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Dec 23rd, 2001, 08:50 AM
<center><font color=skyblue><font size=5>2001 Sanex Championships<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font=size><font color=white><font=color><br /><center><br />http://www.wta-wm.de/images/logo.jpg</center>

The 2001 ETA season finally comes to an end at the year ending and prestigious Sanex Championships. The $3 million dollar event held in Munich, Germany, gathers only the top 16 singles and the top 8 doubles teams to battle it out at OlympiaPark. Defending champion Martina Hingis headlines the singles competitors at No. 2. World No. 1 Tamarine Tanasugarn, Pilot Pen Champion and No. 3 Justine Henin, and No. 4 and Swisscom Challenge Champion Anke Huber round out the top 4 seeds. Elena Manevska, the Toyota Princess Cup Champion, Mary Pierce, the AIG Japan Open Tennis Champion, Venus Williams, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Finalist, and Swisscom Challenge and US Open Semifinalist Magdalena Maleeva, make up the top 8 seeds.<br /><center><br />http://im.rediff.com/sports/2001/aug/28slid1.jpg<br /></center><br />The other 8 players in the field are Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Jelena Dokic, Kimiko Date, Iroda Tulyaganova, Petra Mandula, Barbara Schett, and Evonne Goolagong. Out of the 16 players in the draw, Kimiko Date and Iroda Tulyaganova are currently on form as both players reached at least the semifinals to clinch a spot in this prestigious tournament.<br /><center><br />http://www.landentwicklung-muenchen.de/master/bilder/olympiapark.jpg<br /></center><br />The local German fans have lots to cheer about with three players competing in the singles event. No. 4 Anke Huber is the highest ranked player followed by No. 9 Steffi Graf, and No. 15 Barbara Schett. In addition both Steffi Graf and Barbara Schett will play in the doubles event as well. Graf and Schett join Tanasugarn, Manevska, and Mandula, and Goolagong as the only players to qualify for both the singles and doubles event. <br /><center><br />http://www.sport1.at/coremedia/generator/property=original/id=1027116.jpg<br /></center><br />The doubles championships feature the newly top ranked team of Davenport/Zvereva, who are coming off their first ETA doubles title in Luxembourg. Following at No. 2 are Mandula/Schnyder the reigning US Open Doubles Champions. Pierce/Sabatini are the No. 3 seeds with a pair of doubles titles at the Toyota Princess Cup and the Eurotel Slovak Indoor. Completing the top 4 seeds are Myskina/Novotna who are the Swisscom Challenge Doubles Champions.<br /><center><br />http://web.tin.it/raitgs/mtennis/1997/foto/graf3101.jpg<br /></center><br />The other 4 teams are Goolagong/McQuillan, Graf/Manevska, Fernandez/Tanasugarn, Schett/S Williams. Though the favorites look to be Goolagong/McQuillan who have strung together at least three semifinal appearances in their last three outings. <br /><center><br />http://www.cnnsi.com/tennis/news/2001/06/06/slam_seedings/t1_schett_ap-01.jpg<br /></center><br />All of the players and teams will be fighting to win this trophy, the Billie Jean King Trophy.<br /><center><br />http://www.wta-wm.de/en/tournament/trophy.jpg <br /></center><br />The Billie-Jean-King-Trophy will be awarded for the fourth time at the Sanex Championships, the ladies' tennis world championships. The trophy was donated in 1998 by Billie Jean King, one of the founders and first President of the Virginia Slims Circuit, predecessor to the Sanex WTA Tour. In her year-long career as tennis professional, the 57-year-old Billie Jean King won a total of 67 tournaments, gathering 12 single and 16 doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments and for several years took the No.1 spot in the world rankings. Due to her historic merits in women's tennis, in 1998, the US American earned an official position in the WTA Tour's Player Development Program. The Billie-Jean-King-Trophy was produced by the renown jeweller Tiffany.

[ December 23, 2001: Message edited by: Tennisace ]</p>

Dec 23rd, 2001, 08:58 AM
<font color=skyblue><font size=5>2001 Sanex Singles Championships<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font-size><font color=white><font=color>

(1) Tamarine Tanasugarn vs. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley<br />Barbara Schett vs. (5) Elena Manevska<br />(6) Mary Pierce vs. Petra Mandula<br />Steffi Graf vs. (4) Anke Huber

(3) Justine Henin vs. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario<br />Iroda Tulyaganova vs. (7) Venus Williams<br />(8) Magdalena Maleeva vs. Jelena Dokic<br />Kimiko Date vs. (2) Martina Hingis

Dec 23rd, 2001, 09:00 AM
<font color=skyblue><font size=5>2001 Sanex Doubles Championships<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font=size><font color=white><font=color>

(1) Davenport/Zvereva vs. Goolagong-Cawley/McQuillan<br />Graf/Manevska vs. (3) Pierce/Sabatini

(4) Myskina/Novtona vs. Fernandez/Tanasugarn<br />Schett/S Williams vs. (2) Mandula/Schnyder

Williams Rulez
Dec 23rd, 2001, 09:03 AM
Yeah!! Davenport and Natasha are the number 1 seeds. Good work Scott! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 23rd, 2001, 09:05 AM
<img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 23rd, 2001, 09:20 AM
<font size=5><font color=peachpuff>2001 Volvo Women's Open Singles Draw<font=color><font=size><font color=white><font=color><font size=2><font=size>

(1) Sandrine Testud vs. Bye<br />Alexandra Stevenson vs. Su-Wei Hsieh<br />Elena Bovina vs. Nadia Petrova <br />Anna Kournikova vs. (8) Chris Evert

(7) Pam Shriver vs. Rossana de Los Rios<br />Mirjana Lucic vs. Anne Keothavong <br />Meghann Shaughnessy vs. Arancha Parra<br />Bye vs. (3) Chanda Rubin

(4) Monica Seles vs. Bye<br />Asa Carlsson vs. Kim Clijsters<br />Cara Black vs. Jennifer Capriati <br />Bye vs. (6) Amanda Coetzer

(5) Elena Dementieva vs. Bye<br />Conchita Martinez vs. Elke Clijsters <br />Daniela Hantuchova vs. Iva Majoli<br />Bye vs. (2) Meilen Tu

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Dec 23rd, 2001, 09:51 AM
<font size=5><font color=peachpuff>2001 Volvo Women's Open Doubles Draw<font=size><font=color><font color=white><font=color><font size=2><font=size>

(1) Keothavong/Seles vs. Bye<br />Capriati/Stevenson vs. (5) Dementieva/Shaughnessy<br />(6) Kournikova/Testud vs. Carlsson/Parra<br />de Los Rios/Rubin vs. (4) K Clijsters/Lucic

(3) E Clijsters/Coetzer vs. Bye<br />Majoli/Martinez vs. (7) Evert/Shriver<br />(8) Bovina/Hsieh vs. Petrova/Tu<br />Bye vs. (2) Black/Hantuchova

[ December 23, 2001: Message edited by: Tennisace ]</p>

Dec 23rd, 2001, 11:28 AM
Come on Anne Keothavong pick you socks up here!

Dec 23rd, 2001, 02:55 PM
I wanna play Pattaya!!!! <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

#1 seeds baby!!!!!!!! I'm finishing the year #1 if its the last thing I do!!! How nice it is to see that Zvereva name next to the #1 position again...such fond memories!!!!!!

