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Steveg
Apr 7th, 2002, 10:45 AM
1. JEON Mi-Ra (KOR) vs. KINEBUCHI Akiko (JPN)
TAKEMURA Ryoko (JPN) vs. LI Ting (CHN)

WC. KHOO Chin-Bee (MAS) vs. YAN Zi (CHN)
WC. PHAN Nhu-Quynh (VIE) vs. 5. LIU Nan Nan (CHN)

4. TONG Ka-Po (HKG) vs. KINJO Satomi (JPN)
UMEHARA Sachie (JPN) vs. Q. YONEMURA Tomoko (JPN)

VIRATPRASERT Suchanan (THA) vs. WC. TRAN Kim-Loi (VIE)
Q. CHANG Kyung-Mi (KOR) vs. 6. TAKASE Ayami (JPN)

7. KIM Jin-Hee (KOR) vs. ITO Chisayo (JPN)
O'CONNOR Tracey (NZL) vs. Q. TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA)

VESENJAK Urska (SLO) vs. OKAMOTO Seiko (JPN)
ZHENG Jie (CHN) vs. 3. YOSHIDA Yuka (JPN)

8. SUN Tian-Tian (CHN) vs. AOYAMA Kaori (JPN)
WENG Tzu-Ting (TPE) vs. CHAKRAVARTHI Rushmi (IND)

Q. WADA Nana (JPN) vs. TEZUKA Remi (JPN)
FREYE Kirstin (GER) vs. 2. HISAMATSU Shiho (JPN)

ThePonos
Apr 7th, 2002, 10:51 AM
Thanks for the draw. Glad to see Kho Chin Bee play here. Also goodluck for Vietnamesse girls.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 7th, 2002, 10:54 AM
top seed outside 250 :eek: :eek:

so lots of points on offer here to players who normally don't get m many.

good luck Urska Vesenjak ;)
Kirsten Freye

Ka-Po
Jin-hee

Steveg
Apr 7th, 2002, 11:42 AM
Centre Court
Starting at 17:00

Singles 1R

KIM Jin Hee (KOR) vs. ITO Chisayo (JPN) f.b.
PHAN Nhu Quynh (VIE) vs. LIU Nan Nan (CHN) f.b.
VIRATPRASERT Suchanan (THA) vs. TRAN Kim Loi (VIE) f.b.
WADA Nana (JPN) vs. TEZUKA Remi (JPN)


Court 3
Starting at 17:00

Singles 1R

ZHENG Jie (CHN) vs. YOSHIDA Yuka (JPN) f.b.
TAKEMURA Ryoko (JPN) vs. LI Ting (CHN) f.b.
UMEHARA Sachie (JPN) vs. YONEMURA Tomoko (JPN)


Court 4
Starting at 17:00

Singles 1R

VESENJAK Urska (SLO) vs. OKAMOTO Seiko (JPN) f.b.

Doubles Qualifying 3R

IJIMA Kumiko (JPN) / MATIC Antonia (GER) vs. THIMJAPO Chattida (THA) / TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA) f.b.
HORIKAWA Naoko (JPN) / KATSUMI Shizu (JPN) vs. CHANG Kyung Mi (KOR) / KIM Jin Hee (KOR)

lin
Apr 7th, 2002, 12:15 PM
Good luck to Tzu-Ting :) and Ka-Po :)

thanks for the draw, steveg :wavey:

Rising Sun
Apr 7th, 2002, 01:47 PM
What an awful draw. :rolleyes:

Mi-Ra's got the toughest quarter. :mad:

Kaelin
Apr 7th, 2002, 02:36 PM
Allez Yuka,Ka-po,Suchanan,Napaporn,Nan-Nan,Kaori and Sachie:D
No Shuai:confused:
Amuse-toi bien Stéphane!

lin
Apr 7th, 2002, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by Kaelin
No Shuai:confused:

I just noticed, too. What happened to her :confused:

Steveg
Apr 7th, 2002, 04:16 PM
No Shuai:confused:

I already posted information here : Chinese Players Thread (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=338201#post338201)

Need to visit this thread more often :p .

Official reason given by the Chinese Officials when I asked them : could be a visa problem :confused: .

Kaelin
Apr 7th, 2002, 04:47 PM
Merci Stéphane.
Je me disais bien qu'on avait dû en parler quelque part:p

jirobkk
Apr 7th, 2002, 04:49 PM
Hi Steveg,:wavey:

Thanks for the draw. :hearts:
I love the draw since Suchanan and Napaporn are in top half and bottom half.

Congrats to Napaporn for qualified.:hearts:

BTW, Did she play well and Have you got her picture.

Today I asked Takao about your pictures. He said he really doesn't know about that. I think he probably ask his coach after come back Japan. Did you see my Davis Cup's album I've been posting today.

jirobkk
Apr 7th, 2002, 05:04 PM
Thanks Steveg,:wavey: for the great pictures.

Did you have a chat to Thai's players.:hearts:

Thanks Danker for Napaporn's information. :wavey:
I just posted my Davis Cup's album today in ATP forum.

Steveg
Apr 7th, 2002, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by jirobkk
Hi Steveg,:wavey:

Thanks for the draw. :hearts:
I love the draw since Suchanan and Napaporn are in top half and bottom half.

Congrats to Napaporn for qualified.:hearts:

BTW, Did she play well and Have you got her picture.

Today I asked Takao about your pictures. He said he really doesn't know about that. I think he probably ask his coach after come back Japan. Did you see my Davis Cup's album I've been posting today.

Napaport played well today. She hit the lines quite often. I tried to take some pictures of her today but could shoot mostly her cap so that I did not keep the photos :o . There will be some more opportunities. You will have noticed from Monday order of play that Chattida is still in the doubles qualifyings as she won this Sunday.

For Takao, as I said it is a bit late for him now since I removed the photos from my site :o . Too bad for him as there were some good photos of him. Regarding your photos, I think I posted something about it yesterday in the ATP Forum. Great pictures!!!

I had some long chat with Chattida. She is really fun :D !!!! Great girl. I hope she'll be doing fine the remaining of the year. She was very happy with her today victory in doubles. She practiced today with Suchanan and hit the ball very well. I hope for her she'll perform well in singles the rest of the season.

Martian KC
Apr 7th, 2002, 06:16 PM
Good luck to:
Mi Ra Jeon
Ting Li
Yan Zi
Nan Nan Lui
Ka-Po Tong
Suchanan Viraprasert
Chisayo Ito
Napaporn Tongsalee
and Kaori Aoyama!!!:bounce:

sartrista7
Apr 8th, 2002, 12:30 PM
:eek: Not a very strong draw for a $25k

Hope Nan-Nan or Yuka take it, I want to see them in bigger tourneys soon, they're too good for the ones they play.

Steveg
Apr 8th, 2002, 05:56 PM
Originally posted by sartrista7
:eek: Not a very strong draw for a $25k

Hope Nan-Nan or Yuka take it, I want to see them in bigger tourneys soon, they're too good for the ones they play.

I think I posted somewhere that the ranking of the Chinese players does not mean much.

After all, Zheng Jie beat Angelique Widjaja in Guang Zhou earlier this year (Fed Cup).

Steveg
Apr 8th, 2002, 06:11 PM
Centre Court

Singles 1R
KIM Jin Hee (KOR) d. ITO Chisayo (JPN) 62 61
LIU Nan Nan (CHN) d. PHAN Nhu Quynh (VIE) 61 61
VIRATPRASERT Suchanan (THA) d. TRAN Kim Loi (VIE) 60 62
TEZUKA Remi (JPN) d. WADA Nana (JPN) 46 75 75

Court 3

Singles 1R
ZHENG Jie (CHN) d. YOSHIDA Yuka (JPN) 63 63
TAKEMURA Ryoko (JPN) d. LI Ting (CHN) 62 63
YONEMURA Tomoko (JPN) d. UMEHARA Sachie (JPN) 62 36 63

Court 4

Singles 1R
VESENJAK Urska (SLO) d. OKAMOTO Seiko (JPN) 63 62

Rising Sun
Apr 8th, 2002, 06:16 PM
Well done Nan-Nan, Suchanan, Remi, Ryoko, Jie and Tomoko. ;)

Especially disappointed with Chisayo, Yuka and Ting. :(

Steveg
Apr 8th, 2002, 06:49 PM
It was the first time I was seeing Yuka Yoshida play. So I don't know if she played well or not today compared to her usual level.

Jie dominated the match nearly from the beginning until the end.

In the first games, Jie won a lot of points with Yuka UE on returns of serve. Jie had chosen to serve some good kicks that Yuka could not return. She tried to hit flat at the end of the match but this was no threat to Yuka.

On her serve, Yuka committed far too many double faults (over 10 in the match I reckon).

During rallies, it would most of the time be a battle of backhands and the advantage would be without a doubt for Jie.

It seems that the backhand is actually Jie's strongest shot. When the ball would arrive on her or only slightly on her forehand, she would turn to hit with her backhand. Yuka did not seem to notice it and kept hitting on Jie's backhand, except in a few points at the end of the match.

