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Grachka
Sep 22nd, 2003, 01:01 PM
I am not sure whether there is a thread wholly dedicated to Els Callens or not, but here is one. Cheer her back into the Top 100, and onto new successes!
Latest news: Els qualifies for Sparkassen Cup in Germany! She is back in the Top 100!

Q1: Els Callens (BEL) def. Katalin Marosi (HUN) 6-0 6-2
Q2: Els Callens (BEL) def. Martina Sucha (SVK) 6-4 2-6 7-5
Q3: Els Callens (BEL) def. Tina Pisnik (SLO) 6-3 6-1

E. Blackadder
Sep 22nd, 2003, 04:56 PM
thanks for your effort, but this has been tried before and i'm afraid I won't this time as well :(

E. Blackadder
Sep 22nd, 2003, 04:57 PM
BTW the scoreline was 6-3 6-1 ;)

E. Blackadder
Sep 22nd, 2003, 05:03 PM
all come and support for els in here: http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=87836

Grachka
Sep 22nd, 2003, 07:30 PM
thanks for your effort, but this has been tried before and i'm afraid I won't this time as well :(

You're probably right, but we gotta try!

Come-on-kim
Sep 23rd, 2003, 02:17 PM
Come On Elsje!

Elleke
Sep 23rd, 2003, 03:44 PM
ELs ;) :D

E. Blackadder
Sep 23rd, 2003, 04:35 PM
els vs meghann most likely to be shown on eurosport right now :)

Grachka
Sep 23rd, 2003, 05:33 PM
Els Callens (BEL) def. Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 7-6 7-6

Stunning win Els, good luck in the next round!

Come-on-kim
Sep 23rd, 2003, 05:35 PM
Congrats Els!!! :bounce:

Elleke
Sep 23rd, 2003, 05:58 PM
congrats :D nice win :)

Fieke
Sep 24th, 2003, 04:16 PM
Piccie from the Leipzig website :)

arn
Sep 25th, 2003, 01:59 PM
and again a win for Els!!! That's 5 in a row and lots of points!!!

She's going for top-50 instead of top-100 ;)

Grachka
Sep 25th, 2003, 02:01 PM
Els defeated Alexandra Stevenson in round 2 of Leipzig! She will now face Denisa Chladkova or Justine Henin-Hardenne in the Quarter Finals, good luck Els! :yeah:

R2: Els Callens (BEL) def. Alexandra Stevenson (USA) 6-4 4-6 6-2

Calvin
Sep 25th, 2003, 02:24 PM
how far will this win move her up the rankings?

fleemke³
Sep 25th, 2003, 03:43 PM
Ok don't shoot me if it's wrong :o:)

qual. points: 11.75
winning three rounds: 49

bonuspoints qual:
-def. Marosi (167): 2
-def. Sucha (118): 4
-def. Pisnik (48): 10

bonuspoints maindraw:
-def. Shaugnessy(17): 23
-def. Stevenson (33): 15

Total= 114

Points to defend in Leipzig 2002: 0
17e tourament: 2 points

so 114-2= 112
points before Leipzig = 332
332+112= 444
That would bring her on spot 82 already :D



A :kiss: to Anna F :angel:

Wimanna
Sep 25th, 2003, 04:22 PM
114.75 :p:p j/k ;)

E. Blackadder
Sep 25th, 2003, 04:30 PM
Eleni Daniilidou/Rita Grande (GRE/ITA) d. (3) Els Callens/Janette Husarova (BEL/SVK) 22 ret. (Husarova ret. due to back strain)


:sad: they had a great opportunity to go deep together, but hey, this way els can get some rest to play th quarters on full force :)

Grachka
Sep 25th, 2003, 07:46 PM
She will be playing Justine Henin-Hardenne after she beat Denisa Chladkova 6-1 6-2. It'll be difficult, but Els can beat her if she plays like she can. Good luck Els!

Hagar
Sep 26th, 2003, 12:23 PM
Go Els!

Grachka
Sep 27th, 2003, 12:19 AM
Els lost to Justine, but it was apparently a great match! Great tournament Els!

(2) Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) d. Els Callens (BEL) 6-2 6-4

Q1: Els Callens (BEL) d. Katalin Marosi (HUN) 6-0 6-2
Q2: Els Callens (BEL) d. Martina Sucha (SVK) 6-4 2-6 7-5
Q3: Els Callens (BEL) d. Tina Pisnik (SLO) 6-3 6-1
R1: Els Callens (BEL) d. Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 7-6 7-6
R2: Els Callens (BEL) d. Alexandra Stevenson (USA) 6-4 4-6 6-2
QF: Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) d. Els Callens (BEL) 6-2 6-4

E. Blackadder
Sep 27th, 2003, 10:42 AM
120.5 points according to tenniscorner

Come-on-kim
Sep 27th, 2003, 11:31 AM
Did Els kissed Henin at the net after the match?

Elleke
Sep 28th, 2003, 12:16 PM
nup

Grachka
Sep 29th, 2003, 08:19 PM
Els' latest ranking...in comparison with other Belgians...

1 (1) Kim Clijsters
2 (2) Justine Henin-Hardenne
81 (104) Els Callens
243 (241) Caroline Maes
392 (390) Elke Clijsters
414 (412) Evelyne Van Hyfte
420 (419) Leslie Butkiewicz
429 (431) Gaelle Taton
454 (466) Debbrich Feys
610 (608) Kirsten Flipkens

KV
Oct 4th, 2003, 11:54 AM
She'll play P. Suarez in Filderstadt. Think Els will win because of Suarez recent indoor results. Indoors Els has the edge.

Grachka
Oct 4th, 2003, 05:32 PM
Filderstadt: Els won against Paola Suarez! Well done Els, keep going! :kiss: :bounce:

Q1: Els Callens (BEL) d. Paola Suarez (ARG) 6-4 6-3

E. Blackadder
Oct 4th, 2003, 05:32 PM
that already makes 23 bonus points :)

Come-on-kim
Oct 4th, 2003, 08:25 PM
Els :bounce:

Elleke
Oct 5th, 2003, 08:59 AM
Els :eek:;):D

E. Blackadder
Oct 5th, 2003, 10:01 AM
Callens/Sugiyama vs Hantuchova/Rubin

Come-on-kim
Oct 5th, 2003, 10:18 AM
Callens/Sugiyama vs Hantuchova/Rubin
where is the draw?

arn
Oct 6th, 2003, 12:07 PM
Callens/Sugiyama vs Hantuchova/Rubin

??? In the draw I see Els playing with Bovina against quallies!

Wimanna
Oct 6th, 2003, 05:56 PM
??? In the draw I see Els playing with Bovina against quallies!

me 2 ;) like she said in her dairy ;)

E. Blackadder
Oct 6th, 2003, 06:30 PM
Callens/Sugiyama vs Hantuchova/Rubin

sorry, this was in a fake draw that was posted before :o

Grachka
Oct 19th, 2003, 11:38 PM
Luxembourg

Els is top seed for quallies and in round 2 beat Libuse Prusova (CZE) 6-4 6-2

She now faces Barbara Rittner (GER) in the last round of quallies. Good luck Els :bounce:

AntennA
Oct 20th, 2003, 11:53 AM
Els takes the first set! 7-6 (5) :)

arn
Oct 20th, 2003, 01:30 PM
Great, Rittner is no cookie

arn
Oct 20th, 2003, 01:32 PM
Rittner took the second 6-4 :(

arn
Oct 20th, 2003, 01:41 PM
Els lost :sad: 7-5 in the third. I hope she will be picked up as LL, but chances are small

Elleke
Oct 20th, 2003, 03:53 PM
:sad:
http://www.seatopen.lu/photos/2003/callens.jpg

azza
Oct 21st, 2003, 10:13 AM
Els is cool :cool:

:dance:

azza
Oct 21st, 2003, 10:15 AM
:sad:
http://www.seatopen.lu/photos/2003/callens.jpg


:hearts: :inlove:

Grachka
Oct 27th, 2003, 12:21 AM
Els is in the main draw of Bell Challenge, Quebec. In R1 she faces Miho Saeki of Japan.

