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Xian
Feb 21st, 2008, 12:45 PM
10000$ Benin City II, Nigeria

OGBE Guiness International Championships

Surface: Hard

http://www.ogbehardcourtchampionship.com/ogbeheader.jpg

http://www.ikon.sk/Benin/images/city.jpg

Benin City, a city (2006 est. pop. 1,147,188) in Edo State (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edo_State%2C_Nigeria), southern Nigeria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria), is a port (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port) on the Benin River (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Benin_River&action=edit). It is situated 200 miles by road east of Lagos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagos). Benin is the center of Nigeria's rubber (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber) industry, but processing palm nuts (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Palm_nut&action=edit) for oil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_oil) is still an important traditional industry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry), as well as producing honey-glazed ham from unused beef parts
Founded around the 10th century (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10th_century), Benin served as the capital of the Kingdom of Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Benin), the empire of the Oba of Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oba_of_Benin), which flourished from the 14th through the 17th century (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17th_century). No trace remains of the structures admired by European travellers to "the Great Benin." After Benin was visited by the Portuguese in about 1485 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1485), historical Benin grew rich during the 16th (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th_century) and 17th (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17th_century) centuries on the slave trade with Europe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe), carried in Dutch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands) and Portuguese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal) ships, as well as through the export of some tropical products.[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin_City#_note-columbia_encyclopedia)
The Bight of Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bight_of_Benin)'s shore was part of the so-called "Slave Coast (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_Coast)", from where many West Africans were sold (usually by local rulers) to foreign slave traders. In the early 16th century the Oba sent an ambassador to Lisbon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon), and the King of Portugal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Portugal) sent Christian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian)missionaries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missionaries) to Benin. Some residents of Benin could still speak a pidgin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pidgin) Portuguese in the late 19th century.
The city and kingdom of Benin declined after 1700, with the decline in the European slave trade, but revived in the 19th century with the development of the trade in palm products with Europeans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe). To preserve Benin's independence, bit by bit the Oba banned the export of goods from Benin, until the trade was exclusively in palm oil.
On 1 February 1852 the whole Bight of Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bight_of_Benin) became a British protectorate, where a Consul (representative) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consul_%28representative%29) represented the protector, until on 6 August 1861 the Bights of Biafra and Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bights_of_Biafra_and_Benin&action=edit) became a united British protectorate, again under a ritish Consul.
In the "Punitive Expedition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punitive_Expedition)" of 1897, a 1200-strong British force, under the command of Admiral Sir Harry Rawson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Harry_Rawson), conquered and burned the city, destroying much of the country’s treasured art and dispersing nearly all that remained. The "Benin Bronzes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin_Bronzes)": portrait figures, busts, and groups created in iron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron), carved ivory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory), and especially in brass (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass) (conventionally called "bronze") made in Benin are displayed in museums (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum) around the world.
After the fall of Benin in 1897 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1897), the British (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom) set apart Warri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warri) Province, to punish the Oba of Benin and curb his imperial power. The Benin monarchy was restored in 1914 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1914), but true power lay with the colonial administration of Nigeria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria).
In September 1967, it was the capital of the short-lived secessionist Republic of Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Benin) (not be confused with Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin)

Previous Winners:
2003: Sania MIRZA IND d. Franziska ETZEL GER 63 63
2003: Sania MIRZA IND d. Anca ANASTASIU RSA 61 75
2004: Chanelle SCHEEPERS RSA d. Megha VAKHARIA IND 61 63
2004: Chanelle SCHEEPERS RSA d. Susanne AIGNER AUT 61 46 64
2005: Rebecca DANDENIYA GBR d. Diana VRANCEANU GER 46 64 76
2005: Diana VRANCEANU GER d. Carolina MALHEIROS BRA 61 62
2006: Nungnadda WANNASUK THA d, Nathalia ROSSI BRA 62 61
2006: Nathalia ROSSI BRA d. Davinia LOBBINGER BEL 62 36 63
2007: Ana-Clara DUARTE BRA d. Nathalia ROSSI BRA 64 67 75
2007: Debbrich FEYS BEL d. Ana-Clara DUARTE BRA 67 64 64

