Taupo has a population of 20,310 (2001 census). Until 1989 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989) Taupo was officially described as a city (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_New_Zealand), but it is now administered by the Taupo District Council, the district including both Taupo itself and the surrounding hinterland. Despite this, it is still occasionally referred to as a city. Taupo is located at the northeast corner of Lake Taupo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Taupo), and functions as a tourist centre, particularly in the summer.
The name Taupo comes from Maori (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maori), the full name is Taupo-nui-a-Tia. Taupo means shoulder cloak (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloak), nui big, a of and Tia the name of the discoverer of the lake: literally translated it means "The great cloak of Tia". It is situated on a stretch of State Highway 1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_State_Highway_network), shared with State Highway 5.
To the north of the town is the geothermal power station at Wairakei (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wairakei), and hot springs suitable for bathing are located at several places in the vicinity of Taupo. One of New Zealand's most spectacular waterfalls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterfall), the Huka Falls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huka_Falls) is also close to the town on the nascent Waikato River (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waikato_River).
First time held
(1) Katerina KRAMPEROVA CZE vs bye
Helen PARSONS AUS vs Kelly WOOLACOTT NZL 61 61
(2) Anna FITZPATRICK GBR vs bye
Kelli ZAHMEL AUS vs Katarina BARCLAY AUS 64 61
(3) Sevvy GALLIOS AUS vs Wing-Yau Venise CHAN HKG 36 06
Nicole KRIZ AUS vs Bianca CHIDRAWI AUS 60 60
(4) Se-Na LEE KOR vs Brie WHITEHEAD AUS 60 60
Ashlee BROWN AUS vs Amy CHEN NZL 61 61
(5) Hye-Mi BYUN KOR vs Hannah FICK NZL 60 62
Tinusha SIVAGANAM MAS vs Natalie SOLEVSKI AUS 61 60
(6) Shao-Yuan KAO TPE vs Roxanne SAMMEL GBR 61 62
Brittany SHEED AUS vs Ju-Hyeong KIM KOR 61 61
(7) Ling ZHANG HKG vs Trina SLAPEKA LAT 61 60
Yumi NAKANO JAP vs Eun-Hye CHO KOR 16 46
(8) Zuzana VALICEKOVA SVK vs Jessica MOORE AUS 06 06
Lisa WILKINSON NZL vs Jessica WILLIAMS USA 63 62
(1) Katerina KRAMPEROVA CZE d. Helen PARSONS AUS 63 61
(2) Anna FITZPATRICK GBR d. Kelli ZAHMEL AUS 62 63
Nicole KRIZ AUS d. Wing-Yau Venise CHAN HKG 60 63
(4) Se-Na LEE KOR d. Ashlee BROWN AUS 26 76 63
Tinusha SIVAGANAM MAS d. (5) Hye-Mi BYUN KOR 62 67 64
(6) Shao-Yuan KAO TPE d. Brittany SHEED AUS 60 63
(7) Ling ZHANG HKG d. Eun-Hye CHO KOR 62 62
Jessica MOORE AUS d. Lisa WILKINSON NZL 60 63
(1) Francesca LUBIANI ITA vs Emma HAYMAN NZL WC 61 61
Ellen BARRY NZL WC vs Haruka FUJISHIRO JAP 36 75 26
