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oren987
Jan 14th, 2004, 06:01 PM
Well the first slam of the year is abote to begin (finally).

Here is what Anna did in the Australian Open Last year
1R (14)Pistolesi def. Tu 6-4 4-6 6-2
2R (14)Pistolesi def. Matevzic 5-1 ret.
3R (19)Coetzer def. (14)Pistolesi 6-0 6-2 :fiery:

Tzipi Didn't made it to the first round :p, so I hope it will happend this year :D

Here is the 2004 qualifying draw for Tzipi:

Lindsay Lee-Waters USA (1) vs. Lubomira Bacheva BUL
Lauren Breadmore AUS vs. Lara Giltinan AUS
Svetlana Krivencheva BUL vs. Elise Tamaela NED
Tzipora Obziler ISR vs. Elena Tatarkova UKR (14)

Tomas11
Jan 14th, 2004, 06:15 PM
I don't believe Tzipi can do it.
I hate to sound that way, but i have a feeling both Anna and Tzipi will lose 1r, and the Israeli surprise will come from the men's side (Levy in MD, Okun and Hadad in qualies, Ram/Erlich in Doubles...)

oh, and here's an off-topic question that's been bugging me for quite some time now... who the hell is Jaqcueline Rosen? Is she israeli (like aceman claims), or is she american (WTA)?

King Aaron
Jan 14th, 2004, 06:23 PM
Good luck Tzipi, I hope she comes through qualifying. :D

I think Jacquelyn is based in America. :confused:

Tomas11
Jan 14th, 2004, 06:27 PM
well OZ is after all her fondest memory of all times in a slam... nearly made it to 2nd round...
but to beat Tatarkova and Lee-Waters???

oren987
Jan 15th, 2004, 04:17 AM
Well Tomas, she did it, and made it to the 2nd round :worship:

Tzipi beat Elena Tatarkova 6-7 (4) 6-4 7-5 :bounce: in a very close match.

Next round:

Elise Tamaela, Good luck Tzipi :D

Tomas11
Jan 15th, 2004, 07:04 PM
i really thougnt she'll lose it...
next up is Tamaela... i don't know a lot about her, but she looks quite dangerous...
this time o'm going with Obziler...
and what a day for Israel: all 4 israelis winning!!!
Go Israel! Go Tzipi!

oren987
Jan 16th, 2004, 12:46 AM
2nd round:
Tzipi Obziler def. Tamaela 6-3 7-6 (1) :bounce: :bounce:

Tzipi was down 2-5 in the 2nd set but came back stronge to win the match :D
Next Lindsay Lee- Waters (1 in qualifying).
Good luck Tzipi :kiss:

oren987
Jan 16th, 2004, 01:02 AM
Main draw for Anna:

Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR (14) vs. Klara Koukalova CZE
wc-Tatiana Golovin FRA vs. Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI
Arantxa Parra ESP vs. Qualifier
Karolina Sprem CRO vs. Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS (23)

Lisa Raymond USA (25) vs. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP
Anca Barna GER vs. Maureen Drake CAN
Vera Douchevina RUS vs. Jie Zheng CHN
Ashley Harkleroad USA vs. Venus Williams USA (3)


Well, first round Klara (Anna beat her very easly in Sopot final).
Then Mikaelian :rolleyes: and then Karolina or Lina...
I think it is a fair draw... what do you say guys?

Tomas11
Jan 16th, 2004, 05:22 AM
Great win Tzipi, and what a comeback.
as to the 3rd round, ill answer her odds with a question?
what's her lucky loser number?

oren987
Jan 17th, 2004, 01:40 AM
I just don't know why Tzipi is doing this to me. I am a very week guy...
This match was endless...

But she did it!!!