2008 Draws


Quali
Ronke AKINGBADE NGR vs bye
Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO MAD vs bye
Natalie HANDLER ISR vs bye
Amandine CAZEAUX FRA vs bye
Melissa SILVA BRA vs bye
Trivena Monika PUTRI INA vs bye
Gabriela VIEIRA BRA vs bye
Sofia MITROKHIN ISR vs bye
Melody SNELEN USA vs bye
Ksenia MOSKAL RUS vs Akshita BASAVARAJU IND 75 63
Anna PIVEN UKR vs bye
Blessing ANUNA NGR vs bye
Sabath IBRAHIM NGR vs bye
Ksenia LOPINA UKR vs Ngoji Theresa OKWUDIKE NGR 60 60
Khristina KAZIMOVA UKR vs bye
Adeyinka Elisabeth THOMPSON NGR vs bye
2nd round
Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO MAD d. Ronke AKINGBADE NGR 60 61
Amandine CAZEAUX FRA d. Natalie HANDLER ISR 60 60
Melissa SILVA BRA d. Trivena Monika PUTRI INA 61 61
Gabriela VIEIRA BRA d. Sofia MITROKHIN ISR 60 60
Ksenia MOSKAL RUS d. Melody SNELEN USA 76 ret
Anna PIVEN UKR d. Blessing ANUNA NGR 62 61
Ksenia LOPINA UKR d. Sabath IBRAHIM NGR 61 61
Khristina KAZIMOVA UKR d. Adeyinka Elisabeth THOMPSON NGR 60 62

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SINGLES MAIN DRAW

(1) Olivia SCARFI GBR vs q Anna PIVEN UKR 57 67
q Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO MAD vs q Ksenia LOPINA UKR 64 64
LL Sofia MITROKHIN ISR vs q Melissa SILVA BRA 06 ret Mitrokhin
(6) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL vs q Ksenia MOSKAL RUS 60 61
(3) Nathalia ROSSI BRA vs Natalia CHENG BRA 63 64
wc Shivika BURMAN IND vs Giannina MINIERI CHI 75 61
wc Hannah EKE NGR vs q Khristina KAZIMOVA UKR 26 16
(7) Anne-Valerie EVAIN FRA vs Fabiana CHIAPARINI BRA 61 64
(5) Keren SHLOMO ISR vs Karolina NOWAK GER 46 06
SE Anastasia KHARCHENKO UKR vs q Amandine CAZEAUX FRA 26 61 62
Nevena SELAKOVIC SRB vs wc Alexandra RILEY USA 61 61
(4) Prerana-Mythri APPINENI IND vs Alison SHEMON AUS 36 26
(8) Parul GOSWAMI IND vs q Gabriela VIEIRA BRA 46 36
Ashmitha EASWARAMURTHI IND vs Valentine CONFALONIERI ITA 06 26
Tegan EDWARDS RSA vs Vladlena PETUSHKOVA RUS 62 63
(2) Laura BSOUL GER vs wc Fatima ABINU NGR 60 62
2nd round
q Anna PIVEN UKR d. q Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO MAD 64 61
(6) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL d. q Melissa SILVA BRA 62 64
(3) Nathalia ROSSI BRA d. wc Shivika BURMAN IND 63 67 61
(7) Anne-Valerie EVAIN FRA d. q Khristina KAZIMOVA UKR 76 61
SE Anastasia KHARCHENKO UKR d. Karolina NOWAK GER 62 63
Nevena SELAKOVIC SRB d. Alison SHEMON AUS 67 64 63
Valentine CONFALONIERI ITA d. q Gabriela VIEIRA BRA 61 60
(2) Laura BSOUL GER d. Tegan EDWARDS RSA 63 64
QF
(6) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL d. q Anna PIVEN UKR 76 62
(3) Nathalia ROSSI BRA d. (7) Anne-Valerie EVAIN FRA 63 63
SE Anastasia KHARCHENKO UKR d. Nevena SELAKOVIC SRB 64 61
Valentine CONFALONIERI ITA d. (2) Laura BSOUL GER 61 61
SF
(6) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL d. (3) Nathalia ROSSI BRA 61 61
SE Anastasia KHARCHENKO UKR d. Valentine CONFALONIERI ITA 64 75
Final
SE Anastasia KHARCHENKO UKR d. (6) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL 63 64


