View Full Version : FWTT Unity Cup - Exhibition - DRAWS, SCORES, ETC.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 14th, 2001, 10:25 PM
This is the 2nd Annual Version of the Unity Cup held in Gabrone, Botswana. The tournament is held by Ruflina Taliamanosoko, FWTT player from Botswana, who holds the tournament as a fund raiser for the Unity Cup Foundation - provides children with the essential needs of income, then encourages them in the sport of tennis, so they have a foundation in something. All players donate their prize money to charity (but are not required to). The surface is a rainbow colored clay.

PRIZE MONEY (doubles in parentheses)<br />Winner: $250,000 ($100,000)<br />Finals: $100,000 ($50,000)<br />Semifinals: $50,000 ($25,000)<br />Quarterfinals: $30,000<br />First Round: $15,000 ($10,000)<br />Qualifier: $10,000<br />Round 1 Qualifying: $5,000

MAIN DRAW<br />(1) Larissa Ferrer vs. QUALIFIER<br />Lindsay Anne Sarile vs. (6) Selima Valentine

(7) Eva Sorrenta vs. Tiffini Eggert<br />Regla Torres vs. (3) Ruflina Taliamanosoko

(4) Nicole Arenot vs. Madonika Diva Jahfson<br />Tami Sugarn vs. (5) Marteena Huubere

(8) Jane Wong vs. QUALIFIER<br />Bryanne Pierce vs. (2) Sabine Graf

QUALIFYING DRAW<br />(1) Paula Masterton vs. Mary Wong<br />Nicole Lamanke-Huber vs. (2) Chrystal Navratilova


(1) Hubeere/Arenot vs. Sarile/M Wong<br />J Wong/Taliamanosoko vs. (4) Sorrenta/Torres

(3) Graf/Valentine vs. Navratilova/Jahfson<br />Eggert/Sugarn vs. (2) Ferrer/Pierce

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Nov 15th, 2001, 07:35 AM
filipina tennis player arrives in botswana


lindsay anne sarile has arrived in gabrone, botswana to practice for the unity cup. she would play with jane wong in the doubles. the winner of the manila challenger a few weeks back, sarile hopes to enjoy working with underprivileged kids in africa as she came from poverty herself, growing in the slums of manila. she expresses her views with regards to this tournamen

"i think its wonderful there are exhibitions like these to help charity. i know very well how difficult it is for a kid to grow without any visible form of hope. tennis is a great sport for them to learn. it has helped with so much in my life and also my family."

Sarile plans to donate all of her winnings, if any, in this tournament to the charitable institutions directed by the tournament. lindsay anne speaks of ruflina taliamanosoko, the tour organiser and an FWTT player.

"ruflina is a good friend. she is one of the few people who encouraged me when i first came into the FWTT. i was not suprised that she sponsors events like these because she has such a giving nature. she is truly a model player."

lindsay anne sarile also reacts to some cutting remarks made by a fellow FWTT player, madonika diva jafhson, towards sarile in a press conference.

"(gives a wry smile) you know, its quite ridiculous how one player insults another for no sane reason at all. i hope she would find pleasure in anything she does in her life. i have tried to be so open and understanding to everyone on tour but i just dont get her."

sarile and wong is unseeded in this exhibition.

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Nov 15th, 2001, 08:14 PM
Anjelica de la Courtiere pulls out of the Unity Cup

The world #18 player issued the following statement:

"I regret that I must pull out of next week's Unity Cup in Botswana. I'm playing the challenger in Mexico with a good friend, hoping to have some results there that will inspire me to play a little better on the tour for next year. I'd like to apologize to the organizers of the event. I will be donating 50,000$ to the appropriate charity."

De la Courtiere is the number one seed in singles and doubles with partner Ana-Maria Herrera at the 50k Mexico City Challenger.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 15th, 2001, 10:46 PM
De La Courtiere withdraws, replaced by Sarile in singles

Canadian Player Angelica De La Courtiere withdrew today from the Unity Cup for a tournament in Mexico City. Fellow tour player and tournament coordinator issued the following statement:

"I totally understand Anjie needing to pull out. I am glad she is trying to get some more matches under her belt in a tour tournament, and I support her decision to play there. Lindsay Anne Sarile will be taking her place in the main draw and Regla Torres will now be playing with Eva Sorrenta in doubles. Once again, thanks to everyone for all the help."