Marcelo de los Rios
Dec 23rd, 2001, 03:47 PM
What the hell, I'm gonna play on the girls tour too! <img src="cool.gif" border="0">

My player is the lovely Rosanna de los Rios <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <br />Surfaces are clay~hardcourts~indoors~grass

Enter me in the Volvo event! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Dec 23rd, 2001, 06:05 PM
Rossana de Los Rios has been added to both singles and doubles at Pattaya! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Everyone remember to send points to etatour@hotmail.com by Wednesday 12PM BOARDTIME! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 23rd, 2001, 07:43 PM
Elena Dementieva is going to play doubles at Volvo Woman's Open with Meghann Shaughnessy, but she will play with Jelena Dokic again when the new season starts.

Big Lindsay
Dec 23rd, 2001, 07:46 PM
Hello everyone, I am trying to help out Tennisace by making these pictures of the Sanex doubles teams. Feel free to use them in your interview/match result threads, as they will remain on my site indefinately. Now I could not find any pictures of Elena Manevska, so if anybody has one, post it in this thread and I will splice it with a Steffi picture ... Good luck everyone. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Cris Fernandez & Tamarine Tanasugarn<br />http://wsphotofews.excite.com/003/1k/Ll/TV/Fa84019.jpghttp://wsphotofews.excite.com/016/iK/Zw/IS/Fr82780.jpg

Jana Novotna & Anastasia Myskina<br />http://wsphotofews.excite.com/039/PP/oP/pk/E718350.jpghttp://wsphotofews.excite.com/041/Xm/si/5n/DJ12012.jpg

Lindsay Davenport & Natasha Zvereva<br />http://wsphotofews.excite.com/016/wa/Zb/2H/He87598.jpghttp://wsphotofews.excite.com/020/O9/l5/rm/Fj56457.jpg

Petra Mandula & Patty Schnyder<br />http://wsphotofews.excite.com/011/N6/gT/Ul/GP71774.jpghttp://wsphotofews.excite.com/003/1k/Ll/TV/Fl19336.jpg

Mary Pierce & Gabriela Sabatini<br />http://wsphotofews.excite.com/027/J8/dA/FO/Fh38084.jpghttp://wsphotofews.excite.com/016/7R/UZ/HK/Fb99560.jpg

Evonne Goolagong & Rachel McQuillan<br />http://wsphotofews.excite.com/013/61/Mu/IG/GQ56198.jpghttp://wsphotofews.excite.com/039/kR/Rr/HA/Fn83048

Barbara Schett/Serena Williams<br />http://wsphotofews.excite.com/027/hv/97/Yk/F921614.jpghttp://wsphotofews.excite.com/016/dS/WA/n3/Fr60038.jpg

[ December 24, 2001: Message edited by: Big Lindsay ]</p>

Dec 24th, 2001, 12:12 AM
I hate to act to ungrateful BL....but could you please change the pictures of Nat and Linds? <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />

Here is my requested Nat one:<br />http://www.**********************/zvereva/nz8.jpg<br />and<br />http://www.lindsayonline.org/IW-003.jpg

If you could make an image of them for us...I would really appreciate it...You're the best!!!

Dec 24th, 2001, 12:38 AM
big lindsay - could you please try and post that pic of cris fernandez again. it didnt show up. thanks <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 24th, 2001, 02:26 AM
Hope ya'll like the background!!

Jacs...I can see it fine!

<body background=http://www.wta-wm.de/images/logo.jpg>

[ December 23, 2001: Message edited by: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ]</p>

Dec 24th, 2001, 11:53 AM
still cant see it

Dec 24th, 2001, 03:57 PM

Dec 25th, 2001, 04:12 AM
Remember to send in points to etatour@hotmail.com or PM me! The deadline is Wednesday 12PM Boardtime! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 25th, 2001, 01:41 PM
Use same points as last week for us...only one less point in the 2nd set and 1 more point in the 3rd...

Mateo Mathieu
Dec 25th, 2001, 01:46 PM
Good luck to Evonne! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> And Rachel, obviously! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 25th, 2001, 01:47 PM
Justine Henin is looking for a doubles partner for the new season. Her partner Daja Bedanova retired from the ETA tour. Anyone interested?

Dec 25th, 2001, 01:55 PM
<img src="eek.gif" border="0"> uhhh Tennisace..did I subscribe for this game? I don't remember which game it was, but it was something like this..lol

I played for Daja Bedanova, but I think it was in the game of ILUVJELENA.

Is this the same one?

Dec 25th, 2001, 02:05 PM
K, I think that's FWTT. At least I don't think you were my doubles partner in this game. lol

Big Lindsay
Dec 25th, 2001, 03:10 PM
[quote]Originally posted by Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario:<br /><strong>I hate to act to ungrateful BL....but could you please change the pictures of Nat and Linds? <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

<br /><a href="http://www.wtaworld.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=3&t=000272" target="_blank">My answer incase you missed it!</a>

Dec 25th, 2001, 03:11 PM
...I'd love to partner with you Josh...

.....BUT I'M #1 AND MY PARTNER IS #2 (IN DOUBLES), SO I THINK WE'LL BE STICKING TOGETHER!!!!!!! <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

<font color="orange" face="Andy" size=4> Lindsay Davenport+Natasha Zvereva=ETA WORLD CHAMPIONS!</font>

Dec 25th, 2001, 04:59 PM
Yeah, never change a winning team I guess. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

So any candidates to team up with Justine?

She's number 3 in singles, number 22 in doubles (individual) and together with Bedanova they are the number 13. Not too bad I would think. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Maybe Kimiko wants to be my partner as we reached the semis in Zurich two weeks ago? <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 25th, 2001, 05:37 PM
[quote]Maybe Kimiko wants to be my partner as we reached the semis in Zurich two weeks ago? <hr></blockquote>

<br />teaming up with No. 3 player in the world is the best honor kimiko ever had! and also Justine's so talented shots led us to the semi! kimiko has already believed that Justine has the talent of becoming No. 1 in the world. <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

<br />now, kimiko has very good relationship with current partner--Meghann Shaughnessy. however, sometimes they play different tournaments. so if justine doesn't mind teaming with kimiko when her partner and she are seperated in different tournaments.

when teaming up with Justine, kimiko learn the high professional tennis from Justine. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

[ December 25, 2001: Message edited by: bull ]</p>

Dec 25th, 2001, 10:34 PM
Ok Kimiko, it's a great honour for Justine to be playing with such a talented player. I think we'll rock the ETA tour! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 26th, 2001, 12:34 AM
Use the same points for Schett and Schett/S.Williams <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 26th, 2001, 03:08 AM
<font size=5><font color=magenta>The 16 Sanex Championship Singles Qualifiers<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font color=white>

Tamarine Tanasugarn<br />Record 22-8<br />*Rogers AT&T Semifinalist<br />*Pilot Pen Finalist<br />*US Open Finalist<br />*Brasil Open Finalist<br />*Princess Cup Semifinalist<br />*Kremlin Cup Champion<br />*Kiwi Shanghai Open Quarterfinalist

Martina Hingis<br />Record 16-7<br />*Pilot Pen Quarterfinalist<br />*US Open Champion<br />*Brasil Open Champion<br />*Kremlin Cup Finalist