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DOUBLES MAIN DRAW

(1) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL/Olivia SCARFI GBR vs Natalia CHENG/Gabriela VIEIRA BRA ret Cheng/Vieira
Natalie HANDLER/Sofia MITROKHIN ISR vs Valentine CONFALONIERI ITA/Melissa SILVA BRA 06 16
(3) Fabiana CHIAPARINI/Nathalia ROSSI BRA vs Khristina KAZIMOVA/Ksenia LOPINA UKR 26 16
Laura BSOUL GER/Alison SHEMON AUS vs Fatima ABINU/Sabath IBRAHIM NGR 64 61
Ksenia MOSKAL/Vladlena PETUSHKOVA RUS vs Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO MAD/Alexandra RILEY USA 64 26 9-11
(4) Amandine CAZEAUX/Anne-Valerie EVAIN FRA vs Hannah EKE/Ronke AKINGBADE NGR 64 60
Tegan EDWARDS RSA/Anna PIVEN UKR vs Blessing ANUNA/Ngoji OKWUDIKE NGR 62 60
(2) Prerana-Mythri APPINENI/Parul GOSWAMI IND vs Nevena SELAKOVIC SRB/Keren SHLOMO ISR 26 26
QF
(1) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL/Olivia SCARFI GBR d. Valentine CONFALONIERI ITA/Melissa SILVA BRA 64 62
Laura BSOUL GER/Alison SHEMON AUS d. Khristina KAZIMOVA/Ksenia LOPINA UKR 64 63
(4) Amandine CAZEAUX/Anne-Valerie EVAIN FRA d. Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO MAD/Alexandra RILEY USA 67 62 10-5
Tegan EDWARDS RSA/Anna PIVEN UKR d. Nevena SELAKOVIC SRB/Keren SHLOMO ISR 64 16 10-3
SF
(1) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL/Olivia SCARFI GBR d. Laura BSOUL GER/Alison SHEMON AUS 64 62
Tegan EDWARDS RSA/Anna PIVEN UKR d. (4) Amandine CAZEAUX/Anne-Valerie EVAIN FRA 67 64 10-8
Final
(1) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL/Olivia SCARFI GBR d. Tegan EDWARDS RSA/Anna PIVEN UKR 64 63

DutchieGirl
Feb 22nd, 2008, 08:45 AM
Go Petushkova :angel:

Xian
Feb 22nd, 2008, 05:27 PM
above: Theresa Okwudike (Ngr)

From tournament hp: http://www.ogbehardcourtchampionship.com/news.php?news_id=7
Tough talking, Olivia Scarfi of Britain, was Tuesday taken to the cleaners by Confalonieri Valentine of Italy 7-6, 6-1.
Valentine ranked 1001 sucked the steam out of Olivia ranked 692 in the grueling first set before wiping her 6-1 in the second.
It certainly was shocking for Scarfi who had talked so excitedly about her chances here only last Friday.
Scarfi is coming to the tournament for the first time, but looking at the list of players, she believed she had a good chance of winning the tournament.
The 19 year old Olivia had said, “I hope to win, I have good chances”.
Olivia’s confidence was based on her being the top seed at Ogbe. Miss Scarfi, a French language student in England, still has a chance to prove her worth next week when the second fixture kicks off.

polishprodigy
Feb 23rd, 2008, 03:35 AM
Is that a squirrel in the tournament's advertising banner? :p

Brenda fan
Feb 23rd, 2008, 09:33 AM
QDB: Lopina (r1), Kazimova (r2)

tobi
Feb 23rd, 2008, 11:54 AM
QDB: Lopina (r1), Kazimova (r2)

DutchieGirl
Feb 23rd, 2008, 12:44 PM
DB: Lopina, (r2) Kazimova

Freakan
Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:00 PM
QDB: Lopina, Kazimova

Meelis
Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:16 PM
QDB: Lopina and Kazimova

..ikke..
Feb 23rd, 2008, 01:31 PM
DB: Lopina and Kazimova

Equus
Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:10 PM
Q.DB: Lopina (R1) & Kazimova(R2)

kiel
Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:15 PM
QDB:Lopina(R1) and Kazimova(R2)

tobi
Feb 23rd, 2008, 03:59 PM
Singles Qualifying Draw

1st Round

Ronke AKINGBADE (NGR) BYE
Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO (MAD) BYE

Natalie HANDLER (ISR) BYE
Amandine CAZEAUX (FRA) BYE

Melissa SILVA (BRA) BYE
Trivena Monika PUTRI (INA) BYE

Gabriela VIEIRA (BRA) BYE
Sofia MITROKHIN (ISR) BYE

Melody SNELEN (USA) BYE
Ksenia MOSKAL (RUS) defeated Akshitha BASAVARAJU (IND) 7-5 6-3

Anna PIVEN (UKR) BYE
Blessing ANUNA (NGR) BYE

Sabath IBRAHIM (NGR) BYE
Ksenia LOPINA (UKR) defeated Ngoji OKWUDIKE (NGR) 6-0 6-0

Khristina KAZIMOVA (UKR) BYE
Adeyinka Elisabeth THOMPSON (NGR) BYE

Final Round

Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO (MAD) defeated Ronke AKINGBADE (NGR) 6-0 6-1
Amandine CAZEAUX (FRA) defeated Natalie HANDLER (ISR) 6-0 6-0
Melissa SILVA (BRA) defeated Trivena Monika PUTRI (INA) 6-1 6-1
Gabriela VIEIRA (BRA) defeated Sofia MITROKHIN (ISR) 6-0 6-0
Melody SNELEN (USA) Vs Ksenia MOSKAL (RUS)
Anna PIVEN (UKR) defeated Blessing ANUNA (NGR) 6-2 6-1
Sabath IBRAHIM (NGR) Vs Ksenia LOPINA (UKR)
Khristina KAZIMOVA (UKR) defeated Adeyinka Elisabeth THOMPSON (NGR) 6-0 6-2

Boreas
Feb 23rd, 2008, 04:33 PM
Great, I missed both quali rounds:mad:

James
Feb 23rd, 2008, 08:49 PM
QDB: Lopina and Moskal (both 2R), those results are not up yet

polishprodigy
Feb 23rd, 2008, 11:40 PM
DB: Lopina, Moskal (2r)

juki
Feb 24th, 2008, 04:34 AM
QDB: Lopina, Moskal (both R2)

:p

Boreas
Feb 24th, 2008, 09:54 AM
QDB: Lopina and Moskal(both R2)

tobi
Feb 24th, 2008, 03:49 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100017185

Singles Main Draw

(1)Olivia Scarfi (GBR) v (Q)Anna Piven (UKR)
(Q)Ksenia Lopina (UKR) v (Q)Seheno Razafindramaso (MAD)

Tuule Tani (EST) v (Q)Melissa Silva (BRA)
(6)Davinia Lobbinger (BEL) v (Q)Ksenia Moskal (RUS)

(3)Nathalia Rossi (BRA) v Natalia Cheng (BRA)
Giannina Minieri (CHI) v (wc)Shivika Burman (IND)

(Q)Khristina Kazimova (UKR) v (wc)Hannah Eke (NGR)
(7)Anne-Valerie Evain (FRA) v Fabiana Chiaparini (BRA)

(5)Keren Shlomo (ISR) v Karolina Nowak (GER)
(SE)Anastasia Kharchenko (UKR) v (Q)Amandine Cazeaux (FRA)

Nevena Selakovic (SRB) v (wc)Alexandra Riley (USA)
(4)Prerana-Mythri Appineni (IND) v Alison Shemon (AUS)

(8)Parul Goswami (IND) v (Q)Gabriela Vieira (BRA)
Valentine Confalonieri (ITA) v Ashmitha Easwaramurthi (IND)

Vladlena Petushkova (RUS) v Tegan Edwards (RSA)
(2)Laura Bsoul (GER) v (wc)Fatimah Abinu (NGR)

tobi
Feb 24th, 2008, 03:55 PM
Qualifying Final Round

Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO (MAD) defeated Ronke AKINGBADE (NGR) 6-0 6-1
Amandine CAZEAUX (FRA) defeated Natalie HANDLER (ISR) 6-0 6-0
Melissa SILVA (BRA) defeated Trivena Monika PUTRI (INA) 6-1 6-1
Gabriela VIEIRA (BRA) defeated Sofia MITROKHIN (ISR) 6-0 6-0
Ksenia MOSKAL (RUS) defeated Melody SNELEN (USA) 7-6(7) 1-0 Retired
Anna PIVEN (UKR) defeated Blessing ANUNA (NGR) 6-2 6-1
Ksenia LOPINA (UKR) defeated Sabath IBRAHIM (NGR) 6-1 6-1
Khristina KAZIMOVA (UKR) defeated Adeyinka Elisabeth THOMPSON (NGR) 6-0 6-2

tobi
Feb 24th, 2008, 03:58 PM
Doubles Main Draw

(1)Lobbinger/Scarfi (BEL/GBR) v Cheng/Vieira (BRA)
Confalonieri/Silva (ITA/BRA) v (wc)Handler/Mitrokhin (ISR)

