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stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:41 AM
Hey guys,

I've travelled a little this year on the tour, and posted sometimes reports on GM. I thought the end of the year would be the perfect time to make a summary of what I saw and what I thought.
So the tournaments I've attended are Paris GDF, Fed Cup for Italy (all three rounds vs China, France and Russia), Rome, Roland Garros, Wimbledon (semis day), Luxembourg, Stuttgart (Qualies), Zurich, Madrid (semis and finals), Poitiers ITF and French league matches.
I intend to talk about the players I've seen the most or those that impressed me, or that I discovered, or even those whose behaviour annoyed me...
I'll start with my favs, but if there are players or tournaments you'd like to know more about, let me know. I won't judge anyone, only plainly tell what I lived on site. So go ahead with requests if you're interested. I'll try to illustrate with pics and vids I may have.

:wavey:


here is to sum up all the stories and vids I posted on that thread:

STORIES
1) Patty Schnyder Post12
2) Agnieska Radwanska Post18
3) Ai Sugiyama Post20
4) Anabel Medina Garrigues Post23
5) The Williamses Post 27
6) Maria Sharapova Posts 31 and 275
7) Samantha Stosur Post36
8) Shahar Peer Posts 43 and 49
9) Meilen Tu Post52
10) Mara Santangelo Post55
11) Justine Hénin Post61
12) Tamira Paszek Post75
13) Kveta Hrdlikova Peschke Post77
14) Nicole Vaidisova Post80
15) Julia Vakulenko Post82 + videos Post248 and Post253
16) Amélie Mauresmo Post101
17) Iveta Benesova/Klara Zakopalova Post102
18) Iroda Tulyaganova Post102
19) Yanina Wickmayer Post102
20) Vera Zvonareva Post110
21) Sania Mirza Post113
22) Flavia Pennetta Post123 + videos Post159
23) Akgul Manamuradova Post157
24) Alicia Molik Post161
25) Cara Black Post162
26) Caroline Maes Post170
27) Debbrich Feys Post170
28) Marion Bartoli Post171 + video post205
29) Kirsten Flipkens Post173
30) Jelena Jankovic Post 174
31) Julia Schruff Post 175 + videos post25
32) Kaia Kanepi Post179
33) Daniela Hantuchova Post180
34) Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Post181
35) Conchita Martinez Post182
36) Francesca Schiavone Post183
37) Iva Majoli Post187
38) Martina Navratilova Post187
39) Tsvetana Pironkova Post189
40) Tatiana Golovin Post193 + video post202
41) Rennae Stubbs Post195
42) Martina Hingis Post204
43) Svetlana Kuznetsova Post212
44) Vladimira Uhlirova Post213
45) Elena Dementieva Post214
46) Roberta Vinci Post216
47) Romina Oprandi Post220
48) Jelena Kostanic Stosic Post221
49) Sybille Bammer Post222
50) Mary Pierce Post224
51) Aravane Rezai Post229
52) Ekaterina Bychkova Post230
53) YJ Chan/Chuang Post237
54) Anne Kremer Post249
55) Michaella Krajicek Post250
56) Tathiana Garbin Post274
57) Lucie Safarova Post283
58) Anna Smashnova Post293
59) Sandra De Jenken, Allison Lang and Pam Whitcross Post 298
60) The Chinese girls (Peng, Ting Li, Shengnan Sun, Tiantian Sun, Jie Zheng, Zi Yan, Zhang Shuai) Post 320
61) The Bondarenkos Post324


OTHERS
Video of Ivanovic Post32
Video of Clijsters Post112
Video of the French Fed Cup Team Post208

justine schnyder
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:57 AM
Any reprts on Patty, Justine or Aga? Thanks :) :worship:

Medina
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:58 AM
Any on Medina Garrigues? Porbably in rome.. Or Roland Garros.

shrOOf
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:41 AM
Any on Julia Schruff in Poitiers? :yeah:

BuTtErFrEnA
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:43 AM
do i need to say :p lol

-sugi-
Nov 22nd, 2007, 11:20 AM
Did you see any Japanese girls and have opinions on them?

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 11:21 AM
Patty I have a lot to say! lol
Aga a funny anecdot in Rome
Justine a few things from Zurich
Medina in Rome of course and she is a friend of Fla so I saw them together
Schruff in Poitiers, I have a vid that's all and a small report of her match
The Williamses, quite a few things to say from Rome, Roland, Stuttgart and Madrid
I can also talk about Sugi, I've seen her on a few occasions: here is a cute vid of her from Madrid: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=J886HHHB
She knew Srebo felt bad after her mistake that costed the title, and tried to make her laugh: so lovable! (I'll put it on youtube soon too)

I put it together and write about it soon

justine schnyder
Nov 22nd, 2007, 11:33 AM
Thank you Stefi :worship:
Hopefully it's only good things what you have to say :)

savitri
Nov 22nd, 2007, 12:56 PM
well done Stefy!!!

all your works are very very interesting!!!!!

thanks!!!!

shrOOf
Nov 22nd, 2007, 02:37 PM
Great Stefi :worship:

davidmario
Nov 22nd, 2007, 04:25 PM
reports about tiny kveta?

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 05:38 PM
So here it starts:

1) Patty Schnyder
I saw Patty a few times this year, in Paris GDF, Roland Garros, Luxembourg, Stuttgart and Zurich.

In Paris GDF, I saw her the first week end, during the qualies, she was practicing. I did not dare ask her to take a picture with her. But then I went to see her and she accepted with a big smile. I was so surprised, and so happy. I like her, maybe sometimes she is weird, but she is frank and that is a quality for me. I did not bring her luck, she got beaten in first round.

In Roland Garros, I saw her practicing again. She spent her time talking and complaining towards her sparring partner (a Dutch guy). After the end of the practice, she refused to sign to all the fans around, and went through a door. That was during the qualies, when the path to the center is still closed if you don't have a badge. The door Patty tried to go through was the way out from the center court alley, so the guard told her to go through the other door, on the other side. Patty looked at him, and showed him that she needed to go on the left in the alley, so going through that particular door was closer for her, and as there was really nobody else on the other side, she did not see why he wanted to make her go the other way. The guy told her "no miss, you cannot!". After 5 minutes of talk (imagine Patty saying "you stupid!" and the guy saying "no no no you can't !!!"), Patty went through the other door on the right, then went to the left, called the guy through it and told him "See, I'm here anyway, Asshole!". So funny! :lol:

In Luxembourg, I met her in the stairs, and she got hick up just in front of me! :tape: No sorry!
Then I was there at the famous match again Daniela. I saw the whole bottle thing, and the way she acted at the end towards Mariana Alves. So Rainer threw the bottle, and Patty caught him and told him "Go on this side, out, to calm down!", and he left through the door to outside, while she went to the lockers. Then Mariana Alves went down her chair and went to the lockers too, and the audience started to whistle and boo. Patty looked at Alves, and told her "see, that is for YOU!!!!"
:lol:
Then later, I saw the tour supervisor talking to Rainer in the players loundge, and that was not friendly. And then later Daniela's physical trainer, and that was more friendly. I haven't seen Patty later.

Two days later, I saw her in Stuttgart, practising with Lucie Safarova, and that was a cool practice! Both girls playing hard balls, Lucie maybe a little better than Patty.
From Patty's side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mb910ucRKQ
From Lucie's side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAXl0eb5zyo

In Zurich, I did not see her much, maybe only one training. So nothing more to say.

A few pics of Patty from RG2006:
http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/5190/dsc04040jl9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/8793/dsc04041sp4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/9282/dsc04057mm8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/6609/dsc04060ay6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/2410/dsc04062bd4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/3080/dsc04075dr2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Patty fans, if you want more, just PM me, I'll be happy to share others


So here it is with Patty. Hope you liked it! :wavey:

.:sk:.
Nov 22nd, 2007, 05:43 PM
Nice! :wavey: Do you have something of Tati ?

spiritedenergy
Nov 22nd, 2007, 05:43 PM
Schnyder is arrogant and childish. Too bad she's almost 30, a grown woman:tape:

justine schnyder
Nov 22nd, 2007, 05:50 PM
But she's honest.. :lol:
Those are funny stories actually.. "those are for YOU!!!" :lol:

Thank you Steffi :)

justine schnyder
Nov 22nd, 2007, 05:54 PM
Patty and Lucie play together..What a tennis :drool:

Sean.
Nov 22nd, 2007, 05:58 PM
Anything on Ana?

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 06:02 PM
2) Aga Radwanska

I've seen her in Rome. She was staying in the players loundge, lying on a couch, reading a big book in Polish. Then later she lost in the first round to Shahar Peer 6-0 / 3-0 ret. I heard from someone that actually, before the match, she had forgotten her racquets at the hotel, and was so worried about it she cried a lot. She finally got the racquets but was so upset she was not able to play her game. She gave up. I believe it, the person who told me is reliable.

I saw her again in Wimbledon, she was there to support her sister Ula for the Junior Semis, and again in Zurich, with Mommy, Daddy and Ula. A nice family, always together.

Nothing more so far.

justine schnyder
Nov 22nd, 2007, 06:10 PM
Aga :hearts:
The story about the match in Rome is true.
Thanks Stefi!

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 06:20 PM
3) Sugi

Sugi is a player I really like. She is really loveable. But unfortunately, each time I've seen her play (or almost), I was siding against her!

In Rome: she and Kata played against Roby Vinci and Tax Garbin.
First of all, I am a huge fan of all Italian girls since FedCup in Charleroi last year. And more particularily a fan of Tax Garbin and Roby Vinci.
The girls know me and my friends, cos we've been following them a few times. And I know that these girls play with guts, and need support to be boosted!
The scene takes place on wednesday, for the second round of doubles matches, between Tax and Roby and Ai Sugiyama and Kata Srebotnik. Court 6, a small court just close to the Stadio Olimpico, far far from the center court.
The match starts, we and a small crowd are ready to cheer for our girls. The girls lead 2-0 quite fast, but then Sugi and Srebotnik started to play extremely well, putting any ball in, and if needed on the lines! Tax and Roby got quickly discouraged, and lost first set 3-6 in spite of our every moment support.
Second set keeps going that way, the girls being led till 5-1. Tax serves, and quickly, that's 00-30! NIGHTMARE!
And then, the next point is a good winner by Tax, and I don't know why, we started cheering twice more than we had before, yelling like crazy, singing, ... And Tax looked at us, so did Roby. I learned later that Roby did not believe in the victory anymore, and then she tought "The frenchies still believe in us, come on, we can do it!".
Tax loves support, and songs, ... and she must have been stung by that... She ended the games with great serves and great winners! They hold to 5-2.
The opponents serving (I think that was Sugi). And then, 00-40 and break made by our girls, with huge volleys and passing shots. We were still yelling, singing, you can not even imagine what 5 crazy people can do as noise .... Italians were surprised, kind of chocked, but amused and started following us a bit. Everyone started believing in the girls.
5-3 now. And soon 5-4 on Roby's serve! Another game to love!
Then the girls got to sit on the chair, more than excited and ready to fight! And we were there, singing the Italian hymn during their FedCup victory, Seven Nation Army by White Stripes!
Unbelievable feeling there, Tax and Roby looked at us, with in the eyes such a determination.... unbelievable!
After that, first set won 7-5 by the Italians!!! And that no-ad rule is even more stressing than the regular one!!! My Goodness! What a fight.
Super Tie Break starts. The girls lead it all along but the Nippo-Sloven team is never more than one point behind!
Then 7-7, and soon 8-7 for Tax/Roby, and then 9-7!!!!!! Oh my God, two matchpoints!!! I think that was on Roby's serve! But these balls were saved! 9-9!
Thrilling! Then, if I recall well, Roby hits a volley with her prodigious backhand, and here we are, at 10-9!
Third match point. On Sugi's serve, Tax receiving! We hold our breath, and then beautiful winner from the baseline by TAthy, and here it is!!!! THEY HAD WON!
You cannot imagine the atmosphere there, Tathy and Roby jumping everywhere, looking directly at us, five crazy French girls, telling us: "Thanks!!!!!". A few towels and balls thrown later, and many kisses with the girls, we still could not believe what we had lived!
Sugi and Srebo left court quite mad, in my opinion more because they could not kill the match before it changed!
On the court next to the 6, was court n°5,where Stosur and Raymond were being led 0-6 by I don't recall whom... I think they did not appreciate our yellings either!
This is my Rome number one memory!

In Roland Garros, they played again against an Italian girl, Mara and Alicia Molik in the final. The match was one way though, and Kata and Sugi recognized it at the end. Ai's mother and coach is so sweet! At the end of the match, she went to Alicia and said to her "Congrats, you were the best!".

In Zurich, I sided with them against Peschke/Stubbs in the quarters, but they lost! So sad!

In Madrid, they played first against Chan and Chuang, and were so much above!!! In the final, against Cara and Liezel, well, let's just say i was for my favs! But I have huge respect for Kata and Sugi. I'm sad about Kata's mistake at the end: that's 8-7 for Kata/Ai in super tie break, and everyone thinks it is done. Liezel to serve. Liezel serves close to the line her first serve, and Ai returns it. But Srebo is sure the ball is out, and challenges! HUGE mistake, even if the ball was out, it left a second ball! She challenged, and then the ball was called good, and the point went to Cara and Liezel! Kata was devastated, but Ai turned to her and said: "That's kay, come on, it happens, let's go!".But after, that was Srebotnik who was to serve, and her head was still at the mistake. She missed both balls and Cara and Liezel won!
Kata felt so so bad, and Ai was there to comfort her, first on court, then on the bench, then in the speech, and then after by joking with her: here is a cute moment between them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx4B_63tzoo


So hat off Miss Sugiyama, you are among the great!!!! :hatoff:

Drake1980
Nov 22nd, 2007, 06:22 PM
Thanks stefi:bowdown:

Drake1980
Nov 22nd, 2007, 06:25 PM
OMG the Tax and Vinci Doubles story is incredible!:eek:

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 06:43 PM
4) Anabel Medina Garrigues

First memory in Paris GDF. She beat Severine Brémond in first round. Great rallies from the baseline.

In Rome, Anabel had a great run. I particularly remember her match against Hantuchova. That was in night session on center court. Long rallies, Anabel bringing every ball back! She lost first set at tie break I think, ad it was so so so long! The organizers got scared, and the match scheduled after on center court was moved to Pietrangeli, Mara-Dechy vs Shaughnessy-Husarova. So I did not attend second set for the singles match. But in the end she lost 7-6 / 7-5 in more than 2 hours!!!

In Zurich, she played doubles with Flavia. In second round, they got to play Cara and Liezel. Eventually, they won first set on amazing tie break!!! It got to more than ten! After, Cara and Liezel woke up, and Flavia started getting upset, and they lost the match. But good fight.
The day after, I saw Anabel and Schiavo in he players loundge playing baseball on the Wii! They were having so much fun! Anabel was recording Schiavo on her phone, she was so funny running to the basis!!! :lol:

-sugi-
Nov 22nd, 2007, 06:45 PM
Ai :awww:

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:22 PM
Schruff in Poitiers

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9HF39NXX

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbjqkm4VRjY

Sorry I have nothing to say, I haven't really watched the match

shrOOf
Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:34 PM
Schruff in Poitiers

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9HF39NXX

Sorry I have nothing to say, I haven't really watched the match

Thanks but I cant download it somehow :sobbing:

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:40 PM
5) The Williamses

I don't have much to say, I am not a big fan, so I do not attend the matches, sorry. But I have stories....

Serena in Rome: I could attend a few practices, with sparring. She seemed kind of rude to him, but I don't really know what happened. I never saw her in the players loundge.

Serena and Venus in RG: I swa them deny autographs to kids.

In Wimbledon: I was queueing to enter the stadium, and suddenly saw a white car with a black lady inside. I said to my friend "hey, here is Venus coming to play the final!" and we laughed, but then we looked closer, and that was Serena. She was in the car with a kid and a little white dog!
Then inside, I was walking, and saw Venus hand in hand with supposedly boyfriend (a white bold guy?) heading to center court.

Then in Madrid: I was before the players hotel waiting with a friend and then a car arrived, and a player that was outside said quite loud: "here come the star family! everyone takes his camera!!!" lol And then got out of the car Oracene, a fat lady and another one. But no Serena or Venus.

that's it for the Williamses!


A few pictures of Serena from Rome 2007:

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/5673/p3151226gh4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/9159/p3151227de9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9365/p3151228se5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

And Venus in RG2006:

http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/889/dsc01884us5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/3217/dsc01889ae0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/416/p1000861np0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:41 PM
Thanks but I cant download it somehow :sobbing:

Wait, I'll put it on youtube

shrOOf
Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:42 PM
Wait, I'll put it on youtube

Ok Thanks :)

top_playerfann
Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:48 PM
do you have anything on sharapova? thanks :)

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:56 PM
6) Well Sharapova....
I only saw her in Fed Cup. The first day I was there, talking with an Italian player the day before the matches, and suddenly, Miss Sharapova arrived! She is really impressive physically, and so cold, that's freezing.
I saw her at the draw for the final. She was laughing with Kudryavtseva, and also with Kuzy when they drew Israel for next year! Kuzy was saying "I won't go, but you have to! ahah".
Then when I was recording, she bend down when she was before me so that I could keep on recording! I was amazed.
Then during the match, she waved her flags all the time as if she really was interested...
The day after, as I could access the players seats, a kid asked me if I could have a ball signed for him. I agreed, and went to Maria. She did not even looked at me and the bodyguard pushed me strong. And then a video camera from TV switched on, and she stopped to sign to other people down the alley...

Sorry, but I say what I saw...

I have a few vids showing these stories, I'll put then on youtube and update this post.

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:59 PM
Sorry I have nothing on Ana, except that video from Luxembourg:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFI7lLaJqQ4

stevos
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:01 PM
Maria? :hearts:

Anything exciting we don't see/hear about that you saw of her?

ChampLindsay
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:01 PM
what about Daniela???:kiss:

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:01 PM
Anything about Sam?

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:08 PM
Anything about Sam?

7) i like Sammy. I was there in Rome when she beat Mauresmo. I was even near a TV for the match points she saved. And before me, there was Stubbs saying out loud "come on Sammy, save them, you can do it, come on!". That was so funny! Then I left, thinking that was over, and got back to court 6 to support Mara and Dechy. Then, from there, with the lens of the video camera, I could watch the tv in the players loundge, and saw Stosur beat Amelie. Lots of people were in the players loundge watching the match, and supporting either amélie or Sammy.
Then the days after, I never saw Sammy and Lisa together, and they lost in first round of doubles. I even thought they had fought. But probably they had agreed Sammy would put her singles career first for this tournament.
Later, I saw Sammy on her laptop, congratulated by Moose, Cara's husband. Then she lost in next round unfortunately.

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:09 PM
what about Daniela???:kiss:

i have seen her a lot of times, let me try to remember anecdots, and I tell you.

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:14 PM
i like Sammy. I was there in Rome when she beat Mauresmo. I was even near a TV for the match points she saved. And before me, there was Stubbs saying out loud "come on Sammy, save them, you can do it, come on!". That was so funny! Then I left, thinking that was over, and got back to court 6 to support Mara and Dechy. Then, from there, with the lens of the video camera, I could watch the tv in the players loundge, and saw Stosur beat Amelie. Lots of people were in the players loundge watching the match, and supporting either amélie or Sammy.
Then the days after, I never saw Sammy and Lisa together, and they lost in first round of semis. I even thought they had fought. But probably they had agreed Sammy would put her singles career first for this tournament.
Later, I saw Sammy on her laptop, congratulated by Moose, Cara's husband. Then she lost in next round unfortunately.