Jie hits her backhand mostly flat, with all her body weight. She gives a lot of pace to the ball with no apparent effort (she hits right in the middle of her racquet comfort zone : a real pleasure to hear the strings enter in contact with the ball). Down the line, cross court, you name it, she does it. And there is no way to say where the ball will go. It is a terrific weapon!

Her forehand is reliable but it does not seem to be as deadly as her backhand. Though she obviously hits the ball in front of her, she is slightly on her backfoot when hitting the ball. This allows her in return to give more spin to the ball. During the whole match, she hit only one forehand while really going through the ball (and it was her only mis-hit of the match. Slightly off-centered).

Though Jie seems to be a bit bulky, she moved well laterally on the court today. Yuka was seldom able to hit a ball out of Jie's reach. She is however not as comfortable when moving forward. She missed a few short balls.

The only time when Yuka was in control of the match was during the two games she won to come back from 1-5 in the 2nd set to 3-5. Jie had tried to accelerate a bit more the game and go to the net more often. It did not work out and it gave Yuka some extra confidence to go for her shots. It was at that time that Yuka managed to overpower Jie.

At this time, Jie raised her game (and took her time while Yuka was serving. Jie was a bit tired but I suspect it was mostly to make Yuka lose her concentration) and hit more winners to conclude the match after 5-6 match points.

Yuka was obviously irritated with her serve today as immediately after the match, she went on a practice court to hit a few serves. From what I have seen, she had had some problems with her toss today (too much in front of her, too low, too much behind...).

I hope she will not be affected by her loss and perform well in her next tournament.

She did not have luck to encounter such a tough opponent in the first round. If Jie plays at the same level her coming matches, she should go far in this tournament.

In the next round, Jie will meet Urska VESENJAK, a player hitting both forehand and backhand double-handed.

Steveg
Apr 8th, 2002, 07:05 PM
LI Ting vs. TAKEMURA Sachie

It looked like Ting was nearly alone on the court. Either hitting winners or UE (a lot of them :eek: ).

Sachie hit a few good shots too but Ting committed far too many UE. She was besides not decisive enough at the net and had difficulties to return balls in her feet.

I watched only the first set and moved on.

WADA Nana vs. TEZUKA Remi

This is the match that got me delayed to come back home and post the results :( . The match lasted around 3 1/2 hours :eek: .

It was a typical case of moonballing match, the players being often in stuck against the wall at the back of the court (around 4 meters behind the base line :rolleyes: ).

Remi was cramping at the end of the match but held on, thanks to the support of her coach. Nana was leading 5-3 in the final serve but failed to conclude on her serve.

Remi gradually took control of the game, hitting some good winners and dictating the pace. It was heart-breakering to see Nana encourage herself and loosing ground gradually though.

She collapsed mentally (and physically) at the end of the match. Two persons had to assist her to walk back to the car as she could not move anymore (remark from the physio : she did not do any exercise to cool down after the match, unlike Remi).

Remi's coach was obviously not satisfied with her forehand strokes on short return of serves from her opponent. After the match (3 1/2 hours :eek: ), he asked her to stay on court and practice this shot for around 10 minutes.

I'll try to post some photos within today or latest tomorrow.

Steveg
Apr 8th, 2002, 07:31 PM
Centre Court
Starting at 17:00

Singles 1R

KHOO Chin-Bee (MAS) vs. YAN Zi (CHN) f.b.
(2) HISAMATSU Shiho (JPN) vs. FREYE Kirstin f.b.
(1) JEONG Mi-Ra (KOR) vs. KINEBUCHI Akiko (JPN) f.b.

Doubles 1R

KHOO Chin-Bee (MAS) / NGUYEN Kim-Trang (VIE) vs. TAIRA Tomoko (JPN) / YONEMURA Tomoko (JPN)


Court 3
Starting at 17:00

Singles 1R

(4) TONG Ka-Po (HKG) vs. KINJO Satomi (JPN) f.b.
(8) SUN Tian Tian (CHN) vs. AOYAMA Kaori (JPN) f.b.
WENG Tzu-Ting (TPE) vs. CHAKRAVARTHI Rushmi (IND) f.b.

Doubles 1R

IIJIMA Kumiko (JPN) / MATIC Antonia (GER) vs. HISAMATSU Shiho (JPN) vs. TAKEMURA Ryoko (JPN)


Court 4
Starting at 17:00

Singles 1R

CHANG Kyung-Mi (KOR) vs. (6) TAKASE Ayami (JPN) f.b.
O'CONNOR Tracey (NZL) vs. TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA) f.b.

Doubles 1R

CHAO Hsiao-Han (TPE) / VIRAPRASERT Suchanan (THA) vs. DZIAMIDZENKA Natalia (BLR) / UMEHARA Sachie (JPN) f.b.
NAKAJIMA Chiaki (JPN) / OKAZAKI Hiromi (JPN) vs. TAKASE Ayami (JPN) / TEZUKA Remi (JPN)

Martian KC
Apr 8th, 2002, 08:57 PM
EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED with Chisayo and TING!!!:mad: Expected better!

Congrats to Nan Nan and Suchanan!!!

Kaelin
Apr 8th, 2002, 09:33 PM
Nan-Nan and Suchanan:D
yuka:( ,good luck to the improving Jie:)

bluepastures
Apr 8th, 2002, 10:41 PM
If only the better Chinese players played more ranking tournaments, I'm sure that could rise up the rankings very quickly, certainly into the 150-200 ranking range.. Of those that I've seen, I think Jie Zheng and Nan Nan Liu have potential to go furthest in the future.
In addition they're all very proficient doubles players. My tip is for Nan Nan to win this tournament.

What's your general opinion on the Vietnamese players Steve? Any real talent there?

jirobkk
Apr 9th, 2002, 02:41 AM
Morning Steveg,:wavey:

Thanks for everything, you done a great job. I love your tournament report.:hearts:

Last night I was waiting the result from you until midnight. And I've recieved e-mail from Chattida Timjapo. She/Napaporn lost double match in closed match. :sad: :sad: She's very much appreciated your asisstant. She said you are very nice.:hearts:

BTW, Could you please do me a favor.

1. Did you have chance to see Suchanan play. Did she play well. Please ask her that " Did she get well recovery from hip injury ? " ( Suchanan's got hip injury in India Challenger recently. ) And also tell her I wish her all the best of luck.:D

2. Napaporn Tongsalee play today. I hope to read more your tournament report and some comment about Thai's player if you have chance to see them play.:D

3. I forgot to tell you to say " hello " to Tong Ka-Po.:wavey: I think you remember that I forwarded your message to her in last December's King & Queen Cup. And she is still remembering you.
In the same way, please tell her Jiro from Bangkok, the guy who've taken her photo in welcome party and having chat to her, wish her the best of luck.

Surprisingly Yuka lost.:sad: and disappointed for Chisayo too.:sad:

Steveg
Apr 9th, 2002, 04:52 AM
Thanks for your comments Jiro. Yesterday, I concentrated on taking photos of Yuka and Ting because I knew they would lose :sad: . There would be no more opportunity to take photos of them (except Ting in doubles).

I was a bit late to post the results because I came back home at 00:30 :eek: .

I really appreciated Chattida too :hearts: . I saw her play 1st and 2nd set but had to go for the 3rd set. I thought they would win. They lost actually 7-4 in the tie break :sad: . I wanted to invite Chattida for diner. I saw her supporti Suchanan but I could not find her after. Do you know if she has left Vietnam already :confused: ?

I did not watch any of the Vietnamese matches today as I don't like to see executions on a court. Too painful :o . And in such type of match, I can really not see if the opponent (Suchanan or Nan Nan) is playing well or not, since such a match is more of a practice to them :o .

I'll have a look today at Napaporn match as Tian Tian will be playing at the same time on adjacent court ;) . I'll be taking some more photos :) .

And I'll forward your message to Suchanan when I see her.

I'll forward your message to Ka Po too, though I'll be mostly watching Zi match on Central Court.

Yes, she remembered me when I met her last Sunday :) . She is here with her dad and her brother :rolleyes: .

Steveg
Apr 9th, 2002, 05:01 AM
Originally posted by bluepastures
Of those that I've seen, I think Jie Zheng and Nan Nan Liu have potential to go furthest in the future. My tip is for Nan Nan to win this tournament.

What's your general opinion on the Vietnamese players Steve? Any real talent there?

I have not formed an opinion yet as to which Chinese player will win the tournament this year ;) . And you can't rule Mi Ra out (I'll have a quick look at her match this evening).

Jie seemed very impressive yesterday. But I am waiting for more serious opposition to see what she can do. I do not want to jinx her but the 2nd round should be a simple formality.

I am looking forward to seeing Zi play this evening. As for Nan Nan, I did not see her match (no point at this time :) ).

Can I take a joker on your question about Vietnamese players :p ? Joke apart, I think that TANG Hong Thanh could do something in future if she gets enough international experience. She is still junior and it was her first appearance in a women ITF tournament, in qualifyings. During last Vietnam National Championships, she finished second (Main Draw WC were attributed in this tourney to the #3 and #4 Vietnamese players :rolleyes: )

The score was severe but the games were tighter than it seems.


BTW, yesterday photos have been approved already :D !

jirobkk
Apr 9th, 2002, 06:32 AM
Thanks Steveg,:wavey: for your quick reply.

