View Full Version : British Tour @ Cardiff 17-20/4/02

Apr 6th, 2002, 10:26 PM
The main draw entries as of today will be:

Christelle Grier (400)
Julia Smith (619)
Eva Erbova (CZE: 631)
Kelly Simkin (698)
Alice Barnes (784)
Carly Homewood (1036)
Annabel Youthed (1070)
Helen Fritche (1104)
Megan Emmett (1110)
Rebecca Dandeniya (1137)
Helen Broome (1148)
Charlotte Wallace (1191)
Melissa Gibb (1.5)
Rebecca Fong (1.5)
Lynsey Davison (1.5)
Kirstie Woolley (1.5)
Elizabeth Flint (2.1)
Katie Williams (2.1)
Arabella Martin (2.1)
Rachael Porsz (2.1)
4 * qualifiers

Apr 6th, 2002, 11:13 PM
Helen Fritche still plays!!:eek:

She was doing well 16 and ranked 950 with only 4 tournies to her name a titleon the junior circuit and what does she do stop playing for like 6 months.What happened to her injury or concentrated on school work for a while?

Apr 7th, 2002, 05:19 PM
Funnily enough, Fritche's one of the few players on that list who I've never seen play. I haven't seen her in the final stages of any of the recent British tour events.

All of the "rated" rather than ranked players are juniors, and players in the recent junior masters tournaments (although some like Porsz missed the finals).

Apr 7th, 2002, 08:34 PM
Well Helen qualified for a few 10k events and won one or two maindraw matches in them won a grade 4 junior event in Holland in July 2001 and was on her way up then she just didn't play it was rather shocking she must have a reason!

Apr 13th, 2002, 04:11 PM
Melissa Berry (world rank 571) has now been added to the entry list too. Presumably they'll play this tournament on the outdoor courts if the weather's good enough.

Helen Fritche was mentioned the other day. According to this profile (discovered on the Tennis-Wales site, and the rankings will be out of date), the Cardiff event will be on her home courts:

Name- Helen Fritche
Date of Birth- 11.4.85

Place of residence- Swansea

Where do you play?- WNTC, Cardiff

Who is your coach?- Simon Ainley

Right / Left Handed- Left

Age you began playing tennis- 7

What racket do you use?- Yonex

Personal achievements in the last 12 months
- Finalist of 2 ITF events (USA and Russia)
-Winner of a doubles ITF in Portugal
-18U Four Nations Team Winners
-18U Welsh Junior Champion

What are your goals for the next 12 months?
-Top 100 ITF Junior
-To increase my WTA Senior Ranking

Which sports person do you admire most?
-Steve Redgrave

What inspired you to take up tennis?
-My parents and school

What is your favourite food?
-My mum's spaghetti bolognase

What do you like most about tennis?
-Competing to win every match, and the places I get to visit is an added bonus

What do you dislike most about tennis?
-Hanging around at tournaments and getting bored

What are your interests outside tennis?
-Reading, shopping and roller-blading

Current ITF Junior world ranking
- Singles 171
- Doubles 214

Current WTA Senior world ranking
- Singles 923

Apr 16th, 2002, 05:21 PM
The second round draw will be as follows (four first round matches still to be played):

(I've added rankings/ ratings if not posted above)

Cristelle Grier V Kirsty Woolley (1.5) / A. Cox (2.1)
N. Trelease (2.3) V Megan Emmett
Kelly Simkin V Katie Williams
Rebecca Fong / Melissa Gibb V Alice Barnes
Carly Homewood V Lisa Quiller (2.3) / Rebecca Dandeniya
Elizabeth Flint V Eva Erbova
Helen Fritche V Lynsey Davison
Charlotte Wallace / Kirsty Laidler (2.2) V Melissa Berry

Apr 17th, 2002, 05:02 PM
Today's first round results were as follows:

Kirsty Woolley BEAT A. Cox 6-2, 6-2
Melissa Gibb BEAT Rebecca Fong 6-2, 6-4
Rebecca Dandeniya BEAT Lisa Quiller 6-3, 6-2
Charlotte Wallace BEAT Kirsty Laidler 6-2, 6-4

So every match went according to the rankings/ratings. Of today's winners, Dandeniya probably has the best opportunity to win in her next match, in playing Carly Homewood.

Apr 18th, 2002, 09:22 PM
Cristelle Grier BEAT Kirsty Woolley 7-5, 6-2
N. Trelease LOST TO Megan Emmett 3-6, 3-6
Kelly Simkin BEAT Katie Williams 6-1, 6-3
Melissa Gibb LOST TO Alice Barnes 2-6, 2-6
Carly Homewood LOST TO Rebecca Dandeniya 6-3, 3-6, 6-7
Elizabeth Flint LOST TO Eva Erbova 0-6, 3-6
Helen Fritche LOST TO Lynsey Davison 4-6, 3-6
Charlotte Wallace BEAT Melissa Berry 7-5, 7-5

The two real shocks came in the bottom half of the draw with Berry and Fritche both losing. Davison is now the only non-world ranked player remaining in the tournament. The top half looks distinctly stronger than the bottom half now, with a Grier - Barnes semi looking likely. Meanwhile, the favourite to get the other final berth will certainly be the Czech Erbova.

Apr 19th, 2002, 05:24 PM
i know this sudns awful but im actually qutie surprsied that Dandeniya needed a 3rd set tiebreaker (at a 9-7 one at that) to beat teh out-of-form Homewood.

That'll be encouraging for Carly at the start of a run on British 10 and 25k's.

Bluepastures i heard some good stuff about Becca Dandeniya - u know anything more? IS she one of the group of new girls such as flavell, grady etc.. who could take british womens tennis to teh new level?

Paul :D

Apr 19th, 2002, 09:43 PM
Of the three, Dandeniya, Flavell and Grady, I'd say that Grady definitely has the best long term prospects. The few times I've seen Flavell play I've not been impressed. I've not seen enough of Dandeniya to comment on her.
Don't know what happened today, as I can't find the results anywhere!

Apr 20th, 2002, 08:44 PM
Firstly Friday's results:


Cristelle Grier BEAT Megan Emmett 6-3, 6-1
Alice Barnes BEAT Kelly Simkin 6-2, 6-2
Rebecca Dandeniya BEAT Eva Erbova 7-6, 6-1
Charlotte Wallace BEAT Lynsey Davison 6-4, 7-6


Cristelle Grier BEAT Alice Barnes 6-3, 6-4
Rebecca Dandeniya BEAT Charlotte Wallace 6-3, 6-4

And today:

Cristelle Grier BEAT Rebecca Dandeniya 6-2, 6-0

Dandeniya held her first 2 service games quite easily, and then suddenly Grier found the range of her shots. She produced relatively little power in her shots, but a brilliant accuracy. Most of the games were 40-30 and 40-15, so it wasn't quite as easy as it looks from the score.

I did wonder though, why isn't a player like Grier (who is world ranked 408) playing the European 10k/25ks like the ones in France and Croatia this week?

Today's matches (Peter Clarke from Ireland won a bad-tempered men's final) were played on green clay outdoors.

Interestingly two of this year's British Tour tournaments (Doncaster & Paddington/ Maida Vale) which were withdrawn due to loss of Girobank as a sponsor, have now been reinstated. This is because the LTA expects to announce a new British tour event sponsor soon.

Apr 21st, 2002, 11:48 AM
Hannah Grady is head & shoulders above everybody else.

In a couple of years she will be the British No 1