Thank :worship:

SU
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:20 PM
all bad thing you saw on tour are about williams what shame, fat is that a word to describe someone's mother......respect respect

geri234
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:22 PM
any stories about Shahar Pe'er?

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:23 PM
all bad thing you saw on tour are about williams what shame, fat is that a word to describe someone's mother......respect respect

I'm sorry, I did not want to hurt anyone. Fat was not for Oracene, there was another lady. I should have said strong maybe, I don't know. I did not see them enough also to say more. Sorry again! (and they're not the only ones I have nothing nice to say about, but you're right, I'll avoid telling it!)

geri234
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:26 PM
Sorry I have nothing on Ana, except that video from Luxembourg:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFI7lLaJqQ4

nice video of ana.:)

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:28 PM
any stories about Shahar Pe'er?

8) Shahar is probably the girl I've seen the most practising!!! She is simply unbelievable. even after that match in Rome against Aga, when she won 6-0 / 3-0 ret, she stayed late to hit the ball after, for about one hour!
She seems to be a good friend of Marion, cos I saw them talk a lot together, and Marion did not want to go back to the hotel one evening to stay and watch Shahar, as she told her father.

geri234
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:32 PM
Shahar is probably the girl I've seen the most practising!!! She is simply unbelievable. even after that match in Rome against Aga, when she won 6-0 / 3-0 ret, she stayed late to hit the ball after, for about one hour!
She seems to be a good friend of Marion, cos I saw them talk a lot together, and Marion did not want to go back to the hotel one evening to stay and watch Shahar, as she told her father.

Tnx. Did you see any of her matches or talked to her?

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:34 PM
How about Meilen Tu and Lilia O :D . Thanks :bounce:

thenj
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:40 PM
thx for the reports!

Tennace
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:42 PM
Anything for Nicole?

Melly Flew Us
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:44 PM
I'm sorry, I did not want to hurt anyone. Fat was not for Oracene, there was another lady. I should have said strong maybe, I don't know. I did not see them enough also to say more. Sorry again! (and they're not the only ones I have nothing nice to say about, but you're right, I'll avoid telling it!)

you should say everything. you did say you were going to tell the bad as well. but there is a noticable difference between your post about sharapova and your post about the williams; both of which were negative but told in different ways.

anyway, i hope that you can say something about amelie and marion and mara; good or bad.

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:46 PM
Tnx. Did you see any of her matches or talked to her?

I saw her play in Luxembourg, against Safarova in first round. It was night session, and everyone thought it'd be the best match of the day. And it was probably one of the worst match I've seen this year! I like both girls, but I think my only memory of this match is the voice of the line referees! Out, out, out..... or the sound of the net being hit by the ball!

On the contrary, the match of the next round against Zvonareva was far better, Zovni won but Shahar had played good tennis in the first set. I remember thinking she was really tired in the second set, and Zvoni played far better. So Shahar lost, but did what she could considering that was the end of the season.

In doubles, I remember seeing her in doubles with Safina against Petrova and Hantuchova. A one way match, the other team was just too good.
I saw her again in Luxembourg, with Vika Azarenka, and they impressed me. They played against Wickmayer and Cirstea, and clearly, they gave them a lesson. I think they even bagelled them. Really good tennis, even though they stayed a lot on the baseline. Same for the next round, where they beat Dushevina/Perebyinis (semis). Straight sets, easily won. I could not see the final, I had left to Stuttgart.

I never talked to her, sorry! So nothing more to add.

geri234
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:51 PM
thanks for the reports. you'r great!

justine schnyder
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:52 PM
Shahar is probably the girl I've seen the most practising!!! She is simply unbelievable. even after that match in Rome against Aga, when she won 6-0 / 3-0 ret, she stayed late to hit the ball after, for about one hour!
She seems to be a good friend of Marion, cos I saw them talk a lot together, and Marion did not want to go back to the hotel one evening to stay and watch Shahar, as she told her father.

:awww: That made me Like her..That's really nice thing to say espacially when your'e a tennis player
Marion :hearts:

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 08:56 PM
How about Meilen Tu and Lilia O :D . Thanks :bounce:

I only saw Lilia Osterloh a couple of times, in GDF and three days ago in Poitiers, in doubles with Arvidsson. I don't have much to say about her, sorry.

9) About Meilen Tu: She seems to be a very nice girl. And so is her coach and husband Sam.
I saw her in doubles with tax Garbin in RG, and well, let's say she was not at her best.
Then I saw her play first round in Luxembourg against Julia V. Julia played bad, and Meilen could take advantage of it. But really, there was no match, Julia's game was not there.
She practised (Meilen) a lot her serve the following days, one morning, I arrived at 9, and she was already practising, and still for an hour. There were balls everywhere. I helped them collect it. Sam saw I was French, and now he says hello all the time when he sees me.
I saw them practice one day, and Zvoni arrived, and called Sam. Sam went to her, and talked to her about 10 minutes. Meilen started to hit a ball hard, and looked at them and made a look at Sam. He said to Zvoni "i have to go" and went back to Meilen; She looked at him and seemed mad. funny!

I saw her in doubles with Sun I think in Zurich. They beat Mara and Alicia, my favs. But I have to say they played well, even mara recognized after that they were too good that day. I was sad at their loss in the next round against Peschke/Stubbs. They could not play as good as against Mara and Alicia.

Wiggly
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:08 PM
Iveta?:)

esquímaux
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:11 PM
Nice! :wavey: Do you have something of Tati ?:topic:
Tati looks like death warmed over in your avatar hun :unsure:

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:16 PM
So now let's talk about one of my favs:

10) Mara Santangelo.

I first met Mara in Fed Cup final because I know a supporter of her, and she won! Then I went to see her in Zurich, an exhibition in Torino in 2006. In 2007, I first saw her in Fed Cup round one against China. Then in Rome, she was really nice to me, she remembered me. I could make a video of her in the Whirlpool Stand, she was cooking a pizza, that was fun. And she won in doubles.
Then the week after, she was in RG. I talked to her, told her I'd support her. She played in second round against Justine, on Justine's birthday, on center court. She lost in straights sets. But the thing I remember the most is the speaker calling her "Maria Santangelo". In the audience, people who did not know her and probably did not even know her, started to shout "Go Maria!", "Come on Maria". Probably Justine haters. I felt bad for Mara; she was on center court in RG to play the world number one player, and they called her with a wrong name!
Then Mara won in doubles, and I was there! I was so happy for her (despite the fact she had beaten my favs in semis!). She high fived with us! And had a look at my camera (see the vid after).
Then I went to Wimbly to see her semis against Cara and Liezel. She offered me her towel! That was nice!
I met her again for Fed Cup round 2 in Italy and final in Moscow. And once again she was so nice. She tayed to talk to us like half an hour each time, talking about anything...
Then Zurich. She felt tired, and injured at her foot, but once again spent time talking wih us. I'm so sad she could not qualify for Madrid, I would have adored seeing her and Alicia there. But c'est la vie.

Here is a clip I made with all the good moments I spent with Mara, that reflects the real Mara to me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW7Rynn5Sx8

I have so many memories with Mara, if there is one thing you wanna know, just ask!

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:20 PM
Anything for Nicole?

I saw her in Paris GDF and a couple of times after. Let me think about it...I'll try to remember stuff.

frontier
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:23 PM
5) The Williamses

I don't have much to say, I am not a big fan, so I do not attend the matches, sorry. But I have stories....

Serena in Rome: I could attend a few practices, with sparring. She seemed kind of rude to him, but I don't really know what happened. I never saw her in the players loundge.

Serena and Venus in RG: I swa them deny autographs to kids.

In Wimbledon: I was queueing to enter the stadium, and suddenly saw a white car with a black lady inside. I said to my friend "hey, here is Venus coming to play the final!" and we laughed, but then we looked closer, and that was Serena. She was in the car with a kid and a little white dog!
Then inside, I was walking, and saw Venus hand in hand with supposedly boyfriend (a white bold guy?) heading to center court.

Then in Madrid: I was before the players hotel waiting with a friend and then a car arrived, and a player that was outside said quite loud: "here come the star family! everyone takes his camera!!!" lol And then got out of the car Oracene, a fat lady and another one. But no Serena or Venus.

that's it for the Williamses!Are you Rhodesian?do you know Ian Smith died?Its obvious you are biased against the Williams just like a lot of players.I hope you are not Cara Black or her mother.:fiery:

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:28 PM
Are you Rhodesian?do you know Ian Smith died?Its obvious you are biased against the Williams just like a lot of players.I hope you are not Cara Black or her mother.:fiery:

I am not from Zimbabwe, I like Cara Black a lot, that's why I chose the flag.
I am not biased against the Williamses, they are not among my favs, but really I am not at all racist, I swear. Seems my post about the Williamses hurt people, sorry, no harm meant!

cintatenis
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:31 PM
Anything about Justine?

*JR*
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:36 PM
Then I was there at the famous match again Daniela. I saw the whole bottle thing, and the way she acted at the end towards Mariana Alves. So Rainer threw the bottle, and Patty caught him and told him "Go on this side, out, to calm down!", and he left through the door to outside, while she went to the lockers. Then Mariana Alves went down her chair and went to the lockers too, and the audience started to whistle and boo. Patty looked at Alves, and told her "see, that is for YOU!!!!"
:lol:
Then later, I saw the tour supervisor talking to Rainer in the players loundge, and that was not friendly.
No bitch, the audience reaction was 4U and your Convicted Criminal. Too bad the WTA didn't suspend him for the rest of the year. :devil:

stefi62
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:38 PM
11) I saw Justine in Paris GDF. I was walking outside the stadium, and suddenly saw her in front of me. I said hi, she replied. That was just after her divorce, so despite not being a fan, I felt bad for her. She really seemed sadder than usual.
Then I attended her match against Safarova. Not a bad match though, but she lost.
Then in RG, she beat Mara, playing great tennis. Mara could do nothing.
In Zurich, friends of mine went to her to ask her to sign pics, and she pretended she did not see them. I saw her match against Vaidisova (semis?) and really thought she'd lose. But she won.
In Madrid, she also seemed not comfortable in the semis against Ana Ivanovic, and even got broken early, but could come back.
I appreciate that in her, she is a real fighter.

One practice of Justine at Zurich2007: Justine practising in Zurich 2007:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEoVNj-Ex2k

Nothing outside the courts to say, sorry! I never talked to her again. I just heard from players that she had really change this year.

bie
Nov 22nd, 2007, 09:42 PM
Thank you very much for the stories. http://209.85.12.236/4750/155/emo/flowers.gif

http://users.pandora.be/bie/biehappie/Justine-bekers01.jpg
Roland Garros '03,'05,'06,'07
US Open '03,'07
Australian Open '04
Olympic Gold '04
YEC Madrid '06,'07
39 titles
92 weeks # 1
... and counting ...

davidmario
Nov 22nd, 2007, 10:30 PM
no stuff about kveta?:sad:

Bennguin1491
Nov 22nd, 2007, 10:47 PM
anything about klara?

spiritedenergy
Nov 22nd, 2007, 10:54 PM
well when they ask why Sharapova and Williamses are hated... I think you can find the answer in this thread.

I think I'm puking:tape:

tiptop
Nov 22nd, 2007, 10:54 PM
Great reports, thanks for posting! :)

Natash.
Nov 22nd, 2007, 11:05 PM
How about Kirilenko, Cirstea, or Olaru?

Btw, thanks for these reports. :)

spiritedenergy
Nov 22nd, 2007, 11:10 PM
How about Kirilenko, Cirstea, or Olaru?

Btw, thanks for these reports. :)

I have for Kirilenko: I met Maria in the Palermo tournament, and went to her for an autograph. She told me that her magic dolls revealed her that she better not give autographs. She looked hot though.

TO newbie
Nov 23rd, 2007, 12:02 AM
Hi stefi62 thanks for those great stories of your tennis travels. They give us fans a bit more information about our favourite fans.
I was wondering how you got into the players lounges at so many (or any for that matter) tournaments.
I have been to the ladies tournament in Toronto only twice but both times security was pretty tight and no one could even get close to the area where the players stayed between matches and before/after them.
are things a bit different in Europe ?
thanks again

Sunny_Boy
Nov 23rd, 2007, 12:11 AM
Did you see Iroda at Poitiers?
Thanks and great stories/reports :yeah:

ViennaCalling
Nov 23rd, 2007, 07:01 AM
Anything about Tamira? :D

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 07:36 AM
Hi stefi62 thanks for those great stories of your tennis travels. They give us fans a bit more information about our favourite fans.
I was wondering how you got into the players lounges at so many (or any for that matter) tournaments.
I have been to the ladies tournament in Toronto only twice but both times security was pretty tight and no one could even get close to the area where the players stayed between matches and before/after them.
are things a bit different in Europe ?
thanks again

In Rome, from the courts, you can see the players loundge. In Luxembourg, they are behind a glass, so that is also very easy to see what happens. In Zurich, you could access in the room very close to the players room.
In Stuttgart, I could see nothing, the players was far away from the courts, downstairs. In RG, I could access once under center court.

So you see, even not going inside, most of the time you can see what happens from the outside.

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 07:38 AM
Nothing about Olaru, I've never seen her.

About Daniela, Kveta, Tati, Nicole, Iveta, Klara, Maria K, Sorana, Iroda and Tamira, let mle think about it, and I'll say stuff.

Natalicious
Nov 23rd, 2007, 07:45 AM
anything about amelie?

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 08:41 AM
12) Tamira :

I first saw Tamira in Zurich qualies in 2006. She played a tough match against the other sensation of September 2006, Aga Radwanska. Really long match, wise from both girls. I left before the end (I stayed more than 2 hours though) so I don’t remember who won, but really they both impressed me.
Next time I see her is in Rome. She wears that wonderful outfit, Italian Sport Design, same as Tax, Roby, Muller, Kostanic… by Lotto. Tamira, like Shahar Peer, practices a lot, with many players more than with sparring partners. I saw her with Sybille several times, Kaia, Patty, and others.
In Rome, she played the qualies, and beat Aga in last round of qualies in a very close three set match again. Then she beat old Nicole Pratt with a bagel. Very solid game. Very nice to watch. And the girl seems really sweet! She smiled at me each time we met, in a very shy way.
In Luxembourg, I met her several time, once in the toilets! She was very nice. Once I saw her talk to Julia V about her new hairdo, saying she liked it and asking more info about it. She attended many matches from the players loundge She played Sybille in the first round of Luxo and lost badly I think, with a bagel. But she did not lose her smile, and stayed a few more days. She became Sybille’s sparring for the next few days. A girl I’ll have pleasure meeting again.

justine schnyder
Nov 23rd, 2007, 09:04 AM
Tamira :hearts: :hearts:
After Fed cup against Austria Peer said that after all the matches were over Tamira weny to them and congratulate them :)

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 10:27 AM
13) Kveta Peschke

Well, I’ve known Kveta since RG2006. A friend of mine who likes Emilie Loit had seen them play and win in Paris GDF and had pics to have her signed. Kveta was so nice to us when we asked her. She stayed to chat a little, with her husband. Then we saw her in July in Fed Cup against France. Once again, the sweetest. Later, she started playing doubles with Franci, and as an Italian supporter, I went to see them both in Madrid! We had bought a Czech flag for Kveta. She found it funny and nice, signed it and told us to cheer for them!
So that brings us in 2007: in Paris GDF, Kveta was only playing the doubles, with Janette Husarova I think their opponents in first round were Daniilidou/Woehr. The mlatch was okay, quite close, and then suddenly, Kveta hit one of the opponents (I think that was Eleni) from very close! The girl was KO for several minutes. After that, Kveta did not dare to go to the net anymore, and they both stayed back. They eventually lost the match. I was so sad for Kveta, that incident had obviously affected her.
Then next time I see Kveta is in Rome, with Stubbs. I’m not a big Stubbs fan, so I did not go to talk to Kveta again, I simply told her good luck the two or three times I randomly met her. I supported them against a Chinese team, and they waved at me at the end of the match, but then they played against my favs, so well… I think that was against Tax and Roby. They lost.
Last time I met them was in Stuttgart. They were practicing on the glass court, in the middle of the exposition room. Yung Jan Chan had noone to practice with, Arn seemed to have forgotten the time. So Kveta and Rennae invited her to play with them both. A nice training session, they all had fun.
At the end of the training, friends of mine asked them to make a pic together, and then we had them sign autographs for us.
In Madrid, I did not see them really, only the match against Cara and Liezel. That was close, but my favs won!

Dexter
Nov 23rd, 2007, 10:29 AM
Tamira :
I first saw Tamira in Zurich qualies in 2006. She played a tough match against the other sensation of September 2006, Aga Radwanska. Really long match, wise from both girls. I left before the end (I stayed more than 2 hours though) so I don’t remember who won, but really they both impressed me.
Next time I see her is in Rome. She wears that wonderful outfit, Italian Sport Design, same as Tax, Roby, Muller, Kostanic… by Lotto. Tamira, like Shahar Peer, practices a lot, with many players more than with sparring partners. I saw her with Sybille several times, Kaia, Patty, and others.
In Rome, she played the qualies, and beat Aga in last round of qualies in a very close three set match again. Then she beat old Nicole Pratt with a bagel. Very solid game. Very nice to watch. And the girl seems really sweet! She smiled at me each time we met, in a very shy way.
In Luxembourg, I met her several time, once in the toilets! She was very nice. Once I saw her talk to Julia V about her new hairdo, saying she liked it and asking more info about it. She attended many matches from the players loundge She played Sybille in the first round of Luxo and lost badly I think, with a bagel. But she did not lose her smile, and stayed a few more days. She became Sybille’s sparring for the next few days. A girl I’ll have pleasure meeting again.Aga didn't play in Rome qualies. :shrug: Tamira beat Misa in the final round of Q.

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 10:40 AM
Aga didn't play in Rome qualies. :shrug: Tamira beat Misa in the final round of Q.

Oops! Sorry, sometimes my memories are not that good! Yeah that was Misa, sorry, I should have checked!

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 10:41 AM
14) Nicole Vaidisova

First time I met Nicole was against France in Fed Cup in Cagnes in 2006. She had a great week end, win both her matches, but her team lost. At the end of the first day, Iveta, Kveta and Nicole left very fast, not signing anything to anyone. Then 5 minutes later, we saw them come back. Nicole went out of the car running, the others went out slowly, visibly pissed off. We went to them, asked for signing and pics. Then Nicole came back, her cell in the hand, showing it to the girls. She had obviously forgotten it in the lockers, and they all had to come back to find it!!!
Then I discovered I stayed at the same hotel. When we arrived after dinner, we saw in the hallway Kveta, Iveta, Nicole and Lucie dressed to go out! But really with very very short dresses (especially Lucie and Iveta!). It was already 11pm and they just got back it seems.
I must have seen Nicole play again in tournaments, or even meet her in the alleys, but honestly, I do not remember, so I have nothing more to say, sorry! Oh no, yeah, I saw her against Justine in Zurich. That was from a tv in a public room, and I was with Liezel. Liezel told me she liked both Justine and Nicole, that they both were nice girls.

Dexter
Nov 23rd, 2007, 10:46 AM
Oops! Sorry, sometimes my memories are not that good! Yeah that was Misa, sorry, I should have checked!I'm pretty sure that if I travelled as much as you I would forget some details as well! ;)

Thanks for the reports and insides. ;)

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 11:00 AM
15) Time to talk about Julia Vakulenko

I met her first last year in French league matches. She played for the team I supported, with Cara Black and Sybille Bammer... Unfortunately, I don't think she won a match.
Then I saw her in Paris GDF and she had just joined the Mouratoglou center. She lost in first round against Stéphanie Cohen Aloro. Awful match, not the real Julia. They had made her change things in her game, and she did not handle it yet.
I followed her results through the year, but did not see her before Luxembourg.
She recognized me from the interclubs and was so nice to me. We talked a lot about many things. She is so nice. She lost in first round against Meilen Tu by playing awfully! She stayed few more days, till the friday, and I saw her everyday. Then she left to Stuttgart, to play the qualies. i had nothing more to do in Luxembourg, so with my friends we decided to leave to Stuttgart to follow her! We arrived in Stuttgart in the morning. She was playing first match, against Zahlavova. I could attend the match from 2-0. And I got lucky to arrive early, cos Julia beat Zahlavova by double bagelling her in a little more than 30 minutes. I went to talk to her after, and she said she had recognized me in the crowd and was happy to see me and glad i came there for her.
Next round, she was playing Timea. I could not see her the whole day, just ten minutes before the match. I came to her and she kissed me on the cheeks. I told her good luck and then she played. She won first set easily by serving well, but in second set, was she was leading, Timea came back in the match, and Julia ended the match on a tie break. I went to her as she left and told her i had to leave to Paris right away. She said me good trip and see you soon.

I saw her again in Zurich. She had already lost in qualies second round when I arrived, but she was still there to train with Cara's husband, physical trainer Moose Stephens. So I could talk to her again, she even came next to me in the tribunes to attend Cara and Liezel's first round match. She cheered as loud as myself, that was funny!

Last week, I attended the French league matches, and despite her ankle injury, she was there. She invited me to attend her practice, that was nice. And then again in Poitiers last week end. We talked about music, tv, men tennis... that was nice! Unfortunately, she had to retire in her first round match although she was leading 6-3. I could not talk to her after, as I had to leave early.

So here it is for Julia: she is the nicest! I wish her the best for 2008!

ViennaCalling
Nov 23rd, 2007, 11:17 AM
Thanks Stefi :hug: :kiss:

Tamira :hearts:

frontier
Nov 23rd, 2007, 11:24 AM
I think you should be watched because you sound like a stalker or you are just a player who is not doing well or bigoted media person.All these 'meetings' you had with players are just made up on your computer,all of it doesnt sound authentic just hogwash:fiery: :p .

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 11:27 AM
I think you should be watched because you sound like a stalker or you are just a player who is not doing well or bigoted media person.All these 'meetings' you had with players are just made up on your computer,all of it doesnt sound authentic just hogwash:fiery: :p .

Okay! :wavey:

AJZ.
Nov 23rd, 2007, 12:01 PM
Thanks for Ai story among others :worship:
I love hearing about Ai :)
Poor Kata though, she looked positively crushed at the YEC video.. :sad: But Ai was so cute with the trophy :awww:

patricio
Nov 23rd, 2007, 12:25 PM
3) Sugi

Sugi is a player I really like. She is really loveable. But unfortunately, each time I've seen her play (or almost), I was siding against her!

In Rome: she and Kata played against Roby Vinci and Tax Garbin.
First of all, I am a huge fan of all Italian girls since FedCup in Charleroi last year. And more particularily a fan of Tax Garbin and Roby Vinci.
The girls know me and my friends, cos we've been following them a few times. And I know that these girls play with guts, and need support to be boosted!
The scene takes place on wednesday, for the second round of doubles matches, between Tax and Roby and Ai Sugiyama and Kata Srebotnik. Court 6, a small court just close to the Stadio Olimpico, far far from the center court.
The match starts, we and a small crowd are ready to cheer for our girls. The girls lead 2-0 quite fast, but then Sugi and Srebotnik started to play extremely well, putting any ball in, and if needed on the lines! Tax and Roby got quickly discouraged, and lost first set 3-6 in spite of our every moment support.
Second set keeps going that way, the girls being led till 5-1. Tax serves, and quickly, that's 00-30! NIGHTMARE!
And then, the next point is a good winner by Tax, and I don't know why, we started cheering twice more than we had before, yelling like crazy, singing, ... And Tax looked at us, so did Roby. I learned later that Roby did not believe in the victory anymore, and then she tought "The frenchies still believe in us, come on, we can do it!".
Tax loves support, and songs, ... and she must have been stung by that... She ended the games with great serves and great winners! They hold to 5-2.
The opponents serving (I think that was Sugi). And then, 00-40 and break made by our girls, with huge volleys and passing shots. We were still yelling, singing, you can not even imagine what 5 crazy people can do as noise .... Italians were surprised, kind of chocked, but amused and started following us a bit. Everyone started believing in the girls.
5-3 now. And soon 5-4 on Roby's serve! Another game to love!
Then the girls got to sit on the chair, more than excited and ready to fight! And we were there, singing the Italian hymn during their FedCup victory, Seven Nation Army by White Stripes!
Unbelievable feeling there, Tax and Roby looked at us, with in the eyes such a determination.... unbelievable!
After that, first set won 7-5 by the Italians!!! And that no-ad rule is even more stressing than the regular one!!! My Goodness! What a fight.
Super Tie Break starts. The girls lead it all along but the Nippo-Sloven team is never more than one point behind!
Then 7-7, and soon 8-7 for Tax/Roby, and then 9-7!!!!!! Oh my God, two matchpoints!!! I think that was on Roby's serve! But these balls were saved! 9-9!
Thrilling! Then, if I recall well, Roby hits a volley with her prodigious backhand, and here we are, at 10-9!
Third match point. On Sugi's serve, Tax receiving! We hold our breath, and then beautiful winner from the baseline by TAthy, and here it is!!!! THEY HAD WON!
You cannot imagine the atmosphere there, Tathy and Roby jumping everywhere, looking directly at us, five crazy French girls, telling us: "Thanks!!!!!". A few towels and balls thrown later, and many kisses with the girls, we still could not believe what we had lived!
Sugi and Srebo left court quite mad, in my opinion more because they could not kill the match before it changed!
On the court next to the 6, was court n°5,where Stosur and Raymond were being led 0-6 by I don't recall whom... I think they did not appreciate our yellings either!
This is my Rome number one memory!

In Roland Garros, they played again against an Italian girl, Mara and Alicia Molik in the final. The match was one way though, and Kata and Sugi recognized it at the end. Ai's mother and coach is so sweet! At the end of the match, she went to Alicia and said to her "Congrats, you were the best!".

In Zurich, I sided with them against Peschke/Stubbs in the quarters, but they lost! So sad!

In Madrid, they played first against Chan and Chuang, and were so much above!!! In the final, against Cara and Liezel, well, let's just say i was for my favs! But I have huge respect for Kata and Sugi. I'm sad about Kata's mistake at the end: that's 8-7 for Kata/Ai in super tie break, and everyone thinks it is done. Liezel to serve. Liezel serves close to the line her first serve, and Ai returns it. But Srebo is sure the ball is out, and challenges! HUGE mistake, even if the ball was out, it left a second ball! She challenged, and then the ball was called good, and the point went to Cara and Liezel! Kata was devastated, but Ai turned to her and said: "That's kay, come on, it happens, let's go!".But after, that was Srebotnik who was to serve, and her head was still at the mistake. She missed both balls and Cara and Liezel won!
Kata felt so so bad, and Ai was there to comfort her, first on court, then on the bench, then in the speech, and then after by joking with her: here is a cute moment between them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx4B_63tzoo


So hat off Miss Sugiyama, you are among the great!!!! :hatoff:
OMG its so nice to have nothing to do in your life to tour the WTA and become a players stalker!

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 12:41 PM
OMG its so nice to have nothing to do in your life to tour the WTA and become a players stalker!

In which part of the story you quoted am I a stalker? :confused:


And well, I started this thread to share, not to be insulted. So well, okay, I'll keep what I lived for myself now! Those interested PM me, if you trust me... after all I'm either a stalker, or a wicked player, or a stupid media guy, or whatever... :rolleyes:

bie
Nov 23rd, 2007, 01:05 PM
In which part of the story you quoted am I a stalker? :confused:


And well, I started this thread to share, not to be insulted. So well, okay, I'll keep what I lived for myself now! Those interested PM me, if you trust me... after all I'm either a stalker, or a wicked player, or a stupid media guy, or whatever... :rolleyes:

http://209.85.12.236/4750/155/emo/respect.gif Excellent reaction! :worship:
It is sad for the real tennisfans who just want to read about the players and a few are spoiling the fun, once more. http://209.85.12.236/4750/155/emo/doh.gif
I for one, believe you and again thanks for sharing your tennis stories with us. http://209.85.12.236/4750/155/emo/flowers.gif

http://users.pandora.be/bie/biehappie/Justine-bekers01.jpg
Roland Garros '03,'05,'06,'07
US Open '03,'07
Australian Open '04
Olympic Gold '04
YEC Madrid '06,'07
39 titles
92 weeks # 1
... and counting ...

Shvedbarilescu
Nov 23rd, 2007, 01:06 PM
In which part of the story you quoted am I a stalker? :confused:


And well, I started this thread to share, not to be insulted. So well, okay, I'll keep what I lived for myself now! Those interested PM me, if you trust me... after all I'm either a stalker, or a wicked player, or a stupid media guy, or whatever... :rolleyes:

Please don't end this thread, Stefi62, it really has been great reading, and for every idiot making a stupid snide comment there are at least 20 who are reading this fascinated by your insights. This has been a magnificent thread and I have enjoyed it a lot. And no I don't think you are a stalker, wicked player or stupid media guy, just a fan, no different than the rest of us, maybe a bit luckier to have gotten to travel to see so many matches, but hey that's cool and there is no need for the rest of us to be jealous. :worship:

Renalicious
Nov 23rd, 2007, 01:33 PM
Yeah don't listen to that dick. Lol. He's just jealous...probs.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 23rd, 2007, 01:57 PM
Listen, some of you people need to grow up and learn how to conduct yourself in public ( yes online is a PUBLIC PLACE ). This lady has close ties to a few of the players on tour and was just sharing her thoughts and experiences.

Anyways, thanks for sharing...:bounce: ...:wavey:

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 01:59 PM
Thanks guys, I'll keep posting, next one is Amélie Mauresmo

Petersmiler
Nov 23rd, 2007, 02:26 PM
Ignore the idiots. Keep 'em coming.

papru
Nov 23rd, 2007, 02:34 PM
2) Aga Radwanska

I've seen her in Rome. She was staying in the players loundge, lying on a couch, reading a big book in Polish. Then later she lost in the first round to Shahar Peer 6-0 / 3-0 ret. I heard from someone that actually, before the match, she had forgotten her racquets at the hotel, and was so worried about it she cried a lot. She finally got the racquets but was so upset she was not able to play her game. She gave up. I believe it, the person who told me is reliable.

I saw her again in Wimbledon, she was there to support her sister Ula for the Junior Semis, and again in Zurich, with Mommy, Daddy and Ula. A nice family, always together.

Nothing more so far.


well I am not sure but as far as I can remeber her luggage was lost somewhere at the airport (???) and she was playing with somebody else's racket (who????? cant remember. I think this was Jankovic but i might be wrong)

savitri
Nov 23rd, 2007, 02:41 PM
please Stefy keep posting your nice experiences!!!!


thanks for sharing!!!!!

Bingain
Nov 23rd, 2007, 03:02 PM
stefi62, thanks for sharing your experiences during these tourneys. Great reads. This is, for ages, the first time I've read all 7 pages of a thread.

Granted, there could be personal partiality on any written reports, but I've found your posts to be neutral. You wrote what you saw. Even nicest people can have bad moments and get caught. I think those who've attacked you on allegedly degrading some of their favorites are silly.

Please keep this thread going.

cheo23
Nov 23rd, 2007, 03:41 PM
Anything about Miss LindSay DavenpoRt?????

FORZA SARITA
Nov 23rd, 2007, 03:51 PM
plz a small report of Flavia/Fran/Knapp :D

Mileen
Nov 23rd, 2007, 03:58 PM
Thanks! This is a terrific thread! Really great to read your stories! Thanks a lot!

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 04:10 PM
16) Amélie

Well let’s start by saying I am not an Amélie fan. I am French, and tennis TV coverage here is more like a giant ad for Amélie Mauresmo, with commentators close to her…. But I won’t trash her.
First meeting in Paris GDF 2006. I am waiting outside with all her fans. I was listening to them telling how Amélie was nice etc… so I figured they knew her well, that she’d stop and talk to them. But no, she arrived, surrounded by like 5-6 people (girlfriend, coach, agent, bodyguard…), and barely looked at them; I could give her a pic to sign, and when I gave her a second one, she told me :”Later!”. But later when??? That answer surprised me cos it was the evening and she was leaving, but well, that’s it… then I left, kind of frustrated.
Second meeting in RG2006. I saw her in the alley after the draw, she signed a pic for me while she was still walking (should I say running?). And then again she played on the first Sunday. She won and left centre court under a towel, on a back door. I was sad to see that cos there were only two or three kids that had been waiting for her to go out by the front door, and she skipped it! But well, I try to understand, she’s used to that, starting with two kids and before you realize it, 100 people are around you.
In September, I met her randomly in a stadium in Paris. I did not expect to see her, I was there for the Trophée des Légendes Lagardère, with Pioline, Krajicek, Forget, Cash… playing. I turned left and suddenly saw her arriving. So I went to her. She was injured at the time, unsure she’d play in Beijing two days after (which she did in the end). I took a nice pic with her, she was relaxed, cool, joking with Nicolas Mahut and some other guy there (Benneteau?). Then she got back to her Cayenne.
Next time I saw her was Madrid. She was injured, lost first round to Petrova, in an awful match. Then she regrouped and won her two other matches, and got to the final. I attended all of her matches, I was among her fans, in the tribunes. I recognize she deserved to make it to the final.
Season 2007: Paris GDF. Amélie plays against Dechy in second round, and wins easily, then loses to Petrova. Long and suspenseful match. I lived it among her fans. Petrova was smart and maybe not totally fair, took medical breaks when she needed it, and won the match. The crowd was almost crying. Unbelievable.
Rome 2007: I saw Amélie play cards with Courteau and others, quite relax. Then I saw her match against Stosur. I attended three training sessions, one with doubles partner Brémond, another one with Jankovic, both girls were hitting so strong, that was unbelievable, like a mind game before the matches start. Then after she lost, she spent more than an hour hitting strong with Loic Courteau.
I did not see her in Roland Garros.
Then Fed Cup: I sided with the Italians in Italy. I attended the draw, Amélie seemed relax. Amélie lost first set to Mara, but then regrouped and won the match quite easily. Then she lost to Schiavo in an awful match with so many unforced errors. France lost and that was it.
Then I saw her practicing in Stuttgart, got a vid from that practice. Quite interesting.
Next time I saw her was Zurich. She did not stop to sign a ball to a kid, cos she was on the phone. I saw her after she lost, she was sitting on a step, really sad, talking to Loic.
That’s all for Amélie I think….

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 04:16 PM
17) Iveta Benesova and Klara Koukalova
I talked about Iveta already in the part on Kveta. I don’t have much more to say. I think I only saw her smile once, when she was practicing in Luxembourg with her friend Klara. Nouf took a nice pic of that by the way. Oh no, twice, cos I saw her on her computer, laughing with Klara again. In Luxembourg, they were coaching each other, and then they met in second round of qualies (I think). Then after Iveta stayed to be Klara’s sparring. That was really nice to see. I remember seeing Iveta as well in Rome, in doubles with Voskoboeva. They lost to my favs Garbin/Vinci in third round, in a very close tie break.

18) Iroda Tulyaganova
I don’t have much to say about Iroda. I saw her play a little with Aravane in doubles in Poitiers, where they lost first set in tie break. But not much. She seems nice. I talked about her with a few players who told me she was a fair doubles player, and was a good striker from the baseline. Sorry, that’s nothing, I know, her supporters already knew all that!

19) Yanina Wickmayer
I met that girl in Luxembourg. As I was there, I was asked to tape her doubles match with Sorana Cirstea in first round. They were alternates, but beat their opponents by playing quite strong from the baseline, Sorana going maybe a few times to the net to conclude the points.
I also saw her practice with Julia V, and that was really great practice!!! Two hitters from the baseline with wonderful ground strokes!!! A real delight to watch.

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 04:22 PM
Sorry nothing about Knapp or Lindsay!

-sugi-
Nov 23rd, 2007, 04:29 PM
anything about Yung-Jan Chan, Chia Jung Chuang?

Hashim.
Nov 23rd, 2007, 04:32 PM
Stefi :bowdown:
you're awesome:D

Hashim.
Nov 23rd, 2007, 04:33 PM
btw any encounter with JJ?

pav
Nov 23rd, 2007, 04:47 PM
I think you should be watched because you sound like a stalker or you are just a player who is not doing well or bigoted media person.All these 'meetings' you had with players are just made up on your computer,all of it doesnt sound authentic just hogwash:fiery: :p .

Some of you Williams fans really can't stomach anything but worship of your favourites can you? don't you feel just a little bit bloody stupid?

daniela86
Nov 23rd, 2007, 04:55 PM
Amazing thread :D :rocker2: Thanks a lot Steffi :kiss: :hug:
Can you tell us something about Vera Zvonareva (Zvoni':p) or Gisela Dulko perhaps ?

kinseh
Nov 23rd, 2007, 05:58 PM
Great thread! :yeah:
Do you have anything about Kim? I guess you haven't seen her this year, but last year maybe?
And Caroline Wozniacki? :)

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 06:10 PM
Sorry, nothing to say about Gisela Dulko. I only saw her once, in Rome, in doubles with Flavia. In the first round they lost to Mara and Dechy. I don't remember that match well. Sorry.

20) About Zvoni: let's say that since the Linz incident with Mary and her knee, and Zvoni being so nice to her, well, I was biased.
I saw her in Luxembourg. i did not expect to see her play that well! First round against the girl who had beaten Aravane in Qualies, Julia Goerges. A strong server and hitter from the baseline. Tough match, and really, I thought he could lose. she won in three. Second round against Shahar Peer. Terrible first set, lots of unforced errors, but then two great sets, and a unexpected victory.
I thought Azarenka would be a tougher opponent for Zvoni in he quarters, but well in the end, Zvoni played very solid, as I had seen her play on tv in the American spring before her injury. I did not attend the semis, I was in Stuttgart.
Outside of the court, there was that anecdote I told in the Meilen Tu report. And also once I told he "congrats for your win" and she did not look at me straight in the eyes, but said a little "thank you". Probably shyness...

fatty sausage
Nov 23rd, 2007, 06:12 PM
Stefi62 --

Great post! What fun it must have been to travel to all those tournaments and thank you for sharing some of many stories you must have.

Anything you may have on Sania M would be greatly appreciated.

btw - don't listen to some of the negative posts...they are only jealous.

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 06:19 PM
Nothing about Caroline Wozniacki sorry.

About Kim, I did not see her, but in Luxembourg, she played an exhibition, and a friend of mine taped it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtXVF7MMhBc She was playing, 6 months pregnant, against Jana Novotna.
In 2006, I had seen Kim at the Fed Cup final. She was not supposed to come, but in the end, she was there the Sunday. She seemed to be friend with Flavia, they laughed together a few times. During the match, she was seating next to Caro Maes, and they seemed to have fun. She seemed very sad at the end of the match when Justine gave up.
Nothing more to say about Kim.

stefi62
Nov 23rd, 2007, 06:28 PM
21) Sania Mirza

What I can say is from RG 2006. She was practicing on a small court, with the parents and a little girl (her sister?). There was me and ..... well, actually nobody! They all were watching the court next to her, where there was if I recall well Hingis practising with Kirilenko. That was amazing. Poor Sania. At the end, people even came to the tribunes of her court to turn their back and watch the other court! I appreciated that practice, but she played a top player in first round I think.... and unfortunately lost.

Bероника
Nov 23rd, 2007, 09:35 PM
Hi Stefi,thanks a lot for sharing your experiences.Very interesting reading.Any story about Sveta Kuznetsova and/or Eleni Daniilidou?

frontier
Nov 23rd, 2007, 11:17 PM
Some of you Williams fans really can't stomach anything but worship of your favourites can you? don't you feel just a little bit bloody stupid?coming from the biggest troll on this board.:devil: :p :rolleyes: :mad: :fiery: :lol: :tape: :help:

maddyus
Nov 23rd, 2007, 11:23 PM
Any stories about Flavia Pennetta?

Thanks :)

SvetaPleaseWin.
Nov 24th, 2007, 03:08 AM
Any stories about Flavia Pennetta?

Thanks :)

i know this isnt my thread but ill hijack :p

i saw Flavia play 1st round of AO vs Kanepi and she was majorly pissed off. they started playing really late at night cos of the extreme heat rule (yes i did stay until 2.30am supporting one of my faves :weirdo: )
you know how shes usually very fiesty??? well, she crossed the line on this occassion into pissed! Moya was encouraging her all the way through so she had a go at him-i dont speak spanish but judging by the look on her face, she wasnt agreeing with him
she played crap, kanepi played crap :tape: there were these 5 estonians who were SO annoying cheering for kaia all the time
and there was me and an italian bloke cheering for Flavia :o
Flavia clearly wasnt that interested in the match and didnt want to be there

i saw her again at Wimby vs Bartoli (yes i do stalk her :p )
she was more into that match mentally-apart from the wet grass which was pissing them both of-but she didnt have that sharpness
i cant remember the score, i think it was 1 and 3 or something like that-harsh score IMO, it was closer-Flavia just lost it at the end of very good quality rallies
she was clearly struggling from a lack of confidence :sad: good to see Franny supporting her :D

hope that satisfies ya-thats all i can remember
except that i tried to get her autograph (i was the only one, everyone else wanted Elena Ds-which i got twice :rolleyes: ) she assumed i didnt want hers and walked off :sad:
everyone looked at me weird for shouting out to Flavia :lol: yes i do know the players im watching, OK!!!

RND
Nov 24th, 2007, 04:01 AM
anything about Yung-Jan Chan, Chia Jung Chuang?
Thanks for asking this for me. :D :p

Stefi is really a nice person.She PM me or posted on Chan's thread with great pictures and vids more than once.And she doesn't spare good comments on players/other posters.She is the one who's willing to share and give while she might well just live her life. :worship: Some of you do need to learn to APPRECIATE. :o

One of the best threads this year. :yeah: I'm having great fun reading your stories and insights. :) Please keep posting here. :kiss:

AliciAmelie
Nov 24th, 2007, 07:17 AM
Great thread stefi! Thank you some much for sharing!

You have any stories about Alicia Molik?

drake3781
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:24 AM
Thank you for this thread! This is a great example of the reason I love WTAWorld!!

Do you have any stories about Peng, and/or any other Chinese players?

Ninny
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:42 AM
Great post Stefi and thanks for all your interesting insights into the players. I'm very envious of you travelling around the world seeing and meeting these players.

Take no notice of the couple of ignoramuses on this board, they are obviously very bitter about something to do with their lives.

kinseh
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:51 AM
Nothing about Caroline Wozniacki sorry.

About Kim, I did not see her, but in Luxembourg, she played an exhibition, and a friend of mine taped it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtXVF7MMhBc She was playing, 6 months pregnant, against Jana Novotna.
In 2006, I had seen Kim at the Fed Cup final. She was not supposed to come, but in the end, she was there the Sunday. She seemed to be friend with Flavia, they laughed together a few times. During the match, she was seating next to Caro Maes, and they seemed to have fun. She seemed very sad at the end of the match when Justine gave up.
Nothing more to say about Kim.

Thanks. :kiss:

Dinara Safina?

stefi62
Nov 24th, 2007, 09:12 AM
To KuzyIsNo1:
No problem, hijack this thread, you're welcome!!!

22) About Flavia:
First time I saw her was for Fed Cup, in Nancy against France. But at the time, I was siding with Dechy, Mauresmo... and Mary of course. Flavia lost to Amélie, in straight sets. She played very bad, lots of unforced errors,... Then the day after, she crucified Dechy, and Italy won.
I went to the Fed Cup final in Belgium to support Italy cos a friend of mine is a supporter of Mara. So we've been there, and met the girls. Carlos was there too, we could talk to him, and later make pics with him. There were also Fla's parents and sister. Flavia played first match against Justine. I thought she was very negative, the head low, never happy about a shot or anything. She lost the match. As she was injured at the wrist, she did not play the day after and Mara played. I discovered another Flavia then, more enthousiastic, cheering for her friends, making fun with Roby Vinci. She was playing with the poc poc (plastic things they give in fed cup to cheer), she was yelling, .... she was even telling us, supporters, when to start which songs...
Here are two vids to show Flavia, the supporter (be aware, stalking there!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMv9lskGSnE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkAOC_Ve82E
Then Italy won, and we could celebrate on court with them, Flavia was so cute with us.

Next time we see her is for Fed Cup round 1 in Italy. She remembered us and we had great fun talking with her. We speak spanish with her, she is fluent.
In Rome, she was either with the Italian girls, either with the Spanish players (she attended Lupi Dominguez Lino match once with Sergi Bruguera and Anabel Medina).
In RG, we attended one of her practices, I don't remember with whom... but I remember she did one dropshot, then a second one, and with my four-five friends we started cheering, and she started to laugh so loud. The next time, she made another drop shop, and then looked at us and put her arms high, like she won something.... so funny!
In Fed Cup round 2, Fla was not there.
In Fed Cup final, we were so happy to see her again, and give her our support. She was a bit injured then and did not play.
In Zurich, we were so happy to congratulate her on her win in asia. She told us she was so happy about it herself, that she was feeling so much better now! She was very proud beating Venus, but above all, being able to win after beating Venus. She explained the most difficult is to keep focusing on the tournament and not thinking you won it all in semis! And she told us her final was epic!!! She had to stop for hours several times, and that was not easy to deal, so she was even more happy with the win! Unfortunately, after, she play Cara and Liezel in the doubles tournament, so I had to side against her.... oops!

So here it is for Fla!

DutchieGirl
Nov 24th, 2007, 09:28 AM
:hug: Stefi - great thread. Ignore the idiot posters - you haven't said anything wrong in here. :D

And you know who I will want to hear about... ;)

Kai
Nov 24th, 2007, 09:39 AM
great thread stefi :worship:

the doctor
Nov 24th, 2007, 09:47 AM
Thanks stefy.Really interesting

FORZA SARITA
Nov 24th, 2007, 10:56 AM
thanks for the report and for the cool videos of Flavia :D

BartoliBabes
Nov 24th, 2007, 11:32 AM
marion bartoli?

auntie janie
Nov 24th, 2007, 11:36 AM
Thank you for this great thread, stefi! :)

I was wondering if you ever ran into Akgul?

IanRadi
Nov 24th, 2007, 11:57 AM
Anything about Gisela Dulko or Meghann Shaughnessy? :)

felipe2004
Nov 24th, 2007, 12:13 PM
Very cool thread! :)

Rhémila
Nov 24th, 2007, 12:50 PM
I like this thread! :)
Do you have something about Tamaryn Hendler or Kirsten Flipkens?

Slutiana
Nov 24th, 2007, 01:14 PM
Great thread. :)

Do you have anything to say about Tati? :D



oh yeah, and the fat woman with the williamses is their sister Isha. :lol:

Vlover
Nov 24th, 2007, 01:15 PM
[QUOTE=pav;12028127]Some of you Williams fans really can't stomach anything but worship of your favourites can you?

Hey pav we never expect to hear anything from haters but negativity! For most of us we just find it hysterical that most of you are buying into this bunch of garbage from an obvious attention seeker.:lol:

Anyway I wonder if you and this steffi fan can stomach this. The tennis channel just had a recent poll of the fans all time favorite female tennis player and guess who top the polls? Monica, Serena and Venus!:banana: Therefore you haters are all in the minority. :p Carry on with your insignificant, attention seeking story teller.:help:

Wiggly
Nov 24th, 2007, 01:54 PM
Thanks!:D

Bingain
Nov 24th, 2007, 02:04 PM
[QUOTE]

Hey pav we never expect to hear anything from haters but negativity! For most of us we just find it hysterical that most of you are buying into this bunch of garbage from an obvious attention seeker.:lol:

Anyway I wonder if you and this steffi fan can stomach this. The tennis channel just had a recent poll of the fans all time favorite female tennis player and guess who top the polls? Monica, Serena and Venus!:banana: Therefore you haters are all in the minority. :p Carry on with your insignificant, attention seeking story teller.:help:

Dear Vlover, Tennis channel is a US TV media. You ain't gonna see a poll that heavily favors players other than American ones. This is natural. Many of them probably don't even know Monica wasn't born in America. For those who know, I bet most don't know where Yugoslavia was when given a map.

I'm from the US, and honestly I often feel sick reading excessive news, and at times, the so called inside stories of the Williams sisters, Rodicks, Sharapova, and the like. It's like how the Brits used to get sick reading news about Beckham on British media everyday.

I personally don't like the William sisters, but I adore and respect them and their achievements, not to mention their inspirations to so many young kids who would otherwise have been neglected. I also love to see them in tournaments and on courts because they often bring in tensions and excitements to the game.

You don't have to like a player to enjoy his or her game. You can love a player and yet you will still respect other greater or lesser players.

What is great about this thread is how ordinary tennis fans can get to see the other sides of some probably 'lesser-known' players, not the big stars we know even their favorite underwear colors.

I love this thread, with the exception of biased attacks.

Zamboni
Nov 24th, 2007, 02:05 PM
I discovered another Flavia then, more enthousiastic, cheering for her friends, making fun with Roby Vinci. She was playing with the poc poc (plastic things they give in fed cup to cheer), she was yelling, .... she was even telling us, supporters, when to start which songs...
Here are two vids to show Flavia, the supporter (be aware, stalking there!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMv9lskGSnE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkAOC_Ve82E
That is why I became a fan:inlove:
I've never seen someone cheer for their teammates like that :worship: It was beyond cute :D


A bit of hijacking: I saw her match against Knapp in Rosmalen. She does have a very negative attitude on court indeed, but off court she's really sweet and genuinely nice :)

*goes off to watch vids*

supergrunt
Nov 24th, 2007, 02:18 PM
[QUOTE=Vlover;12031519]

Dear Vlover, Tennis channel is a US TV media. You ain't gonna see a poll that heavily favors players other than American ones. This is natural. Many of them probably don't even know Monica wasn't born in America. For those who know, I bet most don't know where Yugoslavia was when given a map.

I'm from the US, and honestly I often feel sick reading excessive news, and at times, the so called inside stories of the Williams sisters, Rodicks, Sharapova, and the like. It's like how the Brits used to get sick reading news about Beckham on British media everyday.

I personally don't like the William sisters, but I adore and respect them and their achievements, not to mention their inspirations to so many young kids who would otherwise have been neglected. I also love to see them in tournaments and on courts because they often bring in tensions and excitements to the game.

You don't have to like a player to enjoy his or her game. You can love a player and yet you will still respect other greater or lesser players.

What is great about this thread is how ordinary tennis fans can get to see the other sides of some probably 'lesser-known' players, not the big stars we know even their favorite underwear colors.

I love this thread, with the exception of biased attacks.

Most things about the Williams Sisters are negative IN THE US. It would be a shocker to hear or read something positive for a change but oh well.

chuvack
Nov 24th, 2007, 02:45 PM
[QUOTE]

Hey pav we never expect to hear anything from haters but negativity! For most of us we just find it hysterical that most of you are buying into this bunch of garbage from an obvious attention seeker.:lol:

help:


well Vlover, "HATER" sounds like the right word to describe YOU in this thread. Have a good look in the mirror the next time you say the word "HATER". Why waste your energy with such hating on other posters.

@Sweet Cleopatra
Nov 24th, 2007, 02:56 PM
thanks a lot , I really hope to do as you , travelling to all tours ,

Willam
Nov 24th, 2007, 03:09 PM
Dementieva please? :)

Vlover
Nov 24th, 2007, 03:25 PM
[QUOTE=Bingain;1203167
Dear Vlover, Tennis channel is a US TV media. You ain't gonna see a poll that heavily favors players other than American ones.

You are definately wrong because there were other more accomplished Americans listed in the poll such as Chris evert, BJK and Lindsay. Plus to further discredit your claim on the ATP Federer and Nadal topped Andre, Pete and Roddick so how do you explain that?

What is great about this thread is how ordinary tennis fans can get to see the other sides of some probably 'lesser-known' players, not the big stars we know even their favorite underwear colors.

I love this thread, with the exception of biased attacks.[/QUOTE]

I don't care about the other players but please note that the biased, negative perception started with the thread starter while the rest of haters gladly piled on.

I just posted to enlighten the haters that that their "hating" is confined to the minority with a majority I guess congregating on this board.:help: Anyway every legitimate poll I've ever seen the sisters usually come out on top as a favorite to reasonable people regardless of the shit the haters want to throw their way.:lol:

Vlover
Nov 24th, 2007, 03:29 PM
Why waste your energy with such hating on other posters.

Note Well: I refuse to waste my valuable time and energy on you.:wavey:

chuvack
Nov 24th, 2007, 04:21 PM
Note Well: I refuse to waste my valuable time and energy on you.:wavey:


same to you :wavey:

Demska
Nov 24th, 2007, 04:23 PM
Flavia :inlove:

saby
Nov 24th, 2007, 05:19 PM
Well Sharapova....
I only saw her in Fed Cup. The first day I was there, talking with an Italian player the day before the matches, and suddenly, Miss Sharapova arrived! She is really impressive physically, and so cold, that's freezing.



I remember that !! I never felt that cold before, Maria is an iceberg, she just froze me from my head through my toes in 2 seconds !! :speakles:

schorsch
Nov 24th, 2007, 06:05 PM
I saw stefi62 in zürich talking to Mara and cheering for Liezel and Cara.

Vlover she tells as she sees and there's nothing more to it.

When I saw Masha walking by for the first time I got a cold chill as well. She's most impressive, so focused when being at tournament. She doesnt seem to like to be disturbed. I was sad obviously, because I couldnt get an autograph, but then again it reminded me of the fact that players dont have to give you autographs or talk/interact with you, but if they do you can call yourself lucky. Also players need to have some space. Protect themselves from the overwhelming stress they're under. Somebody like... I dont know Mara that isnt as known as Maria will talk to you rather more often, coz she doesnt have to deal with that on a daily basis.

stefi62
Nov 24th, 2007, 07:14 PM
Hey again,

Sorry, nothing about Tamaryn Hendler so far, I've never seen her on a tournament, but I've heard a lot and really wish to see her next year.
Just to tell some other time I am not a Williams hater, I even respect their strength and their game. Just I tell what I witnessed and I am not a supporter. But again sorry if I hurt someone!
For Flavia lovers, a new vid soon, as i saw you liked it.
I'll keep going with the other players you asked about, and some of my favs as well in the following posts.

IanRadi
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:13 PM
Hey again,

Sorry, nothing about Tamaryn Hendler so far, I've never seen her on a tournament, but I've heard a lot and really wish to see her next year.
Just to tell some other time I am not a Williams hater, I even respect their strength and their game. Just I tell what I witnessed and I am not a supporter. But again sorry if I hurt someone!
For Flavia lovers, a new vid soon, as i saw you liked it.
I'll keep going with the other players you asked about, and some of my favs as well in the following posts.

Anything about Pao Suarez, Gise Dulko or Meg Shaughnessy?

stefi62
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:20 PM
Anything about Pao Suarez, Gise Dulko or Meg Shaughnessy?

I've only met Paola Suarez once, in RG 2006. We asked her pics and she nicely agreed. She is really sweet.

Gisela Dulko, I talkec about her higher in this thread, I only saw her play in doubles with Fla in Rome, and don't remember many thinhs from it.

Meg Shaughnessy, I have a few things to say and post (vids), let me think... :wavey:

janko
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:24 PM
I saw stefi62 in zürich talking to Mara and cheering for Liezel and Cara.

Vlover she tells as she sees and there's nothing more to it.

When I saw Masha walking by for the first time I got a cold chill as well. She's most impressive, so focused when being at tournament. She doesnt seem to like to be disturbed. I was sad obviously, because I couldnt get an autograph, but then again it reminded me of the fact that players dont have to give you autographs or talk/interact with you, but if they do you can call yourself lucky. Also players need to have some space. Protect themselves from the overwhelming stress they're under. Somebody like... I dont know Mara that isnt as known as Maria will talk to you rather more often, coz she doesnt have to deal with that on a daily basis.

Totally agree, there's a huge difference between the few top players and the others, but I find cool that many fans in threads can talk about these "less famous" as of members of their family or friends.

Most of us are cheering for players because they're playing good tennis (at least within our criterias), are good looking or have a character. But still, it's possible to cheer for a player just because of her game. On the other side she can be a total pain in the a... during interviews. I can give the example of our beloved Danka Hantuchova. She can play very good tennis when she wants, could be a model, but her interventions (interviews, tv, etc.) are painful to hear or read. It's quite obvious she stopped school when she was really young, but still she always seems childish and superficial. Funny and embarrassing at the same time...:rolleyes: But as a tennis player she's entertaining and that's all I need!

Elwin.
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:25 PM
Anything about Michaella Krajicek :kiss:

Thanks :)

DutchieGirl
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:25 PM
And Misa? :p

DutchieGirl
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:26 PM
Anything about Michaella Krajicek :kiss:

Thanks :)

haha - well I kinda asked it yesterday, but I think my post got lost. ;)

stefi62
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:28 PM
I have things about Misa, I'm thinking about it... I've seen her a few times... working on my memory, but I'll say things and show vids... promise

janko
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:29 PM
Btw Stefi, that's an interesting thread, thanks to share your thoughts, that's great when there are no more tour events to read threads about something else than "Maria's shopping in L.A.", "Justine planning to go skiing during winter" or "I've seen lovely Tatiana buying eggs and bananas at the supermarket";)

And your little film about Mara on Youtube is great!

stefi62
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:32 PM
25) I have only seen Akgul once in my life, last week in Poitiers. I was watching some match on center court, and then at the back, I saw someone quite spectacular physically. I asked who it was and it appeared to be Akgul! Waow!!! How tall that girl is! She lost that match I saw from far (courts in Poitiers are not well located!!).
Then I saw her practising and she impressed me again. Unfortunately she seems slow, and dropshots are the way her opponents (in singles and doubles) seemed to beat her. Sorry I do not have more to say about her.

Weemee
Nov 24th, 2007, 08:58 PM
Thanks for the insight!

stefi62
Nov 24th, 2007, 09:08 PM
Two more Flavia vids:

Flavia after victory: Isn't she sweet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBbJjg7pzlA

Flavia practising: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDfr6YrbKCs

Matt01
Nov 24th, 2007, 09:09 PM
I don't care about the other players but please note that the biased, negative perception started with the thread starter while the rest of haters gladly piled on.

I just posted to enlighten the haters that that their "hating" is confined to the minority with a majority I guess congregating on this board.:help: Anyway every legitimate poll I've ever seen the sisters usually come out on top as a favorite to reasonable people regardless of the shit the haters want to throw their way.:lol:


Disgusting.

stefi62
Nov 24th, 2007, 09:52 PM
24) Let's go on with Alicia Molik.

I had heard about her before 2007 but honestly did not know much except that ear illness she had had. When Mara told me that she was to play with her in RG, I did not know what to think. Mara told me she liked her and wanted to try.
So well, I've attended a few of their matches in RG, and each round, I appreciated their team even more. I remember especially a match on a small court against Spanish Nuria and Martinez Sanchez. They made a solid match, winning in straight sets. I remember well that when they entered the court (Cara and Liezel's match had just finished so I wa already there), I shouted a strong "Forza Mara, Come on Alicia!" and Mara looked at me, laughed, and showed me and my friends to Alicia and they laughed! Probably she told her: be careful, my cheering team is here!!!!).
Then the quarters against Australian Open sensation Chan and Chuang. That was a morning, on court 1, and my friend and I got closer to the court. We were cheering quite loud for Mara and Alicia. First set quite serious. Then Chuang if I recall well asked for the trainer quite often in second set, when they were like 1-4 down (unsure of the score though). I remember thinking it would trouble Mara and Alicia, and of course it did, they started to think they are just a few games away from semis in Slam. The match starts again and they lose second set 6-4.
They started to play their aggressive game again in last set. Both of them are heavy servers, and Mara is great at the net, and Alicia has these incredible ground strokes!!! They won it easily (can't recall the score, but 1 or 2). At the end of the match, Mara threw her water bottle and balls to us, and Alicia bent to high five us! That was nice!
A funny event took place during that match: Mara was ready to receive the ball, then suddenly stopped, talked to Alicia and the umpire, got to her seat, put something on her thermobag, and got back to play... we looked closer, and that "thing" was a ladybird!!! Later, we learned from Mara herself that it had happened quite a few times during the fortnight, and Alicia started to call Mara "Ladybird" after that incident. Mara even wore a ladybird (coccinella) necklace at the final!!!
The semis was my nightmare: Maralicia vs Carazel! At first, I thought I could not attend it, but it took place at lunch time, so I could skip out of work and attend the beginning of the match. But I was so tensed I went to hide high in the tribunes of court 1. I had to leave after one set, but the tennis I saw was high level. Liezel told me later she was not disappointed about that loss, that the best team had win that day, and that she was proud of the fight that had taken place. So Maralicia in the final!!!! Unbelievable!
The final took place on a friday night, after work! Mary was there to attend the match. I was there with two friends. The girls started very well, and never let the opportunity to the opponents Sugi/Srebo to do much. They were aggressive in the good way, and it paid off. That was kind of disappointing, cos they did not even need us to cheer! :p
They won, I taped the victory! Once again you can see some footage in my Mara clip posted above.
I could take a pic with Alicia after the match. She thanked us for being there all the time. Mary congratulated her as well, and Sugi's mother too.
A month later, I went to Wimbledon to attend the doubles semis. Remake of the semis of RG, but this time, Cara and Liezel were on their beloved surface. And expectedly won, but in a three setter again. A couple of hours later, Alicia was playing in mixed doubles with Bjorkman I think. They fought hard against Kerr and K Bondarenko. Nice match. Victory by Alicia/Jonas. Then when they left the court, we went to talk to them; She recognized us immediatly and thanked us. She asked if we'd be in the US Open. And then said "you know, Mara and I want to go all the way this year! Be prepared for hot stuff!!!!". We were so pleased about it! Unfortunately it did not go that well later that year.
In Zurich, we cheered again for the girls, and talked to Alicia again. She really is a sweet girl. I like the way she plays with Mara, the way both of them respect the other. I think they'll keep playing together in 2008 and I am glad.

That's it for Alicia!

Here are a few pics from her mixed doubles match in Wimbly:

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/9065/p5041830go0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/9075/p5041825ko8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/7105/p5041829zo2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

stefi62
Nov 24th, 2007, 10:24 PM
25) Now Cara Black!

I first met her in the French league matches last year in 2006. She was playing a singles match (her last actually!), I think against Vierin but I am not sure. At the moment I saw her, I don’t know why, I could not take my eyes off her! Such power and yet such finesse at the net! A serve and volley player, I was amazed to see that! I think she won, but well, who cares? I just met a player I would follow on the tour.
After the singles, she played doubles with Els Callens against two frenchies. Of course, the doubles specialists won as they had done several times together before (despite the lack of competition of Els). The week after, unfortunately, they lost, in a strange match: they were leading like 6-2 / 4-0 and lost in tie break in last set, or something as dramatic! But nothing to reproach Cara of, she played great tennis.
The week after, I was in Madrid for Masters, and supported Cara and her then partner Stubbs. They won in semis despite Cara’s injury at the leg, but lost in the final to rivals Stosur/Raymond.
In Paris GDF 2007, I discovered Cara’s new partner Liezel Huber. I attended all of their practises and matches. They won the tournament easily. And I discovered a great team, nice off court and playing great on court.
In Rome 2007, I was really happy to see them again! Cara remembered us. We talked a little. They played three times against Italian players, twice on centre court and once on Pietrangeli. They did not play great tennis, but could win first two rounds against beginners in doubles. But they lost to Tax/Roby in the semis.
In Roland Garros, I only saw them from the end of the week, but could attend all of their practices and matches, also in mixed doubles. I eventually talked to them about a website I could rule for them, and they agreed. Liezel offered me her towel to thank me for the site. They lost in semis to Mara/Alicia in probably the best match of the fortnight. Liezel recognized that the others were better that day.
In Wimbledon, I was there to attend the semis vs Mara and Alicia. I like both teams, so it was painful to watch, but well, the better players that day won, that’s it. I talked to Cara who was so joyful! She even smiled on court during her mixed doubles match!!! She is simply marvellous on grass, so nice to watch! She saw me and thanked me for being there to support her.
Between Wimbledon and Zurich, we started their website www.blackandhuber.com. It opened for the US Open. The girls participate a lot to the site. They are involved and want to satisfy the fans.

DutchieGirl
Nov 24th, 2007, 11:56 PM
:hug: Leesh

tenn_ace
Nov 25th, 2007, 07:55 AM
Schnyder's RG story is a complete turn off (should be even for her fans)

Petersmiler
Nov 25th, 2007, 09:09 AM
[QUOTE]

Hey pav we never expect to hear anything from haters but negativity! For most of us we just find it hysterical that most of you are buying into this bunch of garbage from an obvious attention seeker.:lol:

Anyway I wonder if you and this steffi fan can stomach this. The tennis channel just had a recent poll of the fans all time favorite female tennis player and guess who top the polls? Monica, Serena and Venus!:banana: Therefore you haters are all in the minority. :p Carry on with your insignificant, attention seeking story teller.:help:

What? The viewers of an American tennis channel had Monica, Serena and Venus as their favourite players. Go figure.

You're right. That proves this Stefi person is lying.

terjw
Nov 25th, 2007, 09:50 AM
Stefi62 - have you anything you can tell us on Jelena Jankovic :)

terjw
Nov 25th, 2007, 10:33 AM
Schnyder's RG story is a complete turn off (should be even for her fans)

Not for me. I'm not a fan but I like her the more when I hear stories like that. She's open and honest and WYSIWYG - and her reaction in that story with that over zealous official who wouldn't let her through that door made me laugh.

dreylau
Nov 25th, 2007, 08:07 PM
Stefi please what can you tell me about Tsvetana Pironkova?

stefi62
Nov 25th, 2007, 08:54 PM
A list of those you requested and I'll write about soon (no particular order):

Hantuchova
Golovin
Kirilenko
Cirstea
Safina
Peng
Dementieva
Shaughnessy
Bartoli
Chan/Chuang
Jankovic
Flipkens
Krajicek
Kuznetsova
Daniilidou
Pironkova

stefi62
Nov 25th, 2007, 09:01 PM
26) Caroline Maes
I just want to write about her tonight cos I saw her play today in the French league matches.
I had seen her last week play against Feuerstein, and she had lost.
This week, with her team of Denain, she played against Rennes. And most specifically, Caro had to play against Karin Knapp.
Frankly, I would not have bet much on Caro, but despite quiet a poor start in the match (she lost first set and even were lead 0-3), Caro could come back and win the match in three sets. She played despite a sore shoulder, and could beat such a good player, I was really surprised and happy. Cos Caroline is a shy girl, but very nice when you can talk to her.
Caro could not play the doubles because of her shoulder, that's sad cos last week, with her friend Debbrich Feys, they had won 6-0 / 3-0 before the opponents retired.

27) Debbrich Feys
This is another player from Belgium and Denain team that I got to know this week end. She is unbelievable, so nice, so spontaneous off court. On court, she had to play against Kostanic today, which was really hard, she lost in two sets (2 and 2). Debbrich is really funny and so cool with everybody! I hope to see her play again soon!

stefi62
Nov 25th, 2007, 09:13 PM
28) Marion Bartoli

It may seem strange, but I had never seen Marion Bartoli play before Luxembourg. I was really curious about her, not only on court but also how she behaved off court and how her practices were.
So in Luxembourg, I could attend two matches. Marion played quite solid tennis. Her serve is really something to see live! That is SO weird! But it seems to be efficient so... I could attend a warm up before a match too. Walter her father gave her a long stick which seems quite heavy, and Marion had to pretend to serve with that stick instead of the racquet. I also mentionned I had heard her say she'd stay longer to see Shahar play. And later I saw her speak and laugh with Shahar.
Then I saw her play in Zurich. I cannot remember against whom (I could not see that sad match against Tati). But what impressed me was another practice with Walter, early one morning. Marion was one knee on the ground, and was serving on a specific area asked by her dad. That was unreal: Marion on the ground, throwing ball after ball (like 25 in a row) and Walter telling her what to correct... That practice lasted around one full hour.
What impressed me too was Marion playing at the Wii vs Liezel's husband! That was so funny! Marion playing one hand on both side! And with a normal serve!!! She eventually beat Tony, under Liezel's applauses!
I saw Marion again in Madrid, for an exhibition with several men. That was just the day after her awful loss to Justine, so well, she was not all smile (not that she usually is, but well, i felt for her, she seemed exhausted!).

Vlover
Nov 25th, 2007, 09:18 PM
What? The viewers of an American tennis channel had Monica, Serena and Venus as their favourite players. Go figure.

You're right. That proves this Stefi person is lying.

Please note my response was to a particular "hater" pointing out that Williams fans always expect negativity from all haters therefore it is no surprise to us when people post their biased opinions. My posting of the poll results was just to prove that the haters are always in the minority.

As for the "stories" I'm just not that gullible.: Enjoy the remainder of your story telling hours:lol: .

stefi62
Nov 25th, 2007, 09:30 PM
29) Kirsten Flipkens

First time I saw her was in RG 2006, last round of qualies. I remember cos it was raining and she was playing a French player Virginie Pichet. They played the match in two days. Pichet won, and Kirsten got a Lucky Looser status. She entered main draw and who was her opponent in first round? Virginie Pichet! And this time Kirsten won it. (it made me laugh when they had to meet again later in another slam first round, was it Wimbledon?).
I saw her again in Fed Cup final. Kirsten fought well, and was a tough opponent to Mara on second day, but lost her two singles. She played the doubles with Justine, and we all know what happened! Poor Kirsten was devastated!!!
We waited for her after the end of the matches, and she posed for pictures. We ocngratulated her for her efforts, and she smiled at us, thanking us. Then she left.
I attended her first round match in qualies of Paris Indoors this year, but she got injured and had to retire in second round vs Pironkova. Then I did not see her before Luxembourg. She had lots of supporters in the tribunes, but she lost in second round of qualies vs K Bondarenko in a good level three set match.
After she lost, outside (cos the players entrance is about 20 meters from the public entrance), we could talk to her a little about her schedule (ITFs in France), how she was feeling, and take pics with us! She is a really sweet girl. Happy she made the final of Poitiers ITF last week!

stefi62
Nov 25th, 2007, 10:15 PM
30) Jelena Jankovic

First time I saw her was Zurich 2006. She had just finished practice, and came to sit close to her mother (her mother was playing cards with another player's mother). I came to her and congratulated her on her good season, and more specifically her good US Open. Then she smiled to me. I asked her to sign something and to take a pic with me. I had never heard her talk, so I was a bit surprised at first with it! She was nice to me and my friends.
Next time I saw her was in Rome. I was talking with Italian players, and Jelena was there, very close, listening to what we were saying, half laughing at us and eating a slice of pizza. That was just 20 minutes before her quarter finals! Unbelievable how relaxed she was... She played great that day and later won the tournament.
Then in Wimbledon, she was playing mixed doubles with Jamie Murray against Cara and her partner Matkowski. They played a great match, especially the girls. It finished with two tie breaks and a 7-5 at the end for Jamie/Jelena. I remember thinking she was really all smile the whole match, especially when Jamie was looking at her. Great atmosphere for that match, Britains adored that doubles (which eventually won the title).
Nothing more to say about Jelena Jankovic

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 12:17 PM
31) Julia Schruff

I forgot a little something cute about Julia:
In RG this year, Julia was playing doubles with Sybille Bammer. I did not attend the match (they lost in first round if I remember well), but in the alley, on the way to the lockers, I remember seeing Julia giving the hand to little Tina who had her mother's hand in her other hand. And little Tina was jumping when Julia was saying one, two, three, hop... that was so cute. The three of them were having fun.
That scene puts life in perspective... Defeat on the one hand, but life goes on, cos with a kid, life has to go on! I understood better that day how Sybille could have a second career at her age: her view on life may have changed and as she may be less focussed on her career, she can do better. Well, that's my conclusion...

savitri
Nov 26th, 2007, 02:37 PM
thanks again for sharing your nice experiences stefi

a pleasure to read !!!

@Sweet Cleopatra
Nov 26th, 2007, 03:00 PM
Jelena Jankovic

First time I saw her was Zurich 2006. She had just finished practice, and came to sit close to her mother (her mother was playing cards with another player's mother). I came to her and congratulated her on her good season, and more specifically her good US Open. Then she smiled to me. I asked her to sign something and to take a pic with me. I had never heard her talk, so I was a bit surprised at first with it! She was nice to me and my friends.
Next time I saw her was in Rome. I was talking with Italian players, and Jelena was there, very close, listening to what we were saying, half laughing at us and eating a slice of pizza. That was just 20 minutes before her quarter finals! Unbelievable how relaxed she was... She played great that day and later won the tournament.
Then in Wimbledon, she was playing mixed doubles with Jamie Murray against Cara and her partner Matkowski. They played a great match, especially the girls. It finished with two tie breaks and a 7-5 at the end for Jamie/Jelena. I remember thinking she was really all smile the whole match, especially when Jamie was looking at her. Great atmosphere for that match, Britains adored that doubles (which eventually won the title).
Nothing more to say about Jelena Jankovic

wow , she always loughs oncourt and offcourt , that's so nice ,,,

Rising Sun
Nov 26th, 2007, 03:57 PM
Thank you for this thread! This is a great example of the reason I love WTAWorld!!

Do you have any stories about Peng, and/or any other Chinese players?
Ditto. Would love to hear what you have to say about Fed Cup vs Italy. :hearts:

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 05:54 PM
32) Kaia Kanepi

I first saw Kaia in Paris GDF2007. I had seen her on TV against an injured Schiavone in Hasselt and only remembered a strong hitter from the baseline. I had talked about her with a friend who is a fan, and as she was playing in GDF and I could attend the match, and my friend wanted to live it live, I went to attend her second round qualies match. So in the room, there were the umpire, the line referees, the ball boys and girls, the players, the two coaches and …. Myself and my cell phone! Unbelievable. Okay that was on court 1 first match in the morning, but well, it felt strange anyhow.
Kaia hitted from the baseline, of course, but sometimes, she dared go to the net. It surprised me a bit. She played Chaknashvili. Beat her in straight sets I think. Then after the match, I saw her outside, and went to congratulate her and wish her good luck for next round. Her coach was there and talked too.
Then I saw her in Rome. She was playing the main draw, against Lupi Dominguez Lino. I was cheering for her. Her coach recognized me and smiled. Not sure she has many fans cheering for her!
Then as I was talking to another player, she was walking next to us, did not look at the player, but looked at me and said “hello!”. I was quite surprised! Then after that, each time she saw me, she said hello, same for her coach. She lost next round in Rome, on center court against Safina. She could do nothing. I was sad for her.
Next time I see her is in RG, at one practice, with two friends. We could go and talk to her and take pictures, that was fun atmosphere. That practice was really interesting, her coach making her go a lot to the net to volley balls. I found it interesting that he tried to have her improve her weaknesses, especially volleys on clay. So many power hitters spend hours only practising from the baseline…
Then I did not see her again in the year.

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 05:54 PM
33) Daniela Hantuchova

I tried to find stuff to tell about her, but despite I’ve seen her on a few tournaments, I know almost nothing about her. Except one or two things.
I do know her coach a little. He is Italian and is a physical trainer for the Italian Fed Cup team, and also for Mara. In Luxembourg, he was there full time for Daniela. They were training a lot outside the stadium, running, with balls, or anything. We met them several times, Marco saying hello and Daniela imitating him shyly. I also attended one session inside, with Daniela, Marco and her coach, playing football. That’s all for Dani, sorry!

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 05:57 PM
34) Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

Well, not really a player of the Tour, but well, I’m sure she still has fans around! First time I met, and I was really very excited about it, was in RG 2006. She was there with Kuzy. With a friend, we saw her randomly in an alley! Oh my God! I still cannot forget that RG94 final against Mary! Or the 1989 one against Graf… So we asked her to take pics with her, and talked about our memories of her in RG… saying that noone now was such a defender on clay! She smiled, and spoke French to us. She was really cool!
Funny anecdote: Shortly after RG, I went to see Mary at practice. She signed pics for me, and then she got curious and asked me “can you show me the other pics you have here?” So I took the pics I had to show her, and there was that Arantxa one. She looked at it and said “WAOW! That is Arantxa! How pretty she is on it!”.
I saw Arantxa another time that year in Madrid for the Masters. She was so classy! She received an award from Kuzy (late at night after Kuzy’s match, with almost nobody in the attendance, such a shame!). I could talk to her, but as I spoke to her in Spanish (which I barely remember from school) and she answered in Spanish, well, I have no idea what she told me, but I said “Gracias!”. Later, we asked her to make a pic with us with a flag we had for Mary, to wish her a nice recovery. Arantxa asked us news about Mary, and told us to tell her she was 100% with her! That was sweet!

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 05:58 PM
35) Conchita Martinez

Well, I first met her in Madrid in 2006 for the masters. Conchita attended all the doubles matches. At the end, I went to her to ask her for a pic, and she agreed nicely.
I saw her again in RG in 2007. I was attending the doubles semis Mara/Alicia vs Cara and Liezel, and as I turned my head to the left, I discovered the two ladies next to me were Conchita and her friend.
Then here she was again in Madrid this year. And once again attending the doubles matches! She seems to like it a lot. Lots of people went to her for autographs or pics, and she always answered nicely.

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 06:02 PM
36) Francesca Schiavone

I was as you may know now attending the final of Fed Cup 2006 in Belgium. Franci was a tiger, she won her match against Kirsten, but lost to Justine. In the doubles, with tiny Roby, they were above Justine and Kirsten, even before Justine retirement. They won and we could celebrate with them.
Then Franci fought the rest of the season to make it to the Masters in doubles with Kveta Peschke. I saw them in Madrid. At one practice, Franci even said hello to me, well, in her way:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvavxAi8uBA

The Italian team went to Torino in December 2006 to play an exhibition. Franci was there, but obviously did not really like that! She did what she had to, but not more! Not sure she likes that kind of exhibitions! But she recognized my friends and I and was really friendly to us, that was sweet.
Then I saw Francesca only for Fed Cup round 2 against France. And that was the great Franci that was reborn under the sun of Puglia! On the Sunday morning, she was going out of the lockers. She sees us and says hello. A friend of mine asks her: “Franci, are you going to practice on center court and that court over there?” She replied “center court!”, so we moved towards center court. When we are half way, she calls us back and says “Hey, if I say left, you should know I mean right!” and laughed! That day, she beat Golovin in a stadium on fire, and Italy qualified for its second final in a row.
Then Moscow for the final. Franci almost beat Kuzy, but well, almost only. And Italy lost the final. Franci was sad but she was still nice to everyone, that’s sport, as she says!
Then after I saw her in Luxembourg and Zurich. She always said Ciao, very nice, talked a little. She played doubles in Zurich, and beat my favs Black and Huber, with Lisa Raymond. Frankly, in that match, there was only one player: Francesca! As unbelievable as it may seem, considering the great doubles players on court, she was the best that day! She had lost earlier in singles, but her doubles match was simply brilliant. Her father and a few friends were there with her, and she was really relax off court.

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 06:08 PM
A list of those you requested and I'll write about soon (no particular order)Updated:

Golovin
Kirilenko
Cirstea
Safina
Peng
Dementieva
Shaughnessy
Chan/Chuang
Krajicek
Kuznetsova
Daniilidou
Pironkova
The Fed Cup match between China and Italy

auntie janie
Nov 26th, 2007, 06:15 PM
I have only seen Akgul once in my life, last week in Poitiers. I was watching some match on center court, and then at the back, I saw someone quite spectacular physically. I asked who it was and it appeared to be Akgul! Waow!!! How tall that girl is! She lost that match I saw from far (courts in Poitiers are not well located!!).
Then I saw her practising and she impressed me again. Unfortunately she seems slow, and dropshots are the way her opponents (in singles and doubles) seemed to beat her. Sorry I do not have more to say about her.

Thanks for this little bit, though. :kiss: I hope she can work on her footspeed. :o

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 06:28 PM
37) Iva Majoli

She was there this year in Roland Garros, with her kid and her husband I guess. I saw her laughing and talking with Mary, that was so cool! It reminded me of the best years!

38) Martina Navratilova

She was in Roland Garros this year cos now she is a painter and exposes her work. I saw her talk to Liezel, who is one of her best friends.
I also saw her in Wimbledon. I heard she gave a painting to Mara and Alicia for their victory in RG, with a special message for each. Mara idolizes Martina, so she was really proud of it!

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 26th, 2007, 08:10 PM
Iva Majoli

She was there this year in Roland Garros, with her kid and her husband I guess. I saw her laughing and talking with Mary, that was so cool! It reminded me of the best years!

Martina Navratilova

She was in Roland Garros this year cos now she is a painter and exposes her work. I saw her talk to Liezel, who is one of her best friends.
I also saw her in Wimbledon. I heard she gave a painting to Mara and Alicia for their victory in RG, with a special message for each. Mara idolizes Martina, so she was really proud of it!

Thanks for posting...Martina is a sweetheart :kiss:.

FORZA SARITA
Nov 26th, 2007, 08:15 PM
Francesca Schiavone

I was as you may know now attending the final of Fed Cup 2006 in Belgium. Franci was a tiger, she won her match against Kirsten, but lost to Justine. In the doubles, with tiny Roby, they were above Justine and Kirsten, even before Justine retirement. They won and we could celebrate with them.
Then Franci fought the rest of the season to make it to the Masters in doubles with Kveta Peschke. I saw them in Madrid. At one practice, Franci even said hello to me, well, in her way:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvavxAi8uBA

The Italian team went to Torino in December 2006 to play an exhibition. Franci was there, but obviously did not really like that! She did what she had to, but not more! Not sure she likes that kind of exhibitions! But she recognized my friends and I and was really friendly to us, that was sweet.
Then I saw Francesca only for Fed Cup round 2 against France. And that was the great Franci that was reborn under the sun of Puglia! On the Sunday morning, she was going out of the lockers. She sees us and says hello. A friend of mine asks her: “Franci, are you going to practice on center court and that court over there?” She replied “center court!”, so we moved towards center court. When we are half way, she calls us back and says “Hey, if I say left, you should know I mean right!” and laughed! That day, she beat Golovin in a stadium on fire, and Italy qualified for its second final in a row.
Then Moscow for the final. Franci almost beat Kuzy, but well, almost only. And Italy lost the final. Franci was sad but she was still nice to everyone, that’s sport, as she says!
Then after I saw her in Luxembourg and Zurich. She always said Ciao, very nice, talked a little. She played doubles in Zurich, and beat my favs Black and Huber, with Lisa Raymond. Frankly, in that match, there was only one player: Francesca! As unbelievable as it may seem, considering the great doubles players on court, she was the best that day! She had lost earlier in singles, but her doubles match was simply brilliant. Her father and a few friends were there with her, and she was really relax off court.

that video of Francesca :spit.:haha: OMG :haha: this girl is so crazy :haha::worship: :worship: :D

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 10:04 PM
39) Tsvetana Pironkova

So I had never heard about this young Bulgarian player before Paris Indoors 2007. A friend of mine had seen her the year before there, and told me she played good. We also knew a former Bulgarian player who was a friend of hers and who had told her to say hello.
Tsvetana was to play the qualies. Her match was scheduled last match of court 1, the first day. But Tsvetana was in he stadium from early in the morning, and attended all matches on centre court, a grey hat on the head! She was either watching the match, or playing with her hands, or taking pics with her phone, or listening to her Ipod, or talking to her handsome brother... Well, we were at the courts all day, and so was she! She was so funny to watch! At some point, she was in the tribunes at the second floor. My friend and I went to see her, and ask her if she was okay, if waiting was not too long. She said that was okay, that she was playing last match on court 1. We said hello from her friend. She smiled and was nice.
Then the moment of her match arrived, and we were there, watching her. She won and the match finished quite late (around 9pm or 10, I don't remember exactly). She beat Aga Radwanska in one of their 100 matches of the year lol, and lost in first round of main draw to Lucie Safarova in a very tied three setter (with a tie break as second set).
Then I saw Tsvetana briefly in RG, but also in Luxembourg. I attended several matches and training. Tsvetana travels with her brother Encho. She is a strong hitter, with a very good forehand shot. She is quite shy. But the few times I went to talk to her, she was nice and smiled. Now she says hello when she sees my friends and I. She lost in second round of qualies to Greta Arn in a three set match, in which she had match points!
In Stuttgart, she lost in second round of qualies against Gagliardi, after beating Nicole Pratt in first round (for that match, funny thing is Nicole's coach at the breaks was Stubbsy!). I also attended a practice session, with Stubbsy giving advice to Tsvetana on her forehand.
I saw one last time Tsveti this year. In Poitiers ITF. I was not there to see her play though. Tsvetana is always attending the other players matches, not always watching carefully, but she is always there. In Poitiers she was reading a book. She probably finished it by the day she left, cos she was never without it!
But the best moment of the year with Tsveti was with no doubt that RG first round against Serena. Tsveti played great tennis in first set, but Serena could come back after the rain and won 1 and 1 in second and third set.
I wish her the best for next year, she is very talented, for me.

stefi62
Nov 26th, 2007, 10:07 PM
Hey guys,

Thanks to all of you for nice words about these stories. Happy you like it. :wavey:

I'll keep going later with Tatiana Golovin, Kuzy, Misa and all the others you asked for.

terjw
Nov 26th, 2007, 10:27 PM
Thanks Stefi for writing on Jelena. In fact for writing on all the players you've done. This is the best thread in GM for a long time.

adam_ads_n
Nov 26th, 2007, 10:49 PM
Stefi - maybe anything about Marta Domachowska, as you attended Poitiers? :)

Btw - someone asked about Dementieva. My views are all great about her, she is very nice. I attended Warsaw 06, and she was practising. She talked to me during training despite my media pass, also when I interviewed her she was smiling, laughing and joking a lot. She is one of the nicest players on tour, and very down to earth :worship:

Great thread Stefi! :)

stefi62
Nov 27th, 2007, 09:18 AM
40) Tatiana Golovin

First time I saw Tati play was in Paris Indoors 2004. She had just had a good run in the Australian Open, at only 16. I saw her play and beat Elena Dementieva in the quarters. She impressed me. She lost next round to Mary, with a bagel, but well, I knew she’d be a girl to follow.
In RG 2004, she decided to play mixed with Richard Gasquet. They were the team to see that year, so I went to see one of their matches on small court. They were playing quite good actually. (they eventually won the tournament, beating the Blacks in the final).
Then I’ve seen Tati a few times after, in Fed Cup, in 2004 and 2005. But next time I could get close to her was in Paris Indoors again in 2006. I saw her beat Petrova in a three set match, really tied. As she left, I asked her for an autograph, which she nicely accepted to sign. She was to play Mauresmo next day so I wished her good luck.
Tati hurt herself in Miami that year, in an epic match vs Sharapova. So in Nancy for Fed Cup vs Italy, she could not play and RG, she was not even sure to play either. We met her the first Sunday in the alleys, and asked her how she was. She seemed relax, but her ankle was still sore. She lost in the first round I think. I remember she made me laugh that year, cos she said frankly in the papers she would not play in either mixed or women doubles cos nobody wanted to play with her. I found it sweet and so honest! To me, at this point, she was Mary’s heiress. In France, at this time, she was said aloof, but she did not appear like that to me. I liked her. Same things were said on Mary and were so wrong! So I wanted to give the girl a chance.
In Cagnes for Fed Cup against Czech republic, she had a great week end, despite losing in first day to Vaidisova. We could talk and congratulate her. She was really proud of herself that day. And had reasons to.
A couple of pics from that week end:
http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/1003/copiedecopiedecopiededsej7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/2738/p1010415wn3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)



Tati had a great run that year in Stuttgart, losing only in the final to mighty Petrova. So when I saw her in Zurich that year, I congratulated her on her run. I told her I had really liked her match vs Krajicek, that was so solid! She thanked me and with a cute smile added “yeah I know, that was good!”. We took pics and talked a bit. As I was there only for qualies, I did not see her play.
In Paris GDF 2007, Tati agreed to take a pic with a few friends and myself, to show Mary our support after her knee problem in Linz. Tati was sweet, and added “Oh yeah, we miss her, tell her!” which seemed sincere. I remember a French girl went to her and asked her for a picture in English! Tati looked at her and answered in French: “But you do know I’m French, right?” So funny! I saw her play against Justine, and thought she was playing good. But she lost.
Then next time I saw her was in Fed Cup round 2 vs Italy. I am French, and with 5 friends, we are the heart of the Italian cheering team. Not sure French players really appreciated it. So from this point, it got more tensed with French girls. And as they lost in weird conditions, It did not help…. Frankly, I sided for the Italian but the crowd was really obnoxious towards the French, which made me feel bad. We had great moments with French supporters though, especially water guns battles!
So in Luxembourg, I attended Tati’s training, but from far. I saw her play in doubles with Dechy, quite a nice match actually. Her mother and sister and nephew were there. Same in Zurich, the day after she beat Bartoli, I saw them all there.

DimaDinosaur
Nov 27th, 2007, 09:38 AM
Coooollllllllllllllllllll ooOOOoooOOOooooOOOooo

stefi62
Nov 27th, 2007, 12:03 PM
41) Rennae Stubbs

Well, what can I say about Rennae. I have seen her play with Cara in the Masters in 2006. I did not think she was being very fair to Cara, she seemed to reproach her all that went wrong. I learnt later that she already knew they’d split and was quite mad. They lost in final to rivals Raymond and Stosur.
Then I did not see Rennae before Rome, with her new partner Kveta. Practice sessions by those two are quite interesting: Rennae giving advice for the volleys, and Kveta a little leading the baseline practice (a little cos with Rennae, you do not have much room to lead!). They lost to my favs Roby/Tax in quarters. I already told about the bit of match I had spent next to Rennae before a TV when Stosur were being lead by Mauresmo, and Rennae was cheering for Sammy.
There is also that story after one practice session: a few kids were waiting for the players to leave. Kveta approached and signed stuff, then oine kid ask “please, what’s your name?” Kveta looked sad but answered and spelled. Rennae was there, signed for the kid, then looked at him and say “DO-NOT-ASK-MY-NAME!” lol
Then I did not see her before Stuttgart. She was coaching Nicole Pratt in qualies frist round vs Tsveti Pironkova. So funny to watch then at the end of the set, chatting more than really talking business!
Then the day after, she went practising with Kveta. Poor Yung Jan Chan was alone, Greta Arn having obviously forgotten to come. So Rennae and Kveta proposed to the youth to play with them. That was fun to watch.
I waited for them at the end of the practice and asked for autographs. They were cool.
Next time I saw them was in Zurich. Rennae was spending much of her time with her friend Lisa Raymond. They both went to the other’s matches, and cheered very loud. They won all of their matches there. And Rennae met her friend in the final, and beat her.
Then Madrid. Rennae and Kveta were the worst draw ever possible for my favs. As Rennae played for several years with Cara, she probably knows her better than anyone. Much can be said about Rennae, but she is very good at the net, and a very smart player, who knows what she has to do to beat each opponent. She may not be as quick as she used to, but she compensates with experience. On the other hand, she may be too touchy, too nervous, and that’s her nerves that may have her lose some important points. And she puts such a pressure on her partner that it is hard to withstand if you’re not very strong. Kveta is a very good baseliner, but improved so much at the net over the years that this match was to be a servers-volleyers match. How good!!! I was not disappointed, despite a lot of unforced error due to the tension I told about before. Rennae yelled at some point in the match, calling for a challenge too late. Allison Lang, the umpire, let her talk for like 5 minutes, and then she got back to the business, very angry at everyone, even Kveta. Cara and Liezel won in super Tie Break. I was so happy for Cara. She beat the other best volleyer of the World. Last thing I saw of Rennae: she had a very sweet handshake with the girls (there is irony here!) and left, obviously pissed off!

stefi62
Nov 27th, 2007, 12:39 PM
Thanks for this thread stefi62 :yeah:

Do you have anything to tell us about Agnes Szavay?

Sorry nothing about Agnes, I only saw her play in Paris Indoors and don't really remember the matches. Hopefully next year!

irinska
Nov 27th, 2007, 12:56 PM
Many thanks for the reports, Stefi!
Especially for Pironkova!
Have you met Hingis during the tournaments?

.:sk:.
Nov 27th, 2007, 01:47 PM
Tatiana Golovin

First time I saw Tati play was in Paris Indoors 2004. She had just had a good run in the Australian Open, at only 16. I saw her play and beat Elena Dementieva in the quarters. She impressed me. She lost next round to Mary, with a bagel, but well, I knew she’d be a girl to follow.
In RG 2004, she decided to play mixed with Richard Gasquet. They were the team to see that year, so I went to see one of their matches on small court. They were playing quite good actually. (they eventually won the tournament, beating the Blacks in the final).
Then I’ve seen Tati a few times after, in Fed Cup, in 2004 and 2005. But next time I could get close to her was in Paris Indoors again in 2006. I saw her beat Petrova in a three set match, really tied. As she left, I asked her for an autograph, which she nicely accepted to sign. She was to play Mauresmo next day so I wished her good luck.
Tati hurt herself in Miami that year, in an epic match vs Sharapova. So in Nancy for Fed Cup vs Italy, she could not play and RG, she was not even sure to play either. We met her the first Sunday in the alleys, and asked her how she was. She seemed relax, but her ankle was still sore. She lost in the first round I think. I remember she made me laugh that year, cos she said frankly in the papers she would not play in either mixed or women doubles cos nobody wanted to play with her. I found it sweet and so honest! To me, at this point, she was Mary’s heiress. In France, at this time, she was said aloof, but she did not appear like that to me. I liked her. Same things were said on Mary and were so wrong! So I wanted to give the girl a chance.
In Cagnes for Fed Cup against Czech republic, she had a great week end, despite losing in first day to Vaidisova. We could talk and congratulate her. She was really proud of herself that day. And had reasons to.
A couple of pics from that week end:
http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/1003/copiedecopiedecopiededsej7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/2738/p1010415wn3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)



Tati had a great run that year in Stuttgart, losing only in the final to mighty Petrova. So when I saw her in Zurich that year, I congratulated her on her run. I told her I had really liked her match vs Krajicek, that was so solid! She thanked me and with a cute smile added “yeah I know, that was good!”. We took pics and talked a bit. As I was there only for qualies, I did not see her play.
In Paris GDF 2007, Tati agreed to take a pic with a few friends and myself, to show Mary our support after her knee problem in Linz. Tati was sweet, and added “Oh yeah, we miss her, tell her!” which seemed sincere. I remember a French girl went to her and asked her for a picture in English! Tati looked at her and answered in French: “But you do know I’m French, right?” So funny! I saw her play against Justine, and thought she was playing good. But she lost.
Then next time I saw her was in Fed Cup round 2 vs Italy. I am French, and with 5 friends, we are the heart of the Italian cheering team. Not sure French players really appreciated it. So from this point, it got more tensed with French girls. And as they lost in weird conditions, It did not help…. Frankly, I sided for the Italian but the crowd was really obnoxious towards the French, which made me feel bad. We had great moments with French supporters though, especially water guns battles!
So in Luxembourg, I attended Tati’s training, but from far. I saw her play in doubles with Dechy, quite a nice match actually. Her mother and sister and nephew were there. Same in Zurich, the day after she beat Bartoli, I saw them all there.

Great report :worship: :hearts:

Could you please post some more pics of Tati ? :wavey:

Petkorazzi
Nov 27th, 2007, 02:02 PM
:wavey: stefi :D

Any chance you watched Margalita Chakhnashvili in Paris Indoors or somewhere else? :D

stefi62
Nov 27th, 2007, 04:24 PM
:wavey: stefi :D

Any chance you watched Margalita Chakhnashvili in Paris Indoors or somewhere else? :D

Hey,

I saw her play only twice, in Paris Indoors. She played first round of qualies vs young French girl Laura Thorpe. She did not win that easily if I recall well, but in two sets. Then she lost to Kaia. That was the match that I attended with only the two coaches! I remember both girls were hitting a lot, but Kaia was the better player that day.

That's all about her, sorry!

stefi62
Nov 27th, 2007, 04:57 PM
Great report :worship: :hearts:

Could you please post some more pics of Tati ? :wavey:

Well, here is a vid from a practice in Luxembourg:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6iTEXcFXIc

.:sk:.
Nov 27th, 2007, 04:58 PM
Well, here is a vid from a practice in Luxembourg:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6iTEXcFXIc

Thanka a lot :worship:

stefi62
Nov 27th, 2007, 05:29 PM
Many thanks for the reports, Stefi!
Especially for Pironkova!
Have you met Hingis during the tournaments?

42) Hingis
So I met her a few times. First time in RG2006. Her great come back in RG after her retirement. People in RG were really excited. Each court she practised on was surrounded by a huge crowd. I tried to get an autograph, but I had to fight with the crowd! No seriously, I managed to get one, she was all smile, visibly happy to be back there. i did not see her play.
In Zurich 2006, we were sitting at a table in a tennis club where the players trained. Martina was at the bar with Radek. They were cute together. When she left, I asked her for an autograph. She agreed and even spoke French to me. We even made a group picture later with my friends (but we made a mistake, we asked someone that had stay the whole day at the club drinking to take the pic, so well, it got out fuzzy!). Once again we left before seing her play.
Martina also qualified for the Masters. i could attend all her round robin matches. First time I could attend one of her matches, so i was happy. She really is smart, but well, lacks power.
In RG2007, she was not playing, but she attended all Radek matches. On the last Friday, she was attending the doubles match of Radek and Mahesh (I think).
That's all i can say about Martina.

stefi62
Nov 27th, 2007, 05:32 PM
Marion Bartoli in match on court 1 in Luxembourg:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGag5Jk0ADo

justine schnyder
Nov 27th, 2007, 05:42 PM
Stefi :worship: For all the reports!

irinska
Nov 27th, 2007, 05:58 PM
Thanks alot for, Martina's report Stefi. It's food to see that she's still learning more languages, French, Russian.

stefi62
Nov 27th, 2007, 05:58 PM
The French Fed Cup Team in Italy for second round: photo session

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyzXgaFrY9k

Louis Cyphre
Nov 27th, 2007, 06:11 PM
Stefi great reports :worship: thanx very much :)

dreylau
Nov 27th, 2007, 09:49 PM
Tsvetana Pironkova

So I had never heard about this young Bulgarian player before Paris Indoors 2007. A friend of mine had seen her the year before there, and told me she played good. We also knew a former Bulgarian player who was a friend of hers and who had told her to say hello.
Tsvetana was to play the qualies. Her match was scheduled last match of court 1, the first day. But Tsvetana was in he stadium from early in the morning, and attended all matches on centre court, a grey hat on the head! She was either watching the match, or playing with her hands, or taking pics with her phone, or listening to her Ipod, or talking to her handsome brother... Well, we were at the courts all day, and so was she! She was so funny to watch! At some point, she was in the tribunes at the second floor. My friend and I went to see her, and ask her if she was okay, if waiting was not too long. She said that was okay, that she was playing last match on court 1. We said hello from her friend. She smiled and was nice.
Then the moment of her match arrived, and we were there, watching her. She won and the match finished quite late (around 9pm or 10, I don't remember exactly). She beat Aga Radwanska in one of their 100 matches of the year lol, and lost in first round of main draw to Lucie Safarova in a very tied three setter (with a tie break as second set).
Then I saw Tsvetana briefly in RG, but also in Luxembourg. I attended several matches and training. Tsvetana travels with her brother Encho. She is a strong hitter, with a very good forehand shot. She is quite shy. But the few times I went to talk to her, she was nice and smiled. Now she says hello when she sees my friends and I. She lost in second round of qualies to Greta Arn in a three set match, in which she had match points!
In Stuttgart, she lost in second round of qualies against Gagliardi, after beating Nicole Pratt in first round (for that match, funny thing is Nicole's coach at the breaks was Stubbsy!). I also attended a practice session, with Stubbsy giving advice to Tsvetana on her forehand.
I saw one last time Tsveti this year. In Poitiers ITF. I was not there to see her play though. Tsvetana is always attending the other players matches, not always watching carefully, but she is always there. In Poitiers she was reading a book. She probably finished it by the day she left, cos she was never without it!
But the best moment of the year with Tsveti was with no doubt that RG first round against Serena. Tsveti played great tennis in first set, but Serena could come back after the rain and won 1 and 1 in second and third set.
I wish her the best for next year, she is very talented, for me.

thank you very much stefi. I wish her the best for next year too.

drake3781
Nov 28th, 2007, 05:52 AM
A list of those you requested and I'll write about soon (no particular order)Updated:

Golovin
Kirilenko
Cirstea
Safina
Peng
Dementieva
Shaughnessy
Chan/Chuang
Krajicek
Kuznetsova
Daniilidou
Pironkova
The Fed Cup match between China and Italy


Waiting patiently for your impressions of Peng, (and any other Chinese whom you may have something to note). :angel:

stefi62
Nov 28th, 2007, 09:33 AM
43) Svetlana Kuznetsova

First time I met Svetlana was in Zurich 2006. I saw her practicing a bit, and then asked for an autograph. She seemed nice. I had a nice pic too.
She was in Madrid too. She lost a lot.
Then I could see her play in Paris Indoors this year. She was playing doubles with Petrova! What a team! All they did was laughing together! They beat Garbin/Krajicek in first round, then Dechy/Loit. In that match, Nadia got hit very strong by Nathalie Dechy. But after two minutes, she started to laugh again. Loit and Dechy obviously did not like that attitude and were very serious. But Petrova/Kuzy team won. I have a few vids, someone put it on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhNG4Dn7pN4 (sorry for the quality, I'll try to improve it when I have time)
Kuzy played also in singles. She was scheduled last match on Tuesday I think. They started around 9.30pm. And finished very very late. That was against Srebo. A very good match. Three sets. Not many people stayed at the end, but we would have not missed it. Kuzy won, after saving match points if I recall well. The next day, she was very tired when we saw her. I can understand. She gave up doubles, as she was obviously exhausted and Petrova was still qualified for singles. I found Kuzy a little over weighted in Paris. She did not move well. She got better through the year.
Then I saw her in Rome. She was so funny off court, with her dead head hat! I heard a coach that told her he liked her hat! She smiled. I know other players like her, she is really fun. She beat Mara in third round, and made the final. Mara said on TV she was 100% with her in this final, cos she liked her.
In Fed Cup final in Moscow, Svetlana was the Queen. Off court, her good mood was really nice to watch. She is friend with Schiavone, and they laughed a lot. I have a few vids of Kuzy that week end, I'll post them on youtube soon.
Kuznetsova won the Fed Cup for her country, as Dementieva had done in Paris in 2005. She was THE player, she could have panicked when she got matchpoints against her, but stood and kept on fighting. Well done lady!
At the end of the match, all Russian players left, and went before us, Italian supporters. We stood to applauded them all. Kuznetsova looked at us and waved a little “thank you!” and bent towards us. Classy!

stefi62
Nov 28th, 2007, 09:35 AM
44) Vladimira Uhlirova

First time I saw the girl was in Paris Indoors. She was playing with Gabriela Navratilova. They won first round and then got two walk overs to make it to the final. There, they had to face Black and Huber. As expected, Vladka and Gabriela could not handle Cara and Liezel’s game, and lost in straight sets, with a bagel I think. I got somehow interested in that small and quick player. I saw something in her, and decided to keep following her in the next tournaments I’d attend. For the acceptance speech, she started talking in French, which was very much appreciated by the audience. That was a nice effort from her.
Next was Rome. Vladka played in doubles with Yuliana “Davai Davai” Fedak. She lost in first round versus Knapp and Oprandi. Not a good match. Nothing interesting to say. Except that Vladka pratices all the time, with every player. She is a good sparring and very avalaible.
In Luxembourg, she played with Misa Krajicek. First day of qualies, with my friends, we were driving in the city, and suddenly, we see Vladka running in the streets. It was early in the morning and the weather was cold, and there she was running alone. Then I could attend their first match, and she really impressed me. It was one evening on court 1, vs Beygelzimer and Fedak. Vladka was very nervous and moved all the time, as this vid shows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi31mNxs3pw
After each point, she was yelling, running, applauding…. Amazing show! I was also impressed by her presence at the net. In between, she had teamed up with Agnes Szavay and had had a few victories. I found her stronger and sharper at the net. Like a Cara Black look alike (well, not that sharp, but there is something there). And what about her attitude! So positive for her partner, always trying to make her laugh and to motivate her. They won first round in Super Tie Break. I could not attend the next matches, but really regrets it cos that team is one of my favs now!
Unfortunately, they had to play against Cara and Liezel in first round of Zurich. They made a good match, but Misa in doubles has the tendancy to be negative, and no effort from Vladka could make her play better.
I wish to see Vladka and Agnes play together again next year, which must be fun to watch.

stefi62
Nov 28th, 2007, 02:31 PM
45) Elena Dementieva

I saw her play for the first time in Paris GDF 2004 against Tati. Well, not her best match ever, she lost 4 and 4 I think in the quarters. She served so poorly I was amazed.
In RG2004, I think I saw her beat Lindsay. I did not know her that well as a player at that time, and only remembered she had a poor serve. So that victory against Lindsay was a surprise for me. After, she beat Mauresmo and went to the final.
Then in Fed Cup final in 2005 in Roland Garros. She had been the great player of the week end. She was so smart on court, that really, despite I was sad for Mary, I have to acknowledge she deserved it!
In RG 2006, she was practising with Tati, I may have a few pics, I'll update later.
In Madrid 2006, she was not at her best. I figure she had produced many efforts to qualify, and once again she lost her three round robin matches (her record in Masters is sadly 3-14).
Then I saw her this year in Rome 2007. I saw her practising a few times, with her mom. Elena seems to like playing football with tennis balls, to do a lot of exercises on court but with no racquet. I also attended practice sessions with other Russian players. She seems to be nice. But I never talked to her.

Willam
Nov 28th, 2007, 02:40 PM
Elena Dementieva

I saw her play for the first time in Paris GDF 2004 against Tati. Well, not her best match ever, she lost 4 and 4 I think in the quarters. She served so poorly I was amazed.
In RG2004, I think I saw her beat Lindsay. I did not know her that well as a player at that time, and only remembered she had a poor serve. So that victory against Lindsay was a surprise for me. After, she beat Mauresmo and went to the final.
Then in Fed Cup final in 2005 in Roland Garros. She had been the great player of the week end. She was so smart on court, that really, despite I was sad for Mary, I have to acknowledge she deserved it!
In RG 2006, she was practising with Tati, I may have a few pics, I'll update later.
In Madrid 2006, she was not at her best. I figure she had produced many efforts to qualify, and once again she lost her three round robin matches (her record in Masters is sadly 3-14).
Then I saw her this year in Rome 2007. I saw her practising a few times, with her mom. Elena seems to like playing football with tennis balls, to do a lot of exercises on court but with no racquet. I also attended practice sessions with other Russian players. She seems to be nice. But I never talked to her.

Shes extremley nice, this year at the Us Open 2007, i cheered for her the whole match and when i asked her for an autrograph, she saw me, got a ball of the ones she used, and signed for me, and i have a pic with her also!! but my stupid cousin :tape: zoomed the camera so its only half of my face

stefi62
Nov 28th, 2007, 02:58 PM
46) Roberta Vinci

Robertina, I like her a lot. I first met her in Nancy in 2006 for Fed Cup second round vs France. She played the doubles with Mara. And then they left. Mara and Roby were in an official car, and they stopped next to my car at a traffic light. So my friends and I looked at them, applauded them and they started to thank us and laugh. That was so funny.

Then in Belgium for Fed Cup Final. Roby has been a great supporter for the whole week end. She and her boyfriend Francesco were yelling and singing for her teammates. It was tied 2-2 when Roby and Franci entered the court for doubles. Roby is very good at doubles, I learned later that in Fed Cup, she had never been defeated in doubles in 9 matches (now 11). Franci and Roby seem to understand each other out there. You can think they are so different it would not work, but on the contrary. Roby is a funny girl, always smiling, and well, you know Franci? So on court they really enjoy theirselves! They won (well, Justine retired, but the team was so good, I like to think they would have won anyway!). One of the best supporters of the Italian team is Angelo, Roby’s father! He is always there, with his Italian flag. He was so happy that day!

Then Roby participated to the Torino exhibition I attended in December. Once again she played doubles with Franci, but was not as good as at the final. Franci was all the time joking, asking someone from the audience to come and take Roby’s racquet and play with her. Poor Roby! She replied by calling Franci “Bruta!”.

Roby was in the team for Fed Cup round 1 in 2007 vs China. She once again was very nice with us. She played doubles with Mara and won it again! That’s 10 victories now!

In Rome, I met her a few times, talked to her and her parents, and also attended that incredible match with Tax versus Sugi and Srebo I’ve already talked about!

In RG, I only met her once, under the rain, in the main alley from the centre court to the Lenglen. She and Francesco were running to the lockers so I could only say a little hello. They stopped to second to say hello back, but had to go.

Fed Cup round 2 in Italy. Roby was taped at the knee when we met her before training on Friday morning. We were scared about it, and so was she and was Dottore Parra, the Italian team “laser” doctor. But in the end she could play. Roby was once again playing at home in Puglia. She played the doubles anyway, after a tie 2-2. She and Franci (the queen of the week end with already two wins so far) were playing opposite Brémond and Dechy. It took them three sets to win it, but in the end they made their second final in a row.
That week end, there were special supporters for Roby: she seems to support a charity based in Puglia, so there was a big sign in the public for her!

Fed Cup final in Moscow. Roby was more injured that time. But anyway, as her team lost in the four previous matches, she did not have to play. I could talk to her a bit after, and she told me she would not play the fall events in Europe because she need to have surgery performed the week after on her knee. I read since that everything had been fine and she was resting to come back in Australia.

stefi62
Nov 28th, 2007, 03:03 PM
Waiting patiently for your impressions of Peng, (and any other Chinese whom you may have something to note). :angel:

That'll be as a report from Italy vs China in Fed Cup. I am trying to upload a few vids, so it may take a little time. But I will, I promise!

frenchie
Nov 28th, 2007, 05:51 PM
Do you have something about Anastasia Myskina?

stefi62
Nov 28th, 2007, 09:02 PM
Do you have something about Anastasia Myskina?

I only saw her at fed cup final in 2005, losing to both Mary and Amélie.
In Zurich 2006, nobody was sure she'd be there. I saw her practising, but I had the feeling she was not feeling good, she seemed so sad!
Then in Moscow for fed cup final in 2007, she was there for the Russian TV. I was surprised to see her there. But did not have the opportunity to talk to her.
Sorry

stefi62
Nov 29th, 2007, 07:58 AM
47) Romina Oprandi

Probably one of the craziest girls I’ve met in my entire life! I first heard about her for her great run in Rome 2006. And heard stories about Fed Cup 2006 semis in Spain (water battles, …). But the first time I actually met her was in Rome 2007. She has a strange game, really! And in Rome she had dyed her hair in platinum blonde. She was playing doubles with Karin Knapp. They’re both Italian but speak german. They did not play bad vs Black and Huber; even went to a Super Tie Break, but my favs won it.
Next time I saw Romina was in Zurich 2007. First time I saw her, she was having lunch with Liezel. Then later, a friend of mine introduced her to me. She barely knew us and she really was very funny. We started making pictures, laughing about stupid things,…. Really unbelievable how this girl is natural to people.
I wish to see her again on tournaments, cos with her, you never get bored!

stefi62
Nov 29th, 2007, 08:04 AM
48) Jelena Kostanic Stosic

I met her only last week at Poitiers first and then at league matches in France. I had only seen her play on TV against Mary in RG2005. I only remember a lefty plazying quite good, but not powerful. Well, that week, I could check it live. But she has a beautiful sliced shot that impressed me. In Poitiers, I only saw her practice, and then play in doubles with Muller. In league matches, she played opposite Debbrich Feys, and used that sliced shot perfectly. A pure beauty. And outside the court, she seems like a nice girl, even though our only talk was about what was the score in the match before hers... Not quite a talk actually!
Then she played doubles again with Martina Muller. They were leading and won first set against Timea and Liga. But my favs woke up in the second and the match ended on a Tie Break. Martina and Jelena could not do much, and lost.
Funny detail: during teams presentation, the coach of the teams told the names of the players. He said "Jelena Kostanic" and she looked at him with a huge smile and added "Stosic, don't forget Stosic!" Here is the vid of that moment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrM1QBIdjK0
A nice girl I 'll have fun watch again!

stefi62
Nov 29th, 2007, 08:08 AM
49) Sybille Bammer

I met her at league matches last year, she was a member of my fav team Denain. She played on match, and then the final. I barely knew her before, and discovered her smart game. Then I remember that after the match, we all sat and she drank a beer. Funny, but hey, she's from Austria! I told her I liked her game, and also that I had seen her daughter on TV and that she was cute. She thanked me and that was it.
Then I saw her again in Rome 2007, but did not see her on court or talked to her. I only met her two or three times in the alley with her boyfriend (quite handsome if you ask me!).
There is the anecdote about RG that I told earlier in the stories about Julia Schruff, with little Tina.
That's all I have about Sybille, but I'm happy for her good year and wishes her the best for next year.

LegionArgentina
Nov 29th, 2007, 01:47 PM
Very interesting stefi :hug:
Do you think that Stubbs has the best volley?
Any report of Paola Suarez/Ma.Salerni/Gise Dulko or any latin :p
Thanks

stefi62
Nov 29th, 2007, 01:49 PM
50) Mary Pierce

Well, Mary is my all time favourite player. I was a teenager, playing tennis and loving it. When I saw Mary on TV, I don’t know why, that was like something obvious, I started to like her. Of course, I did not totally understand all of her behaviours and attitudes, but she was there, she was French (YES SHE WAS and STILL IS!!!) and she was winning despite everything. Frankly, from before my TV and from what was said in the media, I thought she was pretentious, never available to her fans, aloof, …. But it did not matter, she was unbelievable on court and that was enough for me. (how wrong I was then!!!)

I went to see her play three times in 2004: Paris GDF, where she beat Bovina, Amiens for Fed Cup where she in the end did not play, and Roland Garros. I saw her beat Claudine Schaul on centre court, I think (not so sure). But never got the opportunity to talk to her.

Then in 2005, in RG, she once again pleased me with her unbelievable run. I went to see the French team play in the South just to see her. Unfortunately, she did not play the singles match vs Spain, cos we were already qualified. So imagine how disappointed I was! Then for the doubles, they announced the teams, and my smile came back! Mary and Amélie were to play together! They started the match, and were lead like 1-3. And suddenly, the rain… Well I say the rain, but that was more a storm! The match was outdoors, and they had to protect the crowd by letting us go in the media area, if not we would have ended up drown! The match was cancelled! I was so pissed off!

For Fed Cup final, in RG, Mary was still tired from her huge US Open, but could fight against Dementieva; She lost though. Against Myskina, the second day, I lived one of the best moments of my life as a spectator. Mary was one set down, 2-4. And she came back. She looked at the crowd, and could wake up and played her game! She missed nothing from that moment on. Touched by grace!
The doubles was to be played, as it was a tie 2-2. Mary and Amélie vs Elena and Dinara. Unbelievable choice by Goven, Mary was playing on the backhand side, and Amélie on the forehand side???? What was this? Mary played great tennis, but Amélie, in my opinion, was not as good as her partner. They lost and France did not win Fed Cup. I was sad for Mary, she really deserved it.

Next time I saw Mary was in Paris GDF. Against Loit in the quarters. At some point, Mary fell on the ground. Everyone got scared, and Mary got up, as if nothing had happened, and laughed! She was so sweet!
In Fed Cup in Nancy, she was not to play. She had hurt herself in Paris GDF and had not played since then. But she was a consultant for French TV. I could see her and talk to her a few times. She was so available for people, so nice. I was surprised, because that’s not the image French TV gave of her for several years! But that’s the way she really is!

I went to see her practicing in Paris a few times from june to september, cos it’s not far from my place, and I had asked her if I could, and she said no problem. So we went there with friends, and lived a great moment. David her brother was there as well. He too is a very good person.

In October 2006, I went to see her in Zurich. She recognized us and sat at a table with us to chat. We talked for about an hour. We attended a few practice sessions as well. And talked to her then coach Craig.

Then in October happened that f…. accident in Linz. With my friends, we decided to collect all the messages people would want to send her, and we put it in a book. We managed to send it to her through friends. She got it and said she was pleased with it, it motivated her.
So we decided to show her our support some other way, by going on tournaments and either taking pictures with other champions with a sign “Mary we miss u” or to have it shown on TV. It was shown in Madrid for the Masters and Paris GDF. For the pics with players, we got Amélie Mauresmo, Tatiana Golovin, Seve Brémond, Steph Cohen Aloro, Alizé Cornet, Arantxa Sanchez, Cara Black, Julia Vakulenko, and others. They all agreed and told us to say hello to Mary.

Here are a few pics to illustrate the Mary Pierce operation:

Up in the tribunes in Paris Indoors:
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/1092/dsc0325vv0mv3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Then down next to the entrance:
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/4007/dsc0328uk5ay0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Then outside with players:
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/6418/img0870dn1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/7590/img0876xk0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Then at other tournaments with other players:
Alizé Cornet:
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/2060/p1030954np8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Stéphanie Cohen aloro:
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/4858/p1030957uy4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Then Mary was in RG2007. That was a great moment for me when I saw her! She wanted to share that moment with all her fans, so here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzFjOvk2ft0
I could talk to her then, several times. She was also there for the doubles finals and congratulated Alicia. She missed Mara.

Then a few weeks after, as I was walking in the alleys of Wimbledon, I saw Mary in front of me. She stopped and said hello, but had to go on French TV to comment Bartoli’s match. That is the last time I saw her.

Since then, I could have news through friends of hers. She is now okay. She is practicing in London with her brother David, and hopes to be back soon.

MARY, I MISS YOU! :kiss:

stefi62
Nov 29th, 2007, 01:52 PM
Very interesting stefi :hug:
Do you think that Stubbs has the best volley?
Any report of Paola Suarez/Ma.Salerni/Gise Dulko or any latin :p
Thanks

About Stubbs: I think she is very quick at the net, and has good hands, and her best assets is probably that she knows where to stand, but to me the best volley is Cara Black's. Cara is so fast, and so sharp, and so fit! That is unbelievable. But Stubbs' is the second best for me.

About Pao, I only saw her once, and off court in RG2006. She made pics for my friends and was nice.
I have never seen Salerni play, sorry.
Gise Dulko, I talked about her a little before, I did not see her play much, only a doubles with Fla in Rome.

LegionArgentina
Nov 29th, 2007, 01:55 PM
Yes i think that Cara has a great volley but Stubbs seems stronger at net for me.Any memorable doubles match that you wanna write us?

Natalicious
Nov 29th, 2007, 01:58 PM
what about lisa raymond? her volleys are unbelievable :worship:

stefi62
Nov 29th, 2007, 02:25 PM
what about lisa raymond? her volleys are unbelievable :worship:

I don't know, I'd put Cara first, Stubbs second, and then I don't know. I haven't seen Raymond played much lately, and frankly in Zurich she did not impress me much.

You could create a poll about this... That'd be fun!

About Cara at the net, an interesting vid of practice:

In Zurich2007:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyxA20Jzkco

Another one from Rome soon!

stefi62
Nov 30th, 2007, 12:45 PM
51) Aravane Rezai

I had heard about Aravane in the French media, but actually first had the opportunity to see her play in RG2006, in the qualies. That was second round, and she was much above her opponent (Klaschka). But she did not impress me that much. I was glad to hear her victory against Szavay in next run, and all her run until Vaidisova, that was good for her. In the alleys, Aravane was always smiling, which was really nice to watch.
Then a friend introduced me to her in Poitiers 2006. She was about to play the final, and was very relaxed. We talked and laughed; she was at the same time taking pics with kids… and was enjoying it. Then she played, and won, concluding a perfect tie break (7-0) against Lisjak. Aravane was so happy, and all the audience as well, cos she’d been the whole week there, and felt well. I could talk to her again after, and to her parents. They were nice to us, thanking us hundred of times for coming from Paris especially for Aravane.
Next time I saw her was Paris GDF. She barely sees me outside, and remembers and comes to talk as if we were old friends. That was fun. We talked about her outfits, how fit she was, her draw…. We cheered for her very loud for that first round against Vaidisova. But Aravane’s game was not enough and did not have enough “plan B” to beat Nicole. She also played doubles with Razzano, but unfortunately, their first round was against Black and Huber. They fought well, but lost in straights.
Then I saw Aravane in Rome. She was in the Players and then she saw us and came to say hello. So did her father. Once, we watched a Bruguera match together, as the senior’s tour was there as well. She knows a lot about tennis, I was amazed. She played her first round match just one hour after, and despite a very good start, she could not beat Hantuchova. I think she had back problems in that match, and she had just changed her serve movement, so did not feel comfortable. She had already known a few problems in her round before against Errani (though she won it in straight sets).
In RG, Aravane came to say hello to us under the rain, hidden under a coat, the first Sunday when nobody could play. She was sweet!
In Luxembourg, the whole family welcomed us. Aravane lost to Julia Goerges, a girl I did not know but discovered. She has a great serve, and hits strong too, which gave problems to Aravane.
In Stuttgart, Aravane was by herself, cos her father has just broken his foot. She watched Julia Vakulenko’s match. She played after, against Bychkova the fairest player ever! Aravane could not stay calm, and lost in three close sets. Bychkova was raising the hand each time Aravane was ready to serve. When Aravane complained to the umpire, he said there was not much he could do. Then Aravane got back to serve, and Bychkova raised her hand again, with a huge smile. Unbelievable.
In Poitiers, she told us about her victory in Deauville, in the drama situation you know, with that bomb alert! Amazing! In Poitiers, she lost in first round of both doubles and singles.
I like that girl, and her parents too. She is nice and always smiling off court. She recognizes you from tournaments, and enjoys talking with you. Good luck for 2008 Aravane!

stefi62
Nov 30th, 2007, 12:49 PM
52) Ekaterina Bychkova

Well, she plays good, but honestly I don't really like her attitude on court. I already told what happened with Aravane in Stuttgart. Also last week, in Poitiers, that was really annoying hearing her yelling on each point! Outside of the court, she is always with her mother. I never talked to her so I can't tell more than that.

stefi62
Nov 30th, 2007, 02:04 PM
Probably more for you after this week end, cos I go and watch French league matches tomorrow:
Mulhouse (Daniilidou, Petkovic, Malek, Savransky, Oprandi, Nooni, Heitz, Krauth, Woehr and Zubori)
vs
Denain (Bammer, Schiavone, Vakulenko, Bacsinszky, Kremer, Koryttseva, Maes, Wickmayer, Schaul, Feys, Dekmeijere, Medjadi and Grela)

Hopefully I'll attend good matches!

-sugi-
Nov 30th, 2007, 02:09 PM
Please tell us about Chan and Chuang :D

Petkorazzi
Nov 30th, 2007, 02:13 PM
Aravane :worship::hearts:

LegionArgentina
Nov 30th, 2007, 02:29 PM
Probably more for you after this week end, cos I go and watch French league matches tomorrow:
Mulhouse (Daniilidou, Petkovic, Malek, Savransky, Oprandi, Nooni, Heitz, Krauth, Woehr and Zubori)
vs
Denain (Bammer, Schiavone, Vakulenko, Bacsinszky, Kremer, Koryttseva, Maes, Wickmayer, Schaul, Feys, Dekmeijere, Medjadi and Grela)

Hopefully I'll attend good matches

:bolt:
You will be able to see Nooni/Krauth playing! Please if you can see some match of that team, let me know!
Erica has been injuried all the year and she is travelling with her friend Nooni, so any info will be great to hear!

RND
Nov 30th, 2007, 02:35 PM
Please tell us about Chan and Chuang :D
I'd like to know too. :kiss: I especially want to hear something about a as a SINGLES player?Is there something in her do you think that will bring her farther?Or is there something she should work on for improving the ranking,from what you see? :)

Thank you again for this.Greatly entertaining to read. :yeah:

stefi62
Nov 30th, 2007, 02:41 PM
I'd like to know too. :kiss: I especially want to hear something about a as a SINGLES player?Is there something in her do you think that will bring her farther?Or is there something she should work on for improving the ranking,from what you see? :)

Thank you again for this.Greatly entertaining to read. :yeah:

They're on my list, I do not forget you, I have things to say, from Paris RG, Luxembourg and Stuttgart, and Madrid. And thanks for your nice words about the thread, I truly appreciate! :wavey:

stefi62
Nov 30th, 2007, 03:15 PM
53) Chan and Chuang

First of all, I discovered these two young players from Taipei as you did, when they reached the final of Australian Open. On their way, they beat Tax and Roby in a very close match. A friend who was there told me the youths impressed her very much. And then they bagelled a team, and beat Yan and Zheng in straight sets!!!! So I was scared for my favs Black and Huber. But they could beat these talented girls in three interesting sets.
(highlights on youtube:
set1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR_M0oZtZcE ,
set2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M9jaCrgXDM&feature=related ,
set3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd0agN8IX3E&feature=related )

So I was really excited to see them play in Roland Garros. I could only attend two of their matches. First one, they beat quite easily Morgami and her partner. Well, not that easily actually, I thought Chuang was not moving very well, but in straights sets anyway. After the match, the girls signed lots of autographs and took pics with many kids, with a great pleasure!
Then they played on court 1 against Mara and Alicia. I was very interested in that match, because I like Mara, but also because I knew these two teams would offer us great tennis. First set was good, but Mara and Alicia put a lot of power, and were more aggressive, so they could break and win it 6-3. Second set was weird. Mara and Alicia started that set as they had finished the previous one, and lead like 4-1. Then there’s been a huge break because of Chuang’s back it seems. She was lying on a towel and being healed by the physio. I had not noticed in the game that she had back problems, so frankly I doubted it and thought that was more a break of pace towards the opponents. Mara and Alicia could not stay focused on the match, and probably were starting thinking about a semi final… When the game restarted, the girls Mara and Alicia lost second set 6-4. So last set. Mara and Alicia could regroup, and at the same time, Chan and Chuang played shorter, hence gave the opportunity to Mara and Alicia to enter the court and go to the net even more. They closed the set on 6-1 I think.
So I got out of this match happy for my favs, but also quite disappointed because I did not see from the Taiwan girls the level of game I expected. Maybe Chuang was really injured after all.

Next time I saw Chan, she was without Chuang. In Luxembourg. She was not in the singles draw, but in doubles, she had chosen to play with Meghan Shaughnessy. Little Chan was always either with her mother or her computer! I met her a few times in the alley, and she said hello every time. I saw her practice with Shaughnessy and infamous Font de Mora. Then in match, they beat Golovin and Dechy. I did not attend the whole match, but I thought Chan was very fit and such a wise doubles player. Meg was a little under her level to me. Then second round, they lost in super tie break to Dushevina/Perebyinis. I do not remember what happened in that match, sorry, it must have happened late one evening… sorry.

In Stuttgart, I already talked about the anecdote with Stubbs and Peschke. Like two hours before playing her quali second round, Yung Jan and her mother arrived on the glass practice court to hit balls with Greta Arn. But no Arn around. Peschke and Stubbs were still practising, so they invited Yung Jan to play with them. That was fun to watch, and obviously fun for the three players. When Arn arrived, Yung Jan kept playing with the doubles team. Greta Arn said she had changed her schedule and played the hour after. Chan then went to play her singles match. I could not attend it unfortunately, I think it was at the exact same time as Julia Vakulenko’s. But I was reading the score on TVs. She won first set on tie break, and then I don’t know, she totally fell apart it seems. But I cannot tell, I was not there.

In Madrid, they lost easily first round to Sugi/Srebo. They started very well, with a very good first game. I really hoped the match would be as good as that first serve game for them. But then I don't know, they could not get over the 5th game that they lost, and lost in straight sets. It's sad cos they deserved more than such a defeat, with the year they had had.

So that’s all I can say about Chan and Chuang. Sorry, that’s not much, but they are players I will try to follow more next year (If they come to Europe not only to play slams!).

stefi62
Nov 30th, 2007, 03:18 PM
:bolt:
You will be able to see Nooni/Krauth playing! Please if you can see some match of that team, let me know!
Erica has been injuried all the year and she is travelling with her friend Nooni, so any info will be great to hear!

I'll take my video camera, I'll do my best to tape it if there is a match with them. :wavey: And pics maybe.

-sugi-
Nov 30th, 2007, 03:38 PM
thankyou :hug:

stefi62
Dec 1st, 2007, 09:03 PM
Nooni was there and played, but not Krauth

lee station
Dec 1st, 2007, 09:13 PM
and bondarenko x2 ? :)

LegionArgentina
Dec 1st, 2007, 09:20 PM
Nooni was there and played, but not Krauth

Erica :sad:
Did you take your video camara with you :) ? Tell us of Hana Nooni if you can of course :wavey:

stefi62
Dec 2nd, 2007, 07:38 AM
The players who were there:
Mulhouse: Petkovic, Savransky, Nooni, Heitz, and Zubori
vs
Denain: Vakulenko, Kremer, Schaul, Feys, Dekmeijere and Grela

The matches I've seen:
Petkovic* vs Kremer
Schaul vs Savransky*
Grela vs Heitz*
Feys* vs Zubori
and doubles Feys/Kremer vs Petkovic/Heitz*
and Vakulenko/Dekmeijere* vs Savransky/Nooni

I taped mostly the team of Denain cos someone asked me, so not sure I have other players on my vids, sorry! And as I spent most of my time with Denain team, I cannot say anything about the other players either.
I'll see what I have and post it.

The matches I've seen the best are the doubles. Julia and Liga played so well, Julia even going to the net quite often and having fun doing it! Liga was also very efficient there.
Claudine Schaul got injured at one leg and could not play at her best.

petkoan
Dec 2nd, 2007, 08:31 AM
Few words about Martina H. please :-P. Thanks in advance.

savitri
Dec 2nd, 2007, 01:14 PM
stefi please anything about anna chakvetadze ??


thanks a lot

drake3781
Dec 4th, 2007, 12:27 AM
:continuestowaitpatiently:

wukenaihe
Dec 4th, 2007, 05:15 AM
Thx for ur reports! awesome!

waiting for the report of FED CUP Italy against China.

stefi62
Dec 4th, 2007, 08:26 AM
I have been away a little.

A few vids to make you wait a little, back tonight, promise!

Julia Vakulenko in GDF2007:
1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41RQGsqh_EI
2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OALqgpNKo70
3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQjMiYp5lrw

Julia Vakulenko in Stuttgart 2007 Qualies Round1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeN3zrX_WV4

Julia Vakulenko in match in Poitiers (vs Domachowska):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9nZt6OBHa0

stefi62
Dec 4th, 2007, 09:28 AM
54) Anne Kremer

I met Anne for the first time last year for the French league matches. She was with the team I side with, Denain. I saw her play a few matches, and was interested by how fit that girl is, at more than 30! She is really fit and muscular. Her legs are amazing.
Then I saw her play in Luxembourg this year. She was at home, and off court, she was smiling all the time, talking to all the people around. She was often practising with another Luxembourg girl, Claudine Schaul. Anne has a strange outfit for practice, that’s so funny. Her short was a bob the sponge short!!!! Can you believe it? But she wore it with class! Well done Anne!
Anne won her first round match against Misa Krajicek, then she played very well against Ana Ivanovic, only losing 5-7 / 4-6. The audience believed all along, but well, the match was very good, and Ana could overpass Anne in the end.
In doubles, Kremer-Schaul played really well. I think they went to second round, losing to Misa and Vladka in straight sets.
I saw Anne again last week. She had injured herself in a match of French league two weeks before, she had torn her ankle. She could play last Sunday, but could do nothing against Petkovic.
In doubles, with Debbrich Feys, they lost in a match tie break. And their team lost and goes down to second division.
I could talk to Anne a little, she is nice, simple. She was disappointed in losing of course. But I really appreciate her fighting spirit on court.

stefi62
Dec 4th, 2007, 09:28 AM
55) Misa Krajicek

I could see her first in Paris GDF, in doubles with Tax Garbin. Tax had just lost in singles to Dechy and was not in great shape. Misa was not very positive, as usual, and the opponents were quite tough (Petrova and Kuzy in first round, well, no luck with the draw!). So they lost. But the team was interesting. I think they played together again some other time this year.
Then I saw Misa in Rome. In singles she played qualies and lost to Tamira Paszek.Tensed match, quite good in three sets (I may have a vid of it, I’ll try to find it). But due to several withdrawals, she got the LL spot. Then she beat Poutchkova easily I think (I did not attend the match, sorry!). And then she played Serena on center court in night session one evening. I followed the match with a coach next to me. Misa played quite good the first set, and really was not that far from Serena. But suddenly she got frustrated about something, I do not remember what exactly. And she started to lose, and she started to cry. That was unbelievable, really, she had played good tennis till that moment, and she totally fell apart. The coach told me that she was dealing with teenagers problems at that moment, and that it was hard for her to handle it. After all she was only 18 and her life was a bit under the spotlights, so she was at a point she needed to express herself. She lost second set 6-1. Poor Misa, really, I felt for her.
In doubles, she played with Meilen Tu. After beating Mauresmo/Brémond in first round in a Match tie break, they lost in second round to the winners Dechy/Santangelo. Honestly, I must have attended that match (I attended all Mara matches in doubles), but I do not remember at all what happened. So no comment.
I did not see Misa in RG, or in Wimbledon. Actually, next time I saw her was in Luxembourg. For the doubles, I already talked about it in the Vladka Uhlirova post. A pleasure to watch!
For the singles, I remember a Misa who had problems with her shots, who seemed exhausted. And she is sometimes so negative on a tennis court, she reminds me of Flavia or Claudine Schaul sometimes, the head low, talking to herself, saying no with the head…. Her opponent that day was Anne Kremer, at home. And Anne produced a good tennis. Misa was just too under the level to deal with it, and lost in straight sets, in a tie break.
In the tribunes, there were two supporters of Misa. They were cheering so much for Misa, dressed in orange, with accessories to make noise, I really liked that! Unfortunately for them, Misa lost the match, but really, well done girls, that’s what I call cheering!
In Zurich, I saw Misa in doubles, with Vladka, against Cara and Liezel in first round. Not a good match, for both teams. Vladka was the best player that day IMO (sorry Cara and Liezel…).
Outside the court, I saw Misa a few times. She said hello to me once or twice, and seems to enjoy life. I saw her attend a men’s match, and being quite interested in one of the player on court!
So here it is for Misa. (Please Misa, stay with Vladka in doubles if possible ;) , even though a Vladka-Agnes interests me as well! )

Erika_Angel
Dec 4th, 2007, 09:44 AM
Great reports Stefi, love the Patty one :lol: Anything on Perebiynis other than the short doubles stuff you've mentioned in other reports? Thanks :)