(3)Chiaparini/Rossi (BRA) v Kazimova/Lopina (UKR)
Bsoul/Shemon (GER/AUS) v Abinu/Ibrahim (NGR)

Moskal/Petushkova (RUS) v Razafindramaso/Riley (MAD/USA)
(4)Cazeaux/Evain (FRA) v (wc)Akingbade/Eke (NGR)

Edwards/Piven (RSA/UKR) v (wc)Anuna/Okwudike (NGR)
(2)Appineni/Goswami (IND) v Selakovic/Shlomo (SRB/ISR)

FORZA SARITA
Feb 24th, 2008, 04:32 PM
W: Lobbinger
RU: Shlomo

polishprodigy
Feb 24th, 2008, 04:57 PM
DB: Bsoul over Abinu, Confalonieri over Easwaramurthy

W: Rossi
RU: Shlomo

polishprodigy
Feb 24th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Doubles DB for fun:

Confalonieri/Silva (ITA/BRA) over (wc)Handler/Mitrokhin (ISR)
(4)Cazeaux/Evain (FRA) over (wc)Akingbade/Eke (NGR)
Edwards/Piven (RSA/UKR) over (wc)Anuna/Okwudike (NGR)

James
Feb 24th, 2008, 05:31 PM
W: Scarfi
RU: Kharchenko
DB: Bsoul and Kazimova

Meelis
Feb 24th, 2008, 06:04 PM
RU: Cazeaux
DB: Confalonieri and Bsoul

..ikke..
Feb 24th, 2008, 07:03 PM
RU: Bsoul
DB: Confalonieri and Bsoul

Brenda fan
Feb 24th, 2008, 08:22 PM
W: Shlomo
RU: Scarfi
DB: Bsoul, Kazimova

tobi
Feb 25th, 2008, 12:20 AM
winner : Piven
RU : K.Nowak

DB

Bsoul & Kazimova

Boreas
Feb 25th, 2008, 08:17 AM
W: Bsoul
RU: Evain
MDB: Bsoul and Kazimova

DutchieGirl
Feb 25th, 2008, 10:21 AM
W: Rossi
RU: Bsoul
DB: Kazimova, Bsoul

Equus
Feb 25th, 2008, 12:22 PM
Winner: Kharchenko
RU: Rossi
MD DB: Kazimova & Bsoul

Freakan
Feb 25th, 2008, 01:41 PM
Winner: Kharchenko
RU: Evain
DB: Kazimova, Bsoul

paul_masterton
Feb 25th, 2008, 06:24 PM
Scarfi lost :lol:

useless :rolleyes:

Xian
Feb 25th, 2008, 06:30 PM
SINGLES MAIN DRAW

(1) Olivia SCARFI GBR vs q Anna PIVEN UKR 57 67
q Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO MAD vs q Ksenia LOPINA UKR 64 64
LL Sofia MITROKHIN ISR vs q Melissa SILVA BRA 06 ret Mitrokhin
(6) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL vs q Ksenia MOSKAL RUS 60 61
(3) Nathalia ROSSI BRA vs Natalia CHENG BRA 63 64
wc Shivika BURMAN IND vs Giannina MINIERI CHI 75 61
wc Hannah EKE NGR vs q Khristina KAZIMOVA UKR 26 16
(7) Anne-Valerie EVAIN FRA vs Fabiana CHIAPARINI BRA 61 64
(5) Keren SHLOMO ISR vs Karolina NOWAK GER 46 06
SE Anastasia KHARCHENKO UKR vs q Amandine CAZEAUX FRA 26 61 62
Nevena SELAKOVIC SRB vs wc Alexandra RILEY USA 61 61
(4) Prerana-Mythri APPINENI IND vs Alison SHEMON AUS 36 26
(8) Parul GOSWAMI IND vs q Gabriela VIEIRA BRA 46 36
Ashmitha EASWARAMURTHI IND vs Valentine CONFALONIERI ITA 06 26
Tegan EDWARDS RSA vs Vladlena PETUSHKOVA RUS 62 63
(2) Laura BSOUL GER vs wc Fatima ABINU NGR 60 62

*hingis_forever*
Feb 25th, 2008, 06:43 PM
OMG Olivia :help: :sad:
Things are getting really bad!