Nov 15th, 2001, 11:39 PM
The Wong sisters enter same tourney for the first time

Jane Wong said she is excited at the prospect of playing the same tournament as her sister, she said that the chance of them meeting maybe high if Mary qualify and manage to draw into her spot, she said, 'it will be really scary, but I am trying my best to make sure Mary get through her qualifying.' she also add,' I am so honoured to be playing in Botswana with my best friend on tour Ruflina, I personally will donate all my winning in this tournament into the charity, hopefully I can do well.' 'I know Ruflina organise one of the best exhibition, but I will not be flying there until Sunday when the Beijing Junior Cup is finish, I got a secret mission in there hehe.' She also talk about her performance this season,' it is absolutely magical winning the French Open and if you tell em I will win 4 singles tournaments including a singles and a doubles Grand Slam, I really will not believe you. I have a lot to back up next year, and my aim is to level my performance in clay from last year and at teh same time imporve in other surface, because to be honest I hardly win a match last year on otehr surface haha.'

Nov 16th, 2001, 11:03 AM
lindsay is playing in singles! yeah!

Mateo Mathieu
Nov 18th, 2001, 01:38 AM
<font size=5>Shocking announcement:</font>

<font size=5>Bryanne Pierce joins USA!</font>

Bryanne Pierce is going to marry Tobias Applegate from America on 10th of December. Applegate will add her surname with Pierce after they marry. She would like to invite all of her friends from FWTT Tour to her wedding on the 10th of December.

She lived in America for four years with her siblings, Catherine and Andrew and her parents, Mary and Jim. She wants to go back there again. Bryanne Pierce feels more American. That Bryanne will be always grateful to Australia because they were always with her and that thanks to Tennis Australia you are who you are. But she have decided to change her nationality as she are going to get married.

Nov 18th, 2001, 11:54 AM
lindsay anne sarile congratulates bryan pierce and husband tobias applegate. she wishes them all the blessings in life. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Nov 18th, 2001, 12:51 PM

lindsay anne sarile poses for pics during the unity cup in botswana. she is playing here, along with the other FWTT players, to help african children with basic needs. Sarile is playing in singles and doubles with partner jane wong.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 19th, 2001, 12:46 PM
Schedule of Play for Monday

Court Unity<br />8:00 AM - Autograph session with Tiffini Eggert and Tami Sugarn

9:00 AM - Free Tennis Clinic With Bryanne Pierce

10:00 AM - Practice session - Selima Valentine and Sabine Graf

11:00 AM - Practice session - Jane Wong and Ruflina Taliamanosoko

12:00 PM - Opening Ceremonies

1:00 PM - Singles, First Round - Lindsay Anne Sarile vs. (6) Selima Valentine

followed by

Singles, First Round - (7) Eva Sorrenta vs. Tiffini Eggert

followed by

Practice Session - Larissa Ferrer and Bryanne Pierce (1 hour)

followed by

Autograph Session - Ruflina Taliamanosoko and Jane Wong (1 hour)

<br />Court Rainbow<br />8:00 AM - Practice Session - Paula Masterton and Nicole Lamanke-Huber

9:00 AM - Practice Session - Chrystal Navratilova and Madonika Diva Jahfson

10:00 AM - Practice Session - Mary Wong and Lindsay Anne Sarile

11:00 AM - Practice Session - Eva Sorrenta and Regla Torres

1:00 PM - Qualifying, First Round - Nicole Lamanke-Huber vs. (2) Chrystal Navratilova

followed by

Qualifying, First Round - (1) Paula Masterton vs. Mary Wong

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Nov 19th, 2001, 01:26 PM
ahhh..this is the Tournament <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

<br /><s>damned if I remember signing up</s> umm..Yes I clearly remember signing up for this <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <br /> <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

Nov 19th, 2001, 06:45 PM
wow! lindsay anne gets the first match up! and against selima valentine! oh no!