Do you bring computor notebook into tournament site. Thank you in advance for forward my message to Suchanan, Napaporn and Tong Ka-Po. :hearts:

Steveg
Apr 9th, 2002, 06:39 AM
Originally posted by jirobkk
Thanks Steveg,:wavey: for your quick reply.

Do you bring computor notebook into tournament site. Thank you in advance for forward my message to Suchanan, Napaporn and Tong Ka-Po. :hearts:

No, I don't bring my notebook :confused: . Besides, I could not connect to internet since my internet connection is registered only with the phone numbers of my office and my home to avoid hackers :( .

I could therefore not send results from the site.

If you are looking for Suchanan results ;) , and if you have a mobile phone number, you can PM it to me. I'll send you a message as soon as results are known. My mobile phone service provider has agreement with most Thai mobile phone service providers.

jirobkk
Apr 9th, 2002, 07:29 AM
Hi Steveg, :wavey:

Thanks !:hearts: But the reason why I asked the question about notebook is just because you reply quickly. I mean I think you are in tournament site when you reply.:D

I just send e-mail to Chattida, tell her that you want to invite her for dinner. But I'm not sure if she check mail at the site or not. Or she's probably left Vietnam. :D

Steveg,:wavey: If you have enough time ( I know from my experience that you are very busy ), could you please put the result in the draw. :hearts:

Hope you enjoy the match and having a great pictures. :wavey:

Steveg
Apr 9th, 2002, 08:38 AM
Don't worry Jiro, I'll write the results in a draw when all R1 results are available.

For Chattida, thanks. I'll just check by calling the hotel. I thought she may have told you when she was leaving.

Steveg
Apr 9th, 2002, 05:59 PM
Centre Court

Singles 1R

YAN Zi (CHN) d. KHOO Chin-Bee (MAS) 64 63
FREYE Kirstin (GER) d. (2) HISAMATSU Shiho (JPN) 62 46 62
(1) JEONG Mi-Ra (KOR) d. KINEBUCHI Akiko (JPN) 63 60

Doubles 1R

TAIRA Tomoko (JPN) / YONEMURA Tomoko (JPN) d. KHOO Chin-Bee (MAS) / NGUYEN Kim-Trang (VIE) 62 63

Court 3

Singles 1R

(4) TONG Ka-Po (HKG) d. KINJO Satomi (JPN) 60 75
(8) SUN Tian Tian (CHN) vs. AOYAMA Kaori (JPN) 75 75
WENG Tzu-Ting (TPE) vs. CHAKRAVARTHI Rushmi (IND) 64 75

Doubles 1R

HISAMATSU Shiho (JPN) vs. TAKEMURA Ryoko (JPN) d. IIJIMA Kumiko (JPN) / MATIC Antonia (GER) 64 75


Court 4

Singles 1R

CHANG Kyung-Mi (KOR) d. (6) TAKASE Ayami (JPN) 60 62
TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA) d. O'CONNOR Tracey (NZL) 64 63

Doubles 1R

DZIAMIDZENKA Natalia (BLR) / UMEHARA Sachie (JPN) d. CHAO Hsiao-Han (TPE) / VIRAPRASERT Suchanan (THA) 63 62
TAKASE Ayami (JPN) / TEZUKA Remi (JPN) d. NAKAJIMA Chiaki (JPN) / OKAZAKI Hiromi (JPN) 61 63.

Steveg
Apr 9th, 2002, 06:06 PM
1. JEON Mi-Ra (KOR) d. KINEBUCHI Akiko (JPN) 63 60
TAKEMURA Ryoko (JPN) d. LI Ting (CHN) 62 63

YAN Zi (CHN) d. WC. KHOO Chin-Bee (MAS) 64 63
5. LIU Nan Nan (CHN) d. WC. PHAN Nhu-Quynh (VIE) 61 61

4. TONG Ka-Po (HKG) d. KINJO Satomi (JPN) 60 75
Q. YONEMURA Tomoko (JPN) d. UMEHARA Sachie (JPN) 62 36 63

VIRATPRASERT Suchanan (THA) d. WC. TRAN Kim-Loi (VIE) 60 62
Q. CHANG Kyung-Mi (KOR) d. 6. TAKASE Ayami (JPN) 60 62

7. KIM Jin-Hee (KOR) d. ITO Chisayo (JPN) 62 61
Q. TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA) d. O'CONNOR Tracey (NZL) 64 63

VESENJAK Urska (SLO) d. OKAMOTO Seiko (JPN) 63 62
ZHENG Jie (CHN) d. 3. YOSHIDA Yuka (JPN) 63 63

8. SUN Tian-Tian (CHN) d. AOYAMA Kaori (JPN) 75 75
WENG Tzu-Ting (TPE) d. CHAKRAVARTHI Rushmi (IND) 64 75

TEZUKA Remi (JPN) d. Q. WADA Nana (JPN) 46 75 75
FREYE Kirstin (GER) d. 2. HISAMATSU Shiho (JPN) 62 46 62

lin
Apr 9th, 2002, 06:06 PM
Thanks for scores, Steveg :wavey:

Well done Tzu-Ting :) and Ka-Po :)

too bad for Hsiao-Han in doubles :(

Kaelin
Apr 9th, 2002, 07:58 PM
Thanks Steve:) .Je suis sûr que tu es sur ton nuage;)
A great day for Japonese in singles:o
Bravo Napaporn:)

novotnaquinton
Apr 9th, 2002, 08:13 PM
Good job Ka Po!!Wish you all the best!!
And I think Zheng Jie really have her chance here since she had done very well in Fed Cup when China faced Indonsia

jirobkk
Apr 10th, 2002, 12:56 AM
Thanks Steveg, :wavey: for the result and updating the draw.

Sorry for Vietnamese players. :sad:

Congrtas to Suchanan and especially Napaporn who have 3 consecutive win from qualify.

Also congrtas to Tong Ka-Po, hope Ka-Po will play Suchanan in quarter final.

Looking forward to read your tournament report and see your photo soon.:hearts:

Eric_tennis
Apr 10th, 2002, 01:12 AM
Thanks for the results, Steveg. :D

Good job, Mi-ra! Another bagel! :wavey:

I hoped 2nd round would be aginst Ting Li cause she can be a good preparation for Nan-nan Liu. :(
Anyway she is doing well against power players, she can advance Semi hopefully.

I'll cheer for Kyung-mi Chang until Semi. She need to beat Ka-po for Mi-ra's sake. ;)


BTW,... did you have a chance to watch Mi-ra's match? How was it?

:D

Steveg
Apr 10th, 2002, 03:08 AM
Centre Court
Starting at 17:00

Singles 2R

VESENJAK Urska (SLO) vs. ZHENG Jie (CHN) f.b.
(4) TONG Ka Po (HKG) vs. YONEMURA Tomoko (JPN) fb.

Doubles 1R

(1) YAN Zi (CHN) / ZHENG Jie (CHN) vs. VHANG Kyung Mi (KOR) / KIM Jin Hee (JOR) f.b.
KINJO Satomi (JPN) / OKAMOTO Seiko (JPN) vs. (2) JEONG Mi Ra (KOR) / TONG Ka Po (HKG)


Court 3
Starting at 17:00

Singles 2R

VITRAPRASERT Suchanan (THA) vs. CHANG Kyung Mi (KOR) f.b.

Doubles 1R

(3) LI Ting (CHN) / SUN Tian Tian (CHN) vs. LIU Jing Jing (CHN) / LIU Nan Nan (CHN) f.b.
CHAKRAVARTHI Rushmi (IND) / VESENJAK Urska (SLO) vs. (4) FREYE Kirstin (GER) / WENG Tzu Ting (TPE)

Court 4
Starting at 17:00

Singles 2R

KIM Jin Hee (KOR) vs. TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA)

Steveg
Apr 10th, 2002, 04:21 AM
I am a bit late in posting photos. Matches ended yesterday at 01:00am :eek: .

Jiro, I saw a bit of Napaporn match : she could keep the pace with Tracey who tried to go for a bit more and made therefore quite a few UE. It was excellent of her as there were quite some rallies at a fast pace.

Eric, I saw the first games of the match : Mi Ra was doing a lot of UE, trying to go for it. She was obviously very tense. She started to lose 0-2, 1-2 then 1-3.

When I came back in the second set, she obviously was more poised and was hitting the ball extremely well, in particular on her forehand. A few games were tight with deuces, Ad... but Mi Ra would take the edge.

I am pleased for Mi Ra, but also a bit sad for Akiko who is a very kind person. I wish she had won a few games in the 2nd set.

It was a good first match for Mi Ra because Akiko offered a lot of resistance, running on every ball, never giving up. Mi Ra had to really win the points, and not rely on Akiko UE or tiredness.

I saw the first set of YAN Zi and was a bit surprised. Obviously Zi has excellent shots : she has quite some power (double handed forehand and backhand), though maybe not as much as Jie, and can find deadly crosscourt angles. But she seemed to have ups and downs in the match. She shortened her balls in several instances, giving her opponent the opportunity to take the advantage in the points. It could be that Zi is a counter-puncher, which I will be checking out tonight :) .