Brenda fan
Feb 25th, 2008, 06:51 PM
Great, both my picks out in round 1 :lol:

shrOOf
Feb 25th, 2008, 06:57 PM
:eek: Karo

:yeah: laura

Kai
Feb 25th, 2008, 07:00 PM
Tegan, Davinia, Laura and Karo :yeah: :D

Pdm1987
Feb 25th, 2008, 07:15 PM
(1) Olivia SCARFI GBR vs q Anna PIVEN UKR 57 67

LOL :lol: :tape: :help: :o :lol:

It says something when you're the top seed in a Nigerian $10k and can't get past the first round :tape:

shrOOf
Feb 27th, 2008, 05:49 PM
2R:

Anna Piven UKR [Q] def. Seheno Razafindramaso MAD [Q] 64 61
Davinia Lobbinger BEL [6] def. Melissa Silva BRA [Q] 62 64
Nathalia Rossi BRA [3] def. Shivika Burman IND [WC] 63 67 61
Anne-Valerie Evain FRA [7] def. Khristina Kazimnova UKR [Q] 76 61

Anastasia Kharchenko UKR [SE] def. Karolina Nowak GER 62 63
Nevana Selakovic SRB def. Alison Shemon AUS 67 64 63
Valentine Confalonieri ITA def. Gabriela Vieira BRA [Q] 61 60
Laura Bsoul GER [2] def. Tegan Edwards RSA 63 64

FORZA SARITA
Feb 27th, 2008, 07:24 PM
Valentine :yeah:

-sugi-
Feb 27th, 2008, 07:38 PM
Davinia :yeah:

Kai
Feb 28th, 2008, 03:08 AM
Tegan and Karo :hug:
Davinia and Laura :yeah: :D

-Makiri-
Feb 28th, 2008, 03:45 PM
Valentine Confalonieri ITA def. Laura Bsoul GER [2] 6:1 6:1

FORZA SARITA
Feb 28th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Valentine Confalonieri ITA def. Laura Bsoul GER [2] 6:1 6:1

:eek::eek::cool:

Kai
Feb 28th, 2008, 04:11 PM
Laura :p

shrOOf
Feb 28th, 2008, 04:44 PM
Great effort Laura :o

Xian
Feb 28th, 2008, 05:35 PM
QF
(6) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL d. q Anna PIVEN UKR 76 62
(3) Nathalia ROSSI BRA d. (7) Anne-Valerie EVAIN FRA 63 63
SE Anastasia KHARCHENKO UKR d. Nevena SELAKOVIC SRB 64 61
Valentine CONFALONIERI ITA d. (2) Laura BSOUL GER 61 61


Doubles
QF
(1) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL/Olivia SCARFI GBR d. Valentine CONFALONIERI ITA/Melissa SILVA BRA 64 62
Laura BSOUL GER/Alison SHEMON AUS d. Khristina KAZIMOVA/Ksenia LOPINA UKR 64 63
(4) Amandine CAZEAUX/Anne-Valerie EVAIN FRA d. Seheno RAZAFINDRAMASO MAD/Alexandra RILEY USA 67 62 10-5
Tegan EDWARDS RSA/Anna PIVEN UKR d. Nevena SELAKOVIC SRB/Keren SHLOMO ISR 64 16 10-3

Xian
Feb 28th, 2008, 05:35 PM
http://www.ogbehardcourtchampionship.com/200802221229480.KHRISTINA%203.JPG

By Samson Ikenye
Ukrainian Khristina Kazimova is in love with tennis and that is why she is at the Ogbe Tennis championship but the advice she is getting from Tony Oghuma is to quit the sport and play volleyball.
“Go and play volleyball”, Oghuma, former national volleyball coach, told Kazimova pointedly after watching her knock some balls on court one Thursday afternoon. “With her height, she will be a perfect player”.
But Christina, a six footer, snapped back saying she wont play volleyball. “I won’t play volleyball; it’s my sister that plays volleyball. I like tennis and that is what I am playing”, she said. Khristina, the first child of a family of four, is not new actually in the game of tennis. She is up 95 points in her play in the ITF circuit. After the Ogbe tournament, Khristina, who started playing tennis in the year 2000, will be one of the players that will head to Cote D’Ivoire for another tournament.
Oghuma’s reason for a switch of sport for Khristina is simple. With such height, Tony says, Khristina will not be quick on court. “Tennis is for fleet footed players. Once you drop a shot by the net, it will be difficult for her to get to it because of her height”, he said.
Oghuma’s observation may be true, but Khristina is in the tennis for a different reason. Khristina says her love for tennis is because the sport is an individual game. “I don’t like team sport. I want to face my opponent on court”, she says. That means, Tony says, Khristina likes direct confrontation.
Khristina’s confrontation at Ogbe has not yielded her much fortune. In the first fixture which ends this weekend, Khristina was beaten in the first round of the main draw losing to Shemon Alison. Even her foray in the doubles did not go beyond the first round. The Brazilian duo of Natalia Cheng and Gabriela Viera stopped her dream and that of her counterpart, Lopina Ksenia, 7-5, 4-6, 10-3.
For now the dream of Khristian doing well in the sport she loves will have to wait till next week when the second fixture of the Ogbe Hard Court tournament will kick off.