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 20th, 2001, 08:59 PM
Results, Day 1 in Gabrone, Botswana

Court Unity<br />(6) Selima Valentine def. Lindsay Anne Sarile 7/6 (7/5), 6/0

(7) Eva Sorrenta def. Tiffini Eggert 7/6 (9/7), 7/5

Court Peace<br />Qualifying Round Nicole Lamanke-Huber def. (2) Chrystal Navratilova 2/6, 6/4, 6/2

Qualifying Round Mary Wong def. (1) Paula Masterton 7/5, 6/3

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Nov 20th, 2001, 09:07 PM
Mary Wong triumph in qualifying

MAry Wong is delighted to beat paula and she said she would love to be put into the spot to face her sister, but she said she has a 50-50 chance but there is a possibility of the Wong sister facing each other for the first time

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 20th, 2001, 09:19 PM
Schedule for Wednesday<br />Court Unity<br />11:00 AM - Singles, First Round - Larissa Ferrer vs. Nicole Lamanke-Huber

1:00 PM - Singles, First Round - Tami Sugarn vs. Marteena Huubere

3:00 PM - Singles, First Round - Jane Wong vs Mary Wong

5:00 PM - Singles, First Round - Nicole Arenot vs. Madonika Diva Jahfson

7:00 PM - Singles, First Round - Regla Torres vs. Ruflina Taliamanosko

<br />Court Peace<br />12:00 PM - Singles, First Round - Bryanne Pierce vs. Sabine Graf

2:00 PM - Autograph session with Nicole Arenot, Regla Torres, Mary Wong, and Lindsay Anne Sarile

3:00 PM - Free Tennis Clinic with Ruflina Taliamanosko and Madonika Diva Jahfson

4:00 PM - MENS EXHIBITION MATCHIkumbo Kimjumba (husband of Ruflina) vs. Nichola Kieffer (husband of Graf)

6:00 PM - Doubles, First Round - Huubere/Arenot vs. Sarile/Wong

8:00 PM - Doubles, First Round - Eggert/Sugarn vs. Ferrer/Pierce

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Nov 20th, 2001, 10:26 PM
<h3>Mary Wong and Jane Wong face off</h3><br />In tomorrow feature match, Mary and Jane will battle for the first encounter between the two sisters in Ruflina exhibition. Jane said, 'wow, this is a very hard first round, it is also signify the beginning of our career, we both really yound, Mary is only 15, and I am not even 20, so we will have a lot of match to come. But I thing I will tell you for sure, we will fight our heart out, I know me and Mary hate losing.'

Mary said, 'I am really excited, we are still gonna practise together, there is no questions about that, we will just treat this as normal, but I will try my best to beat big sis, it is always big sis wins in previous encounter but I want to win, but I know big sis is probably the best player on clay, so I will be an underdog for definite.'

They will square off tmorrow 0300 pm local time.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 20th, 2001, 11:31 PM
<font size=3>Two up-and-comers learn tough lesson on tour<font size=2>

Paula Masterton and Nicole Lamarc-Safina were fined $1000 today by the FWT Tour because of enrolling in duel tournaments at the same time and withdrawing from neither.

Exhibiton coordinator, Ruflina Taliamanosoko, spoke of this. "Several players were entered in both my tournament and the challenger in Mexico City. I was able to notify most, but I did not catch all of them. Paula had asked me about replacing her with her friend, Linzi Reilly, and I told her we couldn't do that. I should have recommended to her that she withdraw from Mexico City. I am sorry for any problems this may cause."

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Nov 20th, 2001, 11:53 PM
"It´s not Ruflina´s fault.. the FWTT bad organization was the one that has the complete fault"

Nov 21st, 2001, 01:32 AM
too bad for lindsay anne <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

filipina loses in opener in botswana

http://yoruba42.tripod.com/angel1.JPG<br /><font size=1>Lindsay Anne Sarile poses for pics</font><br /><br />in the first match of the unity cup charity exhibition in gabrone, botswana, filipina number 1 in FWTT and world number 49 lindsay anne sarile bowed out to 6th seeded selima valentine in straight sets. 7-6 6-0. after losing the first set, valentine took on cruise control as sarile made one error after another. valentine won on her first match point when sarile netted a backhand onto the net.

comments from lindsay anne, "i feel bad that i would not be able to give more to the children of africa, at least in singles. i hope to do more in doubles with mary wong."

an autograph session with lindsay anne sarile is also slated with three other players, mary wong, regla torres and nicole arenot.

sarile and wong would play their first doubles match tomorrow.

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Nov 21st, 2001, 03:29 AM
Madonika comments on Sarile's loss "Aww Serile feels bad because she couldn't contribute more to the children of Africa...it's ok, I'll do the job for her since she has absolutely no skill! Go back to the junior, you scrub! BRING IT BABY! BRING IT!"

