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auntie janie
Nov 3rd, 2008, 02:39 PM
MIKI RANKING WATCH:

Thanks to her 5 points from Augusta, Mirjana rises this week to 422.

Since she has withdrawn from current and upcoming US events, it looks like her ranking will stay in this neighborhood, low to mid-400s, until next season. And then, who knows? Will she even want to keep trying? It has to be terribly frustrating to play a full season and still end up ranked this low, with so few truly satisfying wins. :sad:

jela_dokic
Nov 6th, 2008, 04:59 PM
ok, that´s interesting... but I think Mirjana will need to get more satisfaction on her tennis... This year she was reach a QF on a 25K itf in Florence before losing Jelena Dokic... that was a very good result.

I also think that for the next year she could get some WC for wta tournaments like in Australia or even over Europe too... to try to get more points and rise her ranking...

I´m still belive in Mirjana as a good player, this year she has proved that she can beat some good players and also she get a top 100 victory over Rodionova...and even more, she was close to beat Tanasugar on Netherland. So...it was a good year for her, she played a lot of matches and she get more confidence on her game...

The best of Mirjana is still to come yet...

See ya!!!

Ps: Any news about her first match in 2009? Where it will be?

auntie janie
Nov 24th, 2008, 01:28 PM
MIKI RANKING WATCH:

She's not playing, but other people are, so Mirjana drops a little this week to 427.
Wish we could know what she's doing. Is she going to keep trying next year, or was this it for her? :confused: I guess we'll have to wait and see if her name shows up in any entry lists early next year.

MLF
Nov 26th, 2008, 05:52 PM
It's hard to know what Miki will do, I'm not sure she will play in 2009 as she didn't get the results she was looking for throughout the year.

However, hopefully she remembers some of the good tennis she played, especially in S'Hertogenbosch, and is inspired to keep playing. I'm not sure she follows the results of tournaments after she loses in them but in the majority of the ITF events, whoever has beaten her has usually went on to have a very good week. It seems players get up for playing her.

AaronJoyB
Nov 27th, 2008, 03:09 PM
She will play 2009

jela_dokic
Nov 27th, 2008, 06:21 PM
When she will start to playing in 2009? And Where?

ajmo!
Nov 27th, 2008, 07:33 PM
She will play 2009

Ok. Thnx for nice news. Hope she will be better preapered than this year.:wavey:

auntie janie
Nov 29th, 2008, 04:30 PM
She will play 2009

Thank you for the news! Good for her. I hope she'll get off to a great start next year. :)

MLF
Dec 1st, 2008, 04:19 PM
Thank you for the news! Good for her. I hope she'll get off to a great start next year. :)

Yes, I think a good start to the year will be very important to keep her motivated.

auntie janie
Dec 10th, 2008, 12:36 AM
It's handy that there are two clay court 25Ks right there in Florida in January. I hope she'll hit the ground running in 2009 by playing both of those. :angel:

jela_dokic
Dec 10th, 2008, 03:33 AM
great news!!! I hope she will be playing soon!!!

AaronJoyB
Dec 16th, 2008, 07:56 AM
Mirjana will play in Boca Raton and Lutz during the month of January. Two 25k.

ma re
Dec 16th, 2008, 09:41 AM
Mirjana will play in Boca Raton and Lutz during the month of January. Two 25k.

Thanks for the info.

She's not defending anything in January (first 2 points are from Midland, played in February) so it might give her a nice start of the season. Altogether she's defending 5 points until April.

AaronJoyB
Dec 16th, 2008, 03:08 PM
Thanks for the info.

She's not defending anything in January (first 2 points are from Midland, played in February) so it might give her a nice start of the season. Altogether she's defending 5 points until April.Ajdeee

croat123
Dec 16th, 2008, 03:45 PM
I really hope she plays boca...i might try to make it out there for at least a match

AaronJoyB
Dec 16th, 2008, 09:15 PM
she will

ma re
Dec 18th, 2008, 09:26 AM
Her '08 year-end ranking will probably be in the 430's which is a bit better than that of '07, but still quite a bit worse than that of even 2003 (335). Her win/loss ratio of MD matches is also not encouraging, with only 3 matches won out of 12 played.

Hoping for better news in 2009!

auntie janie
Dec 18th, 2008, 11:00 PM
It's handy that there are two clay court 25Ks right there in Florida in January. I hope she'll hit the ground running in 2009 by playing both of those. :angel:

Mirjana will play in Boca Raton and Lutz during the month of January. Two 25k.

:yippee:

jela_dokic
Dec 19th, 2008, 01:49 AM
Does anyone knows her position on the entry list of these events?

Good Luck Mikika!!!

AaronJoyB
Dec 19th, 2008, 07:04 AM
In Boca she is in the qualy list

jela_dokic
Dec 19th, 2008, 03:07 PM
Thank you migrate....:D

Good Luck for her...:D

auntie janie
Dec 19th, 2008, 03:31 PM
She's in the qualy list for Lutz, too:

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentacceptancelist.asp?tournament=1100019052&event=&order=Position

jela_dokic
Dec 19th, 2008, 11:46 PM
thank you.... that´s a great news,,,:D

ajmo!
Dec 22nd, 2008, 07:56 PM
Today Miki has withdrawn Boca. :confused:

croat123
Dec 22nd, 2008, 08:50 PM
oh no :sad: my only real chance to see her is gone :(

xcrtbckhnd
Dec 22nd, 2008, 10:24 PM
I hope she plays Lutz - I will definitely go see her if she plays there!

tennismaster8820
Dec 27th, 2008, 06:45 AM
Mirjana got WC for Auckland! :bounce: :woohoo:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/tennis/news/article.cfm?c_id=94&objectid=10549825

So Disrespectful
Dec 27th, 2008, 07:53 AM
:woohoo: I hope she's training hard!

ma re
Dec 27th, 2008, 08:27 AM
Phew, that was close - I thought she got injured before the season even began! A nice news indeed, not just because of the wildcard, but also because of the fact that it's on the other side of the world. And we know she wouldn't travel half way around the world just to play one tourney so my guess is that she's got plans to stay there longer.

Ballbasher
Dec 27th, 2008, 10:08 AM
Good Luck Miki :)
Hopefully this means she feels to be in better form ;)

ajmo!
Dec 27th, 2008, 11:29 AM
OMG, this is fantastic news. I am so happy. :bounce: :D

MLF
Dec 27th, 2008, 01:36 PM
Hopefully she plays well enough to snag an Australian Open qualies wild card too, otherwise it's a long, expensive trip for potentially one match. However, I'm sure she must feel she's playing well to even consider going so far for a tournament.

ajmo!
Dec 27th, 2008, 03:26 PM
Salatara.com:
Lučićevoj pozivnica za ASB Classic
Mirjana Lučić dobila je pozivnicu za nastup u glavnome turniru ASB Classica koji će se od 5. do 10. siječnja održati u novozelanskome Aucklandu.

Direktorica Brenda Perry smatra da je 26-godišnja Hrvatica zaslužila novu priliku. Vidjela ju je kako igra i vjeruje da nekadašnja svjetska tinejdžerska senzacija, koja je 1999. godine bila polufinalistica Wimbledona, još uvijek nije rekla sve u tenisu.

Naporno sam radila proteklih mjeseci i i osjećam se vrlo dobro. Vjerujem da 2009. može biti moja godina, optimistična je Makarka.

Translate(sorry for bad english)
Lucic got WC for ASB Classic
Mirjana Lucic recived WC for MD of Asb Classic wich will be played from 5th to 10th January in Auckland, New Zeland.
Director of tournament thinks that 26 y.o. Croat deserved another chance. She saw her playing and she thinks that ex teen sensation, wich has reached semis in Wimbledon in 1999., didn't said all in tennis.
I have worked really hard last few months and I feel pretty good. I believe that 2009 could be my year, optimistic is Lucic.

auntie janie
Dec 27th, 2008, 04:08 PM
Great news! Good luck to her. :)

croat123
Dec 27th, 2008, 08:46 PM
no fucking way!! :eek:

ajmo!
Dec 27th, 2008, 09:07 PM
Yes, plus tournament director said that she saw Miki training and that she is sure that Miki has ''material'' to be in top. And she said that it would be a great thing if Auckland would be big turn in her career.

jela_dokic
Dec 28th, 2008, 03:31 AM
Great news!!!! hope Miki will recieved a Q WC for the Australian Open...:D

She deserved it a lot...

Good Luck in Auckland...:D

ajmo!
Dec 28th, 2008, 04:40 PM
http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/2008/12/28/tennis-prodigy-returns-to-big-time-tennis-at-asb-classic

ma re
Dec 28th, 2008, 07:21 PM
http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/2008/12/28/tennis-prodigy-returns-to-big-time-tennis-at-asb-classic

A great article! I also like the fact the girls will be allowed on-court coaching - that might help Miki a lot. Hope she's able to play doubles there also.

ajmo!
Dec 28th, 2008, 08:18 PM
A great article! I also like the fact the girls will be allowed on-court coaching - that might help Miki a lot. Hope she's able to play doubles there also.