Xian
Feb 28th, 2008, 05:37 PM
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Prince Osarieme Aiwerioghene presenting the women doubles' trophy Olivia Scarfi of Britain and Lobbinger Davinia of Belgium.
By Matthew Atagame
Edo State Tennis Association Chairman, Prince Osareme Aiwerioghene has lauded the on-going Guinness Ogbe Hard Court in Benin.
Aiweriogbe said the championship has further portrayed Edo State as the leading State in Sports development and promotion.
“We are proud of our ability to stage an international tournament of this magnitude and hopefully, more international events like this will be hosted in Edo State.
The former tennis player who is also a member of the Local Organizing Committee said the Association has started grooming young players as part of its developmental programme. He said the state will soon reap the benefits of staging the Ogbe Hard Court.
“Right now, we have sent coaches to train young players and more people will be motivated to play Tennis having seen the glamour and razzmatazz of the Ogbe Hard Court. One of the things we have gained from hosting is that more and more people wants to play Tennis and is a plus for us.
Aiwerioghene said the State Tennis player will do well at the 16th National Sports Festival billed for Kaduna in June.
“There is need to create a better climate for the development and advancement of the game of tennis through the joint effort of the government and the private sector. We have the talents, the Davies Cup team just proved that. What our local talents lack is exposure through regular and purposeful sponsorship of tennis programmes and tournaments”.
Prince Aiwerioghene, youthful, wise and focused in all his operations, says the game of tennis is attaining higher standard and sophistry by the day, to the extent that you now have players being ranked as high as 1700 on the ITF, several hundreds above what used to obtain in the days of ATP.
‘There is need to appreciate this fact, to the extent that the nation must see the need to help the young talents attain their best through frequent tournament sponsorship”
Prince Aiwerioghene says he appreciates what the President of the Nigerian Tennis Federation, NTF, is doing, adding that the Edo State Tennis Association is proposing to embark on a four-year youth development programme that aims to scout and develop young talents in tennis whose ultimate must be international stardom.
On the upgrading of facilities that enabled the current Ogbe championship to be rated one of the best in Africa, Prince Aiwerioghene praised the state’s sports Commissioner, Brown Ebewele for the feat, describing him as a gift to the state and the nation in sports administration in Nigeria.
“We should be thankful to God for the kind of man He has given us as sports commissioner at this material time. No one ever thought we could have achieved what we have today in Ogbe Hard Court. He is a gift to us, a real sports administrator”, Aiwerioghene said

jordan1989
Feb 29th, 2008, 04:44 AM
Thanks for the articles

Well Done

Nastya Kharchenko

CooCooCachoo
Feb 29th, 2008, 10:38 AM
:sad: Laura

Tripp
Feb 29th, 2008, 12:22 PM
Those pictures are pretty good. Though I'd like to see what some of the nigerian players look like.

Xian
Feb 29th, 2008, 05:01 PM
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Fatima yesterday at Ogbe
By Tayo Adeyemo
Nigerian Fatima Abinu is sad leaving the Ogbe Hard Court championship after failing to fulfill her dream of honouring her late mum with a crown.
Abinu was in sober mood following her defeat in both the women doubles and singles which denied her the opportunity. Abinu lost her mother last year during the Ogbe Hard court tourney.
Her hope of winning a trophy in memory of her late mother was bruised in the singles by Bsoul Lara of Germany blew away 6-0, 6-2. She later completed her disappointing performance when she partnered another Nigeria Sabbath Ibrahim in the doubles and lost to Shemon Alison and Bsoul Lara.
Bsoul Lara was particularly Abinu’s nemesis as she could not comprehend the sassy play of the German.
“I lost to a better opponent. She is very good and besides she is the No. 2 seed. My only regret is that I was not able to honour my mum who died last year during this same tournament. This is my third appearance, I will be back next year because the even is now well organized. It is definitely better than the previous edition”, she said.
Fatima wants the federation to sponsor up coming players to tennis academy where they will be nurtured to international stars.
“Right now, the federation should upcoming players to academies outside Nigeria, they should seek sponsors for the players to make them world champions in no distant future”, she said.