Tian Tian was very tense during her match. It is a good thing she won that one as it will give her the confidence she seemed to lack. The good thing is that she was motivated and did not give up at any point, which was not the case last year :rolleyes: . I hope she will cut down on UE in her next match. She had some problems with her forehand : the timing was not always here (hitting the ball a bit late).

I saw only the second set of Ka Po / Tomoko. Tomoko played well in this second set, keeping it up with Ka Po in terms of power and committing very few UE. Ka Po committed quite a few, trying to hit winners. Overall, her % of winners was higher than for UE. The good point is that she did not choke on match points (she had some difficulties to close the match against Patricia Wartush last year in Pattaya. She lost the match while she had been 2 points away from winning). She could raise her level in important moments, which is something new to her since the past times I have seen her play.

I have not seen doubles matches in much detail, but took notice of Sachie UMEHARA. She is not very tall (around 1.5m I guess) but she is everywhere on the court :eek: . She has a good vision of the doubles game, hitting the right shorts (crosscourt, down the line) and is extremely present at the net (good reflexes and numerous poachings). She was instrumental in the doubles victory today.

Steveg
Apr 10th, 2002, 06:41 AM
Originally posted by Kaelin
Thanks Steve:) .Je suis sûr que tu es sur ton nuage;)
A great day for Japonese in singles:o
Bravo Napaporn:)

Merci Nicolas :) . Je m'amuse pas mal mais les matches se terminent trop tard (minuit lundi, presque 01:00AM mardi) :( .

Et en plus, je n'arrive pas à arranger une heure de tennis avec l'une des joueuses. Je devais jouer jeudi avec Hisamatsu, mais elle veut jouer à Lan Anh et c'est trop loin pour moi :mad: .

Je ne désespère pas d'arranger quelque chose d'ici la fin du tournoi :rolleyes: .

Kaelin
Apr 10th, 2002, 12:32 PM
tu dois persévérer:)
On sera tous là pour encourager ta partenaire toute l'année:D

Steveg
Apr 10th, 2002, 04:31 PM
OK Nicolas, tu peux encourager Shiho HASAMATSU toute l'année : je joue jeudi avec elle de 13:00 à 14:00.

Steveg
Apr 10th, 2002, 04:43 PM
I did not stay until the end today. So I do not have Thursday order of play yet. I have asked though the officials to email everything to me. I hope they will do it so that I can post...

Centre Court

Singles 2R

ZHENG Jie (CHN) d. VESENJAK Urska (SLO)61 76 (4)
(4) TONG Ka Po (HKG) d. YONEMURA Tomoko (JPN) 62 61

Doubles 1R

(1) YAN Zi (CHN) / ZHENG Jie (CHN) d. CHANG Kyung Mi (KOR) / KIM Jin Hee (JOR) 63 61
KINJO Satomi (JPN) / OKAMOTO Seiko (JPN) d. (2) JEONG Mi Ra (KOR) / TONG Ka Po (HKG) 57 75 63


Court 3

Singles 2R

CHANG Kyung Mi (KOR) d. VITRAPRASERT Suchanan (THA) 57 64 64

Doubles 1R

(3) LI Ting (CHN) / SUN Tian Tian (CHN) d. LIU Jing Jing (CHN) / LIU Nan Nan (CHN) 16 26
(4) FREYE Kirstin (GER) / WENG Tzu Ting (TPE) d. CHAKRAVARTHI Rushmi (IND) / VESENJAK Urska (SLO) 75 63

Court 4

Singles 2R

TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA) d. KIM Jin Hee (KOR) 64 64

jirobkk
Apr 10th, 2002, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the result. :wavey:
Today you are posting before midnight in Thailand.:hearts:

Congrats to Napaporn :hearts: :hearts: You have 4 consecutive win from qualify.

Bad luck Suchanan, you lost in closed match again. Hope you try to improve your game and can do better next tournament in Japan. :hearts:

Steveg, :wavey:

Napaporn play ZHENG Jie (CHN) in quarter final. Both are unseeded players. What is your prediction ? Did you see both players play.:hearts: Hope they have a good match. And I hope Napaporn has enough energy to pull it out tomorrow.:wavey:

GO GO Napaporn :hearts: Your ranking will boost up after this.:wavey:

ganymedeyu
Apr 10th, 2002, 05:12 PM
Congras Tzu-Ting ....

Steveg
Apr 10th, 2002, 05:23 PM
Originally posted by jirobkk
Thanks for the result. :wavey:
Today you are posting before midnight in Thailand.:hearts:

[...]

Steveg, :wavey:

Napaporn play ZHENG Jie (CHN) in quarter final. Both are unseeded players. What is your prediction ? Did you see both players play.:hearts: Hope they have a good match. And I hope Napaporn has enough energy to pull it out tomorrow.:wavey:

GO GO Napaporn :hearts: Your ranking will boost up after this.:wavey:

I had to leave the tournament a bit early today :angel: . But I do not have tomorrow order of play yet :( .

Napaporn told me she would be playing Friday (QF), which is possible.

I do not want to make any prediction :o . Napaporn played really well today (except when I came to see her :rolleyes: : she resumed winning as soon as I had left :eek: . When I mentioned this to her, she kept laughing!!!). But Jie's backhand is deadly. I think it will depend if Napaporn can keep the ball deep on Jie's forehand and finish the point from there.

But Jie's forehand was much better in today 1st set (I left after to see what was happening on another court). She was taking the ball early and giving a lot of pace to her balls!

jirobkk
Apr 10th, 2002, 05:38 PM
Thanks Steveg,:wavey: for your comment.

Actually Napaporn hit the ball hard and flat. She's always going for her shot and don't fear to hit winner. I think it should depend on percentage of her unforce error. Hope she can cut down unforce error and going for her shot. :wavey:

Steveg
Apr 11th, 2002, 01:48 AM
Tuesday photos have been posted :) .

novotnaquinton
Apr 11th, 2002, 02:26 AM
Anybody knows how Ka-Po play in the 2nd round?
It seems that she won the match very easily!
Who'll she play in the QF?
Go Girl!!!!I know you can win it!!!!

Steveg
Apr 11th, 2002, 08:02 AM
Originally posted by novotnaquinton
Anybody knows how Ka-Po play in the 2nd round?
It seems that she won the match very easily!
Who'll she play in the QF?
Go Girl!!!!I know you can win it!!!!

Ka Po committed less UE than in her last match. Besides, she served better (higher % of 1st serves in).

She'll be playing CHANG Kyung-Mi (KOR) next round.


Interesting match this evening will be : LIU Nan-Nan (CHN) vs. YAN Zi (CHN).

Steveg
Apr 11th, 2002, 08:08 AM
Shiho HISAMATSU (JPN) d. Steveg 6-0 :sad: :sad: .

She did not let me win a single game :sad: :sad: .

But I hit one ace :bounce: and a few winners (on my serve) + 3 to 4 winning drop shots (this are the only winners from me that I could count in this set :o ).

We had fun though (though I lost that bad I mean ;) ).

lin
Apr 11th, 2002, 08:29 AM
nice try Steveg ;)

What a fantastic experience :eek: :D :bounce:

I wish you can hit with Su-Wei,Janet and Angie one day :) ;)

Eric_tennis
Apr 11th, 2002, 10:27 AM
Steveg : Thank you so much for your 'Tuesday Report' especially on Mi-ra's match. :D

I know it's somewhat early but I'm waiting for today's result. ;)

Anyway, you must have a very good drop shot,.. to have 3 or 4 winning drop shot to Shiho. :eek:


Go, Mi-ra!
:bounce:

Steveg
Apr 11th, 2002, 05:26 PM
Centre Court

Singles 2R

(8) SUN Tian Tian (CHN) d. WENG Tzu Ting (TPE) 46 60 61
(1) JEON Mi Ra (KOR) d. TAKEMURA Ryoko (JPN) 62 63

Doubles QF

(1) YAN Zi (CHN) / ZHENG Jie (CHN) d. TAIRA Tomoko (JPN) / YONEMURA Tomoko 62 63


Court 3

Singles 2R

TEZUKA Remi (JPN) d. FREYE Kirstin (GER) 60 76 (6)

Doubles QF

TAKASE Ayami (JPN) / TEZUKA Remi (JPN) d. KINJO Satomi (JPN) / OKAMOTO Seiko (JPN) 61 57 64
(3) LI Ting (CHN) / SUN Tian Tian (CHN) d. HISAMATSU Shiho (JPN) / TAKEMURA Ryoko (JPN) 75 75

Court 4

Singles 2R

LIU Nan Nan (CHN) d. YAN Zi (CHN) 75 46 62

Doubles QF

(4) FREYE Kirstin / WENG Tzu Ting (TPE) d. DZIAMIDZENKA Natalia (BLR) / UMEHARA Sachie (JPN) 62 62

Rising Sun
Apr 11th, 2002, 05:42 PM
Congrats to the 4 winners. :D

Remi :eek:

jirobkk
Apr 11th, 2002, 05:44 PM
Thank for the result.:wavey:

Great to know you have a chance playing Shiho HISAMATSU even you didn't take a single game.:hearts:

Chattida told me that she and Napaporn have a great time with you today. I would like to say thank you to you on my behalf for your great support.:hearts: And hope Napaporn will do well in QF.:wavey:

Steveg
Apr 11th, 2002, 05:58 PM
Thanks Jiro, good to hear that Chattida and Napaporn enjoyed yesterday evening :D .