:bounce: Good luck Els! :bounce:

azza
Oct 27th, 2003, 09:36 AM
Go Els :inlove: :woohoo:

Grachka
Oct 28th, 2003, 12:03 AM
Els beat Saeki 6-4 4-6 6-2 :bounce:

She will play Maria Sharapova in the R2. Good luck Els! :)

Elleke
Oct 28th, 2003, 08:19 AM
Go Elsje!!! :D

azza
Oct 28th, 2003, 09:12 AM
els :dance: teach the little girl how to play :bounce:

Fieke
Oct 28th, 2003, 07:45 PM
Is that Elsje I see shaking on the dancefloor?

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/DancePP102703.jpg

(Bell Challenge - Quebec City)
Players dance at the '60s themed player party
Photo: Pascal Rath

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/GroupPP102703.jpg

(Bell Challenge - Quebec City)
Players pose for a group photo on stage at the player party hosted by Loews Le Concorde Hotel
Photo: Pascal Rath

Elleke
Oct 28th, 2003, 08:09 PM
Els :dance:
thx fieke!

Wimanna
Oct 28th, 2003, 09:36 PM
Lol @ Els ;)

btw, now I know why Caro Nancy-Loeffler is still playing, she can go to all those player party's ;) btw, she's the left one on the first row ;)

Elleke
Oct 30th, 2003, 12:29 PM
http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/CallensKids102803.jpg
:D:angel:

azza
Oct 31st, 2003, 05:32 AM
:bigwave: Hello Els :bigwave:

Grachka
Oct 31st, 2003, 06:11 PM
Fieke! :worship:

Els :lol: :bowdown:

E. Blackadder
Nov 1st, 2003, 10:34 AM
Callens looks forward to her moment in the spotlights

With all the talk of the supremacy of Belgian tennis at the moment, and the plaudits rightly being heaped on the World’s top two players, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, you have to feel a little sorry for the nation’s No.3 player, veteran Fed Cupper Els Callens.

Callens, 33, has been a Fed Cup stalwart for years and has won more Fed Cup doubles matches than any other Belgian, yet the success of her more illustrious countrywomen meant that she seemed destined to be in the shadows. That could all change come the semifinals, with Callens named in the squad to face the USA and, as the highest-ranked member of that squad, likely to play as the No. 1 singles player and in the doubles as well.

This is unlikely to faze the jovial Callens.

“It is normally a bit tough to get a singles berth at the moment,” she laughs.

“I’ve had some good singles wins but of course I don't usually play because it’s obvious the two best players in the world should play.

"I’m the third person and I always have to be ready ...it’s not like I can totally relax. I always have to be ready. Belgian tennis is on such a high at the moment. You can see it at the Grand Slams, before there didn’t used to be any fans coming to watch us and now, especially with Kim No.1 and Justine No.2; it’s a great tennis boom. Everyone is really into it and is watching all the semis and finals on TV.

"I think every little kid in Belgium wants to play tennis right now. It’s great for the sport and great for the country.”

Callens says she loves team tennis and although she is disappointed the semifinals against the USA and the final will not be played in Belgium, she can’t wait to take on the Americans.

“I always like Fed Cup, it’s a great atmosphere and playing the US is playing the team to beat,” she says.

“If you take the best players in both teams then Belgium and the United States could be seeded one and two and it’s a shame they are playing in the semifinals. I think it will be a great meeting and it’s definitely going to be difficult because, like us, the US is a good team which sticks together and wants to succeed. They will be motivated to beat us.”

Callens says that she is looking forward to the pressure of representing her country, even if this time she will effectively be leading the team.

“It’s a team sport and I love playing in such a good team,” she says.

“Most of the time at tournaments you are playing for yourself and for Fed Cup you play for a team and a country and so it really does matter when you lose because you let your team down. It puts extra pressure on you but I like that kind of pressure because when you get a great spirit in a team it really is the best feeling.”

azza
Nov 1st, 2003, 10:43 AM
Goodluck Els :D

Wimanna
Nov 1st, 2003, 10:53 AM
Go Elsje :bounce:

and win the doubles title in Quebec ;) :yippee:

Grachka
Nov 2nd, 2003, 11:25 PM
Els and Meilen lost in doubles to Ting Li & Tian-Tian Sun 3-6 3-6 in Quebec :sad:

Good luck in Fed Cup Els! :D

P.S. I wonder if Els will be combining with Asa Svensson now she is back from injury?

azza
Nov 13th, 2003, 03:21 AM
http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/LA03/Callens_03.jpg

azza
Nov 13th, 2003, 03:24 AM
http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/LA03/Callens_04.jpg

azza
Nov 13th, 2003, 03:29 AM
http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/LA03/Callens_05.jpg

azza
Nov 13th, 2003, 03:33 AM
http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/LA03/Callens_06.jpg

azza
Nov 13th, 2003, 03:35 AM
http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/LA03/Callens_01.jpg

azza
Nov 13th, 2003, 03:50 AM
Go sexy Elsje :inlove:

Brαm
Nov 13th, 2003, 10:36 AM
When were these pictures taken, azza?

GO ELS!! Good luck to her in 2004 :yippee:

azza
Nov 13th, 2003, 11:06 AM
Umm the Jp Morgan chase there not mine :p

But Els does look good!!!

Wimanna
Nov 15th, 2003, 12:21 PM
Also in Playtennis (november):

-There is a possibility Els will team up with Hantuchova in 2004 !!!! :)

Grachka
Nov 16th, 2003, 02:42 AM
Also in Playtennis (november):

-There is a possibility Els will team up with Hantuchova in 2004 !!!! :)

This sounds exciting :eek:

I am sure that Daniela will be in better form next year.

azza
Nov 16th, 2003, 02:46 AM
Els :speakles:

Elleke
Nov 16th, 2003, 09:32 AM
thx aaron for the pics ;)
Dani and Els, they'd make a great team I think! I hope they'll team up! :D

Hagar
Nov 18th, 2003, 08:51 AM
Whoever she teams up with, it's more than time that she finds a steady partner. It's a shame her qualities do not get more appreciation.

azza
Nov 18th, 2003, 10:47 AM
Choose Molik :kiss:

arn
Nov 18th, 2003, 11:00 AM
She needs somebody like Domi, someone who hits flat and sets up the point so Els can finish it with a volley. Daniela can do that :)

Elleke
Nov 19th, 2003, 02:18 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031119/capt.xmj10411190953.sport_tennis_fed_cup_xmj104.jp g

azza
Nov 19th, 2003, 03:22 PM
Els :kiss:

Grachka
Nov 19th, 2003, 09:11 PM
:sad: Els lost 6-2 6-1 to Raymond :sad:

Good luck against Meghann Els! We need a win like against her in Leipzig!

Good luck Els :bigclap:

Grachka
Nov 20th, 2003, 10:42 AM
Els won 6-3 7-6(5) against Shaughnessy :bounce:

Callens Pulls off Memorable Win over Shaughnessy

The USA’s expected passage into the Fed Cup final hit a roadblock in Moscow, when Meghann Shaughnessy ran into an inspired Els Callens in the first of the reverse singles.

The 33-year-old Belgian’s 63 76 win means the Americans are still 2-1 ahead and still very much favourites to reach the weekend’s final. But the combination of Shaughnessy proving a little sluggish after her three-hour 11-minute marathon against Kirsten Flipkens on Wednesday and an aggressive Callens prolonged the life of this increasingly unpredictable semifinal.

Though the tennis was not of the highest standard, the spectacle was. Several dozen Russian schoolkids made for a good if somewhat untennislike atmosphere, which was further charged up by Callens’ team-mates – Flipkens, Elke Clijsters and Caroline Maes – throwing souvenir tennis balls into the crowd at every change of ends and orchestrating cheering for the Belgian team.

It was an atmosphere in which Callens thrived. Building on the confidence gained from having beaten Shaughnessy on two tiebreaks in Leipzig just two months ago, she attacked from the start, breaking the American in the second game. Not only did she serve so much better than against Lisa Raymond in the opening rubber of the semifinal, thumping down 10 aces, but she got to the net much more, and moved her opponent around the court. With Shaughnessy clearly not moving the way she did against Flipkens, there were rich pickings for the Belgian’s backcourt strategy.