Tzipora Obziler def Lindsay Lee-Waters 4-6 6-1 9-7

Tzipi is in the main draw!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Tomas11
Jan 17th, 2004, 06:44 AM
this gives her, about... 42 points!!! :bounce: :bounce:
next up: Sucha!
Obziler and Pistolesi could meet is the QF
(i'm not that optimistic - let's get through the 1st round)

Tomas11
Jan 17th, 2004, 06:48 AM
last time 2 women in MD:
OZ 2000: Obziler and Smashnova

oren987
Jan 17th, 2004, 09:29 AM
Main draw for Tzipi (so happy that she's in):

Ai Sugiyama JPN (8) vs. Tatiana Panova RUS
Myriam Casanova SUI vs. Saori Obata JPN
Tzipora Obziler ISR vs. Martina Sucha SVK
Jelena Kostanic CRO vs. Nathalie Dechy FRA (29)

Patty Schnyder SUI (22) vs. Angelique Widjaja INA
Alexandra Stevenson USA vs. Marion Bartoli FRA
Eva Birnerova CZE vs. Julia Vakulenko UKR
Gisela Dulko ARG vs. Paola Suarez ARG (12)

Good luck Tzipi :worship: :worship:

PointBlank
Jan 20th, 2004, 03:45 AM
Anna won 6-3,6-3 :woohoo:

oren987
Jan 20th, 2004, 04:08 AM
Anna won 6-3,6-3 :woohoo:
Yes she did:woohoo:

Next: WC-Tatiana Golovin from France

Tzipi Will play later toady on Court 19

Good luck Anna ana Tzipi :D

oren987
Jan 20th, 2004, 06:05 PM
Great day not only for Anna but for Tzipi too :D

First round:

(Q) Tzipora Obziler (ISR) d. Martina Sucha (SVK) 63 62 :woohoo: :banana:

This is the first time ever that 2 Israely girls are in the 2nd round of a Grand Slam :D

Next for Tzipi: Nathlie Dechy (FRA) :eek: :eek:

Can she win this one??

Caoimhe
Jan 20th, 2004, 07:27 PM
dont know if anyone has already answered this- but why the double-barrelled name all of a sudden?

PointBlank
Jan 22nd, 2004, 12:17 AM
Anna is down 6-2,4-1 .. come on Anna pull a New Haven!

oren987
Jan 22nd, 2004, 04:21 AM
Well, this is the end for our 2 girls :o in this tournament.

(WC) Tatiana Golovin (FRA) d. (14) Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi (ISR) 62 63 :fiery: :fiery:
(29) Nathalie Dechy (FRA) d. (Q) Tzipora Obziler (ISR) 63 60 :(


those france girls :fiery:

But for Tzipi, it was still a great tournament :worship:

JPhurst
Jan 23rd, 2004, 11:18 AM
dont know if anyone has already answered this- but why the double-barrelled name all of a sudden?

Fair question. Anna has given different reasons at different times. I assume that last year as a newlywed she took her husband's name because even in modern times women tend to do that when they get married. There are very few married women in the top echelons of tennis (I think in the top 20, only Henin-Hardenne, Davenport and Anna are married) so the issue doesn't come up that often.

At the end of last season she decided to go with the hyphenated last name. Reasons she has given, at different times:

1) She got several requests from fans to keep Smashnova (it really is a great tennis name, no?)

2) She wanted to honor her Israeli heritage (again, at the request of fans). I found that one bizzare, because Smashnova is not a particularly Israeli name. It is a Jewish name that you might find in Eastern Europe (such as in Minsk, Belarus, where Anna was born), but not one you would see in Israel too often (although with the large influx of Russian Jews into Israel in the 90s, you might see more of it).

3) Most recently, she said that travelling had become a hassle the past year, because while she would buy plane tickets under the name "Pistolesi, her passport still said "Smashnova" which led to lots of delays at airports. I'm guessing there was also a lot of confusion when she applied for visas.

Reason she didn't say that I'm guessing is part of the picture...

4) She realized the "Smashnova" name might help her get some more endorsements, particularly in Israel. She has been accussed by some (unfairly, in my opinion) as not being Israeli enough by some people back home. My guess is that the name change to "Pistolesi" did not significantly increase her endorsements in Italy, where she now lives with her husband, as there are plenty of Italian sports starts already who will snatch up the endorsements. So she may be trying to re-establish a profile in Israel, where she is arguably the most popular, or at least most accomplished, athlete.

King Aaron
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:28 PM
(WC) Tatiana Golovin (FRA) d. (14) Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi (ISR) 62 63 :fiery: :fiery:
(29) Nathalie Dechy (FRA) d. (Q) Tzipora Obziler (ISR) 63 60 :(
:sad: :tears: Anna and Tzipi, I haven't realised that they both lost to French opponents until now.

Nimi
Jan 25th, 2004, 05:55 PM
Smashnova is not a Jewish name as far as I know.