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broncosven
Feb 20th, 2004, 08:55 PM
SEMI

(4) Nicole Pratt (AUS) d. (2) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 46 76(3) 62
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (3) Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 63 62

this is great for Pratt - she can win her 1st title here . . . has been in a couple finals but this is easily her best chance to win her maiden title

Good Luck Pratt

Vicky88
Feb 21st, 2004, 12:09 AM
I'll agree that it's great to see Nicole doing so well. She has had a solid start to the year, and if she can do well her next few tourneys she should break the top 50 again.

Would be great to see Nicole win a title as she has fought so hard her entire career and to win would be a great payoff for her.

Aussie_Kim
Feb 21st, 2004, 06:40 AM
:worship: Huge Congrats for Nicole. :worship:
great to see some gutsy performances yet again.
And goodluck for the final- take the tittle!!

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 21st, 2004, 06:45 AM
:clap2: for Miss Fighter :awww:

broncosven
Feb 21st, 2004, 07:48 AM
Well its on tonight she guess we will no in the morning - she guess some guys if ya awake tonight can follow to scores and know

i would luv to but i gotta play league tomorow

GO NICOLE !!!!!!!!! U DESERVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!

SM
Feb 21st, 2004, 09:52 AM
hope she wins her 1st and more to come.

azza
Feb 21st, 2004, 10:43 AM
Nicole Plays in less then 2 hours :worship: Go Nikkie u really need to win :awww: coz i pawd you :smash: :kiss:

broncosven
Feb 21st, 2004, 10:54 AM
She won the previous metting 6-4 6-2 so lets hope she does it again

broncosven
Feb 21st, 2004, 08:53 PM
Pratt Wins First Tour Title

HYDERABAD, India - At the age of 30, Australian Nicole Pratt (right) has fulfilled every professional tennis player's dream - to win their first title.
Pratt, runner-up to Monica Seles at the Shanghai event in 2001, went one better at the $140,000 ING Vysya Hyderabd Open Saturday, defeating first-time finalist, 17-year-old Russian Maria Kirilenko, 76(3) 61. The win should see Pratt on the verge of a Top 50 ranking once again, while Kirilenko will edge past her previous career-high of No.117 to around No.115.

Fourth-seeded Pratt was pushed to three sets twice during the week - in the first round by Indian wildcard Sania Mirza and in the semifinals by No.2 seed Marion Bartoli. She becomes the first woman in 2004 to win their first WTA Tour singles title.

Kirilenko's previous best result at a WTA Tour event was a quarterfinal finish in Hyderabad 12 months ago. The 2002 US Open junior champion also reached the third round at Flushing Meadows last year in her Grand Slam debut.

For winning the singles title, Pratt wins US$22,000, while runner-up Kirilenko earns $12,000.

History was created in the doubles event, as 17-year-old Mirza became the youngest-ever Indian - male or female - to win a professional Tour event and the first woman from her country to capture a WTA Tour title.

As a wildcard team with experienced South Africa Liezel Huber, Mirza helped defeat Chinese No.3 seeds Li Ting and Sun Tian Tian 76(1) 64 in Saturday's final. It was Huber's 10th WTA Tour doubles title.

broncosven
Feb 21st, 2004, 08:55 PM
This is great news!!!

WELL DONE NICOLE!!

lets hope there more fortune in the future for u . . . .CONGRATS AGAIN !!!

Vicky88
Feb 22nd, 2004, 12:31 AM
Fantastic outcome. Nicole has shown what can be done with a bit of perserverance. Her mental attitude is great and there are many other players out there who could learn from her.

aussie_stars
Feb 22nd, 2004, 02:14 AM
well done Nicole :bounce: :worship:

Aussie_Kim
Feb 22nd, 2004, 11:57 AM
:aparty: Congrats Nicole!!!! :smooch:

louloubelle
Feb 25th, 2004, 11:29 AM
Truly deserved, Nicole has put so much work in, that it would've been sad if she hadn't got a title in her career. Intresting to see were this takes her. With the monkey of her back she could win a few more.... or is this the apex??

Great to see that she didn't suffer too much of a letdown to beat Zheng. Next Sugiyama who she has a great record against.

broncosven
Feb 25th, 2004, 08:03 PM
Well sugiyama won . . . . but still won't diminsh the past week nicole has had

ozfan44
Feb 26th, 2004, 08:08 AM
yeah but pratty should have got more than a 62 62 loss

broncosven
Feb 28th, 2004, 08:34 PM
Good Luck to Nicole in Qatar this week . . very interesting match against Jelena Dokic in the 1st round . . . one that is very winnable for Nicole

broncosven
Mar 2nd, 2004, 09:26 PM
lost 1st round to dokic 0-6 6-3 6-4

good match for nicole though . . . . she also cracked the top 50 and number 45 in the world i think which is great for her, lets hope she conitnues this performance

if im correct she has only 1st round points to defend from French Open and Wimbledon

azza
Mar 4th, 2004, 12:12 AM
The only real crap results this year is the 6-2 6-2 loss from Sugiyama and that loss to petrova the rest of the matches shes played very good

broncosven
Mar 4th, 2004, 11:09 AM
This has been Nicoles best year . . . . . . . . . . although the past few years have been good lead up work and that was capitalized in her first title a few weeks ago

azza
Mar 10th, 2004, 05:46 AM
why didnt she go to Indian Wells? :confused:

broncosven
Mar 10th, 2004, 08:15 AM
Just decided to have a week off ??? !!!

wish she played though

ozfan44
Mar 10th, 2004, 09:49 AM
shes and idiot for not playing

broncosven
Mar 10th, 2004, 08:06 PM
Maybe she is tired ????

did she hurt herself in her loss to jelena ???

azza
Mar 11th, 2004, 10:27 AM
From Tennis Aus

Nicole Pratt is recovering in Melbourne from a strained left abdomen muscle.

ozfan44
Mar 12th, 2004, 07:41 AM
rest up nicky and wear em down at miami in 2 weeks

broncosven
Mar 12th, 2004, 07:55 AM
thought i heard somethin about her being injured against Dokic

good luck in ya comback

Vicky88
Mar 12th, 2004, 01:50 PM
I think it would be fair to assume if Nicole isn't playing there must be a good reason for it, as it seems she puts herself out there for the maximum number of tournaments her body can cope with.

