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Oct 14th, 2006, 05:24 PM
Next up for Nicole is Zurich.

Here is the draw:

(1)Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) vs bye
Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs Qualifier
Marion Bartoli (FRA) vs Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs (6)Patty Schnyder (SUI)

(3)Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs bye
Jelena Jankovic (SCG) vs Qualifier
(WC)Nathalie Dechy (FRA) vs Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) vs (5)Martina Hingis (SUI)

(7)Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) vs Tatiana Golovin (FRA)
(WC)Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI) vs Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) vs Mary Pierce (FRA)
bye vs (4)Elena Dementieva (RUS)

(8)Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs Qualifier
Qualifier vs Anastasia Myskina (RUS)
Shahar Peer (ISR) vs (WC)Alicia Molik (AUS)
bye vs (2)Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Nicole vs. Tati first round :eek:

Oct 14th, 2006, 06:17 PM
good luck Nikki!!!:bounce:

Oct 14th, 2006, 06:42 PM
Ouep, bonne chance. Il y a un gros morceau d'entrée.

Oct 14th, 2006, 07:46 PM
jespere que nicole va continuer dans sa lancée
bonne chance nicole pour zurich

Oct 15th, 2006, 01:10 AM
Good luck Nicole! :)

Oct 15th, 2006, 02:40 AM
good luck,i am sure you can do well,but i don't know if you are so tired :confused:

Relax :angel:

Oct 16th, 2006, 05:12 PM
visit my website http://www.nicolevaidisova.wz.cz :)

Oct 16th, 2006, 08:26 PM
So tough 1st round vs. Golovin. I like both girl, good luck them :)

Oct 16th, 2006, 08:33 PM
I think if Nicole isn't tired, she will defeat Golovin. Good Luck Nicole. I remember to you, my website is http://www.nicolevaidisova.wz.cz/index.html

Oct 16th, 2006, 08:44 PM
Its gonna be a tough match. Tatiana was running in Stuttgart like crazy. 1000 km at least right-left/front-back. She just got tired in final and Nadia was playing amazing.

Oct 16th, 2006, 10:20 PM
yeah, it will be tough... Their last match went 11-9 in the third set at Fed Cup. Hopefully Nicole will win easily though. ;) Just hope she isn't tired from Moscow...

Oct 17th, 2006, 03:08 PM
well,nicole's match will start soon,good luck nicole

Maria K has won her match in two,so if nicole could win this match,they may meet at the second round,i hope to see that :angel:

go nicole:kiss:

Oct 17th, 2006, 03:41 PM
Nicole lost the first set 2-6.:(

Oct 17th, 2006, 04:01 PM
I really can't believe,the result :scared:

Oct 17th, 2006, 04:06 PM
Et oui, a peine croyable :rolleyes: ... mais Nicole semble au bout du rouleau lŕ... peut ętre faudrait-il qu'elle prenne un peu de repos.

Oct 17th, 2006, 04:13 PM
what's wrong?.. i can't believe in result it's impossible.. Nicole :,(

Oct 17th, 2006, 04:18 PM
I hope to nicole is tired from Moscow. But I must accept that Golovin played perfectly :(

Oct 17th, 2006, 04:52 PM
ugh how embarrassing... Nicole really wasted an opportunity to gain big points this week.

Nothing much more to say. :help:

Oct 17th, 2006, 05:17 PM
...Nicole really needs to become more consistent and stop losing matches she should win. It is becoming really sad to see her do well one week and lose early the next... :sad:

This year she has lost early in Memphis (Azarenka), Charleston (Castano), Beijing (Sugiyama) and now Zurich (Golovin). Also has had injuries that forced her out of Indian Wells, Miami, and withdrew from Montreal.

Next year I guess it's good that she will have opportunity to gain points at some big tournaments but not if she keeps this up. :o

Oct 17th, 2006, 05:51 PM

Oct 17th, 2006, 06:18 PM
Vaidisova out of WTA Championship
Posted: Tuesday October 17, 2006 12:48PM; Updated: Tuesday October 17, 2006 12:48PM

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Tatiana Golovin upset seventh-seeded Nicole Vaidisova 6-2, 6-0 Tuesday in the first round of the Zurich Open, knocking the Czech out of the race to qualify for the season-ending WTA Championship.

In the two games she did lose, Golovin still had break points.