When Callens broke in the second game of the third set making superb use of her forehand, Shaughnessy looked sunk. But with Callens seemingly closing in on victory, Shaughnessy broke back for 4-4 with probably her best forehand of the match, an in-to-out winner off the return of serve. That should have signalled a comeback for the American, especially when she had Callens 0-30 at 5-6, but the Belgian played four excellent points to force a tiebreak.

Shaughnessy took the early lead, but on the fifth point a Callens forehand was ruled in when Shaughnessy thought it was clearly out. Her protests to umpire Andreas Egli earned her a rare warning for unsportsmanlike conduct after she belted a ball away in anger. The incident turned the tide back Belgium’s way, and the overall deficit was reduced to 1-2 when a Shaughnessy backhand went long to give Callens the tiebreak 7-5.

“I think the win I had against her in Leipzig was very important in giving me confidence,” Callens said. “Also, I find her style of game suits me much better. She plays a more steady game with less variety, and she has a pattern on her serve which makes me know what to expect.”

Shaughnessy admitted her efforts against Flipkens had sapped her strength, but said she was confident of putting the defeat behind her if the USA reaches Saturday’s final. “I have to learn from my mistakes and move on,” she said.

At 5-4 in the second set, Elke Clijsters left the arena, the first signal that Belgium was playing her instead of Flipkens in the fourth rubber against Lisa Raymond. Callens said Flipkens was very stiff after her efforts against Shaughnessy, so the decision to replace her with Kim Clijsters’ younger sister was an easy one for Belgium’s captain Ivo van Aken.


Of course, Elke lost, so it is USA in the final.

azza
Nov 20th, 2003, 10:54 AM
Els :clap2:

Belguim :sad:

Brαm
Nov 20th, 2003, 11:38 AM
Els :clap2:

Belguim :sad:
It's B-e-l-g-i-u-m...

please, it's not that difficult to write :rolleyes:

azza
Nov 20th, 2003, 12:30 PM
I get mixed up with the u and i plese forgive me :kiss:


BTW

Hallo mjin naam is Aaron :kiss:

Wimanna
Nov 20th, 2003, 07:46 PM
Els :yippee:

hey Aaron ;) :hug:

Elleke
Nov 20th, 2003, 07:53 PM
I get mixed up with the u and i plese forgive me :kiss:


BTW

Hallo mjin naam is Aaron :kiss:
lol it's mIJn :p tsk tsk

Bette_Midler
Nov 22nd, 2003, 04:39 AM
els eterna ....els forever


http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_865_gallery.JPG

:drool: :hearts: :drool: :hearts: :drool: :hearts:

azza
Nov 22nd, 2003, 05:20 AM
Els :hearts:

Grachka
Nov 22nd, 2003, 05:05 PM
Below is the link for the interview with Els following the match with Meghann Shaughnessy in Fed Cup.

Els Callens Interview (http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsaudio.asp?id=10307)

azza
Nov 23rd, 2003, 06:14 PM
lol it's mIJn :p tsk tsk

Pffffffffffff :p :boxing: :armed:

Wimanna
Dec 3rd, 2003, 10:40 AM
Rhythmboy? Is Els still removed from the BOIC "A-List athletes" and because of that not sure to participate at the Olympics??

azza
Dec 3rd, 2003, 10:43 AM
:sad: c'mon els

E. Blackadder
Dec 3rd, 2003, 11:36 AM
Rhythmboy? Is Els still removed from the BOIC "A-List athletes" and because of that not sure to participate at the Olympics??

I guess so, I haven't heard the opposite :(
Maybe they'll let Els go after all now kim isn't going

Wimanna
Dec 3rd, 2003, 12:16 PM
I guess so, I haven't heard the opposite :(
Maybe they'll let Els go after all now kim isn't going

If that's their motivation, I hope Els say....FOERT :angel:

Come-on-kim
Dec 3rd, 2003, 02:48 PM
They'd better let Els go and play :fiery:

Wimanna
Dec 4th, 2003, 03:34 PM
OMG, this is what I found on the BOIC site...

Criteria to attend Olympics:
Player X has to be at least ranked number 12 in doubles to participate or reach a quarterfinal at a slam. Player X has to be ranked 24 in singles or reach semi final in Slam to participate...

:eek: I'm shocked, and am glad Kim said no...what a morrons out there :fiery:

Brαm
Dec 4th, 2003, 03:37 PM
Els :sad: :sad: :sad:

They have no respect for a champion like Els! :(

Wimanna
Dec 4th, 2003, 03:40 PM
Els :sad: :sad: :sad:

They have no respect for a champion like Els! :(
Yeah, but I forgot something :o
If she reaches 1/4 in AO, RG or Wim in 2004 I think she still can go...but I think she has to double with Justine :angel: That's not gonna work :angel:

Come-on-kim
Dec 4th, 2003, 05:08 PM
:eek: But how Els could go in Sydney then? :confused:

Brαm
Dec 4th, 2003, 05:12 PM
:eek: But how Els could go in Sydney then? :confused:
QF Roland Garros 1999 & QF Melbourne 2000

E. Blackadder
Dec 4th, 2003, 05:12 PM
:eek: But how Els could go in Sydney then? :confused:


1999 SF US Open (w/ Van Roost)
1999 QF Roland Garros (w/ Van Roost)
2000 QF AUS Open (w/ Van Roost)

There you have your answer

Brαm
Dec 4th, 2003, 05:14 PM
1999 SF US Open (w/ Van Roost)
1999 QF Roland Garros (w/ Van Roost)
2000 QF AUS Open (w/ Van Roost)

There you have your answer
Els lost in the 1st round at the US Open in 1999 ;)

E. Blackadder
Dec 4th, 2003, 05:17 PM
Els lost in the 1st round at the US Open in 1999 ;)


I meant 2000... :p


Was that before or after the Olympics?

Wimanna
Dec 4th, 2003, 06:38 PM
Eum, back then, the criteria weren't as stupid as for now... number 12 in doubles....C'mon, how many brains you have to come up with this??? :scratch: Back then, they were happy with something like 100 in singles and doubles...

What in 2008? When Kim and Justine maybe slipped back in the rank to ... let say ... 34 and 35? :eek: Big problem ;)

Brαm
Dec 4th, 2003, 06:47 PM
How come Els was allowed to play singles in Sydney?

E. Blackadder
Dec 4th, 2003, 07:57 PM
How come Els was allowed to play singles in Sydney?


I guess they let her play since she was there anyway, and they didn't really have a star that garantueed them a medal :p

arn
Dec 5th, 2003, 10:26 AM
I guess they let her play since she was there anyway, and they didn't really have a star that garantueed them a medal :p

No, I remember someone had an injury and Els was the highest ranked to replace her in the draw. (or something like that, anyway, she got in at the latest moment)

Grachka
Dec 14th, 2003, 11:11 AM
What is Els doing at the moment? I heard she was in an exhibition, but i am not sure where!

:bounce: Els! :bounce:

Hagar
Dec 27th, 2003, 03:00 PM
Does anyone know what Els' schedule will be in the first weeks of the season?

E. Blackadder
Dec 28th, 2003, 08:22 PM
Gold Coast
Sydney
Melbourne
Tokyo

arn
Dec 29th, 2003, 12:13 AM
Not a light one, Antwerp follows not that much later.

Belgium = Best
Dec 30th, 2003, 12:27 PM
Good luck in Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo! :D :yippee:

:wavey:

Hagar
Jan 3rd, 2004, 08:43 PM
Gold Coast
Sydney
Melbourne
Tokyo

WOW. Great schedule. She has to play qualies in Sydney I guess. Who will be her doubles' partner?