q Katerina KRAMPEROVA CZE vs q Ling ZHANG HKG 62 62
(7) Lisa DŽAMELIO AUS vs Jessie DEVRIES BEL 61 63
(3) Lauren BARNIKOW USA vs Jade CURTIS GBR 26 06
q Jessica MOORE AUS vs Bianca ACQUISTAPACE AUS 60 60
Yoo-Mi JUNG KOR vs q Shao-Yuan KAO TPE 16 64 46
(6) Natsumi HAMAMURA JAP vs q Anna FITZPATRICK GBR 62 63
(5) Kyung-Mi CHANG KOR vs Shannon GOLDS AUS 26 76 64
Sarah AULOMBARD FRA vs q Se-Na LEE KOR 57 26
q Nicole KRIZ AUS vs q Tinusha SIVAGANAM MAS 61 61
(4) Leanne BAKER NZL vs Kairangi VANO NZL WC 64 75
(8) Biffy KAUFMAN USA vs Sacha JONES NZL 62 76
Lucia GONZALEZ AUS vs Kit CARSON USA 75 63
Christina FUSANO vs q Hye-Mi BYUN KOR 64 61
(2) Emily HEWSON AUS vs Hee-Sun LYOO SUH KOR 64 62
(1) Francesca LUBIANI ITA d. Haruja FUJISHIRO JAP 62 64
(7) Lisa DŽAMELIO AUS d. Katerina KRAMPEROVA CZE 63 75
Jessica MOORE AUS d. Jade CURTIS GBR 76 64
(6) Natsumi HAMAMURA JAP d. Shao-Yuan KAO TPE 64 76
(5) Kyung-Mi CHANG KOR d. Se-Na LEE KOR 46 63 62
(4) Leanne BAKER NZL d. Nicole KRIZ AUS 63 62
Lucia GONZALEZ AUS d. (8) Biffy KAUFMAN USA 64 64
(2) Emily HEWSON AUS d. Christina FUSANO USA 67 64 64
(1) Francesca LUBIANI ITA d. (7) Lisa DŽAMELIO AUS 62 61
(6) Natsumi HAMAMURA JAP d. Jessica MOORE AUS 63 62
(4) Leanne BAKER NZL d. (5) Kyung-Mi CHANG KOR 62 61
(2) Emily HEWSON AUS d. Lucia GONZALEZ AUS 67 64 75
(6) Natsumi HAMAMURA JAP d. (1) Francesca LUBIANI ITA 63 76
(4) Leanne BAKER NZL d. (2) Emily HEWSON AUS 64 62
(4) Leanne BAKER NZL d. (6) Natsumi HAMAMURA JAP 61 62
Jan 25th, 2006, 02:53 AM
Its going to be a great tourney!! Go all the Kiwi's!! But GO Leanne Baker the most!! Lets win this and start the year well!!!!!!
Nicole Kriz - Welcome Back!
Jessica Moore - finally you play an ITF Senior Event! Good Luck!
Jan 25th, 2006, 06:07 PM
Go Leanne Baker
Jan 26th, 2006, 06:46 PM
no Shona pfffffffffffff
Sacha Jones ;)
Jade in MD now ;)
Sarah Aulombard :hearts:
Jan 26th, 2006, 08:08 PM
Hopefully Leanne can do it :)
Jan 27th, 2006, 02:24 PM
Jan 27th, 2006, 04:23 PM
I don't know why I voted for Kramperova :haha:
Jan 28th, 2006, 05:26 AM
QUALIFYING DRAW AND SCHEDULE
The qualifying draw as at 28th January for the Locheagles Womens US$10,000 tournament are as follows:
QUALIFYING DRAW AND SCHEDULE as at 28th January
Line 1 KRAMPEROVA Katerina
Line 2 BYE
Line 3 PARSONS Helen
Line 4 WOOLACOTT Kelly
Line 5 FITZPATRICK Anne
Line 6 BYE
Line 7 ZAHMEL Kelli
Line 8 BARCLAY Katarina
Line 9 GALLIOS Sevvy
Line 10 CHAN Wing Yay
Line 11 KRIZ Nicola
Line 12 CHIDRAWI Bianca
Line 13 LEE Se-Na
Line 14 WHITEHEAD Brie
Line 15 BROWN Ashlee
Line 16 CHEN Amy
Line 17 BYUN Hye-Mi
Line 18 FICK Hannah
Line 19 SIVAGANAM Tinusha
Line 20 SOLEVSKI Natalie
Line 21 KAO Shoo-Yuan
Line 22 SAMMEL Roxanne
Line 23 SHEED Brittany
Line 24 KIM Ju-Hyeong
Line 25 ZHANG Ling
Line 26 SLAPEKA Trina
Line 27 NAKANO Yumi
Line 28 CHO Eun-Hye
Line 29 VALICEKOVA Zuzana
Line 30 MOORE Jessica
Line 31 WILKINSON Lisa
Line 32 WILLIAMS Jessica
10am start WILKINSON Lisa v WILLIAMS Jessica
followed by BROWN Ashlee v CHEN Amy
followed by BYUN Hye-Mi v FICK Hannah
followed by PARSONS Helen v WOOLACOTT Kelly
10am start VALICEKOVA Zuzana v MOORE Jessica
followed by LEE Se-Na v WHITEHEAD Brie
followed by SIVAGANAM Tinusha v SOLEVSKI Natalie
10am start NAKANO Yumi v CHO Eun-Hye
followed by GALLIOS Sevvy v CHAN Wing Yay
followed by KAO Shoo-Yuan v SAMMEL Roxanne
10am start ZHANG Ling v SLAPEKA Trina
followed by KRIZ Nicola v CHIDRAWI Bianca
followed by SHEED Brittany v KIM Ju-Hyeong
followed by ZAHMEL Kelli v BARCLAY Katarina
Order of Play for Wednesday 1 February
Sacha Jones(NZL) v (8)Biffy Kaufman(USA)
Followed by (1)Francesca Lubiani(ITA) v (WC)Emma Hayman(NZL)
f.b Wing-Yau Chan(HK)/Shao-Yuan Kao(TPE) v (2)Lauren Barnikow/Christina Fusano(USA)
f.b (WC)Ellen Barry(NZL) v Haruka Fujishiro(JPN)
f.b (4)Leanne Baker(NZL) v (WC)Kairangi Vano(NZL)
(3)Lauren Barnikow(USA) v (Q)Jade Curtis(GBR)
followed by (Q)Nicole Kriz(AUS) v Tinusha Sivaganam(MAS)
followed by Biffy Kaufman(USA)/Se-Na Lee(KOR) v Jade Curtis(GBR)/Katerina Kramperova(CZE)
f.b Sevvy Gallios(AUS)/Shannon Golds(AUS) v Hye-Mi Byun(KOR)/Kyung-Mi Chang(KOR)
Christina Fusano(USA) v Hye-Mi Byun(KOR) Followed by (2)Emily Hewson(AUS) v Hee-Sun Lyoo-Suh(KOR)
Jan 31st, 2006, 05:03 AM
Jan 31st, 2006, 05:45 AM
Futures Underway In Taupo
Top doubles seeds Leanne Baker and Francesca Lubiani cruised into the quarter-finals of the inaugural LochEagles US$10,000 women's Futures tournament in Taupo in hot conditions on day one.
The Kiwi and Italian pair beat New Zealand wildcards Emma Hayman(Wanganui) and Lisa Wilkinson(Waikato) in the first round of doubles 6-1 6-3.
Meanwhile the teenage pairing of Ellen Barry and Sacha Jones were defeated by the duo of Bianca Aquistapace(Australia) and American Kit Carson 6-4 7-6(7).
In singles the three seeded players on day one had straightforward wins with Australian seventh seed Lisa D'Amelio, sixth seed Natsumi Hamamura of Japan winning in straight sets while fifth seed Kyung-Mi Chang of Korea winning in three sets over Shannon Gold.
Day two of the tournament features Ellen Barry (ranked at 32 in juniors) playing a winnable match against a Japanese opponent Haruka Fujishiro(ranked 908 in seniors) plus fourth seed Baker versus another Kiwi teen, Kairangi Vano.
Jones who is 61st in the world in juiors and at just over 700 in seniors will face eighth seed Biffy Kaufman of the United States who is ranked at 606. Hayman takes on the top seed Lubiani who is a former world top-70 player.
Well done Leanne & Fran!! A very solid win to start:D.
Bad luck Ellen & Sacha, but your time will come:).
Goo luck to all the Kiwi's playing singles tomorrow!! Good luck to Leanne, your going to need it to get past Kai!! :kiss::drool::worship:
Jessica Moore :kiss: :hearts: :banana: :rocker: Great win! another double bagel!
Good Luck vs Barnikow or Curtis in R2 :cool:
Lucia Gonzalez :banana:
Lisa D'Amelio :cool:
Bad Luck Shannon Golds! U Better not have wasted MP's! :bigcry:
Jan 31st, 2006, 11:03 AM
Katerina :D :yeah:
Jan 31st, 2006, 01:47 PM
Jan 31st, 2006, 03:10 PM
good luck Francesca :eek: :)
Jan 31st, 2006, 07:37 PM
Hard to believe Francesca was once a solid Top 60 player who got wins over legends of the 90's like Amanda Coetzer, Anke Huber, Zina Garrison or Amy Frazier :worship:
Jan 31st, 2006, 08:03 PM
Good luck today all the Kiwis!!!!!!! Go Leanne Baker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 1st, 2006, 02:07 AM
(8)Biffy Kaufman(USA) def. Sacha Jones(NZL) 62 76:sad:
(Q)Jade Curtis(GBR) def. (3)Lauren Barnikow(USA) (Not sure of the score.):eek::yeah:
Hye-Mi Byun(KOR) def. Christina Fusano(USA) (I'm about 95% sure, but not sure of the score.)
I heard that Emma and Fran are playing now, and Emma's doing a good job, but not sure of the score.
Its 4.10pm here, play was delayed due to rain. But it is hot and sunny now:).
I alson heard that it got so hot on centre court, that everytime the ball kids were changed, they were taken down in the road and would have a quick swim in lake Taupo, before the next match.
I will have another update soon!!
Feb 1st, 2006, 02:34 AM
Jade! :bounce: Great win!!
Feb 1st, 2006, 03:16 AM
Sarah Aulombard :rolleyes:
Feb 1st, 2006, 06:39 AM
Rain & Loss For Jones At Taupo
Rain put a dampener on first round play at the inaugural LochEagles US$10,000 women's tennis Futures.
The day was also notable for one of New Zealand's most promising players, Sacha Jones, 15 of Auckland losing her first round match.
Jones ranked at 741 in the world in seniors lost to the 606th ranked Biffy Kaufman of the United States 6-2 7-6(5) in hot conditions after play had been delayed for two hours after light drizzle.
The tall Kaufman, 24 successfully charged the net forcing Jones into uncharacteristic errors in the first set.
In the second set Jones fought back to lead 3-1 but then lost the next four games before managing to claw her back to a tiebreak which she lost seven points to five against the flat-hitting Kaufman.
Meanwhile second seed Emily Hewson of Australia won her match in straight sets over Korea's Hee-Sun Lyoo-Suh but third seed Lauren Barnikow of the United States was defeated 6-2 6-0 by talented British player Jade Curtis who turns 16 later this week.
As a result of the rain which became steady late in the afternoon all first round matches including the contest between Kiwis Leanne Baker and Kairangi Vano as well as Ellen Barry against Haruka Fujishiro of Japan will be completed tomorrow (Thursday) starting at 11am at the Taupo Tennis Club.
Top seed Francesca Lubiani verus Kiwi Emma Hayman will be completed with Lubiani leading 2-0 in the first set. All second round singles will also be played.
Friday schedule Centre court 11am start quarterfinal singles:
Jessica Moore(AUS) v (6)Natsumi Hamamura(JPN)
Followed by (5)Kyung-Mi Chang v (4)Leanne Baker(NZL)
followed by Lucia Gonzalez(AUS) v (2)Emily Hewson(AUS)
Followed Quarterfinal doubles (1)Leanne Baker(NZL)/Francesca Lubiani(ITA) v Hanuka Fujishiro(JPN)/Natsumi Hamamura(JPN)
followed by (4)Nicole Kriz(AUS)/Emily Hewson(AUS) v Sevvy Gallios(AUS)/Shannon Golds(AUS) or Hye-Mi Byun(KOR)/Kyung-Mi Chang(KOR) followed by Bianca Acquistapace(AUS)/Kit Carson(USA) v (3)Lisa D'Amelio(AUS)/Lucia Gonzalez or Kairangi Vano(NZL)/Yumi Nakano(JPN)
Court 3 Midday start (1)Francesca Lubiani(ITA) v (7)Lisa D'Amelio(AUS)
Feb 2nd, 2006, 06:11 AM
Great woek Leanne!! Only one Kiwi left standing:o, and its the 'old guard', Leanne Baker:worship:. Now get revenge for last year against Chang!!
Great work Leanne and Fran!! Now lets win in the dubs as well!!!!
Feb 3rd, 2006, 04:46 AM
Well Done Leanne and Fran
Feb 3rd, 2006, 05:37 AM
Feb 3rd, 2006, 06:11 AM
Natsumi :yeah: ;)
three wins in a row
Feb 3rd, 2006, 07:14 AM
Kyung-Mi :tape: :(
Good to see Nacchan doing well after a slump 2005. :)
Feb 3rd, 2006, 09:14 AM
wow impressive results from Leanne :bolt: :clap2:
Keep it up babe :yeah: :worship: :banana:
Good luck in the doubles too!
Feb 3rd, 2006, 10:28 AM
FRancesca :worship: :worship:
Feb 3rd, 2006, 11:08 AM
Francesca and Leanne :D :yeah:
Feb 3rd, 2006, 12:49 PM
Go Leanne and Francesca!
Feb 3rd, 2006, 01:11 PM
Feb 3rd, 2006, 02:30 PM
Jess :bigcry: but congrats for a great week! Keep going in Wellington next week! :bounce:
Feb 4th, 2006, 12:03 AM
Francesca :), Leanne :D :), and Emily - phew again :)
Feb 4th, 2006, 01:39 AM
Final For Baker
Leanne Baker has won her way into the singles final of the US$10,000 LochEagles Taupo women's tennis Futures.
Baker the fourth seed beat second seeded Australiae Emily Hewson 6-4 6-2 and will now meet sixth seed Matsumi Hamamura of Japan in the final. Hamamura defeated top seeded Italian Francesca Lubiani 6-3 7-6(2).
Feb 4th, 2006, 03:49 AM
Feb 4th, 2006, 04:08 AM
Feb 4th, 2006, 04:18 AM
Yay Leanne :yeah: :D Win the final!
Feb 4th, 2006, 06:54 AM
Francesca :( :(
Feb 4th, 2006, 07:34 AM
wow Natsumi :D :D
great win - now win this thing
Feb 4th, 2006, 02:52 PM
Leanne :) :)
Feb 4th, 2006, 07:04 PM
Good luck today Leanne!!!!!
Feb 4th, 2006, 08:26 PM
Feb 4th, 2006, 09:29 PM
Feb 5th, 2006, 08:44 AM
Leanne wins the title! :bounce:
Barnikow/Fusano def Baker/Lubiani :sad:
Feb 5th, 2006, 09:08 AM
Baker d. Hamamura 61 62 :D :kiss:
Barnikow/Fusano d. Baker/Lubiani 64 64
"Winner & Runner-Up For Baker
Leanne Baker scored one from two in the finals of the US$10,000 Taupo tennis Futures winning the singles title over Japan's Natsumi Hamamura but losing the doubles title with Francesca Lubiani.
Baker, 25 took only an hour and four minutes to defeat the sixth seed Hamamura 6-1 6-2."
Prior to the match the Waikato player who was the tournaments fourth seed with a ranking of 433 was concerned about her 484th ranked opponent.
"I was worried about her and the way she had been playing. I stuck to my game plan and just stayed solid. I served well and kept focussed," said Baker.
The game started fortuitously for Baker who double faulted on the first point of the match but managed to stay calm to win the game and then break her opponents serve the very next game as Hamamura served three double faults.
"The double fault was not a good start," said Baker "In the end everything just went right."
By sticking to her game plan of keeping the points short and serving well Baker was able to add the inaugural Taupo title to her previous wins at Coatzacoalios in Mexico(1999), Felixstowe in England(99), Jessi in Italy last year and Wellington also in 2005.
"It's a good start to the year. It's pretty good to get some money behind me so I can go to the tournaments in Australia," said Baker who plays the US$10,000 ASB International in Wellington starting on Tuesday where she is the defending champ.
The victory was also the first for Baker in front of her mother, Anne and father, Lou who have supported her financially through her tennis career. "It was pretty cool for them to watch me win".
In the doubles final Baker and Lubiani the tournaments top seed lost to second seeded Americans Lauren Barnikow and Christina Fusano 6-4 6-4"
Feb 5th, 2006, 09:08 AM
Feb 5th, 2006, 02:36 PM
Well done Leanne :) :) :) - great start to the year