A tough match is awaiting Napaporn tomorrow :eek: .

Steveg
Apr 11th, 2002, 06:07 PM
1. JEON Mi-Ra (KOR) d. TAKEMURA Ryoko (JPN) 62 63
5. LIU Nan Nan (CHN) d. YAN Zi (CHN) 75 46 62

4. TONG Ka-Po (HKG) d. Q. YONEMURA Tomoko (JPN) 62 61
Q. CHANG Kyung-Mi (KOR) d. VIRATPRASERT Suchanan (THA) 57 64 64

Q. TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA) d. 7. KIM Jin-Hee (KOR) 64 64
ZHENG Jie (CHN) d. VESENJAK Urska (SLO) 61 76 (4)

8. SUN Tian-Tian (CHN) d. WENG Tzu-Ting (TPE) 46 60 61
TEZUKA Remi (JPN) d. FREYE Kirstin (GER) 60 76

Steveg
Apr 11th, 2002, 06:37 PM
[B]Centre Court

Singles QF

Starting at 17:00
(4) TONG Ka Po (HKG) vs. CHANG Kyung Mi (KOR) f.b.

Not before 18:30
(1) Jeon Mi Ra (JOR) vs. (5) LIU Nan Nan (CHN) f.b.


Doubles SF

Not before 20:00
(4) FREYE Kirstin (GER) / WENG Tzu Ting (TPE) vs. TAKASE Ayami (JPN) / TEZUKA Remi (JPN)



Court 3

Singles QF

Starting at 17:00
(8) SUN Tian Tian (CHN) vs. TEZUKA Remi (JPN) f.b.

Not before 18:30
TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA) vs. ZHENG Jie (CHN)

Steveg
Apr 11th, 2002, 06:59 PM
Originally posted by novotnaquinton
Anybody knows how Ka-Po play in the 2nd round? It seems that she won the match very easily! Who'll she play in the QF?
Go Girl!!!!I know you can win it!!!!

Ka Po thanks you for your support novotnaquinton. I have told her there was someone very interested in her performances and she was moved. She laughed too and said that this would put additional pressure on her now :p .

Martian KC
Apr 11th, 2002, 08:11 PM
LOL! That Shiho!;) Poor Stevie....at least the experience was worth it, no?:)

Congrats Mi-Ra, Tian Tian, and Nan Nan!!!:bounce:

V.Melb
Apr 11th, 2002, 09:33 PM
Steve thanks for all this stuff..... juast wanted to let u know that i am here and reading all this - my computer hasn't been working that well so i have not bothered to post much

Didn't you hear me cheering for Shiho in your match? ;) hehehe - you must be quite a player to have some drop shots like that against a player who has played WTA tourneys! but she probably could have tried harder! ;) anyways - I hope Jie or Nan-Nan win this! ;)

You must be a very approachable person - because you seem to talk to all the players! ;) :)

lin
Apr 11th, 2002, 11:24 PM
bad luck Tzu Ting :sad:

Steveg
Apr 12th, 2002, 01:51 AM
Originally posted by Vixen
Didn't you hear me cheering for Shiho in your match? ;) hehehe - you must be quite a player to have some drop shots like that against a player who has played WTA tourneys! but she probably could have tried harder!

You must be a very approachable person - because you seem to talk to all the players! ;) :)

Thanks Vixen. I heard you cheering for me, but it was not enough :p . You can be certain that Shiho had NO CHANCE on these dropshots :angel: , however hard she would have tried :o . When she could she would try to run for it (BTW, she did not hit a single winner drop shot :p ). The score was hard enough, please don't try to take these winning drop shots away from me :sad: ;) .

As far as approachability is concerned, it is the other way round : most of the players are very approachable :D (I don't mention those who are NOT :rolleyes: ). In this respect, I have been surprised how easy it was after all to discuss with the Chinese players :bounce: .

Steveg
Apr 12th, 2002, 02:09 AM
Some more photos are available in the ITF Hochiminh City Photos thread :) . These are of Wednesday and Thursday.

I still have a few photos from Thursday matches to download, but have not had the time. I'll try to upload them today (Friday).

For Luke and Eric : you'll find a few more photos of Mi Ra ;) .

Eric_tennis
Apr 12th, 2002, 10:15 AM
Steveg : You're really doing GREAT job! :D
I really appreciate it.

And it would be great, if Mi-ra visit her cheering thread in "The Asian Assault" Forum. I'm sure she's using some internet connection over there after seeing her message on her fan-site.

Regardless of today's result,.... I'll support and cheer for Mi-ra. Please let her know, if you have chance.

Go, Mi-ra!
:bounce:

novotnaquinton
Apr 12th, 2002, 10:42 AM
Really Thank you,Steveg!!!
Thank you for telling Ka Po that I am supporting her!!
I have heard her a few years ago in fact...
In fact, I come from a place called Macau(really near Hong Kong, where is Ka po comes from)(and I come to Taiwan from my further study) and I have heard of her ...I know she is the only pro tennis player in HK and I know how difficult for a girl to play ourside and being the first one to play in foregin country...that there is no predecessor before!
Dear Steveg, just help me to tell Ka Po no matter she wins or loses, I'll still give my whole support to her!!!
GO GO GO!!!I know you can win!!!
Just give your best and don't put any pressure on you..^^
I know you can do it...
Wish you all the best...

Steveg
Apr 12th, 2002, 04:50 PM
[B][B]Centre Court

Singles QF
(4) TONG Ka Po (HKG) d. CHANG Kyung Mi (KOR) 75 62
(1) Jeon Mi Ra (KOR) d. (5) LIU Nan Nan (CHN) 76 (6) 61

Doubles SF
TAKASE Ayami (JPN) / TEZUKA Remi (JPN) d. (4) FREYE Kirstin (GER) / WENG Tzu Ting (TPE) 26 63 63


Court 3

Singles QF
(8) SUN Tian Tian (CHN) d. TEZUKA Remi (JPN) 64 16 61
ZHENG Jie (CHN) d. TONGSALEE Napaporn (THA) 76 (5) 62

Steveg
Apr 12th, 2002, 04:55 PM
Originally posted by Eric_tennis
Steveg : You're really doing GREAT job! :D
I really appreciate it.

And it would be great, if Mi-ra visit her cheering thread in "The Asian Assault" Forum. I'm sure she's using some internet connection over there after seeing her message on her fan-site.

Regardless of today's result,.... I'll support and cheer for Mi-ra. Please let her know, if you have chance.

Go, Mi-ra!
:bounce:

Eric, sorry I could not let her know today : your message was posted at 17:00+ Vietnam time and I was already at Lan Anh Club :angel: .

I'll try to see her tomorrow before her SF and let her know :) .

lin
Apr 12th, 2002, 05:10 PM
Well done Ka-Po :)

BTW, novotnaquinton, so you are not Taiwanese :confused: .

Steveg
Apr 12th, 2002, 05:10 PM
Centre Court

Singles SF

Starting at 17:00
ZHENG Jie (CHN) vs. (8) SUN Tian Tian (CHN) f.b.

Not before 18:30
(1) JEON Mi Ra (KOR) vs. (4) TONG Ka Po (HKG) f.b.

Doubles SF

Not before 20:00
(1) YAN Zi (CHN) / ZHENG Jie (CHN) vs. (3) LI Ting (CHN) / SUN Tian Tian (CHN)

lin
Apr 12th, 2002, 05:20 PM
wow :eek:

Jie and Tian Tian really played very well here :D .

Rising Sun
Apr 12th, 2002, 05:21 PM
Congrats to the 4 semifinalists, especially Mi-Ra. ;)

novotnaquinton
Apr 12th, 2002, 05:51 PM
Good Job Ka Po!!!!
Keep on playing and beat Mi Ra in your next match!!!
I know you can do it!!!
Besides,Dear Steveg, how's Ka Po played this time??
It seems that she won very easily in the 2nd set!!!
Also can you help me to deliver her a message that I'll support her no matter she won or lost and I'll be loyal to her^^..you know...the support from fans are really encouraging to the player,hope that you can have chance to tell her...Thanks!!!!!

Lin..yes, you are right, I am not Taiwanese. I just come here and study in the University here...In fact, I am grow and born in Macau

Martian KC
Apr 12th, 2002, 07:09 PM
Surprised Nan Nan didn't put up more of a fight.:confused: But congrats to all the semifinalists, especially Mi-Ra and Ka-Po!!!;)

Eric_tennis
Apr 12th, 2002, 11:51 PM
Good job, Mi-ra! :D

Keep going~~~~

Semifinal match against Ka-po would be a good test for Mi-ra's mental toughness. She used to win over Ka-po easily but since last year, Ka-po seems to find a way to beat Mi-ra,...moonballing to Mi-ra's backhand. :(

If she gets pass Semi, Final would be easier for Mi-ra.

Go, Mi-ra!

:bounce:

Eric_tennis
Apr 12th, 2002, 11:54 PM
Originally posted by Steveg


Eric, sorry I could not let her know today : your message was posted at 17:00+ Vietnam time and I was already at Lan Anh Club :angel: .

