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oregon
Sep 15th, 2007, 09:30 AM
Can someone please post the result of the exhibition in N.O last night?

Thanks

Anna F'd Enrique
Sep 15th, 2007, 09:38 AM
I hope Seles won last night.

GoDominique
Sep 15th, 2007, 09:57 AM
Does it really matter?

I guess in 2017 they will still be playing these exos and people will wonder if Seles is preparing to comeback. :lol:

faboozadoo15
Sep 15th, 2007, 10:01 AM
Oh hush!

Ludovic
Sep 15th, 2007, 11:17 AM
news about this match on http://ludosarasota01.skyrock.com/1.html

Daniel K
Sep 15th, 2007, 11:22 AM
QUITE A RACKET
Seles, Navratilova thrill fans in exhibition match for charity at N.O. Arena
Saturday, September 15, 2007
By Benjamin Hochman

The children cheered wildly for a couple of ladies whose heydays were before the kids were born.

The adults, who told the children about the greatness, cheered on Friday as well, part in appreciation, part in awe, for the ladies still can play.

Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles, tennis luminaries, played an exhibition on Friday night at the New Orleans Arena, where generations of fans united.

"It is just unbelievable seeing them live," said Abrie Duplooy, one of the promoters of the event.

Seles won the best-of-three match 2-0, but the estimated 3,000 fans were entertained by the intensity and prowess of Navratilova, 50, and Seles, 30.

"They can still place the ball where they want to," said Susie Brown of Mandeville, sitting in the second row. "Their skill level is still there."

The event raised money for American Cancer Society, the New Orleans Recreation Department and New Orleans Recovery School District.

Before the match, representatives from NORD presented the players with an official proclamation from Mayor Ray Nagin, which declared Sept. 14 as a day for honoring the tennis legends and their commitment to New Orleans.

After the match, the players donated a check to Girls First, a non-profit organization, which provides opportunities to underprivileged girls in New Orleans.

"We hoped to inspire some young kids to pick up a tennis racket," said Seles, who won nine singles grand slams. "It is such a fun sport. Maybe in 20 years someone from this crowd will be here in our place."

Though Navratilova, who won 18 singles grand slams, didn't win a set Friday, the match was still entertaining and hard fought. Navratilova took a 3-1 lead in the first set, but Seles clawed back, one trademark grunt at a time. Suddenly, it was 3-3. Navratilova took the lead briefly with a blistering left-handed forehand down the left side, but Seles tied the game at 4 on an equally emphatic play. Using her two-handed backhand, another trademark, Seles' desperation shot barely stayed in play down the right side, and Navratilova's return went long.

Then leading 5-4, Seles made the play of the night, right after Navratilova made what seemed like what would be the play of the night. With a little magic from the old days, Navratilova gently placed the ball over the net, and the ball just sputtered off after landing in play. But Seles responded on the next serve, chasing down a ball that she seemed unlikely to get to.

Not only did she make it in time, but she also smashed the ball past her opponent. She proceeded to win the game, and the set.

Perhaps the loudest cheer of the night came in the second set, when Navratilova, down 3-0, responded with resilience and made it a surmountable 3-1 set, instead of 4-0. But Seles served the next game, and capped it off with such an emphatic serve that Navratilova could only lung and swing at the ball, which she missed, an ace to win the point and the game. Navratilova won the next game, but Seles won the following two, clinching the victory on a two-handed backhand.

"Monica just played too well," Navratilova said. "She's hitting her serves so well, I had a very hard time returning the serves."

The evening was a light and joyous night, though for Navratilova, the day began with frustration and sadness.

" I drove around today, and it's astonishing how little has been done here," she said. "I'm from the Czech Republic, and there was a huge flood there a few years ago. You would never know it. It was all rebuilt.

"It's astonishing to me that we left these people behind. The insurance company has failed and the people in the government have failed."

http://www.nola.com/timespic/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-32/1189839840326110.xml&coll=1&thispage=1

GoDominique
Sep 15th, 2007, 11:29 AM
Oh, Seles is only 30? Then I guess she might still comeback!

Daniel K
Sep 15th, 2007, 11:30 AM
Hmm... the article must be wrong, she's 33.

Errinella
Sep 15th, 2007, 11:33 AM
Wow! It sounds like Monica played much better than the last few times they played!

hingis-seles
Sep 15th, 2007, 11:37 AM
QUITE A RACKET
Seles, Navratilova thrill fans in exhibition match for charity at N.O. Arena
Saturday, September 15, 2007
By Benjamin Hochman

The children cheered wildly for a couple of ladies whose heydays were before the kids were born.