Geoffry
Jan 3rd, 2004, 08:48 PM
I think Daniela Hantuchova

Grachka
Jan 10th, 2004, 12:42 PM
Els is playing Shinobu Asagoe in the first round of Hobart. Tough, but she can do it! Its hard - i like Shinobu too! :scared:

Go Els! :bounce:

Wimanna
Jan 12th, 2004, 12:24 PM
Callens won't play singles in Antwerp :scratch:
Bob Verbeeck wants Els playing doubles with Navratilova. :yeah:

Brαm
Jan 12th, 2004, 12:28 PM
Callens won't play singles in Antwerp :scratch:
Bob Verbeeck wants Els playing doubles with Navratilova. :yeah:
WHAT??????? No Els in singles? :mad:
I guess the 2 WC's go to Kirsten & Elke then :eek: :eek:

:tape:

Wimanna
Jan 12th, 2004, 12:55 PM
Yes, the 2 wildcards go to Kirsten and Elke...
Dokic, Sharapova or Hantuchova are in the running for the last wildcard

Brαm
Jan 12th, 2004, 12:58 PM
Yes, the 2 wildcards go to Kirsten and Elke...
Dokic, Sharapova or Hantuchova are in the running for the last wildcard
Yes, I've just read it too. I feel sorry for Els not getting a WC into her home tournament :awww: :( :hug:

Come-on-kim
Jan 12th, 2004, 06:03 PM
Yes, I've just read it too. I feel sorry for Els not getting a WC into her home tournament :awww: :( :hug:
:eek: :eek: I am shocked

E. Blackadder
Jan 12th, 2004, 08:25 PM
this is a disgrace!

She won't be even playing qualies?

Brαm
Jan 12th, 2004, 08:30 PM
this is a disgrace!

She won't be even playing qualies?
Well she could get into qualis, but still!!!!
It's an awful decision & so disrespectful :sad: She deserves so much more! She should get Elke's wildcard.

Stijn
Jan 12th, 2004, 08:49 PM
Poor Els :sad:

I would have loved to see her play in the qualifying matches...

Brαm
Jan 12th, 2004, 08:54 PM
Poor Els :sad:

I would have loved to see her play in the qualifying matches...
Well she might still play in qualifying, but she should've got that goddamn maindraw WC! :fiery:

AntennA
Jan 12th, 2004, 09:29 PM
Well she could get into qualis, but still!!!!
It's an awful decision & so disrespectful :sad: She deserves so much more! She should get Elke's wildcard.
My thoughts exactly. I think it's pretty logical that Kirsten gets a wildcard because of her junior results. But is there any reason why Elke should get the wildcard instead of Els? :confused: :( With all respect for Elke, but she still hasn't proven anything since she won the doubles juniors title at the US Open... IMO Elke isn't ready yet to beat a top-50 player. Especially when you take a look at matches when she already received a wild card: it's pretty embarassing :o

Antwerp 2002
* R1: P Schnyder def. E Clijsters 6-3, 7-5
Brussels 2002
* R1: M Muller (7) def. E Clijsters 6-4, 6-2
Tokyo 2002
* Q1: A Nakamura def E Clijsters 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
Leipzig 2002
* R1: A Barna (q) def E Clijsters 6-4, 6-2
Luxembourg 2002
* Q1: L Bacheva def E Clijsters 6-4, 6-3
Port Pirie 2002 ($25k)
* Q1: O Luckaszewicz def E Clijsters 6-4, 6-2

Antwerp 2003
* R1: Schnyder (7) def. E Clijsters 6-2, 6-3
Leipzig 2003
* R1: Vento-Kabchi def E Clijsters 6-3, 6-1
Luxembourg 2003
* R1: Tanasugarn (4) def E Clijsters 6-2, 6-3

azza
Jan 13th, 2004, 09:14 AM
Els :sobbing: No :(

KV
Jan 13th, 2004, 10:10 AM
L. Raymond isn't on the list in Antwerp. S. Kuznetsova is. Hopefully, E. Callens gets Navratilova in doubles. Though Navratilova got some good results with Sveta. Guess, it's up to Martina to decide.

fleemke³
Jan 13th, 2004, 01:04 PM
A short reaction from Els' mother:

Els Callens krijgt geen wildcard voor
het WTA-toernooi van Antwerpen. Toer-
nooidirecteur Bob Verbeeck geeft de
voorkeur aan Elke Clijsters en Kirsten
Flipkens. De Antwerpse is verbolgen.

"Toen Els het te horen kreeg, was ze
een dag niet om aan te spreken. Ze had
zich nog nooit zo rot gevoeld. Ze vindt
het een schande dat ze met haar ranking
in haar eigen stad over het hoofd wordt
gezien", zegt ma Callens in De Morgen.

"Het is een bewuste keuze voor de
jeugd", meent Bob Verbeeck. "Bovendien
zal Callens misschien in het dubbel aan
de zijde van Navratilova kunnen spelen.

It a very bad thing Bob decided here :mad: If I was Els I wouldn't even play doubles in Antwerp!

The Crow
Jan 13th, 2004, 01:29 PM
Ridiculous decision. But I'm guessing it's like that Leipzig tourney and "the organiser has a good relationship with the Clijsters clan" :tape:

per4ever
Jan 13th, 2004, 01:38 PM
urgh again!!!!!! Give a wc to players who earn it!! Elke never did anything on the WTA tour goddamned. I wouldn't give one to Els either, she's not focussing on singles anymore, so why bother?

Give one to Dokic, Sharapova, Hantuchova.. they all want a WC to be able to enter..

Wimanna
Jan 13th, 2004, 01:50 PM
Not focussing on singles??? She wants to become top-50 again this year ;)

Brαm
Jan 13th, 2004, 02:27 PM
I wouldn't give one to Els either, she's not focussing on singles anymore, so why bother?

:rolleyes: Els plays about 20 tournaments a year and last year, she scored 13 WTA tour maindraw victories, her highest total ever!

per4ever
Jan 13th, 2004, 03:19 PM
:rolleyes: Els plays about 20 tournaments a year and last year, she scored 13 WTA tour maindraw victories, her highest total ever!
wow 13 in a whole year :rolleyes: that will bring her in the top 50!

It would be much better for the tournament to give a WC to players like Sharapova then to Callens.

Brαm
Jan 13th, 2004, 03:23 PM
wow 13 in a whole year :rolleyes: that will bring her in the top 50!

Els won 13 maindraw matches in 1996 and ended the year as no.48! That's top-50, isn't it? :confused:

The Crow
Jan 13th, 2004, 03:30 PM
wow 13 in a whole year :rolleyes: that will bring her in the top 50!

It would be much better for the tournament to give a WC to players like Sharapova then to Callens.
No fucking way! Els deserves this for her dedication to the game! And to Belgian tennis! But apparently that doesn't mean anything these days :rolleyes:

per4ever
Jan 13th, 2004, 03:39 PM
to me it doesn't. I want to see the best players out there, and if a belgian player has to make some room for one, then so be it :)

fleemke³
Jan 13th, 2004, 03:43 PM
K'tje there is a difference between WC given to Belgians and given to other players. There are, so it seems, 2 Belgian WC for the main draw ... then Els is the one who earns it!

per4ever
Jan 13th, 2004, 03:45 PM
if they really want to give two belgian players a wc then Els earns it... no doubt, she won a match last year and the year before too..so at least better then Elke :rolleyes:

I would only give Kirsten one, and use the other for another player ;)

pigam
Jan 13th, 2004, 04:12 PM
I think it's 'low' they are trying to suck up to Els now, by trying to get Navratilova. Uh. Dégoutant. En dit voor Els haar (misschien wel) laatste jaar als prof!!!

KV
Jan 13th, 2004, 04:14 PM
Got an e-mail from B. Verbeeck

Geachte,

Als organisator van de Proximus Diamond Games heb ik spijtig genoeg maar twee wild cards. Verleden jaar hebben wij deze eveneens aan Kirsten Flipkens en Elke Clijsters gegeven. In 2003 heeft Kirsten alvast haar talent bewezen door de US Open en Wimbledon te winnen. Elke heeft in 2003 omwille van kwetsuren een moeilijker jaar gehad maar heeft in 2002 haar talent bewezen. Voor beiden is de hoofdtabel van een Tier 2 echter een unieke kans om punten in de WTA rangschikking te behalen.