Justine Henin<br />Record 20-8<br />*Rogers AT&T Semifinalist<br />*Pilot Pen Champion<br />*US Open Semifinalist<br />*Brasil Open Quarterfinalist<br />*Princess Cup Finalist<br />*Swisscom Quarterfinalist

Anke Huber<br />Record 15-8<br />*Rogers AT&T Quarterfinalist<br />*Pilot Pen Quarterfinalist<br />*US Open Quarterfinalist<br />*Brasil Open Quarterfinalist<br />*Swisscom Challenge Champion

Elena Manevska<br />Record 13-8<br />*Princess Cup Champion<br />*Swisscom Challenge Semifinalist

Mary Pierce<br />Record 13-8<br />*Rogers AT&T Quarterfinalist<br />*Pilot Pen Quarterfinalist<br />*AIG Japan Open Champion<br />*Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Semifinalist<br />*Seat Open Quarterfinalist

Venus Williams<br />Record 10-9<br />*Kremlin Cup Quarterfinalist<br />*Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Finalist

Magdalena Maleeva<br />Record 6-9<br />*US Open Semifinalist<br />*Swisscom Challenge Semifinalist

Steffi Graf<br />Record 12-8<br />*US Open Quarterfinalist<br />*Princess Cup Semifinalist<br />*Kremlin Cup Quarterfinalist

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario<br />Record 11-8<br />*Princess Cup Quarterfinalist<br />*Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Champion

Jelena Dokic<br />Record 14-10<br />*Kremlin Cup Semifinalist<br />*Kiwi Shanghai Open Finalist<br />*Generali Ladies Linz Open Quarterfinalist

Kimiko Date<br />Record 12-2<br />*AIG Japan Open Semifinalist<br />*Kiwi Shanghai Open Champion<br />*Generali Ladies Linz Open Champion

Iroda Tulyaganova<br />Record 8-10<br />*Swisscom Challenge Quarterfinalist<br />*Generali Ladies Linz Open Semifinalist

Petra Mandula<br />Record 7-9<br />*Princess Cup Quarterfinalist<br />*Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Quarterfinalist

Barbara Schett<br />Record 7-9<br />*Swisscom Challenge Quarterfinalist<br />*Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Quarterfinalist

Evonne Goolagong-Cawley<br />Record 9-9<br />*Pilot Pen Semifinalist

[ December 25, 2001: Message edited by: Tennisace ]</p>

Dec 26th, 2001, 03:27 AM
<font size=5><font color=goldenrod>Hingis to Face Tough Challenge In First Round<font=color><font=size><font color=white><font size=2><font=size><font=color>


Defending Champion and No.2 ranked Martina Hingis will encounter red hot Kimiko Date of Japan. This first round clash features the two leading title holders on the tour, each player has two titles. Hingis won back to back titles earlier in the year when she captured the US Open and Brasil Open Singles Titles. The Japanese No. 1 took her first title at the Kiwi Shanghai Open and then recently won the Generali Ladies Linz Open title as a qualifier. Date assured herself of a place in Munich when she won her semifinal match last week. While Date has currently won 12 of her last 14 matches, Hingis has seen her game slide, and has lost 3 straight matches. The Swiss Miss will have to be on her top game as she battles the Japanese Champion. The winner of this match should go on to reach at least the semifinals. The two have never met but look for long rallies and complicated points to rule the match.

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Dec 26th, 2001, 03:43 AM
<font color=coral><font size=5>Venus Hopes She’s Lucky No. 7<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font=size><font color=white><font=color>


In the past couple of weeks Venus Williams has finally gotten her game together. Williams is currently ranked a career high No. 7 and will look to continue her success at the Sanex Championships. Her first obstacle will be red hot Iroda Tulyaganova who is quickly turning her year around. The Uzbekistan No. 1 has reached the quarterfinals and semifinals of her last two events. As a result of her great results as of recently, she qualified for this prestigious event. This will mark the first time the these two hard hitting titanesses will meet. Both have big serves, hard groundstrokes, and determination to win. Waiting in the next round will either be No. 3 Justine Henin or No. 10 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. If Williams can get by this first round things will certainly toughen up as she has lost to both Sanchez-Vicario and Justine Henin recently. Tulyaganova on the other hand has a win over her doubles partner, Sanchez-Vicario, that win coming last week in the round of 16. She has not met Henin on the tour yet.

Williams Rulez
Dec 26th, 2001, 04:16 AM
OMG.... Kimiko's record is a stunning 12-2 <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

<img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> are you going to do doubles records too?? <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

ETA's Martina Nav
Dec 26th, 2001, 07:58 AM
Hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday, now do these two tournaments start on Wednesday or what?

Dec 26th, 2001, 11:20 AM
<font size=5><font color=orange>Schedule of Play<font=color><font=size><font color=white><font=color><font size=2><font=size>

*Because I just realized that 12PM BOARDTIME is like 4AM my time, results for Wednesday will be pushed back a day later. Sorry for the inconvenience but I don't think I'll be up that early, unless I suffer from some serious jet lag!

Thursday<br />Sanex Championships Singles 1st Round<br />Volvo Women’s Open Singles 1st Round<br />Volvo Women’s Open Singles 2nd Round

Friday<br />Sanex Championships Singles Quarterfinals<br />Sanex Championships Doubles Quarterfinals<br />Volvo Women’s Open Singles Quarterfinals<br />Volvo Women’s Open Doubles 1st Round<br />Volvo Women’s Open Doubles Quarterfinals

Saturday<br />Sanex Championships Singles Semifinals<br />Sanex Championships Doubles Semifinals<br />Volvo Women’s Open Singles Semifinals<br />Volvo Women’s Open Doubles Semifinals

Sunday<br />Sanex Championships Singles Finals<br />Sanex Championships Doubles Finals<br />Volvo Women’s Open Singles Finals <br />Volvo Women’s Open Doubles Finals

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Mateo Mathieu
Dec 26th, 2001, 11:26 AM
Friday in Australia day or USA? <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> LOL!

Dec 26th, 2001, 11:45 AM
<font color=fusha><font size=5>The 8 Sanex Doubles Championships Qualifiers<font=size><font=color><font color=white><font=color><font size=2><font=size>

Davenport/Zvereva<br />Record 13-7<br />*Rogers AT&T Semifinalist<br />*Pilot Pen Semifinalist<br />*US Open Finalist<br />*Princess Cup Quarterfinalist<br />*Kremlin Cup Quarterfinalist<br />*Swisscom Challenge Quarterfinalist<br />*Seat Open Champion

Mandula/Schnyder<br />Record 10 -7<br />*Rogers AT&T Finalist<br />*Pilot Pen Quarterfinalist<br />*US Open Champion<br />*Princess Cup Semifinalist

Pierce/Sabatini<br />Record 17-6<br />*US Open Semifinalist<br />*Brasil Open Finalist<br />*Princess Cup Champion<br />*AIG Japan Open Finalist<br />*Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Quarterfinalist<br />*Eurotel Slovak Indoor Champion<br />*Seat Open Quarterfinalist

Myskina/Novotna<br />Record 11-7<br />*US Open Semifinalist<br />*Brasil Open Quarterfinalist<br />*Kremlin Cup Quarterfinalist<br />*Porsche Grand Prix Finalist<br />*Swisscom Challenge Champion

