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Xian
May 1st, 2006, 06:04 PM
10000$ Scottish Open Edinburgh


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Edinburgh (pronounced (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet) /ˈɛdɪnˌbrə/), Důn Čideann (/tuːn ˈeːtʃən/) in Scottish Gaelic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Gaelic_language), is the second-largest city (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_status_in_the_United_Kingdom) in Scotland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland) and its capital city (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_city).

It is situated on the east coast of Scotland's central lowlands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Lowlands) on the south shore of the Firth of Forth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firth_of_Forth) and in the unitary local authority of City of Edinburgh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Edinburgh). It has been the capital of Scotland since 1437 and is the seat of the country's devolved government (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Executive). The city was one of the major centres of the enlightenment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment), led by the University of Edinburgh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Edinburgh). The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Educational%2C_Scientific_and_Cultu ral_Organization)World Heritage Site (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Heritage_Site) in 1995. In the census of 2001, Edinburgh had a total resident population of 448,624.

Edinburgh is well known for the annual Festival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Festival), the associated Festival Fringe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Fringe) the largest performing arts festival in the world, and for the Hogmanay (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogmanay) street party. At the time of the art festivals the population of the city doubles. The city is one of the world's major tourist destinations, attracting roughly 13 million visitors a year, and is the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom), after London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London).

THE TOURNAMENT:
Surface: Clay
Previous Winners:
2000 (25000$): Maria-Jose Martinez-Sanchez ESP d. Zsofia Gubacsi HUN 62 63
2001 (25000$): Zsofia Gubacsi HUN d. Syna Schmidle GER 64 64
2002 (25000$): Barbora Strycova CZE d. Sofia Arvidsson SWE 46 64 76
2003 (10000$): Elise Tamaela NED d. Jane O´Donoghue GBR 63 63
2004 (10000$): Ekatarina Kozhokina RUS d. Elke Clijsters BEL 61 64
2005 (10000$): Ekatarina Kozhokina RUS d. Melanie South GBR 64 63

2006 DRAWS



Quali
(1) Thaddea LOCK GBR vs bye
Francesca KINSELLA GBR vs Rachael HALL GBR 06 36
Georgina HINGLEY GBR vs bye
Nino SWONADZE POL vs Victoria SHARPLEY GBR 61 60
(2) Nicola MOONEY GBR vs bye
Natasha STARLING GBR vs Emma TULLETT AUS 61 62
Katie GATER GBR vs bye
Natasha MARKS GBR vs Sara NEDDHAM GBR 61 61
(3) Lauren DOSSOR GBR vs bye
Yanina WICKMAYER BEL vs Jenna WEBSTER GBR 63 60
Samantha VICKERS GBR vs Natasha HILLYER GBR 57 36
Rosanna HATCH GBR vs bye
Amy SARGEANT GBR vs Emma TOMLINSON GBR 60 60
Lindsay RAWLING GBR vs Sarah STALLARD GBR 26 46
Maria SPENCELEY GBR vs bye
Laura FISHER GBR vs Sophie PROCTOR GBR 46 06
2nd round
(1) Thaddea LOCK GBR d. Rachael HALL GBR 62 61
Georgina HINGLEY GBR d. Nino SWONADZE POL 76 63
(2) Nicola MOONEY GBR d. Natasha KHAN GBR 36 63 64
Natasha MARKS GBR d. Katie GATER GBR 60 60
Yanina WICKMAYER BEL d. (3) Lauren DOSSOR GBR 75 63
Natasha HILLYER GBR d. Rosanna HATCH GBR 64 63
Sarah STALLARD GBR d. Amy SARGEANT GBR 64 61
Maria SPENCELEY GBR d. Sophie PROCTOR GBR 62 26 64