Verleden jaar zat Els Callens rechtstreeks in the hoofdtabel door haar ranking op de wereldranglijst. Dit jaar zal zij zich moeten kwalificeren en ik ben ervan overtuigd dat zij ook een uitstekende kans maakt om zo in de hoofdtabel te komen. Bovendien heeft Els door haar ranking veel meer kansen in het WTA circuit dan de twee andere jonge tennisters. Omwille van deze reden en zeker niet uit een gebrek aan respect voor Els Callens hebben wij beslist de twee wild cards toe te kennen aan Elke en Kirsten.

Hopend op uw begrip en nog veel plezier aan het tennis,
Sportieve groeten,

Come-on-kim
Jan 13th, 2004, 04:34 PM
Hum... yeah I get his point but still.... i find it bad for Els

E. Blackadder
Jan 13th, 2004, 04:50 PM
I got a mail adressed to Els:

Beste Mevrouw Callens,

Ik heb veel sympathie en waardering voor u als tennisspeelster en
-persoonlijkheid, zonder evenwel fan te zijn van u of een andere speler.

Ik vind dat wanneer u moet toegeven ontgoocheld te zijn over een
non-selectie voor een tornooi, op grond van leeftijd, dat u deze
ontgoocheling moet analyseren en au sérieux nemen. U bent gewoon
onrechtvaardig behandeld. Sinds kort bestaat er zelfs een
non-discriminatiewet waarbij u een onfaire behandeling die geschiedt op
basis van een discriminatoir criterium, waaronder leeftijd, niet over u heen
moet laten gaan.

Ik raad u niet zomaar aan om een procedure tot staking van deze discrminatie
te gaan inleiden, maar misschien kunt u zich tot weerbaarder opstellen als u
weet waarover het gaat en welke mogelijkheden er zijn om hiertegen op te
treden, al was het maar door hier een ballonnetje over op te laten.

Misschien kunt u met dit advies deze unfaire behandeling of een andere te
lijf gaan. Bij het Centrum voor gelijke kansen onderzoeken ze dit soort
klachten en geven discreet advies (02/212.30.00, denk ik).

Succes

per4ever
Jan 13th, 2004, 05:08 PM
hmmm that's overreacted imo. It's still the organisation's right to decide who to give their wildcards to. She can still play qualifying and earn more points by doing so.

E. Blackadder
Jan 13th, 2004, 05:14 PM
hmmm that's overreacted imo. It's still the organisation's right to decide who to give their wildcards to. She can still play qualifying and earn more points by doing so.
yeah i foudn that one over the top too ;)

Brαm
Jan 13th, 2004, 05:29 PM
I received the same e-mail as KV today :tape: :tape:

The Crow
Jan 13th, 2004, 07:39 PM
Got an e-mail from B. Verbeeck

Geachte,

Als organisator van de Proximus Diamond Games heb ik spijtig genoeg maar twee wild cards. Verleden jaar hebben wij deze eveneens aan Kirsten Flipkens en Elke Clijsters gegeven. In 2003 heeft Kirsten alvast haar talent bewezen door de US Open en Wimbledon te winnen. Elke heeft in 2003 omwille van kwetsuren een moeilijker jaar gehad maar heeft in 2002 haar talent bewezen. Voor beiden is de hoofdtabel van een Tier 2 echter een unieke kans om punten in de WTA rangschikking te behalen.

Verleden jaar zat Els Callens rechtstreeks in the hoofdtabel door haar ranking op de wereldranglijst. Dit jaar zal zij zich moeten kwalificeren en ik ben ervan overtuigd dat zij ook een uitstekende kans maakt om zo in de hoofdtabel te komen. Bovendien heeft Els door haar ranking veel meer kansen in het WTA circuit dan de twee andere jonge tennisters. Omwille van deze reden en zeker niet uit een gebrek aan respect voor Els Callens hebben wij beslist de twee wild cards toe te kennen aan Elke en Kirsten.

Hopend op uw begrip en nog veel plezier aan het tennis,
Sportieve groeten,
Ze hebben het wel ghoed voorbereid moet ik zeggen :tape: Zo nen hoop holle excuses heb ik nog nooit gehoord :eek:

azza
Jan 14th, 2004, 09:38 AM
whats it say :o something about excuses :(

arn
Jan 14th, 2004, 10:53 AM
I'm with the rest here, it's obvious Els deserves one of the 2 wildcards. Only her value for Belgian tennis is reason enough to give her one!

Grachka
Jan 14th, 2004, 03:35 PM
It is a crying shame that Els didn't get one. I have to say that Elke has no claim to it whatsoever, she just doesn't work as hard as Els. Travesty.

arn
Jan 15th, 2004, 11:22 AM
It is a crying shame that Els didn't get one. I have to say that Elke has no claim to it whatsoever, she just doesn't work as hard as Els. Travesty.
That's also something you cannot say! How do you know Elke does not work as hard as Els? That's a reason that's certainly not valid!

Grachka
Jan 15th, 2004, 11:01 PM
Well I have seen Elke playing. She has come to Edinburgh for an event and she was not on the practice courts once, whereas other much-derided players (i.e. Jaslyn Hewitt) were out there pounding the courts every day, working hard to get better.

When she comes and spends time with her boyfriend, has a match, loses, and then leaves what else can i say? I am not saying she doesn't work at all - i am saying she doesn't work AS hard. I have nothing against her, and maybe i'm wrong, but i do think that Els has more claim to the wildcard.

Good luck Elke anyway!

azza
Jan 16th, 2004, 12:50 AM
Im so angry Els :sad:

E. Blackadder
Jan 16th, 2004, 06:41 AM
Cara Black in 1st round of Aus Open. Tough but not undoable, let's keep our fingers crossed :)

arn
Jan 16th, 2004, 11:10 AM
Well I have seen Elke playing. She has come to Edinburgh for an event and she was not on the practice courts once, whereas other much-derided players (i.e. Jaslyn Hewitt) were out there pounding the courts every day, working hard to get better.

When she comes and spends time with her boyfriend, has a match, loses, and then leaves what else can i say? I am not saying she doesn't work at all - i am saying she doesn't work AS hard. I have nothing against her, and maybe i'm wrong, but i do think that Els has more claim to the wildcard.

Good luck Elke anyway!
Ok, now I understand why you said it, though it's only based on 1 thing you saw. And I agree Els deserves the wildcard more :)


Black is a player she can beat :D

Brαm
Jan 16th, 2004, 11:39 AM
Ok, now I understand why you said it, though it's only based on 1 thing you saw. And I agree Els deserves the wildcard more :)


Black is a player she can beat :D
Black leads 2-1:
New Haven 2003 C Black(9) - E Callens 6-4 6-4
Amelia I. 2003 E Callens - C Black 6-7(10) 7-6(5) 6-2
Manhat. B. 2000 C Black(4) - E Callens 7-5 6-2

BUT, I also think Els might win :D

Hagar
Jan 16th, 2004, 12:16 PM
Looks like a reasonable draw for the Australian Open.
I'm still shocked that Antwerp did not give her a WC. Els almost kicked Hantuchova out of the tourny last year!

Brαm
Jan 16th, 2004, 12:18 PM
Looks like a reasonable draw for the Australian Open.
I'm still shocked that Antwerp did not give her a WC. Els almost kicked Hantuchova out of the tourny last year!
Imagine she had! It would've been mission impossible for her to defend all those (bonus)points! On the other hand, if she'd beaten Hantuchova, she might've got into the maindraw without a WC...

KV
Jan 16th, 2004, 01:40 PM
Good luck against C. Black

Wimanna
Jan 19th, 2004, 12:30 PM
C'mon Els, now show what ya got in Tokyo!!!!!!! You always play great there!!!!!!! :bounce: but still there is the doubles tournament

wow, she was mad after the loss today...

Brαm
Jan 19th, 2004, 02:00 PM
C'mon Els, now show what ya got in Tokyo!!!!!!! You always play great there!!!!!!! :bounce: but still there is the doubles tournament

wow, she was mad after the loss today...
Who wouldn't be mad after such a loss? You're playing well in the 1st set & then you lose grip, probably because your opponent is faster, younger & less tired then you... :unsure:

Poor Els... It was probably her last Aussie Open & to lose in these circumstances... :(

pigam
Jan 19th, 2004, 02:04 PM
Who wouldn't be mad after such a loss? You're playing well in the 1st set & then you lose grip, probably because your opponent is faster, younger & less tired then you... :unsure:

Poor Els... It was probably her last Aussie Open & to lose in these circumstances... :(
How did she react? :shrug:
I remember she was to-ta-ly pissed off last year (Wimby?) when she lost. She just smacked the door of the court and refused to talk to the press. It was great :) Such winning-spirit from Els!! :lol:
But seriously, was she mad or SAD after her loss?

Brαm
Jan 19th, 2004, 02:23 PM
Well she said something like: "yeah it's a bit disappointing to lose this match", but it was obvious she was so deeply disappointed! :awww: I think she had tears in her eyes, not sure. They also showed her smashing her racket after losing :(

pigam
Jan 19th, 2004, 02:26 PM
Well she said something like: "yeah it's a bit disappointing to lose this match", but it was obvious she was so deeply disappointed! :awww: I think she had tears in her eyes, not sure. They also showed her smashing her racket after losing :(
Mmm this must be a tough time for her!
First the WC thing, and all the first round losses.
Hope she can step it up...

Brαm
Jan 19th, 2004, 02:30 PM
Mmm this must be a tough time for her!
First the WC thing, and all the first round losses.
Hope she can step it up...
Yeah the voice-over also said that Els really wanted to prove that she was still worthy of a WC. Of course this loss is now twice as painful... :awww:

arn
Jan 19th, 2004, 02:34 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: what's more to say? :sad:

Grachka
Jan 20th, 2004, 02:21 AM
:sad: Els :sad:

Brαm
Jan 20th, 2004, 08:15 AM
Small article in today's news paper:

Els Callens loses in 1st round

Els Callens' singles tournament is over. After a good start against Cara Black, she lost the 3rd set and the match 6-2 3-6 3-6. The player from Antwerp will still play doubles with Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova. Yesterday's loss might have been the 33-year-old's last singles match ever in Melbourne.
"I have not decided yet, if I will stop this year or not. I will probably make that decision at the end of this season. I will still do my best to have the best year possible."
Going back to qualifying tournaments for slams is not an option. Therefore she will try to stay in the top-100.
Els Callens is also still angry with the tournament director of Antwerp and his decision to give a WC to Elke Clijsters.
"I guess I will play qualifying then... The doubles with Navratilova has been cancelled by the way. I have no idea whom I will play with, if I will play in doubles." *she sighs*

Doubles with Henin
At the Olympics in 2000, Els won a bronze medal in Sydney.
"I have not received any news from the BOIC (Belgian Olympic Commitee). I have not asked Justine to play with me yet. She will not want to play with me I think... And I cannot think of any other player I could play doubles with... Maybe I can still try to play singles at the Olympics."

arn
Jan 20th, 2004, 10:28 AM
I think she should really ask to play doubles with justine at the olympics! What's the harm in asking? It's not like she will lose something with it. And I'm sure If Justine says to the BOIC she wants to play doubles with Els, I'm sure they let them go.

Wimanna
Jan 20th, 2004, 01:37 PM
Today in the paper:

Just seconds after our interview, Els started to cry
:awww: :sad: :hug: :hug:

It all becomes too much for Els... :sad:
-No Olympics
-No wildcard in Antwerp, her hometown
-3 losses in 2004

"If I thumble out of the top-100, I quit. At my age, I don't want to play qualifying. I want to be directly in the maindraw of the Grand Slams"
"I haven't heard anything from the BOIC, bad sign I suppose. And via via I heard Justine doesn't want to play doubles. Angry? no, dissapointed."
"I'm really pissed off at Bob Verbeeck, I didn't want to come to Antwerp at first, a protest, but who I gonna give a pleasure with that... (bad translation :angel: ) Playing doubles there? Depends with who. When Verbeeck said I could play doubles with Martina Navratilova, I already did know she wouldn't come. I hope -for his image- and for me, he will find a great alternative"


*amai, pas nu zien ik da Bram da al lang had gepost* :o :o

Grachka
Jan 21st, 2004, 02:26 AM
That is so sad, its terrible to see she is so upset. I would have thought that after so long in the game and so much given to Belgian tennis that she would be shown a bit more respect :sad:

I hope that this year is good, I don't want Els to quit at all, but if she does i hope it is in a blaze of glory. She deserves that much at least. I hope she can put Antwerp behind her, and start winning tennis matches again. Good luck Els! :kiss:

Come-on-kim
Jan 21st, 2004, 11:01 PM
10th Feminine Open Of Touquet.
Callens winning.

For its 10th birthday, the Feminine Open of Touquet had a dream commitment list with for example, Schiavone, Loit, Barna, Mikaelian, Vakulenko or Els Callens. It's finally Callens with her experience and her beautiful offensive game who won it (the tournament or exhibition :confused: ) against Mikaelian in the final, but after a fantastic battle 7/6 6/7 6/2.

It's a self translation of the article which was on the last "Tennis Magazine" (the French one). You can see a picture of at the trophy ceremony with Mikaelian, Dominique Monami and Julie Halard-Decugis

Brαm
Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:13 AM
Finally, the results of this exhibition tournament!! :p
Well done Els :yeah: :bigclap:

If only she could win on the WTA tour :awww:

fleemke³
Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:22 AM
I think she should really ask to play doubles with justine at the olympics! What's the harm in asking? It's not like she will lose something with it. And I'm sure If Justine says to the BOIC she wants to play doubles with Els, I'm sure they let them go.
I also think she has it Justine personally! Maybe Justine doesn't wonna play doubles during the year so there won't be time to train together. I really hope Justine does play at the Olympics with Els!


btw (I know it's stuipid but hey you never know :o) some fortunetellers predicted that Belgian would have 2 medals in tennis (at the Olympics). Justine gets gold in singles ... maybe the bronze is for doubles? they also predicted Justine slam last year ... although they said it would be Wimbledon :o ;)

arn
Jan 22nd, 2004, 12:37 PM
I also think she has it Justine personally! Maybe Justine doesn't wonna play doubles during the year so there won't be time to train together. I really hope Justine does play at the Olympics with Els!


btw (I know it's stuipid but hey you never know :o) some fortunetellers predicted that Belgian would have 2 medals in tennis (at the Olympics). Justine gets gold in singles ... maybe the bronze is for doubles? they also predicted Justine slam last year ... although they said it would be Wimbledon :o ;)
You read humo?? ;)

fleemke³
Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:48 PM
sometimes :D But they also said it in the Libelle or something :D I read it when I got my hair done :o;)

KV
Jan 27th, 2004, 03:14 PM
Afterall maybe l she gets a WC in front of her homecrowd. Sadly because of Kirsten's injury.

azza
Feb 1st, 2004, 07:36 AM
Tokyo

Q1 [4] Callens Def Sun 6-0 6-1 :eek: :eek: :worship:
Q2 [4] Callens Def Fuda 6-3 6-2 :D :kiss:
Q3 Callens Vs Mattek

:bowdown: Els :worship:

azza
Feb 2nd, 2004, 02:02 AM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/040201-toray/040201-280.jpg

azza
Feb 2nd, 2004, 04:52 AM
Tokyo

Q1 [4] Callens Def Sun 6-0 6-1 :worship:
Q2 [4] Callens Def Fuda 6-3 6-2 :worship:
Q3 [4] Callens Def Mattek 6-2 4-6 6-3 :worship:

~|Naomi|~
Feb 2nd, 2004, 07:48 AM
Well done to Els:bounce:

Wimanna
Feb 2nd, 2004, 10:46 AM
Els :yippee: :yippee: :bounce: :bounce: :yeah: (25.5 points so far?)

azza
Feb 4th, 2004, 02:57 AM
Some very good news Els Leads Lina 6-3 3-2 with a break :worship:

azza
Feb 4th, 2004, 03:15 AM
Tokyo

Q1 [4] Callens Def Sun 6-0 6-1
Q2 [4] Callens Def Fuda 6-3 6-2
Q3 [4] Callens Def Mattek 6-2 4-6 6-3
R1 Callens Def Krasnoroutskaya 6-3 6-4 :lick: Points galore :drool:

E. Blackadder
Feb 4th, 2004, 05:54 AM
What win :aparty:
Let's celebrate :yeah:

nicky
Feb 4th, 2004, 07:39 AM
Well done! :dance:
This will be good for her confidence :).