Goolagong Cawley/McQuillan<br />Record 14-8<br />*Rogers AT&T Quarterfinalist<br />*Pilot Pen Quarterfinalist<br />*Brasil Open Champion<br />*Kremlin Cup Semifinalist<br />*Swisscom Challenge Finalist<br />*Generali Ladies Linz Open Finalist

Graf/Manevska<br />Record 12-8<br />*US Open Quarterfinalist<br />*Princess Cup Quarterfinalist<br />*Kremlin Cup Semifinalist<br />*Porsche Grand Prix Champion<br />*Swisscom Challenge Semifinalist<br />*Generali Ladies Linz Open Semifinlist

Fernandez/Tanasugarn<br />Record 11-9<br />*Rogers AT&T Semifinalist<br />*Pilot Pen Semifinalist<br />*Brasil Open Semifinalist<br />*Kremlin Cup Finalist<br />*Kiwi Shanghai Finalist

Schett/S Williams<br />Record 9-8<br />*Rogers AT&T Champion<br />*Pilot Pen Quarterfinalist<br />*US Open Quarterfinalist<br />*Brasil Open Quarterfinalist<br />*Princess Cup Quarterfinalist<br />*Generali Ladies Linz Open Quarterfinalist

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Dec 26th, 2001, 12:06 PM
<font size=5><font color=lime>Davenport/Zvereva Look to Hold Onto No. 1<font=size><font=color><font color=white><font=color><font size=2><font=size>


Recently crowned Seat Open Luxembourg Doubles Champions, Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva, will look to continue their hot streak into the Sanex Doubles Championships. Last week they took out No. 3 ranked Pierce/Sabatini in the quarterfinals en route to the title and career high individual doubles rankings. Zvereva sits upon the top of the rankings at No. 1 with Davenport at a No. 2. Despite being a highly talented team, the tandem scored their first ETA doubles title just last week. By doing so, the duo toppled the team of Mandula/Schnyder for the top ranking.


The Hungarian and Swiss Duo has seen a sudden slide in their doubles game after capitulating themselves to the top spot with their US Open Doubles title. The No. 2 team has done very little since, losing early in the doubles draw. The pair will face another struggling team, the No. 8 team of Barbara Schett and Serena Williams. The last team to qualify for the doubles event has only reached 5 quarterfinal appearances since their first ETA Doubles title at Montreal. Expect this match to be an ugly match with both teams trying to scramble to get their doubles magic working again.


Davenport/Zvereva will face the peaking doubles pair of Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Rachel McQuillan. The No. 5 team has reached the finals of their last two events and is due for a second win on the doubles tour. Their first title came at the Brasil Open. This duo will create a very serious challenge to the top seeded duo. In fact this first round match could very well have been the finals of the Sanex Doubles Championship. Expect a very tight match with both teams giving their all.


The No. 3 ranked team of Pierce/Sabatini have quietly moved their way up to the top ranking. The French/Argentine team leads the doubles tour with the most titles at 2 titles. Despite losing to Davenport/Zvereva in straight sets last week, this team should not be considered lightly but as a serious threat for the championship. This tandem has reached four doubles finals this year and has racked up a tour high 17 wins. Their opponents in the first round will be Graf/Manevska who have reached back to back semifinals in their last two events. But that’s not the tip of their achievements. In their last four events they have reached the semifinals three times and won their lone title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Graf/Manevska will be a tough first round battle for the No. 3 seeds.


In the last first round matches, the No. 4 seeds Myskina/Novotna will battle the No. 7 Fernandez/Tanasugrn. The US Open Semifinalists have had a consistent indoor season, reaching the quarterfinals or better in 4 of their last 6 doubles tournaments. Their teamwork culminated in winning the Tier I doubles title in Zurich. For the Asian duo, the No. 4 seeds are the heavy favorites considering they have lost their last doubles matches. The Asian duo started off the year strong but then faded perhaps because both players worked on their singles games more.

Dec 26th, 2001, 12:16 PM
<font size=5><font color=canary>Henin and Dokic Praying History Repeats Itself<font=color><font=size><font color=white><font=color><font size=2><font=size>


Justine Henin and Jelena Dokic will face familiar opponents in their first round clashes. The No. 3 ranked Belgium will meet Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, who she defeated 0-6, 7-6(0), 6-1 in the second round of the Swisscom Challenge. For the Canadian Dokic, her encounter is much fresher in her mind as she downed Magdalena Maleeva 0-6, 7-6(0), 6-0 in the first round of last week’s tournament. The former No. 1 ranked Henin has struggled in the indoor season, with just two quarterfinal appearances. The Barcelona Bumble Bee though has seen her game surge after winning her first title in Filderstadt. Expect a close match between the two that could fall either way.


Jelena Dokic on the other hand appears to be the slight favorite in her first round match. The indoor surface in OlympiaHalle has been playing fast and that will favor the hard hitting baseliner. Maleeva, while not known for her big power game, is though known for her ability to scramble and return lots of balls. If the young Dokic can keep her unforced errors down and silly mistakes the Canadian could win once again and find herself in the next round.

Dec 26th, 2001, 12:18 PM
<font size=5><font color=violet>Top Draw Wide Open<font=color><font=size><font color=white><font=color><font size=2><font=size>


The top half of the Sanex Singles Championships is wide open, with no real contender to make it all the ways to the final. All 8 players have played somewhat mediocre. Manevska, Pierce, and Huber look to be the three players that should fill out the top spot in the finals. Tanasugarn, the No. 1, has not looked like one as she has lost her last two matches. Huber won her first title two weeks ago in Switzerland but suffered a flat second round loss last week. Her opponent will be compatriot Steffi Graf who has been up and down the entire indoor season. The stage is perfect though for Graf to upset the No. 1 German, right in front of the home crowd. The No. 14, 15, 16 ranked players are also in the top half of the draw. They are Mandula, Schett, and Goolagong respectively. Look for Mandula to fall to Pierce in the first round, Schett to extend Manevska in three sets, and Goolagong to challenge a lackluster Tanasugarn. The top half of the draw may not feature some of the more glamorous matches like the bottom half of the draw, but expect a new face to emerge from the top half, that could surprise everyone, even herself.

Dec 27th, 2001, 07:55 AM
<font size=5><font color=skyblue>2001 Sanex Championships<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font=size><font color=white><font=color>

First Round Singles

Evonne Goolagong-Cawley def. (1) Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3, 6-2

(5) Elena Manevska def. Barbara Schett 0-6, 7-6(2), 6-1

(6) Mary Pierce def. Petra Mandula 6-2, 1-6, 7-5

Steffi Graf def. (4) Anke Huber 7-5, 2-6, 6-3

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario def. (3) Justine Henin 6-1, 7-6(1)

(7) Venus Williams def. Iroda Tulyaganova 1-6, 7-6(0), 6-1

Jelena Dokic def. (8) Magdalena Maleeva 6-1, 0-6, 7-5

Kimiko Date def. (2) Martina Hingis 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Dec 27th, 2001, 08:12 AM
<font color=peachpuff><font size=5>2001 Volvo Women's Open<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font=size><font color=white><font=color>

First Round Singles

Su-Wei Hsieh def. Alexandra Stevenson 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6)

Nadia Petrova def. Elena Bovina 3-6, 7-6(0), 6-4

(8) Chris Evert def. Anna Kournikova 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(0)