I'll try to see her tomorrow before her SF and let her know :) .


Thanks a lot, Steveg ~~ :D

And please give my words to Mi-ra before Semi match. "Fight hard and keep tough until the very last point,...even if you're losing" That's all I want.

:D

Ejective Stop
Apr 13th, 2002, 02:47 AM
Nice job from Mi-Ra against a tough opponent, although I'm pulling for Jie to win this title.

jirobkk
Apr 13th, 2002, 04:57 AM
Thanks Steveg,:wavey: for the result.

Congrats to all the best 4.

Bad luck Napaporn :sad: :sad:
Hope you can do better next time.:hearts:
Atleast you reachs QF, your ranking will improve a lot.:hearts:

Steveg
Apr 13th, 2002, 05:28 AM
I'll be posting a few comments. Sorry if there are not many details but I could not focus very well yesterday as I was extremely tired :o .

SUN Tian Tian vs. TEZUKA Remi

Tian Tian started the match extremely well, like the previous one. Gread demonstration of offensive tennis with good accelerations followed to the net.

I saw a part of the second set : Tian Tian lost her concentration and started to hit loads of unforced errors. I was afraid at that time that she would give away the match. She had no reason to do so though since her next flight is either Sunday or most probably Monday.

Note : Tian Tian had lost last year in QF on the score of 61 61 because she had to take a flight to Korea. I think it was to play qualifyings doubles with her partner.

I did not see the 3rd set but she obviously played well again. Tian Tian had already been very impressive in her 2R match. She is a physical player, very fit, and puts a lot of weight in her ball. The balls were often too heavy for TEZUKA.

TONG Ka Po vs. CHANG Kyung Mi

I did not see much of this match since Ka Po seems to be playing better when I am not around :p . Kyung Mi started well by breaking Ka Po immediately. Ka Po came back in the set in the end. I saw a part of the second set.

I was extremely surprised to see Ka Po stand over 2 meter behind the baseline as she usually is right on it or inside the court. But Kyung Mi forehand was as deadly as usual.

Ka Po strategic choice was obvious : hammer Kyung Mi backhand. Kyung Mi could not hold the point / the pace. She tried as often as possible to turn to her forehand. I hope Kyung Mi left wrist will heal quickly as she is certainly a complete player with an excellent backhand, but can't use it at the moment :sad: . She can win Qualifying - 1st round matches with her present state, but she certainly can go much farther once 100% herself.


JEON Mi Ra vs. LIU Nan Nan

I was afraid Mi Ra would not play 100% as she had a flight ticket booked for Friday night to Korea :eek: . Fortunately, none of it. She fought hard to win this match.

The first set was extremely tight with both serves being broken regularly. Mi Ra was leading 4-3 her serve to follow. Nan Nan fought back hard to come back to 4-4, break Mi Ra serve to lead 5-4 and serve for the set. She tensed up at this stage, hitting balls a bit short. The reply of Mi Ra was immediate with instant winners. Mi Ra equalised to 5-5. Both players won their game to reach the tie-break. Here Mi Ra took the lead from the beginning to lead 3-1 then 6-4. Nan Nan came back to 6-6 but lost the next two points.

At this stage, I think that Nan Nan was not ready to go into a 3 setter. She had played a very hard and tense match the day before against Yan Zi.

Note : this R2 match against Yan Zi has been according to me the best match of the tournament so far. It took place unfortunately on court 4 before it was a match featuring two players of the same nationality (understand it's a standing rule not to have such matches on Central court, except for US players :rolleyes: ).

Such programmation was a pity for the spectators as they missed a great match. It was a threat to me as I could stand very close to the court (I was sitting less than 1 meter away from the players chairs and take some good photos :D that will be available in the photos thread within today).

YAN Zi was mostly impressive during this match, hitting the ball really hard and early. She was always offensive, even when off balanced. Nan Nan got more stamina, which I think made the difference in the match. This + the fact that YTD, Nan Nan leads 2-0 in their encounters. Scores are however tighter and tigher.

The points were very long. Very long rallies. Nan Nan had a lot of running to do since YAN Zi double handed backhands and forehands are unpredictable : there's no way to tell where the ball will go!

After this YAN Zi - LIU Nan Nan match, I gave to Nan Nan a bottle of sports drink (No advertisement but it starts with a G ;) ). She drank this 600ml bottle in no time at all :eek: ).

So I think Nan Nan just let the 2nd set go. This affects in no way the excellent performance of Mi Ra who put up an excellent fight in the 1st set.

There have been very long rallies, the ball passing the net easily 12 - 15 times before the point was over (very often with a winner from either of the players).


TONGSALEE Napaporn vs. ZHENG Jie

I saw a bit of this match during change-overs in the Nan Nan - Mi Ra match. Napaporn started well by breaking immediately Jie and take the lead 1-0.

The 2nd game was extremely long (they had time to play two games on the other court and this one was not completed yet :eek: ). Napaporn eventually won it and maintained her lead.

Napaporn was hitting the ball very well. mostly on Jie's forehand (the first player who noticed that Jie's backhand is deadly :rolleyes: ). Napaporn was mixing balls, hitting from time to time on Jie backhand as well. Jie would then try to go for it and commit UE.

At this stage, Jie adjusted her forehand (unfortunately for Napaporn) and started to hit winners. Jie came back in the 2nd set to win in the tie-break (the Chinese coach switched also from Nan Nan match to Jie's in order to help her come back in the match. It worked very well).

In the 2nd set, the rain started and this match was moved to the covered Central Court. I was however half sleepy at this stage already :o . I think that Napaporn was too tired as she commited UE. And Jie was on fire anyway!

Napaporn did not seem too disappointed however, since she was coming from qualifying rounds and had played a total of 5 singles matches in 7 days (incl. 3 matched during last week-end). Her ranking should certainly improve after this good performance.



I am now looking forward to Saturday matches :D .

Rising Sun
Apr 13th, 2002, 05:57 AM
Thanks for the report Steve! :D

-----

BTW, coming back to an earlier post, I made a VERY big mistake.
This was Napaporn's 1st tourney of the year, not her 2nd. :o
I forgot that she actually withdrew from New Delhi at the last minute after receiving a wildcard.
Sorry for the inconvenience to anybody who listened to what I said! :sad:

Steveg
Apr 13th, 2002, 06:04 AM
I forgot to mention in the Mi Ra / Nan Nan match that the first set was not only extremely extremely tight, but also both players were extremely nervous.

Nan Nan kept encouraging herself after hitting winners and Mi Ra was talking to herself. First time I see her do that in the tournament.

Note for Luke : thanks for the amendment. No one had noticed anyway ;) . And thanks for your comment extremely appreciated.

Steveg
Apr 13th, 2002, 06:15 AM
Originally posted by jirobkk
Thanks Steveg,:wavey: for the result.

Bad luck Napaporn :sad: :sad:
Hope you can do better next time.:hearts:
At least you reachs QF, your ranking will improve a lot.:hearts:

Thanks for your post Jiro. Napaporn can be pleased with her performance this week. She played very well and fought very hard. Having to play the qualies affected her stamina I think.

She had her chance against Jie though, which is a good sign for coming tournaments.

I congratulated her for her good week in Vietnam after her match. She did not seem too affected by her loss, even if she looked a bit disappointed (most probably given the opportunity she had had in the first set).

But Jie is a great fighter. She has a very strong determination on court. And she is extremely mature given her relatively young age (DOB : 05.07.1983).

lin
Apr 13th, 2002, 06:41 AM
Originally posted by novotnaquinton
Good Job Ka Po!!!!
Keep on playing and beat Mi Ra in your next match!!!
I know you can do it!!!
Besides,Dear Steveg, how's Ka Po played this time??
It seems that she won very easily in the 2nd set!!!
Also can you help me to deliver her a message that I'll support her no matter she won or lost and I'll be loyal to her^^..you know...the support from fans are really encouraging to the player,hope that you can have chance to tell her...Thanks!!!!!

Lin..yes, you are right, I am not Taiwanese. I just come here and study in the University here...In fact, I am grow and born in Macau

novotnaquinton, I don't know where is Macau,I think you can type in Chinese, so can you tell me Macau's Chinese name,thanks.

Steveg
Apr 13th, 2002, 07:08 AM
I'll be going to Lan Anh Club now, trying to see the players before their matches :) .

Eric and novotnaquinton : if I see Mi Ra and Ka Po respectively, I'll forward your messages :D .

Steveg
Apr 13th, 2002, 07:17 AM
Before I go : I posted some more photos from Friday matches :) .

Chinese and Taiwanese players + Mi Ra.

novotnaquinton
Apr 13th, 2002, 07:58 AM
Thank you Steveg, you have really done a good job...
Thank you for helping me to deliver the message...^^

Lin, the chinese name of Macau is ¿Dªù,have you heard of this before???Then which place of Taiwan do you come from?:) :D :p

Eric_tennis
Apr 13th, 2002, 08:07 AM
Originally posted by Steveg
Nan Nan kept encouraging herself after hitting winners and Mi Ra was talking to herself. First time I see her do that in the tournament.


Good for Mi-ra~~~ :D
Mi-ra needs that kind of mental toughness.
If Mi-ra keep that mental toughness,.. she will beat Ka-Po easily.