Kai
Feb 29th, 2008, 05:09 PM
poor girl :hug:

Tripp
Feb 29th, 2008, 05:27 PM
That poor girl. I wonder if these tournaments will finally produce a decent player from Nigeria some day.

FORZA SARITA
Feb 29th, 2008, 05:34 PM
Lara Bsoul :smash:
Fatima :hug:

Petkorazzi
Feb 29th, 2008, 06:00 PM
:awww:

Bsoul. :smash:

The girl isnt wearing shoes btw. :p

FERLKE
Feb 29th, 2008, 09:48 PM
Semifinal

Davinia LOBBINGER (BEL) (6) defeated Nathalia ROSSI (BRA) (3) 6-1 6-1
Anastasia KHARCHENKO (UKR) defeated Valentine CONFALONIERI (ITA) 6-4 7-5

Kai
Feb 29th, 2008, 10:17 PM
Davinia :yeah: :D

-sugi-
Feb 29th, 2008, 10:21 PM
Davinia :woohoo:

jordan1989
Feb 29th, 2008, 10:42 PM
Nastya :D one more win

Laurens
Mar 1st, 2008, 12:12 PM
davinia davinia davinia :banana:

tobi
Mar 1st, 2008, 02:16 PM
Final

Anastasia KHARCHENKO (UKR) defeated Davinia LOBBINGER (BEL) (6) 6-3 6-4

Kai
Mar 1st, 2008, 03:22 PM
Davinia :o :hug:

-sugi-
Mar 1st, 2008, 03:23 PM
Davinia :sad:

Xian
Mar 1st, 2008, 04:31 PM
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Photo shows the Sports Commissioner, Brown Ebewele, presenting the men's champion, Jeremy Blandin, the winner's trophy
By Sam John
Jeremy Blandin of France kept on the throttle Saturday afternoon to lift the Ogbe Hard Court men’s singles crown. Blandin, on course for a glorious double’s outing having won the first fixture last week, went into his inner depth to crush Stancik Jan of Slovakia 7-6, 6-3, in a thrilling final that had the spectators on edge throughout the duration.
Jeremy, who came to the tournament for the first time, stayed focused to rout his opponent. “I relied on the weakness of Stancik to beat him. I put my balls on the net and he was not able to play”, he said when asked to assess his opponent’s weakness.
Stancik agreed. He said the volleys of Jeremy were too much for him. “I was meeting him for the first time. His volleys were very strong for me. I could not understand them”, Stancik said.
Jeremy is leaving a happy man because of his achievement. “I will love to come back here because the people were very much behind me”, he said.
In the women singles, Ukraine’s Anastasia Kharchenko also this afternoon, Saturday, over powered Belgian Davinia Lobbinger to take the crown of the 22nd Ogbe Hard Court International Tennis Championship.
Kharchenko won 6/3, 6/4. Speaking to correspondents after a resounding victory over the Belgian, the champion dedicated her victory to Christ. She said she knew from onset that God had a purpose for her in the tournament in which she made a record triumph as winner of both the first and second fixtures.
“I was tired, my energy was running out, but I knew I had a match to finish and win” Kharchenko said, apparently referring to the rather weak responses she displayed in the second set.
Kharchenko was full of praise for the Nigerian people, whom she referred to as her people, though she is coming for the first time to Nigerian tennis.
“I love the people, their culture. I feel like I’m home here”.
Anastasia had the audience with her all through, cheering her every play, which were mostly through long-drawn volleys. Kharchenko was unseeded in the tournament.
Her coach, American Scott Paskal, was all smiles for what he described as an excellent play by his student.
“She was injured, sick, she had a sore throat. It was the finest tournament I’ve seen, given the circumstances”, Scott said.
“This place won our hearts. We have seen ourselves that the people are good. We were told something different about Nigeria in the U.S. Excellent officiating”, Scott added.

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 1st, 2008, 04:41 PM
2 in a row for 18 yr old Kharchenko :yeah: :D

jordan1989
Mar 1st, 2008, 10:02 PM
Well Done Nastya :D:D