Mateo Mathieu
Nov 21st, 2001, 04:17 AM
"I love teaching to children for how to play Tennis because I really enjoying with them. They're beautiful smile!", Bryanne said after her Free Tennis Clinic.

Nov 21st, 2001, 06:14 AM
Tiffani Eggert Enjoys Day 1 at the Unity Cup

<br />Q: Hi Tiffani, tough match out there today.<br />TE: Ya, Eva [Sorrenta] is one of the best players out there. You know she's tough. I can only beat her on my best days. I am kinda glad that I didn't win, since there are no points at stake.

Q: So aren't you upset about your loss?<br />TE: Definitely not. You gotta remember this is an exhibition. All the players come here just to have fun and raise money. It's a nice break from the competitive atmosphere.

Q: Earlier in the day you signed autographs with Tami, how was that?<br />TE: GREAT!! I always love to see the kids. They get so happy by getting an autograph. It's always a lot of fun to sign. And it was one of the last times Tami and I will be able to do it together.

Q: You and Tami are finished as a team?<br />TE: We still have doubles tomorrow. Hopefully, we will win. After this tournament we are finished. Tami will be officially retired. It's going to be hard without her. She is my traveling partner and best friend.

Q: What will you do without her?<br />TE: Well, Bryanne Pierce and I will be playing a lot of tournaments together next year so I look forward to getting to know her better. Also I am also going to play at least one tournament with Elise Maurer, a young Belgian girl. So I think it will be ok.

Q: Are you thinking about retiring? <br />TE: Definitely not at this point. I haven't had the best results, but I love to play. I am going to keep playing as long as I love it.

Q: Are you done for the season after this week?<br />TE: I plan to play only doubles at the Baden Open, where Bryanne and I will begin our partnership. After that I am going to get married.

Q: That's right. It's been a very long engagement. <br />TE: Yes over a year.

Q: Maybe married life will help your tennis.<br />TE: Hope so!

Q: Thank you Tiffani!<br />TE: Thank you

Nov 21st, 2001, 01:19 PM
Yeah! Go Nicole Lamanke-Huber!<br />Interview later!

Nov 21st, 2001, 01:25 PM
lindsay anne sarile comments on madonika diva jafhson,

"what is up with her? why is she affected by me? if she thinks i am scrub and have no skill or i am no threat at all, why does she care at all? well, whatever. i hope she gets something better to do than jump all over me. hmmmm ... "<br />

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 21st, 2001, 06:56 PM
<font size=3>Results for Wednesday

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Court Unity<br />(1) Larissa Ferrer def. Nicole Lamanke-Huber 7/5, 4/6, 6/4

Tami Sugarn def. (5) Marteena Huubere 7/6 (7/4), 6/3

(8) Jane Wong def. Mary Wong 3/6, 6/2, 7/6 (7/5)

Madonika Diva Jahfson def. (4) Nicole Arenot 0/6, 6/2, 7/5

(3) Ruflina Taliamanosoko def. Regla Torres 6/3, 6/3

<br />Court Peace<br />(2) Sabine Graf def. Bryanne Pierce 7/6 (8/6), 6/4

EXHIBITION - Nicholas Keiffer def. Ikumbo Kimjumba 9/8 (8/6)

Sarile/M Wong def. (1) Huuber/Arenot 7/5, 7/5

(2) Ferrer/Pierce def. Eggert/Sugarn 7/6 (7/2), 6/3

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 21st, 2001, 06:59 PM
<font size=3>There will be no matches for Thursday as the players and their families and friends will be passing out food to people in need in honor of Thanksgiving <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Randy H
Nov 21st, 2001, 07:04 PM
Sorrenta Moves Into Unity Cup Quarterfinals

Q: Eva, first off congratulations on your win today, how was it out there?

A: It was a lot of fun thanks. It's nice to be able to play against a friend and also have some laughs out there too knowing that it's more in good fun than anything else. It was high quality play from Tiffani out there and I think we both played more freely knowing that there wasn't any ranking points on the line or anything.

Q: Is this your first trip to Botswana?

A: Yes, actually it's my first trip to Africa alltogether, it's just amazing to be here really. It's one thing to see Africa from a t.v. set, but to be here yourself and experience it firsthand is something you just can't prepare for. It's like a whole different world really.

Q: What was your incentive in coming here?

A: Well, there were a few reasons really. Obviously the tennis, I want to play some matches, stay fit during the offseason. I chose to come here because I've always wanted to tarvel to Africa, and I think that this is for a good cause, because I think it's important that as FWTT players we try and set a positive example internationally, and help others who don't get the same benefits we do. We're so lucky and it's definetly easy to take what we have for granted. It's been an eye opening experience for me for sure.

Q: Positive overall?

A: Totally. I think all of us have come here with a positive attitude, we've had the chance to meet people in the region and help promote our sport and try and give something to them. I think it's important to try and make tennis something well known everywhere and this is a great opportunity for all people to just enjoy some good matches, and basically just a lot of fun.

Q: Your next opponent will be either Torres or local favourite Taliamanosoko, any preference?

A: No not really, both are playing well right now, and I am sure it will be a lot of fun against either of them. I've played both plenty of times so we'll see what happens.

Q: Your partner Anjelica de la Courtiere was scheduled to play here but withdrew, what was your reaction?

A: Well, it was just unfortunate circumstances for everyone, Anjie wanted to play in Mexico City, so I was totally understanding of that and wish her the best there. I know she was disappointed to miss out on this experience, but I think the tournament directors were really understanding of the situation, and on the bright side it's given a chance to some new up and comers to gain some experience against the top names on tour.

Q: Doubles will be with Regla Torres, are you looking forward to that?

A: Yeah definetly. We've never played in doubles together before, so I am looking forward to it. We practiced earlier this week, and I'm happy Regla was kind enough to team up here with me.

Nov 21st, 2001, 08:03 PM
<h3>Jane Wong triumph over little sis</h3><br />In the end Jane Wong expertise in clay is too much for Mary Wong. A long 40 strokes rally finish the match when Mary who for almost the whole match kept her big sis on her toe until the end, cannot save another drop volley for Jane Wong. After the match both girls hugged each other hard and curtseyed to the supportive crowd who mostly are cheering for the little sis.

Here is a joint interview for Jane and Mary Wong?

Q: I suppose you gals have been playing each other for practise for a long time, but how does it feel to be finally playing against each other in a proper match in front of a big crowd?

M: Well, I am really excited about this match, and I think I give it all today, so I am proud of that, I mean JAne is 4 years older than me, and I am that close already. So I am sure I will dominate her in the rest of our careers (laughter)<br />J: (laughing) Oh dear me..... sorry I cannot stop laughing (claming down) Well, I think it is nice to play our first pro match against each other in an exhibition coz thee is nothing at stake and there is no worry about ranking points and stuff so it is nice. Mary play really well today, she never play that well in practise (laughter), so I think she is hiding her potential to shock me (laughter). But honestly, I think I play well today, it is not that I deliberately make it three sets. I mean it just tell you how fierce the competition it is even in the junior level.

Q: Mary, are you surprised by how close you beat your sis today, judging by the fact that your big sister has won four clay titles including a grand slam this year?

M: it just tell you that I can win Roland Garros next year as well (laughter) No, I am only joking I mean the junior tournament. (laughter). But I am proud of today. But everyone forgotmy favourite surface is clay as well. I mean the last rally with over 40 strokes I think just tell you that Jane has alot more weapon in closing out matches, that is the different between pro and junior, I am working on it and sure will win next time this happen. I mean the first set is probably the best I have played in my life.

J: yeah you really shocked me, I thought I am playing okay, but I saw those balls went pass me.<br /> <br />Q: Would you say you two gals are different styles?<br />M: Yeah, I hate volleying, and Jane live with it. That's why I am pairing Daniela as a eprmanent double spartner in junior to learn to do some volleys.<br />J: Mary groundstrokes is her weapon, is it right?<br />M: yeah I like my groundstrokes and topspin?

Q: Do you learn to play tennis together?<br />J: Oh no, I mean when I first pick up the racket at 6. Mary just turn two and by the time I am playing in high junior level. Mary just learn to play tennis so....<br />M: Yeah, I mean we are in different stage in our career, so....