Come-on-kim
Feb 4th, 2004, 09:31 AM
:yeah: Els :bounce: Finally I would say!!! Good thing before going into Antwerp :bounce:

Grachka
Feb 4th, 2004, 11:11 AM
Thats a great win, keep it up Els! :bounce:

Els next plays 4th seed Ai Sugiyama, tough match! Good luck to Els! :)

BTW, Els definately does have a wildcard to Antwerp, but i am guessing people know this! :)

pigam
Feb 4th, 2004, 12:40 PM
Wow Els :eek:
Proficiat!! :)

Hagar
Feb 4th, 2004, 01:33 PM
WOW ELS!!! Seems like you have digested your Australian Open. Now fight hard against Ai!

fleemke³
Feb 4th, 2004, 03:26 PM
Great victory els :kiss:

azza
Feb 6th, 2004, 12:24 AM
Els lost 6-3 6-3 :crying2:

Grachka
Feb 11th, 2004, 12:33 AM
After a good run in Tokyo, Els's ranking rises from 85 to 69! :bounce:

Well done Els, hope you can keep it going! :)

nicky
Feb 23rd, 2004, 08:57 AM
Today in "de Morgen":
Els is already promised a main draw wild card for 2005 by Bob Verbeeck. Els said she'll definitely keep playing until then (if she's healthy). She might play her farewell tournament in her hometown...:D

Now that would be a wonderful way to end her career!

azza
Feb 23rd, 2004, 10:06 AM
Els i never want her to retire :crying2: :p

Grachka
Feb 23rd, 2004, 10:31 AM
That would be wonderful if she could have her farewell in Antwerp. Although I will be sad when the time comes :sad:

Geoffry
Feb 23rd, 2004, 10:47 AM
and a new year-high ranking at 68 for Els :yeah:

Majo
Feb 23rd, 2004, 06:18 PM
saw her LIve, she was playing sooo well!! :bounce:

too bad she didn't give me an autograph :(

E. Blackadder
Feb 29th, 2004, 09:14 AM
Els Schedule



01/03 Qatar Total Open (http://www.qatartennis.org/) Doha, QAT $600.000

08/03 Pacific Life Open (http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/) Indian Wells, USA $2.100.000

22/03 Nasdaq-100 Open (http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/) Miami, USA $3.060.000

05/04 Grand Prix SAR (http://www.frmt.ma/)Casablanca, MOR $110.000

12/04 Estoril Open (http://www.estorilopen.net/) Estoril, POR $110.000

19/04 Fed Cup (http://www.fedcup.com/) Bree, BEL

arn
Feb 29th, 2004, 01:50 PM
A long break after Casablanca? A good idea :)

Come-on-kim
Feb 29th, 2004, 02:27 PM
I think she should maybe play the Green clay tournaments because green clay is faster and I think it'd suit her game more. And then taking a break after those events

E. Blackadder
Feb 29th, 2004, 02:55 PM
A long break after Casablanca? A good idea :)
my mistake, it's april not may :p

She's playing 8 weeks in a row

Grachka
Mar 3rd, 2004, 12:40 PM
Els lost in the first round of Qatar to Ting Li. :fiery: Li is really underranked though, she is a lot better than where she is ranked, and it was close.

(Q) Ting Li CHN def. Els Callens BEL 1-6 6-3 6-4 :sad:

azza
Mar 3rd, 2004, 02:02 PM
Els :speakles: :sad:

Grachka
Mar 11th, 2004, 09:37 AM
Els Callens in Indian Wells

Els plays Jill Craybas in singles first round! Go Els! :bounce:

I think Els could and should win this! :D

In doubles, Els and Meilen have a tough first round match against Davenport and Morariu. Good luck to both! :)

per4ever
Mar 11th, 2004, 10:41 PM
she should yeah :rolleyes:

azza
Mar 12th, 2004, 12:10 PM
Callens 1-6 6-3 2-6 to craybas :sad:

Grachka
Mar 12th, 2004, 06:58 PM
Els :( :sad:

I thought she would have won that...

pigam
Mar 12th, 2004, 07:21 PM
Els lost in doubles too :sad:

Grachka
Mar 21st, 2004, 12:48 PM
I think that Els is in the main draw for the NASDAQ event? :confused:

Good luck Els! :D

arn
Mar 21st, 2004, 01:24 PM
Yeah, she is :)

Grachka
Mar 26th, 2004, 09:05 PM
Els lost to Maria Kirilenko 7-6(3) 1-6 6-7(3) :mad:

She had 7 match points :sad:

Brαm
Apr 7th, 2004, 10:34 PM
Els Callens fans, please vote for her in this thread http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?p=3286359

Thank you :hatoff:

Grachka
Apr 12th, 2004, 11:18 AM
Els lost in Casablanca singles first round to Ludmila Cervanova 2-6 1-6 :sad:

Els and Srebotnik lost the doubles final in Casablanca to Bartoli/Loit 4-6 2-6 :sad:

She now has a tough match against the winner of Casablanca, Emilie Loit, in the first round of the Estoril Open.

Good luck Els! :D

KV
Apr 13th, 2004, 03:04 PM
And she lost there too 2-6 2-6. ppfffft@playing on the slow red clay.

Grachka
Apr 25th, 2004, 10:47 PM
For those of you who haven't heard :eek: Els overcame the clay disadvantage to beat Jelena Kostanic 6-2 3-6 6-4 to take the decisive rubber against Croatia to take Belgium through to the QF of the Fed Cup! :bigclap:

Well done Els, hope this boosts your confidence! :)

~|Naomi|~
Apr 26th, 2004, 12:04 AM
Els is awesome, so hapy for her to seal victory for the Belgians she has put so much into playing for her country and done it with pride every time, this is a great reward for her:) And in front of her home crowd to, she must be so happy:)

Grachka
May 3rd, 2004, 10:28 PM
Els won a match in Berlin qualifying before crashing out 0-6 1-6 to Medina Garrigues :sad: :o

Good luck in the next tournament Els.

azza
May 4th, 2004, 03:02 AM
Els :o

Fieke
May 4th, 2004, 07:17 PM
I put a small film clip of Callens/Black vs. Dhenin/Marosi recorded at the Proximus Diamond Games online. You can find it here (http://users.pandora.be/flupkebru/Extra/CallensBlack%20vs.%20DheninMarosi%20part%2001.MOV) or by going to my website > extra > media

Oh...and please be patient, it takes ages to load :o

Grachka
May 9th, 2004, 08:05 PM
Els defeated Julia Schruff 7-5 7-6 :) in the first round of qualifying for Rome, but then lost to Yuliana Fedak 4-6 3-6 :sad:

Elleke
May 10th, 2004, 08:01 PM
http://www.wtatour.com/global/photogallery/berlin/f_20.jpg

Grachka
May 23rd, 2004, 07:17 PM
Els plays Barbora Strycova in the first round of Roland Garros.

