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Jan 25th, 2002, 03:39 PM
Anyone post the scores? I remember last year there was a website for this but I can't find it this year

All I got was this http://www.wellingtontennis.org.nz/

but there was a better site last year that gave match reports

Play in qualifying started today.

Su Wei Hsieh was a qualifier last year and ended up winning the event, her first ITF tournament.

Shelley Stephens will be back to defend her finalist points. I caught a glimpse of her playing in the Australian Open this year, her first Grand Slam match. She played ok, nothing impressive though.

Sarah Stone should be there, it was her best result last year, reaching the quarter finals. Helped her a lot to bring her ranking up the 400 places it rose last year from 1236 to 836.

There should be a few more Aussies here this year. If anyone can post scores as soon as you see them I would be appreciative of this.

Jan 25th, 2002, 04:11 PM
defending finalist points ....

Shelley should be playing 25K events and one win there is enough to defend 10K final pts

good luck to Shelley though ;)

Jan 26th, 2002, 06:28 PM
At least kristen van elden had the sense to withdraw, can't believe she was on the initial entry list

Jan 27th, 2002, 07:40 AM
Glad to hear it too Ausboy! I hope she cuts down on the 10K events this year! Any other news on potential Aussie players?

Jan 29th, 2002, 05:10 AM
Still no news!

I'm frustrated, please anyone post info as soon as you have it!

Rising Sun
Jan 29th, 2002, 11:19 AM

1-Shelley Stephens (NZL) vs Donna McIntyre (AUS)
WC-Mackere Bradnam (NZL) vs Hiromi Okazaki (JPN)
Diana Gherghi (ROM) vs Q-Ana Corbett (NZL)
Adrianna Szili (AUS) vs 6-Keiko Tameishi (JPN)

4-Tracey O'Connor (NZL) vs Hadas Zabusky (AUS)
Tiffany Welford (AUS) vs Q-Julie Ann Welford (AUS)
Svenja Weidemann (GER) vs Q-Lauren Breadmore (AUS)
Q-Lucy Johnson (NZL) vs 8-Madita Suer (GER)

7-Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) vs Sarah Stone (AUS)
Q-Darya Ivanov (AUS) vs Hsiao-Han Chao (TPE)
Q-Kanako Yano (JPN) vs Sabrina Corazza (SUI)
WC-Eden Marama (NZL) vs 3-Ilke Gers (NZL)

5-Nicole Kriz (AUS) vs WC-Jennifer Poskitt (NZL)
Lauren Cheung (AUS) vs Q-Natalie O'Rourke (NZL)
Cassandra Barr (AUS) vs Q-Angie Wilkinson (NZL)
Chin-Wei Chan (TPE) vs 2-Rochelle Rosenfield (AUS)

Randy H
Jan 29th, 2002, 11:46 AM
drat :( 2 faves play round 1 :(

anyway, good luck here to Ilke Gers and Eden Marama, hope the winner goes on an amazing run and wins the title ;)

Jan 29th, 2002, 11:59 AM
Enlighten me Randy, what do you know about Eden Marama? hehehe

Randy H
Jan 29th, 2002, 12:13 PM
Eden's a 14 year old junior (turning 15 soon), she's currently New Zealand's top ranked junior in the ITF rankings thanks to a couple of good G3 results making finals which helped, though she's yet to really breakthrough with anything on the higher junior level scale. She's still young though, so still some time to gain more experience :)

She's a right hander, double handed backhand, and she's 5'10" tall so I think physically she already has a good start aswell...Plus she likes basketball and Internet just like me, so she can't be all that bad ;)

Jan 29th, 2002, 01:08 PM
Cool thanks,

Hopefully she can develop into a top player as New Zealand needs more of a role model than Shelley Stephens, who unfortunately doesn't quite have the game to get much higher.

Randy H
Jan 29th, 2002, 01:19 PM
Yeah, it's too bad the girls in New Zealand don't fair better, I guess they just don't get a whole lot of funding over there.

Eden trains in France a lot as one of Bob Brett's "elite team" members (though he's not her coach). He works with a few ATP players but nobody that big, though he does work with several higher ranked juniors including Gilles Muller who was the year end Boys' Singles #1, so I think that's a good sign for her. She can also serve and volley, though i reckon she's still got lots of room for improvement in that category since she's still really young.

Jan 29th, 2002, 03:03 PM
thanx for draw danker

good luck

Shelley Stephens ;)
Rochelle Rosenfield :)
Adriana Szili :)
Tiffany Welford :) Nicole Kriz :)
Natalie O''Rourke

ouch, its battle of the sisters

Tiffany Welford v her younger sis Julie Ann :eek:

Jan 29th, 2002, 05:27 PM
I was glad to see all 3 aussies qualify!

The draw is actually pretty kind to most of the aussies.

I'll be disappointed if Szili, Rochelle, Tiffany Welford, Lauren Breadmore, Nicole Kriz, Cassandara Barr and Lauren Cheung don't all win!

Feel sorry for Julie-Ann drawing her sister after she qualified so well.

Really hope Sarah can cause an upset, she's defending Q/F points from last year which she can't afford to lose. She's got a tough draw, I'm hoping the fact she has more experience than her opponent might in her favour, especially if its windy like last year.

Donna bummed out, hopefully she can pull off the biggest win of her career, u never know, she has the game to beat Shelley! After what I saw from Shelley I think this will be reasonably close, probably 6-3 6-4 to Shelley. Donna's not a bad player.

Don't know anything about Hsiao-Han Chao, but hopefully she's a walk in the park for Darya hehe :)

Jan 29th, 2002, 05:49 PM
:) good luck to Shelly ;) ;)


Jan 29th, 2002, 06:12 PM
Randy - cheers for the info about Eden, always good to know SOMETHING about these girls. Hope she does well. Best of luck to:

Keiko Tameishi (though I'll be stunned if she wins a game)
Chia-Jung Chuang
Darya Ivanov
Eden Marama

Jan 30th, 2002, 05:02 AM
Here is the website, its up and running


Tennis News FotopressTough Round One For Stephens
29/01/2002 06:08 PM Dave Worsley

Top seeded kiwi Shelley Stephens faces a tough opponent first up in the
opening round of the Allfield Apartments ITF Tennis International starting Wednesday 29 January.

Stephens plays Australian Donna McIntyre in the first round of the
US$10,000 tournament. McIntyre has a current WTA singles ranking of 799
compared to Stephens 280 but knows the New Zealanders play well having
teamed with her last year to win the doubles at the Wellington event.

Stephens,21 was a beaten finalist in the singles last year but then
followed that result by improving both her singles and doubles rankings to
career highs and playing positive tennis, including a grand slam appearance
for the very first time, last week at the Australian Open.

The Aucklander will be hoping to be the first New Zealander to win the
title and the first local woman to win a professional title in this country

The other feature singles match will see 15 year old former Wellingtonian
Eden Marama play New Zealand Federation Cup representative Ilke Gers of

Marama now based in Paris showed plenty of potential in the Wellington Open
over the weekend before going down to Tracey O'Connor in the quarterfinals.

Gers, 20 was a semifinalist at the tournament last year and has a WTA
ranking of 403 which peaked inside the top 400 in 2001. Against Marama she
will have to be on her guard as the 15 year old is highly rated and has
been putting in plenty of time on the practice courts with her coach and
hitting partners.

Matches start from midday at the Renouf Centre with the finals to be played
Sunday 3 February.

Jan 30th, 2002, 05:39 AM
By the way, where is Leanne Baker? I didn't think she would b missing this event!

Martian KC
Jan 30th, 2002, 07:52 AM
Good luck to Chia-Jung and Chin-Wei!!!!

Jan 30th, 2002, 10:04 AM
First round singles update - completed resutls

Tiffany Welford(AUS) bt Julianne Welford(AUS) 6/0 6/0
Svenja Weidemann(GER) bt Lauren Breadmore(AUS) 6/1 6/3
8 Madita Suer(GER) bt Lucy Johnson(NZL) 6/1 6/2
5 Nicole Kriz(AUS) bt Jennifer Poskitt(NZL) 6/2 6/1

Damn I thought Breadmore would win that match, obviously she doesn't have quite enough experience.

Poor Julianne, big sister thrashed her as expected

Well done Nicole, easy win as expected

Jan 30th, 2002, 10:25 AM
Go Adriana! You have the talent, now use it and win here!