MAIN DRAW

(1) Aleksandra SRNDOVIC SWE d. LL Rosanna HATCH GBR 63 60
Catarina FERREIRA POR d. Olivia SCARFI GBR 63 61
q Nicola MOONEY GBR d. Elizabeth THOMAS GBR 62 36 62
Lucy FLETCHER GBR d. (8) Claire RICKETTS GBR 46 63 62
(3) Mari ANDERSSON SWE d. Bibiane SCHOOFS NED 06 60 ret Schoofs
Julia BONE GBR d. q Thaddea LOCK GBR 60 61
Maya GAVEROVA RUS d. q Maria SPENCELEY GBR 63 62
Natasha MARKS GBR d. (7) Rachael DILLON IRL 63 26 64
(5) Georgie STOOP GBR d. q Natasha HILLYER GBR 63 60
Anastasia POLTORATSKAYA RUS d. Karolina NOWAK GER 61 61
Melissa PERCY GBR d. LL Amy SARGEANT GBR 62 62
(4) Nadja ROMA SWE d. Deborah ARMSTRONG GBR 61 46 63
(6) Piia SUOMALAINEN FIN d. q Sarah STALLARD GBR 61 63
q Yanina WICKMAYER BEL d. Appolonia MELZANI BEL 62 63
LL Lauren DOSSOR GBR d. LL Natasha STARLING GBR 63 62
(2) Claire PETERZAN GBR d. LL Georgina HINGLEY GBR 60 63
2nd round
(1) Aleksandra SRNDOVIC SWE d. Catarina FERREIRA POR 63 64
Lucy FLETCHER GBR d. q Nicola MOONEY GBR 61 46 64
(3) Mari ANDERSSON SWE d. Julia BONE GBR 61 61
Maya GAVEROVA RUS d. q Natasha MARKS GBR 62 62
Anastasia POLTORATSKAYA RUS d. (5) Georgie STOOP GBR 64 62
Melissa PERCY GBR d. (4) Nadja ROMA SWE 63 36 76
q Yanina WICKMAYER BEL d. (6) Piia SUOMALAINEN FIN 62 61
(2) Claire PETERZAN GBR d. LL Lauren DOSSOR GBR 61 64
QF
(1) Aleksandra SRNDOVIC SWE d. Lucy FLETCHER GBR 60 61
(3) Mari ANDERSSON SWE d. Maya GAVEROVA RUS 61 63
Anastasia POLTORATSKAYA RUS d. Melissa GIBB GBR 60 61
q Yanina WICKMAYER BEL d. (2) Claire PETERZAN GBR 60 62
SF
(3) Mari ANDERSSON SWE d. (1) Aleksandra SRNDOVIC SWE 50 ret
q Yanina WICKMAYER BEL d. Anastasia POLTORATSKAYA RUS 64 76
Final
(3) Mari ANDERSSON SWE d. q Yanina WICKMAYER BEL 06 63 61

Grachka
May 5th, 2006, 07:08 PM
I hope to go to this for a couple of days at least. :cool:

DutchieGirl
May 6th, 2006, 04:43 AM
2001 (25000$): Zsofia Gubacsi HUN d. Syna Schmidle GER 64 64
2002 (25000$): Barbora Strycova CZE d. Sofia Arvidsson SWE 46 64 76
2003 (10000$): Elise Tamaela NED d. Jane O´Donoghue GBR 63 63

:banana: Good years! ;)

Go Bibi!

ozfan44
May 6th, 2006, 05:56 AM
Go Emma Tullett!

Brαm
May 6th, 2006, 08:08 AM
Please play here, Yanina :angel:

Mommiej
May 6th, 2006, 02:26 PM
Go Bibi!

DutchieGirl
May 7th, 2006, 02:33 AM
Is she gonna play, if she injured her shoulder? (Bibi I mean). :sad:

Paule22
May 7th, 2006, 10:05 PM
Go Lauren Dossor!!! :)

Palicot
May 8th, 2006, 11:25 AM
Qualifying round

(1) Thaddea Lock GBR BYE
Francesca Kinsella GBR v Rachael Hall GBR

Georgina Hingley BYE
Nino Szownadze POL v Victoria Sharpley GBR

(2) Nicola Mooney GBR BYE
Natasha Starling GBR v Emma Tullett AUS

Katie Gater GBR BYE
Natash Marks GBR v Sara Needham GBR

(3) Lauren Dossor GBR BYE
Yanina Wickmayer BEL v Jenna Webster GBR

Samantha Vickers GBR v Natasha Hillyer GBR
Rosanna Hatch GBR BYE

Amy Sargeant GBR v Emma Tomlinson GBR
Lindsay Rawling GBR v Sarah Stallard GBR

Maria Spenceley GBR BYE
Laura Fisher GBR v Sophie Proctor GBR

tobi
May 8th, 2006, 12:21 PM
good luck Lauren :)

TheBoiledEgg
May 8th, 2006, 02:14 PM
good luck to


Rachael Hall GBR ;) :angel: ;)
Georgina Hingley BYE ;)
Katie Gater GBR :)
(3) Lauren Dossor GBR ;) :D
Natasha Hillyer GBR ;)
Amy Sargeant GBR :)
Sarah Stallard GBR ;)
Maria Spenceley GBR ;)

paul_masterton
May 8th, 2006, 05:39 PM
all matches won in straight sets :o

Hall bt Kinsella 60 63
Sharpley lost 60 61
Starling won 61 62
Marks bt Needham
Webster lost
Hillyer bt Vickers 75 63
Sargeant bt Tomlinson 60 60
Stallard bt Rawling 64 62
Proctor bt Fisher

TheBoiledEgg
May 8th, 2006, 05:48 PM
Paul, did you go :p .......... details if so ........ :p

Rachael ;) :woohoo:
Natasha H ;)
Sarah S ;)

paul_masterton
May 8th, 2006, 06:13 PM
nope got exams this week and the field is crap, lol. not really worth the bus fare down lol.

saving my money for a day at wimby qualies if karen gets through the play-offs, first plane down, last one back lol

tobi
May 8th, 2006, 07:24 PM
Sophie :)

Foot's Fingers
May 9th, 2006, 01:53 PM
main draw?

ozfan44
May 9th, 2006, 02:20 PM
Emma Tullett :sad:

Emma is a Cool aussie chick that works for Tennis West in Australia doing Pennant results and helping at tournaments!

paul_masterton
May 9th, 2006, 06:56 PM
Lock bt Hall 63 61
Hingley bt Snownadze 76(5) 63 http://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile_big.gif
Mooney bt Starling 36 63 64 http://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile_big.gifhttp://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile_big.gifhttp://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile_big.gif
Marks bt Gater 60 60
Wickmayer bt Dosser 75 63 http://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile_sad.gif
Hillyer bt Hatch 64 63 http://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile.gif
Stallard bt Sargeant 64 61 http://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile_big.gifhttp://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile_big.gifhttp://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile_big.gif
Spencely bt Proctor 62 26 64 http://www.gbtennisgirls.com/forum/icon_smile_big.gif

TheBoiledEgg
May 9th, 2006, 07:18 PM
Rachael :sobbing: :sad:
Lauren :( :sad: :(

Georgina ;) :D
Natasha :) :D
Maria ;) :yeah:

Monica_Rules
May 9th, 2006, 08:20 PM
Teletxt had some maindraw results

Scarfi loosing and Flecher winning in 3 over another brit.

TheBoiledEgg
May 9th, 2006, 09:02 PM
WED OOP is out
12 matches tomorrow

http://downloads.lta.org.uk/webservices/TempResults/060509Edinburgh10KWomens/oop.pdf

suprised no maindraw can be found :o ???

Bibi plays ;) :hope she's ok :)
Maya got Spenceley ;)
Lauren is a LL :D


Catarina Ferreira POR d. Olivia Scarfi GBR 63 61 :( :sad:
Lucy Fletcher GBR d. Claire Ricketts GBR 46 63 62
Anastasia Poltoratskaya RUS d. Karolina Nowak POL 61 61 :banana: :D
Nadja Roma SWE d. Deborah Armstrong GBR 61 46 63

The Guilty
May 9th, 2006, 09:17 PM
Catarina :D :banana:

Great day! All the portuguese girls won! :bounce:

Sharapova's_Boy
May 10th, 2006, 12:56 AM
Nastya :woohoo:

Alek
May 10th, 2006, 01:57 AM
Nadja :)

Grachka
May 10th, 2006, 08:43 AM
I'll go in today after all. It had better be good! :fiery: ;)

chantie
May 10th, 2006, 09:10 AM
Go Bibi :angel: :p

tobi
May 10th, 2006, 11:42 AM
MD

http://www.tenniseurope.org/PDF/Professional/womens/2006/Apr-Jun06/edinburgh/smd.pdf

Nastya :D

go

Bibi :)

Monica_Rules
May 10th, 2006, 11:52 AM
What a crap draw. Wonder why Naomi isn't playing she would have won this easy.

DutchieGirl
May 10th, 2006, 12:24 PM
meh... come on Bibi - beat the seed! ;)

TheBoiledEgg
May 10th, 2006, 12:31 PM
The Watson Wyatt Scottish Open, Edinburgh:
1st rd:
Nicola Mooney (Gbr) bt Elizabeth Thomas (Gbr) 6-2 3-6 6-2
Julia Bone (Gbr) bt Thaddea Lock (Gbr) 6-0 6-1
Maya Gaverova (Rus) bt Maria Spenceley (Gbr) 6-3 6-2 ;) :D
Natasha Marks (Gbr) bt Rachael Dillon (Irl) 6-3 2-6 6-4 :)
Georgie Stoop (Gbr) bt Natasha Hillyer (Gbr) 6-3 6-0 :banana: :D
Melissa Percy (Gbr) bt Amy Sargeant (Gbr) 6-2 6-2, :)

rrfnpump
May 10th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Maya :)
Nadja ;)

and another Nastya P :kiss:

Monica_Rules
May 10th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Georgie:)
Julia:)
Melissa:)

FedererFan84
May 10th, 2006, 03:17 PM
Cox is out, can I vote for Suomalainen instead?

TheBoiledEgg
May 10th, 2006, 03:25 PM
Aleksondra Srndovic (Swe) bt Jessica Jackson (Gbr) 6-3 6-4 :sad: :sad:
Mari Andersson (Swe) bt Bibiane Schoofs (Netherlands) 0-6 6-0 ret :sobbing: :crying: :( :bigcry: :sad:
Lauren Dossor (Gbr) bt Natasha Starling (Gbr) 6-3 6-2 :banana: :) :D
Claire Peterzan (Gbr) bt Georgina Hingley (Gbr) 6-0 6-3 :( :( :bolt:


oh no Bibi :sad: :sad:
seems the injured elbow is still troubling her :sad: :sad:

Grachka
May 10th, 2006, 04:10 PM
Srndovic actually beat Rosanna Hatch, a lucky loser, as Jackson withdrew beforehand.

Q Yanina Wickmayer BEL d. Appollonia Melzani BEL 6-2 6-3

(8) Piia Suomalainen FIN led Q Sarah Stallard GBR 6-1 2-2 when I got too bored to stay.

Bibiane Schoofs appeared to have some sort of shoulder/back trouble, at least thats what it looked like.

Jodie
May 10th, 2006, 04:38 PM
Maya :D

Bibi :sad:

titop73
May 10th, 2006, 05:40 PM
Claire :)

xXSarajevoXx
May 10th, 2006, 06:08 PM
Aleksandra :) :)
Piia :D

tobi
May 10th, 2006, 08:03 PM
Bibi :sad:

Grachka
May 10th, 2006, 09:08 PM
(8) Piia Suomalainen FIN d. Q Sarah Stallard 6-1 6-3

Shock horror. :tape:

Reports on the matches I saw, to follow.

Brαm
May 10th, 2006, 09:11 PM
(8) Piia Suomalainen FIN d. Q Sarah Stallard 6-1 6-3

Shock horror. :tape:

Reports on the matches I saw, to follow.
Thanks :worship:

Grachka
May 10th, 2006, 09:51 PM
Julia Bone GBR d. Q Thaddea Lock GBR 6-0 6-1

This match was over relatively quickly. Thaddea elected to combat Bone's very precise, powerful shots with inane moonballing, and yet still made far more errors than Julia...kind of defeating the purpose of passive play! As the match wore on, Thaddea became more desperate, and Bone didn't really have to a great deal apart from swat away the weak Lock replies. Julia seems lovely, btw, I think as a board we should embrace her wonderful personality, and cheer her on to further success.

Maya Gaverova RUS d. Q Maria Spenceley GBR 6-3 6-2

Maria Spenceley is quite funny to watch. She's quite a well-built girl, and has a fiery temper. Unfortunately, her game is rather erratic and unpredictable, like her temperament! Gaverova is a pretty good player, a leftie, and hits hard and flat, and hits very cleanly indeed. The result was never really in doubt, and the right girl won in the end. Funny thing afterwards though, Gaverova came off court and was greeted by her adoring Russian fan club, shrieks of Davai! hugging etc. etc. Maria came off just behind and didn't look particularly amused at all :o. She looked pretty grumpy actually. I'd rather not tackle her ;).

Q Natasha Marks GBR d. Rachael Dillon IRL 6-3 2-6 6-4

This was one of the more entertaining matches. Natasha was smaller than Dillon, and didn't hit nearly as hard, but she plays quite intelligent tennis, looping and slicing to force errors from the Irish girl. I had a bloody heart attack at one point though, because this match was quite a quiet one, with not much shouting etc. and then I got up to switch courts, and Dillon missed a shot and absolutely SHRIEKED. I had to go and change my underwear after that one :o Dropshots galore in this match, and Marks almost blew it. She led 4-1 in the third set, choked away her lead very easily, and had to rely on a couple of Dillon errors to get her to 5-4. Dillon then capitulated, and threw three forehands in a row beyond the baseline to give up rather tamely.

Georgie Stoop GBR d. Natasha Hillyer GBR 6-3 6-0

Saw the last two points of this one. Georgie won them both. Thrilling match, therefore!

Melissa Percy GBR d. Amy Sargeant GBR 6-2 6-2

Amy has quite a nice single-handed backhand, but aside from that she was pretty poor in this match. Melissa really only needed to be solid and get the ball in, and Amy would dump it (usually via a forehand) into the net. Amy also looks a bit bizarre, quite like a multicoloured bag lady, which is especially odd from someone so young. She had a kind of ill-fitting :tape: red outfit on, and complete with the black shoes and outmoded headband, she looked a picture, I think it adds to her character anyway, so I've decided that we love Amy Sargeant. They were also stuck on Court 4, aka the Road court, where any stray balls go onto the main road and into the pub across from it! Anyway, Melissa had a surprisingly large fan club with her, who cheered her every shot, which was fairly amusing for the first round of a $10K, but good on her for garnering support like that. She's quite pretty and blonde, which must help a bit...

Aleksandra Srndovic SWE d. LL Rosanna Hatch 6-3 6-0

I said to someone before I went that I would be avoiding Srndovic like the plague, as I believe her to be incredibly boring, and she certainly didn't disappoint. Ironically, the early finish of the Lock-Bone match meant that I spent quite a lot of time at this match instead. Rosanna was actually not as bad as I expected, she was by far the more aggressive of the two anyway. Her forehand is quite bizarre looking, she has the loooong, protracted backswing on it, with a cute wee loop at the top of it. It's quite effective though, won her a few cheap points. However, her backhand is pretty poor, and her netplay was quite ghastly at times. It went neck and neck for much of the first set, with Srndovic just hacking her way through the points, letting Hatch make the errors, which she duly did. After a few closely fought games, Srndovic consolidated a break and took the first set 6-3. Hatch then had treatment on her hand at 0-1 in the second set, and then faded away quite horribly. I expected her to be hideous though, or am I thinking of Roxanne Sammel? Oh well, all and the same thing.

Mari Andersson SWE d. Bibiane Schoofs NED 0-6 6-0 ret.

This was really a shame. Bibiane was by far the best in the tournament that I had seen today, in the first set at least. She has a quite orgasmic backhand slice, and her serve was far superior to Andersson's. It was such a topsy-turvy match, because from the get-go Schoofs was pressurising Andersson, and I don't think Mari even had a game point on her service in the first set. Schoofs had a few more problems on her own serve, but basically she dominated the opening set. Andersson hit numerous errors when faced with the Schoofs slice, and generally didn't look like getting into the match at all. When the bagel was baked, delivered and shoved down Mari's throat, it seemed to change her entirely. She must have eaten or had something amazing during the changeover (my money is on cocaine), because when she came back she was a completely different person. She was aggressive, her strokes were more penetrating, and Schoofs was doing all the running, and her movement became more lethargic and she gave up on a lot of balls. Andersson was also more dominating at the net...however, at 6-0 0-6 Schoofs had a medical timeout, when the trainer came to courtside. She spun her arms about a lot, grimaced a few times, did a few hip swiggles etc. etc. It seemed to be either a shoulder or back problem, probably back otherwise she wouldn't be swinging her arms about so violently. At least, I don't imagine that this would be particularly healthy if your shoulder was hurting...to thrust it about. Anyway, Bibi played another game, barely moved for any ball outwith a two foot radius, and at 0-30 gave up. Very sad to see, because she was clearly the better player in the first set, and has a delicious game :drool:. She came off the court in tears, and went off to phone someone on her mobile and I never saw her the rest of the afternoon. Andersson should probably go far in this tournament, as she is a great player herself, she was just overshadowed a bit today. Incidentally, the tournament has about 300 Dutch men in it, and they were all out in force to support Bibi, and then all abandoned her when she won the first set. Maybe she could have done with it all through the match.

Claire Peterzan GBR d. Georgina Hingley GBR 6-0 6-3

Two things can be deduced from this match, and neither of them explain Claire's lack of form. Firstly, whatever happened to Georgina Hingley's must have been a) tennis related, and b) so fucking scary that it's traumatised her forever. She was desperately poor today, put in blunt terms. It's sad, because I'm sure I've seen her before, and she was so much better than that. Her serve was, frankly, frightening. She hit multiple double faults, and she dumped several returns straight into the net, and barely tested Claire at all in the first set. Therefore, it's quite difficult to know how bad Claire plays under pressure, the true indicator of form. Claire's form dipped alarmingly at the beginning on the second set, and generally she looked awkward and off-balance throughout, and I saw about 35 million forehand errors in a particularly long game at 1-1. Her movement was a little suspect too, but you come to expect that on a clay adjustment tournament. Anyway, Hingley was at one point a break up at *2-1, but then capitulated again, and Claire struggled her way to the win. Claire had a very nice tan from her time in ?India?, so at least she got something out of that trip. She has a very nice, compact game, and her forehand is usually far more reliable. She seems to have beefed it up a bit since the last time I saw her, so if she can hit form again, I reckon she should be in Wimbledon qualifying at least. The less said about Hingley's current form, the better. :tape:

Q Yanina Wickmayer BEL d. Appollonia Melzani BEL 6-2 6-3

(For Bram) Caught the second set of this match, as it was going on at the same time as the Stallard-Suomalainen snorefest. I can't even begin to describe how odd Appollonia looks. She is built like a small boy, looks like a small boy, plays like a small boy, and generally resembles a small boy. She is so thin and scrawny looking, she almost blends in with the air around her! Think of the child pictures of Justine Henin-Hardenne with the bowl of oranges, and multiply the small boy factor by 10, and you will get Appollonia Melzani. She has quite a nice game, although it wasn't nearly as varied or penetrating as it needed to be against Wickmayer. I don't want to look like a complete cock, but I just couldn't get over how Melzani looked! It wasn't so much the boyish look, but that she was not built at all like a women's tennis player. Anyway, it is irrelevant. Wickmayer has a nice game, an odd service motion if I remember right, and she was quite pretty. Her backhand is very nice indeed, and elicited more than once a sigh of contentment and admiration from me. She had a rather irritating grunt however, which put me off her a wee bit. Anyway, she generally had the heavier weight of shot, and more consistency, and Melzani didn't really bring anything new to the table to challenge her. She is simply to small and physically dwarfed by even a normal player to compete. How old is she? Maybe she can grow with age, and her weapons will develop. However, today she was just overpowered and overmatched. Simple win. This match was also a wee bit of a let down after a great men's match between Brewer (:inlove: ) and Haase, so the crowd were a little bit flat. Not that there was a crowd anyway. I think I was one of 3 people that were not a relative or coach of any player.

(8) Piia Suomalainen FIN led Q Sarah Stallard GBR 6-1 6-3

I left at 2-2 in the second set, as I was so desperately bored. Piia is a lovely girl, as I heard her chatting with a woman just before the match, and she's very nice and talkative. Alas, her game is not one that is built for public entertainment. She is solid on both wings, in that she doesn't spray the ball all over the place, but all she does is lump the ball into the middle of the court with little spin, and wait for the ball to come back so that she do it again. Her serve looks a little odd, but even that result is orthodox. However, the real story of this match was one Miss Sarah Stallard. What a...:tape:...revelation she is. She has a very special interpretation of the game of tennis. Her serve is just an abomination. Every time she hit a serve, it physically hurt me. It hurt me. Her second serves were incredibly poor, and were generally just patty cake pansy shots to start the rally (that she would invariably lose). Her forehand is incredibly odd also, with a long protracted takeback (complete with exaggerated baseline "crab dancing" as the ball loops over). Her backhand is fairly solid in comparison, with even a couple of DTL winners (!). However, the main part of the match involved loopy, powderpuff balls being exchanged for a few minutes before Sarah inevitably dumped an easy ball in the net or two feet behind the baseline. She is also kinda posh, and would shout out things like "Oh no, what is wrong with your to-day?" in perfect Queen's English, and such disgusting expletives as "Lovely!" and "Drat!". OK, I made the last one up, but you get the idea. After an extremely long, and painful set, they started off in much the same vein in the second, with Piia being dragged down to Sarah's level a wee bit, to even it up, it seems. I cannot describe how bad this match was - they were just patty caking it across to each other, and dancing about as if they were about to hit a huge winner, and then patting it back again. It was like a kindergarten match. I have no idea how Suomalainen has done as well as she has done, if that is how she plays every week.


Oh dear, I wrote quite a lot. Oh well, I type quickly so it doesn't matter. I think those are all the matches I saw. I am going tomorrow, and I hope that the quality improves somewhat!

Marat Safin fan
May 10th, 2006, 10:16 PM
Graham! I can't believe you got the word orgasmic in!

Sharapova's_Boy
May 10th, 2006, 10:23 PM
Maya :D

Alek
May 10th, 2006, 11:11 PM
Srndovic, Andersson, Roma :)

DutchieGirl
May 10th, 2006, 11:48 PM
Aleksondra Srndovic (Swe) bt Jessica Jackson (Gbr) 6-3 6-4 :sad: :sad:
Mari Andersson (Swe) bt Bibiane Schoofs (Netherlands) 0-6 6-0 ret :sobbing: :crying: :( :bigcry: :sad:
Lauren Dossor (Gbr) bt Natasha Starling (Gbr) 6-3 6-2 :banana: :) :D
Claire Peterzan (Gbr) bt Georgina Hingley (Gbr) 6-0 6-3 :( :( :bolt:


oh no Bibi :sad: :sad:
seems the injured elbow is still troubling her :sad: :sad:

:fiery: Damn it! :hug: Bibi

Monica_Rules
May 11th, 2006, 11:14 AM
As far as i know this must be the worst field in a 10k in britian for quite a while so i am not suprised to see such rubish matches. wrexham qualies often throws up some god damn rubish matches. Wallace vs Miles comes to mind but then again you get gems like Curtis vs Marama.

CooCooCachoo
May 11th, 2006, 11:48 AM
:rolls: Grammypoo. That was brilliant :hatoff: :hug:

You saw Robin Haase. What a waste of time.

Georgie Stoop GBR d. Natasha Hillyer GBR 6-3 6-0

Saw the last two points of this one. Georgie won them both. Thrilling match, therefore!

:rolls:

TheBoiledEgg
May 11th, 2006, 12:16 PM
Women’s event, 2nd rd:

Aleksandra Srndovic (Swe) bt Catarina Ferreira (Por) 6-3 6-4
Lucy Fletcher (Gbr) bt Nicola Mooney (Gbr) 6-1 4-6 6-4

xXSarajevoXx
May 11th, 2006, 12:23 PM
Srndovic :)

Grachka
May 11th, 2006, 01:32 PM
(3) Mari Andersson SWE d. Julia Bone GBR 61 61
Maya Gaverova RUS d. Q Natasha Marks GBR 62 62
Anastasia Poltoratskaya RUS d. (5) Georgie Stoop GBR 64 62
(4) Nadja Roma SWE tied with Melissa Percy GBR 46 63 11

I got too burnt to stay for Peterzan-Dossor and Suomalainen-Wickmayer.

Jodie
May 11th, 2006, 01:34 PM
Maya :yeah:

tnx Graham ;)

TheBoiledEgg
May 11th, 2006, 01:42 PM
Nastya P ;) :yeah:
Maya :D :)

Alek
May 11th, 2006, 01:48 PM
r2, Srndovic, Andersson :)
Come on Nadja!

Monica_Rules
May 11th, 2006, 03:04 PM
Georgie:sad:

Julia:sad:

TheBoiledEgg
May 11th, 2006, 04:06 PM
Melissa Percy (Gbr) bt Nadja Roma (Swe) 6-3 3-6 7-6 (11-9) :) :)
Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) bt Piia Suomalainen (Fin) 6-2 6-1 :)
Claire Peterzan (Gbr) bt Lauren Dossor (Gbr) 6-1 6-4 :( :sad:

xXSarajevoXx
May 11th, 2006, 04:19 PM
Piia :(

Monica_Rules
May 11th, 2006, 04:33 PM
Well Done Melissa and Claire- Hopefully she can get to the final now.

Bart
May 11th, 2006, 07:58 PM
Yanina :D

The Guilty
May 11th, 2006, 09:39 PM
(3) Mari Andersson SWE d. Julia Bone GBR 61 61
Maya Gaverova RUS d. Q Natasha Marks GBR 62 62
Anastasia Poltoratskaya RUS d. (5) Georgie Stoop GBR 64 62
(4) Nadja Roma SWE tied with Melissa Percy GBR 46 63 11

I got too burnt to stay for Peterzan-Dossor and Suomalainen-Wickmayer.

Did you see Catarina Ferreira? :wavey:

Sharapova's_Boy
May 12th, 2006, 01:21 AM
Nastya :D
Maya :worship:

Grachka
May 12th, 2006, 09:15 AM
Did you see Catarina Ferreira? :wavey:
I did indeed! She looks sweet, but was unfortunately involved in one of the more tedious matches of the tournament. Not particularly shocking as it also involved Srndovic :help:. She is essentially powerless, and resorted to moonballing for loooong periods of time. She's also a tiny woman, and is not physically strong, so I can't exactly blame her for doing that, as I can't imagine she is capable of Serena-esque power tennis. I was naturally supporting her against Srndovic, but it was a bit of a yawnfest.

This match also had one of the longest rallies I've ever seen in my life. It went on for several minutes, just moonball after moonball after moonball...

CCCP1
May 12th, 2006, 01:22 PM
Any other reports Gratchka

TheBoiledEgg
May 12th, 2006, 02:12 PM
Women’s quarter-finals:
Aleksandra Srndovic (Swe) bt Lucy Fletcher (Gbr) 6-0 6-1
Mari Andersson (Swe) bt Maya Gaverova (Rus) 6-1 6-3 :mad: :fiery:
Anastasia Poltoratskaya (Rus) bt Melissa Percy (Gbr) 6-0 6-1 :angel: :worship: :kiss:
Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) bt Claire Peterzan (Gbr) 6-0 6-2,

Grachka
May 12th, 2006, 02:14 PM
Quarter Finals

(1) Aleksandra Srndovic SWE d. Lucy Fletcher GBR 60 61 :o :help:
(3) Mari Andersson SWE d. Maya Gaverova RUS 61 63
Anastasia Poltoratskaya RUS d. Melissa Percy GBR 60 61
Q Yanina Wickmayer BEL d. (2) Claire Peterzan GBR 60 62 :smash:

If there is anyone you want to know about *cory*, I can tell you. ;) (but I wasn't there today.)

Wimanna
May 12th, 2006, 02:18 PM
OMG Yanina :eek: :eek:

Bart
May 12th, 2006, 03:14 PM
Yanina :eek: :yeah:

mpmg
May 12th, 2006, 04:17 PM
Great job Andersson. Win it all girl

Jodie
May 12th, 2006, 04:45 PM
Maya :sad:

Brαm
May 12th, 2006, 07:52 PM
These scores are really amazing. Not even one tight set :eek:

Yanina :worship:

Alek
May 12th, 2006, 09:48 PM
Ugh Percy losing that way after beating Nadja :mad:


Come on ALEKSANDRA, tomorrow :D

tobi
May 12th, 2006, 10:36 PM
Nastya :D

CCCP1
May 13th, 2006, 08:20 AM
Go Aleksandra Srndovic

Bart
May 13th, 2006, 03:47 PM
SF:

(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) def. Anastasia Poltoratskaya (RUS): 6-4 7-6(4) :worship:

TheBoiledEgg
May 13th, 2006, 04:08 PM
Mari Andersson (Swe) bt Aleksandra Srndovic (Swe) 5-0 ret

Nastya :sad: :( :(

Alek
May 13th, 2006, 05:24 PM
Aleksandra :sad:

tobi
May 13th, 2006, 08:53 PM
wow Yanina in final :eek:

TheBoiledEgg
May 14th, 2006, 12:48 PM
Women's Final:

Mari Andersson (Swe) bt Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) 0-6 6-1 6-3

congrats Mari :)

Emiel Goelen
May 14th, 2006, 01:26 PM
Yanina :(

rated_next
May 14th, 2006, 02:07 PM
Well done Mari :)

Alek
May 14th, 2006, 02:47 PM
Mari :)!