Anyway, get well soon Nicole. Hope we seen you on the courts soon, as Top 40 is not that far out of her reach.

broncosven
Mar 12th, 2004, 09:03 PM
Definately Vicky well said

im pretty sure Nicole doesnt have any points at French Open or Wimbledon to defend, and lost early on in quite a few tournaments in between, before and after those

If she played well she could join Alicia inside the Top 30

azza
Mar 14th, 2004, 04:46 PM
If she played well she could join Alicia inside the Top 30
then sam can join too :banana:

broncosven
Mar 14th, 2004, 08:18 PM
Would love to see that happen . .. be like back in 2000-2001 i think when Sam, Racheal, Nicole and Alicia were in top 80

broncosven
Mar 27th, 2004, 08:08 AM
Pratt d Parra 7-6 6-7 6-4

as normal a gutsy performance by Nicole

azza
Mar 27th, 2004, 08:15 AM
Stosur has never been in top 100 watch ya'll talkin bout?

broncosven
Mar 27th, 2004, 09:47 AM
i meant EVIE . . nicole . .racheal and alicia

broncosven
Mar 27th, 2004, 09:04 PM
Pratt retired without ball being hit with an abdominal strain against dokic

perhaps thats an answer why she didnt play last week

azza
Mar 28th, 2004, 03:42 AM
Sven that WAS the answer i already posted that was the answer :p

broncosven
Mar 28th, 2004, 08:50 PM
:wavey: :wavey:

Ok :p :cool:



GOOD LUCK TO PRATT NEXT WEEK

Vicky88
Apr 4th, 2004, 07:06 AM
Anyone know if Nicole is still injured as she appears to have withdrawn from this week's tourney.

ozfan44
Apr 4th, 2004, 01:59 PM
nooooooooooooooooo

broncosven
Apr 5th, 2004, 11:15 AM
yes she is

totally sucks but her style game of style is the main reason

hopefully she is back soon

broncosven
Apr 10th, 2004, 10:50 PM
13 Smashnova-Pistolesi
Q

Pratt
Stevenson

Craybas
Jankovic

Bye
3 Mauresmo

Good chance for great showing here Nicole

Good Luck

broncosven
Apr 13th, 2004, 09:42 PM
Nicole Pratt (AUS) d. (WC) Alexandra Stevenson (USA) 64 76(3)

ozfan44
Apr 14th, 2004, 10:05 AM
Go Pratty Next Up Is Castano And Will Be A Tough Match But Nicole Should Win If She Is Injury Free And Fit

broncosven
Apr 14th, 2004, 10:34 AM
NO its Pistolesi

but of a harder match both her and nicole have extremly similar styles

broncosven
Apr 14th, 2004, 10:24 PM
Just lost the first set 4-6

and its on serve in the 2nd

ozfan44
Apr 15th, 2004, 10:15 AM
see mate it was castano
so im expecting an apology mate
i know what im talking about
lol
pratt def castano 46 76 75 was down 4/1 and 40/0 in 3rd set

next up is Davenport as you will see when you look at the right draw

lmao @ broncosven

broncosven
Apr 15th, 2004, 11:06 AM
see mate it was castano
so im expecting an apology mate
i know what im talking about
lol
pratt def castano 46 76 75 was down 4/1 and 40/0 in 3rd set

next up is Davenport as you will see when you look at the right draw

lmao @ broncosven

Yes Yes sry bout that

still an incrediable win :eek: :drool: :cool: :kiss: :hearts:

Saved 4 MP's WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

broncosven
Apr 15th, 2004, 10:01 PM
(5) Lindsay Davenport (USA) d. Nicole Pratt (AUS) 61 61

Think Fatigue was a factor here

Mr_Molik
Apr 16th, 2004, 12:13 AM
still a good tournament by nicole

ozfan44
Apr 16th, 2004, 11:39 AM
yes it was and now she can concentrate on the fed cup vs russia next weekend.
These two wins should also help her move back towards the top 40/top 30 in the rankings

broncosven
Apr 16th, 2004, 11:25 PM
Definately the rock in our team

lets hope that fighting spirit shows up

broncosven
May 1st, 2004, 09:51 PM
Nicole plays Anca Barna first up

then a second round meeting with Nadia Petrova who also missed the fed cup through injury

Mr_Molik
May 2nd, 2004, 05:55 AM
good draw apart from the fact barna has the home crowd behind her

AUSBOY
May 2nd, 2004, 08:09 AM
Its a tough 1st match for Nicole! Barna's a dogged fighter, similar game to Nicole really!!

broncosven
May 3rd, 2004, 09:58 PM
Anca Barna (GER) d. Nicole Pratt (AUS) 46 76(4) 64

obviously a tough close match

unlucky nicole

Mr_Molik
May 3rd, 2004, 11:00 PM
nicole :sad:

broncosven
May 4th, 2004, 08:34 AM
Better luck in Doubles :cool: :p

Mr_Molik
May 4th, 2004, 11:11 PM
Pratt/Sharapova (AUS/RUS) d. Tarabini/Tu (ARG/USA) 75 63

i cant believe maria and nicole r playing together :eek:

broncosven
May 5th, 2004, 10:21 AM
Good team . . power and precision aswell as old and young

GO GIRLS !!