Also good luck to the other Aussies, mainly Rochelle :)

Lauren gave Kristen Van Elden a bit of a tussle in the final of the Victorian Grasscourt Championships in Geelong last month, a pity she lost so easily here...

Well Tiffany Welford sure didnt show no mercy on her 14 year old sis! ;)

It says Shelley played Aus Open last week...was it doubles, cos I dont remember seeing her name at qualies.

Jan 30th, 2002, 11:05 AM
yeah she played Doubles.

I saw some of the match while you were watching Eleni beat Panova in the first set! :)

She wasn't much of a player and hit some terrible shots, but nerves probably played a bit of a part. Inoue, her doubles partner certainly wasn't doing anything to help her cause as she was volleying attrociously. I can't see her getting much higher in the rankings, player like Van Elden, Stosur etc are far superior in ability.

Jan 30th, 2002, 11:56 AM
I'm shocked that big sis didn't let her young sis win a game. Poor Julie Ann.

Jan 30th, 2002, 02:26 PM
Stephens Struggles But Wins In Wellington

Top seed Shelley Stephens almost became a casualty in the first round of the Allfield Apartments ITF Tennis International US$10,000 event but somehow managed to score a three set win and continued her quest for more match practice.

The 21 year old beat Australian Donna McIntyre 6/3 4/6 6/4.

Even if Stephens wins the singles title which would mean going one better than last year her ranking would be unlikely to improve dramatically however the Wellington tournament is being used as practice for some big events coming up.

"This tournament isn't really for rankings. It's for matches. It's not going to move my ranking anywhere but I want to play matches before I go to other tournaments," she said.
Next Wednesday Stephens is off to the middle east to try and improve her doubles ranking and mix it with the big names of women's tennis in tier 3 and 2 events in Doha and Dubai respectively.
"I go to Doha and Dubai which are big events and will hopefully get in the doubles main draws and maybe play some singles qualifying, so I'm really keen to spend some time on court here in Wellington."

Stephens won the first set of her match with relative ease 6/3 but then struggled against McIntyre who she had beaten 6/3 6/2 in the quarterfinals of the Wellington Open last week.

"She (McIntyre) played quite well...a lot better than last week. She had nothing to lose and went for her shots," said Stephens.
"It was hard to get a rhythm today the wind was blowing from different directions from different ends to start with. It wasn't a great start, but it's a win."

Stephens plays Japanese opponent Hiromi Okazaki tomorrow in what should be a straightforward match. Okazaki defeated local junior Makere Bradnam 6/2 6/1 in the first round.

In other matches Auckland's Ilke Gers was made to work hard against Eden Marama but eventually came away the winner 6/4 6/4. Marama showed that for all of her 15 years she has the shots of a player a lot older and only needs to play more tennis and mature to be real upset material in senior tournaments.

Gers now faces Japanese player Kanako Yano, a qualifier who was a 6/4 6/1 victory over Switzerland's Sabrina Corazza.

Second seeded Australian, Rochelle Rosenfield the Wellington Open champion ran down every ball in her win over Chin-Wei Chan 6/1 6/2 and will now play fellow Aussie Cassandra Barr in the second round.

Julie Scott made her way into the second round by becoming a lucky loser when Diana Gherghi became a no-show. Scott was called up to fill in and then beat Auckland teenager Ana Corbett 6/2 6/2. Scott plays Australian junior Adriana Szili who thrashed Keiko Tameishi for the loss of just one game.

The doubles main draw starts today (Thursday) with Stephens and Gers given a bye through to the second round.

Jan 30th, 2002, 02:41 PM
Full 1st Round Results

STEPHENS Shelley NZL(1) def MCINTYRE Donna AUS 63 46 64
OKAZAKI Hiromi JPN def BRADNAM Makere NZL(WC) 62 61
SCOTT Julie NZL(LL) def CORBETT Ana NZL(Q) 62 62
SZILI Adriana AUS def TAMEISHI Keiko JPN(6) 60 61
O'CONNOR Tracey NZL(4) def ZABUSKY Hadas AUS 61 60
WELFORD Tiffany AUS def WELFORD Julianne AUS(Q) 60 60
WEIDEMANN Svenja GER def BREADMORE Lauren AUS(Q) 61 63
SUER Madita GER(8) def JOHNSON Lucy NZL(Q) 61 62
CHUANG Chia-Jung TPE(7) def STONE Sarah AUS 75 60
IVANOV Darya AUS(Q) def CHAO Hsiao-Han TPE 26 64 75
YANO Kanako JPN(Q) def CORAZZA Sabrina SUI 64 61
GERS Ilke NZL(3) def MARAMA Eden NZL(WC) 64 64
KRIZ Nicole AUS(5) def POSKITT Jennifer NZL(WC) 62 61
CHEUNG Lauren AUS def O'ROURKE Natalie NZL(Q) 60 60
BARR Cassandra AUS def WILKINSON Angie NZL(Q) 60 60
ROSENFIELD Rochelle AUS(2) def CHAN Chin-Wei TPE 62 61

2nd Round Match Ups

SCOTT Julie NZL(LL) vs SZILI Adriana AUS
O'CONNOR Tracey NZL(4) vs WELFORD Tiffany AUS
WEIDEMANN Svenja GER vs SUER Madita GER(8)
CHUANG Chia-Jung TPE(7) vs IVANOV Darya AUS(Q)
YANO Kanako JPN(Q) vs GERS Ilke NZL(3)
KRIZ Nicole AUS(5) vs CHEUNG Lauren AUS
BARR Cassandra AUS vs ROSENFIELD Rochelle AUS(2)

Jan 30th, 2002, 03:19 PM
Thanx 4 the scores :)

Impressive easy wins by Adriana and Rochelle! Adriana is in fine form atm and I strongly believe that she is one of the title favorites. She played great in beating many of her higher ranked Aussies at the Aussie Assault and also played well at AO qualies and doubles.

I think Shelley is definately beatable and I'd like to see an Adriana v Rochelle final...Rochelle was a real promising junior a few years ago (and was unlucky to miss out on an AO qualy wildcard), and this year will hopefully be her breakthrough year.

Jan 30th, 2002, 04:00 PM
poor Julie Ann ..... getting double bagled by your sis ..... that is too much.

Its a big ouch :mad:

well done
Shelley ;)
Adriana Szili :)
Nicole Kriz :)
Rochelle Rosenfield :)

ouch for the kiwi Q
Angie Wilkinson and Natalie O'Rourke , both got double bagled :eek:

Rising Sun
Jan 30th, 2002, 05:09 PM
Sartrista, you've noticed Keiko too. :p
Poor Keiko, I was hoping she'd get a couple more games. :sad:

Good wins for Hiromi, Chia-Jung and Kanako. :)

Nice double bagel, Lauren. ;)

Tough luck Hsiao-Han and Chin-Wei. :(

Jan 30th, 2002, 07:02 PM
I'd love to know how Keiko finances her 'career'. She can't win more than a couple of matches each year, but she plays over 30 tournaments!

Randy H
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:18 AM
well, congrats to Ilke, I hope she can go all the way here now :)

too bad for Eden, a tough draw for her, hope she can keep improving though :)

Jan 31st, 2002, 05:47 AM
good luck to.,.

Jan 31st, 2002, 09:13 AM
Eden lives in Paris. There was an article about her today in the paper but I am buggered if I can find it. They also said why Leanne was playing but I am totally lost as to where it is. This tournament obviously isn't rated important enough for the main NZ newspaper to cover. Our local is good though cause Leanne is a local.

The problem with NZ tennis is a little like British tennis. Instead of pouring all of this money into boys and girls over 20 or even 18 for that fact we need to be doing something for the youngsters. We have some really good juniors who compete in Aus etc and do real well. We can beat AUS in the juniors but then we struggle to keep up when they get older. I mean Shelley Stephens and Leanner Baker etc aren't worth putting the money in anymore.

Brenda Perry had alot to say about this when the ASB Bank Classic was on because she has been a player and works for the WTA now but it seems Tennis NZ doesn't want to listen what she has to say. She is mentor for GD Jones who is a pretty good 14 year old boy. Tennis NZ haven't helped him one bit money wise, his mum and dad have had to support him. Someone needs a shake up at Tennis NZ.

Jan 31st, 2002, 01:21 PM
Round 2

1)Stephens d Okazaki 6-0 6-0 :o
Szili d Scott 6-1 6-2 :cool:
4)O'Connor d Welford 7-6 6-4 :(
8)Suer d Weidemann 7-5 6-2
Ivanov d 7)Chuang 7-6 6-2 :)
3)Gers d Yano 6-3 6-2
5)Kriz d Cheung 6-1 7-6 :)
2)Rosenfield d Barr 6-2 6-1 :)

Go Adriana! Take out the top seed now!

Jan 31st, 2002, 03:23 PM
way to go Shelley ;)

also well done

Rochelle :)
Darya :)
Nicole ;)
Adriana :)

bad luck Tiffany :sad:

Randy H
Feb 1st, 2002, 01:00 AM
good stuff Ilke, keep going :)

Feb 1st, 2002, 04:10 AM
Congrats to Shelley and Ilke.

Feb 1st, 2002, 05:56 AM
First Round Doubles

1 Stephens/Gers bye
Barr/Welford(AUS) bt Bradnam/Wilkinson(NZL) 6/4 6/4
4 Chan/Chuang(TPE) bt McIntyre(AUS)/Weidemann(GER) 6/2 7/6(5)
Okazaki/Yano(JPN) bt Johnson/Poskitt(NZL) 6/1 6/2
Breadmore(AUS)/Marama(NZL) bt Ivanov/T Welford(AUS) 2/6 6/4 6/2
3 Chao(TPE)/Tamieshi(JPN) bt Corazza(SUI)/Zabusky(AUS) 6/4 6/3
Cheung/Szili(AUS) bt Corbett/O'Rourke(NZL) 6/0 6/2
2 Kriz/Stone(AUS) bt O'Connor(NZL)/Suer(GER) 3/6 6/0 6/3

Feb 1st, 2002, 09:38 AM
Shelley Stephens lost today. She was beaten 6-1, 6-0 by the 17 year old Australian Adrianna Szili who is ranked about 400 places below Shelley.

Feb 1st, 2002, 09:43 AM
poor Shelley :(

Nicole Kriz d. Rochelle Rosenfield 6-2 6-3 :)
Ilke Gers d. Darya Ivanov 6-4 6-4
Tracey OConnor d. Madita Suer 6-0 2-6 6-4

well done Nicole :)

Randy H
Feb 1st, 2002, 10:22 AM
keep going Ilke :D

Feb 1st, 2002, 11:01 AM
Wow, Go Adriana!!!! I knew you could do it!

Well Done Nicole too! An impressive win. Hope its an all aussie final!

Feb 1st, 2002, 11:02 AM
Wow! I knew it! You go Adriana! this title is yours!

I knew she would beat Shelley, but that score :eek:

Rochelle? :confused: Oh well, as long as Nicole can now reach the final!

So its Aussies v Kiwis in both semis!

Feb 1st, 2002, 12:33 PM
Kiwis Vs Aussies For Spot In Final
01/02/2002 05:42 PM Dave Worsley

New Zealanders will battle Australians for a place in the final of the US$10,000 Allfields Women's International ITF event in Wellington after two upsets saw the top seed and the second seed knocked out in the quarterfinals.

Shelley Stephens was beaten in a match she would rather forget by Adriana Szili ranked 451 places below the top seed who entered the tournament at 280 in the world. Stephens hit numerous unforced errors compared to the consistency of Szili, 17 who was too classy from the baseline and came away with a 6/1 6/0 win in just 47 minutes.

"She handled the wind better than I did. I just wasn't getting get my rhythm. She came out and didn't make any mistakes at all," said Stephens.

For Szili a top junior representative from Australia who has excelled at ITF junior events in New Zealand and Australia the win over Stephens was one of her best.

"When you beat someone in the top 300 it's fairly good victory," said Szili.

Szili will face fourth seed Tracey O'Connor who started well before fading in the second set and then finally returning to form in the third for a 6/0 2/6 6/4 victory against her doubles partner and eighth seed, Madita Suer of Germany.

With Szili in strong form from the back of the court O'Connor will have to work hard to make the final.

The other semifinal features third seed, Ilke Gers of New Zealand against Australian fifth seed Nicole Kriz. Kriz ranked 578 beat second seed Rochelle Rosenfield in easy fashion 6/2 6/3 with an attacking style which could damage Gers if the Kiwi player is not consistent.

