Lucia Kurkova def. Karla Herrera-Q 4-6 7-6(4) 7-6(0) :eek:
This match has been one of the thougest of my life. I was scared to play Gisele or Karla because they are great players. Karla is a great fighter she hits all the balls down and i was lucky to win this one. In the next round i play against Marteena, i'm pretty excited about this match, because i have been losing with lower ranked players during the season and i love to play against the likes of Larissa,Martina... I can promise it will be a great match. HEJA LUCIA! :D
Jul 22nd, 2003, 09:36 PM
can't believe i won. such a tough draw. good match monica.
jane next. i wonder if this could be the first time i beat her.
Jul 22nd, 2003, 09:40 PM
Oh well back to american hardcourts my nemesis!
Well Done Tiff great match!
Jul 22nd, 2003, 10:23 PM
Gianna :rolleyes: I am so disappointed, I'm on a big slump now.
Well done Anabel, you are officially 4-0 career vs. Gianna! Good luck vs. Ferrer!
"This was such a tense match as Anabel and I are former doubles partners and friends. I am disappointed that I wasted many opportunities to win the match but Anabel played well on the big points and was able to close out the match. I commend her for her good play. I wish her well in the rest of the tournament. Thanks."
Jul 23rd, 2003, 06:31 AM
The cuban's negative streak has increased after her qualifyings' loss to Karla Herrera. The second seed.
"I could have done so much better." said Noventz. "It was pathetic. Simply pathetic. I shouldn't even came"
After a tough first set, Noventz, who's former number 9th, won in 6-2. Then on the third set, everything was even until Herrera broke Noventz' serve, and held her serve to make 5-3. With chances of saving herself from a loss, Noventz wasted them, ending then, her journey in Stanford.
"I'm blowing my chances. I'm so much better than that. I don't know what's going on" said Noventz. "I could have easily win it. I played stupid. Plain stupid."
Lindsay Sarile smiles towards the reporters during a meeting with the press after her straight-set victory over the always dangerous veteran Caroline Whitten, winning 7-6(5), 6-0.
"That was definitely a difficult match to get through to. Caroline is very solid all-around, not making a lot of mistakes and is capable in any part of the court. That first set was especially a hummdinger. I thought she could have taken it if she hadn't made those few errors."
Sarile next faces another veteran, Ruflina Taliamanasoko from Botswana. Taliamanasoko recently lost her husband, Tobias Applegate to a car accident.
"I don't think anybody can do or say anything that could comfort somebody who has lost someone she loves. I applaud her for continuing to play on the tour though I had hoped that she rest and recuperate for her sake."
"Nevertheless, being the champion that she is, she will keep on giving her best out there. I will have to, too."
Jul 23rd, 2003, 10:56 AM
I'd love to play you now Lindsay, but I have to beat Eva Sorrenta and you have to get past Ruflina!
Looking foreward to play with you next year :kiss:
On her first singles match since the death of her husband, Ruflina Taliamanosoko lost to Lindsay Anne Sarile 6/2 6/4 in what was one of the most one-sided matches of the Botswanian's career.
I haven't even stepped on a court since Palermo, but that's not my reason for losing. I have a tremendous fighting spirit, but Lindsay was very determined today to make the most of it and win.
Asked about how her grieving process went and her decision to withdraw from Fed Cup, Ruflina flinched.
You know, I'm still in shock and don't know what to say. My main concern is the two of the three children I have lost their father. That is devestating to me. I had to be with them after the death. I could not go to Indonesia for Fed Cup. I needed my children as well. They have helped me.
Taliamanosoko now goes into doubles with Jane Wong at Stanford then it's a trip home to San Diego. Jane has been my best friend throughout this whole ordeal. She came home to San Diego then left the night before her Fed Cup tie started. She was so tired and did not perform well in Fed Cup. That is a true friend. But after doubles, I'm going to La Costa, which is my home. It will be so nice to play and be at home too.
Jul 23rd, 2003, 07:44 PM
Monica gives Ruffy a big hug!
Jul 23rd, 2003, 08:21 PM
Gianna gives her condolences in this awfully hard time.
Jul 23rd, 2003, 08:24 PM
SORRENTA MOVES INTO STANFORD QUARTERFINALS
Q: A nice start for you in your return to the hardcourts surely.
A: Yes, it was a good day for me today, I played my game well and I knew that I would have to be a solid game today in order to beat Anna so I am pleased with everything today, game-wise, and just with my general attitude out there.
Q: She beat you in the first two meetings this year, now you've won the last two, what have been the differences in those matches.
Q: I think clay seems to suit her game well, she has big backswings on her shots so it gives her a lot of time to really set up for those shots and do some damage and she was playing very well at that point while I was probably struggling a bit more. Now I have been regaining a bit of my confidence in this past month or so and it gave me some more belief especially being back on hardcourts which is what I am used to playing on most of the year.
Q: You're just returning off a Fed Cup loss, but all in all you must be feeling positive about your game?
A: Yeah I mean I feel I am regaining some of my better form againwhich is encouraging. I really had a rough clay season, and it affected my confidence more than anything, but I had a really encouraging couple of tournaments in the UK on grass, which was really important for me. Then I played a good match in the Fed Cup doubles, so I think that helped me too.
Q: You play Lindsay Sarile next, rumour has it there is some bad blood between the two of you, is that true?