(7) Pam Shriver def. Rossana de Los Rios, walkover

Mirjana Lucic def. Anne Keothavong 0-6, 6-2, 6-3

Arancha Parra def. Meghann Shaughnessy 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Asa Carlsson def. Kim Clijsters 7-6(0), 7-6(0)

Cara Black def. Jennifer Capriati 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-1

Conchita Martinez def. Elke Clijsters 6-4, 7-6(6)

Daniela Hantuchova def. Iva Majoli 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

<br />Second Round Singles

Su-Wei Hsieh def. (1) Sandrine Testud 7-6(5), (6)6-7, 7-6(5)

Nadia Petrova def. (8) Chris Evert (0)6-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(0)

(7) Pam Shriver def. Mirjana Lucic 7-5, 3-6, 7-5

Arancha Parra def. (3) Chanda Rubin 2-6, 7-5, 6-4

(4) Monica Seles def. Asa Carlsson 0-6, 6-2, 6-3

(6) Amanda Coetzer def. Cara Black 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-5

Conchita Martinez def. (5) Elena Dementieva 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(4)

Daniela Hantuchova def. (2) Meilen Tu 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

Big Lindsay
Dec 27th, 2001, 10:05 AM
<font size=4 color=lime><marquee> Goolagong shocks Tanasugarn at Sanex Championships !!!</marquee></font>


<font size=2 color=aqua> Australian Evonne Goolagong surprised topseed Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-3, 6-2, in the first round of the Sanex Championships. Goolagong was much more agressive than she has been in recent weeks, her slice backhand wreaked havoc on the carpet ... often approaching the net behind it to gracefully caress unreachable volley winners into the open court. Evonne said of her spectacular play " I just wanted to play well for the crowd, but I feel so bad for Tammy, because I know what it is like more than anyone to lose in the first round". When asked about the buzz-saw rumours flying around about her possible retirement, Evonne responded " I have no plans to retire at the moment, I 'm having too much fun ... especially playing doubles with Rachel".

We are having just as much fun watching you play Evonne, congratulations on a stunning performance. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Mateo Mathieu
Dec 27th, 2001, 10:08 AM
Congratulations, Evonne for won over Top Seed! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

[ December 27, 2001: Message edited by: AlexSydney ]</p>

Big Lindsay
Dec 27th, 2001, 10:12 AM
<img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> Yay, Rachel's here! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Jippo McScally
Dec 27th, 2001, 10:22 AM
WOOHOO!!!!<br />Monica won a match!!!

Sam L
Dec 27th, 2001, 11:18 AM
Steffi's through, ends losing streak

The memorable first round match between the country's top 2 players delighted a sold-out crowd. This win also ends Graf's 2 match losing streak to Meilen Tu in Zurich and Sandrine Testud in Linz. Graf's indoor season has been up and down, and she is still searching for her first tournament final.

With Barbara Schett also gone in the first round, Graf remains the only German left in the draw and is ensured to receive strong support from the crowd in her next match. She will face an in-form Mary Pierce whose game particularly troubles Steffi.


Steffi Graf waves to the crowd after defeating the #4 seed Anke Huber 7-5 2-6 6-3 in Munich, Germany.

ETA's Martina Nav
Dec 27th, 2001, 11:42 AM
Jeez-O-man, I'll win a match oneday, and what happened to Gaby? she signed up for Pattaya! <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

Senorita Conchita
Dec 27th, 2001, 12:16 PM
<font size=6 color=white>Rain can't slow Martinez down!</font>

http://wsphotofews.excite.com/040/hm/sP/Mm/BB11511.jpg<br />Spain's Conchita Martinez slices a backhand to Russian star Elena Dementieva

<font size=2 color=white>With rain canceling all play at the Volvo Womens Open on Wednesday, the women had to play twice on Thursday. In her first match of the day, Senorita Conchita Martinez defeated Elke Clijsters of Belgium, who is the younger sister of Kim 6-4, 7-6 (6), then Martinez had enough left in the tank to outlast Russia's Elena Dementieva 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4) to reach her second consecutive quarterfinal. Martinez has improved under the tutelage of her new coach Sergei Bruguera. Bruguera has improved her fitness and developed a new serve for Martinez, this was evident when Martinez served for the match at 5-4 in the tiebreaker when Martinez struck two aces to seal the match. The serve was something that had just let her down last week in her loss to Iroda Tulyaganova at the Linz event. Martinez said she's taking things one match at a time, but she is quite possibly on course to win her first title of the season.

[ December 27, 2001: Message edited by: Serena_TheBody_Williams ]</p>

Dec 27th, 2001, 03:10 PM
does a tie break means the exact same points, and if yes, therefore 3 tiebreaks means exact same totals all over?

Dec 27th, 2001, 03:10 PM
As I was away on Holidays and you recieved no points from me, I'm shocked I was even in this tournament, especially as I made it clear Martina's next tournament after last week was in doubles with Venus in Australia. Poor job indeed.

Williams Rulez
Dec 27th, 2001, 03:17 PM
Nope.. tiebreaks do not mean excat same points. A difference of 10 or less points in a set will result in a tiebreak.

Dec 27th, 2001, 03:50 PM


Dec 27th, 2001, 04:00 PM
Barcelona Bumblebee Comes on Strong at Tour Championships<br />Munich AP Spanish number one, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario seemed to have everything going for her in her first round match at the tour championships on Thursday. One might think Arantxa should have been intimidated, up against Justin Henin, the world #3, on carpet which she has struggled on before, and having previously lost to Henin. But as the two walked out on the court you could not find any nervousness on Sanchez's face. The Barcelona Bumblebee surprised Henin in the first set by dominating her and working her all over the court. The result was a first set for the Spainard 6-1. Justine wasn't going to give up, as she lifted her level of play and led 5-3 in the second, but as the Belgium raised her play, so did Arantxa. Arantxa managed the break and push the match into a tiebreaker where it was smooth sailing. "I really played my best I have all year. I played better than Filderstadt which I didn't think I could do on carpet. If I keep playing like that then maybe I can do better." "I know Justine didn't have herbest game, but she's young and a great player and will be back. In clay season, I have a hunch that she may be in the running for the French Open title."

Dec 27th, 2001, 04:25 PM
<font face="Arial Black"size="5"color="Orange">DAY 1 AT TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS PHOTOS</font>

http://www.xoasis.com/~thaitennis/tamarine/ausopen2000/Tamarine-serve.jpg<br />http://www.vg.no/bilder/bildarkiv/993800012.jpg<br />http://www.dimensionmagazine.com/images/future_plumpers/mary_pierce/mpfat2.JPG<br />http://sport.iskon.hr/foto/Steffi.Graf.v.1.jpg<br />http://www.usopen.org/images/pics/large/bh0831014.jpg<br />http://www.frenchopen.org/images/pics/large/bh_01_029.jpg<br />http://members.netscapeonline.co.uk/shepupskirtuk/dokic/e15be393.jpg<br />http://www.frenchopen.org/images/pics/large/bv_02_031.jpg

Dec 27th, 2001, 06:49 PM
http://sportserver.com/images/gallery/tennis/20010825/ten1953.11.jpg<br />No. 7 Venus Williams def. Iroda Tulyaganova 1-6, 7-6(0), 6-1.

a few comments from her press conference:<br />Iroda played much better than i had expected. her serving was very well placed and at first, i was slow at reacting to everything because i haven't had much time to practice. everything's been a constant whirl wind and i'm lucky to have pulled through this match. but i knew in the tie-break, i would have my chance. i'm mentally stronger than iroda and if i win the second set, the match would be another whole new ball game. in the third set, i began to apply tremendous pressure on her serve and my returns were much better. everything suddenly clicked, but i should have been more prepared for her.

You know, after last week's doubles win with Martina Hingis, i was totally mentally drained and my wrists were beginning to irritate me again. I almost had to pull out of the doubles event, but I'm glad I didn't because if we did, we wouldn't have ran away with the doubles trophy and a victory over our mentors Chris Evert and Pam Shriver. Playing against Pam was difficult, but as professionals you have to put aside your emotions and concentrate on the match. That win, to me is my BIGGEST win ever because they're both very accomplished and also, Chris Evert is known for her disgust of the shift in tennis from beautiful and pitpat tennis to power tennis, the win over her was extremely satisfying. *smiles sweetly*

Tomorrow's match against Arantxa will be a real test. I haven't defeated her this season and if my wrists hold up enough and if she doesn't string me into long rallies, I could possibly have a chance. <br />

[ December 27, 2001: Message edited by: Average Kinda Guy ]</p>

Dec 27th, 2001, 11:15 PM




Q. Kimiko, this has really been a big year for you, especially being ranked high and coming here for the first time. To what do you attribute your playing so well this year; and has this been a personal goal coming here to the championships?

KIMIKO DATE: Yes, I have been playing very well this year, from December, I won Shanghai, Linz and I became -- but at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix I lost first round, so, I was so disappointed at the time, so, however, from that, I've been playing very well and then this tournament very well, I played very well and I hope I'll do my best

Q. But the question that she asked is to come here, you have to really move up; has it been a goal of hers to get to here to this tournament? What does it mean to her to come here and qualify?

KIMIKO DATE: I cannot even believe that this is -- this is the tournament that I dream about, so that's why I really want to try to do my best.

Q. Why does she think she's playing better; what's accounted for it. You've told us the stages at which she's been playing well, but why has she risen so much.


Q. Yes.

KIMIKO DATE: I gained the confidence because continuously I won much and then I gain my confidence gradually, that's the reason why I think I became very good.

Dec 28th, 2001, 05:25 AM
Way to go! Best of luck to Kimiko at the Sanex Championships <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 28th, 2001, 06:29 AM
First of all the question about tiebreaks. Tiebreaks occur when the difference in points between the two players is less than 10 OR if they have the same amount of points.

Sorry Adrian, I must have missed your message telling me that you would skip the Sanex Championships. Like all players, if they do not send points for a week, I use their last set of points which they sent. Sorry once again, but hey at least you pick up 67 points! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 28th, 2001, 06:45 AM
<font color=skyblue><font size=5>2001 Sanex Championships Quarterfinals<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font=size><font color=white><font=color>

Singles Quarterfinals

(5) Elena Manevska def. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley 0-6, 7-6(0), 6-1

(6) Mary Pierce def. Steffi Graf 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4)

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario def. (7) Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3

Kimiko Date def. Jelena Dokic 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

<br />Doubles Quarterfinals

Goolagong-Cawley/McQuillan def. (1) Davenport/Zvereva 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(6)

(3) Pierce/Sabatini def. Graf/Manevska 6-2, 0-6, 6-3

Fernandez/Tanasugarn def. (4) Myskina/Novtona 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1)

Schett/S Williams def. (2) Mandula/Schnyder 6-4, 7-6(0)

Mateo Mathieu
Dec 28th, 2001, 06:52 AM
Great win for Evonne and Rachel! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> Hopefully, we can win the event <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Sorry, Lindsay and Natasha for we spoilt your goal to be No. 1 at finish <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Dec 28th, 2001, 07:01 AM
<font color=peachpuff><font size=5>2001 Volvo Women's Open Quarterfinals<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font color=white><font=color><font=size>

Singles Quarterfinals

Nadia Petrova def. Su-Wei Hsieh 5-7, 7-6(0), 7-6(6)

Arancha Parra def. (7) Pam Shriver 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-5

(4) Monica Seles def. (6) Amanda Coetzer 1-6, 6-2, 7-5

Conchita Martinez def. Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-3

<br />Doubles First Round

(5) Dementieva/Shaughnessy def. Capriati/Stevenson 1-6, 7-6(7), 6-1

(6) Kournikova/Testud def. Carlsson/Parra 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)

de los Rios/Rubin def. (4) K Clijsters/Lucic 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7)

(7) Evert/Shriver def. Majoli/Martinez 7-6(7), 7-6(6)

Petrova/Tu def. (8) Bovina/Hsieh 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(6)

<br />Doubles Quarterfinals

(5) Dementieva/Shaughnessy def. (1) Keothavong/Seles 7-6(4), 7-5

(6) Kournikova/Testud def. de los Rios/Rubin 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)

(7) Evert/Shriver def. (3) E Clijsters/Coetzer 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-5

Petrova/Tu def. (2) Black/Hantuchova 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)

Dec 28th, 2001, 07:17 AM
Did Dementieva/Shanaussy beat Capriati/Stevenson in the 2nd set by a tiebreak?

Mateo Mathieu
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:41 AM
[quote]Originally posted by Wizkid:<br /><strong>Did Dementieva/Shanaussy beat Capriati/Stevenson in the 2nd set by a tiebreak?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yes, obviously.

Dec 28th, 2001, 09:38 AM
Hi people, here are some ETA NEWS

*Draws for Goldcoast/Auckland will be up morrow after the Sanex/Volvo semifinal results are posted

*You can find the ETA thread in the Goldcoast thread. The Auckland tournament will also be in the Goldcoast thread! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

*I have decided against using new special surface points for the time being. Even before we used them, I could tell there would be a problem with them. I will continue to think of other ways to make the game more realistic.

*The following players have earned WILDCARDS into Goldcoast:<br />Daniela Hantuchova (Aussie WC)<br />Patty Schnyder (Former Champion WC)<br />Pam Shriver (Improving Player WC)

The fourth WC will go to the winner of the Volvo Women's Open.

*QUALITY POINTS will begin with the new season! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Big Lindsay
Dec 28th, 2001, 09:59 AM
[quote]Originally posted by Tennisace:<br /><strong><br />*I have decided against using new special surface points for the time being. Even before we used them, I could tell there would be a problem with them. I will continue to think of other ways to make the game more realistic.

*QUALITY POINTS will begin with the new season! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> </strong><hr></blockquote>

Hello Tennisace, with all due respect I really wish you would rethink your decision about not changing the point system. That very same system of 115 points worked fine for the WMTA X-mas exhibition tournament.

We have all overworked the 103 points over 3-sets sytem to death, its just not enough points anymore ... the new higher points were so refreshing.

Take care my friend! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

[ December 28, 2001: Message edited by: Big Lindsay ]</p>

Dec 28th, 2001, 10:12 AM
Well the problem I saw with the increased bonus points was that people were piling their points onto one surface. And a 112 is really hard to beat if you're and all surface player. Hmmm, maybe we'll try it out at the Aussie Open or later. I guess we could always try it out. But I think with this system, you'll see a lot of the same winners over and over again!

Dec 28th, 2001, 10:22 AM
It's no biggie TA, it will be better next year when everything is on schedule <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

<br />Martina Hingis will be playing a full, but selective year in 2002. Her and Venus are extremely keen to continue with their recent success. 2 singles and 1 doubles title is not quite enough for the competive spirit <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Williams Rulez
Dec 28th, 2001, 10:25 AM
Will Lindsay get a wildcard into adidas International for her fine performance at the Seat Open?

Morning Morgan
Dec 28th, 2001, 11:42 AM
Pam Shriver asks for a wildcard into Adidas International for reaching a final and 2 consecutive quarterfinals and is ranked the highest of those eligible of the 4th wildcard (together with Lindsay) and since Lindsay had a wildcard into the US open Pam Shriver feels that it should be hers

Sam L
Dec 28th, 2001, 01:00 PM
Press release

Munich, Germany

Steffi Graf is disappointed at having lost a very close 3rd set against Mary Pierce in the quarter-finals. However, she is content with her 2001 results which has seen her reach quarterfinals or better in 4 events and earned her a place in the top ten.

Graf said "I will hope to improve further on these results in 2002, i'm already looking forward to it". She also hopes to remain in the top ten for the year-end rankings which is not a certainty.

In doubles, the Graf-Manevska team also made an early exit. The team was in fine form reaching back-to-back semifinals before arriving in Munich. However, the Pierce-Sabatini duo proved too strong in the end.

Steffi would also like to thank Elena Manevska for been a great doubles partner for 2001 and wishes her luck in her semi-final against Mary Pierce. "See you all in 2002!" - Stephanie Graf <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Big Lindsay
Dec 28th, 2001, 04:10 PM
Well the point system for WMTA is not a lump sum of bonus points to spread over four surfaces as you see fit, what it is ... is increased surfaced points, as it utilizes the 115/110/105/100 point system. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 28th, 2001, 04:14 PM

Williams_Rules: WTF!?!? I thought we were playing ASB together?!?

Dec 28th, 2001, 04:23 PM
Sanchez-Vicario Keeps on Flying<br />AP Munich- Spainard Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario is into the semifinals at the World Championships in Munich. Sanchez suprsed everyone in the first round when she beat former number one and the current third ranked player Justine Henin in straight sets. Then the Barcelona Bumble Bee continued on Friday, with a quick straight set victory over the 7th ranked player in the world Venus Williams 6-2 6-3. Arantxa claims this is by far the best she has played on the ETA tour and she has the form of her 1998 French Open win(on her previous tour). Sanchez-Vicario has never been a carpet player, but surprisingly has had a wonderful indoor season this year. She is one of two non-seeded players in the semifinals, and one and only one will be going to the finals for sure because Arantxa meets unseeded Kimiko Date in her next match. Kimiko has also been playing very well, and should make this match very competitive. Kimiko has a sparkling record of 14-2 on the tour. The match will be at 5pm on center court.

Big Lindsay
Dec 28th, 2001, 04:27 PM
[quote]Originally posted by Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario:<br /><strong>NOOO!!! I WANTED TO FINISH #1 IN DOUBLES!!!!! I BETTER STILL DO THAT....STUPID EVONNE AND RACHEL!

Williams_Rules: WTF!?!? I thought we were playing ASB together?!?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Stupid Evonne and Rachel? how dare you ASV!

Since you have now lost in the 1st round of both the mens and womens doubles, I gather this means you are not the point calculating genius that you keep telling everyone you are ... are you dear?

ASV, shut your mouth, stop bragging all of the time and enjoy the game for what it is ... a fun game!

Dec 28th, 2001, 05:11 PM
http://sportserver.com/images/gallery/tennis/20010825/ten1953.11.jpg<br />i'm too lazy to look for another venus picture <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <br />Arantxa Sanchez Vicario def. No. 7 Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3

I'm very disappointed with this loss. My second consecutive loss to Arantxa....She played very aggressively today and I was missing everything. All my shots were either going long or out and I just couldn't capitalized on her serve, but I am happy to end the year in the top ten and to have won a doubles title or any title at all *laughs*

Dec 28th, 2001, 06:29 PM
Sports - The Sporting News

<U>Friday December 28 02:15 PM EST</U>

<br />Kimiko Date Is Suffering Muscle Injury

[ December 28, 2001: Message edited by: bull ]</p>

Dec 29th, 2001, 06:18 AM
Thanks but no thanks for your input AlexSydney, what I meant to say was that set one by a coin toss.

Dec 29th, 2001, 06:29 AM
Yes, Wizkid, that second set was decided by a series of coin tosses. Very close match! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 29th, 2001, 06:40 AM
Thanks TennisAce, man I'm always losing so close.

Williams Rulez
Dec 29th, 2001, 06:40 AM
ASV... I am asking for a wildcard into adidas International. But I am still playing ASB, they are on different weeks for heavens sake.

Please do not insult others just cause we lost to them, if you had done what I had told you to do to the last set, we wouldn't have lost by 1 point in the final set.

NEvermind about this lost, we will still end the year as the number 2 team I think, so chill please. Enjoy the game <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 29th, 2001, 06:51 AM
Sorry Lindsay, all WCs for Goldcoast have been handed out! <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> Lindsay though is assured of a WC into the Tokyo Pan Pacific! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> She's the defending champion! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 29th, 2001, 08:33 AM
cris fernandez did not get a singles wildcard <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

Dec 29th, 2001, 09:55 AM
<font color=skyblue><font size=5>2001 Sanex Championships Semifinals<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font color=white><font=size><font=color>

Singles Semifinals

(6) Mary Pierce def. (5) Elena Manevska 6-1, 0-6, 7-5

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario def. Kimiko Date 6-3, 6-2

<br />Doubles Semifinals

(3) Pierce/Sabatini def. Goolagong-Cawley/McQuillan 6-3, 0-6, 6-3

Schett/S Williams def. Fernandez/Tanasugarn 6-3, 6-3

Dec 29th, 2001, 10:02 AM
<font color=peachpuff><font size=5>2001 Volvo Women's Open Semifinals<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font=size><font color=white><font=color>

Singles Semifinals

Arancha Parra def. Nadia Petrova 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(0)

Conchita Martinez def. (4) Monica Seles 6-0, 7-6(6)

<br />Doubles Semifinals

(6) Kournikova/Testud def. (5) Dementieva/Shaughnessy 7-6(0), 5-7, 7-6(3)

Petrova/Tu def. (7) Evert/Shriver 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)

Mateo Mathieu
Dec 29th, 2001, 10:54 AM
"No comments..." - Rachel McQuillan <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

Senorita Conchita
Dec 29th, 2001, 11:01 AM
<font size=4 color=yellow>Martinez defeats Seles to reach Volvo fina!l</font>

http://stormrocks.homestead.com/files/chi.jpg<br /><font size=2 color=white>Conchita Martinez of Spain, carefully executes a dropshot against Monica Seles in the second set tiebreaker of their match, Martinez won the match 6-0, 7-6 ( 6)

<font size=2 color=yellow>Conchita, since we last spoke you have beaten Hantuchova and Seles in straight sets, what is going on with you?

<font size=2 color=white>I am playing better now, I am understanding strategy, I never had strategy before, I just played. Sergei has really helped in that area of my game.