Gers had opportunities to win her match by an easier scoreline but had to settle for a 6/4 6/4 finish after missing several easy forehands.

Singles Quarterfinals
Adriana Szili(AUS) bt 1 Shelley Stephens(NZL) 6/1 6/0
4 Tracey O'Connor(NZL) bt 8 Madita Suer(GER) 6/0 2/6 6/4
3 Ilke Gers(NZL) bt Q Danya Ivanov(AUS) 6/4 6/4
5 Nicole Kriz(AUS) bt 2 Rochelle Rosenfield(AUS) 6/2 6/3

Doubles Quarterfinals.
1 Stephens/Gers(NZL) bt Barr/Welford(AUS) 6/26/1
4 Chan/Chuang(TPE) bt Okazaki/Yano(JPN) 6/4 6/1
2 Kriz/Stone(AUS) bt Cheung/Szili(AUS) 6/4 6/3

Feb 1st, 2002, 02:28 PM
I found it really odd to hear that a NZ player has never won this event!

I hoping that trend continues, I'd love another Aussie to win here, its been 2 years since Mireille Dittmann won 7-6 1-6 7-5

Feb 1st, 2002, 02:40 PM
Can anyone give me a run down on Szili???

I've followed her results over the last couple of months and seems in hot form!!!!

Is she the real thing..... or is it too early to tell??

Feb 1st, 2002, 03:22 PM
Here is a picture of Shelley for all her fans here.


Feb 1st, 2002, 03:27 PM
Interesting article. :)

Tennis: Lucky 'loser' advances to second round

31 January 2002

Julie Scott is normally too busy to hang around the Renouf Tennis Centre on the off-chance of getting a match, but it proved a profitable decision yesterday.
The Lower Hutt mother-of-four made the most of a lucky loser entry into the main draw of the Wellington women's international by advancing to the second round of the US$10,000 (NZ$28,300) event with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Auckland teenager Ana Corbett.

Scott, who celebrates her 33rd birthday tomorrow, thought her chances of playing at the International Tennis Federation tournament were gone when she was beaten by Australian Danya Ivanov in qualifying on Monday.

She turned up yesterday - with three-year-old twin daughters Katrin and Lauren in tow - after learning that Romanian Diana Gherghi might not show and got her lucky break - and at least a $280 pay day - after a four-hour wait.

Corbett could not believe her misfortune - she had lost to Scott in qualifying the previous year.

Scott doubts that she will survive her second round match against Australian junior Adriana Szili today, but is just pleased to have made it this far. She lost in the first round to Otago teenager Diana Hollands last year.

"I thought I might as well turn up and I got a lucky draw as well . . . it's ended up great," Scott said.

Meanwhile, Kiwi No 1 and top seed Shelley Stephens was the only seed to be pushed to three sets yesterday before advancing to the second round.

She meets Japan's Hiromi Okazaki today after beating Donna McIntyre 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 yesterday, five days after ousting the Australian in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the Wellington Open. Second seed Rochelle Rosenfield will meet fellow Australian Cassandra Barr after breezing past Chinese Taipei's Chin-Wei Chan 6-1, 6-2.

Feb 2nd, 2002, 02:04 PM
thanks for the article :)

didn't know McIntyre played the Wellington Open

Feb 2nd, 2002, 03:02 PM
Adriana Szili d. Tracey O'Connor 6-0 6-1 :)

Ilke Gers d. Nicole Kriz 6-4 6-2 :(

well done Adriana and good luck in final :)

Feb 2nd, 2002, 03:37 PM
well done Adriana!

Bad luck Nicole, still a good tournament for her!

TBE do u have the doubles results????????

Feb 2nd, 2002, 04:00 PM
check Acemans site

I havent looked though

Feb 2nd, 2002, 06:09 PM
omg, i missed MADITA SUER´s 1st seeding.
i never thought she will play here.
great results for her, she will climb again in the rnaking

Feb 2nd, 2002, 10:33 PM
Go Adriana!!!

So impressive!

Keep on going! I predicted this! Dont let me down ;)

Randy H
Feb 2nd, 2002, 11:23 PM
well done Ilke, good luck in the finals :) hopefully she'll fair better than Shelley and Tracey did!