A: I'm really not here to focus much on who I am playing against, or anything outside of the task at hand for me this week. I am here to play tennis, and challenge myself. I am happy to be in the quarterfinals, and I am up now against probably one of the top 2 contenders for this title so I need to focus on working on my game and just doing the best I can with each match.
Q: This may be a bit unrelated, but can you comment at all on the situation of Ruflina Taliamanosoko? Have you spoken to her, or did you know Tobias?
A: I really haven't spoken to her yet actually, obviously she has wanted to have a lot of time with her family right now I am sure. I didn't know Tobias very well, I think most of us new who he was of course and said hello to him and what not, but I didn't know him all that well personally. It was a very sad incident though, and I think everyone on tour sincerely wishes her the best in such a difficult time for her and especially the children.
God i can't explain how well i feel now. This tournament gives me a lot of memories. Today it was a magic match i played without any pressure and as always i had a lot of fun playing against Marteena, it was a great match. Now a year after, i'm playing against Valentine again in Stanford i think the match is going to be so different. Because when we played last year i was playing my first hardcourt tournament in the pro tour, but in fact the match had a good quality, i will try my best as always, i love Stanford and i love the hardcourt!!! HEJA LUCIA!!! :D
Lindsay Sarile of the Philippines hits a running forehand to Botswana's Ruflina Taliamanasoko during their second-round singles match in the FWTT 2003 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. The Filipina won, 6-2 6-4 and moves into the quarterfinals againt Eva Sorrenta.
"I was feeling pretty solid out there, yes, but I just think Ruflina wasn't really into it. It is quite understandable, seeing what has happened to her. To continue playing and to be able to retain focus proves that she is definitely made of tough stuff. I just pray that her children will be alright."
There have been rumors circling that Sarile and Sorrenta have been giving each other the cold shoulder everytime they bumped into each other on tour.
"Well, I don't think I have been consciously cold to her. This has probably still concerns all that had happened in Survivor. But, these matters are best let off on their own. A match has to be played and I have to be ready. She is after all, the fourth-ranked player in the world and is the Australian Open champion."
Jul 24th, 2003, 08:23 AM
Jul 24th, 2003, 09:02 AM
i can't beat that jane wong, but at least we crushed them in doubles!!
Jul 24th, 2003, 09:14 AM
Graf and Liashenko in semis :eek:
Jul 24th, 2003, 12:02 PM
Well at least i'm winning matches in doubles again!
Jul 24th, 2003, 12:44 PM
Ferrer/Kurkova in semis! :D
Jul 24th, 2003, 04:37 PM
Dulko/Gambill won their first match together :D
Too bad we lost to Anjie/Eva, Gianna had won her last 3 meetings with them in doubles! :o
Lindsay Sarile talks to the press after moving into the semifinals of the FWTT 2003 Bank of the West Classic. Sarile squeaked by Eva Sorrenta of Canada 7-6(0), 1-6, 6-2 and will next face Lucia Kurkova.
"Of course it was a tough match. She basically wasn't giving me any free points and was moving me all over the court. I guess she didn't serve as well as she would have wanted to. Thank godness I had managed to stay close or else she would have dominated from the beginning."
"It is very tricky to play against Lucia. She basically has no weaknesses. It's hard to figure out a game plan against her. She has beaten Teena, Selima and Karla this week. That is no small feat."
Jul 25th, 2003, 05:06 AM
SORRENTA OUSTED IN SINGLES COMPETITION
Q: You seemed to be looking good after that second set, what happened that turned things against you in the end?
A: I just didn't take a few chances early in the third set and then it was a bit downhill from there. I was struggling a bit to hold serve as she was pressuring me to come up with big ones and when I wasn't doing that I had a hard time winning points because she is so aggressive that you really need to be able to take the initiative away from her early on or make sure you keep the balls deep and move her.
Q: Moving the ball seemed to be your tactic for today?
A: Yeah, I mean that is something that I usually do pretty well, but as I said, I was just having a hard time getting into that position in the third set because I was just on the defensive too many times.
Q: Did you sense any tension between the two of you out there?
A: No, I wouldn't say so. I mean, we were both out there to do our job, this is my profession, and when I am on the court I try and maintain my own dignity and reflect that professionalism when I play. We were hardly about to hug eachother after the match or anything, but I really was just very focused on the match today, that was it.
Q: You're still in the doubles, a tough match in the semis for you?
A: Yeah, it should be a good match. Tiffani and Tami have beaten us before so we will have to be on our game to win, which is certainly no sure bet. All I can say is that I will give it my all, and hopefully that will be good enough to win, along with maybe a bit of luck.
but alek, i have one question: is the score correct? i mean lucia must have had like 100 pts in the third set :rolleyes: well i cannot imagine selima losing to lucia with that score. i sent u a "stanford pts" pm, please look once again at it.
Jul 25th, 2003, 09:10 PM
:eek: plz re-send your points Martin, so I can check.
Jul 26th, 2003, 12:49 AM
I think that was meant for your sentiments toward Ruflina, Gianna :rolleyes: ;)
Oops..well either way Gianna is happy to have Ruflina's thanks. Gianna hopes that Ruflina will move on yet always remembering her beloved memories with Tobias.
Jul 26th, 2003, 02:57 AM
At least Larissa is playing well in doubles :D Thanks Sabine :kiss: