quality.

Whatzup
May 9th, 2003, 10:29 PM
Ok thnx :D

The Guilty
May 9th, 2003, 10:31 PM
If she win this week, how many points will she get from that 25k tournament?

The winner gets 25 points. But she won 1 quality point against Alves and 2 against Rao. If she beats Sharapova she wins more 2 and if she wins the final against Wheeler or Mattek she wins another 2. So that makes 32 points.

Dava
May 9th, 2003, 10:34 PM
Oh GOD please dont let the final be Wheeler!!!

Cariaoke
May 9th, 2003, 11:42 PM
this minor league assignment seems to be going well for her. I hope she really plays well at Charlottesville like she's been doing in Sea Isle.

starr
May 9th, 2003, 11:43 PM
Good for Anna!

The challenger circuit is going to be quite a different world for Anna. Or.... I wouldn't be surprised if Anna demands and gets the same perks. You gotta hand it to a girl who knows how to get her way.

I hope this move shuts up people who keep repeating that she doesn't care about tennis. She has enough money that she could leave the sport and be just fine and dandy.

I'm glad she took this step.

DutchieGirl
May 10th, 2003, 12:00 AM
Hopefully she can keep on winning!:D

SerialKiller#69
May 10th, 2003, 09:10 AM
her rankings wouldn't be too much of a problem because we know that anna can beat almost anyone in the tour. if she gets her confidence back, then she'll go far in RG. that's better than losing in the 1st or 2nd rounds.