Ok, enough's enough.
Fourth round at the Australian Open - this girl deserves her own thread!!! :bowdown:
Mara continued her winning ways by knocking off another seed. Last night she defeated the Greek Goddess (Eleni Daniilidou) in three sets to move into the Round of 16. Here are her results so far:
128 W Magui SERNA (ESP) 6-7(3) 7-5 6-4
64 W Barbara SCHETT (AUT) 7-6(3) 0-6 6-3
32 W Eleni DANIILIDOU (GRE)6-4 5-7 6-3
She next faces the Justine Locamotive. Can she derail yet another seed? Stay tuned...
Go Mara!!! :sport:
Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:48 PM
I was just about to start a cheering thread for her myself ;)
Wow, what a great open for her, knocking out 2 seeds.
I heard Justine is sick, and im really hoping (sorry justine) she'll get even sicker :p
LOL, dai MAra!
Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:01 PM
Hey, Mara already has a thread here! I will go resuscitate it. :)
Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:20 PM
Okay, the old thread is back! Come one, come all! Come over there to see pics & post some more, and root for Mara all year long. :hearts:
Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:22 PM
Mara :D :)
what a start to 2004 :banana: :)
Jan 24th, 2004, 01:22 AM
I have put some pictures of third round match in my site about Eleni Daniilidou, and there are 2 where you can see Mara :D
Jan 24th, 2004, 02:24 PM
Thanks Catirel! :kiss: :wavey:
Sorry bout Eleni but at least she left Australia with some hardware. :hug:
ok Janie, I'm shutting this down and I'll be right over. ;)
Feb 7th, 2011, 11:11 PM
SANTANGELO ANNOUNCED RETIRE :sad:
MILAN, Italy - A few years ago she was a fixture in the upper echelon of both singles and doubles, but after struggles with foot injuries, Italy's Mara Santangelo (http://www.wtatour.com/player/mara-santangelo_2257889_7824) has decided to retire from her professional tennis career.
Although she was successful in both disciplines, Santangelo was perhaps best known for her doubles results, winning nine WTA titles - including one Grand Slam title with Alicia Molik (http://www.wtatour.com/player/alicia-molik_2257889_5498), the French Open (http://www.wtatour.com/page/Tournaments/Info/0,,12781%7E838,00.html) in 2007. She spent 48 weeks in the doubles Top 10 between June 2007 and May 2008 (peaking at No.5).
Santangelo's singles career was highlighted by one WTA title, Bangalore in 2006, and one more WTA final, at the very same event in 2007 (finishing runner-up to Yaroslava Shvedova (http://www.wtatour.com/player/yaroslava-shvedova_2257889_10462)). She had two Top 10 wins (one over Jelena Jankovic (http://www.wtatour.com/player/jelena-jankovic_2257889_3932), one over Nadia Petrova (http://www.wtatour.com/player/nadia-petrova_2257889_6564)) and made it as high as No.27 herself.
The Italian missed eight months from September 2007 to May 2008 due to a left foot injury; she had some strong results after that, including winning her last three WTA doubles titles, but since Wimbledon (http://www.wtatour.com/page/Tournaments/Info/0,,12781%7E839,00.html) in 2009 - which would turn out to be her last WTA event - she only played one tournament, on the ITF Circuit. She announced her retirement in Milan on Friday, January 28, 2011.
"Unfortunately, for my whole career, my foot was hurting me. I was born with a deformity and from a young age doctors told me I wouldn't be able to play tennis at a high level. The fact I succeeded and realized my dream is fantastic.
"I tried to start playing tennis again after some operations, but since I was still feeling pain, I've decided to stop. I have so many wonderful memories from tennis: my title in Bangalore, victory in Fed Cup and Roland Garros (http://www.wtatour.com/page/Tournaments/Info/0,,12781%7E838,00.html)... I am happy to have left my mark on this fantastic sport and to have made some wonderful friendships, which continue outside of tennis.
"Now my future is full of big projects. I have a restaurant in Porto Cervo and I am working for the Italian Federation's TV channel. Sport has taught me so much and I'm sure these lessons will help me even outside the tennis court."
Santangelo is managing Prince Le Restaurant, a new and trendy eatery located in Porto Cervo, on Sardegna Island in Italy. It opened last summer and is part of Piazza Principe, a commercial complex owned by the Santangelos and managed by Mara herself