The adults, who told the children about the greatness, cheered on Friday as well, part in appreciation, part in awe, for the ladies still can play.

Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles, tennis luminaries, played an exhibition on Friday night at the New Orleans Arena, where generations of fans united.

"It is just unbelievable seeing them live," said Abrie Duplooy, one of the promoters of the event.

Seles won the best-of-three match 2-0, but the estimated 3,000 fans were entertained by the intensity and prowess of Navratilova, 50, and Seles, 30.

"They can still place the ball where they want to," said Susie Brown of Mandeville, sitting in the second row. "Their skill level is still there."

The event raised money for American Cancer Society, the New Orleans Recreation Department and New Orleans Recovery School District.

Before the match, representatives from NORD presented the players with an official proclamation from Mayor Ray Nagin, which declared Sept. 14 as a day for honoring the tennis legends and their commitment to New Orleans.

After the match, the players donated a check to Girls First, a non-profit organization, which provides opportunities to underprivileged girls in New Orleans.

"We hoped to inspire some young kids to pick up a tennis racket," said Seles, who won nine singles grand slams. "It is such a fun sport. Maybe in 20 years someone from this crowd will be here in our place."

Though Navratilova, who won 18 singles grand slams, didn't win a set Friday, the match was still entertaining and hard fought. Navratilova took a 3-1 lead in the first set, but Seles clawed back, one trademark grunt at a time. Suddenly, it was 3-3. Navratilova took the lead briefly with a blistering left-handed forehand down the left side, but Seles tied the game at 4 on an equally emphatic play. Using her two-handed backhand, another trademark, Seles' desperation shot barely stayed in play down the right side, and Navratilova's return went long.

Then leading 5-4, Seles made the play of the night, right after Navratilova made what seemed like what would be the play of the night. With a little magic from the old days, Navratilova gently placed the ball over the net, and the ball just sputtered off after landing in play. But Seles responded on the next serve, chasing down a ball that she seemed unlikely to get to.

Not only did she make it in time, but she also smashed the ball past her opponent. She proceeded to win the game, and the set.

Perhaps the loudest cheer of the night came in the second set, when Navratilova, down 3-0, responded with resilience and made it a surmountable 3-1 set, instead of 4-0. But Seles served the next game, and capped it off with such an emphatic serve that Navratilova could only lung and swing at the ball, which she missed, an ace to win the point and the game. Navratilova won the next game, but Seles won the following two, clinching the victory on a two-handed backhand.

"Monica just played too well," Navratilova said. "She's hitting her serves so well, I had a very hard time returning the serves."

The evening was a light and joyous night, though for Navratilova, the day began with frustration and sadness.

" I drove around today, and it's astonishing how little has been done here," she said. "I'm from the Czech Republic, and there was a huge flood there a few years ago. You would never know it. It was all rebuilt.

"It's astonishing to me that we left these people behind. The insurance company has failed and the people in the government have failed."

That's a fake. Link, please. :p

Daniel K
Sep 15th, 2007, 11:58 AM
That's a fake. Link, please. :p

Sorry should have posted it.

It definitely sounds like Monica treated this match more seriously than the others she's played against Martina. She always took those matches to a novelty third set. Although just comparatively, didn't Martina H. beat Martina N. 5-0 in WTT before her comeback. But i guess Monica wouldn't want to double bagel Navratilova in an exhibition even if she could.

Anyway, I hope she comes back, if only for a few tournaments.

hingis-seles
Sep 15th, 2007, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the link. Sorry for being so accusatory. My bad.

Wow. Nicely done, Monica.

sonnys
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:33 PM
:worship:

DimaDinosaur
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:38 PM
Monica, just come back already and stop frustrating everyone with these "Anna Kournikova charity tennis matches" that you play around the world

sonnys
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:02 PM
Monica, just come back already and stop frustrating everyone with these "Anna Kournikova charity tennis matches" that you play around the world

Maybe she is happy with it...;) & remember this is for charity and it is good some people are thinking about others...:drool: :wavey:

Vlad Tepes
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:12 PM
These two will play another exhibition match in Bucharest tomorrow :)

Andy T
Sep 15th, 2007, 02:17 PM
They're playing another in Bucharest next month. Full kudos to them for drawing attention through tennis to the problems still being faced in New Orleans: it makes a change from media focus being on so-and-so's latest outfit.