Mr_Molik
May 5th, 2004, 11:33 AM
maybe maria wants to learn how to play defensively

azza
May 5th, 2004, 12:35 PM
Nicole and Maria :eek: :o :)

broncosven
May 5th, 2004, 10:17 PM
Well they are obviously an effectice team . . . they have played together on a few occasions

broncosven
May 9th, 2004, 09:55 AM
Schiavone [14] vs Pratt

Much like Alicia Nicole faces an uphill task in Rome

good luck nehow

broncosven
May 10th, 2004, 09:53 PM
(14) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Nicole Pratt (AUS) 62 63

better luck in doubz

Mr_Molik
May 10th, 2004, 10:54 PM
:sad: i didnt expect nicole to beat schiavone

ozfan44
May 11th, 2004, 09:25 AM
bloody totally fucked up draw in rome for both girls in singles
better luck in dubz nicky

broncosven
May 11th, 2004, 10:38 AM
Still not that bad by Nicky

Franchesa is having a stellar year

DOES NICOLE HAVE POINTS TO DEFEND . . .WONDERING IF SHE CAN RISE OR FALL ???

AUSBOY
May 11th, 2004, 01:58 PM
3 loses in a row now for Nicole, she must get a win in her next event, cant have her moving on to grass on a losing streak!

Nicole has no points to defend until the hardcourt season in L.A end of July/start of August

broncosven
May 11th, 2004, 10:39 PM
Cool thats good news about her points . . . basically any wins at French or Wimbledon is awesome for her

Mr_Molik
May 11th, 2004, 11:02 PM
i remember last yr she was in a huge slump and was considering going back 2 the challenger circuit. hope were not having a repeat of that now :tape:

broncosven
May 11th, 2004, 11:23 PM
No dont think so

just the fact that Tier 1 always brings hard matches and Nicole has been unlucky in always drawing seeds

Vicky88
May 12th, 2004, 04:14 AM
I'm not panicking just yet as these losses need to be kept in perspective. It's not as if she has lost 3 easy gimme matches 6-0 6-0 on her favourite surface. All she needs is to get a tourney with an easy draw and this will be behind her.

BTW what is Nicole like on clay? She has never had outstanding results at FO has she?

AUSBOY
May 12th, 2004, 06:47 AM
never passed the 2nd round! Clay is her worst surface I think

Mr_Molik
May 12th, 2004, 07:45 AM
pratty is playing with elena dementieva :eek:
they play ASV and pierce in 1st round :scared:

broncosven
May 12th, 2004, 08:14 AM
Clay would be her worst surface since u would have to create your own pace on the ball and thats just not in Nicoles game plan unfortunately

Just chill and get some practice for grass nicole

azza
May 12th, 2004, 09:39 AM
i would think Clay is her fav surface? :o coz its just long rallies and power isnt good enough and thats Nicoles game? :o

ozfan44
May 12th, 2004, 10:26 AM
no way is clay her fave she just knows how to adapt her game to it

Mr_Molik
May 12th, 2004, 10:56 AM
i would think Clay is her fav surface? :o coz its just long rallies and power isnt good enough and thats Nicoles game? :o

thats what ud think
ud think the same for lleyton aswell but again it isnt

broncosven
May 12th, 2004, 11:37 AM
firstly Aussies are not brought up on clay so it is like a foreign surface to them . . while some can play on it not many have been succesful to a high extent

secondly nicole is a professional and they can adapt to different surfaces, conditions and enviroments


Although the clay season is small nicole has always lacked results and in no way or form is clay her favourite surface and probably is her least preferred surface . . . especaily with her serve cause the clay would slow it right down

broncosven
May 13th, 2004, 10:20 PM
Nicole is into the quarters of Doubz in Rome . .She beat Peirce and ASV 1st round then 2nd seeds Huber and Sugiyama next round

Well Done

broncosven
May 15th, 2004, 10:22 PM
5 FRAZIER, Amy USA IVANOVIC, Ana SCG
PRATT, Nicole AUS CHLADKOVA, Denisa CZE
Q KURHAJCOVA, Lubomira SVK CERVANOVA, Ludmila SVK
ZHENG, Jie CHN 3 RAYMOND, Lisa USA

HERES HER VIENNA DRAW

good but bad . . . . .

broncosven
May 17th, 2004, 11:37 PM
Nicole Pratt (AUS) d. Denisa Chladkova (CZE) 76(5) 75

:worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce:

azza
May 18th, 2004, 07:25 AM
guess who Nicoles playing doubles with :tape: :p :lol:

:kiss: Pratt/Wheeler :kiss:

ozfan44
May 18th, 2004, 09:48 AM
Good win by Nicole hope she can beat Frazier or at least take it to 3 sets

broncosven
May 18th, 2004, 10:29 AM
Frazier is having a great year and like Nicole gets better with age . . . . be a very close match and Nicole will have to play well to get past her

but definately a 3 setter

ozfan44
May 18th, 2004, 02:50 PM
azza enough with the pratt-wheeler remarks man

broncosven
May 18th, 2004, 10:27 PM
Pratt/Wheeler (AUS/AUS) d. Casanova/Muller (SUI/GER) 64 62

Good Victory

azza
May 19th, 2004, 04:27 PM
Frazier is having a great year and like Nicole gets better with age . . . . be a very close match and Nicole will have to play well to get past her

but definately a 3 setter
Frazier Def Pratt 6-1 6-2 :o :o :o :o

broncosven
May 19th, 2004, 10:05 PM
that was a misprint

i meant 3 GAMES . . not 3 sets ???

ozfan44
May 20th, 2004, 09:18 AM
lol

broncosven
May 23rd, 2004, 11:31 AM
Pratt's ranking has risen from 46 to 44

a good shwoing from here to Us would possibly see her around Moliks ranking near the early thirties

broncosven
May 24th, 2004, 10:51 PM
Congrats on winning 1st round

a seed is next but lets improve on ya best french open performance

AUSBOY
May 25th, 2004, 01:58 AM
Pratt's ranking should be top 40 after the French Open regardless of whether she beats Dementieva or not.