Article says:
A former tennis teenage star has been confirmed for the 2009 ASB Classic featuring the Kia Motors Singles and Doubles.

Kai
Dec 28th, 2008, 10:30 PM
great news :D
good luck miki :angel:

ma re
Dec 29th, 2008, 08:14 AM
Article says:
A former tennis teenage star has been confirmed for the 2009 ASB Classic featuring the Kia Motors Singles and Doubles.

At first I thought that just means both singles and doubles will be played in the tournament, not that she'll play both, but you're probably right.

ajmo!
Dec 29th, 2008, 12:42 PM
At first I thought that just means both singles and doubles will be played in the tournament, not that she'll play both, but you're probably right.

Well, that confused me also but I think it means that she will play both, but still...:confused:

JimM
Dec 30th, 2008, 06:48 AM
Tennis Prodigy Returns To Big-Time Tennis At ASB Classic
December 28, 2008 7:49 am

A former tennis teenage star has been confirmed for the 2009 ASB Classic featuring the Kia Motors Singles and Doubles.

Croatian, Mirjana Lucic, now aged 26 advised ASB Classic Tournament Director Brenda Perry late on Boxing Day afternoon she would be able to accept the main draw wildcard having arranged last minute flights and appropriate visas from her Florida home.

Although recently absent from big-time tennis for personal reasons Lucic was a star in the late 1990’s breaking all sorts of records.

She gave notice to the tennis world in 1997 when as an unranked wildcard qualifier she won her first WTA Tour event she played at Bol in her home nation.

Lucic was 15 years, one month and 25 days old at the time making her the fifth youngest title holder in women’s tennis history.

She then went on to reach the final at her second career event – Strasbourg.

While playing in her first WTA Tour doubles draw she became the youngest player in history to win a title at the Australian Open, capturing the doubles title at age 15 years 10 months and 21 days by teaming up with another teen phenomenon, Martina Hingis.

Following her success in Melbourne she went on to defend her singles title at Bol and had various other quality results on the WTA Tour.

In 1999 as the 134th ranked player in the world she beat world No4 Monica Seles and eighth seed Nathalie Tauziat to make the semifinals of Wimbledon before falling to Steffi Graf in three sets.

Lucic was the lowest ranked player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since the start of the women’s tennis rankings in 1975.

Since her meteoric rise as a teenage Lucic hit some troubled times in her life, but is now on the comeback trail with her traditional big serve, a determined attitude and a new opportunity at her chosen career.

“Considering the challenges Mirjana has faced in her life over the last few years, I think most people in her situation may well have abandoned their dreams by now and just found it all too hard.

But the fact that she still has the desire to compete and still has the belief in herself, speaks volumes about her character, her courage and her fierce competitive spirit,” says Perry.

Lucic is hopeful the ASB Classic will be a new beginning for her career with intentions to play a full year of professional tennis.

“She reached great heights very quickly at a young age and it would be a wonderful comeback story to see her back amongst the world’s best. She will be a tough opponent for whoever she plays in the ASB Classic,” comments Perry.

In 2008 Lucic played a number of tournaments where she mainly fought out qualifying matches with susbstantial three set contests and some improving results.

“I am extremely excited about coming to Auckland and playing in the ASB Classic for the first time. I have worked very hard in the off-season and feel very positive about my game and the opportunity to play with the best tennis players in the world in Auckland. I have spent 2008 playing lots of qualifying of challengers and working on getting my game to a better level.

I know that 2009 will be a great year for me, and there is no better way to start the season then getting this amazing opportunity to play in the main draw of such a great tournament.”

The Australian Open is also significant for her as it was where she made such a big international impact at such a young age. She is hoping to gain a singles qualifying wildcard into the first Grand Slam of the year.

“The years 2004-2007 have been extremely difficult for me; not being able to continue traveling and competing on the tour because of financial reasons, but I never stopped training and I never lost the belief in myself and my ability on the tennis court and most definitely I never lost the love for this great sport. This is a very exciting time for me and I look forward to an amazing 2009,” says Lucic.

Lucic has a current Sony Ericsson WTA singles ranking of 433.

In junior competition Lucic had a prolific record winning the 1996 US Open junior title and the 1997 Australian Open junior singles title becoming only the third player in the Open era to take away two junior Grand Slams by the age of 14 (the other two players were Martina Hingis and Jennifer Capriati).

Already confirmed for a main draw wildcard is former world No4 Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan while Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek and Croatian 17-year-old Petra Martic have been granted wildcards into the qualifying. Two Kiwis – Di Hollands and Kairangi Vano also have wildcards into the ASB Classic qualifying draw.

The one main draw doubles wildcard is likely to be given to a New Zealand pairing which is yet to be confirmed.

The ASB Classic will also feature on-court coaching for the first time as part of an initiative on Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

The tournament will once again feature audio and video podcasting as well as live scoring.

The ASB Classic featuring the Kia Motors Singles and Doubles will be played at the ASB Tennis Centre January 5-10, with qualifying January 3-4.

xcrtbckhnd
Dec 31st, 2008, 01:11 PM
Great news for Miki!!!! Hope she does well here!!!

jela_dokic
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:17 PM
Does anybody knows if Mirjana will be playing any other tournament in Australia? When and where?

Thank you...

Good Luck mikika!

ajmo!
Jan 3rd, 2009, 02:35 AM
In R1 of Auckland Miki will play against Keothavong. Hard draw, but the only big result on tour from Anne was 3R of US Open. All else was on ITF Challengers. But she played awesome in 2nd part of last season. GL Mikica! :bounce:

JURasic
Jan 3rd, 2009, 06:50 AM
R1: Lucic vs Keothavong

Don't know what to think about it...:rolleyes:

Could been worse, but could also be better. Keothavong is currently on career-high - 60. place. Let's hope she lost her form during this break :devil:

Good luck Miki!!! :bounce:

ma re
Jan 3rd, 2009, 07:56 AM
In R1 of Auckland Miki will play against Keothavong. Hard draw, but the only big result on tour from Anne was 3R of US Open. All else was on ITF Challengers. But she played awesome in 2nd part of last season. GL Mikica! :bounce:

Yeah, she didn't win much except that lousy 100k in November, and that miserable 50k in October, oh and that no-good finals of a 50k in June and not to mention that slump when she won a 50k in May, and then there was a disaster of only reaching finals of a 50k in March... All in all, together with that 25k in February she won a mere 4 tournaments last year, but we shouldn't worry cause they were all just challengers:lol:

Seriously, I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see Miki winning more than a set here. Of course the good thing (sort of:rolleyes:) is that you never know with her.

Good luck:wavey:

MLF
Jan 3rd, 2009, 09:55 AM
In R1 of Auckland Miki will play against Keothavong. Hard draw, but the only big result on tour from Anne was 3R of US Open. All else was on ITF Challengers.

Anne played really well last year. As well as what ma re said she won she also made the 2nd round at Wimbledon and played Venus to 7-5 6-2 on Centre Court so if she is on her game she will be a tough opponent for Miki. However, if Miki's having a day where she's getting the ball in she does have a chance.

ajmo!
Jan 3rd, 2009, 12:15 PM
All in all, together with that 25k in February she won a mere 4 tournaments last year, but we shouldn't worry cause they were all just challengers:lol:
Good luck:wavey:

Wel, better that than Dementieva, Vaidisova...:wavey:

jela_dokic
Jan 3rd, 2009, 01:49 PM
Good Luck Mirjana!!!! you can do it....:D:D

Love ya!!!

croat123
Jan 5th, 2009, 04:36 AM
FOURTH ON CENTER COURT TOMORROW!!!!
first time i'll see her since the us open vs. venus williams :eek: AJMO MIKI!!!

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 5th, 2009, 07:09 AM
FOURTH ON CENTER COURT TOMORROW!!!!
first time i'll see her since the us open vs. venus williams :eek: AJMO MIKI!!!
Is there a livestream or something? How are you gonna see it?

roxi
Jan 5th, 2009, 12:52 PM
Any livestream??? When will match start???

ma re
Jan 5th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Any livestream??? When will match start???

Considering it's 4th match of the day starting from 11 AM, it most probably won't get under way until 3:30 PM. And considering New Zealand is 10 and a half hours ahead of CET, that means not before 5 AM here. Don't know about streaming though, I'd like to know too.

jela_dokic
Jan 5th, 2009, 02:12 PM
yesterday I saw all the matches from Auckland and Brisbane, (only the center court) over www.channelsurfing.net.

I think that today I´m gonna make the same thing.

Good Luck Miki!!!

ma re
Jan 5th, 2009, 02:26 PM
yesterday I saw all the matches from Auckland and Brisbane, (only the center court) over www.channelsurfing.net.

I think that today I´m gonna make the same thing.

Good Luck Miki!!!

Is that free, do you need to register or something?

croat123
Jan 5th, 2009, 02:28 PM
it's free. there's also streams at tennisform.com
i watched both date-krumm and dokic yesterday

ma re
Jan 5th, 2009, 02:36 PM
it's free. there's also streams at tennisform.com
i watched both date-krumm and dokic yesterday

Keeewl:hearts:

I believe this is the first time since starting a comeback that one of her matches is available via international streaming.

ajmo!
Jan 5th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Yes, we are albe to see Miki playing! :bounce:
GL Miki!

croat123
Jan 5th, 2009, 05:56 PM
not gonna lie, i'm kind of nervous. if she sucks i'll probably lose all hope of a comeback :(
Hope 1999 Mikica shows up!!

ma re
Jan 5th, 2009, 07:02 PM
not gonna lie, i'm kind of nervous. if she sucks i'll probably lose all hope of a comeback :(
Hope 1999 Mikica shows up!!

Don't even wanna think what a win would bring her, I'm kinda nervous too. I know it's a long shot, but considering what her draw might have been this is actually a chance. I'm also curious to see what's she gonna be like with a coach beside her, cause some of her best performances came in Fed cup due to this same reason. She often has the game, but lacks someone to calm her down and guide her, so I hope this rule will be a nice change for her. We already know she has the game for this surface (it's similar to the one for AO, right?) so it should be interesting. Her opponent has wins over players like Niculescu, Schiavone, Mirza and Castano, all on hardcourts and all last year, but at the same time she had losses to the likes of Cohen, Osterloh, Hercog and watch this...Lisjak - yes, it happened last year even with not a good season by Ivana's standards. So I guess it's always a gamble with her, just like with Miki:lol:

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 5th, 2009, 09:08 PM
I saw Keothavong quite a bit in Montreal last year, she's very steady and solid and has respectable pace on her shots. I'll be very impressed (and surprised) if Miki were to win this. It would be a better win than anything she did last year.

ajmo!
Jan 5th, 2009, 09:46 PM
I am really nervous too. But if Miki thinks of comeback to TOP100-50 than she needs to start winning these matches. She had few great performances last year but lost every important match. Like against Castano, Tanasugarn, Dokic.. And in all she had big chance, so I believe she can do good. Just with some luck, hope that old Mikica is gonna be back today!

This is Keothavong playing against Dementieva...(this girl is good)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4vThsvwFC4&eurl=http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=363564&page=2

Karolina_Sprem
Jan 6th, 2009, 01:32 AM
After this tournament Mirjana is going back to America where on the 19th Jan she is going to start playing on the itf tournaments...her 1st stop is going to be Lutz-Florida, $25,000 - clay...she is already in for the Q draw....

AaronJoyB
Jan 6th, 2009, 03:12 AM
Mirjana is on court!

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 6th, 2009, 03:18 AM
My livestream just died :weirdo: Where can I watch? :sobbing:

jela_dokic
Jan 6th, 2009, 04:04 AM
my livestream sucks!!! I don´t know what´s happend....:S

majoli_seles
Jan 6th, 2009, 04:53 AM
well that sux not only did miki lose quite easily but my live stream sucked throughtout and i probly only saw about 2 frickin points!!!! i guess there is no chane now of a quli wildcard for the aussie open or maybe hobart??

croat123
Jan 6th, 2009, 04:54 AM
mirjana had a great chance in the first set, second set was terrible
overall a bad match, way too many unforced errors (33). mirjjana had patches of good play, but they were too short, rarely lasting more than three points in a row

matty
Jan 6th, 2009, 05:06 AM
Hey, I'm new to this thread, but always root for the underdogs and "comebacks"--can someone tell me how Lucic is doing? Is she broke, --how is she financing her comeback. I wish she could have won, but I guess she just needs more time. Her story is so sad--poor woman.

ajmo!
Jan 6th, 2009, 06:10 AM
Mikica :crying2:

ma re
Jan 6th, 2009, 08:11 AM
Well, my impressions of this match do not differ much from those of others.

I did my wise calculation on when to wake up for this match, so when I did and turned my PC on I saw on live score it's already 3:3 in the first set:rolleyes: Then I went to one of the sites to watch streaming and untill I was able to establish a connection (start the streaming) it was already 5:4, first set.

At first, I was really surprised that Miki is holding on in a match against such a good opposition, but soon it all fell appart. I believe UE graphics was shown somewhere close to the end of 1st set and it was Miki 10, Keothavong 9. After just 4 games played in the 2nd set it was Miki 26, Keothavong 14. It's pretty obvious what decided the match. As long as she can keep the errors to a minimum she has a chance, once she starts piling them, it's all pretty much over. The deciding point was probably a break point at 1:0 2nd set that Miki failed to convert, cause then she started with all those mistakes.

Overall, her weaknesses are the same as always. She can't build up a point, and even when she does, she's the one who makes a mistake. The only thing her opponent has to do is keep the ball in play, and just wait. Her 2nd serve is very vulnerable, and even her 1st doesen't seem as dangerous as it was. She's also changed the way she receives the serve, no more waiting 5 feet inside the court. She has no problem generating power, but needs to realise that it takes more than that to be a great player, cause one needs more gentle and refined shots as much as powerful ones. At the moment, I don't see her advancing much further up the rankings, at least not with this level of play.

auntie janie
Jan 6th, 2009, 12:44 PM
Well her ranking isn't a fluke; unfortunately she really is a 400-level player still. :sad: It's nice she had this opportunity to try herself against a solid top-100 player, but the fact is her bang-bang-bang game is just not going to work on that level. She's obviously fit, which is great, but hasn't she been getting any coaching at all in the game of tennis? :o

But I'm hoping Mirjana DOES have other shots, that she does have a Plan B, but that the excitement and novelty of being out there in a WTA main draw match again, in front of a crowd, just pushed everything but mindless ball-bashing out of her head. If that's the case, she'll have every chance to start moving up in the challengers, slowly but surely. If it's not, then she'll be stuck right where she is all year. Even a top 300 player will be able to hang in there and wait for the errors. :sad:

ma re
Jan 6th, 2009, 01:07 PM
The only area where I see a chance for her right now is doubles. At least there her bang-bang-bang game (definition courtesy of auntie janie) might work due to the speed of reaction required. Points are also much shorter in doubles which should benefit her.

ajmo!
Jan 7th, 2009, 01:46 AM
Hmm...
I was waiting my emotions to colm down before I comment anything. At first I totally lost hope, but I lost it with her many times before and got it back really fast..:D
I think that it still isn't over. Keothavong just beat (6:2 6:4) 46st player of the world, Suarez Navarro. Plus that girl(Navarro) def. Dechy in R1(bagel). So, what i want to say is that Keothavong may not be that easy draw at all. That girl is on top of her form at the moment. It was a big chance for Miki, I honestly think the last one too do something on WTA event for some time. Now is time to go back on challengers. And she needs to do well on them. If she will be good at that tournaments, if she gets in some QFs or SFs, maybe even more than everything could be very good. She could gain more self confidence and plus with some good rank(around 250) she could get into the qualies of WTA events. I still have some hope as you can see, I just believe in justice...And we all know how big talent and good player was she, and we all know that she had big problems(not playing few years). I am not going to go deaper in that story, because you never know, maybe she did few bad moves to. So on the end of this long post the best I can say is:
''Prvi mačići se u vodu bacaju!'' :)
All the best to Miki in 2009! :D :hug:

croat123
Jan 7th, 2009, 04:15 AM
i wish she had come in to net more as well. keothavong kept getting back into points with floaters. hope mirjana can refocus in lutz!

jumpingjoe
Jan 8th, 2009, 01:36 AM
I really want Lucic to succeed in this comeback but I must admit after watching that match I've lost all hope. She has no tactic or plan while playing. All she does is hit the ball as hard as she can and if it goes in, well than great...but more often than not she misses....and misses by ALOT. She is never going to progress in the rankings with that style of play. Keothavong played like crap but it didnt matter because Lucic handed her point after point. The fact that she can play two good points in a row means nothing because she follows it up with two or three careless errors. I give her performance an F. She looks like a girl ranked 400 in the world...hell maybe even lower than that. I know i am being extremely critical but I am just soooo frustrated with her.

jela_dokic
Jan 8th, 2009, 02:08 PM
I feel the same way.... when I saw her playing it was no good to see her hiting the ball outside the court... and Keothavong was not good at all, she did never have any good point in the 1st set, so Mirjana could be intelligent and take that 1st set with an agressive and intelligent way of play.

It is hard to admit it, but Mirjana looks like a 400 player in the world. sorry guys, but that´s my opinion about her... Please Mikika improve your game....

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 8th, 2009, 05:16 PM
I really want Lucic to succeed in this comeback but I must admit after watching that match I've lost all hope
Same. I had lost hope already to be honest, but this just confirmed that feeling.

Good luck to her and it's admirable that she's still trying, but I don't see her getting too much higher than she is. :sad:

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 10th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Well, I hope she still plans to play in Lutz because I will definitely try my best to go and see her there! She's still on the entry lists as well.

auntie janie
Jan 10th, 2009, 04:04 PM
Well, I hope she still plans to play in Lutz because I will definitely try my best to go and see her there! She's still on the entry lists as well.

Can you be there for qualies, I hope? Because unfortunately she might not make it to the main draw. It's not a great qualy field, but judging by her results last year, several of these players could mean trouble for Mirjana. I want to sound more optimistic but it's tough. Still, let's see if she can get some rhythm going and win a few matches, with you cheering her on. :D

Sadly, she's not entered in the California tournament the week after Lutz.

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 14th, 2009, 02:18 AM
Yep, I plan to go to qualies this weekend hopefully - I think they start on Sunday though, so I don't think I'll get to go during the week unfortunately.

ma re
Jan 14th, 2009, 08:13 AM
ESPN Classic showed highlights of '98 AO yesterday. Talk about a bitter sweet feeling... They didn't show doubles matches, just mention them, but Miki was shown a few times in the stands during the women's final (and there was a shot of them with the trophy). Did you know she is the youngest ever winner of AO? I thought she was among the youngest, but never heard this information before (15 years, 10 months). I also didn't know she and Martina were, I quote, close friends (commentator said so). I thought they just knew eachother from the tour, but weren't exactly close.

ajmo!
Jan 14th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Did you know she is the youngest ever winner of AO? I thought she was among the youngest, but never heard this information before (15 years, 10 months)

Yep. I knew that. And if you look careers of all active Croats you will see that Miki is actually the best. She was winner of US Open and AO in juniors, plus one double title I think. Than in seniors she won doubles on AO, SF in singles in Wimblebon, finals in mix. on Wimbly, also she manage to defend WTA title as youngest ever( not to say that curentlly no one else active doesn't have title:rolleyes:), as I can remember she was in finals of Rome Tier I, was she?
She really had nice results and I will always be with her.:D

croat123
Jan 14th, 2009, 09:39 PM
she was in the semis of rome...i remember her playing a great match there vs. pierce
the wimbledon run was amazing though...she beat some tough, tough opponents (seles, tauziat, tanasugarn). i remember tauziat served for the match and had 30-0 and then miki kicked her ass :p i'll always be a fan :D

ma re
Jan 18th, 2009, 12:06 PM
Vec, I knew the other results she made, but I don't remember hearing this about youngest AO winner ever before.

Lutz quali draw is out and Miki is playing Evtimova first. She is the favorite in every sense (higher ranked, better career-high...) and really should win at least this one match.

ajmo!
Jan 18th, 2009, 03:03 PM
Lutz quali draw is out and Miki is playing Evtimova first. She is the favorite in every sense (higher ranked, better career-high...) and really should win at least this one match.

Gl Miki! It ain't gonna be easy but I guess she can beat her.

AaronJoyB
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:47 PM
Mirjana won 75 62

croat123
Jan 18th, 2009, 09:25 PM
great job miki :) good luck tomorrow!
thanks as always Migrate :wavey:

ajmo!
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Nice win Miki! GL 2morrow! :D

auntie janie
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:39 PM
:)

AaronJoyB
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:11 PM
Mirjana won 63 63

Hele.
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:19 PM
miki :bounce:

MLF
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:25 PM
Thanks Simone. I called the number because you always do it, but it gave me a message to leave a message for Jackie and she would get back to me? :confused: Anyhow, good to see Miki backing up yesterday's win.

ajmo!
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:28 PM
Nice scoreline Miki, tnx Simone! :D

AaronJoyB
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:29 PM
Thanks Simone. I called the number because you always do it, but it gave me a message to leave a message for Jackie and she would get back to me? :confused: Anyhow, good to see Miki backing up yesterday's win.

no problem:wavey:

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:45 PM
Hi guys! Just got back from the match - it was a nice showing by Mirjana!!! Somewhat inconsistent (no surprise, there!), but she was definitely the one who controlled the match the whole way through. Romana was basically a tough little retriever, but in the end, she couldn't handle Miki's power...

Mirjana started the match on her serve and double faulted on the first point, then again later in that game, but won it anyways and broke Romana straight away. Miki was playing very well at the opening and went up 4-0, but then lost her serve, Romana held, and Miki lost serve again to make it 4-3. The 8th game was very good for Miki and she hit several forehand winners and broke Romana for 5-3. She held serve easily and closed the 1st set out with an ace!
The 2nd set was much more competitive. They held serve to 2-1 Romana leading and Miki went down 15-40 on her serve. She battled well in that game which went to a few deuces and eventually got it back to 2-2. Again the 8th game in this set was pivotal. Miki was serving up 4-3 trying to consolidate a break and this game had like 10 deuces. Miki had several chances to close out the game and finally put together a string of points in a row. Mike slammed some more big winners to break Romana either at love or at 15 to close out the match.
Miki looked good overall - came to net when she had opportunities and put balls away. Her serve was a bit up and down - tons of double faults, maybe like 8-9, but also had like 6-7 aces. Fortunately, the DF's didn't really come at critical times except when she lost serve twice in a row in the 1st set, but fortunately she was able to break back straight away. Looks like there are enough Lucky Loser spaces in the MD that Mirjana will play there no matter what.

AaronJoyB
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:58 PM
thanks for match review...anyway there's only one LL spot...

croat123
Jan 19th, 2009, 10:27 PM
sounds better than aukland. she always does well up at net which is something she didn't do against keothavong at all. hope she can get that serve in shape (if dementieva can, then anyone can)

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 19th, 2009, 10:29 PM
thanks for match review...anyway there's only one LL spot...
Yep, you're right - so either Riner or Afinogenova up next for Miki then. Hope she can take this match as well!

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 19th, 2009, 10:35 PM
thanks for match review...anyway there's only one LL spot...
Yep, you're right - so either Riner or Afinogenova up next for Miki then. Hope she can take this match as well!

AaronJoyB
Jan 20th, 2009, 07:14 AM
she qualified for double too...she is in with Kelly Andersson. Kelly is really a good double player

ma re
Jan 20th, 2009, 08:16 AM
she qualified for double too...she is in with Kelly Andersson. Kelly is really a good double player

I certainly hope so, cause they're facing top seeds in the first round (Pelletier/Vedy):rolleyes: BTW, she partnered with Anderson in Rome last year as well, and they lost in R1 to...Pelletier/Jidkova!

Anyway, glad to see her playing doubles - and not only that, but actually playing qualies of doubles which hasn't happened in a long time (since Eastbourne 2000). BTW, I ran into some interesting info about her doubles results - in Birmingham 2000 she played qualies with Nadia Petrova; they lost in QR3!

And about singles, nice job so far, hope she gets to main draw cause there are some good places in it for qualifiers (2 of them will play wild cards, 2 will play another qualifier, one to play Laisne, one Lee-Waters...). Riner doesen't sound like a dangerous opponent (never been higher than 377), but she had some decent top300 wins last year and is a lefty which might cause slight problems for Miki.

Anyway, good luck!

AaronJoyB
Jan 20th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Mirjana won 1 and 1

ajmo!
Jan 20th, 2009, 08:11 PM
Mirjana won 1 and 1

Really better than I expected.:bounce: I always believe in you Miki! :D
Tnx Simone for scores!

MLF
Jan 20th, 2009, 08:14 PM
Great news :yeah:

croat123
Jan 20th, 2009, 09:00 PM
wow :eek: did not see that scoreline coming at all

Pebbles
Jan 20th, 2009, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the score Migrate! And well done Mirjana, I hope you can do well in the MD :bounce:

auntie janie
Jan 20th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Excellent scoreline! Miki must be feeling pretty good. :yeah:

Thanks for the match report, xcrtbckhnd. It's a relief to get some good news after the disappointment of Auckland. I'm so impressed at her persistence despite setbacks. I really hope she can win her 4th match and more ...

roxi
Jan 20th, 2009, 09:36 PM
Well done Miki!!!

croat123
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:11 PM
her section:
(4)Madison Brengle (USA) v Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN)
(wc)Kristi Miller (USA) v (Q)Ashley Weinhold (USA)

(LL)Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) v (Q)Mirjana Lucic (CRO)
Michelle Gerards (NED) d. (8)Alina Jidkova (RUS) 64 46 64
good luck miki!!

Pebbles
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:20 PM
This is a great chance! Go Mirjana :banana:

Ballbasher
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:08 AM
Hopefully Miki can keep it up in Main Draw for once! :D

ma re
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:51 AM
(LL)Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) v (Q)Mirjana Lucic (CRO)


Oh no:eek: It's the girl with the gun:eek:
:lol:
But seriously, Oksana had a nice end of '08 with a title in San Luis Potosi 25k and wins over the likes of Piedade and Cravero (the last one in Mexico City). Not bad for an 18 y.o. that spent most of the year on 10k's, but she's never been higher than 382 in rankings.

BTW, looks like Miki has a busy day ahead, with both singles and doubles to play.

Good luck:wavey:

ajmo!
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:33 AM
O, hard draw. But I honestly think she can reach at least QF. Ajmo Miki! :bounce:

AaronJoyB
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:29 PM
Mirjana won 63 61....her 4th match in a row since...back in the day!

Pebbles
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:30 PM
:hearts: Thanks for all the updates Migrate! Here's to hoping for more of this :bounce:

ma re
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:42 PM
Mirjana won 63 61....her 4th match in a row since...back in the day!

Since FO 2002:eek:

Glad to see this, especially the way she's winning, cause she's playing both singles and doubles from qualies so she'll need enough energy for everything. And this next match won't be so easy, since this girl was ranked around #200. OK, she was also double bageled by Dokic last July, but it was in a 25k final.

Ajmo Miki:bounce:

ajmo!
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:48 PM
Yes! C'mon honey, keep going! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

auntie janie
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:03 PM
omg! So Miki FINALLY won 4 matches in a row. :eek: :woohoo: Everything's clicking this week! I'm so happy for her. :hearts: :hug: :wavey:

Hele.
Jan 21st, 2009, 08:23 PM
miki :bounce:

networthy
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:06 PM
Wow, good win for Mirjana. With this result, she'll move up by ~20 spots in the rankings, to ~410-415. One more win and she might even break back it into the top 400 (depending on the results of other players).

croat123
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:08 PM
lost the doubles vs the top seeds (let's blaim it on anderson :p)
second on center court tomorrow!

ma re
Jan 22nd, 2009, 08:34 AM
lost the doubles vs the top seeds (let's blaim it on anderson :p)
second on center court tomorrow!

I'd rather blame it on the top seeds:) But still, 5 wins (4 and one in doubles qualies) in one tournament is something Miki hasn't done since FO 2001!

Good luck today!

P. S. Vrljic is the highest ranked in that half of the draw at #224 - what a chance!

AaronJoyB
Jan 22nd, 2009, 05:32 PM
Mirjana lost 67 26

ajmo!
Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:05 PM
Again we all started with big hopes and than buum. Well, GL to Miki on next tournaments(if there will be any)...:( :( :crying2:

AaronJoyB
Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:41 PM
For the record Mirjana was sick with fever.

auntie janie
Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:56 PM
Oh, poor Mirjana! Hope she feels better soon. :sad:

Still, she had a breakthrough week in Lutz, decisively beating four players in a row for the first time in years.

She has entered the Midland 75K (February 9), which is good, because she has points to defend from qualifying there last year. I think she can do even better there this year, judging by the way she played this week. :)

ajmo!
Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:41 PM
For the record Mirjana was sick with fever.

Oh, just kill me. This is now 3rd time she found some game and than got sick. :crying2:. Two years ago after Indian Wells she got some flue wich took her few months. Last year if I can remember after great game in Hertogenbosch she was sick and she needed half of year to get her game back and now again?? Our honey really doesn't have luck. :hug:
I honestly hope she isn't gonna need few months 2 get back on track. She really looked good in Lutz, at least her scorelines. And I hoped that she could even took title at here. And I was soo optimistic, even after Auckland but looks like she really doesn't have any luck. I am so sad for her. I just hope my favourite player will get where she belongs. :wavey: :hug: :(

ma re
Jan 23rd, 2009, 07:52 AM
I'm not really surprised if she got sick, I thought it was either that or just running out of steam; cause she did play 7 matches in this tournament which isn't easy for someone not accustomed to it. Looking forward to Midland!

AaronJoyB
Jan 23rd, 2009, 09:01 AM
Weather in Tampa was really cold. Mirjana started the week with a cold. Its just, anyway, a flu. Notin to worry

Sectumsempra
Jan 26th, 2009, 07:43 AM
where is lucics next tournament? :confused:

ma re
Jan 26th, 2009, 09:44 AM
where is lucics next tournament? :confused:

Midland 75k, February 9th.

Sectumsempra
Jan 27th, 2009, 01:35 PM
She didnt get a wc :( She will be considered if one of the american girls withdraws...unlikely to happen imo :(

ma re
Jan 27th, 2009, 01:56 PM
Well OK, I have nothing against her playing qualies. It's almost 2 whole weeks until the tournament starts and she's 10th alt, so she'll get into the quali draw for sure.

Sectumsempra
Jan 27th, 2009, 02:04 PM
Oops of course the withdrawal deadline was today. i saw her way down in the alts yesterday and was like...crap!

But yeah qualies should be fine :) she's actually 8th now so people are withdrawing quickly as the deadline is in a few hours.

auntie janie
Jan 27th, 2009, 08:30 PM
She's already up to 6th alt. ;)

auntie janie
Jan 27th, 2009, 08:34 PM
She didnt get a wc :( She will be considered if one of the american girls withdraws...unlikely to happen imo :(

:confused: Wild cards won't be known until the week before the tournament. She's sure to get in qualies, anyway, as you noticed, and it's probably better for her to play qualies than to launch straight into the MD and end up just getting one match in. She needs lots of matches now, at whatever level she can get them.

Sectumsempra
Jan 28th, 2009, 08:58 AM
the tournament director said she didnt get a wc so i suppose they were allocated in the last few days

auntie janie
Jan 28th, 2009, 12:22 PM
the tournament director said she didnt get a wc so i suppose they were allocated in the last few days

Ah! Okay.

ajmo!
Jan 28th, 2009, 07:39 PM
It would be a good thing to get WC but she doesn't need one. I am sure that she can pass qualies. GL, Can't wait Midland tournament to begin! :wavey:

xcrtbckhnd
Jan 28th, 2009, 11:44 PM
Good luck to Miki in Midland - and yeah, she was definitely sick in Lutz, looked like she had a bad cold when I saw her playing, kept blowing her nose. And the weather probably made it worse with warm sun and cold breezes, then changing later in the day. Very up and down temperatures, they swang like 20-25 degrees F a day! Enough to make anyone sick - I've got a cold myself!

Sectumsempra
Jan 29th, 2009, 04:36 AM
So where's she gonna play after midland?

ajmo!
Jan 29th, 2009, 07:30 PM
So where's she gonna play after midland?

If she does good in midland she has chances to get QWCs for Memphis or maybe even IW. But probably she's gonna play challengers.

auntie janie
Jan 29th, 2009, 10:45 PM
There are two challengers in Florida in late Feb./early March, a 50K and a 25K. She'll probably sign up for those.

AaronJoyB
Jan 30th, 2009, 12:53 PM
Just so you know: we habe a brand new blog

http://ajmomirjana.blogspot.com/

auntie janie
Feb 2nd, 2009, 03:24 PM
MIKI RANKING WATCH:

With points added from Lutz, Mirjana rises to 413. :)

xcrtbckhnd
Feb 5th, 2009, 02:54 AM
Is everyone still feeling confident that Miki will get into Midland? I don't really know who got wildcards out of the qualifying field, but doesn't Miki still need 5 players to withdraw or get bumped into the MD with WC's just to make it into qualies?

xcrtbckhnd
Feb 5th, 2009, 02:55 AM
Oh I didn't even realize that Miki was playing Clearwater too! I am definitely going to see her there too!!!

xcrtbckhnd
Feb 5th, 2009, 02:56 AM
Thanks for the blog link Migrate!

ma re
Feb 5th, 2009, 07:57 AM
Is everyone still feeling confident that Miki will get into Midland?

Not sure about everyone, but I am:lol: Seriously, if Migrate says she'll play then she'll play. Things are not always as we see them on the internet, so she probably has some additional info.

ajmo!
Feb 5th, 2009, 06:17 PM
She is 2nd alt. plus 2 girls infront have priority 2. She will get in, don't worry.

croat123
Feb 5th, 2009, 08:35 PM
2nd alt always gets in...worst case scenario she gets in at the sign-in

AaronJoyB
Feb 6th, 2009, 05:01 PM
Not sure about everyone, but I am:lol: Seriously, if Migrate says she'll play then she'll play. Things are not always as we see them on the internet, so she probably has some additional info.
Thanks for your trust in me!!!:worship:

ma re
Feb 8th, 2009, 07:57 AM
Miki's first opponent in Midland is Begu, an 18 y.o. 4th seed of qualies, who's at a career high ranking of 229. A tough job, but if Miki plays like she can, she can win this.

Good luck:wavey:

ajmo!
Feb 8th, 2009, 08:51 AM
Gl Miki, it's touhg job but you can do it! :)

MLF
Feb 8th, 2009, 12:54 PM
Could have been an easier draw for sure, but I think Miki did not come back to spend her time ranked around #400 so it's the kind of match she needs to find a way to win.

auntie janie
Feb 8th, 2009, 01:21 PM
Could have been an easier draw for sure, but I think Miki did not come back to spend her time ranked around #400 so it's the kind of match she needs to find a way to win.

Exactly. And I think she can do it; she just needs to play like she did in Lutz. :yeah:

xcrtbckhnd
Feb 8th, 2009, 03:10 PM
GL to Miki in Midland - a bit higher level of competition in this field. Hopefully she can get off to a good start and win her 1st round of qualies!

auntie janie
Feb 8th, 2009, 04:31 PM
Mirjana is defending 4 points in Midland. Last year in qualies she beat Allie Will and the newly-returned Mashona Washington, then lost to Val Tetreault 16 46. Into the MD as a LL, she lost in r1 to eventual winner Laura Granville 06 46.

I really think she can do better than that this year. :)

croat123
Feb 8th, 2009, 09:52 PM
she got her butt kicked :sad: not even close :sad::sad:

auntie janie
Feb 8th, 2009, 11:09 PM
It just doesn't make sense for her to lose to this opponent this badly. :confused: I hope she's okay, but I feel sure that something must be wrong. She played so much better than this in Lutz.

Now her ranking will drop again. :sobbing:

ma re
Feb 9th, 2009, 07:54 AM
This always happens to her after longer breaks, and this one lasted 3 weeks so I kinda didn't expect super high level of play from Miki (not that I didn't hope though).

jela_dokic
Feb 10th, 2009, 01:52 PM
Any news about her schedule?

ajmo!
Feb 13th, 2009, 07:00 AM
One interesting result:
Midland, R2:
Begu def Kudryavtseva 62 61

auntie janie
Feb 16th, 2009, 03:10 PM
Mirjana is still a lowly 25th alt. in Clearwater. :( Hope she can somehow snag a QWC.

ma re
Feb 16th, 2009, 03:37 PM
Mirjana is still a lowly 25th alt. in Clearwater. :( Hope she can somehow snag a QWC.

I'm also starting to think that's her only chance. But the week after is also something to be concerned about. That's where she's defending a point from Las Vegas 50k from last year, but since she'll be defending it on a 25k due to changes in calendar, she'll have to qualify. Of course, that's not impossible if she plays good, and it's also not the end of the world if she doesen't defend it, but she'll start having problems with entering tournaments if she falls further down the rankings. I seriously think she should consider playing some 10k's as well this year, cause just one title on such tournaments would push her about 20 places up, at the moment.

auntie janie
Feb 17th, 2009, 03:27 PM
I'm also starting to think that's her only chance. But the week after is also something to be concerned about. That's where she's defending a point from Las Vegas 50k from last year, but since she'll be defending it on a 25k due to changes in calendar, she'll have to qualify. Of course, that's not impossible if she plays good, and it's also not the end of the world if she doesen't defend it, but she'll start having problems with entering tournaments if she falls further down the rankings. I seriously think she should consider playing some 10k's as well this year, cause just one title on such tournaments would push her about 20 places up, at the moment.

At least she won't need a QWC to get into that Fort Walton Beach 25K. But I have no idea why Clearwater's 50K is so popular. Right now the first alt. there is ranked 295, while even unranked players have been getting into many US challenger Q draws this year. :shrug:

auntie janie
Feb 19th, 2009, 12:44 PM
Looks like Mirjana's not getting a WC for Clearwater. :(

croat123
Feb 22nd, 2009, 01:32 AM
she got in somehow (no wc)
(1)Madison Brengle (USA) v (wc)Anastasia Kharchenko (UKR)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Michaela Pastikova (CZE)

Kimberly Couts (USA) v Mirjana Lucic (CRO)
(8)Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) v Darija Jurak (CRO)
very tough draw though...

ma re
Feb 22nd, 2009, 09:08 AM
very tough draw though...

And a possible Croatian encounter in the next round!

ajmo!
Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:44 AM
Gl!

auntie janie
Feb 23rd, 2009, 12:04 AM
Mirjana lost 63 16 46. :sobbing:

Still, it's an improvement over her last match. At least it looks like she put up a good fight today. :boxing:
Good luck in Fort Walton Beach, kid. :wavey:

croat123
Feb 23rd, 2009, 04:39 AM
closer than i thought it would be...still has so much left to improve, but better than last time

ma re
Feb 23rd, 2009, 03:31 PM
This is ridiculous. If she hasn't improved significantly by now, I doubt she ever will. It's been over a year since her repeated comeback and she's yet to break into top400 (the last time that happend was back in 2004). Dokic made it back into top100, Sprem is well on her way back there, even Mamic (who can really play some pathetic tennis at times) is around 200 and Miki is still nowhere. Let me know when she gets back into top200 - if that ever happens.

JURasic
Feb 23rd, 2009, 04:52 PM
This is ridiculous. If she hasn't improved significantly by now, I doubt she ever will. It's been over a year since her repeated comeback and she's yet to break into top400 (the last time that happend was back in 2004). Dokic made it back into top100, Sprem is well on her way back there, even Mamic (who can really play some pathetic tennis at times) is around 200 and Miki is still nowhere. Let me know when she gets back into top200 - if that ever happens.

Yesterday I was thinking the same thing, but I didn't want to express it and spread negative energy...
You are absolutely correct. She is playing more-less every tournament she can, but there is no any at least decent result. I don't know the problem, maybe she should try to find new coach or something else....
I don't expect even her Top200 comeback. She once was a talent; today, she is bad professional.

However, good luck to her and I really hope that I am very very wrong.

MLF
Mar 1st, 2009, 11:08 AM
Mirjana plays Anna Smith from Great Britain in her 1st match at Fort Walton. Anna hasn't been playing that well lately but can play better than her recent results. If Mirjana wins she would play Begu again in the 2nd round.

ajmo!
Mar 1st, 2009, 02:42 PM
Smith is not in form but she defeated players like Coin, Ungur, Baltacha, Schaefer, Rosolska last year. She goes up and down in her form, just like Miki! I guess it will be ''crazy match''. Any result form 6/0, 6/0 to 0/6, 0/6 is posiblle. GL Miki! :wavey:

networthy
Mar 1st, 2009, 11:24 PM
Mirjana won 62 63. Next up is Begu, a rematch from three weeks ago. Hope the result is better this time!

PS: It would be great if Mirjana could just get inspired by, first, Dokic's comeback and, now, Sprem's apparent comeback.

jumpingjoe
Mar 2nd, 2009, 03:28 AM
Mirjana won 62 63. Next up is Begu, a rematch from three weeks ago. Hope the result is better this time!

PS: It would be great if Mirjana could just get inspired by, first, Dokic's comeback and, now, Sprem's apparent comeback.
I dont think inspiration is the issue....she looks fit and if you read any interviews she has done, she definately seems motivated. The problem is that she refuses to change her style of play at all. She goes for broke on every single shot and makes TONS of errors. Hitting the ball hard is useless if you can't construct a point and lets face it..she can't do that. I don't want to be negative either but I am getting tired of excusing her losses to players that I've never even heard of. I think we just need to face the facts...she is a Top 400 player at best.

Also, I dont think she can be compared to Dokic at all. If you look at win/loss records...Dokic has always been able to win a good amount of matches....even the years that she was in the abyss (except 2004) she still had postive win/loss ratios....she just barely played. Lucic even in her best days did not have great win/loss records. If you look at the year she reached the Wimbledon semis she was 11-13 that year. 1998 was her best year...20-12 I believe.

networthy
Mar 2nd, 2009, 04:49 AM
I dont think inspiration is the issue....she looks fit and if you read any interviews she has done, she definately seems motivated. The problem is that she refuses to change her style of play at all. She goes for broke on every single shot and makes TONS of errors. Hitting the ball hard is useless if you can't construct a point and lets face it..she can't do that. I don't want to be negative either but I am getting tired of excusing her losses to players that I've never even heard of. I think we just need to face the facts...she is a Top 400 player at best.

Also, I dont think she can be compared to Dokic at all. If you look at win/loss records...Dokic has always been able to win a good amount of matches....even the years that she was in the abyss (except 2004) she still had postive win/loss ratios....she just barely played. Lucic even in her best days did not have great win/loss records. If you look at the year she reached the Wimbledon semis she was 11-13 that year. 1998 was her best year...20-12 I believe.

Sadly for Mirjana, I'm afraid that you're right on all counts...

ajmo!
Mar 2nd, 2009, 02:13 PM
I think we just need to face the facts...she is a Top 400 player at best.

Never! :p
GL today Miki! :D

Ballbasher
Mar 2nd, 2009, 05:14 PM
Solid win Miki! :)

JURasic
Mar 2nd, 2009, 10:02 PM
Miki won Begu 4:6,6:2,6:0 :bounce::bounce:

ajmo!
Mar 2nd, 2009, 10:06 PM
:bounce: :bounce:
Is she now only a Top 400 player? :p
Hope she can keep going! I have good feeling for this one.

AaronJoyB
Mar 2nd, 2009, 10:09 PM
Forza Miki! Always with youuuuuuu

ajmo!
Mar 2nd, 2009, 10:11 PM
Forza Miki! Always with youuuuuuu
I agree but I would say Ajmo, not Forza! :lol:

Ballbasher
Mar 2nd, 2009, 10:18 PM
Solid win! :)

AaronJoyB
Mar 2nd, 2009, 10:21 PM
I agree but I would say Ajmo, not Forza! :lol:
oh well, Miki likes Forza a lot:wavey:

croat123
Mar 2nd, 2009, 11:44 PM
solid solid win :D

auntie janie
Mar 3rd, 2009, 03:19 AM
Really good news -- she got her revenge! :boxing: Keep going, Miki.

roxi
Mar 3rd, 2009, 12:26 PM
Bravo Miki!!! Keep fighting!!!

croat123
Mar 3rd, 2009, 08:02 PM
6-1 6-4 :D:D hope she gets a good draw!

ajmo!
Mar 3rd, 2009, 08:24 PM
Nice win! Hope she can get some MD wins 2. GL!

Hele.
Mar 3rd, 2009, 08:26 PM
well done miki :bigclap:
keep going :yeah:

roxi
Mar 3rd, 2009, 09:00 PM
Well done Miki!!! She needs big result here!!!!

JURasic
Mar 3rd, 2009, 09:49 PM
Keep it going Miki!!! :bounce::bounce:

Good luck
:wavey:

auntie janie
Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:44 PM
6-1 6-4 :D:D hope she gets a good draw!

Excellent! Glad to see she's back on track. She's got to keep playing regularly, though!

croat123
Mar 4th, 2009, 01:32 AM
bad draw...nakamura first round. fingers crossed

networthy
Mar 4th, 2009, 01:36 AM
6-1 6-4 :D:D hope she gets a good draw!

It's not so good, unfortunately. She plays the #6 seed, Aiko Nakamura (#141). It could have been better (another qualifier or Capra, a WC ranked #713, for example). It could also have been worse: Mayr (#1 seed) or Lepchenko (#4).

Regardless, good luck to Mirjana!

IanRansomNotes
Mar 4th, 2009, 03:14 AM
Greetings, fellow Mirjana fans. My name is Ian Ransom, I'm a writer and former sports editor (co-creator and editor of Monterey Bay Tennis Magazine, 1997-98) and a BIG fan of Mirjana "Miki" Lucic. I've been fortunate enough to be in Fort Walton Beach, FL on business and...you guessed it! I've been !courtside! for Mirjana's last two matches and have had a wonderful chance to chat with both her and her coach. Perfect timing in life! I've blogged extensively about her last two wins. She's playing incredibly well, but I've detailed ALL of it at great length in my blog pieces. They are long because it's my blog and I wanted to give readers a glimpse not only of Mirjana's specific progress, but also an idea of what these Challenger events are like in terms of atmosphere. I just discovered this thread, so you'll have to bear-with the length of y blog pieces; they were intially written for readers who may not know Miki. So, these are op-ed pieces, but full of details about Miki, right from very side of the court. She's so sweet and lovely and, let me tell you, fitter than you can imagine. But please read about it, if you are so inclined. It's rare to get the up-close view, and I hope her fellow fans enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed watching her play and meeting her. I'll be blogging after her main draw match tomorrow, but the first two installments should be read in succession by using the next two links:

The AWESOME win over Cemelia-Begu:

http://theransomnotes.blogspot.com/2009/03/tennis-star-mirjana-lucic-regaining-her.html

And from today against Chen:

http://theransomnotes.blogspot.com/2009/03/day-2-courtside-report-mirjana-lucic.html

I'm going to get some pictures up ASAP, but thus far I have not wanted to distract Mirjana from the task at hand because she is playing SO beautifully, and I really want to be sure to simply cheer-her-on from courtside (attendance is dismal at Fort Walton; it's been FREEZING in Florida!). Anyhow, the details are in the match-report blogs. I hope you enjoy all them, and I can't wait until tomorrow. I'll blog when I get back from the tournament tomorrow afternoon. If oyu have any questions, feel free to ask. BTW: Mirjana does indeed appreciate her fans. I'm cheering her loudly and enthusiastically (Camelia-Begu's mother got a little miffed at me when I clapped at ONE very *forced* error, but I was miffed by her cigarette smoking, so too bad). Anyhow, it's been wonderful to see Miki producing such quality tennis and to see her so very, very fit. Best to all:

Ian

AaronJoyB
Mar 4th, 2009, 09:54 AM
Greetings, fellow Mirjana fans. My name is Ian Ransom, I'm a writer and former sports editor (co-creator and editor of Monterey Bay Tennis Magazine, 1997-98) and a BIG fan of Mirjana "Miki" Lucic. I've been fortunate enough to be in Fort Walton Beach, FL on business and...you guessed it! I've been !courtside! for Mirjana's last two matches and have had a wonderful chance to chat with both her and her coach. Perfect timing in life! I've blogged extensively about her last two wins. She's playing incredibly well, but I've detailed ALL of it at great length in my blog pieces. They are long because it's my blog and I wanted to give readers a glimpse not only of Mirjana's specific progress, but also an idea of what these Challenger events are like in terms of atmosphere. I just discovered this thread, so you'll have to bear-with the length of y blog pieces; they were intially written for readers who may not know Miki. So, these are op-ed pieces, but full of details about Miki, right from very side of the court. She's so sweet and lovely and, let me tell you, fitter than you can imagine. But please read about it, if you are so inclined. It's rare to get the up-close view, and I hope her fellow fans enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed watching her play and meeting her. I'll be blogging after her main draw match tomorrow, but the first two installments should be read in succession by using the next two links:

The AWESOME win over Cemelia-Begu:

http://theransomnotes.blogspot.com/2009/03/tennis-star-mirjana-lucic-regaining-her.html

And from today against Chen:

http://theransomnotes.blogspot.com/2009/03/day-2-courtside-report-mirjana-lucic.html

I'm going to get some pictures up ASAP, but thus far I have not wanted to distract Mirjana from the task at hand because she is playing SO beautifully, and I really want to be sure to simply cheer-her-on from courtside (attendance is dismal at Fort Walton; it's been FREEZING in Florida!). Anyhow, the details are in the match-report blogs. I hope you enjoy all them, and I can't wait until tomorrow. I'll blog when I get back from the tournament tomorrow afternoon. If oyu have any questions, feel free to ask. BTW: Mirjana does indeed appreciate her fans. I'm cheering her loudly and enthusiastically (Camelia-Begu's mother got a little miffed at me when I clapped at ONE very *forced* error, but I was miffed by her cigarette smoking, so too bad). Anyhow, it's been wonderful to see Miki producing such quality tennis and to see her so very, very fit. Best to all:

Ian
Thanks a lot! Mirjana is a very humble girl. she is such a lovely girl!

IanRansomNotes
Mar 4th, 2009, 01:32 PM
She is indeed humble, but she carries herself with a truly exceptional dignity and I have to admit that I am very impressed with her. I will cast a magic spell to get her to win today's match, if I have to! When I was writing copy for columns, I could never have been so biased, but as a blogger I can be. But I don't think Mirjana needs "fantasy help." As I said, she's playing with surprising vigor. The last four sets have got to have given her a big jolt of confidence. I have some more things to say about what I have observed concerning Mirjana's game and what may be going-on, but I will wait and see. I'm off to the tennis center in two hours to see the matches and, above all else, wonderful Mirjana. I'd like to pull a few contacts,if possible and try to get some publicity for her in the local papers. It would potentially help her defray some of the costs of these travels. Got to think of something. Anyhow, match report as soon as I get back. Best to all the fellow fans.

AaronJoyB
Mar 4th, 2009, 02:23 PM
She is indeed humble, but she carries herself with a truly exceptional dignity and I have to admit that I am very impressed with her. I will cast a magic spell to get her to win today's match, if I have to! When I was writing copy for columns, I could never have been so biased, but as a blogger I can be. But I don't think Mirjana needs "fantasy help." As I said, she's playing with surprising vigor. The last four sets have got to have given her a big jolt of confidence. I have some more things to say about what I have observed concerning Mirjana's game and what may be going-on, but I will wait and see. I'm off to the tennis center in two hours to see the matches and, above all else, wonderful Mirjana. I'd like to pull a few contacts,if possible and try to get some publicity for her in the local papers. It would potentially help her defray some of the costs of these travels. Got to think of something. Anyhow, match report as soon as I get back. Best to all the fellow fans.
NICE!

ajmo!
Mar 4th, 2009, 04:01 PM
It's good to get new fans. And Miki. She's just soo great. She had hard life but her tennis was always fantastic. And now she is after all these time trying to come back and she just wants to play tennis. There is nothing better than that. I just can't not to cheer for her. I really hope her tennis career will get hollywood ending in future. And her life is like a film and I really want her to make it big in tennis. And I will never stop believing that she can make it. GL today! :bounce:

IanRansomNotes
Mar 4th, 2009, 07:32 PM
A discouraging loss for Mirjana today, just an hour or so ago, 6-4 6-2 to Nakamura. Mirjana's serve betrayed her today; otherwise, she was stronger than Nakamure from the baseline. I cheered her on and told her not to get discouraged after the match. Told her she had played three great matches to get into the main draw and keep fighting. She was so gracious. Don't give-up on her--she has still got it, and it is going to come together for her. My full report, with photos from the day, will be on my blog later. I'll write a full play-by-play and post a link when I'm done in this forum. Cheer-up, Miki fans! She really played well before this match and got some REALLY bad calls in the first set today, otherwise, it would have been a different story. I'll tell about it later. Peace! Ian

ajmo!
Mar 4th, 2009, 10:21 PM
She got some REALLY bad calls in the first set today, otherwise, it would have been a different story.