I think the only reason Mi-ra booked a flight on Friday,... Mi-ra need to participate a junior event on Saturday. The event is the biggest one for female juniors,.. and almost current top Korean players are supposed to work as volunteers to promote the event. :D
And the wild cards of Seoul 25K event will be awarded to winner and runner-up.(one for main-draw and quali, respectively)

Good luck to Mi-ra!!
:bounce:

Thanks again, Steveg!

:D

Eric_tennis
Apr 13th, 2002, 12:47 PM
It's very hard to sit down and wait the result. :(

Anyway,...thanks in advance, Steveg. :D

Go, Mi-ra!
:bounce:

lin
Apr 13th, 2002, 01:10 PM
Originally posted by novotnaquinton
Thank you Steveg, you have really done a good job...
Thank you for helping me to deliver the message...^^

Lin, the chinese name of Macau is ¿Dªù,have you heard of this before???Then which place of Taiwan do you come from?:) :D :p

oh I know ¿Dªù, but I don't know its English name :o.I come from Taipei.

novotnaquinton
Apr 13th, 2002, 02:14 PM
Lin, it's great that you know where ¿Dªù is:) ,its Englsih name is Macau:D ...
It's really great to see some Taiwanese here...in fact..it seems there are many Taiwaneses dropping message here;)
I come from ChungLi...(not far from Taipei)...
Nice to meet you here:bounce:

Steveg
Apr 13th, 2002, 04:39 PM
Centre Court

Singles SF
(8) SUN Tian Tian (CHN) d. ZHENG Jie (CHN) 76 (5) 62
(1) JEON Mi Ra (KOR) d. (4) TONG Ka Po (HKG) 76 (1) 62

Doubles SF
(1) YAN Zi (CHN) / ZHENG Jie (CHN) d. (3) LI Ting (CHN) / SUN Tian Tian (CHN) 75 75

lin
Apr 13th, 2002, 04:47 PM
Ka-Po :sad:

novotnaquinton
Apr 13th, 2002, 05:58 PM
O..It's bad KA PO lost in the SF here..:eek:
But nevermind..you have really done a good job here and YOUR RANKING WILL RISE next week when the new rank released!
Just keep on going and I think you'll crack into TOP200 in no time!
Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!
Be smile all the time...I'll support you forever!
And also thank you for Steveg's posting the results for all of us!
U are really kind and helpful!:) :)
Cheer for you too!:p :p :p :p :wavey: :hearts:

bluepastures
Apr 13th, 2002, 10:32 PM
Has the other doubles semi-final been played yet?

I see the photos are still "pending approval". A pity, as I'm looking forward to this latest update.

Looking at the commitments for the summer challengers in the UK on http://www.tenniseurope.org , there's no sign of the Chinese players there, which is a shame as there's several grass challengers (Frinton, Felixstowe, West Hampstead, Bath) which would be ideal to build their rankings up.

Indeed one of the very few Asian players to have committed is Rushmi Chakravarti (India's no.3) to Bournemouth

Martian KC
Apr 13th, 2002, 10:44 PM
Nice job Mi-Ra and Tian Tian!:eek: Good luck t them both in the final, especially Mi-Ra!;)

Steveg
Apr 14th, 2002, 01:34 AM
Originally posted by novotnaquinton
O..It's bad KA PO lost in the SF here..:eek:
But nevermind..you have really done a good job here and YOUR RANKING WILL RISE next week when the new rank released!

I agree with you that Ka Po had quite a good week in Hochiminh City. She was nevertheless very disappointed with and affected by her loss yesterday :sad: .

I chose not to talk to her after her match. I hope to see her this Sunday though.

But I met her before her match and gave her a copy of your previous message :) . She kept it and put it in her bag, saying it would bring her luck for her match (did not work very well, did it :p ).

And for Eric, I printed also the message for Mi Ra in which you were telling her to fight until the last point. She said thank you. In the same paper I gave her, I mentioned also the URL to the cheering thread you created in Asian Assault and asked her to connect. She told me she would (I hope she was not just being polite ;) ).

Steveg
Apr 14th, 2002, 01:36 AM
Originally posted by bluepastures
Has the other doubles semi-final been played yet?

I see the photos are still "pending approval". A pity, as I'm looking forward to this latest update.

The other doubles SF was played in Friday (I stayed until around midnight to get the results and post them immediately after :angel: ). You can see them in page 2 under Friday Results.

All the photos have been approved now :D (to The Admins : THANKS).

Eric_tennis
Apr 14th, 2002, 04:52 AM
Originally posted by Steveg

And for Eric, I printed also the message for Mi Ra in which you were telling her to fight until the last point. She said thank you. In the same paper I gave her, I mentioned also the URL to the cheering thread you created in Asian Assault and asked her to connect. She told me she would (I hope she was not just being polite ;) ).

Thank you so much, Steveg. :D
I'm truely grateful for what you've done this whole week.

I knew she would win the match if she kept the mental toughness. Anyway ONE more to go~~~

Go, Mi-ra~
:bounce:

Rising Sun
Apr 14th, 2002, 05:00 AM
Congrats especially to Mi-Ra ;) , and to Tian-Tian for getting to the finals. :D

Their only and last meeting was in the SF of a $10K event in China April 2000, Tian-Tian won 6-2 6-1. :o

Time for revenge, Mi-Ra. ;)

Eric_tennis
Apr 14th, 2002, 05:05 AM
Mi-ra's match against Tian-tian would be totally different match than the last one. I think Mi-ra is mentally ready in this event,... so,.. we'll see.
Revenge time for Mi-ra. Do the same thing to Tian-tian just like what you did to Ka-po yesterday.

Go, Mi-ra~~
:bounce:

lin
Apr 14th, 2002, 05:06 AM
I hope Tian-Tian can get it ;)

Go Tian-Tian :bounce:

Eric_tennis
Apr 14th, 2002, 05:16 AM
Any info about the schedule of the final? Is it another night match?

Anyway,.. Go, Mi-ra!
:bounce:

Steveg
Apr 14th, 2002, 05:27 AM
Thanks for your messages Eric.

Matches start at 17:00.

There will be the doubles final first followed by the singles final.

The singles final will be interesting. Tian Tian has changed since last year : she does not try to go for a winner each time. She is more patient now. And she goes to the net to finish off a point when needed, which Ka Po and Jie did not do, or not very often.

Mi Ra capacity to hit amazing angles from any position (in particular on her forehand) will be of great assistance to her today.

I wonder if Tian Tian will try to reduce off the pace today. This is what Ka Po started to do in the first set and it paid off. She tried to accelerate after and Mi Ra was then much more confident to hit back. Ka Po was leading 5-4 (a break up) and serving for the set. She missed this opportunity. As from this moment, she was really down. She let go the second set.

The doubles was really amazing with extremely spectacular reflex shots from both sides. The most impressive players in the two teams has certainly be YAN Zi. She had told me she preferred to play doubles to singles.

She had already impressed me in singles. She did it again yesterday in doubles. She was the leading player in the team : supporting her partner and bringing her up while she was losing confidence at the beginning. None of her opponents could do a decent poaching on her shots. Whenever they tried, she would anticipate it and go for a winner down the line. She has a great game vision!!

I am certain we will hear from her again very soon :D .

Eric_tennis
Apr 14th, 2002, 11:39 AM
Thanks for the info, Steveg. :D

Maybe, the match might finished already.

No matter who won the title,... Congratulations to her. :D
Hopefully it could turn out to be Mi-ra, though. ;)

It has been a long & exciting week. ;)

Many thanks to all the contributors in this fairly long thread for Hochiminh event especially to Steveg.

:D

novotnaquinton
Apr 14th, 2002, 03:20 PM
Really Thank You Steveg!!!
You really help a lot!!!
Thank you for helping all of us sending our message and blessings to our favourite....^^:) :)
I felt sorry that my message doesn't turn out to be a lucky one to Ka Po:sad: ..Of course, I also felt sad and down when I knew she lost in the tight 1st set...If she won the 1st,maybe everything 'll come out different!
But nevermind..she has already done an excellent job:) and I also said that I won't mind how she plays..I'll just support her!
Will you follow her in the next tournament???
Or can you ask Ka Po how can I get contact with her?!:kiss:

Finally...I really need to say 1000 times thank you to you...Really thank for helping us..You are really kind...:D :D

Steveg
Apr 14th, 2002, 03:45 PM
Doubles Final

(1) YAN Zi (CHN) / ZHENG Jie (CHN) d. TAKASE Ayami (JPN) / TEZUKA Remi (JPN) 61 16 62

Singles Final

(8) SUN Tian Tian (CHN) d. (1) JEON Mi Ra (KOR) 63 64

Rising Sun
Apr 14th, 2002, 03:57 PM
Oh no, poor Mi-Ra. :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:
Still no $25K win, and always the bridesmaid. :(

However, congrats to Tian-Tian on an excellent week and finally breaking the Top 300. :)

lin
Apr 14th, 2002, 04:04 PM
Congrats Tian-Tian :D

Steveg
Apr 14th, 2002, 04:25 PM
Doubles Final

I had seen the Chinese doubles pair before the match. Jie seemed perfectly relaxed, while Zi looked a bit tense.