Pratt is currently 37, players that could jump ahead of her as the tournament progresses are Mandula, Likhovtseva, and Kostanic

ozfan44
May 25th, 2004, 09:05 AM
I would love to see Nicole beat Elena
mmmmm all those quality points

Mr_Molik
May 25th, 2004, 09:49 AM
i dont see why she cant:
-they both have crap serves but atleast nicoles is more consistent
-nicole has the type of game to drive elena crazy
-elena has had pretty poor results at slams lately

Sammm
May 25th, 2004, 02:10 PM
Hi :bigwave:
Nicole seems to be playing a lot better on clay this year (Last year she only won one match on the dirt :uhoh: )
Good luck against Dementieva!

broncosven
May 25th, 2004, 11:00 PM
Ditto a victory over Elena would be awesome and it is acheiveable . . . . from the scoreline aginst Pisnik shows that Nicole might have to only play abit better

broncosven
May 27th, 2004, 10:22 AM
lost 2nd round in straight sets

Get ready for Wimbly Nic !!

esquŪmaux
May 31st, 2004, 04:01 AM
Allez Nicoletta!!!! :kiss: Tear up the grass hun :D

Mr_Molik
May 31st, 2004, 11:15 AM
omg :eek:
someone supporting nicole who isnt obligated to cos they r australian :eek:

broncosven
Jun 1st, 2004, 10:05 AM
Lots of people like Nicole cause of her fighting qualities

ozfan44
Jun 1st, 2004, 10:25 AM
I cant believe that Nicole thinks that by skipping Birmingham she is going to perform better at Wimbledon, what a load of shit. She has blown any outside chance she had of a seeding now she would have been better off not playing Eastbourne and playing Birmingham

Vicky88
Jun 3rd, 2004, 01:47 PM
Actually I think it was probably a smart move on Nicole's behalf as if you look back over the past couple of years she has begun to get more injuries. So by cutting back on her schedule she is probably hoping to prolong her career.

As for the possible seeding at Wimbeldon, I don't think that was ever really on the cards. She would have to get a boatload of points to be in contention, as Alicia is borderline at this stage and she is way in front of Nicole.

AUSBOY
Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:09 PM
Nicole will be ranked 41 after French Open!

I cant believe that she is skipping Birmingham!! She's played some of her best tennis there in the passed taking out some big scalps like Testud and Raymond. I thought it was a good chance for some points and a seeding chance!

I hope she asks for a last minute wildcard! She's already had a week off at the French open!

tiger123
Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:36 PM
Nicole will be ranked 41 after French Open!

I cant believe that she is skipping Birmingham!! She's played some of her best tennis there in the passed taking out some big scalps like Testud and Raymond. I thought it was a good chance for some points and a seeding chance!

I hope she asks for a last minute wildcard! She's already had a week off at the French open!

Maybe Nicole is too busy playing with girls....

broncosven
Jun 3rd, 2004, 10:36 PM
Nicole will be ranked 41 after French Open!

I cant believe that she is skipping Birmingham!! She's played some of her best tennis there in the passed taking out some big scalps like Testud and Raymond. I thought it was a good chance for some points and a seeding chance!

I hope she asks for a last minute wildcard! She's already had a week off at the French open!

Would reckon Nicole would do ok there . . . while its a top field she is capable of beating over half the field in the MD

Considering how well she has done in the past, a WC might be a possibility

SpikeyAidanm
Jun 12th, 2004, 01:56 PM
Eastbourne qualifying 1r

Douchevina d. Pratt 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 :(

Mr_Molik
Jun 13th, 2004, 05:16 AM
:rolleyes: nicole should have played in holland :mad:

AUSBOY
Jun 13th, 2004, 07:28 AM
yeah Nicole should have played Birmingham and Holland. Bad scheduling Nicole!

broncosven
Jun 13th, 2004, 08:37 AM
poor nicole

big rest before Wimbledon

Mr_Molik
Jun 17th, 2004, 06:56 AM
(1) Silvia Farina Elia d. Nicole Pratt 6-4 6-1 in the first rd of the consolation in eastbourne :sad: this should of atleast been a bit closer, as nicole has beaten her b4

broncosven
Jun 17th, 2004, 07:50 AM
not good preparation

Bring on Wimbly !!

broncosven
Jun 17th, 2004, 11:32 AM
Keothavong (WC) in first round before Sharpova in 2nd

Mr_Molik
Jun 17th, 2004, 01:24 PM
great 1r draw and i dont think nicole has any points to defend(?) so every round she wins is good

azza
Jun 17th, 2004, 05:47 PM
Bovina/Pratt Def Huber/Sugiyama 64 61 :woohoo:

broncosven
Jun 18th, 2004, 12:29 AM
Nice doubz win

nows plays Molik

Mr_Molik
Jun 18th, 2004, 03:14 AM
dont really care who wins that one it would be nice for alicia but she doesnt wana overdo it b4 wimby
how does nicole keep scoring these hot russian chicks as doubles partners :p

broncosven
Jun 18th, 2004, 05:33 AM
lol

She must like the russians

Hope this means that Nicole Preparation for Wimbly is going to plan . . can pick up some good points here

azza
Jun 18th, 2004, 06:41 PM
Molik/Serna Def Pratt/Bovina 64 36 62 :p

broncosven
Jun 18th, 2004, 10:36 PM
on to Wimbly

broncosven
Jun 21st, 2004, 11:09 PM
Well Nicole lost 3 and 1

not a good result . . well pathetic actually !!

azza
Jun 21st, 2004, 11:14 PM
:o... go Nicole in doubles but i beat Casanova is a bit :unsure: if she still wants to play with Nik :p

Mr_Molik
Jun 22nd, 2004, 02:18 AM
all i can say is :help:
is it time for nicole to retire? :sad:

broncosven
Jun 22nd, 2004, 03:16 AM
Thats jumping the gun

its just a form slump . . she will work her way out of it in no time

Better Luck in doubles

azza
Jun 22nd, 2004, 10:20 AM
No Nicole should not ret :smash: this is like sam on clay sam was tradgic on the clay losing matches like 61 60 , 62 60 :o just wait till the hard courts Nicole will be kickin some ass :woohoo:

Mr_Molik
Jun 22nd, 2004, 10:37 AM
nicole was up 3-1 b4 the rain delay and only won 1 more game
that is really pathetic cos so much of nicoles game is about fighting and experience

AUSBOY
Jun 22nd, 2004, 11:37 AM
Grass is Nicole's worst surface, she hasnt won a match on it for over two years so give her a break!!! She's still having the best year of her career and looking at the rankings, Pratt's could still move up to 38 after Wimbledon depending on other results despite her first round loss,

Vicky88
Jun 22nd, 2004, 12:06 PM
Think some people need to put this situation in perspective. As soon as she loses one match, it is suggested she should retire or she is pathetic. If she doesn't play her schedule as to your liking she is stupid.