Q: What are the aims for next year for you two?<br />M: I will like to finish top 5 in juniors and hopefully get some wildcards in some senior level as well. My dream is to get wild card into roland garros senior level.<br />J: Maybe we can play in the final <br />M: You mean in junior tournament (laughter(

Nov 22nd, 2001, 11:05 AM
Nicole Arenot, speaking after two defeats in one day, said:

"I must admit I found it difficult to get motivated today. It's a great event, but it's been a very long season and I'm shattered. Madonika played a good match and was obviously up for it. She's a talented player and going to be a dark horse next year.

"As for the doubles, well let's just say that Marteena and I will be hitting the pool tomorrow."

Nov 22nd, 2001, 04:04 PM
Defending champion Graf moves in second round!!!!!! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Graf: This was one of the best clay matches this year, I am happy with my performance. Bryanne is one of my best friends on tour, I hope she will play great tennis next week in Karlsruhe.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 23rd, 2001, 01:15 AM
<font size=3>Schedule for Friday<font size=2>

Court Unity<br />1:00 PM - (7) Eva Sorrenta vs. (3) Ruflina Taliamanosoko

3:00 PM - (8) Jane Wong vs. (2) Sabine Graf

5:00 PM - Madonika Diva Jahfson vs. Tami Sugarn

7:00 PM - Jane Wong/Ruflina Taliamanosoko vs. (4) Eva Sorrenta/Regla Torres

<br />Court Peace<br />1:00 PM - (1) Larissa Ferrer vs. (6) Selima Valentine

3:00 PM - EXHIBITION - Tiffini Eggert/Marteena Huubere vs. Nicole Arenot/Bryanne Pierce

5:00 PM - Free Tennis Clinic with Tiffini Eggert, Marteena Huubere, and Nicole Arenot

7:00 PM - (3) Selima Valentine/Sabine Graf vs. Madonika Diva Jahfson/Chrystal Navratilova

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 23rd, 2001, 08:25 PM
Results for Friday

Court Unity<br />(3) Ruflina Taliamanosoko d. (7) Eva Sorrenta 7/6 (7/4), 6/1

(2) Sabine Graf d. (8) Jane Wong 3/6, 7/6 (7/5), 7/5

Madonika Diva Jahfson d. Tami Sugarn 1/6, 6/4, 6/2

Jane Wong/Ruflina Taliamanosoko d. Eva Sorrenta/Regla Torres 7/6 (7/5), 6/2

<br />Court Peace<br />(6) Selima Valentine d. (1) Larissa Ferrer 6/2, 6/4

EXHIBITION - Tiffini Eggert/Marteena Huubere def. Nicole Arenot/Bryanne Pierce 10/9 (15/13)

(3) Selima Valentine/Sabine Graf d. Madonika Diva Jahfson/Chrystal Navratilova 7/5, 6/4

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 23rd, 2001, 08:30 PM
<font size=3>Schedule for Saturday<font size=2>

Court Unity<br />1:00 PM - Madonika Diva Jahfson vs. (2) Sabine Graf

3:00 PM - (6) Selima Valentine vs. (3) Ruflina Taliamanosoko

after suitable rest<br />5:00 PM - (3) Selima Valentine/Sabine Graf vs. (2) Larissa Ferrer/Bryanne Pierce

7:00 PM - Lindsay Anne Sarile/Mary Wong vs. Jane Wong/Ruflina Taliamanosoko

Nov 23rd, 2001, 08:42 PM
Mary Wong get another crack at big sis

Mary Wong get another crack at big sis, in doubles this time. Mary and Lindsay-Ann upset top seed and will play Jane and ruflina in doubles. Jane said she is dissappointed with her loss to Sabine Graf in singles today, however, she is excited at prospect at playing in doubles against her sister.

'I think that it will be a tough game, I mean they take out Martina and Nicole in straight set. So it will be good fun'

Mary Wong is being bombarded with wuestions on question in Beijing Cup. 'I am really sorry as some tour officials is so mean, and tell me this is in different week, so I have to withdraw.' She then broke into tears before she is being led out by her sister.

Nov 24th, 2001, 01:40 AM

Madonika Diva Jahfson made a statement today saying she will not donate her money from the Unity Cup to charity due to the fact that she found out Ruflina is using the money to buy illegal narcotics.

"I met with her husband and he told me that they are going bankrupt due to the fact that Ruflina is a crackaddict."

"I think that is sick and I will donate the money towards her rehibilitation fund."

Nov 24th, 2001, 01:49 AM

Due to security reasons, Madonika has pulled out of the Unity Cup after threats from Ruflina and her crack baby!