:mad::sad:

croat123
Mar 4th, 2009, 11:08 PM
thanks for the report :)
:fiery: @ bad calls...especially in such a close set

IanRansomNotes
Mar 5th, 2009, 03:07 AM
Today's full Lucic-Nakamura match report/ report of the Mirjana experience here:

http://theransomnotes.blogspot.com/2009/03/mirjana-will-be-back.html

And more Mirjana photos from today here:

http://theransomnotes.blogspot.com/2009/03/more-mirjana-lucic-ian-ransom-photos.html

Again, the blog entry for today's match is long, because I wanted it to be entertaining, and complete, and do justice to wonderful Mirjana. Don't give-up on this great lady, fellow fans! She is going to make it happen this year. Read me report and feel free to let me know your thoughts. Thanks for bearing with the wait and the length of the piece. Ian

auntie janie
Mar 6th, 2009, 09:14 PM
Thanks a lot for the reports and the very welcome enthusiasm. :)

Mirjana or her coach didn't happen to mention where/when she's playing next, did they? :angel:

AaronJoyB
Mar 6th, 2009, 10:38 PM
hammond

auntie janie
Mar 7th, 2009, 12:52 AM
hammond

Thank you. :hatoff:

ma re
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:32 PM
hammond

Looks like that one will be full of Croatians - Vrljic, Lisjak, Ozegovic, Savic, Lucic, Tomljanovic...

networthy
Mar 9th, 2009, 08:26 PM
Looks like that one will be full of Croatians - Vrljic, Lisjak, Ozegovic, Savic, Lucic, Tomljanovic...

...if they don't withdraw. Vrljic, Lisjak, Ozegovic, Savic, plus Akiki and Martic, have all withdrawn from the $25K in Redding, CA next week. Only Tomljanovic is left, and she's only an alternate so far (10th).

jela_dokic
Mar 19th, 2009, 05:28 PM
Mirjana is in Qually...:D

Love her a lot...:D

xcrtbckhnd
Mar 22nd, 2009, 02:29 PM
Draw in qualies looks decent. Please win Mirjana!!!

croat123
Mar 22nd, 2009, 06:59 PM
she has an unranked player and then couts...good luck miki!

ajmo!
Mar 22nd, 2009, 07:30 PM
GL against Counts! I think Miki will beat her because she allways when she looses to some player wins 2nd match they play. GL! :D

JURasic
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:27 PM
Allegedly she won.

MLF
Mar 23rd, 2009, 12:25 AM
^^It's never allegedly when Simone tells us she won.

She won 6-4 6-2, and plays Couts who scraped through against a wild card 4-6 6-3 7-5. Couts beat Miki 3-6 6-1 6-4 a few weks ago. Hopefully Miki learnt a few things that day and will turn it around tomorrow.

AaronJoyB
Mar 23rd, 2009, 08:08 AM
^^It's never allegedly when Simone tells us she won.

She won 6-4 6-2, and plays Couts who scraped through against a wild card 4-6 6-3 7-5. Couts beat Miki 3-6 6-1 6-4 a few weks ago. Hopefully Miki learnt a few things that day and will turn it around tomorrow.

Thanks a lot! You are always so nice. :kiss:

auntie janie
Mar 24th, 2009, 01:03 AM
(7)Kimberly Couts (USA) d. (16)Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 61 61 :sobbing:

AaronJoyB
Mar 24th, 2009, 09:19 AM
Its really hard to face a defeat like this...mmmm i don't really know

ajmo!
Mar 24th, 2009, 12:25 PM
:confused: :( It's hard to say anything.

JURasic
Mar 24th, 2009, 03:07 PM
Maybe she was ill :confused:

Sectumsempra
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:52 AM
Maybe she was ill :confused:

Maybe she sucks :confused:

JURasic
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:15 AM
Maybe she sucks :confused:

maybe you are asshole :confused:

auntie janie
Mar 27th, 2009, 02:46 PM
Mirjana withdrew today from next week's 25K in Pelham. I wonder what's going on?

Pebbles
Mar 28th, 2009, 05:10 PM
Mirjana needs to pull it together, and fast. I love her to bits, but this is not going anywhere. I have no idea what's going wrong out there but she needs to get it together pretty quickly.

ajmo!
Mar 28th, 2009, 05:39 PM
I guess she needs some time think about everything. When she was first back in 2007 she was thinking about GS titles. And she started really good but than she didn't had luck. Last year was not good at all. I hope she gonna put it all together. She needs to colm down. If she has the game than she shouldn't be worried when she is loosing in a match, even against top 100 player. I know how hard is to be back and she needs to calm down. It seems to me that she is too nervous to do anything. With improve of 2nd serve and cold head she can get high, otherwise some win on Challenger is only thing she can do. You can be bacj Miki! :wavey:

AaronJoyB
Mar 29th, 2009, 10:27 AM
She was a bit injuered. Notin to worry

auntie janie
Apr 1st, 2009, 02:06 AM
She was a bit injuered. Notin to worry
:wavey: Thanks for the news, Migrate. I thought something must be wrong when she pulled out of Pelham.

She's still on the qualy entry lists for Jackson, Mississippi next week and Osprey, Florida the week after -- both 25Ks. Hope she'll be able to play both of those and build some momentum up to play Dothan. :)

croat123
Apr 5th, 2009, 09:46 PM
She won today 6-1 6-1, but Tomljanovic is probably next..

auntie janie
Apr 6th, 2009, 03:43 PM
Well she's going to have to beat players like Tomljanovic if she ever wants to get her ranking up. I'd rather see her go up against a player like that than against some bagel girl; she can easily beat those BGs but she can't really learn anything from those matches.

Speaking of ranking, Mirjana has 20 points from Charleston 2008 coming off later this month. Hope she can start making that up with good runs in these 25Ks this week and next week, because she won't be going to Charleston this year unless a miracle happens and she snags a QWC. Even the Dothan 75K is not a sure thing as she's still well out of the qualy field; she's 25th alt. last I checked.

AaronJoyB
Apr 6th, 2009, 07:05 PM
Mirjana won the match agianst Tomljanovic 62 67 63:bounce:

ajmo!
Apr 6th, 2009, 07:11 PM
Mirjana! :D
GL in MD!

auntie janie
Apr 6th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Excellent! Love the fact that she didn't let the 2nd set loss get her down. Keep going, kid! Tear through that main draw! :rocker2:

MLF
Apr 6th, 2009, 09:09 PM
Good to see she kept fighting from 2-3 down in the 3rd. hopefully the main draw will be kind to her.

ajmo!
Apr 7th, 2009, 08:14 AM
In MD Miki will face Story Tweedie-Yates (383.). Miki can beat her I guess easily if she isnt tired after yesterday and tahat long match.In R2 she could play against #1 seeded Cravero.GL, Ajmo Mikica! :bounce:

Ballbasher
Apr 7th, 2009, 03:17 PM
All the best Miki! :yeah:

WhatTheDeuce
Apr 7th, 2009, 05:19 PM
I have hope for her 1R, should win that. :) Cravero will be tough though.

roxi
Apr 8th, 2009, 08:20 AM
Good luck Miki

ajmo!
Apr 8th, 2009, 08:32 AM
Miki got better on clay again, or at least it looks like it. She should win today, I expect her to do it in 2 sets. But Cravero..:scared:

auntie janie
Apr 8th, 2009, 04:20 PM
Meanwhile, it's nice to see that Miki has moved up to 7th alt. for Dothan, so she's looking pretty good to get in there. :)

Good luck today, Mirjana! She might be playing already. :D

AaronJoyB
Apr 8th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Mirjana won 62 16 62

Hele.
Apr 8th, 2009, 09:06 PM
:bounce:

roxi
Apr 8th, 2009, 09:48 PM
Bravo Miki

croat123
Apr 8th, 2009, 10:43 PM
great job miki!!!