"I was definitely expecting a tougher match," the Frenchwoman said. "But from the start I could feel she wasn't in it and I took advantage of it. I wanted it to be over fast. I wanted to put her head under water right away."

The Zurich Open is the last big event before the season-ending tournament in Madrid, Spain, and only the top eight players in the WTA race rankings qualify. Vaidisova is 11th.

"Tatiana played great. I had an off day," Vaidisova said. "Put those together and that's pretty much what happened. Everyone has their off days."


Oct 17th, 2006, 08:50 PM
Probably she was tired. She is right, everybody has an off-day. Have a big rest, girl! ;)

Oct 17th, 2006, 09:23 PM
Just see the match,and she was tired and somewhere else.Like she doesn't understand what's happening.Groggy.Tatiana played very well.Nicole could do nothing on the court today.Like she has said,"off-day".That was exactly this.She was very painful to watch :sad:
And,once,she was touching her abductor.Hope it's nothing.

Oct 17th, 2006, 09:44 PM
Nicole. :sad:

Only two aces and one groundstroke winner.

That is not the Nicole we know. :shrug:

I hope she rests up and plays better in Linz. :hug:

Oct 17th, 2006, 11:01 PM
Teenager Nicole Vaidisova could not handle an in-form Tatiana Golovin on Tuesday. Seeded No.7 here, the Czech was routed, 62 60, by the Frenchwoman, who just reached her biggest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour final this month at Stuttgart. Golovin's second round opponent is Maria Kirilenko, a 64 76(4) victor over wild card Emmanuelle Gagliardi.

"Tatiana played great," Vaidisova said. "I just couldn't find my rhythm today. Unfortunately, some days are like that. I hope for better results in my next tournament (Linz)."


She'll be a top 4 seed at Linz, so Nicole will have a bye in first round.

Oct 26th, 2006, 07:59 PM
ZÜRICH OPEN (Zürich, Switzerland; indoor hard; WTA Tier I)
=========== http://www.zurichopen.net/ (http://www.zurichopen.net/)

Nicole came into this tournament with a slim chance of qualifying for the Sony Ericsson Championships (if she won Zürich, Linz & Hasselt), but unfortunately she also came in with an empty tank after her tough week in Moscow (which ended with a semi-final defeat). Looking tired and unwell, Nicole saw her SEC-chance evaporate with a quick first-round loss to the gorgeous Tatiana Golovin.

I'm not going to make a disaster out of Nicole's loss. It was just one of those things, and even as I post this - after a week so busy I had to put my tennis-reports on hold - Nicole is already back on the winning track at Linz.

Photos & videos

On-court photos of Nicole & Tatiana:
Search Getty Images for "vaidisova" or "golovin"

On-court photos of Nicole:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=204976&page=49 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=204976&page=49)
(very nice photos from Moscow on p.48)

Off-court photos of Nicole:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=zurich (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=zurich)

Videos of the match:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9294361 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9294361) (in French, to watch online)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9297145 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=9297145) (in English, to download)

First round (Tuesday 17th October)

- NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [7] lt. Tatiana Golovin, 2-6 0-6

It's ironic that Nicole lost to Tatiana, because I've been considering inducting Tatiana into my Eternal Fanship for 2˝ years now, but I haven't, while I did induct Nicole at the French Open 2006.

I remember how sad I felt when Tatiana lost to a 15-year-old Nicole 6-4 3-6 6-4 at the Tokyo Japan Open 2004 - which was before I realised what a charming, sexy girl Nicole is (it was already obvious from her precocious results that she was becoming a great player).

I remember how sad I felt when Tatiana had to retire with an ankle-injury against Nicole in the final of the Tokyo Japan Open 2005. By that time, I knew it was a distinct possibility that I would induct Nicole, but I thought Tatiana was next in line, so my loyalty was to her.

Their first meeting since I inducted Nicole was in Fed Cup this July, where Nicole extended her head-to-head over Tatiana to 3-0 with a tight 6-1 3-6 11-9 victory.

I might never induct Tatiana into my Eternal Fanship, but then again I still might! My passion for Tatiana has been rekindled in recent months, and she's been achieving the best results of her young career. But she's not as spectacular a tennis-player as Nicole, or even as spectacular as Anna Chakvetadze, who is close to very possibly becoming the next player I will induct.

However, now that I've actually watched this match, it throws the whole "Anna or Tatiana?" issue wide open for me again. This was the best I've ever seen Tatiana play - at her worst she can be boring to watch, but here she was hitting winners at will and serving magnificently! She may no longer be that blonde, slim 16-year-old who wore microshorts for matches, but there's something very elegant and sexy about the way she moves - particularly in her service-action.

And Tatiana wasn't even grunting in this match - something which I feel often colours my perception of her because that "uy" noise she makes is just the sexiest sound in tennis for me. She still grunts in other matches though! :hearts:

My passion for Tatiana takes the pain and embarrassment out of Nicole's defeat for me. I just take it philosophically: Nicole was desperate to qualify for the SEC, and probably wouldn't even have played this tournament otherwise. I think she just asked too much of her body. Now, thanks to this early exit, she has had the time she needed to rest and recover for Linz, where she had a bye to the second round.

Golovin, playing her first match since reaching the Stuttgart final 10 days ago, always held the advantage against an erratic Vaidišová.

Holding a break-point for 2-0, and two more to lead 3-1, Golovin eventually broke through by claiming Vaidišová's serve at 3-2 when the Czech put a wild double-handed backhand wide.

Vaidišová, who reached the Moscow semi-finals last week before losing to Nadia Petrova, continued to make errors against an aggressive and increasingly confident opponent.

First set

Tatiana serving 0-0: Tatiana started with a pinpoint forehand winner down the line. Tatiana saved two break-points at 15/40 - the second with a forehand pass-winner down the line. 40/40. Two service-winners.

Chris Bradnam: "The way Golovin moves around her forehand is a joy to watch."

Sam Smith: "There's a Gallic flair to her, a Russian work-ethic, and a touch of Americanism as well."

Nicole serving 0-1: A double fault gave Tatiana break-point at 30/40. Nicole saved it with an error-forcing approach to the net. Tatiana hit a stunning forehand return-winner down the line, on the baseline - but the umpire overruled it as long, and Nicole held with a service-winner.

Chris Bradnam said Nicole sometimes has patches where she can barely get a ball in play, but has so much belief in herself.

Tatiana serving 1-1: She held to 30 with three terrific service-winners.

Nicole serving 1-2: Tatiana hit two return-winners: a backhand down the line and an off-forehand. Sam Smith praised Tatiana's ability to read the serve and latch onto returns. Nicole saved break-point (30/40) with an ace down the middle, and a second BP when Tatiana mishit a return. Nicole held with another ace down the middle and Tatiana missing a big backhand return.

Tatiana serving 2-2: A swinging ace down the middle helped Tatiana hold to love. Sam Smith said Tati's serve was quite a quirky action, which used to have more "gizmos" than it does now.

Nicole serving 2-3: Tatiana started with a forehand winner down the line, and broke to 15.

Sam Smith described Tati's serve as a punchy one without a lot of variety. I think there's something very elegant and sexy about her toss - particularly the way her arms move, and the way she cocks her right wrist.

Tatiana serving 4-2: Tatiana jumped to 40/0 with a service-winner and an ace down the middle, along with some solid play from the baseline. 40/0. Nicole blasted a crosscourt forehand return-winner. 40/30. Double fault. 40/40. Two service-winners.

Nicole serving to stay in the first set at 2-5: Tatiana hit a crosscourt forehand winner behind Nicole. 0/15. Nicole sprayed a forehand wide. 0/30. Nicole netted a backhand. 0/40 (three set-points). Nicole sprayed a forehand wide.

I think Nicole looked tired in that game. To summarise the first set, Tatiana was in excellent form from the start, while Nicole was increasingly erratic.

Sam Smith said Nicole had more power, but Tatiana had more control. "A lot of Golovin's power comes from sheer timing - I think she's got a real talent for seeing the ball."

Second set

Tatiana serving 0-0: Tatiana down-the-line forehand virtual winner. Tatiana painted the sideline with a forehand winner down the line. She held to love with an ace out wide.

Sam Smith said Tatiana now concentrates more on her tennis and less on her outfits, referring to those sexy microshorts she wore in 2004!

Nicole serving 0-1: Double fault. 0/15. Nicole sprayed a forehand way long en route to 30/40, and Tatiana converted that break-point with a backhand return-winner down the line.

Tatiana serving 2-0: Nicole bent over at one point as though her stomach was hurting, and sank to her haunches after another. Tatiana held to 15 with an ace down the middle.

Nicole serving 0-3: Nicole opened up the court for an off-backhand winner. 15/0. But wild misses and a double fault gave Tatiana a break to 15.

Tatiana serving 4-0: Held to love with a swinging ace down the middle. By this time, Nicole had basically stopped playing. She looked shell-shocked at the changeover, while Tatiana looked bright-eyed and eager.

Nicole serving to stay in the match at 0-5: Nicole pulled Tatiana wide, forcing her to net a forehand. 15/0. Tatiana painted the sideline with a backhand return-winner down the line, then did the same with her forehand - she was absolutely in the zone, made it look like picking cherries. 15/30. Tatiana forehand just long. 30/30. Double fault. 30/40 (match-point). Nicole forehand long.

Nicole had a woeful W:UE of 4:25, Tatiana a commanding 19:13.

Nicole quotes

"Tatiana played great. I had an off-day. Put those together and that's pretty much what happened. Everyone has their off-days.

"I just couldn't find my rhythm today. Unfortunately, some days are like that. I hope for better results in my next tournament [Linz]."

IMO, this is a very gracious and mature reaction to defeat.

Tatiana quotes

"I was definitely expecting a tougher match. But from the start I could feel she wasn't in it, and I took advantage of it. I wanted it to be over fast. I wanted to put her head under water right away.

"I was expecting a really tough match, but from the start I played very well.

"It's tough playing her usually, because she has the game where she only likes to hit winners, so when she's on it's very tough to beat her.

"But she was hitting double faults because she was feeling the pressure from my returns.

"I served very well and I put pressure on her, and I could tell that she didn't feel that comfortable out there, and that definitely helped me get in the match right away.

"She made a lot of errors and didn't look comfortable with her serve at all, so I really just took advantage of that and hit winners off the return and went for my serves. I think overall I don't think she knew what to do at all against me.

"I'm very glad the way that mentally I handled the match, because tennis-wise there wasn't really much tennis going on. It was more how I could stay focused and not give her anything, and I think I did that really well."

The rest of the tournament without Nicole

Tatiana's victory set up a mouthwatering second round against Maria Kirilenko, with Tatiana the red-hot pre-match favourite. Sadly, she suffered yet another ankle-sprain when leading Little Maria 4-1 (0/30), and retired at 4-2 (two points after treatment).

I sincerely hope it's not as serious as the left-ankle sprain Tatiana suffered at Miami at the end of March, which ruined the next 3˝ months for her. This time it's her right ankle, and it's serious enough to make her withdraw from Linz this week; in fact she won't play again in 2006 - three weeks in a splint is what I've heard.

Little Maria lost in the quarters to Katarina Srebotnik, who lost to Maria Sharapova in the semis; only Big Maria's victory over Daniela Hantuchová in the final saved Nicole from being the wooden-spoonist (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/wooden_spoon/) of the tournament! :o

SONY ERICSSON CHAMPIONSHIPS (Madrid, Spain; indoor hard; WTA season-ending championships)
=========================== (7th-12th November 2006)

This loss dashed Nicole's slim chance of qualifying for the Sony Ericsson Championships - I believe she would have had to win Zürich, Linz and Hasselt to do that. :(

Unless, of course, she gets in due to the withdrawals of at least two other players: Justine Henin-Hardenne, Amélie Mauresmo and Kim Clijsters are major injury-doubts, and Dinara Safina pulled out of Zürich with medical fatigue syndrome.

Race as of 23rd October 2006 (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/rankings/race/singles.asp):
1. JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE (3473) - qualified
2. MARIA SHARAPOVA (3102) - qualified
3. AMÉLIE MAURESMO (3022) - qualified
4. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (2668) - qualified
5. NADIA PETROVA (2029) - qualified
6. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (1944) - qualified
7. Martina Hingis (1926)
8. Kim Clijsters (1860)
9. Patty Schnyder (1616)
10. Dinara Safina (1442)
11. Nicole Vaidišová (1305)
12. Jelena Jankovic (1211)
13. Anna Chakvetadze (1124)
14. Daniela Hantuchová (1065)

Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)