It'll be difficult, but hopefully Els will pull through! :D

Geoffry
May 23rd, 2004, 08:29 PM
http://www.wtatour.com/global/photogallery/berlin/f_20.jpg

nice picture, but who's the man? :confused:

and good luck in Paris, Els :bounce:

E. Blackadder
May 24th, 2004, 04:03 PM
nice picture, but who's the man? :confused:

and good luck in Paris, Els :bounce:

sanchez' coach

Grachka
May 28th, 2004, 03:22 PM
Els lost in the first round to Strycova if anyone doesn't know :sad:

Annika18
May 30th, 2004, 03:38 PM
Does Els not play mixed doubles with Robin Koenig anymore? She is playing at the moment with Prieto.

azza
Jun 7th, 2004, 01:59 PM
Els in Biringham :D

She plays Maria Sanchez Lorenzo in R1

Go els :banana:

Grachka
Jun 8th, 2004, 01:55 PM
Els was leading 6-3 *3-2 and is now 6-3 4-6 *1-2 :sad:

Grachka
Jun 8th, 2004, 02:22 PM
Els lost to Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo 6-3 4-6 3-6 :sad: :mad: :bigcry: :sobbing:

She had that match, Maria Sanchez is horrible on grass and she had 15-40 and then two more break points at 3-5*.

Els :sad:

arn
Jun 8th, 2004, 05:00 PM
this is not good, not good at all :sad: :sad:

Brαm
Jun 10th, 2004, 12:07 PM
Els needs a good win! Badly :(

Seriously, she once said - when someone asked her "when will you retire?" - that she'd retire as soon as she has to play qualifying at the slams again. The ways things are going now, she WILL have to play qualifying at the US Open :( :sad:
If she doesn't win a match or 2 at Rosmalen or Wimbledon she'll retire IMO :awww:

KV
Jun 11th, 2004, 05:36 PM
Though Els had a disappointing def. against M. Sanchez Lorenzo. One shouldn't forget the fast courts have been slowed down. As a result you have to many overranked players esp. in men's tennis. If the fast courts are slowed down, then wouldn't call red clay a fair surface. IMO, it's great to have big servers in the game, who are weaker on clay. By slowing down the fast courts you have a lack of variety too. It's right too have the slow red clay but then you should have fast courts too (not slowed down).I'm afraid that the natural grass courters won't do too well at Wimbledon.

Grachka
Jun 12th, 2004, 01:54 PM
Els lost against today in Eastbourne qualifying :sad:

She lost 5-7 2-6 to Jill Craybas :mad:

~|Naomi|~
Jun 12th, 2004, 02:56 PM
Though Els had a disappointing def. against M. Sanchez Lorenzo. One shouldn't forget the fast courts have been slowed down. As a result you have to many overranked players esp. in men's tennis. If the fast courts are slowed down, then wouldn't call red clay a fair surface. IMO, it's great to have big servers in the game, who are weaker on clay. By slowing down the fast courts you have a lack of variety too. It's right too have the slow red clay but then you should have fast courts too (not slowed down).I'm afraid that the natural grass courters won't do too well at Wimbledon. I agree with you and I think it is wrong:mad: Too much of the tour is played on clay in the first place as well and too little on grass. I think they should shorten the season and hve equal time on each surface:)

Brαm
Jun 12th, 2004, 05:52 PM
I agree with you and I think it is wrong:mad: Too much of the tour is played on clay in the first place as well and too little on grass. I think they should shorten the season and hve equal time on each surface:)
I do not agree :eek: (for once ;))

There are too many hard court tournaments. We should have 1/4 played on HC, 1/4 on clay, 1/4 on grass & 1/4 on carpet indoors.
But what do we get?
70% on HC, 25% on clay & 5% on grass :shrug:

It's sad that Els can't even win a match on grass these days. She's never been a force on clay, but grass.. I mean she's been to the 3rd round of Wimbledon, and we all remember that 7-6 7-6 match against Serena :worship:
Well I guess we shouldn't live in the past :awww:

Stijn
Jun 12th, 2004, 06:03 PM
Els lost against today in Eastbourne qualifying :sad:

She lost 5-7 2-6 to Jill Craybas :mad:
Poor Els, losing in the qualifiers...

2004 is really a disaster year for Belgian tennis :sad: :sad:

Grachka
Jun 17th, 2004, 02:09 PM
Els lost in the "Eastbourne Cup" - a cup for first round losers of the actual main event. I think she lost 6-4 7-6(5) to....erm...I can't remember, lol.

Els is playing Ashley Harkleroad in the first round of Wimbledon :) Nice draw against Ashley, who also has had a horrendous year. Chance for second round? Where she will probably meet Suarez :(

azza
Jun 22nd, 2004, 10:57 AM
Go Els :hearts:

Grachka
Jun 24th, 2004, 08:25 PM
Better news from Wimbledon today! Els won! :hearts:

Els Callens BEL def. Ashley Harkleroad USA 6-3 5-7 6-4 :D

Lets hope she can build on this!

E. Blackadder
Jun 24th, 2004, 09:30 PM
http://users.pandora.be/rhythmboy/harkleroad.JPG

6-3 5-7 6-4

Elleke
Jun 25th, 2004, 09:03 AM
http://www.wtatour.com/global/photogallery/birmingham/f_05.jpg
From Birmingham
good luck @ wimbledon, good luck against Paola! :bounce:

Brαm
Jun 25th, 2004, 10:09 AM
Here are 2 pictures from yesterday's match! Hope there'll be some more today :D

KV
Jun 25th, 2004, 11:12 AM
Last time Els played Suarez, Els won. On the contrary, Suarez is on a lucky run the past 24 months, needs ages to win an indoor match. Still say Els is the better player on fast surfaces. Hopefully Els win create an upset. Whatever happens the past 2 years, Els isn't 2 years long without a win on indoor carpet, Suarez yes.

KV
Jun 25th, 2004, 12:42 PM
Els lost, score was too high. Kim/Justine absenth pffft @this years Wimbledon. Must say the quality of men's tennis on grass is much higher. Really think M. Stich has a point to critizise women's tennis in debt on grass.

Brαm
Jul 5th, 2004, 06:09 PM
Pffff Els is out of the top-100 :sad:

She's 104th now even though she defended her points from last year! :(
Thank goodness she's got only a few points to defend before the US Open!

Go Els :bounce:

Brαm
Jul 5th, 2004, 06:14 PM
Points to defend:

Los Angeles 14.75
New Haven 1
US Open 2
Leipzig 120.5 :eek: :eek: :help:
Filderstadt 27.5
Zurich 1
Luxembourg 6.5
Quebec City 17

If she doesn't defend any of those points (but I'm sure she will defend at least half of them :angel: ;)) she'll end this year +/- 160th.

Grachka
Jul 5th, 2004, 07:18 PM
Thank you Bram for excellent pictures! :D

Els :( hope you can defend all those points :scared:

At least you will be in US Open maindraw hopefully.

Stijn
Jul 6th, 2004, 07:32 AM
Let's hope the second half of 2004 is better than the first one for Els :awww:

Good luck M'Lady :hatoff:

KV
Jul 6th, 2004, 12:02 PM
Like the way Els plays tennis, the gutsy serve & volley. Hopefully she'll have some good results in the indoor tournaments.
Obatafan, if you're here, my biggest Wimbly disappointment was Anna C. missing out om the Wimbly-Qual. The main reason Surbiton didn't count for the Wimbly-Qual. She played twice on grass twice reached the final against Kirsten/Morigami. Well, really M. Stich has point what Castano produced against Navratilova ppft. Because of such a player Anna C. missed Wimbly. Rather have some clay courters boycot Wimbly as it was in the past.

Grachka
Aug 6th, 2004, 12:33 PM
*revives thread*

Els has continued her bad form :sobbing: Despite winning 2-6 6-4 11-9 against Ruano-Pascual in the Fed Cup, she then lost 4-6 0-6 to Anabel Medina Garrigues as Belgium lost 2-3 to Spain :sad:.

I really hope she continues for another year or so, i would love her to go out on a high instead of this terrible year.

Brαm
Aug 31st, 2004, 11:55 AM
Thanks to the win over Grönefeld, Els is back in the top-100 :D :woohoo:

fabifan#1
Sep 17th, 2004, 04:27 AM
i love els shes awesome love her game

Grachka
Sep 26th, 2004, 09:32 PM
Is Els injured or something? She hasn't played since the US Open...

tibe
Sep 26th, 2004, 10:10 PM
Is Els injured or something? She hasn't played since the US Open...
she's fine. don't worry ;)