<font size=2 color=yellow>What is your strategy, can you tell us?

<font size=2 color=white>Just to play my game, not try to outhit everyone like I was earlier in season, and being more agressive with my forehand and serve.

<font size=2 color=yellow>Tough tiebreaker, you did well to close Monica out in two

<font size=2 color=white> I had to win that tiebreaker because Seles is tough to beat in a third set. She didn't move well in the first set, but she really picked it up and started slamming the ball in the second, she was really running me around.

<font size=2 color=yellow>So you play Arancha Parra in the final, do you think you can beat her?

<font size=2 color=white>Si ..... I mean yes, she is playing consistent tennis, and she's had a lot of long matches, but I don't see her as a serious threat tomorrow.......I will be getting my 80 points.

<font size=2 color=yellow>Well you sound very confident, thanks for the interview Conchita!

<font size=2 color=white>You're welcome, goodbye!

[ December 29, 2001: Message edited by: Serena_TheBody_Williams ]</p>

Big Lindsay
Dec 29th, 2001, 11:43 AM

Congratulations Mary and Gaby, I knew Rachel and I were in trouble when I saw that you two dropped your middle set 6-0 yesterday ... clever girls! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 29th, 2001, 02:49 PM



Q. What was the injury? When did you get hurt? What happened?

KIMIKO DATE: Yesterday the match went till very late and I'm just very tired. Once again, I was up early today and I just couldn't really get back up to par, my physical condition. I had a little muscle pain.

Q. When did you suffer the injury last night?

KIMIKO DATE: She doesn't remember exactly when during the match last night, but it began last night.

Q. How badly was she hurting in the match today? When did she start to realize that her muscle was pulling?

KIMIKO DATE: Before the game today, I put on some cream and that worked pretty well. But as that wore off, by the middle of the second set, it was really beginning to hurt me again.

Q. Given that she had this injury, how did she make some of those points in the second set; like the one that was corner to corner to corner; did she just ignore it and go for it --

KIMIKO DATE: Towards the end, all I can say is, that I was playing all out, when you get to the end, that's all there really is to do, but the pain was really beginning to get to me in the end.

Q. How does she see the final tomorrow? What would she expect?

KIMIKO DATE: Well, they both are very good players, and I'm sure it will be a very, very good match to watch. I can't say who I think will win, but I'd have to say that the first set is critical. Who win the first set will domainate the whole match.

Dec 29th, 2001, 04:50 PM
<FONT SIZE=4 face="Arial Black" COLOR="FA8072">Schett and S. Williams reach doubles final</FONT>

Barbara Schett and Serena Williams, Toronto champions, came to Munich as the last team to qualify and it was clearly the worst team in the field, since they had many first round losses after the Toronto crown. Schett was already considering splitting up with Serena, if they kept losing consistently.

Well, life is full of upsets.

Schett and Williams reached today their second carrer final, after upsetting in the first round second seeds Petra Mandula and Patty Schnyder 6-4 7-6(0) and on semis the Asian team formed by Cris Fernandez and Tamarine Tamasugarn, 6-3 6-3.

Schett and Williams have yet to drop a set in this tournament and they will face the third seed pair Gabriela Sabatini and Mary Pierce in the big final.

"No, we won't split up anymore" - said Schett. "It only depends on Serena, because she was thinking of leaving the tour. If she stays, I will keep with her. A good result was all we needed" <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 29th, 2001, 08:13 PM
pfff caio....

Dec 30th, 2001, 01:51 AM
Sorry Ber but I automatically split up with you because we started to play in different events <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

[ December 29, 2001: Message edited by: Caio Braz ]</p>

Dec 30th, 2001, 10:12 AM
<font color=skyblue><font size=5>2001 Sanex Championships Finals<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font=size><font color=white><font=color>

Singles Championships

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario def. (6) Mary Pierce 7-5, 6-0

<br />Doubles Championships

(3) Pierce/Sabatini def. Schett/S Williams 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Dec 30th, 2001, 10:19 AM
<font color=peachpuff><font size=5>2001 Volvo Women's Open Championships<font=size><font=color><font size=2><font=size><font color=white><font=color>

Singles Championships

Conchita Martinez def. Arancha Parra 6-2, 6-3

<br />Doubles Championships

Petrova/Tu def. Kournikova/Testud (2)6-7, 7-6(2), 7-6(5)

Senorita Conchita
Dec 30th, 2001, 10:41 AM
<font size=6 color=yellow>Martinez ousts Parra to win Volvo Open!!!l</font>

http://wsphotofews.excite.com/040/RZ/G1/bz/3r87822.jpg<br /><font size=2 color=white>Unseeded Conchita Martinez of Spain, shows jubilation after winning her match against Arancha Parra, also from Spain.

<font size=2 color=yellow>Moonballs, topspin, dropshots, sidespin, slices, rolling angles and solid drives, Senorita Conchita Martinez of Spain has it all. Martinez put on a clinic showcasing her variety of shot, keeping the frustrated Parra scrambling about the court. Martinez took the match easily 6-2, 6-3 in 53 minutes. In her interview after the match, Martinez said: <font size=2 color=white>" I have worked so hard for this, I finally strung together five matches to win my first title on the ETA circuit, I am very happy to end the year this way"</font>

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<font size=2 color=yellow>Martinez missed qualifying for the Sanex Championships this year, but will surely qualify next year if she continues to play so boldly. Martinez has improved immensely since hiring two time French Open champion Sergei Bruguera as her coach. Conchita's record is now 8-1 since hooking up with Bruguera. Martinez, ranked #29 at the start of this event should move up to around #17. Martinez dropped only one set the entire tournament, Vamos Conchita! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

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[ December 30, 2001: Message edited by: Serena_TheBody_Williams ]</p>

Dec 30th, 2001, 06:47 PM
SACHEZ-VICARIO WINS FIRST TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP!<br />Munich AP- Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, winner of 4 grand slams throughout her career, has finally won her first Tour Championships! The Barcelona Bumble Bee has played well on indoor courts this season, somehting that is rare for her. Arantxa went through the tournament with straight set wins each time. When asked about Kimiko Date, her semifinal opponent, and her injury, Sanchez replied "Well I kind of feel like she was taking something away from my win because the way she was moving she wasn't even limping...But I know she is injured, and I wish her a speedy recovery because she is one of the best and nicest girls on the tour." The Spainard went into the first set against French woman Mary Pierce, and the two battled it out until Mary smacked a nevous double fault to be broken. Arantxa then crised through the second to bring home the title, her second for the ETA. Sanchez-Vicario had this to say about her win. "Well I haven't played this well through a whole tournament since the French Open 1998. I'm so shocked and happy that all this happened. Mary threw up during the mathc, and I hope she is fine, and I would like to congratulate her for a well played match and for sticking it out, even with her sickness." The former #1(on the WTA tour), is looking to get into the top ten in the ETA.

Dec 30th, 2001, 11:29 PM
congratulation, SACHEZ-VICARIO! big win!

Dec 31st, 2001, 12:06 AM
<img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <br />Schett and Serena lost

Anyway, it was a good season!

2002 with HENIN!<br />LETS GO!!!!!!

Big Lindsay
Dec 31st, 2001, 08:47 PM
Congratulations to Spain's girls, here's a nice Arantxa pic to go with the article.