Get a grip folks, it is only a game, and Nicole has to do what she thinks is best for her career. The fact that she was up 3-1 before the rain break and only won 1 game afterwards makes me think something out of the ordinary happened because she never loses to a player such as she did last night. I am sure she flogged her guts out as usual as is not feeling happy about her loss.

So instead of harping on with the negatives why not find something positive to comment on.

broncosven
Jun 22nd, 2004, 11:08 PM
I agree what you say but what positives could u find from that match ??

that she was leading before the rain delay ??
that her opponent played a superior game on the day ??

Mr_Molik
Jun 23rd, 2004, 02:20 AM
nicole has been in a slump for a while i didnt make my comment about her retiring based on this one match

louloubelle
Jun 23rd, 2004, 03:08 AM
Wimbledon couldn't have been much of a goal for Nicole anyway, she didn't play Birmingham (a tournie she usually does well in) and relying on getting match tough and some wins at Eastbourne is a tough ask with the quality of the field there.

I wonder if she's scaling down her schedule and looking to peak around the US hardcourt season or maybe her abdominal injury is still playing up. It VERY unlike her to lose like that so Im going to be a biased Aussie and say there is a specific reason!

It's up to Nicole to decide when to retire. If she gets flogged every match but enjoying it out there then who are we to say that she should pack it in!

Vicky88
Jun 23rd, 2004, 12:17 PM
I think it very much looks as if Nicole is scaling back. I note that she did not play mixed doubles at the French, which surprised me as I thought she normally played at all of the GS. I think it may have to do with age, being more injury prone and an attempt to prolong her career that is resulting in her playing less tennis. I think she is down to something like 23 tournaments at the moment, a couple of years ago it would have been 30.

azza
Jun 23rd, 2004, 12:35 PM
doing 30 tournaments a year is :rolleyes: ( Lauren breadmore :p )

Well Hard courts next Nicoles fav surface :yeah:

broncosven
Jun 24th, 2004, 09:54 AM
She'll do much better there

azza
Jun 24th, 2004, 10:05 AM
Pratts is playing mixed doubles with Rick Leach at Wimbledon Go Pratty :D

broncosven
Jun 24th, 2004, 10:44 AM
Sweet

lets see if she can pick up some points and money in her doubles experience

louloubelle
Jun 25th, 2004, 07:04 AM
Did anyone see Nicoles press conference after her loss.

Didn't see it - but a report I got was that Nicole's attitude after her loss wasn't great.

Basically said that she knew that grass isn't the surface for her game and that it was no surprise that she lost. :eek: Said she was now going to practice for Fed Cup but then suddenly realised during the interview she was still in the doubles :D

If the report is true, its a bit uncharacteristic for her to be so blase about such a big tournament. Interesting that her preparation indicated she didn't hold Wimbledon in that great of a regard.

Hope she doesn't think that she can suddenley switch on great form when she feels like it. I would've thought her game (with her slice, flat forehand and being low to the ground) would be suited to grass (it was first decent slam performance many years back - qualifying and winning a rnd) and that this was a good opportunity to push towards the top 30!

ozfan44
Jun 25th, 2004, 09:31 AM
wouldnt be at all suprised if she doesnt get to play singles at fed cup and they put sam in, i know on current form i would

but she shouldnt retire

broncosven
Jun 25th, 2004, 10:39 AM
Always good for experence

like i think that she saved our asses against Columbia last year

broncosven
Jul 10th, 2004, 09:53 AM
Suchanan d. Nicole 6-2,1-6,6-1


MAYBE NOT !!! SHOCKING AND NOT BLOODY GOOD !!!

Mr_Molik
Jul 10th, 2004, 01:21 PM
nicole has lost to players outside top 150 in last two matches :retard:

azza
Jul 10th, 2004, 01:49 PM
:speakles:

Michelle Summerside please come out of retirement :p

petey_pan
Jul 15th, 2004, 01:54 AM
Finally Nicole's back on track - she beat Jankovic 63 64 in Stanford - AWESOME WIN.... apparently Jankovic's best surface. American hardcourts bring out the best in Pratty, it's a weak field too hope she does well coz she's got HEAPS of points to defend.

Mr_Molik
Jul 15th, 2004, 02:14 AM
nicole :woohoo:
she plays third seed schnyder now :scared:

broncosven
Jul 15th, 2004, 05:57 AM
Well Done

wouldnt u no it first time i have like ever tipped against an aussie in PAW and she wins . . . well thanks for proving me wrong i suppose !!

ozfan44
Jul 15th, 2004, 06:26 AM
nicole should be able to get enough balls back to annoy schnyder into errors although i from what i have seen nicole hates playing lefties

Mr_Molik
Jul 15th, 2004, 07:38 AM
wouldnt u no it first time i have like ever tipped against an aussie in PAW and she wins . . . well thanks for proving me wrong i suppose !!

lmao same! i thought nicole had no chance :o

broncosven
Jul 15th, 2004, 10:21 AM
Good Luck 2nite

btw she also won her doubles match 6-4 6-1 !! YAH !!

azza
Jul 15th, 2004, 11:00 AM
Dellacqa/Sewell Vs (2) Pratt/Dannilidou ;) Go Casey/Nicole


Sorry Pratt u have enough $$$ :p

ozfan44
Jul 15th, 2004, 01:44 PM
I would love to watch the match on tv! i want a wta tennis channel!!

azza
Jul 15th, 2004, 11:37 PM
Nicole lost to Patty 6-3 6-2 :(

Mr_Molik
Jul 16th, 2004, 02:53 AM
i didnt expect her to win...im just glad she beat jankovic

ozfan44
Jul 16th, 2004, 06:51 AM
yer same

i kind of hope her and eleni win tonight only coz i want casey to be able to make qualies at the 50K challenger

broncosven
Jul 16th, 2004, 10:35 AM
A win was better then nothing . . bit of confidence might help her out now and close the year on a high

azza
Jul 18th, 2004, 12:29 AM
Doubles - Semifinals
(2) Daniilidou/Pratt (GRE/AUS) d. (3) Mandula/Schnyder (HUN/SUI) 63 60

:bowdown:

Mr_Molik
Jul 18th, 2004, 06:26 AM
yay now win the title :bounce:

Mr_Molik
Jul 18th, 2004, 06:27 AM
nice revenge on patty there ;)

broncosven
Jul 18th, 2004, 09:25 AM
Cool

and in this week Pratt vs Mandula in 1st round

Mr_Molik
Jul 19th, 2004, 02:18 AM
2- Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) / Nicole Pratt (AUS) def. Iveta Benesova (CZE) / Claudine Schaul (LUX) 6-2 6-4

:woohoo: another doubles title for nicole!! how many does she have now?

broncosven
Jul 19th, 2004, 06:52 AM
Congrats Nicole

she has a couple of titles !!

Mr_Molik
Jul 19th, 2004, 08:24 AM
title number 5 for nicole!

Mr_Molik
Jul 19th, 2004, 08:30 AM
i wish i could find a pic of them with the trophy :mad:

Mr_Molik
Jul 19th, 2004, 09:03 AM
nicoles rankings as of 19/7:
singles 38 :woohoo: back into top 40!
doubles 18 :worship:

broncosven
Jul 19th, 2004, 10:38 AM
Yah Nicole !!

petey_pan
Jul 19th, 2004, 11:56 AM
Good luck tonight against Mandula..... should be a pretty comfortable win hoepfully mandula's in shockin form

Mr_Molik
Jul 20th, 2004, 07:59 AM
go nicole

broncosven
Jul 20th, 2004, 08:09 AM
Yeah Good Luck !!

azza
Jul 20th, 2004, 11:19 PM
Pratt Def Mandula 0-6 7-6(3) 6-4 :eek: :speakles:! :worship:

petey_pan
Jul 21st, 2004, 01:38 AM
OMG! :eek: Great fighting once again Pratty

broncosven
Jul 21st, 2004, 06:24 AM
sweet !!!!

Mr_Molik
Jul 21st, 2004, 08:10 AM
nicole :worship:

azza
Jul 21st, 2004, 11:04 PM
Nicole lost 6-2 6-4 :( :(

broncosven
Jul 22nd, 2004, 04:40 AM
Nicole lost 6-2 6-4 :( :(

Unlucky :sad:

Mr_Molik
Jul 22nd, 2004, 05:24 AM
nicole :sad: she normally gets much closer to sugiyama

louloubelle
Jul 22nd, 2004, 08:18 AM
She used to OWN Ai, winning 4 times out of 5. Since Ai squeezed out the victory in the US last year, she's won three in a row.

Nice to see Nic winning a match here and there. :)

Since grass and Fed Cup I wondered if it was going downhill BIGTIME. But a decent tournie or two top 30 could still beckon. She needs a BIG victory over someone decent tho!

broncosven
Jul 22nd, 2004, 09:04 AM
Just returning to form and two good victories over Kostinac and Mandula . . . lets hope she keeps winning a match here and there and her ranking and confidence will rise !!

CMON NICOLE !!

Mr_Molik
Jul 28th, 2004, 10:37 AM
good to see nicole has found a new "friend" :p

broncosven
Jul 28th, 2004, 12:26 PM
Lost in doubles overnight aswell

broncosven
Jul 28th, 2004, 12:27 PM
good to see nicole has found a new "friend" :p

THAT PIC IS AWESOME !!! :p :D

azza
Jul 30th, 2004, 01:16 PM
Nicole Eleni :awww:

broncosven
Jul 31st, 2004, 12:31 AM
N Pratt
vs
M Shaughnessy

1st round in Canada . . it could of been worst . . could of been better

Mr_Molik
Jul 31st, 2004, 01:15 AM
remember nicoles win over shaughnessy at aussie open this yr :hearts: that was inspiring ;)

esquŪmaux
Aug 1st, 2004, 06:15 PM
Allez Nicoletta ;)

broncosven
Aug 1st, 2004, 11:52 PM
Was a good win in Oz

good luck nicole !!

Mr_Molik
Aug 3rd, 2004, 12:50 AM
shaughnesy must have pulled out or something cos nicole beat shenay perry 6-4, 6-4 :D

broncosven
Aug 3rd, 2004, 01:24 AM
shaughnesy must have pulled out or something cos nicole beat shenay perry 6-4, 6-4 :D

AWESOME NICOLE !!

She is a good up and comer

Mr_Molik
Aug 3rd, 2004, 02:28 AM
i no she has beaten sam and almost beat alicia :scared:

ozfan44
Aug 3rd, 2004, 10:15 AM
tonight plays mary pierce, should be interesting if nic plays well?

wonder why no doubles this week?

broncosven
Aug 3rd, 2004, 10:19 AM
Thats a toughy !!

Perhaps wanted to concentrate in singles ??

Mr_Molik
Aug 3rd, 2004, 11:51 AM
mary thrashed weingartner 1 and 1 :scared: go nicole :)

AUSBOY
Aug 3rd, 2004, 11:59 AM
Nicole looks so 'weathered' in that pic with Eleni. She sure has a lot of sun damage!

Weingartner has been in a bit of a slump lately, hopefully Pierce's concentration will go adrift tonight and Nicole can fight out a win

Mr_Molik
Aug 3rd, 2004, 12:11 PM
fingers crossed! :p

broncosven
Aug 4th, 2004, 01:18 AM
Mary Pierce defeated Nicole Pratt, 61 61

Mr_Molik
Aug 4th, 2004, 01:53 AM
oh well nicoel was always gona have trouble with mary if she was playing well

azza
Aug 4th, 2004, 09:54 AM
i watched that match ( :banana: ) and for the people who say Nicole doesnt play agressive you are wrong :o Nicole plays agressive although she doesnt have the power she attacks every chance

broncosven
Aug 5th, 2004, 02:12 AM
Nicole is a good attacking and defendsive played but like u said lacks power so its easy to mix up what she is tring to do . . .

Has great stamina and her game is built around wearing her opponents down

azza
Aug 17th, 2004, 12:51 PM
Olympics

R1 Nicole Pratt Def Myriam Casanova 6-3 7-5
R2 Nicole Pratt Def Thatiana Garbin 1-6 7-6(5) 6-2 :banana:
R3 (1) Justine Henin-Hardeen Def Nicole Pratt 6-1 6-0 :help: :sad:

azza
Aug 18th, 2004, 05:28 PM
Pratt :sad:

broncosven
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:16 PM
Still did a great job to get to 3rd round

Mr_Molik
Aug 19th, 2004, 05:16 AM
good toureny nicole :clap2:

broncosven
Aug 26th, 2004, 05:37 AM
Catalina Castano COL v. Nicole Pratt AUS

CMON PRATTY !!!

Mr_Molik
Aug 26th, 2004, 07:59 AM
wicked draw :D

azza
Aug 27th, 2004, 12:41 AM
will she save any match pts this time? :hehehe:

Mr_Molik
Aug 27th, 2004, 04:59 AM
:lol:

broncosven
Aug 27th, 2004, 05:52 AM
As long as she converts hers !!

broncosven
Sep 1st, 2004, 12:28 AM
Nicole Pratt (AUS) d. Catalina Castano (COL) 36 61 63

seems like s noramlly gritty performance by the queenslander !! Well Done Nicole

azza
Sep 1st, 2004, 02:11 AM
Now Vs Kuznetsova :sad: No chance :sad: but try your best Nicole :hug:

Mr_Molik
Sep 1st, 2004, 02:53 AM
:worship:

broncosven
Sep 1st, 2004, 05:36 AM
You never know what Nicole is capable of ??

broncosven
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:54 AM
Nicole lost her 2nd round match to Kuztnesova 3-6 3-6

Still going in doubles though !!

broncosven
Sep 14th, 2004, 10:52 AM
Pennetta def. Pratt 7-6 6-4

Bugger !!

Mr_Molik
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:13 PM
tough match :(

azza
Sep 14th, 2004, 01:01 PM
Bali :(

broncosven
Sep 15th, 2004, 12:25 AM
still got doubles to get a little form going ?

azza
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:42 PM
QF Doubles

(4) Garbin/Pratt (ITA/AUS) d. Augustus/Hopkins (USA/USA) 62 63

Nicole :D

broncosven
Sep 17th, 2004, 12:28 AM
On Ya Nicole !!!

Mr_Molik
Sep 17th, 2004, 05:07 AM
congrats
will nicole ever find a permanent partner

broncosven
Sep 18th, 2004, 11:45 AM
Beijing WTA main draw

Pratt -Q

azza
Sep 20th, 2004, 07:27 PM
Pratt Vs Na Li

broncosven
Sep 20th, 2004, 11:47 PM
Thats a toughy . . . Pratt will have to play really well

broncosven
Sep 21st, 2004, 12:07 PM
Q-NA LI(CHN) DEF NICOLE PRATT 6-3 6-2

well . . . . . she didnt !!

ozfan44
Sep 24th, 2004, 03:03 PM
pratty and tanasugarn top seeds through to semi finals of doubles next play vento/dulko tomorrow(saturday arvo)

Mr_Molik
Sep 25th, 2004, 03:47 AM
i hate tanasugarn but i still wana see nicole win the title :)

broncosven
Sep 25th, 2004, 08:57 AM
Good Luck Nicole !!!

Mr_Molik
Sep 26th, 2004, 02:37 AM
they lost
now plz play with a better player next week nicole ;)

ozfan44
Sep 26th, 2004, 07:06 AM
score was 64 64

AUSBOY
Sep 26th, 2004, 07:35 AM
Hope Nicole can get a kinder draw this week, she needs some points badly!!! She should at least be seeded this week

broncosven
Sep 26th, 2004, 07:53 AM
Cmon Nicole !!

broncosven
Sep 27th, 2004, 09:07 AM
7 PRATT Nicole AUS vs MORIGAMI Akiko JPN

a toughy but good luck !!

Mr_Molik
Sep 27th, 2004, 09:27 AM
cmon nicole, this is a very winnable match, much more than ur last 2

Mr_Molik
Sep 28th, 2004, 10:57 AM
pratty won 3 and 4 over morigami :banana:

broncosven
Sep 28th, 2004, 11:53 AM
Cool !!

ozfan44
Oct 1st, 2004, 03:23 AM
WTA Guangzhou

R1 (7) Nicole Pratt def Akiko Morigami(JPN) 6-3 6-4

R2 (WC) Ting Li (CHN) def (7) Nicole Pratt 6-2 6-0

R1 (1) Nicole Pratt/Tamarine Tanasugarn(THA) def Jill Craybas(USA)/Janet Lee(TPE) 6-0 6-1

QF (1) Nicole Pratt/Tamarine Tanasugarn(THA) vs Yang/Yu (CHN)

broncosven
Oct 1st, 2004, 05:31 AM
Poor Nicole

having a bad run aginst Chinese players at the moment

broncosven
Oct 3rd, 2004, 09:00 PM
6-Nicole Pratt vs Eugenia Linetskaya
wc-Rika Fujiwara vs Saori Obata
Maria Sanchez Lorenzo vs Mashona Washington
Sandra Kleinova vs 4-Kristina Brandi

Heres her section . . good chance to get some more points here Nicole !!

Mr_Molik
Oct 4th, 2004, 02:56 AM
VERY kind draw
hoping for a semi final here :)

Mr_Molik
Oct 4th, 2004, 03:04 AM
nicole not playing doubles here :eek: she must realise what a great chance she has and is concentrating on the singles :yeah:

ozfan44
Oct 4th, 2004, 06:18 AM
stupid imo not to play doubles!

a run to the semis u reckon! the only player i see that can stop that is brandi, pratty always struggles against her for some reason!

broncosven
Oct 4th, 2004, 12:52 PM
yeah

Brandi has been playing well this year aswell

Mr_Molik
Oct 5th, 2004, 06:37 AM
Linetskaya def. Pratt 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 :help: :retard: :bigcry:
forget everything i just said :rolleyes:

broncosven
Oct 5th, 2004, 10:37 AM
This is pretty shocking . . . what an oppourtunity gone !!

ozfan44
Nov 18th, 2004, 06:35 AM
Nicole Pratt's Road to the Australian Open

November 18, 2004



By Ian Burrows

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetId=RDM38006.46306875

Nicole Pratt has reached at least the round of 32 at the last two Australian Opens. But with her first tour title under her belt and feeling as good as ever the No.2 ranked Australian believes 2005 is the time to step up.

Following a season in which she came within two places of her career-high ranking, the Queenslander is confident sheís got everything on track to go that step further and produce her finest year yet. Her relationship with long time coach Noel Blundell is flourishing, her tournament schedule has been tactically thought out down to the very last week and her fitness is at its usual high standard.

Now itís time to bring everything together in the lead-up to the 31-year-oldís favourite event, Januaryís Australian Open.

"I couldnít ask for anything more in my preparation," says Pratt, whoís back in full training mode following a three-week end of season break. "Iím really confident Iím doing everything I can to get ready for the Australian Open.

"Ideally I want to win some matches before the Open so I have the confidence going in, but at the moment physically and mentally Iím doing everything I can."

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetId=RDM38005.9523549537
A jubilant Nicole Pratt reached the third round of Australian Open 2004 defeating No.17 seed Meghann Shaughnessy in the first round.

Pratt will use the Uncle Tobys Hardcourts (http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&PageID=220) on the Gold Coast and the Richard Luton Properties Canberra Womenís Classic (http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&PageID=224) to fine-tune her game before the big one.

"Itís really strong the competition (on the Gold Coast) so you can see how youíre matching up and how youíve improved in the off time," she says. "Iíve specifically chosen to play Canberra the week after because Iíve heard the conditions are really, really tough there and itís hot and thatís a tournament I think I can do really well in."

But as she explains winning matches at the lead-ins isnít everything.

"Probably the first couple of matches are like Ďright, letís get the game right so by the time I walk into the Australian Open I have everything settled," Pratt explains. "The best success Iíve had at the Aussie Open the last two years, a third and a fourth round, (came after) I lost the first round the week before in Sydney.

"So ideally it doesnít look like great preparation, but Iíd done the work and the building blocks were there and there was still a lot of confidence going into the Australian Open. Ideally you want to win but ultimately you want to feel comfortable with your game."

The veteran baseliner wants to go at least one better than her 2003 fourth round finish in Melbourne, which was a 10-year best by an Australian. But to reach her goals Pratt knows it will take hours of hard work throughout the summer. In the early parts of her preparation she will concentrate on strength and fitness before turning her focus to on-court work.

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetId=RDM38009.4971676042
Gruelling fitness regime throughout November.

"Initially itís about building size and strength back into my legs so I can get my speed and endurance (up)," she says. "Throughout November Iíll be doing three to four sessions in the gym and then probably another three cardio sessions on top of that. And Iím still doing a little bit of tennis.

"In December it becomes predominantly tennis but Iíll still have a fitness component to my day, it just wonít be as extensive as it is in November."

One of the tourís most gritty competitors, Pratt will begin the season on the Gold Coast in front of family and friends at Royal Pines Resort. On her way south sheíll stop in Canberra for the first time of her career, before embarking on her Australian Open campaign.

There would be no better way to kick-start a big year than with an impressive showing at Melbourne Park. And with the way things are shaping for the speedy Queenslander an eye-catching result is right on the cards.

Click here for more information on the Road to the Australian Open. (http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&PageID=8659)

ozfan44
Nov 18th, 2004, 06:35 AM
this is great news that pratty is playing in canberra instead of asking for a sydney wildcard wish she had of done this last year as well!

broncosven
Nov 18th, 2004, 07:02 AM
Great

Interesting Choice !!

azza
Jan 17th, 2005, 05:13 AM
Nicole must be quite injured not to play in her fav tournie aussie open :sad:

broncosven
Jan 17th, 2005, 06:21 AM
Nicole is playing though

azza
Jan 17th, 2005, 08:32 AM
oh wtf :o my bad :smash: @ me

louloubelle
Jan 20th, 2005, 05:55 AM
For the first time in 6-7 years Nicole is in her first rut. The limited preparation with her injury may not have helped however her form of recent time times mid-late 2004 (particuarly her Fed Cup and Wimby efforts) had warning bells for a downward patch in 2005.

Wonder if her high effort game - low errors and low winners - just isn't cutting it anymore or she's just going thru a rough patch and still capable of some top 40 play :confused:

I hope this is just a rut but you see so many big hitters around now and it's hard to see how Nic can still compete at a top30-40 level.

azza
Feb 8th, 2005, 09:32 AM
Pratts lost again in R1 to Jankovic 63 64 at Tokyo i think

Mr_Molik
Feb 8th, 2005, 11:42 PM
Pratts lost again in R1 to Jankovic 63 64 at Tokyo i think
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