Nov 24th, 2001, 01:49 AM
Fuck me Madonika, LMAO, seems Chrystal retired at just the right time <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 24th, 2001, 01:54 AM
Madonika Diva Jahfson loses all prize money

After withdrawing without proper reasons, Madonika Diva Jahfson will lose her prize money earned at the Unity Cup, totaling $67,500. The money will be automatically donated to the Unity Children's Fund of Botswana.

Furthermore, the FWTT has begun a preliminary investigation on the comments made by Madonika regarding Ruflina's drug habit. The consequences will be severe for either player, whether they are telling the truth or not.

Nov 24th, 2001, 02:21 AM

Madonika has decided to file a lawsuit against Ruflina T's Unity Cup due to the fact that all the money she raised has been taken away.

1. IT IS AGAINST FWTT RULES! A tour organizer like Ruflina can not take away a player's money due to withdrawing

2. Madonika was planning to help Ruflina and start a fund for her rehabilitation.

We should all pray for Ruflina in this tough time for her.

Nov 24th, 2001, 08:34 AM
WOW!!!!!! What a match between Graf and Wong!!!

Sabine Graf in her qf match against Jane Wong


Nov 24th, 2001, 10:35 AM
Jane Wong furious over allegations on Ruflina

Here is a brief interview on the issue.

Q: Jane, as a good friends of her, is she on drugs?<br />A: (anger) This is the stupidest thing I ever heard in my life. Is she on drugs, how come her baby is still very healthy last time she went to the scan? I mean whoever say that, shouldn't say that without proper knowledge on the whole thing, I mean the whole thing is so implausible, I mean like her husband gonna tell her about this kind of stuff, (getting louder) I mean who does she think she is?

Q: What do you think of the tournament taking away all her money?<br />A: Good for them, I mean it is really unfair to Ruflina and her baby, I mean I went to see Ruflina just now and she is crying and crying and will not stopped, she said she never did it. I trust her you know.

Q: So what do you think the reasons why Jahson told the press about this accusation?<br />A:I dunno, for a bit of cheap self promotion I suppose. I am sorry I suppose to be happy here you know, in my friend's exhibition but now it turn into a miserable scandal. I am really upset.

Q: How can you be so sure that Ruflina did not take drugs?<br />A: Apart from the fact that I know her very well. I can tell you she is a very bright girl and she will not risk her health to have a baby if she is on drugs. But I think I said enough, let's wait for the report,

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VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 24th, 2001, 01:18 PM
Taliamanosoko and Jahfson controversy ends with a truce

Madonika Diva Jahfson, tour protege of Ruflina Taliamanosoko accused the #3 player of being a crack addict while being pregnant with her second child. Ruflina refused the allegations and did not make much of them.

Ruflina said:

Madonika is a very funny girl. My exhibition is not doing this well as it was last year. My husband went to Madonika and told her to act spicy on the court so people would get excited. Madonika went one step further and started to say things to bring attention to the event so more people would watch. She was really trying to help the event receive more exposure so more money could be donated to the children's fund. I hope everybody understands this is why this happened and I hope everybody is okay. I was very upset at first, but Jane Wong told me to go talk to Madonika and I am glad I did. I feel much better about the situation now. Madonika has decided not to withdraw and her prize money will be re-instated. I hope that the exhibition finishes off nicely as the players truly deserve some respect.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 24th, 2001, 01:24 PM
<font size=3>Results for Saturday<font size=2>

Court Unity<br />(2) Sabine Graf d. Madonika Diva Jahfson 7/6 (15/13), 7/5

(3) Ruflina Taliamanosoko d. (6) Selima Valentine 6/7 (15/17), 7/6 (7/4), 7/6 (8/6)

(3) Selima Valentine/Sabine Graf d. (2) Larissa Ferrer/Bryanne Pierce 3/6, 7/5, 7/5

Lindsay Ann Sarile/Mary Wong d. Jane Wong/Ruflina Taliamanosoko 6/4, 2/6, 6/4

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 24th, 2001, 01:28 PM
<font size=3>Schedule for Sunday<font size=2><br />1:00 PM - (3) Ruflina Taliamanosoko vs. (2) Sabine Graf

after suitable rest

Lindsay Anne Sarile/Mary Wong vs. (3) Selima Valentine/Sabine Graf

the jamierbelyea
Nov 24th, 2001, 04:10 PM
Tami Sugarn's FWTT Career Comes to a Close

"It's been a nice run I've had. I am quite pleased with my career, and I am happy to end it off on this note. This was a great tournament, even with the allegations of drug use. This tournament will definitley will be unforgettable. I wish all the ladies good luck, and best wishes in the future."

Nov 24th, 2001, 04:18 PM
oh my, lindsay anne and mary are winning. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Nov 24th, 2001, 04:23 PM
Mary Wong get first taste of beating sister

Mary Wong team up with Lindsay Ann Sarile to team up and coz the second upset yo beat the US Open champion and big sis Jane and Ruflina in three sets, both girl jump on their feat when Jane dump the last point into the net. MAry said,"I am so happy to have won, this feel really good. I am really sorry about the scandal for ruflina, but I think everyone out there know who is right and who is wrong, so I do not need to comment about that any further. I want to thanks Lindsay as well, as we prove we are an excellent pair. Unfortuneately I am not teaming with her in junior tour, but you know it is nice to meet some new friends

Nov 24th, 2001, 04:32 PM
lindsay anne comments - mary wong is a great player and i hope she does well in the juniors and that she may be able to join us in the pro tour <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Nov 24th, 2001, 04:34 PM
congrats ruffy!!! you played great tennis!!!

this was the match of the year!!!

Nov 24th, 2001, 05:26 PM
Farewell Tami... best wishes <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Nov 25th, 2001, 06:28 AM

"What Ruflina has done is simply insane. Her actions in the last 24 hours have proved she is on drugs! I WITHDREW FROM THE TOURNAMENT AND DID NOT PLAY SABINE GRAF! THE SCORE WAS MADE UP! RUFLINA IS A LIAR! Her exhibition is doing bad because she is on drugs and her husband never came to me and told me to "spice things up" by lying! Ruflina, we need to check you into a mental hospital!"

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 25th, 2001, 02:23 PM
<font size=3>Scores for Sunday

SINGLES FINAL - (2) Sabine Graf d. Ruflina Taliamanosoko 1/6, 7/5, 6/4

DOUBLES FINAL - Lindsay Anne Sarile/Mary Wong d. (3) Selima Valentine/Sabine Graf 6/4, 2/6, 7/5

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners, thanks for playing!

Congratulations to Sabine for winning her 2nd straight Unity Cup Title. She almost won her 2nd straight doubles title as well, but the young team of Lindsay Anne and Mary were too good! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

See you all next year! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Nov 25th, 2001, 04:51 PM
Thanks Ruflina for this great tournament!!!<br />You made this to a special one, I like it and I will defend my title next year. Congrats to Mary and Anne, both girls played wonderful tennis this week and I hope Sarille will play this kind of tennis next week in Germany. <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />


Sabine Graf after her victory against her friend Ruflina Taliamanosoko, they will both fly to Germany to compete in the Baden Open 2001

[ November 25, 2001: Message edited by: Kris ]

[ November 25, 2001: Message edited by: Kris ]</p>

Nov 25th, 2001, 04:53 PM

the young team of Lindsay Anne Sarile and Mary Wong defeated the 3rd seeded team of Selima Valentine/Sabine Graf 6/4, 2/6, 7/5 yesterday to take the unity cup crown. all in all, its was an exciting encounter between the two teams as both displayed amazing tactics. the third seed had a match point at one time but failed to convert as mary wong hit an mazing cross court winner to go back to deuce. the young asians never looked back and eagerly grabbed the title.

lindsay anne comments, "wow, this has been a great week. this is my first time playing in gabrone and i must say that this has been well-organised tournament. it also carries much meaning as it is for the children of africa.

i want to thank ruflina for hosting this event. congratulations ruflina! dont worry about any scandal or whatsis, most of us believes in you. i want to thank my wonderful doubles partner mary wong. she has been great player to play with and i hope she would be able to continue on to the pros someday.

to all, thank you and god bless!"

sarile has donated her entire prizemoney for the intended charity.

Nov 25th, 2001, 05:00 PM
thanks kris!

Nov 25th, 2001, 06:06 PM
Mary Wong wants to thanks Linsay Ann SArile for those really kind words, and she said she aim to win a few titles in junior and hopefully make it to the pro tour, in 2003 !!