Zi / Jie started with difficulty being broken in the first game of the set. From there and in the first set, it was simply a brilliant demonstration of doubles tennis by the Chinese team.

In the second set, the Japanese pair played much better, avoiding poaching from Jie by passing her often down the line. Besides, Zi missed loads of forehand returns (Zi is staying on the ad side when the team returns). She seemed really down.

And this time Jie spent some time helping Zi to focus again and get back into the game (same as what Zi did during the SF match). These two players form a great doubles pair : excellent understanding between the two!

It paid off as Zi started to play a bit better in the 3rd set. But most of the points were won by Jie who did an outstanding job at the net, faking often poaching to disorient their opponents; but also poaching actually very often. She was simply everywhere!!!

The match was finished after around two hours of match (another long match!).

Singles Final

The games were extremely tight with loads of deuces. The most important game of the match was certainly the 7th game of the first set (while the score was at 3-3, Tian Tian serving). It was also most probably the longest. I think that over 15 deuces were played during this game (won by Tian Tian btw). After this game, both players were completely exhausted. But Tian Tian had a large psychological advantage.

As expected, Tian Tian strategy had been to slow down the game, in order not to let Mi Ra an opportunity to hit her devastating forehands (that she can hit anywhere, flat, with lot of pace). Her advantage over Ka Po is that she can besides finish the points at the net, which is important given the speed of Mi Ra to retrieve balls.

It was not exactly moonballing that Tian Tian did. Rather hitting deep topspin shots clearing the net quite high (I would guess around 3 / 4 meter over the net). Then on the first short ball of Mi Ra, Tian Tian would go for hit. Alternatively, she would rush to the middle of the court and start with a driving volley.

Mi Ra tried several options, including going to the net. But sticked to none. It is a pity for her as she could have had some good results this way.

I think Mi Ra needs to work on :
- her backhand : lots of mis-hits while her forehand is extremely well centered. This explains why she hit a few backhands too short and gave some golden opportunities to Tian Tian.
- her volley : a bit too much of wrist (forehand volley). She missed a few easy shots.

On the other hand, Tian Tian is an excellent volley player, thanks to her doubles experience.


Mi Ra put up a good fight in this match and should not be too disappointed. With what I have seen of Tian Tian during this week (except the set she lost badly in QF :rolleyes: ), she has become a very solid player.

She should be getting some good results on clay with her game (I hope she'll still go to the net on clay. This is her game). She had gained a lot of confidence and motivation compared to last year.


Note : Mi Ra seemed a bit disappointed after her match but it was gone quickly. She had a winning smile on her face when she left the tennis club :hearts:

Martian KC
Apr 14th, 2002, 04:37 PM
Thanks Steve! Poor Mi-Ra! She can't get a break!:mad:

Steveg
Apr 14th, 2002, 04:47 PM
KC, there have been actually lots of breaks of serves. But Tian Tian nearly always managed to get the advantage.

It started with 2-0 for Tian Tian. Then Mi Ra came back to lead 3-2. She got her serve broken to 3-3. And this is when this important game took place...

Steveg
Apr 14th, 2002, 05:34 PM
I just posted some 10 photos from the doubles + singles prize ceremony. They should be approved soon, as usual.

The tournament is over. Thanks to everyone for participating in this thread and posting comments / messages.

Thanks to the Admins for their assistance and approving the photos fast.

This has been fun all week long :D and I hope I'll be able to renew this experience in another tournament.

Note for novotnaquinton : I am not certain I will see Ka Po before she leaves Vietnam but I will drop a message tomorrow morning at her hotel mentioning you. Don't expect too much though as I know that several players seldom use their email :rolleyes: , which does not change anything to the fact that they are the most adorable persons when you meet them.

novotnaquinton
Apr 14th, 2002, 06:00 PM
Thank you,Steveg!!!
Don't mind whether you can tell her or not!!:)
Really thank you for your work telling us how the match is going on..You are really kind and wish you all good luck in the future.
:kiss:

Eric_tennis
Apr 15th, 2002, 12:57 AM
Originally posted by Steveg

It was not exactly moonballing that Tian Tian did. Rather hitting deep topspin shots clearing the net quite high (I would guess around 3 / 4 meter over the net). Then on the first short ball of Mi Ra, Tian Tian would go for hit. Alternatively, she would rush to the middle of the court and start with a driving volley.

Mi Ra tried several options, including going to the net. But sticked to none. It is a pity for her as she could have had some good results this way.

I think Mi Ra needs to work on :
- her backhand : lots of mis-hits while her forehand is extremely well centered. This explains why she hit a few backhands too short and gave some golden opportunities to Tian Tian.
- her volley : a bit too much of wrist (forehand volley). She missed a few easy shots.

Note : Mi Ra seemed a bit disappointed after her match but it was gone quickly. She had a winning smile on her face when she left the tennis club :hearts:


Thanks for the comments, Steveg. :D

That's what I've worried about. High ball to Mi-ra's backhand. Mi-r a definitely need to work on her backhand. And it's the same tactic Eun-ha Kim used to beat Yi Jing-Quian last year to win the Seoul event. :rolleyes:
Like you said, with the game, Tian-Tian will do well on clay.

Regarding Mi-ra, her forehand shot was her weapon when she was a top junior player. But since then, her forehand lost some of agressiveness,..judging from what I've seen last 2 years.
It's really good to hear that she had devastating forehand back in this event. :D

And on her fan page, Mi-ra left some messages,.. and she mentioned that local fan support was a big help in her quaterfinal match,.... I guess it might be you, Steveg. ;)

She also mentioned she felt sorry about Ka-po,... they've always cheered for each other, and been sharing hotel room during this event,....so... some nice words to Ka-po.... ( Mi-ra is humble, sweet & nice. :) )

I'll forward your comment to Mi-ra on what Mi-ra needs to work on.

It'd be great if you'll be able to renew this experience in another events.

Thanks again. :wavey:

Steveg
Apr 15th, 2002, 01:16 AM
Originally posted by Eric_tennis



Thanks for the comments, Steveg. :D

And on her fan page, Mi-ra left some messages,.. and she mentioned that local fan support was a big help in her quaterfinal match,.... I guess it might be you, Steveg. ;)

She also mentioned she felt sorry about Ka-po,... they've always cheered for each other, and been sharing hotel room during this event,....so... some nice words to Ka-po.... ( Mi-ra is humble, sweet & nice. :) )

I'll forward your comment to Mi-ra on what Mi-ra needs to work on. Thanks again. :wavey:

Eric,

it was not exactly me cheering for Mi Ra during her match against LIU Nan Nan :o . You may not have noticed but I am a great supporter of Chinese players :angel: . However, in this match, I kept relatively quiet ;) .

It could be however the words of support I told her before and after her matches. She did appreciate them. And when she left the tourney Sunday night, I saw her leave in a taxi. She saw me too, smiled and waved at me :hearts: . What a great smile she has :kiss: !

There is a little bit of a Korean community in Hochiminh City. I saw some during Sunday final.

I will try to give the photos I have taken of the prize ceremony to Ka Po today at her hotel, asking her to give them to Mi Ra during the Korean event. No time to have the photos developed, so I'll just give a CD-Rom. I know that Mi Ra loves to get photos ;) . I gave her a few ones already and she was so happy.

Eric_tennis
Apr 15th, 2002, 08:13 AM
Steveg : Thanks for being relatively quiet during the quarter match. :o ;)

I replied to your private message, and I've done my job already. ;)


Thanks again. :wavey:

Steveg
Apr 15th, 2002, 09:04 AM
Thanks Eric,

And my reply is on the way too ;) .

Steveg
Apr 15th, 2002, 09:15 AM
Sorry to all but Ka Po seemed to have left Vietnam earlier than expected:sad: .

I could not get hold of her this noon time. She was not in the hotel anymore and when I called at Lan Anh Club, I was told she was not there (though she had told me she would be practicing).

So I could not give her the CD-Rom (but there are other solutions ;) ) and forward your message novotnaquinton. But here again, there are other ways ;) . I'll let you know when she receives your latest message (I'll PM you).

Kaelin
Apr 15th, 2002, 09:25 AM
Merci pour tout Stéphane:tu es vraiment extrêmement dispo et serviable...et plein d'énergie:eek:
Et bravo Tian Tian!

Steveg
Apr 15th, 2002, 09:31 AM
De rien Nicolas (desole, pas d'accents sur cet ordinateur :( ).

Je me suis bien amuse pendant tout le tournoi et les joueuses sont si disponibles! Un vrai plaisir!

Dommage que ca se termine ;) . Mais c'est vrai que ca demande beaucoup d'energie (il faut continuer a travailler a cote...).

Kaelin
Apr 15th, 2002, 09:37 AM
Je suis un brin admiratif:o
Moi,j'aurais trop plané
Espérons que je verrai quelques unes de ces joueuses en qualif à Roland ou en junior.On sait jamais...

novotnaquinton
Apr 15th, 2002, 01:09 PM
Thank you Steveg:)
Just inform me if you can contact her:D
But if you can't:sad: ...Nevermind!!!;)
Thanks for your help in this whole week!!!!:) :kiss: :hearts: :lick: