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Jan 22nd, 2006, 01:46 PM
10000$ Muzaffarnagar, Utta Pradesh, India

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The place:
Muzaffarnagar is a medium-sized city (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City) in the western part of the state (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State) of Uttar Pradesh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uttar_Pradesh) in India (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India). According to the 2001 census it has a metropolitan population of 331403. It is mainly an industrial (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry) town with sugar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar), steel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel) and paper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper) being the major products (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_%28business%29). Sugar cane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_cane)farming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farming) is practised widely in the surrounding district. It boasts the highest per capita income (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per_capita_income) in the country. The Jaggery (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaggery) (heated sugar cane juice) market (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market) in Muzaffarnagar is the largest in the world. It is situated in the middle of the Delhi-Dehradoon Highway (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Delhi-Dehradoon_Highway&action=edit). Unfortunately, it is known for high rates of crime and community inflicted violence.
The city is home to many cinemas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinemas), restaurants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restaurants) and pubs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pubs). The more famous cinemas include Meenakshi Cinema, Chandra, Alankar and Brij. The restaurants of interest include Ajay Da Dhaba, Nandis, Mool Chands, Cheetal Grand and Mool Chand Resorts.
There has been a recent surge in health clubs and gyms around the city, with the population becoming more upwardly-mobile. Services Club near Prakash Chowk is one of the older health and sport establishments, providing a swimming pool, squash, tennis, badminton and basketball courts, pool and billards, and an auditorium for cultural events. The sports stadium on Meerut road is another such establishment. They have a twin swimming pool (one for adults, one for kids), a gym and a ground for athletics.

The older parts of the city have a [Mughal] feel to them. Forty percent of the population is Muslim. There is a sizeable Sikh and small Christian population as well. Even though the majority remains Hindu, Muzaffarnagar one of the most culturally balanced cities in the country. The statue of Shiv Chowk in the centre of the city is a major tourist destination. The prime shopping and financial hub of the city is the Court Road area which has the District Courts, regional seed market, SSP and other leading corporate and major bank offcies.

The historical towns of Meerut (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meerut) site of the rebellion of 1857 and Hastinapur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hastinapur) are close by. Nearby towns are New Delhi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Delhi), Dehra doon (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dehra_doon&action=edit), Saharanpur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saharanpur) and Mussoorie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mussoorie).

The tournament:
Surface: Grass
Previous Winners:
2003: Rushmi Chakravarthi IND d. Cheli Bargil ISR 60 64

In 2003 Rushmi easily won this tournament with wins over Orawan Lamangthong (THA), Ludmila Richterova (CZE), Diana Costa (POR), Yulia Vorobyeva (RUS) and Cheli Bargil in the final. Ludmila Richterova gave her comeback here after years of absence under her name Razivalova. Yulia Vorobyeva had one of her best results here in her young career and Diana Costa from Portugal came the long way to India to reach a QF. Obviously Diana has retired now. Shocking: Katie Miles reached the QF after beating two local girls


(1) Ragini VIMAL IND vs bye
Pallavi SHARMA IND d. Anjali TANDON IND 62 62
(2) Liza PEREIRA IND vs bye
Yamini THUKKAIANDI IND d. Benedetta SABATINI ITA 62 62
Varsha SHIVA SHANKAR IND d. Sargam GUPTA IND 60 60
Shashirekha JALLIHALL BALLARY IND d. Sankriti SINHA IND 60 60
Anupama RAJUR IND d. Ritwika SEN IND 60 60
Anushri THAMMANNA IND d. Poorna POORNA IND 61 60
Parijaa MALOO IND d. Shilpa GOEL IND 60 60
Katie MULLER RSA d. Apurvika SHUKLA IND 62 60
Natalia SEMENENKO RUS d. Harpreet GILL IND 60 61
Irina KUZMENKO RUS vs bye
Wei-Ping LEE SIN d. Neetu BATRA IND 60 60
Chirashanthi RAJUR IND d. Radhae SVARUPA IND 60 61
(1) Ragini VIMAL IND d. Pallavi SHARMA IND 62 62
(2) Liza PEREIRA IND d. Yamini THUKKAIANDI IND 60 64
Anupama RAJUR IND d. Shashirekha JALLIHALL BALLARY IND 61 60
Parija MALOO IND d. Anushir THAMMANNA IND 61 62
Natalia SEMENEKO RUS d. Katie MULLER RSA 75 60
Irina KUZMENKO RUS d. Wei-Ping LEE SIN 76 76
Penporn CHANTAWANNOP THA d. Chirashanthi RAJUR IND 64 62

(1) Ankita BHAMBRI IND vs q Subhi SUNDARAM USA 60 60
Jie ZENG USA vs Prerna-Mythri APPINENI IND 26 46
q Anupama RAJUR IND vs Martina CACIOTTI ITA 06 36
(5) Parul GOSWAMI IND d. Vishika CHETRI IND 63 64
(4) Sai-Jayalakshmy YAYARAM IND d. q Liza PEREIRA IND 64 46 63
Karishma PATEL IND vs Asha NANDA KUMAR IND 62 61
(8) Ksenia PALKINA KGZ vs Sonal PHADKE IND 61 63
(7) Sandhya NAGARAJ IND d. Gangotri SANDRI IND 63 62
q Parija MALOO IND d. Vandana MURALI IND 61 57 63
Geeta MANOHAR IND d. q Ragini VIMAL IND 64 60
(3) Meghha VAKHARIA IND d. q Irina KUZMENKO RUS 60 62
(6) Czarina Mae AREVALO PHI vs Oormila RAM IND 63 60
Krushmi CHHEDA IND vs q Natalia SEMENENKO RUS 62 62
(2) Nicole CLERICO ITA vs Lavinia TANANTA HARTONO INA 64 76
2nd round
Prerna-Mythri APPINENI IND d. (1) Ankita BHAMBRI IND 12 ret Bhambri
(5) Parul GOSWAMI IND d. Martina CACIOTTI ITA 64 61
Archana VENKATARAMAN IND d. (4) Sai-Yayaram YAYALAKSHMY IND 75 26 62
(8) Ksenia PALKINA KGZ d. Asha NANDA KUMAR IND 46 62 64
(7) Sandhya NAGARAJ IND d. Parija MALOO IND 46 61 61
(3) Megha VAKHARIA IND d. Geeta MANOHAR IND 62 62
(6) Czarina-Mae AREVALO PHI d. Madura RANGANATHAN IND 64 62
(2) Nicole CLERICO ITA d. Krushmi CHHEDA IND 62 61
(5) Parul GOSWAMI IND d. Prerna-Mythri APPINENI IND 61 61
(8) Ksenia PALKINA KGZ d. Archana VENKATARAMAN IND 63 76
(3) Megha VAKHARIA IND d. (7) Sandhya NAGARAJ IND 76 61
(6) Czarina-Mae AREVALO PHI d. (2) Nicole CLERICO ITA 60 61
(8) Ksenia PALKINA KGZ d. (5) Parul GOSWAMI IND 61 75
(3) Megha VAKHARIA IND d. (6) Czarina-Mae AREVALO PHI 63 63
(8) Ksenia PALKINA KGZ d. (3) Megha VAKHARIA IND 62 76

Shine On Silver Moon
Jan 22nd, 2006, 02:11 PM
Lavinia "Vivin" Tananta Hartono!!!:cool: :bounce: Be tough!;)

Jan 22nd, 2006, 02:52 PM
Ksenia P. :kiss:

Jan 23rd, 2006, 04:01 PM
Lavinia :yeah:

Jan 28th, 2006, 08:42 AM
GO! Thai girls

Jan 30th, 2006, 05:17 AM
Quali final round

Ragini Vimal bt Pallavi Sharma 6-2, 6-2
Liza Pereira bt Yamini Thukkaiandi 6-0, 6-4
Subi Sundaram bt Varsha Shivshankar 7-5, 7-5
Anupama Rajur bt Shashirekha Jallihal Ballery 6-1, 6-0
Parija Maloo bt Anushri Thammanna 6-1, 6-2
Natalia Semenenko (Rus) bt Katie Muller (RSA) 7-5, 6-0
Irina Kuzmenko (Rus) bt Wei Ping Lee (Sin) 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
Penporn Chantawannop bt Chirashanthi Rajur 6-4, 6-2.

Jan 30th, 2006, 08:43 AM
Well Done

Liza Perreira
Natalia Semenenko
Irina Kuzmenko

Jan 30th, 2006, 01:11 PM
Quali-1st Round

Pallavi SHARMA (IND) d. Anjali TANDON (IND) 62 62
Yamini THUKKAIANDI (IND) d. Benedetta SABATINI (ITA) 62 62
Varsha SHIVASHANKAR (IND) d. Sargam GUPTA (IND) 60 60
Shashirekha JALLIHALL-BALLARY (IND) d. Sankriti SINHA (IND) 60 60
Anupama RAJUR (IND) d. Ritwika SEN (IND) 60 60
Anushri THAMMANNA (IND) d. Poorna POORNA (IND) 61 60
Parija MALOO (IND) d. Shilpa GOEL (IND) 60 60
Katie MULLER (RSA) d. Apurvika SHUKLA (IND) 62 60
Natalia SEMENENKO (RUS) d. Harpreet GILL (IND) 60 61
Wei-Ping LEE (SIN) d. Neetu BATRA (IND) 60 60
Chirashanthi RAJUR (IND) d. Radhae SVARUPA (IND) 60 61

2nd round

Ragini VIMAL (IND) d. Pallavi SHARMA (IND) 62 62
Liza PEREIRA (IND) d. Yamini THUKKAIANDI (IND) 60 64
Anupama RAJUR (IND) d. Shashirekha JALLIHALL-BALLARY (IND) 61 60
Parija MALOO (IND) d. Anushri THAMMANNA (IND) 61 62
Natalia SEMENENKO (RUS) d. Katie MULLER (RSA) 75 60
Irina KUZMENKO (RUS) d. Wei-Ping LEE (SIN) 76(5) 76(3)
Penporn CHANTAWANNOP (THA) d. Chirashanthi RAJUR (IND) 64 62

Rising Sun
Jan 30th, 2006, 01:29 PM
Liza :)
Wei-Ping :sad:

Jan 30th, 2006, 02:35 PM
Lots of double bagels in first quali round :eek:

Wei-Ping :sad:

Jan 30th, 2006, 02:48 PM
Singles Main Draw

(1)Ankita Bhambri (IND) v (Q)Subi Sundaram (USA)
Jie Zeng (USA) v Prerna-Mythri Appineni
Martina Cacciotti (ITA) v (Q)Anupama Rajur (IND)
(5)Parul Goswami (IND) d. (WC)Vishika Chhetri (IND) 63 64

(4)Sai Jayalakshmy J. (IND) d. (Q)Liza Pereira (IND) 64 46 63
Archana Venkatraman (IND) d. (Q)Penporn Chantawannop (THA) 62 76(6)
Asha Nandakumar (IND) v Karishma Patel (IND)
(8)Ksenia Palkina (KGZ) v Sonal Phadke (IND)

(7)Sandhya Nagaraj (IND) d. (WC)Sandi Gangothri (IND) 63 62
(Q)Parija Maloo (IND) d. (WC)Vandana Murali (IND) 61 57 63
Geeta Manohar (IND) d. (Q)Ragini Vimal (IND) 64 60
(3)Megha Vakharia (IND) d. (Q)Irina Kuzmenko (RUS) 60 62

(6)Czarina-Mae Arevalo (PHI) v Oormila Ram (IND)
(WC)Madura Ranganathan (IND) d. Varanya Vijuksanaboon THA 63 61
(Q)Natalia Semenenko (RUS) v Krushmi Chheda (IND)
(2)Nicole Clerico (ITA) v Lavinia Tananta (INA)

Jan 30th, 2006, 02:51 PM
Doubles Main Draw

(1)A.Bhambri/S.Nagaraj d. (WC)S.Gupta/A.Tandon 60 60
O.Ram/R.Vimal d. P-M.Appineni/ H.Gill 61 61
(4)P.Goswami/G.Manohar v W-P.Lee/L.Tananta
S.Gangothri/ A.Nandakumar v (Q)A.Rajur/C.Rajur

V.Murali/ S.Phadke d. (WC)S.Sinha/R.Sen 60 60
(3)S.Jayalakshmi.J/ Archana.V d. K.Chheda/K.Patel 63 61
Penporn.C/Varanya.V v (Q)V.Chhetri/Y.Thukkaiandi
(2)N.Clerico/K.Palkina d. C-M.Arevalo/M.Ranganathan 64 67(2) 62

Jan 30th, 2006, 04:21 PM
Good luck :

Ankita Bhambri
Sonal Phadke
Czarina-Mae Arevalo
Lavinia Tananta

Angel Venus
Jan 30th, 2006, 04:25 PM
good luck

Jan 30th, 2006, 05:34 PM
Notice: Everyone who voted for Rushmi Chakravarthi who withdrew may vote for somebody else :wavey:

Shine On Silver Moon
Jan 30th, 2006, 05:48 PM
Good luck Vivin in singles and dubs with Lee Wei Ping!:D

Jan 30th, 2006, 09:06 PM
go Ksenia ;) :D :)
Irena :sad:

Jan 30th, 2006, 09:21 PM
I'll vote for Bhambri then!

Jan 31st, 2006, 12:30 AM
Benedetta :sad:

Good luck Martina and Nicole :bounce:

Jan 31st, 2006, 12:54 AM
Well done Sai and Sandhya :)

Foot's Fingers
Jan 31st, 2006, 10:25 AM
go Ksenia

Jan 31st, 2006, 11:40 AM
Good luck :

Ankita Bhambri,
Archana Venkatraman,
Ksenia Palkina.

Jan 31st, 2006, 12:01 PM
Singles Main Draw-1st Round

(1)Ankita Bhambri (IND) v (Q)Subi Sundaram (USA) 60 60
Prerna-Mythri Appineni d. Jie Zeng (USA) 62 64

Martina Cacciotti (ITA) v (Q)Anupama Rajur (IND) 60 63
(5)Parul Goswami (IND) d. (WC)Vishika Chhetri (IND) 63 64

(4)Sai Jayalakshmy J. (IND) d. (Q)Liza Pereira (IND) 64 46 63
Archana Venkatraman (IND) d. (Q)Penporn Chantawannop (THA) 62 76(6)

Asha Nandakumar (IND) v Karishma Patel (IND) 62 61
(8)Ksenia Palkina (KGZ) v Sonal Phadke (IND) 61 63

(7)Sandhya Nagaraj (IND) d. (WC)Sandi Gangothri (IND) 63 62
(Q)Parija Maloo (IND) d. (WC)Vandana Murali (IND) 61 57 63

Geeta Manohar (IND) d. (Q)Ragini Vimal (IND) 64 60
(3)Megha Vakharia (IND) d. (Q)Irina Kuzmenko (RUS) 60 62

(6)Czarina-Mae Arevalo (PHI) v Oormila Ram (IND) 63 60
(WC)Madura Ranganathan (IND) d. Varanya Vijuksanaboon THA 63 61

Krushmi Chheda (IND) d. (Q)Natalia Semenenko (RUS) 62 62
(2)Nicole Clerico (ITA) v Lavinia Tananta (INA) 64 76(5)

Jan 31st, 2006, 12:02 PM
Doubles Main Draw-1st Round

(1)A.Bhambri/S.Nagaraj d. (WC)S.Gupta/A.Tandon 60 60
O.Ram/R.Vimal d. P-M.Appineni/ H.Gill 61 61
(4)P.Goswami/G.Manohar v W-P.Lee/L.Tananta 63 61
S.Gangothri/ A.Nandakumar v (Q)A.Rajur/C.Rajur 76(4) 62

V.Murali/ S.Phadke d. (WC)S.Sinha/R.Sen 60 60
(3)S.Jayalakshmi.J/ Archana.V d. K.Chheda/K.Patel 63 61
(Q)V.Chhetri/Y.Thukkaiandi d. Penporn.C/Varanya.V 36 64 63
(2)N.Clerico/K.Palkina d. C-M.Arevalo/M.Ranganathan 64 67(2) 62

Rising Sun
Jan 31st, 2006, 12:41 PM
Sonal :sad:
Czarina-Mae :D
Archana :)

Foot's Fingers
Jan 31st, 2006, 01:37 PM
Natasha :sad:

Jan 31st, 2006, 04:30 PM
Natasha :( :(
Ksenia ;) :D go all the way this time

Jan 31st, 2006, 08:09 PM
Martina and Nicole :yeah:

Feb 1st, 2006, 12:53 AM
Ankita :)
Ksenia :)
Czarina-Mae :)

keep going girls :)

Feb 1st, 2006, 02:34 AM
too bad Wei-Ping couldn't qualify, but glad she's improving, even a double bagel in 1st round qualies!
Good luck Czarina-Mae :D

Feb 1st, 2006, 07:16 AM
Prerna Mythri moves up
Kamesh Srinivasan

MUZAFFARNAGAR: Prerna Mythri gave glimpses of her potential as she served and stroked with energy in beating Jie Zeng of the US 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Bhavna Swarup memorial $10,000 ITF women's tennis tournament at the Services Club grass courts here on Tuesday.

On another warm day, the tenth standard student of Vasavi Public School in Hyderabad, the petite Prerna revealed the heart of a champion as she kept going for the big serves and sharp strokes despite struggling in the early part of the second set.

To her credit, Prerna, not that quick on her feet for lack of anticipation, attacked with conviction in turning the tide around in her favour after being down 2-4 in the second set, and raced away with the last four games, ripping her forehand with tremendous flourish.

Ankita through

Having reached the quarterfinals of a similar tournament as a qualifier in Pune last November, the 15-year-old Prerna knows what it takes to progress further, but runs into the top-seeded Ankita Bhambri who blanked qualifier Subi Sundaram of the US with contemptuous ease, conceding a mere 13 points in the match including three double-faults.

Two other Indian players won their first round with ease to set up tough pre-quarterfinals against foreign players.

Asha outplays Karishma

The tall and strongly-built Asha Nandakumar played close to her best in outplaying Karishma Patel, but will have the unenviable task of taking on Ksenia Palkina of Kyrgyzstan who has been in fine form over the past four weeks, including three in the international junior circuit.

The eighth-seeded Palkina proved too explosive for Sonal Phadke as the 16-year-old girl cruised through in 48 minutes against the seasoned Indian who was hampered by a string of eight double-faults apart from strokes that lacked punch. The left-handed Krushmi Chheda outwitted qualifier Natalia Semenenko of Russia for the loss of four games.

Foot's Fingers
Feb 1st, 2006, 09:08 AM
ksenia :)

Feb 1st, 2006, 01:03 PM
Lavinia :sad: :bigcry:

Ankita :)
Sonal :(
Czarina-Mae :yeah:

Feb 1st, 2006, 01:38 PM
Jie :o
Lavinia :sad:

Feb 1st, 2006, 03:14 PM
2nd Round

Prerna-Mythri Appineni d. (1)Ankita Bhambri 12 Ret.
(5)Parul Goswami d. Martina Caciotti 64 61

Archana Venkataraman d. (4)Sai J.Jayaram 75 26 62
(8)Ksenia Palkina d. Asha Nandakumar 46 62 64 ;)

(7)Sandhya Nagaraj d. Parija Maloo 46 61 61
(3)Meghha Vakharia d. Geeta Manohar 62 62

(6)Czarina-Mae Arevalo d. Madura Ranganathan 64 62
(2)Nicole Clerico d. Krushmi Chheda 62 61

Feb 1st, 2006, 03:18 PM
QF Doubles

Ram/Vimal d. (1)Bhambri/Nagaraj W/O
Lee/Tananta d. Gangothri/Nandakumar 75 61
(3)Jayaram/Venkataraman d. Murali/Phadke 61 63
(2)Clerico/Palkina d. Chhetri/Thukkaiandi 64 62

Feb 1st, 2006, 03:28 PM
Ksenia ;) :yeah:

Feb 1st, 2006, 03:30 PM
Martina :sad:
Nicole :yeah:

Rising Sun
Feb 1st, 2006, 03:32 PM
Oh no, what happened to Ankita? :sad:
Czarina-Mae :)
Archana :)
Megha :)

Feb 1st, 2006, 03:58 PM
Ksenia :yeah: :bigclap:
Ksenia/Nicole :woohoo:
Take both titles Ksenia!! :worship:

Feb 1st, 2006, 04:33 PM
Ankita :sad:

Feb 1st, 2006, 04:35 PM
Ksenia & Ksenia/Nicole :woohoo:

Feb 1st, 2006, 11:52 PM
OMG! Ankita :bigcry: :bigcry:

Ksenia :), Sandhya :), Meghha :), and Czarina-Mae :)

Sai :rolleyes:

Feb 2nd, 2006, 07:26 AM
Archana prevails over Sai
Kamesh Srinivasan

MUZAFFARNAGAR: Archana Venkataraman tamed the fourth-seeded Sai Jayalakshmy 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 in the pre-quarterfinals of the Bhavna Swarup memorial ITF women's tennis tournament at the Services Club grass courts here on Wednesday.

Archana started off on a bright note, racing to a 5-0 lead and wound up reeling off the last six games after being down 0-2 in the decider.

In between, the 28-year-old Sai stroked brilliantly to showcase her ability, especially in fighting back to be on par at 5-5 in the first set, breaking back thrice, but was perhaps a step behind in executing her strokes to gain a stranglehold over the proceedings.

What undid Sai's revival was the fact that she served two doublefaults from 15-30 in the 11th game of the first set, and Archana wrested the initiative as she served out the first set with calm assurance.

After an early exchange of breaks, a determined Sai fought hard to level the match and was comfortably placed in the decider following a break in the second game, but the doublefaults continued to plague her as 11 of them saw her bow meekly to her doubles partner. It was the third victory in seven meetings for Archana over Sai in the international circuit, and she will next challenge the finalist of last week, the eighth-seeded Ksenia Palkina of Kyrgyzstan.

Palkina was in a spot of bother against the power-play of the tall Asha Nandakumar, but the latter lacked the self-belief after winning the first set and went down without much of a fight. An early break in the decider proved adequate for the 16-year-old Palkina who served six aces, including one on matchpoint, but generally found it hard to tackle the big serves of Asha who also fired six aces.

Meanwhile, the favourite Ankita Bhambri had to retire after three games against the 15-year-old Prerna Mythri owing to a painful elbow. Ankita had won the first two games, dropping a mere two points, but Prerna had just held serve when the Delhi girl expressed her inability to continue because of excruciating pain on her swoller right elbow.

Foot's Fingers
Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:53 AM
Ksenia :)

Feb 2nd, 2006, 12:00 PM

(5)Parul Goswami d. Prerna-Mythri Appineni 61 61
(8)Ksenia Palkina d. Archana Venkataraman 63 76(1) ;)
(3)Megga Vakharia d. (7)Sandhya Nagaraj 76(1) 61
(6)Czarina-Mae Arevalo d. (2)Nicole Clerico 60 61 :eek:

SF Doubles

Lee/Tananta d. Ram/Vimal 61 63
(2)Clerico/Palkina d. (3)Jayaram/Venkataraman 75 61

Rising Sun
Feb 2nd, 2006, 12:22 PM
Archana :sad:
Megha :yeah:
Czarina-Mae :D

Good to see Wei-Ping & Lavinia do well in doubles, after a disappointing singles tournament. :)

Feb 2nd, 2006, 12:37 PM
Ksenia :yeah: :D :)

Feb 2nd, 2006, 12:55 PM
Czarina-Mae :yeah:
Nicole :help:

Feb 2nd, 2006, 04:14 PM
Ankita :help:

Go Czarina now :banana:

Go get the double Wei-Pin and Lavinia :banana:

Feb 2nd, 2006, 05:57 PM
Ksenia ;)

Feb 2nd, 2006, 07:13 PM
Ksenia :yeah: :bigclap: :D
Ksenia/Nicole :woohoo:
Keep up the great play Ksenia :D

Feb 2nd, 2006, 08:37 PM
Nicole :sad:

Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:53 PM
Ksenia :yeah:

Feb 3rd, 2006, 01:02 AM
Ankita has an elbow injury :sad: :sad: - get well soon

Ksenia :D :), Czarina-Mae :), Meghha :)

Foot's Fingers
Feb 3rd, 2006, 06:41 AM
Ksenia :)

Feb 3rd, 2006, 07:10 AM
Megha Vakharia enters semifinals
Kamesh Srinivasan

MUZAFFARNAGAR: Megha Vakharia asserted her undisputed class as she out-raced Sandhya Nagaraj 7-6(1), 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Bhavna Swarup memorial $10,000 ITF women's tennis tournament at the Services Club grass courts here on Thursday.

Easily the best player on view with her silken strokes and an all-round game, the 21-year-old Megha weathered an early flourish from the 17-year-old Sandhya in wriggling out of a tight corner.

Costly miss

Sandhya had the game but not the confidence as was evident from the manner in which she failed to serve out the first set after having taken a 5-3 lead with a break in the eighth game. Three errors saw Sandhya reduced to 0-40 in that game and she was unable to recover from that psychological blow once she dropped serve in that game.

In the tie-break, a string of errors saw Sandhya lose way, and the Chennai girl who trains with coach M. Balachandran in Bangalore was unable to arrest the slide in the next set as well.

Except for that eighth game in the first set, Megha was in command as the Mumbai left-hander served six aces to emphasise her class. What was heartening was the fact that both the players traded vibrant strokes on either flank to make it a lively affair for the sparse gathering.

In the semifinals, the third-seeded Megha will meet the sixth-seeded Czarina Mae Arevalo of Philippines who proved too good for the second-seeded Nicole Clerico as she raced away with the first 11 games before dropping a token game in a contest that spanned 37 minutes.

Paarul Goswami was the only other Indian to make the semifinals as she beat compatriot Prerna Mythri for the loss of two games. While Paarul had reached the final of a similar tournament in Pune, the 15-year-old Prerna lacked the experience to capitalise on her attractive game.

The fifth-seeded Paarul will challenge Ksenia Palkina of Kyrgyzstan who was driven to her wit's end by the wily Archana Venkataraman before the 16-year-old Palkina prevailed in the second set tie-break.

Quite surprisingly, the Indian challenge was wiped out at the semifinal stage itself in the doubles.

Feb 3rd, 2006, 11:57 AM

(8)Ksenia Palkina d. (5)Parul Goswami 61 75 :D :yeah:
(3)Meghha Vakharia d. (6)Czarina-Mae Arevalo 63 63

Ksenia win this :D

Feb 3rd, 2006, 01:35 PM
Ksenia ;) :woohoo: ;) :kiss:
this time dont blow it

goos luck in final ;)

Feb 3rd, 2006, 01:48 PM
Parul and Czarina/Mae :sad:

Feb 3rd, 2006, 01:48 PM
Go Meghha in the final :yeah:

Feb 3rd, 2006, 02:54 PM
Well done Ksenia, take the title!

Feb 3rd, 2006, 03:08 PM
Ksenia :worship:

Rising Sun
Feb 3rd, 2006, 05:00 PM
Bad luck Czarina-Mae :sad:

Good luck to Megs in the final. It's about time she showed her potential. :cool:

Feb 3rd, 2006, 05:26 PM
Czarina :bigcry:.

Feb 3rd, 2006, 06:43 PM
for those who havent seen a pic of Ksenia yet ;)



Feb 3rd, 2006, 07:39 PM
Ksenia looks funny :haha:

Feb 3rd, 2006, 10:55 PM
Ksenia :yeah:

Feb 4th, 2006, 01:07 AM
Well done Ksenia :)

Czarina-Mae :sad: - but well done on two SFs

Feb 4th, 2006, 07:41 AM
Gooo ksenia in the final :woohoo:

Feb 4th, 2006, 08:37 AM
Megha has it easy
Kamesh Srinivasan

MUZAFFARNAGAR: Megha Vakharia proved too smart for Czarina Mae Arevalo of Philippines and the 21-year-old Mumbai girl raced to a 6-3, 6-3 triumph in the semifinals of the Bhavna Swarup memorial $10,000 ITF women's tennis tournament at the Services Club grass courts here on Friday.

The only girl to keep the Indian hopes alive, the third-seeded Megha dropped serve twice — once each in the two sets — but served and stroked increasingly well as the match progressed to outwit the stocky Filipino who had a nice touch but not the athleticism to match the diminutive Indian.

Czarina's impressive serve, which had seen her outplay the second-seeded Nicole Clerico for the loss of just one game earlier, seemed to have deserted her and she lost serve five times during the match. She was also erratic with her usually reliable groundstrokes.

Setting the tone

It could have still been tricky for Megha, but she saved four breakpoints to set the tone early in both sets to ensure an easy passage into the final. She needed just an hour to dispose of the challenge from Czarina, who treated the sparse gathering to some delightful shots on both flanks before bowing out.

Paarul bows out

In contrast to Megha's successful effort, fifth-seeded Paarul Goswami cut a sorry figure, losing to the eighth seed Ksenia Palkina of Kyrgyzstan in straight sets 6-1, 7-5.

Paarul struggled with her serve throughout the match, though she put up a fight in the second set. The 19-year-old Paarul, who reached the final of a similar tournament in Pune in November, held serve only once in the entire contest — in the sixth game of the second set. Worse, she did not have a gamepoint in any of her other nine service games.

The 16-year-old Palkina who has made it to her fourth singles final, including two in the international junior circuit, on the trot in five weeks of stay in India, went for her shots as she knew that she could outslug the Indian girl who hardly stepped past the baseline into the court let alone approach the net.

Feb 4th, 2006, 10:32 AM
Ksenia :worship: Win it pleaz :yeah:

Feb 5th, 2006, 02:40 AM

Ksenia Palkina (KGZ) d. Megha Vakharia (IND) 62 76(4) :D :sad:

Rising Sun
Feb 5th, 2006, 04:09 AM
Bad luck Megha. :sad:

Congrats Ksenia. :)

Feb 5th, 2006, 04:34 AM
Ksenia ;) :woohoo: ;) :D
congrats :) :yeah:

Feb 5th, 2006, 04:44 AM
So cool that Kyrgzstan has a good player....although after looking at Ksenia's photo, it appears that she is not native-Kyrgeze but rather Russian-Kyrgeze. ;)

Feb 5th, 2006, 06:12 AM
So cool that Kyrgzstan has a good player....although after looking at Ksenia's photo, it appears that she is not native-Kyrgeze but rather Russian-Kyrgeze. ;)

Specially after Selyutina retired after a mega-slump following her arrival to the top 100 :o

Feb 5th, 2006, 09:54 AM
Ksenia :worship: :worship: :worship:

Feb 5th, 2006, 09:55 AM
Ksenia :woohoo:

Feb 5th, 2006, 10:09 AM
Ksenia :D :yeah:

Congrats :kiss:

Feb 5th, 2006, 10:32 AM
result from doubles? :confused:

Feb 5th, 2006, 10:35 AM
Ksenia :yeah:

Feb 5th, 2006, 12:57 PM
Doubles Finals

Lee/Tananta d. (2)Palkina/Clerico w/o


anyway, congrats Ksenia for singles title :yeah:

Feb 5th, 2006, 12:59 PM
I hope Ksenia wasn´t injured after Singles :scared: :sad:

Foot's Fingers
Feb 6th, 2006, 09:08 AM
Ksenia :kiss:

Feb 6th, 2006, 09:22 AM
Maybe injured player is Clerico :confused:

She lost 06 16 in QF.

Feb 6th, 2006, 11:33 AM
Maybe injured player is Clerico :confused:

She lost 06 16 in QF.
Yup it was Clerico that was injured.

Singapore newspaper has an article with Wei Ping and Lavinia winning. It was huge as it's the first ITF title Wei Ping had. Would post it if I can find.