Feb 3rd, 2002, 07:37 AM
Hi louloubelle!

I had a little debate with some of the board a while back, over Dubravka Cupac and Adriana Szili.

They said Cupac was better, I said Szili.

Adriana is a very aggresive baseliner, who hits the heck out of the ball. She really goes searching for the angles and plays very smart. She has a developing net game and I think she could definitely be a top 100-50 player.

She's also very tough mentally and very confident.

Feb 3rd, 2002, 11:53 AM
Szili doesn't hit that hard!

She's just consistent from the baseline and constructs her points well. She doesn't really have any weapons yet.

Her win over Shelley was no surprise, Shelley is very erratic and doesn't have the consistency.

Feb 3rd, 2002, 12:38 PM
...according to Aceman the final result is

Szili d Gers 6/2 6/2 :D

Congrats girl! As soon as I saw the draw, I knew who the winner was ;) (No disrespect intended BTW)

This has been a very impressive week by Adriana...hardly lost a game! I cant wait to see how she performs in the Aussie challengers later this month cos she performs well against fellow Aussies! This was only a $10K and she wont get many points at all, so we'll see how her game stacks up against tougher opposition.

I believe, along with Sam Stosur and Christina Wheeler, Adriana is one of our finest teenage prospects.

I agree with Ausboy though, she doesnt hit with all that much power yet, but yes, she does heat a clean ball and as she gets older will get more pace. But as roshan said, she is aggressive and that is good to see. At the moment she is playing like someone ranked 200-300, but isnt in the league of the top 200 yet....but definately soon I hope!

Well done Adriana :)

Feb 3rd, 2002, 01:51 PM
Australian Too Strong In Final For Gers

Unseeded Australian Adriana Szili won the US$10,000 ITF Wellington Women's International dropping just 10 games on her way to her first ever senior title proving to be too strong for Kiwi Federation Cup player Ilke Gers.

Szili, 17 beat the 403rd ranked Kiwi 6/2 6/2, making a mockery of the seedings in the tournament and showing how much potential she has. The Australian Institute of Sport trainee was too good from the baseline and played smart tennis not letting Gers into the match.

Gers had a number of chances to break serve and hold her own serve during the match but vital shots eluded her as she hit unforced errors when consistency was required.

The win will see Szili's ranking boosted significantly from its current position of 691. It is expected that she will be placed as high as 550 when rankings are released on Tuesday.

"The score does not sound like it, but it could have gone either way, it really could have. It was a tough match," said Szili who beat the number one, four and three seeds on the way to her victory.
Gers loss was the third in succession by a Kiwi in the final and the fourth overall in the tournaments five year history. However Gers will see here ranking improve from 403 to around her career high of 384 when the result is added to her ranking.

Although disappointed the 20 year old Aucklander felt that the result was still a reasonable way to start the year and gave her an incentive to make more finals. She felt that Szili was too good on the day, but still has some weaknesses she should have played too.

"She (Szili) is a smart player and does not make many mistakes. Her second serve is a weakness but I didn't make the most of it. I am disappointed with how I played, " said Gers.

The match was played in fine conditions after the wind of the previous day.

In the doubles final fourth seeds Chin-Wei Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang of Taipei beat Australian second seeds Nicole Kriz and Sarah Stone in three sets. The Australians started the game in quick fashion winning the first set 6/4 after staging and early lead before Stone became frustrated with her play hitting unforced errors and turning the crowd against her.

The second set was won in a tiebreak by the Taipei pairing 7-3 with the third set an easy 6/2 scoreline to Chan and Chuang.

********Looks like Psycho Sarah was showing her true form turning the crowd against her with her tantrums and screaming LOL! Well Done Adriana, like Iva's#1Fan said, the upcoming 10K events are going to be very interesting for Szili and her ranking! You never know, Sarah also might get her head together in singles!

Feb 3rd, 2002, 01:58 PM
way to go Adriana :)

she's come along way sinxe Sveta killed her last week in juniors rd1

congrats :)

Randy H
Feb 3rd, 2002, 02:37 PM
well, glad Ilke won more games than Shelley or Tracey did! too bad she couldn't win here, but Adriana seemed just too good this week and definetly deserved the title after such convincing wins to make it into the final :)